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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LEADER LAND — While the November elections dominated most network and metropolitan news cycles, as well as our mailboxes and ad time, the second half of 2012 was marred locally with tragedy and corruption. By far, one of the most tragic incidents of the region last year occurred on Aug. 15, in Danbury, when 3-year-old Reena Mae Williams was reported missing from her Danbury home on a channel of the Yellow River. News media from around the region flooded the site, as the child’s disappearance seemed both baffling and unusual. But the Danbury Fire and Rescue dive team revealed the tragic end less than a day later, as the little girl’s now familiar photo, showing her brilliant blue eyes, sadly became an obituary notice. Reena was found drowned near a boat landing and, almost immediately, supervisory questions emerged. Sheriff Dean Roland initially deflected the possibility of charges against the parents, but as the investigation unfolded, the couple faced neglect charges in September. The parents appeared before a judge in November, where they pleaded not guilty to the allegations. While the question of their behavior seems destined for a jury, likely from another county, the death of the 3-year-old was another seemingly avoidable tragedy in its purest sense. The couple’s next court appearance is scheduled for February. The Nov. 30/Dec. 1 homicide of Kari G. Roberts, 47, Milltown, is likely to be one of the most brutal tragedies of the year, as details are only now beginning to emerge of her violent end, allegedly at the hand of boyfriend/fiance. The suspect appears before a judge in the first week of 2013, in what is likely to be one of the most closely followed cases in years. However, the man’s criminal history was so renowned, he was the subject of a 2009 case study article on repeat offenders in a WatchMN court-monitoring journal. The piece cites over a quarter century of criminal and violent allegations that include

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See Currents for 2012 Moments; a summary in words and photos arson, terroristic threats, burglary, sexual assault, multiple felony charges and bond violations, protection order violations and a stunning record of physical assaults that include at least five intimate partners, and even assaults and threats of his own family members. The Roberts homicide is expected to not only highlight the worst possible outcome of domestic abuse, but has also turned the accused into a true poster child of the worst-case scenario of a system failing to fully address repeat offenders. It also revealed a curious lack of record sharing between states, agencies and law enforcement. Polk County District Attorney Daniel Steffen is seeking a life sentence. The Roberts homicide is expected to once again train the spotlights of justice in domestic abuse, which continues to be an all too common problem, with little end in sight across the area. Regardless of the Roberts homicide outcome, no judge or prosecutor can deny its shadow. Within days of Roberts’ tragic death, the brand-new Taylors Falls emergency team assisted with a missing-person search in rural Chisago County for Danielle Jelinek, missing since early December. Just like the Milltown homicide, Jelinek’s disappearance has an apparent domestic abuse specter. ••• The second half of the year also revealed a complicated web of alleged misconduct by several members of the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department. While allegations lurked in the background of several curious disciplinary actions, the county district attorney’s office and the state Department of

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Proper credit POLK/BURNETT COUNTIES - A photo judged among the best photos published in the Leader in 2012 (“Suitable for framing,” page 19, Dec. 26 Leader) was taken by local photographer Susan Steffen. It shows Webster student Kaylee Weiser as she carried her lunch to school in a pail during a day in May when Webster students were able to experience what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse. The caption inadvertently gave photo credit to one of our staff reporters. We apologize to the photographer for the error.

Recent statistics from the U.S. Drought Monitor ( show that 2012 ended with no significant improvement in the statewide drought situation and with Burnett and Polk counties among those categorized as suffering “severe” drought conditions. Wisconsin experienced drought conditions this past summer that rivaled those of 1988, posing challenges for all state residents both rural and urban. Farmers, specifically, experienced the downside of drought with damage to their fields. Recent snowfalls have helped but experts have gone on record saying it may take another major snowfall to help correct the situation. Some parts of Wisconsin are down 5 inches of rain - and it takes approximately 19 inches of snow to equal 1 inch of rain. – Graphic from

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LUCK - Katie Hauer, right, is the new high school secretary at Luck, replacing Debbie Wickstrom, left. Wickstrom is retiring after more than 21 years with the school district. Her last day was Friday, Dec. 19. - Photo by Mary Stirrat

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BURNETT COUNTY – A 40-year-old Minnesota woman was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident Thursday, Dec. 30. Rachel Rae Krueger of St. Michael was airlifted from nearby Voyager Village Airport to a Twin Cities hospital following the accident, which occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Nicaboyne Lake. According to a report from Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Henry, the victim’s husband, Charles Reed Krueger, stated the snowmobile flipped onto its side and his wife fell off it. The snowmobile came to rest on her.. Preliminary information shows that the snowmobile may have struck an ice heave on the lake, causing it to crash. - with information from the Burnett County Sheriff’s Dept.

Bumpy start to a new year Lakeview Bar and Grill owner John Olson (background) calls authorities after his Shell Lake business was struck by a vehicle on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at approximately 8:30 a.m. - Photo by Suzanne Johnson

Little Elsa looks closely at a cash donation she deposited for a woman. Elsa and her brother, Andrew, helped their mother, Liza, ring bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign last week at Wayne’s Foods Plus in Luck. - Photo by Greg Marsten




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Higher gas prices ahead? by Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Uncertainty over Washington’s response to the so-called fiscal cliff is driving up oil prices and will likely cost consumers more at the gas pump. As Congress and the president prolonged their stalemate over a debt-reduction plan aimed at avoiding hefty budget cuts and automatic tax increases, financial markets are already responding. Particularly noticeable is movement in the price of West Texas crude. Gregg Laskoski is a senior petroleum analyst with He says that market isn’t waiting for politicians lastminute deal. “We know that there’s a great deal of financial nervousness in the markets and that’s pushing up the price of crude oil, and we’ve seen it go up $2.50 a barrel just in the last 24 hours, and it’s over $91 a barrel right now. That’s not good news for American consumers.” And Laskoski says that will make its way to the pump eventually. Currently, the state average is $3.19 per gallon. That’s the lowest price in about a year. Petroleum industry analysts were hopeful that some type of plan to avert the fiscal cliff could still be reached this year so prices don’t spike. Laskoski says if it’s a good plan the markets will respond. “I don’t think it would take long for the financial markets to react either positively or negatively to whatever the resolution is that Congress is able to cobble together.” Still, Laskoski says to expect gas prices to start going up in early spring, as they always do when refineries across the country slow production and switch from the federally mandated winter blend of gasoline to the summer blend.


Habitat tool trailer recovered Tip leads to recovery from Isanti County residence; charges pending by Jackie Thorwick Special to the Leader BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - A nonprofit organization in the business of bringing people home just brought home their stolen tool trailer, thanks to alert citizens and cooperation by law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota. A 24-foot tool trailer owned by Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity of St. Croix Falls was stolen from a home build site in Grantsburg on Saturday, Dec. 15. It was recovered from a property in Isanti County, Minn., on Thursday, Dec. 27, after a tip was called in to the East Central Drug/Violent Offenders Task Force. A search warrant was obtained and executed at about 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, by the task force, assisted by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, at 26362 Lyons St. Northeast in Oxford Township, Isanti County. The property is well-known to law enforcement officers. Chief Deputy Bill Guenther of the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department said police have been called to that address many times over a long period of time. A tip leading to the same property was also forwarded to Grantsburg Chief of Police Jeff Schinzing from a source in Pine County, Minn., around the same time. Task Force Commander Justin Wood said the trailer was found stashed a quarter-mile back in the woods behind the home, in deep snow, down a narrow path described as a “goat trail.” He said the suspect does not live at the address where the trailer was found. Wood said Fri-

Eric Kube, Executive Director of WRHFH, with Grantsburg Chief of Police Jeff Schinzing, back at the Grantsburg build site with the recovered tool trailer – minus almost all of the tools. - Photo submitted day, “As of this morning, we are charging at least one suspect.” A second party may be charged, he said, if enough evidence is found. The Isanti County attorney’s office said charges may be filed on the first suspect as early as Monday, though with holiday delays, it may not happen until after the first of the year. Most of the tools inside the trailer, worth an estimated $5,000, were gone. The property owners are cooperating with the investigation, and a few tools were recovered from inside the home at that address. Some of the tools handed over by the property owners were not owned by Habitat for Humanity, indicating the probability of other thefts being involved. The Isanti County Sheriff’s Department is following up on several leads, working to recover as many tools as possible. There was minor damage to the trailer, according to Eric Kube, executive director direct of WRHFH, who picked the trailer up on Friday morning and brought it to Grantsburg. “The trailer light wires and a lock were cut off,” he said.

“What was left inside the trailer looked like it had gone through a washing machine, it’s a mess,” said Kube. “We’re grateful to the news organizations that helped spread the word about this theft and to the people who worked hard to find our trailer,” he said. “But we’re still missing most of the contents, which will cost us probably close to $5,000. We hope the police will find more tools, but we realize they are probably gone.” The search for the missing trailer included an air search by Grantsburg officer Ron Wilhelm, who is a pilot. Wilhelm works part time for the Grantsburg police department and full time for the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department. Many of the stolen tools have “HFH” written on or scratched into them. If anyone is aware of someone selling construction tools with or without those initials, please contact authorities immediately. Grantsburg Chief of Police Jeff Schinzing can be reached at 715-463-5103. The East Central Drug/Violent Offenders Task Force, which re-

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity construction manager Bob Babel looks over the mess inside the stolen tool trailer that was just recovered. – Photo by Eric Kube covered the trailer, is a new agency, just about to turn a year old, according to Commander Justin Wood. It is a partnership between Chisago, Pine and Isanti counties. Wood said they have been very busy in their first year, saying “We could use double the manpower, double the hours.” He said, “We have had lots of successes. Lots of drug cases. We even stopped a hit man from killing someone, and stopped the kidnapping of a woman.” Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity continues its work. “This has slowed us down a bit, but it’s not stopping us,” said Kube. “We’ll be out working on Jessica and Jordan’s home all next week. We’ll finish this house, and start the next one, and we’ll keep doing this work. If anyone wants to come out and help, please call us at 715-483-2700.”

Domestic incidents run amok over the holiday break Disagreements, holidays and booze lead to numerous charges in multiple incidents by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Police responded to a call of a bizarre domestic incident on Wednesday, Dec 26, in Centuria when they were called to a home where a man is alleged to have been drinking and tried to set his house and van on fire. Police were told the suspect was highly intoxicated and out of control, but when they arrived at the home, they found Christopher Dietrich, 36, Centuria, passed out on the couch, with the home smelling of smoke and his pants charred. They also discovered burnt cardboard on the kitchen floor. Dietrich denied trying to light the home on fire that he shares with a woman and their children, but he later admitted to having tried to light his van on fire, out of frustration. He is also alleged to have thrown items at the woman and placed her in a head lock. Dietrich registered a .14 blood alcohol content, which is well over the legal limit of .08 BAC. He was placed under arrest and is now facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Thursday, Dec. 26, where he

pleaded not guilty and was released on a $1,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for March 8. An Amery woman’s bizarre behavior with a neighbor over parking spots may have cost her criminal charges. According to the probable cause report filed by the Amery Police Department, a call on Saturday, Dec. 29, of a woman causing problems in a parking spot dispute led to charges against Wanda Burstad, 46, Amery. When police arrived, they found Burstad drinking a beer, admitting she was at a local tavern for a party when she drove home, in spite of having a revoked driver’s license. She reportedly became enraged with a neighbor for where they parked and harassed them on her return that night. She was said to have barged in and yelled at them, using vulgarities while intoxicated, slamming doors and breaking some items. She denied Christopher going to the Dietrich neighbors home, but admitted to driving while revoked. Burstad became violent during her arrest and refused portable breath tests, and they have police video of her making further threats against the neighbor, which Burstad continually de-

nied. However, as the officer was completing the report, Burstad reportedly said from her jail cell that while she was accused of making threats, she would now be following through on those threats. Her BAC registered almost three times the legal limit, but charges were pending at press time. Santa apparently didn’t listen close enough to the request of a 20-year-old Clear Lake woman, who reportedly became enraged with her mother when she did not receive the present she wanted. According to the probable cause report filed by the Clear Lake Police Department, they were called to Wanda Burstad a home on Saturday, Dec. 29, because Amanda Pechaver, 20, smashed electronics, threw a bucket and bit a woman when she tried to stop her. Pechaver is also reported to have knocked over the Christmas tree and threatened to light the home on fire over the fact that she did not receive a Kindle electronic book reader for the holidays. Pechaver was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to jail, but official charges were pending at press time. A Christmas Eve brawl between family members in rural Amery led to domestic violence

c h a r g e s against 47year-old James Handrahan of Amery. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the Amanda incident began Pechaver in the waning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 24, when a disagreement broke out between family members, eventually leading to several becoming involved. But authorities arrested Handrahan, who was also intoxicated at the time. No word on what may have led to the brawl, and charges were pending at press time against Handrahan. A 40-year-old Amery man is facing charges of battery and disorderly conduct from an alleged domestic incident that occurred in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 26. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Ryan Lee became enraged when he discovered text messages to his wife from another man, and reportedly “sat her up” in the bedroom that morning. The messages led to a heated argument and Lee reportedly throwing the cell phone at her. The report also alleges Lee having grabbed her by the hair and throwing her out of the bed and against a closet, which is when he reportedly then threw the phone at her face. Lee has a previous felony con-

viction for reckless endangerment and drug possession. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Wednesday, Dec. 26, where she set a $5,000 bond with no-contact conditions. His next court appearance is set for Jan. 14. A Christmas Eve altercation left a 38-year-old Osceola man facing charges of domestic abuse and disorderly conduct, although details are slim. According to a preliminary probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, they were called to the home on the evening of Monday, Dec. 24, where Shawn H. Day reportedly had threatened to smash a television and more after a disagreement where he threw a cell phone at the wall, smashing it. Day reportedly got physical with the victim, pushing him into a chair and pinning him there with his arm Ryan Lee against his throat. Day refuted the allegations but was taken into custody, nonetheless. He was charged with disorderly conduct and appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Wednesday, Dec. 26, where he was released on a $1,000 signature bond. His next hearing is slated for March 1.


Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland held a news conference at the Danbury ball field in August, giving then news that nobody wanted to hear - that 3-year-old Reena Mae Williams was found dead in water 25 yards from her home. Hundreds of volunteers helped in the search for Reena. - Photos by Sherill Summer

Notables/from page 1 of Criminal Investigation unraveled the details in October. The issue began with alleged domestic abuse incidents by a deputy, where staff aided in a cover-up. The final toll on staff and officers could go as high as nine people. September saw the case(s) have hearings for the dismissed jailer/dispatchers. Two other deputies facing termination are seeking arbitration while disciplinary action progresses against other deputies. The misconduct issue became a sad, black eye on the BCSD, but also tested their cross-training, as they shuffled personnel to fill vacancies created by the disciplinary actions. ••• School issues are always notable, and 2012 was no exception. Last week’s mention that the Siren School fire was among the biggest stories of the year still stands, but education also was an issue around the region, from typical budgetary questions to a $1.2 million maintenance referendum in Luck that passed easily. Ironically, a major pipe burst in a Luck School classroom, within hours of the decision, seemed like a well-timed punctuation mark on the decision to overhaul an aging infrastructure. Budgets, in general, were relatively steady, although enrollment and funding issues always seem a big question, and the state’s long-term funding role remains a Madison topic of question. But it was the briefly delayed Oct. 22 release of the almost nationwide school report card system that left some administrators sleepless, as the report was not kind to all the local districts, and led to realistic admissions of course corrections at several boards of education. But innovation in schools also emerged, as St. Croix Falls moved closer to a unique, college-based seminar system proposal for their future junior classes. It would integrate classes for English, psychology, science, statistics, technology; and career and life skills into a shared environment where the students would all meet in the same facility. If the board finalizes approval in the coming months for a three-year commitment, it may spread to other grades, if successful. Several local schools had minor administrative shake-ups and several high-level retirements are pending at several districts. ••• Churches also made the news again, in several denominations. There was a rare outright church closure in Danbury, and a well-chronicled near closure of Zion Lutheran of Bone Lake, as many local congregations continued to try innovative and unique approaches to worship, outreach and their support of local causes. And there were several pastoral shakeups, including a recently revealed proposal plan for a bold, multipoint parish-sharing plan for several United Methodist churches. While many denominations worked hard to maintain numbers, places of wor-

ship also strengthened their role in local poverty assistance and food programs. From a unique partnering with relief agencies that includes a multiple-school-district backpack program for healthy food assistance for children, that grew dramatically, to the expansion of shared or low-cost meal programs, combined with fundraisers, all added to the role local congregations of all flavors play in everything from assistance to the needy to serving as homes for everything from day-care centers to teen centers to recovery-group meeting spots. ••• The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department was also in the news for their ongoing issue of future dispatching plans. Dispatch and equipment issues had sevenfigure price tags, and whether to tag team with Polk County’s new narrow bandwidth frequency system is still pending and likely to be decided in the coming months. Previous Jan. 1, 2013, FCC deadlines loomed for the county and forced the question, making it a front and center issue for the county board most of the year, coming to a head in recent weeks, where a proposed new communications tower was called a win-win for all parties. But the final call on how to best meet future needs for narrow-band dispatching duties remains a divided, and unanswered, issue among county leaders, and figures of millions in savings have been publicly called into question. ••• Polk County law enforcement also had a unique legal challenge come to a head in recent weeks, with the return of a suspect back to Polk County, from Canada, to face multiple charges of a 2010 police standoff, of sorts, in the Town of Apple River, where he was accused of trying to run over a deputy’s squad car with his jacked-up Ford pickup. Luckily, the deputy received only minor injuries, but the man faced multiple felonies and, while he agreed in principal to a plea agreement that year and was awaiting sentencing, he sought substance abuse treatment in Minnesota, then fled the country to his previous Canadian home. It took a complicated and tedious extradition process to get the suspect back and, just as in the Roberts homicide, the question of bail jumping and escaping the system emerged once again. The accused faces a barrelful of felony charges and is scheduled to be arraigned in the coming days. It is unclear how the courts will address his flight and previously set sentence, which was for 26 years, versus the more than a century he faced behind bars prior to the plea agreement. ••• Financial institutions were once again in the news, as they were the year before, with takeovers and closures. This time two prominent closures were announced in recent weeks: Eagle Valley Bank, in downtown St. Croix Falls, and Royal Credit Union, in Centuria. The

branch closures showed the changing face of banking with online transactions and plastic use, and hinted that the slumping economy is still a major issue. Closures even overrode the Sept. 7 robbery of the Eagle Valley Bank, in downtown St. Croix Falls, where St. Croix Falls police apprehended a woman from Stanchfield, Minn., just moments after the crime. The case was also noteworthy in that the woman wore a bright yellow safety vest, sunglasses and ball cap. The police credited bank employees and quick action by authorities, as she was wrangled in just a few blocks from the scene. The woman was also tied to a similar Aug. 3 robbery in Princeton, Minn. Her charges are currently pending at several levels. ••• Downtown St. Croix Falls was also the focus of development attention again, this time with the closely followed razing of the long-vacant Falls 5 movie theater, just as the cold weather arrived this fall. The city negotiated to purchase the long blighted property for use as an eventual addition/enhancement to the historic Civic Auditorium, better known as the home to the Festival Theatre Company, which also worked out a long-range agreement for the theater and property management that better ensures the company can utilize and assist with the upgrades. The razing of the movie house also allows for a private enterprise addition, possibly for a restaurant, tavern or lodging, to enhance the public space. The theater company, itself, also dove headfirst into a bold new management restructuring that will be analyzed in the coming weeks. ••• Medical centers and clinics have been one of the few large-scale local building projects in recent years, either with outright new clinics, such as in Amery and Osceola, or enhanced facilities in Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls. The year 2012 saw more medical-center construction, with the opening of the new, enhanced Unity Medical Clinic in July outside Balsam Lake, as a replacement of the St. Croix Regional Medical Center‘s former modular building across the street. Plans and construction commenced for a new SCRMC facility in Chisago County, and plans for their future additional satellite clinic in Frederic also firmed up for the coming years. ••• Use of all-terrain vehicles on the Gandy Dancer Trail in Burnett County was also on the front burner of discussion for the second half of 2012. In July, members of the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee considered the impacts from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as issues with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on adding potential ATV use to hiking and biking on at least a portion of the former rail line. However, after several hearings and dis-

cussions in the late summer and fall, the county committee voted in November to keep the trail as is, with no ATVs on the Gandy Dancer Trail, in light of response from WisDOT regarding future funding. ••• A familiar local star, St. Croix Falls grad Megan Kalmoe, made her mark again in August as a storied member of the U.S. Olympic quadruple sculls rowing team, as the overachieving team won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympic Games in London, England. Kalmoe returned to a hero’s welcome several weeks later, and ranks as one of the most successful local athletes, bar none. ••• Several local projects received a welcomed financial boost from the Albert V. Ravenholt Foundation. The foundation announced several local causes would be benefactors. Ravenholt passed away in 2010, but was a highly successful war correspondent, researcher, writer and investor who was born and raised in the Luck and Milltown areas. His foundation has assisted in funding and leveraging expansions for several local groups and organizations in the Luck and Milltown areas, as well as several other institutions. The foundation will pay for the expansion of the Luck Library/Museum complex, which will house a local heritage studies facility. In recent weeks, the foundation also revealed donations to assist in the purchase of a vacant grocery store for a new Milltown Library, as well as the rehabilitation of a century-old two-room schoolhouse, outside of Luck, on top of other projects to be announced in the coming weeks. ••• While the effects of the recession continued to affect local retail sales, foreclosure rates and financial struggles of both families and small businesses, the unemployment rates continued to drop in both Polk and Burnett counties. ••• Other notable stories remain either unsolved or unclear, such as the blatant discovery of several local toxic dump sites in September. The Wisconsin DNR continues to investigate the apparent rash of dump sites in both Burnett and Polk counties, with no answers or responsible parties revealed as of yet. Also unclear is the recent revelation of the plan for deer hunting at night by tribal members. The issue remains controversial and likely to be a future court issue. ••• While there was no shortage of tragedy, controversy or corruption across the region this past year, no story likely brought a bigger smile to local faces than in October, when it was revealed that a long-lost wedding ring belonging to Sander Staples turned up fully nine years after it was lost - in a clam shell. Maybe there’s hope for lost car keys after all.


Frederic school finances reviewed Expenses down, fund balance up by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The presentation, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, of the Frederic school district audit for the 2011-12 school year, was a chance to compare last year’s financial numbers to the final 2012-13 school budget. One highlight is the reverse of a $208,938 loss last year into a planned surplus of $32,619 for the present year. Last year’s loss had reduced the fund balance from $917,516 to $708,577. The surplus will start building that fund balance, used for ongoing expenses, back toward the $900,000 level it had been at for several years. General fund district revenues for the current year are budgeted at $5,504,418. That is a reduction of $93,773 from the prior year actual revenues. However, budgeted expenses have been reduced $335,370. The $241,597 net gain covers the 2011-12 deficit and supplies the $32,619 re-

serve increase. The largest revenue source is state funds, 49.7 percent for the current year compared to 50.8 percent last year. That drop in aid was covered by more money from local property taxes, 41.8 percent this year compared to 39.6 percent last year. Federal sources provide 4.6 percent of the revenues for the current year, down from 5.3 percent last year. In actual budgeted dollars, property taxes will bring in $2,313,612 for the current year and the state will provide $2,751,277 in a variety of aids and grants. Instructional expenses, the teacher cost, is 49.5 percent of the expense, down $311,443 from the previous year. Frederic enrollment has dropped each year, resulting in a reduction in teachers. Support services, administration, utilities and transportation account for 32.9 percent of the expense, down $78,165. This reduction is partially offset by an adjusted increase in the cost of open enrollment of $82,324 over the previous year. Frederic is budg-

eting a payment of $486,770 to other districts that gain Frederic students. The district expects to gain $50,537 for students who transfer into the district for a net cost of $436,233, 8 percent of the district expense. The final expense may be lower but Frederic regularly loses an adjusted amount of 50 or more students to other districts each year. The cost per student for the current year is $6,445. There are several ways of counting the district students. The numbers used on the state worksheet to calculate aid include the open-enrollment students. That count for the last five years shows a drop from 528 students in 2009 to 502 students this year. The actual head count of students in the classes (the third Friday count) shows that Frederic had 492 attending classes in September 2010 and 449 on the third Friday in September 2012. That decline may decrease after this year. The current senior class of 44 students is the last big class and all the classes below that show a more consistent size of about

30 students.

Other notes Long-term bond debt continues to decrease and will be paid off in 2018. The district is creating a plan for the long-term allocation of resources, which will look at building space, staffing and collaboration with area districts as well as the future of funding sources. The district will start planning for maintenance items including a long-range plan for roofing needs and general building items. In addition, it will look at reducing energy costs. The district says a percentage of the annual budget should be allocated to ongoing maintenance expenses. The district says it is currently deficient in the technology infrastructure need to bring the staff and students into the 21st century of technology integration for learning. The audit report says a percentage of the annual budget should be used for technology programs.

Marked increase of flu cases in Polk County POLK COUNTY - Polk County has seen a marked increase in cases of influenza, according to a news release issued by the Polk County Health Department last week. Some of these cases have been serious enough to require hospitalization. Ages in the hospitalized cases range from 14 years to 90 years, and influenza was also diagnosed in a pregnant woman. Preventing the spread of influenza is essential. Getting a vaccination is the easiest way to protect yourself and family members from this illness. It is not too late to get vaccinated for influenza.

What can I do to protect myself and family from influenza? • Get a flu shot. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. The Polk County Health Department has influenza vaccine available and appointments can be scheduled by calling 715-485-8500. Your local medical provider may also have vaccine available. • Cover your cough. • Wash your hands as often as possible using soap and water for 15-20 seconds – about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” • Use hand sanitizer when soap and

water are not available and in between hand washing. • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms.

What are the symptoms of influenza and what should I do if I or a family member becomes ill? • Symptoms of flu-like illness are fever greater than 100 degrees and cough or sore throat. • Stay home if you have symptoms of flu-like illness until you are free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (such as acetaminophen or Ibuprofen).

• Make backup plans for child care in case you have sick children who must stay home from school or day care, or if the school or day care needs to be closed. • Contact your health-care provider if serious illness develops or if you are in group that is at higher risk for flu complications.

Where can I find information? • On the Web at or • Polk County Health Department at 715-485-8500. - with information from the Polk County Health Dept.

Lots of democracy Electing and understanding 40 positions by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer P O L K / B U R N E T T / WA S H B U R N COUNTIES – We have a lot of democracy. There are at least 40 individuals we elect at the national, state, and local level. The positions are legislative, executive, judicial, partisan and nonpartisan. The terms of office range from two years to 10 years. This is a lot of offices where we have to make choices. During the spring elections this April, we will have elections for five different positions with possible contests for from eight to 13 individuals depending on where we live. This spring’s election All area residents (except in Amery) will get to elect members of their town, village or city governing board. In towns (most area residents) this includes the town

chair and two supervisors. For villages the terms of the village president and three of the six trustees are up. For cities, some council seats are up. Amery, with fouryear terms, has no city election. In addition, some towns elect the town clerk and treasurer. All these offices are for two-year terms. Most area residents still have time to decide who the candidates for these offices will be. With few exceptions, town and village candidates are nominated at caucuses in January. (See last week’s Register or Leader for caucus dates and rules.) Candidates for city councils and for a few villages and one town filed nominating papers in December. Those candidates will be known after Jan. 2. All 19 area school boards will hold elections for a third of their seats, with the winners elected for three-year terms. These filings were also in December, with a closing time of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, to get on the ballot. The state Supreme Court has seven

elected members who serve 10-year terms. The term of Justice Pat Roggensack is up this year, and she is probably facing opposition. There are three elected members of the District III Court of Appeals. One of the judges has resigned and that seat will be filled in April. The Superintendent of Public Education is the only head of a state department elected by the voters. We will know Jan. 2 who the candidates are for this office, with a four-year term.

Other offices This spring, we vote for about a dozen people running for five of the 19 offices and 40 or more positions we elect. That leaves a lot more elections at other times. At the federal level, we elect the president and vice president, two senators and one member of the House of Representatives. These are partisan positions. Five state executive officials, in addition to the public education head, are elected.

We elect the governor and lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state and the state treasurer. These are all partisan positions for four-year terms, with the next election in 2014. We also elect a state senator and a member of the state Assembly, also partisan positions. We will elect members of our county boards, one supervisor per district, in the spring of 2014. County governments also have six elected department heads, county clerk, treasurer, register of deeds, clerk of court, district attorney and sheriff, all for fouryear terms and running on partisan ballots at fall elections. Finally, there are the county level circuit courts with two judges in Polk County and one each in Burnett and Washburn. None of these nonpartisan seats are up this April.

Milltown PD busts car break-in operation Three teens arrested after a dozen car break-ins by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – Polk County authorities are praising the actions of the Milltown Police Department in their action on the day after Christmas in busting a large auto break-in operation that involved three teens, two of whom are juveniles. It was just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, that a Milltown officer noticed three suspicious males walking though

yards with duffle bags in tow. When confronted, the three were identified as 15- and 16-year-old juvenile males and 18year-old Maxim Stalker of Linwood, Minn. The stories continued to change on the trio, and they said they were Maxim Stalker on their way to another person’s home with Christmas presents, candy and clothing. But when they returned to their car with

the officer, one of the teens attempted to push his duffle bag under the car with his foot. The officer then had the trio admitting they had broken into about a dozen vehicles, where they had stolen change, cash and other items. The only adult of the group, Stalker, was searched and found to have marijuana in his pocket, as well as prescription medications. Stalker later admitted that they had come to Milltown to “car shop” and showed their stolen cache of items. Stalker was also on probation for juve-

nile crimes. He was charged with misdemeanor theft of moveable property and drug paraphernalia possession. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Thursday, Dec. 27, where she set a $1,500 signature bond, but future court dates had not been set. There was no word on charges against the juvenile teens. Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson praised the Milltown Police for the arrest and keen observance to bring the charges, which had likely affected so many vehicle owners.

Red Cross tries to make up for lost blood donations by Patty Murray Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Wisconsin’s chapter of the American Red Cross is trying to make up for lost blood donations after last week’s inclement weather. Donation centers in three cities are tempting donors with Wisconsin Badger T-shirts. Twenty-four blood drives were canceled after last week’s snowfall. That’s according to the Badger Hawkeye Chapter of the Red Cross which covers Wisconsin, Michigan’s UP and parts of Iowa.

Drives in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay offered donors a bright red Badgers T-shirt in return for a pint of blood. One Green Bay student, Yesenia, gave part of her holiday vacation to donating. “It’s nice to know that you can do something so easy and it can help three people. You can save someone’s life.” Six of the blood drives canceled last week were in the Green Bay area. Michelle Otero recruits donors for the Red Cross in northeastern Wisconsin. She

says offering little things, like Badgers Tshirts, is enough extra incentive to bring people in who have donated before, but not recently, or who never have. She also says bad weather keeps regular donors home. “Last year, we really didn’t have a winter here in this area so we weren’t impacted by weather the way we have been already this year. We had to cancel over 100 units collected last Thursday because of that big snowstorm. And so we are asking people to come donate to help make up from those cancellations.

And with the way the weather is looking, it looks like we’ll have some more winter ahead of us.” December is a traditionally slow time for donations because of weather and holiday traveling. This year Otero says some regular donors aren’t eligible to give blood now after having done so shortly after superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast last month.


