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Elijah Rehberg of Scandia at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington.


Elijah Rehberg’s first Xbox hack wasn’t easy. Nor was it legal, exactly. The security breech was achieved after countless hours of investigation and effort — or what Rehberg might call fun. Once inside, the Scandia teen had access to information Microsoft had done its best to protect.

But he stole nothing. Instead, he contacted the tech company, told them he’d hacked the console and explained how. In response, Microsoft programmers reinforced the Xbox’s security, making it even more difficult to break in. But Rehberg did it again. And again. And again. “Finding even one is a big deal,” said Rehberg’s

mother, Krista Schaaf. “They thought the Xbox was iron clad.” To date, Rehberg has found more than 30 security exploits for Microsoft, sharing the information with the company each time. Call it white hat hacking. Call it security research. Either way, Rehberg’s efforts have turned heads at Microsoft. This year the company honored the

17-year-old with a Most Valuable Professional Award, flying him and Schaaf to their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. There, Rehberg toured the company’s campus, met staff and attended the March MVP Summit. MVPs vary widely in their interests and skills, Schaaf reported. Rehberg was the sole

Get ready to grab a net, study native wasps and hunt for non-native emerald ash borers. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that has infiltrated and destroyed millions of ash trees in more than 20 states. Join the St. Croix River Association and Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails for a free lesson in finding and identifying native wasps. Learn to determine whether the wasps are consuming and feeding emerald ash borers to their larvae. Through this educational event you will become an important part in overcoming this critical environmental issue in our area. Jennifer Schultz, Wasp Watchers program coordinator at the University of Minnesota Extension, will teach participants about emerald ash borers and citizen scientists’ role in helping stop their spread. “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, we want to make sure we are doing what we can to preserve the beautiful river and the trees which surround it,” said Deb Ryun, executive director of the St. Croix River Association. “Tracking emerald ash borer is an important step in stopping the further FORESTRY ARCHIVE | PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF infestation of this CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES harmful non-native The emerald ash borer has despecies.” 2018 marks the 50th stroyed millions of ash trees in more than 20 states. Univeranniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers sity of Minnesota Extension scientists are coordinating a Act. From this Act, citizen effort to learn whether the St. Croix and the native wasps are feeding the Namekagon rivers became the country’s invasive insect to their larva first wild and scenic river national park—the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) is the official partner for the Riverway.


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DNR sets sights on accessible adventure at William O’Brien Park Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has a big vision for capital investment this year: to create a whole weekend of accessible infrastructure at one of Minnesota’s most visited state’s parks. The target of his ambition is William O’Brien State Park, which is split between Scandia and Marine on St. Croix. For Twin Cities residents, the park is known for its close-tohome camping, paddle-sports and bird-watching in the summer, and for its hiking and cross country ski trails in the winter. “We want to create a whole weekend of outdoor fun that can be accessed seamlessly by

all Minnesotans regardless of their physical abilities,” said Landwehr, who has advocated strongly during his administration for improving access for veterans and children, in particular. “We can start by providing a comprehensive, accessible outdoor recreation experience at one state park to demonstrate how it could look at other state parks and public lands.” As the DNR upgrades its facilities through renovation and new construction projects to meet federal and state accessibility standards, this often results in stand-alone accessible features within a park. For example, at William O’Brien State Park, a

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newer ranger station near the park entrance, which was built after the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is accessible by visitors with wheelchairs. Other areas of the park, such as the older visitor center and facilities at the picnic and river access areas are not. “The rehabilitation approach to accessibility has resulted in a patchwork of accessible buildings and recreation features throughout Minnesota’s outdoor recreation system,” Landwehr said. “Here, we’d like to create a seamless experience for people with varying physical abilities.

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Millstream Day set for May 20 Celebrate spring as it blooms in the St. Croix Valley. Marine on St. Croix’s Millstream Day is set for Sunday, May 20, at the millpond at Burris Park near the Village Center. Fresh brook trout layered with dill, lemon and butter will be served, as will bratwurst. The ev-

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WILLIAM O’BRIEN: Accessible adventure parks across the state. “This is a quality of life issue for people with disabilities,” said Joan Willshire, executive director of the MCD. “We know that outdoor recreation improves people’s lives in so many important ways. This investment in our state park facilities expands the reach of those outdoor recreation benefits to so many more Minnesotans. We’d love to see it expanded statewide.” The MCD is advocating for $20 million to improve accessibility at Minnesota state parks over the next biennium, and has worked with legislators to author additional legislation supporting this big vision (HF3549 and SF2963).


Ultimately, we’d like to model this approach at William O’Brien so we can do this at several more of Minnesota’s most iconic natural areas.” The Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) has been advising the DNR on where accessibility improvements are needed and advocating for funding to make those improvements happen. Dayton included $10 million for the project in his statewide capital investment plan. The investment would take care of the needs at William O’Brien, as well as provide additional funding for some planning and design of accessibility improvements at other state

Expanding use at William O’Brien If the Minnesota Legislature supports Landwehr’s vision, which was included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal earlier this year, a person using a wheelchair or other mobility device could: • Explore core hiking trails within the park to watch wildlife, geocache and enjoy St. Croix River overlooks. • Camp or lodge at a site with accessible camping pads, fire rings and picnic tables located in a place that has wheelchair accessibility to all necessary amenities, like drinking water sources and bathrooms. • Picnic and play in a day-use area that has wheelchair accessible picnic shelters, pathways, bathrooms and a nature play area. • Learn about Minnesota’s oak savanna habitat and the critters that call it home in a visitor center with accessible features and naturalist exhibits. • Enjoy water recreation through an accessible paddle sports launch area and fishing pier.


