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Temperatures soared above 100 degrees throughout northwest Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 7. According to WCCO, the high temperature in the Twin Cities Tuesday was 103, the highest temperature on record on June 7 since 1988. - Photo by Raelynn Hunter

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June 18 marks 10 years

by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN - Two vastly different musical groups will present music in the Crooked Lake Park Band Shell as part of the 10thtornado-anniversary observance Saturday, June 18. The Northwinds British Brass Band wil play from 2-2:45 p.m. John Filipczak and the Classics will perform at the end of the day, starting at 8:30 p.m. This special day, long in the planning, starts at 9 a.m. with a relay that goes from the town of Wood River in Burnett County to the town of Bashaw in Washburn County, the route taken by the F3 tornado that hit the area June 18, 2001. The relay will be followed by an art show, Arts Alive on 35 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); the Northwinds British Brass Band concert (2-2:45 p.m.); the attempt to set the world record for the most people dressed as sunflowers (3-3:30 p.m.); an art show, memory wall and documentary at the school (1-7 p.m.); a free dinner at the school (4-6 p.m.);

ecumenical prayer service at the school (66:45 p.m.); the procession to the tornado memorial at Crooked Lake Park (7-7:30 p.m.); remembrance and recognition at the park (7:30-8:20 p.m.); a moment of silence (8:20 p.m.) and the concluding concert at 8:30 p.m. by John Filipczak and the Classics.

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Marge Reinhart, a “quiet giver” dies

SHELL LAKE/LA CROSSE - Marjorie “Marge” Reinhart, who along with her husband, D.B. (“Rhiny”), were philanthropists for several causes, including improving the community of Shell Lake, died May 30 at her home in La Crosse. She was 79. Marge, who together with her husband owned and operated Reinhart Food Service for many years, was described as a “quiet giver,” who stepped up in La Crosse and Shell Lake, supporting hospitals, the Catholic church, schools and the arts in the years following her husband’s death in 1996. The couple spent many Marge Reinhart summers at their Shell Lake cottage and considered the city their family gathering place. They showed their love of the city through donations, public and private, to educational and social causes, including a substantial gift toward the building of the new high school several years ago. “In any direction you look, you can see the influence she and the Reinhart family have had — in the arts, children, education, higher education and the medical community,” said Peter Grabow, executive director of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Health Care Foundation, in an article published this week in the La Crosse Tribune. - Gary King

Twelve seek title of Miss Frederic

Life is not fair

Life is not fair when you eat too fast. Christopher Lord is eyeing up Cassidy Johnston’s ice-cream cone that she got Friday, June 3, at the Shell Lake State Bank. It is June Dairy Month, and the bank has free ice-cream cones on Friday and Saturday during the month. — Photo by Larry Samson

Twelve young women will vie for the title of Miss Frederic on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Frederic Elementary School on Birch Street. The theme of this year’s pageant - one of the featured events of Frederic Family Days, June 17-19, is “Arabian Nights.” Candidates shown are (L to R), back row: Tabitha Java, daughter of Heather Dueholm and Chris Wilson; Adina Stackhouse, daughter of Jay Stackhouse and Brenda Johnson; Megan Amundson, daughter of Doug and Becky Amundson; Autumn Schmidt, daughter of Warren and Jane Schmidt; April Halverson, daughter of Wesley Halverson and Barbara Grill; Alison Martin, daughter of Art and Kristan Martin; and Ashley Wendelboe, daughter of Jason Wendelboe and Rebecca Wendelboe. Middle row: Danielle Swanson, daughter of Craig and Dar Swanson; Breanna Jensen, daughter of Sonya Murtaugh and Al Jensen; and Lauren Domagala, daughter of Brad and Paula Domagala. Front row: Ashley Kurkowski, daughter of John and Jackie Kurkowski and Leah Engebretson, daughter of Dale and Penny Engebretson. Mistress of ceremonies for the evening will be Brittany (Heine) Franklin, 2003 princess. - Special photo

Movie night at Milltown

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Over 100 people enjoyed a pleasant night for an outdoor movie in Milltown on Friday, June 3. The film “Mega Mind” was shown for free on the big screen as part of an event sponsored by the Milltown Library. The event was held in the park near the Milltown Community Center. - Photo by Greg Marsten




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MILLTOWN - Hansen Farms hosts its 34th-annual youth softball tournament this weekend with 32 teams participating. The tradition - which includes a Milk Drinking Trophy - is one of the longest running - if not the longest running - youth tournaments in the area. ••• SIREN — The Democratic parties of Polk and Burnett counties are announcing a District 10 districtwide rally and musical event featuring a slate of bands and prominent politicians including guest speaker Shelly Moore, who is challenging incumbent Sheila Harsdorf in the upcoming special election for the District 10 Senate seat. Titled District 10 Rally and Music Jam, the rally is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at Crooked Lake Park in the village of Siren. Master of ceremonies for the event will be former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, who is running for the 7th U.S. Congressional seat now held by Republican Sean Duffy. Other featured speakers will include state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Assemblyman Nick Milroy, DSouth Range. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with live musical entertainment. The highlighted program of speakers will begin at 5 p.m. followed by live music until 9 p.m. - submitted ••• GRANTSBURG - Ants are common and seem to occupy most terrestrial habitats, and they can sure be annoying or even destructive sometimes - but how much do you really know about them? John Wheeler, University of WisconsinRiver Falls, will lead a talk about ant species diversity, life history variation and ecological importance. He might even have a few small colonies available for viewing. The program is Tuesday, June 21, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. The event is free. - from Crex Meadow

Pedestrian struck

by Jessica Beecroft Special to the Leader SPOONER - Tamala Rankila, 47, Spooner, was hit by a truck crossing Elm Street in Spooner at approximately 2:45 p.m., Sunday, June 5. The pedestrian, Rankila, was walking northbound across Elm Street, between Pillar’s restaurant and the Dairy Queen parking lot. A vehicle was waiting for Rankila to cross. A truck driven by Donald Nordstrom, Trego, was eastbound on Elm Street on the inside lane. Nordstrom attempted to make a southbound turn onto River Street and did not see Rankila crossing. Rankila was struck with both front and rear tires of the truck, causing severe injuries. Rankila was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment. According to Officer Steve Pank of the Spooner Police Department, Rankila received “substantial injuries,” however, he said the staff at Regions is hopeful that she will be OK. Officer Pank could not go into details. The accident remains under investigation at this time. The Spooner Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Washburn County Sheriff’s Office and North Ambulance personnel responded to the accident at Elm Street, by the intersection to Hwy. 63. Francis Smith, a waitress at Dana’s Riverside Restaurant said a man ran into the restaurant and yelled for someone to call 911 because someone was hit by a car. Witnesses said they knew Rankila had survived the accident because they could see her moving.

Man accused of assaulting officer


Started with running over lawns and garbage cans

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – A 26-year-old Balsam Lake man is accused of assaulting an officer, felony bond violation and more after he allegedly was driving intoxicated and ran over and got stuck on several plastic garbage cans. The incident occurred on We d n e s d a y, June 1, in Osceola, and Malone began when officers were called to a scene where a man had driven over someone’s lawn and struck several trash cans. The car was hung up and stuck, and officers believed he was intoxicated.

In the report, Jess D. Malone stated to police that he had “run out of gas and lost control” of the vehicle, which is how he ran into the trash cans and became stuck. He also had a cut on his lip and told police it was from “not wearing a seat belt” when he crashed. Malone admitted to police that he was out on a bond for a drug possession case that is pending in Polk County court and that a condition of his bond was a nodrink provision, that he was not to drink or consume any alcohol. When authorities attempted to transport him to a local medical center for a blood draw, he broke from the officer and began to intentionally bang his head on a metal pole several times. When the deputies got him back under control, Malone allegedly began to spit blood at the officers and began to punch and head butted one of the officers at the hospital. He also reportedly told police during his spitting incident that he was infected with Hepatitis C,

which is an infectious disease spread through blood-to-blood contact. There is no known cure, although it is unclear if Malone is actually a carrier. After authorities retrieved a blood sample, he was taken to the Polk County Jail and is now facing several possible criminal charges, including assault of a law officer, felony bail jumping for his bond violation, criminal damage to property, resisting arrest and a municipal DUI, first offense. He may also be charged for damage he caused when running over someone else’s lawn prior to hitting the garbage cans. Malone had a preliminary hearing for his previous, pending drug charges scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, in Polk County Circuit Court before Judge Robert Rasmussen, although his latest charges had not been filed at press time. At the time of the latest incident, Malone was free on a $2,500 bond for the pending drug case, which occurred in April.

Grantsburg man dies in rollover

BURNETT COUNTY - A single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon, June 4, claimed the life of a 67-year-old Grantsburg man. William G. Nelson, a resident of East River Road, was driving east on Oeltjen Road at approximately 2 p.m. when he apparently swerved hard left for an unknown reason striking an embankment and causing the vehicle to become airborne. The vehicle traveled approximately 42 feet in the air before striking the ground. The vehicle appeared to have started spinning and flipping end over end, coming to rest on its roof. Nelson was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected with his arm trapped underneath the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital and he died at 9:42 p.m.

Saturday, according to a Burnett County sheriff’s report. There were no skid marks found on the pavement where the vehicle swerved off the road. A sheriff’s report indicated a family member stated that Nelson had been dealing with health issues, including several strokes, in recent months. There was no alcohol or drugs present at the scene. A test for alcohol was performed, but test results were unknown at this time.

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer POLK AND BURNETT COUNTIES — Weather conditions in both Minnesota and southeast Polk County led to power outages throughout Polk and Burnett counties Friday morning, June 3. About 1 a.m. Friday morning, said Mark Dahlberg of Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Co., a storm hit the substation in Pine County, Minn., putting Grantsburg out of power for 12 to 15 minutes. A tree blew down and hit the 230,000-volt line, he said. Switches and relays controlled by dispatchers 80 miles away were manipulated to open power and get Grantsburg back

on line within a quarter of an hour. The substation is coowned by Xcel Energy and Northwestern Wisconsin Electric. Later that morning an insulator near Spencer Lake was damaged when a tree fell on it, causing a shortage along a stretch from east of Balsam Lake to Siren, Falun and the Hertel area. This affected customers of Northwestern Wisconsin Electric, Polk-Burnett Electric and Xcel Energy. Northwestern Wisconsin Electric was able to switch the source of power to get power to the Atlas and Frederic areas in about 20 minutes, with Lewis and Siren coming on about 10 min-

A 1993 Ford Explorer driven by William G. Nelson of rural Grantsburg ended up on its top after being involved in a one-vehicle accident, Saturday, June 4. -Photo from Burnett County Sheriff’s Dept.

Friday power outage affects wide area

utes later. Falun and the Clam River Dam area came on about 40 minutes after the initial outage, said Dahlberg. The insulator damage put more than 5,200 Polk-Burnett Electric customers out of power for about 45 minutes, said Steve Stroshane, engineering manager at Polk-Burnett, and another 477 customers for an additional hour. About 25 percent of the company’s customers were affected. According to Stroshane, the damaged insulator was located in the northern part of the Town of McKinley near the intersection of CTH W and CTH E. The outage began about 10:30 a.m.

Friday’s power outage made for an interesting last day of school for students at Luck. The half-day included a shortened class schedule and an awards presentation for grades 7-12. With no lights or sound system, the presentation was moved from the gymnasium to the commons area, making use of the natural light from the entry doors and ceiling windows. With megaphone is high school Principal Mark Gobler, presenting awards. Standing in back (L to R) are teachers Nancy Hunter, Janet Holdt, Rachel Berg and Jennifer Gilhoi. — Photo submitted

Selling someone else’s cars

Amery man accused of attempted theft

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TOWN OF APPLE RIVER – An 18-year-old Amery man is accused of attempted theft for allegedly trying to sell a dozen vehicles that he didn’t actually own. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Nicholas J. Lysdahl of Amery responded to an ad from someone who buys scrap vehicles and asked to meet the person at a rural Amery location, with the intent to sell a dozen junk vehicles for $1,800. Authorities became involved when the man who was meeting Lysdahl to purchase the vehicles was told by the actual landowner, who also owned the cars in question, that if the purchaser didn’t leave the land, he would be shot. The actual owner claimed he never tried to sell the vehicles, that it was someone pretending to own the vehicles. When an officer arranged to meet Lysdahl at a nearby location on Wednesday, June 1, posing as the scrap dealer for the payment, Lysdahl reportedly said his name was different than his real name, but that he did not have his identification. “Apparently, he said his name was similar to the actual landowner,” stated Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson, who added that Lysdahl reportedly told the vehicle purchaser that he owned both the land and the junk cars, which he did not. When the officer asked him to retrieve his ID, Lysdahl tried to walk away “to get something,” but would not reveal what he was getting. Lysdahl eventually told police his name although he refused to say where he lived. He was eventually arrested for misdemeanor attempted theft of property under $2,500, and made an initial appearance before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Tuesday, June 7.

Court considers collective bargaining issue

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio SUPREME COURT - The state Supreme Court heard hours of oral arguments Monday, June 6, discussing whether it should get involved immediately in the lawsuit that overturned Wisconsin’s collective bargaining plan. But, it was the state’s open meetings law that took center stage. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi found Republican legislators broke the open meetings law in their haste to pass the collective bargaining plan. She used that as her basis to overturn the plan, saying the open meetings law protections were tied to the state Constitution. But the state attorney general’s office says Sumi overreached and that the law can‘t

See Court, page 21

Twenty-seven running for St. Croix Tribal Council


Candidate statements

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer HERTEL – All five members of the St. Croix Tribal Council will be elected Saturday, June 11. There are 27 candidates for the seats. Candidates are nominated from the four communities within the St. Croix tribal lands. They must live in that community but all tribal voters vote for all candidates. There is no runoff or primary election so the candidate with the most votes is elected even if they do not have a majority of the votes cast. All five incumbent council members are running for reelection. There is one announced slate of opposition candidates, the Take Back Our Tribe 2011 group. In addition, 10 candidates appeared at a candidates forum last Saturday, June 4, and stated their desire for change. The nomination process for candidates does not allow the names of those nominated to be known until the final candidate list is posted. Candidates were nominated by written form on May 3. The names of those nominated were not announced at that time. The 16-member election board reviewed the list of nominees to determine who was eligible to run. Those denied a place on the ballot had a chance to appeal the decision. Candidate names were only announced after that appeal period was completed, on May 26. Nine nominations were rejected but the name of those nine and the reason for their rejection has not been disclosed. The candidate statements are taken from two sources. First, 22 of the 27 have statements in the election issue of The Vision, the St. Croix Chippewa newspaper. Second, 10 candidates made statements at a candidates forum Saturday, June 4, in Siren. Those 10 were Mary Jane Frog, Neil Oustigoff and Bennie Rogers from Big Sand Lake; Gary Bearhart Jr. and Nancy Matrious from Danbury; Phyllis Lowe and Travis Lowe from Big Round Lake; and Stuart Bearheart, Eugene Hart, and LeAnn Hogner from Maple Plain. These ten all expressed opposition to the present council. The announced opposition slate of the Take Back Our Tribe 2011 includes incumbent Elmer “Jay” Emery and Francis Songetay of Big Sand Lake, Nancy Matrious of Danbury, and Phyllis Lowe of Big Round Lake. They are not backing a candidate from Maple Plain. The group is calling for the replacement of all the present council members except Emery. The incumbent council includes Emery and Lewis Taylor of Big Sand Lake, Beverly (Songetay) Benjamin, Danbury, David “Maabin” Merrill, Big Round Lake, and Jeanne Awonohopay, Maple Plain. Between the forum and The Vision, statements were available from all the candidates except Emery, Christine Morrison of Big Sand Lake, and Kelly Lowe Sr., of Big Round Lake. Statements are given in alphabetical order by community.

Big Sand Lake (Including Bashaw, Gaslyn and Clam Lake) – two council seats Leo Butler says he will work to restore elder benefits, annual trips, increase food vouchers and work for education and youth programs. He says he would keep the members informed routinely. Butler has served five terms on the council in the past. Mary Jane Frog, a tribal elder, calls for change. At the forum she said, “This is the worst I have seen things since 1975.” She said she has been helping people out of her own pocket. Frog said there have been tremendous downfalls in the tribal operations. Michael LaPointe says if the tribe can unite and work as a whole it can accomplish its goals. He calls for mem-

bership meetings and wants all members to be treated equally. He wants the constitution to be revised, with an elder advisory board and more financial information. Laura Moose cites her 30 years of work experience with the tribe and her two degrees in business. She has a detailed list of ideas for changes in education, employment, housing, community service and community playgrounds. She says she feels it is her turn to step up and help the tribe. Neil Oustigoff Sr., told the forum the No. 1 issue is financials. He said a $4.2 million payment is due the state. “None of us know what we are walking into,” he said. He promised a financial statement within 30 days and tribal meetings to explain the financial situation. Then, he said, the tribe can look at the program needs. He promises open meetings and giving power back to the people. He said the council should hire a manager for the tribal business and not interfere with day-to-day operations. “Everyone is related to somebody and the council should have nothing to do with operations,” he said. Bennie Rogers said there should be an end to closeddoor meetings and an open-door policy for the council. He said the tribe doesn’t have any extra money and needs to cut expenses, like sending just one person to Las Vegas, not the whole council. He said it was time for new ideas and new people like Neil to serve. He said the council should stay out of hiring and firing and not fire people who run for the council. Francis Songetay has had many years of business management and supervisory experience in private business and with the tribe, including a period as tribal administrator. He calls himself a team player and says the present council is disregarding the tribe, not reaching out for input or assistance. He says tribal members should be able to have a voice without fear of retaliation. He says the programs should be run without micromanaging by the council. Lewis Taylor (incumbent) calls the period from 2007 to 2009 the disastrous years. He says, “Those years should be stamped in everyone’s mind, with the loss of our per capita, failure to complete the Danbury casino project, loss of gaming revenue and questionable business transactions.” He calls for a continuation of the present experienced and qualified leadership that will continue to work on the road to economic recovery. Taylor is in his ninth term on the council and has been chair for four terms.

Big Round Lake (including Balsam Lake) Georgia Cobenais talks about her 21 years working with tribal enterprises and says she can put that knowledge to work helping pave the way for the next generation. She calls for improved management and new employee programs. She says change and equality are possible only if there are solutions to the tribe’s present problems. Pat Fowler Sr., says it is time to stop blaming past councils and move ahead, working for self-sufficiency. He says the tribe needs to use its resources to take care of its families. He calls for working together. Phyllis Lowe says she has spent 45 years working for the tribe and is presently the education director. She told the forum there is a need for full financial statements and an open-door policy. She mentioned the job insecurity of tribal members who speak out. She has served three terms on the council in the past. Travis Lowe said the simplest thing, just being at work every day, would be the easiest way to start making changes in the council. He said if elected he would be accessible and listen to people. “A new constitution needs to be made,” he told the forum. He was one of the candidates who mentioned jobs and said it is not fair to have

to worry about your job after each election. He said the favoritism needs to end. David “Maabin” Merrill (incumbent) says he stands for integrity and honesty. He says he likes to treat people fairly and give assistance to people. He has served seven terms of the council and been chair for three of those terms. Sanford Mosay has lived at Round Lake all his life and works at the casino.

Danbury Gary Bearhart Jr. said, “We should take care of ourselves,” noting that the number of tribal members going to the county for heating fuel aid is at a ten-year high. He said the financial situation needs to be clarified and the members informed on the tribe’s finances. He wants transparency in tribal government. Beverly (Songetay) Benjamin (incumbent) says the council has worked hard since 2009 and is back on track. She stands by the council’s hard decisions and says there have been many achievements. She is serving her sixth term on the council. Nancy Matrious said, “We have a right to say what we want and not be afraid.” She said the tribe should live within its means and make cuts, including possibly wages, to rid the tribe of debt. Delores Staples has worked for the tribe for 40 years. She says the tribe needs to work with what it has and make the most of it. She wants to pay attention to job opportunities, security and pay and to education and health benefits. Tracy Taylor says the tribe no longer needs broken promises, empty homes or unwanted backlashing for expressing opinions. She mentions building for the future of the children and caring for the elders.

Maple Plain Jeanne Awonohopay (incumbent) says that the tribe was not economically secure when the present council took office in 2009. She says the council has stabilized the tribe’s assets through diligent and hard work. The current tribal governing body has made a positive financial impact, she says. She says the decline has stopped and she wants to continue making accomplishments during the next two years. Stuart Bearheart says there is a need for change. He thinks there should be a cap on council salaries and a primary election system for council elections. He said the first thing the new council will need to do is see what the present council did. He wants open books and open meetings. He said the most pressing topic is a new tribal constitution. Eugene Hart says he has had financial experience and wants to bring that experience to the council, working with a budget and evaluating results. He wants employment security with policies and procedures that are followed. He said that would benefit the whole tribe. His program includes constitutional changes, an open-door policy, concern for the elders and the children and education for the members. LeAnn Hogner wants to get alcohol off the reservation and help the young people get off drugs. She said the tribe is in financial trouble and financial stability is the first goal. She said she wants to see everyone get educated. Valerie Hogner wants to represent all tribal members so they can all work as one, changing hard times to better times. She says that will involve working and meeting together and listening.

New Richmond man accused of being part of a theft team that fled into the woods

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – A New Richmond man is accused of being part of a group or a duo that attempted to steal a new television from the Wal-Mart retail store in St. Croix Falls by fleeing past the checkout counter and running into the woods, where they had their car parked. According to a report from the St. Croix Falls Police Department, the incident occurred on Thursday, June 2, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Reportedly, one of the people from the suspected group was still in the store when authorities arrived. Dylan Stark, 19, was the man in custody at the store, and he first told police he knew nothing about the stolen TV, and said he arrived at the store with someone else, a man from St. Croix Falls. He reportedly changed his story

several times. Police searched the woods behind the store and eventually discovered the stolen television, still in the box. They also attempted to find the fleeing perpetrator(s) using a canine officer from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department, but the suspect(s) had apparently already fled the area. However, police did find a Jeep parked on a dead-end street nearby, with license plates from a different vehicle, but registered to a Dylan Stark of New Richmond. Stark denied having the Jeep at first and originally told police he had come to the store to purchase some electronics, but that his wallet was in his truck, which was a Chevrolet Silverado. No such truck was found in the parking lot. When asked about how he intended to pay for the items, he refused to answer, and denied owning and

parking the Jeep in the woods behind the store. He eventually told police the name of his accomplices and eventually admitted that the Jeep was his, but he would not say why he parked it where it was or how he intended to pay for the items he was supposedly shopping for. Officers will also attempt to locate the other alleged perpetrators by using Stark’s statements and video surveillance footage. Stark was charged with obstruction and made an initial court appearance before Judge Conrad Richards, where he was freed on a $500 signature bond. His next court appearance is set for August. He was apparently arrested just five days prior in St. Croix County on drug possession charges, as well. There was no word yet at press time on whether the other parties have been located.

ST. CROIX FALLS – The second Saturday, June 11, is Polk County Day at the Area Research Center – UWRiver Falls. The Polk County Genealogy Society members will meet at the lower level of the Chamler Davee Library at 9:15 a.m. for a tour of the facility. At 10 a.m., the public is invited to join in researching

early ancestors who settled Polk County, engage in local history research and/or to check out the extensive collections contained in the ARC. The Polk County Genealogy Society will staff the Luck Historical Society Museum on Monday, June 13, from 1 – 4 p.m. and Monday, June 27, from 1 – 4 p.m.

The PCGS June meeting will take place on Monday, June 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Luck Museum, Main Street, Luck. Refreshments will be served. – submitted

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St. Croix Tribal Council election June 11


Candidates make final statements and charges

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer HERTEL – Elections for the five-member St. Croix Tribal Council are this Saturday, June 11. There are 27 persons running for the council. The candidate list was not released until May 26, leaving a short period of time for election coverage. The five elected will govern the tribe for two years. The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin–the official name of the tribe–are a major presence in the area. The tribe owns almost 5,000 acres in Barron, Burnett and Polk counties. St. Croix is the largest employer in Burnett County and the second largest in Barron, according to figures on the tribe’s Web site, employing about 2,500 people. St. Croix owns three casino complexes and a number of other businesses. The tribe has 1,054 members, 735 of whom live on or near tribal land. St. Croix provides an array of services to the members: housing, health services, education programs and social programs for the tribal elders and the youth. St. Croix tribal issues have been contentious for several years. They come to a head each election time but charges and rebuttals continue after a new council is seated. In 2005, a group the Elder Coalition for Constitutional Change, tried to have a new constitution approved. That effort was not successful. The 2007 election brought in three new members and pledges of a new direction. Four of the five members of that council were defeated in 2009. The 2011 election involves many of the same faces from past elections but some new names on the ballot since three of the four council members defeated in 2009 have been denied a place on the 2011 ballot. The St. Croix tribal issues revolved around money, power and openness. The casino operations are very big operations and a very large amount of money was spent on completing the new casino complex in Danbury. Tribal financial information is not released but one borrowing in 2007 was for $40 million. The power comes from the fact that the council, or the majority group within the council, manages all the tribal operations and has control of tribal spending and jobs. The openness issue arises because the council meetings are closed and information from those meetings is not available to tribal members and others. In the United States there are three types of government whose authority is not delegated by another level of government; the federal government, state governments and tribal governments. The tribes received their power by making treaties with the federal government. Those treaty rights are part of the United States Constitution.

Ten candidates for the St. Croix Tribal Council attended a forum in Siren last Saturday, June 5. Pictured are (L to R), back row: Travis Lowe, Neil Oustigoff, Eugene Hart, Gary Bearhart Jr., Stuart Bearheart and LeAnn Hogner. Front row: Bennie Rogers, Phyllis Lowe, Nancy Matrious and Mary Jane Frog. - Photo by Gregg Westigard

The tribes are sovereign governments operating under their constitutions. While the official records of the St. Croix tribal government are not public documents, a group of tribal members has been sharing some of their concerns, with copies of documents for backup, in meetings with the Leader. Many of those conversations have been with Michael Decorah, a member of the council from 2007 to 2009. Some of the issues involve loans and advances, for large sums of money, to former council members. The money involved, as of 2007, was in the six-figure bracket for eight people. The Leader is seeking information from the current tribal government verifying those amounts and the current balances owed the tribe. Serving on the council and operating the St. Croix tribal businesses is a full-time job. The council members are paid and are provided with a vehicle. When they leave the council, they receive a severance payment. Some of the current issues involved those severances and tribal vehicles. Decorah showed the Leader documents relating to these issues. The documents were official policy when they were adopted but may have been rescinded since then. These are point-in-time records of council

policies. The severance plan in place in 1995 states that former council members will receive compensation equal to 50 percent of their highest compensation as a tribal member and will get that amount at the rate of one year of severance for each year they served on the council. The payment would stop if they came back on the council and start again when they leave the council again. A resolution passed by the council in November 2005 allowed the council members to “exchange obligation for obligation” with the tribe. The council members would give up their rights to deferred compensation and their debts to the tribe would canceled. A third resolution gave departing council members title to the tribal vehicle they had been using at no cost. That resolution was adopted on June 14, 2007, by a vote of 3-0 with two council members absent. The members at the meeting are not listed on the resolution. The previous day, June 13, three council members were defeated for reelection. This may have been one of the final actions of the departing council. Again, all these resolutions were in place at one time but may have been changed since their adoption.

line and knowing when the operation first went from a grocery or bait store to a beer bar does affect the application and its relevance to today’s laws, while also admitting that the expansion likely predates any zoning in the village. Williams cut off further comment on the issue, as the board later voted 4-2 to deny the application for a reserve liquor license, with tavern owner Geno D’Agostino abstaining. Voting for the operation to receive the liquor license were Voltz and Williams. Williams said after the meeting that the operation may reapply for the reserve license once some of the unanswered questions are addressed. “It’s mainly about traffic and the neighbors,” he said.

zoning for years,” Anderson said, while reinforcing that bizarre vehicle additions - from auto parts store hats to elaborate arrows, decals and appliques - are a reality of business and personal expression. •I think it’s more about common sense and safety issues,” Rediske said, as the issue was referred to the streets committee for parking restriction review. • The board approved a revised contract between the village and a park attendant for camping at a village park, with some revision on how the rental fees are split. Anderson said that the attendant is an independent contractor and not a village employee, and thus not eligible for benefits, insurance, liability coverage or unemployment benefits. The new contract gives the village 60 percent of the fees, with the attendant receiving the other 40 percent. • The board approved a sewer committee recommendation for relining the 8-inch sewer lines on Idlewild Avenue, in two stages. • The board voted to sell the retired village snowplow truck by sealed bid, as a new spec-ordered plow truck should be delivered soon. • The board voted unanimously in favor of a public protection committee recommendation to purchase two highway radar boards at $2,074 each from Optics Planet Inc. The permanent radar speed warning signs will be placed at the north end of the village on Hwy. 46 and on the east end of the village on CTH I. They also had an update on the police chief search, as interviews will be conducted over the next few Monday evenings, as the committee reviews the final applicants with in-depth interviews. The village has been without municipal law enforcement since Nov. 17, as they suspended police operations after personnel issues collided with policies that were in conflict with village ordinances. • The board also discussed design standards recommended by the smart growth committee, which will come before them at a future meeting in the form of sweeping ordinance changes. The design standards come almost directly from recommendations by the regional planning commission. In general, they would restrict certain types of siding, construction and encourage facade standards that have been largely accepted as more in line with the village character.

Balsam Lake Board denies liquor license

Sip & Soak Bar and Grill stays beer and wine only, for now

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – After quite a bit of debate, questions, comments and reviews on Monday, June 6, the Balsam Lake Village Board denied the approval for a reserve liquor license to the Back Country Sip & Soak Bar and Grill at 701 Pearson Road. However, the board later renewed the operation’s beer and wine license. Several questions stuck out during the debate, from parking concerns to letters in support of and against the change. Village attorney Bruce Anderson said the time line for the operation and its growth from a bait store or grocery store to an off-sale beer tavern over the years was not documented, and yet was important for current standards. “That (change to off-sale beer) was a significant event,” Anderson said, also citing issues with the condominium complex that the tavern is a part of and how they still need information on bylaws, maps and descriptions of the operation’s alcohol sale time lines, while at the same time admitting that the change from selling beer to possibly hard liquor “won’t change my opinion much.” Sip & Soak co-owner Bruce Mattson said he’d “jumped through every hoop you’ve asked,” and even asked for a special meeting at a later date, so they could deal with other business for the evening, and not draw everything out so late. He also admitted and detailed zoning issues with a small outdoor kitchen, which will need to be removed, but said those issues were with the county health department and should have no impact on their liquor license worthiness. There were several people in the crowd who gave their support to the operation, while others noted that the business used to be almost entirely lake-based, with little or no impact on Pearson Road traffic, while now the expansion could seriously affect local traffic. “Parking is still a big question,” stated village President Guy Williams. “I really don’t think we’ve got our ducks in a row on this,” added Trustee Mike Voltz. “How are we addressing the people with concerns?” asked Trustee Caroline Rediske. Anderson downplayed the difference between hard liquor and beer/wine, but again said the lack of a time

In other board action: • The board voted to use the village storm-warning sirens only for tornado-related emergencies, not for thunderstorms. This comes in conjunction with the installation of a new storm siren on the northwest end of the village. • The board debated and discussed recent smart growth committee recommendations on signage, approving four locations for directional signage: At the Hwy.46 north boat landing, the four corners by the Polk County Government Center, Main Street and CTH I and at Juneberry Park. There was also quite a bit of discussion and clarification by attorney Bruce Anderson on the difference between directional signage and a sign directory. The four approved village locations would be straightforward directory signs, while individual directional signs could be approved at other locations and on an individual basis. Those types of off-premises signs could also be considered for approval if brought before the board for approval. • The board took no action on a controversial trucksign issue, after Anderson said it was more of a parking issue than a sign violation. At issue is a pickup truck that is seemingly parked daily at a busy village location on Park Drive, with a large sign in the bed promoting a local business. The truck-sign issue has come before the board before but never with an attorney present. Anderson and several trustees said the real issue with the truck sign has to do with safety, and whether the truck restricts vision at an intersection. • (Signs on vehicles) have been a thorn in the side of

Dresser Hall repair approved


by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer DRESSER– The village board for Dresser met Monday, June 6, and approved repairs to the front of the Dresser Community Hall during the meeting. The matter was discussed briefly before the board’s approval with indications that the front repairs needing to be done are a result from some damage to the building last year. The ficommittee recomnance/personnel mended the repair to the board with an estimated cost of $2,296.16. The board authorized the repair with the work to be done by the lowest bidder. The board also approved repairs to the slide at the park. The repair will be covered

in part by the village insurance. The total cost of the slide repair is $1,658. All voted in favor. In other business, a citizen commented on some repair work that began and then came to a halt across the street from her property. Betty Miller, resident, said the home across from her property had started some construction, but now it is “just sitting and going downhill fast.” Miller asked the board if there was something they could do as far as ordinances to make the owners take care of things. The ordinances do not enforce people to do their jobs, but it was noted that building permits may expire. Miller added that the lawn has not been kept up either and she was concerned

about her property value. Board president Rick Flandrena recommended finding out who the owner is and sending them a letter as a start to get things resolved. During the voucher approval, a discussion regarding a bill from Xcel Energy for streetlights took place. The village received a bill for $694.80 for one streetlight that had not been previously billed to the village in the last two years. The board discussed the fact that the village took down two nonmetered streetlights and they questioned the billing. After further discussion a motion was made to get an accurate count of the streetlights, draft a letter to Xcel Energy indicating two lights have not been in use for two years and question the billing

process. The motion carried. During the police report, Officer Ryan Haass stated that he would like to have the part-time officers receive an increase in pay. Haass said the increase can be done by reducing hours of coverage slightly, but it would keep good officers in the village and would not affect the budget. The board approved an increase in hourly pay to parttime officers from $12 to $14 effective immediately and for the remainder of 2011. Due to the July Fourth holiday, the next regular board meeting will be Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Pepers hosting June dairy breakfast

CENTURIA - Greg and Karen Peper will be hosting a June Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 11, from 7 to 11 a.m. at their GreKare Farm in rural Centuria/Balsam Lake, one mile west of Balsam Lake on CTH I. The Unity FFA and FFA alumni will be sponsoring the breakfast of pancakes, ham, juice, applesauce, coffee, milk and icecream sundaes. The Pepers have produced high-quality Holstein cattle for several generations in Polk County, making their farm an ideal place to showcase current dairy practices that will be on display along with farm tours and business displays. Anticipated displays include: Polk County Land Conservation Department, Natural Resource and Conservation Service, Polk County Beekeepers, Polk County Farmers Union, ag in the classroom materials from Polk County Farm Bureau, the Salvation Army with their Moola for Milk campaign, plus a corn pile for the kids. Polk County Jr. Holstein members will be on hand to give educational demonstrations/ tours with firsthand knowledge of what dairy farming is all about. Greg and Karen started farming on their own in 1992. They currently milk approximately 80 cows with a total herd size of 160 including young stock and steers. The

The Unity FFA and FFA alumni will be sponsoring a June dairy breakfast, hosted by Greg and Karen Peper one mile west of Balsam Lake on CTH I on their Holstein dairy farm. Justin and Katie, two of their three children, have been showing cattle since they were 5 years old in the Polk County Little Britches program and have had successful show careers at the county, district and state level too. The Peper family wishes to invite everyone to attend. - Photo by Jeanne Alling

current rolling herd average is 25,062 pounds of milk per cow with 941 pounds of fat and 769 pounds of protein. Crops include 110 acres of corn, 22 acres of soybeans and 60 acres of alfalfa. Hay gets chopped for haylage, most baled hay is purchased. The corn is harvested as

silage and high-moisture corn and soybeans are sold and the stubble is harvested for bedding. Greg’s father, Gene, and brother, David, do most of the crop work so Greg can spend more time with the cows. Rations are balanced by Mike Foust, of

Munson Lake Nutrition, using homegrown feed and purchased supplements. Herd health is done every two weeks and a vaccination program is followed that was developed by Dr. Jeff Engrav of Amery Vet Service. Currently the herd is 75 percent purebred. All animals are identified with Holstein Association tags at birth and identified with the Holstein Association. Greg and Karen’s children Carole, 24, Katie, 19, and Justin, 16, have been showing since they were about 5 years old, starting with Little Britches at the Polk County Fair and also at the county, district and state levels with great success. The family is active in Polk Jr. Holstein Association, Cushing 4-H and Unity FFA. Greg and Karen are active on the livestock committee and dairy committee on the county level. Karen is also on the Polk County Fair Board. Many area businesses, farms and individuals have donated toward the success of the day’s events. Proceeds from the breakfast will provide educational and leadership opportunities for local agriculture/FFA members as well as scholarships.

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Recall purpose questioned by Harsdorf, Duffy


by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader BALSAM LAKE—The underlining purpose for the recall election slated for this summer was called into question at a gathering of local voters along with state and federal officials. “If you have malfeasance, if you do something against the law, criminal, that’s where I think the general public has always thought of the recall,” said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, at a fundraiser at Paradise Landing restaurant on Sunday, June 5. “I think the general public never thought of the recall process as being one if you disagree with the votes.” Harsdorf represents the 10th Senate District and is one of six Republican senators that will face a recall election scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, said a spokesman for the state Government Accountability Board. The board was scheduled to decide whether to certify the recall of three Democrat senators on Monday, June 6. The cost of the recall election is estimated to be in the millions, as the state debt is over $41 billion, according to This fiscal situation has taxpayers concerned about costly recall elections. “I think this is a very dangerous precedent,” said Harsdorf. “If we’re going to have recalls based upon (vote) disagreeing ... this is a tremendous cost to the taxpayer. That’s what we have the regular elections for.”

In all four corners of Wisconsin, people are watching at what is happening and thinking about the reason for this recall. Those in Washington are doing the same. “The eyes of the country are on Wisconsin,” said Congressman Sean Duffy, who represents the 7th Congressional District and attended the fundraiser. One of the questions in the nation’s Capitol is how this may change things in the state Capitol. “Is that what we are going to become as a state? asked Duffy, a Republican and former state prosecutor from Ashland. “We don’t like people’s votes so we are going to recall them?” He and others fear established elections could also be marginalized when people disagree with a legitimate vote and simply recall officials a year after they are elected, he said. “That’s not what it’s (recall) for.” The election recall tool began in the U.S. in 1903. Today, 19 states permit the recall of state officials, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. Wisconsin has had four recall elections, the first in 1932 the last in 2003. Two officials survived the recall and two were removed from office. The recall’s original purpose was “a way for citizens to retain control over elected officials who are not representing the best interests of their constituents, or who are unresponsive or incompetent,” said a statement on the NCSL Web site. But the tool to assure good government can be used for selfish reasons, as well. “It can lead to abuses by well-financed special interest groups,” the statement said. Some voters feel an elected official vot-

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf stands with Congressman Sean Duffy on questioning the purpose of the state’s recall election scheduled for Tuesday, July 12. Republican Harsdorf will face Democrat Shelly Moore. - Photo by Wayne Anderson

Music in the Park

The first Thursday night concert in this year’s Music in the Park series at the band shell at Crooked Lake Park, Siren, was held Thursday, June 2, with music provided by the group known as Intensive Care. Shown here (L to R) are band members Dennis Clay (bass guitar, vocals), Vernon Shaver Jr. (drums) and Travis Hinze (lead guitar, vocals). There will be a concert at the band shell every Thursday night from now through Aug. 25, with a different group playing each night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In case of rain, the concerts will be held in the Siren High School auditorium. There is no charge for any of the concerts thanks to individual concert sponsors, Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up, the village of Siren and the Siren Chamber of Commerce. This week’s concert, June 9 starting at 6:30 p.m., will feature the St. Croix Valley Orchestra with refreshments available for purchase provided by Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County. - Photo by Nancy Jappe

ing their conscience is not grounds for removal. “To have a recall just because you disagree with them ... is pure unadulterated crap,” said Dick Seggelke, of Bear Trap Lake. “We want a senator that will represent everyone - not just the unions.”