As supply meets demand, Wisconsin’s frac sand rush slows by Kate Prengaman Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism STATEWIDE – For more than a year, a 30foot-tall pile of unwanted sand towered over three acres on Claude Riglemon’s property. The price for the sand dropped about the time this stockpile was ready for sale, so the 120,000 tons of sand just waited. Riglemon isn’t a miner. A real-estate appraiser, he also runs a cranberry operation north of Tomah. He jumped into the frac sand frenzy when a mining company offered to dig him a new reservoir in exchange for the rights to the sand it removed. The company built him a great reservoir — but then struggled to sell the sand. Wisconsin’s sand is in demand for use in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a method of unlocking previously trapped oil and natural gas that has boomed in the recent years. Frac sand mining has surged in Wisconsin over the past few years, growing from a handful of sites to almost 100 permitted facilities. Nationally, the hydraulic fracturing industry purchased $3.7 billion worth of sand in 2011, according to The Freedonia Group, a business research firm. Although no official figures are available, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has estimated that the state’s frac sand industry will create more than 2,500 jobs. The industry has created controversy as well — some residents are concerned about traffic increases, dust pollution, and environmental damage. The sand is valuable, but mining it profitably depends on both the cost of transportation and on fluctuating market prices. For example, the fine-grained sand the natural gas industry prefers has lingered in Riglemon’s backyard because the U.S. currently has a surplus of natural gas. “The demand just isn’t there,” Riglemon said. “Western Wisconsin is all sand; this is not a scarce commodity. So the big issue becomes logistics. The cost (of transporting the sand) freezes the little guys out.” Trucks finally started hauling away the sand from Riglemon’s land in late November. He said he thinks the company, which he declined to name, had good intentions, but was caught by surprise when the price for sand dropped. Wisconsin’s sand is in demand, yes, but only to oil and gas drillers operating out of state. Getting it to buyers in North Dakota or Pennsylvania turns out to be a serious logistical challenge, said Tom Beekman, regional planning engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Sand that’s mined far from rail lines or barges may be too expensive. “They’ve got all kinds of sand in the backyard, but they just can’t get into the market,” Beekman said of the small operations. “Individuals have realized that they can’t get sand to the rail.” Sand prices range widely depending on grain size, strength and location, but industry experts agree that the prices have come down significantly from the more than $100-a-ton high that ignited Wisconsin’s mining boom. Official government estimates are not yet available for 2011 or 2012. For smaller operators who planned for higher prices, the frac sand boom might turn out to be a bust. Supply soon to meet demand The price of frac sand depends on the de-

This pile of frac sand sat on Claude Riglemon’s Jackson County cranberry farm for more than a year before the mining company found a buyer. Now they are finally hauling it away. – Photo by Matthew Perenchio/Jackson County Chronicle mand for its use in fracking. Shale gas production exploded in the past decade, increasing 2,400 percent nationally from 2002 to 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This boom created a surplus of natural gas this year, which lowered gas prices, leading to lower prices for sand. And as more of the new sand mines in Wisconsin begin production this year, the supply is catching up with the demand. Rich Budinger, the regional manager for the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company, a subsidiary of Fairmount Minerals, which has three operating sand facilities and one more in development in Wisconsin, said these price fluctuations are part of natural market cycles. Lower prices will benefit experienced sand mine operators like WISC, said Budinger, who also is president of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association. “If prices continue to drop off, a competitive market will be established,” Budinger said. “Experienced companies have seen that before, and we’re prepared for it.” WISC doesn’t just produce frac sand. It also sells sand for glass, construction and recreational uses. This diversification is key to weathering the ups and downs of the market, Budinger said. “Week by week, month by month, the price shifts can be dramatic, but over the long term, there is strength in our market share,” Budinger said. “When fracking boomed, drillers were so desperate they would buy any sand,” said Mike O’Driscoll, the global head of research for the trade magazine Industrial Minerals. “Now that there is more supply coming online, they can choose to use better sand.” Moving sand costs plenty And buyers want the best prices. Transportation expenses can make up about 50 percent of the cost of a ton of frac sand, said Jen Casebier, who runs, which connects drilling companies to suppliers. Said O’Driscoll, “Sand is high-volume commodity. You need a lot of it, but it’s relatively low priced, and it costs a lot to move this stuff from point A to B.” Large sand mine operators, unlike many small ones, typically sign long-term contracts with both buyers and railroads so they can produce and sell a steady supply of sand, DOT’s Beekman said. Only about a quarter of Wisconsin’s operating and developing sand facilities have

rail access on-site, but most of the largest operations are on that list. Beekman said rail access is key for the frac sand industry going forward. “It’s not just the number of mines, it’s who has the business model to set themselves up on a rail line, who has property to expand,” he said. “That’s the business model that’s going to be successful.” Enough sand mines, maybe? The growth in Wisconsin’s sand mining industry has already slowed. County officials received far fewer new permit applications this fall than they did earlier in the year, according to Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism research. Only eight new mines or processing facilities were proposed during the past four months, compared to more than 60 between June 2011 and June 2012. Beekman said his research shows the nationwide demand for frac sand is likely about 40 million tons a year, and “we might have enough (facilities) in place right now. “The companies that have managed to put large processing plants on the rail lines average about 1.5 million tons a year,” Beekman said. “Twenty to 25 of these big locations could meet the national demand.” Some permitted mine sites have not yet begun construction. Beekman suspects some are waiting to see if sand prices go back up. But, O’Driscoll said, “A lot of the smaller operations who are waiting might be waiting a while. I don’t think the price of sand is going to go back up very soon.” Not everyone agrees that Wisconsin’s sand boom is over. Trempealeau County leads the state with nine mines in operation and 11 more in development. Kevin Lien, the county director of land management, reports that applications are still coming in. “It’s not crazy like it was a year ago, but it hasn’t let up,” Lien said. “I think people are speculating that the drop in price is just economics and it will come back up.” Lien said the construction delays he’s seen are the result of companies adjusting their plans to be more competitive in the market. Raw sand is not very valuable, so mines are adding facilities to wash the sand, requiring more permits and taking longer to build. Pros and cons to market’s wane If planned mines don’t develop and the jobs they promised don’t materialize, who

loses out? The owners of properties that are not developed may lose the most, depending on what type of contract they signed with the mining company. Some landowners have mineral rights contracts that offer no payment up front, said Lance Pliml, chair of the Wood County Board and president of the recently formed Wisconsin Counties Association Frac Sand Task Force. Pliml said some mining companies may be negotiating contracts for land they have little intention of mining — either to boost the amount of sand they can claim in reserve or perhaps prevent competitors from moving in. “My guess is that long term, some people won’t see that windfall they anticipated,” Pliml said. “If they don’t exercise options that they (mining companies) have on these properties, it’s just back to square one, back to farming.” On the other hand, communities rarely make investments to support or entice proposed mining projects, Beekman said, so they don’t have anything to lose if the plan falls through. “The counties that might lose out are those lifting moratoriums, hoping to get new mine development now that they have regulations in place,” Beekman said. “They might not because the market is close to saturation.” That appears to be the case in Dunn County. A yearlong moratorium expired in October, and according to Cleo Herrick, the county zoning administrator, the county has yet to receive a single new application. That’s OK with Barb Flom, a Dunn County landowner who turned away a frac sand company interested in her property. She believes mining exacts too high a price on communities. “I would be happy if the whole industry left,” Flom said. “Dirty air, dirty rivers. Those are the costs that local citizens are paying.” The future of frac sand Most industry experts agree frac sand mining is not going to disappear anytime soon, despite the recent slowdown in the natural gas industry. “The only thing that makes frac sand mining go away is the end user,” Pliml said. “As long as they allow fracking, I don’t see it going away.” In fact, Budinger says lower natural gas prices don’t necessarily mean bad news for the sand industry. Affordable energy could lead to a resurgence of American manufacturing. More manufacturing means more demand, long term, for both energy and sand, he said. Riglemon is just happy that his days in the frac sand industry are almost over. He supports the industry, but he describes his own experience as frustrating. Riglemon estimates he spent about $6,000 on the permitting process, including the environmental engineers who drew up his stormwater and reclamation plans. Given the chance, he wouldn’t do it again — too much of a hassle. “I would tell anybody that was going to get involved to be very careful and know who they are dealing with,” Riglemon said. “Right now, it might be a little Wild West, but in a couple of years, the quick-buck operators will wash out. The boom will subside. The big guys will provide the market with what they need.”

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BURNETT COUNTY – Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. This year, the American Red Cross extends gratitude to all blood donors for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country. “Every year in the U.S., nearly 5 million patients need blood transfusion,” said the

CEO of the Red Cross North Central Blood Service Region. “Thanks to dedicated, volunteer blood donors, the Red Cross can help meet those needs.” Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Siren Covenant Church on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – submitted

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The national Climate Prediction Center’s March-May 2013 outlook calls for above-normal temperatures in Wisconsin and much of the country. - Credit Climate Prediction Center by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - A Wisconsin scientist says the spring of 2012 was the earliest on record in the lower 48 states. He says he worries about some types of vegetation, if there’s another early spring next year. UW-Milwaukee Geography Department Chair Mark Schwartz also heads an advisory committee to a national phenology network. The network looks at the impact of climate change on plants and animals. Schwartz has been studying weather records and other data from this year and has confirmed that 2012 had the earliest start to any spring season. “Ways I measure that are when lawns green up, shrubs leaf out, lilacs bloom and the last freeze.” Schwartz says the early growing season

led to a problem when a frost zapped plants and damaged the Midwest fruit crop. He says the dry summer and fall completed a one-two-three punch to some plants. More than a foot of snow over much of Wisconsin last week may put a temporary chill on thoughts of an early spring in 2013, and Schwartz says there’s plenty of variation from year to year. But he says a trend toward earlier springs has him concerned. “The chances of early damage to sensitive crops like fruit trees will be a bigger risk.” Schwartz says the federal government is projecting above-normal temperatures for March, April and May, in this part of the country. But he notes a forecast that many months ahead is subject to revision.

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Drought-stricken farmers prepare for 2013 by Steve Roisum Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Farmers saw significant damage in their fields from this year’s drought. But, they’re not letting a natural disaster change their springtime planting plans for 2013. Some Wisconsin farmers didn’t realize the level of damage they suffered until fall. That’s when Dodgeville farmer Ryan Dolan discovered that less than 20 percent of his corn crop was harvestable. Despite the tough year, Dolan says he’s still planting corn next year, even with the possibility of a second year of drought. “I’m trying to be positive and hope for a better year, you know? I don’t really want to make too many decisions based on one year.” The drought of 2012 does have farmers doing one thing differently for next year.

They’re minimizing risk by buying more insurance. One Wisconsin ag lender is seeing hundreds more farmers than usual seeking coverage. Michelle Austin is the insurance services director for Badgerland Financial. She says farmers, especially in heavy drought areas, are applying for expanded coverage for not just their crops, but their farms too. “A lot of producers are looking for maybe some add-on products, some supplemental coverage. Just based on what we’re looking at today, because of what we are facing, and we’re still considered to be in a drought area, so it’s definitely on the mind for producers.” Insurance companies are also making themselves available outside of their offices during the winter, signing on as exhibitors at agriculture expos and seminars throughout the state.

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hile it can be downright enjoyable to assemble our year in review section that fills our final two issues of each year, it can also be a bit daunting. Despite the roughly 1.7 million words and 10,000 or so photos we commit to paper via ink and post online each year, we know there are still stories that aren’t getting told - or told completely. On our agenda is a closer look at local law enforcement needs and whether funding is needed - and more on the local victims of poverty and what steps are being taken to address that issue. There are obviously plenty of local topics to tackle. Top stories are always subject to individual views. This past year, in most logical, analytical views, they would include the statewide stories that affected us all - frac mining, the political fury and recall efforts brought on by differing opinions on Gov. Walker’s budget bill, the unusual and severe weather swings, from drought to

floods, and the acutely local stories that reached beyond our coverage area - the deer found near Shell Lake that tested positive for chronic wasting disease and the Burnett County sheriff’s exposure of an apparent cover-up by some of his deputies regarding alleged domestic abuse. Serious and often disconcerting headlines for a local newspaper. But we offered plenty of good news in 2012 - feel good news, if you will that balanced the solemn scoops. In fact, there’s a strong case to be made for naming the most interesting and inspiring local stories of 2012 as being the countless examples and opportunities to help those in need - and not just during the holidays. Again this year, a higher percentage of our local news included mention of someone doing something to benefit someone else. It was difficult not to be impressed with the four seventh-grade students at Grantsburg who raised money through

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donations to purchase a handicappedaccessible swing for the middle school playground. Not only to make it possible for a handicapped student to play alongside classmates but to raise awareness of such needs. It was part of a school program titled Project Citizen, which aims to promote “competent and responsible participation” with government at all levels. The students even went to the village board to lobby for the need for parking changes and curb cuts and received assurances those requests would be met. Community service is nothing new to local schools, but it appears to be thriving these days - in times when we could use it most. Volunteerism that can be seen throughout the year. Operation Help, for example, allows students at Frederic to raise funds for those in need via incentive-based efforts which include a pep fest and other fun activities. It supports the theory that most people are anxious to lend a helping hand -

they just need the chance to do so. That notion is supported by the letters we receive each year, people anxious to tell us how someone helped them ... someone was courteous and kind to them. A Siren woman noted this week that a Mr. A. Jensen of Grantsburg literally went the extra mile to help get her vehicle unstuck just after 5 a.m. on a cold December morning recently. When his first efforts didn’t work, Mr. Jensen went back home and got a chain so he could tow her vehicle free. “I was scared and he calmed me,” she noted. “Mr. Jensen, I made a donation in your name to a nonprofit organization. I knew there were good people out there and you reminded me of that.” Here’s to those good people out there - and to the opportunities to show your willingness to contribute and help anybody - this coming year. - Gary King

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COMMUNITY With freedom, comes risk I don’t generally respond to letters from readers to your paper, but I feel that Kathy Mueller submitted a letter that warrants a response. She ended her letter with a plea to ban all assault weapons. The fact is that assault weapons are illegal in the state of Connecticut where the horrific murder of teachers and young children occurred. It is also a fact that weapon bans are not effective. The primary accomplishment of such bans is to rile gun owners who fear losing the rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution. These fears are legitimate because there are politicians and Supreme Court justices who would rewrite the Constitution to eliminate an individual’s right to own any type of gun. Instead of embracing the documents that have made ours the greatest and freest nation on this earth, there are those who would denigrate them and seek to change them. But enough about the Constitution and Second Amendment rights. Let’s address the need to save lives because that is something that we can all agree on. Forty thousand people die in car accidents every year. If citizens would give up their cars and use public transportation, that our benevolent government would gladly expand, thousands of lives would be saved every year. Three hundred people are killed from ladder accidents yearly. Lives could be saved if laws were enacted allowing only trained professionals to use ladders. If you need to reach that jar on the top shelf, call a professional. Falling coconuts kill 150 people each year in the USA. If the government would ban the existence of the coconut palm, 150 people wouldn’t have to die in 2013. Of course, these ideas are as preposterous as trying to ban guns. Most Americans love freedom, and living in freedom involves the risk of disasters such as the one that occurred recently. Twenty young lives were snuffed out in a school in Connecticut due to the insane actions of a madman. It was a tragedy that broke the heart of nearly every man, woman and child in this country. The outrage and response was immediate. We must get rid of the guns. Since 1973, 50 million legal abortions have been performed in this country. That averages out to about 1.25 million potential kindergartners killed each and every year since 1973. Where is the outrage? Where is the cry to ban abortion clinics? We live in the freest nation in the world. We have the freedom to possess guns to protect ourselves and our families from criminals and from a government, should it turn oppressive. In this country, we have the freedom to drive cars, climb lad-

ders and to grow just about any kind of tree that we want to grow. With freedom, comes risk. If you are not willing to suffer the risk that comes with freedom, don’t try to change the country where freedom exists. To do so would only spoil it for those that truly cherish freedom above all else. Instead, find another country that has already eliminated the risks you fear, at the cost of freedom. Japan has some of the strictest gun laws in the world and also one of the lowest death rates from firearms. Less than 20 people die from gunshot wounds in Japan each year. Of course, the people live in one of the strictest societies on the earth. But that is a small price to pay for the peace that comes with living in a country without guns. Oh, by the way, Japan also has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Maybe living without freedom isn’t so great after all. Brent Mathson Balsam Lake

When is enough enough? I am a Second Amendment proponent, however, I have been recently reviewing the statistics about how many deaths are caused to innocent bystanders or children by assault rifles in this country and comparing them to other countries. We have certainly won this war times 100. While we are 17th in math in the world, we are first in the number of assault weapons causing innocent life lost. It has been suggested that we look at Mexico ... OK, let’s do just that. Mexico is being supplied by the USA in terms of their assault weapons. When a homeless dude can walk into an Arizona gun shop in rags, plunk down $250,000 and walk out with as many HK91s as that will purchase him and do it without so much as a “Are you planning to sell these to the drug lords in Mexico?” or “Did you just escape from a mental facility?” or “Are you planning to go take out a whole school full of children with these?” I think the problem is pretty obvious. Here is another scenario to contemplate. Let’s just suppose that you disagree with the way our government is working and decide you need to overthrow it. Mum, have you met our government? They can pinpoint your location and count the whiskers on your chin with current satellite technology, and they will send a drone up your backside, take out your whole block, and so your little pea shooter AK-15 is worthless. We have some wiggle room here, folks. No hunter uses AK-15s to deer hunt, and no one needs a 30-round mag to bag a

VIEWPOINTS deer unless you are the worst shot in the history of mankind, and in that case, you need to get out of the woods before you hurt yourself. Banning assault rifles, large-capacity magazines, silencers and any apparatus that changes my little .22-cal plinker to an automatic weapon needs to be banned. The woman who bought the guns, bought the ammo, trained the shooter, convinced a young man with Asperger’s that guns make people have respect for you ended up a victim, which is the case more times than not, and 20 innocent angels and their heroic teachers were blown apart. The Second Amendment was written back when muskets were all the rage, not high-powered assault rifles with huge-capacity magazines. The time is now and enough is enough. Merri Ann Gonzalez Shell Lake

What did we learn from this election? Twenty-one of 22 incumbent senators were re-elected, and 353 of 373 incumbent members of the House were re-elected. The American people have re-elected 94 percent of the incumbents who were running for re-election to an institution that has an approval rating of about 9 percent. This indicates, as an electorate, we are a nation of idiots. We’re now stuck with the useless, dysfunctional government that we deserve. You can’t fix stupid! RJ Hartung Dresser

Democratic podium As expected, Luck teacher and Democratic Party spokesman Jeff Peterson didn’t like my letter or any letter that is anti-Democratic. I am sure all anti-Republican rhetoric that comes out of the Luck area isn’t by accident. With at least two generations of Democratic brainwashing, some Luck students have become radical Democratic followers. It is easy to see why there are so many Democratic letters to the editor from the Luck area. When I went to school in Frederic, a teacher would have been fired if he/she even let anyone know anything about their politics. Students have a special relationship with their teachers, making them easy to brainwash, and then re-enforcing it with political letters to the editor makes it even more damaging. A public schoolteacher is a highly respected

public servant which has to be nonpartisan. After two generations of Democratic teachers it is understandable why the Luck area has so many radical Democrats. You can be either a teacher or a politician but not both. I see the country that 407,000 of us died for in World War ll falling into socialist hands, declining into a Third World country. Although I was a permanently disabled World War II veteran, I was also involved in the Kennedy/Johnson war in Vietnam. Hopefully, the country will wake up before it is gone completely and the dead that saved it can rest in peace. I have also searched through both Democrat and Republican propaganda and concluded that only the Republicans can save our country. We can’t tolerate brainwashing in our schools because we know it leads to socialism, Nazism or communism. Those of us that served our country know what that means. Under the Obama machine, we give free cell phones to the almost half of our population that is on welfare and open the floodgates so more illegals can come in for the less and less number of workers to support. Our country is near bankruptcy and our only hope rests on the recent announcement that the Supreme Court will hear the case regarding whether Obama is eligible to be president. It is an established fact that a democracy becomes a socialist country when less than half of the people are supporting the welfare receptions. We are presently at the point where it could go either way. I don’t intend to waste your and my time getting involved in all the trash Jeff accused me of. I hope you noticed that after pecking through all the Democratic dirt, he still couldn’t deny that there wasn’t fraud in the election. He just used a Democratic smoke screen to hide as much as possible. In order to get the facts, you have look at the election report that an official from every state prepared and submitted that was evaluated along with a similar report from all other states. It is not a Democrat/Republican thing but a national election report. The first sentence of my letter: “As each state reports their final election details, the evidence of voter fraud is astounding” are the facts my letter was based on. It is pretty hard to dispute that! I am more concerned about getting a national photo voter ID law enacted as well as controlled voter registration and making sure the voting machines are not rigged, as was apparently a problem in some cases. Sam Jones Siren

SEND YOUR VIEWS AND FEEDBACK TO: INTER-COUNTY LEADER, BOX 490, FREDERIC, WI 54837 OR E-MAIL: • Area news at a glance • No trauma to woman found dead BARRON COUNTY - The preliminary autopsy results for Laurie J. Lindig, 43, Chetek, shows no trauma to her body, stated a news release issued by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald issued that report, adding that the most likely cause of death was hypothermia. Full autopsy and toxicology results, which will determine any alcohol or drugs in her system, will take about three weeks, Fitzgerald said. “We are just trying now to figure out why she was out on this road and in the wooded area,” he said. Lindig was reported missing Monday, Dec. 24, and her body was found in a wooded area near 866 22nd St. about two miles west of Chetek on Christmas Day. Lindig was reported missing when she didn’t attend her family’s Christmas celebration Monday. On Tuesday, a person brought a purse belonging to Lindig to the Chetek Police Department. The police went to the field outside of Chetek where the purse was found and found Lindig’s body in the wooded area. - Rice Lake Chronotype Superior Silica Sands has air quality permit BARRON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued an air quality permit to Texas-based Superior Silica Sands that will allow the company to begin operating its sand drying and

railroad offloading facility near Poskin. Although the parts of the permit application were questioned by Madison-based Midwest Environmental Advocates, the permit was issued Tuesday, Dec. 18, according to Michael Ross of the DNR West Central Wisconsin Air Program office, La Crosse. - Barron News-Shield

Woman jumps from bridge ST. CROIX COUNTY - Sheriff John Shilts confirmed Friday, Dec. 28, the name of a Pierce County woman who jumped off the I-94 bridge to her death onto the frozen St. Croix River on Thursday, Dec. 27, after leaving her young daughter in the car. Molly Crumley, 48, River Falls, pulled onto the shoulder of eastbound I94 on the St. Croix River bridge, exited her vehicle, climbed over the railing and jumped to her death at about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27. Witnesses said the 48year-old Pierce County woman stopped her car roughly 100 yards from the Wisconsin shoreline, climbed the bridge railing and jumped from the bridge onto ice, St. Croix County sheriff’s officials said. The daughter is in the care of family members. At its highest point, the bridge is 55 feet tall, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation records. With help from the Washington County sheriff’s office, authorities recovered the body using an air boat. - with information

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Accused of spending $800,000 in erroneous checks from IRS DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth businessman is accused of cashing two checks totaling almost $800,000 and spending the money erroneously refunded to him by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The Duluth News Tribune reports that Kevin Charles Owens, 50, of Duluth is charged with four felonies: theft, failure to pay over state funds, failure to pay income tax and failure to file a tax return. Owens, who is the owner of Owens Yacht Sales in Duluth, has been summoned to appear in court on Nov. 2. According to the criminal complaint: On March 18, 2008, the Department of Revenue issued two checks made payable to Owens Yacht Sales Inc., in the amounts of $560,980.12 and $221,982.06. The department said the checks were issued erroneously “due to human error” and “somewhat complicated internal accounting errors.” According to bank records, the checks were redeemed by the defendant on March 25, 2008. A Revenue Department internal investigation found that the checks were inadvertently issued when its personnel were reviewing and attempting to correct old taxpayer account ledger systems. The complaint alleges that Owens was notified

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of the erroneous refund and was repeatedly requested to return the funds or to make arrangement for payments, but refused to do so. - with information from Duluth News Tribune

Resort owner falls through ice HAYWARD - The owner of a resort on Lake Chippewa in Hayward was found dead after he fell through the ice on Christmas Eve. Authorities received a report around 5 a.m. that 55-year-old Steven Sisko had gone out snowmobiling on the Chippewa Flowage and had not returned home. A Lifelink Helicopter found Sisko around 11 a.m. in what looked like a hole in the ice and someone lying in it. The Hayward Fire Department then responded by airboat and located Sisko in the water where he was pronounced dead. Sisko’s family says he was always very athletic, an avid outdoorsman and a well-known hunting, fishing and trapping guide in the area. In Sisko’s obituary, the family says they will remember him “as a father who loved his children, a good and loyal husband and friend who was always there whenever anyone needed anything, and for having a heart as big as the great outdoors that he loved so much.” -



Wolf hunting season closed

by Jessica Beecroft Special to the Leader MADISON - Wisconsin’s first modern wolf hunting and trapping season has come to a close as of Sunday, Dec. 23. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources closed the last remaining zone that was open to wolf harvest. Wolf harvest zone 3 is the sixth and last wolf harvest zone to be closed this season. All wolf harvest zones are now closed. “The wolf harvest trend in Zone 3 had been steady through the firearm deer season, but slowed down after the deer season,” said Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division administrator. “The harvest picked up again this last week with Zone 3 being the only remaining zone open in the state. Now within one wolf of the quota we will close the zone to avoid overharvest. This is Wisconsin’s inaugural season. We have learned much about

hunter and trapper success rates, and will learn more as we analyze additional data. This will help us draft permanent rules and the long-term management of our wolf population. “We are pleased that hunters and trappers have been successful in achieving our quota, and the harvest was well distributed across the state. We are closing the wolf season with the harvest at 115, because we may have one or more still harvested until our closure goes into effect tomorrow.” said Thiede. The state wolf harvest quota for Zone 3 was set at 18 wolves and the closure process was initiated when wolf 17 was harvested on Dec. 21. Wolf hunters and trappers are advised that all wolf hunting and trapping has closed statewide as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. – with information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

RIGHT: Most of Washburn County was included in Zone 3 of the wolf harvest season, the only remaining zone open this past week for hunting of wolves in what was Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf hunting season. Zone 3 was considered a “secondary range” zone by the DNR, with Zone 1, encompassing Douglas, Bayfield, Sawyer and other northern Wisconsin counties, considered the “primary range.” - from the DNR

New Year’s Day means icy plunges by Patty Murray Wisconsin Public Radio

STATEWIDE - A Wisconsin New Year’s Day tradition continued Jan. 1 People around the state people dove into freezing waters as part of a “polar bear plunge.” Several events were planned around the state, including Madison, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and in Jacksonport in Wisconsin’s Door County. It’s the 27th year for the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club’s swim in Lake Michigan. John Jarosh is one of the coordinators. He says numbers depend on the day of the week, if the Packers are playing, and weather. “It’s just a little crazy, some people think you’re absolutely nuts for doing it and yet it’s not crazy enough that a lot of people are like, ‘gosh darn it I want to try that at some point.’ or, ‘that’s on my bucket list,’ or , ‘I lost a bet.’ Whatever the case may be,” he says. In Jacksonport the

plunge took place at Lakeside Park. The local fire department was on hand for crowd control and to make sure no one got hurt by errant ice chunks. Jarosh says the event is free but participants were encouraged to bring donations for a food pantry. “We’re a nonprofit organization,” he says. “Any proceeds that we get from the sale of T-shirts and stuff after covering our expenses we make a donation to the Jacksonport Firefighters Association just to help them usually, go maybe toward getting a new dry suit or something with their water rescue team to make sure that the lakeshore stays safe for everybody here in Door County. Jarosh’s “day job” is as a spokesman with the Door County Visitors and Convention Bureau. He says the Polar Bear Club has never done an economic impact study, but adds that many of the participants are out-of-towners.

Evers wants to fully fund Wisconsin’s program for smaller class sizes

MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers is asking the Legislature to fully fund a state program that helps students succeed by reducing class sizes in early grades. The state superintendent’s proposed 2013-15 education budget includes $10.9 million for the second year of the biennium, to ensure the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education program can provide participating school districts with the per-pupil payment set down in state law. “Small class sizes give young children more time with their teachers, and research has shown this can be a powerful way to help them graduate on time and achieve more during their schooling,” Evers said. “That’s why Wisconsin created the SAGE program 16 years ago, but we haven’t been able to provide districts with the full support intended by the law.” SAGE helps Wisconsin school districts pay the costs of smaller class sizes, especially for low-income children. Districts that sign a five-year SAGE contract must ensure student-to-teacher ratios of no more than 18-1 or 30-2 in SAGE classrooms at the kindergarten and firstgrade levels — and optionally in secondCold-hardy locals and out-of-towners participate in icy plunges to raise money for good causes. and third-grade SAGE classes. These districts then receive a certain amount of – Photo submitted

annual funding for each low-income student in the SAGE classes. The per-pupil payment is stipulated in state statute as $2,250, but since the 2007-08 school year, funding has not kept up with increasing demand, and the actual rate has been prorated to lower amounts. In 2012-13, actual per-pupil payments were $2,046 per student. To participate in SAGE, districts must also increase collaboration between schools and communities, implement a rigorous curriculum, and improve professional development and staff evaluation practices. The number of low-income children in SAGE classrooms has increased five of the last six years. This growth has been fueled primarily by increasing poverty. “Considering that our students success ultimately helps the economy of our entire state, the SAGE program should be a priority as we decide where to invest state resources for the next two years,” Evers said. Approximately 449 schools, or 36 percent of elementary schools in the state, currently participate in SAGE. Local school districts participating are Shell Lake, Spooner, Cumberland, Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, Hayward, Northwood and Rice Lake. — from WPI

2012 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY • Seven-year-old Henry Schmitz got a lot of opportunities to take wildlife photos in September at the Hunt Hill Cakes at the Lake Mississippi Flyway-Raptors On the Move presentation. This was the last Cakes at the Lake presentation for the 2012 season. The event was hosted by Friends of Hunt Hill and sponsored by the Long Lake Preservation Association. – Photos by Larry Samson




by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – Area athletes continue to make northwestern Wisconsin an exciting place to watch high school sports, and the year in sports, 2012, was no exception. Some of the 20 most memorable moments in sports in 2012 are listed below, in no particular order, but all had an impact on the community in many ways, whether it was a heartbreaking loss or game to celebrate. It’s why they play the game, and the Inter-County Leader hopes to add to those memories again in 2013. Kalmoe wins bronze The culmination of four long years of rigorous training and emotional ups and downs came to an uplifiting end for Olympic rower Megan Kalmoe in August 2012. The St. Croix Falls graduate brought home a bronze medal in the women’s quadruple sculls, a sport largely dominated by countries such as Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Germany. The Germans had won gold all but two times since 1988, and took the silver medal. The Ukraine won its first-ever gold medal in rowing with a time of 6:35.93 and the United States bronze-medal finish came with a time of 6:40.63. The U.S. boat featuring Kalmoe, Adrienne Martelli, Glendale, Calif.; Kara Kohler, Clayton, Calif.; and Natalie Dell, Silver Spring, Md., made the finals an exciting race to watch, as they appeared to be tied with Germany until the final 500 meters of the 2,000-meter course, but the Germans eventually took the lead in the end. Coming in fourth place was Australia, 6:41.67, China, 6:44.19 and Great Britain, 6:51.54. Kalmoe was the most experienced member of the U.S. quad crew and only member with Olympic experience. She competed at the summer games in Beijing, China, in 2008, and made it to the finals but placed fifth overall in the double

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U.S. Olympic rower Megan Kalmoe, (second from left) earned a bronze medal at the Summer Olympic Games in London in 2012. The St. Croix Falls native and two-time Olympian earned bronze in the quadruple sculls event. – Photo by Allison Frederick/US Rowing sculls along with teammate Ellen Tomek. number of firsts, from tying with powerhouse Grantsburg to share the West Lakeland Conference title with dual 11-1 Cardinal volleyball makes history The Luck volleyball team did some- records. Luck also rolled through their rething no other Cardinal volleyball team gional and sectional playoffs without a had been able to do in school history after single set loss until Green Bay. They spent their three-set sweep over the Clayton much of the season ranked near the top of Bears in October. Their first-ever sectional Division 4 state coaches polls and showed title, first-ever state semifinal game is they were deserving in their first-ever apsomething that the teammates and coach pearance at the Resch Center in Green Jen Nelson have been working toward for Bay. several years and, finally, the hard work and commitment paid off. Pirates volleyball team to state “It’s kind of surreal,” Nelson said after The Pirates volleyball team had yet antheir three-set win over Clayton in the sec- other memorable season in 2012, not only tional finals. The Cardinals won the first winning their 19th straight regional chamset handily by a score of 25-14, and two pionship, but earning a fifth consecutive nail-biters by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. trip to the state tournament. Luck not only achieved their first-ever After a disappointing 9-1 start to the state volleyball berth, they also had a fourth set at the volleyball sectionals, the Grantsburg Pirates could have easily packed it in and stayed out of the way of Regis Morgan DeMars’ monster kills, but something inside of the Pirates just wouldn’t let them quit. In the end, the Pirates went on to defeat the Ramblers in five sets to earn their fifth straight trip to the state tournament. The exciting road to the WIAA Division 3 state volleyball championships ended in the first round for the Grantsburg Pirates, as they met the eventual state champs, the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen, and fell in a 3-0 contest in Green Bay at the Resch Center. The Oostburg squad was formidable, and while the Pirates showed phenomenal defensive prowess, they had a hard time converting those defensive digs and saves into points on the other side of the net.

Both the Luck Cardinals and Grantsburg Pirate volleyball teams shared equally memorable seasons in 2012, both reaching the state tournament and setting the stage for excellent volleyball in the area for years to come. – Leader file photos

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••• CENTURIA – St. Croix Valley Raceway released their 2013 schedule and the quarter-mile speed plant, nestled in the rolling farm country between Centuria and St. Croix Falls, will once again feature Friday-night racing in five divisions including future fours, pure stocks, UMSS micro sprints, WISSOTA Midwest modifieds, and UMSS traditional sprints. The action officially begins with a Thursday-night test and tune session open to all cars on April 25. Racing action starts the following night, April 26, with the UMSS winged sprint cars joining the regular classes for the first of five Thunder in the Valley events. Other visits by the UMSS winged sprinters occur at the Tabor Memorial on May 24, July 26, and the Kouba Memorial on Aug. 17. The IRA sprints are returning to the bullring, promising to be bigger, better and faster on May 31. The traditional 40 returns for the second year, with the UMSS traditional sprints as the headliners for 40 white-knuckle laps of action on July 12. The season’s highlighting mega-event is on June 2829. After packing the grandstands last summer, the second-annual Open Wheel Nationals expands to a two-day event for 2013. Friday night features a full show of WISSOTA Midwest modifieds, open modifieds, UMSS traditional sprints and UMSS winged sprints. Three classes return on Saturday, with the Midwest modifieds and traditional sprints setting the stage for the huge winged sprint finale. Regularly scheduled events again start with a 7:05 p.m. green flag, and fans can take in these events plus many others including Ultimate Kids Night on Aug. 2, which features the big bike giveaway, where dozens of bikes will be raffled off for the kids. Other events include the trailer races on June 14, a fireworks extravaganza on July 5, fan appreciation night on Aug. 23 and the Crash-Tastic Smash-O-Rama on Sept. 14. Another arrive and drive event will be held on Sept. 7 and track activities wrap up with a swap meet and test drive on Oct. 5. Fans can follow St. Croix Valley Raceway on Facebook, or get further details on their Web site at – submitted ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2013 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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which was held in Galesville on Saturday, Feb. 25, Lerud came down with flu, and coaches and teammates were afraid she might not compete. But in the first floor event, Lerud ended up breaking the school record she previously set in Ashland, with a score of 9.325. Lerud followed through with one of her goals of earning a spot on the podium at the state competition in Wisconsin Rapids, qualifying in all but one of the four events at state except the balance beam. Lerud ended up earning her spot on the podium, with a fifth-place finish on the uneven bars with a score of 8.817. She finished seventh in the all-around standings.

