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“The attic:” a place where items are stored/stashed because they are important, valuable or sentimental and MIGHT be useful later. We all have them and use them, sometimes multiples, as sheds, barns or rental storage spaces. The Gammelgården attic houses a wide variety of items that are relevant to telling the story of Swedish immigration and settlement. Often these valuable items are too fragile, too small, or too difficult to display in our historic buildings, so they stay “in the attic.” This year many will be

on display in the Passage Room of the Välkommen Hus where they can be enjoyed, help tell story of immigration and settlement and the donor families recognized for their gifts. “We are dusting off objects that have been in storage, putting them on display – and telling their stories,” said Sarah Porubcansky, the museum’s communications director. “And, we hope, encouraging you to think about your stories.” There is Swedish immigrant farmer Albert Swenson’s account book, which covers half a century from 1864-1914. The fact that it was in Swedish in the 19th century and English starting in the year 1900 tells its own story – of learning the language and assimilating.

Or Olaf Olin’s gold handled engraved walking stick and pocket watch. He arrived in Scandia in the early 1850s with his wife. In Sweden they were tenants on farms, he couldn’t read or write. By 1860 he was able to donate 10% of his land (40 acres) to the local Elim Church. Wedding dresses from the mid-1800s tell the story of women’s fashion. A doll buggy tells the story of how children played were similar to today’s children. “Crochet needles have been too small to display and immigration documents and land patents have been too fragile,” Porubcansky said, “but we’ve dusted them off and are displaying them this year in our exhibit, SEE GAMMELGÅRDEN, PAGE 2


The Gammelgården attic houses a variety of valuable items too fragile, too small, or too difficult to display in our historic buildings. This year many will be on display in the Passage Room of the Välkommen Hus.


Years before she would become May Township’s treasurer, back when the town hall sat near East Boot Lake, election day often turned into a late night for Cheryl Bennett. “I remember counting paper ballots until 3 or 4 in the morning,” she said. It turned out to be just an introduction to the township’s inner workings. Bennett “I think that’s how I got into the whole process,” Bennett reflected. “Laurel Coleman was the clerk then and she was looking for election judges. … That was a long time ago.” In 1987, as the March election approached, SEE TREASURER, PAGE 2


Dan Chouinard will host a sing-along of river and earth themed songs at the Marine Village Hall, April 26.

Celebrate Earth Day with Dan Chouinard Envision Earth Day 2020 CONTRIBUTED NORTH WOODS AND WATERS

On April 26, Dan Chouinard will host a rollicking sing-along of favorite river and earth songs at the historic Marine Village Hall in Marine on St. Croix. Chouinard is well known as a pianist and accordionist, a mentor for a who’s who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community sing-alongs and a writer of hit shows for public

radio, concert hall and theatrical stage. Having grown up in Lindstrom, Chouinard has a deep commitment to the St. Croix Valley. Event organizers from North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area, the St. Croix River Association and Marine Library Association hope the celebration leaves the audience uplifted and even more in love with Planet Earth. Looking ahead: 50th Earth Day Earlier that day, from 3 to 5

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GAMMELGÅRDEN: Attic TREASURER: Cheryl Bennett retires after 32 years

some accounting background and you need to be a detail person. Even with the clerk there are so many then-treasurer Rolf Ljungkull had decided not to run more rules and regulations we need to follow now.” again. Bennett was asked to run and thought, “Why Other changes she’s observed in the township have not?” been broader in scope. For instance, a shift away She’d lived in May Township for a decade. She was from farming, part of a larger trend driven by a a stay-at-home mom at the time, but had experience changing economy. in accounting, having worked at a bank and in the ac“When I was first elected we had two career farmcounting department of Nagele Outdoor Advertising. ers on the board, George Smith and John Keller,” she The treasurer job was about 20 hours a month, said. “That’s changed. Now we have more business hours she could handle people on the board. while managing a house“We’ve had a lot more hold. development since I startShe decided to run and, ed. There was a 10-acre soon after, found herself density and there still is, with a part-time job. but they’ve changed the At the time, the townordinance to do cluster ship’s ledgers were kept developments. It’s smart by hand. keeping the open space. “Cyd Young was the We’re just seeing some of clerk and she and I both the loss of farmland.” had a set of books,” Reflecting on her years Bennett recalled. “We’d of service, Bennett called bring them to the meetthe treasurer position “a ing with the bills and great part-time job for a have them signed. She’d stay at home mom.” get the receipts in, enter “One of the biggest benthem, then I’d enter them efits of doing this job and and bring them to the being a mom was that it bank. There are some big gave me great flexibility. ledgers in the basement I could do things with from our days.” my daughters when they Over the course of 32 were in school.” years, Bennett has seen a As for her plans for the lot change in the townfuture, she sees continship. ued emphasis on family COURTESY CHERYL BENNETT and a little more time for Some of that change Cheryl Bennett with her husband and grandchildren. has been specific to her personal pursuits. job, such as the move “I have two small to electronic accounting in the early 1990s. As the grandsons, so my focus will be spending more time responsibilities of her position grew, so did Bennett’s with them, golfing and hopefully travelling,” she said. skill set. Sweden, the land from which Bennett’s maternal “By the mid-90s the income level of the township grandparents emigrated, is a place she’d like to visit was large enough that we were required to have an again. audit,” she said. “The job got more detailed. There “I went with my daughters in 2017 and really enwere more requirements and more reporting. That’s joyed it,” she said. “I can see why the Swedes immione of the reasons in 2012 the board put on the ballot grated to this area. I want to go back to Sweden and to have the treasurer and clerk positions appointed. do more digging into ancestry.” “For the treasurer position, you do really need FROM PAGE 1