Wisconsin state law does not require a reason to recall a duly-elected official. It only requires a certain amount of legitimate signatures. For this reason, Harsdorf said changing the law may be considered after this summer’s recall election.


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The only thing crazier than the weather these days is the political atmosphere. The Great Recession has spawned some (brave, idiotic, heroic, desperate) legislative proposals. Yes, it’s a fill-in-the-blank editorial. The collective bargaining issue led to recall elections across the state, including one right here in our 10th Senate District. The latest twist in the recall story is a delay in verifying some of the petitions submitted to recall two Democratic state senators - which means the hope for conveniently holding all six recall elections in the state on the same day in July might not happen. The passion surrounding the budget proposal by Gov. Walker and recall efforts is still palpable. Last week a letter to the editor from a local Democratic party chairperson chastized a Minnesota man (a former Frederic resident) for taking part in the recall effort of Sen. Sheila Harsdorf illegally, as he wasn’t a Wisconsin resident. However, we received confirmation this week that - apparently - initial information provided to petition organizers by the Democratic Party was in error. And as long as the Minnesota resident wasn’t legally incompetent, wasn’t a felon and hadn’t made a wager on the outcome of the election - he was eligible to circulate election papers in this state. One of our readers suggested to us this week that only those who voted in the regular general election should be allowed to vote in the recall election. Another suggested he and his wife are thinking of moving to another state in light of Walker’s proposals. It’s been an interesting political season. And up north in Superior this week, freshman GOP Congressman Sean Duffy continued to take heat for supporting fellow GOP Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to revamp the Medicare program. Ryan is taking heat himself for his proposal even though President Obama himself has admitted the program is broken and has proposed his own plan to bail it out. Entering the fray is the argument that Medicare is just beginning to sink into red ink whereas the federal government continues to ignore the drain on the budget from huge subsidies to oil companies and agribusiness. Ryan, however, went on record saying he’s willing to cut those expenditures, also. Entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are just that to many folks - who feel they’ve paid into the program - and deserve something back. Ryan’s plan would provide premium subsidies for seniors to pay for private insurance - and the plan wouldn’t apply to anyone now 55 and older. But as one person in the crowd at Superior noted, Medicare is there when the insurance companies who “don’t want old, sick people” are not. Will seniors find medical coverage, even with government subsidies? Jenise Meyer of Superior said she’s worried about her mother, who is 54, and representing those older folks who would just miss continuing with Medicare as we’ve known it and fall into the new voucher system - at a vulnerable age. She would receive about $9,750 a year for medical insurance coverage under the Ryan plan - that she could use toward insurance that would cost roughly $30,000. Meyer feels that cost may push some seniors back into the workplace or cause them to utilize other government programs - like food stamps. Most people who have studied the problem agree Medicare needs to be re-thunk - trimmed down and made to support itself, if that’s possible. Meanwhile, another one of our readers - a librarian - gave us an e-mail heads up that last Friday the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance passed a motion that would eliminate WiscNet as a department within UW-Madison and eliminate $1.4 million in funding for WiscNet for 2012-13. “Thus, all public institutions of higher education, 95 percent of public libraries and 80 percent of schools now receiving Internet services through WiscNet would be forced to seek those services from private telecommunication providers.” It will require the state to return $39 million in federal broadband grant money, according to State Superintendent Tony Evans, who shot off a memo saying he was “extremely alarmed.” There’s talk of “spoiler candidates” in the recall election, the debate over voter ID, loss of funds for ag education in public schools and the national buzz of potential presidential candidates. All amidst constant distractions which reflect the true vulnerabilities of the people we elect to office - with one example this week not of being an ignorant Twit(ter) but of a selfish nature just the same. State legislators slipped a provision into the state budget that would prohibit “conflict of interest statements” from more than 2,000 public officials - documents that allow voters to see legislators business dealings, etc. and if such dealings are influencing their votes - from being released by e-mail or fax by state ethics officials to members of the public. Instead members of the public would have to physically travel to Madison to obtain the information. So why make it more difficult? Seems that Rep. Robin Vos of Rochester owns a popcorn business and suspects he has lost business because his competitors have identified some of his customers through his state financial disclosures. The change, he says, would make it harder for out-of-state competitors to get information about his business. This proposal represents a waste of taxpayers dollars and calls into question the alertness of the legislators who supported this or didn’t notice it. He might be giving popcorn vendors a bad name. This is the right time to end this long, hot-winded editorial with just a hats off to the New York Times editorial board who used one of the better phrases we’ve seen in print lately in summing up some political actions - particularly those done blindly in the name of party loyalty. The (Democrats, Republicans) are “hypnotized by their own rhetoric,” the Times wrote. Feel free to fill in the blank yourselves.

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

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• Letters to the editor • Fear mongering

Interesting that the letter over Carol Makosky’s signature in last week’s Leader was exactly the same as one that appeared in the County Ledger Press over Richard Hartung’s name. Makes you wonder who’s actually writing these letters the Republicans send out. I guess any group you can think of qualifies as a “special interest” these days, regardless of whether they work for or against the best interests of working families. Republicans apparently think they can win votes for Sheila Harsdorf by claiming that Shelly Moore is indebted to special interests, a claim Makosky/ Hartung repeated no less than six times in their recent letter to the editor. Makosky/Hartung want us to believe that unionized teachers, janitors, bus drivers, and nurses are the enemy because they have the nerve to support Shelly Moore. And we’re supposed to vote for Sheila Harsdorf because she is ... what ... immune from special interests? Not hardly. The fact is, all politicians serve special interests in the way they vote, and Harsdorf has made it abundantly clear where her support lies. And it’s not with the working families of the 10th District. If you want to talk special interests, look at Harsdorf’s support for language in the Budget Repair Bill that would have sold state power plants without competitive bidding. The billionaire Koch brothers would have benefited handsomely from that deal. Or look at Harsdorf’s support for shifting millions of our education dollars to private charter schools. How does that benefit the average taxpayer? Then there’s the pending legislation proposed by MillerCoors that would drive many small breweries in Wisconsin out of business. And the bill proposed by Alliant Energy that would give discounted electric rates to big manufacturers at everybody else’s expense. And let’s not forget how Harsdorf and her Republican allies were persuaded by the real estate lobby to kill wind energy in our state so that more land would be available for development. Who does Harsdorf work for? My point, again, is that all politicians represent special interests. But the special interests represented by Democrats like Moore tend to be those who work for the betterment of the middle class, while those represented by Republicans like Harsdorf tend to be more interested in protecting the wealthy. No amount of fear mongering by whoever wrote the Makosky/Hartung letter is going to change that fact. Jeff Peterson Luck

Sometimes life is good

Last Friday, a fun, small-town evening was appreciated by some 300-plus people at the St. Croix Falls Overlook. The talented impersonator of Johnny Cash, and two other musicians, belted out the signature bass beat made famous over the last 50 years. It was difficult to find a single individual without a foot tapping, a hand drumming, and most everything between eyebrows and toes rhythmically pulsating to the tempo of Cash. That crowd included Republicans, Democrats, Independents, those religious, some devout, an agnostic or two, singles, married couples, couples of other persuasions and philosophies, teens, parents with children, grandparents with grandchildren and a wealth of children running the hillside and distracting parents from the cadence of Cash. Perhaps it is good to occasionally take a break from our opinions, politics, one or two of the attitudes most of us claim not to have and philosophies each of us hold and sometimes lose track of. Due to the accelerated rate of change we currently live in, the majority of those things will likely change more than once in our lifetimes. After weeks of letters to the editor labeled some as stupid, greedy, crooked, dishonest, liars, out-of-staters, meddlers, liberal or conservative, irresponsible, responsible and the long list of other adjectives, none in the rhythmic sway of the Overlook seemed to care who, or what, you were, did or were about to do. They just appreciated the friendly atmosphere, good music and a time out from the intensity of aggressive politics. I don’t mean to make light of politics, letters or opinions.


They are a necessary and engaging part of life in our community but so, I suspect, are occasional time-outs. Suffice it to say, it was a glimpse of a cross section of Americana enjoying ourselves and others, where everyone was welcome. Most were smiling; amazed at how many attended and already planning on being at the Overlook next Friday. It created an opportunity to just relax, breathe and listen. I saw many I am sure were proud to be there, who would be equally proud to tell others of this event in their town. I’m grateful to the sponsors and individuals who put forth the effort and planning to provide us this Friday night oasis, of just plain fun, and free of charge, as well. Sometimes, life is just good. When’s the last time you were offered a free root beer float? Phil Peterson Sr. St. Croix Falls

Explanation, please

I recently received campaign material from Sen. Harsdorf which showed no information as to whom paid for it. Doesn’t this mean it was sent under her franking privileges as a state senator and doesn’t that mean we taxpayers paid for it and give her an unfair advantage over her opponent? I should be outraged as I am not one of her supporters ... but you know, I would rather that she is beholding to us taxpayers than to the out-of-state special interests who are funding much of the Harsdorf-Walker agenda. Foremost among them is an outfit which calls itself The American Federation For Children. This nice sounding outfit was founded by the DeVos family of Michigan and inherited Amway fortune fame which has been seeking to privatize much of American public education through the guise of school choice. I listened to Gov. Walker’s recent address to the organization in which he praised the voucher program and supported expanding it from Milwaukee to Beloit, Green Bay and Racine as well as to expanding it to include the middle class. He also wants to reduce accountability by exempting those private school students from having to pass the same tests as public school students. Through the budget that Harsdorf voted for he has taken $800 million from the public schools while increasing substantially the funds for private school vouchers in Milwaukee. I would like to hear Sen. Harsdorf explain how this benefits her constituents. She further touts that she will not permit public schools to substitute funds from local property taxes to finance their needs. This is her justification for cutting teacher and local government pay. They shout smaller government while limiting local government powers and increasing the powers of the governor. That’s what this recall election is all about. Eiler Ravnholt Luck

The big scam

In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that income inequality had reached a modern high. The rich are getting richer and the poor are being left behind. In 1978, CEOs at the largest U.S. companies earned 35 times as much as the average worker. That difference is now 300- or 400-to-1. The relentless increase in the wealth of the rich and the decline of worker’s wages is heartbreaking. The top 10 percent earn half of all income, and it keeps getting worse. The inequality between rich and poor is augmented by an unfair tax code. This country used to have taxation based on ability to pay, with proper progressive tax rates. But tax rates have been constantly shrinking for the wealthy, having been more than 90 percent from the end of World War II until 1963, then dropping down to 70 percent until 1981 and then down to 50 percent until 1986. The wealthy now pay 35 percent. Worse, many large corporations pay little or no taxes. In 2008, Goldman Sachs paid taxes of but 1.1 percent of its profits of $2.3 billion and over five years Carnival Cruise Lines also paid but 1.1 percent in taxes, although earning more than 1 billion. Worse, last year General Electric had over $14.2 billion in profits, but paid no federal taxes, receiving $3.2 billion in tax credits.

Exxon Mobile had profits of 19 billion, but also paid no taxes, although receiving a $156 million rebate from the IRS. Incredibly, Citigroup had profits of $4 billion, but paid no taxes, although receiving a $2.5 trillion government bailout. Moreover, these are not exceptional cases of huge corporations paying little or no taxes. So, why does this horrendous situation continue to exist? Why do big corporations and the wealthy get by with paying little or no taxes? It is because we are led to believe that Democrats wish to raise the taxes of all of us. That is not true. President Obama has made it quite clear that what is necessary is that the wealthy pay their fair share of federal taxes. But the Republicans, including Sen. Paul Ryan, are vehemently opposed to that. Their battle cry is, “no new taxes.” We keep hearing it over and over again, “no new taxes.” Somehow we have bought into the big scam, the devious suggestion that Democrats want to raise taxes for everyone. Instead of requiring those who can, and should, pay more taxes, the Republicans are endeavoring to fix the deficit crisis by curtailing funding for education, health care, social programs, needs of the poor, etc. Ron Ylitalo Grantsburg

Wisconsin and Moore

Shelly Moore is the chosen candidate to run against Sen. Sheila Harsdorf in the upcoming recall election. Because of her work with the union, she will be subjected to attack ads from outside groups pouring into the district regarding union thuggery, bought and paid, etc. She is a tireless worker, incredibly bright, an award-winning teacher, and yes, she was active in her professional union. I was surprised because I can see the obvious attack ads from outside groups pouring into the district regarding union thuggery, bought and paid, etc. Moore is active in her union because she believes in improving her profession for her students, her family and her community. It is that same belief, I feel, that led Moore to bravely run against the wellfunded, negative machine that is politics right now. Moore wants what is best for her community, her whole community. She believes in bargaining and compromise. She knows how consensus building works and how to make fair and reasonable cuts in difficult times. Above all, she will not allow a politician, like Gov. Scott Walker, to tear Wisconsin in half to make his political mark. Shelly will not allow either side of the aisle to use economic troubles to achieve a radically ideological and overreaching agenda. To be a teacher, right now, and run for public office is incredibly brave, and I know Moore is brave enough no matter who the governor is – Democrat or Republican – to ever allow them to tear us apart. Madison, right now, can’t play well with others, is bullying, not listening, not being productive and needs to learn to live on a tightening budget – seems a teacher is the exact person for the job. Wisconsin needs Moore. Mary Drinkwine Osceola

Wonderful contribution

For the past six months, I have been one of 25-30 volunteers working at Ruby’s Food Shelf in Siren. This food shelf provides an average of 100 families with food in their time of emergency. The food drive held by Danbury, Frederic and Siren post offices last month donated over 2,330 pounds of food to Ruby’s ... what a wonderful contribution from these communities. These donations not only filled our shelves but provided a nice variety of food that offers recipients choices. I started volunteering at Ruby’s because I liked how recipients were treated with respect and able to select food their family would eat. I stay because of all the wonderful ways the community comes together to assist those in need. I salute all of you who participated in this food drive. Patti Hurd Siren

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Thank you Sheila and Scott

We had the pleasure of going to Superior to watch our grandchildren perform in their year-end singing concert. At the end of the performance, the principal introduced nine teachers that are going to retire at the end of the school year. I took the opportunity to talk to many of them, and they confessed that they wouldn’t have retired but they needed to retire this year before the state forces districts to cut contracts and retirement benefits from their contracts. How sad! I’m guessing that they had an average of 25 years of teaching experience, which plays out to at least 225 years of experience. One of our grandchildren had some difficulty sustaining attention in class. His teacher wrote a personalized plan for him, which worked to increase attention span. In her many years of teaching she has had the experience to work with many children with similar problems. You cannot replace those wonderful skills. So, I want to thank Sheila for voting the Republican Party line and following Scott Walker’s plan to damage public schools and middle-class families. In the end, she and Walker are throwing our students under the bus, cutting upwards of a billion dollars from the state’s education budget and giving big business and big contributors huge tax breaks. They say that they cannot afford to continue helping finance our public schools but have found a way to help finance private schools. Under the guise of balancing the state budget they have vilified the public employees unions. Walker has actually stated that curbing collective bargaining will not save a penny in the budget. Walker and Harsdorf are bowing to billionaires who are pulling their puppet strings and cutting services to our children and grandchildren and their families. Call your local school superintendent and ask what impact these political criminals are going to have on your district. Call your county board representative and ask what impact Harsdorf and Walker’s radical agenda to damage working-class families, children and our elderly will have. The state may not raise your taxes but the Republicans will see to it that counties, villages and towns will need to raise theirs. Pete Raye Luck

Re-elect Sheila

Re-elect Sheila Harsdorf! The resume for Shelly Moore as a qualified candidate for the 10th Senate District is virtually nonexistent. Her candidacy can be depicted by what we know as ventriloquism; we see a figure made of plastic or wood sitting on someone’s lap with a hand going into the figure’s back. This hand, along with sleight of mouth, controls all gestures and speech that emanate from the figure. This figure will try and convince you that without continued entitlements to educators and public employees the great state of Wisconsin is doomed. Never mind if the people bearing the costs of the entitlements are receiving similar treatment or can afford to contribute further without great personal sacrifice. No one with an ounce of reason would suggest that it takes union leadership to ensure that educators and public employees are treated with respect and appreciated as a valuable resource. Unions certainly have their place in shaping the work environment but they cannot and should not hold the taxpayers of Wisconsin hostage to compensations that are not warranted or sustainable. Sheila Harsdorf has not taken the path of least resistance and caved in to extreme demands. She has recognized that change is required and that there will be a new beginning where educators and public employees will be compensated fairly. If you value the educators, public employees and the taxpayer collectively, your vote should be for Sheila Harsdorf who has a very impressive resume for the Assembly and Senate. Ken Sample Town of Apple River



Taxpayers should come first

There are few things more frustrating to taxpayers than wasting their hardearned dollars. That is why this new Legislature, faced with ongoing budget deficits, decided to take up reform to curb waste. Our top goal was to make tax dollars stretch further, so we could avoid tax increases, mass layoffs and more debt that would be passed on to our kids and grandkids. Significant reform would inevitably upset the defenders of the status quo. However, voters spoke loud and clear last fall that Wisconsin taxpayers and working families could no longer afford the status quo. In March, the balanced budget bill overhauled collective bargaining laws to give local governments more tools to manage their budgets. The goal was to protect middle-class homeowners from

•Area news at a glance •

Two killed in head-on crash DOUGLAS COUNTY - Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a two-vehicle crash in Douglas County this weekend. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department reports the accident happened at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, June 4, on Hwy. 35 and the Kunz Road. The driver of one of the vehicles, 24-yearold Daniel Nephew of Duluth was injured. His passenger, 25-year-old Jenna Suomi, also of Duluth, was killed. The driver of the other vehicle, 24-year-old Bernard Smith III, was also killed. The accident remains under investigation. - Superior Telegram

Pet deer shot by DNR BARRON COUNTY – A public memorial service was held Monday at a family cabin on Hemlock Lake for a 2-year-old, three-legged pet deer named Buddy shot by Wisconsin DNR game wardens at the lake May 11. The fate of the deer, which loved pontoon rides and dog biscuits, was sealed after it became “imprinted” on its human benefactors, the DNR says. Duncan and Luann McCannel see their pet’s demise as a case of cold-blooded murder. Luann McCannel said Buddy’s story began May 18, 2009, when she heard a sound like a baby crying while planting rosebushes on some nearby property. The


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having inevitable spending reductions being shifted as tax increases to their property tax bills. Nearly three months later, we have seen many examples of how abuses in collective bargaining can cost local property taxpayers. Here are some glaring examples: • The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board has spent about $300,000 in the last year fighting a grievance filed on behalf of a teacher fired after an investigation found he viewed pornography at school. • The Milwaukee Teachers Education Association tried to use a policy estab-

sound was coming from a newborn fawn, and McCannel’s two dogs reacted differently to the discovery. “We have a little dog, Paisley, a Jack Russell, who tried to kill it. Our other dog, Bailey, a big mutt, tried to protect it,” Luann said. McCannel said she removed the fawn during all the commotion, and returned it to where she found it when things had settled down. “But then the same thing happened,” Luann said. She then pulled the dogs away and returned home to find the wobbly fawn following Bailey down the road to her cabin a short time later. “That dog became its mother,” Luann said. The deer soon became part of McCannel family. The final chapter of Buddy’s life with the McCannels was written Wednesday, May 11. The McCannels had been in Minnesota dog-sitting for their daughter and returned home to find fresh tracks in their driveway, with Buddy nowhere in sight. Concerned, Duncan contacted neighbors, and then called the DNR–over a dozen times, according to Luann. “ We had the feeling something was horribly wrong. Finally the DNR called us on Sunday to tell us the deer had been shot and killed. They took him away. They wouldn’t give him back to us. I think they did it on our property, but I don’t know for sure. “He was happy to see people. I could just see Buddy walking up to those wardens with

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lished by collective bargaining to obtain health insurance coverage that specifically paid for Viagra. Cost to taxpayers is $786,000 a year. • If school districts enrolled in the state employee health plan as opposed to the teachers union’s plan, it would save school districts up to $68 million per year while providing for the same basic coverage. • Teachers in the Hartland-Lakeside School District have agreed to switch health insurance providers to save the district $690,000, but the executive committee of a union that represents teachers is blocking the change, officials say. • Correctional officer collective bargaining agreements allow officers to use a practice known as sick leave stacking to increase their overtime pay. Officers can call in sick for a shift, receiving eight hours of sick pay, and then are allowed to work the very next shift, earning time-and-a-half for overtime. This re-

his tail wagging. It just makes me sick.” A withering storm of criticism followed the shooting, and the press, both newspaper and TV, picked up on it. The McCannels’ daughter set up a Facebook page for Buddy on the Internet, and traffic to the site has stampeded, according to Luann. An obituary for Buddy was published in a local newspaper. Russ Fell, a conservation warden with the DNR said he was at the lake when the deer was shot, but deferred comment about the incident to his warden captain, David Zebro. Zebro said that an investigation was started after complaints about deer damage came in. “We found out the deer had been taken out of the wild and was possessed illegally. When we have those types of situations we have protocols we try to follow to find some resolution. “But since 2002, and the advent of chronic wasting disease, we are very limited in our options. Reviewing the statutes, typically deer in that type of situation are euthanized. The laws were put in place after chronic wasting to protect the wild deer herd from CWD, and possibly tuberculosis. Our deer season in Wisconsin is a huge business,” Zebro said. Zebro said the DNR did not have the option, under the law, to take the deer to a petting zoo or game farm and the law doesn’t provide homeowners the option of fencing the deer. “We could not take the deer to a rehabilitator because it had already been imprinted on humans. Their mission is to make sure the animal is healthy and can be returned back to the wild. - Barron News-Shield

Homemade explosives cause injuries RICE LAKE - A $5,000 cash bail has been set for a Cumberland man charged with causing injury by negligent use of explosives, second-degree reckless injury and possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose. The criminal complaint filed in Barron County Circuit Court states that early May 31, Chad M. Schullo, 26, allegedly filled several balloons with acetylene gas. He planned to light them off in front of his roommate’s window but first asked Amanda Sarauer to hold on to the balloons, stated the complaint. While Sarauer, 18, Bloomer, was holding the balloons, they exploded. An investigation revealed that Sarauer’s eardrums were “blown out,” and she sustained secondand third-degree burns on her chest and neck. Her nose, mouth and hair were also burned. Sarauer was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and released from the hospital this Thursday. - Rice Lake Chronotype (

Residents attempt to block power line STAR PRAIRIE - A group of residents from the Town of Star Prairie is trying to block the construction of an electrical transmission line through the area. At a special meeting of the electors May 25, a large crowd was on hand to push for one possible roadblock to the plan. The residents voted 68-1 on a resolution asking the Star Prairie Town Board to deny any requests for development on public lands, especially as it concerns the old town hall property and the Johannesburg Town Park along the Apple River. If the town board agrees, any development on public property would need to be approved by a vote of the residents. According to the preliminary route for the 69 kV line, Xcel En-

sults in the officer receiving 2.5 times his or her rate of pay, while still only working eight hours. • A senior citizen that volunteered his time as a crossing guard was contested by a city government worker union in Wausau that protested that if there was going to be a crossing guard, it had to be a union member. These examples highlight why taxpayers need more control of how their money is spent. To ignore the costs of collective bargaining on budgets would be legislative negligence at a time of billion dollar deficits. Taxpayers should be in charge on their government, not the other way around. During a time of tight budgets for families and government, wasteful spending needs to be targeted – not protected. Please stay in touch by calling my office at 800-862-1092 or sending me an email to

ergy is requesting that poles be placed along the fence near the town hall and the park and beach. In introducing the residents’ request, Janet D’Ambrosio referred to the town’s recently completed comprehensive plan. The plan calls for the preservation of the town’s scenic resources and the preservation of historic structures, the protection of wetlands, the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and the preservation of wildlife habitat, she explained. D’Ambrosio said residents remain concerned about the power-line proposal because the plans keep changing. She claimed some pole locations have apparently been moved 10 to 15 feet in the past few weeks. Even though Xcel officials have assured the town that the park would not be impacted by the power line, resident Tom Harder has his doubts. He thinks the poles and the expanding easements needed for the line would have a great impact. “I think it’s going to take quite a bit of your park,” he told the board. D’Ambrosio said no matter where the line ends up, the use of the park and beach would be lessened. “Nobody is going to want to swim under a 69 kV line,” she said. Resident Terry Moore wondered why the Wisconsin Public Service Commission hasn’t been available to attend some of the meetings where residents have complained. “They haven’t done a stinking thing,” he said. “There’s no excuse in the world why they couldn’t come up here. No ‘public,’ no ‘service’ ... you might as well not have a commission.” Town Attorney Tim Scott cautioned residents that their ideas to try and stop the power line could make a difference in the fight against Xcel’s plans, but it could be also be too late. Scott did recommend that the residents consider hiring an attorney to help fight the process. - New Richmond News

• Letters to the editor Mary

Mary Poretti died May 15, 2011. When I last spoke to Mary, just after Easter, she was in fine form. Earlier in the day, I’d tried to reach her but she was in the beauty shop. When I called later in the day, she was on a walk but I waited. She apologized for making me wait and thanked me for the calls and notes I’d sent. She had a very nice Easter. Her son’s mother-in-law had taken them all out for dinner. Mary had not taken her oxygen with her and had been fine. Although she no longer had a car or her driver’s license, she planned to be home soon and use the aging program’s drivers or the Interfaith drivers until she was able to drive again. She said she was going to take out a full page ad in the newspaper to thank everyone for all the support. She loved all the cards, letters and calls. So whether you served on a board with her, were her friend, or club member, or a team members, she appreciated what you did. Just wanted you to know what she said. Sally Aldorfer Grantsburg

St. Croix Falls grad Heather Gilbert to represent co-op in D.C.


CENTURIA – Heather Gilbert, 2011 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School, was selected to represent PolkBurnett as the electric cooperative’s delegate for the 2011 NRECA Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., June 11-17. She will join more than 1,000 high school students from across the country to learn about cooperatives, the rural electric program, U.S. history, government and democracy. She will meet with congressional leaders and tour Capitol Hill, national monuments, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museums. The tour is hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Gilbert was selected to be Polk-Burnett’s delegate for the NRECA Youth Tour based on her community involvement and an essay about energy issues facing her generation. In her essay, Gilbert wrote that her life was most influenced by her volunteer service at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. “My first year was in the lab and then my second year was in the emergency room …. This gave me firsthand experience and helped me plan for the future. I learned many skills, which I will be able to use in

Heather Gilbert, daughter of Polk-Burnett members Paul and Jodi Gilbert of Centuria, will represent Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative in D.C., Washington, June 11-17. – Photo submitted

Unity FFA awards

The Unity FFA and FFA alumni continue to support graduating seniors with their scholarship program. Receiving scholarships, front row (L to R) are Naomi Williamson and Brandi Larson. Standing: April Johnson, Kathryn Zahler, Alex Livingston, Brandon Bielmeier and Jenelle Larsen.

my daily life … and apply to my future education. I was able to make discoveries and decisions about college and what I want to do for the rest of my life.” Gilbert is planning to study forensic science at the University of North Dakota next fall. In her essay expressing her interest to be Polk-Burnett’s Youth Tour delegate, Gilbert wrote, “The Youth Tour will be a great opportunity for me to experience aspects of our nation that I have never had the opportunity to learn about.” She added that “education, opportunity and experience are necessary for success and achievement.” She is the daughter of Polk-Burnett Co-op members Paul and Jodi Gilbert of Centuria. “As a rural electric co-op, Polk-Burnett is pleased to support youth leadership opportunities for the sons and daughters of our members, according to our cooperative principles,” said General Manager Bill Schmidt. Polk-Burnett’s Youth Tour program gives back to the local community, according to cooperative business principles. It is funded with unclaimed capital credits and does not affect electric rates. – from Polk-Burnett

Unity FFA’s outstanding senior and recipient of the Frank Reynolds Memorial Scholarship is Jenelle Larsen. Larsen has been an active member of the Unity FFA for six years. During that time she has developed her supervised agricultural experience program from working on dairy farms, to showing market lambs at the Polk County and state fairs, to being a youth representative for the Workforce Development Center. She has continued to demonstrate a strong passion for community involvement.

Independent Ag students and awards

Kelsey Jensen, of AgSource, gave a presentation to Unity’s independent study agriculture students about the value of testing milk on dairy farms. Pictured from left: Jason Vlasnik, Jake Johnson, Reid Binfet, Kyle Kletschka, Luke Hetfeld, Jon Peper, Mitch Stage and Jensen. Dr. Jeff Johnson, WITC’s dairy herd management instructor, also came in to talk to the students about WITC’s agriculture program.

Jon Peper was named Unity FFA Star Farmer for his involvement in his own crop and beef operation. Jason Vlasnik was awarded a Unity FFA Scholarship. Photos submitted

LEFT: Kelsey Johnson, Unity FFA sophomore and first-year FFA member, was named Star Greenhand. Johnson was also recognized for placing third at the UW-River Falls Agriculture Technology Contests in the horse evaluation program.

RIGHT: Reid Binfet and Luke Hetfeld were a part of Unity’s Ag on the Lawn activity with Hetfeld’s bear hunting dog.

Citizenship awards


Middle school teachers vote each year on the students who best represent the The eighth-grade recipients (L to R): Katie Rokenbrodt, Anna Hochstetler, Bradley Erickson, Abeni Lunstudent body (good behaviors, good manners, good, good, good). The seventh- deen Brooks and Jami Siebenthal. – Photos submitted grade recipients (L to R): Sarah Wells, Chris Kuechenmeister, Kendra Erickson, and not pictured: Emily Amundson.

Tom Ennis family treats school personnel

The Tom Ennis family is shown above after treating the Frederic School District teaching and support staff to a meal on Friday afternoon, June 3. Ennis and some of his relatives fixed a meal including brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and other items for the staff on the last day of the school year. Tom’s wife, Karen, was a longtime office aide at the Frederic 7-12 School until she passed away last November after a lengthy battle with cancer. Staff members organized a number of activities to assist the family during Karen’s illness and these included supporting a fundraiser, providing the family with occasional meals, dedicating the yearbook to Karen, donating days, and other activities to support Karen and her family. The get-together provided an opportunity for family and school personnel to visit and share memories and special times. Ennis was remembered as a dedicated employee who always was positive and was always willing to help out when something was needed doing. The Frederic School District extends gratitude to Tom and his family for their generous spirit and the opportunity to reconnect and share stories. - Photo submitted

Unity FFA blood drive

The Unity FFA held its second blood drive of the year, collecting 44 units of blood. With this drive, over 80 units during the school year were collected which made it possible for the Red Cross to contribute three $250 scholarships to the school. This year’s committee included Cassie Sturgal, Faith Christensen Renae McKenzie and Luke Nelson. Nelson, along with Haley St. Amand and Brandi Larson, were the scholarship recipients this year. St. Amand and Larson were chairmen of the fall drive. – Photo submitted

PBEC to hold annual meeting and breakfast

CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative will hold its 73rd-annual meeting at Unity School on Saturday, June 11. Registration and a pancake breakfast with sausages and beverages will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. The co-op will have information tables and displays in the breakfast area to answer member questions and offer energy solutions. The meeting will follow in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m. The agenda will include remarks from the board president and the co-op’s 2010 Youth Tour delegate. Polk-Burnett will also provide a financial report and announce the results of its election for board directors in Districts 1, 2 and 3. In addition, the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association will be on hand to provide a report about electric cooperatives and the energy industry in our state. The general manager will conclude the meeting with a question-and-answer forum. “One advantage of co-op membership is democratic member participation, meaning members have a voice in

Amanda Early, Polk-Burnett’s 2010 delegate for the Youth Tour of Wa s h i n g t o n , D.C., will share her experiences with coop members during the annual meeting June 11. – Photo submitted

CLAYTON — A beef pasture walk, featuring Kura clover will be held Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. - noon at the Pat Jones Farm, 966 4th St., Clayton. The farm is located about sx miles south of Almena in western Barron County. From Hwy. 8 at Almena, take CTH P south to 10 1/2 Avenue at the Saputo Cheese Plant, then turn west or right, and then south or left on 4th Street. Watch for the signs. Jones rotationally grazes 40 Scottish highlanders and a

dozen Galloway and other crosses on 50 acres. He planted Kura clover in 2010 with red clover, alsike clover and orchard grass. Kura clover has high potential in the north as a grazing legume. It establishes slowly, but then persists for many years. The Spooner Ag Research Station currently grazes sheep on Kura that was established 14 years ago. The pasture walk will feature Dr. Ken Albrecht, UW-Madison forage agronomist and national Kura clover expert. He will also talk about the impor-

the way their electric cooperative operates,” said Bill Schmidt, co-op general manager. Your voice is important and I encourage you to attend.” The first 200 members to register will receive a free pound cheese from the Burnett Dairy Cooperative, plus all in attendance will have the opportunity to win a $50 credit on their electric bill; 10 names will be randomly selected for this attendance prize. Transportation will be provided to the annual meeting from Polk-Burnett in Siren; a shuttle van will depart at 7:30 a.m. and will return after the meeting ends. Reserve your seat by June 8. For van reservations or more information, call 800-4210283. – from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative

Beef and Kura clover pasture walk to be held in Clayton

tance of legumes in saving money by providing extra protein for livestock and fixing nitrogen in the soil. For more information or directions to get to the farm, contact Randy Gilbertson of NW Graziers at 715-520-2112 or Lynn Johnson at 715-268-8778. — from UW-Extension





Pirates baseball team headed to state!

Extra Points

The Grantsburg Pirates baseball team is state-bound after winning both games at sectionals on Tuesday, June 7. The Pirates will play Pardeeville in the state final beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. – Photo submitted

Will play Pardeeville at Fox Cities Stadium Wednesday, June 15 Grantsburg 9, Chequamegon 4 Grantsburg 21, Elk Mound 9

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer OSSEO – The Grantsburg Pirates baseball team is state-bound for the eighth time in school history after two comefrom-behind wins over Chequamegon and Elk Mound on Tuesday, June 7. Grantsburg battled a sweltering heat in both games, but started the first game of the day at 11 a.m., against Chequamegon. The Pirates managed to score a run in the top of the first inning but Chequamegon answered back in the bottom of the third with a three-run home run to take a 3-1 lead. But as the story has been for the Pirates all season long, they came right back. “Ugh! What a deflation,” Pirates coach Pete Johnson said on his reaction after Chequamegon’s home run. “But I think the biggest hit of the whole day, in the top of the second inning, Gavin Meyer blasts that home run and bounces it off the scoreboard … a three-run homer,” Johnson said. The home run was just what the Pirates ordered, and Johnson said he believes it gave the team a boost of confidence, and let them all know that they were still in it to win.

“He blasted that home run, and it just kind of let everyone know that we’re still here and we’re still going to play,” Johnson said. Grantsburg had a slight advantage over their next test with Elk Mound, who started their sectional final at 2 p.m. against Fall Creek, who they beat 5-4. During that game the Pirates had a bit of a break, and after coming back from lunch, Johnson noted that the bank thermometer had a reading of 100 degrees. The sectional final between Grantsburg and Elk Mound began just after 5 p.m. “I gotta think that it took its toll on Elk Mound’s team,” Johnson said, but the Mounders grabbed four runs in the top of the first inning, as the Pirates struggled to throw strikes. But despite being down by four, the Pirates battled back with an eight-run inning in the bottom of the first. Elk Mound answered with another two runs in the second, but the Pirates answered back with two of their own. Despite going back and forth it was the fourth inning that did the Mounders in for good. Pirates sophomore Jacob Glover, who came in as relief in the second inning, pitched a scoreless fourth inning, and Grantsburg amassed more than 10 runs in the bottom of the frame, which started out with three consecutive hit batters and four passed balls before the Pirates started laying on the hits. Trevor Thompson hit a bases-clearing double and Lucas Willis and Nolan Hanson both hit RBI triples in the inning and the game got away quickly

from the Mounders. Johnson admitted that the championship was a strange game, but credited his kids for some powerful offense, as well as their resiliency to continue to play despite being down. “Man did my guys hit the ball in that game. I haven’t tallied up the hits yet by we had doubles and triples. Holy cow, it’s just contagious,” Johnson said. The Pirates will now prepare to travel to Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute to play the Pardeeville Bulldogs (22-4) during the state semifinal beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. Tickets are available for purchase at the stadium. The Pirates last state appearance was during the summer baseball season in 1998. This is the first time Grantsburg will be playing during a spring baseball state tournament, and their first appearance at Fox Cities Stadium. “These guys have worked awful hard all season and that’s good. It doesn’t always work out that way when people work hard to get to state but this year it did, so that’s great,” Johnson said. Against Chequamegan, Joe Engelhart, Trevor Thompson, Nolan Hanson and Brent Myers had two hits apiece, with Engelhart producing three RBIs and Hanson with two. In the sectional final against Elk Mound, the Pirates had 12 hits. Willis was 4 for 4 with four RBIs, Myers had two hits and Engelhart was 1 for 1 with three RBIs. Daniel Biorn was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Of the eight student athletes from the University of Minnesota Gophers rowing team, one is from Leader Land, former St. Croix Falls athlete, Molly Kalmoe. Kalmoe completed her junior year with the Gophers First Varsity Eight team this season, where they finished sixth overall during the Big Ten Championships in May. As a team, the Gophers Molly Kalmoe finished fifth overall to end the season. Kalmoe was also recently selected to be a team captain on the Gophers rowing team for the 2011-12 season. – with information from ••• EAU CLAIRE — The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club has announced that an open free agent tryout camp has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, at Fairfax Park, 3800 Fairfax St. in Eau Claire, under the direction of Royals Midwest Regional Scout Scott Melvin and Wisconsin Associate Scout Kyle Scharhag. Registration will be at 8 a.m. and the camp will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee required to participate in this camp, which will last approximately five hours depending on the number of participants. Each player is required to sign a liability waiver. If a player is under the age of 21, a parent or guardian must also sign the waiver. All players attending this camp are responsible for their own expenses to and from the tryout. Participants are required to bring their own equipment – shoes, glove, etc. Participants who do not have a uniform are recommended to wear loose-fitting clothing that will allow them to move freely. Directions to Fairfax Park going south on Hwy. 53, take Hwy. 93 south to the stoplights at Golf Road, turn right on Golf Road, turn right on Fairfax Street. If you have any questions concerning this information, please call 715-520-7373 or 217653-5353. – submitted ••• 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

Hurley ends Pirate girls perfect season

Hurley 8, Grantsburg 7 (9 innings)

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer HURLEY – The Grantsburg Pirate girls latest magical season ended with a surprise upset in Hurley on Tuesday, June 7, in the Division 3 Sectional semifinal, falling in the ninth inning on a Hurley walk-off sacrifice fly ball, ending the Pirates season with a remarkable 20-1 record. It really was a stunning comeback for the Midgets, who were in true “stay alive” mode in their final at bat. They somehow managed to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stay alive and send

the game into extra innings, and then come back and win the contest in the ninth frame with a Courtney Anderson sacrifice fly, bringing home the winning run and ending the Pirate season on the road - one game short of another state appearance. It was Grantsburg’s first loss since June 14, 2010, when they fell 3-2 to Arcadia in an 11-inning jewel for the Division 3 Sectional crown last year. While Hurley was the obvious underdog on Tuesday, it was also the first time the school had hosted a softball contest of such prestige in almost a quarter century, let alone with their own squad in one of the dugouts.

Hurley had dominated the Indianhead Conference this season, winning handily with a 12-0 record, just as the Pirates had run away with the West Lakeland. The Midgets had lost just two contests all season, and had just squeaked past Ladysmith, 2-1, in the Division 3 Regional final last Thursday. But they earned their comeback against the Pirates, for sure, as they trailed 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, with their back against the wall in the final frame, bringing home three runs against arguably one of the finest pitching corps in the state, with an undefeated, solid defensive squad in the field, to boot.