2012 continued Pirate boys highlight cross-country scene The Pirate boys cross-country team headed to its third straight state crosscountry meet after taking second place at the Division 3 sectional in Bruce. It wasn’t exactly the finish the team was hoping for, as they’ve been trying to get past Chequamegon, who finished in first place. “We knew that Chequamegon has a really good team and we knew that it could go either way at the sectional meet,” said Pirates coach Paul Huskamp. “Last year it went our way, and this year it went Chequamegon’s way, but when you’re only 11 points from a first-place team, that’s not bad. That’s very easy to overcome those points.” The 100th anniversary of the WIAA state cross-country meet was held at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, but didn’t end as the Pirates had hoped. Despite a few nagging injuries, it was all systems go for the Division 3 race, with the Grantsburg boys hoping for a chance to repeat last year’s performance as a state runner-up. Instead, the team took seventh overall out of 16 scoring teams with 244 points. In Division 2, St. Croix Falls sophomore Henry Klein made a return trip to the state meet and freshman sister Sophie Klein made her first appearance at the state meet. Webster cross country had two girls representing the school and both were seniors, Emma Kelby and Kally Schiller. 1,000 points for Steen, Brown Avery Steen reached 1,000 career points in basketball back in January 2012, and she did it early - just eight games into her junior year. The milestone occurred on Friday, Jan. 13, when the Luck Cardinal star drove the left side of the lane against the visiting Unity defense and somehow slipped a layup past several Eagles at 4:45 in the third quarter. Steen need only 14 points to reach the mark, and finished the game with 21 points, but her Cards still lost to the formidable Eagles squad by a 51-41 final score. But the night belonged to Steen, who hit the mark almost as early as anyone, and became just the second player in Luck school history to achieve the mark, with Britta Petersen being the other. “I was pleased, obviously, that Avery got her 1,000th point,” Luck head coach Marty Messar said. “She is one of the most competitive young ladies I have ever coached and she is a hardworking kid.” Just one week earlier, Siren Dragon Andrew Brown reached his 1000th-point milestone against rival Webster. Brown buried a jumper early in the first period, taking the monkey off his back and halting action briefly as his head coach, Jon Ruud, sang his praises. “Nobody is more deserving than Andrew Brown!” Ruud said. “Andrew is an extremely hard worker, and I can honestly say that he is one of the few athletes that I have had the pleasure of coaching that never takes time off in practice or in a game. His 1,000-point record is the result of hard work and determination, and I have told countless children the story of Andrew Brown going outside during cold winter nights just to shoot and dribble. He


The Frederic and Luck track, baseball and softball teams combined forces in 2012, adding a new dynamic of competition for each of the programs and schools. – Leader file photos will shoot outside until the extreme cold causes the ball to go flat, and then he will go inside and run the ball under hot water until the ball reinflates. Then Andrew goes back outside and starts up again. This is the kind of work ethic that Andrew Brown brings all of the time.” Wrestling sees several at state It was a day of highs and lows for the St. Croix Falls wrestling team but they ended the day with five regional champions, and two others moving on to sectionals. The Saints ended up sending four to the state tournament in 2012, including Jake Rademacher who was the sectional champion. The Saints also claimed the conference championship in 2012. It was the first time since the late ‘90s that the Saints were able to send as many as four to state, which also included Drew Wheeler, James Klassen and Joe Rademacher. It was a bittersweet end to the Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wrestling season, as six competed at sectionals. The program had never sent as many as six to sectionals, but all six ended their seasons at sectionals. Unity’s Alex Lennartson also made a trip to state and finished with a heartbreaking loss in the first round. Lennartson ended the 2012 season at 39-4, and he was a regional champion and took second at sectionals as a junior. Red meets blue in spring sports After five seasons of coaching the Frederic Vikings softball team, Erin Hansford and assistant coach Brad Schmidt entered a new era of softball for 2012. The addition of Luck to the softball program significantly bolstered the talent pool and the transition went very smoothly for both Luck and Frederic athletes, who got along just fine from the beginning of the season. The Luck/Frederic softball team ended up earning a spot in the regional title game, only to fall to Grantsburg. Along with softball, the baseball and track teams also combined forces in 2012. With former Luck head coach Ryan Humpal as skipper, they played their games at Luck. The combination of the Frederic and Luck track teams also added a new dynamic of competition for both schools. Combining the two schools increased enrollment, thus, pushing them into Divi-

Luck’s Avery Steen and Siren’s Andrew Brown each notched their 1,000th career point in 2012.

Eight-man football burst onto the scene for two area teams including Luck and Siren. sion 2, as opposed to the Division 3 competition they were accustomed to over the years. Historic season for boys hockey The Two Rivers Conference champion Blizzard boys hockey squad ended their regular season with a resounding 7-0 shutout of conference mates the North Branch Vikings in early February. It was the first time in the program’s history they were able to earn the conference crown. Unfortunately, the 2011-2012 campaign for the Blizzard boys hockey squad ended in Superior with a heartbreaking 7-3 loss in the WIAA sectional semifinals against the top-seeded Superior Spartans. The Blizzard were coming off an impressive first-round playoff victory over Menomonie, and were hoping to extract some revenge against the Spartans, who had ended the Blizzard season two of the previous three years in playoff losses. Lerud has another record-breaking season In one of the toughest sectionals in the state, the Grantsburg Pirates gymnasts finished sixth out of the eight competing teams. But each gymnast had a solid day, including junior Aimee Lerud, who earned her second consecutive trip to state, and did so feeling a bit under the weather. On the day before competition,

Eight-man football Siren and Luck football teams saw a significant change in the fall of 2012, moving to eight-man football. The move realigned the conference as Frederic football remained with 11-man but was absorbed into the Lakeland North Conference, which includes St. Croix Falls, Shell Lake, Cameron, Unity, Grantsburg, Webster and Flambeau. The South Lakeland 11-man teams include Clayton, Pepin/Alma, Elmwood/Plum City, Lake Holcombe, Turtle Lake, Cornell and Clear Lake. The eight-man conference included Siren, Luck, Northwood/Solon Springs, New Auburn, Birchwood, Prairie Farm, Bruce and Winter. The move was a result of shrinking enrollment and other factors, but an added bonus for football fans who wanted to see a fast-paced, high-scoring game. Luck ended up having an outstanding season with only two losses, and a big win in the end-of-the-year jamboree held in Schofield. Luck was the No. 2 seed among the top four teams in the north, and defeated Green Bay NEW Lutheran, 49-38. Boys golf sees lots of success The Unity Eagle boys golf program turned 50 years old last spring, and it seemed fitting that, on their golden anniversary, the Eagles earned their firstever trip to the state meet as a team. With the trip to state, the Eagles grasped their first-ever sectional title at the Amery Golf Course in May, during the Division 2 WIAA sectional golf tournament. They did so with a one-stroke victory over second-place Northwestern. The Eagles finished with a team score of 319, while Northwestern finished with a score of 320. Senior Reed Sorensen had been to the state meet as an individual for the previous two years, and was the medalist at a tournament held in Frederic in late April, where he set the school record with a three-under-par score of 33, a mark previously held by Brandon Stencil who held a 34. The Siren Dragon boys posted a first last spring as well when, by a margin of 15 strokes, the team dominated the WIAA regional championship tournament on their home course at Siren National. It was the school’s first-ever regional championship. Steen has memorable 2012 Avery Steen earned her fourth consecutive trip to the state golf meet after her performance at Hayward Golf Course in early October. The Luck senior finished in a three-way tie for third place overall among 48 other golfers with a score of 82,

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The Unity boys golf team had a memorable 2012, earning the schools first-ever trip to state as a team while the golf program was also celebrating its 50th season.







down, in 2004, it was a major deal. But to lose, especially a game like this that you know you could win and it slips away from you, those are the tough ones.” Heading into state, the Pirates had five players who were honored as all-district athletes, including the team’s only two seniors, Nicole McKenzie and Gabby Witzany. Juniors Kylie Pewe and Sam Schwieger also made all-district, as well as Macy Hanson, who was a sophomore.

2012 continued but her trip to state had to be decided during an intense one-hole playoff. Steen was able to shoot par on the very first hole to earn her fourth consecutive trip to state. She wrapped up her year at state with an overall score of 175, and 13th overall. Steen later made a commitment to play golf for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay beginning in the fall of 2013. She became the first girl athlete in Luck history to be accepted to a Division 1 school.

Tiger boys track makes it six straight For the sixth straight year, the Webster boys track team pulled out of Frederic with a conference championship, which exceeded expectations of the Webster coaching staff, even though they knew they’d be in the running for the title. “We expected to be in the fight for first, but they really stepped up and took it. As a coach, you love to see athletes rise up and run faster, throw and jump further meet after meet. I enjoyed watching them shatter personal bests and outperform the heat sheets,” said coach Roy Ward. The Tiger boys finished with 156 points, followed by Unity with 123, St. Croix Falls, 110; Frederic, 88; Siren, 68; Grantsburg, 52; Clear Lake, 41; TL/Clayton, 30; and Shell Lake, 27. Although each individual contributed to the win, senior Joey Erickson finished first in all three distance events, including the 800-meter run where he finished with a time of 2 minutes, 6.30 seconds. In the 1,600, he had a time of 4:35.69 and 10:13.20 in the 3,200. Siren basketball goes 22-0 The Siren boys basketball team closed out their regular season undefeated at 120 with a 90-72 win over St. Croix Falls in late February. Elijah Hinze piled on 25 points and Murdock Smith added another 22 in the Dragon win. Andrew Brown also had 17. The Dragons compiled the best record in Siren boys basketball history with a conference championship and regular-season record of 22-0. Siren seniors included Adam Neurer, Evan Oachs, Hinze, Will Haines, Smith, Brown and Luke Bollant. The Dragons managed to work their way to the regional championship against the Frederic Vikings, but ended the season on a heartbreaking loss to the Vikings. Siren finished their 2011-2012 campaign with a 24-1 overall record. Frederic boys basketball ends regional title drought The last time the Frederic Viking boys held a regional basketball crown, a little TV show called “M-A-S-H” had just ended its 11-year run to record audiences, and President Ronald Reagan had just proposed the so-called “Star Wars” defense plan to use lasers and satellites to defend the nation. It was 1983, and it would be over a decade before any current Viking student would even be born. Maybe that’s why the celebration was so prominent after the Frederic boys upset the previously undefeated Siren Dragons by a 53-46 mark in early March to win the WIAA Division 5 regional finale, and advance to Hayward against second-seeded Drummond. Frederic used their perimeter defense to contain the normally explosive Dragon scoring trio of Eli Hinze, Andrew Brown and Murdock Smith, who combined for just 21 points on the night. The Vikings ended up losing in the sectional semifinal to eventual state-qualifying Drummond by a 47-35 score and season record of 16-8. State track athletes cruise to La Crosse Area track teams continued to represent northwestern Wisconsin with the amount of talented athletes who made the journey to the state meet in La Crosse in the spring of 2012. Webster track, alone, sent eight athletes to state, and another eight athletes earned trips to state in Division 2. The Siren track team also had four athletes make it to state. The Webster track team saw seniors Joey Erickson and Melissa Gustavson


The Frederic boys basketball team won their first regional championship since 1983, and did so by knocking off the undefeated Siren Dragons, who also recorded history in 2012 with a memorable year as well. – Leader file photos

The Pirates softball team made another appearance at the state tournament in Madison in 2012. It was their fifth trip since winning it all in 2009, and in 2006.

Webster’s Joey Erickson and Melissa Gustavson were just two of the many highlighters at the state track meet in 2012. There were 20 total athletes from the area competing at state. both make the podium in two events. Erickson took fifth overall in the 1,600-meter run on the first day, and saved the fireworks for his last event when he placed fourth overall with a time of 9:47.25. Despite taking fourth place, the time is faster than the championship time of 9:49.33 last year at state, which is held by former teammate Jack Taylor. Also with winning two state medals was Melissa Gustavson, who took sixth in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. Gustavson competed in her third event at the state meet along with Angel Christianson, Kelsey Sheffler and Ashley Irvine in the 4x200-meter relay Unfortunately, the race didn’t go as hoped for the Tigers relay team. Despite finishing sixth overall, an exchange with the baton went awry. Senior Chelsea Larson ended her trip to state in the shot put, Taylor Heinz competed in the high jump, and Aaron Clay finished his track career at state by competing in the triple jump. Of the eight area track athletes qualifying for state in Division 2, none managed to make it into the top 10 as finalists, but each ended a successful season overall. From Frederic/Luck, Adam Chenal qualified to state in the high jump. Unity sophomore Emily Gross competed the in shot put and Unity’s Colton Sorensen competed in the pole vault. The St. Croix Falls Saints qualified for

state in two events, which included Shane Swanson in the 100-meter dash. The Saints 4x800-meter relay team competed, as well, and included Henry Klein, Alex Frey, Chris Eisen and Ryan Nussbaum. Siren athletes at state track included sophomore Amber Moore in the 100meter dash and 200-meter dash. Three Siren boys competed in the discus including Matt Larson, Will Haines and Murdock Smith.

Pirates softball completes state journey The Pirates softball team earned another trip to the state tournament in Madison after a convincing win over Elk Mound in early June. It was the Pirates fifth state softball appearance since winning it all in 2009 and in 2006. Unfortunately, the Pirates lost 8-7 in a heartbreaker during the state semifinals to Stevens Point Pacelli, who went on a run-scoring feeding frenzy, scoring 16 runs on two of the best defensive teams in the state, and came away with the Division 3 state title in Madison. Grantsburg’s head coach, Don Bjelland, felt disappointed. “We had a great season. When you’re in Grantsburg, it seems like your standards are so much higher, so even when you are at the state tournament, you should just be thankful and tickled pink to be there, and we are, but it is still a major disappointment. When we made our first trip

Saints girls basketball earns conference title It wasn’t a good start to the Lady Saints basketball team’s regional title game against Bloomer in early March. On any other night, the Saints might have come out firing on offense and kept the Bloomer Blackhawks from gaining any sort of momentum, but it just wasn’t a good night for the Saints, until the second half at least. It was a disappointing end to a fantastic season for the Saints, who earned a conference championship with an overall season record of 20-3. The Saints ended up losing to the Blackhawks, 42-36, in a game the Saints trailed 32-20 with 4:39 to go in the game. St. Croix Falls was within two points with 22 seconds to go in the game, but couldn’t hang on. Despite the loss, the Saints went unbeaten in the West Lakeland Conference in 2012. Milestones set in Frederic Frederic girls basketball coach Troy Wink notched his 100th career win during an easy first-round playoff game against the Bayfield Trollers in early March. Although Wink said after the game that it took some time to build the girls basketball program from the ground up, he likes where the team is at, as well as its future. “With tonight’s win, we guarantee another nonlosing season at least and that’ll be six in a row of those, so I think we kind of reached the point we want to be at,” Wink said, but admitted he couldn’t have done it without good players, a supporting cast of coaches including assistant coach Sharon Schmidt, and support from his family. “My wife and kids have been very supportive of me and I think that goes a long way. When you’ve coached for 12 years, you need all those things to be successful,” said Wink. Also hitting a milestone was senior Maria Miller, who came down with her 500th career rebound as well as a top-tier performance on the court. Miller needed seven boards, and came down with those early in the game, and added 28 points while shooting 10 of 11 from the freethrow line. “It’s really neat to have her get that at home and in the playoffs. For me, it’s the second person I’ve coached that’s got over 500 so it’s kind of special. In our school history, she’s probably in the top four for rebounders so it’s really neat,” Wink said. “She’s done a nice job and it’s a sign of playing hard and hopefully she has 100 more, that means we’re still playing.” Pirates baseball falls short Hopes for a return trip to Appleton were dashed in early June as the Grantsburg Pirates baseball team fell short against the No. 1 ranked Prescott Cardinals, 4-2. The Pirates earned their way to the sectional championship with a 2-0 win over Chequamegon in the semifinal game earlier in the day. Lucas Willis had a stellar performance on the mound, throwing a no-hitter, but it was veteran right-hander Nolan Hanson who would face the hardhitting Cardinals during the second game of the day at Islander Field in Cumberland. It was a difficult end to the Pirates season but a good one. They finished with a West Lakeland conference championship at 8-0, earned another regional title and an overall record of 23-3. They were also one of the top five teams in the state in 2012, and graduated several solid seniors who certainly have had memorable careers. Graduating seniors include Nolan Hanson, Joe Engelhart, Kyle Roberts, Seth Coy, Carl Palmquist and Daniel Biorn.








Saints wrestlers finish strong at Badger tourney Drew Wheeler and Joe Rademacher take first place by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer RIVER FALLS – Nearly 40 teams took part in the annual Northern Badger Tournament in River Falls on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29, and among the dozen teams from Division 2, the Saints wrestling team came out in third place overall. Individually, the team had two champions with Drew Wheeler taking first place at 106 pounds and Joe Rademacher placing first at 182. Wheeler had three pins to start the tournament and dominated Nate Leipart, of Phillips, in the semifinals by a score of 150. In the finals, Wheeler took control once again with a 7-0 decision over Mitch Hustad, of Osceola. At 182, Rademacher also won his first three matches by pin before facing Brandon Wilcox, of Northwood/Solon Springs, in the semifinals, where he won by a 4-0 decision. Rademacher won a 9-5 match over Mike Scharenbrock, of Flambeau, for the Badger championship. James Klassen also had a solid day of wrestling at 126. He had two pins to start the day on Friday, and won an 11-4 decision over Alex Colbeth of Clear Lake in the quarterfinal. Klassen recorded a pin in the semifinals over Tyler Berg, of Spring Valley/Elmwood, before losing in the finals round to Phillip Opelt, of NeilsvilleGreenwood-Loyal, by a 16-1 tech fall. Two other Saints finished in ninth place overall including Dan Horn at 145 and Ryan Johnson at 285. Horn had three pins on the day as well as a win by decision over Trent Smith of St. Croix Central.

Joe Rademacher earned a pin in 1-minute, 51 seconds, in this match at the Northern Badger wrestling tournament in River Falls on Friday, Dec. 28. – Photos by Marty Seeger

nament in River Falls, Alex Lennartson came out with a solid second-place finish for the Unity Eagles wrestling team. At the 285-pound weight class, Lennartson won his first two matches by pin before winning a 6-3 decision over Cole Laliberty, of Chetek/Prairie Farm, in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Lennartson earned his way to the championship round with a win over Bryce Bilogan, of Rhinelander, in a close 7-6 decision. Lennartson lost a tough overtime match in the finals to Tanner Grant, of Cumberland, by a 5-3 decision. Others placing for the Eagles included Justin Peper at 220. Peper finished 10th overall with two pins on the day and a major decision win over Taylor Pease, of Cumberland. Also taking 10th overall was Tucker Olson at 120. Olson had three pins and a 9-8 decision win during the consolation round over Austin Najbrt, of Cadott. Other Eagle wrestlers notching wins on the day included Derek Johnson with two pins at 106. Tevin Anderson had two match wins at 138 that both went by a 4-0 decision. Zac Baxter was a winner of a decision and major decision at 145, and Colten Sorensen picked up a pin and major decision at 152. Dakota Lofgren got a pin at 160, and Ty Hoffbeck had a pin at 170. The Eagles competed among 12 other Division 2 teams and finished eighth overall as a team.

At the 285-pound weight class, Ryan Johnson of St. Croix Falls took ninth overall. In the match above, Johnson was successful in beating Zane Vonholtum of Somerset 5-3. Johnson won five matches during the tournament that included three pins and two decision wins. Tristan Chamberlain was the final Saints wrestler to place and took 11th overall with one pin on the day in the opening round. At 152, Brian Gilbert won just one of his three matches at Northern Badger but had a big win by pin over Zach Rinehart, of Rhinelander. Gilbert was down by as much as five points in the final 45 seconds of the match before battling back for the pin. Brian Nelson also had a pin at 170 during a match against Chris Hill, of Barron, in the first round.

James Klassen was a second-place finisher at the Northern Badger Tournament last weekend. Klassen wrestled at 126 pounds and had three pins on the day.

Unity’s Lennartson takes second RIVER FALLS – Of the three wrestlers that placed at the Northern Badger Tour-

It took Unity’s Alex Lennartson 54 seconds to pin Josh Tyler in this match at the Northern Badger Tournament. Lennartson took second overall.

LFG takes third among a dozen D1 teams Evan Ryan wins title at 132 pounds RIVER FALLS – The Luck-FredericGrantsburg wrestling team finished strong at the Northern Badger Tournament in River Falls on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29. Of the 10 wrestlers who competed, there were seven who ended up placing high in the tournament including Evan Ryan, who took first place overall at 132 pounds. Ryan pinned his first two opponents before winning a 4-2 decision over Bucky Nelson, of Chetek/Prairie Farm, in the quarterfinals. He won a 12-2 major decision over Mitch CorEvan Ryan nelissen, of Rice Lake, in the semifinals and beat Ben Adams, of Bruce, by a 7-3 decision to win the title at 132. Tristan Brewer was a third-place finisher at 138 with a 15-0 tech fall over Lucas

Hunter Dodds won a 13-8 decision over James Lindo of Boyceville in this match at the Northern Badger Tournament. Morgan, of Cameron, in the first match of the day on Friday. Brewer won a 6-2 decision in the quarterfinal over Nick Opdahl, of Prescott, but was defeated in a 6-4 overtime match by Dominic Olson, of Boyceville, in the semifinals. Brewer won the third-place match over Travis

Tristan Brewer finished third at the Northern Badger Tournament Friday, Dec. 28, at 138 pounds. – Photos by Marty Seeger Oliphant, of Ashland, by a 6-3 decision. At 116, Cole Britton had a good day with a fourth-place finish that included two wins by pin and an 8-5 decision in the first match of the day. Unfortunately for Britton, his final two matches came with losses including an injury default loss in

the semifinals and a medical forfeit for the third-place match. Hunter Dodds was an eighth-place winner at 126, winning his first match of the day by a pin and 13-8 decision in round two. Dodds lost his next match in the quarterfinals to the eventual tournament champion, but took a 6-3 decision win in the consolation round over Mike Weltzien, of Melrose/Mindora GET. Dodds lost his final two matches of the tournament by a 5-4 decision and 9-0 major decision. Tony Britton was a sixth-place finisher at 152 with a major decision in the first round and a 6-0 decision in his second match of the day. Britton would win two more matches in the tournament, with one coming by a 12-4 major decision and 3-0 win in the consolation round. Josh Glover was a winner of eighth place overall at 160. He won two matches, both by a 5-0 decision, and picked up a third win by pin in the opening round. Coming in ninth place overall was Alex Richey at 170. Richey won five of his seven matches by way of pin.








Blizz girls victorious in home tourney

Become third-leading scoring team in state Blizzard 9, Superior 2 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – The Blizzard girls hockey team went 2 for 2 in victories during their holiday Blizzard Blast Tournament held in Siren on Friday, Dec. 28. The team defeated Superior by a 9-2 margin and solidified the championship with a win over the Black River Falls/Tomah Tigers in a 93 contest. The Tigers and Spartans ended up playing the second match of the day but finished in a 5-5 tie, but it was a day for the Blizzard girls as they completed the sweep in commanding fashion. “The girls have put together a good series of games,” said Blizzard coach Bill Cordell. “During these last two tournament games we focused on performing one period at a time, one line change at a time and to win every race for the puck. Hope has been very consistent in the net for us, shutting them down on breakaways can really frustrate a team and she did that a couple of times at key points in the game. The rest of the team is working very hard in front of her, keeping the rebounds to a minimum and always outshooting the other teams, in some games

The Blizzard girls hockey team won their home Blizzard Blast Tournament held in Siren on Friday, Dec. 28, beating Superior and Black River Falls/Tomah. The girls scored 18 goals in the two games. – Photos by Josh Johnson/MaxPreps by more than a 2-1 margin.” Against the Superior Spartans, it was the Blizzard who got on the scoreboard first when Wendy Roberts scored from the blue line. In the second period, Roberts slapped in another unassisted goal, and Sam O’Brien got into the scoring mix with a goal on an assist from Kassie Lien and Taylor Heathman. Lien added another goal to make it 4-0 contest on assist from O’Brien in the second period, but the Spartans managed to score 20 seconds later. The Blizzard capitalized on a power play before the period ended, when Lien scored on assists from Roberts and O’Brien. The Blizzard passing was as crisp in the third as it was in the first period. Lien scored her hat trick on passes from Tianna Steward and O’Brien, who got the playmaker. Roberts also got a hat trick goal on an assist from Ashley Dietmeier. The Spartans fired back but then Roberts answered

Kassie Lien finds the back of the net on her second of three goals on the day against Superior on Friday, Dec. 28.

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Hope Tucker stops the puck for her teammates. She had 31 saves in the game against Superior.

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 122.5, Bottle Shop 118.5, Yellow Lake Lodge 112, Pioneer Bar 81, House of Wood 77.5, Northern Home & Improvement 73.5. Individual games: Curtis Renfroe 290, Gene Ackland 269, Roger Tollander 268. Individual series: Ed Bitler 712, Dale Frandsen 709, Gene Ackland & Brett Daeffler 703. Team games: Yellow Lake Lodge 762, Great Northern Outdoors 717, Northern Home & Improvement 689. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1975, Yellow Lake Lodge 1932, Bottle Shop 1915. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Curtis Renfroe 11x = 290; Ed Bitler 7x = 259; Bruce Teigen 5x = 245; Jason Pearson 6x = 227. Games 50 pins or more above average: Curtis Renfroe 290 (+100); Roger Tollander 268 (+80); Bruce Norstrem 241 (+74). Series 100 or more above average: Dale Frandsen 709 (+151); Curtis Renfroe 671 (+101); Bruce Teigen 667 (+100).

Splits converted: 2-7: Chris Olson. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 40.5, Skol Bar 39, Lake Services Unlimited 38, S&S Tree Bird Shoppe 33.5, Cummings Lumber 33, Pioneer Bar 30, Stotz & Co. 23, Larsen Auto Center 19. Individual games: Jeremy Anderson (SB) 265, Mark Bohn (SB) 249, Jason Richter (LSU) 247. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (DQM) 660, Mark Bohn (SB) 657, Oliver Baillargeon (DQM) 651. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1073, Skol Bar 1024 & 955. Team series: Skol Bar 2923, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2804, Lake Services Unlimited 2589. Thursday Early Standings: American Family Siren 69, Wikstrom Construction 55.5, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 54, Hell Raisers 51.5, Red Iron Studios 51.5, Grindell Law Offices 49, Fab Four 47, Kinetico 38.5. Individual games: Nick Skow (DQM) 266, Mark Bohn (FF) 256, Don McKinney (FF) 251. Individual series: Brian McBroom (AFS) 713, Mark Bohn (FF) 661, Blake Douglas (GLO) 657. Team games: Fab Four 692, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 629, Grindell

Series 100 or more above average: Tim Pederson 577 (+106); Blake Douglas 657 (+129). Series 150 pins over series: Brian McBroom 713 (+161). Others – 700 series: Brian McBroom 713.

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Law Offices 611. Team series: Fab Four 1852, Grindell Law Offices 1751, American Family Siren 1735. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Brian McBroom 5x = 248; Nick Skow 9x = 266; Bruce Wikstrom 5x = 236; Mark Bohn 5x = 256; Don McKinney 5x = 251. Games 50 pins or more above average: Mark Bohn 256 (+57); Blake Douglas 248 (+72); Brian McBroom 248 (+64), 246 (+62); Don McKinney 251 (+62); Travis McKenzie 207 (+52); Tim Pederson 248 (+89); Nick Skow 266 (+84); Bruce Wikstrom 236 (+72).

Wednesday Early League Standings: Greatland Transportation 14, Gehrman Auto Body 10, Dalles House 10, Cutting Edge 10, Adamark Repair 8, Suzie Q’s 4, Balsam Branch Transport 2, Bye 6. Men’s games: Mark Kamish 288, Mark Anderson 237, Jason Steffen 225. Men’s series: Mark Kamish 680, Mike Welling 623, Mark Anderson 617. Women’s games: Patty Walker 166, Jeanne Kizer 148, Brenda Lehmann 140. Women’s series: Patty Walker 436, Brenda Lehmann 412, Jeanne Kizer 394. Team games (Handicap): Adamark Repair 724. Team series (Handicap): Gehrman Auto Body 1946. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 42,

Dalles Electrician 38, Edina Realty 38, Davy’s Construction 34, Reed’s Marina 33, Hanjo Farms 26, McKenzie Lanes 23, Harvest Moon 22. Individual games: Derek Swenson 258, Rick Antonson 257, Jamie Booth 256. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 708, Bob Wilson 677, Rick Antonson 674. Team games (Handicap): Reed’s Marina 1041, Tiger Express 1021. Team series (Handicap): Reed’s Marina 3012, Tiger Express 2996.

Denny’s Downtown Lanes Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Spare Us 14, Hi-Low Rollers 11, Wild Ones 9, Sisters D 8. Individual games: Scott Lamphere 175, Barbara Loomis 146, Jamie Mier 143. Individual series: Scott Lamphere 419, Jamie Mier 397, Barbara Loomis 353. Team games: Spare Us 259, 243 & 225. Team series: Spare Us 727, HiLow Rollers 627, Sisters D 598.




Some surprises in local basketball Most local basketball experts are surprised to see the St. Croix Falls Saints breathing down the neck of the Luck Cardinals in West Lakeland boys basketball action. While coach Chad Hall’s Saints have struggled in nonconferTHE SPORTS ence action, their record is unblemished in conference play and their stunning victory over Unity indicated that their matchup with co-leader Luck next week could be a real battle. One of the biggest surprises in girls action could be that preseason favorite Siren already appears to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the title chase. Meanwhile, coach Marty Messar’s Luck girls continue to find a way to win and they, too, are deadlocked with the Saints who are coached by veteran

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title-winning mentor Angie Maternowsky. The Tuesday, Jan. 8, SCF-Luck doubleheader could be a real thriller and, when the dust settles, it will say a lot about who will win the West Lakeland conference crowns. Focus on wrestling This week, we spotlight two pro wrestling moves, which vary widely from a stylistic standpoint. Both have been untilized in Leader Land in recent years at venues as diverse as local taverns and middle school gymnasiums. The flying mare. This is one of the few moves that requires the practicioner and the afflicted to work in synchronicity. If they don’t, the “mare” won’t be nearly as effective. This move generally develops when both grapplers are on their feet, with wrestler A having an advantage over a dazed opponent, whom we will call wrestler B. As B struggles to stay upright, wrestler A typically weaves his arm under B’s and onto his lower neck area in somewhat of a half nelson. But instead of applying the pressure, A guides B across the mat with two quick running steps, then hurls B over his hip, sending him airborne in spectacular fashion,


sometimes completely out of the ring. This move is most esthetically pleasing when B jumps at just the right moment. Perennial loser and Leader Land favorite Kenny “Sodbuster” Jay spent a cumulative many minutes in the air during his long career on the receiving end of the flying mare. The mule kick. Charming in its simplicity, the mule kick was most often used by southern, bib-overall-clad grapplers such as Big Luke, Man Mountain Mike and even consensus Hall-of-Famer Jerry Blackwell early in his career. This finishing move simply consisted of wrestler A turning his back to his opponent and kicking his leg backward-as would a horse, mule, or unwilling milk cow – often catching the unwitting wrestler B in the chin or sternum. Youngsters who are considering taking up the sport of wrestling are strongly encouraged to practice these moves only while under the tutelage of a trained professional. Next in the series: Submission holds and finishing moves. Rough 48 hours for some local football fans

P O R T S When the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinals put the finishing touches on their 2014 Rose Bowl victory over the unranked Wisconsin Badgers on New Year’s evening, it marked the second time in two days that local fans of upper-level Wisconsin football teams had to endure a gut-wrenching defeat. On Sunday, Dec. 30, Aaron Rodgers and his injury-slowed – but favored – Green Bay Packers failed to earn a much-needed first-round bye as they dropped their season finale to the archrival Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings won that game 37-34, thanks mostly to the efforts of running back Adrian Peterson. A quick check of the archives shows that might have been the most devastating one-two, knockout punch which Badger and Packer fans have ever had to endure in such quick succession. But wait until this coming Saturday! Oddsmakers are again favoring the Packers in their playoff rematch with the Vikings. Local prediction: Packers 27, Vikings 16. John Ryan may




Hockey continued with her fourth goal of the game, unassisted. Abby Stevens got in on the action as well, as she stole the puck away from the defender and broke to the net alone, picked a corner and top-shelved it to finish off the game. Hope Tucker made 31 saves for the game.