Immigrant farmer Albert Swenson’s account book was written in Swedish from 1864 to 1899 and English starting in the year 1900.


Gammelgården’s Attic A-Z. “Come and enjoy the stories.”

The museum opens for the season on May 3. Walk-in tours are available on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Book a group tour by calling the museum, 651-433-5053. Gammelgården participates in Museum Month with its Immigrant for a Day event, May 26, with free activities for children 1 to 4 p.m.




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EARTH DAY: Upcoming events in Marine FROM PAGE 1

Croix from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss three questions: • What opportunities does the 50th anniversary present for me or my organization? • What can we do together? • How can we stay connected? This event will kick off a year of new ideas and connections to revitalize the Earth Day educational, ecological, environmental and entertaining events that have been happening throughout the watershed for the past 50 years. Senator Gaylord Nelson is widely known and respected in this region

and around the world for his environmental advocacy. He is especially beloved in Minnesota and Wisconsin for sponsoring legislation (with Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale) that established the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers were among the first to be recognized. This event is sponsored by the North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area and the St. Croix River Association. Registration is requested through Eventbrite: or by finding the event on the NWW Facebook



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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH DAN CHOUINARD When: April 26, 7 p.m Where: Marine Village Hall (121 Judd Street) Details: Free. Light refreshments served; donations will benefit the Marine Library Association and Earth Day 2020.

ENVISION EARTH DAY 2020 When: April 26, 3 to 5 p.m Where: Marine Village Hall (121 Judd Street) Details: Registration is requested through Eventbrite: https://bit. ly/2Tyr2OG or the event listing on the North Woods and Waters Facebook page: facebook. com/stcroixheritage.



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APRIL 18 Sheriff’s Office Recognition Award Sheriff Dan Starry invites the public to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Recognition Award Ceremony, Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater. The awards presented include Meritorious, Unit Citation, Life Saving Awards, Letters of Excellence, Letters of Appreciation. These awards will be presented to employees of the sheriff’s office, officers from other agencies and to citizens. Beverages and cookies will be served following the ceremony.

APRIL 20 Early Morning Bird Hike 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Join us for an early morning bird hike to listen and watch for migratory birds returning home or passing through. Space is limited to 12 participants. Free for members, admission charged for non-members. Belwin Conservancy (1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton) RSVP by April 20 to FFI: 651-436-5189, www.

Belwin Nature Center Open Third Saturday Events 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participate in programs, meet Belwin staff, explore the trails and connect with nature. One-Hour Guided Experiences at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. departing from the Education Center. April topic: Hone your birding skills. Bring binoculars if you have them. No fee. Guided Experiences: Free for members, fee for non-members. Belwin Conservancy Education Center (1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton). FFI: 651436-5189, www.belwin. org.

APRIL 22 Life Reinvented Part II Monday, April 22

from 1 to 4 p.m. Are you considering changing careers? Career assessments can identify a career that’s right for you and what you need to do to break into the field of your choice. This workshop is taught by Job Service and held at Hardwood Creek Library (19955 Forest Road North, Forest Lake). To register, go to: https:// www.careerforcemn. com/events/471541/career-exploration.

APRIL 24 Frog Walk at Bulrush Slough 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy the auditory magic of a spring evening at Belwin Conservancy’s Bulrush Slough as we look and listen for chorus frogs, spring peepers and wood frogs. Space is limited to 12 participants. Free for members, fee for non-members. Belwin Conservancy (1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton). RSVP by April 24 to FFI: 651-436-5189, www.

APRIL 26 Region 7AA Art Show Awards Ceremony Friday, April 26 from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Join artists from schools in Region 7AA of the Minnesota State High School League for this juried art show and awards ceremony at Hardwood Creek Library (19955 Forest Road North, Forest Lake). The show is on display at the library. The ceremony will be held in the atrium at 1 p.m.

