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The Minnesota DNR provided two large CL-215 aircraft tankers to help tame a wildfire northwest of Grantsburg on Sunday, Oct. 9, which consumed 11 acres. – Photo submitted

Fire danger very high for Polk, Burnett counties Wildfires near Grantsburg last weekend highlight need for caution by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Annual burning permits have been suspended and the Wisconsin DNR has issued a very high fire danger warning for Burnett, Polk, Washburn, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties as a result of the recent dry weather conditions. Other counties in northwestern parts of the state are under a high fire-danger warning. “Things are dry now, and fire dangers

have escalated. We typically don’t have fire dangers like this very often in the fall but every few years we have it,” said Bob Hartshorn, forestry supervisor for the DNR in Burnett and Polk counties. Because of the July 1 storms that ripped through Burnett, Washburn and Douglas counties, Hartshorn said that access to remote, heavily forested areas in these counties due to toppled trees makes for difficult access in fighting forest fires. The situation was realized last weekend when a fire burned roughly 11 acres five miles northwest of Grantsburg along the St. Croix River. A call reporting the fire was received between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, and involved the Wisconsin and Minnesota DNR, as well as ground crews

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NEW RICHMOND - Decorated World War II vet Ray Dumier, 87, Balsam Lake, went on a motorcycle ride last Wednesday, Oct. 5, thanks to his good friend, Rick Davidsavor of St. Croix Falls and owner of the bike Dell Zehm of St. Croix Harley-Davidson in New Richmond and one of his employees, Jay “Doc” Desio. The replica BMW motorcycle, with sidecar, was made in Russia. “Doc hooked us up through Dell to use the Ural with the sidecar to give Ray the ride,” noted Davidsavor, who added that Dumier had not been on a cycle in more than 60 years ... since he owned an Indian Chief. “Ray is full of spunk yet and is up for anything,” Davidsavor said. “He served in the Army during the Pacific Campaign and was on seven islands, wounded a few times and was awarded medals for his actions there.” St. Croix Harley helps veterans with their generosity and events. The Ural was a reverse-engineered program that Germany undertook to copy the BMW of the prewar era. Russia acquired the technology when they overtook Germany and produced the Ural. It is still produced and Harley-Davidson Motorcycle sells them. - with submitted information (photo courtesy “Doc” Desio of St. Croix Harley Davison)

Grantsburg farmer pens WFBF “Book of the Year” MADISON/GRANTSBURG – “Seed Soil Sun” has been chosen as 2012’s Book of the Year by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag in the Classroom program. The book that focuses on how plants and crops are grown was written by Cris Peterson, a dairy farmer from rural Grantsburg. ‘Seed Soil Sun’ is a great selection for the Book of the Year honor with its beautiful photography and information about soil, germination and other factors related to plant and crop growth,” said Darlene Arneson, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator. Farm Bureau member volunteers utilize the Ag in the Classroom program to educate Wisconsin youth about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture in their lives. “Seed Soil Sun” describes the process by which air and water combine with seed, soil and sun to create nearly all the food we eat. The book brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest and renewal. Peterson, along with her husband, Gary, and son, Ben, own and operate Four Cubs Farm near Grantsburg in Burnett County, where they milk 700 cows and farm nearly 1,500 acres of land. It is not the first time that WFBF’s Women’s Committee have chosen Peterson’s work as their Book of the Year. “Extra Cheese Please” was among the original set of books chosen for the Ag in the Classroom library in 1994. Since then, “Harvest Year” was selected in 1998, “Century Farm” in 2000, “Amazing Grazing” in 2003, “Fantastic Farm Machines” in 2010, and “Clarabelle” was last year’s pick. - submitted


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Four employees of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office completed the Twin Cities Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 1. They are (L to R): Deputy Nate Ferris, jailer Matt Thayer, jail Sergeant Steve Schaefer and jailer Jeromy Cox. Both Ferris and Thayer have previously run marathons, but this was the first for Schaefer and Cox. – Photo submitted

Fire danger/from page 1 from the Grantsburg and Siren fire departments. Because of the remoteness of the fire, and toppled trees from the July storm, a helicopter from the Minnesota DNR was called in and first arrived on the scene before any foot troops or ground equipment could arrive. A cabin was also in danger of being consumed by the fire, and the helicopter was able to douse the flames using air water drops. The Minnesota DNR also provided two large CL-215 aircraft tankers to help tame the blaze. Hartshorn said that although the fire was in a remote area, they were actually lucky the fire was in the state forest and near a ski trail, as forest crews had already done quite a bit of clearing after the July storm. “If we would have had to cut our way into the fire it would have been 10 times more challenging,” said Hartshorn. The fire is still under investigation and at press time, crews were still working on containing the fire Monday and Tuesday and possibly Wednesday as well. Hartshorn said the fire is likely related to human activity. “It wasn’t lightning or anything like that,” Hartshorn said, noting that the Wisconsin DNR also assisted in a fire that consumed at least seven acres south of Grantsburg a day earlier. In that case, it was clear that the fire was related to someone burning debris.



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A crew member from the Wisconsin DNR helps fight fire with fire to try to contain a blaze north of Grantsburg that began on Sunday, Oct. 9. - Photo submitted “Someone had burned something previously and just failed to completely extinguish it,” Hartshorn said. A third incident on Thursday, Oct. 6, which happened just across the border in Minnesota, also involved efforts from the Wisconsin DNR. “I guess it just speaks with the cooperative effort between the two states because we were able to send bulldozers over for that fire and they were able to send their air suppression resources for us on Sunday,” Hartshorn said, adding that the help from Siren

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New administrator for Golden Age Manor Confirmation at county board Tuesday by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A Webster native, Dana (Plath) Reese, has accepted the job of administrator at Golden Age Manor, the Polk County nursing home in Amery. Her hiring will be official when confirmed by the Polk County Board next Tuesday, Oct. 18. Reese, who now lives in Iowa, is the daughter of Linda and Doug Plath of Webster. She is a Webster graduate and

was a member of the high school basketball team. Reese will replace Gary Taxdahl who retired in April after serving 25 years as GAM administrator. She is also replacing another Dana, Dana Frey, who has been interim GAM administrator in addition to being county administrator. The announcement of the hiring was made Tuesday, Oct. 11. A statement from Polk County says, “Polk County is pleased to announce Dana (Plath) Reese as the finalist for the Polk County Golden Age Manor Nursing Home administrator position. Dana will

assume the complex role of running Golden Age Manor, a 114 private and semi-private bed nursing home in Amery. Dana brings five years of progressive experience in nursing home administration and long-term care management, with demonstrated skills in the areas of nursing home funding, strategic planning and organizational leadership. Those familiar with Dana’s work identify her as ‘one of the best administrators I’ve worked with’ and ‘a visionary in her field.’ A graduate of UW-Eau Claire, and a native of Burnett County, Dana is looking forward to bringing her gifts, talents and experience as a

nursing home administrator ‘home’ to our area.” “I am very excited for this new opportunity and challenge in my career,” remarked Reese, “and look forward to working with all the residents, families and staff members of Golden Age Manor.” Frey, commented, “We are extremely pleased to find someone with her leadership skills and vision to help ensure the county can affordably provide long-term care services to our residents at Golden Age Manor.”

Dems announce date Walker recall effort will begin by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - The state Democratic Party says it will start circulating recall petitions against Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Once the recall effort begins, organizers will have 60 days to get more than 540,000 signatures. Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate said Monday, Oct. 10, night on

Kohl rep at Amery this Thursday AMERY – U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s Regional Representative Marjorie Bunce will be in Amery on Thursday, Oct. 13, to meet with constituents from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Amery Public Library, 715 School Court, in the conference room. No appointment is necessary. “If you are having a problem with a federal program or agency, or have an opinion on an issue before Congress, please let me know by meeting with my regional rep. Marjorie Bunce,” Kohl said. Bunce can also be contacted at Kohl’s regional office at 402 Graham Ave., Suite 206, in Eau Claire, WI 54701.Her telephone number is 715-832-8424 and e-mail address is - submitted

MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” that working with groups like United Wisconsin, the party can hit that goal, “I think we can. You know, we saw people of Ohio get about a million signatures for an initiative there last month. We’ve done the math, we’ve done the numbers, we are very well-prepared.” There had been some debate among Democrats about when to begin the recall process. Tate had talked earlier this year

about delaying the signature drive until later to try to time the recall to the higherturnout November general election. By starting the drive on Nov. 15, Tate says there could be a special spring election, “No one can predict in certainty, but we’re thinking likely around in May or sometime in the early spring that there will be an effort. It likely won’t be on the state’s Republican presidential primary, which is April 3. It’ll likely be some time

after that. But, you know, we are in uncharted territory.” Democrats would also need a candidate to run in the race. Nobody has officially announced, though Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk are among those who’ve expressed interest.

Funds available to assist in repairing owner-occupied homes damaged by July 1 storm BURNETT COUNTY – An award of $350,000 has been made to Burnett County, that includes the co-applicants of Douglas and Washburn counties, to assist income-eligible homeowners in making necessary repairs to owner-occupied homes damaged by the July 1 windstorm. The funds were awarded by the state of Wisconsin, Department of Administration, Division of Housing. Owner-occupied housing repair assistance funds are available through a zeropercent interest, deferred payment loan program. The amount of zero percent deferred payment loan funds provided to eligible applicants will be based on construction estimates to make necessary

repairs, less any insurance claim payments received by the homeowner for damages related directly to the home. Funds are restricted to making repairs on owner-occupied homes only. No cabin or seasonal home repairs are eligible and funds cannot be used to clean trees or debris from a property. Income eligibility requirements apply to the repair assistance program based on household size. Based on the number of people in your household, if your income is at or below that shown, you may be eligible. Other program requirements also apply that may limit eligibility. To determine if you qualify and to get an application or ask questions, please

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Steelworkers support Gogebic mine proposal by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio NORTHERN WISCONSIN - The United Steelworkers Union says it supports the proposed taconite mine in northern Wisconsin. The union is part of a newly re-energized Wisconsin Mining Association. Mining equipment companies and labor unions have teamed up before to push for more mining in northern Wisconsin. They haven’t always succeeded, but the tandem is at it again, supporting a possible change in state law that could help the GTAC company open an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties. Bill Bryan of the United Steelworkers in Milwaukee says there are many steelworkers employed at mines in Minnesota and Michigan. The Wisconsin Mining Association concedes there’s no guarantee that steelworkers would get some of the thousands of mining jobs planned for the GTAC mine. The steelworkers also note they’ve been part of an association with environmental groups called the blue-green alliance, or its current name the Apollo Alliance, and the steelworkers say they want mining that’s environmentally responsible mining. Shala Werner of the state Sierra Club says she values the partnerships her group has with labor. But Werner questions the GTAC mine. Werner says she understands that steelworkers need jobs, but says some jobs were lost when Gov. Walker canceled the high-speed rail project and put up roadblocks to adding more wind turbines in Wisconsin.

Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin Inc. was honored to receive a check from the Otto Bremer Foundation in the amount of $30,000. The grant will be used to support their work providing victims, offenders and communities opportunities to heal from the effects of crime. Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, Inc. expressed gratitude to Otto Bremer Foundation for their continued generosity. – Photo submitted

Republican state lawmakers question DOT’s plans for new roundabouts by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE – Some Republican state lawmakers are urging the state Department of Transportation to think twice before it builds new roundabouts in Wisconsin. Roundabouts are more commonplace than they used to be in Wisconsin, but the Department of Transportation says they’re still comparatively rare. Of the tens of thousands of intersections here, only about 200 are roundabouts. But where they’re built, the DOT’s Rory Rhinesmith says there’s a reason. A University of Wisconsin study shows they reduce fatal and serious accidents by more than 50 percent, “We believe that based on

the safety results that we’re getting, they are a good tool to be using.” Rhinesmith spoke during what was officially an informational hearing in front of the state Senate’s transportation committee. But lawmakers did their share of testifying, too. New Berlin Republican Mary Lazich told the DOT that a major roundabout in her district was constantly congested, “What I tell my folks and my people is I would never recommend a roundabout.” Depere Republican Frank Lasee says his district is full of roundabouts, making some streets unnecessarily hard to navigate, “It feels like the DOT is in love with roundabouts. It feels like you guys want to put them everywhere.” Sheboygan Republican Joe Leibham

says it seems like the department is [determined] on building roundabouts. Leibham also complained about the way they look, saying the plantings in the middle are often overgrown, full of weeds and embarrassing, “I mean they’re hideous! It’s just embarrassing!” Aside from the verbal warning, lawmakers made no changes to the state’s roundabout policy. The DOT says fewer than 100 new roundabouts will be added to Wisconsin’s roadways by 2015. CORRECTION: In the story “Captured in Colorado” published on page 3 of Wednesday, Oct. 5, Leader, the final sentence should have indicated Sheriff Roland hopes “Smith” will be extradited.


Centuria board has new member Vacancy filled, records requests, health insurance plan finalized by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – A vacancy on the Centuria Village Board is no more, after the board approved the appointment of longtime resident Gordon Moore to fill the empty seat created when Trustee Phil Nehring resigned over the summer. Village President Dave Markert nominated Moore at the regular monthly board meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, with several trustees noting how Moore has been a longtime resident and important figure in the community. His appointment was approved unanimously. Moore will complete Nehring’s term and also fill his place on the village’s finance/purchasing and personnel/law enforcement committees. In other board action: • Police Chief Van Burch outlined several modifications being recommended

New Centuria Village Board Trustee Gordon Moore. – Photo by Greg Marsten for village ordinances, per the village attorney and because of slight state law changes. One of the changes involves changes to the village property maintenance code,

which Burch said comes about through case law changes. He also suggested they work on a new ordinance involving forfeitures, penalties, and how to address socalled nuisance properties, junk vehicles and other items. “This will help in handling those repeat calls ... to the same properties,” Burch said. He also suggested the village look to address several other issues, including sexual offender residency limits, the use and sale of synthetic drugs and how to deal with the upcoming conceal/carry weapons laws, which go into effect in November. • The board agreed to exchange previous trash bags with new Holdt Disposal bags, as they have assumed the village trash contracts, per recent health and sanitation committee action. • The board approved a public records policy, which has apparently undergone attorney review. The policy is unusual in that it apparently addresses only in-person inspection, and does not address electronic requests. It outlines the procedure involving department head contacts, and the charges of 25 cents per page for repro-

duction or copies, and also includes unspecified costs associated with locating those documents. While referencing state and local ordinance numbers, it was not clear why the policy approval was needed or what, if anything, was changed. • The board also approved a grievance resolution policy for village employees, detailing procedures, shared costs and implementation. The changes were apparently needed under recent state budget changes. • After several months of discussion, the board approved a new employee health care plan through HealthPartners, which includes only slight modification on fees and policies on health savings accounts from previous discussions. “Employees were fully involved,” Markert said. • The board approved the appointment of Lindsay DuBois, Linda Swanson and Victoria Matheson as citizen members of the ad hoc Web Committee. Trustees Rod Peterson and Ryan Davison round out the committee. The chair will be decided by the committee.

District annual meeting draws sparse crowd 2012 annual meeting set for the fourth Monday of October, Oct. 22 by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN -A very sparse crowd was on hand for the annual meeting of the Siren School District held Monday, Oct. 10, in the school auditorium. In addition to the usual items that appear on the annualmeeting agenda, district voters approved a 2011-2012 school tax levy of $4,595,850. This is down by 5.62 percent from the 2010-2011 audited levy of $4,869,288. The resultant mill rate for the coming year is at 10.02 percent, again lower than the mill rate for the previous year. The school enrollment count, figured on the third Friday in September, stands at 462 full-time equivalents. This is the lowest count in recent years. The high FTE count was in 2007, which came in at 528 FTE. The count per year that was included in the annual-meeting booklet started in 1998, when the FTE count was at 523. The treasurer’s report as of June 30

showed a decrease in the district’s general fund (Fund 10) of $133,397.44, going from a beginning fund balance of $1,557,000.76 to an ending balance of $1,323,603.32. The property valuation for the Siren School District decreased by 4.59 percent in 2010. That valuation figure ended the 2010 year at $458,983,530, with propertyvalue decreases in all of the towns in the school district. School district Administrator Scott Johnson led the budget hearing that preceded the annual meeting. He explained that preparing a school budget is no different that preparing any other budget. The goal is to accomplish a balanced budget, with revenues and expenses coming out equal. In the case of the Siren School District, this has not been possible. Items affecting the revenue side of the budget include the amount of state equalization aid and categorical aids the district receives, state grants, open enrollment (Siren District showed a net loss of seven students going into the current year) and extracurricular receipts. On the three-year revenue comparison, the district went from total revenues of $6,234,140 in 20092010 to $6,614,640 in 2010-2011 to $5,980,000 projected for 2011-2012, a

downsizing that Johnson said was directly related to the governor’s legislation and the enrollment count. A big part of that loss came from the per-pupil loss of $562.87, again per this year’s legislation. “Plain and simple, revenue has gone down,” Johnson said. Johnson talked about the school board’s challenge this past year, that of determining what can be done with education in keeping with the revenue that will be coming in. “You can either reduce expenses or increase revenue,” Johnson commented. In preparation for these budgetary conditions, the board eliminated one principal, 2.5 teachers, four paraprofessionals, cut district staff by .5, decreased operations staff hours, cut out one bus monitor and cut the supply budgets by one-third. “The budget is the tightest budget we have ever had here,” Johnson said. “It will be interesting to see how well we can come with the budget. The district, at some point, will have to discuss how far we are going to cut if state funds continue to diminish. The good news is that we are not there right now.” Johnson also said that a question the district will have to ask is whether it

makes sense to look at another referendum. The 2011-2012 budget that was accepted by the school board at its September meeting shows a projected deficit of $50,000 by the end of the school year, or 1 percent of the total budget. “That is not bad,” Johnson said. He said that the district has cut as far as they can and are recommending that no more cuts are made now. According to Johnson, every teacher has cut a third out of their budget. The question is: How much longer can the district keep doing that? “We have got to keep our eyes on the horizon as things happen quickly,” Johnson went on to say. “The state is coming down with initiatives. Lots of changes are happening. We have to be ready in 2014.” He praised the good working conditions in the school building, saying that the staff is pulling together, curriculum improvements are being made, and staff is helping with the budget. “Good things are going on,” Johnson commented. “We can’t overlook that. It will be a tough row to hoe, but we can do it.”

Polk County issues statement on RiverBank Closing anticipated by finance committee by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The closing of RiverBank by the FDIC was anticipated by the Polk County Finance Committee. During the committee meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 5, Supervisor Neil Johnson said the bank would be going down in six months. The bank was closed two days later.

Polk County Administrator Dana Frey sent this statement to the Leader on Monday: “Polk County has long enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the RiverBank and its very capable and responsive employees. As all county deposits are fully insured, the recent changes should not result in any delays in processing of payments or any inconvenience whatsoever. For the long term, it is our hope that under its new ownership the bank will continue to be an important resource in our community.”

The RiverBank is the main bank handling Polk County’s funds. The finance committee was comparing the services offered by area banks. RiverBank has been offering free courier services to transfer county funds daily and offered a higher interest rate than Bremer Bank on county funds. However, an analysis of RiverBank by included many warnings. The analysis, not dated but run on Oct. 5, said the bank was substantially below average for return on equity, had an over-

head that was significantly higher than average, and had a nonperforming asset ratio that was highly problematic. The composite summary stated: “Bankrate believes that, as of March 31, 2011, this bank exhibits a significantly below average condition, characterized by substantially lower than normal overall, sustainable profitability, very questionable asset quality, well below standard capitalization and much lower than normal liquidity.”

2012 budget comes to Polk County Board Few changes from September proposal by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The 2012 Polk County budget will be the main topic at the monthly county board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 18. The supervisors can make changes to the recommended budget submitted by county Administrator Dana Frey in September. The budget will receive a public hearing in November and be adopted. The meeting next week starts

at 6 p.m. at the government center building in Balsam Lake. It is open to the public and starts with a period for public comment. There have been almost no suggested changes to the proposed budget over the past six weeks during which the governing committees reviewed the document. The finance committee did change the yearly lease for Endeavors Adult Development Center from $30,000 a year to $60,000 a year. The $60,000 amount for 2012 was the figure agreed upon with Endeavors last December. Finance also restored the full recommended funding of

$34,625 to the Economic Development Corporation. A recommendation to reduce that support had been passed by the land information committee. Neither change adds cost to the levy amount in the draft budget. The 2012 budget is making some organizational changes that will lower costs. The aging department may be merged into the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a change that would lower personnel costs. That merger was recommended by the council on aging at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11. There will also be a restructuring at the management level at

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human services, a change that will eliminate several administrative positions. The proposed 2012 budget reduces the levy while building the county reserve funds and continuing all the county programs. Overall expenditures are cut by $1.2 million or 2 percent. Property taxes for next year are $13,000 below the current levy. State funding is reduced by about $1 million. That lost revenue is being replaced by shifting part of the retirement cost for county employees from the county to the employees. That cut in benefits will save $1 million.



RiverBank is no more FDIC forces bank closure, Central Bank to assume most operations by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – Months of speculation, rumors and dour signs were confirmed Friday, Oct. 7, when the Wyoming, Minn., based RiverBank was closed down by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with most of its assets and many of its services purchased by the Stillwater, Minn., based Central Bank, who have taken over most of their operations at all branches. The FDIC ensures that all customer deposits are safe, and no customers will lose money with the closure, although the future of the employees is technically unknown for the coming months. All six branches of The RiverBank reopened under the Central Bank flag on Saturday, Oct. 8. Though chartered as a Minnesota bank, The RiverBank ran the bulk of their business through a central hub in Osceola, with Former RiverBank branch operations CEO Craig Danielson of various flavors in Wyoming and Chisago City, Minn., North Hudson, Somerset and two operations in St. Croix Falls. Upon closure on Friday at 6 p.m., FDIC officials moved in and spent the night securing, downloading and transferring documents, data and more as the bank vaults were held open and inventoried with Polk County Sheriff’s Department officers on hand through the night, which is typical of that type of action. In a press release by the FDIC, they stated that the RiverBank had approximately $417.4 million in total assets and $379.3 million in total deposits as of July. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Central Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets. The FDIC and Central Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on $339.3 million of The RiverBank’s assets. Central Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $71.4 million. Compared to other alternatives, Central Bank’s acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC’s DIF. The RiverBank is the 75th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the U.S. this year, and the second in Minnesota. The last FDIC-insured institution closure in Minnesota was this past April, when they closed the Rosemount National Bank. Central Bank also acquired that institution’s assets. The FDIC forced the closure, but had been working with the RiverBank for many months to reverse course. Those efforts led to aggressive property sales many of which the bank had been stuck with from nonperforming loans and failed development efforts. Those failures left them overleveraged in recent years with commercial and development speculation, many of which went sour in the recession and never really got back on track. As for millions of homeowners, the recession and subsequent housing market collapse poisoned the recovery process. It not only left the bank holding numerous properties from failures - many or all of those defaulted real estate declined dramatically in value - but also worked against their asset-to-debt ratio and general bottom line. The Riverbank had taken measures to try to shore up their value in the last three years, many of those measures were pushed by the FDIC, all meant to avoid Friday’s closure. Staff shake-ups had occurred in recent years, as well, with several upper level management changes and

Central Bank’s top executives (L to R): Larry Albert, president/CEO; John Morrison, owner; and Kurt Weise, board chairman. – Photo from Central Bank

The RiverBank began as the Bank of Osceola, and this 6-foot tall clock was a staple of the downtown for decades, going back to 1917. Known for its Westminster chimes, the clock has since been refurbished and is currently being displayed at the Polk County Museum in Balsam Lake. a strict tightening of lending practices, on top of a vigorous effort to raise more capital to restore their standing. But it proved too much to overcome, and earlier this summer, the FDIC gave the bank until Oct. 7 to get their asset-todebt ratio better in line and adjusted. They had apparently been in negotiations with an unnamed bank and investment group to raise capital and merge their operations and reportedly even had sincere interest from the group, but that group had requested additional time to evaluate the entire operation, and the FDIC reportedly refused to budge on such an extension. They reportedly even had involvement from several high-level elected officials in Washington to slow down the closure, but the efforts fell short. The merger attempt was still moving forward, but may have been derailed in part by The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac, and concerns about the FDIC and the future of mortgage portfolios, which would affect their value to a merger partner. That Freddie Mac concern essentially forced the bank’s hand and means they will be selling their mortgage servicing to Royal Credit Union, effective this coming Friday, Oct. 14. Almost all other assets of the former RiverBank are now part of the Central Bank with limited portions of the bank’s previous business being assumed by several outside operations, including independent, private operation of the insurance and mortgage groups and the aforementioned assumption of home mortgage operations by Royal Credit Union. Customers will notice few differences initially, but can expect letters outlining any new changes in the coming days. Almost all previous RiverBank employees met over the weekend at Trollhaugen Convention Center in Dresser for a presentation by Central Bank officials and staff, introducing themselves, answering questions and revealing basic outlines for employees, stating that they would have a better idea of their future status in the next few months. With information from the FDIC and the cached RiverBank Web site

The RiverBank’s history The roots of the RiverBank span over a century, going back to 1894 in Osceola, when Charles H. Oakey first started The Bank of Osceola. They built the first bank building in Osceola in 1907 (now occupied by the U.S. Postal Service office). The Osceola State Bank then opened in 1916 as their local competition, although the two charters were forced to merge in 1932 in the ashes of the Great Depression, with the new operation keeping the Bank of Osceola moniker.

The surviving bank slowly prospered over the decades, but was also known for, and proud of, dramatic investment in a growing Osceola. They became a benchmark in that area, and flourished with the addition of services like insurance in the 1950s, which expanded even further in the late 1960s. They also were at the cutting edge of many innovations, such as driveup “auto banking” in 1976. A memorable fire claimed the bank on Aug. 28, 1980, with only the bank vaults, safe deposit boxes and fireproof files surviving. A new bank was built in 1982, with added drive-up lanes and more offices for their expanded services, which later included an investment center in 1993. Shortly after their centennial celebrations, the Bank of Osceola changed their name to The RiverBank in 1995 to great fanfare, which also proved to be a foretaste of their expansion into areas outside Osceola and even beyond the Badger State. Under President and eventual CEO Craig Danielson, the new RiverBank was also at the forefront of technology, being among the first local banks to offer telephone-based banking, where customers could call and access account info around the clock, outside typical “banker’s hours.” They were also among the first banks in the Midwest to offer computer banking in 1996, which was also when they opened the first branch outside Osceola, in booming St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 8, beside the new Wal-Mart. Two years later, they opened another RiverBank branch across the parking lot from the new St. Croix Falls building, inside MarketPlace Foods. Within months, they had also opened the new North Hudson branch, and then made the big move to get into Minnesota banking by purchasing the Chisago State Bank in Chisago City in 1999. Banking rules stipulated that they had to own a bank in Minnesota before they could open a RiverBank branch in the state, which they later did in 2006 in Wyoming, using it as their charter address. They had also opened a mortgage and insurance center in Somerset in 2000. The times were booming, and they continued to be at the forefront of local smallbusiness and speculative investment, and they were both aggressive lenders and generous local partners in numerous charities. From sponsoring dozens of youth sporting events, nonprofit organizations and local community development projects that included the new Osceola Medical Center to donating an unused building to the Associated Retreat Center in East Farmington, and many dozens of projects in between. They built a large multifaceted hub in Osceola at 304 Cascade St. in 2002, offering a unique espresso bar with fresh cookies, with donation proceeds going to various community organizations and projects, ranging from the Girl Scouts to school district equipment funds and various local nonprofits. The so-called Financial Store also had a community room, a lounge with couches, popcorn, fireplaces and 24-hour cable news on flat-screen TVs. Soon, many of their other branches were redesigned to mimic the casual, espresso bar theme and the future looked good. That began to change in the last four years, as several large-scale development projects soured, investments fell apart and foreclosures began mounting across the nation, leaving the bank holding the notes

to hundreds of properies that were suddenly worth less than half their previous value. Banking’s so-called “Mark-to-market” accounting rules forced The RiverBank to reassess their actual asset level down and the latest chapter of restructuring began to emerge as the FDIC began to look closer at their general portfolio, forcing numerous changes and belt tightening, as well as enhanced scrutiny. The RiverBank was still bleeding red ink and reportedly showed a loss of nearly $8 million in its latest quarter, which according to the FDIC regulators, meant they had become dangerously undercapitalized, primarily because of their overload of outstanding loans. The closure on Friday, Oct. 7, made them the 75th independent banking institution to fail so far in 2011.

About Central Bank Central Bank has yet to offer an official comment on the RiverBank purchase, but stated on their Web site that, “The employees of Central Bank are looking forward to serving new and existing communities. With the recent expansion, the bank is now one of the largest and safest independent banks in Minnesota.” The Central Bank has been a major benefactor of recent bank failures and in fact began their Minnesota charter from the ashes of the failed Oak Park Bank in 1988, with Central Bank’s owner, John Morrison, acquiring that failed bank’s assets. That expansion has continued ever since. In April 1991, then called the St. Croix Valley Bank, they formally merged with the Cosmopolitan State Bank and became Central Bank. Cosmopolitan had been in Stillwater since June of 1919. In 2009, Central Bank also acquired the assets of several failed Minnesota banks: Mainstreet Bank of Forest Lake, Jennings State Bank of Spring Grove and the Riverview Community Bank of Otsego, as well as the Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, Fla. They sold the Spring Grove operation to Merchants Bank of Winona, Minn., last year. As noted earlier, they also purchased the assets of the failed Rosemount National Bank in April of this year. Prior to the RiverBank purchase, Central Bank had just one previous Wisconsin branch, Hudson, but will now have five brick and mortar operations, including a former RiverBank across town in North Hudson, on top of locations in Osceola and Somerset, the two in St. Croix Falls, as well as the two previous RiverBank Minnesota locations in Chisago County. According to, Central Bank had assets of $816.485 million and debts of $769.629 million as of July, not including the RiverBank purchases. That same tracking service noted that there are over 11 percent fewer banks today than at the end of 2007 with more than 300 banks having failed since Jan. 1, 2009. The closures have been blamed on problem loans and foreclosures which continue to plague the financial industry, with troubled assets nearly tripling since the end of 2007.


Dresser to counter waste management contract

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer DRESSER – The village of Dresser passed a motion to approve a contract with Waste Management if they accept the village’s counteroffer on fuel surcharge increases. The proposal from Waste Management was for a 4.9-percent increase when the contract is renewed in January with a percentage increase not stated to be applied each year after that. The contract expires

in December and is a three-year renewal. The board stated they were happy with the service, but looking out for the citizens on the surcharge. It was noted the village could put the contract out for bids, but they were not interested in pursuing that at this time. Village attorney Tim Laux stated that the board could ratify what they had, reject the offer or counter the offer. Board member Kristi Scheet suggested countering with a 3-percent increase for the first

year and capping further year increases to 3 percent or CPI, whichever is lower. The board agreed and the motion carried to have board President Rick Flandrena and clerk Jodi Gilbert go ahead with the contract if the counteroffer is agreed upon by Waste Management. In other business, the Pumpkin Train event will be held at the Depot in Dresser on Oct. 14, 15 and 16. The event is relatively new and has grown annually in numbers for attendance. The board au-

thorized the public works crew to help with picnic table setup and pumpkin unloading for the event. The board approved hiring a part-time officer to replace the officer no longer working for the village. This would make the village staffed with a full-time and two part-time officers as has been done before. The new officer assuming the part-time position is Adam Steffen.

Polk County officials attend WCA annual conference BALSAM LAKE - Several Polk County supervisors attended the Wisconsin Counties Association conference last week in Sauk County. This year’s conference focused on the diverse and complex issues currently facing Wisconsin’s counties. Polk County supervisors that attended the 2011 WCA annual conference included William F. Johnson, District 2, Herschel Brown, District 5, Marvin Caspersen, District 7, Wendy Olney-Rattel, District 8, Larry Jepsen, District 18, and Larry Voelker, District 22. Conference sessions, held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, in-

cluded topics such as consolidation of services, union negotiations in the new landscape, serving the mentally ill in county jails, working lands issues, budgeting in the new economic environment and counties use of new social media opportunities. General assembly guest speakers included Jim VandeHei, co-founder and executive editor of POLITICO, Lenny Eliason, president of the National Association of Counties, Richard Chandler, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Stephanie Klett, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and

Ray Cross, chancellor of the UW-Extension of UW Colleges. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson was scheduled to speak, but canceled due to commitments in Washington, D.C. Polk County Board Chairman William Johnson participated in the WCA annual business meeting, representing Polk County. Member counties vote on resolutions that are incorporated into the WCA Platform, and consider amendments to their rules of order at this annual meeting. A total of 69 of the 72 counties in Wisconsin were present this year. “The WCA annual conference is important now more than ever, considering the

financial and social climate facing county governments statewide,” said Johnson. “It is a huge benefit to hear what is working, or not working, for other counties around the state, and have the opportunity to discuss possible solutions to our shared issues.” The WCA represents the interests of county governments at both the state and federal level, and has an office in Madison. - submitted by the Polk County Board of Supervisors

Candy fraud alleged Man charged with using teens for false school sales by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – Osceola Police responded to a report of an alleged fraud involving several teens and candy sales, where the juveniles were telling customers the candy sales went to the Osceola School District. Reportedly, two of the oldest teens were

already on juvenile probation and were persuaded to sell candy door to door pretending it was a school-based fundraiser. After school officials interviewed the teens, they reportedly named the man behind the fraudulent sales as Troy Halverson, 21, Osceola. According to testimony by one of the teens, Halverson gave each of them a bag of candy and told them to “go out and sell it.” When confronted about the allegations on Monday, Oct. 3, at his home, Halverson used expletives to the officer and initially

denied the charges, but when it was discovered he had a warrant for a probation violation, he was taken into custody. Halverson’s mother then told authorities she knew about the candy and the money, which again led to more expletives by Halverson. The parent retrieved a metal box with $30 in cash. He was later charged for using the juveniles in the commission of a crime, leading to three misdemeanor charges of obstruction, contributing to the delinquency of a child and theft. Halverson

made an initial appearance before Judge Molly GaleWyrick late last week, where she set a $1,000 signature bond, with his next court appearance set for Monday, Oct. 31. Halverson has had several run-ins with authorities in recent years leading to convictions ranging from drug possession to bail jumping and obstruction.

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Deanna Wheeler chosen to replace Jen Feske

In other board action: • The board discussed plans for Countryside Cooperative to build a new retail store at a former Stokely Canning building, near the former Tire Experts complex on Hwy. 35, on the north side of town. The store is expected to be a country storetype venue, similar to one they have in Amery, offering everything from feed and equine supplies to agricultural supplies and products. • The board unanimously approved the appointments of Karen Muller and Linda Jones to the Milltown Library Board. Muller is a representative for the Unity School District, and Jones is designated as an at-large board member. • After much discussion on an official employee grievance procedure policy, the

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New Milltown Library Director Deanna Wheeler. – Photo by Greg Marsten trustees moved to use either a retired circuit court judge or a local attorney to decide on any nonrepresented employee grievance. “In a small town, everybody knows everybody,” White said, in reference to using a local resident to act as the determining force in a grievance. The new procedure would also require both parties to pay their respective individual costs. The policy was forced due to recent changes in state law. • Public works Director Rick Fisher outlined estimates for road crack sealing, which will not exceed $7,000. • The board voted to opt out of the Polk County Library Federation, which is their option, since they maintain their own library. • Police Chief Andy Anderson noted that they have pursued charges against an individual in a recent arson case, involving a village rest-room structure. Anderson said they have not heard back from the district attorney’s office. That suspected arsonist’s name was not revealed. Anderson also presented results from the weekend lawn mower drag races, which were part of the Pumpkin Fest celebration: Pure stock first place: Roger Despiegelaere. 0-12 h.p., first place: Ben Schommer. 13-18 h.p., first place: Tyler Anderson. 19-plus h.p., first place: Rick Bowen. Slowest drag winner: Jim Martin. Top-gun shootout winners were Bowen, Schommer and Anderson, respectively.

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – The Milltown Village Board met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 10, and while there was little action to take, they did make several big announcements, including that the Milltown Public Library has a new director in Deanna Wheeler. Wheeler was the former library assistant under the previous director, Jen Feske, who resigned in recent months to pursue expanded options outside the area. Wheeler was appointed on Sept. 27, and the library board is just now closing the window for a replacement assistant director to take her place. While unable to attend the full board meeting, Wheeler spoke later by phone about the job. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity,” she said, noting that she has worked with the library since June 2009. Wheeler said she didn’t plan or expect to make any major changes from previous policies and praised both of her predecessors, Feske and Matt Rosendahl. “The two previous directors had some great things happening here, and I hope to continue those offerings,” she said. “Keeping the library growing is always a goal.” Village President LuAnn White praised the decision to hire Wheeler. “She’ll be the perfect fit,” White said. “Great things will happen.”

Polk Home Care losses increase Program future to be studied by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Home Health Agency is facing an increasing deficit in 2011. Revenue is down for the program which provides skilled nursing services to county residents in their homes. The program lost almost $400,000 through August, almost double the budgeted deficit of $212,000 for the year. As a result, some members of the Polk County Board of Health called for shutting down the program during the board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11. The board requested that county Administrator Dana Frey do a study of the home health program and alternative options for home care delivery. “This is an entity we do not need,” board member Kristine Kramer-Hartung said. “It competes with the private enterprise that pays out taxes. This issue has been put off too long.” The number of visits and the number of clients served this year has dropped, according to figures provided to the board by Public Health Director Gretchen Sampson. There were 5,095 total visits through August, a 17-percent drop from the same period last year. The number of individuals served is 213, compared to 260 year to date in 2010. And revenue is down 24 per-

cent, or $100,501. Revenue for the program through August was $316,534 and expenses were $714,461, down only $43,000. The loss through August is $397,927. “We have watched the problem get progressively worse,” said board member Rick Scoglio. “It cost the county $200,000 in a good year. Now it is $400,000. It won’t get better. We must look at closing it down.” Sampson said cuts in staffing have been made to offset the losses. She said the program serves many patients that private home care agencies won’t serve and is the last resort for many. Sampson said that the county provides a sliding fee scale supported by the levy. She said some patients might need to leave their homes for nursing home care if the program ended or the support was not given. Board member Wanda Johnson said that the agency cannot just be shut down. It has contracts to serve clients, contracts that cannot be broken and would need to be phased out. Johnson said the same issues were raised a few years ago and the decision then was that it was too expensive to close home care. After the study of options was approved, the board approved the public health department 2012 budget as proposed. Kramer-Hartung cast the only negative vote.

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The making of a cooperative newspaper

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Those familiar with our newspaper know that each October - marked as Co-op Month - we like to highlight the fact that our newspapers - the Inter-County Leader and Washburn County Register - are the only cooperative-owned weeklies in the nation - to our knowledge. In 1933 a group of area farmers and others pitched in $5 each to create a newspaper that would allow them a voice - something they felt they lacked via their state and federal representatives. What we’ve never done - at least since 1933 and within the pages of the actual newspaper - is publish the paper’s first editorial by its first editor, Bennie Bye. It was published in a special edition during our 75th anniversary in 2008. Bye’s words lend an insight to the behind-the-scenes events that led to the first issue, an issue that was produced in an all-night printing session in a small, two-story building in Centuria on a cold November night 78 years ago. Here’s Bye’s editorial - and see our ad on page 6 telling how a subscriber can become a member of the cooperative at the same price ($5) as in 1933. There’s not many deals today that can claim that.

