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It was an exciting day Sunday, Jan. 30, for Isaiah Simon of Frederic, who landed a big fish while taking part in the fifth-annual Youth Fishing Fun Day on Big Doctor Lake at Siren, hosted by Pack 564. More photos inside. - Photo by Gary King

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A black bear came out of hibernation this past week and paid a visit to a rural Siren home. - Photo by Pat Cremin

by Gary King Leader editor BURNETT COUNTY - Bear sightings in February are pretty rare, as the animals are usually deep in hibernation this time of year. And perhaps even more rare is to find one chasing you across a frozen lake. Marlene Thomsen of rural Siren was walking home from ice fishing last Friday, Jan. 28, when she looked up to see a bear - sitting just 10 feet away and staring right at her. She slowly backed up and tried to go around him, but he started following her, so she turned around and headed back to her fish house. The bear followed. Thomsen, a great-grandmother, ran as fast as she could. “Then he (the bear) stopped and I

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Josh Christian, 1997 Grantsburg High School grad and football star, read the Leader while watching the playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at O’Hare Airport. His son, Ethan, watched from behind. The Christians courageously and rightly rooted for the Packers deep in the heart of Bear territory. The Pack prevailed and advance to Super Bowl XLV this Sunday, Feb. 6, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Texas. – Photo by Wayne Anderson

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This photograph, titled “Sunset Beyond Dresser,” captures a unique winter scene in Polk County.- Photo by Melissa Ward

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DRESSER - On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Courage Center will be hosting a benefit ski race at Trollhaugen in Dresser. Sign up in teams of three; a Courage Center adaptive skier will be assigned as a fourth team member. All proceeds benefit the Courage Center Ski and Snowboard Program. The following weekend, on Friday, Feb. 18, the second-annual Moonlight Madness concert event will be held at Trollhaugen featuring the famous band from Duluth, Minn., Trampled by Turtles. The concert will also include

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FRANCONIA, Minn. - Looking for a Valentine’s Day activity that oozes heat and romance? Grab your sweetheart (or potential sweetheart) and come to Franconia Sculpture Park as it hosts a Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour on Sunday, Feb. 13, from noon until 5 p.m. Eleven sculptors will brave the cold for a short, sweet and hot affair. Bring a thermos of cocoa and warm your hands over the hot sculpture molds or by the fire. The event is free and open to everyone. The artists operate a cupola (furnace) that melts recycled iron, consisting primarily of old radiators, at upwards of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. When the iron is released, the red-hot glowing liquid metal flows into a 150-pound ladle, which is then used to pour the sculpture molds. “It’s always breathtaking to watch these skilled artists create cast sculpture from red-hot molten iron right in front of you,” said Franconia artistic director John Hock. “And it’s especially right for Valentine’s Day weekend – because they do it with such love.” Artists participating in the Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour include: Bridget Beck, Veronica Glidden, Elizabeth Helfer, Alexa Horochowski, Mary Johnson, Jeff Kalstrom, Arden Miller, Peter Morales, Carissa Samaniego and Bobby Zokaites. Directing the pour is Tamsie Ringler, 2009 Franconia/Jerome Fellowship artist and professor of sculpture at the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn. - from Franconia Sculpture Park

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SOUTHERN WISCONSIN - “It missed us.” Northern Wisconsinsites are wondering how they escaped one of the Midwest’s biggest winter storms of the season - despite having already experienced one of the harshest winters in recent history. A blizzard moved across the southern portion of Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, causing power outages and closing airports, schools and public offices. Gov. Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for 29 counties. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour were expected to create dangerous wind chill and snow drift conditions. - with information from DOT ••• SUPERIOR - Insight School of Wisconsin, part of the nation’s largest national networks of online public high schools, will be hosting an information session in Superior on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 in the Yellow Jacket Union at UW Superior located at 1605 Catlin Ave. People are invited to come find out if a “virtual” school is a good fit for their student. Staff and others from Insight School of Wisconsin will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how online instruction works and discuss curriculum options. - with submitted information ••• OSCEOLA - Osceola United Methodist Church will host a quilt-making session on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The quilts will be presented to the Community Referral Agency in Milltown, which shelters women and children of domestic violence or sexual assault. Members of the public are invited to make a day of it and support others in the community. Bring your sewing machine and drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quilt tops will be precut ahead of time. You can sit and sew, iron, pin or tie the quilts. Sewing machine or sewing experience is not necessary. Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and fun provided. Bring your own bag lunch. Call the church office for further information, 715-755-2275. - with submitted information ••• POLK COUNTY – Newly elected Sheriff Pete Johnson was among 38 law enforcement chief executives from across the state to attend a weeklong training seminar conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. “Assisting local law enforcement is a constant theme in the Department’s work and my commitment to public safety and fighting crime,” said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “We do best what we do together. Their commitment to learn and the department’s determination to help is a good combination.” Leadership, budgeting, recruitment and labor relations were among the topics covered. Newly elected Sheriff John Shilts from St. Croix County and newly elected Sheriff Mark Kelsey of Sawyer County were also among those in attendance. - from the office of Attorney General Van Hollen ••• NEW RICHMOND – To recognize its new addition and remodeled areas, WITC-New Richmond will hold a ribbon cutting and open house on its campus Thursday, Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m. The ribbon-cutting event is set for 4:30 p.m. Student project demos and tours will also be featured. The public is invited. The campus addition and remodel started last May, and included $1.5 million in new construction and $1.1 million in remodeling. - from WITC

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Ending enrollment cap on virtual schools would help Insight Schools


GRANTSBURG - The proposal by a state senator to end the current enrollment cap for virtual schools could mean increased enrollment for Insight Schools, the virtual school offered through Grantsburg Public Schools. “It would change the waiting time for students, when their name is thrown into a lottery,” noted Grantsburg Superintendent Joni Burgin. “Students want to be able to plan ahead and know where they are going to school in August. Sometimes, with the lottery, they don’t find out until mid- to late-summer it would remove the uncertainty.”

This past summer more than 1,000 students were put on a waiting list, according to Julie Thompson of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families. Some students were on the list until nine days before school started this past year. “You can imagine the stress those families were under,” Thompson told Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Brian Bull. State Sen. Luther Olsen is drafting a provision that will be part of a larger charger schools bill that would end the cap. Currently, Wisconsin’s 16 virtual schools can enroll up to 5,250 students. That limit was part of a legislative deal worked out a

few years ago that put the schools into compliance with the state’s charter school and open enrollment laws. Several attempts since to lift that cap have gone nowhere, but that was before Republicans took over the Legislature and the governor’s office. The state’s largest teachers union says it’s not opposed to lifting the cap, but wants lawmakers to revisit how virtual schools are funded through the open enrollment system, as well as quality issues. - Gary King with information from Wisconsin Public Radio

PHILADEPHIA - Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog emerged from a tree stump at dawn, Tuesday, Feb. 2, and did not see his shadow, signaling that spring is just around the corner, according to tradition. Phil’s last “early-spring” prediction came in 2007. He forecasts an early end to winter on average only once every 10 years. - with information from Los Angeles Times

FREDERIC - The public is invited to “Frederic’s Got Talent!” on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the elementary school gymnasium. Showing off their talent will be members of the junior and senior high schools. Staff member Kelly Hopkins will emcee and members of the Frederic

Arts board will be the judges. Talent categories include spoken word (poetry, story, debate, speech, drama, etc.), music and movement (acrobatics, dance, juggling, etc.). For more information, contact the high school at 715-327-4223. - with submitted information

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Deputy involved in crash

The squad car of Polk County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Bryant (photo at right) was rear-ended at the intersection of Hwy. 35 and 100th Avenue in the village of Dresser on Saturday, Jan. 29, just before 1 a.m. Bryant, who was operating a 2008 Ford Expedition, was southbound on Hwy. 35. As he was making a right-hand turn to go west on 100th Avenue, his squad was struck by a 1999 Chevy K1500 truck being driven by Mark Schadt, 42, Osceola. Schadt said he may have dozed off before the crash. Alcohol was not reported as a factor. Schadt and Bryant were both examined at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Bryant’s K-9 partner Kaiser, who was in the squad at the time, was examined by his veterinarian and was found to be fine. The investigation of this crash was transferred to the city of St. Croix Falls, since a deputy was involved in the crash. Dresser Fire and Life Link III ambulance assisted with this crash as well as officers from the village of Osceola and the city of St. Croix Falls. - Photos/info from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Bear/from page 1 like 10 feet from the fish house and I was like out of gas,” she told KARE 11 TV in a phone interview later. “I almost didn’t make it - I’ve got a great heart, I think.” She waited inside the fish house until the bear wandered off. Thomsen, panicked and out of breath, called her life partner, Pat Cremin, on her cell phone. “I was working in Siren on some computer jobs and rushed home to find the bear calmly eating dog food, like one of our pets,” Cremin noted. “Eventually he walked into an open garage stall and stayed in there long enough for Marlene to get back in the house safely.” The next morning they located the bear in the middle of their driveway. Cremin got in a vehicle and approached the bear. “He seemed disoriented and confused, and as I got close he became much more alert and climbed the nearest tree. He stayed there for a couple of hours, shivering and trying hard not to fall asleep, so I left him alone.”

Eventually the bear came down and spent most of Saturday hanging around a large trash receptacle, trying to figure a way in. He would get the lid part way open but couldn’t figure out how to open it and get inside. Later he was chased up another tree by dogs but then came back down and showed no regard for the barking dogs whatsoever. On Sunday, Thomsen and Cremin found the bear under their deck. “He was just hanging out and basking in the sunshine,” Cremin said. “Attempts to shoo him home only resulted in him climbing the nearest tree. It was neat to have him put his nose up against the glass of one of our windows with my nose one inch away, on the other side of the glass.” They decided to call the DNR the next day if he was still around, and have the bear relocated. Sunday evening the bear perked up as if to finally remember where he was supposed to be, Cremin noted, and he

Patience required if filing for $8,000 first-time home-buyer credit

NATIONWIDE - If you purchased a home in 2010, you may be eligible for an $8,000 first-time home-buyer credit this year, but if so, plan to file on paper, and don’t expect to receive a return quickly. According to Larry Stotz, CPA, of Stotz and Co. in Grantsburg, there were many people taking advantage of a good program last year, and filing requirements have been toughened. A paper copy of your settlement statement will need to be submitted with your tax return. The IRS also is verifying claims are valid, which takes time. Stotz knows of someone who filed for the program last year who didn’t get their refund until November. Check with your tax advisor for more information. - with information from

Job Center opens in Burnett County

BURNETT COUNTY - Indianhead Community Action AgencyBurnett County Connections has opened a job center at their building at the intersection of CTH D and Hwy. 35 between Siren and Webster. The center, which is home to several other agencies as well, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ICCA Connections offers a wide variety of services for the families of Burnett County. Not only do they serve families in need, but also foster a sense of community by bringing together agencies and volunteers from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and talents. Agency programs and services available include weatherization, Judicare applications, housing assistance, utility assistance, education assistance, as well as resource and referral services to help make the needed connections for the families of Burnett County. Stop in Monday through Friday to use the Burnett County Job Center. You can also contact LeAnn Mulroy at 715-866-8151 or at LeAnn.Mulroy@indianheadca - from ICAA

A bit groggy, but awake, this bear is shown in a tree at the home of Marlene Thomsen and Pat Cremin, about three miles southwest of Hertel. Photo by Pat Cremin

walked across the lake, up the hill and out of sight. “While it is quite rare to have an active bear around here in the middle of winter, it is not unheard of,” Cremin said. “We can only guess that he got hungry for a mid(winter)night snack, had an attack of insomnia or was just restless. Sometimes bear will leave their dens if they get wet.” Although the experience was nearly heart-stopping for Thomsen, Cremin notes it will be another story to tell in a long line

of bear stories his family has accumluated, including Grandma Cremin’s nose-to-nose encounter with a bear at a family cabin on the Canadian border last year - and one that tops them all: “I don’t think any will ever beat the story of brother Charlie being picked up and carried off into the woods when he was a 7month-old baby camping near Ely, Minn.!”

City to pursue grease trap issues


by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The city of St. Croix Falls will be issuing letters to business owners of restaurants or eateries in the city limits about compliance and grease trap maintenance in the coming weeks. The city council discussed the issue at the meeting Monday, Jan. 31, with Joe Samuel of MSA Professional Services. The item was placed on the agenda after a sewer backup on Vincent Street caused some damage to a residence and was traced back to grease in the line blocking the line. The grease was determined to be from a restaurant and that in order to avoid similar incidents, the council should discuss maintenance and compliance when it comes to grease traps. Samuel quoted Chapter 13 from the Municipal Utilities code which states no discharger shall cause to be discharged, directly or indirectly, any of the following described substances into the wastewater disposal system otherwise to the facilities of the city: solid or viscous substances which will or may cause obstruction to the

flow in a sewer or other interference with the operation of the wastewater system. The code also states grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided by the industrial discharger and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection. It indicates that the discharger should be responsible for the proper removal and disposal, maintaining records of the dates and means of disposal subject to the review of the city. The removal not performed by the discharger’s personnel shall be performed by a currently licensed disposal firm. The council discussion centered around sending notices to restaurant owners, determining who and when inspections should be made, keeping a record of restaurant businesses in the city and the size grease traps that are at those locations, updating the language in the city code and more including possible fines for noncompliance. The basic consensus of the council was to issue a notice and mail it out regarding the grease traps. The council authorized the city clerk to draft and send a letter regarding the grease

traps and will continue discussing the matter of the grease police and enforcement issues.

Weinhardt property The council issued a relocation order for 209 River St. The property is the Weinhardt property, which had 397 dead and alive cats removed from the home in 2004. The relocation order tells persons they need to move out of the home. It is a process that occurs before condemnation.

from the city books by an ordinance. The city no longer has that position and determined they should remove that job description from the city books. The council also approved by resolution amending the position for city administrator in order to allow for revisions to the job description while the council seeks a replacement city administrator.

Amending city code The council also approved eliminating the position of director of public works

Memorial scholarship A request for donations to the Kathryn Nesgoda Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund was reviewed by the council. Nesgoda was a longtime nurse at St. Croix Regional Medical Center and died in a car accident Nov. 12, 2010. The fund for the scholarship is supported by donations for a silent auction and admission tickets for a spaghetti dinner Thursday, Feb. 17 at the American Legion from 2 to 8 p.m. The request was for the city to help with donations for the event. The council discussion was that individuals who wish to contribute to the scholarship fund should do so, but city taxes should not be used toward the donation.

stopped a group of people who were apparently violating several hunting regulations at a group coyote hunt. Reindahl, a convicted felon who is not eligible to own a firearm or hunt, was spotted arriving with the same group, and was apparently carrying a loaded firearm on the front seat. The warden attempted to stop Reindahl, who fled the scene instead. The warden chose to pursue Reindahl, who was apparently driving an unregistered, borrowed vehicle. The chase reportedly reached speeds approaching 100 mph and went across southeastern Polk County before it ended with Reindahl rolling the vehicle into the ditch after driving over a tire deflation device that was deployed by an assisting Wisconsin State Patrol trooper. Reindahl allegedly refused calls to leave the vehicle with his hands up, and instead, continued to challenge the DNR

warden, who again noted a firearm on the seat beside him. The two fought for some time before backup law enforcement arrived to assist in his arrest. Reindahl was taken into custody on numerous suspected criminal allegations, including felony drunk driving, seventh, eighth or ninth, felony fleeing police and a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and operating after revocation. He made an initial appearance before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Friday, Jan. 21, where a battery of charges, large and small, were also presented, most in response to his fleeing police and the associated driving violations. On top of the initial felony and misdemeanor charges, Reindahl is also now facing charges that include displaying unauthorized license plates, possessing

open intoxicants, two speeding charges of 45-plus mph over the limit, driving too fast for conditions, endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle, placing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, hunting without a license, driving at unreasonable speeds, three failure to stop at a stop sign charges, reckless driving and a seat belt violations. In total, Reindahl’s forfeiture charges may levy up to an additional $4,000 in fines on top of his more serious criminal charges, which would almost surely lead to prison time. Reindahl had a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Jan. 27, before GaleWyrick, where he was bound over for trial. His arraignment is now scheduled for Monday, March 21, and the judge continued his previous bond requirements. He remains in the Polk County Jail at press time on a $10,000 cash bond.

Lions members from across the state, will be held in St. Croix Falls in April. Jensen stated that the area will host the Lions members beginning with a reception at the American Legion April 8, day events April 9 at the St. Croix Falls High School with catering by the Village Pizzeria, and the honors banquet at Trollhaugen that evening. Jensen also indicated he would like the mayor to give a welcoming

address Saturday morning, April 9. Mayor Darrell Anderson said he would be honored to do so and thanked Jensen for bringing the event to St. Croix Falls this year. In related news, the Lions Park fishing pier needs updating for handicapped accessibility and some repair work. The estimate is between $10,000 and $12,000 for the project, and Jensen wanted to update

the council of the Lions Club’s intent to do the project in April and have it completed in May. The Lions Club is pursuing a grant for the work and requested the city partner with them in the grant process. The council authorized Jensen as the agent for the grant application process with all voting in favor.

Water tower In other business, the council approved KLM engineering to inspect the upper Pine Street water tower. The tube inside used for climbing to perform maintenance has broken free from its welding and is tilted. An engineering inspection will determine what repairs need to be done so the council can send the matter out for bid.

Reindahl faces a laundry list of charges

Convicted felon has dozens of charges leveled against him from incident near Amery

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Richard Reindahl, the 53-year-old rural Clayton man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on Sunday, Jan. 16, that ended with a scuffle and alleged threats against a conservation warden, is now facing a veritable laundry list of nearly two dozen charges, including three felonies, two misdemeanors and no less than 15 forfeiture and driving violations. The incident began on Sunday, in the morning in the town of Clear Lake, when a conservation warden from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources had

Lions Club to host district convention in SCF

Fishing pier repairs discussed

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The city council heard from Steve Jensen, Lions District governor, at the Monday, Jan. 31, council meeting. Jensen informed the council that the district convention, with over 300

RCC considers free e-waste pickup

by Jessica Beecroft Register staff writer BURNETT/WASHBURN COUNTIES Monday, Jan. 31, the Recycling Control Commission met at the Northwest Regional Planning Commission office in Spooner and approved the Burnett/Washburn Cooperative Agreement and elected officers. The cooperative agreement allows the RCC to obtain waste management personnel and administrative services. Entering into this agreement represents concerns and interests the RCC, on behalf of its member counties and their citizens, in “providing for the effective and conscientious waste management and education for their citizenry.” The election for chair and vice chair ended up returning incumbents Carsten “Ro” Endresen, chair, and Dan Hubin, vice chair. There was a secret ballot cast for the chair, and the vote was Endresen with four votes and Hubin with three. Other business included disposal of electronics, appliances, batteries and tires. The recycling center in Spooner does accept computers for a fee, however the commission is looking into getting a third party to come to each county to collect

The Recycling Control Commission met to go over final discussion for the Burnett/Washburn Cooperative Agreement. Pictured (L to R) are: Sheldon Johnson, RCC executive director; Dan Hubin, vice chair; and Mike Bobin, Minong citizen representative. - Photo by Jessica Beecroft

such items for free to encourage the citizens to bring all items they can no longer

toss in the trash.

Siren grad helps seize $70 million in narcotics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alan M. D’Jock, son of Thomas D’Jock, who graduated from Siren in 1962 and now lives in Sachse, Texas, is halfway through his six-month deployment with Patrol Squadron 10, the Red Lancers. The squadron has been operating from bases in Quatar, Djibouti and Japan, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, performing maritime security operations, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and anti-piracy missions in the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The Lancers aided in the seizure and destruction of 10 tons of narcotics, mostly hash, estimated to be worth $70 million while patrolling the “Hash Highway” in the Gulf of Aden. For more information, visit — from the Armed Forces News Services

Siren Schools principals receive layoff notices


by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN - As a precautionary move the Siren Schools Board of Education voted in closed session Jan. 24 to lay off both school district principals, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. The positions of both Jason Wilhelm, K-12 principal in charge of attendance, discipline and student affairs, and Joseph Zirngibl, K-12 principal in charge of curriculum and instruction, will end if the layoffs hold. And the question of whether the layoffs will hold is dependent upon how the district’s finances look in June, according to Scott Johnson, district superintendent. Budget projections at this time show the district unable to retain two principals at the end of the present school year. If that

situation changes, Johnson said, then the board will revisit the move to lay off the two men. Johnson explained that the contracts of both principals require notification of a layoff five months prior to the end of the contract year. If the budget projections are accurate, and if the board had not enacted the layoffs at this time, the board would be unable to carry out layoffs, and would face financial problems trying to fund the two positions. With both principalships going vacant at the end of the current school year, the board is making plans to operate with only one K-12 principal for the 2011-2012 school year. According to Johnson, all of this is part of Siren’s attempt to operate the schools

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The organization committee of the Polk County Board is waiting for the census figures to be released so it can continue its job of redrawing new supervisor district lines. Those population numbers should be released in March, and the committee must propose a tentative plan by July 1. The county board elected in 2012 may have a different setup as well as different districts and new members. With the role of the supervisors changing more to policy setting and review now that the county has an administrator, there has been talk of reorganizing the committee structure. This task of restructuring and looking at committee duties has been assigned to the organization committee as the second of its duties. The organization committee started work on that task at its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26. Four of the seven committee members, Herschel Brown, Wendy Rattel, Russ Arcand and Patricia Schmidt, were present for the meeting. Supervisors Ken Sample and Brian Masters were invited to sit in on the discussion. County Administrator Dana Frey and Corporation Counsel Jeff Fuge provided information. “Don’t take the approach of restructuring with the idea of saving money,” Frey said at the start of the discussion. “You won’t. Instead, look at providing better, more efficient government.” Frey went on to say the committee should look for common clients, common constituencies of county government and look at ways of serving those people better. He said the focus of government should be the people served, not the people doing the service. This would involve common access points to county government that would be based on what the customer/citizen wants and not on which departments provide the service. If a person wants to build a house, get economic help or get information on services for the aging, there would be one starting point. There would not be different access to help because the needed services might be in different county departments. With that in mind, the committee talked about the roles and responsibilities of committees and supervisors in the future. Frey distributed a draft overview of those new roles as a discussion piece. That chart identifies roles that are critical, important, likely unnecessary and obsolete now that the county has an administrator with statutory duties. Number one on the list of critical roles for a committee is setting the goals and direction for the coming year for department it oversees. That includes prioritizing among programs and services within that department. That prioritizing would extend to helping decide which

programs might be cut if county funds are limited. This and the following points on the “critical” list relate to the switch in supervisor duties from management oversight to policy setting. It the future, the committees set will oversee how the department are meeting those goals as part of their department head reviews to provide input to the administrator who does the evaluations. This switch from evaluation to oversight is a major change under a county administrator. The important roles include setting long-term direction, identifying strategic issues and prioritizing programs to meet the future needs of the county residents, balanced by the finances of the county. Gone are the committee jobs of reviewing spending that have been budgeted and already paid (called voucher review), approving travel and expenses that have been budgeted and determining if policies have been followed. These are the job of the administrator who also evaluates and supervises the department heads.

Reorganizing Polk County government?

Fewer and larger With that new set of duties, talk turned to the possibility of having fewer and larger committees overseeing departments with common duties. Departments might be grouped by common areas of service. A land issues committee might look at land information, land and water, parks and forests. The social services might be under one committee, enterprises (the nursing home, lime quarry and recycling center) under another. The departments that support government operations and do not serve the public (finance, personnel, buildings and technology) might be grouped together. Frey presented a chart showing 18 departments and offices under the authority of the county administrator and six departments, under elected officials, that are under the authority of the citizens. The chart identifies 14 committees that are accountable for the policy of the 18 departments. Fuge presented a 10-page report identifying each committee, stating if it is mandated by law, and explaining the present structure of the committee. He noted that even with some flexibility in the statutes, some committees are not following the guidelines of statutes and recommends that these issues be corrected. As the supervisors switch their roles to policy setting and determining the future direction of Polk County and determining what is most important in the county budget, the organizational committee will look at how the supervisors will organize to carry out their new roles. This may all come together by April 2012 when the next county board takes office. The organization committee starts step two of its tasks

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as efficiently as possible in a time of financial uncertainty for schools all across Wisconsin. He said the board is making every effort to provide a quality education for the students within the limits of the district’s funds. In other business in the same session the board:

• accepted the resignation of Ryan Karsten as the schools athletic director effective the end of the spring sports program; • hired Maria Sanchez as temporary part-time tutor in Spanish for the remainder of the current semester.

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Ice Age Trail an active group

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer POLK COUNTY – The Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail celebrated an active year when members gathered for their annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 29, at Interstate State Park. Part of that celebration was for the near completion of over five miles of a new section of the Ice Age Trail through Straight Lake State Park. That involved 16,500 hours of volunteer work, and that number of hours does not include work on the many miles of trail outside the new park. For the Ice Age Trail, volunteer hours are real activity; cutting pathways through miles of woods, carrying lumber by hand to remote sites for new boardwalks, working on hot summer days building boardwalks and bridges, and trimming brush with hand tools on trail sections two miles from the nearest access. That work was done by over 300 people from as far away as the Madison area. There were groups of high school students from St. Croix Falls, grade school students from Lodi, AmeriCorps workers who lived in tents in the woods and young women from Northwest Passage. The meeting Saturday was a look back and a look ahead to more projects. But it is not all work for the Indianhead group. They are planning ski and snowshoe outings (the next one is Feb. 12 at Straight Lake), spring bird, flora and butterfly hikes if the snow melts, and National Trail Day events June 4. It was announced that all events and work sessions are rewarded with good company and rich brownies. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Erik Severson spoke to the group, saying how important tourism is to the local economy. “You guys are a great part of the tourism draw to our area,” Severson told the group. Harsdorf said stewardship and the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund are important, but it is important to stay involved and not take things for granted when the state has fiscal challenges. Sev-

Chet Anderson likes to take walks. The “retired” St. Croix Falls resident hiked the 1,100mile Ice Age Trail in 2009 and the 1,303 mile Arizona and Colorado trails in 2010. This year he will hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Anderson shared his stories at the Ice Age Trail annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 29. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

erson added that the proximity to the Twin Cities makes the trail and parks an important tourism destination. Chapter Chairperson Dean Dversdall introduced the other outgoing and incoming officers, including Brook Waalen, Marie-Anne Westigard, Eileen Jordahl, Cheryl Whitman and Chuck Adleman. He said the chapter is looking for more members to share in the fun and the work of making the Polk County section of the Ice Age Trail the best in the state. The meeting ended with Chet Anderson of St. Croix Falls presenting pictures of his most recent walks. He hiked the Arizona and Colorado trails in 2010, 1,303 miles total in 78 days, hiking through snow and deserts. He averaged 15 miles a day in the Arizona section, and 20 miles a day in the Colorado section. Anderson hiked the 1,100-mile-long Ice Age Trail in 54 days in 2009. His plan for 2011 is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,650 miles through California, Oregon and Washington.

Volunteer work on the Ice Age Trail is work. This group is working deep in the woods at Straight Lake Park building a walkway over a wet spot.

Erik Severson (second from left) talks with Herb Lundberg, William Johnson and Cora Dversdall at the annual meeting of the Ice Age Trail Indianhead Chapter.

Polk judge candidates present views


Primary in two weeks

around. He wants to get juveniles involved in their own lives and get families involved in their kid’s lives. He wants to help build up self-esteem in the juveniles. Steffen said it is a question of rehabilitation versus punishment. He said that things once handled in schools are now sent to the courts. Steffen said that teen courts, where you face your peers, and victim impact councils, where you face your victim face to face, can be effective. Anderson talked about the complexity of juvenile issues, with factors like parental responsibility, mental health issues and poverty. He said juveniles need to learn responsibility. He would use community service more, where a juvenile learns the consequences of their actions by doing work, rather than having their parents pay a fine.

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE/DRESSER – Jeff Anderson, James Rennicke and Dan Steffen, the three candidates for Polk County Circuit Court judge, had their first joint appearances before the Feb. 15 primary last week. They first spoke Thursday night, Jan. 27, at a public forum hosted by the Polk County Towns Association. The following Sunday, Jan. 30, the three spoke at a meeting of the Polk County Republican Party. At the Thursday meeting they answered a series of questions prepared by the Towns Association. At the Sunday meeting, they gave a short statement on who they are and why they want to be judge. Their messages at the public and private meetings were the same. This is a composite of their statements. Rennicke says he is excited about the possibility of being judge. He emphasizes his experience, starting his talks by saying that he is 53 years old and has been a lawyer for 28 years. Rennicke says he is a trial lawyer practicing in state and federal courts. He has seen the inside of many courts, the good and the bad practices. He also served as an arbitration judge in Hennepin County for 10 years. Rennicke says he has lots of life experience, which he says is important for a judge. Steffen talks about his accomplishments working within the system as the Polk County district attorney for five years. He says the district attorney’s office was in terrible shape when he took office, and he has worked hard, together with the judges and law enforcement, to bring new alternative sentencing programs into the county. But Steffen says he is first of all a prosecutor, a law and order individual, who believes that a person must be held responsible for what they do. Anderson says he has prepared himself for being a judge for eight years, working on all types of legal issues to gain a broad experience. He has worked as a court commissioner in the county, handling cases that can be settled before they go to trial. Anderson says he won’t legislate from the bench and is not a judicial activist. He says the law must be upheld as it is written. Judges are not partisan elected positions but all three have run for the partisan office of district attorney in the past, Anderson and Steffen as Democrats, Rennicke as a Republican. Anderson and Rennicke

The candidates on the issues Alternative sentencing techniques Steffen said alternate sentencing options are not an alternative to incarceration but an addition to sentences. He said that many crimes are related to addictions, and programs like the drug court can reduce the rate of recidivism, stopping the cycle of repeating crimes. Steffen says he has been involved in the alternate programs in use in Polk County. He says they work and they save money for the system. Anderson said he has seen the alternate systems work for substance abuse cases. He said a judge needs to be fair and look

POLK COUNTY - David Hicks, 34, New Richmond, was charged with OWI, fourth offense on Monday, Jan. 24. According to the arresting officer’s report, Hicks has three previous OWI convictions as well as two pending OWI - type offenses. His Breathalyzer registered .20 on Jan. 24 at the time of his arrest. Police were first called to this case for a report of a vehicle, later found to have been driven by Hicks, that had followed a woman to her home.

As police were driving to the home, they were told the vehicle had left and was northbound on Hwy. 65, and shortly after that, southbound on Hwy. 65 near the county line. A little while later, the vehicle was spotted at a bar in Star Prairie. The police officer entered the bar and was directed to Hicks. Hicks told the officer he had been driving his car. He said he’d seen another vehicle around a development and followed it to see what they were doing. He said the

Dan Steffen, James Rennicke and Jeff Anderson are running for Polk County Circuit Court judge in the primary election Tuesday, Feb. 15. The top two will face off in the April election. Photo by Gregg Westigard

both ran for district attorney in 2002. Anderson lost to Karen Olson (then Karen Smith) in the Democratic primary. Rennicke then lost to her in the general election. Steffen defeated Olson in the 2006 Democratic primary and was re-elected as a Democrat in 2008. All three say they are not running as political party members now, but Rennicke told the Republican gathering that he is a lifetime Republican and the last Republican to run for district attorney in Polk County. While the office is nonpartisan, Steffen has a long list of endorsements on his Web site, and Anderson has a page of testimonials. Rennicke takes a different approach. He says he is accepting no contributions and no endorsements, saying a judge should be beholden to no one and have no commitments except to fairness.

at the merits of each case. Rennicke said this is one of the more exciting areas of justice, that this modern trend in social science saves money and lowers recidivism. Rennicke said the courts must match the treatment to the individual need.

Change in court procedures Anderson said pretrial conferences should be used to try for a resolution. He also favors using mediation when possible and using court commissioners more, including traffic cases. He said that could cost the county but would have the benefit of faster solutions. Rennicke said the Polk County courts are very inefficient and inefficiency costs money. He wants better scheduling in cases with deadlines and specific timetables. Rennicke said he wants the work to get done in a fair way for all the parties. Steffen said he agreed and disagreed with the other two. He said mediation can work and could happen more, but using court commissioners more costs money, and that money can’t be pulled out of thin air. Steffen also said that the courts do set times on cases, but that could be done more efficiently, with written deadlines and no ambiguity. He said there should be less stacking of cases. Juvenile court system Rennicke said the intent of juvenile justice is to turn the lives of youngsters

Drunk driving, repeat offenses, technical errors Rennicke said Polk County has an abysmal record on drunk driving, with a very low conviction record compared to other counties. He said the court must be fair to both sides, but he would not cover up the deficiencies of authorities. Anderson said the judge must apply the laws and can’t rewrite the laws to make law enforcement happy. He said a judge is bound by the judicial code of ethics to look at each case individually and not prejudge a person. Steffen said felony drunk drivers should go to prison, five mistakes and to jail. He said that is not a popular opinion. He said there are ways to reduce drunk driving such as the free ride program set up by the local tavern league. Steffen also wants a three-day turnaround on OWI cases, seeing a judge within three days of the charge. He said striking while the iron is hot makes them remember what they did. He said the rights of all must be followed, but the fighting must be stopped.

Their last word Steffen said, “Talk to the people who work with me on a daily basis. They will say I work hard, will not be afraid to admit being wrong, and will do my best.” Anderson said he has learned patience, learned to listen. He will bring integrity, honesty and a strong work ethic to the bench. Rennicke said he would bring experience with the law and life experience to the job. He has no outside commitments, just common sense.

New Richmond man rams vehicle, charged with OWI other vehicle rear-ended his car, but the damage wasn’t bad, and he left. The report that had originally been called in to the police was that a homeowner had received a call that his wife was “freaking out” because someone was following her, and followed her all the way home. The husband looked outside, saw a vehicle out there backing up. The homeowner drove his Jeep out to where the vehicle was and pulled up beside it. It then took off, going about 50 feet in front

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of him. Then it stopped and backed up, hitting the front of his Jeep. Then it took off, and the homeowner called 911. The officer responded, eventually locating Hicks at the bar, and arrested him. His charges include knowingly operating without a valid driver’s license and criminal damage to property. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

ABC members develop creative resource list

BURNETT COUNTY - Taking their lead and mission from language incorporated into the Burnett County Long Range Plan Vision 2030, the 13 members of the newly minted Arts Burnett County group held their second meeting Jan. 18 at The Lodge in Siren. Spearheaded by four local women, ABC is, for the time being, a loosely knit group of people who believe that creative expression is crucial to the county’s quality of life and its economy. At their recent meeting, the ABC group came to consensus that the first priority is to find out where and who these talented people are in order to develop a Burnett County Creative Communities Resource List. ”Our goal is to provide an umbrella group for all kinds of creativity, from flytying, woodworking, quilting and sculpture to the literary, culinary, and botanical arts,” says Juli Kannenberg, one of ABC’s founders. There are many creative skills that contribute to a “creative community,” a term ABC members use deliberately to underscore inclusiveness, in addition to the use of the word “arts” in the group’s name. “ABC wants to use the broadest possible definition of the arts,” explains ABC member Boyd Sutton, a writer and executive director for the Northwest Wisconsin Regional Writers Club. “Anyone engaged in a creative endeavor is part of this community, and ABC’s primary mission is to support and improve opportunities for creative expression of all kinds.” “All around us are many talented and skilled craftspersons and tradespeople in addition to artists in every medium,” says Chris Moeller of Siren. “A part of our mission is also to help leverage that creative energy to create jobs, beautify our communities and attract destination business traffic.” Moeller introduced the phrase “creative economy” to describe this movement, which originated with John Howkins’ 2001 book, “The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas.” To create the resource list, ABC members are reaching out to the Burnett County citizenry to collect information, asking creative people they know in every possible medium at every skill level to complete a one-page form. Anyone in

Burnett County who would like to fill out a form and be included in the list can send an e-mail to artsburnettcounty, pick up a form at the Siren village office or call 715-349-8399. Interested individuals can also come to the next meeting and pick up a form there. The next ABC meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. at The Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren. There are no membership fees and anyone interested in supporting creative expression in the county is invited to attend. “We really need residents from all walks of life, not just the arts, to come together and offer whatever skills they have, whether computer experts, accountants, lawyers, realtors, medical staff – all we ask is that you have a passion for all genres of creative expression and are willing to help ABC achieve its mission,” says Moeller. - submitted

Arts language in Burnett County’s long-range plan

BURNETT COUNTY - March 2, 2010, the Burnett County Board of Supervisors approved the county’s statemandated Long Range Plan Vision 2030. The plan included language with one of the goals to “attract, retain, and expand quality businesses and industries that will improve the employment and personal income base.” Supporting objectives related to the arts and the creative economy are excerpted here: • Support the development of a “creative economy” including cultural goods and services that impact the economy by generating jobs, revenue and quality of life. • Encourage the growth of visual, performance and cultural arts • Support agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, tourism, the arts, and related support services as strong components of the local economy. submitted



Do you have a child who will be four on or before September 1? If so, it’s time to bring them to our Pre-K Busy Bug Registration at Unity School!

Place: Unity Elementary Library Dates: February 15 & 16 RSVP: Please call the Elementary office at 715-825-2101, ext. 3500 to set up your two-hour session time! Come and join the Busy Bug and kindergarten teachers for a fun-filled session! Parents will be “BUSY” registering and children will be “BUSY” having fun at school!

* Proof of Child’s Age (Child’s state-issued birth certificate) * Child’s Social Security Card * Child’s Health Records (Immunizations and physical exam)

*If you have a child who will be FIVE before Sept. 1 and entering Kindergarten who did not attend the Pre-K Busy Bug Program, please call to schedule an appointment. Registration for your child will be with the Kindergarten Team on February 15 & 16 as well!

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Valentine’s concert at Festival Theatre



They sold out in November 2007 and again in May 2009, so the upcoming Neal and Leandra Valentine’s weekend concert at Festival Theatre promises to be an electric performance on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. “We are so pleased to have Neal and Leandra return to our stage,” said Danette Olsen, executive director at Festival Theatre. “They are performers whose warmth, humor and charm on stage is absolutely in keeping with how they walk the world. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know them over the years and listening to their music – the awesome blend of their voices – is such a joy.” The Washington Post says, “As songwriters, Neal and Leandra have clearly mastered the art of saying more with less.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune says “listening to Leandra Peak’s distinctively husky and lustrous voice might be as heavenly as listening to angels,” and “Neal Hagberg writes inspired originals.” In a venue as intimate as Festival Theatre, the warmth of Neal and Leandra’s songs and their much-loved storytelling will provide a very special music event. The concert is Flex Pass eligible for those who are (or become) subscribers to Festival Theatre, otherwise tickets for the Neal & Leandra concert are $26 in advance or $31 at the door – if not sold out. Additional concerts making up the 2011 Music Series include: The Barley Jacks on March 5, Laura McKenzie on May 8, Green Tea and Alice Peacock in June, and Sirens of the ‘60s in August. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call 715-483-3387 or 888-887-6002. Check the Web site at where tickets are available to order online. - Special photo



With hard work, common sense and 28 years’ experience in the courtroom, I will strive to keep Polk County a safe place to live and do business. “I am not accepting endorsements or outside contributions. I believe a Judge should be beholding to no one. I want to be your Judge with no obligations to interested parties.”

Vote for Rennicke, the Right Judge for Polk County Paid for by the Rennicke for Judge Campaign. Lydia Rennicke, Treasurer. 529572 24Lp





All shook up ... over jobs

• Joe Heller •

• Web poll results •

Last week’s question

Can our new governor, Scott Walker, keep his promise and increase the number of jobs in our state by 250,000 over the next four years? Don’t bet against him. He’s obviously a mover and shaker ... and some are shaken by the nature of his determination. For example, this past week the governor supported placing a business deal in Green Bay on the fast track by promoting special legislation right to the doorstep of the state Legislature. Bass Pro Shops was close to finalizing a deal with a Wisconsin businessman who wanted to sell the company a piece of property near Lambeau Field - but the site involved wetlands. There were some negotiations and the DNR finally issued a permit after it was realized that most of the wetlands at the site could be saved - but the Wisconsin Wetlands Association stepped in and challenged the DNR’s permit. Enter Gov. Walker and the state Legislature. A bill to exempt the development from that challenge goes to a vote today (Feb. 2) in Madison. That vote is taking place even after Bass Pro Shops stepped away from the project, saying it didn’t want anything to do with building on wetlands. Walker is holding out hope that the company’s owner will change his mind and build a store - meaning 300 more full-time jobs for Wisconsin. Some are cheering Walker. Some are shaking their heads. The rest are still trying to sort through the facts to determine if the DNR was really comfortable issuing the wetland permit. State Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, whose district includes northern Burnett County, said the GOP simply grew impatient with the time line of the project and decided to circumvent the process with "custom legislation" - denying the constitutional rights of citizens to petition the government. MajoritySpeaker Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, blasted Milroy, saying he and three other Democrats wrote a letter to the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops Inc., urging them to keep their store and hundreds of jobs out of Wisconsin. He said even the DNR said the project "would replace 1.3 acres of wetland that could be overrun with noxious weeds in the near future with nearly four acres of new wetlands." Let’s hope the dynamics of this project don’t set the stage for job procurement in the coming years. The quest for 250,000 new jobs in the state by 2015 is a realistic goal, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, but quite a few stars have to align. There hasn’t been that much steady job growth in the state since the 1980s and 1990s. The fact the state is now averaging over 2.8 million jobs compared to 2.1 million in the late 1980s helps the governor’s odds because it won’t take as high a percentage of growth to meet the 250,000 mark. Nonfarm employment in the state grew by 82,000 jobs in 1984 alone, and there was a jump of 66,000 in 1999. Sustaining that kind of job growth for four years straight - especially in light of our current economy and job growth in the past decade in Wisconsin, could be challenging. The state added 50,000 jobs in 2000 the closest it’s come since then was in 2005 when 35,000 jobs were added. Experts say job loss ended in 2010, and there are projected gains of 27,000 jobs in 2011, 60,000 in 2012 and 54,000 in 2013. That means, ideally, Gov. Walker succeeds in his quest, riding a wave like that. But since Wisconsin’s economy is tied to the national economy will Walker’s goal rely on how the contest for the White House goes in 2012? In a perfect world, adding 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin means each of our 72 counties will realize 3,500 new jobs by 2015. Could you imagine what that would do to Burnett and Polk counties? But most of those 250,000 jobs yet to be realized would go to the state's most populated areas. Quite a few of us would be happy to simply see Polk County regain the jobs it lost when Polaris left for Mexico. We all have to wish Walker well in his quest for jobs no matter what county they end up in - after all, a strong state economy should benefit all state residents.

Time out for advice

To take part in our poll, go to and scroll down to the lower left part of the screen • See front page for this week’s question

• Where to write • President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, WI 53707

Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-225-3365

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 715-832-8492

Rep. Erik Severson (28th District) Room 6 North State Capitol Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628 Rep. Roger RIvard (75th District) State Capitol Room 307 North P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323

Sen. Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 415 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-7745 • 715-232-1390 Toll-free - 800-862-1092

Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 8 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708

Views expressed on these pages do not necessarily reflect the views of management or board members.


Sometimes it feels like we can never escape that parental voice.

On the verge of one of the more exciting weekends in Wisconsin sports in more than a decade, warnings are being handed down by the DOT and the state attorney general's office - reminding us of the potential dangers of Super Bowl Sunday. But the warnings are valid. The first, of course, is alcohol. While most of us will be hunkered down in our living rooms to watch the game, there will be a lot of people out celebrating in public. Packer backers don't let fellow Packer backers drive drunk, says a DOT announcement. And that should really include those rooting against the Packers, too. "If you’re hosting a party, serve lots of food and have nonalcoholic beverages available," says the DOT and State Patrol. "Take care of your guests, and don’t let them drive if they’re impaired." And note to self: Don't serve alcohol to anyone under 21. The second big warning this week is in regard to gambling - placing bets on the game. Not just your yearly office pool but the big bets. The Super Bowl represents the biggest wagering day in the U.S. “For those addicted to gambling, the hype around the championship game can be very tense,” said Rose Gruber, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. “Many problem gamblers see the Super Bowl as a final chance to turn around a season of losses. But in the end, most will only have greater losses. We typically see a spike in calls following Super Bowl Sunday and with the Packers involved, the calls could increase.” Last year, February was the busiest month for Wisconsin’s Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-GAMBLE-5) with 1,583 calls. That’s all. Now go and have fun.

