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Bald eagles are now nesting along the St. Croix River. The public is invited to join the National Park Service at its visitor center on Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, April 9, for a day of learning and celebration of our national symbol. At 10 am. there will be a program, Monitoring Bald Eagle Chicks for the Health of the Riverway, presented by Bill Route, an ecologist with NPS. Following the presentation, especially for families, will be a University of Minnesota Raptor Center live bald eagle and bird display, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 715-483-2274. - Photo courtesy of NPS and Jim Spickler/E.A. Research and Consulting

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SCF Middle School students star in Park Square Theatre’s production of “To Kill A Mockingbird”

by Tammi Milberg Leader Staff Reporter ST. CROIX FALLS – Two St. Croix Falls Middle School students who have had an active background in acting in theater landed roles in “To Kill A Mockingbird” showing at the Parks Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minn. Emma Wondra, daughter of Chris and Lisa Wondra, and Jasper Her-

man, son of Wes Herman and Gina Vinon, star in the production which opens April 1 and runs through May 13. The two have been actors in St. Croix Festival Theatre and school productions and auditioned a year ago for the roles at Parks Square. They were tipped off about the upcoming production and auditions by Shawn Boyd from Festival Theatre, an actor who had worked with Parks Square in the production of “A Diary of Anne Frank.” Both Wondra and Herman are seventh-graders. Wondra landed the role of Jem, a male role, and knew when the time came she would have to cut her hair into a boyish style but she was prepared to

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Empty Bowls project under way at Unity

BALSAM LAKE - Unity High School will be participating in the Empty Bowls project to bring awareness to world and community hunger. The Unity art department has been busy making ceramic bowls for the event to be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. For a $10 donation people will receive one of the bowls plus a bowl of soup and homemade bread. The Unity FFA has helped to get all food donated by local organizations so that the total bowl donation can be donated to the local charities of Loaves and Fishes, Ruby's Pantry, and an international group Heifer International. Taking an active role in bowl making include: Elizabeth Bethke, Lexi Jones, Brandi Larson and art educator Tara Voss. There will be displays from high school students and entertainment also at the first ever Eagle Extravaganza as well.- submitted

Benefit for Lamar Friday

LUCK -After a year of playing over 200 shows, Javier Trejo is returning to the St. Croix Valley in benefit for Lamar Community Center at Café Wren. He’ll be back with his band for the April Fools’ Masquerade Concert and Dance, the second year in a row that he’s performed for what has become Lamar’s annual spring event. “It’s both a community event and a fundraiser,” says event chair, Meg Farrington. “Javier has roots in the community and he cares about what happens here. We’re very grateful for his support.” Trejo, known for his guitar musicianship and compelling vocals, went out on his own in 2009 after a long run with the New Primitives. Trejo has opened and played with some of the United States finest acts – The Neville Brothers, Widespread Panic, The Big Wu, Willie Waldman Project, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Los Lobos. His connection to the St. Croix Valley dates back – he grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and Eureka, the son of educators who worked in the Twin Cities. Trejo is an enthusiastic supporter of the Lamar Festival, to be held Aug. 5-7. Lamar Community Center, located in rural St. Croix Falls, offers classes, seminars and events in education and the arts from a 1905 schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 2,000 people participated in activities at Lamar in 2010 during the programming season of May through September. The building is currently under renovation and only available seasonally. The band performs from 7 -11 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at Café Wren, 2596 Hwy. 35, Luck. There’ll be a silent communitybuilding auction throughout the evening. Café Wren will be serving food from 5 p.m. on. Costumes are welcome. Advance tickets are $15, available at Café Wren and Fine Acres Market in St. Croix Falls. For questions or further information, call 715-553-2116. - submitted


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of her character. Herman landed the role of Dill, a tall-tale talker. One other youth actor in the play is Scout, who is played by a young girl from the Metro area. Both Wondra and Herman said they auditioned once, then had a callback for the parts. The director at that time had a conflict and both were required to audition a third time for a new director, David Mann. “He is really nice and very funny,” Wondra said. “The cast is really nice,” said Herman. Both actors said they had never read “To Kill A Mockingbird” until they got the script. “I’m playing Dill who is a kid that comes in the town and is from a different town. His parents don’t pay attention to him and he tells a lot of stories to get people’s attention. He lies a lot,” Herman said about his character. “I’m playing Jem, Scout’s older brother, who tries to stand up to his father,” said Wondra of her character. The two have had rehearsals since March 1 with weekday hours at 5 to 10 p.m., which means they leave right from school and make it just in time to



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start running lines. During the weekend, practices are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or as both Wondra and Herman say, “It’s basically all day on weekends.” Their practice does pay off literally as the actors get paid for rehearsal weeks and per show. The cast ran a preview of three shows last weekend and runs another preview this weekend prior to the opening night of April 1. Both said they are saving their

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STATEWIDE - All Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed for business on Friday, April 1, as DMV staff members take another of the required 16 unpaid days that must be taken over the two-year budget period. Employee furloughs for all university and state employees are part of the 2009 –2011 state budget. DMV’s automated phone system will remain available so that motorists can still make road test appointments and have access to recorded information. Titling and registration services are offered by many third-party partners such as some police stations, grocery stores and financial institutions around the state and can be found at the DOT’s Web site at - from DOT ••• OSCEOLA - The Osceola United Methodist Church is organizing a community sewing project to create quilts for Japan in the wake of the devastating tsunami that struck the country earlier this month. Persons interested should be at the church on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The need is for new quilts, especially newborn baby quilts. Bring your sewing machine and come anytime. Persons are welcome to join in the project even if they have no sewing experience - you can help with the tying of the quilts to finish them. Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and fun provided. Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Further information: 715-755-2275. - with submitted information ••• STATEWIDE - Wisconsin motorists can now receive a tweet regarding traffic incidents to help them plan their drive, just as the spring construction season is beginning. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s 511 Traveler Information System began tweeting incident reports that were previously only available to law enforcement agencies, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the media. Those who sign up for traffic tweets can be alerted to traffic incidents before beginning their drive. The near-realtime traffic incident information is tweeted by an operator at WisDOT’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center as soon as possible after he or she is alerted to the event, allowing motorists to avoid congestion and possible delays. Those who sign up to follow the traffic tweets can choose a specific region in the state to follow so that most of the tweets relate to the main areas they travel. Currently, the only information tweeted are traffic incident alerts. As the system matures, it’s anticipated that other information could be shared. Nevertheless, WisDOT stresses that checking tweets of any kind should only be done when not operating a motor vehicle. To sign up for traffic tweets, go to, and click on the Twitter – 511 Traffic Incident Information Quick Link. Once there, the choice can be made as to which region(s) an individual wants to follow. from WisDOT ••• NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - The St. Croix Valley Orchestra will soon be presenting spring concerts in this area. The group, now in its 20th season, consists of about 30 players from the area, from Rush City, Minn., to Hugo, Minn., and from Turtle Lake to Cambridge, Minn., under the direction of Randolph Elliott. The concerts will feature the masterpieces of three great composers Rossini, Mozart and Strauss. Each is an exhilarating experience of intellect, artistry and emotion, and a great love for what moves audiences – the dance, the song and the musical surprise. Public performances began with a preview at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls on Monday, March 28. Concerts will continue at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1; just west of North Branch, Minn., at Spring Lake Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2; and in Scandia, Minn., at Elim Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. With the generous help of donations from local businesses and individuals, admission is open to all with a freewill donation at the concerts. For more information, visit the Web site - with submitted information

Centuria man receives four years for child pornography

MADISON - A 26-year-old Centuria man has been sentenced to four years in prison without parole for possessing child pornography. Arron Hultquist will also face 20 years of supervised release after serving his time. The sentence was handed down March 11 by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb. Hultquist received enhancements in his sentence because he distributed images to others, he possessed more than 600 images and because the images he possessed depicted prepubescent minors and sadistic or masochistic conduct. The charges against Hultquist were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. - from John W. Vaudreuil, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Wisconsin

Open meetings violation occurred amidst “confusion”

Is it law or isn’t it?


Statements by board members show different interpretations of vote on ATV ordinance

by Gary King Leader editor POLK COUNTY - Charges of violating the state’s open meetings law brought against the town chairman of Eureka and one of its board members were the result of some confusion on the part of the two men and another board member during an Aug. 12, 2010, vote on ATV use on town roads, according to testimony weighed by the county’s district attorney’s office. Town chairman Gene Krull and board member Kyle Swanson were charged with violating the open meetings law - and both are candidates for town chairman in Tuesday’s election. Both men voted on an ordinance that was not properly noticed to the public, according to charges filed. Krull, in an e-mail statement this past week, said he was offered a plea agreement by the office of District Attorney Dan Steffen and accepted it. It amounts to a fine of $114, less than half of the regular fine of $300. Swanson has pleaded not guilty, noting in the complaint that he felt the vote was called for “rather quickly” and he hadn’t had time to study the ordinance just presented or its implications. Another board member, Jose Trejo, was not charged because he abstained from voting.

The complaint Approximately two weeks following the meeting, town resident Phil Staley went to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department to ask for an investigation into possible violation of open meetings

law. He said agenda item 7-a at the Aug. 12 meeting was entitled “ATV Use on Town Roads,” leading one to believe there may be discussion on the issue but not a vote to enact an ordinance. He claimed the chairman “suddenly made a motion” to enact a township ordinance allowing ATV use on town roads and that supervisor Trejo seconded the motion but does not believe Trejo knew exactly what was going on. Staley claims there was never an ordinance published in the paper or ever presented prior to that meeting. Krull, in his statement to authorities, said several people were in attendance at the meeting and someone requested that the board take a straw poll of people in attendance to determine whether or not they support some sort of ordinance. He said the poll was taken and it was apparent that most in attendance were in support of an ATV ordinance. Krull said the town clerk had drafted a proposed ordinance based on investigation of ATV ordinances drawn up by other towns. He said copies of that proposed ordinance were passed out to all those in attendance. At some point he said he decided they should adopt the ordinance so he moved to adopt the ordinance. He said Trejo seconded the motion and a vote was taken. Krull said he now believes that the agenda item did not specifically explain what was going to occur at the meeting and that it was probably a violation of the open meetings law. He said there was no intent on the board’s part to deceive any town citizens and wished it would have never happened the way it did.

Confusing and chaotic Trejo said he assumed the agenda item meant there would be discussion of the issue and how to proceed further.

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St. Patrick’s Day rollover leaves local man in coma

Randy Schallenberger ejected from car; stable at Twin Cities hospital

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – Details are now emerging on a violent, single-vehicle rollover crash on Polk CTH N, just west of Luck, that left a 27-year-old local man in a coma with serious injuries on St. Patrick’s Day. According to Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson and a report from the crash scene, the incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, when a 1995 Buick driven by Randy Schallenberger of rural Cushing left the roadway and rolled while traveling on CTH N. The report states that Schallenberger was westbound when he apparently drifted onto the right shoulder, and then skidded and lost control as he overcorrected, sending the vehicle into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it crossed the road and struck a snowbank, tripping the Buick and sending it rolling twice, ending up on a front yard on the south side of the roadway, at 1854 CTH N. Schallenberger was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, leaving him with life-threatening head and neck injuries. He was transported to a local hospital and later taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he remains today. Schallenberger’s girlfriend and partner, Leigha VanSickle, said he remains in a medically induced coma as he continues to recover from serious neck and head injuries. She said he remains in stable condition and is suffering from a broken neck and unspecified brain trauma. He has not required any surgery, as of yet.

Randy Schallenberger of rural Cushing was seriously injured in this rollover on CTH N. - Photo from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept. “We won’t know for a while the extent of the injuries,” she stated. “Hopefully, he continues to make improvement, but as far as a recovery, they (medical technicians) keep saying we’re in for the long run.” She said he has suffered from mild infection and pneumonia issues in recent days, as well as some swelling on the brain, which has led doctors to keep him in a coma as his body heals. “It’s probably going to be a long process,” she said. “We’re all praying for him.” VanSickle also said that there are plans in the works for a benefit for Schallenberger at the Aspen Leaf restaurant north of Frederic, possibly in May. She said he has many local connections and has been a longtime employee at St. Croix Valley Hardwoods. According to the police report, open beer cans were apparently found on the scene, and while details on his blood alcohol concentration were not released, Schallenberger does face pending traffic charges of operating while intoxicated first offense, and a lesser charge of operating left of center. His appearance is obviously on hold until his recovery moves forward. The leader will continue to offer condition updates as they become available.

Debate continues over when budget adjustment becomes law

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's administration says it's implementing the state's new collective bargaining plan, despite a judge's order that it be temporarily put on hold. When Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued her restraining order, she specifically barred the secretary of state from publishing the law. But more broadly, Sumi's order restrained and enjoined further implementation of the law. Speaking to reporters, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch rejected the idea that the judge's order covered him. He says, “We were not mentioned in the temporary restraining order and so there is no - I am under no such order." Huebsch said it was his view that because the Legislative Reference Bureau published the act on its Web site, it was now his responsibility to begin enactment of the law. Republican Attorney General J-B Van Hollen's office agreed, saying in a court filing that it's the reference bureau and not the secretary of state that ultimately made this act law and that Judge Sumi's order was moot. University of Wisconsin Political Science and Law Professor Howard Schweber says it's a peculiar stance for the attorney general. He says, “The argument that's being made now says everything that everyone in Wisconsin thought they knew for all these many decades was wrong. All along for all these many years, it's been the case that it was the action of the Legislative Reference Bureau that made an act law, not the act of the secretary of state. It's just that no one ever noticed it before." Schweber also says the Walker administration's decision to move ahead with this plan sets up the possibility that Sumi would find the administration in contempt. He says “This is looking increasingly like a state constitutional crisis. And the startling thing is it's entirely unnecessary." Huebsch said that while he thinks he's merely following the law, if a court says otherwise, he'll make every effort to comply.

Minong among four public hearing locations for state budget input

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MINONG - The Legislature’s powerful joint finance committee will begin work this week on the governor’s budget proposal. The first public hearings on the budget will start next week, on Thursday, April 7, at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and on Friday, April 8, in Minong (10 a.m. at Northwoods school). The week after that there are hearings scheduled at State Fair Park in West Allis and in Arcadia. No hearings were scheduled at the state capitol building itself, which remains under tighter than usual security. This is the week when cabinet secretaries appear before the finance panel to brief lawmakers on the governor’s plans for state agencies. Gov. Walker’s budget calls for splitting off the UW-Madison from the system, a move other campuses don‘t like. It also calls for deep reductions to K-12 education spending, although the governor says his collective bargaining plan would help districts offset those cuts. The hearing provides an opportunity for members of the public to voice their concerns about Walker’s budget proposal.

Tribal concerns get sunlight


Former council members allege blacklisting, civil rights violations and power limits; council responds

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ROUND LAKE/SIREN – Major fissures divide several portions of past and present St. Croix Chippewa Tribal Council members, with grand accusations and difficult-to-address implications. It came to head in recent weeks when a group of former tribal council members and other tribal members met at the Round Lake Community Center and made open allegations of misuse of power and what they claim are sweeping hiring abuses by tribal council members against people who speak out against the current regime.

Background and the charges The St. Croix Tribal Council is made up of five members, each serving a two-year term. The elections are coming around this June, and the last election in June 2009 led to a major turnover, where Mike Decorah, Jerry Lowe, Gloria Benjamin and Hazel Hindsley were defeated by current council Chair Lewis Taylor, David Merrill, Jean Awonahopay and Beverly Benjamin. Incumbent Elmer “Jay” Emery was the lone incumbent council member to survive that election. Those four former council members, Decorah, Gloria Benjamin, Lowe and Hindsley - were later charged with oath and tribal violations, as well as misappropriation of tribal funds, conversion of funds and knowingly aiding in those practices. They were convicted in Feb. 2010 and fined $7,500 each, and with the conviction were thereby made ineligible to run for council again. Five other tribe members, George Reynolds, Alvin Oustigoff, Steven Fowler, Peter LaBlanc and Hokshila LaBlanc, were also convicted in tribal court of three similar charges, all relating to the procurement of tribal vehicles and their alleged ownership by those members. The nine were accused and convicted of essentially procuring those vehicles while that council was “lame ducks” after they lost in June 2009, with lingering, unanswered questions on how the vehicles were purchased. Court documents claim they had “no evidence” or paper trail of their “actual purchase,” stating that the defendants only qualified the purchase with “vacation time,” which they claimed was used as barter of sorts, but with little or no actual evidence showing such a process. Tribal court records also note that Rick Peterson, chief financial officer for the tribe, was so upset about the vehicle issue that he walked off his job because of the practice. It was those allegations, convictions and the repercussions that led to the latest salvo of allegations by those affected and where the bitterness within the ranks either swells or fades, depending on who you ask.

The Round Lake meeting The most recent allegations emerged publicly when several of those noted former tribal council members held an open meeting for tribal members on Thursday, March 17, at the Round Lake Community Center, west of Cumberland. That meeting included a rare invitation to the press, as they aired concerns of what they claim

Former Tribal Council member Mike Decorah (holding paper) is joined by several other former council members as they unveiled a petition they will start circulating in the coming days, meant to curtail current and future tribal council powers, which the group claims has led to sweeping abuses of power. Pictured (L to R): Steve Fowler, Jerry Lowe, Mike Decorah and George Reynolds. - Photo by Greg Marsten are alleged power abuses, blacklisted hiring practices and unchecked policy changes by current council members. They also claimed they were not given a fair court hearing on the vehicle issue. The group is also hoping to keep the changes in check with a petition they are circulating that would force a future referendum for any policy changes, essentially limiting the council’s future authority. They also claimed to have evidence of “no-hire lists” for people who speak out against the council and noted what they said were out-of-control salaries and reimbursements for current council members, allegedly approaching $200,000 annually, with some claiming benefits and reimbursements equivalent to over $1 million, annually. They said that while they collect huge stipends, the bulk of St. Croix tribal members struggle at subpoverty levels. Over five dozen tribal members attended the Round Lake meeting, of all ages, and included many past and current leaders within the tribe, some of whom spoke out, asked questions and raised red flags about what to do next. Former council member Mike Decorah was a spokesperson at the meeting, with support from Reynolds, Gloria Benjamin, Lowe, Fowler and Oustigoff, some of the nine accused and tried under the tribal court for the vehicle issues. Lowe, Decorah and several of the others claimed they had the proof they were attempting to purchase the vehicles back after the election, but that they were “railroaded” by what Lowe referred to as a “kangaroo court.” “As some of you may or may not know ... our tribal council accused nine of us of fraud, embezzlement and misuse of tribal funds,” Lowe said. “This goes back to when we were on council, and we agreed to purchase vehicles that were assigned to us.” Lowe and Decorah went on to explain the situation, claiming the process by which they were accused was not above board and was inappropriate, with a primary goal of trying to get them convicted of something, anything, so those people would be ineligible for future council seats. “They took us to court, which was a kangaroo court, in my opinion, we weren’t allowed to defend ourselves in a proper manner, because our court system is not set up for criminal or civil however,” Lowe said, later going on to state that the council has “changed the rules for eligibility” to exclude anyone convicted in tribal court. “In the last month, the present council

changed the election ordinance ... changing a clause in the election ordinance,” Lowe stated, noting that all of those appearing before the group, and several others, were now ineligible for council seats. Benjamin claimed that when Lewis Taylor and David “Maabin” Merrill were voted off the council, they sent a letter to the new council asking if they could purchase the vehicles they had been using from the tribe - for one dollar. “They felt they were entitled to that for their years of service to the tribe,” Benjamin noted. The request was denied, she said. Lowe and Decorah also outlined what they said were changes to another ordinance about living on the reservation, they said, allowing only tribal members “who lived on proclaimed tribal land” as being eligible to circulate any future petitions to change or address council powers. “So this meeting is to get a petition together to try to eliminate the power of council and tribal court,” Lowe said, adding that, “If some of you were allowed to come into that courtroom where we were bring tried, you would probably laugh at how ridiculous it was. We weren’t even allowed to defend ourselves.” Lowe claimed they had “paperwork, evidence, everything” to prove their innocence, but were told it “was not allowed.” Decorah agreed, and also said they had the goods to prove their case. “We weren’t even allowed to present evidence,” Decorah said. “It was all a lie, a big lie, and we had the evidence to prove it.” Lowe assured the group in attendance that they were “not using them” to get back at the council, he said they understood they were ineligible for office under the “recent” rule changes, but that they wanted someone else to emerge, to step up into a leadership role and either circulate petitions or even run for the challenged council seats this summer. “How very convenient,” Lowe said, “that it takes between 90 and 120 days for a petition to take effect” which he said means they would not be allowed to address the changes before the scheduled council elections in three months. “We’re asking for you guys to help,” Lowe said. “Because I know a lot of you are also not happy with the way this council is being run.” “The big thing with the court case was how it was done,” Reynolds said, “(They claimed) that all our evidence was the property of tribal council ... they disallowed any evidence we tried to bring. Any evidence that we were trying to pro-

had been prepared ahead of time, which neither Kyle nor I had seen. He called for a vote while the proponents kept demanding that we act on it immediately.” Trejo said he informed the proponents he was not in favor of the ordinance and that Swanson “appeared to be confused” about what was going on. “Gene called for a vote, both Kyle and I hesitated,” Trejo said. “The proponents kept shouting that a vote be taken immediately. Kyle and Gene voted in favor and I abstained.” Trejo said after the motion was made

and seconded, the chairman allowed public comment prior to the vote and after the vote was taken there was some confusion as to what he (Trejo) actually voted for. He said Krull asked him “Did you vote?”and he said “‘Yes, I voted.” Trejo said he had not voted in favor of the ordinance, he only stated yes to a question that asked whether he had voted or not. He said the minutes of the meeting now reflect he voted in favor of the ordinance.

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He said the agenda item Planning Commission Report - likely to contain information on the commissions findings regarding their study on ATV use on town roads - was skipped over that evening and they found themselves at new business (ATV Use ... ) with the chairman saying there would be a vote on an ordinance. Trejo said he thought this was only going to be a discussion so he seconded the motion. “The situation became very confusing and chaotic,” Trejo said. “At this time, Gene (Krull) presented an ordinance, that

Rescinded and then passed Trejo said Swanson realized his mistake

vide that had the tribal council’s name on it they said we couldn’t use.” Reynolds said they simply used the tribal council logo as proof of ownership, even on the evidence they were presenting. “They even said, ‘just look under your chair,’” Reynolds said. “What does it say? That’s just it, they said they owned pretty much everything, even our evidence. So they wouldn’t allow us to use it (in their defense).” As the meeting progressed, they referenced stories of the alleged blacklisted hiring lists, elimination or holding of tribal reimbursements, elimination of elder benefits, and later cited salaries of council members that they said approached $100/hour, with additional perks and benefits that Decorah said gave the potential for nearly $200,000 in annual payments, as well as loan advances, tribal perks and reimbursements for everything from campaign promises to more. “Don’t accept any money they offer you,” Reynolds said. “Because they’ll just claim it as an expense.” Decorah said he was noted in the past for “speaking out” about excessive council perks, pay scales and other questionable practices, and said he would often post his paychecks publicly for all to see. “I wanted people to know about it,” he said. Decorah said the airing of concerns is not about politial gain or sour grapes but to make sure all future election ordinances are approved by the people via referendum.” “Native Americans have fewer civil rights than other Americans - I was told that by the Tribe’s own court,” Decorah said. The meeting concluded with several more comments on what they said were questionable, if not unethical practices, and asked for help to circulate the petitions. Decorah said they would need at least 350 signatures, all obtained by a tribal member who lives on proclaimed tribal land, with each signature needing a notarized proof. “We’re even working on having a notary go around with them when they get signatures,” he said. “But we need your support.” Several people did step forward and a few questioned the allegations, even asking if they thought they were worth the huge pay scales they were getting as council members. “Honestly? Yes, I think I am,” Lowe said. The group moved forward with their discussions with several similar future meetings planned at other tribal community centers.

Taylor and crew respond Chairman Taylor agreed to meet with the Leader last week to address the Round Lake allegations. Joining him were current council members Beverly Benjamin and Jeanne Awonahopay, as well as InterTribal Affairs Director Ed Songetay and Kimberly Benjamin. Taylor also heads the Great Lakes InterTribal Council and was firm in his stance on the convictions and the integrity of the tribal court. He pulled no punches when addressing the allegations, calling them “ridiculous lies,” and the accusers “idiots” on occasion, while making a case for his council as having done a real job cleaning up what he said were the previous council’s “messes.”

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right away and tried to have the ordinance rescinded at the September meeting but his motion was blocked on a technicality. At the October meeting Swanson made a motion to rescind the ordinance and he and Trejo voted in favor but the chairman opposed. The ordinance was passed at the board’s November meeting. Trejo said he voted for it reluctantly, tired of the confrontations and controversy.


St. Croix Tribal Council member Beverly Benjamin (left), Tribal Chairman Lewis Taylor and council member Jeanne Awonahopay responded last week to allegations against the council by a group of tribal members seeking changes in the tribe’s constitution. - Photos by Greg Marsten

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Taylor even stated that it was Decorah’s council that made the ineligibility rule, “They just never thought it would apply to them!” He also admitted that they didn’t want to bring it all out in the light, admitting it was not the kind of press they want. “We’re required to uphold the standards of the tribe,” he said, calling the allegedly misuse of funds and tribal assets very serious and against the “high standard of responsibility of the tribe.” “They’re giving everyone flawed information,” he said loudly, shaking his head. Beverly Benjamin also noted the integrity of the tribal court system, stating that they were quite correct to charge and convict the nine, and that they as a council “had nothing to do with the charges.” “We can’t interfere with our court system at all,” she said. “We really can’t.” Taylor quickly interjected and agreed, stating that the council was “absolutely forbidden to interfere.” Taylor, Songetay and Benjamin later went in depth on what they said were questionable practices by the previous council, from poorly upheld gaming upgrades and computer requirements, to ridiculously planned and constantly changing Danbury casino plans, as well as a laundry list of what they said were proof of misappropriated funds, far beyond just the vehicles, but involving trips to Las Vegas, swanky meals, entertainment and vacations, even trips to massage parlors and more. He said they didn’t want to bring it all into the light because it was, again, not something they were proud of. “We didn’t want to make the whole tribe suffer for some stupid mistakes,” he

exclaimed, visibly upset and shaking his head. “We not only did the audits, the state did their own audits,” Songetay said. Taylor, Songetay and Benjamin also said they had lots of work to do shortly after taking office. They said the Danbury casino project “was in a shambles,” with over 200 change orders and a price tag that seemed to rise daily from a projected $27 million to over $40 million, with no end in sight. Benjamin said the tribe was literally “one step away from being bankrupt” when they took office, and the others concurred. They cited several trips to Arizona to meet with investor groups, holding companies, financial institutions and others, including the note holders. She said they had numerous judgments against them in Burnett County Circuit Court, and that they couldn’t ignore the reality that the tribe was “bleeding red ink.” Taylor and Songetay said they “worked their tails off” to not only keep the tribe in the black, but to make the Danbury project viable and finished, once and for all. Songetay said there were concerns that it might not ever be finished, that mold might start to take over, and that they had so many judgments against them, the whole project might fall apart. “We had to work fast,” he said. “We had to promise we would pay our bills.” Taylor said they had eight default judgments, owed Miron Construction up to $8 million, and had several other issues that continued to pop up after they took office, including exotic granite countertops that are “still in China.” He said the former council was between

a rock and a hard place, looking bad if they finished the project but that it had to be right, and looking bad for keeping it closed up because there were so many issues. When asked about the current financial situation of the casino and the tribe, Taylor paused and took a deep breath. “We’re stable.” Songetay nodded in agreement, “That says a lot.” The council members also refuted the pay allegations, with Taylor stating that the group that accused them was “just trying to make this council look bad.” “They want that lifestyle back,” Songetay said. “Those 60 people [at the Round Lake meeting] were there to overthrow the council.” He said they have over 1,200 members, and the few that are upset are “upset for the wrong reasons,” and that they were the ones with the lavish lifestyles, $80,000 SUVs and exotic tastes. “You’ve got to be either dedicated to the tribe and its progression, or you’ve got to be dedicated to yourself,” Taylor said. “It was not this council that did that to the tribe.” Taylor also said he “makes $800 per week less than the previous council,” and that the tribe is about to announce the revamping of several previously troubled ventures, including fish farming. He said they will soon present “all the evidence” showing the former council’s foibles in the coming weeks, and also said he would be presenting a State of the Tribe speech in Madison on Tuesday, April 12, with a similar speech several days later up here. He said he would address the “stolen

vehicles,” ability of the tribe to operate in the new economy, the stabilization of their gaming and other industries, as well as several announcements about future ventures and a joint partnership with another tribe on the so-called Emerald operations. They also said the issues of being ineligible for future council seats due to their convictions was the result of their own actions as council members. “We gave them several chances to come clean and give the vehicles back,” Benjamin said. “We have the facts that show that.” Taylor and the group flatly dismissed the rest of the allegations about blacklisting, civil rights violations and huge salaries as “ridiculous,” with Songetay stating that the previous council had “millions funneled through separate accounts,” and that the audits are still pending. He said the problem was that the former group wanted “tailored jobs, so they wouldn’t have to work” and that the goal now is to “get the most capable people possible” for those positions. As for mistakes being made, Taylor admits they should have “come forward with the facts” earlier, and said he “probably should have given tribal members a chronological order of the events.” He said they have all learned a lot about the problems, and said the tribal meetings are always open to the members who are so upset, and while they are “welcomed to raise their concerns ... they never attend. Never.” The fissures don’t seem to be healing anytime soon.

by Gary King Leader editor HERTEL – Arguably, the St. Croix Tribe’s most well-known figure over the past three decades, Lewis Taylor, doesn’t require an introduction in most circles. But he acknowledges there are some who bring up the question of his identity and ancestry every time a tribal election rolls around. “They are desperate to muddy my water,” the tribal chairman said in a phone interview this week. “They are just focused on that issue, and it’s every two years when I’m trying to get elected.” The next election for St. Croix Tribal Council is this June. For the past several months, a group of

tribal members have been investigating whether Taylor’s lineage makes him eligible to be a member of the St. Croix Tribe. They say they can’t find a name on the tribe’s enrollment list that links Taylor to the tribe. The investigation began last year when a tribal elder who was investigating their own family tree, accidentally came across information about Taylor’s family, and it points to Taylor’s grandfather as having the last name of Doyle. Taylor said that was news to him. He said his father was George Taylor, an original member of the St. Croix Tribe, listed on the 1938 tribal enrollment list. His mother’s maiden name, he said, was Agnes Butler, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe in Sawyer County.

“I am certified (as a member of the St. Croix Tribe) with the Bureau (of Indian Affairs),” Taylor said, adding that the St. Croix Tribe’s enrollment committee has accepted the BIA’s findings. He said he could produce his enrollment certification and that his enrollment number, as issued by the BIA, is 712. Taylor admits changing his name from George Taylor Jr. to Lewis Taylor years ago but says it was for no particular reason. “Everybody has that right to change their name,” he said, adding that his identity today has been the same for many years and is legal. “My passport is Lewis Taylor, my driver’s license is Lewis Taylor and my marriage certificate is Lewis Taylor,” he said.

Meanwhile, those tribal members looking into the matter are planning to continue looking for answers to questions as to whether Taylor’s father may have been enrolled in the neighboring Lac Courte Oreilles tribe, why their chairman may have changed his name more than once, they say, and other issues related to his identity. Taylor maintains the effort is all political and compared it to the efforts nationwide to discredit President Obama through the scrutinizing of birth records. “It comes down to anything that creates some type of leverage they could use against me,” Taylor said. “I just ignore it.”

FREDERIC - The newly formed, 21member Woodland Chorale will present a benefit concert in the Frederic High School Performance Center at 7:30 Saturday evening, April 9. The 13 selections to be performed are based on the theme “Choral Music of Water and Woods.”

Sponsored by Frederic, Luck, and Unity community education programs and directed by Dr. Harry Johansen, the concert will be a fundraiser for two local nonprofit organizations, Community Referral Agency and the W.I.N.G.S. Foundation, an organization that provides

support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door. Those attending the concert will be treated to a wide variety of choral music, all expertly accompanied by Christine Johansen. From contemporary pieces by James Taylor and Paul

Simon to classics by Johannes Brahms and Aaron Copland along with folk songs and spirituals, the program includes a mix of songs sure to provide for an entertaining evening of music. — submitted

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by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The city council for St. Croix Falls heard an update from Steve Jensen, district governor for the Lions Club, regarding the fishing pier at the Lions Park on Monday, March 28, at the regular council meeting. Initially, the plan was to update the existing pier, which is a permanent structure over the St. Croix River. However, the plans have now been changed to make the pier a removable structure, which has its good and bad points. On the good side, the cost will be cheaper. Jensen said the removable pier will be an aluminum pier. “Before we were looking at about a $15,000 project and that is down to $5,000 to $6,000,” Jensen said. On the bad side, the pier will have to be removed each fall and installed each spring. “Who’s going to take out and put back the pier if it has to be removed?” asked councilman Brian Blesi. Jensen said that the Lions can help with that, but help from the city crew would be required. Providing further explanation of the change in plans from a permanent pier to a removable one, Jensen said, “We have a pier that was planned but doesn’t exist.” That comment seemed puzzling to council members who can clearly go to the Lions Park and see the permanent pier structure any time. Jensen further explained that in 1992, when the pier was proposed and a permit was applied for, the pier was built, but according to the DNR, they never permitted the existing pier. “Although it does appear on their plans, the paperwork to file the permit was lost or something and, according to the DNR, they want this one to be moveable,” he said. The new pier will still be about 10 feet from the approach out into the water, which is what the current pier measures. The pier’s location was questioned by Blesi, who asked why the pier is located where it is. “We have had Good Sam and other health care facilities come to the park for picnics and use the pier. It is close to the shelter and is in a shaded area, so it provides more of a view of the river and a

way for people to look out over the river,” Jensen said. “While the fishing there is not the best, I have seen a few people come away with some nice fish.” The council thanked Jensen for the update and also indicated they were happy too hear the price of the project has been reduced. In related business, Jensen reminded the council of the Lions Club convention in St. Croix Falls April 8 and 9 and invited them to attend.

City of Trails In other business, the council heard from Amy Klein about the City of Trails race event on June 4. Klein stated she never has updated the council on the event since it has begun and since its start a few years back it has gained in numbers from 100 participants to 250 last year. Klein said that the race is successful due to many volunteers, roughly 40, who help make things run smoothly. She said the Trails Day offers a 5K run/walk, a 10K run/hike, a kids 1K, and a ‘Lil Hiker Hustle for ages 2-5. Klein said that the demographics of people attending the race have changed as well from being primarily local people to out-of-state and Twin Cities entrants. “I think since we added a Web site that has helped us gain more attention than anything,” she said. “We had a group of people from Texas that came because they found our Web site and were looking to run a 5K somewhere. We have beautiful courses and treated them to a warm welcome. I think people outside of the area come here for the quality of the race.” Klein said as she sees this event becoming an annual part of the city events, she would like to have permanent signage that can be used year after year. She stated that the current signage is laminated card stock, and she was requesting the city contribute $200 toward permanent signs to help with the efficiency of setting up for the race and giving it a professional feel. The council discussed the race’s success and promotion of the area and determined they should donate money to help with the event. Councilman Brian Blesi first made a motion to approve $250, then revised the motion to approve a city match donation of $1 per entrant. The motion was seconded by Arnie Carlson and carried with a roll call vote. Councilman

Debra Kravig was absent. The City of Trails Web site is

Roundabout meeting Mayor Darrell Anderson updated the council on the DOT’s roundabout project planned for the Menards intersection on Hwy. 8. Anderson said that the Ashland roundabout has been postponed due to an overrun of $1 million in the project cost. He added that the one in Wausau is $600,000 over budget, but is still progressing. Anderson said the one for St. Croix Falls came in under budget and is still a go. The DOT will be at city hall for a public meeting on Wednesday, April 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. to go over the plan and answer questions. Anderson said the cost overruns are attributed to the cost of blacktop.

Controlled burn The council was updated about the fire department’s plans to conduct a burn at Debra’s Point, a hill area located by Mindy Creek in the city. The area has been cleared of honeysuckle and buckthorn and ecologists who have checked the site

recommended a controlled burn to restore the prairie location.

Tables study contract A feasibility study that was scheduled to take place in 2010 for the Hwy. 8 and Industrial Parkway intersection has not taken place. Funds were provided to the city to conduct a study and for any construction to correct the intersection; however, it has been determined the funding will not cover the correction methods because it is not enough. The study was to be done by URS Corporation out of Milwaukee, but they were unable to get the study done because of scheduling. They submitted another contract for the study and included an amendment of over $31,000 in the contract with no explanation. The council indicated that without an explanation for the increase in charges and knowing that the funding received would not cover the improvement costs, they felt no need to act on the issue and tabled it until such a time that a representative from the company presents an explanation for the increase.

Chamber presents Spirit of Business Award

On Monday, March 28, the Balsam Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was honored to present the inaugurate Spirit of Business Award to Carl Holmgren. This award is given to the business or person that best represents and promotes Balsam Lake area businesses and community activities. Shown above: Steve Biza, a member of the Ambassadors Committee, presents the award to Holmgren. - Photo submitted

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is proactive, trend important, and focuses on goals regardless of time. Hardt included information regarding the nine steps he uses for strategic planning on a PowerPoint presentation. He touched on each of the steps. They include Step 1, Readiness; Step 2, Explain the Process; Step 3, Organizational Assessment; Step 4, Performance Assessment; Step 5, Mission, Values and Vision; Step 6, Goals, Objectives, Strategy Screen; Step 7, Action Plan; Step 8, Implementation and Support; and Step 9, Evaluation. Hardt stated the committee would complete the first three steps at this first meeting. The next steps will be covered in succession over the three to four remaining large-group meetings. In the meantime, between large-group meetings, the committee is going to divide and work in subcommittees to discuss, research and report findings and make recommendations. Those four subcommittees are: External, Internal, Communication, and Technology/Curriculum/Instruction. After an hour of learning about the process, the committee divided into the subcommittees to begin scheduling meeting times and exchanging contact information with the fellow subcommittee members. The first order of business for the task force is complete and the strategic planning process is now under way for the school district.

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BALSAM LAKE - Joseph Lallier, 26, Balsam Lake, was arrested and charged with OWI, third offense, on Wednesday, March 23. He was also charged with disorderly conduct/domestic as well as criminal damage to property. Police were called to his residence that night because he had been arguing with his father and brotherin-law. He had punched a hole in the wall and had been threatening toward them. At the time of the call to the police, Lallier was reportedly stuck in a tan car at the

end of the driveway. When police arrived, a tan car was backing out of the driveway and headed north on 60th Street. The officer pulled Lallier over. He admitted arguing with his father and brother-in-law and admitted to punching a hole in the wall. He said he had about four drinks of beer and vodka, and his speech was slightly slurred. Field sobriety tests were given and he was arrested. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

FREDERIC – Police were called to an apartment at 111 Cedar St. West in Frederic on Sunday, March 27, for a complaint of noise, and two people were arrested on drug and other charges. Joshua Tachney, 27, Frederic, was charged with possession of THC and drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and bail jumping. Amy Riemenschneider, 33, St. Croix Falls, was charged with possession of THC and drug paraphernalia. When police arrived at the apartment, they could hear several people inside talking loudly. They knocked, identified themselves and told them to open the door. The officers then heard several people running across the floor and going to a back room. Then there was silence. Police knocked again and asked three more

times for them to open the door before they did. They spoke with Tachney first, who was argumentative. As they talked with three other people present, they saw marijuana in plain view on a table in the living room. They asked if anyone else was in the apartment and were told no. They then checked the rest of the apartment and found Riemenschneider. Found in the apartment were three small bags and one large bag of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia in the kitchen and living room areas. One of the other parties present was a woman with two children, ages 2 and 4, in the living room. – with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

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CENTURIA - Timonthy Munro, 52, Mora, Minn., was arrested for OWI, second offense, as well as knowingly fleeing an officer, a felony, on Sunday, March 27. At about 2 a.m., the arresting officer was contacted by another officer who saw Munro driving his vehicle left of the highway centerline in front of the Polk Burnett building. The other officer had a prisoner he was transporting and he didn’t want to stop Munro’s vehicle. The arresting officer activated his emergency lights and tried to stop Munro at 6th Street. Munro slowed and drove to the right of the fog line but did not stop, kept moving slowly forward with both right wheels to the right of the fog line. Then he moved left of the fog line again and accelerated, continuing northbound on Hwy.


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The golden rule and Wisconsin politics

From childhood on we have had the Golden Rule pointed out to us as a valuable guide in conducting our lives. The Golden Rule should direct us to do what is honorable and right in regard to other people. From Gov. Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill a hastily drawn up, nonfiscal bill was presented and passed by the Republicans. The purpose of this nonfiscal bill is to take away public workers rights. The ability of employees to meaningfully dialogue and negotiate with employers, will be dramatically reduced. I see this nonfiscal bill as a mean-spirited attempt to continue to destroy collective bargaining between employer and employee. Even the manner in which this bill was presented and voted upon remains in question as to it being legal. The legislation regarding the taking away of workers rights does not strike me as being within my understanding of what the Golden Rule is all about. Bob Maki Webster

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Final phase

We are in the final phase of the destruction of middle-class America. The first phase of this class war was the formation of Think Tanks, founded and richly funded by the likes of the Koch Brothers, Joseph Coors, Richard Mellon Scaife, Rupert Murdoch and various other right wing billionaires and foundations. The purpose of these Think Tanks was to plan, organize and publicize efforts to shift the tax code away from wealthy Americans toward middle-class Americans; to plan the steps by which wealthy men and corporations could reduce the power of government; and make government so in debt that it could be safely said that there was no money for a safety net for the poor and disadvantaged of America. The leading Republican guru, Grover Nordquist, has said he wants to reduce government “to where he could drown it in a bathtub.” To Reagan, government was the problem. His invention of the “Welfare Queen” driving her Cadillac and collecting child support for her six illegitimate children was meant to turn the public against any aid to the disadvantaged. The second phase was to cut taxes on the wealthy and to privatize everything from education to Social Security and eventually to destroy them. The plans and arguments for these changes were originated and publicized by the Think Tanks of phase one. The gap between the wealthy 1 percent and the ordinary citizen is huge and growing. The final phase is exemplified by Gov. Walker’s attempt to destroy any power or organization that stands in the way of the plutocracy that has already captured the Republican party and is now trying to destroy the last vestiges of middle class strength, the unions of public employees and the vote. There are more of us than of them, and the cries of voter fraud are a smoke screen to pass laws making it more difficult for the poor and minorities to vote. Showing official identification when voting has never been proven necessary and is simply a plan to decrease the voting strength of likely Democratic voters. Unless the American public wakes up, we are headed for a plutocracy, not a democracy. The amounts of money now legally available to the very wealthy to buy a government of their choice is frightening.

Issues are simple

County Administrator Dana Frey asked corporate counsel for a legal opinion regarding the cancellation of the March 3 special county board meeting. Provided by corporation counsel Jeff Fuge was an editorial that had the characteristics of trying to describe a trifecta of Three Card Monte, Dodge Ball and Charades. Fuge cloaks a very simplistic statute, 59.11 (2) (a), in six pages of unrelated and misrepresented statutes and Polk County Board Rules of Order. The legalese provided as a trump card is that “ministerial duties” somehow supersede common sense, teamwork, discretion, judgment and skill. The county chairman and corporate counsel were introduced to the process and solicited for input and guidance 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting. They both chose not to bring forth their skills and experience to proactively make a simple request reality, but instead chose to hand the ball to the county clerk and then take themselves out of the game to thus advance their own agendas and avoid accountability and responsibility. The issues are very simplistic and do not require six pages of ping-pong-type gibberish. 59.11 (2) (a) states; “Upon receiving the request the clerk shall immediately mail to each supervisor notice of the time and place of the meeting.” The two names were not withdrawn until seven days after the requirements of the statute were fulfilled. Forget “ministerial” and apply common sense to the meaning and intent of the statute; it is not meant to create an interval of delay so minority or disinterested factions can introduce obstructive and delaying tactics to advance their own agenda. The statute does not mandate or hint that the agenda and notice of meeting are a matched set and must proceed jointly. Lastly, a real enigma to this whole process is that teamwork and cooperation between the two key players, the county chair and corporation counsel, who had the responsibility and knowledge to make this happen without incident, is totally missing. What is up with that? Ken Sample Apple River

On Broadway

If you think you have seen everything in the entertainment business in the local area, you might want to think again! A group of us ladies recently attended the third-annual “Broadway Comes to West Sweden” production at Grace Lutheran Church. Why travel to New York to hear the songs that were and are so popular on Broadway when you can hear those same songs here in West Sweden by very talented singers, musicians and entertainers. Some of the performers you may know and others you may not want to know because of their antics! Many men, women and children all had a part in this wonderful production. Don’t miss their next performance at Siren United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 2. Carol Thompson Frederic P.S. I am certain Broadway will be calling them soon!

