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Deer River, Minnesota, 56636 Volume 110, Number 26 Thursday, January 14, 2010

Inside This Issue. . . District 318 School Board Meeting Page 3

The Bible Says Page 13

Looking Back Page 10

Obituaries Page 12

The Sugar Cube Page 5

A hiccup in the North Elemetary School boiler system causes water damage

The starting gate for the four different classes of races for the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic was set up at the White Oak Society grounds in Deer River. This event for the 86 registered mushers and their teams took place on Jan. 9 and began after the race opening ceremony. Dusty Klaven, 21 of Gheen, was the second Trophy Class competitor to leave the starting gate. See more on pages 6 and 7.

Carpenter and Schaefer sentenced for burglary of Cenex Convenience Store Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar reports that on Jan. 4, Lyle Robert Carpenter, 37, of Cottage Grove, and Gregory Christopher Schaefer, 36, of Maplewood, each appeared in Itasca County District Court for a sentencing hearing. On Nov. 12, 2009, an Itasca County jury found Carpenter guilty of committing the felony crime of Burglary in the Third Degree. On July 7, 2009, Schaefer pled guilty to committing the felony crime of Burglary in the Third Degree. The felony offenses stemmed

from allegations that Carpenter, Schaefer and one other associate entered the Cenex Convenience Store in Deer River on Sept. 2, 2007, and attempted to break into a safe. At the court appearance regarding Carpenter, the court imposed a 21-month prison sentence. At the court appearance regarding Schaefer, the court imposed a 32-month prison sentence. The court imposed each sentence based on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.

Running the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer There was a wide variety of mushers taking part in the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic that had its starting post gate at the White Oak Society grounds in Deer River and began on Jan. 9. Four classes of races were done. Some of these events only took hours while the longer races did not end until Jan. 10. The recreational class race ended at Gosh Dam Place, teams running this 18-mile run were expected there about mid-day. The trophy class of racers finished at Squaw Lake. These teams, who had a 38 mile run, were expected from mid-afternoon until about 5:00 p.m. The 8-dog pro team class competitors weren’t due in Northome until after 4:00 p.m. and were expected to arrive before midnight for their finish. This class had a total run of 60 miles. The 10-dog team pro class had a longer run as they went from Deer River to Effie, through Bigfork and back to the Marcell Community Center for their finish. They were expected to arrive anywhere from early Sunday morning until about noon after doing this 130 mile run. Award ceremonies took place at all of the finish line points, plus there were planned activities at various points along the route of the races. Northern Lakes Amateur Radio Club provided radio coverage and updates for the entire race course. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers coordinated all of the road crossing volunteers to make sure all of the dog teams and their mushers made it across the roads and highways safely. Deer River Police Officer Al Wilhelm, who was posted at one of the crossings in Deer River, said, “There didn’t seem to be as many of the big dogs this years.” Which, as it turned out, was a good thing for Deer River Police Chief Victor J. Williams who was run over by a 10-dog pro team when they had to get turned around and back on route after following a false trail. Williams said, “I heard the pitter patter of 40 feet going over me.” Wilhelm said, “Being run over by the dogs wouldn’t WHITE OAK DOG SLED/To Back Page

by Traci Crotteau An unwanted Christmas present for the Deer River Schools Buildings and Grounds Supervisor and his crew kept them extra busy through the Christmas break. During a routine check on North Elementary School in Talmoon on December 22, school district maintenance crews found a grim discovery at the shut down, boarded up school. “Opened the door, found a cold building, walked through, turned the corner and looked down towards the offices and saw about 50 to 75 feet of corridor under water,” said Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Russ Bouchie. All in all the water had hit three of the school’s offices and three classrooms and did partial damage to two other classrooms. Bouchie said they found two broken pipes that the water had come from, but he also said a lot of the water came from sprinkler heads. The building’s crew immediately repaired the heat lines to restore the heat to the building so they could repair the boiler. Bouchie told school board members at the January 4th regular school board meeting that he immediately called Northland Fire and Safety, the business that monitors the building and warns the school district when things like this late December mishap happens, to find out what happened. “I felt very secure that we were safe and that we were covered. I was shocked,” Bouchie said. Northland Fire and Safety and Bouchie took the time to run through all the buildings monitoring tests to find out exactly what went wrong and why Northland did not alert Bouchie when the boiler system failed at the school. Bouchie said none of

the tests revealed any problems. He said each and every time the dialer effectively called the monitoring company to alert them that there was a problem. So, Bouchie asked for a two week read out from the monitoring company. “There’s a daily test that goes through, it shows that test, everything was normal,” said Bouchie of those two week read outs. At no time during the two week period did the monitoring company ever receive a call from the boiler system that there was a problem at the school. Bouchie and Northland kept checking until there was an “aha” moment. “We learned that we are monitored under a drop in gas pressure but not with fuel oil. And we’re heating with fuel oil. We didn’t know that, we did not know that we were not monitored under fuel oil,” Bouchie explained. Bouchie also told board members that the building is monitored by a second monitor and that monitor is on the low water cut off on the boiler. And because of that second monitoring device Bouchie said it shouldn’t matter how much fuel oil is being used because when the float senses the drop in water in the boiler it then sends a signal to the monitoring company, who can then alert Bouchie that there’s a problem. But it never did its job. “So the only solution we can come up with is that the float and the low bar cut off hung up, it didn’t drop,” Bouchie said. He went on to say that they tested the low water cut off monitor four or five times and every time it worked. “It’s a fluke, but it happened,” said Bouchie. Northland Fire and Safety recommended adding two sensors at each end of the SCHOOL BOARD/To Page 4

Jamie Nelson given musher tribute by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer Jamie Nelson of Togo was awarded Bib #1 during the opening ceremony at the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic on Dec. 9 at the White Oak Society in Deer River. “Each year,” said Harry Lambirth, “an individual who has greatly contributed to the mushing community is honored with this award.” Lambirth, of the Blackduck/Squaw Lake area, has known Nelson for several years. He and his wife Mary serve on the White Oak Classic Board as musher representatives. Nelson first became interested in dog sledding in her collage years. This diversion from studying developed into a lifetime passion. Since that time, in the approximately 30 years of mushing experience, she has competed in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race and is the only four-time winner of that competition. Nelson has finished first at the George Esslinger Mid-Minnesota 150 and the UP200 Sled Dog Races. In fact, she was the first woman to win the UP200 and did that for two years in a row during 1992 and 1993. Nelson has competed in several races in Alaska. She finished the Yukon Quest and ran the Iditarod four times. In 1989 she was one of the six mushers taking part in that event who was awarded a Fred Meyer Sportsmanship Award. During her third Iditarod run in 2000, Nelson was the first musher in more than 20 years who was able to cross the finish line with all 16 of her dogs. This year, 2010, was Nelson’s second one in competing in the White Oak Sled Dog Classic. She continues to compete in sled dog races besides running a musher and sled dog training camp in Togo that she has had for several years. “She is being honored for giving back to the sport she loves,” said Lambirth. “There isn’t anyone I know who has taken in more beginning mushers and their dogs under their wing than she has.” And this attitude continued on the day of the race start on Jan. 9. It was easy to find her truck in the lot where the mushers were parking to get prepared for the

day’s race start, but Nelson was nowhere to be found. “The last I saw of her,” said her husband Ken, “she was heading off that way. Her number is 68, so she knows she won’t be starting for some time. She’s off helping out and visiting with other mushers.”

Jamie Nelson of Togo, here with White Oak Sled Dog Classic Race Marshall Dan Bergerson, was awarded Bib #1 for the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic that had its start at the White Oak Society grounds in Deer River on Jan. 9.

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Operation Round Up® gives more than $38,000 to community programs

Better Business Bureau announces 2009 statistics, predictions for 2010

Lake Country Power’s Operation Round Up® participants are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to helping others in the region during these challenging economic times. The Trust Board recently approved $38,008 in contributions to local community programs during its most recent quarterly meeting. The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 41 grant applications and distributed funds to 33 projects and programs this past quarter. One of the recipients, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, received $3,500 for its annual Itasca Holiday Program. Another recipient, Bridges Kinship Mentoring, received $1,000 for its student-to-student mentoring program. Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric co-ops which is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile activities and community projects by “rounding up” member’s electric bills to the nearest dollar. The average donation of each participating Lake Country Power member is $6 annually. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, $728,221 has been distributed to 557 community-based projects and programs. All funds generated through Operation Round Up are set aside in a trust fund. A Trust Board of nine co-op members who are appointed by the co-op’s board of directors administers the trust fund. Of the funds collected through the program, 100 percent is distributed to charitable organizations through an application and selection process. The trust board uses special guidelines and policies when choosing recipients. Most recent recipients for community service are Itasca County Fire Chief’s Association, Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc., Quad City Food Shelf, Bigfork Valley Nursing Home, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Carlton VFW, City of Ely (Community Economic Development Joint Powers), Tower-Soudan Historical Society, Mesabi Community Orchestra, ANGELS: A Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Grand Rapids Showboat, Mahtowa Volunteer Fire Department, Cromwell Bethany Quilters, Area Clothing Depot, Range Respite, Arrowhead Regional Corrections. Recent recipients for education and youth are Ely Girl’s Softball, Barnum Elementary Youth Basketball, Moose Lake Community Playground Project, Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, Tower-Soudan Youth Development—ISD 2142, Bridges Kinship Mentoring, TRIAD of Aitkin County, Itasca Synchronized Swim Team, Itasca Junior Curling Inc., Independent School District 318—Cohasset, Northern Cass Kinship Partners—HOWA Center, Forest Lake Elementary School, Happy Days Preschool, Inc., Reif Arts Council. Care Partners received community service/community economic assistance and North Homes Inc. Adoption Services and the Itasca Choral Society/Itasca Community Choir received community service, and education and youth.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has compiled its statistics for 2009 and is announcing the Top Ten industries for customer complaints and inquiries, as well as total instances of service to the public – 1,733,975, a new record for the BBB. The BBB handled over 25,500 complaints in 2009, resolving nearly 92% of them. “2009 is barely in our rear view mirror and we’re working hard to analyze the data for trends,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. “The statistics that emerge from the past year will allow us to identify the industries that most need our help in decreasing complaints and increasing consumer trust.” Despite the troubles the auto industry has experienced recently, complaints against auto dealers topped our list last year. Complaints against contractors were also prevalent, as evidenced by the five categories in the construction field which made the list. The construction industry also topped the list of inquiries from the public the BBB received in 2009. Work-At-Home offers were #7 on that list, likely a result of an increase in offers of that nature and the continued high unemployment rate. The Top Ten complaints on industries were: 1.Auto Dealers-New Cars 2.Siding Contractors 3.Roofing Contractors 4.Auto Dealers-Used Cars 5.Construction and Remodeling Services 6.Auto Repair and Services 7.Contractors-General 8.Banks 9.Windows-Installation/Service 10.Television-Cable, CATV and Satellite The Top Ten inquiries on industries were: 1.Roofing Contractors 2.Contractor-General 3.Construction and Remodeling Services 4.Electronic Equipment & Supplies-Dealers 5.Mortgages and/or Escrow Companies 6.Collection Agencies 7.Work-At-Home Companies 8.Heating and Air Conditioning 9.Internet Shopping Services 10.Auto Dealers-Used Cars