With the Hurley win, they ironically now travel to Grantsburg on Friday evening for the Division 3 Sectional finale against Bloomer, who knocked down St. Croix Central by an 8-3 score the same evening. The winner of that contest makes a state trip. Grantsburg loses a host of talented seniors, players who have been on a ride that goes down as one of the most impressive class records of any team in the state, winning their conference and region all four years, one sectional championship, and the state title in 2009. That elite class has lost fewer games in four years than many teams lose in one tourney.

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Jack Taylor earns state title in two-mile

Webster boys take ninth overall, Frederic girls take 13th

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LA CROSSE – Webster senior Jack Taylor ended his career with the Tigers on a high note after becoming the state champion in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:49.33, which was just under two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from The Prairie School. “It’s nice to have that title, especially for a kid who has worked as hard as he has,” said Webster coach Roy Ward, who said it was a fight to the finish at this year’s meet for Taylor, who was challenged near the end by the second place finisher. Taylor took second place last year in the 3,200-meter run, but after a summer of hard work, he’s definitely made his mark in Webster as one of their most elite athletes in school history. Taylor was also the Division 3 state champion this past fall for the Tigers, and is expected to attend Cowley Community College in Kansas to compete after signing a national letter of intent. Last season, the Cowley Tigers boys and girls cross-country teams were National Junior College Athletic Association national champions, and Taylor will likely play an important role with the team. Taylor also competed in the 1,600-meter run last weekend in La Crosse and fin-

Mason Kriegel of Webster sprints hard during the 100-meter dash. – Photo by John Reed

Webster senior Jack Taylor became the state champion in the 3,200-meter run last weekend, June 3-4, at the state track meet in La Crosse. – Photo by Becky Amundson

ished third overall with a time of 4:31.26. Webster junior Joey Erickson also competed in both the 3,200-meter run and 1,600-meter run. He had a time of 4:40.36 in the 1,600 and took 11th overall, and seventh in the 3,200 with a time of 10:17.64. Ward said Erickson beat several opponents he’d never beaten before, and has a serious goal of reaching a spot on the podium next season. Webster senior Mason Kriegel had a solid finish to his career with the Tigers as he competed in two events at state including the 100-meter dash and the pole vault, where he took third place overall after hitting a mark of 13 feet. In the 100-meter dash, Kriegel placed ninth in the finals with a time of 11.52 seconds. Senior Greg McIntyre of Webster also

competed at the state level in the discus, and took 10th overall with a distance 133 feet, 5 inches.

Frederic girls compete at state LA CROSSE – The Frederic Vikings girls track team was well-represented at the state track meet in La Crosse, Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 as they competed in 10 different events, and took 13th in the points standings among more than 50 other teams. Senior Sage Karl came in sixth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.86 seconds and also took third in the 200meter dash with a time of 25.77 seconds.

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Tanesha Carlson gets the handoff from Allison Anderson during the 4x100-meter relay. – Photo by John Reed

WIAA Division 3 State at La Crosse June 3 and 4 Area individual state participants (For complete results visit 100-meter dash - 6. Sage Karl, Frederic, 12.86. 200-meter dash - 3. Sage Karl, Frederic, 25.77. 400-meter dash - 9. Calla Karl, Frederic, 1:02.62. 800-meter run - 7. Calla Karl, Frederic, 2:22.46. 3,200-meter run - 13. Samantha Nelson, Frederic, 12:28.64; 14. Kally Schiller, Webster, 12:34.98. 4x100-meter relay - 7. Frederic (Allison Anderson, Tanesha Carlson, Amanda Blok, Sage Karl), 51.91. 4x800-meter relay - 5. Frederic (Samantha Nelson, Leah Engebretson, Sarah Knauber, Calla Karl), 9:52.47. High jump - 13. Amanda Blok, Frederic, 4-10. Pole vault - 13. Shaina Pardun, Webster, 8-00. Triple jump - 16. Samantha Nelson, Frederic, 32-00.50. Discus throw - 4. Ashley Guevara, Siren, 126-07.

Amanda Blok of Frederic takes part in the 4x100-meter relay. – Photo by Kelly Schmidt

Mason Kriegel of Webster took third overall at the state track meet in the pole vault. – Photo by John Reed

Area Women Team Results Place Team Points 13 Frederic 17 36 Siren 5

The Frederic girls 4x800-meter relay team takes the podium at La Crosse. – Photo by Kelly Schmidt WIAA Division 3 State at La Crosse June 3 and 4 Area individual state participants (For complete results visit 100-meter dash - 9. Mason Kriegel, Webster, 11.52. 1,600-meter run - 3. Jack Taylor, Webster, 4:31.26; 11. Joey Erickson, Webster, 4:40.36. 3,200-meter run - 1. Jack Taylor, Webster, 9:49.33; 7. Joey Erickson, Webster, 10:17.64. 110-meter hurdles - 6. Tony Peterson, Frederic, 15.80. 300-meter hurdles - 9. Tony Peterson, Frederic, 42.42. 4x400-meter relay - 13. Frederic (Tony Peterson, Ben Ackerley, Robert Kirk, Josiah Lund), 3:40.82. Pole vault - 3. Mason Kriegel, Webster, 13-00; 5. AJ Walsh-Brenizer, Luck, 12-06.50. Long jump - 2. Dana Hubbell, Siren, 21-06-50. Shot put - 10. Roger Steen, Luck, 46-05; 17. Seth Stoner, Siren, 41-02.25. Discus throw - 10. Greg McIntyre, Webster, 133-05; 15. Roger Steen, Luck, 123-00. Boys Team Results Place Team Points 9 Webster 24 29 Siren 8 46 Luck 4 48 Frederic 3



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Senior Calla Karl placed ninth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.62, and competed in the 800-meter run and took seventh with a time of 2:22.46. Frederic senior Samantha Nelson competed in three different events and won’t be soon forgotten as one of the Vikings elite runners throughout her four-year career. Nelson took 13th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:28.64, and tied for 15th place in the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 1/2 inch. Along with Leah Engebretson, Calla Karl and Sarah Knauber, Nelson also competed in the 4x800-meter race, which took a fifth place finish. The Vikings set the state record in the same event in 2009, and the record still stands with a time of 9:39.67. Nelson, Knauber and Calla Karl were part of the team that set the state record. The 4x100-meter relay team took seventh overall with a time of 51.91 seconds with help from Allison Anderson, Amanda Blok, Tanesha Carlson and Sage Karl. Amanda Blok also competed in the girls

Frederic’s Samantha Nelson gives her best shot in the triple jump at state. – Photo by Kelly Schmidt



high jump and finished 13th overall, hitting a mark of 4 feet, 10 inches, and rounding out the 10 events.

Peterson makes podium in hurdles LA CROSSE – Frederic senior Tony Peterson earned a spot on the podium in the 110-meter hurdles with a sixth-place finish and time of 1.80 seconds. Peterson also competed in the 300-meter hurdles and took ninth overall, with a time of 42.42 seconds. Also competing at state was the boys 4x400-meter relay team that consisted of Peterson, Ben Ackerley, Robert Kirk and Josiah Lund. They finished 13th overall with a time of 3:40.82.

Webster girls set school record LA CROSSE – The Webster Tiger girls were represented in four different events at the state track meet in La Crosse, with sophomore Kally Schiller finishing 14th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:34.98. Junior Melissa Gustavson was unable to make it to the finals in the 100-meter dash but did post a time on the preliminaries of 13.61 seconds. Coach Roy Ward said she had a goal of making it to state as an individual and accomplished it with flying colors. She’s hoping to build on that success for next season. Webster’s 4x100-meter relay team took 13th overall with a time of 52.56 seconds,

Webster’s Melissa Gustavson takes off in the 100-meter dash. – Photo by Kelly Schmidt

A.J. Walsh-Brenizer of Luck gets up over the bar in the pole vault at the state track meet in La Crosse. – Photo by John Reed




which became the new school record. Team members include sophomore Angel Christianson, juniors Ashley Irvine and Gustavson, and senior Shaina Pardun, who also competed in the pole vault. Pardun took 13th overall and hit a mark of 8 feet. Ward is hopeful that the girls team can go after a conference title next season, as they gave the Frederic Vikings a good challenge throughout the spring season.

Siren’s Hubbell takes second in long jump LA CROSSE – The Siren Dragon boys were represented well in the Division 3 long jump, as senior Dana Hubbell took second place with a jump of 21 feet, 6-1/2 inches. The first-place finisher landed a mark of 22-01.25. Senior Seth Stoner also competed, in the shot put, and took 16th place overall with a throw of 41-02.25. The Siren girls had two at state track last weekend, with Amber Moore competing in the 100-meter dash. Moore was unable to make the finals, but had a time of 28.78 seconds in the preliminaries. Siren senior Ashley Guevara had a good showing in the discus, as she placed fourth overall with a throw of 126 feet, 7 inches.

Walsh-Brenizer takes fifth in vault for Luck LA CROSSE – Luck’s A.J. Walsh-Brenizer finished his career with the Cardinals track team at state in the pole vault, and placed fifth overall after hitting a mark of 12 feet, 6 inches. Senior Roger Steen competed, in both throwing events, and took 15th in the discus with a throw of 123 feet. He placed 10th in the shot put with a mark of 46 feet, 5 inches.

Division 2 state track results LA CROSSE – Unity senior Joe Swanson made his second consecutive trip to the state meet in La Crosse last weekend but was short of making the podium with a ninth place finish and throw of 139-feet, 3 inches. The throw was below his best by at least 20 feet according to coach Mike Morris. “The wind was bad for the discus throwers unless they were very strong, powerful throwers and Joe was more of a technique thrower, so the wind was not his friend,” said Morris. “He did earn his way there and did move up from his seeded position so we focused on those aspects as a positive end to his high school career. We will miss him next year as we have been able to count on him for points

Jace Marek hands the baton off to Saints teammate Garret Radinzel in the 4x100-meter relay. – Photo by John Reed for four years!” Others making it to state in Division 2 were a handful of St. Croix Falls boys, including Jace Marek who competed in two events. Marek had a solid finish in the long jump, taking fourth place overall with a jump of 22-feet, 3/4 inch. The junior Marek was also part of the 4x100-meter relay team, which placed seventh overall with a time of 43.92 seconds. Making up the 4x100 team were Marek, sophomores Marshall Dillman and Shane Swanson and senior Garret Radinzel. WIAA Division 2 State at La Crosse June 3 and 4, 2011 Area individual state participants (For complete results visit 4x100-meter relay - 7. St. Croix Falls (Marshall Dillman, Jace Marek, Shane Swanson, Garrett Radinzel), 43.92. Long jump - 4. Jace Marek, St. Croix Falls, 22-00.75. Discus throw - 9. Joe Swanson, Unity, 139-03. Boys Team Results Place Team Points 37 St. Croix Falls 7

Senior Joe Swanson of Unity was the lone competitor at the state track meet for the Eagles in the discus. – Photo by John Reed








More scenes from state track in La Crosse

Webster junior Joey Erickson had solid performances in the distance events at state. Siren’s Amber Moore speeds down the track in the 200-meter dash preliminaries.

Dana Hubbell of Siren took second in the long jump at state last week, June 3-4 in La Crosse, among Division 3 athletes. – Photos by Becky Amundson

Sage Karl takes the podim during the awards ceremony in the 200-meter dash.

Frederic’s Tony Peterson takes the podium in the 110-meter hurdles.

Jace Marek of St. Croix Falls anticipates the handoff from teammate Shane Swanson in the 4x100-meter relay.

The Frederic boys 4x400-meter relay team gets loose before the race.

Roger Steen of Luck gets set to throw in the shot put at the state track meet in La Crosse

St. Croix Falls sophomore Marshall Dillman Senior Shaina Pardun of Webster takes a break in the shade at the shows his speed during the 4x100-meter relay. state track meet.








Pirates claim regional crown over Cameron

Title is Grantsburg’s sixth straight Grantsburg 9, Cameron 3

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Pirates cruised to their sixth straight regional title on Thursday, June 2, against Cameron, and looked ready to take on just about anything that threatens to keep them from moving further into the postseason. “I think we played very well,” said Pirates coach Don Bjelland, who was playing against a Comets team who had just one loss on the season. It was a bit of a rocky start for the Pirates who gave up an unearned run in the first inning on an infield error, which allowed the Comets to take an early 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as Grantsburg hit the ball well, including five consecutive hits to start the game. Leadoff hitter Kylie Pewe doubled and was batted home on an RBI double by Sam Schweiger. Tiffany Meyer then followed through with an RBI triple, and Nicole McKenzie drove in a run with an RBI single. Emily Cole also singled in the inning, but the Comets managed to stop the bleeding as the Pirates ended the first frame with a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tacked on another two runs in the bottom of the second inning with a single from Pewe and an RBI single by McKenzie, but the Pirates went quietly in the third and fourth inning, and the Comets crept back into contention in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs on two doubles, and a costly error by the Pirates infield. “It was just that one inning where things went a little awry,” Bjelland said, but the inning soon closed out with a 6-35 double play that squelched the Cameron threat to more runs. “I looked up in the fourth inning and thought, man, we’re in trouble, this isn’t any good, but I think we put so much pressure on teams that eventually things fall into place. At least so far it has,” Bjelland said. Holding a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pirates caught a spark from Emily Cole, who hit a twoout double, which was followed by an RBI single by Gabrielle Witzany, and an RBI double by Macy Hanson. While the Pirates picked up another two runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Schweiger and Meyer, Grantsburg

The Grantsburg Pirates won their sixth-straight regional championship against Cameron on Thursday, June 2, and moved on to play Hurley during the sectional semifinals. With their win over Cameron, the Pirates kept their undefeated record intact at 20-0.

Seniors Emily Cole and Tiff Meyer celebrate their regional championship over Cameron on Thursday, June 2. – Photos by Marty Seeger

proved that they didn’t need them as the pitching staff worked through the final three innings without allowing a run. Hanson was the game starter for the Pirates pitching staff, and she allowed four hits, two earned runs and had four strikeouts, before Jessica Hoffman came on to

work one scoreless inning with one walk and two strikeouts. Schweiger finished things off in the final three innings, allowing just two hits, with two strikeouts. “We’re not dominating pitching-wise, but our pitchers have done really well and I can’t complain about that,” Bjelland said. The top of the Pirates lineup continues to dominate, including Pewe who went 2 for 4 and scored three runs. Bjelland said Pewe and Meyer are both hitting over .600 with Meyer having a solid game going 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Schweiger was 2 for 4 with two RBIs as well, and Cole had two hits in the game, as did Finch.

Grantsburg's Samantha Schweiger slides safely into third base against Cameron. Schweiger went 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs, including a double.

“It took all season to kind of sort things out,” said Bjelland, but it looks as though the Pirates are ready for anyone at this point.

Grantsburg shortstop Kylie Pewe made a great running catch on a fly ball that floated into foul territory in left field. Pirate left-fielder Emily Cole had a bead on the ball as well.

Pirates power way into sectionals

Defeat Cameron for third straight time this season Grantsburg 5, Cameron 0

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Pirates showed it wasn’t a fluke when they defeated Cameron on their way to a regional championship trophy on Wednesday, June 1. Grantsburg beat Cameron earlier in the season in two close games during a Saturday doubleheader, which gave them a No. 1 ranking in the state and, with their play against Cameron there’s no telling how far the Pirates can go. Pirates senior Trevor Thompson pitched a gem, throwing a complete seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and three walks. Grantsburg didn’t score much but they scored when they needed to the most. In the fifth inning, Gavin Meyer jacked a two-run homer into left-center field to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead, and with an-

The Grantsburg Pirates baseball team poses with their regional championship trophy after a win over Cameron last Wednesday, June 1. – Photo submitted

other two runs scored in the sixth inning, the Pirates rolled to a huge win against a state-ranked team. The Pirates had eight hits in the game with Daniel Biorn, Jake Wald and Thomp-

son producing hits, and Joe Engelhart and Gavin Meyer each had hits as well. Along with any solid pitching performance, the defense also needs to step up, and the Pirates defense was no exception.

Lucas Willis has had a hot bat for the Pirates this season along with teammates. – File photo by Priscilla Bauer Highlights included a double-play ball turned by Wald, Engelhart and Lucas Willis, as well as a diving catch by the shortstop Wald.








Sorensen finishes near the top at state golf tourney

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CUMBERLAND – With just a dozen competing as individuals and over 50 competing in the Division 2 state golf competition on Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, near Madison, Unity junior Reed Sorensen finished near the top. Sorensen was the lone area individual competing at the state golf tournament held at the University Ridge Golf Course near Madison, and finished in a three-way tie for 13th place with a two-day score of 161. “Our goal was to finish in the top 18 with a two-day total of 159,” said coach Larry Stencil. “Monday, we played in the afternoon. Temps were in the high 90’s. Reed managed the course fairly well. He kept the ball below the pin and made some really nice up and downs. He also made a couple of remarkable shots that I believe that only he can do.” During Monday’s round of 18 holes, Sorensen finished with a score of 77. He shot par on seven holes and birdied four

Unity junior Reed Sorensen eyes up a shot during an earlier golf meet. He finished 13th overall at the state competition on Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. – File photo by Marty Seeger times, yet on day two things changed a holes, and shot par on nine holes. bit, as Sorensen shot an 84, which was 12 “Tuesday’s final round is very difficult. over par. He still managed to birdie two The pressure could be felt by all the com-

petitors,” Stencil said, adding that Sorensen had a 7:18 tee time. While temperatures rose high for the final six holes, Stencil said it was’t a factor. “He played the first five holes at even par until a misplayed shot on a par 3 that led to high number. He was on the defensive the rest of the way. This is what the course can do . . . an errant shot in the wrong place can result in a high number. He stayed with the game plan, but the shots were not going where he needed to score,” Stencil said, but noted too, that Sorensen was pleased with his play overall, and will get another shot at state next spring. Other notables from the state golf meet included Charlie Danielson of Osceola, who finished in second place overall as an individual and helped the Chieftains to a third-place team finish. Danielson shot a two-day score of 145, which was just three strokes behind the Division 2 state champion, Gene Kiela III, of Plymouth High School.

Lakers end Frederic girls season in low-scoring contest Shell Lake 4, Frederic 2

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic Vikings girls softball season ended in the Division 4 regional final against Shell Lake on Thursday, June 2, at home, losing 4-2 to the Shell Lake Lakers, avenging a 4-1 loss to the Vikings on May 14. The Lakers seemed to have found their stride in the postseason. After winning just a single conference game all season and finishing with a lackluster 8-11 overall record, they have advanced all the way to the Division 4 Sectionals, and have played surprisingly well in the last few games. “Yes, Shell Lake played well,” stated Frederic head coach Erin Hansford. “It came down to who made the least errors, and we fell short there and they capitalized.” The game was a low-scoring affair, just as it was when the squads met two weeks prior. Viking ace Cori Schmidt pitched the whole game, giving up just six hits. But both squads were plagued by the effects of miscues, with the Lakers doing a slightly better job of building on those errors.

Frederic catcher Vanessa Neumann lays a tag down on a Shell Lake base runner to get the out during the regional championship game. – Photo by Larry Samson

Bandits defeat rival Braves The St. Croix Bandits defeated rival Osceola Braves by a final of 8-5 on Sunday, June 5. Bandit Matt Vold (pictured) and his teammates posted six runs in the first inning. St. Croix Falls graduate Nick Johnson went 4 for 4 for the Bandits. Unity grad Luke Nelson helped nail down the Bandits win by pitching the final three innings including striking out Unity graduate Brady Flaherty also plays for the Braves. Luck graduate Logan Hacker is playing for the Braves this summer as well. – Photo by Garth Olson

The Lakers scored their first run in the top of the first inning, using a pair of singles on top of a Viking throwing error to bring home their first run. The Vikings finally got across the plate in the third inning, using singles by Krysta Laqua, Vanessa Neumann and Maria Miller to bring Laqua home and tie the game at 1-1. It continued to be a low-scoring contest, as Shell Lake combined a lone single, a sacrifice and a passed ball to score again in the fifth inning, which the Vikings matched on Laqua and Miller singles, combined with a

2011 West Lakeland Softball All-Conference Team

Player Kylie Pewe Tiffany Meyer Samantha Schweiger Gabrielle Witzany Lauren Finch Emily Cole Nicole McKenzie Rebecca Wampfler Natalie Sempf Alexis Erickson Marisa Hacker Brittany Thomfohrda Corissa Schmidt Maia Lehmann Avery Steen

School Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls Unity Unity Frederic Luck Luck

Grade Sophomore Senior Sophomore Junior Senior Senior Junior Senior Sophomore Junior Senior Junior Junior Junior Sophomore

Player Hailey Olson Vanessa Neumann Krysta Laqua Abby Otto Siiri Larsen Evon Maxwell

School Unity Frederic Frederic Frederic Webster/Siren Webster/Siern

Grade Sophomore Senior Senior Freshman Senior Freshman

Honorable Mention All-Conference

sacrifice by Schmidt and a dropped third strike to tie the game at 2-2. Shell Lake took the reins in the sixth inning, scoring twice and sealing the win with a pair of hits on top of Frederic miscues. That would prove to be all the scoring for either squad, as the Vikings tried in the end to get a final rally going, but were just a few outs short. “The girls fought it out to the end but ran short of time in the bottom of the seventh,” Hansford said. “It was good game but disappointing to the players.” Frederic finishes the season with an overall record of 8-6, breaking even in the closely matched West Lakeland at 5-5. “We pulled off a great season with a young, inexperienced team,” Hansford said. While Frederic once again went far in the postseason, it is also the end of an era of sorts, as the Vikings will combine with Luck for 2012, moving them up a division and building what will be a decidedly different, but possibly a very strong, squad for several years. The Vikes do lose several strong seniors in Laqua, Neumann, Frankie Knuf, Tara Anderson and Terri McKinney. But as has been noted by both schools in the past, with the combined Luck-Frederic squads, they will also gain more field time for an actual junior varsity team, which will likely help develop the program at the varsity level, as well. Hansford is confident that the new combined - as of yet unnamed Viking/Cardinal team will be a real contender next season. “We’re looking to come back strong when we co-op with Luck next year,” she said.

2011 West Lakeland Baseball All-Conference Team

Player Daniel Biorn Trevor Thompson Joe Englehart Jimmy Nelson Russ Thoreen Tad Oachs Brady Flaherty Luke Nelson Zac Baxter Logan Hacker Joey Draxler Trae Gehl Nick Johnson Marcus Campbell

School Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Grantsburg Siren/Webster Unity Unity Unity Luck Frederic Frederic St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls

Grade Junior Senior Junior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Sophomore Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior

Player Nolan Hanson Evan Oachs Lincoln Spafford Jason Vlasnik Brady Turner Cole Mortel Con Johnson Blake Klopfer Nathan Graveson

School Grantsburg Siren/Webster Siren/Webster Unity Unity Luck Luck St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls

Grade Junior Junior Senior Senior Junior Senior Senior Senior Senior

Honorable Mention All-Conference








Carlyle Sherstad 5K & 10K results

Carlyle Sherstad 5K results Age Town Pl. Name 1 Peter Walsh 21 Danbury 2 Brendan Kutz 17 Grantsburg 3 Richard Schneider 14 Siren 4 Christopher Ryan 26 Grantsburg 5 Darrin Sherstad 26 Siren 6 Dave Belisle 52 Somerset 7 John Anderson 30 Frederic 8 Angela Gaffney 18 Grantsburg 46 Siren 9 Jeff Howe 10 Jeff Hartl 32 Hinckley, Minn. 11 Corey Smestad 39 Grantsburg 12 Kyle Newby 25 Grandview, Mo. 13 Joseph Ohnstad 11 Cushing 32 Frederic 14 Jason Pearson 15 Steve McNally 44 Grantsburg 16 Matt Chadwick 25 Grantsburg 17 Timothy Dahlberg 62 Grantsburg 18 Jordan Kotek 13 Pine City, Minn. 13 Cushing 19 Violet Ohnstad

Time 16:08 17:54 19:05 19:50 20:30 20:54 21:06 21:15 21:28 22:39 22:44 22:54 23:02 23:12 23:12 23:29 23:32 23:35 23:48

20 21 22 23 24 25

Stu Clem Bethany Gielow Donny Walstrom Weston Walstrom Craig Selander Harvey Johnson

67 12 46 9 49 69

Carlyle Sherstad 10K results Pl. Name Town 1 Jacob Ohnstad Cushing 2 Quinn Montgomery Maple Grove, Minn. 3 David Hansen Pine City, Minn. 4 Carol Ann Bartz Chisago City, Minn. 5 Robert Finley Willow River, Minn. 6 Richelle Richert Mora, Minn. Siren 7 Kevin Link 8 Tom Rippberger Plymouth, Minn. 9 Mike Richert Mora, Minn. 10 Cate Hayman Siren 11 Mark Nisley Pine City, Minn. Grantsburg 12 Adam Hale 13 Barb Rippberger Plymouth, Minn. 14 Samuel Anderson Grantsburg 15 Dana Prock Fall Creek 16 Robert Blithe no town listed Webster 17 Amy Thiex 18 Steve Schaefer Frederic

Sherry Ryan, Peggy Anderson and Sandy Schmidt posed for a photo after receiving medals for being the fastest women in the 50-60 age group at last Saturday morning’s Carlyle Sherstad 5K/10K race. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer


Falun Church League Team Record Calvary Covenant 2-0 2-0 Falun Churches New Hope Lutheran 2-0 2-0 Siren Assembly Trade Lake Baptist 1-0 1-0 Webster Baptist Faith Lutheran 0-2 Frederic Free 0-2 Siren Covenant/Bethany 0-2 Trade River Free 0-2 W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 0-2

Scores Thursday, June 2 New Hope Lutheran 10, W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 9 Falun Churches 13, Frederic Free 4 Calvary Covenant 12, Siren Covenant/Bethany 2 Friday, June 3 Webster Baptist 8, Trade River Free 2 Siren Assembly 26, Faith Lutheran 3 Upcoming Thursday, June 2 7 p.m. Faith Lutheran vs. Calvary Covenant 8 p.m. Siren Covenant/Bethany vs. Siren Assembly 9 p.m. Trade River Free vs. Falun Churches Friday, June 3 7 p.m. Frederic Free vs. New Hope Lutheran 8 p.m. Trade Lake Baptist vs. Webster Baptist

Women’s Slow-Pitch Wednesday League Team Record Beehive 1-0 Coyland Creek 1-0 Maurer Construction 1-0 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 1-0 Smith Family Eye Care 0-1 The Rumors 0-1 Big Butz BBQ 0-2 Scores Monday, June 6 Beehive 16, Big Butz BBQ 6 Maurer Construction 21, Big Butz BBQ 7 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 10, The Rumors 1 Coyland Creek 17, Smith Family Eye Care 16

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Pine City, Minn. Pillager, Minn. Chisago City, Minn. Chisago City, Minn. Grantsburg North Branch, Minn.

Men’s Slow-Pitch Wednesday League Team Record Bon Ton 2-0 2-0 Century 21 Chell Well 2-0 2-0 Pour House Wayne’s 2-0 0-2 JCS Kris’ Pheasant Inn 0-2 Lake Lena 0-2 Sundown 0-2 True Quality Auto Body 0-2 Scores Wednesday, June 1 Bon Ton 22, Sundown 7 Wayne’s 22, Lake Lena 12 Chell Well 15, Kris’ Pheasant Inn 1 Pour House 18, True Quality Auto Body 4 Century 21 20, JCS 1


West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Overall Grantsburg Pirates 9-1 21-3 Unity Eagles 9-1 12-10 St. Croix Falls Saints 5-5 10-8 Luck Cardinals 5-5 8-12 Frederic Vikings 1-9 3-13 Siren/Webster 1-9 2-13 Scores Wednesday, June 1 (regional finals) Grantsburg 5, Cameron 0 Tuesday, June 7 (sectional semifinal) Grantsburg 9, Chequamegon 4 Tuesday, June 7 (sectional final) Grantsburg 21, Elk Mound 9 Upcoming - (Subject to change) Wednesday, June 15 (state) 1 p.m. Grantsubrg vs. Pardeeville at Grand Chute

23:53 24:07 24:12 24:12 24:23 24:30

Time 39:49 40:24 40:33 43:46 44:14 44:39 45:09 45:42 46:44 49:16 50:33 51:11 53:05 54:19 55:10 55:25 55:26 55:44

Peter Walsh of Danbury was the first man to cross the finish line at the annual Carlyle Sherstad 5K/10K Run/Walk on June 4 with a time of 16:08 minutes and a pace of 5:12 minutes. Angela from Gaffney Grantsburg was the first woman finisher with a time of 21:15 minutes and a pace of 6:51 minutes.

19 Sarah Walsh 20 Sarah Evenson 21 Katie Kooiker 22 Heather Peterkin 23 Steven Meyer 24 J.D. Glover 25 Maureen Lewis - submitted

Danbury Siren Grantsburg Grantsburg Frederic Grantsburg Grantsburg

55:55 56:59 57:00 1:01:57 1:01:57 1:02:55 1:05:03

There were 268 runners and walkers registered for this year’s Carlyle Sherstad 5K/10K Run/Walk with almost 220 5K finishers and 50-60 10K finishers.

Race director and Burnett Medical Center Clinic Administrator Kelly Eklof (R) recognized Darlene Sherstad widow of race founder Carlyle Sherstad, before the start of the annual Carlyle Sherstad 5K/10K Run/Walk on June 4. Also present were Carlyle Sherstad’s daughter, Salene Bonneville and Sherstad’s grandson, Darren Sherstad, as well as other members of the Sherstad family (not pictured).


West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Overall Grantsburg Pirates 10-0 20-1 St. Croix Falls Saints 6-4 8-9 Frederic Vikings 5-5 8-6 Unity Eagles 5-5 6-7 Luck Cardinals 3-7 8-13 Webster/Siren 1-9 1-17 Scores Thursday, June 2 (regional finals) Grantsburg 9, Cameron 3 Shell Lake 4, Frederic 2 Tuesday, June 7 (sectional semifinals) Hurley 8, Grantsburg 7

This mother-daughter pair made quite the team Running friends, Duke Tucker and Steve effort as they head for the finish line of the Car- McNally took a moment to relax after comlyle Sherstad 5k/10k last Saturday morning in peting in the Carlyle 5K/10K Race/Walk held Grantsburg. during Big Gust Days in Grantsburg June 4.





Sometimes fishing stinks, but it’s rare

I nearly fell over on Monday as an east wind caressed my face with the foul smell of something very dead near my boat. I had just stepped out of my truck in the 90-plus degree heat after work, Marty and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure Seeger out exactly what it was, or exactly where it was coming from. The Just a day earlier I Bottom had enjoyed a few hours in the boat for the Line first time this openwater season and caught just the right amount of bluegills for dinner. Water temperatures were a bit cool due to the late spring, but with the recent hot weather, the bluegills seemed locked in the shallows, and while they weren’t quite yet ready to settle in on their spawning beds, they were very close. The larger fish, and even some of the smaller-

Hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer to air out the stench in this old boat. There’s a lot of fishing to do yet. – Photo by Marty Seeger sized fish, seemed a bit spooky and difficult to catch as they swam circles in a restless manner, yet many others in the medium-size range were eager to take a light jig on a bobber tipped with a wax worm.

At one point during the outing, I accidentally dropped a medium-sized panfish intended for the cooler on the floor, and when you drop a fish in my boat, it can pose a bit of a problem. The inside of my boat has the appearance of a repair job gone slightly wrong, and the few flaws are mostly my doing. It still floats nicely, however, without any leaks and starts on roughly three or four pulls, so you can’t really ask for much more than that. But dropping a fish is not an option unless you’re quick enough to scoop it back up. Smaller fish can easily slip through the floorboard, which this particular bluegill did, and they’re impossible to retrieve while alone on the water. Last summer, my nephew dropped an undersized bass under the floor which forced us to abort fishing for a bit so we could scoop it back out and release it. Since I had already planned on heading home, I decided to keep the fish there and retrieve it at home. Unfortunately, I forgot, and over a day later I was busy cleaning up a smell that still permeates the air around my house, and it’s all because of a small fish with a big stink. It’s unlikely that anyone will want to fish with the stink and me on my next outing, but there’s good reason for those with nice clean boats to invite someone

along this month to do a little fishing. Especially someone unfamiliar with the sport of fishing. The area fishing scene is starting to heat up right along with the weather, and kids or even grown-ups are sure to love an opportunity to spend some time on the water this summer too. Last Saturday and Sunday were set aside by the DNR as a free fishing weekend and by the looks of it last weekend, several people were out enjoying the opportunity. But in case you missed out on that deal, there are still some pretty good bargains for newcomers. For starters, you can now purchase a one-day fishing license for just $8, or $10 for nonresidents, and if you happen to try fishing for the day, and like it, that money is used toward the purchase of a full-year fishing license. There’s also the DNR’s new America’s Pastimes promotion, where anglers can make an online pledge to take someone new to fishing. That pledge will enter you into a drawing for fishing related prizes, or the grand prize, two Milwaukee Brewers suite tickets for a game in September. More information can be found in the fishing section of the DNR Web site at, as well as several other fishing promotions to help get people excited about fishing, which rarely ever stinks.

Potential for deer crashes will be high in June

Deer are increasingly active and will dart onto roadways

MADISON — Deer activity increases this time of year as does look for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall months, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to deer crashes. In four of the last five years, June ranked as the worst or second worst month for motorists injuries from deer crashes, according to Randy Romanski of the Wisconsin

Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Of course, the best way to prevent injuries is to avoid crashes by driving cautiously and slowing down. You also must be buckled up in case a crash can’t be avoided,” Romanski says. “Motorcyclists must be especially careful because collisions with deer can be fatal to motorcycle drivers and passengers. Motorcycles were involved in 12 of the 13 fatal deer versus motor vehicle crashes in 2010. Law enforcement agencies reported a total of 16,946 deer versus motor vehicle crashes last year. Dane County had the most motor vehicle versus deer crashes reported in 2010 with 854. Shawano County had the second most with 719 followed by Waukesha County with 687. In Shawano and Green Lake counties, more than half of all reported crashes in 2010 involved

deer. Deer are the third most commonly struck object in Wisconsin traffic crashes, behind collisions with another vehicle or a fixed object.

Ways to avoid deer crashes Be vigilant in early-morning and evening hours, the most active time for deer. Eliminate distractions while driving and don’t speed. Always wear your safety belt, there are fewer and less severe injuries in crashes when safety belts are worn. If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away. When you see one deer, look for another one, deer seldom run alone. If you find a deer looming in your headlights, don’t expect the deer to move away. Headlights can confuse a deer and cause

the animal to freeze. Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path. Do not swerve. It can confuse the deer as to where to run. It can also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. The one exception is if you are riding a motorcycle. In this case, you should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if you need to in order to avoid hitting the deer. When swerving on a motorcycle, always try to stay within the lane if at all possible to avoid hitting other objects. If your vehicle strikes a deer, stay in your vehicle and do not touch the animal if it is still alive. The injured deer, in attempting to move, could hurt you or itself. Walking or stopping on the highway is very dangerous, you could be hit by an oncoming vehicle if you get out of your car. The best advice is to get your car off the road if possible and call law enforcement. — from WisDot

Nature’s Little Explorers program set at Crex

GRANTSBURG - Preschool-aged kids through kids going into first grade next fall and their parents are invited to Nature’s Little Explorers. Older siblings are welcome to participate, but the curriculum is designed for younger children. Parents and caregivers, please plan to stay with your children during the program. Explorers will learn about bees, food

chains, owls, habitats, and more through hands-on discoveries and hikes. This year, the Nature’s Little Explorers program will begin on June 14 and run every Tuesday from 10 - 11:30 a.m. through Aug. 16. There is a fee of $2 per child per session, or a one-time fee of $10 per child which covers the entire 10-week program. A more in-depth exploration of wildlife

conservation and ecology is scheduled on weekdays, from July 11-22, 1 to 4 p.m. This program is for kids going into second grade through sixth grade next fall. This program will get your kids out into the wildlife area to explore prairie and wetland habitats with Crex wildlife education staff and volunteers. Participants are encouraged to bring

their cameras as there will be some photography learning included in the curriculum. Cost is $40 per student for the two-week program and includes a healthy afternoon snack. Space is limited to 15 students. Call 715-463-2739 for more information and to reserve space for your children. – from Crex Meadows

Youth conservation camp coming to Grantsburg

GRANTSBURG – The Crex Meadows Youth Conservation Camp in Grantsburg, sponsored by Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program Inc., announces that the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation awarded the camp with $1,200. The money will be used to sponsor three disadvantaged teen campers from Northwest Wisconsin. The foundation – made famous by Ryan Dempster, the Chicago Cubs all-star pitcher – is dedicated to raising awareness of DiGeorge syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that causes a wide spectrum of health-related and developmental issues. They also provide monetary grant funding to organizations and charities that strive to help children with this illness as well as other children in need. The Crex Meadows youth camp is a

unique opportunity for eligible teens from Northwest Wisconsin. Campers work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on conservation projects at the 30,000-acre Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and Governor Knowles State Forest and are paid for their labor, which is an unusual feature for a summer camp and holds great interest for campers. In addition, campers participate in a hands-on science and life-skill based curriculum. Local school districts support the camp by rewarding the campers with science or elective credit that can be used toward high school graduation. The combination of a paycheck and school credit makes the Crex Meadows youth camp distinctive from nearly all other North American summer camps. Students don’t just work and study,

however. There is also plenty of fun and recreation including swimming, sports, trust and team-building activities, campfire games, storytelling, movies, canoeing and hiking. Parents or guardians of students interested in attending Crex Meadows Youth

Conservation Camp or businesses/individuals interested in sponsoring a student or making other donations should contact Brad Gingras, chief operating officer, at 715-682-9141 or – submitted

Great Northern Outdoors Bass Fishing League Standings Week 2 Standings

Co-sponsored by BLC Well Drilling in Milltown

1. 46 Store, 37 lbs. 1 oz. 2. Bistram Boys, 34 lbs., 13 oz. 3. Luck Sport and Marine, 34 lbs., 8 oz. 4. Jim Duncan, 33 lbs., 2 oz. 5. Long, 31 lbs., 14 oz. 6. Bon Ton, 30 lbs., 5 oz. 7. Main Dish, 29 lbs., 5 oz. 8. Cory/Jamie, 28 lbs., 5 oz.

9. Milltown Dock, 24 lbs., 7 oz. 10. Mossey’s, 22 lbs., 14 oz. 11. Laqua/Allee, 22 lbs. 5 oz. 12. Harry/Dave 19 lbs., 8 oz. 13. Grumpy Grandpas, 18 lbs., 2 oz. 14. GNO, 17 lbs. 11 oz. 15. BLC Well Drilling, 17 lbs., 3 oz. 16. Struck/Lonetti, 13 lbs., 5 oz. 17. Ones/Roberts, 11 lbs., 12 oz.

18. Dockmasters, 8 lbs., 10 oz.

Big bass/Big bag weekly winner: Big Bass: Jim Duncan, 3 lbs., 4 oz. Big Bag: Luck Sport and Marine, 8 lbs., 15 oz.


Andrew A. Alden, Grantsburg, operate ATV w/o valid registration, $200.50. Rodney G. Aldoff, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Michael D. Bales, West Bend, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Bruce Bellanger, Webster, operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $200.50. Patrick D. Bendel, Lake Elmo, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Andres C. Benitez, Turtle Lake, Webster, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Charles R. Bentley, speeding, $200.50; speeding, $225.70; unsafe passing on right, $232.00. Richard D. Benton, Webster, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. John O. Bjornstad, Hudson, set fire w/o extinguishing fire, $175.30. Terry A. Blanchette, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Danielle M. Blessard, Siren, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Tami M. Boese, Siren, violation of county ordinance, $330.50. Paul A. Bonetti, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Gerinda L. Boyd, Vadnais Heights, Minn., operating left of centerline, $127.50. Crystal M. Brady, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Dale C. Brasher, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jeffrey M. Bredemus, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Robert P. Bressette, Siren, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Joseph R. Buck, Cumberland, speeding, $200.50. Dennis J. Buck, Eau Claire, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, violate Class B Hwy. weight limits, $1,183.11. John A. Burnside, South St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Kimberly A. Byrd, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Nathanial R. Chapek, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Marissa L. Clark, Butternut, speeding, $200.50. Tammy A. Cleveland, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Amanda S. Cook, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Country Comfort Propane, Almena, violation of special weight limits, $523.50. Stephanie L. Davis, Shell Lake, operating w/o valid license, $267.50. Daniel C. Dowling, Troy, Ohio, speeding, $200.50. Lori B. Draves, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Mark D. Early, Siren, speeding, $225.70.