Belwin Spring Galaxy Party 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Did you know spring is a good time to view other distant galaxies? This is because our Milky Way galaxy is at or below the horizon, giving us an unobstructed view of intergalactic space. Join Minnesota Astronomical Society members to view galaxy superclusters



like Markarian’s Chain in the Virgo, Leo and Coma Berenices constellations, and to learn about photography using telescopes. Cost: $5/car; rain date April 27. Belwin Conservancy Joseph J. Casby Observatory (1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton) RSVP by April 26 to FFI: 651-436-5189, www.

Envision Earth Day 2020 Next year is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year, from 3 to 5 p.m. April 26, area residents are invited to gather at the Marine Village Hall (121 Judd Street) to discuss opportunities presented by the milestone and how to stay connected. Registration is requested through Eventbrite: https:// or the event listing on the North Woods and Waters Facebook page: facebook. com/stcroixheritage.

Celebrate Earth Day with Dan Chouinard Dan Chouinard will host a rollicking singalong of favorite river and earth songs at the historic Marine Village Hall (121 Judd Street) April 26, 7 p.m. Free. Light refreshments served; donations benefit the Marine Library Association and Earth Day 2020.

APRIL 27 STEM Saturdays: Fun-damental Forces Saturday, April 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. Mad Science presents Fun-damental Forces at Hardwood Creek Library. Feel the force . . . that is, the force of gravity, inertia, and momentum. Use Newton’s Laws of Motion to zing toy cars through gravity defying loops. Let Newton’s Third Law turn you in circles as you experiment with a giant bike wheel gyroscope. Take home your own play catch toy. Children ages 6-12 welcome. No regis-

tration required. Maximum 25 participants on first-come, first-serve basis. 19955 Forest Road North, Forest Lake.

MAY 2 Day of Prayer Forest Lake National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 2 at the Forest Lake American Legion, located at 355 Broadway Ave, from12 to 1p.m. The event will include area pastors and citizens offering prayers; Legion Post 225 Color Guard; worship led by Maranatha Church; and special music by The Solid Rock Quartet. Refreshments following the program. Call 651.464.7480 for more information.

MAY 11-12 bedaisY sTudio sPring marKeT May 11 & 12 ... 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 23230 St. Croix Trail North, Scandia, MN

MAY 18 Belwin Bison Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Welcome a herd of juvenile male bison from NorthStar Bison to Belwin. This free community festival celebrates bison’s critical role in helping Belwin maintain and improve our restored prairie. The 2019 Belwin Bison Festival includes: Bison release; 5k “Run With The Bison” fun trail run (registration available via belwin. org); interactive eco-arts; live music; food trucks. The festival will be held rain, snow or shine, so plan accordingly. Bring a chair or picnic blanket. Please consider carpooling. Free and open to everyone. Entrance fee for 5k fun run. Belwin Conservancy’s Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields (15601 Hudson Road, West Lakeland) FFI: 651-436-5189, www.

MAY 21 River Grove Board Workshop The River Grove: A Marine Area Community School Board of Directors meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons Building, 14189 Ostlund Trail North, Marine on St Croix MN 55047. Please see our website for the Board of Directors meeting agenda (www. The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting. This is a public meeting, and all are welcome.

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. 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. Use the Third Street entrance and free parking ramp. FFI: Call Marie or Bob at 651-770-1436.

Alcoholics Anonymous AA Big Book Study: 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. For more information email: or call 763-227-7536.

Mental Health Support Group A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets bi-weekly in Stillwater. The free group is spon-

sored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets the first and third Mondays of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Episcopal Church of the Ascension Office (215 North 4th St., Stillwater). FFI: Call Diane at 651-724-0977 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Camera Club The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. Meetings typically include a presentation by a professional or award-winning photographer, followed by more casual time for discussion. Photographers of all interests and abilities are welcome.

Family Storytime at Hardwood Creek Thursday, from 10:3011:00 a.m. Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, and more to encourage the development of early literacy. Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake. For more information phone 651 275-7300.

Art in Bloom: Call for Artists Local artists are invited to display their work at Hardwood Creek Library during the months of May and June through our 2019 Art in Bloom Community Art Show. Participants must be 18 or older and live in the Hardwood Creek Library service area. All formats are welcome, including paintings, photographs, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and more. Applications are accepted beginning Monday, March 25. The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 25. Find the rules and an application form on our website:


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No thanks, Mr. Postman


y late father, Arved Stangl (aka “The Chief”) gets mentioned in this space many times. As the fi fth 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 Lawrence Welk. I could probably still sing Welk’s sign off song “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 Publisher across a recent item about a retailer’s new fashion line, the thought Tom Stangl 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 SEE STANGL, PAGE 5


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and connect as people. I always love it when someone tells me they got a laugh out of some mishap I’ve recounted in the column. More often than not, something similar has happened to them. Beyond that, I’ve found a second benefit to the column. It’s a chance to give readers some insight into the making of the newspaper. Quite often, subtle changes are happening behind the scenes. Here’s one. Over the years, a few readers pointed out that we were running press releases without attribution. It was a fair criticism of opacity, even if unintentional. So we changed it. Might seem small, but it was a long process. Over the course of months I discussed the problem with editors and managers in our group of newspapers. Eventually, we settled on running an alternative to a byline. Now you’ll see “contributed” below the headline and, below that, the name of the group who submitted the release. I’ll add that I’m doing my best to get this on every press release but, like any new habit, it is taking time to develop. Transparency, it seems, is less a final result and more a practice. Like writing a column, you must continue to do the work week by week, month by month, improving as you go. And in the end, those glimpses behind the scenes tell their own story, one as important as any other in the paper.

