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Marine Citizen of the Year vital to success of school effort BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@COUNTRYMESSENGER.COM

After decades of on-and-off uncertainty about whether the Stillwater school district might close Marine on St. Croix’s longstanding elementary school, a small group formed in 2015 around the notion of opening a new one. It would be a public school, run by the community. It’s unlikely that anyone in that group knew the size and scope of the challenge ahead. But last fall, and thousands of volunteer hours later, the school opened. In a nod to the group’s outsize dedication, this January one of its mem-

bers was named Marine on St. Croix’s Citizen of the Year. Although Lisa White had been an active member of the community for years, her recent efforts to keep an elementary school in Marine were exemplary, according to her nominator, Kristina Smitten. Smitten would know. The two worked side by side throughout the long and complex process of opening a charter school. In addition to earning the necessary state approvals and securing start-up funding, both of which required detailed plans for SEE WHITE, PAGE 6


The volunteer efforts of Marine on St. Croix’s Citizen of the Year, Lisa White, were key to the successful launch of the Marine area’s community-run elementary school, River Grove.

May Town Board considers limiting access to Carnelian Creek, Turtle Lake BY SUZANNE LINDGREN EDITOR@COUNTRYMESSENGER.COM

The May Town Board is considering restricting access to Carnelian Creek from 155th Street. Doing so would stop the public from using the creek to access Turtle Lake, which is surrounded by privately owned land. The board took comments on the issue at its Feb. 1 meeting, gathering facts to see whether conditions justified closing access from the road. They will continue to take comments at their next meeting, March 1.

Private Land, Public Water


155th Street crosses Carnelian Creek in the lower right of the map. The May Town Board is considering restricting access to the creek from 155th, which would eliminate public access to Turtle Lake, seen at the top of this map.

Lambrecht named finalist for Minnesota Book Award

Traci Lambrecht, a resident of Marine on St. Croix, has been named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the category of Genre Fiction for her work “Nothing Stays Buried” by P. J. Tracy. The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and is presented this year by sponsor Education Minnesota. The finalist announcement came January 27 after judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the SUBMITTED literary community – PJ and Traci Lambrecht selected 36 finalists for nine categories. P. J. Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P. J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their seven previous novels have become national and international bestsellers. P. J. was a longtime resident of Minnesota until her death in December 2016. Traci remains in rural Minnesota and continues writing as P. J. Tracy. In “Nothing Stays Buried,” the eighth installment of the Monkeewrench series, Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park where everything about the setting is all too familiar. Soon their worst fears are confirmed – there’s a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years. As the violence accelerates, Magozzi and Rolseth enlist the unconventional crew at Monkeewrench Software to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections that will bring them face-toface with pure evil. Award winners will be announced at the 30th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 21, at InterContinental Saint Paul



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Riverfront. The Preface Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Awards Ceremony at 8 p.m. (Tickets are from $40 - $60 and are available by visiting or calling 651222-3242.) The official hashtag for social media is #mnbookawards. Celebrating its 30th season, the Minnesota Book Awards is now a yearlong program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library that fosters our statewide literary arts community. The process begins in the fall with book submissions and continues through winter with two rounds of judging. Winners are announced in the spring at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Woven throughout the season are various engagement activities and events that promote the authors and connect the world of Minnesota books – writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, editors, and more – to readers throughout the state. In recognition of this and its other statewide programs and services, the Library of Congress has recognized The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as the state’s designated Center for the Book. For more information visit

Scandia students join district fourth graders in National Anthem On Jan. 23, more than 50 fourth graders from elementary schools in the Forest Lake district were invited to sing the National Anthem at the Forest Lake High School boys varsity basketball game against Stillwater. Students from Columbus, Forest Lake Elem, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Scandia and Wyoming participated. Over the course of the last seven to 10 years, groups have been invit-

ed to sing the anthem at the start of the boys’ basketball games. Each year the elementary music department has worked with students from third, fourth or fifth grade. Students practiced the song during their elementary music classes and then those who were interested and available came to sing. Students who sang were given free entrance to the game.

Scandia scrambles to ďŹ nd new animal control officer BY KYLE WEAVER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Unless city officials can strike a different deal soon, the cost of impounding a dog in Scandia is about to quadruple. With Sherrill Reid, the city’s long-tenured animal control officer, planning to retire at the end of February, the Scandia City Council doesn’t have many options and balked at the only contract they have been offered so far. Where Reid typically charges the city a flat $90 per dog, Brittany Harmon, operator of Companion Animal Control, would

charge about $420 per dog on average. According to the contract offer, Harmon’s fees includes a $300 monthly retainer, a per-call charge and mileage for each call. City Administrator Neil Soltis said other cities in the area have “older� contracts with Companion Animal Control that are far less costly. “I think she is modifying her pricing structure based on the shelters,� Soltis said. With the city only impounding one dog a month on average, Soltis noted he had been reaching out to Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming, Minn., to try to get them to take the city’s dogs.


The land surrounding the creek and lake is the expansive property of the Kelley Land and Cattle Company. According to Steve Grogan, manager of the Kelley farm, what is now a creek was long a swamp. “It took care of itself,� he said. “Nobody went in and nobody came out.� That was prior to efforts by the watershed district to direct water from Big Marine Lake through Big Carnelian Lake and eventually to the St. Croix River. Since the swamp was turned into a stream, Grogan has seen duck hunters put their boats

in where it crosses 155th and navigate north to Turtle Lake. It’s legal. “Once a waterway intersects a road, the road is public, so that public water is now accessible,â€? Town Chair Bill Voedisch explained. Prior to the watershed district’s work, the waterway wasn’t an open channel that allowed boats to reach the lake. “That was a high point during the excavation of our outlet channel,â€? said Jim Shaver, administrator of the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District. â€œâ€Ś When we perform channel maintenance, which we have to do on occasion to remove cattails from the channel to allow the flow of water through that area, it allows duck hunters to access that piece of water and upstream over our weir setup between 155th and Turtle Lake.â€?

