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Members of the Patriot Guard Riders braved the cold, wet weather to stand guard around the Veterans Day ceremony at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner on Sunday, Nov. 11. Photos from area Veterans Day ceremonies can be found in this issue. - Photo by Larry Samson

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – In reality, it was folks like Isaac “Ike” Joles Jr., of Luck, who saved freedom. The retired Marine Corps sergeant was part of a radar battalion in the South Pacific during the meat of World War II, where

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Series, documentary on flying ace SUPERIOR - By the time he returned home on his first leave in more than two years in November 1943, Richard Bong was among the leading U.S. ace pilots. Although he didn’t like the limelight – he especially hated giving radio interviews – he was in great demand. The reigning homecoming queen at Superior State College was Marjorie Vattendahl. She and her sorority sisters got him to agree to help crown the new royalty at the homecoming dance. “When he walked into the gymnasium where the thing was taking place, you could just hear, I called it like the buzzing of blue-flies,” Vattendahl recalled in 2002. “You could just hear this murmur. ‘There he is! There he is!’” And if Hollywood were to write the story of Richard Bong, they’d have to dump their own stereotype of an ace fighter pilot. His fellow pilot Walter Markey says he wasn’t the swashbuckling, hard-drinking type. “I remember in one instance, where he was trying to live up to the fighter pilot image,” he says. “He took a shot of whatever it was, gin or vodka or whatever, ‘How can anybody drink this stuff?!’ He almost choked.” Markey says his friend was honest and always true to his word. And he was determined to end the war as soon as possible. He’d do that by diving into as many air battles as he could, and win them all. Links to a four-part series and documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Mike Simonson can be found at the Leader Web site at - with information from WPR


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National award for Polk County public health officer Gretchen Sampson receives top honor from American Public Health Association MADISON—Wisconsin Division of Public Health officials confirmed that Gretchen Sampson, Polk County Public Health Officer, was awarded the 2012 Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work from the American Public Health Association. “Gretchen Sampson’s vision, energy and commitment have shown us what can be achieved in public health,” said Karen McKeown, Division of Public Health administrator. “We have benefitted greatly from her accomplishments in Polk County, and her service to all Wisconsin residents.” Sampson has worked in public health in Polk County for more than 30

Man airlifted after falling from tree stand BURNETT COUNTY -A Hudson man was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital after falling approximately 15 feet from a tree stand while bow hunting on Monday, Nov. 12, in the Town of Anderson. Randy Forsman was located by sheriff’s deputies at about 9:30 p.m. He had been lying on the ground, injured, for approximately 24 hours. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department had been notified at 9 p.m. that Forsman was overdue in returning from his hunting trip. Forsman was listed in stable but critical condition Tuesday morning. He apparently had a safety harness but it was not connected. - Gary King

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University of Wisconsin water ballet Three members of the University of Wisconsin water ballet team converse by a lakeside dock in July of 1949. Patricia Patterson, of Madison, right, was the director of the ballet, and is shown discussing some of the water formations with Joan Donalds, St. Croix Falls, left, a subchairman for the event, and Nancy Olmsted, Oshkosh, assistant director, at center. The event was held to promote the University of Wisconsin’s summer session prom. from the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society

BURNETT COUNTY - A bow hunter was hospitalized Thursday evening, Nov. 8, after being struck by a stray bullet from a group of people target shooting. Dao Lee of St. Paul, Minn., was transported to a medical facility in Minnesota with non-lifethreatening injuries. A bullet was removed from the man, and the incident remains under investigation, according to Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland. The incident occurred in the Town of Wood River at approximately 7 p.m. - Gary King


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Local journalist reflects on Gen. Petraeus Editor’s note: Journalist Wayne Anderson of rural Frederic offered his thoughts of his meeting Gen. David Petraeus in light of recent national headlines. by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader I met and interviewed Gen. David Petraeus in the struggle for Iraq in 2007. I was a rookie embed reporter passing through Baghdad to my assigned unit farther north. He was there to “surge” and get control of the country. That blistering summer we both passed under the grand Arc of Triumph, the famous towering crossing swords Saddam Hussein built that leads to the Great Celebrations square. We were separately there to attend an awards ceremony heavy laden with high brass. Afterward, he rushed out of the side exit of the building and I intercepted him. “General, any words for the folks back home in Wisconsin about the fine 1157th Transportation Company?” I loudly asked and gingerly hoped for an interview. He came to a halt. And looked me straight in the eye, seemingly thinking of my audacity and forming an answer. Then he smiled, just a little. “The transportation units provide a vital connection in the overall effort here. Without the necessary shipment and delivery of important supplies, the strategy to secure the area could not be achieved ...” he rattled on and on in Princeton Ph.D form. It was classic Petraeus. But he took the time to stop and tell the worried moms and dads back home that what their very young sons and daughters were doing was worth the cost. And, he respected them for it. Even more, he loved them. I could see it, as plain as the deep honor so visible within him. The brief interview ended. He smiled



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Gen. Petraeus at the July 4, 2007, re-enlistment ceremony at the Al Radwaniyah Presidential Complex in Baghdad, which was built by Saddam Hussein. Both Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham were in attendance. - Photo by Wayne Anderson, shown in photo at right. and winked, acknowledging my little interview ambush worked, and off he rushed back to the war and his success in Iraq. I, like so many, was shocked and brokenhearted to hear the recent unseemly news about this good man we all held in such high esteem. He called his adulterous behavior an act “without honor.” And indeed, he is right. But I am rightly reminded, it’s not only important but fair that we remember this man in total view. We remember his stellar service to our country of over 37 years in the Army. And then an added 14 months in public service as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There is no excuse for his present dishonor. He has fallen from grace. But it is just, that we place his whole life in the balance of justice – and let God be the judge.

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Briefly BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - The Salvation Army has been bringing holiday joy and hope to the less fortunate for over 100 years. In Polk County, they offer shelter to homeless individuals at Serenity Home located in Balsam Lake. Rent, utility, transportation and medication assistance is also provided to people in need. Eighty-nine percent of all funds raised in Polk County are used to support residents in this area. With the economic downturn and job loss in the community, your help is needed more that ever. You can show how much you care by helping the Salvation Army continue this timehonored tradition. Please help them reach their goal of $90,000 to help those less fortunate in the community. They will be ringing beginning on Saturday, Nov. 17, through Monday, Dec. 31, at the following sites: Luck: Wayne’s Grocery; St. Croix Falls: Walmart and MarketPlace; Clear Lake: Nilssen’s Market; Turtle Lake: Becker’s Super Valu; Amery: Alco and Dick’s; Osceola: Osceola Super Valu; and Frederic: Holiday Gas Station. This year you can sign up two different ways – contact them at 715-4851221 to set up a time that works for you or go to ringbells. org and sign up online. - from local Salvation Army

Polk judges to appoint new clerk of court New clerk to serve until 2015 by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A new Polk County clerk of court replacing Lois Hoff will be appointed by circuit court Judges Molly GaleWyrick and Jeff Anderson. The judges had asked interested Polk County employees and others to submit applications for the position by Friday, Nov. 9. The new clerk will serve the remainder of Hoff’s term until January 2015. The position will be on the November 2014 partisan election ballot. The salary for the clerk of court is set for the term of the office. The new clerk will be paid $54,332 in 2013 and $55,147 in 2014 plus the benefits established by the county board for other county employees. Hoff resigned as clerk of court effective Nov. 2. She was elected clerk of court in 2004 and was re-elected to the position in 2006 and 2010. Hoff has previously been the chief deputy clerk starting in 1995. The present chief deputy clerk of court, Joan Ritten, will be the acting clerk until a new clerk is appointed and sworn in.

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ATVs a no-go on Gandy Burnett County Natural Resources Committee votes to keep trail as is in light of response from DOT regarding future funding by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer SIREN - The Gandy Dancer Trail will remain as is, a hiking and biking trail. That was the decision made by the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee at their Thursday, Nov. 8, meeting. The question of permitting use of ATVs on the Gandy has been looming over the committee for several months. A special meeting requested by Siren Village and tourism commission members was held in August to address questions regarding allowing ATV usage on the trail. Representatives from the county, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the DNR were present at the meeting to discuss usage and answer questions. At the close of the August meeting, the question as to whether allowing ATVs on the state trail would affect further funding of its maintenance, remained unanswered. Representatives from the Wisconsin departments of Trans-

portation and Natural Resources left the meeting promising to secure answers to the following questions within 30 days. Would the DOT impose any penalties, including in Polk County, if ATV use were allowed on the Gandy Dancer? Would the DNR impose any penalties, if the county would remain eligible for ATV grant and maintenance funding, if ATV use were allowed on the Gandy Dancer? DOT response In October, the county received a letter from William Zimmer, DOT Northwest Region local program manager, that officially answered the question as to whether penalties would be imposed if the Gandy were opened for ATV use. In his letter, Zimmer stated the DOT “generally agrees with the position the Federal Highway Administration has taken, the FHWA has determined the useful life of the federal funding has been met and no monetary penalties will be imposed. However, opening the Gandy Dancer to ATV use will preclude eligibility for future Federal Transportation Enhancement program funding.” The DOT response made it possible for the county’s natural resources committee to consider taking any necessary actions as to reopening the trail management plan to allow ATV use. Before the committee took action, Burnett County Forest and

Parks Administrator Jake Nichols reviewed Zimmer’s letter and agreed with the federal interpretation that useful life had been met. Nichols told the committee the transportation department grant changes have still not been finalized, and the county would have to wait and see if there would be any winter use of the trail specified. Comments The committee listened to public comments from Brook Waalen, co-owner of the Café Wren located in Polk County, and Chanda Elliott, manager of Wayne’s Foods Plus in Webster, who both spoke in favor of leaving the trail as a hiking and biking trail. “As a business owner and a citizen of Burnett county I want to keep ATVs off the Gandy Dancer Trail,” said Elliot. “I feel we have many ATV trails but this is our only bike trail. Once it is open to ATVs, there is no going back, they will ruin the trail for bikes. Also, the original funding was for a bike trail, not ATV.” Natural resources committee Chair Ed Peterson commented the committee had already voted earlier this year to leave the trail as is. Committee member Gene Olson stated he felt the Gandy should be left as is, hikers and bikers in the summer with motorized (snowmobiles) use in the winter.

Committee member Larry Main made the motion to leave the Gandy as is unless further information comes to light which could cause the committee to reassess the trail usage. Olson seconded the motion. Committee member Brent Blomberg concurred with other committee members’ positions and added he was concerned how a decision by Burnett County to open the trail to ATVs would affect Polk County. The motion carried by voice vote. In a related ATV trail matter, the committee voted to approve frozen ground usage for Trails 45 and 151, which are already winter-use trails. Trail 45 is also a summer trail. All approvals are in other than on county forestland. In other board business The committee heard a report from Nichols on the proposed DNR/county land trade. A land trade conference call was scheduled for the afternoon of Nov. 8. Appraisals have been done. A difference in acres from 635 to 708 acres, according to Jason Towne, land information director, could mean possible encroachment issues. The subcommittee will sit in on the conference call. The DNR will hold a public hearing on the trade. The committee discussed changes to comprehensive county forest plan and possible financial benefits of the trade.

New Polk County districts set for 2014 Eight supervisor seats eliminated by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Board approved a new 15-member supervisor district plan when it met Tuesday, Nov. 13. A smaller county board, with eight less supervisors, was approved by the voters in April. While the county board must approve the new district lines by Nov. 15 under the statutes, the

new lines will not come into effect until the April 2014 election. The filing period for that election is December 2013, allowing incumbents over a year to decide if they will seek re-election. The new lines will combine 16 present supervisors into eight districts, creating eight possible contests between incumbents. Pairs in the new districts are Herschel Brown and William Johnson, Patricia Schmidt and Harry Johansen, Brian Masters and Rick Scoglio, Tom Engel and Marvin Caspersen, Larry Jepsen and Kristine Kramer-Hartung, Jay

Luke and George Stroebel, Gary Bergstrom and Neil Johnson, and Russell Arcand and Jared Cockroft. The remaining seven supervisors, Dean Johansen, Kathryn Keinholz, James Edgell, Craig Moriak, Warren Nelson, Tom Magnafici and Kim O’Connell, are not paired. The proposed redistricting plan was prepared by a special citizens committee chaired by retired Circuit Judge Robert Rasmussen. The committee was mandated to create 15 districts that were substantially equal in population. However, it could only draw the

new lines using existing municipal and ward lines, not the census tract lines used for the 2011 redistricting. That has resulted in a wider variance in population between districts than exists with the present 23 districts. Under the new plan, the smallest District, district 9, the village of Osceola, is 13 percent smaller than the ideal size, while District 6, Apple River, part of Georgetown and the Town of Balsam Lake, has the largest population, 7 percent larger than the ideal.

Benefit changes for Polk County employees Details emerge on Polk 2013 budget by Gregg Westigard

Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County employees will now be covered by a system of paid time off instead of sick pay under the 2013 budget. More of the health insurance cost will be switched to the employees. And while the entire county compensation plan is being evaluated, all general wage adjustments are being postponed for the present. The postponement, on the advice of legal counsel, is apparently a response to pending court action at the state level on the constitutionality of Wisconsin Act 10 which affected employee benefits statewide. County Administrator Dana Frey, who has included the changes in his recommended 2013 budget, says the county must change its personnel policies as part of a general transition in county government practices. The changes have drawn some criticism from the employee union local. Frey says that the present wage and benefit plans are geared to the traditional employees and senior employees. He says the county needs to change those policies to attract new employees, to make county employment

more attractive in the future. Frey says that the state has frozen county revenues, costs are still rising and a third of county employees are eligible for retirement in the near future. The county must be in a position to attract and keep replacements for those employees. Frey’s comments were made at the personnel committee meeting Thursday, Nov. 8, but summarized statements he has made for several months. “I recommend the changes because I have to in my duty as administrator,” Frey said in explaining the changes to the finance committee Wednesday, Nov. 7. “To make no recommendation would mean I recommend the status quo. I cannot do that.” “As you consider your 2013 budget recommendations, we hope you seriously consider how your decisions affect Polk County employees and their families,” Tom Fornengo says in a Tuesday, Nov. 6, letter to members of the finance and personnel committees. Fornengo is president of AFSCME union Local 774. “With little warning, they will be paying $73.57 more each month for a family health insurance premium.” While the concept of the changes in employee compensation are included in the recommended 2013 budget presented Sept. 14, the details on the

changes were first presented in a report presented to the finance and personnel committees and the county board in mid-October. The exact changes to the personnel policy are included in Department of Administration documents distributed Nov. 7 in preparation for the Nov. 13 county board meeting. The benefit changes are part of a county employment review that will include looking at each

county position and job classification, comparing county jobs to jobs and total compensation to similar jobs with other employers, including other counties. Frey says the goal for the county is a system that is in the best interest of Polk County and the best interest of the employees, is fair and simple, and has a systemic approach to all positions.

Baldwin promises Medicare/Medicaid protection by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio MILWAUKEE – Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin told an enthusiastic crowd in Milwaukee that she’ll try to protect key government programs in the weeks ahead. Eighty-seven percent of registered voters in Wisconsin’s largest city cast ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Democrat Tammy Baldwin got 77 percent of those votes in her win over Republican Tommy Thompson. Progressive Milwaukee labor and religious groups held a rally to chart what they hope is Congress’s course over the next few months. Baldwin told the crowd that she’ll fight for programs like Medicare and So-

cial Security. “We will not let these folks destroy them, do away wth them, on our watch,” she says. Baldwin will first take some votes in the House of Representatives before being sworn in as a senator in January. Milwaukee construction worker Marvin Catrell says as Baldwin moves to the statewide job, she’ll have to be good to her word. “The recession, jobs, education. That’s what I’m looking for to keep my vote, to keep me on the boat,” he says. Catrell’s friend, Dante King, says it’s not just jobs, but goodpaying ones, “To help the underwage, and those who work hard.” Baldwin urged the crowd to hold her and other politicians accountable.


Frederic’s proposed 2013 levy stays at 2012 level

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC – At a time when communities across the state face increasing costs, decreasing state revenue and declining property values, the village of Frederic has developed a 2013 budget that has no increase in the property tax levy. The taxing mill rate to fund the levy, as approved for publication at the Monday, Nov. 12, meeting of the Frederic Village Board, is expected to be slightly lower than last year. As proposed, the village tax levy will remain at the 2012 level of $354,879. The taxing mill will decrease from $6.754 per $1,000 in equalized property value to $6.744, or about one cent per $1,000 in equalized value. Property valued at $100,000 last year was assessed $675.44 in village taxes. In 2013, property valued at $100,000 will be assessed $674.45 in village taxes. Property values within the village remained fairly steady, increasing by less than one-fifth of 1 percent. With a public hearing and final approval of the budget

yet to be scheduled, the proposed budget will be published in an upcoming edition of the Leader.

Reverse annexation No action was taken on a letter from Gerald and Marlene Laqua seeking to remove their property from the village and annex into the Town of West Sweden. The property is located on the north side of CTH W by the golf course. According to discussion at the meeting, neither the village nor the town are familiar with the legalities of reverse annexation, and more research is needed. The Laquas will be invited to the December meeting to further discuss the issue. Meanwhile, village Administrator Dave Wondra will continue to search for similar situations to determine how they were resolved. Other business • The board approved the lake-management plan for Coon Lake and a resolution allowing the county land and water resources department to apply for lake-manage-

ment grants. The plan has been in the works for two years, and includes measures to maintain water quality and to educate the public on management practices. • A question from a resident about the accessibility of the village’s comprehensive plan led to discussion on the review of the plan, which will take place in February or March. The plan, said village President William Johnson IV, was approved about 10 years ago, and the board and planning commission will be seeking input on how, or if, it should be changed. • The final pay request from Pember Companies for road work on Linden Street was approved at $7,285. This closes out the project. • Frederic Public Library director Chris Byerly reported that October’s Food for Fines brought in 541 pounds of food for the local Family Pathways food shelf. She also noted that there was no school that day, Nov. 12, and that 85 to 90 people were in the library for the better part of the day, taking advantage of movies, public-access computers, and meeting spaces.

Siren Village Board fails to pass 2013 budget The amount of hours for part-time police officer divides board by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - Budgets are generally not easy to put together, especially in this age of state-imposed levy limits. The Siren Village Board knew at the October village board meeting that they had to trim about $27,000 from the 2013 budget to stay under the 1.56-percent levy lift allowed by the state. By the Tuesday, Oct. 16, meeting that was scheduled to adjust the budget, they knew it was $26,457 that needed to be cut. To slim down the 2013 budget, the board eliminated the amount that was going to be saved for a police car, street decorations and a grader in future years, raided money that was already saved for shop equipment, ad-

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justed the amount that will be spent on the VFW shelter and increased the amount the TID district will repay to the general fund. Last year, the police department collected more DMV and DNR fees for licenses and tabs than was expected. The anticipated revenue from this source was increased by $7,500 in the 2013 budget, eliminating the need to cut the budget further. With the 2013 budget agreed on by the village board, there was one last decision to discuss at the Oct. 16 meeting. The board could adopt the budget in two ways in November. In years past, the board has adopted the summary detail, meaning that department heads could transfer money between department line items as needed without notifing the village board. As long as the departments stay within the amount budgeted for the department, all was well as far as the village board was concerned. The other option was adopting the more detailed budget so that department heads would need board approval to move money between department line items. The board wanted to watch one line item in particular; the hours for part-time police officers. The discussion on how and why to adopt the budget at this meeting was just that - a discussion. Board members would have to decide at the November board meeting.

Village board fails to pass 2013 budget At the November board meeting held on Thursday, Nov. 8, there were two absent board members: Dave Alden and Dave Doty. The public hearing held on the budget recieved no comments. Board member Peggy Moore made a motion to accept the more detailed budget, so department heads would need board approval to transfer money between department line items. Police Chief Chris Sybers objected. He pointed out that he has never gone over budget in years past, and that he often moves money between line items, especially when he recieves a grant. He also asked if this move was to limit hours for part-time police officers. Moore said that this was correct. Sybers objected further saying that 450 hours were not nearly enough. With that comment in mind, the board voted. Three

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Facade improvement guidlines adopted Siren Village, along with other Burnett County villages, adopted facade improvement guidelines. Village businesses who want to take advantage of low-interest loans to improve the facades of the buildings would need their designs approved by the buildings, grounds and parks committee before final submittal to Northwest Regional Planning. It was Northwest Regional Planning that organized the program for all county villages. Voting numbers There were 359 village residents who voted in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election, including 48 voters who took advantage of same-day registration to vote this election. Overall, 78 percent of registered voters voted.


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members: Moore, Tom Anderson and Phyllis Kopeckey, voted their approval, but Jan Hunter and Rudy Mothes voted no. The board needed to pass the budget by a twothirds vote, so the motion failed. Rudy Mothes mentioned that he didn’t mind the detailed budget, but that department heads should be able to manage their departments. The board then tried passing a summary detail budget so that department heads would not need board approval to change department line items. This time Hunter and Mothes voted yes and the others voted no, essentially reversing the vote. This motion failed to even reach a majority. The board members sensed that they were locked into their preferrences and further votes would not change the results, especially since there were two absent board members who had not weighed in. Either both absent board members would have to vote to accept the more detailed budget at a later date, so that five of the seven members would carry the vote, or some of the board members would have to vote against their preference at a later date, so that either of the 2013 budgets could be adopted. To give the board another opportunity to pass the budget sooner rather than later, the next regular board meeting was pushed forward a week to Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Milltown forges ahead on a new library Closed session leads to offer on undisclosed location by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – The Milltown Village Board moved forward with plans for a new public library, after months of research and discussions about how best to address current facility shortcomings and the hope for expansion plans in the near future. While little can be said yet, the village board addressed the issue in a closed session after their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. Details of the closed session remain guarded, but Milltown Library Director Deanna Wheeler confirmed to the Leader that the board addressed the issue directly. “Approval was given to make an offer on an undisclosed location,” she said, adding that she fully expected the offer to either be accepted or countered by the end of the week. “Once they accept an offer, we can discuss the plan and the location.” The village has discussed their current library, either in upgrading, building new or altering an existing structure in the village, and while there are several possible properties under consideration, library demands are rather unusual, due to things like parking needs, structural concerns due to the weight of books and materials - as well as room for media presentations, public events and storage. The village owns their current library facility at 61 Main St. West, where the library has been located since 1999. The library board worked with the Indianhead Federated Library Service last spring to develop a long-range plan for the next three years, which included extensive surveying and research in a space needs report. That report noted that the current building has just over 3,100 square feet. Prior to that, the library was housed in a portion of the village hall, where it had been since 1936. The space needs plan outlined the need for significantly more space, as well as room to address the steady growth of the village, weighed against the structural issues with the current building and whether it was worth putting money into the current building. Ultimately, the report suggested that cost effectiveness would lean toward the village “... seek(ing) alternative space in the near future.” That report mentioned the desire to have approximately 12,500 square feet, to allow for future growth and expansion, as

well as the ability to have designated space for expanded technology, programming, additional print product, public forums, study space and more. The report coalesced into a recommendation to implement a building committee, made up of nine members, meant to review several options, which ultimately resulted in a project plan in recent months. That plan sought approval from the village to move ahead with a bid for the asof-yet unidentified property, which reportedly offers very close to that recommended 12,000 square feet in expansion space mentioned in the needs report. Last month, the village board approved moving ahead with implementation of that plan, and the village has been working with a realtor on a bidding process, which is likely to have an answer in the coming weeks. Village President LuAnn White said that if the negotiations are successful, the village may have extra space for other options, such as for community education classes or possibly even future secondary education headquarters. “It might give us options we don’t have now,” she said, later calling it “an exciting development.” (Note: It is the policy of the Leader to not reveal or speculate on closed session discussions, and as such, we will not reveal the possible location of the property, on the likelihood that it may affect market pricing, negotiation leverage or both.)

In other board business: • The issue of refuse collection was brought to the forefront during the public comment portion of the meeting when former Trustee Ben Wheeler outlined his concerns with the village on their trash collection service. Milltown is one of the few villages locally that does its own trash collection, in an effort to keep the rates down for residents, according to village officials. The current policy allows each home three bags of trash per week, at up to 60 pounds each, with the cost of additional collected bags at $2 each. The village uses a local trash collection service and disposes of their village trash through a large, industrial dumpster. Officials said the reason for the standardized rates is to prevent residents from burning their trash or letting it pile up on their property. Wheeler told the board that he canceled his village trash collection several months ago, to find a private vendor so he would have a larger volume option, but he objected to the village continuing to charge

The Milltown Village Board approved moving ahead with an offer on a new location for their village library. This is their current library, located at 61 West Main St. – Photo by Greg Marsten

him, in spite of no longer picking up his trash. Wheeler had a prepared letter on the topic and noted what he said were inconsistencies with village policies on the refuse collection. While the issue has not been raised in a public forum prior, White said he would continue to be billed, until the village addresses the policy in the future. The issue will apparently be on the December agenda for discussion and possible action. • The board held a budget hearing prior to the regular meeting and laid out the proposed 2013 budget, which is technically 0.27 percent lower than the 2012 budget. However, due to funding changes and several small adjustment in reimbursement rates, the actual tax levy went up by $5,493, or about 1.49 percent, to $364,653. The actual village resident mill rate is .00933, or $9.33 per $1,000 of equalized value. There were no questions or queries by the public either during the hearing or during board action on the budget, which the board passed. • Resident Brian Zbleski asked about

whether he can bow hunt deer on his village property, which is on the eastern edge of town, in a largely wooded area. He asked about in the public comment portion of the meeting, but was told that village ordinances do not allow the discharge of a gun or a bow in village limits. The ordinance would need to be changed first. Several local municipalities have adjusted their rules on the matter to assist in deer herd reduction, and village officials may look closer at that policy in the future, but no action was taken. In a review of the village ordinances, section 11-2-1(a) restricts the discharge of any firearm, spring gun, bow and arrow or other guns, except by police officers, in the line of duty. That same ordinance, under (e) also notes that hunting is prohibited within village corporate limits. • The board voted to hold village caucuses on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 6 p.m. Three trustees terms end this spring, Bob Jones, Jason McKenzie and Erling Voss, as does White’s term.

New funding proposal would benefit local schools Plan by State Superintendent Evers still has hurdles to clear before it becomes reality by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Area schools would all benefit from a new school funding proposal unveiled Monday, Nov. 12, by Wisconsin State School Superintendent Tony Evers, but the new plan has some hurdles to jump before it can become reality. Unity School District Administrator Brandon Robinson distributed information on the proposed funding changes at the Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting of the Unity school board, saying that Unity would see a 40-percent increase in aid. This, he noted, translates to an increase of $1.35 million in state aid, from $3.36 million in 2012-13 to $4.71 for 2013-14. The increase would be in stark contrast to the decreases of recent years, when Unity suffered a decrease in state aid of $2.2 million since 2006. It would have a dramatic impact on the tax levy, said Robinson. Unity’s increase would be one of the highest in the area, with the exception of the Webster School District. As a property-rich district with a large number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, Webster received $1.55 million in state aid this school year. Under the new formula, state aid to that district would increase 68 percent next year, or $1.05 mil-

Scott Bever, a senior at Unity High School, is November’s student representative to the school board. — Photo by Mary Stirrat lion, to $2.6 million. State funding to other area schools would change as follows: Amery — an increase of 8.4 percent, or $896,000, from $10.7 million to $11.6 million;

Clayton — an increase of 5.2 percent, or $147,000, from $2.85 million to $3 million; Clear Lake — an increase of 3.9 percent, or $186,000, from $4.7 million to $4.9 million; Frederic — an increase of 14 percent, or $400,000, from $2.9 million to $3.3 million; Grantsburg — an increase of 10.6 percent, or $625,000, from $5.9 million to $6.5 million; Luck — an increase of 13.7 percent, or $350,000, from $2.55 million to $2.9 million; Osceola — an increase of 5.2 percent, or $615,000, from $11.8 million to $12.4 million; St. Croix Falls — an increase of 11.1 percent, or $700,000, from $6.3 million to $7 million; Shell Lake — an increase of 13.1 percent, or $450,000, from $3.4 million to $3.9 million; Siren — an increase of 5.4 percent, or $86,000, from $1.6 million to $1.69 million; Spooner — an increase of 28.7 percent, or $1 million, from $3.5 million to $4.5 million; Turtle Lake — an increase of 29 percent, or $385,000, from $1.3 million to $1.7 million. The proposal would fold both the school levy tax credit and the first dollar tax credit that property owners automatically receive into the general school aid formula, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

It would set the minimum level of state aid at $3,000 per full-time student, and for the first time ever weigh in the number of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. The proposal would provide an additional $569 million in total general school aids over the 2013-15 biennium. Evers’ plan must be approved by both the state Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker. A similar proposal made by Evers two years ago failed to garner the support it needed for passage by the state Legislature.

Other business • Robinson reported that the Halloween event at the school and museum were well-attended. He said that changes will continue to be made in the format of the event. • The board approved updates and revisions to more than two dozen policies that govern it. The changes consolidated and clarified rather than changed the policies, said Robinson, making them “better defined and less verbose.” • The board accepted the resignation of varsity boys assistant track coach Rick Kemis, with thanks and appreciation for his service. The hiring of Melissa Wendt as educational assistant at 4.5 hours per day, Shaun Fisher as varsity girls softball coach and Shawn Perkins as varsity boys assistant track coach were approved.


For service given

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - Stanley Helland sat smiling in his room at Burnett Medical Center’s Continuing Care Center holding a much-coveted award recently presented to him. The plaque bearing Helland’s name is in recognition for his 66 years of continuous membership in the Siren Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. “I decided to join the VFW right after World War II after Frank D’Jock talked to me about it,” recalled the 96year-old Helland. “I thought it was a good idea to unite with other men who had also served overseas during the war.” Drafted into the Navy in 1943 at the age of 27, Helland served from June of 1943 to November of 1945. Helland’s rank was third Stanley Helland sat smiling in his room at Burnett Medical class ship’s cook. “I was working on becoming second Center’s Continuing Care Center holding a much-coveted class when the war ended,” award recently presented to him. The plaque bearing the 96year-old veteran’s name was given in recognition for his 66 remarked Helland. A need for gall bladder sur- years of continuous membership in the Siren Veterans of Forgery resulted in Helland eign Wars Post. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer serving on two ships while in n’t believe it. the South Pacific arena. When he arrived back to Siren in NoHis first assignment was on the USS vember of 1945, his wife, Vi, and an 18Stephen Potter. Later, after recuperating in a Pearl Harbor hospital, he was reas- month-old son, Jim, were waiting for him. Later, Helland and Vi would add two signed to the USS Fanning. “I did the cooking and baking of more sons to their family, Gary and Mick. Helland returned to his job at his wife’s desserts and other sweets,” Helland reparents store, Anderson’s in Siren, where membered. “We cooked three meals a day he and Vi worked until retirement. for the 220 men on the ship.” As Helland posed for a photo with his While serving on the Fanning, Helland did see action, and he noted when the award, the pride showed in his face, pride crew heard the bomb had been dropped for his service in the VFW and as a proud and the war was over, some of them did- veteran.