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Deer River Chamber of Commerce met Jan. 6 Karen Prescher passed out a work schedule for the upcoming Deer River WinterFest on January 23; needing help with setting up tables and clean up is on top of that list. Linda Reed mentioned still needing businesses to sign up for the Chili Cook Off from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Shannon Anttila reported that all information was sent in to Arrow Printing for the 2010 Business and Resort Brochure and is waiting on the final proofs to be sent back. The brochure is still well within the Feb. 15 deadline. Chuck Ogee reported that everything was ready for the Jan. 8-10 White Oak Classic Sled Dog Race. He mentioned the trails were great and that there was about 86 teams signed up this year with the Bob Lundeen race being the most popular. Award ceremonies will be in Squaw Lake on Saturday and Sunday in Marcell.

Itasca County to receive EFSP funds Minnesota will receive $2,980,525 for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The EFSP is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will go to 30 counties across Minnesota to help provide food and shelter to families in need. EFSP funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983. They are appropriated annually under the McKinneyVento Homeless Assistance Act which is named after Minnesota Congressman Bruce Vento. Since its inception and with the FY 2010 allocation, the EFSP has given more than $3.6 billion to communities nationwide, and has accounted for millions of additional meals and nights of shelter to the hungry and homeless most in need across the nation. The EFSP is administered by a National Board that is chaired by FEMA and includes representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The funds are used to help individuals and families with non-disaster, temporary emergency needs. One-month awards for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance are also available. Itasca County will receive $37,280. In each county, a local board composed of representatives that mirrors the organizations on the EFSP national board determines how the funds are used to provide the following services: Food, in the form of served meals or groceries; Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel; One month's rent, mortgage, and/or utility bill payment; Transportation costs associated with the provision of food or shelter; Minimal repairs to mass feeding or sheltering facilities for building code violations or for handicapped accessibility; and Supplies and equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

Mike Kane reviewed on the new website changes and encouraged members to let him know if there were any questions or concerns on the changes made or for the website itself. Changes may be seen at Karen Prescher reported that the Holiday Craft Sale at the King school last month was a success; had approximately 135 kids that visited Santa and received treat bags. Darrin Shevich on behalf of the Lions Club asked the Chamber for same sponsorship this year as last for the Wild Rice Festival fireworks display. The sponsorship was motioned and approved. The next chamber meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3, at noon at Blueberry Bowl. -Submitted by Shannon Anttila- Secretary

Snyder pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges Gregory Alan Snyder, 44, of Bovey, pled guilty to six charges of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor. He appeared before Koochiching County District Judge Charles LeDuc at the Itasca County Courthouse on Jan. 7. Snyder, who had been employed as an Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy until April 6, 2009, was charged with 33 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in March, 2009, after the sheriff’s department received a report that Snyder had been molesting a juvenile over a period of several years. The investigation was turned over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and charges were filed three days later. At his court appearance in September, Snyder pled not guilty to all 33 charges. Judge LeDuc ordered Snyder remanded into custody and to undergo a psychological sexual evaluation. He was taken into custody by Cass County and was later turned over to Crow Wing County, where he will be held pending his sentencing in March. In exchange for the guilty pleas, two other jurisdictions, which were also investigating molestation charges against Snyder involving the same juvenile, agreed to forego prosecution of additional charges against Snyder. Snyder faces a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Dress your children for the weather by Kathy Lynn Independent School district 318 Superintendent Joe Silko reminded parents to make sure their children have hats, boots, mittens, scarves and appropriate outerwear for the temperatures. On Monday, January 4th, the district had problems with five of the school route busses. Some of the busses sent to replace those busses had trouble, too. Silko said the severely cold temperatures and the bio-diesel fuel the district has to use in the busses cause problems. “We all have a little adjustment to make when we get this weather,� Silko said. “If at all possible,� Silko said, “try to watch the children go from one secure warm area to another.� The school board met in regular session Monday January 4th, this was the board’s annual organizational meeting. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the board elected Lynda Ross as the new board Chair on a unanimous ballot. Ross was absent from the meeting. Acting Clerk Harvey Hietala ran the election until a new Clerk was elected. In the next vote, Paul Meyer was elected Clerk and Tom Peltier was elected Treasurer. All ballots were approved on a unanimous ballot. Meyer conducted the meeting as Clerk of the new board. Treasurer Tom Peltier thanked Meyer for the work he has done during his past two years as Chair. “Your professionalism in dealing with sensitive issues is appreciated. Thank you for the time that you put in.“ The board approved the 2010-2011 school calendar, the schedule of department heads board presentations, and committee assignments. Board members salaries for calendar year 2010 will remain the same as 2009. ISD 318 will remain a member of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS). The board approved membership on a unanimous vote. The board is in the process of updating policies. Policies regarding the Superintendent, hiring of the Superintendent and his duties and responsibilities were approved. The next meeting of the board will be January 19th at 7pm in the district’s boardroom. Board members will be available from 6:30 to 7pm for informal discussions. The annual meeting at the Bigfork School is scheduled for Monday, April 19th at 7pm.


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SCHOOL BOARD/From Page 1 building for extra protection. The cost to the district would be $750. The district’s insurance company will eventually detail the cost of the damage and what’s been damaged, but right now there are carpets that are buckling, there’s veneer peeling on cabinets and furniture and there is damage to floor tiles. Bouchie says his crew has been going up everyday to check the building. During one of these visits, maintenance crews crawled through the building’s tunnel system and found two failed steam traps. They repaired one and replaced the other. “We’re very fortunate that this last fall we went through and we built panels to cover every fresh air intake for every unit. Had we not done that we would have had broken steam lines in every single room,” said Bouchie. To the best of his knowledge Bouchie says that the failed boiler caused the damage. “We know that a leak happened somewhere in the system. That leak was probably those failed steam traps. That let the pressure down in the boiler and the boiler went out,” said Bouchie.

First of the year housekeeping In other school board business, the first of the year brought routine but much needed tasks to attend to. School board members needed to designate, authorize and appoint themselves to various school board committees. Members voted to maintain status quo on every committee with the exception of adding an alternate member to the Itasca Areas School Collaborative (IASC) Governing Board and naming the individual who records the school board minutes. Members assigned Sarah Bellefy to the IASC alternate position, with member Anne Gardner as the representative. Tiffany Johnson will record school board minutes. She replaces Paulette Ojanen, who retired at the first of the year. If Johnson is unavailable to record minutes, Chery Pierzina will be her substitute.

To infinity and beyond Board members received an overview of the district’s Infinity On-Line Learning program. The Infinity program is a way for students to take classes on-line rather than sit in a classroom. Infinity is not a substitute for the classroom rather it’s an addition to a student’s education, students do not graduate from the Infinity program. “The majority of kids are taking this as a supplement to their regular day. For example, maybe because of schedule conflict or courses not offered in their school,” said Infinity Director Jo McClure. McClure says Minnesota is one of the top ten states with the most on-line students and it’s also one of the first states to recognize standards for on-line learning. She says instructors who teach the on-line courses have to be nationally recognized in their certification. “It’s only one of few [states] in the nation that does it,” McClure said. Infinity serves 46 local school district’s in Minnesota, when it first began in 2004 only eight districts were online and only 30 students were taking courses. There were only five courses and five teachers. Today more than 750 local students use the program. Infinity offers 56 courses and employs 46 local teachers. McClure says

from 2006 to 2007 there was a 130% increase of local online usage, 2007-08 had a 34% increase and 2008-09 a 19% increase, which is the state average. McClure thinks there will be roughly 900 local students taking on-line courses by the end of this school year. McClure says Infinity is also expanding its course offerings. Chemistry and pre-Calculus are being added to the Infinity Bio-technology course and its Medical Terminology course. The program will also expand to ten more electives and pilot a flexible enrollment. The program also has a blended learning initiative, which a couple of Deer River teachers participate in. “They’re integrating on-line learning components into their regular face to face classroom,” McClure said. McClure says it’s difficult to find state and national published statistics for measuring on-line learning success, however she’s heard and been told that the national average is about 45%, she says Infinity sits at an 85% success rate. “I think that’s a testament to the teachers that we have and the kind of organization that we have set up with our local districts,” credited McClure.

Budget revisions The 2010 school district budget was set in June of 2009, but halfway through the fiscal year the budget is seeing some changes in both its revenues and expenditures. Revenues went up nearly $566 thousand in the last six months. The revenue increase is credited to extra dollars coming in from such places as General Ed Aid/Spec Ed Aid/Stabilization Aid ($190,607); Federal Stimulus monies ($183,957); Federal Grants ($54,401); County Tax Receipts ($26,749); and Kern Grant/Robotics Grant/King Award ($30,115). Expenditures grew by $219 thousand dollars. More than half of that increase is because of transfers to Community Education and transportation for Out of School Programming and Sparsity Revenue for transportation and projected transportation deficit. But this $122, 450 also shows up as additional revenue. Federal stimulus monies are added to the expenditure pocket as well, but again show up as additional revenue to the 2010 general fund balance. These two items ($306, 407) minus $11,846 in Federal Chargebacks that aren’t going out and $74,889 being saved from things such as less elementary music, less additional para time and no contracted special ed services add up to the $219 expenditure increase.