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All right, folks, here is the first issue of the long talked-of, long heralded cooperative newspaper serving Polk and neighboring counties. While we are swamped with work and hardly have time to write anything, a brief outline of the steps taken to establish this paper ought to be part of this issue. This is not a Farmers Union paper, though it has been advertised as such through both talk and published articles in neighboring papers. However, we are not ashamed of the platform, aims and principles of the Farmers Union and wish every one of them could be put into practice. But the reason the establishment of this paper has been referred to as a Farmers Union movement is undoubtedly due to the fact that the individuals belonging to the organization have done a great deal to “put the venture over.” Five of the seven members of the board of directors are Union members, but a rough check-up shows that more stock has been bought by non-Union members than by members. Stock has been bought by Union, Holiday and Equity members, by people belonging to none of these organizations, by business and professional men. No lines have been drawn, but all stock has been sold with the understanding that this is to be a cooperative paper serving the best interests of the common people, whether they be farmers, professional men or business men. The welfare of one group should mean the welfare of the other groups. The principal way in which we expect to make this paper different from the common run of papers is that we are in business for service and not for profit, and intend to carry the truth to the public regardless of whose toes get pinched. In other words, our policy will be shaped by a devotion to the greatest good for the greatest number, and not by what is or what is not apparently best for the immediate swelling of the cash box. Of course, while we are doing this, we must have the necessary income to keep the plant running, but we have faith that it is possible to stay in business and adhere to the above policy. We’re going to give it a good try, anyhow. The original plans for the establishment of this paper were to purchase the Polk County Ledger at Balsam Lake. The deal would have required the purchase of Mr. Husband’s twothirds interest, and the writer was to take stock for his one-third interest. After considerable “dickering” and numerous meetings over a period of several months, it was found that the purchase of the Ledger was not practical. There was a complaint from the beginning that the price was too high. Along in the summer, as everyone in the drought, the crop shortage parts remembers, came thee, and the prospect of having to buy feed through the winter. The much-hoped-for “New Deal” did not materialize, and stock became difficult to sell, not because of unwillingness to help the proposition along, but for the same reason that you can’t get blood out of a turnip. The newspaper was faced with the alternative of dropping the paper deal altogether, or figuring out a cheaper way of acquiring a paper than buying the Ledger. Talk for an entirely new paper was encouraged by the discovery that good used equipment could be installed and paid for in full for about one-third of the money required to buy the two-thirds interest of the Ledger. More meetings. The next thing was to make a canvass and see all who had bought stock to find out if it was O.K. with them to apply their share on the new paper instead of the Ledger. No difficulty was experienced. One solicitor wrote in and said a few of those who had promised to buy had backed out after the Ledger deal had been abandoned. The location for the new paper was the next thing. Several were considered. The writer favored Centuria from the start because it is centrally located, but perhaps more for the reason that it is really one of our “home towns” as we started a paper here once before. The businessmen of Centuria pledged their liberal support if the paper was located here, and a very nice block of stock was sold here. So, when the first stockholders’ meeting was held on Monday, Oct. 9, Centuria was readily decided on as the location. Articles of incorporation were adopted without difficulty, and the meeting insisted that the committee of seven who had worked so faithfully on the paper deal from the start should be elected to the first board of directors. The election was unanimous. Here they are: J.W. Hanson, Luck; P.TH. Peterson, Johnstown; Chas. Eckels, Wolf Creek; Amil Markee, Apple River; O.A. Bloom, Osceola; H.A. Mittelsdorf, Farmington; Carl Linden, Burnett County. J.W. Hanson had served the committee as president, and Chas Eckels as secretary, and they were elected to like positions on the board of directors, with Herb Mittelsdorf as vice president. The above committee worked hard and tirelessly toward the goal of a cooperatively owned and operated newspaper. It would be impossible to know where to place the most credit. Then there were dozens of others throughout the townships of the county who worked hard to sell the necessary stock. While the shares were only $5 (non-assessable) yet it is

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• Letters to the editor • Trial balloons Now the president’s medical advisors are recommending that males no longer get the PSA test to predict prostate cancer. According to CBS news, 34,000 males will die as a result of prostate cancer in 2011. If that number can be minimized due to an inexpensive blood test, why not have it done? The major reason is twofold: 1) That will reduce Medicare costs and 2) it is a way of reducing Social Security payouts due to deaths. If the test truly results in false readings, unnecessary biopsies, infection, incontinence, erectile dysfunction and other complications, then we should immediately cease the testing of the president, male senators, male congressmen, male czars, all male doctors and all other federal male government officials. After all, we don’t want to expose these great leaders to unnecessary pitfalls. Also, that would truly be leading by example. Obama’s medical advisors tried eliminating mammograms two years ago in an effort to reduce Medicare costs. The female population of the U.S. rose up and demanded that the mammograms be continued due to the incidents of breast cancer. Obama and his advisors backed off due to the feedback of the female population. The federal government is looking at

all methods of minimizing preventive medicine testing in an effort to reduce costs. I was told by a friend who goes to Mayo Clinic for his annual physical which is no longer covered by Medicare that beginning in 2013, colonoscopies will also no longer be covered. I do not know the current death rate due to colon cancer, but I am sure it is in the same category as prostate cancer. The current administration continually sends up “trial balloons” to test for the population’s feedback. If is negative, they abandon that idea, and then move on to testing another way of reducing benefits of Medicare insurance. Medicare is insurance. While working, all legal U.S. citizens that work are paying 1.5 percent of their wages for this insurance. The insurance by itself, does not cover all that much. The only way to make Medicare a true insurance is to purchase supplementary insurance which will cost between $100 to $200 per person per month. This is on top of the $127 per month, per person that is deducted from your monthly Social Security allotment. Nowhere do I see Medicaid insurance benefits reduced. Nowhere do I see welfare checks reduced. Nowhere do I see the government cracking down of welfare abuse. The current administration continues to steal from the military and the eld-

erly in order to continue heaping benefits on the entitlement crowd. It is time for the elderly and the military to rise up and demand equal benefits that are paid for. Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements. Dave Wilhelmy Siren

Myth of wealth Have you noticed that an idea repeated often enough begins to sound true? This seems to be the case with a story being repeated by politicians big and small, that is, that the wealthy should pay less taxes than the rest of us because they are exceptional citizens. They have worked hard for their wealth, they create jobs for the rest of us, and they are the backbone of the American economy. Yet, when one looks for objective evidence for these claims, little or none is found. Despite outrageous CEO salaries and 10 years of tax cuts, jobs are not being created. Jobs sent overseas make others rich, wages decline and poverty grows. Remember the good old days in America, the year 2000 when we had a federal budget surplus, more jobs, higher taxes on the wealthy and less poverty? And so it seems that a myth has been

created, a Myth of Wealth that is being fed to us over and over again and we’ve begun to believe it. Could this be why those of us who have less than our fair share of the American dream vote for politicians who favor those with more, why the poor vote for politicians who favor the rich? If that’s true, I can only make sense in two ways: First, the wealthy have discovered they can buy politicians and the news media, so that their self-serving myth of wealth is fed to us over and over, day in, day out, until we believe it. And second, they have cleverly connected the myth of wealth to the politics of social conservatism, especially the politics of the extreme religious right which for some of whom, wealth has become a Christian virtue. So how might this work? Is it possible that those of us who don’t have enough are likely to hold conservative social values? Could it be that the wealthy hide their selfish interests inside an extreme conservative political agenda? Could it be that those who do not have enough hurt themselves by voting for politicians who work for the wealthy? Norman Jensen Madison and Siren

Adult development center director addresses issues brought forth in news article Open letter to the residents of Polk County I appreciate this opportunity to respond to the Oct. 5 article in the Leader regarding Endeavors Adult Development Center and the rent we pay to Polk County for the building we occupy. Endeavors (we changed our name in 2010 from Polk County Adult Development Center) has always been a nonprofit and for the past 45 years we have been the only state-certified community rehabilitation program in Polk County serving residents living with disabilities. We currently serve 95 adults with disabilities and have a staff of 26. Our mission is to promote the independence and personal growth of the individuals we serve through providing paid, meaningful employment as well as a day program for those with the most significant disabilities. In addition, we contract with area high schools to provide services for special education students as they transition from school into our programs. Endeavors has also established a fleet of 10 vehicles, many equipped with wheelchair lifts, in order to provide the needed round-trip transportation for our clients from their homes to our center in Balsam Lake. We log over 250,000 miles per year for a cost of over $200,000 to provide eight bus routes per day. The majority of our clients ride our buses from two to three hours round trip, five days a week, to the center in order to access our employment and day programs. We were serving 64 clients in mid-2002, when we moved from a space in the then special ed program located in the Polk County Government Center, to a new building across the street. We’re located just east of the new Justice Center, on the southwest corner of Hwy. 46 and CTH I. The Justice Center and the building we lease from the county were both built through a public tax bond. I do not know if any federal or state grant monies were obtained for this project. The 15,000-sq.-ft. building we lease was designed and built exclusively for the types of programs we provide for Polk County residents living with disabilities. Every detail was well thought out, we even have a small inground heated swimming and whirlpool which we use daily to provide a hydrotherapy program that greatly benefits our day program clients. We would love to expand the use of the pool so other county residents with mobility or other issues may also benefit from this resource. Prior to moving, our annual expenses we paid to the county for our space in the government center was $6,056 for maintenance and repairs, we also paid $4,524 per year in

telephone costs and $7,681 for all other utilities. It isn’t clear from our archived records, how much of the telephone and other utilities costs were paid to the county and there is no line item in our accountant’s financial statements for any actual rent being paid. In 2003, when we began paying Polk County for our new location, we paid $81,000 in annual rent, $5,122 in maintenance and repairs. We also paid $6,370 for telephone and $12,408 for all other utilities. To date, we have paid the county $595,700 in rent for the building we occupy and $65,481 for building repairs and maintenance. In January 2009, prior to my being hired as the director of Endeavors, one of our board members, Mick Larsen, also a Polk County board member at the time, was able to persuade the county board to lower our rent to $60,000 per year, and a few months later to $39,600 or $3,300 for June 2009 through December of 2010. I requested a two-year lease for $30,000 per year beginning in January 2011 and was given one year at this amount with a review by the county board prior to establishing the 2012 lease amount. These reductions have been imperative due to the severe downturn in the economy and the devastating effect it continues to have on our revenues from contracts for work for our clients with area businesses. We initially lost virtually all of our in-house work contracts and many of our community work sites as well. In addition, as everyone can well imagine, our costs for fuel for our transportation services have more than doubled in the past two years. We no longer provide any pension or retirement for employees, we had a permanent staff reduction saving $60,000 in 2009; all staff have taken a pay cut and staff now pay more for their health benefits. We cannot cut anymore; we are required to maintain a staff-to-client ratio. However, similar to many organizations like ours throughout the country, we began pursuing our own social enterprises in order to continue our mission and provide meaningful employment for the adults we serve. We were able to obtain grants and a loan for a $1 million greenhouse and retail outlet on over five acres of commercial land donated by the village of Milltown. In addition, we have our own Birders’ Select line of wild bird seed products that our clients package and we sell in our Balsam Lake center as well as Endeavors Greenhouse retail outlet and through wholesale accounts in over 20 area businesses. Adults living with disabilities have historically maintained over a 40-percent unemployment rate and, given the current economic situation, the outlook is not going to improve anytime soon. Our plans

for the Endeavors Greenhouse have included partnering with local landscape and nursery businesses so they may purchase some of their plants wholesale from us at a better price than perhaps they are now paying. We are open year-round in order to provide training and jobs for our clients, and we plant most of our products from seed. As we have only experienced one full season, we are still developing a plan to fit our clients’ needs for more employment as well as to potentially serve area nurseries so they may save on their wholesale plant purchases. We have increased the number of clients we serve, as well as being able to obtain a $70,000 two-year grant to provide a muchneeded day program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Haven program provided by Polk County since 1994 closed in May of 2010, leaving the entire county without this important service. We are state certified in order to bill the state and the veterans administration for our services and we will be able to provide transportation, two of the major reasons The Haven program had to close. I am very optimistic that we are moving in the right direction to help meet the needs of Polk County residents. Over the past two years, we have been able to obtain grants for general operations amounting to close to $100,000 as well as capital grants for the greenhouse construction of close to $600,000. The clients and staff at Endeavors are the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They are such a committed and caring group of people. Based on my research of our CPA financial statements and audits over the past several years, due to our paying the $81,000 in rent for over six years, Endeavors has never been able to establish the needed cash reserves to weather tough economic times. In fact, in the years just prior to moving to the new location (and not paying any rent), we were experiencing annual losses of $82,849 and $81,873 respectively. The only reason Endeavors was able to pay the $81,000 in rent beginning 2003 was that the county increased our contract to provide services to our clients. This increase in 2003 from the county allowed us to pay the county the $81,000 in rent as well as $8,000 annually to the county for building maintenance; but still did not allow us to establish cash reserves and when our other main source of revenue was lost-our contracts for work for our clients with area businesseswe were left with having to ask the county to reduce our rent. In addition, as stated above, our costs for our transportation program have more than doubled over recent years. In June of 2009 the state no longer gave Polk county any money to contract for

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our services for individuals with disabilities-or for the elderly-instead we now have to negotiate our contract with a non-government entity called Northern Bridges, a managed care organization that receives it’s funding from the state. As required by our lease, we have provided the county administrator with our annual CPA audit. Over the past year we have also provided our monthly financial statements, and I have met four times with the county property committee and once with the full board to advocate for keeping our rent within a range that we can afford. During the recent meeting with the Polk County Property Committee, we discussed our outstanding short-term loans of over $80,000 and shared that to date we are operating at a loss of close to $3,000. We love our building; however, we cannot continue to pay any more than the $30,000 we are requesting. I have also expressed that even should we somehow come into a windfall of long-term operating money, Endeavors needs to purchase new vehicles as we had to retire two vehicles recently. We also need to establish some cash reserves, and I would like to once again offer some sort of a retirement program for staff. Most of the state organizations like Endeavors have also been providing services for over 45 years as we have. Over the years, many have been able to pay off their mortgages and own their own building which has helped them immensely in these tough times. As I stated above, we have paid close to $600,000 in rent to date to the county. While I believe the cost of our wonderful facility was probably much more than this, I would like residents of Polk County to express to the Polk County Board of Supervisors as well as to contact me with how you would feel if we are forced to relocate in order to continue to provide services. I know that many private individuals, businesses and organizations such as the area Lions Clubs have donated over $30,000 to help equip and furnish the facility so Endeavors may better serve residents of Polk County who are living with disabilities. I believe our staff and the members of Endeavors Board of Directors are being good stewards of the public trust that was expressed when the bond was passed to construct our facility. I have always believed that a society is judged by how it cares for those most vulnerable. Diana B. Manning MSW executive director, Endeavors Adult Development Center Balsam Lake



Public skating continues for Grantsburg

Property cleanup discussed by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Public skating will be back at the Grantsburg hockey rink again this winter. After a successful season last winter, the Grantsburg Village Board agreed to buy 30 hours of ice time from the Grantsburg Hockey Association at a cost of $10 per hour. Rick Quimby from the association told the board that sometimes as many as 50 skaters, adults and young people, were on the ice at one time. Open ice time this winter will be Sunday afternoons, possibly from 2-5 p.m., starting in December. Property cleanup was also discussed at the monthly village board meeting Monday, Oct. 10. Complaints have been re-

ceived about a number of vacant buildings and messy lots in the village and residents have called council members and the village office complaining about sites like the collapsed Blue Box across from the park. Police Chief Jeff Schinzing said enforcing property ordinances takes time, issuing citations and following up on the cleanup efforts. He said public safety also takes time and he must decide where to put policing hours. The village made a list of unsightly properties last spring and made attempts to clean many of the lots before the July storm changed village priorities. Board member Jim Nelson suggested that the property committee could do more on ordinance enforcement. Schinzing said it is almost a seasonal issue with trash and tires more visible in the spring. Part of the

problem has been vacant properties with no identifiable owner. The village crew has mowed lawns on some of these lots. While there was frustration expressed with the slow pace in cleaning or clearing some hazardous sites, board member Glenn Rolloff stated a word of caution. “You don’t want the government to act too quickly to tear your house down,” Rolloff said. “The process must be fair and orderly.”

Other items Grantsburg is now designated as a “bird city,” a listing that will help draw visitors to the city and the nearby Crex Meadows, one of the top bird-watching sites in the nation. Steve Hoffman from the DNR said the designation will give Grantsburg additional publicity as a destination, draw-

ing people to the area and benefiting local businesses. The airport was a subject of discussion, with talk about weeds, growing on the paved runway and mowing the grass on the grass runway. Board member Dale Dresel suggested four actions for the village airport. His list includes heating only a part of the terminal building during the winter, shutting off or limiting the landing lights, taking care of the weeds, and mowing or closing the grass landing strip. The airport committee will look at the issues. The costs of the July 1 storm continue to emerge. Tree replacement may cost $16,000 for trees on village land, and added village costs, including extra hours for the village crew, have been set at $36,218.

Domestic violence rises in area Community Referral Agency meets growing request for services by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – “Domestic violence is an equal opportunity crime,” says Ann Frey, executive director of the Community Referral Agency in Milltown. The economy is causing stress for many families. Many people have lost jobs or had their incomes lowered. The frustration with finding employment and paying bills sometimes leads to fights within families. The CRA provides shelter and assistance to people caught up in domestic violence. CRA provided 4,484 bed-nights to people seeking shelter in 2010. That number of people at risk doubled from 2009 when 1,910 bed-nights were provided. The bed count so far this year is 2,858. These are the number of nights people spent at the CRA house, adults and many children.

Ann Frey is executive director of the Community Referral Agency, a home shelter for victims of abuse. October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

Volunteers make quilts and dolls for CRA’s clients, since many victims of abuse flee for safety taking nothing with them.

Frey said that children get caught up in the fights at home. It is more difficult for a victim of violence to flee and find safety when children are involved. CRA provides a safe place to stay but much more. It helps victims establish a new life and find a new place to live. It also offers many community awareness programs to reach people at risk, letting them know that violence and abusive behavior is not acceptable. It gives help to victims of sexual assault. A 24-hour crisis line offers immediate help in crisis situations. And, it works to educate the public on the people at risk in the community. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to reach out to the local community and let area residents know that violence, abuse and harassment are issues in the area, issues with people and

families that locals know. The message is that this hurt to other people is happening in the area and is not acceptable. And CRA tells people that there is help available so people can find an alternative to abuse. CRA offers services in Polk, Burnett and Barron counties. It has a professional staff of a dozen people trained to help people deal with their immediate issues and more help to aid people in establishing new lives with new job skills. Much of the success of CRA is the large amount of volunteer help, including donations of food and clothing but also of time. Volunteers do the yard work, do repairs and teach living skills. Volunteers make dolls for the children, since some of those children fled for safety and left all their things behind. Much of CRA’s funding comes from government contracts and grants, but that money is getting harder to find and not always increasing at the rate needed to cover the increased demand for services. That makes the community support, donations of time, supplies and money more important than ever. Ann Frey is the new CRA director. She comes to the job after a long career in business coupled with many years living overseas in unusual places. In Kyrgyzstan she worked with the National Woman’s Congress and traveled over much of the country. Frey says this is an encore career, a chance to use her skills to do something for women, some of whom don’t have the best life. Frey’s husband works for Polk County. The CRA staff is supported by a board of directors from the community who brings a wide variety of resources to the organization. The current board members include Chris Crowe, Bob Stage, Mike Rust, Joann Phernetton, Melissa Rapp, Tim Strohbusch, Ardyce Knauber, Dan Siebrasse, Jamie McCready, Dr. Amy Ludwikowski and Pastor Freddie Kirk.

More marina drama in St. Croix Falls by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS– A somewhat controversial issue in St. Croix Falls was tabled at the last council meeting, in September, due to the absence of the city attorney who was called away on family business. Despite the tabling of the item, parties involved attended the beginning of the meeting and made public comments. The issue is condemnation of properties owned by Deane and Patricia Andrie and Wayne and Kerry Swenson. The agenda item was not on the table at the Monday, Oct. 10, council meeting because the city was no longer looking at condemnation, but that did not keep the affected parties from expressing their opinion during public comments. The entourage of unhappy citizens approaching the podium to address the council began with comments by former St. Croix Falls Mayor Lee Uhrhammer. Uhrhammer’s statements pointed to under-the-table dealings and he stated he felt the city was doing an injustice to residents by trying to condemn properties neighboring the marina. Other parties followed suit in the public

comments portion, including Wayne Swenson, who commented at the last meeting on the issue as well. Swenson stated, “I hope you would give us the courtesy of sitting down with you and find out what your intentions are for condemnation. It would be nice if we were involved.” No reason for condemnation was given at any time, but attorney Brian Nodoff stated that the city was only discussing consideration of condemnation, and that they are not pursuing that. However, the council did have properties along Hamilton Street (marina area) as part of the agenda, but only for discussion of possible use of Xcel Energy properties on Hamilton. The reason for that was explained by Nodoff and city Administrator Joel Peck as the council discussing the future of that area along the river out to 20 or 30 years if Xcel Energy decides not to hang on to that property. The National Park Service would get first right of refusal, but then the land offer would go to the city. It appeared that the city was attempting to get their ducks in a row in the event Xcel unloads the property, by discussing viable development or land man-

agement options. However, residents who were there to comment still intended to discuss the marina issue and condemnation. Operator of the marina, Dean Cameron, stated his driveway leads to a business and that private landowners are accessing their land through his property and he alleges they are doing the same type of business he is doing. Residents in the audience claimed they were only accessing their property for recreational purposes and that they were offended by the marina charging them money to use the driveway or attempting to shut off any access to the neighboring properties altogether. “You have to pay to enter the business and needless to say, some people don’t want to pay,” Cameron said. “People shouldn’t have to pay to enter their property,” said Hamilton resident Michael Kingery. The other comments by angry neighbors indicated that Cameron is acting as though he owns the property and driveway, but he is only a lessee of the property for the business. The official owner of the property is the city of St. Croix Falls. Reside nts stated Cameron should not be al-

lowed to charge admission for people to access their property when he does not own the driveway or the right of way to the driveway. Cameron maintains he is trying to maintain a business and that the neighbors intentions are less than earnest when they access their properties through the marina. The issue has been ongoing for four years with the marina operator, Cameron, and the neighbors, Dean Andrie and Wayne Swenson. There are lawyers involved and the city may have been looking at mediating the issue, but at the same time the council seems to be backing away from being part of the solution. The council seemed cautious in their approach and indicated that perhaps a public meeting needs to be held to get to the bottom of this issue and to get maps to find out who owns what and how long it has been that way, and if there are any other driveways or accesses to the neighboring properties. “Your comments tonight are the same things we have heard this entire time,” said Mayor Darrell Anderson. “Because it is not an agenda item, we cannot banter back and forth, we can only take your comments into consideration at this time.”


Taylors Falls has record short meeting by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The city council for Taylors Falls set the record for the shortest council meeting on Monday, Oct. 10. The council met at 6:30 p.m. in closed session for employee performance review. The council then convened into open session following the closed session to hold their regular meeting and were adjourned by 6:59 p.m. The agenda for the Oct. 10 meeting consisted of consent agenda items, two items that were tabled and training requests.

The council approved a training request for Mike Kriz, public works superintendent, to attend a workshop on infrastructure. The council also approved a training request for Bill Neska, public works employee, to attend training by the Rural Water Association as required by the Department of Health. The consent agenda items approved were to approve the lease purchase agreement for The RiverBank in the amount of $868,361.22 to pay off the city hall debt. The council sold bonds to get the money to pay off the city debt to The RiverBank,

Allegedly had homemade handgun in possession

Olsen, 36, Milltown. When the vehicle was spotted east of Milltown later that evening, the car was stopped and Olsen and his passenger were ordered out. The woman reportedly told police that she and Olsen were formerly a couple and had a child together. She said that she had spotted him driving by her home that day and was concerned about the safety of her child. She said Olsen was allegedly a methamphetamine user and that he was “acting weird” that day, stating that she had allowed him to pick her up to protect the child by getting him away from the scene. She said while they were driving, Olsen

was continually using threatening language, stating he would kill people, and that he even drove by the Milltown Police office, wanting to kill an officer, and that “now it was the end.” The woman was concerned that Olsen was both homicidal and suicidal. When interviewed by police, Olsen denied being suicidal or threatening, but they noted that he was apparently under the influence of alcohol. He said he was sick of being addicted to meth and denied having a weapon, due to an earlier domestic violence conviction. When Olsen was patted down and taken into custody, authorities found he

had a bizarre contraption with a bolt inside a sheath, and a hole drilled on the end, with a nail that was apparently set to be used as a sort of hammer. When confronted about whether it was a pipe bomb, Olsen said it was a “poor attempt at making a gun.” Olsen was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and intoxicated use of a firearm. He made an initial appearance before Judge Jeffery Anderson on Monday, Oct. 10, where he set a $2,500 signature bond. His next court appearance date had not been set by press time.

Sheriff’s deputy intercepted the fleeing Focus in a high-speed Dodge Charger squad a short time later on CTH T, just north of Hwy. 8, near Turtle Lake. The deputy noted the Focus was traveling in excess of 80 mph when he picked up the pursuit. The Focus then exceeded 100 mph as it headed west Gene Ellingson on Hwy. 8, where deputies first used spike strips to try and deflate the Focus’ tires. The driver was able to elude the strips and then went south on CTH JJ, eventually heading west toward Amery, again avoiding spike strips. That was when the driver turned toward Clear Lake, entering village limits and almost striking a pedestrian as he sped through the village.

The chase then reversed course again, heading back toward Amery, where an officer was finally able to deploy spike strips successfully on CTH F, deflating the driver’s-side tires. The driver then headed into a gravel pit just east of Amery, where he was finally wrangled in and taken into custody. One of the Polk County deputies noted that he had pursued the Focus for over 38 miles, at speeds in excess of 100mph, and that the man had run several stop signs during the pursuit. The driver was identified as Gene A. Ellingsen, 65, Somerset, who apparently had several active warrants. It was initially unclear on why he was fleeing, or the reason that he began to flee Barron County law enforcement. However, it was later revealed that Ellingsen’s Focus had fake license plates and that he had several active warrants. “He has run before,” Johnson said. “He said he didn’t want to die in jail, whatever

that means.” Johnson also noted that Ellingsen also missed court appearances in the past, including one that led to a $10,000 cash bond forfeiture. He also has several outstanding felony charges from St. Croix County for resisting arrest and bail jumping. Ellingsen made an initial court appearance on Friday, Oct. 7, before Judge Molly GaleWyrick, where he faces numerous charges, including seven felonies and three misdemeanors, ranging from fleeing officers to bail jumping and operating without a valid license as a repeat offender. GaleWyrick set a cash bond of $35,000 cash with other driving stipulations. He had a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday, Oct. 12. He also had charges filed in Barron County on Monday, Oct. 10, including nonregistration and driving without a license.

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – A report that a woman was being held against her will in a car led to a dramatic police stop on Friday, Oct. 7, near Milltown, where the alleged suspect was found to have a homemade handgun in his possession. Authorities were told that a woman was possibly being held against her will in a white Ford Escort driven by Jason C.

but had not officially authorized the city clerk to issue payment to RiverBank. The motion carried. The council passed a resolution by consent agenda to accept donation money from the Friends of Taylors Falls Parks. The money was raised through a brat and bingo promotion, and the city accepted the donation with $475.50 going to park improvements and $475.50 going toward summer recreation programs. The council also approved through consent agenda a request by the Taylors Falls Lions to host bingo on Friday, Nov. 18,

and Saturday, Nov. 26 to be held at the Memorial Community Center. The council also approved payment to Bolton & Menk for surveying and engineering costs for the business park as well as the final invoice to Julie Hildebrand for the mural project. The council also approved spending the remaining $181 mural fund dollars to video the unveiling of the mural project to be featured on YouTube.

Threats against ex and police

Senior citizen flees police at 100 mph Spike strips used to stop fleeing driver after 38 miles in Polk County by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer AMERY – A high-speed pursuit that originated in Barron County ended near Amery late in the evening on Thursday, Oct. 6, as the man reached speeds of 100 mph in the pursuit, which zigzagged across the eastern part of Polk County before the man was finally taken into custody, almost 40 miles later. According to Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson, the call went out at around 10:30 that evening of a man fleeing police from Barron County in a red Ford Focus with Florida license plates. Barron authorities had terminated their pursuit just prior to the chase entering Polk County on Hwy. 48, west of Cumberland. A Polk County

Walker announces Chippewa Flowage Forest Legacy Easement First major stewardship purchase of his administration HAYWARD — On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Gov. Scott Walker recognized the first major stewardship purchase of his administration, an initiative that will protect more than 10,000 acres of new land in northwestern Wisconsin for public use. “This action guarantees permanent public access for hunters, fishers, trappers, hikers, cross-county skiers and snowmobilers, and it ensures future generations that this land will not be developed,” said Walker. “Long-term forestry production is also protected through the agreement and will help support Wisconsin’s huge timber industry and related jobs.” Privately owned, the land remains on the tax rolls. Tourism generates more than

$12 billion in economic impact in Wisconsin each year and supports many jobs. The forest products industry employs 56,500 workers and provides $16 billion in economic value in wood and paper products. The easement keeps this significant forest area in productive forest use under private ownership. It provides a very large area for permanent public access for hunting, fishing, trapping, cross-country skiing and hiking. The land will remain in undeveloped condition and will be managed by the private landowner to ensure productive managed hardwood and pine forests. “Plum Creek is proud to have helped to conserve more than 1.3 million acres nationwide, and we are especially pleased to play a role in conserving this Wisconsin land that has exceptional recreational as well as working forest values,” said Mark Sherman, senior resource manager for Plum Creek.

The large block of forestland is at the southeast edge of the Chippewa Flowage, nestled in between the ChequamegonNicolet National Forest to the northeast, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources land on the Chippewa Flowage and lands of the Lac Courte Oreille Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, located along the west edge of the land. The land is dominated by an upland northern hardwood forest with maple, red oak, birch and aspen. In addition, the property has red and white pine, spruce, cedar and hemlock. It has been managed for several decades as a working, productive forest. Of the 18,000 acres, about 3,000 acres are wetlands, and there are 32 miles of rivers and streams on the property. The mix of uplands and lowlands provides an excellent habitat for deer, bear, wolves, ruffed grouse and a host of other birds, mammals

and other northern forest animals. The land is just south of the Chippewa Flowage, a world-class fishery for muskellunge and walleye. A world-record musky was caught on the flowage in 1949 weighing 69 pounds and 11 ounces. The purchase price is $4,547,100. Of this amount, $2,500,000 is being provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Forest Legacy Program. The balance of the cost, $2,047,100, is from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. The current transaction is for an easement purchase of 10,083 acres from Plum Creek Timberlands. This is phase two of a two-part transaction, timed to best use federal dollars. Phase one was closed in December of 2010, 8,096 acres for $3,659,900. In total, the transaction covers 18,179 acres. — from the office of Gov. Walker

would be honored to lead a new reform movement in Washington.” According to Fitzgerald, he is running to advance an alternative to President Obama’s agenda, which Fitzgerald says spends too much, reforms too little and has failed to address a growing unemployment crisis. Fitzgerald says he stands out as a candidate because of his recent policy and political successes as Assembly Republican leader. “Any candidate can promise to change a system, to balance a budget or to enact a pro-growth, job creating agenda,” said Fitzgerald. “Few can actually say they’ve done it, and none so dramatically or recently as we did in Wisconsin.”

Fitzgerald is no stranger to statewide campaigns. In 2010, he spearheaded the Assembly Republicans path to a landslide victory, winning 14 challenge seats and retaining all incumbents to give the GOP a 60-49 majority. Fitzgerald says the structure and connections he built to retake the Assembly give him an underrecognized advantage in the race. “You don’t recruit more than 100 candidates or raise the kind of money necessary to win that large of a victory without putting the miles on the odometer or making the connections necessary to win a statewide race,” said Fitzgerald. “There is no doubt that this will be a grassroots lead effort, and I think the timing is perfect for

just this kind of campaign to win.” Fitzgerald plans to unveil his campaign and fundraising structures over the coming days. Fitzgerald says the collective bargaining and budgetary reforms he pushed in Wisconsin will play prominently in his race for national office. “While the specific reforms may differ, the lessons we learned in Wisconsin can, and should, be applied to the federal government,” said Fitzgerald. “Spending less than government takes in once seemed liked an impossible task, but I just led the Assembly through a gauntlet of opposition to a truly balanced budget. If we can do it in Wisconsin, we can do it in D.C.” - submitted

Fitzgerald announces for U.S. Senate MADISON – Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, is announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl. Fitzgerald says his experience shepherding controversial collective bargaining reforms through the Legislature and passing Wisconsin’s first balanced budget in more than a decade has left him battle tested and ready to take the fight for true reform to Washington. “Commonsense reforms combined with unwavering leadership create results that are as desperately needed as they are rare,” said Fitzgerald. “In Wisconsin, I led the Assembly to a balanced budget in face of fierce opposition from the status quo. I


Unity’s tax levy to decrease

Board prepares for Oct. 24 annual district meeting by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — In preparation for the upcoming annual meeting of the Unity School District, the school board on Tuesday evening adopted a proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year. The budget and its accompanying tax levy will be presented to the public for approval at the Monday, Oct. 24, annual meeting. With final state aid numbers unavailable until Oct. 15, the district anticipates the tax levy will decrease by more than $250,000, to $10.45 million for the 2011-12 school year. The mill rate, however, is expected to increase slightly. Last year the mill rate was $10.24 per $1,000 in equalized property value, compared to a projected $10.48 this year. However, a 6-percent decrease in property values means that, on average, school property taxes for individual property owners could also decrease. While individual properties will vary, the average property valued last year at $100,000 was assessed a school tax of $1,024. This year, on average, the same property is valued at $94,000 and will be assessed a school tax of $985. Net total expenditures are expected to be down from last year by about $2.1 million, to $15.23 million. Last year’s net expenditures of $17.1 million included a $1.1 million energy project. As school administration and the board

$10.45 million.

Personnel Several hirings and one resignation were accepted by the board. The board approved the hiring of Wendy Sherrard as a four-hour-per-day elementary aide. Also approved were the hirings of Dan Peper as junior varsity wrestling coach, Ryan Stridde as ninthgrade boys basketball coach and Nicole Jensen as junior varsity girls basketball coach. LaDonna Marlowe and John Oman were hired as bus drivers. The board accepted the resignation of Chris Lesneski as varsity volleyball coach.

Starting with the Tuesday, Oct. 11, meeting, a member of the Unity Student Council will act as student representative to the school board of education. This month senior Kaitlyn MacKinnon attended the board meeting. Kaitlyn is community involvement coordinator for the student council. Seated next to her is high school Principal Jason Cress. — Photo by Mary Stirrat began developing the budget this past May a budget shortfall of $1,168,000 was identified, and a plan was formulated to address this shortfall. Nearly $600,000 in offsetting revenue was identified, and $222,000 in reductions in supplies, technology, bus replacements and other areas were identified. Finally, staffing cuts amounting to about $351,000 in salaries and benefits were also made. On the other side, however, $267,000 in

carryover from the Education Jobs Fund was available for compensating teaching staff. The budget projects a decrease in state aid of 13.4 percent, or about $280,000. Since 2006, state aid has been reduced 53 percent, from $3.75 million for the 2006-07 school year to $1.75 million for the 201112 school year. During that same period, the school tax levy has increased from $8 million to

Other business • The board conducted its annual review of the district’s Native American Policies and Procedures and approved the policy as presented. • District Administrator Brandon Robinson and the school board thanked the organizations, businesses and individuals who supported the Unity homecoming activities, including the parade in Balsam Lake. The event was a success by all accounts, said Robinson. • The Unity Community Halloween Party will be Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 – 8 p.m. A new set of activities has been added for middle school students which will include Bingo, open gym and use of the pool.

Habitat organizes for free home improvement blitz next summer Applications now being accepted by Jackie Thorwick Special to the Leader BALSAM LAKE – An inspirational meeting was held on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Unity School cafeteria to kick off a massive home improvement blitz that will hit Polk and Burnett counties next July. Up to 100 homes will be painted or repaired at no charge to the homeowners during the week of July 8-14, 2012. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is now accepting

Deena Whitwam gave an inspirational talk at the meeting held at Unity School on Thursday, Oct. 6, encouraging volunteers to help change the world by doing their small part.

People interested in helping, and others looking for help with their homes, learned how Habitat and TeenServe will paint and repair up to 100 homes in one week next summer. – Photos by Jackie Thorwick applications from low-income homeowners who need help with painting or minor repairs on their homes. Habitat also is looking for volunteers who want to help make this happen. “This is is going to be amazing,” said Eric Kube, executive director of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. “There are lots of folks who need help with painting or fixing their homes. This program will allow us to help maybe 100 families – at no charge to them! And it won’t just help the homeowner. This will help the neighborhood, too.” This project is the result of a partnership between Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity and TeenServe, an organization based in Holcomb. TeenServe is a nonprofit organization which hosts WorkCamps. Teenagers who sign up will work on the homes, led by an adult. The youth will

“camp out” at Unity School during the week and experience inspiring programs in the evenings. Another important partner in the program is Valspar Paint. Valspar has donated over a million gallons of paint to Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program to date and will supply paint for the homes at no cost. “With Valspar donating paint, and the TeenServe group bringing volunteers to do the work and Habitat volunteers organizing the homes, this is truly a community coming together to help its members.” Deena Whitwam, 14, spoke at the meeting. She said when she was asked to speak, she didn’t think she was the right person for the job. But her father asked her if she didn’t do it, who would, and she agreed to speak. She said each person can

Eric Kube, executive director of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, went over the volunteer positions Habitat needs to fill in order to accomplish the painting and repair of up to 100 homes in one week next summer do a little bit to change the world – and together it can make a big difference. Though the groups from TeenServe will do the work on the homes, Habitat volunteers will get everything ready before their arrival, taking applications, visiting homeowners, writing up work orders, fundraising to cover costs of home repairs and more. Those interested in helping as well as those wanting help are encouraged to call 715-483-2700 or e-mail

Wisconsin State Patrol Law of the Month Motorists will need to share the road with farm equipment and other slow-moving vehicles during harvest season STATEWIDE — During the fall harvest season, more farm equipment will be on rural Wisconsin roads and highways, so motorists will need to be especially alert, focused and patient. To share the road safely, drivers should slow down immediately whenever they see a fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem on the rear of a tractor or other piece of agricul-

tural equipment. They also must be extremely cautious while trying to pass slow-moving vehicles. “You should not pass a slow-moving vehicle if you cannot see clearly in front of the vehicle you intend to pass or you are in a designated no-passing zone,” says Captain Jeff Frenette of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. “Farmers and others using animal-drawn vehicles on a roadway have the same rights and duties as operators of motor vehicles. You should be careful not to frighten the animals. Do not sound your horn or flash your lights near them and give the animals plenty of room when passing.”

For their part, farmers and other operators of slow-moving vehicles must follow safety regulations. According to state law, farm tractors, agricultural implements, animal-drawn vehicles or other vehicles that are normally operated at speeds below 25 miles per hour must display a slow-moving vehicle sign on the left rear of the vehicle. In all cases, even when the vehicle is not a SMV, if it is operated during hours of darkness, the front and rear of the vehicle must have lights — white to the front, red to the rear, and the lights must be illuminated. A citation for failure to display a SMV sign or a violation of the lighting requirement each cost $162.70.

Vehicles traveling slower than normal traffic must stay as far to the right side of the roadway as practical. This does not mean slow vehicles must drive on the shoulder of the road although this is allowed if there is room to do so safely. Frenette says, “Common sense and courtesy will go a long way to keeping our rural roadways safe during the harvest season.” More information about requirements for farm equipment on roadways is available on the following Web site: /farm-req.pdf. — from WSP


Rep. Severson supports Sportsmen Heritage Bill MADISON – State Rep. Erik Severson, R-Osceola, joined his Assembly colleagues this week by co-sponsoring the Sportsmen Heritage Bill. The bill was introduced by Reps. Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, Roger Rivard, R-Rice Lake, and Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford. “I am proud to stand with my colleagues in support of the Sportsmen Heritage Bill,” said Severson. “This is a great bill that will support our sportsmen and women while helping to grow interest in outdoor sporting activ-

ities.” The Sportsmen Heritage Bill, Assembly Bill 313, contains several provisions aimed at increasing recruitment and retention of hunters, anglers and trappers, including the establishment of a Sporting Recruitment and Retention Task Force. The task force will be charged with providing ongoing recommendations to the Natural Resources Board and the Legislature on how best to recruit and retain sportsmen and women.

“Wisconsin has a proud tradition of hunting, and we have the best sportsmen in the country. I look forward to moving this bill through the Assembly Natural Resources Committee,” said Severson. “This is a great bill for Wisconsin that helps to grow our outstanding tradition of hunting, fishing and trapping.” Assembly Bill 313 is scheduled for a public hearing before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 11. - from the office of Rep. Severson

Figures show Wisconsin schools spending 5.5 percent above U.S. average Recent benefits changes will likely affect state’s national rankings MADISON - Federal figures shows Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5 percent above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are included, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6 percent below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. In “School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states. While overall school spending was above average here, Wisconsin spent less than elsewhere in some areas. Spending on student support ($495 per pupil and 13.5

percent below average), building administration ($559, 3.4 percent), and transportation ($440, -3.4 percent) were all below national norms. However, more was spent on instruction ($6,756, +6.1 percent), staff support ($534, +4.3 percent), and general (district) administration ($285, +42.3 percent). WISTAX researchers also noted that compensation here differed from other states. For all staff, Wisconsin spent $5,957 per student on wages and salaries, a figure 7.4 percent below the national average and 29th highest. For instructional staff (primarily teachers), salaries were $4,266 per student, or 1.5 percent below the U.S. and 21st highest. At- or below-average salaries were balanced by above-average benefits. The state spent $3,140 per student on benefits, ninth highest among the states and almost 40 percent above average. Benefits for instructional staff ranked 10th and were nearly 43 percent higher than the 50-state average. The new study also examines how recent changes to public sector benefits might impact Wisconsin’s spending rankings. Had the 5.5-percent reduction in school rev-

enue limits, the amount districts can collect from a combination of general school aids and property taxes, occurred in 2009, Wisconsin’s operating spending would have been reduced to near the national average and its rank among the 50 states to about 18th from 16th. The requirement that public employees pay 5.8 percent of their salary toward funding of pensions would have reduced benefit costs by about $346 per student, though they would have remained more than 20 percent above average. The recently enacted Budget Repair Bill also removed benefits from collective bargaining, allowing some districts to increase insurance contributions. This change would further reduce district benefit costs, but sufficient data are not available to analyze the impacts, WISTAX said. Copies of the Focus reports titled “School update (I): Recent Wisconsin trends” and “School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.” are available at or by emailing; calling 608.241.9789; or writing WISTAX at 401 North Lawn Ave., Madison, WI 53704-5033. - from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Bad River Tribe gets EPA approval to regulate water standards by Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio ASHLAND - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved water quality standards set by the Bad River Tribe, which not only sits on Lake Superior’s shores, but also near a proposed iron ore mine. The EPA ruled that Bad River’s water quality regulations are consistent with the Clean Water Act, requiring

the highest level of protection to the 23 waterways that run through the reservation. Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins says they’re exercising their sovereign rights, “It’s a great day for Bad River. It’s a great day for descendants of Bad River people. I think it’s ultimately a great day for the Bad River Watershed.” Wiggins says this approval gives them a place at the table in the face of a proposed iron ore mine in the nearby

Penokee Hills, “The fact that an open pit mine sits directly on top of streams, creeks and tributaries that flow directly onto our reservation is a really strong indicator that the Bad River Tribe will have something to say and ultimately our water quality standards will be activated.” These standards can apply off the Bad River Reservation if a mine pollutes creeks and rivers running onto reservation land.

Dems propose bill to protect seniors in nursing homes by Shamane Mills Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Democrats want to change Wisconsin law to better protect those injured in nursing homes. To illustrate their proposal, Democrats point to the death of an elderly Milwaukee man this past June. He was left outside a nursing home by staff for three hours during a heat wave. Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee says current law

makes it more difficult to hold responsible parties accountable. That’s because a change passed earlier this year prevents state and federal health investigation records from being used in civil and criminal actions against nursing homes, “The death of this man is tragic in its own right, but even more so because it might have prevented altogether if he’d been properly cared for. To make matters worse, the facts surrounding this case and

Obama administration wants transmission projects to move forward by Maureen McCollum Wisconsin Public Radio LA CROSSE - On Wednesday, Oct. 5, members of President Obama’s cabinet said they want to speed up the permitting process for some of the country’s energy transmission projects, including CapX2020. Seven energy transmission projects were chosen to be part of a pilot program to accelerate federal permits, including the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse line of the CapX2020 project. That’s a high-voltage transmission line traveling from Minnesota to La Crosse. Federal officials say accelerating the projects will help modernize the country’s energy grid and create more jobs. At the peak of its construction, the HamptonRochester-La Crosse line could create 1,600 temporary construction and manufacturing jobs. Nancy Sutley is the chair of the White House Council

on Environmental Equality. She says the projects were singled out as high priority by stakeholders in the east and west, and in the future, everyone will need more energy, “Looking at how we integrate renewables into the electric system, thinking forward to integrating things like electric vehicles and helping to restore power quicker, making our grid more resilient.” Critics of the CapX2020 project say the increased energy is not needed in Wisconsin. In letters from 2009 and 2010, governors in 11 East Coast states said they oppose national transmission policy and want to focus on local renewable energy, like wind. A Wisconsin Public Service Commission spokeswoman says the federal permit acceleration will not impact the state’s time line to approve CapX2020 by next June, but the federal government may provide more information to the PSC.