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Editorials by Gary King




• Letters to the editor • Taxpayer funded

In a recent letter to the editor, Mark Pettis stated a belief that tax credits are discriminatory engineering by government. I find this an interesting point of view since the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Jan. 5 that Gov. Walker, whom Pettis claims to support, proposed a small-business tax credit for certain small businesses. It is also interesting to note that land used for agriculture is taxed at a lower rate than other property. Is this not a tax credit? Pettis also stated that he feels that there are too many taxpayer-funded jobs. Jobs in the construction of roads, bridges, sewer, water and airports are private-sector jobs funded by taxpayers. Nursing home and health-care facilities receive payments from Medicare and Medicaid, taxpayer-funded medical care, so a great portion of the pay, up to 50 percent, passed to the employees of healthcare facilities is tax dollars. Of course, federal, state, county and school district employees, including the governor and the local representatives, are all paid by tax dollars. Government employees do provide service for pay, police, fire, roads, safe water and education. One important point to keep in mind: The folks who have taxpayer-funded jobs also spend money in the greater economy, i.e. homes, gas stations, utilities, groceries and cars, which help to provide more private sector jobs. One should also note they also pay state, federal and property taxes. Another fact to consider is that employees in private-sector jobs that are funded by tax dollars and public-sector jobs, including the governor and representatives, have access to health care and retirement. This is not a bad thing for society. Thriving industrialized modern countries all have government-backed, in some way or another, business. The alternative is a third-world country where a large portion of public employees income is a bribe? Jim North Osceola

Voting for experience

I would like to let the residents of Polk County know that there is a very important election coming up. This election may, one day, deeply affect their lives, and the lives of their family members. The election to which I’m referring is for circuit court judge. I live in the town of Osceola, and my neighbor is a burglar. For over a decade my neighbor has victimized numerous families in a small area just outside of Nye. He has been convicted of numerous crimes and charged with many more. He was also made to register as a sex offender, due to a darker motive for committing his crimes. Over the course of the last decade, law enforcement officers and the Polk County District Attorney have done their job in getting convictions on my neighbor for an assortment of crimes. Some of these crimes were so serious as to warrant, by state statute, a maximum of 40 years in prison. My neighbor has routinely received a lesser sentence with minimal jail time from the same (now retired) judge. After being convicted of several burglaries in 2009, each crime having a maximum penalty of 12-1/2 years in jail, my neighbor received less than a year in jail. Further, the same (now retired) judge allowed him to be released from his commitment to register as a sex offender, despite the objections of the district attorney. Talk about a sweet deal. Here it is, 2011, and guess what my burglar neighbor did? That’s right, he just got charged with burglary and theft after allegedly entering a nearby home where a young woman was inside sleeping. I have to say, every police officer and deputy in the county, as well as the district attorney, saw it coming. I’m all for giving somebody a break when they make a mistake, but my community has had enough. I wonder what the sentence would have been if my burglar neighbor decided to move into the judge’s neighborhood for a little change of scenery? The ultimate point of this letter is to re-


mind the citizens of Polk County that a circuit court judge is pretty much where the buck stops when it comes to enforcing the state statutes on sentencing. Polk County citizens can’t afford to simply vote for just anybody on the ballot. They must vote for someone with a track record of strong prosecutorial experience, who takes a hard line with repeat offenders. I know of only one candidate who has that experience, and he is Dan Steffen, your current Polk County District Attorney. Tim Lauridsen Osceola

Supports Steffen

Polk County has a history of electing outstanding individuals to the position of circuit court judge. We are writing this letter urging you to continue this history by voting for Daniel P. Steffen at the primary election on Feb. 15, and the general election on April 5. Dan Steffen, by his outstanding work as district attorney, has demonstrated to us that he is capable of also performing as an outstanding judge. We have personally observed him as a member, and one of the originators, of the Polk County Drug Court. His participation in this rehabilitative program for chemically dependent men and women already in the system, is strictly as a volunteer. We have observed Steffen to be a great listener, patient, impartial, kind, knowledgeable and fair; but, as his present position requires, he holds these people accountable for the difficulties they have caused themselves and has the necessary strength to see that justice is carried out. Steffen knows the law well, as he has served on both sides of the court, first as a prosecuting attorney and more recently as your district attorney. One of things that we admire is his dedication to his family. Steffen is definitely a leader with high principles and a sense of purpose. Please vote for him in the upcoming elections. David and Rosemary Myers Amery

Supports Anderson

I’m supporting Jeff Anderson for Polk County judge in the upcoming primary, Feb. 15. I believe he has a good work ethic, having grown up and worked on his family farm while going to school. My mother was a mentor to Jeff while he was going through confirmation, and I found him to be very respectful of the older generation. One of his opponents recently made a comment about his lack of experience. However, Jeff is a person of good character, knows the law and, more than anything, has pledged to “apply the law and Constitution as it was written and intended, without interjecting personal bias, partisanship or legislating from the bench.” Remember, it was professional, experienced people that built the Titanic, amateur, inexperienced people built Noah’s Ark! Maybe it’s time to go away from the “establishment candidate” and go with a bit of an outsider and have a fresh view from the bench. Please join with me in voting for Anderson for judge on Feb. 15. Bruce Paulsen Cushing

Social Security

President Obama said in his State of the Union message that privatization and cuts to Social Security are off the table. But Republican leaders, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson want Social Security cut and privatized to balance the budget. Granted an unbalanced budget, national debt and deficit are terrible things, but privatizing Social Security, cutting

benefits and raising the retirement age won’t solve the deficit or debt problem. This is because Social Security has never added one dime to the federal deficit because Social Security is paid for through the payroll tax. Currently, the payroll tax, which is collected only on the first $106,000 of earnings, raises more money than is paid out in benefits. This surplus is projected to continue until 2037. If we are concerned that there won’t be enough money to cover Social Security costs in 2037, we could simply raise or eliminate the cap on payroll tax completely. This would affect all those people who earn more than $106,000. Social Security is perhaps the most successful government program. It has shielded countless seniors from abject poverty in old age and has eased the financial burdens on families struggling to care for aging parents and raise children at the same time. Yes, Social Security is an entitlement. You are entitled to its benefits because you have earned it, and you have already paid for it. It is not in need of being privatized or cut. Gail Lando Grantsburg

Replace current tax system

Dear editors, legislators and governor, There is an economic solution for Wisconsin. To revive the state’s economy, balance the budget and make our taxes fair, our lawmakers need to repeal our Wisconsin tax system. Current tax policy discourages construction of homes, businesses, factories and farm buildings at a severe cost to the economy and employment. Reducing the property tax to a local tax for cities, towns and villages would create a perpetual construction boom that would employ more people than ever across the state. Schools, counties and state can be easily funded by general revenue and revenue sharing. This 85-percent reduction in property taxes can be easily financed by eliminating all the unfair special-interest tax exemption devices we now have on our income, sales and property taxes. Surplus revenue could first pay off our state debt and then reduce income and sales tax rates. Only one exemption should remain, and this is the exemption from income tax of poverty-level income for all our citizens. To convince your legislators and governor to replace our current tax system, each taxpayer will have to write a letter, send and e-mail or make a phone call to their politicians. Gary Bahr Belleville

Vigorous exchange

This letter is intended as a compliment to the Leader. My brother and sister-inlaw live next door to me in our small town of Park Falls, and she is from Frederic. She gets The Leader every week, and often suggests that I read it too, which pleases me. It is an excellent small-town paper, one of the best I’ve read. I am particularly impressed by your Community Viewpoint section, and the vigorous letters-to-the-editor exchange that you obviously encourage. Let me use your Jan. 19 issue as an example: Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance thought enough of The Leader to send you his piece about state deficit spending. He is a serious observer of where our taxpayer dollars go, and your readers are fortunate that Berry includes you in his distribution. Herschel Brown has a really rather absurd letter attacking Congressman Obey,

which you, the editor, rightly commented on. Brown seems to think that Obey was scared off by Sean Duffy in his choosing to retire after 40-plus years in our service, a notion that is a silly joke to those of us who know and respect “The Congressman.” Scare off Dave Obey? I don’t think that his friends need to waste time defending his sterling reputation from misinformed critics like Brown. Jeff Peterson urges you to not “stifle healthy debate,” and it seems clear that you don’t. [I’d love to get into that debate with Mr. Blake about credible sources for information on human-induced climate change, but I won’t - this time!] Mike Miles appropriately encourages you to check facts, but also says that your readers should have some responsibility to do so themselves. [I’m a great fan of myself, and refer to them often to check things I read that are questionable.] As for the petroleum issue, I was impressed with David Almlie’s reasoning. We must all face the fact that oil is a finite resource, and, at the rate we use it, will soon be depleted. I am very impressed by the amount of space that you devote to these letters, to what is obviously a continuing dialogue, and can only say that I wish our local weeklies were as diligent in so doing. Great job! Keep up the good work! John Smart Park Falls

Property tax day

It is time to write the check for one-half of our property tax bill. As I was writing the check, I thought about what I got for payment. I have no children in school. I plow my own driveway. I pay for my own garbage pickup. I have my own well. I have my own sewer system. What do I get for all this money, I get fire protection and ambulance service, I thought to myself. Then reality hit, I have never used those services, but if I had I would have been billed for them. The roads are plowed and maintained, and I do receive police protection for which I am grateful. Then another thought came to mind. Why should my share of these services be based on what I own? Because I have more property than my neighbor, does my share of police protection and road maintenance cost more? As I continued writing my checks, I wondered how much more I can afford. Mark Pettis Hertel

“The Dash”

A reader researched the poem “The Dash” used in my column, and found out it was written by Linda Ellis in 1996. I am glad to know that as there was no name on the poem on the copy I received. Unfortunately, this often happens and the author’s or poet’s name is left off. I am conscientious about copyrights and giving credit to the actual writer. Unfortunately, I have seen reprints of my material in other places and no credit is given. We should all be more careful about giving credit where credit is due. I think the Internet is partly to blame for such omissions. Thank goodness the reader found the true writer. If you cut the poem out, please add the writer’s name. Bernice Abrahamzon Lewis

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The first month of the new year is behind us. It has been an exciting time in Madison, and we have already started the process of getting this state back on track. My colleagues and I are hard at work trying to let businesses know that Wisconsin is the place to do business. I wanted to briefly update you on just a few things we have been able to accomplish. One major achievement was to make contributions to HSAs tax deductible. Wisconsin has been out of step with the rest of the country for too long, and this will no longer be putting us at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting new businesses. Wisconsin will now join 46 states and the federal government in pro-


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viding the deduction. We can finally stop punishing people for wanting a say in their health care. We are finally letting the people of Wisconsin make the best decisions for themselves and their families. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creating an affordable, reliable and quality health-care system in Wisconsin. Another big issue that we took up

C O N TAC T YO U R President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 E-mail: Web site:

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den on Wisconsin’s citizens. This is just the start; we will need to pass a constitutional amendment in order to make this change a permanent part of the Wisconsin Constitution. It has been a great start to the 20112012 session, and I look forward to continuing to do everything I can to create and retain jobs here in Wisconsin. We are on the right path toward improving the economy and business climate in our state, and we have only just begun. Please feel free to contact me by phone toll-free 888-534-0075 or you can e-mail me at I look forward to working with you all over the next two years.

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during the January special session was the tort reform bill. The major impact of this bill will be to reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits in Wisconsin. This is a big step toward repairing Wisconsin’s image as a poor place to do business. We need to continue to express to businesses in neighboring states and beyond that Wisconsin is the place to do business in the Midwest. By passing tort reform, we have taken one more step in the right direction to repairing that image. Lastly, I would like to mention the tax bill we just passed. We have taken the first step toward reining in taxes. Special Session Assembly Bill 5 requires a twothirds majority vote in order to raise taxes. It is important to ease the tax bur-

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Killer’s fate in judge’s hands


Wayne Rouillard’s sanity - and sentence - still TBD

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – In a Jan. 26 hearing in Polk County Circuit Court, Wayne Rouillard, 63, agreed to enter a plea of no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree intentional homicide in the November 2009 murder of Stephen Dahlstrom of rural Luck. Under the plea agreement, a court trial was avoided, which would likely have had a similar result. Looking thin and gaunt, Rouillard mumbled at times during the hearing, and assured Judge Molly GaleWyrick that he agreed to the reduced charge. While he seemed mildly confused at times when asked about the agreement that reduced his charges from first-degree to seconddegree homicide, he also showed his first public glimpse of a reaction to his over 14 months in jail. “Yes, ma’am,” he mumbled as she asked him if he agreed to the guilty plea. “I’ve had a year to think about it.” With that, the judge approved the con-

Personnel Chair Arcand states his views

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Personnel Committee has been holding long meetings looking at the salaries of management employees and starting to look at possible program adjustments as part of the 2012 budget. The five-person committee has discussed doing a new job study on employee pay and evaluating the committee’s role now that the county has an administrator. Committee Chair Russ Arcand has moderated the meetings, allowing discussion with the other four members, Patricia Schmidt, James Edgell, Warren Nelson and Ken Sample. At the personnel meeting Thursday, Jan.

viction, thereby avoiding a jury trial originally slated for later this month. However, the charge reduction would also have been an option for a jury if the case had gone to trial. Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen agreed to the plea bargain, in part because of the likelihood of the jury option, but he also agreed that there were mitigating circumstances that might have supported Rouillard’s early mention of self-defense. While the self-defense angle has been mentioned at times, such as during the preliminary hearing in late 2009, it never gained much traction. The self-defense argument was hard for many to swallow because of the horrifying crime scene which revealed Rouillard to have cut loose with a volley of up to three dozen knife wounds, on top of his use of up to half a dozen various garage implements including a screwdriver, splitting maul, axe, hammer and carpet knife. Rouillard also had tied the victim to a bench vise, in spite of being obviously deceased. “There was a claim that this started as a fight, and that he (Rouillard) retaliated,” Steffen said later. “There was some evidence of (defensive) wounds ... that very

well may have happened.” The brutality of the crime scene has also left many people arguably wondering about Rouillard’s sanity, and his mental frailty has been an issue all along. His attorney, Mark Biller, has pursued the socalled NGI defense on at least two occasions, and he underwent a thorough mental review by a renowned forensic psychologist, Dr. Frederick Fosdal, known for his expertise in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. That NGI defense is a way of saying he was not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect - an insanity plea–in effect. While Rouillard’s conviction is now sealed, his future punishment or treatment now hangs in the balance as that review of his mental acuteness at the time of the brutal homicide will determine, in part, how GaleWyrick decides his sentence, taking it off the hands of a jury. He will undergo at least one and maybe two more psychiatric reviews prior to his sentencing hearing later this month. GaleWyrick will be left to decide if the homicide Rouillard admitted to was the action of a sane man and, if she determines he was, that means he could serve up to 60 years in prison. If she decides he

was mentally incompetent to conform his actions with the law, then he would likely spend the rest of his days in a state mental facility. Rouillard was admittedly quite intoxicated at the time of the murder but, while his sanity at the time of the act is in question, his sobriety is not a part of that formula. “Sobriety doesn’t come into play,” Steffen said. “Again, it’s whether he was able to conform his actions to the law.” There are still some questions to be answered regarding his sentence, regardless of the NGI results, and Steffen has said he wasn’t going to reveal all his cards in the final determination on his take of the case. He said the results of the Fosdal review are likely to be interpreted several ways and he is hoping to prove that Rouillard was very aware of his actions and should serve the full sentence at a state prison. “Mr. Biller and I are arguing two different courses of action,” Steffen said. “It’s a very unique situation.” The Rouillard sentencing/NGI hearing is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 23, before GaleWyrick.

27, Arcand, a senior member of the county board, shared his views on salaries for the nonrepresented management employees and on past attempts to eliminate positions.

decision at the county board,” Arcand said. “There was no support for my proposal. Two of us missed the committee meeting (where the cut was made) but committees are overturned at the board level all the time. If we have to give a raise to the unions, we must give the same raise to the nonreps.” “There is never enough money,” Arcand continued. “We will lose employees in the future. The word will get out – no wage increases in Polk County.”

“The personnel committee once did staffing plans,” Arcand said. “We reviewed them all. We had multiple meetings and made staffing cuts. We even eliminated a hairdresser at Golden Age Manor. We got trashed at the county board. Now some at the board say there is fluff. Where is it?” “There will be resistance to cuts in any area,” Arcand continued, “the information center, home health. Everyone supports something different. Some will want to pay for each thing. Trying to cut programs is just an exercise. We almost tore home health apart. The info center brings money into the county. Give me one thing they will let go. What are we willing to give up? When we tried to cut land and water, they went to their constituents. We have made cuts and we took a trashing.”

Budget cutting, fair pay for staff

Management pay The 62 employees not represented by unions, mostly department heads and division supervisors, have not received a base pay increase for two years (2010 and 2011) while the employees working under union contracts have received raises of just under 3 percent each of those years. A 2-percent raise for 2011 for the nonreps was included in county Administrator Dana Frey’s proposed 2011 budget but that raise was rejected by the personnel committee at a meeting where Arcand and Sample were absent. “We had an opportunity to correct that

Staffing cuts Arcand is starting his sixth year on the personnel committee. During that time, the committee reviewed and approved staffing plans each year as part of the budget process. He reviewed how past personnel actions were received by the rest of the county board.

Hwy. 8 roundabout coming this summer

New pavement by fall

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Folks who dislike driving bad roads will be happy. The long-planned Hwy. 8 repaving, complete with a new roundabout, will be finished by this fall. The broken concrete road surface from Glacier Drive (the traffic signal at the top of the hill) east to Hwy. 35 north will be replaced this summer. A new roundabout will be installed at 208th street (the Menards intersection) replacing the present traffic signal. The three-mile stretch will stay open during the project, but much of the time traffic will be a single

lane each direction. All work is scheduled to be completed by October 2011. The biggest change will be the four-lane roundabout. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says that modern roundabouts are safer, reducing accidents, especially head-on and side collisions, while they move traffic through an area more smoothly and rapidly. Planning on the new roundabout started in 2006, and the first of six public informational meetings on the projects was held in November 2007. The DOT has a Web site on using roundabouts (wisconsinroundabouts. com) with two presentations. A new 11minute video explains all aspects of using roundabouts and presents information of why the DOT feels this is a safe system.

An animation is mesmerizing, like watching an ant farm. The project has been in the public eye for years, but some last-minute opposition arose during a presentation of the summer plans at the meeting of the Polk County Towns Association meeting Thursday, Jan. 27. David Paulson presented a resolution from the town of Black Brook opposing construction of the roundabout. The resolution expressed concern about the safety of travel on Hwy. 8 especially on Fridays and Sundays “due to the extremely heavy volumes of traffic traveling from and to Minnesota on those days.” Paulson asked for support of the resolution with the hope that the area legislators could stop the roundabout

construction. Steve Palmer, board member from the town of St. Croix Falls, said that it was late in the process to try and stop the project. Palmer said there had been many hearings over the past years with input from the public, and there were no concerns expressed by the residents. He said it was ill advised to try and stop the project now. Brian Masters, town of Balsam Lake clerk, said the financial commitment on the project has been made and money has been spent on planning and property acquisition. The Black Brook resolution was not on the meeting agenda as an action item and was ruled out of order.

POLK COUNTY - Sean Tretsven, 38, Frederic, was arrested Sunday, Jan. 30, after apparently having a hard time getting home and going into the home of an elderly woman instead. Tretsven was charged with OWI, third offense, and criminal trespass to a dwelling, after neighbors saw him get his vehicle stuck in the woman’s driveway,

then walk up to the house and go in. According to the woman, Tretsven walked into the house without her permission and came into the living room where she was lying on the couch watching a movie. He sat down on one of the chairs and told her not to be afraid. She asked who he was, but he just kept saying, “Don’t be afraid.”

The neighbor went over and escorted Tretsven out of the woman’s home. They had already called the police, who arrived as they were coming out of the home. Tretsven was quite intoxicated, with bloodshot eyes and very slurred speech. When the officer asked what Tretsven was doing there, he said, “I live here,” and said he lived in town off of 300th Avenue. He

said he couldn’t remember where he had been coming from when asked. The officer began administering field sobriety tests, but ended the walk and turn for Tretsven’s safety. His PBT registered .210. The engine of Tretsven’s vehicle was still warm. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

eral items of property were hidden in the snow in the woods. The cabin owner did identify his belongings that had been stashed in the woods. The officer followed the tracks to a house on CTH I. There were four adults in the home. The officer identified a set of

Sorrel boots that were wet with a tread pattern matching those at the garage and in the snow. They were Rosenberg’s. There was also a pair of blue jeans that were reportedly his which were soaking wet. A 20 h.p. Johnson outboard motor was

found at the home. It had fresh snow on it and grass stuck in the propeller. An outboard had been reported stolen from another cabin. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Frederic man gets OWI after going into wrong home

NEW RICHMOND - Christopher Rosenberg, 26, New Richmond, was charged with burglary on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Police were called to an address on Niebel Lane that day with a report of burglary to a garage. It had been broken into. There were tracks leading away from it, and sev-

Burglary charged in New Richmond

Jauch: GOP voter ID bill unnecessary - will disenfranchise voters


microscopic examples statewide,” Jauch said. He pointed to a 2008 election investigation conducted by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen which produced a total of 11 potential voter fraud cases, out of a total of over 3 million votes cast in Wisconsin. Of those 11, five have actually been charged with voter fraud. The northern lawmaker’s office contacted every county clerk in the 25th Senate District and asked for examples of voter fraud and found only one case, a 91year-old woman who voted in person after she forgot that she had sent her absentee ballot in. “There is integrity in our election process. The only fraud is the GOP’s political effort to jam this bill down the throats of Wisconsin voters in time for the April elections and deny legal voters from exercising their right to vote.” “The Republicans have deliberately misled the public into believing that their goal is to improve the integrity of our elections when the true motive is to suppress

legitimate voter participation. There are 175,000 citizens over the age of 65 who do not have a driver’s license, and 70 percent of them are women. Most of the elderly have been responsible voters for over half a century, but now they are being told they must get a ride at least 50 miles round-trip to obtain an identification card to enable them to continue their constitutional right to vote,” Jauch claimed. “It is an outrageous and burdensome requirement that I would expect in Moscow but not in Wisconsin,” he said. Jauch charged the Republicans as being “clueless about the adverse impact on rural senior citizens who won’t have access to state DMV offices.” “The lawmakers pushing these restrictive voting requirements live in urban areas where DMV offices may be more accessible, so they seem to ignore the reality that limited access to DMV services will make it virtually impossible for many rural senior citizens to obtain the identification card.” he

said. “The Spooner DMV office is scheduled to be open only one day between now and the April election. No one in their right mind would seriously apply this new requirement if they understood that the consequence would be to deny these legal residents the opportunity to comply with voter id requirements,” he added. “The legislation addresses a phony problem that doesn’t exist, and instead of improving the integrity of our voting process, the legislation will make it more difficult for citizens to have free and fair access to cast their ballot. Improving voter participation and strengthening the electoral process ought to be every public official’s goal but disenfranchising voters is unconscionable in our democratic society,” he concluded. - from the office of Sen. Jauch

MADISON – Assembly Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee voted last week in favor of a bill to exempt one politically connected developer from state wetland protections. The bill, Special Session Assembly Bill 10, would create a special exemption for a single development site in Brown County allowing for the complete destruction of an undeveloped wetland. “Republicans are jeopardizing jobs by their irresponsible actions,” said state Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range. “I’m dumbfounded. This project had already re-

ceived DNR approval, but the Republicans grew impatient with the time line and decided to circumvent the process by denying the constitutional rights of citizens to petition their government. Gov. Walker requested this custom legislation for someone who couldn’t be bothered to follow the rules. We cannot be in the business of making private legislation for individuals that takes away the constitutional rights of Wisconsinites. It is unethical and an affront to law-abiding citizens.” Milroy continued, “On top of all of this is the fact that the Republicans actually killed hundreds of jobs because of their reckless proposal. Maybe if they would have shared their plans with the interested parties before railroading legislation

through committee, they would have discovered that Bass Pro Shops is not in the business of destroying wetlands. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that Bass Pro Shops is an ethical company that values Wisconsin’s natural resources, that’s why Democrats sent a letter to the company and specifically requested to work together to create good jobs while protecting wetlands. I don’t blame them for not wanting to be part of this Republican endrun around the law. Republicans disregard of our efforts to save these jobs and disdain for wetlands is putting Wisconsin jobs in jeopardy.” The northern legislator pointed out that instead of allowing adequate time for public input, Republicans pushed the bill

through the entire committee process in less than 72 hours. “Unfortunately, this bill does nothing but offer one developer a chance to skirt the law. It is not the way to build lasting economic growth in Wisconsin,” said Milroy. “It was pushed so quickly that it effectively shut out significant public input.” “It is my hope that Gov. Walker and his team will start to work with Bass Pro Shops to locate its business in Wisconsin,” said Milroy. “I would recommend that they sit down with them before pushing through special deals and hasty legislation. We need to bring these jobs to Wisconsin. I’m here to help.”

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A new estimate shows state government could finish this fiscal year with money in the bank, but not without skipping or delaying payments it will have to make eventually. The fiscal bureau analysis says the state will finish the budget that runs through the end of June with a $121 million balance. While that’s better than many pro-

jected, it doesn’t tell the full story. It assumes the state would let its medical assistance programs run out of money sometime this spring. And it assumes Wisconsin won’t pay back the nearly $60 million it owes the state of Minnesota as part of a now-defunct tax reciprocity deal. Gov. Scott Walker had said before the new numbers came out that he wanted the Legislature to make cuts to help balance the current budget. His office issued

a statement Monday, Jan. 31, saying the new estimates showed Wisconsin faces a “fiscal crisis.” Milwaukee Assembly Democrat Tamara Grigsby, who sits on the Legislature’s finance committee, questioned the need for a budget repair bill. She said if Republicans were serious about the budget, they wouldn’t have just passed several tax cuts that add to the deficit. “There’s no question that we need to

work very hard to do better,” says Grigsby. “But the Republicans have certainly not shown that they have had any intention of doing that other than giving tax credits and benefits to big businesses.” A much larger budget shortfall awaits the governor and lawmakers over the next two years. The state is projected to be roughly $3 billion in the hole over that span.

MADISON –“Republicans have zero respect for Wisconsin voter,” said state Sen. Bob Jauch, D- Poplar, in response to a Republican effort to fast track legislation that would establish one of the most restrictive voter identification requirements in the country. During a daylong hearing in the state Capitol dozens of clerks and individual citizens voiced concerns about the harmful effects the bill would have on the electoral process. “The Republicans insistence in requiring a state-issued identification card to vote, will inconvenience and potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of legal voters who have done absolutely nothing wrong or illegal in the past,” said Jauch. “Contrary to the mythological world they live in, this bill is simply unnecessary. Wisconsin has a long and proud history of clean elections, and there simply is no evidence to the contrary.” “There is zero evidence of fraudulent voting in northern Wisconsin and only

Milroy: Irresponsible legislation by Republicans backfires

Jobs in northeast Wisconsin are jeopardized

State budget picture improves slightly

Local couple runners-up in Outstanding Young Farmer contest

EAU CLAIRE - A Burnett County farm couple received second runner-up of the Wisconsin Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer Award. Ben and Nicki Peterson received the award in Eau Claire on Saturday night, Jan. 29, after competing against 11 other finalists. Ben owns a 630-cow dairy operation with his parents, Gary and Cris Peterson, where they raise corn and alfalfa hay on over 1,500 acres of cropland. Ben joined his family’s farm after graduating from college in 1999. Nicki owns a marketing and graphic design business, Crosstown Creative Solutions, and has helped design promotional materials for the farm. She looks forward to using her experience with social media to teach others about agriculture and the dairy industry. “We were very honored to have been nominated for this award,” Ben said. “It was a great experience, and we enjoyed meeting other farmers from all areas of Wisconsin.” The Petersons have a 3-month-old son, Jake. They were sponsored by Burnett Dairy Cooperative, Lookout Ridge Consulting and AgStar Financial. Also during the event, Brian and Renee

Ben and Nicki Peterson of Burnett County received second runner-up of the Wisconsin Jaycees’ Oustanding Young Farmer Award in Eau Claire on Saturday evening, Jan. 29. Photo submitted

Schall of Burlington were named winners of the OYF Award, while Ryan and Sarah Radecki from Pulaski were named first runners-up. Patty and Gary Edelburg, Scandinavia, were the winners of the annual Speak Up for Agriculture Award. Ben and Nicki Peterson were also named first runners-up for this award. Other finalists were Aaron and Holly Nelson, Richland Center; Tim and Shana Johnson, Baraboo; Bruce and Jolene Gumz, Dorchester; Jeff/Mark and Kelli Elmhorst, Granton; Jeff and Debbie Wille, Barron; Mark and Amelia Duley, Merrill; Joe and Angie Draeger, Ripon; and Scot and Jennifer Zimmerman, Osseo. Meanwhile, last year’s state winners, Ryan and Michelle Keller of Richland Center, will represent Wisconsin at the National OYF Awards Congress next month in Louisville, Ky. The Petersons were nominated to apply for the 2011 national award which will be presented in Arkansas. The Wisconsin OYF program was developed in 1954 to recognize the younger generation of successful agriculturists in the state. - submitted

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Still backing GB


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quarterbacks have come and gone. And as for me, I’m a real Packer fan now, watching all the games and cheering GB on, all of which makes my friend Kerri – who’s been a Packer fan forever – just smile. I don’t work at Nelson School anymore, but when I showed photos of students in their cheesehead hats back in 1997 to one of the school’s teachers, she organized a

Priscilla Bauer

With the Pack being back I thought I’d go back, back to the last time the Packers were headed to the Super Bowl. It was 1997 and I was working at Nelson School in Alpha. All the students and staff made cheesehead hats to wear on a special Packer Day held the week of the game. I vaguely remember photos being taken of me and a co-worker wearing our cheesehead hats and sporting the letters GB on our derrieres. Yes, you read that correctly, we actually attached the letters GB on our “fan-nies” and then let ourselves be photographed in our “fan-atic” Packer-backing attire. Back then I wasn’t really that much of a Packer fan. In truth I hardly even watched football. I was just caught up in the moment back in 1997. So now the Packers are in it again. A lot has changed over the years, coaches and

Packer Day for this Friday and invited me. I’ll be there, wearing my Lambeau sweatshirt along with the rest of my green and gold. But as for displaying the letters GB in support of my team in the same spot as I did back in 1997 … I think this time around I’ll just back the Pack by wearing my GB baseball cap.

Cilla Bauer decided to forgo displaying the letters GB on her behind as she did back in 1997 in favor of backing the Pack this time around by wearing her GB baseball cap. Back in 1997 Nelson School students and staff all made cheesehead hats for a special Packer Day celebration held to back their team. The school will hold a Packer Day celebration again this Friday, Feb. 4, to support Green Bay as the team tries for a Super Bowl win this Sunday. Cilla Bauer (right) and co-worker Cindy Stewart sported cheesehead hats and the letters GB on their derrieres to back the Pack in 1997, the last time Green Bay was headed to the Super Bowl.

Siren Lioness help three hearing-impaired children

SIREN – During the summer of 2010, the Siren Lioness Club had the privilege of helping three hearing-impaired youngsters attend the Lions Camp in Rosholt, Gage Holmes, Dolan Highstrom and Kristy Nyman. Wisconsin Lions Camp was founded in 1956 with the purchase of 240 acres for the express purpose of developing a camp for disabled individuals. The first year 26 visually impaired people attended. Since that time, something new is added each year to increase the camp’s enjoyment and growth. The camp is well-staffed with qualified counselors, program specialists and nurses. You would be amazed at the quality of available medical facilities. Who may attend this camp? It was developed especially for children and adults with disabilities or diabetes to give them the opportunity to enjoy summer camping activities. If you have or know of a child with disabilities, why not give them

an opportunity to spend a summer week they will never forget? The camp has water sports of all kinds, crafts, karaoke, bird banding, archery, fishing plus so much more. Participants have the chance to make friendships to last a lifetime. Also, camp promotes a greater sense of independence, a more positive attitude and a new found pride in all newly discovered capabilities. The cost of this wonderful experience is free to all disabled youth and adults. The monies for camp are provided by the Wisconsin Lions/Lioness and Leo Clubs with additional funds from private and individual businesses and grants. The Siren Lioness group has been involved and continues to be involved in the promotion of camp sponsoring two to three children each year. For information on how to register a child for camp, call Lioness Marilyn, 715-349-7125. - submitted

FSA offers online tool to connect retiring and beginning farmers

BALSAM LAKE - The USDA Farm Service Agency recently created TIP Net, an online tool that can link retiring farmers who have expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts with beginning farmers interested in bringing the land into production. Through the Transition Incentives Program, producers with land for sale or lease are introduced to qualified beginning or socially

disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who want to buy or rent land for their operations. Additional information on FSA farm loan programs is available online at or at the Polk County FSA office. TIP Net can be found online at - from the FSA

The Siren Lioness Club helped three hearing-impaired youngsters attend the Lions Camp in Rosholt this past summer. Those participating were, seated: Gage Holmes. Middle row: Dolan Highstrom and Kristy Nyman. Standing: Polly Imme, who drove the children to camp and is a special education teacher at Siren Schools, and Stephanie Manthei, interpreter. - Photo submitted

Falls Chamber of Commerce celebrates at annual meeting


ST. CROIX FALLS – The Falls Chamber of Commerce celebrated their second anniversary as a merged chamber on Thursday, Jan. 20, at their annual meeting and awards dinner. In 2009 the Taylors Falls Chamber and St. Croix Falls Chamber officially merged to serve business members and their communities more efficiently. Last Thursday, the temperature outside was well below zero, but inside the Holiday Inn Express’s great room over 60 chamber guests mingled beside the cozy fireplace and then enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Our Place Café. Chamber President Sandy Williams, of the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, kicked off the meeting segment of the evening with a warm welcome to new members. Board treasurer, Ken Moore of Moore and Associates Business Advisors, presented the 2011 budget, which was ap-

proved by all in attendance. Highlights of the chamber’s year included concluding the first year with Cindy Stimmler as executive director, updates to the office equipment, reorganization of the office’s brochure display, electronic distribution of the weekly Newsflash, high-quality financial record keeping, offering ribbon-cutting ceremonies, conducting successful member meetings and educational seminars, development of a new membership recruitment packet and a complete overhaul of the Web site ( Stimmler presented a pictorial review of 2010, which recognized many of the guests in attendance. An election was held for three new members of the board of directors with Judy Erickson of Pleasant Valley Orchard, John Gerlach of NEI Electric and Craig Lien of Bont Chiropractic being elected to

each serve three-year terms on the chamber board. Williams also recognized outgoing board members Teresa Jerrick of The RiverBank and Linda Sandmann of Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association. Both Jerrick and Sandmann were instrumental in the smooth transition of the chamber’s evolution over the past few years. The evening concluded with the annual chamber awards being presented in the following categories: New Business of the Year was awarded to Royal Credit Union with the award being accepted by Rhonda Anderson, the St. Croix Falls branch manager. Business Renovation of the Year was awarded to Petro Plus Riverview Station, with the award being accepted by owner, Dean Mielke. The businessperson of the Year was awarded to Kirk Anderson of Interactive Business Solutions. The Falls Spirit

Award went to Barbara Young of Taylors Falls and was accepted by Linda Sandmann in Young’s absence. Business of the Year was awarded to The RiverBank, with Bruce Noll of the St. Croix Falls branch accepting. These proud recipients have demonstrated excellence in their business practices and have had a positive effect on the business community. The member-supported, nonprofit, Falls Chamber of Commerce has as its mission to “…advocate, promote and support business members and our communities.” Membership is open to individuals, large and small businesses and nonprofit organizations. For more information about membership call 715-483-3580 or visit the Web site, - submitted

by Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio CHIPPEWA FALLS - A Chippewa Falls nonprofit that employs people with disabilities is getting big business from all the Super Bowl hype. The organization is tasked with making hundreds of thousands of towels for both Steelers and Packers fans. On the factory floor at Chippewa River

Industries, nearly 20 people stand next to waist high industrial irons. With each spurt and spit an image of the Terrible Towel design is melted to a patch of terry cloth. But no matter which team is crowned Super Bowl Champion, Chippewa River Industries will benefit. CEO Dave Lemanski says they’re already making more than 100,000 Terrible Towels for the Steelers, and they just got

word they’ll be making Title Towels for the Packers. But Lemanski says the goal at CRI isn’t just to make towels. “Our mission is all about helping people live as independent lives as they can in their communities. So, part of living independently is employment.” There are currently 50 clients working on the towel projects. One of them is T.J. Lane. She’s a Packers fan but still takes

pride in making the Terrible Towels. “It’s fun because we get to see the towels on TV, and it’s neat to see our product in stores that someone can go buy.” Per its inventor’s wishes, a portion of the proceeds from the Steelers’ Terrible Towels will go to the Allegheny School for People with Disabilities in Pennsylvania.

CRI workers have great time making “terrible” towels

Siren spelling bee finalists

Indianhead Chorus begins a new year

On Jan. 29 the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus met at Amery Golf Club for Ladies Night and officer installation. While 2010 will go down as a banner year for the Indianhead Chorus, having added several new members and having performed many great concerts, 2011 is also promising to be an exciting year as a new crop of leaders take positions on the board. The chorus officers installed on Jan. 29 were, front (L to R): secretary treasurer, Larry Fisk; president, Mark Nelson; vice president of marketing and public relations, Ken Mettler; and vice president of music, Gary Noren. Back row: vice president of membership, Harvey Sandall; performance coordinator, Dan Valentine; member at large Harley Shafer; assistant music director and Web master, Karl Wicklund; and music director, Steve Swenson. Not pictured are member at large, Archie Lessard; and in nonboard positions, director of young men in harmony, Jon Buss; birthday/anniversary cards, LeRoy Brown; 2011 show chairman, Rick VanArnum; and librarian and photographer, John Roeber. — submitted by Ken Mettler

LEFT: Siren School District’s second- through eighth-grade spelling bee finalists. Shown are second grade: Jaidyn Jewell and Hailie Balluf; third grade: Jordan Webster and Trevor Stanford; fourth grade: Robert Jarrell and Alayna Johnson; fifth grade: Bernice Taylor and Amy Stanford; sixth grade: Henry Taylor and Elijah Benjamin; seventh grade: Josiah Wegner and Hannah Skold and eighth grade: Sydni Schultz and Ashley Teron. Congratulations to the Siren School Spelling Bee finalists and champion, Hannah Skold, who will participate in the regional spelling bee in Turtle Lake. RIGHT: Siren School District’s Spelling Bee champion is seventhgrader Hannah Skold. – Photos submitted

Master Woodland Steward workshops announced for 2011

Do you want to learn about your woodlands?

TOMAHAWK – This is the question that is at the heart of the Master Woodland Steward Program. The program is designed to build on their practical everyday experiences of woodland owners and help them to understand how and why things happened the way they happened. The Master Woodland Steward Program combines classroom instruction and outdoor experiences to teach participants the basics of forest ecology, silvicultural techniques, managing for aesthetics, recreation and wildlife habitat, business decision and planning tools as well as sources for technical and financial assistance. Whether you are interested in managing your woodlands for profit or pleasure, you can gain valuable skills and knowledge that will help you become a better steward of your woodlands. This will be an intensive four-day course featuring classroom sessions and field exercises starting at noon on Thursday, April 28, and ending on the

afternoon of Sunday, May 1. Each day the program will explore different forest resource management and stewardship issues with presentations from UW-Extension, UW-Stevens Point and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource forestry and wildlife management specialists. Additionally, participants receive reference materials and publications providing additional information on each topic. The program will be held at the UW-Stevens Point’s Treehaven Field Station located near Tomahawk. The cost to attend is $150 per person. The registration fee covers all program costs including room, board, instruction and reference materials. The Master Woodland Steward Program is open to all. However, class size is limited to the first 24 registrants. Registrations must be received by Thursday, April 7. For additional information and registration:;96. If you would like to talk with a Polk County landowner who has received this training, contact or call Neal W. Chapman at 715-204-9573. - submitted

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Flaherty buries 1,000th point in close win over Warriors Unity 50, Clear Lake 48

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The storied career of Unity senior Brady Flaherty reached a special milestone on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the senior Eagle scored his 1,000th career point against the Clear Lake Warriors, and also led his squad to a 50-48 victory. The contest was a nail-biter almost all the way, with the Eagles managing a victory in the final minutes over the Warriors and making it a double good night for Unity fans and especially the senior Flaherty in his pursuit of a grand. “The game was another tough one,” Unity head coach Shaun Fisher stated. “Clear Lake is a good team and we knew it was going to be a great challenge. It was a close game throughout and I’m proud that our kids found a way to win at the end.” “Our kids executed well down the stretch and kept their composure,” Fisher said. “We need to continue to finish games strong and have people step up in those situations. We did a great job of that last night!” In spite of the closely fought victory for the Eagles, the star of the night was obviously Flaherty, who notched his 1,000th career point in the contest. “I’m very happy for him! He has worked very hard and is very deserving of this milestone,” Fisher glowed. “Our school and community is very fortunate to have a great leader like him on the team. He is a great young man that displays great character. He has a very bright future ahead of him no matter what path he chooses in life.” Flaherty is currently shooting 49 percent from the field, averaging 16.5 points per

Brady Flaherty poses with coach Shaun Fisher after hitting his high school career’s 1,000th point in the Unity game against Clear Lake on Thursday, Jan. 27. – Photo submitted

game and 11.4 rebounds per game. The 6foot-3 senior is consistently among the leading scorers in the Lakeland Conference and has been the Eagle’s leading scorer for several years.

Unity moves to 12-3 overall, and 5-2 in West Lakeland Conference play, just a tick out of first place and tied with Grantsburg and Webster for second place.

Unity boys slip past Tigers in defensive battle

Unity 33, Webster 31

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity Eagle boys were able to fend off the solid Webster Tigers at Unity on Tuesday, Feb. 1, winning a nail-biter, 33-31, in a match that could play huge in deciding who wins the West Lakeland Conference title. The Eagles kept Tiger standout Austin Elliot to just 13 points, while limiting follow-up specialist James Wethern to just two points. Tiger Josh Baer was able to add 10 points to the Webster cause, but much of the Tiger supporting cast was held at bay, with only Dan Dochniak and Greg McIntyre adding ammo to the cause in the defense battle. While Unity held off the explosive Tigers offensively, they had their own offensive battles to overcome, as offensive go-to guy Brady Flaherty was limited to 13 points, and while senior Rush Hickethier was able to get the drop on a pair of long balls for six points, no other Eagle scored over five points, including Brady Turner. Webster took a small lead into the halftime, but Unity kept the defensive heat on, and outscored the Tigers 11-4 in the third quarter, making it a race to the finish that went the Eagles way, 33-31.

Webster’s Josh Baer goes up for a shot in a previous game. – File photo by Greg Marsten Unity moves to 13-3 overall, and 6-2 in West Lakeland play. Webster falls to 10-6

Unity’s Jacob Ruck brings the ball downcourt in an earlier game this season. – File photo by Marty Seeger overall, but stays in the hunt at 5-3 in conference.

Brady Flaherty goes up for a shot in an earlier game this year. – File photo by Marty Seeger

Extra Points

••• LEADER LAND – The Shell Lake at Unity girls basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 3, can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Friday, Feb. 4, Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls girls and boys basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM beginning at 6 p.m. The Unity at Turtle Lake boys basketball game on Monday, Feb. 7, is on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The St. Croix Falls at Luck boys and girls basketball games can be heard on 104.9 FM on Tuesday, Feb. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. ••• DALLAS, Texas – The Sunday, Feb. 6, Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl game begins at 5 p.m. and can be heard on 105.7 FM. ••• LEADER LAND – Sporting events broadcast on 1260 AM can be heard on the following dates and times. The Thursday, Feb. 3, Amery boys basketball game at Durand can be heard at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at Prescott girls basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 4, begins at 7:30 p.m. The Ellsworth at Amery boys basketball game begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. The Michigan State at Wisconsin men’s college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 6, begins at noon. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2011 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

SPORTS RESULTS DEADLINES: WEDNESDAY - MONDAY: 1 p.m. the following business day. TUESDAY: 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Missed deadlines mean no coverage that week! S P O R T S N E W S O R S C O R E S T O R E P O R T ? • P H O N E : 7 1 5 - 3 2 7 - 4 2 3 6 • FA X : 7 1 5 - 3 2 7 - 4 1 1 7 • E - M A I L : m s e e g e r @ c e n t u r y t e l . n e t








Viking girls escape with big win over Saints

Frederic completes sweep over conference foe

better in the second half we might have put them away a little sooner too, but like I said, they’re 10-2 and 5-1 in conference, so they’re a very very good team,” Wink said. The Vikings were led by Maria Miller with 18 points, and Jade Johnson’s 13 points, while the Saints were led by Petznick and Erickson who had 10 points apiece, and Sempf added nine.