In and around the elementary school Principal Amy Galatz says the elementary school is expected to have a trainer come in and work with its staff for two days. This past summer, elementary staff had training in math instruction and now the trainer will come to King Elementary School to observe how those math strategies are being implemented in the classroom. Staff will also be able to observe the trainer teaching the math strategies to students. “I think it’s one of the best ways for our staff to grow professionally,” said Galatz. Galatz would also like to invite parents and students to Pie Night. It is the second Thursday of each month (Thursday, January 14). This month students will be able to use some of the math strategies the staff have implemented after this summer’s training session. Parents will also participate in the math strategies “[S]o they can use some of the language and see some of those strategies that we’re using in the classroom,” said Galatz. Looking ahead to the February Pie Night there will be a candle light ski event. This includes outside activities for students and then hot chocolate and story telling after-


In and around the high school Principal Brent Colligan touched again on the Infinity program. He says staff, along with the program’s organizational piece that creates communication, are the key factors to the success of Infinity students. “If there’s a student that falls behind I get an email from Jo. I call that student in my office and say what’s the problem? There’s always follow through and it makes a huge difference in terms of that success rate,” Colligan said. Colligan says at next month’s board meeting, board members will be able to see next year’s high school schedule. He says new for next year is the GIS (Geographic Information System)/global positioning program. The students will learn how to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the software that comes with them. This class will be run every other year along with the high schools natural resources course. Attention parents: Something new for eighth graders registering for ninth grade classes. Parents will be required to come into school and register their students for ninth grade courses. Colligan says there are going to be two nights of presentations and registration for parents. The high school plans on using a career pathways model to register these students. “This is what a career pathway looks like. If you’re thinking your child is going to go to college, these are the classes that they should take while they’re at Deer River high school,” explained Colligan.

Out of school programs The After School Academy is up and underway. Eight elementary students took advantage of the academy. Middle school students will begin the Read 180 program, which is geared to improve the reading skills of students. The academy is designed to reach those students who need extra help in their education. Students attend the program from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Transportation is provided to those students attending the academy. Out of School Programmer Josh Solem also told board members that the three students he took to Duluth to learn the ins and outs of grant writing have come up with an idea for their grant proposal. He says the students want to do a summer “get fit” program, based on the “Biggest Loser” television show. The program would be a community-wide event. The students will need to have their proposal completed by April in order to be considered for the $1,000 grant. Grant proposals will be judged by other students from around the state.

From the student council Student Council President Rebecca Rudquist reminded school board members that Snowball is the first week in February. She also told them that the student council is tossing out the idea of focusing on a worldly issue or some sort of fundraiser. “We have some ideas like helping with the well drilling and raising money for that, because I know that’s a huge issue across the world. The statistic is if you raise $1 it can provide water for one person for one year,” said Rudquist.

Long time custodian retiring A familiar face that walks the Deer River school halls will say goodbye to staff, students and the school district. Head Custodian Jim Peters will retire next month. Peters has worked for the district nearly twenty five years. The next school board meeting will be Monday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the High School Media Center.


You are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of the Members of Northern Star Cooperative Services P.O. Box 458, Deer River, Minnesota

will be held in the Deer River High School Gymnasium in Deer River, MN on Thursday, the 28th day of January, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for the transaction of any business that may properly come before the meeting. There will be an election of three directors at the meeting. The three incumbents plan to run for re-election. Anyone who would be interested in running for the Board please contact the Deer River Main Office by January 22nd, 2010. We invite all patrons to attend. Dividend checks will be distributed at the meeting. By Order of the Board of Directors Travis Anttila, Secretary

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has finalized information related to baiting violations that were investigated by Minnesota conservation officers during the 2009 deer seasons. • Conservation officers received 545 baiting complaints during the 2009 deer seasons (archery, firearms, muzzleloader), resulting in 129 citations being issued and 140 firearms seized. • Half of the conservation officers encountered other hunting violations while conducting baiting investigations, including tagging/validation violations, 52 percent; no license, 27 percent; and trespass, 25 percent. • Apples, corn and sugar beets dispersed in open areas figured in 87 percent of deer baiting cases this season. • Officers reported that nearly 60 percent of the hunters who were cited for violations admitted to conservation officers that they knew baiting was illegal, but chose to do it anyway. • Nearly 50 percent of the persons cited offered that they were aware of baiting regulations through DNR Enforcement Division news releases, media reports, or the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. Deer baiting is strategically placing a pile of food near deer stands or clearings in hopes of luring a deer into close range. Nationally, 28 states ban the practice in any form, while 22 allow it (eight with significant restrictions).

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The Sugar Cube by Gwen Kozisek It's been a long six months for me. Writing didn't take a priority spot until now. I had a broken foot, a fall that resulted in broken ribs, a ut infection followed by another fall resulting in more broken ribs. All the while these bones were healing I concentrated on my vacation trip of a life-time. It was to be a trip to Hawaii and had been in the planning stages for months. Each day as I could tell the bones were healing I just knew I was getting closer to our day of departure. Jerry is not a traveler but insisted I go. I accompanied daughter Sue and son-in-law Mark. Ten wonderful days in a land of untold beauty. The first day of our trip was just up and down. We flew from Minneapolis to Dallas, to Honolulu and finally nine hours later we landed late in the evening at Kona on the Big Island. Since no food is served on the plane we were all pretty hungry. We picked up a rental car and asked there about eating. They directed us to the Pine Tree Cafe. Surrounded by beautiful flowers and tropical green plants and trees we had to laugh at the pine tree designation. We were told at one time the area was covered with pine trees. Having a rental car was really nice. We could come and go as we pleased. Our entire trip was arranged through a travel agent and we decided she outdid herself on our first motel. We came to the conclusion it must have been a condo or time

share at one time. We had two bedrooms, two baths, living room, complete kitchen, washer and dryer and a terrace. Since they don't have flies or bugs every thing is wide open no windows and no screens. The first day we drove to Parker's Ranch north of Kona. The ranch is world renowned in the cattle business and do have tours but not now. They were getting ready for winter.They did have a very large retail store in town which we visited and purchased a few items. Jerry watched a program about Parker's Ranch while we were gone. A visit to the macadamia nut factory was a disappointment. They advertise they are open year round except for Christmas. We went the day after Christmas and they were closed for vacations. Again a large retail store was on the grounds. There was a snack bar with a video of the factory which was very enlightening. The next day we started a trip around the southern most tip of the United States heading for Hilo. On several occasions during our trip there were some things I couldn't do and this was one. I stayed in the car since the walkway was covered with lava rock and made walking quite difficult. Besides that we saw volcanoes and a field of wind generators. There is so much more to write about but it will have to wait until next week. See you then.

Essar Steel project in Nashwauk awarded site prep funds A grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will help lay the ground work for construction of a new steel mill on Minnesota’s Iron Range. It was recently announced that a $1.4 million grant was received from the EDA to help bring water and sewer service to the Essar Steel plant site. The Essar Steel project in Nashwauk will create 2,000 construction jobs to build the $1.6 billion plant. When complete, there will be 500 people working in the new steel mill. Essar’s construction of a direct-reduced steel slab mill near Nashwauk also marks a new era on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Instead of shipping taconite east to be turned into steel, this plant will produce steel on site.

Pictured, left to right, are Representative Tom Anzelc, Kocian’s Family Market owner Mike Kocian, and Senator Tom Saxhaug. On Jan. 5, the state legislators toured Kocian’s Family Market in Bigfork, where they had the opportunity to discuss the store’s “green policies” and other issues, with employees. The local business has made a concerted effort to decrease energy consumption. Store owner Kocian is showing Saxhaug and Anzelc the recently installed ‘Power Saver’ unit which will cut up to 15 percent of electricity used. They have also cut solid waste produced by 40 percent through an aggressive recycling policy.

Dateline THURSDAY, JAN. 14 •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. •Bigfork School Site Council meets, 3:15 at the school •Bug O Nay Ge Shig School Board meets, 5:30 p.m., at the library •Masonic Chippewa Lodge #275 meets above the Over 50 Club in Bigfork. •Warrior girls basketball host the Bigfork Huskies. FRIDAY, JAN. 15 •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 •Deer River Warrior boys basketball host the Bigfork Huskies. MONDAY, JAN. 18 •AA and Al-Anon, 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River •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. •Huskie girls basketball vs Nashwauk-Keewatin, at home. •Warrior girls basketball vs Cass Lake-Bena, away.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19 •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. •Caregiver Support Group meets, Northern Itasca Health Care Center, 2-3 p.m., at Pine Tree Villa. •Positive Parenting Group meets, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center in Bigfork.

•American Cancer Society Board Meeting, 11:30-1 p.m., Grand Rapids Community Cancer Center, 2101 Hwy. 169 S. •Single Parent Support Cancer Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Community Cancer Center, 2101 Hwy. 169 S. Phone (218) 326-4235. •The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) family support group meets at the Grand Rapids Area Library, north meeting room, 140 NE 2nd St., 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Susan at 218-245-2077 or Ruth Ann 218-326-1847. •Huskie boys basketball vs Littlefork-Big Falls, away. •Warrior boys basketball vs Cass Lake-Bena, away. •Warrior wrestling vs Blackduck and Cass Lake-Bena, at home. •Nordic Ski at FergusFalls. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 •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. •AA Meeting at Winnie Dam Community Center, 7 p.m. •Head Injury Survivors Support Group meets, 1-2:30 the Moses Residence, 220 17th St. NW, Grand Rapids. Phone 326-3572 for more information. •Grand Rapids Arthritis Support Group meets, 7 p.m. at IMC in Grand Rapids. Phone 326-9235 for more information. •AA Meeting at Winnie Dam Community Center, 7 p.m. •Diabetes Support Group meets, 7-8 p.m., Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Conference Room C, in Grand Rapids. WalkIns welcome. Phone 999-1937 or 999-1032 with questions. THURSDAY, JAN. 21 •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. •Bigfork School Site Council meets, 3:15 at the school •Bug O Nay Ge Shig School Board meets, 5:30 p.m., at the library •Masonic Chippewa Lodge #275 meets above the Over 50 Club in Bigfork. •Warrior girls basketball host the Bigfork Huskies. •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. •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. •Huskie girls basketball vs Blackduck, at home. •Warrior girls basketball vs Aitkin, away.

