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Mr. Michael Simonson and his fifth grade students are working to raise money to donate to the Amery WI. and Amory MS. Historical Societies. Back row L to R: Mr. Michael Simonson, Gavin Anderson, Layne Fredericks, Cashton Madison, Sam Streich, Lincoln Heinn, Edward Nihiser, and Madison Kaphing. Front Row L to R : Adam Parent-Joyner, Connor Stoeklen, Sierra Morales, Reagan Thompson, Kallie Andersen, Liam Davis, Jenna Van Someren, Ben Frank, Brooke Jansen, Samantha Fulton, and Paityn Cain.

Students hope to preserve the past through fundraising BY APRIL ZIEMER

similar to theirs that sits across the country. What started as one teacher’s curiosity about whether another town existed with the name of Amery, has now turned into a Sister City relationship that is being fostered by his students. Amery, Wisconsin and Amory, Mississippi may have a different vowel in the center of their name, but they are pronounced the same

A group of fi fth-grade students have decided to do their part in promoting a tale of two cities. It is not what you may think. They are not endorsing an 1859 novel by Charles Dickens, but instead, they have decided to make a positive difference in their community as well as one quite


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and have many commonalities. Both cities founded in 1887, have history with railroad companies and both have similar distinctive clocks in their downtown area. “This is the third year I have been working on this project. We have really had a nice connection with Amory, Mississippi,” said fi fth-grade teacher Michael Simonson.



The School District of Amery and former employee Dena Babcock have settled the lawsuit brought by Babcock against the district. Babcock will be paid $100,000 in the settlement. The $100,000 settlement will be split three ways: $30,000 to Bakke Norman, S.C., Babcock’s attorney; $15,000 to Babcock with the same payroll deductions as she had at the time when she left the school district’s employment and $55,000 to Babcock with no withholdings. Babcock, who was employed by the Amery




Easter Egg Hunt SaturdayFREE

Join the Amery Community Club at their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. sharp at the Soo Line Park Pavilion in downtown Amery. All children up to 10 years old are welcome. There will be special drawings, the Easter Bunny, Easter photos by Cahill Studios (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) and a Pancake Breakfast at the Amery Fire Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


New owners preserve history of downtown building


Most people have heard the saying, “If these walls could talk.” Owners of a building that has been a staple on Amery’s Keller Avenue since 1887 are making sure that

the walls so full of historical knowledge, along with the windows and every other part of the building are kept as original as possible. Catherine Olsen and her husband Greg are the owners of Bowman Leathers. As previously reported in the

Amery Free Press, they purchased the former Ida Mae’s building this winter and have been working diligently on preparing the site for their business that will offer leatherwork, antique restoration, upholstery services and retail items made from repurposed

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leather. The new owners have tried their hardest to keep the building close to its original form. They found a way to expose the original chimney and reveled the stained glass, which spells out “A. Feit” to the exterior and interior.

The building that will now be Bowman Leather originally opened in 1928. According to the Amery Area Historical Society, in 1911 Isaac and Albina Feit purchased Lot 6, Block 5, of the “Original Plat of the City of Amery” from SEE HISTORY ON PAGE 2


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HISTORY: New owners preserve stained glass, redo brick front of building FROM PAGE ONE

the Farmers and Merchants State Bank immediately to the north. A. Feit and Son clothing store from the “Danielson Block” in town to their new location that proudly adorned the family name. It has been said that Mr. Feit was reputed to believe that sales for any given day would be poor if he did not complete a transaction early in the day. Therefore he would stand in the street encouraging the first sale, often at a drastically reduced price. Isaac Feit died in 1947 at the age of 93. Following his death, the building and business were sold to Millard and Gladys Evensen. They operating Evensen Clothing until 1955, when they sold to Bud Harris and Dr. A.R. “Buck” Buchanan. B & B Clothing was a staple in the community until the store closed in 1984, when Harris retired. That year, the Feit building was purchased by Les and Patricia Wise and became a Sears Catalog store. In 1986, Ken and Kay Amundsen bought the building and business. Harley and Nora Schaefer also operated the store from 1989- 1993.


Workers installed new brick outside of Bowman Leather. The new owners of the building are hoping to preserve the look of the building, which was originally built by the Feit family in 1928.

The Amundsens sold the building to Dale and Suzi Bazille in 1994. While remodeling the store that Suzi ran called “Squash-A-Penny”,

Dale uncovered the stained glass that featured the Feit name. When Margie Belock bought the building in 2006, she

added a commercial kitchen. She opened Feit Square that featured BB’s café. In 2011, Ida Mae’s Café was opened by Julia Apaloo with Roger and

Barb Anderson. Apaloo left the business after two years and the Andersons served many hungry patrons over their years in business. As the new owners were walking into their space, they recently came across chunks of mortar that had fallen from the top of the building. Now new brickwork is displayed along the exterior. The Feit window has been preserved. 50 lbs. of screws have secured the flooring. Working around the clock, they tried to repurpose as much as they could from the building’s Ida Mae’s years, including the awning and kitchen stainless steel. Olsen has hopes to paint to tin ceiling back to its original color of gray and eventually open the stairway the basement. The store will be open for business soon, “Watch for the sign to light up,” said Olsen. A grand opening is slated for May 12th. Visitors to the store will be able to witness everything that the Bowman Leather building has to offer, including crafting space that is available and areas of the store where a variety of creators can display their own creations.

STUDENTS: This year’s fundraising will benefit historical societies in cities FROM PAGE ONE

Amory, MS., is about twice the size of Amery WI., and Simonson’s class is enjoying learning about differences and similarities between their home and the neighbors located 996.9 miles to the south. Each year through a fundraising project, Simonson’s pupils try to raise money for something that will make in difference in both communities. “It is important for us to raise money and donate it to something special for both cities,” said Liam Davis. This year the fifth-graders and their fearless leader are extremely excited to raise money for something they believe is an important and valuable part of both towns. Lincoln Heinn said, “We will divide all of the fundraising money between both Amery and Amory’s Historical Societies.” When speaking with his students about their chosen recipient, Simonson said, “By donating this money to the Historical Society, we are keeping the past alive and helping people learn about both communities.” By making their contribution, the pupils are hoping to help promote the tales of both towns so that fifth-graders for years to come will be able to learn about history of their surroundings.


Gavin Anderson and Reagan Thompson are pictured with a railroad portrait given to students and signed by the Mayor of Amory, MS. Also shown is one of the Amery 2 Amory signs that fundraiser dollars enabled students to have made last year.

The students hope to visit Amery’s Historical Society, which is located in the basement of the public library soon. Kallie Anderson also thinks it would be really fun to visit Amory, MS. some-

time and see the Sister City that she and her classmates are also working to make an impact in. Two years ago the students were able to raise $600.00 for the police department in

each place. Amory, MS. used the funds to purchase a vest for their K9 dog. In the fall of 2017, Amory’s Mayor visited Amery, WI. to thank the students for the contribution that helps protect their citizens. With last year’s proceeds, the students purchased “Amery 2 Amory” Sister-City signs that are proudly displayed in both communities. They had a logo designed that features the railroad commonality between the towns with a gold colored “2” between the city names. “The number 2 represents our connection to each other. It is painted gold to show that the connection is valuable,” said Simonson. To raise their funds, the students are promoting an online shirt sale. “We are selling t-shirts and sweatshirts in lots of colors,” said Gavin Anderson. “There is a website you can go to online and pick from different kinds of shirts. Some of long sleeves, some have short and some have hoods,” said Sierra Morales. Members of Simonson’s class believe that the students he had in previous years have done an excellent job in their fundraising efforts and this year they intend to work extra hard. Brooke Jansen said, “We would like to raise more money this year than they ever have before.” To achieve this, Sami Fulton shared that

she and her classmates need to fundraise over $1200.00. In order to do so, Jenna Van Someren said the determined young salespeople have set a goal of selling 250 shirts, although her classmate Adam Parent-Joyner shared he would like to see them sell 1,312 shirts; now that is a hefty goal. If there is anyone who could accomplish such a feat, it would be these young go getters. There is currently three ways that people can help the students reach their goal. Shirts can be ordered online by clicking on links in two different locations. The City of Amery’s website (www. has a link on the middle of it’s page under the heading “News Flash.” Another link is located on the Amery School District’s website (www.amerysd.k12. To locate the area, click on the tab entitled, “Schools” and then choose Amery Intermediate School. Next, on the left hand side of the page select, “Family Folders” and the Amery 2 Amory logo will appear. For those who would prefer to order in person, forms are available at Something Different Printing in Amery. The fundraiser will last through the month of April, and into May if sales continue.


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APRIL 17 “It is Finished” Choir Cantata The First Evangelical Lutheran Church Community Choir will present the cantata “It is Finished” on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. A time of fellowship and refreshments follows the performance.

APRIL 18 Amery Area Garden Club Meeting The Amery Area Garden Club will meet Thursday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Amery Library. The meeting will focus on planning for this summer’s gardening related activities. Come with your ideas for garden tours and presentations. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information, call 715-554-1036.

Amery Area Historical Society On April 18, the Amery Area Historical Society will hold its monthly membership meeting beginning at 3 p.m. Guests are always welcome to attend all meetings. New acquisitions are now on display! The Historical Society’s room is located in the lower level of the Amery Area Public Library.

Polk-Burnett Bee Keepers The Polk-Burnett Bee Keepers will be meeting on April 18, 2019. We will meet at the Polk County Justice Center at 7:00 p.m. in Balsam Lake. Our speaker will be Gary Reuter. He will be talking about spring Bee Keeping.

APRIL 20 Jamie “Bighead” Larson Cancer Benefit In Nov. 2018, Jamie Larson was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. His family and friends are hosting a benefit to raise funds to help support Jamie and his family during this difficult time. The benefit will be at BrowTine Restaurant and Event Center (formerly Crickets), 1361 100th Street, Amery from 3 p.m.-?. Any donations are appreciated. To arrange pickup or drop off, please call Justin “Bucky” Will at 715-607-0349 or Stacy Sigsworth at 715-338-5902. Thank you.

Easter Egg Hunt Join the Amery Community Club at their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. sharp at the Soo Line Park Pavilion in downtown Amery. All children up to 10 years old are welcome. There will be special drawings, the Easter Bunny, Easter photos by Cahill Studios (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) and a Pancake Breakfast at the Amery Fire Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration Celebrate at the 3rd Annual Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gaylord A. Nelson Educational Center (Clear Lake Elementary School) to honor Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day and Native of Clear Lake. Vendors and educational displays all day! 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, 10 a.m. Chris Cold from Wisconsin DNR, 11:30 a.m. Dave Viau, local beekeeper, 1 p.m. Inga Witscher, Consuming Fire Wood-fired Pizza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Bring your plastic bags for recycling. For more information, contact Cindy ‘Reed’ Hatella at 715-2269320 or Melanie Lombardo at 651-271-0352.

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APRIL 21 “Times in Which We Live” Non-Denominational Bible Teaching on Prophetic End Time Events Sunday, April 21, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the St. Croix Public Library Meeting Room, there will be a bible study on Ezekiel 36: Israel Rising by Doug Hershey. All ages welcome. No collections are taken.



Wigs for kids Second grader Josephine Kuhl, the daughter of Tyler and Allie, cut over 9 inches of her hair to be donated for a wig to be made for a child battling cancer. Kelly Lathrop had the honor of cutting Josie’s hair at the Hair Company in New Richmond on Frida y March 29th, 2019.

Pork Dinner First Lutheran Church of Amery’s Men in Mission invite you to our annual Pork Dinner with all the trimmings on Thursday, April 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 240 Elm Street West, Amery. Freewill offering. Takeouts available, 715-268-7135.

APRIL 26 Smelt Fry The United Fire Rescue Baldwin Station will be holding their annual Smelt Fry on Friday, April 26. Serving starts at 11 a.m. til we run out at the American Legion in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Enjoy all the smelt you can eat, homemade coleslaw, Bob’s baked beans, chips, pickles, milk and coffee. Available to dip your smelt in will be homemade tartar sauce. Proceeds will go towards the department’s equipment fund. Last year’s funds were used to purchase an equipment/gear dryer. A fire department tradition or almost 40 years, bring your family and friends for a night of smelt and camaraderie.

Mike Lynch WI Starwatch Party NEW DATE Friday, April 26: We will begin with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside using some amazing telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in the upper Midwest. Get close up views of the moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our early spring skies. If it’s cloudy, you will still


learn a lot, have a great time and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check” for a future Starwatch Class. Pre-register with Community Ed.

APRIL 27 Join Hands Day On Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Join Hands Day” will be held at the Polk County Museum in Balsam Lake. This will include a free noon meal (chili), a chance to meet our staff and a brief 1:30 p.m. meeting to update members and friends. All are invited.

APRIL 28 Spring Dinner Deronda Lutheran Church invites you to a Spring Dinner Sunday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable medley, rolls, pie, coffee and milk will be on the menu. Free will offering. Deronda Lutheran Church is located west of Amery at 1239 Cty. Rd. F.

MAY 3 & 4 Garage Sale Check out the Garage Sale at Little Falls Lutheran Church (1272 44th Avenue, Amery) Friday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Something for everyone! Questions? Call or text Lorrie at 715-808-3977.

MAY 4 Harlem Wizards–Trick Hoops & Alley Oops! The Harlem Wizards will be showing off their trick hoops, alley-oops, and basketball skills as they take on the Amery “AllStars” on Saturday, May 4th at the Amery High School gym. The “All-Stars” team features principals, teachers and staff from Amery schools, as well as a few parents and high school students, who will have a great time playing and laughing with the 6 Wizards and their MC. The audience will also love the fun and excitement of this basketball game/show. Tickets can be purchased in advance at any Amery school office or online at $9 for students/seniors (62+), $11 adults in advance, or at the door for $11 students/seniors and $13 adults. Limited reserved tickets are $17 and almost sold out courtside plus tickets are $25, both of which can only be purchased online or at the Intermediate School office. This community event is a fundraiser for the Amery Intermediate Parent Organization, which will benefit the students and staff at the Intermediate School.

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My late father, Arved Stangl (aka “The Chief”) gets mentioned in this space many times. As the fifth of six children, I was witness to many lessons taught by my father that have stayed with me. I believe some of the reactions are hard wired into my DNA, so when situations arise, I simply switch into “Arved” mode. The Chief was not a fan of popular culture. His favorite movie star was John Wayne. He adored Publisher Lawrence Welk. I could probably still sing Welk’s sign off song Tom Stangl “Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen,” but I won’t put you through the trauma. Any time he saw anyone performing that he didn’t “get,” his reaction was to place a bemused expression on his face and remark “They pay them good money for that?” I’ll admit to using the phrase a time or two myself. When I came across a recent item about a retailer’s new fashion line, the thought entered my head. It seems the United States Postal Service (USPS) is licensing its logos for a new line of clothing sold by retailer Forever 21. Among the garments splashed with USPS logos are “Express” and “Priority” joggers and cropped tanks, a hooded windbreaker covered in USPS mailing labels, and a belt covered in USPS bar codes. There’s a “Priority” tube top as well as biking uniform, which features blue bike shorts and a yellow tank top that has the USPS logo on it. Writing for Fast Company, where I read news of this new fashion line, author Elizabeth Segran points out that the biking ensemble bears more than a passing resemblance to the ones wore by Lance Armstrong when he was on the professional team sponsored by USPS. “In 2010, Armstrong and his teammates were accused of defrauding the U.S. government by doping while sponsored, forcing Armstrong to pay $5 million to settle the case. Is the USPS being self-referential to the point of self-parody?” Segran writes. In an official statement, USPS’s brand marketing executive Chris Karpenko said, “The collaboration will generate royalty revenue for the Postal Service and build brand awareness among a younger audience.” Segran points out that Generation Z and Millennials who comprise Forever 21’s target market grew up with the internet and are among the folks who rarely use the postal service. Photos of the items show a zippered clutch bag with the Priority Mail logo and reflective trim jackets similar to what letter carriers might wear, but make no mistake, these items are not to be worn while sorting mail. USPS’ Karpenko says in the release “This collection is not part of the official USPS uniform and should not be worn by postal employees while on duty. Managers and supervisors can use Postal Uniform Guidelines, a pictorial guidebook that USPS released last year, to help ensure employees wear their uniforms properly. “Our employees are welcome to show their postal pride by wearing officially licensed USPS apparel, but they should do so in their free time,” Karpenko said. I’m really glad he added that. I would hate to see someone sorting mail while wearing the $12.90 “Priority” tube top. I get that the postal service is trying to make a buck wherever and whenever they can, but as a business customer that depends on them exclusively for delivery, I would rather they focus on delivering on time. And yes, we do pay them good money for that.

Modern day pen pals making a difference BY APRIL ZIEMER EDITOR@THEAMERYFREEPRESS.COM

I can’t remember for sure, but I think it was during fifth grade that each person in my class was set up with a pen pal. I also cannot recall with absolute certainty, but I think my pen pal was from Indiana. It was fifth grade so I highly doubt our written exchange became very in depth. We probably talked about our families, pets and school. If they were indeed from Indiana, I probaEditor bly asked if they April Ziemer knew John Cougar Mellencamp, and if they were a good pen pal they would have been kind enough to at least lie and say “Yes, he is my cousin,” so I could brag to others in my school. Fast forward a handful (alright wheelbarrow full) of years, and take note on just how far a classroom “pen pal” project can really grow. My daughter Reagan is in Mr. Simonson’s fifth grade class at Amery Intermediate School. A few years ago, Simonson began searching for another existing town named Amery. He stumbled across Amory, Mississippi. He started a project with his students, having them write to community leaders in Amory and residents there responded. The project has built a relationship between the citizens

of Amory and Simonson’s students each year. Amery and Amory have now become sister cities. Each year Simonson and his fifth grade family work on a fundraising effort that benefits organizations in each town. When I recently chatted with one of Simonson’s students about their current fundraising mission, it seemed as if the 10-year-old morphed into a 50-year-old right before my eyes when he responded, “It would be nice to get some community involvement.” He hit the nail right on the head. I think we could all learn a lot from this very apparent wise young man. I am a firm believer that schools and community are a partnership that must exist. All components of the community are essential to helping children reach their maximum potential. It has been documented that community collaboration with schools complements and reinforces values, culture and learning opportunities that schools can provide for their students. To put it simply, all of us; teachers, support staff, parents, business, nonprofit, service clubs and people without children in schools need to work together to truly make a difference in the lives of our students. These young thinkers will be the next ones to run the world. I also want it to be noted that I used the phrase young thinkers, when I almost typed, “little minds.” As I was hitting the keys, it dawned on me that calling them little minds sounds similar to

narrow minds, and that is far from what I mean. I believe that most of the children have a more broad way of thinking that many adults. I want to say, “Bravo” to Simonson and his fifth grade achievers and believers. I think what they are doing is similar to what I did in fifth grade, but on another level. They could have just written a few letters back and forth. If so, some day when they hit their mid-forties, they could look back and try to recall whom they wrote to, and what they may have shared. Instead they are reaching out, and involving two entire cities by learning about the people that make up the communities and attempting to make a difference in the betterment of Amery and Amory. I am encouraging everybody to jump on the bandwagon. Reach out to learn about someone or someplace new. Along the way you may learn what I believe these kids already know- every human is like all other humans, some other humans, and no other human. That is a beautiful thing. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with you, and look forward to readers sharing their thoughts in return. Feel free to email me at editor@, write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery WI. 54001 or I can be reached by phone at 715-268-8101

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Neubauer defeat dashes liberals’ hope for Supreme Court majority BY WISPOLITICS.COM THE CAPITOL REPORT

Lisa Neubauer conceded to Brian Hagedorn on April 10, a week after Democrats woke to a shocking result. Liberals and Democrats had a money advantage, a template from Rebecca Dallet’s big court victory in 2018, and a turnout boost through various school spending referendums, contested mayoral races in Madison and Green Bay and a Democratic primary in the Kenosha seat once held by former Assemblyman Peter Barca. On top of that, the traditional conservative coalition that had helped engineer a solid court majority for the right fell apart over Hagedorn’s controversial past writings on gays. But grassroots conservatives, the state GOP and late money from out of state woke up the Christian right and the WOW counties around Milwaukee to give Hagedorn a narrow upset

win. Hagedorn, age 41, will take over for longtime liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson, 85, who is dealing with cancer and decided against seeking another 10-year term. She had been on the high court since 1976. So Hagedorn not only takes Abrahamson’s seat to the delight of conservatives who have railed against her for years, but he dashes the hopes of liberals who had dreams of taking back the court majority. Dallett’s win got liberals closer, to a 4-3 edge. Then Neubauer was supposed to keep Abrahamson’s seat. And in 2020, when Democrats statewide turn out for a presidential primary, they would complete the task by dispatching Justice Daniel Kelly, appointed to the court by Scott Walker. Republicans were so fearful of this scenario that they even thought about changing the date of the spring elections next year. That liberal dream is now

kaput. When Hagedorn gets sworn in this summer, the conservative court majority will be back to 5-2 and give conservatives a cushion should Kelly lose. The win was narrow — some 6,000 votes — but enough for a liberal loss. This can be added to the list of “what ifs” that includes Hillary Clinton in 2018 and JoAnne Kloppenburg in 2011. “Judge Hagedorn said that he was running to get partisan influences out of our courts, and I hope he lives up to his promise,” Neubauer said. “Our courts are strongest when politics are set aside, and we follow the law regardless of personal views.” In a message to supporters, Hagedorn said he was “deeply humbled and grateful.” Throughout the campaign, he said a justice should “say what the law is, not what the law should be,” that partisan politics have no place at the

court, and he would uphold the constitution as written. “I meant every word, and I will endeavor to fulfill these promises with all my ability,” said Hagedorn, a former Walker aide appointed by the then-governor to the state appeals court in 2015. Neubauer spokesman Tyler Hendricks said she won’t run for the state Supreme Court next year, when Kelly is up for a full 10-year term. She instead will look at seeking another six-year term to the 2nd District Court of Appeals, where she served alongside Hagedorn. TV numbers shared with and a check of filings with the state Ethics Commission detailing independent expenditures show outside groups backing Neubauer outspent those supporting Hagedorn by nearly 2-to-1. Still, Neubauer bemoaned the role of outside money, saying she hoped future races would

see less influence from “outside special interests.” The Republican State Leadership Committee’s Judicial Fairness Initiative spent more than $1.2 million over the last week of the race on TV, digital ads, mail and other advertising backing Hagedorn. “With more than $1 million poured in against me with false and misleading attacks in the final week alone, it’s not hard to imagine that is what made the difference,” Neubauer said. The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Copyright ©

Comments on Congress: How Politics Have Changed BY LEE H. HAMILTON COMMENTS ON CONGRESS

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose I should not be surprised that I get asked a lot these days how American politics have changed over the last six decades. A few things stand out. When I first arrived in Congress, Americans had faith in the institutions of government. President Lyndon Johnson had actually run on a platform that we could successfully wage a war on poverty — and been elected. It seems inconceivable today that a politician of prominence would be so bold and so naïve as to propose such a thing, let alone believe that we could do it. Today, Americans have little confidence in government’s ability to deliver. And with rea-

son: Congress can’t even pass a budget on time, and even the most routine matters get bottled up. A war successfully waged on anything domestic seems beyond its grasp. We can argue about when this shift began — was it catalyzed or merely summarized by President Ronald Reagan when he famously said that government is the problem, not the solution? Regardless, the days of LBJ-style confidence are long gone. The second big difference is the extreme political intensity we see all around us. Almost every facet of politics is more complicated and pursued more vigorously, with a harder edge to it, than when I began. Voters are more demanding and want instant results. Consultants are everywhere you turn. Lobbyists have multiplied and become immeasurably sophisticated and effective at finding ways to get what they want. Interest groups have exploded in number and competency. The media has

become more aggressive. And money, of course, has become an avalanche. Politics has shifted from low-intensity conflict to big business — and very serious business, at that. With all this, of course, the sharp polarization that marks our politics today has flourished. We’ve always had partisanship, but today it penetrates everything: the electorate, the political parties, legislatures, Congress, and the White House. Which has led to one of the greater ironies of this era. On the one hand, the political world is flooded with information — it used to be that one of the chief tasks of a politician and policy-maker was to gather information; today your problem is sorting through it. On the other hand, in this atmosphere deliberations are often based less on facts, experts and evidence than on partisan beliefs. In a sea of information, we’re drowning in misinformation.

Finally, the audience for politics has changed. When you spoke to the Rotary Club in southern Indiana in the 1960s, you were speaking to Rotary members in southern Indiana. Today, you could very well be speaking to the world. Whatever you say can become available everywhere in a matter of hours, if not minutes. Newsworthy events and statements that once took days to stoke a reaction today get an instantaneous — and often hot-blooded — response. This has all made the work of politics and governing much more difficult. Organizations intensively scrutinize every tiny step, and can gin up a massive response at a moment’s notice. The basic building blocks of politics — gathering facts, deliberating on next steps, finding common ground — have become charged in their own right, subject to partisan attack. Bridging our divisions over health care, taxation, immigration, the debt and deficits,

and U.S. intervention abroad seems ever more elusive. Plain and simple, it’s become harder to make the country work. When I began in politics, elected officials felt a responsibility to find their way through difficult problems together. They believed that compromise and negotiation were core political values, intrinsic to our democracy and crucial to making it work for everyone. There are still plenty of politicians who believe this — but also plenty who do not, who have shown they can thrive in a political environment that stacks the deck against the shared work of finding common ground. We’ve come a long way as a country over the last six decades. But when it comes to politics as a democratic endeavor to address the nation’s challenges? We’ve lost ground. Lee Hamilton was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

to the state trail fund. Polk County collected $9891.00 from the bicycle pass fees to maintain the Gandy and Stower trail. This does not go far when you take into account that their hourly billing rate which depends on which employee(s) are working the trail. In 2018, our Parks & Recreation Dept. turned in 381.75 labor hours for non-motorized trails, 67.5 hours on the Stower and 314.25 hours on the Gandy over the summer for mowing, brushing, maintenance and checking toilets. These rates

range from $12 to $22 or $47 per person per hour averaging $30 plus per hour as it is normally a two person team working the trails for labor totaling $11,452.50 and a difference of -1561.50 of available funds. Bear in mind, cities or townships snow plow the parking areas. While the motorized community does most of the trail work, Parks & Rec is responsible to verify all trails are clear year round and billed the motorized portions of trail system for 60 hours collecting $1800.00.