Transparency, it seems, is less a final result and more a practice.

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Spoiler: Easter is not about bunnies


aster is an extraordinary day. It is the most important Christian event—more significant than Christmas. It’s the day Jesus Christ, the Messiah, rose from the dead. The resurrec-

tion. So where did the Easter Bunny come from? According to many sources, the Easter Bunny started as a German pagan holiday in the 1700s called Oschter Haws. Children put nests out for an egg-laying bunny. The bunny would put colored eggs in the nest overnight. Before Oschter Haws, early Christians abstained from eggs during Lent. People would decorate eggs and eat them on Easter Sunday. Additionally, the old celebration of Ostara, the Wild Chow goddess of fertility who brought the end of winter was popular Lisa Erickson hundreds of years ago. Her partner was a rabbit, which is a sign of fertility. When my kids were young, I was disappointed when I discovered the origins of the Easter Bunny. I was not overly joyous with the idea of a fertility goddess who was married to a rabbit. But, when I thought about the alternative, and trying to explain an excruciatingly painful death on a cross . . .That’s way too much for a young child to understand—It’s hard for me to think about. Bunnies are the first animal we see in spring beside birds and squirrels. Eggs symbolize birth. Nests are like baskets. Hiding eggs reminds us of the empty tomb and the women who went looking for Jesus after he rose. Explaining to children the connection between Christ’s death and new life is easier when they can see and touch familiar objects, why we hide candy in eggs—that he is our real treasure inside. Bunnies are cute, but they don’t lay eggs. If anything, they can help explain the true story of Easter.

Dueling publishers! Cooper and Long wage a war of words


week had passed since Bascomb Finch made his ill-fated appearance on Raymond Cooper’s radio show, but the story of his “drunken display” was still the talk of the town, thanks to Raymond Cooper and Iris Long. The “Special Edition” of Raymond’s Valley Patriot had filled racks around the downtown area at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. Iris thought it was Columnist interesting to call the issue “special” since the Patriot Kevin Slimp advertised itself kl newspaper. Just like a as a weekly lot of Cooper’s shenanigans, it was unusual for the paper to follow any regular schedule. He was lucky to get a new issue out twice a month. As usual, Cooper didn’t hold back any of his feelings. The headline on the front page alone was almost enough to tell his version of the A.J. Fryerson story: A.J. Story Falls Apart as Lone Witness Admits to Drinking Problem Iris Long felt sure, rightly so, Cooper had cooked up the entire “drunken Bascomb” story, but as usual, Raymond had his listeners and readers eating out of the palm of his hand. Raymond was certain he had put the Fryerson story to rest, once and for all. His live interview with

the sole witness to the lone alleged appearance of A.J. Fryerson put the matter to rest for good, as far as Cooper was concerned. What he didn’t realize, however, was Iris Long had something up her sleeve, as well. Being a journalist for five decades had created a sixth sense in Iris. She knew to cross every “t” and dot every “i.” She also knew to be ready for any surprise that might come her way. Raymond wasn’t as educated as Iris in the ways of print journalism. While Long followed all the traditional journalistic standards, Cooper flew by the seat of his pants. Iris would never print a story without a minimum of two sources. Cooper saw sources as an obstacle and often ran stories that were no more than his own version of reality. Nonetheless, his readers and listeners hung on Cooper’s every word, believing them to be inspired by someone, or something, greater than Raymond himself. When Long’s Lennox Valley Hometown News arrived in town Wednesday morning, it was as if a natural disaster of some type had struck. Marvin Walsh and Farley Puckett were sitting in a booth at the Hoffbrau at 9:42 a.m. when Barry Jarrell arrived with a stack of Hometown News copies under his arm. Before he could hand the newspapers to Jessie, patrons rushed to get their own copies, dropping quarters by the cash register as they hurried back to their booths.