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• Letters to the editor • Candidate for judge responds

I have had a chance to read and think about Mr. Steffen’s letter to the editor published in last week’s Osceola Sun, The Leader and The Ledger. These are my thoughts. Steffen and I have been colleagues as attorneys in Polk County for the past four years and three months. Through these past years, we worked together in various capacities. Regardless of the outcome of this election we need to, and we will, work together in the future. Despite the fact my professional qualities and my qualifications to serve as circuit court judge were wrongly maligned, I will not have this election process degrade further. For these reasons, I accept Steffen’s apology. In so doing, I ask those reading this letter to please consider how and why this judicial election devolved to the point where Steffen publically apologized for misrepresenting my experience, my career and my practice. Please think about the judicial candidate behind the political advertisement. For my own part, my career and my experience has been built around integrity, fair play and professional decorum. I have not compromised these values, which I believe are qualities, for the sake of an election. I offer these qualities as judge, and I have nothing further to say on this topic. Jeff Anderson Candidate for Circuit Court judge Dresser

Ask those in the know

For the past 4-1/2 years, as the Polk County district attorney, I have done my best to create an environment of cooperation and collaboration between my office, law enforcement, the two judicial branches, and all of the rest of the departments in Polk County. It hasn’t been easy, and it has not always been that way. It’s taken a lot of work to reach the point where it is today and it is through innovative thinking and a willingness to change amongst all groups that has made it possible. I want to continue that type of work as the next judge in Polk County. If you compare the relevant qualifications of the two candidates, I believe that the choice is clear. I have represented clients in all areas of law, from family (divorce and custody), personal injury, criminal defense, probate and other civil disputes. I’ve had real clients (not appointed) that I have represented in final hearings in divorce and custody matters. I’ve advocated for their rights and I know the law. I have jury trial experience in both the civil and criminal courts. I don’t have to search the record to find evidence of my trial experience. It’s been a consistent part of my law practice for 13 years. In terms of my experience within Polk County, as our district attorney, I successfully lobbied the Wisconsin Legislature and governor for an additional assistant district attorney position for Polk County. Having another prosecutor has helped me to increase the efficiency and speed of the District Attorney’s office. I have collaborated with local law enforcement, judges, and community organizations to create and implement numerous programs within Polk County, including the Drug Court, Restorative Justice Program, the Sexual Assault Response Team (including the addition of a SANE nurse), the Criminal Justice Collaborating Council, and the OWI Reduction Committee which has implemented victim impact panels in Polk County. Programs like these help to build safer and stronger communities. Every committee that I’ve listed is in need of private attorneys to serve on them. Mr. Anderson has participated as a member in none of them. I have adopted a motto during this campaign that “if you want to know, ask those in the know.” Visit my Web site and view my endorsement list. I’m endorsed by department heads, law enforcement and private attorneys. That does not happen very often. I am endorsed by two current sitting judges. They have nothing to gain by endorsing me. Mr. Anderson has his supporters too, however, few if any of them see the both of us work in Polk


County. Those that have seen us work side by side endorse me. On behalf of my wife Heather, my children Delaney, Aiden and Cooper, I ask for your vote on April 5 as the next judge in Polk County. Dan Steffen Osceola

Workers rights are human rights

I was at the county board meeting that Ken Sample is referring to. It seems to me that it was a case of sour grapes that left Sample a sour taste in his mouth. It wasn’t until a vote was asked for to add a resolution to the agenda thanking the workers of Polk County and supporting the rights of all county workers, when he wasn’t allowed to hide behind a paper ballot to vote on this, and it was clear that in front of the county workers he and the rest of the board would have vote aloud just to put it on the agenda - well let’s just say he wanted to take his ball and go home. I don’t want you on my team anyway. No one said representing your district would be easy. You folks on the county board got your way anyway. First you tried to amend the simple resolution making it too complicated (party correct) for passage. Then you figured out how not to address it by tabling it. What a shameful way to say thank you to the employees that make Polk County work. Let me show how easy it is. Thanks, all of the workers, for all that you do. Thanks for the eight-hour workday, minimum wage, the weekends, child labor laws. Thank you for the freedom from discrimination due to disabilities, gender, religion, age and race. You see workers never had these rights, they had to fight for them. The workers of Polk County have never worked harder or been more productive than they are today. You sat across from the table from and talked to them as if you respected them and now you want to put them on the menu. Your lack of action on this speaks volumes on how you truly feel about the workers of Polk County. This was my first county board meeting, and I see why people hate politics. It’s understandable by the behavior that I witnessed at my first meeting. Everybody has an opinion on public workers. They’re not the enemy. They are our friends and neighbors, and they work hard for a living just like the rest of us. I’m proud to say publicly thank you. So Sample you want to cry foul, go ahead. Take your ball and go home, Polk County will survive. I found the actions of the county board shameful toward the workers of Polk County. Believe it or not, Polk County Board of Supervisors, workers rights are human rights. Mark Baker Frederic

Believe it or not

Some of you can remember, back in the 1930s and ‘40s, the Sunday paper’s comic pages had a half page of unusual happenings, items or otherwise hard-to-believe, yet interesting observations called “Believe it or Not” by Robert L. Ripley. Of course with a title like that he didn’t have to prove that any, or surely not all, of his articles had to be proven to be true. As a matter of fact, in the early 1940s, while gathering eggs in the hen house, I came across a very large egg that turned out to be an egg within an egg! I decided to write to Mr. Ripley to let him know what I had found. To my surprise, about three or four weeks later he had my name and what I had found in his article. No verification, just “Believe it or not.” Today we have a group of well-meaning intelligent people who claim that global warming is a fearsome fact and that mere man, by passing some laws, rules and regulations controlling greenhouse emissions, is going to cool things down. I’m not saying that some of the research that has taken place doesn’t indicate that our average worldwide temps have increased by a couple of degrees. I’m saying that if God in all his power and wisdom can’t remedy a situation that needs fixing,

then surely man, who hasn’t even proved (without a shadow of doubt) that manmade pollution is the cause of this perceived, pending calamity, perhaps should re-evaluate his ideas for solutions at least until cause and effect have been proven. You can’t fix something if it’s not broken! I think that this whole fiasco easily falls into the category of “Believe it or not.” Another group, just as intelligent but with a different view of things, completely rejects this modern-day rendition of Chicken Little’s, “The Sky is Falling” fable, and insist that our couple of degrees warmer climate is strictly a result of Mother Nature and her spouse Father Time’s way of doing things. This idea is a lot closer to qualifying as truth if we don’t forget that these two, (Mother Nature and Father Time) are also part of God’s creation and therefore subservient to his will. Now this we can believe. There may be other theories around, but will conclude with what the Bible teaches and how I see it! Since we know that God does not lie, and that he has proven by his act of creating the whole world and everything in it, that he is both all-wise and all-powerful. He constantly lets us know that he is in charge. We also know that we do not have the privilege of picking and choosing which part of the Bible we want to believe. It seems to me that the solution is simple! All we have to do is put our trust in him who has the power to remedy this supposed calamity. If it indeed needs fixing, then we can with confidence eliminate those two words, or not, and just say Believe it. Don Benson Taylors Falls, Minn.

Union mafi fia a go home

The mafia is not a new troublemaker group to force subservient goon squads into violence that they now call demonstrations. The teachers support this mafia goon squad and have to take full responsibility for their conduct. We just had a state election and have elected Gov. Walker to get us out of the enormous debt his predecessor left him. He had campaigned and had overwhelming support on this issue. Obviously he is going to have to make cuts across the board and public records now show education is most vulnerable because we have spent many times as much to educate each student as other civilized world countries and the U.S. has dropped to ninth place. Information now available to taxpayers shows them how your salary and benefit package compares to theirs. The release of this information made a lot of taxpayers hair stand on end when they see that a number of bus drivers in the Madison district make over $100,000 a year. When you consider that most teachers only work nine or 10 months of the year and get a couple weeks off for Christmas, it makes their ridiculous high benefit package even more alarming. I have a grandson and his wife that are both teachers which is an honorable, highly respected profession and probably know as much as most about education. One of my sisters-in-law had a master’s degree and taught second grade for many years but I question whether that made her a better second-grade teacher. Perhaps the majority of what they called the greatest generation went to a school with all eight grades in a one-room school with a one-year Polk County Normal graduate teacher. Since our teachers didn’t have four years of college we had to take a comprehensive, all-day examination administered by the Polk County superintendent of schools and his assistant at Milltown High School. We were all concerned because we would have to compete with students having four-years-college teachers when we started Frederic High School. Our concern was short-lived because it was immediately apparent that we were far better qualified than the Frederic grade school students with their pedigreed teachers that didn’t have to take this examination. I question the value of paying teachers additional money for having a master’s degree to teach any class in kindergarten through eighth grade except

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in isolated, rare cases. It would be beneficial to have master’s degree teacher in grades nine through 12 classes in which they achieved their master’s degree in key subjects such as high technology science, English, math and perhaps world history/geography courses. We consider ourselves to be the leader of the Free World but most Americans aren’t even literate in these crucial areas. Degrees don’t teach and like any other profession some have the ability to teach and some don’t. There should be merit pay for those that can perform and provisions to fire those that can’t. I have belonged to the Foundation Endowment, a privately funded organization for many years that tries to expose what the National Education Association is doing to our education system. I wrote several letters to the Leader on this subject over the last 15 years and would like to quote some information regarding the NEA from my Sept 16, 1998, letter. It gives some background information on the NEA as well as quotes from NEA officials. “With more than 2.2 million and annual revenue of $780 million, the NEA is embarked on the NEA as the nation’s most powerful labor union. Despite the pose of vanguard interest, the NEA is embarked on a national campaign to control school curricula, access to the teaching profession, and even the nation’s political agenda. They have a headquarters staff of 50, 52 state organizations, 12,000 local affiliates and 1583 salaried political organizers. Between 1960 and 1992, teacher’s unionization has increased from less than 19 to 80 percent. At the same times, students combined scholastic tests in math, science and reading fell more than 70 points. In 37 states teachers must accept a teachers union as their labor representative. It’s high time for us to stop cramming these subject materials down all mouths.’ In 1970 the NEA could see the outlines of the coming political triumph. NEA President Catherine Barrett wrote in 1973; ‘Dramatic changes in the ways we will raise our children in the year 2000 are indicated, particularly in terms of schooling … We need to recognize that the so-called basic skills which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools will be taught in one-quarter of the school day .. “ Perhaps this gives us a better understanding of why our education system has failed and teachers unions are both more powerful and greedy. As President Roosevelt said, there is no place in a democracy for public employee unions. Sam Jones Siren

The best medicine

Laughter - medicine for mind, body and soul. If you’ve ever feld depressed or just needed an attitude adjustment, the Frederic High School Drama Club play “Surviving Reality” (by Daniel ODonnell) that just finished was for you, as it was for me and everyone else there. It was just what the doctor shuld order more often. Thank you, Thank you, production cast director Kathy Lexen, assitant director Amy Tinman, set designer Kyle Lexen, all the crew and the cast. Whether they were all seen or not, they were all great. Eunice Early Frederic

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Spring Election


April 5

Village president and three trustee seats to be determined Balsam Lake Board candidate profiles

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – There are two candidates for the village president position, as longtime board member and village President Guy Williams is challenged by Carl Holmgren. Village president Guy Williams (incumbent) - Williams is a semiretired grocery store owner and worker with over a quarter century of time as village president, and another six years as a trustee, many years ago. He is a married father of two and is passionate about his golf. He is running for the seat because he said he “remains interested in the welfare of the village,” and hopes to keep taxes down while promoting growth and hopefully bringing new industry and businesses to town. “The village has been in the black for several years,” he said. “I’d like to keep it that way.” He mentioned the need to address issues with the state budgets and how it will affect the village in the near future, and hopes to keep the village tax rates as affordable as possible. He thinks some of the major issues facing the village are pretty straightforward, including infrastructure maintenance and attention, especially to sewer lines, which he said many need to be relined due to age. He also said the focus on street repair projects must continue and hopes to also have positive results of the recent DNR waterquality issue that may have a huge hit on the village. “In a worst-case scenario, we could be hit with $3 million in costs for water treatment, at $1 million for each well,” he said. “But we won’t know the true costs until we spend $15,000 on a study.” He said pending legislation in Madison may affect that action. “I’m looking forward to another two years on the board,” he said in closing. ••• Carl Holmgren - Holmgren is a U.S. Navy veteran with a bachelor of science degree from the University in Minnesota and a married father of six, who has owned property in Balsam Lake since 1992, and lived their since 2001. He is a retired information systems development project leader and consultant, with a variety of projects including construction, finance, inventory and payroll, police records, telecommunications and more. Holmgren said he is running because he was nominated and wants the village to be a “destination, instead of a dot on the map.” He said he has the experience, education and energy to do the job, “This is where I chose to live, play, dine and shop when I retired!” Holmgren said he wants Balsam Lake business owners to know they are welcomed and appreciated for their investment in the community providing jobs and creating opportunities, as well as the numerous seasonal residents, tourists and visitors to have a great experience. He also wants to see more of a marketing plan and vision for future growth and business expansion. He thinks some of the major issues facing the village are organizational and accepting responsibility for decisions made. He thinks the village can survive the economic issues with no personnel loss, if they continue to balance the budget and continue to restore and revital-

ize Main Street, in spite of the loss of nearly $15,000 in state aid from the governor’s budget, “We need to do something.” He thinks attention to health insurance costs and coverage are part of the answer, and that with no increase in Social Security benefits, “Many retired village of Balsam Lake residents rely on this income source and are affected with higher taxes. We need to be sensitive to this issue.”

Trustees Three trustee seats are up for grabs, with four candidates. Current Trustee David Knutson is not seeking a return. Incumbents Mike Voltz and Geno D’Agostino are running again, with challenges from Josh Hallberg and Duane Gurtner. The top three vote-getters will be seated as trustees.

Michael Voltz (incumbent) – Voltz has served three terms on the village board already and has served on numerous other boards, as well, including on the governing boards of various agencies, back when he was a dairy farmer. He is currently the Polk County Recycling Center foreman. He is married and has lived in Balsam Lake for a decade, but has been a lifelong Polk County resident. Voltz is running because “somebody has to do it!” And admits that he first got on the board due to a disagreement with a trustee, whom he ended up serving with and seated next to, as they both won. “I got an education real fast!” he said, noting that he believes it is “a very important position,” and that he has the experience and ability to serve, and that he can “get along with and serve with just about anybody.” He has served on virtually every village committee over the years, from parks to sewer and water to streets and labor, and has most recently been heavily involved with the latest law enforcement disbanding and restructure. He thinks the village is facing several pressing issues, including the continued restructure and rehiring of the police department, which he said is “just a couple of steps away from being back on track ... make sure we do it right this time.” Voltz thinks the issue of shared revenue coming back to the village from the state is very important and said while the village is “pretty minimal” on money they spend, he sees continued issues with reduced reimbursements, due to reduced land values in the village. He also sees industrial park vacancies as a “major issue,” and is hoping that can be turned around. “I kind of rattled a few cages about that a few years ago to try to get some industry into this area,” he said. “I think it’s important for us to get some occupants in there.” ••• Eugene D’Agostino (incumbent) D’Agostino has served two trustee terms so far and is seeking a third. He has a degree in political science from the College of St. Thomas and originally planned on being a lawyer, but eventually moved into the family-based food service industry, where he has now been for many years, quite successfully. He owns Angler’s Inn in Balsam Lake and is running for the board again to “utilize his degree.” He thinks there several pending issues with the village, including the law enforcement restructure, which he has been at the forefront of as a committee member and chair and was admittedly part of the decision to disband the department after threats of legal action surfaced from their two officers, “who just couldn’t get along.” D’Agostino thinks the issue still needs to be addressed and is confident they can

Incumbents only for Luck or Unity school boards

BALSAM LAKE, LUCK — Incumbents seeking re-election to Luck and Unity school boards are running unopposed again this year. Jacob Jensen’s seat at Luck, as well as

those of Deb Peterson and Joe Tilton at Unity, are up for election. All three are unchallenged for their positions on the board. — Mary Stirrat

have it back up and running the way they want it. “We really had no alternative but to let them go and start again,” he said. He thinks some of the big issues facing the village are finding occupants for industrial park vacancies, which he said would help with economic issues, as well as a way to “get people to spend some more money in town.” He also believes the village should continue to try and maintain and upkeep what they already have, citing recent infrastructure projects, such as water tower and water treatment projects, as well as street and road upgrades. He would really like to see a sidewalk added from the corner on Main Street/Hwy. 46 west to the four-way corner by the government center, as he often sees people walking in the street. “I’d love to see a sidewalk there,” he said. “I think that’s a real safety issue.” D’Agostino also said he is concerned about the pending DNR water-quality rules issue as pressing to the village, and he does not think the village water quality is bad, and he said they certainly can’t afford the possible estimate of a $3 million upgrade to meet the new rules. “That’s a hit we can’t take,” he said, noting that pending legislation may knock the standards down slightly, “but even $1 million is a huge hit we can’t take.“ He also thinks there are “more pressing needs” than for the village to pay any of the suggested bridge replacement on CTH I, allowing expanded boat access into the millpond. He said he’s “not against the bridge, only against the village paying for it.” D’Agostino likes to think of himself as someone who represents the less affluent residents, who he said often feel like victims of policy. He said he is proud of that stance and decisions he has made in the past as a trustee. “We’re all human and try to do the best we can,” he stated. “But I think someone should represent the average Joe, and that’s me.” ••• Josh Hallberg - Hallberg has a double major in business administration with a concentration in marketing and transportation and logistics management from UW Superior. He currently works as a logistics manager for a Twin Cities firm, but has worked for several organizations in various roles. “I feel strongly about my ability to bring the following experience back to our village: budget/fiscal responsibility, project management, process improvement, understanding return on investment, root cause analysis/thinking, managing capital purchases, etc.,” he stated. “What I have learned over and over in my professional experience is deal with the hand you are dealt and become accustomed to doing more with less, meaning don’t let uncontrollable pressures deter your ability to continue to accomplish great things.” Hallberg said has no political or personal agenda and wants to “truly represent the residents and workers of the village,” but also said he wants to be part of the rejuve-

nation and restoration of the village as a place to do business, that also recognizes its rich history of recreation, vacationing and wants to capitalize on that tradition, “which is great for this community and businesses,” he said. “I want to be a representative to the people of Balsam Lake and to ensure we listen to concerns, ideas and other suggestions to take the proactive approach of continuing to move the village in the right direction,” he stated. “I am proud to come from a family with a long history to Balsam Lake, and I hear stories over and over about what a booming small-town Balsam Lake once was.” He said he is impressed with some of the recent Main Street expansions and would also like to continue to encourage development and occupation in the industrial park. “Economic development is the number one issue facing the village and should be at the very top of our priority list,” he said. “We currently have TIF obligations for our industrial park that costs the taxpayers $90,000 per year. Attracting more business is not easy, but with the energy and synergies the chamber of commerce has created with the village, I truly believe we can work together to build an effective plan and market our industrial park to more successful businesses.” “Business is what drives everything, and we owe it to this community as a village board member to do everything in our power to position ourselves for future growth,” he added. Hallberg said the state budget changes will allow the village “... to work more directly with our village workers and ensure they continue to be treated with respect and competitive pay/benefits that they deserve.” He also thinks the village “will see a direct impact to general municipal aid and to the transportation fund, which represents two of 33 line items identified as revenue in the 2011 village budget and would represent a 1.93-percent reduction,” he said. “We will continue to maintain a balanced budget, and this bill should not be looked at and approached as a risk.” Hallberg said the village board “can never be overtransparent with our residents,” and suggested using social networking sites and other outlets ...”(to let) all residents of the village know where our taxpayer funds and other revenues are being utilized to ensure accountability.” He thinks they “have a great Web site with a wealth of information available ... but I feel we can never stop improving in this area.” Hallberg said that with his education and private sector experience, he would be “a strong asset to this village.” ••• Duane Gurtner - Gurtner was one of three individuals to serve on a recent village police review board. However, no contact information was available and numerous attempts to contact him for background and his vision of the village were not successful.

Town of Laketown debate

One of the most heated local elections will come to a head next Tuesday, April 5, in the town of Laketown in Polk County, where the long-running Iver’s Mountain gravel pit debate continues to divide residents. There was a public forum on Tuesday, March 22, at the Cushing Community Center for the candidates to discuss the issues and make their cases. Pictured (L to R): Incumbent Chair Dan King, chair challenger Ted Zindars, incumbent Supervisor Monte Tretsven (standing), Matt Larson, Stan Engstrand and incumbent Supervisor Bruce Paulsen. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Spring Election

April 5


Four file for Webster School Board

by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - Four people have filed nominating petitions for two seats on the Webster School Board that are up for election Tuesday, April 5, as the terms of Terry Larsen and Sheldon Olesen expire this year. Larsen will seek re-election, but Olesen has chosen not to run again. In addition to Larsen, Bob R. Carlson, Mathew Pawlak and Jim Kopecky are on the ballot. Interviews of all four candidates appear below.

Terry Larsen I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a business degree and have lived in the Webster School District for the past 37 years. The Webster school system has been a big part of my life, as my wife, Brenda, taught Spanish in Webster for 20 years, and my children and grandchildren attend or have graduated from Webster. I stay knowledgeable from several different perspectives. Personally, I own Larsen Auto Centers and have served on the Webster School Board for the past three years. Serving on several committees for three years, I have learned a lot about the Webster School District. I believe I have helped guide and create policies that have helped the district be in a better position financially and educationally compared to surrounding districts. This has all been accomplished with the cooperation of fellow school board members, administration and a great teaching and support staff. With the new laws being passed in Wisconsin, the guidelines on running the school district may change drastically. The school board may be asked to provide more guidance in the future both financially and administratively. The decisions and policies that are made in the coming months could be the road map for many years to come, and they must be given much attention as to detail, fairness and a lot of common sense. No matter how one feels about these changes, as a community in tough economic times, we must come together, compromise and do what is best for the education of our kids. In turn, our school district needs to cut costs and be run



smoothly and efficiently so we can provide as many opportunities for our kids as possible. Being a parent, taxpayer and businessman working with budgets, employees and customers, I feel that with your help I can help make the decisions for the future that will get our kids the best education for the monies we have to work with.

Bob Carlson I was born and raised in the Webster area growing up in Dairyland on a dairy farm owned and operated by my parents. I attended Webster schools until my graduation in 1974. I have worked in this area as a carpet tech since graduation and now own and operate Northwest Interiors along with my wife, Kelly. Our students education is changing all of the time, and we need to make sure when they leave Webster they are in a place that helps them be competitive in this everchanging world. As a Webster graduate and a local business owner, I have a deep appreciation of what this district can offer. I also understand how there are fiscal responsibilities, and that every taxpayer wants to know that his or her money is spent wisely. I believe we have a wonderful group of teachers and support staff, such as aides, bus driver, janitors and cooks, that make our district second to none. I believe our school board and administrators have done a great job in leading our district. To have a chance to be a part of this educational community would be an honor.

Three incumbents, one write-in vie for Siren Village Board

SIREN - Three trustee seats are open in the Tuesday, April 5, election for Siren Village Board along with the position of Siren Village president. Janet Hunter, a longtime village board member, is running unopposed for re-election to the village president position. Board members Dave Alden and Tom Anderson are running for re-election to their board seats. Josh Henry chose not to run for re-election. His position is being sought by registered write-in candidate Peggy Moore. Moore grew up and attended school in the Siren area as a member of the Imme family. After high school graduation, she joined the Army, serving almost 15 years in the U.S. and overseas. After leaving the military, she lived in Minnesota for seven years before returning to Siren. Moore purchased a home in the village in April 2006 and joined the staff of Fishbowl Insurance Agency in July of that year. She has been active in the community as commander of Burnett County VFW Post 1256, member of the LundBrown American Legion Post 132, the Siren Community Association Providing School Support and the Wall of Honor committee at the school. She also volun-

teers for the Ruby’s Pantry monthly food distribution in Siren. Moore would like to serve on the Siren Village Board because she is interested in finding ways to keep village property taxes from rising while maintaining community services. - Nancy Jappe

SIREN - Jeff Howe and Jake Mangelsen are running unopposed for re-election to their seats on the Siren School Board.

Only two seats need to be filled, with no other board positions coming up for rotation at this time. - Nancy Jappe



It isn’t that I would like to change things, but rather to make sure we are staying on the cutting edge for programming, facilities, getting the most out of our money and helping continue the great reputation our school has for making the most out of what we have to offer. In closing, not only did I graduate from Webster High School, we have three children Chad, Shannon and Aaron, that also graduated from Webster. We continue to live in the Webster area and are blessed to be able to enjoy our two granddaughters, Maddie and Reese. Mathew Pawlak I was born and raised in Chicago. I graduated from high school and moved to Wisconsin to receive my bachelor’s degree at UW-Stevens Point. I started out in art education but switched to graphic design. I also have a minor in art history. I moved around for a few years, but in 1997 I got married and settled down in Danbury. I have made Webster/Danbury my home and love the area. I currently work from home for Duluth-Superior Magazine as art director/production manager. I have always had a love for education, and I want to make sure the students are getting the best education possible in the area. I have a daughter currently enrolled at the Webster High School. I get from her friends, classmates and herself what is happening on the student side, and as a parent, I have a parent‘s point of view as well.

This district has a lot going for it. We have a strong administration and a great group of educators. The district offers a lot of programs for the children to participate in for being a small community. In these days of a weak economy and government seeking change in our schools, I want to make sure we can improve current programs while finding new ways to keep them going as well as implement new ideas. My career and my love of technology has given me some of the tools to help this district gain strength and continue to pursue new ideas. I want to see everyone in the district, students, parents, faculty/staff and taxpayers, get a fair and unbiased opportunity. I truly believe I can be the voice of the people when it comes to how our schools should and can operate. I am willing to hear all statements and opinions to make educated decisions. In these days of uncertainty with the state government changing directions, I am eager and ready to tackle any and all issues that come our way to improve upon this district.

Jim Kopecky I am running for the school board because I believe I can help our schools change while maintaining the best features in them. Change is inevitable as a result of many different factors: reduced funding from both state and federal sources, reduced student population, increased technology needs, and constantly changing student and community needs. My experience as a teacher, currently at Siren High School for 18 years, and many other jobs from manufacturing to trucking to police services, is a benefit for our public school that is trying to prepare all of our students for so many different needs. I hope to help Webster Schools become even more shining and pragmatic examples of schools that give students the tools they want and need so that they can gain careers in what they and we want and need. I’ve lived at my residence for over 20 years. My four daughters have graduated or will graduate soon from Webster, and I want this community to be as good as it has been, now and in the future.

NOTICE OF FREDERIC SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION APRIL 5, 2011 Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Frederic School District that on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, an election for one school board member will be held. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk March 23, 2011

MUNICIPAL POLLING PLACE Village of Frederic............................................................Frederic Village Hall, 107 Hope Road West Town of Bone Lake................................................................................Bone Lake Lutheran Church Town of Clam Falls............................................................................................Clam Falls Town Hall Town of Daniels......................................................................................................Daniels Town Hall Town of Laketown.....................................................Cushing Community Center (Cushing School) Town of Lorain...............................................................................Lorain Town Hall, 252 345th Ave. Town of Luck..............................................................Luck Town Hall, (next to Luck Medical Clinic) Town of McKinley................................................................................................McKinley Town Hall Town of Trade Lake..........................................................................................Trade Lake Town Hall Town of West Sweden.................................................................................West Sweden Town Hall The polls of each of the above polling places will be open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Peggy Moore, registered write-in candidate for Siren Village Board. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Incumbents run unopposed for Siren School Board positions

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Spring Election

April 5


Write-in challenge for president at Luck

Three seek three trustee seats

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — The position of Luck Village president and three seats on the Luck Village Board are up for election next Tuesday, April 5. Running for president are current Trustee Peter Demydowich, who was nominated at the January caucus, and Michael Naessen, who filed as a write-in candidate at the end of February. The seats of trustees Robert Determan and John Wilcoxon are up for election, and both incumbents are running unopposed to serve another term. Kristine King is the lone candidate for the third trustee seat, currently held by Demydowich.

Peter Demydowich Peter Demydowich is just completing his first two-year term as a village trustee. He decided to seek the nomination for president, said Demydowich, because current President Steve Nielsen decided not to seek another term, and the two have similar goals. “The most pressing thing for our village,” he said, “is the future.” This future Demydowich includes growth through commerce and tourism, while maintaining and advancing the services already provided, such as parks, roads, police protection, the golf course and library. In addition, said Demydowich, the future of the village must provide for the maintenance and growth of businesses and commerce in order to protect and provide jobs. He sees this being made possible, in part, by working more closely with the Polk County Economic Development Corporation and Northwest Regional Planning Commission. Already these two agencies have benefited the village, according to Demydowich, via avenues such as the façade loan that has allowed downtown businesses to improve and upgrade their buildings. He believes that working closely with these groups will provide insight on how to draw business into the community in a positive way. A key issue, Demydowich said, is going to be maintaining the character and services the village already has while focusing on growth and tourism. “You have to have something to make people come,” he said, referring to attracting visitors. As businesses improve, more people are likely to come to the village, creating more business and more jobs. Demydowich is currently the chair of the public services committee, chair of the water and sewer commission, and serves on the fire commission, the planning commission and the police committee. “I have been able to be involved in a lot of different aspects of the village,” he noted. As chair of the public services committee, Demydowich is especially happy with having saved $20,000 through permanent cuts in the public works department and increasing the budget for road projects and maintenance without raising taxes. Regarding the roads in the village, Demydowich said that a lot of “catch-up” has been and is needed, which is being done without raising taxes. Also on Demydowich’s watch a written snow removal and rotation schedule has been developed for snowplowing, so resident can know what they can expect when it snows. A newer grader has been purchased for snow removal without having to borrow any money, thanks to planning for the mechanical outlay fund, and the piping and valves that are part of the water system have been mapped by GPS to make it easier to locate problems. As chair of the water and sewer commission, Demydowich helped gain approval of

the village’s very first balanced water and sewer budget in the history of Luck. “The thing I am most proud of,” he said, “is that we approved the first balanced water and sewer budget for the village. It took 105 years to get a water and sewer budget for the village. For the first time, we are actually making money instead of being in the red.” Moving into the black, he added, has been possible even though Luck still has one of the lowest water and sewer rates in the area. As a member of the fire commission, Demydowich helped lower the village contribution to fire service, and as a new member of the planning commission, he assisted in updating the sign ordinance. Through the joint efforts of police commission members, he said, he was glad to have supported the wage increase for village officers to bring them in line with other communities. During his term as a village trustee, Demydowich created and helped pass an ordinance limiting the power of the village president within state statutes, to ensure that all board members are heard equally. He worked through two budget cycles, with no tax increase either year and a level mill rate, and has encouraged the building of a Habitat for Humanity home in Luck. Twice, said Demydowich, he has engaged the Amery Regional Medical Center to consider an urgent care facility in Luck, and worked with both ARMC and United Pioneer Home to provide millions of dollars in bonding at no liability to the village. Finally, Demydowich said, he has completed more than 20 hours of classes offered through the League of Municipalities, Bakke Norman and WITC to help him better understand the workings of local government. The focus of these classes has ranged from public works to general village management, from running meetings to planning and zoning. Michael Naessen Mike Naessen, a relative newcomer to Luck, admits to no experience on a village board but a strong desire to see Luck move into the future. Naessen said that several people talked to him about running as a write-in candidate and, since he is retired and has time to put into the position, he agreed to do so. He believes that if someone is going to talk about how things should be, they should be willing to do something about it. Naessen One of the primary reasons he decided to run for the position of president is to pursue ways that the village can bring in more business and support existing businesses, bringing in revenue other than tax dollars. The number of empty buildings on Main Street is a concern, he feels, and would like to see if something can be done to fill them. “I don’t want to jump out and say that I’ll do this or that,” Naessen said. Rather, he understands that it will take some time to learn how the village and its government work, and what options are available to bring more nontax dollars into the community. In particular, he is interested in finding out if more grant options exist for the village. Naessen recently retired from 3M in Cumberland, after 33 years working in a number of different areas, including as a floor worker, team coordinator, line mechanic, and in shipping and receiving. A great deal of his experience has been with mechanical issues. One of the strengths Naessen feels he has is his ability to use caution, not jumping into something without studying all sides. “You don’t want to stick your neck out on something that won’t be beneficial to the village,” he said, adding that the village cannot afford to expend time and money in a wasteful manner. Naessen also said he believes he is able

to work with people. A 12-year veteran as a sergeant in the Air Force and National Guard, he learned to take charge and make things happen, but understands the value of working as a team. If elected, said Naessen, his first task will be to learn how things operate, what is happening and what resources are available. After that, he said, Luck has good people willing to get involved, and he just hopes to be able to make the community a little bit better. Trustee positions Running unopposed for three trustee positions are incumbents Robert Determan and John Wilcoxon and newcomer Kristine King.

Robert Determan Robert Determan was appointed to the board about a year ago to finish the term of Jen Nelson, a board trustee who resigned late last winter. He is seeking another term, said Determan, because he thinks there is much to be done, particularly regarding finances. “We need to tighten our belts, prioritize and live within our means,” he said. The village will be receiving fewer state dollars, Determan he said, as well as fewer property tax dollars due to the empty homes in Luck, so good budgeting will be more important than ever. Determan has previous experience serving on a village board in his former Iowa community, on a school board, hospital board and economic development boards. “I figure I have some experience that could be utilized,” he said. “I don’t have all the answers, but I have a lot of common sense. I look at things before I make a decision.” Among the main issues facing the village at this time, besides the budget, are infrastructure and the golf course, Determan said. Having looked at profit and loss at the golf course over the past eight to 10 years, he said, he has found that the course continually needed tax dollars to break even. “I know some people are really upset when we talk about leasing the golf course,” Determan acknowledged. However, he said, the village is not looking at selling it, and is just attempting to find out if there is a way to maintain its quality without being fiscally responsible for it. The goal is to keep the course as beautiful as it is now, with someone else running it and the village breaking even. “All we’re looking for is a breakeven,” he said. Along with the golf course, Determan noted, the village and surrounding area have great assets in its parks, lakes, the Gandy Dancer Trail and its proximity to the Twin Cities. “How do we make our community a more attractive place to live?” is one question he looks to help answer. Developing more “cottage industries” and promoting the recreational and retirement opportunities in the area, creating a place that people will not only want to visit but come back to, is part of the answer, he believes. High gas prices are preventing some people from traveling extensively, and Determan said that Luck can be promoted as a great place to bring the family and make good memories. Besides the natural environment, Determan sees Luck’s healthy business climate, its cleanliness and its friendly people as assets. Another hot topic last year, Determan noted, was the attempt to acquire land on CTH N for use as a business park. He said that helping existing businesses and attracting new businesses is part of the job of a trustee, but he said he preferred the idea of a variety of small businesses to that of an industrial park. There is a friendliness in Luck, he said, as well as many other positives, and he

would like to see those things developed rather than a business park. Determan has a varied background, which includes 20 years with Blue Bunny, a four-year stint with former U.S. Congressman Fred Grandy (Gopher) of “Love Boat” fame, 30 months in the service and 20 years as an EMT. His parents and grandparents both ran the local grocery store where Determan grew up, then Determan ran it himself 10 years before working for Grandy then moving along different career paths. He said he is glad to again be in a small community as manager of Wayne’s Foods Plus, the local grocery story. “I’m glad I can end my career this way, coming full circle,” Determan said. He and his wife of 37 years, Olga, have two grown children and six grandchildren. Determan’s final remarks were to encourage people to get out and vote. “Your wishes can’t be carried out if we don’t hear from you,” he said. He also said that anyone with questions or comments, agreements or disagreements with his work on the board, should feel free to contact him.

Kristine King Kristine King will be a newcomer to the board. She believes her experience growing up in another part of the country, as well as her role as a stay-at-home mom, will enable her to bring new perspectives to the village board. “I just would like to help make the town better,” she said. While admitting she has been guilty of complaining about various things in the village, she knew it would accomplish nothing. “There comes a time when you put up or shut up,” she said. King King said she is a good and patient listener who is able to hear both sides of a situation before coming up with the best outcome for both. Both the young and the elderly are of special interest to King, who said she would like to see the village a little more friendly to both ends of the spectrum. There are many homes available within the village, she noted, and she’d like to see them filled with young families. Part of her job on the board, she feels, will be to find out how to help make that happen. “I’m not walking in there claiming to know everything,” she said. “I really want to learn how government systems work. I want to learn and make things better.” One way to do that, she feels, might be to find a way to pair up local elderly people who don’t have family here with a Luck family or child, to create relationships and memories. Luck’s hometown feel is one of its advantages, King believes, and she feels the village can do more to promote it in a way that draws people. The weekly music in the park events at Triangle Park, she notes, is a great attraction, and she would like to expand that to possibly include movie nights or old-fashioned game days. Offering more events like that, said King, might keep people in town more rather than seeking entertainment elsewhere. Besides, she said, maybe some money can be raised through these events that would help fund some village projects. King said she realizes there is much she needs to learn, and she looks forward to that. She says she’s very comfortable asking questions and plans to make sure she knows what each vote is about before making a decision. Finances will be a big issue, particularly as the impact of the state budget becomes known. It is important to keep existing businesses here, while continuing to look for ways to bring in new jobs. “Luck is basically a good place to raise our kids,” she said. “I just want to help make it a little better. I’m lucky to be able to give back. Not everybody can do that.”

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King grew up in Texas and moved to this area after her senior year of high school. She and her husband, Paul, have two children, Gavin and Elise.

John Wilcoxon John Wilcoxon, a client executive for a company that sells software to help employers better manage their talent, was appointed to the board last spring. “I feel there is a lot of unfinished business that I’ve been a part of, and I want to continue,” he said when asked why he is seeking another term. “I think I’m providing value to the board, and I’d like to continue to do so.” Wilcoxon said he has been involved in exciting initiatives since joining the board. He chairs the golf course commis-


sion, helping to oversee what he sees as one of Luck’s biggest attractions. “It’s sort of a jewel we need to make sure we’re making use of,” he said. In this past year, Wilcoxon said, the commission has been putting more energy into promotion and events management in a way that takes golfers and members into consideration. He believes that improvements will continue this coming year. At this time, Wilcoxon noted the board has requested proposals from entities interested in managing the golf course on behalf of the village. This step, he said, is necessary in order to be good stewards of the resource. There is good leadership at the course and country club, and new promotion ideas to grow the golf course. “I’d like nothing more,” he said, “than for us to be successful and for this RFP idea to just fade away.” Wilcoxon has been involved on the redevelopment authority, which was originally established to help United Pioneer Home in its efforts to build a new facility.

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Responsibilities have grown, noted Wilcoxon, and a recent village planning process has put the RDA in the forefront of many of the outcomes. These outcomes include improving and expanding housing options in the village, and attracting and retaining business, tasks that will take time to accomplish. “We can only do so much,” he said. “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us to manage our budget. We’re going into a difficult time.” On the other hand, said Wilcoxon, “Luck has the best name on the books.” This in itself could help to bring in new businesses that would hopefully fill up the vacant buildings on Main Street. Wilcoxon commented on the idea of developing a new business or industrial park in the village, saying, “If it looks like it’s going to help the economy here, create some jobs, we’re probably going to be in favor of it. But we want to support the businesses on Main Street as well.” He noted that last year the board maintained the mill rate, a fact of which he is

proud, and that new state initiatives will make this even more difficult this year. The board, he said, will need to find out how to provide the services people need while working with a smaller budget. In an effort to keep the tax rate level, the board last year voted to charge the fire department for water used to fight fires outside the village. “We’re trying to look under every stone to make sure the village is being as responsible as it can be,” said Wilcoxon. “We’re trying to get every dollar on the balance sheet that we can, in a reasonable way.” One of the strengths Wilcoxon believes he brings to the board is his experience with large and complicated projects, which call for extensive prioritization and risk avoidance. The current board, he feels, is a good mix of personalities and experience. “We don’t always agree,” he said. “There are disagreement to be sure. But we always respect each other.”

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Village president, three trustee seats up for grabs

Milltown Board has challengers

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tired carpenter and has approximately a dozen years of previous board experience as a trustee, but has not served as village president prior. He is running for president more or less “because he was nominated,” and said he had “no real complaints” about how the current president is doing her job. “But maybe it’s time for a new person,” he said. “I’ve got nothing bad to say about (current village president) LuAnn (White). I just wonder if maybe it’s time for someone new. That’s all.” Sloper said he “sees nothing wrong” with the current village infrastructure or systems, and said he more or less simply wants to help decide “how and where the village spends its money.” He has been involved in numerous village ventures, community activities and events over the years and is a member of the Milltown Community Club. “I’ve always been community oriented and have always cared about Milltown,” he said. “I honestly think it’s a great place to live, and I want it to stay that way.” ••• Trustees Joe Castellano Castellano is a married father of two and works at a local telecommunication firm. He is no stranger to the board and has served a total of 18 years as a trustee. “And during that time I was on many of the different committees,” he added. He said he is running for the board position because it has always been something he enjoyed being a part of. “I’ve enjoyed serving on the board in the past, being involved with making the decision to run the village,” he said. “And I’d like to help keep our town safe and clean as it has been.” Castellano sees business issues and the effect of the state budget as major issues the village will face in the coming years. “Keeping our village running smoothly with less funds coming from the government,” he said. He also suggested the village continue to look into future locations for more industry, to help bring in more taxes. ••• Robert Jones Jones has lived in Milltown since 1985 and is a married father of two. He works at an implement dealership in Polk County and served a previous term as

trustee two years ago. He thinks that like any small town in the region, “the budget crunch is serious and needs to be addressed very seriously,” to keep services and quality village employees without overtaxing the residents and businesses. “We’ve got to find a way to keep our good crew and also a strong police force,” he said. “We’ve got to do it all without raising taxes ... and let’s face it, it’s going to take a lot of work.” He thinks the village needs to stay ahead on their infrastructure updates, repairs and maintenance, and thinks “the main key” is to keep homes and business occupied and full, so there is not an exodus out of town. “That’s something we were working on before, and I think it helped,” he said. “We’ve got to stay on top of things and need people who can do it in a positive manner.” ••• Erling Voss Voss has lived in Milltown all his life. He is a single, retired insurance agent and former airport worker, and said he “now has the time to devote to village issues.” While he has no village board experience, he has served on the Half Moon Lake Rehabilitation Board for several years and said he hoped he could “help out in whatever way possible for the board.” Voss thinks the major issue facing Milltown is rising expenses and how to keep the taxes in check. “You’ve got a lot of people with limited incomes ... you can only tax them so much.” He is happy to see the village industrial park almost full, and continually improving, but would also like to see generally more businesses in the village, as well as keeping the costs affordable to homeowners. “It’s always been a nice village,” he said. “I’d like to keep it that way.” ••• Jason McKenzie - (incumbent) McKenzie has served one term so far and currently works in Osceola for a lumber operation. He is not married and said he enjoys being on the board and working with his fellow trustees. He thinks he is well-qualified to run again and serve another term. “After two years on the board, I feel like

I’m just now getting my feet wet and can continue to work for the village,” he said. McKenzie thinks the biggest issues facing Milltown involve holding the budget down and to address what he called “tough times all over.” “We just need to do everything we can to get more people living here and continue to make Milltown a good place to live,” he said. He also said he would like to see the village ballpark receive some attention and upgrades, in spite of tough monetary times. “I’d really like to get something going there,” he said. “Otherwise, just keep plugging away at making the village better.” ••• Janet Otto Otto was raised locally and has lived in Milltown since 1978. She is a married mother of three kids and works as an educational assistant for the Unity School District. She has never served in elected office, but has run once before, losing a close race. She thinks “now is the time to run and become more involved,” and said she wanted to assist the village in difficult times. “I really want to do my part to help in the growth of our community,” she said. “I want to make this a great place to live, work and visit. I want people to enjoy coming here, and I want to be there for the citizens.” Otto said she sees unemployment and budget issues as the two most pressing problems for the village, and said they are issues that need to be addressed seriously and smartly. She said she is “very concerned about the effects of state budgetary issues on the village at all levels.” “We need to stay at the forefront and make sure we get people involved,” she said. “I just hope people know that they can share their opinions with me, and I will do my best to provide an honest and open answer to their concerns and problems. There’s a lot of very good people running for the board, which I am really pleased to see.”

knows which direction the city needs to go. “I want to help where I can help out,” she said. “It is important that we are responsible and smart about spending money. We have to be fiscally responsible and sound with the things that come up. I’d like to see more energy Korb pumped into the downtown and keep things going on Main Street.”

Lori Erickson Lori Erickson grew up in the Twin Cities area. She married a Frederic native, Harold Erickson and they have two children, Alexis, 17, and Andrew, 15. Erickson has lived in St. Croix Falls for 18 years and has

been employed by Falls Orthodontics in St. Croix Falls for 10 years. Erickson was appointed to the city council in April 2006, after Alderman Bill Kersch was reelected to the post, but declined to accept the position because he relocated to Alaska. Erickson served out one year Erickson on the city council and ran for a oneyear term. She was elected to the seat and when her time for re-election came up again in 2008, she decided to step down. While on the city council, she was a member of the library board and the cemetery board. She was also involved in the planning process of relocating the library to its new location on Main Street. Erickson said she was asked to run after Arnie Carlson announced he was stepping down. She said she has enjoyed working with Mayor Darrell Anderson, and feels he

written several books.” He describes himself as an educator, entrepreneur and author. He has conducted workshops in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. “I support the vision of Saint Croix Falls, our schools, teachers and library, fiscal conservatism and common sense solutions to maintain our high quality of life,” he said.” Korb said he was asked to run by people when it was announced Carlson would not seek another term. Korb was also instrumental in circulating a petition regarding the clear cutting of property on Hwy. 8 by the RiverBank. “I led a citizen petition and after that involvement, people had asked me to run. I’m not running to be against what RiverBank did persay, but I think we should invest in the future of St. Croix Falls by protecting its scenic beauty and character.” Korb said he has attended meetings for the past year and feels the city has “fine representatives.” “Now that Arnie Calrson is not running, I’m one of the candidates. I feel I have a wide background working with the public from children to seniors.”

by Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio STILLWATER, Minn. - Federal legislation has been introduced to allow a bridge project linking western Wisconsin and Minnesota to sidestep the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. For decades, attempts to replace a 1930sera wooden drawbridge between Houlton

and Stillwater, Minn., have been held up by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and legal challenges by the Sierra Club. Now, a bill is circulating for co-sponsorship that would give a waiver to the act and allow for new construction over the federally protected St. Croix River. U.S. Congressman Ron Kind is a co-sponsor of the bill and says the old bridge is a traffic nightmare and endangers

the safety of those who cross it. Kind sites the collapse of the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis as a reason to act now. He says, “I don’t want that same type of accident to occur on this old wooden lift bridge that exists over the St. Croix. The traffic volume now that goes over that bridge is astounding.” But even if the bill passes and the project is given an exemption from the Wild Rivers

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – There are several contested seats on the Milltown Village Board races, as former Trustee Les Sloper challenges current board President LuAnn White for the head spot at the board table, and five candidates seek three trustee vacancies, as well.