Frederic 48, St. Croix Falls 38

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic girls basketball team pulled out a big win against St. Croix Falls on Friday, Jan. 28, and snapped the Saints nine-game winning streak in the process. The last time the Saints had lost a game was against the Vikings in early December, making the Vikings’ win even more of a difficult task. “That was a very huge win, they’re a very good team, obviously,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink after the game. The Vikings got off to a slow start in the first quarter as the Saints got out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter. Jessica Rademacher, Sarah Petznick, Natalie Sempf and Alexis Erickson helped the Saints to their early lead but the Vikings started to battle back quickly despite the Saints 10-point lead shortly into the second quarter. Frederic’s Maria Miller got the Vikings on the board first in the second quarter and hit three more big shots as the Vikings went on to score nine unanswered points. The Saints maintained a small lead throughout the final three minutes of the first half, yet the Vikings continued to battle on offense, and with a last-second shot from Corissa Schmidt the Vikings took their first lead of the game, and it remained 15-14 at the half. “We knew it’d be a battle … luckily we rebounded from our first-quarter woes and got our offense clicking a little bit,” Wink said. Once Frederic got the lead they never surrendered it in the second half, leading by as much as 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. “We talked about when we got the lead, extend it and let the other team play catchup. It’s pretty hard to do, and they had to work a little bit harder to catch up. Luckily we were able to take care of it,” said Wink. The Vikings were able to maintain their

Unity 44, Webster 42

Frederic 67, Birchwood 31 FREDERIC – The Vikings celebrated parents night with a big win over Birchwood, 67-31, on Tuesday, Feb. 1. While Birchwood only scored two points in the first quarter, Frederic tallied 21. The Vikings scored in the double digits in every quarter, 19 in the second, 10 in the third and 17 in the fourth. Birchwood scored nine in the second and 10 in each quarter of the second half. “All players that dressed played and scored,” coach Troy Wink said. Maria Miller scored 28 points during the game. Cori Schmidt and Lauren Domagala each had seven, Sage Karl six, Brittani Hughes and Emily Byerly five, Sam Nelson and Vanessa Neumann three, Tabitha Java two and Tara Anderson one. “Overall pleased with win,” Wink commented. “Maria had a very good offense night, I thought Sage played very strong defense and Sam controlled point guard spot well.” Frederic next travels to Luck on Friday, Feb. 4. – Brenda Martin

Saint Natalie Sempf goes up for a layup as Frederic's Samantha Nelson attempts the block. – Photos by Marty Seeger 10-point lead to the final three minutes of fell. the game, before free-throw shooting alThe Vikings worked the clock for the lowed the Saints a chance at a comeback. final three minutes as well, but free throws Normally the Vikings are a solid free- weren’t falling. Fortunately, they were throw shooting team. In their previous able to come up with some huge defensive game they shot 19 of 26 from the line, but stops down the stretch. against the Saints only 2 of 13 free throws “If we would have rebounded a little bit

St. Croix Falls 40, PACT Charter 32 ST. CROIX FALLS – PACT Charter fell to the St. Croix Falls Saints, 40-32, on Tuesday, Feb. 1. PACT Charter was up 11-9 after the first quarter, but St. Croix Falls scored 12 in the second to take the lead 21-14. The Saints stayed ahead in both the third and fourth quarters, in order to win the game. Sarah Petznick scored 15 points for the Saints, Natalie Sempf 11, Caitlyn Olson six and Taylor Orton and Alexis Erickson each four. St. Croix Falls hosts Grantsburg on Friday, Feb. 4, for their next game. – Brenda Martin

Unity girls fend off Webster

matched at first, but Sarah Bader adjusted to her height, and did a good job.” The Eagles had solid, across-the-board scoring, with 11 points from Crystal Donahue, 9 from Brittany Thomfohrda and 9 points from Anna Ebensperger, whom Kline praised for helping out defensive specialist Hayla Bader when she got into foul trouble. “It was a defensive, hard-fought battle,” Kline said. “A physical game on both sides.” The Tigers were able to shut the Eagle offense down in much of the second half, limiting them to just 6 points in the third frame, while they were able to get within a point as the final quarter started, but ultimately could not outlast the Eagles, who came away with the hard fought win, 4442. Both teams now have identical 8-8 overall records, with Webster having a slight nod in conference play, at 2-5, versus Unity’s 2-6 record.

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – It was a closelyfought conference battle on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Unity between the Webster Tigers and hosting Eagle girls, which the Eagles came away with by a bucket, giving them a much-needed conference win and a chance to get back on track after several recent losses. The Tigers needed the win to stay in the hunt for a slice of West Lakeland Conference title possibilities, but now have to set their eyes on playoff seeding. The Eagles took a 7-point lead into the halftime after outscoring the Tigers in the second quarter. But the Tigers came back, in part due to solid play inside by Shauna Rein, who exploded for 19 points in the loss, but gave the Eagles a scare. “She was on fire,” Unity head coach Carol Kline stated. “We had her misRIGHT: Webster junior Chelsea Larson fights for room inside during a previous game this season. – File photo by Greg Marsten

LEFT: Eagle Shauna Jorgenson looks for a teammate in an earlier game. – File photo by Marty Seeger

Siren basketball teams playing at Target Center Feb. 5

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Siren Dragons boys and girls basketball teams

will be playing at the Target Center against Pine City, Minn., on Saturday, Feb. 5. Tickets cost $20 and are good for all five high school games being played that day.

The Siren girls will be playing at around 1:45 p.m., and the Siren boys play directly after that. Games must be completed by 5:30 p.m.

for the NBA shoot around. The final game of the evening is the Minnesota Timberwolves game versus the Denver Nuggets.








Saints boys get near win over Vikes at the buzzer Game-winning shot by Christenson rims out

left corner, but his jumper rimmed out as the buzzer sounded. It was a tough loss for the Saints, but a solid effort, as Christenson led with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, a steal and two assists. Nick Johnson had 11 points, Marcus Campbell, nine, Jared Sprieter, five, and Ben Clausen, three. For the Vikings it was Tesch with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Adam Chenal had nine points, Waylon Buck, seven, Draxler, six, Trae Gehl, five, and Tony Peterson and Robert Kirk each had two points.

Frederic 46, St. Croix Falls 45

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – After winning by two points against the Saints earlier in the Season, the Frederic Viking boys basketball team seemed poised to win over St. Croix Falls again on Friday, Jan. 28, but it wasn’t going to be easy. It was a tight, back-and-forth battle throughout much of the night, as neither team was able to stretch a lead of more than five points. Michael Tesch had a great night for the Vikings as he scored six of the first eight points of the game and Frederic held an 8-4 lead with under six minutes to go in the first quarter before Zach Christenson hit a 3-pointer to bring the game back to within one. It seemed to set the tempo of how things would go for the next two quarters, as the Vikings led 1514 after the first quarter and the game remained tied 27-27 at the half. In the first half the Vikings were led by Micheal Tesch, who had 10 points in the first quarter, and was silenced until the second half where he scored two in the third and three more points in the fourth. “Mike Tesch was very tough at the start of the game and rebounded all game,” said Vikings coach Ryan Lind. Tesch also had a couple of big blocks as well. Frederic got a little more breathing room in the third quarter as they stretched their lead to five with the help of a Joe Draxler 3-pointer with 3:32 remaining in the quarter. The Vikings worked the clock in the final minute of the third quarter, and maintained a 39-36 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, which wasn’t much as the Saints tied it back up at 41 apiece with about three minutes remaining in the

Clayton 58, St. Croix Falls 42 CLAYTON – The Clayton Bears defeated the St. Croix Falls Saints, 58-42, on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Bears took a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, held their lead at the half 26-24 and totaled 32 to the Saints 18 in the second half for the win. Zach Christensen had 11 points against Clayton, Jared Sprieter 10, Marcus Campbell eight, Jace Marek six, Nathan Graveson three and Nick Johnson and Ben Clausen each two. St. Croix Falls hosts Grantsburg on Friday, Feb. 4, for their next game. – Brenda Martin

Frederic's Adam Chenal collides with Saints Marcus Campbell and Jace Marek in a roughand-tumble game in Frederic on Friday, Jan. 28. – Photo by Marty Seeger

game. It was a tough quarter offensively for both teams, yet free throws seemed to keep the Vikings from holding the Saints down, as the Vikings shot 3 of 7 from the line. The Vikings had a 46-41 lead with 41 seconds to go in the game, but Christenson sunk a key bucket and shot two crucial free throws to bring the game to within a point. With 22 seconds to go in

the game, the Vikings went to the line but missed both free throws, and put the ball back into the Saints hands. Despite not being able to convert their possession into points, the Saints won a key possession battle on a jump ball, and had a chance to win it in the end with mere seconds on the clock. The Saints fed the ball on an inbound pass to Christenson, who shot from the far

Frederic 59, Birchwood 36 FREDERIC – Birchwood fell to the Vikings boys basketball team 59-36 on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Frederic had a 34-13 lead at half and scored 25 to Birchwood’s 23 in the second half, bringing in the team’s sixth win of the season. Adam Chenal scored 19 points for Frederic, Waylon Buck 15, Michael Tesch nine, Joe Draxler, Robert Kirk and Raif Poirier each four, Trae Gehl three and Ian Lexen one. The Vikings made 19 of their 26 free throws during the game. The Vikings travel to Luck for their next game on Friday, Feb. 4. – Brenda Martin

Pirate boys double up on Clear Lake at Target Center Grantsburg girls defeat Shell Lake

Both teams scored 21 points in the third, keeping the Pirates one ahead of Somerset, 46-45. Grantsburg’s final quarter of 17 points compared to the Spartan’s eight secured the win for the Pirates, 63-53. “Trevor did a nice job of shutting down No. 12 in the second half,” Hallberg said. Somerset’s Danny Sheridan scored 13 in the first half, but only five in the second. Brent Myers totaled 24 points for the Pirates. Trevor Thompson had 20, Derek Bertelsen 12, Seth Coy three and Nolan Hanson two. – Brenda Martin

Grantsburg 71, Clear Lake 35

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MINNEAPOLIS – The Grantsburg Pirates played like the Timberwolves’ famed Target Center was their home court on Saturday, Jan. 29 against the Clear Lake Warriors, with the Pirates coming away with an easy victory, more than doubling up on the regional opponent. After a fairly even start, the Pirates began to pull away, leading by a 34-20 margin at the halftime break. The Warriors were likely suffering from not having offensive contributor Matt O’Connell available for scoring duty. Grantsburg outscored the Warriors 3715 in the second half for the victory, led by 25 points from Trevor Thompson and 21 points more from Brent Myers, the boys from Clear Lake never stood a chance. “We came down here and took care of business, like I had hoped we would,” stated Pirate head coach Nick Hallberg. “Everyone played pretty well, and as a team I thought it was one of our most complete performances of the year.” Grantsburg also had nine points from Derek Bertelsen, and eight points from David Ohnstad in the victory. Both squads struggled at the free-throw line and buried half or less in the contest. Clear Lake had a hard time adjusting to the Target Center’s court, and their scoring duties were also hard to define, as Brian Friendshuh was the lone Warrior scoring in double figures, and that was just 11 points. Grantsburg ran away with the win under the bright lights, 71-35, and moves

Grantsburg’s Trevor Thompson goes for a shot in a previous game this year. – File photos by Marty Seeger

their record to a solid 13-3 overall and just a tick out of first place in the West Lakeland at 5-2. Clear Lake falls to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in the Central Lakeland standings, where they are still in the running.

Grantsburg 63, Somerset 53 SOMERSET – Grantsburg scored a win over Somerset 63-53, on Monday, Jan. 31. “Another good win on the road,” coach Nick Hallberg said. “One more and then

Pirate Nicole McKenzie gets around defenders during an earlier game this year.

we get to come back home.” The Pirates took a 10-point lead over Somerset after the first quarter, 14-4. With a big second quarter for the Spartans, Grantsburg only had one up on them, 2524, at the end of the first half. “Somerset’s a team that keeps getting better with every game,” Hallberg commented. “They’re well coached and they showed that tonight.”

Grantsburg 53, Shell Lake 22 GRANTSBURG — With a 53-22 point win over Shell Lake, Friday, Jan. 28, the Grantsburg Pirates improved their overall record to 8-5. The nonconference win was never in doubt as the Pirates took an early 12-6 lead and extended it to 28-13 by the end of the first half. Haley Larson was the top scorer for the Pirates with 21 points. The 5’3” senior guard had a great game against the Shell Lake defense, which sent her to the free-throw line eight times in the first half where she converted seven of them. Kylie Pewe had eight points and Samantha Schweiger followed with seven points as the offense put up 53 points on the board. Head coach Adam Hale was pleased with his offense but added, “We still need work in our half-court offense and have to do a lot better job of limiting our unforced turnovers. Our guards were aggressive, though, and I was very pleased with our offensive rebounding.” The Pirate defense held the Lakers to 22 points. “I thought we aplayed four quarters of good defense and keeping pressure on Shell Lake’s guards. We needed girls to step up tonight and they responded like I hoped,” Hale said after the game. by – Larry Samson, Washburn County Register








Luck boys overcome deficit, slip past Dragons Luck 45, Siren 42

Luck was able to control the final moments of the game, enough for Logan Hacker to get the roll on a bank shot with just over three seconds on the clock, giving the Cards the lead for the final moments. Turnovers plagued both squads at times, and the final few seconds were a back-and-forth flurry of ball control, with a foul going Luck’s way, and Cole Mortel burying both of his shots with scant seconds left on the clock for a 45-42 Cardinal victory. Andrew Brown led the Dragon scoring attack with 17 points, 11 in the first half. Elijah Hinze was the second leading Dragon scorer, adding 12 points in the loss. Siren moves to 9-6 overall, and 3-5 in conference play, while the Cards record moves to 12-3 overall, with a conferenceleading 6-1 record.

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Luck Cardinal boys were able to come from behind after trailing most of the game to hold off a last-second Siren lead change and victory attempt for a hard-fought conference win, 45-42 on Friday, Jan. 28, at Siren, keeping the Cards atop the West Lakeland Conference. Luck trailed by as much as a dozen in the first quarter, before rolling back in and tying the contest two minutes before the half, leading to a game that came down to the final ticks to decide. “It was a slow start,” Luck head coach Rick Giller admitted, noting his team’s 144 first-quarter deficit. “But we bounced back with a 17-9 run in the second ... with balanced scoring.” Both squads were extremely even on their execution, matching each other for the entire second half, but both squads did a good job of closing down the inside lane, making for rare bonsai blasts inside and lots of outside shooting. For Luck, Cole Mortel was the runaway leading scorer, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds and three steals in the victory. Logan Hacker added a double-double to his resume, with 10 points, 10 boards and four assists. Alec Mortel finished with just five points, but added 11 boards and four assists to his efforts, with Brady Klatt adding five points and five steals in the win. “Though being behind the whole way and digging a hole after the first quarter, the Luck players never gave up and believed in themselves,” coach Giller said. “They just didn’t get rattled.”

Cumberland 53, Luck 39 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Beavers won against Luck on Monday, Jan. 31, 53-39. “Just outplayed by a better Cumberland team,” Luck coach Rick Giller said. The Cardinals fell behind 15-9 after the first quarter, got it back within two points in the second quarter, but ended the quarter behind 28-16 and couldn’t close the gap during the second half. Cole Mortel scored 20 points against the Beavers. Alec Mortel had 10 total, Roger Steen six with two 3-pointers, Logan Hacker added two and Evan Armour one making one of his two free throws. – Brenda Martin LEFT: Luck senior Logan Hacker goes skyward over Siren's Luke Bollant. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Dragon girls keep Cards at bay

Luck girls fall hard to ‘Greens

just four turnovers in the second half. “We just found ourselves in too deep a hole against a very good basketball team,” he admitted. Luck moves to 7-6 overall, and 2-5 in West Lakeland Conference play. Siren remains on top of the conference with an 111 overall record, and a 6-1 conference mark.

Siren 46, Luck 32

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Siren Dragons girls basketball team held off the visiting Luck girls on Friday, Jan. 28, with the contest being quite close for most of the way, in spite of the final 46-32 score. With the victory, the Dragons stay on top of the West Lakeland conference. Led by 24 points from senior Carley Emery and 15 more from Ashley Guevara, the Dragons led for all but a few moments early in the first quarter. Siren head coach Ryan Karsten noted that the key to their win was his team’s ability to keep Cardinal offensive leaders Avery Steen and Morgan Denny in check.

Luck and Siren players battle for a loose ball. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Luck sophomore Taylor Joy tries to get a pass past Northwood senior Deanna Scheller in a contest at Luck on Tuesday, Feb. 1. – Photo by Jenna Clemenson.

“We were able to hold their big two Denny and Steen - to just 18 points combined,” Karsten said. “At the same time, our big two (Emery and Guevara) got together for 39 points.” Both squads were plagued with turnovers in the first half, and that Dragon duo Karsten mentioned were the only Siren scorers in the first half. But both squads had only limited success with their perimeter shooting, and the Cards failed to make a single basket from beyond the

arc. “Playing the state-ranked and conference-leading Dragons ... in the Dragon’s den is always tough,” Luck head coach Marty Messar said, noting that while the Siren girls took a 12-point lead into the final quarter, his squad was able to chip that lead down to five points for a spell. “But we struggled to score throughout the contest.” Messar also noted the Cardinal’s 22 first-half turnovers, which they reduced to

Northwood 60, Luck 32 LUCK – The undefeated Northwood Evergreens girls showed why they’re undefeated after coming back from behind in the first quarter. They came back to drown the Luck Cardinals by a wide margin, almost doubling up on the hosting squad at a contest in Luck on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 60-32. The Cards played with the wellrounded Evergreens for the first quarter, pulling away briefly with a lead, in part due to Avery Steen and good passing from across the perimeter. But the ‘Greens later keyed on Steen in the second quarter, shut down the inside lane and limited Luck to just one shot and out for most of the night. At the same time, Northwood’s board work was commendable, keeping the ball in their paint after seemingly every one of their shots and shutting down the Luck rebounding effectively. This limited the Cards to just two points total in the second quarter, while they scored 21 points on their own in a breakaway that quickly became a Northwood’s victory. Luck’s scoring chores fell mainly on Steen, as the ‘Greens were able to limit the rest of the Cardinal offense to just a few scattered free throws and occasional buckets. Northwood rallied for 18 more points in the third quarter, while it took the Luck girls the whole second half to reach that amount of scoring. Northwood won handily, 60-32, moving to 13-3 overall in the Central Lakeland, where they have all but assured themselves another conference title. Luck falls to 7-7 overall, and remains at 2-5 in the West Lakeland. They host Frederic in a conference contest Friday, Feb. 4, that promises to be a more even match.








Saints wrestling team hosts exciting dual against Clear Lake Clear Lake 40, St. Croix Falls 28

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The crowd was roaring for several close matches during a conference dual between Clear Lake and St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Jan. 27. Unfortunately, the Saints were unable to get the win they’d hoped for, as Clear Lake pulled through with the win. All 14 weight classes were filled as

Saints freshman Drew Wheeler started the night off with a pin and six points at 103 pounds. The Saints then lost by pin at 112 pounds, and James Klassen lost his match at 119, when Clear Lake’s Tim Anderson earned an escape with just 48 seconds to go, and held on for a 4-3 win. St. Croix Falls lost by another pin at 125, before Spencer Walters got the crowd excited again with his pin at 130. Despite an 11-0 loss at 135, the Saints got back on track

Saints freshman Drew Wheeler came on strong against the Warriors with this pin at 103 pounds. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Marshall Dillman, a sophomore on the Saints wrestling team, fought hard during his match on Thursday, Jan. 27, but ended up losing the match 10-4.

when Taylor Sempf earned a pin at 140. Up next was Marshall Dillman at 140. Dillman wrestled a tight match throughout the three periods allowed but ended up losing 10-4, before Erik Segelstrom followed up with another tough match at 152. Segelstrom fought his way back to tie the match at three, and send it into overtime, but lost 5-3. With 11 seconds remaining in the match at 160, Saints junior Jake Rademacher was

able to win by a much-needed pin over Nathan Fouks. Jake’s brother Joe Rademacher had a good match to follow at 171, and despite being unable to get the pin, he won by a 10-0 score, giving the Saints a brief 28-25 lead. The Saints were unable to maintain the lead however, as Ryan Nussbaum lost an 8-4 match at 189, and the Saints lost both matches by pin at 215, and 285 pounds.

LFG grapplers outmaneuver thin TLC squad

LFG 48, Turtle Lake 30

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The combined Luck-FredericGrantsburg wrestling team was able to overcome the Turtle Lake/Clayton squad on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Luck for a 48-30 win, in a dual contest where both squads had to do some maneuvering for points, due to forfeits and kids who were unable to be on the roster. “There were only five matches for the night, just because we didn’t match up with where they were and vice versa,”

LFG head coach Chris Bartlett said. “Both coaches had to try and take chances on moving guys to give ourselves a chance to win.” Turtle Lake/Clayton moved their 112pounder, Brock Lien, up to wrestle LFG’s 119-pounder Evan Ryan. Ryan won on a pin at 4:18. “I was going to try and move my 152 away from their two better wrestlers, but luck had it that their 152-pounder was out and now my 152 was too heavy to wrestle their 152 pounder!” Bartlett said. LFG’s Chase Dodds was able to force a pin at 3:25 over Zach Schiller at 140-

pounds. And Turtle Lake/Clayton 160pounder, Hunter Cardinal, scored their only pin of the night over LFG’s J.P. Richey. The second to last match was the deciding match of the night, when Jesse Sanchez was down 5-1 to Eric Swenson going into the second period. According to Bartlett, Sanchez was being put to his back when he was able to roll through and put his opponent to his back and pin him. “When he came off the mat, the guys were pretty happy for him,” Bartlett said. “I don’t think he realized it at the time that he had sealed the win for us.”

LFG also scored a win at heavyweight, when Kenny Sanford pinned Ezra Buhr at the 1:22 mark for the coffin nail, and a 4830 final score, and a solid conference win for the LFG squad. “It was nice to get a dual win,” Bartlett said. “We have had the kids to win more duals, but just couldn’t get all the kids together at the same night.” LFG ends the dual season with a 1-3 record with conference meets right around the corner on Saturday, Feb. 5, where the LFG squad goes to Cameron for a conference meet.

Blizzard boys break the Mustangs

Blizzard 8, Mora/Hinckley/Finlayson, Minn. 1

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Blizzard boys hockey team turned a must-win contest against the Mustangs of Mora/Hinckley/Finlayson into a scoring clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at home in Grantsburg. Taking on their Two Rivers Conference rival, and one of their primary conference threats, the Blizzard rang up an 8-1 sweep with the help of an Aaron Dietmeier hat trick, and two more goals from Joe Engelhart. The Blizzard ran up a 3-0 lead in the first period on the feisty Mustangs, and never looked back. The lone Mustang goal came late in the second period, after the

Blizzard had already racked up a 4-0 lead. Blizzard freshman Aaron Dietmeier tallied a slick hat trick, with two goals in the second period and another in the third for the honor. Junior Joe Engelhart also had a strong night, with first- and second-period goals, and an assist in the third period for three points on the night. Other notables for the Blizzard boys were sophomore Jake Langevin, who scored a first-period goal, as did Kyle Roberts, in what would prove to be the game winner at 8:44. Bryce Ryan would score a third-frame goal and get an assist early for two points. Assists on the night went to Matt Larson, Ryan, Ben Jensen, Anthony Dietmeier and Engelhart. The Blizzard never trailed in the contest, and goalie Thomas Labatt knocked down

18 of 19 Mustang shots on goal for the win. The Blizzard peppered the Mustang goalie corps with 45 shots on the night. With the win, the Blizzard move to 17-21 overall, and 9-1-0 in the Two Rivers Conference, where they sit all alone and haughty above their opponents with 16 points. Mora is now tied for second place with the Minneapolis Novas at 11 points each. The Blizzard travel to Legacy Christian Academy for a conference match on Feb. 5, in Blaine, Minn.

Blizzard 5, North Branch 3 LINDSTROM, Minn. – The Blizzard boys hockey team were able to come back from a one goal deficit in the second period to outskate conference rival North Branch Vikings, winning 5-3 on the road, Saturday, Jan. 29, and continuing to play

outstanding hockey. It was a bit of a Dietmeier family show, as freshman phenom Aaron Dietmeier scored twice, while older brother Anthony Dietmeier added a goal and an assist to the Blizzard cause. Also adding scores to the Blizzard win were Bryce Ryan and Dylan Franklin, while Joe Engelhart added two assists to his total. The Blizzard overcame a 2-1 deficit at the end of the first period to tie it up and eventually explode for three scores in the final period, sealing the 5-3 victory. With the win, the Blizzard continue to outscore, outskate and outmaneuver all their Two Rivers Conference rivals, and maintain a solid lead atop the Minnesota conference.

Blizzard girls stun Superior in final second of OT

Fall to the Mariners Blizzard 4, Superior 3 (OT)

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SUPERIOR – The Blizzard girls hockey team made their long, late road trip count on Tuesday, Feb. 1, stunning the Superior Spartans with a 4-3 overtime win. The game-winning goal came unassisted from sophomore Kassie Lien with just 1.3 seconds remaining on the overtime clock. The victory was a big relief for the Blizzard girls, who were ahead by a goal with just a few minutes remaining in the third period when the Spartans tied it and sent the contest into overtime.

The Blizzard got off to a fast start, with Lien scoring their first score of the night at 4:52 in the first, off an assist from senior Tanesha Carlson. They followed that score with a sophomore Samantha O’Brien goal at 6:46 in the first period, off assists from senior Krysta Laqua and Lien. Superior got back in the contest a short time later, as the first period wound down, making it 21 Blizzard as the second period began. Blizzard freshman Wendy Roberts got into the action at 6:43 in the second with an unassisted goal, for a 3-1 lead, which the Spartans matched a few minutes later to make it 3-2. That was the score until the Superior girls tied it up at 4:14 in the third frame, sending it into overtime and giving the Blizzard fans a heart attack along the way.

Blizzard goalie Tiffany Meyer knocked away 33 of 36 shots on goal in the closely fought contest, while her offensive teammates managed 32 total shots on goal. Next up for the 7-9-3 Blizzard girls is a Thursday, Feb. 3, nonconference match at Moose Lake, Minn.

Silver Bay 5, Blizzard 2 SILVER BAY – The Blizzard girls hockey squad had two difficult periods of hockey on the road, and fell to the Silver Bay Mariners squad, 5-2, on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Silver Bay squad drew first blood in the first period, slipping one past Blizzard goalie Tiffany Meyer at the 7:58 mark for an early lead. The Blizzard were able to counter with a Kassie Lien unassisted goal later in the first period, tying the contest, 1-1.

But the second and third periods belonged to the Mariners. They used the home ice to their advantage and rallied for four straight goals, two in the second period, and two more scores in the third period, taking a dominating 5-1 lead before the Blizzard girls got back on track. The Blizzard were finally able to get back on the board with a Samantha O’Brien goal in the third period, with helpers from Lien and Tanesha Carlson. The Mariners would hold to their lead, shutting down the Blizzard offense for the rest of the contest, and winning 5-2. The Blizzard girls record goes to 6-9-3 for the season. Their next contest is slated for Thursday, Feb. 3, at Moose Lake, Minn.








Cumberland Squirts win Altoona Classic

Two Luck students play for the team

ALTOONA – The Cumberland Islander Squirts hockey team, including two Luck students Dawson and Tanner Van Meter, played in the Altoona Classic over the weekend, Jan. 29 and 30. The opening game for the Islanders was against the River Falls Wildcats. The starting score for the Islanders came off the stick of Aidan Warner, unassisted. Scoring the second goal of the period was Steven Hanson, also unassisted. With one second left in the period, Jonah Becker snuck one in, unassisted. In the second period, Hanson made the lone goal for the Islanders. Twenty seconds into the third period, Tanner Van Meter scored an unassisted goal. The next scoring came off the stick of Becker with the assist from Alexis Wisner. The final score of the game was from Hanson. When the final buzzer sounded it found the Islanders on top with a score of 7-0. Tough defense came from Warner, Gunderson, Mackenzie Johnson, Dalton Anderson, Jacob McWilliams and Deshaun Ames. Dawson Van Meter had goalie duties and gets credit for the shutout. The second game for the Islanders was against the Eau Claire Penguins. The start-

The Cumberland Islander Squirts hockey team won the Altoona Classic tournament over the weekend. – Photo submitted ing score in the first period came from sisted. During the third period, Becker Tanner Van Meter and the assist went to flipped one in from the stick of Wisner. Anderson. When the puck was dropped With the Islanders on power play, Anderin the second period, Colton Wilson hit son hit one in with the assist going to Wisone in with the assist coming from Han- ner. Islanders remained on the power play son. Wilson also hit the next goal in unas- when Hanson scored with assists from

Ames and Wilson. Aaron Gunderson also skated hard and mixed things up with the Penguins during the games. When the game was over, the Islanders came out on top for the win with a score of 6-3. Dawson Van Meter had seven saves for the game. With the second win this put the Islanders into the championship game on Sunday afternoon. In the championship game the Islanders faced off against Black River Falls. Tanner Van Meter started out Islander scoring with the assist from Becker. The second score of the first period came when Wilson hit one in with an assist from Hanson and Warner. Second period opened up and Warner hit one in unassisted. Tanner Van Meter got a final goal with the assist from Hanson. At the final buzzer, the Islanders were on top once again with a score of 5-2. Dawson Van Meter had 12 saves to help in the win and the winning of the tournament. On Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Cumberland youth hockey arena, the Islanders will play host to River Valley in a play-down game to see who will represent Region 1 at the state Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association in Merrill in early March. The Squirts will play for a chance to go to the state tournament. – submitted


A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Youth (3 Games) Standings: Infinite 7, JDZ 6, The Bowlers 4, Shooting Stars 4, Team Hambone 3, Brothers & Arms 3, The Three Amigos, 3, Boss, 2. Girls games: Corissa Schmidt (SS) 202, Avery Steen (SS) 145, Julia Owens (B) & Lauren Domagala (SS) 122. Girls series: Corissa Schmidt (SS) 568, Avery Steen (SS) 402, Lauren Domagala (SS) 349. Boys games: Austin Bruss (B) 233, Logan Hacker (TH) 229, Gary Ekholm (TH) 200. Boys series: Kyle Hunter (TB) 527, Logan Hacker (TH) 524, Austin Bruss (B) 524. Team games: Team Hambone 537, Shooting Stars 464, Infinite 458. Team series: Team Hambone 1504, The Bowlers 1329, Shooting Stars 1299. Tuesday Classic Standings: Bottle Shop 31, Yellow Lake Lodge 30, SHWHORAW Co. 28, Great Northern Outdoors 26.5, Pioneer Bar 23.5, Rural American Bank 17. Individual games: Jake Anderson 241, Josh Henry 232, Reed Stevens 229. Individual series: Jake Anderson 652, Josh Henry 646, Reed Stevens 636. Team games: Rural American Bank 622, SHWHORAW CO. 611, Great Northern Outdoors 600. Team series: Rural American Bank 1771, Pioneer Bar 1725, SHWHORAW CO. 1688. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Jake Anderson 6x – 215; Jon Anderson 5x – 224. Games 50 or more above average: Jake Anderson 241 (+67); Josh Henry 232 (+59); Jon Anderson 224 (+53). Series 100 pins or more above average: Jake Anderson 652 (+130); Josh Henry 646 (+127); 615 (+102). Splits converted: 2-4-5-10: Jake Anderson. 3-4-6-7: Ron Skow. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: Skol Bar 12, Larsen Auto Center 10, Cummings Lumber 9, Lewis Silo 8, Pioneer Bar 7, A-1 Machine 2. Individual games: Brett Daeffler (SB) 247 & 236, Steve Baillargeon (A1) 234. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (SB) 676, Jim Murphy (CL) 618, Wayne Olson (LS) 591. Team games: Skol Bar 911, Lewis Silo & Cummings Lumber 911. Team series: Skol Bar 2710, Lewis Silo 2697, Pioneer Bar 2590. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 12, Johnson Upholstery 11, Hansen Farms Inc. 8, Fisk Trucking 7, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2. Women’s games: Rita Frandsen 163, Heather Wynn 162. Women’s series: Rita Frandsen 438, Heather Wynn 400. Men’s games: Dale Frandsen 258, Eugene Wynn Jr. 246, Oliver Baillargeon 245.


Men’s series: Dale Frandsen 661, Eugene Wynn Jr. 651, Larry Stotz 586. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 927, Stotz & Company 903, Johnson Upholstery 766. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2621, Stotz & Company 2555, Johnson Upholstery 2278. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Design 21, The Leader 21, The Pin Heads 19, Pioneer Bar 19, The Dozers 12, Junque Art 11, Meyer’s Plus 7. Individual games: Karen Carlson 202, Jeanne DesJardins 200, Paula Maslow 195. Individual series: Karen Carlson 569, Jeanne DesJardins 518, Gail Linke 514. Team games: Junque Art 608, Pioneer Bar 603, The Pin Heads 602. Team series: The Pin Heads 1758, Junque Art 1729, The Dozers 1694. Games 50 or more above average: Jeanne DesJardins; Kim Owens; Paula Maslow. Splits converted: 5-7: Becky Frandsen.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Madness Standings: Triple Threat 24, Pepie’s Gals 24, Mishaps 24, Alleycats 18, Radio Shack 18, McKenzie Lanes 18, Scottay’s Trucking 18, Eagle Lounge 16. Individual games: Jessica Einberger 222, Debra Mattson 215, Heidi Carey 193. Individual series: Jessica Einberger 529, Heidi Carey 500, Debra Mattson 485. Team games (Handicap): Radio Shack 684, Alleycats 656. Team series (Handicap): Radio Shack 1931, Triple Threat 1834. Monday Night Ladies Standings: Sam’s Carpentry 79.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 77, Milltown Appliance 72, McKenzie Lanes 70.5, Edina Divas 70.5, Frederic Truck and Tractor 65, Bogus Pumpkins 60, Metal Products 45.5. Individual games: Marsha Guggisberg 223, Jane Smith 216, Shirley Wilson 193. Individual series: Jane Smith 560, Shirley Wilson 550, Marsha Guggisberg 506. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 834. Team series (Handicap): Milltown Appliance & McKenzie Lanes 2324. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: The New Comers 37, Lemon Heads 35.5, Mom’s Boys 33.5, What the Ek 31, Lane Crashers 27, Jim’s Flooring 24, Lamar Stars 22, Bye 0. Women’s games: Barb Palmier 177, Brenda Lehmann 172, Linda Larson 172. Women’s series: Sharyl Swagger 461, Brenda Lehmann 455, Barb Palmier 436. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 268, Jeff Bringgold 245, Kevin Ek 236. Men’s series: Jeff Lehmann 714, Kevin Ek 580, Jeff Bringgold 557. Team games: Lemon Heads 573. Team series: Lemon Heads 1541.

Tuesday Women’s Standings: Hauge Dental 75.5, Tomlinson Insurance 73, Gutter Dusters 60.5, Kassel Tap 58, Custom Outfitter 56, LC’s Gals 53.5, Cutting Edge Pro 53, Country Gals 46.5. Individual games: Helen Leggitt 199, Norma Hauge 194, Lonnie Stowell 194. Individual series: Norma Hauge 558, Linda Goulet 519, Shirley Wilson 508. Team games (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 823, Hauge Dental 822, Cutting Edge Pro 799. Team series (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 2332, Hauge Dental 2322, Cutting Edge Pro 2264. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 56.5, Steve’s Appliance 53.5, The Cobbler Shop 48.5, Dream Lawn 40.5, The Dugout 38, NelLo-Hill Farm 30.5, Centurview Park 27.5, McKenzie Lanes 25. Individual games: Ryan Wiemer 268, Brian Lawrence & Greg Dick 258, Jeff Lehmann 256. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 673, Jeff Lehmann 660, Craig Willert 653. Team games (Handicap): Hack’s Pub 1240. Team series (Handicap): Hack’s Pub 3544. Wednesday Early League Mixed Standings: Cutting Edge 36, Hack’s Pub 32, Pro Fab 29, Amrhien Painting 26, Holiday StationStore 25, Suzie Q’s 18, Top Spot 18, Bye 8. Women’s games: Janice Fox 190, Jeanne Kizer 176, Patty Walker 165. Women’s series: Janice Fox 503, Dixie Runberg 464, Patty Walker 460. Men’s games: Chris Madison 234, Ricky Wiemer 209, Merlin Fox 198. Men’s series: Merlin Fox 545, Chris Madison 543, Ricky Wiemer 523. Team games (Handicap): Holiday StationStore 661. Team series (Handicap): Cutting Edge 1846. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: McKenzie Lanes 24, Dalles Electrical 24, Davy’s Construction 22, Tiger Express 16, Harvest Moon 15, Reed’s Marina 12, Hanjo Farms 10, Edina Realty 5.

R E S U LT S Individual games: Jim McKenzie 249, David Peterson 247, Rick Antonson 243. Individual series: Craig Willert 687, Todd Hansen 659, Jason Loney 658. Team games (Handicap): Dalles Electrical 1021, Tiger Express 1002. Team series (Handicap): Dalles Electrical 2948, Tiger Express 2927. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hauge Dental 109.5, Eagle Valley Bank 109.5, Hack’s Pub 107, Cutting Edge Pro 106.5, RiverBank 106, Bont Chiropractic 94, Truhlsen Chiropractic 89.5, KJ’s 78. Individual games: Darla Bang 206, Annette Norlander 203, Jen Whelan 202. Individual series: Norma Hauge 557, Denise Donaghue 537, Jackie Patterson 519. Team games: Bont Chiropractic 820, Hauge Dental 810, Cutting Edge Pro 789. Team series: Hauge Dental 2371, Bont Chiropractic 2303, RiverBank 2236.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 17-7, Black & Orange 13-11, The Tap 10-14, Gandy Dancer Saloon 8-6. Individual games: Linda Strong (YRS) 170, Kay Casey (YRS) 163, Lynn Toivola (T) 159. Individual series: Kay Casey (YRS) 460, Linda Strong (YRS) 455, Lynn Toivola (T) 415. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 857, Black & Orange 820, Gandy Dancer Saloon 807. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2450, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2368, Black & Orange 2359. Monday Night Standings: Glass & Mirror Works 17-3, Larry’s LP 10-10, Black & Orange 9-11, Pope’s Construction 4-16. Individual games: Mike Zajac (G&MW) 231, Larry Johnson (L) 202, Art Bliven (L) 199. Individual series: Mike Zajac (G&MW) 624, Art Bliven (L) 548, Ron Pitts (B&O). Team games: Larry’s LP 955, Pope’s Contruction 945, Glass & Mirror Works 929. Team series: Glass & Mirror Works 2749, Pope’s Construction 2683, Black & Orange 2682. Games 50 or more above average: Mike Zajac 231 (+66). Series 100 or more above average: Mike Zajac 624 (+129). TNT Standings: Larry’s LP 11-5, Black & Orange 8-8, Cashco 7-9, Flower Power 610. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 199, Mary Reese (FP) 171, Cheryl Scallon (C) 164. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 515, Audrey Pardun (B&O) 442, Cheryl Scallon (C) 440. Team games: Flower Power 830, Black & Orange 826, Cashco 816.

Team series: Black & Orange 2414, Cashco 2410, Larry’s LP 2393. Wednesday Night Standings: Black & Orange 15-5, Lions 14-6, Cashco 11-9, 10th Hole 8-12, Northview Drive Inn 7-13, Vacant 5-15. Individual games: Mike Zajac (C) & Monte Riunnman (C) 211, Myron Mansfield (NDI) & Tony Wilson (NDI) 202, Mike Young (NDI) 201. Individual series: Mike Zajac (C) 543, Mike Young (NDI) 542, Art Bliven (L) 541. Team games: Lions 965, Cashco 962, Black & Orange 904. Team series: Lions 2687, Cashco 2663, Black & Orange 2560. Games 50 or more above average: Tony Wilson 202 (+65); Myron Mansfield 202 (+58). Early Risers Standings: Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 19-5, Gandy Dancer 14-10, A+ Sanitation 9-15, 10th Hole 6-18. Individual games: Lylah Nelson (A+) 194, Pam Dildine (10th) 189, Millie Hansen (GNHD) 179. Individual series: Lylah Nelson (A+) 491, Millie Hansen (GNHD) 480, Pam Dildine (10th) 477. Team games: Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 718, A+ Sanitation 704, 10th Hole 683. Team series: A+ Sanitation 2027, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 2020, 10th Hole 1968. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Lips 38.5-29.5, Webster Motel 37.5-30.5, Pour House 32-36, Vacant 28-40. Individual games: Christine Arntson (WM) 181, Shaurette Reynolds (L) 158, LuAnn Mattison (PH) 149. Individual series: Christine Arntson (WM) 419, Shaurette Reynolds (L) 417, Jackie Churchill (L) 405. Team games: Lips 659, Webster Motel 635, Pour House 622. Team series: Lips 1911, Webster Motel 1866, Pour House 1793. Games 50 or more above average: Christine Arntson 181 (+52).

Denny’s Downtown Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Spare-Us 27, 3-M’s 25, George’s Angels 20, The Pacifiers 20, Team Siren 18, Bye 16. Women’s games: Barbara Loomis 167 & 151. Women’s series: Barbara Loomis 445, Theresa Eckstrom 331. Men’s games: Chuck Moyer 189, Jamie Meir 168. Men’s series: Chuck Moyer 457, Jim Loomis 456. Team games: 3-Ms 451, Spare Us 430. Team series: 3-Ms 1253, Spare Us 1224. Games 50 or more above average: Barbara Loomis (+52). Series 100 more above average: Barbara Loomis (+100).








Pirate gymnasts do well at Rush City

Also strong in Hudson

Rush City 136.175, Grantsburg 121.825

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer RUSH CITY, Minn. – The Grantsburg Pirates gymnastics team competed in a dual meet at Rush City, Minn. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and came away with a strong showing, according to head coach Kathy Lund. “We had a really good meet!” She exclaimed. While the combined squad from Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley/Finlayson is quite deep in size, the Pirates managed to stay with them for many events. Grantsburg sophomore Aimee Lerud finished third overall against her former teammates, with Pirate freshman Heidi Horky taking fifth overall. RPHF sophomore Cassidy Dunkley won the allaround, with senior Krista Graff taking second place. The Pirates had very good scores as a team in several events, including a 32.85 on the vault, and a 31.925 in the floor exercises. The Grantsburg squad trailed the RPHF squad on the beam, where they were outscored 33.625 to 26.65, making a difference in the final, all-around score, which RPHF won by a 136.175 to 121.85 margin. Notable individual performances for

the Pirates included a first-place finish on the bars for Lerud, as well as third place in the floor exercises. Heidi Horky earned her fifth-place finish solidly, with very well-rounded scores in several events. Pirate junior Breanna Fickbohm finished fifth on the bars and sixth on the vault, while junior Saisha Goepfert finished fourth in the floor exercises. Sophomore RuthAnn Pederson tied for fifth in the floor exercises, as well. Junior Jenna Barenz came in sixth in the same event for a strong Grantsburg showing. The Pirates next contest is set for Thursday, Feb. 10, at Grantsburg, where they will host neighboring St. Croix Falls.