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2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic results

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigating wolf killings in three states

10 Dog Pro Class - Deer River to Northome, then Effie, finishing in Marcell Bib # Name: 59 Harry Lambirth 60 Nathan Schroeder 61 Vern Schroeder 62 Amanda Vogel 63 Frank Moe 64 Mike Bestgen 65 Dave Nistler 66 Ryan Anderson 67 Curt Perano 68 Jamie Nelson 69 Matt Rossi 70 Aaron Harwood 71 Eric Morris 72 Don Galloway 73 Kevin Malikowski 74 Kirk Aili 75 Chad Schouweller 76 Odin Jorgenson 77 Mark Black 78 Mary Black 79 Jerry Papke 80 Blake Freking 81 Phil Morrison 82 Peter McClelland 83 Heidi Favet 84 Shawn McCarty 85 Mark Levitski 86 Andrew Letzring

Status: Finished Finished Finished Finished Finished Finished Scratched Finished Finished Finished Finished Scratched Scratched Finished Finished Finished Finished DNS Finished Finished Finished Finished En Eoute Finished Finished Finished Finished Finished

Allowed Rest: 06:54:00 06:52:00 06:50:00 06:48:00 06:46:00 06:44:00 06:42:00 06:40:00 06:38:00 06:36:00 06:34:00 06:32:00 06:30:00 06:28:00 06:26:00 06:24:00 06:22:00 00:00:00 06:18:00 06:16:00 06:14:00 06:12:00 06:10:00 06:08:00 06:06:00 06:04:00 06:02:00 06:00:00

Total Rest: Unused Rest: Penalties: Total Time: MPH: 06:54:42 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:27:03 9.66 06:53:32 00:00:00 00:00:00 11:18:01 11.50 06:51:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 12:22:23 10.50 06:48:20 00:00:00 00:00:00 12:55:26 10.06 06:46:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 12:00:59 10.81 06:43:19 00:00:41 00:10:41 12:21:54 9.85 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 0.00 06:40:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 11:28:06 11.32 06:39:20 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:56:29 9.32 06:41:29 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:14:16 9.82 06:34:20 00:00:00 00:00:00 12:45:20 10.19 06:04:51 00:27:09 00:00:00 00:00:00 0.00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 0.00 06:29:08 00:00:00 00:00:00 12:56:12 10.05 06:29:38 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:47:12 9.43 06:24:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 12:01:58 10.80 06:20:56 00:01:04 00:11:04 12:46:58 10.17 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 0.00 06:23:19 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:47:16 9.43 06:19:59 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:35:56 9.56 06:13:56 00:00:04 00:10:04 12:25:03 10.47 06:12:06 00:00:00 00:00:00 14:39:03 8.87 06:10:16 00:00:00 00:00:00 15:24:26 8.44 06:14:30 00:00:00 00:00:00 14:11:03 9.17 06:12:56 00:00:00 00:00:00 14:39:25 8.87 06:07:11 00:00:00 00:00:00 14:20:26 9.07 05:54:15 00:07:45 00:17:45 12:50:31 10.12 06:03:50 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:42:52 9.48

+8 Dog Pro Class - Deer River to Northome Bib # Name: Status: Start Time: Dogs Out: 40 Clarke Garry Finished 11:24:00 / am 8 41 Groeneveid Troy Finished 11:26:00 / am 8 42 Nick Turman Finished 11:28:00 / am 8 43 Bob Wright Finished 11:30:00 / am 8 44 Sophie Beauregard Finished 11:32:00 / am 8 45 Martha Schouweiler Finished 11:34:00 / am 8 46 Scott Ballantyne Scratched 47 Micky West Finished 11:38:00 / am 8 48 Jason Jones Finished 11:40:00 / am 8 49 Maggie Heilmann Finished 11:42:00 / am 8 50 Malinda Tjelta Finished 11:44:00 / am 8 51 Peter Tjelta Finished 11:46:00 / am 8 52 Linus Meyer Finished 11:48:00 / am 8 53 Colleen Wallin Finished 11:50:00 / am 8 54 Ben Turman Finished 11:52:00 / am 8 55 John Hull Finished 11:54:00 / am 8 56 David Gordon Finished 11:56:00 / am 8 57 David Mills Scratched 11:58:00 / am 8 58 Clayton Schneider Finished 12:00:00 / pm 8

Finish Time: 05:10:42 / pm 05:43:57 / pm 04:49:50 / pm 04:47:40 / pm 05:41:45 / pm 05:27:53 / pm

Dogs In: Penalties: 8 00:00:00 8 00:00:00 8 00:00:00 8 00:00:00 8 00:00:00 8 00:00:00

Leg Time: 05:46:42 6:17:57 05:21:50 05:17:40 06:09:45 05:53:53

MPH: 10.38 9.53 11.19 11.33 9.74 10.17

05:24:00 / pm 05:46:09 / pm 04:44:52 / pm 05:56:25 / pm 05:56:45 / pm 06:51:23 / pm 05:26:23 / pm 05:36:27 / pm 04:36:35 / pm 07:12:13 / pm

8 8 8 7 8 6 8 8 8 7

05:46:00 06:06:09 05:02:52 06:12:25 06:10:45 07:03:23 05:46:23 05:44:27 04:42:35 07:16:13

10.40 9.83 11.89 9.67 9.71 8.50 10.39 10.45 12.74 8.25

00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:10:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00

05:02:45 / pm 8

+6 Dog Trophy Class - Deer River to Gosh Dam, then Squaw Lake Bib # Name: Status: Allowed Rest: Total Rest: Penalties: 02 Neal Seeger Finished 02:20:00 00:00:00 03 Dusty Klaven Finished 02:18:00 00:00:00 04 Eva Kolodji Finished 02:16:00 00:00:00 05 Joe Oberton Finished 02:14:00 00:00:00 06 John Fisher Finished 02:12:00 00:00:00 07 Ann Fisher Finished 02:10:00 00:00:00 08 David Perron Finished 02:08:00 00:00:00 09 Richard Loucks Finished 02:12:00 00:00:00 10 Ben Tande Finished 02:04:00 00:00:00 11 Wesley Alkins Finished 02:02:00 00:00:00 12 Natalie Harwood Finished 02:00:00 00:00:00

00:00:00 05:02:45 Total Time: 03:47:42 03:00:03 03:19:15 04:14:00 03:43:36 03:49:03 03:31:00 03:40:16 16:11:11 03:32:54 03:55:31


MPH: 10.2 12.57 11.60 8.19 10.11 9.43 10.18 10.40 2.40 10.20 9.89

+6 Dog Recreational Class - Deer River to Gosh Dam Place Bib # Name: 13 Kate Ratkovich 14 Andy Romness 15 Sarah Capuzzi 16 Mike Squier 17 Tone Coughlin 18 MaryBeth Kolb 19 Julie Schmelzer 20 Karen Deboise 21 Rainer Ropers 22 Don Deckert 23 Melissa Bloom 24 Ward Wallin 25 Ian Wallin

Status: Finished DNS Finished Finished Finished Finished Finished DNS Finished Finished Finished Finished Finished

Start Time: Dogs Out: Finish Time: Dogs In: Penalties: Leg Time: 10:22:00 / am 6 12:03:40 / pm 6 00:00:00 01:41:40