Village president LuAnn White (incumbent) White has been a fixture at the helm of the Milltown Board for 17 years, after serving a brief term as a trustee. She is married and grew up in the area, living in Milltown for all her life. She said she has “really enjoyed being village president over the years,” and admits she “sincerely thought about retiring this time around. But with everything going on, budget cuts, union issues and all, I felt I had to see it through.” She said the economy and state budget uncertainty means the village has plenty of hard issues to address and figure out in the best way possible for village residents and businesses. “It just wasn’t the time to walk away,” she said. White said the main problem with the village right now is unemployment, and how to keep and expand job growth throughout the village. “There’s so many people without jobs, and nobody really knows what to do about it,” she said. “We need to get Main Street going in full working order.” White said they are lucky to have the quality employees they have, and knows that many residents and workers “are quite concerned” about the status of funding, and other state effects on village budgets. She said the next few years are critical to the village in the long run. “I just hope that we’re able to stay stable and get through this as much as possible,” she said. “It’s such a great village and good crew, we just need to work through this together.” ••• Lester Sloper Sloper hails from Milltown, and has lived there most his life. He is a semire-

SCF Council has two seats; one contested

ST. CROIX FALLS – The city of St. Croix Falls election has two alderman seats on the ballot. One seat, held by incumbent Brian Blesi, is uncontested. Blesi is seeking another term on the council and is running without competition. The second vacant seat is left by Alderman Arnie Carlson, who declined to seek another term. Two persons are seeking that seat. Lori Erickson and Randy Korb will be on the ballot for that alderman district seat on the council. Erickson currently serves on the city plan commission, where she was appointed to serve in 2010. She is no stranger to the city council life after serving two years as an alderman. Korb is running for the seat as well, indicating he was asked by people in the community to run for the open council seat. The following are profiles of the two candidates:

Randy Korb Randy Korb is originally from Green Bay. He has three daughters and one grandson. He moved to St. Croix Falls in 2007. Since 1985, he has spent his time being self-employed giving presentations and workshops to teachers, libraries and schools. “Most people know me as The Frog Man,” he said. “I also develop products related to nature for families, and have

Stillwater bridge project may get stand alone federal consideration

Act, there is still the question of where the $300 million would come from to build it. Kind says the project may be included in a new transportation bill, which he says is two years overdue. The Sierra Club says it’s concerned over an exemption, but wouldn’t say if it would pursue further legal action.

City inches forward on business park


process and bidding. It would take another two to three months for construction. Heth said the city was looking at about five to six months overall for the project. “The future business park is identified in our city comprehensive plan and is listed as a need for industrial development in the city,” said Mayor Buchite. “Now we have some numbers. I would like to see us inch our way forward here and make some progress. I would like to look into financing options.” The HRA/EDA representative for Chisago County, Chris Eng, was asked to be at the meeting to hear the presentation by Heth on the business park. Buchite stated he wanted Eng to be up to speed on the project so he would not be surprised when the city came to him for support on financing options. “With the financing options, we will look at lobbying the Capitol, and be optimistic because we are looking at developing business and creating jobs,” Buchite added. The council approved a motion to authorize Buchite and Vice Mayor Ross Rivard to work with Eng on financing options and bring back information they have gathered to the city council. In other business, the council approved a grant application and submission for the local Trails Grant from the Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $100,000. The grant has a 50-percent match, and the city would use monies from the Federal Transportation Grant they received toward the city match if the Local Trails Grant were awarded. The grant application indicates the money would be used for the Valley View Trail, a 4,500-foot paved trail through the city that also connects to existing trails. The motion carried to approve the amount of $100,000 and submission of the grant with all council members in favor.

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – Forward progress with respect to the city’s plan for business development was the consensus of the Taylors Falls city council Monday, March 28. A feasibility report for the business park was given by city engineer Steve Heth with Bolton & Menk. Heth gave a brief background on the property and cost estimates with respect to developing the area. “Xcel Energy purchased approximately 32 acres of land for an electrical substation. The amount of land for the substation footprint is 13 acres. The city obtained the 19 acres south of the sanitary sewer treatment facility and adjacent to Co. Rd. 37,” Heth said. The business park concept plan includes eight lots for industrial development, but as Mayor Michael Buchite explained, just because there is a concept plan does not necessarily mean the business park will look like that, but it gives the city a starting point. Heth broke down the project in segments starting with discussion about the sanitary sewer. There is an 8-inch line located 550 feet east of the proposed business access road. Heth said it can serve the park, but it is buried too shallow, and there would need to be a lift station in the park as well to make the sewer work. He said there are three residences in that area that use the sewer line and the line is capable of handling the load of an industrial development. He stated it involves work, but can be done. The water segment, according to Heth is much easier to deal with. The line in the area for water was a 6-inch line that was replaced with a 12-inch line and it is relatively new. It is located on the north side of Co. Rd. 37, 10 feet south of the right-ofway line. The site and roadway were the next segments of discussion. Heth stated the roadway would be paved and will require

on-site ponding for rainfall capture with runoff discharge going to the ditches along Cty. Rd. 37, following to the west. The cost summary/estimates for these items is as follows: Sanitary sewer at $240,000, water at $67,000 and road and site at $212,000. This is a total of $519,000. Heth said the permits needed are from

the Minnesota Department of Health for the water main extension; the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the sanitary sewer extension; and Chisago County for the right-of-way and driveway permits. A public hearing would need to be held. The project would take about two to three months for a preliminary plat, plat, design

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Keith Lehne, local unit director for Northwest United Educators remained optimistic and hopeful Grantsburg teachers and the school board would still be able to reach an agreement to extend the teachers contracts for one year. “Our hope is still that the board, the teachers and the NUE can work out an extension. No one is giving up, at least on our side,” said Lehne. Lehne made the comments after the Monday, March 28, Grantsburg School Board meeting during which the board rejected the teachers memorandum of understanding to extend the current contract for one year, which was presented to the

board at their March 14 meeting. “The basic deal was the board considered what we proposed and then added a stipulation stating union dues would be optional,” Lehne explained. “What this means is the NUE would be responsible for union and nonunion employees. There’s no way the NUE could accept it.” “It would be as if someone paid for insurance and someone else didn’t, but the person who didn’t was still eligible for benefits if they got in an accident,” said Lehne. Lehne said if nothing is resolved by July 1 the board would then have the authority to rewrite, modify, or if they wanted to, keep the current contract as is. “We were hoping to get the contract extended for a year, as we all see how things

play out,” said Lehne, referring to Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, which includes cutting back public employee’s collective bargaining rights. “It would have also given our teachers some security.” Lehne said his personal goal and that of the Grantsburg staff is to keep Grantsburg schools a great place for children to get a great education and be a great place for people to work. “We want to do the best for our school, our community and our children. Many of the staff, including myself, have children in the Grantsburg school system,” commented Lehne. “I think we have made this a great school district for many years, and we want to continue to do so.” Lehne said there would be an informational meeting for staff Wednesday after-

noon March 30, to update them on the contract situation. Superintendent Burgin said she was not able to comment on contract negotiations at this time. But when asked where this leaves the district if no agreement is reached, Burgin responded saying, “After July 1 there will be no collective bargaining, and the school board’s next step will be creating employee handbooks and policies to replace the collective bargaining contract.” “Both the teachers and the school board have exhibited great diplomacy through the uncertainty at the state level, “ Burgin added. “I anticipate that to continue and that all of us will work hard to continue to make this the outstanding school district that it is.”

The board also approved the Insight School of Wisconsin open enrollment applications as presented by Insight Principal Billy Beesley. There were 1,326 applications approved and 66 denied. Superintendent Burgin was given approval by the board to have the ability to approve or deny the 78 remaining ISWI open enrollment applications as student

records become available.

ignation of kindergarten teacher Miriam Newby with thanks and regret. The board voted to appoint Chris Erickson to serve as the designee for the clerk, Cindy Jensen, who is running for re-election and to appoint Kerri Oachs and Karen Miller as the two reputable citizens to serve on the board of canvassers.

This is a concept plan for a proposed business park in Taylors Falls, located off Co. Rd. 37 in the city limits. The concept plan shows eight lots that would be available for industrial development in the city.

Grantsburg teachers still hoping for contract extension

Grantsburg School Board approves open enrollment applications 59 incoming students to 43 outgoing

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg School Board voted 7-0 to approve open enrollment applications for the district at the board’s Monday, March 28, meeting in accordance with the revised open enrollment policy reflecting the changes in Wisconsin Act 304. Wisconsin Act 304 (2009) provides that a nonresident school board may terminate a pupil’s open enrollment in the following semester or school year if the pupil is habitually truant and may deny an open enrollment application if the pupil was habitually truant (from the nonresident district to which the pupil applied) in the current or preceding school year. The board approved the district open enrollment applications as presented, 59 incoming students/43 outgoing students, denying the applications of two outgoing students.

In other board business Several students appeared before the board with their National History Day presentations. The students will be presenting at the regional competition on Thursday, March 31, in Eau Claire. The board approved the retirement res-

Time to get All Dressed Up

DRESSER - There’s a new place in town to get a prom dress, and it might not be where you would guess it is. Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser will host an event which is designed to help local young women get outfitted for prom this weekend. Dresses have been collected all winter to create a freewill dress shop. The organization is called All Dressed Up. They had a goal of gathering 100

dresses, and they now have 107 of them. This event is for any girl who feels she needs a little help getting a dress – no one will be turned away. Shoppers may take home a dress for free if they need to, or they can make a donation toward next year’s dress event. All Dressed Up will also accept any clean up-to-date dresses along with any jewelry, shoes or accessories, if anyone has them to donate. They will come and

pick them up. Call Cindy LaMirande at 715-755-2440 or e-mail; or they can be dropped off at Dalles Auto Sales on Hwy. 8. Peace Lutheran Church is at 2355 Clark Rd. The event will run Thursday, March 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — submitted

Siren School Board authorizes massive cuts in next year’s budget


by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN - “The school board authorized $761,968 in budget cuts last night,” Siren School District Administrator Scott Johnson said in his report of actions taken following closed-session board discussion Monday, March 28. “The actual cuts to personnel for the 2011-2012 school year total $437,968, while $324,000 in cuts will be in other areas of the budget. The personnel cuts have been distributed throughout the district, including administration, certified staff, support and maintenance,” he continued. The employees who will be affected by these decisions are to be notified this week of changes in assignment, reduction of hours or layoffs. According to Johnson, details of these changes will not be available to the public until each employee has been personally notified and a district meeting called to discuss the cuts with the staff. “The Siren Board of Education has made some very difficult decisions that balance the school budget while maintaining an excellent level of education and extracurricular programs for our students,” Johnson said, adding, “This was not an easy task, and I applaud our school board for taking great care to look at the best ways to spread these budget cuts in order to sustain the great programs we offer. Johnson predicts that the students and parents will barely notice any difference from one year to the next. “I am very relieved that we were able to make cuts of this magnitude and keep staff and programs in place. We will move forward in a very positive manner,” he commented.

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer POLK COUNTY –Last Wednesday, March 23, I rode in one of the Polk County plow trucks opening up the roads after the storm. It was an experience. There is a feeling of great power riding in a plow truck. That is the memory that stands out most from my ride. The truck moved at a steady 35 mph pealing off the compacted snow, moving forwards through blown drifts and icy patches. The weight of the truck is on the underneath 12-foot-wide plow blade which pushes the heavy snow to the right and into the side plow or wing. Looking in the large mirror, I watch the wing throw the snow/slush 20 feet off into the ditches. Randy Vollrath was on his fourth run of the day when he picked me up at the end of my unplowed driveway on Hwy. 35. He had started in the dark at 2 in the morning, with the snow still falling. The first runs, in the dark, were at 20 mph. His route is Hwy. 35 from highway 8 north to the county line and Hwy. 48 from Frederic west to the county line, a 68-mile round trip. Vollrath put in 16 hours on Wednesday and drove 312 miles. The drivers must know their routes. During the early passes when the roads are covered with snow, road edges are not visible. On a curving road like Hwy. 48 out of Frederic, the driver must rely on memory. With a storm like this, it takes steady repetitive runs to clear the road of compacted snow. A truck this heavy can not peal away all the snow in one pass, even with dropping salt to soften the route. And while the snow had (mostly) stopped falling by late morning, the wind blew drifts across the road, building fresh hard ridges here and slick glazed patches there. The truck moved on through it all. (The term “plowing on with the task” fits.) The county plow trucks are modern pieces of equipment. The driver can control and measure the amount of salt being dropped. He knows temperatures and can communicate conditions back to the office. A new plow truck costs almost $200,000. My second memory is of watching following traffic in the mirrors and wondering what the cars would do. We were sitting high off the ground (the floor of the cab is five feet up), and there was a good view when the snow cleared. Cars came into view and often slowed down to follow the plow. Some would get very close and disappear from view. If you can’t see the mirrors on the plow, the plow driver can’t see you. Stay back. I wondered if someone would try to pass and spin out on the slip-

Siren High School head football coach William Hoefler (right) and assistant coach Ron Dorn were at the Monday, March 28, school board meeting to talk about having an eight-man football team starting in 2012. The board approved the idea, commenting that since the period approved is only for two years, changes could be made if the program doesn’t work out. - Photo by Nancy Jappe

In his remarks during the regular school board meeting preceding the closed session, Johnson referred to the “history in the making” situation in Madison right now in regard to public education. “We are in a holding pattern, watching the battle take place in Madison. This is a time like no other in Madison as it relates to public education,” he said. Johnson referred to the confusion over whether or not Gov. Walker’s Budget Re-

pair Bill is now law, carrying with it mandatory cuts in the per-pupil revenue, equalized aid and grants that will be available to school districts in the state. He mentioned that the restraining order that stopped publication of the budget was ignored as the Legislative Reference Bureau opted to publish the budget anyway. There are now two sides to the story - one side says that the budget is now law because it has been published; the other side says it is not law. The issue has been passed on to the state Supreme Court and from there to the state Court of Appeals. “It is very confusing,” Johnson went on to say. “We need to get the show on the road for budgeting, staffing and ordering for next year. We will have to budget anyway and let things fall where they may. We don’t know where it will all end up.”

Board approves eight-man football starting in 2012 Head football coach William Hoefler and assistant coach Ron Dorn came to the board meeting to talk about the possibility of having an eight-man football team for a two-year period starting in fall 2012. Hoefler, describing himself as a traditional 11man team advocate, explained that at least six area teams have committed to having eight-man teams. “I don’t know what to do. I need a commitment to build that part of the program up,” Hoefler said. “All in all, it comes down, not to do what the coaching staff wants, but what is going to make this school more competitive.” After a brief discussion, board member Dave McGrane made the motion to go with an eight-man team starting in 2012.

A plow ride after the storm

A view from the cab. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

pery road.

Don’t pass a plow! When the roads are bad and there is a plow in front of you, don’t pass it. It can be a losing move. The plow trucks move at a steady speed clearing the snow. They throw that snow off to the right in a heavy spray of slush/snow. If you pass on the left, you go from a cleared surface to an uncleared surface and must regain your traction on a slippery road with a heavy truck just behind you. The drivers tell of watching cars fishtail in front of them before going in the ditch. Passing on the right can be more interesting. The plows have a 6-foot wing extending out from their right side. With blowing snow, that wing might not be visible until it is too late. Hit the wing and you might fly off into the ditch. Miss the wing and your car could be covered with slush thrown from the wing. Hitting a plow is a bad move for a car. The plow trucks are heavy. Plow drivers tell of cars hitting them and bouncing off while the impact does not jolt the plow. Stay far back. The plows need to make sudden moves. They can stop or slow faster than you can. Hitting the rear of a plow truck is not a smart move. On multilane stretches and hills with two lanes, the plows clear from the center first and throw snow into the right lanes. The right lane will probably be in worse shape than the lane behind the plow. Clearing multilane stretches on Hwy. 8 are a special job. Three plow trucks work as a team, moving the snow in relay from the center to the right shoulder. When the crews do a stretch of multi lane road, there

Randy Vollrath has been a plow driver for 15 years. He put in a 16 hour shift during the storm.

are warning trucks ahead and behind the three plows to alert drivers to the danger. Stay back.

Hwy. 8 is bad for now, relief coming Drivers may have noticed that Hwy. 8 from the top of the hill west to Hwy. 35 north is a bad stretch. The surface is broken and somewhat patched. Big pieces of concrete sometimes lie on the road. The entire stretch will be replaced this summer. Until then, drivers need to be cautious. The state has given the county highway department a special $50,000 to try and keep the stretch safe until the road project starts this spring (spring may come). That money covers the daily patrolling of the road, including Saturdays and Sundays. Chunks of concrete are removed and the worst holes patched. But that money must last until the roadwork starts. That leaves some bad spots, especially the strips between the lanes. For now, slow and easy might be the way to save your car. The storm/roads in numbers Winter returned suddenly last week. A foot of snow fell on the county Tuesday night, March 22, and early Wednesday morning. This was heavy snow that stuck to the roads and drifted. It was back to work for the Polk County Highway Department and all the local highway crews. The Polk County road system includes 331 centerline miles of county roads (689 lane miles) and 189 centerline miles of state roads (401 lane miles). This is the story of clearing the state and county roads in Polk County. Tuesday. The road’s starting to ice over. Trucks out all day fighting the ice. Up to 16 trucks on the roads during the day. Tuesday night. The snow moves in. Four trucks out all night patrolling. Wednesday morning. All drivers called

Rest of board actions During the meeting, the board: 1) Gave the OK for summer school this summer, at no extra burden to the taxpayers because of the additional full-time-equivalent staffing that can be added, because of it, to the September school count. 2) Approved open enrollment for next year, which could add three students to the school count. 3) Approved the school calendar for 2011-2012. 4) Authorized carpet cleaning for the next three years by Armstrong Carpet Cleaning, Siren, for a bid of $3,250. Four bids were submitted for consideration. 5) Approved a bid from Performance Alarm for installation of a building-security system for four school entrances, including a locking buzzer system, intercom and cameras, at an estimated price of $5,709.93. 6) Approved the second reading of an enrollment policy applying to kindergarten and first grade. 7) Gave board president Jeff Howe permission to sign 12 youth-option applications (total of 51 credits) after a legal opinion has been received as to the governor’s Budget Repair Bill. 8) Approved cooperative agreements for WIAA softball, baseball and boys hockey. In open session following closed-session discussion, the board took action in selecting a candidate for this year’s Wall of Honor. The name of the honoree will not be released until graduation in May. The board also approved the hiring of Heather O’Brien as high school assistant track coach for this spring.

out at 2 a.m. 20 plow trucks and four graders hit the roads in the dark. The drivers work a 16-hour shift. The trucks are off the roads by 6 p.m. Thursday. Drifting and ice over night. Trucks out again at 3 a.m. By 6 a.m., 17 trucks and four graders back on the roads to clear drifts and ice. Cleanup continues. Along with the storm, there were six trees down over the roads that needed to be removed. The drivers worked 16-hour shifts. County drivers are on unpaid standby before a storm. They know they will be called out and are ready for the call but were on their own time until the call came at 2 AM. The salaried supervisors also put in long hours Tuesday and Wednesday. The supervisor on call (Moe Norby) put in 34 hours and drove 655 miles. The highway commissioner put in 29 hours and 325 miles. Two other supervisors put in 22 hours and 27 hours and drove 320 and 142 miles. The shop crew was busy during the storm. There were 25 storm-related repairs. That includes replacing eight plow blades, five hydraulic repairs and five electrical repairs. Five repairs were made on the road using the service truck.

More numbers: • 758 labor hours for the heavy equipment operators (plus the 112 salaried hours listed above) • 848 tons of salt sand • 699 tons of salt • 4,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel

Emergency help during the storm During the storm, a plow truck met an ambulance at 110th Street and Hwy. 8. The truck plowed a route for the ambulance to St. Croix Falls, with the ambulance having just the amber lights of the plow to follow in zero-visibility conditions. The plow drivers also make sure stranded motorists are getting help, notifying the sheriff’s department of vehicles in ditches.

The plow wings stick out six feet to the right of the plow. Don't pass on the right.

Everybody wins


New Habitat for Humanity ReStore expands outreach, one donation at a time

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The crowd struggled with the wind chill, but the rush was hard to ignore, as more than 500 people greeted the new retail outlet for the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity venture called the ReStore. “Hopefully, they have some fun, and spend some money, and leave with something,” said Wild Rivers Executive Director Eric Kube with a smile, the night before the opening.

Starting momentum The ReStore is a store filled entirely with donated building materials, furniture, appliances, home furnishings, you name it. Everything except mattresses, bedding, clothes or toys, with all the profits going back into the Habitat for Humanity program, or to cover costs and overhead of the store. “We probably started [accumulating donated items] last fall. What spurred this on is that ... one of the big struggles we have is funding. How do fund something like this? It’s harder and harder to find grants. Then several times a week we’d get phone calls, asking us, ‘Hey do you guys have a ReStore?’” Kube started moving forward on a retail business plan, following Habitat procedures and guidelines. “They have to bless it ... it took about six months to get it through.” The project had several roadblocks along the way, one of the largest being a lastminute location switch from the city’s industrial park to the former Fleet Supply building on Hwy. 8. They were able to work out a deal with the owners to make it something the Habitat board could support, and still give them enough room for product and profit. Kube said the obvious question early on was whether they could fill the store, and also keep it filled and supplied with enough quality material to justify it as a store. This is the 710th ReStore in the nation, with one other franchise store in the Twin Cities in New Brighton, and another in New Richmond, with almost surely more to come. “The Habitat brand is pretty big,” Kube said, noting that the ReStore brand is going to be pushed hard in the coming years, and with that comes standards in business practices, as they learn what works, what sells and how to make it efficient and self-sustaining. “But one of the things that helps with Habitat is momentum,” he said, as they are continuing to push for innovations on the whole concept. “We’re in the process now about stopping talking just about ‘homes,’ and to start concentrating more on families.”

Brisk weather didn’t stop a ribbon cutting to open the ReStore venture. Pictured (L to R): ReStore manager David Sandmann, Amy Matthews of the DIY Network, Habitat Executive Director Eric Kube, board President Dave Weiss, Dan Draxler of Bremer Bank, Alderman Brian Blesi and judicial candidate Jeff Anderson. – Photos by Greg Marsten Avoiding landfills Most anyone who has been around a construction site has noticed the big trash bins. The giant metal boxes are companions to almost all projects, and are surrounded with the litter of construction remnants. Long considered part of the process, the ReStore concept stretches that notion, and asks those involved to reconsider what is truly trash, and what is something that could be used as part of another project. It’s not just the scrap lumber, but also what is being replaced or upgraded in a remodeling project, from lights to cabinets to trim, windows and doors. All too often, those remnant supplies are considered “just a bunch of junk,” and materials that owners pay dearly to have hauled away and eventually buried may now have a new home. “Look at this building. All of this stuff almost everything - would’ve ended up in a dumpster, and eventually, a landfill,” Kube said, “And it would have cost people lots of money to haul. Now they get a tax credit for that stuff.” As an experienced cabinetmaker and business owner, he knows exactly how the process goes at construction sites. “That’s why we’re trying to get to contractors as well. These guys are so used to paying someone to haul it away in a dumpster. We’re saying call us first. If you want to pay us to haul it away that’s great, but don’t throw it away!” The donations have already overflowed the 1,300-square-foot Fleet Supply store, with ancillary storage for now in Webster at the former Larsen Auto location, as well as more in the back storage of the ReStore outlet. Kube joked that he was hoping everything in the store would be sold on opening

day, so they could move an entirely new lot of material in for the reopening on Wednesday. “We’ve got lots of product to move,” he said as he pointed out the stacks in the back room.

Habitat’s brand Habitat for Humanity has been in Burnett County since 1997, with expansion into Polk County in recent years. They’ve just completed their 20th home in the two counties, with pending projects in Luck and Amery, and a recently donated tract of vacant Centuria property spooling up their first project in that village, likely set for either this year or 2012. “We don’t give those homes away,” Kube said, repeating the mantra to stress the com-

ReStore manager Dave Sandmann counted the minutes as he unlocked the doors for business. broad pool of volunteers,” which Habitat is hoping becomes part of a continuing expansion of services, with the marque becoming a major player in charity, assistance and possibly even home modifications for either seniors or military families, continuing in their Christian mission of helping the community. As Habitat for Humanity expands their focus, the ReStore will be the engine behind that service expansion - casting a wider net - and it will exclusively support the Polk and Burnett County Wild Rivers projects, hopefully allowing an even wider umbrella of families to be touched. According to Kube, Habitat has a goal of $30/square foot annually of sales for a ReStore, meaning the St. Croix Falls outlet is eventually expecting to sell approximately $400,000 annually of product that was previously considered refuse. “And I think we can beat that,” Kube said

DIY Network TV star Amy Matthews (left) accepts a gift from fans Laura Seed and Erik Barstow of Dresser. The package included locally handmade art, jewelry, photos of the region and organic coffee.

The line of customers stretched across the store, as the lone cash register had a solid workout.

mon falsehood. “That’s a common misconception. The [families] buy the homes.” In general, the families who live there have 500-plus hours into the build on what are admittedly simple yet extremely efficient homes, which also have taxes and a mortgage, amounting to around $500/month. They have a strict guideline for selecting families, knowing that they will also reflect upon the organization and everyone involved for years to come. But the Habitat marque, or brand, has also generally gone against the recent foreclosure trends, as previously vacant lots not only are now producing municipal taxes, but housing a gainfully employed family, generally with kids in school, who are almost surely going from a rental to an ownership situation, which leads to obvious pride and maintenance, which in turn leads to improvement of the location, which then snowballs into other homes and general neighborhood pride, and hence higher property values, which leads to an even stronger tax base, and so on. Just like the donation versus landfill scenario, literally everybody wins. A service engine The ReStore is more than just an income machine. Kube also calls it “the start of a

later, nodding solidly. “Oh yeah, I’m pretty confident we can blow that out of the water.” If the line outside the ReStore on Saturday were any indication, Kube may be right. “I really don’t think we’ve even tapped the market,” Kube said, noting that with the opening event and continued word of mouth, on top of big sales, he is hoping that the donations pour in even stronger, which means more product, which in turn means more turnover of product, and hence more return customers, which means more Habitat projects, and so on. “Then, once again, everybody wins,” Kube said with a nod, his hand rubbing his neck, a slight smile slipping past the stress of reality. What’s unique Through an odd connection, the ReStore is an impressive outlet of sorts for 3M products, many of which were part of trade shows, displays or promotional events, and would’ve been tossed out before. Now the store has two aisles brimming with tapes, sealants, filters, caulks, and unique products that will change constantly, unlike a typical

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home improvement store, which might not be willing to take such a risk. And the products are offered at a slight discount. They also have furniture and fixtures, appliances and even hot tubs. Store manager Dave Sandmann ran around like a madman the day before opening, earphone strapped to his head like an aural secretary, marking product, fielding questions on donations, hours, anything. “Oh yeah, I’m keeping busy, “ Sandmann joked, taking a moment to chat with a local police officer who stopped in to check out the store’s progress, or maybe all the commotion. The officer noted that the store has “lots more stuff than I ever thought,” stating she wants to come back when they’re actually open for business. “I’m hooked,” she admits, as Sandmann excuses himself to answer a call and run back to check on something.

The Amy factor Kube, Sandmann and Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity assistant Jackie Thorwick joined several other volunteers that Friday afternoon “putting out the fires” of a pregrand-opening event that included food, games, board member presentations, promotional giveaways, a ribbon cutting, video and radio broadcasts and a visit by a certifiable TV star, Amy Matthews of the DIY Network. Matthews is based in the Twin Cities and is arguably one of the busiest TV contractor/hosts, bar none. With four TV shows currently under her belt, she is the Ryan Seacrest of the DIY Network, quickly becoming one of the most familiar faces on TV. Kube credits much of the event’s pageantry with the amiable do-it-yourself TV host and contractor. The duo met several years ago when he was in construction in Amery. Kube’s cabinet business provided a unique, recycled countertop material for her “Blog Cabin” TV program, where she was one of the hosts and lead contractor. Kube worked with her for most of a week, and the two became friends. “She really knows her stuff,” he said. “She’s just a genuine, wonderful person who really cares and has a great Christian attitude about things like this.” The duo met up again at a New Orleansbased Katrina recovery project, where the connection was re-established, and Kube kept in touch for later reference. After he became the Wild Rivers executive director, and as the ReStore project bloomed, he got back in touch with her for advice and assistance. She may also be part of a future ecohome project in St. Croix Falls, and is serving as an advisor for various ReStore aspects, and agreed to lend her star power to the grand opening. “I asked her when she was available, and she gave me this date,” Kube joked. “I said, ‘OK, that’s it, then that’s when we’ll have our grand opening!’” Matthews spent Saturday signing autographs, posing for pictures and doing interviews. She even used some leverage to get the network to ante up prizes for the event. “People need to know that she’s doing this on her time,” Kube said. “That’s just what kind of person she is.” The deal behind the donating The ReStore will be open from Wednesday through Saturday, which is also when they will accept donations or do material pickups and deliveries. They are eventually hoping to expand those hours as the demand grows. “Don’t leave anything out front,” Kube exclaimed. “Then it really might be trash and we’ll have to pay to have it taken care of. Call us up, we’ll figure something out.”

trucker hat.

Balloons and kids go well together. Pictured (L to R): Hailey, 8, Olivia, 6 and Hannah, 8, of Osceola.

The ReStore now has a diesel cube van for deliveries and pickups, which will be orchestrated for most efficient usage of $4/gallon fuel. They purchased the van through part of a $35,000 Otto Bremer Foundation grant. “Part of that money was to get the truck,” Kube said. “But with fuel being so expensive, we’re hoping people bring things in or make a donation.” Local Bremer Foundation and Bank executive Dan Draxler spoke at the grand opening and later reiterated the foundation’s excitement with the project, which he said was exactly the kind of project they strive be involved in. “Absolutely,” Draxler said. “The [Otto Bremer] Foundation gives away $30 million a year, but is so good to see a local project. And this is a great asset to the community. I can’t think of a better program.” Kube also pointed out that while there were plenty of people assisting with the store’s coming to fruition, almost all of them are volunteers. Only the manager, Sandmann, and assistant Thorwick are paid employees, along with Kube. The ReStore does have two people working for them through a federal program called Experience Works, for people over 55 years old, who receive help getting back into the workforce with training, retail service and experience, as well as quality labor for the store. “They’re a huge help, really,” Kube said. “And the volunteers have been amazing through all of this.”

tat for Humanity Board members and Kube, even judicial candidate Jeff Anderson was part of it, as he relayed a Habitat story he had while working on a project in Oklahoma with a local college group. Anderson said he was lucky to work along side Habitat icon, former President Jimmy Carter. “He worked harder than anyone,” Anderson said. “Not only does he know how to use a hammer. He worked like a trooper, even more than the students. It was really something to see.” Anderson made a cash donation to the Habitat cause that day, as well, saying he was “inspired” by the store and the cause. His wife, Dessy, was even one of their first customers, purchasing a pair of vintage floor cleaners. “I even won a door prize!” She said while waiting in line, showing off a loud-colored

The mad rush. Maybe because of the economic downturn, it was just exciting to be a part of a grand opening - any grand opening. Or maybe it was because of the concept, and possibility of an ultrabargain on some unique item. Regardless of why, once the store opened, the rush of well over 200 people, and another 100 or so in the first hour, was enough to tax the lone cash register, and led to an impressive line that stretched back to the hot dog counter. People waited patiently with shopping carts full of items ranging from deer racks to 3M tape to retro lamps, tarnished wind chimes, non-flat-screen TVs, odd bed frames, used cabinets of all flavors, even framed artwork - much of seeming to have a desert theme, possibly due to the wind chill. The opening included short speeches by city alderman Brian Blesi, Wild Rivers Habi-

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Eric Kube (left) accepted a $500 donation from Polk County judicial candidate Jeff Anderson, who once worked for the organization in Oklahoma City. – Photos by Greg Marsten

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The price of success As the day wore on, the crowd mingled, joked and found ways to both shop and wait in line, with one person holding a place while the other scouted for deals. The stress on the volunteers and the lone cash register was real, with neither getting a break until later that afternoon. But nobody was complaining. In fact, they seemed to be honored to be a part of the event. “What an amazing, cool thing,” enthused Heather Johansen of Luck. She and others agreed that the ReStore was going to be perfect for people with cabins or seasonal homes or for folks who just plain couldn’t afford to pay full price for some items like appliances or building materials. “It’s just so good to see stuff being used,” Johansen said. “And this is a great event!” Her sentiments were shared by many, as kids drew on hard hats with crayons, ate donated hot dogs loaded with donated ketchup, and looked for cool bedroom bargains, or sat on couches just begging for a dorm room or deer shack. “I like the hard hats,” stated 8-year-old Jake Harrel, a wide-eyed Cameron student who was coloring and eating at the same time, sort of. “There’s a whole lot of people here!” Wild Rivers board member Jon Blomstrand of Amery was also excited by the ReStore turnout, and said the event was remarkable. “This is awesome. Really awesome. We’ve all been wondering how it would go, and this is beyond our expectations.” “What can I say?” Kube said later on Saturday, nodding confidently as he juggled interviews, questions and logistics. “We can’t thank everyone enough.” That stressful neck rubbing seeming to evaporate as the event gelled, Kube even let a few smiles slip out as the day progressed. Again, everybody wins.





Wrestling goes beyond the mat for McKinney

UW-La Crosse wrestler fights adversity and comes out on top

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LA CROSSE – Former Luck athlete Albie McKinney is coming off his bestever finish with the University of Wisconsin La Crosse wrestling team. In mid-March the 125-pounder finished second during the NCAA Division III Championships and earned his first-ever All-American honor. “It’s bittersweet. I wanted to go out winning it obviously, but at the same time, it was one of the best matches of the finals. The highest scoring, the highest paced,â€? McKinney said. McKinney lost 11-8 in the finals to Clayton Rush of Coe College, Iowa. Rush was the defending Division III national champion, and his only loss of the season was to the Division I national champion from the University of Iowa. McKinney went 3-1 in the tournament, winning a 12-1 decision in his first match before winning by fall in the quarterfinals, 2:10. In the semifinals, he faced a No. 2 seed from Wartburg College, who defeated McKinney earlier in the season, but he ended up winning that match by a thrilling 2-1 decision. It was an emotional ending for McKinney, who wrestled in front of a huge home crowd at the La Crosse Center. Some of those fans included family, friends and former coaches. It was also the second highest ever attendance for a Division III national championship event, which, McKinney said, added a big dose of adrenaline. “I think that’s part of the reason I finished the way I did. For the first time in a long time I let my emotions show in a positive way, didn’t get frustrated, and just fed off the crowd,â€? McKinney said. Things weren’t always positive for McKinney however. In high school he was known for getting into trouble and making bad choices off the mat, yet he still managed to earn a trip to the WIAA state tournament as a sophomore in 2003 and took second. After his promising sophomore season, a return trip to state eluded him in his junior year, which boiled down to making bad decisions in his personal life, leading to a lack of focus on school and wrestling. “I was out partying, and doing things I shouldn’t be doing ‌ and you know, I got what I deserved, and it was really eyeopening for me,â€? McKinney explained. During his senior year he managed to pull things back together and earned another trip to the state tournament. He took third overall, and eventually graduated from Luck High School in 2005. McKinney attended Harper Junior College in Illinois, which had a wrestling program, but he dropped out after just one semester. He took a year off from school before deciding there was much more to life than settling for jobs he wasn’t particularly happy with, and enrolled in a technical program in La Crosse. But just as McKinney was able to get his grades up, he suffered another personal setback during the summer of 2008. McKinney’s father, Stephen McKinney Jr., was paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident in early June, and just weeks later he lost his mother, Paula

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Former Luck wrestler Albie McKinney goes after Clayton Rush during the NCAA Division III National Championship match. McKinney lost the high-scoring match 11-8, but has a lot to be proud of, as he fought through a lot of adversity in life to get there. – Photo by Jim Lund

Nelson, to a brain tumor. Things could have taken a turn for the worse for Albie McKinney, but through the hardships, he still managed to persevere. “He had two ways to go, the right path or the wrong path, and he really took the right path and put his heart and soul into wrestling, and I think he saw the rewards he got by finishing second in the national tournament,� said UW-L wrestling coach Dave Malecek, who said McKinney has come a long way in a short time as a wrestler, and a person, since joining the Falcons wrestling team. “He tugs at your heart. You pull for him just because of what he’s been through and the adversity. To see him end on such a high note, it’s a great feeling as a head coach and I’m just proud to have been able to coach him,� said Malecek. Along with his All-American status, and three conference championships, (something very few UW-L wrestlers have ever achieved) McKinney is a year away from earning a degree in psychology. Throughout his high school career under former Luck wrestling coach Harry Johns, McKinney remembers him saying often that �you’re a student, before you’re an athlete,� but he never really took it to heart until now. “I kind of re-evaluated my priorities. When I was younger, it was like, all I want to do is wrestle. Now I just want to go to school and wrestle,� McKinney said. Along with several other friends and family members at the national tournament, Johns made the trip to La Crosse to watch McKinney in the finals. Shortly after retiring as Luck’s head wrestling

coach, Johns suffered a heart attack, and McKinney’s matches were some of the first he’d seen since the heart attack. “Just knowing I had all that support. So amazing ‌ knowing people believe in you as much as you believe in yourself,â€? McKinney said. And while a portion of his wrestling journey has ended, McKinney hopes to pay it forward to others who might need help, in life, or wrestling. “At this point I’m happy how it ended. I’m at peace with it and I want to give back more than anything now. I can see that that’s part of the process and I’m so grateful for the people that helped me out, and I realize that it wouldn’t have been possible without those people, and I want to have that positive impact on someone else,â€? McKinney said. Until that time comes, McKinney is still hungry to compete at a high level, and even has one year of eligibility left to wrestle at UW-L. But right now, he’s hoping to carry his skills to the next level with mixed martial arts. He’s already fought in 10 matches, but it’s been nearly two years since he’s competed at that level. “Right now I feel like I’ve learned a lot in wrestling, but there’s not much more I can learn, because really it’s just the basics of what you’re supposed to do anyway,â€? McKinney said, adding that MMA offers a completely new element to wrestling and is inspiring to him. “It just makes me want to achieve a high level of success in that as well,â€? McKinney said.

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••• DULUTH, Minn. – At least six area high school basketball stars were selected to play in the upcoming Border Battle All-Star basketball games between some of the best high school talent from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Presented by the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association, the games will be played at the UM-Duluth Ralph Romano Gymnasium on Friday, April 1. The girls team includes Carley Emery of Siren and Avery Steen of Luck. Kelly Stuart of Amery was also selected. The boys team includes Austin Elliot of Webster, Alec and Cole Mortel of Luck and Trevor Thompson of Grantsburg. Each team consists of 10 players, with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys beginning at 8 p.m. ••• MADISON – UW-Madison junior and 2008 Grantsburg graduate Vanessa Kleiss has been busy with the Badgers rowing team. Kleiss competes in the first varsityeight boat and rows in the starboard stroke seat. The team recently competed in a regatta on March 18-20 in Austin Texas during the Longhorn Invitational. They placed Vanessa Kleiss second overall in only their first week of racing among six other universities. The team is currently ranked 10th nationally. Their next meet is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, in Madison. ••• BALSAM LAKE – Reed Sorenson, a junior at Unity High School, had a successful season with the Amery boys hockey team as the Warriors goalie. Sorenson earned a spot as an honorable mention on the 2010-11 Middle Border Conference Team. He had 510 saves, allowed 62 goals and stopped 572 total shots, along with 12 wins with the Warriors. ••• OSCEOLA – Osceola junior Charlie Danielson has already signed on to play golf for the University of Illinois. Danielson was a state champion golfer last season, and has one sister, Lindsay, playing for UW-Madison. Lindsay was a four-time state champion, while the other sister sibling, Casey, who is a sophomore at Osceola, became a twotime state champion last fall. ••• SIREN – The Siren Ballpark has its league meeting on Wednesday, April 6, at the Siren High School library beginning at 7 p.m. Contact Mike Murphy at 715-349-5233 for more information. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2011 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

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Siren headed for eight-man football in 2012

School board approves two-year trial period

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – The Siren School Board approved the implementation of an eightman football team during their monthly board meeting on Monday, March 28, which will start during the fall of 2012. There will be a trial period of two years to see if this type of format is popular among schools and, so far, Siren has committed along with Birchwood and Winter. “It was an awful hard decision on us coaches, due to the fact we are rebuilding our program and will be competitive,” stated Siren coach Bill Hoefler, who was at the board meeting with assistant coach Ron Dorn to explain the eight-man format, as opposed to the current 11-man format in place statewide. “However, our school may be experiencing a decline in enrollment in the future; if more teams like Luck decide to join, as well as Northwood along with Winter and Birchwood who already have committed, we were left with no choice but to commit.” Hoefler argued too, that if Siren had not decided to show interest in the eight-man format, they would be forced to compete with schools that have double or triple their own enrollment, such as St. Croix Falls, Webster and Clear Lake. While Frederic and possibly Luck seem to be committed to the 11-man teams, Siren could join other potential schools who have shown some interest such as Prairie Farm and New Auburn, Cornell and Bruce. “It is a two-year commitment only and we can always go back to 11-man. I guess for now it is another challenge I look for-

The Siren School Board approved the implementation of an eight-man football team during their monthly board meeting on Monday, March 28. Some schools have already committed, while others are still considering the possibility. – File photo by Becky Amundson

ward to,” Hoefler said, adding that he’s a traditionalist when it comes to football, and he’s only known 11-man football. “However, (it is) a good challenge and we will no doubt go into it with the best

intentions and enthusiasm!” Hoefler added. According to, there were 11 states that had schools participating in eight-man football in 2010. Hoefler was

quick to point out that the eight-man format is nearly identical to the way football is played. There are a few noticeable differences including three less players from each team on the field as opposed to 11. Another difference is that the field will be 80 yards long, and 40 yards wide. “I would like to work with a normal field, but with less players to cover the field, they have to shorten it,” said Hoefler, adding that the eight-man teams are just as physical as the 11-man teams. The game is said to be faster as well, with more points being scored. “Usually you play without your tackles and one back. Our single wing will work great with this system,” Hoefler said. The WIAA will likely sanction the eightman school format, with a possible state tournament to be held in Madison in 2013. Currently there are 24 teams in the Small Lakeland Conference, and right now it appears as though teams such as Turtle Lake, Shell Lake and Frederic will stick to the 11-man teams. Assistant Frederic football coach, and athletic director, Troy Wink said that despite dropping enrollment, the football program appears to have strength in numbers. “Our overall school population will be going down, but the foreseeable future shows our boys numbers staying strong and we will still be able to field teams that have 35 or more boys on it, so if that continues to be the case we will not be playing eight man and will get reassigned within our football conference. What that looks like will be determined some time either late this spring or early next fall,” Wink said. Wink also noted that the WIAA has plans to restructure the Lakeland Conference in 2012. The number of schools opting into the eight-man format could ultimately decide a new conference structure for the 2012 fall season.

Area athletes earn All-State honors

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Several winter sports athletes from the area were honored for their performances on the court and on the ice this year. In boys basketball, senior Brent Myers of Grantsburg made the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State first team among athletes in Division 4. Only 10 athletes in the state are selected to the first team in each of the five divisions. There are also 10 athletes who receive honorable mentions in each of the five divisions, and Grantsburg senior Trevor Thompson earned an All-State honorable mention in Division 4. Myers averaged over 14 points per game while Thompson averaged over 16 points per game. They were regarded as two of the area’s best guards. In Division 5, Luck senior Alec Mortel also earned a WBCA All-State honorable mention, along with three area girls basketball players who were honored as All-

McKinney continued

Mixed martial arts Just one week after competing for a national title, McKinney traveled with friend Tony Belvedere, a former Unity student and 2003 Barron High School graduate, to New Jersey. While there, they tried out for the 14th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” a popular TV program that can be seen on SpikeTV. With nearly 400 competitors trying out for the show, McKinney wasn’t sure he’d even be able to tryout, but he did, and managed to showcase his talent by grappling and striking in front of the matchmaker for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. McKinney didn’t make it, but Belvedere, who has more experience than McKinney, made it through to the

Brent Myers

Trevor Thompson

Alec Mortel

Avery Steen

Carley Emery

State athletes. Mortel led the Cardinals with just over 13 points per game and had 250 rebounds this season, to go along with 77 assists, 33 steals and eight blocks. Senior Carley Emery of Siren was a unanimous decision for the first-team AllState team, and Luck’s Avery Steen was the lone sophomore on the All-State, firstteam mentions. Ashley Guevara was named to the list of All-State honorable mentions, Division 3, as well. Emery ended a stellar career becoming just the 12th girls basketball player in state

history to eclipse the 2,000th-point plateau. She ended with 2,065 points, which is the seventh-most points in state history. Emery averaged 26 points per game and had just over five steals per game. Steen had the second-most points in the entire state this year, and averaged just over 24 points per game. She also averaged over four boards and two assists per game. Guevara averaged 15 points per game, led the team with 164 rebounds and had 43 total assists. She also ended her ca-

final interview, which will be held in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. “I’m just happy for him,” McKinney said. “We’ve kind of got a similar story, where we both struggled a little bit, but got our heads Albie McKinney on straight and ended up making it work.” Belvedere is also a student at UW-L and majoring in political science with a minor in criminal justice. He’s currently on a seven-fight winning streak and hasn’t lost in five years. “We’re just still training hard and hoping for the best that he gets on the show. If he wins, he could be fighting for a six-fig-

ure contract,” McKinney said. When the pair first started with MMA, they fought in Somerset, but it wasn’t sanctioned and there wasn’t a commission. There were three five-minute rounds in which you tried to work the opponent into a submission hold or a knockout. “It sounds kind of brutal, but it’s not. It’s the fastest growing sport in the world right now. It just grows in leaps and bounds. Wisconsin just got a commission last September, so UFC might be coming to Milwaukee in the near future,” McKinney said, adding that MMA has given wrestlers an opportunity to use what they’re good at and take it to the next level. McKinney has had some success with MMA, but lost his last two matches by submission and TKO. He said he was out-

Ashley Guevara

Joe Engelhart

reer with 1,119 total points. Both Guevara and Emery shot 76 percent from the freethrow line.