Hudson Invitational HUDSON – The Grantsburg Pirates gymnastics squad was on the road again this past weekend, Saturday, Jan. 29, competing at an eight-team meet in Hudson, and while they came away with a seventh-place finish, only a few points separated them from a higher placing. According to Pirate head coach Kathy Lund, sophomore Aimee Lerud made the podium twice, finishing with a strong fifth place on the uneven bars with an 8.3, and she also made a solid showing in the allaround, where she took sixth overall with a score of 32.875. Lerud also placed very high with eighth on the beam with a 7.575, and ninth on floor exercises with an 8.6. Lund also noted the efforts of Saisha Goepfert, who received her first 8.0 on vault and also received an 8.0 from one judge on the floor exercise, giving her an

average of 7.90. “This is exciting to see her scores hit the 8 range,” Lund said. Jenna Barnez also had a personal best on the beam with a final score of 7.30. She also nailed her season high on the vault with a 7.70, and Lund said she did very well for her first time competing on the uneven bars. “April Campana also had a personal best on the vault for the fourth meet in a row, scoring a 7.95,” Lund said. However, the news was not all good at the Hudson meet. “RuthAnn Pederson took a spill at our first event during vaulting, hurt her ankle, but still managed to compete in the all around,” Lund said. The Grantsburg squad finished the

meet with a total score of 111.50, less than six points behind the next two teams. River Falls again dominated with a 136.625 final score for the team win, with the hosting Hudson team placing second at 128.60. Lund also mentioned the return to action for the Pirate JV squad, which has helped fill the varsity voids at times with injuries and sickness. “It has been a few weeks since the junior varsity team has had the opportunity to compete,” Lund said. “It was great to see how much they have improved. It was Amanda Campana and Amanda Goepfert’s first gymnastics meet.” The Pirate gymnasts will have over a week off before they host neighboring St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Frederic eighth-graders win tourney



Two Rivers Conference Team Conf. Overall WSFLGUS Blizzard 8-1-0 17-2-1 Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson 5-2-1 8-9-1 Minneapolis 4-1-3 14-2-4 Moose Lake Area 4-4-1 12-7-1 Legacy Christian Academy 3-6-1 6-13-1 North Branch 2-7-0 5-13-0 Pine City/Rush City 2-7-0 5-15-0 Scores Saturday, January 29 Blizzard 5, North Branch, Minn., 3 Tuesday, February 1 Blizzard 8, Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson 1 Upcoming Saturday, February 5 7 p.m. Blizzard at Legacy Christian Academy Tuesday, February 8 7 p.m. Moose Lake Area at Grantsburg


Upcoming Thursday, February 10 6:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg


West Lakeland Standings Conf. Overall Team Siren Dragons 6-1 11-1 St. Croix Falls Saints 5-2 11-3 4-3 10-5 Frederic Vikings Grantsburg Pirates 3-3 8-5 3-4 6-8 Webster Tigers Luck Cardinals 2-5 7-7 1-6 7-8 Unity Eagles Scores Friday, January 28 Frederic 40, St. Croix Falls 38 Siren 46, Luck 32 Grantsburg 53, Shell Lake 22 Tuesday, February 1 Unity 44, Webster 42 Frederic 67, Birchwood 31 Northwood 60, Luck 32 St. Croix Falls 40, PACT Charter 32 Upcoming Thursday, February 3 7:30 p.m. Shell Lake at Unity Friday, February 4 6 p.m. Siren at Webster (DH) Frederic at Luck (DH) Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls (DH) Saturday, February 5 2 p.m. Siren vs. Pine City, Minn., at Target Center Tuesday, February 8 6 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck (DH) 7:30 p.m. Webster at Northwood (DH) Amery at Grantsburg Siren at Spooner Thursday, February 10 7:30 p.m. Clear Lake at Luck Siren at Cameron


WSFLGUS Blizzard 6-9-3 Scores Friday, January 28 Silver Bay, Minn., 5, Blizzard 2 Saturday, January 29 Noon Blizzard vs. East Range at Ely, Minn. Tuesday, February 1 8 p.m. Blizzard at Superior Upcoming Thursday, February 3 7 p.m. Blizzard at Moose Lake, Minn. Saturday, February 5 2 p.m. Blizzard at Ashland Tuesday, February 8 7 p.m. Blizzard at Spooner


Upcoming Saturday, February 5 9 a.m. Unity at Cameron Conference Meet St. Croix Falls at Cameron Conference Meet LFG at Cameron Conference Meet

The Frederic eighth-grade boys basketball team won the Great Northwest League Tournament held in Mora, Minn., on Saturday, Jan. 29. Frederic went undefeated, beating North Branch, 59-29; Northwood, 43-26; Mora, 45-10; and Siren, 64-27. Members of the team are pictured back row (L to R): Greg Peterson, Irric Erickson, Eric Chenal and Peter Chenal. Front row: Zane Matz, Mark Olson, Austin Kurkowski, Zach Schmidt and coach Kelly Schmidt. – Photo submitted

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West Lakeland Standings Conf. Overall Team Luck Cardinals 6-1 12-3 Webster Tigers 6-2 11-5 5-2 13-3 Grantsburg Pirates Unity Eagles 5-3 12-4 3-5 9-6 Siren Dragons Frederic Vikings 2-6 6-10 0-8 2-13 St. Croix Falls Saints Scores Thursday, January 27 Unity 50, Clear Lake 48 Friday, January 28 Frederic 46, St. Croix Falls 45 Luck 45, Siren 42 Saturday, January 29 Grantsburg 71, Clear Lake 35 Monday, January 31 Cumberland 53, Luck 39 Grantsburg 63, Somerset 53 Tuesday, February 1 Unity 33, Webster 31 Frederic 59, Birchwood 36 Clayton 58, St. Croix Falls 42 Upcoming Friday, February 4 7:30 p.m. Siren at Webster (DH) Frederic at Luck (DH) Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls (DH) Unity at Lakeview Christian Academy-Duluth Saturday, February 5 3:30 p.m. Siren vs. Pine City, Minn., at Target Center Monday, February 7 7:30 p.m. Unity at Turtle Lake Tuesday, February 8 6 p.m. Webster at Northwood (DH) 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck (DH) Frederic at Turtle Lake


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Youth Hockey

Burnett Blizzard Bantam Tournament at Grantsburg Saturday, January 29

Blizzard 6, Mora, Minn., 1

Goals: Vinny Larson (2), Brett Richison, Carter Lee, Max Norman, Ryan Curtis. Assists: Ryan Curtis, Carter Lee, Drew Alderman, Vinny Larson. Saves: Taran Wols (17).

Blizzard 4, Forest Lake, Minn., 3

Goals: Brett Richison, Vinny Larson, Max Norman, Ryan Curtis.

Assists: Paige Young, Ryan Curtis. Saves: Taran Wols (26).

Blizzard 4, Tartan 3

Goals: Brett Richison (2), Max Norman, Ryan Curtis. Assists: Carter Lee, Ryan Curtis. Saves: Taran Wols (30).

Sunday, January 30

Blizzard 7, Faribault (Championship)

Goals: Vinny Larson, Carter Lee, Ryan Curtis, Mackenzie Omar, Andrew Coy, Jeremy Roy, Brett Richison. Assists: Steven Holdt, Drew Alderman, Brett Richison, Vinny Larson. Saves: Taran Wols (16).





HuntFishShare venture is Luck grad’s way of staying connected to the outdoors

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – “It’s all about keeping connected,” Mickey Petersen said of his Internet venture called “HuntFishShare,” a Web site community connected through Facebook, photos, videos and articles on the outdoors, hunting, fishing and anything, well, related to the woods and wild. “It’s kind of my escape,” he said. “It keeps me connected to hunting and stuff like that.” Petersen’s Hollywood film and TV exploits are well-documented (see this week’s Currents feature, Quiet on the set,) but his passion for the outdoors is too great to ignore. Besides, the hunting and fishing in Los Angeles is, well, less than ideal. “Actually, I was able to go turkey hunting in northern California, near Mount Shasta,” Petersen said with a laugh. “That was fun. Pretty cool area really.” But the HFS story began about a decade ago, back when then Luck High School students Petersen, Eric Castellano and a few friends would film their hunting exploits on occasion at the Buck Scent Lodge, a group hunting cabin in northwest Polk County. Those productions grew into a fun hobby for Petersen and Castellano. They even named their umbrella production company “Buckscent Adventures.” The duo was also part of a student group known for their quick wits and onstage prowess for Judy Wicklund’s drama club productions. But Petersen and Castellano also had the film bug, back when video was actually on video tape, and even cheap movie cameras cost as much as a good hunting rifle. “I guess it was about four years ago when Eric (Castellano) and I really started talking about it,” Petersen recalled. “We got turned onto just creating these Web sites.” That passion for the outdoors not only led to Petersen attending film school, but

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Local hunters were some of the first on HuntFishShare. Pictured, (L to R): G. Giller, R. Petersen, R. Giller, C. Moore, A. Tomlinson and M. Petersen. – Photos submitted also blossomed and eventually became the HuntFishShare project, which has admittedly stalled at times as the group split out across the country, with Castellano to Alaska and others across the U.S., but somehow stayed alive on the back burner, until recently. The project has gained some new traction in recent months, maybe in part due to the exploding popularity of social network sites like Facebook, where many HFS connections are now made, but also because Petersen is hoping to take HFS to the next level. “It’s always changing,” Petersen said of the Web site. “But it’s just in beta mode for now.” His hope is to grow the network above and many times beyond its current membership - which is completely free - and give the project enough of a Web foothold to draw sponsorship, and possibly use it as a platform to fund a TV-based episode venture. “I figure I need at least 500 or so members, then some of them (businesses) said they would sign on as sponsors,” he noted. The site is also a place for wanna-be hunters and fishers of all flavors and skills to both learn and teach about the sports, with spots for articles, locations, techniques, prize shoots, catches and of course, videos. “It’s all available and connected through Facebook, also. I’m not really

making any money or anything at this point,” Petersen said. “My ultimate goal is to make it a franchise!” While Petersen has many of his own videos, and said he enjoys making episodes of others in the outdoors, he also likes to get involved in the action, which is where he wants to take the project. “I’m getting a lot of experience on production (in Hollywood), and would love to be able to buy some equipment, so Eric (Castellano) or others could do like an Alaskan journal,” Petersen said, later expanding on a lofty goal of having a whole crew of buddies get trained to film, so they can expand on exotic expeditions and use that as a TV platform. “Then we’d just hunt all week, and edit it down, using the Web site as a connection,” he said, underplaying his own Hollywood background, as hunting and fishing are not that common a theme in L.A. productions. “Hollywood is OK,” he said, “but the online following can be a real helper.” That online connection to the outdoors might also allow another HFS member to get in on the act, either as a feature subject, writer, photographer or even shoot-

ing their own video. “It’s all based on submissions,” he reiterated, adding that the HFS network will soon have their own line of apparel - well, actually hats and T-shirts - with Petersen taking the brand to a new level. He even has his fiancee, Kayla, helping with the HFS project. The two met on the set of a film project several years ago, where she was doing makeup, and while her California roots don’t always jibe with the wild woods and outdoors theme, she has become involved in parts of the HFS project, as well. “She likes going back to Wisconsin,” he said. “She’s totally down with it, and helps with some of the graphics and the editing.” But while the Hollywood in Petersen likes the technical end of the project, he also admits to missed being on the other end of the camera. “I love bow hunting for whitetails,” he admits. “And turkey hunting. Just love it and I miss not being able to do it all that much out here.” He is hoping that the HFS project will lead to a whole new flavor of media success for him and others. “Hey, you gotta start somewhere!” he joked. That somewhere just might be the Barrens of Northwest Wisconsin. To sign up for newsletters, updates and to submit your stories, videos or photos, go to There is no cost or fee to sign up.

The HuntFishShare network includes excursions to Alaska, where ‘03 Luck graduate and HFS 2004 Luck graduate and HuntFishShare co-founder Mickey Petersen is trying to bring his co-founder Eric Castellano (right) poses after a successful a moose hunt. passion for the outdoors to a computer near you, courtesy of your cameras, pens and keyboards. His Hollywood film expertise brings new life to the medium.

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A Saints pride snow sculpture was made by one middle school advisory group. Mr. Malm’s advisory for fifth and sixth grade are pictured in a victory pose after being announced the winners for their snow sculpture. There was a tie between Mr. Steeber’s and Mrs. Dodge’s advisory for seventh- and eighth-grade best sculpture. All three groups win a pizza party. – Photos by Kathy Willow and Kellie Wilson

This apple is one of the snow sculptures made by the St. Croix Falls Middle School advisory teams last Friday. This was made by Mrs. Sinclear-Todd’s advisory group.

Twirlers graduate

St. Croix Falls Middle School advisory groups participated in making snow sculptures last Friday, Jan. 28.

The Friendly Twirlers Square Dance Club recently held its graduation ceremony. Shown are George and Arly French receiving their graduation certificates and name tags from treasurer Jim Heinz and President-elect Denise Heinz. Square dance classes run from September to January on Wednesday evenings. This fall they will be at the Luck School. If you have any questions or would like to join, call Jim at 715-405-5757 or e-mail at “Square dancing is friendship set to music!” is the club’s motto. - Photo submitted

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A plan that would give businesses a tax deduction for every person they hire is one step away from becoming law. The tax deduction would be open to businesses of all sizes for every full-time job they add. It would benefit them by be-

State law protects children by requiring proper safety restraints in vehicles

MADISON — Children outgrow their clothes, toys and favorite shows amazingly fast. But they never outgrow the need to be protected while riding in a motor vehicle. Traffic crashes are the number one killer of children ages 3 to 14, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. To help protect children, state law specifies the following four-step progression of child safety restraints. Generally, children must be restrained in a child safety seat until they reach age 4 and in a booster seat until age 8. • A child who is less than 1 year old or who weighs less than 20 pounds must be properly restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat in the backseat of the vehicle if the vehicle is equipped with a backseat. • A child who is at least 1 year old and weighs at least 20 pounds but is less than 4 years old or weighs less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a forwardfacing child safety seat in the bac seat of the vehicle if the vehicle is equipped with a backseat. • A child who is at least 4 years old but less than 8 years old, weighs at least 40

pounds but not more than 80 pounds, and is no more than 57 inches tall must be properly restrained in a child booster seat. • A child who is age 8 or older or weighs more than 80 pounds or is taller than 57 inches must be properly restrained by a safety belt. It is recommended that all children should ride in the backseat until they reach age 12. The total cost of a safety restraint violation involving a child under the age of 4 is $175.30, and the cost for a violation involving a child from age 4 to 8 is $150.10. These costs increase for subsequent offenses within a three-year period. “Parents, grandparents, child-care providers and others who transport children can protect their cherished passengers by using the proper child safety restraints,” says Captain Jeff Frenette of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. “Adults also should check to ensure that each child safety seat and booster seat is properly installed in their vehicle to maximize protection in case of a crash.” — from Wisconsin State Patrol

The plan is the latest version of what had originally been proposed by Gov. Scott Walker on the campaign as a smallbusiness tax break. Conover Democratic Sen. Jim Holperin said this version was so watered down that Walker had effectively broken his promise. “For small businesses across the Main Streets that I represent in the 12th Senate

District, I think they’re feeling a little disillusioned, maybe a little forgotten,” says Holperin. “Because they were promised some income tax relief.” Still, Holperin joined several other Democrats and all Republicans in sending the tax cut to the governor’s desk for his approval. It will deepen the state’s deficit by $67 million.

Tax breaks for jobs nears final approval tween $92 and $316, depending on the type of business and how big they are. Chippewa Falls Republican Terry Moulton says it’s a way the government can help the private sector. “The one thing we can do with certainty is to create an environment that allows businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and to add jobs.”

Robert E. Eardley, 91, Alden Township, died Jan. 16, 2011. Josephine Oberg, 98, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 16, 2011. Edith L. Peterson, 91, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 17, 2011.

Theodore A. Boettcher, 86, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 18, 2011. Magdelean M. Klockeman, 93, Amery, died Jan. 21, 2011.

New driver

Kaelah Maslow, Grantsburg, shows off her new driver’s permit. Her father, Jonathan, expresses his opinion in the background. Kaelah, a national honors student at Grantsburg High School, passed the written exam with 96 percent. She now joins the 3,765,644 other Wisconsin drivers. The state is ranked No. 19 in the U.S. in the number of drivers on the road. - Photo Wayne Anderson

Rimoe Ranch donates to 4-H project

Rimoe Ranch of New Richmond donated $250 to the Polk County 4-H Horse Project to purchase study materials for the horse bowl team. Shown are Lesley Szenay, horse bowl coach and (R) Rod Rivard of Rimoe Ranch. - Photo submitted


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(Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. MARK J. DOBBERPUHL, and NICOLE L. DOBBERPUHL Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 410 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 11, 2010, in the amount of $166,928.92, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot One (1) of the Fifth Addition to the Village of Dresser, located in Outlot Nineteen (19) of the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Dresser, said Plat being located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE1/4 OF SE1/4), Section Seven (7), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Eighteen (18) West, Village of Dresser, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 116-00211-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 523 East Ave. North, Dresser, WI 54009. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 20th day of December, 2010. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(Dec. 29, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK N.A. Plaintiff, vs. LINDA M. KLEIN, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 360 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 20, 2010, in the amount of $213,519.02, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 17, Plat of Chappy’s Sunrise Park Subdivision, Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2484 204th Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KAY NO.: 030-00958-0000. Dated this 15th day of December, 2010. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Marie M. Flannery State Bar #1045309 Bloomer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (262816)

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-6699777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1800-927-9275. 445101 8a-etfcp 19Ltfc

(Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the action of AgStar Financial Services, FLCA v. James D. Fredrick, et al, Polk County Case no. 09CV850, I will sell at public auction in the main lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 24, 2011, at 10 a.m., the following described premises, located in Polk County, Wisconsin: The N 1/2 of the N 1/2 of the SE 1/4, Section 2, T32N, R16W, Polk County, Wisconsin, except the property described in that deed filed in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, as Document No. 484327 in Volume 558 of Records, Page 186. A parcel located in the N 1/2 of the N 1/2 of the SE 1/4, Section 2, T32N, R16W, Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the northwest corner of said parcel; thence east 600 feet; thence south 245 feet; thence west 600 feet; thence north 245 feet to the point of beginning. Property Address: 554 75th Street, Clear Lake, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that the successful purchaser will be responsible for the lien of real estate taxes, for the municipal charges, if any, the Wisconsin real estate transfer fee, and is responsible for obtaining possession of the property, which is sold “as is.” Terms of Sale: Cash with 10% to be paid at time of sale. /s/Sheriff Tim Moore Polk County, Wisconsin James Flory Wiley Law, S.C. 21 South Barstow Street Post Office Box 629 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0629 Phone: (715) 835-6171 Fax: (715) 835-4222

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two to three seconds later, but the door was open, the keys in the ignition, and Julik was gone. There were footprints heading into the woods. Other officers arrived, and they followed the footprints, going 50 to 75 feet up a hill. At the top was Julik standing next to a tree. The footprints led directly to him. His clothes were wet and snow covered. Julik was having trouble balancing and his speech was slurred. He denied driving his vehicle, saying he was just taking a walk through the woods. He was taken in for a blood test. A PBT registered .09. During the arrest a “gem bag” of marijuana was found on Julik’s person. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Francis W. Laqua III, 76, Siren, died Jan. 1, 2011. Robert C. Suthers, 84, Amery, died Jan. 9, 2011. Bernard W. Kustelski, 82, Luck, died Jan. 14, 2011.

without a valid license, third offense, failing to stop at a stop sign, operating without insurance and possessing a forged Social Security card. His PBT registered .127. Floyd Anderson, 62, Golden Valley, Minn. was arrested and charged with OWI, first offense, possession of marijuana and of paraphernalia on Jan. 28. That day at about 2:45 a.m., police received a complaint of an intoxicated driver in a dark-colored Cadillac running over snowbanks in the casino hotel parking lot. The license plate number was reported, and a police officer spotted the car at Hwy. 8 and Glacier Drive going 72 mph. As the officer neared, he saw it cross the centerline six to eight times in 10 seconds as well as crossing over the fog line. The officer stopped the car and spoke with Anderson, who admitted to having had two alcoholic drinks at the casino, but said repeatedly that he “was OK.” He refused field sobriety tests except took a PBT, which registered .17. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

OSCEOLA - Benjamin Julik, 30, Osceola, was charged on Sunday, Jan. 30, with OWI, second offense, as well as obstructing an officer and possession of marijuana, after running into the woods to avoid arrest. A police officer was parked at Hwy. 35 and 90th Avenue at about 5 that morning, the morning after Julik’s 30th birthday. As Julik drove by, the officer got a good look at the driver, who he reported appeared to be in his mid to late 20s wearing a black stocking hat with dark facial hair. The officer thought this could be a suspect the police were looking for who had a felony warrant out for his arrest, who had been seen in the area the day before. The officer pulled out to follow Julik’s car. Julik accelerated quickly up 235th Street, going at least 60 miles per hour. It was snowing and the road was snow covered. The officer saw Julik pull into a parking lot. The officer pulled in behind him

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POLK COUNTY - Robert Stineman, 27, Shafer, Minn., was arrested and charged with OWI, second offense, and operating after revocation of his license on Sunday, Jan. 30, after being stopped for a cracked taillight as well as a stop lamp that wasn’t working. There were three other men in the car with him, and the smell of alcohol was quite strong as the officer spoke to Stineman. He was given field sobriety tests, including a PBT, which registered .193. James Snyder, 40, Cushing, was charged with OWI, first offense, on Sunday, Jan. 30. A police officer saw Snyder driving his truck erratically on Hwy. 87 in Eureka Township, crossing the centerline several times, swerving within his lane and nearly driving in the wrong lane the last time. He was stopped, and sobriety tests were given. His PBT registered .137. He was also on probation, so a probation hold was placed. Angel Haro Briones, 37, Clear Lake, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 29, after going through a stop sign and crashing into another vehicle near Hwy. 35 and Hwy. 8. He was charged with OWI, possessing open intoxicants, operating

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Notice is given to perform a public test of the Edge Voting System at the Eureka 529669 24L 14a,d Town Hall.


TESTING OF VOTING MACHINE The public testing of the voting machine for the Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, election will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center.

MEETING NOTICE The next meeting of the Meenon Town Board will be held on Monday, February 14, 2011, at the Meenon Town Hall at 7 p.m. Agenda items to include: Reports from the clerk, Treasurer, Chairman and Supervisors, discussion on employee wages, road projects, downed trees, Chelmo property request, approval of liquor license, pay bills and adjournment. Suzzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk

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(Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., AS NOMINEE OF MERS, Plaintiff, vs. TEESHAN P. HARRINGTON, JILL M. HARRINGTON, Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 532 Foreclosure of Mortgage 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure in the amount of $240,664.01, entered by the court on August 27, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real estate. Lot Sixteen (16), Plat of Karis Country Corner, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No. 022-01272-1600. Street Address: 348 238th St., Osceola, WI 54020. Place of Sale: Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI. Date & Time of Sale: March 2, 2011, at 10 a.m. Terms of Sale: 1. Property is sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, including but not limited unpaid and accrued real estate taxes, special assessments and other governmental charges, plus interest and penalties, if any. 2. A bid deposit of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount shall be due in the form of cash, cashier’s check or certified funds at the time of sale. 3. Successful bidder to pay the entire unpaid balance of bid within ten (10) days following confirmation of the sale by the court plus buyer to pay for buyer’s title insurance, document recording fees and Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. 4. Failure to make timely payment following confirmation of sale will result in forfeiture of bid deposit. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County Law Offices of James E. Huismann, S.C. N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite 120 Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 262-523-6400

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(Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. DONALD M. POTTING, Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 449 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 17, 2010, in the amount of $83,043.56, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northeast Quarter, Section 36, Township 36 North, Range 19 West, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as: Beginning at a point on North line of said forty-acre tract that is 66 rods, 6 feet West of the Northeast corner thereof, thence East on said North line 450 feet, thence South parallel with East line of said forty, 8 rods, thence West parallel with North line of said forty 450 feet, thence North 8 rods to point of beginning, except that portion lying North and East of State Trunk Highway No. 87 as now laid out and traveled across said forty, and except, that portion used as said State Trunk Highway No. 87. Also except part to State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation in Volume 970, page 32, as Document No. 697425. PIN: 046-00906-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2465 Old State Road 87, Cushing, WI 54006. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 20th day of December, 2010. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Fia Card Services, N.A. B of A/FIA Card Svcs (BANKA2) Naples, FL 34108 Plaintiff, vs. John Erickson P.O. Box 281 Luck, Wisconsin 54853 Defendant(s). SUMMONS Case Code: 30301 CASE NO. 10CV1000 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant(s): You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within forty (40) days of January 26, 2011, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff, Clerk of Circuit Court, 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Messerli & Kramer, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250, Plymouth, MN 55441. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. MESSERLI & KRAMER, P.A. Jillian N. Walker, #1066378 3033 Campus Drive Suite 250 Plymouth, Minnesota 55441 Phone: 763-548-7900 Fax: 763-548-7922


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: Daniel Thompson & Maya Thompson, Player’s Billiards, LLC, has made application to the Village Board of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin, for a Retail Class “B” Beer License to allow applicant to sell beer to consumers for on-premises or off-premises consumption from February 15, 2011, to June 30, 2011, at Player’s Billiards located at 101 Oak Street W. This application will be considered for approval at the regular village board meeting to be held February 14, 2011. Kristi Swanson 529680 24L WNAXLP Village Clerk (Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BENEFICIAL FINANCIAL 1 INC., AS SUCCESSOR ENTITY OF BENEFICIAL WISCONSIN INC., Plaintiff, vs. JACK H. PHILLIPS JR. Defendant. Case Number 10 CV 626 Foreclosure Of Mortgage 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure in the amount of $169,063.89, entered by the court on September 17, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real estate. Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 463, recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps, page 192, located in Government Lot One (1) and the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SW1/4 of SE1/4), Section Twenty-eight (28), Township Thirty-six (36) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No. 146-00540-000. Street Address: 413 S. 7th St, Luck, WI 54853. Place of Sale: Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St, Balsam Lake, WI. Date & Time of Sale: March 22, 2011, at 10 a.m. Terms of Sale: 1. Property is sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, including but not limited to unpaid and accrued real estate taxes, special assessments & other governmental charges, plus interest and penalties, if any. 2. A bid deposit of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount shall be due in the form of cash, cashier’s check or certified funds at the time of sale. 3. Successful bidder to pay the entire unpaid balance of bid within ten (10) days following confirmation of the sale by the court plus buyer to pay for buyer’s title insurance, document recording fees and Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. 4. Failure to make timely payment following confirmation of sale will result in forfeiture of bid deposit. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County Law Offices of James E. Huismann, S.C. N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite 120 Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 (262) 523-6400



Agenda will be posted at the Town Hall. Town of McKinley Deborah Grover, Clerk

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of electronic equipment to be used at the February 15, 2011, Primary Election, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 3, 2011, at the Cushing Community Center. This test is open to the general public. Julie Peterson, 529562 24L WNAXLP Town of Sterling Clerk

The Regular Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of McKinley Will Be Held On Tues., Feb. 8, 2011, At 7 p.m.


The Town of Luck, WI, will accept bids for the following insulation project. Approximately 48’x50’ shop ceiling. 12” deep. Bids must be received no later than February 8, 2011. Further details may be obtained by calling Town Clerk, Lloyd Nelson, 715472-2037. The Luck Town Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Lloyd Nelson, Town Clerk 529292 23-24L WNAXLP

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202-7205964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” Luck & Milltown Mutual 529579 24L Telephone Companies

(Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., AS NOMINEE OF MERS, Plaintiff, vs. TANAJA L. MROSZAK, DANIEL MROSZAK, Defendants. AMERICREDIT FINANCIAL SERVICES, CAPITAL ONE BANK USA, Added Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 508 Foreclosure of Mortgage 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure in the amount of $113,333.67, entered by the court on August 19, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real estate. The North 417.5 feet of the West 417.5 feet of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of SW 1/4), Section Twenty-six (26), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Fifteen (15) West, Town of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00519-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 148 20th St., Clear Lake, WI 54005. PLACE OF SALE: Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI. DATE & TIME OF SALE: February 23, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. Property is sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, including but not limited unpaid and accrued real estate taxes, special assessments and other governmental charges, plus interest and penalties, if any. 2. A bid deposit of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount shall be due in the form of cash, cashier’s check or certified funds at the time of sale. 3. Successful bidder to pay the entire unpaid balance of bid within ten (10) days following confirmation of the sale by the court plus buyer to pay for buyer’s title insurance, document recording fees and Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. 4. Failure to make timely payment following confirmation of sale will result in forfeiture of bid deposit. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County Law Offices of James E. Huismann, S.C. N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite 120 Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 (262) 523-6400

(Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK N.A. Plaintiff, vs. DARWIN B. GREEN, et al Defendants Case Number: 10 CV 25 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 28, 2010, in the amount of $211,189.64, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 17, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 1902, recorded in Volume 9 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 49, as Document No. 533284, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 36, Township 32 North, Range 18 West, in the Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with and subject to a nonexclusive easement for ingress and egress over the 66 foot private access road as shown on Certified Survey Map No. 1902, recorded in Volume 9 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 51, as Document No. 533299 and disclosed in Declaration of Protective Covenants, recorded in Volume 414, page 809, as Document No. 390552. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 30C 185th Street, Star Prairie, WI 54026. TAX KEY NO.: 002019340400. Dated this 13th day of January, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (264249)

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Public Test Town Hall Thurs., Feb. 10, 2011 10 a.m.


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Agenda to be posted: 1) Eureka Town Hall 2) Eureka Town Garage 3) Eureka Clerk’s Office Agenda also posted on town Web site:

Notice is hereby given that a public test of the electronic equipment, to be used at the Feb. 15, 2011, Primary Election, will be held on Sat., Feb. 5, 2011, 2 p.m., at the Town Hall. This test is open to the general public. Deborah Grover, Clerk

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Monthly Board Meeting Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 7 p.m. at Eureka Town Hall


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(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Ada Lee Heier-Hubbell By: (Petitioner) Katrina Delaine Heier By: (Copetitioner) Nathan John Hubbell Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 11-CV-12 NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT: A petition has been filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Ada Lee Heier-Hubbell To: AdaLee Ann Heier-Hubbell IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Burnett County, State of Wisconsin. Judge’s Name: Hon. Kenneth L. Kutz Place: Burnett County Circuit Court, 7410 County Road K #115, Siren, WI 54872, Room 220. Date: February 21, 2011. Time: 8:45 a.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability, in order to participate in the court process, please call 715349-2147 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Hon. Kenneth L. Lutz Circuit Court Judge Jan. 18, 2011




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(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as assignee of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., acting solely as nominee for U.S. BANK, N.A., a national banking association, Plaintiff, vs. GREGORY J. ALDEN, and U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, ND, a national banking association, Defendants. Case No.: 09-CV-0812 FORECLOSURE CASE CODE: 30404 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure made in the aboveentitled action on February 24, 2010, in the amount of $107,662.35, I will sell at public auction in the front entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, City of Balsam Lake, County of Polk, State of Wisconsin, on March 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to wit: Part of the Northeast Onequarter (1/4) of the Northwest One-quarter (1/4) of Section Four (4), In Township Thirtyfive (35) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 4323, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 104, as Document No. 672217. TAX KEY NO.: 020 01006 0100. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or cashier’s check due at time of sale. Balance of purchase price must be paid within ten (10) business days after confirmation of the sale. This property is sold “as is” subject to all legal encumbrances and any outstanding and accruing real estate taxes, special assessments, and penalties and interest, if any. Upon confirmation of the sale by the Court, purchaser will be required to pay all recording fees and, if desired, the cost of title evidence. Dated this 26th day of January, 2011, at Balsam Lake, Wis. /s/ Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI Heidi Herschede KOHNER, MANN & KAILAS, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 4650 N. Port Washington Road Milwaukee, WI 53212 PH: 414-962-5110 The above property is located at 2393 River Road, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 529029 WNAXLP

(Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S & C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Estate of Donna G. Bengtson, Unknown Spouse of Donna G. Bengtson, Laura Fairchild as personal representative of the Estate of Donna G. Bengtson, Village of Milltown, a Wisconsin municipal corporation, United States of America, and Unknown Tenants, Defendants.

(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY SUMMONS AnchorBank, FSB Plaintiff, vs. Carol J. Jackson Gary M. Jackson Defendants. Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No. 10 CV 924 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Carol J. Jackson/Gary M. Jackson You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and the basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after January 26, 2011, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center 1005 West Main St., Suite 300 Balsam Lake, WI 54810-9071 and to Marie M. Flannery/Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Bloomer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 12th day of January, 2011. Marie M. Flannery/Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1045309 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (264183)

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 10 CV 535 Case Code: 30404 Judge: R.H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on December 20, 2010, in the amount of $31,045.36, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 24, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. The balance is due within 10 days of court approval of the sale. The purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Foyer Area, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 4 of the Plat of Pixie Acres Mobile Home Subdivision in the Village of Milltown, being part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West. Said land being in the Village of Milltown, County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. PROPERTY: 519 Parkins Ave. ADDRESS: Milltown, WI 54858 Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Amanda E. Prutzman (#1060975) Attorney for Plaintiff 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 529689 WNAXLP

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(Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY RURAL AMERICAN BANK LUCK, Plaintiff, vs. DONALD C. STOCKER, and EDWARD A. NEWMANN JOINT REVOCABLE TRUST, and NANCY P. STOCKER, and PATRICK McCORMICK, and HARLAN J. WIENKE, and CENTURYTEL, and POLK-BURNETT SECURITY SERVICES, and THE RECOVAR GROUP, and U-HAUL COMPANY OF WESTERN WISCONSIN, and PAM OIL, and VENEMAN DENTAL CARE, and ANCHORBANK f/k/a S & C BANK, Defendants Case No. 10 CV 170 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on September 2, 2010, in the amount of $43,015.42, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 100 recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 101, as Document No. 330417, being part of Outlot 158 of the Outlot Plat of the Village of Osceola a/k/a the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin; AND Part of Outlot 158 of the Outlot Plat of the Village of Osceola a/k/a the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Osceola, located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4), of Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of said NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4; thence North 214 feet; thence North 89º 40’ West, 150 feet; thence South 214 feet to a point due West of the point of beginning; thence East 150 feet to the point of beginning. PIN: 165-00577-0000. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 6th day of January, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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Agenda: 1. Reading of the minutes 2. Treasurer’s Report 3. Review and pay bills 4. Discuss A.T.V. route 5. Patrolman’s report 6. Open bids for insulating Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s Office. Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

(Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL D. MICHAELSON, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 10 CV 112 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 4, 2010, in the amount of $331,242.61, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 5081 recorded in Volume 22, Page 188, as Document No. 710394, being a part of Lot 1 of CSM No. 70, Volume 1, Page 71, located in Government Lots 5 and 6, Section 17, Town 35 North, Range 16 West, and in Government Lot 4, Section 18, Town 35 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED AS: Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 70, recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 71, Document No. 311592, being located in Government Lot 4 of Section 18 and in Government Lots 5 and 6 of Section 17, all in Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Polk County, Wisconsin Except: (1) Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 of a Certified Survey Map No. 657, recorded in Volume 3 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 149, Document No. 394841, and (2) The real estate and perpetual easement described by Land Contract dated June 13, 1979, filed July 5, 1979, as Instrument No. 393674, recorded in Volume 419 of Records, Page 361, and (3) Easements which were first described by Land Contract dated and filed on December 18, 1964, as Instrument No. 312817; recorded in Volume 262 of Records, Page 567. The Certified Survey Maps and Land Contracts above described as recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO, excepting those lands described in Partial Release of Mortgage recorded on September 1, 2006, in Volume 993 of Records, Page 756, as Document No. 721776. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1110 West Bone Lake Lane, Milltown, WI 54858. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00765-0000. Dated this 4th day of January, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Marie M. Flannery State Bar #1045309 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 263702

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Board Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Town Hall

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(Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLARD B. SOUTHARD Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 10 PR 85 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was August 17, 1928, and date of death was November 20, 2010. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: Box 650, Frederic, WI 54837. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before April 18, 2011. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2011 David L. Grindell Personal Representative/ Attorney Grindell Law Offices, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561

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(Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a the Bank of New York, as trustee for the certificate holders CWALT , Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 2006-OC1, Mortgage pass-through Certificates, series 2006-OC1 Plaintiff Vs. Steve M. Preisler; Julie A. Preisler; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc, acting solely as nominee for Intervale Mortgage Corporation; Defendants ADJOURNED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10 CV 89 Case code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 18, 2010, in the amount of $102,593.09, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: ORIGINAL TIME: February 2, 2011, at 10 a.m.. ADJOURNED TIME: March 9, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of slae; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Property Description: Commencing 480 feet north of the east 1/8 post in the South line of Section 15, Township 32 North of Range 19 West, thence North on said 1/8 line 95 feet; thence West at right angles with said 1/8 line 150 feet; thence South parallel with said 1/8 line 95 feet; thence East 150 feet to the place of beginning said described piece of parcel of land being a part of the Southwest quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section 15, Township 32 North of Range 19 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No.: 022-00362-0000. Property Address: 307 State Road 35, Osceola, WI 54020 Gunar J. Blumberg State Bar No. 1028987 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe, Ste. 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 529688 WNAXLP


(Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF STEVEN N. SKEMP Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 02 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was May 10, 1958, and date of death was November 6, 2010. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 1211 172nd Avenue, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before April 21, 2011. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 11, 2011 Alexander A. Crosby Personal Representative/ Attorney 332 Minnesota Street Suite W2610 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-228-0497

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Application for Class B Retail License to sell fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors. To the town board. Town of Meenon, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Whiskey Joe’s LLC Joseph J. Bilder 6699 State Road 70 Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class B Retail License to sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquors to be used from February 15, 2011, to June 30, 2011, at the place of business located at 6699 State Road 70, Siren, WI 54872. Dated: January 31, 2011 Suzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk 529682 24-25L 14-15a WNAXLP

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Notice is hereby given that a public test of the electronic equipment to be used at the February 15 spring primary will be held Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the West Sweden Town Hall, 3147 3rd Ave. North, Frederic, WI. This test is open to the general public. Andrea Lundquist, West Sweden Clerk 529625 24L WNAXLP


A public test of the Village of Frederic’s Sequoia Voting System will be held at the Village Hall on Tues., Feb. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. Kristi Swanson, Village Clerk 529679 24L WNAXLP


Notice is hereby given that the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of election voting equipment on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 9 a.m., in the town hall located at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls. Janet Krueger, Clerk, Town of St. Croix Falls 529747 24L WNAXLP

OAK GROVE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING FEBRUARY 2011 Meeting will be held at the Village of Webster office on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the Village Hall. Roll call; review and approval of minutes of last meeting; review and approval of treasurer report; old business; new business; adjourn. Tom Stusek, Board President Oak Grove Cemetery, Patrice Bjorklund, Sexton P.O. Box 25, Webster, WI 54893 • 715-866-4211


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Wisconsin’s interdistrict public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. Parents may contact the school directly to receive an application, but are encouraged to apply online with the Department of Public Instruction at https// Applications can only be accepted during the open enrollment period of February 7 thru February 25, and must be received by the school district or the Department of Education no later than 4 p.m., February 25, 2011. Questions regarding open enrollment or to request an application contact Dayle Schultz at the St. Croix Falls District Office at 715-483-9823, 529626 24-25L ext. 1400.


(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. JACKIE M. JOHNSON, JEFFREY J. JOHNSON, MRC RECEIVABLES CORPORATION, Defendants. Case No. 10CV506 Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on September 20, 2010, in the amount of $173,796.58, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Judicial Center in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 24th day of March, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 3 of CSM #3514 recorded in Volume 16 of CSM, Page 27 as Document #621163, located in the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Section 18, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, being Lot 4 of CSM #2328 recorded in Volume 11 of CSM, Page 35 as Document #560731. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 207 1st Avenue East, Clear Lake, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 26th day of January, 2011. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 529317

(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY GREENTREE SERVICING, LLC., f/k/a Green Tree Financial Servicing Corporation 1115 Centre Pointe Dr., Ste. 7 Mendota Heights, MN 55120, Plaintiff, vs. JEFF C. BRANDT, et al 514 55th Street Clear Lake, WI 54005, Defendants. Case No: 10 CV 997 Case Code: 30404 Case Type: Foreclosure of Mortgage SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, to each person named above as a Defendant: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 26, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Clerk of Court, 300 Judicial Center, 1005 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810-0549, and to Attorney Sam Kaufman, plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is Vande Zande & Kaufman, LLP, 408 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 430, Waupun, WI 53963-0430. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint with 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 24th day of January, 2011. VANDE ZANDE & KAUFMAN, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff /s/ Sam Kaufman Bar No. 1023976 408 East Main Street P.O.Box 430 Waupun, WI 53963-0430 920-324-2951 529284 WNAXLP


2011-2012 School Year Full-Time Interdistrict Open Enrollment Information For The St. Croix Falls School District February 7 thru February 25, at 4 p.m.

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Case No. 10 CV 306 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on September 7, 2010, in the amount of $128,353.71, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Wed., March 16, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The East 80.8 feet of Lots Nine (9), Ten (10), Eleven (11) and Twelve (12), Block Two (2) of the Original Plat of the Village of Centuria, Polk County, Wisconsin, except the North 20 feet of Lot Nine (9). PARCEL NO.: 111-00243-0000. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 13th day of January, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thurs., Feb. 10, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting, the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 529656 24-25L

(Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EAGLE VALLEY BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. NORMAN F. GUSTAFSON and SUSAN K. GUSTAFSON d/b/a Falls Furniture & Custom Woodworking and GRANITE TOPS, Defendants.


The Town of West Sweden is looking for bids to replace the furnace in the town hall/town shop located at 3147 3rd Ave. North, Frederic, WI. Please contact Kevin Taylor, town patrolman, at (715) 3711002; or Dennis O’Donnell, town chair, (715) 327-4954 with questions or bids. Bids are due by February 18 and will be reviewed on February 22. The Town of West Sweden has the right to accept or reject all bids. Andrea Lundquist, Clerk 529624 24L WNAXLP


TOWN OF DANIELS MONTHLY BOARD MEETING The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, At 7 p.m., At Daniels Town Hall AGENDA: Minutes & treasurer report; Sheriff Dean Roland; Web site presentation; payment of town bills; and any other business properly brought before board. Agenda will be posted at Daniels Town Hall 24 hours before meeting. Ellen M. Ellis, Clerk 529651 24L


Send letter of application and resume to: Siren School District Attn: Ryan Karsten, Athletic Director 24022 4th Ave. North X Siren, WI 54872 We are looking at interviewing any interested people the second or third week of February. If you are interested in the position, please get your infor529666 24L mation to Mr. Karsten ASAP.

If you love people, we’d love to meet you! If you enjoy going the extra mile for customers and your fellow team members, are dedicated, generous and compassionate, you belong at Holiday Inn Express! St. Croix Falls is now hiring a full-time Guest Service Representative. Must be able to train on all shifts, work weekends and holidays.

Please apply in person at Holiday Inn Express, St. Croix Falls.

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NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 27, 2010, in the amount of $222,701.57, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Nineteen (19) of Timber Ridge 1st Addition, said Plat located in part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4) and part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4). Section Eighteen (18), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Eighteen (18) West; said Plat including Outlot 1 of the Plat of Timber Ridge, Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 042-01326-1900. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 930 235th St., Dresser, WI 54009. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisonsin, this 6th day of January, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 BANK MUTUAL Plaintiff vs. DEAN A. SOMERS TERESA J. SOMERS Defendants. Case No.: 09CV895 Case Code: 30404 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on June 8, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on the 16th day of February, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 13, Block 47, Original Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 344 Washington Street N., St. Croix Falls, WI. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 27th day of December, 2010. /s/Timothy Moore Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala, Lawyer WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose.



