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Your opinion The sun had no effect on these frosted branches last Friday, Nov. 23, other than to accentuate the beauty of the moment. - Photo by Scott Hoffman

Northwest Passage's program to empower teens through photography enters third year; display at Cafe Wren through December by Gary King Leader editor LUCK - "The sun lights up the valley as it's about to steal away the beautiful sky and the graceful clouds. Leaving me breathless, drawing a tear to my eye. Greatness surrounds this place."The poetic words of 17-year-old Diamonte of Amery are as moving as the stunning photograph capturing the scene he describes. A photograph he took himself while visiting Badlands National Park with more than 20 other teens enrolled in Northwest Passage, a comprehensive residential treatment center for teens at locations in Spooner, Frederic and Webster. "In a New Light," was launched by the

nonprofit Northwest Passage in 2010 when 26 youth embarked on a six-month photographic journey of "discovery, hope and healing" on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Most of them had never held a camera before - but the photos the teens took were healing to the photographer and viewer. "Change has never been something for me, but these photos help me see that change is all around," Diamonte wrote. "Photography is something I am willing to take up to help widen my vision even more than it has already at Northwest Passage." Last year, "In a New Light" youth embarked on a tour of the Badlands, Isle Royale, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, while the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway remained the home base for this project. The project is a partnership between Northwest Passage and the National Park Service. It was funded by two "America's Best Idea" grants awarded to Northwest Passage and the National

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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 Wyoming, Minn., to Turtle Lake and from Hugo, Minn., to Grantsburg. 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 of Amery and Diane Wiik of Taylors Falls, violin, and Laura Turpin of St. Croix Falls, cello (shown in photo). There will also be a medley of Scandinavian Christmas hymns, “Waltz of the Flowers” from the “Nutcracker” ballet, “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland,” more American exuberance from Leroy Anderson, and much more. The first concerts were held this past weekend in Taylors Falls, Minn., as part of the Lighting Festival. This weekend there will be concerts at First United Methodist Church in Lindström, 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

State Capitol ornament MADISON - The 2012 Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament is now on sale. The 2012 edition features a replica of the state Capitol’s glass tile mosaic, Liberty, one of four mosaics located between the arches in the capitol rotunda. Cate Zeuske, former Wisconsin state treasurer, says she hopes collectors will add the ornament to their collections. The nonprofit, capitol ornament program began nine years ago and has raised thousands of dollars for the state Capitol Restoration Fund. The ornaments are available for $16 at the Wisconsin State Historical Society Gift Shop and online store and at various locations in Madison. - with submitted information

TURTLE LAKE - With a slohis company ships whole-bean gan, Be Picky, We Are, the St. and ground organically grown Croix Tribe launched a new cofcoffee throughout the United fee company on Monday, Nov. States. The coffee is distributed 12. in grocery stores throughout In the true spirit of a NativeLong Island and upstate New to-Native exchange, the St. Croix York, and sold at powwows Tribe’s newest enterprise, St. throughout the Northeast. Croix’s Thunder Island Coffee, is Although the company has six a partnership with an organic different blends, only the three Native American-owned coffee top sellers will be sold at St. company out of Long Island, Croix, a decaffeinated blend N. Y., which in turn purchases all called Shinnecock Hills; their of their beans from indigenous most popular, the Montauk farmers of Central and South Blend, which is a medium French America. roast; and the Smoke Signals The new partnership was Blend, a real strong dark French. launched with demonstrations at The other three flavors include all three St. Croix casino properthe light-blend Rockaway Roast, Benjamin Haile is shown roasting coffee. - Photo submitted ties and the Fourwinds Market a French roast called Setauk Bleu in Siren. The public was able to sample healthier for the farmer and we support and Canarsie Blend, their medium to dark the new product in the gift shops at the them by buying their product.” French roast. Haile explained that the beans are sent casinos. “All of our flavors are named after the According to St. Croix tribal spokesper- up to their coffee shop on the Shinnecock tribes of Long Island,” Haile said. son Michaela Taylor, “We are also serving Reservation where they are roasted. “We’ll All six different flavors come in a differa Thunder Island iced coffee in the conces- do the roasting and then send them to the ent-colored bag; the darker the bag, the sion stand at St. Croix Casino’s Turtle Lake St. Croix Reservation, which is the second stronger the blend. property.” Several different flavors of the part of our Native-to-Native exchange,” Taylor said although the coffee is now coffee will be available for sale in the Haile said. only distributed through the casino gift Taylor said that the tribe would soon be shops, it will soon be offered in the restaucasino gift shops as well as the tribally looking for an apprentice to roast beans lo- rants. She also said to watch for monthly owned Fourwinds Market. Taylor will be heading up the project cally. “A St. Croix tribal member will be demos in the gift shops at all three casino for the tribe. She will be working along- chosen to learn the basics of how to hand properties. “We’ll also be doing some inside Benjamin Haile, who is the owner roast and then he or she will be sent to formational workshops on coffee tasting New York to learn from Ben. He will fine- and coffee education,” Taylor said. and founder of Thunder Island Coffee. Haile, a Shinnecock tribal member, said tune them on the Thunder Island aspect,” St. Croix’s Thunder Island Coffee Comthat the first part of the Native-to-Native Taylor said. Eventually, all the roasting, pany will eventually be headquartered in exchange is their specialty. “Utilizing or- packaging and marketing will be done lo- Danbury. You may reach Michaela Taylor ganic green bean coffees from Native cally, she added. by e-mail at mtaylor@ Haile has been roasting coffee beans for - from farmers from Central and South America who prefer to use organic or literally can’t 15 years and for the last eight years as St. Croix Tribe afford pesticides and chemicals, it’s owner of Thunder Island Coffee. He said