MPH: 10.62

10:26:00 / am 10:28:00 / am 10:30:00 / am 10:32:00 / am 10:34:00 / am

6 6 6 6 6

12:14:26 / pm 01:01:26 / pm 11:58:24 / am 12:43:46 / pm 12:23:23 / pm

6 6 6 6

00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00

01:48:26 02:33:26 01:28:24 02:11:46 01:49:23

9.96 7.04 12.22 8.20 9.87

10:38:00 / am 10:40:00 / am 10:42:00 / am 10:44:00 / am 10:46:00 / am

6 6 6 6 6

01:31:05 / pm 01:00:42 / pm 12:55:51 / pm 01:15:49 / pm 01:15:18 / pm

6 6 6 6 6

00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00

02:53:05 02:20:42 02:13:51 02:31:49 02:29:18

6.24 7.68 8.07 7.11 7.23

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, is investigating 16 incidents of wolves being killed illegally in November and December of 2009 in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Two wolves were killed in Minnesota, eight were killed in Wisconsin and six were killed in Michigan in the last two months of 2009. It isn’t uncommon to see a spike in the number of wolves killed in the fall, according to Greg Jackson, special agent-in-charge for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Wolf/human encounters are increasing every year and outdoor enthusiasts need to approach these encounters responsibly,” Jackson said. “The law applies to everyone regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the level of protection currently afforded to wolves.” In Wisconsin, eight wolves were killed in late fall in Burnett, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Adams, Monroe and Jackson Counties and on two Native American reservations. Four of the wolves were radio-collared by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Two wolves were killed in Northern Minnesota in early November. One wolf was shot northwest of Grand Rapids, Minn., in the Ball Club area; the second was killed northwest of Two Harbors. The wolf killed near Two Harbors had been fitted with a radio tracking collar. Six incidents of wolves being killed were reported in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in December. All of the wolves were discovered after their radio collars began emitting a mortality signal. “We know when a collared wolf dies,” Resident Agent-in-Charge Tom Tidwell said. “We have no doubt that wolves without collars are getting killed too.” The dead wolves were found throughout the Upper Peninsula in Ontonagon, Iron, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Luce and Mackinac Counties. The Service has a goal of conserving wolves in the United States, consistent with the intent of the Endangered Species Act. However, over the past decade Service decisions to reduce or remove protections for wolves in the Midwest have been legally contested. The most recent court action in 2009 once again placed wolves in the western Great Lakes under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin remain endangered under the ESA; in Minnesota, they are considered threatened. “We have a healthy, viable wolf population in the western Great Lakes,” according to Tony Sullins, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supervisor for Endangered Species Act issues in Minnesota. “In that respect, we believe that we have met the intent of the Endangered Species Act in this portion of the wolf’s range. Our ultimate goal for the wolf, and indeed for every imperiled species, is to remove the species from the list of threatened and endangered species in a manner that is both biologically sound and legally defensible.” “Delisting species that have recovered frees up precious resources and staff time for those species still on the brink,” Sullins added. Service biologists are currently conducting a comprehensive review of gray wolf recovery and conservation in the United States. This team is examining the way the gray wolf is listed under the Endangered Species Act and will make recommendations on how wolf populations in the lower 48 states should be covered by the ESA. The results of the review will provide a roadmap for decision makers outlining listing issues and will provide an improved understanding of the wolf’s conservation status in North America. In the meantime, the Service is working with states and tribes in the western Great Lakes to address wolf depredation problems and other issues. In Minnesota, where the wolf is listed as threatened, the ability to address depredation has been written into the regulations. In Wisconsin and Michigan, where the wolf is listed as endangered, an Endangered Species Act permit is required for personnel to implement lethal control programs. State personnel may address depredation abatement using live-trapping and translocating animals within the state, and they may kill individual wolves that are a demonstrable but non-immediate threat to human safety. In addition, any individual may take an endangered species in defense of human life. WOLF KILLINGS/To Page 10

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Harry Lambirth, Jamie Nelson and Mary Lambirth are bundled up for the weather. H. Lambirth and Nelson were competing in the 10-dog pro class that made the run from Deer River on Jan. 9 to Effie and then back to the Marcell Community Center on Jan. 10 for the final ceremony of awards.

Ann Fischer, 24 of Duluth, moves her team up to be ready to leave the starting gate on Jan. 9 during the White Oak Sled Dog Classic. She was entered in the Trophy Class that had their finish at Squaw Lake.

The dogs didn’t mind the temperature, but it was a cold morning for spectators at the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic on Jan. 9. Deer River area residents attending the sled dog race on the morning of the teams’ take-off from the starting gate at the White Oak Society grounds in Deer River reported the early morning’s temperature at around 15 degrees below zero. The overnight low temperature had been in the area of 22 below.

Heidi Favet of Ely makes the first turn that took the sled dog racers away from Hwy. 6 during the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic start on Jan. 9. The race route for this year’s event was changed. Favet was competing in the 10dog pro class that ended in Marcell on Jan. 10.

Many volunteers were needed to make the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic a successful event. Not only were there volunteers at the starting post at the White Oak Society grounds in Deer River, but they were posted at all of the crossings and arrival points along the way for the four classes of sled dog teams. It took a good many volunteers to help at the different sites along the route of the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic to make this event a fun and successful celebration of dog sled racing. Here Dave DeLawyer helps out at the starting gate, holding back a dog eager to get started on the run.

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Leech Lake sixth grade boys place second at northwoods basketball tournament

Local skiers take part in massive race by Sue Cook On Jan. 9, four Deer River Warriors joined over 1,200 skiers to participate in the Giants Ridge/Mesabi East Invite. The Invite is the biggest single day high school Nordic race in the nation. The races were set to begin at 8 a.m. but were delayed for an hour due to the cold temps. The competition began with the boys’ varsity 5K classic. Cody Gustafson was literally the first skier to leave the starting line and had to endure the cold start. As the day went on the temperatures began to rise but the morning was brutal. Gustafson finished in 107th place in a field of 189 finishers with a time of 20:36.9. Kevin Drotts started the 5K with a vengeance, but lost his balance at the first corner and lost a few seconds recovering from that spill. About 3K into the race Drotts came around a corner at the bottom of a hill and was met with an obstacle – a skier standing in the middle of the track. Drotts was going fast and tried to miss the person but in the process took a nasty fall. He recovered and finished the race in 92nd place with a time of 20:04.1.

In the girls’ varsity race, Mindy Drotts skied well and finished the course in 39th place out of 189 finishers with a time of 22:14.7. Summer Ellefson of Northwest finished in fourth place with a time of 19:39.2. Ellefson is currently the Section 8 leader. Another local top-finisher is Afton Snyder of Grand Rapids who took 16th place with a time of 20:29.5. In the girls’ junior varsity race Kaila Juntunen started well and had a good race. She lost a few seconds near the finish area when she fell while trying to get back into the groomed track; both skies went into one track and tripped her up. But she wasted no time in getting back up and finishing in 24th place in a field of 101 with a time of 25:24.4. The Mesabi East Invite may be mentally overwhelming for skiers due to the sheer number of competitors but it provides a good opportunity for the Warriors to race against individuals from schools that they would otherwise never meet.

The Leech Lake sixth grade boys basketball team traveled to Grand Rapids to participate in the Great Northwoods basketball tournament on Jan. 9. The team was scheduled for their first game of the day against Grand Rapids. It was a rematch of Cloquet tournament in which Grand Rapids handily defeated the boys from Leech Lake a few weeks earlier. It was a back and forth game until Leech Lakes pressure was too much as they pulled away for the win. For the second game of the round robin the team were slated against a tough Esko team. The game was a seesaw battle during the first half as Esko was up by one point at the

half. The second half was a different story, Leech Lake could not put any runs together as Esko pulled away for a victory With the tournament being a round robin format, Esko had already won their three games, sealing the championship. Leech Lake was scheduled for a game against Greenway, and a win would mean a second place finish. Leech Lake jumped to an early lead, but Greenway proved to be a tough opponent as they stayed close throughout the game. At the end of the game freethrows proved to be the game winner as Leech Lake hit key freethrows down the stretch to seal the victory and the runner up prize.

Team members, front row, left to right, Walter Charwood, Keith Howard, Ginew Charwood, Travis Cloud, Dylan Hardy. Back row, left to right, Coach Phil Johnson, Aaron Shearer, Ethan Hardy, Charles Raisch, Seth Fairbanks, Alvin Wind and Nate Seelye. Missing from photo are, Coaches Jon White and Travis Deegan.

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Waiting at the starting line at the Giants Ridge/Mesabi East Invite are Kaila Juntunen, Deer River Nordic Ski Coach Tess Drotts and Assistant Coach Robin Baker. Baker was the official starter for the race.

Warrior girls fall to Spartans 49 - 44 by Dale Marleau Thursday night found the Warriors competing against a solid NashwaukKeewatin basketball team. The game started off with the teams trading baskets, as the Warriors found the range against the Spartan 1-2-2 matchup zone. The Spartans were able to counter by out rebounding the smaller Warriors and scoring inside. The warriors were down by ten at half, 32 to 22. Aspen Marleau led the Warriors with nine points all coming from beyond the three point arc. The second half saw a change of defense by Deer River as they played man to man the rest of the game, and were able to hold the Spartans to a modest seventeen points. However, the team was only able to generate another 22, led by Kari

DeYoung's fifteen second-half points which included a long-range bomb and four of four shooting from the freethrow line. Marleau totaled thirteen for the game while Raylene Smith contributed eight and Theresa Gotchie put in two. In other statistical categories DeYoung had four rebounds; Maija Erzar had three rebounds and three steals; Smith contributed two assists; Marleau had three assists; Becca Rudquist took a charge and had an assist; Jodie Seelye added two assists and two steals; Theresa Gotchie had one each of a steal, assist, and a rebound; and Kim Velishek contributed three rebounds and a block. The team sports a record of 6 and 4 and will play Hill City on Monday and Bigfork on Thursday - both at home.

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Deer River boys basketball update by Chuck Isaacs The Deer River boys basketball have started the season with 4 wins and 2 losses. They started with Pequot Lakes at home, playing them tough in the first half being only down by 3 at half. In the second half they couldn’t fine the bucket losing by a score of 74 to 46. Scoring for DR; Jon White 8, Travis Kane 7, Thomas Schultz 6, Chris Terhaar 5, Eastan Marleau 5, Damon Benham 4, Cody Kuck 3, Reese Ayers 3, Noah Kaczor 3, and Bryce Lyytinen 2. The second game had the boys facing Hill City in a Northern Lakes game. The first half saw each team with the lead, switching back and forth numerous times. The Warriors finished the half with a run and ended with a 2 point lead 32-30. The Warriors defense picked it up in the second half holding the Hornets to 18 points while soring 36, ending with a 68-48 victory. DR scoring: Thomas Schultz 15, Damon Benham 11, Chris Terhaar 10, Bryce Lyytinen 9, Travis Kane 8, Reese Ayers 7, Jon White 4, Cody Kuck 2 and Noah Kaczor with 2. On Tuesday December 15th we traveled to Greenway for a Northern Lakes Conference game. The boys led 40 to 14 at half, finishing with a 70-33 win. Scoring for Warriors: Damon 17, Reese 15, Bryce 12, Chris 9, Travis 5, Eastan 4, Thomas 3, Jon 2, Eythan Stangland 2 and Cyle Jurvelin had 2. The next Friday December 18th, the boys played a undefeated NashwaukKeewatin Spartan team in a conference game at Nashwauk. The Spartans started out strong gaining a 10 point lead early with Nick Emanual leading the way. The Warrior picked up the intensity on defense, being down at half by 5, 39 to34. The boys fought back in the second half, at one point leading by 5 with 7 minutes to play. NK made a run to catch up and the game seesawed back and forth. Both teams had chance to seal the victory with

freethrows in the last 10 seconds. A missed freethrow tipped in as time expired won the game for the Spartans 72-70. Scoring for the Warriors: Travis 16, Chris 11, Bryce 10, Jon 8, Damon 7, Thomas 6, Noah 4, Reese 3, Eastan 3 and Cody 3. Over the Christmas break the boys played Cotton on Monday the 28th of December at home. The boys looked a little rusty but improved as the game progressed coming away with a 78-43 victory. Leading the scoring; Damon with 22, Chris 12, Thomas 8, Reese 8, Travis 7, Eastan 6, Eythan 5, Jon 3, Bryce 3, Noah 2 and Nick Schimek scored his first varsity points had 2. The new year started with the Greeenway Raiders coming to town on Friday January 8th for a conference matchup. The Warrior defense came ready to play and held the Raiders to 19 points for the whole game winning 70 to 19. The half time score was 46 to 8. Scoring; Kane 12, Terhaar 10, Schultz 9, Benham 9, Marleau 8, Lyytinen 7, Ayers 5, White 4, Stangland 3, Henry Hellman 2 and Schemik 1. Varsity players are: Seniors; Thomas Schultz, Cody Kuck, Reese Ayers, Jon White and Chris Terhaar. Juniors; Bryce Lyytinen and Travis Kane. Sophmores; Nick Schemik, Eastan Marleau, Damon Benham, Jack Carter, Cyle Jurvelin and Eythan Stangland. Freshman include Henry Hellman, Lance Latvala, Jace Swanson and Noah Kaczor. Managers are Patric Jerry, Ashley Gevings, Kayla Carter and Alyis Grauman. Home games coming up are Bigfork on Friday, Cass Lake-Bena Monday the 18th and Two Harbors on Saturday the 30th. The Saturday game is both girls and boys starting at 1:00 also with a chili feed at 5:00 and a Boys Alumni Game starting at 7:00. Even years against Odd years. Hope to see you there! This is a fundraiser for the boys baskeyball program.