Ryan’s re-election came without Janesville by David Cole Wisconsin Public Radio JANESVILLE - Janesville may be proud of its native son Paul Ryan, but that appreciation didn’t fully extend to the ballot box last Tuesday, Nov. 6. In his congressional race against Democrat Rob Zerban, Ryan not only lost his hometown of Janesville, but also failed to take his own ward. With Ryan part of the national ticket this year, Ryan the neighbor mattered less than Ryan the politician, according to Carthage College political science professor Jerry Mast. “This encourages people to look past personal characteristics of Mr. Ryan, and think a little bit more in depth about his qualifications on ideological levels,” he says. “Even though he lost heavily Democratic Janesville, along with the cities of Kenosha and Racine, Ryan more than

made up the difference with strong showings in more conservative areas of the district, such as those in Waukesha County and suburban Milwaukee, finishing with a nearly 12-point winning margin. Still, it was his closest race since first winning the seat, but it may also be his last, as he considers a possible presidential bid. “In two years’ time, he may have bigger fish to fry, so to speak,” he says. “So this may be his last term.” While Republicans may have to recruit possible Ryan replacement candidates, Zerban, already on election night, was fielding questions about whether he’ll run again. “I’m sure I’ll think about it,” he said. “I’m not exactly sure if I’ll follow through on that, but I’m sure that Kenosha County and the local areas can count on me serving the community in one form or another.”

All Polk County referendums approved Luck and Turtle Lake schools get more funds, Georgetown to appoint treasurer by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer POLK COUNTY – Three local referendums on the Tuesday, Nov. 6, ballot were all approved by clear margins. Luck School District residents approved a $1.2 million bonding request with 70 percent of the voters in favor. In the Turtle Lake School District, which includes much of Beaver and Johnstown, the residents voted 55 percent in favor of a five-year budget override of $1.785 million. And the voters in Georgetown will have one less elected position on their spring ballot as they voted to make the office of town treasurer an appointed position. The votes Luck School District referendum Municipality Yes Laketown 259 Town of Luck 290

No 160 93

Luck village Bone Lake McKinley Georgetown Johnstown Milltown town TOTAL

372 220 45 13 21 2 1,222 (69.7%)

119 97 38 5 18 1 531 (30.3%)

Georgetown/elect town treasurer Yes – 301 No – 211 Turtle Lake School District referendum Municipality Yes No Beaver 195 190 Johnstown 81 122 Town of Clayton 6 4 Turtle Lake (Polk) 17 14 Turtle Lake (Barron) 244 160 Town of Turtle Lake 103 76 Almena 214 150 Arland 8 1 Clinton 22 11 Crystal 10 15 TOTAL 910 743 (55%) (45%)

Caring beyond compare

Burnett Medical staff steps up to care for patient’s pet

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - One afternoon in late October, Burnett Medical Center physician Dr. Adeola Jolayemi approached one of the center’s social workers with a unique problem. “I’ve have a situation and I need your help. I have a very sick, elderly man who needs to be in the hospital, but he’s refusing to be admitted because he doesn’t want to leave his dog,” explained Jolayemi, to the perplexed social worker. “What? Are you kidding?” thought the worker. “I deal with people, not dogs!” But seeing the concern on Jolayemi’s face, the social worker replied instead, “Well, I guess we will see what we can do.” When word of the doggie dilemma reached the acute nurse’s desk it took only a few moments for the softhearted nurse manager and big-hearted acute unit secretary to spring into action. The pair headed off to the man’s home to tend to the dog, and upon seeing the cute canine, named Roper, the acute unit secretary offered to take the dog to her house. The pooch was given the royal pet spa treatment, and after being introduced to the secretary’s two dogs, proceeded to mark his territory on her favorite easy chair. Though the secretary had a busy night of baby-sitting the puppy, she did so without complaint or regret, happy to help a patient in need by caring for his canine companion.

Burnett Medical Center staff volunteered to pet sit for Roper while his owner was being cared for in the hospital. - Photo submitted Later, the social worker, reflecting on the incident with other BMC staff, said simply, “Now tell me, would this happen at any city hospital?” - with submitted information

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Rep. Erik Severson awarded for job creation votes

WMC bestows Working for Wisconsin Award MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce recently honored state Rep. Erik Severson with the prestigious Working for Wisconsin Award at Northwire Inc. in Osceola. The award is given to legislators who stand up for jobs and improve the state’s business climate by voting 75 percent or greater in support of the pro-jobs position on the WMC legislative scorecard. WMC reports that Severson voted 96 percent to support job-creating legislation. “Representative Severson demonstrated courage and vision in voting for job creation,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC president/CEO. “Wisconsin witnessed the most pro-job Legislature in modern state history.” The Working for Wisconsin Award is given out to legislators based solely on the official review of legislators votes obtained from the records of the Legislature. WMC

represents 3,500 companies that employ 500,000 workers. “Erik Severson was among 77 legislators who stood up for jobs, fought for workers, and showed vision and courage in standing their ground,” said James Buchen, senior vice president of government relations for WMC. “These individuals showed their conviction when many would have crumbled under the pressure. They are among the most visionary leaders for job creation I have ever seen.” The WMC scorecard is available at WMC reports that 53 legislators had 100-percent pro-jobs voting records on the WMC scorecard. Buchen said WMC will work with the governor and lawmakers of both parties to move Wisconsin forward in the upcoming legislative session. “Jobs are priority one and should draw bipartisan support in the 2013-2014 session. We look forward to making Wisconsin the most competitive state in the nation by helping Wisconsin employers create jobs through pro-growth legislation.” - from WMC

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Jason Culotta, WMC director of tax and transportation policy; state Rep. Erik Severson and his children; Katina Kravik, CEO, Northwire, Inc.; and Michael Conger, president, Northwire, Inc., are shown at the presentation of the Working for Wisconsin Award to Severson. - Photo submitted

Milltown fi firre chief honored

Burnett County deaths

Polk County deaths

Beverly A. Brunberg, 56, Town of Grantsburg, died Oct. 23, 2012 Richard D. Estensen, 78, Town of Lafollette, died Oct. 29, 2012 Marjorie G. Powers, 83, Town of Meenon, died Oct. 31, 2012.

Alrose A. Beckmark, 98, Frederic, died Oct. 19, 2012 George W. Jones, 70, Osceola, died Oct. 24. 2012 Richard J. Schlaeppi, 64, St. Croix Falls, died Oct. 26, 2012 Richard C. Yessaian, 69, St. Croix Falls, died Oct. 28, 2012 Bonnie L. Benson, 61, Clear Lake, died Nov. 3, 2012 James Kreutzian, 90, Frederic, died Nov. 5, 2012.

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Milltown Village President LuAnn White presented longtime Milltown Fire Chief Dan Olesen with an award commending his 30 years of volunteer fire service and his service as fire chief. The award was presented during the Milltown Fire Association’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. In addition to the custom plaque, firefighters presented Olesen with several gifts and numerous accolades for his dedication to the department over the decades. - Photo by Greg Marsten






The young and very young vote

eaching the legal voting age might mean more to some young people than others. Perhaps some secretly desire the power of the vote so they can cancel out their parents pick at the polls. But more realistically, the new generation of voters may be more informed to shape their future than any other. And the generation coming after them is already getting into the act. At Frederic Elementary, for example, students voted in the recent presidential election using their iPads via a program from The exact results were unknown, but President Obama looked to be the winner. That doesn’t reflect the outcome of the real election in Burnett and Polk counties, where a majority of grownup voters went with the losing presidential ticket - for only the fourth time since 1948. On the “important issues” at Frederic Elementary, pizza dippers beat out pizza by three votes, corn won by a landslide over carrots, and strawberries won by a narrow margin over watermelon. A taste of democracy, if you will. Whether it affects the school lunch menu or not, students were given the opportunity to have their voices heard. Teens across America took part in the My Voice National Student Mock Election for 2012. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association partners with the My Voice program and provided the results to member

newspapers this week. Students taking part in Wisconsin favored Obama over Romney 54 to 39 percent, Tommy Thompson over Tammy Baldwin (U.S. Senate race) by 44 to 41 pecent (with candidates Allen and Kexel receiving 6.7 percent each) and Sean Duffy (7th District Congressional race) over Pat Kreitlow, 60 to 40 percent. But the most interesting part of the election came in responses to multiple choice referendum questions on key issues facing America. Students, for example, were given four choices on options to repair the economy: 1. We should reform the nation’s tax code by closing loopholes for millionaires and billionaires. 2. We should pursue more free trade agreements with other nations. 3. We should provide tax credits for companies that bring overseas jobs back to the U.S. 4. We should cut individual income tax rates by 20 pecent and reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent. On this question, students were, for the most part, evenly split. Most (33.3 percent) favored number 1, followed by number 2 (23.4 percent), number 4 (22.4 percent) and number 3 (20.9

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percent). And, if the mock election results hold any credence at all, the younger generation seems to be in tune with the president they chose when it comes to the future of energy. Approximately 62 percent favor investing in clean, renewable sources of energy, especially solar and wind power. That could be viewed as a signal that while there is tremendous support for America’s efforts to harvest more fossil fuel right here at home, there’s going to be more pressure in years to come to continue the quest for energy independence and a cleaner environment via a variety of ways. More results can be found at Placing referendum questions - advisory and binding - on ballots to settle controversial issues seems to be more popular than ever. It skips the middle man, the politican who might be voting on an issue for political purposes or gain, rather than reflecting his or her constituency. And, given the problems in various polling places Nov. 6, there’s a question many voters need to be asking ... when can we all cast votes using an iPad? - Gary King

Be safe

It’s no accident that hunting in Wisconsin is a safe, fun activity for the entire family,” noted conservation warden Jon King, who heads the DNR’s Hunter Education Program. “And,” he adds,”it’s getting safer with each year.” In fact, hunting is now safer than driving to work, according to the DNR. That’s good news the DNR needs to be applauded for their safety programs - programs which have obviously paid off. But as we’ve noted in years past, the math can be comforting only to a point. There’s an obvious reason why a substantial amount of time and effort are spent on hunting safety - whether it’s by the DNR or local sportsmen’s clubs who take pride in teach-

ing young people how to hunt the right way. Two stories elsewhere in this issue - one about a hunter being hit by a stray bullet and another about a man airlifted to a hospital after falling from a tree stand - are unfortunate but timely reminders that hunting can present some serious situations when it’s unsafe. And it’s very different in terms of safety than activities the DNR has insisted on comparing it to - such as golfing. Keep your wits about you and have a successful and safe hunting season. In theory, the drive to work for all of us will be made safer by a successful deer harvest. - Gary King

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COMMUNITY An answer to your question Why don’t you write anymore? Thank you, for all those that asked. I didn’t stop writing at all. The subjects and solutions I went after were: jobs for our area, education, health care, poverty, Social Security, national security, and my audience for change to occur, was the state and federal levels. On the local level, I went after the school board and county board by many e-mails. The goal has always been to get the facts to inform the people. Effective, timely communication is our No. 1 problem. My main driver for over 40 years was being an advocate for widows and the less-fortunate people. When Dad died at 52 in 1972, I was directed by Dad to take care of my 49-yearold mom/homemaker and a 12-year-old sister and 10-year-old brother, who were as old as my three daughters. I found that all units of taxation and most businesses took advantage of widows and the less fortunate by slipping in price increases without notification and increases greater that the cost of living, which eventually pushes people into poverty. Someone has to hold them to accountability. My mom, as most others, had a goal of staying in her home that Dad built and paid for until she went to heaven. This is the passion that drives me. I probably have a dose of Grandpa George, a third-generation Wisconsinite from Merrill, who stood up to the Minnesota National Guard and Swift & Co. My reward comes from widow thankyous and hugs; who either choose not to speak up or because of local pressure, do not. Over the next few months I will share via our two local papers all the above subjects and actions starting with jobs for our area. Near the end of the subjects, I will share my opinion and the changes, past due. Rich Hess Trade Lake

We’ve lost our way Our country has lost its way. We cannot depend on man to fix what is wrong. Our country was founded by people who came here for religious freedom. They believed if they built their lives around God, he would bless them – they did and he did! In Leviticus 26, the first 13 verses tell of God’s blessing; but the remaining 33 verses tell of God’s curse and chastisement for forgetting him. But he also said, “If my people, who are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14). We must repent; pray for forgiveness, and seek God’s face … as a nation … because the time is short. We must be watchmen, witnessing and warning - we have been complacent for too long. I beg you … repentance starts with us who believe … a sincere commitment of return back to God …we must boldly speak out to our brothers and sisters and fan the flames of renewal. Then, and only then, can we ever hope that God would show mercy and bless us again. May God forgive America. Kathy Videen St. Croix Falls

Goodbye, Republican Party The end of the Republican Party is near. The party of fewer taxes, less government and self-reliance will soon be irrelevant. As more people join the entitlement movement run by the Democrat Party, the less likely a Republican or conservative party can exist. America, the once proud republic, has reached the point Benjamin Franklin warned about, “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the

end of the republic.” Why would someone that is receiving the fruits of another’s labor vote to have the money tree cut? After the last election, it was made clear that the majority of Americans would rather receive than to be self-reliant. FDR started a movement in this country named the New Deal, which was intended to keep the Democrat Party in power for many years by being the party that provided things from the treasury. The next movement was the Great Society, created by LBJ, which declared a “war on poverty.” Billions of dollars were confiscated from the self-reliant portion of society and given to those less fortunate. Again, when more people are receiving than giving, the party giving will get the vote. Today we see a large increase in the welfare rolls, unemployment numbers and other so-called entitlement recipients and the result being a vote for the party doing the giving. Goodbye, Republican Party, self-reliance, fewer taxes, less government, the fight cannot be won when the opposition uses your money for votes. Mark Pettis Hertel

We reap what we sow For all the Democratic voters, I hope you’re happy because you will be paying for your choices ... but unfortunately all of us will, too. We are losing our freedoms, our taxes are going up, Obama has already hired thousands for his civilian army to watch what we do and say, and gun control will only cause more crime. Energy prices will skyrocket because we can’t use our Godgiven natural resources. We will be more at risk for terrorism with military cuts, and our friends in Israel will be put to the test with no assistance from us yet we supply known enemies with weapons who then turn them on our servicemen. We also get no answers when four of our citizens are murdered and the Fast and Furious scandal has yet to be solved. From my readings, Israel is the promised land yet God made them all pay for the misdeeds of a few. After they changed their ways, God blessed their land again. I am afraid that it is now our turn to feel God’s wrath for taking him out of our lives, our government and our schools, killing his own via abortion and thinking we are above his laws. These are challenging times for God-fearing, freedom-loving Americans. This is a quote from President Ronald Reagan, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” This country will never be the same for our children and grandchildren. I, for one, am very afraid we are turning into another socialist state while the majority are asleep or getting more handouts. May God forgive and bless our country once again. Marlene Gwiazdon Osceola

The president respects you more I’m frustrated with both the right wing and left wing talking heads. They seem to assume that Romney was correct in his position that the nontaxpaying 47 percent were going to be voting for Obama. These folks have obviously never visited Polk County where I grew up. Remember that many of these nontaxpayers are retired folks like me. Romney got a majority of the senior vote. Those people worked hard, pay no taxes now and voted for Romney. I disagree with these nontaxpaying retired voters decision to support Romney. However, I know that they were once hardworking taxpayers who may not pay as much in taxes in their retirement as I will be paying but probably worked

VIEWPOINTS harder than I have. I do not find these people to be freeloaders because they do not pay taxes now. I also know that they would be more than happy to change places with me and pay my taxes if they had my retirement income. As an Obama supporter, I hope these hardworking nontaxpayers know that the president respects them more than the guy that they voted for does. Dave Dueholm Madison

Potential of nonmotorized recreation promotion I would suggest that the Siren Village Board, President Hunter, Administrator Shutt, the Siren Chamber members, and the Siren Tourism Committee take a field trip to Lanesboro, Minn., or Sparta, and see for themselves how communities create successful destinations geared around the nonmotorized recreation trails they have. The Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trail opened in late 1995, after a multicounty series of meetings to determine the uses allowed on it. Starting with the 20122013 snowmobile season, it will be in its 18th year of operation, bringing visitors to Northwest Wisconsin. Hopefully, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s opinion, that changing the trail to year-round motorized use by allowing ATV/UTVs in the summer would “preclude future grant eligibility,” will put an end to this cycle of asking the same question and getting the same answer every couple of years. Polk County collected just under $10,000 in 2011 from selling state trail passes with vendors located on the Gandy Dancer and the Stower 7 Lakes trails. Those trails total 42 miles in Polk County, so that is just under $238 a mile that could be used for maintenance or promotion. If you watch the weekend traffic going through Burnett County, on Hwys. 70 or 77, and see how many of those vehicles have bicycles attached to them, it shouldn’t be much of a stretch to think that with a little effort to aggressively market Burnett County as a bicyclefriendly destination, they would be stopping, buying trail passes and spending money. With a modest effort by pass vendors, and maybe a couple of self-registration stations, Burnett County should be able to take in $5,000 a year in pass sales. With around 18 miles of the Gandy Dancer trail, that’s just north of $275 a mile for maintenance or promotion. If the last 17 years worth of money (mostly picked up by the taxpayers for state and county meetings), time, and effort to change the use of the trail would have been spent promoting Burnett County as a destination, and marketing, operating and maintaining the trail as it was designed, Northwest Wisconsin would be seeing the economic impact like the Elroy-Sparta trail or the Root River trail bring to their respective areas. William F. Johnson, chairman Gandy Dancer Trail Commission Frederic

Can we reduce the kill rate?

I’ve been attending the AMHS monthly board meetings since March 2012. Every month I speak about, or provide handouts, which describe, programs and services necessary to provide life-saving procedures for the shelter animals. Each month I listen to the board members discuss finances, fundraising, building maintenance and employee benefits, all appropriate items for consideration. However, with one exception, there have been no discussions about programs to reduce the monthly death toll. There has not been one discussion regarding the animals under the care of the shelter. One of the missions of the shelter is to promote the human/animal bond. In the first six months of this year, 23 percent of

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the 131 dogs coming into the shelter were killed. During that same time period, 55 percent of the 172 cats arriving at the shelter were killed. How can killing these animals be anything less than a severing of the human/animal bond? What is it going to take to reduce the kill rate at the AMHS? Let’s try implementing some new programs. How about reaching out to the public when the shelter is full? Foster programs are a great win-win situation for the shelter and the community. The shelter has more room when animals are in foster care. Foster families feel good about helping the animals. Because these are volunteers, it is cost effective, and best of all, the animal is out of a stressful shelter environment, resulting in a better adoption candidate. Under the current management there are no programs in place to facilitate foster care. What does it take to prevent loss of life at the AMHS? It takes leadership and creativity. If the AMHS trusts the public to step up, the community will respond. Let’s be creative and implement the lifesaving programs that are proven to work in other shelters across the country. Tanya Borg Centuria

Candidate statement To the people of the 28th District: I would like to take this opportunity to extend gratitude to the people of the 28th District for allowing me to bring my ideas to the table in the general election. I would like to congratulate Rep. Severson on a clean campaign that was centered around the issues. I wish him all the best as he serves our district in Madison. There was one person who I owe everything to, and that is my wife. I truly could not have participated in this process without her supporting me every step of the way. I would also like to thank my children who were out with me during my campaign. Not only were they helping their dad, but they were also learning the importance of participating in our political process. To my campaign staff, I give heartfelt thanks. These are people who gave countless hours because they believed in our American system, and they believed in me as a candidate. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and they are the finest people I have ever known in my life. To my volunteers and contributors, thank you for making your voices heard and inspiring me to keep going and work as hard as I could to get the message out. Your work and support will never be forgotten. Finally, to all the people I met, to all the people who encouraged me, and to all the people who shared their views with me, I offer my heartfelt thanks. You are the reason this campaign was a success, even though I am not headed to Madison. I look forward to keeping in touch with all of you, and my passion for serving this district will never change. Adam Bever Balsam Lake LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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COMMUNITY Wisconsin hunters in danger Just when I thought that our dear Wisconsin DNR can’t dumb it up anymore – they amaze me once again. Bad enough they have mismanaged the local deer population for the last decade, first with too many deer, then with not enough. Now they are knowingly putting hunters, landowners and the general population in danger. You have probably heard hoopla about hunting on public lands in our state. It is a bit of a hot topic, as lots of us in the north woods are sportsmen of one sort or another. Our state has designated certain lands as Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law. These are private lands that are open to hunting and fishing, amongst other activities. You can read all about them on the DNR’s Web site. A good thing for hunters and fishermen. Shortly before the election, Gov. Scott Walker announced a web-based mapping system to identify these lands so hunters can access them in the upcoming deer hunts. Great idea! Being a computer guy, I got right on their mapping program and zoomed in on my favorite hunting grounds, curious to see if there was any huntable land nearby. Much to my amazement, I saw several square miles of land I know is private marked as MFL land, including the land I hunt. Checking with the owner, he knows nothing of this program and assures me that his land is not open to the public. Now I’m more confused. So I contacted the local DNR contact embedded in the map (info not obvious to a noncomputer expert). He explained to me that the people responsible for making the map chose to occasionally mark an entire square mile as MFL land if any part of it contains some. In my case, there were 40 acres of real MFL land in the 640 acres they had delineated as huntable. Wow. Is this just lazy or really stupid, or both? Here is why it is a big deal. You do not need to get the landowner’s permission to hunt these types of land, though it is encouraged. Anyone can simply walk on and start shooting. Seems to me a recipe for an armed confrontation between hunters and landowners/other hunters. In our state you do not have to post your land as no-hunting land. That is the default. You need specific written permission to hunt on someone else’s private land. Yet the DNR map directly contradicts this. I hunt where I do because I know where every hunter in a square mile around me is and trust them with my life. I like it that way. Safety is job one. The boneheads at the DNR have put that all in jeopardy. When I brought my concerns to the DNR their response was that they know that there are glaring issues with their map, which they hope to correct sometime in the future, but refuse to do so before this

year’s impending hunting season. They suggested posting the land to discourage walk-on hunters. They also said it is the hunter’s responsibility to know where the property boundaries are for approved land. I’m not a stupid person, but I was totally misled by the information displayed on their map. Had I not known the owner and the land, I would have felt justified in hunting it, based on the information displayed in the DNR’s map. Since I did and dug further into this anomaly I know their map is way wrong. I was told that there is no accurate map of Burnett County that they could provide either. The map is a very good idea, do not get me wrong. However, it is worse than useless, if it is not accurate. Wisconsin DNR don’t endanger our lives by rushing a product to market that is not accurate, tested and proven correct. Don’t throw the map out, please just take it offline until you fix it! Pat Cremin, a concerned hunter and landowner Siren

Arnell is an open admission shelter A recent letter to the editor from Tanya Borg of Farm, Feral and Stray Rescue suggested the lack of an education program at Arnell Memorial Humane Society was the reason, in part, for the abandonment of 22 cats in Centuria. She said she had asked what percentage of the shelter’s budget is used for public education and that the answer was “disturbing.” As the manager she misquoted in her letter, I can tell you what that “disturbing” answer was. Arnell Humane Society does not have education as a line item in our annual budget but does educate the public on pet care, responsibility and retention every day of the year as part of our mission as a full-service animal shelter. Our budget as an open admission shelter allows qualified, trained staff to answer the phones six days a week as part of our service to our community. We answer pet behavior and health questions, refer pet owners to appropriate resources for questions we are not qualified to answer, provide requested shelter tours to school groups and clubs, offer puppy socialization and basic obedience classes to the public, write a weekly informative column for four local newspapers and one radio broadcast and promote pet responsibility with every spayed or neutered animal adopted from our shelter, complete with pet care and retention literature. Arnell is an open admission shelter, meeting the needs of the people and animals in our community. As an open admission shelter, Arnell Memorial Humane Society accepts all stray dogs and cats and does not discriminate against those that


are unadoptable. Comparing an open admission shelter to a private rescue or socalled “no-kill” shelter is like comparing apples and oranges. Private rescues pick and choose which animals they will accept; open admission shelters don’t discriminate and are the shelters that stray, unhealthy, aggressive and often unadoptable animals are delivered to. Tirades against open admission shelters and the humane euthanasia of unadoptable animals only cause the general public to fear their local shelter. The result is that people dump their pets and give them away free rather than turning to the organization that is there to help them. Pets are left to starve to death, suffer death by car, death by disease and death by wildlife attacks. Their demise is anything but peaceful and gentle. Arnell Memorial Humane Society is a nonprofit animal shelter. All nonprofits are a work in progress. There is always room for improvement because there is always more to be done. Running a local county animal shelter is never smooth sailing. There is never a business-as-usual day, as each and every day we are confronted with unanticipated realities of unwanted strays, abandoned pets, owners needing to surrender a beloved pet, adoptions, animals requiring medical attention, fundraising activities and working within a budget that allows us to keep our doors open in an economic downturn. Arnell will continue to serve the animals and people of our community to the best of our ability; providing information, education and shelter, encouraging adoptions, promoting responsible pet guardianship and expanding the human/animal bond. Mary Bruckner Amery

Shame on you I am here to voice my concerns and objections over how the city of St. Croix Falls, the elected and administrative leaders of the city, has paid for the majority of fixed expenses at Festival Theatre for the past 20 years and will pay for the next 30 years, at a cost of millions. In a new 30year agreement with the city of St. Croix Falls, you the taxpayer are going to pay for the majority of general fixed operational cost of Festival Theatre. This includes building maintenance, repair, heating, air conditioning, insurance, snow removal, grass cutting, landscaping and paying 75 percent of utilities. In addition to this, over $3.5 million in rehabilitation and expansion costs of the theater. The movie theater next to Festival Theatre, the city (you the taxpayer) has purchased and taken off the tax role, at a cost of approximately $150,000, not including the long-term loss of property tax dollars. This is also to be used in the expansion of Festival Theatre. The movie theater was supposedly pur-

chased because it blocked the view of Festival Theatre as outlined in the Festival Theatre’s Master Plan, St. Croix Falls, of Dec. 13, 2007. All this adds up to over $4 million to be paid by you the taxpayer. One dollar per month is all that Festival Theatre has paid for the last 20 years and will continue to pay for the next 30 years for rent on a building the city of St. Croix Falls owns (you the taxpayer). I do not object to the use of the building as a theater and promoting St. Croix Falls as an arts community. I object to why the taxpayer should have to pay for fixed operational cost of any business, arts or otherwise. As a community, we have paid for the last 20 years and will continue to pay the next 30 years, the majority of Festival Theatre’s fixed cost. The near future costs will be more than $4 million, except for $1 per month rent, Festival Theatre pays, you the taxpayer! You the taxpayer will pay the majority of all utilities, along with 100 percent of maintenance and repair of the building including, all landscaping, including snow removal, grass cutting, plus the city (your taxpayer money) taking 100-percent responsibility of insurance. Along with over $3.5 million in rehabilitation and expansion costs of Festival Theatre. Approximately $65,000 was recently spent of your taxpayer money for roof and air conditioner repairs. In a public opinion survey commissioned by the city of St. Croix Falls for the purpose of - this is a quote from the study - “The motivation for this study was to gather opinions of residents about the future direction of development in St. Croix Falls. One specific area of interest of the elected and administrative leaders of the city was to determine the receptivity of the population to sustainable community development principles.” In this survey it was determined that cultural/community events were only 2 percent of the reasons why people lived here. In the same survey about opinions and city priorities, 73 percent said that reducing property taxes is one of the top three priorities for the city. In any other business after 20 years of operation, if it could not meet its fixed cost of operation, it would not exist. I have not looked at the books of Festival Theatre, but it stands to reason that they can meet all of their own expenses without the city’s help (you the taxpayer) after 20 years in business. You, St. Croix Falls elected and administrative leaders, should listen to its citizens, as outlined in the survey, Saint Croix Falls Planning Public Opinion Survey Report. Lower our taxes! Stop the spending! Save our $4 million of our money and taxes. Shame on you! David Gericke St. Croix Falls

Half of next year’s state Assembly in first or second term by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - The past two election cycles have sent a lot of veteran state lawmakers packing. First- and second-term representatives will make up more than half of the Wisconsin State Assembly next year. Barring recounts in some close elections, 25 members of the Wisconsin State Assembly will be freshmen next year. And 29 representatives will be serving in just their second session. All together it means that when the Legislature convenes next year, 54 members of the 99-member state Assembly will have only ever served under Gov. Walker’s administration. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Political Science Professor Mordecai Lee was a state representative in the ‘70s and a state senator in the ‘80s. He never remembers turnover like that, and says it should be interesting to watch. “The good news is that there are some people with fresh ideas that aren’t encumbered by the past,” he says. “The bad news is that they don’t quite have an understanding of how the Legislature works. They haven’t been assimilated

into it. And there aren’t that many people left to pass on the institutional history to them. “The influx of freshmen this year can be largely attributable to a new legislative map that prompted some lawmakers to retire and led to others defeats. Thirteen Democrats will serve their first terms along with 12 Republicans. The large sophomore class owes its numbers in part to the Republican wave of 2010. Twentytwo of the 29 second-term representatives are Republicans.

Wisconsin state Capitol from State Street in Madison. - Photo by Michael Leland/WPR


Ike’s journey/from page 1 work like his made possible air cover for the First Air Wing that was later involved in numerous battles in the South Pacific theatre. That theatre ran from the New Hebrides up to Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, with numerous little atolls, islands and remote conflict spots along Ike Joles the way that were part of the conflict with the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. “It was hot all the time,” he said, noting both the temperature and the need for active radar monitoring. It was work and dedication from Marine Sgt. Isaac men and women “Ike” Joles Jr. as he was like Joles that in World War II eventually led to the literal destruction of the Japanese navy and eventual victory of the Allied Forces. Joles will soon turn 89 years old, which is hard to believe. While he is a fit, and amazingly sharp fella, he is a rare exception for men of his generation and war pedigree. But while he admits to being “in pretty good shape,” his health served him well on a recent one-day, whirlwind jaunt he took to the nation’s capital, as part of the Freedom Honor Flight, a program where veterans of the era fly out on a one-day, all-expenses-paid VIP tour of America’s greatest monuments and patriotic locales in Washington. “It was really something!” Joles said with a schoolboy grin. “I really felt like I was somebody. I was so blessed.” Joles’ journey took place on Sept. 22, when he departed from La Crosse with approximately 100 other veterans of WWII and the Korean War. Joles was also called into service for Korea, on top of his South Pacific service. “All we had to pay for was getting to La Crosse,” he said, noting that just over two hours after they left, the plane arrived in Washington, where they were led on a unique tour of Washington that included the White House, Capitol building, Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and all of the memorials that honor presidents, veterans from all conflicts and others. “We never wasted any time,” he said with a nod, noting that their three tour buses received police escorts the whole way. “Two squad cars and two motorcycles!” he exclaimed. “We never had to stop for a single red light! You can’t even imagine.” On top of the special diplomatic traffic treatment, the veterans were treated to bountiful food and drink at every location. To Joles’ stunned amazement, it included a team of doctors, nurses and support personnel who made the teams of veterans’ journey as effortless and safe as possible. He said that while he was as able-bodied as anyone, many of the seniors had a hard time and needed wheelchairs and attendants, of which there were plenty. “The amazing part? Those volunteers paid $500 each to be a volunteer and help,” Joles said with a deep breath, looking out the window of his spotless modular home beside the highway. “I mean it, everything was planned out. We never wasted any time. Amazing!” He describes the Freedom Honor Flight as “a thank-you he never received,” and a trip that made him appreciate that service of over 13 million men and women who dropped their lives, careers, families and future to fight, not as a job, but to save their nation and fight for freedom. Joles mentions recent estimates that over 1,000 veterans of his era are lost every day, and how the window of thanks is closing ever faster. “A lot of veterans never received a “thank-you” when they got home,” he admits, adding that he was one of those people who escaped being thanked. “Other than by my parents.”

ABOVE: Ike Joles, center, center row, was among a group of veterans who toured Washington, D.C., last month. RIGHT: Jack, Florence, Ike and Paul Joles at Ike’s arrival back in La Crosse. BELOW: “Thanks” posters were common at the La Crosse airport for when the veterans arrived back from their trip.

