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by Kris Rinnman HSBC volunteer BURNETT COUNTY - This year in October the Humane Society of Burnett County will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. As we look back on our 10 years we remember some of the sad animal cases we have handled and some of the uplifting ones.

Bogey’s story is one of the latter. Bogey is an Australian shepherd who was brought to our shelter on Thursday, July 29, by the Grantsburg police. From what we pieced together from their report, Bogey had been seen roaming homeless around the town of Grantsburg for 15 months. A concerned citizen had noticed Bogey from the beginning, but just thought his owner allowed him to wander. In June though, she saw that he was living under a vehicle at Anderson Auto Center and real-

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The last two plays in Festival Theatre’s summer repertoire season come to a close this weekend. “Proof” has two performances remaining (Thursday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 28) and “Red, White and Tuna” has just one more performance on Friday, Aug. 27. This is the company’s 21st-consecutive year of producing professional theater in the upper St. Croix River Valley, but it is the first summer in many years since the company has attempted a rotating repertoire format. Show time for the final three shows is 7:30 Kaija Pellinen and Rob Gardner as p.m. Single tickets for the Catherine and Robert in “Proof.” - Spetheater series are $26 for cial photo adults and $13.50 for youth (“Red, White and Tuna” is appropriate for secondary youth, while “Proof” would be rated PG-13 for adult language and situations). The purchase of Flex Pass tickets allow for savings of up to $8.50 per seat when purchasing multiple tickets. For a complete schedule of all the Festival Theatre productions and to learn more about each play, see the Web site or call 715-483-3387 or 888-887-6002. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls at 210 N. Washington St. – from Festival Theatre

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by Gary King Leader editor POLK COUNTY - With nearly a half dozen three-ring binders of information gathered, sheriff’s investigators are still in need of a tip that will break open the case of missing person Rose Bly. Bly disappeared from her rural St. Croix Falls home a year ago Saturday, Aug. 21 - apparently on her way to meet a cousin at a tavern in Cushing for a night of karaoke. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since. The vehicle she was driving was found five days later in a municipal parking lot in Grantsburg. With a lack of physical evidence, authorities are hoping someone will still come forward with key information. “Someone has to have information on where she was that evening and whom she met up with,” Sheriff Tim Moore said Monday. “That person has not come forward, nor have we located them. This case is still a priority with us and will continue to be until we have a conclusion.” Following the disappearance, authorities conducted searches around Bly’s home she shared with her husband, Christoper Larson, 28, their two toddler children and her father-in-law. A ground and aerial search of the surrounding area turned up nothing. Neither did dozens of interviews and follow-ups over the past year of possible sightings of Bly, the most recent being in Chetek at the end of July. Apparently a new face in the community there bears an uncanny resemblance to Bly. Speculation that Bly left on her own will was challenged by her mother, Candus Harer of Grantsburg, and others close to her. They say Bly would never leave two infant children - and that such speculation may have led to people taking the case less seriously - even to the point of taking down missing person posters displayed throughout the area in the days and weeks following Bly’s disappearance. Less than a month after Bly’s disappearance, her husband filed for divorce, stating he was still concerned for her safety but

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Rose Bly has been missing since Aug. 21, 2009. - Special photo wanted to “protect the children” in case she returned. Records show Christopher Larson had filed for divorce that June - two months prior to her disappearance - but the petition was later withdrawn. Sheriff Moore indicated that Larson was not a suspect in the case, having passed a lie detector test. Lead investigator on the case, Lisa Ditlefson of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, noted this week that there are no suspects in the case at all due to the lack of solid evidence. “We’ve never looked at anyone as a suspect - but no one has been eliminated, either,” she said. Ditlefson said a big break in the case may have come with the discovery of text messages, had they been saved by the cell service provider. “It would be nice to know who she was texting that evening (the night she disappeared) but we don’t have any record of that because the texts were not saved on the phone company’s server.” A Facebook page Bly had started before she disappeared had little activity on it and produced no leads, Ditlefson said. A new Facebook page was established by the sheriff’s department, not only to help keep the case in the public eye but to allow an interface for those wishing to comment on the case - and maybe someone with key information would choose to use the site to share that knowledge. On the Facebook page set up by the sheriff’s department, Bly’s ex-husband has posted a comment, saying, “one year to day anyone know anything????? Would like the rumors to stop and the girls and I to be able to have answers.” There’s been a steady decline in the number of tips and reports of possible sightings, noted Ditlefson. But every opportunity the

sheriff’s department sees to keep the case alive, they take. Besides consulting with state and federal agencies, they have listed the case with VICAP, the FBI’s program that compares similar cases through a nationwide database. Friends and familiy have established a $1,500 reward fund. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Department at 715-485-8300. The past year has been a long one for those close to the case and to the family. One woman posted the following comment on the Facebook page: “Its been so long. Somebody knows something. Please for the sake of two babies come forward with any information you have.”

Cumberland farmer pleads no contest by Steve Roisum Wisconsin Public Radio POLK COUNTY - The first person in the state to be convicted for breaking Wisconsin’s livestock premises registration law pleaded no contest in Polk County Circuit Court this week. Patrick Monchilovich was convicted last year of breaking Wisconsin’s premise registration law that requires that any property with livestock must be registered in a central data base, along with a list of the animals. The circuit court judge ordered Monchilovich to pay nearly $400 in fines. Since then, Monchilovich’s attorney, Anthony Berg, filed a motion for a new trial, in part due to a case in Clark County where an Amish man was exempted from the law for religious reasons. Last week, Berg submitted a motion on Monchilovich’s behalf to dismiss the charges. The judge rejected the motion. Berg says Monchilovich went ahead with the retrial. “I know he is very avid in his belief that the government is maybe overstepping its bounds with that law,” Berg told WPR. “Again, our defense wasn’t strong against it at trial, and that’s why we tried to take care of it at the motion stage instead.” Monchildovich was ordered to pay almost $400 in files. Berg says he can still appeal. Donna Gilson, spokeswoman the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, says there are least three other cases seeking convictions in the state.

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• Briefly • STATEWIDE - Wisconsin has had 39 tornadoes this year, the third highest on record with over four months of potential tornado season yet to go. Wisconsin had 43 twisters in 1980 and 62 in 2005. The latest tornado landed Friday afternoon, Aug. 20, near Greenleaf in Brown County. It destroyed a barn and other farm buildings, and numerous trees were uprooted. The National Weather Service said it had winds of up to 95 mph. - with information from New Richmond News ••• SIREN - There will be a therapy dog meeting on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Burnett County Goverment Center in Siren, in Room 165 from 10 a.m. to noon. All current registered therapy dog teams are urged to attend. Those interested in getting their dog tested and certified for therapy dog work is invited to attend. Dogs are welcome. Guest speaker will be Judy Miller, owner of Fur-Get-Me-Nots, a pet food store in St. Croix Falls. For more information contact Sue Hager, TDInc., at 715-327-4532. with submitted information ••• POLK COUNTY -Work will begin next week on approximately 13 miles of Hwy. 87 from St. Croix Falls to Grantsburg. The project calls for the milling and resurfacing of Hwy. 87 and adding a passing lane at River Road. During construction two lanes of traffic will remain open with the use of flagging crews. The project was awarded to Monarch Paving for $4.1 million. The project is expected to begin on Monday, Aug. 30, and be completed by the end of October. - from DOT

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Last week’s article, “Storm stories,” which focused on the July 27 tornado near Cushing and it’s impact on the Marlys and LeRoy Hedberg on 260th Avenue and other homes in the area, failed to mention some residents who also suffered property damage. They include the Monte and Debbie Tretsven home on 220th Street, the Dorothy Mattson residence on 220th Street, the Skonewood Christian Retreat Center on 260th Street (which lost more than 50 trees) and the Kevin Holm residence on CTH N. It was the second tornado Marlys Hedberg had experienced. She also survived a 1943 tornado near Alpha, where a tornado destroyed her parents barn and downed 18 large trees. She was 11 years old at the time and recalls her parents had just purchased the farm that spring. - Gary King

Candidates forum set SIREN - Candidates for sheriff in Burnett County have been invited to participate in a forum to be held Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. in Room 165 of the Burnett County Government Center. The forum is being sponsored by the Voter Service League. Members of the public are asked to come with questions written out for the candidates. This will be an opportunity to become acquainted with the candidates. Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland is being challenged by Jeff Schinzing for the Republican Party nomination. Frank Taylor and Michael Spafford have filed for the Democratic nomination. The winners of the Sept. 14 primary will face each other in November. - Gary King with submitted information

GOP candidates for sheriff square off Republican candidates vie for spot on November ballot in Polk County sheriff’s race by Gary King Leader editor POLK COUNTY - Issues of leadership, budgeting skills and stances on issues such as conceal and carry were addressed Monday evening by the two Republican candidates for Polk County sheriff. In a forum held following the Polk County Republicans’ general business meeting, Pete Johnson and Tim O’Hare, both currently serving as investigators for the sheriff’s department, made it clear through their answers to 10 questions posed, why they were each the better candidate to represent their party on the Nov. 2 ballot for sheriff. The winner of the Sept. 14 Republican primary will face Independent candidate Ed Collins in the November election. Incumbent Sheriff Tim Moore has stated he is not seeking another term. Monday’s forum was videotaped by Kirk Anderson of Interactive Business Solutions of St. Croix Falls ( and made available to the Leader. The link to the video is gop. A link will also be listed on the Leader’s Web site at

Conceal and carry Candidates were asked their position on conceal and carry. O’HARE: “We are one of last two states that have any form of conceal and carry. I’m all for con-

Republican candidates for Polk County Sheriff, Pete Johnson (photo at left) and Tim O’Hare answered 10 questions asked during a local Republican party forum held Monday evening, Aug. 23. - Photos courtesy Kirk Anderson, Interactive Business Solutions ceal and carry - I think Mr. Doyle needs to go and we need to reevaluate that kind of process. Also, I think it’s HR 218 - that’s the retired officer’s right to carry - that also needs to be pushed through - J.B. Van Hollen needs to kind of start pushing that, I think - he needs to start looking at that. I’m all for conceal and carry and the sooner we get it the better. And a lot of people freak out with conceal and carry - why are we carrying guns? Well, we already have the right to carry open. Open carry is a right - conceal and carry - I think a lot of times people freak out when they see open carry - why keep them guessing? Why not have conceal and carry and be done with it. It’s a right and we should be entitled to it.” JOHNSON: “It’s a constitutional right to carry. I’m all for the conceal and carry in Wisconsin - every other state that’s gone to conceal there’s never been a big influx of new crimes committed by those people. Criminals are going to have the guns

anyway - why not give people the option to carry if they want? I’ve had the option for 20 years now - I don’t choose to carry most of the time - once in awhile I do. There’s no reason why the general public shouldn’t have that right as well. Obviously there’s going to have to be some restraint on convicted felons and those with mental illness - that’s for the legislation to hammer out. I just go on record saying I’d be for it.”

Leadership O’Hare said he has been a leader and supervisor for more than 22 years, starting when he was 19 or 20 years old after graduating officer training. “I eventually became a platoon leader and then a scout platoon leader and then I was chosen to be a company commander.” O’Hare said his company was chosen as the best company during his time at the helm. “Motivation and morale is a huge thing,” O’Hare said. “You need someone who has a posi-

tive attitude who can set shortterm, intermediate and longrange goals - you do that by leadaership. And without the successes and failures I’ve experiences in almost 23 years, it’s a hard thing to lock into - you just can’t put training wheels on and say ‘I’m going out make this thing run.’ You need to have a license to fly and that’s where my background is going to be a positive plus for this position of sheriff - my leadership background - the fact I’ve had successes and motivated people I’ve been to Iraq - 500 days of 24/7 leadership. We’re not talking about sitting in the bunker you’re talking about you’re their mom, you’re their dad - you’re getting these guys ready to go to battle every day - that is a leadership challenge.” Johnson said that most people would say he is much more laid back. “I’ve always believed that the lowest level of supervision is what should be utilized the most. The guys working together, the guys supervising the guy on the street or the guy in the jail or the gal in communications - that’s who should be doing the majority of contacts with those people. “That’s not to say I’m in an ivory tower if I’m the sheriff and never talk to anybody - because, again, the communication has to be there. But if you allow it to be done at the lowest level possible - that’s what is going to keep themorale up and keep the troops wanting to do a good job for both the department and people of Polk County. “I don’t have the need to control every aspect of the department and I don’t want to.” The complete forum is online at

Grantsburg community mourns loss of Ian Fossum by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer Grantsburg – Ian Fossum, the 14-year-old Grantsburg Middle School student left hospitalized and in a coma since his swimming accident at Fish Lake in North Branch, Minn., on Aug. 10, passed away Sunday, Aug. 22. Since Ian’s accident, friends and neighbors in the Grantsburg and surrounding communities have rallied around his family with prayers and support. Hopes for Ian’s recovery continued until Aug. 22 when his parents made this CaringBridge entry which noted, “Ian’s last CT

had showed more signifiabout donation in the cant injury,” and that as a past.” family, “we have decided A funeral service will that Ian would not want to be held for Ian Fossum live dependent on others on Friday, Aug. 27 at for the rest of his life.” Abundant Life Church Ian’s family was with in North Branch. Visitahim when he passed away tion is from 11 a.m.later Sunday evening. 1p.m. with the service Kelly Moritz, Ian’s starting at 1 p.m. mother, wrote this after Ian Fossum In planning Ian’s Ian’s death in her Caringservice, his mother left Bridge entry dated Monday, this message on the CaringAug. 23. “They were able to do a Bridge site, “For those thinking tissue donation for Ian, so his of bringing flowers, Ian loved legacy lives on helping others. I wildflowers, he loved to go out know that he would have in the woods and dig them up wanted that, he cared about and plant them in his garden, he hurting people, and had asked would dig trees and plant them

in our yard, he loved being outside! As an alternative to flowers, you could also donate to the CaringBridge in Ian’s name that would wonderful! Thank you again for all of your prayers and support, we could not get through this without all of you! God Bless.” And finally Ian’s family posted this entry. “We as a hunting family decided that we would wear camo shirts to the funeral and invite family and friends to join us. I think Ian would have really liked that!”

Bogey’s story/from page1 ized he was truly homeless. At this point she and her family started to feed Bogey and try to coax him close enough to be petted. She also spoke to the local police about the situation and they were finally able to “apprehend” Bogey. That is when Bogey came to us. The first thing we do when a stray dog or cat comes into the shelter is to scan it for a microchip. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin, behind the neck area and between the shoulder blades of an animal. When Bogey was scanned we were thrilled and amazed to see a microchip number pop up on the scanner. The kennel manager then called the microchip company who provided Bogey’s owner’s name and phone number, his vet’s name and phone number, and the information that Bogey had been reported lost 15 months earlier.

We then left a very excited message on the owner’s home phone and cell phone. A call to Bogey’s vet was placed also and she was totally amazed that he had been found and was still alive. She said his owner had been devastated when he was lost and had put up posters and looked for Bogey for six months before giving up hope. The next day the very happy and amazed owner, Brett Hendersen from Minneapolis, showed up to reclaim Bogey. A family of four who were visiting the shelter and many shelter volunteers gathered around to watch the reunion. Bogey came out of the gate, timid and scared, to Brett calling his name. As he got closer to his owner it appeared he didn’t recall his owner’s face and we all were a bit disappointed. I remembered reading about how dogs never forget a person’s scent so I coached Brett, “Just let

him get close and smell you.” When Brett leaned in and Bogey smelled him, he exploded into a flurry of tail wagging, licking and overall excited behavior. Some of the onlookers were crying and everyone was smiling. I think it was one of the most special moments we have had at the shelter. Bogey’s story is a good lesson to all of us that if we see a dog running around loose to be kind to it and take the right steps to help it find its owner. The HSBC takes in all stray dogs from within Burnett County. All we ask is that the public has the dog contained for pickup. If the stray dog can be transported to the shelter by the finder it really saves us time and resources and is greatly appreciated. A call ahead to let us know it is coming in and to find out the shelter hours is best. The local police are willing to help also when they can, and of course in cases of ag-

gressive dogs, their help is a must. Bogey’s story might have ended differently if he hadn’t been microchipped. We cannot stress enough the importance of a microchip in a dog. Collars break and tags fall off but a microchip is always there. When a dog is adopted from our shelter they leave with a microchip implanted, it is included in the adoption fee. We also microchip pets for the general public for a fee of $35. We just ask that you call ahead to schedule a time. We would like to say thank you to the Grantsburg Police Department and our unnamed caring citizen and family, and anyone out there who may have seen Bogey and made his life a bit easier before he was brought to us. I know his owner appreciates you all and so do we at the HSBC!


Better crisis response at less cost

Human service looks at alternatives to placement by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE –A crisis can come at any time, often in the middle of the night. And it may come from many places including schools. A crisis may be a threatened suicide or an out-of-control student. The person in crisis may be intoxicated or having a mental-health breakdown. Or it may be a kid high after a meds cocktail. Responding to a person’s crisis requires immediate action. Often the crisis response has been emergency placement in an out-of-county facility. Emergency placement can be a quick way to move a problem out of the county, but placement can be very expensive and not the best way to help the person in crisis despite the high expense. The Polk County Human Services Department is starting a new way to respond to crisis situations that is more flexible and should better meet the needs of the person in crisis while saving money, an issue in this time of financial shortfalls. Alternatives to emergency placements were the main topic of the human services board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 24. The HS department is looking at better ways to serve the

public while lowering expenses in its 2011 budget. Crisis response starts with a response to a call. Oftentimes that response is made by the mobile crisis team, a year-old multicounty service through Northwest Connections. Trained professionals must ask, “What do we have here?” concerning what the problem is. Identification of the issue leads to proper response. The goal is the right response for the particular situation, a case assessment. “The starting point is the ability to sort out the type of mental crisis,” Paula Rudeen, the newly hired mental health/chemical dependency division supervisor said. “Some people don’t need intensive in-patient care, they just need some time out and support.” HS board member Tim Strohbusch, the Clear Lake police chief who often is involved in crisis response, said that soberup time can sometimes solve the immediate problem, but that needs to be followed up with support. The correct assessment of a crisis is critical. Sending a person to a treatment facility, emergency placement, may not provide the person with the best help. That help can often be best provided in the community. The county is developing more community treatment options including developing a multicounty crisis

bed facility and a system of communitybased services. Individual assessment leads to an individual response to a person’s problem. That can mean involvement of family members, schools and other local professionals. The goal is a response that is better for the client. While better crisis response and followup care is a goal, a major driver for changing the system now is financial. Emergency detention at a state mental health institute, such as Mendota in Madison, can cost $1,000 a day. HS is attempting to save money while providing better service. Institutional placement will still be required in some cases, HS Director Sherry Gjonnes said, but that should be decided in a case-by-case basis and not as the first response to a crisis. “This is not a temporary fix for badbudget concerns,” Strohbusch said. “This is part of a long-term system change. We are looking at the best quality care.” “I like the direction we are going,” said Dr. David Markert, a member of the HS board. “This shows a philosophy of care for people. We are becoming more community based. Years ago we placed lots of people in colonies. We no longer place people away for life. We are dealing with people’s problems closer to home and in

a more effective way.” “I like to see this creativity,” said county Administrator Dana Frey. “The county can’t keep doing what it always has been doing. We need to look at different ways. There are no cookie-cutter answers to problems.”

Comments made during the meeting The discussions during a human services board meeting often mention broader issues in Polk County. The Aug. 24 meeting was no exception. “Kinship is the best program,” Markert said, talking about ways to prevent crisis situations. “We need to help develop social skills.” “Often there are no normal social skills at home,” said board member Bill Alleva, a school counselor. “Schools deal with crisis situations every day.” “There is too much incest in Polk County,” said Kay Confer, child protective services supervisor. “We need to educate local service providers on how to identify the issue.” The meeting ended with praise for Gjonnes and the human services staff. “Good people are making good decisions,” Alleva said. “Sherry (Gjonnes) empowers her staff to use their brains. This is a great way to deal with things.”

DOT project bids over budget Council approves bids by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – At the city council for Taylors Falls Monday, Aug. 23, meeting, bids for the MNDOT salt/sand storage building project were awarded. The bids were high in comparison to estimates by about $50,000 to $60,000. The council reviewed the bids for the general contractor for the three bays and the bids for the paving contractor. The project was bid at first for four bays, but those bids were way over budget. The project was bid out for three bays, keeping the project closer to the estimated costs. The low bid for the general contractor for the three-bay construction was Finnteck, Inc., from North Branch, Minn. The bid was $98,250. The low bid for the paving under the building and a 40-foot apron was from Wausau Asphalt for

$7,870. The total project also requires a contingency fund. The council approved a $3,000 contingency fund for site preparation because it may take some sand and work to level the site. The total project cost is $109,120. The city has partnered funding from the HRA/EDA of Chisago County, Minn., and will be asking them for more funds since the project bids were over the estimate. The council approved awarding the bids and indicated also that money could be used from the city’s storm water utility fund to offset a portion of the $50,000 to $60,000 overrun. In other business, the council reviewed and reconsidered paving proposals for River and Second streets. In the previous bids approved by the council for the mill and overlay of those streets, the low bid was from Wausau Asphalt, but that bid only contained the cost to mill the street, not overlay. The misunderstanding in the bidding resulted in the city contacting

Wausau to determine if they would honor the quoted price. Wausau indicated it would not and rebid for the overlay. Once the total bid was resubmitted from Wausau, it was determined they were no longer the low bidder. The council approved awarding the bid for mill and overlay of River and Second streets to B&R Blacktop who was the low bidder at a cost of $15,752. The council held a closed-session employee evaluation prior to the start of the meeting. They evaluated the public works superintendent position held by Mike Kriz. Kriz assumed the role of public works superintendent Aug. 24, 2009. The council in open session voted to remove the probationary status of Kriz’s position since the 12-month waiting period had passed and increasing his hourly salary by $1 effective Sept. 1, 2010. Two homes were included in the Heritage Preservation Site in the city. They are 607 Bench St. and 355 West St. The home

on 607 Bench St. is the James Payne House owned by councilman Zara Kinnunen. Kinnunen abstained from the council vote to pass a resolution to designate her property as a Heritage Preservation Site. The motion carried. James Payne was one of Taylors Falls’ earliest permanent residents. He settled in town in 1849, and the home was built at 607 Bench St. in 1868. The home is a two-story Greek Revival style home. Payne was a lumberman, hotel manager, saloon keeper and owner of several bowling alleys as a prominent businessman in Taylors Falls. The house at 355 West St. is the William Leske House. It is a well-preserved, onestory, wood-frame bungalow located in the Angel Hills District and was noted as a viable candidate for preservation. The resolution motion carried to have this home as a Historic Preservation Site.

Furniture purchase resurfaces again County administrator directed to investigate use or disposal by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Polk County Administrator Dana Frey was given little feedback from the county board of supervisors to his request for direction regarding an unauthorized purchase of $40,000 worth of furniture, but there was plenty of finger-pointing as well as justification. In Frey’s report to the board at its Aug. 17 meeting he said the furniture was part of the near-term opportunities, issues and problems he was asked to tackle when he was hired. More than one supervisor asked him to seek direction from the board, he said. “I am simply looking for your direction as to what you would like me to do,” Frey said. The furniture was ordered by human services Director Sherry Gjonnes at the end of 2009, with funding left in her budget, but Gjonnes failed to follow proper procedure for the purchase. Through the beginning months of 2010 the board made decisions, then rescinded those decisions, on how to handle the purchase. At Monday night’s meeting, Frey asked the board if it wanted him to investigate the options and make recommendations, and if those recommendations should extend to policy and procedure as well as

this specific purchase. While Supervisor Kristine Kremer-Hartung suggested that Frey delve into how the county could use the furniture, with the intent of keeping what is useful and selling what is not, other supervisors took the opportunity to hash out once again the circumstances of the purchase. Herschel Brown, emphasizing the need for transparency in county government, said he and his constituents would like to know how the purchase happened. “These are Polk County tax dollars,” Brown said. “The taxpayers in Polk County have the right to know how this came about.” Arguing that Gjonnes was not alone in the purchase process because others were involved in “cutting the check and signing the check,” Jim Edgell accused some of the supervisors of “head-hunting.” “This has turned into a head-hunting thing,” he said, “and I don’t like it. We all know this was wrong. There’s no denying that. “There better be more than one head that rolls, if they start to roll,” Edgell said. He continued by saying that Gjonnes had only been on the job for three or four months when the furniture was ordered, and that maybe she hadn’t been fully trained in county procedures. “As a board we should have sat down with her (to make sure she knew the policy),” he said. When an employee makes a mistake, Edgell said, the best thing is to use the opportunity to make the person a better employee. Edgell suggested that the human serv-

ices board make the decision about what to do with the furniture, since it came from the human services budget. “I would hope they could make a rational decision on this,” he said. Supervisor Brian Masters took issue with Edgell’s assessment of the situation. “It’s no witch hunt,” Masters said. “I just want the thing done right by policy. The time has come to make a decision where it should go, if we need it. Hopefully this is not going to happen again.” Pointing out that the purchase had already come before the board two different times, finance committee Chairman Gary

Bergstrom said that the county should not have bought the furniture and should dispose of it. “Both times we weren’t going to pay for the furniture,” he said. “It was a misappropriation of funds.” Bergstrom’s comments, said Supervisor Ken Sample, were “inconsistent with matters of record.” On a roll call vote, with all supervisors present, the board voted 21 to 2 to direct Frey to determine what of the furniture can be used and how to dispose of the furniture it cannot use. Those opposed were Bergstrom and Brown.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church leaves ELCA by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer LUCK - St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Luck voted to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America last Sunday, Aug. 22, by a vote of 41 to 4. Sunday’s vote was the second and final vote to leave the synod by the approximately 80-member church. The first vote was in May. The church is now affiliated with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. To leave the ELCA, the congregation had to vote twice to leave the synod by a two-thirds majority of members present. The two votes had to be at least 90 days

apart, and between votes, the congregation had to meet with a synod bishop, which St. Peter’s did six days before the final vote. The congregation also had to be accepted into another synod or church before the ELCA membership is terminated. Robert Lubben will be the intern minister starting Sunday, Aug. 29. He is a retired minister and former military chaplain, who, like the congregation as a whole, use to be affiliated with the ELCA but is now a part of LCMC. The congregation is in the process of searching for a long-term minister.


Infrastructure committee weighs in on roundabout proposals by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - The scheduled construction of a roundabout at the intersections of Hwys. 35 and 70 north of Siren is still two years away, but some decisions that could affect the airport and nearby businesses are being made this year. The DOT was considering 10 different roundabout plans in February, three plans in July and now there are only two preliminary roundabout plans seriously being discussed for the intersection. The intersection has been the site of numerous serious accidents and fatalities in the past. Roundabouts have been proven to reduce serious accidents and deaths, and the federal government is paying for 90 percent of the cost of this roundabout with the highway safety improvement program. The state will pay the remaining 10 percent. Both of the plans being considered by the DOT move the roundabout away from the current intersection, but one plan, option three, of the three options presented in July, moves the roundabout significantly north and east of the current intersection and out of the flight path of the airport runway. Option two moves the roundabout a bit south and east of the current intersection, farther away from the runway than the current intersection, but still in the flight path of the airport runway. Option three presented potential problems to the drive-

ways of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative, both located east of the intersection, and for that reason especially, option two was the favorite option of the majority of people expressing their opinion at a public hearing in July. Burnett County airport manager Jeremy Sickler favored option three in July and elaborated to the infrastructure committee this month on just what the airport will likely never get if the DOT builds the roundabout in the airport’s flight path. Bigger planes that now can use the new longer runway in Burnett County generally have Instrument Landing System capabilities that aid in landings, especially in lowvisibility situations. The Burnett County airport could conceivably have the equipment to allow for ILS landings in the future if the DOT does not place the roundabout in the flight path. Sickler did concede that there are some GPS alternatives to aid in landings, and there could possibly be new technology in the future that could be used even with a roundabout in the flight path, but the disadvantages to the airport were apparent enough that Burnett County Administrator Candace Fitzgerald reportedly supported at least attempting to have the roundabout built out of the flight path since the county just spent a lot of money improving the airport. Supervisor Rick Anderson agreed, adding that his son was a pilot and talks about ILS all the time. Supervisor Chris Sybers felt that there were more traf-

fic-flow problems with the option that moves the roundabout out of the flight path. “Traffic flow is what this county lives off,” he said, and pointed out that there were 800 cars a day going through the intersection compared to eight or 10 planes a day. Sybers, who lives near the airport, did acknowledge that he has noticed more air traffic lately, including bigger planes. The Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics is aware of the roundabout plans for the intersection and expressed willingness in July to fund the additional land acquisition needed to place the roundabout out of the flight path. Highway Supervisor Bob Morehouse felt that the problems with the driveway access could be addressed in later roundabout designs since the designs now being considered are still in preliminary stages. Morehouse also felt that if the Bureau of Aeronautics comes up with the money, the DOT might be OK with it. He did caution, however, that the county has little power over the DOT, “if you present a good argument, the DOT might listen. The committee ended the discussion with a motion directing the airport manager to attempt to get an offer by the Bureau of Aeronautics to fund the land acquisition needed to move the roundabout out of the flight path in writing. If the Bureau of Aeronautics agrees to fund the land acquisition needed for the roundabout, the county will be responsible for 2-1/2 percent of the land acquisition.

Staff members praised for out-of-school effort by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN – During the public comments section of the Aug. 23 monthly meeting of the Siren School Board, praise was given to the district’s food service manager, Deb Jaskolka, for all the work she did in preparing a dinner for people in the tornado-stricken city of Wadena, Minn., Aug. 18. Jaskolka went above and beyond what was expected of her in setting up a meal that drew wholehearted responses of “Compliments to the Cook.” Twenty-one people made the nearly four-hour trip to Wadena to bring encouragement as well as food to the people of Wadena. The trip involved no expense to the school district as the expense of the meal was covered by Lilac Press, the local group responsible for printing “Seasons Without Shade,” a book of memories about the June 18, 2001, Siren-area tornado. Information about that trip is included elsewhere in this paper. Items handled by the board at this meeting included: 1) Approval of the transportation contract with Siren Bus Company that called for a 2-percent overall increase and a 1.5-percent increase in the per mile cost (subject to the daily change in pump price). 2) Gave approval to the district administrator to sign off on District to District Tuition agreements for students going into or coming in from other districts, with the understanding that this arrangement will be suggested to the other administra-

Siren School District employee Cora Sower spoke out in support of the Siren School Board continuing to fill the position of parent volunteer coordinator in light of the resignation of the current coordinator, Jamie Ohlquist. “It is an important position, and there are people available to fill it,” Sower told the board at its Aug. 23 meeting. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

tors. 3) Approved an addendum to the student handbook covering the penalty for use of cell phones on school property. 4) Approved the second reading of board policies on bullying and records retention and the

Finding money for roads Infrastructure committee already planning for 2011 budget by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - The 2010 highway budget will not be final until November, but as of now, there are zero dollars budgeted for road construction. Over the last several years, the money allocated to improve county roads has dwindled, largely because the levy freeze imposed on local governments by the state has not allowed the county to adjust to increased costs of road construction. Unless some money is placed in the 2010 highway budget for road construction, it will be impossible for the line item to dwindle any further. The Burnett County Infrastructure Committee is starting now to hopefully fight back and find money for roads in the 2011 budget. Outlining the intent of the search in a memo committee Chair Chuck Awe presented to the committee, “It is becoming more and more apparent that we need to begin considering local solutions in order to effectively maintain our county highway infrastructure.” By June of 2011, the committee hopes to have identified, researched, documented and proposed solutions to the full board on how to pay for road construction. As a starting point, a list of possibilities was presented, including a wheel tax, sharing equipment with towns or other counties and taking some roads back to gravel; a list that Awe insists is a work in progress. “Some of these ideas will fall off the list and new ideas will likely be added.” Each supervisor at the meeting took at least one item on the list to investigate before the next committee meeting. “The intent is to take small pieces and work on them a little each month.” the memo summarized. Highway Commissioner Bob Morehouse asked the committee if his department was being singled out. Awe admitted that his department was being singled out, but the intent was to find money for roads. Awe explained

that he has heard all the county supervisors discuss the zero dollars for road construction, and with the widespread concern among supervisors, there might be motivation to do something.

first reading of board policies on electronic devices and unusually hazardous transportation instances. The hazardous transportation policy recognizes the fact that the majority of students who live in the village have to cross at least one major highway on their way to and from school, with no crossing guards, only one stoplight intersection and no other pedestrian-crossing devices to protect them. With the passage of this policy which authorized bus pickup for anyone living within two miles of school, the district may be eligible for transportation aids they haven’t been getting so far. In open session following closed-session discussion, the board approved the hiring of Bill Sargent and Ron Dorn as varsity football coaches, Frank Taylor as a volunteer coach and Brian Webster as junior high head football coach. Accepted was the resignation of district parent volunteer coordinator Jamie Ohlquist. Previously not reported was open after closed-session decisions at the board’s July 26 meeting that accepted the resignation of bus monitor Mike Sparish and the hiring of Jenna Dudycha as middle school volleyball coach. District committee meetings for September are as follows: Budget and finance – Monday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. Building and grounds – Monday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Policy, planning and curriculum – Monday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Personnel and negotiations – Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.

Hansen and Ammerman to perform at St. Luke's

Emery representative at Wisconsin Girls State

Carley Emery, a student at Siren High School, represented the Lund-Brown American Legion Post 132 Auxiliary at Wisconsin Girls State at the end of June. Emery visited the auxiliary meeting Thursday, Aug. 19, to talk about her experience and to express her appreciation for having this concentrated exposure into the working of state government. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Mike Hansen and Doug Ammerman will perform at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Frederic on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 10:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs, as it will be held out in the courtyard, weather permitting. Otherwise it will be held indoors. Also bring a dish to pass, as the concert will be followed with potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome. Hansen and Ammerman are longtime friends from the Hinckley, Minn., area who are inspirational, musical, comical and crowd-pleasing. They are a most unlikely combination. Hansen grew up in the Hinckley area and learned to play guitar and sing cowboy music. Ammerman grew up in Roseau, Minn., playing hockey and singing the Canadian National Anthem. Southern gospel music brought them together when Ammerman sang tenor and Hansen sang baritone as part of a Southern Gospel quartet. They have been singing together for about nine years. They perform a variety of music and although their focus is gospel, they sometimes even sing a cowboy song or two at concerts. They have completed three recording projects - "We'll Talk it Over," "Reflections" and "I Wanna Be A Cowboy." - Photo submitted


Final budget figures not in, but outlook is better than expected

by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN – The possibility of a little better news than expected about the financial situation came out during the annual meeting of the Siren School District held Monday, Aug. 23, in the school auditorium. “I am pleased to report that the deficit for 2009-2010 is going to be less than anticipated,” district Administrator Scott Johnson said. Johnson admitted that the final numbers aren’t in, and won’t be until October, but at this time he knows that the district’s fund balance will be spent down less that the board expected it to be and that, as he put it, drastic cuts won’t have to be made. The fund balance (Fund 10) started the year at $1,616,225.07, and ended the year down at $1,558,667.72. The projected deficit for the end of the 2010-2011 school was anticipated to be around $670,000. “We can count on the numbers getting better, but not count on them going away,” Johnson said. Some cuts will have to be made this coming year, according to Johnson, because the district will finish the 2009-2010 school year with a deficit, with the same staff as at the beginning of the 2009-2010 year and with expenses expected to go up, as they do each year. “It is time to monitor the budget and re-evaluate things,” Johnson said. Siren is considered to be a property-rich district, with the state taking back some of its aid money because of the property-rich status but not taking into consideration the number of students in the district who fall into the poverty level. “The Siren District has gone from the ability to earn more revenue per member to earning less revenue per member. With enrollment numbers going down (enrollment predicted at 476 students rather than in the 500s as has happened in the past), this equals less revenue from equalization aid,” Deb Schufletowski, vice president of Robert W. Baird Co., financial advisors to the district, explained in her comments to district voters. “The formula

Deb Schufletowski, vice president of Robert W. Baird Co., financial advisors to Siren School District, spoke during the budget hearing at the district’s annual meeting Monday, Aug. 23. Schufletowski, shown here with district Administrator Scott Johnson, talked about the reasons why the district is adversely affected by the state’s Revenue Limits and Equalization Aid. “The formula doesn’t always work to your best,” she said.