Apparently the motorized trail billing amount just covered the non-motorized trail deficit. So what does the FRIENDS group contribute to maintain these trails compared to the motorized group? They seem to want everyone to do the work for them. Who’s selfish now? Your numbers don’t support the non-motorized trails in Wisconsin or Polk County! To be continued … Bob Knutson Amery

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The real cost of non-motorized trails in Wisconsin To the editor: Information for all residents of Polk County to think about from Wisconsin DNR Records. The state collected a total of about $1.3 million in state trail pass fees (previous recent years have ranged from $1.2 to just over $1.30 million in bicycle pass revenue. The overall revenue generated by the sale of state trail passes does not cover expenses for the non-motorized trails for which it is charged. The average operating expenses for these types of trails

are $69,811 but only $29,711 is available creating a per trail deficit of $40,100. So to make up this shortage, they now steal from Peter to pay Paul from a separate Wisconsin State Park systems account which includes funds from the state park admission stickers, camping fees and state tax dollars! THIS IS OUR MONEY covering non-motorized trails. The funding structure is different in Polk County where 60% goes to Park and Rec Dept., 10% stays with the selling businesses and 30% goes




Polk County arrest report Mark Perry Anderson, 37, Ogilvie, MN, was arrested April 6 for OWI (5th) and possession of schedule II narcotic. Jimmy Donald Lambert, 57, Grantsburg, was arrested April 2 for OWI (1st). Malia T. Malone, 43, was arrested April 5 OWI (1st) and PAC (1st). John Earl Wess, 70, Luck, was arrested April 7 for OWI (1st) and operating with PAC (1st). Jeffrey John Springer, 32, Osceola, was arrested April 7 for OWI (2nd) and PAC (2nd). Tonya Mishelle Owens, 37, St. Croix Falls, was arrested April 7 for OWI (1st). Joshua Earl James Hinderman, 31, Cadott, was arrested April 4 for a probation hold. Rene Torres Linares, 26, Almena, was arrested April 1 for a deportation warrant - ICE and OWL. Dennis Donald Schuebel, 67, Amery, was arrested April 5 for warrant contempt. Jacques George Simon II, 46,

Luck, was arrested April 5 or a Jackson County failure to appear warrant. Daryl Douglas Sheldon, 47, Frederic, was arrested April 6 for a warrant (x3). Roy Christopher Huston, 67, Amery, was arrested April 6 for a Polk County failure to appear warrant. Jason Earl Bubb, 37, Lake Elmo, MN, was arrested April 1 for a misdemeanor bond violation. Andrew James Burhans, 26, Centuria, was arrested April 1 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony bond violation. Lisa Lynn Kedrowski, 53, homeless, was arrested April 1 for felony bail jumping. Shanon M. Peck, 37, Amery, was arrested April 2 for child abuse. Robert Joe Johnson, 36, St. Croix Falls, was arrested April 3 for fleeing, resisting/obstructing, operating after revocation and no ignition interlock device. Ryan W. Vadnais, 36, Rice Lake,

was arrested April 4 for possession of methamphetamine. Dakota Adam Preisler, 17, Osceola, was arrested April 5 for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cole M. House, 25, St. Croix Falls, was arrested April 5 for possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation hold. Benjamin Christopher Klein, 41, River Falls, was arrested April 4 for an out of county warrant (x2), possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brett Lee Johnson, 18, Dresser, was arrested April 5 for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kayla C. Brett, 34, Mora, MN, was arrested April 6 for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Branden James Nellessen, 33, Centuria, was arrested April 7 for violating a restraining order and threatening law enforcement.

Amery Area Municipal Court operating after suspension, $124. Mark P. Noyes, 37, Clayton, operating after suspension, $124. Kelly M. Tourville, 23, Amery, failure to stop at stop sign, $98.80.

Amery Area Municipal Court was held in Amery on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The following cases were heard:

City of Amery: Seth F. Boudreau, 19, Amery, operating without a valid license, $124. Ronald W. Hoff, 52, Amery, operating without a valid license, $124. Nathan D. Kelley, 23, Amery, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10. Jeremy A. Sarsland, 39, Amery, exceeding speed zones (11-15 mph), $98.80. Gabriel O. Simon Sanchez, 18, Clear Lake, exceeding speed zones (11-15 mph), $98. Rachel L. Stream, 34, Amery, exceeding speed zones (11-15 mph), $98.80. Joseph D. Vossen, 51, Amery, operating without a valid license, $124; non-registration of auto, $98.80.

Village of Clayton: Haley M. Eason, 24, Amery, failure to stop at stop sign, $98.80. Anthony M. Ninke, 25, Clayton,

Village of Clear Lake: Samantha L. Brandt, 30, Clear Lake, failure to stop at stop sign, $98.80. Blaine M. Broers, 28, New Richmond, exceeding speed zones (20-24 mph), $149.20. Gary S. Cuper Jr., 44, Turtle Lake, failure to stop at stop sign, $98.80. Mark C. Eyberg, 34, Minneapolis, exceeding speed zones (11-15 mph), $98.80. Kelly A. Grosskreutz, 31, Clayton, exceeding speed zones (16-19 mph), $124. Madeline M. Hermes, 23, Rochester, MN, exceeding speed zones (16-19 mph), $124. Andrew J. Johnson, 22, Clear Lake, operating while revoked (forfeiture), $124. Kraig A. Knutson, 29, Clayton, failure to keep vehicle under control, $136.60; failure to notify police of an accident, $313. Erin W. Maroney, 25, Burns-

ville, MN, exceeding speed zones (11-15 mph), $98.80. Brandon C. Pederson, Clear Lake, exceeding speed zones (4044 mph), $376. Schantele D. Schramski, 27, Clear Lake, operating without a valid license, $124; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $124; exceeding speed zones (3034 mph), $218. Joshua B. Selm, 37, Hudson, exceeding speed zones (11-15 mph), $98.80. Steven L. Violet Jr., 33, Clear Lake, failure to stop at stop sign, $98.80.

Not Guilty Pleas: Pleas of Not Guilty were entered by the following: Dean F. Schuebel, failure to stop at stop sign, $98.80. Jesse J. Krier, speeding (16-19 mph), $124. Jesse J. Mussehl, operate while revoked, $124. Sabreena Stage, speeding (16-19 mph), $124. Frederik Steffen, fail to stop at stop sign and no insurance, $222.80.

Amery Police Report 04/05/19-04/12/19 04/05/19, 11:55 a.m., Suspicious activity 04/05/19, 02:55 p.m., Vehicle lockout 04/05/19, 03:55 p.m., Minor motor vehicle accident 04/05/19, 10:52 p.m., Harassment report 04/06/19, 11 a.m., Theft report 04/06/19, 02:25 p.m., Welfare check 04/06/19, 07:16 p.m., Disturbance 04/06/19, 11:32 p.m., Suspicious activity 04/07/19, 12:03 a.m., Assist EMS 04/07/19, 01:40 p.m., Disturbance 04/07/19, 07:55 p.m., Assist EMS 04/08/19, 04:10 a.m., Assist other agency 04/08/19, 05:34 a.m., Mental health call 04/08/19, 07:45 a.m., Report of theft 04/08/19, 08:40 a.m., Vehicle lockout 04/08/19, 09:45 a.m., Traffic complaint 04/08/19, 10:35 a.m., Residential alarm 04/08/19, 01:15 p.m., Vehicle lockout 04/09/19, 10:02 a.m., Vehicle lockout 04/09/19, 03:02 p.m., Mental health call 04/09/19, 03:38 p.m., K9 unit assist at Barron Schools 04/10/19, 06:50 a.m., Suspicious activity 04/10/19, 02:47 p.m., Mental health call 04/10/19, 04:18 p.m., Vehicle lockout 04/10/19, 09:23 p.m., Assist other agency 04/11/19, 01:20 p.m., Vehicle lockout 04/11/19, 08:16 p.m., School alarm – No entry found 04/11/19, 11:52 p.m., Assist other agency MVA accident

ARRESTS No arrests made

Polk County Marriage Licenses Aaron Neil Johnson and Renee Elizabeth Allen of Milltown were eligible for marriage on April 7, 2019. Gary Leroy Zimmermann of Cambridge and Barbara Jean Froeschle of Milltown are eligible for marriage on May 4, 2019. Michael Stuart Bauer of Eureka and Paulette Rae Lowder of Burnsville are eligible for marriage on May 2, 2019.


An Olgilvie Minnesota man has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated 5 as well as Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Resisting an Officer stemming from an April 6 incident. If found guilty, Mark Perry Anderson, 37 could face up to 14 years in prison and $45,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint, an officer observed

a vehicle in the village of Dresser stopped significantly past the stop sign. The vehicle continued at high rate of speed. The officer continued following the vehicle and attempted to catch up to the driver. The officer states he could smell the strong odor of hot exhaust that had come from the suspect vehicle and he increased his patrol speed to over 80 mph, but noticed he was not significantly closing the distance on the vehicle, but he could see the suspect vehicle was travel-

ing a significant distance left of the center line. The vehicle turned and when the officer caught up and activated his emergency lights, the suspect vehicle did not immediately yield, but drove further down the road and turned into a driveway. Allegedly the officer noticed that as the vehicle was stopping, someone sat up in the back seat of the car and the driver climbed into the front passenger seat after putting the car in park.

The officer states he approached the driver’s side and the back seat occupant exited on the passenger side of the vehicle and met a second officer at the rear of the car. The driver identified as Anderson, did not respond when asked about why he had moved to the passenger seat and why he was driving so fast. He eventually stated he knew the police were behind him. Anderson submitted to a Portable Breathalyzer Test (PBT) with results of .138 and was

placed under arrest. During a vehicle search, the officer located a bag containing several orange capsule pills and a pill bottle with no prescription label containing blue tablets. The drugs were identified as Schedule II controlled substances. Anderson stated he did not know anything about the pills and they could belong to several people he had given rides to and from bars. Anderson’s next scheduled court appearance is April 16.


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105 Years Ago April 23, 1914

have come forward with the suggestion that this entire community switch to the national daylight saving time for the summer months. For a number of years, several businesses, including the Wisconsin Hydro Electric Company have been using those hours. It simply means that all hours are moved up one hour earlier. Is there sentiment afoot here?

Asks Big Damage

The wind-up of the Bucklin-Bailey trouble will come up in the form of a damage suit, in circuit court this week in which Bucklin asks $5,000 damages for alleged injuries received at Baileys hands during one of their neighborly “scraps”. Mr. Bucklin may have been injured and then again he may not have been, but it was a running fight (repartee in fact) all the time they lived as neighbors and if one of them got a trifle the worst of the argument he should take it like a man, if it is possible to act like one. LATER: The case was settled out of court yesterday, Bailey paying Buckland $400. Kennedy & Yates appeared for Buckland.

Notice to Patrons We wish to ask our customers who wish meat delivered to put in their orders, so far as possible, before eight o’clock each morning as our delivery boy must Yesterday’s attend school and in order News for us to give Diane Stangl service and still give the boy a reasonable time to get to school on time, we make the above request. Clemens Bros.

No Curtains or Blinds A new ruling by the council, which went into effect Monday removes all curtains, blinds and other obstructions from the windows of Amery’s four saloons so that a free and unobstructed view may be had from front to rear. It also changes the opening hour from five to six a.m. and the closing hour from eleven to ten p.m. The saloonkeepers seem to be complying with the new ruling and in some instances are pleased with the new order of things.

60 Years Ago April 9, 1959 Awarded Prizes in “Price is Right” Contest

Civil War veteran reunion This photo of a Civil War veteran reunion was brought into our office by a subscriber. The event was supposedly held in Amery, but no one can place what the building was in the background. If you recognize any of the veterans in this photo or the location of this building, please give Darlene a call at 715-294-3829.

and Leo Gross’ house and meat market are the buildings most affected.

95 Years Ago April 24, 1924 Heavy Snowfall A heavy snowfall commenced Sunday night and continued until late in the morning Monday. In fact, it continued intermittently all day Monday. It made the weather disagreeable and unseasonable but was altogether welcome because of the much needed moisture.

The Coughing Bean One species of plant life is known to cough. This is a certain bean that grows in the tropical regions. The coughing plant is a very cranky member of the vegetable kingdom and has a great dislike for dust, says the Detroit News. As soon as a few grains of it gather on its leaves, the air chambers that cover the face of the leaves and are the breathing organs of the plants, become filled with gas and swell until with a slight explosion and a sound that resembles a human cough, the gas is expelled and blows away the troublesome dust.

Manufacturing Plants in Street Persons having buildings situated in the street at the stub end of Baker Street, which runs south of the Soo tracks, have been notified to appear before the board on May 4th and show right of occupancy. It would seem that this portion of Baker Street was and always would be worthless as a street and there is little doubt but that the owners of the property and the city fathers will come to an amicable agreement. A number of our largest manufacturing plants are built partially in this street and it would seem arbitrary indeed to compel them to move or cause them to feel unsafe to enlarge their buildings. The pea factory, E. F. Klingler’s wood working plant, J. G. Burman’s lumberyard


75 Years Ago April 20, 1944 Marked by viciousness on the part of the defendant the trial of Tom Gannon in the circuit court at Balsam Lake began Monday of this week before Hon. Carl. H. Daley, Judge. Handcuffed to a 225-pound deputy sheriff, Gannon still managed to give a good account of himself by kicking a typewriter from a table, smoking in the courtroom and jibing the judge and court reporter with insulting remarks. He asserted over and over again that he was being held and tried illegally and when the jury was chosen he defiantly shouted that he hoped “God would strike them dead” before the next morning when the trial proper would begin.

Prosecuting the case is District Attorney M. J. McDonald with the court appointing James L. McGinnis as the counsel for the defense. However, Gannon refused to cooperate whatsoever with his attorney and proceeded to plead his own case. The jury was called for one o’clock and by the time the jury was picked, court was adjourned for the day. At the close of the day, Gannon handed a note to Deputy Carl Burman saying that he would not come out from his cell voluntarily the next morning. Monday evening a hearing was held to adjudge whether Gannon was in his right mind, but the group ascertained him to be sane. Tuesday morning found a new interest on the part of Gannon, who is stone deaf, after his indifference of the day before. All questions placed before the court must be written out and handed to him as the trial proceeded. His cross-examination of witnesses was interspersed with pleas to the jury and he was in contempt of the court much of the time, but this was overlooked because of his disability to hear. Appearing for the prosecution were members of the St. Paul police department, a fingerprint expert from Washington, D. C., and V. H. Christensen, vice-president, and C. M. Olson, assistant cashier of Union State Bank. On Wednesday the fingerprint expert was placed on the stand by the prosecution with cross-examination by Gannon taking place in the afternoon. It is expected that the trial will reach the jury about Thursday afternoon. Gannon, 49, is being tried for the $42,000 holdup September 13, 1933 of the Union State Bank here at Amery. Evidence consists chiefly of fingerprints that were left on one of the guns that Union State Bank had in their possession for use in case of a hold-up, which the robber had taken the precaution to unload just as he left the scene of the robbery. All four of the bandits

were masked so other identity is impossible. The trial has attracted nationwide attention mainly because Gannon is one of the last of the famed gangsters, Dillinger, Homer Van Meter and others, that pillaged this country during the severe crime wave in the early thirties.

Girl Falls Through Ice on South Twin Mitzie Marie Sommers, 3½-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Sommers, can be thankful for a pair of lusty “pipes” that probably saved her from drowning in the icy waters of South Twin Lake. It seems that like most children Mitzie was fond of playing with dogs. In fact, a little to fond, for she followed one out onto the honey combed ice of the lake and broke through the ice. Her cries attracted the attention of Mr. Oliver Church, who lives nearby. She rushed to the lake and pulled Mitzie out of the water that was deep enough to almost submerge her.

Ice Almost Out of Lakes Despite the heavy frost that has prevailed the past week, the ice in the lakes is almost entirely out as we go to press. The breakup started over the weekend and even with the chill predominately in the air. Farmers are preparing for fieldwork and some think they will be able to start in about a week.

65 Years Ago April 15, 1954 Limit Raised Parking on Amery’s busiest streets is now permissible for two hours. Action setting this new time limit was taken at the meeting of the city council last Wednesday. For the past month, the limit has been one hour on Keller Ave. and the side streets in the business blocks.

Daylight Saving Several Amery businessmen

“They should be worth the 10 percent tax, don’t you think?” asked Mrs. Julia Haug of a reporter when interviewed concerning her recent victory in “The Price is Right Family Contest.” Sponsored by a national soap company, the contest was not won “hands down” by Mrs. Haug. She had to break no less than three ties before “placing in the money,” for pricing the articles in the showcase. Slogans were used to change each stalemate. As the result of her win, she now owns: a Schiaparelli of Paris coat, fashioned from Persian lamb with a mink collar; a Polaroid camera; outboard motor; Helbros watch; Westinghouse washer and dryer; Shop Smith turning lathe; portable typewriter and a bicycle. “Haven’t seen the Westinghouse people,” she commented in checking off items that had not yet arrived. She still hasn’t received her bicycle and the typewriter has been sold.

55 Years Ago April 16, 1964 Spring Blizzard Pounds Area For the first time in a long time, Amery residents were cast into darkness Monday night at 11 p.m., when a spring snowstorm, accompanied by high winds, ripped through the area and downing power lines. The outage lasted for about 25 minutes with the NSP crews spending much of the night answering trouble calls caused by falling trees and other debris thanks to the gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Most farmers smiled at the abundant moisture in the Monday storm, but it brought much damage throughout this area.

New Mustang on Display in Amery “This is the car you never expected from Detroit,” reads the line announcing the new “Mustang” by Ford now being introduced throughout the nation. In Amery the new car will be shown at the Amery Motor Co. this coming Friday. Designed as a low-priced sports car, the “Mustang” features a low silhouette and many features usually associated with more expensive models.



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Truck driver pleads guilty in Bursik case An Independence WI, truck driver who was allegedly looking at his phone when he rear-ended and killed Amery resident Robert Bursik in February 2018 pleaded guilty Monday, April 8, to criminal vehicular homicide for his role in the fatal crash last year. Hicks was driving east on Hwy. 36 at 12:13 p.m. Feb. 27 and was going 63 miles per hour when he slammed into the back of Bursik’s Toyota Scion. Hicks had been on his smartphone texting or using an app in the eight seconds before the fatal wreck, according to charges. According to the criminal complaint, Hicks was driving a Freightliner semi when it struck the vehicle driven by Bursik that was stopped at a red light. The Washington County Coroner pronounced Bursik

dead at the scene. The damage to his vehicle was so severe that his body could not be extracted at the scene. The car was towed to the Lake Elmo Fire Department where Busik’s body was removed. Hicks told law enforcement that he had been driving truck since approximately 4:45 a.m. and prior Bursik to driving he had completed a trip inspection and everything on the truck and trailer was in working order. The complaint states that Hicks told officers that he was familiar with eastbound Highway 36 as he traveled the highway approximately once a week. Hicks was traveling in the eastbound right lane at approximately 55-60 mph.

Hicks initially stated he saw a way back that the light was green, that he was distracted by another vehicle and turned to look, and when he looked back he struck the victim’s vehicle. After further questioning, Hicks ultimately admitted that he had his cell phone in his right hand, that he had been texting with his girlfriend on and off while driving down Highway 36. He explained that they were talking about looking at a house, so while driving, he also looked at a house on the Zillow application on his phone. The defendant was unsure Bursik’s vehicle was stopped or coming to a stop. The semi truck is equipped with a video camera with a forward and rear-facing lens. The camera captures activity in front of the truck through the windshield as well as inside the cab. The Minnesota

State Patrol was provided the video footage. Prosecutors say the footage shows a split screen with the defendant and the inside of the cab on the left and the forward facing view on the right. In the video, Hicks is seen driving eastbound on Highway 36. He is holding his cell phone in his right hand the entire time. Hicks appears to be texting or accessing an application on his phone, and for an entire eight seconds, his eyes are looking down at his phone. Hicks makes no effort to break and strikes the victim vehicle while traveling 63 miles per hour. It appears that he is looking down at his phone at the moment of impact. The video shows Bursik’s vehicle was at a complete stop with its break lights clearly illuminated and the stoplight

was red. Bursik, 54, was the founder and owner of Dragonfly Gardens, a nursery and greenhouse at locations in Amery and Turtle Lake. He was also a biology professor at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. Days after the crash, the Minnesota State Patrol called the crash a clear case of distracted driving. Hicks initially pleaded not guilty, but he changed his plea Monday—the day his trial was scheduled to start. Hicks is expected to receive a stayed sentence of a year in prison and 10 years of probation. He will also have to work with the Minnesota State Patrol and participate in public service announcements and community outreach regarding distracted driving. He will be officially sentenced on July 19.

Amping up distracted driving laws - Minnesota passes restrictions BY APRIL ZIEMER EDITOR@THEAMERYFREEPRESS.COM

The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed a bill banning holding a cellphone while driving. The push for the ban followed unsuccessful efforts a year earlier to pass a similar proposal. Recently more than a dozen families and friends of those who had lost their lives to distracted driving-related crashes, lobbied for a change in the Legislature. Supporters said efforts in other states have curbed distracted-driving accidents and deaths on roads; their hope is that Minnesota legislation would provide similar results in the state. The recently passed bill went through on a 106-21 vote. When speaking about the growing list of traffic fatalities related to distracted driving, Senator Dave Osmek of Mound said, “I’ve heard too much.” Gov. Tim Walz signed the bill in a ceremony on Friday April 12 surrounded by the family members who had lobbied for the change. Next, the Department of Public Safety, law enforcement and the families are launching a public education cam-

paign to make sure Minnesotans have heard about the new law before it goes into effect in August. The bill will set petty misdemeanor charges and a $50 fine for drivers found using their phones without using a hands-free or one-touch setting. Voice commands for smartphones would be allowed, as well as functions that could be accessed by touching buttons or screens in your car, such as when the phone is paired via Bluetooth technology to car sound systems. Under current Minnesota law, texting while driving is banned. If found guilty, first time violators face the $50 fine. Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer has said current laws against distracted driving aren’t strong enough to enforce consistently enough to change behavior. “The goal is to get the phone out of your hands,” he said. Minnesota will join 16 states and the District of Columbia to require handsfree driving, which is also the law in Ontario. Montana is currently the only state with no restrictions on texting and driving. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports texting and driving citations jumped 30 percent in one year,

authorization (FAST) Act contains incentive grant provisions for states if they pass distracted driving laws that meet certain criteria. States are eligible to apply for a Distracted Driving Grant if they have enacted and are enforcing: Primary law prohibiting texting while driving, with a minimum fine for first violation and increased fines for subsequent offenses. The law must not proCONTRIBUTED vide for an exemption Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Chapter 11, H.F. 50, into law to allow texting while Friday, April 12. Many of those who have been affected by distract- stopped in traffic. Primary law prohibed driving tragedies were there to witness the signing of the bill, iting youth underage including a friend of Amery businessman, Rob Bursik. 18 from using cellphone while driving, from 7,357 tickets in 2017 to 9,545 tickets with minimum fine and increased fines for subsequent violations, and in 2018. A study by AAA revealed that requiring distracted driving issues to electronics use is the leading source of be included in the state driver’s license distraction for teen drivers. The federal surface transportation re- exam.

LAWSUIT: Babcock is allowed to give testimony in second lawsuit FROM PAGE ONE

School District as an administrative assistant to District Administrator Jim Kuchta from March 2016 to October of 2017, brought suit in July of 2018. The suit was fi led in Polk County then moved to federal court. In the settlement agreement, Babcock drops the lawsuit, which alleged “breach of contract, breach of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of the implied promise of no hindrance or interference with

performance, violation of First Amendment rights and depravation of civil rights.” The agreement mutually releases each party and neither may sue each other. Babcock may still fi le a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various other federal and state agencies, but waives her right to any “personal monetary recovery.” Babcock waives any claim to future compensation. Both parties deny any wrongdoing or liability. Babcock may reapply for

employment with the district on or before July 1, 2019. The agreement states that Babcock may give sworn testimony in the lawsuit against the district fi led by Kori Nelson. While the agreement is considered confidential, both parties understand the settlement is a public record and subject to laws governing public records. Sven Strutz, attorney with Weld Riley, the district’s attorneys, in his response to the Free Press’ request for the settlement document said “the District has concluded

that-despite the parties’ attempts to keep the terms and conditions of the settlement agreement confidential-the public’s right to know about the resolution of a claim against the District (resolved, in part, with the payment of taxpayer dollars) outweighs the generalized public interest in encouraging the settlement of claims by allowing for confidentiality of the settlement agreement. There is nothing unique about this particular settlement agreement that would distinguish it from cases where Wiscon-

sin courts have applied the balancing test and determined that the public’s right to know about a settlement should prevail.” Questions regarding the cost of legal representation for the district in the lawsuit and if the settlement funds will be paid by insurance were not answered as of press time. The settlement was signed March 15. The Free Press fi led a records request for a copy of the settlement March 21 and received the document April 10.