Ike Joles, standing in front of the towering Air Force Memorial.

At the Korean War Memorial.

“Welcome Home” signs were common at the La Crosse location where the veterans arrived back from their trip to the capital city.

The Washington Monument. That changed with the Freedom Flight, where he said they were thanked for their service “all the time,” and by everyone involved. “When we arrived back (in La Crosse that same night) there were at least 150 people welcoming us home,” he said. “Plus the (UW-La Crosse) marching band playing ... I’ve never felt anything like that.

Nothing ever.” Joles has been married now for over 66 years and, in fact, he met his wife, Florence, on a blind date just after he was discharged. “They said it would never work!” he joked, as he recalls the pain he felt when he was called back into service in 1951 for Korea, where he had to “leave two babies and a wife at home.” He also lost his budding sport shop business, with nobody left to take it over. But the Pentagon realized that calling discharged vets back into service - many with several children and careers - was maybe not the best idea, and he was again discharged nine months later. “But it was all part of God’s plan,” Joles said, nodding his head and looking outside again. “But sometimes I wonder if we’ve ever learned anything.” He shakes his head and gets a hitch in his voice on occasion as he recalls some of the horror stories of the war, both his own and others that his fellow servicemen told. “Iwo Jima, Iwo Jima, oh my. Thousands of men slaughtered like dogs,” he takes a deep breath and looks outside in repose. “You wonder if we’ll ever learn.” Joles returned home from WWII to a new life, and then a few years later when he returned from Korean War duty. He made the most of his time back, and later became a renowned square-dancing teacher and club leader, which kept both him and Florence in great shape and filled their lives for many nights a week. He promoted that dancing culture with his years of running the Whispering Pines Methodist Camp, as well as raising two sons. If that wasn’t enough, Joles became an avid downhill skier, which all helped him in his later years, and also as he toured Washington recently. “I spent a lot of time at the Iwo Jima Memorial,” he said, adding that a little-known secret of the monument is an extra arm in the statue. “Meant to be the hand of God ... a lot of tears were shed there.” He also said the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was a stunning, and moving experience. “That really stood out for me,” Joles aid. “You could hear the slap of the boots ringing.” His recollection of that staccato sound later turned into Joles telling a war story, a tale of a terrifying run-in where he was on the business end of an island-bombing raid by the Japanese, when the sirens went off at their base. “I heard all these alarms everywhere, and I shot out running at probably 50 miles

an hour, running between all these giant craters,” he said with the clarity of a memory formed from terror. “I fell into a hole without even seeing it, and fell right on top of a man. Oh, God, I thought. I thought I’d killed him! But he looked up at me and told me not to move ‘Stay there. You’re protecting me!’ he said.” Joles lets out a laugh and shakes his head, his gray shock of hair bobbing with him like an exclamation mark, smile lines emerge that even the harsh work of Father Time can’t cover. He later tells a story of a certain latrinecleaning episode involving way too much gasoline, oil and a fellow serviceman who ended up “covered in manure, where all you could see was his eyes and mouth!” he said with a laugh that shows his lungs are still strong, as well. “That’s about the only funny story I have, the rest of them aren’t so funny.” Joles is a rare character, but a man who, with some prodding, admits his generation’s service was something special. But he downplays his own heroics. “I was doing my duty, protecting my country. It wasn’t just a job.” While he occasionally falls into a rightfully melancholy mood when he talks of war, his trip to Washington seems to have satisfied a hunger he never knew he had a desire to reinforce that what they did was really worth it, that the tragedy of war can sometimes be for the good of mankind. “Even with a broken hip, I climbed all 77 steps of the Lincoln Memorial,” he said proudly. “It was a long time coming.” Joles thanks God often for all he has had since, and routinely says he is truly blessed, but he also admits that it’s hard to describe how war can affect a man’s soul and leads to questions of humanity at many turns. “I wouldn’t give a penny to do it again,” he said with a quivering lip. “But I wouldn’t take a million to have it back ... without my faith, I’d probably quit tomorrow.” But then he smiles again as he recalls his trip to D.C., and tells of when he watched the flag unfurl around the Iwo Jima Memorial as his group paused beside it. “Sometimes ... sometimes it just grabs ya,” he said, with a thin smile. Guys like Ike saved the world. The Freedom Honor Flight trip is part of a national, nonprofit volunteer effort that is based at 40 hubs across the nation, including La Crosse. The efforts originated in Dayton, Ohio, seven years ago, and donations and volunteers are encouraged to visit their Web site at


Festival Theatre announces holiday lineup

ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre has a spectacular lineup for the upcoming holiday season in St. Croix Falls’ historic auditorium. Between music concerts, the main stage holiday production, and two very special events, the venue will have little time to cool down as the temperatures drop outside. The action begins when Festival welcomes Ring of Kerry to the stage on Saturday, Nov. 17. Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group from Minneapolis that captures the hearts of listeners. All five of its engaging musicians sing and play several instruments. With sounds that range from the thunder of the Irish bodhran drum to the sparkle of the hammered dulcimer; from the lilt and rhythm of fiddle and guitar to the haunting wails of the flute and pennywhistles, the band has developed a blend that is animated, ruggedly beautiful and fun. Ring of Kerry has released three CDs: “St. Paddy’s Eve,” “Returning to the Shore,” and the most recent, “Ride On.” This high-spirited concert will have you reveling in Celtic music. Joining the musicians once again are Irish dancers from St. Paul. Along with the Ring of Kerry concert, and also the opening weekend of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” patrons will have a unique opportunity to browse through high-quality art and support regional professional theater with the Artists for the Arts fundraiser. On Nov. 17, 24 and 25, 10 visual artists will have their works for sale at St. Croix Festival Theatre. Sculpture, paintings, glass, woodwork, metalwork and more will be on display in the Elbow Room. Artists for the Arts will generously donate 20 percent of their proceeds to Festival Theatre in support of programming that serves residents and visitors to the St.

Sienna Shoop, Frank Huber, and Jaclyn Johnson will star in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” – Photos submitted Croix Valley. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, then at noon on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. Opening on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend is the holiday production “It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Festival’s own multitalented Ed Moersfelder. As the story goes, it’s Christmas Eve and George Bailey is ready to give up. Facing arrest for bank fraud after being set up by the greedy Mr. Potter, George is deeply troubled, despite his many selfless deeds. Heaven assigns Clarence Odbody, angel second class, to help George in his darkest hour. A holiday gem, perfect for young and old, this production will warm your heart and put life in perspective, just as the original Frank Capra movie did in 1946. There are many school matinee

Ring of Kerry will kick off the holiday season at Festival Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17. Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group from Minneapolis that captures the hearts of listeners.

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a Festival favorite since first performing there in 2010. His story and his talent are refreshing. Sabien heard the legendary French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli for the first time as a college freshman. It instantly converted his own musical direction from classical violin to jazz. This and other influences began to meld into a unique, groove-oriented jazz/blues style, a sound that’s accessible to virtually anyone who hears Sabien play. Enjoy original holiday music with Sabien in the acoustically superb historic auditorium. Come and join in the holiday fun! Many of these events are 2012 Flex Pass eligible. Flex Passes and single tickets for these events can be purchased on the Web at, by phone at 715-483-3387, or in person during box office hours. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls at 210 N. Washington St. - submitted

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“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon”


LUCK – The Luck Drama Club had two performances of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, at the Luck High School. The play is a comedic take on the original Grimm folk tales, presenting them as a long story line, with each story connecting to other Grimm tales, with a few creative additions, such as a talking fish, the devil’s grandmother and more. Sadly, the production did not include any talking crab people, who voiced their objections several times. – Greg Marsten

Narrator Jordan Bazey, left, and radioactive hair care product example, Reilly Giller, discuss Rapunzel’s predicament.

Rapunzel, Hannah Karl, right, lets down her hair for the evil Hayley Dikkers.

Photos by Greg Marsten The Disney trademark issue was addressed in a straightforward, professional manner, as Megan Bartylla proved.

Even talking fish can get the hook stuck on occasion.

Gretel, Megan Bartylla, right, is upset because Hansel, Matt Kylie Rich contemplates her numerous soul Thompson, middle, succumbs to the evil witch’s house of candy, as sales and the conflicts that arise. Peer Pressure, Maddie Joy, looks on.

The Big, Bad Wolf is not as bad as Little Red Riding Hood, Whitney Petersen, who shows him a few things about “packing heat.”

The Brothers Grimm, Jes Pedersen and Tanner Nielsen, L to R, before their tales were “adjusted” slightly, by the Luck Drama Club. In the final rundown of the whole story - in less than two minutes - we see all the characters and their connections. Pictured (L to R): Logan Potvin, Jordan Bazey, John Dikkers, Kylie Rich, Matt Thompson and Hayley Dikkers.


“Jack and the Beanstalk”


The Orchestranians are shown performing their number, “Orchestrania.”

Things are not looking up for Milky, Princess Harp, Goose or Lucia. Shown (L to R): Amber Moore, Nikki Dalsveen, Mackenzie Brown and Elizabeth Dunn.

Lucas Stiemann as Jack, left, trades a precious heirloom for bean seeds.

Shown are the colorful carnies of Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Siren School this past weekend, Nov. 9 - 10.

Photos by Sherill Summer

High up on the beanstalk is the bird land that has been missing a goose that laid the golden egg ever since the giant stole her. That is not bothering the owl, played by Abby Hayman, too much, as you can see.

The giant and Lucia can’t seem to agree about what should be for supper in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Siren School Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10.

Old Jeb, played by Josiah Wegner, pushes his aging body to the limit during “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Siren School.




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All-Leader volleyball team

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – Area volleyball teams continue to get better and better, which makes choosing the athletes for the 2012 All-Leader volleyball team even more difficult this season. And along with two Lakeland teams including Luck and Grantsburg representing the Lakeland Conference at the state championships this fall the decision making was an added challenge, but it will come as no

surprise to many that this year’s list is heavy on athletes from the purple and red of Grantsburg and Luck. Along with a long list of determined and dedicated athletes, coaches Jen Nelson of Luck and Deb Allaman-Johnson deserve a mention too as our Leader Land co-coaches of the year. They’ll continue to keep the area strong in volleyball for years to come, and continue to set the bar high for other area teams.

Honorable Mention: Frederic: Lara Harlander and Kendra Mossey. Grantsburg: Arrika Davison and Grace Corbin. Luck: Whitney Petersen and Jenni Holdt. Siren: Raven Emery and Liz Brown. St. Croix Falls: Jessica Rademacher and Matti Gerlach. Unity: Carly Ince and Olivia Nelson. Webster: Christina Weis and Marissa Elliot.

Bella Nelson Junior / Luck

Tessa Clemenson Junior / Luck

Jaimee Buck Senior / Luck

Kylie Pewe Senior/ Grantsburg

Sam Schwieger Senior / Grantsburg

Ashley Dexter Senior / Luck

Shauna Jorgenson Senior / Unity

Alexandria Holmstrom Junior / Webster

Macy Hanson Junior / Grantsburg

Sydney Geisness Senior / St. Croix Falls

All-Leader volleyball second-team athletes

Natalie Sempf Senior/ St. Croix Falls

Kierstyn Campbell Junior / St. Croix Falls

Raelyn Tretsven Sophomore / Webster

Sarah Bader Senior / Unity

Camille Marsten Junior / Luck

RuthAnn Pedersen Senior /Grantsburg

Brittany Coulter Senior/ Siren

Angela Gore Sophomore/ Luck

Carly Gustafson Junior / Frederic

Maddie Ramich Junior / Unity

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All-Leader football team third straight year and led the Vikings football team in tackles three straight seasons. Chenal earned a coveted spot as a safety on the 2012 Northwest All-Region Team, which selects from larger schools such as Medford, Mosinee and Northwestern to name a few. He was also regarded as one of the top running backs in the area this season. There will be more changes to come in 2013, and the Inter-County Leader looks

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – High school football continued to evolve with the addition of eight-man football this season for both Siren and Luck, but despite fewer athletes on the field, the quality of football talent in the area remained strong once again. Among one of the best area talents was Frederic’s Adam Chenal, who earned first-team all-conference honors for the

forward to the changes and continuing to cover the talented athletes in Northwest Wisconsin who continue to challenge the selection process. In the end, all of our picks would be a welcomed addition to any team, including the list of those who made it as an honorable mention. Congratulations on another successful season for our area teams in the Lakeland North Conference and Lakeland 8-Man Conference.

Honorable Mention: Frederic: Garrett Wendelboe and Blain Clemons. Grantsburg: Dakota Linke and Colton Tretsven. Luck: Eric Blaser and Joe Christensen. Siren: Josh Lemieux and Shay Johnson. St. Croix Falls: Adam Erickson and Michael Chernyaev. Unity: Jacob Ruck and Evan Lunda. Webster: Dillon Reeder and Alex Spafford.

All-Leader football team selections

Adam Chenal Senior Frederic

Kyle Sorensen Senior Unity

David Crandell Senior Frederic

Ryan Strenke Senior Frederic

Joe Rademacher Junior St. Croix Falls

Cliff Benjamin Junior Webster

Kyle Hunter Senior Luck

Lucas Willis Senior Grantsburg

Alex Lennartson Senior Unity

Oliver Raboin Junior Unity

Brad Peterson Senior Frederic

Evan Armour Senior Luck

Brodie Kunze Senior Luck

Justin Peper Senior Unity

Connor Myers Senior Grantsburg

Cash Hickethier Junior Unity

Reuben Mixsooke Senior Siren

Jaryd Braden Junior Frederic

Bryce Ryan Senior Grantsburg

Connor McGinnity Senior Luck

Aaron Dietmeier Junior Webster

Jake Sommer Senior St. Croix Falls

Aaron Koshatka Senior Unity

Greg Peterson Sophomore Frederic

Ian Lexen Senior Frederic

Jared Emery Junior Siren

Brandon Ryan Senior Grantsburg

Trent Strapon Sophomore Luck

Chris Schorn Senior Frederic

Mitch Egge Senior Unity

Joe Gaffney Junior Grantsburg

Trevor Dexter Sophomore Luck

Chandler Witzany Senior Grantsburg

Karsten Petersen Junior Luck

Zac Johnson Junior Unity








West Lakeland all-conference volleyball team All-conference

Bella Nelson Sydney Geisness Kylie Pewe Tessa Clemenson Sam Schwieger Sarah Bader Jaimee Buck Shauna Jorgenson Alexandria Holmstrom Maddie Ramich Raelyn Tretsven

Luck St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Luck Grantsburg Unity Luck Unity Webster Unity Webster

Macy Hanson Ashley Dexter Natalie Sempf

Grantsburg Luck St. Croix Falls

Honorable mention

RuthAnn Pedersen Brittany Coulter Carly Ince Carly Gustafson Kierstyn Campbell Olivia Nelson Marissa Elliot

Grantsburg Siren Unity Frederic St. Croix Falls Unity Webster

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Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Back 2 The North 18.5, A.J.R. 17, DCF 16.5, Team 16, The Bowlers 15, We Bowl 13. Boys games: Jordan Bazey (TB) 226, Kyle Hunter (TB) 198, David Lindberg (TN) 193. Boys series: Jordan Bazey (TB) 537, Kyle Hunter 500, Charlie Lindberg (DCF) 493. Girls games: Avery Steen (AJR) 206, Julia Owens (DCF) 140, Kerrigan Ekholm (T) 97. Girls series: Avery Steen (AJR) 488, Julia Owens (DCF) 373, Kerrigan Ekholm 275. Team games: The Bowlers 513, DCF 470, A.J.R. 457. Team series: The Bowlers 1484, DCF 1357, A.J.R. 1256. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Bears 26, Hummingbirds 22, Vultures 21, Eagles 21, Night Hawks 19, Badgers 18, Swans 16. Men’s games (Handicap): Gene Pouti 238, Ron Noble 227, Dale Johnson 216. Men’s series (Handicap): Gene Pouti 608, Ron Noble 593, Tony Deiss 576. Women’s games (Handicap): Pat Bresina 214, Sandy Bannie 213, Jackie Giller 209. Women’s series (Handicap): Joan Chapman 594, Pat Bresina 585, Lila Larson 576. Team games (Handicap): Eagles 802, Vultures 801, Bears 756. Team series (Handicap): Eagles 2268, Hummingbirds 2227, Vultures 2215. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 77, Bottle Shop 76.5, Great Northern Outdoors 75.5, Pioneer Bar 64, Northern Home & Improvement and House of Wood 48.5. Individual games: Jerry Burnham 244, Ricky Daniels 235, Ed Bitler 233. Individual series: Chris Olson 653, Ed Bitler 628, Brett Daeffler 622. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 657, Pioneer Bar 590, Bottle Shop 588. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1854, House of Wood 1684, Yellow Lake Lodge 1663. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x = 233, Brett Daeffler 6x = 232. Games 50 pins or more above average: Jerry Burnham 244 (+60), Ricky Daniels 235 (+51). Splits converted: 4-5: Maynard Stevens; 9-10: Maynard Stevens; 5-10 Bruce Teigen; 3-4-6-7 Ricky Daniels. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 25, Lake Services Unlimited 23, S&S Tree Bird Shoppe 22.5, Skol Bar 22, Pioneer Bar 21, Cummings Lumber 20, Larsen Auto Center 13.5, Stotz & Co. 13. Individual games: Brett Daeffler (DQM) 248, Mark Bohn (SB) 226, Jim Sladky (S&S) and Brett Daeffler (DQM) 222. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (DQM) 652, Oliver Baillargeon (DQM) 619, Curtis Renfroe (SB) 598. Team games: Skol Bar 938, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 926, Skol Bar 900. Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2714, Skol Bar 2688, Pioneer Bar 2546. Thursday Early Standings: Red Iron Studios 19, American Family Siren 18, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 16.5, Grindell Law Offices 14, Wikstrom Construction 13, Hell Raisers 10, Kinetico 8, Fab Four 4.5. Individual games: Ed Bitler (RIS) 247, Dave Grindell (GLO) 246, Bryce Daeffler (DQM) 213. Individual series: Ed Bitler (RIS) 683, Bryce Daeffler (DQM) 627, Nick Skow (DQM) 581. Team games: Red Iron Studios 617, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 588, Grindell Law Offices 578.

Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1744, Red Iron Studios 1658, Fab Four 1524. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 5x = 247, Dave Grindell 6x = 246. Games 50 pins or more above average: Dave Grindell 246 (+67). Series 100 or more above average: Bryce Daeffler 627 (+105). Splits converted: 2-7: Bruce Wikstrom; 3-10: Brandon Ayd; 4-7-10: Mike Skow; 68 Dave Hall. Friday Night Ladies Standing: Pin Heads 51.5, SKM 44.5, Junque Art 44, The Leader 37, Frederic Design 33. Individual games: Austin Otis 223, Margie Traun 206, Karen Carlson 200. Individual series: Margie Traun 539, Karen Carlson 539, Gail Linke 531. Team games: Pin Heads 644, SKM 628, The Leader 582. Team series: Pin Heads 1764, SKM 1763, The Leader 1713. Games 50 or more above average: Austin Otis and Mindy Linke. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: Rebel Alliance, Pin Choppers, Skowl, Handicaps, New Team, Lakers, Luck-E. Men’s games: Mark Bohn 259, Eugene Ruhn 218, Mark Bohn 216. Men’s series: Mark Bohn 668, Eugene Ruhn 581, Michael Feist 563. Women’s games: Deb Ingram 201, Deb Ingram 195, Brenda Weierke 183. Women’s series: Deb Ingram 562, JoAnn Marek 477, Ramona Renfroe 468. Team games: Handicaps 959, New Team 943, Handicaps 901. Team series: Handicaps 2738, New Team 2627, Rebel Alliance 2591.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Madness Standings: Alleycats 42, Eagle Lounge 39, Bon Ton 35, Mishaps 28. Individual game: Barbara Benson 182, Debbie Trombley 139, Judy Maier 136. Individual series: Barbara Benson 485, Debbie Trombley 365, Pam Alleva 365. Team games (Handicap): Eagle Lounge 602, Bon Ton 590. Team series (Handicap): Bon Ton 1680, Eagle Lounge 1666. Monday Night Ladies Standings: McKenzie Lanes 94, Milltown Appliance 91.5, Metal Products 84, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 81, Alyeska Contracting 78, Edina Divas 77, Frederic Truck & Trailer 70.5, Bye 30. Individual games: Jennifer Lehman 195, Kathy McKenzie 194, Marie Sogge 192. Individual series: Kathy McKenzie 519, Toni Sloper 498, Yvonne Snyder 486. Team games (Handicap): Milltown Appliance 848. Team series (Handicap): Milltown Appliance 2428. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 108.5, Kindred Spirits 107, Custom Outfitter 102.5, Hauge Dental 94.5, Country Gals 74.5, Kassel Tap 67, LC’s Gals 64, Gutter Dusters 62. Individual games: Jane Smith 199, Chris Gage 195, Trisha Jansen and Shirley Wilson 194. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 536, Eileen Tomlinson 512, Kathy Braund 505. Team games (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 896, Kindred Spirits 824, Kassel Tap 796. Team series (Handicap): Tomlinson Insurance 2541, Kindred Spirits 2358, Country Gals 2290. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Dream Lawn 38.5, The Dugout 38, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 35.5, Centurview Park 31.5, McKenzie Lanes 30, Hack’s Pub 24.5, Steve’s Appliance 22, The Cobbler Shop 20.

Jr. league Boys games: Ayden McKenzie 141, Roen Aronson 134, Matthew Peterson 115. Boys series: Ayden McKenzie 331, Roen Aronson 331, Matthew Peterson 293. Girls games: Danielle Ahlm 118, Elsie Flom 87, Paulina Peterson 77. Girls series: Danielle Ahlm 332, Elsie Flom 218, Taylor Lehner 191.

Black & Orange

Individual games: Donny Potting Jr. 279, Darren McKenzie 259, Brian Mottaz 258. Individual series: Donny Potting Jr. 782, Gene Braund 681, Jason Schultz 676. Team games (Hadicap): Dream Lawn 1252. Team series (Handicap): Dream Lawn 3513. Wednesday Early League Standings: Dalles House 52, Adamark Repair 44, Gehrman Auto Body 36, Greatland Transportation 35, Cutting Edge 33, Balsam Branch Transport 28, Suzie Q’s 22, Bye 6. Men’s games: Merlin Fox 246, Mark Kamish 246, Chris Madison 226. Men’s series: Merlin Fox 683, Mark Kamish 664, Dennis Hansen 605. Women’s games: Janice Fox 177, Justine Melin 177, Brenda Lehmann 156. Women’s series: Janice Fox 460, Justine Melin 447, Brenda Lehmann 435. Team games (Handicap): Dalles House 771. Team series (Handicap): Dalles House 1972. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Harvest Moon 14, Hanjo Farms 12, Dalles Electrician 12, Tiger Express 10, McKenzie Lanes 6, Edina Realty 6, Davy’s Construction 2, Reed’s Marina 2. Individual games: Jim McKenzie 279, Greg Dick 269, Bill Swenson 265. Individual series: Craig Willert 689, Gene Braund 668, Greg Dick 661. Team games (Handicap): Harvest Moon 1109, Tiger Express 1076. Team series (Handicap): Harvest Moon 3108, Tiger Express 3057. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hauge Dental 118.5, Central Bank 113, Hack’s Pub 108, Cutting Edge Pro 104.5, KJ’s 99, Eagle Valley Bank 87, Truhlsen Chiropractic 86, Bont Chiropractic 84. Individual games: Jane Smith 210, Jackie Patterson 200, Jen Tober 198. Individual series: Jennifer Whelan 526, Jane Smith 523, Lonnie Stowell 520. Team games: Cutting Edge Pro 839, Hauge Dental 773, Eagle Valley Bank 768. Team series: Cutting Edge Pro 2290, Hauge Dental 2273, Hack’s Pub 2170. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: Roller Coasters 47, The InLaws 47, Eureka Bombers 45.5, The Bald & The Beautiful 45, T-Dawgs 45, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 44, B&K Cousins 41, D.I.F.F. 25.5. Men’s games: Cory Crowell 245, Darren McKenzie 237, Rick Katzmark 235. Men’s series: Rick Katzmark 644, Cory Crowell 631, Darren McKenzie 604. Women’s games: Lana McKenzie 204, Kathy Braund 176, Brenda Lehmann 174. Women’s series: Lana McKenzie 506, Kathy Braund 500, Brenda Lehmann 488. Team games (Handicap): Cutting Edge Pro Shop 1005, Eureka Bombers 944, The Bald & The Beautiful 929. Team series (Handicap): Cutting Edge Pro Shop 2873, Eureka Bombers 2727, Roller Coasters 2657.

Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 27-9, Black & Orange 21.5-14.5, Gandy Dancer Saloon 12-24, The Tap 11.5-24.5. Individual games: Kay Casey (YRS) 185, Marcy Viebrock (B&O) 167, Linda Strong (YRS) 159. Individual series: Marcy Viebrock (B&O) 484, Kay Casey (YRS) 471, Linda Strong (YRS) 461. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 908, Black & Orange 857, Gandy Dancer Saloon 840. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2688, Black & Orange 2542, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2490. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Black & Orange 21-15, Larry’s LP 20-16, Ed’s Logging 17-19, Player Motorsports 14-22. Individual games: George Kern (B&O) 208, Dean Eytcheson (EL) 199, Curt Phelps (EL) and Jack Witzany (L) 192. Individual series: Dean Eytcheson (EL) 543, Mark Holmstrom (B&O) 518, Curt Phelps (EL) 514. Team games: Black & Orange 988, Larry’s LP 939, Ed’s Logging 929. Team series: Black & Orange 2715, Larry’s LP 2694, Ed’s Logging 2668. Tuesday Tippers Standings: Main Home Services, Gob’s Gals, A&H Country Market, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Nancy Growe (MHS) 238, Vivian Marx (GG) 234 and 224. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 635, Nancy Growe (MHS) 622, Laura Main (MHS) 597. Team games: Main Home Services 786, Gob’s Gals 776, West Point Lodge 762. Team series: Main Home Services 2263, Gob’s Gals 2247, West Point Lodge 2209. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Marilyn Needham. Games 50 or more above average: Nancy Gowe. TNT Standings: Cashco 25-15, Flower Power 23-17, Larry’s LP 18-22, Homestead Cafe 14-26. Individual games: Mary Smith (C) 208, Jennifer Kern (L) 185, Cheryl Scallon (C) 170. Individual series: Mary Smith (C) 530, Jennifer Kern (L) 517, Cheryl Scallon (C) 478. Team games: Cashco 869, Flower Power 867, Larry’s LP 827. Team series: Cashco 2581, Flower Power 2452, Homestead Café 2438. Games 50 or more above average: Mary Smith 208 (+67). Series 100 or more above average: Mary Smith 530 (+122). Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Cashco 30-6, Lions 25-11, Black & Orange 20-16, Zia Louisa’s 18-18, Pheasant Inn 14-22, Vacant 1-35. Individual games: Mike Zajac (C) 232, Gene Ackland (ZL) 216, Fred Zajac (C) 203. Individual series: Mike Zajac (C) 592, Michael Anesi (ZL) 564, Gene Ackland (ZL) 556. Team games: Zia Louisa’s 996, Black & Orange 969, Cashco 944. Team series: Zia Louisa’s 2772, Cashco 2758, Black & Orange 2729.

Games 50 or more above average: Mike Zajac 232 (+64). Series 100 or more above average: Michael Anesi 564 (+102). Early Risers Standings: Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 27-13, Black & Orange 21-19, Gandy Dancer 20-20, 10th Hole 12-28. Individual games: Millie Hansen (GNHD) 198, Pam Dildine (10th) 172, Claudia Peterson (GD) and Joan Java Hahr (10th) 164. Individual series: Millie Hansen (GNHD) 469, Pam Dildine (10th) 452, Donna Crain (GD) 436. Team games: Gandy Dancer 762, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 754, 10th Hole 726. Team series: Gandy Dancer 2163, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 2138, Black & Orange 2058. Games 50 or more above average: Millie Hanson 198 (+76). Series 100 or more above average: Millie Hanson 198 (+76). Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Dolls w/Balls 26-6, Yellow River Saloon 16-16, Pour House 12-20, Rollettes 10-22. Individual games: Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 185, Audrey Pardun (YRS) 172, Daphne Churchill (Dw/B) 169. Individual series: Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 531, Daphne Churchill (Dw/B) 434, Kim Benjamin Rivers (R) 431. Team games: Dolls w/Balls 772, Yellow River Saloon 757, Pour House 739. Team series: Dolls w/Balls 2182, Yellow River Saloon 2073, Pour House 2036. Friday Afternoon Mix Standings: Tasmanian Devils 17-11, MisSplits 16-12, Fantastic Four 14-14, Bowling Buds 9-19. Men’s games: Wayne Lundeen (FF) 212, Jerry Burnham (BB) 183, Jim Thompson (MS) 178. Men’s series: Wayne Lundeen (FF) 517, John Vanous (TD) 498, Jim Thompson (MS) 482. Women’s games: Vicki Wier (TD) 168, Jean Thompson (MS) 151, Char Vanous (TD) 149. Women’s series: Vicki Wier (TD) 481, Jean Thompson (MS) 2354, Char Vanous (TD) 399. Team games: Mis-Splits and Tasmanian Devils 828, Fantastic Four 778, Bowling Buds 769. Team series: Tasmanian Devils 2376, Mis-Splits 2354, Fantastic Four 2329. Splits converted: 6-7 Jean Thompson.

Denny’s Downtown Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mix Standings: Wild Ones 43.5, Spare Us 38, Hi-Low Rollers 36, Sisters D 22.5. Individual games: Jim Loomis 181, Scott Lamphere 174, Jamie Mier 170. Individual series: Jim Loomis 487, Jamie Mier 481, Scott Lamphere 449. Team games: Spare Us 278, Spare Us 250, Wild Ones 247. Team series: Spare Us 760, Wild Ones 722, Sisters D 703. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Boyd’s Outdoor Power 33, Radio Shack 32, Wood River Pharmacy 30, Grantsburg Sanitary 24, Fiedler Ford 17, Dummy Team 11. Individual games (Handicap): Dennis McKenzie 259, Chris Olson 247, Beau Carey 233. Individual series (Handicap): Chris Olson 694, Beau Carey 625, Dennis McKenzie 620. Team games (Handicap): Fiedler Ford 1037, Radio Shack 1010, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 1004. Team series (Handicap): Fiedler Ford 2853, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 2852, Radio Shack 2849.




Bad news and good news Leader Land deer archers are checking in with a significantly lower success rate this fall. Is this due to a reduced herd size, thanks to cheap and liberally available (and utilized) antlerless tags in previous seasons? Or has the THE SPORTS emergency deerbaiting ban served to take away a bit of the advantage archers enjoyed during the “bait and shoot” era? We’ll know even more in a couple of weeks when the Wisconsin firearm deer season tallies are in the books.