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Other business • The council accepted a $18,988 bid from American Environment for culvert cleaning and SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 11

MEETING: May Town Board considers limiting access


Councilman Jim Schneider offered to put in a call to an animal shelter in Stillwater as well. Once a shelter is under contract, Soltis suggested the city could simply offer training to one of its public works employees to handle the duties. “We are sort of have an obligation (to do something different),� Soltis said. “I think the price here is just so dramatically different.�


Grogan said he’d approached Shaver a couple years ago to see whether the watershed district could prevent access to the creek. “I have dog trainers who train around there,� Grogan said. “If [sporting dog trainers and duck hunters] don’t know each other are there we could have an accident. If I know the hunters are there I stop my dog training.�

Grogan added that he was concerned about liability, but has been advised that the watershed district would ultimately be legally responsible for any problems. “It could go for 30 years and never have a problem,� he said. “By the same token, next week [a duck hunter] could fall out of his boat, drown and then all hell breaks loose.� Grogan said he’d tried to talk to the primary hunter using the creek to access Turtle Lake, but the man seemed unwilling to listen. “He commented on my parentage and where I could shove it,� Grogan recounted wryly. Shaver reported he’d posted signs requesting that the public stay out of the creek, but a conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources told him they were not enforceable. Like Grogan, the watershed district board is concerned about safety issues and liability. “Members of the public who aren’t familiar with the situation and the nature of the hunting that goes on (at the Kelley property), the dog training, all of that occurs throughout the year,� Shaver said. “The board is concerned about the public safety issue and our potential liability.� Members of the May


Election and annual meeting In a change in venue, this year’s annual meeting will be held at the May Town Hall. It has long been held at the now-closed Withrow Elementary School — about 18 years, by the town clerk’s estimate. After restoration and construction work, the town hall now has running water and bathrooms. At the polls this year, incumbent supervisor Bill Voedisch will face challenger Brent Reibel. The Messenger has sent questionnaires to both candidates and plans to publish them in an upcoming issue. The board approved the 2018 budget from the Small City and Town Accounting System (CTAS) and tweaked a draft of its newsletter, which will be sent to residents in advance of the March 13 election and annual town meeting.

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Town Board noted that the lack of parking at the site might present an additional hazard. “Anybody who’s dropping off a duck boat or anything else is parking on the edge of a public road,� said Chair Voedisch. “There’s a safety issue that we talked about with Katie (Koscielak, the town’s contracted engineer).� After taking public comments, the board voted to continue the hearing at its March 1 meeting.

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• Valley Green Lawn and Landscape will whack weeds and help with maintenance at the town park, after the board approved a contract at its Feb. 1 meeting. The company will charge $75 per weed-whacking session and $35 per hour for other work. The agreement is subject to final review by the town’s attorney and signatures by both parties.


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FEBRUARY Food drive

For the past five years, Heritage Embroidery and Design has partnered with Valley Outreach Food Shelf to restock the shelves in the spring and summer months to fight hunger in Minnesota. Throughout February, shoppers receive halfoff retail items with a non-perishable donation or $1 minimum contribution made in-store. Each year, contributions continue to outperform the previous year. February 2017 efforts nearly doubled that of 2016 with 1,008 pounds of food items donated and $1,200 contributed. Visit the websites of Valley Outreach or Heritage Embroidery and Design to check the list of most wanted items.

FEBRUARY 16 Valentine’s Hot Metal Pour

Scandia-Marine Lions Red Cross blood drive on Fri., Feb. 16 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. held at Christ Lutheran Church in Marine. Drop in or schedule an appointment at or by calling Loralee: 651-433-8500.

FEBRUARY 17 Valentine’s Hot Metal Pour

Franconia Sculpture Park hosts its annual winter iron pour. Artists operate a cupolette (furnace) that melts recycled iron, consisting primarily of old radiators, at upwards of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. When the iron is released, the red-hot glowing liquid metal flows into a 150-lb ladle, which is then used to pour the sculpture molds. The event is free; donations appreciated. Sat., Feb. 17, noon to 5 p.m.; 29836 Saint Croix Trail, Franconia, Minn. (three miles west of Taylors Falls).

FEBRUARY 18 The Hampden Rounders

First in the Sunday afternoon folk music series at the historic


Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (312 Government Street), the Hampden Rounders perform swing, bluegrass and folk. Family-friendly setting; 2 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door ($10), children under 12 free. Sponsored by Friends of the Taylors Falls Parks & Recreation Commission and The Houdeks. FFI: TFSundayMusic or call (651) 240-0125.

FEBRUARY 19 St. Croix Valley Camera Club Meeting The club is excited to have Jay Rasmussen as our presenter ( His presentation, “Growing as a Photographer,” will tell how he started a second career as a professional photographer. He currently has a gallery store in the Mall of America and exhibits at major art fairs in Minneapolis, Madison and Chicago. Photographers of all levels are welcome: Mon., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. To find out more about The St. Croix Valley Camera Club visit

Christian Women’s Connection Women of all ages are invited to the “Strength in Beauty” luncheon Mon., Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. at the Alliance Church of the Valley (1259 State Road 35, St. Croix Falls). The cost ($12) is payable at the door. Special feature: Hair Trends by Millie. Keynote speaker: Paula Zukowski, “A Real Fixer-Upper.” Reservations and cancellations are necessary. Please call Shirley at 715-755-2656 by noon Tues., Feb. 13. First timers are welcome and expected. The once-amonth luncheons move to different sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin, so be sure to look for the article in this newspa-

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Old-fashioned snowshoe hike Try on a pair of old-fashioned snowshoes and join a naturalist from Carpenter Nature Center on a hike 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 18, through St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. This is a rare opportunity to explore St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park by snowshoe. Snowshoes that will be available will be women’s size 6 and above. The cost is $10 per participant. The park is at 10191 St. Croix Trail S. Vehicle permits are required, and are $7 a day or $30 annually. Follow Washington County Parks on social media @WashCountyParks.

per. FFI: Call Barb at 651-465-6635.