This photo was taken during the budget hearing that preceded the Siren School District’s Annual Meeting Monday, Aug. 23. Shown are (L to R): Principal Joe Zirngible, Deb Schufletowski from Robert W. Baird Co., district Administrator Scott Johnson and bookkeeper Shelly Emery.

doesn’t always work out to your best (advantage). Less equalization aid goes to property-rich districts per students. The Siren School District is more property rich than the state average, thus meaning less money coming in.” Johnson commented that 2009-2010 has been a tough year for the district office due to the changeover in staff and the new training that is required when there is transition. The district staff has been working hard reconciling figures to prepare for the audit that is in process now by the auditing firm of LarsonAllen out of Rice Lake. Auditor Dan Thole was at the annual meeting and commented on the process he is involved in, saying that there were more “bumps in the road than he had expected.” He reassured district residents that the delay in the audit is not due to any fraud or embezzlement, but in poor record keeping that had gone on for a number of months. Thole praised the current district staff for the extra hours of work they have been doing on account reconciliation, and said that he hopes the final audit report will be ready for presentation to the school board within the next 30 days. Johnson encouraged district residents who have ideas on how to deal with the budget situation to share those ideas with the district. He offered the encouragement that in 2019, the final payment on the school debt will be made and that will free up $100,000 a month. “That is huge, and will hold things together,” he said. “We will have to make cuts but maintain (the district’s) integrity.” When it came time to vote on resolutions, the district voters at the meeting approved a projected 2010-2011 district budget of $9,394,285 and a tax levy for Fund 10 (the general fund) of $4,147,047. Adding in debt service

(Fund 39) of $690,259 and community service (Fund 80), the total school levy was projected at $4,877,805, an increase of 7.78 percent over last year. The mill rate for taxpayers, as projected at this time, comes in at 10.12, meaning that for every $1,000 of property valuation, taxpayers will pay $10.12 in school levy. Two other items from the annual meeting need to be mentioned in this article. District voters approved a resolution that will change the 2011 district annual meeting to the second Monday in October in an effort to have more up-to-date financial figures in hand. This means the annual meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at 8 p.m. The voters also approved the re-election of school board member Jake Mangelsen to another one-year term on the Wall of Honor committee and Peggy Moore to another three-year term as a community member on this committee. A copy of the annual meeting booklet listing all the items approved by district voters – the other items being items that are regularly approved at the annual meeting – is available for anyone to look at in the school district office.

Siren School Board President Jeff Howe (L) went over the agenda for the Siren School District annual meeting with Sid Sherstad, the district voter who was chosen to chair the annual meeting. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

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Grantsburg Class of 1944

The Grantsburg High School Class of 1944 held its 66th reunion at Oakwood Inn, Luck, on June 26. Shown are back row (L to R): Glenn Melin, Dallas Johnson, Dwaine Nelson, Kendall Lutz and Lester Johnson. Middle row: Muriel (Thompson) Peterson, Delores (Jotblad) Sandberg, Mary (Larson) Kujava, Rose Marie (Davidson) Williams and Evelyn (Bloom) Smith. Front row: Carol (Hanson) Peterson, Ruth (Peterson) Johnson, Reynold Lindberg, Irene (Carlstrom) Erickson and Earl Spaulding. – Photo submitted

Siren Class of 1967

The Siren High School Class of 1967 reunion was held at the Pour House, Siren, on Saturday, Aug. 7. Pictured back row (L to R): Jerry Larsen, Dale Lund, Susan (Nordin) Allen, Donna (Ellis) Tjader, Terry Bruneau, Larry Swanson and Jim England. Front row: Kathy (Adamietz) Mansfield, Terry (Woods) Glenna, Jean (Ramsdell) Swanson and Joe Yourchuck. – Photo submitted

Make it easy on yourself and us, Siren police chief says by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN – Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers has words to say to anyone who is going to buy a car from a nonlocal car dealer. Those words are: Make it easy on yourself and us by just getting the title for the car and not paying the title fee, taxes or anything like that to the dealer at the time of purchase. It screws things up for you and for the Siren Police Department when you come in to transfer title, register the car and handle the paperwork required by

the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. The Siren Police Department is equipped to handle title changes, vehicle registrations, plate renewals and other procedures with the Department of Motor Vehicles. They know all about the fees charged by the state of Wisconsin. They guarantee that vehicle owners who come in with just the title to the vehicle in hand will go out satisfied, with the transaction done quickly and correctly. “Dealers give out misinformation or

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they may not do something (they told you they were going to do),” Sybers commented. “Then it takes four months (for you) to get the title back or information is wrong. If people would go to the dealership where they want to buy a car and have them not do anything but give them the title, people would be happier and things wouldn’t get mixed up. There would be a lot less stress on any car owner. That is not happening (now). “People are coming in stressed and completely confused,” he continued. “We

keep fixing problem done by dealers who continually screw up the paperwork. People are left in a lurch. We tell them that’s not how it is done. We know because we do it on a day-to-day basis.” One last note: Sybers does not include the local car dealers in his commentary.

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It’s down to the human link

At least a few national news outlets reported this week that satellite photos are being used to better detect building permit violations and to help locate marijuana growing operations. A little Big Brotherish, but it’s good to see technology isn’t being wasted. Someday technology will advance to the point where missing person cases can be solved more easily - hopefully without violation of personal rights but perhaps with the power of a Tivo replay. Someday our daily paths could simply be recorded and stored without the drama of “The Truman Show.” One year after of the disappearance of Rose Bly of rural St. Croix Falls, there is still no information that provides a valid explanation of where she is today. But that explanation possibly could have come through existing technology. The phone she was using on the day she disappeared – the one she used to text right up to the time she was last seen – might have played a role in wrapping up the case for authorities – but those texts were not saved on the cell phone company’s server. For space purposes, perhaps. Or maybe the service package the young woman subscribed to didn’t include that. Phone records show she didn’t use her phone at all after leaving her home in Wolf Creek. And there was another fateful technology glitch, if you will. A surveillance video camera at the Laundromat in Grantsburg where her car was eventually found wasn’t facing in the wrong direction to capture whoever abandoned Bly’s car there - and when. DNA evidence in the abandoned car produced no usable evidence. A computer Byl used also relinquished very little, if any, evidence and her Facebook page was used sparsely. So now authorities are back to relying on very untechnological help - that being of the human variety. To that end, there’s been only hearsay and speculation ... but nothing solid ... yet. Authorities believe that someone out there knows something that could help solve this case - and if that’s true then the case doesn’t go from cold to frozen unless that person(s) takes the information to their grave. While there are no suspects in the case, no one has been ruled out as a suspect, said the lead investigator on the case. But at this stage, there’s simply not enough information to know if Byl walked away, was kidnapped or was the victim of some other foul play. Her disappearance now ranks among Polk County’s two most mysterious cases in recent decades - the other being the unsolved murder of Yvonne Menke in St. Croix Falls in the mid-1980s, a case similar to the Rose Bly case at this point only in the lack of compelling physical evidence and human witnesses. Perhaps the enrollment of the Bly case into the FBI’s system of comparing notes with similar cases nationwide may turn up something ... but to solve this case it looks like human knowledge will need to trump technology.

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Eggs from the Iowa poultry operation being blamed for the recall of 500 million potentially tainted eggs reached our neighborhoods this past week - the number on the carton matching those being recalled. It’s difficult for the consumer to know which is worse - the shock of nearly becoming deathly sick with salmonella poisoning - or the fact that we’re eating eggs from Iowa here in northern Wisconsin. That may seem naive in today’s world, but it’s not a food native to California or Florida. Many of us assume when we pick up cartons of eggs at the local grocery store or convenience store, they must come from the homegrown chickens of Wisconsin - if not just down the road, maybe from a not-so-distant farm in a neighboring county. An item on Twin Cities media Monday evening noted that the Food and Drug Administration just earlier this year got approval for proper inspection of poultry operations. That should be considered shocking news, too. It’s easy to blame the producers who allow their eggs to be contaminated but why is it taking our tax-supported agency - the one keeping our food safe to eat so long to meet the demand for better oversight? For a good 10 years now we’ve heard reports about tainted spinach, beef and other products - and it makes us wonder what’s going on with our food safety system. Another case of slow-moving government, perhaps? Maybe budget cuts. You’ve got to assume that the scale on which we produce much of our food products is setting the stage for these incidents. Another headline this week noted that 380,000 pounds of possibly tainted deli meat products sold in sandwiches at a large chain store have been recalled by a New York company. All this, of course, is another reason to consider purchasing as much food from local sources as possible. It’s not that local sources can’t be unsanitary, also, but there seems to be better assurances that people who eat the food they grow - and sell directly to customers - are most likely going to be as careful as possible in processing their products. There’s an accountability there you won’t find - or feel you find - from major egg companies. The growth of the organic food industry reflects a consumer need for safer and healthier food. But, most of the time, it comes down to whether consumers are willing to pay a little more for that assurance. In the meantime the United States still likely remains the safest country in the world when it comes to food production and oversight. But there’s obviously room for improvement. Editorials by Gary King

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• Letters to the editor • Correct e-mail Last week, our letter in regard to the new sex education law was published here. The e-mail address we listed was misprinted; a hyphen was inserted and this is not correct. If anyone would like to request a copy of Juneau County’s District Attorney Scott Southworth’s letter in its entirety, please do so via this e-mail address: Lee and Wendy Jensen Frederic

Remarkable choice Judith Wells-Espeseth is a remarkable option for state Assembly to replace the retiring Mary Hubler. Judy is clerk of courts for Barron County. I worked with her closely for 13 years in the court system and for many years as a lawyer. She would be an excellent representative. She is smart, hardworking and filled with common sense. She has great respect for others and demonstrated the ability to work constructively with everyone. I can endorse her without reservation. Mark O. Dobberfuhl Barron

Needing “A little help from our friends ...” Three SCF Plan Commission members recently granted approval to a conditional use permit which will turn an existing single-family dwelling into a duplex ... and, more importantly to me, harmfully affected the quality of our home life. (InterCounty Leader article and pictures by Tammi Milberg, Aug. 18). There is no financial advantage to the city to grant this request. The arbitrary decision simply favors a two-year property owner over a 37-year homeowner. I believe this is very shortsighted. Members Donald Anderson and Mayor Anderson seemed happy with unenforceable conditions laid out by member Warren White. This compromise would never be acceptable to any of them nor to any homeowner whom I know. It benefits the property owner. It grievously harms our home life, as recognized by the only dissenting member, Lori Erickson. Why should you help me, you may ask? Well, one of the reasons offered for voting in favor of the landlord’s request is that he “seems like a nice young man.” Another is that he’s the “sort of person we want in the community.” Well, he is and he is. In fact, I wrote similar compliments in an earlier communication to the commission. But, what does that make us? Who are we? We’re a nice old couple who’d like to live in our home with the quality of life we now enjoy. Some people say we contribute a bit to our city. Why, we even shopped locally way before it became a buzz word. Lots of people remark that they like to see the flowers growing in front of our little yellow cottage. All arbitrary reasons? Yes, and just as strong or stronger than the reasons offered by the members Anderson, Anderson and White. My only recourse now is to call upon the city council members and urge them to vote no to the recommendation. So far, I’ve invited each to come to my back porch in order to understand what has been approved and how we are negatively affected. Now, I’m asking you, as members of my community, to add your voice to ours and help us out. Will you please call city hall (715-483-3929) and leave a message for council members: Brian Blesi Arne Carlson , Deb Kravig , Paul Kuhlman and Mayor Darrell Anderson. Please request that the former McFaggen home at 325 N. Washington remain a single-family dwelling, as it is now zoned. If you wish to learn more, please call Al or me 715-483-9522. We thank you in advance for supporting our wish to stay in our little home as long as we are able. Marilyn Brissett-Kruger St. Croix Falls

Math challenge This is a mosque math challenge. How many blocks away would be far enough? Michael Rust Turtle Lake

FCC town hall hearing On Thursday, Aug. 19, a town hall meeting was held in Minneapolis and involved FCC commissioners Cobbs and Clyburn along with Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who had to leave early because his mother-in-law was in town. Franken and the FCC commissioners spoke about how important it would be in install more government regulation. This time it would be the Internet. They called it “Save the Internet” or they also referred to it as “net neutrality.” Franken mentioned that the large corporations like Comcast, Google and Verizon will install their own framework and platforms that would benefit their bottom line and make it more difficult for Americans to afford what they referred to as the “tier” platform. They are concerned that poorer-class people could only afford a basic speed Internet, while the more affluent people would have access to a faster speed Internet. They want all people to have access to the same speed. The reality is that a free market system will normally seek its own level. If the prices get out of hand, someone will create a cheaper and faster version. The market will only support so much. The people would also rebel against the tier network … just do not buy the faster speed! Franken and the FCC commissioners shoved their case in so gracefully that hardly anyone recognized that their case had barbs with hooks on it. Anytime the government says it is here to help … a large red flag should be raised! Look at the post office, Social Security, Medicare, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Wait until you see your W2 forms in 2011 for the amount that may be added to your adjusted gross income for health care. Some of the possible barbs and hooks attached to the net neutrality Ponzi scheme are: • More government control(s) • More government monitoring of your Internet and e-mail activity, especially if you oppose government oppression • Perhaps the number of e-mails that you could send in a given time to how many • Ban you from the Internet during political campaigns • When the government speaks of “regulation” they mean to regulate any way they so choose. Be assured that net neutrality has every bit as much to do with government control and very little, if anything, to do with Internet neutrality!! Leon Moe Trade Lake

Illegal immigrants Illegal immigrants are a real problem here in the United States for many reasons which will eventually put an end to our country as we know it today. When you add up the cost of all the many types of welfare they receive that American citizens don’t, it probably comes to more than the cost of the Iraq War which Democrats have made a big fuss about. Every child born in the U.S. automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. It is standard practice for pregnant women living near our border to come across our border to deliver their children, so they will automatically be U.S. Citizen. These have been dubbed anchor children, which also gives their parents special immigration benefits including many types of welfare. The U.S. is becoming a bilingual country like Canada where everything including road signs and all documents are in both English and French. Our schools will have to teach both languages when now we don’t seem to be doing a very good job even teaching English. Also, the cost would be phenomenal. With millions of illegals swarming across our southern

border taking the jobs of now-unemployed Americans, and all the welfare they receive, those of us that have worked for a living are overwhelmed by exorbitant taxes. Certainly this is not something that is advantageous to the people of Wisconsin. According to the file on “Congressional Voting Records” both of our U.S. senators voted against making English the official language for America and for giving illegal aliens Social Security benefits. This is a pretty good indication that they will probably vote for amnesty for all illegal immigrants that we would have to continue to support. Also, I do not want to have to learn Spanish to do business or continue to pay outlandish taxes to continue to pay for their welfare. Now with Social Security going broke, it doesn’t make any sense to include the illegal aliens that have not paid one cent to the rapidly vanishing fund. It is important for all Social Security beneficiaries to know that both Sens. Feingold and Kohl voted to give the diminishing fund to those that aren’t even in this country legally before the Nov. 2 election. Now we are also getting a flood of legal immigrants, some of which are likely to be terrorists. Just to point out how important this is, the House of Representatives just passed House Bill 1388 to spend another $20 million to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States; housing, food and the whole enchilada. Although it wasn’t mentioned on the liberal news, CNN did put it on the ticker tape at the bottom of the screen. This follows President Obama’s executive order to expend $20.3 million in “migration assistance” to the Palestinian refugees and “conflict victims” in Gaza. In both cases, they are spending money we do not have. Feingold has already served two terms in the Senate but has done little or nothing for Wisconsin, and since he is again running, it is a good time to replace him. This is the first step toward term limits, and it is important that we get some new blood in Washington that represents Wisconsin. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue but is essential for the survival of the United States as we know it. This war is not being fought on the battlefields where over a million true Americans have given their life to establish and maintain our freedom. It is being fought in the halls of Congress where a bunch of greedy politicians are trying to destroy it. Sam Jones Siren

No more corrupt leadership Most of us sense that there’s been something wrong in America for quite some time. We try the Democrats, then the Republicans and then the Democrats again, and things seem to be getting worse no matter what we do and we wonder why? Might it just be that our leaders have become corrupt in both parties? In the primary on Sept. 14, we will be faced with two choices on the Republican ticket to possibly take David Obey’s old seat in the 7th Congressional District. One candidate, Sean Duffy, claims to have signed a “clean campaign pledge.” Even though none was ever passed at the 7th Congressional Caucus, and of course he has accused Dan Mielke of violating it. Maybe he didn’t want you to know about the movie he and his wife starred in that was released in 2003, called “The Wedding Video,” where two men get married. Sean also said in one of his flyers that, “he will oppose any government sanctioned union that looks like traditional marriage.” His wife, Rachel, in 2009 was interviewed on a radio program in Wausau and said, “Sean is for civil unions.” Is he strongly pro-life? During a radio interview he was asked if he would impose his private (pro-life) religious beliefs on people that thought different than him. He said, “the truth is, I’m not, because this has been left up to the courts and it’s not

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an issue that’s going to be addressed by Congress. I think the best way to handle this is to make this issue a state issue, and let people vote on whether or not there should or shouldn’t be abortion.” So now we’re going to vote on the right to life that I believe the U.S. Constitution already gives the unborn, rights that are endowed by our creator. Duffy is presently the district attorney in Ashland and has been in the system for many years. I would call him an insider, ready and willing to do the elite Republicans bidding. We have another candidate Dan Mielke, that is solidly pro-life and pro-marriage (one man and one woman). He is a pastor and an organic farmer, has never held office and is an outsider, like most of us. Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well, we sent one insider after another to Washington and you can see what it’s gotten us. Maybe it’s time to try an outsider with no connections to the insider elite. Please check out Mielke’s Web site at, to learn more about Dan. Click on Sean Duffy and you’ll find other things about him that he’d rather you didn’t know. Vote Sept. 14. Bruce Paulsen Cushing

Political letters During these weeks of the campaign season, no letters will be published from political candidates and their immediate family, campaign managers or spokespersons, local party officials, paid consultants, public relations firms or major contributors to specific candidates or ballot measures. Next week’s issue (Sept. 1) will be the final issue for publication of any letters referring to candidates running in the Sept. 14 primary.

Housing market still tough to call by Patty Murray Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Nationally, sales of existing homes are down 25 percent compared to the same time last year. Realtors say a popular tax credit pushed buyers into the market early. Comprehensive numbers for Wisconsin home sales aren’t available yet. But a report from the National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes in July are down by 25.5 percent. In the Midwest region, July sales were down by 33 percent compared to last year. First-time buyers who closed deals in June were still eligible for an $8,000 tax credit. Sellers were eligible for a $6,500 credit. Joe Murray is a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association. He says it’s hard to overstate the impact of the credits. “Existing home sales in the second quarter were almost 20 percent above the year before because of that credit,” says Murray. “So that’s really, really accelerated. So a lot of the activity that would normally take place over the summer just took place earlier.” Murray says the credit put the housing market on somewhat of a roller coaster. “It depends on how you look at it. If the idea was to stimulate home sales, stabilize home prices, then it was a success. If it was designed to even out the market as opposed to what it did do, it wasn’t a success. But overall, it was a pretty successful program.” Even though the credits are no longer available, Murray says mortgage rates are at all-time lows, but buyers must have down payments and good credit. He says bankers and appraisers are busy with homeowners eager to refinance at a lower rate.



I’ve written quite a few stories and columns since I started working for the Leader and occasionally people will seek me out to tell me they’ve enjoyed reading one of them. More often a photo I’ve taken gets noticed (especially photos of children). It’s always fun when proud parents or grandparents come up to thank me for putting their pride and joy in the paper. Last week I wrote a story about my days as carhop and I guess I must have “served up” just the right “order” of nostalgia because I’ve had more people tell me how much they liked the story and the great memories it brought back for them than many others I’ve written. Whether carhops or customers, they all have their own drive-in memories to tell me. One of my high school classmates, Dale Bailey, even sent me an original 4870 Drive-In menu. Check out those prices! And here’s what former teenage carhop Pat Linden Foley e-mailed me about her drive-in days and the photo she also included. “I enjoyed your interesting story ‘I was a teenage carhop’ in the Leader this week–probably because I’m a former

Staff Corner Priscilla Bauer Grantsburg Drive-In carhop myself. When I told my girls (now adults) that I worked there, they asked if I delivered orders on roller skates! Not at this drivein. We went to the Rush City roller rink for such activities. ”While I don’t have any specific stories, I did find a clear, printable colored picture from 1965–Grantsburg’s Centennial–when we all dressed for work in long tan printed skirts and frilly blouses to represent the past. And in one of my scrapbooks I also found a handwritten note (March 5, 1963) from Eldo Anderson asking if I would be willing to work again the following summer for ‘5 cents per hr. more.’ However, I can’t remember how much we were paid per hour! I guess I had so much fun, it didn’t matter. ”I do remember when I was scheduled to work Friday nights in the fall it would be rather quiet during the game (which

I could hear through the football field loudspeaker), but it would be a landslide business before and after the game. Numerous Friday night tips offset the melancholy feeling of missing the game and my friends. The four of us in the picture are Diana Christian, Florence Buggert, Sandra Swenson and me (Pat Linden).” Former drive-in customer Darlene Johnson also told me how much fun it was reading my story. She said it brought back memories of going to the drive-in with her then-boyfriend, Dennis. “Dennis liked extra pickles and whenever Linda Dahl was our carhop she knew it and would always bring him some in a little cup, for 25 cents more.” She and that

boyfriend Dennis have now been married for 43 years. That drive-in must have been quite the spot to take a date back then. Wonder how many more romances started over extra pickles or an order of fries? The new drive-in is set to open this week. The former Dale’s restaurant has been transformed and with its fresh coat of paint and design is looking all new and shiny. People like new and shiny but after all the interesting comments I received on my story about Grantsburg’s first drive-in, people still like being reminded of the old days, too, and the chance to revisit their own unfaded menu of memories.

“Very, very tight” Polk budget developing Human services cuts $430,000 for 2011 by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – “We have a very, very tight budget,” county Administrator Dana Frey told the Polk County Human Services Board Tuesday, Aug. 24. He added that all departments have submitted their starting budgets with initial cuts. The human services 2011 budget request includes a cut of $430,000 and a transfer of $70,000 to fund a new child protective position. The $500,000 total comes from a series of departmental cost savings. Human services Director Sherry Gjonnes said that much of the cost-saving measures involve ways to lower the cost of emergency placements while getting better results in helping persons in crisis. This would be done with a more community-based response to personal-crisis situations working across agency lines. [See attached story on emergency placement.] Additional cost savings would come from in-house training programs, cross-training of staff, and increased collaboration with other departments and agencies. While the $430,000 in budget reductions would go to the county’s general fund,

part of the amount, $230,000 would be earmarked for possible increased placement costs within the county’s contingency fund. Emergency placements, when required, can be very expensive ($1,000 per night in some facilities). The HS department hopes to create better and lower-cost alternatives to placement, but some placements will still be required. In the past, HS had its own reserve account to cover unexpected expenses. Frey has said that departments should budget for normal or expected expenses, and the county should have one countywide contingency fund to cover the unexpected costs in any department. The remaining $200,000 would go to the general fund. The $70,000 would be used within HS to fund a new child protection position. The number of children at risk within the county is growing, but staffing to meet the need has not increased. In July, child protection social workers were working with 81 children in 49 families. The one additional position requested for funding in 2011 is less than the number of social workers Gjonnes said is needed to fill what she calls a substantial staff shortage. Gjonnes offered more details on the projected cost reductions. An in-house training program would make it possible for staff to obtain training and certification

without the need to travel out of the county. There is a potential for the program to be used by other departments and other counties. Cross-training would enable staff to be more flexible in meeting changing needs within the department and have the added advantage of providing all staff an increased awareness of trauma, leading to a more sensitive environment for persons seeking services. Gjonnes said that HS wants to work in a more collaborative way with local police, schools, the judges, other agencies and counties to provide better and more sensi-

tive crisis response with more community-based services. She said a more flexible system with more partners and options could provide better help and save money in a time of limited funds. Frey said that all 2011 department budgets will be presented by Sept. 10. Each governing committee will than have an opportunity to request changes. Those requests will be reviewed by the finance committee. A proposed budget will go to the county board on Oct. 12 for approval. The 2011 budget will be adopted by the board on Nov. 9.

• Area news at a glance • Missing man’s body found LINDSTROM, Minn. - Updating a previous posting, authorities say they have found the body of 64-year-old Robert Waters of Lindstrom in Big Marine Lake. They were first alerted to the possibility that a boater had gone missing Wednesday evening, Aug. 18, and used sonar equipment to find his body on Friday, Aug 20. A witness apparently saw an empty boat running circles on the north bay of the lake. Sheriff’s deputies said someone on the lake was able to climb on board the boat and get control of it. It was in water about 10 to 16 feet deep. It was previously reported that Waters spent much of his free time fishing. -

Safety rules ignored, says study WINTER – North Central Power Company linemen Glenn “Chuck” Parker and Mike Schuck ignored numerous safety rules before Parker was electrocuted Aug. 8 while working in the town of Winter, according to an e-mail released last week by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. While investigating the accident, Terri Kosobucki, of the PSC, talked with NCPC Vice President Dave Dahlberg who said the two linemen failed to notice the 7,200-volt line was still energized before they attempted to repair it. - Sawyer County Record


Chiefs of Police honor Hraychuck with Legislator of the Year Award STATEWIDE – The Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association presented Rep. Ann Hraychuck with the Legislator of the Year Award at their annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, in Wausau. It marked only the third time in the past 23 years that this association, which represents 500 Wisconsin law enforcement leaders across the state, has given such an award. In presenting the award, Oregon Police Chief Doug Pettit, WCPA chair said, “The infrequency of the award is an indication of how carefully Wisconsin Police Chiefs weigh the actions of an individual legislator before recommending this award to the membership.” “Rep, Ann Hraychuck either led the charge or was a pivotal player on all the key issues affecting law enforcement and citizen safety this past session.” He added, “The men and women in uniform appreciate having a steadfast voice in Madison to ensure that our communities are safe for those in uniform as well.” Siren Police Chief and WCPA Member Chris Sybers said that Hraychuck’s consistent professionalism and integrity representing the citizens in Northwest Wisconsin is why the law enforcement community has stood behind her. Pettit noted that in her former role as a Polk County sheriff and more than 30 years’ dedicated to a career in law enforcement, Hraychuck consistently used her professional experience to influence good public policy in Madison. “She doesn’t care whose feathers she ruffles,” he added. Hraychuck said that she was extremely honored by the special commendation from her former colleagues in the law enforcement community and is looking forward to working with them on important public safety issues in the future. - submitted

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Shown (L to R): Oregon Police Chief Doug Pettit, WCPA Legislative chair; Rep. Ann Hraychuck; Chief Kurt Heuer, Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, immediate past president of the WCPA; and Chief Greg Leck, Stoughton Police Department, new president of the WCPA. – Photo submitted


The Passage Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success again this year! Thank you for helping us raise over $12,000 for the Foundation! A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:

An award was presented to Mary Klar-Martin for 11 years of service as the president of the Webster Senior Center. Presentation was made by current President David Wardean. She was also given an official Webster Tigers Bear. – Photo submitted

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Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents Aug. 15: James M. Dupay, 41, St. Paul, Minn. was leaving the Holiday gas station in the Village of Grantsburg to go westbound on Hwy. 70 when eastbound Sherry A. Mesecher, 40, Grantsburg made a wide turn into the gas station and collided with the Dupay vehicle. There were no injuries reported and only minor damage to the vehicles, but Mesecher was issued two citations. Aug. 21: John A. Ryberg, 50, Center City, Minn., was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Hwy. 77 in Swiss Township when he failed to negotiate a curve and entered the ditch. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle and was reported to have an incapacitating injury which required medical

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transport. No citations were issued. Aug. 21: Rosella J. Douglas, 78, White Bear Lake, Minn. was backing out of a parking stall at a place of business in Siren Township when Samuel G. Jones, 87, Siren, backed out of a stall next to her, striking the front bumper of the Douglas vehicle. Jones left the scene of the accident, but was located by a Siren police officer and returned to the scene of the accident. There were no injuries reported and no citations issued. Aug. 21: Sandra J. Schulte, 71, Minneapolis, Minn., reported hitting a deer on Hwy. 70 in Daniels Township. No injuries were reported.

American Legion Post 396 Commander Arlen Peterson (R) handed over his title of commander to Vice Commander Terry Hinton (center), with Bob Carlson, adjutant (L) looking on, following their appearance in the annual Charles E. Lewis parade on Sunday, Aug. 15. Peterson moved to Arizona last week for health reasons (trauma to neck and back) and under the advice of a physician at the VA Medical Center. - Photo submitted

Extent of state treasurer’s duties debated between candidates by Shamane Mills Wisconsin Public Radio

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STATEWIDE - The race for state treasurer on the Democratic side has focused on what the job is and whether it should change. A challenger to the incumbent supports the treasurer taking a more active role in managing the state’s bottom line. By the incumbent’s own assessment, Dawn Marie Sass says, “it’s a race that doesn’t get much attention” compared to other contests at the top of the ballot. In fact, the office tends to get most notice when there are periodic efforts to eliminate it. Democratic challenger Dan Bohrod says changing the Constitution to do that would be a mistake, and that he strongly believes that democracy is not well-served by stifling a duly elected voice of the people. Bohrod says the treasurer should talk about public issues, like how to deal with the state’s budget shortfall. “For example, eliminating executive assistants in each of state’s agencies. These are normally patronage positions that go to young political operatives. They cost a fortune and hyper politicize most state agencies.” Advising the Legislature on budget matters is not something currently done by the state treasurer. The three main duties are to manage the local government investment pool; oversee the Wisconsin College Savings Program; and give back unclaimed property. Sass takes credit for returning nearly $25 million in property, such as forgotten paychecks, safe deposit boxes and life insurance policies during her first year in office. “The office is there to protect the interests of the citizens of Wisconsin; we have $350 million that belongs to residents of Wisconsin. We answer to the people and I protect their money.” Both incumbent Sass and Bohrod say getting rid of the office wouldn’t save money (the position pays for itself with program revenue). In addition to the two Democrats, there are three Republicans running for state treasurer.


Salvation Army’s Moola for Milk Campaign Backpacks for kids by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer POLK COUNTY/BURNETT COUNTY – The Salvation Army is raising money for milk, or Moola for Milk, as well as money for backpacks for kids. The program is designed to raise money for milk coupons for the food pantries or food shelves in Polk and Burnett counties, as well as providing backpacks on Fridays to families who receive free or reduced lunch that include milk coupons as well. Duana Bremer, social services director for the Salvation Army, stated that last year, the program for milk coupons cost $40,000 for Polk County. She said the demand this year is even higher. “Financially we can provide about half the support we did last year for milk coupons unless we can raise more money on the campaign this year,” she said. The milk coupons are also available in Burnett County as well. The money collected in Polk County goes to Polk County coupons, and the money collected in Burnett County goes to Burnett County coupons. “We are lucky enough to have a matching grant through Thrivent for $1,250 each for Polk and Burnett counties,” Bremer said. “We have the red kettles set up at convenience stores and grocery stores, and we have churches taking donation for us. Some stores are selling paper cows for $1.” The milk program is such a need, and Bremer said that in addition to collecting money for milk coupons for the pantries in both Polk and Burnett counties, the program is also collecting money for backpacks for kids. Last year, the program of backpacks for kids was conducted in schools in Polk County. This year, the program will have participants from Unity, Amery Head Start and Frederic schools in Polk County. In addition, Burnett County is participating in the program for the first time this year with the three schools, Grantsburg, Webster and Siren, participating. The backpacks for kids program sends

backpacks home every Friday to families who receive free or reduced lunches (one backpack per family). “If these kids are having free or reduced lunches at school during the week, then what are they eating on weekends?” Bremer posed. “In the backpacks, we provide a milk coupon, cereal, mac and cheese and some type of helper meal in a box. This way we know the kids have something to eat over the weekend and aren’t coming to school hungry, sick or just not focused. The program helps us meet the nutritional needs of low-income families.” Bremer stated money still needs to be raised to help the program to be able to provide a milk coupon each Friday. Without support from the community, milk coupons may be sent home every other week or only once a month. The cost for a backpack is about $10,000 per school district. Bremer said that the Salvation Army would love to do more backpack programs, but can’t afford it. “We are partnering with the community to raise the money, and we are asking the community to help support the milk program,” she said. Bremer added that schools participating in the backpack program do penny drives to help with the program. Students collect pennies and that go toward the backpack program. Students in any school can do penny drives, and the pennies collected go to milk coupons for food pantries in their community if they are not a backpack school. Bremer also stated she is available to talk with other schools that may be interested in the backpack program. “Our main focus is raising money for the milk coupons and the backpacks,” she said. “We hope the community will step up and help support this. People can mail a check to our office.” Donations can be mailed to Salvation Army, 200 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Write Polk Milk or Burnett Milk in the memo to indicate where the donation should be applied. Any questions regarding the milk program or backpacks for kids can be directed to 715485-1221.

These ladies are suited up in the red aprons with milk cartons and the Salvation Army Red Kettle to raise Moola for Milk. The fundraiser helps provide milk coupons at local food pantries and food shelves and helps get kids milk coupons in food backpacks on Fridays. – Photos submitted

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These young ladies met with the cow before they suited up to raise Moola for Milk.

Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up deadline SPOONER — Evie Moore, county executive director of Burnett/Washburn County Farm Service Agency, has announced an important upcoming program sign-up period deadline. USDA’s Wisconsin Farm Service Agency announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program began Aug. 2 and will end Aug. 27. During this sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up at their county FSA office. Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eli-

gibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall on Sept. 30, covering about 4.5 million acres, may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1. Individuals interested in the CRP general sign-up are encouraged to call the Washburn/Burnett County FSA office at 715-635-8228, ext. 2, by the deadline of Aug. 27 to schedule an appointment. For additional information, individuals can also visit — from FSA

A sunset on Spirit Lake near Frederic. - Photo by Erik Barstow (


Stowers honored at grand opening of state bike trail by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer AMERY – Saturday, Aug. 21, was a great day for bikers, Amery residents, DNR and elected officials, visitors and last but not certainly not least, the family of Amery notables Harvey and Marilyn Stower. The Stowers, both now deceased, were honored at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail, one of two state trails claimed by the city of Amery. State Sen. Bob Jauch commented that the new biking/walking/running trail is the fulfillment of Harvey Stower’s dream. “Harvey carved and forged paths others walk,” Jauch said, referring to Stower’s own lifelong difficulty in walking. He referred to the Wisconsin Conservation Corps that helped create this opportunity for us (meaning everyone) to utilize and enjoy for years to come. Note: Harvey Stower was a former Wisconsin state representative, serving in Madison for a number of years. When he died, he was the mayor of the city of Amery, and he had recently retired as a United Methodist Church minister. “It was quite a journey to get to this point,” said Polk County Board Chairman Bill Johnson IV. Johnson referred to the start of work on getting a trail back in the 1990s, and the involved process to get approval to even start the work. Polk County Board member Diane Stoneking said that she felt like crying over the bike trail becoming reality, and that the new trail would be a good way to get away from the stresses of everyday life. “The vision and idea has been there for a very long time, with a few bumps on the way,” said Wisconsin DNR Secretary Matt Frank. Frank credited the American Recovery Reinvestment Act and the over$800,000 received from that for making this dream possible. He also mentioned the DNR Stewardship Program and its grant of $386,000.

Geralyn Karl, head of promotion for the Friends group, passed out decorated cookies at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Stower Seven Lakes State Trail at Soo Line Park in Amery Saturday, Aug. 21. The writing on the one of the cookies said “Pedal Power on Stower.”

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail, named in honor of former city Mayor Harvey Stower and his wife, Marilyn, was held at Soo Line Park in Amery Saturday, Aug. 21. Taking part in the ribbon cutting were (L to R): Event Chair Mary Aasmundrud, Wisconsin DNR Director Daniel Schuller, Polk County Parks Director Debbie Peterson, Wisconsin DNR Secretary Matt Frank, Kate Stower Schlosser, Liz Stower, Joe Schlosser holding son Adam, and Friends President Bill Zager. – Photos by Nancy Jappe Bill Zager (L), president of the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Friends group, and Mary Aasmundrud, chair of the trail dedication Saturday, Aug. 21, compared notes prior to the dedication ceremony. The ceremony, held at Soo Line Park in Amery, was attended by a large numof people, ber including elected officials and state DNR representatives. Mike Karuschak, mayor of the city of Amery, was one of the speakers during the state trail dedication. Karuschak recognized the two state trails that run through Amery, the Cattail and the new Stower Seven Lakes Trail. He commented that the new Stower Trail offers the opportunity for individuals and families who like to use muscle power whereas the Cattail Trail is designed for four-wheelers and snowmobiles. “Harvey (Stower) was a man of the community. He believed in people,” Frank said. “He was always there, a man of real vision and belief for a strong rural community. He would be honored and proud to have this trail (named for him and Marilyn).” “It was never about the work they did,” said the Stowers’ oldest daughter, Kate Schlosser. “It was not about Marilyn and Harvey. It was about all the people who will be there in 100 years.” The people who were there in 2010 to honor the Stowers and look ahead to enjoyment on the trail, moved across the road from Soo Line Park to the trail entrance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The words – Let’s Ride – were said, and life along the new state trail began.

The Clausen boys, Caven and Carson, were among the first riders to head along the 14-mile Stower Seven Lakes State Trail that runs from Amery to Dresser. The boys are shown riding with their grandfather, Dave Clausen.

Harvey and Marilyn Stower’s youngest daughter, Liz, was the first speaker on behalf of the Stower family. She commented that, during her dad’s last week of life, he was rescheduling meetings to accommodate his hospitalization. “Their (referring to her dad and mother) legacy continues to live on,” she said. Shown with Liz at the microphone are her sister, Kate Schlosser, husband Joe and son Adam.

Three generations of the Clausen family were on hand for the grand opening of the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail. The youngest rider, Carson, won the earlier half-mile race. His brother, Caven, came in second in the mile race. They are shown with their grandfather, Dave Clausen, and parents Liz and Matt, prior to heading out on the trail.





Unity/Luck tennis team off to a fast start Compete in three invites in less than a week by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity/Luck tennis team played a busy week of competition, and will be happy to be home again after a long road trip. The girls played four matches in less than a week and will play their first home match this Thursday, Aug. 26, against Amery. Their road trip started with their first round of competition last Wednesday, Aug. 18, at an invitational in Osceola. “It was a rocky start to the tournament and the first competitive match for some of our girls, but I was very proud of their determination the first round of brackets,” said coach Beth Trudeau. Anna Ebensperger won her match in the second round of the brackets by scores of 6-1 and 6-4. Jessi Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger, the No. 1 doubles team, also won, along with teammates Kayla Johnson and Sierra Thomfohrda. “During the second round, our No. 1 singles and doubles came out to play their games of tennis and took the wins to move on to play for third place,” Trudeau said, adding that her No. 3 doubles team also played better in the second round to play for third place. At the No. 4 singles spot, Trudeau was pleased with how Kelsy Johnson handled her match. “Kelsy Johnson is new to the sport this year and I was so proud of her relentlessness and attitude during her game,” Trudeau said. Despite third place for the No. 1 doubles team, rain delayed the rest of the tournament, but the team picked up some intensity three days later as they traveled to the Columbus Tennis Invitational in Marshfield, where they took one of three matches and earned fourth place. Their first win came against Pacelli 6-1. No. 1 singles player Anna Ebensperger and No. 2 singles player Julie Franzel won their respective games, and the Eagles No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles teams won their games as well. The No. 1 doubles team included Kutina and Katherine Ebensperger, and the No. 2 team consisted of April Johnson and Kathryn Johnson. The No. 3 team is Kayla Johnson and Tess Anderson. “Overall I am very impressed with our team’s performance,” said Trudeau. We set a great standard of play for our upcoming conference matches. We have a solid start to our season and I only see us growing stronger in skill.” Unity/Luck’s other two matches came against St. Mary’s Central, where they lost the match 5-2, and against Columbus Catholic with a loss of 6-1. The team rounded off the week with a stop at the Rice Lake Quad on Monday, Aug. 23, where they won one of their three matches in some pretty relentless heat according to Trudeau. “Today’s tournament weather was brutal with heat and sun, and the girls were able to tough it out,” Trudeau said. “The first two matches were very close and the team played their hardest.” The first two matches were against Rice Lake and Ashland, who defeated Unity/Luck 4-3. Franzel defeated Julia Grey of Rice Lake after a 10-point tie break, and Elizabeth Thuerkoff won both games by scores of 6-4 and 6-3 over Jada Hamilton. Kutina and Ebensperger defeated their

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Unity/Luck senior tennis player Jessi Kutina gets set to serve to an opponent. Kutina is part of the Unity/Luck No. 1 doubles team along with Katherine Ebensperger. – File photo by Marty Seeger opponents by scores of 6-3 and 6-1, but the match win was elusive for the team, even into their games against Ashland. No. 1 singles player, Anna Ebensperger, and No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams with Kutina and Elizabeth Ebensperger and Emily Petzel and Kayla Johnson all won their games. In all, the No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 3 doubles team had two of three wins on the day. The team finished out the day with their first conference win against BaldwinWoodville, which came by score of 4-3. Anna Ebensperger crushed her opponent Anna Ebensperger 6-0 both games, and Franzel won 6-3 in both games. Thuerkoff won 6-4 and 7-5 in a couple of close games, and Petzel and Kathryn Zahler won their games in a nailbiter, with a 9-7 tie-break win and 11-9 10point tie break win. “I was very proud of our team’s performance and excited to get things rolling with our first conference match against Baldwin-Woodville,” Trudeau said.

First conference match It was their first conference match of the season, but Unity/Luck fell just short in a 5-2 match loss at Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, Aug. 24. “The team score today does not repre-

sent our play well, since we played very tough and came about as close as you can to taking the match as a team,” said Trudeau. In the varsity singles matches, Thuerkoff was the only winner of the evening, winning two sets 6-2, and 6-3. Thomfohrda came close to winning the best of three sets when she won 6-4, but lost 6-3 in her final two sets with Anna Dahl. “No. 1 and No. 2 singles played very talented girls and had some really great rallies, but just came up short,” Trudeau said, adding that the No. 4 singles match between Thomfohrda and Dahl was Thomfohrda’s first Elizabeth Thuerkoff time playing singles. “I was impressed with her fight and ability to keep the ball in play,” Trudeau said. In the varsity doubles, Kutina and Ebensperger won both sets handily, 6-2, 62. “No. 2 and No. 3 doubles also had close matches, yet are still building confidence as new partnering has taken place this season,” Trudeau said.

••• BEMIDJI, Minn. – Former Frederic athlete, Jake Schmidt is gracing the Bemidji State Football roster for the 2010 season. Schmidt is a junior majoring in political science, and saw action in 11 football games last season as a reserve in the defensive secondary according to the Bemidji State Jake Schmidt Web site. Schmidt had 17 tackles in 2009, eight of them solo, and earned a spot on the Academic All-NSIC squad. – with information from ••• SHELL LAKE – The Fox Run Golf Course in Webster reports two golfers that had a hole-in-one on the same day, Saturday, Aug. 14. Jon Stadtherr of Golden Valley, Minn., shot his on regulation hole No. 8, which is 101 yards. He was using a 52-degree gap wedge. On that same day, Nancy Growe of Webster also shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 8 using a 3-wood. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – The Friday, Aug. 27 Barron at Amery football game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7 p.m. The St. Croix Falls at Osceola football game on Aug. 27 can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7 p.m. ••• MILWAUKEE – Brewers baseball can be heard on 1260 AM on the following dates and times. The Dodgers at Brewers game on Aug. 26 begins at 1 p.m. The Pirates at Brewers games on Aug. 28 and 29 begin at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The Brewers at Reds games on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 begin at 6 p.m. all three nights. ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Twins baseball can be heard on 104.9 FM on the following dates and times. The Twins at Rangers game on Aug. 26 begins at 7 p.m. The Twins at Mariners games on Aug. 27, 28 and 29 begin at approximately 9:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The Tigers at Twins games on Aug. 31, and Sept. 1 begin at 7 p.m., both nights. ••• GREEN BAY – The Colts at Packers football game is being broadcast on 105.7 FM on Aug. 26, beginning at 7p.m. ••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Aug. 28 Seahawks at Vikings game begins at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 104.9 FM. ••• 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 2010 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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Pink Ball event held at Grantsburg Golf Course

Linda Dahlberg watched as teammate Dorothy Dahlberg got ready to make a putt during the Pink Ball Tournament held on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Grantsburg Golf Course. The course was a picture of pink as over 45 women hit the greens for the annual event, which raised over $850 for the American Cancer Society.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

ABOVE: Holding their pink balls high; this year’s Pink Ball Tournament Committee celebrated another successful event, which raised over $850 for the American Cancer Society. Committee members pictured (L to R) are: Betty Anderson, Alice Hedberg, Dorothy Dahlberg, Evonne Finch and Alma Karels. LEFT: Dorothy Nelson posed in her pretty pink hat during the Pink Ball Tournament last week at the Grantsburg Golf Course. Nelson won the Pink Award for once again donning what other participants now consider her trademark accessory at the annual event held to raise money for cancer research.

Judy Lien, Betty Vaksdal, Patty Meyer and Barb Benson were the team with the low score (with the pink ball) at this year’s annual Pink Ball Tournament held at the Grantsburg Golf Course.







In the pink with the low team score in the Pink Ball Tournament were Wendy Hendricks, Dorothy Dahlberg, Evonne Jensen and Marilyn Dahlberg.






Successful fishermen at Lewis Days

Several little fishermen were successful at the Boy Scout Troop 9128 trout pond during the Lewis Days celebration Sunday, August 15. – Photos submitted











Summerfest tournament Women’s softball winners

First-place winner at the Siren Ballpark Summerfest tournament was the O’Leary’s X Pedition team. The tournament was held Aug. 6-8 and featured 12 teams. Reno Mothes, at far right, of Cottage Grove, Minn., was the tournament manager. – Photos submitted

The second-place winner of the Summerfest tournament in Siren was Harris Construction.

Coyland Creek was the big first-place winner of the summer women’s softball league. Pictured back row (L to R): Kelly Steen, Kayla Laqua, Alex Lonetti, Emily Hengst, Avery Steen, Tanesha Carlson and Jade Johnson. Front row: Teresa Hanson, Kelsey Coyour, Donna Grindell, Jenny Carlstrom and Connie Carlson. – Photos submitted

Smith Family Eye Care took second place during the women’s league over the summer. Back row: Marisa Hacker, Mandy Rousch, Maria Miller, Erin Schmidt, Lauren Romanowski, Sammy Vogel and Amy Jorgesnon. Front row: Marley Hanson, Lauren Domagala, Corissa Schmidt and Chrissy Chenal.


West Lakeland Standings Team Overall 0-0 Shell Lake Lakers Luck Cardinals 0-0 Grantsburg Pirates 0-0 Unity Eagles 0-0 Webster Tigers 0-0 Clayton Bears 0-0 Frederic Vikings 0-0 St. Croix Falls Saints 0-0 Siren Dragons 0-0 Clear Lake Warriors 0-0 Turtle Lake Lakers 0-0 Upcoming Thursday, August 26 TBD Unity quadrangular (Webster, Luck, Unity, Winter) 7:30 p.m. Northwood at Frederic Webster at Birchwood Saturday, August 28 TBD St. Croix Falls, Luck at Menomonie Sunday, August 29 TBD St. Croix Falls, Luck at Menomonie Tuesday, August 31 7:30 p.m. Solon Springs at Frederic


Small Lakeland Standings Team Overall Bruce 0-0 Frederic 0-0 Shell Lake 0-0 Turtle Lake 0-0 Birchwood 0-0 Luck 0-0 Northwood/Solon Springs 0-0 Siren 0-0 Winter 0-0 Large Lakeland Standings Team Overall St. Croix Falls 0-0 Unity 0-0 Cameron 0-0 Clear Lake 0-0 Flambeau 0-0 Grantsburg 0-0 Webster 0-0 Upcoming Friday, August 27 5 p.m. Webster at UW-Stout 7 p.m. Frederic at SIren Spooner at Grantsburg St. Croix Central at Unity Winter at Luck St. Croix Falls at Osceola


Upcoming Thursday, August 26 9 a.m. St. Croix Falls, Luck/Unity at Krooked Kreek Tuesday, August 31 4 p.m. St. Croix Falls, Luck/Unity at Ellsworth


Upcoming Thursday, August 26 4:30 p.m. Grantsburg Invite at Memory Lake Park, (Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Webster, Unity/Luck) Tuesday, August 31 4:30 p.m. Frederic Invite (St. Croix Falls, Unity/Luck, Grantsburg)


Team Unity-Luck


Upcoming Thursday, August 26 4:15 p.m. Amery at Unity

Conf. 0-1

Overall 2-5

The Chell Trucking/Beehive team took third overall while playing in the women’s softball league at Siren Ballpark. Back row (L to R): Miranda Kammeyer, Becky Schmidt, Staci Lemieux, Sarah Lemieux-Reuter, Devon Kidder and Amanda Shafter. Front row: Kristi Hutton, Kelly Schmidt, Jenna Dudycha, Erin Hansford and Aleah Lemieux.

Braves fall in first round

SUMMERFEST SLOW-PITCH TOURNAMENT Standings Team O’ Leary’s X Peditions Harris Construction Pilot House Donkey Punchers

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd

Other teams that participated Aug. 6-8 Pour House, Sundowners, Glass and Mirror Works, St. Croix Lanes, Skeeter Electric, Fighting Salamis, Team Skinner, Cottage Grove Team


Standings Team Overall Sundowners 15-2 Century 21 12-5 Pour House 10-5 Pheasant Inn 9-7 Fur, Fins & Feathers/Coyland Creek 9-7 God Squad 9-9 Chell Well 7-10 Grantsburg Sanitary 4-14 Da Crew 0-17 Scores Wednesday, August 11 Pheasant Inn 16, God Squad 11 Century 21 19, Grantsburg Sanitary 3 Fur, Fins & Feathers/Coyland Creek 39, Da Crew 2 Sundowners 28, Century 21 13 Sundowners 29, Chell Well 14

The Osceola Braves fell 8-1 to Sparta Miller during the first round of the state finals in Tomahawk last week. Longtime Brave and St. Croix Falls grad, reliever Dave Leske held Sparta in check in the final two innings, but for Osceola it was too little - too late. – Photo submitted


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Chasing Invasives

Part 7 - Zebra mussels - the tagalongs that have spread for centuries by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The local battle probably began in a Duluth, Minn., harbor over two decades ago, in 1989. Hidden on the rocks and hulls of ships at the end of the line in the Great Lakes, the tiny zebra mussel - technically Dreissena polymorpha - went unnoticed. The little mussels from the Caspian Sea are about the size of a large fingernail, and while they can be colorfully pretty with their brilliant striped shells, they pose a huge risk to local water bodies. They kill native mussels, massively disrupt ecosystems, damage boats and motors, as well as various intake systems on engines, negatively affect fisheries and municipal water supplies through clogging industrial intakes, and generally impair water recreation at several levels. Once they are established, there really are no environmentally safe control methods. Thankfully, the zebra mussel - and the similar and related quagga mussel - have not technically been found in any Polk or Burnett county water bodies yet, according to specialist Jeremy Williamson of the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department. “We’re crossing our fingers on zebra mussels,” Williamson said. “But really, they’re tough to find. It’s kind of like trying to find a needle in 8,000 haystacks!” The major concerns over zebra mussels involves their effect on native mussels, and the well-documented infestations that can wreak havoc on every hard surface in the water, as the mussels attach using stringy threads and don’t let go. They do have predators, including types of crayfish, some muskrats and even some flavors of fish, like smallmouth bass. But the mussels are prolific breeders, and their numbers get so great, so fast, the preda-

Zebra mussels get their name from their dark and light, zebralike shell coloring.

Zebra mussel infestations have been a major focus of local National Park Service employees along the St. Croix River since their discovery downstream. While this mussel-encased container may look "artsy," the tiny critters pose a major threat all along the riverway. – Photo by Greg Marsten tors seem to have no major impact on their spread or reproduction, although research is ongoing to try and control populations once infestations are confirmed. The zebra mussel spread has been welldocumented, going back to the late 18th century in parts of Europe, and as recently as the 1980s in the eastern Great Lakes, where they likely hitched rides aboard freighter hulls. The concern began to grow when freshwater intakes became so clogged with the mussels they needed nearly constant attention - with very high costs. By some estimates, utility companies in the North America likely spend over half a billion dollars annually on mussel controls in water and cooling intakes, and that number will only grow as the spread continues. They have been confirmed in almost half the states in the Union, and several Canadian provinces, and every year, more and more lake infestations are confirmed. While they have not been confirmed in any local lakes, the battle lines are indeed visible to the west, where the tiny critter made recent news with its discovery in several popular bays on Lake Minnetonka, in the west Twin Cities Metro. That lake is one of the most highly traveled transient boat lakes in the region. Traditionally, efforts get focused and money gets earmarked when any invasive species is found in that body of water. When Eurasian water milfoil was discovered there years ago, it suddenly became a worthy battle. With the confirmation of the mussel infestation, in at least three dif-

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18. Team Top Water, 29 lbs., 2 oz. 19. Hutton/Erickson, 24 lbs., 12 oz. Big bass weekly winner Week 16:

Bistram Boys, 3 lbs., 6 oz.

ferent bays, Minnetonka’s battle became familiar, along with 17 other Minnesota inland lakes, including Mille Lacs, Prior, Pelican and parts of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. That’s where the story takes a twist, and the battle suddenly has a new and formidable foe: The National Park Service. Since 1992, the NPS has recognized the threat they face and formed a task force to deal specifically with the monitoring and control, hopefully, of the critter. That task force has since changed name and focus, casting a broader net and expanding the battle to take on several other potential invasives, such as Asian carp, but as discoveries of the zebra mussels began to grow around the region in the 1990s, the NPS began to seriously instigate measures to control their spread. Once they were confirmed in the lower St. Croix River, the battle became intense and moved into one of the more controversial control moves, including localized boating restrictions on the St. Croix River, north of Arcola. The NPS even used a do-

nated houseboat, nicknamed the Skinny Dipper, as a base of operations to make sure upstream traffic restrictions were upheld. The discovery of juvenile zebra mussels in those last 16 miles of the Lower St. Croix River - now north of the Stillwater Bridge - suggests that reproduction has moved north. The last 10 years have been a constant battle to keep them from spreading farther upstream and into other water bodies or interconnecting rivers. The NPS has been at the forefront of mussel control and has moved to involve local agencies of both states, as well as numerous federal agencies and even Native American Tribal organizations to assist in the battle and to limit the spread. To some effect, those limitation and control methods have worked, and the spread has likely been slowed through growing awareness and public promotional programs. They’ve also incorporated numerous collegiate agencies to assist in the monitoring and control programs, hoping to at least try to understand where they are now, so their spread can be controlled. Part of the NPS plans to tackle the problem involves awareness and strict methods of boat, engine, bait live well and machinery cleaning. That cleaning and treating of boats and equipment that have been in the water is becoming more routine for many boaters. Extensive advertisements, volunteer monitoring personnel and signage have also helped raise awareness of the problems of tagalongs. Restrictions include using highpressure hull cleaning with hot water, and complete, extensive drying of vessels, which have become accepted practice to stop zebra mussel spreads. Locally, the Polk County LWRD has been on board with those battles for some time, and have looked hard to find any infestations locally. They have used monitoring discs - simple, multilayer fiberboard contraptions - to try and find them. Williamson noted how their department bought one for $45 and had it in Pipe Lake, but it was stolen. “So I made my own,” he said, showing off the contraption that is meant to draw the mussels in for a better idea where they may have taken up residence. “Right now we’re monitoring on Big Round and Wapogassett [lakes], just based on boat traffic and calcium levels. In fact, the Tribe [St. Croix Chippewa] are helping me out,” Williamson said, noting how the St. Croix Chippewa are using nine different monitoring stations on Big Round Lake to assist in the battle. Williamson let out a long sigh, and shook his head on what, if anything, has been found locally. “Like I said, nothing yet ... not yet,” he said. “But, unfortunately, it’s probably just a matter of time.”

Mysterious animals and rare fungi GRANTSBURG – The public is invited to discover rare animals, plants and fungi that make up Crex Meadows unique natural ecosystems during the area’s Rare Species of the Barrens Conference on Saturday, Sept. 18. Experts in the fields of mushrooms, plants, turtles, birds and butterflies will share their knowledge during a daylong conference. “Crex Meadows is a combination of ecosystems, including pinebarrens, brush prairies and wetlands,” said natural resources educator Ali Cordie, “and these ecosystems have become rare throughout the state due to land alteration and development.” As the Crex area has been protected for years, Cordie explained, it is a haven for wildlife and

plants. The conference starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. A $30 fee pays for a catered lunch and a field trip. Fees collected also help pay for wildlife education and management at the Crex center. Attendees should dress for the weather, which can be cool and windy in mid-September. Binoculars should be brought along as the field trip goes into the heart of the wildlife area. Crex Meadows headquarters is north of Grantsburg near the intersections of CTH F and D. For more information and to register, please contact Cordie, natural resources educator, at, or call 715-463-2739. – submitted












Thinking about deer hunting again I’ve often wondered why so many hunters rush to sporting goods stores a couple of weeks before opening day to purchase a new bow, or the latest gadget they aren’t likely to need before Marty the big hunt. But with Seeger tremendous advancements in technology these days, sighting in The a new bow is similar to taking a new rifle out Bottom of the box. Spend a few nights at the range and Line you’re zeroed in, ready for action. Most of us know, however, that it isn’t always that simple. Whether you’re shooting a new bow or rifle, it takes time, patience and an understanding of the gear you intend on using. Hopefully you’ve got that bow in hand already, but I’m guessing many of you have yourselves on a waiting list for those new arrows, or that tune-up to your bow that you’ve been waiting to fix all summer. If you haven’t done any of this, or even thought about doing something to get ready for the season, you’d better get shopping. Fortunately, sporting goods stores will be ready with open arms. Just remember to be patient, those people behind the counter are going to be busy. I’m just as guilty as the next guy or gal

This doe and two fawns aren’t exactly what hunters want to see when they check their trail cameras, but seeing deer in your hunting area is all it takes sometimes to get you excited about the fall deer hunting season. – Photo by Marty Seeger when it comes to getting stuff ready for the fall hunting season. I started shooting my bow about a month and a half ago, but only after a new string and cables were put on. I’m glad I did too, because the tech working on it said to shoot a couple-hundred times before setting the sight pins in place, since most strings need a little stretching time before they’re truly anchored in. If anything, the past month for me has been spent on shooting form, and resisting the urge to swat at the dozen or so mosquitoes while at full draw. Last winter, I caught myself boasting about all of the tree stands I planned to

move before the season begins this fall, and the intense scouting that was going to take place over the summer months. I’m not proud to say that most of the tree stands are still in the garage, and there are still a few out in the woods that need moving or tweaking – so much for preparation. As is the case each summer, deer hunting preparation is replaced by the urge to entice an agitated musky to bite at the side of the boat, or feel the slow pull of a hungry crappie. It’s a different frame of mind, and direction, but with so many outdoor options out there, deer take a





backseat. Plus, some tree stands rarely need to be moved, and there’s only so much scouting you could do when you’ve been hunting the same chunks of land nearly your whole life. “When it’s 90 degrees and humid, it’s hard to think of deer hunting,” say some hunters, but it’s no secret that deer hunting is a year-round activity for most people. Shed hunting in the late winter and spring, planting food plots throughout the summer and setting trail cameras are just some of the many ways hunters stay active in the outdoors all year-round. With technology there’s no longer need to hit the woods to check on the herd, or to know if a big buck inhabits the area. Motion-activated trail cameras have pretty much taken care of that, but it was only recently that I got back into putting out one of my own cameras. The constant e-mails from friends sharing their own trail photos got me hooked. The last camera I owned was film, so it didn’t take long for me to quit using it. Spending half the day at Wal-Mart waiting for film to develop isn’t my idea of outdoor fun, but since cameras have gone digital, checking it every two or three weeks has become fun again. In the first three weeks, I’ve captured a handful of does and their fawns and a small fivepoint buck. It’s only a matter of time before something larger shows up, and while it never guarantees that the big buck on your camera will be on your wall come fall, seeing one on the land you hunt keeps you interested, and fuels your desire to get back out there. Which reminds me: I still have several things to do before even thinking about going deer hunting.

Indianhead Muskie Tournament held AT RIGHT: Wayne Liepke and Randy Usher of Fridley, Minn., caught the largest musky of the weekend, which measured 44-1/8 inches, and earned them $1,000.

The 36th-annual Indianhead Muskie Tournament was held last weekend, Aug. 21 and 22, on Deer and Bone Lake. The Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club hosts the event each year. Dan Rouk (far left) is the emcee of the awards ceremony, and the rod and gun club president, Jim Duncan, handed out prize money and trophies to first-place winners Mike and Mark Carlson of Luck, who took home a check of $5,000. – Photos by Lonnie Lovick

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Mike & Mark Carlson, Luck, 110-5/8 in., $5,000 Brad & Franz Olson, Rockford, Ill., 109-3/4 in., $3,000 Eric Schmudlach & Ryan Blau, Waterloo, Iowa, 76-7/8 in., $2,000 Todd & Betty Neuman, Luck, 76-5/8 in., $1,500 John Carlson & Jim Carnes, Centuria, 74 in., $1,000 Todd Leslie & Murry Johnson, River Falls, 69-3/8 in., $700 David Clark & Bud Mallin, Osceola, 68-3/4 in., $600 Wayne Liepke & Randy Ushler, Fridley, Minn., 44-1/8 in., $500 Brent & Verle Hacker, Luck, 43-5/8 in., $400 Tim & Chuck Andrew, Hertel, 42-1/2 in., $350 Largest Muskie Team: Wayne Liepke & Randy Usher, 44-1/8 in., $1,000 Largest Northern Team: Dennis Schaeffer & Dave Erikson, 36-1/2 in., $710

State repeals waiting period for deer bow hunters to purchase archery licenses

MADISON – Archery deer hunters no longer have to wait three days after purchasing a license during the open season to begin hunting in Wisconsin. The state Legislature removed the three-day waiting period restriction during the recent legislative session at the request of the Department of Natural Resources. “The law has outlived its usefulness,” said Tom Van Haren, DNR conservation warden. “The three-day waiting period is an obstacle for young hunters who celebrate their 10th birthday during the archery season and have to wait until then to purchase their license.”

The waiting period was originally enacted to discourage deer hunters from waiting until they killed a deer before purchasing a license and to discourage a person from buying a license for someone who had killed a deer but either did not have a tag, or did not want to use the tag on their deer. “The waiting period is inconvenient for anyone who didn’t purchase a license prior to the season then realizes they have the coming weekend open with time to go hunting. If they do not think to purchase the license ahead of time they are unable to use the license that weekend. It has es-

pecially been a deterrent for nonresidents who travel great distances to Wisconsin on a Thursday or Friday to spend the weekend with family or friends or for the primary purpose to archery hunt for deer.” Van Haren said that before the law was changed the deer population was low and the number of deer a person could get tags for was limited. “Basically, each archer was issued just a tag that was good for a buck or an antlerless deer. The fact is, abundant harvest tags are now available in most deer management units making it possible to har-

vest multiple deer legally,” he added. The requirement that people wear a back tag while hunting reduces the incidence of hunting without a license. If a conservation warden suspects that something is wrong, the warden can find out instantly, through the automated licensing system, when a license was purchased, right down to the minute, which is also printed on the license or back tag. In 2009, bow hunters purchased 208,022 licenses in Wisconsin. For more information contact Tom Van Haren, warden, 608-266-3244. – from the DNR


Polk County circuit court Brody M. De-Moe, Frederic, unnecessary acceleration, $213.10. Dawn M. Dyer, Ottumwa, Iowa, speeding, $250.90. Basil L. Egerman, Maple Grove, Minn., operate ATV without NR trail pass, $169.00. Jerik J. Espersen, Wilson, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jerrold G. Featherly, Cumberland, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sarah R. Flynn, Turtle Lake, retail theft, $232.00. Darren R. Friese, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Jerome C. Fuhr, New Brighton, Minn., hunt waterfowl during the closed season, $315.60. Angela K. Gaede, Turtle Lake, fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Daniel J. Galle, Centuria, vicious dog, $173.00; dog at large, $173.00. Brian R. Gille, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Jason M. Hathaway, Frederic, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, not guilty plea. Dennis G. Hausman, Menomonie, speeding, $225.70. Rebecca L. Hill, Amery, speeding, $173.50. Tracey M. Hoff, Clayton, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Autumn Hutton, Frederic, disturbance of the peace with a motor vehicle, $263.50. Clarence F. Johnson, Siren, speeding, not guilty plea.

Michael C. Johnson, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Cory L. Judd, Fridley, Minn., operate personal watercraft without valid safety certificate, $162.20. Aaron C. Kackman, Frederic, public urination, $250.00; county/municipality – disorderly conduct, $150.00. Anne M. Kackman, Frederic, fail to stop at stop sign, $173.50. Travis T. Karlin, Minneapolis, Minn., fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Zachary J. Kellso, St. Paul, Minn., operating while suspended, $200.50. Joshua R. Kenall, Hudson, speeding, $200.50. Nichole R. Knutson, Centuria, fail to separate recyclable materials, not guilty plea. Carol A. Kraft, Barron, speeding, $250.90. Amanda K. Laboda, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Adaire F. Lassonde, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. John Lee, Seattle, Wash., fish without license, $206.70. Andrew J. Lester, speeding, $175.30. Rodney T. Lowe, Winnebago, operating while revoked, $200.50. Lew A. Lunsman, Centuria, obstructing an officer, not guilty plea. Loretta A. Mabry, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Tyler J. Macke, Webster, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

Warren D. Manske, Eau Claire, speeding, $175.30. Shane W. Marko, Osceola, disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle, OWI, operating with PAC >= .15, not guilty pleas. Joseph B. Matuela, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Thomas V. Meadows, Frederic, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, not guilty plea. Jacob M. Meyer, Luck, theft, $263.50. Leroy J. Meyer, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. George R. Mosay, Luck, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. David J. Mrdutt, Danbury, speeding, not guilty plea. Chad M. Nelson, St. Paul, Minn., jet ski – violate slow–nowake requirement, $187.90. Laura J. Neve, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Savanah J. Oemig, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Megan M. Olson, Shorewood, speeding, $200.50; operating while suspended, $175.30. Linda M. Owens, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Brian K. Pauling, Tulsa, Okla., speeding, $200.50. Nicholas M. Perkins, Glenwood City, sell alcohol to underage person, not guilty plea. Gary L. Piasecki, Clayton, speeding, $200.50. Anthony J. Rendle, Amery, disorderly conduct, $150.00.

month jail sentence, $88.00. Nicole R. MacLean, 31, Hayward, possession of narcotic drugs, one-year jail sentence, Maxine M. Whitfield, 29, North Branch, Minn., issue worthless check, $146.40 restitution, $330.50. Lance A. Tregoning, 43, Ot-

sego, Minn., criminal trespass to dwelling, one-year probation, restitution to be determined, no contact with victim or victim’s family, $100.00. Rodney D. Staples, 43, Danbury, disorderly conduct, twoyear probation, sentence withheld, $506.00 restitution, no

Rob S. Taylor, Frederic, assist with bear hunting without license, $277.10. Cody A. Tokheim, Somerset, sell/buy motor vehicle without safety belts, $162.70. Daniel A. Tyler, Luck, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Christopher R. Weiss, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Billie J. Whitaker, Turtle Lake, speeding, $175.30. Nathan S. Williamson, Luck, disturbance of the peace with a motor vehicle, $263.50. Thomas M. Zustiak, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

Polk County deaths Deloris E. Jackson, 75, Milltown, died July 25, 2010. Mildred G. Lindberg, 102, St. Croix Falls, died July 30, 2010. Warren H. Montgomery, 89, Clear Lake, died Aug. 4, 2010. Kenneth W. Randelin, 88, Osceola, died Aug. 4, 2010. Thomas T. Schwartz, 53, Clear Lake, died Aug. 6, 2010. Jane C. Werner, 60, St. Croix Falls, died Aug. 6, 2010. Victor J. Layton, 88, St. Croix Falls, died Aug. 8, 2010. Vicki L. Berlin, 48, Amery, died Aug. 9, 2010. Philip E. Mevissen, 72, St. Croix Falls, Aug. 13, 2010.