Deer River wrestler Caleb Heide wrestles a Grand Rapids team member during last week’s home meet. Photo by Matt Carlstrom.

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Warriors bring home nine ribbons from DL ski meet by Sue Cook What a beautiful day for a classic ski race. On Jan. 5 the Deer River Warriors made the long and winding road trip to Maplelag Resort for the 12th annual Detroit Lakes Invitational. The morning temps were low but by race time it was tolerable and quite pleasant by mid-day. The varsity race format was a mass start continuous pursuit with the first lap a 5K classic course, a quick change of ski equipment and then a 5K skate lap. The top 10 finishers in each race during the day earned a ribbon. Kevin Drotts and Cody Gustafson made good dent in the boys’ varsity top 10, finishing fifth and sixth. Drotts’ time was 29:36 and Gustafson finished 41 seconds later with 30:17. In the girls’ varsity race, Mindy Drotts was able to get out of the mass start with the front runners, while Kaila Juntunen got pinned in with the pack. Drotts kept up the strong pace throughout the race to take second place with a time of 31 minutes. Juntunen worked her way up in the group and finished in 10th place with a time of 37.15. The girls’ junior varsity race was a 5K classic with a mass start. The course was set up as a 2.5K loop that the skiers completed twice. This is a nice course for spectators since the skiers pass through the start/finish line during their first loop. Ashlea Grife did well on the first loop and finished the course with a time of 19:39, earning a fifth place ribbon.

Next up were the junior high athletes. Their race length was reduced to 3K and like the junior varsity, their course was a loop (1.5K) that had to be completed twice. In the boys’ junior high race Liam Martin was holding on to second place until he took a digger a short distance from the finish line, allowing a Bemidji skier to pass. Martin recovered quickly and took third place with a time of 10:59. Michael Shaw had a difficult time with his boots and bindings but forged ahead anyway finishing the race in 22nd place with a time of 21:02. In the girls’ junior high race, Vanessa Perrington worked the course hard to finish in third place with 12:54. Caitlin Wilson also pushed herself to take sixth place with 14:06. Hannah Hron was a few second behind Wilson, but took a fall near the final hill of the course allowing another skier to catch up and pass her. Hron finished in eighth place with a time of 14:18. Many more skiers, from Deer River and other teams, took a spill going down or trying to get up the final hill before the finish line. One coach dubbed the spot “the grease pit.” The rest of the Warriors finished in the following order. Ali Juntunen 12th, 15:12; Tiffany Amy 13th, 15:19; Nikki Kellems 14th, 15:22; Amy Gustafson 23rd, 17:25; Rae Ann Geffen 24th, 17:42; and Emma Shaw 26th, 20:10. The skiers competed well and many used the race as a learning experience.

It was a good day for the Warrior Ski Team at the Detroit Lakes Invitational. Team members who finished in the top 10 and brought home a ribbon are, back row, left to right, Kaila Juntunen and Kevin Drotts. Middle row, Liam Martin, Cody Gustafson, Ashlea Grife, Mindy Drotts, Caitlin Wilson, and Vanessa Perrington. Front, Hannah Hron. Teams competing with Deer River were Bemidji, Brainerd, TrekNorth, Ottertail, Long Prairie, Northwest (Ellefson Home School) and Detroit Lakes.

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Looking Back Compiled by Joan Isaacs from the files of the Deer River Newspapers. 110 Years Ago—The Board of County Commissioners held its annual meeting and....printing was easily disposed of this term, everything seemingly having been cut and dried for the bidders. The Grand Rapids Magnet was given the greater part of the work and the Herald Review was given a small slice. The Itasca Review having been given to understand that anything outside of Grand Rapids need not apply, had the modesty to request no finger in the pie and it submitted no bid whatsoever. 100 Years Ago—Editorial: The annual turmoil (which papers will receive the county publishing) among Itasca papers was witnessed again at the county annual editor, Tony LaFreniere, of Grand Rapids Independent got hot in the collar...he didn’t get “nothn’ ...declares he’ll fight it out in the courts...We welcome a friendly suit believing it would settle for all time just what liberties the commissioners have in the matter. 90 Years Ago—At the county board meeting there were four publication bids submitted, separately, individually, independent and clear-cut, evidenced in appearance indicating “the low bid to get the job,” ... The Deer River paper, bidding on all the work at about 50 percent less than it was let for, was ignored in the awards. 80 Years Ago—Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled in favor of M&R Railway in suit brought by James Reid involving ownership and use of a spur running out of Craigville. State had secured deed to land, and later Reid purchased the forty. It was claimed clerical errors were made. Albert Anderson of Max has purchased the interest of Arthur

Iten, Grand Rapids, in the Deer River Creamery. Dr. J.A. Krantz will conduct services at Clara Church. 70 Years Ago—Fred Groth appeared before the village council to discuss possibility of securing title of the old ball grounds just north of the village limits owned by the village, for a location for a sawmill which he wishes to install there. J.E. Johnson is president of the Deer River Village Council. 60 Years Ago—Deer River New Year’s babies: Boys to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kowalkowski and Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Gilbert. The home of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. LaFreniere was virtually ruined by fire. Sarah Box is feted on 84th birthday. Art Johtonen and Ken Hill take seats on the village council. Robert Bahr appeared before the council to get a building permit for a motel. 50 Years Ago—Deer River Roosters (men’s basketball team) have 10 game winning streak. Some of the members are: Bill Linder, Jim Peck, “Duke” Snyder, Denny Hier, Ron Schaefer, Dick Jurvelin, Roy Maki, “Big Ole” Olson. They win 7773 over Floodwood. 125-36 over Cohasset. 40 Years Ago—Service Notes: Jim Sinkola, Stephen Grossell of Deer River and Jim Stangler of Ball Club enter Air Force. Nellie Tolmie receives 50-year pin from Royal Neighbors. Deaths: Rev. John Nelson, former pastor at Mission Covenant Church in Deer River; Charles Tervo and Ruth Wright of Deer River. 30 Years Ago—New Year’s Baby is Jeremy Matthew Schaaf. If Deer River City Council goes along with the idea, there will be rollerskating in the Memorial Arena. Deaths: Katherine Melbostad, Emmett Curtiss, Deer River; Nellie Tibbetts, Quentin Daigle, Ball Club; Dennis Sundquist, Suomi; Dave Prestidge,

Talmoon. 20 Years Ago—Dan Sondgeroth is elected chairman of the Deer River school board. Board will cut down meetings to one a month with specials called when necessary. Frank Dorry and Mike Hawes win at Grand Rapids Invitational wrestling meet. Brad Stoltenow is the coach. 10 Years Ago—WIR reader Lois Noble, former Deer River resident now living in Anchorage, Alaska, submitted the following memories relating to several items which appeared in a recent Looking Back column: “In the 80 years ago, the marriage of Mary Banfill and Roland Bumgarner, I remember going to their wedding. It was in a home about where Paul Schultz lived. Roland was my cousin. Times then were very short of

money and I remember my mother taking a pretty plate that had been given to her for her wedding and giving it to them as a gift. They cooked steak for the wedding supper. My Dad laughed for years at what Uncle Chess, Roland’s father said about the steak. He said it was so tough that all you could do was wallow it around in your mouth for a while and then swallow it whole. The other item was the grocery ad for the Deer River Co-op. That was about the time that I was working there, 54 hours a week for $35. I’d buy my groceries late Friday afternoon, after it was too late for the store to put the money in the bank, pick up my paycheck Saturday, and run fast Monday morning when the bank opened to deposit it. Ah, the good old days, oh yeah?”

Pictured in this 1908 photo are a crew of lumberjacks taking a break and eating their lunch on a winter’s day. This was probably originally printed on a postcard and the number “40” and words “Deer River” can be seen written on it.

Apply now for MCC summer conservation work program for high school youth Applications are being accepted through April 23 for 90 positions with the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) Summer Youth Program. Youth ages 15-18 will be based at a residential program site in St. Croix State Park for eight weeks. They will travel in crews led by staff members to various state and federal lands to camp out and work on conservation projects. "Participants can expect to work hard on projects such as trail construction, erosion control, bridge and boardwalk building, and invasive exotic plant removal," said Eric Antonson, MCC youth programs manager. The outdoor residential nature of MCC provides a unique opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen leadership skills, work ethic, camping skills, and an understanding and appreciation for the natural environment. The experience-based curriculum addresses career development, environmental topics, education planning, and leadership and life skills development.