Raymond Cooper had dropped the gauntlet. Every citizen in The Valley was on pins and needles to read how Iris would respond. Along with the community calendar down the left sidebar, there were two stories on the front page of Hometown News. Beneath the fold – that’s the bottom half of the page – was a story almost no one noticed on Wednesday morning. The headline under the fold read, “Methodist Church to Host New Year’s Eve Party: Everyone Welcome.” It was interesting that Iris would place such a nondescript story on Page 1. There must have been more to the New Year’s Eve party than met the eye. No, it wasn’t the special event at the Methodist church everyone noticed. It was the headline, in 80 point type, spanning across five columns at the top of the page: Final Letter From A.J. Fryerson Foretold His Disappearance From Valley You could have heard a pin drop as ‘Brau patrons read those words, then followed with their eyes to the story below. Two, sometimes three, readers crowded around copies of The Hometown News in every booth. As readers followed the story from Page 1 to the “jump” on Page 8, Marvin Walsh and Farley Puckett hurried out of their booth and made a hasty exit from the diner. It took most folks a while before SEE SLIMP, PAGE 6

Easter Bunny Mini Cakes For the cake: 1 box white cake mix 4 egg whites 1/2 cup oil 3/4 cup water 1 tsp almond flavoring 1 tsp strawberry extract (Optional) 1/2 cup colored sprinkles, plus more for the tops of the finished cakes For the icing: 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 2 cups powdered sugar 1/3 cup hot water 2 Tbsp corn syrup Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large 18 x 15 rimmed baking sheet or use one 9 x 13 pan and one 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray on the sides and where the parchment paper doesn’t cover. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and extracts. Mix with a hand mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in sprinkles. Pour into prepared pan, spreading evenly to the edges of the pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes until cake bounces bake when touched in the middle. Cool completely. For the frosting: In a double boiler, in the bottom, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the white chocolate chips to the top pan. Set aside and let the chips melt, stirring occasionally. SEE ERICKSON, PAGE 8

STANGL: Postal priorities FROM PAGE 4

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To Infinity and Beyond


t’s more like an addiction than anything. The newness of a spring woods, crisp mornings, fresh air, peace and quiet that penetrate your soul are all part of the spring woods. Then with just a hint of pink on the east horizon, without warning all that peace and quiet is lost when a loud Tom turkey gobbler disrupts the solitude with an explosion of sound, a loud gobble that rattles the dawn. It’s more often a double gobble and if the Old Tom is traveling with underlings he has beaten into submission, a pecking order, they will imitate his earsplitting call. That’s just the start Wild River because the next closest gobbler down the ridgeline or in the valley Trails will answer the call as if it was challenge, as will the next one down Jim Bennett the line followed by the next and the

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next and the next to infinity and beyond! From your listening point you hear the echoes of different gobblers responding for miles. I often wonder how far the gobbler telephone lines run. Does the gobbler I get to sound off create a telephone line that runs to other birds all the way to Madison or maybe Green Bay? I wouldn’t be surprised because I’ve heard gobblers burst out in song for no good reason that I’m aware of, but my ears are not as good as Old Tom’s. This spring’s first Wisconsin wild turkey hunting SEE BENNETT, PAGE 9

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saw him just a moment too late, coming down the path. I wasn’t expecting anyone to come down this section of the trail. No one ever did. At least I never saw anyone, which is why I was messing around with the pine cones. Okay, I better start at the top. The whole thing started because there was a line of pinecones crossing the trail and it caught my Columnist attention. It was just few enough that it could have Carrie Classon happened by chance. Did it? I stopped and looked at them. Then, just because I couldn’t help myself, I suppose, I straightened up the line. Then I added a few more until there was a perfect line of pinecones running across the trail. This pleased me probably more than I should admit. The next day, the line was intact, but the day after that my line was all messed up. Was it deer? Were humans responsible? Now I was curious. So, I straightened out my line and made it a bit longer. It became my little thing. Okay, it became one of the many little things I do that I think of as harmless but a less charitable person might view as a latent compulsive disorder or early onset dementia. Then, one day, I was caught. He was wearing a bright blue puff jacket so I should have seen him coming but I was busy scavenging up some new cones so my line could be really impressive. Plus, I had to replace some cones because there had clearly been some trail bike traffic and several of my cones in the center had been squashed flat and I was right in the middle of doing this when… there he was. “Hi,” I said. “Hi,” he answered, looking down at my pinecones. “I, uh, I just like to do this to see if there’s been anyone on the trail,” I said, sounding

even more foolish than I imagined I would. “Well, we’ve all got our little thing,” he said in what was clearly an attempt to explain inexplicable behavior. And I thought about the many habitual things—like these pinecones—that I do and have done over the years, daily rituals and quirks that made me unreasonably happy. As far as I could tell, my well-maintained pinecone line was doing no harm and coming upon it every day filled me with a feeling of satisfaction that was hard to either explain or justify. Oh well, I thought. I’ll never see him again! But I did—the very next day. I had not yet gotten to my line of pinecones and he had just passed them when we met. “How’re my pinecones doing?” I asked. “They look good,” he said. “Maybe a little disturbance along one end,” he added. He seemed like a nice person. He had a smile on his broad face and a trace of a foreign accent. “You think I’m a crazy person, don’t you?” I asked. “Aren’t we all?” he answered. The way he said it, it didn’t sound like a rhetorical question. And I suppose he might be right. We’re all struggling—in some way—to make sense of a world that often moves too fast and changes too quickly. This tidy line of pinecones lets me keep track of one tiny spot in the world. In a very small (probably crazy) way, it helps me make sense of things. He started to leave, then stopped. “Oh…” he said, and his smile grew broader, “I did add one yesterday.” “Excellent,” I told him. Excellent. Till next time, Carrie Carrie Classon’s memoir, “Blue Yarn,” will be released this month. Learn more at