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(Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. KRIS J. PETERSON, and CITIFINANCIAL, INC., Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 225 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 16, 2010, in the amount of $131,130.21, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Part of Lot 1, Block 16, Third Addition to Lawson City, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Lot 1; thence South 113 feet to the point of beginning of the Parcel to be described, thence continuing Southerly a distance of 64 feet, thence East to the East line of said Lot 1, thence North along the East line of said Lot 1, a distance of 64 feet, thence West to the point of beginning. PIN: 146-00184-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 404 Main Street, Luck, WI 54853. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 20th day of December, 2010. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787


Notices/Employment Opportunities

POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PCHA is seeking an Executive Director for oversight of 102 apartments under nine roofs in six communities in Polk County, serving persons age 62+ or disabled. The position is full time, primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations and reports to the Housing Authority Board of Directors. Requires minimum of AA from accredited program in Accounting, Business Management or related field and 2 years’ experience in nonprofit or government agency, and/or housing management or equivalent education/experience. For complete job description and qualifications, please visit our Web site at Please send cover letter and resume to the following address and attention line: Polk County Housing Authority, Attn: Executive Director Vacancy, 403 2nd Ave. E., Osceola, WI 54020. Application materials must be postmarked no later than Feb. 24, 2011, to be considered. AA/EEOC 529706 24L 14a-e


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Under Wisconsin State Statute 5.84(1), public tests of the electronic ballot tabulation system will be held to ascertain that the equipment will correctly count the Feb. 15, 2011, Spring Primary Election votes cast for all offices and on all measures. All tests are open to the public. Town of Anderson, February 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 13808 Anderson Road, Jessica King, Clerk, 715-472-4753 Town of Blaine, February 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. Northland Comm Ctr. - 1232 E. School Rd. Rita Ronningen, Clerk, 715-466-4884 Town of Daniels, February 5, 2011, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 9602 Daniels 70 Rd. Ellen Ellis, Clerk, 715-349-5840 Town of Dewey, February 7, 2011, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 24433 Town Hall Rd. Pamela Brown, Clerk, 715-468-7111 Town of Grantsburg, February 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. Clerk/Treas. Office - 118 E. Madison Avenue Romey Nelson, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-463-5600 Town of Jackson, February 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. Town Hall Office - 4599 County Rd. A Lorraine Radke, Clerk, 715-866-8412 Town of LaFollette, February 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 24184 Malone Rd. Linda Terrian, Clerk, 715-349-2531 Town of Lincoln, February 8, 2011, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 9110 Perida Rd. Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk, 715-866-7580 Town of Meenon, February 7, 2011, 2010, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 7396 Kruger Rd. Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk, 715-866-4893 Town of Oakland, February 7, 2011, at 5 p.m. Clerk’s Office - 7426 Main Street West Deanna Krause, Clerk, 715-866-8213 Town of Roosevelt, February 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. Clerk’s Home - 22030 Bakker Rd. Karla Mortensen, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-468-4088 Town of Rusk, February 5, 2011, at 3 p.m. Town Hall - 25195 County Rd. H Jennifer Christner, Clerk, 715-635-3861 Town of Sand Lake, February 5, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. Town Hall - 5364 County Rd. X Peggy Tolbert, Clerk, 715-866-4398 Town of Scott, February 7, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. Town Hall - 28390 County Rd. H Kim Simon, Clerk, 715-635-2308 Town of Siren, February 5, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. Town Hall - 7240 S. Long Lake Rd. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 Town of Swiss, February 7, 2011, at 1 p.m. Town Hall - 7551 Main Street Judy Dykstra, Clerk, 715-656-3030 Town of Trade Lake, February 5, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 13361 St. Rd. 48 Deborah Christian, Clerk, 715-488-2600 Town of Union, February 7, 2011, at noon Town Hall - 9015 County Rd. FF David Olson, Clerk, 715-866-4129 Town of Webb Lake, February 7, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. Town Hall - 31000 Namekagon Trail Gail Keup, Clerk, 715-259-3439 Town of West Marshland, February 9, 2011, at 5 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 25161 Spaulding Rd. Margaret Hess, Clerk, 715-463-2922 Town of Wood River, February 5, 2011, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 11610 State Road 70 Dawn Luke, Clerk, 715-689-2296 Village of Grantsburg, February 7, 2011, at 9 a.m. Village Hall - 316 S. Brad St. Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk, 715-463-2405 Village of Siren, February 7, 2011, at 9 a.m. Village Hall - 24049 First Ave. N. Ann Peterson, Clerk, 715-349-2273 Village of Webster, February 5, 2011, at 1 p.m. – Village Hall - 7505 Main St. W. Patty Bjorklund, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-866-4211

POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY Regular Monthly Meeting Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 9 a.m. Shoreview Apartment, Balsam Lake

Agenda: I. Call to Order. II. Minutes. III. Financial Reports. IV. Operations Report. V. Unfinished Business: A. CDBG. VI. New Business. VII. Adjourn 529728 24L TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING February 9, 2011 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Habitat for Humanity requests a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to open a consigned building materials store in the Commercial District. The property address is 2201 U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. The property is located in Section 29 and the parcel identification number is 044-00819-0000 The Town of St. Croix Falls is holding a public hearing to discuss amendments to Chapters 3 and 5 of the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. Drafts of the proposed changes are available at the Town Hall or the Town Web site, The Town of St. Croix Falls is holding a public hearing to discuss amendments to the Town Subdivision Ordinance. Drafts of the proposed changes are available at the Town Hall or the Town Web site, Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 529272 23-24L WNAXLP

NO. 1-11 ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE 11-09 REGULATING LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IN THE TOWN OF LAKETOWN The Town Board of the Town of Laketown, hereby amends Ordinance 11-09 Regulating Large Scale Commercial Activity in the Town of Laketown. 1. Purpose. The purpose of this amendment is to clarify the Ordinance Regulating Large Scale Commercial Activity in the Town of Laketown (the “Ordinance”) to facilitate its purpose and to exclude farming and pre-existing facilities from the provisions of the Ordinance. 2. Amendment. The Ordinance is hereby amended as follows: 2.1 Section 3.2 of the Ordinance is amended to read as follows: “Large Scale Commercial Activity” means commercial activity that takes place in the town and that, when operational, reasonably may be expected to possess two or more of the following characteristics: (i) it generates excess vehicular traffic; (ii) it generates excess stress on the roadbed, bridges and other infrastructure; (iii) it generates excess noise; (iv) it generates excess levels of odor, dust, fumes, particulate matter, or radioactive material; (v) it requires or results in a major disturbance of the currently existing soil or topography; (vi) its activities in the Town requires a license or permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Waster Facility Siting Board, the Wisconsin Division of Gaming in the Department of Administration, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Army Corps of Engineers or any division thereof, or the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; (vii) its activities in the Town involve incarceration or preventive detention of persons charged with or convicted of a crime or crimes; (viii) its activities in the Town are subject to regulation under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. If the requirements of this subsection 2.1 are met, Large Scale Commer-cial Activity includes all tangible physical activities taking place in the Town in anticipation of the production of goods or providing of services, including, without limitation, excavation and construction. Commer-cial activity that first becomes operational after the Effective Date that is not Large Scale Commercial Activity because it does not meet the requirements of this subsection 3.2, becomes Large Scale Commercial Activity subject to this ordinance if at any future time such commercial activity meets the requirements of this subsection 3.2. 2.2 Subsection 3.3 is amended to read as follows: Farming Excluded. Notwithstanding any other provision of this ordinance, Large Scale Commercial Activity does not include farming, including the raising or management of livestock and poultry. 2.3 Subsection 4.13 is stricken and the remaining subsections of section 4 are renumbered 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. 2.4 Section 13 is amended to read as follows: Pre-existing Facilities. This ordinance does not apply to any facility in actual operation in the Town of November 24, 2009. 3. Effective Date: This amendment of the Ordinance is effective immediately upon publication. This ordinance was adopted by a majority of the town board on a roll call vote with a quorum present and voting and proper notice having been given. The town clerk shall publish this ordinance as required under Wis. Stat. § 60.80. This ordinance is effective immediately upon publication. Adopted January 25, 2011. By: Daniel King, Town Chairman 529699 24L WNAXLP By: Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk


Notice is hereby given that the Town of Lorain, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of the election voting equipment on Monday, February 7, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., in the town hall located at 252 345th Avenue, CTH E, Frederic, WI 54837. Susan Hughes, Clerk 529705 24L WNAXLP Town of Lorain

BASIC TELEPHONE SERVICE FROM YOUR LOCALLY OWNED TELEPHONE COMPANY LAKELAND COMMUNICATIONS, LAKELAND TELECOM, LUCK & MILLTOWN TELEPHONE COMPANIES Lakeland is designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier by meeting the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission and the Wisconsin Public Utilities Commission. Basic Telephone service from Lakeland includes: Single-party service including unlimited local calling minutes; touch-tone service; voice-grade access to the public-switched network; access to emergency services (including 911 and enhanced 911); access to operator assistance; inter-exchange carriers and directory assistance. Low-income individuals may be eligible for Lifeline and Link-up telephone assistance programs, which provide discounts from these basic rates. Also available to Lifeline customers, as well as all of our customers, is toll blocking which lets customers block outgoing long distance calls free of charge. If you have any questions please contact Lakeland Communications at 715-8252171 or 715-472-2101 or you may stop in at our business office at 825 Innovation Ave., Milltown, WI, or 28 1st Ave. 529581 24L W., Luck, WI.


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Board will call the pubic hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view each site and will reconvene at 12:30 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time each applicant will inform the board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 12:30 P.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) BRENDA FARRELL requests a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 731 115th St./County Rd. C, Lot 13, Buzzetti Park, Sec. 30/T33N/R16W, Town of Lincoln, Bear Trap Lake (Class 1). PAUL & LINETTE WERNER request a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 1086 239th Ave., Lot 2, CSM Vol. 2/Pg. 12, Pt. of Gov’t. Lot 1, Sec. 5/T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown, Bone Lake (Class 1). TOM AASMUNDRUD requests a Special Exception from Sec. XC1 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to operate a similar compatible commercial business. Property affected is: 420 456th Ave., Lot 1, CSM #4823, Vol. 21/Pg. 150, located in NW1/4, SE1/4 & NE1/4, SE1/4, N & W of RR, Sec. 8/T32N/R15W, 529697 24-25L 14a,d WNAXLP Town of Clear Lake, pond (Class 3).


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shall initial on each resolution or ordinance one of the following: Recommended, Not Recommended or Reviewed Only." Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, approved as to form and recommended by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on January 18, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 02-11: Adopting Revised Zoning District Map For The Town of Clear Lake, by a simple majority vote of 22 in favor and 0 against. 1 absent. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. TO: County Board Supervisors FROM: Zoning Administration DATE: January 5, 2011 RE: District Change from Ag/General Purpose to Commercial 420 45th Ave., Lot 1, CSM #4823, Vol. 21/Pg. 150, located in NW 1/4, SE 1/4, & NE 1/4, SE 1/4 N & W of RR, Sec. 8/T32N/R15W, Town of Clear Lake, pond On Wednesday, January 5, 2011, Tom Aasmundrud petitioned the Polk County Land Information Committee to rezone 12.92 acres located on the abovecaptioned property in the Town of Clear Lake. The request is to rezone an Agricultural/General Purpose district to Commercial district to run an automobile repair shop and a trailer sales business. The Town of Clear Lake approves this district change. At the public hearing, no objections were filed and the Land Information Committee recommends the proposed change. If the County Board approves the district change, the following uses will be allowed: 1. Barbershop, Beauty Shop. 2. Business & Professional offices or clinics. 3. Drugstore, Pharmacy, Soda Fountain. 4. Fruit and Vegetable Market, Grocery, Meat and Fish Market or other food products store. 5. Hardware and Paint Store. 6. Notion & Variety Store. 7. Radio & Televisions sales & service. 8. Restaurant, Drive-In Food Service, Dinner Club or Tavern. 9. Clothing or Dry Goods Store. 10. Filling Station, tire and battery service. 11. Sporting Goods, Marine Supplies and Accessories. 12. Laundry, Cleaning & Dyeing establishments. 13. Furniture, Appliances, Office Equipment. 14. Bank Savings & Loan or other financial institutions. 15. Motels or Hotels. 16. Funeral Homes. 17. Bowling Alleys, Dance Halls and Skating Rinks when sound is abated sufficiently so as not to be heard in the residence of any other than the owner or his agent. 18. There may be one dwelling unit on the premises, either attached or detached in connection with any of the above uses, for the owner or his agent. 19. Manufacture or storage in connection with any of the above uses, when clearly incidental to the conduct of the retail business on the premises. 20. Farm implement repair & sales. 21. Commercially sponsored & operated outdoor events & other related activities with a minimum of 30 acres. Special Use Permits Any similarly compatible commercial enterprise subject to the approval of the Board of Adjustment. Res. 02-11 - Adopting Revised Zoning District Map For The Town Of Clear Lake. Motion (O'Connell/Voelker) to approve. Supvr. O'Connell addressed the Resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 02-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.

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Chairman Johnson called the meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 6:00 p.m. County Clerk informed the chair that notice of the agenda was properly posted in three public buildings, published in the county's legal paper and posted on the county Web site the week of January 10, 2011, the first amended agenda posted on Wednesday, January 12, and the second amended agenda on Monday, January 17. Roll call was taken by the Clerk, with 21 members present. Supvr. Masters was absent for roll call, but joined the meeting shortly after. 1 Supervisor, Diane Stoneking, was excused from the January meeting. Supervisor Edgell led the prayer. Chairman led the Pledge of Allegiance Chairman Johnson requested a suspension of the rules to allow for the 2nd amended agenda's addition of Resolution E. Motion (N. Johnson/Schmidt) to suspend the rules of order to adopt the 2nd amended agenda. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. Motion (Jepsen/Kienholz) to adopt the 2nd amended agenda. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. Chairman Johnson requested consideration and any corrections to the published December 21, 2010, County Board minutes. No corrections were offered. Public comments were offered. Chairman's Report was given by Wm. Johnson. Administrator's Report was given by Dana Frey. Finance Director's report was given by Maggie Wickre. Committee/Board Reports were given. Polk County Planner Tim Anderson gave a presentation on behalf of the Renewable Energy Committee, as an update on the 25x25 Plan for Energy Independence; highlighting the data and plans for the future. Chair called for a 10-minute break. 7:30 p.m. back in session.


GOPHER BOUNTY WHEREAS, Polk County agrees to reimburse Polk County municipalities for each pocket gopher and striped gopher trapped; and WHEREAS, Polk County Resolution 26-97 establishes the rate at which municipalities shall be reimbursed for pocket gophers and striped gophers. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Clerk shall pay the municipalities listed below at the amount specified herein. POCKET STRIPED TOTAL MUNICIPALITY 813 @ 1.50 163 @ .50 $1,301.00 T. Alden T. Black Brook 747 @ 1.50 79 @ .50 $1,160.00 T. Eureka 2,072 @ 1.50 144 @ .50 $3,180.00 T. Farmington 607 @ 1.50 23 @ .50 $922.00 T. Garfield 537 @ 1.50 23 @ .50 $817.00 $2,375.50 17 @ .50 1,578 @ 1.50 T. Laketown $679.50 15 @ .50 448 @ 1.50 T. Milltown T. Osceola 684 @ 1.50 9 @ .50 $1,030.50 T. St. Croix Falls 1,122 @ 1.50 142 @ .50 $1,754.00 T. Sterling 523 @ 1.50 6 @ .50 $787.50 $14,007.00 TOTAL REIMBURSEMENT Funding amount: $14,007.00. Funding source: Bounty Budget. Finance Committee Recommendation: Recommended. Effective date: Upon Passage. Approved as to form: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Date Submitted to County Board: January 18, 2011. Submitted and sponsored by the Finance Committee: Brian Masters. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and recommended by Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on January 18, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 01-11: Gopher Bounty by a vote of 22 in favor and 0 against. 1 absent. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 01-11 - Gopher Bounty. Motion (Caspersen/Jepsen) to approve. Motion to approve Resolution 01-11, carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.


2011 WATER SAFETY PATROL WHEREAS, Polk County created a Water Patrol for the enforcement of water safety regulations on the large number of lakes in Polk County; and WHEREAS, 75% of the total cost of such a program is funded through funds provided by the State; and WHEREAS, money for the Water Safety Patrol has been included in the Polk County Sheriff's Department budget for 2011. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Water Safety Patrol be continued for the calendar year 2011. Funding amount: Unknown at this time. Funding source: Department of Natural Resources (Approx. 75%); Law Enforcement Budget (Approx. 25%). Approved as to form: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Submitted and sponsored by: Public Protection and Judicial Committee: Jim Edgell, Gary Bergstrom, Brian Masters and Kim O’Connell. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and recommended by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on January 18, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 03-11: Resolution To Authorize Application For Water Patrol Grant, by a vote of 22 in favor and 0 against. 1 absent. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 03-11 - 2011 Water Safety Patrol. Motion (Masters/ Edgell) to approve. Supvr. Luke addressed the resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 03-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.


RESOLUTION ADOPTING REVISED ZONING DISTRICT MAP FOR THE TOWN OF CLEAR LAKE WHEREAS, Tom Aasmundrud has petitioned the Polk County Board of Supervisors requesting that a parcel of real estate be rezoned Commercial District, thereby removing said parcel from the Agricultural/General Purpose District; and WHEREAS, the Town Board of Clear Lake has not objected to said District Change; and WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on January 5, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in the Polk County Government Center by the Land Information Committee of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, as required by the provisions of Wisconsin Statute Section 59.69 (5) (e) regarding said District Change; and WHEREAS, at said public hearing no objections were filed with regard to said proposed Zoning District Change; and WHEREAS, the Land Information Committee of the Polk County Board of Supervisors has reviewed said proposed Zoning District Change and has recommended that the Polk County Board of Supervisors grant said proposed change. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors, in accord with the provisions of Wisconsin Statute Section 59.69 (5) (e), does hereby amend the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to provide that the following described parcel of real estate be removed from the Agricultural/General Purpose District and be rezoned Commercial District. Said District Change to be recorded on the Zoning District map of the Town of Clear Lake which is on file in the office of the Polk County Zoning Administrator in accordance with Section II (2) of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance. Property is described as follows: Lot 1, Certified Survey Map #4823, recorded in Vol. 21/Page 150, located in NW 1/4, SE 1/4, and the NE 1/4, SE 1/4, N & W of railroad, Section 8/T32N/R15W, Town of Clear Lake (12.92 acres). Funding amount: N/A. Funding source: N/A. Finance Committee Recommends: N/A. Effective date: Upon passage and publication as provided by law. Approved as to form: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Date Submitted to County Board: January 18, 2011. County board action: Adopted. Submitted by: Craig Moriak, Kim A. O’Connell, Larry Voelker and Herschel Brown.



ADOPTING REVISED ZONING DISTRICT MAP FOR THE TOWN OF CLEAR LAKE ADDENDUM Article 3, ¶ 1. b., of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Rules of Order, as amended by Resolution 65-10, provides: "The County Administrator and Corporation Counsel shall review all resolutions and ordinances prior to introduction before the County Board and

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TO APPROVE AND TO PAY DOG CLAIM OF ROGER HARMS WHEREAS, Section 174.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes authorized the County to adjudicate and pay claims for damages by dogs to domestic animals; and WHEREAS, the Agriculture and Extension Education Committee has investigated the dog claim of Roger Harms and has made a fair market value determination of the three domestic deer that are subject of said claim; and WHEREAS, the Agriculture and Extension Education Committee has recommend that the Polk County Board of Supervisors approve the dog claim of Roger Harms and that said claim be paid in a sum that is consistent with the fair market value determination of the committee. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors approves the dog claim of Roger Harms in the amount of $5,000, which is the fair market value of the deer as determined by the Agriculture and Extension Education Committee. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors directs the Clerk to cause the claim to be paid in the sum of $5,000 from the FY2010 Dog License Fund, provided that there are sufficient sums to pay said claim after payments from said fund have been made pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 174.09(1) and (2). Claimed Loss Claimant/Payee: Loss: Roger Harms Dogs Ran Three Deer into Fence $9,000 for each Deer Fair Market Value Determination: Deer 1 $1,500 $1,750 Deer 2 Deer 3 $1,750 Total Fair Market Value: $5,000 Funding amount: $5,000.00. Funding source: Dog Fund Date Finance Committee Advised: N/A. Finance Committee Recommendation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: January 18, 2011.

PAGE 30 - INTER-COUNTY LEADER - NEWS SECTION - A - FEBRUARY 2, 2011 Approved as to form: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Submitted at the request of the Agriculture and Extension Education Committee: Dean Johansen. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and recommended by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on January 18, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted defeated the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 0411: Resolution To Approve And To Pay Dog Claim Of Roger Harms, by a simple majority vote of 9 in favor and 13 against. 1 absent. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 04-11 - To Approve And To Pay Dog Claim For Roger Harms. Motion (Jepsen/D. Johansen) to approve. Supvr. D. Johansen and Corporation Counsel Jeff Fuge addressed the Resolution. Motion (Jepsen/O'Connell) to amend Resolution 04-11, by Inserting into the "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED" clause: "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors directs the clerk to cause the claim to be paid In the sum of $5,000 from the FY 2010 Dog License Fund, provided that there are sufficient sums to pay sold claim after Payments from sold fund have been made pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 174.09(1) and (2)." Motion to approve the amendment to Resolution 04-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Motion (Masters/Edgell) to further amend resolution 04-11 by changing the title of the Resolution: To Deny the Dog Claim of Roger Harms. Changing the wording In the NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, clause to read: the Polk County Board of Supervisors denies the dog claim of Roger Harms and striking the remaining sentence and also striking the entire BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, clause. Motion to approve further amending Resolution 04-11, failed by a roll call vote of 6 Yes - 16 No. Voting yes: Supvrs. Kienholz, Masters, Nelson, Hartung, N. Johnson and Voelker. Voting no: Supvrs. H. Johansen, D. Johansen, Schmidt, Brown, Caspersen, Rattel, Edgell, Sample, Moriak, Arcand, Luke, Jepsen, O'Connell, Bergstrom, Christensen and Wm. Johnson. Motion to approve Resolution 04-11, as amended, failed by roll call vote of 9 Yes - 13 No. Voting yes: Supvrs. H. Johansen, D. Johansen, Brown, Caspersen, Rattel, Edgell, Luke, Jepsen and Christensen. Voting no: Supvrs. Schmidt, Kienholz, Masters, Sample, Moriak, Arcand, Nelson, Hartung, O'Connell, Bergstrom, N. Johnson and Wm. Johnson.

Nonrepresented Employees Compensation Plan as that labor market used in the market study conducted by Bjorklund Consulting in 2007 without allowing any variation by geographic area; and WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the County to authorize the Employee Relations Director to conduct a market survey of positions in a manner that is not prescribed or limited by the Bjorklund Consulting market study. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, notwithstanding provisions in Policy 390 to the contrary, the County Administrator may recommend a set of comparable organizations, with approval of the Polk County Personnel Committee, which may be used for the purpose of conducting the market survey. Funding source and amount: No Funding. Date Finance Committee Advised: N/A. Finance Committee Recommendation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: January 18, 2011. Approved as to form: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Submitted at the Request of the Polk County Personnel Committee: Patricia M. Schmidt. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, approved as to form and recommended by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on January 18, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 05-11: Resolution To Authorize The Personnel Committee To Define Labor Market For Purposes Of Conducting Market Survey On Nonrepresented Employees, by a simple majority vote of 2 in favor and 0 against. 1 absent. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 05-11 - To Authorize The Personnel Committee To Define Labor Market For Purposes Of Conducting Market Survey On Nonrepresented Employees. Motion (Sample/Schmidt) to approve. Administrator Frey addressed the Resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 05-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted. Supervisors reports were given. Motion (Kienholz/Edgell) to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned 9:05 p.m.


TO AUTHORIZE THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE TO DEFINE LABOR MARKET FOR PURPOSES OF CONDUCTING MARKET SURVEY ON NONREPRESENTED EMPLOYEES HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF POLK: WHEREAS, the Employee Relations Director has advised the Personnel Committee that there is a need from time to time to conduct a labor market survey to determine the compensation of nonrepresented positions; and WHEREAS, at present, Polk County Personnel Policy 390, Nonrepresented Employees Compensation Management Study, defines the labor market of the


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I, Carole T. Wondra, County Clerk for Polk County, do hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the County Board Proceedings of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Session held on January 18, 2011. Carole T. Wondra Polk County Clerk

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The fifth-annual Youth Fishing Fun Day at Big Doctor Lake in Siren on Sunday, Jan. 30, was hosted by Cub Scout Pack 564. Above, excitement builds following the landing of a nice sized northern. Below, event organizer Bill Lindberg (seated) registers another three contestants. - Photos by Gary King Ice fishing allows time for other extracurricular activities like snowball throwing (photo above). LEFT: Oscar Lahti and Isaiah Simon, both of Frederic, pose with one of their catches of the day. BELOW: Three contestants take a break from fishing.

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• John and Mary Anderson, Jeff’s Great-Grandparents, homesteaded where Anderson Furniture is located in Saint Croix Falls. • Charlie and Ethel Anderson, Jeff’s Great Aunt and Uncle, started Anderson Furniture in Saint Croix Falls. • Scott Anderson and family, Jeff’s Cousins, own and operate Anderson Furniture. • Kermit and Florence Anderson, Jeff’s Grandparents, owned and operated Anderson Oil Company in Dresser. • Grace and Olaf Bloom, Jeff’s Great-Great Aunt and Uncle, owned and operated the Osceola Sun. • Larry L. Anderson, Jeff’s Father, taught at Unity for 31 years. • Larry and Joan Anderson, Jeff’s Parents, also own and operate All Weather Farm, North of Cushing. • Jeff is a Fourth-Generation Polk County resident who owns and operates Anderson Legal Services, Inc., in Dresser. Paid for by Jeff for Judge Duana Bremer, Treasurer

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Frederic Students won the traveling trophy for the second year in a row at the AODA Four District Talent Showcase held on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Grantsburg High School. (L to R): Ian Lexen, Shabana Mishler, Bradley Knauber, Frankie Knuf and Erik Stoner. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Stephanie Miklya and Tyler Sanvig played an original song, “Ignorant Son” by Too Numb. The Grantsburg students’ band also included drummer Tommy Bloomquist (not pictured).

Billie Ingalls from Webster High School sang, “Part of Your World” from the film “The Little Mermaid” during the AODA Talent Showcase held at Grantsburg High School on Jan. 27.

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Students from Frederic, Grantsburg, Siren and Webster Schools presented the second-annual Four District Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Showcase on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Grantsburg High School. Students competed for a traveling trophy, which Frederic students have displayed at their school the past year after winning the 2010 competition. Ethan Bergstrom, an instructor from the Frederic School District, who acted as the evening’s master of ceremonies, said the goal of the event was to have fun and raise money for a good cause. The good cause Bergstrom was referring to is the post prom opportunity the Four District AODA has provided to students for the past 17 years. This year’s post-prom event will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 12:45 a.m. to 6 a.m. in Siren. A “block party” theme for the 2011 event will offer students a variety of activities including movies at Timbers Theatres, meals from Subway, minigolf at Moose Mulligan’s, sumo wrestling, an Ironman obstacle course, and concessions and music at the Lodge Center Ice Arena. Donations are welcomed and volunteers/chaperones are needed to help with the event. For more information on volunteering contact Jessica Ebner at 715-349-2277 Ext. 414 or

Zach Zelinski presented a piano solo during the AODA Talent Showcase. Zelinski, a student at Webster Elementary School, played all the selections he performed by ear.

Grantsburg High School student Elizabeth Gaffney performed the song, A group of Webster students who billed themselves simply as AODA students had fun performing the song “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

Faith House at Siren expands Faith House at Siren is expanding, giving The Salvation Army the ability to house two families. The land and house located at 7764 West Main St. in Siren was donated to the Salvation Army in 2001 following the devastating tornado that most of us remember well. The four-bedroom house originally provided lodging for a single family and is in the process of renovation. A rapidly increasing poverty rate and high unemployment in the county prompted the upgrade. An addition built shortly after the property was donated is being altered to accommodate an additional four-person family. Office space is being reduced to make this possible. Currently Faith House is home to a single family for a period of 60-90 days. Following the ongoing construction, Faith House will be able to nearly double the number of people it can assist. - Photos submitted

Whitney Oachs, a Grantsburg ninthgrader, gave a vocal solo of the Dixie Chicks song “Traveling Soldier.”




Luck grad Mickey Petersen finds his way behind the scenes in Hollywood

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Mickey Petersen’s reply to an interview request was cryptic, short and seemed to come from someone who was trying not to interrupt. After quickly agreeing to the project by text, he closed out with this line: “I’m writing you this message from the set of a Corona commercial. Life is good.” The 2004 Luck High grad, noted multisport athlete and animated drama student has found a solid gig as a gaffer - a nickname for a light and electrical technician in the bright lights of Hollywood. He has gone from high school student in rural Wisconsin to film student in Florida to someone involved in everything from music videos, films, industrial videos and now, it seems, lots of TV commercials. But Petersen hasn’t forgotten his local roots, and is quick to admit that those roots are not only what keeps him grounded in the land of movie stars, plastic surgery and perma-tans, but has maybe become his way to build upon his rural Wisconsin passion for the outdoors to possibly make the next big step.

After this word from our sponsors Petersen took a short break from the rooftop set of that certain Mexican beer company commercial - under the splendid veil of Southern California sun - for a fast chat. He underplayed the Corona commercial, called it “sort of interesting,” and said it should be seen in the coming months on a regular rotation. Two days prior, he was working on the set of a big-

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Luck grad Mickey Petersen waits for filming to begin. Even in the bright California sun, a gaffer must use a bank of light heads to make it just right. - Photos submitted

budget Mercedes-Benz commercial - one that will premier this weekend during the Super Bowl. “That one will be cool!” he said, revealing the plot line. “All the old model (Mercedes-Benz) cars sneak away from their owners at night, off to welcome the new line of Benzes.” Petersen was giddy about the spot, and also giddy about the life he’s living. Besides working on the cutting edge of TV commercials, Petersen has found occasional success in the movie and music video industry. He has worked on several movie sets - even played an extra on occa-

Petersen was involved in the moody, surreal lighting for the band One Republic, and their video for the song “All the Right Moves.”

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sion - and has worked in various roles behind the scenes on many of entertainment’s latest offerings. His resume brims with credits from the sets of music videos that range from Lady Gaga to the Jonas Brothers. He has been one of the people paid to not only make the light and picture just right, but to make those stars look good - Hollywood good. And he has the photos to prove it. From the sets of dozens of videos, commercials and even TV promos, Petersen has made good use of his camera phone, and built a broad, extensive portfolio among the struggling thousands. While hundreds struggle in the industry and fall back on retail or restaurant jobs, Petersen has been slowly working his way into the background of a life that sounds like a Steely Dan song, helping film the life of the high-rolling, MTV crowd, with industry credits and pictures from the sets of numerous music videos from the likes of Chris Brown, The AllAmerican Rejects, Enrique Iglasias, The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes, Ludicrous and P. Diddy. Besides the music videos, he has been in on numerous industrial and commercial production shoots, also. “Actually, it’s been a lot of commercials lately. Mostly commercials, I guess,” he noted, reeling off the shoots that run from Taco Bell to Best Buy, Pepsi, LG electronics, even Barbie commercials, with kids so cute and animated they could make the Geico Cavemen smile. By the way, he’s worked on those commercials, as well. “Three of them are airing right now,” he said of his current credits, leaving out the Benz gem, and conveniently failing to address a Facebook picture he has posing with Ronald McDonald on a commercial set.

Nothing cures the rainy-day blues better than hanging out with the real Ronald. From the inside out Petersen has stories and pics from the sets and scenes of many TV and movie shoots and includes a who’s who of pop culture icons from Angelina Jolie, Regis Philbin, Hayden Panettiere and Justin

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Even if you didn’t see this holiday-time ad for Barbie, there’s a chance your little daughter took note. It’s one of dozens Mickey Petersen worked on.


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Timberlake to astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the set of “Top Gear.” “Most of the pictures are from my phone, so the quality is pretty bad,” Petersen admitted. While many are revealing of a behind-the-scenes peek at Hollywood, others are just plain interesting, like the lighting equipment he assembles on spindly booms above the stars, or the TMZ-worthy pic of superstar Will Smith's golden set trailer - larger than many Luck homes. But he also has shots of Mariah Carey from the boom above, where Petersen was doing the light work. Ditto for an ESPN promo. The promo and commercial work has become his bread and butter with the crew he’s involved with, and work has been steady. He chuckles and mentions recent companies, stars and products he’s been involved in, like most people would mention what they had for breakfast. From clothing and beverages to pharmaceuticals and hotels, his laundry list of credits includes, well, laundry detergent makers, even, like Tide. “Yeah, it’s a cool life, for sure,” he said. “Always changing.”

The upcoming ads Petersen has a few ads to watch for, and some of which are likely to appear in or around the Super Bowl this Sunday. But much of his work has become part of the TV lexicon already, from Kevin Bacon’s recent Logitech remote control ads, where he imitates someone who wants to look like, well, Kevin Bacon, to the upcoming, stylish Benz spots expected to be post-Super Bowl water cooler fodder on Monday. Others are also so new and cool, we may be seeing more of them in the coming months, like an Embassy Suites ad, with an over-the-top, well-stocked breakfast buffet, or Queen Latifah’s latest Cover Girl makeup ad. Chances are, Petersen was one of the people up above, or off to the side, controlling the light, shadows, mood and special lighting effects or electrical power on the set. Some of those shoots put him several stories above the set, often with photos from those precarious spots, such as in an upcoming IZOD spot, with priceless vintage race cars 40 feet below, and with the band Weezer beside. He also noted not just the band or the stars, but other shoulder-rubbing perks, like shooting Mario Andretti’s vintage, winning Indy car, which he seemed more impressed by than the stars beside it. But it may not be the ads where you’ve seen his work, but maybe even around the ads, such as during the little promos and introductions to other programs. “One of my favorites was for the TV show ‘Entourage,’’’ Petersen said, refer-

Commercial shoots are Mickey Petersen’s bread and butter, now, as evidenced by this McDonald’s ad. – Photos submitted

So what is a gaffer?

Mickey Petersen even works for musicians from before his time, like Loggins and Messina artist Kenny Loggins’ video project.

ring to a big-time promotional shoot last year, made famous with the recent mega promotional time spent on the hip, recently syndicated cult TV show, with its signature-identifying introduction in recent months. The networks have spent big bucks promoting the show, and the signature few seconds is a swanky shot of the whole “Entourage” crew riding in a vintage black four-door Lincoln convertible from up above. That promo shoot remains one of his favorites, in part because of the no-holdsbarred production. “We also had a photo shoot for that. But yeah, big budget. Very, very cool,” he confirmed.

But he really wants to ... get lost in the woods? While Petersen was growing up in the Luck area, he made it a practice to videotape his hunting exploits with friend Eric Castellano. The duo shot several short feature films and tried to make exotic hunting/outdoors programs out of quirky trips into a family cabin in the Barrens. Once he graduated from high school, Petersen took that passion for film to Full Sail University in Florida, where he graduated in 2006. He admittedly lucked out with several Full Sail classmates and roommates, who were a few months ahead of him and had already made the trek west to Los Angeles. So Petersen piled in with them, sharing not only precious and expensive housing space but becoming part of a production team of sorts. Before long, he was working as an electrician or best boy on the sets of low-

budget and B-movies, even scoring a few screen credits, such as in a Tara Reid film first known as “7-10 Split.” He ended up working on several productions he appeared in early on. “I guess I’ve got a few credits on Internet Movie Data Base. But commercials aren’t really tracked,” he said. He has a total of 10 feature film credits so far, including several short films and a few full-length features, like National Lampoon’s “One, Two, Many,” and several smaller budget films that never really went that far, but helped him get some street credits and working titles to get him back on the sets. While Petersen said he loves working on location, meeting and working for stars and big production firms, and admits it’s a very cool life, at times, deep down he has a dream, one that includes a dream of possibly returning to where he began back in the Barrens of Northwest Wisconsin.

Staying connected That’s where the rest of Mickey Petersen’s story is heading. While the old joke of every actor wanting to direct and directors wishing they were on Broadway may be closer to reality than many will admit, Petersen really just wants to hit the woods. He’d like to film out there again, it seems, or at least get a chance to make his own TV take on the medium, with his little Web site venture called “HuntFishShare” (see an HFS feature in the “Outdoors” section of sports.) He thinks he might be just the kind of guy to make it happen, and his background might be the perfect segue into

TV superstars are a common theme in Mickey Petersen’s line of work and can include brushes with stars like Regis Philbin.

So what is a gaffer? As Mickey Petersen puts it, he is involved in lighting and general electrical needs of a TV or movie shoot. But even with its interesting name, historically, the gaffer is a very important position on a film set. Traditionally, the job of a gaffer in television, commercial or music video production is much as it has been in the motion picture industry since before World War II. A gaffer may be the chief lighting technician and is usually the head of the electrical department, as well. They often work on a team in designing, reviewing and executing lighting and recreating unusual timeof-day conditions, regardless of the actual time of day or exterior lighting conditions. The term goes back to at least the 1930s, when the motion picture industry began using exotic and large overhead lighting equipment, called a gaff. The gaffer may also have an assistant(s) who is often called the best boy, a favorite of movie-set lingo. But the the management and constant, safe supply of electricity is also paramount to the job, and the gaffer is often the person behind all those cables, light poles, giant spotlights and off-set power generators - sets may be built in the middle of nowhere. The gaffer may also assist with the use of and design of the gels or colors of the lighting, or special lighting effects, like streetlights, moonlight, passing car traffic or what you can’t see–as the shadow is a tool, as well–which are all the gaffer’s responsibility. Gaffers generally work for lighting directors or directors of photography. They also work with the key grip, which is a related position directly behind lighting equipment, such as light heads and the giant booms or gaffs above. The gaffer is usually part of a production crew and may have several people who are referred to as the electricians – whether they are actual electricians is irrelevant – or who are involved in various lighting responsibilities and electrical feeds.

that market. “Yeah, that’s my favorite. I kinda like just going with hunters and filming,” he said with a laugh, realizing that going from Hollywood and Vine to Evergreen Avenue in the boonies of the Midwest is not necessarily a traditional “lateral move” in Hollywood. But for him, it’s a natural. “It is really. What I’d really like to do is get a group, go over training and put together a spec show for TV,” Petersen said with enthusiasm. “You know? Something to shop around.” Yes, he wants to take his skills north and away from the slick sheen of Sunset Boulevard. Petersen maybe does want to direct. He just wants to do it where it’s already quiet on the set.

One of the perks of working on an ESPN promo set for Mickey Petersen is getting to touch the actual NBA championship trophy. Photos submitted

Grantsburg Legion fisshing contest Feb. 12 fi

GRANTSBURG – The Brask-Fossum-Janke Grantsburg American Legion will hold the post’s 18th-annual ice-fishing contest, Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Big Wood Lake in Grantsburg. Cash prizes will be awarded for the first largest fish caught in each of four categories. Door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes at Park Pavilion. The first 40 fish caught and turned in by kids 15 years and under will receive $5 cash prize. Tickets are available at area businesses and will also be sold at the contest. Lunch and refreshments will be served at the north side of the lake at the Thoreson American Legion Park. Take Hwy. 70 to CTH Y to Thoreson Park on Big Wood Lake for a day of fishing fun. - submitted

Free tax assistance available soon

POLK COUNTY – The AARP Tax-Aide Program will begin in Polk County in February. This is a free, nationwide confidential service in which trained volunteers assist middle- and lower-income people, especially those 60 and over, with their tax returns and Wisconsin Homestead Credit forms. Younger people with lower incomes are also welcome to use the service. People using this free tax opportunity are asked to bring with them all Forms W-2 and 1099, plus property tax bills or rent certificates and last year’s returns. Tax-aide volunteers will be available to give tax assistance at the Polk County sites listed below. The hours are 9 a.m. to noon, and appointments are encouraged but are not necessary. Appointments can be made by calling the site listed. To ask questions about the program, or to schedule home visits for those who are homebound, call 715-2687884. Frederic Senior Center: Thursdays, Feb. 10 and March 10 St. Croix Falls Senior Center: Wednesdays, Feb. 16 and March 16 Luck Senior Center: Thursday, March 24 Osceola (Millside Apts., 403 2nd Ave. E.): Thursday, Feb. 24 Balsam Lake (Polk County Aging Office): Thursday, March 3 Amery Senior Center every Tuesday from Feb. 1 to April 12. - submitted

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A guy was sitting at his buddy’s house drinking. About 2 a.m. the buddy, who owns Joe Roberts the house, said, “It’s so late, you should sleep here in my baby’s room.” The second man said, “No way. That baby will disturb me at night. I’d rather sleep in the living room on the couch.” The next morning the guy sees a beautiful 21-yearold girl at the breakfast table. He said, “Morning! Who are you?” She said, “I’m Jill, but everyone calls me baby. Who are you?” The man replied, “I’m the biggest fool in the world.” ••• Mary Clancy went up to Father O’Grady after his Sunday morning service, in tears. He said, “So what’s bothering you, dear?” She said, “Oh, Father, I’ve got terrible news. My husband passed away last night.” The priest said, “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible! Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?” She said, “That he did, Father ...” The priest said, “What did he ask, Mary?” She said, “He said, ‘Please, Mary, put down that gun ...’” ••• It’s my birthday today. My wife has said that she’s going to make it my most special birthday ever ... I wonder where she’s going? •••


Child prodigy

The dream of all parents is to

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see something special in their offspring. We hope and pray for genius, outstanding athleticism or John W. Ingalls powerful leadership qualities as each child progresses through their childhood stages. With each flicker of brilliance, we ooh and awe while excessively burdening our friends and relatives with progress reports. We were no different. We identified specific tendencies and traits in each child, and we tried to control our own pride. Early on we knew they were going to play meaningful roles in the welfare of mankind. One was going to be an Olympic ice-skater, another was going to be a researcher in the human genome project, and yet another aspired to be an independent business owner specifically owning a car dealership. One out of the four was uncertain as to her life’s calling, but there was no doubt that it would be challenging. We knew this because early in elementary school, she discovered “the cure for cancer” and “a cure for blindness.” Unfortunately, after many years these cures were just rediscovered in our files. I can’t say how sad we are at the suffering people have experienced because these cures were not available over the past years, but

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borrow trouble. It is hard to simply let things be. I realize my desire to control the future and make trouble where there is none will always Carrie Classon be something I struggle with, but sometimes I feel ... Well, I feel like a poodle. In saying this, I would like to apologize to the owners of small poodles. My dog Milo, as I may have mentioned, has been given fairly free rein to run on my few acres and, other than one memorable trip to the local tavern, (when he was much younger and more foolish) he has handled his privileges pretty well. But I do have one relatively close neighbor and my neighbor owns two small poodles. At least I think they are poodles. They are small and white and curly and loud. They do not leave the confines of their home except to step 10 feet or so from their front door and conduct their business. Milo, when he heard they were out, would amble through the woods and say hello. This greatly excited both the poodles and their owner—which I understood. Milo has gotten to be a big dog and the poodles are very small and excitable. They should be permitted some peace and tranquility while conducting their business without some large interloper barging through the woods to harass them. So I would try to keep Milo in the house when the poodles were out. Then one day, when I was out with him, the poodles came out and I saw Milo had no interest in them whatsoever. They saw him in the distance, and they let out menacing little yaps, but Milo continued working on his project: methodically moving my woodpile onto the front lawn, one log at a time. I was relieved. I had felt guilty about being the

owner of a poodle harasser, but it now appeared that Milo had outgrown his interest in poodles. The next day, when we walked by their house, the poodles would see Milo through the window and bark madly. Milo would look up to see what was making the racket and then look back down. “Poodles,” he seemed to say. “Poodles,” I would answer. So I thought the trouble was over. Occasionally, I’d be sitting at my desk and Milo would bark loudly to warn me of impending danger. “Invasion of the Visigoths?” I’d ask him. “Or is it just the poodles again?” “Poodles,” came his silent reply, as he returned to his nap. Until last weekend. All was quiet when suddenly the poodles started barking. Milo was napping in the house. He looked up. “Poodles,” and lay down. The poodles got louder. Milo got up and looked out the window facing the woods. When the leaves are down in the winter, we can just make out the poodles’ house through the woods. No poodles. The barking got louder yet. Finally, I looked out the window facing the front yard. There were the poodles. Those little dogs had somehow managed to find their way through the woods and deep snow, around the house, and were standing right under my bay window. They were looking in the living room window and barking furiously. Milo put his feet up on the windowsill and stared at them, bewildered. If Milo was no longer going to come over there to torment them, well, they were just going to have to come looking for him! Oh, man. I wish I didn’t know just how they feel. Till next time, —Carrie

Lasagna supper and raffl fle e this Friday

LUCK - On Friday, Feb. 4, everyone is welcome to the annual Luck Graduate Scholarship Fundraiser. Luck School will host doubleheader basketball games with Frederic, and it’s a perfect occasion to support our young adults and enjoy community interaction with a meal and a raffle. A lasagna supper will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets for the supper are $5 and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. Larsen Auto Centers has given longtime support as the supper sponsor, and the class of 2011 and their parents provide desserts and serve at the meal. In addition to the meal, a raffle also raises funds for the scholarships. Prizes include a lap quilt (57”x75” and on display at Luck Rural American Bank) donated by Luck senior parent Tracy Vail, five Luck Country Inn gift certificates (one at $60 plus $10 Oakwood Inn meal certificate, two at $30, and two at $20), two $25 Lucky Bucks certificates (redeemable at 39 local businesses), six Luck Golf Course certificates (each good for 18 holes of golf plus use of cart), a $25 Natural Alternative Food Coop certificate, a gift basket from Anderson Maple Syrup, and three $15 certificates from Fibre Functions. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5, and can be purchased from any member of the Luck senior class. The drawing will be held on Friday, Feb. 4, during halftime of the varsity boy’s basketball game. Winners need not be present

I am making them available to the public now. I can make no claim as to their effectiveness, however, people should not expect too much from their use. Abby’s Cure for Cancer MD One tsp. of ranch dressing; five cups of hot water; four fourleaf clovers; one petal of a sunflower; crumbs of bread; 1 cup of ice and a hair from your father’s head. Stir for five minutes and store in a big jug in the freezer. Rub it around your body, two coats of it on your body and in one day you will be cured. As you can see this information is much too valuable to be kept in secret, and as a family we have no wish to profit from such important information. In addition to her cure for cancer, we decided to also make available her cure for blindness. Again we want to mention that this has never been tested, so I would not recommend widespread use of these treatments without first consulting your doctor. Abby’s Cure for Blindness One tsp. of cold water; one drop of orange juice; one chopped leaf (of any kind); wax of a candle; crumbs of bread. Stir 10 minutes and keep in a dropper bottle. Three drops of the cure in the eye, and in one day they

to claim their prize. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser are given as scholarships for each Luck senior who graduates and continues their education after high school. The class of 2011 will be the 15th class to receive these scholarships funded by our community. The event is organized by Luck Community Education and its advisory board members. If you need raffle tickets or have questions about the lasagna supper and raffle, please call Amy Aguado at Luck Community Ed., 715-472-2152, Ext. 103, or e-mail - submitted will see. I can’t help but offer my advice after reviewing the cure for blindness. Don’t try this at home! About the only thing you will be seeing will be the eye doctor, and you won’t see him or her very well. We could envision endless potential in this child. We waited for more cures, expecting her to branch out into other areas of medical research, but this was not to be. Reflecting back, we now realize it was because all of her treatments contained crumbs of bread. When she ran out of bread, there was nothing further she could do for the human race. Years later, we see the blossoming gift in this child. It wasn’t in medical research at all, but her gift was the written word, and as a gifted writer herself, she is studying to become an English teacher. Seeing your child as a prodigy is normal for a parent. Parents have superpowers that others don’t have. We can see hope and beauty that others miss, we can bestow love where others can’t, and we hold dearly to our children, always wanting the best for them. In this way we all live in our own Lake Wobegon, where as Garrison Keillor describes it, “All the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average.”