Weekend activities include canoe trips, wilderness hikes and high-adventure challenges. The program runs June 20 through Aug. 14. Participants earn a stipend of $175 per week, with room and board provided. Applicants should enjoy working and living in a rustic outdoor environment. MCC, which hires an equal number of males and females, encourages minority youth to apply. Up to 20 deaf and hard-ofhearing youth, who will work with deaf staff and trained sign language interpreters, will also be hired. For an application, contact Nina Eagin in the MCC office at or call 651-209-9900. People should apply soon because MCC annually receives more applications that it has openings. MCC was created in 1981 by the Minnesota Legislature to do two things engage youth and young adults in enhancing natural resources, and provide opportunities for training and life skills development.



The Service is investigating the wolf killings in conjunction with appropriate state agencies and tribal law enforcement. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for killing wolves. In addition, non-governmental organizations are also offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for killing wolves. The Humane Society of the United States is offering up to $2,500 per case, and Defenders of Wildlife is also offering a reward. If you have any information related to these or any other incidents, please call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, or the appropriate state department of natural resources. Callers can remain anonymous if they so choose. In Minnesota, please call Special Agent Ron Kramer at 218-720-5357 or

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Forestry corporation honors Minnesota forest advocates In summary of support and advocacy for the woodlands of the state for the year 2009, the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership (MFRP) recently honored three of the state’s leaders in forest resource advocacy, leadership, and management. Jack Rajala, president of the Rajala Companies has worked to advance scientifically based, technical, and economically feasible forest management practices on his company’s forested lands, while at the same time serving as an advocate for sound management on all lands in the state. Rajala’s passion for with white pine restoration are well-known, as is his pioneering spirit in the development of sustainable forests. Private landowner David Parent represents the model private forest landowner who understands the ecology and economy of his woodlands. His involvement in, and service to forestry committees and advisory bodies is well-known, and include the Itasca Woodland Owners, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, Blandin Foundation Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative, and other organizations over many years. Blandin Foundation President Jim Hoolihan was recognized for leading the foundation’s commitment to strengthening and diversifying Minnesota’s forest-based economy and promoting healthy forests to support that economy. The highly visible “Vital Forests/Vital Communities” engaged multi agencies in studies and activities to create sustainable forest resources and economic vitality in the state’s rural communities. The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership is a non-profit corporation formed by the state’s largest private forest land managers and landowners, including the U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, eight county natural resource departments, utility companies, and private forest landowners.

Private landowner David Parent was presented his award by MFRP Coordinator Kathleen Preece.

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Jack Rajala, president of Rajala Companies, left, receives his award from Robert Sonnenberg, Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership Chairman.

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NOTICE MORSE TOWNSHIP Schedule of Monthly Board Meetings: January 6, 2010 February 3, 2010 March 3, 2010 April 7, 2010 May 5, 2010 June 2, 2010 July 7, 2010 August 4, 2010 September 1, 2010 October 6, 2010 November 3, 2010 December 1, 2010 All meetings held at Morse Town Hall at 4:30 p.m. Gina Vickerman, Clerk Morse Township 26DWchtr

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Obituaries Maila Jean (Salminen) Curtiss Maila Jean (Salminen) Curtiss, 70, of Soldotna, Alaska, died Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Apache Junction, Ariz. She was born on January 17, 1939, in Nashwauk, to Arne Salminen and Bertha Leppala. She was first a homemaker, and later worked as a cook for most of her life. She also worked as a bookkeeper for the family sawmill business and a gift store sales associate during summers in Chicken, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Don Salminen and sister, Nancy Yuhala. She is survived by her husband, Ervin E. Curtiss of Soldotna, Alaska; sons, Charles Pauna of Apache Junction, Ariz., Robert Pauna of St. Paul, Dale Curtiss of Soldotna, and Kelly Curtiss of Kenai, Alaska; daughters, Beverly Vandenberg, of Kenai, Terri Carr of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Deb Pauna of Mesa, Ariz. and Shelly Curtiss of Kenai; sisters, Anita Edman of St. Paul, Marlene Hardy of Nashwauk, and Judith Ross of Blaine; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. The family will hold a memorial celebration of Maila’s life in Deer River, in the summer of 2010. The time and place to be announced at a future date.

Clark Earl Parson Clark Earl Parson, 58, of Marcell, MN, died Tuesday, January 5, 2010, in Max, MN. Clark was born April 25, 1951, in Deer River, MN, to Homer and Georgina Parson. He grew up in the Effie, MN area. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1974. He worked as a logger for many years for Scheff Logging of Marcell, MN. He is survived by three children, Tonya, Jeremy and Jacob Parson; sisters, Nancy (Dennis) Gross, Gladys (Tony) Bixby; and brother, Troy (Donna) Parson. An Informal Gathering of Family and Friends will be Saturday, January 16, from 3-6 p.m. at the Marcell Community Center, Marcell, MN. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, MN. Paid Obituary

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James Robert Mayo, 74, died at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids on Saturday, January 9, 2010. He was born in Zemple, on March 5, 1935 to Thomas & Bertha (Nollette) Mayo. He was a retired boiler maker and member of Paper Local 647 Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army as a gunner from 1953 to 1955 and was a member of the Deer River VFW 2720 and American Legion 122. He was married to Charlene Lindsey on July 16, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; sons, William of Two Harbors, James of Port Townsend, Wash., and Lonnie of Braham; daughters, Carrie Riveria of Minneapolis, Sheila Nason of Deer River, Tracy Mayo of Minneapolis, and Lorie Mayo of St Louis Park; stepsons, Peter and Jeffery Bunes of Kelso, Wash.; stepdaughters, Wendy Monk of Kelso, Julie Holland of Bremerton, Wash., and Carol Bunes of Dutch Harbor, Alaska; brothers, Vern of Boston, Mass., Tom of Tower, Don and Dick of Grand Rapids; sisters, Viola Cook of Bigfork, Carol Thompson of Deer River, Evie Lee of Hebron, N.D. and Cathy Parks of Deer River; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service that will be held Saturday, January 16, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church of Deer River. Spring inurnment will be held at Olivet Cemetery in Deer River. Veterans Honors will be provided by the VFW 2720 of Deer River.

Paul Timothy Grahek, 59, of Napolean Lake, Bigfork, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at Bigfork Valley Hospital in Bigfork. He was born May 31, 1950, in Ely, to Bernard and Hedvicka (Smuk) Grahek. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1968. Following high school, he served in the United States Navy. He worked for U.S. Steel and retired from there in 2003. In his retirement years, he continued to work for ElderCircle and the Forest Service. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vicki and brother, Timothy. He is survived by his wife, Diane of Napolean Lake, Bigfork; daughter, Anni Erickson of Virginia; sons, Eric Grahek of Mt. Iron and Joseph Grahek of Bigfork; two grandchildren; father, Bernard Grahek of Ely; sisters, Deb Morris of Ely and Suzi Wager of Denver Colo.; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Visitation was one hour before the 10 a.m. service on Monday, Jan. 11.

Betty Mae (Barse) Hill Betty Mae (Barse) Hill, 78, of Bigfork, MN, died Tuesday, January 5, 2010, in Bigfork, MN. She was born December 12, 1931, in Marcell, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Guy Barse Sr. and Edith Lilly Wilson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Barse; and daughter-in-law, Susan Hill. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Curtis Hill; sons, Darwin Gerald Hill, Richard Arthur Hill, Robert Cecil (Roxanne) Hill, David Lee Hill and Brian Hill; brothers, Robert Guy Barse, George Warren (Donna) Barse and William Robert (Elizabeth) Barse; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, MN. Paid Obituary

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Sheriff’s Report Friday, December 25 — Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy. 1, Effie at 3:05 a.m. Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Parmeta Rd., Deer River at 12:02 p.m. Saturday, December 26 — Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Co. Rd. 75, Bigfork at 12:38 p.m. Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on S. Wasson Lake Rd., Bigfork at 2:08 p.m. Sunday, December 27 — Assisted state patrol with an accident on Hwy. 46, Deer River at 2:37 a.m. Deer River Fire Department responded to a fire on Hwy. 2, Deer River at 8:01 a.m. Received a report of harassing phone calls on Arctic Rd., Ball Club at 12:35 p.m. Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy. 46, Deer River at 10:54 p.m. Arrested a party for probation violation on Co. Rd. 9, Deer River at 11:53 p.m. Monday, December 28 — Received a report of a violation of an order for protection on Bakke Rd., Bigfork at 6:35 p.m. Made an arrest for probation violation on Whispering Pines Rd., Deer River at 9:57 p.m. Tuesday, December 29 — Received a report of harassing phone calls on Front Row Dr., Cohasset at 1:28 a.m. Received a report of an abandoned vehicle on Whispering Pines Rd., Deer River at 3:06 p.m. Received a report of mailbox damage on Co. Rd. 44, Deer River at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday, December 30 — Responded to a twovehicle property damage on Main St., Cohasset at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, December 31 — Responded to a bar fight on Hwy. 38, Bigfork at 11:48 p.m. Friday, January 1 — Responded to a bar fight on Main Ave., Bigfork at 12:28 a.m. Received a loud party complaint on Sugar Lake Trail, Cohasset at 12:51 a.m. Received a fireworks complaint on NW 6th Ave., Cohasset at 1:47 a.m. Received a loud party complaint on 1st St., Cohasset at 1:49 a.m. Responded to a domestic argument on Co. Rd. 62, Cohasset at 10:18 a.m. Responded to a chimney fire on Co. Rd. 31, Northome at 2:38 p.m. Responded to a bar fight on Hwy. 46, Squaw Lake at 10:46 p.m. Responded to a domestic argument on Co. Rd. 19, Deer River at 11:28 p.m. Saturday, January 2 — Responded to a vehicle in the ditch on Co. Rd. 53, Bigfork at 11:01 a.m. Sunday, January 3 — Received a report of theft from a home on Co. Rd. 146, Deer River at 10:22 a.m. Responded to a residential fire on S. Natures Trail, Squaw Lake at 12:57 p.m. Responded to a residential intrusion alarm on Sherwood Forest Trail, Deer River at 3:03 p.m. Responded to a report of a one-vehicle property damage on Scenic Hwy, Bigfork at 5:32 p.m. Monday, January 4 — Responded to a violation of court order on Co. Rd. 62, Cohasset at 1:33 p.m. A party was arrested.