New light/from page 1 Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, while the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway remained the home base for this project. The project is a partnership between Northwest Passage and the National Park Service. It was funded by two America's Best Idea grants awarded to Northwest Passage and the National Park Service by the National Park Foun-




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Briefly ST. CROIX FALLS - Royal Credit Union and St. Croix Falls Schools will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, to mark the opening of the credit union’s newest student-run branch. Students will gather in the elementary gym for a ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. Middle and high school students will hold a separate ceremony at 3 p.m. in the gym. The student employees who were “hired” to work at the office will be introduced and RCU will present a donation to each school. School and RCU leaders will also take part in the presentations. The RCU St. Croix Falls Elementary School site is open once a week on Tuesdays. The RCU St. Croix Falls Middle and High School site is open once a week on Fridays. This is the second RCU school site program to open in the area. A site opened at Unity School District in 2011 and it is one of the most active programs in northern Wisconsin. RCU operates 26 student-run branches, making it the largest program in the state. - with submitted information

Disaster funds received by county Funds will be disbursed to towns that incurred damage in May flooding POLK COUNTY - Recently, the Polk County Emergency Management Office received checks totaling $28,490.02 from the Wisconsin Disaster Fund to reimburse four local units of government for the damages they incurred from the heavy rain and flash flooding event on May 27 of this year. The Towns of Eureka, Laketown, Luck and West Sweden incurred and documented damages for road repairs and debris clearance totaling $40,374.31. The claims were submitted to the Wisconsin Disaster Fund. The Wisconsin Disaster Fund will reimburse 70 percent of the eligible costs if funds are available. The Wisconsin Disaster Fund was created by order of 2005 Wisconsin Act 269 enacted April 5, 2006, to provide state disaster assistance to local government units. This assistance is for damages and cost incurred as a result of a major catastrophe when federal assistance is not available. - from Polk County Emergency Management Office


Tribal night hunting of deer becomes court issue NORTHWEST WISCONSIN Members of five Chippewa tribes - including the local St. Croix band - were ready to begin an offreservation night deer hunt on Monday, Nov. 26, but as of 8 p.m. there had been no permits issued by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, the agency that oversees natural resources law for northern Wisconsin tribes. Last Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Wisconsin DNR filed a lawsuit to block plans by six Chippewa bands to hunt deer at night “at the point of kill” across the northern third of the state. The DNR cites it is illegal under current state law. GLIFWC maintains night hunting of deer is allowed since the state recently ruled wolves could be hunted at night. Seventy-four tribal hunters completed firearm proficiency training and filed a shooting

would be used as an aid at the point of kill. Firearms, bows or crossbows could be used. “This harvest opportunity helps tribal members better meet their needs for a traditional source of healthy food,” said Fred Maulson, GLIFWC’s chief warden. The DNR lawsuit contends that the tribes comply with prohibition on deer shining, or the taking of deer with a light, and confirming the state’s right to enforce the law against tribal hunters in the ceded territory. The Chippewa ceded 22,400 square miles across northern Wisconsin to the government in the early 1800s. A 1991 federal court ruling found that tribes have the right to harvest at least 50 percent of the quota for any animal hunted in that territory. The bands oversee their own deer hunt in the ceded territory independent of the state’s bow and firearm seasons.

Tribes have, in the past, updated treaty harvest regulations to mirror changes made by the state, such as recent laws to extend deer seasons and to allow uncased firearms in vehicles. In April, the Legislature passed a wide range of controversial wolfhunting regulations, including night hunting with rifles. “As baiting and feeding whitetails continues to be ingrained in sport hunting culture, deer are spending daylight hours bedded down and only moving at night,” Maulson said. Tribal law enforcement officers would be on hand to oversee the hunting activity, according to GLIFWC spokesperson Erickson GLIFWC planned to file a cross-motion and a court hearing before Judge Barbara Crabb was set for Wednesday, Nov. 28. In the meantime, the GLIFWC has not issued any permits for night hunting. - Gary King

Spring election season starts now Filing starts now for school board candidates and some municipal contests by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES – It’s election time again. The spring nonpartisan election will be held April 2, but the filing period for many of the offices on the ballot starts Dec. 1. In our area, that includes school board candidates, St. Croix Falls City Council candidates, and candidates for the Clear Lake, Dresser and Turtle Lake Village boards and the boards for the town and village of Osceola. In all these contests, candidates use nominating papers to get on the April ballot. Dec. 1 is the first date that candidates can start circulating nomination papers for those offices. Nomination papers must be submitted by Jan. 2, 2013. Town boards and officials are also up for election this year, but those candidates and the candidates for the other village boards are selected at caucuses in January. A guide to caucuses and caucus dates will be printed in our Wednesday, Dec. 26, edition. There will be two statewide elections, for superintendant of public education, an office now held by Tony Evers, and for the Supreme Court seat now held by Pat Roggensack. There are no other judicial seats on the ballot this year. The process for using nomination papers starts with candidates filling a Campaign Registration Statement (form GAB-1) with the clerk for the local election. That clerk is the village or city clerk, or a designated person at the school district office. For school board