Engelhart earns honorable mention Blizzard boys hockey player Joe Engelhart earned a spot on the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State list as an honorable mention. The junior forward played in all of the Blizzard’s 25 games this season and compiled a teamleading 29 goals, 39 assists and 68 points. wrestled by an athlete that in his opinion, wasn’t as good, but now he’s hoping to get back into it, with a new sense of confidence. He’s thinking of competing in a grappling tournament in Milwaukee in April. McKinney will no doubt apply his wrestling ability toward MMA, and even the UFC someday, but he’ll also use what he’s learned through wrestling toward life in general. “I don’t know what it does to you, but it makes you want to apply that to everything. The things it did to my morals in general, and how I approach everything now, I want to do everything right and I don’t care how hard I have to work at it, I just want to do it right,” McKinney said.


Wild Mountain hosts Monster Slush Fest



Brian Makes All-Conference Brian Lindblom, Spooner, earned a spot on the Hearth O’ North First Team All-Conference. He was the top scorer in the conference and second in Division 3 in the Eau Claire region. He earned his 1,000th point in a game with Ladysmith on Feb. 20. This fall he will be attending UW-Superior. His goal is to earn a place on the basketball team as a walk on. — Photo by Larry Samson

Saturday, March 19, Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, Minn., held its first-annual Monster Slush Fest. A 30-foot manmade pond created entertaining fun for skiers and snowboarders brave enough to cross it as the ski/snowboard season winds down. – Photo by Garth Olson

SCRMC sports medicine team offers athletic screenings

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Monday Afternoon Senior Mixed Standings: Vultures 34, The Bears 33, Eagles 31, Swans 24.5, Badgers 24, Nite Hawks 21.5, Cardinals 21, Zebras 19. Women’s games: Cindy Tyler (S) 245, Lila Larson (B) 243, Thelma Hendricks (C) 239. Women’s series: Lila Larson (B) 679, Joan Anderson (NH) 657, Pat Bresina (TB) 641. Men’s games: Jack Buecksler (S) 256, Al Taylor (V) 248, Max Simen (S) 244. Men’s series: Jack Buecksler (S) 686, Max Simen (S) 671, Al Taylor (V) 663. Team games: Swans 906 & 893, Vultures 874. Team series: Swans 2590, Vultures 2528, The Bears 2485. Monday Night Ladies Standings: Mane Attractions 67, Hog Wild Gals 59.5, The Bottle Shop 51, House of Wood 50.5, Hacker’s Lanes 34, Bye 11. Individual games: Kelsey Bazey (HW) 257, Rhonda Bazey (HW) 190, Nancy Anderson (HL) 181. Individual series: Kelsey Bazey (HW) 633, Rhonda Bazey (HW) 489, Linda Giller (HWG) 481. Team games: House of Wood 720, Hacker’s Lanes 615, Hog Wild Gals 592. Team series: House of Wood 1822, Hog Wild Gals 1745, Hacker’s Lanes 1702. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 97, Great Northern Outdoors 94.5, Bottle Shop 88, SHWHORAW Co. 70, Pioneer Bar 63, Rural American Bank 55.5. Individual games: Gene Ackland 267, Butch Hacker Jr. 250, Ron Skow 246. Individual series: Butch Hacker Jr. 709, Ron Skow 690, Daryl Bazey 643. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 651, Bottle Shop 617, SHWHORAW Co. 608. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1924, Bottle Shop 1804, Pioneer Bar 1728.

dent athletes as needed every two years. Physicals performed this spring will fulfill the requirement for the remainder of this school year and for the following two school years (expires May/June 2013). No appointment is necessary, but students must bring their health history and consent forms, signed by a parent or guardian, to the screening. No physical will be performed without the required forms with parent signature. Packets containing preparticipation physical exams, an emergency authorization to treat form and athletic emergency medical cards will be distributed by the athletic director of each school. They are required for all athletes each sports season. Students should also wear appropriate attire for physical exam, shorts and T-shirts preferred. Students who cannot attend may choose to see their own health care provider at any of SCRMC’s clinics, but the appointment will be billed at normal clinic rates and proceeds cannot be used by schools to purchase equipment. – submitted


Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Butch Hacker Jr. 8x = 250; Gene Ackland 6x = 267; Tom Coen 5x = 209. Games 50 pins or more above average: Gene Ackland 267 (+71); Butch Hacker Jr. 250 (+66). Series 100 pins or more above average: Butch Hacker Jr. 709 (+157); Daryl Bazey 643 (+100). Splits converted: 3-4-6-7-10: Brett Daeffler. 2-4-10: Jon Anderson. 2-10: Ron Skow. 3-4-6-7: Tom Coen. 3-6-7: Mike Sullivan. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: Larsen Auto Center 33, Cummings Lumber 28, Skol Bar 26, Pioneer Bar 24.5, Lewis Silo 18.5, A-1 Machine 14. Individual games: Curtis Renfroe (SB) 261, Chuck Kruse (CL) 245, Chris Rowell (PB) 235. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (SB) 703, Chris Rowell (CL) 648, Brett Daeffler (SB) 624. Team games: Skol Bar 1037, Pioneer Bar 1013 & 999. Team series: Pioneer Bar 2997, Skol Bar 2892, Lewis Silo 2600. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 27, Fisk Trucking 23.5, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 22.5, Hansen Farms Inc. 21, Johnson Upholstery 18. Women’s games: Sharon Johnson 156, Heather Wynn 141. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 396, Sharon Johnson 374. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 248, Ken Hackett 232, Daryl Bazey 226. Men’s series: Oliver Baillargeon 613, Daryl Bazey 570, Eugene Wynn Jr. 546. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 866, Stotz & Company 861, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 835. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2502, Stotz & Company 2436, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2386.


Sport physicals –

the why and whats about it

LUCK – WIAA physicals are required for participation in extracurricular activities sponsored by WIAA member schools. The physical allows the students to be screened for any conditions or injuries that may require further attention to ensure their ability to compete safely. Identifying conditions prior to competition decreases the risk of a minor problem becoming something more serious. “Physicals are a great opportunity for students and their parents to meet with a medical provider and determine the safety of that student participating in athletic activities,” stated physical therapist Tony Gould of Luck PT and Fitness, a division of Amery Regional Medical Center. Some physicals can include movement screening performed by a physical therapist. These screening tools can help identify specific areas or movements that need to be addressed to improve performance and minimize injury risk. Being aware of the movement patterns or body segments that require attention allows the athlete to perform specific exercises to correct any imbalance or dysfunction that may be present. Although not all injuries can be prevented, proper training aimed at these areas allows the body to move correctly, thereby improving performance and minimizing the risk of injury. Luck Medical Clinic, located on 137 First Ave., is offering WIAA physicals with movement screening for student athletes on Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. –






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R E S U LT S McKenzie Lanes

Friday Night Ladies Standings: The Leader 64, The Pin Heads 51, Frederic Design 49, The Dozers 47, Junque Art 43, Meyer’s Plus 36, Pioneer Bar 34. Individual games: Gail Linke 214, Jen Ellefson 202, Paula Denn 192. Individual series: Karen Carlson 520, Gail Linke 510, Jen Ellefson 494. Team games: Junque Art 671, The Dozers 598, The Leader 592. Team series: Junque Art 1882, The Leader 1673, Frederic Design 1634. Games 50 or more above average: Jen Ellefson. Splits converted: 5-10: Myrna Magnuson. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: Alley Brats, Luck-E, Skowl, Handicaps, Lakers, Dead Eyes, Hot Shots. Women’s games: Deb Ingram 225 & 204, Linda Giller 188. Women’s series: Deb Ingram 602, JoAnn Marek 507, Linda Giller 448. Men’s games: Jon Underwood 231, Eugene Ruhn 224 & 222, Ron Skow 222. Men’s series: Eugene Ruhn 659, Terry Ingram 589, Ron Skow 580. Team games: Handicaps 969, 959 & 929. Team series: Handicaps 2857, Skowl 2643, Alley Brats 2529.



ST. CROIX FALLS – Students who plan to participate in school athletics must have a completed physical card. Students enrolled in the Frederic, Siren and Webster school districts should prepare now to attend a sports physical screen at their respective school during April. Screenings will be held at Frederic High School on April 6 starting at 4:30 p.m. and at Webster High School for Siren and Webster on April 13 at 4:30 p.m. Student athletes who participate will be helping both themselves and their school by attending on these designated evenings. The $20 fee for the sports physical will be returned to their athletic department for training or sports equipment. Students may choose either location if they have a conflict on the scheduled date. A team of providers including physicians, a physical therapist, athletic trainers and nurses will administer the exams and will also be available to answer any health questions students and/or parents may have. These multidisciplinary, comprehensive sports physicals fulfill the Wisconsin High School League’s requirements for stu-





Monday Night Ladies Standings: McKenzie Lanes 62, Milltown Appliance 55.5, Bogus Pumpkins 54.5, Sam’s Carpentry 53, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 50, Edina Divas 49.5, Frederic Truck & Tractor 43.5, Metal Products 40. Individual games: Kathy McKenzie 209, Toni Sloper 202, Lilah Robinson 198. Individual series: Toni Sloper 547, Kathy McKenzie 532, Erlene Johnson 530. Team games (Handicap): Sam’s Carpentry 870. Team series (Handicap): Sam’s Carpentry 2509. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: What the Ek 104, The New Comers 100, Lamar Stars 98, Lane Crashers 89.5, Mom’s Boys 85.5, Lemon Heads 83, Jim’s Flooring 73, Bye 0. Women’s games: Brenda Lehmann 188, Vicki Minnick 173, Linda Bringgold 157. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 455, Vicki Minnick 454, Linda Bringgold 398. Men’s games: Kevin Ek 256, Erv Lehmann 222, Glen Minnick 212. Men’s series: Kevin Ek 648, Glen Minnick 607, Cory Crowell 588. Team games: Jim’s Flooring 585. Team series: Jim’s Flooring 1590. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: The Dugout 53.5, Steve’s Appliance 48.5, Dream Lawn 44, The Cobbler Shop 43.5, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 34.5, McKenzie Lanes 34, Centurview Park 32, Hack’s Pub 30. Individual games: Craig Willert 257, Jim McKenzie 256, Erv Lehmann 245. Individual series: Craig Willert 748, Jim McKenzie 675, Darren McKenzie 672. Team games (Handicap): The Cobbler Shop 1190. Team series (Handicap): The Cobbler Shop 3525. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Davy’s Construction 26, Tiger Express 18, Dalles Electrical 18, Hanjo Farms 18, McKenzie Lanes 16, Harvest Moon 16, Edina Realty 12, Reed’s Marina 4.

Individual games: Jim McKenzie 269, Daryn Sylvester 256, Tim Katzmark 254. Individual series: Gene Braund 704, Daryn Sylvester 671, Jim McKenzie 667. Team games (Handicap): Harvest Moon 1017, McKenzie Lanes 1014. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 2914, Harvest Moon & Davy’s Construction 2877. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hauge Dental 97, Eagle Valley Bank 86.5, Truhlsen Chiropractic 84, Hack’s Pub 83.5, Cutting Edge Pro 80, Bont Chiropractic 77, RiverBank 69, KJ’s 63. Individual games: Lana McKenzie 230, Shannon Cox 221, Penny Kammerud 200. Individual series: Penny Kammerud 566, Shannon Cox 548, Lana McKenzie 536. Team games: Hack’s Pub 840, Cutting Edge Pro 824, Hauge Dental 807. Team series: Cutting Edge Pro 2368, Hauge Dental 2347, Hack’s Pub 2326.

Black & Orange

TNT Standings: Flower Power 24.5-23.5, Cashco 24-24, Black & Orange 24-24, Larry’s LP 23.5-24.5. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 216, Cheryl Scallon (C) 199, Becky Reynolds (L) 175. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 560, Becky Reynolds (L) 507, Mary Reese (FP) 466. Team games: Larry’s LP 904, Flower Power 857 (x2), Cashco 827. Team series: Larry’s LP 2608, Flower Power 2516, Black & Orange 2356. Games 50 or more above average: Jennifer Kern 216 (+53).





Spring hearings are worth attending

With well over 600,000 hunting licenses sold annually in the state of Wisconsin each year on deer hunting alone, and the hundreds of thousands of other fishing, trapping and hunting licenses Marty sold annually, it’s easy to see that WisconSeeger sinites are passionate about the outdoors. For some of us, it’s an The obsession, and a tradiBottom tion worth saving for years to come. Yet Line there’s one tradition that outdoorsmen and women tend to ignore each year in early April. The Annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Rule hearings are once again upon us, and will take place in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties on Monday, April 11. Only 4,360 people attended the Conservation Congress hearings last year, which was down from 7,939 from 2009. Not a significant turnout considering so many seem so passionate about the outdoors. But perhaps the advisory questions weren’t controversial enough, or simply didn’t strike a chord in the public hearts. In 2000, the hearings set a record when 29,938 people attended the meetings, which was likely due to a question regarding whether or not you favored a mourning dove hunting season in Wisconsin. It wasn’t until 2003 that Wisconsin’s first dove hunt began, but it has continued to be another option for hunters to this day and is enjoyed by many across the state. Part of that dove season success story has to do with the many voices that spoke out in favor of the hunt, and one way hunters did that was through the Conservation Congress hearings. While there won’t likely be a topic that

Local conservation warden Jesse Ashton presented last year’s questions to a small crowd in Polk County. Along with game wardens, Conservation Congress delegates, fisheries and wildlife biologists are on hand to answer any questions the public might have regarding the great outdoors, and Wisconsin’s natural resources at the yearly meetings coming up soon. – File photo by Marty Seeger will generate that much attention this hunting during Wisconsin’s archery seayear at the spring hearings, there’s never son for hunters who possess a valid a shortage of questions that offer passion- archery license with no additional age or ate debate, and there’s always an issue disability restrictions? that affects your passion directly, whether Question 45: Because of concerns about it be hunting, fishing or trapping. Here’s the continuing effects of lead shot on wild a smattering of questions, out of the 85, game and nongame birds in Wisconsin, that you might feel passionate about. do you favor requiring the use of nonQuestion nine asks: Do you favor elim- toxic shotgun ammunition for all huntinating the minimum size limit for large- ing/shooting activities, with the excepmouth and smallmouth bass in all waters tion of department-approved shooting of Burnett County, including lakes and ranges, on department-managed lands? flowages that straddle the county bor- This proposal would not apply to any ders, except in Namekagon, St. Croix, and form of hunting with rifles or slugs and Totogatic rivers, which would retain a would not be implemented until 2015 to minimum size limit of 14 inches? A simi- allow a transition period for retailers and lar question to No. 9 is being proposed in hunters. Washburn County as well. Question 46: Would you support legisQuestion 41: Do you favor lowering the lation to authorize banning deer baiting age at which anyone can use a crossbow and feeding statewide 10 days before and from 65 to 55? during the nine-day gun deer season? Question 48: Do you support the legalQuestion 50: Do you favor allowing the ization of crossbows statewide for deer use of rifles for hunting deer statewide?

There’s also a four-part question regarding wolves, which is almost certain to be favored by the majority of sportsmen and women. But if nobody shows up to voice their opinion on the matter, we could be waiting a whole lot longer for wolf management to be handed back into the state’s hands. “This isn’t open to just 4,000 select people. It’s for the entire state. These questions, in some form or another, could potentially affect the way you hunt, fish, trap, or simply enjoy the great outdoors,� said Dave Hraychuck, a Polk County Conservation Congress delegate. Hraychuck also encourages anyone with a resolution to bring it forward. There’s a specific format you must follow first before writing a resolution, but stepby-step information on how to write one, as well as a complete preview of the 85 Conservation Congress questions, can be found on the DNR Web site. “Everybody has ideas, some good and some bad, but I would encourage anyone to bring them. If you have an idea, let people look at it. A lot of resolutions have become laws,� said Hraychuck. The spring hearings are also a good way to meet wildlife and fisheries biologists, as well as local conservation wardens. They not only help make the hearings run smoothly, but can also help clear any confusion someone might have with a question in the hearings booklet. At the beginning of the meetings, the public is also allowed to vote on new Conservation Congress delegates from their county, or run for election. All Conservation Congress meetings throughout the state begin at 7 p.m. In Polk County the meeting is being held at Unity High School. In Burnett County the meeting is at the Burnett County Government Center in Siren, in Room 165, and the meeting in Barron County is being held in the old Barron County Courthouse, lower-level auditorium. Those in Washburn County can attend the meeting at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station.

Local Ducks Unlimited Chapter makes top 100

St. Croix Valley DU Chapter recognized nationally

STILLWATER, Minn. – The St. Croix Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited was recently named one of DU’s Top 100 chapters. The Top 100 chapters are among Ducks Unlimited’s most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU’s conservation mission. Chapters raising more than $100,000 are recognized by the President’s Elite award. “I thank all our top 100 chapters and the volunteers who have made an extraordinary effort to raise a substantial amount of money for conservation this year,� DU President John Pope said. The St. Croix

Valley Chapter has earned a spot on the Top 100 list out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide. DU’s grassroots system has become a model for other conservation organizations worldwide and has helped conserve more than 12 million acres of waterfowl habitat since 1937. “These top 100 chapters exemplify DU’s grassroots system,� said Jim West, DU’s chief fundraising officer. “Volunteers within these chapters are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and wetlands that filter our drinking water are important to them and their communities. Every volunteer’s passion for waterfowl conservation is the catalyst for DU’s perennial fundraising success.� Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to con-

Great Northern Outdoors Archery League Standings Week 11


Whiz Kids Bats Freaks Spam Nimrods Luck Sport & Marine Broken Arrow II Stupid Fox GNO Heavy Breathers BLC Well

Points 53 53 43 39 33 25 25 23 18 17 16



Boondock Letch's ENG DPT Poke N Hope Skinners Two Schmidts Silver Slingers French Connection R & B MOFO's Beauty & Beast NVE

52 46 44 42 32 32 25 23 17 17


French Kids Range Cripplers Crakers Broken Arrow I Litter Runts Team Minder Catch N Release Skunked Grizzlys

tributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of

wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. – submitted

Big fish on last day

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Jacob Hoffman, 9, Centuria, caught this 30-inch, 9-pound northern on the last day of the big game fish season Sunday, March 6. He showed up his dad and grandpa that day. – Photo submitted

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Samantha C. Belisle, 37, Shell Lake, was cited for smoking inside of an establishment. March 15: Michelle L. Magnuson, 42, Webster, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. March 18: Richard J. Van Dommellen, 53, Spooner, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant.

REQUEST FOR PRICES The Burnett County Highway Department will receive sealed prices until 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2011, on the following NEW items: (2) DUMP BODIES AND HYDRAULICS (2) REVERSIBLE SNOWPLOWS (2) SNOW WINGS (2) TAILGATE SANDERS (2) UNDERBODY SCRAPERS (2) PREWET SYSTEMS Please mark on the outside of your envelope: PLOW TRUCK EQUIPMENT. Complete specifications can be obtained from Steve Washkuhn, Shop Foreman, Burnett County Highway Department, 8150 Highway 70, Siren, WI 54872. Telephone number 715-349-5345 (ext. 1457). The Burnett County Highway Committee reserves the right to reject any or all of the prices or to accept the price they deem most advantageous to Burnett County and to waive any irregularities in the proposal process. 532887 32-33L 22-23a WNAXLP By order of the Burnett County Highway Committee


Election for the Town of Meenon will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Meenon Town hall. A sample ballot is below. For absentee requests, contact the Town Clerk at 715866-4893. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.



(Mar. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF DEVIN JAMES DAVIS By: (Petitioner): Rachel DiAnn Davis By: (Co-Petitioner): James Robert Proulx Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No.: 11-CV-59 NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT: A petition has been filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Devin James Davis To: Devin James Proulx IT IS ORDERED THAT: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Burnett County, State of Wisconsin: Hon. Kenneth L. Kutz, Burnett County Circuit Court, 7410 County Road K, #115, Room 220, Siren, WI 54872, April 8, 2011, 8:45 a.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability, in order to participate in the court process, please call: 715-349-2147 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Hon. Kenneth R. Kutz Circuit Court Judge March 11, 2011

truck owned by Harold J. Wagenus, Grantsburg. McKinzie reported that the sun was in her eyes making it difficult to see. No injuries were reported. Arrests and citations March 13: Theresa E. Kegel, 35, Webster, was arrested for a probation violation. Richard J. Belanger, owner of Midtown Bar, was cited for allowing smoking inside of an establishment.

(Mar. 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ONEWEST BANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. JOSEPH J. HARRINGTON, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 566 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 4, 2010, in the amount of $159,927.44, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 4012 Recorded In Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 42 as Document No. 651777, being located in part of the the fractional Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (FR NW1/4 OF SW1/4) of Section Nineteen (19), Township Thirty-Three (33) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of Osceola, including part of Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 3097 recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 838 240th St., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 042-00398-0200. Dated this 25th day of February, 2011 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 266528

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Accidents March 11: Dellories O. Potter, 90, Frederic, was attempting to park at a business establishment in Siren Township when she drove into the building. The driver was cited for no proof of insurance. The sheriff’s report cited that it was possible that the driver was injured in the accident. March 19: Eastbound Connie R. McKinzie, 59, Frederic, was attempting to park on Madison Avenue in Grantsburg Village when she struck a legally parked


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ANNUAL MEETING TOWN OF DANIELS Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 7 p.m. at Daniels Town Hall

AGENDA: Minutes from 2010; accept 2010 financial report; road tour (set date); overview of Daniels Township; cemetery; set date for 2012 annual meeting. Any other business brought before board per statutes for annual meeting. The annual report will be posted at Johnson Lumber, Backwoods Beer & Bait, Bob’s Auto Service, town hall and the clerk’s home.

NOTICE The regular monthly town board meeting will follow the annual meeting. AGENDA: Minutes & treasurer’s report; truck repairs; payment of town bills and any other business properly brought before the board. Agenda to be posted at town hall. 532782 32-33L

POLK COUNTY POSITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT Birth-3: Family Service Coordinator/Speech and Language Pathologist $22.25/hr. (Bachelor’s) Part Time (.5 FTE 37.5 hr./pay period) $23.73/hr. (Master’s) Birth-3: Family Service Coordinator/Teacher $22.25/hr. (Bachelor’s) Part Time (.7 FTE 53.5 hr./pay period) $23.73/hr. (Master’s) Public Health Specialist (grant funded) $22.25/hr. (Bachelor’s) Part Time (.9 FTE 67.5 hr./pay period) $23.73/hr. (Master’s) DEADLINE TO APPLY: APRIL 14, 2011 Land & Water Resources Dept. $22.25/hr. (Bachelor’s) Info Education Coordinator/Water Resources Specialist $20.36/hr. Full Time (40 hr./wk.) DEADLINE TO APPLY: APRIL 11, 2011 YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR POLK COUNTY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete job description and qualifications; please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, 715-485-9176. AA/EEOC 532929 32L


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NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION APRIL 5, 2011 Office of the Town of Jackson Clerk To The Electors of the Town of Jackson Notice is hereby given of a spring election to be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the town/fire hall, 4599 County Road A. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Notice is further given that the 2011 Annual meeting will be held at the town/fire hall on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. Lorraine Radke, Town Clerk

Notice is hereby given that the Highway Commissioner of Burnett County, Wisconsin, will receive sealed proposals for the following items until 8 a.m. on April 13, 2011: Asphalt Pulverizing CRS-2 & SC oils Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. State prevailing wage rates are applicable to this project. The Highway Commissioner will open and review proposals on April 13, 2011, at 8 a.m. Specifications and quotations forms can be picked up or requested from the Highway Commissioner, 8150 State Road 70, Siren, WI 54872. Telephone number 715-349-2285 Ext. 1453. 532885 32-33L 22-23a WNAXLP The County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or select the quotation that is most beneficial to Burnett County.

REQUEST FOR BIDS CONCRETE SIDEWALK REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT SIREN SCHOOL DISTRICT The School District of Siren is now taking bids for the removal and replacement of approximately 854 square feet of concrete sidewalk and the replacement of a 10’ x 22’ slab and stairs. To obtain further specifications and view job site, please contact the Director of Buildings & Grounds at 715349-7392, ext. 403 to make an appointment. All bids must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on April 8, 2011, in a sealed envelope marked CONCRETE SIDEWALK REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT BID. All mailed bids should be sent to Don Fleischhacker, Director of Building & Grounds, School District of Siren, 24022 4th Avenue, Siren, WI 54872. The School District of Siren reserves the right to accept or 532620 32-33L reject any and all bids. WNAXLP

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(Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 Profinium Financial, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. WALKER PROPERTIES OF WOODBURY II, LLC, AND WALKER PROPERTIES OF WOODBURY IV, LLC, Defendants. Case No.: 09-CV-992 Classification: 30301 Money Judgment 30404 Mortgage Foreclosure NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled matter on October 25, 2010, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, 54810, Polk County, on May 4, 2011, at the hour of 10:00 a.m. of that date, the following-described mortgaged premises, by offering for sale as a whole and not by separate parcel, to wit: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Section 28, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, Arbor View, Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Parcel Numbers: 02201209-0100, 022-01209-0200, 022-01209-0300, 022-012090400, 022-01209-0500. Terms of Sale: Ten percent (10%) of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified or cashier’s check. Balance must be paid within ten (10) days after confirmation by the Court. The mortgaged premises shall be sold as a whole. Successful bidder shall pay the transfer fee. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 23rd day of March, 2011. /s/ Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wis. Document Drafted By: Daniel J. McGarry WHYTE HIRSCHBOECK DUDEK, S.C. 33 East Main Street, Suite 300 Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (608) 255-4440

St. Croix Casino Hertel Express

Plan Committee Meeting

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Annual Meeting Notice The annual meeting of the


SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011 12:30 p.m. Lunch • 1:30 p.m. Meeting at the

Trade Lake Baptist Church

20750 County Road Z • Frederic (Trade Lake Twp.) • Review of 2010 business • Election of Directors • Any other business that may come before the meeting. DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS FOLLOWING BUSINESS MEETING All Policyholders Welcome

NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING The Annual Meeting Of The Town Of Meenon Will Be Held At The Meenon Town Hall On Mon., April 11, 2011, At 7 p.m. Agenda Items To Include: Annual meeting minutes from April 2010; 2010 Annual Report; set date for next Annual Meeting (to be held in 2012); adjournment. Suzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk

NOTICE OF MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING The Regular Monthly Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Mon., April 11, 2011, At The Meenon Town Hall Immediately Following The Adjournment Of The Annual Town Meeting Agenda will be posted at the town hall. Suzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk

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Candidate must be available to work nights and weekends. Needs to be detail-oriented and good with the public. Must be able to work well with others and have good communication skills. Benefits include medical insurance, vacation, holiday pay and 401(k).

Apply In Person At: WAYNE’S FOODS PLUS, Webster, WI Or Send Resume To: WAYNE’S FOODS PLUS P.O. Box 366 • Webster, WI 54893 Attn: Kim

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Tues., April 5, 2011, 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall

Nights, Days & Weekends

Virgil Hansen, Clerk (March 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificate Holders CWALT, Inc. Alternative Loan Trust 2006OC7, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-OC7 Plaintiff vs. Saree L. Reindahl Currahee Financial LLC Arrow Financial Services, LLC Midland Funding LLC, c/o Midland Credit Management Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Intervale Mortgage Corporation Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc. Unknown Spouse of Saree L. Reindahl Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No. 11 CV 74 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Saree L. Reindahl/Unknown Spouse of Saree L. Reindahl. You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and the basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after March 16, 2011 you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent to 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 54810-9071 and to Shannon K. Cummings/Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C., 165 Bishops Way, Brookfield, WI 53005. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 25th day of February, 2011 Shannon K. Cummings/ Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1033710 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 266501

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC TEST ELECTRONIC VOTING EQUIPMENT A public test of the Village of Frederic’s Sequoia Voting System will be held at the Village Hall on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. 532581 32L


Kristi Swanson Village Clerk

(Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 ASSOCIATED BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. KID’S VIEW DAY CARE INC., a Wisconsin corporation; ILENE J. LINDSKOOG; ROBIN A. KELLEY and RONNIE R. CHINANDER d/b/a CASTLE CREEK COMPANY, Defendants. Case No. 10-CV-636 Case Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE STATE OF WISCONSIN : : SS. COUNTY OF POLK : By virtue of and pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on October 15, 2010, I will sell the following-described mortgaged premises at public auction in the Foyer Area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on April 20, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.: Lot Three (3), Oakcrest Business District, City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Parcel No.: 281-011870003 Property Address: 815 E. U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. The property will be sold subject to all legal encumbrances. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. 10% down in the form of cash, certified check or cashier’s check, or money order must be paid at the time of sale. No personal checks or letters of credit will be accepted. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin real estate transfer tax from the proceeds of the sale. The balance of the price shall be paid to the Clerk of Courts by cash, certified check or cashier’s check no later than 10 days after confirmation of the sale by the Court. If the balance is not paid within that 10-day period, Bidder forfeits the down payment made. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 17th day of February, 2011. /s/Peter M. Johnson Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin This Document Drafted By: Metzler, Timm, Treleven, Pahl, Beck, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff By: Ronald F. Metzler WI Bar Member No.: 1010044 222 Cherry Street Green Bay, WI 54301-4223 920-435-9593 530750

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(March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ROCK N’ ROLL TO GO PLUS!, INC., Plaintiff, vs. BRIDGET A. SORENSON, Defendant CASE NO. 2010TJ000017 NOTICE OF SALE Public notice is here given that by virtue of an Execution issued under the seal of the Circuit Court for Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, upon a Judgment entered in the Court on October 20, 2009, in favor of Rock N’ Roll To Go Plus!, Inc., Plaintiff, and against Bridget A. Sorenson, Defendant, in the sum of $389,577.39, damages and costs, I have levied upon all right, title and interest of Bridget A. Sorenson in and to the following real estate: Lot 27 County Plat of Magic Lake, along with 1/5 interest Outlot 2 as recorded in Volume 956 on Page 88 as Document #683110, Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. Lot 28 County Plat of Magic Lake, along with 1/5 interest Outlot 2 as recorded in Volume 956 on Page 88 as Document #683110, Section 32, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel ID: 002-02267-2700, 002-02267-2800, 002-022670102. Property Address: 7th Avenue, Town of Alden, Star Prairie, WI 54026. I will sell this property at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, at 900 Polk County Judicial Center, 1005 West Main Street, in Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, at 10 a.m., on May 11, 2011, to satisfy the execution, together with interest and costs. Dated this 22nd day of March, 2011. /s/ Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Herrick & Hart, S.C. Terry L. Moore 116 West Grand Avenue P.O. Box 167 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0167 (715) 832-3491



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An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was July 5, 1939, and date of death was October 14, 2010. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 2302 160th Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Please take notice that: 1. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Suite 500, before Jenell Anderson, Probate Regis-trar, on April 6, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. or when scheduled thereafter. You need not appear unless you object. The application may be granted if no objection is made. 2. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before June 13, 2011. 3. Publication of this notice shall constitute notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. Jenell Anderson Probate Registrar March 8, 2011 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787


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Case No. 11 PR 15

Notices/Employment Opportunities

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Notice to Interested Persons and Time Limit for Filing Claims (Informal Administration)

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(March 30, April 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD N. KATUIN Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 19 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 5, 1941, and date of death February 17, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1767 80th Avenue, Dresser, WI 54009. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 1034, before Jenell L. Anderson, Probate Registrar, on April 21, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 30, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 1034. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar March 17, 2011 Judith A. Remington Remington Law Offices, LLC 126 S. Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-3422 Bar Number: 1016706

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(Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Daniel R. Johnson, Individual and Sole Proprietor, d/b/a Swedes Masonry, Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 929 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered April 26, 2010, in the amount of $181,175.54, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Foyer Area, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: A parcel of land in the SE 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section 28, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of SE 1/4 of SW 1/4, thence North along the Forty line 300 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said Forty, 500 feet; thence South parallel to the east line of said Forty to the South line of said Forty; thence East to the place of beginning. Parcel 2: The SE 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section 28, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, except a parcel described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of SE 1/4 of SW 1/4, thence North along the Forty line 300 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said Forty, 500 feet; thence South parallel to the East line of said Forty to the South line of said Forty, thence East to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2155 190th Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) 430 2nd Street Hudson, WI 54016 (715) 386-3733 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. If you are currently in bankruptcy or have been discharged in bankruptcy, this letter is not an attempt to collect the debt from you personally. This letter serves only as notice of the commencement of a legal proceeding as required by the loan documents, state law, and/ or federal law. 532796 WNAXLP

(Mar. 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY The RiverBank 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 Plaintiff, vs. Rivertown Construction, LLC 916 248th Street Osceola, WI 54020-4208 Douglas A. Neidermire 916 248th Street Osceola, WI 54020-4208 Lori A. Neidermire 916 248th Street Osceola, WI 54020-4208 Richard E. Funk 2274 60th Avenue Osceola, WI 54020-4509 Joleen R. Funk 2274 60th Avenue Osceola, WI 54020-4509 FMF Capital, LLC 8040 Excelsior Drive Suite 200 Madison, WI 53717 Mortgagelt, Inc. 8040 Excelsior Drive Suite 200 Madison, WI 53717 and National City Bank 50 West Broad Street Suite 1800 Columbus, OH 43215 Defendants. Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage/ Contract Court File No. 10-CV-423 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 29, 2010, in the amount of $149,521.65 against Richard E. Funk and Joleen R. Funk, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 4, 2011, 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: That part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4 of the SW1/4) of Section 32, Township 33 North, Range 18 West described as follows: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 3231 recorded in Volume 14 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 253 as Document No. 604680, Polk County, Wisconsin, together with a 30-foot wide access easement as described in Volume 829, Page 739 of Deeds. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2274 60th Ave., Osceola, WI 54020. 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.


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(March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Inc., Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2003-1 by American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., its attorney-in-fact Plaintiff, vs. STEVEN A. GAUSTAD; and BENEFICIAL FINANCIAL I INC. successor to Beneficial Wisconsin, Inc.; and CAPITAL ONE BANK USA N.A.; and MIDLAND FUNDING LLC; and CURRAHEE FINANCIAL, LLC; and THE CUMBERLAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND EXTENDED CARE UNIT, INC.; and THE CUMBERLAND CLINIC, S.C., Defendants Case No. 10-CV-726 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 18, 2010, in the amount of $60,638.43, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 19, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land in Outlot 93 of the Village of Clayton, described as follows: Commencing at the East 1/4 corner of Section 24-33-15, thence West along the EastWest quarter line a distance of 2,289.75 feet, which is the point of beginning of parcel being described; thence due North 200 feet; thence due West 100 feet; thence due South 200 feet; thence East 100 feet to the point of beginning; Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 241 Clayton Avenue East, Village of Clayton. TAX KEY NO.: 112-00257-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

The Luck School District will be conducting a developmental screening for children ages birth to five years old, with the primary emphasis on three- and four-year-olds, on Friday, April 15. The areas of screening will include: Fine motor development, gross motor development, speech and language concepts. Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted by a nurse from the Polk County Public Health Department. If you have concerns about your child’s development in any of these areas, please call the Luck Elementary School Office at 715-472-2153, Ext. 108, by Wednesday, April 13. Appointments will be scheduled beginning at noon and each 532133 20-23a 31-34L screening will last about 45 minutes. (Mar. 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY The RiverBank 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, WI 54020 Plaintiff, vs. Upland Homes, LLC 308 SW 15th Street, Suite 25 Forest Lake, MN 55025 and Joel A. Rivard 28007 Nathan Lane Lindstrom, MN 55045 Defendants Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage/ Contract Court File No. 10-CV-685 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 28, 2010, in the amount of $132,531.52, against Upland Homes, LLC, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 4, 2011, at 10 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 properties are 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: Lot EightyThree (83) and Lot Eighty-Four (84) of Gateway Meadows, said Plat being a Subdivision of part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE1/4 of the SE1/4), the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4 of the SE1/4), the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW1/4 of the SE1/4) and the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SW1/4 of the SE1/4), Section TwentySix (26), Township ThirtyThree (33) North of Range Nineteen (19) West; also being a part of Outlots 169 and 170 of the Osceola Outlot Plat, Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1221 Corey Court and 1231 Corey Court, Osceola, WI 54020 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. 1107876 532094 WNAXLP

(Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 JUDGE ROBERT H. RASMUSSEN AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank f/k/a Polk County Bank 25 West Main Street P.O. Box 7933 Madison, WI 53707, Plaintiff, vs. Michael V. Chaney a.k.a. Michael Vernon Chaney 2353 180th Street Luck, WI 54853, Unknown Spouse of Michael V. Chaney 2353 180th Street Luck, WI 54853 SUMMONS Case No. 11CV9 Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named as a DEFENDANT: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 20 days of receiving this summons (45 days if you are the State of Wisconsin or an insurance company, 60 days if you are the United States of America) you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, and to Nicholas J. Vivian, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P., 1809 Northwestern Avenue, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 20 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 6, 2010. ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. By: Nicholas J. Vivian, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff State Bar I.D. No.: 1047165 1809 Northwestern Avenue Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 651-439-2878 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 532491 WNAXLP

(Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES INC. Plaintiff, vs. RANDY L. MCDANIEL AND CINDY S. MCDANIEL, husband and wife; and CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), NA; and WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Defendants. Case No. 10-CV-639 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 Code No. 30405 Other Real Estate NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALES PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 8, 2010, in the amount of $190,528.83, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 12, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot Three (3) of Section Thirty (30), in Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, in the Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map recorded in Volume 12 of Certified Survey Maps at page 155, as Document No. 580602. AND Part of Government Lot Three (3) of Section Thirty (30), in Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, in the Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Section 30; thence on an assumed bearing along the North line of the Northwest 1/4 of said Section 30, North 89 55’ 09” East a distance of 1,273.65 feet to the Northwest corner of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2668, recorded in Volume 12, page 155; thence continuing along said North line North 89 55’ 09” East a distance of 371.53 feet to the East line of said Lot 1 and the point of beginning of the parcel to described; thence continuing along said North 89 55’ 09” East a distance of 128.47 feet; thence South 02 19’ 56” East a distance of 436.08 feet; thence South 89 55’ 09” West, a distance of 133.66 feet to the East line of said Lot 1; thence along last said East line North 01 39’ 04” West a distance of 435.91 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 192 118th Street, Town of Black Brook. TAX KEY NO.: 010-754-0100 Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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Jerry L. Wilson, 69, Siren, died March 14. William A. Horstmann Jr., 76, Oakland, died March 17.

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Dennis W. Gill, 53, town of Anderson, died March 5, 2011. Norma R. Hanson, 84, Grantsburg, died March 10, 2011.


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An election will be held in the Town of Bone Lake on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk

Arvid W. Christiansen, 68, Luck, died Feb. 26, 2011. Arthur J. Kruse, 79, Eureka Township, died March 7, 2011. Genevieve M. Peichel, 89, Amery, died March 11, 2011. Leo B. Bach, 75, Georgetown Township, died March 12, 2011.

Donald C. Getschel, 78, Farmington Township, died March 13, 2011. Leone E. Wellbrock, 70, Bone Lake Township, died March 14, 2011. David A. Rau, 63, Amery, died March 17, 2011.

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STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DAVID M. SWENSON, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 128 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 5, 2010, in the amount of $54,637.19, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 18, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The Northeast One-quarter of the Southeast One-quarter, Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 15 West, in the Town of Johnstown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2237 Pipe Lake Road, Comstock, WI 54826. TAX KEY NO.: 028-00168-0000. Dated this 25th day of March, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Marie M. Flannery State Bar #1045309 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 268116

Case No. 10-CV-608 Branch No. 2 Foreclosure of mortgage/30404 NOTICE OF REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on November 5, 2010, in the amount of $257,121.09, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction in the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, on May 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the following real estate and mortgaged premises directed by said Judgment to be sold, to-wit: Legal description: The Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 13, Township 36 North, Range 15 West, in the Town of McKinley, Polk County, Wisconsin. (TAX KEY NO. 038-00292-0000 and 03800293-0000). ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 2753 Polk Barron St., Cumberland, WI 54829 TERMS OF SALE: 10% down in cash or certified funds (no personal checks) at sale, the balance due within 10 days of confirmation. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale upon confirmation of the Court. Said real estate is sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff STUPAR, SCHUSTER & COOPER, S.C. By: Jeffrey S. Schuster Attorneys for Plaintiff 633 West Wisconsin Avenue Suite 1800 Milwaukee, WI 53203 414-271-8833

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(Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. DANIEL E. FOUST and KAREN M. FOUST, Defendants Case No. 10 CV 811 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on January 4, 2011, in the amount of $111,661.05, 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, April 7, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Fourteen (14) of Certified Survey Map No. 5261 recorded in Volume 23 of Certified Survey Maps on page 168 as Document No. 721541, said Map being Lot 14 of Certified Survey Map No. 214 recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps on page 217, as Document No. 359866, located in the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4), Section Twenty-five (25), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Fifteen (15) West and part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4), Section Twenty-five (25), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Fifteen (15) West, Town of Johnstown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 028-00625-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 1983 Long Lake Lane, Comstock, Wisconsin 54826. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 7th day of February, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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This evening is designed for parents only, so they may have a better understanding of the kindergarten program and details of their child’s day at school. If your child is currently enrolled in the 4-K Program in Balsam Lake, your child will bring home a registration packet to be completed by you and returned on April 19 If your child does not go to the 4-K Program, then a packet may be picked up at the Luck Elementary School Office anytime. Parents of those children that are not enrolled in 4-K will also need to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization records. A school physical will be required to attend kindergarten. According to state law, (chapter 429, section 118.14), a child must be five years old on or before September 1, in order to go to kindergarten in the fall. If you have questions regarding this, please call us at 715532074 30-33L 20-22a 472-2153, ext. 108.





(March 23, 30, April 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EQUABLE ASCENT FINANCIAL LLC ASSIGNEE OF 1120 W. LAKE COOK RD. STE. B BUFFALO GROVE, IL 60089 Plaintiff, vs. ERIC PETERSON 207 1ST AVE. S. FREDERIC, WI 54837 Defendant(s) Case No. 10CV913 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 1100251 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. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after March 23, 2011, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is 1005 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810-4410 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, 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: February 23, 2011. /s/ Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd. Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 Toll Free: 877-667-0810 Attorney for the Plaintiff

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(Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a the Bank of New York, as trustee for the certificate holders CWALT , Inc., Alternative Loan Trust 2006-OC1, Mortgage pass-through Certificates, series 2006-OC1 Plaintiff vs. Steve M. Preisler; Julie A. Preisler; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc, acting solely as nominee for Intervale Mortgage Corporation; Defendants

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NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10 CV 89 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 18, 2010, in the amount of $102,593.09, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: Time: May 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. Terms: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of slae; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. Place: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Property Description: Commencing 480 feet north of the east 1/8 post in the South line of Section 15, Township 32 North of Range 19 West, thence North on said 1/8 line 95 feet; thence West at right angles with said 1/8 line 150 feet; thence South parallel with said 1/8 line 95 feet; thence East 150 feet to the place of beginning said described piece of parcel of land being a part of the Southwest quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section 15, Township 32 North of Range 19 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No.: 022-00362-0000. Property Address: 307 State Road 35, Osceola, WI 54020. Gunar J. Blumberg State Bar No. 1028987 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe, Ste. 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 532976 WNAXLP


(March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC. Plaintiff, vs. ARDELL K. STRENKE and SHELLEY A. STRENKE, husband and wife, Defendants. Case No. 10-CV-137 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 11, 2010, in the amount of $148,211.27, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 12, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of one acre in the NE 1/4 of SE 1/4, described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest Corner of NE 1/4 of SE 1/4, run thence East along the North boundary line of said description 22 Rods, then South at right angles 11 Rods, then Northwesterly to a point on the West boundary line of said description 3 Rods South of place of beginning, then North 3 Rods to beginning, all in Section 29-37-17, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1619 315th Avenue, Town of West Sweden. TAX KEY NO.: 048-00667-0000 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1424 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.


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Poll Place Location: 3147 3rd Ave. North, West Sweden Polling Hours: 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.


The Amery Housing Authority is seeking a full-time Executive Director to oversee all Housing Authority programs and projects in accordance with operating procedures. These programs include HUD Public Housing, elderly and family, Rural Rental Housing 515 elderly/disabled, Section 8 New Construction, family, Housing Voucher Choice and Congregate Care. The Amery Housing Authority is a small rural operation consisting of 203 units under management. The position is full time, responsible for the day-to-day operations and reports to the Housing Authority Board of Directors. Requires a minimum of an AA from accredited program in Accounting, Business Management or related field. Must have at least 2 years’ experience in housing management. Consideration given to proven management experience. Full benefits and retirement. Please mail a cover letter and resume to: Housing Authority of the City of Amery, 300 North Harriman Ave., Amery, WI 54001. Attention: Executive Director Vacancy. Application materials must be postmarked no later than April 11, 2011. Job description and qualifications may be obtained via e-mail at No 532434 31-32L 21-22d,e phone calls.