FEBRUARY 21 The Geography of Poverty The St. Croix Valley Foundation and First State Bank and Trust present February’s Conversations of the Valley, “The Geography of Poverty — shared fate and local response,” with guest speaker Tracy Maki, executive director of Valley Outreach. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lowell Inn Event Center (102 N. Second St., Stillwater).

FEBRUARY 26 Discussion: Forest Lake schools finances Forest Lake Area Schools are gathering public input on ways to address its current economic challenges. All members of the community — parents, students, staff and public — are welcome to attend. Participation could include asking questions, expressing ideas or concerns, and learning more about how the school district’s

financial system works. Scandia Community Center, Mon., Feb. 26, 6 p.m.

FEBRUARY 28 Big Marine Lake Association annual meeting The Big Marine Lake Association will hold its annual meeting on February 28, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scandia Community Center. Financial reports will be reviewed, budgets approved, Board members will be nominated and elected, status of invasive species in Big Marine and statewide will be reviewed, including a presentation of the Association’s eradication efforts. Status of various grants that support the Association’s work will also be discussed. Invasive species treatment plan for 2018 will be offered for approval. The Scandia Community Center is located at 14727 209th Street North, Scandia.

Ramsey County Sheriff Jack G. Serier will be the featured speaker at the Thurs., March 8, meeting of the DFL East Metro Senior Caucus, 11:30 a.m. at Sgt. Pepper’s Bar and Grill (930 Helena Ave. N., Oakdale). Serier will speak on “Public Safety and Immigrants.” All are welcome to attend. Participants buy their own lunch and are eligible for a door prize.

MARCH 11 The Dead Pigeons Second in the Sunday afternoon folk music series at the historic Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (312 Government Street), the Dead Pigeons are known for their upbeat bluegrass and lyrically driven ballads. Family-friendly setting; 2 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door ($10), children under 12 free. Sponsored by Friends of the Taylors Falls Parks & Recreation Commission and The Houdeks. FFI: or call (651) 240-0125.

MARCH 25 Music Series Third in the Sunday afternoon folk music series at the historic Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (312 Government Street), King Wilkie’s Dream performs bluegrass and country. Family-friendly setting; 2 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door ($10), children under 12 free. Sponsored by Friends of the Taylors Falls Parks & Recreation Commission and The Houdeks. FFI: www.facebook. com/TFSundayMusic or call (651) 240-0125.

APRIL 22 Music Series Fourth in the Sunday afternoon folk music series at the historic Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center (312

Government Street), Amanda Oliver and the New Pedestrians perform contemporary blues, bluegrass and country rock. Family-friendly setting; 2 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door ($10), children under 12 free. Sponsored by Friends of the Taylors Falls Parks & Recreation Commission and The Houdeks. FFI: TFSundayMusic or call (651) 240-0125.

ONGOING Stillwater support group for families

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. The group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Stillwater Library, 224 Third St. N., in Margaret Rivers Room A. Please use the Third Street entrance and free parking ramp. FFI: Call Marie or Bob at 651-770-1436.

Alcoholics Anonymous Beginning Jan. 22, a group will meet Mondays, 7 p.m., at Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia, in Room LL2 (lower level 2). Enter through the preschool door.

Tri-County Seniors (50+) DFL Luncheon Meeting (Eastern Anoka, Southern Chisago, & Northern Washington County’s) 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (First Tuesday of each month) Vannelli’s By The Lake Restaurant - Broadway & 55 - So. Lake Street. Forest Lake, MN 55025 For more information email: or call 763-227-7536.


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nother Super Bowl is in the record books. It was a great game with the ending coming down to the final play. You couldn’t have asked for a better finish. The Twin Cities have received good reviews as hosts of the Super Bowl. The decision to embrace the winter and show visitors the many different ways to enjoy the cold proved to be very savvy. Having 10,000 volunteers to help visitors with directions and any other situation that may have occurred provided another opportunity for out of towners to experience the hospitality that we take for granted. The Super Bowl is an event that is inflated so far out of perspective even the smallest blip during Publisher that the game can take on a life of its own. Between the 24 hour news Tom Stangl cycle and the internet, a miscue can destroy or make a career. The most valuable player (MVP) of the game was Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Foles began his career with the Eagles. He was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2015 and asked for a release at the end of the 2016 season after the Rams, who had moved to Los Angeles, drafted Jared Goff. Foles spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned to the Eagles as a backup to Carson Wentz. After Wentz suffered a season ending injury, Foles took over the quarterback duties and after a shaky start led the Eagles to the Super Bowl. In remarks after the team won the Super Bowl, Foles provided an insightful reality check on success in the 21st century. “I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent. “I know when people speak and share their weaknesses, I listen. Because I can (relate). I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles. That’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.” Spot on for a guy who considered walking away from the NFL. Just over a week after the Super Bowl, the speculation about Foles’ future is rampant. In the quarterback starved league, many teams look at Foles’ success and imagine what they could do with him calling signals next year in their uniform. Foles begged off questions about his future after the win, saying that he preferred to be in the moment and that the future could wait, at least for a little while. I believe that if Foles doesn’t play another game he has earned a special place for simply having the courage to be a real human being, failures and all. Thanks for putting it all in perspective for the rest of us. As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@theameryfreepress. com, telephone 715-268-8101 or write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001. Thanks for reading; I’ll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.