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April 11 will be remembered for a strong spring snowstorm that brought some dust tinged snow and blew the remaining ice off of North Twin Lake. The National Weather Service reported the brown tinge on snowfall received April 11 was from West Texas dust kicked up by a strong low pressure system. North Twin is among a group of lakes that are monitored by Dr. Kenton Stewart, Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Stewart, with the help of local observers, records the ice on and ice off dates for numerous lakes across the nation. Observations about the ice on and ice off days have been

shared for over 25 years with Dr. Stewart, a freshwater biologist who has assembled a lengthy list of lakes in the United States, including North Twin Lake in Amery, for his studies, which concentrate on the effects of global warming and potential climate change. Records for ice off on North Twin have been kept since 1949. The average date for ice off on North Twin is April 13. The earliest date on record is March 15, 2000. The latest date is May 5, 2013. The average date has moved over the decades. During the 1950s, the average date was April 15. The 1960s saw the average date change to April 13. The date moved back to April 15 in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the average date was April 7. The 1990s saw the av-


Earth Day is observed worldwide, but it is especially dear to the hearts of residents in Clear Lake. An event inspired and organized by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 as a nationwide day of environmental education and activism. Nelson was Clear Lake born and raised; today the town’s elementary school bares his name. To observe Earth Day this year, the town is hosting the 3rd Annual Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Gaylord A. Nelson Educational Center. There will be vendors and educational displays throughout the day. A pancake breakfast with all locally sourced food will be held in the commons area of the school from 8-10:30 a.m. Food will be available later in the day as well, from Consuming Fire wood-fired pizzas. At 10 a.m., Chris Cold from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will provide a Wildlife Ecology presentation. Cold, of the Ladysmith DNR will be bringing a live animal friend with him. At 11:30 a.m., Dave Viau, beekeeper, and Clear Lake resident, will educate on the entire process of beekeeping during his presentation titled, “Bees to Honey; from start to finish.” Using local/seasonal ingredients, Inga Witscher will provide a food demonstration along with storytelling at 1 p.m. There will be a tribute to Walter DeYoung (1929 – 2019) originally from Wayne, New Jersey, former resident of Clear Lake. DeYoung was an advocates for the first Earth Day and dedicated much of his life to the environment, education, and gardening. Locally, Walter was most well known as the Stillwater Bridge tender from 1986 – 1998. For more information, or to become a vendor/ speaker contact Cindy “Reed” Hatella 715-225-9320 or Melanie Lombardo 651-271-0352. You can also check out clearlakeearthday on Instagram or Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration on Facebook.

erage date move back to April 12. The average ice off date moved to April 10 in the first decade of the new century. Here are the ice-off dates for North Twin Lake 1949.............................. April 12 1950.............................. April 24 1951.............................. April 27 1952.............................. April 20 1953.............................. April 10 1954.............................. April 12 1955................................April 9 1956.............................. April 17 1957.............................. April 19 1958................................April 5 1959.............................. April 14 1960.............................. April 15 1961.............................. April 12 1962.............................. April 19 1963.............................. April 15 1964.............................. April 15 1965.............................. April 29 1966................................April 9 1967................................April 9 1968............................March 31

1969.............................. April 14 1970.............................. April 18 1971.............................. April 17 1972.............................. April 20 1973............................March 31 1974.............................. April 20 1975.............................. April 26 1976................................April 7 1977.............................. April 10 1978.............................. April 15 1979.............................. April 23 1980.............................. April 19 1981............................March 30 1982.............................. April 18 1983.............................. April 11 1984.............................. April 13 1985................................April 9 1986................................April 7 1987............................March 23 1988................................April 6 1989.............................. April 20 1990................................April 6 1991................................April 6 1992.............................. April 11 1993.............................. April 18 1994.............................. April 10

1995.............................. April 14 1996.............................. April 25 1997.............................. April 15 1998............................March 31 1999.............................. April 26 2000............................March 15 2001.............................. April 19 2002.............................. April 15 2003.............................. April 12 2004.............................. April 10 2005.............................. April 19 2006................................April 8 2007............................March 29 2008.............................. April 23 2009.............................. April 10 2010.............................. April 12 2011.............................. April 14 2012............................March 19 2013..................................May 5 2014.............................. April 26 2015............................March 31 2016............................March 23 2017............................March 27 2018..................................May 1 2019.............................. April 11

June 7 is final school day (we hope) Board approves four more minutes to school day


Four minutes. That’s the amount of additional instructional time the Amery School Board voted to add to each school day, starting April 22, to keep the district on track to end the school year on Friday, June 7. Newly minted District Administrator Shawn Doerfler presented an overview of the district’s snowy winter at the school board meeting April 15. The original school calendar had the last day of school scheduled for Wednesday, June 5. The original calendar had two snow days and two late starts “built in” for the year. The last week of January was especially brutal to the district. On Monday, January 28 there was a 2 hour late start. School was cancelled Tuesday, January 29, Wednesday, January 30, and Thursday, January 31. Classes were also cancelled Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, Febru-

ary 12. The district added five more instructional minutes to each day beginning Monday, March 4, making up one of the three days. An inservice day scheduled for April 18 has been converted to a regular school day. The plan was going well, until last Thursday when classes were cancelled due to a spring snowstorm, adding an additional day that needed to be made up to reach the 1,137 hours of instructional time mandated by the State of Wisconsin. Doerfler told the board that three days could be added to the end of the year which would mean the last day of school would be Monday, June 10. June 10 is scheduled to be the first day of summer school, so the board voted to add the four additional minutes of instructional time to each day so the school year will end on June 7. That is, unless there is another snow day…

Personnel action During the April 15 school board meeting, the following new employees/athletic contracts were approved: Marissa Arthur, 7thGrade Volleyball Assistant Coach; Shawn Doerfler, District Administrator; Erin Osero, 7thGrade Volleyball Coach; Twila Sikkink, Director of Personnel; Tia Svardahl, Middle School Special Education Teacher; Rebecca Swanson, Elementary School Special Education Teacher; Jennifer Swenson, High School Special Education Teacher and Andrew Wolf, Middle School Assistant Track Coach Resignations were approved from: ChristopherBoyd, High School Band/Intermediate School Music; Ashley Lester, Clubhouse Lead Teacher and Emily Warren, High School Special Education Paraeducator. The retirement of Trudy Helin, Food Service was approved.

DNR moves last group of Kentucky elk to Wisconsin MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say they’re done importing elk from Kentucky. Department of Natural Resources officials say 48 Kentucky elk arrived in Wisconsin on Wednesday morning. They will become part of northern Wisconsin’s Clam Lake herd. The DNR has been working since 2014 to import Kentucky elk to bolster the Clam Lake herd and

establish a second herd in Jackson County. DNR Deer and Elk Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang said this week’s importation marks the end of the translocation program. The DNR held its first managed elk hunt in Wisconsin history with the Clam Lake herd last fall. Hunters killed nine bulls out of a 10-bull quota. Another hunt in the Clam Lake herd’s range is set for October.



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AREA CHURCHES AMERY CONGREGATIONAL, 201 N. Harriman Ave. Barry Schaefer, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 11:30 a.m. Family Table Meal; 3:30 p.m. Homework and Hangout; 5:45 p.m. Family Diner; 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal for Sonrise Service. Thursday, Apr. 18: 8:15 a.m. Ministerium; 9:30 a.m. Senior Dining Hall Open; 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday Lamb Dinner. Friday, Apr. 19: 9:30 a.m. Senior Dining Hall Open; 7 p.m. Good Friday Service at East Lincoln. Sunday, Apr. 21: 8 a.m. Sonrise Service; 9 a.m. Easter Breakfast; 10 a.m. Worship Service. Monday, Apr. 22: 9:30 a.m. Senior Dining Hall Open; 7 p.m. Boy Scouts. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study; 9:30 a.m. Senior Dining Hall Open; 10 a.m. Bible Study. AMERY FREE LUTHERAN, 1 mile west of golf course on CTH F, Eric Christenson, pastor Every Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday School for ages 3-103; 10:15 Worship Service; 6 p.m. Small Group Bible Studies in homes. Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. Small Group Women’s Bible Study in home; 7 p.m. Youth Group and Small Group Bible Studies in homes. Call the church office for details 715-268-9218. APPLE RIVER COMMUNITY, 942 US Hwy. 8, Amery Justin Hosking, pastor Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages; 10:15 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship. Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study; 6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study. Wednesday: 10 a.m. Men’s Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Kids One-Way Club. BALSAM LUTHERAN, 1115 Mains Crossing, Amery, Dan Watland, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 7 p.m. Holy Wednesday Worship at Elim. Friday, Apr. 19: 3 p.m. Good Friday Worship at Balsam. Sunday, Apr. 21: Elim 8:30 a.m. Easter Worship with Holy Communion; 9 a.m. Easter Breakfast; 10:15 a.m. Easter Worship with Holy Communion. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 8:30 a.m. Quilting at Elim; 9 a.m. Backpacking. CENTERPOINT, 740 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls (High school) Dick Enerson, pastor Sunday: 10-11:15 a.m. Worship celebration; Children’s church (SuperKidz) age 4-5th grade; Nursery (KidzKorner) birth-3 years. Cell Groups (small group Bible studies) offered throughout the week. CHURCH OF CHRIST, New Richmond Jack Philips, Evangelist, 715-497-7596 Sunday: 9 a.m. Bible Study; 10 a.m. Worship. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study and Devotions. CLEAR LAKE UNITED METHODIST, John Hazen, pastor Sunday: 11:00 a.m. Worship. Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. Meal for all; 6 p.m. Church school. DEER PARK UNITED METHODIST, John Hazen, pastor Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Worship. DERONDA LUTHERAN, 1239 65th Ave., Amery Lori Peper, pastor 715-268-9577 Wednesday, Apr. 17: 9 a.m. Trinity Quilting; 7:30 p.m. NUIC Choir at Deronda. Thursday, Apr. 18: 9 a.m. Deronda Quilting; 9 a.m. Little Falls Women’s Bible Study; 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at Deronda. Friday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Trinity. Saturday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Deronda Spring Dinner Cleaning. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday with Holy Communion; 6:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at Deronda; 8 a.m. Deronda Worship; 9:30 a.m. Little Falls Worship; 10-10:30 a.m. Rolls, Coffee and Juice at Trinity; 11 a.m. Trinity Worship. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 9 a.m. Staff Meeting at Trinity; 5-7 p.m. Gather Meal at Deronda. See our website for up-to-date scheduling www.deronda EAST BALSAM BAPTIST, 1816 108th St./CTH I, Balsam Lake, Gabriel Brennan, pastor 715-857-5411 Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship service; 10:30 a.m. Sunday school. Tuesday: Women’s Ministry; 9 a.m. Bible Study. EAST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN, south of Amery on Hwy. 46 then west on 20th Ave., Kathy Pennington, pastor Thursday, Apr. 18: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service. Friday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday Service. Sunday, Apr. 21: 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast; 10:30 a.m. Easter Worship. EAST LINCOLN ALLIANCE, 735 70th Ave., Amery 715-268-2350 Eric Danielson and Randy Schussman, pastors Sunday: 8:45 a.m. Prayer Meeting; 9 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship; 9:30 a.m. Worship service. Child Care and Discovery Land for children are provided during Worship service.

Small groups meet throughout the week. Contact the church office for further details. Recharge for Middle and High School students, 6 p.m. every Wednesday. EL SALEM BAPTIST/TWIN FALLS CHRISTIAN CENTER, Dresser, Darryl R. Olson, pastor Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:35 a.m. Worship; 6 p.m. Sunday evening. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Bible Study. ELIM LUTHERAN, Range, Dan Watland, pastor Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Worship. Holy Communion 2nd and 3rd Sundays. Council 3rd Tuesday at 6 p.m. FAITH LUTHERAN (ELCA), 301 1st Ave. East (across from public beach on Co. Rd. I)Balsam Lake, 715-4853800, Diane Norstad, pastor Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship; Communion first and last Sunday. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. J.A.M. (Jesus & Me). FAITH LUTHERAN (ELCA), 134 Prentice St. S, Clayton Margaret Grant, pastor Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday school; 9:45 a.m. Worship; 10:45 a.m. Fellowship. Men’s Bible Study 2nd Sunday 6 p.m. Mission Quilting Tuesdays 9 a.m. Wednesday evening service 7:15-7:45 p.m. FIRST LUTHERAN, 240 Elm St., Amery Tim Bjorge, pastor Thursday, Apr. 18: Maundy Thursday; 8 a.m. Bible Study; 8:30 a.m. Quilters; 9:30 a.m. Ruth Circle (Mary Lou Wold hosts); 7 p.m. Worship, Al Anon. Friday, Apr. 19: Good Friday; 1 p.m. Worship. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter; 8:30 and 10 a.m. Worship; Coffee Between Services; No Sunday School or Choir. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 7:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study; 8:30 a.m. Property; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. WIC Clinic; 10 a.m. Church in Society; 6:30 p.m. Worship. FIRST LUTHERAN (LCMC), 811 South Ave. W, Clear Lake Bryan S. Anderson, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 7 p.m. Choral Cantata Worship. Thursday, Apr. 18: Maundy Thursday; 7 p.m. Holy Communion Service (First Communion for 5th Grade). Friday, Apr. 19: Good Friday; 7 p.m. Community Good Friday Service at United Covenant Church. Saturday, Apr. 20: 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday; 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion; No Sunday School or Choir. Tueday, Apr. 23: 9 a.m. Quilting. FIRST PRESYTERIAN, 719 Nevada St., St. Croix Falls

Barbara Anne Keely, pastor Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship; 11 a.m. Worship. FOREST UNITED METHODIST, John Hazen, pastor Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Worship. FULL GOSPEL LIGHTHOUSE, Graytown Merlin Burton, pastor Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. Worship. GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN-ELCA, 877 190th Ave. Co. Rd. G, Balsam Lake (Fox Creek) 715-857-5580 Pastor Diane House Sunday: 9:15 a.m. Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. Worship; Communion 1st and 3rd Sunday. GRACE LUTHERAN - WELS, 460 4th St., Clear Lake, Ellery W. Groth, pastor 715-491-4330 Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Worship. Wednesday: 5 p.m. Lenten Supper; 5:45 p.m. Service. Thursday: 10 a.m. Bible Class. HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX, 511 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Chris Wojcik, pastor Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy. HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST, 1606 165th Ave., Centuria, on CTH I between Balsam Lake and Centuria Freddie Kirk, pastor Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Worship. IMMANUEL EV. LUTHERAN (LCMS), 124 E. Church St., Clayton 715-541-2955 Gregory Becker, pastor Sunday: 9 a.m. Divine Worship. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Family Christian Education; 7:30 p.m. Confirmation. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN, 65th Ave., rural Clayton Margaret Grant, pastor Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Worship. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Family Christian Education; 7:30 p.m. Confirmation. JOURNEY CHURCH, 131 Broadway St., Amery Derek Downs, Lead Pastor 715-268-2223 Every Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship Service; 10:30-11:30 a.m. All Ages Sunday School. 2nd Sunday of the Month: 6-7 p.m. Praise and Prayer Night. 3rd Sunday of the Month: 4 p.m. Journey Women. Mondays: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Moms in Prayer (Moms who gather together each week to pray for our schools and children). Wednesdays (when school is in session): 5:45-6:15 p.m. Free Family Meal; 6:15-7:30 p.m. Kids Club (Kids Club is a place wher eyou get to experience the excitement of wor-

The Meaning of Easter “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

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aster is the oldest and arguably the most important celebration in the Christian church, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion and death. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs after the vernal equinox, leading some to suggest that the holiday has pagan roots. This idea is reinforced by the fact that the name of the holiday is connected to the Anglo-Saxon word “Eostre,” which was the name of the goddess of Spring. The fertility symbols that have somehow accreted onto the modern holiday, such as eggs and rabbits, adds further credence to that view. However, early celebrations of Easter were clearly not about these pagan fertility symbols, but were intended to commemorate Jesus’ rising from

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Amery Free Press the dead and ascending to heaven after his death. That the celebration takes place at a time when the cold, seemingly dead earth comes back to life at Springtime is perhaps a fortuitous reminder that there is something of a resurrection built into nature. The seed must die and be buried in the earth in order to spring back to life. Early Christians were encouraged by Jesus’ resurrection to believe that by dying with Christ in their heart they might, like the seeds in Spring, rise to new life in heaven. –Christopher Simon

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AREA CHURCHES CONTINUED ... shipping God with songs, games and a Bible study with your friends!); 6:15-7:30 p.m. DW Youth Group (Meets in the Teen Center Building. For students in grades 6-12. Real life topics... real life answers! Invite your friends!) Saturdays: 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Meets in the Teen Center). LITTLE FALLS LUTHERAN, 1272 44th Ave., Amery Lori Peper, pastor 715-268-9577 Wednesday, Apr. 17: 9 a.m. Trinity Quilting; 7:30 p.m. NUIC Choir at Deronda. Thursday, Apr. 18: 9 a.m. Deronda Quilting; 9 a.m. Little Falls Women’s Bible Study; 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at Deronda. Friday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Trinity. Saturday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Deronda Spring Dinner Cleaning. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday with Holy Communion; 6:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at Deronda; 8 a.m. Deronda Worship; 9:30 a.m. Little Falls Worship; 10-10:30 a.m. Rolls, Coffee and Juice at Trinity; 11 a.m. Trinity Worship. Wednesday, Apr. 17: 9 a.m. Trinity Quilting; 7:30 p.m. NUIC Choir at Deronda. Thursday, Apr. 18: 9 a.m. Deronda Quilting; 9 a.m. Little Falls Women’s Bible Study; 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at Deronda. Friday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Trinity. Saturday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Deronda Spring Dinner Cleaning. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday with Holy Communion; 6:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at Deronda; 8 a.m. Deronda Worship; 9:30 a.m. Little Falls Worship; 10-10:30 a.m. Rolls, Coffee and Juice at Trinity; 11 a.m. Trinity Worship. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 9 a.m. Staff Meeting at Trinity; 5-7 p.m. Gather Meal at Deronda. See our website for up-to-date scheduling www.little LIVING WORD CHAPEL, 2746 Hwy 64 at Forest Randy Dean, pastor 715-265-4810 Sunday: 9 a.m. Breakfast and Fellowship; 10:15 a.m. Service. Nursery and Children’s Church Available. Wednesdays: 6 p.m. The Study; 7 p.m. Prayer. Weekly Local Home Groups. Senior Leaders Sean and Libby Higgins. MENNONITE CHURCH, 1681 6 1/2 St., Co. Hwy. P North, Almena, 715-357-3321 Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday school, all ages; 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service; 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening service. MOE LUTHERAN (ELCA), 451 30th St., Clear Lake Sunday: 10 a.m. Fellowship; 11 a.m. Worship; Potluck lunch 2nd Sunday. Men’s Bible Study 2nd Sunday 6 p.m. Women’s Bible Study 2nd Thursday 1:30 p.m. NEW LIFE COMMUNITY, Amery Craig Jorgenson, pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship. Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Prayer. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Youth. OTTERCREEK CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Glenwood City Civic Center, Jason Taylor, pastor Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship; Children’s church, childcare provided. Wednesday Night Prayer. OUR LADY OF THE LAKES CATHOLIC, Balsam Lake Father Eugene Murphy, pastor Masses: Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN, 217 Deronda St., Amery Keith Ruehlow, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 12 p.m. Table Talk Men; 3:30 p.m. Holy Bash; 6:15 p.m. Evening Prayer; 6:30 p.m. Youth Group; 7 p.m. Choir Practice. Thursday, Apr. 18: 8:30 a.m. Bible Study; 6:30 p.m. Worship. Friday, Apr. 19: 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Worship. Saturday, Apr. 20: Easter Mural Goes Up. Sunday, Apr. 21: 7 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion; 8 a.m. Breakfast; 9:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 1 p.m. Quilting. PRAIRIEVIEW COVENANT, 1396 210th Ave. (2 miles north of New Richmond on 65) Tim Coyer, pastor Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship, Nursery care available; Coffee/fellowship after worship service. Wednesday: 6-7:30 p.m. Family Night, Worship/Groups for all ages. REDEEMER LUTHERAN, 600 S. Keller Ave., Amery Tom Hahn, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 7:15 Choir Practice. Thursday, Apr. 18: Holy Maundy Thursday; 7 p.m. Worship Service. Friday, Apr. 19: Good Friday; 7 p.m. Worship Service. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday; 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion; 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 10 a.m. Polk-Burnett Dementia Coalition

at Polk County Government Center. REEVE EVANGELICAL FREE, Jct. Barron CTH K & A, Clear Lake, Sunday: 9 am. Worship service; 10:15 a.m. Fellowship Time. Wednesday nights: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study and Prayer; Kids Club, Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group (Sept.-May). A variety of small groups (AA, men’s & women’s) are also held throughout the week. ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL, 365 5th St., Clear Lake, Rev. Geri E. Sola Sunday: 9:15 a.m. Sunday school; 10:15 a.m. Worship. Holy Communion 1st and 3rd Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Morning Prayer 2nd and 4th Sunday at 10:15 ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP, 201 N. Adams, St. Croix Falls Sunday: 10 a.m. First three Sundays. ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC, Clear Lake, Fr. John Long, pastor Mass: 8 a.m. Wednesday. Mass: 8 a.m. Thursday. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Sunday. ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC, 1050 Keller Ave. N, Amery Father Eugene Murphy • 715-268-7717 • Wednesday, Apr. 17: No 9 a.m. Mass; 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice; Prayer Shawl Meeting at Rosemary Myers. Thursday, Apr. 18: 6:30 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass. Friday, Apr. 19: 12:30 p.m. Good Friday Service. Saturday, Apr. 20: 8 p.m. Holy Saturday Mass. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday Masses-8:30a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes and 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 9 a.m. Communion Service. ST. JOHN LUTHERAN, Forest, John Wilman, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 7 p.m. Quarterly Voter’s Meeting. Thursday, Apr. 18: Holy Thursday; 7 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion; 8 p.m. Fellowship. Friday, Apr. 19: Good Friday; 7 p.m. Worship; 8 p.m. Fellowship. Saturday, Apr. 20: Pastor’s Day Off. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter; 8 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion; 9 a.m. Fellowship. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 1 p.m. Bible Study. ST. PAUL LUTHERAN, Deer Park, John Wilman, pastor Thursday, Apr. 18: Holy Thursday; 7 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion at St. John’s; 8 p.m. Fellowship at St. John’s. Friday, Apr. 19: Good Friday; 7 p.m. Worship at St. John’s. Saturday, Apr. 20: Pastor’s Day Off. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter; 8:45 a.m. Sunday School; 9 a.m. Fellowship; 9:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST, 76 20th Ave., Clear Lake John Redlich, pastor 715-645-2230; Head Elder Paul Hasman 715-671-3697 Saturday Services: Adult and Children’s Bible Study 9:30 a.m.; Church 11 a.m. Midweek Service: Wednesday 7 p.m. Call Head Elder for location in winter months. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (Mormons), 644 S. 6th St., Barron Chapel 715-537-3679 Bishop Kenneth Konesky 715-719-0283 Sunday: Sacrament 10 a.m.; Sunday School/Primary 11:20 a.m.; Priesthood/Relief Society 12:10 p.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN of Garfield, 1578 85th Ave.,

Amery Lori Peper, pastor 715-268-9577 Wednesday, Apr. 17: 9 a.m. Trinity Quilting; 7:30 p.m. NUIC Choir at Deronda. Thursday, Apr. 18: 9 a.m. Deronda Quilting; 9 a.m. Little Falls Women’s Bible Study; 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at Deronda. Friday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Trinity. Saturday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Deronda Spring Dinner Cleaning. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday with Holy Communion; 6:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at Deronda; 8 a.m. Deronda Worship; 9:30 a.m. Little Falls Worship; 10-10:30 a.m. Rolls, Coffee and Juice at Trinity; 11 a.m. Trinity Worship. Wednesday, Apr. 17: 9 a.m. Trinity Quilting; 7:30 p.m. NUIC Choir at Deronda. Thursday, Apr. 18: 9 a.m. Deronda Quilting; 9 a.m. Little Falls Women’s Bible Study; 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at Deronda. Friday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Trinity. Saturday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Deronda Spring Dinner Cleaning. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday with Holy Communion; 6:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at Deronda; 8 a.m. Deronda Worship; 9:30 a.m. Little Falls Worship; 10-10:30 a.m. Rolls, Coffee and Juice at Trinity; 11 a.m. Trinity Worship. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 9 a.m. Staff Meeting at Trinity; 5-7 p.m. Gather Meal at Deronda. See our website for up-to-date scheduling UNITED COVENANT, 348 5th St. NW, Clear Lake Dan Pearson, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 6 p.m. CREW, Adult Study. Thursday, Apr. 18: Maunday Thursday; 6 p.m. Seder Meal with Holy Communion; Worship Practice T-3 After Meal. Friday, Apr. 19: Good Friday; 7 p.m. Service. Sunday, Apr. 21: Easter Sunday; 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast; 9:30 a.m. Worship Practice T-3; 10 a.m. Worship Service; 7 p.m. Friendship Builders at Ridgeview. Tuesday, Apr. 23: 8 a.m. Sweet Hour of Prayer; 9:15 a.m. Women’s Bible Study at Church; 6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study at Lynn Pickard’s; 7 p.m. HEARTS Support Group. UNITED METHODIST, GLENHILLS PARISH Marybeth Scow, pastor Emerald UMC: 8:30 a.m. Worship with Sunday School. Glenwood City UMC: 9:45 a.m. Worship with Sunday School. Downing UMC: 11 a.m. Worship with Sunday School. WEST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN, ELCA, 447 180th St., Osceola, Rexford D. Brandt, pastor Wednesday, Apr. 17: 9 a.m. Men’s Work Group, Quilters. Thursday, Apr. 18: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion. Friday, Apr. 19; 7 p.m. Good Friday Worship Service. Sunday, Apr. 21: 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Worship Service with Holy Communion; 9:30 Worship Service with Holy Communion. WORD OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP, Clear Lake Patricia and Harlen Wienke, pastors Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship. Tuesday: 9 a.m. Healing Rooms by appointment. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Adult Bible Study.