Derby Day in Scandia The Scandia Marine Lion sponsored a Kentucky Derby Day Chicken Dinner at the Scandia Community Center on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Hundreds enjoyed the food and festivities which ended with bingo. Bonnie Olson of Scandia was the winner of the hat contest.

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MVP recognized for security research. “One woman does podcasts about the black community and the entertainment industry. She covers gaming and software,” Schaaf explained. “Another MVP represents Canada. They’re all vastly different. … “There’s a lot of respect for demographics that I don’t see respected often,” she continued. “… Observing people of color speak openly, vulnerably, and be heard stood out to me because I look for it. They feel safe for a reason … And their words make change. “MVPs are doing things that I didn’t even know were benefitting me. Their work and the work of the MVP program offer such a diverse and rich contribution to society, from how we perceive technology to how we use it. It really creates substantial change. I’d love to see more MVPs. It’s an opportunity for anyone interested in how technology can better society.” For Rehberg, the weeklong trip was an affirma-

tion of past efforts and a glimpse into his potential future. He had started trying to hack the Xbox about a year and a half before. “One day I just wanted to see if I could find exploits,” he said. “And then I did, and I went from there.” He’d spent almost his entire life taking things apart and figuring out


Elijah Rehberg, whose security research work was recognized by Microsoft and Xbox in March.

how they work. “He started with taking apart hardware, then it was software,” explained his mother, Schaaf. “Then it became taking apart the internet. He wants to see how it works. … It was probably about fifth grade that

he started hacking.” Schaaf helped Rehberg build his first computer, but before long his tech questions had outpaced her knowledge. “I was curious as a parent, how do you nurture this in a positive way?” said Schaaf. “I think kids often turn to black hat hacking because they have a hyper focused desire to understand. Unfortunately, they find negative avenues to do it. Just like any other thing with kids, if you don’t give them a positive avenue they might end up in bad places just out of curiosity. “After seeing the people and atmosphere and culture at Microsoft,” she continued, “I feel really honored that they took him seriously, as a minor from some small town in Minnesota, and have given him so much attention and recognition.” Years after taking his tech education into his own hands, Rehberg hopes to follow the interest into adulthood. “I want it to turn into a career,” he said, “But until now it’s been for fun, mostly. I enjoy doing it.”



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MAY 16-19 ‘Aladdin Jr.’ River Grove: A Marine Area Community School presents the sixth grade play, Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Directed by Calyssa Hall, with artistic direction by the Zephyr Theatre. Chorus by the River Grove fifth grade. Wed., May 16; Thurs., May 17; Sat., May 19. All performances 7 p.m. at the Village Hall (121 Judd Street, Marine). Tickets on sale at the Marine General Store or call the school office: 651-409-3122.

MAY 17 Wasp Watchers The public can participate in a unique citizen science project at dtheir local baseball diamond or park. Citizen scientists can intercept the foraging wasps using an aerial net and the beetle prey can be captured and identified to determine if Emerald Ash Borers, the invasive insect that destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees in more than 20 states, are present at that site. Presented by Jennifer Schultz, Wasp Watchers program coordinator with the University of Minnesota Extension. Registration, 6:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. Scandia Community Center (14727 209th St. N., Scandia).

MAY 19 Arcola Mills Open House Arcola Mills will hold its first open house on May 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A spring colors photography shoot will showcase the work of local photographers with Pictures of Stillwater and Tamarack Gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m., poets from the local chapter of League of Minnesota Poets will read their work.

MAY 19-20 Wood Carving and Wire Work These two-day classes are special to this season’s theme at the Gammel-

gården Museum, Swedish Folk Art. Both will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are for adults and older teens (over 15 years). Advance registration required: Carved Figures OR Wooden Spoon: May 19 to 20 and June 16 to 17 with instructor Bill Jeager. There is a fee. Wire Work: May 19 to 20, and June 16 to 17 with instructor Faith Clover. There is a fee. Advance registration required. FFI: 651-433-5053.

MAY 21 Christian Women’s Connection River Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold a “Royal Wedding Tea” at 11:30 a.m. at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church (1 Summit Avenue, Center City). Call/text Diane at 651-808-8579 to make reservations. The cost is payable at the door. The once-a-month luncheons move to different sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin. FFI: Call Barb 651-465-6635.

Prairie Photography The May meeting of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club will address photographing prairie life. Speaker John Pennoyer, who conducts classes for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Hennepin County Park District, will cover closeup photography for plants, the best light, how to photograph butterflies, and photographing prairies in different seasons. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. Photographers of all interests and abilities are welcome. FFI:

MAY 27 Immigrant for a Day Buildings open for free tours, activities for children. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gammelgården Museum. FFI:

MAY 28 Memorial Day 10:30 a.m. celebration at Oakland Cemetery in Marine. 1:15 p.m. service at Elim Cemetery in Scandia.

best practices. Donations accepted. Thursday, June 7: Social hour 6:30, speaker at 7 p.m. Prairie Restoration (21120 Ozark Ave. N., Scandia).