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Wisconsin’s mystery fish


oasters have always been a mystery and fish of legend on Wisconsin’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Old grainy photos from the turn of the century up to the 50s and 60s show Coasters, massive brook trout that have all the traits of their trout stream cousins except without the stream brook trout’s dazzling coloration. From the 1850s to the 1870s, large brook trout, then called “Rock Trout” were sought along coastlines along Bayfield Peninsula. Those Rock Trout were caught among fallen rocks along sandstone cliffs that were depicted in newspaper drawings in 1879. Today, gaudy brookies are highly sought after by a select Wild River group of anglers who are happy to catch 10-inch brook trout with a 16” fish being a trophy, while Rock Trails Trout of the past commonly reached Jim Bennett average sizes of 3 pounds. Those Rock Trout, called Coasters today, also lacked the gaudy colors of their stream cousins but grew larger. Those early anglers of Rock Trout fished live bait from rowboats casting into the rocky shallows during June and July. Later in August anglers sought the fish in deeper water at the mouths of feeder streams. Rock Trout then swam upstream to spawn in September and October. But soon after the hay day had begun it all ended in the 1880s and Wisconsin Rock Trout/Coasters became the fish of legend.

Declines were thought to have been caused by over harvesting, commercial fishing and damage to the watershed. Much of the damage was attributed to the lumber industry that destroyed critical stream habitat. Driving logs downstream, run off from forest cutovers, farmland run off and railroad construction quickly destroyed vital spawning habitat along Wisconsin’s North Shore for brook trout and Coasters. Recent research seems show that Coasters were not a separate species of brook trout but rather stream brook trout that drop out of small streams to live in bigger bodies of water such as Lake Superior. The latest genetic research done in the “World Famous” Nipigon Bay Region of Canada supports that theory. Between 1982 and 1996 a massive Coaster brook trout stocking plan stocked a half million Lake Nipigon strain brook trout in Wisconsin’s historic waters but the plan failed. About that time, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources began stream management, habitat improvements, beaver control projects and protective land acquisition on the Brule River, Fish Creek, Sioux River, Pikes Creek along with the Cranberry and Flag Rivers to assist Coaster populations. In addition the DNR enacted experimental “no kill” brook trout regulations on Graveyard Creek, Whittlesey Creek and the Bark River to help bring back the mystery “Rock Trout” of the past. Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at

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Onion soup sets the mood for Valentine’s Day


ove is a curious thing. Sometimes you can’t explain it—it’s just love. We love many people without any reason—or we have a hard time defining into a single idea, character trait or quality why we love someone. Maybe we love someone for so many reasons we can’t describe how much because if we did, we’d feel as if we’ve committed an injustice by doing so. In addition to explaining why you love someone, try finding a special food or meal that represents that love is almost impossible. If I tried to show my husband how much I love him by what I cooked or baked for him on Valentine’s Day, which is also birthday—no pressure there—I’d Wild Chow his fail. I thought the best thing to do is to ask him what he wanted. He Lisa Erickson surprised me. When it comes to special holidays or birthdays, typically people will choose specialty foods not eaten often, such as special cuts of meat, vegetables prepared in a fancy way, and a delectable dessert. But my husband is not your typical kind of guy. My husband’s idea of a perfect day usually involves something sporty, something easy to cook but warm and filling, and an unpretentious dessert, all of which I am extremely grateful for. For him, it’s more about spending time together doing something enjoyable, rather than what we eat. Most people wouldn’t ask for soup for their Valentine’s Day dinner, but when you think about it, soup is lovely. French onion is our favorite and it can be made ahead of time. It allows us to do other great things, such as spending the day cross county skiing together or going for an evening hike, or even playing a board game next to a warm fire. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by not spending the entire day or evening in the kitchen cooking.

French Onion Soup Adapted from Elise Bauer 5 large yellow onions, thinly sliced 3 Tbsp. oil 2 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. salt 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 cups beef stock, 1/2 cup dry vermouth 2 bay leaves 1 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp. brandy (optional) 8 slices French baguette 1 1/2 cups grated Swiss Gruyere cheese

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Count comes down to the wire Iris counted and recounted the votes during the five-minute recess. It was difficult to concentrate with a room full of Valley residents, all loudly sharing their thoughts concerning the ballot tally. Half the votes were counted, and Raymond held a considerable lead. With 53 percent of the vote so far, Cooper could win the mayor’s race outright if things continued to go his way. Cooper and his supporters had been worried Juliet Stoughton’s late entry into the race might hurt his chances of collecting more than 50 percent of the votes, a necessity to avoid a run-off with the obvious second choice, Dick Bland. There was concern Bland might fare better with another week to campaign. Thankfully, it looked like Cooper’s tactics had worked and enough voters were frantic about the Federal Reserve System to carry their champion to victory. Juliet had already surprised everyone by collecting 19 percent of the vote thus far. Though still far behind Bland, who was selected on 29 percent of the ballots, she had no reason to be ashamed. Apparently Cooper had angered enough of the electorate to throw 91 voters her way. As the last chorus of “One Day at a Time” blared from the boombox on stage, Vera Pinrod brought the room to a hush as she roared, “Stoughton!” A tally was placed under Juliet’s name on the board. A few Cooper supporters hissed,

then giggled, to indicate their lack of concern. Their candidate needed only 47 percent of the remaining votes. Outside, where hundreds of good folks gathered to listen to the proceedings over speakers in front of the town hall, a voice shouted, “Yes!” It was none other than Jessie, the waitress at the ‘Brau, who originally suggested Juliet should place her name on the ballot. “Cooper!” shouted Vera. Then, “Stoughton!” More cheers, mostly from females, erupted from outside. “Cooper!” Vera roared. “Stoughton,” she continued. “And another vote for Stoughton!” Twelve votes were tallied before Vera finally shouted, “Bland!” There was a murmur throughout the room. Iris looked at her count. Still far behind Mayor Bland, Juliet was showing momentum, and the room was filled with speculation. “Cooper! Stoughton! Stoughton! Bland! Stoughton! Cooper!” Vera shouted the votes purposely as the count reached the 90-minute mark. Iris continued tallying votes on her reporter’s pad, but she gave up trying to keep up with the count as Vera called out names almost faster than Iris could mark them on the page. Finally, like a runner sprinting to the fi nish line, Vera read the names on the fi nal stack of ballots. “Cooper!” she shouted. Next she yelled, “Bland!” creating a stir