April 26: Shane A. Loveland, Hayward, operating a Hayward Bait and Tackle truck, was cited and fined for not reporting an accident after the vehicle he was allegedly driving hit a light pole in the Timbers Theatre parking lot, then was towed away without notification to the police department. May 14: Dakota J. Gardner, 20, Webster, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35/70 and Park Street at 6 p.m. May 20: Jordan Sargent, 17, Siren, was cited for resisting a probation pickup and disorderly conduct at his home. A two-vehicle accident took place in the Rumors parking lot at 12:42 p.m. A vehicle driven by Brian McBroom, 62, Siren, pulled alongside a vehicle driven by Keith Evenson, 61, Amery, with the intention of turning right. The report stated that Evenson also turned right, sideswiping the McBroom vehicle. May 22: Shaurette D. Reynolds, 30, Webster, was cited for substantial battery and

Burnett County circuit court

Chelcie L. Ebert, Gordon, failure to yield right of way, $175.30. Ned A. Eliason, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Thomas D. Ellwein, Markville, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Carolyn L. Erickson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Dale J. Ewert, Radisson, speeding, $175.30. Eric A. Fischer, Grantsburg, litter/deposit debris on state property, $200.50. Ashley M. Fjorden, Frederic, nonregistration of auto, etc., $175.30. Dominque S. Fleckner, Webster, operating motor vehicle by probationary licensee w/unauthorized person in vehicle, $263.50. Nadine J. Ford, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Byron A. Freer, Milltown, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jason W. Friel, Siren, failure to yield while making left turn, $175.30. Alexander S. Gillis, Danbury, battery, local jail, $100.00. James D. Glover, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Mark A. Goering, Trego, seat belt violation, $10.00. Philip D. Golombiski, Bessemer, Mich., seat belt violation, $10.00. Trever T. Greene, Danbury, texting while driving, $187.90. Robert M. Greinke, Eau Claire, speeding, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. Aaron S. Hanson, Grantsburg, operating with PAC .08 or more, $904.00, local jail, 6month license revocation and order for assessment. Ethan A. Hayes, Siren, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Jeanine A. Hesse, Burnsville, Minn., unsafe cutting in when passing, $232.00. Debra L. Higgins, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Aaron M. Hinton, St. Cloud, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jack M. Holmes, Danbury, battery – domestic abuse, probation, set. imposed, local jail, $343.00. Reid J. Hopkins, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50. Cole M. House, Grantsburg, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Harley R. Hubbell, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Amanda M. Hudak, Rush City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Timothy J. Hughes, Danbury, trespass to land – remain after notice, $263.50. Jeffrey B. Hurtgen, Clear Lake, interstate record of duty status, $263.50. Jeffrey R. Iverson, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Michael F. Janke, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30.

Tommy R. Jewell, Grantsburg, nonregistration of vehicle, $263.50. Joshua T. Jewell, Siren, seat blet violation, $10.00. Kenneth B. Johnson, Eagle, Neb., speeding, $175.30. Theresa E. Kegel, Siren, disorderly conduct, probation, set. withheld; operating while under the influence, $1,219.00, license revoked, ignition interlock. Gregory T. Kegley, Ladysmith, seat belt violation, $10.00. Julie C. Kehne, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Levi P. Kohler, Hinckley, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Gary W. Kosloski, Siren, operate after revocation/suspension of registration, $175.30. Thomas P. Krueger, Plymouth, Minn., operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Steven J. La Fond, Grantsburg, speeding, $225.70; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. John M. Laforge, Luck, speeding, $175.30. David T. Lafriniere, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, $176.00; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Lawrence E. Lamphere, Webster, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Aaron C. Lamson, Hertel, operating while suspended, $200.50. Donald W. Larson, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Rodney A. Lawrence, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Garry A. Lawson, Spooner, operating without valid license, $200.50. Shawn J. Lehmann, Stacy, Minn., disorderly conduct, $330.50. Rona S. Madsen, Danbury, smoking in tavern, $189.50. Larry D. Mann, Hayward, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Matthew P. Marsh, Burbank, Calif., speeding, $175.30. Pamela S. Martinson, Hayward, operating while under influence, $916.00, local jail, 12-month license suspension and order for assessment. Bradley J. Maslow, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Daniel R. Matrious, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Patrick A. Maxwell, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Mahriyah R. Mckenzie, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Aron C. McNeally, North Branch, Minn., operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $225.70. Jerald S. Mechelke, Webster, burning without a permit, $175.30. Tiffani M. Michaels, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

Scott D. Miller, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Meloney C. Miller, Hayward, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Don R. Mleziva, Golden Valley, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jonny R. Monn, Webster, underage drinking, and order for assessment, $263.50. Heidi R. Moody, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Brennen R. Moose, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Patrick S. Mulligan, Spooner, speeding, $200.50. Kenneth R. Nelson, Siren, burning without a permit, $175.00. Connor T. Neubauer, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., ATV operation on highways, $200.50. Nicole M. Nord, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; fail to notify DMV of address/name change, $162.70; speeding, $200.50. Elisa J. Nordin-Berghuis, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Bradley S. Nordrum, Pine City, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. NWS Complex Inc., Hayward, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Amber M. O’Hare, Hayward, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Derek L. Olson, Grantsburg, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Mark J. Packard, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Christine L. Peterson, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Lorne D. Pewaush, Webster, bail jumping, probation, set. imposed, local jail, $243.00, twice. James J. Pijanowski, Danbury, speeding, $127.50. Todd W. Platt, Appleton, speeding, $175.30. Kevin D. Pollard, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Matthew M. Posteuca, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Dellories O. Potter, Frederic, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Anthony E. Reynolds, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Cathy D. Riegler, Ramsay, Mich., speeding, $175.30. Daniel Riley, Sandstone, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Brandon R. Rodriguez, Brandon, Texas, speeding, $175.30. Thamer L. Rogers, Webster, violation of child safety restraint requirements – child under 4 years of age, $175.30. Billie J. Rosauer, Siren, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Deborah L. Saraceno, Webb Lake, speeding, $175.30.

disorderly conduct, and Natasha R. Breeden, 29, Webster, for disorderly conduct following an incident at Tom’s Bar at 2:34 a.m. According to the report, the two women allegedly jumped another woman, knocking her to the ground and punching her. May 27: Julie C. Novak, 59, New Brighton, Minn., was cited for violating the red traffic signal at the junction of Hwys. 35 and 70 at 5:54 p.m. May 28: John A. Defiel, 21, Shafer, Minn., was cited for operating while intoxicated and speeding following a traffic stop on Hwy. 35 at Tewalt Road at 2:10 a.m. A passenger in the vehicle, Russell G. Fjorden, 21, Frederic, was cited for possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription medication. Both men were taken to Burnett County Jail. May 29: Jessie A. Harrison, 17, Frederic, was cited for not using a seat belt during a stop at 12:11 a.m. on Hwy. 35/70 and Works Progress Street.

Lindsey M. Lucas, Sandstone, Minn., was cited for disorderly conduct outside of the Pour House at 4:45 p.m. John A. Savard, 41, St. Paul, Minn., was cited for urinating in public on the street in front of Kris’ Pheasant Inn at 11:20 p.m. June 1: Eric M. Keith, 19, Siren, was cited for not using a seat belt during a stop on Hwy. 35 and CTH B at 7:08 p.m. Steven C. Haupt, 19, Grantsburg, was cited for not using a seat belt during a stop on Hwy. 70 and Ellis Avenue at 8:23 p.m. Seth A. Pardun, 19, Grantsburg, was cited for not using a seat belt during a stop on Hwy. 70 and Ellis Avenue at 8:49 p.m. June 2: Brittany A. Deering, 20, Siren, was cited for disorderly conduct/domestic following an incident at her residence at 1:15 a.m.

American Transfer Co., Farmington, Minn., violate Class A hwy. weight limits, $223.36. Maxwell R. Arco, Baldwin, speeding, not guilty plea. Lance M. Arthurs, Centuria, disorderly conduct with a vehicle, $187.50; operating while revoked, $200.50. Derek D. Berrier, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Robert J. Biedler, Luck, knowingly operating while revoked, $200.50. Ricky J. Borowicz, New Richmond, vehicle equipment violations, $175.30; vehicle equipment violations, $238.30. Kyle R. Bottolfson, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $269.50. James M. Colalillo, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.50. Melissa J. Coon, Luck, underage drinking, $452.50.

Siren Police report

Jordan W. Sargent, Siren, criminal damage to property, probation, sent. withheld, $243.00. Dwight H. Schuebel, Cameron, speeding, $175.30. Dakota N. Seifert, Webster, underage drinking, order for assessment, $263.50. David L. Sharp, Princeton, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Sean A. Smallwood, Danbury, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Joseph A. Smith, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Brandon J. Smith, Webster, OWI, 6-month license revocation and order for assessment, ignition interlock, $804.50; speeding, $200.50. Sean J. Solveson, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Rodney D. Staples, Webster, disorderly conduct, local jail, costs, $243.00. Shannon L. Staples, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Tyler J. Starks, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jack R. Starr, Spooner, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Shannon R. Stevens, Grantsburg, deposit or discharge solid waste on public or private property, $200.50. Richard K. Swenson, Woodbury, Minn., operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Rebecca L. Taylor-Anderson, Chisago City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joshua D. Thorstad, Apple Valley, Minn., operating with PAC over .08, 6-month license revocation, order for assessment, $741.50. Wendy M. Tietz, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Nancy S. Tober, Grantsburg,

operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Julia M. Toner, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Albert R. Valdez, Knapp, fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Ryan S. Wersal, Isanti, Minn., underage drinking, and order for assessment, $200.50. John E. Whooley, Eau Claire, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. David A. Wiest, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Matthew E. Wilkins, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Michael B. Winquist, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Walter W. Wood, Webster, operating while under influence, probation, sent. withheld, 2-year license revocation, $1,219.00. Wei Xu, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Jared B. Yerke, Grantsburg, operating while revoked, $200.50. Jules J. Zappa, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. James D. Boutin, Webster, OAR, local jail, costs, $88.00. Nicolas A. Christenson, Grantsburg, OWI, local jail, 14month license revocation, order for assessment, ignition interlock, $1,172.00. Gregory S. Dahlberg, Anoka, Minn., OWI, 8-month license revocation, order for assessment, ignition interlock, $817.50. Brian C. Jorgensen, Danbury, disorderly conduct, alcohol assessment, $309.00, twice. Jeremy L. Just, Grantsburg, OWI, local jail, 12-month license suspension, order for assessment, ignition interlock, $1,109.00. Christopher R. Kanters, Winter, speeding, $175.30.

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be used to strike down any action of the Legislature. Arguing for Democrats yesterday, attorney Lester Pines disagreed and characterized the attorney general’s position this way. “We are here arguing on these expedited briefs in the extraordinary claim by the attorney general that that law which has been in existence for decades cannot constitutionally be applied to the legislature. That is an extraordinary claim.” Pines told reporters the attorney general was arguing the open meetings law applied to every governmental body in Wisconsin but the legislature. He called that a “radical stance”. But during arguments, Assistant Attorney General Kevin St. John said that if Judge Sumi’s ruling were allowed to stand, it would be used to bring countless other lawsuits. “Then we’d have an endless supply of innovative, injunctive relief that may be cast upon the legislature. This may not be permitted by this court.” St. John wants the court to get involved in this case immediately to overturn Judge Sumi’s ruling. While that could happen, there’s no telling when or even if the court might rule in this case.

Polk County circuit court Joshua J. Cramlet, Frederic, speeding, not guilty plea. Carol J. Croon, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Paul E. Fjorden, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Christopher W. Haakenstad, Roberts, speeding, $225.70. Matthew A. Hill, Champlin, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Ricky L. Holly, Allegan, Mich., instate record of duty status, not guilty plea. Daniel A. Johnson, Frederic, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Dustin D. Krueger, St. Croix Falls, unnecessary acceleration, $187.50. Matthew J. Lindberg, Centuria, disorderly conduct, not guilty plea. Lew A. Lunsman, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; non-

registration of other vehicle, $263.50; operating while suspended, $200.50. Michael P. McDermott, Barron, operating while revoked, $200.50. Jacqueline L. Nerby, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Jason C. Olsen, Milltown, operating while revoked, $200.50. Daniel E. Szymanski, Centuria, speeding, $200.50. Rachelle J. Tacheny, Luck, keeping open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $263.50. Sloan B. Wallgren, Osseo, Minn., speeding, $173.50. Robert G. Weise, Dennison, Minn., speeding, interstate record of duty status, not guilty pleas. Sherry L. Youngmark, Milltown, retail theft, $269.50. Mark J. Zingler, St. Germain, speeding, $200.50.

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Notices/Real Estate/Garage Sales

Polk Co. marriage license

Burnett County civil court

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(June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. KEVIN C. NIX, et al. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 83 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 28, 2010, in the amount of $67,430.05, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 27, 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, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: The East 225 feet of the West 450 feet of the North 234 feet of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 29, Township 34 North, Range 17 West. Said land being in the Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1644 140th Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 006-00794-0000. Dated this 6th day of June, 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. 272212

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BOARD MEETING Tues., June 14, 7 p.m. Town Hall

Nice 1,800-sq.-ft. building, large open area with 2 separate rooms & private area in back of building. Covered parking and small backyard. Extra storage in basement.

Agenda: 1. Reading of the minutes 2. Treasurer’s report 3. Review and pay bills 4. Patrolman’s report Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s office. Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

500 a month + utilities & deposit



Call 715-483-1358

NOTICE CLAM FALLS TOWNSHIP The Comprehensive Planning Committee will meet monthly in 2011. Each scheduled meeting will be on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the township hall. For Additional Information, Call: Perry Karl 715-653-4247 Brad Olson 715-327-4614


(May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff vs. KEVIN R. GUMM, et al Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 990 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 21, 2011, in the amount of $228,348.24, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 23, 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 6 of Certified Survey Maps No. 2196 recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, page 120 as Document No. 554503, located in part of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 and part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 25, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1323 64th Street, Turtle Lake, WI 54889. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00678-0600. Dated this 28th day of April, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 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. 269979



(May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff vs. DAVID L. BOOS, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 630 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 18, 2011, in the amount of $143,406.12, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 22, 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, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Lot 4, Block 3, Baker’s Riverside Addition to the City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 232 Central Avenue, Amery, WI 54001 TAX KEY NO.: 201-00138-0000 Dated this 11th day of April, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 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. 268949

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EVERYTHING MUST-GO SALE! Fri., June 10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., June 11 , 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hutch; wedding dress; dresser; twin bed; toddler bed; dining room table w/6 chairs; toys; videos; clothes: men’s, women’s, boys & girls.

1520 345th Ave., Frederic, WI

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

HUGE ESTATE SALE 1010 340th Ave. Frederic, WI

Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun., June 9, 10, 11 & 12 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lots of furniture; lots and lots of antiques; new appliances; log furniture; outdoor; paddleboat; household; lots & lots more! Not Responsible For Accidents

GARAGE SALE DEBBIE’S SALE Fri. & Sat., June 10 & 11 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both Days

Grantsburg Lions Building West end of Main Street

Many new items; guy things; chop saw; scroll saw; sink & faucets; large selection of plus ladies clothes, 16-26; hundreds of books; small appliances and general household items.

Fri. & Sat., June 10 & 11

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Toys; computer table; tables; boys & jr./miss clothing; household misc.

1535 170th St., Osceola

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Dated May 18, 2011 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren

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Hereby makes application for Class A malt beverages and intoxicating liquor. License to be used from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, at the place of business located at: 24537 Hwy. 35/70 North Section 5 Siren, WI 54872

Clean, quiet, manager on site. Water, sewer & garbage included. Garage available. No pets, no smoking. $

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APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for the retail sale Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wis. The undersigned: Jed’s Laker Lounge Robert C. Campbell, President Jennifer K. Campbell, Vice President 24787 Clam Lake Drive Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class B Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, at the place of business located at: 24787 Clam Lake Drive Siren, WI 54872 Dated May 18, 2011 Mary Hunter, Clerk 538551 42L Town of Siren WNAXLP

1-BR Apartment In Balsam Lake

NEIGHBORS SALE!! MULTIFAMILY Prices marked to sell! Always a good, clean sale!

The Talmadges

The Nutters

2191 240th Ave. Cushing

2189 240th Ave. Cushing

Boy clothes 0-12 mos.; lots of baby furniture; toys; girl clothes 4T-8; women’s & men’s clothes; small chest freezer; full bed; misc.

Men’s & women’s clothing; scrubs; 27” TV; 13” TV; household items; lots of misc.

Off of Cty. Rd. Z. 1 Mile South Of Cty. Rd. N or 1 mile north of Cty. Rd. G. Watch for signs. Friday, June 10, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m. - Noon 538474 42Lp Rain Or Shine

YARD SALE Can’t miss this one!

Sat., June 11, 7 a.m . to ? Trailer & yard full of Arvid’s tools - air compressor, ice auger, too many items to mention; lawn mowers; old Maytag wringer washer machine; also, 204 Dakota Dodge pickup; fishing items; perennial plants; some antiques; clothing of all sizes.

Fossum Family 115 W. Harrison • Grantsburg

GARAGE SALE Fri. & Sat., June 10 & 11 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

East Farmington Town Hall

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Yourchuck’s Video Inc. Joseph Yourchuck, President Amanda Jo Yourchuck, Vice President JoAnn M. Yourchuck, Secretary/Treasuer 24537 Hwy. 35/70 North Siren, WI 54872


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Application for the retail sale of Class A license to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned:

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

The regular Monthly Village Board Meeting will be held on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W. Agenda will be posted at the Village Hall. Kristi Swanson Clerk

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The Regular Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of McKinley Will Be Held On Tues., June 14, 2011, At 7:30 p.m.

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Virgil Hansen, Clerk

NOTICE OF MEETING Village of Frederic

Midland Funding LLC vs. Carmen Luedtke, Grantsburg, $4,497.64.

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Monthly Board Meeting Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall

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St. Croix Regional Medical Center vs. Melissa D. Gibson, Webster, $1,965.30. St. Croix Regional Medical Center vs. Dustin P. Luke, Grantsburg, $657.86. Consolidated Lumber Company vs. Loren Baker, Grantsburg, $602.06.

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Burnett Medical Center vs. Eric V. Lee, Eagan, Minn., $4,928.31. Benson Law Office LLC vs. Gerald E. McFaggen, Webster, $948.43.


Diane M. Frank, Milltown, and Randy A. Otto, Milltown, issued May 30, 2011. Louisa C. Hansen Town of Eureka, and Kevin P. Van Hove, Village of Dresser, issued May 31, 2011. Aliana M. Elwood, Town of Clear Lake, and Jordan M. Blomberg, Town of Osceola, issued June 1, 2011. Brenda K. Kelly, Town of Alden, and Merlin K. Schiernbeck, Town of Alden, issued June 1, 2011. Samantha M. Chaffee, Town of Balsam Lake, and Joshua M. Burtle, Town of Balsam Lake, issued June 2, 2011. Cassandra L. Peterson-Holec, City of Nashville, Tenn., and Douglas J. Marshall, City of Nashville, Tenn., issued June 4, 2011.

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Men’s med. to x-large clothing; women’s med. to large; home decor; electric fireplace; engine hoist; some children’s toys.

Watch for signs.

MULTIFAMILY GARAGE SALE Friday, June 17, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 18, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

607 Birch St. E, Frederic

2-1/2 blocks east of Frederic Elementary School or 1 mile south of Frederic High School

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The Bone Lake Town Board Will Call To Order A Special Town Meeting At 7 p.m. On Friday, June 17, 2011, At The Bone Lake Lutheran Church The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the options of building a properly permitted dam on the Straight River at 250th Avenue or removing the present obstruction. A nonbinding straw vote will be taken. Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk 538478 42L 32a


The Town of Jackson is seeking sealed bids for pulverizing existing asphalt surfaces on the length Briggs Lake Road (0.67 mile), from Mail Road to Town Line. Pulverizing shall render existing asphalt surface to fragment size passing a 2inch screening. Pulverizing work is to be coordinated with town representatives and must be completed by August 31, 2011. Bids are due on June 13, 2011, and will be opened at the monthly Town Board meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. that evening. Valid certificate of insurance must be presented with bids. The Town of Jackson reserves the right to reject any and all bids or portion thereof, to waive irregularities or informalities in any bid, and to accept any bid which will best serve its interests. For more information, contact Roger Larson at 715-866-7529. Sealed bids should be sent to Town of Jackson, 4599 Cty. 538098 42L 32a Rd. A, Webster WI 54893. ATTN.: Road Bid. WNAXLP

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UNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ACCEPTING BIDS FOR • Elementary School Roof Replacement • Middle School Roof Replacement Interested contractors may contact Steve Strilzuk or Deb Paulsen for specifications at 715-825-3515. Bids must be sealed and clearly marked, “Sealed Elementary Roof Bid,” or “Sealed Middle School Roof Bid.” Address sealed bids to: Brandon Robinson, District Administrator, Unity School District, 1908 150th St./Hwy. 46 North, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Bids are due Friday, June 10, 2011, noon. Bids will be opened Friday, June 10, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the Unity Board of Education Room. 538066 41-42L WNAXLP

Case Number: 10 CV 128 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 5, 2010, in the amount of $54,637.19, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 12, 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: The Northeast One-quarter of the Southeast One-quarter, Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 15 West, in the Town of Johnstown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2237 Pipe Lake Road, Comstock, WI 54826. TAX KEY NO.: 028-00168-0000. Dated this 31st day of May, 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. 271948

(May 25, June 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. 1820 E. Sky Harbor Circle S., Floor 02 Phoenix, Arizona 85034-4850, Plaintiff, vs. TIMOTHY A. BUZICK 2486 75th Avenue Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Defendant(s) Case No. 11-CV-264 Daubert Law Firm File: 10-07624-0 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 May 25, 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 Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is One Corporate Drive, Suite 400, P.O. Box 1519, Wausau, Wisconsin 544021519. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint 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: May 16, 2011 Daubert Law Firm LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff Melissa S. Spindler State Bar No.: 1060672 One Corporate Drive, Suite 400 P.O. Box 1519 Wausau, WI 54402-1519 715-845-1805


(May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. KEVIN D. LUND, and COUNTRYSIDE COOPERATIVE, Defendants Case No. 10 CV 850 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 28, 2010, in the amount of $111,661.05, 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, on Thursday, June 30, 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 1 of Certified Survey Map 1517, recorded in Volume 7 of Certified Survey Maps on page 95, as Document No. 496917, being part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 SW 1/4), Section Thirtyfour (34), Township Thirty-four (34) North of Range Eighteen (18) West. PIN: 044-00951-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 1249 208th St., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 9th day of May, 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



(May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FINANCIAL FREEDOM ACQUISITION, LLC Plaintiff vs. ESTATE OF ARLENE E. PETERSON, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No.: 10 CV 928 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 18, 2011, in the amount of $63,484.19, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 22, 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: The South 295.160973 feet of the West 295.160973 feet of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 16, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2121 150th Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 044-00393-0000. Dated this 14th day of April, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 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. 269135


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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the Town Board, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wisconsin, the undersigned: Donald M. Potting Gregory A. Potting The Dugout Bar and Grill 2491 240th Street Cushing, WI 54006 Polk County, Wisconsin Hereby applies for a Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. Dated June 1, 2011 Julie Peterson, Clerk Town of Sterling

Application for retail Class B license to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages with no seating limit restrictions, to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: Yourchuck’s Video Inc. Joseph Yourchuck, President Amanda Yourchuck, Vice President JoAnn Yourchuck, Secretary/Treasuer 24467 Hwy. 35/70 North Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class B beverages and intoxicating liquor. License to be used from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, at the place of business located at: Lakeview Event Center 24467 Hwy. 35/70 North Section 5 Siren, WI 54872 Dated May 18, 2011 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren

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(June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. DAVID E. RICHTER and MARY M. RICHTER, Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 891 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on January 24, 2011, in the amount of $134,465.38, 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 Tuesday, July 26, 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 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. DESCRIPTION: That part of Lots Three (3) and Four (4), Block Two (2), Park Addition to the Village of Frederic, lying and being East of State Highway 35 as now located, except the parcel described in Volume 169 of Deeds, page 236, Document No. 247782, Polk County, Wisconsin, said parcel being the North 25 feet of Lot Three (3), Block Two (2), Park Addition to the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 126-00282-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 508 State Road 35, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 26th day of May, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI 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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(May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. JULIE M. STEPHENS Defendant. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 740 By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on January 5, 2011, in the amount of $46,863.42, 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, Wis., on Thurs., July 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 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 42 of Certified Survey Map No. 2181 filed in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, page 105, as Document No. 553888, located in part of NE1/4 of SW1/4 and part of Government Lots 2 and 3, Section 21, Township 33 North, Range 18 West. PIN: 042-00457-4200 Lot 43 of Certified Survey Map No. 2181 filed in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, page 105, as Document No. 553888, located in part of NE1/4 of SW1/4 and part of Government Lots 2 and 3, Section 21, Township 33 North, Range 18 West. PIN: 042-00457-4300 STREET ADDRESS: XXX 217th Street, Town of Osceola, WI 54020 Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 11th day of May, 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 June meeting of the Village Board of Siren will be held Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Village Hall. Agenda posted. Ann Peterson 538092 Clerk-Treasurer 42L

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The Town of Siren is seeking bids for double chip sealing the following roads. Separate bids are required for each road. Bids will be opened on June 23, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the Siren Town Hall. Must have proof of insurance. Burnikel Road - 1.492 miles - 20-feet wide Godfrey Lake Road - .651 mile - 20-feet wide Lynch Bridge Road - 1.148 miles - 20-feet wide Zieska Road - 396 feet - 16-feet wide For more information, contact Chairman DuWayne Wiberg at 715-349-2231. Mary Hunter, Clerk 538557 42-43L WNAXLP


The Town of Siren is seeking bids for pulverizing the following roads. Separate bids are required for each road. Bids will be opened on June 23, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the Siren Town Hall. Must have proof of insurance. Lynch Bridge Road - 1.089 miles Old 35 - 2,160 feet Godfrey Lake Road - .651 mile Burnikel Road - 1 mile For more information, contact Chairman DuWayne Wiberg at 715-349-2231. Mary Hunter, Clerk 538556 42-43L WNAXLP


To the Town Board, Town of Swiss, Burnett County, Wis., the undersigned hereby apply for licenses to be used from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, at their respective places of business: Retailer’s Combination Class B Beer and Liquor License The Fish Bowl, Inc., Burl Gregory Johnson, Agent, Fishbowl Bar, 30799 Highway 35, Danbury; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI, Lewis Taylor, Beverly J. Benjamin, Jeanne Awonohopay, Agents, St. Croix Casino Danbury, 30222 Highway 35/77, Danbury. The Town Board will consider the applications June 14, 2011, at their regular meeting. Dated June 4, 2011 Judith Dykstra, Clerk, Town of Swiss 538488 42L WNAXLP

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Karlsborg and Perida Cemetery Discussion Town of Lincoln

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Town of Lincoln Board will conduct a public hearing to discuss the Karlsborg and Perida Cemetery procedures for burial. The Public Hearing will be held on June 14, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 9110 Perida Road, Webster, Wisconsin. The regular monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m. The Public is invited to express their thoughts or concerns on this date. Respectfully Submitted, Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk Town of Lincoln 537627 WNAXLP 41-42L 31-32a

Bella Salon and Day Spa is seeking a cosmetologist to join our friendly & talented staff. Positions available at both our Luck and Grantsburg locations. Aveda color knowledge & product training is preferred. We offer a competitive compensation package, based on experience. 538241 31-32a,d 42-43L

Please send or stop in with your resume:

Attn.: Jenna, P.O. Box 317, Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4222


The Town of Siren is seeking bids for blacktopping the following roads. Separate bids are required for each road. Bids will be opened on June 23, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the Siren Town Hall. Must have proof of insurance. Lynch Bridge Road - 468 feet - 2” compacted x 20-feet wide Old 35 - 782 feet - 1” compacted x 22-feet wide Old 35 - 2,160 feet - 2” compacted x 22-feet wide. For more information, contact Chairman DuWayne Wiberg at 715-349-2231. Mary Hunter, Clerk 538555 42-43L WNAXLP

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE Our Place Cafe is now hiring team members for front and back of the house positions. Must be available evenings and weekend. Experience valued. Applications available at register.

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SPRING OPEN HOUSE Clam Falls Township Hall

Perry Karl at 715-653-4247 Brad Olson at 715-327-4614

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(June 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY R. SANDQUIST Order Setting Time to Hear Petition for Administration and Deadline for Filing Claims (Formal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 26 A petition for formal administration was filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth November 1, 1925, and date of death April 8, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 309 Peterson Lane, Frederic, WI 54837. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Rm. 1, before Circuit Court Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick, on July 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is September 9, 2011. 3. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. 4. Heirship will be determined at the hearing on petition for final judgment. 5. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. The names or addresses of the following interested persons (if any) are not known or reasonably ascertainable: Paternal heirs-at-law. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859238 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Please check with person named below for exact time and date. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge May 26, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011 For Information, Call:

The School District of Siren, Siren, WI, will receive sealed bid proposals until 3 p.m. on June 17, 2011, in the district office located at 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren WI 54872, for 2011-2012 school year for enriched bread/hamburger/hot dog buns, whole wheat and whole-grain bread and buns. Additional details may be obtained by calling Deborah Jaskolka, Food Service Manager, at 715349-7263. Address proposals to: Deborah Jaskolka, Food Service Manager, School District of Siren, 24022 Fourth Avenue, Siren, WI 54872. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any bids and to waive any formalities in the bidding. 538090 42L WNAXLP

George W. Benson Attorney at Law Benson Law Office LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 Bar No. 1012978

(May 25, June 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Progressive Classic Insurance Company 5920 Landerbrook Drive Mayfield Heights, OH 44124 Plaintiff, vs. Heather Munson 107 U.S. Hwy. 63 Clayton, WI 54004 or 211 S. Main Street, Apt. 7 Woodville, WI 54028 Defendant/s PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 11-CV-219 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. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within forty (40) days after May 25, 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 Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Stupar, Schuster & Cooper, S.C., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 633 W. Wisconsin Ave. #1800, Milwaukee, WI 53203. 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 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: May 16, 2011 Stupar, Schuster & Cooper, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff By: Jeffrey A. Cooper State Bar No. 1017249 Post Office Address 633 W. Wisconsin Ave. #1800 Milwaukee, WI 53203 414-271-8833

NOTICE TOWN OF LaFOLLETTE MONTHLY MEETING The Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of LaFollette Will Be Held At The LaFollette Town Hall On Mon., June 13, 2011, At 7:30 p.m. Agenda: Verification of Posting Clerk’s Minutes Treasurer’s Report Resident Issues Road Items New Truck Fireworks Permit Town Web Site Pay Bills And Look At Correspondence Linda Terrian, Clerk

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Emma C. Sears, 88, Frederic, died May 20, 2011. Roland G. Nelson, 65, Town of Lincoln, died May 23, 2011. Joel E. Harvey, 57, Balsam Lake, died May 24, 2011.

(June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Inc., AssetBacked Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R4, Plaintiff, vs. REBECCA A. METCALF and CHRISTOPHER J. METCALF husband and wife, Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-80 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 6, 2011, in the amount of $133,176.46, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 27, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 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 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. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2143, Recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 66 as Document No. 551729, being Part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of SE 1/4), Section Nine (9), Township Thirty-four (34), Range Eighteen (18) West, St. Croix Falls Township, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1609 210th Street, Town of St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 044-00244-0100. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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AGENDA: Minutes & treasurer report; approve liquor licenses for Backwoods Beer & Bait and Siren National Golf Course; approval of road projects; purchase laptop; paymet of town bills and any other business properly brought before the board. Agenda will be posted at Daniels Town Hall 24 hours before meeting. Visit Daniels Township Web site - 538522 42L Ellen M. Ellis, Clerk

Special Board Meeting Wed., June 15 - 7 p.m. Luck Village Hall

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(June 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY E. WEINHARDT Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11PR36 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth September 8, 1918, and date of death April 5, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 209 River Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is September 12, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 27, 2011 Leah E. Meyer Remington Law Offices, LLC 126 S. Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-3422 Bar Number: 1081407 (May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS CWMBS, 2004-12 Plaintiff vs. INPONG LUANGRATH, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 237 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 7, 2010, in the amount of $256,916.08, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 22, 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 One (1) of Certified Survey Mall No. 1753 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 101 as Document No. 523410, being a part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest (SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4) of Section Twenty-Two (22), Township Thirty-Two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 272 270th St., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00533-0100 Dated this 13th day of April, 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. 269072

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Application for Retail Class B license to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wis., the undersigned: Last Call Bar and Grill Jeffrey Pavelka 7011 State Road 70 Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class B malt beverages and intoxicating liquor license to be used from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, at the place of business located at: 7011 State Road 70 Siren, WI 54872 Dated May 18, 2011 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren

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Notices/Employmnent Opportunities



Town of Laketown is seeking bids for blacktopping and chip sealing projects. The blacktopping will encompass approximately .75 mile (approximately .5 mile 231st Street and approximately .25 mile 233rd Street). The blacktop projects are TRIP projects and must meet prevailing wage law. The chip sealing project encompasses approximately 6.5 miles of roadway. Contact Merle Larson for specifications at 715-648-5557. Sealed bids must be marked as “Road Bids” and may be sent to Dan King, 2773 185th Street, Luck, WI 54853. Bids must be received by June 27, 2011, and will be opened on June 28, 2011, at Town Board meeting. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 538585 42L WNAXLP

Cage Cashiers Table Games Dealers Valet Staff Valet Supervisor Beverage Bar Waitstaff Concession Staff Players Club Hosts

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Job Title: 6-8 Language Arts Teacher H.R. Contact: Jerry Tischer, Superintendent Telephone: 715-327-5630 Job Description: This is a part-time position teaching language arts in grades 6-8. Start date is August 29, 2011. The staff and students have been recently recognized by US News & Report as a bronze medallist school. The Elementary and the Middle/High Schools are recognized as Wisconsin Schools of Recognition. Qualifications: WI licensure to teach Language Arts in grades 6-8. Knowledge of the common core curriculum, the use of technology as a tool for instruction is beneficial. Additional license areas and the willingness/ability to be involved in activities or coaching is also beneficial. How to Apply: Send letter of application, resume, at least 3 letters of recommendation and credentials to: Ray Draxler, Principal, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone 715-327-4223, Fax 715-327-8655. The application is available online at: Employer: Frederic School District 1437 Clam Falls Drive Frederic, WI 54837 Closing date: June 15, 2011 Description: K-12 School District in Frederic, WI, which is location in Northwestern Wisconsin on Hwy. 35. The Elementary School and 6-12 School have a combined enrollment of 524 students. For further information on the Frederic School District, please visit our Web site at The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Title: Teacher Job Description: Kindergarten Teacher Qualifications: • Strong background in reading & math teaching strategies and methodologies. • Ability to successfully teach the Wisconsin standards & knowledge of the New Common Core Standards. • Skilled in incorporating quality-learning opportunities that create a positive classroom environment. • Ability to incorporate music into daily activities. • Ability to teach and use guided reading, differentiated center activities, responsive classroom and progress monitoring/RtI strategies. • Ability to work collaboratively with grade level peers and elementary staff. • Training in S.M.A.R.T. activities preferred. • Ability to successfully use technology in the classroom. • Must be student-centered. • The candidate must hold the appropriate teaching license for kindergarten. • Coaching/advising extracurricular activities may be available. How to apply: Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, reference letters, downloadable application form from our Web site (, and a copy of your license to: Kelly K. Steen, Frederic Elementary School, 305 Birch St., Frederic, WI 54837. Employer: Frederic School District 1437 Clam Falls Drive Frederic, WI 54837 Closing date: June 15, 2011 Web site: Description: Frederic is a beautiful village of over one thousand people, located in Polk County, 45 minutes west of Rice Lake/30 minutes northeast of St. Croix Falls. 538286 31-32a 42L


The Village of Luck, Village of Frederic and Town of Laketown are jointly requesting proposals from qualified Assessors to provide annual assessment services for the period of January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014. Copies of the RFP specifications can be obtained at 401 Main Street, Luck, WI 54853, 715-472-2221 or by e-mailing Deadline for submittals is 4 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2011. The municipalities reserve the right to reject any and all submittals, waive any irregularities, reissue all or part of this RFP, and not award any contract, all at their discretion and without penalty and accept no responsibility for the cost of proposal preparation. 538590 42L WNAXLP

TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION - NOTICE OF HEARING June 8, 2011 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 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. Baker Orchards Inc requests a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to hold events on their property in the Commercial District. The property address is 1594 State Road 35, Centuria, WI 54824. The property is located in Section 13, and the parcel identification number is 044-00297-0000. The Town of St. Croix Falls is holding a public hearing to discuss a possible ordinance regarding ATV routes on Town Roads. Drafts of the proposed ordinance 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 Racetrack Ordinance. Drafts of the proposed changes are available at the Town Hall or the Town Web site, Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 537963 41-42L WNAXLP


The Town of Jackson is seeking sealed bids for asphalt surfacing over existing asphalt on Sand Lake Road form County Road A to Termination (.67 mi.). Paved width shall be 16 feet and compacted blacktop surface is to be 2 inches thick. Length and width to be verified by contractor. State of Wisconsin prevailing wage rates will apply for this project #201101746. Surfacing work is to be coordinated with town representatives and must be completed by August 31, 2011. Bids are due on June 13, 2011, and will be opened at the monthly Town Board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. that evening. Valid certificate of insurance must be presented with bids. The Town of Jackson reserves the right to reject any and all bids or portion thereof, to waive irregularities or informalities in any bid, and to accept any bid which will best serve its interests. For more information, contact Roger Larson at 715-866-7529. Sealed bids should be sent to: Town of Jackson, 4599 County Road A, Webster WI 54893. Attn.: Asphalt 538096 42L 32a WNAXLP Bid.