Blizzard 9, BRF/Tomah 3 SIREN – After a solid win over Superior, the Blizzard girls capped off the Blizzard Blast tournament with another big win, this time over The Black River Falls/Tomah Tigers. Despite the Tigers early 2-0 lead, the Blizzard managed to keep their cool and put in nine goals in the game, which included a hat trick from Ashley Dietmeier, who had three goals and one assist. “Our patience and endurance is really starting to impact the outcome of our games. In the second game of the day, BRF put in two during the first period. The girls didn’t panic and start to play as individuals, they continued to be patient and not force the play,” said coach Bill Cordell. “We got those two goals back in the sec-

ond period, getting shots in from the point. Then, going into the third, our endurance played its part, scoring six goals after playing five periods for the day shows how hard the girls are working day to day to be a better team.” It was a game of opportunities early on for the Blizzard in the first period, as they outshot the Tigers 12-4, but the Blizzard turned up the heat in the second period. Wendy Roberts scored on an assist with great passing from Mackenzie Omer and Johanna Lauer, and the team tied the game with a goal from Dietmeier and Roberts. The Tigers did manage to light the lamp once in the third period but the Blizzard girls dominated the rest of the way, scoring seven times in the third period. The first goal of the period came on an unassisted goal, from Sam O’Brien, then Dietmeier scored with assists from O’Brien and Paige Johnson. Lien scored next on an unassisted goal and Roberts put one in on a pass from Dietmeier. O’Brien added an unassisted goal followed by a goal from Taylor Heathman as the puck was nicely

Wendy Roberts looks to get the puck to the net during the Blizzard girls holiday Blizzard Blast Tournament in Siren on Friday, Dec. 28. The Blizzard won both games played against Superior and Black River Falls/Tomah. – Photo by Josh Johnson/MaxPreps

worked around from Lien to Paige Johnson and then on to Heathman. The 9-3 dagger came on a Dietmeier unassisted goal, while Hope Tucker had 18 saves in the game. The Blizzard girls are the third-leading


Standings Team Conf. Luck Cardinals 4-0 St. Croix Falls Saints 3-0 Unity Eagles 3-1 Grantsburg Pirates 3-1 Frederic Vikings 1-3 Siren Dragons 1-4 0-3 Webster Tigers Scores Thursday, December 27 Siren 55, Bruce 48 Elmwood 78, St. Croix Falls 52 Hinkley-Finlayson 62, Grantsburg 54 Pine City 71, Webster 30 Clayton 60, Frederic 43 Friday, December 28 Grantsburg 71, Pine City 37 Bruce 56, Frederic 55 Hinckley-Finlayson 76, Webster 34 Glenwood City 69, St. Croix Falls 64 Upcoming Thursday, January 3 7:30 p.m. Prairie Farm at Siren Grantsburg at Cameron Friday, January 4 7:30 p.m. Shell Lake at Unity (DH) Birchwood at Frederic (DH) Monday, January 7 7:30 p.m. Unity at Barron Siren at Flambeau (DH) Tuesday, January 8 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck (DH) Grantsburg at Northwestern 5:45 p.m. Webster at Frederic (DH) Thursday, January 10 7:30 p.m. Bayfield at Siren


Overall 8-1 4-5 7-1 6-3 2-7 2-6 0-11

Boys games Grantsburg 55, Cameron 42 Prairie Farm 50, Siren 43 Unity 57, Shell Lake 43 Frederic 63, Webster 33 Luck 49, St. Croix Falls 39 Girls games



Unity 53, Clear Lake 34 Frederic 50, Birchwood 36 St. Croix Falls 58, Amery 50 Siren 54, Turtle Lake 46 St. Croix Falls 60, Luck 47 The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at

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Overall 4-6-1

Scores Thursday, December 27 Verona 5, Blizzard 4 Friday, December 28 Blizzard 5, Dodge County 3 Saturday, December 29 Rochester Lourdes 7, Blizzard 3 Upcoming Saturday, January 5 3 p.m. Blizzard versus Minneapolis Novas at Grantsburg Tuesday, January 8 7 p.m. Blizzard vs. Mora at Grantsburg Thursday, January 10 7 p.m. Blizzard vs Pine City at Grantsburg


Standings Conf. 4-0 4-0 3-1 2-1 0-3 0-3 0-3 Scores Thursday, December 27 Grantsburg 66, Hinckley-Finlayson 42 Pine City 41, Webster 40 Friday, December 28 Grantsburg 53, Pine City 29 Hinckley-Finlayson 49, Webster 47 St. Croix Falls 66, Cumberland 18 Upcoming Thursday, January 3 7:30 p.m. Clear Lake at Unity Clayton at Webster Friday, January 4 7:30 p.m. Shell Lake at Unity (DH) Birchwood at Frederic (DH) Webster at Northwood Amery at St. Croix Falls Turtle Lake at Siren Winter at Luck Monday, January 7 6 p.m. Siren at Flambeau (DH) Tuesday, January 8 7:30 p.m. Northwestern at Grantsburg Webster at Frederic (DH) 5:45 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck (DH) Thursday, January 10 7:30 p.m. Clear Lake at Luck Team St. Croix Falls Saints Luck Cardinals Siren Dragons Unity Eagles Grantsburg Pirates Webster Tigers Frederic Vikings

Overall 7-0 5-3 6-2 5-3 4-4 2-8 2-7


BOYS HOCKEY A solid 10-4 record in holiday tournament prediction action moved the Swami’s success rate down one point to 74 percent. His season mark is 4917. “Though clever poems are what you seek, you’ll have to wait until next week. Yes, the Swami is my name. Ask me again and I’ll tell you the same,” he said.

scoring team in the state, with 14 goals total in the first period, 18 in the second and 28 third-period goals on the season. They also have two overtime goals for a total of 62. – with submitted information

Upcoming Thursday, January 3 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Turtle Lake Unity at Clear Lake Saturday, January 5 9:30 a.m. Unity, LFG at New Richmond tournament Thursday, January 10 7 p.m. Clear Lake at St. Croix Falls LFG vs. Turtle Lake at Grantsburg

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Overall 7-5

Scores Friday, December 28 Blizzard 9, Superior 2 Blizzard 9, Black River Falls/Tomah 3 Upcoming Saturday, January 5 7 p.m. Moose Lake-Willow River vs. Blizzard at Siren Tuesday, January 8 7 p.m. Blizzard at New Richmond Friday, January 11 7 p.m. Blizzard versus Eveleth-Gilbert at Siren


Upcoming Friday, January 4 6:30 p.m. Rush City at Grantsburg Community Center




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Clam Lake carp removal to continue this winter Efforts to improve rice beds on Clam Lake could be showing progress

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – The removal of carp from Upper Clam Lake in Burnett County is expected to continue this winter as it has over the previous two years. Commercial fishermen and researchers are continuing efforts to revitalize the wild rice and other native vegetation believed to be lost in the wake of the destructive carp. Between 2007 and 2010, wild rice had all but disappeared from many areas of the lake and efforts to find out why eventually pointed to the carp, which are capable of uprooting and completely destroying rice beds. Since 2010, approximately 25,000 individual carp have been successfully removed through commercial fishing operations, but there’s still a long way to go, according to Anthony Havranek, biologist for the St. Croix Tribal Environmental Department, who is hopeful they will be able to remove closer to 85 percent of the carp population. “We figured we removed 25-30 percent of the population last year so we’re hoping that this year, we can really try to up those numbers and get a much larger percentage of the population,” he said. So far, they’ve seen some positive increases in growth and density of wild rice in the southeast portions of Upper Clam. One area of the southernmost bay was also closed off to carp with the use of seining nets, and Havranek said those areas showed some pretty amazing growth in 2012. Although Upper Clam Lake is known as the top producer of wild rice on an offreservation lake in Wisconsin, no wild rice harvest has occurred since 2006. In 2012, Havranek said wild rice was probably dense enough to open it back up for harvest, but in order to get the seed bank back and let more natural growth occur, it remained closed. Along with the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin leading the research, the state DNR and Clam Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District and others are also investigating impacts of carp on native plants on Upper Clam, including lakes connected nearby such as Long Lake, which is another popular spot for

Removing carp through commercial operations began in late January, 2011, and since then, approximately 25,0000 fish have been removed. Last fall, around 25-percent of the population had been removed, but biologists hope to remove up to 85-percent of the carp population to help rejuvenate the wild rice beds and other native vegetation on the lake. Anthony Havranek, biologist for the St. Croix Tribal Environmental Department, is shown above leading operations in carp removal in 2011. – Leader file photo ricing each year. “We’re trying to keep an eye on all the connected water bodies to try and see if the carp are moving between the lakes, and we’re checking to see what the populations are in all the connected water bodies on the Clam River system,” Havranek said. The project not only includes just looking at the carp population but also water quality, impacts on wildlife and the fishery itself. Researches have noted a decline in the bluegill population over the past few years, which could be one of the reasons why carp have rebounded, among other environmental factors. The bluegill

The southern-most bay on Upper Clam Lake was nearly all surface water, but this photo in 2012 shows improvement with rice beds covering nearly all of it. Much of the reason is due to the removal of thousands of carp from Upper Clam, as well as researchers successfully netting off certain areas so carp cannot disturb the rice beds. – Photo by Phil Miller is a natural predator of the carp since they feed on their eggs in the spring. Havranek is hopeful the bluegill populations will rebound with addition of more aquatic vegetation. For now, however, they’ll continue to focus efforts on the removal of carp and continue to work on rebuilding the wild rice to what it was in 2005. “One of the things I’m most encouraged by is that wild rice bed in that south bay that’s been cut off from the lake. If we can get that to come back and re-establish that seed bank, our plan then this year, if we get a good enough removal this winter, we want to start collecting seed from that bed and then distribute it back into the main lake,” Havranek said. The project will likely be monitored closely for years to come, but Havranek expects there will be a more intense focus on the lake for the next five years. In order to move forward, it’s important that the removal process of carp is successful. In order to track where the carp are in the

lake, several have been fixed with radio transmitters and, through telemetry, biologists can help locate where the largest schools are in the lake, especially in the winter when carp are grouped together in large schools. Last fall, biologists also marked up to 1,400 fish to get a better handle on the population of carp in the lake. For now, it appears as though the carp removal has helped aid in the recovery of some of the wild rice and native vegetation on the lake, as shown during a plant survey in 2012. Aerial photos were also used to compare what vegetation appeared like in 2012, to what it was in previous years. “If it comes back in 2013, like it did in 2012, that would be excellent. You couldn’t ask for anything better,” Havranek said.

Candlelight events planned for Wisconsin state park properties MADISON – Thanks to the preholiday snowfall that hit Wisconsin, most of the state is reporting adequate snow cover for the more than 30 candlelight events scheduled at Wisconsin State Park properties this winter. Most of the events offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or a combination of those activities along trails lit by hundreds of candles. Candlelight events kick off Saturday, Jan. 5, with events at Blue Mound, Harrington Beach and Mirror Lake state parks. The Blue Mound event will also feature the grand opening of a new “friends” shelter at the park. The Friends of Blue Mound raised $500,000 for construction of the shelter, which will serve as a heated warming house in the winter for skiers and snowshoers as well as an area for naturalist programs in the summer. On Saturday, Feb. 9, a candlelight night event is planned for Interstate State Park, St. Croix Falls. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. There will be

warming fires at the trailheads, and food and beverages available indoors at the Ice Age Center. Ski and snowshoe from the Ice Age Center, walk from the Camp Interstate Shelter. Supported by the Friends of Interstate Park, the event runs from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 715-483-3747 or send an e-mail to People should check the candlelight ski events page of the Department of Natural Resources Web site for specific activities going on at each park. Most events are for cross-country skiing and hiking or snowshoeing only, but a few properties only offer skiing or hiking or snowshoeing. Snowshoeing and hiking are done on separate lit trails from ski trails, as hiking is not allowed on cross-country ski trails once they are groomed for skiing. Most of the trails lit with candles range from one to two miles in length. Many of the events held throughout the winter include additional activities such as bonfires and hot chocolate and other refreshments for sale. Some events offer

grills for cooking food or roasting marshmallows. Many of the events are organized by friends groups for the parks, which provide much of the volunteer labor for the events. Candlelight events have become some of the most popular winter activities at Wisconsin State Park properties. An estimated 1,500 people turned out for a candlelight event at Blue Mound State Park last February, the largest turnout ever at the park. About 900 people turned out for a candlelight ski and hike at the Pike Lake unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and more than 800 turned out for an event at Willow River State Park. The Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area and Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, which does not have cross-country ski trails, attracted 215 visitors for a candlelight snowshoe hike. – submitted

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White-tailed bucks are starting to shed antlers as evidenced by this matching pair found by a local Inter-County Leader reader. The buck would likely score in the 150s. – Photo submitted


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Burnett County circuit court Joseph T. Anderson, 29, Siren, seat belt violation, $170.50. Janet E. Andresen, 51, Siren, barking dog, $164.00; dog running at large, $187.90. Wesley J. Bearheart, 48, Webster, OWI, $1,977.00, 80day jail sentence, license revoked 27 months, alcohol assessment. Jolene M. Bideau, 28, Webster, operate without insurance, $200.50; hit and run, $263.50. Michael T. Cody, 18, Wayzata, Minn., speeding, license suspended 15 days, $250.90.

Gerald D. Ensign, 66, Grantsburg, speeding, $170.30. Annette F. Harer, 53, Danbury, failure to stop, $127.50. Justin S. Lemieux, 27, Cumberland, obstructing an officer, $330.50. Joyce M. Long, 50, Cumberland, hit and run, restitution, $1,465.66. Kelly J. Lowe, 41, Luck, disorderly conduct, $600.00. Rona S. Madsen, 63, Danbury, issue worthless check, $114.50. Patricia D. Nefs, 53, Webster, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Mandy R. O’Malley, 35, Danbury, speeding, $175.50.

Kari R. Robin, 44, Danbury, speeding, $170.50. Troy E. Roy, 44, St. Croix Falls, operate without valid license, $114.50. Veronica L. Songetay, 45, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lincoln M. Spafford, 19, Webster, operate without valid license, $200.50. Mary J. Stafford, 48, Webster, issue worthless check, $114.50. Jeremy J. Towle, 29, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50.


Many families spent the holidays with their families. John and Reeny Neinstadt were at the Lamar Johnson home in Cadott for three days. Jack and Jeri Witzany had Patty Kringen and family, Mike Witzany from Champlin, Minn., and Chris Witzany and family from Grantsburg spend the Christmas weekend with them. They enjoyed their time together. Jack and LaVonne O’Brien entertained the Childers family the Sunday before Christmas. Tom and Becky O’Brien and Mike and Tylyn O’Brien spent Christmas Day with Jack and LaVonne. They spent Christmas Eve with Bob’s family. Harmony HCE Club enjoyed a luncheon at the Fresh Start coffee shop in Webster on Wednesday. Sympathy to the family of Betty Trudeau, a resident at Cedarwood, who passed away over the

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weekend. Marvel Merriam spent Christmas Eve at the Mark and Julie Freeborn home in River Falls and Christmas Day at the Greg Gravesen home in St. Croix Falls. On Friday evening she enjoyed supper at Gary and Billie Gravesen’s home. Karen, Jerry and Karl Hintz spent Wednesday through Friday for an early Christmas with Kent and Nancy, Kathryn, Mark and Dee Krause. Allyson, Bryan and Brad Krause came home for Christmas on Friday for their Christmas break from college. They, along with Fran Krause, Naomi Glover and Dan Burkett, had Christmas Eve dinner at the Mark Krause home. Dean, Mary Jo, and Jake Peterson stopped by at Fran Krause’s home on Friday afternoon.

Burnett County warrants Samantha J. Carter, 25, Frederic, failure to pay fine, Dec. 26. Camay S. Ellingson, 18, Siren, failure to pay fine, Dec. 26. Traci J. Nater, 46, Spooner, failure to pay fine, Dec. 26. Lester D. Sutton, 21, Danbury, arrest warrant complaint, Dec. 27. Timi K. Tingle, 24, Finlayson, Minn., failure to pay fine, Dec. 26.

Douglas J. Allen, 29, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 19. Brandon L. Belisle, 32, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 20. Charles R. Bentley, 21, Rockford, Minn., failure to pay fine, Dec. 17. LeRoy E. Bond Jr., Superior, failure to pay fine, Dec. 18.

Wayne J. Bosto, 29, Cloquet, Minn., failure to pay fine, Dec. 18. Karen P. Cook, 58, Frederic, failure to pay fine, Dec. 18. Timothy J. Hughes, 19, Danbury, failure to pay fine, Dec. 17. Corey J. Jones, 35, Radisson, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 19.

Ross E. Kegel, 31, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 20. Katy L. Kelley, 21, Webster, failure to pay fine, Dec. 17. Stacy A. Lavin-Mejia, 40, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 17. Derek L. Lindemann, 29, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 20.

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Kim A. Parenteau, 57, Danbury, arrest warrant complaint, Dec. 20. James J. Pijanowski, 18, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear, Dec. 20.

Alan J. Schwartzbauer, 22, Grantsburg, failure to pay fine, Dec. 17. Craig A. Stevens, 39, Webster, failure to pay fine, Dec. 17.

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Wisconsin to consider tougher drunk driving laws STATEWIDE – Two state lawmakers say they will try to pass legislation cracking down on drunk driving in the next session. Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling plan to introduce bills that would, among other things, require first-time offenders to appear in court, make a third conviction a felony, and establish mandatory minimum sentences for drunken drivers who cause injuries or death. Steve Riffel is the public safety director for Sheboygan Falls and president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. He wouldn’t comment specifically on the legislation because he hasn’t seen language. But, Riffel says, there is room for improvement in state law. “I think getting people introduced into the system even at the first time level, whether it’s a criminal offense or not a criminal offense, but making it mandatory that they appear in court, mandatory that they go through an assesment,” he says, “things like that certainly cannot hurt. Ott and Darling tried to pass similar legislation in the last session. That effort met resistance after fiscal estimates showed the changes would cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

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by Rick Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio BARRON COUNTY – A major safety blitz is on in Barron County as demand for frac sand brings a long dormant railroad back to life. For those living along the 45-mile stretch of Canadian National Railroad between Barron and Ladysmith train horns and the rumble of freight cars are distant memories. For kids 16 years or younger the line represented nothing more than rusty tracks and rotting ties overgrown by weeds. But now two trains each day pulling up to 95 cars loaded with frac sand will be roaring past at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Patrick Waldron of CN says this is a big change for the people living along the line, “People may have been walking over or driving over on bikes or snowmobiles these crossings and around this rail line for years, sometimes their entire lives without ever having seen a train and starting this week they will start to see trains.” Waldron says that’s why the railroad is placing ads in local papers, sponsoring radio spots and why they invited school children to visit their “Santa Safety Train” in Barron. Kids climbed into a vintage Illinois Central passenger car where they received gift bags from a CN employee dressed as Santa. Back outside the elementary and middle schoolers get a safety briefing from Canadian National Government Affairs Director Kevin Soucie, “This rail corridor is not a playground, it’s not a sidewalk, it’s not a place to hang out, it’s not a place to have fun, it can be a very dangerous place. So, we want you to stay away from the train tracks.” CN’s Barron to Ladysmith rail line is now open but officials say it’s up to their customer Superior Silica Sands when the first trains will run.


Polk County circuit court Jason S. Anderson, St. Croix Falls, operating while revoked, $200.50. Gregory J. Battisti, Frederic, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Mario J. Battisti, Frederic, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Katelyn E. Biggins, Luck, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Micah L. Bootz, Green Bay, speeding, $175.30. Dallas D. Brown, Taylor Falls, Minn., inattentive driving, $187.90; speeding, $213.10. Dakota C. Burgstaler, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Leonard J. Chute, Grantsburg, speeding, not guilty plea. Patrick R. Coughlin, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Brandon Darnell, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Clint J. Donald, Luck, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Dane T. Dudash, Dresser, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Josh M. Durushia, Big Lake, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. London C. Dyer, Balsam Lake, speeding, $295.00. Megan E. Fandrich, Siren, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Edward K. Flanum, Clear Lake, fail/validate or attach deer carcass tag, not guilty plea. Sherry A. Forrestal, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30.

Patrick S. Frey, Osceola, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. John J. Gerhardt, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Scott R. Goerdt, Clayton, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jason F. Gouker, Deer Park, seat belt violation, $10.00. Samantha J. Grange, Clayton, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Frank R. Greenlee, Milltown, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $303.30. Gene H. Hansen, Frederic, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. John H. Hansen, Wyoming, Minn., place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Todd A. Harris, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Jonathan D. Hicks, Siren, defected speedometer, $175.30. Brandon A. Hughes, Osceola, reckless driving; failure to notify police of accident, not guilty pleas. Philip D. Humphrey II, Star Prairie, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Joshua D. Johnson, Deer Park, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; operating while suspended, $200.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Jill M. Karnath, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00.

Nguzo H. Kida, North Hudson, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Steven A. Larsen, Dresser, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Thomas A. Larson, Milltown, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $434.55; place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $431.00. Rebecca J. Lodermeier, Clear Lake, operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30. Jacob A. Loen, Dresser, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Tyne D. Lowe, Luck, operate w/o valid license and cause injury to another person, $6,477.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; drink open intoxicants in MV, $263.50; driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Brandon A. Madison, Luck, operating while suspended, $200.50; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Everett M. Marsh, Frederic, destruction of state property, $200.50. Matthew A. Matusiak, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Daniel M. Meyer, Osceola, place material-feed/attract wild animals, $343.50. Midwest Frac LLC, Turtle Lake, nonregistration of other vehicle, $263.50; vehicle equipment violations, $200.50.

Mason K. Millermom, St. Croix Falls, place/possess/ transport loaded firearm in vehicle, $258.10; twice. Melinda S. Minor, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Brooke M. Mott, Frederic, speeding, not guilty plea. Maxwell M. Musial, River Falls, speeding, not guilty plea. Jon O. Nelson, Centuria, fial/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Donald Perron, White Bear Lake, Minn., destroy state property, $200.50. Andrew W. Peterson, Osecola, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $266.65. Joshua J. Reuter, Frederic, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Erin S. Richards, Dresser, seat belt violation, $10.00. Tham K. Roberts, Amery, operating left of centerline, $213.10. Sally M. Ruelas, Milltown, speeding, $175.30. John M. Ryan, Frederic, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $347.05. Timothy B. Ryan, Frederic, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $303.30. Savannah J. Sande, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Dallas W. Schauls, Luck, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50; twice. Donald L. Stromley, Milltown, inattentive driving, $187.90. Robert L. Swanson, Frederic, inattentive driving, $187.90.

Brittany R. Valvoda, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Larry D. Voelker, Amery, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Adam F. Weller, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Kenneth C. Williams, New Richmond, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50. Ross D. Wilson, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sarah J. Woods, Frederic, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Michael D. Askay, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Caroline K. Christenson, Clayton, ATV-operation on roadway, $200.50; operating ATV or UTV while intoxicated, $452.50; operate ATV or UTV w/PAC, $452.50. Kenneth A. Cook, Poplar, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Steven J. Derrick, New Richmond, speeding, not guilty plea. Austin J. Dittel-Miller, Somerset, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating w/PAC, $817.50; OWI, $817.50. Timothy L. Fellman, Turtle Lake, issuance of worthless checks, $357.00; twice. Brandon W. Gutzmer, Luck, OWI; operating w/PAC; speeding, not guilty pleas. Richard E. Heikkila, Prescott, speeding, $175.30. Christian E. Higgins, Rush City, Minn., OU, $187.90.

D. Kachman, Champlin, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Mikkala G. Hill, Centuria, permit after hrs. carry-out liquor, not guilty plea. Steven L. Jonson, Clayton, county/municipal conduct, $200.50. Tom P. Johnson, Luck, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Mitchell L. Lindberg, Amery, speeding, $175.30. James A. Loenser, Clayton, public nuisance nine times, not guilty pleas. Jodi R. Miller, Frederic, theft, $235.00. Derek T. Moore, Osceola, failure to notify police of accident; posses open intoxicants in MV; inattentive driving, not guilty pleas. Trisha M. Nelson, Frederic, issue worthless checks, $692.25. Brandon J. Robertson, Keshena, operate w/o valid lic., $200.50. Michelle J. Sandberg, Milltown, operating while revoked, $200.50. William E. Schultz, Centuria, OU, $187.90. Jason A. Shingleton, St. Croix Falls, OU, $187.90. Christopher A. Sondrol, Balsam Lake, OU, $187.90. Daniel L. Thoreson, Washburn, speeding, $225.70. Amanda J. Tuyman, Luck, speeding, $200.50.

Bank of America, Texas (plaintiff) vs. Tabitha Lawrimore and unknown spouse, Clear Lake (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Earl Goodwin, Hudson (plaintiff) vs. William E. Niemi, Westmore, Mich., (defendant). Foreclosure of mortgage.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (plaintiff) vs. Valerie Otis and unknown spouse, Milltown (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (plaintiff) vs. Gerald M. Dockendorf and Jenny Dockendorf, St. Croix Falls (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage.

Polk County civils Beneficial Financial, Inc. of Illinois (plaintiff) vs. Robert Leach and unknown spouse, St. Croix Falls; Beverly Leach, Fort Worth, Texas, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Westconsin Credit Union (plaintiff) vs. Anthony H. Carlson, Lisa E. Carlson and Patricia L. Carlson, Amery (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Amery Regional Medical Center (plaintiff) vs. Michele Marz-Taylor, Centuria (defendant). Plaintiff seeks money judgment. First National Community Bank, New Richmond (plaintiff) vs. Leslie J. Mortimer, Stacy L. Mortimer, Osceola (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. One West Bank, FSB, California (plaintiff) vs. Teresa M. Schwartz and Bradley S. Schwartz, Dresser; The RiverBank, Osceola; Cottonwood Fi-

nancial of Wisconsin, LLC (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Bank of America, South Dakota (plaintiff) vs. Erica Rhode and unknown spouse, Cumberland; Mary E. Hansen and unknown spouse, Cumberland (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Royal Credit Union (plaintiff) vs. Daniel E. Boerboon and Leslie G. Boerboon, Luck; CitiBank, N.A. South Dakota; Mortgage Electronics Registration Systems, Illinois (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Fia Card Services, N.A. (plaintiff) vs. Stephen D. Tylee, Amery (defendant). Plaintiff seeks monetary judgment on breach of contract. U.S. Bank, N.A. (plaintiff) vs. Troy A. Lenz and unknown spouse; U.S. Bank of North Dakota (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage.

Alfred J. Huppert (plaintiff) vs. village of Luck and appropriate tax assessor for taxing district (defendants). Plaintiff seeks court review of property value assessment and seeks adjustment of tax rates. Precision Recovery Analytics, an assignee of GE Money Bank of Texas (plaintiff) vs. Jose Donato, Amery (defendant) Plaintiff seeks money judgment on breach of contract. Everbank of Florida (plaintiff) vs. Carol A. Hatton and unknown spouse, Luck; Capitol One Bank, N.A. (defendants) Foreclosure of mortgage. Ocwen Loan Services, LLC of Florida (plaintiff) vs. Cami L. Bottolfson and unknown spouse, Amery; Mortgage Electronics Registration for Citizens State Bank of Illinois (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage.

Toombs Truck Repair, LLC (plaintiff) vs. Dave Fleming, Clear Lake; Dave Fleming Trucking, Clear Lake (defendants). Plaintiff seeks money judgment on breach of contract for unpaid truck services. James R. Radke and Kristine Radke, Balsam Lake; Harleysville Insurance; Medica; Health Partners (plaintiff) vs. Dawn K. Owens, Cumberland; Progressive Mutual Insurance Co. (defendants) Plaintiff seeks money judgment from results of an auto crash on Aug. 22, 2011, in Polk County.

Polk County divorces Todd A Rohloff, 44, and Janette M. Rohloff (nee Bonkoski), 35. Married October 2005. No minor children.

Polk County deaths Donna M. Mika, 80, Grantsburg, died Nov. 29, 2012. Kari G. Roberts, 47, Milltown, died Dec. 1, 2012. Joan E. Nelson, 69, Town of Alden, died Dec. 3, 2012. Ernest A. Thom, 86, Amery, died Dec. 4, 2012. Sandra B. Hacker, 59, Town of Laketown, died Dec. 8, 2012. Clarice A. Carlson, 86, Osceola, died Dec. 9, 2012. Lois M. Gross, 83, Amery, died Dec. 12, 2012.

Charles W. Wilson, 83, Clayton, died Dec. 12, 2012. Genevieve L. Sjobeck, 91, Amery, died Dec. 13, 2012. Winnie L. Johnson, 99, Amery, died Dec. 14, 2012. Kenneth J. LaBlanc, 91, Turtle Lake, died Dec. 14, 2012. Harvey V. Nelson, 70, Town of Laketown, died Dec. 13, 2012. Laurel J. Paulson, 92, Amery, died Dec. 14, 2012. Ronald L. Lysdahl, 75, Clear Lake, died Dec. 19, 2012.







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GRANTSBURG Each building will have their own breakfast menu.




LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Baked potato bar, ham/cheese OR chicken nuggets (ALL), broccoli w/cheese, salad greens, pineapple sauce, orange.


(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A. as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. FKA Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. STACY WAGNER, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 245 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 26, 2012, in the amount of $181,681.28, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The North 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 21, Town 32 North, Range 15 West, in the Town of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 208 30th Street, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00424-0100. Dated this 12th day of December, 2012.

/s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff

Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2372477 575349 WNAXLP

Notices/Employment opportunities TOWN OF MILLTOWN Plan Committee Meeting

Mon., Jan. 7, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk

Burnett County deaths Denver S. Petersen, 79, Webster, died Dec. 2, 2012. Bradley M. Taylor, 17, Town of West Sweden, died Dec. 5, 2012.


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(Jan. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF VICTOR RAY TROMBLEY Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 62 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth February 23, 1951, and date of death November 8, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2735 238th Ave., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 10, 2013. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 5400. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar December 27, 2012 Daniel J. Tolan, Tolan Legal Services P.O. Box 213 Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4002 Bar Number: 1029533 575762 WNAXLP

The January meeting of the Village Board of Siren will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Village Hall. Agenda posted. Ann Peterson 575627 Clerk-Treasurer 20L


TOWN OF LORAIN BOARD MEETING Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Lorain Town Hall

Agenda: Call meeting to order; verify publication of meeting/roll call; approve minutes of previous meeting; approve treasurer report; motion to pay bills. Reports: Ambulance, Fire Dept., Roads; Comprehensive Land Use Commission; add agenda items for future meeting; motion to adjourn. Susan E. Hughes, Clerk


TOWN OF LORAIN CAUCUS 2013 Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 8 p.m.

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(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Branch 1 BREMER BANK N.A. 8555 Eagle Point Blvd. P.O. Box 1000 Lake Elmo, MN 55042, Plaintiff, vs. BRUCE C. DAHLBERG 1627 S. White Ash Lane Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION P.O. Box 160 Menomonie, WI 54751 Defendants Case No. 12 CV 367 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Foreclosure of Mortgage Code: 30404 By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 11, 2012, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam Lake, in said county, on February 19, 2013, at 10 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot 48, Plat of White Ash Park, according to the official plat thereof on file and of record in the Office of Register of Deeds in and for Polk County, Wisconsin, located in Section 11, Township 34 North, Range 16 West. Parcel No.: 004-01158-0000 The above property is located at 1627 S. White Ash Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 17th day of December, 2012. /s/Peter M. Johnson Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin

SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Offices, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751 575438 WNAXLP 715-235-3939

Susan E. Hughes, Clerk

(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC Plaintiff vs BONITA M. KETTULA, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 526 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 28, 2011, in the amount of $110,028.37, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East half of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 17, Township 37 North, Range 16 West, Town of Clam Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1010 340th Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 014-00362-0000. Dated this 12th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2372371 575351 WNAXLP

Richard C. Amick, 79, Webster, died Dec. 10, 2012. Walter A. Alling, 74, Town of Oakland, died Nov. 22, 2012. George T. Fossum, 78, Town of Lincoln, died Dec. 16, 2012. Lois A. Wills, 57, Grantsburg, died Dec. 9, 2012. Gregory A. Leonard, 75, Webster, died Dec. 2, 2012.

Polk County marriage licenses Karin E. Stricker, Town of Alden, and Alexander J. Lee, Town of Alden, issued Dec. 23, 2012. Heidi j. Greener, Village of Luck, and Larry D. Wright Jr., Town of Luck, issued Dec. 25, 2012. Ashley N. Vanderbilt, Amery, and Timothy M. Repka, Amery, issued Dec. 25, 2012. Vicki L. Taylor, Oakdale,


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the electors of the Town of Siren, in the County of Burnett, State of Wisconsin, that a Town Caucus for said town will be held at the Town Hall in the said town on January 10, 2013, at 6:45 p.m. to nominate candidates for the different town offices to be voted for at the Town Election to be held on April 2, 2013. Mary Hunter 575461 19-20L WNAXLP Siren Town Clerk

TOWN OF DANIELS NOTICE OF CAUCUS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the electors of the Town of Daniels, in the County of Burnett, State of Wisconsin, that a Town Caucus will be held at the Daniels Town Hall on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 7 p.m., for the purpose of nominating candidates to appear on the spring election ballot, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The Monthly Town Board Meeting will follow the Caucus. Dated this 26th day of December 2012. Liz Simonsen, Daniels Town Clerk 575756 20L WNAXLP (Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. MAIREA B. DOYLE, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 549 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 14, 2012, in the amount of $159,853.64, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The North 16 rods of Lot 1, William J. Starr’s Subdivision of the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 33, Town 37 North, Range 17 West, in the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 509 Ash Street W. Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 126-00468-0000. Dated this 12th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Russell J. Karnes Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1054982 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2372437 575346 WNAXLP

(Dec. 19, 26, Jan. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. REBECCA A. OLSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 287 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 20, 2012, in the amount of $146,406.38, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff’s department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 11, Plat of Cherrywood on White Ash Lake, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1792 West White Ash Drive, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 004-01048-0000. Dated this 10th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2362927 575066 WNAXLP

Minn., and Bret L. Radinzel, Town of Alden, issued Dec. 26, 2012.