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Burnett County criminal court Gerard L. McKee Jr., 30, Webster, criminal damage to property, $88.00. Nathan S. Suckow, 29, Menomonie, defrauding an innkeeper, $330.50. Charles F. Sprick, 38, Grantsburg, possession of amphetamine / LSD / psilocin, five-

Brian P. Roberts, Apple Valley, Minn., disorderly conduct, $263.50. Gayle K. Root, Frederic, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Jeremy J. Rupp, Duluth, Minn., hunt without license, $206.70. Michael F. Ryan, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bradley T. Schmidt, Osceola, lewd and lascivious behavior, $263.50. Jacob T. Schmidt, Frederic, lewd and lascivious behavior, $263.50. David B. Schwarz, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Steven P. Scribner, Clayton, speeding, $208.50. Emily S. Shafer, Clear Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Christopher M. Skow, Milltown, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Leslie L. Slayton, Amery, speeding, $225.70. Todd J. Steeber, Amery, speeding, not guilty plea. Jordan D. Stolhammer, LaPorte, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Daniel A. Strenke, Turtle Lake, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Gary A. Swartz, Minnetonka, Minn., operate boat without valid certificate number, $200.50. Gordan T. Sween, Minneapolis, Minn., jet ski – violate slowno-wake requirement, $187.90.

contact with victim except to exchange children, $150.60; battery, two-year probation, sentence withheld, alcohol assessment, complete domestic abuse program, no contact with victim except to exchange children, $100.00; disorderly conduct, two-year probation, sentence withheld, $100.00. Tyrone S. Tupy, 22, New Prague, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Spencer L. Smith, 67, Webster, speedometer violations, $175.30. William A. Fish, 48, Webster, OWI, $2,751.00, 60-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 30 months. Robert B. Villebrum, 40, Danbury, OWI, $2,751.00, 110day jail sentence, Huber release granted if completed alcohol assessment, license revoked 30 days, alcohol assessment. Betty Shearen, 55, Spooner, issue worthless check, $249.00. Anna M. Chicilo, 43, Lake Elmo, Minn., operate after revocation or suspension, $200.00. Kenneth R. Asher, 58, Spring Valley, Minn., set fire without extinguishing fire, $137.50. Keith E. Carlson, 63, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jason A. Mikula, 41, Shell Lake, Minn., speeding, $137.50; speeding, $200.50. Jose M. Chavarria Jr., 17, Siren, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Kevin M. Louis, 42, St. Croix Falls, operate without valid license, $200.50; seat belt violation, $200.50. Maxamillon R. Schostek, 23, Balsam Lake, disorderly conduct, $88.00. Joshua A. Hayes, 28, Grantsburg, OWI, $979.00, fiveday jail sentence, license revoked 14 months. Tomas G. Anderson, 59, Siren, reckless driving, $389.50. Regina L. Polaski, 24, Webster, issue worthless check, oneyear probation, sentence withheld, $687.02 restitution, $156.70. Micah D. Flodin, 23, Siren, speeding, $225.70.

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Aug. 9: At 6:57 p.m., Patrick Kurkowski, 21, Frederic, was picked up at his place of work in Siren on a warrant from Polk County. Kurkowski was taken to Burnett County Jail. Benjamin R. Rogala, 19, Rice Lake, was cited for speeding at 8:31 p.m. A written report came in Aug. 9 on a July 7 accident involving a vehicle driven by Chad Brown, 22, Frederic. Brown reported that a newer blue vehicle with Minnesota plates came toward him on CTH B, forcing him to swerve to avoid a collision. Brown’s vehicle hit a mailbox, which he later replaced for the owner. Aug. 10: Violation of a restraining order was written against Eric D. Anderson, 39, Eau Claire, for phone calls made to a Siren resident. Aug. 13: Jordan E. Sargent, 17, Siren, was involved in a verbal and physical disturbance at his grandparents home at 1:52 p.m. Sargent was not found by the time the police report was filed, but a notation was made that he will be charged with disorderly conduct when he is located. Aug. 14: A backing accident occurred at 4:02 on Main Street. Driver Denise Bjerke, 39, Webster, was backing out of a parking

space as driver Marilyn Sears, 50, Webster, was going east on Main Street. Bjerke backed into the traffic lane and Sears collided with her, according to the report. Bjerke was cited for unsafe backing and Sears for failing to turn in notification of an address change. Aug. 14: Four charges are pending against Chad J. Louis, 36, Grantsburg, for a hit-and-run accident at 5:50 p.m. on Hwy. 35 near Burnett Lane. The report stated that Louis was coming out of the Holiday Station when he ran into a vehicle driven by Tommy Jewell, 35, Siren. Moderate damage was done to the front and passenger side of the Jewell vehicle, requiring that it be towed. Louis was cited for hit and run to another vehicle, owner liability for failure to stop at an accident, failure to notify police of an accident and failure to yield the right of way at an uncontrolled intersection. Aug. 19: Fern Woods, 59, Siren, was picked up and taken to Burnett County Jail for violation of a no-drink probation order. Woods was at the Pheasant Inn at 12:46 a.m. A mix-brown pit bull with collar and no tags that was running loose was picked up and taken to the humane society at 11:58 a.m.

Polk Co. marriage licenses Sarah L. Beck, town of Luck, Matthew C. Hinzman, town of Luck, issued Aug. 16, 2010. Cathleen R. Clouse, city of St. Paul, Minn., Joseph M. Steinhoff, city of St. Paul, Minn., issued Aug. 17, 2010. Renee A. Noyes, city of New Richmond, Adam J. Severson, town of Lincoln, issued Aug. 17, 2010. Heather L. Emerson, town of Milltown, Joseph D. H. Mabry, town of Milltown, issued Aug. 18, 2010.

Margaret L. M. Stearns, village of Osceola, Jason M. Jensen, town of Osceola, issued Aug. 18, 2010. Amy M. Bystrom, town of Balsam Lake, Jordy A. Reed, town of Balsam Lake, issued Aug. 19, 2010. Lacrestia M. Anderson, village of Osceola, Daniel P. Anderson, village of Osceola, issued Aug. 19, 2010.

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Martha K. Anderson, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Karie A. Bartlett, Luck, fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Heather M. Becker, Turtle Lake, speeding, $200.50; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Kenneth W. Beecroft, Frederic, take turtles during closed season, $320.80. John W. Beus, Clayton, operating while revoked, $200.50. Henry R. Bos, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50. Tony A. Bottolfson, Grantsburg, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, not guilty plea. Scott M. Budge, Webster, open intoxicant in public, $187.90. Michael J. Buss, Rochester, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Roger W. Carle, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Brandon R. Chenal, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Shirley M. Christianson, Turtle Lake, speeding, $175.30. Angela L. Christopherson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Spencer S. Cobb, Siren, fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $200.50. Joseph F. Conlan, Balsam Lake, operate without valid license, $200.50. Mary L. Debruin, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

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Shane C. Paige II, 29, Bloomington, Minn., arrest warrant - complaint, Aug. 17. Roxanne Songetay, 54, Danbury, failure to pay fines, Aug. 17. Danielle L. Staples, 20, Webster, failure to pay fines, Aug. 17.

Calvin C. Thompson, 24, Osceola, warrant - failure to appear, Aug. 19. Brian S. Tinkle, 29, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, Aug. 16. Daniel R. Vitelle, 39, Sisters, Ore., warrant - failure to appear, Aug. 17.

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(July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ND Plaintiff, vs. AARON ROSS, VANESSA ROSS, Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 09 CV 001019 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 14, 2010, in the amount of $156,746.82, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Sept. 8, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot Seven (7) of Certified Survey Map No. 4544, recorded in Volume 20 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 96, as Document No. 683977, being a part of Government Lot 6 of Section Fourteen (14), Township Thirty-Six (36) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with an easement for ingress and egress to the above property over Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 4347, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 128, also part of said Government Lot 6. Polk County, Wisconsin. This easement shall terminate in the event that the said Outlot 1 is dedicated and accepted as a public highway. TAX KEY NO: 012-00280-0700. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 785 271st Avenue, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837 f/k/a 2712 80th Street, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837. Gunar J. Blumberg State Bar #1028987 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe Street Suite 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 29, 2009, in the amount of $246,336.21, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 9, 2010, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot Thirteen (13), Block Two (2), Plat of Eagle Ridge, said plat located in the East One-half of the Southeast Quarter (E 1/2 SE 1/4), Section Twenty-nine (29) and the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4), Section Twenty-eight (28), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Eighteen (18) West; Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2211 73rd Ave., Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01317-1300. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS & 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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(Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. JORDAN A. CROSS and ASHLEY L. CROSS, and EUGENE S. KOSTIZ, and BANK OF AMERICA, and U.S. BANK, and CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), Defendants Case No. 10 CV 171 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursusant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on June 10, 2010, in the amount of $52,622.36, 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, September 23, 2010, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Fourteen (14), Plat of Prairie View Hills, said Plat recorded in Envelope 293A as Document No. 678235, being located in the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4), Section Four (4), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wis. PIN: 022-01211-1400. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 6th day of July, 2010. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(Aug. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff vs. Phillip R. Brenizer Unknown Spouse of Phillip R. Brenizer Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No: 10 CV 518 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Phillip R. Brenizer/Unknown Spouse of Phillip R. Brenizer 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 basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after August 11, 2010, 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 Suite 300 Balsam Lake, WI 54810-9071 and to Scott D. Nabke/Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff`s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C. 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue 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 28th day of July, 2010. Scott D. Nabke/Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue 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.

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Agenda: Call Meeting to order. Roll Call/Verification of meeting notice. Approve the minutes of the last meeting. Approve the treasury report. Motion to pay the bills. Reports: Road, Fire Dept., Ambulance. Motion to approve the assessor new contract. Cemetery, Comprehensive Plan Commission. Additional meeting items for future agendas. Motion 519830 1L 43a to adjourn Susan E. Hughes, Clerk

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

Incudes heat, air cond., cable, snow removal and garbage. No smoking, no pets Available Sept. 1, 2010

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NOTICE Thurs., Sept. 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Lorain Town Hall, 252 345th Ave., Cty. Rd. E





Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Kim Lalor, Webster, $3,266.80.

Real Estate

July 30. George W. Zick, 74, Jackson, Aug. 7. Doris G. E. Ferris, 87, Frederic, Aug. 11.

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(Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTconsin Credit Union 444 South Broadway Menomonie, WI 54751 Plaintiff, vs. TRAVIS T. SOLLAND 116 Wisconsin Avenue Centuria, WI 54824, and RUTH A. SOLLAND, f/k/a Ruth A. Doepel 116 Wisconsin Avenue Centuria, WI 54824 Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 14 Code: 30404 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on June 10, 2010, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on September 30, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Parcel 1 (Vacant Land - to be sold first) Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 3908, recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 171, as Document No. 642861, located in the Northeast One-Quarter of the Southeast One-Quarter (NE1/4 SE/14), Section 1, Township 32 North, Range 18 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN NO.: 002-01007-0100 AND Parcel 2 Block Twenty-One (21), First Addition to the Village of Centuria, Polk County, Wisconsin, EXCEPT all that part of Block 21 sold to the Village of Centuria, and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the East line of said Block which is 100 feet North of the Southeast corner of said Block; thence Westerly on a line parallel with and distant 100 feet Northerly from the Southerly boundary line of said Block; thence North along said Westerly boundary line of said Block to the Northwest corner thereof; then East along the Northerly boundary line to the Northeast corner thereof; thence South along the Easterly boundary line to the place of beginning; EXCEPT parcel described in Volume 154 Deeds, page 428, as Document No. 273000, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN NO.: 111-00211-0000 The above property is located at 116 Wisconsin Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 3rd day of August, 2010. Timothy Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin

Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Lisa Campbell, Danbury, $716.30.


KINSHIP OF POLK COUNTY, a well-established nonprofit youth mentoring organization, seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual to join our growing services to the youth and families of Polk County, WI. The office is located in Amery, WI. PT position, 20 hrs/wk. Responsibilities include are not limited to: direct service, working with families, recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer mentors, support and supervision of mentoring matches, group activities, involvement in community relations and communications to assure the highest quality service delivery to the youth and families of Polk County. Must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent experience, 2-3 years of nonprofit work with youth, families and volunteers. Applications accepted thru August 30, 2010. Kinship of Polk County, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to strengthening our workplace through diversity.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Jennifer Williams

Kinship of Polk County, Inc. 118 Center St. • Amery, WI 54001 715-268-7980 e-mail:

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Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000

Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Charles Peterson, Siren, $2,095.00.

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(July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, National Association, as purchaser of the loans and other assets of Washington Mutual Bank, formerly known as Washington Mutual Bank, FA Plaintiff, vs. STEPHEN J. NEIL and JANE DOE unknown spouse of Stephen J. Neil and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE unknown tenants; and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; and STATE OF WISCONSIN, Defendants; and CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Added Defendant. Case No. 08-CV-833

Steven L. Bottineau, 56, Siren Township, Aug. 1. Dean C. Hollinger, 55, Richmond Township, Walworth, Colo.,

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Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the town board of the Town of Blaine, Burnett County, Wis., the undersigned: Hillside Inn Hiller Enterprises, Inc. Dean & Cindy Hiller, Officers 33595 Highway 35 Danbury, WI 54830 Hereby applies for Class B Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License from Setptember 20, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Dated: August 23, 2010 Town of Blaine Rita Ronningen, Clerk

Diagnostic Radiology Association vs. Mitchell Zentic, Webster, $1,099.05.

Burnett County deaths



Lee R. Moritz, Lincoln, and Terri M. Schwartz, Lincoln, Aug. 20.


David J. Bertuleit, Siren, and Kelly L. Hulleman, Siren, Aug. 19.

Burnett County Civil Court

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Polk Co. marriage licenses

NOTICE TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS AMENDING ZONING ORDINANCE No. 1 ENTITLED “TOWN ZONING ORDINANCE” ORDINANCE 10-05 Section 1: Purpose The purpose of this ordinance is to amend Chapter III General Zoning, Sections C Districts, 3 Commercial District, b Permitted Uses by amending as follows: The following are permitted uses, provided that the business will be selling goods for these uses that are primarily new items: And to amend Chapter III General Zoning, Section C Districts, 3 Commercial District, b Permitted Uses by amending #18 to read as follows: (18) Gift and boutiques and antique shops And to amend Chapter III General Zoning, Section C Districts, 3 Commercial District, c Special Exceptions with the addition of the following: (4) Selling merchandise that is primarily secondhand, used or consignment. Section 2: Effective Date This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and legal publication. 519673 1L WNAXLP


Notice is hereby given that Open Book for the Town of Meenon will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Meenon Town Hall. This session gives the property owner an opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor and look over their property assessments.


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Meenon, Burnett County, will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Meenon Town Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection of appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board member and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Section 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully Submitted, Suzanna M. Eytcheson 519654 1-2L 43-44a Meenon Town Clerk

Vehicle will be sold as is

The Town of West Sweden is accepting proposals (bids) for the purchase of the listed truck. The town has the right to accept or reject all proposals. Please contact Dennis O’Donnell, (715) 327-4954, with questions or proposals. Proposals are due by September 17 and will be reviewed on September 23. 519701 1L WNAXLP (July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 2010) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee under Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated as of June 1, 2007, Equifirst Loan Securitization Trust 2007-1 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-1 by: Barclays Capital Real Estate, Inc., d/b/a Homeq Servicing, as its Attorney-In-Fact, Plaintiff, vs. MARK D. FOOTE and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Mark D. Foote, Defendants. Case No. 09-CV-688 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 January 28, 2010, in the amount of $110,331.63, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 15, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the Northeast Onequarter (1/4) of the Northwest One-quarter (1/4) of Section Ten (10), in Township Thirtytwo (32) North, Range Fifteen (15) West in the Town of Clear Lake, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a point on the North line of said Section 10, in Township 32 North, Range 15 West, 412 feet East of the Northwest corner of the Northeast One-quarter (1/4) of the Northwest One-quarter (1/4) of said Section; thence running South 333 feet; thence running East 533.2 feet; thence running North 333 feet to the Section line; thence West on said Section line 533.2 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 268 50th Ave., Town of Clear Lake. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00201-0000. 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.

(Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb, Plaintiff, vs. Ralph A. Johansen and Lois E. Johansen,

Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 09 CV 383 Case Code: 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 20, 2010, in the amount of $481,691.62, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: OCTOBER 7, 2010, 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 will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: The front lobby of the Polk County Judicial Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land in the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 36 North, Range 17 West (in the Township of Luck) described as follows: The 2-1/2-acre tract bounded on the East by the Soo Line Railway right of way (now known as the Gandy Dancer Recreational Trail) and on the West by State Highway No. 35, and extending 80 rods North of the South line of Section 9, of the Township of Luck, except parcels described in Volume 501, Page 958 as Document No. 448964 and in Volume 577, Page 923, as Document No. 494590. Said land being in the Township of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2802 State Highway 35, Frederic, WI 54837. AND DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 4170, recorded in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 200, Document No. 662831, a part of the Northeast 1/4, Southeast 1/4 of Section 28, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, in the Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 11 Lake Street South, Luck, WI 54853 THE ABOVE PROPERTIES WILL BE SOLD SEPARATELY. Dated this 4th day of August, 2010. /s/Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff Ronald L. Siler VAN DYK, WILLIAMSON & SILER, S.C. Attorney for Plaintiff 201 South Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Van Dyk, Williamson & Siler, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. If you previously received a discharge in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt. 519322 WNAXLP

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(Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 WESTconsin Credit Union 444 South Broadway Menomonie, WI 54751 Plaintiff, vs. DUANE C. SAYLES (Deceased) DIANA L. SAYLES 617 150th Street Amery, WI 54001 Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 987 Code: 30304 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 1 2010, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on September 30, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: A parcel in the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4), Section Thirty-three (33), Township Thirty-three (33) North Range Seventeen (17) West, described as follows: Beginning at the Northeast corner of said Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4); thence South 300 feet which is the Point of Beginning of the parcel being conveyed; thence parallel to the South section line; thence North 208 feet parallel to the East section line; thence East 215 feet to the Point of Beginning of parcel conveyed, TOWNSHIP OF GARFIELD, Polk County, Wis. The above property is located at 617 150th Street, Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 3rd day of August, 2010. Timothy Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Offices, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menonomie, WI 54751 715-235-3939




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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Owner 24663 Angeline Avenue, Webster WI 54983 Mailing Address St. Croix Environmental Services Department, 3796 State Highway 70, Webster, WI 54893 Physical Address United States Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, Rhineland Office Engineer Sealed Bids for the New Water System Improvements Project on the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Reservation. Major components of this work include: 1. Construction of a 6” test well with screen, casing and cap. 2. Install temporary pumping equipment and complete a 30 hours test pump of the well. 3. Sample well water and provide chemical analysis. 4. Construct piping modifications on the interior of an existing pump house. 5. Replace two (2) wall heaters in an existing pump house. 6. Install locking well covers of two (2) existing well casings. The work will take place on the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Reservation in the Maple Plain Community. This project is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Davis Bacon wage rates are required. Indian Preference in the amount of 5% will be used in selecting the Contractor. The prime contractor must complete a minimum of 33.3% of the work. The bids will be received by the St. Croix Environmental and Natural Resources Department, which is located at the address above until 1:00 p.m. (Local Time), September 13, 2010, and then publicly opened and read aloud at 1:30 p.m. at the same location. The award is expected to be made the week of September 13, 2010. Substantial and Final Completion are October 13, 2010, and December 8, 2010, respectively. The Bidding Documents may be examined and obtained at the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Environmental and Natural Resources Department at the physical address listed above upon payment of $50.00 for each set. Katie Stariha, Environmental and Natural Resources Department Director Date: 8/23/10 519724 1-2L WNAXLP



(Aug. 18, 25, Sept. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN ROLLIE NYGREN 920 Third Ave. E Luck, WI 54853 NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Informal Administration) Case No. 10 PR 56 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was October 11, 1926, and date of death was March 6, 2010. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 920 Third Ave. E., Luck, WI 54853. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before November 22, 2010. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar August 13, 2010 Carol Nygren-Zehrer Personal Representative 3064 Gettysburg Ave. N. New Hope, MN 55427 763-546-7598

(July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, a Minnesota banking corporation, 304 Cascade Street, P.O. Box 188, Osceola, WI 54020, Plaintiff, vs. PATRICK C. COLLOVA and LAURIE J. COLLOVA, husband and wife, 715 West Shore Drive, Somerset, WI 54025; PC COLLOVA BUILDERS, INC., a Minnesota Corporation, 12555 Keller Avenue North, Hugo, MN 55038; THE COLLOVA REVOCABLE TRUST DATED NOVEMBER 18, 2002, PATRICK C. COLLOVA and LAURIE J. COLLOVA, TRUSTEES, 715 West Shore Drive, Somerset, WI 54025; POLK COUNTY ASSESSOR, c/o Polk County Treasurer 100 Polk County Plaza, Ste. 150 Balsam Lake, WI 54810; GERALD LAVENTURE AND JENNIFER L. LAVENTURE, 663 236th Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017, Defendants. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 28, 2010, in the amount of $278,916.41 under Note 20212, and in the amount of $161,548.16, under Note 48992 against PC Collova Builders, Inc., the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 8, 2010, 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 day 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: Lots One (1), Four (4), Six (6), Seven (7), Eight (8), Ten (10), Eleven (11), Twelve (12), Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16), County Plat of Kukowski Acres, including with each lot a 1/16th interest in Outlot One (1), County Plat of Kukowski Acres, said plat located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NE1/4 of the SW1/4), Section Thirty-five (35), Township Thirty-two (32) North Range Nineteen (19) West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. Lot Fourteen (14), County Plat of Kukowski Acres, and a 1/16th interest in Outlot One (1), County Plat of Kukowski Acres, said plat located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NE1/4 of the SW1/4), Section Thirty-five (35), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: No Property Addresses listed (022-01213-0100, 022-012130400, 022-01213-0600, 02201213-0700, 022-01213-0800, 022-01213-1000, 022-012131100, 022-01213-1200, 02201213-1500, 022-01213-1600, 022-01213-1400, 022-012130001), Town of Farmington, WI. Timothy G. Moore 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 e obtain will be used for that purpose. 517260 WNAXLP



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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 12, 2010, in the amount of $137,727.90, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 15, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at the time of the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the Clerk of Court. The balance must be paid to the Clerk of Court within ten (10) days of confirmation of sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds. Failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: The foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: East Half of Northwest Quarter of Southeast Quarter (E1/2 of NW1/4 of SE1/4) of Section Seventeen (17), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Fifteen (15) West, Polk County, Wis., EXCEPT the South 200 feet of the West 200 feet thereof. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 432 95th Avenue, Clayton, WI 54004. TAX KEY NO.: 016-003870000 Dated this 9th day of June, 2010. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI Thomas A. McCormack Attorney for Plaintiff 1020 10th Avenue P.O. Box 2120 Baldwin, WI 54002 715-684-2644 State Bar No. 01011884 To obtain the bid for this sale, contact Thomas A. McCormack, the creditor’s attorney who is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 517016 WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view each site and will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time each applicant will inform the board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 1:00 P.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) ROMOSER LIVING TRUST requests a variance from Article 11C, Table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to replace a deck closer than 75’ from the ordinary highwater mark. Property affected is: 2073 Bystrom Ln, Lot 10, Plat of Blake Lake Stores, Sec 22/T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown, Blake Lake (class 1). JEAN E. HUBER requests a variance from Article 11F2(b)(2) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to add an addition off to the side of the dwelling. Property affected is: 465 Lakeview Ln, Lot 21, Paulson Addition, Sec 12/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden, Church Pine Lake (class 1). 519832 WNAXLP 1-2L 43a,d CHAD BOYD requests a Special Exception from Section VIB12 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to operate a junkyard/salvage. Property affected is: 1002 130th St., Pt of SW1/4, SW1/4, Sec 12/T33N/R17W, Town of Lincoln. AGUSTIN/RENE BENITEZ request a Special Exception from Section VIB6 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to establish a slaughterhouse. Property affected is: 728 143rd Av, Pt of NW1/4, SE1/4, Sec 23/T34N/R16W, Town of Apple River.

Notices/Employment Opportunities

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WEBSTER Regular Route and Substitute School Bus Driver Needed

THREE TOWNSHIP CLEANUP Cleanup for Town of Meenon, Sand Lake and Town of Siren

(Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY United States of America acting through Rural Housing Service (RHS), Successor in Interest to Farmers Home Administration, 4949 Kirschling Court, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Plaintiff vs. Melanie L. Harrison P.O. Box 422, Luck, WI 54853 Defendant Classification: 30404 Case No. 09 CV 507 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action on the 29th day of December, 2009, I or my designee will sell at public auction in the Foyer Area of the Polk County Judicial Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 10 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot 5 and the East 20 feet of Lot 6, Block 7, Plat of Luck, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wis. PIN #: 146.00297.0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 609 Park Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount of bid by certified check payable to Clerk of Court at time of Sale. BALANCE DUE: Within ten (10) days after Confirmation of Sale Hearing held on Oct. 7, 2010, payable to Clerk of Court. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 6th day of April, 2010. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Heywood, Cari & Anderson, S.C., is the creditor’s law firm and is attempting to collect a debt for the creditor. Any information the debtor provides to Heywood, Cari & Anderson, S.C., will be used for that purpose. Heywood, Cari & Anderson, S.C. Attorney for Plaintiff, Samuel R. Cari 816 Dominion Dr., Suite 100, P.O. Box 125 Hudson, WI 54016 518562 (715) 386-5551 WNAXLP


Burnett County Sheriff’s Department

Regular route and substitute school bus drivers are needed. A CDL with school bus endorsement is required to drive a school bus. For more information, please contact the Transportation Director, Brian Sears, at 715-866-4281, ext. 336 or Applications are available at the Administration office or online at 519384 1-2L Deadline is September 3, 2010.

At Town Hall of Meenon, Aug. 28, 2010, 8 a.m.-noon. At Town Hall of Siren, Sept. 4, 2010, 8 a.m.-noon. At Town of Sand Lake, at town shop on Dongola Rd., Sept. 11, 2010, 8 a.m.-noon. Electronics, Scrap Metal, Appliances They do not take TVs or computer monitors. Questions, call 715-631-2068


Burnett County is accepting applications to establish an employment register for the position of Deputy Sheriff in the Sheriff’s Department. This employment register will be utilized to fill vacancies during the next twelve months. Minimum qualifications include: • Twenty-one years of age and United States Citizen. High School Diploma. • Associate Degree or minimum of 60 college credits, in the following areas: Police Science/Protective Services, Criminal Justice, or related field. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. • Eligible for certification by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. • No felony, extensive misdemeanor, or domestic abuse convictions. • Ability to possess a firearm. • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license with good driving record. • Appointee must reside in Burnett County within thirty days of completing probationary period. The selection process may include a written exam, oral interview, background investigation, medical and psychological evaluation, and drug and alcohol screening. The beginning salary is $18.80 per hour plus an excellent fringe benefit package. For further information and application material contact the Burnett County Administration/Human Resources Office, Burnett County Government Center - Room #190, 7410 County Road K, #116, Siren, WI 54872 ( or Phone 715-349-2181, Fax: 715-349-2180. Applications accepted until 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2010. 519652 1-2L 43a,b,c AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

HELP WANTED Part-Time Proofreader (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

(Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY North American Banking Company, Plaintiff, vs. Cascade Falls, LLC and Commerce Financial Group, Inc., Defendants Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 10 CV 190 Hon. Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 10th day of June, 2010, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: September 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1, Polk County Certified Survey Map No. 4970, of Part of Outlot 114, Outlot Plat to the Village of Osceola, and of Part of Lot 5, Block 17, Original Plat to the Village of Osceola, and of Lot 6, Block 17, Original Plat of the Village of Osceola, located in the Northwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 33 North, Range 19 West, Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 101-105 Cascade Street, Osceola, WI. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI Stein & Moore, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 332 Minnesota St., Ste. W-1650 St. Paul, MN 55101 (651) 224-9683 518176 WNAXLP

(And Possibly Mondays During The Summer and Fill In When Needed on Thursdays and Fridays)

Seeking a dependable, quick learner to fill an opening in our Graphics Production Department. Must be able to follow directions and work under deadline pressures. Must be able to work extended hours as necessary to meet deadlines. Attention to detail, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills required. A test will be given. Some benefits.

If interested, please send resume to Human Resource Department.


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(Aug. 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION 444 South Broadway Menomonie, WI 54751, Plaintiff, vs. MARY B. GRASKI 127 45th Avenue Clayton, WI 54004, and ANDREW T. GRASKI 1091 110th Avenue Amery, WI 54001, Defendant. Case No.: 09 CV 986 Code: 30404 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of an pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 13, 2010, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam Lake, in said Polk County, on September 29, 2010, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Part of the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4) of the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4), Section Five (5), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of that parcel described in Volume 461 of Records, Page 141, Document #422429; thence North along the West line of said parcel 13 rods; thence West approximately 9.5 rods to the East line of that parcel recorded in Volume 367 Records, Page 507 as Document #359534; thence South along the East line of said parcel 13 rods; thence East approximately 9.5 rods to the Point of beginning. PIN NO.: 032-00109-0000 The above property is located at 1091 110th Avenue, Amery, WI 54001. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 9th day of August, 2010. Timothy Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Schofield, Higley & Mayer, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Offices, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751 715-235-3939 519059 WNAXLP

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(July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY First Bank of Baldwin, WI 54002 990 Main Street Baldwin, WI 54002 Plaintiff, vs. Travis W. Olson 432 95th Avenue Clayton, WI 54004 and Jody L. Olson 220 Prentice St., #3 Clayton, WI 54004 Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 09-CV-962 Case Code 30404 (Foreclosure of Mortgage) The Amount Claimed Exceeds $5,000.00

303 North Wis. Ave., P.O. Box 490 • Frederic, WI 54837

715-327-4236 • Fax 715-327-4870

NOTICE OF MEETING OF BOARD OF REVIEW TOWN OF MILLTOWN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of Review for the Town of Milltown, will meet at the MILLTOWN FIRE HALL, on Saturday, September 18, 2010, from 8 to 10 a.m., for the purpose of reviewing and examining the assessment roll of the real estate and personal property therein, and correcting errors in said roll whether in description of property or otherwise and to perform such other duties as imposed by law. Please be advised on the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review to testify to the Board or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. Virgil Hansen Town Clerk 519680 1-3L 43-45a,d WNAXLP Town of Milltown


(Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of Kayeleen Georgian Ryan By Jacqueline Kaye Campbell Name and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 10 CV 605 NOTICE IS GIVEN A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Kayeleen Georgiana Ryan To: Kayeleen Georgiana Campbell Birth Certificate: Kayeleen Georgiana Ryan IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Molly E. GaleWyrick, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Br. 1, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, October 1, 2010, 3 p.m. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: Notice of this hearing shall be given by publication as a Class 3 notice for three (3) weeks in a row prior to the date of the hearing in the Inter-County Leader newspaper published in Frederic, Polk County, State of Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge August 18, 2010

(Aug. 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Litton Loan Servicing, LP, as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the Certificate Holders of CWALT, Inc. Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2003-19CB Plaintiff, vs. ALLAN L. OPITZ, et al Defendants Case No: 09 CV 917 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 12, 2010, in the amount of $120,398.51, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: October 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: At 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 9, plat of Jenson’s Butternut Acres, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: A nonexclusive easement for ingress and egress and lake access over the east 24 feet of Lot 23, plat of Jenson’s Butternut Acres. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1514 Lake Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00413-0000. Dated this 10th day of August, 2010. /s/ Sheriff Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. (731443)

(Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8, 2010) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Discover Bank Discover Bank Melville, NY 11747 Plaintiff, vs. Carla Heinrichs 1314 310th Ave. (Frederic), P.O. Box 287 Siren, WI 54872 Defendant(s). SUMMONS Case Code: 30301 Case No. 10CV565 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as a Defendant(s): You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within forty (40) days of August 25, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff Clerk of Circuit Court, 1005 West Main Street, Ste. 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Messerli & Kramer, P.A., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250, Plymouth, MN 55441. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. MESSERLI & KRAMER, P.A. Amanda E. Prutzman, #1060975 3033 Campus Drive, Suite 250 Plymouth, Minnesota 55441 Phone: 763-548-7900 519601 Fax: 763-548-7922 WNAXLP

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(Aug. 25, Sept. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of Nickolaus Patrick Ryan By Jacqueline Kaye Campbell Name and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 10 CV 606 NOTICE IS GIVEN A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Nickolaus Patrick Ryan To: Nickolaus Patrick Campbell Birth Certificate: Nickolaus Patrick Ryan IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Molly E. GaleWyrick, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Br. 1, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, October 1, 2010, 3:15 p.m. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: Notice of this hearing shall be given by publication as a Class 3 notice for three (3) weeks in a row prior to the date of the hearing in the Inter-County Leader newspaper published in Frederic, Polk County, State of Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge August 18, 2010 519671


Notices/Employment Opportunity School District of Grantsburg 480 E. James Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840

NOTIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Grantsburg Elementary School and Nelson Primary

Date: August 16, 2010 Title of Position: AmeriCorps Volunteer Member 50% Responsibilities: Tutoring students grades K-3 Recruit and manage volunteers for tutoring and service-learning activities. Coordinate service-learning projects. Hours: 900 hours during the 2010-11 school year, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., M-F, the days students are present. Rate of Pay: AmeriCorps members are paid throught the Department of Public Instruction and will receive approximately $297.48 every two weeks. Upon successful completion of service the part-time member will also receive an education award of $2,675 which can be used for tuition at an institution of higher learning or to pay off qualified student loans. Basic single health insurance is available. Requirements: H.S. Diploma is required, additional education is preferable. Experience working with children is preferred. Closing date for applications is August 30, 2010. Contact for this position is Katie Coppenbarger, Elementary 519190 52-1L Principal. (Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT ST. CROIX COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, a Minnesota banking corporation, 304 Cascade Street, P.O. Box 188, Osceola, WI 54020, Plaintiff, vs. PATRICK C. COLLOVA and LAURIE J. COLLOVA, husband and wife, 715 West Shore Drive, Somerset, WI 54025; PC COLLOVA BUILDERS, INC., a Minnesota corporation, 12555 Keller Ave. N., Hugo, MN 55038; THE COLLOVA REVOCABLE TRUST DATED NOVEMBER 18, 2002, PATRICK C. COLLOVA and LAURIE J. COLLOVA, TRUSTEES, 715 West Shore Drive, Somerset, WI 54025; ST. CROIX COUNTY ASSESSOR, c/o St. Croix County Treasurer 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson, WI 54016 JENNIFER L. LAVENTURE AND GERALD J. LAVENTURE, 663 – 236th Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017; CODY PLUMBING, INC., 101 Packer Drive, Roberts, WI 54023, Defendants. Case No.: 09 CV 1480 Polk County Case No.: 2010TJ000015 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a judgment of foreclosure was entered on March 24, 2010, and an order for judgment reducing the redemption period set forth in the March 24, 2010, Order to two months was entered on June 23, 2010, in the aboveentitled matter. Said judgment of foreclosure is in the following amount: $1,894,792.98 on 92047 Note, which note is secured by Mortgage-2, Mortgage-3 and Mortgage-4. Pursuant to the above-referenced judgment of foreclosure, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 22, 2010, 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 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. Mortgage-2: DESCRIPTION: Lots One (1) and Two (2) of CSM No. 3857, recorded in Volume 17 of CSMs, Page 120 as Doc. No. 639661, being a part of Lot One (1) of CSM No. 1251, recorded in Vol. 6 of CSMs, Page 67, as Doc. No. 459608 and part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of SW 1/4), Section Thirty-five (35), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 29 and XXX State Road 35, Osceola, Wisconsin, 54020. (PIN Nos. 022-00778-0000 and 02200778-0200) DESCRIPTION: Mortgage-3: Lot Thirty-two (32) Cattail Coulee, Town of Farmington, Polk, County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 200 260th Street, Osceola, Wisconsin, 54020. DESCRIPTION: Mortgage-4: Lot Four (4) Belmont Addition to the Village of Osceola, located in part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of SE 1/4), Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 401 A Smith Avenue, Osceola, Wisconsin, 54020. Timothy Moore 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. 518003 WNAXLP

TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING September 8, 2010 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 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. Terry Peer requests a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to have a marine sales and repair store in the Commercial District. The property address is 1956 U.S. Hwy. 8 Peer Ave., St. Croix Falls, WI. The property is located in Section 35, the parcel number is 04400971-0200. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 519870 WNAXLP 1-2L


Regular Meeting - Mon., July 19, 2010 The President, Mr. Nelson, called the regular meeting of the Frederic School District Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010, in the 7 - 12 School, Room 107. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Engen, Mr. Holicky, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. Administration present: Mr. Draxler, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Tischer. Motion Engen/Matz that this meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 5-0. Agenda item 5-A - 4K classroom maintenance was moved to the beginning of the meeting. Mrs. Hansford presented the following request to the Board: Cut an opening in the block wall between the two elementary classrooms which would create room for all of the educational centers for the 4K prorgram Motion Matz/Engen to approve the 6-21-10, regular meeting minutes (with corrections) and the 6-28-10, (with corrections) special meeting minutes. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson provided a summary of the 6-21-10, closed session minutes. Motion Matz/Holicky to approve the 5-17-10, and 5-25-10, closed session minutes. Motion carried 5-0. The invoices for June 2010 were presented as follows: Regular invoices (#8302-8349 & 38464-38519)..............$384,797.40 Payroll account................................................................$236,801.38 Motion Amundson/Matz to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Engen presented receipts for June 2010, totaling $834,187.28. Mr. Tischer reviewed the 2009-2010 budget. The administration presented building and district reports. Reports were submitted and presented by food service, and buildings and grounds. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the following Board policy: Student Injury Costs. Motion carred 5-0. Motion Matz/Engen to approve a contract for Troy Wink as Director of Athletics. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Amundson/Matz to approve a contract with St. Croix Regional Medical Center for an athletic training service contract for 200 days. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the Elementary Staff and Student Handbooks, and the 7-12 Staff and Student Handbooks. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the Bullying Policy as presented. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Holicky/Matz to approve a 66.30 Agreement with Luck School District for the Spanish instructor. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Matz/Holicky to approve a donation of $500 to the Polk County Family Preservation and Support Project. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson announced to members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of negotiations and personnel matters. Mr. Nelson informed the Board that the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s. 19.85 (1)(c)(f)(i) of the WI Statutes. Motion Matz/Amundson to adjourn to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time: 8:50 p.m. The regular meeting reconvened at 10:55 p.m. Motion Matz/Holicky to approve a contract with Staci Lemieux as head volleyball coach. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Matz/Engen to approve Ian Karl and Eric Olson as cocross-country coaches. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Matz/Engen to adjourn. Motion carried. Time: 11 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk


Special Meeting - Thurs., July 22, 2010 The President, Mr. Nelson, called a special meeting of the Frederic School District Board of Education to order at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in the 7 - 12 School, Room 107. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Engen, Mr. Holicky, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. Administration present: Mr. Tischer. Motion Matz/Holicky that this meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve a 5-cent increase for milk and juice (30¢ each) for the 2010-11 school year. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson announced to members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of negotiations. Mr. Nelson informed the Board that the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s. 19.85(1)(c)(f)(i) of the WI Statutes. Motion Amundson/Matz to adjourn to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time: 7:40 p.m. The regular meeting reconvened at 8:25 p.m. Motion Holicky/Engen to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0. Time: 8:26 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 519549 1L


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Agenda 1. Call to order and seek approval of the agenda - Robert Clifton. 2. Consideration of previous minutes - LeRoy Buck. 3. Presentation of vouchers - Amy Dueholm. 4. Treasurer’s Report - Amy Dueholm. 5. Recognition of guests or delegates. A. Student representative. 6. Administrative Reports. A. Mr. Palmer B. Mr. Gobler. C. Mrs. Goldbach. 7. New Business A. Recommendation for Jr. High football coaches (Jacque Hawkins & Chip Lindquist). B. Approval of volunteer volleyball coach (Jen Nelson). C. Approval of head girls basketball coach (Marty Messar). D. Discussion on New Federal Education Job Law funding. E. Possible ratification of contract with NUE. F. Possible ratification of Administrative contracts depending on NUE contract action. G. Approve 66:30 agreement with Insight School of Grantsburg. H. Any other business that may properly come before the Board. 8. Motion to convene into executive session per WI Statute 19.85(1) if clarification or discussion is needed on items 7E and F. 9. Reconvene to open session; Action on 7E or F if needed. 10. Motion to adjourn. 519485 1L

The School District of St. Croix Falls is now accepting applications for substitute bus drivers. Applicants must have a CDL with school bus and passenger endorsement or the ability to obtain one. Interested applicants can contact Steve Leslie at 715-483-2507, ext. 1500 or fill out an application at and return to P.O. Box 130, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, Attn. Steve 519682 1L Leslie.


Public Test Town Hall Thurs., Sept. 9, 2010 10 a.m.

Notice is given to perform a public test of the Edge Voting System at the Eureka Town Hall. 519715 1L 43a,d WNAXLP

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SIREN NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH & BREAKFAST PROGRAMS, SPECIAL MILK PROGRAM The School District of Siren today announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free and reduced price meals. FAMILY SIZE INCOME SCALE For Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals or Milk Family

(Household) Size


Must be at or below figure listed

1 $14,079 2 18,941 3 23,803 4 28,665 5 33,527 6 38,389 7 43,251 8 48,113 for each additional household member, add +4,862

Must be at or between figures listed

$14,079.01 & 18,941.01 & 23,803.01 & 28,665.01 & 33,527.01 & 38,389.01 & 43,251.01 & 48,113.01 &


Must be at or below figure listed

Must be at or between figures listed

$20,036 26,955 33,874 40,793 47,712 54,631 61,550 68,469

$1,174 1,579 1,984 2,389 2,794 3,200 3,605 4,010

$1,174.01 & 1,579.01 & 1,984.01 & 2,389.01 & 2,794.01 & 3,200.01 & 3,605.01 & 4,010.01 &

$1,670 2,247 2,823 3,400 3,976 4,553 5,130 5,706

+ 4,862 & +6,919


+ 406 &


Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school (unless notified at the start of the school year that children are eligible through direct certification). Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school and the food service office. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. To obtain free or reduced price meals for children in a household where one or more household members receive FoodShare, FDPIR or Wisconsin Works (W-2) cash benefits, list the household member and the FoodShare, FDPIR or W-2 case number, list the names of all schoolchildren, sign the application and return it to the school office. For the school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals of households not receiving FoodShare, FDPIR or W-2 cash benefits, the household must provide the following information requested on the application: names of all household members and the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application. In lieu of a Social Security number, the household may indicate that the signer does not possess a Social Security number. Also, the income received by each household member must be provided by amount and source (wages, welfare, child support, etc.). Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy, Deborah Jaskolka, Food Service Manager, will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he/she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. If the parent/guardian wishes to make a formal appeal, he/she may make a request either orally or in writing to: Mr. Scott Johnson, District Administrator, 24022 4th Ave. and 715-349-7263. If a hearing is needed to appeal the decision, the policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make the household eligible for reduced price meals or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, and they may reapply at that time. In certain cases foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information. The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Public Law 103-448 does authorize the release of student free and reduced price school meal eligibility status to persons directly connected with the administration and enforcement of federal or state educational programs. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office or Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-7206382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Any questions regarding the application should be directed to the determining official. The School Distract of Siren is an equal opportunity employer/educator and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, nation origin or handicap. 519720 1L WNAXLP

Pursuant to s70.45, Wis. Stats., the assessment roll for the 2007 assessment year will be open for examination at the following time: Wednesday, September 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Milltown Fire Hall At the open book session, instructional information and objection forms will be available. These documents will assist with scheduling a hearing before the Board of Review. The assessor will be present and available to answer questions at the open book. Keep in mind that objection forms must be filed with the clerk of the Board of Review at least 48 hours before the Board of Review is conducted, unless the Board of Review chooses to waive this requirement. Virgil Hansen, Town Clerk 519678 1-3L 43-45a,d WNAXLP Town of Milltown


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Open book for the Town of Clam Falls will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the town hall. The tax roll will be available for your review, and the assessor will be present to answer your questions and concerns. Betty Knutson, Clerk For the Town Board


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Clam Falls of Polk County shall hold its first meeting on the Wednesday, September 15, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clam Falls Town Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board of Review by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board of Review final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board of Review about the person’s objection, except at a session of the board of Review. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board of Review by telephone, or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board of Review, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board of Review during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board of Review members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board of Review, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the objector using the income method unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The Town of Clam Falls has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exemptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Section 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. The Board of Review shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board of Review a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Please contact Betty Knutson, Clerk, 3335-90th St., Frederic, WI 54837 (telephone: 715-653-4206 (home) or 715327-4807 (work), at least 48 hours before the meeting of the Board of Review stating your intention to file a written objection to the assessment. If the clerk is not available, please leave a message on the answering machine stating your name, address, telephone number and your intention to file a written objection to the assessment. Respectfully submitted, Town of Clam Falls Betty Knutson, Clerk 519834 WNAXLP 1L 43a

(Aug. 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, Plaintiff, vs. JOHN M. CLARK, DIANE C. CLARK, Defendants. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA c/o U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Added Defendant. Case No. 10 CV 335 Foreclosure of Mortgage 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure in the amount of $135,336.74 entered by the court on July 9, 2010, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real estate: Block 4, Staffenson’s addition to the City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, except all that part of block 4 of Staffenson’s addition to the City of Amery lying south of a line described as follows: Commencing at a point on the east line of said block 4, Midway between point where the north and south ends of said block line intersects with the edge of a Apple River, thence in a westerly direction at right angles to said block line to the edge of the Apple River; together with the right to use the east 30 feet of said block 4 from Winchester Street to the above-described parcel for roadway purposes. TAX KEY NO. 201-710-0 STREET ADDRESS: 263 Winchester, Amery, WI 54001 PLACE OF SALE: Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI DATE & TIME OF SALE: October 12, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. Property is sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, including but not limited to unpaid and accrued real estate taxes, special assessments and other governmental charges, plus interest and penalties, if any. 2. A bid deposit of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid amount shall be due in the form of cash, cashier’s check or certified funds at the time of sale. 3. Successful bidder to pay the entire unpaid balance of bid within ten (10) days following confirmation of the sale by the court plus buyer to pay for buyer’s title insurance, document recording fees and Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. 4. Failure to make timely payment following confirmation of sale will result in forfeiture of bid deposit. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County Law Offices of James E. Huismann, S.C. N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr. Suite 120 Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 (262) 523-6400


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Before and after the storm

This summer has produced a variety of dramatic scenes in the sky. Marlys Berg of Cushing submitted these two photos taken July 27, the night two tornadoes occurred in Polk County. The photo at left is of storm clouds overlooking the Berg home (on 240th Street) and the rainbow is looking at the sky facing south down 240th Street toward Cushing after the storm. - Photos by Marlys Berg

Quilt auction

Lynnae Berg purchased this black walnut chest made by Scott Roberts of Luck (right).

Luther Point Bible Camp Executive Director Craig Corbin is shown with summer staff members Greta Nelson and Kristen Pottratz as auctioneer Tom Rusk sells one of many handcrafted quilts up for sale at the 22nd-annual craft and quilt auction held Saturday, Aug. 14. - Special photos

The many handmade, donated quilts were on display prior to the auction.


Webster Police Department annual bike rodeo

ABOVE: The annual bike rodeo sponsored by the Webster Police Department was held during Gandy Dancer Days on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Webster Fire Hall. Sixty-eight children participated in the event, each receiving a new bike helmet. The children and their families were also treated to hot dogs, chips and pop. Drawings for 27 bicycles were held with children not winning a bike all taking home a prize. Volunteers and bike winners posed for a group photo after the rodeo.Volunteers from the Webster Police Department were Police Chief Mike Spafford and Deputy Derek Peterson, from the Webster Fire Department, Norm Bickford, Jeremy Hollis, Ben Weis and Ron Johnson, and community volunteers Kim Burdick and Charles Scott.

RIGHT: Andrew Klopp, who was visiting Webster from Baldwin, grinned as he got ready to ride around the safety course set up at the Webster Police Department’s bike rodeo. Klopp was the lucky winner of one of 27 bicycles given away at the annual event held on Aug. 14 at the Webster Fire Station.

FAR RIGHT: Zachary Heinecke, 2-1/2 years old, of Webster, was just big enough to take a turn around the bike rodeo safety course set up at the Webster Fire Station during Gandy Dancer Days last weekend in Webster. Over 60 children participated in the popular annual event which is sponsored by the Webster Police Department.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Local artists paint murals for new Superior Caribbean restaurant by Nancy Jappe Leader staff reporter SUPERIOR – “Becky and Jenny have painted more than we could ever expect from any artist,” said Superior restaurant owner Bob Gellatly. Gellatly was referring to Becky Fender, Webster, and Jenny Goalen, Grantsburg, two local artists who have been painting wall murals for Gel-

latly and his wife, Penny’s, new Superior restaurant, Marlee’s Caribbean Restaurant. “They are incredible, with so much talent,” Gellatly went on. “They were fun to have around. To watch them is just amazing. Once you see it in person you, too, will be just awwwwwed!” The new restaurant is located at 525

A beach scene, done on the wall of Marlee’s Caribbean Restaurant in Superior. – Photos submitted

Jenny Goalen, Grantsburg, works on a wall mural.

Tower Ave., a building that was previously Mama Goetz’s Restaurant and, before that, the Berger Hardware building. It opens Monday, Aug. 30, with a grand opening scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Takeouts will be available. The menu includes

many different Caribbean/Cajun entrees. “They both have an eye for art,” Gellatly said in referring to the work done by Fender and Goalen. “The painting will be talked about over every single dinner or drink.”




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Cora and Jessica's Big Adventure

Girl Scout program provides Webster siblings with “experience of lifetime” in Costa Rica

Editor’s note: Cora and Jessica Bauer of Webster each received a Girl Scout Silver Award. In 2008, they received a Gold Award and the last two years they have been doing community service in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This year, at the Girl Scout Court of Awards, two Girl Scout VIPs and state Rep. Ann Hraychuck awarded the sisters with the Girl Scout Community Service Award. The following story, written by Cora, chronicles how the Girl Scout Underwater Explorer prgram offered them “the experience of a lifetime.”

by Cora Bauer Special to the Leader WEBSTER - About nine years ago, Jess and I developed the dream that before we finished our last year as Girl Scouts, we would go on a trip. The Girl Scouts’ Underwater Explorers program described what we would like to do; learning culture, history and its regions, experiencing the sea adventure and The Girls Scouts’ Underwater Explorers program offered Cora and Jessica Bauer of Webster, staying with Mestizo (mes-tee-zo) families as well as other Girl Scouts, the opportunity of a lifetime to help people in Costa Rica and in the middle of the jungle while partici- Panama and have some fun as well. - Photos submitted pating in cultural and adventure activities. We were offered the experience of a life- camp in San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa There were many trips to choose from, time, through Girl Scouts. Rica. It took a day riding a bus to get back we wanted a trip where we could help to Costa Rica. The first day back we went people and have fun. This trip wasn’t just First week shopping at their 100-year-old marketabout us; it was about two different The first week we were in Bocas del place. It was a lot of fun, but we realized groups of people that need help. Toro, Panama, we learned about reef and we should have taken a Spanish class incoastal ecology, helping with the local stead of French and German. Everyone there was very friendly and Guaymi (gaw-mee) indigenous tribes. We had to take a boat to get to the Guaymi helpful, and we had the opportunity to exSchool. There we spent a day teaching and perience the vibrant culture of San Jose playing sports with the children. We during a city tour. We spent a day on a zip taught and played volleyball, basketball, line – an unforgettable canopy tour of the baseball, tennis and soccer. The children Central Valley region. We are both are afraid of heights, but there are already experienced at soccer. We taught and played games like: duck- were encouraged to try. We are so happy duck-goose, double Dutch jump rope and we did, it was a lot of fun going over the showed the children how to take pictures, mountains, treetops and the rivers. use a camera and show them the pictures. We also helped families who needed glasses by having them try on different glasses that we donated. During our stay in Panama, we worked on our scuba certification, went snorkeling in the coral reef, tried wakeboarding and sailed on a catamaran. We saw a lot of wildlife like dolphins and reptiles. We spent a day helping with a food drive. The parents would come to the school to get bags of food and some would stay and eat with their children. We also helped fill up their water purification system which consists of a large container that collects rainwater. Jess and I slept in tents in a hut (no walls), and used an outhouse. We washed our dishes in the ocean. There was no running water like we have at home. This was a reality check on how much we have and we are very thankful for what we have. The Guaymi is a poor tribe, and here we A two-day hike in the rain forest in Costa got a chance to do meaningful service as Rica by land and by zip-lining from tree to tree well as get a once-in-a-lifetime cultural exCora and Jessica and other Scouts was part of the Girl Scout experience Cora perience. Guaymi School in Panama. and Jessica Bauer took part in. On the second week, we were in a base

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Scuba diving was part of the Girl Scout Destinations Underwater Explorer program, with both Cora and Jessica getting Scuba certified in the Carribean waters of Panama. Rain-forest hike We took a two-day hike in the rain forest, saw a lot of wildlife and crossed rivers. It was a great time. We offered our help to the Mestizo families, hoping to make a difference while learning their culture. Mestizo means mixed, as in mixedrace people. Webster’s dictionary defines mestizo as “a person of mixed blood; a person of mixed Spanish and Amerindian blood.” A big ship brought us to a lagoon and we spent a day whitewater rafting before hiking back to camp. Our last day was getting ready for our trip home. Jess and I made new friends and loved the experience we encountered. We had and experience and adventure that we will never forget and have great respect for different cultures. The experience was made possible by the Girl Scouts, through grants we received and by the Siren Lions and Lioness clubs and the Webster Lioness Club. We have a great community and we feel happy we were able to help others on this See Costa Rica, page 2

spent time with schoolchildren at the


Ignite concert

Superchick was the headliner band that performed at the Ignite concert in the band shell at Crooked Lake Park, Siren, Saturday, Aug. 21. This was the third year that this Christian-based youth concert was held in the park. The first year the Siren Police Department had three officers on duty, the second year two, the third year one, knowing they didn’t have to worry about the unruliness of this crowd of young people. – Photos by Cat McConnell

ABOVE AND BELOW: The Jeremy Sanoski Band from the Twin Cities was the opening band to perform during the Ignite concert in the band shell at Crooked Lake Park Saturday night, drawing a group of young people close to the stage for a better view.

Jason Strand, a teaching pastor from Eaglebrook Church in Minnesota and a former youth pastor, A crowd of mostly young people was having a great time at the Ignite concert in gave a message to the young peoCrooked Lake Park this past Saturday evening. The Christian-based concert is designed ple gathered for the Ignite concert to promote a Christian worldview, with the vision of having entire communities changed in Crooked Lake Park Saturday, Aug. 21. through the lives of those who attend. – Photos by Nancy Jappe unless otherwise noted

Costa Rica/from page 1 trip. There is no better way to start understanding an individual than to start with their society and culture to understand how they are affected and influenced by their environment.

Promise and law The values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law are at the heart of the entire Girl Scout program. Through the values inherent in promise and law, girls form their own beliefs and values, learn to consider

Cora and Jessica Bauer visited the Siren Lioness to speak about their recent trip to the Republic of Panama. Cora, Jessica and 14 other young people were part of the Outward Bound program that went to Panama for two weeks to experience the culture and customs and to help out at the local orphanage and school there. The girls passed photos, and gave a commentary of their trip which was in part financed by a contribution from the Siren Lioness. With Cora and Jessica are Lioness Joan Chapman, socials and programs chair, and club President Lioness Marilyn Lemieux. - Photo submitted

Cora poses with a student at the Guaymi School.

ethical aspects of situations, and are committed to social justice and community service and action. The values are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people, and the law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world. My sister and I have volunteered at the Webster Fire Department and the cham-

ber of commerce, we stuffed over 900 envelopes for tourism, helped the Interfaith church group with coat drives, setting up for their garage sale, and helping with a fundraiser they had and we have made food/meals for the elderly. The Webster Lioness Club asked for help and we took part in food drives and helped the local humane society. We saw a need to do something for the soldiers in Iraq and organized the Webster and Siren

grade schoolers to make Christmas cards for the soldiers. Red Cross helped us get the cards to the soldiers. We greeted and welcome backed soldiers at the airport in the Twin Cities. We heard a need for knitted hats for the soldiers and organized a group and learned, ourselves, to knit hats. We’ve also enjoyed helping out other Girl Scout troops, and the Girl Scout Council.

Annual harvest festival to be held

GRANTSBURG – The end of a glorious summer will be marked by the Harvest Festival to be held by the Immaculate Conception Church in Grantsburg. The festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 12, at the church on Hwy. 70, beginning at 11 a.m. and serving till 2 p.m. The festival will be preceded by Mass at 10 a.m. featuring special music by Gary and Pat Fender and Cathy Tweet. The Men’s Club will be grilling chicken and ham. The festival will feature a raffle, large bounce castle for the kids and a Bid or No Bid cash prize game for the adults. Games and prizes will provide fun for all ages. There will also be a country store and farmers market, crafts and baked goods. Entertainment will include outdoor music by Gary Fender and The Good Timers. “This year’s festival promises to be a great time for the community,” says Mike Myers, festival chair. “The Harvest Festival is organized and run by the entire parish. The participation makes it fun and meaningful for all,” added Myers. Mike Cole (co-chair) added that it will be fun to meet and greet the past parishioners returning for this event. The price of the chicken and ham dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 6 to 11 (free for 5 and under). Dinner includes beverage and all the fixings, including homemade pie. Express carryouts will be available. For more information about the festival, please contact Mike Myers at 715-431-0352 or Mike Cole at 715-463-2688. - submitted

When Jim walked into the office, he knew something was up. Joe Roberts There was a message on his desk that the boss wanted to see him as soon as he arrived. The boss didn’t look very happy when Jim reported to his office. The older man didn’t say anything, he just pointed at the newspaper on his desk. It was opened to the sports page, and there was a picture of a smiling Jim, holding up the trophy for winning the local golf tournament the day before. “I just checked. You called in sick yesterday!” the boss said. “What if everybody just claimed to be sick and took off whenever they wanted to? What do you have to say for yourself?” There was a moment of silence in the big corner office, until Jim finally spoke up, “I was really surprised to win the tournament, sir. I have never played that well. Think of the score I could have had if I hadn’t been sick!” ••• There was a family that had a parrot that was always embarrassing them by cussing and other stuff like that. So one day the boy took the parrot and stuck him in the freezer. Two hours later the squawking stopped. The kid checked the freezer and the parrot said, “OK I’ll stop cussing, but I have one question.” The boy said, “What is it?” The parrot asked, “What did the turkey do?” ••• Two Minnesota hunters were driving through the country in Wisconsin to go bear hunting. They came to a fork in the road where a sign read “bear left” so they went home.

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Doc talk Communicating effectively with

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your doctor is critically important and often difficult to achieve. The patient may find it difficult to dis- John W. Ingalls cuss personal and sometimes embarrassing circumstances. The individual may also find it hard to describe their problems in medical terminology so they use common terms, frequently slang but colorful and sometimes they use symbols such as #%&%$#@*!!! Women are much more detailed when describing their symptoms. If a woman was explaining how she broke her toe it may go like this. “I was painting my nails a new color called Tango-Mango and I decided to get up and make myself a cup of green tea. I think green tea is good for you, don’t you think so? Anyway as I walked around the coffee table I stopped to pick up a copy of my Macy’s spring catalog. I stepped on the dog’s tail and he jumped up. I didn’t want him to scratch or smear the Tango-Mango nail polish so I shoved my foot under the table and hit the leg of the table with my toe. It immediately turned a reddish purple color like a dress I saw at the after Christmas sale at Bloomingdales last year.” I almost never have to ask for more details in these circumstances. Men rarely give details and rarely think there is anything wrong. Most of the time a man is accompa-


I had my friend Andy over last week. Andy is my oldest friend, a term he does not like, as it could be interpreted to mean he is very old (and he is older than me—by Carrie Classon one year). But he is really my oldest friend because I have known him since I was 15. I invited him over, which was a good thing because, unless I have company, I tend not to notice that the harmless little dust bunnies (the inevitable result of pet ownership) have morphed into mutant dust buffalo and are roaming freely down the hall and congregating in corners and behind doors. I was herding these prolific beasts when it occurred to me that Andy would not likely notice the dust and, if he did, he wouldn’t care. Andy is a bachelor and a self-described curmudgeon with an enormous heart. Our friendship has endured more than 30 years and numerous moves across the country and overseas. It has lasted through broken hearts and changed careers and times of confusion and sadness. Andy has always been there with a sensible word when nothing seemed to make sense, and helped me find my way when the way looked terribly murky. He has always done this and he has always made me laugh. We have a shared history that started the afternoon I emptied a tube of toothpaste on his head to get his attention (I was bored, he was busy) and has continued through the decades. We have rarely gone longer than a week or two without contact, even when I lived in Africa and communication was more difficult. I have been blessed with wonderful friends. It has been important to me, as my life changed, to make new friends that could share in these changes. I’ve

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made a lot of new friends but, as the old rhyme goes, one is silver and the other’s gold. Andy remembers the dog I grew up with before she went blind. He remembers me from before I went to college, before I was married, before I was divorced. He remembers how my father called him “the freeloader” because he always showed up at my parents’ house right before mealtime. Andy generally knows what I am thinking more clearly than I know myself and always states it more bluntly. A good friend is like a compass, he won’t tell me where to go, but he’ll remind me what direction I’m headed if I take the time to consult him. Andy is always honest with me and usually kind (except when he is really mean—and then he apologizes). After most of the dust buffalo were corralled, Andy came over. We had a nice bottle of white wine with some fresh bread and good vegetables from the garden. We talked about what we were doing, or thinking about doing. I told Andy about some misunderstanding that my beau Daniel and I had recently, and expressed my amazement that Daniel had somehow gotten the wrong end of the stick. “He doesn’t know you’re a free spirit,” Andy said. I suppose he is right. And the truth is, until Andy said it, I didn’t know I was either. I am always stumbling on things that I would never have known about myself if a good friend hadn’t been there to show me. My eyes are suddenly opened and I see something that I wouldn’t have seen without them. Like dust buffalo, old ideas about myself tend not to get examined—until I see them through the eyes of a good friend. Till next time, —Carrie

133rd Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair begins Thursday, Aug. 26 GRANTSBURG – The 133rd Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair is this Thursday – Sunday, Aug. 26-29, in Grantsburg. Highlights of the fair include a horse show on Thursday evening, which will include games of fun and skill. The show features local riders of all ages, and starts at 6 p.m. Also that evening, music will be in the air or under the tent when Jeff and Gary host karoake. The event begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. They will be there again on Friday night, same time, same place. On Friday, after all the judging, Grandpa Jim’s Animal Farm will open up in the cattle barn. Grandpa Jim and his family will be there with their furry friends Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening and for a while on Sunday afternoon. The grandstand will host the first of two demolition derbies. Friday evening’s event will start at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, it is all about tractors at the fairgrounds. The featured tractor will be the John Deere but the othercolored tractors are invited to come. Tractor games will be held from 9-11:15 a.m., and will be on display until 1:15 p.m. A vintage show of corn cutting and threshing will happen around noon. Concessions will be available at the show.

The fair parade at 1:30 p.m., starting at Memory Lake Park area, will wind its way through town and make its way to the fairgrounds. The tractor pull, featuring modified and stock tractors, will be the grandstand feature of the evening, and starts at 5 p.m. Black Octane, a local rock band, will entertain under the tent. The dance runs from 8:30 p.m. - midnight. This is a free dance. On Sunday, the talent show starts at 1 p.m. A chain saw competition begins at 2 p.m. and sawdust piles for kids 12 and under at 2:30 p.m. The exhibits, including the animals, will be leaving the fairgrounds starting at 4 p.m. Make sure you check out all of the exhibits before they go home. The final show at the grandstand will be the demo derby. It will start at 6 p.m. Earl’s Rides will once again be providing the entertainment on the midway. There will be special prices on Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m. and wristbands on Saturday from 4 – 9 p.m. Remember, the fair is free to get in and free parking, including handicapped spots, so come often and enjoy the last days of summer at the fair. - submitted nied by a note from his wife giving detailed descriptions about that which she is certain the man will never talk about. Sometimes the visit is preceded by a phone call from the wife about MD the note describing her husband’s problems. This doesn’t mean that men don’t care or aren’t aware of medical problems, it means that men communicate differently. I have spent countless hours in boats while fishing with friends. A deep conversation with another man is often limited to a nod, a belch and a couple of grunts. Maybe a passing remark about the weather and “How’s your car running?” and you’ve had a pretty good day. Men understand men just like women understand women only in fewer words. I have been able to use this ability to help understand the problems that men may face when going to the doctor. Men can relate to health issues better when you use common analogies. Men relate to concrete issues. If you can discuss your health issues as if you are describing cars, hunting, fishing, football or golf then you are communicating on a personal level. If a man comes in and gives me a classified ad from the newspaper that reads, “1976 Ford truck with some rust, oil is low, the dipstick is broken and problems with the muffler,” I will know exactly what he is describing. He

is really a middle-aged, blue-collar worker with aching knees that are bothersome but he can live with it, he has troubles with personal issues and wants his prostate checked and a colonoscopy. If he said “The engine starts good but lacks power on the hills,” then I would know that he may have some heart or lung concerns. Simple and straightforward. If men come in for a physical and don’t really have any concerns or a note from a wife then I know that using a golf analogy will likely reveal the true reason for the visit. “How’s your golf game?” “OK but it’s hard to get a good score.” “Problems with your drive?” “Nope, good drive.” “Short game?” “Yep.” “Putter?” You can clearly see that we have dealt with an embarrassing problem with few words and understood perfectly well the man’s concern. Communicating with your doctor is simple and straightforward if you can relate on these levels. Better communication leads to better outcomes and improved patient satisfaction. If you are having trouble describing what concerns you, then try these tricks for better communication. Even if you don’t feel better you might find out a new fishing spot.

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River Road

Rambling through Canada

Ramblings Collected by Russ Hanson

Canadian coins have had a picture of Queen Elizabeth II since the 1950s. She has aged and lost her crown recently, but continues to be revered by Canadians. Shown, Loonie, quarter and dime. – Photos by The Rambler table replied to my question in English. “You have to cut it after the bloom is done, the seed is set, but not dry or it all falls out of the plant. We sell the seed and it is crushed for cooking oil. It is a big crop here. Got really small seeds, but puts on a lot in a good year. Price was great last year, eh?” he turned to the others who nodded in agreement. “Was this a good year?” “Too wet all spring—lots didn’t get their spring wheat in on time. First frost is due soon, so hard to know if the late oats and wheat will make it. Lots of winter wheat drowned out under water in spring too. Shame too, eh? Prices are up since the Roosians are so dry they quit selling. Those speculators that drive wheat prices up and down every day at the Chicago board of trade ought to be horsewhipped!” I realized they were just regular farmers, like my neighbors back home. We went back to our black toast (you get a choice of black or white toast in most places), bacon and eggs. Toast comes buttered and, at every place, always with a choice of peanut butter or jam packets. Most of the very small-town restaurants were one-person affairs and you picked up the coffeepot and helped yourself and poured the room while at it. We rarely could find a breakfast that didn’t cost $7 each with coffee. Even the huge McDonald’s we stopped in charged $2 each for Margo’s favorite sausage wraps versus a buck in St. Croix Falls. The dollar menu was the $1.39 value menu and only at the bigger McDonald’s. They did have a bacon cheeseburger on the value menu. In Canada it did appear that everything we bought was somewhat more expensive. Every single person we met in Canada was friendly and polite. In the more than 1,000 miles we traveled, there was not a single piece of litter along the road. That may be due to the wide use of recyclable bags at stores, the deposit on drink containers and probably the Canadian general attitude for cleanliness. Driving back into the U.S. in Washington state, my first impressions were the U.S. was messier, dirtier, cheaper and grouchier. We were out of range of U.S. radio along much of the way. Canadian talk/news and call-in radio shows were reasoned, calm and intelligent discussion, with the hosts truly attempting to mediate. The topic of one day was the big ship of Tamil refugees that came into port and what to do with these 400 people, who might include terrorists. The callers were actually trying to solve the problem with their suggestions rather than just ranting. This was true even with the public stations as well as the private ones. American talk/news shows other than the public system seem to be about who can shout crazy exaggerations louder than their competition.

Rather than put both French and English words on road signs, Canadians have resorted to pictures. Can you figure out what is at Ogema, a town where we stayed overnight out on the Saskatchewan prairie?