JUNE 8 Author talk

JUNE 1-2 Rhubarb Days Rhubarb Days is planned in Osceola. Outdoor movie, craft fair, food, Summer Reading program, duck race and more.

JUNE 3 Herp Hike From 3 to 5 p.m. join Warner Nature Center for a fun afternoon learning about amphibians and reptiles! Begin with a short program inside meeting our live captive herps, followed by a hike through Warner’s forest to the lake where we will try catching tadpoles and frogs. All ages. Registration deadline: June 1. Register through Warner Nature Center: or 651433-2427.

JUNE 6 Scandia Farmers Market The seventh season of the Scandia Farmers Market kicks off at the Gammelgården (20880 Olinda Trail) with food and handmade items from local vendors, a Gammelgården garage sale and music by Rarely Scene.

JUNE 7 The 4 Rs : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover Attendees will learn the ins and outs of recycling and see some of the new products made from recyclables. Additionally, members of the audience will have a chance to ask questions about which items are recyclable and which are not. Presenter Dan Schoepke from Washington County works with schools, cities, townships, and community groups on waste education projects as well as implementing recycling

Join the Marine Community Library for an interactive discussion with Sarah Stonich, author of “These Granite Islands.” Stonich was a Pine Needles Artist in Residence in 2017 and is writing an up north trilogy about uncertain futures in a time of change, set in northeastern Minnesota. Marine Village Hall (121 Judd Street) 7 p.m. FFI: Visit marine

JUNE 9 River Readers Celebration Families are invited to learn about the Marine Community Library’s summer programs for kids. Join us for special entertainment, prizes, music, food, and activities. At the downtown Marine Gazebo. Sponsored by Marine Community Library: http:// Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages are welcome. Free! Rain location: Marine Village Hall.

JUNE 11 Music at the Gazebo The Scandia Community Band will play a free band concert at the Gazebo on the Green in Marine at 1:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and a snack and get ready to polka!

JUNE 13 Goats at the market Poplar Hill baby goats will be at the Scandia Farmers Market, Rarely Scene will serenade. At the Gammelgården (20880 Olinda Trail).

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Enjoy the delights of late spring as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin. With luck we’ll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Ages 18+, registration is limited; register through Warner Nature Center: or 651-433-2427.

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, MN 55025 For more information email: ckgenz@msn. com or call 763-227-7536.

Camera Club The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Chicago County Government Center in Center City. The group will not meet July 2018. 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.

Swedish Language Class

April 16 through May 21 at Gammelgården Museum. Three levels ($60). For more information or to register, contact Signe at (651) 429-1012 or email The fall session will be held September 10 through November 12 (sign up at above contact).

Annie’s Coffee Party Three course coffee party. Reservations are required and close the Wednesday of the week of the event ($15/person). Please call 651-433-5054 to inquire about available space. FFI: Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m. (new date) • Thursday, May 17, 10a.m. (new date) • Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. • Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. • Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bluegrass and Lemonade in the Shade A lazy Sunday afternoon of pickin’, plunkin’ and harmonizin’. June through September on the fourth Sunday of the month (June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23), 1 to 4 p.m. Free lemonade for all in the shaded back yard of the Gammelgården. Bring an instrument or just enjoy listening! In case of rain, meet inside the Välkommen Hus. (Guided tours of the five historic buildings are offered at 1 and 2:30 for $7. Purchase tickets in the Butik gift shop.)

Scandia Community Band concerts The Scandia Community Band will continue it’s traditional free band concerts the second Monday of each month this summer: May 14, June 11, July 9 and August 13. All concerts are held at the Gazebo on the Green in Marine at 1:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and a snack and get ready to Polka!


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No Fuelin’


ay is flying by. The weather has finally returned to normal, the flowers and trees are blooming, graduation season is underway and gas prices have begun to creep up. Most of these things are welcome, with the exception of higher gasoline prices. I’m going to go on a rant here, so I apologize in advance. People who monitor these things report that the average national price for unleaded gasoline on May 10 was $2.84 a gallon. This price is 50 cents higher than last year. Forecasters believe gas prices will continue to rise before in June at $2.97 a gallon. Publisher peaking Gas is already over $3.00 a gallon in some areas of the nation. Tom Stangl We have grown accustomed to prices rising before Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer driving season. There’s the old chestnut about a supply concern as refineries stop production to switch from winter to summer fuel formulations. This is always good for an additional 10 – 20 cents a gallon price increase. But here’s what I don’t understand: if refineries know that they will be down for a while each spring, why not over produce before the conversion? Stay with me here, you will see a theme. Analysts say that the reason crude oil prices are rising is because Saudi Arabia and Russia have successfully limited their production, drying up some of the oversupply in the global market. It should also be noted that domestic oil production is setting records. According to a story by CNBC, “U.S. crude oil production broke 10 million barrels a day in November for the first time since production peaked in 1970, at the start of a decades long decline. The U.S. is the world's third largest oil producer, and its status is growing. Russia is the largest, with about 11 million barrels a day.” So, we are producing more oil here than in nearly half a century, and prices continue to rise? I wasn’t good at economics, but I believe the rule is the larger the supply, the lower the price and vice versa. Oh, then there’s the recent development of investors purchasing oil and gas futures for a higher return on their investment. Speculation in the markets in the past has driven up the cost of oil and gasoline with no supply and demand indicators of a need for a higher price. You and I pay more money at the pump – money that we would have spent on other items – and eventually, the economy suffers. Did I mention that the president’s announcement of pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal caused oil prices to rise, even though our friends in Saudi Arabia are ready to make up the difference of the oil that Iran provides? Yes, that’s a thing. In short, we will all pay more for gasoline for no real apparent reason. As always, we will simply have to pay more and take it. It will take a while before the people who run things – people who never pay for their own gasoline or pump it – realize that they need to do something. If the president fancies himself the friend of the common man, here’s an opportunity to use his position to shame oil companies into less gouging. Don’t hold your breath, you will turn very blue waiting for that to happen. 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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On surviving Mother’s Day, just barely