Attorney representation for poor people in civil cases requested by Gilman Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON – A group of lawyers is asking the state Supreme Court to require judges to appoint attorneys to represent poor people in civil cases. Opponents of the new rule say county governments can’t afford to pay the lawyers unless the state gives them the money. The court heard impassioned arguments this week from judges, lawyers and social workers who said when poor people have to defend themselves without an attorney there are miscarriages of justice. Former Milwaukee County District Attorney Michael McCann told the court that poor people in child custody cases can face consequences just as serious as those in cases where wealthy interests are involved, “I don’t care if the largest building in the state of Wisconsin, the old First Wisconsin building, is changing hands. Is this a more serious legal business than what’s happening where someone’s parental rights are being terminated? Who can compare the gravity of the two? That should be fundamental that people have a right to speak out through a competent lawyer.” But it will be taxpayers who have to foot the bill if the high court requires judges to appoint lawyers in civil cases. David Callendar of the Wisconsin Counties Asso-

others like it may never come to light.” The Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups is promising to make this bill, The Senior Citizen Protection Act, a priority in the next elections. Executive Director Nino Amato says bipartisanship and pressure from advocates helped save the state’s prescription drug program, SeniorCare. The Senior Citizen Protection Act does a number of things. It prohibits a nursing home from having admission agreements that limit or prevent families from suing if something goes wrong. And it provides a 30-day right of cancellation to the agreement.

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Grantsburg dealing with declining enrollment/decreasing state revenue by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg School Board heard disappointing news at their Monday, Oct. 10, meeting. Student enrollment continues to decline, which means the district will face further decreases in state revenue. Superintendent Joni Burgin gave the board the official student count report, which came in at 911 students as compared to 917 students last year. The enrollment report stated that even with two positive factors, an increase of three full-time enrolled students in the summer school program and 22 students moving into the district, the total FTE is still down 12 students.

Wisconsin on better track than neighboring states While the budget and reforms passed this year have focused on getting our state’s fiscal house in order, resulting in an improved bond rating outlook for Wisconsin, neighboring states are seeing a lowering of their bond ratings as a result of putting off the tough budgeting decisions. Last month, Minnesota was informed that their bond rating was being downgraded by Standard and Poor’s bond rating agency. This decision means that all three major bond rating agencies have now downgraded Minnesota’s bond rating. The last time Minnesota’s bond rating

The decline was attributed to a loss of resident students resulting in smaller classes. “Our enrollment continues to drop,” Burgin told the board. “The revenue limit formula is based on enrollment and our enrollment continues to drop. Last year we graduated 92 students. This year we have 61 in kindergarten. So, we have less revenue once again to run our school programs. This, coupled with the state changes on the revenue cap formula (approximately $400 less per pupil), has cut the funding available for our students.” The board approved the 2011-2012 proposed budget, which puts the levy up slightly due to the drop in equalization aid. The mill rate is up too, due to the


Harsdorf 10th District Senate was lowered it took 15 years for their bond rating to return to AAA. The Minnesota Management and Budget commissioner said the reason for this downgrade was the use of one-time measures to balance their budget and the lack of any long-term financial solutions. By comparison, the actions taken by the Wisconsin state Legislature this session have put our state on a more stable financial track and laid the groundwork for in-

3.25-percent reduction in equalized property values. Burgin stated in her budget report that Grantsburg has an exemplary history of fiscal control and the district still has one of the lowest per-pupil revenue in the state under the revenue cap formula. “We are at the bottom threshold of $9,000 per pupil.” The proposed budget will be presented in detail to the public at the district’s annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

In other board business The board reviewed the district’s open enrollment numbers. The estimated open enrollment transfer amount to the district creased economic development. Our budget reverses years of deficit spending and eliminated a $3.6 billion deficit. Our state’s business climate ranking also jumped 17 points, from 41st to 24th according to one business publication. This was the greatest one-year increase in the magazine’s history. Wisconsin’s budget seeks to bring government in line with what taxpayers can afford through our efforts to limit government spending while holding the line on property taxes. Additionally, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports that the budget will end without a structural deficit for the first time in over a decade. Another neighbor, Illinois, is also in dire financial straits with 9.5-percent un-

for the 2011-2012 school year is $6,948 per student. Grantsburg’s (brick and mortar) open enrollment is 41 incoming students from other districts and 25 outgoing students. The Insight School of Wisconsin Charter School open enrollment student count is at 658, up 76 students from 582 students enrolled last school year. The board discussed the public hearing held to decide the future of the village swimming pool. The board will take the matter under study, investigating possible options for operation of the pool after talking to school pool experts and reviewing reports from the village engineers.

employment and an $8 billion budget deficit even after raising taxes on their residents. On top of that, the Chicago Tribune recently reported that thousands of workers will need to be laid off in order to further address their state’s financial issues. While we continue to face significant challenges, Wisconsin’s budget restores fiscal responsibility and positions our state to grow jobs. We are setting our state on a path to be in a better position to fund important programs and services. Please stay in touch by e-mail, phone or by visiting my Web site,, where you sign up for my e-mail updates and find additional information.

Straight talk on 8 Frank talk with the WisDOT regional planner on Hwy. 8 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TURTLE LAKE – Wisconsin Department of Transportation planner Jeff Emerson has been involved with the Hwy. 8 corridor project for many years. He has been a candid, straightforward advocate of the openness of the public process, and has encouraged input - good and bad - all along the way. He took some time last week to give an overview of several questions that have emerged in the past few years on the 42mile-long segment of Hwy. 8 that is currently in the local focus. “It’s about mobility and expectations,” Emerson said, when asked about issues of paying such specific attention to eliminating stop signs and conflict points along the route. He cites the often referenced “85th percentile” standard, where the bulk of drivers tend to have very similar expectations on what is a safe speed for the roadway, almost regardless of what the signage says or police enforce. “Again, people drive what they expect is safe,” he said. Emerson is WisDOT’s northwest region planner, and is dealing with the Hwy. 8 route east from St. Croix Falls, where the road has to go from a funneled crossing at the St. Croix River bridge east to expressway conditions, with a variety of hazards, limitations and confluence of traffic along the way.

This wide-angle view of the new roundabout shows the mix of rock, plants and concrete that makes up the controversial new highway feature. – Photos by Greg Marsten

“Every piece that we’re looking at in that 42-mile segment is shooting for the same standard of high mobility and grade standard,” he said, noting that the current design standards are trying to do the right thing the first time, such as where Hwy. 46 branches south to Amery, how it will have an interchange, as will the junction with Hwy. 35 east of St. Croix Falls heading north. He doesn’t mince words, calling the segment of Hwy. 8 in St. Croix Falls “schizophrenic” several times, with the stoplight, newly completed roundabout, numerous business accesses and crossings as an example of where planning has to often make up for the sins of the past, and decisions that didn’t always weigh current wishes with future needs.

Engineer Darin Blang outlined some of the issues WisDOT faces in routing Hwy. 8 in or around the Turtle Lake area. Blang gave a presentation at Turtle Lake High School on Sept. 8.

“I’ll admit, it’s a convoluted piece of road that doesn’t always seem to know what it wants to be,” he said with a grin, stating that they still have lots of work to do with the various municipalities to limit private entrances for safety, through a whole host of possible options. Emerson said the entire 42-mile route will eventually all have the same similar expectations, once drivers leave the narrowed business-filled area in St. Croix Falls. He also acknowledged that yes, there were questionable decisions made earlier, from how the DOT dealt with stoplights, to not forcing the issue more on a frontage road at Glacier Drive, where the intersection has been in flux for over a decade. On the roundabout at 208th Street, he said it also falls under that plan umbrella, “It would be good if we could come to an agreement with the communities as to what standards of roadway we have there,” he said, alluding to making it so the route has more consistent types of roadways. “I don’t want to say we’re washing our hands of that segment, but it is not a piece that we are not expecting to turn into a freeway type of highway ... especially since we’re going to a two-lane bridge into Minnesota,” he said. He noted the Deer Lake segment has been one area where they are trying to map with the local planners to better identify long-term plans, and how some homeowners have even altered their homes to plan for the possibility of drivers going off the road and into their property. “One of the first homes you approach at Deer Lake going west, they have turned their home into a sort of concrete bunker

type of fortress,” he said. “There’s real, honest concerns and issues along that stretch.” He also noted the real issues with land values, and while many people are concerned that their land may be adversely affected by highway plans, others may see real, honest increases in property values with safer routes, such as near Deer Lake or between Upper and Lower Turtle Lakes. Emerson also said the issues with Turtle Lake and whether to go through town or around it is one of the real quandaries they face, and that the public’s input is vital to making the final plans. “We can’t think of everything, and really want to know what people think and about the personal impacts,” he said. But he also noted something rarely mentioned, how needs can truly change, even in the few years they have studied the segment and the intersecting routes. While the concern a decade ago was to hustle and meet expected commuter needs, the changing economy, fuel prices and socioeconomics of the region have reduced that focus slightly, and seen an increase in focus on commercial needs. Emerson said the DOT has several people whose job it is to investigate, speculate and research long-range commuter, commercial and, now, even mining needs. He said the area around Almena in Barron County is a prime example, where recent explosion of sand mining has placed a new emphasis on previously little-used crossings, and that may continue for decades. “We’re doing our best Columbo,” he joked. “We’ve really got to peek into that crystal ball on occasion!”


Community gives Sauerbergs a fond farewell

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Friends of John and Marge Sauerberg gathered at a bittersweet farewell reception for the longtime Grantsburg residents at the Crex Visitor Center on Sunday, Oct. 9. “This couple has meant so much to our community. We are here today to try to express our gratitude to them,” said Bruce Erickson, master of ceremonies for the day’s program. “It is a privilege to be asked to speak about these special people,” said an oftenemotional Alma Karels, who gave a history of the couple’s life, careers in education and years of community service. Karels told the group of the Sauerbergs move to Grantsburg some 20 years ago from Lodi, where John had served as superintendent of schools, and Marge was a kindergarten and reading teacher for the Poynette School District.

John and Marge Sauerberg received a standing ovation by those attending the farewell reception in the couple’s honor at the Crex Visitor Center last weekend.

Alma Karels and John Sauerberg shared a moment together after Karels gave a history of the Sauerbergs lives, careers in education and years of service to the Grantsburg community.

Pastor Victor St. George of Faith Lutheran Church said since coming to Grantsburg in 2009 he has seen how instrumental the Sauerbergs have been in serving God and the community. After moving to Grantsburg, John served as superintendent of the Grantsburg School District, and Marge took a reading specialist position in the Luck School District. “During their school careers and then in their retirement, Marge and John were very involved in serving their community,” said Karels. “After retiring from her position at Luck schools, Marge became even more involved in volunteer and community service,” commented Karels. “Marge’s expertise in training reading teachers in a number of school districts through the regional cooperative education agency served her well when she became a volunteer in the Grantsburg reading tutoring program. Marge also served on the board of directors for the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls and Friends of the Grantsburg Library, as secretary and co-chair of the

Dana and Robyn Olson were among the many well-wishers attending a farewell reception for John and Marge Sauerberg held at the Crex Visitor Center on Sunday, Oct. 9. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer birthday calendar fundraiser for the Grantsburg Women Working Together Group, as a Relay for Life volunteer and on a number of committees at Faith Lutheran Church.” “We’re not forgetting you, John,” joked Gail Lando, who told the group she was there to speak to John’s efforts in helping reorganizing the Grantsburg Food Shelf. “John offered to rewrite the food shelf’s incorporation papers and the nonprofit status proposal.” Lando went on to tell the group of Sauerberg’s community service with many organizations including the Grantsburg Housing

Burnett Medical Center’s CEO Gordy Lewis and John Sauerberg enjoyed a light moment when Lewis showed Sauerberg’s dedication to the medical center by pointing to his shirt bearing the BMC logo.

Authority, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Crex, the Grantsburg Village Improvement Program, the Grantsburg Food Shelf, the Friends of the Grantsburg Library, the Burnett Medical Center Board of Directors, the local Ducks Unlimited Committee, the Faith Lutheran Church Council, as well as being a grant writer for the village of Siren and other groups. Joe Lando said he came to know and respect John while the two worked on the establishment of the BMC foundation. “John helped our committee a lot. As an ad hoc member, he came to every meeting.” BMC CEO Gordy Lewis took the podium to thank both of the Sauerbergs on behalf of the center and its board of directors. “John’s leadership and insight have been invaluable to the board and BMC,” said Lewis as he presented Sauerberg with a framed copy of the resolution passed by the BMC Board honoring his service on the board. “We needed people like John Sauerberg to get this building built,” said Jim Hoefler, representing the Friends of the Crex organization. “He served as Friends of the Crex Board of Directors president from 1997-2000 and then stayed on the board until 2003. John helped with the fundraising for this center. Some volunteers came and went, but John stayed through it all.” Hoefler presented Sauerberg with a distinguished achievement award then expressed his personal thanks to Sauerberg for his work with Friends of the Crex. Jo Louise McNally spoke on behalf of the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity chapter, telling the audience, how as one of the chapter’s founding members, Sauerberg had written the group’s articles of incorporation and several grants which helped greatly getting the chapter formed.

Grantsburg Mayor Roger Panek thanked John Sauerberg on behalf of the village and the community. “John has been a great asset to Grantsburg with his involvement in various organizations over the years.” “To say John is organized, pays attention to detail and is meticulous in everything he does is an understatement,” commented McNally. “Thank you John for all the time and energy you shared with Habitat.” Grantsburg Mayor Roger Panek thanked Sauerberg on behalf of the village and the community. “John has been a great asset to Grantsburg with his involvement in various organizations over the years. And I want to thank him for keeping our golf course afloat.” Pastor Victor St. George of Faith Lutheran Church said since coming to Grantsburg in 2009 he has seen how instrumental the Sauerbergs have been in serving God and the community. ”John and Marge have encouraged individuals, not just organizations,” recalled St. George, speaking to the letter of support Sauerberg sent to him when he became pastor at Faith Lutheran. “You’ve been a blessing in my life.” “The Sauerbergs have a generosity of spirit in giving of their time. They have been very important to this community,” said St. George. John Sauerberg then addressed the group, thanking everyone for their attendance and kind words. “We have enjoyed this community. The things we were involved in could only be accomplished because we worked shoulder to shoulder with you. This community had spirit and Marge and I wanted to see it grow. These 20 years have been wonderful. We love Grantsburg and we love you.” The Sauerbergs will be leaving Grantsburg later this month for their new residence in the Milwaukee area to be closer to the couple’s family.





Vikes lock first conference title since ‘68

Heritage Cup in Frederic’s hands for now

Extra Points

Frederic 34, Luck 6 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LUCK – The Frederic football team and high school is in the midst of a very busy week that includes homecoming festivities and their eventual homecoming game against the Siren Dragons this Friday, Oct. 14. The football team is also celebrating one of its finest seasons in school history, in which the Vikings have at least a share of the conference championship for now. But with a win over Siren this Friday, the Vikings will have sole possession of the conference championship and a perfect 70 conference record – something that hasn’t been done since 1968, when Frederic won the St. Croix Valley Conference championship. Frederic’s win over Luck on Friday, Oct. 7, was a big one for the Vikings, as Luck came into the game fired up from the start. The Cards were celebrating homecoming week and hoped to avenge a previous loss to the Vikings the season before. Last year was the first time the two teams met in recent memory, renewing rivalries and playing for the Heritage Cup trophy. The beginnings of that trophy were highlighted in the previous issue of the Leader. The Cardinals defense started out hot when they forced a third down and 13 with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter. Luck’s Hunter Wilson recorded a sack on the play leading up to the Vikings punt, but the Cardinals couldn’t get much going on offense during their first possession of

Coach Ken Belanger helped lead another successful Vikings football team to their first conference title since 1968. Here the team chants the school song and hoists the Heritage Cup. – Photos by Marty Seeger the game. The Vikings second possession starting near midfield and four minutes of the first quarter found them backed up into the Vikings possession Peter Chenal inside their own 20-yard line after a 70- punched it into the end zone on a 4-yard yard punt by the Cardinals, but the run. Vikings steadily marched their way down The game remained 13-0 in favor of the the field toward the end of the first quar- Vikings at the half, but the Cards caught a ter, as Peter Chenal picked up a 15-yard spark early in the third quarter when gain and Adam Chenal had a nice run for quarterback Trent Strapon connected with 11 yards. The powerful Vikings offensive Karsten Petersen on a beautiful 44-yard line continued to press the Cards back and pass to help get six points on the board. eventually the Vikings scored on a 14-yard With over eight minutes remaining in the run by Adam Chenal to help put the Vikes third quarter, the Vikings answered back, up 7-0 early in the second quarter. but took the rest of the third quarter to do The Cardinals went four and out in their so. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, with next possession, and a bad punt helped 9:51 remaining in the game, that Vikes the Vikings to good field position. Adam quarterback Waylon Buck connected on and Peter Chenal both had powerful gains an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chris Schorn, to give the Vikes a 20-6 lead. The Vikings defense again shined on the Cardinals next possession as Frederic limited them to just nine plays. The Vikings started out with great field position and

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Frederic’s Peter Chenal barrels his way to the end zone on a draw play to help put the Vikings up 26-6 in the fourth quarter against Luck.

Chris Schorn caught an 8-yard pass early in the fourth quarter for a touchdown.

••• BERLIN, WI – 2011 Unity grad Brandon Stencil recently finished his first season with the UW-Barron County Golf team. Stencil led the team to their second consecutive Wisconsin Collegiate Conference championship, and was the medalist at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin. The course is a 6,585yard par 72, in which Stencil shot an 82 in round one, and a 78 in round two for a score of 160. Eight other schools were inBrandon Stencil volved, and Barron County finished with a 336 on day one and 318 on day two. Stencil holds the Unity High School record low score in 9 holes with a two-under-par. He was a three-year letterwinner, three-time all-conference selection and two-time sectional qualifier. – Marty Seeger ••• RICE LAKE – The Northern Wisconsin Basketball Coaching Clinic will be held in Rice Lake on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The clinic is designed for coaches of all levels. This year’s featured presenter is Kyle Green, the new head men’s basketball coach at UW-Eau Claire. Along with Green, David Swan from the Total Hoops Academy will cover topics in the format of “Unscripted and Unplugged.” Coaches at the clinic will ask the questions and Green and Swan will answer with drills and teaching points. Ninety minutes each will be spent on offense and defense. Thirty minutes will comprise of a dinner and a session led by Swan - Mission Possible; Setting Goals For Your Team and Your Entire Youth Program. For more information contact David Swan at 715-205-4424 or to register online go to: – submitted ••• LEADER LAND – The Saturday, Oct. 15, Indiana at Wisconsin football game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 11 a.m. The Rams at Packers game can be heard on 105.7 FM beginning at noon on Sunday, Oct. 16. The Vikings at Chicago game on Oct. 16 can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:20 p.m. ••• Correction: In the the Oct. 5 issue of the InterCounty Leader, the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick results had a cutline that read, Nathan Skow of Luck took second and Cory Popham of Frederic placed first in age 6-7. The boy on the left is actually Chase Horstman of Webster, who placed third. The boy on the right is Cory Popham of Frederic, who placed first. – Marty Seeger

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Pirate boys capture cross-country crown

The Grantsburg Pirate boys cross-country team takes a moment with their conference championship trophy that was earned at the Lakeland Conference meet on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Pictured (L to R): Austin Handy, Richard Schneider, Brendan Kutz, Zach Arnold, Kyle Roberts, Jacob Ohnstad and Daniel Biorn. – Photos by Larry Samson

Saints boys follow up in second place, Webster girls take second by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CAMERON – Area cross-country teams converged on Cameron for the Lakeland Conference meet on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Grantsburg High School was represented well as the Pirate boys captured the conference crown. This could be the third conference title in Grantsburg this fall as the volleyball team won their conference and football can clinch the title this week. Zack Arnold led the team across the finish line first and was second in the overall standings with a time of 17:56. Webster’s Joey Erickson was the individual conference champion with a time of 17:42. Three Pirates were right on Arnold’s heels including Kyle Roberts, Jacob Ohnstad and Brendan Kutz, who had times of 18:12, 18:17 and 18:21 respectively. Daniel Biorn finished with a time of 19:19, followed by Richard Schneider, 19:27 and Austin Handy, 19:36. The St. Croix Falls boys finished second place overall, with Alex Frey and Henry Klein crossing the finish line with times of 18:38 and 18:39 respectively. The Webster boys team took fifth overall and Unity/Luck placed sixth. Colton Sorensen led Unity/Luck with a time of 19:35. Webster’s Matt Smith, came in second behind teammate, Erickson with a time of 19:38. The Webster girls came close to first place but fell just short of first-place Flambeau at the conference meet on Tuesday. Kally Schiller placed second overall with a time of 16:29, while Emma Kelby finished fourth overall with a time of 16:58. Roselinn Takvam followed through with a time of 18:05, and Diana Pope, Emilie Pope, Melissa Gustavson and Olivia Kopecky had times of 18:41, 19:09, 19:51 and 20:17 respectively. In fourth place was the St. Croix Falls girls with Erica Bergmann leading the team with a time of 18:05. Unity/Luck placed sixth overall with Emily Bethke leading the team with a time of 19:15, and Haley Burkhardt came across the finish line first for the Pirates with a time of 18:23. The Pirates finished last among eight competing girls teams. Complete results of the race can be found at

The Unity/Luck girls team finished sixth overall at the Lakeland Conference meet. A St. Croix Falls runner paces himself during the Lakeland Conference race.

The St. Croix Falls girls ran tough on Tuesday, Oct. 11, but landed a fourth-place overall finish.

Webster’s Matt Smith crosses the finish line in a tough race held at Cameron on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Emma Kelby of Webster makes running look easy. The Tiger girls cross-country team finished second overall.

Colton Sorensen of Unity/Luck crossed the finish line first on his team, but the Unity/Luck boys finished sixth overall








Thursday volleyball results Grantsburg 3, Unity 0 BALSAM LAKE – The Pirates volleyball team took control of the game early against the Unity Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 6, and controlled the rest of the match with ease, winning 25-10, 25-6 and 25-10. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Eagle players and fans showed their support by wearing pink in support of Dig Pink®, a trademark for the SideOut Foundation’s fundraising events. According to the Web site, the fundraiser “is supported by college and middle/high school volleyball coaches and teams as well as club coaches and teams. All proceeds benefit Side-Out, which in turn awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families.” The win for the Pirates was a chance to regain a bit of confidence after what coach Deb Allaman-Johnson deemed a poor performance just two days earlier against the Saints. And, despite many of the Pirates athletes facing illness, or recuperating from illnesses, all 12 players contributed to the win and looked sharp again. “I’m just really pleased at this team’s ability to bounce back from a poor performance. We aren’t machines, so individuals won’t always be ‘on.’ I hope we don’t have another competition with the majority of the players out of whack, but we are definitely back on track,” Allaman-Johnson said. Grantsburg had just two missed serves and 10 aces in the game, including four hitting errors. Sam Schweiger led the Pirates with 11 kills, followed by Nikki Ticknor with 10. Carly Larson had five and Macy Hanson added four. Kylie Pewe was the assist leader with 22. Defensively it was Ticknor who led with 15 digs, followed by Pewe with 11. Larson also had nine. The Eagles are undergoing an unusual change as the end of the season nears, as they’ll be playing under head coach Jennifer Delosier for the rest of the season. Former Eagles coach Chris Lesneski resigned from the head coaching position last week. Delosier was the JV coach previously, and moving into the JV coaching role is Cola Hickethier, who was an assistant coach. Webster 3, Frederic 0 WEBSTER – The Vikings volleyball team lost their fourth consecutive conference match on Thursday, Oct. 6, this time at the hands of Webster in three games by scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23.

Grantsburg’s Kylie Pewe tries to tip the ball over Unity Eagle defenders during a match at Unity on Thursday, Oct. 6. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted Webster was led by Raelyn Tretsven with 11 kills, followed by Alex Holmstrom with eight, Amber Davis, seven; Gabby Schiller, five; and Ashley Davis with two kills. Marissa Elliot led the team in digs with four, followed by Sarah Nyberg and Chelsea Larson with three apiece. Tretsven and Christina Weis each had two. Elliot led the team in serving aces with three, followed by Tretsven, Weis and Larson each with two. Schiller had two solo blocks. Corissa Schmidt led the Vikes with six kills, and also in digs with 18. Maria Miller also had a pile of digs with 15, followed by Autumn Schmidt with 10, Mya Rivera, eight; Lauren Domagala, seven; and Emily Wells, four. Wells also had three aces.

Luck 3, St. Croix Falls 1 ST. CROIX FALLS – It was four very close sets on Thursday, Oct. 6 at St. Croix Falls, as the Luck Cardinals were able to

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Eagle players and fans showed their support by wearing pink in support of Dig Pink®.

keep the reenergized Saints at bay in a 3-1 knuckle biter. Luck emerged victorious by scores of 25-20, 27-25, 24-26 and 25-17. The Cards were generally able to keep the fiery Saints at bay most of the times they needed to keep them at bay. "We played a good game against Luck," stated Saints head coach Stacie Hoff. "We ended up losing in four games but we really fought till the end. St. Croix Falls did win the third set, and forced the issue several times with extra long sets. “We are really playing a lot better volleyball in the past couple of weeks," Hoff added. "I am proud of my girls, it was a tough week losing to both Grantsburg and Luck but we did make some gains and we really know what we need to do to succeed in tournaments!" – Greg Marsten

Pirate senior Nikki Ticknor has a nice return against the Eagles offense last Thursday, Oct. 6.

Tony Benshoof retiring

Saints sophomore Jessica Rademacher sets up a teammate. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Luck junior Taylor Joy grabs a dig against the Saints. – Photo by Greg Marsten

SIREN – Celebrated Olympian Tony Benshoof announced this week that he is retiring from USA Luge competition after 22 years on the speedy ice. Benshoof has numerous local connections and was recently featured in the Leader, as he has made this area his part-time home, and is in the process of purchasing Whiskey Joe's tavern and barbecue, north of Siren on Hwy. 70. Benshoof is the most decorated member of the USA Luge squad with 37 international medals. He missed a medal at the 2006 Turin, Italy, Olympic Games by .153 second over the mile-long course, which amounted to mere inches. – Greg Marsten








Pirates coast to 23rd consecutive title Volleyball playoffs set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 18 Grantsburg 3, Webster 0 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WEBSTER – It was perhaps no surprise to anyone that the Grantsburg Pirates volleyball team cruised to their 23rd consecutive conference title on Tuesday, Oct. 13, with a three-set-sweep over the Tigers. But it wasn’t at all a lock this year, as they faced several key opponents who gave them a run for their money, including Luck and St. Croix Falls. This conference championship was well earned. “We don’t take a conference champi-

The Grantsburg Pirates volleyball team earned their way to a 23rd consecutive conference title in 2011. – Photo submitted onship for granted anymore. It wasn’t a cakewalk this year. Our conference has really improved and every team gave us a great challenge at some point this season,” said coach Deb Allaman-Johnson. The Pirates won all three games on Tuesday by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 2513, but Allaman-Johnson noted that there were good volleys and scrappy play by both sides. Senior leadership shined through as one of the Pirate captains, Nikki Ticknor, led with five aces, 10 kills and 12 digs. “She is able to hit smart, adjust her angle mid-air, and handle the occasional poor set,” Allaman-Johnson said of Ticknor. Carly Larson ended the game with three aces, nine kills and 11 digs. Also with 11 digs was Sam Schwieger, along with her six kills. Kylie Pewe had three aces and Macy Hanson had five kills. Grace Corbin had eight digs. The Pirates earned a No. 1 seed and will host Glenwood City during the WIAA regional playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Webster Tigers will travel to St. Croix Falls on Tuesday for their first round of playoff action, and Unity will travel to Spring Valley. All games begin at 7 p.m. For the smaller schools, such as Luck, Siren and Frederic, the seeding meetings weren’t held until Wednesday evening, Oct. 12, which is after the Leader goes to print. The Leader will try to update where and when those games will be held when they become available, and post them on

Frederic’s Emily Wells goes up for a block during an earlier game this season. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Frederic 3, Solon Springs 0 SOLON SPRINGS – The Frederic volleyball team gained some momentum in their final game of the regular season when they defeated Solon Springs in three

Hailey Olson of Unity goes up for the kill. – Photo by Marty Seeger

sets on Tuesday, Oct. 11, by scores of 2523, 25-12 and 25-6. Maria Miller led the team in kills with 10, followed by Corissa Schmidt with seven, Mya Rivera, six, and Autumn Schmidt and Carly Gustafson each had one. Autumn Schmidt led the team with 12 assists, and Cori Schmidt had 17 digs, followed by nine digs by Lauren Domagala, Gustafson and Rivera each had five, Miller, Kendra Mossey and Autumn Schmidt each had four and Emily Wells had two digs. The Vikings will enter the WIAA playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 18, but will not know where they play, or who, until Wednesday evening, Oct. 12.

Frederic 3, Birchwood 1 FREDERIC – Frederic defeated Birchwood on Monday, Oct. 10, in a home nonconference game in four sets by scores of 25-14, 25-10, 16-25 and 25-4. The Vikings had a nice offensive attack getting 15 kills from Maria Miller, followed by Corissa Schmidt with 10, Mya Rivera, seven, Carly Gustafson, six, Autumn Schmidt, five and Emily Wells, four. Frederic shined on defense as Corissa Schmidt led with 22 digs, Maria Miller had 14 and Rivera, 12. Autumn Schmidt was the assists leader with 22 and Corissa Schmidt had six serving aces, Wells had four, and Miller had two. Luck 3, Unity 2 LUCK – The Unity Eagles and Luck Cardinals battled back and forth with aplomb on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Luck. While stats and comments were not available at press time, the Cards and Eagles traded wins, with Luck taking the critical fifth set to sweep Unity for their last face-offs of the season. – Greg Marsten

Luck junior Ashley Dexter gets a kill in an earlier game. – File photo by Greg Marsten

Steen takes eighth at state golf tournament Junior completes third-consecutive state appearance by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BRUCE – Luck’s Avery Steen wrapped up a successful state tournament appearance on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9-11, at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. While Sunday is used as the practice round for qualifying athletes, Monday and Tuesday offer many challenges.

Avery Steen

“It is really a grueling three days of golf with long rounds were you have to stay focused for five to six hours straight. Avery’s first-day score was a 78 placing her in fourthplace position going into the second day. She had a couple of birdies and stayed steady throughout the round,” said coach Ron Steen.

On the second day, Steen started out with a par on hole 10, but drove the ball into the woods, and penciled in a double bogey. “She could not get a putt to drop and scrambled a good part of the round. She ended up posting an 85 the second round for a two-day total of 163 placing her in three-way tie for eighth place overall,” Steen said. According to Steen, one of Avery’s goals heading into the tournament was to finish in the top 10. She did so effectively and missed a chance to earn a medal by just two strokes. All in all, Steen had another solid year and will get another shot at im-

proving next season as a senior. “It was a great season, and I am very proud of her, she really is a tough competitor. There are a lot of people following the groups, reporters and cameramen all over taking pictures. You really have to stay focused to do well,” Steen said. Osceola’s Casey Danielson helped her team to a third-place overall finish at the state golf tournament, and Danielson dominated the course as an individual, earning her third straight Division 2 championship. Danielson finished 13 strokes ahead of the second-place finisher.








Four fall short of state tennis tournament

Unity/Luck singles players defeated at La Crosse sectional

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LA CROSSE – It was a solid year for all four Unity/Luck singles players, but unfortunately their tennis season ended in La Crosse on Wednesday, Oct. 5, during the sectional tournament. Two of the four tennis players will be back again next season to give it another shot at the state tournament, but No. 1 singles player Julie Franzel ended her season and career with the team after a loss in the first round. She lost to Jenny Geary of Aquinas 6-1 and 75, but ended the season with a 15-9 record. “Today Julie stayed headstrong, kept up with Geary s tough corner ground strokes and drop shots. She made it a fight in the second set, but was not able to grab to win,” said coach Beth Fogarty. “She completely stepped up her game this year to

ABOVE LEFT: Senior Julie Franzel takes sends the ball back over the net during an earlier match this season. Franzel lost her first match at sectionals, ending a successful season and career with Unity/Luck tennis. ABOVE RIGHT: Elizabeth Thuerkoff lost both of her matches at the sectional tournament last week but had a solid season with a 21-3 record. – Photos by Marty Seeger LEFT: Anna Ebensperger will be back next season with the Unity/Luck tennis team, as she's only a junior. Ebensperger took second at sectionals and finished the season with a record of 23-3. Sierra RIGHT: Thomfohrda had a lot of success with the Unity/Luck tennis team and will be back for two more seasons, as she's only a sophomore.

take the No. 1 singles spot and face big competition. She’s had a great career with Unity/Luck tennis!” Junior Anna Ebensperger played in the No. 2 singles spot all season long and ended the season with a 23-3 record. She fell just short of the state tournament with a second-place finish after winning her first-round match against Anna Smith of Aquinas, 6-3 and 6-2. “Ebensperger played a wonderful match today against Aquinas. She was able to outlast her opponent with betterplaced ground strokes, tough serves and

quick feet,” Fogarty said. But in the second round, Ebensperger faced a tough opponent against Katie Stone of Regis, losing 6-0 and 6-2 to finish in second place at the sectional tournament. “Ebensperger was relentless during this match, but Regis was too much to handle. “Stone rarely missed a shot and was able to get to the majority of Anna s shots, making it difficult to gain a lead. Anna stayed focused and pushed harder in the second set to find the winning shots. I was so proud of Anna s level of play today,

which only made her a stronger player,” Fogarty said. Unity/Luck’s No. 3 singles player, Elizabeth Thuerkoff, lost in her first round of play to Amy Sacia of Regis, 7-5 and 6-4, but pulled out a win over an opponent from Luther and placed third overall, junior season, with a solid 21-3 record. “Elizabeth represented Unity/Luck superbly today. She put up an amazing fight

against Regis in the first round and received many compliments from coaches and spectators. Thuerkoff has had an outstanding mental game this whole season and this match was no different. She knew how to move Regis around the court, weakening her strength,” Fogarty said. Thuerkoff is a senior this season, and played on the team for just the previous two seasons, but Fogarty isn’t shy about sharing the impact that Thuerkoff has had on the team. “In only two years with the tennis team, she has made quite an impression and name for herself,” said Fogarty. At the No. 4 singles match, sophomore Sierra Thomfohrda placed fourth overall, losing her first match of the day to Carmen Hilby of Aquinas, 6-0 and 6-1, and her second match of the day against Grace Guenthner of Osceola in the second round, 7-5 and 6-4. “Thomfohrda made quite a statement this year making it all the way to sectionals was a sophomore. In her first round she had intense competition with Aquinas. Hilby came into sectionals with a 23-2 record. The match was great to watch as Sierra held her own against Hilby, taking many games to deuce,” Fogarty said, adding that Thomfohrda played some of her best tennis of the season. “Sierra has quite a future ahead of her and I am excited to have her with the team for two more years,” said Fogarty.

Saint boys get homecoming test St. Croix Central 36, St. Croix Falls 22 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – What started as a runaway St. Croix Central rout set to ruin the St. Croix Falls homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 7, turned into a much closer game, but still went in favor of the visiting Panthers, 36-22. St. Croix Central was solidly in charge offensively for the first half, scoring 28 unanswered points before the Saints Jake Sommer turned a Panther kickoff return into a 91-yard scoring play with two minutes remaining in the first half, giving the Saints a bit of a smile. The Panthers scored again for the final time in the waning moments of the first half, giving them a 36-6 lead as the homecoming festivities commenced. Maybe it was the air of celebration, but the Saints seemed reinvigorated in the second half, holding the explosive Panthers scoreless, while rallying at times. The Saints only had one pass completion all night, but they made it count, when Jace Marek made a spectacular one-handed, tipped catch to go 44 yards deep into Panther territory. That catch eventually

ABOVE: Panther junior Cody Nyhagen had his way at times with the St. Croix Falls defense, but was wrangled in by Alex Bertram (No. 41) on this sweep. ABOVE UPPER RIGHT: Saints junior Jake Sommer turns the corner against the Panthers in the Friday, Oct. 7, homecoming contest. – Photos by Greg Marsten

turned into a Jake Rademacher 2-yard run for a score. He finished with 164 yards on 24 carries. The Saints continued to hold the Panthers score free, and never gave up, with Rademacher hitting pay dirt again as the clock wound down, making the final score a more respectable 36-22. St. Croix Falls is playoff bound regardless, and remains at 4-1 in conference play and 6-2 overall. They finish their regular season in a conference match at home on Friday against the struggling Clear Lake Warriors.








Siren boys unable to contain the ‘Greens Northwood/Solon Springs 48, Siren 14

The ‘Greens rarely go to the air and for good reason. They are a true force on the ground, and Siren was their latest victim. The Dragons gave them a run in the first half, but faded in the second half. “Defensively, it took all 11 guys to stop the triple option threat,” Hoefler admitted. “Their quarterback [Larson] did an excellent job of running the ball as we had a hard time containing him.” Siren is on the bubble for a playoff berth and faces another daunting task in fellow Small Lakeland foe Frederic on the road Friday, Oct. 14. “The kids realize this week against Frederic they need to play all 48 minutes or it could be a very long game,” Hoefler said. “We are still hopeful of a playoff birth, so the kids are very excited about that. Northwood is behind us, and Frederic is next.”

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Northwood/Solon Springs Evergreens gobbled up huge volumes of real estate against the hosting Dragons on the road Friday, Oct. 7, beating the Siren boys by a 48-14 final. “Two halves of football for us,” stated Siren head coach Bill Hoefler. “We did well the first half. However, the second half we were just not motivated and didn’t play well.” The Dragons began strong, scoring twice in the first half, first on a Murdock Smith 3-yard run, and then later on an electrifying 90-yard kickoff return by senior Evan Oachs. But the Evergreens were a true ground force, racking up six Phillip Larson scores over the game. The senior quarterback Larson used their triple option like magic, and he would tally 188 yards on 18 carries, while teammate Josh Malone would register no scores, but had 200 yards rushing on 21 carries. Third option Tyler Long almost hit 100 yards, also, getting 95 yards on 10 carries.

The Siren Dragons football team will have a tough test against the Vikings this week, but have already savored one of the most successful seasons in recent memory. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson

Frederic football/continued just four plays later, Peter Chenal scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, which came with 6:52 remaining in the game. Frederic was able to put another eight points up on the board just a few minutes later, when the Cardinals lost possession of the ball on a fumble near their own 20yard line, and two plays later, Buck took it 16 yards for the score on a well-executed draw play. The Vikings were successful in completing a two-point conversion pass to Ian Lexen, and the Vikes rolled on to another conference win.

Stellar season in ‘68 Times were different in 1968. Football teams in the St. Croix Valley Conference only played seven games, which included games against Unity, Osceola, Amery, St. Croix Falls, Grantsburg, Luck and Webster. The Vikings won big in all seven games that year, starting with a 32-13 win over St. Croix Falls, a 14-0 win over Luck and a 38-19 win over Webster. They defeated Oscola 20-6, Amery 46-32 and Grantsburg, 39-6. The Unity Eagles were also undefeated that year leading up to their final game of the season against Frederic, but Frederic won a decisive 34-7 game, under former Vikings football coach Darryl Wikstrom. The championship game was played at Milltown’s Mellgren Field. It was the third time in school history that the Vikings went undefeated. Frederic also had undefeated teams during the 1947-48 season and 1955-56 season.

The 1968 St. Croix Valley grid champions included: front row (L to R): Dale Johnson, Roger Beecroft, Bruce Erickson, Jim Shattuk, Tom Moats, Rick Anderson, John Grindell, Scott Wilder, Jeff Moats, Bob Johnson and Gary Lenz. Second row: Louis Olson, Rick Ecklof, Jim Pearson, Jim Prodger, Bob Haumant, Francis Byerly, Eric Simonsen, Steve Anderson, Larry Linder and Tim Ryan. Third row: Matthew Olson, David Beecroft, Jerry Shattuck, Tim Sheehan, John Olson, Scott Nelson, Ken Hackett, Louis Merrill, Lee Johnson, Bruce Lundquist and Denny O’Donnell, manager. Fourth row: Coach Tom Funne, coach Darryl Wikstrom, Richard Kettula, Earl Wilson, Don Potter, Mike Malinovsky, Jeff Miller, Jack Route, Dale Nelson, Brad Harlander and managers Bob Moore and Steve Wilder. – Leader file photo

The captains of the Viking’s ship celebrate their Heritage Cup trophy after a big win over rival Luck on Friday, Oct. 7. – Photo by Marty Seeger

In this photo, the four lone seniors on the 1968 Vikings SCVC championship team accept the SCVC conference football trophy from coach Darryl Wikstrom. From (L to R): Rick Anderson, Dale Johnson, Tom Moats, Gary Lenz and coach Wikstrom. – Leader file photo








Pirates hoping for piece of the conference crown Last game of the season against Unity will help decide Grantsburg 32, Flambeau 6 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FLAMBEAU – The Pirates football team has already locked a spot in postseason but with one game left to the regular season, and a conference championship on the line, Grantsburg is facing a must-win situation when they host Unity this Thursday, Oct. 13.