from the Baptist section of the room, eerily silent since the midcount break. “Stoughton!” Vera drew a deep breath. “And the final vote is for Juliet Stoughton.” Farley Puckett was beside himself as he looked over to see his wife cheering along with other women gathered outside the town hall. Iris went over her notes as most of the crowd inside the hall attempted to tally the votes in their heads. Chief of Police Buford Dibble eyed the crowd carefully, looking for any signs of a potential riot while Vera and the two precinct coordinators scratched their chins as they peered at the tally board and looked over their notes several times. The crowd silenced as Vera approached the microphone. “The final vote is as follows,” Vera began. “Dick Bland: 229 votes.” The crowd took a collective breath. “Raymond Cooper: 466 votes.” A murmur turned into conversations before Chief Dibble quieted the audience. “Juliet Stoughton: 231 votes.” “Mickey Mouse, Ima Goose and Ronald Reagan had eight votes between them.” “Oh, my!” Iris whispered as she double-checked her figures. Beatrice Justice, overhearing Iris, turned to her and said, “Ecclesiastes 1:2.” Order your copy of the book, “The Good Folks of Lennox Valley” at

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able for indigent people. Here's how it works: Once installed, the device won't let the vehicle start until someone first blows into it. The device then measures the breath sample. If the alcohol concentration is .02 or greater, the car will not start. The device will then wait five minutes when the person can again blow into it. The device will not allow a car to start unless a test below .02 is received. Once the car starts, there is also a random rolling re-test. This happens between 3 and 5 minutes after the car starts. The driver must pull over and test again. If the person refuses to re-test, the car will keep running but the headlights will flash and the SEE INTERLOCK, PAGE 8

Today is Ash Wednesday Elim Lutheran Church offers Worship Services each Wednesday of Lent at 11 am and 7 pm. We invite you to join us on this 40-day journey to the cross. Pastors Westphal and McGrath and Youth Director Lisa McPherson will speak on the theme

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programming and assessment at the school, they had to win the support of the community. It wasn’t always easy. Before the district finalized its decision to close the school, some saw the nascent charter as a rival. Still, the prospect of having no school at all continued to drive White, who had moved to Marine in 1994 after meeting the man who is now her husband, Bob White, on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. White got involved at Marine Elementary when her stepchildren, now in their late 20s, attended the school. And she became more active when her daughter, Tommy White, started there. For years, she served as the treasurer for the school’s parent teacher organization. She also volunteered at Marine’s community library. Then the vision for a Marine-area community school began to take over, first consuming the time she would have been spending on other volunteer efforts, then the time she’d have been spending with family and job. “There were months at a time when Kristina and I were

putting in 40 hour weeks on the school,” recalled White, who by day acts as the business manager for Bob White Studio. “We were also needing to tend to our jobs and our families. … There are so many little pieces you never think about when you say, ‘Let’s start a school.’ I never imagined how much time it would take.” In spite of the hours she logged to ensure the school opened on time, White was hesitant to take credit, pointing out the work of other team members and the larger community. “I feel like I’m accepting this (Citizen of the Year award) on behalf of the whole board,” she said. “There’s no way any one of us could’ve made this happen. The teacher on our board, Lisa Dochniak, brought a wealth of knowledge about education. John Dettmann is our treasurer. He’s an attorney and has knowledge in how to get things done. Glen Mills, our mayor, is a community connection for us. When we were unsure about how the community would react to having a charter school move in he said, ‘Oh no, they want it. I hear every single day.’ And Kristina Smitten is an


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“We were told over and over by many people that this was going to be really hard.” Lisa White Marine Citizen of the Year for White. She was adamant that the small town needs an elementary school. “We have to have a school here,” she said, articulating the thought that drove her volunteer efforts. “The alternative is just not acceptable. We were told over and over by many people that this was going to be really hard and a lot of charter schools don’t succeed or end up postponing

for a year or two or three. But it wasn’t an option for us not to open in 2017. “At every hurdle we just said, ‘It’s not acceptable for this not to happen,’” she continued. “‘How can we overcome this? Who can we bring in?’ I think everyone on the board just loves this community. … We want kids here to thrive.” White noted that the sentiment reached far beyond the Marine Area Community School board. “The thing that just blows me away is that the board members saw the need and wouldn’t let it go, but the whole community did too,” she said. “To date we’ve raised $135,000 from community members. There have been a few parents who’ve been incredibly generous, but many who’ve given have high school students or their kids are out of school or never went to Marine. They see how vital having an elementary school in a little town is. And parents have given in other ways. … It truly has been a huge community effort.” White, who grew up on a diary farm outside of New Prague, has long been impressed by the cohesiveness

of the Marine community and the willingness of residents to jump in. “People have each others’ backs here,” she said. “They watch out for each other and they take care of each other. … It took me awhile to recognize that if I did my part I could actually make a little contribution. And I think it’s a little bit contagious. I had a couple friends who got me very involved in the school. Then you reach out to other people and pull them in. Pretty soon everybody is contributing.” Although the school is open, the work of the MACS board is not finished, White reported. “Even after school started we felt like there was so much to do,” she said. “We thought we’d be done by now but it’s ongoing. We’re having delicate conversations with our families who thought we’d be finished by now. … My husband is a saint for putting up with me on this journey. I think he’s probably terrified of what’s next. “I don’t know what’s next,” she concluded. “We’re not done with the charter school yet.”