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Rhubarb makes overly sweet recipe perfect


ith all the snow during this unusually long winter, I expected my rhubarb to be ready in June, but was pleasantly surprised to see large, tender stalks growing last week. Rhubarb has been a favorite spring treat of mine for years. It doesn’t matter what it’s in --pies, jams or something else--I love the flavor. It adds a tang and sourness that no other food can impart. Its texture makes experimenting fun for home cooks. It can be prepared raw and added to compotes or salsas. It will impart a sour bite with a chalky dryness that me of older chardonnay Wild Chow reminds wine. Cooked rhubarb will lose the chalkiness, but the sour flavor will Lisa Erickson still shine through. Many people think rhubarb is too sour and will pair it with other fruits like strawberries. Strawberries aren’t much sweeter, but have a less acidic profile that tricks our tongues into thinking strawberries are sweeter. I like to add rhubarb to baked goods that are too sweet, in my opinion, such as blond brownies. The rhubarb helps cut the sweetness and makes this extra sweet treat perfect! If you don’t have access to homegrown rhubarb, you can find it at the grocery store or farmers markets in early spring. Rhubarb is sometimes sold with part of the leaf still attached to the stalk. However, the leaves are not safe to eat. They can make you sick, so trim off and discard the leaf end of the stalk. If you can't find fresh rhubarb, strawberries work well, too. You can also use frozen fruit, like blueberries. Each year, before the end of the rhubarb harvest, I freeze some so I can make these bars all year long. I add the pieces to the batter when they are still frozen, so they don’t release liquid into the batter. If you do use frozen berries or rhubarb instead of fresh, bake the bars 5 minutes longer.

Rhubarb Blondies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 large egg 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb (cut into 1/4-inch pieces) or strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and melted butter until blended well; add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing just until the batter is combined. Fold 1 cup rhubarb into the batter and spread into pan. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining 1/2 cup. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown on the edges. Cool completely before cutting. 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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A.J. Fryerson “The Ultimate Complainer”


f you lived in Lennox Valley during my childhood, you were familiar with A.J. Fryerson. And if you knew A.J. Fryerson, you knew one thing above all: He complained about everything. I don’t mean just a few things. I mean everything. He complained because the Valley didn’t have a traffic light. Then, when the town installed its first on Bearden’s Columnist light Corner, he complained about that. Kevin Slimp He complained because he couldn’t get a beer at either of the town’s eating establishments. Then, when the town held a referendum and the Hoffbrau started serving beer, he complained about that. He complained because all the “preachers in town” were “older than dirt.” Then he complained when the Lutherans called Brother Jacob, and he complained even louder when he learned the young pastor preached in his bare feet. Simply put, A.J. lived to complain, and like most folks who complain all the time, hardly anyone noticed when A.J. got hot under the collar.

He was the most frequent caller on “Renderings with Raymond,” and after Raymond took a break from airing his show following his mayoral defeat, A.J. complained about that. Iris Long, editor of The Hometown News, had a love-hate relationship with A.J. On one hand, she would tell her friends A.J. was “dumber than dirt.” On the other hand, Fryerson could be counted on to provide at least one letter to the editor each week. Although no one gave much, if any, thought to A.J.’s rantings, they would pick up the paper to see what he was complaining about this week. Vera Pinrod liked to say, “A.J. Fryerson could start a fight in an empty house.” Once, after he spewed out a tirade on Raymond Cooper’s show, Lori Martindale told the crowd at Caroline’s Beauty Salon, “A.J. is two pickles short of a jar.” That brought a good laugh from everyone including Sylvia Snodderly, who was seldom known to crack a smile. Sometimes A.J. would go overboard. Instead of making people laugh at how ridiculous he could be, there were times he would make folks downright angry. Like the time he had his oil changed at Floyd Phibb’s Auto Service. Floyd

owned one of two auto repair shops in town and was loved by everyone. Well, everyone except A.J. In 1997, two weeks after having the oil changed in his 1991 Ford Taurus, A.J. began to notice loud squeaking in the back of his car. He ignored it for weeks until fi nally, while driving down the steepest hill in Lennox Valley, his brakes failed. He went off the road and ran directly into the front porch of the home of Marvin and Delores Walsh. That was the beginning of one of A.J.’s most memorable tirades. He was convinced, and spent months letting everyone know, Floyd had overfilled the oil in his Taurus, causing it to “spill over” and spread to the back of his car, “leaking like a sieve” all over his brakes. He threatened to sue Floyd, writing eight letters to the editor and making more than 40 calls to Raymond’s show to talk about his brakes. Eventually, every lawyer in Spring County refused to take A.J.’s case. Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything. That ended, however, in late 1998, when A.J.’s complaining suddenly stopped. Read more about the good folks at