VILLAGE OF FREDERIC - APPLICATIONS FOR ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE RENEWALS JULY 1, 2011 - JUNE 30, 2012 Notice is hereby given that the following have applied for alcohol beverage licenses: D&M KOEPP, INC., P.O. Box 582, Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at SKOL BAR, 135 Oak St. W. (AGENT: PAULA DOMAGALA.) DALE & JEANNE’S INC., P.O. Box 545, Frederic, WI 54837 CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at PIONEER BAR, 119 Oak St. W (AGENT: TRACI DESJARDINS.) DOLGENCORP, LLC, 100 Mission Ridge, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 - CLASS “A” Beer, “CLASS A” Liquor at DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #11710, 211 Wisconsin Ave. S. (AGENT: KURT PLAMANN.) ELIASCO, INC., P.O. Box 626, Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “A” Beer, at FREDERIC STOP, 215 Wisconsin Ave. N. (AGENT: DAN JONES.) FREDERIC D&H, INC., 21952 Spirit Lake Access Rd., Frederic, WI 54873 - CLASS “A” Beer, CLASS “A” Liquor, at FREDERIC GROCERY, 120 Oak. St. W. (AGENT: DAVID JOHNSON.) FREDERIC GOLF COURSE, 905 Wisconsin Ave. S., Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at FREDERIC GOLF COURSE, 905 Wis. Ave. S. (AGENT: JOAN SPENCER.) HACKER’S LANES INC., P.O. Box 45, Frederic, WI 54837 CLASS “B” Beer; CLASS “B” Liquor, at HACKER’S LANES, 413 Wisconsin Ave. S. (AGENT: SANDRA HACKER.) LARSON & ANDERSON INC., 101 Oak Street W., Frederic, WI 54837 - CLASS “B” Beer, at BEAN’S COUNTRY GRIDDLE, 101 Oak St. W. (AGENT: STEVE ANDERSON.) LEIBKE TRANSMISSION, INC., 2150 140th St. N., Milltown, WI 54858 - CLASS “A” Beer, CLASS “A” Liquor, at FREDERIC LIQUOR STORE, 209 Wisconsin Ave. N. (AGENT: JOHN H. BRICKMAN.) PLAYER’S BILLIARDS, LLC, 2486 Cobble Hill Alcove, Woodbury, MN 55125 - CLASS “B” Beer, at PLAYER’S BILLIARDS, 100 Oak Street W., (AGENT: ED SCHMIDT.) SSG CORPORATION, 512 Second St., Hudson, WI 54016 CLASS “A” Beer, at SSG HOLIDAY, 410 Wisconsin Ave. S. (AGENT: BRIAN KOECHER.) These applications will be considered for approval at the regular Village Board meeting to be held June 13, 2011. Kristi Swanson, Village Clerk 538545 42L WNAXLP


Solicitation to form a Community Advisory Committee for Lawson Manor, a 16-bed community-based residential facility located at 625 S. Second St., Luck, WI. The purpose of the committee is to establish a forum for communication between the facility operator (United Pioneer Home Inc.), neighbors of Lawson Manor and representatives of the local unit of government. The first meeting will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at the United Pioneer Home, 210 E. Park Ave., Luck, WI. If you are interested on serving on this volunteer committee, please be present on Thursday, June 16, 2011. Meeting frequency to be determined by the committee. Contact Dan Valentine, Administrator, at 715-472-2164 538374 42L with any questions. EOE



The Town of Lincoln will receive sealed bids until 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2011, on the following: Approximately 3,500 yards of class 5 gravel supplied, spread and compacted to 4” thick, 26’ wide and approximately 1.7 miles long on Black Brook Road between Icehouse Bridge Road and Clark Road. The Town of Lincoln will supply a grader and operator for leveling and shaping. Bids will be opened by the Town Board at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Please mark the outside of your envelope: GRAVEL BID Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project. For more information, please contact Steve Washkuhn, Town Chairman, at 715-866-4201. Mail your bid to P.O. Box 296, Webster, WI 54893. The Town of Lincoln reserves the right to reject any or all of the bids or to accept the bid they deem most advantageous to the town and to waive any irregularities in the proposal process. 537625 WNAXLP 41-42L 31-32a By order of the Lincoln Town Board

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR THE TOWN OF JACKSON Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Jackson, Burnett County, WI, will be held on June 23, 2011, at the Town Hall, 4599 County Road A, Webster, WI, from 4 to 6 p.m. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact or prvide information to a member of the Board of Review about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board of Review. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board of Review or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection of appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board member, and if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board of Review, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation, if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method, unless the person supplies the assessor all of the information about income and expenses as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03 (2a) that the assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35 (1) of WI Statutes. The Board of Review shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person’s may testify by telephone. For The Town Of Jackson 538095 42L WNAXLP Lorraine Radke, Clerk Notice is hereby given this 8th day of June, 2011.

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Saturday, June 11 - 9 a.m. to Noon Get together with your neighbors and clean up the roads & ditches in your neighborhood. Filled trash bags can be left at any major road section in the Town of Jackson or bring them to the Town Hall – County Roads A&C – on Saturday, June 11. Here’s your chance to RECYCLE the following items for NO CHARGE. The following items can be brought to the Town Hall: • Washers, Dryers • Microwaves • Air Conditioners • Dishwashers • Refrigerators/Freezers • Electronics (TVs And Related) • Dehumidifiers • Computers • Cookstoves/Ranges Questions - Call Supervisor Nancy Growe at 715-866-4589 or check our Web site 538368 42L


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6 - 12 Principal Jerry Tischer, Superintendent 715-327-5630 The principal will work with approximately 25 teachers, 240 students and 15 support staff in a 6 - 12 school. The staff and students have been recently recognized by US News and Report as a bronze medalist school. The elementary and the middle/high school are recognized as Wisconsin Schools of Recognition. Qualifications: Specialist certification and Wisconsin administrative licensure for the position of High School Principal. Preferred: Committed to lead faculty/staff to outstanding learning opportunities for students; experience in the 6 12 environment; educational leadership experience; knowledge and application of RtI in the secondary setting; knowledge and application of the core curriculum and curriculum development; Superintendent licensure. How to Apply: Send letter of application, resume, at least 3 letters of recommendation and credentials to: Jerry Tischer, Superintendent, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone, 715-327-5630, Fax, 715-327-5609. The application is available online at: employment opportunities Employer: Frederic School District 1437 Clam Falls Drive Frederic, WI 54837 Closing date: June 15 2011 Description: K - 12 School District in Frederic, WI, which is located in northwestern Wisconsin on Hwy. 35. The elementary school and 6 - 12 school have a combined enrollment of 524 students. For further information on the Frederic School District, please visit our Web site at 538284 31-32a 42L The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Follow the Leader (June 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Harley-Davidson Credit Corp. P.O. Box 21848 Carson City, Nevada 89721, Plaintiff vs. Daniel K. Wolf 955 Highland Drive Amery, Wisconsin 54001, Defendant. Case No. 11-SC-298 PUBLISHED NOTICE You are being sued by HarleyDavidson Credit Corp. in small claims court. A hearing will be held at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, on the 27th day of June, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., to dispute this debt. If you do not appear or respond, a judgment may be awarded. A copy of the claim has been mailed to you at the address above. Dated this 6th day of June, 2011. Ashley L. Hawley WI State Bar No. 1077258 Daubert Law Firm, LLC One Corporate Drive Suite 400 P.O. Box 1519 Wausau, WI 54402-1519 715-845-1805

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM MEDIA RELEASE Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during summer, the School District of Siren announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well. The following location will be serving the free meals this summer, Siren School Commons beginning June 13 through July 1, 2011. The serving times will be breakfast 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and lunch time 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.” The School District of Siren is an equal opportunity employer/educator and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or handicap. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights (Office of Adjudication), 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call tollfree 866-632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at 800-877-8339 (TDD) or 866-377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal oppor538279 42L tunity provider and employer.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Certificate of Sufficiency and Order filed by the Government Accountability Board of the State of Wisconsin, dated the 3rd day of June, 2011, it is ordered that on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, a Recall Election will be held in the several wards and election districts of the Tenth Senate District in the State of Wisconsin, consisting of those parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties, as described in Chapter 4 of the Wisconsin Statutes, at which the following officer is to be elected; A STATE SENATOR FOR THE TENTH SENATE DISTRICT, to succeed Sheila E. Harsdorf, against whom a recall petition has been filed pursuant to Article XIII, Section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution and Section 9.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes, for the remainder of the term which expires on January 7, 2013.

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the earliest date for circulating nomination papers is Friday, June 3, 2011, and the deadline for filing nomination papers for the Recall Election will be 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in the office of the Government Accountability Board. The Recall Primary, if necessary, will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, and the Recall Election will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. A description of the boundaries of the 10th Senate District, as created in the combined cases of Baumgart et al. v. Wendelberger, Case No. 01-C-0121 (E.D. Wis. 2002) and Jensen et al. v. Wendelberger, Case No. 02-C-0366 (E.D. Wis. 2002), is set out in the 2009 - 2010 Wisconsin Statutes following section 4.005. DONE in the City of Madison, this 3rd day of June, 2011. Kevin J. Kennedy Director and General Counsel

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(June 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EARL K. NELSON Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11PR15 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was November 3, 1924, and date of death was April 8, 2011. The decedent died domiciled in Burnett County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 20244 Cemetery Road, Luck, WI 54853. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before August 22, 2011. Jacqueline O. Baasch Probate Registrar May 23, 2011 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

New mentoring club starts for boys


by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - More Christian mentoring for young boys in the community is now at hand with a newly formed club in Polk and Burnett counties. The Christian Outdoor Club is up and running and looking for young men ages 8 to 17 who would like go fishing, hunting, learn photography, how to swim or a host of other outdoor and indoor activities with experienced mentors. “We’re targeting those boys who don’t have fathers,” said Pastor Dan Slaikeu, of Wood River Christian Fellowship, who started the program. “We feel there’s a crisis at hand today. The problem with our youth starts in the home. Many homes are fatherless.” National statistics show a tragic picture in America. Some 90 percent of runaway boys come from a fatherless home. And 63 percent of youth that commit suicide have no father in the home. If they live, 85 percent end up in prison. But national statistics show mentoring can change things around. Nearly 60 percent of young boys who are mentored get better grades in school. Nearly half are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and a third are less likely to resort to violence in decision making. For these compelling reasons, Slaikeu and several Christian men from other area churches gathered together, prayed for God’s direction and were led to start a saving way out of this tragic situation for boys, he said. “It was my vision,” said Slaikeu. But then he notes the New Testament says in Acts 2:17: “Your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” So, “being an old man, I must have just had a dream.” The impetus for the Christian Outdoor Club was clear and simple. “We wanted to give back to the community,” Slaikeu said. And that return of kindness will come from a variety of sources. “We’d like to see every church in the community participate,” he said. One goal is to start a new chapter in a different church every year. The program is structured in three levels with woodsy names, in the vein of the Boy Scouts. The first level is called the Beavers, for boys age 8 to 12. Second level is called Bobcats, ages 13 to 14. And the third level is the Bears, for teens 15 to 17.

The men and boys of the Christian Outdoor Club bow in prayer before breakfast.

The older boys are also trained as assistant mentors, so they can care for their younger mentor brothers at all times. The club meets once a month to hone their outdoor skills or take a field trip, like with the DNR. But the club’s interest extends indoors too. Visits to local law enforcement and to other experts in various fields are on the agenda. The club will expose the fatherless to good role models in the community in which the boys live. The club’s definition of fatherless doesn’t necessarily mean abandonment. If a father must be away from the home due to work reasons or other reasons, those boys are more than welcome to apply for the free mentoring program to learn positive life lessons in God’s classroom, said Pastor Dan. “It’s great!” said Zeke Karge, 12, of Falun. “I would definitely recommend this for kids without dads.” Zeke’s dad, Kevin Karge, is one of the six mentor dads presently on staff. The club also has four assistant mentors. “It is molding the world we live in, into a positive expression of the love of Christ,” said Norm Peterson, a father of two and a mentor from Trade Lake. Some fathers have an empty nest now, but still have the heart to help. “I lost my best fishing buddy to college,” said Paul Stavne of Grantsburg about his son Jeremiah. “Now I have a chance to do it all over again. I feel blessed

to be here.” Although the club is Christian in nature, it is not denominational or a recruiting tool for church membership. “We’re not telling them to go to our church,” said Bill Dingman, of Grantsburg. “We’re going to tell them about Jesus.” Boys grow at different rates and with different ways of understanding life. So the mentoring approach is kept plain and

simple. “Stay honest with your feelings,” said Dingman during his life-lesson talk to the boys last Sunday, June 5. “We want to see honesty in you all.” For any boy, man or family wishing to join in this mentoring program, call Slaikeu at 715-488-2456 or e-smail

The fishermen of the Christian Outdoor Club show off the morning catch, having a good time at their monthly gathering. - Photos by Wayne Anderson

State bee inspector visits local beekeepers club

Dr. Gordon Waller, state bee inspector, is joined by Sarah Rushfeldt, Northwest District Honey Queen, at the Northland Beekeepers club in Siren last Thursday night, June 2. That day Waller inspected six apiaries around Polk and Burnett counties and found many of the bee colonies contained American foul brood, a serious bee disease. He recommended treating the bacteria with antibiotics.- Photo by Wayne Anderson 538100 42L

Celebrating National Trails Day


• A race in St. Croix Falls • Ice Age Trail completed in Straight Lake State Park

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer LUCK / ST. CROIX FALLS – “Who laid out this trail?” Steve Clark, Laketown, asked himself as he raced through the wooded hills of the Mindy Creek section of the Ice Age Trail. “I did.” Clark was running the Rock N’ River 10K Saturday in St. Croix Falls. That race was one of three races celebrating National Trails Day in the city. At the same time a large group of volunteers were finishing the last work on the Ice Age Trail section through Straight Lake State Park east of Luck. In the early 1990s, Clark laid out the proposed route for the Ice Age Trail through Northwest Wisconsin. The national trail from the St. Croix River to Lake Michigan, by way of Madison, was in its early stages and Rep. Henry Reuss contributed funds for the Ice Age Trail Alliance to hire Clark. Now, close to 20 years later, people can hike or run across Polk County on that trail, passing through deep forests and along remote rivers and lakes.

The City of Trails races National Trails Day is a big annual event in St. Croix Falls, the City of Trails. The turnout this year was the largest ever for the three races. The first race Saturday was the 1K Baby Mammoth Run at the St. Croix Falls school grounds. The young runners took off at 8:30 a.m. and headed into the woods. That race was so successful that some of the young athletes ran it a second time when it was repeated for some late arrivals. The 5K and 10K races started together at 9 a.m. The 5K run and walk followed city streets from the school to the overlook by the river. The 10K followed the Ice Age Trail through Riegel Park, Zilmer Park, Mindy Creek and the Lions Park before reaching the overlook. Alex Anderson, New Richmond, came in first in the 10K, running the course in 44 minutes. Joe Jensen, Forest Lake, and Clark tied for second and third with times of 47 minutes. Andrea Vollrath, Forest Lake, was the top woman in the 10K at 54

The 5k runners are off.

Shaw Styles, age 6, shows good running form as she nears the finish of the 1K. She later walded the 5K with her father, Gunner Styles, St. Croix Falls. - Photos by Gregg Westigard minutes. Tammi Braund, Cushing, and Chris Hutton, St. Paul, were the 5K winners in the women’s and men’s divisions. Their times were 19 minutes and 18 minutes. Two large teams ran the 5K. There were 39 runners/walkers from the St. Croix Regional Medical Center and another 39 Sprinting Sisters.

The Straight Lake Park work crew It is now possible to hike the entire Ice Age Trail through Straight Lake State Park on dedicated trail. The last pieces of the trail were completed during a three-day work session last week. That project included signage on the newest section of the trail from CTH I west into the park, new boardwalks over some seeps in the park and new signage on the northern section of the trail. There are four access points to the Straight Lake State Park section of the Ice Age Trail. From a parking lot on CTH I just south of the Straight River, the trail follows the river west to Rainbow Lake and Straight Lake. The main park entry is the lot at 120th Street and 270th Avenue. From there, hikers can go east to CTH I or west along the north shore of Straight

Lake to the third lot on 280th Avenue at 130th Street. The final section heads north from that lot to a prairie on 140th Street just north of the Trade River. There is only street parking at the western end of the trail. The entire trail section from 140th Street to CTH I can be hiked in 2-1/2 hours nonstop if someone is in a rush and can resist stopping along the way to look at eagles, swans, orchids, beavers, lakes and other views.

Steve Clark catches his breath after running the 10K. Back in the 90's, Clark planned the route for the Ice Age Trail through Polk County.

City of Trails 5K division results

City of Trails 5K men Overall: Chris Hutton 17 and under: Chris Hutton, St. Paul, Minn. – 18:06 18-29: Ben Meserly, Somerset – 21:15 30-39: Jeff Hall, Dresser – 20:54 40-49: Steven Edling, Osceola – 19:33 50-59: John Olinger, Lindstrom, Minn. – 20:42 60-plus: Jim Baillargeon, Somerset – 21:46 City of Trails 5K women Overall: Tammi Braund 17 and under: Sophie Klein, St. Croix Falls – 23:11 18-29: Laura Greene, Lindstrom, Minn. – 22:57 30-39: Tammi Braund, Cushing – 19:08 40-49: Becky Olinger, Lindstrom, Minn. – 25:15 50-59: Pam Jensen, St. Croix Falls – 34:09 60-plus: Karen Kennedy, Chisago City, Minn. – 55:36

Rock N’ River 10K men Overall: Alex Anderson 17 and under: Henry Klein, St. Croix Falls – 53:41 30-39: Alex Anderson, New Richmond – 44:34 40-49: Rick Stevens, no address given – 56:01 50-59: Steve Clark, St. Paul, Minn. – 47:20 60-plus: Glen Museus, Dresser – 1:04:37 Rock N’ River 10K women Overall: Andrea Vollrath 30-39: Andrea Vollrath, Forest Lake, Minn. – 54:24 40-49: Lisa Wondra, St. Croix Falls – 1:00:28 Team competition results Largest team (most participants) SCRMC: 39 Sprinting Sisters: 39 Boy Scout Troop 160: 5

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Putting in the pilings to support the new board walk along the Ice Age Trail. A seep needed to be projected.

Fastest team SCRMC: 1:17:45 Troop 160: 1:23:19 Sprinting Sisters: 1:26:32

Hikers enjoy the new board walk over a wet area in the park.




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Memories of Stokely Foods Inc.

Collected by Russ Hanson

by Nina Borup Malmen My career with Stokely’s began during the summer of 1951. My senior year at the Frederic High School was just ahead of me and so were the expenses of new clothing, the annual yearbook, graduation photos and so forth. As I entered the personnel office at Stokely’s, I was greeted by my high school physical education instructor, Ace Allen. Yes, there were teachers who worked part time at Stokely’s. Mr. Allen provided me with an application form and the necessary paperwork to apply for a Social Security number. Several days later I received a phone call requesting me to report for work at 7 p.m. My job was on the upper floor of a warehouse on the east side of the Stokely complex. The railroad tracks were behind the warehouse. They were filled with boxcars containing thousands of cardboard cartons filled with empty 15 ounce cans. The east wall of the warehouse had huge roll-up type doors. Forklifts moved the cases of cans into the warehouse. The open roll-up doors provided a cool breeze on the warm summer nights. My foreman was Art Peterson. He owned a resort and dance hall on the shores of Spirit Lake. This site was wellknown as Squirrelly Beach. Art was a friendly, pleasant and congenial type of person. He was always in an upbeat frame of mind, even though he lacked sleep from working many double shifts. My co-workers were a high school girlfriend (Bernadine Jones Wagenius), a former Round Lake School teacher (Joyce Culligan Erickson) and a gal who lived next door to the St. Dominic Catholic Church, located on Hwy. 35. We were provided with gloves and huge wooden rakes. These rakes had handles about 2 inches in diameter and 5 or 6 feet in length. Each rake had six wooden prongs that were about the same length as the depth of the cans. The cases of empty cans came stacked on pallets. We opened the cardboard cases and tipped them on their side and raked the empty cans out onto a conveyor belt. The belt carried the cans down to the lower floor and into a vat of hot soapy water and a vat of clear cold water. This served a disinfectant purpose prior to the yellow wax beans and the green string beans being placed into these cans. As the cases of empty cans were removed from the boxcars, the boxcars were refilled with cases containing canned peas and beans. Eventually they were shipped to various destinations. Some nights were very busy and at other times, the work was so slow that we had the opportunity to relax and visit. One night we enlivened the atmosphere by placing several rusty nails and a dead mouse into some of the empty cans. Eventually the word came from the lower level that our donations were not appreciated. Art Peterson thought that the situation was hilarious, but at the same time, he warned us that there was not to be any more of that nonsense. The unforgettable event was when we came to work and found that the roll-up doors were closed. Art told us that earlier in the day one of the forklift operators had found a tramp (homeless person) sleeping in one of the boxcars. He told the tramp to leave the premises. The tramp was last seen walking north along the edge of the railroad tracks. That should have been the end of the incident. However, we are all familiar with the term “office gossip.” By the time we arrived for work on the 7 p.m. shift, the story had escalated as follows: 1. The tramp who was wearing a cowboy hat had gotten into a violent argument with the forklift operator. 2. After being turned over to the front office, another argument had developed and the tramp departed with a threat to return. 3. It was rumored that the tramp had a gun or might return with a gun. The closed roll-up doors provided for hot and uncom-

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Many local folks worked at the Stokely’s canning factories in Milltown, Frederic and Cumberland up into the 1980s. The Rambler ran a bean-picking machine for four summers. He found this can of beans last month at Menards, and bought it mostly for the nostalgia factor. – Photo submitted

fortable working conditions. Later in the evening, our lunch break rolled around. We sat on one of the empty pallets and stacked up a few cardboard cases of empty cans to serve as a table. While eating our sandwiches a blood-curdling yell came from behind a pallet of cases in front of one of the roll-up doors. We quickly turned around and saw a man wearing a cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes. He was grinning from ear to ear revealing two missing front teeth. We ran like scared rabbits toward the flight of stairs. As we reached the top step, we hesitated and glanced back over our shoulders. There stood Art Peterson with the cowboy hat in one hand and with the other removing a strip of black tape from his two front teeth. Our hearts were beating so fast that we could hardly breathe. Eventually, we joined Art in laughing over this prank. The rollup doors were opened and work life returned to normal. Working at Stokely’s introduced me to an item known as a paycheck, as well as being on time for work and having respect for your co-workers and supervisors.

*** Notes from the Rambler Brothers Everett and Marvin and I all worked at Stokely’s when we were still students. The long hours, often 90-100, helped us earn our way through school. The string bean season normally started just after the Fourth of July and went into September. Peas were earlier and corn later. Back when Milltown, Cumberland, Frederic and all the pea vineries were open, there were a lot of summer jobs available. Eventually Milltown closed, and then Frederic. I think it was mostly due to waste-water treatment needs as well as low prices for canned food. Stokely’s experimented with different kinds of labor – German prisoners of war, Jamaicans and I think Mexicans. Eventually they had a lot of students and women. I was at Menards a few weeks ago, and on the shelf were some Stokely’s string beans. I bought several cans just for old times sake. On the can it says distributed by Seneca Foods. I searched the Internet to see if I could come up with the history of Stokely’s. “Anna Rorex Stokely established one of the nation’s major canning companies. She was the daughter of James

Addison and Rebecca Badgett Rorex, born in 1852 on a farm along the French Broad River in Cocke County. In 1872 she married John Burnett Stokely and moved to his farm downstream from her homeplace. When her husband died at age 44, Anna Stokely was left with five sons, three daughters, and good land. Markets, however, were limited because of road conditions and lack of rail transportation, and Stokely faced financial problems. A woman of strong character and religious faith, she was determined not only that her sons receive a college education, but also that they follow their father’s example of hard work, and they joined hired hands in the fields as soon as they were physically able. “When the second son, James, returned home from college, he suggested that the farm try canning the vegetables it grew in order to sell foodstuffs in southern markets and better support the family. On Jan. 1, 1898, the Stokely Brothers & Company formed with Anna R. Stokely and a neighbor, A. R. Swann, investing $1,300 each, and Stokely’s sons James R. and John M. Stokely putting up $650 each. “In the first season, 4,000 cases of tomatoes were packed in a crude factory and shipped from the river landing on the family farm to Knoxville and Chattanooga. With this initial success, the family bought out Swann’s interest, brought in another of Stokely’s sons, William B., and reorganized the company into a partnership of four equal parts. Anna Stokely helped in the store, welcomed a growing stream of salesmen and national leaders in the food industry, and provided advice and encouragement to her sons running the canning operation. “An important factor in the family’s success was the distinct talent each brother brought to the company. James served as chief financial officer and president, William managed the farms and crops, and John made an excellent salesman. The other two brothers, MIT-educated George and Harvard Law School graduate Jehu, provided ideas in mechanical innovation and legal matters. With Anna Stokely at its center, Stokely Brothers grew, survived national financial panics, expanded to other sites, and yet remained a family enterprise. “On Oct. 24, 1916, though, Anna and her son George died at a railroad crossing when their car stalled before an approaching train. John died three years later at age 43, and James died of a heart attack in 1922 at age 47. Though the three original family founders of the company were gone, Stokely’s grandsons not only kept the business going but expanded it. Stokely Brothers became Stokely-Van Camp in 1933 and developed a national market. More than three decades later the company first produced Gatorade, capping its earlier successes.” (from From Wikipedia: “In 1933, Van Camp’s was acquired by James and John Stokely, who operated the Stokely canned tomato company in Newport, Tenn., forming Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. In 1983, the brand passed to Quaker Oats when it purchased Stokely-Van Camp. Quaker Oats, in turn, sold off the Stokely brand in 1985 to the Oconomowoc canning factory in Wisconsin which changed its name to Stokely USA. Quaker kept the Stokely-Van Camp brand. “In January 1998, Chiquita acquired Stokely USA, Inc., previously a publicly owned vegetable canning business.” The Seneca Web site says “In May 2003, Seneca completed the second largest acquisition in its history by acquiring 12 plants from Chiquita Brands, Inc. Included in the acquisition was a substantial private label retail, foodservice, export and branded business. The brands include Stokely’s …” Note: the brand Stokely-Van Camp is now separate from that of Stokely’s and has its own history. StokelyVan Camp Inc. operated as a subsidiary of Quaker Oats Co. and now after the 2001 merger with Pepsico, is a subsidiary of Pepsico Inc., making Gatorade. Coming soon: Sterling Picnic, noon potluck Sunday, June 26. Don’t forget to pick up one of the new “Second Book of Stories of the Trade River Valley” at the Trade Lake Store, At-las Antiques or the Cushing Bank. Mail order it from SELHS, Box 731, Cushing, WI 54006 for $20 (includes shipping and handling).

Third-grade walkabout



While touring the old jail at the Grantsburg museum, students from Grantsburg Elementary third-grade classes didn’t mind being put behind bars for a spell.

Mrs. Polzine’s third-grade class took a walkabout through downtown Grantsburg last week. The other Grantsburg third-grade classes also took walkabouts stopping at the post office, Community Bank, fire hall and the Grantsburg Museum. All the classes enjoyed a picnic lunch at Memory Lake Park. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg Historical Society volunteer Gail Potvin showed Grantsburg third-graders the different modes of transportation on display at the Grantsburg Museum while other third-graders relaxed by the bell tower outside the museum as they waited for their turn to tour the museum.

Grantsburg third-graders at the Grantsburg Historical Society Museum.

Middle School Fun Night

Seventh-graders Jackson Gerber and Spencer Louis rocked out on their guitars during the Grantsburg Middle School Fun Night held on Friday, June 3.

Seventh-grader Keesha Thayer played her air guitar with a style all her own at Grantsburg Middle School’s dance and fun night held on June 3. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Sheldon Stedman stood on the back of a fire engine at the Grantsburg Fire Department during his class tour of the fire hall. The fire hall was one of several stops Grantsburg third-graders made on their walkabout Grantsburg last week.


Clara Leonard and Sarah Coppenbarger struck a pose during the middle school fun night last Friday evening. The students had fun dancing, playing games, eating snacks and just hanging out with their friends.


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asked my grandpa what heaven was like and he said, "Heaven is where the police are Joe Roberts British. The chefs are Italian. The mechanics are German and the lovers are French. Plus its all organized by the Swiss." "So what's hell like?" I asked. He smiled and replied, "The police are German. The chefs are British. The mechanics are French. The lovers are Swiss and it’s all organized by the Italians." ••• My mother had a saying when bringing up children."Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver." ••• I've wondered, what if the "Hokey Pokey" really is what it's all about?" ••• Two guys were driving on a narrow mountain road. The passenger says, "I feel very scared when you go around the sharp bends." The driver said, " Do what I do! Close your eyes."


Four donors recognized at blood drive

MILLTOWN - Four donors at the Milltown Blood Drive were recognized with pins from the American Red Cross to mark their donations of mutiple gallons of blood. They were Lisa Loughlin - 13 gallons, Lois Baldwin - 9 gallons, Pauline Peterson - 5 gallons and Dwight Hanson 2 gallons. These people, along with 44 other donors, helped to make the spring blood drive a success. Many others, including site volunteers, phone callers, Royal Credit Union, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion, Milltown Community Club, Milltown Baptist and Milltown Lutheran churches are the backbone of the community and the reason for a successful drive. - submitted by Jo Bille, Milltown, and Sallie Tinkham, Luck, co-coordinators Final essay on living self-reliantly



This old shack at the crossroads, where I live in solitude and simplicity, without the Internet, cell phone or television, is Ed Emerson the castle which I call home. In the mindfulness of hauling and heating my own water, washing clothes by hand, gathering already-downed firewood, and wildcrafting and cooking my own food, I seek to find a meaning to life that is beyond gadgets, and away from the seductive allure of advertising. For the past weeks I have shared this experiment with you – if only to offer an alternative mode of living, one more in tune with our original essence – and free from the constant want and barrage of consumerism and growth. We would do well to consider how much of our day is consumed by the nonessential. We pass countless hours and days in front of a screen – transfixed in its messages and advertisements. It is said the average American, who spends three to six hours a day watching television, and three to five hours a day on the computer, and who drives to work and reads a newspaper, is inundated with 400 to 600 advertisements per day. Is it any wonder that we fill our “free time” in shopping and consuming? Our life should be more than a desire for things, and greater than our possessions. Joy and contentment are to be found within, and should not be based upon what we accumulate. What is essential is not who

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Graduating from high school is

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a milestone achievement. Young men and women receive a certificate of completion of basic acaJohn W. Ingalls demic skills preparing them for college, vocational or work experiences whereever that may lead. Graduation is also generally accepted as a transition point from childhood to adulthood. Throughout elementary, middle and high school the process is directed by the adults involved in the lives of the youth. The teachers and parents support, encourage, discipline and direct the process but after graduation the transition occurs when recent graduates begin the process of directing their own lives. It starts with a goal. In its simplest form, a goal is nothing more than a target. In hockey the net is the goal, in basketball it is the hoop, in football it is a line on the field. The plan or strategy is directed at getting to the goal and scoring. In life a goal might take a myriad of forms. There are personal goals, career goals, financial goals and spiritual goals. Some of these are short term to be completed quickly and some of them might be lifelong. Goals also need to be personalized to be most effective in motivating ourselves. If we tend to make goals with the intent of pleasing someone else or fulfilling their goals for our lives it will usually end in disappointment.

My niece Isabelle is coming to


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stay with me next week. My sister and her husband have done a terrific job teaching Isabelle the difference between wants and needs. At age 8, Isabelle will usu- Carrie Classon ally say, “I don’t need it – but I really want ...” whatever is on her mind that day: the glitter-covered hair comb, pink tennis shoes or ice cream. I’m proud of the job they have done, proud of how Isabelle appears to have this basic knowledge so well in hand. As I have pared down my life, I found a lot of “needs” were mysteriously devalued to wants, and then further demoted to unnecessary or even undesirable, as I better understood what my time was worth and how little satisfaction came from most things. I returned from Africa to discover some sort of mysterious digital conversion had occurred and neither of my decrepit hand-me-down televisions worked. Since I was living alone and likely to fall prey to indiscriminate television watching, I decided that I didn’t need one for the time being. Unless I was going to get serious about getting another “real” job, I also realized that I wouldn’t have a lot of cash to spend on new clothes. I discovered consignment clothing shops and suddenly was able to buy all the clothes I could ever want for a few dollars. My old pickup truck is not particularly glamorous (or efficient) but it gets me where I need to go. I’m happy with the old furniture in my house, the occasionally temperamental stove, and my ancient lawn mower (that always starts on the first pull) with the rusty handle that has been welded back on twice. I took a certain pride in almost never using the word “need” about anything that was not, really and

truly, a need. So it came as a shock recently when it was pointed out by my very good friend, Andy, that I do a lousy job of telling anyone (including myself) what it is that I actually need. In my exuberance to declare myself “need-free,” I had devalued the things I needed till they disappeared like smoke. I never said that I needed help, I needed support or needed a sympathetic ear. I never told anyone that I needed more time or more money— no matter how much of either I really did need. I occasionally needed advice, but I never just needed to vent. I realized Andy was right. My apparent lack of need had made the people I care about feel a little useless. So, while I don’t feel very Midwestern or Scandinavian when I say it, I have given myself permission to become a little more needy. Because I do need love, attention, forgiveness, patience, time, forbearance and help. I need to do things that are important to me, not do the things that are not good for me, spend time with the people who make me feel happy and complete, and avoid people who are not kind or not fun. Sometimes – just sometimes – I might even need a little ice cream. Most of all, I need to get over the reluctance, fear and just plain foolish pride that makes me believe that I don’t have needs. I need to tell the people I love that I need them – a lot. That is why they are in my life and why I am in theirs. Isabelle is coming next week. I need to tell her that I love her. Then we both might need some ice cream. Till next time, —Carrie

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wins the latest “American Idol,” but rather developing an intimate relationship with all that exists – a one-ness with the living universe that surrounds and sustains us. Contentment requires a learning how to sit in stillness – to temper the mind and its desire to always want to be doing something. Once the mind is settled, and wants are few, everything becomes simple and easy. I have reduced my expenses to where I receive two monthly bills each month – telephone and electric – totaling less than fifty bucks. Expenses beyond those are food and gasoline, annual property taxes, and a fill of my LP tank. I barter for food, recently trading an unwanted appliance with a nearby CSA farm for a later bushel of onions and potatoes. I spend a good day fishing – watching clouds pass over the waters reflection. I have simplified my diet, make my own bread, and wildcraft for what is appealing – such as watercress, morel mushrooms, or stinging nettle for tea. I haul and heat my own water, and wash my clothes by hand. I recycle and compost to avoid paying to dump any trash. You do the math – it does not take very much to get at living. There is great value to unproductiveness. By not “buying-in,” there is relatively little to purchase. To not want much requires little exertion. If one’s basic necessities can be met at little expense, cultivating stillness and solitude becomes a virtuous practice. Two or three naps each day, and still not enough to do. By

turning off the noise of advertising, and allowing the screens of the world to go blank, I am content to live as artist and poet. I’ll watch Sisyphus push his rock up that hill in Hades, but decline the invitation to join him. (As a caveat, let me mention that I fall short of much of what I have written. At times I long for the luxury of turning a knob and having hot water. I recognize my own contradictions, and have long ago slayed the hobgoblin of consistency. Rather, at the encouragement of my partner, Luann, who lives a gadget-unintensive lifestyle better than I, and even grows some of her own food, I took this opportunity to champion simplicity – for it needed an advocate – and I had little else to do. After 25 years of sitting behind a desk, I decided to push a different envelope. While to some it may seem a futile endeavor, simplicity and solitude is the ancient path to self-reliance, and living without is the instruction handed down by our greatest of teachers, and our most sacred of books.) In sharing this journey, I hope it has stimulated some to explore how they too can downsize and live a more simplified life. For when we temper our want for trivial things, we discover what is essential. The first step towards transcendence is self-examination. Absent television and gadgets, who am I? The only way to such discovery is to turn off the gadgets and see. Ed Emerson, an occasional columnist, lives in a shack close to Trade River, near lands originally owned by the great American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom he is related. He can be reached at

There are many things in life that I struggle with but I am very good at making goals. Some goals I have completed and some will likely never be completed and many are still in MD progress. Shortly after completing a three-year stint in the United States Army I wrote a couple of pages of goals that I hoped to accomplish in my lifetime. One of those goals was to address a future high school graduation ceremony as a guest speaker and I was able to accomplish that several years ago. Interestingly the content was very similar to the address given by Don Erickson at the Grantsburg High School graduation this year. No matter where life leads you, never forget your roots and all those who have sacrificed and given so that we are able to work toward your own personal goals. I reflected back on a couple of my other goals. I wanted to write a novel (in process), catch a 20-pound fish (completed) and own an Apple II-GS computer with 1.25 MB of memory (these have been obsolete for years). I also set a goal to thank my teachers for their efforts. I have had a unique experience in this because, as a doctor, I was able to provide health care to each of my elementary teachers. I was able to return the kindness and assist them in their time of need. I especially thanked my first-grade teacher who was the first teacher to give me a spanking in school. I remind her of it every time I see her.

Reflecting back on my list of goals I can see where the 4-H program might have had some influence on me. I stated as one of my goals that I wanted to plant 10,000 white pine trees over my lifetime and raise a 1,000-pound pig. I did plant a few hundred trees and maybe I can just donate to the forestry department and they can complete the goal for me. As far as the pig is concerned I am not sure why I ever chose that as a goal. I remember going to the county fair and seeing the pigs. Big pigs impress me. There is nothing soft or fluffy about a pig. If you slap a pig it hurts your hand. The really big pigs have snouts the size of salad plates and when they snort or grunt it commands your attention. There is nothing feminine about a big pig. My options for growing a monster-sized pig are less today. My neighbors at the lake would likely frown at having a pig farm next door. My wife would likely frown at having a pig in the basement, especially one that big. If I ever did complete my goal of raising a 1,000-pound pig it leaves me with another dilemma. What could I do with a half-ton hog? I suppose I could combine the pig project with my financial goals. That would allow me to really bring home the bacon. It doesn’t matter if you are a new graduate or a new retiree, don’t live your life aimlessly. Make a goal and get to work. Whatever your goals make it personal but be careful what you wish for. It just might come true.

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Balsam Lake 6-year-old earns spot on international pedal-pulling stage

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – There’s a lot of pressure for a 6year-old when it comes to competitive pedal pulling. Not only do you get just one chance to pull for your best distance, all eyes are on you. Although he admits to getting a bit nervous before pulling, Balsam Lake’s, Michael Nelson, now 7, seems to be doing just fine under the pressure. After taking third place during the state championship in Colfax last fall – which qualified him for the national competition, Michael went on to win it all at nationals last September. The event was held at Mitchell, S.D., and he will now be competing at the international competition on July 31 in

Michael Nelson of Balsam Lake gives his all during one of many pedal-pulling competitions. – Photo submitted


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Michael Nelson of Balsam Lake stands next to several trophies he’s won over the past few years during pedal-pulling competitions. He will be competing at the international level in Fairfield, Iowa, on July 31. – Photo by Marty Seeger already qualified for a spot at the state competition with his second-place finish during the pedal pull held during the recent St. Croix Valley Home and Sportshow in St. Croix Falls. Michael has been to several different competitions over the years and has been to the Corn Palace three times to compete, and will continue to participate in area events throughout the community. “He qualified for internationals last year but we didn’t go. We told him if he took first place that we would go, and so then this year … first place,” Ellie said.

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As a day in June When if ever come Perfect days When heaven tries earth If it be in tune And over it gently Her soft ear lays Whether we look Or whether we listen We hear life murmur Or see life glisten.

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Bernice Abrahamzon

As children in a country school we memorized many poems and pieces and years later they come back to haunt us. Surprisingly, my father knew the same poems, as he, too, had to learn them by heart. My father and I could recite them in unison. I didn’t open an anthology to check my accuracy but you get the idea!

The Lewis Ladies Aid, May 1943 In the beginning the women’s group was called the Ladies Aid, easy to understand, with no confusing letters of WSCS (Women’s Society of Christian Service) or UMW (United Methodist Women). I came across these old minutes. I was still in college in Milwaukee when they were written, and Ken and I hadn’t met yet. The Rev. Grover met with the Lewis Ladies Aid at the home of Mrs. Gust Saros and the group received $1.64 for scrap paper sold. Election of officers was held, with president, Mrs. Axel Westlund; vice-president, Mrs. Anton Johnson; secretary, Mrs. Frank Mackie; treasurer, Mrs. John Bengtson. Lunch proceeds $6.65. Sunshine fund .43 cents. Roll call was taken. Each member had been asked to make one apron to sell, and the amount made was $4.70, with only two aprons not sold. Those with May birthdays were honored. It was time to clean the church and if someone could not help, she was asked to pay a $1 fine. (Note) What is amazing is how little money was required to keep things going. Apron sales? When is the last time you’ve seen a woman wearing an apron? In our present church, it’s the men who wear aprons in our church kitchen, and it’s like a badge of honor. In the early days men hauled hot water to the church basement for doing dishes and cleanup. These days we are happy to share our kitchen with the men of the church. In the old days, we had the Men’s Brotherhood with meetings held in their homes. In the old days women were not called by their first names but by their married names. The ladies decided to serve lunch for the Cruzen sale. They decided to ask each member to bake two dozen cupcakes for the sale, and they’d put two sandwiches and one cupcake in a separate sack and sell them for 15¢ each. Realized on that Saturday was $7. The Rev. Grover spoke on Madame Chiang Kaishek. In February 1944, the Ladies Aid served at the Lienemann sale. They sold coffee, a bun with filling and a donut for 15¢. Anyone bringing more than this was fined 10¢. A St. Patrick’s Day supper was planned with each member asked to bake and bring two pies and also to bring two towels and dishes to use at the supper. Bob Sahr was asked to mow hay on the back church lawn. Such fun to read about the early days.