River Road

Raising Cane

It’s hard not to feel a little guilty having enjoyed mostly sunny, mild weather through January down here in Southern Louisiana, while getting e-mails from up north telling about 32 below and snow. If we were there, we would be burning fuel trying to keep warm, adding to the increasing cost of energy and dumping carbon dioxide into the air. Helping the environment by sacrificing the comforts of home for strange places and tropical climates does give us a warm feeling of doing our part over those of you who just ordered another tanker load of fuel for February. We had one pleasant 3-inch rain overnight, the raindrops falling on the canvas over our bed in the pop-up camper soothing our slumbers and drowning out the roar of frogs, gators and owls. The temperatures have ranged from a few days in the 40s to a sweltering 75 last Friday that brought some mosquitoes to life. Made us nostalgic for Wisconsin and Minnesota. There are individual orange and grapefruit trees in yards here and there and a few orange groves—the oranges appear to be ripening, but none for sale yet. Almost 100 percent of the fields in the 30 miles around the area we have explored are in sugarcane. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is on the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin, just west of the levee that channels the Atchafalaya River into a 20-mile-wide, 150-mile-long swamp. At the north end is a big set of gates that controls the Mississippi, allowing the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to run water down the current Mississippi channel, or divert some to the old Mississippi channel, now called the Atchafalaya River. Without the diversion project, the Mississippi would have already changed its main channel to the Atchafalaya years ago. This area is almost exclusively in sugarcane fields – large, flat corrugated fields, some having been in sugarcane since it was first introduced here in 1751. We toured a museum at Jeanrette that was devoted to the sugarcane industry – they advertise the town as Sugar City. As farm kids and maple sugar people ourselves, Margo and I were fascinated by the sugarcane growing and processing going on in the area. Sugarcane fields are laid out in ridged rows about 18 inches high and 6 feet apart. The water table is high and with frequent rains, the ridges allow the plants to be up out of the water. Water drains down the troughs and into larger drains and out of the fields without drowning the cane. Farmers have special discs, pull graders, and cultivators to make and handle the ridges. These ridges and drains are called the “bank system.” Wikipedia says: “Sugarcane cultivation requires a tropical or temperate climate, with a minimum of 24 inches of annual moisture. It is one of the most efficient photosynthesizers in the plant kingdom. It is able to convert up to 1 percent of incident solar energy into biomass. In prime growing regions, sugarcane can produce 20 pounds of biomass for each square meter exposed to the sun. “Although sugarcanes produce seeds, modern stem cutting has become the most common reproduction method. Billets (chunks of stem that look like bamboo with at least one junction where a sprout will form) harvested from a mechanical harvester are planted by a machine which opens and recloses the ground. Once planted, a stand can be harvested several times; after each harvest, the cane sends up new stalks, called ratoons. Successive harvests give decreasing yields, eventually justifying replanting. Two to 10 harvests may be

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statuary in the gardens. Each house was originally surrounded by outbuildings including a separate cooking building, a smokehouse, servants quarters, and housing for the animals. The tour guides are always very careful to use the word “servant” when they mean “slave.” The local tour guides almost completely ignore that the whole plantation culture and life of leisure portrayed was on the back of black slaves. In touring a dozen or more of these homes over many years, I have never seen a black person as a tour guide. Tourists from the north ask questions about slavery, and the tour guides generally say something like, “Most masters were good to their slaves and treated them as part of the family. When the Union soldiers Margo took a job weekends running the old cane press in Jeanrette, La., at the sugar mu- came through they destroyed the culseum. Each Saturday and Sunday she turns the crushing mill to squeeze the sweet juice out ture.” I like to ask, “Do you think slave of the cane into the boiling kettle. She gets paid with 25 percent of the sugar produced. A owners are in heaven or hell?” In almost every slave owner’s plantasweet job! – A Rambler photo tion (Shadows on the Teche owner had about 300 slaves), many of the slave chilpossible between plantings.” Bigger farmers who can afford a dren were “mulattoes,” a product of the In Louisiana, one-third of the land is $150,000 harvester don’t burn anymore, white male owners having children with fallow, waiting to be planted, and the rest but smaller ones can’t afford it and still the slave women. White wives looked in sugarcane. Every 11 months a harvest burn. The harvester cuts the stalks into the other way and believed Southern is made in the fall. Cane here is har- billets, and removes the leaves and chaff plantation culture was above that of the vested three times over three years off the that is normally burned off. The billets money-grubbing businessmen of the same root before a total replanting. One are delivered at the factory where they North, the Yankees (and often still do). third is replanted each year. Like alfalfa, are washed, ground, crushed and When the war came, this area was a it gradually produces less each year. pressed to give up the sweet cane juice. battleground and had a lot of destruction. Planting is in the fall when the tops of the Then many steps of filtering and boiling Plantation owners were also the politisugarcane stalks are available to be and crystallizing are done to end up first cians and people who stood to lose the spread in the ditches between the ridges; with raw sugar, sort of a brown-looking most with the abolition of slavery, and then the old ridges are disked over the sugar, then more of the same to end up pushed Louisiana to secede from the stalks and make a new set of ridges. Cul- with pure white sugar. Molasses and Union in January of 1861, exactly 150 tivation is not done after the first season. bagasse (pronounced as two words – bag years ago last week. After the war, the Monsanto and other cane seed produc- gas) are the by-products. Bagasse is the former slave owners had to convert to a ers are tinkering with the genes in the fiber left and is burned to fuel the boilers. hired labor mode. Blacks who had hoped cane plant and expect to have a Molasses is sold for mixing in animal to become landowners and farmers in “Roundup-Ready/Bt” plant available by feed and for the grocery. Inside the sugar their own right, were for the most part 2015. Growers are debating whether con- warehouses, huge trucks and loader trac- pushed into plantation jobs that barely sumers will balk at genetically modified tors handle the sugar – looking like the paid enough to live on. The white folks sugar products. Sugar beet farmers in activity in a gravel pit. Eventually it is did what they could to keep black people Northwest Minnesota are already into a bagged and shipped to retailers. Some uneducated, without the rights of a citilegal debate over the use of “Roundup- local cooks insist that cane sugar is better zen (voting, holding office, fair trials, Ready” beets there. Sugarcane is sprayed for cooking with than beet sugar. etc.). They succeeded for 100 years and for pests and fertilized quite heavily. I was hard-pressed to find out the ac- only since the 1960s have things begun to Slaves were brought to this part of tual profit for a sugarcane farmer in change for the better down here. Louisiana primarily to work on sugar Louisiana, but it appears that in a very The area is backward in terms of eduplantations. It is a year-round effort with good year, when the yield is good, the cation, housing, salaries, etc., for both harvesting lasting from about September harvest season is not too wet, the sugar blacks and whites. Just about any measto December. In the old days, everything content is high, a profit of up to $300 per ure comparing states puts Louisiana and was done by hand with the aid of mules. acre can be had; other years are break- its Southern neighbors of Mississippi and Nowadays, it is highly mechanized with even only or losses that are somewhat Alabama at the bottom. “People down expensive harvesters that cut the stalk, covered by insurance programs. In a ra- here kept black folks down for a few hunclean away the leaves and any dirt, cut it dius of about 40 miles from the park, we dred years. You can’t prosper as a state into billets and have it ready for process- saw only sugarcane fields. Rice has doing that,” said Leon, a native ing at large central sugar plants, often moved farther west and north. There ap- Louisianan and retired schoolteacher farmers co-operatives. Much of the cane pears to be no crop rotation in this area. who was RVing near us. “That and our sugar here ends up as Domino brand. Sugar was very profitable in the 100 history of very corrupt politicians at Farmers traditionally have burned the years before the Civil War. Labor was every level, make us more like a Third cane fields in the fall to get rid of the from slaves and huge land holdings World country. There is a third factor, leaves and smaller stalk parts and just made some planters immensely rich. too. We are a very religious people – leave the juicy canes. It is a real contro- They built large mansions, known here as about one-third Catholic and most of the versy here because of the nuisance to the antebellum plantation homes. There are rest fundamentalists. Our church leaders neighbors and higher rates of respiratory still many around to tour. teach us that our reward will be in problems. A letter to the editor in the We toured Shadows on the Teche in heaven. I think this gives us an excuse local newspaper last October describes it: nearby New Iberia. Most of these planta- for not improving our own condition “Giant smoke plumes all around the tion homes are the same, huge columns here.” horizon; black ashes falling like snow. I supporting porches at the front and back, You can e-mail us at riverroadramknew that the burning had begun be- storage and servant quarters on the third if you have a question cause I awoke with my sinuses full. Sure floor, family living quarters on the sec- about making sugar, alligators or how to enough, when I left for work, I could see ond, and office, dining, kitchen, parlor make a shrimp jambalaya. We are movthe angry plumes. Nothing like the famil- and library on the main floor. The ceil- ing to another park north near Natchez, iar view of insecticide-laden haze all ings are about 12 feet high so the heat will Miss., for the next week or so. The camp around! stay at the top of the room. Each room host here tells me, “There are two kinds “Oh, and it’s good for the economy, has a fireplace for heating, the only built- of mosquitoes in southern Louisiana; the too. The hospitals, pulmonologists and in item. The rooms are furnished with ones that are so small they come through respiratory therapists will all benefit from hardwood wardrobes, sideboards, beds, the screens and the others who break an increased load of lung patients (asth- tables, fine woodwork, expensive cur- down your door.” After a few weeks in matics, COPDers, sinusitis patients) tains, paintings of the ancestors, expen- the 50s, the 70s have brought them out of flooding through their doors. “ sive china and porcelain objects and hibernation as hungry as bears.


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The other day a small package arrived in the mail

from British Columbia, Canada, marked med. on the wrapper. “Why are they sending me meds from Canada when we have some perfectly good prescription businesses right nearby?” I thought. When I unwrapped it, I thought, “Oh, they want me to buy something,” as my name was on an enclosed disc, and when I turned it over, it read Institute of Poetry Canada, fourth prize. Then I remembered that I entered a poetry anthology contest in July 2010. So long ago I’d forgotten. The anthology hasn’t arrived yet but last year’s collection was a hardcover book, perfect binding, with hundreds of poems. Very few Americans entered. I entered a poem I’d written in my early 20s when Ken and I lived off base in Peru, Ind., close to the Bunker Hill Air Base. Ken was a flight instructor in the Marine Air Corps attached to a Navy wing. He taught British and French cadets how to fly. They spoke good English so there was no communication problem. On the weekend our March 4 wedding was scheduled for the Methodist Church in my hometown of Oconomowoc. Wouldn’t you know? A plane was having mechanical problems so Ken and his student had to set the plane down in a cornfield. All the other flyers flew overhead were wagging their wings, as they knew Ken was catching a train that night. They thought it was a good joke, but it was a concern. Fortunately they were soon rescued. We sometimes wonder how the various military services operate, as we were married Sunday afternoon and had to be in Indiana on Monday. Meanwhile, his best man, J.J. English, was given a three-day leave. Another flyer and his wife met us at the Logansport depot and drove us to our waiting apartment. When Ken reported for duty Monday morning, a notice on the blackboard announced, “Lt. Abrahamzon grounded. He was married yesterday.” We lived on a street where many of the flyers and their wives lived. We worried when our husbands had night flights. That’s when I read books checked out from the local drugstore or wrote letters, or poetry or stories. Our landlady was nervous when bigger planes

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Bernice Abrahamzon flew overhead, sure they were bombers. I kept reassuring her they weren’t bombers, probably supply planes delivering cargo. Indiana was beautiful in the spring and we fished in the Wabash River, walked in the woods carpeted with yellow or white or lavender hepaticas, went to the movies, ate out. I cooked but meat was hard to come by (rationed). The poem is heavy on rhyme and alliteration. (You do remember alliteration in your English classes don’t you?) I hope the poem actually placed and wasn’t picked at random. As one of 10 winners in the book, it will be featured in a special way. I hope you like it too.

In Company of Angels You fly where eagles fear to soar To sacred heights patrolled by God Past pillars marking Heaven’s door In timeless space, unknown, untrod. You little know who went before No path is blazed in pathless air You penetrate a cloud’s white core To cut sky capers everywhere.

For you the saints have good in store You feathertip with noble men If you should plunge to Earth’s dark floor They’ll bear you up to fly again.

Until next week, Bernice

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity to receive $52,250 in funding from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

LUCK – Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity will receive $52,250 in funding to help build a house in Luck as part of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity in 2011. Habitat is now seeking a family to help build and then buy the decent, affordable home that will result. Nationally, Thrivent Financial announced a commitment of $10.4 million to Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity and its home-building program, continuing its support of Habitat’s mission for a sixth year. This funding will make the construction of 164 additional homes in 33 states possible. In 2011, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, through its unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity International called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, will surpass more than $150 million in its total commitment over six years to create affordable housing. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity built two homes to date as part of that effort. The Luck home will make a third. “The Thrivent Builds partnership has helped Wild Rivers Habitat increase the number of families served in our community,” said Eric Kube, executive director. “We are so grateful for Thrivent Financial’s support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.” To learn more about the Habitat program and/or see if you would qualify to be a Habitat homeowner in Luck or elsewhere in Polk or Burnett County, call 715-4726080 or e-mail While Thrivent Financial provides at least 55 percent of the funding for each Thrivent Builds home, local volunteers, many of them Thrivent Financial members and members of area Lutheran congregations, assist with construction and help raise additional funds. Since its inception in 2005, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 2,500 families in the U.S. and around the world achieve the dream of homeownership. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans continues to be one of the largest supporters of Habitat for Humanity International.

About Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International, a nonprofit with the goal of eliminating homelessness and poverty housing. They have been building homes for and with needy families in the area since 1997. They completed their 19th and 20th homes last fall, having built two homes in 2010 with the help of the Thrivent Builds program. WRHFH now has its offices in Luck, but will be relocating in March into the ReStore building in St. Croix Falls (the former Fleet Supply building). If you are interested in joining them in this rewarding work, call 715-4726080, e-mail or visit Contact the ReStore at 715483-2700 or e-mail Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multiyear, multimillion dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a hand up to people who lack decent shelter, offering them a path to greater economic independence. For more information, visit About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, bank products and more. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit - submitted

Garbage to Gardens: Compost Grows poster contest announced

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hosting a new poster contest with the theme Garbage to Gardens: Compost Grows and is seeking entries. Wisconsin students in grades 9-12 are invited to design a positive environmental poster representing the benefits and concept of composting. Entries must be the artist’s original artwork and should show the theme of the poster contest. A winning entry will be chosen and featured on the front of an upcoming DNR poster about

composting, which will be distributed statewide as an educational resource for schools, businesses, communities and individuals. All contest entries are due to the DNR by Monday, March 28, and a winning entrant will be announced on Tuesday, April 19. For more information on the contest, or to download an entry form visit: 4d49e551-c469-48d1-a08d-ad69c7814b23. — from WDNR

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago

Frederic was named site for Wisconsin School of the Air.-C.W.V. Peterson retired from board of Farmer’s State Bank of Frederic.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included fryers at 3¢ lb., pork roast at 39¢ lb., carrots at 3 lbs. for 29¢, bananas at 2 lbs. for 27¢ and peanut butter at 43¢ a jar.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included round steak at 69¢ lb., seven cans of corn for $1 and grapefruit at 10 for 49¢.-Obituaries included Peter Nielsen, Agnes Pearson and Archibald Cornwall.-The movie “The Lost World” was playing at the Grand Theatre, Grantsburg.-“Psycho” was playing at the D’Lux Theatre, Luck.-Elvis was starring in “Flaming Star” at the Frederic Theatre.-A dance was held at West Sweden, Jan. 21, with music by Vince Nahkala.-The entire tax list for Trade Lake was published in the newspaper.-Hagberg’s had a big white sale but had lots of men’s clothing too, including dungarees at $1.99, coveralls at $4.98, men’s sweaters at $1.99 $2.99, chore gloves at three pairs for $1, and jackets at 20 percent off.-The dedication of the new Unity High School was set for Feb. 5.-The mercury was down to minus 25 and readers were reminded winter is not over.-Hwy. 46 was due for major repairs in 1962.-Winners were named in soil conservation contest.

40 Years Ago

An instructional aide would improve Webster teacher/pupil ratio.-A booya and fox hunt were set for Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Skylite Supper Club, Balsam Lake.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included ground beef at 3 lbs. for $1.59, cube steaks at 79¢ lb., bananas at 10¢ lb., and SwansDown cake mixes at four packages for a $1.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Super Market included three cans of pear halves at 88¢, ham at 69¢ lb., Bounty towels at 2 for 69¢ and turkeys at 39¢ lb.-Defensive driving training was needed by volunteer drivers.-Funeral services were held at Milltown for Martin Berg, 83.A new minimum wage went into effect Feb. 1 for some workers of not less than $1.60 an hour.-Specials at Dick’s Red Owl included lettuce at 18¢ a head, tomato soup at six cans for 65¢, pork roast at 39¢ lb., and ground beef at 58¢ lb.-Special at Our Own Hardware (Carlson Hardware, Frederic) was a recipe box at 69¢.-There were 500 parties every Monday night starting at 8 p.m. at the Skol Haus, West Sweden, with lunch and prizes.-Big savings on ’71 Polaris snowmobiles.-Hagberg’s Store, Frederic, announced more price cuts on ladies shoes from 99¢ - $14, sweaters one-half off, car coats one-half off.

20 Years Ago

Winter travel tips were listed in this newspaper.Bald eagle awareness week was Jan. 13 – 19.-Basic algebra was offered for parent tutors.-The school board backed the K-12 concept at Frederic.-The Gandy Dancer Trail began a logo contest.-Readers of this newspaper were invited to submit Valentine love lines for someone special.-A master plan was developed for Luther Point Camp.-A stew supper and card party were sponsored by St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Frederic, on Jan. 26.-Obituaries included Rachelle Giese, John Johnson, Clifford Madsen, Harold Olson, Frank Dodson and Dollie Hanson.-Milk shakes were cut from school lunch line at the Frederic school.-Local veterans realized the cost but still backed the war effort.-Stolen snowmobiles were found at Clam Lake Narrows.-Harvey Stower will chair the tourism committee here in Wisconsin.-Herb and Helen Howe lost a home to fire at Howe’s Resort and Campground, Siren.-Square dancing was scheduled at the Trade Lake Town Hall.-Bob Werner, Grantsburg principal, wrote a weekly column in this newspaper.-Main Street Café, Siren, advertised breakfast specials of fresh blueberry pancakes at $2.50.

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Burnett Community Library

Tax forms

The IRS has discontinued mailing individual tax packages to taxpayers. We already have received the 1040 EZ instruction booklets and hope to have the other 1040s soon.

Preschool story time

“The Wonderful Book,” was written and illustrated by Leonid Gore. Is this mysterious object a hat as the bear wished, a table or a bed? It could be, but best of all, it’s a storybook, ready to read aloud for all the friends to enjoy. It has a simple, fun story line and illustrations, that are easily followed by very young children. This past Wednesday, “The Missing Mitten Mystery,” by Steven Kellogg, was handed out to the children as their free, take home book. Once a month, Wisconsin Bookworms™ ensures that each child has their very own book to keep and

The tree rats in Tree Rat Hollow have been in a real tizzy the past few days as a great horned owl has taken to sitting for a while in the oak trees and surveying the area, keeping them away. Old Tom Turkey doesn’t mind though as he gets to eat most of the corn on the ground before they can come in. No bears sighted in bear country, however, one bear made the news last Saturday on TV. Hubby and I were eating breakfast so missed most of the story but our ears perked up when we heard them talking about Siren. The woman involved in the sighting stated she hid in the fish house until the bear left. The bear pictured didn’t seem too big. How many of you heard the same story? Valentine’s Day is coming soon so why not get your special Valentine a special treat this year. The Siren Covenant Church will again have their annual Chocolate Affair on Friday, Feb. 11, at both the Bremer and U.S. banks starting at 9 a.m. until sold out. The Siren Lioness held their January meeting on Jan. 18, at the Siren Senior Center. Being February is Valentine’s Day month, it was decided they would have a Valentine’s Day potluck supper and games plus a short meeting. Sympathy to the family of Lester Anton who passed away Jan. 20.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, and we will be reading “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford. It is set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era. This debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe. Please give the library a call if you are inter-

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Sympathy to the family of John Jacobson who passed away Jan. 22. The Burnett Medical Foundation Dinner is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Siren Lakeview Events Center. A social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., the dinner follows as does a silent auction. The evening will end at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for this event can be picked up at Bremer Bank, U.S. Bank or the Community Bank. Cost per ticket is $25 and the last day to purchase them is Monday, Feb. 7. For more info call Joe at 715-689-2437. All you gun enthusiasts, the South Fork Sporting Club Gun Show is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Lakeview Event Center north of Siren on Hwy. 35. There is a $5 admission fee. For more info, call Richard at 715-653-2271 or Tom at 715-653-4253. There’s a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Webster Community Center from noon until 3:30 p.m. Come and enjoy the afternoon starting with a buffet lunch and stay and play Bingo. Cost for a fun afternoon is just $4. This event is put on by the Webster Lioness Club. Congratulations to elementary student Bernice Taylor and high schooler Mike Wampfler for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Great job.



Assisting Pastor Tom with the Sunday services at the Lewis church were Brad Alden, Kara Alde, pianist Starr Warndahl, organist Gloria Chell, soloist Phil Schaetzel. Church-goers were greeted by snow flurries, but as more than one said, “It is pretty.” LaVonne Boyer treated with fruit and sweets after the church service to observe her birthday a little late in January rather than mid-January. Good lingering over the coffee cups. A board meeting was held last Wednesday at the Lewis church preceded by a potluck fellowship supper. Lots of good food and good decisions too. It’s time again for a jam session this coming Saturday night from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Lewis church. Welcome to all. Rewriting Mark Twain? Eliminating some of the objectionable words and expressions. Why couldn’t a book bear a disclaimer explaining the era in which it was written, when certain words objectionable today were once commonplace and acceptable. Mark Twain rewritten may barely be recognizable.

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Adult book club




enjoy. It was unanimous that all the children and parents appreciated and enjoyed the colorful and full of wild beasties, reading rug. A special welcome to our newest preschooler joining us for story time, Hunter, an awesome 2 year old. There’s always room for more so join us for a good story or two, snacks and a chance to meet new friends each Wednesday, 10:30 – 11 a.m., lower level of the library.

Bernice Abrahamzon

It will be interesting to see what the Thursday morning group says when it meets in February at the Frederic Library. Have you seen the movie “Driving Miss Daisy”? We have watched it so many times we know many of the lines by heart, and we can’t help but notice certain speeches have been eliminated, especially the derogatory lines between the two deputies when they check Miss Daisy and her driver. The lines were cut out but they did reflect the common attitude of the day. A snowbird friend in California was reading the book “Still Grace” in her book club, the same time the local book club was reading the book. She says she recommends it to anyone. It’s the story of a brilliant professional woman who discovers she has Alzheimer’s and how she and her family learn to cope. Several Lewis church members volunteered to help collate the February church newsletter on Monday.

A Waiting Child

Alexis is a beautiful 12-year-old African-American girl. She enjoys reading and doing arts and crafts. She can crochet and enjoys making bracelets. Alexis is also a very expressive young lady and enjoys journaling. Alexis is in the sixth grade. She enjoys English and art classes. Alexis is extremely intelligent and is performing at a high school level in many areas. She has also attended a school for the gifted. She would benefit from an educational pro-

gram that meets her intelligence level to prevent her from becoming bored. Alexis would like a family to know that she wants to be a kid and grow up without having to be reminded of her past. Will you be the family to allow Alexis to be a kid and enjoy her childhood? For more information about Alexis, or other Wisconsin children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin at 414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063 or visit the Web site at Stay connected to your community.

ested in joining our monthly discussion, and we will order a copy of the book for you to read. Everyone is welcome.

New adult fiction books

• “The Officers’ Club” by Ralph Peters • “Redback” by Kirk Russell • “Awakened” by P. C. Cast (Young adult) • “November” by J. William English • “Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods

New adult nonfiction books

• “Bird Cloud” by Annie Proulx • “Outsmart Your Cancer” by Tanya Harter Pierce • “You and Your Toddler” by Miriam Stoppard • “Read It Before You Eat It” by Bonnie Taub-Dix

Children’s books

• “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” by Il Sun Na • “Little White Rabbit” by Kevin Henkes • “A Crazy Day with Cobras” by Mary Pope Osborne • “Balancing Act” by Ellen Stoll Walsh • “Don’t Want to Go!” by Shirley Hughes • “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip C. Stead • “The Boxcar Children: Cupcake Caper” by Gertrude Chandler Warner • “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni • “Sabotaged” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Hours and information

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 715-866-7697, Web site: Online catalog:

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Preschool story hour Preschool story hour meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Ali Cordie brought in a screech owl last week. What a fun surprise.

Children’s featured author The children’s featured author is Jan Brett. An illustrator and author, Brett is the author of many children’s books that you and your child will enjoy. Stop in and see a picture of Brett and an elephant as well as many of her books with information about their creation. I wonder who next month’s author will be?

Youth Chess Club Youth Chess Club meets each Wednesday from 3:45-5:15 p.m. for strategy lessons and games. All youth ages 10 and up are welcome to stop by and join us for a game. This last week the adult volunteers handled the club with strategic games. Reading program Reading program meets after school Tuesdays and Thursdays to give children additional reading help as part of the after-school program. For more information contact your child’s teacher. No reading program on Tuesday, Feb. 15, or Thursday, Feb. 17. Upcoming events: Open chess Open chess will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Come join the youth chess club for refreshments and a fun morning of casual chess. All are welcome to stop in for a game.

AARP tax help AARP tax help begins Thursday, Feb. 3, for homestead only. All others begins Friday, Feb. 4. Senior Citizens or low-income families may call the library to set up an appointment for tax help.

Adult book club Adult book club is in the works. We are fine-tuning the particulars of a daytime adult book club. Like to be a part? Call or stop into the library to let us know. This will be getting started soon, so run ... don’t walk.

Library hours are Monday noon – 6 p.m., Tuesday noon – 6 p.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday noon – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - noon. Library phone is 715-463-2244. The Web site is

A Youth Chess Club member from the Grantsburg library shows off her new T-shirt provided by American Legion donated funds.

Ali Cordie from Crex Meadows brought in a Screech Owl for preschool story time at the Grantsburg library, Wednesday, Jan. 26. – Photos submitted

Webster Senior Center

More snow and cold. Doesn’t it seem like we have heard that before? The weather didn’t deter the Wii bowlers on Wednesday though. There was a lot of fun and laughter and Bernie had high game with a 204. No one was expecting that. Come on in and watch some Wednesday morning, it will get your endorphins flowing and start your day off with a bang. We also had a nice group for dime Bingo. Thanks to all who came to join in on the fun. We do always have room for more. Bring your dimes and come on in. It starts at 12:30 p.m. There have not been many for pool and cards on Thursday evening due to the cold and snow. We want to extend our gratitude to all who attended the potluck on Saturday. There was an abundance of good food and lots of fun. The Wii was up and running with several enjoying the downhill skiing and ski jump as well as some bowling. I believe a good time was had by all. Mark your calendar for

Bernie Boelter

the next one on Saturday, Feb. 26. If you need help with your taxes, there will be tax preparers at the center in February and March. There is a sign-up sheet at the center. No phone calls, you must sign up. We are still looking for volunteers for snow removal from the front walk and the back door area. Dave Wardean and Ed Smythe have been doing it. If you can volunteer some time, call Dave at 715866-8602. I haven’t heard from anyone with interest in a shuttle from the center to the casino. If anyone is interested, call me at 715-656-3583. Stop in and pick up a menu and join us for lunch. If you have questions about lunches, call Nikki at 715-866-5300. The next senior meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Please plan to attend. See you at the center.



Dolly is a 3-year-old tabby point ragdoll mix, spayed female. She has a lovely long cream coat with tabby ears and tail, white mittens and large round soft blue eyes. Dolly is a gentle cat, quiet and friendly to all she meets. She has a playful side when she isn’t enjoying her afternoon catnap on the couch. Dolly gets along with all of the other cats in our adoption room. We can’t say that about all of them. Dolly doesn’t appreciate rough treatment and may hide from a young child or menacing dog, but will never scratch or bite. We have some beautiful cats in the adoption room; Dolly is the most elegant. Shelter life for a cat is stressful. All animals at a shelter must call on their reserves to put their best foot forward to adoption. Shelter staff and volunGreetings fellow citizens, Sadie here for another week of who’s who in the shelter! My brother Eli and I just got back from a nice walk in the woods, lots of smells and places to explore. Of course Eli had to keep stopping to make his dog angels, he just loves rolling around and burying himself in the snow. Saturday I visited my vet in Grantsburg for a checkup and shots, which I didn’t even feel or cry so they gave me a treat, actually I got several while I was there and didn’t have to share with Eli. My mom just about fell over when I got on the scales to weigh myself. What’s the big deal, I only weigh 107.8 pounds. The vet said I have great teeth, she thought maybe because I don’t chew my food - I just swallow it. Hope all my critter friends are up to date with all their shots and are staying healthy. I am so excited to tell you that my friend Sable was adopted and went home with her family on Saturday. They are great people and I know that Sable will be very happy with her new family. All the humans at the shelter were sad to see her go

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State University conducted fall 2010 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 18 for 1,108 students. A total of 851 undergraduates and 257 graduate students earned their degrees in commencement and hooding ceremonies. Local students earning degrees are: Siren Daniel Howe, Bachelor of Arts, criminal justice studies; St. Croix Falls Alana Larson, Bachelor of Science, marketing; Webster Matthew Main, Bachelor of Science, mass communications. – submitted ••• DES MOINES, Iowa – The following local student has been named to the dean’s list at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or high during the fall 2010 semester at Drake. Siren Courtney Daniels – submitted ••• WACO, Texas – Over 3,100 Baylor University students were named to the dean’s academic honor list for the 2010 fall semester including the following local student. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Amery Amanda L. Swenson, arts and sciences. – submitted ••• RIVER FALLS – The UW-River Falls fall semester dean’s list honoring 1,316 students has been released by Registrar Daniel Vande Yacht. To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time undergraduate student must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, or midway between an “A” and “B” average. The following area students were named to the list: Cushing Alyssa D. Lehmann

Fran Krause

teers do what they can with walks, treats, petting, grooming, playing, but it can’t compare with a real forever home with familiarity and security. Cats are territorial creatures and when they are forced to reside amongst 15 other strange cats, the stress level increases. Places to hide, climb and play go a long way to help a cat cope with shelter life. Individual stainless steel kennels are the best way of keeping shelter cats safe from contagious viruses, bacteria, disease and injury. They don’t do much for a cat’s personal life. Shelter life is temporary and that is what we are counting on as we limit their surroundings to keep them safe during their stay at the shelter. To help Arnell shelter cats endure and thrive in


YAPpenings Sadie but pleased she has such a great new home. Let me tell you about Shanti, the little beagle who is about 9 months old. They all say she is really cute and lots of fun. When Mom was trying to take her picture, she wouldn’t put down the big blue ball and just carried it around so when you look at her picture that’s what she has in her mouth. I’m sure Shanti would make a wonderful addition to your family so stop by and visit her. Did you know that without the generosity of our donors and the fundraisers we do, there wouldn’t be a shelter to rescue and keep my four-footed friends safe and loved? All of us at the shelter, both


Arnell Humane Society of Polk County the shelter setting, our cat room is getting a facelift. Funding by a cat-loving donor will allow us to install cat furniture that will give our shelter cats a jungle gym of sorts, to climb, stretch, hide, play, perch and scratch. All of these activities are integral for a happy, healthy cat. The stainless kennels will remain, but quality time on the playground will enhuman and four footed appreciate everything you do for us. I was also asked to mention that in the spirit of utilizing as much of the funds for my animal friends, they have decided to give receipts Shanti for donations on an annual basis as opposed to doing them as they are received. This will save money on postage, envelopes, etc., which can then be used where it is most needed. If you do wish a receipt at the time of your donation, I’m told they will provide one for you upon request. Thank you everyone! Having said that, a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the shelter is starting a fundraiser for handicap access and sidewalks. The goal is $5,000 so if you do consider making a donation for this, please make a note of it so that it goes to the

Academic news

Frederic Shadow D. Lysdahl Grantsburg Laura M. Byl Luck Kelly J. Johnson, Karn E. Petersen, Taryn L. Pilz and Brie K. Simon Siren Christine M. Chenal, Elizabeth A. Daniels and Kyle R. Malm. - submitted ••• TWIN CITIES, Minn. - The following area students have made the dean’s list for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus 2010 fall semester. Students on the list all achieved a grade-point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits. Amery Amber R. Egofske, Kashia L. Hill, Amber L. Hogen and Andrew D. Stewart; St. Croix Falls Alicia R. Dorsey; Webster Chelsie L. Benson and Charisse R. Phernetton. – submitted ••• MENOMONIE - The following students received the Chancellor’s Award for the fall 2010 semester. The award is presented to students who have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above. UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, is a special-mission university in the UW System. The university has a long-standing reputation of serving business, industry, education and the helping professions through its specialized educational programs. The preliminary estimate for this year’s enrollment is 9,312. Amery Andrew Bensen, Michael Gillette, Codie Hillstead, Lucas Lee, Shannon Maanum, Jennifer Monette and Meredith Satterlund; Clear Lake Laura Arcand, Phylicia Fehlen, Ashley Glover and Jessie Lien; Cushing Jordan Christensen and Katie Jacobson;


Harmony HCE club met at Adeline Ingalls’ home on Tuesday morning. John and Reeny Neinstadt returned home from a 17-day trip to Florida Saturday night. They rented a car and toured areas such as Fort Lauderdale, Epcot, etc., enjoying good weather. They ended their vacation with a week’s cruise on the Caribbean and stopping at ports in Mexico and others. Eighteen members of the Jack and LaVonne O’Brien family had a belated Christmas get-together at the Grant House for brunch in Rush City, Minn.,

Happy Tails

LaVonne O'Brien

Sunday. Tom and Becky O’Brien returned home in time to attend. They had been on a two-week vacation to Arizona and also spent four days in Austin, Texas, with Tom’s sister, Sue and husband Larry. Mark Krause spent Wednesday through Friday at the annual Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors seminar held at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. It’s the only place large enough to accommodate 900 surveyors. The Orange 4-H Club had their regular meeting at Webster Elementary School Friday night.

hance their time spent at the shelter until a new home can be found. We hope that the new surroundings will also enhance the adoption experience for visiting humans. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Dolly Griffin St. East, Amery, 715-2687387 or online:

right place. My friend Lucas the Shelter Manager tells me that we need large latex gloves as they’re running short of them. They go through a lot of them there with all the cleaning they do, the shelter is spotless. Have to give a big shout out to Lucas, Jenny and Cathy for such a great job of the cleaning and disinfecting, it’s a lot of work. Actually I wonder if they make house calls?? Don’t forget our annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser and raffle draw on April 30, it will be a blast. Hey Blacky, are you coming? Let me know how you’re doing, I’m sure all your followers would love to know. Signing off for another week and off to get dinner so until next time, sending you licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715866-4096. We’re on Facebook too!

Frederic Alexandria Delosier, Julia Haas, Andrew Kurkowski and Alexsandra Lonetti; Grantsburg Megan Branstad and Larissa Wilhelm; Luck Samuel Hochstetler, Jesse Schallenberger, Jennifer Seck and Tonya Zacharias; Osceola Steven Boucher, Richard Hoverman and Janelle Meyer; St. Croix Falls Melissa Burton, Christopher Chelberg, Jaclyn Jerrick, Troy Lessman, Adam Critton and Michelle Peterson; Unity Brianna Suckow; Webster Nicole Steiner. – submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lauren Howe of Siren was named to the dean’s list at Hamline University for the fall term of the 2010-2011 academic year. Members of the dean’s list achieve a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Howe, who is majoring in art history, is a graduate Siren High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Karen Howe of Siren. Creativity and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University—home to nearly 4,900 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline, students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service. Hamline is the top-ranked and only Great Schools, Great Prices university of its class in Minnesota, according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1854, Hamline also is Minnesota’s first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation. - submitted ••• LA CROSSE – The following students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the 2010-11 academic year fall semester, ending December 2010. Qualification for the dean’s list is limited to students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have

earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade-point average and have carried a minimum of 12 semester credits. UW-La Crosse, founded in 1909, is one of the 13 four-year institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UW-L has more than 9,900 full- and parttime students enrolled in 43 undergraduate majors,17 master’s degree offerings and three certificate programs. UW-La Crosse,, ranks No. 2 in the Midwest’s top regional public universities listing by U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 College Guide. The university is No. 43 on a list of the nation’s best 100 colleges by Kiplinger’s magazine (2011) and ranks No. 24 among colleges nationally for Peace Corps volunteers in 2008. Students on the dean’s list from the area include: Frederic Kendra A. Wells Grantsburg Alyssa A. Ryan Siren Kevin P. Johnson. - submitted ••• ELY, Minn. - The following area student has made the dean’s list for the Vermilion Community College 2010 fall semester. Danielle Martin, Luck. - submitted ••• DECORAH, Iowa – William Craft, Luther College vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, announces 834 Luther students were named to the 2010 fall semester dean’s List. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade=point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D). Mary Maiden Mueller, Luck Phil Bray, Spoone. - submitted ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Ashley Chapman of St. Croix Falls has been named to the fall quarter 2010/2011 dean’s list at Dunwoody College of Technology. She is in the electrical construction and maintenance program at Dunwoody and will graduate in May 2011. Ashley is the daughter of Dianne and Jim Chapman, St. Croix Falls. - submitted

Our Frederic Senior Center is now busy every day since the nutrition site has moved in and is serving every day except Wednesday. Bingo is played from about 11:15 a.m. to about 11:45 a.m. and then a good dinner is served. We had a pretty good turnout for both Spades and 500 Cards. Also, Wednesday and Friday afternoon

Pokeno is played. Spades winners were Inez Pearson, Joyce Thompson, Liz Ruhn and Lillian Murphy. 500 winners were Dave Peterson, Rich Hustad, Tim Abrahamzon and Del Hanson. Saturday at noon we had a light lunch for about 12 seniors and then we all played Shanghai in the after-

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It’s hard to believe it is February already. The last few days have been quite mild, compared to the deep freeze we were in for a while. Recently, the Amery Senior Center held its annual meeting. Did you know that membership dues, along with activities, such as Circuit Breaker exercise dues and fundraising only make up about 20 percent of our annual budget? The rest is acquired through sponsorships, local businesses, rentals and grants. That is why we really appreciate the support of the members by them paying their $15/year dues. We also encourage those who can to take part in our patron program. The patron program is for those who have the desire to donate more to the center by adding an extra $5, $10, $25, $100 or more to their dues. In addition to monetary donations, the center also appreciates and relies on the tangible donations, such as coffee, paper plates and cups, toilet paper, window cleaner, rummage sale items, etc. Every bit counts – and we appreciate it all! There is a popular misconception that the Amery Senior Center is part of the city of Amery. While the city owns the building, we are an independent entity, raising our own funds for such things as payroll and operating expenses. We are not on city payroll, and do not receive city benefits. However, the city generously supports us by paying most of our utilities and insurance, and this year they helped us by replacing our freezer, to which we are very grateful! Bones and his crew are also a huge help, by plowing our parking lot and assisting us when something goes wrong with the building. We try not to bother them, but when we’ve exhausted all resources within our capacity, we call them, and they are right there to lend a hand. So we appreciate all of you who have paid your dues for 2011 and want to encourage those of you who haven’t so far to please consider paying your dues today and maybe be part of our patron program. We want to continue to offer quality programs

and services, and we can achieve that by your support. In the last meeting, the officers for 2011 were elected. They are: Judith Alles: president, Pete Waggoner: first vice president, Milton Johnson: second vice president, Helen O’Neill: secretary, Mary Lou Stanley: treasurer, Carl Johnson: service, Jerry Tessman: finance, Wendell Anderson: facility, Tom Petter: communications/public relations, and Todd Beaver: personnel. Thank you for taking such an interest in the center to serve on our board. I also want to extend gratitude to the staff, Susan Shachtman and Barbara DeLoye, for their hard work and service to the center. It is a joy to be able to work with them and I appreciate their dedication. I think I can speak on their behalf by saying we all take pride in our jobs and we do our best to make the center an enjoyable place for all of you seniors. This is where we work, but this is where you come for enjoyment and for services, so we want to make sure that you, our members, are taken care of. We have so many things coming up, so please check your Centennial Bell, the calendar in the Amery Free Press or online at so you don’t miss anything! Gratitude is extended to the Sustaining Partners who have taken part in the program so far this year: Amery Community Foundation, Amery Lions Club, Town of Lincoln, Bremer Bank, Amery Regional Medical Center and Dental Arts. We appreciate your support! Carl Johnson was first in pool with Val Hansen in second, Paul Seidel in third and Wendell Anderson in fourth. It was Carl’s lucky day, as he was also first in Wii bowling with Milton Johnson in second and Jerry Fisher in third. Wendell and Ginny Anderson hosted the 500 card party, where Shirley Sims came in first with Orville Lundgren in second. Jean Dodge was first in Wednesday Bridge, Judy Strobush second, Sharon Paulson third and Lila Ward fourth. Have a great week.

February is Love Your Library Month. Come in for books, movies, magazines – anything you love. We are celebrating with “Love and Zombies.” Check it out at the library.

Tuesday was our busy day starting with shoveling the sidewalks. We did our exercises at 10 a.m. followed by Skip-Bo. In the afternoon cards and Dominoes were played. Winners in Hand and Foot were Bill McGrorty and Russ Adams. Winners in Dominoes were Ione White, Gladis Weikert and George Meixner. Winners in 500 cards were Rich Hustad, Ray Nelson, Marlyce Borchardt, Elaine Edlund and Mary Lou Lund. Thursday we had our exercises and played SkipBo. Thursday evening, 500 was played.

Friday morning Bridge was played. Friday, Feb. 4, Bridge will be played at 10 a.m. and Bingo at 1 p.m.; the prize for the cover-all will be a ham. We will have our chili feed on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m., followed by cards and Dominoes. Everyone is invited. We need to know how many to cook for so call 715-483-1901 to get your name on the list. Hope to see you at one of these functions. Did the groundhog see his shadow on Wednesday or will we have six more weeks of winter?

Nature story time at Interstate Park ST. CROIX FALLS – Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Please bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting).

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Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Walker Wayne Nykanen, born Jan. 19, 2011, to Tracy L. and Rex A. Nykanen, Turtle Lake. Walker weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A girl, Alexa Mae Thorsen, born Jan. 19, 2011, to Chris and Lindsey Thorsen, Lindstrom, Minn. Alexa weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Jaxon Charles Facchinni, born Jan. 21, 2011, to Tiffany Swager and Beau Facchinni, Amery. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz.


Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A Charlotte Li Bonander, born Jan. 25, 2011, to CJ and Angela Bonander, Grantsburg. Charlotte weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. and was 191/2 inches long. Charlotte has one sibling, Austin. •••

Follow the Leader

Play PS2 this February at SCFPL Bring your friends – Mondays and Thursdays through Feb. 21. Stop in to play from 4-7 p.m. Also play after AIM until 5:30 p.m. at our Wednesday after-school program for middle schoolers, school’s out! Play Wii at the library from Feb. 25 – March 7. For more info contact Cole at the library "Fresh the Movie" New thinking about what we’re eating. Sunday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. Free at the library

Come to meet prizewinning author Paul Harding will be at the library on Sunday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. He’ll be here to talk about his book “Tinkers,” a Pulitzer Prize winner for 2010. Brought to you by Valley Reads and the Friends of the Library

Artsy Smartsy Tuesday, Feb. 15: Mixed media art inspired by Native American art of the Northwest! Tlingit button blankets, Northwest Coast totem poles and Inuit carvings – use a variety of objects to create your own version of these traditional folk arts!

Friday film movement series Friday, Feb 18, 7:30 p.m. “Gigante.” Free at the library.

Basic Facebook classes Basic Facebook classes will be held at the library on Friday, Feb. 21 and 28 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Register at the circulation desk, or by calling 715483-1777.

School’s out at SCFPL Homework help and cool programs for youth. For kids in grades five through eight – Wednesdays 3:30-5 p.m. Homework help, quiet study, snacks, old-school games, eco arts, computer access and a chance to help build more and better youth programs at SCFPL. Students need a note from a parent to catch bus No. 9 down to the library. Students in grades two through four are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian present at all times. For more information or to volunteer to be a tutor, contact Cole, the youth services librarian, at or at 715-483-1777.