Council leans away from land purchase JESSICA ANDERSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Back in December new Marine on St. Croix resident Cecily Harris made an offer of sale to the city council. When she purchased the land off of Broadway on which she now lives it came with an attached parcel of land that cannot be built on. Last Thursday at the Marine City Council meeting Harris attended again with her proposal on the agenda. Although opinions on the proposal differed, mostly between the council and the audience, all agreed that the land parcel’s natural

beauty is an asset to the community. There are multiple waterfalls and the stream that passes through is also home to a healthy trout population. The current asking price is $32,900 based on an appraisal obtained by the city. The negotiations, or apparent lack thereof, seem to be at a stalemate as the council feels this is more than they can justifiably spend on a parcel that won’t provide any direct return. Another concern, voiced by council member Lon Pardun, was that the city would come to own multiple small portions of land along streams with little purpose. The council


SLIMP: Cooper, Long’s war of words FROM PAGE 5

reading the story about the upcoming party at the Methodist church. But when folks finally got around to that story, they noticed another valuable piece of information they could have easily missed in the excitement over the A.J. revelation. Raymond was perhaps the only resident of The Valley to notice that tidbit immediately: “Rev. Sarah Hyden-Smith, pastor of Lennox Valley Methodist Church wants everyone to know a very important surprise announcement is going to take place during the party.” Looking over the page, Cooper snarled, almost to himself, “This isn’t over yet.” Buy your copy of “The Good Folks of Lennox Valley” at or

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This week in history: Pre and post-colonial food

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In 1807 a record was put down of farming activities of colonists in territory that is now Minnesota. This was the very first record of such activity and was dated to April 18 of that year. This written evidence took the form of a letter penned by George H. Monk, a Justice of the Supreme Court in Nova Scotia from 1801 to 1816. In this letter Monk describes white settlers growing pumpkins, oats, cabbages, potatoes, beets, corn and beans. These activities were noted at and around trading posts on Leech Lake and Big Sandy. Although this was a first, agricultural practices were nothing new in the area. The native tribes of Anishinaabe peoples had a long-lived tradition of seasonal subsistence farming. The Anishinaabe, which includes the Ojibwe and Chippewa, practiced the Seasonal Round. This was the migration pattern based on food available each season. The schedule was based on the moon as a calendar of sorts, determining when they harvested maple sugar, corn, wild rice and other foods. At the beginning of summer the Anishinaabe returned to their summer planting grounds to grow squash, corn, beans and potatoes. White settlers later learned how to grow these in the

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In another bowl, mix the powdered sugar, water, and corn syrup together. Stir in melted white chocolate chips. Stir until smooth and the consistency of syrup. Using bunny, egg or other cookie cutters, cut cake into shapes. Set bunny shaped cakes on a cooling rack set over another baking sheet. Pour frosting over each cake cutout until each cake cutout is completely covered in icing, letting the excess frosting drip into the bottom pan. Sprinkle the tops with more sprinkles while the frosting is wet. Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve. Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes at or email her at

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COUNCIL: Price too high for parcel without direct return FROM PAGE 6

mentioned that it would be more appropriate for the Watershed Research Center to own and maintain the property. However, it was shared by John Goodfellow, who had reached out to the Watershed and Millstream groups, that purchase would not be a feasible option. Goodfellow stated that were the city to purchase the parcel it would be a “priority project” for the groups. The council also mentioned that Trout Unlimited may take an interest in maintaining the stream in some ways to support the trout population.