Brisk home sales in Burnett, Polk by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN – Homes sold at a brisk rate in October in both Polk and Burnett counties. Both counties will have more homes sell this year than all of last year, but the median price of the homes sold is well below prices in 2007, before the housing bust. In Burnett County, there were 42 homes sold in October and 501 homes sold so far in 2012. There were 475 homes sold last year. The median price of homes sold in October was $126,000, down from the $135,000 median price so far this year. Last year, the median price for all homes sold was $130,000. In 2007, there were 35 homes

plan, according to Sue Erickson, GLIFWC’s information director. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, representing the DNR, has asked federal Judge Barbara Crabb to stop the tribes’ plans and confirm the DNR’s authority to enforce regulations that prohibit night deer hunting. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said her agency was worried about public safety for people living or driving near the night hunting. Besides members of the St. Croix Tribe, members of the Lac du Flambeau, Mole Lake, Red Cliff and Lac Courte Oreilles bands have qualified for the night deer hunt, according to GLIFWC. The GLIFWC provided more information this week to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Outdoors editor Paul A. Smith about the proposed night hunting, saying it would take place over baited sites and from elevated stands. Lights

sold in October and 454 homes sold in all of 2007. The median price of homes sold that year was $169,000. In Polk County, there were 81 homes sold in October and 726 homes sold so far in 2012. There were 616 homes sold last year. The median price of homes sold in October was $97,500, down slightly from the $100,000 average median price so far this year. Last year, the median price for all homes sold was $102,096. In 2007, there were 55 homes sold in October and 675 homes sold in all of 2007. The median price of homes sold that year was $150,000.

candidates, the only additional step is completing one more form, the Declaration of Candidacy (form GAB-162). The candidates for other offices must collect at least 20 signatures on their nomination petitions before completing the process. All nomination papers must be filled by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. December and January are the months when citizens decide who will be on the April ballot. This is the period to review the offices up for election and the performance of those who hold the offices. All incumbents must register if they are seeking re-election. Incumbents who are retiring must file a Declaration of Noncandidacy by Friday, Dec. 21. The spring election is Tuesday, April 2. If more than two people file for any open seat, a primary election is set for Tuesday, Feb. 19. School boards School board terms are for three years with a third of the seats up for election each year. In addition, board members appointed to fill vacancies must run for the remainder of their term in the next election. Candidates file with at the district administration office. Local school districts do not require nomination papers, so a place on the ballot is gained by registering. These are the 2013 open seats on the 15 school districts serving Burnett and Polk counties. The incumbents in those seats are listed. Burnett County Grantsburg (three seats) – Russ

Erickson, Jim Sundquist and Dave Dahlberg. Shell Lake (two seats) – Stuart Olson and Mary Ann Swan. Siren (two seats) – Duane Emery and Liz Simonsen. Spooner (two seats) – Maureen Revak and Willie Kaufman Jr. Webster (two seats) – Greg Main and Mark Elliott. Cumberland (two seats) – Eric Stone and Kristin Olson. Polk County Amery (two seats) – Jane Johnson and Dale Johnson. Clayton (one seat) – Jill Otto. Clear Lake (one seat) – Shari Overby. Cumberland (two seats) – Eric Stone and Kristin Olson. Frederic (two seats) – Becky Amundson and Scott Nelson. Luck (two seats) – Robert Clifton and LeRoy Buck. Osceola (two seats) – Timm Johnson and Cathy Olson. St. Croix Falls (two seats) – Sheri Norgard and Roni Schuler. Turtle Lake (one seat) – Scott Westlund. Unity (three seats) – James Beistle, Chad Stenberg and David Moore. Municipal elections Half of the seats on area city and village councils are up for election each year. Cities and a few villages nominate their candidates using nomination papers in December. Most villages nominate their candidates at caucuses in January, and those caucus dates and races will be covered at the end of December. For six municipalities, all in Polk County, the nomination process starts

with candidates registering their candidacy with their municipal clerk. Candidates then need to gather at least 20 signatures before Jan. 2 to get on the April ballot. Listed are the cities and villages where candidates will be nominated in December, the offices open and the incumbent officeholders whose terms are up in April. City of Amery – No city election in 2013. City of St. Croix Falls. Alderpersons: Ward 1 – Loreen Clayton-Morrell. Wards 2 and 3 – Lori Erickson. Villages elect their village president and three of their six trustees in 2013. The candidates are listed together for the open seats and run at large. Village of Clear Lake – President: Roger LaBlanc. Trustees: Dean Tronrud, Michael Flaherty and Joe Mara. Dresser – President: Rick Flandrena. Trustees: Greg Andrie, James Thanig and Rusty Norlander. Village of Osceola – President: Gary Beckmann. Trustees: Carol Ottis, Walt Piszczek and Stephen Bjork. Turtle Lake – President: Laurie Tarman. Trustees: Dennis Becker, Andy Koenig and William Itzin. Towns elect their entire board for two-year terms. Town of Osceola – Chair: Doug Schmidt. Supervisors: Daniel Burch and Mike Wallis. The clerk/treasurer is appointed. The Leader will monitor the filings and retirements during the coming months and list all nominees in early January.

Unemployment rate drops in Polk and Burnett by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN – The employment numbers for both Burnett and Polk counties show improvement in October. Both counties had their unemployment rate drop from 6.7 percent to 6.1 percent. Both counties have more employed residents, and both counties have fewer residents looking for work. In Burnett County, there were 8,189 residents in the labor force in October. There were 7,693 residents employed and 496 looking for work. The unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. In September, there were 8,200 residents in the labor force. There were 7,652 residents were employed and 548 looking for work. The unemployment rate was 6.7 percent. A year ago in October 2011, there were 8,013 residents in the

labor force. There were 7,406 residents employed and 607 looking for work. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. In Polk County, there were 23,664 residents in the labor force. There were 22,209 residents employed and 1,455 looking for work. The unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. In September, there were 23,608 residents working. There were 22,021 residents employed and 1,587 looking for work. The unemployment rate was 6.7 percent. In October 2011, there were 23,701 residents in the labor force. There were 21,974 residents employed and 1,727 looking for work. The unemployment rate was 7.3 percent. In Wisconsin, the unemployment rate decreased from 7.3 percent in September to 6.9 percent in October, gaining 14,795 jobs since September and 15,496 jobs

since October 2011 in the process. By comparison, Minnesota had a gain of 2,141 jobs between September and October and 2,513 more jobs since October 2011. The unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent in that state. The U.S. total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 in October compared to September, and the unemployment rate remained at 7.9 percent. The number of people employed part time for economic reasons, sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time employees, fell by 269,000 to 8.3 million on October. Average hourly earnings for all employees on nonfarm payrolls edged down by one cent to $23.58 in October. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 1.6 percent.