John Ryan




Wolf watch Media sources indicate that as of Sunday, Nov. 11, a mere 64 timberwolves had been killed in Wisconsin’s 2012 season. That’s still far short of the state’s designated quota of 115. Good luck to all legally licensed Badger State wolf hunters who are seeking to bag one of these noble and majestic beasts. Basketball opener The Thursday, Nov. 15, basketball openers for Unity, Frederic and Webster mark the earliest boys hoop lid-lifter date in recent memory. Check out The Swami’s predictions elsewhere on this page. Most experts figure coach Rick Giller’s Luck Cardinals boys will easily stroll to another conference title after a one-year hiatus. Kyle Hunter, Evan Armour, Karsten Petersen, John Denny, Trent Strapon, Dylan Lemay and Brody Kunze are some of the Cardinal stars who will probably display an undefeated



West Lakeland Conference record once the smoke clears in February. Meanwhile, the Siren Dragon girls are favored to walk away with another league title after their own brief absence from the winner’s circle in 2011-12. Declining enrollment Here’s some interesting 2012 local high school enrollment numbers pilfered from the most recent issue of the WIAA bulletin: Webster, 219; Siren, 130; Grantsburg, 293; St. Croix Falls, 349; Unity, 291; Luck, 134; and Frederic, 147. Respectively, those are averages of 54, 32, 71, 87, 73, 33 and 37 students per high school class. It seems that when it comes to sustaining enrollment totals, 1.8 children per household isn’t working out so well in some local communities. Time marches on for local bird-dog man Spies working the game-bird hunting community say that star 1960s Frederic

Vikings football running back Brian Johnson recently acquired the fourth prize Brittany spaniel hunting dog he’s owned in the last 30 years or so. Not long after his days on the FHS gridiron ended, Johnson – with the help of his first Brittany – emerged as one of the region’s top grouse hunters. And he’s still plying his craft today although pheasants are now his primary quarry. First buck 1974; 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23; about 35 degrees, cloudy and dreary; no snow; 6.5 x 55 Swedish mauser; 8pointer, 60 yards, broadside; one shot to the neck; Dad, uncle and cousin quickly on the scene. Do you remember your first buck? John Ryan may




Lakeland North all-conference football team Post. QB QB RB RB RB Rec. Rec. OL OL OL OL OL Post. QB RB RB RB RB Rec. Rec. OL OL OL OL OL

First team offense

Player Zach St. Aubin Lucas Willis Kyle Sorensen Alex Almquist Jordan Bainter Joe Koernecke Bryce Ryan Travis Lundeen Alex Lennartson Cash Hickethier Dalton Anders David Crandell

Team Cameron Grantsburg Unity Cameron Flambeau Cameron Grantsburg Cameron Unity Unity Flambeau Frederic

Second team offense

Player Jaryd Braden Jake Sommer Joe Rademacher Aaron Dietmeier Adam Chenal Connor Myers Pat Dernovsek James Lawson Brad Peterson Adam Erickson Chandler Witzany Clifford Benjamin

Team Frederic St. Croix Falls St. Croix Falls Webster Frederic Grantsburg Flambeau Cameron Frederic St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Webster

Yr. 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 12 Yr. 11 12 11 11 12 12 11 10 12 11 12 11

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The Prediction King has barely had time to respond to all the well-wishes and acclaim he justifiably received for recording a 79-percent success rate during football season. But there’s scant time to rest on his laurels with the 2012-13 basketball season already beginning for some Leader Land teams on Thursday, Nov. 15.

This week’s forecast will be offered sans game-by-game commentary, but rest assured that the “prognosticating poet” format will be back in future editions of the Leader.



Boys games Cumberland 58, Webster 43 Osceola 47, Unity 45 Frederic 52, Turtle Lake 51 Luck 77, Shell Lake 40 Frederic 63, Solon Springs 59 Girls games Unity 53, Clear Lake 41 Frederic 49, Solon Springs 40 Cumberland 39, Luck 27 Siren 57, Clear Lake 40 The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at


First team defense

Player Justin Peper Oliver Raboin Ryan Strenke Joe Rademacher Brandon Ryan Michael Scharenbrook Clifford Benjamin Adam Chenal Justis Hagberg Aaron Koshatka Aaron Dietmeier Connor Myers

Team Unity Unity Frederic St. Croix Falls Grantsburg Flambeau Webster Frederic Cameron Unity Webster Grantsburg

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Second team defense Post. DL DL DL LB LB LB LB DB DB DB DB DB

Player Cordell Mateski Kyle Heinsohn Jordan Bainter Marcus Brion David Crandell Mitch Egge Isaac McKittrick Lucas Morgan Zack Johnson Pat Dernovsek Jaryd Braden Michael Chernyaev

Team Flambeau Cameron Flambeau Cameron Frederic Unity Flambeau Cameron Unity Flambeau Frederic St. Croix Falls

Yr. 12 10 12 11 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 12


Standings Team Conf. Frederic Vikings 0-0 Grantsburg Pirates 0-0 Luck Cardinals 0-0 Siren Dragons 0-0 St. Croix Falls Saints 0-0 Unity Eagles 0-0 Webster Tigers 0-0 Upcoming Thursday, November 15 7:30 p.m. Unity at Osceola Frederic at Turtle Lake Cumberland at Webster Tuesday, November 20 5:45 p.m. Solon Springs at Frederic 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls at St. Croix Central 7:30 p.m. Luck at Shell Lake


Overall 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0


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Upcoming Monday, November 19 TBD Scrimmage at Siren

Standings Conf. Overall 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Upcoming Saturday, November 17 5:30 p.m. Amery at St. Croix Falls scrimmage Tuesday, November 20 5:30 p.m. Unity at Shell Lake scrimmage 7:30 p.m. Siren at Clear Lake Luck at Cumberland Solon Springs at Frederic

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Anytime is a good time to start hunting

The 2012 gun deer season opener is well within sight this Saturday, Nov. 17, and for the past 15 or so years, 78-year-old Joan Zeigler has made the gun deer opener a yearly tradition with her husMarty band Charles and their three sons at a cabin Seeger near Cushing. Zeigler didn’t start hunting until shortly The after her retirement in Bottom the late ‘90s, except that she did hunt once or Line twice not long after getting married. For the several years that followed, she either stayed home or went shopping while her husband and sons went hunting. However, with a little encouragement from her family, she decided to take up hunting once again. “I guess if you can’t fight ‘em, you’ve got to join ‘em,” she said with a laugh, admitting that her family is quite proud to have her sharing in the excitement of hunting with them each year, especially during the fall when weather is a bit warmer. “They talked me into going rifle hunting in the wintertime … then the boys said, ‘You should try it in the fall because it’s beautiful and it isn’t as cold,’ because I freeze so bad,” she said. Zeigler says she probably enjoys hunting in the fall the best and has taken some

nice bucks over the years with her crossbow, which included a nice 10-pointer that was pictured in the Inter-County Leader four years ago. Zeigler isn’t one to brag and says she’s never really kept track of the deer she’s taken over the years, but her husband was happy to share the photo of the 10-pointer, and it’s possible that he also shared the photo of her most recent success in taking a 4point buck with a crossbow this season. “Well, I’m kind of embarrassed about it!” she said. On one hand, Zeigler seemed a little embarrassed for getting a phone call from this reporter out of the blue, congratulating her on another fine buck, but also because it was smaller than some of the other deer she had taken over the years. She generally holds out for a bigger buck. And she was maybe a little embarrassed, too, for the fact that her husband, or someone, (she could only guess during our phone conversation) submitted a photo to the newspaper again. Either way, I encouraged Zeigler that any deer was a good deer, especially since she was able to share the experience with her husband. Zeigler said she’d hunted several times this season but this was actually the first buck she had seen while sitting in an elevated stand she described as looking more like a playhouse. When the buck first appeared, her husband asked if it was big enough to shoot. “I said, ‘Well, it looks like a big deer but I want more horns!’” said Zeigler, to which her husband replied, “Well, it looks really nice. If it comes over, would you take a shot at it?’ “And I said yes I would,” Zeigler recalled. “So that was it!” For the first time this year, any hunter with a gun deer license and gun deer car-

cass tags can hunt with a crossbow during the gun season, including the muzzleloader season. Zeigler will be taking the rifle this weekend, like so many others, but said she wouldn’t have taken part in the archery season had it not been for crossbows because a regular compound bow is too difficult to draw. “They’re very accurate,” said Zeigler. “You can have a scope … the only thing is you can only shoot once. There’s no loading it up and taking the second shot on it.” With the addition of crossbows to the rifle and muzzleloader seasons, it seems only a matter of time before crossbows become commonplace in the archery seasons, not just for those 65 and older or those with special disability permits. For Zeigler, it seems the only thing that will be holding her back from another hunting season is the weather. “If it gets really cold, then I don’t get out as much,” she said, but added if the weather is decent for the first couple of days she’ll be out before sunrise and likely won’t get back to the cabin until the sun sets.

Get someone you know involved Unless you’ve been living in a bomb shelter for the past 15 years, or so, you probably know by now that there’s a significant push to get more people involved in the outdoors through hunting and fishing, especially with the women and youth of this nation. But no matter the age, gender or even ability, it’s important to at least try to introduce someone new to the tradition of hunting. Zeigler wasn’t exactly new to hunting, but may not have given hunting a try without the encouragement from her husband and sons. In fact, using Zeigler as inspiration, I even

Attention deer hunters: DNR Customer Service is there for you

MADISON – Last-minute questions from hunters at deer camp and from deer stands day or night is routine. It’s all in a day’s work for the Department of Natural Resources call center. The expanded hours call center – unique among state natural resources agencies – has handled more than 370,000 customer contacts in the last year, one quarter

of them at night and on weekends. More than 21,000 customers have also taken advantage of their online chat feature so far this year. The highly trained representatives respond to a wide variety of DNR issues, from clarifying regulations on hunting and fishing to restrictions on firewood transportation. The call center is on

Seventy-eight-year-old Joan Zeigler with her 4-point buck taken during the archery season with a crossbow. Zeigler made hunting a yearly tradition during the archery season, as well as the gun deer season shortly after retirement in the late ‘90s. – Photo submitted went as far as mentioning to my Grandma Carol, who just turned 74, that she, too, still has time to get a license for the big hunt this weekend. “I’ll be hunting for something for you guys to eat,” she said promptly. “Besides, I don’t look good in orange anyway.” It was a resounding no, but there’s plenty of time before next fall to convince her that she would look great with a crossbow and camouflage.

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pace to receive more than 370,000 calls this year, with more than 20 percent of these coming during nights and weekends. The Call Center’s motto, “We’re here for you!” Give them a call 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week. Call Toll-Free 888-WDNR INFO (888-936-7463). – from the DNR

Gordon Lehman of the Falun area shot this 8point buck on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 10. – Photo submitted

Buck of a lifetime

Burnett County trophy

Hans Johnson, 16, of Grantsburg, shot his largest buck to date on Thursday, Nov. 8. This is Johnson’s fourth deer with a bow and third buck. He let several small bucks go during the season knowing that they had several trail camera photos of the deer in 2011, (top right) as well as one this fall. The buck has 13 countable points and after the 60-day drying period, is expected to gross in the mid-160s, and net in the low 150s, according to Johnson’s father, Mark Johnson. The deer weighed 233 pounds. The score could place the buck as the fifth largest ever taken with a bow in Burnett County. – Photos submitted

Ken Erickson shot this Burnett County buck on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 10. The buck has an 18-2/8 inch spread with a rough green score of 160-6/8 inches. – Photo submitted


New communications tower called win-win for all Grantsburg Village approves permit for construction of communications tower at fairgrounds by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Burnett County Administrator Canace Fitzgerald and county board Chairman Don Taylor arrived early for the 4 p.m. Grantsburg Village Planning Commission meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. On the planning commission’s agenda was the application by the county and Burnett County Agricultural Society for a conditional use permit to construct a 180foot wireless communications tower at the Grantsburg Fairgrounds. The appearance of Fitzgerald and Taylor along with Mosaic Cellular Operations Manager Scott Hickok at the hearing un-

derlined just how important approval of the permit was to the county’s plan for a new communications system. The planning commission and several citizens came prepared with numerous questions for the trio. The Grantsburg Village Board raised objections to the proposed tower at the board’s Oct. 8 meeting and again at a special board meeting called on Oct. 29 to specifically address the county and fair association’s permit application. The village has a wireless tower ordinance, which states no new transmitters are permitted unless proven colocation on existing towers is not possible. The intent of the colocation stipulation being to avoid multiple towers littering the landscape. Hickok began his remarks to the commission by saying his company had acquired several cellular frequencies in the FCC auction and has since moved into cel-

Lioness Honors Night Banquet

The Siren Lioness Club held their annual Honors Night banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 16. This is the time that they honor their Lion/Lioness leaders in District 27-E1. Shown in the picture is district Gov. Ron Edlund and first lady Elaine Edlund, St. Croix Falls. – Photos submitted

Each year the district governor has Lions projects that he supports, and he helps to raise monies in support of those projects. This year he is “auctioning” bird feeders, with his DG pin emblem, at each of the clubs he visits. The Siren Club winner is Lioness Jan Carlson, showing the feeder.

These leaders were honored at the Siren Lion/Lioness banquet Oct. 16. (L to R): Lion John Carlson, Siren; district Gov. Ron Edlund and first lady Elaine Edlund, St. Croix Falls; affliate district president, Lioness Billie Graveson, Danbury; area director, Lioness LaVonne Boyer, Frederic.

lular services in this part of Wisconsin. “We have the frequencies for Burnett County, and it would be nice to have a couple of towers here,” Hickok told the board. “We have assisted Barron County with their communications system and would also like to do so with Burnett County.” Hickok said he wanted to address two questions as to the village’s tower ordinance, the village’s fee of 5 percent commission for leasing, and the stipulation the tower is painted camouflage. Village clerk Jennifer Zeilor said the 5 percent commission only applied if the tower was constructed on village property. In reference to tower color, Zeilor and planning commission members saw no problem with Mosaic’s proposed tower color. Hickok told the commission colocation was not possible on any of the existing three village towers due to the requirements needed by the county and to avoid a frequency conflict. Hickok’s remark that this is a win-win for the county and for Mosaic drew comments from the audience. “How is this a win-win for Grantsburg?” asked Earl Mosley, one of several village board members in attendance at the planning meeting. “We won’t get anything from this as far as jobs.” “We’re just like other cellular carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T,” responded Hickok. “You’re that bad,” remarked Mosley. “We are just giving you another cellular phone choice,” said Hickok. Mosley also questioned how Mosaic came to be the only company contacted to construct the tower, asking if Hickok knew Gary Therkelsen. Hickok said he had no business connection with Therkelsen prior to this venture but simply made contact with him and made an offer to assist with the county’s communication system as Mosaic had done in Barron County. “From here on out, we have to have control in planning,” commented Tasha Burilini-Olson, another board member present at the meeting. “The issue will continue to come up, and I’m just putting it out there.” “I got the impression we should stick to the topic of the conditional use permit,” commented planning commission member and village board member Glenn Rolloff. “Grantsburg village would be the last one to get some land and build a tower.” Dennis Allaman, owner of the Crex Techs, a Grantsburg tech company, asked what Mosaic would be using their antennas for and if there would be a conflict with existing carriers. Hickok said right now Mosaic and Burnett County would be the only ones using the tower, but Mosaic would welcome other providers who want to rent space, adding all cellular carriers work together so to avoid frequency conflicts. Grantsburg Fire Chief Derek Zeilor was asked his opinion on the tower as it pertains to the fire department. “Our intention is to remain on the water tower for now but we do need a another tower. I would like to ask if you grant the permit that three spots be reserved for local services, at 150 feet or higher.” Hickok said at this time the spaces at that height would be taken by the county, and Mosaic, but there is a possibility of sharing antennas with the county and at no cost. “That should be no problem,” replied Taylor. Rolloff questioned Hickok if Mosaic was responsible for all liability with regard to construction of the tower. Hickok said while Mosaic will own the tower, another company will be doing the construction. Burilini-Olson asked about maintenance of the road to the tower and security around the tower. Fair association member Bruce Scheider said the plan was for the road leading to the tower to be built up with more gravel. Hickok said Mosaic would construct a chain-link fence around the tower for security. Planning commission and village board member Val Johnson said he had heard

from numerous sources that small businesses would find the cost of renting space on the new tower prohibitive. Hickok stated again Mosaic welcomed anyone wanting space on the tower but did admit the cost could be too high for some. More discussion followed with commission members agreeing the tower falls within the ordinances on with the exception of a waiver on the height limitation in the zoning ordinance which Mosaic is also requesting board action. Several board members also commented the ordinance states the village would have to have proven good reason for denying the permit. Rolloff said he felt the planning commission should recommend approval of the conditional permit. “I see more positives than negatives,” commented planning commission member Brent Blomberg. “It will be beneficial for the county, the fairgrounds and the village. And since there is no possibility for colocation on current towers, I recommend we approve the permit.” A public hearing on the permit was later held during the regular village board meeting bringing more questions from concerned citizens. Former village President Mark Dahlberg asked about any rent Mosaic would be paying to the fair association to have a tower at the fairgrounds. Dahlberg cited the considerable monthly rent paid to his company, Northwestern Wisconsin Electric, by a cellular company. Hickok said the agreement between the county and Mosaic was neither would pay rent for the tower. The fair association and county would each receive 25 percent of any revenue from future renters on the tower. Dahlberg said he was also concerned about the location of the tower with regard to safety of fairgoers. “One time a year, hundreds of people are all over this property. If the tower were to collapse, you could very well kill some people,” said Dahlberg. “That’s why it was put as far back on the property as possible,” said village President Roger Panek. Bob Stancer, of Therkelsen Associates, said these towers are designed to collapse on themselves and follow FCC rules. “You can have all the rules you want and it can still fall over,” Dahlberg said in reply. Rolloff called for any more comments. Mosley questioned if the board still needed more information before making a decision. Other board members commented a second opinion would be at the village’s expense. “It would have been nice for us to have had this in July when the fair association and the county signed the agreement, so we could have had more time to look at it,” said Panek, leaving his remarks there. Rolloff then recommended the board accept the planning commission’s recommendation to grant the conditional use permit. “We have to get a narrowband. It’s a win-win for everyone.” The board voted to grant the permit with one no vote cast by Mosley. Two studies, one environmental and one historical as required by the National Environmental Protection Act and the State Historic Preservation Office, will need to be completed before construction of the tower can begin.

In other board business The board accepted a bid of $526 for the village owned 1995 Ford Explorer. The board authorized the harvest of five acres of pine plantation located north of the transfer station by Blomberg Logging. The board adopted a resolution supporting the village of Grantsburg Façade Plan. The board denied a request for a multiple dog license by Candus Harer and Malynda Bicondova. The board approved a donation of $500 to the Burnett County Humane Society. The board accepted with thanks the retirement letter from Rodney Meyer, village director of public works, effective at the end of December.


“Miracle Worker”


Audiences awed by “Miracle Worker” performances by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – A fine production of the William Gibson play, “The Miracle Worker,” was presented by Grantsburg students Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11, at the high school auditorium. Though Sarah Coppenbarger uttered but one word in her role as the young Helen Keller, her portrayal of the blind and speechless Keller was both genuine and poignant. Equally compelling was Lily Benge Briggs performance as Annie Sullivan, Keller’s tenacious teacher. The chemistry between Benge Briggs and Coppenbarger in their emotional rendering of a teacher and student who learn much from each other kept the audience’s attention from beginning to end. Fine performances turned in by the supporting cast added to this awe-inspiring production.

Throughout “The Miracle Worker,” Annie Sullivan recalled her memories of days at Almshouse, a charity home for the poor where her brother, Jimmie, played by Andy Hartshorn, died. Amber Pedersen, Clara Leonard and Rebekah Curtin played the poor women of Almshouse. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

A blind Helen Keller, played by Sarah Coppenbarger, greeted her new teacher, Annie Sullivan, played by Lily Benge Briggs, with waiting and exploring hands.

Kirstin Olson and Allyson Bram portrayed blind students bidding a sad farewell to their teacher, Annie Sullivan, played by Lily Benge Briggs, during the production of “The Miracle Worker” at Grantsburg High School Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The chemistry between Lily Benge Briggs and Sarah Coppenbarger, in their emotional rendering of a teacher and student who learn much from each other, kept the audience’s attention from beginning to end. In this climactic scene, Annie was overjoyed when Helen finally made the connection between a substance and its name, as she tried to speak the word “water.”

An exasperated Annie Sullivan, played by Lily Benge Briggs, tried to contain an agitated Helen, played by Sarah Coppenbarger, who was unwilling to learn proper table manners.

An exasperated Annie Sullivan, played by Lily Benge Briggs, tried to contain an agitated Helen, played by Sarah Coppenbarger, who was unwilling to learn proper table manners.


SCF Police chief announces retirement Chief Jack Rydeen honored for over two decades of service

of recent disputes between the owners of the marina and three others over use of the other half of the right of way on the property, where they are constructing a roadway to alleviate access issues. The owners of the marina, Dean and Sherry by Greg Marsten Cameron, have since filed a civil lawsuit over the Leader staff writer issue, which led to an injunction on pending conST. CROIX FALLS – At the regular meeting of struction of the driveway. the St. Croix Falls Common Council on Monday, Administrator Joel Peck mentioned that the issue Nov. 12, the council honored retiring police Chief is “likely to be decided by a court,” but added that Jack Rydeen for more than two decades of servone of the parties being sued registered his disapice to their police department. proval of the latest issue before the council. Rydeen announced his retirement in recent Peck noted that the issue of boat storage on the weeks, and has been the chief of police since side of Franklin is part of what led to the dispute, 2007, after being on the city’s police department going back over five years. That led to the city passroll since 1990. Mayor Brian Blesi noted Rydeen’s ing a resolution to have the marina vacate the boats service and honored him with a plaque for his from the right of way, which the Camerons did. service. However, the marina owners also limited access “I want to thank the city, in general, for the across the property, and only offered access to the way they’ve treated me over the past almost 23 other parties for a fee, which they refused to pay, years,” Rydeen said. “Lots of things have and has led to an ongoing dispute between the parchanged since I first joined.” ties and the city. The process to hire Rydeen’s replacement has Alderwoman Lori Berg Erickson asked if the city not officially been addressed, but city Adminiswas only making it worse by approving the stortrator Joel Peck said they have some options they age clause. will review in the coming month. “I don’t think you’ll be ruffling any feathers that With Rydeen’s retirement, the council also dearen’t already ruffled,” Peck said. bated briefly on the need for a new squad car, replacing an aging Dodge Durango four-wheel- Retiring St. Croix Falls Police Chief Jack Rydeen (right) was honored by the city’s “I think it levels the playing field, from our perdrive SUV. That 2005 Durango has pending common council and Mayor Brian Blesi (left) at the city’s regular council meeting on spective,” stated Alderman Don Anderson, who transmission and front-suspension issues, as well Monday, Nov. 12. Rydeen has been with the department for almost 23 years, with the noted that the city has allowed the access from one half, and storage on the other half now. as the start of rust, Rydeen noted. He also en- last five years as chief. - Photo by Greg Marsten Mayor Blesi agreed, and said the city’s agreedorsed the need for an all-wheel-drive squad car. ment “seems to provide parity to the (west side) of “St. Croix Falls was built on a hill,” Rydeen In other council business: said. “It’s very difficult to maneuver around in a snow• The council met behind closed doors for the better part the property.” The civil lawsuit and temporary restraining order goes storm.” of an hour after their regular meeting to address litigation The council took no action, but will pursue options on a involving the condemned home at 209 River St. in St. Croix before Judge Jeffery Anderson in Polk County Court on new squad, including possibly reviewing the new Ford Falls, near the fish hatchery. The location is where the city Nov. 21. •The council reviewed their proposed 2013 city budget Taurus police interceptors, which are all-wheel-drive is trying to obtain property for the construction and evenin a hearing prior to the prior to the regular meeting, but squad cars and offer better mileage and performance than tual expansion of the wastewater treatment facility. an SUV, but are new enough that few local departments The issue was to confer with their legal council on the questions remain, so they tabled action and will review the have a history with the vehicles. condemnation and eminent domain purchase of the prop- final proposal at the next council meeting. “We have some lingering questions,” Blesi said. “This The village of Balsam Lake will take delivery of a new erty, which is the site of a home that was condemned years model interceptor in the very near future, and a few other ago after the now deceased occupant was forced to move will give us some time to digest this issue.” • Library director Sarah Adams reviewed a service surmunicipalities in nearby counties have also ordered the after the 2004 discovery of hundreds of cats – some alive vey, and led a short discussion on the results, which illusvehicles, but have yet to receive delivery. and some dead. St. Croix Falls also has a newer Ford Crown Victoria as The city has also sought to purchase the property for the trated residents’ belief that obtaining materials and their other squad, but Ford ceased production of that WWTP construction, and has been part of an ongoing legal maintaining staff and hours ranked at the top. “It helps point us in the right direction,” Adams said. model earlier this year, which had been the standard for volley between the parties involved. •The council approved the sale and trade of their city law enforcement squad pursuit vehicles for over a decade. •The council approved a proposal to allow the owners Many law departments have chosen to use the newer of the Wild River Marina to store boats and trailers on a crew’s skid steer back to Baribeau Implement for a newer model Dodge Charger police/taxi units to replace the fa- portion of land on the east side of a dedicated right of way model that has the same controls as their current model. The difference was just $650, which led Blesi to note bled Crown Victorias. However, Chrysler does not make on Franklin Street. an all-wheel-drive police model. The council discussed the issue at length, in part because Baribeau’s willingness to work with the city on their tradein program. “It should be noted how much we appreciate all they do for the city,” Blesi said. • The council approved a quit claim deed on a portion of land at the corner of Oregon Street and Sunrise Road, to allow for the purchase of a parcel of property for extension of the Ice Age Trail, near the county fairgrounds. Dean Dversdall of the Ice Age Trail Foundation noted that with the 30-acre DNR land purchase, almost all of the trail will be off the road, and that the purchase likely means there will be a major trial-building event next spring, using a professional mobile skills crew in a weeklong event. • After a lengthy discussion on long-range public works fleet and equipment needs, the council approved a capital improvement plan for $3,500 with MSA Engineering. The plan would give the city a long-range plan for all of their equipment needs, as well as address possible funding sources for granting and future budgetary planning. The conversation also morphed into discussion on city assets and how to develop wish lists for equipment, utility and infrastructure improvements and the like. “A lot of the city’s assets are underground. You don’t see them,” Peck said. “It takes a lot of guesswork out of our taxes in the next five years.” • The council also approved a field survey for Vincent Street and Maple Drive projects with MSA. The survey will address planned upgrades on the infrastructure to replace water mains and sewer lines, as part of a major roadway maintenance. The plan is to eliminate, eventually, a sewer lift station, allowing for a gravity feed to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The survey will use as much existing data as possible and, according to Dave Rasmussen from MSA, billing will be task-based, so as not to duplicate any costs. • The council approved the final business improvement district assessments, which are used for downtown development and improvements, for things like flowers and beautification. The assessments have not changed in the last 10 years. • There was extensive discussion, but no action, on possibly shutting down at least 18 streetlights on an experimental basis for one year. Blesi noted that some of the lights may be superfluous, and that each light costs the city $13 per month, meaning the shutting down could save approximately $3,500 annually. “It’s incremental, but adds up over the years,” Blesi said. The city would be responsible for a charge if they decide to return a light to service after the year, and the lights are not near intersections. There was also some discussion on light pollution and possibly using more efficient LEDs, instead of incandescent bulbs. “The technology is just not there yet,” Blesi said. “You want to be on the leading edge ... but not on the bleeding edge.” 573333 13L


Polk County circuit court Eric J. Ackerman, Balsam Lake, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30; failure to notify police of accident, $163.50. Anthony D. Ammann, Balsam Lake, fail/stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Eric W. Bader, Amery, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Casey L. Baker, Osceola, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Paul M. Bedell, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Justin M. Brown, Lindstrom, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Nicholas W. Buda, Amery, fail/stop at stop sign, $114.50. Steve E. Butler, Siren, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; passing vehicle indicating left turn, $213.10. Sean D. Carroll, Osceola, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Alecia K. Chryst, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Ellisa M. Cooke, Deer Park, fail/yield while making left turn, $175.30. Timber R. Cournoyer, Amery, operating without valid license and cause property damage, $1,397.00; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Rebecca J. Daley, Turtle Lake, speeding, $200.50. Kristi J. Denver, Milltown, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Liana L. Dietrich, Osceola, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Chazz D. Hegna, Amery, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Debra L. Hitchcock, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Clinton J. Holin, Balsam Lake, operate vehicle w/improper colored headlights, not guilty plea. Austin K. Holm, St. Croix Falls, probationary licensee operate Class D vehicle between hours or midnight and 5 a.m., not guilty plea; speeding, not guilty plea.

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. STEPHEN C. KONOBECK, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 751 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 23, 2012, in the amount of $192,804.14, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Andrea Acres, said plat located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 and the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 and part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 30, Township 32 North, Range 18 West, in the Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2378 15th Ave., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-01003-0200. Dated this 5th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2210208 572503 WNAXLP

Brielle J. Hopkins, Deer Park, failure to keep vehicle under control, not guilty plea. William E. Hoye III, Golden Valley, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Joseph C. Hubbell, Siren, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Mark D. Judkins, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lacey M. Kammerud, Dresser, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Soon A. Kang, Andover, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joan K. Knutson, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Hannah J. Kunkel, Amery, inattentive driving, $187.90. Rita M. Letourneau, Somerset, speeding, $175.30. Shannon M. Lowe, Luck, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Leon P. Marquez, Dresser, speeding, $295.00. Sara M. McGlynn, New Germany, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Ryan A. McKenzie, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. David W. Meister, Roberts, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Leslie J. Meyerhoff, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jacob W. Miron, Dresser, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Brandon J. Molamphy, Balsam Lake, operate motorcycle w/o headlights on - day, $200.50. Ashley D. Nagel, Centuria, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Roger J. Neumann, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50.

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. DAVID J. MARKIE, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 776 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 23, 2012, in the amount of $107,753.72, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of Government Lot 2, Section 13, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: commencing at the East quarter section corner, Section 13, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, thence North 89˚ 16’ West 862.40 feet on the quarter section line, which is the point of beginning; thence North 8˚ 56’ West 100 feet; thence North 89˚ 16’ West 400 feet to the East right of way of town road, thence South 8˚ 56’ East 100 feet, thence South 89˚ 16’ East to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2152 East Round Lake Lane, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00479-0000. Dated this 5th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572504 262-790-5719 WNAXLP 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. 2210468

Kathy H. Norlund, Balsam Lake, speeding, $225.70. Deborah S. Oconnor, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Ruth R. Ostertag, St. Paul, Minn., operating while suspended, $200.50; speeding, $200.50. Erick W. Phernetton Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Stephen J. Points, Amery, speeding, $225.70; nonregistration of other vehicle, $263.50. Robert R. Postma, Grantsburg, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Renee Ristow, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Savannah J. Sande, Centuria, permit solid waste to be thrown from a vehicle, $200.50. Errin F. Schleusner, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Jordan J. Schramski, Centuria, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; inattentive driving, $187.90.

Gregory D. Schrock, St. Croix Falls, OU, $100.00. Daryl D. Sheldon, Lewis, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Sara M. Skadsberg, Osceola, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Joel A. Skoug, Amery, operating a motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Damon M. Snider, Trego, speeding, $175.30. Jason T. Tyler, Luck, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Richard L. Vilz, Turtle Lake, hit and run property adjacent to highway, $263.50. Taylor P. Webb, St. Croix Falls, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea; seat belt violation, $10.00. Timothy A. West, Clear Lake, operating left of centerline, $213.10. Allen J. Wyman, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00.