Girlfriends through the years A group of 15-year-old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Dairy Queen next to the Ocean View restaurant because they only had $6 between them, and Jimmy Johnson, that cute boy in social studies, lives on that street. ••• 10 years later, the group of 25-year-old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the beer was cheap, they had free snacks, the band was good, there was no cover and there were lots of cute guys. ••• 10 years later, at 35 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the cosmos were good, it was right near the gym and if they go late enough, there wouldn’t be too many whiny little kids. ••• 10 years later, at 45 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the martinis were big, and the waiters there had tight pants and nice buns. ••• 10 years later, at 55 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food there was reasonable, the wine list was good, they had windows that open in case of a hot flash, and fish is good for your cholesterol. ••• 10 years later, at 65 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the lighting was good and they have an early-bird special. ••• 10 years later, at 75 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because food was not too spicy, the restaurant was handicapped accessible and they even had an elevator! ••• 10 years later, at 85 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before. – Anonymous (The above piece was making the rounds at the Lewis church a few weeks back. Probably more truth than fiction). Until next week, Bernice

2011 Memorial Day

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago

Remember Charlie’s Cleaners in Frederic? Sarah’s, Frederic? Frederic Sales Barn Restaurant which was open daily?-Specials at the Co-op Super Market included chuck roast at 45¢/lb., rib steak at 59¢/lb., short ribs at 29¢/lb. and bacon at 2 lbs. for 89¢.-Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included 10 grapefruit for 35¢, bananas at 2 lbs. for 25¢, fig bars at 2 lbs. for 35¢ and rose bushes at 69¢ each.-The bowling tournament at Frederic Recreation was extended to May 14.-Specials at Anderson’s Clover Farm Store included 2-lb. can of Hills Bros. coffee at $1.23, turkeys at 39¢/lb., 50-lb. bag of flour at $3.19 and Dixie Belle crackers at 2-lb. box for 39¢.-Coffee and Pillsbury cake were served free at the above store, too.-Stokely sweet corn acreage was wanted at Milltown.-Wallin Implement at Centuria advertised John Deere specials.-Ready-mixed concrete was available at Yellow River Supply Corp., Bohn Pit.-Frederic graduation was held Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m.-A Federation of Women’s Clubs convention was held at Frederic.The village of Frederic was making plans for a new $114,000 sewer plant.-On Mother’s Day, May 14, turkey, ham and chicken were served at Peasant Inn, Siren.

40 Years Ago

Specials at Anderson’s Store, Siren, included peanut butter at 89¢ for a 2-1/2-lb. jar, Libby baked beans at 11¢ for a 14-oz. can, celery at 29¢/stalk, Campbell’s vegetable soup at 13¢/can and franks at 69¢ for 1-lb. package.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included bananas at 10¢/lb., 10 lbs. sugar at $1.19, peas at 6 cans for $1 and oleo at 4 lbs. for $1.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Super Market included large eggs at 3 dozen for $1, Bing cherries at 49¢/lb., cucumbers, radishes or green onions at two bags for 25¢.-Kronlund Motors, Spooner, advertised 11 used cars including Ford Torinos, Pintos and Mavericks and Mercury Comets. Also Ford pickups.-A beekeeping class was set for June 28 at Unity.Farmers State Bank, Frederic, to help customers own a new or used car, offered 50 free gallons of gas.School finances dominated the discussion at June meeting of the Taxpayers Alliance.-Anderson’s IGA at Siren was struck by hit-and-run driver.-The annual picnic for Sterling Old Settlers was set for June 27.-The new pharmacy at Siren was open and running.-The Town of Luck voted for new loader, and against zoning.-Monday night at the Frederic pool was reserved for adults.-Funeral services were held for Gerald Gutzmer Jr., 11, who lost his life in a bicycle-car accident.

20 Years Ago

Friends remember investigator Allen Albee as a caring man.-Disbelief lingers following a shootout, with deputy and gunman killed, and second deputy left paralyzed.-The Grantsburg Kitchen Band would perform at Seven-County Senior Citizen Day in Lindstrom, Minn.-Hundreds of mourners attended Allen Albee’s funeral.-The 19th-annual Syttende Mai race was scheduled in Grantsburg for May 18.-Home economist Christy Bubolz Viltz was leaving Burnett County and was moving to Minnesota.-Open house was held for the 50th wedding anniversary for Bill and Frances O’Mara on May 5.-Deputy Seversen would undergo surgery as his condition was serious.-Two physicians, Dr. James Mulry and Dr. Dennis Deziel, resigned at the Frederic Clinic.-Talents Day was held at Unity.-The Leader sponsored a roundtable contest.-Polk/Burnett Electric awarded $10,000 in scholarships.-Open Sundays, starting May 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., were two Frederic stores, Ameer’s Department Store and Frederic Ben Franklin.-Youth leaders pitched in to help recycling efforts.-Polk County was cracking down on juvenile drinking.-Obituaries included Walter Christiansen, Mabel Hedlund, Jennie Anderson, William Pullin, Margaret Bjorkman, Robbie Reineccius and Clair Erickson.-St. Luke’s carnival was set for May 5 at the Frederic church, with games and prizes.

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Scott and Marlene Nelson of Lewis are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann, to Josh Nelson, son of Troy Nelson and Michelle Taft of Frederic. Ann is a 2007 graduate of Frederic High School and is currently a student at UW-Superior. She is also employed at Wal-Mart in Superior. Josh is a 2007 graduate of Frederic High School and received a business degree at UW-Superior. He is employed at Menards in Superior. A June 25, 2011, wedding is being planned at the Lewis Memorial Methodist Church. - submitted

Dewey LaFollette Karen Mangelsen

Lorraine and Glen Crosby visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen recently. Clam River Tuesday Club met June 1 at the home of Kris Fjelstad. Special guest was Verna Lindstrom. The next meeting will be July 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Diane Hulleman. Barb and Joe Durand and Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Les and Maxine Lindquist Friday evening. Donna and Gerry Hines went to Centerville, Minn., Saturday and attended the dance recital of their granddaughters, Alex and Olivia Hines. On the way home, they stopped at Lakeview Event Center in Siren for the wedding reception for Rachel (Spears) and Joshua Schmidt. Larry, Heidi, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen spent the weekend at their camper. Holly Mangelsen brought Hannah and Grace over Saturday to play with their cousins. Later Larry, Celie, Baxter, Karen and Hank Mangelsen took Grace and Hannah home and spent some time at the home of Jake and Holly Mangelsen. Don and Lida Nordquist visited Joleen and Richard Funk Sunday. They helped Richard celebrate his birthday. Sunday visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen were Kyle and Isaiah Lindquist, John and Tonya Johnson and Todd Mangelsen. Graveside services will be held for Elizabeth (Betty) Searles on Tuesday, June 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Hertel Lakeview Cemetery. Following the service, a luncheon will be served at Lakeview United Methodist Church.

Frederic Senior Center Hazel L. Hoffman

Hi from all of us at the Frederic Senior Center. It’s going to be a short week and also a short news week. There were no Spades on Monday due to Memorial Day. Our monthly meeting was held on Friday and was very well attended. On Thursday night we played 500 and the winners were Marlys Borchert in first place, Rick Hustad in second place, David Peterson in third place and Phylis Peterson in fourth place. One of our members, Ralph Jurek passed away and his funeral was well attended. We extend our sympathy to his family. Just as a reminder, we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Also Pokeno is played every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. Pokeno is a fun game that is easy to learn. Wishing everyone good health and have a real happy week. Until we meet again.

Lewey is a party animal. He and his brothers, Hewey and Dewey, are neutered male kittens ready to rock your world. They run, they climb, they chase balls across the floor. They snuggle, they purr, they melt in your lap. Lewey has a long black coat, Hewey has a medium black coat and Dewey is a shorthair brown tabby. They are fun to watch on the cat furniture in the Cat Room, but we would much rather see them in a new home all their own. Come to the shelter to meet them or any one of the wonderful adult cats Pasha, a 12-year-old Egyptian Mau and Naomi, a playful shorthair calico, have been at the shelter since April. They are both great cats with beautiful markings and loving personalities. In early May, Vida, Drake and Thomas came to the shelter. Vida is a motherly type dark calico with short hair. She likes to look after all of the other cats. She likes to groom them with her tongue to be sure they look their best when visitors come. Drake is a mellow, easygoing brown tabby male. And Thomas is an extra-large orange tabby with an overdose of affection. He likes to give it and get it. CeCe and Holly are both calicos. CeCe has a short coat. She is fun and faithful; a great, loving personality. Holly is spayed and declawed and has a striking medium-hair coat. Both of these girls are young and ready to blend in to your household. Emily is a declawed shorthair tortoiseshell. She is a large cat with quiet eyes and a nonchalant personality. Emily gets along with everyone and is content to enjoy the show. Faith is a medium-hair Ragamuffin spayed female. She has lilac gray points, tail and feet and large blue eyes. Faith is a looker, friendly and sweet. All of these cats are ready and waiting to meet you. Adopt one today Hello everyone! Well Mom is now visiting Granny in Victoria, British Columbia, having a nice vacation but she did say she would help me with my article so that I don’t miss getting out the word to all you nice folks. Dad is busy looking after all of us four-legged critters at home and we’re managing to keep him hopping. Mom says the weather has been great and has gone to the ocean and the park to relax. I’d love to see the ocean; I hear it’s fun to go swimming in the waves and to play in the tidal pools. Maybe one day Eli and I will get to go with her. Speaking of Eli, he sure doesn’t do well during the thunder and lightning storms, I just don’t see what the big deal is. I think maybe he needs a doggy psychiatrist, what do you think? It seems any loud noise scares the pants off him, that is I guess it would if he was wearing any. So let me tell you about the six new kittens that arrived rather unceremoniously at the shelter. When Lucas came to work on Monday, May 30, he noticed a flat-screen TV box in the recycling bin outside the shelter gates. He decided to go and check and when he opened the box, there were these poor frightened little kittens so he brought them in and set them up in a kennel giving them food, water and a nice warm bed. But, guess what, we have cameras at the shelter and one at the gate so Lucas was able to determine when the kittens were dumped off which was 5:30 p.m. on the Sunday night. We watched this lady get out of the passenger side of the car and dump the box into the bin. These kittens had been in the box all night through the thunder, lightening and rain. No wonder they were frightened but they are safe now and all have names – there is Julia, Sassy, Ping, Pong, Gavin and Elmo and they will all be ready for adoption in the next couple of weeks.

Nicole Nelson and Taylor Alseth were confirmed Sunday, June 5, at the regular 8:45 a.m. Sunday service at the Lewis church. Pastor Tom was in charge. Robin Peterson and LaVonne Boyer assisted with the service. Nicole and Taylor were surrounded by family and friends as they took their vows. Sylvia Schaetzel sang a special solo, “Hallelujah” as part of the service. Both confirmands received jewelry boxes from the United Methodist Men. In previous years the men provided a confirmation Bible but the girls already had them and studied during confirmation classes. The United Methodist Women provided cash gifs for the girls and a beautiful confirmation cake was served after the service. It was also Communion Sunday. A bouquet of irises graced the altar, courtesy of LaVonne Leep. Last Sunday the front of the sanctuary was deep in bouquets of lilacs, lavender, white and almost red.

and we will be able to help another find a forever home. Our dog kennel has been taken over by miniature pinschers. We have three little pinschers, all females. They came to the shelter after their owner suddenly Lewey died. We have spayed them and set them up for success. Fiona and Felicity are long-legged red min pins. Phoebe is a black and tan min pin-Chihuahua mix. She is looking for a special home that will be able to care for her special needs. Phoebe has a condition that allows her knees to pop out on occasion. She has learned to cope with this condition but would be a candidate for knee surgery in the future. Phoebe likes to be held and carried. She is a darling pup with standup Chihuahua ears and large, gentle eyes. Butch and Daisy are mature, mellow, people-loving basset hounds. They would be a fantastic match for a young family with small children. Butch and Daisy love everyone. They have manners and patience. Both are housetrained and come equipped with sad droopy basset faces that just make you want to hug them. Our annual garage sale is Saturday, June 11. Stop in for a garage sale treasure and visit the pups and kitties too. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We set up at the shelter, the morning of the sale, and are not able to allow any early shopping. Come support the animals at Arnell. Our sale has something for everyone. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. East, Amery 715-268-7387 or online:


YAPpenings Sadie Young Cindy, the orange kitty, was adopted and has gone home and three of Tabatha’s kittens have been adopted which leaves Bailey and Sloan still waiting, Tabatha as is Tabatha. Please folks, don’t forget our young adult cats all need homes too as does Jaggs, our old guy and cats are still half price! On the canine side, I hear that Jessica and Shiloh get to go home on Tuesday and that Rocky and Duchess have approved applications. There are still some of my great friends looking for that someone special to adopt them. Sorry to say, there have been a number of new arrivals at the shelter – all strays. Some have been picked up by their owners but others have not. Please, my human friends, be kind to your pet and look after them. “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanual Kant While it can be a touchy subject for us animals; did you know there are benefits to spaying and neutering your pets? 1. The most important is to prevent the birth of


Two couples, Starr and Carl Warndahl and Dennis and Carol Bohn, were honored on their anniversaries this week. All in all, it was a Red Letter Day. Bible study Tuesday night at the Lewis church; UMW meeting at 7 p.m. at the church; another highlight is a pancake supper Friday night at 4 and on. Freewill donation. Open to the public and all hungry diners. See you there. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee. Welcome. The NW Regional Writers will meet this Friday at 1 p.m. at Espresso Cabin, Grantsburg. The assignment is to write a short fiction story, using the word “injury” somewhere in it. Get-well wishes to Dan Beal who is undergoing surgery at Regions Hospital on Tuesday. Also to kent Boyer who is having surgery on Tuesday at the hospital in St. Croix Falls. Nice to have Judy and Dave Mrdutt back with us in church on Sunday, although Judy is still doctoring with health issues.



Kelly Christensen and Brandon Bock announce their engagement. Kelly is the daughter of Bruce and Sandy Christensen of Milltown. Brandon is the son of Dennis and Rhonda Bock of Brainerd, Minn. Kelly graduated from Unity High School in 2005. A fall 2011 wedding is being planned. - submitted

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unwanted litters. 2. Your pet will be happier and more content. An unsterilized pet is often anxious and frustrated. He or she may pace or whine, act aggressively or inappropriately to Penny furniture or people. He is not happy, inside or out, and is driven by something he cannot understand. 3. It can increase your pet’s life expectancy. Spaying eliminates uterine infection and reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering prevents testicular and prostate cancer. In addition to the health benefits, your pet won’t face the danger of being in fights, run over or exposed to diseases while on the prowl in search of a mate. 4. Can’t afford it? – You can’t afford not to! The cost of sterilization is minor compared to the cost of feeding and raising litters. If all goes well, the veterinary care of the dam and her litter will be substantial - and what if things do not go well? Problems in delivery could lead to cesarean section, lost puppies or even the loss of the mother. A sterilized pet often requires fewer vet bills and, with the reduced food intake required, is less expensive to feed! So, on that note, I guess that’s it for now so until next week I’m sending you plenty of licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096. We’re on Facebook too!

Bernice Abrahamzon

Phil Schaetzel is doing well after cataract surgery on both eyes a few days apart. Some area schools are “out” for summer vacations. Siren will run three days with teachers present. An open house was held Sunday afternoon at the Nelson home/yard for their daughter Nicole’s confirmation. Perfect weather for it. Sheila Staples and Rick Abrahamzon attended the open house for Michelle Smith a week ago Sunday. Michelle graduated from Spooner High School and her parents, Ted and Anita, hosted the open house at the Washburn County Fair Oscar Johnson Building. Sheila Staples, Rick Abrahamzon and Bernice Abrahamzon enjoyed hearing Jerry Apps speak at Luck on Thursday night. He has a new book published on camping in the Boundary Waters area of Minnesota. He was sponsored by the Luck Library but the group met in the museum.




Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Taylor Jordan Frederickson, born May 24, 2011, to Marie and Randy Fredrickson, Amery. Taylor weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Reese Monnet Woodbeck, born May 26, 2011, to Jennifer and Edwin Woodbeck, Lindstrom, Minn. Reese weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A girl, Alix Jane Priebe, born May 24, 2011, to Brent and Krystin Priebe, Luck. Alix weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A boy, Landyn Aaron Alexander Dahlberg, born May 25, 2011, to Brittani Hopkins and Hans Dahlberg, Siren. Landyn weighed 5 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A girl, Whitney Mae Lundgren, born May 27, 2011, to Rayannon and Ben Lundgren, St. Croix Falls. Whitney weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz.

••• A boy, Ryan Michael Winberg, born May 27, 2011, to Michael and Cheryl Winberg, Siren. Ryan weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A girl, Penelopie Olivia Vodenka-Reed, born May 27, 2011, to Patty and Jake Vodenka-Reed, Taylors Falls, Minn. Penolopie weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A girl, Emmalyn Rae Christensen, born June 3, 2011, to Ashley Bloom and Jake Christensen, Lindstrom, Minn. Emmalyn weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A girl, Kameron Raeline Steele, born May 29, 2011, to Jennifer and Michael Steele, Dresser. Kameron weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. •••

Academic news

MENOMONIE – University of Wisconsin-Stout students from the area have been awarded scholarships through a National Science Foundation grant. The students each will receive $5,000 for the 201112 academic year. The scholarships are part of a $567,000 NSF SSTEM grant awarded in 2009 to Kitrina Carlson and Krista James from the biology department at UWStout. S-STEM stands for Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Carlson and James applied for the grant to increase access to science education, calling their SSTEM project Polytechnic Mission, Applied Science Vision. Scholarship winners must be enrolled full time, show financial need and meet other requirements. Other scholarships were awarded in 2010 as part of the same grant. Along with the funding, scholars receive academic benefits by meeting bimonthly with their advisers, attending monthly applied science scholars meetings, partnering with advanced applied science scholars and acting as peer mentors during their second year in the program. The applied science program at UW-Stout offers five concentrations: biotechnology, environmental science, materials science, nanoscience and preprofessional programs.

Frederic Julia A. Haas, senior, Bacheolor of Science, applied science. – submitted ••• SUPERIOR – The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named the following students to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the spring 2011 semester. To be named to the dean’s list students must have completed 12 degree-seeking semester credits and achieved at least a 3.50 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale). Centuria Ryan Flaherty; Frederic Emily Didlo and Holly Jensen;

Luck Joshua Bazey;

Osceola Sarah Esher, Gabrielle Ford and Whitney Zegarski; St. Croix Falls Sara Larson;

Siren Joshua Bentley. – submitted ••• MENOMONIE - Following are students from the area who were graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout in May 2011. 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 enrollment in 2010-11 was 9,339. Amery Hannah Bergan, Bachelor of Fine Arts, art; Carla Cornwall, Master of Science, education; Nicky Gehrman, Bachelor of Science, management; Jana Kastanek, Master of Science, education; Meredith Satterlund, Bachelor of Science, golf enterprise management;

Centuria Matthew Sampson, Bachelor of Science, packaging;

Clear Lake Laura Arcand, Bachelor of Science, human development and family study;

Luck Tatum Pilz, Bachelor of Science, business administration; Jennifer Seck, Bachelor of Science, hotel restaurant and tourism; Tonya Zacharias, Bachelor of Science, business administration;

Osceola Ryan Lawler, Bachelor of Science, human development and family study; Christopher Lutz, Bachelor of Science, applied math and computer science; Dawn Sol, Bachelor of Science, vocational rehabilitation; St. Croix Falls Jaclyn Jerrick, Bachelor of Science, vocational rehabilitation. – submitted

Siren Senior Center

The center is decorated in red, white and blue thanks to Marge Nyberg, Cora deJong, Anke Olesen, Nona Severson and CeCe. CeCe even used her own funds to decorate around the clock and purchased the flowers for our wall baskets. We don’t like to boast but these ladies do make our center look very impressive. Due to Memorial Day on Monday we had a short week and had fewer players out for Dime Bingo, 500 and Spades, but hopefully everyone will be back at the center this coming week. Winners at 500 this week were Sue Newberger, Dean Elkin, Anke Olesen, Darleen Groves and Nona Severson. Friday Spade winners were Ann Smith, Marge Nyberg, Barb Munger, Marie Bentley, Larry Anderson and Arnie Borchert. Anke Olesen furnished treats and CeCe shared her birthday cake with the diners at noon and the Spade card players. We received an e-mail from the CRA shelter thanking the seniors who have been donating soap and shampoo and miscellaneous articles. They are also in need of diapers, sizes 3, 4 and 5, baby wipes, baby shampoo, bubble bath, lotion, diaper rash cream, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, sandwich bags,

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plastic food containers, laundry soap, dryer sheets, cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom, bleach and toilet paper. They also would like toys, which can be used for birthday gifts for boys, and girls who are living in the shelter, gifts for teens, such as games for different age levels. They stated they frequently have teens that live at the shelter with their moms. Our donation box is out if anyone would like to help them out, I know they really appreciate all the help they can get. As long as I have my hand out please don’t forget our furry friends at the humane society, as they are also very needy. The foot lady will be at the center on Monday, June 12, she can still take a few reservations so call the center at 715-349-7810 if your nails need clipping. Our gratitude to Paul Schauers for cards and Tom Kegel for the box of books for our library. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on activities please call 715-349-7810 and to make dinner reservations call 715-349-2845. Have a great week.



Bev Beckmark

We have a new bear in bear country. She came in on Wednesday afternoon about 2 p.m. I’m sure she is a first-time mom as her size gives her away, about 200 lbs. soaking wet. I named her Pee Wee, there was a small boar about three years ago I gave the same name, he never got any bigger in the three years I saw him, but he hasn’t been around, probably got chased out by one of the bigger boys. Now this sow isn’t a Miss Prissy for sure. Miss Prissy’s first attempt at being a mom was one of total indifference as far as the choice between her cub and food – food came first. Pee Wee however is a very attentive mom as far as her little one goes. I caught them in the bird yard and headed to the utility room and gave a shout, with a blink of an eye that little one was almost under her belly and mom became very intent on trying to find out just where the sound came from. This young mom is definitely not to be messed with. A second shout sent her and the youngster back into the brush. Hazel Franseen stopped in at bear country on Friday and over a cup of coffee told me of the bear they had at their place last week early one morning. Seems after tipping the feeder over right next to the house, she laid down and simply scooped the seeds into her mouth with both paws. Hazel looked a little closer and saw first one little head, then a second one for sure and maybe a third one all hiding in the bushes not far away.

Sunday visitors at the Art and Bev Beckmarks were Harold and Virginia Larson of Webster. They enjoyed visiting over lunch. Sympathy to the family of Clare Melin who passed away last week. Burnett County has lost one of the finest 4-H leaders they ever had. He will be missed. Sympathy to the family of Kenneth Johnson who passed away May 29. The Burnett Dairy Co-op will be holding its annual Dairy Day Friday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Come and enjoy a free cone, some free cheese, milk and a pound of butter with the purchase of 5 lbs. of cheese. There is a petting zoo for young and old from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A tractor pull of the pedaling kind for the kiddies will take place at 1 p.m. Plus a big tractor display for the big boys. As you can see, there will be lots to enjoy, so don’t miss it. There will be an annual family reunion for the Larson, Knutson, Cairns and Mattsons on Saturday, June 18 at the Crooked Lake Park main pavilion starting at noon. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy an afternoon of visiting. All are welcome. The Siren Lions/Lake-County Riders free kids fishing contest was a huge success last Sunday at the Clam Lake wayside. Over 100 kids turned out for this event. This annual event is a great way to give a kid a day of fishing.

Friends of the Library

turmoil. By consciously shifting his goal away from personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln gained the strength and insight that he, and America, required to transcend profound darkness.” – From publisher description.

Burnett Community Library

Thanks to all who attended the used book sale Saturday, May 28. The Friends raised $266 through the sale of used and donated books. “Nature’s Gifts: Wild Rice and Berries from the Folle Avoine” - a cookbook fundraising project of the Friends - is available at the library for $12 and is full of recipes for appetizers, breads, breakfasts and brunches, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. The Michael Perry grand opening event will take place on Friday, Sept. 9, in conjunction with the local fire departments and the Lionesses.

Mystery book club

Join us every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., for good stories, treats and fun.

June mysteries will focus on Father’s Day mysteries. A list of available mysteries where Dad is centered will be available at the library for anyone interested in joining us, at the June meeting, for a fun discussion of the book or books we have read. Monday, June 13, is the next meeting. Is anyone interested in meeting in the evening for the Mystery Book Club? Please call the library for more details.

The Burnett County Literacy Council, which served us for many, many years, has formally disbanded. On May 11, they presented our library with a check for $5,000 to use toward the building of the new facility scheduled for grand opening on Friday, Sept. 9. Many thanks to Lyle Johnson, Wanda Flanigan and Don Lemire for all that they did for adult literacy and for the donation to our building fund.

• “Zero Moment” by M.G. Harris (young adult) • “Children and Fire” by Ursula Hegi • “The Lady of Bolton Hill” by Elizabeth Camden • “Murder in the Marais” by Cara Black • “Lost in Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff • “The Jefferson Key” by Steve Berry • “Hope Rekindled” by Tracie Peterson • “Dark Parallel” by M.G. Harris

Preschool story time

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Summer reading program, One World, Many Stories

A visit from the Lake Superior Zoomobile will kick off the summer reading program on Wednesay, June 15, noon. Grade school students (first through sixth grade) are welcome to join the group for 10 weeks of summer programming. Studies indicate that just reading four to six books over the summer will help maintain your children’s reading skills and reading 10-20 books will improve their skills. This year, children participating in the summer reading programs at their local libraries will be eligible to receive a free pass to any of the 11 Wisconsin historical sites or museums. Please call the library to register for this event.

Adult book club

At 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 28, we will discuss “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled his Greatness” by Joshua Wolf Shenk. “Based on careful research, this book unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president brought America through its greatest

New adult fiction books

Children’s books

• “Curious George Visits the Library” by Margaret Rey • “The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye” by Jane Yolen • “Tumford the Terrible” by Nancy Tillman • “To Market, To Market” by Nikki McClure • “Baby Badger’s Wonderful Night” by Karen Saunders • “At This Very Moment” by Jim Arnosky • “A Book of Sleep” by Il Sung Na (board book) • “Now You See Me...” by Tish Rabe • “Kai-lan’s Carnival” by Alison Inches • “Curious George, Plumber’s Helper” by Marcy Goldberg • “Curious George Rain or Shine” by Erica Zappy

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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Borderline news

We note with sadness the passing of Cheryl Carlson of Riverside last Saturday, after a long illness. Sympathies are extended to husband Ken, and other family members. To me, the most admirable thing about her was her perpetual readiness for baloney. I was never once able to trip her up by springing some absurd non sequitur. I could always rely on some clever comeback with no skip of the beat. Life’s too short, and Cheryl enjoyed hers as best she could. She will be missed. Dave Baker has been very involved in the planning of an Arts Cultural Center in the 1979 Sandstone High School. The board of the group hosted an informational meeting for 25 community members last week. Marty Pearson, potter from Cozy Corner, accompanied Dave to the session. When finished, the center will serve all of Pine County.

Patty Koehler and Bob Brewster were dinner guests at the Baker home on Friday. Lots of good conversation followed a spaghetti dinner. Deloris Schirmer took advantage of a couple of dry days to get some mowing done. She had to teach her John Deere to swim in one ditch, which brought out a large swarm of mosquitoes. The thought of killing them made the whole effort worthwhile. Missy Preston and family attended a graduation party for Mason Kreigel on May 28. Tammy, Josh and Casandra Baer, and Mary Picton also attended the party. Betty Trudeau, a former resident of the Town of Blaine, was also there. They had a nice visit with her. News was received that Lavaun Buck, wife of the Rev. Russel Buck, passed away in Brooksville, Fla. The Rev. Buck was a former pastor of the Wood-

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54893. Watch our 4-H Web site for updates, Neighborhood garage and bake sale will be Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, at the Orange Community Center. If you wish to donate items to the sale, contact 715-866-4510.


Fran Krause

Nancy Krause drove to Marquette, Mich., last week Tuesday where she met her daughter Leslie and husband. They continued on to Cleveland, Ohio to attend Nancy’s son Andy’s wedding over the weekend. John and Reeny Neinstadt had supper with Ron ahd Sharon Proffit Sunday night. Patty and Mike Kringen and son Alex spent last weekend with their parents, Jack and Jeri Witzany. Jackie and Ray Lees from Arizona are spending a few days with the Witzanys. Another cousin, Barb and Bud Holturus from St. Cloud, Minn., are also visiting them. Jack attended the Webster retirement party held Monday night at the Fort. On Sunday, June 26, the Webster Lions Club will be having their chicken barbecue on the school’s old parking lot. Mark, Deanna and Bryan Krause attended the state track meet at LaCrosse over the weekend. Congratulations to all the Webster participants. Orange 4-H Club is leading the effort to create a community dog park. The location is one mile north of Webster at the old Webster Village Dump. This land is owned by the village of Webster but no taxpayer dollars will be used to create the park. We are looking for donations or groups to have fundraisers for the cost of fencing and gates. The more money we make, the bigger it will be. If you are interested in having a fundraiser, please contact Natalie at 715866-4355. Donations can be sent to Webster Community Dog Park Fund, P.O. Box 25, Webster, WI

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Tuesday evening Brianna Bray was in a piano recital. The Orange 4-H met on Thursday. Harmony HCE met Tuesday at Cedarwood Manor with Amy Kopecky as hostess. Tuesday LaVonne O’Brien went to Minneapolis to the cemetery with flowers then met her cousins for lunch. Friday John and Reeny Neinstadt and Natalie Flagstad and children attended the graduation of Sandy and LaMar Johnson twins and after went onto the graduation of Bud Flagstad’s daughter Lexie. Fran and Nancy Krause and Naomi Glover had dinner at Mark Krauses on Sunday evening. Tim and Vikki O’Brien spent Saturday at Jack and LaVonne’s helping with the garden. Vikki, LaVonne and Teresa Childers spent part of the morning at the Webster craft fair. Anita, Kathleen and Sharon O’Brien are spending some time at their cabin. Tom and Becky O’Brien, Mike O’Brien, Anita, Kathleen and Sharon, Teresa, Dave and Amy Childers were able to get a picnic in before the rain at Jack and LaVonne’s on Sunday.

Interstate Park news

Friday, June 10 Ancient Abandoned Riverbeds, 3 p.m., at the Meadow Valley Trail sign near the Beach parking area. Meet naturalist Barb Walker for a hike up the valley to Horizon Rock and learn about some of the ancient geology that makes the area look like it does today.

Saturday, June 11 Get Outdoors! Family Play Day event, 10 a.m. to noon. Join us for another play-day event of fun-filled activities including Tracks, Tracks and More Tracks; Wildcard Games; and the Are You Me? game. All activities will take place at the amphitheater located behind the beach parking area. This is part of the Summer Outdoor Family Adventure Series events. Fun for the entire family! A Different Pace: The St. Croix River by Kayak, 6 p.m., at the Lake O’ the Dalles Beach area. Since 1968 the St. Croix River has been protected as a National Scenic Riverway. Discover a different way to experience the river’s pace, sloughs and backwaters as national park rangers share the basics of a kayak.

Learn about the different types of kayaks, modern gear, and basic paddle strokes and for those interested, an opportunity will be given to try their hand at paddling a kayak around the lake’s beach area.

land Church. In later years he was district superintendent of Wesleyan Churches, which included Woodland Church. We hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day, in spite of the weather. The Webster High School band played for the Memorial Day Service at both Webster and Danbury. The service at Webster was moved to the cafetorium due to the rainy weather. Danbury’s was held at the cemetery. The band played patriotic songs. Josh Baer was one of the band members. Jessie Delmont Estridge played taps. Her grandpa was one of the color guard members. Renelle Gill, daughter of Ron and Sharon Proffit, a professor at the technical college in Rice Lake, just returned from a trip to Scotland. She took her marketing class there to study trade practices. They stayed in a castle that dates back to 1353, which even had a moat. She said that the castle was very cold; between 45 and 55 degrees most of the time. In Scotland, they turn the heat off in April, and don’t turn it back on until late fall. Renelle was amazed by the lush flowers, cold temperatures, plenty of drizzle and no sunshine. The return trip was a bit scary due to the ash from an Icelandic volcano. For a while, it was not certain whether the plane would get out. On the same day Renelle left for Scotland, her son Brett, who had just finished his freshman year at the University of River Falls, flew to Bangkok, Thailand, to perform at churches and universities. His choir professor is from Korea and takes the choir to Korea and Thailand from time to time. At one point, Brett stayed with a Korean host family who had a son Brett’s age. They hit it off and had a great time. The highlight of his trip was feeding a baby tiger. Overall, he was gone for 15 days, and he said it was hard to adjust to the very hot and humid weather. The flight home was 18 hours.



Aubre Kay Gregorash and DeeJ William Snider, both of Luck, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on July 30, at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Aubre is the dauhter of Lynn and Susan Gregorash of Luck. She has an associate degree in financing and accounting and is currently employed as an administrative assistant at Cumberland Federal Bank. DeeJ is the son of Doug Snider of Menomonie and Lisa Lehrke of Luck. He is currently employed as a carpenter at Clarke Construction. The couple is planning a reception at Northwoods Crossing Event Center and plan to honeymoon in Anna Maria Island, Fla. – Photo by Rae of Light Photography, Cameron


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Sunday, June 12 The Secrets of Eagle Peak, 10 a.m., at the Eagle Peak Trail sign in the Pines Group Camp. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a hike up the trail and learn the secrets of the peak and see a beautiful view of the St. Croix River Valley. Those Fantastic Ferns! 1 p.m., at the amphitheater located behind the Beach parking area. Ferns are ancient plants that reproduce without seeds. Join the naturalist for a walk on the Ravine Trail to learn how ferns grow and to view a variety of beautiful ferns found at Interstate Park.

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who helped and visited the rummage sale. It was a great success and I can actually see the beginning of one of the garage stalls. I keep telling Denny that I will get my car in the garage this winter. Enough is enough. We actually emptied one half of a storage unit too. Whoever thought that would excite me? Funny how things in your life seem to make you happy. I am happy because my azaleas are in bloom and I can wake to bright orange, pink, white and yellow outside of my bedroom window. I am not a gardner. I am glad Denny doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. We have a really pretty yard and I cannot take a bit of credit for it. Well, the hen and chicks that are around the tree and down the walk to the arbor are my doing. I started with six and now have more than I can deal with. I give away as many as I can. We are becoming overrun. They are on the rocks and up the tree. Cute little plant but enough is enough. They are spitting

Grandma gets busted

My flying days are probably over but there’s excitement (some may call it the thrill of the risk) in those memories. With a daughter who works for a major airline, I enjoyed the privilege of flying cheap for many years. Like all other passengers these days, I’ve had to endure those boarding gate searches. With my titanium knees, a pair of nickel-chrome shoulders and four large stainless steel screws that are supposedly holding my spine together, it was never a surprise when I managed to set off major alarms. Then I would be escorted to the dreaded pat-down area, where they always failed to find any guns in my undies. What those security people never realized is that my daughter had already thoroughly searched and confronted me regarding any questionable items in my luggage. All due to a few unfortunate incidents in the past. It started when they confiscated a small paring knife in my purse. I always carry a small knife for cutting up an apple or whatever. It was no great loss ... because I did have a spare. I guess it was my decision to hide a spare knife in a different part of my luggage that first set off my daughter‘s internal alarm when traveling with Mom. On one of our many trips to North Carolina to visit the grandkids I had packed all the fixin’s for their favorite “monkey bread,” including several cans of those pressurized biscuits. I don’t know about you, but every time I attempt to open one of those cans in my own kitchen I have to stand back and brace myself. It’s either going to be a very large pop or something resembling a minor explosion. It never even crossed my mind what might happen when those cans were subjected to the difference in air pres-



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off babies right now and those run down the walk when it rains. If I could only stop the men in my house who mow the lawn to keep from running over them with the lawn mower. They can cut the grass, that is their job, but the hen and chicks are my babies, even if they are out of control. Kind of like children. You let them play in the dirt and they are really happy. The Saturday of the sale, the Arborists came and cut 72 cords of wood. It still has to be split and stacked to be ready for winter, but can you imagine? Anyone who came by could not believe what they were watching. The guys who come here are from all over and they cut up five semi loads of wood.

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Pat Solomonson sure there in the baggage compartment of the big bird. Yes indeed, those biscuits did explode, but down there in the hold it was probably no more than a series of muffled pops. With no apparent witnesses, I guess I lucked out. As my husband, a private pilot, said after he had taken me up for my first ride in his little airplane, “Well, we walked away from another one.” On another of those commercial airline trips an alert regarding something suspicious in my luggage probably piqued the curiosity of other waiting passengers as my daughter’s name was called on the PA system. She was ordered to report to security there in the Raleigh-Durham airport for questioning about an item in our luggage. Holding up an unmarked little glass jar containing what those security sleuths believed to be little brown seeds, they asked her to explain. She could not. So there in her presence they carefully opened the unlabeled jar and gave it the sniff test. Their determination? It was actually chocolate, not pot, as they had suspected. Unfortunately, she told the questioners, she had not been aware of the little jar of chocolate sprinkles in my luggage. I had planned to use them for cookie baking with the granddaughters. They tossed the jar and let her go. To say she was exasperated with me is an understatement. Our travel plans would have been severely disrupted had I been cuffed, charged with drug possession and hauled off to the clink.