Balsam Lutheran Church ELCA

Cometoto Worship Worship Come with us! with us! Palm Sunday, April Maundy Thursday, April13 18 6Procession p.m. Re-enactment of the of the Palms10 a.m. Last Supper and Communion

Maundy Thursday, April 17 Good Friday Community

1115 Mains Crossing, Amery

5 miles north of Amery just off Cty. Rd. H or just south of Hwy. 8 just off Cty. Rd. H.

Elim Lutheran Church, Range Join us for Worship during Holy Week and Easter Palm Sunday

April 14, Youth Service - 10:15 a.m. Balsam

Upper Room Supper andLincoln Communion Service at East Church 6 p.m.Alliance Roast Lamb Dinner and April Communion 19, 7 p.m. Service Open to all

Holy Wednesday Worship with Communion

Easter - Sunday, April 21 8 a.m. “Son” Rise Service followed by Easter Breakfast a.m.Easter “Son” Rise Service 10 8a.m. Celebration 8:45 a.m.Worship Easter Breakfast

Good Friday Worship

Easter - Sunday, April 20 10 a.m. Celebration Congregational Congregational ChurchChurch 201201 Harriman Amery HarrimanAve. Ave. North, North, Amery Information? Information?Call Call 715-268-7390 715-268-7390

April 17 at 7 p.m. Elim

April 19 at 3 p.m. Balsam

Easter April 21 Worship Services w/Communion 8:30 a.m. Service at Elim 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Balsam 10:15 a.m. Service at Balsam



APRIL 16, 2019


Carlo M. Meyer Carlo M. Meyer, 57, of St. Croix Falls, WI formerly of Bradenton Florida, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday April 9th, 2019, while at the Christian Community Home Hospice Care in Osceol WI. Carlo’s mother spent la, t majority of her time by the C Carlo’s bedside to comf fort him and be with him d during his passing. Carlo was born on A August 3rd, 1961 to Rodg and Sofia Meyer of ger S Croix Falls, where he St. g grew up working at the f family Drive-In in Osceola, a working on cars and and m machinery at an early age. Carlo graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1979 and attended WITI in New Richmond for Packaging Machinery. After graduation he traveled worldwide as a field service engineer. He eventually purchased a farm near Turtle Lake. He moved to Bradenton, Florida and lived in a gated Christian Retirement Community where he owned and managed a Laundromat. Carlo suffered a stroke and later discovered he had a rare form of cancer. Carlo returned to St. Croix Falls to be home with family and friends. Carlo is preceded in death by grandparents Dr. Adan Luis Cobos and Guadalupe Coronado Cobos, Mexico City, Mexico and Mabel Jennings of Jim Falls, WI, nephew Justin Hesyck. He is survived by parents Rodger and Sofia Meyer, and siblings Randy(Cindy) Meyer, Pasadena, MD Mark(Marcia) Meyer of Amery, Lisa (Brent) Schlieff of Forest Lake, MN. Nieces and Nephews, Ona Hesyck, Marlena Meyer, Sam and Marc Schlieff, Jennifer (Sean) Kobrin. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Patricia (Pat) Siegert Patricia Mary Siegert died Wednesday, April 10th at Amery Memory Care surrounded by her family. Patricia Mary Walsh was born on April 14th, 1937 to Edward and Bridget (Grogan) Walsh in Dublin I Ireland. Patricia was the o oldest of the couple’s four d daughters, she was foll lowed by May, Nuala and P Philomena. In 1949 the f family moved to Plymouth E England. In July 1956 she g graduated from Crownhill S Secondary in Plymouth a shortly after joined the and B British Army. A chance meeting w with an U.S. Air Force man at the Alpine Pub in Bicester England in 1957 would change her life. She married Robert Siegert on August 23rd, 1958 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Gravesend, Kent England. She made the move to Amery, Wisconsin in October 1959. Bob and Pat were blessed with four children; Lorraine, Sharon, Kevin and Colleen. Pat loved traveling, dancing, reading, camping, trivia (especially Jeopardy) and most of all spending time with her five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Through the years Pat made many friends, especially during her time working at Fabri-Tek, Electrocraft and the Alibi Bar. One of Pat’s most proud moments was when she became a United States citizen on May 20th, 1999. Preceding Pat in death were her parents Edward and Bridget Walsh; Father and Mother In-Law, Emil and Anna Siegert; Brother and Sister In-Law, Richard and Grace Siegert; and Son, Kevin Siegert.

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Left to mourn the loss of Pat is her husband, Bob Siegert of Amery; daughters, Lorraine Siegert of Roberts; Sharon (Steve) Block of Amery; and Colleen (Bill) Feil of Woodbury, MN. Grandchildren April (Joshua) Ziemer of Amery, Kelly Lathrop of Amery, Lisa (Nathen) Jansen of Clear Lake, Sean (Ashley) Siegert of Cincinnati OH. And Courtney Swanson of St. Paul MN. Great-Grandchildren Rylee, Reagan, Maddy, Jace, Jocelyn, Maverick and Jameson, and her special grand-puppy Quinn. Pat also leaves her sisters May Wright, Nuala (Ron) Whibley and Philomena (Roy) Bush, all of England. Many nieces, nephews, friends, honorary children and grandchildren who are greatly going to miss “Nanny.” Visitation for Pat will be held on Sunday, April 14th at the Williamson - White Funeral Home from 3-7p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, April 15th at St. Joseph Catholic Church Amery at 11a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior. Pallbearers are Joshua Ziemer, Nathen Jansen, Brian Swanson, Jason Voelker, Adam Jackson and John Jackson. A private family interment will take place after the funeral at the Little Falls Cemetery in rural Amery. To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute please visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery.

MyEaster Story

Personal Acc Accounts of the Life, Death aan Ressurection of Jesus and

Presented by the St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir

Free will donation for Feed My Starving Children

All performances are at 7 p.m. April 19 Osceola Community Church 2492 Education Drive, Osceola

April 20 First Presbyterian Church 719 Nevada Street St. Croix Falls

April 21 Hope E. Free Church 933 248th Street, Osceola

Palm Sunday, April 14 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Palm Processional 10 a.m. Easter Brunch 11 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Choral Cantata Worship at 7 p.m.

Palm Sunday, April 14

Maundy Thursday, April 18

WORSHIP 9 A.M. Youth Breakfast 10:15 a.m.

7 p.m. Holy Communion Service (First Communion for 5th grade)

Good Friday, April 19 7 p.m. Community Good Friday service at United Covenant Church

Easter Sunday, April 21 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Services with Holy Communion


Friday, April 19, 1 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP

Easter Sunday, April 21 FESTIVAL EASTER WORSHIP 8:30 and 10 a.m. with HOLY COMMUNION

HolyWeek Week Services at at Holy Services RedeemerLutheran Lutheran Church Redeemer Church PALM SUNDAY, 13, Worship Service PALMApril SUNDAY, April 14 9:30 a.m. MAUNDY THURSDAY, April Holy Week Services at17 Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran April Church HOLY THURSDAY, 18 GOOD FRIDAY, April 18 PALM SUNDAY, April 13, Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Service at 7 p.m. MAUNDY THURSDAY, April19 17 GOOD April EASTERFRIDAY, SUNDAY, April 20 Service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Service 7 p.m. 7 a.m. Sunrise Serviceatw/Holy Communion GOOD FRIDAY, April 18 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast - free-will donation EASTER SUNDAY, April 21 Service atwith 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Festival Service Holy Communion 7 a.m. Sunrise Service w/Holy Communion EASTER SUNDAY, April 20 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast - free-will donation 7 a.m. Sunrise Service w/Holy Communion 600 Keller Ave. S, Amery 715-268-7283 9:30 a.m.Breakfast Easter-Service 8 a.m. Easter free-will with donation “Sharing God’s love through Jesus Christ” Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. Festival Service with Holy Communion

Redeemer Lutheran Church Redeemer Lutheran Church 600 Keller Ave. S, Amery 715-268-7283

First Lutheran Church 811 South Ave. W Clear Lake

First Lutheran Church 240 Elm St. West, Amery

“Sharing God’s love through Jesus Christ”


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Ann V. Martin Ann V. Martin, age 69 of rural Clear Lake, WI, died at her home surrounded by her family early on Monday, April 8, 2019 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Ann Virginia Martin w born on July 6, 1949 in was S Sparta WI, the daughter o Alvin & Verba (Teague) of S Schroeder. She grew up i Forest, WI, was baptized in a confirmed at St. John’s and L Lutheran Church there, a graduated from Glenand w wood City High School in 1 1968. Ann was married to R Roger F. Martin on July 18, 1 1970 at St. John’s Lutheran in Forest. Together they made their home in rural Clear Lake near Reeve and raised two children, Ty and India. In addition to caring for her family, over the years Ann worked many jobs, which included candling eggs and milking cows. She worked at Friday's Canning in New Richmond, WI and later at Forge King in Ridgeland, WI. Ann then went on to work at Polaris in Osceola, WI for 16 years and retired from SMC in Amery, WI in 2015. In her spare time, Ann enjoyed doing picture puzzles, camping, playing

cards, trout fishing, and mowing the lawn. She especially loved baking for and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Ann was a member of the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alvin & Verba Schroeder. Ann is survived by her husband - Roger Martin - Clear Lake, WI; children Ty Martin (Ann Heintz) - Clear Lake, WI, India (Joshua) Pederson - Clear Lake, WI; grandchildren Michael, Erin, Samantha, Chase, Brandon, & Noah; great grandchild - Myles; brother John (JoAnne) Schroeder - Connersville, WI, sisters and brother in law Kathaleen (Vernon) Krueger - Reddick, IL, Anthony “Tony” Martin - Reeve, WI, Robin Johnson - Luck, WI; loving relatives, family and friends. Memorial Service was at 3pm on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at United Methodist Church in Clear Lake, WI. Visitation was on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the United Methodist Church from 1 - 3 pm. Clergy - Pastor John Hazen, Music - Brian Wick. Interment was at Reeve Cemetery in Vance Creek Township. The family of Ann Martin prefers memorials in lieu of flowers. Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. www.

Good Friday Community Worship Service Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at East Lincoln Alliance Church

Easter Breakfast Sunday, April 21 Sponsored by the Youth of Amery Free Lutheran

Pancakes and fruit Breakfast served 9 a.m. Free will offering for our youth

Easter Celebration Service at 10:15 a.m.

Amery Free Lutheran Church Located on Hwy. F 1 mile west of the Amery Golf Course

Pastor Eric Christenson

Kenneth Charles Klatt Kenneth Charles Klatt, 90, passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, April 10, 2019 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. Kenny was born on July 8, 1928 in Deer Park, Wisc consin, a son of Otto and E Elsie Klatt and a brother t eleven siblings. Kenny to g grew up in Clear Lake and g graduated from Clear Lake U Union Free High School in 1 1946. He spent most of his l working in the dairy life a cheese industry. Aland w ways being a “Milkman”. K Kenny began working at t Clear Lake Creamery the i 1946. This was followed in by hauling milk in old fashioned milk cans during the 1950s and transitioned to bulk tank trucking thru 1978. Kenny then worked for Stella Cheese until his retirement in 1990. During this time, he also did roof repair as a side job. After retirement, you would likely find Kenny in his garage repairing small engines for friends. He continued to do this well into his 80s. His hobbies included playing baseball as a young man on the Town Team, bowling, fishing and hunting. Kenny was a huge fan of the Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. He is also well known as a Clear Lake area historian. He had a phenomenal memory for people and events of his life in the Clear Lake area.

Palm Sunday - April 14 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 8:30-10 a.m. Youth Fundraiser Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Sunday School

Ken leaves to celebrate his memory: wife, Beverly Klatt, Clear Lake, WI; his children, Marilyn (Greg) Swanson, Amery, WI; Bobi J. “Barb” Goad, Clear Lake, WI; Joanne (Robert) Jackson, Amery, WI; John (Pamela) Klatt, Luck, WI; and Karl (Mary Jo) Klatt, Clayton, WI; his grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren, his siblings, Shirley (Tom) Higgins, Wendell (Jan) Klatt, Marlin Klatt, Arnie (Laurene) Klatt, and many other loving family and friends. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Elsie, and siblings, Eileen Larson, Richard Klatt, Joanne Ploszay, Barbara Decker, Douglas Klatt, Duane Klatt, and Sharon Kuhl. Funeral service and burial was held on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at United Methodist Church in Clear Lake, WI. Family and friends are invited to join the family for lunch and fellowship following the service. Visitation was held on Monday, April 15th, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home in Clear Lake, WI and from 10:00 A.M. until the service begins on Tuesday at the church. Kenneth will be laid to rest at the Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake, WI. Pallbearers were Arnie Klatt, Lynn Gale, Tim Klatt, Doug Klatt, Jr., Mike Jensen and Mitchell Klatt. The Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home of Clear Lake, WI has been entrusted with arrangements.

We invite you to worship with us during Holy Week

PALM SUNDAY April 14, 9 a.m. “At His Name” Choir Contata Worship w/Holy Communion

MAUNDY THURSDAY April 18, 6:30 p.m. Service with Holy Communion

GOOD FRIDAY April 19, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

EASTER SUNDAY April 21 w/Holy Communion 7 a.m. Sunrise Easter Worship Service 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Easter Worship Service EVERYONE WELCOME

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 217 Deronda St., Amery Join us for regular worship Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m.

Good Friday Community Worship Service Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. at East Lincoln Alliance Church


Maundy Thursday - April 18

Clear Lake

Good Friday - April 19

would like to invite you to our Holy Week services

7 p.m. Worship service with Holy Communion 7 p.m. Worship Service

Easter Sunday - April 21

7 a.m. Sunrise Worship Service with Holy communion 9:30 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion

West Immanuel Lutheran Church 447 180th St., Osceola 715-294-2936

Pastor Rexford Brandt/Bridge Pastor Matt Saarem

Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

East Lincoln Alliance Church 735 70th Ave, Amery 715-268-2350 From Amery, go east on Cty. Rd. F about 2 miles. Take a left on Cty. Rd. J. Church is at the bottom of the hill on your left.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE *Community Good Friday Friday, April 19: 7 p.m. at UCC Sunday, April 21: 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast 10 a.m. Worship Service



APRIL 16, 2019


Debra Lynn (Haley) Lauritsen

Orvand A. Lien

Debra Lynn (Haley) Lauritsen (59) passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2019 at the Cumberland Hospital, Cumberland, WI due to complications caused by her cancer. Debra was born October 7, 1959 to Elvin H Haley Sr. and Rosella Groeh hler in Amery, WI. Debbie grew up in Volga, W and later moved with WI h family to Turtle Lake, her W where she graduated WI f from High School in 1978. S married Lynn LauritShe s on August 3, 1980. To sen t this union their daughter L Laurali was born. Lynn a Debbie later divorced and b remain close friends but until his death in 2009. Debbie remained in the Turtle Lake area, making a home with her life partner Michael Williamson. Debbie was employed at SMC in Amery, WI for many years and later at the Turtle Lake School. She was an avid gardener and loved to travel to Madeline Island and other spontaneous vacations with family and friends.Her biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren Dakota, Trace and Haley. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents Elvin Haley Sr. and Rosella (Groehler) Haley, her brother Elvin Haley Jr., sister Cynthia Haley-Larson and husband Lynn Lauritsen. Debbie is survived by her daughter Laurali Lauritsen, her life partner Michael Williamson, sister Sandra Haley, brothers Gary (Dianna) Haley and Mark (Dotty) Haley, sister Pamela Haley, three (3) grandchildren – Dakota, Trace, and Haley, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. A visitation will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Skinner Funeral Home – Turtle Lake and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Parkview United Methodist Church – Turtle Lake, with Pastor Jeff Elmquist officiating. Lunch and a celebration of life will follow the service at the American Legion Hall – Turtle Lake, WI. A private family burial will occur at a later date.

Orvand A. Lien, age 88 of Amery, WI died early Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019 at the Golden Age Manor Nursing Home of Amery, WI. Orvand Ardell Lien was born in Amery, WI on May 1 1930, the son of Otis and 11, H Helen (Hendrickson) Lien. H grew up in the Reeve He a area and attended Clear L Lake schools, graduating f from Clear Lake High S School in 1948. After gradu uation, Orvand worked at t the Our Own Hardware C Company in Minneapolis, M before entering the MN U Army in 1951. After U.S. h honorable discharge in his 1953, Orvand attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and received a teaching degree. In 1957, he moved to San Diego, CA and taught as a high school history teacher for over 30 years. After retirement, he moved to Amery, WI and made his home at Evergreen Village. Orvand has been a resident of Golden Age Manor for the past 3 years. In his younger days, Orvand enjoyed skiing and was an avid reader, especially about politics and religion. He enjoyed traveling around the US and took several trips to Europe. Orvand attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery, WI and First Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. He is preceded in death by his parents Otis and Helen Lien; his brother, Darrel Lien; sister, Sandra Schultz; and step-sisters, Barb Wickboldt and Marlys Johnson. Orvand is survived by his brother Larry (Mary Jo) Lien of Clear Lake, WI; step brother Dick (Joy) Reese of Roberts, WI; step-brother-in-law Jim Wickboldt of Woodville, WI; and many relatives, family and friends. A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery, WI. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Tuesday at the church. Pastor - Keith Ruehlow, Music - Helen Osborn. Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements.

Obituaries are posted online each week at HOLY WEEK SERVICES at Deronda Lutheran Little Falls Lutheran Trinity Lutheran Pastor Lori Peper PALM SUNDAY April 14, 9:30 a.m. Combined Worship at Little Falls Seder Meal 10:30 a.m. MAUNDY THURSDAY - April 18 Combined Worship at Deronda 7 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY - April 19 Combined Worship at Trinity 7 p.m. EASTER SUNDAY - April 21 8 a.m. Worship at Deronda 9:30 a.m. Worship at Little Falls 11 a.m. Worship at Trinity


St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amery, and Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Balsam Lake, extends an open invitation to all to attend HOLY WEEK SERVICES Palm Sunday - April 14 Mass 8:30 a.m. Our Lady of the Lakes Mass 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph Catholic Holy Thursday - April 18 Mass 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Good Friday - April 19 12:30 p.m. Service at St. Joseph Catholic Holy Saturday - April 20 - Easter Vigil Mass 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Easter Sunday - April 21 The Resurrection of the Lord 8:30 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Lakes 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Rev. Gene Murphy and the Parish Community extend a blessed and joyful Easter season to all

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COOKING WORLD Tidbit: Optimism is the faith that l leads to achievement. Nothing can b done without hope and confibe Carolyn Lumsden dence. (Helen Keller)

With Easter coming, you may like to make some fudge. This recipe makes a 9x13” pan.

Sprinkle the remaining cubes of Velveeta cheese on top. Bake at 350˚ for 45-50 minutes or until casserole is bubbling and crumbs on top are browned. Serves 6-8.



A single can of salmon can make really delicious patties. They’re quick, easy and nutritious.

SALMON PATTIES Combine: 1 T. onion (diced, minced or dried) 1 tsp. celery flakes 1 tsp. ground mustard 1/4 tsp. pepper Put into another bowl: 1 can (16 oz.) salmon Remove any skin, bones and then flake. Add: 1/2 c. milk The first 4 ingredients 1 egg (beaten) 1-1/2 c. soda cracker crumbs Shape into patties. Heat about 3 T. oil in skillet and fry patties until brown and crispy on the outside, turning over once. Add more oil if needed when frying patties. Serves 4-6.

Combine in medium saucepan: 4 c. sugar 1/2 c. butter (1 stick) 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk Cook over medium heat until mixture boils (about 7-10 minutes). Boil, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reaches 228 degrees (about 5-6 minutes). Remove from heat and gradually stir in until melted: 2 packages (12 oz. ea.) semi-sweet chocolate chips Stir in until well blended: 1 jar (7-1/2 oz.) marshmallow crème Stir in: 2 tsp. vanilla Add and stir in until mixture has a marbled look: 2 c. mini marshmallows 2 c. chopped salted peanuts Spread into a lightly buttered 9x13” baking pan. Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled. Cut into pieces. Store covered in refrigerator. Potatoes are always a popular food to serve. This one contains hash browns and cheese.

This makes a tasty seafood impossible-type pie.

GOLDEN PARTY POTATOES IMPOSSIBLE SEAFOOD PIE Grease 10” deep dish pie plate or use an 8x8” baking pan. Flake: 2 cans (6.5 oz. ea.) crab meat, drained Check for and remove any shell bits and put into prepared pan. Add and distribute evenly on top: 1 can (7-1/2 oz.) tuna, drained 2 cans (5 oz. ea.) small shrimp, drained Sprinkle on top: 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese Combine and pour over the above: 1-1/4 c. milk 3/4 c. baking mix (like Bisquick) 3 eggs, beaten 1 can (4 oz.) diced chilies, drained 1 tsp. celery flakes Sprinkle on top: 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese Sprinkle some paprika on top of all. Bake at 400˚ for 35 minutes or until done (knife inserted in middle comes out clean). Serves 4-8 depending on size cut and served.

Cube 1 pkg. (2 pound loaf) Velveeta cheese, original flavor. Combine well in large bowl: 1 pkg. frozen southern-style hash browns one half finely chopped onion Put into a sprayed/greased 9x13” baking pan. Combine in bowl: the cubed Velveeta cheese – but save out 1/2 cup for later 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1/2 c. milk 1-1/2 c. sour cream 2 tsp. garlic powder Pour over the hash browns. Stir to combine. In small bowl, combine: 3/4 c. panko bread crumbs 4 T. melted butter Spread over the top of the hash brown mixture.

To peel garlic easily, put into a covered container and shake vigorously. If your butter is frozen and you need to bake, grate the butter and it will thaw and soften quickly.

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Cookies are always a treat. These cookies will be one of those you’ll make more than once. If you want a baking project for the kids, they’ll love adding the marshmallows onto each cookie. Recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.


6-8 pm Pickleball-Open Gym at the High School

4 pm Clear Lake Golf at Grantsburg 4:15 pm Amery Boys Tennis vs. Altoona 4:15 pm Amery Track at Frederic 4:30 pm Amery Girls Soccer at New Richmond 5 pm Amery Softball vs. Prescott 5 pm Amery Baseball at Ellsworth 6:30 pm Bingo at the VFW Hall

24 6-8 pm Pickleball-Open Gym at the High School

*All events marked with an asterisk are located at the Amery Community Center.




22 5 pm Amery Baseball at St. Croix Falls 7 pm Indianhead Barbershop Chorus at the Polk County Government Center



April 17 - 27, 2019

MISSISSIPPI MUD COOKIES Melt in MW safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds: 1 c. semi-sweet chock chips Beat together in bowl until creamy: 1/2 c. butter, softened 1 c. sugar Add, one at a time beating to combine: 2 large eggs Beat in: 1 tsp. vanilla the melted chocolate Combine and add some at a time, beating until well mixed: 1-1/2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt Stir in and combine: 1 c. chopped pecans 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips Drop onto parchment lined baking sheets by the tablespoonfuls. You will need a heaping cup of mini marshmallows. Press 3 mini marshmallows into each cookie. Bake at 350˚ for 10-12 minutes or until set. Put onto wire rack to cool.

Tips: Worried about your bananas? If you’re going to use them for banana bread or baking, they are still ok to use if peeling is black and banana is mushy. If there is not mold on it, it can be used and the flavor is even better when fully ripe. If your bananas are not ripe enough, put peeled bananas on baking pan and bake at 300˚ for about 15-20 minutes.








4 pm Clear Lake Golf at Frederic, Amery Track at Ellsworth 4:15 pm Amery Tennis vs. New Richmond 5 pm Clayton/Turtle Lake Softball vs. Grantsburg 5 pm Clayton/Turtle Lake Baseball vs. Grantsburg 5 pm Clear Lake Softball at Winter 5 pm Clear Lake Baseball at Winter 5 pm Amery Baseball at Baldwin-Woodville 6:30 pm Bingo at the VFW Hall

1 pm Clear Lake Golf at Bloomer/ Hayward 4:30 pm Amery Soccer at Regis 5 pm Clayton/Turtle Lake Baseball vs. Siren 5 pm Clear Lake Softball/Baseball at Shell Lake 5 pm Amery Softball at Osceola 5 pm Amery Baseball vs. Grantsburg


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Active Life Fair The Active Life Fair is a FREE resource fair for active aging adults 55+. You will have the opportunity to gather information from over 20 vendors regarding local programs and services. Join us and learn about health, fitness, and wellness opportunities to improve your quality of life. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.

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PRESENTERS & BOOTHS 10:30-2:30 Active Life Fair, participants can walk around and meet vendors 10:30-2:30 Health Screenings, hearing, blood pressure, balance 11:30-12:00 Stepping On presented by Westfields 12:30-1:00 Sample Food Prep Class presented by Family Fresh 1:15-1:30 Sample Senior Fitness Class presented by The Centre 1:45-2:15 The Aging Brain, Preventing Cognitive Impairment presented by Amery Behavioral Health

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Dog park developments CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE

Remember hearing about a dog park for Amery? Well, the idea lives! Steering Committee members Gregg Rochester, Claire Scriba, Val Hogan, Karen Odegard, Brielle Hopkins and Kim Moore-Sykes have been working away quietly developing plans for the park since 2015. In a few months Amery will have a fenced city park for off-leash dogs and their owners to enjoy in the lot on the corner of Minneapolis Avenue and Griffin Street East, just five minutes from downtown. Plenty of free parking will be available. A fundraising effort has been ongoing for several months with local businesses. Monetary pledges

have been received from Bremer Bank, Xcel Energy, Amery Chevrolet, Amery Regional Medical Center, The Farm Table, MRL Manufacturing, Novitzke, Gust, Sempf, Whitely and Bergmanis Law Firm, Stone Creek Interiors, Lampert Lumber, Leadholm Insurance, Century 21 Real Estate, Attorney Jason Whitley, ABC Building Center, Westconsin Credit Union, Paperworx, Slumberland, Amery Chiropractic, Dick’s Fresh Market and Amery Family Restaurant. Amery Middle School Tech Ed. has donated their labor to make benches and tables for park users. A series of fundraising events will be taking place over the weeks ahead encouraging individual donations from local residents.