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(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JENNIFER A. LARSON, et al. Defendant(s)

Case No: 11 CV 797 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 13, 2012, in the amount of $133,803.07, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 25, Plat of Silver Ridge, said plat located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 and part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 18, Township 33 North of Range 18 West, Village of Dresser, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 416 Garfield Street, Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 116-00468-2500. Dated this 8th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff

Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572516 262-790-5719 WNAXLP 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. 2213173

(Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as trustee for the benefit of the Certificate Holders of Popular ABS, Inc. Mortgage PassThrough Certificates Series 2007-A Plaintiff vs. SCOTT W. IVERSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 203 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 3, 2012, in the amount of $92,628.67, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The following described real estate in Polk County, State of Wisconsin; Lot Thirty-four (34) in Amundson and Johnson addition to the City of Amery. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 714 Wisconsin Avenue, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-00025-0000. Dated this 26th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2261901 573151 WNAXLP

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. CARROLL L. WICKLUND, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 85 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 15, 2012, in the amount of $88,961.71, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of Lot 12 the SECOND ADDITION TO THE VILLAGE OF FREDERIC, described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Lot 12; thence running West 196 feet 7 inches; thence running North 102 feet; thence running East 196 feet, 7 inches; thence running South 102 feet, said parcel being part of the East half of the Southeast Quarter, Section 28, Township 37 North, Range 17 West. Said land being in the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 204 South 2nd Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 126-00327-0000. Dated this 8th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572505 WNAXLP 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. 2213918



The Brush Dump will be closing November 14 for the season. Jay Heyer, Director of Public Works

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(Nov. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Inc., Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R3 by American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., its attorney-in-fact; Plaintiff, vs. MATTHEW J. BIFULK and KATHRYN L. BIFULK, husband and wife; Defendants Case No. 12-CV-317 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 3, 2012, in the amount of $139,552.02, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 6, 2012, 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 Five (5) of Certified Survey Map No. 2307 recorded in Volume 11 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 14, Document No. 559442, being part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2111 recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 34, Document No. 548657, located in Government Lot 2, Section 34, Township 36 North, Range 16 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 883 250th Avenue, Town of Bone Lake. TAX KEY NO.: 012009030500. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. 572763 WNAXLP

PAGE 24 - INTER-COUNTY LEADER - NEWS SECTION - A - NOVEMBER 14, 2012 (Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BAYFIELD COUNTY UPPER LAKES FOODS, INC., Plaintiff, vs. TELEMARK PARTNERS, LLC, d/b/a Telemark Resort & Convention Center, Defendant Case No.: 12-CV-134 Code No.: 30301


THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO EACH PERSON NAMED ABOVE AS A DEFENDANT: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within Forty (40) Days after November 10, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is Bayfield County Courthouse, 117 East 5th Street, Washburn, Wisconsin 54891 and to Stephen J. Olson, plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 1109 Tower Avenue, Superior, Wisconsin 54880. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint 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. Dated this 6th day of November, 2012.

Maki, Ledin, Bick and Olson, S.C. Attorneys for the Plaintiff By: Stephen J. Olson, a member of the firm. 1109 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 715-394-4471 Wisconsin License No.: 1034771 573499 WNAXLP

(Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. REBECCA A. OLSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 287 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 20, 2012, in the amount of $146,406.38, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 11, Plat of Cherrywood on White Ash Lake, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1792 West White Ash Drive, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 004-01048-0000. Dated this 25th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2258117 573149 WNAXLP


Full-time position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715-349-2181. Application deadline Nov. 23, 2012. EOE. 573472 13-14L 3a,b,c

FREDERIC SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING PUBLIC NOTICE District Boardroom at the 6-12 School Monday, November 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

1. Call to Order 2. Approve Agenda 3. Reports of Officers A. Minutes from Previous Meetings B. Invoices and Receipts C. Budget D. Board Member Reports/Governance 4. Persons Requesting an Audience with the Board 5. Administrative Reports A. District Administrator B. Middle/High School C. Elementary School D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service 6. New Business A. Personnel 1. Resignations/Retirements/Leave Request 2. Approval of Contracts B. Policy Review C. Educator Effectiveness Update D. Technology Use Policy E. Appointment of Election Clerk F. Polk County Preservation and Support G. iPad Integration H. Narrow Band Radio & Equipment I. Keying of 6-12 Building 7. Closed session: Wisconsin statutes 19.85 (1) (c)(f)(i): Personnel - negotiations 8. Business as a Result of Closed Session 9. Adjourn 573509 13L

(Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for the registered holders of Aegis Asset Backed Securities Trust Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2004-2 Plaintiff vs. MELANIE R. WOOD, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 778 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 22, 2012, in the amount of $97,731.00, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: That part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 17, Township 34, Range 16, described as follows: Beginning at a point 2 Rods West and 2 Rods North of the Southeast Corner of said NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4; running thence West parallel to the South 40 Line 22 Rods; running thence North parallel to the East 40 Line 40 Rods; running thence East parallel to the South 40 Line 22 Rods; thence running South in a straight line 40 Rods to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1533 County Road H/100th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00520-0000. Dated this 26th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2261712 573152 WNAXLP

Notices/Employment opportunities (Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE, FOR CARRINGTON HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2005-NC4 ASSETBACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES Plaintiff vs. JANICE H. JUCKEL; CURRENT OCCUPANTS OF 115 W. WARREN ST., DRESSER, WI 54009; Defendants NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 12 CV 183 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 25, 2012, in the amount of $63,886.82, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 6, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the process of the sale upon confirmation of the court. Place: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Property Description: Outlot Eighty-Two (82) of the Village of Dresser, Except the South 550 Feet thereof, and except parcel described in Volume 377 Records of Page 881, Document No. 365214, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tax Key No.: 116-380-0 Property Address: 115 W. Warren St., Dresser, WI 54009 Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 573520 WNAXLP

State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR BIDS Form 2200-7 Rev. 7-91

The Department of Natural Resources will accept sealed bids for the sale of a steel shed, for salvage, located in the Town of Luck, Polk County. The structure must be removed from the site by May 15, 2013. The property for sale is listed as follows: Steel Shed Salvage Material: 44.5’ x 24’ 8” steel shed with interior wooden garage stall. Includes galvanized steel roof and was and interior wood. Bidders may bid for the structure on bid sheets provided by the Department. Forms for bidding can be secured at the office of: Kurt Dreger Park Superintendent Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources Interstate Park P.O. Box 703 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3747 All bidders are required to enclose 10% (ten percent) of the total bid at the time the bid is submitted in the form of cash, certified check, postal money order, or bank draft. The State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Funds deposited with bid will be returned to unsuccessful bidders. Bids are understood to be irrevocable offers for a period of 14 days after the time set for the opening. If buildings are to be removed from the site, state sales tax will be charged to the successful bidder. Bids will be publicly opened at the Interstate Park Ice Age Center at 11 a.m. on November 27, 2012. STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 573485 13L WNAXLP RESOURCES By Paul Bruggink, Northern District Land Program Manager

(Nov. 14, 21, 28)


Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff vs. Joseph L. Goeltl 2287 57th Avenue Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Joice L. Goeltl 2287 57th Avenue Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020,

John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants Case Type: 30404 Case No. 12CV608 PUBLICATION SUMMONS

THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO JOSEPH L. GOELTL AND JOICE L. GOELTL: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiff, Royal Credit Union, a Wisconsin state-chartered credit union, has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. WITHIN forty (40) days after November 14, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Polk County Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, whose address is 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, and to Plaintiff’s attorneys, Anastasi & Associates, P.A., whose address is 14985 60th Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint 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 may in the future, and may also be enforced or garnishment or seizure of property. Dated November 1, 2012.

Anastasi & Associates, P.A. Garth G. Gavenda, #1079588 Joshua D. Christensen, #1089857 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 Telephone: 651-439-2951 Attorneys for Plaintiff #16476 573365 WNAXLP

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as success by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JUSTIN GROSZ A/K/A JUSTIN W. GROSZ, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 26 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 19, 2012, in the amount of $162,161.80, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 7, of Certified Survey Map No. 2247, filed in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on page 171 as Document No. 556412, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 35, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Town of St Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: TOGETHER WITH a 1/7 interest in Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2246, filed in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on page 170 as Document No. 556411, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 35, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Town of St Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1972 123rd Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 044-00992-0700. Dated this 8th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572515 262-790-5719 WNAXLP 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. 2213344


The budget meeting for 2013 for the Town of Laketown will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Cushing Community Center. Regular monthly meeting will follow the meeting. Details of the budget may be reviewed by calling the clerk for an appointment, 715-648-5569. 2012 2013 % Budget Proposed Change REVENUES Local Levy/Taxes $ 256,446 $ 257,670 0.004773 Intergovernmental Revenues $ 167,085 $ 167,064 -0.00013 Public Charges for Services $ - $ 0 Miscellaneous Revenue $ 10,600 $ 10,200 -0.03774 TOTAL REVENUES $ 434,131 $ 434,934 0.00185 EXPENDITURES General Government $ 57,800 $ 82,475 0.426903 Public Safety $ 65,181 $ 79,762 0.2237 Public Works $ 263,517 $ 226,988 -0.13862 Health and Human Services $ 7,000 $ 5,000 -0.28571 Capital Outlay $ 40,633 $ 40,709 0.00187 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $ 434,131 $ 434,934 0.00185


Notice is hereby given that immediately following the budget meeting, a special meeting of the electors called pursuant to Sec. 60.12(1)(c) of Wis. Stats. For the following purposes will be held: 1. To approve the total 2013 highway expenditures pursuant to Sec. 81.0(3) of Wis. Stats. 2. To adopt the 2012 Town Tax Levy to be paid in 2013 pursuant to Sec. 60.10(1)(a) of Wis. Stats. Dated this 12th day of November, 2012. Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk 573498 13-14L WNAXLP


Notices/Employment opportunities Application for Retail Class B Beer License to sell fermented malt beverages for consumption on premises. To the Village Board, Village of Siren, Burnett County, Wis. The undersigned: Holly & Jacob Mangelsen Faithful Friends, LLC Jon Dykeman, Manager 7711 Park Street West Siren, WI 54872

With premises described as inside the Chattering Squirrel at the Shops at the Lodge. Hereby makes application for Retail Class B Beer License for the sale of malt beverages for consumption on premises to be used from November 29, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Ann L. Peterson 573468 13L Village Clerk WNAXLP

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. JENNIFER R. RACE, et al. Defendants Case No. 12 CV 384 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 2, 2012, in the amount of $152,607.50, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: November 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 77 of Assessor’s Plat of Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, EXCEPT THEREFROM, Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 31, recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps, page 32, as Document No. 296103. ALSO Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 31 recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps, page 32 as Document No. 296103, being a portion of Lot 78 and the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, which was formerly known as the Southerly 147 feet of Outlot 75, according to the Outlot map of P.R. Banister, filed in the office of the Register of Deeds, being a portion of Government Lot 2, Section 19, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 354 1st Avenue W, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO: 113-00296-0000. Dated this 16th day of October, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar # 1034906 6508 South 27th Street, Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any infomation obtained will be used for that purpose. 572397 WNAXLP

(Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff vs. JENNIFER L. VELASKI, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 200 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 3, 2012, in the amount of $170,645.03, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The Easterly 100 Feet of Outlot 143 of Outlot Plat of the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 609 Cascade Street, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00557-0000. Dated this 25th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Christina E. Demakopoulos Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1066197 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2258188 573150 WNAXLP

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff vs. CORY J. HAASNOOT, et al. Defendant(s)

Case No: 11 CV 327 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 14, 2012, in the amount of $85,269.39, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East 65 feet of Lot 2, Block 8, First Addition to Lawson City, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 109 North Ave., Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00123-0000. Dated this 8th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2212592 572466 WNAXLP

(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Federal National Mortgage Association Plaintiff vs. JOHN R. NYSTROM, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 119 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 26, 2012, in the amount of $80,008.77, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lots 13 and 14, Block 5, Plat of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 611 East Butternut Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00287-0000. Dated this 9th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572519 WNAXLP 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. 2215905


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on November 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m., at the Municipal Office, Frederic, the Village Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for 2013. The following is a summary of the proposed budget, a detailed account of the proposed budget may be inspected at the office of the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Percentage Change 2012 2013 2013 Budget from GENERAL FUND Budget Budget 2012 Budget Expenditures: General Government...........................................$128,262 $137,950 7.55% Public Safety.........................................................154,415 148,469 -3.85% Public Works: Transportation....................................................201,307 190,502 -5.37% Sanitation................................................................8,160 7,900 -3.19% Health and Human Services............................................0 Culture, Recreation and Education.........................39,320 38,206 -2.83% Conservation and Development..............................10,568 19,116 80.89% Capital Projects Other Uses Total Expenditures and Other Uses..................$542,032 $542,143 0.02%

Revenues and Other Sources: Taxes: General Fund......................................................$61,178 Other Taxes..........................................................40,338 Special Assessments................................................2,375 Intergovernmental.................................................406,531 Licenses and Permits................................................3,700 Fines, Forfeitures and Penalties...............................2,500 Public Charges for Services......................................4,150 Miscellaneous.........................................................21,260 Total Revenues.................................................$542,032

$66,448 41,000 2,534 401,864 3,400 2,000 4,249 20,648 $542,143

8.61% 1.64% 6.69% -1.15% -8.11% -20.00% 2.39% -2.88% 0.02%

Governmental Funds Combined Estimated Estimated Fund Balance Total Total Fund Balance Property Tax 1/1/2013 Revenues Expenditures 12/31/2013 Contribution General Operating Fund......$210,000 $542,143 $542,143 $210,000 $66,448 Special Revenue Fund: Library................................. 162,082 162,382 -300 67,000 Debt Service Fund: Long-term Debt................... 230,822 230,822 221,431 Capital Projects Fund: Capital Improvements......... Tax Incremental District. . . . . .150,000 150,000 Total.....................................$360,000 $935,047 $935,347 $359,700 $354,879 2012 Budget Village Tax Levy...............................................$354,879 Village Tax Rate.................................................$6.7500 Village Assessed Valuation (Without TID). . .$52,540,510

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2013 Budget $354,879 $6.64 $52,617,610

Amount Change $0 ($0.1057) $77,100

Percent Change 0.00% -1.57% 0.15%

(Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. TAMMY LYNN ALLEN and JOHN DOE ALLEN Defendants. Case No. 12-CV-277 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on June 11, 2012, in the amount of $129,494.91, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wis., will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 20th day of December 2012, at 10 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: THE WEST 99 FEET OF LOT 144 OF THE ASSESSOR’S PLAT OF THE VILLAGE OF CLEAR LAKE, POLK COUNTY, WIS., TOGETHER WITH THE EAST 33 FEET OF THE VACATED STREET ALONG WEST SIDE OF LOT 144 OF THE ASSESSOR’S PLAT OF THE VILLAGE OF CLEAR LAKE, POLK COUNTY, WIS. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 110 South Avenue East, Clear Lake, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 12th day of November 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 573434 WNAXLP


Seeking Pharmacy Technician with at least 2 years of experience, able to be organized, multitask and problem solve. Certification is preferred. Day shifts, 0.9 FTE, every fourth weekend and rotating holidays. See full job description at: Click on “About SCRMC.”

715-483-0286 Fax: 715-483-0508 An Equal Opportunity Employer

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(Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P., f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JOHN JOHNSON A/K/A JOHN H. JOHNSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 201 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 12, 2012, in the amount of $176,781.02, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East 1/2 of the South 330 feet of the North 935 feet of the East 792 feet of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 13, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, in the Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin, subject to a perpetual easement over and across the North 33 feet of the above-described parcel for ingress and egress to the West 1/2 thereof. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 365 240th St., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00299-0000. Dated this 8th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572518 262-790-5719 WNAXLP 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. 2214230


State of Wisconsin Town of Oakland County of Burnett NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Town of Oakland, the first Tuesday in April, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term for offices is for two years beginning on the 2nd Tuesday in April unless otherwise indicated. Office Incumbent Town Board Chairperson Wayne Larrabee Town Board Supervisor Edgar Peterson Town Board Supervisor Jack Witzany Town Clerk Deanna Krause Town Treasurer Jonathan Mosher NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that a town caucus for the purpose of nominating candidates, to appear on the spring election ballot for the above-listed offices, will be scheduled during the month of December. The caucus will be held during the month of January. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus. GIVEN under my hand, done by the Town of Oakland, the 4th Tuesday of November, 2012. Deanna J. Krause, Clerk 573300 13L 3a WNAXLP


Notices/Employment opportunities In re: SEIDLING, BERNARD C. SSN: XXX-XX-4292 Debtor.

CASE NO.: 11-20436-BKC-AJC, Chapter 7 JOEL L. TABAS, TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF REVISED DEADLINE TO FILE PROOFS OF CLAIM TO: ALL CREDITORS OF BERNARD SEIDLING AND/OR THE ENTITIES LISTED BELOW PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Debtor filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code in the above-captioned court (the “Court”) on April 19, 2011. By order of the Court, all persons and entities holding or wishing to assert claims (as defined in Bankruptcy Code § 101(5)) against the Debtor or any of the entities listed below are required to file a separate, completed and executed proof of claim on account of any such claims against the Debtor or any of the entities listed below on or before February 13, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EST (the “Revised Bar Date”). Each proof of claim should be completed on a proof of claim form conforming substantially to Official Bankruptcy Form No. 10. A proof of claim form may be obtained from the Court’s Web site at The Revised Bar Date shall apply to anyone holding a claim against the Debtor or any of the entities listed below (whether secured, priority or unsecured) that arose prior to April 19, 2011. Each proof of claim must be filed by delivering the proof of claim with the original signature so that it is actually received on or before the Revised Bar date at the following address: United States Bankruptcy Court Attn: Clerk’s Office 51 S.W. 1st Ave., Room 1510, Miami, FL 33130 QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS NOTICE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CLERK OF THE COURT AT (305) 714-1800. THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS NOTICE DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE A VALID CLAIM IN THIS BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOU HOLD A CLAIM AGAINST THE DEBTOR OR ANY OF THE ENTITIES LISTED BELOW. YOU SHOULD NOT FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST THE DEBTOR OR ANY OF THE ENTITIES LISTED BELOW:

A H&D Enterprises A&B Enterprises ABC Trust ADA Enterprises American Lending Company ANO Financial Trust ARY Enterprises AW Enterprises B&A Partnership B&C Enterprises B&C Partnership B&D Partnership Bass Lake Trust BCD Investments Best Express Blanco Enterprises Blue Diamond Trust Blue Star Enterprises Bluegrass Trust Brown Trust BS 25935 Enterprises BW Enterprises BW39A Trust C&A Investments C.S. Enterprises C.W. Enterprises CB Seidling CB Enterprises Chippewa Expressways CJR Enterprises C-Line Trust CM Enterprises CS Enterprises CS Investments CW Enterprises Chief Lake Trust D&A Enterprises Diversified Daniels Land Enterprises DB Enterprises DC Enterprises DD Enterprises DDW Enterprises Denali Enterprises Detona Land Trust Diverse Service Diverse Services Diversified Diversified Group Diversified Services DJ Enterprises DL Enterprises DRL Enterprises DS Enterprises Dunn Strand Land Trust Duversified DW Enterprises EW Enterprises Excalibur Investments Five Star Land Trust Four Star Properties, Inc. FW Enterprises Geranium Group GF Land Enterprises GF Land Trust Great American Mortgage Service Company Green Lending Trust Green Lending Enterprises Green Stone Trust Green Valley Trust Green Way Trust Greening Lending Enterprises Greening Lending Trust Greenwood Enterprises Hallwood Enterprises HD Enterprises Hillsdale Enterprises Hillsdale Trust

Hudson Diesel Hudson Diesel MPPP Hudson Diesel, Inc. MPPP Hudson Diesel, Inc., Money Purchase Pension Plan HW Enterprises Iron Trust Ironwood Trust IW Enterprises JC Enterprises JD Enterprises JDA Mortgage Group JDR Enterprises JF Enterprises JJJ JJJ Ltd. JJJ, LP JKW Enterprises JM Enterprises John C. McBeth Land Trust JQ Enterprises JR Enterprises JT Trust JTM Enterprises Jvac Enterprises JVC Enterprises JW Enterprises Keys Trust King Street Family Partnership KJ Enterprises KW Enterprises Lacey Services Lafayette Land Trust LaFollette Land Trust Lafollette Trust LDL Trust LJ Enterprises LJ Trust LJW Enterprises LJY Enterprises Longview Trust LW Enterprises Maple Grove Trust Mason Land Trust MAW Expressways MC Enterprises MC Expressways McKenzie Land Trust MCW Expressways Meenon Land Trust Menardo Menardo Trust Metro Financial Metro Financial a/k/a Metro Financial Services Trust Metro Financial Services, MPPP MF Enterprises MF Land Trust MidWest Enterprises Midwest Financial FLP Midwest Financial Services Midwest Financial Trust Midwest Lending Services Midwest LP ML Enterprises Money Lake Estates MW Enterprises MW Expressways Northland Enterprises Northland Group NW LDT Oakridge Family Limited Partnership Oakridge Limited Partnership Oakwood Enterprises Oasis Family Limited Partnership Oasis Limited Partnership Trust

Oasis LP Oasis Trust Octobird Family LLC Octobird Family Ltd Partnership Octobird Family Trust Octobirg Family LP OK Enterprises Otis Security Trust Otter Trial Trust Pacific Financial Services Trust a/k/a Pacific Financial Services Pegasus Trust R&R Enterprises Raintree Enterprises Rain-Tree Investments a/k/a Rain-Tree Investment Trust Rain-Tree Investments, a trust RD Express Ways Red Stone Enterprises Red-Stone Enterprises Redwood Trust RJ Enterprises RJY Enterprises RL Enterprises RM Enterprises RN Enterprises Roundys Express Co. Royal Land Enterprises, Inc. a/k/a Royal Land Trust Royal Trust RS Properties RY Enterprises S & S Properties Trust S&C Properties S.C. Enterprises Seidling Living Trust Seidling Trust Silver Land Trust Smith Family Trust Spooner Land Trust Sprucewood Enterprises SS Enterprises Sunshine Family Limited Partnership Supreme Transportation T&J Enterprises Tex Mex Enterprises Three D Express Tri State Trust TS Enterprises Two Bear Enterprises TYA Services TZY Enterprises Universal Enterprises Universal Management LP Valley Lending Services W & X Enterprises W&W Enterprises Webster Land Trust Weineger Enterprise Weineger Enterprise, a Trust West Bend Financial Westborrow Enterprises Westconsin Financial Services Woodland Investments WS Enterprises WX Enterprises WY Enterprises XL Enterprises Zblocki Enterprises ZS Enterprises ZW Enterprises ZWY Enterprises ZX Enterprises ZY Enterprises

Joel L. Tabas, Chapter 7 Trustee, 14 N.E. First Avenue, PH, Miami, FL 33132 305-375-8171‚ 573008 12-15Lp WNAXLP

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ARLO E. MILLER Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 50 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 3, 1926, and date of death February 26, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 609 South 2nd Street, Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is February 5, 2013. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, WI, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar October 25, 2012 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 572765 Bar No. 1003029 WNAXLP (Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JAMES P. STECKART, et al. Defendant(s)

Case No: 12 CV 68 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 13, 2012, in the amount of $166,696.85, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 11 in Block 2, Plat of Pheasant Run, said plat located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 and in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 36 and located in the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 25 and located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 35, all in Township 33 North, Range 19 West, in the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 123 Kreekview Drive, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00842-0011. Dated this 8th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2212995 572506 WNAXLP


Caregivers for 1st, 2nd & 3rd shifts, plus every other weekend. At Both Frederic & St. Croix Falls Locations

Please apply within No phone calls

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105 E. Oak St., Frederic 343 McKinny St. St. Croix Falls (Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, FSB Plaintiff vs. BJORN GERHARD SIMONSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 360 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 3, 2011, in the amount of $32,475.80, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: November 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 3709, recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 222, as Document No. 632827, located in the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Together with the right of ingress and egress from Lot 3 of CSM 3709 to the public road over Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map 3618, recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 131, as Document No. 628844. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 3709, recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 222, as Document No. 632827, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with the right of ingress and egress from Lot 3 of CSM 3709 to the public road over Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map 3618, recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 131, as Document No. 628844. PROPERTY ADDRESS: Lot 3 River Ridge Subdivision, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 032-00188-0300. Dated this 11th day of October, 2012. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 572465 262-790-5719 WNAXLP 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. 2223301 (Nov. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. 4161 Piedmont Parkway NC4-105-03-04 Greensboro, NC 27416 Plaintiff vs. Bridget H. Beck 6613 Lower 12th Street N. Oakdale, MN 55128 Patrick J. Stary 6613 Lower 12th Street N. Oakdale, MN 55128 Unknown Spouse of Bridget H. Beck 6613 Lower 12th Street N. Oakdale, MN 55128 Unknown Spouse of Patrick J. Stary 6613 Lower 12th Street N. Oakdale, MN 55128 Unknown Tenants 230 1st Avenue E. Clear Lake, WI 54005 Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. 1901 East Voorhees Street Suite C Danville, IL 61834 Green Tree Servicing, LLC 300 Landmark Towers 345 St. Peter Street St. Paul, MN 55102 Defendants SUMMONS Real Estate Mortgage Foreclosure Case No: 12 CV 523 Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick Case Code: 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To the following party named as a defendant herein: Bridget H. Beck, Unknown Spouse of Bridget H. Beck You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after November 5, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 548109071 and to Matthew V. Plummer/Blommer Peterman, S.C., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Blommer Peterman, S.C., 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100, Brookfield, WI 53005. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 2nd day of November, 2012 Dustin A. McMahon/Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2280747 573148 WNAXLP


Veterans Day program by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - Veterans Day programs were presented at Grantsburg High School and Nelson Primary School on Monday, Nov. 12. The program at the high school included musical selections from the high school choir, bell choir and high school band. A medley of songs for all branches of the armed forces saluting veterans in attendance was a highlight of the program. The program’s guest speaker was Army Spc. Russell Stone, who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. “I’m proud of my service to my country,” said Stone, a 44-year member of the Grantsburg American Legion. “It taught me the concept of teamwork.” Stone urged students to talk with veterans and ask them to share their experiences


to preserve the history. “When they are gone so is the history.” “It is the soldier who has given us the freedoms we enjoy,” remarked Stone. “There is no more powerful weapon than the will and courage of free men.” In closing, Stone asked the audience to contact their legislators and tell them to take care of veterans coming back from active duty. Stone ended his speech by telling of how much a thank-you card he receives each year from the Jolly 4-H group means to him. At Nelson Primary Veterans Day program students enjoyed a visit from Uncle Sam, and learned how to stand at attention as soldiers do from middle school Principal Brad Jones, a former second lieutenant in the Army National Guard.

Veterans from the Grantsburg American Legion Honor Guard sat in silent respect as photos of Grantsburg area servicemen and women flashed on a screen above them.

Army Spc. R u s s e l l Stone, who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, was the guest speaker at the Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at Grantsburg High School.

Nelson Primary kindergarteners raised their arms high in honor of the flag as they sang a special Veterans Day song during their school’s Veterans Day program.

Calvin McDaniel presented veteran Russell Stone with a thank-you card at the Veterans Day program at Grantsburg High School. McDaniel and his classmates from Mrs. Hedrix’s sixth-grade class made the special card for Stone, who was the program’s guest speaker.

Nelson Primary students were excited to shake hands with a very tall Uncle Sam who Uncle Sam, proudly portrayed by Gene Gronlund, and middle school Principal Brad Jones, made a special appearance at the school’s Veta former second lieutenant in the Army National Guard, posed with Nelson Primary kinder- erans Day program. garteners after the school’s Veterans Day program.

Chuck Swenson stood at attention when the Army song was played by the Grantsburg High School band. Swenson served in the Army from 1969 until 1971 with a rank of sergeant.

The Grantsburg High School choir sang “America the Beautiful” during the Veterans Day program.

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Gordy Lauder: A proud veteran by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer HERTEL – Ninety-two-year-old World War II veteran Gordy Lauder has his daily habits. Every morning he buys a paper at the nearby Little Turtle Hertel Express. An orderly basement room is home to ham radio equipment and a computer, and Lauder visits it periodically each day to check his e-mails. He has a cat that follows him everywhere, and the two of them have their daily routine. But one thing Lauder is not in the habit of doing is talking much about his service in World War II. Far from being the type of veteran whose hat, or jacket or license plate give hints to their service to their country, Lauder says many people who know him don’t know he was a veteran at all. But a veteran he is. He spent three years, one month and 10 days in the Army’s 249th Signal Corps from 1942 to 1945. After training in Missouri’s Camp Crowder, he entered the western front in the invasion of Southern France, landing at St. Tropez. Lauder’s main job on the western front was to set up radio repeaters that were necessary for communications as the Allied troops moved through southern France, across the Rhine River and into Germany. This job was fine with him because it didn’t involve sitting at a desk. An officer once asked him why he wasn’t promoted to a desk job. When Lauder explained that he didn’t want that type of a job, he was assured that he would get the good jobs out in the field. This preference not to sit at a desk may have resulted in him only earning three stripes with his T, or sergeant technician, during his service, however. At one point the in the war, as the Allied troops fought to cross the Rhine River into Germany, Lauder found himself too close to a grenade, and he was wounded. This

This black and white photograph has special significance for 92-year-old World War II veteran Gordy Lauder. It was taken Sept. 5, 1945, as his boat full of soldiers entered New York harbor. Lauder’s boat created a lot of excitement because it was one of the first boats into New York harbor after World War II fighting stopped. – Photo submitted

qualified him for a Purple Heart, a medal he didn’t actually receive until just recently. Eventually, the Germans surrendered, but this only ended one theater of the war. Lauder was ordered to the Pacific to help with the fighting there, but he made it as far as the Panama Canal before Japan surrendered. With the war essentially over, Lauder’s boat sailed for home, arriving into New York harbor on Sept. 5, 1945. His boat was one of the first ships carrying soldiers into New York harbor after the war. Celebrating their arrival, boats met them in the harbor to help escort the soldiers home. But Lauder’s veteran story does not end there. Exactly 70 years to the date of his enlistment into the Army, he found himself in the company of fellow veterans.

Gordy Lauder holds up his T-shirt from the honors flight that he took to Washington, D.C., exactly 70 years after his enlistment into the Army’s 249th Signal Corps in 1942. – Photo by Sherill Summer Honors flight organizations around the nation have been created to honor veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C., to visit the many monuments celebrating the nation they fought for. On Sept. 25, Lauder was on an honors flight out of Duluth with his daughter, Jill Adams. Once at the nation’s capital, the veterans and family loaded onto buses to visit the many sites. Lauder thought the experience was absolutely fabulous. His daughter, Jill, agreed that the trip was very special. She had always been close to her father, but she found out things that she had never known before as he talked with other veterans. She felt the time at the World War II Memorial, when Lauder told a bunch of visiting students of his experience, was extra special. Lauder spent much of his life not talking much about the time spent serving his country. Before the trip, his daughter bought him a World War II cap to help identify him as a veteran because he didn’t own anything else that was veteran related. But this is not to say he is not proud of his service. It shows in his eyes when he talks about his veteran memories.