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Franconia Sculpture Park will receive $20,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts chairperson Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Franconia Sculpture Park to support the Artist Residency and Exhibition Program. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. “It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Franconia Sculpture Park, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA chairperson Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.” Franconia Sculpture Park’s co-founder, artistic director and CEO, John Hock, commented on the impact of NEA funding, “Franconia Sculpture Park offers a distinctive and supportive environment for emerging and mid-career artists through a thriving residency and exhibition program. The NEA’s continued support of this program is vital to expanding and enhancing the portfolio of American art and providing learners of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage and experience art in an unfettered rural setting here in Minnesota.” The Arts Works grant will allow the sculpture park to offer residencies to several artists, supporting the creation of largescale, three-dimensional artwork that will be exhibited for at least two years. The Artist Residency and Exhibition Program will also benefit over 150,000 annual visitors to the sculpture exhibition of over 120 works created by artists-in-residence as well as over 14,000 adults and youth who participate in hands-on educational arts learning programs. Visit a branch |


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Roadway study will study traffic patterns, appropriate jurisdictions for roadways WSB & Associates, Inc., will conduct a St. Croix Valley Roadway Jurisdictional Study, after the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $363,971 contract with the firm Feb. 6. The St. Croix River Crossing opened to traffic between Minnesota and Wisconsin in August 2017. Traffic patterns on local and regional transportation systems in Washington County have already started to change. In addition,

the current local, county, and state roadway jurisdictions have gaps, stub segments, and are based on obsolete traffic patterns. With this study, Washington County is taking a proactive approach to evaluating traffic pattern impacts and engaging partner agencies to identify guidelines for future roadway jurisdiction discussions that will ultimately improve efficiency in operating the transportation system. The

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horn will repeatedly honk. Other random tests can occur as the vehicle continues to be operated. The system also has features built into it to prevent misuse. For example, a camera is mounted inside the car to ensure that the right person is providing the breath sample. A linked computer also keeps a printout of every time a test is taken, every time the car is turned on, and for how long the car was operated. Is the device necessary? That is a public policy decision. Policy makers are likely aware that in Minnesota there are approximately 30,000 people arrested for DWI each year. Additionally,


around 150 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. Minnesota law attempts to strike a balance between the public's need for safety and a family's need to allow a person to work to support their family. The final decision on where the line should be and how stringent the requirements should be is one properly decided by the other branches of government. Judge Galler is chambered in Washington County. If you have a general question about the law or courts for Judge Galler, send your question to the editor of this newspaper. Learn more about Judge Galler, or listen to a podcast of his columns at www.

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cussions with local agencies. The study will be paid for with highway state aid. The study will begin this spring. Workshops with cities and townships will be conducted this summer, and a technical review will be conducted of potential jurisdictional transfers in the fall. The final report is expected next winter, which will provide guidelines for further discussions with local agencies in 2019.

Sheriff’s Office will continue to receive violent crime enforcement grant The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will continue to receive funds for the Violent Crime Enforcement Teams from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs, after the County Board approved an extension of the grant agreement through 2018. “I am looking forward to a continued partnership with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs as we work with our law enforcement partners throughout the state to combat the dangers that illegal substances pose to our communities,” said Sheriff Dan Starry. The Sheriff's Office was awarded the 2017 Violent Crime Enforcement Teams grant for $100,000 for funding the Washington County Drug Task Force in 2017. The grant agreement is extended to Dec. 31, and provides additional funding of $100,000 for 2018. These funds reimburse the Sheriff's Office for personnel expenses of the Drug Task Force officers.

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Health care students encouraged to apply for foundation scholarships program Students with a local connection who are seeking a career in health care can get a helping hand from the Lakeview Health Foundation. The foundation is inviting applicants for its 2018 Health & Wellness Education Scholarship Program. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are available to eligible students who are pursuing such careers as: physician, registered nurse, dietitian, medical technician, pharmacist, physician assistant, occupational/physical/ speech/music therapy and parish nurse and more. The scholarships program has been supporting future health care workers since 1961. Several employees at Lakeview Hospital and across HealthPartners are former beneficiaries of the program. Elliot Carlson, a registered nurse in Lakeview Hospital’s Emergency Department, is a former scholarship recipient. After experiencing care as a patient, he came to Lakeview to work as a nursing assistant. “I was hospitalized for four or five days. I really appreciated the care that I got at Lakeview and thought I’d like to work here,” he said. About 18 months after he was hired, Elliot enrolled in nursing school to become a registered nurse. He used both the Lakeview Health Foundation scholarship program and Lakeview’s tuition reimbursement benefit to help fund his studies. “I really enjoy working with people and caring for them,” said

Twin Cities hospital. “The scholarship helped me to go to school for free this semester, so it was really nice to have that support,” she said. “I think it’s really important to make a difference in people's lives and that’s what I like about nursing.” Applications must be received by March 31, 2018 to be considered for this year’s grants. For more information, visit the Lakeview Health Foundation’s scholarships guidelines. SUBMITTED

Elliot Carlson, who works in the Lakeview Hospital's Emergency Department. He became a registered nurse with the help of a foundation scholarship and is currently enrolled in a nurse practitioner program.

Elliot. “I also love that in nursing, you have so many options - you can work in hospice, as a community health nurse, in a clinic or in a rural area. The possibilities are endless.” “The scholarships program helps these students realize their dream of having a career in health care,” said Ruth Hogenson-Rutford, Development Officer at Lakeview Health Foundation. “It’s so rewarding to see their eyes light up when we ask them if they are interested in returning to the community to work once their studies are completed.” Kidist Wessel, another scholarship recipient, from Stillwater, is studying for her nursing degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She graduates in May and hopes to enroll in a nursing residency program at a

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Canvas Health will continue to provide mental health services to residents Canvas Health will continue to provide adult and children’s mental health services, family services, and after-hour services to Washington County residents after the County Board approved a contract of $1.72 million with the non-profit agency Feb. 6. Canvas Health provides services to children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and families who struggle with aging, crises, chemical and mental health, and domestic and sexual abuse. The county has worked with Canvas Health for many years to provide state-mandated mental health services and other services to county residents. The services include information, referral, and client outreach; diagnosis and psychiatric testing; outpatient treatment, day treatment, medication management, and Independent Living Skills training; case management for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed children; and family-based services, parenting assessments, and after-hours emergency social services. After reviewing data on services for 2016 and 2017, a number of services in the Canvas Health contract were identified as those now funded by health plans for a large number of Washington County residents. Subsequently, adjustments have been made over the past few years to the county contract with Canvas Health. For the 2018 contract, there is a decrease of $60,000 in the funds given to the psychiatry program due to the very low numbers of uninsured clients who were served in 2017. In addition, the funds for the uninsured clients are adjusted to reflect what the county is being invoiced. Several areas of service will receive a 2 percent increase. These include adult day services, abuse response services, the family treatment program, and the therapeutic learning center. The overall contract is a 2.6 percent, or a $52,772, decrease for 2018.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church