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Youth Games Standings: The Dogs 14, The Bowlers 11.5, Gears of War 9.5, Hi There 6.5, The North 6, The Strikers 4, Team Hambone (Incomplete), The Girls (Incomplete). Boys games: Kyle Hunter (TB) 211, Chris Hopp (GOW) 163, Zach Schmidt (TB) 159. Boys series: Kyle Hunter (TB) 592, Zach Schmidt (TB) 446, Jordan Bazey (TB) 432. Girls games: Julia Owens (HT) 132. Girls series: Julia Owens (HT) 380. Team games: The Bowlers 505, Gears of War 408, Hi There 396. Team series: The Bowlers 1470, Gears of War 1153, Hi There 1119. Monday Afternoon Senior Mixed Standings: Eagles 11, Swans 10, Bears 9, Hummingbirds 7, Badgers 6, Vultures 5.5, Night Hawks 3. Men’s games (Handicap): Duane Doolittle 237, Roger Messer 229, Ron Noble 205. Men’s series (Handicap): Roger Messer 643, Duane Doolittle 575, Steven Holt 563. Women’s games (Handicap): Pat Bresina 241, Sharon Holt 204, Lila Larson 201. Women’s series (Handicap): Pat Bresina 649, Sharon Holt 583, Lila Larson 564. Team games (Handicap): Bears 801, Vultures 798, Hummingbirds 767. Team series (Handicap): Bears 2258, Vultures & Hummingbirds 2204. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 46, House of Wood 39, Yellow Lake Lodge 35.5, Bottle Shop 33, Frandson Bank & Trust 21, Pioneer Bar 20.5. Individual games: Chris Olson & Daryl Bazey 232, Gene Ackland 223. Individual series: Gene Ackland 584, Kelsey Bazey 583, Reed Stevens 567. Team games: House of Wood 607, Bottle Shop 597, Great Northern Outdoors 580. Team series: House of Wood 1683, Great Northern Outdoors 1650, Bottle Shop 1617. Games 50 or more above average: Mike Skow 205 (+52); Mike Skow 232 (+50). Splits converted: 2-5-7: Kelsey Bazey. 4-5: Scott Morrison. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 16, Pioneer Bar 12, Lewis Silo 11, Larsen Auto Center 11, A-1 Machine 10, Cummings Lumber 10, Skol Bar 9, Bye Team 1. Individual games: Dave Gabrielson (LS) 225, Jeff Cummings (CL) 220, Jason Richter (A1) 217. Individual series: Wayne Olson (LS) 574, Wally Nelson (PB) 564, Jason Richter (A1) 562. Team games: Lewis Silo 931 & 912, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 900. Team series: Lewis Silo 2724, A-1 Machine 2524, Pioneer Bar 2461. Thursday Early Standings: Red Iron Studios 42.5, Kinetico 42.5, Wikstrom Construction 34, Hell Raisers 33, Fab Four 32, Grindell Law Offices 30.5, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 26, American Family Siren 19.5. Individual games: Dennis Lieder (AFS) 238, Don Swenson (HR) 235, Dave Hall (HR) 213. Individual series: Don Swenson (HR) 586, Dennis Lieder (AFS) 581, Bryce Daeffler (DQM) 563. Team games: Hell Raisers 657, American Family Siren 577, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 542. Team series: Hell Raisers 1692, American Family Siren 1619, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1606. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Dennis Lieder 238 = 5x twice. Games 50 or more above average: Dennis Lieder 238 (+72); Don Swenson 235 (+72).

If both Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls win their final regular-season games they’ll share the conference title, but a loss by both teams could result in a four-way tie between St. Croix Falls, Grantsburg, Cameron and Unity. The Saints will go up against Clear Lake in their final game of the regular season and Cameron finished the conference season at 4-2, and will host a nonconference game against Colfax. The Pirates will be facing a tough test this Thursday as Unity is coming off their third straight loss and faces a must-win situation to be considered playoff bound. Despite a slew of injuries this season, the Pirates are making due with what they have, and came off a convincing win against Flambeau on Friday, Oct. 7. After losing running back Joe Gaffney to a sea-

son-ending injury, senior running back Cody Benedict stepped into the role and rushed for 128 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown. The Pirates also got some offense through the air as Daniel Larsen completed three of nine passes for 51 yards, including a completion to Cody Benedict Thomas Labatt in the first quarter for a 43-yard touchdown. It was the first offensive strike from the Pirates, who allowed just one touchdown throughout the entire game, which also


Splits converted: 3-10: Bert Meyer. 3-7: Joel Struck. 6-7-10: Mike Route. Thursday Late Standings: Fisk Trucking 14, Hansen Farms Inc. 13, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 9, Stotz & Company 4. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 239, Dale Frandsen & Eugene Wynn Jr. 219. Men’s series: Oliver Baillargeon 601, Dale Frandsen 579, Lloyd Swanson 570. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 231, Rita Frandsen 149. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 557, Rita Frandsen 372. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 957, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 755, Fisk Trucking 729. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2673, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2203, Stotz & Company 2149. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Pin Heads 23.5, Junque Art 21.5, SKM 21, Pioneer Bar 20, The Leader 18.5, Frederic Design 16.5, Meyer’s Plus 13. Women’s games: Pat Traun 211, Karen Carlson 198, Sheila Hansen 174. Women’s series: Karen Carlson 501, Pat Traun 488, Margie Traun 471. Team games: Junque Art 602, Pin Heads 600, Pioneer Bar 550. Team series: Pin Heads 1783, Junque Art 1718, Frederic Design 1488. Games 50 or more above average: Pat Traun. Splits converted: 3-10: Karen Carlson. 5-7: Jeanne DesJardins. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: Lakers, Hot Shots, Handicaps, Rebel Alliance, Luck-E, Skowl. Men’s games: Mark Bohn & Mike Renfro 232, Ron Skow 225. Men’s series: Mark Bohn 680, Ron Skow 629, Mike Renfro 568. Women’s games: Rita Bohn 203, Mona Renfro 183, Linda Giller 179. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 547, Linda Giller 489, Deb Ingram 473. Team games: Handicaps 912, Luck-E 904m, Rebel Alliance 895. Team series: Lakers 2647, Rebel Alliance 2597, Hot Shots 2529.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Madness Standings: McKenzie Lanes 24, Mishaps 17, Alleycats 13, Eagle Lounge 12, Bogus Pumpkins 2, Bye 4. Individual games: Julia Delogherty & Barbara Benson 212, Debbie Swanson 182. Individual series: Barbara Benson 528, Debbie Swanson 495, Julia Delougherty 482. Team games (Handicap): Mishaps 710, McKenzie Lanes 638. Team series (Handicap): Mishaps 1874, Alleycats 1821. Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 45, Wolf Creek Log Furn. 45, Alyeska Contracting 37.5, Frederic Truck & Tractor 36.5, Milltown Appliance 34, Metal Products 34, McKenzie Lanes 25, Bye 13. Individual games: Helen Leggitt 198, Kathy McKenzie 184, Marsha Guggisberg & Shirley Wilson 182. Individual series: Helen Leggitt 535, Cindy Castellano 526, Shirley Wilson 510. Team games (Handicap): Wolf Creek Log Furn. 831. Team series (Handicap): Wolf Creek Log Furn. 2385. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: What the Ek 10, Lemon Heads 7.5, Lane Crashers 6.5, 1 Pin Short 4. Women’s games: Brenda Lehmann 200, Alisa Lamb 160, Janice Berg 152. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 527, Alisa Lamb 404, Janice Berg 388. Men’s games: Kevin Ek 243, Jeff Lehmann 208, Jeff Bringgold 192. Men’s series: Kevin Ek 613, Jeff

Lehmann 582, Jeff Bringgold 531. Team games (Handicap): Lemon Heads 540. Team series (Handicap): What the Ek 1501. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 57, Gutter Dusters 54, Custom Outfitter 47.5, LC’s Gals 40, Country Gals 38, Kassel Tap 37.5, Trap Rock 34, Hauge Dental 32. Individual games: Jane Smith 203, Shirley Wilson 202, Lois Swenson 200. Individual series: Jane Smith 517, Lois Swenson 504, Linda Goulet 482. Team games (Handicap): Gutter Dusters 857, Tomlinson Insurance 854, Kassel Tap 835. Team series (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 2473, Gutter Dusters 2441, Country Gals 2343. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: The Cobbler Shop 58.5, McKenzie Lanes 57, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 54.5, Dream Lawn 51.5, The Dugout 50.5, Centurview Park 47.5, Hack’s Pub 42.5, Steve’s Appliance 38. Individual games: Sam Leggitt 257, Jerry Prokop 255, Darren McKenzie 245.

Rick Fox rolls perfect game

R E S U LT S Individual series: Sam Leggitt 701, Craig Willert 658, Darren McKenzie 618. Team games (Handicap): Centurview Park 1230. Team series (Handicap): Centurview Park 3553. Wednesday Early League Standings: Suzie Q’s 24, Hack’s Pub 18, Gerhman Auto Body 16, Amrhien Painting 16, Top Spot 16, Cutting Edge 16, Holiday StationStore 14, Bye 8. Men’s games: Merlin Fox 205, Mike Welling 203, Tim Shalander 201. Men’s series: Merlin Fox 587, Mike Welling 544, John Gehrman 538. Women’s games: Patty Walker 176, Jeanne Kizer 171, Janice Fox 164. Women’s series: Janice Fox 485, Patty Walker 467, Justine Melin 430. Team games (Handicap): Suzie Qs 710. Team series (Handicap): Suzie Qs 1977. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: McKenzie Lanes 28, Tiger Express 24, Edina Realty 24, Dalles Electricians 20, Harvest Moon 18, Reed’s Marina 18, Davy’s Constuction 14, Hanjo Farms 14. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 267, Jim McKenzie 231, Craig Willert & Jim Alt 221. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 708, Jim Alt 636, Craig Willert 630. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 1049, Tiger Express 1000. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 2974, Tiger Express 2908. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hauge Dental 66, Hack’s Pub 58, Bont Chiropractic 57.5, Cutting Edge Pro 50, Truhlson Chiropractic 48.5, KJ’s 44.5, RiverBank 39, Eagle Valley Bank 36.5. Individual games: Jackie Patterson 214, Kathy McKenzie 210, Shannon Cox 191. Individual series: Mjo Hacker 519, Shannon Cox 512, Jane Smith 502. Team games: Cutting Edge Pro 813, Hack’s Pub 788, Hauge Dental 756. Team series: Hack’s Pub 2294, Cutting Edge Pro 2248, Hauge Dental 2178. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: The In-Laws 30, The Bald & The Beautiful 29, Pin Busters 27.5, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 26.5, Roller Coasters 26, Eureka Bombers 22.5, T-Dawgs 21.5, B&K Cousins 21. Women’s games: Jean Judd 186, Dixie Runberg 182, Linda Katzmark 175. Women’s series: Pattie Katzmark 477, Linda Katzmark 475, Brenda Lehmann 470. Men’s games: Darren McKenzie 243, Jeff Lehmann 204, Gene Braund 203. Men’s series: Darren McKenzie 706, Jeff Lehmann 584, Rick Fox 555. Team games (Handicap): Cutting Edge Pro Shop 903, Eureka Bombers 878, The Bald & Beautiful 871. Team series (Handicap): Cutting Edge Pro Shop 2522, Eureka Bombers 2495, Roller Coasters 2474.

Black & Orange

Rick Fox bowled a perfect 300 game at McKenzie Lanes in Centuria on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the Tuesday Night Men’s League. This is his first-ever perfect game. – Photo submitted

happened in the first quarter with a 3yard run by Flambeau. The Grantsburg defense settled in for the rest of the game and the offense scored 25 unanswered points for the win. Benedict scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and Larsen picked off a pass before the end of the first half and ran it back 71 yards for the score. The Pirates led 206 at the half, and the defense continued to help put points on the board when junior Bryce Ryan blocked a punt and ran it back 37 yards for the touchdown. The final score of the game came in the fourth quarter when Lucas Willis scored on an 8-yard touchdown run. The Pirates and Eagles game this Thursday begins at 7 p.m.

Early Birds Standings: The Tap 14-2, Yellow River Saloon 8-8, Black & Orange 5.5-10.5, Gandy Dancer Saloon 4.5-11.5. Individual games: Rita Tesch (YRS) 202, Claudia Peterson (B&O) 190, Delores Lien (T) 187. Individual series: Claudia Peterson (B&O) 481, Delores Lien (T) 464, Rita Tesch (YRS) 459. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 898, The Tap 887, Black & Orange 835. Team series: The Tap 2511, Yellow River Saloon 2498, Black & Orange 2392. Games 50 or more above average: Rita Tesch 202 (+69); Delores Lien 187 (+54); Claudia Peterson 190 (+51). Monday Night Standings: Larry’s LP 8-4, Black & Orange 7-5, Glass & Mirror Works 6-6, Vacant 3-9.

Individual games: Art Bliven (L) 225, Larry Johnson (L) 199, George Kern (B&O) 198. Individual series: Art Bliven (L) 577, Larry Johnson (L) & Dean Eytcheson (GMW) 527, George Kern (B&O) 518. Team games: Larry’s LP 910, Black & Orange 896, Glass & Mirror Works 874. Team series: Larry’s LP 2589, Black & Orange 2537, Glass & Mirror Works 2499. Games 50 or more above average: Art Bliven 225 (+51); George Kern 198 (+59). TNT Standings: Flower Power 14-6, Larry’s LP 13-7, Cashco 9-11, Vacant 4-16. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 208, Vicki Tollander (C) 182, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 169. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 542, Vicki Tollander (C) 467, Mary Reese (FP) 453. Team games: Flower Power 891, Larry’s LP 856, Caschco 844. Team series: Flower Power 2515, Larry’s LP 2444, Cashco 2431. Early Risers Standings: A+ Sanitation 12-8, Gandy Dancer 12-8, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 10-10, 10th Hole 6-14. Individual games: Pam Dildine (10th) 186, Janice Carlson (GNHD) 185, Claudia Peterson (GD) 180. Individual series: Pam Dildine (10th) 514, Claudia Peterson (GD) 476, Janice Carlson (GNHD) 448. Team games: 10th Hole 710, Gandy Dancer 670, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 665. Team series: 10th Hole 2077, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 1960, Gandy Dancer 1951. Wednesday Night Standings: Pheasant Inn 9-3, Black & Orange 6.5-5.5, 10th Hole 6-6, Cashco 5-3, Zia Louisa’s 3.5-8.5, Lions 2-6. Individual games: Tim Vasatka (PI) 243, Chris Johnson (PI) 198, Gene Ackland (ZL). Individual series: Tim Vasatka (PI) 617, Chris Johnson (PI) 579, Gene Ackland (ZL) 548. Team games: Pheasant Inn 970, Black & Orange 922, Zia Louisa’s 891. Team series: Pheasant Inn 2778, Black & Orange 2647, Zia Louisa’s 2575. Games 50 or more above average: Tim Vasatka 243 (+78). Series 100 or more above average: Tim Vasatka 617 (+122). Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Webster Motel 11-5, Pour House 9-7, Dolls w/ Balls 7-9, Rollettes 511. Individual games: Daphne Churchill (DW/B) 179, Jill Wieser (WM) 175, Sandy Churchill (R) 150. Individual series: Daphne Churchill (DW/B) 455, Shaurette Reynolds (DW/B) 433, Christine Arntson (WM) 421. Team games: Webster Motel 740, Pour House 715, Dolls w/ Balls 693. Team series: Webster Motel 2044, Pour House 2035, Dolls w/ Balls 1971. Games 50 or more above average: Jill Wieser 175 (+50).

Denny’s Downtown Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Redneck Coon Hunters 28, Team Siren 26, Spare Us 18, Blind 16, George’s Angels 14, The Pacifiers 3. Women’s games: Ernie Meyer 143, “Trouble” Barfknecht 132, Lori Dake 130. Women’s series: Ernie Meyer 375, “Trouble” Barfknecht 366, Austin Otis 365. Men’s games: Isaac Jewell 172, Jamie Meir 171, Jorden Otis 157. Men’s series: Issac Jewell 485, Jim Loomis 449, Jamie Meir 437. Team games: Redneck Coon Hunters 451, Spare Us 400, Team Siren 385. Team series: Redneck Coon Hunters 1256, Spare Us 1131, Team Siren 1102.




2011 minus 1968 equals 43. Pardon the melodrama ... Around 9:30 p.m. Friday night when the Frederic Vikings put the finishing touches on their victory over Siren to earn an undisputed Small Lakeland Conference football THE SPORTS championship, it will mark the end of a wait of monumental proportions for FHS alumni. For this writer and others from the baby boom generation, some of the most fond childhood memories include the excitement of hurrying through chores and supper and piling into the family sedan to ride into town for a couple of hours immersed in the surreal and almost-magical world under the famed Friday night lights. Back in 1968 or thereabouts, when our sizable clan motored into the village (generally for church on Sunday) we’d typically enter the village via CTH W and Hwy. 35 from the south. But on home football nights Dad preferred to drive in on “old W” and hit the Frederic village limits from the southeast. Dad

John Ryan




knew that the youngsters on board – who didn’t often see the village outside of the daylight hours of a school day – would be thrilled to take in a breathtaking view of streetlights spread across the hillside, capped by the beacons to the north that shone over the gridiron at the highest point in town. Back then – to a country bumpkin especially – the pageantry of Friday night high school football was akin to that of the midway of a county fair. It was a different world, which took away the breath of a wide-eyed schoolboy and made his blood course through his veins to the point where he could hear it gushing in his ears. The fact that the hometown Vikings nearly always won made the experience even better. And so, when coach Ken Belanger’s Frederic players sing the school song after Friday’s victory to cap the first FHS football title since 1968, the youngsters will likely have no concept of what the 2011 crown means to Frederic alumni everywhere, from the village limits to Lewis to Trade Lake to Indian Creek to Texas to Florida to Chicago, to New York and all points in between. The fact that Frederic High School, as we knew it and know it, will probably be long gone in just a few short years makes the 2011 championship even sweeter. “To our colors true we shall ever be!” Bonus title for upper Leader Land? Although they have a much richer re-



cent title history in football, few would’ve guessed that Frederic’s neighbors to the northwest – Grantsburg – would be talking a championship after their feeble 1-4 start to the 2011 season. But the purple Pirates emerged on Sept. 23 when they hammered Cameron by two touchdowns and followed with two more big conference wins. A victory over fading Unity Thursday will gain G-burg a share of the crown. Lynx win! Lynx win! A handful of Leader readers were curbside on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon for the celebration of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA championship. Police estimates indicate about 15,000 fans greeted the world champions during the parade. Where are the deer? Last week’s designated columnist Garth Olson mused over the topic of deer and the curious fact that he’s had no close encounters of the automotive kind. But Olson and his motoring friends can rest assured that the crafty ungulates are still out there in sizable numbers. But alas: In the last 10 years or so the beasts have gone fully nocturnal. Gone are the days when it was common to watch deer nibbling on third-crop stubble or picked corn at dusk as September fades into October, then November. These days, once the archery opener rolls around in mid-September and feed-

ing/baiting begins in earnest, the deer opt to change their patterns noticeably. Most experienced bow hunters will tell us that their odds of arrowing a respectable adult buck prerut have diminished significantly in the past dozen or so years to the point where they eschew the bow stand until mid-October and confine most of their hunting hours to the frenzied period when amorous bucks lay down their guard and become vulnerable at any time of day. It’s a family affair Speaking of tradition, this weekend marks the continuation of one that began in 1969 for some local upland game bird hunters. It’s time for the South Dakota pheasant hunt of 2011. This year the minions of the SoDak Tourism Department have opted to saturate the local airwaves with promotional ads aimed at luring tourist hunters into spending their money in their fair state. Perhaps that’s because this year, official game and fish department surveys show that ringneck numbers have dropped significantly, due to a harsh winter followed by a wet, cold and slow spring much like the one we had here in Leader Land. But the dogs are ready and the trucks are packed, and the tradition will continue for that intrepid and persistent crew. John Ryan may be reached at

Tiger boys upset Unity Webster 15, Unity 12 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Webster Tigers picked a crucial time to make their presence known on the gridiron, upsetting the

Unity Eagles 15-12 before a stunned home crowd. The Tigers drew first blood near the end of the first quarter with Aaron Dietmeier taking a Unity punt 55 yards for a score. Webster would keep the lead for much of the game, and while Unity tried to get


Small Lakeland Standings Conf. Overall Team Frederic Vikings 7-0 7-1 Northwood/Solon Springs 7-1 7-1 Shell Lake Lakers 5-2 5-2 Turtle Lake Lakers 4-3 5-3 Siren Dragons 4-3 5-3 Luck Cardinals 3-4 3-5 Bruce Red Raiders 1-6 1-6 Birchwood Bobcats 0-6 1-6 Winter Warriors 0-7 0-8 Scores Friday, October 7 Frederic 34, Luck 6 Northwood/Solon Springs 48, Siren 14 Upcoming Friday, October 14 7 p.m. Siren at Frederic Luck at Winter


Large Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Overall St. Croix Falls Saints 4-1 6-2 Grantsburg Pirates 4-1 4-4 Cameron Comets 4-2 5-3 Unity Eagles 3-2 4-4 Flambeau Falcons 1-4 4-4 Webster Tigers 1-4 2-6 Clear Lake Warriors 1-4 2-6 Scores Friday, October 7 Grantsburg 32, Flambeau 6 St. Croix Central 36, St. Croix Falls 22 Webster 15, Unity 12 Upcoming Thursday, October 13 7 p.m. Unity at Grantsburg Flambeau at Webster Friday, October 14 7 p.m. Clear Lake at St. Croix Falls


West Lakeland Standings Conf. Overall Team Grantsburg Pirates 10-0 21-0 Luck Cardinals 6-2 19-6 St. Croix Falls Saints 5-4 7-14 Unity Eagles 5-5 9-9 Webster Tigers 3-5 5-6 Frederic Vikings 3-6 3-7 Siren Dragons 0-10 0-11 Scores Thursday, October 6 Webster 3, Frederic 0 Luck 3, St. Croix Falls 1 Grantsburg 3, Unity 0 Monday, October 10 Frederic 3, Birchwood 1 Tuesday, October 11 Luck 3, Unity 2 Frederic 3, Solon Springs 0 Grantsburg 3, Webster 0 St. Croix Falls at Siren (no stats at press time) Upcoming Thursday, October 13 6 p.m. Luck at Lac Courte Oreilles Friday, October 14 7:30 p.m. Luck at Webster Saturday, October 15 9 a.m. Grantsburg at Cameron Tournament Tuesday, October 18 (1st Round Regional) 7 p.m. Glenwood City at Grantsburg Webster at St. Croix Falls Unity at Spring Valley Thursday, October 20 (Regional Semifinal) TBA


Upcoming Monday, October 17 4 p.m. St. Croix Falls Invitational (Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Unity/Luck)


Upcoming Thursday - Saturday, October 13-15 TBA State at Madison

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back on track, they missed a 25-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, and wouldn’t register on the scoreboard until the third frame, when Kyle Sorenson converted an Eagle drive into a 2-yard scoring drive, giving Unity a chance for redemption. However, Aaron Dietmeier the two-point conversion failed, keeping the Eagles behind, 7-6. Unity would score, this time in the fourth quarter, as Sorenson again crossed the goal line with 9:19 remaining, but again the two-point conversion failed, making the score 12-7, Unity. The Tigers were not about to give up and rallied for a score with 2:21 remaining in the game, when Anthony Dietmeier scampered across the goal line from 2 yards out, with the two-point conversion An adequate 5-2 performance last week caused the Prediction King’s overall record to drop to 42-14, or 75 percent. “But if Abraham Lincoln was ‘The Great Emancipator’ and Ronald Reagan was ‘The Great Communicator,’ then I should be considered ‘The Great Motivator,’” the Swami noted Wednesday morning. It seems he’d THE SWAMI heard through the grapevine that some Frederic players and fans were incensed with his seemingly offthe-wall forecast of a Luck victory last week. “So I’m taking some credit for the fact that Frederic mopped the field with the Cards,” he added in his typical grandstanding fashion. This week he says there will be no surprises with only one game being even remotely close to being a challenging pick.

The Swami


This week’s games: Somerset 35, Osceola 6 – Call it a goose egg, a horse collar, a zilch, a zip or a

being successful and giving the Tigers a 15-12 lead in the final moments. Unity was unable to recover and suffered without injured senior Xavier Foeller in the backfield. In reality, neither team was all that sparkling on offense, with neither squad topping 100 yards Kyle Sorenson rushing and only one completion all night combined, that being a 33-yard completion from Tiger QB Aaron Clay to Garrett Eichman. Unity remains just outside a playoff berth, closing out their regular season on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Grantsburg against the playoff-bound Pirates. Webster is at home on Friday, Oct. 14, against Flambeau for their final contest of what has been a very unpredictable season. nada. Whatever the case, it represents the number of OHS wins this season. St. Croix Falls 27, Clear Lake 6 – The Saints bounce back from an improbable loss to Cameron to grab a share of the Large Lakeland crown. Luck 2, Winter 0 – Will it be a forfeit? If not, the Swami will go with 52-14 for the final. Northwood-SS 42, Washburn-Bayfield 0 – The Evereagles have had such a good season that Sasquatch of Jack Link’s snack foods fame has reportedly appeared at some of their games. Flambeau 17, Webster 15 – This was the only toss-up game of the week. The Swami won’t be surprised if it goes the other way. Grantsburg 22, Unity 14 – The Pirates dig their way back from a dismal start to earn yet another conference championship banner for their cluttered gymnasium wall. Frederic 44, Siren 6 – This is it, boys and girls. Behold ... An undisputed conference crown for FHS. The Vikes showed last week that they are on a mission. The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at



I N T E R! C O U N T Y L E A D E R


Safety in numbers

While digging through some old Leader archives recently, a small story, buried among the sports pages, caught my eye. It was a short press release from 1968 from either the WisconMarty sin DNR, or the Bureau of Law Enforcement, (it Seeger didn’t specify where) that talked about hunting-related accidents in The Wisconsin. All inciBottom dents that are compiled by the bureau involve a Line hunting weapon either transported or used in the field, and the numbers are quite staggering. In 1966, there were a total of 246 hunting accidents in the state and 21 deaths, and in the 20 years prior, Wisconsin averaged 16 deaths from 146 hunting accidents each hunting season. Those numbers dropped a bit in 1967 with a total of 197 hunting accidents, which resulted in 17 fatalities.

Other statistics from 1967 showed: • Big-game (bear and deer) season accidents total 63 – 56 hurt, seven killed. • More than 40 percent of the shooters involved in accidents were age 12-20. • Most gun mishaps occurred when shooters swing a firearm on game, fired at companions, and when the victim was out of the shooter’s sight. • Of the 134 hunting accidents during the small-game season, 10 involved fatalities.

It’s hard to imagine a hunting season with so much tragedy, but in September of 1967, Wisconsin formalized its first hunter safety program. During that year, approximately 8,000 youths age 12 to 16 graduated from the program and today that number is closer to 1 million. Even with Wisconsin’s hunter safety program, however, it still appears to have taken some time to evolve. In 1970, for example, there were 501,799 licenses sold and 13 hunters were killed. Then in 1973, the state boasted its first-ever fatality-free hunting season. It wasn’t until 2010, however, that the state reported zero fatalities in a season that sold over 621,000 licenses. In 1967, there were 44 injuries for every 100,000 hunters, but the good news is that rate has since declined into the single dig-

its. “We like to tout that our hunter education system is doing really good, and we credit a lot of that to our volunteer instructors,” said Mark Little, DNR recreational safety warden for the northern region. Little works out of the Spooner office and covers 12 counties in Northwest Wisconsin. He helps oversee programs such as hunter safety, ATV, boating and snowmobile safety programs. He also works primarily with volunteer instructors who put on the programs in the local areas, and ensures that the instructors are certified and trained to do the right thing when instructing students. With over 5,500 volunteer instructors across the state, Wisconsin is regarded to have one of the best hunter education programs in the nation and, over the years, several new laws and changes in the ways people hunt has only added to the state’s success in safety. Opening and closing hours for hunting seasons, firearms restrictions and better communication among hunting parties are just some of the contributors to hunter safety. In 1985, hunter education certification became mandatory, and mandatory blaze orange became a requirement for all hunters in 1980. “Blaze orange plays a key part in that and just the safety practices that every-

body uses,” Little said, and added that deer drives aren’t quite as common as they used to be either. “They’re out there, but we just don’t see them as much. We see more family groups, which is nice, and they do occasional deer drives, but we see more people in their deer blinds and not moving around as much.” Little also said that research has shown that 60 percent of hunting-related accidents occur on deer drives, but that a coordinated and well-planned deer drive can also be safe. Although the nine-day gun deer season is still a month away, the upland gamebird season in full swing, and a successful, and safe, youth gun deer hunt was held last weekend with no indications of accidents or deaths at press time. And even though the Wisconsin Bureau of Law Enforcement doesn’t investigate, or keep records of nonfirearms hunting-related incidents such as a fall from the deer stand, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Hunters are encouraged to wear all the necessary safety harnesses to hunt safely from an elevated position. It’s all part of being safe in the deer woods, no matter the weapon of choice. “In our hunter safety programs we spend a good deal of time with tree-stand safety,” Little said.

Rivard introduces Sporting Heritage Bill Bill designed to preserve and protect Wisconsin’s hunting heritage RICE LAKE — Rep. Roger Rivard, RRice Lake, joined state Reps. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, and Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, in introducing comprehensive sporting her-

itage legislation that focuses on the retention and recruitment of hunters, fishers and trappers. “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of hunting with my dad,” said Rivard. “It has been a really important way of life for a lot of Wisconsin families. We’re at a crossroads, where we have to ensure that legacy gets passed on to our children and grandchildren, and this bill will help accomplish that.” A recent study by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance found that Wisconsin has only

five new hunters joining the sport for every 10 that leave. The effect of people leaving the sporting industry is felt statewide. Annually, sporting is a $1.4 billion industry that supports over 25,000 jobs and contributes almost $200 million to state and local tax bases. “The sporting industry is a vital part of our economy, and this bill moves to protect and enhance that industry,” said Rivard. “We are losing too many sportsmen. It’s not good for our economy,

and it’s not good for passing on the long tradition of sporting in Wisconsin.” The Sporting Heritage Bill includes a number of provisions aimed at removing barriers to outdoors participation, including the creation of a Sporting Recruitment and Retention Task Force; reduced fees for first-time licenses; adult hunter and trapper education courses; high school credits for DNR safety programs; a free ice-fishing weekend; and stewardship reform. – from the office of Rep. Rivard

DNR Secretary Stepp names three top managers MADISON – Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has appointed directors for the agency’s south central, southeast and northeast regions. Jean Romback-Bartels, an 18-year veteran of DNR, was appointed northeast region director. She started her career with DNR in l993 as a wildlife technician and park ranger. She was promoted through a

number of jobs including property manager, land and forestry basin leader, and since November, 2010, she has served as acting regional director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resources Management. DNR’s Northeast Region includes Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac,

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Youth hunt buck

Hunter Moody, 11, shot his first deer on Saturday, Oct. 8, with one shot during the two-day youth hunt. – Photo submitted

Collin Christenson, 10, shot his first buck during the two-day, Oct. 8-9 youth gun deer hunt. The buck was shot on Saturday morning, Oct. 8, while he was hunting with his dad, David Christenson. The deer weighed 170pounds field-dressed. – Photo submitted

Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties. Former regional director Ron Kazmierczak retired from the department late last year. Mark Aquino, a manager at DNR since 2001, was named South Central Region director. Aquino started his career with the state at the Legislative Audit Bureau, in 1988 as a management analyst. In 1997 he promoted to chief of the Department of Transportation’s Strategic Issues Section, and he came to DNR in 2001 as land services team leader in 2001. He promoted to South Central Region Land leader in 2005 and to deputy administrator for land in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. DNR’s South Central includes Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Grant, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, and Sauk counties. Former regional director Lloyd Eagan took another position in DNR this summer. Eric Nitschke, director of public works for Sussex and a newcomer to DNR, was appointed Southeast Region director. A professional engineer, Nitschke brings private sector work experience at Wisconsin Electric Power Company as a student and as a staff engineer at HNTB Corp. in Milwaukee. From 2002 to 2007, he served as division engineer for stormwater for the city of New Berlin and since October 2007 has been the director of public works and village engineer for Sussex. He holds a civil engineering degree from the Univer-

sity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis in water resources. DNR’s Southeast Region includes Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties. Former regional director Gloria McCutcheon retired from the department in September. “I am really proud to name these people to my top management positions,” said Stepp. “They get customer service, and they understand how important Wisconsin’s natural resources and environment are to our citizens. They are enthusiastic, bright and will be a partner with communities in achieving a high quality of life and supporting a healthy economy.” Regional directors represent DNR with local government and organizations and play a key role in consistently applying laws and DNR policies. Stepp notes that whenever regional directors hear of businesses thinking of expanding or locating in Wisconsin, they are charged with leading a team to assist the business through permitting, assuring environmental concerns are addressed early on in the planning process to avoid delays and unnecessary costs. Romback-Bartels and Aquino assume their duties immediately. Nitschke will start his new job on Oct. 31. Romback-Bartels will be located in DNR’s Green Bay office; Nitschke in DNR’s Milwaukee office; and Aquino in DNR’s Fitchburg office. – from the DNR


State Assembly to take up bill on self-defense in violent crimes by Gilman Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio

MADISON A bill headed to the floor of the state Assembly would allow a person who kills or injures someone who breaks into their home, business or car, to claim self-defense. The bill strengthens what is known as the castle doctrine, and it has strong backing from the National Rifle Association and state law enforcement agencies. Before it was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, there was some debate about the definition of someone’s castle or dwelling, as the bill defines it. Democratic state Rep. Tony

Staskunas wanted to know what the boundaries of a dwelling are when someone claims they’re defending it, “Does that extend to the municipal sidewalk in from of my house? I think the description of dwelling would include my front lawn because that’s part of my lot, but what about the municipal sidewalk?” The answer is that it depends on how the courts end up interpreting the word dwelling when and if someone is charged with killing a burglar on their front sidewalk. Democratic Rep. Gary Hebl of Sun Prairie predicts there will be very few such cases and called the bill a solution in search of a problem, “There really has been no prosecution of these

cases in Wisconsin. District attorneys have been very, very reticent to go after someone who protects themselves in their home, so this really just a feel-good bill.” The criminal law section of the state bar Aasociation is on record against the bill because it would require judges and juries to presume that a homeowner feared bodily harm from an intruder they shot and killed. The bar fears that could become a presumption in favor of a murderer. Supporters of the bill say that homeowners should have a right to shoot first and ask questions later if someone breaks into their house.

Wisconsin drug task forces seeing significant budget cuts by Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Wisconsin drug task forces are seeing significant budget cuts this year, while drug-related arrests increase. Drug task forces are charged with investigating drug trafficking that crosses city and county lines. Last year, nearly 22,000 drug arrests were made, a five-year high. But the money for these investigations is drying up at the federal, state and local levels. Eric Larsen of the Eau Claire Police Department is part of the West Central Drug Task Force. He gets that budgets are tight but says if funding drops much

more their operations will suffer, “Our effectiveness will be reduced because we won’t have the human resources that we need to maintain the level of investigation that we have now.” Federal funding for drug task forces in Wisconsin goes through the Office of Justice Assistance. Those federal dollars were cut 17 percent this year, and there are proposals to cut another 17 percent next year. State money for task forces is dwindling too. Kelly Kennedy is a grant manager with the Department of Justice. He says a surcharge added on to court fees goes toward task forces but fewer people are paying the fees, “The revenues

Nicholas J. McPheeters, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ali Mehralian, Minneapolis, Minn., operating while suspended, $200.50. Michael A. Denucci, Turtle Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; vehicle equipment violation, $238.30; nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Michael R. Mickelson, Lindstrom, Minn., vehicle equipment violation, $200.50. Ty S. Mitchell, Prior Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bernice K. Mixsooke, Webster, speeding, $225.70. Michael P. Moore, Mt. Holly, N.J., speeding, $225.70. David E. Mumford, Santa Moncia, Calif., speeding, $295.00. Don R. Naset, Bloomer, operate ATV away from summer-use ATV trail, $154.50. Wendy S. Nelson, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jerold P. Nichols, Webster, OWI, $804.50, 7-month license revocation and order for assessment. Dennis B. Olsen, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Gerald O. Olson, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Courtland W. Otto, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Thomas W. Owens, St. Michael, Minn., speeding, $175.30. David R. Patterson, Ironton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Paul A. Luedtke, Grantsburg, vehicle equipment violation, $246.30. Jonathon V. Paulzine, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00; operate vehicle w/o valid license, $200.50.

Bruce W. Sunderland, Grantsburg, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Trent Sutherland, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Travis J. Taylor, Shell Lake, operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $200.50. Benjamin C. Thielbar, Wentworth, S.D., speeding, $175.30. John L. Thompson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bruce Thompson, Spooner, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jessica J.L. Tills, Siren, underage drinking, $389.50, 6month license suspension and order for assessment. Timi K. Tingle, Sandstone, Minn., possess open intoxicant in motor vehicle, $200.50. Barbara J. Trettel, Plymouth, Minn., permit operation of a motorboat or personal watercraft by underage person, $162.70. Eric J. Vernon, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. George D. Vinlove, Hayward, speeding, $175.30. Gregory L. Visger, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; nonregistration of other vehicle, $175.30. Gail M. Ward, Webster, inattentive driving, $187.90. Joseph A. Western, Johnstown, Ohio, vehicle equipment violation-group 1, $238.50, twice; vehicle equipment violationgroup 2, $238.30; vehicle equipment violation-group 3, $175.30, twice; Interstate record of duty status, $200.50; age, waiver of physical disqualification, $175.30.

have been decreasing, and the Legislature and governor have been cutting back on those budgets.” Over the next two years, Wisconsin drug task forces will lose $80,000 or 10 percent of that state funding. Deputy Chief Larsen says that’s putting more of a burden on local governments, which are also cutting. A proposal before the Eau Claire County Board would drop $40,000 from Larsen’s task force budget. He says all parties need to re-evaluate their priorities because drug crimes will continue no matter how well task forces can respond.

Burnett County circuit court Jared M. Peper-Rucks, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Mackenzie L. Perry, Stanchfield, Minn., fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $127.50. Debra Pfluger, Shell Lake, delinquent dog license, $152.50, twice. Dallas S. Randall, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jason Randall, Siren, delinquent dog license, $152.50. Katherine L. Ray, So. St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Zacary D. Reid, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Terry J. Robinson, McGrath, Minn., operate unregistered motor truck/tractor, $263.50; failure to obtain IFTA, $263.50. Dennis C. Schiefelbein, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michelle L. Scribner, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; operate motor vehicle w/o valid license, $200.50. Gerald W. Siedow, Woodbury, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Lisa D. Smith, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Scott E. Smith, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Steven A. Sogn, Webster, trespass to land, $263.50. Samuel L. Sontoya, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Michael F. Speca, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Benjamin R. Stewart, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Ryan J. Sullivan, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $200.50.

Cole R. White, Somerset, underage drinking, $263.50, order for assessment. Nicholas J. Wiederin, Somerset, operate ATV w/o working spark arrestor, $154.50. Russell Winbush, Sandstone, Minn., possess open intoxicant in motor vehicle, $200.50. Anthony J. Benjamin, Sandstone, Minn., operating while suspended, $200.50. Michael A. Berg, Siren, operate w/o valid license, $267.50. Emily M. Buckley, Stacy, Minn., theft, $330.50. Brittany A. Deering, Siren, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Jack O. Eggleston, Siren, issue worthless check, $300.50. Traci J. Feit, Worthington, Minn., speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. George P. Felix, Danbury, speeding, $183.30. John W. Garbow, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $243.00. Jeffrey A. Myrmel, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Nicole M. Nefs, Webster, operate motor vehicle w/o valid license, $267.50; speeding, $127.50. Leann P. Poland, Webster, forgery, twice, $896.00. Justin L. Sain, Woodville, possess drug paraphernalia, $330.50. Sonya Seggelke, Princeton, Minn., issue worthless check, $330.50. Gary L. Shoberg, Minnetonka, Minn., OWI, $1,109.00, 12-month license revocation. Steve L. Sutton, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Shanda J. Wilk, Woodville, possess drug paraphernalia, $355.50.

Myles J. Benjamin, Sandstone, Minn., operating while revoked, $750.00. Wendy M. Benjamin, Hinckley, Minn., possess open intoxicants in MV, $200.50. Travis A. Benson, Rice Lake, issue worthless check, $419.46. Kevin A. Billiet, Vadnais Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Spencer S. Cobb, Siren, inattentive driving, $641.50. Fay M. Cushman, Falcon Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Djock Company, Siren, raw forest products-overweight violation, $149.85. Austin R. Drury, Siren, possess drug paraphernalia, $330.50. Michael J. Ellis, Siren, OWI, license revoked, alcohol assessment, $1,424.00. George A. Garbow, Sandstone, Minn., bail jumping, $500.00. Scott A. Hansing, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joseph L. Heasley, Taylors Falls, Minn., issue worthless check, $319.16. Luke J. Liesch, Osceola, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Mary L. Mendoza, Cumberland, possession of marijuana, $300.50. Timothy D. Mike, Siren, posses drug paraphernalia, $330.50. Duane W. Mosay, Webster, bail jumping, $268.00; battery, $243.00. Renee L. Mosay, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Theodore W. Nelson, Webster, operate w/o valid license, $267.50.

Bjorn D. Olson, Eagan, Minn., disorderly conduct, $330.50. Angela S. Paulzine, Webster, OWI, license revoked, alcohol assessment, $691.50. Cynthia A. Sherman, Woodbury, Minn., reckless driving-endanger safety, $389.50. Randi L. Songetay, Danbury, issue of worthless checks, $2,464.60. Laura R. Weller, Webster, sell alcohol to underage person, $452.50. Bruce A. Bellanger, Webster, operating motor vehicle without valid license, $267.50. Linda P. Frost, Superior, theft – business setting, $18,918.15. Gregory M. Miller, Hudson, speedometer violations, $175.30. Jeffrey A. Miller, Siren, OWI, 6-month license revocation, alcohol assssment, $691.50. Desmond D. Mosay, Luck, battery, $243.00. John P. Polski, Danbury, operating motor vehicle without valid license, $267.50. Joseph E. Rogers, Webster, bail jumping - misdemeanor, five times, $243.00. Waylon J. Snyder, Webster, battery, $750.00. Penny J. St. Germain, Grantsburg, operating with PAC > .08, < .15, 6-month license recoation, alcohol assessment, $691.50. Stephanie R. Vandervelden, Grantsburg, dog running at large, $127.50.