Story hour with Cole Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Check out our Web site It has up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library and other useful library tools you can use at home. Look for us on Facebook. Meeting room The community meeting room is available for your organization. Contact the library for details. Technology Free wireless and eight public computers are available at the library.

Hours The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715-483-1777. E-mail: Online:

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Candlelight Night at the Park The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 6-9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. Come when you can, ski at your own pace on the Skyline Cross-Country Ski Trail (intermediate level). Snowshoers will discover the winter solitude of forest and field (snowshoes are available for use free of charge for ages 6 and up). Both trails begin at the

Ice Age Center. Beginning at the camp interstate shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads, and food and refreshments available at the Ice Age Center. Bring your appetite and enjoy chili and hot dogs served by the Friends of Interstate Park. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar today and plan to attend Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 12. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The event is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2011 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents. For more information about the event call 715-483-3747. – submitted

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The executive board, members at large and any questions. Readers for Bookworms are needed. They read guests met on Monday, Jan. 24, in the government to Head Start preschoolers at the Polk County Licenter in Balsam Lake. Advisor Gail Peavey informed the group of her brary building in Balsam Lake on the third Thursday of each month through May. upcoming programs. HCE is collecting new and next-to-new shoes, One program, Small Steps to Health and Wealth, is available online. It is free and open to anyone mittens, socks and hats for our service members in who enrolls online. The program runs from Sunday, Afghanistan to hand out to children there. They’re Jan. 16, to Saturday, Feb. 26, and you can begin at also collecting gently used children’s books that they any time. Peavey has other ongoing programs on hand out at the Polk County Fair and HCE Christdivorce education, drugs within reach and rent mas Fair. Please bring these items to the next county board smart. Call the Family Living county extension ofmeeting to be held at the government center in Balfice. The HCE program for February will be Why Re- sam Lake on Monday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. If you would like to join the HCE, formerly Homelationships Matter, Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., in the government center in Balsam Lake. The program for makers, it is open to all family members over 18. AtMarch is Creating Aging Friendly Communities in tend a meeting for information, call the extension Wisconsin on Tuesday, March 1, at 1 p.m., at the office or check them out online. - submitted government center Balsam Lake. Their two scholarships need to be applied for by children, stepchildren or grandchildren of members by April 1. Please check online for the needed forms and information. Go Thank you to everyone who supported to google and Polk County Extenthe Frederic Junior Class Rummage sion Office HCE scholarships. Sale by donating their time, items and/ There is one scholarship for college/university and one for technior money. We look forward to moving cal colleges, and they are available forward with our prom planning thanks for existing college students and to your generous donations! 529470 graduating high school seniors. 24L Call Pat Willits at 715-488-2729 if


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Someone told me that February is “midwinter.”

Can that be? In February, that furry little creature pokes his nose out to see if we have six more weeks of winter. There is no doubt! We live in Wisconsin! Winter is here to stay for at least six more weeks. Although, who knows. Everything was not as usual last year. Shrubs and flowers bloomed when they should not have and not all bloomed together. It was a strange spring and I look forward to this year to see if we have another strange spring. I would like my flowering crabs to all bloom at once as they used to do and my lilac bushes to all bloom at once like they used to do. Last year none of that happened. It was all very strange. I love the change of seasons and by the end of February I want to see the beginning of change from winter to spring. I look for the crocus and then I know it is happening. Of course a ton of snow is going to have to melt before even the crocus can poke her head out. As I look out of my office window, I see about 2 feet of snow on the roof above the office entry with a 6- to 8-inch ice dam under it. That is going to cause major water running off the roof once it starts. First the melt and then the freeze, then the thaw and then the freeze. Got to get more chicken grit. The front steps are going to be covered with ice. It happens every single year. We try one thing and then another to get the melting to run another way or at least not land on the front steps. Never works. We have ice until at least the first week in April. OK, so maybe that is an exaggeration, but I am tired of snow and I want sun and I am whining and I hate it when I do that. I don’t know if I have ever mentioned it, but there is a Wisconsin Social Innovation Prize for someone who has contributed to helping the elderly with a project. The lady who won is Sharon Adams for her work with Walnut Way Conservation Corporation. A great honor and she surely deserves it. This year is the first year they have included the first Class of 2010 Prize Fellows. These are people who also have made a great contribution. There it is folks. The very first one mentioned is Denny R. Blodgett for his work with the Heat-a-Home project. He was honored with a certificate and his name goes on to the national honors. How proud I am. Denny never gets the recognition he deserves and that is why I am telling you about this. He does deserve recognition. His project has kept many homes warm this winter. He organized it from the very beginning and is still cutting, splitting, hauling and stacking wood for people who need it to heat their homes. This year we ran out of wood. Next year we hope to have enough to help everyone who needs help. We hope to have flyers in the paper so people can pledge to help. We have to buy wood to give away and we need help. I know, you are thinking, there she goes again. We have some wonderful people who donate wood, but there is not

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always time to get to it so that it has time to dry for winter. So Interfaith Barb Blodgett Caregivers buys wood and it is processed (cut/split) at our house with the help of some great volunteers and the people Restorative Justice and Northwest Passage send us and a group called the Arborists. So when the flyer appears, read it carefully and think of a winter with little or no heat, then think about donating toward the project. Now, I will get down off my bandwagon and talk about my most favorite subject lately, my new greatgranddaughter. She is a month old and already is the most beautiful, best behaved, sweetest baby ever. My kids were beautiful. My grandkids were beautiful, but Kalea is amazing. I wish there was room for a picture, you would agree. I still have not met her in person, but she talked to me on the phone. Actually, her father says she was spitting up, but I am sure he was wrong. I am sure I heard “I love you, Greatgrandma.” Aren’t babies the best ever? Maybe I love them so much because I can borrow them and give them back if they get fussy. Of course Kalea never fusses so I could keep her for a long, long time. Next Sunday I have promised myself I will not answer the phone while the Super Bowl is on. I will not move from the couch except to get another chicken wing or more cheese and crackers. Being from Green Bay, I guess you know who my team is. I am convinced we will win. I won’t argue with anyone about it because I don’t argue politics, religion or sports. (I guess I don’t give advice on parenting either), but I am sure the Packers are going to win. I will take my knocks if they don’t. I can take it. They are where they are because they are good at what they do. Even being this close is quite an honor. Time to go. Denny and his dad are looking hungry. Or maybe it is just that they got the chips out that gave me a clue. So, on to the kitchen I go, to put on my cooking-lady hat and take off my article-writinglady hat. If I have not said so before, I am so grateful for all of the support we get from the community. Interfaith Caregivers has grown so much more than we could ever have imagined and we just could not do all that has to be done without Burnett County’s residents, organizations and volunteer support. Speaking of which, we are looking for volunteers. Call and I’ll talk you into giving us some of your spare time. Until next time. Stay warm, think spring and blessings, Barb

Earned Income Tax Credit a boost to Wisconsin’s working families

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MADISON – The Earned Income Tax Credit can make life a little easier for workers struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy. Credits ranging from a few dollars to more than $5,600 may be available. While the credit helps many, thousands of eligible taxpayers fail to claim it every year. People who earned $48,362 or less from wages, selfemployment or farming in 2010 should check to see if they qualify. ”People move into and out of EITC eligibility based on changes in their earnings, their parental status or their marital status,” says Judith Bartfeld, Extension food security research and policy specialist and professor at UW-Madison. Eligible taxpayers can get their EITC only if they file federal income tax returns, even if they are not otherwise required to file, and specifically claim the credit. The IRS estimates that one in five eligible workers does not claim the EITC and thus misses out on the valuable credits. Those who are eligible for the federal credit and have qualifying children can also receive an additional stateearned income credit, as long as they file a Wisconsin tax return. Renters and homeowners with incomes of less than $24,680 may also qualify for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit, worth up to $1,160. This credit is designed to lessen the impact of rent and property taxes on lowand moderate-income households. Cooperative Extension family living specialists have developed a Web site to offer people more information about tax credits, including eligibility, at Extension educators do not prepare taxes, but they provide access to resources and information for Wisconsin residents. Taxpayers can get free help determining their eligibil-

ity and claiming the credit in Wisconsin at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Credit for the Elderly site that provides service to low- and middle-income tax filers. To find a VITA site near you, visit To find a TCE site near you, visit: To help tax preparers determine your eligibility for the EITC, bring along as much of the following information as possible: • Photo identification • Valid Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents • Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents listed on the return • Current year’s tax package, if received • Wage and earning statements, Forms W-2, W-2G and 1099-R from all employers • Interest and dividend statements from banks, Form 1099 • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit • Any other relevant information about income and expenses • Total paid for day care • Day-care provider’s identifying number For more information, visit the IRS Web site at To learn more about keeping pace with day-to-day expenses and living on a budget, contact your local county Extension office. Information is available at - from UW-Extension

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“Super foods” to boost nutritional goodness while eating your way to a healthier heart

Blueberries top the list as one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. That’s because they contain the antioxidant anthocyanins. These delicious jewels are packed with fiber, vitamin C, and are available all year long. Boost heart health by adding them into your diet regularly. Here’s how: • Top your whole-grain cereal with fresh or frozen blueberries to add flavor, a dose of fiber, and heart-healthy antioxidants. • Power up pancakes, waffles or muffins with fresh, frozen or dried blueberries for a nutritious breakfast. • Eat them plain or mix with other fruit for a low-calorie, high-fiber tasty fruit salad, dessert or snack. Salmon is a great source of protein and packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association advises eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week for benefits that go beyond heart health. Americans love salmon because it is so versatile, easy to cook and tastes great. • Salmon is easy to prepare on the grill, in the oven or microwave, or on the stovetop. Save leftovers to toss into pasta dishes, make into salmon cakes, add to salads, or mix into dips or spreads. • Smoked salmon comes in two varieties. The raw type is commonly used in appetizers and on bagels with cream cheese and capers. The dry smoked type has more of a cooked appearance. You can enjoy it the same way as the raw style, and add it to

blood pressure, yet, about 21 percent don’t know they have it. Of those with high blood pressure, 69 percent are receiving treatment, yet, only 45 percent have their blood pressure under control. “Because there are generally no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, it’s important that you work with your doctor to monitor and control it, especially as you age,” says Joanne Fretwell, RN, cardiac rehab coordinator at Amery Regional Medical Center. “Key steps include maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following the treatment plan that your doctor prescribes.” Reduce blood sugar. Diabetes is considered one of the major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In fact, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke

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than adults without diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s critical to monitor your blood sugar level and have regular checkups. Work closely with your health care provider to manage your disease and control other risk factors. Stop smoking. Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis – the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries – which can lead to coronary heart disease,

high in oats can reduce the risk for heart disease. Research shows oats lower cholesterol levels, keep you regular, and may help prevent certain cancers. • A warm bowl of oatmeal fills the belly for hours with its high fiber content. Top it off with fruit for added fiber, vitamins and minerals. • Add oats whenever you bake. Substitute up to one-third of the flour with oats in pancakes, muffins, quick breads, cookies and coffee cakes for an added dose of fiber. • Use oats in place of bread crumbs in dishes such as meat loaf, meatballs or breading on poultry. Spinach is the powerhouse of the vegetable kingdom. Its rich, dark color comes from the multiple phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals (especially folate and iron) that also fight disease, protect against heart disease and preserve your eyesight. • Keep frozen, chopped spinach in your freezer for an easy, quick addition to pizza, pasta, soups and stews. Just defrost and squeeze the liquid from a box of chopped spinach before you toss into cooked dishes. • Mix fresh spinach with salad greens or alone, then top with peeled and segmented mandarin oranges or sliced strawberries, nuts and crumbled cheese for a satisfying salad. • Steam spinach, mix with garlic, a little olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon for a lowfat potato topper. - Courtesy of WebMD heart attack and stroke. Controlling or reversing atherosclerosis is an important part of preventing future heart attack or stroke. “It’s also important to control stress and anger, which can put you at increased risk for heart attack or stroke,” adds Fretwell. “There are a number of stress and anger management techniques that can help, including breathing exercises, yoga, journaling, and eliminating as many environmental stressors as possible.” – This article courtesy of Amery Regional Medical Center and Quorum Health Resources.


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cooked dishes such as pasta. • Salmon cooks in a matter of minutes and its delicate texture quickly absorbs and showcases the flavor of added ingredients. For example, toss chunks of salmon into a chowder of corn and potatoes, or wrap salmon with herbs and chopped onion and tomatoes in parchment or aluminum foil and grill or bake 12 minutes for a satisfying meal. Soy protein is an inexpensive, high-quality protein that contains fiber, vitamins and minerals – all the ingredients for a hearthealthy meal. A diet rich in soy protein can also lower triglycerides, which help prevent cardiovascular disease and keep your heart strong and healthy. • Pack a soy protein bar or a bag of soy nuts for a quick snack during the day. • Edamame are snacks even kids will love! Find these nutritious nuggets in the freezer section at your supermarket. Boil them, then serve warm in the pod. Pop them out of the pod to eat plain or with a low-fat dip. • Tofu, made of soy beans, takes on the flavor of spices and foods you cook with it. Saute cubed tofu with green and red peppers, sliced garlic, and a dash or two of curry powder. Oatmeal. The oats in oatmeal are nourishing whole grains and a great source of vitamins, minerals and cholesterol-lowering fiber. The FDA allows manufacturers of oats to make health claims about the grain on their products, suggesting that a diet

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Five candidates vie for the title of Miss Luck


by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The 2011 Luck Winter Carnival is right around the corner, set for the weekend of Feb. 10-13. With events, games, entertainment and more, the Luck Winter Carnival also has one of the only queen pageants set in a winterscape. The outgoing Luck 2010 royalty includes Queen Krystal Ouellette, First Princess Morgan Pullin, Second Princess Michelle Tomlinson, Little Miss Luck Emily Chivers and Little Princess Addie Mae Musial. The latest candidates for queen are quite enthused about this year’s program and contest, which has a “Winter Wonderland” theme, and will also be the opening number. The queen pageant starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11. The 2011 candidates for Miss Luck are as follows:

Summer Nicole Johnson Summer is the daughter of Scott and Karen Johnson. She is sponsored by Countryside Co-op and is the current president of the Luck FFA and is a teacher’s aide. As special honors she has received a gold card, an academic letter, SAE pin, and a leadership award. Johnson donates her time by teaching Sunday school, is a youth group leader and is on the Polk County dairy judging team. She participates in the Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders Association, U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Association and Bone Lake Beavers 4H and is currently working on a horse farm for Linda Herrick. Johnson enjoys hunting, tractor pulling, showing cattle, working on the farm, and spending time with friends and family. Her co-contestants describe her as friendly and caring. After graduation she plans to attend UW - River Falls for agriculture education and would like to be a state FFA officer. Jillian Kristine Peterson Jillian is the daughter of Kris Peterson and Neal Peterson. She is sponsored by Swerkstrom Excavating and The Bottle Shop. Peterson is active in FCCLA, volleyball and Spanish Club. She has received special recognition for a CIA Gold card and Student of the Week. She has also received an academic letter, and a letter in volleyball. She volunteers her time with Feed My Starving Children and Ruby’s Pantry. She also volunteers as a volleyball helper for the younger girls, a Bible school helper, and is involved in the senior high youth group, which went on a service trip to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, with a future service trip to the Appalachian Mountains this June. Her

The candidates for the 2011 Luck queen’s pageant are a little enthused about the competition, to be held Friday, Feb. 11, at Luck High School. Shown (L to R) are: Jillian Petersen, Hannah Karl, Jaimee Buck, Miranda Kielty and Summer Johnson. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Summer Johnson

Jillian Peterson

hobbies are volleyball, dance, swimming, camping, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, going to basketball and football games, baby-sitting, sewing, crocheting, movie nights and spending time with friends and family. Her co-contestants describe her as outgoing and fun-loving. After graduation Peterson plans on attending college to pursue a career working with special-needs children.

Jaimee Lynn Buck Jaimee is the daughter of LeRoy and Sue Buck. She is sponsored by Jensen Furniture and JB Studios. Buck is active in basketball, volleyball, softball, FCCLA, Spanish Club, band, pep band, dance and her senior high youth group. Her special honors include honor roll, Lakeland Conference leadership day delegate, Luck volleyball defensive player of the year and she is a member of the National Honor Society. She volunteers her time with local cystic fibrosis fundraiser awareness events, and participates in church-related

Jaimee Buck

service trips. Buck enjoys camping, fishing, beach volleyball, running, hockey, baby-sitting, gymnastics, club volleyball, dancing and spending time with friends and family. Her co-contestants describe her as enthusiastic and sweet. After graduation she plans to attend college.

Hannah Marie Karl Hannah is the daughter of Jeanie and Matt Bobick and Aarol Karl. She is sponsored by Maxwell Heating and Thrivent Financial. Karl is active in volleyball, basketball, Forensics, drama club, FCCLA, choir, honor choir, Luck student council and is a teacher’s aide. She volunteers her time at volleyball and basketball tournaments and is a summer school helper. She has received special honors for Lakeland All-Conference volleyball in 2010, gold medal at state Forensics, she is a member of the National Honor Society, has been on the honor roll throughout high school and had the most assists for Luck volleyball in 2010. Karl enjoys club volleyball, crochet-

Making it from wood

Hannah Karl

Miranda Kielty

ing, baby-sitting, watching movies, texting, singing and spending time with friends and family. Her co-contestants describe her as energetic and athletic. After graduation, Karl plans to attend college to pursue a career in the education or legal field.

Miranda Leah Kielty Miranda is the daughter of Tracy and Kurt Vail and Rick Kielty. She is sponsored by Luck Do It Best Hardware and St. Croix Chiropractic. Kielty is active in FCCLA, drama club and plays basketball. She volunteers her time as the track manager and works at the Main Dish in Luck. She has received special honor as Student of the Week. Kielty enjoys being outdoors, basketball, music, drawing and spending time with friends and family. Her co-contestants describe her as random and spunky. After graduation, she plans on going into the U.S. Air Force and then becoming a police officer.

BURNETT COUNTY - The Wood Sculpture Project Day is the culmination of Nelson kindergarten class’s lessons on the properties of wood. Parents, grandparents, family and friends were invited to the school to help stuGabrielle Erickdents complete their projects. - submitted son intently pounds in a nail under the scrutiny of dad Patrick Erickson.

April and Madeline Kramer are all smiles as they display Maddie’s wood sculpture. Alecia Johnson and grandpa Mike Johnson proudly show off Alecia’s completed wood sculpture.

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Ashlin Olson with her completed wood project, the Eiffel Tower!

Science Fair


Seventh-grade student Mason McEvers’ project was geared to the workings of small internal combustion engines. GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Middle School students showed off their science skills to visitors attending the school’s annual science fair held Friday, Jan. 14. Volunteer judges from the community judged the students’ projects during the fair, which is held each year to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate and expand their learning in the area of science outside of the classroom. The fair is a volunteer participant event, not a required or graded activity. There are three basic types of fair entries: experiments, based on the scientific method and which follow the steps of suggesting a hypothesis; a demonstration project, usually based on showing knowledge of scientific principles or discoveries; and collection projects, demonstrating a connection to an area of science–such as geology–and can include rock collections, shell collections, etc. Six volunteers judged this year’s science fair and approximately 100 students participated in the event. – Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg fourth-grader Valerie Kuhn held one of the plants she used in her project, which dealt with the detrimental effects of chemicals on flowering plants.


Grantsburg Middle School student Dakota Keller and judge Steve Bont discussed Dakota’s Grantsburg fifth-grader Isabelle Maslow explained her projproject about the causes and effects of polluect illustrating how diseases and cholesterol negatively affect tion. the heart to judge, Jean Van Tatenhove. – Photos submitted

Fourth-grader Gracie Gerber wanted everyone to see her project about the human eye and potential problems that can arise because of age or other degenerative factors.

Grantsburg eighth-grade students Corey Sandberg and Mark Olson showed their project, which involved experimenting with different types of glue and rating them according to their breaking point. In each experiment, two pieces of wood were bonded together.

Comedian Scott Novotny to perform at BCFRC

SIREN - The Burnett County Family Resource Center is holding its annual comedy night fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 11, at The Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren. Stand-up comedian Scott Novotny will perform. Novotny was born and raised in Rochester, Minn., and has been performing stand-up comedy for 25 years. He has written for HBO, “Saturday Night Live,” “Brave New Workshop” and more. He has also performed in over 100 different comedy clubs, appeared on MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy,” opened concerts for Weird Al Yankowic, Jay Leno and more, and owned the Comedy Cabaret comedy club in Minnesota for five years. His comedy CD, “Monu-Mental,” was released in 2005. He is married and now resides with his wife and two children in New Richmond. Novotny loves to perform and prides himself in doing comedy without profanity or

vulgarity. He believes laughter is the best medicine and is always excited to perform for new crowds in new places. You can see more about Novotny and watch a promo video at All proceeds will benefit the Burnett County Family Resource Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families in the local community. Tickets are $15 and include hors d’oeuvres and a night of laughter. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be a cash bar, 50/50 cash drawing and the winner of the $2,500 vacation package raffle will be announced. For tickets to the show or raffle tickets contact the FRC at 715-349-2922, visit BCFRC’s Web site (, or inquire at Adventures in Siren. “Beat those winter blues and come out for some good clean fun,” a BCFRC article says. submitted

Nationally known comedian Scott Novotny will perform Friday, Feb. 11, in Siren to benefit the Burnett County Family Resource Center. - Special photo

Siren wedding fair draws enthusiastic crowd


by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer

SIREN - The Wedding Destination Fair, first such event sponsored by the Siren Chamber of Commerce, was a smash success. More than 200 attendees from in and around Siren, and from as far away as the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports, filled The Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren last Sunday, Jan. 30, to gather ideas and information from the 30 wedding vendors who had come to display their wares. And there was plenty on display. There were caterers and photographers, cosmetic consultants and florists, resort and convention center operators, boutiques and wineries, a cake maker, a wedding consultant, an investment counselor, Ruby’s Pantry secondhand boutique and much more. Booth space was sold out, and some vendors had to be turned away. By the time the vendors had set up their displays, and the visitors began pouring

in, the rooms housing the fair were crowded. But that only seemed to increase the enthusiasm at the event. Bridesto-be, prospective grooms and parents all enjoyed the intimate setting. And they found plenty to enjoy. As the visitors wrapped up their stay and began to leave, they commented again and again that they had found great new ideas for a wedding, and they had made contacts with persons who would help them prepare for and enjoy that special day. Information from the fair is available online or by phone for those unable to attend the fair. The Destination Wedding Web page is, and the phone number is 715-349-8399. And for those who really plan ahead, the chamber’s next wedding fair will be Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

With an impressive model cake standing by, Jan from Jan’s Custom Cakes showed photos of her creations. – Photos by Carl Heidel

Peggy Strabel, owner of Peggy’s Fashion Rack & Gifts, had plenty to offer to fair visitors.

Visitors learned what Coyland Creek has to offer as a wedding site.

Brandy enjoyed looking over samples of wedding photography.

Staff from Clover Meadow Winery gave pointers on wines for the reception.

The Ruby’s Pantry Secondhand Boutique had ideas for keeping costs down.

Austin Lake Greenhouse offered ideas for wedding flowers.

Mary Charmoli explained wedding consulting she offers from Saratoga Weddings.

Big Butternut ice-fishing contest



An ice-fishing contest was held on Little Butternut Lake, west of Luck, last Saturday, Jan. 29. Pictured (L to R) are: Chewy Measner, Staci Lemieux, Bear DeNucci, Mikey Vold, Brody Measner, Coach DeNucci and Cash Hickethier. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Matthew Tourville displays a Little Butternut catch by friend Josh Forster.

Fish kisses. Scratch it off their bucket lists. Kathy Goneau (L) and Deb Talmadge enjoy the Bon Ton ice-fishing contest at Little Butternut. Maybe too much.

33rd-annual Lions ice-fishing contest

Inside a trailer on Little Butternut Lake shown (L to R) are: Christa Petersen, Amanda Stripher and Kasie DeNucci.

Klaus Nieder has been the announcer of the Danbury Area Lions ice-fishing contest on Burlingame Lake since it first began 33 years ago. Neider is shown posing winners of the largest fish in each division. L to R: Nieder, William Arnold III, 8-oz. horned trout; Duane Wiberg, 9-oz. sunfish; Cory McKnight, 6-lb. 4-oz. northern, Brian Thompson, 9-oz. crappie and Torin McConkey of Blaine, Minn. McConkey received $50 for catching the smallest sunfish, 3-3/8 inches long.

Rylie Snorek's sunfish was just a little too big to be able to take first in the smallest sunfish category for kids 12 and under.

It was proven during the contest on Burlingame, some people like fishing in style. – Photos by Raelynn Hunter

Fishbowl Bar, Danbury, was there when they were needed with their portable, rolling toilet.


Alyvia Grabow, 4, of Chisago City, Minn., enjoyed some hot chocolate during the fishing contest on Burlingame Lake. Alyvia is the granddaughter of Doug and Linda Plath of Webster.

February is Pennies for Patients Month


by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – It’s that time of year again when people begin collecting and bringing in pennies for leukemia patients and research. The month of February is Pennies for Patients Month. Osceola second-grade teacher Barbara

Jorgensen has headed up the campaign at Osceola Elementary School since 1995 which, to date has raised $33,805.03. The money is collected by elementary school students who accept spare change and donations to support Pennies for Patients. Jorgensen heads up the campaign in support of finding a cure after losing her adult brother Mark to leukemia. Jorgensen’s class usually is the classroom that collects the most money because of the dearness of this cause to her heart and how she transfers that hope that a penny can save a life to her students. “Our efforts have put us in the top ten schools in Wisconsin and we are proud members of the Lifesaver’s

Club,” Jorgensen said. “Let’s continue saving lives because hope only costs a penny, and every penny counts.” Donations will be collected throughout the month of February by students. Persons interested in donating who do not have contact with elementary students can contact Jorgensen at the elementary school 715-294-3457 ext. 298 to find out how to help or can mail a check to Pennies for Patients c/o Barbara Jorgensen, Osceola Elementary School, P.O. Box 128, 250 10th Ave., Osceola, WI 54020. The money is counted during the first week of March at the RiverBank in Osceola and a check is issued to the Pennies for Patients fund.

Girl Scout annual cookie rally

FREDERIC – The Frederic Girl Scouts held their annual cookie rally last Thursday, Jan. 27. Girl Scouts of all ages played games and learned more about this year’s Girl Scout cookie sales program. Best of all, they were able to get a taste of all the different types of Girl Scout cookies. This year, Girl Scouts in the area will have cookies in hand as they sell them rather than taking orders. This means customers will be able to enjoy their cookies right away rather than waiting weeks for

their order to arrive. Wednesday, Feb. 5, is the official kickoff date for Girl Scout cookie sales. - submitted

Osceola second-graders Neleah Sandberg and Riley Landvik collect Pennies for Patients. The annual campaign to help leukemia patients and research for a cure begins in Osceola through the month of February. Read the full story to find out how to help. – Photo by Barbara Jorgensen.

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Webster Honor Roll


A honor roll

Fifth grade

Taylor Howe, Alexis Symond, Simeon Wilson, Troy Woodman, Skyler Winkler, Rachel Sperry, Mikayla Walker, Riley Richison, Sydney Raschke, Mason Schaaf, Caleb Pardun, Dustin Kern, Brianna Bray, Joseph Formanek, Emily Flatten, Emily Stewart and Jazmine Mangelsen.

Sixth grade

David Greiff, Andrew Ruiz, Synclare Stubbe, Emma Rachner, Israel Kirkpatrick, Sunny Cone, Savannah Varner, Victoria Tyndall, Carolina Calixto Rosas, Jameson Matrious, Sadie Korlz, Emily Sabatka, Jenna Curtis, Allison Mulroy, Bradley Brown, Sophie Phernetton, Logan Grey and Alex Strang.

Seventh grade

Cassidy Formanek, Annika Hendrickson, Alec Ralph, Lydia Wilson, Nicole Moretter, Max Norman, Daniel Okes, Grant Preston, Elizabeth Freymiller, Samantha Culver, Maggie O’Malley, Tate Fohrenkamm, Nicole Hursh, Emma Olsen and Connor Raschke.


Eighth grade

Nathanael Gatten, Zachary Koelz, Madison Main, Alexandra Spears, Marissa Elmblad, Ellora Schaaf, Mallory Daniels, Ashley Davis, Ciarra Lechman, Sean Martinez, Andrew Schrooten, William Cooper, Steven McCain, Christina Weis, Brandon Johnson, Mary Wilson, Carrie Rosenthal, Alec Gustafson, Diana Jennings, Tristan Kingbird, Dade McCarthy and Madeline Snow.


Kristine Watral, Amysue Greiff, Mikayla Hatfield, Jack Ralph, Megan Hophan and Paige Young.


Amber Davis, Darren Deal, Kaleiah Schiller, Chelsey McIntyre, Brianna Phernetton, Samantha Perius, Molly Brown, Matthew Smith, Jacob Hunter, Danielle Formanek and Gabriella Schiller.


Mary Arnold, Olivia Kopecky, Chelsea Larson, Matthew Hophan, Tatyana Pope, Audrey Mulliner, Mackenzie Koelz, Miranda Burger, Shauna Rein, Brittany Maxwell, Joshua Baer and Melissa Gustavson.


Raelyn Tretsven, Daniel Formanek, Nicholas Robinson, Ryan Curtis, Brett Richison and Megan Tyson.

Fifth grade


B honor roll

Trent Gustafson, Hailey Hunter, Summer Varner, Melodi Liljenberg, Brett Johnson, Andrew Moritz, Cody Peterson, Austin Spafford, Callie Nyren, Molly Turchi, Jordan Mitchell, Taylor Nyren, Ian Magnuson, Crystal Breeden, Taylor Loomer and Alexis Gonzales.

Toni Petersen, Jonathan Rein, Kaitlyn Moser, Terry Curtis Jr., Julia Summer, Darrick Nelson, Paul Sargent, Caitlynn Hopkins, Kayla Vantassel and Tyler Grey.

Alisha Aronson, Sarah Bader, Elaine Butala, Kourtney Collins, Anna Ebensperger, Taylor Heathman, Kasey Heimstead, Morgan Hoehne, Janet Hunter, Kayla Johnson, Kelsy Johnson, Shauna Jorgenson, Aaron Koshatka, Brittany Kruse, Jonathan

Ashley Ackerman, Justin Bradley, Alex Burton, Nicole Bystrom, Kaitlyn Collins, Emily Gross, Carly Holin, Cassandra Hughes, Bradley Knutson, Samantha Langermann, Heidi McCurdy, Rayven Merrill, Kelly Radke, Eric Smith, Mercedes Swanson and Coleman Thill.

Hayla Bader, Nathan Dorrance, Katherine Ebensperger, Brady Flaherty, Felicia Glenna, Marisa Hacker, Dylan Hendricks, Rush Hickethier, April

Justin Aronson, Emily Bethke, Scott Bever, Megan Jones, Michael Jones, Mercedes Kobs, Evan Lunda and Justin Moore.

Seventh grade

Nelson and Austin Kurkowski.

Ann Chenal, Kinzie Matz, Emily Amundson, Sarah Wells, Julia Buck, Kendra Erickson, Nicole Nelson, Olivia Tuynman, Andrea Drummer, Kyle Knauber, Taylor Alseth, Brittany Sanford, Christopher Kuechenmeister, Christopher Richter, Jonathon Erickson and Samantha Penberthy.

Eighth grade

Abeni Lundeen Brooks, Zane Matz, Kathryn Rokenbrodt, David Lindberg, Mark Olson, Eric Chenal, Anna Hochstetler, Zachary Williamson, Bradley Erickson, Mya Rivera, Makayla Arthurs, Isabelle Burton, Peter Chenal, Gregory Peterson, Jamie Siebenthal, Kendra Mosay, Olivia Schauls, Anthony Dueholm, Benjamin Richter, Irric Erickson, Melana


Honorable mention


Frederic Honor Roll


Claire Coddington, McKenna Den Hoed, Abigail Pickard, Benjamin Kurkowski, Rachel Thomas, Timothy Lund, Tylyn O’Brien, Lexi Domagala, Jack Tricker-King, Jaryd Braden, Abigail Brightbill, Rachael Poirier, Carly Gustafson, Zachary Kuechenmeister, Sawyer Tietz, Destiny Wetzel-Peterson, Haley Coulter, Alyssa Backlin, Elise Coddington, Katie White and Brandi Bahr.


Charles Lindberg, McKenna Rognrud, Emily Wells, Kendra Sheldon, Natalie Phernetton, Ian Lexen, Vincent Nelson, Paige Burton, Julia Owens,


Mary Johnson, Paige Lamson, Benjamin Jensen and Michael Thielke.

Benjamin Bengtson, Brittney Bublitz, Paige Gurtner, Ashley Johnson, Alec Larson, Connor MacKinnon, Kaitlyn MacKinnon, Kristy Mikl, Olga Novikova, Femke Oltrop, Emily Petzel, Brittany Thomfohrda, Elizabeth Thuerkoff, Brady Turner, Jennifer Vlasnik and Carolin Weber.


Alyxandria Hatfield, Tianna Stewart, Nikkita Emberson, Charles Mahlen, Brenna Nutt, Jacob Sargent, Victoria Pope and Emma Kelby.

Seventh grade

Tailor Larson, Paige Bird, Darbi Young, Destiny Inkman, Hailey Hollis and Joseph Arnold.

Johnson, Taavi Kasemagi, Jessica C. Kutina, Brandi Larson, Erin Mabry, Hannah McMeekin, Dale Michaelson, Mickey Muller, Lucas Nelson, Bryana Petersin, Haley St. Amand and Lindsey Voss.


Aleah Heinz, Sarah Thielke, Alex Spafford, Erik Larson and Logan Rutledge.

Sixth grade

Unity Honor Roll



Alyce Deblase, Leslea Wiggins, Saronah Clark, Austin Bork, Danielle Dyson, Katlyn Payson, Sarah Nyberg and Robert Buehler.

Larsen, Anna Luepke, Dawn Michaelson, Justin Mooney, Shay Nelson, Hailey Olson, Marissa Paulzine, Jacob Ruck, Colton Sorensen, Ethan St. Amand, Megan Volgren, Benjamin Zahler and Kaina Zygowica.

Therese Anderson, Alexis Bates, Kayla Bramsen, Riley Carnes, Olivia Coen, Courtney Galle, Rebecca Garvey, Caleb Hacker, Cassandra Hanson, Cash Hickethier, Carly Ince, Zachary Johnson, Alex Juleen, Neil Kline, Mitchell Krueger, Angela Larson, Lillian Lenk, Ella Luepke, Danielle Mares, , Kennedy Olson, Ashley Ouellette, Sophie Peterson, Oliver Raboin, Madeline Ramich, Jade Rau, Valerie Schultz, Sierra Thomfohrda, Desiree Walton and Dakota Ward.

Eighth grade

Bryana Andren, Callan Brown, Mason Kriegel, Breeanna Watral, Jayme Mitchell, Connor Pierce, Greg McIntyre, Jenna Anderson, Siiri Larsen, Kayce Rachner, Daniel Dochniak, Michelle Gibbs, Tiffani Demarre, Samantha Kopecky, Devin Greene, Alyssa Main, Austin Elliott and Nicholas Smith.

Kourtni Douglas, Kendra Mossey, Matthew Elrod, Lisa Moylan, Natashia Bailey, Christa White, Randy Brunette, Gino Lonetti, Larissa Houtari, McKenna Cook and Michael Runnels.


Seneca Lundeen Brooks, Christopher Hopp, Leah Engbretson, Kali Otte, Erik Stoner, April Halverson, Jayce Den Hoed, Megan Amundson, Corissa Schmidt, Bryce Williamson, Allison Martin, Jordyn Siebenthal, Lauren Domagala, Breanna Jensen, Shabana Mishler, Autumn Schmidt, Kristina Marcyan, Brittani Hughes, Maria Miller, Emily Byerly, Danielle Swanson, Nicholas Rognrud, Ashley Wendelboe, Dayton Rivera, Michelle Jensen, Nicole Coulter, Sara Underwood, Tabitha Java, Alexandra



Steven Anderson, Jade Baerg, Kevin Bystrom, Jenna Christensen, Xavier Foeller, Gary Gustafson, Etta Johnston, Mitchell Johnston, Steven Krueger, Michelle Rindal, Matthew Schultz and Amanda Vondrasek.


Douglas Bengtson, Jacob Bengtson, Hunter Bjornson, Angela Bracht, Beau Davison, Crystal Donahue, Zachary Edgell, Mitchell Galle, Nicholas Hoag, Kaitlyn Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Josephine Kalenda, Natalia Koronczewska, Joshua Larsen, Alison Lennartson, Brandon Mooney, Alisha Nutter, Nicole Slate, Emily Stelling, Erin Williams, Naomi Williamson and Kathryn Zahler.

Lundblade, Nicole Laboda, Waylon Buck and Christopher Maslowski.


Tanesha Carlson, Sarah Knauber, Josiah Lund, Daniel Halverson, Samantha Nelson, Allison Anderson, Isabel Lexen, Vanessa Nuemann, Anthony Peterson, Ashley Bergeron, Krysta Laqua, Jade Johnson, Amanda Blok, Sage Karl, Kayla Nelson, Trae Gehl, Joseph Draxler, Benjamin Ackerley, Calla Karl, Alixandra Peterson, John Chelmo, Ryan Phernetton, Sandra Kasper, Tara Anderson, Jimmy Richter, Aane Nakashima, Yasemin Ulusahin, Waranyoo Saengthaweep, Kyle Simonsen, Zachary Tietz, Karry Simpson and Jesse Chouinard.






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LUNCH Pizza, raw veggies, dip OR turkey salad.

LUNCH Mr. Rib, waffle fries OR ham salad.

LUNCH Taco max snax, winter mix OR chicken taco salad.

LUNCH Italian dunkers, green beans OR buffalo chicken salad.

LUNCH Mini corn dogs, potato wedges, corn, pineapple, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, sliced peaches, apples oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Sub sandwich with fixings, chicken noodle soup, crackers, fresh veggies, cookie, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Pizza casserole, bread stick, lettuce salad, steamed broccoli, strawberry shortcake, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Cheeseburger with fixings, wholegrain chips, baked beans, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/bagel. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/donut. LUNCH Tater tot hotdish, bread stick, peas, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/muffin. LUNCH Build your own sub, chips, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/pancakes. LUNCH Nacho supreme, tortilla chips, winter mix, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Mashed potato bowl (with popcorn chicken), corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Pizza, 7-12.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Quesadilla, Tostitos, black beans & brown rice, carrots, celery sticks, beans, apples and oranges. Alt.: Meatball sub.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Soup and sandwich, crackers, shredded lettuce, peas, peaches. Alt.: Corn dog.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH BBQ chicken on a bun, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, corn, pears. Alt.: Cheeseburger.

BREAKFAST Pancake and sausage on a stick, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken patty, rice, coleslaw, steamed peas, strawberries. Alt.: Soup and sandwich.

BREAKFAST cerealand andtoast, toastjuice served Assorted cereal and with peanut butter, juice and milk. milk. LUNCH Hamburger rice garlic Pizza dippers, rice,hotdish, corn, carrots, bread, lettuce, applesauce. celery, pineapplecorn, tidbits, banana. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet, toast and potatoes. LUNCH Chicken patty, potato wedges, green beans, mixed fruit. Alt.: Hamburger.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks. LUNCH Turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuit, mixed vegetables, peaches. Alt.: Egg salad, chicken noodle soup.

BREAKFAST Breakfast cookie. LUNCH Cheeseburger, spicy fries, corn, applesauce. Alt.: Ham & cheese croissant.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken fajitas, lettuce, peas, pears. Alt.: Chili, corn bread muffins.

BREAKFAST Egg, ham and cheese muffin. LUNCH Sloppy joes, french fries, carrots, pineapple, oranges. Alt.: Chicken patty.

LUNCH BBQs and hash browns.

BREAKFAST Blueberry muffins. LUNCH Chicken nuggets and rice.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Spaghetti, green beans and bread sticks.

BREAKFAST Lumberjacks. LUNCH Hamburgers and fries.

BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Sub sandwich, cottage cheese and chips.

LUNCH Spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad, pears.

LUNCH Quiche, ham, roll OR chicken barley soup with veggies, PBJ, applesauce.

LUNCH Baked fish, baked potato, California blend veggies OR beef stroganoff, noodles, peas, peaches.

LUNCH Nachos, cheese, salad, mandarin oranges.