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The familiar sight of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. The photo was taken by 92-year-old World War II veteran Gordy Lauder on his honors flight trip to Washington, D.C. - Photo submitted


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Centuria farm expands volumes, ideas Westdale Farm's giant silo an example of local ag investment by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – Even without doing the math, the massive new corn silo at Westdale Farm, north of Centuria, is an impressive fixture. But the math is impressive, nonetheless. Figuring about 800 kernels of corn, in 16 rows, for each ear, and ballparking about 50 ears of corn to make one bushel of shelled corn, at a 400,000-bushel capacity, Westdale’s new giant silo likely holds over 16 billion kernels of corn at one time. That 90-foot-tall, 90-foot-wide monster is an example of a huge investment in local agriculture, from the scales to the dryers to the elevator systems and storage facilities, Westdale Farm has spent over a million dollars in infrastructure in the past year, and they don’t do it lightly. They now have over 550,000 bushels of storage space, as well as a recently completed natural gas line off the main lines to the south. That We Energies line opened less than six weeks ago, and dramatically reduces their energy costs for drying. Neighbors may also tag aboard the line, reducing the Westdale cost, while also benefitting their neighbors along 190th Street and beyond. “I’d like to have everyone between here and Centuria sign up,” Dale Wester said with a shrug. “Everyone else who signs on reduces our costs.” They’ve even bypassed their own road, which often suffers from spring weight restrictions, and they built their own access driveway off of Hwy. 35. But it is the elaborate loading and unloading system that remains as the standard, allowing a truck, trailer or wagon to unload simply and safely in the dry comfort of their new building. “We can empty a semi (trailer) in about five minutes,” Wester said, noting the new scale allows laden and unladen weights in real time. “It’s accurate to within about 20 pounds.” While the operation is impressive, it is also an example of the need to spend money to make money, either in seed, equipment or land purchases. Few examples locally personify that more than the

The giant silo at the Westdale Farm, north of Centuria, is an example of modern agriculture meeting investments and the future. This 90-by-90-foot-tall silo holds over 400,000 bushels of corn. The scale of the structure can be grasped by noting the men standing beside the newly constructed bin. – Photos by Greg Marsten Westdale LLC operation, which father Dale and son Rick Wester have bet their lives on, as well as their respective families and friends. The Westdale operation has exploded into becoming a major link in a very important local chain. They don’t just weigh and unload the corn, they buy and sell the product. “Unless you’ve got very deep pockets, everyone who buys also sells,” Wester said. “We can’t speculate on the market.” As the world's appetite for food and fuel grows, so does the need for operations like Westdale’s, where they utilize the best of private and public investments and existing technology, genetics, fuel, chemistry and, yes, even things like access to natural gas supplies, to make that giant engine of food stay alive and affordable. Wester gave a tour of the Westdale operation recently and, while it is more than just a large farm operation and much more than just a typical farm, it is an example of the changing face of agriculture and how it has morphed into new arms of production and philosophy. He also attempted to debunk some of the common notions on everything from pollution to genetically engineered crops, soil quality,

Using a chute to aim the corn into the floor, this local farmer unloads his full wagon in less than five minutes.

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fertilizers, weed killers and even to pay respect to past farming practices that go back hundreds, even thousands, of years, and trace roots back to some of the native residents of the region. Wester is a big advocate for advancements, and while the farm operation is a testament to advancement and progress, it is also an example of how to safely and effectively wring the most food, BTUs or product out of the land, without killing the soil, rivers or groundwater below. The farm is a perfect example of combining investments and intelligence with agriculture, where they utilize crop rotations, organic fertilizing, minimal weed applications and minimal tilling to eliminate runoff, pollution, soil burnout and maximum yield to keep the harmony of farming alive and thriving. During the midweek tour, three truckloads of corn arrived and were unloaded, usually in less than 10 minutes each. The process is pretty simple. As the farmer pulls the wagon or truckload of

Dale Wester (right) and his son, Rick, have invested in more than just new equipment. They have invested in the future of local agriculture, betting that there is a demand for their growing operation as the markets continue to change.

product in, it is weighed and then a specially fabricated chute is set on the floor, and the dump proceeds, right through the floor, into a 17-foot deep, 11-foot-square pit that starts the process of drying, lifting, and storage that will end up in one of the Westdale Farm's massive silos, prepared for sale and eventual hauling. The unusual growing season has been both a boon and a challenge this year, as the early wetness combined with later rain shortages to do some of their drying work. “This year, the quality of the corn is excellent,” he said, noting that there were spotty areas around the region where the conditions could be very good, and down the road, not so good. “Many times, we haven’t even started (unloading) by this date, it’s been so dry.” But Wester doesn’t hide the fact that they also sell seed for DeKalb, and have become major advocates for genetics and how they can positively affect corn yields and hardiness, while also dramatically reducing the need for fertilizers and weed control. Their own farm, with 1,200 acres of corn and 400 acres of green beans, is a glowing example. He notes their own minimal tilling practices, using a return to traditional crop rotations combined with on-off year, Round-up ready seed to both fight and all but eliminate the need for toxic herbicides. They combine that rotational program and practice with organic turkey manure as fertilizer to help even further. “You’ve got to keep the soil alive,” he said, noting that with that combination of practice with genetic engineering and hardiness, it has given them huge efficiency gains. “It’s worked very well for us ... and we’re not using thousands of tons of chemicals and the like to fight root worms (and other pests).” He also believes that the centuries-old practice of crop rotation is a key. “It also rotates your chemistry,” he said. “Weed control is the big thing. Herbicides are very expensive.” There is no doubt that the face of farming is changing for a number of reasons.

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Burnett Dairy Cheese Store focus of "Discover Wisconsin"

ALPHA – “Discover Wisconsin,” a TV show dedicated to promoting Wisconsin tourism, paid a visit to Burnett Dairy Cheese Store as part of their “Traveler’s Guide to America’s Dairyland” show. The show is set to air across the Midwest the last weekend in June 2013. As the film crew toured the newly expanded cheese store and factory, they were provided with the affirmation that Burnett Dairy is truly a remarkable destination. “Our much larger cheese store provides us the opportunity to offer more products that complement our cheeses,” said Paula Elert, store employee, as she was interviewed by the crew. “We have added a bistro offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fried cheese curds and snack wraps. We also now have hardserve ice cream in addition to our always popular soft serve and lots of seating indoors and outdoors to enjoy your cones or

sandwiches before getting back on the road. The wine-tasting counter is another new feature and is very popular for pairing wine with our cheese samples.” Wine can be sampled Friday through Sunday from 11a.m. to close, and cheese is available for sampling all day every day. The crew from “Discover Wisconsin” visited the observation room where they watched cheese being made and chatted with one of Burnett Dairy’s two master cheesemakers, Steve Tollers. The observa-

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The investment in the Westdale operation in the last two years has gone beyond a million dollars, an investment that is hard to ignore.

The Westers sell their corn to a number of outlets, from Jennie-O Turkey for feed to Archer Daniels Midland to Ace Ethanol for fuel, where he is also a major advocate. “Depends on who’s paying what,” Wester said with a smile. He noted that the ethanol-supplying demand remains, in spite of the fact that most of the semi-controversial subsidies have all but been eliminated. The need for the fuel is an environmental issue, as well as an energy-dependence issue. He mentions what ethanol replaces, the highly toxic MTBE, a fuel additive concocted from natural gas and methanol to chemically oxygenate fuels for higher octane. That chemical has rightfully come under fire from environmental groups stretching across the world, and has a half-life of at least 500 years in the soil and groundwater. Ironically, MTBE was created to assist engine life and performance to replace toxic lead. “Really, we should be embraced by the environmental people,” Wester said. While that is a tall order, he admits that the new standard in modern agriculture means taking risks is expected but reducing risks is essential to profits, safety and predictable yields. Yet it’s hard to ignore those giant silos and those billions of kernels of corn, which give local farmers new options and expand the potential for local growers, as well as make the region even more relevant in the markets. More importantly, it gives those local growers a chance to store their grain when conditions and prices collide in their favor. “It’s always a fine balancing act,” he said with a grin, as a diesel Ford pickup

tion room is available for tour groups with advance notice. This episode will highlight several cheese factories across Wisconsin. The traveler’s guide is produced by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and can be found at To learn more about Discover Wisconsin, visit - submitted

The Westdale operation is an impressive mix of philosophy, machinery, technology and old-fashioned hard work. pulling a wagon full of corn rolls through the unloading bay.

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teacher walked into a class of new students and said, “If there are any idiots in the room, will Joe Roberts they please stand up.” After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet. “Now then mister,” inquired the teacher with a sneer, “Why do you consider yourself an idiot?” “Well, actually I don’t,” said the student, “but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself.” ••• Checking on the baby one night, a wife found her husband standing over their baby’s crib. Silently she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment and skepticism. Touched by this unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, with eyes glistening she slipped her arm around her husband. “A penny for your thoughts,” she said. “It’s amazing!” he replied. “I just can’t see how anybody can make a crib like that for only $46.50.”


“Julkonsert” scheduled for Center City CENTER CITY, Minn. - A dozen blond, blue-eyed Swedish girls ages 14 to 19 comprising the Mora, Sweden, youth choir will entertain at the Chisago Lake Lutheran Church Christmas concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14. Their enthusiastic performance will include traditional Swedish folk music, “luciasongs,” and old-time favorite holiday carols. The holiday concert is free (an offering will be taken) and the public can meet these youthful ambassadors from Sweden at a coffee and pepparkakor reception following the concert. Hopefully, the Sankta Lucia star boys and tomte from the recent Sankta Lucia program on Saturday, Dec. 8, will act as greeters. The event is sponsored by the historical committee of Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City. For more information call 651-257-6300. - submitted

Winter concerts begin soon ST. CROIX VALLEY - The St. Croix Valley Orchestra is opening its 22nd season with winter concerts at several locations in this area soon. The orchestra is a full chamber orchestra of about 30 players who come from the St. Croix Valley area, from Turtle Lake to Cambridge, Minn., and from Siren to Hugo, Minn. The program is a celebration of sacred and secular music of the season. Featured on the program is Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, with soloists Janette Cysewski and Diane Wiik, violin, and Laura Turpin, cello. There will also be a medley of Scandinavian Christmas hymns, a bit of ballet from the “Nutcracker,” a bit of movie music from “Babes in Toyland,” a bit of American exuberance from Leroy Anderson, and much more. They hope you’ll come enjoy this introduction to the Christmas season with some live music by local musicians. The first concert will be at the historic United Methodist Church in Taylors Falls as part of the Lighting Festival on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., there will be a concert open to the public at the Point Pleasant Heights assisted living center in Chisago City. The following weekend there will be concerts at First Methodist Church in Lindstrom, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; at North Branch United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; and at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m. With the support of some local businesses, admission is by freewill donation at the concerts. For more information on the orchestra and these concerts, visit - submitted

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My dog, Milo, and I are getting to know our new neighborhood. We had a well-established walking route from our old house, but the old neighborCarrie Classon hood was laid out in perfectly square blocks, so there was little variation and no possibility of getting lost. The new neighborhood has winding streets that split, converge and find their way up and over a hill. We are never quite certain where we are. Last night we were walking and came upon Inspiration Drive. Naturally, we took it. We followed Inspiration Drive for only a few blocks, however, when it abruptly ended. “Isn’t that typical?” I said to Milo, who was not, as usual, paying any attention to the street signs. “We just find inspiration and, before we’ve gone anywhere at all, it peters out.” I stopped at the intersection, trying to decide if we should go left or right. Milo pulled on the leash. He wanted to go straight ahead, despite the obvious demise of Inspiration, so I crossed the street with him. That’s when I realized that Inspiration Drive had not ended after all, it had just taken a rather sudden turn to the right, so we followed it. And I am continuing to do that. The funny thing about going to school is that I somehow thought I would be issued a supply of inspiration. I thought that I would be simply inundated with clever ideas and expert direction that would make this clumsy, start and stop, imperfect process of learning and writing seem much easier and more predictable. It has taken the better part of a semester to realize that this is not going to happen. It has taken the bet-

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ter part of a life to realize that inspiration (in art, in life, in love) will take an astonishing number of twists and turns. What I am finally learning is that my ability to see what is up ahead is extremely limited and (even when I’m right) really doesn’t count for very much. It is my ability to hang on when life takes a sharp and unexpected turn that is important— it’s my ability to not give up on inspiration when it seems to have disappeared. I spent a lot of my life (all of my 20s and 30s) trying to make life come out the way I wanted it. The tricky thing about this is that I was successful much of the time. This encouraged me to believe that if I just pushed hard enough, I would be able to drive life in whatever direction I wanted it to go. Eventually, I learned that I was utterly wrong. Then I spent a few years trying to figure out how I was supposed to function at all, knowing that I was not running the show. But constantly anticipating what happens next in life (and trying to determine the outcome) requires a huge amount of energy. Simply hanging on for the ride is far less work and, so far, a lot more fun. Milo and I followed Inspiration Drive off to the right and, sure enough, it continued in an unexpected direction. We wandered up and over the hill. We found a park we never knew was there. The sun began to set, and we had a terrific view of the mountains as they turned rosy pink. While I had no idea where we were going, I was relieved and delighted to discover that Inspiration lasted a lot longer than I expected. I just had to be willing to follow where it led. Till next time, —Carrie

All Aboard for two houses open during Taylors Falls, Lighting Festival TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The Lightning Festival elves announce an All Aboard journey to the two houses open to the public during the 28th-annual Lighting Festival, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25. Each is unique in its own way and a long distance apart in what one will see. Traditional trimmings are what will be seen at the 1855 Folsom House in the Angel Hill District of Taylors Falls, 272 W. Government St., Taylors Falls, Minn. The house, furnished primarily with period furniture, dictates a Victorian feel to the seven rooms and impressive stairway and hallways. It is like coming to an old-fashioned party as one moves from one room to the next. Five generations of the Folsom family have called this house home. During the festival it is enhanced by private decorators, and each year it is different. The historic house is one of 23 properties under mandate of the Minnesota State Historical Society. Christmas at the Folsom house is a fundraiser for the Taylors Falls Historical Society which manages it on a day-by-day basis. It is open Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, it is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Prearranged group tours of the Folsom House are welcome Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 2, by calling 651-465-3125. Also, plan to come back Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4:30 p.m. to see the outside viewing of the movie, “Polar Express,” shown on the side of the Folsom House garage. Dress toasty warm. Popcorn and goodies will be available. The movie is free. If it should rain, it will be shown in the Memorial Community Center. The Holiday House, a private home on Chestnut I am not a skilled dancer by any stretch of the imagination and most of my attempts still have a look reminiscent of stomping out a fire. However, I am quite good at diagnosing various dance routines associated with specific medical condi-

Medical problems are not typically associated with dance. However, dancing can be very therapeutic for numerous ailments John W. Ingalls, MD by providing exercise, improved mobility and strength. It can also be helpful by protions. moting a sense of balance. Some physical therapy The fox-trot is a smooth, progressive dance comtechniques are not unlike dance. Designed to promote monly performed to big-band music. Long, smooth balance and improve core strength, individuals are instructed to stand on a tilting platform on one leg while steps are coordinated with quick turns, usually along a line. Contrast this with a commonly performed dance touching their other foot to various points surroundroutine associated with a health condition, called the ing their position as on the face of a clock. “trots.” This dance routine is typified by long rapid One particular medical condition, Syndenham’s steps along a line but quick turns are generally chorea, is often referred to as St. Vitus' Dance, which avoided. The first few steps are generally visible to the isn’t really a dance at all but rather a series of uncoorpublic but the last segment of the dance is performed dinated, jerky movements, over which the unfortunate in private. It is named the trots rather than “trot”, as in person has no control. However, this sounds strikingly fox-trot, because if you do one trot you are likely to do similar to the moves I used to make as a teenager another. while listening to our contemporary music of the There is a similar dance performed by children. 1970s. If I exhibited any sense of rhythm or coordinaWhile not usually associated with the same vigor and tion it was purely by accident. Once at my junior purpose as the adult counterpart, the final movements prom, I had a friend tell me I looked as if I was trying do have an obvious similarity. Following the ingestion to stomp out a forest fire. It was all the more difficult of excessive amounts of fruit, the child is sometimes because I was doing it in platform shoes and plaid witnessed performing the “green apple two-step.” The bell-bottom pants. I would like to see the “Dancing fruit is often ingested quietly and without parental suwith the Stars” guests try that one. pervision but the dance steps are almost always ac-

Street, is decorated and furnished in a nontraditional, eclectic style, filled with color, art, humor and the unique. One would have to see the eight-room house several times to take it all in. Amazement is a certainty and giggling, as one talks about favorite pieces, is predicted. The private Holiday House is open just two days: Friday, Nov. 23, from 3 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete three-day festival schedule with map, go to and find them on Facebook. View the festival video. submitted

Hides for Fire fundraiser TOWN OF JACKSON – It’s deer hunting season! If you are a deer hunter and want to put your deer hides to good use, the Town of Jackson Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a deer hide collection at the Jackson Fire Hall, Connors Service Station in Webster, and Fur, Fins and Feathers in Siren. Look for the blaze orange collection boxes. Please help by donating your deer hides. - submitted

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companied by music. Children are very adept at developing and performing dance. Turn on any song and most toddlers naturally begin moving with the music. By the time a child reaches the age of 4 they have learned a new dance routine. One such spontaneous dance is the “filledbladder waltz.” On some occasions it is performed in close proximity to the family bathroom but more commonly it is performed in public areas such as shopping centers or parking lots. The dance usually starts with rapid small steps often while standing in one location. Some parents mistake this for fidgeting the first time or two but most experienced parents will recognize the dance routine. Sometimes the child will sing while dancing but often the parent’s voice will overpower the child’s voice, usually with a command to move the dance routine to an appropriate location. Adults are not very good at the filled-bladder waltz. Most onlookers would characterize the adult version of the filled-bladder waltz to be more like a belly dance with an abrupt finish. If the filled-bladder waltz is performed in a home, the outcome is often satisfactory. If this occurs in a public location, then it can become more problematic. Public rest rooms are often busy locations and when that occurs you must be skilled at transitioning from one dance form to another. That is what is commonly called “line dancing.”

Christhanksgiving On Oct. 31, it was Halloween. As a 21-year-old woman, society tells me I should have dressed in skimpy generic costumes that reveal too much and then go out and party until I can’t remember anything. However, I’ve never been into the whole Halloween thing – in my opinion, it should be left to the kids. It’s fun for them to get creative with costumes and go out and trick-or-treat for candy. And then, after Halloween, cold November creeps up behind us, and there’s this little holiday called Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving? What’s that? Oh isn’t that that one holiday where people eat way too much turkey and mashed potatoes? It seems perfectly reasonable to ask ourselves this question. Over Halloween night, while sleeping kids dream in their beds with caramel and chocolate still stuck in between their

The minimalist guide to teen time management Last week I mentioned an e-mail I’d gotten from a parent looking for answers about how best to overcome some very common adolescent hurdles: “Hi Chris. I want to tell you how much I enjoy your articles and the We Teach We Learn Facebook page. Thank you for providing such great information! “After reading your most recent article, I’m curious about neural exercises. We have a 14-year-old who is really doing poorly in school. He isn’t overly enthusiastic about school to begin with, but he also seems to be very weak in some key executive function skills like task initiation, time management and goal-directed persistence. We are very concerned that our son is digging a hole so deep with his grades that he will have difficulty recovering when (if) he decides an education is indeed important to him.” Getting started, prioritizing tasks, managing time and persisting to the finish line are important skills for success both in and outside of school. I’m not sure you can find a kid, regardless of grade point, who hasn’t struggled at one time or another with procrastina-

WESTERN WISCONSIN – Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living encourages tobacco users to participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Great American Smokeout is a national quit day held every year by the American Cancer Society, and 2012 marks the 37th year it has been recognized. The day is selected to raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco and to help tobacco users quit, for at least one day, with the hope that they will quit for good. By doing so, tobacco users will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.


chocolates Abby Ingalls teeth, Christmas crept into the world and pushed Thanksgiving aside. Families wake up on Nov. 1, and turn on the morning television to find programs packed with Christmas commercials. I was recently browsing the Internet, and I found a cartoon which had Santa walking with his big bag of toys and a big turkey. The turkey, obviously furious, is yelling at Santa, “December, fat boy! This month is for my holiday! Now hop on that sleigh and wait your turn!” I can’t help but side with the poor turkey in this situation. I am all for Christmas, don’t get me wrong. In fact, it is my favorite holiday of the year. But Christmas has become so commercial-

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tion, decisions about which task or project to tackle next, or the ability to focus on Chris Wondra longer-term projects to their completion. For the sake of this discussion though, it’s important to note that I believe this parent’s concerns were heightened by a piece I wrote explaining how adolescents brains are actually shrinking. In the long run, this pruning of little-used neural pathways actually helps to create a much more efficient brain—and the connections we use are strengthened. Those we neglect, however, are eliminated The major concern during adolescence then, is that teens may avoid exercising important neural connections at exactly the wrong time in their development, thus making these skills harder to learn later in life. Let me stress that when we begin talking about exercising our brains we are

Reap the benefits fast: • 20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal. • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood begins to drop to normal. • 24 hours after quitting: Your chance of a heart attack decreases. And these benefits are just within the first 24 hours. The health benefits of quitting are endless. Take advantage of this national day. Join thousands of others who will participate in the Great American Smokeout and


sign fact-finding research to fill in the gaps. Breakfast, dinner or car trips are all great times for these conversations. I would also encourage parents to involve the teachers in this. I have a student who asks me every day to sign her planner next to the assignment she’s written there. My initials communicate to the parent that I agree with what she’s written there for my class. It’s nothing more than a little box, and it takes less than 10 seconds, but she’s got a spot for every class. Every day. It’s perfect. Her parents started her on this, and they review it together every night. And it’s working. There is a distinct and noticeable difference between students who use planners and those who don’t. Sure, kids with planners get better grades, but that’s just a side effect of being more organized. Items in the planner don’t have to be stored in short-term memory anymore, freeing up energy for all kinds of interesting changes. So be warned, teen use of planners has been shown to increase confidence, creativity, empowerment and in extreme cases, even happiness. Founder of, Chris Wondra is just another Wisconsin public schoolteacher. Find We Teach We Learn on Facebook and Twitter for daily tips on getting the most out of your brain.

start planning now. Tobacco use remains one of our No. 1 causes of preventable death. The good news is most smokers want to quit and free help is a phone call or a click away. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline, 800QUIT-NOW or provides free, personalized assistance by professional quit coaches. The coaches will work with helpline callers to develop a quit plan tailored to individual needs. Tobacco users seeking assistance in quitting are also encouraged to visit the American Cancer Society Web site, greatamerican, to find tips, tools and resources that help with the

process of quitting tobacco. A primary care provider is always a place to start the process of quitting as well. Tobacco users who make a plan, pick a day to quit and receive some type of support are most successful at quitting. Choosing the Great American Smokeout as the day to quit and using all available resources gives smokers a great chance of quitting for good. Call W3TFL coordinator Mary Boe at 715-485-8834 for additional information. submitted



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ized and only a way for businesses like Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon to boost their production, that we’ve forgotten other holidays in between and the meaning behind it all. Who murdered Thanksgiving? Was it Santa or was it us? We’re so eager to get to the season of giving that we’ve skipped over the season of thanksgiving. When did we stop becoming grateful and thankful for things and, instead, start focusing on the expensive gifts we might receive underneath that deckedout tree? Thanksgiving is not the same for everyone. Some families make a big deal out of it and others may not do as much for the holiday. For some it’s all about football and good things to eat. For others, it may actually mean something to them – like family and getting together with those you love. Maybe you’re working on Thanksgiving this year, or maybe you’ll be sitting at home alone with no one to spend time with. The point is, though everybody does

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Rivertown Holiday ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls is set to usher in the Christmas season with its fourth-annual Rivertown Holiday weekend. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, come downtown for food, crafts, shopping, music and a visit with Santa. Santa will be receiving guests in three different locations throughout the weekend, providing families much flexibility in planning their outings. On Saturday morning, Santa will be greeting children at the public library from 10 a.m. until noon. At noon, he will begin his downtown stroll, accompanied by members of the high school concert choir. Saturday afternoon Santa will be ready for visits at the senior center from 1–4 p.m. And on Sunday, children can find Santa outside at the Overlook Deck from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday’s events at the library include a family craft activity and a bake sale by the Friends of the SCF Library. The Falls Chamber Ambassadors, St. Croix Falls royalty, and our Rotary student from Italy will all be on hand. The action at the senior center begins at 9 a.m., with coffee, rolls and a bake sale. They will also be serving lunch until 4 p.m. Saturday evening from 5-7 p.m. all are invited to gather around the fire pit at the Overlook Deck and enjoy holiday music with two brass ensembles. Singers are welcome to lend their voices to the caroling while warming up with coffee, cider and cookies. Sunday’s event at the Overlook has Santa returning, the fire pit burning, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate available, plus a visit from our sheep friends. Kids love to pet the sheep and learn about their wool. They will have their traditional birdseed ornament making as well. Following the activity at the Overlook on both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, Festival Theatre’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” is onstage, providing a perfect way to top off the day. For ticket information, please visit their Web site at Local donation drop boxes will be placed at the library and the senior center on Saturday for donations of food and personal-care items, providing a convenient way to

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Santa is looking forward to seeing the children this year! – Photo submitted give this holiday season. Complete schedule details can be found on the SCF Rivertown Holiday Facebook page, on the Falls Chamber Web site, and on the posters around town. This celebration is brought to you by the St. Croix Falls business community and volunteers. - submitted

St. Croix Falls Lions made donation The St. Croix Falls Lions made a $500 donation to the local food shelf. Shown accepting the donation from St. Croix Falls Lions President Eunie Naumann is Louise Andersen, who manages the food shelf. – Photo submitted

Weddings included those of Avis Amundsen and Ronald Lindblad, on Oct. 13 at Zion Lutheran, Bone Lake, and Alyce Derushia and Donald Erickson on Oct. 6 at Cushing Lutheran.—Sunday, Nov. 11, was the date of the Siren Fire Department’s 13th-annual turkey festival at the Siren Village Hall. The event featured prizes, with first prize being a 15-foot canoe or a 12foot boat. The ad said, “Finest selection of birds — turkeys, chickens. Fun for all!”—The gun deer hunting season would start Nov. 17, and the only deer legal to shoot were bucks with antlers at least 3 inches long.— A front-page story told of the plans, already in the process, of Richard Hanson and Ervin Wikstrom to construct a game farm, gift shop, camp site, picnic area and drive-in a mile east of St. Croix Falls along Hwy. 8. They were also considering a frontier town with a railroad, a miniature farm and trout ponds.—The Luck senior class would be putting on a three-act comedy called “The Groom Said No.”—Frederic Village President Wallace Early issued a proclamation which was published in this paper designating the week of Nov. 11-17 American Education Week in Frederic. Two pages featured ads from local businesses in support of the schools, the high school was having an open house and demonstrations, and science instruction, physical education, the school newspaper, and other efforts of the school and its students were featured in a two-page spread.—The Nelson School at Alpha was officially dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 11.

40 years ago Charlie Anderson, who had worked at the Frederic Co-op Store for 22-1/2 years and another 25 years in other area food stores, received a plaque from the board of the Frederic Farmers Cooperative on the last day of his employment before retiring, which said in part, “To Charlie Anderson, Everyone’s Friend.”— Kevin Weinzierl, 17, Frederic, became an Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor on Nov. 13.—Danny Hunter, 9, of Siren, was hit by a car while walking home from school. He suffered a broken leg and other injuries.— Dick Rognrud would be opening an insurance office in Frederic.—Bob Johnson from Frederic was a player of the week for the UW-La Crosse football team. He was a sophomore.—The Frederic Vikings basketball team beat the Spooner team, 54-52, in a “thrilling” season opener. Bruce Carlson and Tom Funne were the leading scorers for the game.—Army Pvt. Richard Lysdahl, from Frederic, completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and Airman Wayne Roberts, from Amery, completed basic training and was assigned to the Technical Training Center at Keesler AFB in Mississippi for specialized training in the armament systems field.—Webster school winners of the Burnett County Soil and Water Conservation speech contest were Norma Knutson, placing third in the high school division, and Steve Verret, placing second in the junior high division. In the Polk County contest, eighth-grader Lonna Hanson, Luck, won her division and went on to win the regional contest.

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Century siblings Three Lundborg siblings will have passed the 100-year mark by the end of this month. Ralph Lundborg is just turning 100 in November, sister Florence Anderson is 102-1/2, and brother Herbert Lundborg is 101-1/2. Ralph, of Minneapolis, Minn., recently visited siblings Florence and Herbert at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. The family got together at UPH to honor these centenarians. - Photo submitted

Kevin McMullin, working as a Depot Outreach artist, would work with Siren Middle School students to produce three radio dramas that would be played on Shell Lake radio station WCSW.—Miki Budge, Webster, won the Division 3 state championship in girls cross country, and Lance Schaaf, Webster, placed second at state for the boys in Div. 3.—Frederic students participating in the Upper St. Croix Valley Music Association All-Conference Honor Band were David Wagner, Christopher Peterson, Troy Hackett, Tanya Tschumperlin, Katie Grindell, Melissa Wyss and Beth Lundquist.—Studio Works in Luck held its grand opening.—New members of the National Honor Society at Luck High School were Stacy Chappelear, Andrea Wallin, Amy Fisk, Sherri Sorenson, Rochelle Hostrup, Eric Chappelear and Matt Nelson.—Airman Lance Hendricks, a 1992 St. Croix Falls graduate, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.—The Frederic-Luck Christian Women’s Club planned a fall fashion show and luncheon at the Frederic Masonic Lodge on Nov. 17.—Brian C. Rogers, of Frederic, was awarded a National Humanitarian Award by the Inventors Club of America’s International Hall of Fame.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Good chilly Sunday, neighbors! Hope you’re all managing to keep warm as winter approaches; we even had a few snowflakes! It’s the time of year that we are dragging muddy feet into the house, so Mom is following behind us with a towel and mop. With hunting season around the corner, our bright orange vests are out and ready to put on for when we go outside. Living where we do, you can’t be too careful, and that means no more walk in the woods until it is over. We’ve had a bow hunter in the area, and I guess he got a deer as Eli managed to throw up guts a couple of times the other day. I didn’t think a tummy could hold that much, but I guess I was wrong! Adoptions at the shelter have slowed down; hopefully people won’t forget that there are some great dogs and kitties just waiting to be adopted. Wouldn’t it just be Moses


YAPpenings Sadie awesome if all the residents at the shelter could have their forever home for Christmas? We were looking up slogans for our new sign, and I came across this one that I liked, “Until there are none, adopt one.” One of newest residents is a year-old beagle named Moses. He is a really nice young fellow that is quite the lover I’m told. Moses seems to get along well with the other residents, and of course, the humans ooh and ahh over him. He’s not very big, weighs around 28 pounds, so if you’re looking for a smaller dog as a companion, we welcome you to come and meet him. Bookie and Suzi had great fun playing in the office the other day. These two young kitties look as different as night and day but have a blast when they get together. Bookie is approximately 4

months old and is a ginger color with some white. Suzi is a pretty little tabby also around 4 months of age, and both would make a wonderful addition to your family. I promise you won’t be disappointed with them or Bookie any of our other kitties. It is very sad for us when we have to turn away cats and kittens due to lack of space. It’s very hard for us to have to do that, but with such limited space, we can only take so many and are unable to take any more until some of our current kitties are adopted. It’s upsetting when we hear some of the comments when we’re unable to help – comments like I guess I’ll have to shoot it or dump it somewhere. The needless suffering of these animals would lessen if people would only spay and neuter – compassion for any living creature is not a bad thing. Sunday, Dec. 9, is the date for brunch at Adventures Restaurant in Siren. They are so kind to host

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715-349-2964 The tree rat/hubby saga continues here in bear country. It has now gone from the using of sunflower seed in the live trap to using peanut butter. Seems one or maybe more of those crafty little varmints, as my hubby calls them, found a way to sneak into the live trap and clean out his sunflower seeds and not trip the trigger, but a chickadee will trip it every time. Hubby thinks that peanut butter will stick on and make it harder to get out without tripping it. This way he figures he will catch a few and relocate them down by Mud Hen Lake. Has anyone got a few ideas for this old gal, I need ideas on how to get him out of his restlessness. He has taken up patrol of the deck in that recliner and watches the deck most of the day for any action. You have to admit tree rats are pretty persistent in getting what they want, but then so is hubby. Not too many wild critters besides tree rats and an occasional bear came through bear country these days. A few stray kitties, and no not the striped kind. These are just probably some of the neighbor’s cats out looking for mice. They don’t come close to

the house, so don’t know for sure if they are tame or wild ones or if someone dropped them off and they’re are now living on their own. Sympathy to the family of Arthur H. Gunerius who passed away Oct. 24. Wednesday evening, Shirley Bloom hosted one of the cottage parties for the Siren Methodist Church for the purpose of some of the members getting to know their new pastor, Gil White, and his wife, Sharon. Those present were Pastor Tom Cook, Jim and Sharon Richison, Wally and Rose Nelson, Bob and Hazel Richison and Art and Bev Beckmark. They enjoyed a nice lunch. Thanks Shirley for a great evening. Don’t forget folks hunting season is near. So if you’re a hunter and enjoy hunting tales, stop in at the Siren Methodist Church on Friday, Nov. 16, for a bowl of chili, corn bread and a dessert then stay and listen to the hunting stories, maybe you can bring a better story than you hear there. Here’s another hunters dinner. This one is at the Moose Lodge on Hwy. 70. A ham dinner and lots of

Bev Beckmark the trimmings from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. This event also has a gun raffle plus more. Tickets are, adults $10 and kids $5. The Burnett County VFW in Siren will serve their spaghetti dinner on Friday, Nov. 16, from 4-7:30 p.m., with takeout if you so choose. Tickets are adults $7, kids 5-12, $4 and kids under 5, free. There is also a beef and money raffle, plus door prizes and a silent auction. Don’t forget everyone who has been doing knitting or crocheting for the U.S. Bank/Siren Lioness mitten tree at the bank. The tree is now up and waiting for all your handiwork to decorate it, so bring them in anytime now. Let’s really fill up the tree this year. It looks like it is going to be a long, cold winter and the kids can really use them. Congratulations to elementary student Katie Taylor, middle schooler Kohl Kettula and high schooler Logan Allen for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Keep up the good work guys, you rock.