Christopher M. Thompson, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Daniel G. Tuynman, Luck, operating left of centerline, $213.10. Nicholas J. Videen, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Jennifer L. Wassberg, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00.

David C. Wedin, Frederic, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00. Deanne M. Williams, Minneapolis, Minn., operating boat towing skier without observer, $200.50. Robert A. Wright, Luck, speeding, $175.30.

Ali Mehralian, 54, Minneapolis, Minn., failure to pay fines, Oct. 4.

Celeb W. Smith, 26, Gordon, arrest warrant - complaint, Oct. 5.

Polk County circuit court Courtney J. Appling, Cushing, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Paul A. Baker, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kent C. Bank, Chisago City, Minn., operating boat towing skier without observer, $175.30. Matthew C. Barney, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Douglas A. Bengston, Milltown, speeding, $175.30. Derrick S. Brown, Bennington, Neb., operate motorboat within 100 feet of dock, $187.90. Benjamin R. Casselberry, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Matthew P. Corbett, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Troy L. Cummings, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Kazimierz M. Czarniak, Armstrong Creek, speeding, $175.30. Tesa J. Denver, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jessica R. Dewolf, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. D Ann E. Dulon, Hudson, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00.

James F. Flaherty, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00. Arthur W. Gill, Webster, operating while suspended, $200.50; speeding, $225.70. Jon K. Glotzbach, Blaine, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Tiffany F. Gregg, Luck, operating without valid license, $200.50. Brian M. Haas, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Lonnie J. Hanson, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Elizabeth S. Hawkins, Blaine, Minn., operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Charles M. Herbst, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Paul R. Howie, River Falls, speeding, $175.30. David A. Javes, Amery, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Michelle E. Johnson, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Martin J. Lambrecht, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jeffrey R. Larson, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00.

Timothy A. Lehner, Centuria, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Dean C. Leischow, Wayzata, Minn., operate personal watercraft without valid safety certificate, $162.70. Brandon M. Lieske, Balsam Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Gerald P. Lindquist, Spring Valley, seat belt violation, $10.00. Nancy A. Lundeen, Grantsburg, fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Zhenning Mao, Edina, Minn., operate boat without valid certificate number, $200.50. Robin K. Mercier, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Gloria D. Meyer, Siren, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00. Paul W. Miller, River Falls, speeding, $175.30. Mark J. Mitchell, Chaska, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joshua A. Moskal, Clayton, fail to yield right of way from stop sign, $175.30. Bradley A. Nelson, Centuria, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00; nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea.

Megan O. Norlund, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Ronald A. Olson, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Daniel A. Ostlund, Dresser, inattentive driving, $187.90. Cheyenne E. Potter, Cumberland, operating while revoked, $250.00. Dylan J. Quarfoth, White Bear Lake, Minn., fail to yield while making left turn, $175.30. David D. Rudesill, Frederic, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00. Chris L. Rundquist Jr., Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00. Jamie A. Selvig, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Russell A. Shingleton, St. Croix Falls, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Kristin S. Sigurdsen, Barron, operating motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, $10.00. Daniel J. Sogard, Clear Lake, ATV – operation on highways, $200.50. Anton H. Swanson, Frederic, sale/operate vehicle without directional lights, $162.70.

Burnett County warrants

Burnett County sheriff's report Accidents Oct. 8: George Huttar, 70, Duncanville, Texas, reported hitting a deer while on Hwy. 70 in the Town of Wood River. No injuries were reported. Arrests and citations Oct. 6: Kenneth S. Rogers, 28, Shell Lake, was arrested on a Polk County warrant. Oct. 6: Chelseay M. Staples, 22, Webster, was cited for

operating without valid license and child not in a car seat. Oct. 8: Allen L. Kangus, 56, Milltown, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Other incidents Sept. 28: Dawn N. Viollete, Bloomington, Minn., reported a split-rail fence damaged and cabin signs taken from her property. The incident is under investigation.


(Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Daniel Flodin P.O. Box 141 Siren, WI 54872 and Darrell Flodin 1639 240th Avenue Luck, WI 54853 Plaintiffs, vs. Leon Chapman 301 1st Avenue Frederic, WI 54837 and U.S. Bank National Association ND 4325 17th Avenue SW Fargo, MN 58103, and U.S. Bank 3314 80th Street Kenosha, WI 53142, and St. Croix Regional Medical Center 204 South Adams Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10-CV-777 Code: 30405 By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment entered in the aboveentitled action on September 26, 2011, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 1st day of December, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described premises, towit: The South 85 feet of the North 227.25 feet of Lot 4, Block 9, First Addition to the Village of Frederic, according to the official plat thereof filed in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. Said Lot being part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4 SE 1/4), Section 28, Township 37 North, of Range 17 West. TERMS OF SALE: Cash due upon confirmation of sale. DOWN PAYMENT: Ten percent (10%) of amount bid by certified check due at time of sale. 547505 WNAXLP Dated at Polk County, Wisconsin, this 4th day of October, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin

Burnett County civil court Voyager Village vs. Bruce L. Rolfshus, Denham Springs, La., $1,660.90. American Family Mutual Insurance Company vs. Toby T. Thomas, Siren, $2,750.25. Marshfield Clinic vs. Evelyn E. Campbell, Siren, $3,461.84. CitiFinancial vs. Steve Christner, Spooner, $8,521.07. Voyager Village vs. Gregory A. Jablonske, Hastings, Minn., $3,146.64. Grindell Law Office S.C. vs. Nathan McAbee, Grantsburg, $6,772.31. St. Croix Regional Medical vs. Yvonne Cheever, Siren, $1,077.70. SMDC Health System vs. Heather L. Culver, Webster, $7,133.23. St. Luke’s Hospital vs. Leslie Demarre, Grantsburg, $1,346.50.

Siren police report Sept. 18: Eric Diaz Jones, 24, Moncks Corner, S. C., was cited for operating without a valid driver’s license on Hwy. 70 and First Avenue at 1:42 a.m. Sept. 27: Justin A. Will, 30, Webster, was cited for operating after revocation, having an open intoxicant in the vehicle and wanted on a warrant during a stop on Main and First Avenue at 5:24 p.m.

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Capitol One Bank vs. Laurie Breeden, Webster, $5,268.42. Capitol One Bank vs. Nick J. Spafford, Siren, $1,308.23. Citibank NA vs. Julie A. Olson, Siren, $2,309.32. SST, Inc. vs. Shane C. Phelps, Danbury, return of 2003 Ford Focus plus court costs of $352.21. Discover Bank vs. Peter J. Helling, Danbury, $6,911.76. Capitol One Bank NA vs. Richard J. Vandommelen, Spooner, $2,097.45. Capitol One Bank NA vs. Haven C. Tracey, Webster, $1,727.51. Discover Bank vs. Valerie J. Fettig, Grantsburg, $2,260.42. Discover Bank vs. Duane K. Gillum, Webster, $2,329.83. Mary L. Krueger, Ocala, Fla. vs. Melissa Siler, Grantsburg, $800.00. Voyager Village vs. Kenneth F. Gatten, Danbury, $2,258.50. Hopkins Sand and Gravel, Inc. vs. Kirby Stewart, Frederic, $1,688.36. LVNV Funding LLC vs. George Miller, Danbury, $2965.07.

Jeffrey W. Hulleman, Webster, and Jackie E. Hills, Webster, issued Sept. 9, 2011. Gregory M. Mravik, Town of Daniels, and Judith A. Bennett, Town of Daniels, issued Sept. 12, 2011. Joshua D. LaMere, Grantsburg, and Danielle M. Hogan, Ham Lake, Minn., issued Sept. 12, 2011. Jesse J. Retzlaff, Town of Scott, and Katrina A. Boyle, Town of Scott, issued Sept. 14, 2011.

Matthew B. Buhaug, Roseville, Minn., and Meghan J. Staples, Town of Meenon, issued Sept. 16, 2011. Ryan A. Estridge, Town of Swiss, and Ciara M. Stadick, Town of Swiss, issued Sept. 16, 2011. Steven L. Knoop, Town of Dewey, and Jodie L. Steinburg, Town of Dewey, issued Sept. 20, 2011.

Terrie R. Lee, Town of Baldwin, and Michael J. Vold, Town of Milltown, issued Oct. 5, 2011. Paula S. McDonnell, village of Osceola, and Rodney C. Blum, city of Shoreview, Minn., issued Aug. 21, 2011. Angela D. Peters, Town of Clinton, and Kent E. Knutson, Town of Clayton, issued Aug. 21, 2011. Vanessa J. Gabrielson, City of Copperas Cove, Texas, and David J. Daley, City of Killeen, Texas, issued Sept. 24, 2011.


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Justin J. Brendel, Lakeville, Minn., and Janelle E. Broberg, Lakeville, Minn., issued Sept. 23, 2011. Merkavah C. Zellmer, Town of Anderson, and Ariane N. Mattson, Town of Anderson, issued Sept. 23, 2011. Bryan D. Vilstrup, Grantsburg, and Heather A. Wiesner, Grantsburg, issued Sept. 27, 2011.

Abigail L. Corbett, Town of Apple River, and Andrew D. Williamson, Town of Georgetown, issued Sept. 25, 2011. Jeanne A. Hansen, City of St. Croix Falls, and Gordon Wallace Fick, Town of Ponto, Minn., issued Oct. 2, 2011. Genette N. LaPres, City of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Aaron R. Hoag, City of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., issued Oct. 3, 2011. Brittany S. Schnider, Town of Forest, and Chase G. Smith, Town of Forest, issued Oct. 3, 2011.

Breck R. Eytchson, Webb Lake, and Ashley R. Bruce, Webb Lake, issued Sept. 28, 2011. Spencer A. Wicklund, Trade Lake, and Rebecca Witte, Siren, issued Sept. 30, 2011. Gregory H. Schwartzbauer, Siren, and Shana L. Kurkowski, Siren, issued Oct. 4, 2011. Sean T. Schaaf, Town of Meenon, and Jennifer A. Hoover, Town of Mennon, issued Oct. 7, 2011.


Ground level, with cable. Includes water, sewer, garbage pickup, coin laundry.




No pets. No smoking. Mtg. on-site.

Water, sewer & garbage included. Background check. First month’s rent and damage deposit.

Parkway Apts. 715-485-3402 Cell 715-554-0780


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Toys; clothes; strollers; booster chair; dishwasher; tool bench; household; holiday decor; movies; couch; pictures; bookcase; flat-screen TV wall mount w/glass shelves; unopened suspended ceiling tiles. Something for everyone!

Call 715-410-6188 or more info. on any item.


One 2004 Ford small diesel bus with a wheelchair lift. Seats 7 plus 1 wheelchair. Vehicle has had regular maintenance. Minimum bid is $1,000.00. Send bids to: Polk County Transportation for the Disabled and Elderly, Inc. 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 190 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Bids are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2011. Envelope must be clearly marked “Sealed Bid.” Questions can be called in to Barb Ceder at 715-485-8592.


BIGGER and Better

2 weekends at the Historic Blanding House

October 13 - 16, October 20 - 22, 2011 Thurs. - Sun., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is not your ordinary yard sale.

Fri. & Sat., Oct. 14 & 15 715 Carolina Court St. Croix Falls

1-BR Furnished Apt.

Downtown Centuria

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Patricia E. Berglund, City of Bloomington, Minn., and Willis L. Loney, City of Lindstrom, Minn., issued Oct. 3, 2011. Leah K. Premo, City of Anoka, and Daniel T. Lemm, City of Eagan, Minn., issued Oct. 4, 2011. Angela C. Stanke, Village of Centuria, and Richard D. Funk, Village of Centuria, issued Oct. 4, 2011.

FOR RENT In Balsam Lake

FOR RENT One-BR Basement Apartments,

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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.

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Diagnostic Radiology Assoc. vs. Sarah Miller, Webster, $1,711.88. Capitol One Bank NA vs. Rose A. Ramsey, Webster, $2,040.43. LVNV Funding LLC vs. Andrew Mihaly, Webster, $8,791.96. Asset Acceptance LLC vs. Leann Mulroy, Webster, $3,358.22. Grindell Law Offices vs. Lisa Taylor, Webster, $10,096.50. RAB Performance Recoveries vs. Ronald S. Gebhart, Grantsburg, $2,545.26. White Bear Foot Clinic vs. Cynthia A. Omer, Grantsburg, $341.50. Credit Acceptance Corporations vs. William Spafford, Grantsburg, $9,959.12. Lakeview Medical Center vs. Norma J. Chandler, Grantsburg, $1,134.10. Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Chelsea Whiteis, Webster, $745.50.

Burnett Medical Center vs. Deborah Bromley, Danbury, $2,409.67. Zoe Auto Group vs. Chaz Smallwood, Webster, $2,155.38. Burnett Medical Center vs. Jeremy Trenter, Siren, $2,157.37. Burnett Medical Center vs. Carey Rossow, Danbury, $2,274.53. Burnett Medical Center vs. Tammy A. Taylor-Horky, Grantsburg, $2,784.10. Cumberland Memorial Hospital vs. Jeffrey J. Aronson, Grantsburg, $5,429.20. Diagnostic Radiology Assoc. vs. Kevin Christenson, Grantsburg, $1,097.40. Lakeview Medical Center vs. Donald Doriott, Shell Lake, $553.37. Siren Dental Clinic vs. Laurie A. Erbe, Shell Lake, $2,208.00. Siren Dental Clinic vs. Rindy Erickson, Danbury, $1,100.34. Diagnostic Radiology Assoc. vs. Jessica Janes, Grantsburg, $745.50.

Polk County marriage licenses Danielle L. Rud, city of Fountain Inn, S.C., and David W. Werner, city of Fountain Inn, S.C., issued Aug. 20, 2011. Candace M. Donaghue, Town of Georgetown, and Richard M. Juckel, city of Minneapolis, Minn., issued Aug. 20, 2011. Laura M. Olson, city of Amery, and Charles A. Pedersen, city of Amery, issued Aug. 21, 2011.

700/mo. plus deposit


Capitol One Bank NA vs. Kristina A. Kutz, Grantsburg, $1,325.07. Central Priairie Financial, LLC vs. Cynthia S. Heilman, Spooner, $3,633.58. Sharalanee M. Staples vs. Marcus J. Hunt, Webb Lake, $2,787.80. Target National Bank vs. Catherine R. Schultz, Shell Lake, $4,221.54. Midland Funding LLC vs. Heather Powell, Webster, $2,303.18. Burnett Medical Center vs. Alan B. Cady, Pine City, Minn., $2,789.92. Burnett Medical Center vs. Todd Beckman, Pine City, Minn., $716.88. Burnett Medical Center vs. Kailee R. Andrus, Pine City, Minn., $1,531.07. Burnett Medical Center vs. Donna Soderbeck, Grantsburg, $5,849.31. Burnett Medical Center vs. Wanda Jensen, Grantsburg, $1,433.90. Burnett Medical Center vs. James Chute, Grantsburg, $693.20.

Burnett County marriage licenses

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Garden junque; shabby chic; antiques; folk art; vintage clothing & hats; men’s tools; sporting & fishing; quilts & handmade rugs and much more. DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy. 8 east into St. Croix Falls, WI. continue on Hwy. 8 up the hill to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (on the right), turn left on Industrial Pkwy. Go approximately 2 blocks to T in the road (Maple 547643 8Lp Dr.). Go right and bear left to the old Blanding House.

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American Family Mutual Insurance Company 302 North Walbridge Ave. Madison, WI 53783, Plaintiff, vs. Nelce C. Sulka 142 Belmont Street Apt. D Osceola, WI 54020-8121 Defendant. Case No.: 11-CV-575 Case Code: 30201 Publication Summons THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO: Each person named above as a defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the above-named plaintiff has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty-five (45) days after October 13, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Ste. 300, PO Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Deutch & Weiss, LLC., attorneys for plaintiff, whose address is: 7670 North Port Washington Road, Suite 200, Glendale, Wisconsin 53217. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty five (45) 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 now own or may own in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 28th day of September, 2011. Deutch & Weiss, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff, American Family Mutual Insurance Company Monte E. Weiss State Bar No. 1003816 Charles W. Kramer State Bar No.: 1021504

P.O. Address Deutch & Weiss, LLC 7670 N. Port Washington Road Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53217 (414) 247-9958 - Telephone (414) 247-9959 - Facsimile

Dated: October 6, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Lommen Abdo Law Firm Attorneys for Plaintiff 400 South Second Street Suite 210 Grandview Professional Building Hudson, WI 54016 715-386-8217 Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A., is attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 547356 WNAXLP

VILLAGE OF LUCK RESIDENTS FREE CURBSIDE LEAVES & BRANCHES PICKUP ALL LEAVES MUST BE BAGGED PICKUP DAYS WILL BE MONDAYS, OCT. 17, 24 & 31 Any bags found with contents other than leaves will be 547722 8-9L left at the curb. It is unlawful by ordinance to rake leaves into the street or to burn leaves on the street pavement or street gutters.


SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS WANTED Unity School District is taking applications for bus drivers. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) with school bus endorsement required. Materials to obtain permit and assistance to obtain license are available. The process of obtaining a CDL is obtaining permit, bus training & scheduling road test. Qualified applicants will be given first consideration. Multiple positions available. Applications may be obtained from the District Office, 715-8253515 or on the District Web site, Interested, qualified persons may apply by submitting letter of application, District application and letters of recommendation to Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator, Unity School District, 1908 150th St., Hwy. 46 N., Balsam Lake, WI 54810-7267. Taking applications until positions are filled. E.O.E. 547368 49-50a,d 8-9L

(Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. KENNETH ROBERT LARSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 220 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 6, 2009, in the amount of $195,237.31, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 23, 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: The South 228 feet of the West 365 feet of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 5, Township 33 North, Range 15 West. Said land being in the Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 499 115th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-00096-0000. Dated this 15th day of September, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 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. 277249



Unity School District is taking applications for bus driver. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) with school bus endorsement required. Materials to obtain permit and assistance to obtain license are available. The process of obtaining a CDL is obtaining permit, bus training & scheduling road test. Qualified applicants will be given first consideration. Multiple positions available. Applications may be obtained from the District Office, 715-8253515 or on the District Web site, Interested, qualified persons may apply by submitting letter of application, District application and letters of recommendation to Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator, Unity School District, 1908 150th St., Hwy. 46 N, Balsam Lake, WI 54810-7267. Taking application until positions are filled. E.O.E. 547369 49-50a,d 8-9L

PART-TIME ROAD MAINTENANCE POSITION TOWN OF ANDERSON BURNETT COUNTY The Town of Anderson is currently seeking applications for the position of part-time road maintenance. Applicants should have considerable knowledge and experience in the operation and maintenance of town equipment, such as grader, loader, snowplow, tractor with mower and hot-mix patcher, etc. In addition, a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Previous experience in road construction, road maintenance and snowplowing preferred. Possession of a current valid commercial driver’s license mandatory. For further information and application materials, contact the Town of Anderson Clerk, Jessica King, 2773 185th Street, Luck, WI ( or Phone: (715) 472-4753. Applications accepted until 5 p.m., Saturday, October 22. Jessica King, Clerk 547475 49-50a 8-9L

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(Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR FFMLT 04-FF10 Plaintiff vs. JILL LARAYNE WHITE, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 08 CV 542 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 17, 2008, in the amount of $189,652.00, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 26, 2011, at 10:00 AM 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 5 of Certified Survey Map No. 632, filed in Volume 3 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 124 as Document No. 393653, Located in the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 12, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2202 Antler Lake Drive, Milltown, WI 54858. TAX KEY NO.: 040-00344-0000. Dated this 23rd day of August, 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. 276359


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Citizens State Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Glen E. Johnson, Glen Johnson Construction, Inc. A Minnesota Corporation Glen Johnson Rentals, LLC A Wisconsin limited liability company State of Wisconsin, Department of Revenue State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development Defendants Case No. 11 CV 49 Foreclosure of Mortgage: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 20th day of May, 2011, in the amount of $211,650.63, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: December 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects. PLACE: Foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 17, Plat of Warren Park, Township of Alden, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: Town of Alden, Polk County, Wis.

(Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. APRIL A. SPURRELL, NATHAN A. SPURREL, Defendants. Case No. 11CV96 Code: 304040 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on May 12, 2011, in the amount of $199,196.72, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 16th day of November, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 1 of CSM #3601 recorded in Volume 16 of CSM, Pg. 114, Doc. #627837, located in part of the NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 23, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1318 30th Avenue, Amery, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 19th day of September, 2011. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose 546071

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Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order 2. Clerk Report 3. Treasurer Report 4. Corrections on the printed agenda 5. Public input – 6. Old business – a. Insurance Quotes b. Refuse Update 7. Employee/Hwy. report a. Snowplow report 8. Correspondence 9. New business – a. Sand/Salt Quotes b. Preliminary Budget review 10. Review bills/vouchers 11. Set next meeting date 12. Move to adjourn Respectfully Submitted Andrea Lundquist, Clerk

(Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16)


Notice Is Hereby Given That The Town Board Meeting Is Scheduled To Be Held On October 18, 2011. At 6:30 p.m. At The Town Hall.



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Case No. 11 PR 69 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth November 4, 1946, and date of death August 13, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2078 110th Avenue, Dresser, WI 54009. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedents estate is January 13, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the office of the Register in Probate, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar October 4, 2011 Steve J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar Number 1003029

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(Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ND Plaintiff vs. MARK C. BABCOCK A/K/A MARK BABCOCK; DENA M. BABCOCK A/K/A DENA BABCOCK; U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ND; Defendants NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10 CV 69 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 25, 2011, in the amount of $199,988.50, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 27, 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. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3) of Certified SurVey Map No. 5315 Recorded in Volume 23 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 222 as Document No. 725655, of Part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of NE 1/4) of Section Thirty-Two (32), Township Thirty-Three (33) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00648-0000 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 692 E. 1st Street, Amery, Wis. 54001. Gunar J. Blumberg State Bar No. 1028987 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe, Ste. 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


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Individuals interested in being placed on a call list for substitute employees are encouraged to submit a completed district application form as soon as possible. Sub lists will be created for the following positions: • Custodians • Secretary • Paraprofessionals • Teachers • Food Service • Bus Drivers Individuals interested in applying may obtain a copy of the application form in the District Office or on the dis547530 8-9L trict Web site at

(Oct. 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff vs. John Young Unknown Spouse of John Young Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No. 11 CV 548 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: John Young/Unknown Spouse of John Young You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and the basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after October 12, 2011, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court Polk County Justice Center 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300 Balsam Lake, WI 54810-9071 and to Marie M. Flannery / Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 3rd day of October, 2011. Marie M. Flannery/ Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1045309 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 278038


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(Oct. 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities, Inc., Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R9 Plaintiff vs. KIRSTEN AYDE ROBERT AYDE 2501 270th Avenue Cushing, WI 54006 Defendants SUMMONS Case No. 11 CV 423 Foreclosure of Mortgage Hon. Jeffery L. Anderson 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 forty (40) days after October 12, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Clerk of Court POLK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT 1005 West Main Street Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to the plaintiff’s attorney, Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, 6508 South 27th Street, Suite #6, Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154. 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 an award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 6th day of October 2011. Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford, #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154 414-761-1700 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 547542

(Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. NANCY V. LINDMEYER and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Nancy V. Lindmeyer; and STATE OF WISCONSIN, c/o Attorney General; Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-160 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 April 29, 2011, in the amount of $81,028.05, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 1, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: That part of Outlot Twenty-six (26) for the Outlot Plat of the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Outlot 26; thence along the Westerly line of said Outlot 26, South 28 45’ 10” West 70.09 feet to the point of beginning; thence South 60 00’ 41” East, 124.59 feet; thence North 30 39’ 14” East 44.87 feet; thence parallel with the Northerly line of said Outlot 26 South 47 38’ 35” East, 74.05 feet to the Easterly line of said Outlot 26; thence along said Easterly line of Outlot 26, South 29 00’ 00” West 65.02 feet to the Southeast corner of said Outlot 26; thence along the Southerly line of said Outlot 26, North 57 38’ 12” West 200.07 feet to the Southwest corner of Outlot 26; thence along said Westerly line of Outlot 26, North 28 45’ 10” East, 14.91 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 719 North Cascade Street, Village of Osceola. TAX KAY NO.: 165-00380-0000 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.

Applicant must enjoy working with children; have strong communication skills, be able to lift 50 pounds, willing to work outside, must hold or be eligible for licensure as handicapped aide by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. CPR certification desired. How to Apply: Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of application, District application (available at, resume, copy of license or evidence of license eligibility, transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation to: Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th Street/Hwy. 46 North 547367 49-50a,d 8-9L Balsam Lake, WI 54810


The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held October 17, 2011, At The Cushing Community Center At 7:00 p.m. Agenda: Clerk minutes, Treasurer report, Update/Decisions on delinquent town leases, Citizen concerns, Approve operator licenses, Road maint. report, Discuss 2012 budget items, Set November agenda, pay bills and adjournment. 547562 8L 50a Julie Peterson, Clerk

Polk County deaths Dorothy C. Melin, 94, Town of Trade Lake, died Sept. 17, 2011. Mary L. Lund, 79, Dresser, died Sept. 18, 2011. Jerome A. Bretl, 84, St. Croix Falls, died Sept. 20, 2011. Virginia C. Anderson, 89, Balsam Lake, died Sept. 22, 2011. (Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. WESTON J. HERMAN, and VIRGINIA Y. BONIN, and UNKNOWN TENANTS, Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 32 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on February 24, 2011, in the amount of $265,370.74, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SW1/4 of SE 1/4) of Section Twenty-nine (29), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest corner of said SW1/4 of the SE1/4 of Section 29, Township 34 North, Range 18 West; thence East 871.2 feet to an iron pipe stake; thence South 500 feet more or less to the North line of U.S. Highway No. 8; thence West along the North line of U.S. Highway No. 8 to the West line of said SW1/4 of the NE1/4; thence North along the West line of said SW1/4 of the SE1/4 to beginning, EXCEPT parcel described in Volume 477 Records, page 313 as Document No. 433129 and EXCEPT parcel described in Volume 627 Records on page 75 as Document No. 517424, as corrected by affidavit recorded in Volume 818 Records on page 91 as Document No. 598896, Polk County, Wis. PIN: 281-01388-5000. STREET ADDRESS: 2249 West Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 5th day of September, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson / #1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 546254 WNAXLP

Hazel M. Nelson, 63, Town of Garfield, died Sept. 23, 2011. Daryl W. Dahlberg, 17, Town of Garfield, died Sept. 24, 2011. Bernyce A. Berg, 97, Amery, died Sept. 25, 2011. Ruth A. Radke, 58, Milltown, died Sept. 28, 2011. Alfred L. Reevers, 85, St. Croix Falls, died Sept. 30, 2011.

(Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for HSI Asset Securitization Corporation Trust 2007-OPT1, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-OPT1 by American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., its attorney-infact Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS E. WRIGHT and DIANNA L. WRIGHT husband and wife and SAND CANYON CORPORATION f/k/a/ OPTION ONE MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC. and STATE OF WISCONSIN, Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-131 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 6, 2011, in the amount of $99,680.23, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 8, 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: The Westerly 90 Feet of Outlots 145 and 146 of the Outlot Plat of the Village of Osceola, according to the recorded plat on file in the office of the Register of Deeds, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 606 River St., Village of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00560-0000 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.


Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. Shoreview Apartments, Balsam Lake

Agenda: I. Call to Order. II. Minutes. III. Financial Reports. IV. Operations Report. V. Unfinished Business: A. CDBG. 547469 8L VI. New Business. VIII. Adjourn

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(Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY RURAL AMERICAN BANKLUCK, Plaintiff, vs. FREDERICK A. JENDERNY, Defendant. Case No. 11 CV 90 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on May 13, 2011, in the amount of $45,517.35, I will sell 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, November 15, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2878 recorded in Volume 13, page 132, Document No. 589077 in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. Said parcel is located in part of the NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 23-3517. And a parcel of land in the SE 1/4 of SE 1/4, Section 1435-17, described as follows: Beginning at the NW corner of Lot 1 in Certified Survey Map No. 2878 and recorded in Volume 13 CSM, page 132, Doc. No. 589077; thence East along the South line of said SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 210 feet; thence North parallel to the East 40 line 32 feet; thence West parallel to the South 40 line approximately 215 feet to the Southeasterly right of way of Dau Road (public highway); thence curving Southwesterly and continuing to the South line of said SE 1/4 of SE 1/4; thence East along said South line to the point of beginning. The grantor estate hereby reserves for itself, its successors and assigns and adjoining landowner a perpetual easement running with the land and described as follows: A parcel in the SE 1/4 of SE 1/4, Section 14-35-17, de-scribed as follows: Commencing at the NW corner of Lot 1 of CSM No. 2878 as recorded in Volume 13, page 132, Document No. 589077; thence West along the South forty line 10 feet to the point of beginning; thence North parallel to the East forty line 32 feet; thence West parallel to the South forty line to the Southeasterly right of way of Dau Road (public highway); thence curving Southwesterly and continuing to the South line of said SE 1/4 of SE 1/4; thence East along said South forty line to the point of beginning. PIN: 040-00609-0100. STREET ADDRESS: 1332 Dau Drive, Milltown, WI 54858. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 16th day of Sept., 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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(Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY RURAL AMERICAN BANKLUCK, Plaintiff, vs. MERALD J. SAGNES and BONNIE R. SAGNES, and U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, ND, Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 159 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on April 25, 2011, in the amount of $207,432.53, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot 22, Plat of Rollingwood Shores, said plat located in the North Half of the Southeast Quarter (N1/2 of SE1/4), and the South Half of Northeast Quarter (S1/2 of NE1/4), Section 31, Township 36 North, Range 18 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 030-01005-2200. STREET ADDRESS: 2463 232nd Street, Cushing, WI 54006. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 29th day of August, 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

FREDERIC SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETING Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Frederic High School, Library

1. Call to order 2. Opening Ceremonies A. Approve agenda 3. Closed Session: Wisconsin statutes: 19.85 (1) (c)(f)(i): Personnel contracts 4. Opening Ceremonies (continued) A. Welcoming remarks B. Audience to visitors and delegations 5. Reports of officers A. Minutes from previous meetings B. Invoices and receipts C. 2011 - 12 budget. D. Board member reports/governance 6. Reports of the administration A. Superintendent B. High School Principal C. Elementary Principal D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service F. Student Membership G. Athletic Director H. Community Education 7. New Business A. Personnel B. Contracts C. Budget Levy and Certification D. Election Clerk: Appointment E. Policy Review 8. Business as a result of closed session 547717 8L 9. Adjourn

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(Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. ROBERT H. DAHL, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 634 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 21, 2011, in the amount of $151,398.45, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 26, 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: Lots 15, 16, 17 and 18, Block 2, Plat of Wanderoos, said Plat being a part of the North 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 32, Township 33, Range 17 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1623 68th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 024-01206-0000. Dated this 8th day of August, 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. 275652


Connect to your community (Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. LEON E. MEWHORTER, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 354 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 30, 2010, in the amount of $191,817.76, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 26, 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: Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4468 filed on May 19, 2004, in Volume 20, Page 20, as Document No. 680274, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 26, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4468 filed in Volume 20, Page 20, as Document No. 680274. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1382 and 1382-A State Rd. 48, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 036-00614-0100 & 036-00614-0200 Dated this 15th day of September, 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. 277279

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(Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ROYAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. ESTATE OF JAMES B. CANTERBURY c/o Attorney Lawrence J. Kaiser Special Administrator, Defendant Case No. 11CV438 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on September 16, 2011, in the amount of $29,306.59, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 16th day of November, 2011, at 10 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: A parcel of land in the northwest quarter of southwest quarter (NW 1/4 of SW 1/4), section twenty-eight (28), township thirty-four (34) north of range sixteen (16) west, described as follows: beginning at the northeast corner of said NW 1/4 of SW 1/4, thence south on the east line of said NW 1/4 of SW 1/4, a distance of 305 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel being conveyed; thence south a distance of 80 feet; thence west parallel to the north line of said NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 to the east bank of Apple River; thence northerly along said river to a point due west of the point of beginning, thence east to the point of beginning, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1345 100th Street, Amery, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 26th day of September, 2011. /s/ Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimbor Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715/839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


The town will sand driveways on an as-needed basis this winter. A $15 charge per time will be billed to you. The waiver below must be signed and on file with the town before any sanding of your driveway may be done. Sanding of driveways will be attended to after all town roads have been sanded. Please send this waiver to Phyllis Wilder, 3096 170th Street, Frederic, WI 54837. Please call 715-371-1002 if you need your driveway sanded. I hereby release the Town of West Sweden from any responsibility from any damage to my driveway. Name: Address: Signed: Dated:

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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) - Limited part time 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $12.92/hr. 2:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $13.32/hr Deadline To Apply: Oct. 25, 2011 YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR POLK COUNTY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete job description & qualifications please visit our Web site at, Employee Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk County Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI, 715-485-9176 or GAM, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, WI, 715547649 8L 268-7107. AA/EEOC



Notice is hereby given that the Balsam Lake Town Meeting will be held on October 17, 2011, at 8 p.m. at the Town Hall. The agenda includes: Public comment, minutes, approval of bills, updates on town road projects and other misc. updates. Brian R. Masters, Clerk 547718 8L 50d

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Wallace C. Erickson, 65, Grantsburg, died Sept. 24, 2011. Lisa C. Hursh, 44, Town of Oakland, died Sept. 24, 2011. Barbara Peterson, 69, Grantsburg, died Oct. 1, 2011.


Thomas C. Gardner, 75, Webster, died Sept. 8, 2011. Marlys J. Cook, 69, Town of Oakland, died Sept. 23, 2011. George E. Moody, Town of Swiss, died Sept. 23, 2011.

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Polk County Government Center 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI County Boardroom Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:00 p.m. Regular Business Meeting

Call to Order Evidence of Proper Notice Roll Call Consent Agenda: • Adoption of the Noticed Agenda • Confirmation of the Accuracy of the Minutes of the Sept. 20, 2011, County Board Meeting 5. Prayer: Supvr. Stroebel 6. Pledge of Allegiance 7. Public Comments 8. Presentation: Brian Hobbs, Sanitarian from Public Health Dept., on Licensing of Restaurants 9. Finance Manager’s Report, Maggie Wickre 10. Administrator’s Report, Dana Frey • Confirmation of Administrator’s appointment of Sue Duerkop to IFLS Board; and appointment of GAM Administrator (information to follow) 11. Chairman’s Report, William Johnson 12. Committee/Board Reports • Highway - Supvr. Caspersen • Finance - Supvr. Bergstrom • Personnel - Supvr. Arcand • Property, Forestry & Recreation/ADRC - Supvr. Jepsen • Extension, Land & Water, Lime - Supvr. D. Johansen • Public Protection - Supvr. Luke • Land Information - Supvr. O’Connell • Human Services Board - Supvr. Stroebel • Boards of Health & Aging - Supvr. Schmidt • GAM Board, Renewable Energy/Energy Independence Team - Supvr. Kienholz • Organization - Supvr. Brown • Transition - Supvr. Hartung 13. Resolutions/Ordinances: A. Resolution to Hold a Public Hearing on the 2012 Budget Proposal of Polk County B. Resolution to Void Tax Certificate C. Resolution to Dissolve the Polk County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council D. Resolution to Dissolve the Renewable Energy Committee and Transfer Functions to the Polk County Property, Forestry and Recreation Committee 14. Request by Supervisor Nelson for Board’s determination of the status of the Library Committee as a Standing committee ($60 per diem) or an Appointed Administrative committee ($40). 15. Supervisors Reports 547626 8L 50a,d 16. Adjourn This meeting is open to the public according to Wisconsin State Statute 19.83. Persons with disabilities wishing to attend and/or participate are asked to notify the County Clerk’s office (715-485-9226) at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time so all reasonable accommodations can be made.


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The snowplowing of driveways will be up to the discretion of the patrolman. This season the fee will be $125 and must be paid by October 31, 2011; Sr. Citizen 65 and over rate is $75. The rate after the above date will be $35 per hour with a 1/4 hour minimum, including senior citizens. Please send your payments to Phyllis Wilder, 3096 170th Street, Frederic, WI 54837. All driveways must be free of obstructions. This release form MUST accompany payment. Driveways will be attended to after all town roads are cleared. I hereby release the Town of West Sweden from any liability arising from damage done in the process of snow removal. Name: Address: Signed: Dated:

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ATV ORDINANCE TOWN OF LUCK, POLK COUNTY ORDINANCE #10 An Ordinance regulating the use of all-terrain vehicles within the Town of Luck, Polk County, State of Wisconsin, has been adopted pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 23.33 (8)(b). The Town Board of the Town of Luck does ordain as follows: 1. That the following named roads in the town of Luck shall be designated as all-terrain vehicle routes, between those areas POSTED with all-terrain vehicle route signs; and that the roads must be properly signed as required in accordance of Wisconsin Administrative Code: NR64.12 (7) (C) for ATV travel and are not of the designed route until such signs are in place: AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE #10 - ATV TRAVEL PER BOARD DECISION AT THE SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, TOWN BOARD MEETING: 120th St. from St. Rd. 48 to 300th Ave. 130th St. from 270th Ave. to 300th Ave. 135th St. from 270th Ave. to 280th Ave. 140th St. from St. Rd. 48 to 300th Ave. 143rd St. from 260th Ave. to Dead End. 145th St. from 240th Ave. to Chippewa Trail. 145th St. from 260th Ave. to Dead End. 150th St. from 240th Ave. to St. Rd. 35. 160th St. from St. Rd. 35 to 300th Ave. 163rd St. from 260th Ave. to 270th Ave. 166th St. Little Butternut Lake Ln. to Dead End. 170th St. from 240th Ave. to 300th Ave. 180th St. from 240th Ave. to 300th Ave. 240th Ave. from 120th St. to 180th St. Chippewa Trail from 120th St. to Village Limits. Little Butternut Lake Ln. from St. Rd. 35 to Dead End. 243rd Ave. from 150th St. to Dead End. 260th Ave. from St. Rd. 48 to 180th St. 270th Ave. from 120th St. to St. Rd. 35. 275th Ave. from 170th St. to 180th St. 280th Ave. from 130th St. to Dead End. 290th Ave. from 150th St. to 180th St. 293rd Ave. from 160th St. to 170th St. 300th Ave. from 160th St. to 180th St. 2. The speed limit shall be 25 miles per hour while operating on all Town of Luck gravel roads, and 25 miles per hour while operating on all Town of Luck paved roads. NOTE: State law restricts all-terrain vehicle speed to be 10 miles per hour within 150 feet of a dwelling at all times / 24 hrs. a day. 3. All-terrain vehicles shall operate on the extreme right side of the roadway and travel with the flow of traffic. 4. All-terrain vehicles shall be operated in single file. 5. All-terrain vehicle operators shall yield the right of way to all other vehicular traffic and pedestrians. 6. Headlights shall be turned on and in working order at all times while operating on designated town roadways. 7. No person shall operate an ATV on any designated route in the Town of Luck, unless that person operating the ATV is at least 16 years of age and is in the possession of a valid driver’s license. (A valid identification card is not a substitution for a driver’s license.) 8. Operators of all-terrain vehicles travel at their own risk, and the Town of Luck will not be liable for any damages or injuries to operators of all-terrain vehicles occurring in the Town of Luck. 9. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is hereby designed as the law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing the provisions of this ordinance. 10. The penalty for violating any of the provisions of this Ordinance is the same as listed in S.23.33, Wisconsin Statutes, as adopted by reference. 11. This Ordinance shall be in effect upon passage and publication as provided by law and shall repeal and replace all previous all-terrain ordinances heretofore enacted by the Town of Luck. Should any section, clause or provision of this Ordinance be declared by the courts to be invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of the Ordinance as a whole or any part thereof, other than the part so declared to be invalid. APPROVED BY: TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF LUCK AT SAID TIME Dean Johansen, Chairman Larry Wright, Supervisor Greg Marsten, Supervisor Lloyd Nelson, Clerk 547273 7-8L 49a WNAXLP

NORTHLAND MUNICIPAL AMBULANCE SERVICE Quarterly Board Meeting Wed., Oct. 26 - 7 p.m. Luck Senior Center


Restorative Justice of Northwest WI Inc. Annual Board Meeting Thursday, October 20, 3:30 p.m. Restorative Justice Office Southwinds Plaza in Siren

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(Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION as Grantor Trustee of the Protium Master Grantor Trust c/o HomEq Servicing, as its attorney-in-fact, Plaintiff, vs. GARY L. SIGSWORTH and JUDY A. SIGSWORTH husband and wife, Defendants. Case No.: 10-CV-655 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 April 25, 2011, in the amount of $130,866.53, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 1, 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: A parcel of land located in part of government Lot 2, Section 30, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the East 1/4 corner of said Section 30; thence, along the East line of said Section on an assumed bearing, South 01 degree 25 minutes 15 seconds East a distance of 1,375.94 feet to the Northwest corner of Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 749 as recorded in Volume 3, Page 241 of said Maps in said County; thence North 87 degrees 00 minutes 33 seconds West a distance of 491.07 feet to an iron pipe; thence, along said right of way, South 87 degrees 42 minutes 15 seconds West a distance of 170.00 feet to the point of beginning, this being an iron pipe on the Southerly right of way of Baker Street; thence South 04 degrees 08 minutes 04 seconds East a distance of 407.42 feet to an iron pipe; thence North 87 degrees 42 minutes 15 seconds West a distance of 150.00 feet to an iron pipe; thence North 01 degree 19 minutes 34 seconds West a distance of 405.66 feet to the said right of way of Baker Street; thence, continuing, North 01 degree 19 minutes 34 seconds West a distance of 61.25 feet to the North line of said Government Lot 2; thence, along last said North line, South 88 degrees 29 minutes 17 seconds East a distance of 126.80 feet; thence South 04 degrees 08 minutes 04 seconds East a distance of 63.26 feet to the point of beginning. The above described parcel is subject to said Baker Street (a Town Road). PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1114 Baker Ave., Town of Lincoln. TAX KEY NO.: 032-00903-0000. 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.


Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Unity School District, that the annual meeting of said District for the transaction of business will be held in the Unity School Library on the 24th Day of October, 2011, budget hearing and general meeting at 7 p.m. Agenda: 1. Call to order 2. Election of chairperson 3. Reading of minutes of last annual meeting 4. Treasurer’s Report, June 30, 2011 5. Presentation of proposed budget and levy for 2011 - 12 6. Resolutions 7. Discussion and possible action on items from the floor (WI Stat. 120.10) 8. Adjourn Kelly A. Bakke, Clerk Unity Board of Education


Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Unity School District, that the annual budget hearing of said district will be held in the Unity School Library on the 24th Day of October, 2011, budget hearing and general meeting at 7 p.m. Detailed copies of the budget are available for inspection in the District’s Office at 1908 150th Street/Highway 46 North, Balsam Lake, WI. Kelly Bakke, Clerk Unity Board of Education GENERAL FUND Audited 2009 - 2010 Beginning Fund Balance 3,931,912.69 Ending Fund Balance 3,902,152.50 REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING SOURCES Transfers-In (Source 100) 2,200.00 Local Sources (Source 200) 8,913,737.37 Interdistrict Payments (Source 300 + 400) 309,846.30 Intermediate Sources (Source 500) 56,723.91 State Sources (Source 600) 2,763,179.71 Federal Sources (Source 700) 494,315.91 All Other Sources (Source 800 + 900) 571,993.14 TOTAL REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 13,111,996.34 EXPENDITURES & OTHER FINANCING USES Instruction (Function 100 000) 6,562,260.89 Support Services (Function 200 000) 4,980,744.86 Nonprogram Transactions (Function 400 000) 1,598,750.78 TOTAL EXPENDITURES & OTHER FINANCING USES 13,141,756.53

Unaudited 2010 - 2011 3,902,152.50 3,784,945.85

Budget 2011 - 2012 3,784,945.85 3,784,945.85

1,800.00 9,506,661.28 271,229.00 54,344.36 2,595,503.21 390,872.34 225,782.46 13,046,192.65

3,400.00 9,206,565.00 279,882.00 8,321.00 2,323,161.00 583,966.00 159,632.00 12,564,927.00

6,576,599.18 4,778,887.03 1,807,913.09 13,163,399.30

6,029,320.00 4,565,891.00 1,969,716.00 12,564,927.00


0.00 0.00 1,842,663.39 1,842,663.39

0.00 0.00 1,958,977.46 1,958,977.46

0.00 0.00 1,687,383.00 1,687,383.00


252,705.45 213,119.71 1,018,361.46 1,057,947.20

213,119.71 202,356.82 1,101,569.75 1,112,332.64

202,356.82 191,256.82 1,118,938.00 1,130,038.00


0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 1,101,103.20 1,101,103.20

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00


97,250.22 125,261.05 621.211.59 593,200.76

125,261.05 172,378.92 631,461.26 584,343.39

172,378.92 172,378.92 638,300.00 638,300.00


204,419.26 218,784.86 377,939.43 363,573.83

218,784.86 200,047.17 318,938.71 337,676.40

200,047.17 200,047.17 386,014.00 386,014.00

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Total Expenditures and Other Financing Uses ALL FUNDS GROSS TOTAL EXPENDITURES - ALL FUNDS 16,999,141.71 18,257,832.39 Interfund Transfers (Source 100) - ALL FUNDS 967,274.12 1,153,301.52 Refinancing Expenditures (FUND 30) 4,788.55 0.00 NET TOTAL EXPENDITURES - ALL FUNDS 16,027,079.04 17,104,530.87 PERCENTAGE INCREASE - NET TOTAL FUND EXPENDITURES FROM PRIOR YEAR 6.72%

16,406,662.00 1,176,453.00 0.00 15,230,209.00


FUND General Fund Referendum Debt Service Fund Nonreferendum Debt Service Fund Capital Expansion Fund Community Service Fund TOTAL SCHOOL LEVY PERCENTAGE INCREASE TOTAL LEVY FROM PRIOR YEAR

PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY 8,845,742.00 863,456.00 153,476.00 0.00 350,879.00 10,213,553.00

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9,438,640.00 862,038.00 102,104.00 0.00 300,000.00 10,702,782.00

9,128,565.00 863,144.00 102,104.00 0.00 357,314.00 10,451,127.00




Taco feed a success


MILLTOWN – Over 600 people were served and thousands of dollars raised from the annual Milltown Taco Feed on Saturday, Oct. 8. The taco feed is put on by the Milltown Volunteer Fire Department and has become a staple of the department’s fundraising efforts over the years and is also one of the region’s notable fall social events. It included Bingo, an auction and numerous other fundraising activities, as well as tacos and other goodies. The proceeds from this year’s event will go toward specialized climbing rescue equipment. – Greg Marsten

Over 600 people were served at this year’s taco feed at the Milltown Fire Hall on Saturday, Oct. 8. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Volunteer firefighters go from rescue mode to chef mode for the event.

Jobie Bainbridge was one of the primary organizers for this year’s taco feed That’s no bunny, it’s firefighter Keith Zygowicz and somehow kept her smile all night. teasing the crowd.

Dillon, 10, gives a fist pump when his Bingo number is called.

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Burnett Dairy breaks ground on major expansion by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer ALPHA – In their white coats and hard hats, the Burnett Dairy Cooperative Board of Directors, cheese plant manager Earl Wilson and General Manager Dan Dowling, made an impressive presence as they stood with the backdrop of cheese store behind them. Shovels in hand, the group gathered around a drawing of the cooperative’s planned $10 million dollar major expansion and renovation of the cheese plant facility and cheese store. Representatives from the Grantsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Burnett County Board of Supervisors, Grantsburg Rotary, Burnett Medical Center and local businesses were on hand at the Thursday, Oct. 6 groundbreaking ceremony for the ambitious expansion project. According to the cooperative’s general manager, Dowling, the timetable for completion of project, which will add 30,000 square ft. of space for cheese production

Burnett Dairy’s General Manager Dan Dowling thanked visitors for coming to the ground-breaking ceremony for the planned expansion and renovation of the Alpha cooperative’s cheese plant facility and cheese store.

Burnett Dairy Cooperative Board of Directors stood with the backdrop of the Cheese Store behind them for the ground-breaking ceremony announcement of the Dairy’s major expansions and renovation of its current cheese plant facility and cheese store. Pictured L to R: Director Kent Drause, Board Secretary John Dodds, Controller Dean Nelson, Board Vice President Randy Demulling, Board President Kevin Knauber, Director Bill Haase, Director Kevin Mathison, Cheese Plant Manager Earl Wilson and General Manager Dan Dowling. creasing the plant’s capacity to make cheeses and will add another full line for producing block cheeses, including a small-vat artisan line. Burilini-Olson went on to say the additional space would Grantsburg Area Chamber President Nicki Peterson, Grantsburg Holi- allow the dairy to day Store Manager Penny Nissen, Burnett Dairy Grain Division Manager meet the inSteve Christian, Burnett County Supervisor Brent Blomberg, Grantsburg creased demand Rotary member Greg Peer, and Burnett Medical Center CEO Gordy Lewis for block market were on hand at the Thursday, Octt. 6, ground-breaking ceremony for Bur- artisan and other cheeses. nett Dairy’s ambitious expansion project. Currently the cheese plant proand packaging space, 17,000-square foot- duces approximately 35 million pounds of cooler, centralized offices and the renova- cheese per year of both branded and prition and expansion of the existing cheese vate label product. store, is 12-18 months. “When the expansion is completed, we In an article by Johanna Nelson for the are projecting over 50-percent increase in publication Retail Watch, Burnett Dairy’s cheese production over the next three market and retail manager, Tasha Burilini- years,” said Wilson. Olson, said the expansion will focus on inDowling said he expects an increase in

cheese plant employees as a result of the expansion. Epstein, one of the largest and oldest architecture, interiors, engineering and construction firms in the world, headquartered in Chicago, was hired by the dairy’s management to develop an overall master plan for the current facility and site. According to information on the expansion posted on the Epstein Web site, the master plan addressed needed improvements to the dairy’s building and infrastructure including equipment and building additions which will meet growing production and warehouse requirements, and improvements to the cooperative’s retail cheese store. The post goes on to state Epstein’s master planning study gave Burnett Dairy “a well-documented plan that clearly defined the elements, timing and costs associated with meeting their long-term site, facility and operational goals and objectives.” After looking at the Epstein study, the Burnett Dairy Board of Directors and management made the decision to proceed with two planned phases of expansion and renovation.

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Mural celebrates valley rail connections

Terry Hildebrand piece is part of Taylors Falls Depot history

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – If you ask artist Terry Hildebrand what he did this summer, the answer is literally written on the east-facing retaining wall beside the historic Taylors Falls Community Center, which is actually the former city train depot. “I literally saw the seasons change,” Hildebrand said with a shy smile as he looked out over the St. Croix River Valley. “It was quite the experience.” Hildebrand was commissioned to paint and create a mural celebrating the rail history of Taylors Falls, utilizing the long, sweeping retaining wall beside the former

depot, which has found new life as a dramatic community center and is also in the process of being refurbished, restored and enhanced with a new basement for offices and better kitchen upstairs for event hosting. The Hildebrand mural includes numerous depictions of train cars, focusing on the semi-famous No. 328 steam engine locomotive, which is arguably the most celebrated piece of machinery in the region’s past. “The 328 remains important in part because it was part of so many photos years ago,” Hildebrand said, noting how the 328 is currently undergoing a restoration in St. Paul, and remains a hallowed part of the Minnesota Transportation Museum’s rail fleet. While the Taylors Falls connection to the rails ended shortly after World War II as highways and the automobile squeezed

Local artist Terry Hildebrand stood before the mural he spent all summer creating on the retaining wall beside the depot. One of the focuses of the mural is the old No. 328 steam engine, which has played a prominent role in local rail lines. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Taylors Falls Mayor Mike Buchite gave an introduction to the crowd on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the mural dedication, noting the importance of the depot, railroad and its role in the city’s storied history.

One of the mural’s features is this whimsical take on the rail worker.

out rail travel, the mural also shows a fishthemed illustration of the so-called “Skally Line,” which was a nickname for the St. Paul and Duluth Line that had spurs running through Chisago County, ending with a turntable in Taylors Falls for a return trip. “That line was celebrated by the locals,” Hildebrand said, noting how the area was otherwise hard to reach, except by riverboat until the Skally Line. “One local resident even wrote a poem about the line, celebrating its arrival.” Hildebrand started the mural in May and had to go through a drawn-out process to prepare the wall for the final product, filling holes, treating, sealing and using special paints to make it last against the elements. He also used numerous found objects in the piece, most of which were found along the long-abandoned line or near the river and donated by locals, from a compass to large square nails, railroad spikes, pottery and other train-related pieces. They add a third dimension to the mural and are embedded using a super-hard epoxy. The piece is also dramatic in its unique perspectives which changes as you walk down the sidewalk beside, making some of the train cars look oddly warped until you walk by, but making the other cars then look warped. He did that on purpose, to give the piece an added flavor of intrigue. “I also made sure that you could see it from the highway below,” he said, “and I used colors to make it stand out and more visible.” The mural was paid for through several sources, primarily from the East Central Arts Council as an Arts and Cultural Legacy grant, with assistance from the city of Taylors Falls. Other contributors included the Women’s Civic League of Taylors Falls, Julie Hildebrand and the Taylors Falls City Council and local historical society, which endorsed the idea and grant. Over four dozen people were on hand Saturday, Oct. 8, for the dedication of the

project, where Mayor Mike Buchite noted the mural’s part of the dramatic restoration work at the community center and how the piece is meant to enhance the ever-expanding historical experience in the city. Even though Hildebrand began the project in May, he admits that it took longer than he had hoped, in part because he had to work in conditions that weren’t always favorable, from high heat and humidity to rain and wind. “It was quite a summer,” he joked. “And I just finished on Wednesday!”

Hildebrand’s mural has a special reference to the so-called Skally Line, which is a reference to the spur line that ran through Chisago County and into Taylors Falls off the main line from the Twin Cities to Duluth.

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Kieffer-Proulx benefit dinner Oct. 20

by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer

SIREN - On Thursday, Oct. 20, there will be a spaghetti benefit dinner for Siren resident Jill Kieffer-Proulx at the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren. Kieffer-Proulx is battling two types of cancer: deep tissue lobular carcinoma and IDS with lymph involvement. The benefit begins at 4:30 p.m. Among the silent auction / raffle items are gift baskets, gift certificates, meat and an autographed football from 2010 champion Green Bay Packers. With the football is an authenticity certificate. Kieffer-Proulx (Proulx is pronounced “Pru”) has long cared for others. She has raised her four children, was a neighborhood mom to countless others, and has held a job as a home health-care aide. But this year Kieffer-Proulx has had her hands full with her own care since discovering she has breast cancer in February. Since then, she has had a mastectomy and undergone chemotherapy. Currently she is about a month into a six-week course of r a d i a t i o n . All of her care has been in Duluth, Minn. The distance between her treatments in Duluth and her home in Siren has been one of Kieffer-Proulx’s greatest challenges. Generally the treatments have been for five days in a row with the weekends off. Much of the time she had opted to stay in Duluth for the week of treatments because of fatigue from the treatments themselves and to save on fuel

(L ro R): Kristina Phernetton and Jill Kieffer-Proulx. Kieffer-Proulx is wearing the traditional breast cancer color, pink, for a reason. She is battling two types of breast cancer. Phernetton thinks of Kieffer-Proulx as another mom. She has organized a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren on Thursday, Oct. 20. Included in the silent auction and raffle goodies is an autographed football from last year's champions. Everyone knows that would be the Packers. Right? - Photo by Sherill Summer costs, not to mention wear and tear on a vehicle with over 200,000 miles. Complicating matters early on in her treatments, Kieffer-Proulx didn’t always have a room in Duluth to spend the nights, so she often slept in her car.

Conditions have improved for KiefferProulx. Not only is she responding as expected to the treatments, she is attending support groups for cancer survivors and, best of all, she is able to afford a room in Duluth during her five days of treatments

Burnett Medical Center's annual health fair

each week. She still has needs, however. She is struggling to afford the supplements the doctors have recommended. She has also found that the treatments have been hard on her teeth, and she is in need of some dental work when the treatments are complete. To help Kieffer-Proulx transition into her recovery, the benefit mentioned above will be held Thursday, Oct. 20. The benefit is being organized by Kristina Phernetton who met Kieffer-Proulx years ago when she was friends with KiefferProulx’s youngest daughter. Phernetton says Kieffer-Proulx has been like a mother to her. She has always opened her door and her heart to anyone, and when Phernetton found out that she was struggling with breast cancer, she had to do something to help. Phernetton has put countless hours into putting this benefit together. She is especially proud of an autographed football from the 2010 champion Green Bay Packers that is one of the many silent auction / raffle items. A benefit account has been set up for Kieffer-Proulx at Bremer Bank for people who would like to contribute, but cannot make the benefit dinner. For any other questions about the benefit dinner, contact Phernetton at 715-410-3112. Finally, Kieffer-Proulx’s words of advice for all. Make sure you self-examine regularly. If your worst fears are true, self-educate and, finally, pray all the time. It helps get you through.


Activities director for the Continuing Care Center, Sandra Harmon, shown at the annual health fair Saturday, Oct. 8 in Grantsburg, had examples of the crafts by residents of the Continuing Care Center and her own project, a hat for one of her daughter’s third-grade classmates. Kristin Wawersich with sticky blue cotton candy, just one of the sweet touches to the Burnett Medical Center’s annual health fair held Saturday, Oct. 8, in Grantsburg.

Photos by Sherill Summer

Faithful volunteer of the Burnett Medical Center Maynard Linde chats with visitors at the Burnett Medical Center’s annual health fair. Linde has volunteered at the medical center almost daily for so many years that he can’t keep track of them all (but it is pushing two decades.) Linde has advice for all of us. Give back to the community! Volunteer! It keeps you young.

North Memorial Air Care personnel Scott and Eric (L to R) were on hand for the annual medical fair at the Burnett Medical Center to show off their helicopter (and to eat cotton candy.)

Maiya Fuller of Danbury, with painted addition to her face, eats in the Burnett Medical Center’s cafeteria during the annual health fair held Saturday, Oct. 8, in Grantsburg.

Grantsburg music department presents its annual patriotic concert GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg High School music department will present its annual patriotic concert on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2:30 p.m., in the GHS auditorium. This year’s theme is the Arts in America and will feature many different genres of music that are uniquely American. The high school band, choirs and handbells will perform a wide variety of music, from folk music and spirituals to jazz, as well as musical theater, a song based on a Native American blessing and a Sousa march. The concert will end with a tribute to each branch of the armed forces. All veterans and veterans’ family members will be honored while the theme from each individual branch of the military is played. Join the music department before the concert, from 12:302 p.m., for a brat fry put on by the Grantsburg American Legion Post 182. All proceeds from the brat fry will support the Grantsburg High School band’s East Coast tour. After the concert, there will be a small reception with treats by the women’s Legion Auxiliary. - submitted

Family-friendly Halloween at Crex GRANTSBURG - Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg is having a Halloween at Crex event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5-8 p.m. The evening will keep you occupied with fall crafts, treats, a glowing jack-o-lantern interpretive trail, and creepy crawly critters around a campfire! There will be a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. Categories include most creative, scariest, and closest to real life. Crex is still looking for groups to help carve pumpkins for the trail. The pumpkins will be provided. If your group would like to help light the trail, please call Heidi at 715-463-2739 for more information. This event is sponsored by Friends of Crex and Sundby Pumpkins. - submitted


This past weekend, my boyfriend Daniel and I spent four hours in a windowless room on a beautiful fall day, answering impossibly complex questions on a computer screen. Carrie Classon Then we stepped out of the building and blinked, disoriented in the bright autumn sunshine like confused nocturnal animals. We were taking a graduate school entrance exam, a process that began a few months ago when I asked myself, “What next?” and came up with the ridiculous idea of going to grad school. I purchased a study book which sat unmolested for some time but eventually I cracked the cover and devoted several long weeks to doing little but prepare for this annoying, tedious test. When we arrived, the door to the testing facility was still locked. The lobby was filling with confident young people, half our age, and I confess I wondered more than once what on earth I was doing there. I was given a form to fill out which required that I copy an entire paragraph in cursive, stating that I understood that this was a serious, no-nonsense test and I was not to do anything naughty. I had no intention of doing anything naughty, but writing that in cursive proved nearly impossible as I had not written anything longer than my name in longhand for decades. I filled all the allotted space with completely illegible writing, spilled onto the bottom of the form, then signed my name to the bottom of the mess. I felt the morning was not off to the best start. Then I was given a key to a locker where I was to stow all my earthly possessions and I struggled in vain to open it for several long moments until one of my very young colleagues pointed out that I was trying to open locker 21 with a key clearly marked “12.”


Frederic blood drive reports another success

Several years ago, Steve Martin

Cold Turkey

starred in comedy movie about a man attempting to return home to his family while on a business trip. John W. Ingalls In the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” he suffered through travel delays and frustrations and the overbearing personality of a traveling companion as he attempted to negotiate his way home. As each delay or interruption occurred it had the effect of disrupting all future events. Travel schedules more so than daily life are closely linked. If one leg of a journey doesn’t go as planned it has lasting effects. We had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Italy and participate in the wedding of a young woman named Anna, who had lived here with us while in the USA as a foreign exchange student. Now 26 and having found the man of her dreams, she wanted us there to witness the event. How could you say no to an Italian wedding in the mountains of northern Italy in the autumn? Together with good friends we made reservations, packed our bags and were on our way. Anticipating the wedding, we had ordered a gift a month prior to our departure. However the custom gift that we ordered and planned on presenting to couple was delayed and never arrived. This should have been an omen but we left with anticipation for an afternoon flight to Paris. From there we were to transfer by way of a regional flight to Verona, Italy, and leave on the

dignified affair. The test actually went quite well, once it finally began. Studying vocab for six weeks seemed to pay off and, while I still did not exactly triumph over the mathematics section (what do you expect from a girl who has trouble distinguishing a 12 from a 21?), it was less traumatic than I feared and it did, thankfully, come to an end. Later that day, Daniel and I sat in the sunshine, eating late season raspberries on ice cream and still feeling a bit woozy. (Raspberries and ice cream with no vocab was a very nice treat.) The whole business of going to school suddenly seemed a lot more real to me. And I thought how odd it is, this power I have to make decisions that seem as if they are simply mental exercises and end up changing the course of my life. I like to imagine that I’m some sort of passenger watching events unfold, but the truth is that every day I am making choices that fundamentally alter my course: what I say, how I react, where I go. A letter is sent, a phone call made, a book purchased; life unfolds in a series of decisions, each one seemingly too small to have any real consequence, yet each one profoundly significant. I sat in the sunshine with my raspberries and wondered what to do next. I realized that I have more respect for “What’s next?” than ever before. Till next time, —Carrie

Haunted Burnett and Polk counties

FREDERIC – Chad Lewis, author of the new book “Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures” and coauthor of the book ‘The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will be sharing some of the most scary and bizarre hauntings from the area at the Frederic Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. There is no FREDERIC – The blood drive that was held on Thursday charge for this event. and Friday, Sept. 15 and 16, at the St. Luke Methodist Church in Frederic successfully collected 103 pints of blood. Wisconsin’s most haunted locations This presentation takes the audience on a ghostly jourThis is due to all the donors who generously took the time to donate blood. This drive was in honor of Karli Bartlett ney to some of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. It who has been battling acute lymphocytic leukemia and has covers the entire state from wandering ghosts in the North Woods to the haunted B&B in Milwaukee. From received a series of blood transfusions. There were seven first-time donors including Karli phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apBartlett’s grandmother, Connie Knauber, and uncle, Mike paritions located in your own backyard, no place in WisKnauber. Karli’s grandmother, Sandy Bartlett, has been a consin is without its own haunting. Complete with loyal donor for years and reached the nine-gallon mark this photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore and year. Other donors reaching a gallon mark were: one gallon directions, this unique presentation encourages you to - Dianne Edling, Duane Krueger and Pastor Freddie Kirk; visit these places for your own ghost story. Find out where you can: see possessed statues come to two gallon - Pastor Greg Lund; four gallons - Martha Baker; six gallon - Jim Meyer, Karen Swanberg and Vernon life, pick up a phantom hitchhiker, encounter a ghost Knauber; seven gallons - Chris Byerly, Kris Hackett and Ken train, enjoy a play in a haunted theater and have your car Ruhn; 10 gallons - Andy Delosier and Dennis Graves. They pushed by a spirit. are all to be congrtulted. It takes volunteers to organize a blood drive but it takes dedicated donors to make it a suc- Speaker bio Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for cess. The Frederic Lioness Club sponsors the drive each year Unexplained Research L.L.C. Lewis holds a Master of Sciwith the support from local organizations and businesses ence degree in psychology from the University of Wisconwhich is greatly appreciated. They also want to acknowl- sin-Stout. Lewis had trekked across the world in search edge St. Luke’s for allowing the blood drive to be held there of the paranormal. From tracking vampires in Transylvania and chasing the chupacabras in Puerto Rico, to searcheach year. ing for the elusive monster in Loch Ness, and pursuing The next blood drive scheduled for Frederic is Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Frederic High School from 9:30 a.m. – ghosts in Ireland’s castles, Lewis brings over 15 years of research experience to his presentations. 2:30 p.m. - submitted

The domino effect

I felt my confidence slip another notch. We were escorted inside, photographed, scanned with a metal detector, and told to turn our pockets inside out. I was beginning to feel that pursuing a higher education was not a very

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next train heading north to the city of Trento where they were eagerly awaiting our arrival. The outbound flight for Paris was of course delayed but it would only be 20 minutes as MD they worked to repair something on the plane. Necessary repairs just before a flight always make my stomach flutter. The 20 minutes stretched into several hours. We accepted a voucher from the airlines for food and beverage and chatted away the time. The next announcement was to inform us that the plane could not be repaired and they had requested a new plane at a different gate, but now labor rules for the flight crew had an effect so a new pilot and crew was requested. More food and beverages. Eventually arriving in Paris, we were told the obvious. We had missed our flight to Verona but if we would just be patient they would rebook us on the next available option. Now hours later than planned, we had no choice but to wander the halls of the airport and wait our turn. At last boarded, we enjoyed our final flight into Verona, Italy. The stazione di train was much farther from the airport than we were led to believe so we had to buy bus tickets to get to the train station. With four tickets in our pockets we were finally heading north into the mountains. The departure track was displayed on the overhead information panels in the terminal. We found the track and waited. Others gathered around us smoking, hugging and talking, none of it in English. It didn’t matter. I could

Lewis has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” ABC’s “World’s Scariest Places,” and hundreds of radio interviews, TV appearances and newspaper articles. Lewis is the author of the “Hidden Headlines” series and also the co-author of the “Road Guide to Haunted Locations” book series. He has presented at hundreds of libraries, universities, schools and private functions for crowds of seven to 700. For more information contact the library at 715-3274979. - submitted

Open stage Saturday at Frederic Art Center FREDERIC - The Frederic Art Center, 310 South Lake Ave., will hold an open stage on Saturday, Oct. 15, with sign-up time at 7:30 p.m. Come get your 10 minutes of fame and fortune, take a chance and perform your poetry, prose, music, debate, juggling, theater, comedy, whatever you can come up with. The center is an old, one-room schoolhouse without the need for microphones and amplifiers, but it does contain a small stage you can jump up on. Frederic Arts seeks to promote artistic endeavors in Polk County and beyond. They invite you to take part as performer or audience member and find out more about the organization and its future events. For more information, check out their Web site at or call 715-327-8181. There is plenty of parking available and this event is free. - from Frederic Arts

say “hello,” “goodbye” and “where is the bathroom” fluently. To this fundamental knowledge of the Italian language I attempted to add a few other words that were usually mispronounced and misunderstood. Three minutes prior to the arrival and immediate departure of our train there was an announcement on the speakers. Overhead announcements are near constant and seem to be universally disregarded by those who understand. Not this time. The mass of humanity around us erupted in a mad scramble and verbal outbursts of which we couldn’t understand or repeat even if we wanted to. After the initial rush, we found the track on which our train belonged was changed to No. 3, we were at No. 7. You don’t change tracks easily but “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” We had to hand carry our overweight luggage down a long flight of concrete steps, through a subterranean tunnel that passes under the other train tracks and up the next flight of steps. When we finally discovered what happened our efforts were lost in the scramble. Arriving at the new location I raced to the train. Just as I reached the door it closed and the conductor turned away from the window as the train sped off into the night. Tired and discouraged we wandered back to the center part of the terminal to search for yet another train heading north. Another hour, another track and another scramble. A banner hung in the shadowed recesses near the ceiling. “Benvenuto al Italia”- Welcome to Italy. The dominoes would continue to fall.


Only the lonely Only the lonely know the way I feel

tonight. Only the lonely know this feeling ain’t right. There goes my baby, there goes my heart. They’ve gone forever, so far apart. But only the lonely know why I cry, only the lonely. Most autumn days of my freshman year at college, I returned to my dorm room after a day of classes to hear Roy Orbison wailing this song with my lovesick roommate Jim, moaning along immersed in his personal misery of lost love. When Roy was given a rest, Gene Pitney took his place singing “Only Love Can Break a Heart.” I left home headed off to college in 1965. It was my first time away from home, and I was ready for it—ready to be on my own. I was upbeat, excited, raring to be independent and full of ambition to learn everything I could. Everything was new and exciting! The college required freshman students to live in the dorms. On our application for a room, we could request to stay with a friend or be randomly assigned a roommate. “The surest way to lose a friend is to live together in a tiny dorm room for a year,” Mr. Zittleman advised us in high school. My friends Gordy and Dale chose to room together, and by spring were barely speaking to each other, while I decided to take my chances. Two months before college started, I received a letter, “You have been assigned to room 104, first floor Johnson Hall. Your roommate will be Allen James X (not his real name), an incoming freshman from Sparta, Wisconsin. It is a good idea to write your prospective roommate and get acquainted ahead of time. You can decide what items each of you will bring so that you don’t both bring things you can share, for instance, a radio. Your dorm space is quite limited.” I wrote a letter to my new roommate. “Dear Allen, I am easy to get along with, quiet, and studious. I do like to get up at 5 a.m. to practice my tenor saxophone every morning for an hour, and I need quiet at 7 p.m. for an hour of religious study and lights out at 8 p.m. to get enough sleep.” I added a few other oddities and signed it “looking forward to living with you.” I didn’t get a reply. September rolled around and just after Labor Day we headed to school. Older brother Marvin, also a student at RF, hauled his and my stuff down in his car. I was without wheels until a junior. All I had was a clock radio, three shirts, three pants, M-F underwear and socks and a few hankies, a pillow, jacket, pair of shoes and some school notebooks, pencils, pens and my high school graduation present, a portable Royal typewriter. I walked into the brand-new Johnson Hall and signed in at the desk where Bill, the resident assistant, took me to my new home for the next nine months. “Here is your key. You should keep your room locked when you aren’t in it— a good safety precaution. The curtains for the windows haven’t gotten here yet—so you will be leading a public life for awhile unless you hang up a sheet. You have a nice view, same as mine just up the hall, some lawn and trees between us and the row of houses along the street behind. No beer, liquor, or girls in the dorm at all. There is a pay phone in the hallway, one big bathroom with showers down the hall. No cooking in the rooms except you can have a heating coil to drop in a cup of water—you can buy one at Ace Hardware downtown. Any questions or problems, I’m just down the hall. Welcome! Oh, by the way, six of your fellow students on this wing are sophomore preveterinary students who are very hard studiers. They told me they want a quiet wing. They have to get accepted to U of Minnesota or Iowa or Michigan vet school, very hard without straight A’s. Please keep it quiet for them. Oh, and wear something when you walk down the hall.” The room was about 8x12. Opposite the door was a window that slid open for fresh air. On each side was exactly the same thing; a chair with built-in counter desk with drawer and bookshelf above with a built-in light; a pull-out cot that, when shoved in, looked like a couch; a cork board above it; a three-drawer dresser with a mirror above ending with small open closets flanking either side of the door with towel racks. I hung my shirts and pants, drawered

the rest of my clothes, plugged in the clock radio and placed it at the desk end of the bed (I decided that would be the head), and set my typewriter and school supplies on and in the desk. I didn’t have a key ring, so just pocketed the key. Registration had been done ahead of time so I studied my packet and class list and headed out to find my classrooms in North and South halls. The campus was bustling with kids— especially the 1,100 new freshmen, double last year’s number, as we baby boomers began to stretch out colleges as we have with everything we have ever encountered including Social Security now. When I got back, the door was open, and a big burly guy with cropped dark hair was unpacking on the other side of the room. He was 6 feet tall, 180, muscular, and decent looking. “Hi Allen, I’m Russ your roommate.” “Don’t call me Allen, that’s my dad’s name, I use my middle name, James, but call me Jim” he said in a deep authoritative voice. Jim had a small 45-rpm record player and a collection of Gene Pitney and Roy Orbision love-gone-wrong songs on his desk. He was already listening to “Only the Lonely” which for the first 10 times I rather liked. I found out almost immediately Jim was not a happy guy. Two weeks before he left for college, his girlfriend of three years (just now beginning her senior year in high school), told him “While you are away at college, we should date others,” leading to a big fight and a complete and total breakup. After the breakup, Jim told me he had immediately headed for the nearest Army recruiting office and signed up for four years, asking to be sent straight to Vietnam. However, at his physical, the examining doctor told him “You have a very serious heart murmur—too serious to pass the physical. You are 4-F.” His parents convinced him to go to college as he had originally planned, to get him away from home and maybe get him out of his funk. A new surrounding, new friends, new places should help him forget Susie. I learned more when I read Jim’s high school yearbook. I found Jim was a top athlete, star of the football team, a good student, popular with everyone, fun-loving, easygoing and of course dating the prettiest cheerleader, Susie. All sorts of glowing compliments and friendly greetings were autographed in his book. Jim told me the breakup was bad enough, but finding the heart defect so he couldn’t play sports anymore was just too much to bear. Life was not worth living with a broken heart. Jim had decided this and so set about proving it. He was a determined sort of guy, who didn’t believe in doing things halfway. Although he went to classes for a time, mostly I found him sprawled on his bunk listening to Roy and Gene moaning along with them. “No girl is worth that much misery,” I told him. “Look around and find another one. Get out and do something. There are things going on all the time.” I enlisted the other guys on the wing who tried with different kinds of advice and attempts to get him out, but nothing helped. He was determined to be miserable and wonderfully good at it. Only Roy and Gene truly understood his suffering. He scoffed when I suggested selling a million records might have helped ease Roy and Gene’s misery a little. After a few months, fraternity pledge season began. There were several fraternities on campus and Jim, I think, had become a little bored with being miserable, decided to try to get into the one that Bill, our wing assistant and a popular upperclassman, was in. Bill encouraged him, telling me to push him as being in a fraternity would be a good influence and keep him busy. Jim chose the Brown and Black jacket fraternity, partly because of Bill, and partly because he thought they had the nicest jackets. They looked like high school letter jackets, black leather arms and a suede brown body. I kidded him that he was joining the B&B fraternity. I seem to remember the real name was Sigma Tau Epsilon. Many of them were leaders on campus and it was a well-respected group. “Russ, why don’t we both pledge,” suggested Jim. Well, I never liked to conform to anything, and looked at college as my chance to be my own boss. I saw the frat boys doing things together, but also having to spend a lot of time on frat activities for things like homecoming floats and the stuff I didn’t care about at all. I passed,

but seeing Jim take an interest in anything was promising, so I encouraged him to try, thinking he couldn’t get any worse than he already was. The first events were “smokers.” Each fraternity held several. Potential pledges attended and both sides looked each over to see if they fit. Jim went to all of the ones for B&B. He came back from each with a grocery sack filled with loose cigarettes. “They have a huge bowl of cigarettes donated by the local distributor in the middle of the table and you can help yourself. I asked for the leftovers.” He started smoking them, first with a lot of coughing, but in a few weeks, with his determination again showing, he now chain-smoked while lying on his bed puffing in rhythm with Roy’s heavy drumbeat. Jim nervously stayed up late at night, smoking away, waiting to hear if he was accepted to the B&B pledge class of 196566. He had done his best to behave well at the meetings, to act upbeat, and be nice to everyone. With Bill’s recommendation, he was accepted to pledge. We shared a pizza in celebration. His smoking had moved ahead and he next set about determinedly to learn how to blow smoke rings like one of the frat members who could inhale and exhale one large enough to jump through. Susie was fading in a cloud of smoke. A pledge has to go through many weeks of quite demeaning activities to somehow prove his worth to be a frat member. I never quite understood the thinking, but the hazing was pretty severe, with occasional breaks to keep the pledges from all bolting. Jim stuck in there through it all. I helped when I could. One midnight, I persuaded brother Marv to drive over to Baldwin and pick up Jim and another pledge at the cemetery there. They had been dumped, told to find the date on a particular gravestone, and then find their way back to River Falls. We helped find Albert John Zinsmeister, 1882 – 1961, and brought them home. “How do I cook a sparrow and eat it?” Jim asked me one afternoon. I explained how to do a chicken, and told him to scale it down, being sure to save only the drumsticks and breast and put them on a skewer over a fire and carry a saltshaker to mask the taste. “It tasted like a tiny chicken,” he said the next day rather proud of his accomplishment. Pledging was going well. Jim was up to four packs of cigarettes a day, and was blowing some feeble rings. He still had a few thousand in bags under his bed. Then came a pledging break. To give the pledges some encouragement, the frat held a party with a keg of beer (probably free from the distributor too). Jim had really not drank before—limited budget as much as the leftover of being a football star. Two other pledges helped him wobble into our room at 2 a.m. and laid him down on the bed. “Drank a little too much beer his first time at it,” they said as they left him fully dressed on top of his cot spread where he immediately fell asleep with a noisy snore. I had just managed to fall asleep about 30 minutes later, when Jim woke with a snort and leaned over the edge of the bed and heaved and heaved and heaved. The spread and floor were covered with beer and pizza, swallowed only a few hours earlier. Jim rolled back and fell back asleep immediately. I picked up my pillow and bed spread and headed down the hall to the lounge and slept the rest of the night on the couch there, coming back in the morning to get my books and clothes, leaving the mess. When I got back in the afternoon, the room was clean, window open, and Jim was chain-smoking and listening to Roy. “Next time I come in like that,” he said, “can you put my garbage can right by the head of the bed?” “You aren’t going to do it again, are you?” I asked worriedly. “Well, getting drunk made me forget about things, and throwing up kept me from getting a hangover, so all in all, I think it worked out pretty good except for the mess.” I figured he was joking, so didn’t really get upset and thought he might be coming around. Jim went on to finish the pledging and made the cut so had one final big event, the initiation. He carefully prepared by lining his garbage can with newspapers and placing it by the head of his cot. About 3 p.m., two B&Bs brought him in, almost carrying him, and laid him down on the bed. “He got drunk and was in a fight. He wouldn’t go to the doctor. He can sleep it off,” they said disgustedly. Then they left.

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Ramblings Collected by Russ Hanson I tried to wake him up, but he was out. His face was covered with blood and cuts. I was scared he might strangle on the blood he was coughing up. I woke up two pre-vets across the hall. Dennis had been a Boy Scout. He washed off Jim’s face. “Looks like a broken nose to me,” he said. By now, a dozen other students were jammed in the doorway all giving advice. With all the face washing with cold water, Jim was mumbling, but not really aware of what was going on. He had vomited in the garbage can, and was bleeding a lot. “We better take him over to the emergency room,” said Dennis, who had taken control. He always joked that if he couldn’t get into veterinary school, he would become an MD as it was easier to get into that school. We got Jim into Dennis’ car with lots of towels, so he wouldn’t bleed all over the seats, and a fresh garbage can. We walked him into the hospital and the doctor started to look at him. By then, Jim was conscious and realized where he was. He hollered, “I ain’t gonna see no doctor. You take me back right now” and stormed out the door holding the gauze against his nose the nurse had used to stop the bleeding. “His nose is broken. Take him home and let him sleep it off. When he comes in tomorrow, it will have started to set wrong and I will have to break it again—it will hurt like the dickens. Serves him right!” said the doc as we steered Jim back to the car and got him back to bed. I let him sleep in and went to classes in the morning. That night he was sober. He was wearing a nose splint and had a few stitches in his face and was thinking up a story for his parents. The frat put him on probabtion—so he couldn’t do anything with them. He didn’t dare go home and face his parents. He didn’t go to classes. I tried to talk him into thinking about getting a job as he was flunking out of school. He just lay on his bed blowing smoke rings as Roy and Gene continued to give him sympathy. Weeks of practice let him float 6-inch diameter rings into the air that lazily floated over and dropped onto Roy’s wailing-on disc, distorting them into a crude hearts before breaking into the blue haze of the room. I came back to the dorm one day a few weeks later, when his face was back to normal, and found him packed and ready to leave. He explained, “I met this doctor down at the clinic when he fixed my nose. I had to go back a couple times to have the nose checked and the stitches out. I ended up telling him what a hole I got myself in this year, and how I wished I could join the Marines like my dad did in World War II. The doc was a pretty nice guy and he and the local Marine recruiter figured out how to get me past my physical. I enlisted for four years to start basic training right away. I had to sign some risk waivers, but I’m in. Dad and Mom are picking me up. I told them I just wasn’t ready for college yet and Dad is pleased I am joining the Marines. Sorry I have been such a bother. At least I have forgotten Susie!” “Good luck, Jim. I am going to miss you,” I replied, truly meaning it in many ways. I never saw him again, but did hear through distant friends that he had done a tour in Vietnam with the Marines and ended up OK. While I was at River Falls a few months ago doing some genealogical research in the Polk County archives, I looked at an old yearbook from 1965-66 and saw Jim’s photo in the mug shots. Wondering what happened to him, I searched him on the Internet and found out. I notice that our half year of living together has totally disappeared from this accounting, and it is probably for the best. Happily, it appears his broken heart was mended for a time, but did get him in the end. Allen “Jim” X, age 58, passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack on Wednesday, March X, 2006, at his home. He was born in Sparta, on March X, 1947. Jim was a graduate of Sparta High School and later the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Following high school, he joined the Marine Corps and served his country in Vietnam. Jim was united in marriage in 1971, with Susie, his high school sweetheart. Together they raised two daughters. He had recently retired from xxx Corporation after 29 years.


The second 10 commandments Thou shalt … 1. Exercise thy body. There is no need to climb mountains as Moses did, but if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. A famous physician once wrote, “If exercise came in a pill bottle, it would be the most widely prescribed medicine of all.” 2. Exercise thy mind. A sound mind in a sound body … Again, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. Read. Write. Go back to school. Exchange ideas. Be creative. Be reflective. Learn something new every day. Share what you learn with others. 3. Exercise thy spirit. Read inspirational and/or scriptural works. Don’t be afraid to be open and loving. Give – and allow others to give to you. Be sure there’s balance in your life: 1) time alone, 2) time with one other person, and 3) time with two or more other people – group activities. 4. Exercise thy willpower. Examine your habits – the ones you want to develop, and the ones you want to change. Then, set goals and make those changes. 5. Have a happy heart. Laugh. Live. Create. Share surprises. Help others find joy and purpose in their lives. 6. Play. Schedule time for pure play, and find ways throughout your day to have fun. 7. Eat, drink and be merry – sensibly. Don’t eat or drink or do anything else to excess. Don’t smoke cigarettes or use harmful drugs. Don’t take stupid chances. 8. Give up guilt, regret and depression. Let go of the past and move on. Decide what’s wrong – not who’s wrong and take action. 9. Fear not the future. The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. The future’s not totally in your control, but if you take care of today, most of the future will take care of itself. 10. Live now. Learn from the past, plan for the future and live in the present. Love others (and yourself) appropriately – now. Look for leaders, living, dead or imagined, who are worthy of admiration and imitate their good qualities. Pursue and preserve healthy relationships; you become like those you are with.