New Department of Instruction standards mean vocabulary lessons for Siren School Board by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN – Siren school administrators are rising to the challenges set forth by state Superintendent Tony Evers’ Agenda 2017. In fact, school districts all over Wisconsin are scrambling to implement measures to achieve aggressive goals in four key areas: educational standards, learning assessment, educator effectiveness and school finance reform. The proposed changes are sweeping, and they represent a daunting amount of work for teachers and administrators alike—not the least of which is a whole new language of acronyms and jargon woven throughout each new protocol and plan. Everyone in the business of educating the kids is trying to get caught up. But the leadership at Siren school wants to do even more. The goal is to get in front of the coming wave of change. To that end, each regular monthly school board meeting includes a recap of recent training along with a tutorial on a new concept, system, paradigm or strategy. For example, on Monday, Nov. 26, Principal Peggy Ryan gave the board an overview of RTI, which stands for response to intervention. RTI refers to a new set of expectations for how schools handle situations

Siren students Hattie Koball, Amber Moore and Sophie Vasatka ask the school board to form a new dance team. - Photo by Jean Koelz where students are not making adequate progress. More specifically, RTI is a systematic approach that governs and guides how educators intervene in such situations, how those interventions are documented, and how student response and progress is tracked. Later in the meeting, elementary Principal Sarah Johnson explained a few more acronyms such as

PBIS, positive behavioral intervention and supports, and SLO, student learning objectives, goals written by teachers and reviewed by principals which will account for 15 percent of the effectiveness measure when teachers get evaluated. Such a grading system is intimidating enough, but Siren has elected to pilot the new evaluation model well before it’s required in

2014. The meeting did have a lighter side. Johnson commended Jan Hoehne for her work on Family Night, saying that over 100 people were in attendance. And she invited board members and the public to attend the elementary Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. Ryan provided a recap of recent festivities, including a nod to student Lucas Stiemann for his role in the recent Veterans Day program and praise for all the K-12 students who participated in community ed’s production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Three high school students, Hattie Koball, Amber Moore and Sophie Vasatka, made a presentation to the board proposing the formation of a WIAA varsity dance team. The presentation included a discussion about uniforms, for both games and competition, provided an overview of costs and fundraising, and mentioned that 13 students are already interested in joining. In closed session, the board hired Jim Kopecky as set director and cast director for the school’s spring play. The board also accepted the resignation of head cook Jamie Lind-Rullman. And the board also decided to rehire all fall football and volleyball coaches for the 2013 season.

Burglar sentenced to four years Tim Dreyer charged as a repeater for theft of guns, tools by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A 48-year-old Star Prairie man who was previously convicted of burglary in Minnesota and was found guilty of felony robbery in September will serve at least four years in jail. Timothy A. Dreyer was sentenced last week in Polk County Circuit Court to a seven-year sentence, of which at least four years of that term will be behind bars, by Boyd Sutton, Mark Biller and Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland Special to the Leader This column addresses issues of public concern regarding carrying concealed weapons, primarily in Wisconsin. Act 35, the Personal Protection Act, was passed in July and went into effect in November 2011. Since then, nearly 140,000 concealed carry licenses have been issued, about 4 percent of eligible Wisconsinites. Yet the Badger State “has not become the ‘Wild West,’ as those opposing the legislation predicted,” says Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen. There has been only one high-profile incident, and that involved a Good Samaritan who shot a man attempting an armed robbery of an Aldi grocery store in Milwaukee. The robber was hit, caught and jailed. The shooting was ruled as justified. For this column, we will keep track of CC-related incidents in the state and discuss the lessons learned from each one. We will also present realistic possible scenarios that any armed citizen might encounter and discuss the pros and cons of various courses of action. Each column will focus on a key aspect of the law of self-defense. Finally, we will try to list CC-related training opportunities in the area. If you have questions or suggestions for issues we should address, please contact Boyd Sutton at bdsutton@ Today, however, we will devote the entire column to one of the two key issues of self-defense: will you survive, and will you stay out of jail and win a lawsuit because of your actions in a critical self-defense incident? Please keep in mind that this and all presentations in this column are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any specific situation. This column does not create an at-

with the other three on extended supervision. Dreyer agreed to a plea agreement dismissing, but having Judge Molly GaleWyrick read in, two other felony charges from a burglary of a Dresser residence one year ago. He was Tim Dreyer convicted on Sept. 11 and faced up to $40,000 in fines, as well as up to 22 years in prison if convicted on all three felonies. In the end, he agreed to plead guilty to


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Reasonable people with guns If you have decided to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, or are thinking about it, one of your foremost questions will be, and should be, “When can I use deadly force to protect myself and those I care about?” Many people have asked for some “bright line” rule or legal advice which will indemnify them from having to deal with arrest and prosecution should they be required to defend themselves with a firearm. Unfortunately, like most things in life, it isn’t that simple or easy. Dealing with the ambiguities of our justice system will be your lot whenever you are called upon to defend yourself—especially if you use deadly force. The first thing you should know is that a permit to carry a concealed weapon confers no rights or obligations beyond that of the average citizen, except that you may lawfully carry a concealed weapon. You are not a cop because you have a permit. Enforcing the law is not your right, duty or obligation just because you have a permit. Should circumstances dictate that you use your firearm in self-defense, the decisions that you must make in a flashing moment, and under great stress, will be reviewed by those who have the luxury of time and safe distance from the very real danger you were facing. You may ultimately be judged by those for whom real personal danger is merely a theoretical concept— something conditioned by watching television. You may ultimately be judged by those fundamentally hostile to the concept of an armed citizenry. If we have not scared you off yet (we hope we have at least given you pause for thought) let us