PUBLIC NOTICE The Regular Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of McKinley Will Be Held On Tues., Jan. 8, 2013, 7 p.m. At The Town Hall Agenda will be posted.

Notice Is Hereby Given To Electors, In The Town Of McKinley, That At 8 p.m. A Caucus For The Purpose Of Nominations Shall Be Held For The Offices Of Town Chairperson, Two (2) Supervisors And Treasurer Town of McKinley Deborah Grover, Clerk 575604 20L WNAXLP


Thurs., Jan.10, 7 p.m. Town Hall Questions or Comments. 1. Reading of the minutes 2. Treasurer’s report 3. Review and pay bills 4. Patrolman’s report 5. Town caucus, 8 p.m. Questions or Comments. 575797 20L Lloyd Nelson, Clerk (Jan. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FRANDSEN BANK & TRUST f/k/a, Rural American Bank Luck Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER A. ROWELL and JENICA R. ROWELL, and WI SCTF, Defendants. Case No. 12 CV 251 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 23, 2012, in the amount of $66,650.52, 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, January 24, 2013, 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 to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The South 14 feet of Lot 7, Lot 8, except the South 12 feet thereof, all in Block 14, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 126-00120-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 314 S. Polk Ave., Frederic, WI 54837. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 3rd day of December, 2012. 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 575617 WNAXLP


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MEETING NOTICE The Next Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Monday, January 7, 2013, At 7 p.m., At The Meenon Town Hall

Agenda items to include: Clerk, Treasurer, Chairman and Supervisors reports; road discussion; and approval of bills. 575832 20L 10a Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk NOTICE OF CAUCUS VILLAGE OF LUCK RESIDENTS

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Village of Luck, in the County of Polk, State of Wisconsin, that a Village Caucus for said Village will be held at the Luck Village Hall in said Village on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 7:15 p.m., prior to the Committee of the Whole Meeting, to nominate candidates for Village President position and three Village Trustees positions for a two-year term, to be voted on at the Spring Election to be held on the first Tuesday of April, 2013. Dated this 27th day of December, 2012. Kevin Kress 575753 20L WNAXLP Village Clerk (Dec. 19, 26, Jan. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. 3476 STATEVIEW BLVD. FORT MILL, SC 29715 Plaintiff vs. JAMES MAHONEY A/K/A JAMES L. MAHONEY 1288 60TH STREET AMERY, WI 54001 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JAMES MAHONEY A/K/A JAMES L. MAHONEY 1288 60TH STREET AMERY, WI 54001 Defendants PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 12 CV 650 Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after December 19, 2012, 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 Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Adam C. Lueck, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: December 5, 2012. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 575310 WNAXLP

(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. RYAN D. NELSON, et al. Defendant(s)

Case No: 12 CV 254 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 3, 2012, in the amount of $118,703.85, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3533, Volume 16, Page 46, as Document No. 622915, being a part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 14, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 777 A 30th Avenue, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00357-0100. Dated this 13th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2374715 575347 WNAXLP


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

Virgil Hansen, Clerk

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(Dec. 19, 26, Jan. 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Nationstar Mortgage LLC Plaintiff vs. AMI R. RAU, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 10 CV 711 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 8, 2011, in the amount of $170,625.55, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis DESCRIPTION: Lots 6, 7 and 8, Block 6, First Addition to the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 413 Oak Street West, Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 126-00159-0000. Dated this 6th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2356434 575060 WNAXLP

(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A. as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificate Holders CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-5 Plaintiff vs. DENNIS W. SWANSON, et al. Defendant(s)

Case No: 12 CV 197 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 15, 2012, in the amount of $294,082.89, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of Lot 92, Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Centuria, described as follows: Commencing at a point 296.7 Feet East of the Southwest Corner of Lot 92 Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Centuria; thence East 100 Feet; thence North 528 Feet to the North Line of said Lot 92; thence West along the North Line of said Lot, 100 Feet; thence South to the point of beginning. Said Lot being located in Section Twelve (12), Township Thirty-four (34) North of Range Eighteen (18) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 422 County Road I, Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 111-00165-0000. Dated this 10th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2365193 575348 WNAXLP


The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. The Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk 715-349-5119 575462 19-20L WNAXLP

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(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. 3476 STATEVIEW BLVD. FORT MILL, S.C. 29715 Plaintiff Vs. DANIEL D. WENHOLZ A/K/A DANIEL WENHOLZ 2080 75TH AVE. OSCEOLA, WI 54020 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DANIEL D. WENHOLZ A/K/A DANIEL WENHOLZ 2080 75TH AVE. OSCEOLA, WI 54020 CURRENT OCCUPANTS OF 407 3RD AVE. WEST OSCEOLA, WI 54020 ANCHORBANK FSB 25 WEST MAIN STREET MADISON, WI 53703 Defendants PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 12 CV 649 Judge GaleWyrick, Molly E. Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after Dec. 26, 2012, 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 Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300 P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Kimberly W. Hibbard, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1125, Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Kimberly W. Hibbard State Bar No. 1090800 Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, lllinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Dated: December 7, 2012 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 575572 WNAXLP

(Jan. 2, 8, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN POLK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. SHAUN D. PETERSEN, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 809 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 12, 2012, in the amount of $97,817.90, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 31, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 36, Township 36, North, Range 19 West, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast Corner of a parcel of land conveyed by Laurie Hansen, widow to Mabel Bacon as described in warranty deed recorded on Page 173 of Volume 104 of Deeds, thence running West along the South Line of above-described parcel of land 188 feet 6 inches, thence running South 60 feet, thence running East 188 feet 6 inches, thence running North 60 feet to place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2479 240th Street, Cushing, WI 54006. TAX KEY NO.: 046-00900-0000. Dated this 21st day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Sara M. Schmeling Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086879 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2391469 575616 WNAXLP


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a Town Caucus for the purpose of nominating candidates to appear on the spring election ballot for the offices of Town Chair, two Town Supervisors, Clerk and Treasurer will be held on January 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. prior to the Regular Monthly Meeting. 575615 20L WNAXLP

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CAUCUS NOTICE TOWN OF JACKSON The Caucus Will Be Held On Mon., Jan. 14, 2013, At 6:30 p.m. At The Town Hall, 4599 County Road A For The Town Of Jackson Lorraine Radke, Clerk

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(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for the registered holders of Aegis Asset Backed Securities Trust, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-5 Plaintiff vs. JAMIE A. MACDONALD, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 258 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 6, 2012, in the amount of $113,703.35, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: That part of the NE 1/4 of NW 1/4, Section 1735-17, described as follows: Beginning at a point 418.5 feet West and 394.5 feet South of the Northeast corner of said NE 1/4 of NW 1/4, thence running South parallel with the East line of said NE 1/4 of NW 1/4, 100 feet; running thence West parallel to the North line of said NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 175 feet; running thence North parallel to the East line of said NE 1/4 of NW 1/4, 100 feet; running thence East in a straight line to the point of beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. Part of the NE 1/4 of NW 1/4, Section 17-35-17, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, which is bounded by a line described as follows: Commencing at the North 1/4 corner of said Section 17, thence South 88 degrees 35’ 45” West 418.5 feet along the North line of said Section 17, thence South 394.5 feet parallel with the North-South 1/4 line of said Section 17, thence South 88˚ 35’ 45” West 175 feet to the point of beginning, thence continue South 88 degrees 35’ 45” West 63.88 feet parallel with the North line of said Section 17, thence South 100 feet parallel with the North-South 1/4 line of said Section 17, thence North 88˚ 35’ 45” E 63.88 feet parallel with North line of said Section 17; thence North 100 feet parallel with the NorthSouth 1/4 line of said Section 17 to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 206 2nd Avenue East, Milltown, WI 54858. TAX KEY NO.: 151-297-0. Dated this 13th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2374288 575352 WNAXLP

(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for U.S. Bank National Association, as Successor Trustee, to Bank of America, National Association as successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association, as Trustee, for Ownit Mortgage Loan Trust, Ownit Mortgage Loan Asset Backed Certificates, Series 2006-6 Plaintiff vs. JAN M. GUSEK, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 202 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 30, 2012, in the amount of $124,969.39, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following 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.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lots 13 and 14, Block 46, Original Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Lot 30, Block 53, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with that portion of vacated Massachusetts Street lying between Lot 30, Block 53, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, and Lot 13 Block 46 Original Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, as per Resolution No. 01-22 recorded October 15, 2001, in Volume 892 on Page 763 as Document No. 620825. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 344 North Adams Street, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00767-0000 & 281-00094-0000. Dated this 12th day of December, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Alyssa A. Johnson Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086085 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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 that purpose. 2372556 575350 WNAXLP

(Jan. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank 2270 Frontage Road West Stillwater, MN 55082 Plaintiff, vs. Amy L. Studtmann 1357 Main Street Houlton, WI 54082 Wesley W. Studtmann 1357 Main Street Houlton, WI 54082 and Wilemar Studtmann 1243 Highway 35 Hudson, WI 54016 Defendants.

Case No. 11 CV 816 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage COMPLAINT NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2012, in the amount of $120,515.80 against Amy L. Studtmann, Wesley W. Studtmann and Wilemar Studtmann, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: January 31, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold “as is‚” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: In the foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the City of Balsam Lake, Polk County. DESCRIPTION: Part of Government Lot 3 Section 30, Township 35 North, Range 15 West, Town of Johnstown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Lot 3, Section 30, Township 35 North, Range 15 West, thence North 10 rods; thence East 16 rods; thence South 10 rods; thence West 16 rods to the beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1980 60th Avenue, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PIN/TAX ID NO.: 028-007770000. Peter Johnson Polk County Sheriff MURNANE BRANDT Attorneys for Plaintiff 30 E. 7th Street, Suite 3200 St. Paul, MN 55101-4919 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 1553224 575767 WNAXLP (Jan. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon fka The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificate Holders of the CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-18 8742 Lucent Blvd. Suite 300 Highland Ranch, CO 80129 Plaintiff vs. Brian Haas 821 Wisconsin Avenue Amery, WI 54001 Laura Haas 821 Wisconsin Avenue Amery, WI 54001 Amery Regional Medical Center, Inc. 265 Griffin Street East Amery, WI 54001 Resurgence Capital LLC 1161 Lake Cook Road Suite D Deerfield, IL 60015 Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No: 12 CV 611 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Brian Haas You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 2, 2013, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 548109071, and to Dustin A. McMahon/Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff`s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C., 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100, Brookfield, WI 53005. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 19th day of December, 2012 Dustin A. McMahon/Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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. 2385669 575619 WNAXLP


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the electors of the Village of Webster, in the County of Burnett, State of Wisconsin, that a Village Caucus for said Village will be held at the Village Hall, 7505 Main Street West in said Village on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. to nominate candidates for the different Village offices to be voted for at the Village Election to be held on April 2, 2013. Offices to be filled with nominations are: One Village President to succeed Jeff Roberts One Village Trustee to succeed Tim Maloney One Village Trustee to succeed Kelly Gunderson One Village Trustee to succeed Charlie Weis Respectfully Submitted, Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk Village of Webster 575686 20L WNAXLP

(Jan. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, FSB 25 West Main Street Madison, WI 53703 Plaintiff vs. Arthur O. Groth 249 Montgomery Street Amery, WI 54001-0478 Unknown Spouse of Arthur O. Groth 249 Montgomery Street Amery, WI 54001-0478 Central Prairie Financial LLC 100 South 5th Street Suite 1400 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Westconsin Credit Union 3333 Schneider Avenue SE Menomonie, WI 54751 Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No: 12 CV 614 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Arthur O. Groth and Unknown Spouse of Arthur O. Groth You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 2, 2013, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 548109071 and to Dustin A. McMahon / Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff`s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C., 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100, Brookfield, WI 53005. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 28th day of December, 2012. Dustin A. McMahon/Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 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. 2401778 575815 WNAXLP

(Dec. 26, Jan. 2, 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT CIVIL DIVISION POLK COUNTY WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR CARRINGTON MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006-FREl ASSETBACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES 1610 EAST SAINT ANDREW PLACE, SUITE B150 SANTA ANA, CA 92705 Plaintiff Vs. WILLIAM J. KELLY 208 HOPE RD. E FREDERIC, WI 54837 KAREN J. KELLY 208 HOPE RD. E FREDERIC, WI 54837 Defendants PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 12 CV 679 Judge Anderson, Jeffery L. Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after Dec. 26, 2012, 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 Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Adam C. Lueck, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Dated: December 7, 2012 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 575573 WNAXLP


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a caucus will be held in the Town of Milltown, on Monday, January 7, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Milltown Fire Hall, for the purpose of nominating candidates to appear on the spring election ballot to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office is for two years beginning on April 16, 2013. INCUMBENT OFFICE Town Board Chairperson Harlen Hegdal Town Board Supervisor Clifford Gustafson Town Board Supervisor Christopher Nelson Town Clerk Virgil Hansen Town Treasurer Mary Sue Morris Virgil Hansen, Town Clerk 575470 19-20L 9-10a,d WNAXLP Town of Milltown


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This double-heart-shaped potato was found by Gladys Trantow of Frederic. - Photo submitted by Marlyn Trantow

Rural Wisconsin could benefit most from Affordable Care Act

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Some of Wisconsin’s rural counties have the most to gain under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by a health-care advocacy group. The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families analyzed census data to break down how many Wisconsin residents are uninsured and where they’re from. The council’s Jon Peacock says that as a percentage of their total populations, five of the top six counties for uninsured residents were rural counties. “And I suppose that shouldn’t really come as a huge surprise,” he says. “A lot of farmers have a heck of a time getting health insurance. And a lot of other people in rural counties work for small businesses who are unable to offer affordable health insurance.” The top county for uninsured adults below 400 percent of the federal poverty level was Clark County, where nearly 18 percent of residents are uninsured. The only nonrural county in the top six was Milwaukee County, Wisconsin’s urban center. The breakdown of rural counties was just one finding in a broader report that looked at how many people could gain coverage under the federal health-care law. The group projected a quarter-million uninsured residents could get covered once the law is fully implemented here.

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Bone Lake Lutheran - Holidazzle Parade MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – On Saturday, Dec. 22, 64 people from Bone Lake Lutheran Church enjoyed being part of the Holidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis, Minn. Ranging in age from 5–65, the group was part of the Circus Train, Mother Goose, Captain Hook and


Santa’s workshop floats. They were also all of the wooden soldiers who led each float and marched the signs down Nicollet Mall. The weather cooperated, and everyone had a great time as memories were made. – submitted

Mother and daughter team of Jan Pederson and Kelli Eklof enjoy the fun of the Holidazzle Parade. Pederson is a hobo clown and Eklof, the Golden Goose for the Mother Goose float.

Three of the Toy Soldiers about to march the banners down Nicollet Mall are Jeanne Fisher and Jessica and Josh Cramlet.

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Jaime Shogren as Mama Kitten and her son, Alex, as a giraffe, marched in the Holidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis, Minn.

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The Bone Lake Lutherans – all in their parade finery – get their last-minute assignments from the parade director.


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The second part of our look back at the year’s local stories and photos POLK/BURNETT COUNTIES – Our tradition of reviewing the top local stories and photos of the year continues this week with our second installment - July through December.

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• New postmasters, Matthew Golke, Kathleen Krenz and Greg Schewe, were hired at Siren, Webster and Frederic. • The Balsam Lake Village Board chose to change their legal representation from local attorneys to the Bakke/Norman Law Firm. • The Relay for Life was held in St. Croix Falls at the high school track. • The new Unity clinic opened in Balsam Lake in July. • The Deborah Lucey-Martin Memorial Garden on the north side of Coon Lake in Frederic was dedicated in honor of her contribution to the village. • Daeffler’s Quality Meats Inc. in Frederic celebrated 50 years of business. • Freedom Fest was held in Balsam Lake with Kaina Zygowicz crowned 2012 Miss Balsam Lake during the queen pageant. • A new restaurant, Rhapsody Wine Bar and Restaurant, was approved for downtown St. Croix Falls. • The Luck ATV club discussed the idea of ATV routes through the village. • Unity Elementary Principal Wayne Whitwam submitted a letter of resignation to the school board. He took a job with a school district in Minnesota. • Forty local homes were painted in one week through the Habitat for Humanity program. • The improving condition of Polk County was discussed during a special county board meeting. • Village of Luck Administrator Kristina Handt resigned. A special meeting was held to hire an interim village administrator to replace her. • Josephine Owen was crowned Miss Centuria during Memory Days. • Osceola teacher Barbara Jorgensen retired after 40 years of teaching. In a Leader feature article, she reflected on her teaching career and how teaching has changed throughout her career. • Allie Young, 19-old-old niece of Frederic couple Jack and Deb Route, survived the Colorado movie theater shooting. Young was shot in the neck during the rampage. • Luck School District planned a $1.2 million referendum. • Frederic School District offered a new range of programs and ideas that was hoped to expand the learning opportunities for Frederic students.

FUTURE FIREFIGHTER • A St. Croix Falls firefighter assists a future firefighter during a water game that was part of the annual Wannigan Days celebration in July. - Photo by Greg Marsten

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• St. Croix Falls graduate Megan Kalmoe, a member of the U.S. Olympic quadruple sculls rowing team, won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. • A four-vehicle crash occurred on the Hwy. 8 bridge between Taylors Falls, Minn., and St. Croix Falls. • Crooked Lake beach in Siren was closed by authorities due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. • Wisconsin frac sand sites had doubled in the past year. • Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church celebrated its 126th anniversary with historical artifacts, photos and records of early church and Trade Lake area days were on display. • The annual Great Fur Trade Rendezvous was held at Forts Folle Avoine in Danbury. • The Rowe Funeral Homes in Luck and Frederic, run by Ray and Bruce Rowe, had been in business for more than a century. The business was started by C.A. Carlson, Bruce’s great-grandfather, in the mid-1940s. • The Polk County Fair was held with 10 centenarians honored including Elizabeth Padden, who was 102 years young. • Walls at Burnett Dairy Cheese came down the end of July revealing the newly constructed dairy cheese store. • The first Habitat rehabbed home was dedicated in Milltown. • Two Webster teens, Mallory MaryBeth Daniels and Madison Main, competed in the Miss Teen of Wisconsin pageant held in Stevens Point. • St. Croix Falls teens Jake Siltberg and Logan Wallace took fifth place at the Wyoming Tactical Rifle Championship among tough competition. • A 2009 Webster High School graduate, Kara Gall, described her journey from helping out at her family-owned restaurant to modeling jobs in Minneapolis, with dreams of modeling in New York. • Danbury celebrated its 100-year anniversary. • Three-year-old Reena Mae Williams, reported missing from her Danbury home, was found dead in the waters surrounding her home by the Danbury Fire and Rescue dive team nearly 24 hours later. Sheriff Dean Roland did not know if charges would be brought against the parents. • A settlement in a discrimination case which was pending for the past two years against Burnett County was accepted. The sheriff said not all facts were presented. • Grammy-winning Twin Cities singer Aaron Keith Stewart opened the Butternut Bed and Breakfast overlooking Little Butternut Lake. • Local couple Carol Jean and Steve Gallagher were featured in a Leader article. They spent 20 years in Papua, New

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SCORING THE SHOTS • The range officer used an authentic small telescope to spot and score hits on the rifle firing range during the Great Fur Trade Rendezvous at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park north of Webster in late July. - Photo by Carl Heidel

Guinea, translating the Bible into the Bariai language. • Trinity Lutheran Church of Danbury announced it would be closing its doors. • Zach Fugate was hired as Unity’s elementary principal. • Members of law enforcement, emergency response, ambulance and medical staff, private industry representation and emergency management officials from Dresser and surrounding areas tackled a mock disaster to better prepare for the real possibility. • Josh Johnson, local photographer, was allowed the opportunity to photograph the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field from the sidelines. • The Loon Creek trailhead parking lot in Webb Lake was dedicated to Rob Humphrey, a young man who lost his

life in an ATV accident four years prior. • The Wilderness Fellowship celebrated 40 years of ministry. • Dairyland Outdoor Veterans Retreat broke ground. • Unemployment rates dropped in Burnett and Polk counties.


• New Polk supervisor district lines for the 15-member Polk County Board were approved for a public vote in November. • An addition was planned for Luck’s museum/library. • Police apprehended a woman believed to have robbed the Eagle Valley

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MEMORY LANE • Barbara Jorgensen went through her file of class photos, which comprises 40 years of former students. “It’s like a trip down memory lane!” she laughed during an interview with the Leader in July. Jorgensen retired from teaching at the end of the 2011-12 school year, after decades as a teacher at Osceola Elementary School. — Photo by Greg Marsten

HIGH COMBUSTION • A Leader reader sent in this photo of a car that had burst into flames along Hwy. 8 in mid July. The driver of the vehicle, from Minnesota, was not injured in the fire. - Photo submitted

CROWDED AT CLAM • The Clam Lake Narrows near Siren could have used a traffic control officer over the Fourth of July weekend as locals and tourists alike took advantage of the holiday weekend and hot weather to enjoy fun on the water. - Photo by Gary King

A man entered a


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barbershop for a shave. While the barber was foaming him up, he mentioned the problems Joe Roberts he had getting a close shave around the cheeks. “I have just the thing,’’ said the barber taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. “Just place this in your mouth, between your cheek and gum.’’ The client placed the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeded with the closest shave the man had ever experienced. After a few strokes, the client asked in garbled speech, “And what if I swallow the ball?’’ “No problem,’’ said the barber. “Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does.’’


Ski trails open

FREDERIC - The snow has arrived, and Nordic skiing season has started in western Wisconsin. Frederic’s two ski trails, the Coon Lake Trail and the Trade River Trail, have been groomed and are in good early-winter skiing condition. Volunteers from the Viking Ski Club were rested and ready when the snow fell and immediately began rolling a base that set up nicely with the following cold weather. The Coon Lake Trail, just east of Coon Lake on Ash Street, has over four kilometers of groomed trail, and the Trade River Trail, 1-1/2 miles south of Frederic on 150th Avenue, has grown to about eight kilometers. Both trails are groomed for classic and skating, with tracks set when a sufficient base is present. Right now, only the Trade River Trail has had tracks set for classic skiing. For more information on the local trails call 800-222-POLK or visit For information on area or regional cross-county skiing trails or events visit or – submitted by the Viking Ski Club, Frederic

I’ve been chatting with my

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girlfriends about the new year. Two dear friends I met while living in Africa are now living on two different continents, while I live on a third, yet the wonders Carrie Classon of modern communication keep us in regular contact. They are both scheming about what this new 2013 will bring. Nora is evasive, promising only “big changes and surprises.” Lanni is more forthcoming, promising career and financial improvements. Of the three, my prognostications are the least interesting. I expect more of the same, which is fine with me. Right now, my biggest ambition is to finish off the last of the 2012 cookies which, as far as I know, may well have an end-of-the-year expiration date and pose a danger to those with a less robust constitution. I remember a time, not that many years ago, when I had a relatively long list of wishes for the new year as well as a fierce determination to make significant changes in my life. Part of becoming a little older and a bit more at peace with myself is looking at the new year a little differently. Instead of a series of challenges to overcome and changes to enact, I look at the new year with a renewed sense of wonder. The past year was filled with so much, both pleasurable and painful, and very little of it was anticipated. A year ago, I didn’t know I was going to school, much less how that would feel or what it would look like. While my old persona of student slipped on like a well-worn glove, the new identity of teacher was more exciting than I ever imagined it could be. My ideas of the Southwest were vague and romantic; they are now detailed and specific. My struggles to find comfortable accommodations, the curious process of being accepted by fellow students half my age, the quirky, annoying and delightful peo-


ple that have crossed my path, all this was unanticipated and all has colored and enriched this full and fulfilling year. Now, back in the Midwest dutifully polishing off dangerously old Christmas cookies, I wonder if it is too late to have a resolution in this untasted new year. It seems as if I should have at least one. Unlike my two girlfriends, I am not contemplating new jobs, new homes or new relationships. I don’t have any really terrible habits that I am longing to quit or new ones I am eager to take up. When I think of the year past, I can’t imagine how any self-improvement plan would have altered or enhanced the experience of the year, or made it more meaningful. So, instead of trying to change myself this year, I am going to resolve to keep my eyes open and simply pay more attention to what is already surrounding me every day. I want to see the changes and surprises as they happen, whether welcome and unwelcome. In 2013, I want to give myself permission to savor the new, the unexpected, the never-before-experienced. I want to grieve the disappointments without a barrage of “what ifs” or “might have dones” clouding the experience of loss. I would like this year to be less about conforming to any idea of what it should be, and more about really seeing the new year for what is: the incredible privilege of getting one more year to cavort on the planet. And now, feeling newly resolved, I think I will try to fully savor one more leftover Christmas cookie— before it’s too late. Till next time, — Carrie

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STATEWIDE – Between the sneezing office colleague and the sniffling child, it seems like germs are inescapable this time of year. Even with the increased likelihood of illness during the winter months, you can take some simple steps to stay well and avoid getting a cold or the flu. Colds and influenza are brought on by viruses that cause infections of the respiratory tract – the nose, throat, air passageways and lungs. These infections are contagious and can be spread from person to person. Every year, the seasonal flu affects 5 to 20 percent of U.S. citizens and about 200,000 people are hospitalized with flurelated illnesses. Most experts believe the flu virus is spread through the air, traveling on expelled droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. It also lurks on surfaces, in the same way cold viruses get passed from person to pers o n . Are you shaking hands a lot, maybe sharing a keyboard? Avoid touching your face until you can wash with soap and hot water or wipe with an alcohol-based hand cleanser. In addition to conscientious hand cleansing, these tips can help fend off and avoid spreading a cold or the flu: • Eat healthy, stay hydrated, exercise and get enough sleep to promote a strong immune system • Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow, not your hand • Clean shared surfaces like tables, toys and door handles with an anti-bacterial disinfectant • Avoid touching your eyes and nose, common routes of germ entry • Be cautious about food buffets and similar settings where germs can be spread from utensils and food items • Stay away from sick people if you can, especially if you have a weakened immune system • Get a flu shot “The best way to protect against the flu virus is to be vaccinated,” says Irene Hogetvedt, infection prevention

When I grow up There is something about the

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beginning of a new year that reminds me of my younger days. During childhood, most everyJohn W. Ingalls thing was new and different and exciting. Living for the moment and enjoying life as it came, we also dreamed of the future when we would be all grown up. As we flip the page from December to January it has a similar feel. Despite the events of the past, there remains a sense of hope for the New Year when there is a chance things will be different. Unfortunately, as adults, we tend to carry a lot of baggage with us. Dragging out the mishaps and misfortunes of the current year, it is easy to be depressed or discouraged as we look forward. It is hard to forget what is behind and press onward. It seemed easier as a child. Back then, life was simple. When I was a child, I knew I was going to be a baseball player, an airline pilot and a mountain man when I grew up. In my mind it was simple, no obstacle existed that would prevent me from accomplishing my goals. Those goals changed from year to year. One year I wanted to be a professional fisherman and a lo-

coordinator at Amery Regional Medical Center. “The vaccine changes each year depending on what flu strains research has shown will be most prevalent in the population. A cold typically is a mild illness, but flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and even death. This year’s flu season started early, with numerous cases reported in several states as early as October. Peak flu season usually comes in January or February, but individual exposure is unpredictable.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that seasonal mortality figures related to flu vary widely, from 3,000 to 49,000 over a 30-year surveillance period, depending on the severity and type of viruses seen each year. About 90 percent of adults who die are over 65years old. While states are not required to report adult mortality figures related to flu, they must report pediatric deaths. From 2011 to 2012, 34 patients under 18 years old died from the flu; and 115 pediatric deaths occurred from 2010 to 2011. The flu vaccination contains dead or weakened flu viruses. The vaccine can be injected with a shot or applied through a nasal spray. Once vaccinated, your body produces antibodies that protect you from the targeted flu viruses. This antibody protection develops about two weeks after the vaccine is administered. Some vaccinated people do get the flu, but they usually have a milder case. Others may contract a viral strain that isn’t one of those targeted in the annual vaccination. The CDC now recommends the annual flu vaccination for individuals 6 months and older. However, the agency’s Web site has specific recommendations for people who have certain allergies, chronic illnesses and other characteristics. These people at high risk for flu complications are especially encouraged to get vaccinated: • Pregnant women • Children younger than 5, especially those between 2 and 6 months • Adults 50 and older • People with certain chronic medical conditions, in-

comotive engineer. What young boy wouldn’t have loved to pull the whistle as the train rumbled through the edge of town on a dark night? Those dreams were never acMD complished but they never went away either. As time progressed and one year became the next, dreams and goals were simply replaced with new ideas. It was easy to dream. If only you could somehow harness a remnant of that childhood innocence and awe of the universe in which we live. I still love to learn and explore and try new things so perhaps, in some small way, I remain a child on the inside. However, my wife may feel that I am more of a child on the outside as well. As 2012 passes into 2013, I have ideas and plans and a sense of expectation even in the face of discouragement and disillusionment that may exist on a broad scale across our country and the world. I am not about to believe I can really change the world at large, but I can make a difference in someone’s life. I can model a sense of respect and care for my fellowman even in a world that is calloused and shallow. I can laugh with those who laugh and mourn with those who mourn and be challenged by

cluding diabetes, asthma and chronic lung disease • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities • People who live with, care for or have regular contact with those at high risk for flu complications “Flu-related hospitalizations are rising earlier than usual this year,” says Pat Cooper, vice president for clinical operations at Quorum Health Resources. “The last time flu season began this early was in the winter months of 2003 to 2004. Over 48,000 U.S. citizens died from the flu that year.” Unlike infections caused by bacteria, viral illnesses like colds and the flu do not respond to antibiotics. Health agencies and physicians are trying to educate patients and parents about this because scientific evidence shows overuse of antibiotics is making some bacteria strains less responsive to these essential medicines. Many ailments can be caused by both viruses and bacteria, including meningitis, pneumonia and diarrhea. With these illnesses, the cause should be determined before antibiotics are prescribed. The usual medical advice for a cold or the flu is to treat the symptoms and wait it out. In severe flu cases, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine that can help shorten the illness. Cold or flu symptoms that persist past 10 days, or get worse instead of better, may signal a bacterial infection or other ailment has developed that needs a doctor’s assessment. A high or prolonged temperature also is a sign you should see a doctor – 103 degrees in children and 102 degrees in adults. Other reasons to seek medical treatment are pain or pressure in the chest, difficulty breathing, changes in skin color, confusion, lethargy, fainting, abdominal pain or vomiting. Find out how to tell the flu from a cold and much more on the Web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This article provided courtesy of Amery Regional Medical Center and Quorum Health Resources, LLC.

those around me to be a better person. I can still hang onto that sense of wonderment about the future, much as a child. This week our calendars change from December to January and the days are slowly beginning to lengthen. Despite discouragement, I have hope; despite worries, I have plans and expectations. When I have discouraging days or frustrations, I can retreat to my childhood dreams about someday. I am not sure retirement is necessarily in my future. With a dour outlook for the economy and college-age children with both hands in my pockets, my financial outlook isn’t as rosy as I would prefer. But on bad days I can retreat into my room and dream. Someday, when I grow up, I am going to be a mountain man. I can squint in the bright sun and spit between my teeth. I can live simply, supplying my needs from the land and laugh in the face of adversity. If that doesn’t work, tomorrow I will be an astronaut or a truck driver or a railroad engineer. Someday in the future, just as you are drifting off to sleep, you will hear the distant train whistle and realize that I have finally grown up and got to pull the train whistle late at night. What do you want to be when you grow up?