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Apply in person at HR, M - F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online (March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Rural American Bank-Luck, Plaintiff, vs. Donald L. Michaelson aka Donald Michaelson and Laura S. Michaelson aka Laura Michaelson, et al, Defendants Case No. 10 CV 738 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on the 8th day of February, 2011, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 25th day of May, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: ATTACHMENT PAGE 2: Part of Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 1166, recorded in Vol. 5 of Certified Survey Maps, page 157, Document No. 445507, described as follows: A parcel of land located in the SW1/4 of SE1/4 and in the NW1/4 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the South 1/4 corner of Section 8, thence N 00 degrees 05 minutes 56 seconds W along the north-south quarter line, 1,101.80 feet; thence N 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds E, 300.0 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel herein described; thence continuing N 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds E, 205.00 feet; thence S 43 degrees 40 minutes 49 seconds E, 215.69 feet to a point on the northerly right-of-way line of the Soo Line Railroad; thence S 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds W along said northerly line of the Soo Line Railroad, 205.00 feet; thence N 43 degrees 40 minutes 40” W, 215.69 feet to the point of beginning. Parcel 4: Part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Northernmost corner of a parcel of land described in Volume 528 of Records, Page 152, in the office of the Polk County Register of Deeds, thence South 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds West 255.61 feet to a point on the East line of Stokely Road; thence North 00 degrees 05 minutes 56 seconds West along the East line of Stokely Road to a point due West from the point of beginning; thence East to the point of beginning. Parcel 5: Part of the SW1/4 of SE1/4 and part of the N1/4 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1166, recorded in Volume 5 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 157, Document No. 445507 described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest corner of parcel described in Volume 567 Records, page

066, Document No. 489307; thence North along the East line of Stokely Road to the Southwest corner of parcel described in Volume 526 Records, Page 785, Document No. 464646; thence North 89 degrees 54 minutes 04 seconds East along the Southernmost line of said parcel and extending North 89 degrees 54 minutes 04 seconds East to the Northwestern line of parcel described in Volume 564 Records, Page 625, Document No. 487944; thence South 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds West to the Eastern corner of parcel described in Volume 567 Records, Page 066, Document No. 489307; thence West along the North line of said parcel to the point of beginning. And other real estate. ATTACHMENT PAGE 3: Parcel 1: Part of Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 1166, recorded in Volume 5 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 157, Document No. 445507, described as follows: A parcel of land located in the SW1/4 of SE1/4 and in the NW1/4 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the South 1/4 corner of Section 8, Thence N 00 degrees 05 minutes 56 seconds W along the north-south quarter line, 1,101.80 feet; thence N 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds E, 300.0 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel herein described; thence continuing N 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds E, 205.00 feet; thence S 43 degrees, 40 minutes, 49 seconds E, 215.69 feet to a point on the northerly right-ofway line of the Soo Line Railroad; thence S 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds W along said northerly line of the Soo Line Railroad, 205.00 feet; thence N 43 degrees 40 minutes 40” W, 215.69 feet to the point of beginning. Parcel 2: Part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at a point on the 1/4 line 1,101.80 feet North of the South 1/4 corner of Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, thence North 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds East 44.39 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel described; thence North 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds East 255.61 feet; thence South 43 degrees 40 minutes 49 seconds East 215.69 feet to the Soo Line right of way; thence along the Soo Line right of way South 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds West to a point on the East line of Stokely Road; thence North 00 degrees 05 minutes 56 seconds West along the East line of Stokely Road to the point of beginning. Parcel 3: Part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Northernmost corner of a parcel of land described in Volume 528 of Records, Page 152 (Parcel 2) in the office of the Polk County Register of Deeds, thence South 47 degrees, 55

minutes, 44 seconds West 255.61 feet to a point on the East line of Stokely Road; thence North 00 degrees 05 minutes 56 seconds West along the East line of Stokely Road to a point due West from the point of beginning; thence East to the point of beginning. Parcel 4: Part of the SW1/4 of SE1/4 and part of the NW1/4 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1166, recorded in Volume 5 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 157, Document No. 445507 described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest corner of parcel described in Volume 567 Records, Page 066, Document No. 489307; thence North along the East line of Stokely Road to the Southwest corner of parcel described in Volume 526 Records, Page 785, Document No. 464646; thence North 89 degrees 54 minutes 04 seconds East along the Southernmost line of said parcel and extending North 89 degrees 54 minutes 04 seconds East to the Northwestern line of parcel described in Volume 564 Records, Page 625, Document No. 487944; thence South 47 degrees 55 minutes 44 seconds West to the Eastern corner of parcel described in Volume 567 Records, Page 066, Document No. 489307; thence West along the North line of said parcel to the point of beginning. AND, part of Lot Three (3) of Certified Survey Map No. 337, recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 66, Document No. 373350, described as follows: Commencing at the most Northerly corner of Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 337, located in the SW1/4 of Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West in the Village of Milltown; thence South 00 degrees 05 minutes 11 seconds West 542.43 feet along the Westerly right of way of Stokely Road; thence, leaving said right of way, North 31 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds West 193.38 feet; thence North 00 degrees 05 minutes 11 seconds East 309.41 feet; thence North 31 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds West 6.04 feet to a point on the Southeasterly right of way of the service road; thence, along said right of way, North 58 degrees 56 minutes 00 seconds East 120.50 feet to the point of beginning. Said parcel being more specifically located in the East 1/2 of SW1/4, Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West. TERMS OF THE SALE: Cash due upon confirmation of sale. DOWN PAYMENT: Ten Percent (10%) of amount bid by certified check due at time of sale. Dated this 16th day of February, 2011, at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin John Grindell GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. Plaintiff’s Attorney P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561


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The Town of Sterling is accepting bids for crushing 15,000 yards of gravel. Crushing to be completed by August 1 of this year. Bids may be mailed to: Town of Sterling 13308 Bucklund Road Grantsburg, WI 54840 Questions may be directed to the town shop at 715-488-2452. The board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids to be opened at the April 18, 2011, board meeting at 7:15 p.m. Julie Peterson 532641 32L 22a WNAXLP Clerk

Wed., April 6, 2011 7 p.m.

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Siren High School Library Contact Mike Murphy,


BONE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Commissioners Meeting Georgetown Hall Sat., April 9, 2011 At 9 a.m. Meeting Agenda 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Call meeting to order. Reading and approval of minutes Treasurer’s report Revisions to current budget Lake Management plan update Committee reports Commissioner meeting agenda for 2011 8. Old business 9. New business 532740 32-33L 10. Adjournment

NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION At the Spring Election to be held on April 5, 2011, in Polk County, Wisconsin, the following polling place locations will be used for the municipalities indicated. Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. Voters must be registered before they may vote. You may already be registered. If you have any questions concerning your polling place, or registering, contact the municipal clerk prior to the election. All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters. City of St. Croix Falls Voting at: City Hall (Located at 710 Hwy. 35 South, intersection of U.S. Hwy. 8 & Hwy. 35 S.) Bonita Leggitt, Clerk - 715-483-3929, ext. 11 Town of Alden Voting at: Alden Town Hall (Located 1 mile east of Hwy. 65 on Cty. Rd. C & CC) Judy Demulling, Clerk - 715-248-7859 Town of Apple River Voting at: Apple River Town Hall 612 U.S. Hwy. 8, Range Tom Sykes - Clerk, 715-268-2534 Town of Balsam Lake Voting at: Balsam Lake Town Hall & Shop (Located at 1494 150th Ave., intersection of 150th Ave. & 150th St.) Brian Masters, Clerk - 715-554-2091 Town of Bone Lake Voting at: Bone Lake Lutheran Church (1/2 mile S. of Hwy. 48, corner of Cty. Rd. I & 255th Ave.) Darrell Frandsen, Clerk - 715-472-8212 Town of Clam Falls Voting at: Clam Falls Town Hall (County Road I to 320th Avenue, east to 80th Street, then south 1/4 mile - hall on east side of street) Betty L. Knutson, Clerk - 715-653-4206 Town of Eureka Voting at: Eureka Town Garage 2395 210th Ave. Michelle Tonnar, Clerk - 715-646-2985 Town of Farmington Voting at: Farmington Town Hall (Located 1/4 mile west of Hwy. 35 on 30th Ave.) Debbie Swanson, Clerk - 715-294-2370 Town of Garfield Voting at: Garfield Town Hall (Next to Fire Hall, in Wanderoos) Sue Knutson, Clerk - 715-268-4857 Town of Georgetown Voting at: Town Hall (Located corner of Cty. Rds. H & I) Kristine Lindgren, Clerk - 715-857-5788 Town of Laketown Voting at: Cushing Community Center (Located at 2410 241st St., Cushing School) Patsy Gustafson, Clerk - 715-648-5569

Town of Lorain Voting at: Lorain Town Hall (Located at the intersection of 20th St. & 345th Ave., next to fire hall) Susan Hughes, Clerk - 715-653-2629 Alex Till, Deputy Clerk Town of Luck Voting at: Luck Town Hall (Located at St. Rd. 48, next to Luck Medical Clinic) Lloyd Nelson, Clerk - 715-472-2037 Town of McKinley Voting at: McKinley Town Hall (Located at Corner of Hwy. 48 and 15th St.) Deborah Grover, Clerk - 715-822-3864 Town of Milltown Voting at: Milltown Fire Hall (Located at 127 Eider St., on Hwy. 35 north of Milltown) Virgil Hansen, Clerk - 715-825-2494 Town of Osceola Voting at: Town Hall (516 East Ave. N, Dresser) Lorraine Rugroden, Clerk/Treas. - 715-755-3060 Town of St. Croix Falls Voting at: St. Croix Falls Town Hall (Intersection of U.S. Hwy. 8 and 200th St.) Janet Krueger, Clerk - 715-483-1851 Town of Sterling Voting at: Cushing Community Center (From Hwy. 87 turn by Holiday (Cty. Rd. N), go straight onto 241st St.) Julie Peterson, Clerk - 715-488-2735 Town of West Sweden Voting at: West Sweden Town Hall (Located in Frederic, off Hwy. 48 W., on (N.) 3rd Ave.) Andrea Lundquist, Clerk - 715-327-8650 Village of Dresser Voting at: Municipal Office (Located on the corner of Main St. and Central Ave., 2 blocks off of State Rd. 35) Jodi A. Gilbert, Clerk - 715-755-2940 Village of Frederic Voting at: Frederic Village Hall (107 Hope Road West , 1/2 block west of Hwy. 35) Kristi Swanson, Clerk - 715-327-4294 Village of Osceola Voting at: Osceola High School Auditorium Neil J. Soltis, Clerk - 715-294-3498 532351 21a,d 32L WNAXLP


The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold Public Hearings on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 8:30 a.m., in the Government Center (County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following district changes and other agenda items: TROY CRESS: General Purpose to Commercial. Property affected is: U.S. Hwy. 63, Lot 3, CSM #5822, Vol. 26/Pg. 88, in Govt. Lot 3, Sec. 23/T33N/R15W, Town of Clayton. RICHARD BUMP: Commercial to Agricultural. Property affected is: NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 and SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Sec. 9/T34N/R16W, Town of Apple River. 532475 31-32L 21a,d WNAXLP

FACSIMILE BALLOT NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION April 5, 2011 Office of the Siren School District Clerk To the Electors of Siren School District: Notice is hereby given of a school board election to be held in the several wards in the School District of Siren, on April 5, 2011. Notice is hereby also given, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a school district referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall give his or her name and address before being permitted to vote. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth or machine and cast his or her ballot, except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. On referenda questions where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square at the right of the answer which he or she intends to give. If in favor of the question, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square at the right of “YES.” If opposed to the questions, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square to the right of “NO.” At the spring election, where paper ballots or lever machines are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square or depress the lever or button at the right of the name of the candidate for whom he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write the name of the candidate of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referenda, where paper ballots or lever machines are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square or depress the lever or button at the right of or depress the button or lever next to “yes” if in favor of the the question, or the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square at the right of or depress the button or lever next to “no” if opposed to the question. The vote should not be cast in any other manner. If the elector spoils a ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official, who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. Not more than five minutes’ time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Unofficial ballots or a memorandum to assist the elector in marking his or her ballot may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so the inside marks do not show but so the printed endorsements and inspectors’ initials on the outside do show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the booth, and where paper ballots are distributed to the electors, deposit his or her folded ballots in the ballot boxes, or deliver the ballots to an inspector for deposit, and shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing, or understanding English or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a facsimile of the official ballot:



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(March 23, 30, April 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD N. KATUIN Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 19 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 5, 1941, and date of death February 17, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1767 80th Avenue, Dresser, WI 54009. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. Room 1034, before Jenell L. Anderson, Probate Registrar, on April 21, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 30, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 1034. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Jenell L. Anderson March 17, 2011 Judith A. Remington Remington Law Offices, LLC 126 S. Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-3422 532509 WNAXLP 1016706

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Frederic Rural Fire Association will be Wed., April 6, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Fire Hall. 532344 31-32L

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, enacted Ordinance No. 11-02 entitled “Amendments to Ordinance No. 1 Town Zoning Ordinance” on March 16, 2011. Chapter V (Sign Regulation and Restrictions) Section C (Legal Nonconforming Signs) 3 (Loss of Nonconforming Status) d. is amended to read as follows: The sign is destroyed by any means to the extent of fifty (50%) percent or more of its fair market value, percent of the display or structure is destroyed. Fifty (50%) percent or more of the sign structure is destroyed by any means. Structure in this instance also included any wood or metal used for display, but not the copy on the display. The full text of Ordinance 11-02 ia available at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, 54024, as well as on the Town’s Web site For more information please contact the clerk at 715-483-1851. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk 532813 32L WNAXLP


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LOCATION AND HOURS OF POLLING PLACES A Nonpartisan Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in the State of Wisconsin. This notice of location and hours of polling places is published on behalf of the municipalities. Following is a list of polling place locations for Burnett County municipalities: Town of Anderson Town of Blaine Town of Daniels Town of Dewey Town of Grantsburg Town of Jackson Town of LaFollette Town of Lincoln Town of Meenon Town of Oakland Town of Roosevelt Town of Rusk

Town Hall Town Hall (Northland Comm Ctr.) Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall (Timberland Luth. Church) Town Hall

13808 Anderson Rd. 1232 E. School Rd. 9602 Daniels 70 Rd. 24433 Town Hall Rd. 23211 State Rd. 48/87 4599 County Rd. A 24184 Malone Rd. 9110 Perida Rd. 7396 Kruger Rd. 27826 Lone Pine Rd. 20805 Cty. Rd. H 25195 County Rd. H

Town of Sand Lake Town of Scott Town of Siren Town of Swiss Town of Trade Lake Town of Union Town of Webb Lake Town of West Marshland Town of Wood River Village of Grantsburg Village of Siren Village of Webster

Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Town Hall Village Hall Village Hall Community Center

5364 County Rd. X 28390 County Rd. H 7240 S. Long Lake Rd. 7551 Main Street 11811 Town Hall Rd. 9015 County Rd. F 31000 Namekagon Trail 12259 County Rd. F 11610 State Rd. 70 316 S. Brad St. 24049 First Ave. N. 7421 Main St. W.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. All of the polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters. If you have questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk:

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Molly Bentley Siren School District Clerk

Town of Anderson Jessica King, Clerk 2773 185th St. Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4753 Town of Blaine Rita Ronnigen Clerk 33426 North Mans Trail Minong, WI 54859 715-466-4884 Town of Daniels Ellen Ellis, Clerk 8713 Daniels 70 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5840 Town of Dewey Pamela Brown 1148 Swiss Chalet Rd. Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-7111 Town of Grantsburg Romey Nelson, Clerk-Treasurer 118 E. Madison Avenue P.O. Box 642 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5600

Town of Jackson Lorraine Radke, Clerk 4742 County Rd. A Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8412 Town of LaFollette Linda Terrian, Clerk 23928 Malone Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2531 Town of Lincoln Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk P.O. Box 296 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-7580 Town of Meenon Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk 25863 E. Bass Lake Dr. Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4893 Town of Oakland Deanna Krause, Clerk 7426 W. Main St. P.O. Box 675 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8213

Town of Roosevelt Karla Mortensen 22030 Bakker Rd. Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-645-2507 Town of Rusk Jennifer Christner, Clerk 26951 W. Benoit Lake Rd. Webster, WI 54893 715-635-3861 Town of Sand Lake Peggy Tolbert P.O. Box 165 Webster, WI 54893 715-222-9375 Town of Scott Kim Simon, Clerk 28390 County Rd. H Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-2308 Town of Siren Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5119

Town of Swiss Judy Dykstra, Clerk 7551 Main St. P.O. Box 157 Danbury, WI 54830 Office: 715-656-3030 Town of Trade Lake Deborah Christian, Clerk 13361 St. Rd. 48 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-488-2600 Town of Union Gail Nielsen, Deputy Clerk 27440 County Rd. FF Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8084 Town of Webb Lake Gail Keup, Clerk 2363 Escape Drive Webb Lake, WI 54830 715-259-3439 Town of West Marshland Margaret A. Hess, Clerk 25161 Spaulding Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2922

Town of Wood River Dawn Luke, Clerk 11097 Crosstown Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-689-2296 Village of Grantsburg Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk 316 S. Brad St. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2405 Village of Siren Ann Peterson, Clerk/Treasurer 24049 First Ave. P.O. Box 23 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2273 Village of Webster Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk-Treasurer 7505 Main St. W. P.O. Box 25 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4211

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At the election to be held on April 5, 2011, in the School District of Siren, the following polling place locations will be used for the wards indicated: Municipality Polling Place Municipal Clerk Village of Siren Village Offices Ann Peterson Town of Siren Siren Town Hall Mary Hunter Town of LaFollette LaFollette Town Hall Linda Terrian Town of Daniels Daniels Town Hall Ellen Ellis Town of Lincoln Lincoln Town Hall Patrice Bjorklund Town of Meenon Meenon Town Hall Suzanne Eytcheson Town of Sand Lake Sand Lake Town Hall Peggy Tolbert All polling places will be open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m. If you have questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk. All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters. Dated: March 16, 2011 532568 32L WNAXLP Signed: Molly Bentley, School District Clerk


TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION - NOTICE OF HEARING April 13, 2011 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. The Kraemer Company, LLC requests a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to construct and operate a temporary concrete batch plant and a pavement recycle site in the Commercial District. The property address is 2014 U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. The property is located in Section 34, and the parcel identification numbers are 044-00021-1000 and 044-009330000.w Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 532884 32-33L WNAXLP

TOWN OF EUREKA Public Test Town Hall Thurs., Mar. 31, 2011 10 a.m. Notice is given to perform a public test of the Edge Voting System at the Eureka Town Hall. 532901 32L WNAXLP


OFFICE OF THE POLK COUNTY CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF POLK COUNTY Notice is hereby given of a spring election to be held in Polk County, on the 5th day of April, 2011, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall give his or her name and address before being permitted to vote. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth and cast his or her ballot except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. At the spring election, where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. Where optical scan voting systems are used, the elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for whom he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not apper on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided and fill in the oval or connect the arrow on the write-in line. Where touch screen voting systems are used, the elector shall depress the button next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. The vote should not be cast in any other manner. If the elector spoils a paper or optical scan ballot, he or she shall return it to and election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official, who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. The elector may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station. Not more than five minutes’ time shall be allowed inside a voting booth or machine. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in casting his or her ballot may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked.

After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so the inside marks do not show, but so the printed endorsements and inspectors’ initials on the outside do show. The elector shall leave the booth, deposit the ballot in the ballot box or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit and shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official optical scan ballot is marked, it shall be inserted in the security sleeve so the marks do not show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the booth, insert the ballot in the voting device and discard the sleeve, or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit. If a central count system is used, the elector shall insert the ballot in the ballot box and discard the sleeve, or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit. The elector shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official touch screen ballot is marked, the elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English, or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a sample of the official ballots:

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: Dolgencorp, LLC, dba Dollar General Store, has made application to the Village Board of Federic, Polk County, Wisconsin, for a Retail Class “A” Beer & “Class A” Liquor License to allow applicant to sell beer and intoxicating liquor for off-premise consumption only from April 12, 2011, to June 30, 2011, at Dollar General Store located at 211 Wisconsin Ave. S. The application will be considered for approval at the regular Village Board meeting to be held April 11, 2011. Kristi Swanson, Village Clerk 532582 32L WNAXLP


The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 532597 32L


OFFICE OF THE BURNETT COUNTY CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF BURNETT COUNTY: Notice is hereby given of a nonpartisan spring election to be held in the several wards in the County of Burnett on April 5, 2011, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall give his or her name and address before being permitted to vote. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth or machine and cast his or her ballot, except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. At the Spring Election Where paper ballots are used, the elector shall make a cross (X) in the square next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. Where touch screen voting systems are used, the elector shall depress the button next to the name of the candidate for whom he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not

appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. The vote shall not be cast in any other manner. If an elector spoils a ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. The elector may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station. Not more than five minutes’ time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in marking his or her ballot may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so that the inside marks do not show, but so the printed endorsements and inspectors’ initials on the outside do show. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the booth, deposit his or her folded ballots in the proper ballot box or deliver the ballots to an inspector for deposit, and shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official touch screen ballot is marked, the elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing, or understanding English, or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a sample of the official ballots:

The Following Sample Screen Shot Is A Sample Ballot On The SVRS Handicapped Accessible Voting Machine Available For Use At All Polling Places

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WHEREAS, we recognize the need to provide more information or education about Japanese Knotweed; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department is qualified to carry out the responsibilities of a Japanese Knotweed control project on behalf of Polk County; and WHEREAS, Polk County understands the importance of a continuing monitoring and prevention program for the water bodies and citizens of Polk County and intends to proceed on that course. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors requests grant funding and assistance available from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under the "Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant Program" and hereby authorizes the Director of the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department to act on behalf of Polk County to: • Submit an application to the State of Wisconsin for financial aid for rapid response and control of Japanese Knotweed in 2011-2012; • Sign documents; • Take necessary action to undertake, direct and complete an approved AIS Control Grant for Japanese Knotweed; and • Submit reimbursement claims along with necessary supporting documentation within six months of the project completion date. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors will meet the obligations of the Japanese Knotweed control grant project including timely publication of the results and meet the financial obligations under the Japanese Knotweed Control grant including our commitment of 25% of the project costs. Funding amount: $6,666.57. Funding source: Staff Allocation 2011 LWRD Budget. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: March 15, 2011. Submitted and sponsored by Polk County Land Conservtion Committee: Dean Johansen, Wendy Rattel, Larry Jepsen, Ted Johnson and Herschel Brown. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and recommended by: Malia Malone, for Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on March 15, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 06-11: Resolution To Japanese Knotweed Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant 2010-2011, by a unanimous voice vote. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 06-11 - To Authorize Polk County Japanese Knotweed Control Grant. Motion (Brown/Masters) to approve. Resolution was addressed by Tim Ritten, Land & Water Director. Motion to approve Resolution 06-11, carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.

MARCH 15, 2011 - 6 p.m.

Chairman Johnson called the work session portion of the meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 1:00 p.m. County Clerk informed the chair that notice of the agenda was properly posted in three public buildings, published in the county's legal paper and posted on the county Web site the week of March 7, 2011, the first amended agenda posted on March 8, and the second amended agenda on March 10, 2011. Corporation Counsel informed the board that the initial and second amended meeting notice was sufficient as to time and subject matter under the open meetings law and that the Board could act on matters noticed on the second amended meeting notice after the board adopted a motion to suspend the rules, suspending the time provisions set forth in the County Board Rules of Order. Roll call was taken by the Clerk, with 21 members present. Supvrs. Kienholz and Bergstrom were absent for roll call. Both joined the meeting later, Bergstrom at 1:45 p.m. and Kienholz at 2:30 p.m. Chairman Johnson asked for a motion to suspend the rules to facilitate the work session discussion. Motion (Masters/Sample) to suspend Article 3(4) and Article 4(9) of the Rules of Order. Carried by unanimous voice vote. Work session began with a presentation by Administrator Dana Frey on the financial status of Polk County and the impact of the Governor's budget proposals. Chairman called for a 5-minute break. A second presentation was given by County Planner Tim Anderson and Bob Kazmierski of UW-Extension to assist the supervisors in looking at strategic priorities for 2012 and beyond. Tim Anderson and Bob Kazmierski will assimilate the data collected and distribute a report to the supervisors for use in setting goals and making plans for Polk County. Chairman called for a 10-minute break. Time was given for discussion and consideration of the Strategic Plan. Chairman asked for a motion to go into closed session. Motion (Sample/ Masters) to convene in closed session to consider and develop bargaining strategy for labor contracts pursuant to Section 19.85(1)(e). Requests for Darlene Kusmirek, Clerk Carole Wondra and Corporation Counsel Jeff Fuge to remain during closed session. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Motion (Brown/N. Johnson) to reconvene in open session. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. Reconvene into open session. 5:40 p.m. chairman called for recess until regular business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Back in regular session. Chairman Johnson called the meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was taken by the Clerk, with 19 members present. Supvrs. Kienholz, Stoneking and Christensen were absent for roll call, but joined the meeting immediately after. Supervisor Masters led the prayer. Chairman led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence in support of persons impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Chairman Johnson requested a motion to suspend the rules to allow for the 2nd amended agenda. Motion (Luke/Nelson) to suspend the rules of order to allow consideration of Resolution E, as noticed on the 2nd amended agenda. Motion carried by voice vote. Motion (Sample/Masters) to amend the agenda and allow a review of the events and personnel behaviors associated with the nonoccurrence of March 3, 2011, County Board meeting; and to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.85(1)(f), for the purpose of affording preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or investigation of charges against specific persons. Following said closed session, the County Board of Supervisors will reconvene In open session to consider or take action on any matter considered in the closed session. Motion to amend agenda carried by unanimous voice vote. Corporation Counsel requested that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 19.85(2) that said closed session be placed at the foot of the agenda, immediately prior to adjournment. Motion (Stoneking/Christensen) to add Resolution E to the amended agenda, carried by a roll call vote 12 Yes, 11 No. Voting yes: Supvrs. H. Johansen, D. Johansen, Kienholz, Caspersen, Moriak, Arcand, Luke, Stoneking, Jepsen, O'Connell, Christensen and Wm. Johnson. Voting no: Supvrs. Schmidt, Brown, Rattel, Edgell, Masters, Sample, Nelson, Hartung, Bergstrom, N. Johnson and Voelker. Chairman Johnson requested consideration and any corrections to the published January 18, 2011, County Board minutes. No corrections were offered. Chairman declared that said minutes were approved by consensus. Public comments were offered. Chairman's Report was given by Wm. Johnson. Administrator's Report was given by Dana Frey. Finance Director's report was given by Maggie Wickre. Committee/Board Reports were given. Chair called for a 10-minute break. Chairman discussed the notice subject of an amendment to the rules of order, affecting Article 5. Voting. Replace current No. 2 with: the Chairperson or any supervisor may request a roll call vote, by voice or ballot, to be recorded by the clerk. If both a voice vote and a ballot vote are requested, the method supported by a majority of the quorum present, will determine the method used. Change No. 3 to: All roll call votes by voice of the County Board shall proceed on a rotating basis. Delete current No. 4 and change No. 5 to No. 4. Amendments to the rules of order were approved by a unanimous voice vote. Chairman requested a vote on the confirmation of the appointment of Supervisor Kathryn Kienholz to the IFLS Board. Appointment confirmed by unanimous voice vote. Chairman requested vote on the confirmation of appointments for 2011 Emergency Fire Wardens. Deloris and John Hermstad Towns of Bone Lake, Luck & West Sweden Keith and Michelle Schmidt Town of Clam Falls Patty and Ron Fredericks Towns of Clam Falls & West Sweden Earl and Sharon Jensen Town of Lorain Earl and Marilyn Roettger Town of Sterling Jeff and Cheri Moats Towns of West Sweden, Luck & Clam Falls Wayne and Mildred Lundquist Towns of West Sweden & Clam Falls Penny Shockman Town of McKinley Shawn Johnson Town of Sterling Confirmation of appointed fire wardens approved by unanimous voice vote.


VETERAN BENEFITS FUNDING TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF POLK: WHEREAS, Polk County veterans receive the majority of their state veteran benefits through the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA); and WHEREAS, the Veterans Trust Fund (VTF) is WDVA's primary means of financing the multitude of benefits provided to the veterans of Polk County; and WHEREAS, the VTF, started in 1947 with proceeds from a statewide liquor tax, and later funded by periodic infusions of general purpose revenue and proceeds from WDVA loan programs, has steadily decreased in size due to declining interest rates and investment earnings, along with increased demand for programs/services; and WHEREAS, the cost to provide and administer benefits provided through the VTF is almost entirely funded by proceeds from WDVA loan programs, resulting in a situation whereby the veterans of our state are essentially funding their own benefits and services; and WHEREAS, the VTF is forecasted to be into a negative cash flow and completely insolvent as early as late FY-2012/early FY-2013; and WHEREAS, this will result in cessation of vital and in many cases mandated services to our veterans during an unprecedented time of financial need, to include Aid to Needy Veterans Grants, Veteran Retraining Grants, Military Funeral Honors Program, County Veteran Service Officer Grant Program, Personal Loan Program, Federal Claims Assistance, VetEd Reimbursement Grants, Aid to Indigent Veterans, Disabled American Veterans Transportation Grant, County Transportation Grant, Veterans Assistance Program, Outreach Programs, State Veteran Cemeteries and Veterans Museums; and WHEREAS, it is only right that our veterans should continue to have the services they have earned and the support they need, particularly in this time of war and economic crisis, to enable them to contribute to Polk County's economy as productive, independent citizens. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Polk County Board of Supervisors fully supports any and all efforts to provide additional state funding to forestall any VTF insolvency within the next biennium, including, but not limited to, the exploration of permanent state funding for WDVA and the veteran programs and benefits that WDVA oversees. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Polk County Board Of Supervisors directs the county clerk to forward a copy of this resolution to the Office of the Governor Scott Walker, respective State of Wisconsin legislative representatives of Polk County, the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs. Funding source and amount: No funding. Date Finance Committee Advised: N/A. Finance Committee Recommendation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: March 15, 2011. County board action: Adopted. Submitted and sponsored by: Diane Stoneking and Rick Gates. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and approved as to form by: Malia Malone, for Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on March 15, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 07-11: Veterans Benefits Funding, by a unanimous voice vote. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 07-11 - Veteran Benefits Funding. Motion (Jepsen/Schmidt) to approve. Veterans Service Officer Rick Gates addressed the Resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 07-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.



RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE POLK COUNTY JAPANESE KNOTWEED CONTROL GRANT COUNTY OF POLK WHEREAS, the health of our lakes, rivers and streams are vital to the health of our public, sustaining us with clean drinking water; and WHEREAS, our quality of life depends on our natural resources that we use and enjoy; and WHEREAS, our natural resources provide us with natural beauty and resources to economically sustain ourselves; and WHEREAS, public use and enjoyment of our water bodies is best served by protection of our local ecosystems; and WHEREAS, Japanese Knotweed is a recognized invasive plant species; and WHEREAS, Polk County is plagued with the presence of Japanese Knotweed and must manage current infestations and prevent any future infestations; and




TITLE OF RESOLUTION CANCELLATION OF OUTSTANDING ORDERS WHEREAS, The Polk County Treasurer’s Office is holding the following outstanding checks that are two years old and have not been redeemed; DATE PAYEE AMOUNT CHECK NO. 45279 01-21-08 Sarah L. Carlson 290.41 46759 10-28-08 Nathan Ferris 43.17 47543 01-06-09 Kelly Mitzel 59.10 119423 01-31-08 St. Croix County 12.00 119573 02-01-08 WI Dept. Health & Social Ser. 20.00 120241 02-19-08 Mark A. Erickson 38.95 121122 03-13-08 St. Croix County 48.00 121264 03-14-08 Rebekah R. Jain 22.00 121266 03-14-08 Mike Black 32.00 121276 03-14-08 Tara Foeller 19.20 121559 03-28-08 Richard K. Hauglie 71.82 121873 04-04-08 Eau Claire County Sheriff 70.00

Notices/Employment Opportunities


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Lorain Township Cemetery Board Meeting Sat., April 2, At 1 p.m. At Lorain Township Hall Cemetery Board

NOTICE TOWN OF LAFOLLETTE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Saturday, April 16, 2011, 2:30 p.m. The annual meeting for the Town of LaFollette will be held at the town hall on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. 532871 Linda Terrian, Clerk 32L 22a



Notice is hereby given that a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used at the April 5, 2011, Election, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Town Hall and Shop located at 1494 150th Avenue, Balsam Lake. This test is open to the general public. Brian R. Masters, Clerk 532983 32L

CHECK NO. DATE PAYEE AMOUNT 123606 05-22-08 Camella Ann Deike 47.60 123645 05-22-08 Victoria Carlson 5.00 123652 05-22-08 Specialized Flooring Const. 1,250.00 124788 06-27-08 MN Dept. Health Statistics 40.00 124789 06-27-08 New Readers Press 75.00 124832 07-02-08 Frank Thell 825.00 124995 07-02-08 Joey M. Magnuson 12.48 125022 07-02-08 Lars D. Hammett 18.60 125037 07-02-08 Deanine Hupe 17.20 126305 08-08-08 City of Amery 143.81 126980 08-22-08 Rita Anderson 28.80 126982 08-22-08 Colleen M. Gary 26.00 127045 08-29-08 Sheila Hudson 19.44 129011 10-22-08 Rose M. Meyer 34.70 129065 10-23-08 Karen Eliason 20.00 129178 10-28-08 Katherine W. Pederson 22.40 130030 11-20-08 Ansel Johnson 8.00 130040 11-20-08 Charles A. Johnson 8.00 130047 11-20-08 Glen Brown Jr. 20.00 130118 11-20-08 Matthew J. Sedivy 146.31 130235 11-26-08 Jarrid L. Gross 10.11 130519 12-05-08 Large Print Overstocks 272.58 130571 12-09-08 Susan Bednarczyk 22.40 130572 12-09-08 Susan Bednarczyk for TMB 16.00 130579 12-09-08 Jason Hagen 30.00 131249 12-23-08 Town of Georgetown 40.00 131297 12-29-08 City of Amery 1,580.00 131520 01-06-09 City of Amery 48.50 132831 02-10-09 Benjamin W. Skinaway 16.00 133140 02-13-09 Today's Caregiver 18.00 134111 03-13-09 Kenneth Aubart 33.55 WHEREAS, Wisconsin Statutes 59.64 gives the County Board permission to cancel these orders. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board give the Polk County Treasurer permission to cancel and destroy these orders. Started on the parcels after passage of this resolution. Funding amount: None. Funding source: N/A. Date Finance Committee Advised: February 16, 2011. Finance Committee Recommendation: Passage. Approved as to form: Malia Malone for Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Date Submitted to County Board: March 15, 2011. Effective date: Upon Passage. Sponsored by the Finance Committee: William Johnson, Kathryn Kienholz, Brian Masters and Gary P. Bergstrom. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and recommended by: Malia Malone, for Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on March 15, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 08-11: Resolution Cancellation Of Outstanding Orders By Polk County, by a unanimous voice vote. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Dated: 3/21/11 Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Dated: 3/21/11 Res. 08-11 - Cancellation Of Outstanding Orders. Motion (Masters/Jepsen) to approve. County Treasurer Amanda Nissen addressed the resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 08-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.

WHEREAS, Section 174.09(2) further provides that any surplus in excess of $1,000 which may remain from the dog license taxes of any license year shall on March 1 of the succeeding year be paid by the County Treasurer to the county humane society; and WHEREAS, it is appropriate and in the interest of the County of Polk to disburse dog license fund moneys in conformity with state law. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes and directs the County Treasurer to cause the disbursement of the balance of the 2010 tax year dog license funds to the County of Polk and the Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Inc., as follows: Balance After Payment to State Treasury: $24,336.15 1. Disbursement to County of Polk: $4,237.32 (For expenses incurred in administering the dog license law) 2. Disbursement to Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Inc.: $19,208.00 (For collecting, caring for and disposing of dogs) Total Authorized Disbursements: $23,445.32 Remaining Surplus: $890.83 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes said remaining surplus sum of $890.83 to be appropriated solely for expenditures that the County may incur in the administration of the dog license law during the dog license tax year of 2011. Funding source and amount: Disbursement of 2010 Dog License Fund. Amount Disbursed: $23,445.32. Amount Appropriated for 2011 Tax Year: $890.83. Date Finance Committee Advised: February 16, 2011. Finance Committee Report: Finance Chairperson Bergstrom noted the abstention of Committee members William Johnson and Kathryn Keinholz resulting from their respective association with the Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Inc. As a result, the Finance Committee, with the absence of Committee member Neil Johnson, failed to have a quorum needed to consider the matter. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: March 15, 2011. Submitted and sponsored by County Administrator Dana Frey. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on March 15, 2011, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 09-11: Resolution To Authorize Disbursement Of The 2010 Dog License Fund Moneys And To Appropriate Remaining Surplus For Administration Of The Dog License Law In Tax Year 2011, by a two-thirds majority vote, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 65.90(5)(a) by a unanimous voice vote. William Johnson, IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Res. 09-11 - To Authorize Disbursement Of The 2010 Dog License Fund Moneys And To Appropriate Remaining Surplus For Administration Of The Dog License Law In Tax Year 2011. Motion (Stoneking/Brown) to approve. Corporation Counsel Jeff Fuge addressed the Resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 09-11 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted.


RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF POLK COUNTY EMPLOYEES COUNTY OF POLK WHEREAS, rights of public employees have been the subject of significant discourse with State Legislators in Madison. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors thanks the hardworking men and women for their invaluable contributions to our community. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors supports the rights of all Polk County Workers. Submitted and sponsored by: Diane Stoneking. Reviewed only by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and approved as to form by: Malia Malone for Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. Resolution tabled. Res. 10-11 - In Support Of Polk County Employees. Motion (Kienholz/D. Johansen) to approve. Motion (Masters/Nelson) to amend Resolution 10-11 by striking "rights of" in the WHEREAS clause and "the rights" from the BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED clause. Amendment was withdrawn. Motion (Hartung/Sample) to amend Resolution 10 -11 by adding to the NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED clause. Amendment offered: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors thanks the hardworking men and women for their invaluable contribution to our community; and wants to assure our emoloyees that ALL contracts will be honored until expiration. In the meantime, we will be developing an employee handbook with our employee policies. Our intent is to continue to offer our employees salaries, benefits and working conditions with the intent of keeping and recruiting the high quality of employees we now employ. And striking the BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED clause. Motion (Arcand/Schmidt) to lie on the table Resolution 1011. Supervisor Sample called for a point of order on said motion. Chairman declared said motion in order. Motion to table Resolution 10-11 carried by voice vote. Supervisors reports were given. Chairman Johnson provided a report concerning the nonoccurrence of the March 3, 2011, County Board special meeting. Supervisor Sample provided commentary on the same. Motion (D. Johansen/Christensen) to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned 9:25 p.m.


RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE DISBURSEMENT OF THE 2010 DOG LICENSE FUND MONEYS AND TO APPROPRIATE REMAINING SURPLUS FOR ADMINISTRATION OF THE DOG LICENSE LAW IN TAX YEAR 2011 TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF POLK: WHEREAS, Wisconsin Statute Section 174.09 provides for the manner in which the County Treasurer shall keep and disburse dog licenses taxes received; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 174.09(1), the County Treasurer shall pay to the State Treasury 5 percent of the minimum dog license tax provided under Wisconsin State Statute 174.05(2) of all dog license taxes received by the County Treasurer; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 174.09(2), the County Treasurer may disburse dog license moneys for the payment of the expenses incurred by the County in administering the dog license law and the expenses incurred by the county-designated humane society for collecting, caring for and disposing of dogs; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 174.09(2), the amount remaining in the fund after deducting the respective expenses incurred by the County in administering the dog license law and the expenses incurred by the county-designated humane society shall be available for and may be used as far as necessary for paying claims allowed by the County to the owners of domestic animals because of damages done by dogs during the license year for which the taxes were paid; and WHEREAS the County Treasurer has filed a report with the State of Wisconsin which certifies that for the tax year 2010 the amount of $25,617.00 was received from dog license taxes and the amount of $1,280.85 has been paid to the State Treasury pursuant to Section 174.09(1); and WHEREAS, the County Clerk has reported that for the tax year 2010 Polk County has incurred expenses in the amount of $4,237.32 in administering the dog license law; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Polk County Resolution 101-96, the Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Inc., is the county-designated humane society of the County of Polk; and WHEREAS, the Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Inc. has filed an expense report with the County Clerk which indicates that for the tax year 2010 said county-designated humane society had incurred expenses for collecting, caring for and disposing of dogs in the amount of $19,208.00; and WHEREAS, there have been no allowed claims to the owners of domestic animals because of damages done by dogs during the license year of 2010 for which the taxes were paid; and

Special Board Meeting Wed., April 6 - 7 p.m. At the DBS Hall, Luck





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I, Carole T. Wondra, County Clerk for Polk County, do hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the County Board Proceedings of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Session held on March 15, 2011. Carole T. Wondra Polk County Clerk

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VILLAGE OF WEBSTER Liquor License Application



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following application has been received by the undersigned Village Clerk for a Liquor License for the ensuing year beginning May 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2011. Myron L. Mansfield at his place of business known as Budda’s Black and Orange located at 7462 Main Street West, Webster, Wisconsin, for Combination Class “B” Beer License and Class “B” Intoxicating Liquor License. Notice is further given that the village board, Village of Webster, will meet in session on April 13, 2011, at 6 p.m., to act on the above application. Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk/Treasurer Dated: March 30, 2011 532602 32-33L WNAXLP

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Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Webster School District, Burnett County and Douglas County, Wisconsin, that on April 5, 2011, being the first Tuesday in April, the spring election of candidates for school board will be held at the polls normally used for state, local and judicial elections. The polls will be open for those hours established by each municipality. Sheldon Olesen. Clerk WEBSTER BOARD OF EDUCATION The following is the facsimile of the ballot:

NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION & SAMPLE BALLOT APRIL 5, 2011 OFFICE OF THE VILLAGE OF SIREN CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF VILLAGE OF SIREN: Notice is hereby given of a spring election to be held in the Village of Siren, on the 5th day of April 2011, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall give his or her name and address before being permitted to vote. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth and cast his or her ballot except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. At the spring election, where touch-screen voting systems are used, the elector shall depress the button next to the name of the candidate for whom he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for the write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall depress the button next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the elector shall depress the button next to “no” if opposed to the question. The vote should not be cast in any other manner. The elector may spoil a TOUCH-SCREEN ballot at the voting station, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. Not more than five minutes’ time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in casting his or her vote may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. After an official TOUCH-SCREEN ballot is marked, the elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. The following is a sample of the official ballot:

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Sealed bids for the construction of: GRANTSBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UNIT VENTILATOR REPLACEMENT GRANTSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT GRANTSBURG, WISCONSIN HSR PROJECT NO. L11013 will be received by: GRANTSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 480 E. JAMES ST GRANTSBURG, WISCONSIN 54840 ATTENTION: DR. JONI BURGIN, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT until 11 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2011, after which they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Bids received after the time set for receipt of bids will not be accepted. Bids may be faxed to 715-463-2534. Refer to Section 00 22 13 Article 4 for instructions. In general, the Project consists of removal of existing unit ventilator systems and replacing with new unit ventilators with heating/cooling controls, for heating, with cooling coils for future connection. Changing gate shutoff valves to ball valves which includes piping work. Alternate Bids include changing pneumatic thermostats, control valves and damper actuators to DDC and for removal of unit ventilators. Lump-sum Bids will be received on a SINGLE PRIME CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR THE ENTIRE WORK including mechanical and electrical work. The Project Drawings, Project Manual and other Bidding Documents prepared by the AE may be examined at the following locations: AE’s Office: HSR ASSOCIATES, INC. 100 Milwaukee Street La Crosse, WI 54602-0129 Builder’s Exchanges: La Crosse, Wisconsin Northwest Regional (Eau Claire/ Chippewa Falls) Minneapolis, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Rochester, MN (Area Builders) Wausau, Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin ISQFT/AGC of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Ironwood, Michigan F.W. Dodge Offices: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Minneapolis, Minnesota Reed Construction Data: Norcross, Georgia Bonafide bidders may obtain one set of Bidding Documents at the office of the AE by depositing $50 or filing a plan deposit guarantee approved by the ABC, AGC, AMC or NECA in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders in the Project Manual. Bidders who require that the Bidding Documents be sent to them shall send a separate check made out in the name of the AE in the amount of $12, as a fee to cover the cost of postage and handling. Such fee amount will not be refunded. All contractor/subcontractor/supplier document holders are required to make the deposit and applicable postage fee. Deposit and postage fee must be received before document set shipping. BID SECURITY in the amount of five percent of the maximum amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid as described in the Instructions to Bidders in the Project Manual. The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all Bids. No Bid may be withdrawn until 60 days after the time stated for receipt of Bids. Wage scale for work herein described is subject to the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act (Title 40, U.S.C. Sections 276a-276a-5) and Chapter 484, Laws of 1965, Section 66.293 State of Wisconsin. Wage rates as established by the Secretary of Labor of the United States of America and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development shall be in force. A prebid meeting will be conducted by the Owner and Architect/ Engineer to answer questions and to enable bidders to examine conditions at the Project Site. Such meeting will occur at 11 A.M., Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Grantsburg Elementary School. By: Dr Joni Burgin Title: District Superintendent 532567 32-33L WNAXLP

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OFFICE OF THE TOWN OF TRADE LAKE CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF THE TOWN OF TRADE LAKE: Notice is hereby given of a spring election to be held In the TOWN OF TRADE LAKE, on the 5th day of April, 2011, at which the officers named below shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column. Deborah L. Christian, Clerk Town of Trade Lake

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An icy north shore


The storm last week created a wonderland of ice forms along Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls State Park. – Photos by Marie-Anne Westigard

The waves Saturday, March 26, were crashing 30 feet high into the cliffs.