Thank You We wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the care of our Mom, Helen Lenoch, who passed away on December 28, 2009. A very special thank you to Becky’s House (Becky Newman, Carol, Lu, and Tom) for caring for Mom with dignity, respect, and love; to Dr. Hoffman and staff for their care throughout Mom’s years in Deer River; and to her friends at Comstock Court apartments for your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and your kindness will never be forgotten. Patricia Lenoch, Ann (Phil) Bundy, Rich (Judy) Lenoch, and Dan Lenoch 26Wch


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The Bible Says ... Believe God

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by C. Marvine Scott “FAITH IS believing what God says simply because it is God who says it.” unknown I was given a book this year, “Praying God’s Word” by Beth Moore. The Lord touched me with the second chapter “Overcoming Unbelief.” Beth writes: “God seems to work in themes in my life. You know what I mean. Every sermon, morning devotional, and Christian radio program all ‘coincidentally’ speak to me about the same subject for an uncomfortable length of time. I’ll even get a card in the mail from a Christian friend I haven’t seen in ten years and—you guessed it— she’ll share a good word on the exact ‘theme.’ “Soon after my fortieth birthday, everywhere I turned I heard a message on ‘belief.’ I’m humiliated to admit that I became somewhat annoyed not to be hearing more on the subjects I really needed. After all, I already was a believer, and if believers don’t believe, what on earth do they do? “Several weeks passed, and I still didn’t get it. Finally one morning even Oswald Chambers had the audacity to bring up the subject in that day’s entry on My Utmost for His Highest. I looked up and exclaimed, ‘What is this all about?’ I sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart, ‘Beth, I want you to believe Me.’ I was appalled. ‘Lord,’ I answered, ‘Of course I believe in you. I’ve believed in You all my life.’ I felt He responded very clearly. Adamantly. ‘I didn’t ask you to believe in Me. I asked you to believe Me.’ “I sat very puzzled for several moments until I was certain that the Holy Spirit had faithfully shed light on my pitifully small faith. I sensed Him saying, “My child, you believe Me for so little. Don’t be so safe in the things you pray. Who are you trying to keep from looking foolish? Me or you?’ “I don’t mind telling you that my life changed dramatically after God interrupted my comfortable pace with the ‘theme’ of belief. Some of it has been excruciating, and some of it has been the most fun I’ve had in my entire Christian life. I have a feeling this is one theme I probably will run into again and again in the course of my journey. Why? Because without faith it is impossible to please Him. In other words, you and I will be challenged to believe Him from one season to the next, all of our days. And if we have even half a heart for God, He’s likely to shake our perimeters and stir up a little excitement.” -Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word (B&H Publishers TN c2003) p.3435

My birthday was January 2nd and we were at our son’s home with family to celebrate. I asked if I could read a part of this book and read the above portion. I told them how this passage had been stirring my heart to believe God more. I, too, have believed in God all my life but there is a difference somehow. It is one thing to believe ‘in’ God and a totally different thing to simply ‘believe God!” I was challenged to ‘believe’ that what God said He would do, He would do. I liked God’s statement to Beth: ‘Who are you trying to keep from looking foolish? Me or you?’ I opened up my first gift. It was a purse with great big words, ‘BELIEVE’ on the outside! Then I received a number of other inspirational & loving cards and gifts including another Beth Moore book on King David. I think God is challenging me to ‘believe’ Him more and He is challenging you also, my dear readers. Let’s take a moment a look at a few things God asks us to believe. Put your name here. 1. He is my shield and protector (Ps 3:3; 5:12; 18:2) 2. He answers my prayers (Ps 3:4; Ps 5:3; 6:9) 3. He helps me sleep (Ps 3:5; 4:8) 4. He created me for His pleasure (Rev. 4:11) 5. God is a tower of strength in times of trouble (Psalms 9:9) 6. God gives me food (Ps. 22:26; 23:1) 7. God forgives my sins (1 John 1:9) 8. God created everything and nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17) 9. He loves me! (John 3:16) 10. He delights in me! a.“How great is ADONAI, who delights in the peace of his servant!" (Ps 35:27) b.“for ADONAI takes delight in his people,” (Ps 149:4; Isa 62:4) c.“…those sincere in their ways are his delight.” (Prov. 11:20) d.“…those who deal faithfully are his delight.” (Prov. 12:22

God Knoweth Best -Unknown Precious thought, my Father knoweth, In His love I rest; For whate’er my Father doeth Must be always best. Well I know the heart that planneth, Nought but good for me; Joy and sorrow interwoven; Love in all I see. Precious thought, my Father knoweth, Careth for His child; Bids me nestle closer to Him When the storm beats wild. Tho’ my earthly hopes are shattered, And the tear drops fall, Yet He is Himself my solace, Yea, my Friend, my all.

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Oh, to trust Him then more fully, Just to simply move In the conscious, calm enjoyment Of the Father’s love; Knowing that life’s chequered pathway Leadeth to His rest, Satisfied the way He taketh Must be always best.


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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.

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.

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


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

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.

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

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

SUOMI Suomi Evangelical Lutheran Pastor John Hanson Parsonage 832-3834 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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

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) Church Services 10-11 a.m. Sunday School 11:15-11:45 a.m.

EFFIE Effie Fredheim Lutheran Church ELCA Rev. Ryan Aarestad Office 743-3368; Parsonage 743-6986 Sunday Worship 8:45 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.

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.

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.

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11.God will help us delight in Him! (Isa. 58:14) Have you ever declared out loud, “God delights in me”? Try it for it is true! You say, “But I have done wrong!” He exclaims: “Come to Me and I will forgive you and make you clean. Then we can have delightful times together.”

LANCE CORPORAL ANDERSON RETURNS FROM AFGHANISTAN Lance Corporal Nathaniel Anderson of Cohasset has returned with his U.S. Marine Corps unit from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. He was deployed with the 1st Battalion 5th Marines as part of the International Security Assistance Force in Helmund Province, Afghanistan, in Operation Khanjar. Anderson, currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., has been able to be home during his post deployment leave. He is the son of Brian and Jo Anderson of Cohasset.

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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.

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)

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There were plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for youngsters at the Marcell Family Center Winter Frolic on Jan. 9. This foursome, (from the left) Desiree Rhodes, Aurora Watson, Mackenzie Pearson and Andie Chase had been having fun in the bouncy tent.

Adults and youngsters enjoyed the hayrides, provided by Duane Barrow and his daughter Keri Heinrich with the team of Babe and Beauty, during the Jan. 9 Marcell Family Center Winter Frolic. The riders just made sure they were well bundled up to withstand the windchill that made the day cold, in spite of the warm afternoon sunshine.

A free lunch with beverages was just one of the features organized for family activities at the Marcell Family Center Winter Frolic. Michelle Johnson’s children, Colton and Mason (in the high chair) certainly seemed to be enjoying their lunch during this Jan. 9 event.

Brothers, Gavin, at the left, and Kallen Ingels had fun making a Lego house when they attended the Marcell Family Center Winter Frolic fun day on Jan. 9. The Ingels boys are grandsons of Al and Bonnie Furman.



Robert J. Mattfield Plaintiff,

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Paul F. Holbrook, Herbert M Miller, Armus Hill, Berthold G. Heyn, Paul E. Hohansee, John H. Hill, Richard R. Jacobson, Cecil F. Mattfield and Leslie C. Mattfield, the United States of America and the unknown heirs or assigns of the above-named persons and all other persons or entities unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest or lien in the real estate described in the Complaint herein, Defendants. SUMMONS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: You are hereby summoned and required to Answer the Complaint of the Plaintiffs above-named on file in the office of the Court Administrator of Itasca County, Minnesota and to serve your Answer to said Complaint upon the subscriber in his office at P.O. Box 365, Deer River, Minnesota, 56636 within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; if you fail to Answer said Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiffs will demand judgment that they are the owners in fee of the following described premises in the County of Itasca, State of Minnesota and that Defendants have no estate or interest therein or lien thereon, with costs: All that portion of Lot Thirteen (13), of Section Two (2), Township One Hundred Forty-nine (149), North, Range Twenty-six (26), West of the 5th Principal Meridian lying and being North of the South 20 acres thereof. Dated: November 16, 2009


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Cara Stodola and her daughters, from the left, Jordan, Lora and Morgan, were having some family-time fun at the craft table set up for the celebration at the Marcell Family Center for the winter frolic on Jan. 9.

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On the morning of Jan. 9, there were 11 mushers and teams registered for the Trophy Class, 27 for the Recreation Class, 19 for the 8 Dog Pro Class and 28 for the 10 Dog Pro Class. Neal Seeger, 48, of Detroit Lakes, was the first Trophy Class competitor to leave the starting gate at the White Oak Society grounds in Deer River after a team left to make a scent trail guide for the competing teams.

WHITE OAK DOG SLED/From Page 1 be so bad, it would be the sled that would hurt, no matter how light the musher is.” There weren’t too many problems at this early stage of the races, but one musher did lose his team before getting completely out of Deer River. The musher had to walk the trail until arriving at Hwy. 46 where the team had been stopped and were waiting. Other stories probably will surface at a later date from the other route sites. The youngest individual listed on the musher list for the 2010 White Oak Sled Dog Classic Recreation Class was Ian Wallin of Two Harbors who is 11. Another young racer was Malinda Tjelta of Sheyenne, N.D., who is 12. She competed in the 8-dog Pro Class. She had competed in the 2009 White Oak Sled Dog Classic in the recreation class. Their respective fathers, Ward Wallin and Peter Tjelta, were also running those races with Their own team of dogs. There were several mushers taking part in the races that were at the other end of the age spectrum. Jamie Nelson of Togo who was awarded Bib # 1 for the year’s event is 61. In the 8-dog pro class there were two who are 62, Nick Turman of Two Harbors and Micky West of Elton, Wis. Clarke Garry who also did that run is 64. Rainer Ropers of Lake Zurich is 63, he took part in the recreation class run. Richard Loucks of Wrenshall, 62, competed in the trophy class.

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WIR Week 26 Jan. 14, 2010  

Western itasca Review Week 26. Jan. 14, 2010.