felony burglary, with the two felony counts of theft being dismissed. He also faced possible charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as an additional four years, because he was a repeater. According to the police reports, Dreyer admitted to police that he took a shotgun in payment for work he did on a man’s car last year. He also admitted to later stealing a number of items from a Dresser residence a year ago, sometime between Nov. 1, 2011, and Jan. 18, 2012. The items included several tools, a gun, beer sign and much more. Dreyer had been convicted of burglary in Dakota County, Minn., in 2008, which continue. The right to self-defense in Wisconsin is governed by Wisconsin statute. A permit to carry a concealed weapon does not confer a broader right to use force than that enjoyed by any other citizen (the Castle Doctrine, which does make some changes to basic self-defense law, will be covered in a later column). Wisconsin grants its citizens the right to defend themselves, and the right to defend others to the same degree that they may defend themselves. The law differentiates between force intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm, and force less than likely to cause death or great bodily harm. Use of a firearm or other deadly instrumentality must always be presumed to occupy the first category. Death is self-explanatory. Great bodily harm is defined by statute as the application of force likely to produce substantial risk of causing a death or serious permanent or protracted injury, impairment of function of a bodily member or organ, or other serious bodily injury. When you use deadly force you are inflicting death or great bodily harm. In order to use deadly force justifiably, you must reasonably believe death or great bodily harm is about to happen to you at the hands of your attacker. Does this sound like it opens the door to the kind of ambiguity we spoke of above? Think of the last time a startling event gave you a good blast of adrenaline. Now think of having to make these life or death calculations under far greater stress than that. Use of deadly force is serious and perilous business both during the event and after. So when is use of deadly force reasonable? Remember, this is a decision that you will make in desperate seconds under great stress, to be reviewed by others under conditions of time, hindsight and safety. To establish the right to self-defense three things are required. First, you must establish that you believed there was an

led to his being considered a repeater in regard to the latest crime. Under the sentence, Dreyer receives 145 days of jail time credit, but must still serve the remaining four years in either Polk or St. Croix County Jail, with three years of extended supervision if he completes the term without incident. If not, he would need to serve the entire seven-year sentence. GaleWyrick also ruled that he is not eligible for electronic monitoring, but that he may perform Huber work release, if eligible and it is offered.

actual or imminent, that is, about to happen, unlawful interference with your person. Second, you must subjectively believe the amount of force you use is reasonable, that is, be able to articulate the reasons you believed deadly force was necessary to preserve your life or prevent great bodily harm. Third – and this is society’s fail safe – your belief must be objectively reasonable. Will the responding officer, the prosecutor, the judge and those 12 folks who take seats in the jury box believe the amount of force you used was absolutely necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm from being done to you or others? Judges give juries the law they must apply by way of the Wisconsin Jury Instructions. The following is drawn from the instruction concerning self-defense where deadly force is used. “In determining whether the defendant’s beliefs (about the use of deadly force) were reasonable, the standard is what a person of ordinary intelligence and prudence would have believed in the defendant’s position under the circumstances that existed at the time of the alleged offense. The reasonableness of the defendant’s beliefs must be determined from the standpoint of the defendant at the time of the defendant’s acts and not the viewpoint of the jury now.” Sound good? Remember, if you are charged for using deadly force, there will be a very skilled prosecutor earnestly trying to persuade the jury that your use of deadly force was anything but reasonable. Bottom line—if you use deadly force, nothing is certain. These issues will be expanded and other matters touching on concealed carry will be addressed in coming articles. Editor’s note: Boyd Sutton retired after 37 years of service in the Army and Central Intelligence Agency. Mark Biller is an attorney specializing in the law of self-defense, among other areas of the law. He is a former law enforcement officer and served as Polk County District Attorney.


Budget, safety, library and deficits addressed St. Croix Falls Common Council tackles plenty by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – While the agenda may have seemed light, the debate, discussion and action was heavy at the St. Croix Falls Common Council meeting held on Monday, Nov. 26. The council had tabled previous action on the upcoming 2013 budget, in part due to several pending questions and issues that required more time, primarily involving the fire department and library budgets. St. Croix Falls Fire Chief Mike Dorsey was part of a discussion on the initial budget changes that would have reduced his department’s equipment allocations. “I am concerned,” Dorsey said. “To have a well-equipped, well-trained fire department, we have to make some purchases to provide for that.” The initial proposal had the fire department budget reduced by about $12,000 in total. Dorsey and Mayor Brian Blesi engaged in a discussion on past practices, line items and ways to possibly cover turnout gear for new recruits, with Dorsey asking for them to maintain an essentially flat budget instead. In the end, city Administrator Joel Peck noted how they recently made a service agreement change with the village of Dresser on ambulance service partnering, which would reduce the city’s obligation for about $23,000 to around $11,000, which they eventually agreed to apply toward the fire department reduction, along with changes in the city’s contingency funds. The council and Dorsey also agreed to better keep tabs on line-item expenditures, so they can better manage future budgeting and billing. Library director Sarah Adams also appealed to the council for budget adjustments from initial proposals, in part due to her proposed wage adjustment for a part-time youth services employee. As she explained, she was trying to create better parity on wage differences between similar positions. The wage increase was 4 percent versus 2 percent for others, which was slightly compounded as she also sought several additional hours of operation, which would also include additional hours for the position in question. The position hours would increase from 27 to 38 hours, which raised flags for the council on possibly adding more benefits as part of the equation.

passed a budget) that has remained flat,” Blesi said. “I think that’s a major accomplishment.” They later approved the tax 2012 levy of $884,013, which is set to cover the city’s end of the passed 2013 budget.