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Soon articles will be submitted to the Free Press about dog park readiness and safety. While dog parks aren’t for everyone, they can be a great asset for many people. It’s the users that make a dog park a success. Just like a playground a dog park needs to be used respectfully and kept orderly and clean. People need to follow the rules and encourage others to do the same. The dog parks in our neighboring communities are flourishing. Judging from the support and enthusiasm the committee has received, we expect ours to do the same. The Amery Dog Park Steering Committee looks forward to a grand opening of the park and hopes that it will be a welcome addition to our community.

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APRIL 16, 2019

Warriors sweep Barron Track Meet BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Amery’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams put on a stellar display of athleticism on April 8 in Barron as both won team titles at the six-team event. Individually, the Warriors brought home six first-place finishes in the girls division and five firsts in the boys’ division. Leading the way was Marlee Dietrich, who won the girls 100-meter hurdles (17.63 seconds), 300-meter hurdles (50.34 seconds) and 4x400-meter relay (4:28.33) - along with Amanda Edwards, Lydia Monson and Ella Williamson. She also placed fourth in the triple jump (3006.75). And Monson also won the mile run (6:23.35) and 4x800 meter relay (11:36.91). Joining Monson in the 4x800 were Megan Osero, Paighton Tyman and Jaidyn McAlpine. Jenna Hendrickson also won the girls shot put (30-05.5). Williamson added a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (27.98 seconds) and high jump (4-10) while Hendrickson was second in the discus throw (79-06). Megan Osero was second in the 2 mile run (14:39.92) and Alexis Werel, Madilyn Heinn, Emma Wolf and McAlpine took second in the 4x200 (2:03.12).

Boys Mason Goulet, Dalton Johnson, Mason Bosley and Lance Waalen were all multi-event winners for the Amery boys’ team. Goulet was a member of the winning 4x100 (47.09 seconds) and

4x400 meter relay teams. Johnson won the long jump (18-08) and was a part of the winning 4x200-meter relay team (1:36.62). Waalen was a member of both the 4x200 and 4x400 teams (3:43.39). Joining Goulet in the the 4x100 were Galen Coy, Tyler Reichert and Casey Anderson. Dylan Thomsen and Gus Wentz made up the remaining components of the 4x200-meter relay team while Bosley and Alexis Castorena finished off the 4x400 squad. Bosley added victories in the 110-meter hurdles (16.98 seconds) and 300 hurdles (43.26 seconds) Jayhden Justice and Bosley added second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.71 seconds) and triple jump (3806.50), respectively. Mathew Knutson was runner up in the 110-meter hurdles (17.28 seconds) and 300 hurdles (43.26 seconds), and Andew Prindle took second in the pole vault (9-06). Earning third-place finishes were Nick Erickson (800, 2:16.51), Andrew Carlson (1,600 5:13.41), Josh Bohn (3,200, 12:27.35) and the 4x400 team of Casey Anderson, Dylan Thomsen, Canyon Schwartz and Knutson (3:48.16).


Ella Williamson placed second in the high jump.

Team Scores Girls Amery 110, Cameron 109, Barron 99, Grantsburg 86, Turtle Lake/Clayton 68, Unity 62


Amery 151, Unity 141, Barron 116, Cameron 84, Grantsburg 52, Turtle Lake/Clayton 3


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APRIL 16, 2019

Kreier, Pearson dominate at indoor meet BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Clear Lake junior Natalie Kreier led her girls track and field team at the Lakeland indoor meet on April 13, held at UW-Superior, by dominating the competition in the 1,600-meter run. Kreier’s time of 5:57.53 was nearly 35 seconds faster than her nearest competitor in the field of 12 runners. Kreier duplicated that effort in the 3,200 meter run, besting her competition by at least 19 seconds to win with a time of 13:22.28. Sophomore Molly Petersen added an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 13-08.50.

Boys Clear Lake seniors Kincaid Hughes (left) and Isaac Pearson (right) react to the gun in the 800 meter run.

This week’s sports Amery Baseball 4-16 vs. New Richmond 4-18@ Ellsworth 4-22 @ St. Croix Falls 4-23 vs. St. Croix Central

Amery Golf 4-16 MBC @ New Richmond 4-23 MBC @ Amery

Amery Soccer 4-18 @ New Richmond

Amery Softball 4-16 @ Baldwin-Woodville 4-18 vs. Prescott 4-19 @ New Richmond 4-23 @ Ellsworth

Amery Tennis 4-18 vs. Altoona 4-23 @ Osceola

Amery Track 4-18 @ Frederic Invite 4-23 @ Baldwin-Woodville Invite

Clayton/Turtle Lake Baseball 4-16@ Shell Lake 4-23 @ Webster

Clayton/Turtle Lake Softball 4-16@ Shell Lake 4-23 @ Cameron

On the boys’ side, Isaac and John Pearson claimed the top two spots in the 3,200-meter run with times of 11:00.77 and

Amery Golfers take 4th in Osceola

Clayton/Turtle Lake Track 4-16 @ Clear Lake Invite

Clear Lake Baseball 4-16 vs. Birchwood 4-18 @ Cameron 4-22 vs. Lake Holcombe/Cornell @ Cornell 4-23 vs. Northwood

Clear Lake Softball 4-16 vs. Birchwood 4-22 vs. Lake Holcombe/Cornell @ Cornell 4-23 vs. Northwood

Clear Lake Golf 4-18 Conference @ Grantsburg 4-23 Conference @ Webster

Clear Lake Track 4-16 Clear Lake Invite 4-23 @ Baldwin-Woodville Invite Dates subject to change


Amery’s boys’ golf team shot a 181 at the April 9 Middle Border Conference match at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola. The effort earned the Warriors a fourth-place finish in the eight team field. Leading the Warriors with a sixth-place mark of 43 strokes was Tyler Peterson. Jackson Henningsgard and Noah Ward both finished just out of the points at 45 strokes. Parker Griffin came in 19th with a 48-stroke performance, and Fletcher Kjeseth finished with 59 strokes.

11:50.03, respectively. Isaac Pearson added another firstplace performance in the 4x800-meter relay with the help of teammates Colton Stahl, Adam Loenser and Kincaid Hughes. Isaac Pearson was also runner up in the 800-meter run (2:12.47) while Hughes took fourth (2:16.01). Loenser claimed third in the 1,600-meter run (5:13.48) as John Pearson earned fifth (5:23.83). And Isaac Pearson completed his stellar evening clearing a fourth-place pole vault height of 10-00. Senior Ed Garcia recorded a third-place time of 56.34 seconds in the 400-meter dash and an eighth-place time of 25.90 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Stahl pitched in a third place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (9.55 seconds), a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (56.35 seconds) and a fifth-place

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Team Scores Girls St. Croix Falls 124, Shell Lake 104, Grantsburg 95, Webster 72, Pairie Farm 58, Turtle Lake/Clayton 41, Clear Lake 21, Frederic/Luck 19


St. Croix Falls 157, Webster 109, Clear Lake 89, Grantsbrug 79, Shell Lake 60.5, Frederic/ Luck 45.5, Prairie Farm 8, Turtle Lake/Clayton 6

Simeon leads Turtle Lake Clayton at Conference Indoor BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Turtle Lake/Clayton track and field teams made the trek to Superior on April 13 for the Lakeland Conference Indoor Meet and walked away with one individual victory. Alexandra Simeon earned a girls 400-meter dash title (1:05.07), snagged second place in the 200-meter dash (28.25 seconds) and grabbed seventh place in the 55-meter dash (8.07 seconds). She also added a fourth-place height of 4-08 in the high jump. Abigail Monforton placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run, stopping the clock at 16:29.30, and Abigail Russell was seventh in the 55-meter hurdles (11.19 seconds). The TL/C 4x800-meter relay team recorded a time of 14:10.13 for fourth place. Felicia Monio earned fifth

place in the shot put. In boys’ action Braedon Dohm leaped his way to seventh-place distances of 17-04.75 and 34-09.25 in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Brett Juleff placed seventh in the shot put with a toss of 34-11.5.

Team Scores Girls St. Croix Falls 124, Shell Lake 104, Grantsburg 95, Webster 72, Prairie Farm 58, Turtle Lake/Clayton 41, Clear Lake 21, Frederic/Luck 19


St. Croix Falls 157, Webster 109, Clear Lake 89, Grantsbrug 79, Shell Lake 60.5, Frederic/Luck 45.5, Prairie Farm 8, Turtle Lake/Clayton 6


Team Scores New Richmond 165, Baldwin-Woodville 177, St. Croix Central 178, Amery 181, Osceola 186, Prescott 205, Ellsworth 230, Somerset 232

finish in the long jump (1800.75). Kincaid Hughes, Croix Hughes, Garcia and Loenser teammed up for a third-place 4x400-meter relay performance (3:55.24). Joe Espeseth and Alix Logan earned sixth and eighth places, respectively in the shot put with throws of 36-05 and 3400.50.

Turtle Lake/Clayton’s track and field teams had a solid showing at the April 8 meet in Barron. Leading the way was the girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Destiney Greeley, Anna Jenkinson, Kirstan Keppen and Abigail Russell who won in a time of 58.82 seconds. Lexie Simeon won the girls high jump, clearing 5-00, placed second in the 400-meter dash (1:04.60), third in the 200-meter dash (28.56 seconds). Falecia Monio won the girls discus throw with a mark of 91-04, and she and Makayla Ramelfanger snagged fourth and sixth place, respectively, in the shot put with throws of 27-07 and 25-00. Alison Johnson added a runner up finish in the 1,600-meter run (6:37.72) and sixth-place finish in the 400-me-

ter dash (1:10.66). Abigail Monforton snagged fourth in the 3,200 meter run (17:08.93). Abigail Russell was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (21.29 seconds). Johnson, Simeon, Victoria Jansen and Savanna Wahlstrom teamed up for a fourth-place effort in the 4x400-meter relay (4:54.14).

Boys In the boys’ area, Brock Johnson placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (49.46 seconds) and sixth in the discus throw (92-00).

Team Scores Girls

Amery 110, Cameron 109, Barron 99, Grantsburg 86, Turtle Lake/Clayton 68, Unity 62


Amery 151, Unity 141, Barron 116, Cameron 84, Grantsburg 52, Turtle Lake/Clayton 3


APRIL 16, 2019



Clear Lake boys 4x800 wins in Baldwin BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Clear Lake’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams took part in the April 9 Baldwin-Woodville Invite and placed eighth and sixth, respectively in their 11-team fields.

Girls Junior Natalie Kreier wrapped up second place in the girls’ 1,600-meter run, finishing under 3 seconds behind champion Nel Hanson of Hayward with a time of 6:05.23. She and freshman Brooklyn Tozlman placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the girls 800-meter run with times of 2:48.86 and 2:52.62. Tolzman added a fifth place in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1:07.60. Lizzie Rosen grabbed fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 14-06.50. Clear Lake added a sixth place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (5:05.63). The 4x100-meter relay team placed seventh at 58.42 seconds.

Boys The Warrior boys shined in the mid distance relays, winning the 4x800 with a time of 8:55.23 and taking second in the 4x400 (4:00.50). Senior Isaac Pearson was 2 seconds behind 800-meter run champion Cole Michaelson of Bloomer to place second with a time of 2:09.56. Meanwhile, soph-

omore Adam Loenser snagged sixth place (2:21.72). Pearson also placed third in the 3,200-meter run, stopping the clock at 11:19.06, while Loenser again came in sixth (11:42.78). Pearson continued to earn team points for the Warriors in the field events where he placed sixth in the pole vault, clearing 8-06. Senior Joe Espeseth secured second place in the discus throw with a toss of 112-09 and sixth place in the shot put (36-08). John Pearson was seventh in the 1,600-meter run (5:32.75). Colton Stahl earned a third-place finish in the boys’ 400-meter dash with a time of 55.68 seconds, and Ed Garcia came in fifth (57.04 seconds). Stahl also took seventh in the 110 meter hurdles (18.83 seconds) and eighth in the long jump (17-02).

Warrior freshman Liz Rosen, takes off in the 100 meter dash.

Team Scores Girls Hayward 136, Bloomer 106, Baldwin-Woodville 83, Regis 81, Somerset 61, Glenwood City 60, Ellsworth 59, Clear Lake 31, Spring Valley 25, Boyceville 25, Elmwood/Plum City 18.


Somerset 118, Ellsworth 86, Hayward 84, Regis 79, Bloomer 69.5, Clear Lake 67, Baldwin-Woodville 59, Spring Valley 49.5, Glenwood City 41, Boyceville 23.5, Elmwood/Plum City 7.5

Top: Isaac Pearson crosses the finish line after anchoring the 4 x800 meter relay. The Warriors placed first in the event and broke the school record in the process.\ Right: Clear Lake’s Brooklyn Tolzman comes out of the blocks in the 400 meter dash.

Warriors take advantage of Prescott errors BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Tied 1-1 heading into the fifth inning, Amery’s baseball team took control of Prescott when Lance Hiltner and Brett Forrest scored on a Prescott error with bases loaded and two outs. Jeremiah Sillman scored on another error on the next at bat to give the Warriors a 4-1 lead. Although Prescott (5-1) scored a run in bottom of the inning, Amery (2-0) was able to hold on for a 4-2 victory and hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season. The Warriors’ never trailed as Forrest scored in the top of the first when

Pake Brown hit into a double play. Forrest finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, walk and two runs. Mac Smith was also 2-for-3 with a double. Sillman hit 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Hiltner was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Grady Martin was walked twice and was the winning pitcher, striking out five batters, walking four and scattering four hits in four innings. Kale Hopke pitched three innings, striking out four, walking four and allowing one hit. Each pitcher gave up one run. As a whole, Amery struck out just four times.


Drew Granica - safe at 3rd base.

Schmidt homers in 5-4 win over Somerset BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Amery softball team improved to 4-0 on April 9 with a 5-4 home victory over Somerset. Ella Schmidt became the third Warrior this season to smack a home run, bringing the team total to four homers. Madelyn Granica, who has two home runs already this season, bolstered her offensive stats by racking up three doubles in the game. Schmidt finished 1-for-3 with an RBI

and run. Granica went 3-for-4 with two runs. Abby Schmidt added a 2-for-4 outing at the plate with a double and one run. Julia Engebretson finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Also earning hits were Autumn Rivard, Drew Granica and Drew Meyer as the Warriors struck out a total of just four times. Madelyn Granica got the win on the mound, striking out four batters, walking one and scattering seven hits in seven innings.

Rivard pitches no-hitter in shutout win BY BRETT HART CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Amery’s softball team had little trouble picking up its third win of the season on April 8 when it hosted Barron and blasted the Bears 12-0 in five innings. Madelyn Granica highlighted the evening with a grand slam home run. Drew Meyer, Julia Englebretsen and Mariah Waalen each added a double. For Meyer, it was part of a perfect 2-for-2 night at the plate that included two runs and two RBI. Englebretsen

finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Waalen was 1-for-1 with two walks and three runs. Also earning a hit for the Warriors (3-0) was Abby Schmdit, who tagged two RBI and a run. Autumn Rivard was walked three times and scored once. Drew Granica was walked three times and scored twice. Belle Meyer was walked once and scored one run. Rivard earned the no-hitter shutout, striking out nine batters and walking seven in five innings. With the loss, Barron fell to 1-2.



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AMERY SCHOOLS Wednesday, Apr. 17– K-12 Breakfast: Frittata Wrap, Yogurt Parfait, Cereal, Grahams, Fruit Choices. Elementary School Lunch: Sloppy Joe, Mixed Veggies, Baked Chips, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Bologna Sandwich. Intermediate School Lunch: Sloppy Joes, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Mixed Veggies, Baked Chips, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Tuna Sandwich, Chef Salad. Middle School Lunch: Sloppy Joe, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Mixed Veggies, Baked Chips, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Cold Cut Deli Sandwich. High School Lunch: Sloppy Joe, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Baked Chips, Mixed Veggies, Pineapple Chunks, Garden Bar, Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich, Yogurt Lunch, Chicken Caesar Salad.

Thursday, Apr. 18– K-12 Breakfast: Bacon Egg Scramble, Assorted Bread, Cereal, String Cheese, Fruit Choices Elementary School Lunch: Baked Chicken Drummy, Mesquite Chicken Drummy, Cornbread, Baked Beans, Garden Bar, Bologna Sandwich, Pud-

ding. Intermediate School Lunch: Baked Chicken Drummy, Mesquite Chicken Drummy, Dinner Roll, NEW! Hot Italian Sub, Baked Beans, Garden Bar, Pudding, Tuna Sandwich, Chef Salad. Middle School Lunch: New! Chicken Alfredo Bake, Garlic Breadstick, Hot Ham & Cheese, Corn, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Yogurt Lunch. High School Lunch: Baked Chicken Drummy, Mesquite Chicken Drummy, Dinner Roll, NEW! Hot Italian Sub, Baked Beans, Garden Bar, Cold Cut Deli Sandwich, Pudding.

Friday, Apr. 19–No School Monday, Apr. 22– K-12 Breakfast: Yogurt, Muffin, Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Grahams, Fruit. Elementary School Lunch: Beef Hot Dog on a Bun, Sidewinders, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Turkey Sandwich with Cheese. Intermediate School Lunch: Warrior Burger, Beef Hot Dog on a Bun, Sidewinders, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Turkey Sandwich with Cheese, Chef Salad. Middle School Lunch: Warrior Burger, Beef Hot Dog on a Bun, Sidewinders, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Turkey Sandwich with Cheese.

High School Lunch: Warrior Bacon Burger, Beef Hot Dog on a Bun, Sidewinders, Mandarin Oranges, Garden Bar, Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich, Yogurt Lunch, Chef Salad.

Tuesday, Apr. 23– K-12 Breakfast: Mini Donuts & Hard Boiled Egg, Lumberjack, Cereal, String Cheese, Fruit Choices. Elementary School Lunch: Softshell Pork Taco, Fiesta Beans, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Yogurt Lunch. Intermediate School Lunch: Softshell Pork Taco, Chicken Quesadilla, Fiesta Beans, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Yogurt Lunch, Chef Salad. Middle School Lunch: Softshell Pork Tacos, Chicken Quesadilla, Fiesta Beans, Fruit Choices, Garden Bar, Yogurt Lunch. High School Lunch: Softshell Pork Tacos, Chicken Quesadilla, Fiesta Beans, Pear Slices, Garden Bar, Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich, Yogurt Lunch, Chef Salad, Mini Ice Cream Sandwich.

CLEAR LAKE SCHOOLS Wednesday, Apr. 17– Elementary breakfast: Breakfast Cereal Or Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip “UBR”, Fruit Juice, Fruit, Milk Choice.

Elementary lunch: Mini Corn Dogs Or Macaroni & Cheese, Potato Wedges, Steamed Broccoli, Cheese Sauce, Sliced Pears, Milk. High school breakfast: Cereal, Mini Cinni, Scooby Bone Crackers, Muffin, Oatmeal, Yogurt. High school lunch: “Brunch Lunch”, Cheese Omelet, Donut, Sausage Links, Juice, Hash browns, Salsa, Orange Wedges, Milk, (Grilled Chicken Salad Option).

Thursday, Apr. 18–No School Friday, Apr. 12–No School Monday, Apr. 22–No School Tuesday, Apr. 23– Elementary breakfast: Breakfast Cereal Or Donut Holes, Sausage Links, Fruit Juice, Fruit, Milk Choice. Elementary lunch: Chicken Fajita Wrap Or Yogurt, Cheese Stick, & Muffin, Carrots With Dip, Black Beans, Rice, Pineapple, Fruit Juice, Milk Choice. High school breakfast: Cereal, Zee Zee Bar, Muffin, Yogurt, Canadian Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich*, “Gripz” Graham Crackers. High school lunch: Chicken Fajita, Chicken Strips, Chicken Caesar Salad Or PB & J “Uncrustable”, Vegetables/ Dip, Rice, Black Beans, Milk, Strawberries, Pineapple.


Facebook Feedback BY CARRIE CLASSON

I originally joined Facebook when a long-lost cousin sent me an invitation. No one had heard from this cousin in ages when I got a note out of the blue. Facebook was relatively new then and I hadn’t considered joining. But I figured if I could reconnect with family I wouldn’t hear from otherwise, why not? Since then, I’ve Carrie Classon become a writer, which means I sit by myself staring out the window for hours at a time. There are about 200 yards of sidewalk I watch most of the day like some sort of hypervigilant Neighborhood Watch. (Don’t even think about committing a crime on my 200 yards!) It gets a little lonely and Facebook has turned into my virtual watercooler. I imagine that my Facebook friends are

distant officemates I can hang out with for a few minutes whenever I need a break, when no one has recently tried to commit a crime on the sidewalk, or I have run fresh out of ideas. So, when I finally got a signed contract for my book, I was naturally very excited and did what a lot of us do when we are excited about anything—I posted it on Facebook. It was wonderful getting congratulations from all parts of my life—friends from all over and distant family members. Everyone wished me well and joined in my celebration over this milestone accomplishment. Except one woman. “Kind of a lot of self-promotion,” she wrote. I was crestfallen. Was it? Suddenly, my celebratory party faded. I was just a big, fat show-off. I was making people feel bad. I was bragging—and didn’t my mother tell me not to do that? It was amazing, really, how dozens of kind and happy words faded in the light

of that one comment. Kind of a lot of self-promotion. I felt awful. But then I did what I try to do (and usually fail): I tried to look at it from her perspective. This comment wasn’t entirely about me, I realized. This hurtful Facebook feedback was coming from someone who was likely hurt. Maybe she was trying to sell a book and hadn’t, or trying to do something else that hadn’t worked out as she’d hoped. This person was disappointed about something that had nothing to do with me or my silly book. And, just as I didn’t know much about her, she didn’t know much about me. She didn’t know I’d been working on this book for ten years. She didn’t know about the months of revising and waiting and revising some more. She didn’t know about the rejections—one after another—forwarded by my agent. “We still have lots of people reading it!” my agent would say, until there were very few people left and hope was—if not dead, getting mighty





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darned sickly. Miss Kind-of-a-lot-of-promotion couldn’t know any of that. That’s when I made a deal with myself—it’s not original and I should have made it long before, but the deal is this—I only say nice things on Facebook. There have been times when I felt it was more important to make a point than to be kind. From now on, I would I read my words once and then read them again to make sure I didn’t pop someone else’s bubble. I’d remember how that one random comment felt and try not to be that person to someone else. And you know what? She was right. It was kind of a lot of self-promotion. But maybe—under the circumstances— that wasn’t such a terrible thing. Till next time, Carrie Carrie Classon’s memoir, “Blue Yarn,” will be released next week. Learn more at

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AMERY COMMUNITY EDUCATION The catalog is available at the Amery and Deer Park public libraries and all 4 schools. Pre-register for all classes through Amery Community Ed online at www.amerysd. or by calling 715-268-9771 x220 unless the class description indicates otherwise.

game meet & greet with 2 Wizards, a poster & a snack. Limited supply of these special tickets - buy early! Tickets not available through Amery Community Ed. Eating to Reduce Pain & Inflammation: Are muscle spasms, leg cramps or back pain causing you to rely on over-the-counter pain medications? Learn which foods cause aches and which foods reduce inflammation. Simple nutrition changes can help you manage your pain. May 7 from 6:30-8 p with a Nutrition Educator from Nutritional Weight & Wellness ( Fee $19, pre-register with Community Ed.

Mike Lynch WI Starwatch Party (NEW DATE April 26): We will begin with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside using some amazing telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in the upper Midwest. Get close up views of the moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our early spring skies. If it's cloudy, you will still learn a lot, have a great time and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check” for a future Starwatch Class. Friday, April 26 from 8-10 p. Adult fee $14; Youth age 10-18 fee $9; Under 10 free. Pre-register with Community Ed.

Paint Like Bob Ross: "Posies" with Jay Rupp, a certified Bob Ross instructor. All supplies and materials included: paints, 16x20 inch canvas, and painting supplies. Your painting will be ready for you to frame and put up at home when you finish. Monday, May 13 from 5:30-9:30 p. Fee $59. Pre-register with Community Ed Boating Safety DNR: WI law requires persons born since 1/1/89 to pass Boater's Safety if they operate a boat or personal watercraft. For ages 11-adult. The safety certificate is not valid until the child is age 12. Three classes required attendance: May 14, 16 & 17 from 5:30-8:30 p. Fee $10, pre-register with Community Ed. Quilter's Bus Tour to the 2019 Annual MQ Quilt Show & Conference: Join us for a 2-day adventure to the 41st Annual MQ Quilt Show in Rochester with fun stops along the way. June 14-15, only $155 per person includes: full-time host Twila (quilting enthusiast!); motor coach with WIFI, DVD player and restrooms; Friday evening dinner at the Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery; snacks on the bus; continental breakfast; double occupancy accommodations for 1 night; the MN Quilters Annual Quilt Show; visits to Pine Needles Quilt & Sew and Eagle Creek Quilt Shop; door prizes, treats & quilting fun! For full details or to register, visit Amery Community Ed online or call 715-268-9771 x220.