They do this without pay. They donate their time and effort to nonprofit organizations who give away wood. Watching them is like, well, like unbelievable. What a great bunch of guys. We can’t tell them how grateful we are, there are not words. We can just thank God there are people who are willing to give like they do. By the way, one of the men’s saw, when stood on end, was taller than I am. I have to extend gratitude to Connie Bowar, Laure Siebrasse, Sharon Boatman and everyone else who helped feed the guys. They had a feast due to these ladies. Actually for the entire bake sale, (thanks Theresa and Gladys) and rummage sale (thank you everyone) I was pretty much out of commission. Wasn’t feeling well and spent much of the time in bed. You have no idea how guilty I feel about letting everyone down. My legs just seemed to give out at that particular time, well, most of the time lately and pain medication puts me in a stupor and makes me sleep. Probably a

“La Dolce Vita” (The sweet life)

by Pete Raye, volunteer coordinator and board member Wow! I remember that first day of retirement. Being released from all that responsibility can’t be adequately described. All the thinking and planning that preceded the big event finally came together. But, I worried a little … Am I ready? Should I wait a bit longer? Do I have enough to live on? How will I use all that time? I think most retirees go through similar processing. Since that first day “off” my wife and I have done many things. We’ve traveled to many foreign countries as well as many great cities in the U.S. We haven’t had to rely on a calendar (as much). We’ve “gone fishin’” when we felt like it, gone to dinner during the week, mowed the grass when it bothers us, and crawled out of bed when it feels right. We gave in to our most selfish desires. Then, a couple of years ago, my wife and I decided that we wanted to do something for our community that helped others. We looked into options in the area and decided that we would volunteer with Kinship of Polk County. Kinship is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of a child’s life. By establishing a relationship with a caring mentor they promote stability, support, friendship and community. We were matched with a great young man. It has been a very rewarding experience. I have had the additional honor of serving on the Kinship board. Wanting to do more for our community, we became volunteers with Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County. Interfaith Caregivers coordinates volunteers to assist seniors and adults living with disabilities to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life at home. Their goal is to help clients remain in their own homes, communities and their familiar surroundings. As a volunteer for Interfaith Caregivers, I drive clients, do friendly visits and phone reassurance. I’m on the Board of directors. I’m the volunteer coordinator in charge of new volunteers and volunteer orientation. My view of the world is always brighter after helping someone in need. Other volunteers that I know echo the same sentiment. I often wonder who gets the most out of it, volunteers or clients.

good thing, I don’t think I make much sense when I take those pills. I am not a good patient. I just want to be sick and get over it. This time I needed a little more help than usual. All will be fine though before too long. Getting old is not for sissies. We are doing the treats at Music in the Park on June 9. Come and listen to great music and see what Interfaith has cooked up for treats. I’ll be there, maybe sitting, but I’ll be there. Bring mosquito stuff. Those little, excuse me, big critters are everywhere. I’ll have extra if you forget yours. It is 3:30 in the morning and I am going to try to sleep. I don’t have to make any sense for a few more hours so I will try another pain pill. For someone who is usually active this is really a pain in the … you know where. See you soon. Hope it is on Thursday night. Blessings, Barb

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One of my favorite clients makes me laugh every time I’m with him. He is always optimistic and often embraces attitudes like “keep on trying” or “never stop.” There is great truth to the age-old axiom “It is by giving to others that we receive.” Interfaith Caregivers volunteers provide the following service at no cost to the client: • Local transportation • Rides for dialysis and cancer treatments • Friendly visits and phone reassurance • Short-term respite care to relieve caregivers in the home • Shopping and errands • Light yard work • Minor repairs • Business help • Short-term light housekeeping • Limited meal preparation • Referrals and more Why should you volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers? It’s a great way to make new friends, stay active and healthy, feel good about yourself and learn new skills. Put your faith in action by helping others and your community. Besides, recent research findings demonstrate the positive relationship between good health and volunteering. People who volunteer have lower rates of heart disease and live longer. If you’re interested in supplementing your retirement with a full and happy heart, become a volunteer! Call Interfaith at 715-485-9800 for a volunteer application. Find volunteer opportunities on our Web page at If you or someone you know in Polk County could benefit from our no-cost services call Interfaith Caregivers at 715-485-9500 or email us at You can also visit the Web site at Tax deductible donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 426, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Although our greatest need is for volunteers to give rides to our clients, we currently have an urgent need in all communities for short-term, light housekeeping. If you are interested in helping with this need please call us at 715-485-9500.

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NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN – The Siren Farmers Market is open for business on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m., in the senior citizens’ center parking lot. The cool, rainy spring is finally warming up. Gardeners and farmers have most of their crops in and are ready to sell asparagus, spinach and rhubarb. Potted perennials, trays of annuals, colorful baskets and an impressive array of bedding plants for all your landscaping or garden needs, wishes and dreams are plentiful. And don’t forget to pick up a dozen eggs for your Sunday brunch. Gypsy Moon is offering some special products for gardeners. Look for a sugar scrub for cleaning your grimy hands and a soothing balm for hands and feet. We enjoyed a glorious weekend planting, weeding, staking and picking. And there is still time to get those tomato plants in the ground and one more hosta and a few more impatiens and ... Who doesn’t love a rhubarb muffin? Amy’s Brown Sugar Rhubarb Muffins are a breakfast sweet or an afternoon treat. Fresh rhubarb is still in plentiful supply. If not at the local farmers market, just check with your neighbors. Pull, wash and chop. A batch of these moist, with a little crunch, goodies mixes up in a jiffy and will please your family and friends.

Amy’s Brown Sugar Rhubarb Muffins Ingredients 3 cups flour 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs

ST. CROIX FALLS - The Red Cross blood drive held at American Legion Post 143 in St. Croix Falls Wednesday, June 1, collected 51 units of blood. A total of 49 donors presented at the door, five being deferred. A total of 16 units were collected

Rhubarb and more

Amy’s Brown Sugar Muffins with fresh rhubarb are delightful. The rhubarb season is almost over so try them today. – Photos submitted 1 cup buttermilk 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups diced rhubarb 1 cup chopped walnuts Topping 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, soda, and salt. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in rhubarb and nuts. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle on each muffin. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes or

until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for five minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. They freeze well. Yields 24 muffins. - submitted

American Legion Post 143; canteen operation and supper came from the St. Croix Falls Lioness Club and Wal-Mart. Junior Lindh and Marv Caspersen helped set up. Help with publicity came from coordinators Terry Anderson and Liesel Virchow.

The next drive will be in September. Blood donation information can be found at the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Web site at: or by calling 800-GIVE-LIFE. - submitted

Good turnout at St. Croix Falls blood drive through double red cell procedure. Congratulations to Gayle Knutson on donating his 20th gallon. The blood drive would not have been a success without help from the following organizations and individuals: hosts

Tender asparagus and other quality produce grown within 25 miles of Siren is featured at the farmers market in June.

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Festival’s Featured Artists

ST. CROIX FALLS – Festival Theatre is humming, sometimes literally, with the vibrant energy of its 2011 summer acting company. Coming from all over the nation, a remarkable team of talented, young actors make up the nine ambitious and multitalented interns and apprentices who will act, sing, dance and display numerous additional talents in the upcoming productions, “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Seussical,” and the Sew Good Kathryn Cesarz Improv Troupe. Opening on June 16 is “Once Upon a Mattress,” the humorous retelling of “The Princess and the Pea.” Contrary to the classic fairy tale motif, inhabiting this play are 12 off-kilter variations on a theme ... An overbearing, maternal queen, a silent king, a pouting prince, and a has-been wizard are just some of the odd characters who reside inside the castle walls of “Once Upon a Mattress,” at Festival Theatre. Two extraordinary young actors headline the show with returning Festival favorite Kathryn Cesarz as Princess Winnifred. A Wisconsin native, Cesarz is from Hales Corners. Apart from possessing a sweet and vibrant stage presence, Cesarz also is brimming with musicality and dance skills, which she began to display at a young age. When she was in kindergarten, she played the Virgin Mary in a Christmas pageant. Cesarz took ballet and piano classes as a child, but it was the acting and dressing up that really awoke something in her core. “Halloween was my favorite holiday,” said Cesarz. She continued, “I wanted to go as Medusa one year, so my mom helped me to spray my hair green and braid it to look like snakes.” Luckily Cesarz is also an animal lover so she didn’t mind the idea of snakes coming out of her head. Cesarz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in theater performance with an associated study in creative writing and literature at the University of Evansville and is expected to graduate in 2012. In 2010 she was able to spend a semester abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, Lincolnshire. While there, she studied Shakespeare and was able to see “King Lear” at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon. She commented, “I count it as the best night of theater of my life.” Last summer Cesarz was Festival Theatre’s only intern. This summer she leads the pack as a returning acting apprentice. Executive Director Danette Olsen said of Cesarz’s return, “she inspired me to revisit this show (“Once Upon a Mattress”). Sometimes you meet and actor an you just know the right role for them. Cesarz is an ideal Winnifred and her energy on stage extends into everything she does. She is a remarkable company member and I am so pleased to have her vitality and focus back in St. Croix Falls this summer.”


In her free time, Cesarz enjoys movies and reading. She is a constant learner and is always seeking new knowledge. An artist to the core, she also likes to draw and paint. Aside from playing the piano, Cesarz also travels with an accordion. Last summer, she learned how to play the accordion in about three days for Festival’s production of “To Fool the Eye.” This summer Cesarz doesn’t plan to master any Jonathan Nadolny additional instruments, but she is very pleased to be working with director Mark Baer again. Cesarz is also returning to “Sew Good Improv!” on Friday nights at a new, earlier time, 9 p.m. Playing opposite Cesarz in “Once Upon a Mattress,” is Jonathan Nadolny, also a Wisconsin native. Nadolny grew up in Milwaukee and credits his role in the Modjeka Youth Theatre Company’s production of “Seussical” as the experience that would eventually lead him to his current career path as an actor. He continued to audition throughout his high school years and recently graduated with honors from Cornell College. His first class at Cornell was Basic Acting, and Nadolny remembers feeling a sense of awe inspired by his professor, Jim VanValen. “He opened my eyes to the endless possibilities in theater as well as a sense of how to create playfulness in all that I do,” said Nadolny. Nadolny holds a Bachelor of Arts in musical theater. While at Cornell, Nadolny performed a number of memorable roles including the emcee in “Cabaret,” Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors,” and Feste in “Twelfth Night.” Nadolny thinks fondly of his years at Cornell on stage and off. “I am proud of the liberal arts degree that I have received. It has helped me become a well-rounded theater artist,” said Nadolny. He went on to explain, “I have several interests besides acting, including: mask work, puppetry, directing and even stage management.” Olsen said of Nadolny, “His commitment and understanding of the theater art making process is beautiful. His talent as a singer, dancer and actor make him a delight on stage, but it is his full heart and work ethic that make him an ideal addition to our company and community.” In addition to being a multitalented theater artist, Nadolny makes time for a number of other interests and skills. He enjoys traveling and loves animals of all sorts. He counts himself a competitor when it comes to board games and also boasts, “I make a great omelet!” You may not be able to sample his culinary skills, but you will not want to miss his performance as Prince Dauntless in “Once Upon a Mattress.” You can witness the multiple talents of Cesarz and Nadolny in “Once Upon a Mattress” which opens Thursday, June 16. And don’t miss the returning improv comedy team every Friday night from June 17 through Aug. 19, at 9 p.m. It’s “Sew Good,” it will leave you in stitches! Tickets to “Sew Good Improv!” shows are only $5 each and since everything is made up on the spot, every show will pack a wallop of new laughs and surprises each and every Friday night. - submitted


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Scholarships and awards 2011



SIREN – The Siren High School held their scholarship and awards banquet on May 13. The following students received scholarship and awards: Moms for Kids, $500, Jacob Stiemann, Nathaniel Larson Burnett County Women of the Moose, $150, Ashley Bjornstad Burnett County Loyal Order of Moose, Michael Wampfler Jane Wisse Wellness, $1,000, Tadd Oachs Burnett Dairy Co-op, $1,500, Stephanie Taylor Siren Lions Club, $300, Brittani Hopkins, Kristen Sexton Lake Country Riders Snowmobile Club, $500, Nathaniel Larson Lund Brown American Legion Post 132,

Scholarships were presented to members of the Siren High School 2011 graduating class during Awards Night Friday, May 13. Scholarship winners are (L to R) front row: Kristen Sexton, Elizabeth Otto, Carly Emery, Stephanie Taylor (2011 class valedictorian) and Brittani Hopkins. Back row: Danielle Keller, Nathaniel Larson, Jacob Stiemann, Tadd Oachs (2011 class salutatorian) and Michael Wampfler. “Your hard work is starting to pay off,” commented principal Joe Zirngible, who presided over the handing out of awards and scholarships. – Photos by Nancy Jappe Nathaniel Larson Glen Sherman Memorial, $125, Michael Wampfler, Brittani Hopkins Indianhead Credit Union, $500, Tadd Oachs Siren Education Association, $500, Danielle Keller St. Croix Regional Medical Center, $1,000, Jacob Stiemann Ralph Trumble, $500, Carley Emery Bremer Bank, $500, Jacob Stiemann American Red Cross, $250, Jacob Stiemann St. John’s/Our Lady’s CCW, $250, Danielle Keller Whitetails Unlimited, Tadd Oachs

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Siren High School senior Josh Tills has received a total of $78,948 to use for continuing education from the U. S. Army. Tills is shown with Staff Sgt. Hall, who presented him with the award during Awards Night at the school Friday, May 13.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Otto was the recipient of the $750 scholarship given to a graduating senior at Siren High School by the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association. Otto will be going to Viterbo University with plans to major in journalism and psychology.

Jacob Stiemann Schneider Emanuel (American Legion), Jacob Stiemann Siren Chamber of Commerce, $500, Nathaniel Larson Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, $750, Elizabeth Otto Community Bank, Tadd Oachs Polk-Burnett Electric, Nathaniel Larson Siren Guidance Department, $200, Ashley Bjornstad, Elizabeth Otto, Michael Wampfler Basketball George, $200, Carley Emery S-Club/Bernick’s Pepsi, $250, Danielle Keller, Stephanie Taylor Maurer Power, $100, Michael Wampfler Sam’s Motor Express, $125, Brittani Hopkins, Elizabeth Otto, Stephanie Taylor, Michael Wampfler Wisconsin Labor History Society, $300,

The John Phillips Sousa Award for excellence in music accomplishment was given this year to graduating senior Hans Dahlberg by Siren High School band teacher Bryn Anderson. Anderson traced Dahlberg’s musical accomplishments starting from seventh grade on during Awards Night at the school Friday, May 13.


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North Memorial Ambulance is currently recruiting people who may be interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and working for the local ambulance service. With ambulances located in Grantsburg, Webster, Danbury, A & H and Spooner, we hope to recruit additional EMTs to fill open positions. North Ambulance currently has both paid and “oncall” positions available. North Memorial Ambulance will reimburse 100% of the expenses of the course upon successful completion of the class and subsequent employment with our service.

For those who may be interested in becoming an EMT, the following EMT basic course will be held in the area:

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Starting Tuesday, August 23, 2011, finishing December 29, 2011. Held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 - 10 p.m. To register contact WITC at 1-800-243-9482, extension 4202 or visit for further information. If you have questions regarding North Memorial Ambulance, please call 715-866-7990, ask for Mark or Joe.

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Big Gust Days



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Howie Pahl tried on a piece of handsome headwear at the Big Gust Days craft fair.

Grantsburg’s Main Street was lined with 27 motorcycles Saturday morning during Big Gust Days. This is the third year of the show, which drew even more motorcycle fans to the town’s annual celebration. The People’s Choice award went to Vernon and Mary Ann Wickman from Port Wing, Wisconsin who showed their 1915 Harley-Davidson.

RIGHT: Wayne Soderbeck of Roberts, stood by his 1966 MG at the annual Fiedler Ford Big Gust Days Classic Car Show. “It’s a fun car,” said Soderbeck, of his British sports car.

Kids pedaling and parents applauding made the kiddie pedal tractor pull one of the most popular activities at Big Gust Days in Grantsburg June 3-5.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Over 185 cars were displayed on Grantsburg’s Main Street at the Fiedler Ford classic car show during Grantsburg’s Big Gust Days. “This is the biggest turnout ever,” show organizer and sponsor Jerry Fiedler said of the popular event. LEFT: John Dahlberg showed off the “new” Big Gust T-shirt he found at one of the Greater Grantsburg garage sales Saturday morning. “It’s one of a kind,” said Dahlberg, of the shirt displaying a likeness of the town’s over 7-foot tall sheriff.

Milton Anderson from West Sweden took a long look at this Allis-Chalmers one many classic tractors on display at Big Gust Days last Saturday.

Robert Fossum proudly displayed his father’s 1935 Ford 2-door coupe at the Fiedler Ford classic car show in downtown Grantsburg on June 4.

The Grantsburg High School jazz band entertained the crowds of people pouring into Grantsburg Saturday for the town’s annual Big Gust Days celebration.

Big Gust Days Queen Pageant


Grantsburg The newly crowned 2011 Grantsburg royalty posed for a group photo after the Friday, June 3, pageant at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. Pictured (L to R): Second Princess Amanda Lindus, 2011 Little Miss Grantsburg Sophia Lade, 2011 Miss Grantsburg Stephanie Miklya, First Princess Kortney Morrin, Little First Princess Hailea Rombach, Second Princess Mariah Zastrow and Little Second Princess, Caitlyn Lee.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The very popular former Miss Grantsburg, Gertrude, aka Carissa Skifstad, gave a special welcome to the audience attending the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening. Holding up what she called her wristwatch, Gert asked the audience to hold up their watches, too, and turn them off for the remainder of the pageant.

The Grantsburg High School music group The Travelers serenaded the Miss Grantsburg contestants during the evening-gown portion of the pageant with their fun version of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time.”

Miss Grantsburg 2011 Stephanie Miklya received her Miss Grantsburg sash from 2010 Miss Grantsburg Kelsey Meyer (behind). Miklya also received a sash for Miss Congeniality and another for winning the talent award.

Miss Grantsburg 2010 Kelsey Meyer had a special escort, 5-year-old Trent Rauchbauer, who seemed to be taking his job very seriously.

Miss Grantsburg contestants Kortney Morrin, Mariah Zastrow, Stephanie Miklya and Amanda Lindus performed “Don’t Stop Believing” (“Glee” version) by Journey for their opening number at the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening.

The Little Miss Grantsburg 2011 royalty greeted the audience after being crowned during the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening. (L to R): Second Princess Caitlyn Lee, Little Miss Grantsburg Sophia Lade and First Princess Hailea Rombach.

Four very talented young women took the stage Friday evening, presenting very entertaining performances during the talent portion of the Miss Grantsburg pageant. Amanda Lindus played “Joyful, Joyful” on the handbells. Kortney Morrin presented a humorous dog act with her pets, Pepper and Ace. Mariah Zastrow performed an interpretive dance routine to “Colourless, Colour.” Contestant Stephanie Miklya played piano and sang “Home Sweet Home.”

Big Gust Days Queen Pageant


The Travelers singing group serenaded Miss Grantsburg contestant Mariah Zastrow as she took the stage for the evening-gown competition.

Miss Grantsburg 2010, Kelsey Meyer, recalled humorous and touching moments during her reign in her farewell speech at the Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening.

Big Gust Days Pancake Breafkast

The first duty of the newly crowned 2011 Grantsburg royalty was to serve up pancakes, which they did with a smile, at the annual Big Gust Days Grantsburg Fire Department Pancake Breakfast. (L to R): First Princess Kortney Morrin, Miss Grantsburg 2011 Stephanie Miklya, Second Princesses Amanda Lindus and Mariah Zastrow.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Hailey Romero gave a grin, as she was about to eat her griddlecakes at the Grantsburg Fire Department pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer LEFT: Donevan and Mya Benson and their friend, Sheldon Stedman, checked out the goodies the Grantsburg Fire Department gave out to children coming to the annual Big Gust pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

The 2010 Miss Grantsburg court smiled as they looked over the judge’s results just before they crowned the 2011 royalty.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg fireman Sean Johnson found a unique way of mixing pancake batter using an electric drill. Johnson and other members of the Grantsburg Fire Department cooked up pancakes for a large crowd Saturday morning, June 4, during Big Gust Days. The 2010 Little Miss Grantsburg royalty gave a farewell wave to the audience during the 2011 Miss Grantsburg pageant Friday evening. (L to R): Little First Princess Amy Harmon, Little Miss Grantsburg 2010 Allison Peterson and Little Second Princess Lauren Hermann.

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2011 Second Princess Mariah Zastrow and 2010 Second Princess Elizabeth Gaffney (behind) pour numbered apples into the Wood River for the Big Gust Days apple race last Saturday, June 4.

Newly crowned 2011 Second Princess Kortney Morrin enjoyed one of the extra apples left over from Saturday’s Big Gust Days apple race.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Jenna McNally and Olivia Brock tried the bubble makers at the Big Gust Days craft fair Saturday morning in downtown Grantsburg.

The Big Gust Days apple races winners received cash prizes for their fast floating apples. Winners (L to R): Fifth place, Ellie Duncan; fourth place, Tiffany Peterson; third place, Avery Muellner; second place, Austin Wedin and first place, Melissa Johnson.

Five-year-old Anja Rathje peeked out of the Big Gust cutout. Children and adults of all ages had fun “being Big Gust,” Grantsburg’s over-7-feet-tall sheriff, at Big Gust Days last Saturday in Grantsburg.

Marcus Michel looked for coins in the Big Gust Days sawdust pile. The 5-year-old and other children enjoyed trying all the kids games set up in the Community Bank parking lot by the Jolly H’s 4-H group.

Second Princesses Mariah Zastrow (left) and Amanda Lindus (right) and 2011 Miss Grantsburg Stephanie Miklya (middle) took a walk down Grantsburg’s Main Street to greet Big Gust Days visitors coming to the annual town celebration last Saturday morning. LEFT: Connor Quimby got ready to have a hot dog at Big Gust Days Saturday, June 4.

Scholarships and awards 2011



Six join 60 others who earn degrees at LCOOCC’s St. Croix Outreach Site

Doris M. Emery Associate of Arts, Native American studies - language At the age of 80, Doris Emery is the oldest graduate of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. As an elder-in-residence, Emery set a new bar of academic excellence ... straight A’s during her semesters at the St. Croix Outreach Site. “I was brought up speaking my language. At the age of 22, I moved to Chicago and worked for Bell System. I lived there for 16 years,” recounted Emery. “During that time, I lost my ability to speak my language, but somehow or another, I could still understand.” In 1967, Emery was transferred back to Wisconsin by the Bell System, and then she moved back to the Sand Lake reservation in 1970. “The old ones were still speaking the language, but the young ones were not. I could listen and speak Chippewa a little bit but not all the words. There were so many English-speaking Indians that there was no one for me to converse with - so I just spoke in English.” In the fall of 2007, Emery signed up for classes to learn the Ojibwe (Chippewa) language. She kept coming every semester to take language and philosophy classes from Ralph Pewaush. “It was social for me at the St. Croix Outreach Site, but mostly, I was here to learn. Ralph is an Indian’s Indian. There is no pretense about him,” stated Emery. “He has respect for the people and the land around him, and embodies those characteristics of what Indian men should have. He is very spiritual. He takes his commitments as a drum keeper very seriously ... and he likes to laugh! He taught well, I thought.” Emery explained, “Now I can talk the language. I can say my prayers in Indian now. And, when we go to feasts and to the big drum ceremonies, I know what is being said. I like that because it makes me feel like I am really a part of it.” “My family will say, ‘If your grandma can go to school and finish at the age of 80, so can you.’ I’ll be happy to graduate and get the diploma. It is the end to an accomplishment. I wish Ann Marie Penzkover was still alive. She’d be clapping for me when I go up to get my diploma.” Penny L. Bearheart Associate of Arts, liberal arts Penny Bearheart started school in August of 2009. “At that time,” recounted Bearheart, “I had just over one year of sobriety.” She started by taking just a few classes that would help her in her current position as the assistant clerk of court for the St. Croix Tribe. “I wanted to further my education and get my degree, so I picked up the pace and started to take a full course load. It has been an incredible challenge to go to school full time and to work full time,” admitted Bearheart. “Going to school helped me stay focused and it gave me

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The six graduates from the LCOOCC-St. Croix Outreach Site. Front row (L to R): Linnia Garbow, Penny Bearheart and Dorothy Chenal. Back row: Brenda Swett, Melissa Fowler and Doris Emery. - Photo submitted a really strong goal to reach – I can’t believe I did it! I feel empowered now with greater skills, knowledge and abilities ...” Ms. Bearheart offered the following advice to students thinking about college: “If you are serious about getting your degree, then all the work is worth it because you end up with so much to show for it. The instructors are there to help you. They care about you as a person, not just as a number.” Bearheart added, “I wouldn’t have been able to go to school if classes weren’t held right on the St. Croix reservation.” Bearheart concluded.

Dorothy L. Chenal Associate of Applied Science, casino operations management - certificate in hospitality and tourism “It’s nice to see job openings that I more than qualify for,” said Dorothy Chenal. “It’s encouraging to me that I have the skills to succeed in the workplace.” Chenal is also a graduate of the LCOOCC Business Administration and Small Business Management programs. “I especially wanted to expand on my business knowledge by taking the casino operations program. It really added a great deal to my business background,” noted Chenal. Chenal spoke specifically about the casino management program: “It teaches about every facet of the casino. Dale Hegstrom was such a good teacher. When we went to the casinos to learn how to play all of the games, I had a better understanding of the business.” Chenal talked about the great advantage her business degrees played in her ability to earn her degree in casino operations management within two short semesters: “My previous business classes really prepared me for my casino management classes. My general studies were done. I only needed six casino classes to get my degree. Eventually, I will go to Grand Portage, my home, and work for my tribe.” Melissa Fowler Associate of Applied Science, casino operations management Melissa Fowler was one of the first to sign up for the new casino degree program offering at LCOOCC. “I welcomed the opportunity to go to college while working at the casino,” responded Fowler. “I started coming to college because I felt like I was in a rut. I wanted something more in my life.” Fowler started to work for the Turtle Lake Casino right out of high school in a department known as EVS - an entry level position. “At that time,” recounted Fowler, “I just thought of it as a job. I didn’t think of it as a career.” She then transferred to slots, table games, and then worked her way up to assistant slot supervisor. Today, Fowler is the assistant to the director of gaming. “College has totally changed me,” noted Fowler. “It changes the way you think about things. It teaches you to think critically - to come to your own conclusions. Certainly, I learned a great deal about casino management, but learning to think critically was the most important skill

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by Katie Lechnir Special to the Leader HERTEL - From the 10 small reservation communities of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin emerge six more graduates from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. These Native American students join 60 others who have received their degrees on the St. Croix reservation at the LCOOCC-St. Croix Outreach Site. “I am happy to see the Indian people graduate from college ... getting their education to improve themselves and help out the Indian people as much as they can,” said Ralph Pewaush, head of the Native American Studies Department at the LCOOCC-St. Croix Outreach Site. “It will be a lot easier for them to get employment,” continued Pewaush. “There is so much to be done in our tribes to improve the conditions in which we live. The knowledge that they have gained will help to do this.” Phyllis Y. Lowe is the St. Croix tribal education director and teaches a tribal cultures class for the college. “This site is so unique that our enrollment grows each year,” reported Lowe. “The people feel comfortable coming here. It is such a privilege having our native elders teaching our students, and the site coordinator gives good academic guidance and support to each of them.” Lowe spoke about the positive impact of her tribal cultures class: “My class encourages the students to seek out their own identity and implement their traditional values into their daily lives. We are proud that we have this college site here, close to home, for our students.”

that I developed.” Other acquired skills Fowler attributes to her casino operations management degree include writing professional memos, professional conduct guidelines, business etiquette nuances and resume writing. “LCO College provides us the tools to become knowledgeable businesspeople,” she said.

Linnia Mosay Garbow Associate of Applied Science, casino operations management “When I first heard about the opportunity to get my degree in casino operations management, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Linnia Garbow. “I had been working for the St. Croix tribal casinos for eight years at the time, and I remember thinking that getting a college degree in casino operations was what I needed in order to acquire a management position.” Garbow offered the following advice: “If you are thinking about attending any college, I would do it. Don’t think about the challenges, because there will be many. Think instead about what you are going to accomplish when you’re finished.” Garbow continued, “I would recommend attending LCOOCC-St. Croix Outreach Site because it has a family-oriented atmosphere. The faculty spends a lot of time working with you one on one so you can succeed. They take the time to help you accomplish your goals.” Garbow thanked Dale and Kate, Thelma Johnson and Roxanne Martinson, Ralph and Delores Pewaush and Janine for helping her academically and spiritually. “I want to thank my husband for being there for me, and my family for knowing I was always in class or at work and couldn’t see them as much as I wanted to.” Finally, Garbow pronounced, “I’m feeling a great sense of accomplishment, and I’m feeling ready to tackle the future.”

Brenda Lynn Swett Associate of Applied Science, casino operations management “Having been born into poverty and racism, I lacked the self-esteem to job search and to go to college,” began Brenda Swett. “I was never told to get good grades in school so that I could go to college. If I knew then what I know now, I would have studied so very hard. There are many college scholarships available to graduating Native American high school students with a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.” “I have a bachelor’s degree now in business administration management, but there was no emphasis on gaming or casino operations. That’s why I signed up for the LCO casino operations management degree program,” noted Swett. “At the other schools I attended, the professors sometimes won’t even talk to you,” she said. “Here at the LCO outreach site, it’s one on one. If something is difficult, the professor will explain it to you so that it is easier to understand.” “I wish all of our graduating high school seniors would come to the LCO St. Croix Outreach site for their first two years of college,” she said. “It is convenient, less expensive and it is comfortable because you are with other Native American students.” Swett added, “You also learn about Ojibwe language and culture at the LCO College. I can’t emphasize this enough.” Swett ended the interview stating, “I’d like to thank my mother. It wouldn’t have been possible without her and the support of my husband and children. Having obtained my education, I now feel that I can contribute to the success and the future of my tribe.” Phyllis Lowe concluded, “The education that the students at the LCOOCC–St. Croix Outreach site receive is of the highest quality. It enhances the St. Croix community. I think it is important to continue to make sure our youth get an education so that they can go on to become the leaders of our tribe tomorrow. ” “We are proud to see so many Native Americans graduating from college,” observed Ralph Pewaush. “It is a historic achievement.”

“Once Upon a Mattress” in rehearsal at Festival Theatre


ST. CROIX FALLS - The first play of the 2011 Summer Theatre Series is now in rehearsal at Festival Theatre, marking the company’s 22nd consecutive year of producing professional theater in the Upper St. Croix River Valley. The season will open on Thursday, June 16, with “Once Upon a Mattress,” with music by Mary Rodgers. The play is directed by Mark Baer who was part of Festival Theatre’s artistic company from 2002 through 2005. “Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy with a fun twist on life in a dysfunctional castle setting. This royal family consists of an overbearing mother, a mute father and a young prince who is eager to get married. The queen is played by Jaclyn Johnson of Eden Prairie, Minn., with Andrew Bosworth of Milwaukee playing the king, and Jonathan Nadolny of West Allis playing the prince. Returning to Festival Theatre having performed as an intern last season, is Kathryn Cesarz from Hales Corners, as Princess Winnifred, the role that catapulted Carol Burnett to stardom. Supporting roles in “Once Upon a Mattress” are played by Isaac Bont, Kimberly Braun, Marty Craft, Anna Lewein, Ed Mo-

Shown (L to R): Andrew Bosworth as King Sextimus the Silent acts out the curse: “King Sextimus will never talk, until the mouse devours the hawk.” Looking on are Marty Craft as the jester, Kathryn Cesarz as Princess Winnifred and Jonathan Nadolny as Prince Dauntless. – Photo submitted

ersfelder, Neil Powell, Josh Theis and Allyce Torres. Choreography is by Denise

Baker, music direction by Cole Thomas, costume design by Gina Bonin, properties

and set dressing by Olivia Main, scene design by David Markson, and lighting design by Andrew Bosworth and Danette Olsen. Peter Weber is production stage manager, and Fizz Kizer is the scenic carpenter. “Once Upon a Mattress” opens on Thursday, June 16, and will run in rotating repertoire all summer long before it closes on Aug. 21. Thursday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. while Thursday and Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. Festival Theatre’s Sew Good Improv Troupe will perform on Friday evenings following Music on the Overlook in downtown St. Croix Falls. Additional plays this summer at Festival are “Seussical” and “Lady with All the Answers.” “Once Upon a Mattress” is flex pass eligible for those who are (or become) subscribers to Festival Theatre, otherwise tickets for the play are $26 for adults and $13.50 for youth. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call 715-483-3387. Check the Web site at where tickets are available to order online. - submitted

Grantsburg students proceed to national competition - again

GRANTSBURG – Saturday, May 7, was quite a day for students from Grantsburg School District. Twenty students from the middle and high schools competed against students from over 80 other schools of all sizes and affiliations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the state’s National History Day competition. This is Grantsburg’s third year of participation in the National History Day program and the students and coaches have achieved stunning results in that short amount of time including first place at state and competing at nationals in 2009 and winning third place at state in 2010. “We went into this program in 2009

with the goal of awakening our students’ interest in the dynamics of history and engaging their critical-thinking skills with research and historical evaluation,” said Allissa Koenen, the NHD coach, social studies teacher, and the gifted and talented teacher for the Grantsburg School District. “What we have academically achieved in each year of our participation is something that is truly greater than all of us. The students continue to astound us.” That great achievement Koenen was talking about is the advance of two of Grantsburg’s National History Day projects to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Eighth-grader Anneka Johnson’s performance “When Men Are Hungry They Feed Themselves,” a play based upon the experiences of a white settler during the Dakota War of 1862, earned the kudos of state judges and first place for the junior individual-performance category. Sophomores Johanna Lauer’s and Mariah Zastrow’s first-place group exhibit, “Broken Promises and Failed Diplomacy: The Collapse of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux” has impressed judges at local, regional and now state-level history competitions. “This research project has been a labor

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of love since I started thinking about National History Day earlier this school year,” said state finalist sophomore Johanna Lauer. “We only dreamed that we could get this far when we started this project over four months ago!” exclaimed state finalist sophomore Mariah Zastrow. In addition to the three students going to nationals, three more Grantsburg students received accolades at the Madison event. Sophomores Jenna Michel and Tiffani Moyer won third place, first runners-up in the state senior exhibit category and sixth-graders Maria Oachs and Rhiana Pochman won fourth place, second runners-up in the junior exhibit category. Matthew Koenen, history teacher at Grantsburg High School, related, “I could not be more proud of our students who participated in this program.” The final round of the National History Day competition will be held in Washington, D.C., from June 11-16 and will host student finalists from every state in the union, United States Territories, the United States Department of Defense, and a few other countries including the People’s Republic of China. - submitted


Friends of Luck Library and Bremer Foundation fund new library doors

LUCK - Thanks to the Bremer Foundation and the Friends of Luck Library, the library now has automatic doors. In July 2010, Friends of Luck Library submitted a grant proposal to the Bremer Foundation for funding which included money to install automatic doors and an enhanced sidewalk in the back of the building. These improvements, along with several others, are making the library more accessible to patrons. The new doors were installed Tuesday, May 31, and are already making a huge difference. “Everyone notices them right away,” remarked library director Jill Glover. “We are so happy to have them finally installed. Patrons have been waiting patiently for them. The weight of the original doors and the difficulty some of our patrons have had getting into the building, has been an issue we have been working on since the opening of our new building.” The Friends of Luck Library noticed this need last year and decided to do something about it. Together with a team of

The Luck Public Library/Museum has new doors, thanks to the Friends of the Luck Library and the Bremer Foundation. - Photo submitted

specialists, they identified five accessibility issues related to the Luck Public Library and wrote a grant addressing them. The Bremer Foundation awarded the grant in September 2010, but with the early fall and prolonged winter weather, the work was not able to begin until May 2011. “The doors went in very smoothly and we expect the cement work and other improvements to be finished by the end of June.” said Betty Patterson, vice president of the Friends of Luck Library. Luck Historical Museum President Charles Adleman has been working outside the building resetting bricks, burying electrical conduit and generally putting the landscape back to rights after the renovations. Even though work will continue on the outside for several more weeks, it will not affect the hours of the Luck Library/Museum. All programs will remain on schedule and the summer reading program will begin June 15 as advertised. - submitted

Summer water aerobics through Luck Community Education

LUCK - Water aerobics classes will continue through the summer at the Luck Country Inn pool. Exercising in the water offers the benefits of a cardio workout without the high impact of regular aerobics. Classes are available for all ages. Senior citizens who have taken these classes

report that the buoyancy of the water is wonderful and is less stressful on the body versus some weight-bearing exercises. The six-week classes are held twice each week. The Monday-Wednesday class is held from 4-5 p.m. from June 13 – July 20.

High honors

Karl and Leah Anderson, children of Matt and Kris (Oman) Anderson and grandchildren of Hazel Oman of Falun, graduated with high honors from Siloam Springs High School in Siloam Springs, Ark., on May 21. Karl was awarded the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship which requires recipients to score a 32 or above on the ACT and maintain a 3.8 or above GPA during their high school years. Leah was selected as the Arkansas Female Student Athlete Scholar and will be honored at a luncheon on June 22. She was also chosen to play in the AllStar State Soccer game comprised of top players in the state. Karl played in the Arkansas State 5A Championship soccer match on the morning of graduation where his team won their firstever state title. Karl will be attending John Brown University, majoring in mechanical engineering and Leah will be joining her sister, Emily, at Ouachita Baptist University with a major in history/education and playing on the Lady Tiger soccer team. - Photo submitted

Skow is FNRC award winner

Cindy Skow is Frederic Nursing and Rehab’s Employee Achievement Award winner for the month of May. She has been an employee of Frederic Nursing and Rehab since Nov. 13, 1989. “Cindy is deserving of this award as she is a caring and dedicated servant of the elderly and her community,” a statement from FNRC states. - Photo submitted

The Tuesday-Thursday classes from June 14 – July 21 are 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.; the 9-10 a.m. class roster is already full. The fee for this WITC class is $52, and only $28 for people age 62 and better. The maximum for each class is capped at eight people to allow plenty of room in the pool

to exercise. Contact Amy Aguado at Luck Community Education for more details and to sign up at 715-472-2152, Ext. 103 or e-mail at - submitted

5,000 books

At the beginning of the 20102011 school year, Mrs. Stridde challenged her first-grade class at St. Croix Falls Elementary to read 5,000 books at home before the last day of school. If they met their goal before the end of the year, Stridde promised them a pizza party. The students worked very hard throughout the year and brought in their completed reading slips. One by one, the students filled out their classroom reading chart and continued to add books to the total. By March, the students had reached their goal of 5,000 books read at home. Students didn’t stop there … they kept reading to see how many more books they could add to the reading chart before the end of the school year. By the last day of school, they had read an amazing total of 6,970 books at home. Every student contributed to the total amount of books read. “Great job, kids!” noted Stridde. “Keep it up this summer!” - Photos submitted

Unity Girl Scouts celebrate accomplishments


BALSAM LAKE - Unity Girl Scouts had their annual Court of Awards and celebrated their accomplishments for the year on May 26. All of the girls were very involved in community service activities, fundraising and selling the cookies they are well known for, and learning and growing through the experiences that Girl Scouting offers. Several Unity Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting. Those amazing young women were Jenelle Larsen, Katherine Ebensperger, Naomi Williamson and Jessica Golz. Earning the Gold Award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. This special project is an extension and a compilation of all that she has learned in Girl Scouting. Awards presented to Girl Scout leaders for their exceptional service included one to Meri Locke who was presented the Outstanding Volunteer Award for support of the service unit’s cookie activity for the past two years, functioning as Unity service unit cookie manager. She took the service unit through difficult times of transition and change of the cookie program and further supported the success of the girls cookie sales by managing a cookie cupboard for area Girl Scouts during the sale period. Jeanne Alling was also presented the Outstanding Volunteer

Unity Girl Scouts receiving their Gold Award this spring include Jenelle Larsen, Naomi Williamson, troop leader Lynn Dahn, Katherine Ebensperger and Jessica Golz. Larson’s project included teen suicide awareness; Williamson’s project included a career fair for Unity High School students; Ebensperger’s project included making a Web site for students to locate volunteer opportunities; and Golz’s project brought awareness to the fine arts of creative writing, photography and art projects through the publication of a monthly newsletter. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest level of achievement that a Girl Scout can achieve, it is comparable to the Boy Scout Eagle Award. - Photo by Jeanne Alling Award for her support of Unity Service Unit’s members beyond expectations through her innovative collaboration with other organizations to accomplish mutual goals for the community and those of need. She has facilitated several activities for Girl Scouts throughout and beyond the Unity area, to promote the image of

Girl Scouting to the public. Lynn Dahn was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award for her performance in working with girls within the service unit. Her creativity in leading and guidance with open communication has given girls support, inspiration and understanding. The members of her troop just earned their

Concert benefits CRA, WINGS

ABOVE: The Woodland Chorale concert held this spring raised $568 for the Community Referral Agency, which operates a domestic abuse shelter for the area, and $568 for the WINGS Foundation, helping area young people who are financially disadvantaged realize their goals. The new community choir will present a second-annual concert next year, to benefit other local organizations. There was a large turnout for the concert, which received good reviews from audience members. RIGHT: Shown (L to R), front row: Jennifer Wallenburg from CRA, Harry Johansen, chorale conductor and Craig Miles (WINGS Foundation). Back row: Tanna Worrel, Ann Fawver and Amy Augado (community education directors) and Christine Johansen, pianist. - Photos submitted

Students rewarded at Siren Students in all grades at Siren School are rewarded every quarter for being responsible, respectful and safe. Any students who met these expectations and did not receive any behavior referrals during the fourth quarter of this school year were eligible for a fun time at Moose Mulligan’s Mini Golf in Siren. The students pictured in these photos were thirdand fourth-graders whose time at Moose Mulligan’s was on Thursday, June 2. - Photos by Nancy Jappe

Gold Awards. Other parent volunteer awards were also given out to many parents who were involved in the troop and gave of themselves beyond expectations. Community partners were awarded the prestigious Heart in Hand Girl Scout Award from the aervice unit and the Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys for outstanding service that benefitted the service unit by giving a significant amount of time and energy to Girl Scouts. Those recognized from the community were: Gene Paulson of the American Legion for his education of patriotism and etiquette for the girls and coordination of donation of U.S. and Wisconsin flags for parades, Susan Hager of Cookie Brigade for her involvement with troops in sending baked goods to deployed and wounded military personnel, Geno D’Agostino of the Angler’s Inn for sponsorship of the annual Corn on the Curb fundraiser, Chris Opitz of Lakeland Communications for guidance and support making a Cookie Sale public service announcement aired on local cable network, and Kirsten Bloom of Modern Woodmen of America for the coordination of a matching grant to support troops community service and earning their bronze award. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. - submitted




Perspectives Sally Bair

The Great Prayer Meeting Revival

It started on Sept. 23, 1857, during a desperate time in America. On the edge of financial collapse, banks and businesses failed, and unemployment figures reached many thousands. People in desperate straits didn’t know where to turn for help. The spiritual climate showed the Christian religion in decline as well. That’s when Jeremiah C. Lanphier posted a sign outside a New York church advertising a prayer meeting during the noon hour. Like many prayer meetings, only a handful of people attended at first. But as they began to meet weekly, the numbers grew. Soon the people met daily to pray. When their numbers outgrew the church capacity, other churches and even a large theater opened their doors for prayer. Some 150 interdenominational prayer meetings took place in Brooklyn and Manhattan alone. Within six months, over 10,000 men met to pray daily in New York. The prayer revival soon leaped to Philadelphia, Chicago, Louisville, Cleveland, St. Louis and many other cities to the west and then overseas. In fact, the meetings continued until 1860, just before the American Civil War began. There was little or no preaching during those daily meetings—only unified prayer. The results of such persevering prayer astounded the world. By 1859 the hearts of over 2 million people had turned to God through personal repentance. In parts of Europe, the revival continued during the American Civil War. In America it brought us such spiritual giants as William and Catherine Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, and Dwight L. Moody. The great prayer meeting revival is a testament to perseverance. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing … for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Anything worthwhile requires perseverance. When we see the broken hearts of people around us—the sick, the depressed, the helpless— we should be compelled to pray without ceasing for them. God wants all of us to be reconciled with him. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16) Fervent prayer accomplishes great results, as shown by the great prayer meeting revival. Lord, thank you for hearing our prayers. Kindle a fire within us that will become another prayer meeting revival. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Vacation Bible school offered in Taylors Falls, Minn.