A look out at Lake Superior can give a person chills, yet spring weather isn’t far away.

At top and bottom: A cold Lake Superior did not stop these surfers Saturday at Stony Point near Knife River, Minn.

Bridal Tea winner


SIREN – Sarah Frommader was the lucky winner of a Bridal Tea held at Peggy’s Fashion Rack & Gifts Saturday, March 26. All the brides that attended Peggy’s Wedding Essentials Open House in February registered to win the grand prize of a Bridal Tea for herself and 10 guests. The tea was hosted by Peggy’s Fashion Rack, Saratoga Weddings Inc., Caring Hands Massage


and food was prepared by The Chattering Squirrel. Along with the tea, Frommader and her guests, looked at shoes and dresses at Peggy’s, learned of more table decorations for her reception from Saratoga Weddings and everyone tried the new spray-on tan that is available through Caring Hands Massage. - submitted

Sarah Frommader, winner of the Bridal Tea, and her guests enjoy the Bridal Tea.

Sarah Frommader, shown front row in the center, was the winner of the Bridal Tea. Frommader and her guests were treated to a tea with finger sandwiches, scones, breads and desserts. – Photos submitted



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Funeral and resurrection for a church

Editor’s note: The following story came to us via interim Pastor Ken Hyatt of the First Baptist Church of Webster, who presided over the funeral of a former pastor of the church, J. Stanley Rendahl, who died March 3 at the age of 95. At the visitation, Hyatt was looking through the many photos, mementos, books and articles Pastor Rendahl had written and collected over the years and discovered the following article relating to the history of the church. “What joy to know I’m privileged to serve as interim pastor for a church that was literally ‘resurrected from the dead!'" Hyatt noted in a message to church members. “I trust the story will bless your soul, as it did mine!” Rendahl’s father, the Rev. Axel Rendahl, had, in 1925, begun his service as a state missionary for the Swedish Baptist Conference in Wisconsin.

by Stan Rendahl Special to the Leader WEBSTER – In 1925, my dad became state missionary for the Swedish Baptist Conference of Wisconsin. He soon learned that many Wisconsin churches that had been organized before 1900 had since closed their doors. With Swedish immigration tapering off and the Americanization that followed World War I, English was now the language of choice in the churches; older Swedes who preferred to enhance their spiritual experience with the Swedish Bible resisted parting with their “sacred tongue.” Their places of worship, however, had fallen by the wayside in the face of change. Dad felt that these churches either ought to be revived or memorialized in some way, perhaps with a “funeral.” One such church was in the community of Webster, which at that time had two stores, a tavern, a restaurant, and a railroad depot. The white-framed building that had housed the Swedish Baptist church had been moved into town from a country site. Now it was all boarded up, and obviously, no services were being held. When Dad found it, he stopped his Star coupe and trailer – the one that carried his “Gospel Tent,” and his assistant, Cedric Peterson, looked at the building and blurted out, “This will be a rough one!” The two men got out of the car and walked around the dilapidated and deserted building; a rear door was open, so they entered. Bats and birds scurried for cover as their habitat was disturbed. The men’s shoes made footprints on the dusty floor. Exiting the church, they approached people on the street, asking if they knew who could tell them something about the building. They were directed to a widow and another family in town.

The old Swedish Baptist Church of Webster. - Special photo

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Pastor J. Stanley Rendahl in his study at Temple Baptist Church, Duluth, Minn., circa 1972. - Photo by Ken Hyatt Dad and Peterson found the folk and explained their vival was stirring in the old Swedish church! mission to commemorate the passing of the church. Dad heard that a clerk at a nearby drugstore was a Both families endorsed their suggestion; the widow, graduate of Moody Bible Institute and taught Sunday many years Dad’s senior, invited them to share her school in another church; the clerk kept inviting people home and table during their visit and mentioned two to the Baptist fellowship until the store manager fired other families who lived on remote farms and who had him. Dad asked the man to fill the pulpit on Sundays been part of the congregation. Dad and Peterson vis- when he couldn’t be present. Later, the church invited ited, and they, too, agreed that there should be a funeral this man to be their pastor – and he stayed about 25 for their church. From there, by word of mouth, news years! of the event began to spread. Sixty years or so later, Dad had retired and was living The next day, farmers helped raise Dad’s tent on at Grandview Home in Cambridge, Minn. He often property next to the church. A funeral service was mentioned how much he would like to go back to Wisplanned for Sunday evening; one family volunteered a consin and see some of the places where he had minispump organ and their daughter to play it. Benches tered. were made from cement blocks and farm planks. At the I finally found a weekend when we could visit PrenSunday evening service, some people committed them- tice, where we had lived when Dad was state missionselves to the Lord. Dad decided to announce another ary. From there, we made stops at Spirit, Ogema, service to be held on Monday night. Phillips, Winter, Falun and Wood Lake – at each place When Dad got up the next morning, he found the tent he had a refreshing story to tell. flattened. Investigating, he met a local man who told Finally we came to Webster. Dad got out of the car, him, “If you erect this tent again, it’ll be in shreds the walked along a concrete sidewalk to enter a beautiful next morning.” brick building, and there began to shed tears. We were Drawing on divine guidance, Dad responded, “God shown through the main building and also an addition will take care of it.” At the service the next evening, to the church that had found new life so many years beeven more people attended than the previous night, fore. and there was no mischief except they discovered the It was and is a thriving work today. pump organ was filled with water. When the organist I think Dad wept with joy all the way home, remembegan to play, all that was heard was, “Splash, splash.” bering the time he went to conduct a funeral but ended The service was stopped to remove the water. “It up witnessing a resurrection! sounded better after that,” Dad related. The meetings continued through the week with souls being saved and backsliders recalled to their faith. During the daytime hours, Dad and Peterson began taking the boards off the church windows to let fresh air in, evicted the bats and birds, repaired the furniture, and cleaned up the interior as well as the exterior of the church building. They planned a regular worship service in the church building for the next Sunday. People who attended found themselves filled with joy and thankfulness. Re- The First Baptist Church of Webster today. - Special photo

Mina Copeland Car Race Family Event



Almost-2-year-old Ashtin Roy was fascinated with McGruff the police dog whom he met during the Mina Copeland Car Race Family Event at Siren School Saturday, March 26. Ashtin was held by Mina Copeland teacher Dawn Lindberg. The appearance of McGruff was provided by the Burnett County Law Enforcement Auxiliary.

Photos by Nancy Jappe

Mina Copeland teacher Nancy Swanberg got the track ready for car races by her students during the car race family event in Siren Saturday. Students got the chance for a practice run before their cars were pitted against each other, two by two, to see which student had the fastest car. Following the car races were door prize drawings for both the students and parents.

Four-year-old Ayden Roy from Danbury concentrated on coloring the wooden car he would use in the Head Start car races, watched over by Troy Roy. Each Head Start student was provided with the car onto which they added the wheels and colorful marker decorations.

Chris Sower, president of the Burnett County Law Enforcement Citizen’s Auxiliary, brought fingerprinting equipment to Siren School Saturday. He is shown recording the prints of 4-year-old Lilly Roberts of Siren as her stepfather, Rob Houdashell, watched. Parents are encouraged to keep their children’s fingerprints handy so they can be provided to law enforcement, along with a photo and hair sample, should their child ever go missing.

Tevin Roy, followed by Jeannie Jaeger, was first in line for lunch at the Mina Copeland Car Race Family Event at Siren School Saturday, March 26. This was the fifth year the event was held, drawing the 35 students enrolled in the program along with members of their families. Mina Copeland Head Start was the first building that the Indianhead Community Action Agency, along with a grant from Otto Bremer Foundation, purchased for a Head Start program. This one building now serves children from the Siren, Webster and Grantsburg school districts. Although financing has been difficult at times, and staff cuts have had to be made, the center is open and taking applications for students for next year.

SCF students to appear in Youth Art Month State Exhibition and Region Show

by Jennifer Clemins, SCF K-6 Art Instructor Special to the Leader ST. CROIX FALLS – For the fourth year in a row, three lucky students at St. Croix Falls Elementary have been fortunate to have artwork submitted by their teacher, Jennifer Clemins, to the Youth Art Month State Exhibition in Madison. These students works

Ellinora Wondra, second grade, artwork: Concentric circles in squares

will be on display alongside that of other talented K-12 students artwork from across the state. This year’s state participants are Jessica Peterson, third grade; Ellinora Wondra, second grade and Brady Belisle, kindergarten. This year’s exhibition, which is to appear in the Capitol’s rotunda, is temporarily postponed. Each school that participates (teacher must be an official member of the Wisconsin Art Education Association) in the state YAM show is allowed only three entries. These works are then matted and sent by the teacher to a regional judging. Each region,

Brady Belisle, kindergarten, artwork: Kandinsky-inspired resist painting – Photos submitted

six total, in the state is then allowed to advance only 50 works to the state exhibition. For the fourth year in a row, all three of the St. Croix Falls students artworks have advanced on to the state level. Youth Art Month is a special observance in March to promote the visual arts and arts education in our schools. It is a national observance, which was set up by the National Art Education Association back in March of 1969. Besides the state exhibition, there also is a regional show. This has been held for over 40 years at WITC in New Richmond. The opening ceremony will be held on March 20 and the show runs through April 4. This year’s regional participants are kindergarten: Charity Anderson, Emma Fischer, Emily Hahn, Jacob Launderville, Josie Johnson and Sophie LaVigne; first grade: Ella Waterworth, Lindsey Koch, Natalie Ryan, Gavin Lusk, Annabel McManus, Hannah Murphy and Sidrah Edwards; second grade: Haidyn Larson, Sarenity De la Cruz, Haylee Talbot, Brady Barr, Josey Kahl, Clarissa Nygren and Emma Cooper; third grade: Tia Anderson, Carly Herrick, Azalea Edwards, Carver Hoverman, Emily Launderville, Emma Schwartz, Madison Stensven, Hannah Cross, Lucy Herman, Jack Kessler and Andrew Opel; fourth grade: Alyssa Tucker; fifth grade: Amber Mevissen, Megan Eighmy, Alaina Driscoll and Grant Wallace; and sixth grade: Josh Hinckley, Erin Gray, Noah Berg, Ella Kerkow, Ping Ru Schaber, Carl Mevissen, Tyler Henk, Katie Kopp and Olivia Peer. The children’s teacher said, “I am so very proud of my talented students who will be showing at the regional exhibit as well as those who advanced to state. As an art

Jessica Peterson, third grade, artwork: Picasso-inspired portrait collage

teacher, I feel it is extremely important to recognize the hard work and creativity my students put into their artwork, that is why I put in the extra hours outside the normal workday preparing my students work for both the regional show and the state exhibit. Too many times, the arts are pushed aside and overlooked. I want my students to realize that the visual arts are valuable and an important part of our society. I’m teaching them lifelong skills I hope they can continue to pursue and enjoy in the future.”

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FREDERIC – Students in first, second and third grade will step back in time to the Old West on Thursday, April 7, to present their Western Jamboree. Their cowboys and girls will sing, dance, tell jokes and play instruments. Please join them in the elementary gym at 7 p.m. No admission charged. - submitted

Just for

I was in a little cafe the other day and noticed there was a fly in my soup. I yelled to the waiter and Joe Roberts said, “Waiter! There’s a dead fly in my soup!” He looked at it and replied, “Yeah ... it’s the heat that kills them.” ••• My dad went to get a shave. And the barber asked him, “Were you wearing a red scarf when you came in here?” My dad said, “No.” The barber frowned and said, “Oh, then I must have just cut your throat.” ••• My uncle is so ugly that when he goes to the zoo he has to buy two tickets. One to get in and one to get out. ••• This afternoon, my son came home all tired out. I said, “Why are you so out of breath?” He said, “I had to run up the street to stop a fight.” “Wow. Who was fighting?” I asked. He replies, “Me and Tony Smith. I almost didn’t get away.”



It is the time of year when winter has more or less ended, but nothing good has taken its place. I’m a big fan of the seasons. I lived for a while where there re- Carrie Classon ally weren’t any, at least not the big, technicolor extravaganza seasons we get in the Midwest. In West Africa there is a rainy season and then a season that is not as rainy. Then there is a season of the “small rains.” I never said so, but I don’t think these count as seasons. Last night, late March blasts of freezing rain and snow swept over us, but the result provided no recreational opportunity greater than the now very old game of trying to make it to our destination in one piece. It doesn’t really look like winter, but it certainly doesn’t feel like spring. It’s still too early for there to be much fresh produce in the stores. I found a bag of last year’s slightly shriveled apples on sale and made apple crisp. Daniel came into the house and froze in his tracks, his nose raised in the air. He looked exactly like a bear that had just crawled out of winter hibernation and smelled... well, apple crisp. While there is not much that is fresh to eat, there are more flowers in the stores. Daniel brought home a lily for me to look at while I type. It is pink and white and somewhat naive looking. I have it sitting directly in front of the window where I can see the last stubborn flakes drifting down outside. There is a moodiness and vulnerability this time of year. A day of sunshine makes me start surveying the yard and wondering about gardens. Then the sky clouds over and a cold wind picks up. I feel as if I have been tricked, and I am sure I cannot stand one more day of cold and freezing.

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Last night, I finished the journal that had seen me through most of the winter. I am not the most regular journal writer, but I try to keep track of what is happening in my life and I came, unexpectedly, to the last page last night while writing. I flipped through the pages that told of the winter, wonderful holidays and some very dark nights. It was a good time to review the months past. I thought about the ways in which I had changed and the things I had learned over this especially long and severe winter. I don’t think it is a coincidence that Lent is observed at this time of the year. There is time for reflection and a need for patience. I know things are moving underneath. I know that, beneath the last of the snow and the once again crunchy earth, preparations are being made. It would be very nice if winter changed directly from fluffy snow to spring seeds and greening grass. But perhaps it is good to have a time when I am not rushing into the future, but spending a moment looking back at the season behind. The sun is now fighting its way through the clouds. I am looking at Daniel’s flower, in front of the window, and thinking maybe it is not so naive after all. Perhaps it is trusting in something that I am still trying to learn. Seasons change. Winter ends. The sun will return. And in this space in between, I will look out at what remains of winter and remember how much I really do love all the seasons. Till next time, —Carrie

"Cinderella" prepares to open at Festival

Rehearsals are nearing completion at Festival Theatre where a multiage cast is preparing for the next Youth and Family Theatre production, “Cinderella,” which opens on Thursday, April 7, for a two-weekend run for the general public. The show is part of Festival’s arts education initiative and includes four morning matinees open to schools and home-school families starting Wednesday, April 6. Festival’s Youth and Family Theatre program is dedicated to exploring excellent children’s literature that has been adapted for the stage. In this case, the world’s oldest fairy tale, “Cinderella,” was adapted by Jonathan Levine and Jaclyn Johnson as a Midwestern adaptation specifically for Festival Theatre. Johnson also serves as the director of “Cinderella.” She has been a solid presence on Festival’s stage since her 2008 appearance in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Participating youth come from quite a distance, including North Branch to Scandia, Minn., and Milltown to Somerset. The Youth and Family Theatre Series is in its fourth year at Festival Theatre. As a key piece of Festival’s Arts Education programming, the staff holds some very high ideals for learning. Participating youth are Mackenzie Anderson, Leah Dix, Alaina Driscoll, Jenna Driscoll, Kierra Dunlevy, Anja Erickson, Brita Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Lily Hacker, Lucy Herman, Carly Herrick, Sam Hoefler, Maggie Kjeer, Anna Klein, Ella Middleton, Frances Miller, Olivia Peer, Catelyn Rice, Stephen Rice, Dajonai Rohlf, Sienna Shoop, Bryn Soland, Brecken Styles, Faith Taylor, Riley Taylor, Hunter Teasley, Taylor Tolzman, Mirabelle Vezina, Mason Will, Jack Wilmar and Pete Wilmar. Public performances of “Cinderella” begin Thursday, April 7, at 2 p.m. and run through April 17. Two Sunday matinees will take place at 2 p.m. as well. Single tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth. A limited number of matinees are available to school groups for field trips. To learn more about opportunities for school groups, call Pam Koch at the Festival Theatre Box Office 715-483-3387. - Photo submitted

A burger and a diet stroke Medical research appears little

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different than the weather report – if you don’t like what you read or hear wait awhile and it will John W. Ingalls change. Differing or changing opinions doesn’t mean that the research or the opinions are false, it only means that that information available is always changing. The quality of data is also of utmost importance. An opinion based on flawed data is not reliable in either situation. Recently there was a report released to the public about diet soft drinks being associated with strokes. The study may have been able to show an association between the two but that doesn’t mean drinking a diet soda will cause a stroke. The fact that the study failed to account for many other variables including hypertension, and high salt and high fat content in the diet means that the study was seriously flawed. This doesn’t mean that diet or regular soft drinks are healthy for you, it only means that we can’t draw a serious conclusion that diet soft drinks can or will cause a stroke. I find medical research fascinating in many respects. There is so much information available that we can find a study to back up almost any behavior or idea. If you are a teetotaler I can find abundant information that alcohol destroys lives. If you drink alcohol in moderation I can find a multitude of studies that will

show the great health benefits of moderate alcohol intake. If you drink coffee you will be able to support anything you want to believe about coffee, good, bad or indifferent. If you like greasy MD food and high-fat, high-protein diets you can support your choices by selecting research from the Atkin’s Diet. If you believe that a low-fat diet and avoidance of high-fat foods is the best choice, the research and evidence is also there to support your position. Conflicting evidence and conclusions don’t mean that any particular position is either right or wrong, so how does one choose to act on this information? First of all get your information from a reliable source. Headline stories in the newspaper or on CNN are not necessarily reliable sources. Many news sources will sensationalize information because they increase their ratings by doing so. Get your medical information from sources that work to make sure the information is accurate such as the Mayo Clinic Web site, WebMD and other similar information sources. Information from a fringe clinic in Kurdistan is not a reliable source. Secondly, if you find information that concerns you then check it out with your own doctor. Discussing your unique health care situation with your doctor or nurse practitioner is the best way to determine your needs and answer your questions.

Incomplete information can also be devastating. During medical school many of the lectures would discuss serious health conditions that we as future practitioners might possibly face. The interesting part was the fact that we were ignorant and anxious all at the same time. After lectures about serious health issues, medical students would line up in the front of the class to discuss their own health concerns with the professor. During the lectures each of us became convinced that we now had bone cancer, leukemia and dengue fever all at the same time. My advice on this, don’t go to a medical Web site to look up all the possible conditions that would explain your symptoms. You will be convinced that death will overtake you in the wee hours of the morning. So how do I sort out what information is acceptable? Remember rare things are rare and common things are common. If you have a headache and a runny nose it is more likely to be a cold than a brain tumor. Secondly, my response is moderation in everything will get you 99 percent of the way. If you enjoy red meat go ahead and have some but just don’t eat the whole cow. If you enjoy an alcoholic drink, fine, but don’t drink and drive or drink in excess. If you like a diet cola then enjoy it, just don’t drink a 12-pack every day. Avoiding extremes in all areas of life is common sense and those who would live by this practice are wise. Relax and live one day at a time. You’ll make it.


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The Saturday night bath

by Nina Borup Malmen As in most homes back in the “good old days” the weekly ritual of the Saturday night bath always took place in the Roberts household. With many children to bathe, the huge, round galvanized tub was brought into the kitchen midafternoon, so each had time to soak awhile and then dress in clean clothes for supper. The youngest, Fay, went first and then the bath ritual moved up the line to Howard, Gladys, Shirley, Lester, Fannie (my mother) and finally Sarah. As the afternoon progressed into the early evening, additional kettles of hot water from the woodstove were added to the tub so everyone would have a warm bath. Sarah, the oldest child living at home then, was the last one to have a bath. She probably never had a bath in clean water until she was married in 1920. The Roberts farm home dining room was located between a huge kitchen on the west side of the house and a small bedroom on the east side. To conserve heat in winter, the west kitchen was closed off and the dining room became the kitchen (it may have been the original kitchen, as it had a fair-sized pantry for storing dishes, pots, pans and food connected). Grandma used one corner of the pantry as a darkroom to process her black-and-white photos. In winter, the pantry door was closed and the unheated room became the walk-in freezer. On a cold Saturday in mid-January 1917, with deep snow, there was a knock on the door just as Sarah was finishing her turn in the tub. Grandma tossed her a towel, and answered the door, assuming Sarah would quickly wrap herself in the towel and run upstairs to get dressed. A neighbor to the north, walking home from Grantsburg, stopped to warm up. Grandma offered him coffee and homemade cookies and they sat down to visit. The water tub was sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor waiting for Sarah to help empty it. Sarah was supposed to peel the potatoes for supper. Why didn’t she come down and help, wondered Grandma. Finally, the neighbor finished his coffee, cookies and visiting, bundled up, offered his thanks and headed on home. Grandma bid the neighbor farewell, and turned around to see Sarah streak from pantry to stairs, half frozen, wrapped only in a soaking wet towel! She had been caught in the ice-cold pantry while the neighbor talked, much too shy to come out. She made a beeline for the warm upstairs bedroom and a quick change into some warm and dry clothing. Fortunately, she didn’t catch pneu-

Ramblings Collected by Russ Hanson

December 1911- Five of the 11 children of Earl and Emma Roberts of Grantsburg, from (L to R): Gladys Nelson (age 3), Shirley Anderson (age 5), Lester Roberts (age 7), Fannie Borup (age 9) and Sarah Harmon (age 10). They are all wearing handmade clothing, black stockings and black high-top shoes. Sarah was so much taller than her siblings, therefore it was decided that she should sit on a stool; the grin on her face shows that she was feeling slightly embarrassed. – Submitted by Nina Malmen monia or even a slight case of the sniffles. As she got older and over her embarrassment, her story became a favorite in the family. ••• Notes from the Rambler Maple syrup season took a vacation with the big snow and cooldown. We cooked one small batch, and should be back at it now. At the maple syrup meeting last week, I talked to a few producers. “Sugar level is down a lot this year in my sap. It’s taking me more sap to make a gallon of syrup,” said Ron Pedersen of rural Luck. We noticed that too. “How do you make maple sugar?” asked a woman, “I have a recipe that calls for adding maple sugar.” “You have to cook it to a higher temperature,” I replied, “check one of the cookbooks out.” Ohio State University says on its Web site “Make granulated maple sugar by heating maple syrup to a temperature 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit above the boiling temperature of pure water (usually about 212 F), immediately transferring the syrup to a flat pan, stirring until granulation is achieved and all apparent moisture is gone. At this point, the syrup may be sieved through a course screen (e.g., 1/8-inch hardware screen) so it becomes uniform.” Scott, Margo and I cooked only 5 gallons of syrup so far—didn’t have much

run and still don’t have most of the taps out. The foot of snow on top of the soft muddy hills made travel in the woods and driveway almost impossible. Scott finished his winter at the ski resort and is here full time to help for the next few weeks. Across the lake from us, Steve Warndahl and his son-in-law, Craig Carlson, have 100 sap sacks out, tapping maples over there for the first time. Craig stopped in to visit. “Nearly recovered from wrecking both of my ankles in a 14foot fall working on my house in Milltown a year ago. The ankles are finally starting to work and the pain go away.” He was looking over our cooking shack, trying to decide if they will cook their own or just sell the sap this year. Our maple cooker is pretty basic, an 8foot-long flat pan sitting on top of an old cattle watering tank that has a stove door on one end and a stovepipe chimney on the other. The firebox is 7 feet long so I cut pine slabs from the sawmill in half for heat. Works OK, but not real efficient according to Steve Anderson of Anderson Maple who thinks I need a $4,000 or more evaporator setup. I think that too, but so far there has been a tie vote on the purchase. If you want to know more about maple syrup making, the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association Web site, is good. Steve Anderson

has a great one at . “I need to find a trucker to haul some gravel for the driveway. The town says I can buy up to 20 yards from them this year at a reasonable price, but I have to get it hauled,” I told Craig as we walked out to his pickup truck parked along with our cars out on the road. Turns out that Craig has a dump truck and when things get dried out a little here we hope to hire him to haul gravel and fill the mudhole. A dozen ducks, a muskrat, a bevy of frogs and a few panfish may be disappointed, but they can move down to the lake. Thirty years ago I had three loads of gravel and a big load of Dresser traprock spread on it, but that stuff just doesn’t last like it used to. I saw a flock of red-wing blackbirds back from the south, all clustered on a little gravel edge of Evergreen Avenue filling their crops with good grinding rocks. A pair of swans kept company with a flock of Canada geese along Hwy. 87 at the Wolf Creek crossing where the water stayed open last week. Most everything else seems to be waiting farther south to show up. Margo has purple and gold finches and chickadees at the feeder we just stuck out last week. Some deer come by to pick up the fallen seeds. One has figured how to stick its tongue into the tube feeders and sort of suck them all empty in just a few minutes. They look bushy and healthy after the long winter. Some pussy willows are out in the swamp already. Last year Mom planted her peas, lettuce, radishes and potatoes in the garden on the last day of March. Doubt that will happen this year. In Sweden, Cousin Arne has already planted two 5-gallon dirt-filled pails with potatoes and is keeping them in the house for now. It is a tradition to have new potatoes for dinner on the start of summer. Mom has planted some potatoes along with some cotton seeds we brought back from Louisiana. Norwegians plant their potatoes with slabs of lutefisk under each to drive away the pests and add fertility. If you would like to read the autobiography of my cousin Nellie who passed away two weeks ago at age 103, you can find it at . I helped her put it together on her 100th birthday.

Burnett County calls for "Tornado Expressions" art

BURNETT COUNTY – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating tornado that ripped through Burnett County in June 2001. Everyone who experienced the storm, was affected by it or had friends or relatives affected by it has memories and feelings about it. Arts Burnett County , a local group that advocates for the arts and promotes creative pursuits, is calling for creative works that reflect those memories and feelings for an exhibit to be held in conjunction with Siren’s 10th anniversary observance on June 18. “We would like to display creative works in all mediums from visual to literary, done by local people who dealt with the tornado and its aftermath, with the theme of hope,” said Juli Kannenberg, one of ABC’s founding

members. “Sunflowers are one of the symbols of the observance because they were the first plants that sprang up in every crack and crevice after the tornado – we encourage people to use sunflowers in their work,” she noted, adding “This is not a competition. All appropriate work will be exhibited at the Siren High School on June 18.” Individuals can use traditional visual mediums such as painting, drawing, collage, photography and sculpture; however, ABC welcomes nontraditional mediums such as literary works (poetry, short stories), theater (dramatic readings, skits), dance, music (songs, instrumentals) and graphics. All adults and youth in grades six through high school are invited to participate.



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Between April 1 and May 15, individuals may submit digital photos of their visual artwork to, mail photos of their projects to P.O. Box 57, Siren 54872 or bring them to the Siren Village Office, 24049 1st Ave. Submissions must be accompanied by the title, brief description, creator’s name, e-mail or street address, and phone number. Submit literary works (poetry, short stories, anecdotes) to Boyd Sutton,, 715-566-0959. Submit songs, skits or other performance entries to Priscilla Bauer,, 715-222-2195. For additional information, contact Chris Moeller, 715349-8399 or Juli Kannenberg, 715-566-0746. - submitted

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The real spring

I’ve been discarding old papers including letters

(so precious), newspaper clippings (equally precious), fading pictures, manuscripts I wrote and never submitted, etc. I wish I had dated the following as it was certainly a different spring than this one in 2011. This is what I wrote (more or less as I crossed out as I read). It’s very dry outside, and a burning ban is in effect in many townships here in Polk and Burnett counties. Reports of grass and brush fires continue to come in, sending firefighters and the DNR out to fight, first on one front and then on another. Winter brown is reluctantly giving way to spring green, as both earth and its inhabitants await spring rains. Along the roads, brown grasses, once flattened by the weight of winter snows, still lean against the banks. Dry pods of wild cucumber vines, with their distinctive two or three nostrils, rattle in the breeze, having long since dispersed their seeds. Here on the south slope where the sun warms up the forest floor, wildflowers are already in bloom. Without rain to encourage their lush growth, without fanfare or advance warning, the frail spring beauties are spots of color against the brown leaves. The pale pink flowers, veined with deeper pink lines, on short, fragile stems remain open only in birhgt light. They grow in masses of thousands on river floodplains or in open woods. It is reported that the succulent plants have starchy bulbs, which the Native Americans once ate. Spring beauties are members of the purslane family with about 12 species here in North America. Nearby are the pure white flowers of bloodroot with yellow centers. They are called “the first sign of spring” with their fragile flowers. They close in the evening when the single leaf wraps itself around the flower stalks. A member of the poppy family with only one species here on the North American continent, the flower stem bleeds if picked, leaving a sudden, unexpected, acrid, orange sap on the broken stub. On the protected list here in Wisconsin, it is rare enough and beautiful enough to preserve. Bloodroot doesn’t take kindly to vases anyway. Neither do spring beauties. It’s different with hepaticas, however. They grow in such profusion, each plant producing almost a whole bouquet of flowers by itself, that a few taken home will hardly be missed. Do pick carefully, and do not damage the plant itself, so it can survive to bloom another year. Colors range from white to lilac to deep blue or purple, and the flowers have a very sweet fragrance. Thick, coarse leaves have three lobes and last through the winter, although by spring, they are discolored. Hepaticas are sometimes called mayflowers, a misleading name, as many flowers blooming in spring can be classified as mayflowers. In this case, spring beauties, bloodroot and hepaticas could be called April flowers, blooming now as the month runs out. They appear while trees are still bare, before vegetation has sprung up in the woods. They lighten the heart, telling the beholder that spring is here, and these flowers are just a preview of things to come. The book “Meet My Psychiatrist” by Les Blacklock is a delight to the nature lover. Filled with colorful


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Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

Bernice Abrahamzon pictures of animals and plants, enhanced by a simple, direct text, it recommends going out to consult “Old Doc Log,” to sit down on his green mossy couch and absorb the solitude and beauty all around, to establish ties once again with the earth itself. It’s almost an elemental prescription for curing anxiety and stress. “Old Doc Log” is sure to listen patiently to man’s troubles, and in the quiet of the woods, one can find peace. Ills can disappear under Old Doc’s ministrations. It’s easy to find him as he has many branch offices. In the words of Blacklock, “… there’s no trail to doc’s office, but it’s just off the north edge of a grove of ancient while pines, easy to find.” You can’t miss it! His fee is reasonable, too.

Comment I once loved walking in the woods, and had no fear. I followed a logger’s road with a canopy of trees arching overhead, going to the rock cliff at the back of our property. Traprock is a local reality with outcroppings, cliffs and drop-offs. It sometimes causes real problems for well drillers, blocking access to the pure water underground. Basalt is its real name, but traprock is a colloquial word, and yes, it can be a real nuisance and a problem. But the woods have changed through the years. We sometimes hear coyotes at night, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a resident bear. I have no desire to walk where bears walk. One fall day, a long time ago, I stretched out under a bright yellow maple tree and the golden leaves drifted down on me. They smelled dry and of the earth. It was a rare experience to feel at one with the earth. I wouldn’t do that now as Mr. Bear might decide to pounce. Still, everyone says, “He’s probably more scared than you are.” Perhaps, but who knows? I once spent hours in the woods, picking berries, taking my sons on picnics, meeting Mother Nature face to face and thinking poetry. Even with my diamond willow walking stick, I could still manage a walk in the woods, but I’m not sure about running if I had to get away in a hurry. So things change. Until next week, Bernice

Girl Scout sleep-over on March 18 was a success

ST. CROIX FALLS – The Lake O’ the Dalles Girl Scouts annual sleep-over at First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls had more than 20 girls Monkeying Around in honor of the 99th Girl Scout Birthday. This was Troop 50398’s first year hosting the event. Activities included crafts, monkey making, baking muffins and watching “The Princess and the Frog.” All girls, grades K-5 are invited to the Fun in the Sun Expo at St. Croix Falls High School commons on Tuesday, April 26, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Girls and families can find out about summer programs for girls and how to get involved in a local troop. - submitted

Ann Nelson of second-grade troop 53745 stirs muffin mix at the annual Lake O’ the Dalles sleepover on Friday, March 18.

More than 20 Lake O’ the Dalles Girl Scouts in grades K-12 had fun at the annual sleep-over at First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls. – Photos submitted

50 Years Ago

Obituaries included Lincoln Wilton and Mrs. C. Bottolfson.-The movie “Inherit the Wind” was playing at the Amery Theatre, starring Spencer Tracy and Frederic March.-A St. Patrick’s Day dance was held at Joe’s Cross Roads, Siren.-“The Sundowners” movie was playing at the Auditorium Theatre at St. Croix Falls.Carolyn Wedin was awarded the Woodrow Fellowship at Gustavus Adolphus College, majoring in English and German.-Two Frederic pea viner stations will operate this year.-Efforts were being made to save passenger train service.-A smorgasbord was set for every Sunday beginning April 2 at Edgewater Inn, lake property, Siren.-Dorothy’s Style Shop, Luck, had a pre-Easter sale March 17-18.-A Sundae Sale was held at the Dairy Queen, Frederic, with customers invited to pay for one sundae at regular price and get another one for 10¢.-Route’s, Frederic, had a sale on pork chops at 45¢/lb., liver sausage at 59¢/lb., Crisco at a 3lb. tin for 79¢ and 50 pounds of flour at $3.09.-At Anderson’s Clover Farm Store, Frederic, there were free doughnuts and coffee, ground beef at 49¢/lb., sugar at 10 lbs. for 98¢, bananas at 10¢/lb. 2 lbs. coffee at $1.09 and some prizes of a Shell Lake fiberglass boat, the Sportsman, and a Baltco all-steel boat trailer.

40 Years Ago

Specials at Anderson’s Store, Siren, included russet potatoes at 10 lbs. for 49¢, round steak at 93¢/lb. and longhorn cheese at 69¢/lb.-Mr. and Mrs. Lee Whitney purchased the Gayner Hardware, Webster from Bob Gaynor after his 25 years there.-Kronlund Motors, Spooner, were urging everyone to “Wing into Spring.”-The Frederic Co-op Super Market had an April Shower of Savings and specials included Spam at 12-oz. can for 59¢, Pine Sol at 88¢, lettuce at 18¢/head, pork loins at 49¢/lb. and eight grapefruit at 68¢.-Fisk Agency, St. Croix Falls, needed listings of farms, vacant lands and lakes property.-Obituaries included Isabelle Strese, Oscar Wickland, Selma Kinblom and Carroll Pilcher.-The movie “Airport” was playing at the D’Lux Theatre, Luck.-The fabulous Ink Spots were coming to the Dalles House, St. Croix Falls, April 23, 24, 25.-Vandalism was rampant during pleasant spring weekend.-Morris Skinner was honored as Grantsburg’s Man of the Year.-Specials at Les’s Store, South Siren, included pork chops at 59¢/lb., bacon at 39¢/lb., lettuce 25¢/head, bananas 11¢/lb. and hamburger buns at 37¢/dozen.-John’s Bottle Gas, Danbury, filled all propane gas needs.-Cribbage tournaments were held at the Skol Haus, West Sweden, Monday nights at 8 p.m.-Specials at Route’s Store in Frederic included chocolate chips at 37¢ for 8 oz., cube steak at 79¢/lb. and ground beef at 57¢/.lb.

20 Years Ago

The DNR flight operation was coming to the Burnett County Airport.-Five taverns were burglarized early Monday morning including Eastman’s Bar, Siren; Pheasant Inn, Siren; Little Mexico, Siren; Hideout, Lewis and a fifth one not identified.-New boat loans were available for qualified borrowers at First Wisconsin Bank at five different locations of Grantsburg, Siren, Webster, Cushing and A & H.-A company that deals with wedding supplies suggested “Choose your invitations as carefully as you choose your groom.”-A crowd of 6,000 turned out for the waterskip at Clam Lake.-The Polk County Aging program was short of funds.-The Inter-County Leader had assorted sizes of boxes for sale at 10¢ each.-Variety Video, Frederic, had a special offer for customers to rent two videos at regular price and rent a third one free.-A crew from the Polk County Wisconsin Conservation Corps was working on a nature trail near Grantsburg.-Bruce Erickson stepped down from being president at the bank at Grantsburg.-Peggy’s at Siren had a bargain on all Morning Sun sweatshirts of $5 off.-Fishbowl and Dick Daniels insurance agencies combined.-A woman was forced to make restitution for food stamps.-Wrestlers Larry and Jason Johnson competed at state.-Siren’s Moose Lodge held a fundraiser brunch March 10, 1991.-Wellness Day was held at Webster High School.

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Jesse is an 8-year-old yellow Lab. He is a stout, compact chap with all of the usual Labrador personality. He likes to stay busy with his hobbies, hunting and testing his bite on inanimate objects. Sometimes the two hobbies run together and he hunts for a stick for bite testing. Jesse’s favorite thing to do however is whatever you have in mind for the day. He will lend an enthusiastic element to all of your outdoors activities and make sure there aren’t any pesky squirrels around when you get there. He has household manners, likes kids and dogs. Cats remind him of big squirrels but he would tolerate one if he had to. Jesse is a mature older dog with a lot of joy to give to a family. Two Amery school groups made donations to Arnell Humane Society last week. The eighth-grade family/consumer education class donated $217 from the sale of Valentine’s Day cookies. The Future Business Leaders of America sold dog and cat treats at teacher conferences and donated $200 from those sales. A big thank-you to the nine teams that make up the Crazy Couples Pool League from Wanderoos. Gerald and Pat Leisch and Ellie Ludwig from the league donated $60 to the animals at Arnell. All of

these groups turned an activity they enjoy into a fundraiser for the shelter. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of them. The shelter is experiencing a lower than normal number of animals. We aren’t complaining. This is a good thing. For the first time in a year, there are no animals on our waiting list for surrender. This is a temporary situation, as the beginning of kitten season is just around the corner, but we are enjoying it while it lasts. Final touches on the Adoptable Cat Room will get some time and attention as well as regular training sessions for the dogs. There is no time that goes to waste in the animal sheltering business. There is always more to do. Erin, the featured calico from last week, did not meet her new caregiver and remains available for adoption. Sharing the cat showcase are: Rollo, an 18-pound white-and-buff pillow of cat fur and personality; McCloud, the dashing classic tabby with nonchalant charm; and Purrcilla and Velvet, young black females with large eyes just beginning their education in mouse hunting and people pleasing. New to the Dog Adoption Kennel are: Goldie, a 4-year-old golden retriever/beagle-mix female, Maribelle; a medium-sized hunting phenom English setter; Dekka, the handsome and loveable brindle Lab-pit bull; and Dexter, a mild-mannered 11-yearold black Lab-basset neutered male. All of these and more are waiting to meet that special someone at Arnell Memorial Humane Society, where we practice our own version of speed dating. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. East, Amery, 715-268-7387 or online:

Burnett Community Library

Books donated by W/ELCA

The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Lakeside Community Lutheran Church donated money to purchase books for the children’s section in the new library. We have purchased the books in anticipation of our move to the new facility in early September, we hope. These are the titles we purchased for the library: “Mr. Gumpy’s Outing,” “Freight Train,” "The Carrot Seed,” “Miss Nelson is Missing,” “Officer Buckle and Gloria,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” “Seven Blind Mice,” “Sedako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” “Harriet the Spy, Double Agent,” “Catherine, Called Birdy,” “Johnny Tremain,” “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” “Cricket in Times Square,” “Great Gilly Hopkins,” “Indian in the Cupboard,” “Secret of the Indian,” “Lone Wolf” and “My Side of the Mountain.”

National Library Week

During the week of April 11 through 16, we will be celebrating National Library Week with homemade cookies and coffee for patrons, a drawing for three different gift certificates to local restaurants and other miscellaneous prizes and special bookmarks.

Larsen Family Public Library

Work has begun on the renovation of the Larsen Chev building. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of August. We have a wish list for items that don’t fit within the construction budget: bicycle rack, skateboard rack, donor wall plaque, a computer for the children’s area, a laptop computer for the study room, a projector, projection screen and speakers for the community meeting room, two clocks, signs for room entrances and holders for slatwalls on bookshelves. Anyone interested in helping out with any of these items, please contact the library at 715-866-7697.

Preschool story time

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our very special book this week was “Cat in the Hat.” Written in 1957, it’s still silly-fun to hear and equally, to read. That mischievous and clever cat brings smiles to all ages, and just how does he get the two children out of a jam when the mother is walking up the sidewalk? Only the Cat in the Hat could pull this one off. Our preschoolers took home one of the infamous tall, red and white-striped hats as their party favor. Join us for our next adventure into books and story time next Wednesday, 10:30 to 11 a.m., followed with a snack, located on the lower level of the library.

Adult book club

The book chosen for Tuesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. is “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. Summary: The disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the

wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness, assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism, and a surprising connection between themselves. – From publisher description.

Mystery Mayhem Book Club

The new mystery book club will meet for the first time on Monday, April 11, at 10 a.m. We will be discussing mystery books with an Easter theme. To register for our first session, you can call the library at 715-866-7697. For more details, please call Rita Luedtke at 608-963-1425.

New adult fiction books

• “Minding Frankie” by Maeve Binchy • “Silent Mercy” by Linda Fairstein • “Brotherhood” by Jerry Jenkins • “The Jungle” by Clive Cussler • “Toys” by James Patterson

New adult nonfiction books

• “Abridged Dewey Decimal Classification” by Melville Dewey


• “Terra Cotta Army: Secrets of an Ancient Dynasty” • “Blow” • “Let Me In” • “Star Trek: Season One” • “Adventures of Power”

Children’s books

• “Catie the Copy Cat” by Juliana Howard • “Calendar Mysteries: June Jam” by Ron Roy • “Calendar Mysteries: May Magic” by Ron Roy • “Blue Chameleon” by Emily Gravett

Adult audio books

• “The Land of Painted Caves” by Jean Auel • “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht • “Silent Mercy” by Linda Fairstein

Hours and information

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


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As March goes, it marched right along! April isn’t much better as it’s capricious and unreliable. Many people have been in and out at the Arleen Jones home since LeRoy passed away, and helping Arleen. John Glockzin sang a solo during Sunday’s service at the Lewis church. It was called “The Statue of Liberty” and a very challenging number. JoAnn Carlson served goodies after Sunday’s service, assisted by Dave Goranson. Dave is recovering from his broken collarbone sustained in a fall. Glad he is improving each day. Also, get-well wishes to Mary Jane Johnson. This long, snowy winter has taken its toll. The April church newsletter is in the mail. Linda Boxter and LaVerne Leep helped fold and label on Friday. It’s spring break in the Siren School District with no school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is an especially busy week for members and friends of the Lewis church with choir practice Monday night, Bible study Tuesday night, Lenten supper and service Wednesday night at the Siren United Methodist Church and fellowship supper and monthly board meeting Thursday night at church. Friday night is a personal choice, and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. is the Lewis Jam Session. Welcome. Many activities are scheduled all over the area. The Northwest Regional Writers will meet the second Friday of April at Espresso Cabin, Grantsburg at

1 p.m., April 8. Assignment: Write on any two colors, but do not mention them more than two times in an essay or poem. Use alternative words, like for red – carmine, scarlet, the color of an old barn, brilliant, sumac leaves in fall, etc. Giving plenty of notice so there’s time to work on your masterpiece. Choose any two colors. Be creative. A sure sign of spring is that the Indianhead Gem and Mineral Society is meeting again after a long winter recess. The date is Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m., at the Luck Senior Citizen Center, for meeting and greeting. The actual meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with all new officers in charge this year. Former officers had served for many, many years and like politics, decided it was time for a change and new ideas. The usual agenda on the first meeting of the new year includes bragging rights (rites?) of a new find, a good rock book, just read, a planned activity, etc. Welcome to all rock hounds and pebble pups. Please mark calendars the first Monday night of each month. Did you read about the new infection out in California with no effective treatment except to wash your hands all the time? The new infection is said to be spread, unfortunately, by doctors and nurses who see many patients a day. The infection is heading this way, so we may have to give up shaking hands. Using sanitizer is one remedy, too. Some careful people even have it available in their cars to use before or after eating.

I opened my mouth too soon about spring coming in last week’s column. Old Man Winter must have been lurking about as he decided to let me know he just wasn’t quite ready to loosen his grip on the area and gently slip away letting Mother Nature bring spring in quietly this year. Tuesday he shook that bag of his and dropped white flakes all over most of the day. Come Tuesday night and all day Wednesday he really got down and dirty, dropping over 10 inches to the area, all but bringing the county to its knees. The scanner echoed with reports of numerous cars and trucks in the ditch as many tried to get to work. I’m sure there were many homes where kids cheered the snowstorm as schools all around the area closed for the day. I’m sure kids haven’t changed much over the years on the subject of school closings. Back in the day of my school years, snow days were just as good as holiday vacations. The Grandmas group met March 21, their regular date, for a get-together at the home of Erna Lueck. A great lunch was enjoyed by all and the afternoon spent visiting and doing a variety of crafts. Those present were Marge Peterson, Carol Juve, Naomi Glover, Hazel Hahr and Bev Beckmark. Dorothy Lahners missed the day, she had a previous en-

gagement. The Burnett County Family Resource Center will be holding their annual child safety night on Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. If you want to attend this program, mark it on your calendars. For more info call 715-349-2922. This event is sponsored by the Burnett County Resource Center, Burnett County CRA and Outreach office and the Citizen Auxiliary. Hubby and I attended the annual Luck Mutual Insurance Company’s chicken dinner/meeting last Saturday at Cricket's Bar and Grill just north of Hwy. 8 on CTH H. After serving the dinner to about 300 people and the meeting, door prizes were given out. On the way home we passed the Straight River, which had open water and a pair of trumpeter swans. Can spring really be that far away? Congratulations to elementary student Karlee Sybers and high schooler Tori Moose for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Great job girls. Last Sunday at church I talked to Judy Roe and was told her cousin, the Don and Betty Mecks on Mud Hen Lake, have been visited by those big black critters. They had left their tracks in the snow all over their yard.