When the dust settles, farmers focus on land stewardship BY CORA FOX CENTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS

In recent past, the Great Plains has experienced extreme weather conditions. Most recently, we witnessed very high winds combined with dry conditions, resulting in dust clouds reminiscent of the 1930s. With a challenging agricultural economy, partnered with changes in land values, larger equipment, and farming practices, many farmers and ranchers are removing windbreaks. Budgets are tight and producers

are trying to maximize use of the land, but risk the loss of valuable topsoil. Windbreaks can be used to control soil erosion by wind and water, enhance crop production, and protect livestock. While weather events can’t be controlled, farmers and ranchers can be proactive in protecting our resources. Instead of tearing out aging windbreaks, they can replace trees and implement additional soil-conserving practices, such as reduced tillage or planting cover crops.

Federal working lands conservation programs, such as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), help producers adopt and implement these practices. Recently, the House released their version of the farm bill – and it disincentivizes land stewardship. The bill eliminates funding for CSP, and cuts dollars for all working lands conservation programs by nearly $5 billion over 10 years. Farmers and ranchers are stewards of

County Board moves tax-forfeited land to cities The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement to convey parcels of tax-forfeited land to cities in the county May 8, while agreeing to reappraise other parcels and offer selling them to adjacent landowners. The public sale of tax-forfeited land is done in fall. Parcels of tax-forfeited land will be conveyed to the cities of Forest Lake and Newport for conservation purposes. Those parcels were submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for its review and recommendation, and the DNR approved the sale of the parcels. Both cities will use

the parcels for storm water management. The County Board also agreed to withdraw 45 tax-forfeited parcels that have previously been offered for sale, reappraise them to set new base prices, and offer them for sale to adjacent landowners. The county reviews the parcels with the municipalities in which the properties are located and determined that the parcels cannot be improved and the highest and best use of the land can be achieved by adding it to adjoining property. The adjacent property owners will be notified that the parcels are for sale.

the land who need funding, tools, and resources to protect our soil and water. With a farm bill that doesn’t value conservation, should we be wary of another dust bowl? Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.


tion, my better judgment had kicked in. One doesn’t keep their mother waiting on Mother’s Day, even if one’s gift does not suffice. The plants and a card would simply have to do. My mother, of course, received the gift graciously. She’s a mom, after all, with decades of experience learning to love gifts for which the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts,” was invented. Still, I have a suspicion her favorite gifts were things I didn’t buy at the store: an afternoon with family, especially those grandkids. Strummer, by the way, got the thank you kiss. I welcome your response to this editorial column: editor@countrymessenger. com.


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ow do you take kids fishing and survive with your sanity? I was asking myself that very question opening day when I took my 9-year old step-son Brady and my 5 year old grandson Silas fishing. Being an experienced grandpa I know how… call it wisdom I’m willing to share, so here goes! It’s easier to start out fishing from shore as well as being safer and more fun. Bring food, kid beverages and toys just in case. Scout first and find good places to fish from shore. Here are your rules. The first rule is that you’re not going to catch the fish. You’re simply along to ensure the kids catch ALL the fish even if you have to hook one for the little guys to reel in. You start out the day practicing in the yard with the kids casting at targets on the lawn. Wild River bobbers Make sure their poles have good line. I advise taking off the original Trails line if it coils at all to avoid tangles Jim Bennett when you’re fishing because that fishing line could have been on th d and d reel combos for a few years before those rod anyone bought them. Bring an extra rod and reel combo in case one breaks down. You’ll thank me for that idea. Don’t be too cheap when you buy the rods and reel combinations but don’t break the bank either. Spend the $39.99 to $49.99 and get them a good push button rod and reel combos in a medium light outfit so the small fish feel big and big fish feel like MONSTERS! Be sure the kids have little tackle boxes with plastics, sinkers, jigs, tape measure with scale, bobbers and a stringer. I like paddle tail minnows from an inch to three inches and various sized lightweight jigs. Start out by rigging a small paddle tail minnow (Power Bait) with a bobber set a foot or two above the lure. The kids can then cast all day with the bobber attached that will keep them out of weeds and snags. Right now the fish are close to shore and easily caught. After a while you can take off the bobbers and let the kids get into more fish. That is exactly what we did and the pictures speak for themselves, so take your camera along to capture the day! Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at

Minnesota stables provide refuge for dwindling Nokota horse breed BY JACKIE BUSSJAEGER THE LOWDOWN