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – A summer vacation Bible school will be happening at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, Monday – Friday, Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon, featuring the Growing With the Saints program; Parade Around the Our Father. This is for kids 4 years old through those entering the sixth grade. Call the parish office at 651-465-7345 for more information or to register. - submitted

Confi firrmation at LMUMC Taylor Alseth, daughter of Karla Brundberg and Dave Alseth, and Nicole Nelson, daughter of Scott and Marlene Nelson, were confirmed recently at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. Taylor and Nicole are shown with Pastor Tom Cook. - Photo submitted

Confi firrmed at Faith Lutheran - Grantsburg

Seven youth were confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. At the morning Communion service, each confirmation youth and their family were invited to come to the altar where special prayer was offered and Communion received. Back row (L to R): Austin Swenson, Brody Bonneville, Pastor Victor St. George, Chandler Witzany and Gus Johnson. Front row: Whitney Oachs, Abby Stevens and Harlei Hennessey. Faith Lutheran Church invites all to worship each Sunday at 9:30 am. Services can be heard live each Sunday on WCMP 1350 AM. If you have any questions about any of the programs at Faith Lutheran Church, please contact the church at 715-463-5388 or check out the Web site at: - Photo submitted

North Valley Lutheran Church building addition dedication June 12

CENTURIA – North Valley, located at 1988 220th Ave. (CTH G between Hwys. 87 and 35) welcomes the community to attend the building addition dedication Sunday, June 12. The various events are 11 a.m. – Pentecost worship service; noon – luncheon served in the basement; 1:30 p.m. - dedication service in the sanctuary, with organist Susan Hellerud of Milltown roots, and 2 – 5 p.m. - open house with refreshments served in the new narthex. Please join North Valley for one or all of the events to help celebrate this investment in the North Valley community. For additional information call the church office at 715-8253559 or check the Web site at - submitted

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News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran

FREDERIC – On Wednesday, June 1, the women of the church journeyed to Luther Point Bible Camp, and they invited the women of their sister church, Faith Lutheran in Grantsburg, to go along on the adventure. Both women’s groups are part of the Apple River Conference which covers our area, there are seven conferences in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. In our conference, each year each church is given the name of a neighboring church and that is their sister church for the year. We are to pray for them and we are encouraged to invite them to special functions so we can all get to know one another better. As you can see by the picture there was a large turnout for the event, and the day was beautiful with the sun shining but a little windy by the lake. Getting to know one another over a pastry of some kind and a good cup of coffee always makes it easier. We then had devotions and after that Becky from the camp gave us a little history and a tour of the beautiful campgrounds. She assured us that if there is a child that wants to go to camp and if money is an issue, they can work with the families to help make sure the child gets to camp as that is part of their mission. The group ate lunch in the dining hall along with the young counselors that

Women of Pilgrim Lutheran, Frederic, and Faith Lutheran, Grantsburg, met at Luther Point Bible Camp for food, fellowship and a tour of the campgrounds. – Photo submitted

were there preparing for the beginning of the camping season. The Pilgrim ladies made a salad luncheon complete with homemade bars and the party was over about 12:30 p.m. All children in the village of Frederic are invited to join Pilgrim for their vacation Bible school, which starts Sunday, June 26, and ends Wednesday, June 29. The theme for this year is At The Beach and on Sunday we will be at the beach from 4 to 6 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday VBS will start at 12:30 p.m. and end at

3 p.m. The students can ride the bus from summer school and the bus will drop them off at the front of the church. The students can be picked up at about 3 p.m. each day. All children from preschool through sixth grade are encouraged to join in and can register by calling the church at 715-3278012 or just show up. There is a suggested donation of $10 per student or $20 per family or this donation can be waived. The students will have a great time singing, creating crafts and playing games and many activities will be designed to help the stu-

dents grow in their faith and service to God. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship at 9 a.m., which is our summer schedule. For more information about the church or coming events, please call the church office at 714-327-8012 and leave a message and someone will call you back. You can also go to the Web site or check out other activities on Facebook. – submitted



Cathryn Elaine (McLeod) Jensen

Cathryn Elaine (McLeod) Jensen, 84, Centuria, died at home late Monday evening, May 30, 2011, peacefully, surrounded by loving family. She had been in failing health. Cathryn was born on April 12, 1927, to Lydia (George) McLeod and Ernest McLeod at their home in Centuria. She married Lyle Jensen on Aug. 30, 1943, and they were married for 64 years at the time of his death. They managed a racetrack in Milltown. Cathryn worked as a seamstress at Alcan Manufacturing in Centuria. She enjoyed dancing, camping and golfing with her husband and family. As their children married and had children, they accompanied them. Cathryn and Lyle camped 26 winters in Edinburg, Texas. She enjoyed sewing for her family and doing many handstitchery projects, counted cross-stitch, plastic canvas and punch embroidered greeting cards. They made beautiful gifts for her friends and family. Cathryn leaves to celebrate her memory, son, Larry (Shirley) Jensen of Star Prairie; daughter, Kathie (John) Wilson of St. Croix Falls; son-in-law, Donald W. Richard Jr. of Lakeland, Minn.; grandchildren, Nancy (Tony) Amirante, Jodi Swenson, Christopher (Wendy) Wilson, Sean (Kim) Jensen, Angie (Robert) Scott, Kelly (Tom) Gustafson, Chris Richard (Brenda Bonin) and Melissa Wilson (Eric Peterson); 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Lauryl Flatten of Balsam Lake, Joan Wulf of Centuria and Jane Larsen of Menomonie; sister-in-law, Lazette McLeod of St. Croix Falls; and many nieces, nephews , cousins and other loving family and friends. She was preceded by her parents; infant son; husband, Lyle; daughter, Karen Richard; brothers, Donald and Robert McLeod; and sisters, Effie McLeod and Luella Anderson. Funeral service was held at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria on Saturday, June 4. Pastor Mel Rau officiated and music was provided by Linda and John Iwaszko. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Nancy (Tony) Amirante of Osceola, Jodi Swenson of Dresser, Christopher (Wendy) Wilson of Balsam Lake, Melissa Wilson (Eric Peterson) of Duluth, Minn., Sean (Kim) Jensen of Ham Lake, Minn., Kelly (Tom) Gustafson of Victor, N.Y., Angela (Robert) Scott of Minneapolis, Minn., and Chris Richard (Brenda Bonin) of Lakeland, Minn. To sign the online guest book please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Shirley Barry

Shirley Barry, 64, Grantsburg, passed away June 3, at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab Community. Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m., at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Helen Maki Myers

Helen Maki Myers, 91, formerly of Grantsburg, passed away May 21, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in St. Croix Falls. She is survived by her son, Allan; and 11 grandchildren. Services were held at the Edling Funeral Home in Grantsburg on May 27 followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Myrtle M. Larson

Myrtle Mary Larson, 80, Town of Luck, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at her home. Myrtle was born Sept. 6, 1930, to Fred and Pearl Lind in Milltown. She grew up in Milltown and attended the South Milltown School. In 1947, she married Bob Harder and had two sons, David and Daryl. In 1955, she married Lyle Larson of Luck. They lived on the family farm and added two more sons, John and Aaron. Myrtle was a homemaker and was a waitress at Dee’s Café in Luck and the Mill Inn in Milltown. She also worked at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; and her brother, Stanley. She is survived by her sons, David (Jeanette) with grandchildren, Shane, Matt and Dean; Daryl with grandchildren, Chad and Heather; John (Terri) with grandchildren, Cassie, Ashley and Cody; and Aaron (Monica) with grandchildren, Michael, Brett and Mitchell; sisters, Dorothy, Ardyce and Marian; and seven great-grandchildren. Myrtle had a great love for the outdoors. She enjoyed working in her garden and sharing all she grew. She passed her legacy of gardening, growing flowers, bird watching and bird feeding to all. Myrtle loved to cook and bake and is best known for her pickles. Above all, she loved to spend time with her family and her family with her. Memorial services were held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Thursday, May 26, with Pastor Mary Ann Bowman officiating. Music was provided by soloist Jodie Beyl and organist Margie Nelson. Burial was at St. Peter’s Cemetery, North Luck, immediately following the service. Refer to the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, were entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Lyla B. Belt

Lyla B. Belt (nee Grimes) passed away on March 6, 2011, in Belleville, Ill., where she had been living with her daughter since she had a stroke three years ago. Lyla was born in Clear Lake and was the daughter of Lyle and Tillie Grimes (Moll). She lived in Clear Lake until the family moved to the Chicago, Ill., area when she was 13. She graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1943 and married Emil J. Zaleski. They had one daughter, Margo. Emil died in 1947. Lyla married William Belt in 1949, and they had a son, Michael. Lyla and Bill were married 49 years. Although the family stayed in the Chicago area, they spent their summers in Balsam Lake. Besides spending time at the lake, Lyla was active in her church in Orland Park and in Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. She was a volunteer at the Ingalls Hospital Guild in Harvey, Ill., for almost 30 years. She is preceded in death by her mother, father and husbands. She is mourned by her daughter, Margo Belt of Belleville, Ill.; her son, Michael (Sharon) of Appleton; two grandsons, Kevin (Angela) of Madison and Brian (Kelli) of Brookfield; great-granddaughter, Allison; and special friends, Lyn and Rod Preble of Balsam Lake. She will be missed by many cousins and friends. A memorial service for Lyla was held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Palos Hills, Ill., on March 26. On Saturday, June 11, a memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. in Balsam Lake. Pastor Diane Norstad will officiate the service. Thera Burtt will be the soloist, and Lyla’s cousin, Beverly Moll, will be organist. Lyla will be laid to rest following the service at the Clear Lake Cemetery. For more information or to offer condolences, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Janet R. Blattner

Janet R. Blattner, 91, Balsam Lake, passed away peacefully this past winter on Dec. 14, 2010. She is survived by daughter, Judi (Rick) Dutton of Gilbert, Ariz. and son, Dick (Bobbi) Blattner of Osceola; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Please join the family for a celebration of Janet’s life on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Holy Trinity Methodist Church in Balsam Lake. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. For more information, please contact the Kolstad Family Funeral Home or visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Ralph A. Jurek

Ralph A. Jurek, 90, a resident of Frederic died May 27, 2011. Ralph was born on July 17, 1920, in Gilman, Minn., to Andrew and Mary Jurek. Ralph served in the United States Army during World War II. Ralph enjoyed playing cards, dancing and traveling. He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; twin brother, Richard; and brother, Lawrence. He is survived by his children, Linda (Douglas), Ken, Cleo (Raymond), Jim and Keith (Julie); his brothers, Ray (Francis) and Harold (Janice); and sister, Wanda; along with his cousin, Audrey (Tom) Richards. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 1, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Frederic, with Father Dennis Mullen as celebrant. Interment followed at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery in Frederic. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Douglas J. Gray

Douglas J. Gray, 72, resident of St. Croix Falls, died Friday, May 27, 2011. He was born Aug. 22, 1938, to Eugenia and Charlie Gray in Detroit, Mich. Douglas graduated from the University of MichiganAnn Arbor in 1963 with a master’s degree in physics. He was a teacher of math and science for 25 years. After teaching, he became a community living assistant for 10 years. Douglas was a champion of human rights and dignity. He was also a lover of nature, gardening, books and family. He was the husband of Linda Robinson of Denver, Colo., and currently Wilma Gray. He is the father of David Gray in Guatemala and Lorie Ericson of Bayfield. He is the brother of Lorraine Gray of Livonia, Mich. and Elaine Clarkson of Belleville, Mich. He is the stepfather of Karen Snyder in Arizona and Susan Lawrence in Illinois. He is a grandfather of four. Refer to the Web sites as information may be updated or call Bruce at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Elizabeth Jensen Searles

Elizabeth M. “Honey” Jensen, 91, Yuma, Ariz., and Hertel, died May 28, 2011, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Robert Phelps. She was born to Oliver and Clara (Ball) Jensen in New Richmond on Jan. 3, 1920. She attended high school in Shell Lake and married Robert S. Searles in Pine City, Minn., on Nov. 12, 1938. They lived and worked on the Searles Cranberry Marsh in Hertel until their retirement. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and a member of White Shrine. She spent time in Mexico during the winter and Canada in the summer. In later years, her time was divided between Yuma, Ariz., and Hertel. She is survived by daughters, Rosemary (Robert) Phelps and Sandra Herzinger; grandchildren, Jeanette (Steve) Nieder, Donald (Lisa) Swenson, Donald Phelps, Dana (Dave) Guethling and Kara Richert; great-grandchildren, Geoffrey Neider, Jacob Swenson, Jessica, Bradley and Alexis Richert, Derek and Hunter Guethling; sister-in-law, Nora Searles; and niece, Linda Root and other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be at the Lakeview Cemetery at Hertel on June 14, 2011.

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William G. Nelson, 67, resident of Grantsburg, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Saturday, June 11; visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. Refer to the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Bonnie C. Jurisch

Bonnie C. Jurisch, 72, Viola Lake near Siren, died May 31, 2011, at the Comforts of Home in Frederic. Bonnie was born on July 30, 1938, in Fargo, N.D., to Clarence and Borghild Fatland. Bonnie loved people. She worked at the Narrows as a waitress for 12 years. She also bartended at West Sweden for 10 years. Bonnie enjoyed golf, bowling, shooting, horseshoes and pool league. She loved her garden, planting flowers. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Ronald. She is survived by her children, Jamie (Dale) Kolander, Michele Mattson and Mark Jurisch; her grandchildren, Heather, Jennifer, James, Nicole, Amber and Aden; her seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Byron Fatland, Roger Fatland and Wallace Fatland; along with her special friends, Jim Prodger and Tom Buckley. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, June 12, from 2-5 p.m., at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Joyce Elaine (Harris) Stairs

Joyce Elaine (Harris) Stairs, 67, Amery, died May 27, 2011, at Golden Age Manor in Amery. She was born on July 9, 1943, to Weldon and Mabel (Good) Harris in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. On July 29, 1959, she married Robert Eugene Stairs. On July 19, 1960, their first child, James Robert, was born in Woodstock, NB, Canada. The following year the family moved to Bloomington, Minn. They lived with Gene’s parents upon their arrival before moving to their own home on Columbus Avenue in Bloomington, before the birth of Joanne Marie on Jan. 28, 1963. In the summer of 1964, they moved again to Mission Road in Bloomington, where they were living when their third child, John Weldon, was born on Sept. 17, 1964. Joyce stayed home to care for her family for many years, but she had a dream. She returned to school to earn her high school diploma, which she received in 1978. She then attended the two-year registered nursing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. She graduated with her registered nursing degree in 1981. She began working at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn., where she eventually was able to work in the special care nursery. This was what she had wanted to specialize in since her first granddaughter Jennifer’s premature birth in 1979. In 1992, she was the attending nurse at the birth of her granddaughter, Melissa Joy, who was named after Joyce. Joyce was a skilled seamstress and an avid gardener. She enjoyed baking, canning, camping, boating, fishing and spending time with her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her sweet disposition and kindness to others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Weldon and Mabel Harris. She is survived by her husband, Gene; son, Jim (Cindy) Stairs; daughter, Joanne Stairs (Scott Servin) and son, John Stairs; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Dawson, Tim Dreher, Laura and Melissa Chesky, Rachel Halberg, Katie, Elaine and Sarah Stairs; seven great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Tyler, Nicholas and Kailey Halberg, Madison and Connor Dawson, and Ryan Stairs. A memorial service was held Thursday, June 2, at Rowe Funeral and Cremation Services, Frederic. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for donations to be made in Joyce’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin. For more information about the services call Bruce at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic at 715-327-4475. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

Kenneth Maynard Johnson

Kenneth Maynard Johnson, 73, Siren, died May 29, 2011, at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. Ken (KJ) was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Hudson, to Maynard (Whitie) and Ione Johnson. When he was 10 years old his family moved to Siren where he has resided since. As he always loved to say, “Siren is my home in God’s country.” He graduated from Siren High School in 1954. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955-1958. Ken owned a gas station in Milltown, then an auto supply store in Siren. In the early 1970s, he sold snowmobiles and loved racing them with his son, Keith. He was also an avid water skier and enjoyed boating with his family and friends. His major career expertise was as a Realtor, starting as the manager of Voyager Village, Danbury. In 1975, he started and operated Johnson Realty with five offices, then branched out into developing property and building and selling many spec cabins. He was active in many community activities; he created the first Siren Chamber of Commerce, organized the Miss Siren Pageant, the annual water skip contest, and served on various boards and committees. Hunting with his family and friends resulted in many great fun-filled stories that were retold enthusiastically throughout the years. Another great passion was motorcycling around the country on various Harley-Davidsons he owned. The thing he loved the most was watching the Packers win the Super Bowl this year. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Ione; infant son, Craig; infant daughter, Doreen; and son, Keith. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughter, Shawn Baker; brother and wife, Clarence and Jeanie Johnson; sister, Joanne Brown; grandsons, Corey Swanson, Jacob Swanson and Justin Johnson; great-grandson, Drew; and nieces and nephews. Everyone is invited to participate in a Celebration of Life service for Ken at Kris’ Pheasant Inn in Siren, Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m.

James W. Olinger

James (Jim) W. Olinger, 81, Fairmont, Minn., passed away May 21, 2011. He was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Edina, Minn., the son of James and Agnes (Lyons) Olinger. As a young boy, Jim moved with his family to Webster where he attended school. In 1948, he moved to Fairmont and enlisted with the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War with an artillery unit. On June 15, 1956, he was united in marriage to Carol Alm, and they had two children, James and Julie. He served on the Fairmont School Board for 26 years and was active in education on the county and state level as well. He was a member of the Martin County VFW, the Fairmont American Legion and Korean War Veterans. Politics were another passion for Jim in which he served locally and at the state level. He helped at the Lakeview Funeral Home for 11 years and did many hours of volunteering in Fairmont. Jim loved golfing, hunting, fishing with his friends and travel. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carol Olinger of Fairmont; children, Julie (Jeff) Dreke and their children, Stephanie and Christopher of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Jamie (Diane) Olinger and their children, Jessica and Michael of Minnetonka, Minn; mother-in-law, Edna Hansen of Fairmont; four brothers, Jack (Barb) Olinger of Golden Valley, Minn., Richard (Donna) Olinger of San Diego, Calif., William (Shirley) of Luck and Jerry (May) Olinger of Grantsburg; one sister, Rosemarie (Bob) Lindberg Bob of Burnsville, Minn.; sister-in-law, Judy Krahmer of Fairmont; brother-in-law, Bob (Jeanne) Alm of Minnetonka, Minn., as well as many nieces, nephews extended family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was held May 26, 2011, at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont with military honors.

Clarence W. Peterson

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic. Lunch and fellowship will follow the service from noon-3 p.m. at his residence, 303 Peterson Lane, Frederic. For directions, call Warren at 715-491-3573 or Marilyn at 538546 42-43Lp 651-373-3248.

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Clare Melin

Clare Melin, 90, Trade Lake, passed away June 1, 2011, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Clare was born Sept. 14, 1920, to Clarence and Olga Melin. He was born on the farm homestead, where he would live his entire life. Clare graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1938. He attended Agriculture Short Course at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Clare married Dorothy Shogren on March 26, 1949, and to this union eight children were born. Family was very important to Clare. He taught his children the love of the outdoors. Deer hunting with his children was something he looked forward to every fall. Clare was very active in the community. He served the Grantsburg Fire Association for 52 years, he was elected clerk for the Town of Trade Lake in his 20s. He spent 20 years on the Burnett County Board of Supervisors. He was one of the original members of the Impact 7 Board of Directors. When he retired from his duties there, a housing complex was named in his honor. Clare had a love for community. He served many years as a board member of the Grantsburg Fair. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church council, a local 4-H leader and representative of the state 4-H council. He served on the DHIA board as well as the Swedish Mission Church. Clare was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley and husband Clyde Cain, Geraldine and her husband, Ralph Hovde; a niece, nephew and a son-in-law. He leaves to mourn his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; children, Trudy (Charles) Cowman, Kathy (Tom) Bowers, Bob (Teresa) Melin, Jim (Patty) Melin, Rick Melin, Kristy (Bruce Larson) Melin, Don Melin and Lauri (Jim) Nelson; grandchildren, Christopher (Katie) Melin, Amanda (Mike) Weigman, Jennifer, Melissa and Christina Cowman, Alyson Melin, Erik and Senja Melin, Travis Nelson; several step-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Lois and Evelyn Shogren. A visitation will be held at the Edling Funeral Home on Thursday, June 9, 6 – 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church of Trade Lake on Friday, June 10, 11 a.m. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lisa Ann Sweep

Lisa Ann Sweep of Spooner, 43, passed away June 2, 2011. She was born Dec. 16, 1967, in McKeesport, Penn. She was the daughter of Richard Lehouillier and MaryAnn Allen. Lisa was a loving person with a kind heart. She was a giver and cared for her husband and children. She enjoyed cooking but tended to make quite a mess, but regardless, the food was great. Her charming personality was appreciated by many people that she served in the restaurants in which she worked. Lisa also enjoyed playing practical jokes on her family. Her strong-willed personality got her through the tough times. She could be stubborn at times but wanted to maintain her determined attitude. The Sweep house will be quieter without Lisa around. Her husband and children will greatly miss Lisa. “It’s never goodbye, it’s just see you later.” Lisa was preceded in death by her stepfather, Fred Allen; and mother, Mary Allen. She is survived by her husband, Troy Robert Sweep; children, Jessica Marie Bronk, Michael Jerome Lehouillier, Steven James Lehouillier, Gina Ann Garity and Neil Owen Garity Jr. Private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be shared at The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Q: My husband has an anger problem and gets upset over the littlest issues. He’s not abusive, but he lashes out with words. Our family walks on eggshells around him. How can I help him? Juli: Although you can’t get your husband to change his behavior, you can influence him. The first thing you can do is help him understand the impact his outbursts have on you and your family. Many people live by the “sticks and stones” rule, minimizing the effect harsh words have on relationships. At a neutral time, not when he’s upset, tell him there is something you would like to share with him. Preface your statement with a softener like, “I know you may not be aware of this, but ...” Then explain how his outbursts hurt you and get in the way of feeling safe with him. He may or may not receive your comments well. Even if he doesn’t acknowledge what you say, he may think about it over time. Second, as much as he’s willing to allow it, help him identify the true source of his anger. It’s easy to dump anger and frustration on family members when the genesis of those feelings comes from somewhere else. For example, how much

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stress is he under at work? Are finances contributing? What was modeled in his home growing up? Asking the right questions can help him make some of these connections. Finally, be prepared for the next time he gets angry. You have the right and the responsibility to stand up for yourself and your family if his words become harsh and hurtful. I highly recommend two books that will help you know what to say in the middle of a tense situation: “Boundaries,” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend and “Love Must be Tough,” by Dr. James Dobson. ••• Q: I’ve been dating the same girl for five months. We’re getting serious, but I’m not 100 percent sure about it. Some of my married friends knew they’d found “the one” after only a couple of weeks of dating. Jim: Some people “know” sooner than others, but don’t feel like you have to be on the fast track. You and your girlfriend

shouldn’t feel pressure to make a decision any sooner than either of you is ready. Marrying my wife, Jean, wasn’t a tough decision. Once I knew, I knew. More importantly, once she knew – I knew! But that doesn’t mean I didn’t invest a great deal of thought and prayer in the process. People decide whom they’re going to marry using two things: their head and their heart. In the words of author John Thomas, it’s “a little bit of art and a little bit of science.” Your head helps you address the practical matters. Do the two of you have similar morals and values? Do you have compatible views on family and parenting? Do your friends and family members have any serious reservations about the other person? Do you both believe that marriage is a lifelong commitment? These are all things that you can work out in your head. Listening to your heart can be more tricky, but it’s just as important. If you’re considering marriage, it’s safe to assume that you already have strong feelings for your girlfriend. But do you have peace? Does she share that peace? I’m not suggesting that you won’t have butterflies. There are plenty of things about getting married that can cause stress, even if you’re marrying the right

person. But through prayer, introspection and discussion, you both need to have peace in your hearts that you’re doing the right thing. The road to marriage is full of emotion. But if your head and your heart can find agreement on that special person, there’s a good chance you’ve found “the one.” ••• 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 be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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The Rev. Midge Wietzema speaks to New Hope congregation But then, a “powerful act of mercy” by a loving schoolteacher was offered her. “I became so afraid of her love,” Wietzema said. But that mentoring love lifted her and “God found me.” Her testimony is one of miracles of recovery and a transformation in her life because of the healing power of her savior Jesus Christ, she said. She has

by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader GRANTSBURG - “Listen to your parents and be spared misery growing up.” This is the advice of national Christian speaker Midge Wietzema, daughter of Willy and Darlene Holmberg of Frederic, who spoke at New Hope Lutheran on June 1 and 5. The Rev. Wietzema, 50, graduated from Frederic High School in 1978. Today she is a pastor, licensed counselor and leads the discipleship and prayer ministry at Wonderful Mercy Church in Gilbert, Ariz. Abuses in many forms consumed Wietzema’s life for most of her early and adult years. She recounted her life swirling into spiritual and physical darkness, some of her own making and some forced upon her by trusted school and clergy officials.

National speaker the Rev. Midge Wietzema and Dr. Emory Johnson, pastor of New Hope Lutheran, celebrate the power of God’s love. - Photo by Wayne Anderson

walked through the valley of death and was granted grace to tell and warn of it. “I still struggle,” she said. But now it’s “God’s way and direction.” Her life story and struggle impressed many in the audience. “She did more in 45 minutes than most pastors do in a month of Sundays,” said Rich Hess of Trade Lake. “God can take the life of anger and bring that to glory,” said Dr. Emory Johnson, pastor of New Hope. “Midge has a message of healing.” Her message is currently being written in a book about “spiritual apathy ... and the power of God’s love,” she said. Wietzema plans a return visit in the fall. For more information on her ministry call: 715-463-5700.

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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.

R&S TRUCKING • Gravel • Sand • Rock • Topsoil • Track Hoe 715-554-0526 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

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

BURNETT DAIRY CO-OP 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

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

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

Hwy. 35 North Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-4157 M.P.R.S. #03059

SWEDBERG-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131 Churches 5/11


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

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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, Adult Bible Study 8:30; Worship 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 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

FAITH LUTHERAN - GRANTSBURG Pastor Victor St. George, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m.

FIRST EVAN. LUTHERAN 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m.; Education Hour 9:45 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m. Sun., May 29: One Worship Serv. 9 a.m.

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

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

GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN - ELCA 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

GRACE LUTHERAN - WEST SWEDEN 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

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 Sat. Serv. 7 p.m.; Sun. Serv. 9 a.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.


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.





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.

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.


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

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)




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

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


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

1050 North Keller Ave., Amery 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 8 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 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


ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen 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

PEACE LUTHERAN - DRESSER (ELCA) 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.




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




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

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

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



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

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





Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship Service - 10 a.m. Sunday School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available



Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

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


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


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


OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP 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.

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Class 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.

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.





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

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


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

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

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


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.

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

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.


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

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


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.




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

Pastor Tim Faust Worship - 11 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sunday

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







Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Wor. 10 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 9 a.m. Fellowship 11 a.m.


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

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



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


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

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


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





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



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

350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m.


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

OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH 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




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.



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;; E-mail: Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries Sunday Service: 9 a.m.; All ages Sunday School 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available

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

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

FIRST BAPTIST - TAYLORS FALLS, MN 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.

FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111; Interim Pastor Ken Hyatt; Youth Pastor Jerry Scheumann Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 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.

CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN 28313 CTH H, A&H Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 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 Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Sun. Wor. 9:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.

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 WOR. 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. 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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Sat. & Sun., June 11 & 12 Studio Sale at Balsam Lake* Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Each Day

538591 42Lp

*Studio Location: 1/3 mile south of Hwy. 46N & Co. Rd. I corner or 3.5 miles north of Hwy. 8 on 150th St., Balsam Lake. (In the Big Red Barn, Balsam Lake) The pottery is original hand-thrown stoneware, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe and all have lead-free glazes. For more information, call: 715-485-3928.


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Jamie Booth/Sam Leggitt

Owners/Operators P.O.Box 296 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Jamie 651-308-5876 Sam 715-553-0278 Alyeska Lic. #1173158 536494 39-42Lp 29-32a,b,d,ep

Dr. Daniel C. Satterlund Hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone (715) 472-2121 Eye health exams, glaucoma checks, foreign body removal, full line of street wear, safety and sport wear, contact lenses

Phone 715-268-2004 Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Wisconsin

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Village Players Community Theatre summer production kickoff


by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer DANBURY – Soon sounds of lines being read, nails being pounded and footsteps walking across the now empty stage will be heard at the Village Stables. Actors will begin rehearsing, volunteers will be building sets and the production crew will be getting props in place, all in preparation for the Village Players Community Theatre’s summer production. The VPCT has chosen to produce the mystery/comedy “Don’t Mention My Name,” by Fred Carmichael for Aug. 4 through Aug. 14, Thursday through Sunday performances. The VPCT board hosted the annual summer production kickoff potluck held on Thursday, June 2, to introduce the play’s director and to invite participation with the production from its members. Two Grantsburg students, Paul Lewis and Joe Dumas, provided the evening’s entertainment, performing their solo and ensemble musical theater numbers. There is still time to be a part of great community theater this summer. Contact the VPCT at or check the VPCT Web site: for more information or to join the VPCT. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The Village Players Community Theatre board members gathered for a group photo at the annual summer production kickoff potluck held on Thursday, June 2, at the Voyager Community Center (the Stables). L to R: Wendy Rechsteiner, Nancy Rogers, Bunny Day, Kitty Holmquist, Cilla Bauer, Billie Frisch, Ginna Erickson, Linda Schmidt and Barb St. Peter. Not pictured: VPCT founder Judie Balderson.

VPCT President Kitty Holmquist welcomed guests to the annual summer production kickoff potluck and then explained the new ticketing syswhich will allow tem theatergoers to purchase tickets online. Tickets will also be available through mail orders and forms which will be located next to advertising signs for the production around the This year’s VPCT summer pro- area. duction director is Holly Jo Anderson. Anderson hopes to go into rehearsals for the play within the next few weeks.

Unity Day of Service/Arbor Day

Grantsburg High School students Joe Dumas and Paul Lewis provided the evening’s entertainment, performing their solo and ensemble contest musical theater numbers much to the enjoyment of potluck guests.



One mile north of Frederic, Wisconsin 715-327-8777






A Day of Service was recognized in Milltown as some of the members the Unity High School’s Class of 2013 helped the village with special beautification projects around town. Tara Voss and Jeanne Alling’s sophomore homeroom/leadership classes were involved with the Day of Service activity.






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The Milltown park had some landscaping done Milltown Village President Luann White signed a proclamation with the help of Unity High School students during observing a Day of Service as an Arbor Day observance in the vilthe recent Day of Service. – Photos submitted lage in mid-May. Zak Turner and Paige Jones, members of the Unity agriculture education forestry class, were on hand for the signing of the proclamation. The forestry class has been working on assisting the local villages in obtaining Tree City USA status and both were a part of the Day of Service activity.


Coming events


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities




• Presentation on the sturgeon of Yellow Lake at Forts Folle Avoine, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-866-8890.



• Baptist church 130th anniversary celebration. 11 a.m. worship, noon lunch, 2 p.m. anniversary service.

• Indianhead Chapter 1581 NARFE dinner meeting at Village Pizzeria. RSVP noon June 6, noon, 715-268-8618.



• Winter Texan and Snowbirds dance downtown, 26 p.m.

• Comedy magician at the library, 3 p.m., 715-825-2313.



• Polk-Burnett Retired Educators lunch and meeting at Bethany Lutheran Church. RSVP by June 6, 11:30 a.m., 715-653-2385/2388. • Music in the Park at Crooked Lake, St. Croix Valley Orchestra, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Woman of Faith open house at 206-1/2 2nd Ave., 25 p.m., 715-417-0639.

Siren • Head Injury Support Group at Siren Covenant Church, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8985.


St. Croix Falls

FRI.-SUN./10 -12

• Dinner at the senior center. RSVP 715-483-1901, 5 p.m.


• Weight-loss surgery education and support at the medical center, 5-6 p.m., 715-268-0597.




• Youth Milk Tournament at Melgren Field, 715-825-2494.



• Cancer support group at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-6722 or 715-268-7290.

• Dairy Day at Burnett Dairy, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,



• Hazardous waste collection at the fairgrounds, 34:30 p.m., 715-635-2197.

• Balsam Lutheran Church bake sale at Balsam Lakes Farmers Market, 3-5:30 p.m.


Balsam Lake

• Music in the Park - Night Owl at Triangle Park, 6:30 p.m.

• Poco Penners will meet at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-483-9738.

Webster • Hazardous waste collection at the fairgrounds, 10 a.m.noon, 715-635-2197.


Cumberland • Truck pull at Dale’s Twin Pines, 7 p.m., 715-822-2554.

Grantsburg • NW Regional Writers meeting at Espresso Cabin, 1 p.m.

Lewis • All-you-can-eat pancake supper at Lewis Methodist Church, 4:30 p.m.-?.

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

Photographer Erik Barstow of St. Croix Falls submitted this photograph to the Leader, noting that he dedicated it to his grandparents, who are not in good health and who are faithful readers of the Leader. The photo is titled “Better Places,” and was taken near Clayton in Polk County. - Photo by Erik Barstow


St. Croix Falls

• Music on the Overlook, Led Zeppelin tribute band, 6:30 p.m. • Medical Center’s salad luncheon fundraiser at the high school, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. • Fish fry at the Legion, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

• Polk County Dairy Breakfast at Peper Farm, 1679 160th St., 7-11 a.m.,



• Library gala, 5 p.m., 715-483-1777. • Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378. • Alice Peacock performs at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,

• Baking bread in a clay oven class, at Forts Folle Avoine, 8 a.m., reservations required, 715-866-8890. • Rummage and bake sale at United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Balsam Lake

St. Croix Falls

• Webster football and Don Seitzberg Memorial Scholarship Golf Tourney at Fox Run Golf Course, 2 p.m., 715635-5025.

SAT. & SUN./11 & 12 St. Croix Falls

• Fête Des Fleurs festival & art fair at Chateau St. Croix Winery,, 715-483-2556.


• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Distribution 9 a.m., 715-268-7390. • Balsam Lutheran Church presents “Emmaus,” 7 p.m. • Annual garage sale at Arnell animal shelter, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-268-7387.

Cumberland • Arts & crafts at Tourist Park, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Frederic • Lions Bike Classic, starts at high school at 10 a.m., registration begins 8 a.m.,, 715327-4892.


• Interfaith Caregivers concert & fundraiser at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 7 p.m., 715-485-9500.


Grantsburg • Wildflower expedition at Crex Meadows, 9-11 a.m., 715-463-2739.

Clam Falls

• Auxiliary bake sale with crafts & plants at the United Pioneer Home, 8 a.m.-noon.

• LC Riders ATV meeting and meat raffle at the Clam Falls Bar, 1 p.m.

THURSDAY/16 Balsam Lake

• Beekeepers meeting in community room at Justice Center, 8 p.m., 715-327-5525.

Siren • Music in the Park at Crooked Lake, The Seeger Brothers, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


• Diabetes support group at the medical center, 6-8 p.m., 715-483-0431.

FRI.-SUN./17-19 Frederic

• Family days.

FRIDAY/17 Danbury

• The Burnett County Historical Society presents Dinner at the Fort. Prepay by June 5. Social 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6:30 p.m., 715-866-8890.

• Skonewood Christian Retreat Center - Mike and Doug, 7 p.m.

Elementary school play Siren

• Donation drop-off for Lion/Lioness yard sale at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400.

Wolf Creek • Burnett Bulldogs Youth Wrestling Club meat raffle fundraiser at Lil’ Swede’s, 6:30 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• North Valley Lutheran Church building addition dedication. Worship 11 a.m., lunch noon, dedication 1:30 p.m., 715-825-3559.



• Lake Superior Zoomobile at the library, noon, 715-8667697.

ABOVE: Ben Berglund, Jeffery Java and Mikayla Jensen played students who thought getting goofy was more fun than getting good grades in the play “Mrs. Nelson’s Missing,” presented by the Grantsburg 3rd graders in Mrs. Stafford’s class on May 20. LEFT: Abby Alderman portrayed an unruly pupil who liked to dance on her desk during class as fellow classmates Bradley Pfuhl and Autumn Tendrup watched in the play “Mrs. Nelson’s Missing.”


Grantsburg third-grader Thor Johnson played Detective McSmogg who was implored to go looking for Mrs. Nelson by her students played by Austin Louis and Garrett Johnson. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

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