214 North Third Street N, Stillwater (651) 439-2609 • Rev. Marilyn Baldwin Rev. Buff Grace, Rector Rev. Brenda Hoffman Mindy Boynton, Christian Ed/Youth Nancy Whipkey, Music Sunday: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, no music 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, with music

Hwy. 97 at County Road 34 S.E. Forest Lake (651) 464-5249 Pastor: Rev. David Werner 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship

25402 Itasca Avenue Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-462-3535 / Pastor Craig Bertram Regular Worship 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Communion First and Third Sundays 9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class

306 River Street Osceola, WI (715) 755-2275 Sunday: Worship 10 a.m. Fellowship at 11 a.m.

490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, MN (651) 465-7345 Father John Drees Sat. Mass 5:30 p.m. Sun. Mass 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Lake Elmo (651) 430-9950 5900 Lake Elmo Avenue N. (Hwy 36 & County Road 17) Pastor Jon Neitzel, Teen Pastor Greg Hamm Children’s Pastor Karen Hynes Sunday Worship and Childrens’ Church 9:30 a.m. Nursery available. Saturday Worship and Children’s Church, 6:00 p.m. Sunday Teen Service 7:00 p.m.

Osceola (715) 294-2243 Rev. Andy Anderson Saturday Mass: St. Joseph’s, 4 p.m. St. Anne’s, Somerset 5 p.m. Sunday Mass: Assumption, East Farmingon 8:30 a.m. St. Anne’s, Somerset 8 & 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s, Osceola 10:30 a.m. Call for weekday mass and reconciliation schedules.

The Baha’i Faith For information about Baha’i Faith or times and places of meetings call (651) 433-3686.

Christ Lutheran Church 150 Fifth Street, Marine (651) 433-3222, office ext. 10 Pastors Joel Martin and Hannah Bartos Sunday Worship 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Kid’s Church during 9:45 service. Wednesday Life Night schedule: Community Supper at 5:30 p.m. Faith formation classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m.

Elim Lutheran Church Scandia (651) 433-2723 Senior Pastor Scott Westphal Associate Pastor Meredith McGrath Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in Elim Sanctuary Christian education for all ages: 8:45 a.m.

Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Forest Lake (651) 464-3323 886 North Shore Drive Pastors: Rev. Philip Peterson, Rev. Paul Brown Sunday Worship: Traditional, 7:45 & 9:00 a.m. Praise Service: 10:30 a.m.

Grace Church 722 Seminole Ave. Osceola Pastor Mark Barlow Amy Germain, Day Care Bety Greydanus, Office Manager “The Cure for the Common Church” e-mail: or call (715) 294-4222 or (715) 755-3454 Sunday: Praise and Worship Service 9 a.m. with Children’s Church Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Christian Child Day Care Monday-Friday 5:30 am – 6 p.m.

Hosanna Lutheran Church (ELCA) Living, loving and serving as Jesus did... so that all may know him. 9300 Scandia Tr. N. Forest Lake (651) 464-5502 Linda Friesen, Lead Pastor Jen Collins, Associate Pastor Sept-May Worship Schedule Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. In Great Hall (lower level) Wednesday (thru Apr) 6:00 p.m. in Garden Chapel (upper level)

Lakes Free Church Lindstrom (651) 257-2677 29620 Olinda Trail N. Senior Pastor Richard Stanghelle, Associate Pastor Jason Carlson Sunday Worship 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9 & 10:30 a.m.

10963 Lake Blvd. (Hwy 8) Chisago City (651) 257-8605 Pastor Bill Headley Worship service Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday service 9:30 a.m.

Osceola Community Church 2492 Education Dr., Osceola, WI Larry Mederich, Pastor (715) 417-0608 • Sunday Worship 9 a.m. with provided Nursery Kids Church 9:30 a.m. Meeting in home groups throughout the week. Call for details, 715-294-4332.

Osceola Medical Center Spiritual Care 2600 65th Avenue, Osceola, WI 715-294-5645 fax: 715-294-5712 email: Chapel open daily for meditation.

St. Croix Falls United Methodist Church Upper St. Croix Parish 300 N. Adams St. • (715)-483-9494 Pastor Carolyn Saunders Pastor MIke Brewbaker Sunday Service 10 a.m.

St. Croix Valley Friends Meeting Stillwater (651) 439-7981 Seventh Day Adventist Church, Fifth & Laurel Streets Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Childcare available.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Franconia (651) 465-7345 Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. Father John Drees Three miles north on Hwy. 95 from Hwy. 97. West on Redwing 1/4 mile.

Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS) Osceola (715) 294-2828 300 Seminole Avenue Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School/Bible Class: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday worship: 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church Stillwater (651) 439-7400 • 115 North Fourth Street Pastors: Dan Poffenberger & Stephanie Vos, Saturday Evening Worship: 5 p.m. Sunday Worship: 9 a.m Traditional; 10:30 a.m. The WALK Contemporary Worship Children’s Learning, Sunday 9 a.m. and on Wednesday 6 p.m. Wednesday 7:15 p.m. “The River” Youth Worship



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LAWN & SPORT Servicing all major brands Lawn & garden, mower service. CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS 21240 Olinda Trail N., Scandia, MN 