Local resident Mike Tibbetts expressed interest in having dams currently on the stream taken down. The same stream on Harris’ property runs through Tibbetts’ yard and he would like to see its downstream portion thrive. Tibbetts stated he would like to see the council value the health of the stream over any historical significance of the dams. The benefits to the atmosphere of Marine were acknowledged by all and council member Charlie Anderson said “it’s hard to put a dollar sign on that.” However, the council’s final word on April 11 was to dismiss the offer until, or if at all, an

agreeable price is negotiated. No motion was made at the meeting so the purchase can be discussed in the future if deemed necessary.

season was for youth April 13 and 14. The first regular season will run for a week starting on Wednesday, April 17-April 23. The remaining 6 seasons will run for a week, opening the following Wednesday until the last season May 22 – May 28 draws ce to a close. Weather makes no difference to a turkey because they have to live in whatever comes along. They may be more vocal in warmer weather and quieter in cold, rain or snow and they are designed to be wary, eyes on both sides of their heads, good hearing, fast afoot and the ability to fly away. I have two turkey seasons this spring in Wisconsin, April 24-30 and e May 8-14. With that said here are some g tips I have given out when conducting ing turkey hunting seminars. Start scouting well in advance of your season right up to opening day. Turkeys are known to wander so the latest information you have is always the best. I love using a shock gobble call. Over the years I have


Other Business: • The Citizen Committee for the Millstream will be looking for volunteers to plant shrubs at the mill site in May. • Northern Lighters Pyrotechniques, who had provided the July 3 display for over 20 years, will no longer do so. They recommended Hollywood Pyrotechniques as a replacement. The city is discussing possibilities for the 2019 show.

BENNETT: Turkey telephone — listening in on the gobbler line FROM PAGE 5

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found that crow calls and hawk calls will get a hot turkey to sound off so you can pinpoint his location to either set up on or to let you know where he is as he comes in. I don’t normally use a gobble call because that can attract other hunters. Blinds are an advantage to hide mov movement but I hate being confined. I prefer to be sitting out in the woods relyi on good camo, a decoy and skill relying b to bring home the bacon, so to speak. If I hear another bird talking, (yelp, c cluck or purr) I’ll try to imitate their c call to get them Old Tom to come in. I don’t worry about over calling if I can see the bird but that can make i easier for a silent gobbler to sneak it i bust you and run away. But you in, m might be able to call him back so sta put and call if you get busted. stay Horm Hormones in the turkey woods often overru overrule brains. Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at

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Elim Lutheran Church Scandia (651) 433-2723 Senior Pastor Scott Westphal Associate Pastor Meredith McGrath Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m. Adult Christian Ed. at 8:45 a.m. Kid City PreK-Grade 6 Christian Ed. 10:30 a.m.

Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Forest Lake (651) 464-3323 886 North Shore Drive Pastor John Klawiter Sunday Worship: Traditional, 9 a.m. Contemporary Praise, 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 Jason Carlson, Associate Pastor Stephen Moore Sunday Worship 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9 & 10:30 a.m.

Maranatha Church Chisago Lakes Campus 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.

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

St. Croix Falls Unitarian Universalist Fellowship First 3 Sundays of each month @ 10 a.m. 201 North Adams St., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Rev. Kelli Clement -

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: 9:15 a.m. Father John Drees Three miles north on Hwy. 95 from Hwy. 97. West on Redwing 1/4 mile.

St. Joseph Catholic Cluster 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.

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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HISTORY: Pre, post colonial food FROM PAGE 7

looks into “the interaction between nutritional elements of a particular environment with human genetics,” according to a paper published by the American Indian Health and Diet Project. Adaption is an amazingly beneficial survival technique, but when a key element is changed a human’s genes often react in unexpected ways. The exposure to and dependence on new and less healthy foods is believed by the Mayo clinic to have a link to the startlingly high rates of ADHD and diabetes in native communities. There are many efforts being made today to encourage precolonial dietary practices. The practice of harvesting wild rice, or “manoomin” in the Anishinaabe language, was and still is of great importance to these communities. So important

was it that there are magical legends told about its discovery. Steve Dahlberg of the White Earth reservation has been hosting Wild Food Summits to share traditional harvesting techniques with younger generations. Much of Dahlberg’s effort focuses on foraging for wild resources, including several types of berries, mushrooms and greens. Subsistence farming means to cultivate enough to sustain one’s own small family or community. This practice was also key to the early European settlers whom Monk wrote about. The trading posts around which they began farming were hubs of interaction between native and non-native peoples. Foraging and cultivating tips were traded along with material goods. Since that time the way we interact with food in the modern world has become almost unrecognizable.

Scandia third graders take second in statewide contest CONTRIBUTED SCANDIA ELEMENTARY

It started with a simple email from the NCAA Final Four Organizing Committee last August. Through a partnership with Renaissance Learning, the NCAA was offering a free subscription to the reading app MyON for all third graders in Minnesota. With the subscription, the school would agree to participate in a statewide contest to see whose kids could read the most, Read to the Final Four. Scandia Elementary IB World School signed up and third graders started reading, Fast forward to April 8, and the students discovered they’d earned second place honors, reading the most minutes out of


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state. The students earned $500 for the school and a day at the Final Four Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Olivia Salitros, the school’s top reader, was awarded a bicycle by the Read to the Final Four Committee. Most importantly, the teachers saw over and over their students being excited and enjoying reading. “That is the biggest prize of all!” said Scandia Principal Julie Greiman. “Thank you, Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Gerschke for your encouragement, to our families for supporting your students as they read at home, and to our third grade students for your perseverance and hard work! You truly were shining bright!