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this event for us, so please mark your calendar and come and join us for some great food in a great atmosphere while helping the animals. We’d like to express our appreciation to the St. Croix Tribal Police. Chief Frank Taylor stopped by the shelter this last week and presented us with a donation from proceeds of their Halloween haunted house. We hear it was a very successful event, and we can’t thank them enough for selecting us as one of the recipients. A big high paw and thank-you from all of us. “Better to light a candle for one lost dog than to curse the darkness of man’s indifference. Saving just one dog won’t change the world, but it surely will change the world for that one dog.” - Richard C. Call This quote is true for cats as well. Have a great week everyone. Licks and tail wags. The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time;, 715-8664096, license No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too, why don’t you like us there.

St. Croix Senior Center Marian Edler Everyone is getting ready for deer hunting and Thanksgiving. But they are rushing the Christmas season. We have been making plans for Rivertown Holiday on Saturday, Dec. 1, when we will have a fundraiser. Read the posters around town. Tuesday started with exercise followed by an afternoon of games. Deloris Benson, George Meixner and Ione White were the winners in Dominos. The winning team in Hand and Foot was Russ Adams and Marian Edler. Joan Arnold, Roger Greenly, Ray Nelson and DeAnn Richardson were the winners in 500 cards. Thursday we had our exercises. In the afternoon, Cribbage was played. In the evening, 500 cards were played with Gloria, Roger Greenley, Bob Norlander and Ray Nelson the winners. Bingo will be played on Friday, Nov. 16, at 12:30 p.m. Join in. All money collected is paid out in prizes.


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Mark and Dee Krause went to pick up Allyson at Stevens Point and then went on to Madison to attend the wedding of Matt Helland, former Webster resident, on Saturday. Randy and Annette Hedrick and Pam Peterson also attended the wedding. Wednesday, John and Reeny Neinstadt were in St. Croix Falls and Sunday they had dinner at Ron and Sharon Profitt's. Friday evening LaVonne O’Brien attended the Prairie Fire Theatre production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Siren School. Rylee O’Brien had a part in the play. Sunday dinner guests at Jack and LaVonne’s home were Tim, Mike and Tylyn O’Brien. Friday evening, Jack and Jeri Witzany had dinner at Rick and Judy Witzany’s home. Sunday Jack and Jeri spent the day with daughter Patty Kringen and family in Elk River, Minn.

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We got some much-needed rain and even a few snowflakes. I’m sure more snow can’t be too far off with the deer gun season starting Saturday. The winners for Spades were Liz Ruhn, Marlyce Borchert, Jim Anderson and Inez Pearson. The winners for 500 were Arnie Borchert, Dave Peterson, Bob Peterson and Ralph Severson. We had three new players for 500, welcome to them. Remember that we play Spades, Mondays at 1 p.m. 500 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., dime Bingo Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Poker Fridays at 1 p.m. Enjoy our fall weather while it lasts. Keep the snow shovel handy. Hope to see you at the center.

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A boy, Colton Jeffrey Luther, born Oct. 30, 2012, to Krystal Beckwith and Derek Luther, Centuria. Colton weighed 8 lbs. ••• A girl, Lucile Margret Tretsven, born Oct. 10, 2012, to Ty and Jennifer Tretsven, Milltown. Lucile weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Coltyn David Bauerfield, born Nov. 4, 2012, to Matthew and Crystal Bauerfield, St. Croix Falls. Coltyn weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A girl, AydaLynn Breezy Johnson, born Nov. 1, 2012, to Jennifer Heilig and Bradley Johnson, St. Croix Falls. AydaLynn weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A boy, Jace Joshua Johnson, born Nov. 1, 2012, to Julie and Joshua Johnson, Balsam Lake. Jace weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. ••• A boy, Kabeer S. Bedi, born Oct. 29, 2012, to Preetika and Gurdesh Bedi, Stillwater, Minn. Kabeer weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. •••

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DULUTH, Minn. – Air Force Master Sgt. Mark W. Jacobs has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe. Jacobs is an aerospace equipment technician assigned to the 148th Fighter Wing at Duluth International Airport, Minn. The master sergeant has served in the military for 27 years. He is the son of Robert and Patricia A. Jacobs, of Eureka, Mont. Jacobs is a 1981 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. He received an associate degree in 1993 from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. - submitted

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Vivian is a 7-year-old miniature dachshund with a twist. She doesn’t have a tail! Viv is a torpedo of dachshund personality and charisma. She has a favorite velour blanket that she wraps up in and disappears under for warmth and security. Viv is a dog with that little extra something that lets you know you are sharing time with an individual. She will give your life a new dimension. Vivian came to the shelter when her owner was moving. She is used to the good life and could stand to lose a few pounds. Even Viv agrees with our assessment of her need to go on a diet. She is anxious to go out for her daily exercise routine walk

and then return to the comfort of her blanket. Vivian would make an excellent pet for anyone in need of a friendly companion. The dog kennel has nearly every size, shape and color of dog you might be Vivian looking for: Puggle, dachshund, English pointer, black Lab, yellow Lab, wirehaired Chihuahua, Walker and bluetick coonhounds. Each one is looking for the home where they will complement their owner’s lifestyle. Each dog has something different to give. They make us laugh. They effortlessly divert our thoughts from our worries and troubles. They remind us to live in the moment.

They are often there when no one else is. A companion dog is a gift to yourself. The gifts at Arnell are waiting for you. As mentioned last week, 17 Rubbermaid tote cats remain at the shelter. They are now available for adoption. The male cats have been neutered by Dr. Jill Armstrong of NorthWest Vet Clinic in Amery. They are ready to go home. All of the tote cats are available for a reduced adoption donation fee of $5 and the cost of neuter surgery. They are all young cats, under one year. As a group, they share a mild respiratory cold that will require caregiver TLC for a full recovery. They have begun their journey back at the Arnell shelter. We are looking for caring individuals who are willing to adopt and care for these unfortunate kitties. Support your local animal shelter, adopt. Arnell Memorial Humane Society is at 185 Griffin St. East in Amery, phone 715-268-7387, or online at

Siren Senior Center We had the first organization meeting for the Thanksgiving dinner, which will be held at the center on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 22nd-annual dinner, and there is no charge for this dinner. No donations will be taken on the day, but donations can be made ahead of time by making checks out to Community Thanksgiving Dinner and mailing the check to Siren United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 35, Siren, WI 54872. We are also looking for volunteers and food donations. There are sign-up sheets at the center and also at churches. No reservations are needed for this dinner. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Tom Cook at 715-566-0110. If you are unable to come to the center for dinner, you can have home delivery by calling 715-8664878.

Gratitude is extended to Betty Frohrib for the framed picture she donated to the center. The center was decorated for November by Barb Munger, Cora deJong, Lori Gray and Nona Severson. All the pumpkins have been replaced with turkeys. The 500 winners for Wednesday, Oct. 24, were Doris Knopik, Marie Bentley, Tom Knopik, Arvid Pearson and Karen Steffen. Winners for 500 on Wednesday, Oct. 31, were Darleen Groves, Shirley Doriott, Joe Brown, Mary Sicard with Gerry Vogel and Arvid Pearson tying for fifth place. Spade winners for Friday, Oct. 26, were Anke Olesen, Candace Doriott, Steve Wenthe, Sue Newberger and Marlyce Borchert. Spade winners for Friday, Nov. 2, were Candace Doriott, Marie Bentley,

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Gerry Vogel, Dwaine Bentley and Pam Geiger. The Leader has changed their e-mail address so that is why this column has not made the paper. I have tried to combine the last three weeks into one column. Winners for 500 Wednesday, Nov. 7, are Janet Heil, Arnie Borchert, Dorothy Brown, Barb Munger and Darleen Groves. Deepest sympathy to Tom and Grace Haines on the death of their son. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. We have some dates you should be aware of. Monday, Nov. 12, the foot care person is at the center, Wednesday, Nov. 14, is the potluck, Tuesday, Nov. 20, will be the senior meeting at 9:30 and then Thursday, Nov. 22 Thanksgiving Dinner.

Dewey -LaFollette Donna Hines, Karen Mangelsen, Lida Nordquist and Jan Schott visited Nina and Lawrence Hines Monday morning. Clam River Tuesday Club met Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the home of Karen Mangelsen. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the home of Dixie Andrea. The afternoon will start with a potluck meal at 12:30 p.m. There will be a gift exchange $10-$15 for those who wish to participate. Also, 2012 secret pals will be revealed, and new names will be drawn for 2013. Each person is asked to bring something for the food pantry. Sue and Roger Mroszak visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen Thursday afternoon. Karen’s birthday was celebrated. Sara McCarty was a Friday evening visitor of Lida

Nordquist. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to Siren Friday night and attended the play “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the school auditorium. Granddaughters Hannah Mangelsen and Mandy and Patty Close were all characters in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production. Gerry and Donna Hines went to the Twin Cities Saturday and visited their family. In the afternoon

Fall updates 2012 I wanted to update/remind all of the residents of Burnett and Washburn counties that computers and appliances, vehicle batteries and rechargeable batteries, and cell phones are accepted free of charge from households at Grantsburg, Oakland, A&H and Spooner recycling site locations. Other special waste items such as fluorescent bulbs (including CFLs), tires and oil filters are also accepted at the above locations, but there is a fee. Please call Jen for more information at 715-635-2197, or e-mail her at You can also check out the Recycling Waste Management Guide on the Web site: Just click on Environmental Services and then Recycling Control Commission. There is also NW Cleansweep Household Hazardous Waste collection program information posted there. There are options for appliance pickup in the region. Two such private businesses do exist, call Jen for details. Hazardous waste must be stored until next spring, as we are finished collect-

Karen Mangelsen Gerry’s birthday was celebrated. That evening Donna and Gerry attended the play “Annie.” Two of their granddaughters, Alex and Olivia Hines, performed in the show. Gerry and Donna stayed overnight with Brenda Sweet and family and then came home Sunday. Lawrence and Nina Hines and Lida Nordquist went to Richfield, Minn., Sunday and visited at the home of Sue and Colin Harrison.


Notes Jen Barton ing for the season. If you have something that is useless to you but may be useful to someone else, please consider listing the item on (there are both Spooner area and Burnett County groups), or on one of the selling pages on Facebook. If you need help with this, please don’t hesitate to call and ask. I have a passion for reuse! I am sure most of you know, but Allied Waste now accepts many more items than before. They have added No. 3- No. 7 coded plastic containers, plastic bags and cardboard beverage containers, like the ones juice comes in, to their acceptable items list. This is excellent news. If you have Allied Waste Services as your hauler, or you utilize one of Recycling Control Commission’s 14 recycling containers strewn throughout the two-county region, please now include the items mentioned above in your recycling efforts!

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AMERY – Two weeks ago, 22 cats were abandoned at Interstate Vet Hospital in four Rubbermaid totes. Seventeen of those cats have been recovering from their ordeal at Arnell Memorial Humane Society. They have received basic medical care, assessment and vaccinations and are now ready for adoption. The cats are young, under a year old. They are friendly and healthy. Some have a mild respiratory virus and will require TLC for a full recovery. Anyone interested in adopting one of these abandoned cats should visit them at the shelter in Amery. Their adoption do-

nation fee will be $5. The adopter will be responsible for the cost of spay or neuter surgery at a reduced rate. Fall is a busy time of year for the Arnell shelter with cats from throughout the county needing a safe haven to come to before the cold winter snows arrive. Adoption of these gray, white and black, brown tabby, white, and gray and black cats will make room for dozens of others in need. Consider a tote cat for your very own or make a donation to help in their care. These special kitties are counting on you. Contact the shelter for more information, 715-268-7387 (PETS). - submitted


Festival’s featured artist - Danette Olsen Now in her seventh season leading the staff side functions at Festival Theatre, featured artist Danette Olsen is a generalist in the world of theater, having directed nearly 20 plays (both published and original), worked as both a scenic and lighting designer, and performed in full-length, one-act, and staged readings of plays throughout her life. Festival Theatre audiences will able to see Olsen onstage for the opening weekend of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” marking the first time she’s performed a role at Festival. “It’s been a big job managing this gutsy little theater,” said Olsen, “and my creative work for the stage has necessarily been focused on set and lighting design, with just a few times directing since coming to Festival in 2006. I’m also really proud of the work we’ve done creating an exciting Youth and Family Theater program, which has now introduced excellent production standards to over 300 youth through their performances on the Festival Theatre stage.” When Olsen was just 6 years old, her family moved from Los Angeles, Calif., to return to her parents’ place of origin – Polk County. In the Luck Public School system and through 4-H and church, there were many opportunities to participate in the performing arts. Olsen’s earliest performance memories are rooted in her elementary school years. “I distinctly recall providing a report on Rudyard Kipling when I had costumed myself as a python,” said Olsen. She added, “I also remember working with a group of girls in the Little Butternut 4-H Club as we choreographed a rousing group baton number to the theme song from ‘Hawaii 5-0.’” Olsen continued her love of theater in college. She attended UW-River Falls

where she studied theater in a small department that fostered her interest in working in all three areas of design, direction and performance. She spent her summers as Danette Olsen a charge painter with St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre. She counts herself lucky to have had such a wide variety of experiences in the areas of design and direction. From a busy Little Butternut 4-H’er to a busy college student, Olsen is currently, no surprise, a very busy woman! In just this past year, Olsen has, in addition to her work as the consulting executive director at Festival Theatre, been working with other organizations in the areas of strategic action planning, organizational development and fundraising. She serves on the board of directors with ArtReach St. Croix and the Polk County Economic Development Corporation. She is also a task force member for the Heritage Initiative, a project she has been involved in since 2010. Also in the past year, Olsen has been working with friend and colleague Robin Murray of UW-River Falls on Murray’s original piece of theater art “Ancient Wings,” which is a celebration of the sandhill cranes and will debut in April 2013. “It’s a Wonderful Life” marks an important first for Olsen. Although she has performed in many productions, she will perform in her first Theater Series

production at Festival Theatre this holiday season. “It will be a lot of fun to join the cast during the opening weekend of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” said Olsen. “Some of my favorite artists are hard at work on this play and I’m honored to support them.” “I have worked with Olsen all over that theater on just about every kind of project I can think of,” said Jaclyn Johnson, associate artistic director at Festival Theatre. “She brings energy and joy to every project, and I am so excited to perform alongside her this year, and enjoy that same incredible work ethic and positivity to one of our favorite work areas and the reason we do it all, the theater.” Olsen’s creative skills are limited to no medium. She can act, paint, design, teach and so much more! While she has gotten joy in designing sets over these last seven seasons at Festival Theatre, she has her favorites: “Crimes of the Heart” in 2009 and “Is He Dead” in 2010. She recounted the big challenge and fond memories of directing “A Christmas Story” in 2008. Her favorite role she has ever played was that of Sheila in “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” at UW-River Falls. Olsen feels a great love and respect for the theater department at UW-River Falls, recalling, “the faculty was unbelievably encouraging and fearless!” While there, she worked closely with her mentors on two major projects that she’ll never forget: costume design assistance for a Kabuki version “Blood Wedding” where they hand-dyed all the silk to construct gorgeous kimonos; and serving as set design assistant on a production of “Glass Menagerie” where she used lace to cover the framework of the set, then using an aniline dye for gradations of color to heighten the memory aspects of the story. “In both cases, design concepts were so strong, and executing them became a beautiful team

effort,” said Olsen. “But, my technical theater experience tells only part of the story,” she continued. “Our faculty also encouraged us to dive deeply into performance and directing, as well, which resulted in some unforgettable, formative experiences for me as a theater artist including: directing the student production of ‘Cheapside,’ mounting my solo performance based on the work of South African novelist Nadine Gordimer, and creating an original piece of theater which I directed called ‘Strings’ which attempted to raise awareness to the complexities and unacceptability of domestic violence against women.” When she is not as busy as she is, Olsen is an avid bicyclist and loves to canoe the beautiful St. Croix River. She also enjoys a good hike with her new companion, Maggie, an adopted Belgian Malinois. Literature has always been a passion for Olsen, although she refers to it as an addiction, and she reads a great deal of nonfiction as well as novels and poetry. Early in 2011, she started a consulting practice with a focus on organizational development and communications. She is also currently studying to become a celebrant and looking forward to many world travels with her partner, Kevin Hein. You can see Olsen busy at work at Festival Theatre off and on from day to day, but if you would like to catch her onstage in her first Theater Series role at Festival, you will need to reserve your seats for one of the opening weekend shows, Nov. 23 or 24. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” will close on Dec. 23, and seats are filling up fast for this beloved holiday story. Contact the box office for details on show days and times at 715-483-3387 or online at - submitted


St. Croix Falls Public Library Friends of the Library membership kickoff

Pajama After Hours at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School is Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-7 p.m. Kids, families and educators reading together.

Facebook and Twitter. Thursday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon or Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Franken-mitten. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m. Create fantastically warm and whimsical mittens from recycled sweaters. Materials provided. All ages – basic stitching and cutting know-how a must. Altered books. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. See what you can do with an old book. This class will get you started – make a journal, a secret stash box, an elaborate picture frame. Teens and adults – materials provided. Comic and graphic arts cookbooks. Informational meeting Wednesay, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. Artists and foodies of all ages and artistic abilities are invited to create a collaborative cookbook using visual media and text. All made possible through the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Come to this meeting and find out more.

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The Friends of the Library membership kickoff begins Thursday, Nov. 15. Join us. Meet and greet, learn about Friends events and opportunities – coffee, tea and cake will be served. Stay for NaNoWriMo at 6 p.m. and Phil Peterson at 7 p.m.

Author Phil Peterson to speak

Seeking Lake Superior with the Brothers Helluvit on Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Life is an adventure – especially when you’re local author Phil Peterson. Come to the library to hear his delightful story of adventure.

Pajama After Hours

All courses are free. Please register by call 715483-1777 or sign up online at Microsoft Word 2010. Thursday or Friday, Nov. 15 or 16, 10:30 a.m. – noon. Internet – you can do it. Thursday, Nov. 29, or Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m – noon. Internet basics: sites, e-mail and searches.

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

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After-school Wednesdays are back

School’s Out is SCFPL’s after-school program for kids 8-plus. Meet friends, get homework help and hang out at the library every Wednesday, September through June. Take bus No. 9 down to the library on Wednesday afternoons with a note from your parent or guardian. Check out our new after-school clubs – Kids Book Club first Wednesdays of the month: Dec. 5: “Gregor the Overlander,” by Suzanne Collins. All club meetings include a snack.

Kids Art Club

Kids Art Club will begin Wednesday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m. We’re cooking up comic recipes. Learn about what you need to do to submit a kids entry to our community art project.

Anime Club will be held Mondays, 4-5 p.m. Draw, discuss and discover Japanese comic arts. Kids 10plus.

Story hour

Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Individual help for basic computer questions

Mondays from 1-3 p.m., bring your own laptop; check out a library laptop or workstation. Call ahead to ensure availability.

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


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

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

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On Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., a computer technology support person will be available to assist anyone who needs help with their computer problems. Come to the library and bring your computer questions with you and the tech will be happy to help you with what you might need as it relates to your computer.

E-Readers: What you might need to know before you purchase

Interested in purchasing an e-reader, iPad or computer? On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 5

p.m., the Centuria Public Library will have available various e-readers, iPads, iPods or MP3 players and information available on purchasing a computer for individuals to review. Samples of e-readers and iPads will be available for individuals to try.


Monday, noon – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon – 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – noon. Contact information: 715-646-2630, or


Veterans Day program


During the Veterans Day Program at Luck, Friday, Nov. 9, students in second through fifth grades sang a variety of patriotic selections. – Photos by Lori Nelson

Badger Boy Alex Richey and Badger Girl Hannah Karl focused on the sacrifices made by veterans and their families while telling the stories of real soldiers in recent battles in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sierra Zuniga, Johanna Mlenek, Addie Musial, Emily Chivers, Alexis Greener, Katie Christensen and other tappers danced to “I’m A Yankee Doodle Dandy” during the Veterans Day Program at Luck.

Veterans and Auxiliary members walked through a Class of 2013 honor guard at the conclusion of the Luck Veterans Day program.

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The Siren concert band provided patriotic music during the Veterans Day program at Siren on Monday, Nov. 12. A sign-language version of “The Star-Spangled Banner� was performed at the Siren School Veterans Day program.

Siren veteran Kristin Beebe gave the keynote speech at the Siren Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12. She served in Desert Storm, but instead of focusing on her memories of the conflict, she spoke of her fellow Veteran Lyle Johnson read a homemade veteran and great-uncle, Chuck. She thank-you card that was given to him by a had long watched him as a child standing at attention as the color Siren student. guard passed in the big summer parade in New Richmond. Beebe was Photos by Sherill Summer able to return the favor by standing The color guard stood at attention during the opening cereattention at his funeral years later. mony of the Veterans Day program.

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Claire Stubbe asked all veterans to stand up and be recognized prior to her speech at the Webster Veterans Day program.

The color guard stood at attention during the national anthem. Photos by Sherill Summer

Lucas Stiemann won first place in the Voice of Democracy essay contest. He read his winning essay at the Siren Veterans Day program.


Savannah Varner gave a speech at the Webster Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12.

Mason Schaaf gave a speech at the Webster Veterans Day program.

Chris Sower gave the keynote speech at Webster Veterans Day program. He honored famous minority contributions to the military, including the Navajo code talkers who created an unbreakable code during World War II, The buffalo soldiers of the 92nd infantry division formed from African American soldiers and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team mad up of almost entirely of American soldiers of The Webster High School band performed patriotic music Japanese descent. The history of the 442nd is especially during the Webster Veterans Day program held at Webster important to Sower because he had three uncles that School on Monday, Nov. 12. served in that unit.


"Thank you for your service" FREDERIC - Veterans Day is about remembering and honoring those who have served, those that are still serving and those that gave their lives for our country. The students and staff at Frederic did just that on Friday morning, Nov. 9, in a special assembly. Veteran interviews, video presentations, music and personal messages from servicemen were all part of the program. Students Zach Kuechenmeister, Zach Williamson, Ian Lexen and Abby Pickard served as emcees and gave explanations about various parts of the program. Lexen explained the purpose of flying the flag at half-mast and gave the how, why and when taps is played. Pickard gave the introduction to a video that staff members Jason Pickering and Kelly Hopkins helped students put together. Jeff Butler of Paul G. Johnson American Legion Post 249 introduced the guest speaker, Doug Stubbe, Burnett County Veterans Service Office, from Webster. Stubbe has served in the military under six different presidents, not all of them he voted for but he said he respected all of them as his commander chief. Closing out the program was staff member Cary Cardinal. Cardinal served in Iraq and talked about his role there. He thanked the veterans who were present and talked about how hard war is on a soldier, not only during the war but when they come back home. The program was summed up with the following advice: “If you see a veteran, say those five simple words, ‘Thank You for your service.’” - Becky Amundson


Frederic High School students Abby Pickard, Zach Williamson, Ian Lexen and Zach Kuechenmeister served as emcees at the annual Veterans Day program Friday morning, Nov. 9, hosted by the Paul G. Johnson Legion Post No. 249 of Frederic.

Burnett County Veterans Service Officer Doug Stubbe shook hands with Frederic area veterans and members of the Legion post at Frederic during the annual Veterans Day program, held Friday, Nov. 9. Doug Stubbe of Webster was the keynote speaker at Friday’s Veterans Day program at Frederic High School. Stubbe is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. He has been deployed twice, first to Bosnia in 1998 with the first Cavalry Division in support of the NATO Peacekeeping Mission and then again in 2003 to Iraq with the 19th MMC in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Frederic staff member Cary Cardinal served in Iraq and talked about his role there during Friday’s Veterans Day program.

Jeff Butler of Frederic American Legion Post No. 249 introduced the keynote speaker A collection of interviews of veterans by members of the Frederic junior class was on display during the at Friday’s program. Veterans Day program at Frederic.

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Frederic’s band and choir, under the direction of Patti Burns and Greg Heine, respectively, performed at Friday’s Veterans Day program, held at the 6-12 school auditorium.


Siren National Honor Society inducts three students

by Mackenzie Erickson Special to the Leader SIREN –Tuesday, Oct. 30, Siren High School inducted three students into the National Honor Society. Juniors Corey Bauer, John D’Jock and Lucas Stiemann were all inducted by current members of Siren’s chapter of the National Honor Society, along with guidance from adviser Renae Peterson. During her speech, guest speaker Bryn Anderson related the characteristics of NHS members into their lives in the future. The ceremony occurred at the Lodge at Crooked Lake, and involved the current members and inductees. Each member played a role in the ceremony, from giving a brief history of the National Honor Society, to lighting candles. They also discussed the four main characteristics of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character and service. Family and friends of members, selection committee members, the high school principal, the school’s superintendent, as well as school faculty, attended the

The Siren High School National Honor Society induction ceremony was held Tuesday, Oct. 30. Siren NHS members shown are back row (L to R): Josh Lemieux, Corey Bauer, Matt Larson, Lucas Stiemann and John D’Jock. Front row: Brittany Coulter, Liz Brown, Mackenzie Erickson and Raven Emery. - Photo submitted ceremony and dinner. Each of the inductees filled out applications with information regarding community service, work experience and various types of accolades, amongst other things. After a selection committee reviewed the applications, each of the students was individually interviewed and finally se-

Faculty member Bryn Anderson was guest speaker at the Siren NHS induction ceremony. lected to be a member. However, work continues even after selection to the NHS, and the members are expected to continue to excel even further as students, role models and leaders, as well as undertake additional community service tasks and to continue to grow as outstanding citizens of the community.

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The three new inductees to the Siren High School National Honor Society are Corey Bauer, John D’Jock and Lucas Stiemann. – Photos by Mackenzie Erickson

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The St. Croix Falls Lions Club, celebrating 60 years (19522012) of service to the St. Croix Falls area, was represented at the recent ribbon cutting/ dedication of the new accessible fishing pier in the St. Croix Falls Lions Park Saturday, Oct. 6, made possible by numerous donations. Shown are St. Croix Falls Lions Club President Ernie Naumann, Mark Montgomery of EJM, Lisa Jenson of St. Croix Boat and Marine Association, Curt Liljenberg of the Polk County Tavern League, Ron Johnson of St. Croix Transmission, Marilyn Kiska, SCF Lioness, and Diane Swenson of the Swenson Family. - Photos submitted

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St. Croix Falls Community Education St. Croix Falls Community Education has many offerings that one is sure to appeal to just about anyone! Give one a try!

Beginning watercolor

Classes will be held Mondays, Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 6-7:30 p.m., at the St. Croix Falls High School art room. Instructor: Barb Jorgensen. Classes are for ninth grade – adult.

Digital photography class

Classes will be held Tuesdays, Nov. 20, 27 and Dec. 4 and 11, 6-7 p.m., at the St. Croix Falls High School media center. Instructor: Garrett Kerkow

Metal punching/stamping class

Class will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 – 7 p.m. (work nights), at the St. Croix Falls High School art room. Instructor: Suzanne Imhoff. Classes are for ninth grade – adult.

SCF Bitty Basketball

Boys and girls, first through fourth grades. Classes will be held Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15 and Jan. 5, 12 and 26, 9 a.m. – noon, at the St. Croix Falls Elementary gym.

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Piano lessons

Boys, third through eighth grades. Classes are held Mondays and Thursdays beginning Dec. 3, 5:45 p.m., at the St. Croix Falls Elementary gym.

Classes are scheduled 30-minute weekly lessons for first grade – adults at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School music room.

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For more information, visit the community education Web site at a/ or call 715-483-2507, Ext. 1406 or e-mail

Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:306:30 p.m., at the St. Croix Falls High School/Middle School band room, age 6 and older.

Valley Dance

Classes are for preschool – adult and are held Mondays, 3:30 – 8 p.m., in the St. Croix Falls High School, Room C141.

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• Bingo Every 2nd & 4th Friday, 1 p.m.

• Pokeno, 1 p.m.

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• Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Tues.

• Cribbage, a.m. • 500 Cards, 1 p.m. • Potluck, Every 2nd Wed., 11:30 a.m.

• Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday, no meal in April

• Spades, 1 p.m.,

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

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

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• Exercise, 10-11 a.m. • Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m.

Webster Senior Center • AA Meeting, 7 p.m.

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues.

• Women’s Wii Bowling, 9 a.m. • Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

• Pool, 7 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

715-866-5300 • Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • SCF, 1-4 p.m., 715-483-2920

Food Shelf VFW Aux./Legion Aux.


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


EVERY TUES. • Webster Lioness At Last Call, 6 p.m.


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• Webster Chamber At The Tap, 5:30 p.m. • Burnett VFW At Little Mexico, 6 p.m.


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

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


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


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


• Cushing Legion At Suzy Q’s, 6:30 p.m. • Siren Lions At Kris’, 5 p.m. • BYHA At Zia Louisa, 6 p.m.


• Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. • Snowciables At Thirsty Otter, 6 p.m. • Grantsburg Legion, 6:30 p.m. • Humane Society, Yellow River Saloon, 5 p.m. • Hockey Assoc., Dreamers, 6:30 p.m. • Memory Days, Harvest Moon, 7 p.m.

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• Comforts of Home, Frederic, 5:30 p.m., 715-327-8063

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



• YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, • Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf 3-5 p.m. Course, 4 p.m. • Siren Moose At Robert’s Road House, • VFW Meat Bingo At Lewis Hideaway, 4 p.m. 3:30 p.m. • Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 5 p.m. • Siren Lions At Whiskey Joe’s, 5 p.m.





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LUNCH Italian dunkers, marinara sauce, green beans OR turkey salad.

LUNCH Pizza, corn, salad, sliced pears, apple, oranges.