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In Western Manitoba, eastern and western Saskatchewan, and here and there in Alberta, were clusters of oil wells—hundreds in the space of a few miles, all pumping away. We saw at least a half dozen active drilling rigs putting in new wells. Many of the existing wells looked new. “Since the oil companies have learned how to drill sideways underground, and to pump in the hot water and sand and fracture the oil rocks, they can get it out where it was impossible to get the old ways,” a province park ranger told me. “Lots of money and lots of jobs where they are drilling. Hard to find a place to rent or buy anymore with all the oil people here. Quite a boom for us and North Dakota.” Prices for oil in the $70 range have spurred tremendous growth in Canadian oil exploration. Northern Alberta has huge “oil sands” deposits being steam cleaned to remove the oil. A building controversy between oil supporters and “greens” is ongoing about the damage to environment from the process. It appears that stricter regulations will be added as a compromise. Canada is a huge exporter of energy, especially to the U.S. Canada is more than selfsufficient in food production too. “Don’t like the idea of an Aussie takeover of potash,” a farmer told me one morning at breakfast in rural Saskatchewan. The big news all week on the radio was the offer of an Australian company to buy out the Canadian company mining most of the world’s potash fertilizer. “Why should the profits go to a company over there?” From the Saskatchewan government Web site: “Saskatchewan’s rich potash deposits were discovered in the 1940s. The potash is found in the Prairie Formation, which lies at depths greater than 1,000 metres beneath much of southern Saskatchewan. Its thin underground layers, deposited here by an ancient sea, lie in a band that sweeps southern Saskatchewan from Alberta to the Manitoba border and south to Montana. “The potash reserves in Saskatchewan are massive. By conservative estimates, Saskatchewan could supply world demand at current levels for several hundred years. About two-thirds of the exports go to the U.S., where Saskatchewan potash fills approximately 70 per cent of the market demand.” Gold mining was also picking up on the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies. The price of gold is up in the $1,200 range, bringing abandoned mines back into production and spurring new exploration. We drove through a few towns that were coal mining based too—the underground tunnel type of mining. Canada has only about one-tenth the population of the U.S., about 34 million total. Canada is the second largest country in the world, much of it under water to the north, in huge prairies centrally, in the Rockies in the west and immense forests to the east and far west. Its supply of natural resources of all types is huge! The small population spread over such a huge country has, according to some historians, made Canadians more cooperative in spirit and more inclined to look to the government to help with development and services. Electricity, roads, telephones, radio, TV, industry, health, etc., have been brought to the rural areas though the government as private enterprise did not see profits available. Most small towns on the prairie have as their focal point the co-op grocery and gen-

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eral store; the co-op gas station (fully automated and only available to co-op members), the co-op elevator and feed store. “Co-ops are thriving in the small areas. Can’t get any other business to come in and with no competition give us decent prices. Any profit we make goes back to the patrons in the end,” said the local co-op manager in a town of 50 folks far out into Alberta. Small towns in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, even on the back roads and so empty that the church has been closed, still have their big hockey and curling rinks maintained and used. They keep ice yearround. I asked at lunch one day in the only restaurant in one of these tiny towns how they could afford to keep it open. “There is a big government stimulus package, Recreation Infrastructure Canada, that is investing $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over two years. It paid for getting a new roof on our rink. You have to show that it is being used enough to be worth it. We use the rink and the non-ice area for most of our community events. Lots of curling leagues and lots of hockey leagues, kids to old-timers, men and women, all are on the ice.” The roads were decent. Speed limits were mostly “Maximum 100,” which converts to 62 in miles per hour. When you see a sign that says 25 km to the next town, you use your car speedometer to do an instant conversion—just look at the 25 on the kilometer scale and read up to see it is about 15 miles. Weather is harder to convert. “27 high, 9 low, winds out of the west at 7, pressure 1050 millibars and rising.” The easiest conversion for temperature is your own thermometer with both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales so you can read across to find the other. The U.S. forecast would read “81 for a high, 48 for a low, wind 4 mph, pressure 30.9.” I like Fahrenheit degrees because the are a bigger scale than in Celsius. Going from -0F to 100F, pretty cold to pretty warm in our Wisconsin cabin, seems much more real than going from minus 18C to 38C, what the rest of the world is stuck with. I didn’t even try to bother with converting bushels, acres, pounds, tons, to litres, hectares, kilograms and tonnes. The Canadians along the border area are ambimeasurous and you even see some signs showing both sets of measures in stores. The only shock you get when asking for a pound of sliced ham at the grocery store deli is that it costs $10. Canadians are happy to take our money. Right now a Canadian dollar is running at 98 cents, so a U.S. dollar equal gives them a couple of cents advantage. “Why does every Canadian coin and bill have a picture of Queen Elizabeth II on it?” I asked a fellow camper from Alberta. “Coins and the $20 bill have the queen’s picture. We still recognize the British Royal family as our kings and queens. They don’t really have much role and don’t visit much anymore, but we have a constitutional monarchy that says our government is still connected to the queen. She doesn’t have any real power and we don’t send any money to support the royal family, but it is kind of nice to have them. Our political leaders don’t have to double as movie stars, like Obama, Clinton and the Bushes do in the U.S. By the way, if you look at the old coins you see the queen with her crown and young. Now she is older and without her crown.” Sure enough, she has aged gently from a quite pretty young thing on a 1950s penny to the George Washington look on some loonies and toonies from the 2000s. Coins are 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 cents (the loon on the back of the dollar coin giving its name, with the two dollar coin being the toonie). The silver, gold and copper has been replaced by zinc, bronze and nickel. Bills appear to be the $5, $10, $20, $50 and


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After a week in Canada, we have drifted back into the U.S. and at the time you are reading this, are in Seattle visiting cousin Sally. Canada was interesting. Although much of it was similar to Wisconsin and Minnesota, there were some differences. This week Margo and I will tell you about Canada from our perspective. We crossed the border on Hwy. 59 out of northwestern Minnesota. This is a small border crossing and so there is time to carefully inspect you and your belongings. There was no inspection on the part of the country you are leaving, just the country you are entering. Same was true on the way back in. The guy looked into the trunk and any food to see if we might be bringing plants, plant diseases or bugs or drugs. In Western Canada, we saw lots of warnings not to transport firewood, as Dutch elm disease has not spread there yet, and they still have some marvelous elm lined streets they want to keep. Most of the rest of the trees are ash or cottonwood. Anyway, crossing with passports was not a problem. The into-Canada interrogation went like this: “What gifts are you bringing in?” “Twelve 8-oz. bottles of Wisconsin maple syrup and 8 lbs. of Wisconsin cheese to take cousins in Seattle.” “You’re bringing maple syrup to Canada?” said the guard with disbelief. “Yeah, we make it in Wisconsin every spring. Our cousins like a taste from their grandparents home.” “How long are you staying?” “About a week – camping out in a tent.” “Any liquor or tobacco, drugs or guns?” “No.” “Do you know anyone in Canada?” “Yes, my old girlfriend from college, Annie, lives in Winnipeg.” Looking at my wife, the border guard said to me, “Hope you are not going to go visit her, are you?” “I asked, but she says she will be out of town all of August and maybe more.” “Well, that’s good! Enjoy yourselves!” Southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan are pretty flat and mostly farmland. There are not many corn or soybean fields, probably too cool and dry. Only a few dairy or beef farms, but immense fields of wheat, oats, barley, and some unknown crop. There were vast fields of a greenish, bushy plant that had yellow blooms. Farmers were swathing it with mowers and leaving it in windrows to dry before combining it. I checked the plants and there were seed pods with small round black seeds inside. Didn’t taste like anything much, sort of oily. We always take the back roads rather than the freeways, and pick our breakfast restaurants by the number of pickups parked in front. There is always at least one combined table inside with a group of farmers talking over the crops. The first we found was Cafe Capricorn in Notre Dame de Lourdes. We could overhear the farmers talking, but not clearly. It sounded like a mix of English and French. I tried to translate using the quarter of French I took in school. I got enough to decide they were planning an attack on Chicago. To get more details, I decided to infiltrate, disarming them with a safe question, “We’re tourists from Wisconsin. We’re trying to find out what crop is all around here that is being swathed and is sort of bushy green?” I was careful to pronounce “about” as “abooat” in the Canadian way to show my friendly intentions. “That’s canola,” one of the farmers at the


Being a winner By now, Charles E. Lewis Days and the tent revival

of 2010 are good memories despite being rained on, roasted and half-frozen. We ordered (well, we requested) good weather, but the good Lord is in charge of that. We came away with good music ringing in our ears, inspiration, laughs, meeting good friends and new experiences. I always buy three or four Charles E. Lewis Days buttons and often win a prize. This is not a churchsponsored activity but a community event. One year a pastor thought we were gambling but it is actually a contribution to help finance the weekend celebration and also part of it toward scholarships. Three years ago I won a check for $25 from an auto repair business and I wrote a thank-you. In reply, I learned that this was the man’s first experience of receiving a thank-you for his annual donation. Whether it’s a coffee mug, cap, T-shirt or whatever, might be a good hint to go and do likewise if you’re a winner. Last year I won $25 at a local bank and I put aside the letter of congratulations. If you lay anything down in our house, it has a tendency to disappear. Wouldn’t you know it magically reappeared in July 2010? I took it to the bank and with a sad face I fully expected the clerk to say, “It is too late to redeem this. It is outdated.” But surprisingly, it was still good and I received a $25 Patriot Bond, which will bring $50 at maturity. “How long is this good?” I asked. “Thirty years, “ she said. (I wish I were!) She suggested, “Perhaps you’d like to have a beneficiary?” I thought that was a good idea. I almost hesitate to tell you, but this year I won $25 worth of groceries from a local grocery store. Now I am making out grocery lists. I should get something I don’t usually buy, i.e., bacon to go with all the eggs our chickens lay? A few years back I told a good, Christian lady that I am very lucky. She seemed to disapprove and said, “I don’t believe in luck.” She made it sound like a sin. Well, how about good fortune? I think we are very fortunate to live in America, fortunate to have homes here, and a church where we can worship. After our church fire in 1986 we could have run into opposition and the higher-ups saying, “Lewis doesn’t need a church. You can go to Siren or Frederic.” We took a vote and many of the voters wanted to build new, all on one level to eliminate stairs, a way to save our windows so they would never again be exposed to the outside elements, and eliminate a basement area. We appreciate our drive-through portico at the main door, our convenient kitchen and beautiful sanctuary. If we had a basement, we would have had the sump pumps going after all the recent rains. Quite a few Lewis residents are having that kind of trouble in their own basements these days. I think much of the water here on Bittersweet Ridge Farm runs downhill into the little village of Lewis.

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon August, where are you going? On Wednesday I received a phone call from our church secretary, at work in the Siren church. With a touch of Southern accent, she asked, “Where’s your news for the September newsletter?” I was surprised, “Is it that time already?” “It’s the third week in August?” Unbelievable! What with a rummage sale at church one weekend and Charles E. Lewis/tent revival another weekend, we’ve been a little bit busy. Once you retire, something happens to time. It speeds up! It vanishes, disappears, melts away. My goodness, school just let out in June and the summer left. Poof! In the blink of an eye. I wish it could back up to May and take it from lilac time to corn-on-the-cob days. We need a nice, leisurely rerun. Come on summer. Don’t do this to us. Winter is a dragon. (Draggin’). Winter lasts forever. At least five months. There’s a disparity there. Getting rid of bats There have been several ads in the Indianhead shopper about getting rid of bats without killing them. How is that done? Loud noises? A low, monotonous low-frequency noise or high-frequency one? Alas, most of us, when startled by a low-swooping bat, reach for the nearest tennis racket, but a bat is not a ball or in the case of badminton, a bird. A bat is a good eater of bugs and we thank him or her for that. But please don’t swoop. Use your builtin radar, and I’ll open the outside door for you. You’ll be free! I know kindhearted people who embrace the cause of bats, who put up bat houses for them. Unfortunately, I think of a bat as a mouse that can fly. If a bat ever goes on the endangered list many of us wouldn’t care. Ditto for mosquitoes, spiders, bloodsuckers, bees and all creatures that crawl. If you’ve ever had a bloodsucker between your toes, you’ll agree with me. (Ugh!) Until next week, Bernice

Harlem Ambassadors tour coming to Frederic FREDERIC - The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Frederic for a game at the Frederic High School gym on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m. Please mark your calendars and prepare for an afternoon of family fun while helping to raise housing for with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and comedy routines. The Ambassadors feature nonstop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever they play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front-row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.” The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For Frederic’s event the Ambassadors have partnered with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, serving Polk and Burnett counties, to help raise funds for build-

ing homes for families in need. The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars – an accomplishment of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud. “It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.” Advance tickets are $5 for kids, students, and seniors, and $8 for adults. At-the-door prices will be $7 and $10. Children 4 and under admitted free. Tickets are available for sale at Bremer Bank and U.S. Bank in both Siren and Frederic, and at Community Bank in Siren and Grantsburg, and at Bremer Bank in Amery. Please call the Habitat office at 715-472-6080 for more ticket information, becoming a player for Habitat’s Wild Things team, or being a sponsoring business. - submitted

Polk Information Center receives $7,000 POLK COUNTY - The Polk County Information Center at St. Croix Falls is one of 15 tourism organizations to receive funding from the state to offset operating expenses. The money was made available through the new Tourist Information Center Grant program, passed by the Legislature last year. This is the first round of grants awarded through the program. Polk’s tourism information center received $7,355. In 2009, travelers spent over $12 billion in Wisconsin supporting 286,000 jobs and nearly $2 billion in revenues for state and local government. The Tourist Information Center Grant program is open to nonprofit tourism organizations, municipalities or Native American tribes who operate a regional tourist in-

formation center and provide information on cultural, recreational and other tourism businesses. The organization may be reimbursed up to $15,000 per year for operational costs pertaining to staffing, display equipment and promotional materials such as signage or audio visual equipment. The deadline for the next round of applications is Jan. 1, 2011, for eligible expenses incurred between July 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. More information about the Tourist Information Center Grant program is available on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Web site or by contacting Tourism Grant Program Coordinator Abbie Hill at 608-261-6272. - Gary King with information from TIC

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Special meetings were held at the Webster Baptist Church with an evangelist speaking July 24 – Aug. 2.-“My Dog Buddy” was playing at the Frederic Theatre.-The front-page headline read, Seven Pines Resort Truly a Fisherman’s Paradise, with year-round fishing, no license needed, no limit to catch, with beauty there preserved through the years. It was then owned and operated by Charles Rybak and wife.-School would open Sept. 6 at Frederic, with faculty complete.-Polk County Teachers College will open in Frederic next fall.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, were hamburger at 2 lbs. for 89¢, cube steaks at 69¢ lb., lettuce at two heads for 29¢, peanut butter at 39¢ for 18-oz. jar.-An ad said, “Bring all your printing needs to the Inter-County Leader.” Phone 5.-The Leader did calling cards, shipping tags, blotters, calendars, time cards, anniversary booklets, place mats, etc.-A $325,000 loan was approved to Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op.-A 12.8 levy was needed to support the Frederic school budget.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included oranges at 3 dozen for 99¢, Occident flour, 25 lbs. for $1.59, round steak at 69¢ lb., turkeys at 39¢ lb. and stew beef at 65¢ lb., also thick-sliced bacon at 2 lbs. 95¢.

40 Years Ago A local begonia grower, Mrs. Al Kusler, was going to speak on the subject in New York City.-Specials at Anderson’s Store, Siren, included a biscuit and cornbread mix at 10¢ for 6-1/2-oz. pkg., tomato soup at 10¢ can, strawberries at four frozen pkgs. at $1 and Russet potatoes at 89¢ for a 20-lb. bag.-Route’s specials at Frederic included chuck roast at 57¢ lb., beef stew at 69¢ lb., kidney beans or chili hot beans at 12¢ can.-Specials at the Co-op Super Market were frozen bread dough at 10¢ for a 1-lb. loaf, Folger’s coffee at $2.49 for a 3-lb. can, fryers at 29¢ lb., and slab bacon at 79¢ lb.-Bruce Java earned a bronze star for Vietnam service.-A safety award was given to Siren mail carrier Richard Goodman.-The new 1971 Fords and Mercurys would be shown on Sept. 18 at Kronlund Motors, Inc., Spooner.-The new car showing of 1971 Ford-Mercury was set for Sept. 18 – 19, at Don Schwartz Ford, Inc., Luck. Free coffee and donuts and available door prizes.-New owners at Pine’s Café, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peterson of New Brighton, Minn. Former owners were Mr. and Mrs. Don Miller of Lewis.-A well-known author, Thyra Ferre Bjorn, was in the local area and spoke to many groups. She dressed in her Swedish costume and was a delightful speaker.

20 Years Ago Tattered, worn American flags should be disposed of at special ceremonies.-Budget issues dominated school board discussions.-The play “The Show Off” opened at the St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre.Michelle Denotter shone in Wisconsin 4-H Showcase Singers.-Summer intern Carol Schumann wrote Horticulture news for this newspaper.-Frederic Floral and Gifts on Wisconsin N. offered specials on a dozen roses for $17.95, dish gardens, etc.-A 4-H clothing review was held in Balsam Lake.-A petition asked for repair of CTH W.-William and Elve Hoffman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their Trade Lake home on July 1.-James Taylor was selected for county judge by governor.-Burnett County OK’d a multicounty solid waste pact.Peggy’s Fashion Rack in Siren had a summer clearance sale with 25 – 50 percent off.-Old fuel storage tanks posed a threat to safety.-Siren School Board was interested in consolidation.-The highway commissioner said the state will get tough about bridge repairs.-The Burnett County Board will get $87,000 for Gandy Dancer property.-The strawberry season was later than normal.-The 10th-annual 10K, 2-mile run/walk was set in Turtle Lake.

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Interstate Park Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park

Friday, Aug. 27

If the River Could Talk, 3 p.m., at the Summit Rock Trail sign. Rock formations, Indian battles and logjams. Meet naturalist Barb Walker for a scenic hike up to the summit and hear some of the fascinating history of the St. Croix Valley.

Saturday, Aug. 28

The Beaver: Nature’s Engineer, 2 p.m., at the Camp Interstate Shelter across from the South Campground entrance. Join naturalist Julie Fox and learn about the home, habits and the amazing adaptations of the beaver. Molten Lava and Melted Ice, 4 p.m., at the Pothole Trail sign. Join the naturalist for a relaxing hike around the Pothole Trail and learn about the GeeWhiz Geology of Interstate Park. Picturerocks–Visions in Stone, 7 p.m., at the Ice Age Center. Former Minnesota state archaeologist and current Wisconsin DNR archaeologist Mark Dudzik provides a graphics-rich presentation on the identification, preservation and interpretation of rock art at both Minnesota and Wisconsin rock art sites.

Sunday, Aug. 29

Summer Outdoor Family Adventure Series, 4 to 6 p.m. Club wrap-up and awards at Osceola Landing. Conclude our summer together with ongoing activities, a picnic and award ceremony for SOFAS participants. For more information call 715-483-2272. SOFAS takes area residents on a variety of hikes, paddles and fun activities on Sundays throughout the summer months. Sunday, Aug. 29, is the last opportunity this summer to meet local families and make new friends. Look for this exciting way to explore the scenic St. Croix River Valley again in 2011.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Finding Those Fascinating Ferns, 10 a.m., at the amphitheater located behind the beach parking area. Ferns are ancient plants that reproduce without seeds. Join Walker for a walk on the Ravine Trail to learn how ferns grow and to view a variety of beautiful ferns found at Interstate Park.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Catch and Tag a Monarch Butterfly! 1 to 3 p.m., starting at the Ice Age Center. Once again local naturalist Randy Korb will share his vast knowledge of this royal butterfly and give participants an opportunity to net and tag monarch butterflies themselves. The fee is $3 for Friends of Interstate Park and $5 for nonmembers. For registration and information call 715483-3747.

Bunny Johnson from Bloomington, Minn., was a guest of her brother and sister-in-law, Don and Lida Nordquist, from Wednesday through Saturday. Karen and Hank Mangelsen visited Sue and Roger Mroszak Thursday morning. Donna and Gerry Hines went to Rosemount, Minn., Friday to attend the wedding of their granddaughter, Dianne Hines, to Edgar Rodriguez. The wedding was held at the home of Dianne’s parents, Mark and Sue Hines. Kay Krentz and Kathy Stoylen went out for lunch Friday. Nina and Lawrence Hines went to Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday and stayed overnight with Nancy and Steve Hagen. On Saturday, they had lunch with Sue and Colin Harrison. Great-grandchildren Aubrey, Ashley and Joshua were there also. Hank, Karen, Larry, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen and April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close joined 15 other relatives for supper at Tracks Friday evening. Special guests were Karen’s cousin from Montana, Pat Romsos, his wife, Lynette, and their children, Wendy Romsos and Scott Romsos. On Saturday, Karen and Hank visited at the home of Gene and Carlotta Romsos, where several other family members gathered to see the Montana relatives. On Sunday, Hank, Karen, Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace

The Dining at Five dinner will be held next week on Thursday, Sept. 2, and make sure that you make your reservation early with your request for which dessert you prefer, lemon or apple pie. CeCe will serve a roast beef dinner with her super salad bar. Our gratitude to the Lilac Committee and the food staff at the Siren High School for the leftover donations that they sent for the Wadena, Minn., tornado volunteers. Apparently food for 1,500 volunteers was brought down to help feed the people that they expected to be on hand helping clean up, but only 100-plus showed up so we, plus others in the community, were the happy recipients of their kindness. We also want to express gratitude to Olson Drugs for the large-size envelopes that they donated and the tomatoes from Hazel Franseen and cucumbers from Virginia Martin. CeCe and I ventured north to Danbury on Sunday to check on our old buddy, Shirley Holmes. We hadn’t heard from her in a while and we were anxious to get some of her fry bread so we gave her a call and told her to expect us. Much to our surprise, Shirley is busy using her cooking skills at the new



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gaming palace and is operating her Fry Bread Kitchen in her “spare time.” Her cozy little log cabin isn’t open every day so if you want to order some bread you have to call ahead and she will accommodate you. The number to call is 715-656-3155. In spite of the rainy weather we have been having good attendance at all of our activities. Winners at 500 this week were Arvid Pearson, Marie Van Guilder, Gerry Vogel, Ron Yourchuck, Tom Knopik and Darleen Groves. Friday Spades winners were Anke Olesen, Virginia Martin, Gerry Vogel, Dale Sicard and Inez Pearson. Marie Van Guilder, Marge Nyberg and Barb Munger furnished treats for the players. The Burnett County Humane Society appreciates the donations from the seniors and we seniors appreciate the delivery service of the donations to the shelter by Don and Fran Oltman. Remember we have our donation box and the society can use all pet supplies, including paper towels, garbage bags, etc., so please continue giving what you can. For information on the center please call 715-3497810 and for dinner reservations call 715-349-2845.


August is half over and still the rain persists. This month is when we usually have our hottest, muggiest and lazy days of summer with little or nor rain. Do you think maybe this moisture will just continue until it just turns to snow and then – look out? It’s a horrible thought, isn’t it? Over the summer in bear country we were blessed with quite a few hummingbirds, a rather large flock of orioles plus many of the other summer birds. In the past week, most of our orioles have stopped coming to my feeder; oh they stop in and check but move on. I think they are miffed at me because I simply quit feeding them grape jelly. I figured I had shelled out enough this summer, over 2 gallons of the purple stuff. At their peak of feeding they were eating between a half to three-quarters of a quart a day, that’s enough. The Grandmas Group held their annual summer get-together at the Siren Dairy Queen on Tuesday, LA CROSSE – Western Technical College is Aug. 17, for their summer families catch-up and plan pleased to announce the names of the 2010 gradu- the fall get-togethers. Those present were Naomi ates. Of the 1,425 graduates, 542 received associ- Glover, Dorothy Lahners, Erna Lueck, Marge Peterate’s degrees, 347 received technical diplomas, 524 son, her mom, new member, Carol Juve, Hazel Hahr received certificates, and an additional 12 graduated and her mom from Tennessee, Nancy Voga and Bev from the apprenticeship program in various technical Beckmark. The fall get-togethers are set to start in fields. October. The following local students graduated from WestDon’t miss the last scheduled Siren’s Music in the ern Technical College in 2010: Park at the Crooked Lake band shell this Thursday. Clear Lake The Power of Twang from 7 to 9 p.m. This week’s Amber Degolier, interior design; refreshments are by the Burnett County Community Osceola Referral Agency Outreach. James Connors, mechanical design technology. The Siren Bethany Lutheran Church preschool is – submitted now taking enrollments for the coming school year, so if you have a child or children ages 3 to 5 years old and want them to participate in this program, call Julie at 715-689-2322 or Jamie at 715-220-9409. Open house is Thursday, Sept. 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. Congratulations to Dale “Butch” and Ranae Beers Born at Osceola Medical Center: A boy, Bryce William Gustafson, born Aug. 17, on their 25th anniversary, the actual date is Aug. 24, 2010, to Erica Glinski and Chad Gustafson, Taylors but they celebrated it last Saturday at the Gandy Dancer Saloon in Webster. Falls, Minn. Bryce weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. Congratulations to the area’s longtime auction••• A girl, Avery Jane Ahlstrand, born Aug. 21, 2010, eers Gary and Rhonda Erickson on their 40th anto Tyler and Anna Ahlstrand, Osceola. Avery niversary; actual date is Aug. 15. They celebrated the occasion on Saturday, Aug. 21, with a huge dinweighed 6 lbs., 6 oz.

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Mangelsen attended a potluck picnic hosted by Wayne and Marie Romsos at the Romsos Farm, so still more family folks could visit Pat, Lynette, Wendy and Scott. Lida and Don Nordquist hosted a potluck family reunion at their home Saturday. Fifty-five family members and friends enjoyed the get-together. Don’s birthday was celebrated too. Garry, Beth, Glen and Lorraine Crosby and Karen Mangelsen were among a number of guesTs who attended the wedding Saturday afternoon of Brandon and Danielle (Maxwell) Parker. It was held outdoors on the Harold Anderson property on Horseshoe Lake just off CTH H. Reggie and Betty Meisner of Maplewood, Minn., were overnight guests of Roger and Sue Mroszak Saturday. They all attended the 40th-wedding-anniversary party for Gary and Rhonda Erickson at their auction barn Saturday evening. Sue Ackerman stayed overnight with her parents, Jack and Kay Krentz, Saturday. On Sunday, Sue, Joel Krentz, Marian Brincken and Joyce and Bill Brock were dinner guests of Kay and Jack. Marlene Swearingen, Gerry and Donna Hines, and Lawrence and Nina Hines were lunch guests of Don and Lida Nordquist Sunday.

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Saturday, Sept. 11

Incredible Edible Mushrooms, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Ice Age Center. Join Leslie Jo Meyerhoff and learn all about our local wild mushrooms. Given in two parts, the first hour will focus on identification and habitats, the second hour more on the variety of edibles as well as health benefits, cultivation, preparation and preserving your harvest. The fee for each class will be $3 for Friends of Interstate Park and $5 for nonmembers. For registration and information call 715-4833747. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information call Fox or Walker at 715-483-3747. Programs are free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2010 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents.


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ner and dance with Sonny Winberg’s band playing into the night at their residence. Many more good years to you both. The Food and Friends Community dinner will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Webster at 5 p.m. Come early as the food goes fast. The South Fork Sporting Club out of Lewis is hosting a special day just for you ladies and your kids 17 and under this Saturday, Aug. 28, starting at 10 a.m. Available to try is trapshooting, rifle, pellet gun and muzzleloaders as well as a chance to try your hand at archery. You can also try making either a bluebird house or a house for wood ducks. Come enjoy a free lunch as well as taking the day to enjoy with your kids in the great outdoors. Don’t miss the Burnett County Ag Society Fair coming up in Grantsburg this weekend, Aug. 26 through 29. This is the fair’s 133rd year. Come and enjoy the animals and a host of other 4-H projects. Our county’s 4-H’ers work mighty hard to complete their projects and deserve lots of credit. 4-H teaches kids to be responsible and in the long run, good citizens, so let’s support them. Also, for you guys, don’t forget the tractor pull on Saturday night at 5 p.m. There’s also a free dance on Saturday night and a chain saw race on Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s the last fair in our area and it is free at the gate and free parking. Mark your calendars guys; the annual Scandinavian smorgasbord is coming Friday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Siren Methodist Church. The tickets this year are $9.50 in advance or $10 at the door with kids 10 and under just $3.50. So get your tickets early this year. Call Darlene at 715-866-8424 or Shirley at 715-349-2514.

Bakke/Randt Landyn and Levi are proud to announce the marriage of their mommy and daddy, Stephanie Bakke and Matthew Randt. The marriage will take place on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Coyland Creek, with a celebration of their union at 8 p.m.

Lewis Bernice Abrahamzon 653-4281 JoAnne Carlson and Dave Goranson helped Pastor Tom with the Sunday service at the Lewis church. After the service, Judy and Dave Mrdutt served muffins, cheese and crackers and beverages. Nice to sit and visit. LaVonne and John Boyer spent last Wednesday up at Wadena helping to alleviate some of the tornado damage. LaVonne worked with food, making sandwiches, etc. and John worked outside with chain sawing and hauling trash. It was a long drive up there and a long, but satisfying day, as they helped. They came home to Frederic after 1 a.m. On Thursday was their school reunion of the Class of 1954. Good turnout at Rumers, Siren. The monthly potluck fellowship supper will be held this Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Lewis church followed by the monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Nice two pages of pictures in last Wednesday’s Leader of the weekend celebration at Lewis, Aug. 13, 14 and 15. Appreciated the coverage. A rummage sale will be held Friday and Saturday at the Frederic home of John Glockzin and Mickey. Many bargains at 25¢ each. (Kitty-corner from the Leader building, across from Frederic Stop). Carol Mangelsen and LaVerne Leep had a yard sale at Carol’s on Friday and Saturday.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Marian Edler Tuesday is our busy day as usual. Exercise for all ages, and then we played Skip-Bo. In the afternoon, Dominoes, Hand and Foot and 500 cards were played. Winners in Dominos were Gladis Weikert, Delores Benson and Don Anderson. Hand and Foot winning team was Dottie Adams and Irene Campbell. Winners in 500 were Laurice Lambert, Helen Love, Shirley Sims, Alice Darrell and Marian Edler. Winner of the 9 bid was Shirley Sims. We closed the center on Thursday so the members could attend the funeral of Phil Mevissen. Our condolences to the family. Thursday evening, 500 cards were played. The winners were Darrel Lundgren, Elroy Petzel and Dean Peterson. Winners of the 9 bid were Elroy Petzel and Roger Greenly. Friday Bridge was played in the forenoon. In the afternoon, the members played Bingo. We need new members. We are St. Croix Valley Senior Center, so people in the area can join. You do not have to live in St. Croix Falls. Come in and check us out. If you can’t find an activity you would enjoy, we could add some new ones. We are on the north end of Main Street (Washington Street).

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Twink is a 3-month-old, pure white, shorthair neutered male kitten with amber-sage eyes. He enjoys playing with the other kittens but he loves attention from people. Twink is one of a roomful of adoptable kittens waiting to go home. Stop in for a visit during our last full week of expanded summer hours to visit Twink and his pals. Under most state, federal and local laws, animals are primarily regarded as property and have little or no legal rights of their own. Because of this status, it is presumed, providing that no law has been violated, that an owner has control of the “best interests of the animal.” Animal laws require that animals be provided with the basic necessities of food, water and shelter. As long as an owner complies with these minimal standards, they may go unpunished for actions that most people would feel are inhumane and are uncomfortable to witness. Living next to or driving by a matted dog, tied to a plastic doghouse, day after day in the hot sun without signs of available water, is distressing to most. Investigating a report of animal cruelty is difficult to corroborate when Tiny the Pekingese, reported to have been thrown against the wall or deprived of food for days at a time, greets you by licking your hand and wagging her tail. Acting as the “owner” of property, the person in the complaint need only to deny the allegations. Even when anti-cruelty statutes do apply, prosecutors are overwhelmed and lack evidence needed to litigate successfully. This reality means that only the most egregious cases of animal cruelty and neglect are prosecuted. Citizens who witness animal cruelty and abuse at the house next door or in a family member’s home, frequently call the shelter to report animal cruelty. The Arnell Memorial Humane

Society has no authority to investigate such reports. The complaint is filed and kept as reference for future action or evidence. In Polk County, the sheriff’s department is responsible for animal cruelty investigations. As stated, reports of animal cruelty are difficult to prove and prosecute, but it is imperative that the well-being of animals be protected whenever possible. It is a measure of our humanity to do so. Without adequate regulation and oversight, humans are capable of terrible acts of cruelty. Arnell Humane Society will continue to be a resource to the county and the lives of the animals it protects. With the election of officials on the horizon, it would be good to know where the candidates stand on the rights of animals in our community and the level of compassion they will be afforded on a budget. Let your town, village, city and county officials know how important the Arnell animal shelter and proper care for animals are to you. Without your voice, they have none. Arnell Humane Society, 715-268-7387 or

Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. As hard as I try to be a good boy, I still seem to do dumb stuff or get myself into trouble. This week, it falls under the category of Property Damage. You see, Sunday I went for a ride Blacky with my mom, and we stopped over to visit our friend with the chickens. I got out of the truck and couldn’t wait to say hello to the hens! I went barreling over to where they were, but I must be blind, because I did not see there was a short fence around them. Who put that there? Anyway, I put a giant dent in it with my head, and then I did a somersault over the top of it! There was an awful lot of cackling inside and outside of the pen. I stood up and said my hellos at least before Mom dragged me out of there, apologizing to her friend. After that, things only got worse. Now I know I’m supposed to treat the penned-up chickens with respect and not hurt them, but no one ever told me that chickens in the woods were off-limits. Whoops. I accidentally ate a rooster. He was good too! That got me in more hot water than the fence mangling, though, and I could hear my mom

saying, “I’m sorry” a whole bunch more times on my behalf. My brother looked at me and said, “Are you crazy?” I thought for sure Mom was going to pack my bags and drop me off at the shelter, but then I heard her and her friend chuckling and saying, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner.” That’s me! I’m sorry for my mistake now (sort of), and I just want to state that none of Mr. Rooster went to waste. There was a lot of commotion at the shelter last week, too, but it didn’t involve chickens. I’ve got a whole new batch of furry pals to tell you about! Lenny and Luke are two big golden retriever boys who were picked up near Hwy. 70 and CTH W in Daniels Township. KLynn is an adorable female pup who was found in the area of Polansky Road and Clam Lake Drive in Siren Township. We aren’t certain what breed to classify her in - perhaps a spaniel of some kind mixed with bulldog. She is white with a couple of black spots. I say we file her under “Cute.” Next is Justine. She is a pit who came in with a shepherd mix named Floyd from the Hertel area. Good heavens, my shelter is bursting at the seams again!


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Maddie and Mason Iverson raised and donated $40 from a lemonade stand to Arnell Memorial Humane Society. – Photo submitted I have just one favor to ask this week, and that is if you have access to any wooden pallets, could you drop a few off at the shelter? When it rains out and is windy, water blows into the vents of our storage shed and gets the floors wet. This is where we keep our supply of dog food, and we need to keep the food elevated so it doesn’t get wet sitting on the floor. Hey, and as long as I’m talking about food, I’d like to say thanks to our friend Ron for bringing in bags of puppy food. Ron spends a lot of time at the shelter caring for my pals and shuttling them back and forth to their vet appointments. He’s a good guy, but he’ll probably be mad at me for putting him in the spotlight. Oh well, I can take it. I’d rather have someone upset with me for that, than for me appearing in the backyard with a mouthful of feathers. I have to go now; I’ve got things to do. Anyone know where I can find a replacement rooster? Take care, everybody, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time. (Well, except for Blacky.), 715-866-4096.


Fran Krause Congratulations to John and Reeny Neinstadt who celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary last week in Duluth, Minn. They went out to eat and then to the IMax theater. Family members continue taking turns staying with Lamar Johnson at his home at Cadott since he’s still on oxygen. Visitors at Marvel Merriam’s last weekend were Dennis and Carol Gravesen on Saturday. Sunday were Gary and Billie Gravesen, son Greg and An-

drew, and grandson Nathan and Alisha. Tim O’Brien had a few days off from work, so he spent Thursday through Saturday with his parents, Jack and LaVonne. He took tomatoes, beets and beans home to can and a crate of peaches, so he was busy. Katheryn Krause had lunch with Grandma Fran on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Mark and Deanna, Kathryn, Bryan and Brad went camping along the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers through Friday.