Channel surfing Last Friday night we were switching TV channels and on Channel 11 on the 10 p.m. news caught a glimpse of Mark Twain. He evidently had performed his program in Superior and was being interviewed. My son asked, “Is he the one you saw?” Yes, indeed, and it turned out to be a rare treat provided by the Frederic Public Library. Its 75th anniversary is being celebrated all year long and October will bring us another author, this time one who writes ghost stories. Inquire at the library when and where, who and what. (And sometimes how.) They are the basics of news stories. Amish pies My son Rick and Sheila Staples went to Nielsville on Saturday for a bird swap, but it included other livestock including rabbits so Rick brought home some little Dutch rabbits. We’ve had them before and liked them. Easier to handle than those big Flemish giants. While there, they stopped at a farmers market to purchase filled and rolled-out cookies and a fresh raspberry pie. The pie is a work of art or what we call a culinary delight and has a flower head design pressed all over the top crust. It was so beautiful and unique. I asked friends, and they think the Amish lady must have a little cutter that makes that design on the top crust before it is spread on the waiting pie. I often ask questions in my column but they are not rhetorical. I really would like to know. Either I’m losing my readership or no one cares to write or call. I cut the pie in eight pieces to make it last longer. My son tells me that in Europe, diners eat pie by starting at the back crust (not the tip of the pie first). Can you visualize that? If anyone served me a piece of pie like that, I’d probably turn it around.

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon October is heartbreakingly beautiful My husband, Kenneth Zorn Abrahamzon, died 25 years ago this early October. My father, Paul Willibald Emil Kreitz, died later this month. My husband had a complete physical in July, and everything seemed OK. He had retired as an English/speech teacher at Grantsburg, and was restless in early September when schools started and told me, "I always said I could teach any grade. I’ve taught in college and in high school. I think I’ll volunteer to read to kindergarteners at Siren.” It was a completely different experience and he went to school every week. He told me, “The children wrap their arms around my legs so I can’t walk away.” When he died one morning, he was due to finish reading a story to the children about a rabbit getting three wishes. When the children heard that Ken was gone, one little boy said, “If I had three wishes, I’d wish Mr. Abe didn’t die and then I’d wish it again and again.” Me too. I console myself by remembering our years together in Peru, Ind., Memphis, Tenn., Superior, Ashland, Sheboygan, St. Paul, Minn., North St. Paul, Minn., and finally, a little town called Lewis. I put down roots and our children went to school here. Meanwhile, Ken liked new challenges and taught at Grantsburg, Park Falls, Northland College in Ashland, and again at Grantsburg. We both grew up in rural Wisconsin, and liked to read and for a while, we both taught English in the same school and had lunch in the cafeteria together. Ken directed many plays through the years and one year as many as four productions – “Heaven Can Wait,” “Darkness at Noon,” “The Philadelphia Story” and an operetta. One year Ken gave Sunday sermons at three Methodist churches, at St. Croix Falls, Taylors Falls, Minn., and Wolf Creek, along with his teaching school in North St. Paul. Then he was lay speaker every Sunday for four, almost five years in Lewis. He always laughed and said he was Scandinavian and couldn’t say no. He spoke at Memorial Day services at Lorain, emceed the queen pageants in North St. Paul, spoke at the area churches, spoke at the Old Settlers Picnic, etc. One day, without warning, he was gone. I try to remember the good times, even the following: Our first argument. It was during the World War II and we were living off base, juggling food stamps and sometimes having very simple meals. When we ate at a nearby restaurant, we had to surrender meat stamps. This particular night, we were eating at home with potatoes, a vegetable and for meat, sardines. Ken said, “What, no gravy?” I just about exploded, “Well, I can’t make gravy on sardines!” He told everybody later that I flounced out of the house, (in high dudgeon of course). He’s probably right, I didn’t doubt it. And yes, I did learn to make milk gravy out of practically nothing. I laugh over it now, but it wasn’t funny at the time. Good memories make it possible to go on. Now my eldest son is call Mr. Abe. While I was in church this morning, my three sons finished farm chores and came into the house and made themselves BLTs for breakfast. Until next week, Bernice

WITC-Rice Lake to host fall open house

RICE LAKE — Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Rice Lake will host a fall open house on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 1-7 p.m. This year’s newly expanded event will benefit those who are making decisions about college or looking for a career change. High school students, recent graduates, parents, dislocated workers and adult students are encouraged to attend. Explore more than 40 career options, tour classrooms, labs, the new health education center and student housing; meet program instructors and current students; talk one-on-one with staff about admissions, financial aid, accommodations, scholarships, veterans benefits, etc. and tour the wood technics house project from 1-4:30 p.m., directions will be provided. New offerings at this year’s open house: WITC-101 (1:30, 3, 5:45 p.m.). A general overview of WITC, including common questions such as housing, the

application process, cost, student services and more. Nontraditional Age Student Panel (3:30-4:30 p.m.). Adult WITC students will talk about what it is really like as an older student, what helped them make their decision to attend WITC, college and technology expectations and any other questions and concerns prospective students may have. Financial Aid presentation (6:15 p.m.) by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, one of the nation’s leading guarantors and servicers of student loans through the U.S. Department of Education. The GLHEGC will also provide pizza for attendees starting at 5 p.m. Prospective students who attend the open house can also register to win an iPod Touch 8GB, one of 10 application fee waivers, $30 each, WITC clothing and more. To get more information about the open house call 800243-9482, Ext. 5220. — from WITC

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago The Bops supplied the music for the teenagers dance at the Frederic Recreation on Sept. 15.-A Peter’s sausage demonstration took place at the Coop Supermarket in Frederic. Oranges were four dozen for 99¢, grapes were 2 lbs. for 25¢, round steak was 69¢ lb., and seedless raisins were 2 lbs. for 39¢.Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included ground beef at 2 lbs. for 89¢, bananas at 2 lbs. for 25¢, tomato soup at 10 cans for $1, and popcorn at 2 lbs. for 15¢.-State’s milk production was up despite dry pastures.-A wedding dance was held at Indian Creek Hall, given by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Weaver (Karen Brown) on Sept. 16.-A wedding dance was held Sept. 16 at the Hertel Country Club given by Kay O’Donnell and Jack Krentz.-“Battle at Bloody Beach” was playing at the Frederic Theatre.-The Grantsburg Interstate Racing Association sponsored a dance on Sept. 23 at the Grantsburg Fairhouse.-Schauls Shoe Store in Frederic advertised “Fitting ‘n’ proper shoes.”-Wisconsin banks loaned $220,263,000 to state farmers.Two were injured at Frederic Ready Mix plant.-The Frederic Fire Department would build a new fire station this fall.-The call-up of the 32nd Division would be felt in this area.-Herman Hansen escaped injury when car plunged into river.

40 Years Ago Chris Jensen achieved Eagle Scout rank in Frederic troop.-Very few senior citizens in Grantsburg used the noon lunch program.-Blue Monday with no mail service due to Columbus Day.-The Frederic Senior Citizen Center planned a bake sale for Oct. 8 at the Frederic Center.-A coyote attack was reported in Wolf Creek.-Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included cake mixes at 29¢, beef liver at 49¢, bacon at 37¢ lb. and 10 lbs. sugar at $1.19.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op included grapes at 28¢ lb., Delicious apples at $2.19 for 1/3 bushel and whole fryers at 28¢ lb.-Coop corncribs were on sale at the Frederic Farmers Union Co-op.-Gustafson butter pecan ice cream was on sale by Gustafson’s.-Aluminum sheets were on sale for 25¢ each at the Leader office.-Northland Nursery had shade trees on sale Oct. 8, 9 and 10.-The Coat Store, Frederic, had car coats and winter coats on sale.-Rental mobile units provided Advotech classrooms in Grantsburg.-The Siren council wanted to contract for reassessment of village.-Trained workers were needed for new nursing home in Siren at a 67-bed facility.-Osceola held an open house at the new aircraft plant.-Polk-Burnett retired teachers planned to organize club.

20 Years Ago The 18th-annual St. Croix Wild Rice Powwow was held Aug. 24 – 25. Les Canadiennes Errants Du Minnesota were coming to sing songs of the voyageurs.PAWS was short for People Assisting Webster Students who were coming to present “The Power of Positive Insanity,” featuring a nationally known speaker, Mark Therrien. He left the audience with an appreciation for the laughter in your life.-Polk county’s soil and water budget increased 17 percent.-A full tabloid page gave a Guide for the Perfect Wedding.-Scenes were printed from Burnett County’s Jamboree.-The Luck Village Board planned to apply for a block grant.-Thomas L. Boe D.D.S. had a dental office on Main Street, Siren.-Bob Werner, Grantsburg principal had a weekly column in this newspaper titled From the Desk of the Grantsburg Principal.-Jody Pearson joined the Leader staff as a new reporter.-An EMT course was offered by WITC, Rice Lake.-The suicide of a Lindstrom, Minn., man made the sixth suicide of the year in Polk County.Foul-mouthed students will face suspension in Frederic.-Volunteers began work on depot.-Shell Lake delayed school start.-The county board snuffed out a no-smoking measure.-Homemade pancakes were available at The Ranch, Luck, for $1.50.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hello everyone, hope all is well with each of you! How about that wind on Friday night, talk about blowing the cobwebs out of your head, not to mention all the leaves off the trees. I don’t know how there could be, but there are still lots left on the trees but they’re everywhere. Maya turned 5 months old on the sixth and for a celebration she got spayed! Some celebration, I can think of better things that I would have preferred. Anyway, we have to be careful with her the next couple of days so she can heal. That’s not an easy task as she keeps bugging me and Eli. Our new sidewalk at the shelter is absolutely fabulous, we all love it. It’s so much cleaner and safer, especially when it rains. You used to have to be careful not to go surfing in the mud puddles between the office and the shelter and it makes it so much nicer for our visitors. Thank you to each and every one of you that contributed to our sidewalk fund and made this happen, we appreciate it from the bottoms of our hearts to the bottoms of our paws! Now that this project is completed, I’m told that we will be concentrating on raising money for our general fund, which goes to the day-today running of the shelter and care of my friends staying there. Before I forget, my friend Jenny tells me that we need toys for the kitties.

YAPpenings Sadie

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

With all the kittens, we need the toys so they have something to play with and keep them amused. Actually, truth be told, they’re pretty easily amused! We had three stray canines reclaimed by their owners. We were happy to keep them safe for you, but thank you for coming and getting them, I know they were very happy to go home again where they belong. I’d like to tell you about my friend Katy. She is a very sweet little girl around 2 years of age. We have her as a terrier cross but we think she also has Chihauhua mixed in there somewhere. Katy is not a very big dog, but she has a huge heart. She is a pretty brown and white with spots and a very nice smile! On the kitty side, while there are quite a few, I think I’ll tell you about Mufasa, named after the lion in the movie “The Lion King.” Despite his broken ear, Mufasa is a handsome fellow around 5 years of age. We’ve been told he is a Norwegian Forest cat mix but regardless of what mix he may be, he is a great guy

Lewis This is a big weekend for anyone who likes to write. Our regular monthly meeting of the NW Regional Writers is this Friday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at Big Gust Apts., Grantsburg. One of our members is now a resident there. It’s a security building so if the door is locked, ring the bell or knock. The assignment is to write on fall or on October. The following day, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., a writers conference is being held at the Ag Station (sheep station) at Spooner. Free admission, free morning coffee, free lunch, door prizes and a chance to read one of our original essays or poems. Prizes will be awarded with the audience picking the winners. The day is a gift from the Indianhead Writers and their third year in a row of such a special day. Some writers are preregistered but it’s possible to register at the door. Welcome.

That evening the Lewis United Methodist Men are serving a pancake supper at the Lewis Memorial U.M. Church. Freewill offering 5 – 7:30 p.m. Open to the public. Welcome. Sunday’s church service had a different slant as the Scripture was on the feast where no one came, so strangers were brought in from the street. The question is, “If you had a party, who would be invited?” A touchy subject, because those not invited will have their feelings hurt. And what excuses would invited guests have if they didn’t come? Brad Alden and his guitar filled in for our organist and pianist as neither one was there. LaVonne Boyer helped with the service and Kara Alden read Scripture. Lunch was served by Carol and Jeff Tabat in honor of Jeff’s birthday. Son Tim was in church with them and a friend also.

Borderline news Seven-county Senior Federation outreach director Lisa Krahn was the guest speaker at the September meeting of the East Pine County Wanderers. She spoke on Social Security and Medicare issues. The meeting was held at the home of Patrice Winfield, with Darlene Merimonti providing the birthday cake and door prize. Patrice won the prize. September birthdays were Mert and Gordy Peschong. Robin and John Fornengo had a wonderful time at the annual Bayfield Apple Festival last weekend. Leda and Mark Zelent came for a weekend visit to the home of her father Dave Baker. They brought their 2-year-old daughter, Eve, with them and everyone had a good time.

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Don’t forget the Cloverton Garden Club spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. at the Cloverton Town Hall next Saturday, Oct. 15. Word has been received by Burnett County that the man who injured Don Slipher, while he was working at the dump more than a month ago, has been arrested in Boulder, Colo. On Saturday, many people who worked at Ruby’s Pantry in Danbury also went on to Webster to attend the funeral of Carol Erickson, wife of Gary Erickson of Markville, Minn. Carol worked for the Danbury casino for 19 years. The casino served a very nice lunch after the burial in Markville, Minn. Russell Fisher of Dairyland celebrated his 80th



that likes his tummy rubbed and will purr his appreciation! While we hate to do so, we have increased our dog adoption fees by $20 so they will now be $195 instead of the long-standing $175. Our costs have increased in the care and the safekeeping of these animals and we felt that it was necessary at this time. It’s still a good price for an adoption fee given what it covers. “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.” – Bob Barker “Don’t litter. Spay and neuter your pets.” – Unknown author Have a great week everyone. Licks and tailwags. The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096. License No. 267335-DS We’re on Facebook too!

Bernice Abrahamzon The Lewis UMW will meet this Wednesday at the church at 6 p.m. (Note the new hour) Also new, the lunch will be served first and then the meeting held. Welcome, ladies. Pastor Tom, too. Good news is that Ethel Lane has returned to her apartment at Golden Oaks from the Frederic Care Center. The sad news is that Ethel’s brother recently passed away. Wishing Ethel a good recovery from the fall that put her in the hospital and then the care center. The Lewis Bible Study members, who usually meet Tuesday nights at the Lewis church, were encouraged to attend the special performance of the Swedish dancers at the Siren UM Church. Those who could do that did.

Bob Brewster birthday at the community hall. Barb Fall of Riverside, Marion Dyson, Steve and Bonnie Holter, and Ron and Sharon Proffit, all from Blaine, also attended. On Saturday, Clint and Peg Coveau of Markville, Minn., Ron and Sharon Proffit of Blaine, and John Neinstadt of Webster, helped Lawrence and Cheryl Matrious celebrate their 50th anniversary at the convention room in the Danbury casino. All of the Coveaus went to school with Lawrence at the old Markville School for grades one through eight. The Markville School closed in about 1958.

A boy, Abel Francis Moritz, born Sept. 29, 2011, to Lee and Terri Moritz, Webster. Abel weighed 9 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Bryson James Honerbrink, born Oct. 1, 2011, to Donald and Emily Honerbrink, Fargo, N.D. Bryson weighed 5 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Sawyer David Randall, born Oct. 2, 2011, to Danielle Brust and Justin Randall, Cushing. Sawyer weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz.

St. Croix Senior Center Marian Edler Tuesday started with the Department of Transportation giving a presentation on the roundabout by Menards. It’s not open on the north side until after next week. The construction should be complete by Oct. 20. In the afternoon, games were played. Winners in 500 were Pete Schlosser, Don Benson and Roger Greenly. Winners in Dominoes were Delores Benson, George Meixner and Jean McIntyre. Donna Schlosser and Dottie Adams were the winning team in Hand and Foot. Thursday we held our exercise session in the morning. In the evening 500 cards were played. The winners were Elroy Petzel, Izzy Magnison, Pat Willits and Shirley Sims. Friday morning Bridge was played. In the afternoon, Bingo was played. We are St. Croix Valley Senior Center. We welcome anyone in the area to come and enjoy some games. Stop in and check us out. You are always welcome for coffee and a treat.

Frederic Senior Center Hazel Hoffman

Hello again and my first item this week is to correct an error in my last week’s article due to my poor penmanship. It stated that we play Poker every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. but it should have read that we play Pokeno every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. I will try to write a little better from now on. Also, I want to say thank you to our two cooks for the wonderful job they did on Saturday for our annual senior dinner. Everything was just perfect. All the extra things you two gals did made it so special. Our weekly schedule: Spades is played on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m.; Pokeno is played every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m.; 500 is played on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Oh yes, I must not forget our happy bunch of pool players that are smiling all the time, they play almost every morning around 8:30 a.m. Today, in closing, I would like to say, “Everyone have a great, happy and safe week and I will join you again real soon.”





Gregorash/Snider Aubre K. Gregorash and DeeJ W. Snider were united in marriage July 30, 2011, at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck, with Pastor MaryAnn Bowman officiating. Aubre is the daughter of Lynn and Susan Gregorash of Luck. DeeJ is the son of Douglas Snider of Menomonie and Lisa Lehrke of Luck. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid of honor was Ayla Gregorash, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Stephannie Olson, friend of the bride, and Hattie Taylor, friend of the bride. Personal attendants were Kelsey Swenson, friend of the bride, and Maddie Bailey, friend of the bride. Best man was Brandon Snider, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Nathan Gregorash, brother of the bride, Rene Vargas, friend of the groom, Joe Adair, friend of the groom, and Tom Laboda, friend of the groom. Ushers were Travis Clausen, friend of the groom, and Colin O’Donovan, friend of the groom. A reception and dance were held at Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren following the ceremony. DeeJ is employed by Clarke Construction in Luck as a carpenter, and Aubre is employed at Cumberland Federal Bank in Cumberland as the compliance officer. The couple resides in Luck. - submitted


Fran Krause

LaVonne O'Brien

Pat O’Brien’s son Steve from his Minneapolis and friend from California visited Pat and Nancy over the weekend. Mark, Julie and Brad Freeborn visited Marvel Merriam on Sunday and celebrated Julie’s birthday. LaVonne O’Brien joined her cousins for lunch on Tuesday in North Branch, Minn. On Saturday night, Jack and LaVonne O’Brien had dinner at Adventures with Tim and Vikki. John and Reeny Neinstadt had supper with Sharon and Ron Proffit on Sunday. Natalie Flagstad was on a business trip to Tampa, Fla., Thursday through Monday. Cheryl Ingalls accompanied her. Jack and Jeri Witzany had supper with Rick and Judy Witzany on Friday night. On Saturday, they visited Jeri’s cousin Jeannie in Apple Valley, Minn., and they spent Sunday with their son Mike in Champlin, Minn. Kathryn Krause was home from UW-River Falls over the weekend. Fran Krause had birthday supper with Kent and Nancy Monday evening. Mark, Deanna and Brad stopped by for birthday cake later.

Siren Senior Nona Center Severson

Remember the problems I had with wasps last week? Well, I had a repeat performance with those buggers when I painted the doors. The computer says the wasps flying around are mostly queens looking for places to winter over and start new hives in the spring. A lot of them bit the dust between my flyswatter and the Raid can. Hopefully there will be a lot less wasps making nests come spring in bear country. Have you noticed there are a lot of little birds around that weren’t here before? There are in bear country. I started to notice them about a week ago and decided to check my bird books. Seems these little birds are warblers heading south to their winter homes. This week alone we had several black and white warblers, a few yellow-throated warblers and a flock of myrtle warblers, these are more common. They fly through in the spring but are seldom seen. Soon these beautiful colored birds will be replaced

by our not so colorful winter birds. Many of our birds are becoming less common, many are already gone, such a shame. The Siren Covenant Church will hold their soup supper on Friday, Oct. 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Three varieties are on the list this year, chili, wild rice or pea soup with beverage and dessert all for $7. They also have their apple pies for sale so ask and maybe you can pick them up after you enjoy the soup supper. Sympathy to the family of Rhoda Parks who passed away Oct. 1. Sympathy to the family of Roger Beecroft who passed away Oct. 3. There was a good turnout Saturday evening at the Restorative Justice spaghetti supper at the Moose Lodge. As usual, the food was great, so was visiting with friends over dinner. I checked out the items on the silent auction and raffle, now to wait and see if

Bev Beckmark I’m a lucky one. This years Coats for Kids will be held at the Siren Assembly of God Church on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 to 11 a.m. Coats, hats, mittens, snow pants and more are available from infants to adults. If you or your kids are in need of winter items, plan on making this your stop. Everyone is welcome. There is a benefit for Larold Richison on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Moose Lodge from 5 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy a scalloped potato and ham dinner with a lot of extras. Adults $7 and kids 10 and under $5. After you eat check out the silent auction items. Congratulations to elementary student Gracie Schultz, middle schooler Autumn Tinman and high schooler Raven Emery for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. What a super bunch of gals, keep up the good work.

Bernie Boelter

Webster Senior Center Several diners are enjoying the brunches that Nikki is serving on Fridays. It is a different meal every week. Stop in and pick up a menu. You can also check out the lunches. Another good week for Wii bowlers. Millie Hansen had high individual game with a 243 and high individual series with a 456 (remember, we only bowl two games). The Sleepers had high team game with a 775 and high team series with a 1528. Pat picked up the 3-10 split and LaJuana picked up the 5-10 and the 5-7. Good job by all. We are still in need of subs. If interested, call me at 715-656-3583 or just stop in

on Wednesday morning. We had 21 players for Dime Bingo who enjoyed the treats furnished by Margel Ruck. There is always room for more, just drop in. Even though the temperatures have been summerlike, you can tell that fall is here, as the snowbirds are leaving. We wish them all a safe trip and a warm winter. We look forward to seeing them in the spring. We still play cards and pool on Thursday evening. Stop in and join the fun. Starting time is 7 p.m. and we get done about 9 p.m.

The center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in, have a cup of coffee and check out the menus and activities. The next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. Please plan to attend. Another reminder, to be eligible to vote for officers next June, dues need to be paid between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Remember yesterday and dream about tomorrow, but live for today. See you at the center.

Dewey - LaFollette Clam River Tuesday Club met Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the home of Beth Crosby. Plans for the fundraiser were finalized. The event will be Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 – 10 p.m., at the American Legion Hall at Indian Creek. There will be dancing to the old-time music of Mr. Morgan, a light lunch, silent auction, live auction (7 – 8 p.m.), paddle party, a raffle with a quilt, shams and pillows as first prize and gift cards from Farm and Fleet for second and third prizes, a special raffle of a Green Bay Packers football and many door prizes. Admission is $5. All are welcome. Donna and Gerry Hines met Mary and Rupert

Wright for a visit at Our Place in St. Croix Falls Wednesday. The Wrights are old friends from Bloomington, Minn. Sue and Roger Mroszak hosted a card party at their home Thursday. Guests were Betty and Reggie Meisner, Bob and Mary Anderson, Dick and Phyllis Ehlers, Roger and Karen Route and Chuck and Marie Jorgenson. Chuck and Marie stayed overnight. Earl and Sandi Joslyn from Milwaukee were guests of Don and Lida Nordquist Thursday through Saturday. They came to attend the wedding of Lida and Don’s grandson, Rick Funk, to Angela Stanke.

Karen Mangelsen Dirk and Sandy Benzer visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen Friday evening. Don and Lida Nordquist, Marlene Swearingen, Lawrence, Nina, Gerry and Donna Hines, and Hank and Karen Mangelsen attended the wedding Saturday of Rick Funk and Angela Stanke. The wedding was held at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Osceola, and the reception was held at the New Richmond Golf Course. A large number of people attended the Fall Fun Fest at Lakeview United Methodist Church Sunday afternoon. The event was blessed with beautiful weather.

Larsen Family Public Library Friends of the Library. The Friends are working hard on getting their new book sale room ready for business. We have copies of their new wild rice cookbook available in the library for $12 each. Parkinson’s support group from Grantsburg will be meeting at our library on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. 4-H Wired for Wind (2011 National Science Experiment) – Please join us on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., for 4-H National Youth Science Day. This event focuses on a very important issue facing our global community – renewable energy. We will build a wind turbine to give us an in-depth look at wind power. For more information, please call the library at 715-866-7697. Poetry reading. We are planning another poetry reading by LaMoine MacLaughlin in November. We will keep you posted with the details. Meeting room and study room. We have a beautiful meeting room available for community events. Please call Patti to schedule the room. There is also a study room available for smaller groups. Preschool story time. We meet every Wednesday all year long at 10:30 a.m. for good stories, companionship and fun. Adult book club. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., we will discuss “The Night Birds” by Thomas Maltman. “For Asa the summer of 1876 was a time of fear and uncertainty, when his mysterious aunt, Hazel, arrives and turns his entire life upside-down with her tales and secrets from the past.” Mystery Mayhem Book Club meets the second Monday of every month at 10 a.m. in the meeting room.

We are still having nice weather and the colors are beautiful. We are starting to lose leaves due to the winds we have had lately. We had our evening meal Thursday and had a good turnout. The cooks switched the menu on me so I gave the wrong information. I had said we were having turkey and they decided to serve roast beef. We received many compliments on the fall decorations. It is nice to change the decorations for the different seasons. Our winners for 500 this week were Neil Olson, Barb Munger, Sylvia Peterson, Bea Gorin and Marlyce Borchert. Our Spade winners were Candace Doriott, Clara Palomaki, Gerry Vogel, Darleen Groves and Ann Smith. We have started something new. We have a sign- Adult books “A Heart Revealed” by Julie Lessman up sheet for cardplayers to furnish treats. This seems “Lethal” by Sandra Brown to be working out very well. It seemed that the same “Son of Stone” by Stuart Woods people were furnishing treats and this way it is being “The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott spread around. This week we were treated to breads, ”The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson cookies and caramel apples. “Defending Jacob” by William Landag Thanks to all who furnished treats. “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick We will be having election of officers at our next senior meeting that will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Remember you have to have attended six meetings in the last year to be eligible to vote.

“The Twoweeks” by Larry Duberstein “The Rape of the Muse” by Terrell Jaden “Racing the Devil” by Jaden Terrell “Rust” by Julie Mars “A Thinking Man’s Bully” by Michael Adelberg “Started Early, Took My Dog” by Kate Atkinson “Wonderland Creek” by Lynn Austin “Shock Wave” by John Sandford “Gone with a Handsomer Man” by Michael Lee West “Love on the Line” by Deanne Gist “Skeleton Letters” by Laura Childs “Nightwoods” by Charles Frazier “Ghost Hero” by S.J. Rozan “Stolen Souls” by Stuart Neville “The Mercy” by Beverly Lewis “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman

Adult nonfiction

“The Storm of War” by Andrew Roberts “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly

Large print

“The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes” by Marcus Sakey “Classified as Murder” by Miranda James “Nightmare Thief” by Meg Gardiner

Audio books

“Son of Stone” by Stuart Woods “Northwest Angle” by William Kent Kreuger “The Healing” by Wanda Brunsetter


“Hanna” “The Conspirator” “The Wizard of Oz”

Children’s books

“My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius” by Hamet Ziefert “My Bear Griz” by Suzanne McGinness “A Little Bit of Love” by Cynthia Platt “Puddle’s New School” by Amber Stewart

“Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star” by Petr Horacek “Halloween Mice” by Bethany Roberts (board book) “Commotion in the Ocean” by Giles Andreae (board book) “The Cabinet of Earths” by Anne Nesbet “Big George” by Anne Rockwell “Song of the Water Boatman” by Joyce Sidman (poetry) “Where to Sleep” by Kandy Radzinski “Working at the Library” Katie Marsico “My Friend Has Autism” by Amanda Tourville “Online Bullying” by David Jakubiak “Lucy Long Ago” by Catherine Thimmesh “Map Types” by Ann Becker “Food Labels” by Rose McCarthy “Choosing the Right President” by Therese Shea “Swirl by Swirl” by Joyce Sidman “Dog in Boots” by Greg Gormley

Young adult books

“You Have Seven Messages” by Stewart Lewis “Floors” by Patrick Carman “Shelter” by Harlan Coben “Ancient Egypt: Tales, Gods & Pharoahs” by Marcia Williams “Solving Crimes with Trace Evidence” by Gary Jeffrey “Rural Teens and Nature” by Celeste Carmichael “Wildwood” by Collin Meloy “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick “Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan

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:


Grantsburg Rotary awards

Mike Langevin, past president of the Grantsburg Rotary Club, was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship at the Rotary Club. Langevin received the award from District Governor Judy Freund. Shown in the photo are (L to R): Assistant District Governor Warren White, Freund, Langevin and Bruce Erickson who heads the club’s foundation committee. The award is named in honor of Paul Harris who founded Rotary International in Chicago in 1905. – Photo submitted

Early childhood class

Spaghetti fundraiser

The Burnett County Moose Lodge hosted a fundraiser spaghetti dinner on behalf of Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 8. On hand to serve the dinner were (L to R) front row: board member Sarahy Busch, board member/Co-President Marge McCardle and board member Veronica Kinsel. Back row: drug court coordinator Tessa Anderson, Captain Terry Nesvold, jail administrator; Restorative Justice Program Director Lisa Johnson, board member Bill Johnson and Judge Ken Kutz, co-president. - Photo by Nancy Jappe

Day trip to Bayfi fie eld Apple Fest LUCK/BAYFIELD - On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Luck Community Education and Croix Valley Coaches transported 28 participants on a day trip to beautiful northern Wisconsin. The group first stopped at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland for an overview of the area’s landscape and history where Lake Superior and the surrounding countryside showed their fall splendor to viewers atop the center’s five-story observation tower. The group lunched in Bayfield

ABOVE AND BELOW: The Siren early childhood class has taken advantage of the nice weather to engage in some outside activities including squirrel hunting. While they didn’t see any squirrels, they did see a snake and a couple of frogs. – Photos submitted

before touring the Bayfield Apple Company and Hauser’s Superior View Farm. On the way back to Luck in the evening, Hayward was a good place to eat and stretch. To learn about future day trips being organized together by the Luck, Frederic, Unity and Grantsburg Community Education departments, please call Amy Aguado at 715-472-2152 Ext.103 or email - submitted

A variety of products are made and available to sample at Bayfield Apple Company. Participants of the day trip tour compared ciders, jams, mustards and sugar-free fruit butters.

Labeled crates of apples have a short wait outside the Bayfield Apple Company processing building before they’re turned into cider.

Stay connected to your community.

Some of the Polk County group stopped for a photo in front of the historic Sears barn at Hauser’s Superior View Farm after taste testing apple products inside. Their view 600 feet above Lake Superior and the colorful fall leaves made for great pictures and memories. – Photos submitted


The colors are almost gone. I still love walking (dragging my feet) through the leaves. As I have said before, you can’t walk through autumn leaves, you have to drag your feet. We lost our dear CiCi last week. The cancer just took over and her life ended peacefully. We miss her, but even more than I do, our little Bitzy, our shih-tzu, is totally lost. She looks for her and waits for her. When I used to come home from somewhere and CiCi had been with me, the other dogs would wait at the end of the hall for us to walk in. Past me and on to CiCi. Didn’t even matter that I was the one who brought the treats. She was their playmate and I was their meal ticket. Playing is sometimes more fun than eating. Did I say that? Speaking of eating, the big thing around our house is “diet.” I know, what a stupid time to think about dieting. Pumpkin pie, holiday treats all the way into 2012. Still, you gotta do what you gotta do. As much running and working as is done around here, we really should weigh nothing at all. I am planning on keeping Denny around for a while so I’m constantly nagging about his diet. Heck, I am constantly nagging me about my diet. I cook healthy foods (for the most part) but after the third helping the whole purpose is lost. We are from the old school. There are starving people in Bangladesh so we must finish everything on our plate. No more. I will take half portions and when I am full I will stop eating. I keep thinking I must have fat genes in my family. I can’t remember, as far back as

An issue with the doc I have to take exception to an assump-

tion made last week by fellow columnist Doc Ingalls. He was referring to the differences in costs of raising boys versus girls. In so doing, he chose to compare the costs of hockey to that of a wedding. Assuming, of course, that only boys play hockey! I’ve never met the good doc, or any of his family. So I know nothing about the ages of his daughters, or whether or not they were raised in the pre-girls-hockey era. I also have to wonder if the wise and witty doc, who calls his column Cold Turkey, is aware of the many opportunities available today for girls to participate in virtually any athletic endeavor open to boys. When our granddaughter, who’s now 24, started playing hockey at age 5 she found herself on a boys team because girls hockey was still but a hope and dream for these more venturesome girls.



Barb Blodgett great-grandmothers, any heavy people. Why me? I like to tell people I am still trying to lose the weight from my last baby. That baby is 50 years old and I think the excuse is way past lame. Time to own up and get serious. My back and knee problems would be not so bad if I lost a million pounds. Well, maybe not a million, but a lot. Storm cleanup is still going strong. I was totally impressed with the way the Towns of Webb Lake, Scott and Jackson came together and cleaned up their area. People helping people, that is what it is all about. Speaking of helping, I once again had a phone call and was told the caller knew nothing about Interfaith Caregivers and had no idea what we do. OK, here is the rundown. Provided we have the volunteers, we rake leaves, do lawn work, shovel snow, wash windows, do light housekeeping, provide transportation, do in-home visits, and make regular calls to keep track of how people are doing. We also deliver wood to those who need it to heat their homes and can’t cut and stack their own. We have a program for the children called Christmas for Kids. We provide children with donated Christmas gifts and warm clothes. We also build wheelchair ramps, (55 to date) and do pretty much

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from the lake Pat Solomonson I recall overhearing a conversation between those coaches as they surveyed their new young Pee Wee team. “I think we’ve got a girl in here somewhere!“ exclaimed one of the startled pair, pointing to a pair of pink tennies there in the pile on the locker room floor. He could have come to the same conclusion by virtue of the blond ponytail. (Come to think of it, even some of those pro hockey guys now sport ponytails Ugh!) Sanctioned girls hockey came into being in the Twin Cities during the late 1980s. Here in Wisconsin it was about 15 years later Girls? Playing hockey? Who would’ve thought of putting all that ugly, bulky

what we can to help those in need. The need is so great in Burnett County. Since the storm, it is even more so. We also advise people where to get help, to the best of our knowledge. We are funded by grants and donations. The donations come from churches, companies, vendors, and private individuals. A nickel is more than we usually have at any given time. We may have money to work with (a rare occurrence), but every penny we get is one more that will go back to the people. With the economy the way it is, we are more than ever in need of donations. People have already started to bring in Christmas gifts for the children. My living room is once again going to be the storage area until we can get into the Webster Fire Hall to sort the gifts. They are so kind to let us hold our distribution there. Anyone wanting to donate a gift, money, anything, just call, 715-8664970, deliver to 7596 Hayden Lake Road, Danbury, or send to that same address. All donations are tax deductible and we will give a receipt. We don’t have the luxury of living in a largely populated or an affluent area or having a money tree in the backyard and many of our residents are away during the winter months when we especially need funds. A donation can be given any time. I will drive to anywhere at any time (well, almost) to pick up something or receive a check. Please think of Interfaith and the good we do when you think of making a donation to a charity. I have something I often think about, “Give where you live, and shop locally.” I honestly think it makes a difference in

the community. The other need we have is volunteers. I often have to rely on those volunteers who are the same ones who always do for us. I know we are always busy in our own lives, but giving time to someone else takes little effort, and can be very rewarding. Drivers are needed. You don’t drive every day and really not too often. We keep the distance to a minimum because with the price of gas most of us can’t go far. While I am talking about volunteers we have some who are always there. Thank you so much. I guarantee you will be rewarded for your efforts. No, not payment, just cookies. Another thought, (isn’t there always one?) I would love to speak to your clubs, congregations, or any occasion. I will get off of my soapbox and although this is an annual plea, this may not be the last time you hear it for this year. I can’t even believe how close Christmas is and how fast our Christmas for Kids project is coming up. Scary. This is panic time. Actually I began to panic last July, but the storm sort of took my mind off of things for a while. Thanks for putting up with my semiannual begging letter, but if donations don’t come in I may just take a cup and go door to door. Believe me, it is easier to send things and money. You don’t want me knocking at your doorstep.

padding on our darling daughters, then sending them off onto the ice … attack mode ... to clobber their opponent. My only daughter was born way too early for girls hockey. She would’ve loved it. She’s a tiger! I had four boys. They all played hockey at one time or another. Aside from the cold ice arenas, there were memorable moments. Like the time our 14-year-old participated in an out-oftown hockey trip. (Rare in those days but common today.) When we went to meet the returning bus at the junior high parking lot, we watched anxiously as the Bantams trooped out of the bus. Finally our boy arrived. All banged up, one arm in a sling, he looked more like a prizefighter than a hockey player. First I experienced motherly concern. Then a weird sense of pride as I imagined him getting hurt while fighting off the opponent in order to make that big score. He probably had been the hero of the game, I surmised. Truth be told, it seems they were hors-

ing around in the dormitory late at night, thrusting hockey sticks at each other from their bunks when our Johnnie got the short end of the stick. Update now to our granddaughter. I sometimes try to envision her, 5 foot 3 inches and 120 pounds, all gowned in white and walking down that big church aisle to take the hand of her intended. But superimposed over that image always appears the hockey breezers, the helmet and protective face mask, all but covering her pretty face. To get back to the good doc‘s comparisons. As the father of daughters, he knows all about wedding costs. By the same token, we have a pretty good handle on hockey expense. Our granddaughter, however, has managed to beat both systems. She got herself a hockey scholarship to Boston University. Then, two years ago, after graduating from BU, she found her soul mate. And last year, very quietly and privately, they got married before a justice of the peace in Boston.

See you all soon, Blessings, Barb

Polk County HCE Happenings The Home and Community Education fall meeting was held at the Apple River Community Church, hosted by Central Center Clubs. After morning brunch was served, President-elect Carol Medchill called the meeting to order with a great Ole and Lena story and Pat Willits entertained with a reading by Cathy Lee Phillips, “The Bra of My Dreams!” By that time everyone was in mood for the business of the day! The county did very well at the state convention again this year, several ladies were able to attend, and Bev Cree accepted our award for working with the Bookworm project for 10 years. We read to the Head Start children in Balsam Lake and give each child a copy of the books read for a total of eight books. Several local businesses and private individuals have financially supported us over these 10 years. Carol Medchill accepted an award for the Fox Creek Club’s community outreach scrapbook at the convention also. Again this year the cultural arts entries at state won big. Betty Wilson’s quilt and

President-elect Carol Medchill welcomed HCE members to the fall meeting in September at the Apple River Community Church. – Photos submitted Mary Lou Porter’s Hardanger doily won gold medallions. Five blue ribbons, two reds and one white were also won. Kristi Sands, membership leader, described who HCE members are: we are volunteers, educators, nonprofit and we offer friendship and fellowship. The more we are involved, the more we will bene-

Bev Cree from Polk County HCE, center front, along with Bookworm readers from around the state. All received awards at the state convention for 10 years of reading for Head Start programs and giving each child a copy of books read. fit. Programs for the coming year are heart health, food and nutrition, ethnic days, and possibly a talent show, these are always open to the public as well as members. Gail Peavy mentioned that Suz Thomson of Frederic had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and will talk to groups about her experiences; we decided that would be a great program to have. Christmas Fair is Saturday, Nov. 5, at

Unity School. Posters are ready to be put up next week, watch for them. Raffle tickets available to be sold and all food tables assigned. After nominating officers for 2012, the meeting was adjourned. If you are interested in joining one of the clubs in the county, contact Pat Willits, 715-488-2729 or Kristi Sands 715268-8696. – submitted by Pat Willits, publicity chair


ReStore recycles more than 50 tons of electronics

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ST. CROIX FALLS - Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in St. Croix Falls six months ago and, due to the generosity of the community with their donations and purchases, the ReStore has been able to provide funds for housing that were not even anticipated to hap-

pen this first year. Eric Kube, executive director of Wild Rivers Habitat, stated, “Due to your purchases and an active electronics recycling program, our staff and volunteers have been able to divert more than 250,000 pounds from landfills so far this year, and we have recycled more than 100,000 pounds of electronics. All of these proceeds have gone to partially pay for homes for deserving individuals.” Every donation and sale through the ReStore is keeping usable things from landfills, providing an economical place for people to shop and providing funds to eliminate poverty housing in our communities. To thank the community the ReStore will be hosting a 50-percent-off storewide sale from Wednesday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 22. The store will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. By supporting the local ReStore, you are supporting the community because: • More purchases are made from other local businesses. • The ReStore adds to the mix of one-of-a-kind businesses, which are an integral part of the distinctive character of the area. • By bringing your electronic recycling there, it helps reduce environmental impact and keeps items out of landfills • Three new full-time jobs have been created in the area. • The volunteers are knowledgeable about the products and the area and offer great customer service.

• The ReStore provides an investment back into the community by providing funding for affordable housing and home repairs.

What is a ReStore? Some of the biggest questions are what type of products can be donated to or purchased from the ReStore and who can donate or purchase from the store? • The ReStore is open to everyone. • The ReStore has a large selection of furniture, household items, building supplies, plumbing fixtures, electrical appliances, tools, hardware, antiques and more. The selection changes daily so come early and come often as you never know what you will find you can’t live without. • The ReStore will accept donations for most anything that can be used around the home as long as it is in good, resalable condition. Exceptions are clothing, bedding and baby items. The volunteers will be available to help you unload and will have the final say if the item is acceptable for donation. If you have old televisions or computers that you are thinking about getting rid of, remember to bring them to the ReStore for recycling. The ReStore is located at the top of the hill in St. Croix Falls, in the building that was the former Fleet Supply Store, and is open six days a week. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Call 715-483-2700 or go to for more information. - submitted

Lawmakers propose hunting incentives by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - First-time hunters would get discounts on their licenses and high school students could get credits for taking hunter safety classes under a plan aimed at reviving Wisconsin’s hunting heritage. In addition to discounted hunting fees for first-timers, the plan would offer incentives to experienced hunters if they recruit someone else to the fold. And on top of the hunting classes for high school students, the plan would have the Department of Natural Resources establish adult hunting education programs that can be completed at DNR service centers. Assembly Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder says the aim is to get people who aren’t hunting now to try it, “We’re dealing with making sure that we capture those individuals, bring them into the sport of hunting, fishing and trapping and to make sure that the future of our

hunting heritage is secure.” The plan would also offer a free ice-fishing weekend and lower the minimum age for sturgeon spearing from 14 to 12. Groups including the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin support it. Organization President Dean Hamilton says Wisconsin loses more hunters every year, partly because young people aren’t interested, “When I was a youngster growing up, my Sundays were spent on the family dairy farm and we hunted. There was no ‘video game,’ there was no cable television, there was no soccer, kids weren’t playing sports 365 days out of the year. So there’s a lot of reasons why, and that’s why I’m hoping this group can come together and figure this thing out and reverse the trend.” The proposal would also encourage public land purchases through the Stewardship Program to prioritize land that can be used for hunting and fishing.