Three things to avoid to sustain mediocrity in 2013 So, I’ve got this amazing new idea for a business model. It’s going to be big! And you, loyal reader, are completely welcome to get in on the ground floor for free. Here’s the deal: Take a bunch of highly skilled people from around the world and get them to volunteer their skill and knowledge, maybe 20 to 30 hours a week. Together then, we create this really great thing, amazing, revolutionary stuff – best in the world. Next, and this is the best part, we give it away for free! I know what you’re thinking. It’s not the traditional business model. You’re wondering why anyone brilliant enough to create anything this good might volunteer to do it for nothing, right? Or maybe you think I’m just blowing smoke. Or maybe, just maybe, this sounds a little familiar. Maybe you’re remembering something you once read about a computer operating system called Linux, which powers one out of four corporate servers in Fortune 500 companies and more than 90 percent of today’s 500 fastest supercomputers; or Wordpress, which you may have heard gives

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away the software that runs over 60 million Web sites including business sites such as Chris Wondra eBay, CNN, The New York Times and Forbes; or perhaps you’re thinking this sounds a bit like the Apache Web server software that serves 55 percent of all active Web sites; or maybe you’re thinking of Wikipedia, a little outfit disrupting the world of encyclopedia publishing. All of these examples and more have been created and maintained by highly skilled people that are literally giving away their time and talent. And, as it turns out, what they are collaborating to create is better than anything made for profit using the traditional corporate business model. How is this possible? Because these are not businesses or organizations as much as they are ecosystems. The traditional rules of motivation we believe are at play in our economy do not exist in

Odds ‘n’ ends So each new year brings on the new, eh? Well, not exactly, if you think in terms of history, as they tend to do at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. They’re busy, apparently making plans to assist visitors with their travel plans. But they’re always going back to 1802. Go figure. Or perhaps the advice should be: go visit, and figure out what that’s all about. Does the story of that time relate to the present? Well, who were these strange people, anyway? How did they come together at this place in that time? And, what else might be going on around this historic site? Shucks, the place might even turn out to be interesting, entertaining, and educational without the drudgery of formal schooling. Even, or especially, someone bored with the details (dates, etc.) of history could find an intrigue at the place. If this strikes you as odd, and perchance you’re still reading, we’re onto the topic of this week’s scribble—the odds ‘n’ ends of Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Or a couple, for starters, as we’ll only have limited space on this page in which to chat. Perfect—then a visit to the site might well be in order, to figure out the rest. No passport needed, either. So, where to start? Perhaps where many people start when they arrive, at the site’s visitors center. Surely this must be the Forts, people might understandably think. Wrong. It’s only the visitors center, kind of like a customs or information station en route to the “real” forts.

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They—some reconstructed fur trade cabins and an Indian village—lie down the hill from the visitors center, out of sight until one walks the trails that take them there. Here’s the real oddity, though—the visitors center is actually older—as a building—than the fur post structures. What? Huh? But you thought the fur trade buildings were from 1802-05. Back up and consider what was just written— the fur post buildings are reconstructed. Built over, albeit following what is known about the originals. But does that mean the visitors center was built prior to 1802? Not at all—it was first used as a lodge, in 1917, in northern Minnesota. It actually was moved from its original lake near Ely, Minn., in 1964, to another Ely-area lake, and then dismantled yet again and moved to be the anchor building for Forts Folle Avoine in the 1980s. So it’s pretty odd, all right— visitors come to an almost 100-year-old structure en route to visit replicas of cabins representing an even older era. Rather

this “open source” environment. Supply and demand, profit and loss, investment and return, carrots and sticks, competition, survival of the fittest, rugged individualism—all things this great nation have been built upon— have absolutely nothing to do with the design or delivery of Linux, Wordpress or Wikipedia. Facts we might be willing to ignore if these products were not among the most innovative and disruptive in the world. So the questions I’d like to ask are: if not competition and profit, beyond cooperation and collaboration, what are the rules these new systems are built upon, and are they at all relevant to our world? Can we learn anything from them in order to improve our families, schools and day-to-day operation of our businesses? According to Dan Pink, in “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” there are three pillars that support high levels of innovation: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Perhaps the quickest way to explain these powerful concepts is to offer a few quotes from Pink’s book. As you read them, consider what you know about Linux, Apache, Wordpress, Wikipedia, or any other open-source product or service you are aware of. Reflect on their cost and how much of each you

may include your own day-to-day life. Autonomy: “The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas. Some skeptics insist that innovation is expensive. In the long run, innovation is cheap. Mediocrity is expensive—and autonomy can be the antidote.” - Tom Kelly, general manager of IDEO. Mastery: “The desire to do something because you find it deeply satisfying and personally challenging inspires the highest levels of creativity, whether it’s in the arts, sciences or business.” Teresa Amabile, Harvard University professor. Purpose: “I believe ... a new form of capitalism is emerging. More stakeholders want their business to have a purpose bigger than their product.” Mats Lederhousen, former McDonald’s executive. Autonomy, mastery and purpose: invaluable concepts that, when embraced, change everything. So go ahead and get in on the ground floor. Considering the cost, you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose—except maybe some mediocrity. Founder of, Chris Wondra is just another Wisconsin public schoolteacher. Find We Teach We Learn on Facebook and Twitter for daily tips on getting the most out of your brain.

like circling through a labyrinth or maze—you somehow come out where you started but the journey to get there has some odd twists. Yet another oddity is the name of the place. There was no military presence at the original Forts Folle Avoine—only fur traders, their crew of canoemen, and the Ojibwe Indians who lived and hunted around the area. The name forts derives from an old term whereby a strong building was sometimes called a fort—even some structures without palisades around them were referred to as “forts.” This area was already known as Folle Avoine from the French term for the area’s mainstay food source—wild rice. Kind of like referring to your home as a castle, when in fact it doesn’t resemble the sort of buildings once called castles at all. Another oddity, at least to modern minds, is that the original Forts Folle Avoine was a trading enterprise whose success was entirely dependent on mutual cooperation between the trading groups of northern European ancestry and the Indians of the Ojibwe Tribe. That’s almost a foreign notion to visitors brought up in a culture which emphasizes warfare and animosity between white and native groups. Peaceful relations makes for lousy TV/movies, I’m told. In fur trade days, yes, there were sometimes people who didn’t get along (sound familiar?), but the enterprise needed both groups to function as a whole—native trappers/hunters supplying those who in turn brought the trade goods. Need to know more—a trek to

Forts Folle Avoine might provide some glimpses into a rather surprising time. A huge oddity when you get there, though, might be finding out what time of year all the trading took place—winter! The trading parties weren’t on vacation, couldn’t save their visits up for what everyone in 21st century America considers the “nice” time of year. Winter was when the furs were prime, summer was the time to get them out of the area to markets elsewhere, and to pick up new supplies. In fact, many fur posts were abandoned in summer. It’s entirely appropriate to see only a person or two around the place at that time. Well, now, I’m already out of space for this week’s report. Lots of other odds ‘n’ ends to get to—but alas, the “end” will have to be put off ‘til that other oddity— the future. So it seems that what’s considered odd is mostly dependent on your perspective. Modern people visiting a historic site like Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park should expect odd surprises, as that’s the nature, even the reason, for its existence. It’s like visiting a foreign country—full of surprises which, if taken with an open mind, can only enhance and expand on one’s own life experience. Sounds lofty, but the only special equipment needed is ... curiosity. Signed, Woodswhimsy (Woodshimsy’s info is derived from an independent observer unaffiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park)

Third-annual Chritmas at Burnett County Family Resource Center SIREN – The Burnett County Family Resource Center held its third-annual Christmas party. There were 40 children in attendance and all received gift bags from Santa Claus (Bruce Java). There were projects, food and play. The Christmas party is made possible by donations from local businesses and individuals such as Four-

winds Market, Burnett Dairy, Faith’s Lodge, Sarah Vogland and Jenni Miroslaw. Larger retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Shopko also donated. The Webster National Honor Society and the Wood Creek 4-H volunteered their time to help the children with games and crafts. - submitted

Faith’s Lodge donated Santa Bears for the Family Resource Center’s Christmas party in Siren. Shown are Amanda Johnson, AnnaDora Dorn, Leland Snyder and mom, Sinyala Gondwe. Santa posed with the children attending the Burnett County Family Resource Center Christmas party recently. – Photos submitted


Wild River Habitat for Humanity joins $6.8 million national homebuilding effort in 2013 ST. CROIX FALLS – Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $51,000 to build a home in Amery. The grant provides 50 percent of the cost of construction and was given to Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a unique partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity was given the award in conjunction with an announcement of a national gift made by Thrivent Financial on Dec. 17, 2012. The 2013 commitment from the organization is $6.8 million and will push the total giving from Thrivent Financial past $180 million, during the eight-year partnership between the two organizations. Habitat for Humanity’s relationship with Thrivent Financial brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. To date, volunteers have donated more than 3.5 million hours to construct 1,922 homes in the U.S. The 2013 commitment will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 113 Habitat for Humanity homes in 31 states, including the home built by Wild Rivers Habitat in Amery. “We are deeply grateful for Thrivent Financial’s partnership and steadfast commitment to decent, affordable housing around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Working together since 2005 through the Thrivent Builds programs, Habitat and Thrivent have engaged volunteers to help thousands of families improve their homes and the communities in which they live.”

About Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, located in St. Croix Falls, has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since its inception in 1997. WRHFH serves Polk and Burnett counties. Habitat raises funds and donated building materials, selects a family, organizes volunteers and builds a home. Habitat doesn’t give anything away. The family is required to help build the home, and they buy it from Habitat with a no-interest mortgage when it is complete. For more information, call

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715-483-2700 or visit Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multiyear, multimillion dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat’s largest single source of funding, constructing more than 2,900 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services. Thrivent Investment Management Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. As a notfor-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit Also, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter. Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow them on or at or join Habitat’s blog community at

Polk County awarded federal funds for emergency food, shelter Qualifying agencies urged to apply POLK COUNTY - Polk County has been chosen to receive $6,601 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and the United Way of America. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A local board made up of representatives from the following organizations: emergency management, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, United Way, local church organizations, West CAP and the county food pantries, will determine how the funds awarded to Polk County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofit or units of government, 2) have an accounting system in place, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Polk County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to the Salvation Army, Community Referral Agency, Northwoods Homeless Shelters, Polk County Aging Program (Meals on Wheels) and participating Polk County food pantries. These agencies used the emergency food and shelter funds awarded to them to provide 1,861 meals and 128 nights of lodging during 2011. A meeting of the local board to distribute these funds has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room located at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St. in Balsam Lake. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds should contact Kathy Poirier of the Polk County Emergency Management office at 715-485-9280 prior to the meeting. - from the Polk County Emergency Management Office



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Marine Lance Cpl. Gary J. Bibeau, from Balsam Lake, was assigned as an embassy guard at the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.–Gerald Soderbeck was sworn in as the new Burnett County sheriff on Jan. 2, and Iver Cross as the new county coroner.–Sharon Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson, Grantsburg, and a senior at UW-La Crosse, was named to the 1973 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges.”–Sleet and snow coated tree branches and everything else with a layer of ice and snow that made for some beautiful photos but also some snapped branches and telephone/electrical poles.–Dale Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Anderson of Frederic, received a master’s degree in music education from Mankato State College in Minnesota.–Some area students on the dean’s list at UW-River Falls were: Frederic, Elizabeth Schommer and Merilee Thorstad; Grantsburg, Bob Melin and Leonard Johnson; Siren, Cynthia Peterson; Cushing, Philip Brenizer; Luck, Lyn Dueholm, Mark Pederson and Jon Schneewind; and Milltown, Douglas Fahrendorff and Richard Kaiser.–There was a wedding dance at Joe’s Crossroads for Mr. and Mrs. Stanley “Chuck” Richison (Francis Fenton), with music by Bob Richison and the Country Squires.

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The first baby of the new year at St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital was Shane Michael Betts, son of Faith Zabel and Todd Betts. Shane was born on Jan. 1.–Dianne Gravesen was rehired as the full-time director of the Burnett County Health Services Department.–The Siren Elementary School Christmas program was on Dec. 22, directed by K-12 vocal teacher Rachel Jamiska and with kindergarten teacher Carrie Chiles on piano.–Six-year-old Nicole Mosay from Balsam Lake was killed when the vehicle in which she was a passenger slid on an icy road and rolled over into the ditch.–The Webster Schools sponsored a food drive and the freshman class won the competition for raising the most cash and food.–The Milltown community turned out to support the Cap Prust family when Milltown Lutheran Church held a Shower of Blessings to take donations for them. Their home had recently burned down.–There were engagement announcements for Heather Funne, from Frederic, and Ron Behnke, from Madison; and Julie Peterson, from Luck, and Jon Christensen, from Milltown.–Michelle Jean Gibbs was the first baby of the new year born at Burnett General Hospital. She was born Jan. 2, to Kevin and Ritsue Gibbs.–Steve Johnson, 41, a teacher and assistant football coach at Osceola High School, died suddenly at his home on Christmas Day, having suffered a brain aneurysm.

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Classes would resume at Frederic schools on Jan. 7 after a two-week break.–Fourteen Girl Scouts from Frederic, one from New Richmond and two leaders left for a two-week trip to Mexico, where they would stay at the Girl Scout hostel called Our Cabana, 47 miles from Mexico City in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Participants were Sandra Anderson, Nina Anderson, Mary Ann Glynn, Dorothy Hughes, Pamela Moore, Penny Moore, Cynthia Olsen, Nancy Orgeman, Betty Potter, Sandra Prodger, Debbie Rudell, Leah Rudell, Lynn Rudell and Judy Struck, and Barbara Henderson from New Richmond, with leaders Mrs. R.M. Moore and Mrs. Edward Olsen. The group would return Jan. 16–Merlin Johnson was officially named administrator of the Grantsburg School System. He had been acting administrator since the death of A.T. Nelson in August.–Lavoine Culbertson was named Burnett County highway commissioner, succeeding Leslie Isaacson.–Army Pvt. Larry J. Hansen, from Luck, returned to his base at Fort Hood, Texas, having been with the 1st Armored Division, “Old Ironsides,” on a strategic mobility exercise in Georgia.–A fact-finding committee consisting of Joe Holmes, Clear Lake, Louis Zahradka, Osceola, and Iver Jorgensen, Laketown, was named by the committee on committees to form a commission to arbitrate labor disputes between the county and its employees or the employees unions.–Mrs. Paul Ellefson, Cushing, was killed in a car crash.–New postal rates would go into effect on Jan. 7, making the price of a regular first-class stamp 5 cents, and the price to mail a postcard 4 cents.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hey folks, are you managing to stay warm? I think I’m already looking forward to spring but I guess I’ll just have to be patient. The good old wood fire has been burning a lot over the last week and thanks to the felines of the house, I sometimes have troubles getting close to it. I think they’re fire hogs – some even go underneath the woodstove but I don’t fit. Maya caught heck the other day as she ran across the pond out front to the island. It’s kind of hard to hide from Mom when you’re out in the open like that. Besides, the footprints in the snow kind of give it away – you’d think she would have learned by now. Eli is a little more discreet about it, you could say he’s learned ways around it! Do you remember last week that I told you Molly and Espresso were adopted? They went together. Well after four nights in their new home they are back at the shelter the day after Christmas. We were so Joseph hoping that they had


YAPpenings Sadie found their forever home but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Going to a new home can be stressful for any of the shelter animals and there will always be a transition period so we ensure that we include that information in our adoption package. Adoption is a commitment and the transition period also applies for the adopter but in the end we want what’s best for my four-footed friends. It’s been busy with some new arrivals and canines available for adoption. Spicey is a really sweet chocolate -colored Lab cross that arrived as a stray. Don’t let those white hairs on her chin fool you, as she is only 3 years old. Spicey is very friendly and laid-back, enjoys human interaction even if it is to sit and be patted. She is a very nice gal and that right person would be very lucky to have her as a friend and companion. Not the best

picture of her, but look at that happy face; how can you ignore that look! Cats, cats and more cats – we are out of condos for them and we really were hoping that with Angel our adoption by donation, there would be more interest in adopting any of these great felines! New on the Web site and ready for adoption are a young mother named Angel and her three kittens Merry, Joseph and Glory! Mom is a pretty tortoiseshell, small in stature but big in heart. Each of her babies is very different in appearance but equally c u t e ! You’ll just have to stop by and see for yourself. While you’re at it, check out the rest of the gang and maybe you’ll just find that special kitty to call your own!! Well we’re starting to plan for our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Moose Lodge so mark Saturday, April 20, on your calendar. As always we’ll be having a silent auction and raf-

Siren news

715-349-2964 A new year has come in with a lot of hoopla, parties and many family traditions. Old Father Time slipped out quietly and the New Year stepped in to take over for the next 365 days. Let’s hope the year 2013 will be a much better one than 2012 for many of us. How many of you old folks can manage to stay up and greet the New Year? Let me tell you, this old gal partied and saw the New Year in for many a year. No more, however. By 9:30 or 10 p.m., this gal is in between the sheets in dreamland with the New Year coming all by itself. Did you all get a chance to read the Leader and its summary of things that took place over the year? It’s surprising how many of them we forgot over a year’s time.

The tree rats and birds enjoyed the holidays. I forget their aggravation and mischief this time of year and give them a treat of nuts and pieces of apple. This year, one fat bugger was bent on collecting it all for himself, which led to an all-out fight. Two tree rats actually worked together; one would run him up the tree while the other one guarded the loot. Together, they packed their mouths full then took off for parts unknown to enjoy it. Son, Arthur “Punk” Beckmark, enjoyed seeing some of his old friends and classmates while home. Don Nyren of Frederic and his brother, Kenny Nyren, of North Carolina, stopped in on Saturday, Dec. 22, evening the 23rd for a visit. Wednesday afternoon, Bill Marion and his wife, Linda, stopped in on their way back to the Twin Cities. Punk and Bill

Bev Beckmark were classmates all through school here in Siren. Come Thursday, Punk headed to Webster to visit longtime friend John Larson. Friday he left for the Twin Cities and a return trip to Bremerton, Wash., arriving home about 3 a.m. Don’t forget, if you’re a blood donor or wish to give blood for the first time, there is a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Siren Covenant Church. If you need more info or just to set up an appointment, call 800-733-2767. Congratulations to elementary student Derrick Helene, middle schooler Sarah Shaffer and high schooler Amber Moore for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. They are a great group of kids who will go far.

Siren Senior Center Happy New Year! We hope 2013 will bring you good health and properity to all of you. I wonder how long it will take me to write 2013. Don’t forget about the evening meal on Wednesday, Jan. 9. We will be having pork roast, dressing, potatoes, gravy, salad bar and cherry pie with topping. We will be having our monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. We will celebrate January birthdays and

also have installation of the new officers. We will be having the potluck dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Plan to come and then stay and play 500 in the afternoon. Tax season is fast approaching. Monday, Feb. 4, the tax people will be at the center doing homestead only. The tax people will be at the center Mondays, Feb. 4 and 11, March 4 and 11 and April 1, 8 and 15. The hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 715-349-

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781 for reservations. The winners for 500 on Wednesdya, Dec. 26, were Susie Hughes, Gerry Vogel, Joe Brown, Darlene Groves and Inez Pearson. I did not receive the names for Spades. Due to early deadline for the holiday, I do not have winners for Spades. Best wishes for a great 2013. See you at the center.

Birth announcements Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Emett Richard Graber, born Dec. 26, 2012, to Brenda Greene and Carl Graber, Osceola. Emett weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A boy, William Michael Johnson, born Dec. 19, 2012, to Angela and Ryan Johnson, Osceola. William weighed 9 lbs., 9 oz.

••• A girl, Elizabeth Lena Jean Stencel, born Dec. 20, 2012, to Rachel Lefler and Joseph Stencel, Luck. Elizabeth weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Kaylee Jean Grass, born Dec. 27, 2012, to Jake and Lindsay Grass, Pine City, Minn. Kaylee

fle so I’ll keep your posted! We’d like to send a big thank-you to everyone that sent or dropped off donations for the shelter. We really appreciate your continued generosity and support in enabling us to look after such amazing animals that come to us for shelter and love while waiting to be adopted. Our numbers of animals arriving has well surpassed the last couple of years so it’s been busy but rewarding. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi Have a wonderful New Year and a great week everyone! Licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving Spicey lives, one at a time., 715-866-4096, License No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too, why don’t you like us there and follow us!

Borderline news Bob Brewster

All’s quiet out on the Borderline after a very busy Christmas. There were no smoke-filled houses resulting from tubby Santas wedged in chimneys, no incidents of car damage from road-killed reindeer, and no reports of tense family moments because weird Uncle Louie overstayed his welcome. Twenty-three members of the East Pine County Wanderers recently held their Christmas meeting at the beautifully decorated Cloverton Town Hall. President Fran Levings had some jokes ready for the group, and then read Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem, “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver.” A gift exchange was held and holiday music was played throughout the afternoon. Pam and Leon Berg provided the birthday cake and door prize. Mary Schaaf was the lucky winner of a 2013 Farmer’s Almanac and a tin of Christmas nuts. December birthdays for the group are Dave Drake and Paul Raymond. Reminder: there will be a poetry reading event at the Old School Arts Center in Sandstone, Minn., this Sunday, Jan. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. Dave Baker will be one of the readers with his rendition of “Canterbury Tales,” read in Olde English. Fran Levings plans to read some Emily Dickinson poems. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. One other reminder: what was known as our area Christmas party in recent years was rededicated as a Cabin Fever Party this year, to be held Jan. 20, at the Arna Town Hall. Keep posted, as the starting time will be announced in a future issue of this column.

Grantsburg Public Library More E-books

Northern Waters Library Service, the consortium the Grantsburg Library belongs to, recently added an e-book collection for Northern Waters library patrons alone. In the past, Grantsburg library patrons have been able to download books through a statewide collection, however, the selection is limited and popular titles have long wait periods. The new collection will increase the pool of media and shorten wait period for our patrons. Access the larger selection by signing in online at

Free resume help

Free resume help will be available Wednesday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. - 3 pm. by appointment. Get oneon-one help polishing your resume. Meet with a working professional with resume review experience. Availability is limited. Call the library to schedule an appointment.

Books coming soon

• “5th Assassin” by David Meltzer • “Collateral Damage” by Stuart Woods • “Cover of Snow” by Jenny Milchman

• “Empire of Honor” by W.E.B. Webb • “Footprints” by Mary Jane Clark • “Husband List” by Janet Evanovich • “Little Wolves” by Thomas Maltman • “Lost Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier • “Love Saves the Day” by Gwen Cooper • “Nano” by Robin Cook • “Private Berlin” by James Patterson • “Standing in Another Man’s Grave” by Ian Rankin • “The Intercept” by Dick Wolf • “To Honor and Trust” by Tracy Peterson • “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steel • “Wrath of Angels” by Michael Connolly


The library can help you meet your technology needs. There are seven Internet-ready computer stations, and the library offers a free Wi-Fi signal.

Library hours and information

Monday noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday noon – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. The contact information for the library is 715-

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weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. and was 20 inches long. Madeline is her big sister. Grandparents are Jim and Janette Takala of Iron, Minn., and Buz and Cea Grass of Owatonna, Minn. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to Siren Dec. 17 Great-grandparents are Jim Grass of Owatonna, and attended the middle school/high school ChristMinn., and Jeanne Zeman of Owatonna, Minn. mas concert that evening. Afterward, they went to the ••• home of April and Dave Close and helped granddaughter Mandy Close celebrate her birthday. Karen and Hank Mangelsen called on Bob and Pam Bentz Friday evening. Hannah Starr, daughter of Pastor Jack and Cheryl Starr, presented an Advent drama Sunday morning 463-2244; Web site is, and during worship at Lakeview United Methodist Church. She portrayed Mary as she prepared for her journey now you can follow the library on Facebook. to Bethlehem. She also sang “Breath of Heaven.” Dinner guests of Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen Sunday were Tom and Melissa Gerlach, Diane Clark, Jean, Brea, Brinn and Bryce Williamson and Ryan Hanna. David Lester was a visitor of Ronda and Maynard over Christmas. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Lawrence and Nina Hines Sunday evening. Donna, Gerry, Nina and Lawrence Hines went to the Twin Cities Dec. 24 to celebrate Christmas with MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, their families. They returned home Christmas Day. Mankato, had more than 1,600 students graduate Lida Nordquist went to Frederic Monday to the during fall commencement exercises held Saturday, home of Jan and Jim Schott and celebrated ChristDec. 15, in Bresnan Arena at the Taylor Center on the mas with her family there that evening. On Christmas Minnesota State Mankato campus. Day, she visited Sue and Colin Harrison in Richfield, The following students received degrees: Minn. Frederic Those presenting special music at the Christmas Lisa Chelmo, Bachelor of Science, mass commu- Eve service at Lakeview UM Church were Kelli Marnications, magna cum laude; low, Lee Thomas, Donna LaPorte, Seth Quinton and Hannah and Pastor Jack Starr. Siren Karen and Hank Mangelsen were dinner and supMelanie Chenal, Bachelor of Science, communi- per guests at the home of Marlene and Bruce cation disorders, magna cum laude. – submitted Swearingen on Christmas Day.

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Janasia is a beautiful 3-year-old AfricanAmerican girl. She has had many challenges in her short life. Janasia needs a family who is qualified to provide the total care that she needs. Janasia has recently been diagnosed with MRSA and needs a family willing and able to provide the care that is needed for this diagnosis. She receives 20 hours of nursing care a day, but is qualified for more. Janasia also receives physical and occupational therapy through Birth to Three each week. Her potential developmental progress is not known at this time. Janasia responds well to touch and massage. She will often smile when someone talks to her. Janasia’s typical schedule involves receiving medications several times a day and G-tube feedings every four hours during the day and every eight hours at night. She suffers from seizures and some cortical blindness and deafness due to significant brain damage at birth. She also has a tracheostomy and is on an apnea monitor. Janasia’s central and peripheral vision is compromised, but she is able to see some things at a 60-degree angle in stripes. She is at the beginning stages of being able to pull herself up and roll over and use her arms to steady herself on the floor. Janasia can bring great joy to a family who has the necessary skills to care for her high needs. She does need to stay in the state of Wisconsin, and it would be beneficial to have a two-parent home as Janasia requires full-time care. A potential family would also have a strong support system in place to help them. For more information about Janasia or other Wisconsin children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin at 414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063 or visit the Web site at

Area youth present free concert ST. CROIX FALLS – The public is invited to a free concert featuring a Co-ed Youth In Harmony Chorus. The performance is on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 4:30 p.m., in the St. Croix Falls Elementary School gymatorium. The Youth In Harmony Festival concert will consist of nearly 120 local students coming from Amery, Osceola, Somerset, St. Croix Falls, Unity, Roberts and others. It will also include several college students returning from last year’s event. This musical performance will highlight the barbershop and the traditional choral styles of music while capturing lessons learned and applied during a daylong Youth In Harmony Festival hosted by the Indianhead, Croix Chordsmen and Vallee de Croix barbershop choruses. As the two largest musical education organizations outside of school and college, Sweet Adelines International and the Barbershop Harmony Society are pleased to assist the local chapters in bringing this unique event to the area. The Vallee de Croix, Croix Chordsmen and Indianhead Choruses are all avid supporters of promoting musical programs in area schools and have donated portions of their show proceeds to funding programs for young singers. For more information on the event or the coordinating choruses, please visit them on the Internet. Vallee de Croix Chorus at Croix Chordsmen at Indianahead Chorus at submitted

War in Pieces: Tolstoy and “War and Peace”

Classes will be held Thursdays in January at 3:30 p.m. E-readers - Bring in your Nook, Kindle or other e-reader, and we will help you tame your technology. Instructor: Kay Fitzgerald.

This three-part discussion will take a look at Tolstoy’s character Pierre Bezukhov in the classic novel “War and Peace.” Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. through Feb. 2. To participate contact the library or e-mail

Mixed Media Workshop for teens and adults

Pajama After Hours

Saturday, Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m. For artists, scrapbookers and tinkerers alike, this food-themed mixedmedia art workshop will fuel your creative flame on a cold winter afternoon. Bring collage supplies if you like— many materials provided. Participate in our cookbook project by submitting artwork and an accompanying recipe. Preregistration requested.

Community Collaboration: Comic and Graphic Arts Cookbook

With grant support from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, the entire community is invited to participate in this intersecting of art and food. Participants submit art (any 2D media) and a coinciding recipe. Stop in or e-mail for more information. Please contribute!

Free tutoring for all levels – now available

Free tutoring for all levels, K-12, now available on After School Wednesdays. Stop in and meet Brittany, our volunteer tutor, on Wednesdays. Brittany is a licensed teacher with a strong background in upper-level science, biology and chemistry. She loves a wide range of subjects and is enthusiastic to work with all ages in many topics from math to language to the sciences. Preregistration for tutoring required. Call 715-483-1777 or e-mail

Pajama after hours will be held at the SCF Public Library on Monday, Jan. 28, 6-7 p.m. Kids, families and educators reading together.

Do your shopping on Amazon and contribute to the library

Access Amazon via the library Web site’s link and a percentage of your purchase is donated right to the library. This is not just during the holidays, but anytime. Anytime you shop at Amazon, go through our link.

Make a wish come true for the library

The Friends of the Library invite you to add to the library collection by purchasing book(s) on their Amazon wish list. The book you purchase for the library is a tax-deductible gift from you and it will ship directly to the library. Check it out on the library Web site or visit the library. Together, we can fulfill every wish on the list.

After School Wednesdays

January: Food art

Play with your food – works will be on display with the rest of our cookbook project. Jan. 9 - Food Scraps, a mixed-media collage workshop for kids. Jan. 16 - Mini Food, your favorite recipe, in miniature. Play and sculpt with Sculpey clay.

Preschool story time

Preschool story time will be held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. all year long, with songs, stories, art and fun.

Computer questions?

One-on-one computer help - Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m.

Check out the Web site

It has up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library and other useful library tools you can use at home, Look for us on Facebook.


The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and new extended Saturday hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 715-483-1777. E-mail: Online:

School’s Out is SCFPL after-school program for kids 8-plus. Meet friends, get homework help and hang out at the library every Wednesday, Sept.June. Take bus No. 9 down to the library on Wednesday afternoons with a note from your parent or guardian.

Polk County HCE Happenings Looking back over 2012, reviewing our many activities, both as individual clubs and at the county level, we find we have accomplished quite a bit! This past year all 149 members have contributed to the county through many volunteer activities, such as sending packages to the service men and women, helping serve at Salvation Army meals and bell ringing, area food shelves, monetary and/or help to CRA, Endeavors, Interfaith Caregivers and Northwoods Homeless Shelter, to mention a few. Individual clubs bake decorative cookies for shut-ins in their area every Christmas and other times. Members share their talents with each other at their meetings and the executive board sponsors monthly programs on a wide variety of subjects for all members and often for the public. Our first program in 2013 will be presented by Gail Peavey on “Colors,” at 2:30 p.m. at the government center on Monday, Feb. 4. This is open to everyone, watch for the registration form and reserve your spot no later than Jan. 18, as materials will need to be purchased, the cost will be $8. This is a fast, fun, interactive format where members learn how to quickly identify their own temperament (or color) and that of others. We are continuing to read to the Head Start children at Balsam Lake and to give each child a copy of the book read each month for eight months. The Bookworms program is helping our children develop an interest in reading, such a vital part of education for everyone! We need some financial assistance from others to keep this program going, if you or your business would like to help with this very worthwhile program you may call the Polk County Extension office at 715-485-8600 for information on how you can help. Thank you. The annual executive board Christmas party was

Executive HCE board members Kate Kellerman, Carol Medchill, Bev Cree, Bonnie Timm, Carol Van Heuklom, Raylene Anderson and Gloria Bauer enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Pizzeria in Amery. – Photo submitted held at Amery Pizzeria on Dec. 17, great food and lively conversation made for a festive day! We are excited about the new year starting soon - with statewide redistricting now in effect. The board consists of officers, center chairmen and program chairmen.

If you would like to join us in 2013 please call the Extension office at the above number. Get connected with your county. Happy New Year! – submitted by Pat Willits, publicity chair

Larsen Family Public Library New Friday craft group

The new Friday craft group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first, third and fourth Fridays of the month. The group meets to enjoy crafting and socializing. Bring your own project. Everyone is welcome.

Burnett County Literacy Group

We are in the process of forming a new literacy group which involves literacy for reading, mathematics, basic computer skills and financial literacy. We will serve all ages - elementary schoolchildren through adults. Whether you are interested in learning to be a volunteer tutor with this new group or interested in being tutored, please contact Patti at the library, 715-866-7697, for more information.

Logo postcards

We now have logo postcards for sale in the library as a fundraiser for our building fund. They are 50 cents each and depict the logo contest winning entry.

Preschool story time

Preschool story time meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for several good stories, treats and lots of fun.

Book club

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in our meeting room.

Audio book CD

• “Celtic Culture: Ancient Civilizations”

January’s selection is “The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America’s great migration” by Isabel Wilkerson. We meet at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the meeting room.

• “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett

Tax forms

Hours and information

Some tax forms have arrived at the library, but not the main ones everyone uses.

AARP tax help

This year our library will be hosting an AARP tax preparation program which will help residents who are over 60 years of age or are low income with preparing their income taxes. This will be on Thursdays during the first two weeks of February through April from 8:30 a.m. until noon.


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:


Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Braedon Dohm has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Jed Dohm and Bridget Duffee. His favorite food is steak and his favorite movie is “Rambo 3.” His brothers and sisters are Waylon, Demo and Brittany. His favorite subject in school is science. Basketball is his favorite sport.

Bailey Hustedler has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Tamy Ysker. She is involved in volleyball, choir, baby-sitting and swimming. She enjoys music, drawing, games, sleeping and the Internet. Her greatest influence in her life is her mom. Bailey is driven to do well in school. Her work is top quality.

Christopher Kuechenmeister has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Nick and Mande Kuechenmeister. He is involved in football, basketball, baseball and he baby-sits. He enjoys playing sports. He plans to attend college and major in history. His greatest influence in his life is his dad. Christopher is friendly, a good student and a hard worker.

Colten Lozier has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Kirby Thalin and Lyle Lozier. Colten is responsible, dependable and a good listener. He sets a good example for the other students in his class. He always comes ready to work and always does his best. His favorite subject is reading. When he grows up he wants to be a baseball player for the Grantsburg Pirates.