Rep. Erik Severson appeared before the St. Croix Falls Common Council on Monday, Nov. 26, to address several city concerns. – Photo by Greg Marsten The debate then focused on city policy for benefits, although Peck said they have some discrepancy on policy requirements for those who do and do not require benefits. The debate also delved into issues of importance on budgets, as Alderpersons Don Anderson and Loreen Morrell disagreed and debated on several issues, from necessities of service to micromanagement of departments. Blesi put the brakes on the debate several times, noting that they were “not going to pit departments against each other.” The debate also touched on approximately $44,000 in remaining red ink from past library budgets, some of which trails back to the library renovation project. Peck assured that the money is not an outstanding debt but was instead a “paper deficit,” and was not a typical liability. He noted that the city had been slowly whittling away at the red ink in the last few years. “We had some revenue issues,” Peck said, “but it’s a liability in the books, but is costing us nothing to carry it forward.” Peck said he hoped to incrementally reduce it over the next few years, but made no hard promises. “Incremental steps,” Peck added with a shrug, saying he hoped to reduce it by $3,000 to $5,000 per year. In the end, the council approved the adjusted final budget, which amounted to $1,545,830, compared to a $1,544,404 budget for the current year, an increase of $1,430. “For all practical purposes, (we have

In other council action: • The council discussed how to best address the vacancy of police chief with the retirement of Jack Rydeen this week. Peck suggested they appoint Erin Murphy as acting chief in the interim, and then create a panel of sorts to create a job description and standards, with an eventual subcommittee of the mayor, possibly a county law enforcement official and Peck to conduct an initial round of interviews, with the full council ultimately making the final hiring decision. Peck suggested they work to advertise for the vacancy by mid- to late January. There was some discussion on hiring within, which Peck also said was a good idea, and that he hoped they had all of their officers apply, which is also why he did not want them to be a part of the hiring committee. “The ultimate decision lies with you (the council),” Peck said. There was a general consensus but no action on the issue. • There was extensive debate on a proposal to establish a moratorium on city land sales, which has been pushed by Morrell for several months, in response to recent land sales and comments toward those sales from several people. Peck outlined how he has been working hard at creating an inventory of cityowned lands, ultimately on a map. “We have a large inventory of property in town,” he said. Morrell and others discussed at length how best to deal with the moratorium issue, although it was deemed an unusual way to word it. “(The city) has sold parcels where we received a lot of negative input,” Morrell said. “We don’t need any more zingers.” There was plenty of debate on the issue although, without the finalized map, there was no action or agreement on how to best deal with it. “I suggest we make it more of a process than a moratorium,” Peck said. Blesi thought they could deal with it better once they had the final map, as well as how some of that city property was acquired, why it was acquired and what types of current or planned programming it has. “I think we can reach consensus about building an inventory ... on what we own, its condition and why we own it,” Blesi said. Peck also suggested taking that final

inventory and having the city’s parks and recreation committee review it, and then have the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission weigh in. Peck also noted the difference between owning property and having an easement or a right of way on property. • The council entertained a discussion on challenges facing local government with state Rep. Erik Severson. At issue, primarily, was how the state Assembly might be able to best address the issues of reduced state aid when colliding with reduced equalized property values and how it will affect property taxes for municipalities. What followed was a long discussion on school funding, possible changes and how there has been lots of talk over the way schools are funded for the past two decades. “There are lots of people working on it,” Severson said. “There are (talks of ) going away from property tax (based funding) ... and possibly finding other funding sources.” But Severson also assured that there was little change on the horizon at this time. The issue of a local mental health clinic, and pending closures of a local facility, has weighed heavily on the city, as they have incurred large costs for transporting people who may have mental health issues, and how police budgets suffer as a result. Blesi said the city had to pay for almost 100 such transports in the past three years, which not only ties up the department, but becomes a budget breaker, as the transports can go several counties away. Severson noted the issue, but had few suggestions initially, but he agreed that there needs to be a better way to deal with the problem, and noted that part of the reason is the inability for medical facilities to recoup their costs of treatment, either due to lack of coverage or denial by the parties or insurance companies involved. “In some ways it goes outside the state and local level to the insurance level,” Severson said, agreeing that he would attempt to address it in the future. The council and Severson also discussed apparent issues with the state on transportation issues involving the placement of a welcome sign in the city, and how the WisDOT seems to find new rules they forgot to say the city can’t do it. “Sadly, it might have to take legislation to put a sign up,” Severson said. They also discussed health-care costs and future changes, as well as bipartisanship, job creation, lack of input from a broad spectrum of constituents and other issues, with no action.

Burnett Dairy acquires specialty cheese company GRANTSBURG - Burnett Dairy Cooperative announced Wednesday, Nov. 21, that it has acquired Cady Cheese Factory Inc., a specialty cheese manufacturing, distribution and retail marketing company located in Wilson. The purchase will provide a more diversified product portfolio of cheese and whey products and will add a well-established go-to-market strategy for retail cheese products to complement the existing food service strategy that Burnett Dairy currently offers to its customers. The asset purchase of Cady Cheese Factory will allow Burnett Dairy to complement its existing product portfolio of award-winning Italian cheese (mozzarella and provolone) and premium artisan cheddar products with the award-winning lineup of the Cady Cheese Factory’s specialty cheddar products with specific emphasis on deli-horn Colby. In addition, the acquisition will add the ability for Burnett Dairy Cooperative to market and deliver cheese products into the retail, grocery and deli markets via the vehicle that Cady Cheese Factory employs today to achieve the necessary avenues into these competitive markets. “This strategic acquisition will allow our farmer-owned cooperative to promote our dairy farmers and our world-class cheese products on a branded platform in key retail, grocery and deli operations nationwide,” said Dan Dowling, CEO of Burnett Dairy Cooperative. “Currently, a

majority of our award-winning products are promoted in the premium food service industry with very little emphasis and focus on the retail segment. This acquisition will provide us the necessary tools to develop and execute an immediate focus in these retail markets while maintaining our dedication to our customers in the food service industry. We will also be able to better balance our milk markets in volatile trading environments and add significant manufacturing capacity for quality cheese and whey products. This will be achieved at a fraction of the cost it would otherwise require for new construction, to achieve the same level of capacity, at our existing plant in Grantsburg. At the end of the day, we want to continue to provide the absolute best value to our end customers and member-owners and with this acquisition, the board of directors and I feel very strongly that this acquisition aligns with that mission.”