In one Dakota legend, the horse was created during a thunderstorm, when a bolt of lightning struck a whirlpool in the Missouri River, and a horse emerged from the depths. It is easy to imagine this origin story while looking at the Nokota horse, a descendent of the wild horses that once roamed the North Dakota Badlands in abundance. This horse has captured the hearts and imaginations of many, who are now trying to revive the breed. Judy Onufer of Marine on St. Croix and Jerusha Steinert of Hugo recently brought their Nokota horses to the Minnesota Horse Expo, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds April 27-29 to share their story with other horse lovers in the Twin Cities. Frank Kuntz was among those who spoke about the Nokota horse to a small audience in the Horse Barn April 29. Kuntz and his family are the founders of the the Nokota Horse Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Linton, North Dakota, devoted to the preservation of this breed. The breed was named by Kuntz's brother Leo

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after their home state of North Dakota. Leo purchased several wild horses from the annual Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 1970s out of curiosity, and discovered a type of horse that was extremely smart, durable, affectionate— and in danger of dying out forever. The history of Nokota horses is tied closely to the Plains tribes, who were forced to surrender their horses when defeated by the U.S. Cavalry. The horses changed hands, distributed across different ranches and crossbred with other breeds. Eventually a wild population roamed inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but by the 1950s, the National Park Service's goal was to eliminate

these horses from the park. “The horses were not native to the area like the elk and deer,” Kuntz explained. “They tried numerous ways to eliminate these horses... Fortunately, some of the local people started complaining. The horses had been here for as long as they could remember.” A protective act was passed in 1971 that allowed the herd to stay protected within the park, which was managed with periodic roundups. Eventually the NPS decided it wanted to alter the appearance of the breed by introducing stallions of other breeds into the park, and by killing off the Nokota stallions and lead mares to allow the new horses to repro-


duce. Seeing the risk of losing the Nokota breed forever, the Kuntz family began buying as many horses as possible from the roundup sales. The Kuntz family was well experienced with horses, but working with wild horses was a different experience. “We learned a lot from those horses we got out of the park,” he said. “We've dealt with a lot of horses throughout our lives, and they are some of the smartest, most compassionate horses I have ever had the pleasure of working with.” The coloration of Nokota horses ranges across the board, but one of the most dominant coat colors is an eye-catching blue roan that has become a signature of the breed. There are two recognizable types of Nokota: the traditional and ranch types. Traditional types appear to be more closely related to Spanish colonial horse, and are usually smaller than the ranch variety. The ranch type horse are typically larger and heavier boned, reflecting a history of crossbreeding with thoroughbreds, draft horses and others. Steinert, who trains at Lakeview Stable in Hugo, specializes in training the Nokota breed. In 2014, she won the American Horsewoman's Challenge with her Nokota horse Mesabi Warrior. Mesabi Warrior showed his stuff for the audience in the Horse Barn at the State Fairgrounds, working with Steinert's 6-yearold daughter Roslyn. “So, one of the first things that we talked


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further layoffs will proceed, and our students will suffer – with crowded classrooms, cuts to their curriculums, and more. As your Governor, I have the responsibility to do something about it – to give all our kids the world-class educations they need, and the brighter futures they deserve. That is why I have proposed one-time Emergency School Aid that would boost per-pupil state investments in K-12 education by 2 percent in the coming school year, increasing funding for every school district in Minnesota. But I cannot make it happen without the support of your State Legislators. Unfortunately, Republican Legislative Leaders are not yet supporting this school aid. Rather than help our schools and schoolchildren through this emergency, their House and Senate caucuses would protect multinational corporations from paying up to $255 million in taxes on profits they have sheltered overseas. In the years before I became Governor, our schools became severely under-funded. Between 2003 and 2012, state funding for K-12 education declined by $2,000 per student. State leaders borrowed $1.9 billion from our school districts to pay the State’s bills. Facing budget cuts, districts across Minne-

Southbound I-35 lane closures expected through August Motorists will encounter periodic lane closures on southbound Interstate 35 near Highway 8 in Forest Lake through August as crews prepare for future construction of the new loop ramp from westbound Highway 8 to southbound I-35. The restrictions will occur during off-peak hours. Southbound I-35 may be reduced to two lanes between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Any additional lane closures needed will occur overnight between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of the two-year project. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at i35northmetrosplit.

sota were forced to make layoffs and ask voters to raise their own property taxes. Seeing the financial challenges facing our schools, I promised Minnesotans that, if I were elected Governor in 2010, I would increase state support for K-12 education every year – no excuses, no exceptions. I have kept my promise. Since 2011, we have invested an additional $2 billion in E-12 education. We have repaid all of the money that was previously borrowed from our schools. We have provided free, all-day kindergarten to all of our five year-old children. And we have made high-quality pre-kindergarten available to thousands of our youngest learners. But even so, the state's school aid increases over the past seven years have restored only half of what Minnesota schools lost in the previous decade. Our students deserve better. And I need your help, one last time in my final Legislative Session, to convince Legislators to prioritize our children's needs over corporate profits. With a $329 million projected budget surplus, we can certainly afford it. Please contact your Legislators and remind them that they, too, have no greater responsibility than giving all our students the educations they deserve. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely, Mark Dayton Governor