BREAKFAST Tac-go omelet. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Turkey & gravy OR PBJ sandwich, mashed potatoes, green peas, peach sauce, watermelon.



LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Sloppy joe on bun OR turkey/cheese on a bun, french fries, green beans, applesauce, fresh grapes.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Hot dog on whole-grain bun, french fries, beans, assorted fresh veggies, fresh fruit.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Pizza with whole-grain crust, corn, assorted fresh veggies, fresh fruit.



LUNCH Pork riblet/bun, 3-bean salad, carrots, mixed fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, vegetable beef soup.

BREAKFAST Pancakes and sausage. LUNCH Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches, pumpkin bar.


BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Hot dog/bun, baked beans, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pocket. LUNCH Turkey dinner, potatoes, peas, bread, veggies, fruit and milk.


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CHURCH NEWS New Hope Lutheran's new look by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader GRANTSBURG - New Hope Lutheran Church now has a new and expanded look. The church recently completed an 8,000-square-foot expansion and remodeling project, all completed with labors of love. “When any congregation fills up 75 to 80 percent of a church facility, then statistics show the church stops growing,” said Dr. Emory Johnson, pastor of New Hope. “So, by expanding, we can continue to grow and serve God and his people.” The Sunday attendance there is about 144 people, with comfy seating capacity for 240. The eclectic church was founded in 2009 and reached its stop-growth point just two

ship eating area (vital in Lutheran life) and added parking, to name a few. The budget for the project was $30,000, said Terry Swenson, church council president. But with all the giving and volunteerism, the project came in under budget. Had they done this project with a contractor, the cost could easily triple, he said. In this cost factor, there is no underestimating the landlord. “Mark Harmon’s heart made this happen,” said Pastor Johnson. “He provided many materials, traveled out west to buy a new lift machine for the work, and even paid his construction crew out of his own pocket for some of the work. Mark was a godsend.” The project was a year in planning but, like in the book of Genesis, the creation

New Hope congregation sits in the newly remodeled sanctuary. – Photos by Virginia Ryan

The walls came tumbling down at New Hope Sunday, Sept. 9, to expand the facility. years later. And, thus, after prayer and consideration, the congregation decided to put back on their tool belts and do some more building and growing. The project added sanctuary room and seating, Sunday school rooms, offices for the pastor and secretary Marlys Berg, utility rooms, two rest rooms, more fellow-

took six days. The existing walls came tumbling down after church Sunday morning on Sept. 9, and the cleaning crew put on the polished final touch the following Saturday night. In that six-day period, over 50 volunteers worked day and night putting up drywall, laying carpet, painting, pounding nails and welding.

New Hope member Dr. John Hill puts the added chairs in place. “It was a very successful effort,” said Mitch Ryan, project manager. “It was a joy and the congregation was strengthened greatly.” The church is located in the old Harmon building, a once dusty warehouse full of carpeting and other building materials along Hwy. 70. But the inspired congregation and generous landlord augmented the original 5,200-square-foot dark warehouse into a bright, attractive and comfortable spiritual home for all. “We give God the praise and glory,” said Johnson. “All are welcome. And for those who have no church home, come!” For more information on New Hope Lutheran, call 715-463-5700.

Bonnie Ghimenti (left) and Priscilla Hill feed the working saints during construction.

Thanksgiving services BALSAM LAKE – Thanksgiving Eve service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., at East Balsam Baptist Church. 1816 108th St., CTH I, Balsam Lake. Pie and coffee after the service. - submitted WEBSTER – Yellow Lake Lutheran Church will be having Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve services are at 3 and 4:30 p.m. There is no Christmas Day service. - submitted CENTURIA – Community Thanksgiving Service will be at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. Holy Trinity is located on CTH I between Balsam Lake and Centuria. - submitted

St. Dominic Catholic Church Hwy. 35 North in Frederic

Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

8 a.m. to Noon - Door Prizes every 30 min.

Special Visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and Mrs. Claus

Raffle Drawing - 12 Noon 1st Prize: American Girl Doll 2nd Prize: Lap Quilt 3rd Prize: $50 Scrip Card White Elephant Sale

RAFFLE TICKETS $ 1 each or 6 for $5

Come for Coffee! Munch a Cinnamon Roll or a piece of pie! Or both!

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Bring your camera for photos, 10 a.m. to Noon

HUNTER’S CHILI FEED Friday, Nov. 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Siren United Methodist Church Corner of 1st Ave. and Bradley St.

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Gladys Marion Petersen Gladys Marion (Lindstrom) Petersen, age 90, of Grantsburg, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at the Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. She was born on June 18, 1922, to Martin and Allie Lindstrom on a farm near Osakis, Minn. Although her family lost the farm in the stock market crash, Gladys had many fond childhood memories, always revolving around family and friends. After high school, she earned her teachers certificate and taught for several years in a one-room schoolhouse where she was responsible for the education of all eight grades. Her teachers contract also specified that she build her own fires, take away ashes and keep the schoolhouse clean. Gladys went on to graduate from Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, where she met Ivan Petersen. After a short courtship, they were married in 1949 and lived in Elk Horn, Iowa where three daughters, Ruth, Rachel and Rebecca, were born. Later they moved to Minnesota and added a son, Richard, to complete the family. Ivan worked for many years at Ford Motor Company before returning to his farming roots in Hillman, Minn., as manager of Meadow Creek Farms and then purchasing a farm in Grantsburg. After retiring from farming, Ivan and Gladys moved to a new home in town. Many people commented that they were a team, almost always together. Then, on January 2, 2009, Ivan went to be with his Savior. And now, after being apart for several years, Ivan and Gladys are together again. Gladys gave her life to her family. Her love, care, concern and prayers were focused on her husband, four children, six grandchildren and one great grandson, as well as extended family and friends. Gladys was blessed with a winning smile, a sweet spirit, a determined nature, an inquisitive mind, capable hands, a green thumb and above all, a tender heart. She leaves a legacy of unconditional, sacrificial love. Gladys was preceded in death by Ivan; her parents; her brothers Clifford, Wilbur and Irvin; and her sisters Esther, Myrtle and Ruby. She is survived by her daughter Ruth (husband Carl Deline and children Christopher and Bethany); daughter Rachel (husband David Wtzler); daughter Becky (husband Wayne Lake and children Tabitha, Charity and Robert); son Richard (wife LaVonne and daughter Kendra); and brother Morris Lindstrom. Interment was at Trade River Cemetery. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.



John Michael Liesch

Hazel M. McCurdy

John Michael Liesch, 55, passed away suddenly Oct. 9, 2012, at this home in Copper Center, Alaska. He was born Sept. 12, 1957, to Raymond and Dorothy Liesch in Frederic. He married Roxann Hill on June 22, 1986, in Falun. In Alaska, he worked as a maintenance man at Kenny Lake School. He enjoyed hunting caribou and moose, also salmon fishing. He enjoyed building log cabins, and was in the process of building one now. He was a hard worker and had many different jobs, from having his own bakery, farming, to many factory jobs. He was never afraid to try something new. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond. He is survived by his wife, Roxann; children, Luke and Emily; mother, Dorothy; sister, Mary (Charles) Tschumperlin; brothers, James, Jerome and Jeff (Beth); two grandchildren. Burial was held in Copper Center, Alaska. A celebration of life was held Oct. 19 in Frederic.

Hazel M. McCurdy, 69, resident of Milltown, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Hazel was born Nov. 8, 1942, at home in Milltown. She had a very adventurous life and loved every minute of it. She traveled throughout the U.S. and Panama. Hazel was loved by all as she was such a loving person herself. You couldn’t help but love her. She had a passion for gardening and could cook like a chef. She spent the last eight years taking care of the Trego Campground. She was preceded in death by her father, George; her mother, Margaret; and brother, Donald. She will be sadly missed by her dog, Daisy. We all will miss her. Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check these Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been enPaul H. Funk Jr., 69, Cushing, passed away Nov. 9, trusted with funeral arrangements. 2012. He was born on May 18, 1943, to Paul Sr. and Emily Funk. He grew up on Adams Street and graduated from the St. Croix Falls School in 1961. He married Diana Victor Ray Trombley, 61, Wolf Creek/St. Croix Falls, Hacker on Aug. 31, 1974, and together they have one son, Mike. The couple moved back to the Cushing area in passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. 1978. Victor was born on Feb. 23, 1951, in Paul worked at Andersen Windows in Bayport, Minn., for 30 years, he then decided to quit and become a part- Forest Lake, Minn., the son of Russell ner with wife, Diana, in the Ruffled Spouse Taxidermy and Evelyn (Rasmussen) Trombley. Victor attended school in St. Croix business in Milltown for over 10 years until retirement. He was blessed to have parents that loved to travel and Falls. He then worked at Allied Plathunt through Wisconsin and the western states. His love ing in St. Paul, Minn., for 19 years and of camping and hunting came from them. They spent was employed at I.T.P. in St. Croix many summers in a camper at Ward’s Resort on Balsam Falls for the last 15 years. He enjoyed Lake. Paul also had “many” trips hunting pheasants in riding his motorcycle as a young man, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas with many friends collecting and watching movies, famthrough his life. They spent hundreds of days hunting ily holiday gatherings and spending time with his family. ducks and geese, pheasants, deer (bow and gun) and fish- Victor will be sadly missed. ing with wife, Diana and son, Mike and many family and Victor leaves to celebrate his memory: brothers, Gorfriends. Teaching Mike to hunt, shoot trap and fish (es- don (Barbara) Trombley, Terry Trombley and Donald pecially steelhead on the south shore) was a thrill for him. Trombley, all of St. Croix Falls; sister, Marilyn Trombley of Paul was an exceptional trapshooter. Alongside Diana, St. Croix Falls; nieces, Kathie, Tammy, Rachel and they shot at many clubs through Wisconsin and Min- Amanda; two great-nieces and one great-nephew; and nesota. Some of the happiest memories were shooting at other loving family and friends. the local gun clubs and especially on the same teams with He is preceded in death by his parents. his best friends, Diana and Mike, (very competitive to say The funeral service for Victor was held on Monday, the least)! His biggest nemesis was Diana and her dou- Nov. 12, at Eureka Baptist Church with Pastor Willis bles, oh how he struggled to win! Christenson officiating and music was provided by Helen He is preceded in death by father and mother, Paul Sr. Leggitt and Sharon Joregeson. To express online condoand Emily; brother, Allen; father-in-law, Richard Hacker lences, Sr.; brother-in-law, Dennis; and sister-in law, Sandy The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has (Butch) Hacker. been entrusted with funeral arrangements. He is survived by his wife, Diana, of 38 years; son, Mike; and granddaughters, Ashley and Emma; Mike’s fiancé, Heidi Stock and her daughter, Brooke and son, Tyler; best fur friends, black Lab, Belle, and golden retriever, Sofie; Mike’s black lab, Drake and fuzz ball, Zoey; mother-in-law, Cora Hacker; brothers-in-law, Richard “Butch” Hacker Jr. and Bill Hacker; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. From Paul’s first marriage: son, We would like to thank Christopher (Leigh) and daughter, Michele (David) everyone for helping us Younger and grandchildren, Cody and Bryce. celebrate Gail Peterson’s Paul fought hard to be with us for this hunting season life. Also, for everyone’s and just couldn’t win this battle. His “dadditude” will be cards, food, love and with us in spirit and in our hearts. Adoray Home Health support. A very special We would like to thanks to Ron and and Hospice helped keep his last days at home comfortthank all those who Patty for letting us able. have it at the A gathering was held at the Rowe Funeral Home in gave cards, money, Sundown. Luck on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. A private food and Thank you all. Mom family burial will be held at a later date. Online condowould have loved it. lences may be left at or wicremationcencondolences after The Peterson . Please refer to these Web sites for updated the death of Bev. Family information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Chub, Dawn, Sue, Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest WisBeverly Ann Java Chuck & Brenda consin Cremation Center in Milltown have been enBrunberg Family trusted with funeral arrangements. 573318 13Lp

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Victor Ray Trombley

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David Mikkelsen David Mikkelsen, 70, Luck, died Nov. 12, 2012. Memorial service will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m., visitation 10-11 a.m., at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Luck. A full obituary will follow. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren, was entrusted with arrangements.

Shirley Biederman Engen There will be a service to honor the memory of Shirley Biederman Engen at Clam Falls Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. Friends and relatives are invited to gather with the family for worship and fellowship. 573433 13Lp


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Thank you to family, friends, neighbors & coworkers for the condolences, prayers, cards & flowers following the death of our Dad, Jim Kreutzian. Thank you to Pastor Carl for the service, soloist Kelly Steen, organist Kari Java, Nick, Sydney & Brooke for the special music for Great-Grandpa and the ladies of the church for the lunch. A special thank-you to all the nurses at the home who gave Dad such good care and Dr. Turner and staff at St. Croix Hospital.

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James J. Kreutzian

James John (Jim) Kreutzian, age 90, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, just weeks after the death of Eleanor, is wife of 68 years. The family received friends and family Friday evening, Nov. 9, at Edling Funeral Home in Grantsburg. A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Carl Heidel, was held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun where Jim and Eleanor were longtime members. Jim was born on Dec. 23, 1921, in Frederic to Thomas and Francis Kreutzian. On the passing of his mother when he was a couple of weeks old, he went to live with his Aunt May until the age of 4, when he then returned to the farm in Frederic. Jim lived in the Frederic and Grantsburg area his entire life. He attended Frederic High School where he lettered in boxing. He worked on the family farm in Bone Lake prior to marrying Eleanor Knutson on Aug. 19, 1944, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Branstad. Jim worked at the Branstad Creamery and at McNally Manufacturing before becoming the longtime road patrolman who graded roads and plowed snow for the Town of Wood River until he retired. Jim often worked night and day to clear roads of snow and continued to help the township by snowplowing even after his retirement. A man of few words, Jim had a great sense of humor and loved a good practical joke. He delighted in the antics of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved teasing them. Jim loved Eleanor and loved his family. He also loved his horses. His draft horses were the pride and joy of his retirement. While his health permitted, he participated in the spring and fall horse drawn planting and harvesting demonstration of the Wisconsin Mule and Draft Horse Association. He also enjoyed giving horse-drawn hayrides and sleigh rides to groups with his good friend, the late Lawrence Nelson. Jim liked being around young people and worked with 4-H club members in the Freya area and with the Burnett County Fair Association for many years. Jim is survived by daughters Carole Althoff, Clear Lake; Kathy (Don) Libby, Milton, Ga.; Kay (Lawrence) Fossum, Frederic; JoAnne (Bill) Anderson, Grantsburg. Grandchildren are James Althoff, New Richmond; Jon Althoff, Clear Lake; Jason Althoff, Grantsburg; Jennifer (Sree) Manthana, Rockford, Minn.; Jeremy (Amy), St. Croix Falls; McKenzi (Brian) Weaver, Germantown, Tenn.; Kallie (David) Branstad, Grantsburg. Great-grandchildren are Ashley, Jaimie, Christopher Althoff, Kadence Spencel, Emma Weaver, Nickolas, Sydney, Brooke, Maddie Manthana, Ruby Fossum, Nolan and Cade Branstad. Great-great-grandchildren are Kyler Althoff and Jackson Sandquist. Sister Lorrain (Chuck) Bolk, Acworth, Ga.; brothers Robert Kreutzian, Luck and Bruce (Nancy) Kreutzian, Cannon Falls, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by wife Eleanor; parents Thomas and Francis Kreutzian; stepmother Sophia Kreutzian; in-laws Lewis and Evelyn Knutson; and infant son, David Lee Kreutzian; brothers Arthur Kreutzian, Richard Kreutzian; sisters-in-law Agnes Kreutzian, Elaine Kreutzian, LaDonnis Kreutzian and Madeline Knutson; brothers-in-law John Mazur and Lloyd Knutson. Honorary pallbearers were Nickolas, Sydney, Brooke, Maddie Manthana, Nolan, Cade Branstad, Emma Weaver, Kadence Spencel and Ruby Fossum. The Edling Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

John W. Garbow John W. Garbow, 58, Sandstone, Minn., died Nov. 12, 2012. Friends may call after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Danbury Tribal Hall. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m., at the Danbury Tribal Hall. A full obituary will follow next week. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Your Smile Though your smile is gone forever, and your hand we cannot touch, we still have many memories, of the one we loved so much. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts. Sadly missed but never forgotten. In Loving Memory, The Family of Larry Moody 573516 13Lp




perspectives Sally Bair

The air we breathe We northern Wisconsinites are blessed with clean, relatively unpolluted air. Not so those who live in areas where industrial or other kinds of pollutants fill the air. Even cigarette smoke affects many people. Add those who suffer from asthma and other lung-related diseases and the tally is incalculable. When our lungs are filled with good

air, it benefits every part of our body, including the heart muscle. If our lungs and heart are healthy, it’s usually an indication of good, all-around health. When they are not, all kinds of bad things begin to happen. One thing for sure, we become sluggish and feel halfalive. In 1988 during terrible wildfires out west, my husband and I were driving through Yellowstone on our way to northern California. The smoke became thick as fog in spots. An occasional wild animal stood or lay by the road, having come out of a smoky area. They all looked half-alive and lethargic, moving slowly. There’s such a thing as spiritual air, too. After Jesus died on the cross, his

Remember that Thanksgiving is more than one holiday Q: It’s Thanksgiving, but I feel like my kids are anything but thankful. They have a staggering sense of entitlement. How can I combat this? Jim: The answer depends on your kids ages. Preschoolers are too young to grasp ideas like unselfishness and gratitude. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to teach these concepts, but don’t be overly concerned if your young children haven’t caught on quite yet. Older kids are another matter. This is where many parents come face-to-face with the impact of our materialistic, consumer-driven culture. Advertisers and toy manufacturers aren’t in the business of helping parents teach contentment and thankfulness. From their perspective, children are a lucrative sector of the “market,” and they design their publicity campaigns accordingly. As a result, children are conditioned to believe that they’re entitled to have everything they want - right now! One of the best ways you can counter this mentality is by modeling gratitude yourself. Actions speak louder than words. As you go through your daily routine, remember to express thankful-

Jim Daly

Focus on the Family

Juli Slattery

ness on a regular basis - even for simple things like a roof over your head and food on the table. The practice of thanksgiving should not be confined to one Thursday in November. Another way to help your child develop a grateful heart is by serving others who are less fortunate. Volunteer to serve meals at a local rescue mission. Visit shut-ins at a nursing home. Sign up to sponsor an underprivileged child in the developing world through a ministry like World Vision or Compassion International. This is a wonderful way to increase your entire family’s awareness of the blessings they enjoy while getting in touch with the needs of people around the world. ••• Q: I do not feel “in love” with my mate. What should I do? Jim: Love is more than a feeling. It’s a decision! I’ll let Focus on the Family’s executive director of Marriage and Family Formation, Dr. Greg Smalley, ex-

disciples no doubt grew despondent at his passing. They had lived with him, seen his miracles, and listened to his teachings for three years. Now he was gone. What would they do? Perhaps they felt half-alive, as if the air had been snatched from their lungs. But he reappeared after his resurrection, making himself known to them. “Peace be with you,” he said. “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And he breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22) Now they could breathe deeply again, filled with his peace and power. We need God’s breath of spiritual fresh air as much as the disciples did, if we’re going to be effective in our Christian walk. When our spiritual lungs are

healthy, our hearts are also. Why should our hearts be half-alive, lethargic, or cold and useless when we could be loving, vibrant, growing disciples? Only then will we be able to offer God’s breath of fresh air to others. His life-supporting breath wasn’t meant for the 12 disciples alone—it is meant for all of us. We must avail ourselves of it. Father, we confess to you that often we allow our hearts to beat half-time. We want them to be filled with the oxygen of your spirit so that others, through us, may find fresh air in their own lives. Breathe on us your life-giving breath today. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

plain. Greg: As a marriage counselor, I often hear couples say, “I don’t feel love for my mate anymore.” To be honest, that statement does not cause me much concern. It simply provides an opportunity to challenge the couple’s beliefs about love and its origins. I remember the day I fell in love with Erin, the woman who would become my wife. As I reveled in those early feelings of infatuation, I had no idea that there would be times in our marriage when we would fight, and when we would experience moments of conflict so painful that we would doubt our love for one another. During these times, I tried to figure out what was wrong with me, or with her. Was I incapable of generating love? Was there some flaw in Erin that made her “unlovable”? After a long process of prayer, soulsearching and counseling, I learned to make the conscious decision to view Erin as God sees her - valuable and precious. I realized that I had closed the door to my heart, preventing the flow of love. I’d become so busy focusing on her faults (and ignoring my own) that I had closed the doors to my heart. And so I stopped worrying about whether or not I felt “in love.” Rather than trying to manufacture feelings of

love, I would ask myself, “Is my heart open or closed to my wife?” Since I did not have any ability to create love, I made the focus on the state of my own heart, which is something I can control. I encourage you and your spouse to sit down with a counselor who can help you work through this issue. Visit for a referral. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of “Focus on the Family,” author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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


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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILLTOWN LUTHERAN 113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship (begins May 27)

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

NORTH VALLEY LUTHERAN Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday Worship 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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




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


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

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


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

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

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



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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

CHURCH OF ST. JOSEPH Pastor - Father Frank Wampach 490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-7345 Sat. Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 & 10:30 a.m. Tues. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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







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

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



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




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




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

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

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

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

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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:30 a.m.

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




EL SALEM/TWIN FALLS CHRISTIAN CENTER 1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Wor. 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions



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

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


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

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

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





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

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



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

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

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

FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery provided)

GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church” 722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m.

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

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

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

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



RIVER VALLEY CHRISTIAN 1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Senior Pastors Paul and Sonja Hanson Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.

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

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Jada Jeske has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Tory and Angela Jeske. Her favorite class is library. She also likes recess. Jada is a caring and responsible classmate. She likes riding her bike and watching television. Jada wants to be a doctor when she gets older.

Maddie Ammend has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Dave and Maria Ammend. She is involved in volleyball, track, ski team, band and book club. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding and hanging out with friends. Her future plans are to attend the U of M. Her greatest influences in her life are her parents. Maddie gets awesome grades in school because she takes her education seriously.

Zachary Williamson has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Scott and Sonja Williamson. He is involved in football, show choir and church youth group. He enjoys hunting and playing video games with his brother. His future plans are to attend UW-Stout. His greatest influences in his life are his parents. Zachary has a good work ethic, actively participates in class and earns very good grades.

Sam Prusinski has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Josh and Kee Prusinski. Sam is a great student to have in class. He is energetic and enthusiastic about learning. He works hard to get things done efficiently and is willing to challenge himself with harder problems. He is also a great reader. His favorite subject is math and his favorite lunch is brunch.


Maksimillian Marcellus has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Tom and Lisa Marcellus. He has one older sister Katia. Maks likes going to the computer lab at school. He also likes science class. When he is at home, Maks likes to play his DS and play outside. He is involved in Boy Scouts and wants to play basketball. Maks is a very nice boy.

Nathaniel Krause has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Brian and Ruth Krause. Nathaniel brings a great attitude to class each day. He really enjoys physical fitness and sports. He is enthusiastic, kind, positive and a hard worker. He is involved in football, golf and works at the Pizza Place in Grantsburg. He enjoys golf, anything active, hanging out with friends and playing video games.


Tasian Arjes has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Jeni and Aaron Arjes. Tasian works exceptionally hard in class and is willing to try new things. She is involved in piano, Girl Scouts, band, volleyball, softball and dance. She enjoys reading and singing. Her greatest influences in her life are her family and friends.

Parker Steen has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Ron and Kelly Steen. Parker does a great job in class, is helpful, works hard and does his fair share on group projects. He is involved in FCCLA, FFA, bowling league, Boy Scouts, football and baseball. He enjoys ice fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. The people he admires most are his parents.

Abby Jensen has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and lives at home with her mom and dad. Abby is helpful, hardworking and kind. She has two younger sisters whom she loves very much. At home Abby’s family likes to play Wii Fit Plus. At school Abby loves to read and do math. When she grows up she wants to be a third-grade teacher.

Spencer Langer has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Joel and Gayle Langer. His siblings are Dalton, Isabella and Makayla. His pets include a dog. He is involved in baseball, football and wrestling. His favorite subject is phy ed. Spencer is a fun student to have in class, he is easy to have a conversation with and always willing to help.

Brian Gilbert has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Paul and Jodi Gilbert. He has an older sister, Heather. Brian likes fishing, hunting, sports and working with his dad. He is involved in football, wrestling, track, NHS and student council.



Hannah Lemieux has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fourth grade and the daughter of Lori and Michael Lemieux. Hannah has two older brothers, Ben and Josh. Hannah is very helpful in the classroom and works very hard on her schoolwork. She enjoys jumping on the trampoline, reading, playing basketball, shopping online and doing duct tape crafts. If she could have one wish, she would wish for all the books in the world.

Trevor Adolphson has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Deana and Brad Adolphson. Trevor has a warm and friendly personality. He always seems to be happy and smiling. Trevor is a team player and gets along with everyone in his class. He works hard and always tries to do his best. He is also willing to ask for help when he needs it. His favorite class is gym.

Haley Peterson has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Kris and Jennifer Peterson. Haley is a very respectful, kind student, maintains a great GPA and is a positive influence on her peers. Her favorite color is neon green, favorite number is 44 and her favorite place is Bayfield. After graduating high school, Haley plans on attending UW-Madison or UWLa Crosse to study sports medicine and play basketball.

Hannah Skold has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Peggy and Ron Skold. Hannah is a very bright student and her demeanor in class is outstanding. She loves to read in her spare time and enjoys listening to One Direction and the Beatles. Her favorite color is purple and she often craves warm chocolate pudding. After high school, Hannah plans on attending college.

Tyler Hope has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Gary and Maria Radman. Tyler is helpful, friendly and considerate of people’s feelings. His favorite subjects are math and art. Tyler enjoys working on the computer and playing video games. He has two brothers and a dog.

Samantha Culver has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Jon and Heather Culver. Samantha is always smiling and is willing to try what is presented in class. She works well with others and is creative. She has a very nice voice and likes to lead her section in choir. She is involved in Girl Scouts, basketball and soccer. She enjoys music and reading.


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Delano Moore has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Tina and Mike Moore. Delano is a hard worker who always tries his best. He is well-behaved and kind to others. He sets a good example to other students in his classes.

Alexandra Walton has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Anna Patz. Alexandra is a conscientious student with a positive attitude. She is a hard worker and a joy to have in class. She greets you with a smile and she is kind to all.

Danielle Mares has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Tim and Diane Mares. She is involved in track, volleyball, drama, student council, class president, jazz band, forensics, tutoring and teaching Sunday school. She enjoys reading, drawing/painting, swimming and skiing. After high school she plans on college and is considering becoming a pediatrician or a biology teacher.


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Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities


SAT. & SUN./24 & 25


• “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Festival Theatre. Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, • Artists for the Arts show and sale at Festival Theatre. Sat. noon-10 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.,



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

• Art & craft sale at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Lefse demonstration at Hardware Hank, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-485-3267.

St. Croix Falls

THURS.-WED./1-28 • Earth Arts Fall Salon art exhibition at ArtZ Gallery. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Balsam Lake

Balsam Lake



• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at Luck Village Hall, 7 p.m.

• Christmas tree lighting at Veterans Park, 4:30 p.m.; parade 5 p.m.; Lions light display at Crooked Lake Park,, 715-349-8399.


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


St. Croix Falls

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Author Phil Peterson to speak at the library, 7 p.m., 715-483-1777.

• St. Croix Valley Orchestra concert at United Methodist Church, 3 p.m.



Balsam Lake

Balsam Lake

• Flu shots at the health department, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 715485-8500.

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



• Ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Project Citizen” swings at Memory Lake Park, 1:30 p.m.


• Chili feed at the Methodist church, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Spaghetti dinner at the VFW post, 4-7:30 p.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Turkey Bingo at the community center, 6:30 p.m.


• AARP 55 Alive course at the senior center, 1-5 p.m., 608-655-4847.

• Genealogy society meeting at the museum, speaker Mary Jane Bridge, 1 p.m.

An American flag is displayed on the mailbox of 92-year-old World War II veteran Gordy Lauder of Hertel. A story on Lauder’s service to his country and his trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight program, can be found elsewhere in this issue of the Leader. - Photo by Sherill Summer

Turtle Lake

• Women’s Expo at the Shinako Lodge & Event Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-456-7403.



• Multivendor open house at the old library on Main Street, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Bazaar & bake sale at Centennial Hall, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-6605.

• Chili supper at Wolf Creek Methodist Church, 4-8 p.m., 715-648-5328.


Balsam Lake

• Unity High School presents: “Hunting For Laughs,” 7 p.m, auditorium. 715-825-2131, Ext. 1300.


• Hunters supper at the town hall, 4 p.m.



St. Croix Falls




• Hunters ham dinner at the Moose Lodge, 4- 8 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Ring of Kerry at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715-4833387, • Artists for the Arts show and sale at Festival Theatre, 5-10 p.m.,

St. Croix Falls

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

• Holiday bazaar at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 8 a.m.noon. • Deer hunter’s widow craft & bake sale at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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

Rice Lake

• Holiday bazaar & lunch at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.



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


• Author Janet Letnes-Martin, “Growing Up Lutheran,” at the Pioneer Home, 2 p.m.

• Breakfast at American Legion Post 143, 8 a.m.-noon.

Balsam Lake

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


St. Croix Falls

THURSDAY/29 Grantsburg

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

THURS.-SUN./ NOV. 29-DEC. 2 St. Croix Falls

• “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Festival Theatre. Thurs. 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 7:30 p.m. 715-483-3387,



SAT. & SUN./1 & 2


• Christmas at the Fort, 715-866-8890, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.



• Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 715684-4545. • Individual business counseling at the government center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for appointment, 715-485-8608.

• Free Thanksgiving dinner at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, noon. Reservations requested by Mon., Nov. 19, 715-472-2535.


• Thanksgiving dinner at the senior center, noon-2 p.m., 715-866-4878.

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

• Thanksgiving feast at the community center, 3 - 6 p.m. or until gone, 715-472-2273.




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


Balsam Lake

• Polk County Alzheimer’s support group at social services building, 715-483-3133. • Poet LaMoine McLaughlin reads from “Secrets from the Wings,” at the library, 7 p.m., 715-327-4979.

Wolf Creek

• Holiday home party show at Uptown Mall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Clam Falls

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


Lions unload 600 Christmas trees - ready to sell


AA &/or AlAnon, Polk & Burnett counties, 715-931-8262 for time/location. Amery, 715-268-8431. Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176.

Every Monday

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake old courthouse, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360. Moms In Prayer, First Baptist, Amery, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 715-268-5408, Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Tuesday

Bingo at the Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 p.m. Sexual assault support group, Polk County, 800-2617233 for location, 6:30-7:30 p.m Anger management group at Amery Regional Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 715-268-4094. Domestic violence and sexual assault support group, 5:15 p.m. Call for location, 800-261-7233, Burnett County.

Every Wednesday

Women of Hope, cancer support group, at SCRMC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 715-483-0431. Free playtime with your toddler at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church,10-11:30 a.m., 715-557-0630.

Every Thursday

The Latch breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 10:30 a.m. - noon. 715-4830431. Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Friday

The Christmas trees have arrived. The St. Croix Falls Lions unloaded 600 trees Saturday, Nov. 10. The trees, in a variety of kinds and sizes, are $25, with proceeds going to community projects via the Lions organization. Sales are located at MarketPlace Foods parking lot. Shown (L to R) are Lions Club members Junior Lindh, Ken Stensven, Jack Kadler, Mark Sirinek and Dennis Keto. - Photo submitted

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

Every Saturday

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

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