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Big Marine Lake. At 5:33 a.m. a complaint about a neighbor came from the 18000 block of Layton Avenue. At 10:30 a.m. a driver in the 14000 block of Oakhill Road was stopped for a traffic violation. At 2:19 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 14000 block of Old Marine Trail.



APRIL 12 At 4:07 a.m. an alarm sounded on Pine Street. At 5:09 p.m. a 911 line on 6th Street was abandoned. At 7:20 p.m. a complaint about traffic on Judd Street was received.

At 8:32 a.m. an alarm sounded in the 22000 block of Oldfield. At 12:06 p.m. a driver on Manning and 192nd Street was stopped for a traffic violation. At 3:39 p.m. a civil matter in the 1800 block of Layton Avenue was reported.

APRIL 9 At 3:05 a.m. property damage was reported on

At 8:55 a.m. a scam was reported in the 20000 block of Kirby Avenue. At 7:34 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 12000 block of Mayberry Trail.

APRIL 11 At 8:10 a.m. public assistance was needed in the 10000 block of 185th Street. At 8:20 a.m. theft in the

19000 block of St. Croix Trail was reported. At 10:40 a.m. threats in the 18000 block of Layton were reported. At 1:47 p.m. a runaway was reported on 205th Street. At 7:34 p.m. a vacation check was done in the 14000 block of Old Marine Trail.

APRIL 12 At 4:43 a.m. lift assistance was needed in the 12000 block of 236th Street. At 7:38 p.m. a complaint about traffic in the 18000 block of Layton was received.


about an animal in the 11000 block of Mayberry Trail was received. At 10:06 a.m. a welfare check was needed in the 21000 block of Olinda.

APRIL 14 At 11:20 a.m. a deer was dispatched in the 19000 block of Manning. At 3:31 p.m. a welfare check was needed in the 12000 block of 228th Street. At 6:57 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 21000 block of Manning. At 7:08 p.m. help from public works was needed in the 22000 block of Perkins Avenue.

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At 3:17 a.m. a medical need in the 23000 block of Lofton Court was reported. At 8:44 a.m. a complaint

APRIL 8 At 6:48 a.m. a complaint about traffic on Arcola and St. Croix Trails was

received. At 8:47 a.m. public assistance was needed on Manning and 176th Street. At 3:43 p.m. a lost dog was reported in the 15000 block of Square Lake Trail. At 8:26 p.m. an accident in the 15000 block of Paul Avenue was reported.

APRIL 9 At 7:45 a.m. through 5:28 p.m. complaints about animals came from Paul and Parade Avenues and Manning. At 1:05 p.m. a scam was reported in the 12000 block of 120th Street. At 7:19 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 12000 block of 120th Street.


sounded in the 14000 block of 130th Street.

APRIL 11 At 3:59 a.m. public assistance was needed in the 15000 block of Square Lake Trail. At 12:28 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 13000 block of St. Croix Trail. At 2:07 p.m. family assistance was needed in the 12000 block of Queens Way.

APRIL 12 At 5:38 p.m. a medical need in the 13000 block of Partridge Road was reported.

APRIL 13 At 11:09 a.m. an alarm sounded in the 14000 block of Ostlund Trail.

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Scandia-Marine Lions announce raffle winners

Spotlight on Area Businesses The Brookside There’s more to the Brookside than good food. Owners of the two restaurants — the longstanding Brookside Bar & Grill in Marine on St. Croix and the newer Brookside Pub in Scandia — certainly take pride in bringing locals and visitors a good meal. But they also take pride in their business model of cooperative ownership. “We’re very proud to be employee owned and managed,” said managing partner Matt Miller. Four other staff members — Carlos Travis Cuellar MacGregor, Matt McHenry, Mandi Burmeister and Grayson Taylor — are partners in the business, operating both locations. “They’re part of the decision making process,” Miller said. “Their role has been so instrumental in creating the culture at Brookside, which has given us the ability to expand our offerings to Scandia.” These include never-frozen, hand-patted burgers, handcarved ham and turkey, the Brookside’s own corned beef and prime rib, and other daily specials. Happy hour is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. At the Marine location, “We’ve made numerous improvements since we purchased it in 2010,” Miller said. “ There’s almost nothing we haven’t touched.” The Brookside: two local restaurants, both with great food and great people.

The Scandia-Marine Lions Club had their monthly drawing for Community Raffle winners. Winners for April 2019 are: $25 Jackson Krinke from Forest Lake $25 Lion Judy Rydeen from Scandia $50 Lion Kathy West from Osceola $50 Lion Donna Granberg from Scandia $50 Cory Peltier from Stillwater $50 Pat Wahlgren from Lindstrom $100 Gwen McCurdy from Scandia Seven more raffle winners next month.


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