About Burnett Dairy Cooperative Burnett Dairy Cooperative is a farmerowned cooperative that was established in 1896. Burnett Dairy Cooperative is a uniquely diversified company with two vertically integrated divisions: the foods division and the ag services division. The foods division produces world-class, award-winning cheese products for both retail and food-service companies. Burnett Dairy Cooperative has achieved numerous awards for their quality cheese products over the years including the distinguished honor of world champion. The ag services division manufactures and markets feed and nutrition products

for dairy cows, crop inputs and energy services which include refined fuels and propane. Both divisions serve their member-owners with unique products, services and markets for their locally produced milk and grain products. The unique integration allows for the company to ensure that best management practices for farming operations are encouraged, within sustainable environments, leading to industry - leading quality; all accomplished while ensuring a strict and unwavering focus on animal welfare. - from Burnett Dairy Cooperative

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Grantsburg School Board gets eye-opening iPad report by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg School Board members looked at the iPads and headphones sitting on the tables in front of them with anticipation. A report on how the introduction of iPads in elementary school classrooms has been working was an item on the Monday, Nov. 26, meeting agenda the board was looking forward to hearing. Elementary Principal Katie Coppenbarger told the board they would be using the iPads to follow a shortened version of the presentation “Supercharge Your Reading Instruction with iPads,” a group of elementary teachers would be showing to other educators at the School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education Conference later in December. “The teachers will be sharing how they are using iPads to maximize literacy instruction time with their students,” Coppenbarger told the board. “You will see examples of students using the iPads to learn with and show their learning as well as how teachers are using them to be more proficient in tracking student learning. You will also see how teachers are using the iPad to engage students through interactive presentation tools and strategies. Finally, teachers will share with you the findings of their action research project related to student time on task during literacy blocks and the impact iPads are having in the classroom.” “It has been a huge growing experience for us,” first-grade teacher Billie Rengo told the board as she began her presentation to the board. “Technology is constantly changing at a rapid pace. We want to equip our students with the necessary skills they will need in our culture today,” explained Rengo. Rengo said she and her colleagues, teachers Patricia Bergman, Nancy Daniels, Julie Erickson and Nell Polzine, wanted to make sure their presentation for SLATE conference was on the cutting edge. According to Rengo the teachers were themselves in a constant learning mode. “We needed to do a lot of reading to keep current with what is happening out there,” remarked Rengo. “Twitter has also been very instrumental in this learning process because it has connected me with educators and tech experts from around the world,” added Rengo. “When something new emerges, I am reading about it and seeing how others are using it. Then, I give it a try myself and see what happens!” Rengo said when the iPads were first introduced to students last October, the staff could tell right away the students enjoyed working with them. “Based on initial observations, we could see students were focused on what they were doing,” said Rengo. “Not only were they working quietly, but they were working the whole time they had the iPads in their possession. They also were asking for more opportunities to use the handheld devices.” Rengo told the board iPads are easy for students to use, which she noted is especially important for young learners. “They are turned on just by tapping a button and are uncomplicated. Students were able to start using them immediately. This also helped keep students engaged.”

Grantsburg School Board members David Ahlquist, David Dahlberg and Jim Sundquist had help using iPads from elementary teachers, Julie Erickson, Patricia Bergman and Nancy Daniels. The teachers gave a presentation on how the devices have improved student learning, which they will be presenting at the School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education Conference later in December. Teachers not pictured also participating in the presentation were Billie Rengo and Nell Polzine. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer “If the technology is hard to use, or isn’t working properly, students are dependent on you to help them,” Rengo explained. “If you are in the midst of teaching a reading group, you need students to work independently. The iPads help foster independence for all students.” Rengo said the action research project was designed to measure just how much time students are actually on task during their literacy block. “We wanted to be able to have data to back up our observations.” Teachers collected data on an ongoing basis between September and November, observing eight students in two 15-minute sessions. During each data collection session, students were observed with an iPad and then without to make a comparison. Teachers then did a random sampling of eight students each time, and by the end of the data collection period had information on all students. What the teachers found was all students were on task 84 percent of the time without an iPad but jumped to 93 percent with an iPad. The difference for all students equated to 17.4 more hours of instruction time per year gained with the use of iPads. The difference for students with special needs equated to 25.2 more hours of instructional time per year gained with the use of iPads. “Teachers measured time on task because research shows it is the biggest factor in academic success. This was something we could accurately measure in our classrooms,” said Rengo. “The results are important because it allows teachers to optimize learning time (which is very precious).” Rengo said the results made a big difference for the students with special needs because the RTI recommendation from the government is that teachers set goals of at least 80 percent time on task for students. “Special-needs students in our classrooms were on task an average of 78 percent without the device, below the recommendation, so this needed to be addressed. The iPads were able to remedy this.”