Marine school property Dear Editor, It is regrettable that Mr. Mortwedt did not seek additional sources of information before publishing his article, ‘When a City Buys a School, Caveat Emptor’. He could have easily found answers to the questions posed in the article, by simply reaching out to any Marine on St. Croix City Council member, or to a member of the City Council Committee tasked in 2015 with studying the advisability of a possible purchase of the Marine Elementary School building by the City, or to a Board member of River Grove School. Country Messenger readers will recall the December, 2016 community meeting at the Marine Village Hall, where the School Property Committee shared its findings and where citizens voiced strong support for the recommendation that the City approach the Stillwater Area School District regarding a purchase of the school property. The Committee and Council have continued to share information on progress toward this possible purchase at regular, public city council meetings. The Council and Committee have used experts within the community to

assess the current and future maintenance needs of the property and have determined its assessed value, as part of their due diligence process. Our community has supported the opening and successful operation of River Grove Charter School. The good news is families at the school are thrilled with the education their children are receiving. The school is financially healthy, which could have easily been confirmed through contact with the school’s Treasurer or by reaching out to the school’s financial consultant (The Anton Group). As a result of its success, the school is at near capacity and the Board, acting responsibly, is considering options for additional space. As Mr. Mortwedt probably knows and Mr. Kearney certainly knows, State statute prevents a charter school from owning any building until they have been operational for at least six years. Marine City Council members and citizens have repeatedly noted the importance of having a local elemen-

tary school, hence the on-going discussions between the River Grove Board and the Committee regarding a possible lease of the Marine School building, if the building was purchased. As members of the School Property Committee and River Grove School Board, we can assure citizens and fellow tax payers that we take any conflict of interest issues seriously and follow best practices in this and all areas. To casually suggest otherwise, as the article implied, is irresponsible journalism. Sincerely, Scott Spisak Marine on St Croix Planning Commissioner and School Property Committee Member Lisa White River Grove Board Member

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NOKOTA: Reviving a dwindling horse breed


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1. The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted: Stanley Leonard. 2. The address of the principal place of business: 912 Trotters Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125. 3. The complete name and street address of all persons conducting business under the assumed name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Stanley Leonard Stalewski, 9129 Trotters Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125. 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities, I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath: Stanley Leonard Stalewski, artist.

1. The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted: Cut Wood Company. 2. The address of the principal place of business: 912 Trotters Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125. 3. The complete name and street address of all persons conducting business under the assumed name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Stanley Leonard Stalewski, 9129 Trotters Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125. 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities, I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath: Stanley Leonard Stalewski, artist.

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Lions announce raffle winners The Scandia Marine Lions Club had their monthly drawing for Community Raffle winners. Winners for May are: $25 Cindy and Lion Bob Nemeth from Amery, WI $25 Grace Cheveakowski from Marine $50 PG Lion Pat Findley from Hastings $50 V.R. Buschmann from Fort Atkinsen, WI $50 Duane Olson from Forest Lake $50 Ben Winnick from Forest Lake $100 Tom Jorden from Haywood, WI


about when we picked him was seeing if he liked little people, because that was going to be a big deal,” Steinert said. “And some of them have a very sensitive nature to small people. As you can see he really adores her, and I really trust him with her, and that's a wonderful thing.” She assisted in a few gentling clinics with one of her mentors at the Nokota Horse Conservancy for a few years, and was struck by how intelligent the young Nokota horses are. “Their intuitiveness and body language and social structure just blew me away,” she said. “I expected to walk out into this herd of ungentled horses and being worried about being kicked or hit or whatever, and they would literally move their bodies and faces out of the way to not touch me because they had such a different idea of socialness and mental space...Most of them have more awareness than most people do, in my opinion.” Steinert began buying and training Nokotas. Four years ago, Onufer learned that Steinert was trying to sell a Nokota gelding named Crescent. Onufer had been happy leasing a horse at another stable, and was not interested in owning a horse at all. “Then she showed me this video of this horse cantering through the snow with its rider bareback,” Onufer said. “I started to have dreams about it. I couldn't get it out of my head.” She finally relented and went to see the horse in March 2014. “In one hour's time alone in an arena with this horse, I realized that he chose me,” Onufer said.

“He came up behind me while I was sitting on a mounting block with a cup of coffee, and I could feel his energy, that he was kind of sizing me up. He came up from behind me and rested his nose on my head, and left it there with all its weight. I was just in this mesmerized trance; is this really happening? Here's this horse that doesn't know me. I don't know a

months, but Onufer said she is building a tremendous relationship with him, along with the help from Steiner's training. “Please don't ever feel that a wild horse is going to be a handful and that's too much for me,” she said. “They are incredible partners. They learn fast, so long as you are dedicated, making sure that you build that relation-


Jerusha Steinert, left, on her traditional Nokota horse, Mesabi Warrior. George Onufer, right, on his ranch type Nokota horse, Crescent. Both were at the Minnesota Horse Expo April 27-29 to help acquaint other horse lovers with the North Dakota breed.

whole lot except for how to get on a horse and walk, trot, canter. This relationship is building.” She purchased Crescent and joined the Nokota Horse Conservancy board. Her son now rides Crescent, and Onufer sought out a second Nokota that she felt fit her stature a bit better: a gelding named Polaris. Polaris has only been out of the wild for six

ship. They are wonderful.” Learn more about the Nokota horse breed at www.nokotahorse. org/cms. Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or lowdownnews@

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DNR enlists public to help document bear expansion Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designed a new reporting app on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range. The range’s boundary runs through Scandia. Several sightings have already been reported in Marine. Minnesota’s primary bear range covers about 40 percent of state, matching the distribution of the northern forests; however, bears also range south and west to where the forest borders farmland, and beyond. A few bears have been seen near the North Dakota and Iowa borders, and sightings are increasingly reported in the Twin Cities metro suburbs. “Nearly all of these far-roaming bears are presumed to be wandering male bears, but one purpose of gathering sightings on the website is to find out how far from the primary range the females have expanded,” said Dave Garshelis, DNR bear project leader. “The reporting tool enables sightings of bears with cubs to be logged.” The new web application also allows citizen recorders to record whether bears are feeding on natural foods, or non-natural foods like birdfeeders or crops. But the SEE EXPANSION, PAGE 12


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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: 9:15 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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City of Marine on St. Croix

MAY 5 At 6:41 a.m. a medical need was reported on St. Croix Trail.