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The theme of the 2011 Mixed Sampler Quilt Show was Quilts of the Northwoods. About 150 quilts were on display at Siren School Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9. Many of the northwoods decorations that highlighted the quilts, such as the one shown here in the school concourse, were provided by Lillian Anderson, Yellow Lake.

Other First place, Diana Erickson Second place, Muriel Anderson Third place, Dee Johnson Photos by Nancy Jappe

Quilter Carole Fure, Webster, chose a patriotic theme for the quilt she entered in this year’s show. Fure explained that her quilt taught her lessons as she worked on it. “I hadn’t participated in politics in the past,” Fure explained. “I assumed we’d always be free. That isn’t necessarily true. Freedom isn’t really free.”

“We strengthened the demonstrations this year,” said 2011 quilt show Chair Mary Bjorgaard. “Demonstrations were ongoing. People really liked it.”

The 2011 quilt-show chair, Mary Bjorgaard (R), is shown with the chair for the 2012 quilt show, K’Aun Nelson, Luck. Attendance for the quilt show this year was said to be down, but the two chairs were not really sure what caused that. However, club members were pleased with the good response to the show. Another popular special feature of the Mixed Sampler Quilt Show displayed a number of quilts with stories connected to them. Barb Sweet was the narrator, with club members wearing gloves responsible for uncovering each of the quilts as the narrative described them.

This quilted pillow, titled “Pillow Kitty,” took the firstplace blue ribbon in the Other category. The pillow was made by Diana Erickson, Frederic, using a pattern from Quiltmaker magazine by Linda Hibbert. “Basket of Flowers” was the title given to this quilted piece created by Linda Anderson, St. Croix Falls. She found the pattern in the book “Strippin’ Time” by J. Jane Mitchell and Patsy Padgett.

Fran Johnson, Webster, with her quilt titled “Over the River and Through the Woods,” took the Viewers Choice award at the 2011 Mixed Sampler Quilt Show in Siren Oct. 8 and 9. The pattern for the quilt was created by Crabapple Hill Studio, and the background quilting was done by Mary Nelson.

“Bear Up There,” is the title given to this quilt created by Dianne Maddaus, Webster. Maddaus did the quilting herself. McKenna Ryan designed the pattern.


Homecoming 2011

There’s something special about a teacher and a rainbow wig. It is a wing, right?


The Luck High School marching band led the parade down Park Avenue.

L u c k teachers got into the homecoming spirit, singing a school tribute song to the tune of “Sweet Caroline.”

Luck senior Laurie Jorgenson performed a haunting piano solo for the class talent show. Hunter Wilson celebrated his selection as homecoming king.

The classes each had Twister professionals representing them. The game board “colors” were various food products, from ketchup to mustard to jelly.

Even kids who weren’t quite students yet enjoyed the homecoming parade, and the leaves in Luck’s Triangle Park

Sophomore Tessa Clemenson couldn’t keep the egg from cracking during the extreme egg toss.

Photos by Greg Marsten

The freshman class had a rock and roll experience with drummer John Dikkers, guitarist Tanner Nielsen and bassist Kalley Lunsmann.

Senior Maia Lehmann (left) was crowned homecoming queen by King Hunter Wilson. Other candidates included Michelle Tomlinson (middle) and Shardae Garcia. Mr. Carley and Mrs. Peterson’s sixth-grade classes took some bonding time while waiting for the parade.


Homecoming 2011


Frederic High School is celebrating homecoming the week of Monday – Friday, Oct. 10-14. with various dress-up days, a powder-puff football game and an FFA tailgate party at the red shed near the elementary school beginning at 4 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 14. The football game begins at 7 p.m., on Friday. Homecoming court includes back row (L to R): Dayton Rivera and Bryce Williamson. Middle row: Corissa Schmidt, Waylon Buck, Autumn Schmidt, Erik Stoner, Lauren Domagala and Chris Hopp. Bottom row, Leah Engebretson and Eda Mirioglu. – Photo by Marty Seeger

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Jake Rademacher and Catlyn Olson were crowned 2011 St. Croix Falls homecoming king and queen. – Photo submitted One of the class floats in the homecoming parade, Friday, Oct. 7.

Parents gathering for the homecoming parade showed their Saints pride. Pictured is one of the class floats going down Main Street. – Photos by Tammi Milberg unless otherwise noted

Students in Heather Weimer’s class marched down the street with their banner for homecoming.

Members of the St. Croix Falls High School Flags marched ahead of the band at the homecoming parade last Friday downtown. Pictured front to back are Natalie Sempf, Sasha Lundgren and Brenna Loen.

Haley Anderson and Ben Clausen are homecoming royalty riding atop a convertible in the parade.


Pumpkin Fest


The warm weather gave kids lots of fun options.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Haze, 2, of Milltown showed his pumpkin-bowling skills at the Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Undead and proud. Joe Niedzielski, Milltown, definitely was in the Halloween spirit. “Sorry if I can’t smile for you,” he said, noting that the makeup left his face a little tight.

Pirate Asher, 1-1/2, of Milltown was found looking for treasure. The leaves gave contestants a soft landing if they fell during this part of the bed races.

Jacob, 2, Luck, tried overhand pumpkin bowling.

Casey Ogilvie, Luck, looked pretty comfortable behind the wheel of the tractor that pulled the wagon around Milltown Saturday, Oct. 8.

The bed races included a chance for contestants to try their apple-bobbing talents.

Trinity Beauvais, 7, Balsam Lake, (left) showed off the tattoo she received from “Flo” the insurance agent/tattoo artist, aka Natalie Albrecht, 10. This was by far the most popular bed race team, and they also rolled through the course in an impressive time.

LEFT: This young lady showed her basketball-dunking skills during the bed races.


Jackson Fire Department chili cook-off

It’s not just about the chili during the annual chili cook-off in the Jackson Fire Hall. Contestants costumes and booth decor add to the pageantry of the event. Shown is Terri Harrer of Siren displaying the colorful peppers that were a part of her backdrop for her chili. - Photo by Julia Summer


Mike Gade netted the hottest chili award at the Jackson Fire Department’s chili cook-off held Saturday, Oct. 8. This is the second year Gade has won this award. Other top Pat and Roger Larson won top honors in the people’s choice catwinners this year were John Clark for the chief’s choice, egory at the Jackson Fire Department’s chili cook-off. Other top winPat and Roger Larson for the people’s choice category and ners were Mike Gade for hottest chili, John and Kathy Vandergon for John and Kathy Vandergon for best chili. – Photos by Sher- best chili and John Clark for chief’s choice. ill Summer unless otherwise noted


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Frederic third-grade students get dictionaries FREDERIC – The third-grade students at Frederic Elementary School received dictionaries from the Rice Lake Elks Lodge No. 1441 on Friday, Oct. 7. Lyn Dunham came to the classes and presented the dictionaries to each student in Mr. Olby’s and Ms. Schauls’ third-grade classrooms. She told the students about some of the special features of the dictionary and that she hoped they would use and enjoy them for a long time. Gratitude is extended to the Rice Lake Elks Lodge No. 1441, the students really appreciate it! - submitted

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Avoid a scary halloween ... only use prescription cosmetic contact lenses

MADISON – Halloween brings fun and festivities to children and adults across the country, with costumes, candy and parties all playing a large role toward giving this holiday its unique feel and atmosphere. In the world of retail, however, Halloween often equals big business for a variety of stores, as consumers search for ways to maximize the fun factor of their holiday celebration. One accessory that you will want to avoid this year is the relatively recent trend of wearing decorative contact lenses. These noncorrective strength lenses, which are designed only to change the appearance of the eyes, are easily accessible to consumers and are especially popular around Halloween. Unfortunately, poor fitting and/or improper use of these lenses can cause serious risks to your vision and eye health. As a result, the Wisconsin Optometric Association wishes to warn consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription from an eye doctor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates decorative lenses as medical devices, just as they do vision corrective lenses. However, decorative lenses continue to be illegally marketed and distributed directly to consumers through a

variety of sources, including flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons and convenience stores. Unfortunately, consumers may also purchase them without a prescription at retail outlets, where they are sold as fashion accessories. This is a direct violation of federal law. “Decorative contacts are a concern all year long, but Halloween is the time where they are used most frequently to enhance costumes,” commented Dr. Lisa Slaby, Green Bay area optometrist and current WOA president. “Consumers who purchase lenses without an exam and prescription from an eye doctor put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.” Risks associated with the improper use of decorative contact lenses include conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reactions and corneal abrasions due to poor lens fit. Additional medical problems may result in a reduction of visual acuity (sight), contrast sensitivity and other general eye and vision impairments. Recently, the FDA warned consumers about serious risks of eye injury posed by the wearing of noncorrective, decorative contact lenses distributed without a pre-

scription and proper fitting from a licensed eye doctor. This warning came as a result of reports received by the FDA showing the development of corneal ulcers associated with the wearing of decorative contact lenses in excess of the recommended period of time. Corneal ulcers can progress rapidly, leading to internal ocular infection if left untreated; uncontrolled infection can then lead to corneal scarring and vision impairment. In extreme cases, this condition can result in blindness and eye loss. On June 30, reported the story of a girl from New York who suffered serious damage to her vision as a result of the misuse of decorative contact lenses as a fashion accessory. The girl bought the pair of contacts from a local beauty store for $20. She received poor advice from a sales clerk on how long she could keep the lenses in her eyes and now requires a cornea transplant to restore her sight. The cosmetic lenses were purchased illegally without a prescription from a licensed eye doctor. The WOA recommends the following tips for those who choose to wear decorative contact lenses this Halloween: • See an optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye exam for a proper fitting and prescription.

• Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses. • Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multipurpose solution to completely cover the lens. • Store lenses in the proper lens storage case, and replace the case every three months or sooner. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings. • Use only products recommended by your optometrist to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses. • Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never reuse old solution. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily. • Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist. • Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub. - submitted






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Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-6605

• Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• 500, 6:30 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Exercise, 10-11 a.m. • Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m.

• Cribbage, a.m. • 500 Cards, 1 p.m.,

• Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday

• Spades, 1 p.m.,

• Exercise, 10-11 a.m. • Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500, 6:30-10 p.m.

• Bridge, 10 a.m.-Noon • Bingo, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3 p.m.

Webster Senior Center

• AA Meeting, 7 p.m.

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Men’s Wii Bowling, 9:30 a.m.

• Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m. • Mixed Wii Bowling, 9:30 a.m.

• Cards & Pool, 7-9 p.m.

Food Shelf

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • SCF, 1-4 p.m., 715-483-2920

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-327-4425 • SCF, 9 a.m.-Noon

• SCF, Noon-6 p.m. • Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Frederic, 2-6 p.m. • SCF, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Siren VFW Aux., 2nd Wed., the hall, 7:30 p.m.

• Frederic Legion Aux. 249 Every 3rd Thurs., Golden Oaks, 7 p.m.

• Pokeno, 1 p.m.


VFW Aux./Legion Aux.


Meat Raffles


• Good Sam, St. Croix Falls, 5:45 p.m., 715-483-3666


• Luck Senior Center, 5:30 p.m., 715-472-2341 • Balsam Lake Municipal Building, 3:45 p.m., 715-485-3002




• Webster Lioness At Last Call, 6 p.m. • Webster Chamber At The Tap, 5:30 p.m. • Frederic Lions At Aspen Leaf, 6 p.m.

• Cushing Legion At Suzy Q’s, 6 p.m. • Siren Lions At Midtown Tavern, 5 p.m. • Danbury Fire & Lions Club, Yellow River Saloon, 5:30 p.m. • Blizzard Hockey At Zia Louisa, 6 p.m.

• Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. • Snowciables At Thirsty Otter, 6 p.m. • Grantsburg Legion, 6:30 p.m. • Humane Society, Yellow River Saloon, 5 p.m. • Hockey Assoc. At Dreamers, 6:30 p.m.




Farmers Market


• First Baptist Church, Webster, 9:30 a.m., 715-349-2332

• Grantsburg Village Hall, noon-2 p.m.

EVERY THURS. • Alpha, Burnett Dairy Co-op parking lot, 3-5 p.m.



• Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola, 8:30 a.m., 715-755-3123

EVERY FRI. • Siren Lions At Jed’s Laker Lounge, 5 p.m. • Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. • Webster Lions At Gandy Dancer Saloon, 4:30 p.m. • S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m.

EVERY FRI. • Eureka Farmers Market, 2:30-6:30 p.m.

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon


• Comforts of Home, Frederic, 5:30 p.m.

• Overeaters Anonymous, Amery Senior Center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-6605



• YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. • Siren Lions At Howl’n Saloon, 4 p.m. • Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 3:30 p.m.


• Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf Course, 4 p.m.


• Frederic Farmers Market, Inter-County • Milltown, Cheese & More lot, 3rd Sat., Leader parking lot, 8 a.m.-noon 8 a.m.-2 p.m. • Siren Farmers Market, senior citizens center parking lot, 1-3 p.m. • St. Croix Falls Farmers Market, library plaza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.





Bone Lake Lutheran's kids carnival raises another $5 500 for the ELCA malaria campaign

Sally Bair

Maturity and fruit

I attended a writer’s workshop recently and was

surprised and encouraged by the number of published authors in my age group. These writers, like me, had set out not only to tell their stories but to sell their stories. Telling and selling both require desire, determination and dedication to succeed. Seniors and younger people alike can be encouraged by those who have gone before us. Perhaps many of us subconsciously, or consciously, feel an inner pressure to share our wisdom before it’s too late. There are so many good stories to share—stories that will not only entertain, but will teach and encourage future generations. I have felt that inner pressure to share my stories with others. Having been a writer for many years has given me an advantage. But there are people who are hesitant to preserve their stories because they “didn’t live an interesting life,” or “don’t know how to write well enough,” or “don’t want to be an embarrassment to the family.” That’s why I’m now offering memory-writing workshops for anyone, no prior writing skills necessary. Stories are big in God’s view. Without the Old Testament stories about spiritual heroes such as Abraham, Noah, and Elijah, we wouldn’t know about faith. Without Jesus’ parables and Paul’s letters, we wouldn’t mature in our faith. Our stories don’t have to be big and important. Big or small, or seemingly insignificant, our stories can have the same effect on our families and succeeding generations that Bible stories have on our faith. Memories often stir our hearts, causing us to want to share them with others. That’s how it was with David, who wrote in Psalm 45:1: “My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” We have only so many years left. So, why not write our stories now, while we can? There’s no telling how they can bless someone who’s hurting or stumbling or seeking meaning about life. Lord, thank you for your wisdom that’s meant to be shared through our stories. Grace us with the desire and ability to pass them on to others. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Anyone interested in Bair’s Writing Your Memories workshop may call her at 715-373-5115.) Bair may be reached at

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In Loving Memory Of

TOWN OF BONE LAKE - The Sunday School youth at Bone Lake Lutheran Church raised over $500 on Sunday, Oct. 9, to help the ELCA malaria campaign. The carnival was the idea of 6- and 7-year-olds at the church. They became aware of global health issues when they learned that one child under the age of 5 dies from malaria every 45 sec-

Adam Nick shows off his growl to match his painted face at the carnival to raise funds to fight malaria.

Mason Brown enjoyed walking a pony around the Bone Lake Lutheran Church.

Milltown Lutheran Church joined the festivities by bringing a Go Fish game to the carnival.

onds in sub-Saharan Africa. So what did they want to do about it? Help the kids they would never even meet by hosting a carnival for the children in the community! The afternoon on the church lawn was filled with games, relays, face painting, ponies, train rides, and concessions ... all for a freewill offering. It was so much fun that the kids want to do it again to raise more money for children who are not as fortunate as they are. For each $10 the children raise, a

The homemade train was a hit for all ages at the kids carnival on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Dean A. Johnson

How did you find the energy, Dean, to do all the things you did. To cook at home and school, when we were all just kids. How did you do it all, Dean, be a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Who would do anything for us, we just couldn’t comprehend. We see now it was love, Mom, that made you come whenever we’d call. Your inexhaustible love, Mom, and we thank you for it all.

After 5 October dinner meeting set

In Memory Of

Robert Marion

Love & Miss You! Budd, Jerry, Sandy, Bruce, Cheryl & Families

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Who Passed Away Oct. 13, 1959

Nothing can ever take away The love the heart holds dear. Fond memories linger every day, Remembrance keeps them near.

Sadly Missed By His Wife, Children and Grandchildren

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Shirley Ann Behling

Joan R. (Pospisil) Collins

Elvira D. Johnson, 83, resident of Frederic, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Elvira was born Aug. 7, 1928, to Frank and Alveda Larson in Frederic. She attended schools locally, graduating from Grantsburg High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to John Graves Jr. in Pontiac, Mich., on Feb. 28, 1948. To this union four children were born: Patrick, Dennis, Sandra and Michael. They lived in the Burnett-Polk counties area most of their married life. On March 26, 1993, she married Donald Johnson. They lived in Bass Lake Community and Frederic. Her special enjoyment was having children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren close by. She worked at the Burnett County Sentinel in Grantsburg and at G&G Implement in Luck. She gave her heart to the Lord when she was a young girl and joined the Trade Lake Baptist Church. Elvira leaves to mourn her husband, Donald Johnson; sons, Dennis (Keiko) Graves of Luck, Michael (Patricia) Graves of Lewis; daughter, Sandra Chouinard of Grantsburg; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; stepchildren, John (Candy) Johnson of Grantsburg, Daniel Johnson of Florida, Phillip (Debbie) Johnson of Grantsburg; stepgrandchildren and step-great-granchildren; sister, Elaine Palmer of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Catherine (John) Odell of Washburn, Elrose Johnson of Grantsburg and Adeline (Bill) Ingalls of Webster; brother-in-law, Wesley Graves of Grantsburg; numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Graves Jr.; son, Patrick Graves; sons-in-law, Wayne Peterson and Howard Chouinard; sister, Velda Bell; and stepdaughter, Cyndee LaForge. Funeral services were held at Trade Lake Baptist Church, rural Frederic, on Friday, Oct. 7, with the Rev. Merrill Olson officiating and music provided by organist Larry Fisk. Lunch was provided by the ladies at the church and interment followed at Wood Lake Cemetery in Wood River Township. Pallbearers were Shawn Graves, Larry Graves, Tony Graves, Bob Peterson, Zach Graves and Sommar Lindberg. Online condolences may be left at For additional information call Bruce Rowe at 715-3274475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Shirley Ann Behling, 78, Cumberland, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. She loved Jesus and will spend eternity with him. She was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Luck, to Uffa and Edith (Berg) Jensen. Shirley graduated from Luck High School in 1951. Shirley attended nursing school and worked as a surgical scrub nurse at the Frederic Hospital. She married Robert Ellis Behling at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on June 11, 1955. Shirley lived and farmed with her husband and family on their Larigan Lake Farm north of McKinley. She was a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic. Shirley was devoted to her husband, children, their spouses and grandchildren and loved them beyond measure. She was nurturing, humble, patient and kind and possessed a fabulous sense of humor. She was a great cook and homemaker, and there was always room for one more friend at the kitchen table. She enjoyed quilting, riding on her pontoon boat on Larigan Lake, drinking coffee and visiting, and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She was named the 2010-2011 Cumberland Wrestling Fan of the Year. While she enjoyed nature’s beauty, especially daisies, and loved life’s simple pleasures, she also had the opportunity to explore the world, by taking trips to Denmark, South Africa, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Alaska and Hawaii. She and Robert were married for 53 years until he passed away on April 19, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Jared Behling; son-inlaw, John Afdahl and brother, Russell Jensen. She is survived by two sons, Jim (Corrine) Behling of Cumberland and John (Tabitha) Behling of Eau Claire; four daughters, Mary Behling Mayer of Amery, Kay (Joe) Potter of Eden Prairie, Minn., Ann (Duane) Wolf of Northfield, Minn., and Barbara (Carol Moretti) Behling of Sun Prairie; four grandchildren, Ryan, Jason, Sara and Madeline Behling; sister, Dorothy Sorenson of Milltown; four special nieces, Darlene Johnson; Dianna Lidberg; Kris Anderson and Karol Jensen-Schneider and sister-inlaw, Shielagh Jensen-Becker. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 11, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Frederic, with Father Dennis Mullen officiating. Burial was in the Corpus Christi Cemetery in McKinley. Pallbearers were Jason Behling, Ryan Behling, Carl Berg, Bruce Carlson, Dennis Johnson and Harold Weaver. The family requests memorials be sent to Lakeview Medical Hospice, 1700 West Stout St., Rice Lake, WI 54868. Attn. Kris Fetkenheuer. The Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland, was entrusted with arrangements.

Joan R. (Pospisil) Collins, 77, passed away on Oct. 10, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls. Joan was born on May 19, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minn., to George and Frances (Bassett) Pospisil. After high school, she married Gailen (Gus) Gustafson in 1953 and had two sons, Kim and Scott. She later married Norman F. Collins and worked for many years at Control Data in Minneapolis. She is preceded in death by her parents; two half brothers, Clayton and Jerry Holm; and a nephew, Staff Sgt. Blake Pospisil in 2005 in Iraq Freedom. She is survived by her sons, Kim (Gina) Gustafson of Balsam Lake and Scott Gustafson of Sandstone Minn.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Ken (Jeanne) Pospisil of Anoka, Minn. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, at the East Balsam Baptist Church, 1816 CTH I, Balsam Lake. Pastor Gabe Brennan will be officating the service. Joan’s family will greet visitors at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. The family would like to invite their guests to join them for fellowship and luncheon following the service at the church. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka, Minn., later that day. To express online condolences, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Gary Bearhart Gary Bearhart Sr., 59, Danbury, died Oct.10, 2011. Services are pending at this time. Friends may call after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.13, at the Danbury Tribal Center. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m., at the Danbury Tribal Center. A full obituary will be published in a later edition. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Son And Brother

Donald Steven Van Gundy

Bert A. Zillmer Bert A. Zillmer, 85, Almelund, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at St. Cloud Hospital in Stearms County, Minn. He was born in Markville, Minn., on Feb. 2, 1926, to Erwin and Gladys (McKee) Zillmer. Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund with interment at the cemetery next to his wife and daughter. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday. Condolences may be left online at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, North Branch, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Who Passed Away Three Years Ago October 18

Loving and missing you always, Mom, Duane, Erica, Paige, family and friends

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I’m writing this from heaven, where I dwell with God above, Where there’s no more tears or sadness, there’s just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy because I am out of sight, Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night. And I will stay beside you, every day, week and year, And when you’re sad I’ll still be there to wipe away your tears. When you think of my life on earth and all those living years, Because you’re only human they’re bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain, Remember there wouldn’t be flowers unless we first had rain. I wish I could tell you of all that God has planned, But even if I were able to, you wouldn’t understand. When you’re going down the street and you’ve got me on your mind, I’m walking in your footsteps and only half a step behind. And if you feel a gentle breeze or wind upon your face, Remember it’s only me with a loving and soft embrace.

Ralph William Henning Ralph William Henning, 58, Frederic, died of heart failure on Oct. 8, 2011, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Ralph was born in Spooner on Jan. 31, 1953, to Ralph and Joanne (Andrea) Henning. He graduated from Spooner High School in 1971. After graduation, he married Denise Emblom (Byzewski), and they had three sons. They later divorced. He married Kristie Iverson in 1982 and lived in Chippewa Falls together with their six children. In 1987, they moved to Grantsburg and later to their current home on Spirit Lake. Ralph worked as an auto glass technician and branch manager for 28 years and earned the master glass technician designation, working Spooner, Ironwood, Duluth, Eau Claire and Milwaukee. For the last several years of his life, he enjoyed working as a maintenance manager and technician at Voyager Village in Webster and Community Living Options in Pine City, Minn. Ralph was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a good friend to everyone who knew him. He was always there when anyone needed him for any task, small or large. He greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and relaxing in his favorite recliner watching a “flick.” Ralph was a talented musician, playing guitar and singing since he was a teenager, and performing in various bands throughout the years. Ralph is survived by his wife, Kristie; sons, Ralph (fiancée Bonnie Johnson), Christopher and Michael; stepchildren, Erika Satterlund (fiancé Jeff Matheny), Julie (Shawn) Thaemert and David (Loryanna) Satterlund; grandchildren, Brett and Casey Thaemert, Brock and Caden Matheny and Tristan Satterlund; stepmother, Hallie Henning; brothers, Kurt (Connie) Henning, Don (Linda) Henning and Brian (Keri) Lewis; eight nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. A visitation was held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5 – 8 p.m., at Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg. The funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Siren. Coffee will be served after the service. A private interment at Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg will be held at a later date.


OKTOBERFEST Sunday, October 23, 2011

GOSPEL SERVICE With The Wilson Family And Friends At 9:15 a.m. Serving brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Menu: Scrambled Eggs, French Toast Bake, Pork Sausage Links, Black Forest Smoked Sausage, Rye Bread And Cheese, Fruit Cup, Assorted Bars, Milk, Juice, Coffee. 547525 Freewill Offering • Proceeds to Support Missions 8-9L 50a

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all that helped out during this difficult time. Thanks to the St. Croix Medical Staff that cared for Mom during her stay. Thanks to Laverne & Kim for all you did for us. Thanks to Pastor Theresa for visiting Mom and for an uplifting and inspiring message at the funeral. Thanks to Bonnie, Jim and Elna for the awesome music and to the Zion church for the delicious lunch. Thanks to Dave Edling for making the arrangements and thanks to the friends and neighbors, for the food and warm hugs. Mom had a long life. She will be missed by 547644 8Lp many.

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Kids need stability during “earthquake” of divorce Q: As a grandparent, is there anything I can do to help our grandchildren cope with the divorce of their parents? It has been devastating to them. Juli: As much as you may feel like you’re on the sidelines in this situation, you can actually make a very big difference in your grandchildren’s lives. One of the strongest predictors of how children cope through divorce is stability. Divorce is like an earthquake to children. The one thing in life that should be immovable is no longer stable. Along with Mom and Dad splitting, they are carted between homes, they often lose relationships with family friends and extended family, and sometimes they even change school districts. You can be a source of stability when everything else seems to be shifting. Parents going through the divorce process are typically so anxious and overwhelmed by their own trauma that they lack the resources to invest in their kids. As a consequence, the children can feel rejected by one or both parents. Stereotypically, it is Dad who loses touch with his kids through divorce, but it can also be Mom. In either case, children of

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Juli Slattery

divorce need an adult who invests in them, believes in them and models healthy masculinity or femininity. Practically speaking, go to their games and concerts. Have them over and ask about their friends, hobbies and schoolwork. Try to be the one adult who doesn’t take sides. You probably have strong opinions and feelings about who is responsible for the divorce. Keep those beliefs to yourself. In the wake of divorce, children are often being pitted against the adults in their lives. As difficult as it may be, encourage your grandchildren’s love for both their mom and their dad. ••• Q: I have two boys, ages 5 and 7, and they’re constantly fighting over toys, over which DVD to watch and so on. How do I diffuse this behavior? They’re really sweet when they’re not trying to get the upper hand on one another. Jim: Every parent with more than one child at home has to confront the specter of sibling rivalry at some point. My wife

and I have certainly had to address it with our own boys! Thankfully, though, there are some steps you can take to keep competition and animosity in check. Author Grace Stopani has developed a list of five steps to address sibling rivalry. Here they are: 1) Teach your kids mutual respect. Don’t allow them to insult one another. Mean words and actions coming from a brother or sister can hurt deeply. 2) Don’t play favorites. All children are created equal, but not all are the same. Recognize each child’s individual skills and strengths without implying that one is somehow better than the other. 3) Teach your kids conflict management. Don’t deny their feelings, but help them learn to express their emotions in the proper way. It’s not wrong for your sons to become frustrated with one another from time to time. But there are good ways and bad ways for them to deal with it. 4) Don’t ignore good behavior. Of course you need to intervene when they’re behaving badly, but you should also reward them with praise when they’re getting along. Be sure each child receives a healthy dose of your time and interest. 5) Show appreciation for who your children are, not what they do. If a child

feels valued merely for his performance, he’ll feel the need to prove his worth. Foster your boys’ self-esteem by praising their God-given traits, such as compassion or a tender heart. It won’t always be easy, but remembering these guidelines can help restore a measure of peace. God bless you in this important calling! ••• 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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New sign and new members at St. Peter's On Sunday, Oct. 2, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of North Luck welcomed 22 new members to their congregation including Robert, Deborah, Vivian and Jack Jorgenson and family; Bill, Kim and Augie Rovney; Christina, David, Emily and Jonathan Lien; Henry and Lois Nick; Stephanie Stevens; Tom, Elsa, Meredith, Adeline and Theodore Thompson; Dan and Vicki Nyren; and Nancy Anderson. A new sign proclaiming the church’s change of affiliation to the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has been erected on Hwy. 48. - Photos by Lori Nelson

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

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609 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE



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



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.


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.


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


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.


Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Education Hour 9:45 a.m. (Starts 9/18/11); Sunday Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.


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, 8:45 a.m. Prayer; 9 a.m. Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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.


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. 10:20 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & last Sundays


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


561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 June - Aug. Sun. Worship: Traditional 8:30 a.m.; Comtemporary 10:30 a.m. Sun., Aug. 21: One Worship Serv. 10 a.m. followed by annual meeting


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


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


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


Phone 715-327-4340, 715-416-3086, 715-327-8090 Pastor Theresa Riewestahl Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays


(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.


CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Interim Pastor Terry Stratton Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Sun. Worship 10 a.m.


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m.


510 Foster Ave. E. Pastor Ralph Thompson Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. 8 &10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9 a.m.


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


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 Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Wed. Wor. 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


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


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


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


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





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


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


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


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

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.


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

LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.


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

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

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

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




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


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

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


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


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.


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


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


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 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

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Bible Class 9:30 a.m. Worship Serv. 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & Last Sunday


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


Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 715-327-8384, 715-416-3086 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays




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


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


Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT



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


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


Pastor Gary Tonn Sunday School 9 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.


Pastor - Father Frank Wampach 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.


Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Sat. 4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.


Balsam Lake - Rev. John A. Drummy, Pastor - 405-2253 Mass: Sat. eves. 6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Tues. 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:30 a.m. Sun. or by appt.


Pastor 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.


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


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.



Pastor Father Frank Wampach, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 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.



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



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. 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 ASSEMBLY


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


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


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 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.


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


Pastor Dave Williams 933 248th St., Osceola Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided


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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411

Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:15 a.m.


2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Willis Christenson, 715-483-9464 Sun. School - 10 a.m.; Wor. Service - 11 a.m.


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


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; E-mail: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sunday Service: 9 a.m.; All ages Sunday School 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available


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


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


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

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

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

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.




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



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




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


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

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


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




28313 CTH H, A&H Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.


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


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Sunday Worship 9:45 a.m.; Sunday School 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.


715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.




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.

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

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Anthony Gadwa has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and is the son of Robert Gadwa and Felicia Kemp. Anthony is a very nice boy and well-liked by his classmates. He is always willing to help others and likes to have fun. He always does his best and loves learning new things. He loves to read books about animals. His enthusiasm is contagious. Anthony wants to be a man when he grows up.

Cassidy Wood has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Lara Jean and Anthony Wood. Cassidy is involved in band, choir, volleyball, basketball and bab-sits for cousins. She enjoys playing violin, tennis and reading. She plans to attend college. Her greatest influences are her dad and mom. Cassidy is a hard worker and a talented musician.

Ryan Wylie has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Jennifer Strenke. Ryan is involved in 4-H, FFA, football and works on a farm part time. He enjoys hunting, fishing and any other outdoor activites. He plans to attend college. His greatest influence is his mom. Ryan likes to be helpful and cares about his community.

Riley Schafer has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Jennifer Schafer and Jim Schafer. Riley works hard while in class and tries his best. He enjoys science, recess, playing guitar and especially kickball. He appreciates the school cooks and thinks their best meal is the pancakes. Riley would like to be a forest ranger for the DNR when he grows up.


Gabrielle Engstrand has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Josh and Wendy Engstrand. Gabby is a good and attentive student who enjoys learning about everything. She takes especially good care of her younger brother. She is a good friend and citizen in the classroom and in the school building. She likes to cheer for the girls volleyball team.

Carter Lee has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son Curt and Julie Lee. He is involved in state solo and ensemble, jazz band, hockey, football, baseball, marching band, pep band, drumline, mowing service and church youth group. He enjoys drumming, golf, dirt biking and hanging out with friends. Carter is hardworking, helpful, dedicated, open to suggestions and to new things.


Alex Grant has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Rick and Kathy Sistad. Alex is a pleasant student who always has a smile on his face. He gets along well with students and staff. He enjoys biking, tubing and kneeboarding. The greatest influence in his life is his mom.

Danielle Nelson has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Melverd and Vickie Nelson. Danielle is always helpful in class. She is friendly and a great worker in the concession stand. She is involved in FCCLA. She enjoys baby-sitting, working, fishing, cooking and shopping. The persons she admires most are her mom and grandma.

Keiran Mandera has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade. He lives at home with his mom and sisters. At home he likes to play ouside with his friends. At school Keiran loves physical education and art. He is a very good reader and is beginning to love math. When he grows up he would like to join the Air Force because he likes the machinery.

Dallas Carpenter has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Carrie and Jerry Carpenter. He has two brothers and a cat. Dallas loves to run. His favorite subject is math and he enjoys gym class. He is very helpful and enthusiastic.

Alex King has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Roni and Scott Schuler. He has three sisters and two brothers. Alex enjoys soccer, hanging out with friends and being active in youth group. He is in football, track and baseball.



Taedon Nicols has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Taedon always works hard, does his best, keeps working and doesn’t give up, and is very respectful of others around him. He listens, follows directions, is responsible and takes good care of his work and supplies. His teachers can count on Taedon to follow school rules and always gets started right away. He always has a smile on his face and loves school.

Tymber King has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Bill and Charlie King. Tymber takes her time in school very seriously. She is a self-starter and she works hard, yet she is humble about her abilities. Tymber’s favorite classes in school are math and choir. She is also active in volleyball, 4-H, Girl Scouts and drumline.

Seth Guertin has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Dave and Laurel Guertin. Seth was nominated by his computer teacher, Mrs. Peterson. He enjoys working with computers and has been very helpful in class when other students need assistance. When Seth is not in school, he enjoys playing on the computer and watching TV.

Stephanie Keith has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Connie and Charles Keith. Stephanie brings interesting perspectives to classroom discussions and she works well with others. In the future, she would like to go to college to become a civil engineer.

Camron Tomaszewski has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Nick and Anne Tomaszewski. Camron is an excellent student who portrays what it means to have Tiger pride. He is respectful to teachers, classmates and school staff members. He completes all his homework on time and follows directions. Camron is always willing to help others in need.

Sadie Koelz has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Peter and Jean Koelz. Sadie is happy and cooperative. She has a good work ethic, which is very evident in her daily work. She is a great kid to have in class. She enjoys reading, taking nature walks and helping her parents at their restaurant.

Andrew Schrooten has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of William and Carolyn Schrooten. Andrew is very polite, shows that he is very interested in learning and participates well in class. He is involved in band, choir, Boy Scouts, cross country, track and soccer. He enjoys collecting rocks, running, fishing and hunting.


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Jon LaMachia has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Megan Walker. Jon has great effort and a great attitude. He is positive, cooperative and stays on task. He has great things to say in discussions. He is a hard worker, volunteers and shares his ideas. He is respectful to everyone.

Storm Oltman has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Deb Dunsmoor and Scott Oltman. Outside of school, Storm likes to hang out with his friends. After high school he would like to attend college for graphic design. Teachers say that Storm is an extremely dedicated student. Storm resides in Centuria.


Coming events


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

TUESDAY/18 Amery

FRI. - SUN./14 - 16

• Sjoland Lodge 5-635, Sons of Norway will meet at First Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.


Clam Falls

• Siren Assembly presents Evangelist Jim Gale. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 10:15 a.m., 715-349-5750.

• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn.


• Historical society quilt show at the Folsom House. Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m., 651-465-6588.

• Grantsburg Area Christian Women’s Club will meet at the senior center, 9-10:30 a.m., 715-463-3414.



• Ruby’s Pantry at the bus garage. Registration 11:30 a.m. Distribution noon-1 p.m., $15 donation, 715-472-2535,, .


• Benefit concert for Ruth Olsen at Cricket’s, 8:30 p.m.1:30 a.m., 715-268-6262.


Balsam Lake

• The Compassionate Friends Chapter of the Northwoods meet at Milltown Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715663-1152,

• Health department’s flu vaccinations at the health department, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,, 715-4858500. • Poco Penners will meet at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-483-9738.



• Peder Eide concert at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 7-8:30 p.m., 715-472-2535.

• Medicare 101 presentation at the library, 2-3 p.m., 715327-4979.

Rice Lake


• Open house and tour at WITC, 1-7 p.m., 800-243-9482 Ext. 5220.

• NW Regional Writers meet at Big Gust Apts., 1 p.m.



• Guitarist Peter Fletcher to perform at the library, 7 p.m., 715-472-2770.



• Siren Covenant Church soup supper, 4:30-6 p.m. • Fish fry and buffet at Burnett County Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-349-5923.


• Siren Covenant Church soup supper, 4:30-6 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Fish fry at American Legion Post 143, 5-7:30 p.m.

SAT. & SUN./15 & 16 Turtle Lake

• Railfest Model Railroad Show at the elem. school gym. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Train show 715-986-4680.

SATURDAY/15 Balsam Lake

• Arts & crafts bazaar at Faith Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.3 p.m., 715-405-3354.

Cloverton, Minn.

This stop sign in the Town of St. Croix Falls seems to remind us all to stop, look up and enjoy the colors of fall. - Photo by Melissa Ward


• Pancake supper at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5-7:30 p.m.


• Women’s expo & craft fair at Hog Wild, 11 a.m.3 p.m., 715-472-4884.


• Giving of coats, mittens, ski pants, head gear, etc. to all children at Siren Assembly of God Church, 8-11 a.m. • Drop-off day for Lions/Lioness yard sale at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400. • A Northwoods Christmas at Northwoods Crossing Event Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-349-8484. • Benefit for Larold Richison at the Moose Lodge, 5-8 p.m., 715-497-6796.


• Indianhead Writers fall contest & meeting at the ag station, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-468-2604.

• Spaghetti dinner at the town hall, 5 p.m.



• Lutheran church bazaar, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


• Open stage night at the arts center. Sign up at 7:30 p.m., starts at 8 p.m., 715-327-8181.

Indian Creek

• Clam River Tuesday Club fundraiser at the American Legion dance hall, 6-10 p.m.

• “From the Start Consider the Finish” play, presented by the Good Samaritan Society, at Peace Lutheran Church, 3 p.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Quilts and Quilting During the Civil War Era presentation at the community center, 2 p.m., 651-465-6588.

SUNDAY/16 Balsam Lake

• Georgetown Lutheran Church fall dinner, noon-2 p.m.


• Restorative Justice Family Fun Night Bingo at Crex Convention Center, 5-7:30 p.m., 715-349-2117.

Turtle Lake

• FFA Farm Toy Show and craft sale at the high school gym, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-357-6170.

MONDAY/17 Amery

• Christian Women’s Connection luncheon at Camp Wapo, 11:30 a.m.

Balsam Lake

• Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-684-4545. • Polk County Sportsmen’s Club will meet at the American Legion, 7 p.m., 715-268-8267.


• After 5 October dinner meeting at Siren Assembly Church Fellowship Hall, 6:30 p.m., 715-566-0081.

• VFW Post 4186 and the Ladies Auxiliary all-you-caneat spaghetti at the VFW Hall, 4:30-7 p.m.


• Auxiliary turkey supper fundraiser for VA residents at the Legion Hall, 4-7 p.m.


Every Day, AA &/or AlAnon, Polk & Burnett counties, 715-931-8262 for time/location. Amery, 715-268-8431.

Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176.

Every Monday

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360. Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 2 - 3 p.m., 715-268-5408,

Every Tuesday

Bingo - Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 p.m. Survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault support group, Polk Co., 800-261-7233, 6-7:30 p.m. Anger management group at Amery Regional Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 715-268-4094.

Every Thursday

Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612-205-2321.

International Walk to School in the USA Day ST. CROIX FALLS – Students in St. Croix Falls took part in International Walk to School in the USA Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The national program goals include enhancing the health of kids, improving air quality and creating safer routes for walkers and bikers. Girl Scout Juniors from Lake O’ the Dalles Troop No. 52684 assisted walkers across the street before and after school. - submitted

Fifth-grade Junior Girl Scouts Isabella Gatten and Elsie Flom assist elementary students as they walk and bike to school on International Walk to School Day. – Photos submitted unless otherwise noted

Girl Scout volunteers Isabella Gatten, Ella Berens and Elsie Flom, fifth-graders in troop No. 52684, assist walkers in the morning along with elementary Principal Mr. Benoy, St. Croix Police Chief Jack Rydeen and transportation supervisor Steve Leslie. Other Girl Scouts volunteered after school including Lauren Borst, Amy Costello, Cady Costello and Tori Wendorf.

St. Croix Falls fifth-graders took the watch for crossing guard on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the elementary school crossing by St. Croix Valley Good Samaritan Center. The walk-to-school initiative was made possible through a grant and volunteer studies on feasibility and route planning. The initiative is to encourage students to use a safe route to walk or ride their bike to school, promoting wellness while improving air quality from less cars driving students to school. – Photo by Tammi Milberg

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