Vegetable Container Gardening (NEW DATE April 23): Learn which vegetables can be grown in pots as small as 6", in hanging baskets, and in large containers. You can grow many vegetables, from lettuce to sweet corn, in the right size containers with little or no work. April 23 from 6-8 p. Fee $9, pre-register with Community Ed. Gardening for Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bees: Learn to attract common local butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard and garden. Class will also cover bees species and learning how to make your own Mason Bee house. May 2 from 6-8 p. Fee $9, pre-register with Community Ed Harlem Wizards vs Amery All-Stars – Trick Hoops & Alley Oops! May 4 at 6:30 p in the High School gym. Advance tickets available online at (additional online fee) or in any school office: $9/students & seniors (62+), $11/adults, age 3 and under free. Tickets at the door: $11/students & seniors (62+), $13/adults, age 3 and under free. Reserved seats $17 includes poster. Courtside Plus $25 includes pre-

$24.63 or Sr. fee (62+) $4.50. Class #25582. Pre-register with WITC: or 1-800-243-9482 ext 4221. Do NOT register for this class through Community Ed.

MS Excel Intermediate: Explore charts, pivot tables, customized formatting, and protecting your work. Work with multiple workbooks and named ranges. Prerequisites: Beginning Excel or equivalent including how to create, open, save, format and print a worksheet, use formulas and the SUM function. Bring your own laptop if you have MS Office 2016 or use one of ours. May 9, 14 & 16 from 6-8 p. WITC fee

Learn to Golf! Adult course. Class is designed to help novices get over their fear and get on the course in a low-pressure environment. We will cover rules, etiquette, and swing fundamentals. All you need to do is show up. We even have clubs available if you don’t have your own, so getting started couldn't be easier! For men, women or youth ages 14+. Youth under age 14 are welcome if a parent/guardian is also registered. Four Tuesdays in June from 5-6:30 p. Fee $44 includes one 9-hole weekday pass to the Amery Golf Club. Pre-register with Community Ed. Supply fee: $6 to pay at first class.

Tree and Bird City

Amery’s 18-hole Golf Course SPECIAL SECTION Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Businesses wishing to welcome golfers to Amery’s beautiful golf course please give Pam a call 715-268-8101 or email Advertising deadline is Wednesday, May 1

215 S. Keller Ave. • Amery, WI 54001 Phone 715-268-8101 • Fax 715-268-5300

The city of Amery and students from AIM (Amery Inquiring Minds) are working together to host a celebration to recognize Arbor Day and Bird City. This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 1011:30 am and will be held outside of the Amery Intermediate School. AIM students will have activities and stations set up offering activities and hands-on learning experiences to promote the importance of caring for and protecting birds and their habitat. Activities will include guided hikes, making birdfeeders from recycled objects, a tree planting demonstration, and receiving lots of information about identifying and attracting birds. Mayor Paul Isakson, along with AIM students, will hold a special ceremony where proclamations will be read aloud to recognize Amery as a Tree City and Bird City. In addition, a food stand will be on grounds that will feature coffee from Legacy River Coffee Roasters. We invite participants to bring an earth friendly, reusable water bottle or coffee mug. All are welcome to attend this free and educational event.

History of Farmington The History of Farmington Township— East Farmington, West Farmington, & South Farmington, Malden, Crandall’s Corners, and Fighting Corners are some of the names it has been known by over the years. This historic presentation will focus on the early years of the area and the people that made it happen; the churches, the cemeteries, the schools, the farmers, the cheese factories, the businesses. But the history wouldn’t be complete without information on the Air Base, the brick yards and the UFO sightings. If you grew up in Farmington Township or if you are just a history buff, you would be interested in the Osceola Historical Societies presentation on, “Farmington Township the Early Years” presented on May 6th at 6:30 pm at the Discovery Center. There will be a period for sharing your family’s memories. Help us keep history alive. The Osceola Historical Society is a non-profit organization created to preserve the history of Osceola, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month: April, May, June, October and November. There is generally a summer picnic in August and an Annual Meeting in December. Membership is open to the public and all are welcome. The Osceola Historical Society owns the Emily Olson House on River Street and the historic Soo Line Depot on Depot Road. The depot is rented to the Minnesota Transportation Museum for the operation of the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Volunteer opportunities are available at both locations. And don’t forget about the Osceola Historical Society if you’re downsizing or cleaning out grandma’s house and have historical pictures or items to share. You can find us on FaceBook for more information and if interested be sure to “like us” to help get the word out.


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AMERY AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY t teens@4: @4 April 16 (4-5/5:30 pm). Grades 6-12. Hang out, have a snack, and do a different activity each month! Registration required (call or visit amerylibrary. org/teens). Book Club for Kids: April 18 (3:45-4:45 pm). Grades 4-5. Discuss the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, have a snack, and do an activity. Please read the book prior to attending book club so that it's fresh in your mind. We will stick to discussing the first two books; no spoilers for those who haven't read the others. Copies of the book are available now at the library! Ask us for one when you register. Registration required (call or visit amerylibrary. org/kids). Chomp's Birthday Party: May 4. All ages. It's a great day to PowerUp and celebrate Chomp's birthday at the library with stories and fun activities. PowerUp of the St. Croix Valley aims to help families eat better and move more. Check out powerup-

4kid f more iinformation f ti on what h t for PowerUp is all about. Family Storytime: Wednesday mornings (10:30 am). Family event. Books, songs, movement activities, and a craft! Come on in and join the fun! Drop-in program. No School Day: April 19 (10-11:30 am). All ages. Come to the library on your day off from school and play with some Play-Doh! What will you create with this fun building material? Drop-in program. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Baby Book Bees These ongoing early literacy initiatives encourage families to establish a strong foundation of reading in young children. Visit the library to sign up for the program that is right for your child. Tech for Seniors: Staying Independent Longer: Tuesday, April 16th, 10:30 - 11:30 AM at the Amery Area Public Library. Learn how seniors can incorporate

ttechnology h l iinto t their th i lives li t stay t to independent longer. Taught by Barb Kreuger, Library Director of Deer Park Public Library. FREE CLASS, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Third Thursday Crafting: Thursday, April 18th, 5:30 - 7 PM at the Amery Area Public Library. Join us for another round of Wood Sign Painting! The class is FREE but you must REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE to ensure your space in the class. Decoding Dementia: Friday, April 26th, 1:30-2:30 PM at the Amery Area Public Library. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. FREE, no registration required. Books & Brews: Thursday, May 2nd, 6 PM at Amery Ale Works: Join us for a great book discussion! This month we're reading either The Lowlands OR The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Copies available at the library. Right off the Reel: Thursday, May 9th, 5:30 PM at the Amery Area Public Library. Dave Evenson presents his book on Gordon MacQuarrie, who is best known for his Old Duck Hunters Association stories in popular outdoor magazines. Gordon was a full-time outdoor columnist for the Milwaukee Journal for 20 years. Dave Evenson's book is a collection of

84 off his hi best b t stories! t i ! FREE EVENT, EVENT NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Book discussion group The Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 1:30 PM. The title for May is Bear Town by Fredrik Backman. Book sales The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 4:00-7:00 PM. “Friends of the Library” may shop early (from 3-4). The Book Sale will also be held Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Friends The Friends of the Amery Area Public Library Foundation meets on the third Monday of the month at 4:30 PM. Meetings are open to all members and to the public. E-books, e-audiobooks and digital magazines Your MORE library card gives you access to the Overdrive collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming videos; the Freading collection of e-books; and the Flipster downloadable magazine collection. Check out the website Check out the library website at, or find us on Facebook at Hours Library hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM SUBMITTED

First baby born during 2019 National Library Week National Library Week was April 11-13, 2019. During National Library Week, the Friends of the Amery Area Library celebrate by giving the first baby born during that week gifts. This year, Dion and Anna Tulgren’s baby, born April 11, got our gift bag. This is Oliver Dion Tulgren and his mom, Anna.

Clear Lake Golf Course SPECIAL SECTION Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Businesses wishing to welcome golfers to Clear Lake’s fun golf course please give Pam a call at 715-268-810 or email Advertising deadline is Wednesday, May 1


National Library Worker’s Day It was National Library Worker’s Day on Tuesday, April 9. Friends of the Library delivered snacks. Pictured are some of Amery Public Library’s Friends and staff. L-R: Sandy Stevermer, Amy Stormberg, Marcia Kulbitski, Wanda Johnson, Marv Nevela, Lora Van Blaricom, Linda Millermon, Brittany Stewart, Leslie Hessler, Elaine Meyer and Heather Wiarda.

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Amery Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Grade 8 “A” Honor Roll: Addison Amundsen, Blu Anderson, Hunter Beese, Ashley Benysek, Mia Brotzel, Helen Buenzli, Dominic Byrnes, Caleb Carlson, Connor Carlson, Grace Carlson, Derrick Chute, Grant Cook, Victor Cruz-Morales, Sophia Danielson, Anarene Evenson, Annabelle Fisk, Gavin Folkert, Ella Fulton, Ulric Gatica, Maverick Goulet, Connor Grimm, Ryan Hanson, Miguel Herrera, Eden Hose, Kaileigh Hosking, Tyler Jackson, Emma Johnson, Hannah Justice, Jens Lindquist, Zachary Long, Molly Lutz, Bridgett Madison, Rachel Mallum, Madelyn Mike, Naomi Moore, Truc Nguyen, Carter Nielsen, Frank Novak, Emily Oman, Kaitlyn Peterson, Malone Plaski, Anna Powell, Brayden Prindle, Jaclyn Reed, Amber Rens, Aurora Schwartz, Lauren Sobczak, Roxanne Tritt, Kaylana Tryon, Garret Tyman, Abigael Webber, Desiree Wishard, Megan Wolf, Clara Wright, Annie Zinn. “B” Honor Roll: Cole M Andren, Ethan Bottolfson, Gabriella Bowen, Tyler Burns, Ethan Clark, Ma’iingan Couture, Maya Curtis, Mercedes Dravis, Amelia Foeller, Veronica Fox, Eliza Frisle, Zusette Frutos, Rachel Garves, Gabriel Graski, Isabella Griffith,

Jammal Hassan, Isaac Helbig, Grecia Hernandez Galan, Ashleigh Holloman, Victorria Jonns, Devyn Klemme, Kaden Kobs, Emilie Krahulec, Landen Krueger, Lucy Kube, Tori LaPointe, Aidan Leggett, Devon Lehnartz, Cole Madsen, Johnathan Mahoney, Tyler Meier, Maxwell Mike, Joslyn Miller, Sierra Osborne, Logan Osero, Osten Osero, Xavier Parton, Riley Pnewski, Rylee Rank, Tevin Roy, Chad Sarsland, Bradley Seline, Kobe Stinson, Jack Trandum.

Grade 7 “A” Honor Roll: Jorja Ajer, Addison Allee, Russell Bagley, Emily Braaten, Kylie Burch, Summer Carlson, Aleiya Christensen, Alexandriana Davis, Nora Eggert, Sarek Eklund, Shannen Fredrickson, Wyatt Graff, Zachary Hahn, Shawn Hatella, McKenna Heinn, Trevor Hinz, Koy Hopke, William Jensen, Carter Kurtzhals, Benjamin Lorsung, Damien Lyon, Cassandra Nicholas, Henry Plummer, Liberty Posey, Haley Pulkrabek, Hannah Rust, Shyan Taylor, Delaney Vold, Seth Waalen, Lily Weisenbeck, Kruse Yuhas, Grace Ziegler. “B” Honor Roll: Kimetka Adiloska,

Isabella Becker, Ava Belvedere, Taylor Bush, Quinn Carlson, Aylen Castorena Gonsalez, Conner Cody, Jesse Dooner, Philip Eaton, Eva Garaas, Julie Gehl, Tyler Golden, Sierra Gomoll, Vincent Greene, Claire Harlander, Stuart Hellie, Fredrik Henningsgard, Wyatt Ingham, Lillian Jacobsen, Kasidi Jenderny, Sarah Jensen, Alexander Kegley, Joseph Kelling, Mallory Kjeseth, Bailee Knapp, Lexis Konecny, Kylie Lindahl, Tianna Lochner, Davis Madsen, Sarah Meck, Cayden Meyer, Aaron Mork, Dorian Nelson, Kailey Nelson, Tara Olson, Loah Pierce, Greyson Plaski, Sarah Poppe, Charlee Schroeder, Nicholas Silvis, Joel Springett, Joshua Stauner, Addison Thayer, LilyMae Thompson, Mason Viebrock, Scarlett Viebrock, Kaylee Waalen, Jadyn Werle, Lewis Whitley, Jasmyn Wills, Nevaeha Zacharias.

Grade 6 “A” Honor Roll: Luciana Aizpurua, Adeline Amans, Lane Andersen, Charli Benware, Marcus Bosley, Olivia Chaves, Caleb Danielson, Alexandra Edwards, Sean Evenson, Marissa Fisk, Anna Gould, Katelin Graski, Alessandra Hayes, Alise Hoffmann, Hadassah

Ingham, Lily Kasper, Paige Komanec, Alex Lester, Katherine Lester, Sawyer Luedtke, Aaliyah Malachesen, Peter Markee, Ryan Moskal, Taylor Moulton, Kristy Nelson, Alexander Nicholas, Zachary Osero, Madera Peterson, Lyla Stone, Natasha Tiry, Cora Waterman, Benito Widiker, Nelson Wilcox, Grace Williamson, Carter Wollan, Siri Yuhas. “B” Honor Roll: Gabrielle Albee, Braxton Allee, Claire Ash, Garrett Beauvais, Isabella Bowen, Kylie Britt, Mason Lee Brown, Braidyn Brusletten, Marley Cran, Tyler Ellefson, Kelly Fern, Sean Graf, Tierin Greenebaum, Nathan Gullickson, Jason Hanson, Peyton Hanson, Brock Hosking, Selene Ideker, Izabella Iwaszko, Jordan Johnson, Timothy Justice, Michael Kelly, Alexis Lyon, Hailey Marciniak, Rocco Meyers, Alexis Miner, Sophie Morales, Julia Mortensen, Kya Nelson, Quinnleigh Page, Allyson Peterson, Will Peterson, Chase Pnewski, Rachael Poppe, Elise Powell, Jaden Presley, Alexis Repka, Hannah Rosenberg, Samantha Sigsworth, Joseph Thorsheim, Dale Tritt, Anna Wagner, Annabelle Walker, Jason D Walter, Taylor Will, David Williamson, Dustin Wishard, Haylee Witt.

Clear Lake schools 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Grade 12 “A” Honor Roll: Brittany Avery, Bailey Blanchard, Marshall Cain, Korey Catts, Jazmine Christiansen, Alexis Cunningham, Samuel Dusek, Joseph Espeseth, Eduardo Garcia, Elizabeth Grahovac, Bryce Hacker, Jackson Heibel, Kincaid Hughes, Aleena Krueger, Jeremy Kuhn, Kasey Larson, Gabriella Loenser, Alixander Logan, Maria Canuto, Isaac Pearson, Kate Petersen, Bailey Robl, Evan Rogers, Emma Schmidt, Aubree Schramski, Nick Sempf-Nyren, Jasmine Tucker, Abby Warner, Megan

Zimmer. “B” Honor Roll: Tucker Bell, Croix Hughes, Brandtsen Laursen, Chelsey Paulson, Jack Peper, Mallory Pigman, Vada Tulgren.

Grade 11 “A” Honor Roll: Abby Aune, Kenedi Brenne, Alex Burbach, Nichole Catts, William Fitzer, Lilyan Hacker, Samantha Haley, Ryan Hayden, Mason Iverson, Westan Iverson, Samantha Kelly, Natalie Kreier, Michael Lillie, Peyton

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Lillie, Kaylee Madison, Cameryn Matson, Kiley Mott, Julianna Rosen, Maggie Rosen, Ivan Ruble, Rayne Vangsness, Jassmyn Warner, Madison Zimmer. “B” Honor Roll: Taylor Atkins, Jalyn Bad Horse, Rhianna Campion, Carter Engebretson, Elizabeth Larson, Colton Stahl, Jackson Steinberger.

Grade 10 “A” Honor Roll: Halle Carlson, Shane Larson, Lydia Mara, Julia McIntire, Hannah Monson, Ellen Paatalo, John Pearson, Molly Petersen, Kierra Pickard, Rachel Sanftner, Kaylee Sunday, Mackenzie Ward. “B” Honor Roll: Mariah Anderson-Nelson, Ashton Duden, Jackson Fuller, Angel Guillen, Teagan Iverson, Abigail Keller, Joseph O’Connor, Logan Reindahl, Courtney Slobodian, Alexander St. John, Vivian Tulgren.

Grade 9 “A” Honor Roll: Kallie Barthman, Lukas Becker, Tyson Blanchard, Brittany Buhr, Brooke Hadac, Samantha Hoefferle, Kristyn Katz, Carter Lillie, Caleb Logan, Josie Peterson, Riley Peterson, Clara Rasmussen, Emily Roessler, Elizabeth Rosen, Madeline Rosen, Brooklyn Tolzman, Michael Walker, Madeline Young. “B” Honor Roll: Reece Atkins, Zach-

Brock and Mark Luehman enjoyed visiting with the showgoers.

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Grade 8 “A” Honor Roll: Bailey Alvermann, Jacob Burbach, Will Cain, Karlee Groat, Aaron Hayden, Karl Kobernick, Derek Kreier, Abigail Monson, Morgan Monson, Teagan Monson, Kelli Niles, Mason Olson, Lukas Paulson, Hunter Pickard, Wyatt Reindahl, Caitlin Ritterpusch, Klaire Steinberger. “B” Honor Roll: Sophie Anderson, Andrew Campion, Zoey Duden, Brock Hauck, Marissa Hernandez, Delaney Johnson, Paige Laursen, Andrew Lawson, Dominic Leintz, Emma Path, Efren Ramos, Jayden Schnegelberger, Carly Siler.

Grade 7 “A” Honor Roll: Isabella Anderson, Jed Arduser, Ellie Cress, Kellyn Hayden, Lyla Jarchow, Lucia Meissner, Tena Schoggins, Ericka Strenke, Kate Rosen, Elizabeth Tronrud. “B” Honor Roll: Royce Brogan, Tristan Erickson, Abby Everts, Blake Harris, Eddie Johnson, Lance Kolba, Annabelle Lawson, Kylie Monson, Brenna Peterson, Tyler Sunday.

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AMERY AREA COMMUNIT CENTER ATTENTION MEMBERS!!! Do you volunteer around our community? Did you know that by telling us your volunteer hours it helps gain grant dollars by showing how active our members are? Please email Jen at or call 715-268-6605 with your hours each month, thank you! Join Pam Hartmann on April 15th 6pm-8pm on Spring cleaning with essential oils. Contact us at 715-268-6605 for more information. Our annual Rummage sale is coming up on May 2nd 8am-3:30pm and May 3rd 8am-12pm. If you are interested in helping out stop in the office and let Jen know. We still are taking items if you are doing some spring cleaning and decluttering your home. Have you been thinking about starting or have your own or cooking, baking or catering business but just don't have the space in your kitchen? We have the solution for you! We have a commercial grade kitchen available. If you are interested in more information, please call 715-268-6605. • Circuit Breaker Members, every month you pay your $10 you will get a punch on our new card and after you have paid for 5 months you get 1 month FREE! That means you will receive 2 FREE months per year! This is our way of saying your health is important to us! • Was it your goal to learn something new in 2019? We have the thing for you! MAH-JONG. We have a wonderful group of ladies that play every Friday that are looking for some more people to play! They will teach as you play! Stop in and check it out on Friday at 9:00am! • Like us on Facebook! Share our postings the more people that know what activities we have happening the better! Search Amery Area Community/Senior Center • Need a place to rent? Consider the Amery Area Community Center for that birthday, party, wedding, or anniversary celebration? We will also work with profit and nonprofit organizations to help with the perfect meeting place. • Want to get a complete workout in just 30 minutes? Do you enjoy walking on a treadmill? Get all of that for just $10/month if you are a member of the Amery Area Community Center. Our hours are 7am-4:30pm M-Th & 7am-3pm on Fridays. There are no contracts to lock into and no hidden fees. Come down and check us out! • We always have people asking if there is anything we need here at the Center. We can always use things like stamps, cards, toilet paper, cleaning supplies & baking supplies. We also take rummage sale items all year long. • Tuesday April 9th pool winners were Gary Snelling in first, Dean Elken taking second, Jerry Fisher placing third, Mary Fisher taking fourth and Loren Bavin with the consolation prize. • Tuesday April 9th Wii Bowling winners are Mary Fisher placing first and Jerry Fisher placing second. • Monday April 8th Bridge winners are Susan Johnson placed first and JoAnn Hallquist took second. • Wednesday April 10th Bridge winners are Sydney Lund placed first, and Frank Segerstrom placed second. Congratulations to all! Amanda Fisk, Director Jen Tyman, Assistant Director

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Amery Chevrolet to provide Amery Youth Baseball with new equipment, monetary contribution and instructional clinics Amery – Amery Chevrolet is partnering with Amery Youth Baseball in Amery. Amery Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser. “Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation, and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Amery Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Amery.” said Natalie Keller, Marketing Manager for Amery Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes in the power of play as a way for young people to build the skills needed

to be successful in the future and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.” 2019 marks the fourteenth year of Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program and has benefitted over 7 million players since it launched. Since it’s inception, Amery Chevrolet has donated over $8,000 dollars directly back to the Amery Youth Baseball Association. We truly believe in giving back to our community and supporting the youth, who are Amery’s future. Amery Chevrolet will present Amery Youth Baseball an equipment kit that includes useful items such as equipment bags, first aid kits, batting tees, and T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, or instructors from Ripken Baseball.

In addition, Amery Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Amery Youth Baseball. Amery Youth Baseball will also have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at Amery Chevrolet to help support the league. “Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built with busy families in mind, featuring a comprehensive suite of available safety features; technologies that make the journey more comfortable and engaging for the entire family; and the space and flexibility needed to haul people and cargo. We would encourage everyone to come take a look at what Chevrolet has to offer,” said Keller. For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit

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Beaver Brook Badgers Meeting Minutes April 1

ARNELL MEMORIAL HUMANE SOCIETY The 2019 giveBIG St. Croix Valley event is right around the corner – Tuesday, April 30th. This oneday online event is your chance to connect with causes you care about in your local community and contribute to their success. GiveBIG St. Croix Valley includes nonprofit organizations that serve Amery, Osceola, St. Croix Falls, and all of Polk County, New Richmond, Somerset, Hudson and River Falls. Donations to participating nonprofit organizations can be made online or by mail. During GiveBIG St. Croix Valley, Animal Lovers and Friends of Arnell Memorial Humane Society will be able to donate to the care of stray and unwanted pets at the Arnell shelter. And this year, your donations are needed more than ever. The Arnell shelter has served our animals and community for 19 years, housing 13,074 animals through 2018. Our dog kennel has taken a beating; withstanding the abuse of energetic dogs and the daily sanitation process required to keep our dogs happy and healthy. The painted concrete floors and galvanized steel kennel panels are in serious need of repair and replacement. Currently our dog kennels share a center aisle with 4’ x 6’ kennels on either side. When in their kennels, the dogs are directly across from one another, each dog facing another. This lay-out is intimidating for most dogs. The lack of privacy can create fear or a need to protect their space. The result is added stress for a dog who is already dealing with so many changes in their new environment. The new, proposed floor plan will use the same traffic aisle and drainage system already in place, but provides the kenneled dogs more room and modest privacy with staggered viewing of one another. Each new stainless steel kennel will have a solid privacy panel, diagonal gate openings and provide more floor space for each kenneled dog. The peeling paint over concrete flooring will be re-surfaced with epoxy flooring that can easily by cleaned and provide sanitation necessary in the shelter setting. This major renovation for our aging dog kennels will cost $30,000. Your giveBig donation will help make this project a reality. To help us reach our goal of $15,000, our Executive Board and Nestle-Purina are matching $5,500 in donations – doubling your gift. Donations to Arnell through giveBIG St. Croix Valley are tax deductible. They can be made online, by mail or in person at the shelter on or before Midnight, April 30, 2019. Online contributions may be made via credit and debit card only and are administered through

The Bright Hour of Hope has Dawned Was it cold that dark, still, joyless morn, Before the sun¹s first radiance would disclose, The man who died in painful, wretched scorn, In triumph that would change the world, arose? In crushing grief and staggering, grim dismay, His followers and loved ones sadly came, Their champion of fulfillment gone away, A decent, loving burial now their only aim. What quiet stars and moon had seen at night, Dynamic forces blasted bonds of evil power. Guards, although forced to deny their plight, Were struck as dead in resurrection¹s hour. The angel¹s words that brought astonished joy, ³He has risen!² grown to hope, a fellowship of love, Hard-won, and those that ardent flame employ, Seek to bring more to faith in God above. Though Easter eggs, and bunnies seem to share the stage, The laughter of children is a pleasure to our Lord. The joyous victory, proclaimed by every age, Wherever people hear the gospel word. Jesus, the Lord, is risen, oh Hallelujah, Hope alive and free for one and all. Sing and dance and share the love that¹s in you. Those who will are ransomed from the fall. Carol Morfitt Welch a poet laureate of Amery, Wisconsin

Adoption Day for Senior Pomeranian Mix, Jett.

Mightycause Foundation’s donor advised fund. Visit the online, https// to find all of the non-profits participating this year. You will be able to donate using the large green Donate Button or filter to find AMHS under the category of Animals. Find a direct link to the Arnell GiveBIG page on the Arnell Web Site at: ARNELLHUMANE.ORG. It’s easy. If using the mail in option, our address is: AMHS, 185 Griffin St East, Amery, WI 54001. Please note on your check, written to AMHS, that your donation is for the giveBIG event. Donations may also be delivered to the shelter during business hours: Mon – Fri, 12 – 5 and Sat, 12 – 4 pm. With your help, Arnell is making the difference for animals, making Forever Home connections for pets in need. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715 268-7387, www.arnellhumane. org and Facebook.