Brayden Lipoff has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in the third grade and is the son of Abel and Joanne Lipoff. Brayden’s favorite subjects in school are spelling, handwriting and art. He is a good worker and gets along well with his classmates.

Stacey McKenzie has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Jim and Julie McKenzie. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, fast-pitch and youth group. She enjoys sports, reading, playing piano, listening to music, hanging out with friends and watching movies. Stacey is responsible, dedicated to her success, willing to help others and hardworking. Her future plans are to attend UW-LaCrosse.


Austin High has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Mike and Andrea High. Austin is a bright and enthusiastic student, knowledgeable about any topic and interested in everything. He is friendly and easygoing, always willing to help other students. He enjoys fishing, playing video games, caring for his cats and dogs, cooking, woodworking and engineering.

Maddie Joy has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Ray and Angie Joy. She is involved in FCCLA, golf, basketball, track and is a teacher’s aide. Maddie is a hard worker who tries to get all of her homework done in class. She is willing to work with others and not afraid to be the leader. Her future plans are to go to college. The people she admires most are her parents.

Gavin Folkert has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade. He has two older brothers. At home, Gavin loves to play with his dog, Shamus. He also likes to horse around with his brothers. At school, Gavin loves to go sledding at recess and working on math problems. When he grows up he wants to be a veterinarian.

Brandy Eisen has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Gene Eisen and Wendy Madison. Her siblings are Chris, Alyssa and JJ. Her pets include two cats. She is involved in forensics, basketball, cross country, yearbook, volleyball, drama and also enjoys singing. Her favorite subject is language arts. Brandy is a very fun student who is bright, humorous and spunky in class.



Devin Rand has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Jamie Clark and Cory Rand. Devin works hard in school and completes his work. He is willing to help teachers and students when asked. He is active in football, basketball and baseball. He is involved in Boy Scouts. He enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, working on lawn mowers and minibikes and spending time with his dog, Bruno. After high school, Devin would like to enter the military, like his dad, or go to college and play football.

Katie Zeiler has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Derek and Jennifer Zeiler. Katie is a good student and such a kind person to be around. She is respectful and helpful. Her three favorite classes are science, reading and social studies. She especially loves to read. She is involved in dance, playing pingpong and swimming.

Myca Witzke has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Andrea and Josh Johnson. Her favorites are language arts and science. She is very social and bubbly and likes to spend time with her friends. She is on the track team, likes to read and sing, and plays the clarinet. Myca also likes animals and enjoys spending time with her pug/pit dog. Myca is looking forward to a doing a local apprenticeship in the cooking field.

Jade Merrill has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He a junior and the son of Darren Merrill. Jade is dependable, well-mannered and respectful. He is involved in football and golf. He enjoys lifting weights, duck hunting and being outdoors. He plans on joining the military after high school.

Josh Teske has been chosen Webster Elementary School's student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Laurie Mulroy and Robert Teske. Josh is superexcited about learning. He is often seen with his nose in a book trying to figure out the words. He enjoys doing math and asks for math homework to do at home with his big brother, Jon. He enjoys writing about his brother and the fun they have together.

Darbi Young has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Samantha Olson. Darbi uses her time wisely in class and always makes sure she gets her work done if she is absent. She is helpful to others, very sweet and always has a “good morning” for you. She is involved in choir, hockey, soccer and dance team. She enjoys drawing, reading and texting.

Alisha Lundeen has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Roger Lundeen and Pamela Lundeen. Alisha works really hard in class. She stays on task and has set specific goals for her classes. She is very focused on her schoolwork. She is involved with the dance team. She enjoys shopping, jet-skiing, water-skiing and watching movies.


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Sienna Merrill has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Mary Kay Merrill. Sienna is a hard worker who displays exemplary behavior. Her favorite subject is math. Sienna enjoys coloring.

Madelyn Kemis has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Michelle Kemis and David Kemis. Maddi is a hard worker and a joy to have in class. She is cooperative and has a positive attitude. She treats others with kindness and has a smile on her face always.

Michael Jones has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Jeramy Jones. He is involved in FFA. He enjoys ice-fishing, games and hanging out with friends. His favorite class is math. Mike is always ready to speak his mind and truly adds to class discussions. After high school, Michael plans to earn his CDL and move south. He resides in Balsam Lake.


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Ed Durand was surrounded by friends and family on Saturday, Dec. 22, celebrating his 97th birthday. Durand is formerly from Coomer/Siren area, but now resides at Country Terrances in Spooner and is in wonderful health. – Photo submitted The American Legion Post 143 issued $400 scholarships to Alicia Gravesen and Erin Kessler to recognize Americanism and citizenship. The scholarship money was profits raised from the American Legion Post 143 fish fry. Shown (L to R) are: Jim Chapin, Erin Kessler, Alicia Gravesen, Wayne Hancock and Dean Seivers. – Photos submitted

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David Anderson, (L) representing the St. Croix Falls food shelf, received a $150 donation from Wayne Hancock, representing American Legion Post 143. The donation money was raised from the American Legion Post 143 fish fry.


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2012 moments Leader archives/July to December

2012 moments/from page 2 Bank in downtown St. Croix Falls. • A hearing for dismissed jailer/ dispatchers was held. Two other deputies facing termination sought arbitration; other deputies disciplined. • The Polk County Highway Department may lose one position and one truck replacement in the 2013 budget as cuts were expected. • CatTown Rescue proposed a spay and neuter program for Frederic. • Frederic Schools honored local heroes with its annual 9/11 Heroes program. • The Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Minnesota State Capitol had a Burnett County beginning, as Gary Pavlicek of EDR Limited fabricated the pavilion for the memorial. • Joyce Staley, acclaimed artist from St. Croix Falls, donated an original painting to be auctioned off at the St. Croix Valley Health Care Foundation Gala fundraising dinner. • The DNR investigated a rash of ille-

gal dump sites in Burnett and Polk counties. • A dog bite prompted the Webster Village Board to consider dog ordinances. • Dean Daniels was honored by members of the Frederic American Legion Post No. 249 on his retirement. • Plans firmed up for the addition and sculpture at Luck Library and Museum. • The Webster community and businesses made the dog park a reality. • Knitting and Crochet Extravaganza was held at the Frederic High School, with over 140 people attending. • The former Oak Grove Supper Club building, located south of Webster on Hwy. 35, was gutted by fire. • Parents of Reena Mae Williams were charged with neglect. • Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats, a new venture by the Ward Family, broke ground in St. Croix Falls.

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LANDMARK LOST • The former Oak Grove Supper Club building, located south of Webster on Hwy. 35, was gutted by fire in September. The once-popular eating establishment and bar had not been in operation for several years. The restaurant, located on the Clam River, dates back to the 1940s and has seen multiple owners over the years. Lightning was reported in the area at the time the fire occurred. Firefighters from Webster and Siren responded to the scene and brought flames under control. - Photo by Josh Johnson


2012 moments

Leader Year in Review/July to December

UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS • Clement Safranek, vice president of MSA Professional Services, showed the Dresser Village Board a list of municipalities that applied but were denied grant funding last year. He said he was hoping to work with the village to stay off that list and instead be accepted for several infrastructure improvements. – Photo by Greg Marsten

MUCKRUCKUS • People swimming in pools of mud is a good thing, as this woman proved during the MS MuckRuckus held at Trollhaugen near Dresser in August. The 2012 MS MuckRuckus, formerly known as the Mud Run, had more than 2,000 participants in 2012, either solo or as a team, all of whom negotiated and tried to run either the 10K or 5K event through mud, muck, obstacles, water and a combination of them all, with the goal to raise awareness and funds to fight multiple sclerosis. – Photo submitted

LOCAL OLYMPIAN • St. Croix Falls graduate Megan Kalmoe (second from left) posed with other members of the Olympic quadruple sculls rowing team after the team won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympic Games on the first day of August. Pictured (L to R): Natalie Dell, Kalmoe, Kara Kohler and Adrienne Martelli. Kalmoe is a twotime Olympic rower who finished fifth in the double sculls race during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. – Photo by Allison Frederick/USRowing


STORMY SIBLINGS • Brother and sister Thunder, 4, and Rain, 2, danced side by side while holding hands during a powwow in honor of Danbury’s 100year anniversary in August. –- Photo by Abby Ingalls

2012 moments Leader Year in Review/ July to December

A BRUSH WITH GOD • Jesus’ face emerged as Pastor Paul Oman used a wide brush during one of his painting sermons. The Amery pastor’s passions have collided in a grand and vivid approach to teaching biblical lessons. – Photo by Greg Marsten

HOUSEWORK • An all-women build day was held at the local Habitat for Humanity’s build in Centuria in August. – Photo by Jackie Thorwick


WEATHER REPORT • A dust devil was photographed in Polk County in September. (photo submitted). LEFT: An unusual cloud was spotted above the St. Croix Valley in July (photo by Greg Marsten) BELOW: This car was consumed by fire after the heat from its muffler came in contact with dry grass in the Town of Sterling in late September. The lack of rain in 2012 created ideal wildfire conditions and residents were urged to use extreme caution. (photo courtesy DNR)

2012 moments

Leader Year in Review/July to December


2012 moments Leader Year in Review/ July to December

FACES WORTH REMEMBERING • Some of the young faces we published in 2012 are worth another look. COUNTERCLOCKWISE: Juniper, 21 months, enjoyed herself at the Mill Pond Park in Osceola in September (photo by Greg Marsten); kids of all ages showed up to support the annual TannerFest near Centuria, a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis (photo submitted); a young man isn’t sure he loves Santa as much as his T-shirt proclaims (photo by Priscilla Bauer); little Riley Johnson seemed to be taking winning the Great Pumpkin Contest’s first-place trophy all in stride in late September in Grantsburg (photo by Priscilla Bauer); and 2-year-old Archer Hale rolled his eyes at mom’s invite to take a pancake bite at the Breakfast with Santa event at the Grantsburg Legion Hall in December. (photo by Priscilla Bauer)


2012 moments Leader archives/July to December

2012 moments/from page 10 October

• The lost wedding ring of Sander Staples turned up nine years after it was lost in a river - found in a clam shell. • Kare 11 news won a TV Emmy Award for their documentary feature on teacher Kelly Bakke, on her anti-drug program at Unity Schools. • The Burnett County Land Use Committee heard concerns over a request for use of explosives and extended trucking hours at a mine near Grantsburg. • Tax levy would increase at Unity despite $500,000 cut in expenses. • Decreasing enrollment and budget discussion dominated Grantsburg School Board meeting. • Siren Village Board members looked to trim $27,000 from 2013 budget. • U.S. Bank Manager Chris Erickson closed out her long investment in banking career with a retirement open house. • Milltown’s Schaffer Manufacturing opened their doors to Luck High School welding class students. • A shooting in Luck led to three arrests after a late-night brawl. • Most area schools lost state aid for the 2012-13 school year. • Polk County Board of Supervisors reviewed the 2013 draft county budget and approved a final budget that

showed little change. • St. Croix River cleanup effort below Xcel Hydro Dam yielded trash and treasures. • TannerFest, a fundraising project for finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, was organization by family and friends of Tanner Buck of Luck. TannerFest was held at Bergmann’s Pumpkin Patch in Centuria. • Beverly A. Brunberg, Grantsburg, lost her life in a crash near Luck. • Four local fire departments combined efforts to make a house fire a training exercise. • Details emerged on some Burnett County Sheriff’s Department deputies and staff regarding a fellow officer’s involvement in alleged domestic abuse incidents. • Luck School District Administrator Rick Palmer submitted his letter of retirement resignation in October. • Luck School District sought approval of a $1.2 million referendum to finance school improvement projects.

STEADY NERVES • A brave volunteer from the crowd stood as the target as the contestants pretended to throw their axes during the Timber Works Lumberjack Show held in early August as part of Danbury’s centennial celebration. - Photo by Abby Ingalls


• Parents of Reena Williams entered a plea of not guilty to charges of child neglect. Their next court appearance was scheduled for February. • The Town of Alden was con-

sidering partnering with Dresser-Osceola-Garfield Fire Association. • Local woman Sharlene Prinsen authored the book “Blind Devotion” about the invisible wounds of war and the healing of love and family. • Burnett County Natural Resources Committee voted to keep usage on the Gandy Dancer Trail as is, with no ATV use, in light of a response from the DOT regarding future funding. • Frederic’s proposed 2013 levy stayed at 2012 level. • Chief Jack Rydeen was honored by the St. Croix Falls Common Council and Mayor Brian Blesi for his years of service with the police department. • A feature story about Gordy Lauder’s Honors Flight trip to Washington, D.C., was published in the Leader. • Westdale Farm’s giant silo was featured as an example of modern agriculture meeting investments and the future. • Burnett Dairy Cheese Store was the focus of “Discover Wisconsin.” • The Webster Village Board passed the 2013 budget, and despite cuts in shared revenue and transportation aids plus increases in ambulance fees, fire association dues and wages, was able

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2012 moments

Leader Year in Review/July to December

YO-YO MUSEUM • Luck Cub Scout Pack 147 visited the Luck Museum in October, learning about Luck’s history and how it fits into the bigger picture of the state and region. Duncan Yo-Yo played a prominent role in the economy of the village in the 1940s, and the Scouts got to pose with a large replica yo-yo located in the foyer of the museum/library building. – Photo submitted WHAT IS IT WORTH? • Mark Moran spent an afternoon looking over and appraising people’s antiques and treasures at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park in early September. Here he examines one of a collection of cameos brought in by Sharon Griffin. – Photo by Carl Heidel

2012 moments/from page 15 to balance the budget without raising the tax levy. • Alannah Gillis, 7-year-old firstgrader at Webster, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Alannah presented a check for $17,700 to the St. Croix Children and Families Fund after a benefit was held in her honor. • Tribal night hunting of deer became a court issue. • The unemployment rate dropped in Polk and Burnett counties. • The Grantsburg School Board grappled with a proposal for a higher community center usage fee. • The Burnett County Board of Supervisors adopted the proposed 2013 operational budget of $21,238,890. • Mike Murphy of Siren was named the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.


• Kari G. Roberts, Milltown, was the victim of an apparent homicide, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. • Wayne Hansen of Hansen Farms, Milltown, was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital with critical injuries following an attack by a bull. • No new CWD cases were found after nearly 1,000 samples were taken in a 10mile zone around Shell Lake. • Eagle Valley Bank would close their downtown SCF location. • Royal Credit Union opened two student-run branches in St. Croix Falls schools. • A feature was published on Ki’el Bereiter, a Webster graduate, now teaching English in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. • Polk County District Attorney Daniel Steffen sought a life sentence for a Milltown man for allegedly taking the life of Kari G. Roberts.

• An accountant reported Burnett Dairy Cooperative of Alpha had $124 million sales over the past year, and the general revenue or permanent capital is growing and has continued to grow. • The Royal Credit Union branch in Centuria would permanently close at the end of December. • Added options gave the Unity students a postsecondary boost on their future. • Local sheriffs reacted to the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and confirmed that “active shooter” plans are in place at all local schools. • President Roger Panek and Trustee Dean Josephson were leaving the Grantsburg council. • Taylors Falls, Minn., emergency team assisted with the missing-person search for Danielle Jelinek from Chisago Lakes Township, missing since the first week of December. • Burnett County emergency service providers had major concerns over a proposal to contract with Polk County for 911 services. • Michael Chamandy, accused of trying to run over a Polk County deputy in 2010, was returned to Polk County from Canada. • Burnett County supervisors had another option on the table in their ongoing search for the best way to handle emergency dispatch services. • A toxic cloud mixture at Sanmina led to local evacuation and injuries in Turtle Lake. • The Grinch struck in Grantsburg as a Habitat for Humanity tool trailer was stolen from a build site. • Milltown Library received a six-figure donation from the Albert Ravenholt Foundation.

WELL-SEASONED HARVESTER • A feature story in the Leader in late October profiled Don Chell of Burnett County. When not farming, Chell spends his time serving on a number of committees and volunteering his time in the community. As a member of the Burnett County Agricultural Fair Board, Chell has volunteered hours and hours during fair time. “I don’t think I’ve missed a fair in 75 years,” recalled Chell, who, with his family and friends, enjoys taking part in an old-time threshing machine demonstration every year to the delight of fairgoers. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer


They left us in 2012... BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Transitions in 2012 included the deaths of loved ones and friends for many of us in Burnett and Polk counties. More than 400 deaths were reported in the Leader in 2012. Following are the names of people who left us, listed by the month they were in the paper.


Gerald “Jerry” Kellerman, Clarice K. Langel, Lila Nelson, Theresa M. Meier, Harold D. Sheehan, Doris Casper, Mary Jane Klar Martin, Phoenix G. Johnson, Bernice E. Christensen, Charlotte E. (Hanson) Goeman, Iola M. Rachner, Gary M. Paulsen, Jerry James Johnson, John E. (Jack) Lund, Dale Altenburg, LaWanda McMonagle, Mary Jane Johnson, Alano “Lonny” Virchow, Daniel C. Reeves, Gary W. Kosloski, Ivar H. Johnson, Eunice Lillian Alen and James Eugene “Jim” Foster.


Bernice Vivian Abrahamzon, Roger Dennis Birkeland, Michael I. DeMoe, Marlene M. Kufalk, Laura Larson Wicklund, Louise Kimbel, Bonnie Rose DeLawyer, Sylvia Myers, Wolfgang H. Mothes, Jerry Allen McKenzie, Clareese Marek, Bernard E. Kurtz, Darrell Wayne Kittleson, Janina B. Kalicki, Lorraine Johnson, William E. Jackson Jr., Ethel M. Hunter, Alice Elizabeth Gustafson, Joan R. Emerson, Elizabeth “Dizzy Liz” Dearbin, Larry Joseph Tietz, Richard “Dick” Junior Raddatz, Irvine (Sonny) J. Phernetton, Melvin J. Nielsen, Sandra “Sandy” Katherine Hacker, Lorraine Agnes (Denver) Eley, Melvin Richard Carlson, Jean G. Erickson, Eldon M. Nelson, Chad W. Diehl, Wesley Emil Graves, Clarence “Jr.” A. Carlson, Edwin S. Pedersen, Connie L. Griffin, Arlo Edward Miller, Mildred Elizabeth Hartshorn, Merlyn “Boyd” Sihlberg, Arleen Madelane (Zarbinski) Reis, Ruth H. Frazee, Evelyn Marie (Boe) Alden, Eric J. Munson, Juanita Joanne Long, Mary Elizabeth Hall, Ricky D. Swenson, James T. Curran, Charles “Stoney” J. Stone, Yvonne Owens and Helen E. Gatten.


Janet Mary Luhman, David “John” Workman, Ronald F. Rettig, Walden Danielson, Donald James Stahl, Wylie Haukland, Ellen M. Jepsen, Clarence Robert McClain, Eiler Christian Ravnholt, Leonard L. Powell, Mary A. Linke, Helen Elaine Gatten, A. Stanley Anderson Jr., Robert W. Kettering Sr., Phyllis Anna (Hruby) Jorgensen, Raymond M. Berklund, Dorothy Louise (Bruce) Neely, Harold Lloyd Phernetton, Justyce Deja-Lynn Thompson, Ruth Ethel Peterson Johnson, George Warren Nutt Jr., Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen, Charles Lee Pearson, Allen W. Niklason, Donald I. Newman, Clarence “Mac” McClain, Luann Sue Johnson, Donna Mae Swenson Smith, Allan W. Niklason, Janis Faye (Peterson) Bean, Beulah “Boots” Johnson, Carol Dene (Hunter) Matz, Lucille Lien, Pastor Max Fisk, Thomas William Eisen, Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen, Alan Kirby, Mary E. Chouinard and Alfred W. Carlson.


Marlin “Pee-Wee” Greiner, Jessica L. Oiyotte, Donald R. Weik, Kenneth Gene Alden, Velma Bernita (Onsted) Cox, Gary G. Larson, William Donald Tulp Jr., Kevin Preston Cook, Harry Christian Rasmussen, Jean Anne McIntyre, Ronald “Ron” F. Dietz, Arnold R. Carlson, Delores E. (Wuorenma) Erickson, Robert Reichel, Gretchen A. Monty, Virginia C. Lambert, Alice D. Kurtz, Burton J. Knutson, Joyce Patricia Anderson, Arthur L. Hadden, Rueben Aichele, Patricia L. Morgan, Grace Lucas-Lombardi and Arlene I. Fink.


James David Neidermire, Lois M. Grambow, Julieann Bearhart, “Maysquawkigun” (Hummingbird), Rose Marie (DeHart) Sieracki Ash, Richard “Dick” Jay Fisk, Dorothy L. Jantzen, James (Jim) A. Hill, Christina Lynn Olsen, Donald D. Schrock, Durene “Rene” Buettner, Elna L. Wambolt, Joseph L. Snelson, Gladys G. Sasse, Brian Keith Peterson, Marian C. “Micky” Manion, Alice M. Chelmo, Kenneth L. Haug, Scott R. Henschke, Gary Thompson, Cheryl A. Sutton, Tessa Maria Leffelman, Martina F. Maslow, Lester William Kurtz, Roger W. Johnson, Marie A. Gerber, Lawrence R. Einberger Sr., Lindell R. Dodge, Danny D. Arendt, Robert R. “Bob” Baustian, Wylie P. Haukland, Irene Marie Jorgensen, Miles John McNally, Suzanne (Sue) Renee Luke, Lyle B. Finch and Garon “Gary” R. Sage.


Steven Walter Johnson, Gerald R. Marquardt, LaVonne M. Jordan, Ronald “Ron” Johnson, Trey William Hamilton, James Frank Gloodt, Myron T. Gilbertson, Donnie Denotter, Waylan J. Daeffler, Gwendolyn “Gwen” A. Klotz, Lars Roger Warn, James “Jim” “Jimmy” Swanson, Yvonne “Bonnie” Raymond, Per S. Hansen, Douglas M. Grimh (Pugsley), Brian James Ekstrand, James Leo DeMarre, William “Bill” P. Beattie, Laurence “Tony” Bearhart, Beverly L. Anfinson, Kim Lee Anderson, Mark David Spofford, Ann M. “Gaagabiikwe” Oiyotte, Ray Winton Kirk, Richard Layton Hartzell, Dalan C. Cimmers, Lois “Ann” Casler and Jena M. Wycoski.


Merrill Edward Paulson, Julie Ann Elliott-Vanasse, Kenneth “Kayo” Johnson, Zylph Margy Marie Johnson

“Newtie,” Frank Harvey, Lonnie R. Walker, Larry J. Thaemert, Kenneth Lloyd Ruhn, ClaraMae (Kaya) Peterson Route, Larold L. Richison, Catherine Mary Pratt Minar, Dalan C. Cimmers, Alan Jones, Dorothy Pauline Resell, Michael G. Mihna, Charles R. Stine, Leagh M. Casey, Nancy J. Fenton, Thomas “Tom” William Lemieux Sr., Priscilla J. McPheeters, Robert L. John “Boy” Lemieux III, Betty Lou Woodruff, Betty Lou (Erickson) Shetler, Dell Raymond Ruedy, Stan R. Rheingans, Michael G. Mihna, Marjorie Olsen, Glenn Eugene Johnson and William “Bill” Jensen.


Gladys M. Christensen, Ruth L. Rock, Nina Dorothy Vold, Robert Paul Gruber, Clement Howard Beaulieu Jr., Margie Edna Grove, Charles E. “Chuck” Malmberg, Mavis Riegel, LaRena A. Kolve, Leonard “Lenny” Towle, Todd Anthony Sarne, Donald A. Johnson, Ruth (Pace) Arnold, Jene “Jeno” Livingston, Jonathan M. Hawkins, Brenda L. Johnson, Thomas “Tom” Kegel, Lorraine K. Keniroff, Ralph Lumley, Rudy Melin, Gladys L. (Harmon) Richter, Vernon Rohde, Rose A. Churchill, Ernest Carpenter, Randel (Randy) Manthie, Marjorie Ann Pursel, Tom Ammend, Elvin Montano, Aimee L. Elwell, Frederick “Fritz” Schultz, Merle D. Borresen, Arthur Zell Young, Eunice (Swanstrom) Gruehl, Mable A. Luedtke, Raymond L. Weaver, Michael “Mike” H. Huss, Kenneth Lee Colton, Earl H. Roettger, Wendel Reuben Rogers, Vilis Vijums, Leone M. Hughes, William “Bill” R. Brenizer, Tom C. Albrecht, Frances C. Pronko and Roderick Curtis Olson.


Jason Robert (Yard) Casey, Gerald Scott Lamson, Donald H. Taylor, Gayle K. Cermak, Doris Pamela (Bowman) Selander, Reena Mae Williams, Roger Alan Linski, Pamela K. Goldsworthy, Terrance “Terry” Emery, Alyce Mae (Thor) Smestad, Carol Lynn Dykema, Carol A. Paulson, James H. “Jim” Atkins, Athalie (Thomson) Crusing, Virgina L. Tonn, Claudine E. Evans, Victoria Kleven, Eleanor Louise (Knutson) Kreutzian, Elmer Johnson, Marjorie Ann Swedberg, Alice C. (Berg) Rue, Elmer Hiller, Lawrence Emil Olson, Soren Anton Hansen, Barbara “Bobbie” Lengyel, Jimmy J. Ebensperger, Alwin Christopherson, Terry Linehan and Joyce L. McKinney.


Lavon “Voni” A. Nelson, Barbara Staples, Philip Dale Sperling, Mabel Irene Harnstrom, Catherine Ann LaPlante, Charlotte Rosenberg, Violet Swanson, Kris E. (nee Tenley) Nelson, Carol Albert Peterson, Helen V. Erickson, Donna Ann (Darmody) Volgren, Robert J. Wanser, Curtis Lester Nelson, Margaret Lucille Westlund, Marie Cloninger, Charlene Elaine Wickman, Harriet C. Kirk, Dr.

Shawna Kaye Ikola, Frances “Toots” Marie Kurkowski, William Boyd Richter, Arthur “Art” L. Swanson, Bernice Halverson Melquist, Alrose Agnes Beckmark, Rev. Nanette Laila Hagen Hinck, Kenneth “Biggy” Hochstetler, Robert “Joey” Oiyotte II, Thomas J. Isaak, Gail (Beirbrauer) Peterson, Joyce Elaine Kammerer Stewart, Dr. Richard David Estensen, Don M. Dechon, Shirley Ann Engen and Beverly Ann Java Brunberg.


Gladys Marion (Lindstrom) Petersen, Hazel M. McCurdy, James John (Jim) Kreutzian, David Wayne Hilger, Victor Ray Trombley, Paul H. Funk Jr., John Michael Leisch, Arthur H. Gunerius, Marjorie G. Powers, Neil Ray O’Donnell, Robert Norman Beyer, John W. Garbow, LaVerna Elaine Kjer Petersen, David R. Mikkelsen, James D. Falk, Eleanor “Ellie” Nelson, Thomas Paul Michaelson, Ferne Irene (Wies) Baker, Walter A. Alling, Kayleen A. Krahler, Gladys Wilma (Christianson) Hancock and Patti Ann Ditlefsen.


Hazel Pearl (Fristed) Myers, Gregory Roger Leonard, “Betty” Elizabeth H. Hall, Thomas Allen Geisler, Kenneth “Dan” Haug, Dorothy A. Nelson, Ardell Lowell Anderson, Avis J. Baldwin, Francis A. “Fats” McKenzie, Lawrence Douglas Kinblom, Sandra B. Hacker, Timothy J. DeLawyer, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Coleman, Roy Wickstrom, Duane Edwin Strom, Jill Eileen (Babcock) Rybak, Calvin L. Nelson, Beatrice Jane Olson, Clarice A. Carlson, Harvey V. Nelson, Elsie V. Erickson, Winnie L. Johnson, Lois Agatha Wills, Bradley Michael Taylor, Richard “Dick” Amick, Walter E. Andren, Irene Daisy Rasmussen, Harold A. Hokanson, Patricia June Duncan Route and Gary Allen Sederlund.


Wayne F. Jacobson

Joan M. Chaffee

Wayne F. Jacobson, 83, Duluth, Minn., died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Essentia Health-St. Mary’s, surrounded by his family. Wayne was born July 25, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Joseph and Sigrid (Lundeen) Jacobson. He grew up in Duluth, Minn., and spent his summers at his grandmother’s farm in Frederic. He graduated from Denfeld High School in 1947 and after graduation entered the Army. He was married to Joann Tendrup on Aug. 19, 1956, and to this union three daughters were born. He worked at Huron Cement in Duluth for 36 years. After retirement, he started farming in Luck, where he was known as the “Pumpkin King.” His legacy on the farm will be continued. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Melvin. He is survived by his wife, Joann; three daughters, Barb (Mark) Dryke, Carol Jacobson (Dave Opack) and Janice (Scott) Swenson all of Duluth; four grandchildren, Keely Dryke (Andy Drange), Jacob (Angie) Swenson, Jordyn Swenson (Travis Allen) and Derek Swenson; great-grandson, James Swenson and step-great-grandchildren, Allie and Vincent; his sister, Judy (James) Maki of Moose Lake, Minn., and many sisters- and brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. The family extends gratitude to the staff of St. Mary’s emergency room and NSICU and Dr. Ohaju for their care and support. VisIn Loving itation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Memory service Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Concordia Lutheran Church, the Rev. Jan. 19, 1906 - Jan. 3, 2003 David Tryggestad officiating. Memorials to ConcorAs we love him, dia Lutheran Church So we miss him. would be appreciated. To Love, sign the guestbook online, please visit wlbfuneralIrene & Family 575816 20Lp

Joan M. Chaffee, 80, resident of Luck, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Comforts of Home in Frederic. Joan was born on May 30, 1932, to Rose and Herbert Schneider in Adams. She attended grade school in Adams and graduated from Adams-Friendship High School. Joan pursued a career in nursing at Eau Claire State College and Luther Hospital School of Nursing. Following graduation in 1953, she worked in Eau Claire, Madison and Tomah. On June 23, 1957, she was united in marriage to Glenn Chaffee and lived the rest of her life in the Luck area. She held a variety of nursing positions in Polk County, retiring in 1999 from St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital. She was also a nursing angel to many at home during their time of need. Although she experienced failed health over the last years, she kept her sense of humor and caring spirit. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her parents, Rose and Herbert Schneider; in-laws, Laura and Hallie Chaffee; sisters, Violet Pautzke and Alberta Jones; and brother, Albert Schneider. She is survived by her daughters, Laura (Jeff) Littleton and Karen (Brian) Olson; grandchildren, Paul and Joseph Brown and Breanna, Brooke and Brennan Olson; brothers, Herbert (Betty) Schneider and Robert Schneider. Joan was active in the Luck Lutheran Church, Polk County Homemakers and spent many hours in various volunteer activities. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial services were held at the Luck Lutheran Church in Luck, on Saturday, Dec. 29, with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Music was provided by organist Margie Nelson and vocalist Kelly Steen. Online condolences may be left at or Please return to these Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-4722444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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Curtiss Duane Lunde

Earl Edward Davidsavor Jr.

Calvin Clifford Phillipps

Curtiss Duane Lunde, 83, a resident of Milltown, passed away on Dec. 28, 2012, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Curtis was born on Oct. 21, 1929, in North Valley of Town of Eureka, Polk County, the son of Loyal and Christine (Ericksen) Lunde. He attended grade school at the North Valley School and two years of high school in Milltown. He served two years in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. On Jan. 21, 1952, Curtiss married Norma Knutson and to this union two daughters were born, Barbara and Julie. After Norma passed away, Curtiss married Diane Johnson on June 12, 1971, and to this union a son Curtiss II was born. Curtiss farmed his whole life up until age 62. After this time, he sold the farm and he and Diane moved to Milltown. For the next 12 years, he worked for Ferrell Gas, which he enjoyed very much. Curtiss loved bowling, fishing and hunting. His favorite part about hunting was his hunting posse – his nephews, son and grandson. Curtiss was a lifelong member of the North Valley Lutheran Church. Curtiss leaves to celebrate his memory, daughters, Barbara (Jeff) Lunde-Lyons of Vadnais Heights, Minn., and Julie (Fred Rumple) Lunde of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; son, Curtiss Lunde II of Milltown; grandchildren, Sarah, Christine, Jason and David, and Malachi; great-grandchildren, Jada, Noah, Tegan and Zaydan; his brother, Earl (Lucy) Lunde; best friend, Debbie Whit; many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Norma (Knutson); his second wife, Diane (Johnson); and several brothers and sisters. The memorial service for Curtiss will be held Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m., at North Valley Lutheran Church with Pastor Maggie Isaacson officiating. The family will be greeting guests at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Military honors will be rendered in Curtiss’ honor following the service and then a time of fellowship and lunch will be served in the church basement. All are invited to share in this time. Curtiss will be laid to rest at the North Valley Cemetery at a later date. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Earl Edward Davidsavor Jr., husband, father and grandfather, passed away after three days in hospice care in Pocatello, Idaho, Nov. 29, 2012. He battled cancer to the end. Earl is the son of Earl Edward Davidsavor Sr. and Myrtle Hardy Davidsavor. He was born in Wolf Creek. April 5, 1934. Earl was known by his nickname “Sam” to every one in the area. Earl lived life to the utmost, working hard and playing hard. He was generous, always willing to help friends and family, especially when a mechanic was needed. Earl joined the Navy, serving from 1951 - 1957 and an additional two years of service in the Naval Reserves. He enjoyed traveling the world. Earl built a large, hand-hewn, log home in Hyrum, Utah, with mountain timber he harvested in the Davidsavor tradition of logging. He kept a boat on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah and would take anyone fishing in a moment’s notice. When vacationing, Earl spent much of his time visiting and touring the Pioneer Trails and doing temple work at each of the available temples of the Mormon Church. Earl comes from a large family, most are still in the Wisconsin area. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Sr. and Myrtle; brothers, Donald, Marvin, Dale and Melvin; sisters Alice and Rose (Llewellyn); and his son, Johny James. Earl is survived by his loving wife, Bennie Sharon; son, Robert; stepdaughters, Sherry, Laurie and Robin; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Eleanor (Duresky), Dorthy (Lidberg), Richard, Florence and Mitchel. Even in death, Earl has given all he can. He has donated his body to science. A memorial service was held in Hyrum, Utah, at the Hyrum Stake Center, and a celebration of life was observed in Wolf Creek.