City of Scandia

MAY 4 At 7:54 a.m. a driver on Olinda and 202nd Street was stopped for speeding 68mph/55 zone. At 1:40 p.m. information about a found dog came from 228th Street. At 4:31 p.m. a medical need was reported at Rebecca’s Residence on Penrose. At 10:22 p.m. a complaint about fireworks came

from Old Marine Trail and 195th Street. At 10:26 p.m. a complaint about a neighbor came from Mayberry Trail.

MAY 5 At 5:25 a.m. during a traffic stop on Scandia Trail and Penrose, it was learned that the driver had no insurance. At 1:20 p.m. an accident on 220th and St. Croix Trail was reported. At 2:09 p.m. a barn fire, which started, with a grass fire on Oren Road was reported.

MAY 6 At 12:22 a.m. a suspicious vehicle on 220th Street

and Quarry Road was reported. At 12:45 a.m. an anonymous complaint about noise on Penfield Avenue was received. At 12:43 p.m. a grass fire on Manning Trail was reported. At 5:01 p.m. a grass fire at William O’Brien State Park was reported. At 5:28 p.m. a medical need was reported on 197th Street. At 5:34 p.m. theft was reported on Scandia Trail.

At 10:20 a.m. a request to check welfare on 177th Street was received. At 11:45 p.m. a fire concern came from Big Marine Lake.



At 10:16 a.m. a welfare concern was reported on 202nd Street. May 9

At 11:57 a.m. a complaint about a driver on Highway 95, northbound from Square Lake Trail, was

At 3:48 p.m. fraud was reported on Oldfield Avenue. At 4:54 p.m. a medical need was reported at Rebecca’s Residence on Penrose.

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received. At 2:18 p.m. damage to property was reported on Norell Avenue. At 8:46 p.m. a complaint about fireworks came from Panorama Avenue.

MAY 6 At 10:53 a.m. a dog owner reported an animal concern on 170th Street. At 11:19 a.m. public assistance was needed on Square Lake. At 2:03 p.m. lift assistance was needed on Lynch Road. At 3:33 p.m. a complaint about noise came from St. Croix Trail. At 4:02 p.m. an assault with injury was reported

on St. Croix Trail, near 152nd Street.

MAY 9 At 7:35 p.m. a complaint about a driver on Manning Trail, northbound from Ostrum, was reported.

MAY 10 At 8:18 a.m. a traffic arrest was made on Manning Trail and 121st Street. At 12:02 p.m. property damage or a burglary was reported at the baseball park.

EXPANSION: Black bear

Spotlight on Area Businesses Scandia Heating & Air Conditioning Scandia Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing quality service, repair and installation for over 40 years. Scandia Heating works on all makes and models. Whether it’s a furnace, boiler, in-floor heating, geo thermal, heat pump or garage heating, they have you covered. At Scandia Heating they believe in customer service and practice it every day. From standing behind repairs, to installing brand new systems, Scandia Heating has the knowledge and experience you need to give you peace of mind year round. “System tune-ups should be done on a yearly basis,” owner JR West said. “We want to catch the small problems before they become big ones.” Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule a service call, he noted. “We provide 24 hour repairs, 7 days a week, including after hours emergency service. We try our best to provide same day service during busy times of the year. During peak season we don’t go home until the work is done.” Scandia Heating tries to make each new installation as pleasant of an experience as possible.

“It’s in the details,” office manager Denise Saxton states. From registering your new equipment to submitting utility rebates for you, she said it’s taken care of. “We appreciate our customers and the faith they put in us year after year,” Saxton said. “Thank you from all of us at Scandia Heating!” Contact Scandia Heating & Air Conditioning at 651433-5167, or stop by the office at 21260 Olinda Trail N., Scandia.

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purpose is not to register a complaint about a nuisance bear. That should be done through a local wildlife manager. Find office locations at html or contact the DNR Information Center at 888646-6367. The only sightings being recorded with the new tool are those outside the primary range. A map is provided on the website to distinguish this area. If a bear is seen outside the primary range, the observer can zoom into the map provided and mark the location. There is no need to enter an address or legal description. All information about the identity of people registering a sighting is considered private data and will only be used by DNR staff when it is necessary to verify an unusual sighting. “Hunters have long contributed information about bears to assist our management program,” Garshelis said. “This is the first time we’re asking all of the ‘citizen scientists’ in the public to help.” The reporting app will be disabled for several weeks each year prior to and during hunting seasons. The DNR bear sightings tool runs on Android, iOS and Windows. The web application can be found at

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