Borderline news

Around Cloverton, maple syrup production has been hampered by the weather. Dave Baker has 50 little buckets on trees to collect sap, while the two Dave Fornengos put out 100 buckets. The group of young people from the Cities has over 200 taps on DNR land. This seasonal activity is always a lot of work, but is also a lot of fun. Down at Markville, Bob and Patty have really big plans – they have nine buckets out. Deloris Schirmer is in the spring-cleaning mode in a big way; she’s going to change the color on some walls. That should disturb some dust that has been in hiding for a long, long time. Over Cozy Corner way, Vi Barden from the Riverside area has returned to her home after spending the winter with her daughter Janice and family in the state of Virginia. Welcome back, Vi. On Friday, Ron and Sharon Proffit traveled to Sandstone, Minn., to have lunch with their 1960 classmates. After lunch they went to Hinckley, Minn., to visit Maynard Monson and Clara Lilly, both former residents of Markville. Clara and Maynard are doing well. On Saturday, John and Judy Pahos of Superior stopped in at the Proffits for an afternoon visit. John grew up in Markville. Ron and Joleen Carlson of Mound, Minn., (property owners in Blaine Township), returned from a trip to New Zealand and Australia, after being away for one month. Experiencing jet lag as this is being written, they say that this trip was worth it, as they enjoyed some of the most beautiful scenery ever! Up in Dairyland, Beth Baer and friend David Streinberger spent Monday thru Friday at Beth’s parent’s house. She was on spring break from the Uni-

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versity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Josh Baer participated in the large-group band festival at Webster High School on Tuesday night. Rick and Bernie Gustafson and their children Anson and Arwen, as well as Alan and Judy Gustafson, attended “A Little Princess,” the school play at the Webster High School on Friday night. Trent and Alec Gustafson, Judy and Alan’s grandsons, were in the play. Tammy Baer and Mary Picton also attended. Don’t forget the spring election on April 5. On the ballot are two board members for the Webster School Board, and all of the Dairyland Town Board. Incumbents Alan Gustafson (clerk) and Richard Gustafson (treasurer) are not seeking re-election. Running for the town board chairman position: Gene Visger (I) and Ron Deyo. For supervisor: Glen Hughes, Dennis Snow, Bruce Tourville and Russ Sullivan (I). For town clerk: Vickie Tourville, and Amanda Peterson, with Margaret Sexton as a writein. For town treasurer: Pat Kinblom, and Sharon Deyo. Borderline news: applications are being taken for the steering committee of the Borderline Easter Parade. Because the floats will be steered by committee, good communication skills are required. It seems the robins have ducked for cover. Ever seen web-footed robins? Visit Borderlandia! Clarification regarding the “Stump the Old Fogey” contest: please do not confuse this with Old Foggy, the hermit bachelor reputed to live somewhere in the backwaters of the Great Belden Swamp. Let sleeping Foggys lie. Speaking of which, in what year was the town of Belden abandoned? Stay connected to your community.



Born at Osceola Medical Center:


A boy, Carson Levi Johnson, born March 21, 2011, to Belinda and Travis Johnson, Osceola. Carson weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Madeline May Wallner, born March 24, 2011, to John and Amanda Wallner, Centuria. Madeline weighed 6 lbs., 3.5 oz. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Cayden Russell Hakenson, born March 9, 2011, to Nichole Jones and Justin Hakenson, Webster. Cayden weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. ••• A girl, Elsa Corin Carlson, born March 11, 2011, to Curtis and Liza Carlson, Luck. Elsa weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Thomas Michael Larson, born March 12, 2011, to Michael and Erin Larson, Dresser. Thomas weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A girl, Avery Hope Winkler, born March 13, 2011, to Monica and Adam Winkler, Balsam Lake. Avery weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A girl, Katelyn Grace Vruno, born March 13, 2011, to Kelley and Sally Vruno, Osceola. Katelyn weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Cale Christopher Mark Ubl, born March 15, 2011, to James and Danell Ubl, Siren. Cale weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Madelyn Irene Macholl, born March 15, 2011, to Rebecca and Jerrad Macholl, Amery. Madelyn weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. •••

A girl, Abby Lynn Asproth, born March 17, 2011, to Jeff and Tanya Asproth, Osceola. Abby weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A girl, Mackenzie Charlotte Hammer, born March 17, 2011, to Elizabeth Trott and Matthew Hammer, Webster. Mackenzie weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A boy, Warren Lukas Stimson, born March 19, 2011, to Jessica and Nathan Stimson, Chisago City, Minn. Warren weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Benjamin Russell Adams, born March 19, 2011, to Kessia and Leif Adams, Luck. Benjamin weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. •••

Born at Spooner Health System

A boy, Jasper Allen Fingerson, born March 14, 2011, to Brandon and Jessie Fingerson. Jasper weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. Jasper’s siblings are Jaiden and Parker. Grandparents are Duane Hare and Betty Winter of Webster; Al and Mary Ann Fingerson of Burnsville, Minn.; and Paula Lawrence of Rochester, Minn. •••

Born at Amery Regional Medical Center:

Jeremy and Amy Fossum of St. Croix Falls are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ruby Ellen Fossum, on March 5, 2011. Ruby weighed 8 pounds, 10-1/2 ounces, and was 21-1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Bruce and Sandy Lundquist of Frederic. Paternal grandparents are Lawrence and Kay Fossum of Frederic. Greatgrandparents are Wayne and Millie Lundquist of Frederic, Violet Fossum of Webster, and Jim and Eleanor Kreutzian of Grantsburg. •••

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A snowstorm in March. I guess we should expect that, but still wish it wouldn’t happen. Tuesday was a very busy day. We started with our exercises. In the afternoon games were played. The winners in Dominos were Ione Meixner, Ione White and Jean McIntyre. Winners in Hand and Foot were Charlie Ziegler and Dottie Adams. Elaine Edlund, Charlie Mevissen, Norma Lundgren and DeAnn Richardson were the winners in 500 cards.

Thursday started with our exercises, followed by Skip-Bo. We had our potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by the monthly meeting. It was decided to hold a spring garage and bake sale on May 13 and 14. In the evening 500 cards were played. It’s not too early to start planning your graduation parties. The senior center can be rented for an occasion. Call Joyce at 715-483-3466 for details and reservations.

Sympathy is extended to Roy and Dee Nordquist and family, and Don and Lida Nordquist and family, due to the death of Roy and Don’s sister, Jeanne Fahland. Bob and Pam Bentz visited Lida and Don Nordquist Tuesday evening. Colin and Chris Harrison went home Friday, after spending several days at the home of Lawrence and Nina Hines. Karen and Hank Mangelsen returned Friday from a five-day trip to Billings, Mont. They attended the funeral of Karen’s cousin, Pat Romsos. Traveling with them were Gene, Carlotta and Carol Romsos.

Nina and Lawrence Hines were lunch guests of John and Diana Mangelsen Saturday. Saturday visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen were April, Dave, Mandy, Steve, Carter and Graham Close and Jake, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen. Grace and Hannah stayed overnight. Barry and Josh Hines visited Donna and Gerry Hines Saturday. Grace, Hannah, Karen and Hank Mangelsen and Don and Lida Nordquist called on Lawrence and Nina Hines Sunday. Clam River Tuesday Club will meet April 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Lida Nordquist.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The following Augsburg College student has made the dean’s list during the fall 2010 semester. The dean’s list, compiled after each semester, lists undergraduate students whose grade-point average for a semester is 3.50 or bet-

ter. Students must be full time. Holly Stoner, Frederic, is majoring in elementary education and her parents are Steve and Terry Stoner, Frederic. - submitted

You might say our center hasn’t fallen yet, but it sure is listing. When you walk in the door you will notice that we have a list for volunteers for the Good Friday Breakfast, a list for our foot lady, a list for tax preparation and the newest list for anyone who is interested in starting up a bowling league with our Wii and of course, our sheet is out for our Dining at Five dinner to be held on April 7. Some of our seniors have taken an interest and have enjoyed playing with the Wii and would like to start a bowling league. We have four people signed up so far and if you think you might be interested come in and check out the newest addition to the center. Wii bowling has been very successful in Webster and who knows, if we get enough people to play they could have some lively competition. CeCe will again be serving one of our favorite enttrees, roast beef, with all the fixings at the Dining at Five dinner on Thursday evening, April 7. April 4 is the last day for tax preparation at the

center and I believe there are a few more appointments open, so if you need help call 715-349-7810 and put your name on that list. Our foot lady will be here on April 11 and there are a few openings and she also is here until 4 p.m., so you can make an afternoon appointment if mornings haven’t worked for some of you seniors. The Good Friday Breakfast committee has a list asking for volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare that day they would appreciate any help you could give them. Due to the bad weather on Wednesday the center was closed and our 500 card game was canceled. Spade winners on Friday were Rich Husted, Arnie Borchert, Nona Severson, Marlyce Borchert and Ralph Groves. Nona Severson, Inez Pearson and Barb Munger furnished treats for the players. Our gratitude to Ellie Anderson who donated items for the craft room, which included a bag of costume

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Greetings all – Sadie here once again! What did you think of that snowfall this last week, we sure got a lot of it and it was the wet stuff. I thought they said it was spring, you’d sure never know it by how white and cold it is outside. Dad says we only have three seasons each year, brown, white and green, and I’m waiting for the green to arrive. The squirrels have been extra busy at the bird buffet this last week, so it’s been keeping us busy chasing them. They are onto us though, because as soon as they hear the door open they’re already halfway up the trees but it’s still a good chase. I bet you didn’t know that the squirrels could be such great entertainment, not to mention the exercise we get from chasing them. Another busy week at the shelter, particular for my friend Brenda on Saturday as three dogs left to go to their new homes. Kari was adopted again and this time to a home with no pesky felines but with a new brother to play with. My friend Magnus was also adopted and Benjamin the puppy went to his new home. Aren’t all those adoptions great! I hear Eve is going home on Tuesday and that there has been great interest in the four Pyrenees brothers – hmmm sounds like a singing group don’t you think? And now, here’s the Pyrenees Brothers, introducing Jared, Teddy, Trevor and Socrates! There are a couple of new additions to the shelter, Micah and Madeline, both Lab mixes. They both came in together as strays and so far we haven’t heard from their owners. Ernie the Chihuahua mix is new to the adoption floor and Chloe the shar-pei/Lab mix will be moved up on Monday. Ernie is a senior but don’t tell him that as he doesn’t think so and Chloe is just a young gal. I want to tell you about my friend Duchess who is still looking for someone to love her and take her home. She is a wonderful American Staffordshire terrier mix of about 3 years of age. She is extremely loving with a beautiful spirit so if anyone has it in their heart to give her the home she deserves, please come by and visit with her. Nothing much new on the felines, which means I don’t have to talk about them too much. Being a dog I really do find them pesky but lots of humans seem to like them. I hear we have a couple of pos-


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sible applications but nothing concrete as yet. Mom tells me we have some new volunteers coming to help at the shelter and we’re all looking forward to meeting and spending time with them. If you love us animals (and who couldn’t!) it is a very worthwhile way to help out in the community. Don’t forget the upcoming spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 30. Once again the Moose Lodge is opening their doors for us to have our event and we appreciate all that they do. Raffle tickets are going great so don’t forget to get yours, they are available at the shelter. Thanks to all those that have dropped off items for the silent auction. Posters will be going up in the next couple of weeks. Our newsletter is going in the mail this week, they came in on Friday so there was lots of folding, labeling and getting them ready to take to the post office. Some great stories to read. Sending you licks and tailwags and wishing you all a wonderful week, hopefully with some warmer weather. The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096. We’re on Facebook too.

Unity WIAA Scholar Athletes selected

BALSAM LAKE – Seniors Katherine Ebensperger and Brady Flaherty have been selected as the Unity High School WIAA Scholar Athletes at the local level. Ebensperger is the daughter of Laura and Gary Ebensperger and has lettered in tennis, basketball and track. As a senior, she competed in the state tennis tournament in Madison. Ebensperger has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Flaherty is the son of Angie Nelson and Dan Flaherty and has lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Flaherty has eight all-conference honors, school-record batting average, points scored in a season, career and recently joined an elite group by scoring over 1,000 points during his basketball career. Flaherty will be playing baseball next year for the UWOshkosh Titans. – submitted

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jewelry earrings. Anke Olesen and Nona Severson had a grand time sorting through them on Thursday and Anke went to work and used one of her many talents, mounting them on poster boards and they are up and ready for sale. Gratitude to Sandy Wohletz who donated Easter candy for the center. I hate to say it but the Easter bunny confiscated it and has hidden it until it is time for the Easter decorations to be put out, which hopefully will be this coming weekend, so we are just going to have to wait to sample it. Jill Jacobs, our angel in Texas, has again sent us a box of Easter streamers for the tables. It is pretty uncanny that she knows what we need and mails them up to us just in time. CeCe Andrewson was instructed to purchase three large packages of napkins when she made her jaunt to Wally’s World this past week and when we went to pay her, she said it was her donation, thank you CeCe and as I have said so many times before,

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people have been so kind to us. Last but not least, the 500 card party will be held on April 30. We have sent out requests for door prizes and items for our silent auction and have had many responses. The businesses in the community were very generous last year and we had a very successful first-annual 500 card party with 60 people coming out to play. Our goal this year to make it even better so if you are a 500 player put it on your calendar and come out to join us. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dime Bingo is played on Tuesday, 500 cards on Wednesday and Spades on Friday. All of these activities begin promptly at 1 p.m. Our pool table is open every morning, the coffeepot is always on and you may also come in and play with the Wii. For any information call the center at 715-349-7810 or for a dinner reservation call 715-349-2845.



In the service of the heart (How I came to volunteer)

by Mike Crim When I joined the military service, in 1973, my father gave me one piece of advice. Two words: “Never volunteer.” That turned out to be pretty good information and I’ve adhered to it for a good portion of my life. However, I would like to tell you how I came to disregard that advice, and to let you in on the benefits and the unforeseen blessings that have come from that decision. When I retired seven years ago, one of the things I wished to do was mentor a child. Well, three years later, I made the call, to Kinship of Polk County. I met my boy, who was 10 at the time, and began. Keeping up with a 10-yearold is never easy, but it’s harder when you’re older. But the truth is, being with a child is fun and seeing the world through their eyes is enlightening. And the activities we enjoyed pushed me. I hadn’t played catch, gone sledding, fishing or snow-tubing in 30 years. Was I sore? Yes! Was I exhilarated? Yes! I felt so good. We built our own sled and I bought a fishing boat. Do you want to know the best thing? Nearly every time we do something together, this is what he tells me: “That was the best day ever!” I ask you, how many people can say they have a friend like that? At the end of this March, we’ll have been together two years. Knowing him, his family, and those who brought us together has been enriching to me and I am the better for it. While this was going on, I managed to complete a Master Gardener course. One of the requirements is to volunteer hours, within the community. Another Master Gardener and I committed to establishing a garden for the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. The garden is a success and the patients, staff and visitors are responsive and appreciative in their thanks. I am humbled and proud that such small efforts produce so powerful an effect. One year into the garden, an opportunity came to volunteer at the hospital information desk four hours a week. I now direct patients where they need to go and deliver specimens, mail and flowers. The flowers are always a pleasure. I interact with patients, family, staff and other volunteers. I am constantly around people who are appreciative and thankful. And that makes me feel good. I always look forward to going there. Volunteering is a progression, I think. One willful act begins a chain of actions. Opportunities are created through and for others. And unfathomed rewards and blessings occur. And joys become full. My next connection in the progression is through Interfaith Caregivers, a non-profit, providing services for the elderly and adults with disabilities. For my first experience, I volunteered to pick up an elderly couple from WalMart. You may not know this but an outing, to just about anywhere, is a big deal to those who seldom get out of

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their own homes. Imagine that. What a couple of characters these two turned out to be. I picked them up, loaded their purchases, and drove them toward home. Along the way, I asked where their walkers were, as I knew they both used them. The white-haired lady informed me that she had not brought hers with her. The gentleman exclaimed “Oh no, I left mine at the store!” I assured him that it was all right and that we would return to the store, for his walker. He began to argue with me as to why it wasn’t necessary to retrieve it. Nothing I said would change his mind. Suddenly the woman spoke, “You’re wasting your time talking to him. He’s stubborn. That’s why I won’t marry him.” Then she started giggling, like a little girl. I almost had to pull the car over, I was laughing so hard. We did return for the walker. After this, I began to deliver food shelf groceries to a young woman in a wheelchair. She is independent, stubborn and proud. And I was impressed to meet her. She is profuse in her thanks and honest in her appreciation for this small thing that I do for her. She lives a life so desperate and different from my own, that I vowed to slap myself, if I complained about anything in the future. Now I deliver food boxes to three more families. The deliveries take me 50 minutes and I drive 10 miles. And it makes me glad to do it. Next, I agreed to take a mother and her twenty-something son grocery shopping. Both have disabilities. Their faces exude a radiant glow and a placid sense of calm. I watched as he smiled and held his mother’s arm as she walked, guiding her. I witnessed how they gazed at one another, with open caring and love. And it made me feel privileged, like I was in the presence of grace. But if I hadn’t cast aside my father’s advice to, “never volunteer,” I would have never known that kind of grace happens. You too can know the presence of grace by volunteering. We at Interfaith Caregivers, appreciate volunteers as do other organizations. So join the move to volunteer. You too can know the amazing feeling of helping other. So think about volunteering. Interfaith Caregivers, Kinship and many others local nonprofits need your help now. Volunteer Appreciation Week is coming up, April 10-16. So remember to thank a volunteer for sharing their time and efforts to improve our community. If you or someone you know could benefit from our services or if you’d like to volunteer, call Interfaith Caregivers at 715-485-9500 or e-mail You can also visit our Web site at Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 426 Balsam Lake, WI 54810.


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National Honor Society Food Drive: Please bring items for the food shelf to the play.

Harmony HCE met Tuesday at Cedarwood Manor with Georgeann Flatten and Erica Gustafson as hosts. The Orange 4-H met at the Webster elementary Friday after school. After the meeting, the 4-H members watched the school play. 4-H members Julia Summer, Brianna Brey, Emily Flatten, Lexi Symond and Bizzy Mosher, were in the play and AmySue Greiff helped backstage. Fran Krause attended the play and also helped

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with the cookie and cake sale for the benefit of Dollars for Scholars. Mark and Deanna Krause attended the play at the high school. Britnay and Mitchell spent part of their spring break with grandparents John and Reeny Neinstadt. John and Reeny attended the play on Saturday evening. Last Monday John and Reeny were dinner guests at Ron and Sharon Proffit's.

Live animal at final Nature Story Time

ST. CROIX FALLS – Join Naturalist Julie Fox and special guest Terri Larson from Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Education Park for the final Winter Nature Story Time this season. Meet them at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Following the story, Larson will introduce a live animal guest from FawnDoe-Rosa. You won’t want to miss this final Nature Story time of the season.

by Pat Willits, Sterling HCE Club member and publicity chair

Lots of exciting things coming up, if you would like to join an area HCE Club, please call the county Extension office at 715-485-8600. This month we feature the Laketown Club of the Cushing area, They have just finished a quilt they are donating for a raffle at the Cushing Commercial Club’s annual Spring Bash event! They also make quilts for the servicemen and women at the veterans hospital. They hold their meetings at the Cushing Community Center. Some of their other activities include visiting elderly friends and neighbors with a basket of goodies and time to visit, planning an activity for the Girls Club, and collecting items for the children of Afghanistan. Laketown Club has welcomed new members and will welcome more! The Southeast clubs: Joel and Neighborly Nights are busy planning the Spring Fling banquet and honors evening on Monday, May 2. Recognition will be given to 25- and 50-year members and to our Women of the Year. We will be awarding two $600 scholarships to descendents of HCE members, for information please call the Extension office. Spring Fling is also the time we judge

After a brief spring break, the popular program will resume again on Thursdays in June through August. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. Nature Story Time is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2011 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. For more information call Fox at 715-483-3747. - submitted

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all cultural arts projects entered in the contest. Be sure to bring your entry early for the judging. The blue ribbon winners will be taken to the state convention cultural arts show. The Fox Creek Club will be directing our efforts to help the Salvation Army with their fundraising campaign: selling M&Ms at the Polk County Fair this year. The NW District meeting is coming up and the state convention will be in September. Reservations have been made by Carol for these events, please check it out if you would like to attend. If you enjoy reading to children, please call Pat at 715-488-2729. We read once a month at the Head Start School in Balsam Lake. Prayers and get-well wishes to our longtime member, Sharon, who has had severe medical problems this year. There will be a benefit for the family on Friday, April 15, at Rumors in Siren. See you at the next executive board meeting on Monday, April 18, at 1 p.m., at the government center.

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WASHBURN/BURNETT COUNTIES — While there are many well-written books and publications devoted to pruning, perhaps the best way to understand the principles of pruning is to see it done firsthand. To help gardeners understand these principles and to demonstrate proper pruning techniques, the Spooner Area UW-Extension Office will be hosting a number of fruit pruning workshops in the coming weeks. Fruit tree pruning: Friday, April 1, from 1-3 p.m., at Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse located one mile north of

Shell Lake on Hwy. 63. Dr. Rebecca Harbut, UW-Extension fruit specialist, will be on hand to discuss the proper pruning techniques for fruit trees. The program will include a short indoor presentation followed by a hands-on pruning demonstration out in the fruit orchard. The emphasis will be on cherries, plums and pears. Hosts Steve and Linda Degner have been growing and marketing blueberries for over 20 years and have recently added raspberries, strawberries, cherries, plums and pears. Wine grape pruning: Friday, April 8,

No fees for safe disposal/recycling of computer and white goods

SPOONER — Due to the Recycling Control Commission’s continued efforts to provide the safest, most convenient and affordable services for area residents, they have announced that there will no longer be any fees related to the safe disposal/recycling of computer equipment and white goods (appliances) for residents in all participating RCC municipalities starting April 1. Also, scrap metal will now be accepted at the sites listed below. No hazardous liquids or items containing ballasts will be accepted. The sites now accepting scrap metal, computer equipment and white goods (appliances) at no cost are: Grantsburg, 401 N. Gary St., north of village off of West Benson, open Thursdays 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; A&H, Long Lake Road toward Voyager Village, currently open Wednesday and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., also open on Sundays 3-6 p.m. Memorial Day week-

end through Oct. 1; Oakland, one-half mile north of CTH U on French Road, currently open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1-5 p.m., also open on Wednesdays 1-5 p.m. April 1 through Oct. 31; and Spooner, 1400 South River St., open Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note that Freon-containing appliances are to be placed next to the provided roll-off container. Freoncontaining appliances include: freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, ice machines, pop machines, etc. All other appliances and scrap metal can be placed in the roll-off container. If you have any questions regarding this new free service, hazardous waste collection events or recycling in general, please contact Jen Barton at 715-635-2197 or e-mail her at — from RCC

from 6-8 p.m., at Spooner Ag Research Station located one-half mile east of Spooner on Hwy. 70. Kevin Schoessow, UW-Extension area ag development agent, will discuss proper training and pruning techniques for grapes. The program will include a short indoor presentation in the station meeting hall, followed by a hands-on pruning demonstration out in the horticulture display garden. Apple Pruning: Thursday, April 14, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at Wood River Garden Store located one-half mile west of Alpha on Hwy. 70. Dr. Bob Tomesh will discuss proper pruning techniques for mature apple trees, and training and pruning techniques on younger apple trees. The program begins with a short presentation at Wood River Garden Store, followed by a hands-on pruning demonstration at two separate sites. Mature tree pruning at Mike and Donna Chell’s farm and younger tree pruning at Joe and Virginia Hennessey farm. Following the pruning workshop, the Hennesseys welcome participants to their wine-tasting room for refreshments. There is a $5 charge for all wine tasting and you must be 21 years old. Apple Grafting Workshops: Thursday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wood River Garden Store east of Grantsburg on Hwy. 70. A whole orchard of fruit from one tree! Well, probably not – but north-woods residents with home orchards or perhaps just an interest in fruit production can learn the basics of successful grafting. According to Schoessow, area Agriculture Development Agent for Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn counties, these hands-on workshops will allow participants to learn the art of combining bud

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wood (scion) with a branch or rootstock. Several different techniques for successful grafting will be reviewed. Dean Faulhaber, of Wood River Garden Store, is delighted to host this workshop in preparation for the upcoming gardening season. Each participant will receive three hardy apple rootstocks. Apple scion wood from different varieties will be available for grafting or participants can bring their own scion wood. Rootstock and scion wood for pear and plum may also be available. For those wishing to collect their own scion wood for grafting purposes the best time to collect scion wood for grafting is late March through early April while trees are dormant. Scion wood is the twig or branch from last year’s growth containing buds which developed last growing season. Buds from 1-year-old water sprouts about one-quarter to three-eighths inch in diameter (pencil diameter in size) have the best vigor. To keep the scions in a dormant condition after collecting and until needed, store them in moistened newspaper, wrapped in a plastic bag and stored in a refrigerator at 35 to 39 degrees. If interested in participating with on-site grafting activities, please bring a pair of leather gloves and a sharp knife. The course is open to the general public. Cost of the workshop is $15. Space is limited. You must prepay. The pruning workshops are free. All workshops open to the public; however, they ask that you preregister. For more information and to preregister contact the Spooner Area UW-Extension Ag Agents Office at 800-528-1914 or 715-635-3506. — from UW-Extension

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American Cancer Society Frederic Area Walk/Run kickoff meeting held


FREDERIC — The kickoff meeting for the Frederic Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run was held Friday, March 25, at 7 a.m. at Hacker’s Lanes. Larsen Auto Centers, Amery Regional Medical Center and St. Croix Regional Medical Center are the corporate sponsors for the Frederic event this year. Darwin Brown and Jack Buecksler presented a check from Larsen Auto Centers, and Linda Clausen of the Luck Medical Clinic, representing the Amery Regional Medical Center, presented their sponsorship check. A St. Croix Medical Center representative was unable to attend. Walk sponsors help defray the costs involved in a walk so that the money raised all goes to the American Cancer Society. Funds raised from the walk/run have helped the ACS save lives through expanding research, provide greater access to cancer information, support legislation to protect public health, provide access to health care, and offer programs and services to cancer patients and their families. Hope Healy is the honorary chair this year. Healy is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She has participated in and been very supportive of the walk for a number of years. The 2011 walk will be held on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Registration will be at the Birch Street Elementary School from 8-9 a.m. This is the fourth year at this site. Registration forms for the walk and tribute flag forms are available at Larsen

Cancer survivor Hope Healy is the honorary chair for the 2011 American Cancer Society Frederic Area Walk/Run.

Committee members and corporate sponsors of the 2011 American Cancer Society Frederic Area Walk/Run met with team captains at Hacker’s Lanes Friday morning, March 25, to kick off plans for the May 7 walk. Standing (L to R) are committee members Phyllis Wilder, Colleen Draxler and Nancy Hardenbergh, Linda Clausen representing walk sponsor Amery Regional Medical Center, committee members Elvira Schmidt with checks, Amy Free, Sylvia Hansen, and Darwin Brown and Jack Buecksler representing sponsor Larsen Auto Centers. In front are Michelle Gullickson Moore, American Cancer Society Community Relations, and Hope Healy, honorary chair of the 2011 walk. Not pictured is a representative from sponsor St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Auto Center, Bremer and U.S. banks, and The Medicine Shoppe. For the third year, online registration will be at walkrun. Preregistration is $5 and is due by Friday, May 7, to Kay Thorsbakken at Box 221, Frederic, WI 54837. Registration forms will also be available the day of the walk and will be $10. Walkers may choose a two-, three- or five-mile route. Refreshments will be available at the walk and top fundraisers will be recognized. Every walker that brings in at least $50 in pledges will receive a T-shirt. Teams that bring in $500 or more will receive a framed picture of their team. Betty Mackean has created and donated a quilt that will be raffled as a fundraiser for the ACS Walk/Run. Tickets on the quilt raffle are $1 or six tickets for $5. The quilt will be on display at Luck Medical Center, Curves, the Bremer and U.S. banks and the Medicine Shoppe in Frederic and tickets will be available there or from any walk/run committee members. Businesses will have an opportunity to purchase Signs of Hope for $35 that will

be placed along the walk route with the name of the sponsoring business. Tribute flag forms will be available at the businesses that have the registration forms for $5. Honor a cancer survivor or loved one by purchasing a tribute flag. The flags will be displayed the day of the walk at the Birch Street Elementary School. Walk/run athletic shoe cutouts are also available for purchase for $1 in various businesses in the Frederic area. The athletic shoes have the name of the person who purchased it and are displayed in store windows or in the interior of the business. All funds raised from the Signs of Hope, tribute flags, athletic shoes and the walk go to the American Cancer Society. The Frederic Walk/Run Committee urges you to join the fight against cancer. Join your family, friends and neighbors on May 7, and enjoy the great out-of-doors and a healthy, fun activity. If you are unable to walk, please consider making a donation to a walker or purchasing a tribute flag in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one who died of can-

Elvira Schmidt facilitated the kickoff meeting for the American Cancer Society Frederic Area Walk/Run, held March 25 at Hacker’s Lanes. The walk will be Saturday, May 7.

cer. If you would like to make a donation, the checks should be made out to the American Cancer Society and may be sent to Elvira Schmidt, 3348 30th St., Frederic, WI 54837. For further information on the walk contact Schmidt at 715-653-2684. – submitted

Betty and Bob Mackean with the quilt Betty made to raffle off as a fundraiser for the walk. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Art to Dye For batik show at North Wind Arts

SIREN – Having mastered the basics of batik textile art in January, eight local artists moved on to more advanced techniques at a three-day March class, again led by Thom Scott of Siren. Their original hand-dyed fiber art will be featured April 8-9 in a batik show, Art to Dye For, at North Wind Arts. “The first class was just an introduction to the process,” explained Scott. “In the advanced class, we took them further than they were in the development of their subject matter. They developed their own ideas and their own complex color combinations.” Stretched and framed pieces, scarves and banners often feature the same sub-

Kathy Recke dries a piece of artwork as part of the batik process. – Photos submitted

A butterfly design allows the artist to experiment with vivid colors.

jects, but show the artists individualism, creativity and an advanced level of sophistication through various expressions and treatments. “The variety will be unbelievable because we will have more than 30 pieces of work on exhibit,” said Scott. The artists are Burnett County residents, or in one case, a former resident. Although they are

proficient in other traditional art mediums such as painting (watercolors, oil, acrylics) and pottery, most have never worked in the wax and dye medium of batik. In addition to Scott, the featured artists are Bonnie Kohl, Kathy Recke, Jenny Goalen, LaDonna Kelly, Jane Roussin, Kathy Swingle and Arlene Elliott. Batik is both an art and a craft. It is a method of decorating cloth using wax and dyes. More than 2,000 years old, the batik process originated in Asia, spreading to the islands of Malaysia and west to the Middle East via trade caravans. There is evidence that batik was practiced in China as early as A.D. 581-618. The word “batik” comes from the Javanese ”tik,” and it means “to dot.”

Kathy Swingle carefully applies melted wax for a biblical verse. The Art to Dye For show on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at North Wind Arts on Hwy. 35/70 north of Siren is free and open to the public. Visitors can meet the artists on Saturday morning at the artists reception from 10 a.m. to noon. For additional information, call North Wind Arts, 715-349-8448. - submitted

State’s public pension plan on firm ground


by Patty Murray Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A new study shows Wisconsin's pension system for public workers is in good shape. One of the lynchpins in Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill requires state workers to pay more than they already do toward their retirement, or pension plans. The rate will go up to 5.8 percent of a person's salary. A study by the national Center for Economic and Policy Research shows the pension fund is fully funded and one of the most economically healthy in the nation. The Center on Wisconsin Strategy followed up on the national study. Laura Dresser is the center's associate director. She says the Budget Repair Bill and its increased

employee contributions is basically a pay cut. Even if that pay is "deferred" until one retires. Dresser says, “It sort of implies that there's a problem in the pension system, or that the pension system is underfunded. And we need workers to be putting money into it, more than they were. But the structure of the pension system isn't a problem. There's plenty of money." In fact, Wisconsin's pension fund would have too much money in it, if not for the recession which has hurt investments across the board. The State of Wisconsin Investment Board oversees the pension fund. Unlike some other states, Dresser says Wisconsin has not "raided" money from the fund to fill other budget holes.

by Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio STILLWATER, Minn. - Federal legislation has been introduced to allow a bridge project linking western Wisconsin and Minnesota to sidestep the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. For decades, attempts to replace a 1930’s era wooden drawbridge between Houlton, Wis. and Stillwater, Minn. have been held up by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and legal challenges by the Sierra Club. Now, a bill is circulating for co-sponsorship that would give a waiver to the act and allow for new construction over the federally protected St. Croix River. U.S. Congress-

man Ron Kind is a co-sponsor of the bill and says the old bridge is a traffic nightmare and endangers the safety of those who cross it. Kind sites the collapse of the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis as a reason to act now. He says “I don’t want that same type of accident to occur on this old wooden lift bridge that exists over the St. Croix. The traffic volume now that goes over that bridge is astounding.” But even if the bill passes and the project is given an exemption from the Wild Rivers Act there is still the question of where the $300 million would come from to build it.

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Research will look at factors in a successful minority college


by Brian Bull Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A UW-Madison researcher is using $1.5 million to learn what makes for a successful minority or tribal college. Clifton Conrad wants to know just what makes a minority college successful, in terms of student retention and graduation. To that end, the education professor and a colleague at the University of Pennsylvania are holding a competitive application process for minority-serving institutions, or MSIs. They’ll pick nine applicants for their study, which will hopefully reveal effective strate-

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several years now, her college has conducted what’s called STEM Scholars, an intensive but supportive program for students needing extra help in science and math. Morris says, “We have a 97-percent completion rate in that program, and we have about 80-percent to 85-percent graduation rate.” Morris says the program emphasizes problem solving and peer support, and even provides a stipend. An even more advanced program, called STEM Leaders, helps cover tuition and emphasizes internships for its participants, who are high achievers.

gies for keeping minorities in college and helping them earn degrees. Conrad says, “These programs and practices have remained largely invisible within larger higher education. We proposed that it was important to identify and elevate these exemplars of student success in ways that will enhance other MSIs, as well as predominately white institutions such as University of Wisconsin Madison.” In addition, the nine MSIs will receive $50,000 to further improve their programs. One person considering the opportunity is Diana Morris. She’s dean of letters and sciences at the College of Menominee Nation. She says for

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prosecutor at the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice, primarily for the DNR. NEVER been a judge and NEVER presided over a single case. In 2003 asked Gov. Doyle for appointment to Court of Appeals - Denied! In 2004 ran for Madison City Attorney - Not appointed! In 2009 applied for the WI Court of Appeals - Denied! In 2009 applied for a Federal Judgeship - Denied!

Wisconsin Judges, 85 Sheriffs and DAs. Endorsed by 4 Retired Supreme Court Justices. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Prosser is a capable justice who has shown the ability to work with his ideological opposites when the situation demands.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recommends voters return Justice Prosser to the Court for another term. Justice Prosser: “I’ve spent the Choose the most qualified past twelve years applying the law with an eye to the candidate. Constitution, not legislating from the bench while earning a reputation for impartiality...” “I present myself as a judicial conservative, devoted to the Constitution and the rule of law. My job is to find the law and apply it properly, not make it up to advance some ideological Adjourn at 4:50 p.m. Carried. objective.” Paid for by the Republican Party of Polk County.

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The tightrope walkers started the Unity Kindergarten Circus performance with umbrella-assisted feats of balance. Pictured, not in order: Sloan, Alexis, Sienna, Megan and Lola. Photos by Greg Marsten

The wild cats needed the steady hands of a trainer.

Watch out for the wildcats! Played by Vicente, Nathaniel, Joseph and Veronica, at Unity’s Kindergarten Circus last Thursday, March 24.

The circus included the acrobatic prowess of Macey, Maci and Noah, who were some of the crowd favorites.

Bareback trick rider Ethan How many circuses can claim waved goodbye to the Unity to have dancing chickens? crowd.

These clowns were going “green” with their fancy bike tricks.

The ballerinas were a wispy circus treat.

Snake charming is now a team sport!

RIGHT: The farewell parade out of the circus was also a chance for the performers to ham it up.

"Surviving Reality"


Leah Engebretson, as Wanda Mae Hatter, and April Halverson, as Millicent Tuttleton, come face to face in “Surviving Reality,” a comedy presented by Frederic High School drama students this past weekend, March 25-27.

Frederic FREDERIC -The Frederic High School Drama Club presented its annual spring play this past weekend, March 25 - 27, in three performances, including a matinee performance on Sunday. “Surviving Reality,” a two-act comedy by Daniel O’Donnell, was under the direction of Kathy Lexen and assistant Amy Tinman. The story is about Harold Fastbuck (Ian Lexen), the devious owner of a small television station and how his co-producers, Brenda Byrd (Natalie Phernetton) and Neville Nerdstrom (Zach Williamson), decide to stage their own reality show, a show that “cannot be won.” This reality show required the haughty Langston and Millicent Tuttleton (Erik Stoner and April Halverson) of Park Avenue, New York, to live for one month with Jasper and Nadine Hatter (Brad Knauber and Isabel Lexen), of Hog Holler, Kentucky, and their children. Little do the families know that they will also have to endure a series of challenges. Olivia Stone (Megan Amundson) is the young, naïve director and Marlena Rivers (Frankie Knuf) is the old, botox-loving, Oscarwinning emcee whom Fastbuck has hired to head up his rigged show. Rounding out the cast were Sandra Kasper, Anna Potvin, Ben Kurkowski, Adina Stackhouse, Nels Potvin, Leah Engebretson, Katie Rokenbrodt, Kendra Erickson, Allison Martin and Amy Tinman.

Erik Stoner, as Langston Tuttleton, eats a worm as members of the Hatter family look on. Nels Potvin, Leah Engebretson, Katie Rokenbrodt and Kendra Erickson played Scooter, Wanda Mae, Gert and Juniper Hatter in “Surviving Reality,” a comedy presented by Frederic drama students this past weekend.

Natalie Phernetton, Ian Lexen and Zach Williamson as Brenda Byrd, Harold Fastbuck and Neville Nerdstrom. Allison Martin as Granny Stonewall Hatter.

Photos by Becky Amundson

Leah Engebretson, as Wanda Mae Hatter, shows off her new fixed front teeth.

The Tuttleton family was played by (L to R) Megan Amundson, Erik Stoner, April Halverson, Ben Kurkowski and Adina Stackhouse.

Burnett Dairy Appreciation Day



by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer ALPHA – The beans were in the roasters, the cheese and ham slices were cut. There were plenty of fresh bakery buns and cake, too. But when the snow came marching in like a lion last Tuesday, March 22, and continued through the night, free lunch or not, there weren’t many Burnett Dairy patrons who could or even thought about venturing out for the cooperative’s Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, March 23. The annual event is one of the community’s most popular yearly events. Folks from all over the area look forward to attending, and not just for the lunch or to pick up their dividend checks. People come to appreciation day mostly to catch up with neighbors and friends. Sitting in groups at the long tables, their coffee cups and milk glasses empty, they linger, reminiscing about farming days gone by. The dairy received more than a few calls from customers on Wednesday morning wondering if there was even going to be an appreciation day. So not wanting to disappoint their patrons, and since there was plenty of food leftover, the decision was made to extend Thursday’s Dairy Customer Appreciation Day lunch crowd was much bigger than Wednesday’s. With not many patrons the celebration another day much to the appreciation of able to attend Wednesday after Tuesday’s snowstorm, and since there was plenty of great leftover food, the cooperative dairy’s customers. decided to extending their annual patron day into Thursday.

Caleb Rombach took a big bite of his sandwich at Burnett Dairy Thursday afternoon. The 2-yearold came with his dad, Bob Rombach, to enjoy lunch at the cooperative’s annual Customer Appreciation Day.

Ninety-year-old Robert Soderbeck didn’t let a little snow stop him from making the trip from Pine City, Minn. to Alpha last week. Soderbeck, who was excited to get his dividend check from Burnett Dairy’s Kent Lindquist, said he never misses the cooperative’s annual Customer Appreciation Day. If wishing could make it so! Nina Dewing closed her eyes as she dropped her entry slip in for the door prizes at Burnett Dairy’s Customer Appreciation Day Thursday.

There was plenty of snow left to clear at Burnett Dairy from Tuesday’s snowstorm and plenty of leftover food, too, when dairy patrons couldn’t get to Alpha Wednesday for the Customer Appreciation Day. After the snow was cleared, customers were invited back on Thursday to enjoy their missed Wednesday lunch.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

People came to Burnett Dairy Customer Appreciation Day last Thursday to catch up with neighbors and friends. Sitting in groups at the long tables, their coffee cups and milk glasses empty, they lingered, reminiscing about farming days gone by.

Marilyn Huskamp and her brother, Dale Peterson, went through the lunch line at Burnett Dairy’s annual Customer Appreciation Day last Thursday, March 24. The Wednesday, March 23, event turned into a two-day affair when many patrons couldn’t get out and about after Tuesday’s snowstorm. Not wanting a large amount of lunch to go to waste, the dairy decided to extend the popular community gathering another day much to the appreciation of its patrons.

"A Little Princess"


In the second act Miss Minchin, played by Danelle Formanek, reveals that under her Students at Miss Minchin’s seminar have a coronation ceremony in the attic. Shown (L to R): tough exterior is a woman who wishes her fa- Taylor Loomer, Marissa Emblad, Hannah Janssen and Sadie Koelz. ther treated her as a princess too.


Becky, played by Tessa Schiller, and Sara Crewe, played by Miranda Burger, perform "A Little Princess" at Webster School March 2527.

Poor Sara Crewe, shown right, played by Miranda Burger. Once she was a wealthy “princess” until her father died, reportedly without a penny to his name, and now Cook, left, played by Maddie Snow, wants her to scrub the cobblestones. Naturally, Sara Crewe Perkine, right, played by Nathan Gatten, is restored to her fortune and has little time for Cook (L to R): Sadie Koelz, Hannah Jannsen and Cassidy Formanek perform a number during learns a thing or two about magic. – Photos once she is wealthy yet again. by Sherill Summer this year's Webster School performance of "A Little Princess."

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Frederic Cub Scouts held Pinewood Derby


FREDERIC – The Frederic Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 19. Cub Scouts and their families turned out for a morning of racing. - submitted

LEFT: Winners for design: First place was Braeden Siebenthal, second place was Kincade Engen and third place was Leif Lahti. RIGHT: Winners for speed: First place was Zachary Buttacavoli, second place was Kincade Engen and third place was Leif Lahti. – Photos submitted

Troop 128 Bridges over Webelos Pack

More than $3,600 in pennies

Frederic Boy Scouts from Troop 128, welcome the Webelo Cub Scouts that bridged over from Pack 128. Back row (L to R): Logan Burch, Brad Peterson, Greg Peterson, Mark Wylie and Scout master Dave Peterson. Front row (L to R); Assistant Scoutmaster Rick Penberthy, John Chenal, Nate Denkmann, Zach Peterson, Robert Harrison and treasurer Josie Penberthy. – Photo submitted

Osceola schools raised money for Leukemia by collecting Pennies for Patients through the month of February. Miss Jorgensen’s second-grade class is pictured with a check for the amount collected this year, $3,609.62. Since 1995 Osceola Elementary School has collected $37,414.65. – Photo submitted



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BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, tater tots, baked beans, veggies, applesauce. Alt.: Lunch brunch.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks, juice and milk. LUNCH Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, steamed corn, lettuce salad, diced peaches. Alt.: Pizza.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Tater tot hotdish, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, beans, warm cinnamon apple slices. Alt.: Hot dog.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, lettuce, peas, peaches. Alt.: Soup and sandwich.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken patty, rice, Pizza dippers, rice,beans, corn,coleslaw, carrots, pears. Alt.: Cook’s choice. celery, pineapple tidbits, banana. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Pancake and sausage. LUNCH Chicken stir fry, steamed rice, carrots, pineapple. Alt.: Turkey sandwich and soup.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH California burger, potato salad, green beans, applesauce. Alt.: Beef and Spanish rice.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs w/cheese & toast. LUNCH Chicken patty, spicy fries, corn, peaches. Alt.: Ham & cheese croissant.

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LUNCH Salisbury steak, bun, potato, carrots OR chicken barley soup with veggies, PBJ, graham crackers, applesauce.

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There is a very important election on April 5 and if you know why you are voting please vote and if you don’t know why you are supporting or opposed to a candidate please don’t vote. The Supreme Court election is very important and will have a 10-year consequence. David Prosser is a constitutionalist, meaning he believes in the original intent of the Constitution of the United States and Wisconsin. Knowing David Prosser personally for a number of years I can say he is the right choice to protect our rights and will judge in an impartial manner. Having voted in the primary that advanced David Prosser to this contest, I must say I was disappointed somewhat by the low number of voters. I was number 13 at about 7 p.m. The reason I say I was somewhat disappointed is I thought maybe voters did not know how each candidate stood on the issues and rather than cast a vote based on a hunch they stayed home. Elections do have consequences and this election of a Supreme Court Justice has 10 years of them. David Prosser is a supporter of our Second Amendment as well as the others and is not a judicial activist. Please educate yourself and vote April 5. I am supporting nonactivists and nonpolitical judges, please join me. Mark Pettis Hertel, WI 532969 32L

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by Shamane Mills Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A provision in a Senate voter ID bill would forbid using student identification cards to vote. Elections experts say taking out that provision would make the law less expensive and less vulnerable to court challenge. As the Senate bill stands now, college students who want to vote would have to use a driver’s license or get a free Wisconsin photo ID. They could not use their university-issued identification card to cast a ballot. Adris Cerny of the group We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections says if students are serious about voting, they can submit an absentee ballot where their parents live. Or they can go get a photo ID. But Assembly Democrat Fred Kessler told Cerny during a legislative hearing that may create an obstacle for students with limited transportation. If Wisconsin prevents the use of student IDs at the polls, it will have the most restrictive voting law in the country. UW-Madison political scientist David Canon says it will also be expensive. The estimated cost of providing free ID cards in Wisconsin is $2.7 million. Canon says students IDs are secure; there’s no need for duplication. He says, “It would be wasting taxpayers money to have state providing free IDs when you already have a secure ID that’s been provided by the state.” Supporters say a voter ID bill will prevent fraud. The Assembly is working on its own version of a bill.