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Pledges were led by Anna and Grace Williamson and the roll call question was what did you do on the snow day that we had last Thursday. Treasurers report was we have $2,183.60 in our bank account with this we started to discuss old business. On April 26th we are invited to help with feed my staring children from 6pm-8pm at the Polk County Fairgrounds if you plan to participate please arrive 15 min early and make sure you signed up, if you haven't signed up please contact Geri Christensen. The Polk county fair sign theme this year is “Fun for the Whole Herd” the painting will take place at the June meeting so keep your ideas until then. If you haven’t cashed your fair checks yet please do if you don’t this creates problems at the fair society. We moved on to new business. On April 27th at the Polk County Fair Grounds, there is the dog Project kick-off, Sheep and Goat weigh in, and the safe tractor operator contest (More info on pg 9 of clover connection). There is no Swine project weigh in but you do need to follow the directions in your clover connection. If you want to volunteer as a national park ranger (see pg6 in clover connection). We have to sign up for a shift at the food stand we will decide what shift to take at the next meeting. If you are interested in 4-H summer camp registration is due on May 17th and it is first to come first serve read clover connection for more info. Pet day is on May 15th if you have a well-behaved pet and you want to bring it to the nursery homes contact Mrs. Kelling. I couldn't get some of the kid's names for demonstrations so I’m sorry if I miss some. The Kuhl Family brought chicks for their demonstration, Ms. Emerson showed us how to make bracelets. Ms. Widiker had shown us how to do spray paint and masking tape art. Brady Prindle showed us a birdhouse that he made, Madison Hollister showed us an origami boat. Ryan Hanson showed us his dog, Samantha showed us how to make rice crispy bars. Jason Hansen showed us his electric Guitar, and Taylor Lein showed us how to braid hair. -Andrew Carlson

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Happy Easter! Even with Easter being late this year, it is still hard to get it through my mind that this is Holy Week. Maybe if the weather straightens out that will help clear my thinking…a person can only hope! Having all 4 seasons jammed into a few days last week was CRAZY! Now getting back to Easter, last Sunday in church we celebrated Palm Sunday. As you can tell from the attached picture, we had some very cute palm carriers for the service. On Sunday night we had the opportunity to attend the Pounding Silent Messengers the performance of CelA Savior. I Pavement ebrating have seen the perforPam Humpal mance before but I am amazed each time I see it. The performers do a tremendous job of telling the life of Christ through their actions with no talking. The event was held in New Richmond with it being a fundraiser for Grace Place. The Amery Community Club welcomes kids up to 10 years old to join the fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 20, at the Soo Line Park at 10am. Thousands of eggs filled with candy, coupons, money, etc. will be

Kids helping out during Palm Sunday

hid in straw for kids to gather up. Each child is eligible for special drawings after the hunt. The Easter Bunny will be there, along with photos by Cahill Photography from 9-11am. You will receive a FREE 4x6 photo with 2 non-perishable food items for the Amery Area Food Pantry. Picture packages are also

available. The Amery Fire Department will be hosting their annual delicious Pancake Breakfast in the fire hall right across the street from 7:30-11am. I will see you there….let’s hope for good weather! Be sure to check throughout this issue for additional area activities,

church services and events for this week. “Meet Your Amery Business”…this week’s featured business is Bridge Investment Group. The services they offer include financial planning, investments, retirement planning, tax strategies, business planning and estate planning. Bridge Investment office is located in downtown Amery. The 3rd Annual Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration is set for this Saturday, April 20, from 8am-3pm. The celebration is held at the Clear Lake Elementary School which honors Gaylord Nelson-founder of Earth Day and native of Clear Lake. The event is free admission and offers a pancake breakfast, wood-fire pizza, vendors, educational displays including talks on bees to honey and wildlife ecology. Each day we can celebrate our wonderful earth by taking care of it, and not littering on our roadsides. Baby News…recently baby boy, Colt Thomas Christensen was born to parents Ryan and Christina. Noah Insurance might have an up and coming new agent in a few years. Congratulations to the Christensen family…enjoy! Full Moon is this Friday, April 19… beware and take care! Once again, Happy Easter! Have a very joyous weekend with family and friends. He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Wisconsin Interstate Park Events SATURDAY, APRIL 27 9am—Noon • Work Play Earth Day Interstate Park is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to help build picnic tables, stain boards, and clean up our picnic areas. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. A state park admission sticker is not required for volunteers. Meet at the Beach Picnic Shelter.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Noon—4pm • Outdoor Skills Expo Join presenters from the National Park Service, the St. Croix River Association, ArtReach St. Croix, and more for presentations on river safety, fire safety, lightweight backpacking, knot tying, canoeing basics, compass basics, geocaching, nature photography, and even how to rig a mini zipline. Visit the Ice Age Center for event times and locations.

Join Dr. Sharon Holte (from the Mammoth Site in South Dakota) for a presentation on the mammoths of Wisconsin—as well as extinct bison species (one of which was even found right here in the park). Presentation to be held in the auditorium.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 7am—9am • Birding Hike Take a walk down the Silverbrook Trail and discover the variety of birds that are passing through, returning, or are yearround residents of the park. Bring your binoculars!

SATURDAY, MAY 18 7am—9am • Birding Hike Take a walk down the Silverbrook Trail and discover the variety of birds that are passing through, returning, or are yearround residents of the park. Bring your binoculars!



1pm—2:30pm Wild Food and Folk Medicine

7am—9am • Birding Hike

Discover a delightful variety of foods and folk medicine that can be gathered from the wild, and in your own backyard. Though we won’t be harvesting wild foods from the park, we’ll talk about safe harvesting practices and how you can pick and prepare wild foods at home. Meet at the Ice Age Center.

Take a walk down the Silverbrook Trail and discover the variety of birds that are passing through, returning, or are yearround residents of the park. Bring your binoculars!

THURSDAY, MAY 9 6pm—7pm • Spring Gathering

Congratulations to the winners of the Amery Free Press Easter Ham Drawing Chet Johnson Drug ................................................John Buss Garibaldi’s..................................................................Roxanne Garholdt Clear Lake True Value ............................................MaryAnn Knops Lampert Lumber .....................................................Jim Aus Nilssen’s Market.......................................................Phyllis Ness Amery Free Press ....................................................Ray Stanley Apple River TV & Appliance ................................Gina Kratz Amery Discount Liquor ........................................Gale Tappe Bremer Bank .............................................................Jan Tietyen Amery Chevrolet.....................................................Kathy Kusilek Amery Family Restaurant ....................................Ruth Severson Freedom.....................................................................Jena Koehler Slumberland Furniture .........................................Dan Jasperson Amery Express .........................................................Glen Wright Breghammer Builders ...........................................Trudy Ford Clayton Amoco ........................................................Beverly Fox Amery Cenex Countryside Co-op .....................Sue Bork Leadholm Insurance ..............................................Dorie Peters Amery Farm & Home Hardware ........................Matt Schwegman Dick’s Fresh Market ................................................Jim Fox Nextgen Powersports ...........................................Shelley Winegar Village Pizzeria .........................................................Judy Karen Ohm


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AREA BOWLING SCORES Club 53 Bar & Lanes, Amery MONDAY NIGHT MEN Week 31 of 32 Division 1 Tac Two ............................................166.5 Gary’s Electric................................. 158.5 Division 2 Shoreview ....................................... 142.5 Dick’s Fresh Market .......................132.5 High games: Gary Nottam 202, Rod Gehrman 214-203, Bob Gillis 201-215-217, Todd Zemke 205, Bruce Hammer 224, Jim Swanson 259-212200, Mark Carlson 235. High series: Rod Gehrman 608, Bob Gillis 633, Todd Zemke 552, Bruce Hammer 601, Jim Swanson 671, Marv Maxon 557, Mark Carlson 553. TUESDAY NIGHT MEN Week 31 of 32 Division 1 Club 53 .............................................. 143.5 Noah Insurance............................... 119.5

Division 2 Northwest Communications ....188.5 Chet Johnson Drug .......................148.5 High games: Chris Sobbotka 231, Will Schaffer 209, Bill Peterson 209, Kelly Fitzgerald 213-204, Wade Prindle 226, Scott Sorenson 229, Chad Elmer 209-222. High series: Chris Sobbotka 572, Will Schaffer 557, Kelly Fitzgerald 573, Wade Prindle 614, Scott Sorenson 610, Chad Elmer 604, Tyler Kilcoyne 557. WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEN Week 31 of 32 Division 1 Club 53 .............................................. 156.5 Preferred Lawn....................................111 Division 2 Alibi....................................................... 190 Amery Fire Department .............140.5 High games: Jim Knutson 211-216, Jim Swanson 214-237, Bill Vierkandt 230-233, Tyler Kilcoyne 237, Denis Carteron 229-230-258.

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High series: Jerod Wollan 577, Jim Knutson 620, Jim Swanson 623, Bill Vierkandt 658, Tyler Kilcoyne 628, Denis Carteron 717. THURSDAY/FRIDAY LADIES Division 1 Northwest Communications ....169.5 Better Self Wellness .................... 156.5 Amery Fire Department .............140.5 Division 2 Chet Johnson Drug ....................... 165.5 Bremer Bank.......................................148 Club 53 ..................................................120 High games: Katie Lauterbach 207-173, Gwen Wold 189-188, Pam Humpal 168-164, Marcia Clark 168, Gerri Carr 165-151, Alyssa Slocum 160, Janet Martinson 158-153, Diane Lewis 155, Kelli Galbraith 151, Sid Jones 150. High series: Katie Lauterbach 527, Gwen Wold 504, Pam Humpal 460, Gerri Carr 455, Janet Martinson 430, Marcia Clark 426.

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MORE EVENTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE OUT & ABOUT PAGE Saturday, April 27 *Free Coffee and Pie!* *All Sales First Come First Serve*

Mail: Amery Free Press, Box 424, Amery, WI 54001

Select your Hanging Baskets for Mother’s Day and reserve them for an additional $5

Phone: 715-268-8101 FAX: 715-268-5300

10” Hanging Baskets .............................................................$15.85 12” Hanging Baskets .............................................................$21.50 14” Hanging Baskets .............................................................$26.50 Fancy Hanging Baskets .......................................................$26.50 6” Single Pots............................... prices vary from $3.70-$4.25 (Geraniums, Dahlias, Supertunias, Perennials) Large variety of 4” pots ..........................................................$2.65 4 pks. flowers.............................................................................$1.60 4 pks. vegetables .....................................................................$1.50 Variety of planters: Rustic barnboard, square & round Also: Semi Dwarf Apple, Pear, Cherry & Plum Trees Bareroot trees .........................................................................$17.50 Potted trees .............................................................................$25.00 Seed Potatoes, Onion Plants, Aspragus Roots & Strawberry Plants

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EASTER BUFFET Sunday, April 21 serving 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring: Oven-Roasted Turkey, Honey-Glazed Ham, Boneless Chicken Breast Chunks, Sausage, BBQ Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Bacon & Egg Bake, Vegetables, Country Style Biscuits & Gravy, French Toast, Fresh Fruit, Dessert Bar and more!

Adults $14.95 Children 5-10 $6.95 Under 5 FREE Reservations appreciated

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All entrees include potato, veggie, Soup & Salad Bar, and Dessert

Spring Dinner MEATBALLS with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable medley, rolls, pie, coffee, milk FREE WILL OFFERING

Sunday, April 28 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Sip & Shop Join us for a ladies night out Thursday, April 18, 2019 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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Stop in for a drink and visit all of our wonderful vendors! Join in for a little karaoke! Shoppers have the opportunity to sign up to win a gift basket with items from all of our vendors. Sponsored by The Swan Beach Vendor Events 715-419-3915 for vendor information


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Thursday, April 25 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Church 240 Elm St. W, Amery • 715-268-7135 Freewill Offering • Take Outs Available

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TOWN OF ALDEN POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 10th Avenue improvements WisDOT TRIP-D project The Town of Alden is seeking Proposals for Rehabilitation of 10th Avenue From 220th Street (west town line) to CTH “M” the Town of Alden, Polk County per the plan of Proposed Construction, Bid Documents, and WisDOT Specifications as referenced. The Town of Alden will receive sealed Proposals until 2:00 p.m. on Friday May 10, 2019. at the office of the Town of Alden: 183 155th street, Star Prairie, Wisconsin 54026. Refer all questions to: Town Engineer, Daniel J. Fedderly P.E.;P.L.S. DJ Fedderly Management Consultant LLC, 603 South Broadway Street, Menomonie Wisconsin 54751. (715)-505-9242 All proposals submitted prior to the Opening date must be returned to: DJ Fedderly Management Consultant LLC, 603 South Broadway, Menomonie Wisconsin 54751 – Prior to 4:00 PM Thursday May 9th, 2019. Proposals can be brought directly to the Town hall for the opening. All Proposals shall be in a sealed envelope clearly marked “10th Avenue TRIP-D 2019”. The Proposals will be opened and reviewed at 2:00 p.m. Friday May 10, 2019 at the office of the Town of Alden as shown above. The Town of Alden Town Board will review & Consider all proposals at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Plans and a bid specification forms are available from the Town Engineer, Daniel J. Fedderly P.E.; P.L.S. at the address above. A $50.00 administration cost per plan requested is required prior to receiving the plans and Bid Documents. Questions can be directed to DJ Fedderly Management Consultant LLC, (715) 505-9242. All Proposals shall include a Certified Bid Bond or Certified Check in the amount of 5% of the total Project Proposal, Paid to the order of the Town of Alden. All Proposals shall include certification that the proposer meets minimum insurance requirements as identified in the request for proposals. All Proposals shall acknowledge this project is funded in part with WisDOT TRIP-D funds The Town of Alden Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals or to waive any irregularities in any proposal or to accept any proposal of parts of various proposals, which, in their opinion, is the most advantageous to the Town of Alden. By Order of the Town of Alden Board. Keith Karpenski, Chairman, Town of Alden Daniel J. Fedderly P.E.;P.L.S, Town Engineer, DJ Fedderly Management Consultant, LLC WNAXLP


STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT, POLK COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Robert E. Wulf Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 19PR28 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth April 12, 1929 and date of death January 26, 2019, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 611 Harriman Ave. S., Apt. 111, Amery, WI 54001. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the

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STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT, POLK COUNTY In the Matter of the Trust of Steven R. Wanless Known as the Steven R. Wanless Living Trust dated Dec. 21, 2017. Notice to Creditors

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING Town of Lincoln Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lincoln will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Lincoln Town Hall -661 85th Street at 7:00 p.m. Stephanie Marciniak, Town Clerk 715-268-4747 Published April 2, 2019 & April 16, 2019 - Amery Free Press


TOWN OF LINCOLN REQUEST FOR BIDS The Town of Lincoln is accepting bids for chip seal, fog seal, scrub seal, double chip seal & crack filling. Contact Highway Superintendent Gary Utecht for specific details at 715- 808-4844 or leave a message at 715-268-9282. All bids should be mailed or delivered to: Town of Lincoln Attn: Gary Utecht 661 85th Street, Amery, WI 54001 by May 8, 2019. Bids will be awarded at the May 9th Monthly Meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. Published April 16, 2019 - Amery Free Press


Steven R. Wanless, domiciled in Polk County, Wisconsin, whose post office address was 742 130th Street, Amery, WI 54001, died on December 13, 2018. Pursuant to Sec. 701.065 Wis. Stats., notice is hereby given that all creditors’ claims against said trust must be submitted on or before August 6, 2019. The address for filing claims is: Stephanie Stern, 297 Arlington Drive, Amery, WI 54001 Dated March 26, 2019 /s/ Stephanie Stern 297 Arlington Drive Amery, WI 54001

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The BOARD of the Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, having before it for consideration, an Ordinance # 2019-01 creating a Development Moratorium prohibiting residential construction within 500 feet of the village’s existing wastewater treatment plant. The ordinance applies to the following: The South Half of the Northwest Quarter (S1/2 of NW1/4), and the North Half of the Southwest Quarter (N1/2 of SW1/4) of Section 20, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the Village Board on Tuesday May 7, 2019, at 6:45 p.m. at the Clear Lake Municipal Building, 350 4th Avenue, Clear Lake, Wisconsin, where opportunity will be afforded to all interested parties to be heard. A detailed description of the Ordinance and property in question is available for public inspection at the office of the Village Clerk, 350 4th Avenue, Clear Lake, Wisconsin. Dated this April 15, 2019. Albert L. Bannink Village Clerk - Treasurer Village of Clear Lake


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decedent’s estate is July 15, 2019. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. BY THE COURT: Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar April 5, 2019 Michael R. Wulf, Personal Representative 16725 San Carlos Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33908 715-554-0906


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Richard A. Davis, CPA Dirk A. Prindle, CPA Margo A. Rosen, CPA Roger Van Someren, CPA Abby L. Williamson, CPA Cathy A. Gille, CPA, MN Adam P. Honl, CPA Susan L. Hartman, CPA 301 Keller Ave. S, Amery WI Business: (715) 268-7999 Fax (715) 268-4161




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AMERY CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS APRIL 3, 2019 The Amery City Council met on April 3, 2019 at City Hall. Mayor, Paul Isakson called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. Present: Mayor, Paul Isakson. Alderpersons: Rick Davis (Arrived at 5:15 p.m.); Sarah Flanum; Julie Riemenschneider; Tim Strohbusch, Rick Van Blaricom; and Kristen Vicker. Staff Present: Kim Moore, City Administrator; Patty Bjorklund, City Clerk-Treasurer; Assistant Fire Chief, Chuck Frohn; Amy Stormberg, Library Director; and Public Works Director, “Bones“ Allen McCarty. Others present: Dave Rasmussen, MSA; Michael Simonson, Teacher – Amery Intermediate School District and 2 students; Wayne Swenson, Surveyor – Polk County Land Surveying, LLC as well as other members of the audience. City Clerk-Treasurer, Bjorklund conducted Roll Call. Mayor, Isakson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Motion by Vicker and seconded by Strohbusch to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2019 Special City Council Meeting; May 19, 2019 Special Council Meeting; March 26, 2019 Finance/Personnel Committee Meeting and March 28, 2019 Plan Commission Meeting with a change to the March 13, 2019 Special City Council Meeting with Council member, Vicker present and Council member, Flanum absent. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Upcoming Events were detailed. Officer reports were read by: City Administrator, Moore; Director of Public Works, McCarty; Assistant Fire Chief, Frohn; Clerk-Treasurer, Bjorklund and Library Director, Stormberg. New Business: Dave Rasmussen, MSA gave details about the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) that is due by: May 17, 2019. Motion by Strohbusch to approve Resolution #012019 To Adopt a Citizen Participation Plan. Motion seconded by Flanum. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Davis to approve Resolution #02-2019 To Adopt a Revision to the existing Fair Housing Ordinance. Motion seconded by Van Blaricom. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Riemenschneider to approve the City of Amery Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan. Motion seconded by Strohbusch. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Strohbusch to approve Resolution #03-2019 To adopt the Policy to Prohibit the Use of Excessive Force and the Barring of Entrances/Exits for Non-Violent Civil Rights Demonstrations. Motion seconded by Van Blaricom. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Riemenschneider to approve Resolution #04-2019 To Extend the Life of Tax Incremental Finance District No. 5 by One Year for Purposes of Promoting Affordable Housing. Motion seconded by Strohbusch. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Van Blaricom to approve Resolution #05-2019 for Termination of Tax Incremental District (TID) #5. Motion seconded by Vicker. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Davis to approve MSA Professional Services Agreement for City of Amery TIF #9 Creation & TIF #8 Amendment at a cost of $14,000. Motion seconded by Van Blaricom. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Davis for Approving Authority of Amery Council for Bear Trap Lake Land Development of 7 Lots in the Town of Lincoln with documents drafted by Wayne Swenson, Surveyor of Polk County Land Surveying, LLC. Motion seconded by Riemenschneider.

Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Davis to approve Resolution #06-2019 International Migratory Bird Day for April 27, 2019. Motion seconded by Strohbusch. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Strohbusch to recommend to the Finance Committee a Proposal for Mural Restoration with Sign and Design – Mark Markson in an amount of $4,900 with the understanding that costs be shared between the City of Amery and the Community Club. Motion seconded by Riemenschneider. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Riemenschneider to approve an Operator’s License that will expire June 30, 2019 for McKenna S. Dunham of Countryside-Cenex. Motion seconded by Strohbusch. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Van Blaricom to approve City Clerk-Treasurer, Bjorklund as a signer on the bank accounts. Motion seconded by Flanum. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Riemenschneider to approve City Clerk-Treasurer, Bjorklund a City Credit Card. Motion seconded by Davis. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Strohbusch to approve support for the Communities of Polk County Housing Studies CDBG Grant Application for the Village of Luck as Sponsor and will match funds for the completion of its portion of the project for an amount not to exceed $2,400. Motion seconded by Flanum. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Strohbusch to approve language updates for City Ordinances (11-2-12 Harassing or Obscene Communications; 11-5-8 Purchase or Possession of Tobacco Products and Vapor Products & 11-5-9 Smoking by Minors on Public Property). Motion was seconded by Riemenschneider. Roll Call Vote was conducted by City Clerk, Bjorklund as follows: Ayes – Davis; Flanum; Riemenschneider; Strohbusch; Van Blaricom; Vicker Nays – 0. Motion carried. Motion by Riemenschneider to go into closed session proceedings at 6:05 p.m. under WI §19.85 (1) (c) to consider employment, promotion, compensation, or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility and regarding the City/Clerk/Treasurer position and a Police Department personnel matter. Motion seconded by Strohbusch. Roll Call Vote was conducted by City Administrator, Moore as follows: Ayes – Davis; Flanum; Riemenschneider; Strohbusch; Van Blaricom; Vicker Nays – 0. Motion carried. Motion by Riemenschneider and seconded by Strohbusch to come out of closed session proceedings at 6:25 p.m. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. Motion by Strohbusch to direct City Administrator, Moore to work with the City of Amery Attorney to draft an employment contract for City Clerk-Treasurer, Patty Bjorklund. Motion seconded by Vicker. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. City Administrator, Moore provided an update to the Police Department personnel matter that is not yet resolved. Motion by Strohbusch to adjourn at 6:30 p.m. Motion seconded by Riemenschneider. Ayes-6 Nays-0 Motion carried. All approved minutes can be found in the City Clerk’s Office as well as on the city website located at: Respectfully submitted, Patty Bjorklund, WCMC, CMC, CMTW City Clerk-Treasurer WNAXLP

STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT, POLK COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Kimberly K. Buhl, aka Kimberly Kay Buhl Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 19PR29 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:

WI 54001-2751. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is July 19, 2019. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500.

1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth December 14, 1959 and date of death February 25, 2019, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1127 134th Avenue, Amery,

Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar April 10, 2019 Tracey A. Galowitz 10390 39th Street North Lake Elmo, MN 55042 651-777-6960 Bar Number 1093662 (April 16, 23, 30)


Notice of the Board of Review for the Village of Clear Lake NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Village of Clear Lake in Polk County, Wisconsin shall hold its first meeting on the 29th day of April 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clear Lake Municipal Building – 350 4th Avenue, Clear Lake, WI 54005. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to enter onto property to conduct an exterior view of such property being assessed. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. Open Book shall occur no less 7 days prior to the board of review. The Board of Review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the Board of Review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the Board of Review within the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms included stated valuation of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question that amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board. When appearing before the Board, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The Village of Clear Lake has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph, which provides exemption for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provide under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and coping under Section 19.35 (1) of Wis. Statues. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person may testify by telephone unless the Board, in it’s discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the board by telephone, or contest that amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. Stats., that person provide to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a board member of the board of Review and, if so, which member, and provide a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take. Notice is hereby given this 9th day of April 2019. Albert L. Bannink Village Clerk – Treasurer Village of Clear Lake


PHONE: 715-268-8101 | FAX: 715-268-5300 APRIL 16, 2019




School District of Amery


TELCOM CONSTRUCTION POSITION Northwest Communications (Amery Telcom) is hiring a Telcom Construction Laborer. Construction Laborer is responsible for all aspects of construction/ maintenance of outside buried cable facilities. Installation and maintenance of underground facilities which can include copper cable, fiber optic cable, coaxial cable and conduit. Installation and maintenance in both new and in restoration efforts, using plowing and digging equipment. Key Responsibilities of the role include: • Installation, maintenance and construction duties of underground facilities. • Job planning and coordinating. • Performing pre-operational checks of equipment as well as basic maintenance of equipment. • Accurate documentation of construction work performed. The following skills and experience are preferred: • Valid Driver’s license and Valid CDL. • Desired experience in heavy equipment operation. Qualified candidates may send a resume to: Call Greg Cardinal with questions 715-268-3379

Full-time, 40 hours/week $12.00/hour



MulƟple PosiƟons Available!! Experienced Dairy Maintenance Tech

Part-time, 29.75 hours/week $11.00/hour

Make Room

Complete application on WECAN ( and include cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation.

Lab Tech Cheese Cleaning Brine 12 hour Day and Night shiŌs available Work FT hours in just 3-4 shiŌs per week!! $1.50 night shiŌ diīerenƟal! 1.5x pay on Sunday Work is physical and involves liŌing of 25lbs conƟnuously throughout the shiŌ. Must be dependable and work well in a team environment. To apply, please visit

116 Harriman Ave N Amery, WI 54001 715-268-7101 or stop by and Įll out an applicaƟon!

Lake Country Dairy AƩn: Human Resources 458 Western Boulevard | Turtle Lake, WI 54889

The School District of Amery is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all of part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

Thermal Plastic Design, Inc. A Precision Custom Injection Molding Company Specializing in Engineering Polymers seeking qualified candidate for position of:

PROJECT ENGINEER 1st Shift Hours 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.


Thermal Plastic Design, Inc. A Precision Custom Injection Molding Company Specializing in Engineering Polymers seeking qualified candidate for position of:

PROCESSING ENGINEER 1st Shift Job Description

Sampling and provide Engineering team with optimum injection molding processing information on all new tools.

General Responsibilities

Perform mold samples due to tooling repairs, revisions and modifications. Facilitator of Interactive Training Program. Provide training and technical support to molding staff on all shifts. Identify and implement ongoing training needs to support production. Provide support to Engineering and or production teams on troubleshooting existing molding process problems. Recommend design and or structure changes to improve quality and ease of production process. Provide Engineering team with molding tool analysis. Communicate effectively with customers during the product sampling and review.


Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Mold Technician. Knowledge of engineering grade resins. Strong communication (written and verbal), teamwork and organizational skills. Able to read and interpret blueprints. Ability to identify problems and develop and implement actions to resolve them. Must be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all personnel.

T.D.I. offers Competitive wages and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants can apply in person or by sending a resume to: Thermal Plastic Design, Inc. 1116 East Pine Street • St Croix Falls WI. 54024 Attn: H.R. Manager • Email or View us online:

Job Description

TDI is seeking a Project Engineer due to our current and continuing company growth. This position is critical in handling all projects from initial RFQ to final external and internal customer approval process. •

HELP WANTED: PRODUCTION POSITIONS Established in 2010, Rocket Powder Coating has steadily grown its reputation as the region’s leading supplier for custom powder coating and finishing solutions. We believe in working hard and having FUN! Rocket Powder Coating is currently seeking production employees for the following positions:

Day Shift Powder Coat Applicator Weekend Shift Hanger/Packer No experience necessary! Rocket Powder will perform on the job training for candidates displaying a solid work ethic and positive attitude. Preferred candidates will be able to demonstrate technical knowledge of the powder coating process including: application, pretreatment, packaging and maintenance. They must desire to produce quality that exceeds industry standards. Above all they must have a great attitude and be willing to learn.

PAY AND BENEFITS: • • • • • •

Pay up to $18/hr depending on qualifications Industry-leading vacation package Retirement Plan with 3% employer match Health Insurance Paid Holidays Positive, progressive culture with growth opportunities

Please send a resume to or stop in to fill out an application:

Rocket Powder Coating 301 1st Street • Centuria, WI 54824

Essential Functions

Quote, plan, direct, manage and or perform activities required to satisfactorily complete front-end engineering efforts resulting in part / project approval meeting or exceeding customer requirements. Work intimately with customers from initial part concept throughout build process interfacing regularly in various forms of communication such as e-mail, Web conferencing, project timeline reports and face to face meetings as required. Monitor and manage costs, profitability, short- and long-range goals as emphasized by TDI management and mission statement.

Required Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license, at least 5 years related experience in plastic engineering in an injection molding and or plastic injection mold making.

Preferred Qualifications

Vocational / technical education in Tool & Die or Project Engineering related fields, Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering field with 5+ years of related experience a plus. • •

Skills & Ability Requirements

Must be able to interpret all design and fabrication documents pertinent to projects. CAD proficiency, specifically SolidWorks is essential. Management of mold design and building efforts including both domestic and offshore is critical function of job including resolution of issues to eliminate milestone delays.

T.D.I. offers Competitive wages and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants can apply in person or by sending a resume to: Thermal Plastic Design, Inc. 1116 East Pine Street • St Croix Falls WI. 54024 Attn: H.R. Manager Email to: or View us online:



APRIL 16, 2019


Waitresses/Waiters and Dishwashers APPLY IN PERSON

Wolter’s Shoreview Supper Club on Pike Lake, Amery

Wednesday-Saturday after 4 p.m.

Education Instructors FOR Driver’s Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College SALE New Richmond & Hudson Areas AHS Amerians from 1960s-1970s Call


Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking candidates who are learning-focused, creative and dynamic individuals to teach Drivers Education courses part-time in the New Richmond and Hudson areas. Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates who would like to work on a casual or as-needed basis. For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

Deadline to apply: May 3, 2019

Welding Instructor

WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College New Richmond Campus Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative, and dynamic individual for a full-time Welding Instructor at our New Richmond Campus. This position will be scheduled late afternoon and evening. Primary responsibilities include instruction, learner assessment, curriculum improvement, and program promotion/recruitment. NOTE: A hands-on welding test will be given after the interview. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring personal protective equipment including: helmet, gloves, jacket, boots/shoes and safety glasses. All other equipment and materials will be provided. For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

Deadline to apply: May 1, 2019 WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator

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Director, Academic Support Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Any WITC Campus Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates for a full-time Director, Academic Support at their choice of campus. This position will report directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and work collaboratively with all areas of the College to facilitate student success along with many other functions throughout the Academic Affairs department. The perfect candidate will supervise faculty, adjunct faculty and support staff, as appropriate, at multiple locations. For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

Deadline to apply: April 26, 2019

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Clear Lake School District

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Agriculture Education Teacher Job Title

7-12 Agricultural Education Teacher

H.R. Contact

Joshua R. Ernst, Superintendent

Contact Phone


Job Description


Clear Lake School District

Special Education Teacher

The School District of Clear Lake is seeking a qualified, innovative, and child centered Agriculture Education teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.

Job Title

High School Special Education Teacher

H.R. Contact

Josh Ernst, Superintendent

Contact Phone


Applicants must possess or be able to obtain appropriate WI DPI licensure to teach Agricultural Education. The desired applicant will have ability to connect and engage students with the community through classroom and co-curricular activities while leading our comprehensive Agriculture and FFA Program. An ideal candidate possesses the ability to work as an active member of an engaged and collaborative CTE team in an ever changing curricular area. Some courses currently offered include but are not limited to: Large/Small Animal Science, Metals/ Welding, Small Engines, Greenhouse/ Plant Sciences, Wildlife/Natural Resources, & Leadership. Desired characteristics & interests include; student centered, shop/ student safety, project based learning, computer/ tech skills, big picture thinker/ team player, creating community partners with our school. Clear Lake has top-notch facilities and a tradition of excellence and community-wide support in its agriculture program. The position also includes the role of FFA advisor & summer contract. Additional opportunities exists in the district in coaching and advisor positions.

Job Description

The School District of Clear Lake is seeking a qualified, innovative, special education teacher, with a child-centered educational philosophy. An ideal candidate possesses the ability to work in a collaborative environment focused on improving student achievement and helping students meet individualized learning goals. Additionally, candidates should have experience in, or knowledge of, the Common Core State Standards, co-teaching, inclusion, integrating technology into classroom instruction, and IEP forms and meetings. We are looking for team players that can see the big picture and are willing to work closely with SPED students and their families! Candidates of all experience levels will be considered.


Applicants must possess or be able to obtain the appropriate WI DPI licensure to teach Special Education in any or all of the following areas: • Cross-Categorical SPED 1801 • Intellectual Disabilities 1810 • Learning Disabilities 1811

How to Apply

Application materials accepted online via WECAN. See job posting on WECAN for application requirements:

How to Apply

Application materials accepted online via WECAN.


Applications accepted until position is filled. Please include cover letter, resume with references, letters of recommendation, and copies of license and transcripts.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter, resume with references, letters of recommendation, and copies of licensure and transcripts.

Start Date


Start Date

2019-2020 School Year


School District of Clear Lake 1101 3rd St. SW, Clear Lake, WI 54005


School District of Clear Lake 1101 3rd St. SW, Clear Lake, WI 54005



The Clear Lake School District prepares students, in an active partnership with families and the community, to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

CALL US at 715-268-8101 or STOP IN to the office to renew Golden Age Manor in Amery, WI would like you on our team!

CNA POSITIONS AVAILABLE ~Certified Nursing Assistant~

STARTING WAGE- $14.00/hr plus shift pay for PM & NOC shifts

~Excellent Benefit Package including paid time off, WRS retirement, health, dental and vision insurance, wellness program and more!~ If you are interested in becoming certified please call us today at 715-268-7107 to learn how to become a CNA for FREE & receive a $500 bonus after working for 6 months! You must complete an on-line application to be eligible. For complete job description, position requirements, application, and details please visit our website at, Employment Opportunities. AA/EEOC

Utility Construction Technician Instructor Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Rice Lake Campus Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative, and dynamic individual for a fulltime faculty position in the Utility Construction Technician program at our Rice Lake Campus. Primary responsibilities of this position will be to provide instruction in the safe operation and maintenance of underground utility construction equipment. Other responsibilities include learner assessment, curriculum development, program promotion and recruitment. For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

Deadline to apply: April 26, 2019 WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711

The Clear Lake School District prepares students, in an active partnership with families and the community, to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

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Send resume to: ConnecƟng Point Inc. 216 Keller Ave. North • Amery WI 54001 • Email:

check out the Amery Free Press pages of the Tab

Polk County oīers careers that maƩer! We cannot funcƟon without great employees—talented, caring professionals

Emergency Management Coordinator Law Enforcement—JusƟce Center Exempt PosiƟon StarƟng: $52,290 - 63,660 This posiƟon has signiĮcant contact with stakeholders in a wide variety of service systems and agencies. This posiƟon requires excellent ability to communicate and build capacity for management of complex operaƟons. QualiĮcaƟons include a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Public AdministraƟon, Public Safety or related Įeld, AND four years of experience in emergency response or emergency government; an equivalent combinaƟon of educaƟon, experience, knowledge, skills and abiliƟes my be considered.

RESIDENT CARE COORDINATORS Now accepting applications for FT positions on the PM (2-10:30p.m.) shift and the NOC (10:00p.m.-6:30a.m) shift. Please speak to Amber for more information.

Law Enforcement—JusƟce Center

Non-Exempt PosiƟon

Amery Memory Care is now accepting applications to join our team!

(Resident Caregivers)

Deadline to apply: April 26, 2019 CorrecƟons Oĸcer

Come make a difference in someone’s life!

StarƟng: $20.85

Responsible for providing care, custody and the detenƟon of male and female inmates in the Jail; providing a posiƟve rehabilitaƟve inŇuence to all inmates; insuring compliance with all applicable state and federal laws; and acƟng within the policies and procedures of the Polk County Jail. Polk County will provide complete training, including 6 week Basic Jailer CerƟĮcaƟon program to successful candidate

RESIDENT CARE COORDINATORS 3 (Medication Passers) Now accepting applications for FT positions on the PM (2-10:30p.m.) shift and the NOC (10:00p.m.-6:30a.m) shift. Please speak to Amber for more information.

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Seasonal Laborer Recycling Center St. Croix Falls Immediate Opportunity Non-Exempt PosiƟon

Now accepting applications for a PT/FT cook/dietary aide position including every other weekend. Please speak to Sharon for more information.

Work full-Ɵme, dayƟme hours Monday through Friday, performing general labor and skilled operaƟon of motorized equipment at our Recycling Center. This is a combinaƟon of common physical labor and some vehicle and equipment operaƟon. Requires a valid state driver license. OPEN unƟl FILLED

LE ASSISTANT Now accepting applications for a PT activity assistant position that includes 3 evenings and every other weekend. Please speak to Julie for more information.

YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For complete job descripƟon, posiƟon requirements, applicaƟon, and details please visit our website at, Employment OpportuniƟes. AA/EEOC

General Studies – Communications Instructor Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College New Richmond Campus Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learningfocused, creative and dynamic individual to teach in the position of General Studies – Communications Instructor at our New Richmond Campus. An instructor’s primary purpose is to design instruction and assessment in an engaging environment to foster learner success. An instructor continually improves the overall quality in the delivery of learning to support the achievement of College outcomes and priorities utilizing evidence to support decision-making. For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

215 Birch St. W | Amery, WI | 715-268-4800


AdministraƟve Assistant

ConnecƟng Point in Amery WI has a full-Ɵme opening for an AdministraƟve Assistant. ResponsibiliƟes include accounts payable, receivable and other accounƟng tasks, ordering product, maintaining documents, handling incoming phone calls, scheduling technicians and assisƟng customers. Must be organized with excellent communicaƟon skills and be able to work independently or as a team.


Accounting Instructor

Academic Support Instructor

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College New Richmond Campus

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Rice Lake Campus

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic Accounting Instructor at the WITC New Richmond Campus. An instructor’s primary purpose is to design instruction and assessment in an engaging environment to foster learner success. An instructor continually improves the overall quality in the delivery of learning to support the achievement of College outcomes and priorities utilizing evidence to support decision-making.

Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates for a full-time Academic Support Instructor at our Rice Lake Campus. The Academic Support Instructor teaches Basic Skills, College Support, and Reading courses at the Rice Lake Campus. This position is responsible for providing instruction to individuals seeking high school (GED/HSED) credentials and developmental, remedial instruction in reading, writing and math and provide support to college students in developing active learning and employability skills.

For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

For a complete job description, list of qualifications, and to apply: Visit our website at:

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

Deadline to apply: May 8, 2019

Deadline to apply: April 25, 2019

WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator

WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator

WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator

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APRIL 16, 2019

PowerUp for a week of fun! A week-long celebration of fun and activity is just a few weeks away. The fifth annual PowerUp Week is May 4-11 and a host of events is planned throughout the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin. It’s a time to have fun, get inspired and take part in activities to help the community eat better and move more. Highlights of PowerUp Week include a 2K family run; birthday parties for Chomp – the PowerUp superhero carrot; kids’ cooking and lettuce gardening classes; an animal hike; geocaching and fat tire biking events. In Wisconsin, there will be PowerUp events in Amery, New Richmond and Hudson. In Minnesota, activities are in Bayport, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Mahtomedi and Stillwater. Several community partners are also providing special PowerUp Week offers and activities, including free entry or discounts on

turn it in for the chance to win prizes, including a bike from Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals shop in Hudson, an Instant Pot pressure cooker, and more. Check out the schedule of events below and download a TRY-athlon tracker at to get full event details and special PowerUp Week offers from community partners.


The PowerUp Family 2K in Amery.

activities and food. A new twist to this year’s celebration is the PowerUp TRY-athlon. It’s not a typical triathlon. Children, families

and the whole community are invited to try out three activities during May. Participants can track activities using the PowerUp TRY-athlon tracker, and

ABOUT POWERUP PowerUp is a community-wide initiative to make it easy and fun for kids and families to eat better and move more. It’s an invitation to us all to create healthy communities and live our best lives possible. PowerUp in the St. Croix Valley Area is powered by Amery Hospital & Clinic, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater Medical Group and Westfields Hospital & Clinic in partnership with our communities.



Name of event


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Class C Second Ratings: Guys Vocal Ensemble – Luke Carr, Charlie Flanum, Asa Hoyer, Austin Schleusner, Mason Tylee, Tyler Wade, Joseph Wentz Girls Vocal Ensemble – Abby Bushinger, Ella Gould, Victoria Greene, Jaidyn McAlpine, Samantha Ross, Brooke Tulgren


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Going Big


pring’s biggest wedding trend is just that — big. Gone are the dainty, delicate touches of seasons past and in are big blooms, big bows and bold colors, says Harper’s Bazaar. Here are a few ways to take your ceremony to the next level.

Blooming Dresses

Designers are opting for big flowers, but not in the bouquet. Instead, look for posies as part of the gown itself. Rich embroideries, plush appliques and breathtaking accents were all spotted on designer runways. Remember, though, if you’ve got a giant geranium on your hemline to keep the flora toned down elsewhere.

Tone Up

Also spied on the catwalk: More bridal options than ivory or white. Perennial favorite designer Vera Wang showcased gowns in nude, violet and even bright red. Brides magazine says other designers turned their palettes purple and sent out a variety of pale lavender pieces.

Glitz and Glam

New gowns also offered up lots of dazzle in edgy metallic silhouettes. Also on trend: cascades of feathers, roaring ruffles and oversized bows. Again, with bold styling, remember to keep the rest of your ensemble simple to avoid looking too over the top.

A Variety of Shapes

Wedding dresses aren’t just waist-cinchers anymore. Try on a new shape like a swingy, flowy trapeze or a gown with an empire waist. These dresses are often easier to wear and require fewer layers than your more traditional gown. Ask your bridal shop to point you to a unique waist and length to flatter your shape.

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Hiring a Photographer F

or as much planning as go into them, your actual wedding day will probably pass in a blur. So it’s important to choose the right photographer to preserve memories for you to look back on. Keep reading for tips on choosing just the right photographer to preserve your special day. Do

Ask for a portfolio. A photographer’s portfolio showcases their best work. Ask to see a complete wedding set to get a better idea of how the photographer operates. Look for uniform quality in the shots and see that the photographer’s style matches your own. Come armed with questions. Typical questions should include if the photographer shoots digitally or with film, if they charge extra for travel or parking, and if there will be a written agreement for your events. Hint: There should be. Scour that quote. Be on the lookout for extras that you don’t need, like extra prints or a CD copy of your album. Don’t be afraid to ask to sub those items out for things you would like, such as a parents album or personalized thankyou cards. Go over your contract carefully to make sure your expectations and your photog-

rapher’s talents align.

Don’t Take the cheap route. A professional wedding photographer costs money. Don’t ever rely on Cousin Ed to take professional-grade shots (unless, of course, he is a professional wedding photographer. Then, if he offers, go ahead.) Overlook venue rules. It may sound silly to you, but venues usually have those rules for a very good reason. Sure, just one little wedding full of flashes won’t hurt the priceless artifacts behind your church’s altar, but think of a whole season’s worth of flashes, several times every Saturday. Prioritize product. Pay for the photographer, not the goods, says the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. Who cares if you have giant canvas prints of your big day if you can’t stand to look at them?

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On Trend: Jump In


he wedding jumpsuit is officially a thing for 2019. If you’re a bride who bucks tradition and loves a good tailored trouser over puffy layers of tulle, you’re in luck this season.

Designers at all budget levels are jumping on board with a jumpsuit for every taste and style.


OK, so the jumpsuit may never be strictly traditional, but Brides magazine says the tradition-loving, jumpsuit-seeking bride should look for options in white or ivory with lace. Be sure to pick a suit that’s lined for modesty’s sake.


For the no-fussiest of no-fuss brides, it’s all about the fabric. Look for a simple silhouette in satin, let’s say. But with minimal details, what there is must be on point. Craftsmanship, especially in small details like pleating and straps, should be perfect. Ask your bridal shop for options and alterations for the best wedding-day fit.

Bohemian Go boho with lots of texture and embroidery. A flowy, romantic jumpsuit also pairs perfectly with the outdoor ceremony, so feel free. Wide leg versions mimic a skirt, but you can also find plenty in cropped lengths to let you shake a leg on the dance floor.

Dress or Pants? Both!

If you can’t make up your mind, look for a jumpsuit with a detachable skirt. On for the ceremony, off for partying it up at the reception. Make sure your maid of honor or bridesmaids know how to work the detachable skirt and that you’ll have a place to stash it while you party.


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Catering on a Budget T

he source of many a bridal headache, catering and menus may make up a huge chunk of your wedding budget. Ask these questions to pull off a stunning smorgasboard while staying within your budget.

Are you licensed?

This means your caterer hasn’t run afoul of your state’s department of health (not today, ptomaine) and also carries insurance. If the caterer is also providing bar service, make sure they’ve provided for your state and venue’s rules about alcohol.

Do you have references?

Talk to at least two references, preferably those that have had a similar style wedding or a similar number of guests. Ask particularly what it’s like to work with the caterer and what their personality is like.

What kinds of cuisine do you specialize in?

It should go without saying, but don’t hire someone who is known for their traditional American fare to lay out a sushi spread. If you’ve always dreamed of having a certain cuisine at your wedding, go for a caterer that specializes in that.

Is the meal full service? This means the caterer will attend to table settings, drinks and cleanup. If it’s not, be prepared to hire more staff and arrange for these things on your own.

Is there an additional fee for special requests? Someone there is going to be gluten-free or vegan or require other special meals. Ask the caterer if they can do that and, if so, if there’s an extra charge. Make sure to leave room in your budget.

Can I see serveware, table settings, linens, salt and pepper shakers, etc.? If your caterer offers these services, make sure to lay eyes on them before the big day. That way you can be sure the plates and tongs are up to your standards. If the caterer doesn’t bring these things, you’ll need to know so you can leave room in the budget for rental, either from your venue or a separate company.

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Trends in Wedding Rings


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Put A Halo On It Halo effect rings have smaller diamonds ringing the center stone, often making it look larger than it is. Work with your jeweler to find the perfect diamond to accent this unique setting.

Pure Pear This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest diamond shape is the pear. A pear diamond, the Gemological Institute of America says, consists of the head (the bottom), the shoulder (where it starts to move toward the point), the belly (the middle), the wing (as the diamond tapers) and the point. GIA says the perfect pear has gently rounded shoulders and wings. Wings should form attractive arches so that the stone doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look too narrow or too short.

Twice as Nice, Bands and Stones If one giant diamond is good, two must be better. For the chicest of rocks, put two stones on one single band. Or, keep the single stone and choose a ring with a double band, lined in diamonds or not, your choice.

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Maximize your Flower Budget N ext to your dress, flowers are perhaps the most visible part of your wedding. According to Brides magazine, you should be budgeting around $3,000 for your big day’s blossoms. For that kind of money, you need to be careful who (and what) you pick. Here are some tips saving some green on your wedding flowers.

Think Seasonal

Ask your florist to work with seasonal foliage to not only give your wedding a sense of time and place but also to save on your budget. If you just have to have that special, costly flower, go for it, but ask the florist to keep it minimal and mix in other, less expensive blossoms.

Pump Up the Volume

Go for flowers with large, showy blooms instead of lots of smaller stems. Florists may also opt to mix in structural pieces like branches to make arrangements look fuller. Give the florist their head, but also reiterate that you’re on a budget.

Go Big, But Just Once If your heart says flowers everywhere on every surface but your wallet says bud vase, see if your florist can make one big show-stopping arrangement and deploy it effectively. Place this bad boy in one key area and opt for smaller, less-expensive

arrangements elsewhere.

Reuse Have the florist recycle ceremony flowers at the reception. And, when possible, use the

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On Trend: How Sweet it Is


othing has more potential for complications on your wedding day than the towering cake at the end of the reception hall.

They make entire TV shows about building (and moving) what may be the largest cake you’ll ever have to buy. Make your wedding shine and stay on the cutting edge with these cake trends.

Going Up

Towering cakes are hot right now, says American Cake Decorating, and brides are soaring past two- and three-tier cakes for eight- or nine-tiers of sugared bliss. These cakes come with serious logistics issues, though. Make sure your baker is comfortable making (and moving! Did we mention moving?!) such a tall cake, and that your venue will make this as easy as possible. Read: Please don’t make anyone bring a nine-tier cake up five flights of stairs.

Color is White Hot

Gone are pale pastels and blinding white icings. In are deep, moody colors and shining metallics. Look for ways to add shine with edible pearls and dramatic, elegant frosting colors. If you’re

going bold, balance it out with a simple, elegant cake shape and style. There can be too much of a good thing.

Get Naked Not like that. Naked cakes are the hottest of hot trends and feature cakes with little to no frosting and exposed edges and sides. Ask your baker to use buttercream for this application, which is a tad more heat friendly than heaps and swirls of frosting. Naked cakes also allow for the flavor of cakes and fillings to shine through. Make sure your baker makes an A+ cake and also take the opportunity to have fun with your filling.

Small World If big isn’t your thing, cut out the cake and go for a small dessert table filled with the couple’s favorite treats. Pies? Yup. Cookies? There. Fresh berries and cream? By the spoonful. This presentation offers up lots of variety and also makes for a heartwarmingly personal reception.

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Lighting: The New Rental


hen youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a wedding venue, you may not think of adding lighting.

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Go Big or Think Small

Lighting can be as simple as adding candles or lanterns (look for battery-operated LEDs if your venue doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow open flames). Or it could be as big as color washes on the walls, disco balls and a labyrinth of neon. Either way, you need your lighting to fit your budget and your venue. You need a lighting designer. Your venue may be able to recommend someone who has worked there in the past, or one of your other vendors may be able to point you in the right direction.

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Ceremonies and receptions for up to 300 guests, on-site catering, full bar, sleeping rooms - everything under one roof for your special day!

Create an unforgettable wedding experience while staying in the Brickhouse for the weekend and using the beautiful 1900â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barn with touches of rustic, elegance and chic all in one. You can also book the venue just for the day of your wedding.

Contact us today! 715-501-0178 1995 State Rd 35 â&#x20AC;˘ Centuria, WI

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Headgear is Back


ne wedding trend making its way back down the aisle is the bridal chapeau. There are lots of reasons for this, like a spate of royal weddings, but no matter what moves you to pick up a new hat, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad you did. Here are some tips for picking the perfect hat for your wedding. How To Pick a Hat For these hat tips, we turned to Good Housekeeping UK because, as we saw at the royal weddings, the British are obviously the professionals. The magazine says the first step is to pick the rest of your outfit, as the hat should complement the look in color, size and proportion. Make sure your hat accentuates the silhouette of your outfit and the shape of your face. People with a round face, for instance,

should choose an angular hat. Some rules: Wear your hair up with most hats and never don sunglasses with a hat.

Consider the Venue For most venues, Good Housekeeping says, avoid a floppy hat in favor of a structured hat, like a pillbox. Mothers of the bride and groom should make

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sure their faces are visible under their hats, and the mother of the bride always gets to wear the larger hat, unless both bride and groom are hosting the ceremony. Only guests going to an outdoor country wedding may choose a floppier hat with loose locks. Guests at an evening ceremony should choose smaller accessories, like an elegant comb.

Headbands This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head accessories arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your heavy 1990s tiara. Sleek bandeaus with minimal embellishments are in, as are smaller tiaras. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more elegant than blingy. Your bridal boutique will be able to recommend pieces to perfectly accentuate your dress.

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Frederic & Osceola Locations Licensed in Wisconsin

93 State Road 35 Osceola, WI 54020 715-755-4888

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If you want your wedding to be the event that friends and family talk about for years....come and EXPERIENCE Big Rock Creek! Imagine a place where the wedding party checks in on Thursday afternoon and doesn’t leave the grounds until Sunday after the gift opening! We have all been to weddings that felt rushed. Big Rock Creek experience is a trip back to a slower paced time. A place where you can step away from all the hustle and bustle of life and truly enjoy the event of your lifetime! Boasting 980 acres, 23 miles of trails, on-site lodging for up to 24 guest, and a private trout pond. You will never be bored!

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