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Winter isn’t over yet: Tips to stay safe Because winter is still far from over, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans of some basic tips to stay warm and safe through the end of the heating season. “Safety should always come first when heating our homes,� said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman. “We want all Minnesotans to be both safe and warm in the winter, so we encourage people to follow basic safety tips and also apply for energy assistance if they are having trouble paying their heating bills.� Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are working. These are essential parts of home safety and are required by code in every home. They can warn of a fire or a dangerous

malfunction with a furnace, water heater, fireplace or stove. Test monthly and replace batteries every year. Use space heaters safely. Any space heater that burns with an open flame (such as wood, natural gas, propane or kerosene) must be vented to the outside to prevent the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide and other gases. To avoid burns and fire hazards, keep children and flammable materials at least three feet away from all space heaters. Keep snow and ice clear of furnace exhaust vents, air intake hoods and chimneys. This ensures safe, efficient heating and prevents potential carbon monoxide poisoning. Inspect heating systems annually. Every

year furnaces, water heaters and other devices fail because of improper maintenance, cleaning or adjustment. This costs money with emergency repairs and higher energy costs. Equipment operating improperly can also lead to dangerous conditions, including carbon monoxide leaks. Apply for energy assistance if you are struggling to pay your heating bills. The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program, administered by the Commerce Department, is an essential safety net for vulnerable Minnesotans. Energy assistance helps pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors. It can also help some households repair or replace malfunctioning heating systems.

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inspection services. The culvert work is being done in advance of the city’s major road rehabilitation project planned for this summer. • The council hired Anthony Angell as a parttime on call snow plow driver. Angell will make $17.34 per hour. The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

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age: For all your storage needs. Now offering climate controlled units. 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, 10x25. Now accommodating 5th wheelers, boats and campers. 715-2943078 or 1-800-2828103.

NEW BUILDING SITE For Sale - 1 and 105 acres. Country lots – Osceola Dresser area. 715-755-3377

Drivers: Immediate Openings! Stellar Benefits, Weekly Pay! Drive pneumatic tankers. OTR. CDL-A, good driving record. 319-754-1944 x112

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GYPSY MOTH TRAPPERS The MN Dept. of Ag (MDA) is hiring Gypsy Moth Trappers (Ag.Technicians) for the 2018 trapping survey. View job post & apply online through Feb. 28 at MDA is an equal opportunity employer & provider. Questions? Call 651/201-6692 or email

CONTRACT SALESPERSON Selling aerial photography of farms on commission basis. $4,225.00 ďŹ rst month guarantee. $1,500-$3,500 weekly proven earnings. Travel required. More info or 877/882-3566

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City of Marine on St. Croix

FEBRUARY 3 At 9:58 a.m. suspicious males at Kiwanis Boy Scout Camp were reported.

FEBRUARY 4 At 9:11 p.m. during a traffic stop on Judd Street, an ambulance was called to transport a person who had been tazered to the jail for an evaluation.


At 12:08 p.m. a walk-in reported terrorist threats on St. Croix Trail.

City of Scandia

FEBRUARY 2 At 8:37 a.m. a third party reported a stop arm violation on Olinda Trail.

FEBRUARY 3 At 7:17 p.m. a complaint about parking on Lofton Court and Lofton Avenue was received.

At 10:50 p.m. assistance was needed on Ostrum Avenue.

FEBRUARY 4 At 1:06 p.m. a medical need was reported on Oakhill Court. At 10:45 p.m. a burglar alarm sounded at Olde Town Liquor.

FEBRUARY 6 At 11:21 a.m. public assistance was needed at Super America.

At 2:10 p.m. a welfare concern was reported on the northeast corner of Manning and Scandia Trail. At 4:28 p.m. a complaint about a driver on Scandia Trail, eastbound from Lofton, was received.

FEBRUARY 7 At 1:02 a.m. a medical need was reported on Pilar Road.

Spotlight on Area Businesses Olson’s Sewer Service & Olson’s Excavating Service

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At 10:34 a.m. an animal concern was reported on Keystone Avenue.

At 5:43 p.m. a medical need was reported on Paris Avenue.

FEBRUARY 3 At 8:09 a.m. assistance was needed on Manning, south of 170th Street. At 3:11 p.m. a vehicle off the road just north of 14556 Manning was reported.

FEBRUARY 6 At 8:21 a.m. loose horses on 170th, east of Norell Avenue, were reported. At 11:09 a.m. a possible car fire on Norell Avenue was reported. At 2:48 p.m. a medical need was reported on Orwell Road.

Scandia-Marine Lions announce February raffle winners The Scandia-Marine Lions Club had their monthly drawing for community raffle winners. Winners for February 2018 are: $25 Osceola Lions Club $25 Christina Sibol from Lindstrom $50 Steve Christofferson from Mt. Iron $50 Scandia Lion John Tomlin from Forest Lake $50 Anne Nelson from Marine $50 Scandia Lion John Tomlin from Forest Lake $100 Deb Havener from Scandia Seven more raffle winners next month.

Winter and all that LWmeans to Minnesotans is upon us! Remember to keep traffic off of your sewage treatment systemespecially those mounds that look like a great place to go sliding. If you do have any drain line issues, frozen lines, or an alarm sounding, know that Olson’s provides year-round service including emergency tank cleaning, line thawing, televising and repairs. Olson’s Sewer Service and Olson’s Excavating Service provide service for commercial, residential, and municipal customers throughout the Metro, Chisago, and Isanti counties. Call Olson’s for career information or service at 651-464-2082 or email at Additional information available at


41 Judd Street Marine On St. Croix, MN 651-433-1776

FLAS helps environment, saves taxpayer dollars Forest Lake Area Schools, as well as many of its students, have worked diligently over the past two years to improve the environment and, in the process, save taxpayer dollars. According to data produced by science students at Forest Lake Area High School, the solar energy panels installed nearly two years ago in several district buildings have produced more than 615,000 kilowatt hours of energy. These panels have not only saved the school district hundreds

of thousands of dollars in energy costs, but have also had a positive effect on the environment, saving the equivalent of more than 400 trees or 182,690 pounds of coal. This use of solar energy, in addition to the hard work of Environmental Club members at Forest Lake Area High School, has contributed to 13 of the 15 district buildings receiving 5-star ratings from the organization B3, which monitors energy efficiency in public buildings in Minnesota.

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