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Webster School District wishes to invite children who are three years old by July 1, 2011, to a “Birthday Party” in the Early Childhood room. The primary purpose of the birthday party is to screen and identify children with potential special needs who would be eligible for the Early Childhood Special Education classroom. During our birthday celebration, you and your child will... • Participate in a developmental screening • Have vision and hearing checked • Meet other three-year-olds in the community • Have birthday cake and receive a present Please contact the Webster Elementary office at 715-866-8210 to schedule an appointment.

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Thank you Geno D’Agostino, owner of Anglers Inn, Balsam Lake, for the first-annual “St. Joseph Free Community Dinner” in honor of his mother, “Mama D.” Over 300 meals were served at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Balsam Lake, with the help from various community churches. Thank you to area businesses for their donations: Anglers Bar Café Biaggio Balsam Lake Area Chris Nelson Chamber Construction Balsam Lake Hardware Friends of the Library Balsam Lake Market/Deli Hog Wild Bar Bernick’s Cos. Mark & Morida Tinucci Bishop Millwork Wanderoos Bar

“I’ve spent the past twelve years applying the law with an eye to the constitution, not legislating from the bench while earning a reputation for impartiality. On April 5, I respectfully ask for your vote.”

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“It has only been a few months, but already Wisconsin’s private sector has created thousands of new jobs, and our state’s unemployment rate has decreased to 7.4 percent. We have begun the task of repairing Wisconsin’s image as a bad place to do business and already it has paid off.” When compared to February 2010 numbers, the total number of jobs increased by 25,300. The unemployment rate remained the same from January, which showed a

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MADISON – Wednesday, March 23, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manny Perez announced preliminary state unemployment and jobs data for the month of February 2011. Employment overall increased by 5,200 seasonally adjusted. The biggest gain was in the manufacturing sector which grew by 4,300. “My top priority in Madison is job creation. It is the reason voters sent me here in the first place,” said Severson.

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Local Lenten services

Perspectives Sally Bair

West Denmark Lutheran Church Lent services started Wednesday, March 9 and will continue until April 13. Each Wednesday evening supper will be served at 6 p.m., with worship beginning at 7 p.m. ••• Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Webster, invites the community to a soup and sandwich supper at 6 p.m., followed by Lenten worship service at 7 p.m. A supper and service will be held each Wednesday during Lent, which began March 9 and ends April 13. ••• Grace Lutheran Church of West Sweden and Zion Lutheran Church of Trade Lake have announced The Seven Wonders of the Word as the theme for this year’s Lenten season. Lenten services will alternate between Grace and Zion, with the Ash Wednesday service held at Zion. Services begin at 7 p.m. Beginning March 16, a soup supper will be served at 6 p.m. followed by worship. ••• During the Lenten season Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg will be holding Wednesday evening services beginning at 6 p.m. with a soup supper, followed by worship at 7 p.m. ••• St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, north of Luck, is holding Lenten services that began Wednesday, March 9, and continues each Wednesday through April 20. There will be a gathering at 6 p.m. for soup and bread. A devotional service will begin at 7 p.m. This service includes hymns, meditation and evening prayer. ••• Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser, began Lent services on Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Services will continue on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. throughout Lent. ••• St. Joseph Catholic Church, Taylors Falls, Minn., will be observing Lent with the following schedule: Daily Masses on Tuesdays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m.; confessions on Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 to 7:20 a.m.; Adoration on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:20 a.m.; 24-hour on Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Saturday. Fridays there will be Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m., Mass at 5:30 p.m. and confession at 6 p.m. •••

Hunger pains

The deer look healthy this winter. Some days they

merely nibble at my meager offerings of food, going instead to the nutritious cedar leaves and wild shrub tips to get their sustenance. I don’t imagine there are many starving deer around our area. Most of us in America have enough to eat, too. But there are those who do go hungry, and their hunger pains are real. If they don’t receive nourishing food, they end up suffering disease or even death. The problem of hunger across the globe is huge. As concerned Christians, we can give money or food items to help supply a starving world. Hunger pains come in different forms. There’s the gut-wrenching pain from lack of food; there’s also the pain of disease that comes from poor nourishment. Spiritual hunger can cause pain, too. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (John 6:48-51) When we partake of his Word, our whole being fills with nourishment that gives us strength, power, and life. Our spiritual meals must be eaten daily just as our food meals are eaten. As a Christian sister from my church explained, we wouldn’t want to eat an unhealthful meal at a fast-food restaurant before going to Grandma’s house for a home-cooked feast. Think about it. We’d be too full of junk food to enjoy the good stuff. We’d disappoint Grandma, hurting ourselves and her, for turning down the food she’d spent hours preparing. When we don’t eat the right foods, our stomachs hurt. When we don’t eat of God’s nourishing Word, our souls hurt. Lord, give us a gut-wrenching hunger every day for your Word and Spirit. Help us to remember that your food is what will keep us spiritually strong and powerful. May your lifegiving food in us draw others to you. And may we never forget to help the truly hungry—not only with food but with the Bread of Life. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

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shopping experience a pleasure, coffee and snacks will be available. Recycling our treasures is a good thing. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship which begins at 10 a.m. At 9:15 a.m. there is a playgroup that meets for toddlers and parents. The children and parents sing songs as well as learn children’s Bible stories. For more information about the church or coming events, please call the church office at 715-3278012 or go to their Web site

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FREDERIC – This past Sunday was the Third Sunday in Lent. Special music by the Frederic seventh- and eighth-grade bell choir under the direction of Pat Anderson was enjoyed and the group entertained the congregation with several numbers. After worship on Sunday, Pastor Andrew met with students and their parents to spend time together to help prepare the students for their first Communion. The students that will soon be receiving their first communion will be Hope Goebel, Noah Koball and Tony Leuhring. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them each Wednesday evening during Lent for a light supper at 5:30 followed by worship at 7 p.m. This week, Pastor Jay Ticknor from Bethany Lutheran in Grantsburg will bring his special message titled “The Word Calls.” Everyone is invited to walk this Lenten journey together. The confirmation students will be doing special readings throughout the midweek Lenten services. Stuff, stuff and more stuff. The churchwide garage sale committee has been working long hours taking donations and sorting through all the stuff! Everything from soup to nuts will be on display and for sale, but no electronics. The door at the lower back entrance of the basement of the church will open up on Saturday, April 2, at 8 a.m. There will be a freewill donation for most items, although a few items will have a price on them. To make your

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SIREN – A group of youth, One Step, from Peace Lutheran Church, Baldwin, led a contemporary worship service on Sunday, March 27, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Siren. The theme of the service was Let Your Light Shine. One Step began in the summer of 2002, after youth from Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin returned from a mission trip to St. Louis, Mo., and realized there was more to do within their own community and the surrounding areas. Under the direction of Brenda Cronk, about a dozen young people, eighth grade through high school, formed a group and created a worship service using skits and songs learned at Bible camp and pulled from other resources. In the winter of 2003, they took that first service out on the road and brought it to other congregations. Now in its ninth year, One Step has grown from taking a three-vehicle caravan with a few microphones to taking a big, red bus with a trailer full of equipment. They have had various service themes including, Live Out Loud, Choices, Being the Body of Christ, and With Our Own Two Hands. – submitted


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Shirley Mae Monson

Shirley Mae Monson, 84, died peacefully at her home on her beloved farm, surrounded by family, March 26, 2011. Shirley was born on Nov. 21, 1926, in Amery, to William and Dorothy Clemensen. She grew up on the family homestead in rural Clear Lake. After attending the Oakview School on CTH F between Amery and Clear Lake, Shirley later graduated from Amery High School in 1944. On Aug. 21, 1948, Shirley married Harvey Hale Monson of Clear Lake. They were united in marriage at the Congregational Church in Amery, the church Shirley was baptized and confirmed in. In her earlier years, Shirley was a member of the Eastern Star, and for many years she has been an active member of the Congregational Church in Amery. Shirley was employed by the Amery School working in the high school kitchen and later joined Harvey as a bus driver for 19 years. Shirley was an avid historian of family heritage and loved restoring family heirlooms. Shirley loved gardening, entertaining and the upkeep of the family homestead. Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harvey; her parents, William and Dorothy Clemensen, and in-laws, Mary and Arvid Monson; brothers-in-law, Stanley Hallman and Veldon Monson, and several foster children. She is survived by her children, Nila (Larry) Larson, Lou Ann Ryan, Sherry Monson, Jay (Betty) Monson and Laura Lee (Paul) Malin; grandchildren, Michael (Joyce) Larson, Jeremy Monson, Greg Larson, Kristi (Nate) Hill, Kyle Monson, Lindsay Monson, (Luke VanKuren), Darrin Monson, Brittany Malin, Kelsey Ryan, Caitlin Malin and Samuel Malin; six great grandchildren; sister, Phyllis (Syd) Nevin; Harvey’s siblings and spouses, Edith (Dave) Paulson, Alger (Lorraine) Monson, Walter (Della) Monson, HelenNetta (Svend) Jensen and Mary Monson; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and foster child, Russell Swager. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 2, at the Congregational Church in Amery, with Pastor Barry Schaefer officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 1, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Amery cemetery at a later date. Pallbearers will be Shirley’s grandchildren, and honorary pallbearers are all of the neighbors. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery were entrusted with arrangements. Friends may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at

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Edith C. Johnson

Edith C. Johnson, 86, Frederic, died March 22, 2011, at Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation. Edith was born to Hans and Margaret Byman of Minneapolis on April 26, 1924. She was the second of four daughters. She attended Morris Park Elementary and continued on to high school till about age 16 when she quit and went to work. Her job experiences included working for a furrier (she sewed fur coats and was frequently called upon to model fur coats for prospective customers) and for Northwest Airlines as a groomer. (This job included cleaning the interiors of airplanes, mainly changing the doilies on the headrests of the seats.) In order to save some time after an engine was overhauled, Northwest offered free rides to its employees instead of loading sandbags. Edie’s friend and co-worker, Virgil, talked Edie into taking such a ride on a plane. At the last minute before loading Edith backed out, so then did Virgil. They watched as the plane took off, rose, then crashed and all in it were killed. This experience kept her from riding in planes much in future years. Virgil subsequently talked Edith into visiting her cousin’s farm in the town of Blaine for a weekend. This is the farm where she met Hjalmer, who lived there with his mother and siblings. Hjalmer and Edith were married Nov. 7, 1942. Hjalmer was drafted into the military one week later. He fought on the front lines in France for only two days when he was hit in the knee and hip by shrapnel. Hjalmer spent two years recovering in a Clinton, Iowa hospital. Edie moved to that city to live and work near him during his recovery. When Hjalmer sufficiently recovered they purchased a farm outside of Bruno, Minn., and Hjalmer attended agricultural school. It was 1947. The couple had their first two children, Sharon and Diane, while living there. They sold this farm and purchased a farm in Cushing in 1951. Two months after they moved there, a great windstorm took out 29 barns in the area, including theirs. They had little insurance but neighbors and relatives helped to rebuild the barn. Edith worked full time in a plastics plant in Frederic to purchase additional cows. In 1963, Edith and Hjalmer built a new house on the farm, because the kids were always getting sick in the drafty old farmhouse. In 1981, son Ken married Kathy and took over the farm. Edith and Hjalmer bought a house in Frederic, moving there the day after Ken’s wedding. The couple became active in the local senior citizen organizations in Frederic, Luck and Siren. Both liked to play cards and socialized at many local card-playing gatherings. Edith enjoyed painting ceramics with a group of women near Cushing. She also went on many bus trips with Hjalmer or gal friends including trips to Texas, Tennessee, tulip festivals in Michigan and the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Some time after Hjalmer passed away in 1990, she started enjoying the friendship of Ralph Jurek who frequented the Frederic Senior Center. Ralph loved to drive the car so they visited friends and relatives all over Wisconsin and Minnesota. They had 12 happy years of going places. Edith suffered ministrokes and her most serious stroke occurred in October of 2004, which weakened her enough that she could no longer live in her home. She did physical therapy while residing at the Frederic Care Center, however, she was never quite able to recapture her mobility, and thus she spent her remaining years there. Staff there said she always laughed a lot and rarely complained of anything. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Hjalmer; her parents; and sisters, Francis Nelson and Margaret Jacobson. She is survived by her children, Sharon (Ron) Holden, Diane Johnson, Ken (Kathy) Johnson and Roger (Cathy) Johnson; her grandchildren, Mark, Kelly, Daniel, Mark, Sarah, Mary, Brad and Brian; a great-grandbaby on the way; her sister, Ruth Copeland; and dear friend, Ralph Jurek. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m., with visitation 1-2 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, with Pastor Dorothy Sandahl officiating. Music will be provided by Pat Taylor and Fran McBroom. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Blaine Township. Casket bearers will be Roger Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Brian Johnson, Ken Johnson, Mark Johnson and Mark Holden. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Sharon Kay Hansen, 59, died at the Spooner Hospital on Friday, March 25, 2011. Sharon was born in Amery, on June 30, 1951, to Val and Lois (Nitzkowski) Hansen. Up until the past five years, Sharon had been very active at the Adult Development Center in Balsam Lake, alongside her mother, who kept busy promoting and supporting the center. Having Down syndrome never slowed Sharon down. She participated in the Special Olympics; worked with her hands knitting, latch-hooking and cutting coupons; went swimming and biking with her siblings; and loved to sing and dance. In the past five years, her dementia and vision failure had progressed, and she went to live in an Aurora home in Spooner with others who have special needs. She was given exceptional love and care by the staff at her Aurora home. She was preceded in death by mother, Lois Hansen; sister, Shelley Andrie; nieces, Nicole Riegel and Tracy Lorentz. Sharon is survived by father, Val (Yvonne) Hansen; sisters, Elaine (Paul) Lorentz, Deborah Riegel, Vicki (Galen) Stauner, Paula (Jim) Bremer and Teri (Dan) Pelava; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation held at the Deronda Lutheran Church on Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m., prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Jerry Schultz will officiate. A burial service will be at the Little Falls Cemetery following the funeral. Pallbearers will be (nieces and nephews) PJ Lorentz, Amy Kellerhuis, Jake Riegel, Faith Swager, Jeremias Haasnoot, Matt Stauner, Valerie Webber, Jamie King and Brianna LaBlanc. Friends and family may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute by visiting The Williamson - White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Dennis R. Anderson

Dennis R. Anderson of Roseville, Calif., 88, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Dennis was born in Duluth, Minn., Aug. 2, 1922, to John E. A. Anderson and Myrtle S. (Johnson) Anderson. The family later moved to Burnett County where Dennis attended school in Grantsburg and enjoyed fishing in Little Wood Lake with his brothers while living at his grandfather’s farm. October 1939 Dennis joined the CCC in Burnett County where he remained until August 1941, when he left to work in the harvest fields of North Dakota. In August of 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and trained at the Great Lakes Naval Station. He served in the European Campaign during WW II. He received an honorable discharge in October 1945. In 1955, he moved to California where he and his wife, Betty, raised their children. At this time, he began his lifelong career as a machinist, working at Grace Industries, where he received commendations for his wheel designs and work ethics. Dennis is survived by his daughter, Terrie (Paul) Moyer; son, Steven; three grandsons, Benjamin (Kaila), Brian and Daniel; brother, Red (Joyce) Anderson; sister, Joan (Don) Daniels of Siren; and his many nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alton, Ronald and Gerald Anderson; sister, Joyce Anderson Cornelius; and wives, Betty Kirkpatrick Anderson and later, Geraldine Anderson. A memorial service is to be held in May, 2011, in Manhattan, Kan. As per his request, Dennis will be cremated and his ashes are to be scattered off the northern California coast.

THANK YOU The family of Kaye L. Heine wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks for all of the love and prayers during the recent passing of Kaye. Words cannot express the overwhelming support shown to us with food, visits, flowers, memorials, and other expressions of love. A very special thanks to the Frederic Ambulance and first responders, Dale Johnson, Vern Knauber, Tony Peterson, and Dennis O’Donnell who were at the house in a flash; Amery Medical Center ER staff; the Lifelink staff; Regions Hospital doctors, nurses and ministers for their comfort and assistance; Father Dennis Mullen and our church family, and the administration, staff and students of Frederic Schools. Thank you to Pat Anderson, Patti Burns and Terri Stoner for helping the show choir with the music for the funeral; Mary Lou Daeffler, music at the church; Dr. Peter & Mrs. Pam Franklin, readers for the service & members of 1st Covenant/Cross Roads Ministry for assisting with the lunch after the service. We could not have gotten through this without your love and support.

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Jeanette A. (Nordquist) Fahland

Jeanette A. (Nordquist) Fahland, 80, Wyoming, Minn., died March 26, 2011. Jeanette was born June 30, 1930 in Siren. She is survived by her husband, Roy, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage; daughters, Susan (Jim), Sandra (Rick), Phyllis (Bill), and Lori; sons, Richard (Melissa), Michael (Amy) and Donald (Kay); 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 31, 2 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Interment will be at Lorain Cemetery. Memorial preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Mattson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Forest Lake, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Gudrun Olive Strand-Anderson-Johnson

Gudrun O. Johnson, 98, died at Comforts of Home Jan. 5, 2011, in Frederic. She was born in Arneberg-Solor, Norway, June 19, 1912, the daughter of Karen Olsen and Olaf Strand. Her parents passed away when she was quite young, and she lived in Arneberg and Oslo with relatives, until she was 9 years old and then came to American to live with her aunt and uncle, Kristine and Ole Anderson, in Hudson. Having started grade school in Norway, she graduated from Hudson High School in 1932 and went on to graduate from UW-River Falls and started teaching in the oneroom classroom at the Hoover School in 1934. After teaching in the Hersey and Baldwin schools, in 1945 she accepted a job teaching third grade at the Frederic Elementary School. In 1946, she met William Johnson, the industrial arts, now known as tech ed., teacher. They were married in 1949 and worked together to build a house and a family in Frederic. Gudrun continued working in the Frederic School System until 1975, in the classroom as well as directing the innovative Title 1 program that did home evaluations of preschool children to see what special needs they might have when they started school. After retiring from the classroom, she continued teaching the Norwegian cultural heritage arts of language, rosemaling, and hardanger embroidery with WITC or Community Education programs. While residing at Comforts of Home, for the last two years, she finished her teaching career by teaching the staff Norwegian words and phrases. Throughout her life in Frederic, she was always volunteering to make the community better as a member of the hospital auxiliary, the 20th Century Club and the Frederic Area Historical Society, often serving as president or chairperson of committees. Gudrun was a devoted member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and spent many years as Sunday school superintendent and teaching Sunday School. To stay connected with other people who had immigrated to America, she was a member of the Solorlag of America, and attended Sons of Norway events. She made her first of several trips back to Norway in 1947 and was visited by relatives and friends from Norway many times. Gudrun and Bill were honored as Frederic’s Citizens of the Year in 1978. Gudrun was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; infant son, David C. Johnson; brothers, Gunnar, Johannes, Arnold and Norman. She is survived by sons, William and Daniel of Frederic; nieces, Holly (Anderson) Duerre, Candy (Anderson) Lupient, Peggy (Meeker) Johnson, Jane Meeker and Joan (Anderson) Prescott; and nephew, Gary Anderson; and their families. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 2, that will be held at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Frederic at 10 a.m. preceded by visitation with the family at 9 a.m. Details are available at Online condolences may be left there, also. Memorials are requested by the family to be directed to: The Frederic Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 1; The Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Frederic, P.O. Box 284; The Friends of the Pool, P.O. Box 274; St. Luke’s Methodist Church, P.O. Box 279; all in Frederic, WI 54837 or the Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, WI 54001. The Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic is entrusted with the arrangements.

Richard C. Streif Sr.

Richard C. Streif Sr., 89, Clear Lake, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Willow Ridge Health Care Center in Amery. Richard Charles Streif was born on April 29, 1921, in Forest Township, the son of Charles and Clara (Kraus) Streif. He grew up in the Forest and Clear Lake area and attended Green Creek School. Richard entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a surgical tech in Europe during WWII. When he returned from the war, Richard married Irene Logan on June 13, 1946, at the United Methodist Church in Deer Park. Together they raised one daughter, Virginia, and they later divorced. In 1950, Richard joined the U.S. Air Force and served for a year during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1951. When he returned from military service, he moved to White Bear Lake, Minn., and worked the next 33 years as a forklift operator at K-P Manufacturing in Minneapolis, Minn. He was an active member of the Local Union 1139 United Electrical Radio Machine Workers of America. During this time, he was married to Patricia Schaeffer, and together they had three children, Christine, Tracy and Richard Jr. Richard later divorced Patricia and reunited with his first wife Irene in 1970. After his retirement, Richard lived in Lino Lakes, Minn., and New Richmond for a short time before returning to Clear Lake in 1990. In his spare time, he enjoyed trout fishing, bowling, traveling and collecting antiques. Richard was also an active member of the Clear Lake American Legion and VFW. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Clara Streif; and half sister, Murial Olson. He is survived by his wife, Irene Streif of Clear Lake; children, Virginia (Lowell) Knutson of Clear Lake, Christine (Harold) Cook of Onamia, Minn., Tracy (Daniel) Dockendorf of Howard Lake, Minn., and Richard (Aimee) Streif Jr. of Ramsey, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Streif of Erhart, Minn., and many relatives, family and friends. Memorial service was held Tuesday, March 29, at the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake, with Pastor Jayneann Ganger officiating. Interment was at Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake. The Clear Lake Area Veterans Honor Guard provided military honors. The Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home of Clear Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

Dorothy J. Eckert

Dorothy Jean Eckert, 85, Amery, died at Willow Ridge on March 19, 2011. She was born on July 8, 1925, in Pettibone, N.D., the daughter of Eugene and Anna (Bloomberg) Haynes. At the age of 4, her family moved to Glenwood City. Life was difficult for her family and she began to work when she was 13 years old. On April 13, 1943, she was united in marriage to Lorne Kahl. He was in the Army in the 32nd Armored Division and was deployed for World War II. A son, Gary, was born, and a short time later Lorne became a war casualty at Normandy. Dorothy moved to Amery, where she later met and married Gordon Eckert on June 12, 1948, and together they had one daughter. They also helped raise three nieces, Hazel, Judy and Nancy. She worked at the Amery Telephone Company, the Locker Plant, Electrocraft and also at Kroy Industries. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting and later in life took art classes and became an accomplished painter. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church, the VFW Auxiliary and participated in the Amery Ladies Dance Line Group. She and Gordy both belonged to bowling leagues over the years. Gardening, especially flowers, was a joy of hers. She was well-known for her ruffled sweet cucumber pickles. The past few years she has lived at the home of her daughter, Teresa, but because of health issues has been at Willow Ridge Healthcare for several days. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Lorne Kahl; husband, Gordon Eckert; sister, Beatrice; brothers, Harry, Arthur, Lynn, Richard and Earl. She is survived by her son, Gary (Jeanne) Kahl and daughter, Teresa (Larry) Soderberg; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Annabelle Tulgren; and nieces, Hazel Ann Lucht, Judy Caroon and Nancy Eckert Heskin. She also leaves special family friends, Karen Frank and her children, Jeni, Sara and Greg, as well as other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 24, at First Lutheran Church in Amery with Pastor Tim Bjorge officiating. Vocalists were Clint and Ione Gjerde accompanied by Dennis Alfveby. Interment was at the Amery Cemetery. Friends and family may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

Marlene Jensen

Marlene Y. Jensen, 72, Milltown, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, Minn., with her family at her side. Marlene was born on Dec. 27, 1938, in Wadena, Minn., the daughter of Louis and Dorothy (Anderson) Buberl. She married Ronnie Jensen on Sept. 1, 1956, in White Bear Lake, Minn., and lived most of her adult life in the Milltown area where she and Ronnie raised their family. Marlene enjoyed camping with friends, playing horseshoes, spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Marlene’s memory is celebrated by her mother, Dorothy Buberl of White Bear Lake; sons, Curt (Allison) Jensen of Milltown, James Jensen (Janice Williamson) of Milltown and Terry (Becky) Jensen of St. Croix Falls; grandchildren, Jodi, Kyle, Kelsey, Katie, Olivia, Logan, McKayla, Mackenzie, Madisen Jensen and Brett Meyer; brothers, Larry Buberl of Bayport, Minn., and Joe (Laura) Buberl of Hugo, Minn.; sister, Linda (Keith) Pollari of White Bear Lake; nieces, nephews, cousins andfamily and friends. Marlene was preceded in death by her father, Louis, in 1993; husband, Ronnie in 1997; son, Jessie in 1977; and her daughter, Jean Louise in infancy. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Father Aaron DeVett celebrated the Mass. Marlene will be laid to rest next to her husband Ronnie at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Milltown Township following the church service. Casket bearers were Carl Williamson, Doug Burberl, Steve Barstow, Joe Hutton, Ron Johnson and Michael Green. For more information or to sign the online guest book, please contact the Kolstad Family Funeral Home or visit us a The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Barbara (Joan) Wiswall

Barbara (Joan) Wiswall, 76, died at her home Wednesday morning, March 23, 2011, surrounded by loved ones following her battle with cancer. She was born in Pittsburg, Kan., on May 11, 1934, to Pleyel and Viola (Newport) Ross. Joan’s passion was helping children with special-education needs. She received her teaching degree from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and then returned to obtain her master’s degree in 1980. She taught in the New Prague, Minn., School District and continued tutoring even after retiring. Joan helped many children over the years, and her efforts were recognized when she won the Minnesota Special Education Teacher of the Year Award in 1983 and then the National Special Education Teacher of the Year Award the following year. Plants flourished under Joan’s care, from her vegetable garden to her cutting garden, her award-winning dahlias to her beautiful houseplants. She was a talented seamstress and quilter, and loved tracking and recording family history. Joan was a pillar of her church community and enjoyed her gardening club, card club and served as a Stephen Minister. Joan and Jack loved to travel and fish. Joan was Jack’s favorite photographic model, and he captured her beauty for all the 52 years they were together. Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack. She is survived by children, Diane Narr and Mark Wiswall; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeremy) Anderson and Rick (Kristin) Narr; great-grandchildren, Rylie, Carter, Paige and Gage. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Congregational Church in Amery. A graveside service was held on Monday, March 28, at Osborne Cemetery in Joplin, Mo. Friends may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery were entrusted with arrangements.

Cremation Society Of Northwest Wisconsin “Affordable Options For Every Family” Now Serving: Burnett, Polk, Washburn & Surrounding Counties (Crematory Located In Webster, Wis.)

715-349-7200 P.O. Box 408 • 7697 Johnson St. 532328 21a 32L Siren, WI 54872



Embarrassing discovery puts grandparents in awkward spot

QUESTION: Our 14-year-old granddaughter was recently staying with us. After she left, I looked at the history on our Internet browser and realized that she had been visiting porn sites and sexually explicit chat rooms. What do I do with this information? JULI: I’m so sorry to hear about your discovery! Unfortunately, we hear stories like yours on a daily basis. Young teens, both male and female, are falling prey to Internet pornography. It represents a lethal combination of excitement and sexual curiosity that can quickly become addictive. As difficult as it may be, I recommend that you talk to your granddaughter about what you discovered, ideally in person. It is really important that you approach her with a spirit of love and concern, wanting to help without judgment. She probably already feels a lot of shame about what she is doing. She is in over her head and doesn’t know how to stop. Offer to help her in any way that you can. Encourage her to share her struggle with her parents. If she is unwilling to tell her

AMERY – The Swedish Club meets Tuesday April 5, 7 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Deronda Street in Amery. Jerry Revelle will speak about his book “Valkulla,” a fictional account of life in the

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parents, tell her that, out of love, you will share the information with them. Some might argue that viewing porn has become an accepted norm for teens in our culture, so why make a big deal about it? Remember, just because so many teens view pornography doesn’t make it any less dangerous to your granddaughter. It poses a serious threat to her mental health, emerging identity and future relationships. Her parents need to be involved in installing home Internet filters and helping her process what she has seen, perhaps through counseling. ••• QUESTION: Should my husband and I talk to our kids about drugs? We have a third-grader and a sixth-grader, and we’re not sure whether their schools drug education programs will be sufficient. But we don’t even know how to begin to broach the subject at home. JIM: For many parents, this is a topic

that’s almost as scary as the dreaded discussion about “the birds and the bees.” Nevertheless, you need to have this talk with your kids. No school program or curriculum will carry the weight of your wise counsel and example. Joseph A. Califano Jr., a former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, put it best when he said, “The severe problem of substance abuse in this country will not be solved in courtrooms or government chambers, but in living rooms and across kitchen tables.” And yes, this ongoing dialogue should begin before your children reach adolescence. My friend, Glenn Williams, who co-authored “How to Drug-Proof Your Kids” curriculum, says: “Would you wait until your child is past puberty to discuss with him the realities and responsibilities of sex? Would you wait until your child turns 16 and drives the family car onto the highway to teach him how to drive? No, of course not. And neither should you let your child get to the point of greatest vulnerability to drugs and alcohol before presenting the topic in the way you want your child to learn it.” Our boys are both under the age of 10, so drug abuse might not be an issue in their school yet. But that day is coming sooner than my wife and I would like to think. That’s why we are seeking out re-

“fabod,” or summer farm, drawn from his own family’s experiences. The life of a valkulla is often romanticized, but it was in fact drudgery, with girls rising before dawn to milk, clean the barn and equipment, and drive the cows

and goats to the forest pasture. Someone usually remained with the animals until it was time to bring them home for evening milking. The old women churned the butter and made cheese. They also cooked whey butter from the whey that remained

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sources that will help us tackle this important subject proactively. I believe it’s critical that every parent do the same. You might start by visiting, which offers a range of helpful articles and other materials on this issue. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2010 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not by reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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after making cheese. This was a slow and exacting process, not trusted to young girls, for near the end, it could be so easily burned. Music and fika to follow. - submitted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST EVAN. LUTHERAN 5561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School & Youth 9:45 a.m.; Adult Learning 10 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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





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



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

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


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

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




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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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




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




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

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

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



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

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





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



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

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

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


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




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



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

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


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.



Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Class 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.

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



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




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



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




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

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



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




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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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



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


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



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



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

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



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


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

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

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


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





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



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

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


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

FIRST BAPTIST - AMERY 131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; E-mail: Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries Sunday Service: 9 a.m.; All ages Sunday School 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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

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

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

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

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




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

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



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

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

church directory


Amery area, 715-268-9126 or 715-283301. 2361. • MOPS for moms and their preschoolers,, 715-554- • Parent-to-Parent Coalition, parents of children with disabilities or spe1220, cial needs, 715-472-2002. • Multiple Sclerosis support group, • Pregnant? Free help. Osceola Life Amery area, 715-268-9126 or 715-28SUPPORT GROUPS AND RESOURCES Care Center, 715-755-2229. 2361. Family Resource Center St. Croix • Parent-to-Parent Coalition, parents • Student Assistance Program, Amery School District, personal or family probValley, 715-684-4440, of children with disabilities or spelems, 715-268-0303, 715-268-0214. Farm Crisis, information, 800-942- cial needs, 715-472-2002. 2472. • Pregnant? Free help. Osceola Life • TEENCARE help line, 800-491-8336 or 715-235-8882. Care Center, 715-755-2229. Gam-Anon, 715-268-6829, Joan. Gamblers Anonymous, Amery - 715- • Student Assistance Program, Amery • Basic Education for Adults, job center, Balsam Lake, 715-485-3115. 268-6829, Mark; Cameron - 715-234- School District, personal or family problems, 715-268-0303, 715-268-0214. 3301. MOPS for moms and their pre- • TEENCARE help line, 800-491-8336 schoolers,, 715-554- or 715-235-8882. 1220, • Basic Education for Adults, job cenMultiple Sclerosis support group, ter, Balsam Lake, 715-485-3115. Amery area, 715-268-9126 or 715-282361. Parent-to-Parent Coalition, parents When: Sat., April 9, 8 a.m. - Noon of children with disabilities or special needs, 715-472-2002. Where: Frederic Senior Center Pregnant? Free help. Osceola Life What: The Frederic Police Department is Care Center, 715-755-2229. hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sat., Student $Assistance Program, Amery Gallon School District, personal or family probApril 9, at the Frederic Senior Center to East of Frederic on W lems, 715-268-0303, 715-268-0214. to I, 1 mile south, right help raise money for the Children’s TEENCARE line,Ave. 800-491-8336 onhelp 290th Activity Fund. or 715-235-8882. Duane & Lynn Lindh Basic Education for Adults, job cenEveryone is invited to come! 715-472-2717 ter, Balsam Lake, 715-485-3115. 532878 32-33L Hope to see you all there!





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Dr. T.L. Christopherson

Family Eye Clinic

OPTOMETRIST 119 Arlington Drive Amery, Wis.

304 1st St. So., Luck, Wis.

Hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone (715) 472-2121

Phone 715-268-2004

Eye health exams, glaucoma checks, foreign body removal, full line of street wear, safety and sport wear, contact lenses

715-866-4700 SEE US FOR ALL YOUR VISION CARE NEEDS. Exams, Glasses & Contacts, Foreign Body Removal, Treatment of Eye Disease

Robert L. Nelson New York Life Insurance Company Box 313 Luck, Wis. 54853 Phone

715-472-2502 Mon.-Fri. • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Wisconsin

“Distinctive Funeral Service”



Call 715-866-7261

• Commercial Printing • Office Supplies • Daily UPS Pickup • Fax & Copy Service See us for all your printing needs.

INTER-COUNTY COOPERATIVE PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION • Frederic, 715-327-4236 • Siren, 715-349-2560

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8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Webster High School Cafetorium

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Burnett County Department of Health & Human Services

24226 1st Ave. No. Siren, WI Local Movie Line 715-349-8888


Dr. Daniel C. Satterlund


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Twin beds, washer, dryer, scuba diving gear, pool table and too many other items to list.

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Short program beginning at 1:30, followed by a light lunch and refreshments. Sponsored by Bone Lake Town Board


8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

24281 Herman Johnson Rd. Siren, WI 715-349-5093


Fri. & Sat., April 1 & 2

You are cordially invited to an Open House honoring Wayne Shirley for his 43 years of public service to the Town of Bone Lake Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bone Lake Church Dining Hall

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Furniture, electronics, clothes, books. Proceeds go toward Junior-Senior Prom



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Rated PG-13, 103 Minutes. Fri.-Sat.: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. Sun.: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.: 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.


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RED RIDING HOOD Rated PG-13, 100 Minutes. Fri.-Sat.: 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.: 7:00 p.m.


Rated PG, 107 Minutes. Fri.-Sat.: 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 p.m. Sun.: 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.: 5:00 p.m.

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WE HAVE PARTS for tractors, combines, machinery, hay equipment and more. Used, new, rebuilt, aftermarket. Downing Tractor Parts, Downing, Wis., www. 877-5301010. 32Ltfc PUBLIC AUCTION, Monday, April 11, 2011, Balsam Lake Mini Storage, Balsam Lake, WI, 800-236-3072, 8:30 a.m. Personal effects, household goods and misc. items belonging to the following: Troy and Kim Hochstetler. 3233Lc PUBLIC AUCTION, Monday, April 11, 2011, Luck Mini Storage, Luck, WI, 800-2363072, 11:15 p.m. Personal effects, household goods and misc. items belonging to the following: John Erickson, No. 53. 32-33Lc 2007 TOYOTA MATRIX XR, 5 spd.-man., loaded, 50K, $9,500, 715-825-4775. 3233Lp

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ATTENTION LAKETOWN VOTERS The current members of the Laketown Board, Dan King, Bruce Paulsen, and Monte Tretsven, have done a good job and ought to be re-elected. Unfortunately supporters of the other candidates for the board have resorted to scare tactics to attract voters. I hope no one will fall for this tactic. Supporters of Stan Engstrand, Matt Larson and Ted Zindars have been telling people that Laketown will have to pay millions of dollars to Mathy Construction Company because Dan, Bruce, and Monte want to improve the questionable Iver’s Mountain Road agreement they inherited from their predecessors. Along with other members of the community who are concerned about Mathy’s plans to mine Iver’s Mountain, I have personally met with Steve Mathy, the president of the company, in an effort to resolve the mining controversy. I assure you that talk about Laketown owing Mathy millions of dollars is pure baloney. If you don’t believe me, I suggest you call Steve Mathy and ask him. I believe the Iver’s Mountain controversy soon will be resolved in a way that meets the needs of all concerned. While, personally, I wish it wasn’t true, there will be a mine on the mountain, but it will be a mine with a much less harmful impact on the community than what Mathy originally proposed. Some features of the arrangement with Mathy will benefit the community. This result would not be possible but for the steady and courageous way Dan, Bruce, and Monte have looked after the interests of Laketown. For a year or more, Stan and his followers have advocated a policy of surrender. Thank heavens Stan’s advice wasn’t followed. Laketown needs a town board that will stand up for the rights of all of us. Dan King, Bruce Paulsen and Monte Tretsven have shown they will do just that, and I urge you to vote for them. Diane Keeler 532970 32Lp Friend of Laketown


Saturday, April 9, 2011 Luck Fire Hall

Food: 3:30 - 7 Auction: 7:30 - ??

Adults: $8.00; 5 - 10 years of age: $4.00 4 & Under: Free

Donations for auction please contact Lori Hostrup, 715-472-9111. Items in good condition, please!!

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


John Chenal has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Brenda and Dave Chenal. John has put forth outstanding effort in phy ed class with Mr. Wink. He enjoys spelling, playing football and basketball and in his spare time likes to hunt, fish and swim.

Kyle Knauber has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Paul Knauber and Lisa Gusse. Kyle is an energetic and outgoing student who is very personable and sociable. He is involved in band, choir, 4-H, basketball, mows lawns and has a trapping business. Kyle enjoys golfing and playing video games. His future plans are to become a casino manager. The most influential people in his life are his parents.

Breanna Jensen has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Al Jensen and Sonya Murtaugh. Breanna is quiet, but conscientious, responsible and takes care of the business at hand. She is involved in AODA, pageant, drama club, choir and track. Breanna enjoys going for walks and hanging out with friends. Her future plans are to go to school for dental hygiene. The most influential person in her life is her brother.

Isabelle Haley has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Brent and Deb Haley. Isabelle is a hard worker in class. She is very conscientious with her work and always does her best. Isabelle enjoys helping other students and has a very kind and tender heart. She enjoys playing Bingo and loves being outside, especially in the summer. Isabelle would like to be a teacher.


Chase Johnson has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade. Chase is very responsible, turns in his work on time and it is very well done. He is very caring and willing to help whenever asked. Chase comes to class with a great smile and is eager to learn. He is also a great student with a fun spirit.

Audrey Lauer has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Pete and Joan Lauer. Audrey is consistently helpful, energetic and kind. She is president of the student council and is a positive leader there. Audrey also volunteered to work on the yearbook. Her favorite class is language arts and she loves reading. Audrey is active in CCD and spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors.

Samantha Scribner has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Blake and Shelley Scribner. Samantha is a responsible and reliable student who greatly contributes to multiple school clubs and activities. She is involved in library club, international club, AODA vice president, Link Group, ASP at elementary and prom committee. Samantha enjoys reading, working with little kids, watching movies and writing.


Reilly Giller has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Gary and Terrie Giller. Reilly takes great pride in her academics, always inquiring to know more so that she meets or exceeds expectations. She is involved in youth group, piano, choir, band, volleyball, softball, track, basketball and golf. Reilly enjoys reading, hunting, fishing, sitting in Katie’s hot tub and spending time with her nephews.

Matt Sanford has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Kim Coen and Tom Sanford. Matt is polite and respectful and has received a red card through the CIA program. He works at Van Meter’s Meats and is involved in football and weightlifting. Matt enjoys truck mudding and spending time with his family. His future plans are to attend WITC for automotive. The person he admires most is his father.

Brock Sawicki has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Dan and Kim Sawicki. Brock has two sisters, two dogs, a bunny and a cat at home. Brock is a creative and helpful student. He loves to play with his friends on the playground. Brock likes to go on vacations with his family, especially to a waterslide.

Alicia Gravesen has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Greg and Andrea Gravesen. Alicia has one brother, Nathan. She likes to hang out with friends, shop, sing and bake. Alicia is involved in SOS, choir and band.



Keep up the hard work!

Dalton Langer has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Joel and Gayle Langer. Dalton is very enjoyable to be around, he is always smiling and is very polite. Dalton is involved in wrestling, football and baseball. His favorite subject is math because he has been really good at it since fourth grade. Dalton enjoys being at middle school with all his friends.

Josh Lemieux has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Michael and Lori Lemieux. Josh is a hardworking, conscientious student with an inquisitive mind. He likes to drive. Josh is involved in football and baseball. He coached youth baseball last summer. Josh plans to go to college for physical therapy. The greatest influence in his life is his entire family.

Dan Formanek has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Dennis and Laura Formanek. Dan makes people smile and is great at diffusing a stressful situation. He is a selfconfident young man who knows how to laugh at himself. Dan is smart, fun and very respectful. He is involved in band, solo ensemble, cross country and track. Dan enjoys reading and listening to music.

AmySue Greiff has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Beth Greiff. AmySue is a wonderful young lady. She works incredibly hard and listens to and respects her classmates. AmySue enjoys each moment of life and lives it to her fullest. She is involved in 4-H, band, solo ensemble and volleyball. AmySue enjoys reading and horseback riding.


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Alexandra Walton has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daughter of Anna Walton. Lexi is a true joy to have in class. She is kind to her peers, helpful and thoughtful. Lexi works hard and doesn’t give up when things get tough.

Cody Meister has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Jeri Meister. Cody is a hard worker and has a positive attitude. He is a great addition to our school. Cody is respectful and has shown improvement.

Bryana Petersin has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Robert Petersin and Laurie Turnblom. Bryana is active in volleyball, track, National Honor Society and Club Volleyball. She enjoys hanging out with friends, music, tubing, swimming, shopping and most of all, laughing. Bryana plans to attend UW-Barron County to complete her generals.


Coming events

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities




• Polk Burnett Farmers Union meeting at Oakwood Inn, 11 a.m.



• Return of Broadway at the Siren United Methodist Church, 7 p.m., 715-349-2204. • Rainbow of Fun Carnival at the school, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

• “Lyme on the Brain” slide show at the high school, 5:30 p.m., 715-268-2856/9557.


St. Croix Falls

• AARP tax aides at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

• Storyhill at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-485-3387,

Center City, Minn.


• Women’s Health Conference at Hazelden CORK Center, 5:30-8:45 p.m.

• Junior class rummage sale at the cafetorium, 8 a.m.3 p.m.


Siren • Infant/child CPR class at the Family Resource Center. RSVP 715-349-2922,


• Spring Spectacular Fashion Show at The Boulevard, 1 p.m., 715-483-0016.


FRI. & SAT./1 & 2

Frederic • Linda Owens will be showing photos of trip to New Zealand at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 12:20 p.m. following potluck lunch, 715-653-2663.


• Annual All-Comedy Spring Show at the high school, 7:30 p.m.

Siren • Amazing Love Women’s Spring Conference at Northwoods Crossing Event Center, 715-349-7185.


Last week’s blizzard offered another opportunity to get out and experience the beauty of winter, as this snowshoer did. - Photo by Gregg Westigard



• Spring Show at the ice arena. Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.3 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-268-8101.

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


Dresser • Trollhaugen Gun Show. Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-338-5989.


• Commercial fruit growers seminar at the Ag Research Station. Preregister. 6-8:30 p.m., 800-528-1914.


SAT. & SUN./2 & 3

• American Red Cross Baby-sitters Training at Red Cross office for students 10-15 years old, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bone Lake • Spring Business Expo/fundraiser at Zion Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cushing • Greg Swenson benefit at community center, 1 p.m.-?.

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


• St. Croix Valley Orchestra concert at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.,

Balsam Lake • Powwow at Unity High School. Grand entry at 12:45 p.m. Public invited.

Luck • April Fools’ Masquerade Concert and Dance at Cafe Wren, Lamar fundraiser, 5-11 p.m., 715-553-2116.

Shell Lake • Fruit tree pruning workshop at Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse. Preregister. 1-3 p.m., 800-528-1914.

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


• Northwoods Figure Skating Club, One Hit Wonders, 2 & 7 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sunday, Northwest Sports Complex Ice Rink.

SATURDAY/2 Balsam Lake

• Steve and Carol Jean Gallagher, missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators, at East Balsam Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

Frederic • Pilgrim Lutheran Church rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Grantsburg • Feed My Sheep at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Doors open 8 a.m., 715-463-5699. • Spring gala for the library at Crex Convention Center. Social 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., 715-463-2347.

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

Water Theme ends

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

Every Monday Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360.

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

Every Thursday Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612-205-2321. Every Friday, Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 8:15 a.m., 715-268-5408.


FREDERIC - Following an exciting week visiting the Great Lakes Aquarium and OMNIMAX Theater, Frederic Elementary School wrapped up its water theme recently with a science/project fair on water. Special recognition goes out to the Frederic PTO and Sue Johnson for working to help raise funds for this year’s theme, as well as Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative for the Operation Roundup Grant. The staff and students had a great learning experience! - from Frederic Schools

Photos submitted

Colton den Hoed's display is on the Viking’s voyage.

Jenna Burton displaying oil versus water.

Brenton Nelson with a manatee display.

Caleb Schott and his water density experiment was one of the presentations during the science fair.

Greta Johnson displays centrifugal force.

March 30 Leader  

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