Calvin Clifford Phillipps, 86, resident of Grantsburg, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, Minn., from natural causes. He was born on July 24, 1926, in Oshkosh, to Sarah and Anton Phillipps. He was the youngest of four children. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 10, 1943, at the age of 17. Turning down an offer to become a member of the Navy band, he chose to join the U.S. Navy’s Armed Guard unit as a gunner. He sailed in all three theaters during the war and was involved in heavy action at Normandy and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged on March 3, 1946, and married his beloved wife, Arnet, in Oshkosh on June 1, 1946. Calvin worked for the Oshkosh Fire Department for 41 years, rising through the ranks to the position of fire chief. He was a Fire Science Program instructor for the Fox Valley Technical School, coauthor of a Fire Science textbook and started his own fire investigation company. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He was very involved with the Indian guides and with the Drum Corps, as well as playing in various bands throughout his life. He loved spending time with his family, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, riding and raising horses, and John Wayne movies. He was known by many as having a good sense of humor and being a good storyteller. He had an undeniable love for Jesus Christ, his Lord and savior, and attended Zion Lutheran in Oshkosh and New Hope Lutheran in Grantsburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arnet; sister, Grace; and brothers, Harold and Richard. He is survived by two sons, Tony (Meredith) Phillipps of Lynden, Wash., and Kobi Phillipps of Grantsburg; five grandchildren; one sister-in-law; nephews, nieces and many friends. Services in Grantsburg were held Friday, Dec. 28, at New Hope Lutheran Church. Services in Oshkosh were held Saturday, Dec. 29, at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Clarence Christian Holmgard Clarence Christian Holmgard, 87, Grantsburg, died Dec. 20, 2012, at the Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. Clarence was born in the village of Dagmar, Mont., on Dec. 8, 1925, to Martin and Meatha Holmgard. He graduated from Antelope High School in 1943 and joined his father in managing the family farm. He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and served in the post-war occupation of Japan and was released from service in 1946 at which time he returned to help his father. He married Aimee Patterson seven years later on Feb. 14, 1953. They started a family on the farm, where he was born and raised. In 1963, he moved to southwestern Minnesota, and for several years moved to various places in Minnesota, moving finally to Coon Rapids, Minn., in 1967. By now he had taken some technical post high school education for welding using his GI bill, but his love for all things wood led him into carpentry. He became a skilled craftsman and was highly valued in the building trade. His hobby was woodworking, and he was especially skilled in scroll sawing completing many small projects as well as several large projects including a large ornate chime clock. In retirement, Aimee and Clarence bought a motor home and later a 5th-wheel trailer and traveled throughout the United States visiting relatives and friends as well as places of interest. After some serious health problems for both of them, they chose to live near their son, Neal, in Fifty Lakes, Minn., and spent the rest of their lives in a quiet and happy setting. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Aimee; his brother, Carl; sisters, Harriet and Hilda. He is survived by his children and spouses, Claire and Joel Johnson of Grantsburg, Linda Rubin and Jack Castle of Broken Arrow, Okla., Neal and Jane Holmgard of Fifty Lakes, Minn., and Shirley Carrier of Brainerd, Minn. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren too numerous to mention. Interim military services will be held in the spring or summer of 2013 at the Veterans Military Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn., where his remains will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Aimee. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Who left us 10 years ago Jan. 3.

As time unfolds another year Memories keep you ever near. Silent thoughts of time together Hold memories that will last forever.

Sadly missed by Mom & Earl, Dad, Kari, LaJuana & Randy, Laurie & Joe

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Raymond “Dusty” Henry Sandstrom Sr. Raymond Henry Sandstrom Sr. “Dusty,” 66, Cushing, devoted and loving husband, dad, pops and grandpa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., on Dec. 24, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reino and Esther. He is survived by his loving wife, Marsha; sons, Tim (Lani), Scott (Tracy) and Hook (Anne); daughters, Molly (Brad) and Kari; grandchildren, Crystal, Shauna, Cody, Willy, Kaitlyn, Brianna and Gracie; long-time friend, John; and many family and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow at First Lutheran Church in Cushing. Interment will be Monday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m., at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis, Minn.

Joy Marie Dominqu (Frisco) Celebrating the life of Joy Marie Dominqu (Frisco), age 34. Joy was born June 5, 1978, and died peacefully in her home on Dec. 26, 2012. Joy is predeceased by her grandfather, James Frisco Sr.; uncle, John Frisco, Naomi Baxter and Arthur Baxter; and great-niece, Hailey Freeman. She is survived by her husband, Joe Dominqu; son, Austen Frisco; parents, James Frisco Jr. and Patricia Martin; grandmother, Theresa Rose Frisco; brothers, Jason Frisco and wife Jessica, Timothy Frisco and wife, Kim, Andrew Frisco and wife, and Whitney, and Robert Frisco; sisters-inlaw, Samantha Messer and Anita Dominqu; nieces and nephews, Amber Freeman, Christopher Messer, Jami Newman, Cory Newman, Sasha Gausman, Jonah Frisco, and Madeline Frisco; great-nieces and nephews, Isaac Freeman, Christian Messer and Emma Messer. Joy was born in Indiana and grew up in Amery. She and her husband, Joe, moved to their current home in Cottage Grove, Minn., several years ago, where Joy spent her time creating art, reading, writing and listening to music. She also really enjoyed Little Debbies. Most importantly, she loved her family and friends very much. Joy has suffered with medical challenges since she was a young girl. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who were fortunate to know her. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Congregational Church in Amery. Burial was at the Amery Cemetery. You may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Service was entrusted with arrangements.

Helen D. Sellman Helen D. Sellman, 88, a resident of Webster, died Dec. 27, 2012. Helen was born in Pine City, Minn., to Earl and Carrie Otis. On June 30, 1944, Helen married Marvin Sellman in Rush City, Minn. Helen was a member of the Red Hat Society, and the Danbury Senior Citizens Club and drove for Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed fishing, quilting, watching game shows and a little bit of gambling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her parents; and siblings, Connie, Bill and Ione. She is survived by her children, Judy (Henry) Ferguson, Jerry (Bev) Sellman, Dave Sellman and Dee Sellman; seven grandchildren, Carrie, Henry, Joel, Jon, Renee, Michele and Chad; six great-grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren due in 2013; along with other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 31, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Interment was at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Leonard David Haus Leonard David Haus, 93, Webb Lake, passed away Dec. 26, 2012 at Benedictine Living Community in Spooner. Leonard was born Jan. 12, 1919, in Webb Lake to parents Nicholas and Bertha Haus. He joined the Navy and fought for his country in WWII. On Sept. 8, 1941, Leonard married Roselyn Babcock in Pine City, Minn. Together they had one daughter, Joan. Leonard was a carpenter, loved to fish, hunt and work with his hands. He was also a school bus driver for the Markville/Sandstone area. Leonard was also a painter and a jack-of-all-trades. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tony Sweep; and seven siblings. He is survived by his wife, Roselyn; daughter, Joan (Jack) Sweep; grandchildren, Jack Jr. (Josie) Sweep, Troy Sweep and Turina (Timothy) Stout; great-grandchildren, Bryan, Jessica, Travis, Samae, Amber and Brandon; greatgreat-grandchildren, Mesha and Marcus; sister, Matilda; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home in Webster with Pastor John Sahlstrom officiating. Interment followed at the Webb Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bruce Ward, Bryan Kirksey, Travis Stoud, Brandon Best, Curtis Pearson and Steven LeHouillier. Online condolences can be made at Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home.


OBITUARIES Christian Arne Johansen

Lee J. Seely

Gregory (Chief) Leonard

Christian Arne Johansen, 92, died Dec. 26, 2012. Christian came into this world in the middle of a Wisconsin blizzard in the small village of West Denmark on Jan. 23, 1920. He was one of five children of Ansgar and Frederikke Johansen. He was preceded by the passing of brother Halvden and sister Ann Marie; and is survived by Valdemar (Wally) Johansen and Johanne Hansen as well as first cousins Kris Henriksen and Ellen Copeland. Christian left Wisconsin as a teenager to work in the fields and barns of the Dakotas and California. He found himself in Solvang and Santa Clara, Calif., working as a farmhand, and among other things he attended the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco. He attended Grand View College for a brief winter course and found his way back out to California when the bombs started dropping on Pearl Harbor. PFC Christian A. Johansen was inducted into the U.S. Army at Polk County and served with the 104th Infantry Division, K Company with distinction earning two Bronze Stars, a Presidential Citation and Marksman Designation, and was awarded his sergeant’s stripes in field promotion while in combat in Europe. After meeting the Russians at the Rhine, Christian returned home and was able to join his brother, Wally, who served as a seabee at Iwo Jima, at home in Wisconsin for two weeks of leave. Later that year, Christian was discharged from San Luis Obispo, Calif. Christian remained an active member of The National Timberwolf Association attending many annual reunions until the last one in 2010. He maintained lifelong relationships with his war buddies. Christian met the love of his life, Elsie Olsen, married, started farming in 1948, and a family in 1949. They moved to Iowa in 1954 and then to Des Moines, Elsie’s hometown, in 1958. Christian worked at Olsen Egg and then Plainsdale Eggs until his retirement. He was an active member of Luther Memorial Church and always treasured his roots in the Danish Lutheran traditions. Christian is survived by four children, Marilyn Coates, Robert Johansen, Gary Johansen and Janet Hockey. He also is survived by grandchildren Brent, Christian, Aaron, Leif, Rachel, Steffi, Karl, Timothy, Sarah, Amanda, Olivia and David as well as great-grandchildren Angelique and Noah. He lost dear Elsie to cancer in 1996 after caring for her for over two years. Christian was a member of the Highland Park VFW, the National Timberwolf Association and the Iowa Democratic Party. He loved gardening, camping, traveling, and for a time, wine making. Most importantly, wherever he went, he was charming, winning friends everywhere with a smile and a quick wit. Funeral celebrations were held Monday, Dec. 31, at Luther Memorial Church in Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Luther Memorial Church or to Hospice of Central Iowa. Online condolences may be expressed at

Lee J. Seeley, St. Croix Falls, died suddenly on Dec. 26, 2012, at the age of 38. Lee was born April 19, 1974, to David and Jocyne Seeley. He attended St. Paul Harding High School. On May 22, 2007, he married his wife, Jennifer, in Taylors Falls, Minn. He was employed by the state of Minnesota Unemployment Department. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, cooking, camping and the outdoors in general. Lee is survived by wife, Jennifer; sons, Alex and Tyler; stepsons, AJ (Tamika) and Zackery; parents, David and Jocyne; grandmother, Corrine Seeley; sisters, Amy Seeley and Lisa (Donald) Freeman; niece, Adrianna; and nephews, Anthony and DJ. Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Grandstrand Funeral Home, Edling Chapel, was entrusted with arrangements,

Gregory (Chief) Leonard, 75, Siren, passed away Dec. 2, 2012, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Greg was born Jan. 24, 1937, to Howard J. and Myrtle (Stait) Leonard at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He grew up in New Brighton, Minn., and was the oldest of three children; brother, Jerry Leonard and sister, Judith D. Leonard. Greg enlisted in the Navy Feb. 1, 1954, and served 16 years in the submarines. He retired from the Navy with an honorable discharge after 21 years. He was in during the Korean War and served through the Vietnam War achieving the rank of chief petty officer and earning many medals and ribbons. He was inducted into the Holland Club in 2009. The Holland Club is testimony to the years of honorable and faithful service to the U.S. Navy and Submarine Force. After retirement, he discovered he wanted to be sailing again, and in 1973 he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving 22 years on 41 vessels during his 43 years of service and retired from the Hospital Comfort Ship in 1998. In 1997, Greg met his future wife, Judith Rodgers. In all, they were together 18 years. Together they opened a gift shop on Hwy. 70 across from Viola Lake. Greg was preceded in death by his parents; son, Greg Jr. in 1980; sister, Judith D. in 1999; and nephew, Michael Leonard in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Judith; daughter, Kathy (Tom) Tredway; four grandchildren, Josh, Alyson, Brittany and Emily Tredway, and Gregory Leonard of Nevada; two great-grandsons, Malachi and Holdon Leonard; brother, Jerry (Pat) Leonard; great-nephew, Jason Leonard; four stepchildren, Mark Adair, Shane Adair, Stacy Shuttleworth and Cory Shuttleworth; sisterin-law, Darlene Leonard; niece, Alysin Leonard; along with many other friends, relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held Dec. 11, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Interment will take place at Viola Lake Cemetery at a later day. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Tyson Louis Lowe “Minogiishik” Tyson Louis Lowe “Minogiishik”, 27, Round Lake, rural Luck, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Tyson was born on July 25, 1985, in Amery, the son of Steven Fowler and Teri Lowe. Tyson attended and graduated from Unity High School and then attended WITC in Rice Lake for auto mechanics. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cars, trucks, snowmobile races, spending time with his family and friends and had a special place in his heart for special-needs children. Tyson leaves to celebrate his memory his father, Steven Fowler; mother, Teri Lowe; grandmothers, Phyllis Lowe and Miscobenshii; brothers and sisters, Tyne, Talia, Thane Lowe, Steven Miller, Mitchell Fowler, Iva Jo Rogers, Samantha Fowler and Leah Reynolds; his beloved girlfriend, Tiffany Rose; his dog, Rockstar; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family and friends. Services began at noon on Dec. 30, at the Round Lake Community Center and then Tyson was laid to rest at the Town of Johnstown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Nate Fisk, Bob Nelson, Benjamin Juarez, Thane Lowe, Steven Miller, Carlos Mosay and Darryl Fierro. Honorary casket bearers were Mitch Fowler, Robert Rose, Rodney Lowe, David Lowe Jr., Wayne Swett, Gary Lemieux and George Thayer. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home, Centuria, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lyman Forsyth Lang Lyman Forsyth Lang, 83, longtime resident of Grantsburg, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Lyman was born on July 9, 1929, to Victor and Frances (Forsyth) Lang in Medford. He grew up in many towns in Wisconsin and Duluth, Minn.; the Great Depression caused his family to move in order to find work. He spent his summers on his grandparents farm. After leaving home at age 14, he worked on the Great Lakes as a merchant marine and in the roundhouse on the railroad. He joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and was stationed in Germany where he was a member of the constabulary. He then was stationed throughout Europe and the United States before fighting in the Korean War. While Lyman was on leave in Rice Lake, he met his future wife, Jean (Gilbertson) Lang, and married her in Hawaii on Oct. 6, 1962. They were blessed with their firstborn daughter, Donna, in 1963. While in Hawaii, he earned his high school diploma. Lyman and Jean were then blessed with their second daughter, Laurie, in 1966, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Lyman retired from the military after 20 years of service in 1967. Then moved his family to Grantsburg in 1967 after being hired by the Department of Natural Resources where he spent the next 30-plus years working at Crex Meadows. Lyman spent his retirement as an active member of Friends of Crex, volunteering at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. He served as an educator for the Trappers Association and was an active member of the American Legion, serving on the honor guard. Lyman also spent time traveling to several reunions sponsored by the Bidwell Family Association to explore his genealogy. Lyman is survived by daughters, Donna (Joe) Tietz and Laurie (George) Briggs; grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew, Sawyer, Heath, Theodore Tietz, Craig (Ashley) Briggs and Allison Briggs; sister, Mary (Jerry) Brown; sister-in-law, June Lang; nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents, Victor and Frances; and brother, James. Lyman was a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather and was devoted to serving his community. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Dennis Alfred Wagenius

Dennis Alfred Wagenius, 75, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, with his wife, Shirley, by his side. Dennis was born July 17, 1937, to Alfred and Helen Wagenius. He grew up with his dad and brother. He was married to Shirley Ann Goodremote on July 26, 1975. Dennis graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1956 and then joined the Army. He returned to Grantsburg and worked many jobs until starting at Northern Manufacturing were he worked for 38 years. Dennis enjoyed family camping trips. He enjoyed hunting and made it 53 consecutive years. His garden was his pride and joy. Dennis was always up for a day of fishing whether in a boat or on the ice. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Mark, Gary and Terry (Cassandra); daughter, Shannon (Joe); grandchildren, Kevin, Brittanie, McKayla, Kolton, Tiffany and Marcus; brother, Robert (Ann) of Estacada, Okla.; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Elizabeth Padden,102, resident of the Good Samaritan Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 27, at CalSociety in St. Croix Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2012. vary Covenant Church. A graveside service was held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted at the Luck Village Cemetery in Luck with the Rev. Bill with arrangements. McEachern officiating. Online condolences may be left at Please return to this Web site for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home, Luck, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

George A. Spaulding George A. Spaulding, 85, Shell Lake, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his son’s home surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Shell Lake, to Charles and Juliette (Higgins) Spaulding. At the age of 6, he and his family moved to Shell Lake from the Blackbrook/Yellow River area. George attended Shell Lake School. Around the age of 23, he married Janet Hanson. They purchased a farm in the Town of Bashaw and raised their family of six children. Many years later, George and Janet divorced. In the early ‘50s, while milking his own herd of cows, George purchased his own milk truck. He hauled canned milk to the Spooner Creamery, and when it closed, he hauled bulk milk to AMPI in Turtle Lake, retiring in 1980. George was never one to sit still, so after retirement, he did fieldwork for his sons. George’s life wasn’t all work. He played hard, too, whether bear or deer hunting, trout fishing or socializing with friends in town. He is survived by his children, Judy (Bob) Volz of Minong, Ron Spaulding (Kari Fischer) of Shell Lake, Chuck (Sue) Spaulding of Shell Lake, James Spaulding of Clarksville, Tenn., Donna (Todd) Stiles of Zimmerman, Minn., and Mark Spaulding of Shell Lake; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. George was preceded in death by three sisters, Iris Brown, Lucille Petz and Charlotte Morrow. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, at Lake Park Alliance Church, Shell Lake, with Pastor John Sahlstrom officiating. Burial was at the Shell Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers were LeRoy Nelson, Mike Quam, Gene Quam, Mark Stellrecht, Larry Polonec and Charlie Robotti. The Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

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National Be On Purpose Month I watch a red fox bound across the snow and wonder what its purpose is. In seconds I find out, when he leaps into the air and pounces on a small critter. The fox is determined to fill his stomach. All critters seek to fulfill other purposes in life, too, which include resting, making baby critters and staying out of

harm’s way. We, too, have basic purposes every time we get out of bed in the morning— fill our empty stomach, quench our thirst, remain healthy and happy, and proceed with the work we must do. Unlike the red fox, however, we are also motivated by higher purposes. We seek happiness, peace of mind and personal fulfillment. Hopefully, we also strive to help our families and others reach those same goals. Many look for answers through selfhelp books and seminars, or psychics and astrologists. Others seek the wisdom of philosophers and theorists. With the proliferation of information and socalled expert advice, everyone in the whole world should be at peace and fulfilled. But they’re not. Suicides, depres-

Grandparents want to help grandkids after parents 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. Jim: We’re sorry to learn of this difficult situation. At the same time, your desire to help your grandchildren through this tough period is encouraging. Knowing how to best help them depends on a number of factors, including their age, your proximity to them and so on. But here are some general principles that you may find helpful. According to Dr. Archibald D. Hart, author of “Helping Children Survive Divorce” (Thomas Nelson, 1997), the impact of divorce typically varies by age. Kids aged 5 to 8 most often regress in their behavior. They also tend to feel responsibility for the divorce and may demonstrate an irrational fear of abandonment. For these reasons, many experts feel this is the most critical age for children to experience divorce, because they’re old enough to understand what’s happening but not old enough to adequately process it. This is where you, as a grandparent, can make a positive impact. Assuming

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you’re able to spend one-on-one time with them, you can help them process the anger they may be feeling, as well as help them grapple with false guilt. Even if your grandkids are older and aren’t experiencing these specific problems, you can be a friend and confidante for them. Your home can be a place of refuge, an opportunity to regain a sense of “normalcy.” For more, track down a copy of Hart’s book, or contact Focus on the Family for a free consultation with one of our licensed family counselors. May God bless you as you reach out to your grandkids. ••• Q: I am getting ready to marry for the second time. The man I am engaged to wants a prenuptial agreement. I want to believe this time I will be married forever and don’t understand why he wants this. What are your thoughts on prenuptials before getting married? Dr. Greg Smalley, executive director of marriage and family formation, says much depends on your fiance’s reasons

sion, emotional illness and unhappiness surround us. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21) By seeking God through his word and prayer, we can discover his real purpose for our life—to have a close-up and personal relationship with him through his son, Jesus Christ. Once that is established, we will find our identity in him and he can help us achieve our daily, God-driven goals. His purposes are higher than anyone or anything that’s out on the market today. “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me …” (Psalm 138:8) When we’re determined to learn more about him through study and meditation on his word, we’ll surely find true joy, peace and fulfillment in him.

January is considered National Be On Purpose Month, perhaps a time for all of us to learn exactly what God’s purpose is for our lives. By spending time with and learning more about him, we can reach that goal. The word purposeful means to show determination. What better time than now to start learning— with a determined heart—God’s purpose for our lives? Lord, we thank you for loving us so much that you have created a perfect, divine purpose for us. Give us wisdom through your word, and determination through your Holy Spirit, in finding your exact purpose. Help us to focus every day on you and your higher plans for our lives. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

for wanting a prenuptial agreement. We often read of celebrities who sign prenuptial agreements filled with outlandish demands and strange stipulations designed to give one partner the “upper hand” over the other. But is it possible to believe that marriage truly is a lifelong, permanent commitment, and yet still desire a prenuptial agreement? Absolutely. There may be legitimate issues - including inheritance or trust funds for children from a previous marriage or protection from debts incurred prior to the marriage - that need to be addressed. This doesn’t mean the couple is not committed for life. It is simply a prudent attempt to avoid financial and legal headaches in the future, particularly where extended family is involved. Only you and your fiance can know where he stands on this spectrum. He may have legitimate grounds for desiring a prenuptial agreement, or he may be dealing with issues from his past that prevent him from fully trusting you and committing to the relationship, in which case a legal document will do nothing to solve the problem. Either way, let me urge you in the strongest terms possible to enroll in premarital counseling. This is essential for any couple considering marriage, but it’s absolutely imperative for couples in your

situation who have been divorced. The prenuptial agreement is not the primary concern here. It is ensuring that you are both ready to fully commit to and trust one another. Contact Focus on the Family for a free consultation with a licensed counselor, as well as a referral to a qualified professional in your area who can help you work through these issues together. ••• 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 2012 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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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST - FREDERIC 609 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE


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



WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Meeting in homes. Elder: Cliff Bjork, 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN


BALSAM LUTHERAN CHURCH 1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m.

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

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

BETHANY LUTHERAN - SIREN Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Pastor Paul Peterson, Cell # 715-566-3758 Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. Worship - 8:30 a.m,; Sun. School 9:45 a.m.

BETHESDA LUTHERAN - DRESSER (LCMC) Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sun. Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Education Hr. 9:40 a.m.; Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.;

BONE LAKE LUTHERAN Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, 9 a.m. Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

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

CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt, 218-371-1335 715-327-4461 Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

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

FAITH LUTHERAN - GRANTSBURG Mark Hendrickson, Interim Pastor, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m.

FIRST EVAN. LUTHERAN 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary Worship - 11 a.m.

MILLTOWN LUTHERAN Pastors Mel Rau & Maggie Isaacson 113 W. Main St.. W., 715-825-2453 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

NORTH VALLEY LUTHERAN Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.; Wednesday Worship 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Paul Peterson 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN OSCEOLA 300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sun. Wor. 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Summer, 9 a.m.

WEST DENMARK LUTHERAN 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.


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

877 190th Ave., CTH G, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 715-857-5580, Parsonage - 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sun. of each month




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

LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Pastor Bill Schroeder Sun. Worship 10 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.

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

LUCK LUTHERAN Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-472-8424; 510 Foster Ave. E.; Office 715-472-2605; (Sept.-May) Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 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 Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.

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

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




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


Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor; 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.

GRACE UNITED - WEBSTER Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor, Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor; 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m.


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

2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Andrea Fluegel Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.

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



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



Phone 715-327-4340, 715-416-3086, 715-327-8384 Pastor Theresa Riewestahl Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays

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

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



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

Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sept. 16, 2012 - June 2, 2013 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Communion first & third Sunday of the month



5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Church: 715-472-8660 Pastor Mike Fisk, 715-417-0692 Sunday Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Wor. 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday

Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sunday Wor. 8 & 10 a.m.; Thursday Wor. 7 p.m. Communion - 1st & Last Sunday

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

ZION LUTHERAN - TRADE LAKE 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


LAKEVIEW UNITED - HERTEL LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.

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

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

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

ST. LUKE UNITED - FREDERIC 100 Linden Street, Frederic Pastor “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

SIREN UNITED METHODIST Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Wor. - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)

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

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


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

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

UNITED COVENANT - CLEAR LAKE Pastor Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. CATHOLIC


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Rev. William Brenna, 715-247-3310 255 St. Hwy. 35, East Farmington Mass Sunday 8:30 a.m.

CHURCH OF ST. JOSEPH 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.

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

OUR LADY OF THE LAKES 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.

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

ST. DOMINIC - FREDERIC Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times




Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sun. 8:30 a.m.

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

ST. ANNE PARISH Rev. Andy Anderson, 715-247-3310 139 Church Hill Rd., Somerset Mass Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.

1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 10:30 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC Rev. William Brenna 255 E. 10th Ave., Osceola, 715-294-2243 Masses: Sat. 4 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.

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





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.

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

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



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




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.

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

CROSSWALK COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W, Frederic Sunday School - 9 a.m.; Morning Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services

HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Pastor Dave Williams 933 248th St., Osceola Morn. Wor. 10 a.m.; Sun. School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided

TRADE RIVER EVANGELICAL FREE 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. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:30 a.m.

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




EL SALEM/TWIN FALLS CHRISTIAN CENTER 1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Wor. 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



HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX 523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Sat. Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sun. Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.

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


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

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

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 Sun. Serv.: 9 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 10:30 11:30 a.m.; Nursery available

2390 CTH A, 1/8 mi. east of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.



715-689-2125 or 715-689-2156 Brian Krause, Lead Pastor Steve Ward, Assoc. Pastor of Visitation Tim Lindau, Youth Director Sun. School (all ages) 9:30 a.m.; Church Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided

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

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

FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn 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.

NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church: K to 6th Grade 201 Hwy. 35, Dresser (formerly The Boulevard) Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982; Office 715-417-0945 Sunday Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Nursery available.

NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastor Scott Petznick Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

NORTHERN PINES QUAKER MEETING 715-866-5016 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.

ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday, 10 a.m. in the St. Croix Falls Library community room.



RIVER VALLEY CHRISTIAN 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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2012 Suitable

for framing MEMORABLE IMAGES • Among the more memorable images published in the Leader in 2012 are those shown on this page. ABOVE: A Polk County Lake at sunset in August was taken by Melissa Ward of Dresser. RIGHT: Little Violet Tyberg got down to greet a goat while spending time in Grandpa Jim’s petting zoo, a favorite fair spot at the annual Ag Society Fair in Grantsburg for youngsters of all ages (photo by Priscilla Bauer). BELOW: A young girl showed her off new bracelet to the photographer and a young friend, while relaxing on a dock at the Forts Folle Avoine Great Fur Trade Rendezvous in late July. (photo by Jacob Byk)


Coming events


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

TUESDAY/22 St. Croix Falls


• Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal and fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100.


• Northwoods Flyers Experimental Aircraft Association Club meets at the government center, Rm. 165, 7 p.m.





• Adult grief support group meeting at Holy Trinity Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-483-3363.


• Author Chris Seaton shares her book at the library, 6 p.m., 715-825-2313.


• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Sign-up 1:30 p.m., distribution 2 p.m., $15 donation.

• Taco dinner at the high school, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Booster Club.


• Free classic movie at the museum, 7 p.m., 715-4722770.




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



• Scrap-A-Thon at Centennial Hall, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


• Feed My Sheep at Grace Church. Doors open 8 a.m., 715-463-5699.

• Coon Lake Classic fishing contest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register 9 a.m.



• Lewis jam, bluegrass, gospel and country music at the Methodist church, 6-9 p.m.

SUNDAY/6 Dresser

• Puppet show and ice cream at Peace Lutheran, 4 p.m., 715-755-2515.

MONDAY/7 Clear Lake

• Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child, at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715263-2739.


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


• Chronic illness/disability support group will meet at Peace Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-755-2515.


• Open house T.O.P.S. at senior citizen’s center, 5:45 p.m., 715-472-2341.


• Red Cross blood drive at Siren Covenant Church, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 800-733-2767.

THURSDAY/10 Centuria

• Adult grief support group meeting at Holy Trinity Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-483-3363.



• Friends of Victims of Violence support group at North Valley Lutheran, 6 p.m., 800-261-7233.

FRIDAY/11 • Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-483-9738.



• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m., $15 donation, 715-268-7390.

Balsam Lake

• Bookin’ It to the Plunge at Half Moon Lake beach, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-825-2313.


• Carnivore tracking & wolf ecology workshop at Crex, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739.


• Larry Moody Memorial Dart Tourney at the Pour House. Sign up at 5 p.m. Starts at 6 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378.


• Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697.

SUNDAY/13 Siren

• Lions Bingo at the hall, 5:30-8 p.m.

Balsam Lake

2012 SKY • Northern Wisconsin skies can produce some of the more dramatic scenes of any place on earth. At left, increased solar activity produced this scene of the northern lights on the evening of July 14. The lights were evident over Wisconsin, Minnesota and as far south as Iowa. - Photo by Larry Samson

• Head injury support group at Siren Covenant Church, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8985.

MONDAY/14 • Weight-loss surgery education and support at the medical center, 5-6 p.m., 715-268-0597.

SUNDAY/27 Siren

• Destination Wedding Fair at Lakeview Event Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Clam Falls



• Adoption support group, Unity High School band room, 7:15 p.m.

• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. • Outdoor veterans retreat, check for location.


• Ruby’s Pantry at Home & Away Ministries. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $15 cash donation appreciated. Distribution noon-1 p.m., 715-472-2535.


• The Compassionate Friends Chapter of the Northwoods meets at Milltown Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715553-1152,


• Burnett County Democrats meeting at Whitetail Wilderness Resort. Dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7-9 p.m.

THURSDAY/17 Balsam Lake

• Autism support group at the government center, 7 p.m. • Polk-Burnett Bee Association meeting at the justice center, 8 p.m., 715-327-5525.

SATURDAY/19 St. Croix Falls

• Co-ed Youth In Harmony Concert at the elementary school gymnatorium, 4:30 p.m.,



• Candlelight Night at Crex, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 715-4632739,

Balsam Lake

• Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 715684-4545.

Legion cookie distribution

Balsam Lake

TUESDAY/29 Balsam Lake

• Polk County Alzheimer’s support group at social services building, 715-483-3133.

St. Croix Falls

• Alzheimer’s support group at the medical center, 1-3 p.m., 715-483-0431.

THURSDAY/31 Grantsburg

• Parkinson’s Support Group meeting at Burnett Medical Center, 2 p.m., 715-689-2350.


• Winter Health & Wellness Expo at Centennial Hall, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Free classic movie at the museum, 7 p.m., 715-4722770.

SATURDAY/2 Grantsburg

• Bird-watching and feeding presentation at Crex Meadows, 1-4 p.m. with speaker at 2 p.m., 715-463-2739.


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

Every Monday

Grantsburg Legion members Mike Martin and Tim Curtin showed their holiday spirit while getting ready to take goodies to Legion members and other folks in the Grantsburg community. Legion members delivered over 50 plates of cookies on Friday, Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake old courthouse, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Moms In Prayer, First Baptist, Amery, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 715-268-5408, Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Open Topic support group, 6:30 p.m. Call for location, 800261-7233, Polk County. Christian 12-Step Recovery group at Faith Lutheran Church, Balsam Lake, 7-8 p.m., 715-566-4215.

Every Tuesday

Bingo at the Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 p.m. Sexual assault support group, Polk County, 800-261-7233 for location, 6:30-7:30 p.m Domestic violence and sexual assault support group, 5:15 p.m. Call for location, 800-261-7233, Burnett County.

Every Wednesday

Free playtime with your toddler at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church,10-11:30 a.m., 715-557-0630.

Every Thursday

The Latch breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 10:30 a.m. - noon. 715-483-0431. Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Friday

Domestic violence support group, 10-11 a.m. Call for location, 800-261-7233, Polk County.

Every Saturday

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m.

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