Frederic Eastern Star news

FREDERIC – Rosie Fiscus, Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, will visit Frederic Chapter No. 239 at their chapter meeting held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Masonic Center located at 109 United Way, Frederic. A state (grand) officer visits each of the 67 Eastern Star chapters in Wisconsin each year to see that the ritualistic and floor work is uniform throughout the state. They also explain the ongoing charitable projects of the Grand Chapter. These projects include cancer research, heart foundations, Cheer Fund at the Wisconsin Masonic Home at Dousman, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, The Eastern Star Foundation which assists members with financial difficulties, scholarships for the youth and ESTARL Scholarships that provide help for those in religious training. There are ESTARL scholarships for graduate-level education assistance and for church members work-

ing with parish music and education – contact the Frederic chapter for more information concerning these ESTARL scholarships. Each year there is a special project. This year each chapter will have special events to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Officers and members of the Frederic chapter invite all Eastern Star members in the area to join them in greeting Worthy Grand Matron Rosie Fiscus and to meet with them in fraternal fellowship. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Master Masons and women with Masonic relationships are invited to join their organization. Contact Frederic chapter for more information about joining or the EASTRL program. If interested contact Kathy Glunz, Worthy Matron, 715-6402216 or Pat Beetcher, secretary, 715-3498021. – submitted by Mary Norgard

Burnett County 4-H scholarship available SIREN – The Burnett County 4-H Leaders Association is once again offering a scholarship to 4-H alumni. 4-H members or alumni who have completed at least one year of a four-year postsecondary program or one semester of a two-year program are eligible to apply. Applica-

tion forms can be found on the Burnett County 4-H Web site at The application form is due by Oct. 1. Contact Danielle Miller at 715-349-2151 or danielle.miller@ for further information. – submitted

Summer ended for Kathryn and Bryan as they left for college on Sunday. Kathryn continues at UWRiver Falls, her third year, and Bryan is beginning at

At the most recent Bone Lake Town Board meeting on Aug. 12, Marsha Karpinen, chairperson of the voluntary advisory committee for the Straight River dam, led a discussion on the proposed building of the dam. Letters had been sent in June to the 18 landowners adjacent to the river from 250th Avenue north to CTH I. They were asked if they were willing to sign an easement in the future allowing the town to maintain the current water level. All were in agreement although Ice Age Trail representatives need to get the approval from the DNR because of stewardship grant regulations. Upon receipt of approval from the Ice Age Trail, the committee will contact several of the engineering firms with whom they had previously been in communication. It was also noted that in order to apply for a permit for a new dam, the board must have written easements signed by all the landowners. For the near future, any interested parties are encouraged to consult with the town board regarding ideas for fundraising projects to help finance a new dam. The town board has begun the process of creating a driveway ordinance. The purpose for this ordinance would be to regulate and control the placement and construction of any new driveway in the town. This is being done to promote the public health, safety, general welfare, and water quality, following the town’s comprehensive plan. Existing driveways will not be subject to this ordinance. Work continues in writing all the specifics and requirements for new driveways. When completed, the ordinance shall be considered for adoption by the town board after a public hearing. It was noted at the planning commission meeting on Aug. 3 that the 10th element of the comprehensive plan had been inadvertently left off the board agenda. The board, on Aug. 12, author-

LaVonne O'Brien UW-Eau Claire. They are both out for cross-country teams at their schools.

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ized adoption of the 10th element of the comprehensive plan. It had been presented and discussed at several open planning commission and town board meetings with no objections. The planning commission recommended clearance of the driveway ordinance, after extensive discussions, and forwarded it on to the town board. The planning commission’s future plans include the following topics: sign placement; improving surface groundwater as well as investigating well purity; and, the possibility of sharing enforcement with other towns. The town board had asked the planning commission to investigate a proposal from the state regarding storm and flooding mitigation plans. After review, the planning commission determined the possibility of implementing such a proposal was not applicable for the towns needs at this time. The fall partisan primary election (allowing each voter to select only one of five party ballots) will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church. A training seminar for the Bone Lake election inspectors will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., at the clerk’s home. Topics will include voting machine testing and reviewing the inspector’s responsibilities concerning the election. The next planning commission meeting will held Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church, and the town board will meet Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., at the home of the clerk. – submitted by Darrell Frandsen, town clerk, and Dan Beal, planning commission chairman


OK ... I give up. I have gone back to my old computer and now I just pray that it will last. The new one is sitting there looking at me like it has been rejected. Well, it has. Windows 7 and I just don’t get along and all of those people who said they created it can know that I don’t like it and it doesn’t like me. The Interfaith Caregivers rummage sale is over until our next one near Memorial Day in May. We did OK considering the torrential rains on Friday. I would apologize for that, but I had nothing to do with it. If I had my way it would have been a beautiful day and everyone would have come and we would have made enough money for Interfaith to at least pay for the advertising. Still, it was fun to meet so many gracious people. We have some really nice visitors from the state of “the blue license plate.” I will never forget being in one of our grocery stores and a man asking me if, “this is all you have?” I did so want to tell him there is a Cub or Jubilee or other stores right across the border, but I told him that “Yes, this is what we have and we are proud of it.” Now back to the sale. We really did have fun. I tore the cartilage in my knee so I was out of commission, but Interfaith has so many faithful volunteers that they had everything under control. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, could not have done it without you. I especially have to thank Denny. What an amazing man. He is in complete control and is terrific at directing traffic. I have to be one of the luckiest women in the world. I have a wonderful husband. ( Who by the way is going to have a fit when he reads this.) Now, our next project, Christmas for Kids. Yes, it is that time again. I will be begging until I am blue in the face because we have to make this project work. It takes a lot of work, donations,



Barb Blodgett and money to give children a nice Christmas. Let me tell you, it is not an easy job. Some people think we are doing all of their shopping for them. Each child gets things that even out the expenses. Some don’t get every thing they ask for. If they ask for a Wii game, I can guarantee they will not get it. If they ask for a snowmobile or a PlayStation, I’m afraid that is out of the question. Computers are not on our gift-giving list. Educational toys are high on our priority list. Clothes are also a must-give. As much as I preach about this we still get requests for a flatscreen TV. We will probably have 600plus children this year. Realistically speaking, we cannot spend a lot of money on one and let someone else get very little. We can only do what we can do. Last time you will read this in this particular column – We Need Donations. Toys, clothes and money. OK, so it isn’t the last time, I was just kidding. My daughter is gone. A friend of hers has twins, 23 years old, and both have a disease that affects their motor skills. They are much like children because they can do little for themselves. One of them was killed last week and Kelsey went to the funeral. The mother of the boys is a special friend and she needs someone to be with her when everyone else leaves. Anyone who has lost someone knows what I mean. Everyone is there and everyone leaves. Suddenly you are alone. Kelsey is needed there and will stay with Sue, the mother, until she can get on her feet and get

over the death of her son. I guess you never get over something like that, but she needs someone who will be there if she needs them. That is where Kelsey is needed right now. She is not going to be gone forever, but she will be greatly missed here. Kelsey is that kind of person. She goes where she is needed. Maybe I learned that from her. I thought I was going to talk about fun We have a new cat. Well, not really “we” but someone donated a cat to Interfaith. That someone will be glad to know I found a perfect home for “Chunk.” I don’t want anyone to get the idea we take animals as donations. We don’t. Denny says one more animal and I will have to live with the person who gave it to us. I think that is enough of a fair warning. Ben’s getting hearing aids. No more excuses for not hearing me. I am so excited you would think I finally got my new Lexus. He will finally get to hear the birds sing and all of the things he has missed for so many years. Of course there are drawbacks. He will finally be able to hear me. That could be a good thing or not-so-good thing. Not that I ever say anything bad, but I tend to ramble (who, me?). I am having what they call writer’s block. Sitting here looking at the dust on the window and thinking how I should be taking care of that and a million other things. Not now. Now I will enjoy my writer’s block and write about things that make little sense to anyone but me. I try to write down five things I am happy about every day. Lets see. I have my old faithful computer back. My dogs love me and not just because I gave them treats, but I think that helps. I have laundry in the washer and dryer and I love to do laundry. The house is a mess, and I have to think about something for dinner. Wait, those are not

such happy things. I was just able to help someone who needed school supplies for her kids, that makes me happy. I can still feel like I am 130 pounds and 40 years old unless I look in the mirror. That is when reality hits. How can that lady be me? I don’t feel like that even though my pants are a little snug. Still, there is reality. OK, that makes me happy. I still have a great imagination. I have no talent and cannot look at spoons and make something wonderful out of them or look at baby diapers and see some amazing crafty thing. I have no creativity, but I can get stains out of almost anything. That is my talent. I do laundry for a man I know and for some reason every single time, either the washer or dryer goes on the fritz. Wow, I have not heard that since my grandmother was alive. Fritz, a great word, but forgotten over the years. I have done it again. Gone from one subject to another and not even skipped a beat. Is that a talent or is that a brain disfunction? Not sure, but I am really good at it. It will be cool soon, sooner that we want it to be. It is almost fall. Scary how time is going so fast Enjoy what is left of summer. Love is like an umbrella, it can protect you from the storm or it can poke you in the eye. Now, where did that come from? One last thing. For those people from Polk County, don’t forget you have an Interfaith Caregivers too. Call them when you need help. They are caring people who are there for you. Until next time. Barb

Farmers market update – Vendors give back BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – Burnett County farmers market vendors offer the freshest and finest fresh vegetables, honey, syrup, fruit and handwork each week. They give out free gardening advice, weather predictions, recipe ideas, rain estimates and cheery conversation. Last Saturday, Aug. 21, the growers selling at the Siren market agreed to give back by offering their surplus vegetables for a special dinner for the tornado victims in Wadena, Minn. When the Siren market closed, all the vendors loaded a pickup truck with corn, carrots, potatoes, green beans, cucumbers, onions and more. Deb Jaskolka, Siren, and her crew of volunteers, prepared a huge meal to be delivered to the residents of Wadena last week. Hot dishes, sandwiches, relish trays, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, pasta salads, cookies and bars were on the menu. Vases of Burnett County flowers decorated the tables. “We are so grateful for all of the gracious donations from the area gardeners, farmers, businesses, churches and individuals,” stated Jaskolka. What a fine endeavor. Zip up your corn-on-the-cob eating pleasure with some twists on the most popular corn seasoning of drenching the ear in butter and sprinkling with salt and pepper. Cook up your sweet corn by boiling for 5 to 10 minutes or grilling for 10 to

The Siren Farmers Market is a great place to shop on Saturday afternoons. A record number of vendors, 14, were selling locally grown veggies, honey and handcrafted goods on a recent weekend. – Photos submitted

15 over medium-high heat or zapping in the microwave for about 10 minutes. Get a little creative with your choice of tasty additions by trying: Sour cream and chives: Spread a mixture of sour cream, chives and salt and pepper on warm ears of corn. Lime and guacamole: Layer on fresh guacamole and a squeeze of lime juice. Grated cheese: Grill your corn and sprinkle with olive oil and grated Parmesan or goat cheese or whatever you have in the fridge. Horseradish and butter: Add grated horseradish to melted butter

Corn and conversation are plentiful at the farmers markets. Meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

and spread on the heat. Yipes. Basillemon: Mix one-half-cup torn fresh basil, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 3 tablespoons olive oil. This flavored oil will dress up four or five ears of corn. Thinking about what you might want to try on some of that farmfresh corn that is so ready right now? Local farmers market days and hours.

Alpha: Thursdays, 3 - 6 p.m., in the Burnett Dairy parking lot. Falun: Fridays, 36 p.m. near Johnson Lumber. Frederic: Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon in the InterCounty Leader parking lot. Grantsburg: Mondays, noon – 3 p.m., in the library parking lot. Siren: Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., in the Senior Citizens Center parking lot.

Frank and Jan Graczyk, Frederic, ponder over the decision of buying a bouquet of sunflowers or dahlias at the Frederic Farmers Market.


Festival’s Featured Artist ST. CROIX FALLS – This week the featured artists are the backstage and design team of Festival Theatre’s summer repertory season. At the helm is Festival’s summer stage manager, Peter Weber, who grew up in St. Croix Falls. While in high school he became involved in technical work for the theater and spontaneously got involved at Festival in 2006. This is Weber’s third season at Festival as a stage manager, and he comments, “I am just in love with the backstage workings of a show.” Danette Olsen, executive director at Festival, said of Weber, “He is a fantastic stage manager and a wonderful young man. Peter is dependable, smart, fun and has a great artist’s eye, a wonderful gift to find in a stage manager.” Weber has been further developing that artistic vision at Northland College where he spent the last year continuing his exploration of black-and-white photography. He also enjoys printmaking and last year he attended the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Philadelphia. Weber will finish his final year of college in 2011 and will end his schooling with an artistic collaboration with a nature studies class. Joining Weber backstage is Charles Schmidt as the summer’s assistant stage manager. Also a St. Croix Falls native, this is Schmidt’s second time working at Festival. Last year he had a small stage appearance in “Four by Two” as he assisted with scene changes. Schmidt will graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Stout with a major in applied math and computer science in 2012. When asked about the duo, Olsen said, “Peter and Charles are a great team. They are two of the hardest working young men I have ever met. Festival is lucky to have such a wonderful stage management team!” Three other unseen summer production heroes at Festival were part of the design team for the three repertory productions. They are Denise Baker, David Markson and Gina Bonin. Olsen did the lighting design and so had the chance to work alongside these three designers. “Each one has multiple talents.

A production photo from “To Fool the Eye,” with set by David Markson, costumes by Denise Baker, and props by Gina Bonin. – Photo submitted They have each experienced theater from various positions which made them incredible at overcoming our space restrictions, time constraints and repertory limitations to create three very different, beautiful worlds.” Baker, costume designer for “To Fool the Eye” and “Proof,” is an actor, director, dancer, singer, choreographer and the costume shop manager for the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She has worked with and/or performed at Willow River Players, River Falls Community Theatre, Eden Prairie Players, Rosetown Players and The St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre. Olsen said of Baker, “She has a superb use of color and style. Her two shows are so different in palette and design, it is fantastic to see her stretch to extremes with one off-the-wall, period piece and one contemporary, subdued drama; what a design juxtaposition.” Similarly, Olsen was equally impressed with Markson’s scenic design for “To Fool the Eye,” “Red, White and Tuna” and “Proof.” “He has taken the stage from 1930s France to modern Tuna, Texas, to a contemporary Chicago back porch, and each change can be done in

about two hours.” A Minneapolis native, Markson has spent the past 33 years in River Falls. He enjoys the challenges that face a scenic designer. When asked what was his greatest challenge this summer at Festival, Markson commented on “To Fool the Eye.” “With the detailed scenic painting and the convoluted scene changes, I was very proud to see it performed so wonderfully.” When he is not busy designing, Markson spends his days painting signs, coaching tennis, playing music, exploring the outdoors and being theatrically involved in a variety of ways. Recently Markson designed and built a set for a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in River Falls, but his favorite theater experience was when he had the opportunity to perform in “Tuna Christmas” with The River Falls Community Theatre. Markson began his affair with theater about 15 years ago when River Falls decided to begin a community theater. He was encouraged to jump right in and has been hooked ever since. Bonin also found her way into theater design recently. She began her involvement with Festival when her son was in a

Youth and Family Series production. During the production, someone discovered she knew how to sew, and since then she has designed costumes, designed properties, and stage managed. This summer Bonin was the costume designer of “Red, White and Tuna,” and the properties designer of “To Fool the Eye,” “Red, White and Tuna” and “Proof.” “A woman with many talents and infinite patience, Gina is a delightful addition to any production team,” Olsen said. She went on to say, “She is pleasant, supportive, organized and cool as a cucumber. She brings a great sense of poise to every encounter.” A Taylors Falls, Minn., resident, Bonin is glad to be given the opportunity to learn and work in so many aspects of the theater. You can catch the last glimpses of this dynamic team’s work this weekend as Festival closes “Red White and Tuna” and “Proof.” Show details are Thursday, Aug. 26, “Proof” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, “Red White and Tuna” at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 28, “Proof” at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at 715-4833387 to reserve your tickets.

Connect to your community: Folle Avoine’s human "chipmunk" Editor’s note: The Leader is reprinting this column having neglected to publish a revised version in last week’s paper. We apologize to the author for the oversight.

It takes 4-1/2 hours to travel the 270

miles distance between Wautoma (in central Wisconsin) to Forts Folle Avoine; a long haul for any volunteer, but Ralph Woldt enthusiastically makes that journey several times each year. And has been doing so since 1994, when he stumbled upon the Forts site during one of his wife Ann’s trips around the state on behalf of the League of Women Voters. “We stopped in at Crex Meadows, and then the Forts,” Woldt recalls. “It reminded me of my days as an anthropology/archaeology student at UW Oshkosh, of days gone by, digging and recording ‘junk’ in the ground. So I just started showing up.” As he still does, helping out where and when he can, especially for the historic site’s educational programs. He still considers the drive and time to be well spent, explaining that “it’s the only public historic site in Wisconsin where there really was fur trading going on. I’m intrigued with that time when Natives and Europeans were mutually dependent on each other, instead of a clash of cultures.” He also adds, “It’s funny to think of a whole industry and era in history based on nothing more than the vanity of dandies from Europe wanting to wear pretty-looking beaver hats.” Over the years, park staff began calling him Chittamoo. As Woldt puts it,

Folle Avoine Chronicles Woodswhimsy the gnome

“someone said there was this guy [me] running around, doing a lot of things, like a little chipmunk.” The Ojibwe word for red squirrel – adjidimoo – was apparently sometimes used for chipmunk as well (the English word “chipmunk” is adapted from the original “adjidimoo”). Language confusion aside, the Fort folks liked it and the name Chittamoo has stuck with Woldt to this day. Given his red hair and ability to maintain a healthy chatter, Chittamoo is more apropos than Ralph at a fur trade site like Folle Avoine, where French, English, Ojibwe, and a mixture of all three were spoken. Asked about his ability to creatively interpret fur trade history, from explaining how furs were processed to actually making replicas of trade goods, Chittamoo notes that “I’ve been reading and collecting papers and books, and spending umpteen hours in museums since youth, studying the technology and lifeways of pre-European peoples in the Western Hemisphere. My interest in the native tribes and their daily lives led to my earning a degree in anthropology, with an emphasis in archaeology.”

Chittamoo regards his activities at Forts Folle Avoine almost as if it were a “living history” lab. As he puts it, “The Fort is a great place to meet people from all walks of life, recreating history and enjoying the opportunity to learn about the fur trade. And they let you contribute by making all kinds of old tools and native tools for them, and they don’t think you’re crazy for doing it!” Chittamoo winks as he adds that “They even let you build historic structures that might not leak.” Asked for a favorite memory of his Forts years, Chattamoo fondly recalls that it was through a Folle Avoine friend that he met one of the region’s principal amateur archaeologists – Joe Neubauer of Pine City, Minn. Spending an afternoon with the “god” of fur trade artifact collectors and being able to personally inspect some of his finds was an enormous boost to his intrigue with that time in history. Summing up, Chittamoo beams as he says, “I mean, he was cool!” While he still enjoys volunteering for the site, Chittamoo also hopes for some new faces to join the crew. He notes that “They really need more young blood. Many, if not most of us, are getting ready to ‘shoot the moon in our canoes,’” a reference to old French Canadian tales about seeing flying canoes in life’s closing stages. As an old gnome, I know the feeling. Upcoming events at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park include an afternoon Garden Tea on Thursday, Aug. 26; a wild rice pancake breakfast Sunday morning, Sept. 5; and this year’s version of the park’s rousing Beaver Club banquet on Oct. 9. The latter will feature bagpipe and fiddle music, storytelling,

Chittamoo (Ralph Woldt) has been a Forts Folle Avoine volunteer since 1994. – Photo submitted and dining delights all based on actual fur trade-era dinners held in Montreal during the late 1700s/early 1800s – there’s even a ceremonial “smashing of the dishes.” Goodness! Reservations for the tea and/or banquet can be made by calling the site at 715-866-8890. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located on CTH U, three miles west of the Hwy. 35/CTH U intersection in Burnett County’s Yellow Lake area northwest of Webster. Tours of the fur post and Indian village areas are offered Wednesday through Sunday each week, 10-3 daily. Signed, Woodswhimsy



Frederic Public Library Last week to turn in reading checklists Kids are encouraged to turn in their reading checklists by Friday, Aug. 27, to qualify for prizes. Books will be given to those who have turned in eight checklists, and all who have participated will have their names entered in a drawing for prizes. It’s been a great summer. Book groups to meet in September The Thursday morning book group will meet Thursday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m., to talk about “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe. This novel tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The evening book group will meet Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss “The Whistling Season,” by Ivan Doig. “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite,” begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. New members are always welcome and invited to join us for lively conversation about books.

Too many zucchini? If your garden has run amok and you have run out of ways to put up your fruits and veggies, make sure you check out the many canning and preserving books available to you through the library system. We have all kinds of ideas for fall projects, so take a break from your chores and visit your library for coffee, conversation, and information.

Balsam Lake Public Library Computer classes Open lab from 2 to 3:30 p.m., instructor available to answer questions and give one-on-one instructions. Next class will be Tuesday, Sept. 7. Story time Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., stories, crafts and snacks. All ages are welcome to join our lively group.

Wednesday morning is story time Preschoolers and early elementary children are invited to story time at the library on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for an hour of books, activities, and fun.

New books for September “Ape House” by Sara Gruen, ”Bad Blood” by John Sandford, “Legacy” by Danielle Steel, “Santa Fe Edge” by Stuart Woods, “Naked Heat” by Richard Castle, “Artisan Breads” by Eric Kastel and “Lost Hours and information Empire: a Fargo Adventure” by Clive Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street Cussler. West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Regular open hours Friends of the Library are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 Friends group meets every third p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Friends group is time for preschoolers is held every an organization for all who value the pubWednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. lic library as a vital community resource.

Book club “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett, is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell - but it is so much more than just stories. The book club meets Wednesday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site www.balsamlake

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It just wouldn’t be a Danbury Oktoberfest without Klaus Nieder spreading his own brand of good cheer.

The River City Cloggers entertained the crowd at Oktoberfest in Danbury held on Saturday, Aug. 21.

S. G. Edelweiss from St. Paul, Minn., performed numerous traditional German, Bavarian and Austrian dances at the Oktoberfest in Danbury on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Prosit! The German form of cheers was much apparent under the yellowand-white tent set up in the Danbury ball field. Bruce Leonhard of Danbury wore his Danbury Oktoberfest T-shirt for this year’s festivities. Photos by Sherill Summer

ABOVE: Dan Zimmer brought his Dan Zimmer Polka Band to oompah the crowd into action. Steve Vogt of Comstock provided the sound for this year’s Oktoberfest in Danbury, again. This is the eighth year that he has done so.

RIGHT: Shown is Mark LaCourse and his dog Murphy from S. G. Edelweiss of St. Paul. LaCourse gave some history of the dances and costumes of the traditional dancers performing at Danbury’s Oktoberfest.


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Frederic was crowded on Saturday, Aug. 21, between the arts and crafts fair at the Soo Line Depot and Museum and the environmental fair at Coon Lake. Everything from henna (temporary) tattoos (photo at left) by Shondra Pepin to Swiss Army knives to carved Santas (photo at right), the craft fair offered a variety of goods to shop for.

Ray Burgess and family from Bloomer grilled chicken at the North Land Ambulance fundraiser on Saturday in Frederic at the depot park. The Burgess family has been in the chicken-grilling business for 53 years.

Frederic Arts ( sponsored a stilts workshop during the annual arts and craft fair on Saturday. Mark Buley (photo at left) and Sharon Dill (photo above) demonstrated their good balance by walking throughout the fair on stilts. Ken Ruhn and Ken Hackett, longtime members of the North Land Municipal Ambulance Association as volunteers, monitored the cooking of the corn during Saturday’s ambulance corn feed and chicken barbecue fundraiser. The corn came from Lakeside Foods in New Richmond.

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Coon Lake Fair

“He’s bigger than my head!” declared Hurun Ahmed on Saturday at the Coon Lake Fair in Frederic. The kids were enjoying a presentation on all flavors, varieties and sizes of frogs, with this giant leaper as the grand finale. - Photo by Greg Marsten


Randy Korb is the author of the book “Blinky, A Special Gray Tree Frog,”and was a main presenter at the Coon Lake Fair, Saturday, teaching youngsters about amphibians. “Blinky” tells the story of a tree frog hit by a car, who lost one eye. A little boy found her on the side of the road, picked her up and took her to his grandpa, and the frog healed and has been well ever since. The event, along with other activities, was sponsored by the Frederic Parks Board, the Frederic Public Library and the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department. - Photos by Becky Amundson

LEFT: “I think he likes me!” stated Desiree Hughes, 4, on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Coon Lake Fair in Frederic. She was one of several children who enjoyed the lake-related displays and activities especially the frogs. - Photo by Greg Marsten

Lakeland Customer Appreciation

Several future golfers tried out the handmade golf course in Milltown Friday at Lakeland Communications Customer Appreciation Day. The minigolf was one of several activities meant for kids. Dozens of children tried their hand at pond fishing Friday at Lakeland Communications Customer Appreciation Day. The annual event included food, games, prizes and displays on communication equipment and technology. - Photos by Greg Marsten



Music On The Overlook

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As the sun set over the St. Croix River Friday evening, a crowd of approximately 200 people at the Overlook Deck in St. Croix Falls were entertained by “Sharp Dressed Man,” a ZZ Top tribute band from St. Louis, Mo. It was part of the Music On The Overlook free outdoor concert series held each Friday, sponsored by local businesses. Above, bassist Don Lybarger and guitarist Scott Willis play “Legs” as a young man demonstrates his dancing skills. At right, Janey Raven of Mix 105 introduces the band as drummer RJ Hilbers looks on. This Friday wraps up the concert series with bluegrass and square dance music, featuring the Rush River Ramblers. Photos by Gary King

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The Grantsburg High School jazz band was on stage last Friday evening for Music In The Park at Memory Lake Park, playing such favorites (appropriately, with the evening’s humid and hot weather) as “Summertime” for the large crowd in attendance. The band’s performance was the last in the Music In The Park events this summer. The Grantsburg Music Festival Society sponsors MITP through the generous donations from individuals and area businesses. Plans by the group for next year include an expanded performance schedule and fundraising campaign for a permanent performance structure. LEFT: Undeterred by the very warm evening temperature, younger members of the River City Cloggers group Emily Linden and Tashina Martinson wowed the crowd with their lively routes. RIGHT: Miss Grantsburg, Kelsey Meyer and fellow local and budding clogger Cheryl Chelmo joined the River City Cloggers on stage during their Music In The Park performance in Grantsburg on Aug. 20.

River City Clogger members Deb Swenson and Ron Hawkinson were really kicking up their heels for enthusiastic fans during their performance at the Music In The Park event in Grantsburg last Friday evening. Photos by Priscilla Bauer


Feeling mighty lucky to be living here by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN – Oftentimes, people think good positive thoughts about this or that, but never take the time to express them aloud. Dick Faye isn’t one of those people. Faye is, to put it mildly, filled with good thoughts about the community in which he lives. His goal is to make sure other people take the time to look at all the good things that are going on around them and to appreciate the area as much as he does. Faye talks a lot about the good in his community, saying some of the same words over and over in his enthusiasm and appreciation. Words like – “We have great merchants. We should support them.” “You get closer to the kids here.” “The people up here are special.” “This community is something special.” Faye is a member of the Wild River Shrine Club, an organization that has children with physical handicaps at the top of their To-Help list. Every year, the club puts on a Christmas dinner for these children, buying specially selected gifts for Santa Claus to distribute to them. The money to pay for the Christmas dinner comes from work the Shriners do at the watercross in Grantsburg every summer. This year they took in only onethird of the money they usually do because rain hampered some of the watercross activities. Two of the club members, Morris Peterson and Jim Nolby, came up with the idea of having a fundraiser golf tournament, a tournament that was recently held. “What a great community we live in,” Faye said. “Everybody (we talked to) said that they would be glad to help.” Peterson was in the dental chair, telling Dr. Sheldon Olesen about the tournament. Olesen said that his dental clinic would be willing to help. The same was true for Bill Hunter at the Pour House, at Benson Law Office and while getting an oil change at Southside Auto. “There are great merchants here. We should support them, and buy our nuts and bolts from the local hardware. A lot of people take this for granted,” Faye commented. “It’s not just in Siren but Webster, Frederic, all of them. There isn’t one local community that isn’t the same – just great, great people.” Faye credits Olympic hockey player Molly Engstrom for her support of and attendance at the golf tournament. “She is not only a world-class hockey player but a world-class lady,” he said. “She donated her time and energy. This is a young lady who is a real asset to our community. She went above and beyond.” Dick and Phyllis Faye bought a place in the local community back in 1976. Dick was a traveling salesman. Every spring he would get the urge to buy a lake place. Phyllis gave the go-ahead, saying she would go 100 miles out each way, and even giving him a compass to chart the potential area. The two were living in Bloomington, Minn., at the time. They already lived on a lake so there was no real reason for a move, but they found a place just a bit out of the charted area to come to and hunt, fish and camp. They liked the area so much that they started building a home here in 1983. “We built here because of the people. The people were so nice,” Faye said. The two started by coming up to the local area for just a few weekends a year in 1983-84. Then it was every weekend. At first, it was Friday through Sunday. Then it went to Thursday through Sunday, and then Thursday through Monday. Then it came to full time. “It was because of the people. We have had virtually no bad experiences with people – none,” Faye said. “I can’t say enough about that.” At first, Faye wasn’t going to do anything in the local area. Then a friend said to him, “Hey, you are going to be a member of the Shrine Club.” Faye had done Shrine clowning in the Minneapolis area for 20 years, but he had never felt the degree of involvement with the children he got when he joined the Wild River Shrine Club.

Phyllis, too, got quickly hooked. She went along with Dick at one time to take a picture of him clowning. Someone handed her a baby with a congenital hip defeat to hold. That was all it took. She has sewn all of his clown costumes - he performs as Sweet Tooth in local parades and events - and has even put on a clown costume herself at times. Other members of the family, children and grandchildren, have taken to clowing with Faye from time to time. “You get closer to the kids here,” Faye commented. “I am involved, driving them to the Shrine hospital and to parties. I see them on the street. We get much closer (than in the bigger Twin Cities).” The Wild River Shrine Club is responsible for 16 children at the present time, children that receive their help until they reach the age of 18. At that time, they graduate, but they still can receive some services from club members. Faye is grateful to Peggy Strabel, owner of Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts, from whose business Christmas gifts for the children are purchased. “She gives us a discount and wraps everything,” Faye said. “The grocery stores donate cookies for the party.” That’s only one example of merchants going above and beyond for their community. Faye said that his mother is a great shopper, a woman who loves to shop, anywhere, anytime. She and Phyllis are of the opinion that the grocery stores in Siren and Webster have items at prices as much as 50 percent lower than Cub Foods in the Cities. Another example that Faye personally experienced was at the time of an auto accident awhile ago. “Within

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I know how I feel about this community. I want other people to know how I feel. – Dick Faye a day, I had a car in the garage, even though I couldn’t drive it,” he said. The car, one of two brought over to him to look at, was brought over to his house by Terry Larsen and Bob Brewster from Larsen Auto Center. Faye’s son couldn’t believe that such personal service was being provided to his dad. “People who only come up on weekends get a different attitude once they come up here (more),” Faye said. Take it from someone who knows. “The community is something special. There are so many examples of people going above and beyond.” Just ask Dick Faye. Stay connected to your community.

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New Red Cross blood drive sponsor at Frederic FREDERIC – The two Red Cross blood drives Frederic has hosted each year have a new sponsor. The drives will still be held at St. Luke’s Methodist Church but the Frederic Lioness Group will be sponsoring the drive. The Legion Auxiliary membership had reached a new low and more help was needed for the drives. Since the Lioness ladies will be in charge they will be listed as sponsors. They will welcome all the loyal donors and volunteers who gave their support each year to the auxiliary. Leaders were Burnett Dairy donating all the cheese during Dairy Month; Bremer Bank and U.S. Bank for helping with postage expense for appointment cards mailed to donors; Frederic grocery, churches and all the other organizations for donations of food; volunteers who bake cookies and those who work the twoday drive. It was a sad decision for the auxiliary members to make, but the shrinking membership indicated if the blood drives were to continue, a change was needed. There is a saying that the next best feeling, if you can’t donate blood, is to work at and with a blood drive. Each year the demand for a steady supply of blood can only be provided by

healthy donors who volunteer to give the gift of life. If you are looking for a worthwhile cause to participate in please consider helping at a blood drive. They need folks to call the donors and make appointments. The packet comes with the Red Cross cards, address labels, and labels with location, dates and times. Everyone seems too busy these days, but donors will surprise you, they care and the concern can be heard in their voice as they ask about what time is good or they need an appointment for later in the day. The auxiliary started the blood drives in 1952 and it has always been a Do good, feel good, project. The auxiliary is proud the Lioness members will step in and take over and continue a program such as blood drives, where the main goal and purpose is to care and help others. Some members of the auxiliary have been involved with the blood drives for 50-60 years and you may see some of them at the next drive as volunteers. The next blood drive will be held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17, and the new Lioness coordinators are Phyllis Wilder and Phyllis Meyer. – submitted by Dorothea Jensen, secretary/treasurer and previous coordinator

Legion, FFA donate toward tree replacement FREDERIC - The Frederic American Legion and Frederic Chapter of Future Farmers of America will be donating money to replace trees that were recently destroyed by vandalism. The Legion has pledged to donate $100. The Frederic School District is very appreciative of the donation and is requesting additional donations from community members and organizations to replace approximately $600 worth of destroyed trees. During the week of Aug. 17, a person or persons vandalized property at the 7-12 school site destroying trees by running over them with a vehicle.