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Perspectives Sally Bair


A woman automatically expects her husband to be supportive of her. A child who studies hard expects to receive good grades. A grandparent expects at least a thank-you for the present given to a grandchild. But things don’t always turn out the way we expect. Disappointment can come quickly when our expectations are not met. Sometimes anger can spread its ugly tentacles, too. Expectations also can become unreasonable, causing depression and hopelessness. Such feelings, when unresolved, are likely to affect our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. We all have expectations, most of them reasonable. When we take good care of our vehicle, we expect it to get us where we’re going. When we marry, we expect our spouse to show us love and respect. When we go to work, we expect our boss to be organized, appreciative and kind to his workers. We even expect good things from ourselves. When we eat right and exercise, we expect good health. When we work hard, we expect good results. But our best efforts fail us sometimes, too. Does that mean we should lower our expectations? Or perhaps have fewer of them? As a parent, spouse or friend, we may have to do that many times. We do know that every day we must make many choices. Based on our expectations, the results will be either good or bad. We can, however, always expect great things from God. His Word is filled with great promises. He alone is truly dependable. His ways are best for us. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) As long as we let him do his work in us—rather than trying to make things better by our own endeavors— our expectations will always be exceeded. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from him.” (Psalm 62:5) We followers of Christ can place ourselves on the other side of expectations, asking ourselves what others can expect from us. The Bible says that love never fails. When we show God’s love, as he faithfully shows us, others will see his faithfulness and love in us, and their expectations will be exceeded and there will be no disappointments, anger, or despair—as with us, too, when we place our expectations in God. Lord, we wait expectantly for your love, your presence, your bountiful blessings. Help us to depend on you more than on those around us so they can expect more from us. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Baptism at Bone Lake Lutheran


On Sunday, Jan. 9, Ayla Erin Jenson was baptized into the Christian faith by Pastor Mary Ann Bowman at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Ayla’s parents are Matt and Erin Jenson, her big sister is River, and her godmother is Margo Jenson. Photo submitted

News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran Church

FREDERIC – On Sunday, Jan. 16, the Nelson sisters presented their children for the sacrament of holy baptism. The parents of Carl Gene Antonich are Randy and Anna, and Carl’s sponsors were Roger and Amy Antonich. The parents of Mya Claire Bulver are Brad and Leah, and Mya’s sponsors were Randy and Anna Antonich. Mya’s big brother Max, age 11, looked on while his baby sister was being baptized. Carl and Mya’s maternal grandparents are Simon and Mary Nelson, Frederic. The banner was hung with the Bible verse “I have called you by name, Carl and Mya, you are mine!” During worship Sunday, Jan. 30, Pastor Andrew had a special blessing for projects that were recently completed at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Many people gave financially and/or worked on the new sound system and the cabinet in which to put it. Some of the donors included Alice Velander, Sherry Gjonnes, Alice Anderson, David and Pat Anderson, Steve and Terri Stoner, Milton Daeffler, Brad Schmidt and Rhoda Jensen. The Anderson family also built a sturdy storage cabinet for the fellowship hall. A new coffee cart for serving Sunday morning coffee was purchased with funds from the memorial com-

Shown are sisters, Leah Bulver and Anna Antonich, presenting their children, Mya Claire Bulver and Carl Gene Antonich for the sacrament of holy baptism. Mya is the daughter of Leah and Brad Bulver and Carl is the son of Anna and Randy Antonich. – Photos submitted

During worship this past Sunday, Jan. 30, Pastor Andrew had a special blessing for projects that were recently completed at Pilgrim. Many people gave financially and/or worked on the new sound system and the cabinet in which to put it. mittee. God is good. During the month of February, LWF3 – Learning with Food, Fun and Fellowship, will be meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and again on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The gathering on Feb. 2 will begin at 5:15 p.m., featuring a potluck supper with a freewill offering, which will go toward camp scholarships for the youth who will be attending Luther Point Bible Camp this coming summer. At about 7 p.m., there will be a special program titled Pilgrim’s God Talent. Anyone and everyone who wants to show off their talent is invited to participate in this fun event. It was heard from a reliable source that “Sonny and Cher” will be making a special guest appearance. After the talent show, homemade desserts will be served. Everyone is welcome at Sunday morning worship beginning at 10 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., there is playgroup that meets for toddlers and parents. Parents and their children sing songs as well as learn Children’s Bible stories. For more information please call the church office at 715327-8012 or go to their Web site, - submitted

Haiti relief dinner features Caribbean cuisine

LUCK - West Denmark Church will again be hosting a dinner to raise money for Haitian relief on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Luck School cafeteria. The dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. and go until the queen pageant starts. To add some authenticity to the evening, some of the best cooks in the county will be serving Haitian and other Caribbean food delights. The cost for dinner will be a freewill offering with the

A dinner to raise money for Haitian relief will be held Friday, Feb. 11, at the Luck School cafeteria. - Photos by Philip Miles

proceeds going to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America relief efforts in Haiti. All funds collected will go to actual relief efforts. The idea for the dinner came up during fellowship time at West Denmark, after the earthquake, and $1,000 was raised at last year’s event. The situation in Haiti is still unimaginable. Oxfam America reported in January, “less than 5 percent of the rubble in Haiti has been cleared, only 15 percent of the temporary housing that is needed has been built and relatively few permanent water and sanitation facilities have been constructed. Less than 45 percent of the $2.1 billion pledged for Haiti’s reconstruction during last year’s international conference has actually been given. “With the need in Haiti continuing to be so great,” the committee said, “why not do it again?” Philip Miles, a Luck graduate who served on a medical relief team last spring, will have a slide show from his trip and will be available to share his experiences. If there are groups or individuals who have been to Haiti who have photos, or perhaps crafts or other items of interest to display, please contact the committee. The committee organizing the event would invite anyone in the community, who would like to help, to participate. For more information and/or to volunteer contact Barb Kass and Mike Miles at 715-472-8721, or the church at 715-472-4895. - submitted



Kenneth A. Baardson, 82, a resident of Danbury, died Jan. 26, 2011, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Kenneth was born on March 13, 1928, in Baldwin, to Knut and Alma Baardson. Kenneth married Lila Rassmussen on May 10, 1979, in Roseville, Minn. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1952. Kenneth drove milk truck and an excavating truck for a number of years. He also owned and operated the Bobcat Resort on Ham Lake for over 10 years. Kenneth enjoyed people and also worked as a waiter at the 10th Hole. He was a member of the Burnett County Loyal Order of the Moose and the Yellow Lake Dune Buggy Club. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lila; his one sister; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 31, at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Military honors were accorded to honor Kenneth’s military service. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Roy H. Carlson

Roy H. Carlson, 90, a resident of Danbury but a lifetime resident of Dairyland, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, surrounded by his family at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Roy was born on May 27, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Carl and Ragna Carlson. After Roy’s birth, the family made their home in Dairyland, where Roy farmed with his parents. He graduated from Carpenters school in Cozy Corner before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942. He served during World War II with the 99th Infantry Battalion Ski Troops which was a Norwegian-speaking unit, and in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war ended, he served in Norway for six months as Army of Occupation before being honorably discharged in 1945. In 1947, Roy married Margaret V. Dietmeier in Dairyland. Together they farmed and raised their three children Lois, Karen and Robert. Roy served on the county ASCS committee, the FHA committee, served as the town assessor, was a town board member and served on the Cloverton Telephone Board. He also served on the Webster Co-op Service Board and was a 4-H leader. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in 2006; his parents; and sister Mabel. He is survived by his children, Lois (David) O’Brien, Karen Carlson (Steven Williamson) and Robert (Kelly) Carlson; grandchildren, Kevin (Teri) O’Brien, Shawn (Katie) O’Brien, Chad Carlson, Shannon (Rob) Grindell and Aaron Carlson; five great-grandchildren; brother, Edwin (Bernice) Carlson; along with other relatives and many friends. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 29, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home with Father Michael Tupa as celebrant. Music was provided by Pat Taylor and Annette Arnold. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin O’Brien, Shawn O’Brien, Chad Carlson, Shannon Grindell, Aaron Carlson, Madilyn Carlson, Reese Grindell, Ashley Peterson, Derek O’Brien and Samantha O’Brien. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Jean Torfin

Constance S. Carlson, 72, Amery, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the Amery Regional Medical Center. Connie was born in Amery on June 8, 1938, to Evelyn (Peterson) and Glen Carlson. The family lived in Minneapolis for a short time as Connie was in Shriners Hospital, and then moved to Range. Connie went to Range School for eight grades and then to Amery High School. She was a member of Elim Church while living in Range and was confirmed on June 1, 1952. After high school, she worked at the Amery Hospital. She then went to Superior and graduated from nursing school as a licensed practical nurse. She returned to Amery to work and had an apartment close to the hospital. She then joined Our Saviors Church, where she loved to sing in the choir. She lived at Waters Edge apartments for 10 years, and enjoyed the card games and good friendships there. Connie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, Bob (Janice) Carlson of Range and Lyle (Karla) Carlson of Amery; and two sisters, Diane (Larry) Olson of Balsam Lake and Mary Carlson of Forest Lake, Minn.; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Amery, with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Interment was at Elim Cemetery in Range. Friends and family may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Andy Engebretson

Jean Torfin, 80, died peacefully Jan. 30, 2011. Jean Harris was born on Oct. 23, 1930, in Crookston, Minn., to Sara (Foster) and Raymond Harris. As a child Andy Engebretson of Balsam Lake, died Tuesday, Feb. she moved to Thief River Falls, Minn. She attended school 1, 2011 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948. She and Services are pending. Persons are asked to visit Duane Torfin were married on Jan. 13, 1952, at Trinity for updated inforLutheran Church in Thief River Falls. In addition to rais- mation or call the Kolstad Family Funeral Home. ing three children, she worked as a bookkeeper at various firms in Wannaska, Moorhead and St. Paul, Minn. In Wannaska, she was active in the local 4-H Club. During their last year living there, she was proud to have coached the 4-H softball team to the Roseau County championship. She enjoyed knitting, cooking and baking Serving our community since 1903. – especially for her family. Each Christmas she supplied each of her children’s families with many baked goods and special treats. Most people know her as an expert bread maker and of course as “The Lefse Lady.” She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Duane; children, Ron (Jackie), Debbie (Jon) Schoepke and Peg (Bruce) Funeral Director Orman; grandchildren, Brock, Andrew (Katie), Erin, Sara, Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Blake, Matthew, Jim (Brenda), Jerry (Denise), Don (DeDe), Jacob, Emily and Nick; great-grandchild, Lillie; sisters-inlaw, Verna Torfin and Sara Torfin. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John; and special mother-in-law, Mabel Torfin. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church in Danbury. Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church in Danbury. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.


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Lynn R. Skow, 66, of North Branch, Minn., died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at his residence. Lynn was born on Jan. 10, 1945, in Frederic, to William and Elsie (Hutton) Skow. Lynn worked as a mechanical engineer and inventor and developed several patents over the course of his lifetime. He worked for 3M, Medtronic and also at the Minnesota Arsenal, as well as being one of the founders of Gemini Systems, based in Rush City, Minn. Lynn was a true people person and spent his life developing relationships and bringing joy to everyone he encountered. He enjoyed conversations, politics, Cribbage, pool, football and Ms. Packman. He was loved very much and will be sorely missed. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Doreen; daughters, Lisa (Darik) Nelson, Blaine, Minn., and Lori Skow, Forest Lake, Minn.; son, Eric (Candy) Skow, River Falls; brothers, Galen (Cindy) Skow, Frederic and Dell (Carol) Skow, Luck; grandchildren, Justin, Matthew, Desiree, Kyla and Campbell; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Preston. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Living Branch Church in North Branch, Minn., with the Rev. Wallace Nordquist officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home of North Branch, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

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Lyle Louis Dankers, 74, Big Sandy, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Lyle was born July 27, 1936 in Albert City, Iowa. He was a troubleshooter and graphic arts designer for Brandtjen and Kluge. He especially enjoyed camping, canoeing and traveling. He was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Klawitter Dankers of Big Sandy, Texas; five sons, Michael Dankers of Minneapolis, Minn., Stuart Dankers of Prior Lake, Minn., Lewis Dankers of Osceola, Paul Dankers of Snowmass, Colo. and Steve Dankers of Big Sandy; daughters, Lisa Rode of Dillon, Colo.; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Edna Beckfield Dankers. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m., at the Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. No visitation is scheduled.

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James Burnell Watrud

James Burnell Watrud, 76, Clayton, died Jan. 24, 2011. He was born Dec. 22, 1934, in Polk County. He married Roseann Raymond in 1958 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in physics and chemistry. James went to work at 3M in St. Paul, Minn. He attended college in New Mexico, Utah and Montana, and earned graduate degrees from the University of Montana. He moved to Springfield, Ore., in 1974 and resided there until 1982. In 1989, he took his Doctorate in Divinity from Canadian Theological Seminary in Canada and pursued his ministry in the U.S., South America and Liberia. He ran the Watrud family farm in Clayton since 1986. In 2000, he began his missionary ministry in Liberia, Africa. He served as a missionary, president of Liberian Christian College and a consultant for Lifewater Liberia Inc. There he met and married a missionary, Noble Cecelia Y. Henry, and helped support Noble’s home, Jesus Loves Children Ministry for orphaned Liberian children. He and his wife, Noble, continue this support. James was ordained a minister by Solution Outreach Ministry of Monrovia, Liberia. He is survived by his wife, Noble Watrud; her son, Moses Thomas; daughter, Shadia Watrud, and Mena Thomas of Liberia, Africa; granddaughter, Arianna Nevaeh; his five children, Dana Raymond, Jandina Gelarmino, Andrea Watrud, Daniel Watrud and Mary Evans, all residents of Oregon; and three grandsons, Daniel McCormick, Kyle McCormick and Santa Fe Watrud, also residents of Oregon; sister, Carol Morfitt; brother, Dane Watrud; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, LeRoy. A celebration of his life was held at Silver Creek Church in rural Clayton Friday, Jan. 28. Interment was at the Mount Hope Cemetery at Silver Creek Lutheran Church. Friends may sign an online guest book by visiting The Williamson – White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Joseph Juarez

Joseph Juarez, 39, St. Paul, Minn., died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Joe was born Nov. 16, 1971, in St. Paul, Minn. He lived his lifetime in St. Paul. He was born the third son to Joseph and Shirley Juarez. Joe loved to cook and worked as a cook. His favorite pastime was fishing. When Joe was diagnosed with diabetes, his brother, David, took care of him as his health grew worse. Joe loved his independent life and lived in his own apartment as long as he could. He later entered the Gualthier Care Center as he needed more assistance. In late summer of 2009, he started dialysis and continued until a few short weeks ago, which then he decided he couldn’t take being sick from the procedures and refused to go. Joe is survived by his mother, Phyllis of Milltown; children, Benjamin, Joe Jr., Dakota, Tianna and Amanda; granddaughter, Christina; brothers, Michael, David and Angel; and many cousins, aunts and uncles who reside in the Round Lake area and many friends. Joe was preceded in death by his father. A graveside committal service will take place in the spring at the Balsam Lake Cemetery where Joe will be laid to rest. Prior to the service another notice will be posted in the local papers. For updated information or to express online condolences, please visit Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Mona Nelson

Mona Nelson, 83, Grantsburg, formerly of Danbury, died Jan. 30, 2011, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Memorial services will be Friday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10-11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, Webster. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Fred W. Haaf

The date of birth for Fred W. Haaf was inadvertently printed incorrectly. His date of birth should have been Aug. 30, 1923. - submitted

Beverly J. Raymond

Beverly J. Raymond, 74, Clear Lake, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at her home. Beverly Joan Raymond was born Sept. 9, 1936, in Clear Lake, the daughter of Edward and Grace (Paulson) Austinson. She grew up in the Clear Lake area, was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Clayton and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1954. After graduating, Beverly moved to St. Paul, Minn., and worked at Montgomery Ward and at North Star Paint and Varnish. She was married to Eugene Rustin on May 15, 1957, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clayton and together they raised three daughters, Roxanne, Lori and Brenda. Over the years she lived in the Clear Lake, Turtle Lake and Clayton area and was employed at Fabri-Tec. After Eugene’s death in March of 1966, Beverly married Donald Raymond Feb. 3, 1967. Born to this union were Talea, Don, Tanya and Tessa, and together they farmed in Amery and later moved to Clear Lake. During this time, she worked at Amery Super Valu and then many years as a nurse’s aide at the Willow Ridge Care Center in Amery. Beverly has been living at her current residence in Clear Lake since 1994. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping at garage sales and at thrift stores. Bev loved socializing with family and friends, especially spending time with her sisters, and Bob and Carol Larson. She was a member of the East Lincoln Alliance Church in rural Amery. Beverly was preceded in death by her husbands, Eugene Rustin and Donald Raymond; grandson, Loren Klinger; parents, Edward and Grace Austinson. She is survived by her children, Roxanne (Jeff Minor) Aeschliman of Clear Lake, Lori Sheetz of New Richmond, Brenda (Terry Schaffer) Johnson of Clayton, Talea (Wayne) Schneider of Milltown, Donald (Connie) Raymond of Luck, Tanya McCarty of Clear Lake and Tessa (Harry Mewes) Raymond of Clayton; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mike) Smith, Amanda (Justin Bowell) Aeschliman, Darren (Jessica Biscobing) Klinger, Stacy Hanson, Kyle (Kim Gleason) Hanson, Derek Sheetz, Robyn Johnson, Shawna Johnson, Justin (Micki) Anderson, Justin Will, Jennifer (Kenny) Johnson, Matt (Rachel) Raymond, Heather (Jamie) Raymond, Tabatha Raymond, Bobbi Jo McCarty, Brad McCarty, Blake Gaudette, Jeremy (Bobby Fouks) Adams, Jason (Bailey Wheeler) Adams, Tasha (Peter Juleff) Adams and Jonathan Mewes; 38 greatgrandchildren; sisters, Phyllis (Vernon) Amundsen of Clear Lake, Carmen Austinson of Clear Lake, Linda (Roger Erdman) Schmid of Amery and LaVonne (Scott) Lunsmann of Milltown. Funeral services were held at the East Lincoln Alliance Church in rural Amery on Monday, Jan. 31, with Pastor Randy Schussman officating. Musicians were Margaret Peterson and Adeline Myhrwold. Casket bearers were Justin Will, Matt Raymond, Darren Klinger, Kyle Hanson, Brad McCarty and Jeremy Adams. Honorary casket bearers were Blake Gaudette, Jason Adams, Jonathan Mewes, Derek Sheetz and Justin Anderson. Interment was at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Clayton Township. Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home in Clear Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

Robert Mann Jr.

Robert Mann Jr., 85, a longtime resident of Danbury, died Jan. 23, 2011, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Robert was born Aug. 18, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn., to Robert Sr. and Anna Mann. Robert served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific during WWII. He was awarded the Silver Star as a private first class in a firefight on Iwo Jima. He was also a recipient of a Purple Heart. Robert worked at the New Brighton Army Ammunition plant for over 40 years. After he retired, he made his home in Wisconsin. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, of 62 years; his son, Gary Mann Sr.; and his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Dianne (Phil) Havel; grandchildren, Gary (Lauren) Mann Jr., Kimberly (Sean) Lofgren, Chad (Tracy) Havel and Dana (Brian) Stanton, five great-grandchildren, Kellie, Gage and Alexis Havel, Colin and Pressley Stanton; brothers, Kenneth, Gene and Howard; along with other relatives and his neighbors in Wisconsin. A memorial will be held in the spring of 2011 with military honors accorded to honor Robert’s service to his country. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Bernice R. Anderson

Bernice R. Anderson, 87, Amery, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at the Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Amery. Bernice was born to Floyd and Clara Waterman on May 1, 1923, in New Richmond. She attended school at Pleasant View Country School and graduated from Amery High School. Bernice married Kenneth Anderson Nov. 18, 1944. They made their home in Clayton and later moved to Amery. To this union seven children were born. Bernice worked at FabriTek in Amery, Kroy Industries in Dresser and also did hand sewing of silk ties for a tie company in Chippewa Falls. During her working years and then later in retirement, Kenny and Bernice would venture north to Lake Superior and spend many hours at their cabin in Port Wing. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery, and participated in the quilt-making group. She loved cooking and trying new recipes. Her passion for cooking was evident with an extensive collection of cookbooks. She also enjoyed gardening and spent hours giving tender, loving care to her flowers. Perhaps one of her greatest talents was sewing; she could not pass up a good deal on a piece of material and then tuck it away until just the right project came along. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; brothers, Lawrence, Clifford and Dale (Bud). She is survived by her seven children, Bernell Handrahan (Ray Weeks), New Richmond, Kenrad (Gloria) Anderson, Dresser, Jone (Tim) Baker, Jim Falls, Bradley (Nyla) Anderson, Amery, Brent Anderson, Amery, Mary Anderson (John Reid), Colorado Springs, Colo. and Beth Anderson, Bloomer; 12 grandchildren, Tom Handrahan, Osceola, Tracy Meredith, Roberts, Pat Handrahan, St. Cloud, Minn., Jeff Anderson, Lindstrom, Minn., Michelle Nyreen, Cameron, Jason Anderson, St. Paul, Minn., Chad Shelby, Charleston, Ill., Jennifer Patterson, Red Wing, Minn., Sarah Anderson, Pullman, Wash., Garrison Anderson, Amery, Steve Nadeau, St. Croix Falls, Kyle Reid and Travis Reid, Colorado Springs, Colo., Laura Hazeltine, Bloomer and Jeremiah Johnson, Bloomer; as well as 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Charlotte Brevold and Avis Morrisey, both of Amery. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 31, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery, with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Pallbearers were Bernice’s grandsons. Interment will be at the Marsh Lake Cemetery. Family and friends may sign her online guest book and view a video tribute by visiting The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

John I. Jacobson

John I. Jacobson, 85, a resident of Siren, died Jan. 22, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family. John was born on July 1, 1925, in St. Joseph, Idaho, to John and Inez Jacobson. He attended Hammond Elementary and graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II until being honorably discharged in 1946. He married Gloria on May 19, 1956, in Woodville. John worked for Amery Telephone as a laborer for a few years and spent 25 years as a dock loader for Waldorf Paper. He later worked at the St. Croix Marina in Afton, Minn., and drove cars for Larsen Auto for four years. In his free time, John enjoyed being outdoors deer hunting, fishing and picking blackberries. He loved to read and to go on road trips. John was a member of the Indian Creek American Legion Post. John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Albertine Jacobson and Nettie Olson; brother, George Jacobson. John is survived by his wife, Gloria; children, Robin (Eddie) Cycenas, Debbie Anderson, John (Roxie) Jacobson, Dawn (Stan) Miller and Alan (Vashti) Jacobson; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 28, at Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor Andrea Bobowski officiating. Music was provided by Pat Taylor and Fran McBroom. Interment followed at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner with military honors provided by Legion Post No. 240. Casket bearers were Brent Dugger, Deric Miller, Ronald Anderson, Chris Dugger, Nick Neisen and Stan Miller. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.



Romance should not be set aside just one day of the year

Q: My son and daughter-in-law say they have no plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day because it just doesn’t interest them. They’ve been married less than a year, and I’d think they’d jump at the chance to celebrate a romantic holiday. Should I be worried? Jim: It depends on what they mean when they say Valentine’s Day doesn’t “interest” them. I know many deeply religious people who aren’t eager to celebrate Christmas, either, because of how materialistic it has become. The real measure of your son and daughter-in-law’s relationship comes in how they treat and relate to each other the other 364 days a year. The same should be true for all of us. There’s nothing inherently wrong with cards and chocolates on Valentine’s Day. I can think of worse things than having a day set aside to proclaim undying love for your spouse. But married couples should make an effort to inject that same passion into their relationship on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean we have to break out the

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fine china and have a candlelight dinner every night. But there are countless ways we can and should express our devotion. We can set aside a regular date night or send a quick e-mail during the day to say, “I love you and I’m thinking about you.” I can guarantee that something along those lines will mean more in July or September than it does on Feb. 14. This is something that my wife, Jean, and I try to bear in mind even when we’re running at a frantic pace and trying to catch up with our boys. If your son and his wife are endeavoring to keep the spark alive throughout the year, that’s much more important than whether they participate in Valentine’s Day. ••• Q: I dread Valentine’s Day. All of the hype about love and romance only reminds me that none of it exists in my marriage. I gave up hoping for a card or flowers years ago. I’m tired of trying to breathe life into a dead marriage, but I

Fristad Lutheran Church prepares for Hemingway benefi fitt

don’t believe in divorce. Juli: Marriage can feel like the loneliest place on earth, especially around Valentine’s Day. When you’re single, you expect to be lonely, but not when you have a ring on your finger. There are many reasons why love in marriage fades. Serious problems like addiction, abuse, extramarital affairs and mental illness can certainly extinguish feelings of romance. However, most people fall out of love for less sinister reasons. The busyness and stress of work, kids and finances cause a couple to drift apart over the years. One day they wake up to find the only thing they have in common is a tube of toothpaste. If this is where you and your husband find yourselves, don’t give up. There are many things you can do to get your marriage back on track, but sitting back and waiting for flowers isn’t one of them. Marriage counseling is an excellent way to improve your communication and resolve conflicts, but you also need to relearn how to have fun together. Tell your husband how much you miss him. When you do this, be sure to make it sound like an invitation, not a complaint. Reminisce about what caused you to fall in love with him in the first place and tell him what still attracts you to him. Regardless of how busy you are, make

time to play together. This might feel awkward at first, but it will become more comfortable with time. Pursue a new hobby like hiking, cooking classes or volunteering. Don’t fall for the line that the grass would be greener in another marriage. Every marriage has dry spells. The grass is actually greener where you water it. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2010 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not by reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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Kris Palmer and Brenda Mayer decorate a gift bag in preparation for a benefit to be held for Lois Hemingway of the East Balsam community. The event will be Sunday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m., at Fristad Lutheran Church, Hwy. 35 in Centuria. A musical/variety show begins at 4 p.m., with a barbecue meal following. Theme baskets and prizes have been donated by area businesses and individuals. Drawings and entertainment are planned throughout the afternoon. Lois is an accomplished pianist and organist, sharing her music in church, community and school. She has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatments. Polk-Burnett Chapter of Thrivent for Lutherans has approved support funds toward medical expenses. The public is invited. Questions: Call 715-646-2357 or 715-485-3105. – submitted

Church listings sponsored by the following area businesses: BREMER BANK, N.A. Full-Service Banking Member FDIC Frederic - Danbury - Siren

DAEFFLER’S QUALITY MEATS, INC. Wholesale & Retail Meats Custom Butchering & Processing Phone 715-327-4456

INTER-COUNTY CO-OP PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION Printers & Publishers Office Supplies Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4236 Shell Lake, Wis. - 715-468-2314 Siren, Wis. - 715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls, Wis. - 715-483-9008

STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Corey T. Arnold, Agent Frederic, Wis. Phone 715-327-8076

BEAN’S COUNTRY GRIDDLE Hwys. 35 & 48 Downtown Frederic Phone 715-327-5513

NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN ELECTRIC CO. “Your Electric Servant” Serving Polk & Burnett Counties “Use Energy Wisely”

CARLSON-ROWE FUNERAL HOME Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4475 Duane Lindh

HAULING • Gravel • Sand • Rock • Top Soil • Trackhoe 715-472-2717 Mobile 715-491-1861 1065 290th Ave. Frederic, Wis.

LUCK VAN METER’S MEATS Government Inspected Slaughtering and Processing, Sausage making • Ham & Bacon Cured & Smoked Sides and Quarters of Beef and Pork Available Old-fashioned Fresh Meat Counter Tim Van Meter and Ross Anderson, Owners Luck, WI 54853 Plant 715-472-2141







Complete Lumber & Building Supplies Phone 715-866-4238 Hwy. 35 N. Webster, Wis. Tom & Becky O’Brien, Owners

HOPKINS SAND & GRAVEL, INC. Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed Hwy. 35 North Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-4157 M.P.R.S. #03059

SWEDBERG-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131


• Complete Line of Building Supplies & Lumber • Cabot’s Stains Grantsburg, Wis. 715-488-2471 or 715-327-8766


Feed Mill - Grain Dept. Cushing, Wis. 715-648-5215


1988 World Champion Cheesemaker Earl Wilson, Cheese Plant Mgr. Clif Gipp, Ag. Supply Mgr. for Feed, Propane & Fertilizer Alpha, Wis. 715-689-2468 • 715-689-2467

Jerry & Pat Willits 2815 285th Ave. Sterling Township St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-488-2729

SIREN OLSEN & SON Your Full-Service Drugstore Siren, Wis. Phone 715-349-2221

D & L FINANCIAL SERVICES 10022 Elbow Lake Road Siren, Wis. 54872 715-689-2539

Wrecker - Flatbed Air Conditioning & Computerized Car Service - Cold Weather Starts Webster, Wis. 715-866-4100 Days 715-866-8364 Eves.

Any area business wishing to help sponsor the church listings should contact the Leader at 715-327-4236.

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST - FREDERIC 609 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE


ALLIANCE CHURCH OF THE VALLEY Senior Pastor Bob Morton 1259 Hwy. 35 S., St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship: 9 & 11 a.m.




Meeting in homes. Elders: Cliff Bjork, Jon Zens, 715-483-1357 and 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN


BALSAM LUTHERAN CHURCH 1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 8:30 a.m.; Wed. LOGOS 3:20 p.m.

BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR LUTHERAN (WELS) Gene E. Jahnke, Pastor, 715-635-7672, Hm. 715-354-7787, Hwy. 70 at 53, Spooner Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School & Bible Classes For All - 10:45 a.m.

BETHANY LUTHERAN - BRANSTAD Pastor Jay Ticknor, 715-463-5746 3 miles So. of Grantsburg on Hwy. 87 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.

BETHANY LUTHERAN - SIREN Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Keith Radiske Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. School 8:15 a.m.; Sun. Worship - 9:30 a.m.

BETHESDA LUTHERAN - DRESSER (LCMC) Pastor Roger Kastelle 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Contemporary Serv. 8:30 a.m.; Adult Ed & Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.;

BONE LAKE LUTHERAN Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, Exploring Prayer 8:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 3 - adult 9 a.m.; Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Fellowship 11:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

CHRIST LUTHERAN (LCMS) Pipe Lake CTH G & T, 715-822-3096 Pastor Steve Miller Sun. Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. during schl. yr.; Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sun.

CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sun.; Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. School 9 a.m.

FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:40 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & last Sundays


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9:15 a.m. Worship ; 10 a.m. Sunday School

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.


IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter, 715-327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sun.

LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Roger Pittman, Pastor Worship Serv. 10 a.m.; Sun. School. 9 p.m.

LAKETOWN LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m.

LUCK LUTHERAN 510 Foster Ave. E. Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Mon. Wor. Serv. 6:30 p.m.


ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.

Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-294-2243 255 E. 10th Ave., Osceola Masses: Sun. 10:30 a.m., Tues. 5 p.m. Thurs. at 10 a.m. at Osc. Nursing Home



2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Web site: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Courtney Young Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:35 a.m.



Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.

Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Parents & Toddlers 9:15 a.m.; Sun. Worship - 10 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays

REDEEMER EV. LUTHERAN (Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Gene DeVries 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 8:30 a.m.

ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN (Wis. Synod) 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m.

ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN - LCMC 1614 CTH B, North Luck, Pastor Rob Lubben Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Contact Leslie Valentine, 715-646-2390; E-mail:

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN (Missouri Synod) 140 Madison St. South, St. Croix Falls Pastor Mark K. Schoen Sun. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun.School - 10:30 a.m.

TRINITY LUTHERAN - ELCA 10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday

TRINITY LUTHERAN LCMS, DANBURY Pastor Gerald Heinecke Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

TRINITY LUTHERAN - FALUN Hwy. 70 East, 715-689-2271, Pastor: Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion -Every Sunday


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Wor. 10 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 9:15 a.m. Fellowship following service



Phone 715-327-4340, 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Interim Pastor Julie Brenden Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays





Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

Pastor Dorothy Sandahl, 715-648-5323 or 715-648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.

Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 715-857-5580, Parsonage - 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10 a.m., Wed. 5:30 p.m. (Sept-May), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer)


Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


Pastor Doug McConnell Youth Pastor Chris Radtke At Grantsburg High School, 715-463-5794 Sun. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.



ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Wor. & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:40 a.m.

Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Sunday School - 11 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.


Pastor Father Daniel Bodin, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 a.m.

404 Wis. Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation Sat., 3:30 p.m. or by appt.





Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.

Pastor Victor St. George, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m. 5561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School & Youth 9:45 a.m.; Adult Learning 10 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m.


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Summer, 9 a.m.



1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 35 on U, 715-866-8281, Pastors Douglas Olson, Roger Kampstra and Myron Carlson Services begin at 9:30 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday

ZION LUTHERAN - BONE LAKE (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 5 mi. E. of Frederic on W, 2 mi. south on I; Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday




McKINLEY UNITED METHODIST Pastor Annie Tricker Sun. Worship 11 a.m.; Sun. School 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday

OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship Service - 10 a.m. Sunday School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available

ST. LUKE UNITED - FREDERIC Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Souper service Wed. 5:15 p.m.

SIREN UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)

TAYLORS FALLS UNITED METHODIST 290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m.

WOLF CREEK UNITED METHODIST Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT


CALVARY COVENANT - ALPHA Pastor Scott Sagle, 715-689-2541 Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Worship 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome

SIREN COVENANT Pastor Dave Guertin 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, Siren, 715-349-5601 Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

UNITED COVENANT - CLEAR LAKE Pastor Gary Tonn Sunday School 9:00 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. CATHOLIC


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-247-3310 255 St. Hwy. 35, East Farmington Mass Friday 9 a.m.; Sacrament of Penance Sat. 3:30 p.m.

CHURCH OF ST. JOSEPH Pastor - Father Daniel Bodin 490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-7345 Sat. Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 & 10:30 a.m. Tues. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m.


ZION LUTHERAN - TRADE LAKE Interim Pastor Julie Brenden 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays




Rev. Bruce Brooks - 715-483-3550 719 Nevada St. , (between Simonson & Tower Roads) , St. Croix Falls Worship - 10 a.m. (Nursery provided) Sun. Schl. - Child.- 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - Adults 8:45 a.m.; Communion 1st Sunday

Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8 a.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.

ST. DOMINIC - FREDERIC & IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - GRANTSBURG CATHOLIC MASS SCHEDULE Pastor: Rev. Dennis M. Mullen, 715-327-8119 St. Dominic: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception: Sat. 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times

ST. ANNE PARISH Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-247-3310 139 Church Hill Rd., Somerset Mass Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. Sacrament of Penance Sun. 8 a.m.


Minister Garret Derouin, 715-866-7157 Musky & Birch St., Avail. in office 9 a.m. - noon, Tues.-Fri.; Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. WESLEYAN



Dairyland - Rev. Andrea Wittwer 715-244-3649 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.





Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Andrew Bollant Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Morn. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Supervised Nursery; Wed. Evening - Worship Serv. 6:30 p.m.

231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.




APPLE RIVER COMMUNITY (EFCA) Pastor Bruce Tanner, 715-268-2176 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m.





1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions

Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W, Frederic Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m.; Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services Sat. Worship - 6 p.m., Luck Senior Center




Pastor Dale VanDeusen, 715-488-2296 or 715-488-2653 20296 Hwy. 87, Grantsburg Morning Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services

523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Saturday Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sunday Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.



EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 715-857-5411 Worship Service - 9 a.m.; Sunday School-10:15 a.m.

EUREKA BAPTIST 2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Willis Christenson, 715-483-9464 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship Service - 11 a.m.

FAITH FELLOWSHIP Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST - AMERY 131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries 1st Sunday Service: 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursury available; Sun. School for Pre-K to 5th; Sun. School for Jr./Sr. high meet in teen center 2nd Sunday Service: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; Nursery available; Children’s church ages 3-4

FIRST BAPTIST - FALUN Pastor Kevin Miller Associate Pastor Steve Ward Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.

Located across from elemen. school on West St., Pastor, Dr. Kevin Schumann; 651-465-7171 Sun. Morn. - Sun. School for all ages - 9 a.m. Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.




Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 Mtg. @ St. Croix Art Barn; Sun. Serv. - 9 a.m. Nursery and children church



Pastor Andy McDaniel, 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.;



Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Class 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Faust Worship - 11 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sunday

Pastor Don Wiltshire, 715-640-6400 Centuria - Phone 715-646-2172 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.

Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Sat. 4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt. Balsam Lake - Rev. John A. Drummy, Pastor - 405-2253 Mass: Sat. eves. 6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Tues. 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:30 a.m. Sun. or by appt.



Pastor Jack Starr Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour


Pastor Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m.


FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111; Interim Pastor Ken Hyatt; Youth Pastor Jerry Scheumann Sun. School - 9:30 a.m.; Wor. - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)

GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church”


HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE


CALVARY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 510 S. Vincent, St. Croix Falls Pastor Tom Reaume, 715-483-3696 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:45 a.m. & Wed. 6:30 p.m.

FAITH COMMUNITY 7535 Peet St., Danbury, 715-656-4010 Adult Bible Service 9 a.m.; Services: Sun. 10 a.m.; Sunday School during church service.



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

Pastor Dick Enerson,, 715-294-1833, Meeting at SCF High Schl. - Main entrance 740 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship 10 - 11:15 a.m.

NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church: K to 6th Grade

NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Michael Brand, 715-417-2468 Adult Class 9 a.m.; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service 9:45 a.m.; Nursery available

NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastors Randy and Pam Stone Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m.

NORTHERN PINES FRIENDS WORSHIP GROUP 715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.




722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m.

1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Senior Pastors Paul and Sonja Hanson Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. (No child care available) Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.



716 S. Robert St., Grantsburg, 715-463-5699 Sr. Pastor Brad Moore David Ahlquist, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 11 a.m.

“Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-483-2911 Pastor’s res./office Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Cassandra Evans has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Robert and Julie Evans. Cassandra demonstrates exceptional classroom behavior and has a positive attitude. She is always willing to help her friends. Cassandra enjoys learning and always tries her best. When she grows up she would like to be an artist. Cassandra enjoys coloring, playing Barbies and spending time with her family.

Congratulations students on a job well done!

Hailea Rombach has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Kelly and Nick Rombach. Hailea is polite to her peers and staff members. She has a positive attitude and always does her best work. Hailea likes math and recess. She enjoys playing indoor games, especially board games and card games with her family. Hailea admits she usually wins.

Sarah Schaar has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Brian and Rebecca Schaar. Sarah is a well-behaved student who works hard and stays on task with her work. She is involved in basketball, track, softball and baby-sits. Sarah enjoys reading, knitting and sleeping. The greatest influence in her life is her mom.

Morgan Pullin has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Jeff and Sheryl Pullin. Morgan works hard in class, is willing to help with extra projects and gets along well with others. She is involved in basketball, 4-H, is first princess, is on prom committee, student council, shows horses and works at the school store. Morgan enjoys shopping, four-wheeling, camping, babysitting, hunting and being with family. She plans on attending college.

Tyler Moryn has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Samantha and John Moryn. Tyler loves sports, especially basketball and soccer. He likes to sled with his friends and read. Tyler loves fantasy books that take him to another world. His favorite subjects are math and reading. Tyler wants to teach science because he will be able to do experiments and work with people.

Jameson Kahl has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Jennifer Kahl and Kevin Kahl. Jameson is involved in basketball and enjoys hunting. He is very active and loves sports. Jameson’s favorite subject is math because learning new things is fun. He is a smart student and a good leader.

Sydney Geisness has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Todd and Patty Geisness. Sydney enjoys reading, being with family and friends, swimming and athletics. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, track, student council, NHS, yearbook, SPARK tutoring and Pride committee.



Vika Zirngibl has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Joe Zirngibl and Valerie Rust. Vika is an excellent student who works very hard. She makes good use of her time and asks for help if needed. Vika has good organizational skills. She is always willing to help out around the classroom when her work is done. When she has nothing else to do, Vika can often be found quietly reading a book.

Harley DeMarre has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Gary and Sandy DeMarre. Harley has always been a quiet leader. His work ethic and responsible behavior have made him a dependable student and a joy to have in class. Harley is involved in gun club and community service. He enjoys hunting, fishing, working on cars and mudding in his Bronco. Harley wants to become a mechanic and own his own garage.



Anna Bradley has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Deon Maassen. Anna is a very hard worker in class and loves to help out other students. She is very caring and takes her schoolwork seriously. Anna loves horses and playing basketball. She is a great role model.

Tony Otis has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Erin Otis. Tony has a great smile and a wonderful attitude in school. He is a positive role model behaviorally as well as academically. Tony works hard every day. His favorite class is art. He also loves to play football.

Keep up the hard work!

Abby Widiker has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Mindy and Tim Widiker. Abby is a bright, fun girl to have in class. She always does her best and is willing to help others. Abby is dependable and respectful of adults and peers. She is an all-around great kid.

Collin Daniels has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Maria Dearbin and Spencer Daniels. Collin is a wonderful student and an overall neat person to have in class. He has a great sense of humor, a tremendous amount of patience, has a positive attitude and is thoughtful of others. Collin works hard in assignments and has good study habits. He enjoys snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting and fishing.

Kristine Watral has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Kristine is a freshman and the daughter of Wayne Watral. She has great dedication and work ethic. Kristine goes above and beyond what is expected of her and it’s evident she places a high value on educational achievement. Kristine is kind to all and is a great example to others. She enjoys running, reading and listening to music.

Asher Cress has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Asher is in fifth grade and the son of Jason and Jessica Cress. Asher is a geat student and works very hard. He contributes in class and asks good questions. Asher sets an excellent example for his classmates and strives for excellence. He is cooperative and has a positive outlook.

Aaron Koshatka has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Mike and Deverah Koshatka. Aaron is athletic and involved in basketball, baseball and football. He enjoys playing sports, bass fishing and hunting. Aaron’s favorite class at Unity is algebra 2. In the future he is torn between the Air Force Academy and becoming a dentist or doctor. He resides in Centuria.


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Margaret Butler has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daughter of Kim and David Butler. Margaret demonstrates exemplary behavior, has a positive attitude, is cooperative with her peers and adults and always puts forth her best effort academically.


Coming events

Every Day, AA &/or AlAnon, Polk & Burnett counties,

Webb Lake • Men’s club ice-fishing contest on Lower Webb Lake at Oak Ridge Inn, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 715-259-7927.

715-931-8262 for time/location.


Every Monday, Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202.


Every Tuesday • Bingo at the Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 • •

• Senior citizens trip to Treasure Island Casino. Sign up by Jan. 28 at the senior center.

p.m. Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 715-483-0431. Survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault support group, Polk County, 800-261-7233 for location, 6-7:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake • Red Cross review class for 2-year certification of Adult/AED CPR. Preregistration required, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 715-485-3025,


Every Thursday, Narcotics Anonymous meets at

• Tax aides for seniors, homestead tax only, at senior center, 715-349-7810.


the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612205-2321.




• Tax aides at the senior center, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-2687884.

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• Red Cross review class for 2-year certification for first aid. Preregistration required, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-4853025,

• Cabin Fever Hoedown at Centennial Hall, 11:45 a.m. Sign up by Feb. 1.

Balsam Lake


• Fourth-grade concert at Unity School, 2:30 p.m.

• Kids soccer registration in the school commons, 5-7 p.m.


Grantsburg • AARP tax help for homestead only, at the library, 715463-2244.

St. Croix Falls • Chronic pain support group at the medical center, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. • Bringing Up Baby class at St. Croix River Medical Center, 6-7 p.m., 715-483-0431,

FRI. & SAT./4 & 5 Grantsburg

• Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., 715-463-5165, Ext. 160.

FRI.-SUN./4-6 Balsam Lake

• Winterfest: Ice drags Sat. at town landing. Registration 10-11:30 a.m., drivers meeting 11:45 a.m., 715-557-0211, Ice-fishing contest Sunday,

Danbury • Winter encampment at Forts Folle Avoine, 715-8668890,

FRIDAY/4 Grantsburg

• AARP tax help begins for seniors and low-income families at the library. Call for appointment, 715-463-2244.

Luck • Luck Community Scholarship Fundraiser, lasagna supper and raffle in the cafeteria, 5-7:30 p.m., 715-4722152 Ext. 103 or e-mail:

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

A field of snow reflects afternoon sun in this Burnett County scene. More hours of sunlight each day reminds us the days of winter are numbered. - Photo by Gary King



• Fish fry at Burnett County Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-349-5923.

• Vintage snowmobile ride and show at Soo Line Depot, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-327-4158.



• First of three Northern Safari seminars, Backyard Poultry, at the Ag station, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 715-635-3506, 800-528-1914.

• Feed My Sheep at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Doors open 8 a.m., 715-463-5699. • Candlelight ski event at Crex Meadows, 6 p.m., 715463-2739.



• Tax aides at the senior center, 1 p.m.

Lewis • Lewis Jam - Bluegrass, gospel & country music at Lewis United Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

Cumberland • Baseball coaches clinic at Nezzy’s & the theater, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-790-0109.

Danbury • Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $15 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.

THURS.-SUN./10 -13 Luck

• Winter Carnival. Pageant Friday 7 p.m., craft fair Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., parade Sat. 7 p.m., 715-472-4873,

THURSDAY/10 Balsam Lake

• Red Cross review class for 2-year certification for infant/child Preregistration required, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 715485-3025,


Balsam Lake

• Unity Area Soccer Club registration for soccer leagues at the Unity School cafeteria, 9 a.m.-noon, 715825-3926,


• 2011 Equine meeting at The Lodge at Crooked Lake. Registration 5:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. RSVP by Feb. 4, 715-463-2536.

Osceola • Rod & gun club coyote hunt, 715-294-3562.

Siren • Gun show at Lakeview Event Center, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 715-653-2271, 715-653-4253. • Fishing contest on Clear Lake. Sign up in front of Little Mexico. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wanderoos • Lions Club ice-fishing contest on Lake Wapo. Adults 9 a.m.-3 p.m., kids noon-1 p.m.

• Tax aide at the senior center, 9 a.m.-noon.

Siren • Third of four sessions of Farming for Profit Hay Series at the government center, 6-8:30 p.m., 715-635-3506, 800-528-1914.

FRI. & SAT./11 & 12 Amery

• The Art of Marriage event at Apple River Community Church, 6 sessions, 715-268-2724, 715-554-3706,

Wisconsin brothers decorated for combat in Afghanistan

Regional CommandEast Public Affairs

Special to the Leader BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Two brothers, from Seymour, serve together in the U.S. Army and are among the latest to be decorated for combat actions in Afghanistan. One received a Silver Star Medal in December for actions during a five-day firefight in Kunar Province. The other received a Purple Heart in January after a firefight at Forward Operating Base Andar. Both are members of the Fort Campbell, Ky., 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Army Cpl. Joshua Busch, 3rd platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, was on a mission in November when his platoon was attacked by insurgents. “We got hit pretty hard,” said Josh, the younger brother. “By the end of the first night, I was the highest-ranking soldier in the platoon as a corporal, so I took charge as the platoon sergeant.” By the end of the fight, his platoon of 22 was down to nine uninjured soldiers. He was decorated Dec. 7 for his heroic actions during that battle. U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Busch, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, was awarded for his actions about a month

later. “The enemy was hiding in a basement in a qalat. Two Afghan National Policemen were going to go in, and I was to follow,” Jason said. “They kicked down the door, and as soon as they started to enter they both got shot and fell down. I looked in and saw the enemy about 10 feet away. We both started firing at each other at the same time. I got hit as I was getting down into a prone position.” Jason kept firing even after he was shot. “Right away I started coughing up blood and could barely breathe. I shouted for a medic, but they couldn’t help me since the insurgent was in the room in front of me. When I realized they couldn’t get to me, I somehow stood up, stumbled over to the medic and collapsed. Doc, slowing my breathing, saved my life. I was medically evacuated about 10 to 15 minutes later.” The soldiers are proud of each other and what they had to go through. “When my brother got decorated I felt a lot of pride for him, but I also felt a lot of sadness for what he had to go through to get that medal,” said Jason. “I wish that I could have been there instead.” Though both were supposed to get out of the Army, they each decided to stay with their platoon for this deployment. Josh extended and Jason re-enlisted for two more years. “I actually re-enlisted for four more

U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Busch, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (L) poses with his brother, U.S. Army Cpl. Josh Busch, 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Both soldiers are from Seymour. - Special photo

years less than a week before I got shot,” Jason said. “I’m going to stay in and possibly pursue a career as a flight warrant officer.” Josh said he and his brother have always been close. “My brother joined when I was in high school,” he said. “I think he joined because he knew I was going to and didn’t want me to go through it alone.” When Josh got to basic training, the drill sergeants asked if anyone had siblings in the Army. Josh said yes and was given the chance to be stationed at Fort

Campbell, Ky., with his brother, though they are in different brigades. Josh will soon finish his deployment, while Jason is currently recovering in the United States. “It’s got to be tough on our parents having two kids deployed at the same time,” Josh said. “Our mom is a worrier, and she tries to find out anything she can about what we are doing out here. We try not to tell them too much about what goes on out here to keep them from worrying more.”

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