The district regrets that several of the destroyed trees were planted in memory of deceased members of the community. However, with the help of donated funds, the trees will be replaced with similarsized trees during the fall planting season. If you or your organization is willing to contribute in the tree replacement, please contact the Frederic School District office at 715-327-5630. If you have any knowledge of this vandalism please contact the school district at 715-327-5630 or the Frederic Police Department at 715-327-8851. from Frederic School District

1989 to help Bernick’s Beverages and Vending, and the Bernick Family, support organizations that reflect the family’s core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs. Founded in 1916, Bernick’s Beverages and Vending, Inc. is a fourth-generation family-owned business, providing beverage, vending and food service solutions. The Waite Park, Minn., based company has a long tradition of investing in its local communities to improve quality of life. In addition to their support through the foundation, Bernick’s Beverages and Vending continues as a longtime philanthropic leader through direct financial and in-kind donations to over 100 causes each year. In total, Bernick’s supports the com-

munities it serves with contributions equaling 5 percent of net profit each year. “The foundation is honored to work with Bernick’s as they continue their generosity in our communities and beyond,” said Steve Joul, president of the Community Foundation. “They are outstanding corporate citizens.” CMCF, based in St. Cloud, is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the residents of various Central Minnesota counties. It is one of more than 700 community foundations nationwide and has assets of $60 million. - submitted

Six generations celebrate Hazel Bohn of Frederic, who turns 103 this month, celebrated Father’s Day weekend with family members. Joining her were daughter, Wanell Hansen of Frederic; grandson, Jerry Hansen of Danbury; great-grandson, Lee Rivard of Spooner; greatgreat-granddaughter, Brittney Piel of Eau Claire and 5-monthold great-great-greatg r a n d d a u g h t e r, Peyton Piel. – Photo submitted

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The Frederic Class of 1954 celebrated their reunion recently. Shown front row (L to R) are: Roger Miller, Miles Johnson, Harry Baker, Joanne Johnson McClay, Doris Chapman Woodbridge, Sandy Christansen and Sally Christiansen Bair. Middle row: Martha Berglind Nwaobia, Maxine Mott Nolby, Selma Peterson Christiansen, Patricia West Bergman, Muriel Vangsgard Anderson, MaryAnne Hunnicutt Frandsen, Pat LaBrant Hop, Lavonne Mork Boyer and Shirley Larsen Konshaug. Back row: Marlene Hill Leiffring, Marlys Fulkerson Spencer, Gene Shefland, Arne D. Peterson, Lena Rundblade LaValle, Paul Amundson and Bruce Tromberg. – Photo submitted

The Frederic Class of 1955 gathered for a reunion at the home of Milton and MaryLou Daeffler recently. Shown are back row (L to R): Joanne (Johnson) Zellmer, Mary (Nelson) Carlson, Roger Gundlach, Robert Nelson, Gary Bohn, Gerald Johnson, David Dougherty, Ted Zinn and Milton Daeffler. Middle row: Susan (Stower) Bohn, Leo Carlson, Francis Meyer and David Kammer. Front row: Cathy (Bergman) Burr, Betty (Engelhart) Tromberg, Julie (Sisco) Foulke, Dorothy (Gustafson) Kammer and Eileen (Daeffler) Wikstrom. – Photo submitted

The class of ’64 from Grantsburg High School met Saturday, July 24, at the Spirit Lake home of Betty and Charles Linden for the 46th class reunion. These graduates turned 64 years old this year and were born in 1946. Pictured back row (L to R) are: Joe Paulson, Gordon Bowman (hidden), Richard Olson, Paul Johnson, Richard Swanson, Harold Marek, Duane Gabrielson, Rick Peterson, Ken Edaburn (hidden), Doug Dewing and Doug Segelstrom. Second row: Gordon Daydodge Rogers, Clarence Daydodge, Sue (Drohman) Knutson, Mary (Simonson) Stevens, Jill (Erickson) Quale, Elsie (Engstrand) Lewis, Mary Lou (Hoff) Barstow, Sue (Danielson) Segelstrom, Pam (Marek) Goldsworthy, Lois (Adolphson) Lee and Pat (Linden) Foley. Kneeling front row: Randy Swift, Betty (Olson) Linden, Janice (Christian) Olson, Pauline (Davison) Swift, Janet (Marek) Freeman, Gloria (Flodin) Pavlak and Delight (Anderson) Hale. – Photo submitted

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Show, don't tell In story writing, authors are advised to show action rather than tell about it. It’s better to write, “Sam’s heart beat fast as a bird’s wing as the tornado raced along the highway” than to say, “Sam was scared of the approaching storm cloud.” Instead of telling the reader that “Susie was upset when she saw her kitty up in the tree,” show action to satisfy the reader. “Susie’s stomach flipped over at the sight of her kitty clinging to a thin, wavering branch high in the maple tree.” The phrase, “It was a beautiful day” says almost nothing. How can the reader visualize a beautiful day unless we show by our words that purple sunrise peeking over snow-capped Old Baldy as a wispy breeze stirs among pines? It’s better to show than tell in our spiritual lives also. “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves … Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 1:22, 2:18 ) It’s easier to say, “I’ll pray for you,” than to pray for the person on the spot. It’s easier to say, “I love you,” without showing some token of our love. It’s easier to tell a needy neighbor, “I’ll call you,” or “Let me know if you need anything,” rather than “May I bring you a meal tonight?” Words tend to slip from our lips too easily. We may recite our creed: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth …” the same day we face a new problem and, disregarding our professed belief, struggle with our own solution. God must be disappointed when we offer him lip service only instead of showing by our actions that we truly do trust him. Jesus showed his love through his good works, and we are to follow his example. Paul prays in Colossians 1:10 that we “may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him, being fruitful in every good work.” By showing the love of Christ in concrete ways rather than merely telling about him, we bless not only the recipient but God himself. Lord, help us to Show, don’t tell. Use us to better show others your love, mercy, and grace through our actions rather than merely through our words. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

A retreat for all women TREGO – The Lakeside Community Lutheran Church women will be hosting their 19th-annual Fall Retreat on Monday, Sept. 20, at the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat in Trego from 8:30 – 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker, Michelle Rayburn, will inspire the group with Treasures of the Heart, the theme for this year’s retreat. Residing in New Auburn, Rayburn is a well-known writer, lecturer and recording artist with a Master of Arts in ministry leadership from Crown College. With her passion, she will help the group discover the “Jewels” in our “Treasure Chest” by connecting the dots between faith, creativity and everyday life. The fee for the entire day, $25, includes all sessions and gourmet lunch. This is an interdenominational retreat, all women are welcome. Please contact the co-chairs, Katie Childs at 715-866-7547 or Jan Myers at 715-259-7943 for more information and tickets. – submitted


Lyle L. Eng

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Lyle L. Eng, 58, Balsam Lake, died Aug. 22, 2010, at his home after a long battle with a chronic illness. Lyle was born May 4, 1952, in Amery, to Clifford and Margaret Eng and grew up on the Eng farm in Garfield. He attended St. Croix Falls High School furthering his education at WITC in Rice Lake. After college, he worked in Ridgeland and Bellanca Aircraft in Osceola. Then went to work for his father, owner of Roadway Surfacing Inc.; later became the owner and was part of Roadway for over 40 years. On April 8, 1972, Lyle married Mavis Lundgren of Amery. They were blessed with two children and made their home in Balsam Lake. As a family, they enjoyed spending time in Dairyland at the hunting shack, boating on lakes and rivers, traveling and camping. Lyle had a passion for the outdoors. He was often known to his hunting party as Chief, Blacktop and Eagleeye. He could spot deer, fox and other game and be successful with shots well over 200 yards. Wednesday night was his night to spend with friends at the Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club shooting trap and playing cards with his cronies. In addition to hunting and fishing in Wisconsin, he had the opportunity to hunt in Colorado and fish in Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Mavis; son, Jason (Michelle) and granddaughter Amelia of Prior Lake, Minn.; daughter, Angela and granddaughter Abigail of Coon Rapids, Minn.; sisters, Joyce McKenzie and Sandra (Gene) Belisle both of St. Croix Falls; niece, Kelley (Dan) Sylte of Amery; and many relatives and friends. A celebration of Lyle’s life will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m., at St. Croix Valley Funeral Home, with services outside at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with arrangements.

Irene M. Larson, 84, Clear Lake, died Aug. 19, 2010, while riding by her family home. She was born Jan. 21, 1926, to August and Bertha Brihn in the farm home, where her husband, Morgan Larson, was raised and later they raised their family. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1944 and received voice training at McPhail School of Music, piano and completed the Dale Carniege course and computer training at WITC, in New Richmond. She worked as a secretary at the Clear Lake Creamery, Louis F. Dow Company, as a private cook for the Ralph Overholtz family, a nutrition clerk at Pavo’s Health Store, Minneapolis, Minn., and farmer. She married Morgan Larson June 8, 1946, and had three children, Robbin, Royce and Rebecca. She was choir director, teacher, Bible/Sunday school superintendant, and Ladies Aid president at Moe Lutheran Church. Later she received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pleasant Plain Gospel Church in Cameron and grew in understanding of the love relationship with Jesus Christ at Christ Gospel Church. There she grew in the knowledge and personal experience of the Lord, which kept her strong as she ministered to her husband at home for 10 years as a stroke patient. She, in more recent years, fellowshipped at United Covenant, Clear Lake, and Grace Community Church, Turtle Lake. She enjoyed her granddaughters, gardening, cooking, sewing, singing with the German Choir, being at the Lake Wapogasset cottage, traveling to Israel, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, campfires at home, and sharing special times with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, August Brihn and Bertha Gregersen; sisters, Elsie Brihn and Loretta Johnson; brothers, Paul Brihn, Russell Brihn and Leo Brihn; husband, Morgan Larson; and her daughterin-law, Sandi Feste Larson. She is survived by children, Robbin Larson, Royce Larson, Rebecca Larson Manecke; daughter-in-law, Angela Anderson Larson; and son-in-law, Steve Manecke; grandchildren, Taylor Larson, Allegra Larson and Talbott Manecke. Funeral service at the United Covenant Church in Clear Lake was held on Monday, Aug. 23. Pastor Ken Mandley officiated at the service. Musicians were Margaret Peterson and Rebecca Larson. Casket bearers were Mark Anderson, Jim Anderson, Matt Anderson, Paul Brihn, Dave Brihn, David Johnson, Denny Larson and Rusty Witthoft. Interment was at Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake. Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home in Clear Lake was entrusted with arrangements.

Swedish Lutheran choir to perform

BRANSTAD – The internationally known Swedish Lutheran choir Mariakören will be performing on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in Branstad as part of their 2010 U.S. Tour. Mariakören was founded 1990 by Lennart Johansson, the minister of music of the Swedish Lutheran Church, who has studied music at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Opera School in Stockholm. Johansson, who has presented several successful singing tours in the USA, is a soloist as well as a choir director. The very talented Johansson is also a composer, writing160 songs of his own. The first 15 members of Mariakören were parents of girls in one of Lennart’s children’s choirs, and as word spread about the choir it grew to today’s approximately 65 members. The choir has toured in northern and southern Sweden and has also made singing tours in Spain, the Canary Islands and Great Britain. The choir performs 12-15 times per year in churches

and concert halls with a repertoire consisting of sacred music as well as Swedish folk music, composed and arranged mainly by Johansson. Bethany Lutheran is proud to present Mariakören, celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, and invites everyone to the group’s performance. Refreshments will be served following the concert and a freewill offering will be taken in support of the choir. submitted

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Penny A. Teeters Penny A. Teeters, 67, Osceola, died at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. Penny was born Oct. 30, 1942, at Ann Arbor, Mich., to Harold and Alyce Shepherd. On Nov. 1, 1974, she married David Teeters at Cherokee, Okla. She worked at Medtronic soldering medical devices. In her free time, she enjoyed reading and painting. Penny was preceded in death by her parents and infant twin brothers. She is survived by her husband, David; son, Zach of Osceola; daughters, Sharon Kimball of Jewett, Texas and Karen Davis of Killeen, Texas; and six grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola with the Rev. Bruce Brooks officiating. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Farmington. Condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Joanne L. (Rognholt) Pittman Joanne L. Pittman, 71, Reeve, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Luther Midelfort Northland Hospital in Barron after a courageous three-month battle with cancer. Joanne Louise Rognholt was born on Nov. 19, 1938, in New Richmond, the daughter of Clarence J. and Clara S. (Hoff) Rognholt. Their family later moved to Wilson, where she grew up and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1956. Joanne was married to Theodore L. “Ted” Pittman Jr. in Menomonie on June 1, 1957. They lived for a short time in St. Paul, Minn., where she was employed at St. Paul Fire and Marine. They returned to the Reeve area in 1960, and she worked various jobs, including time at Nova Tran and Franklin Signal in Clear Lake. Joanne also did home day care and worked at the Golden Age Manor in Amery before becoming a cook for the Clear Lake School District. During this time, Joanne and Ted also raised five children, Ted III, Teresa, Troy, Trudy and Todd. Joanne enjoyed gardening (both flowers and vegetables), cooking, canning, camping, snowmobiling, and motorcycling with Ted. Joanne was a member of the SnoJammers of Boyceville, the Reeve Farmerettes Homemakers Club and was an active member of the Reeve Evangelical Free Church for many years. She also loved to travel and took numerous trips with Ted and her family. Joanne’s travels included vacations in Washington state; Arizona; California; the Black Hills and Badlands; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Branson, Mississippi; Michigan, Canada and Alaska. She took trips to Europe, including Italy, Norway and Spain. Joanne also loved to go to garage sales and auctions in search of bargains and antiques. She was especially fond of collecting pink Depression glass. She also enjoyed decorating for every holiday or season, both inside and outside her home. Joanne was proud of her Norwegian heritage and loved to attend church dinners in the area especially if they were serving lutefisk. She also enjoyed attending plays, supporting the CLHS sports and music programs. Joanne also was the caretaker of the Vance Creek Town Hall for many years. She especially loved visiting with her family and friends and was always ready to offer you to “have a little lunch.” She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted; parents, Clarence and Clara Rognholt; brothers, James, Harold, Harland and Conrad Rognholt; sisters, Harriet Mueller, Mildred Martell, Cleo Rognholt, Lucille Prantner and Norma Hillstead. She is survived by sons and daughters, Theodore L. (Lora Harms) Pittman III of Madison, Troy (Sandy Linkert) Pittman of Lakeville, Minn., Todd (Kim) Pittman of St. Louis, Mo., Teresa (Ken) Barrick of Barron and Trudy (Isiaka) Pittman-Barrow of Madison; seven grandchildren, Justin Schultz, Emily Schultz, BreeSean Pittman, Brendan Pittman, Braden Pittman, Trevor Millsaps-Fair and Turner Pittman; brothers and sisters, Rodney and Bonnie Rognholt, Lyman and Rose Rognholt and Lyla and Myron Marlette; sister-in-law, Donna Rognholt; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service was held at the Reeve Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, Aug. 21. Clergy was the Rev. Todd Groat. Musicians were Nancy Bergmann, Niles Ellingson, Gary Beestman and Alger and Lorraine Monson. Casket bearers were Allen Libby, Alger Monson, Jeff Pittman, Doug Cahow, Robert Ludtke and Richard Moe. Honorary casket bearers were Joanne’s seven grandchildren. Interment was at Reeve Cemetery in Reeve. Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Clear Lake were entrusted with arrangements.

OBITUARIES Christine M. Carpenter

Gerald Olson

Christine M. Carpenter, 49, Balsam Lake, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Marty; three children, Starr L. Carpenter, Shilo R. Padillo and Joe Carpenter; five grandchildren, Selena, Salysh, Jayden, Jamie and Yesenia; sister, Cindy L. Sheehey; and brother, Henry J. (Sonny) Mandeville Jr.; parents, Josie De’Armond and Jack Gladden; sister, Amanda Wilson; and brothers, Jack, John, Tim and Tom Gladden; and family friend, Jerry Cozby. Christine was preceded in death by her dad, Henry J. Mandeville Sr., and sister, Romona Mandeville. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Osceola on Tuesday, Aug. 24, with Father Tom Thompson officiating. Music was provided by Janelle Sutherland. A complete obit will follow in the near future. As information is updated it can be found on the following Web sites: and or call Bruce Rowe at 715472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Gerald Olson, 66, a resident of Webb Lake, died Aug. 21, 2010. Jerry was born Feb. 19, 1944, in St. Paul, Minn., and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1962. Jerry was a fun-loving man who lived by the phrase, “Life is good.” Jerry is survived by his two sons, Bryan and Michael; four daughters, Missy, Cyndi, Carol and Heidi; his brother, Truman; and sister, Rachel; 11 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Lakeside Community Lutheran Church, with Pastor Roger Pittman officiating. Interment followed at the Webb Lake Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Thomas Cotteleer Thomas Cotteleer, 54, Dresser, died Aug. 14, 2010, at the VA Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn. Funeral services were held Aug. 19, at the Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery near Sarona. The Edling Funeral Home of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with arrangements.

Robert “Bob” L. Rieck Robert “Bob” L. Rieck, 64, Eau Claire, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at Clairemont Nursing and Rehabilitation. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; mother, Linda Rieck of Webb Lake; children, Dan Rieck of Eau Claire, Becky (John) Fleming of Bowling Brook, Ill., and Brian Rieck of Eau Claire; grandchildren, David Rieck, Sarah and James Fleming; former wife, Martha Rintoul of Illinios. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Arthur. A graveside service was held Saturday, Aug. 21, at Webb Lake Cemetery in Webb Lake with the Rev. Randy J. Olson officiating. Please visit obituaries at to send your condolence to the family. Evengreen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Eau Claire was entrusted with arrangements.

Carol Anne Booth Carol Anne Booth, 74, of St. Croix Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Osceola Medical Center. She was born on May 18, 1936, in North Mankato, Minn., to Frank and Jennie (Caswell) Kilmer. Carol was preceded in death by husband, Richard Zahnow; daughter, Dawn Peeples; son-in-law, Michael Jones; stepson, Richard Booth; sisters, Morna Wardell, Rachael Ott and June Watts; and brother, Gerald Kilmer. Carol is survived by husband, LeRoy Booth; daughter, Rae Ann (Curtis) Wiley; son, James Zahnow; son-inlaw, Dwayne Peeples; stepchildren, Judy (Jerry) Wood, Vicky Howe, Robert Booth, Rodney Booth, Jeff Booth, Darrell Booth, Nancy Holmgren, Kevin Booth and Jamie Booth; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon and Vernon Kilmer; sisters, Arlette Austin and Dorothy (Chad) Diehl. A celebration of her life was held at First Baptist Church, Milltown, on Saturday Aug. 7. Interment was at Wolf Creek Cemetery. Officiating was Pastor Marlon Mielke. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with arrangements.

Janos Babos Janos Babos, 77, Grantsburg, died Aug. 13, 2010, at the Burnett Medical Center, Grantsburg. Janos is survived by his son, John, Minneapolis, Minn. A graveside service was held on Friday, Aug. 20, at Riverside Cemetery, Grantsburg. The Edling Funeral Home of Grantsburg was entrusted with arrangements.

Marjorie A. Tangness Marjorie Amelia Tangness, 87, died Aug. 18, 2010, at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, Minn. Marjorie, the daughter of Sigurd and Ida (Aagenson) Peterson, was born in Two Harbors, Minn., on Oct. 22, 1922. She was the oldest of their seven children and grew up and received her education at Two Harbors. In December of 1941, she married Magne Tangness of the Lax Lake and Silver Bay areas near Two Harbors. To this union three children were born: Robert, Allan and Nancy. At the time of Magne’s death in 1997, they had been married for 55 years. After Magne returned from his tour of duty with the U.S. Army, they lived in Duluth, Minn., for a few years prior to moving to the Minneapolis area. While living in Duluth, Marjorie enrolled at St. Luke’s Hospital for training to become a nurse’s aide. She worked at Glen Lake Sanatorium, Methodist Hospital and Fairview Southdale Hospital. She and Magne were caretakers of a private estate near Wayzata, Minn., for a few years before moving to Luck, where they purchased a farm. Marjorie was approved to be matron of a nursing home there and also did specialty care for patients at the Frederic Hospital. Upon their retirement, Marjorie and Magne moved to Pine City, Minn., where they built a new home. Marjorie kept herself busy with employment at the Ben Franklin, Nelsons’ Bakery and the Frances Ann Shop. She also worked at the Best Western in Hinckley for a few years. Marjorie was a long-time member of the American Legion, enjoyed dancing, gardening and tending to her flowers. She and Magne enjoyed hiking together in the woodlands. Marjorie always said she could never live where there were no trees. Her family was very important to her and she always enjoyed whenever they could get together. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Sigurd and Ida Peterson; husband, Magne Tangness; sister, Lucille Brown; and brothers Jerry and Lawrence Peterson. She is survived by her children: Robert Tangness of Lowell, Ariz., Nancy Anderson of Rush City, Minn. and Allan Tangness of Richfield, Minn.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; sisters, Elaine Burke, Coon Rapids, Minn. and Joyce (Gordon) Wibstad, Brandon, Minn.; and special friend, Ed Chromey, Pine City, Minn. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City, Minn., with the Rev. Craig Jorgenson officiating. The Funeral and Cremation Service – Swanson Chapel, Pine City, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Ian P. Fossum Ian P. Fossum, 14, Grantsburg, died Aug. 22, 2010. A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in North Branch, Minn. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Online condolences can be made at A full obituary will be published at a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Homes, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.



To improve our schools, parents must get involved QUESTION: What can we as parents do to improve public schools in our area? DR. DOBSON: Most educators know that parental involvement is absolutely critical to what public schools are trying to do. Others (fortunately not the majority) see themselves as the professionals and resent parental interference. We should never accede to that idea. Parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their kids, and they should not surrender that authority. Educators are their employees, paid with tax dollars, and are accountable to the school-board members whom parents elect. The best schools are those with the greatest parental involvement and support. With that understanding, let me urge you to visit your child’s school to answer questions of interest to you. Does the staff understand the necessity for structure, respect and discipline in the classroom? If so, why don’t you call your child’s teacher and the principal and express your appreciation to them. They could use a pat on the back. Tell them you stand ready to assist in carrying out their important mission. If your school system is not so oriented, get involved to help turn the tide. Meet with parent

Focus on the Family Dr. James Dobson groups. Join the PTA. Review the textbooks. Work for the election of schoolboard members who believe in traditional values and academic excellence. Let me say it again: Schools function best when the time-honored principle of local control – by parents – prevails. I believe it is making a comeback. ••• QUESTION: Schools are asked to accomplish many things on behalf of our kids today. They are even expected to teach them how to have sex without spreading disease. What part of the curriculum would you give the greatest priority? DR. DOBSON: Schools that try to do everything may wind up doing very little. That’s why I believe we should give priority to the academic fundamentals – what used to be called “readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic’.” Of those three, the most important is basic literacy. An appalling number of students graduating from high school can’t even read the employ-

Peace Lutheran to host free clothing event DRESSER – Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser will again host its free clothing event on Monday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. Free clothing, suitable for fall and winter wear, will be available to the general public at this event. All items are clean and in good condition, having been donated by members and friends of the Peace Lutheran congregation. The public is asked to please comply with the hours of the clothing share and not arrive

before 2 p.m. out of respect to the church staff and their working schedule. The free clothing event is sponsored by the church’s social ministries program, which is designed to reach out to area residents through a variety of public assistance services and activities. To learn more about the program and how it can help you or people you know, please call the church at 715-755-2515. submitted

ment page of the newspaper or comprehend an elementary book. Every one of those young men and women will suffer years of pain and embarrassment because of our failure. That misery starts at a very young age. A 10th-grade boy was once referred to me because he was dropping out of school. I asked why he was quitting, and he said with great passion, “I’ve been miserable since first grade. I’ve felt embarrassed and stupid every year. I’ve had to stand up and read, but I can’t even understand a second-grade book. You people have had your last laugh at me. I’m getting out.” I told him I didn’t blame him for the way he felt; his suffering was our responsibility. Teaching children to read should be “Job One” for educators. Giving boys and girls that basic skill is the foundation on which other learning is built. Unfortunately, millions of young people are still functionally illiterate after completing 12 years of schooling and receiving high school diplomas. There is no excuse for this failure. Research shows that every student, with very few exceptions, can be taught to read if the task is approached creatively and individually. Admittedly, some can’t learn in group settings because their minds wander and they don’t ask questions as readily. They require one-on-one instruction from trained

reading specialists. It is expensive for schools to support these remedial teachers, but no expenditure would be more helpful. Special techniques, teaching machines and behavior-modification techniques can work in individual cases. Whatever is required, we must provide it. Furthermore, the sooner this help can be given, the better for the emotional and academic well-being of the child. By the fourth or fifth grades, he or she has already suffered the humiliation of reading failure. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from “Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House. Copyright 2010 James Dobson Inc., Distributed by Universal UClick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 64106; 816-581-7500

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Tot time at Rally Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church Peace Lutheran Church DRESSER – Sunday school for 4-year-olds through grade 12 begins Rally Sunday, Sept. 12. Classes are held between services from 9:35 to 10:45 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Rally Day will be a Family Sunday School Event with parent participation. The community is invited. Please contact the church office to register at 715-755-2515. submitted

DRESSER – Tot time, an hour of Bible stories, music, crafts and a snack, is held the first and third Tuesdays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., during the school year, September through May, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. The community is welcome. Please contact the church office to register at 715755-2515. - submitted

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




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



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


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

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.


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


Pastor Mark Richardson, 715-755-2562 Pastor Mike Winick 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Contemporary Serv. 8:00 a.m.; Sunday Traditional Service 9:30 a.m.; Fourth Sunday of the month outdoor services at 9:30 a.m.


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; 715-472-8153, Office/Kit. - 715-472-2535 Exploring Prayer 8:15 a.m.; Adult Bible Study 8:30 a.m.; Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sun.; Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. School 9 a.m.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


(Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter, 715-327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:45 a.m. Communion - 1st & 3rd 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. 9 a.m.; Sat. Worship. 7 p.m.


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


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





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

Pastor Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10:45 a.m., Wed. 5:45 p.m. (SeptMay), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer) Sat. 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 1

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 - 10:30 a.m.

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

Pastor Gerald Heinecke Phone 715-327-8608; Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays





Pastor Emory Johnson 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.


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 Catherine Burnette 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


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


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

ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN - LUCK 1614 CTH, North Luck Office Ph.715-472-2605; Dial-A-Devotion 715-472-2345 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


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


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


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

TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN OSCEOLA 300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship at 9 a.m.; Fellowship Bible Class at 10:15 a.m.


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship following service


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


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


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


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

GRACE UNITED - WEBSTER 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.

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


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


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

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



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



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

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



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 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Souper service Wed. 5:15 p.m.

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




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


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


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

290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m. Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT



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


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

UNITED COVENANT - CLEAR LAKE Pastor Gary Tonn Praise Time 8 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:20 a.m. CATHOLIC


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


Pastor - Father 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.





EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor David Sollitt 715-857-5411 or 715-268-2651 Worship Service - 9 a.m.; Sunday School-10:15 a.m.


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


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


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


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

Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Wed. 5 p.m. (Summer), Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.




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

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.

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





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


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




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

Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8:15 a.m., Thurs. 11:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.


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


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

Church Phone 715-866-4111; Rev. Merrill Olson - Pastor Sun. School - 9:30 a.m.; Wor. - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)

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


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




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



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




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

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




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



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

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



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


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



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.


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


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

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

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



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




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.

1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Pastors Dan and Claudia Denissen Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. (No child care available) Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. “Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-483-2911 Pastor’s res./office Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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Wadena visit WADENA, Minn. – Twenty-one people from the Siren area, under the direction of Pastor Steve Ward and Siren High School Food Service Manager Deb Jaskolka, traveled four hours each way to Wadena, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 21, to serve a meal to people in the area affected by a June 17 F-4 tornado. The purpose of the trip was to pass on a gesture made by 24 people from Comfrey, Minn., who brought a meal, good cheer and encouragement to Siren-area residents following the Siren tornado June 18, 2001. – Nancy Jappe

A group of workers from the Siren area worked on removing debris from a site in Wadena, Minn. Included in that group are Debie Pope, Webster; two of her daughters and Vern Moss, whose home in the town of Dewey was destroyed during the June 2001 tornado. Moss worked in the field during the day Wednesday, Aug. 18, then played piano for diners as they ate the supper meal provided for them at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Photos by Nancy Jappe

Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden expressed his and the city’s appreciation for the effort made by the people from the Siren area. He was advised to seriously consider passing the gesture on to anyone affected by a later tornado, as the Siren people were doing by repeating the gesture made by the people from Comfrey, Minn., back in 2001 in Siren.

This is what remains of one of the houses in the tornado-stricken area of Wadena, Minn., a community of 4,200 people that was hit by a tornado in June. Note the steps leading up to nowhere. The house of Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt, new pastor at Clam Falls and Zion Lutheran, Bone Lake, was one of those destroyed by this tornado. One home under repair, seen by some of the 21 Siren-area people who went over to help, was wrapped entirely in a plastic film-type material.

Kitchen helpers who traveled nearly four hours each way to bring a meal to the people in the tornado-stricken area of Wadena, Minn., are shown here (L to R): Deb Jaskolka, Heather Marth, Sharon Richison, Cheryl Turnbull and Barb Holcomb. A total of 21 people from the Siren area made the trip on Aug. 18, taking food, workers and positive thought to those coping with the effects of this destructive summer storm.

(L to R): Ron Jensen, Grantsburg; a guide from Wadena; Steve Ward, Webster, coordinator of the Wadena tornado-recovery effort; and John Boyer, Frederic, are shown as they did tornado repair work near the cemetery in Wadena, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 18.

This photo shows what was left of the Wadena High School after the tornado had passed through. School will start for students soon but not in this building. Preschoolers and Head Start students will go to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, elementary students at their undamaged elementary school, seventh- and eighth-graders at an old school in Deer Creek and high schoolers at the technical college in the city. Readying food for serving at the 5 p.m. meal at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Wadena, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 18, were (L to R): Sarah McCarty, Sharon Richison, Siren; LaVonne Boyer, Frederic; and Barbara Geske, Siren.

No evidence of the F-4 tornado that struck Wadena, Minn., June 17, can be seen as you approach the city from the east. The tornado struck on the west side of the city, destroying the high school, the community center, taking down trees in the cemetery and destroying or seriously damaging homes in a stretch of that area.

Siren High School’s food service manager, Deb Jaskolka (L), had high praise for all those who helped her prepare food to serve to people in the tornado area of Wadena, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 18. She had a hug in this photo for helper Sharon Richison. Jaskolka went above and beyond what could be expected in putting together a first-class evening meal, an effort that brought a great deal of credit to her and to the Siren-area residents who helped her. “Compliments to the cook” were words heard all over the dining room of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, site of the meal.


Coming events

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Photo by Gary King


• Red Hat Ravishing Rubies will meet at Emily’s Luncheon Antique & Crafts at noon.

THURS. & SAT./26 & 28


St. Croix Falls


• “Proof” at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387,


THURS.-SUN./26-29 Grantsburg

• Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Potluck supper at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 5:15 p.m. Every Wednesday.


• Wisconsin Hunter Education Course at Crex Meadows Education Center. Sign up Sept. 1. Class days are Sept. 7 - Sept. 11, 715-463-2900.

• Ag Society Fair at the fairgrounds. Demo derby, Fri. 7:30 p.m. & Sun. 6 p.m.; tractor pull, Sat. 5 p.m., parade Sat. 1:30 p.m., 715-463-2302.



Grantsburg (Branstad)

• Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall at Veterans Park.

• Swedish choir Mariakören at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-463-5746.



Balsam Lake

• Burnett County sheriff candidates forum at the government center, 7 p.m.

• Child safety seat check at the Justice Center, 3-6 p.m., 715-483-0431,



• Garden tea at the Forts, 715-866-8890,


• Scouting sign-up for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at the elementary school during open house, 56:30 p.m.


• Polk County Genealogical Society meeting at the museum/library, noon. • Historical society meeting at the library/museum, subject: tractors, 7 p.m., 715-472-2030.


• The Power of Twang at Crooked Lake Park orchestra shell, 7-9 p.m., 715-349-8399, • Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Doors open 4:30 p.m., distribution 5-6:30 p.m.

Trevor Goepfert got ready to “pick” some tomatoes at the Grantsburg Farmers Market last week. There’s an abundance of fresh veggies available each week at area farmers markets. Shop for a listing of locations, dates and times of area markets at - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

St. Croix Falls

• Rush River Ramblers at the Overlook Deck, 6:30 p.m., • “Red, White and Tuna” at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387, • Community BBQ, pie & ice-cream social at St. Croix Falls United Methodist Church, 4-7 p.m., 763-639-3622.

• Polk County Special Olympics auction at Holiday Inn Express, 11 a.m. • Free car wash at the Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.




FRI. & SAT./27 & 28

• Picnic in the Park at Lake Wapogasset, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Community club rummage sale at the town hall, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 25¢ tent 7:30 a.m.

• Fox Creek Gun Club’s turkey shoot at Blacksmith Shop, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



Webb Lake


• Annual Wild Rice Festival at the tribal grounds. Powwow grand entries Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 1 & 7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., 715-986-4777.


Balsam Lake

• Youth fishing clinic at Thorson Park on Big Wood Lake, 8 a.m., 715-566-1057 or 715-463-2900. • Fair parade day, pie & ice-cream social at Methodist church, 12:30-4 p.m.



• Women & Youth Outdoor Experience at South Fork Sporting Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-472-2253, 715-3274954.


• Summer wild plant walks at Standing Cedars Land Conservancy, 9-11 a.m.,

• Open house for Amery artists Gregg & Zoe Rochester at Café Wren, 5-8 p.m., 715-472-4700, • Fish fry at Burnett Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715349-5923.

St. Croix Falls

Osceola Range

• Apple River Fire & Rescue pancake breakfast at the fire department, 6-11 a.m.



• Dining at Five at the senior center, 5 p.m., 715-3492845. • Marine Corps League Meeting at Little Mexico, 7 p.m., 715-327-4882,

FRI. & SAT./3 & 4 Siren

• Schwan’s truckload fundraiser for Siren United Methodist Church at Crooked Lake Park, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

FRI.-SUN./3-5 Cushing

• Men’s fast-pitch softball tourney.

• Dairyland donkey baseball at the ballpark, 2 p.m., 715491-3803. • Music by Great Adventure Gospel Band at Skonewood Christian Retreat Center, 7 p.m.


• Assumption Catholic Church Fall Festival, 11 a.m.4 p.m.


• Mike Hansen & Doug Ammerman gospel music at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 10:30 a.m.

FRI.-MON./3-6 Balsam Lake

• Girl Scout fundraiser Corn on the Curb Days behind Anglers Inn, 715-485-3334.

FRIDAY/3 Siren

• Fish fry at Burnett Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715349-5923.


SAT. & SUN./4 & 5

St. Croix Falls

• Arts & crafts show. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.3 p.m.

• Burnett County Tavern League golf tournament at Siren National. 1 p.m. shotgun start, 715-349-5755. • Meridene performs at Planet Supply, 512-487-5005. • Erin Prairie Folk Group to perform for outdoor service at First Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m., 715-483-3550.

TUESDAY/31 Webster

Voyager Village

SATURDAY/4 Danbury

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

• Food and Friends at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5-6 p.m.

Polk County Energy Fair

Several attendees of the Energy 2010 Fair at the Polk County Fairgrounds took some time to listen to a presentation out on the lawn Sunday. The E-2010 Fair was the first of its kind, locally, and ran both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22, in the St. Croix Falls. Carrie LeTourneau of Lindstrom, Minn., and her son, Jack, 8, got to know the new kitten they adopted just a few minutes earlier. The two were taking in the horse show at the Duane Chinander Horse Arena at the Polk County Fairgrounds in St. Croix Falls.

Autumn Robinson shows the “dish-style” birdhouse she made Sunday at the Polk County Energy Fair in St. Croix Falls. “This is for small birds ... cute ones,” she said. Photos by Greg Marsten

Alex Robinson of Chippewa Falls showed the mud birdhouse he created at the Polk County Energy Fair Sunday, Aug. 22. The cardboard tube will be pulled out once it dries, allowing access for the birds. Robinson also had his face painted at the event.

August 25  

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