Rengo said it was important to note 78 percent was the average for students with special needs, but in looking at individual students, some were on task even less than 78 percent when they didn’t have technology to enhance and support their learning. Rengo said since the introduction of iPads in the classroom, students aren’t being sent to the office as often. “Kids aren’t going to office because they are engaged in what they are doing.” “We found in first grade the number of office referrals has decreased for boys. Last year, there were five office referrals for boys at the start of the school year, and this year there were zero. When students are in the classroom, working on developmentally appropriate activities, they are learning and growing. The iPads help us make sure that happens,” Rengo added. Rengo said there are a variety of reasons a student might not be a worker and be engaged in their learning. Students might act out if the activities are too hard or even not challenging enough. “The iPads allow you to differentiate learning for all students, and they are fun and provide immediate, constructive feedback.” “Since students are accustomed to video games and computer games at home, the iPads are very appealing to them,” commented Rengo, who went on to say the use of iPads is also appealing to parents. Parents are connected to our classroom learning through a variety of ways. Mrs. Polzine’s students use an application called Toontastic which lets students create digital animations, which, can be uploaded to Toontube and then shared with parents. Rengo said students are also blogging about classroom learning and enjoy having their parents read their blog posts and then comment back. “Our classroom blog has had around 1,800 hits since we started it in September. In this age of social media, students are enjoying having an audience for their writing and are able to share it with those they care about. They love the

Grantsburg first-grade teacher Billie Rengo gave a presentation on the use of iPads in elementary school classrooms to the Grantsburg School Board at the board’s Monday, Nov. 26, meeting. “It has been a huge growing experience for us,” said Rengo. feedback it generates.” “Teachers are really benefiting from using iPads,” commented Rengo. “They can use them as a tool to collect and manage important data. By being able to have the iPad with them at all times, teachers can refer to it and tailor instruction to meet the diverse needs of the students.” “We are able to customize learning in a way that we haven’t seen before,” said Rengo. “There is always a wide span of abilities in our classrooms, and now we can give students appropriate activities to work on. The applications we use provide us with feedback about a student’s strengths and needs that help us plan the next step. Just the fact that iPads are so easy for students to use also helps greatly because our students can work independently on meaningful things enabling us to work with small groups of students on one-on-one.” In concluding her presentation, Rengo acknowledged Coppenbarger for initiating the project. “Katie had the vision and has guided us,” said Rengo. “Last spring, Katie approached a group of us and asked us to consider doing this project and applying to present it at the 2012 SLATE Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. She saw us as being capable of doing this before we even thought of it ourselves and has supported us throughout the entire process.” Rengo described Coppenbarger as very tech savvy and a role model for district staff. “Katie has modeled the different uses of technology and has supported us with the appropriate training to make sure we are equipped to make the best use of it. She did our data analysis and helped answer the many research questions that we had.” Rengo then thanked the board for their support in purchasing the iPads for the classrooms. “The iPads have made a huge difference for our students, parents and staff.”

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ganizations, also approving the rental of storage space at $75 per month starting January 2013. The motion did not include the estimated $1,000 in floor cleaning, labor and supplies which the board sees to be the responsibility of the village as the landlord. The motion carried 6-1 with Sundquist opposing. In approving this motion, the board felt a formal contract with the school was unnecessary since the district will be using the published village policy for all nonprofits. The board agreed they would sign a standard user agreement for all nonprofit users with the village. “The Xcel gymnastics program revenue The Grantsburg School Board posed for the annual yearbook photo before their Monday, Nov. 26, meeting. Board members shown (L to R) are: David Ahlquist, Chris Erickson, Russ Erick- is new revenue in the village budget. Many son, Patty Bonneville, Jim Sundquist, Cindy Jensen and David Dahlberg. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer of the students who participate come from neighboring towns, many from Rush City. When parents drive their children to making the total estimated rental center’s floor. The school’s previous contract with the village stipulated the school Grantsburg, they buy gas, stop at our busicost $2,844 for the gymnastics program. The school board had hoped the village would be responsible for a year-end refin- nesses, etc. It brings revenue to our town would consider granting an exclusive ishing of the gym floor (stripping and wax- and local businesses,” commented Burgin. rental with the district so the gymnastics ing) an added expense for the district of “It is a good thing for the Grantsburg businesses and economy, just like the soccer equipment would not have to be continu- $1,000. As the board continued to grabble with program brings in revenue from surroundally taken down and set up when the facilthe village’s proposal, the history of how ing towns when parents come to Grantsity was rented out for other events. Burgin said she informed the gymnastics the village came to acquire the building be- burg. It is important to be mindful of these things so that Grantsburg thrives as a comcoaches their request for exclusive use of came part of the discussion. A school referendum passed in 1997 munity.” the facility was denied by the village board Later, Burgin said she remained hopeful because it would cause the village to lose called for the demolition and repair of the the $900-$1,800 in revenue from the three old junior high. The district proceeded to the board and the village would work topay for the demolition of the 1935 con- gether on the usage fee. to six weddings and events per year. “It is my hope the village will support Board member Jim Sundquist asked demned portion, the repair of the gym about moving the program back to one of floor for $10,000, roof repairs, and the the children of Grantsburg by allowing an cleanup of asbestos. These were all stipu- affordable plan for this activity, so we don’t the school gyms. Burgin said though middle school has lated in the sale agreement. The school need to find a different location, and they the original anchors in the gym floor for then turned the building over to the village will be good neighbors, especially in light of the work we did together on the swimequipment, this was not a viable option for $75,000. As a part of that agreement, and because ming pool. We understand their budgets due to the heavy usage by other sports at all the gyms and also summer school the school district had incurred so many are tight, but the district revenue is to fund usage. Burgin explained the gymnastics costs, free use of the gym was granted to programs for children. It is important that team would have to wait until the other the school for 10 years. Since that agree- that be respected.” sports had finished their practices making ment expired in 2010, the school has paid In other board business for late nights. The equipment would also for usage of the facility. The board gave approval to move $3 milAt the end of the lengthy discussion, have to be taken down and set up every time it was used. Storage of equipment was David Dahlberg motioned and Bonneville lion from the local government investment seconded to pay the village of Grantsburg pool to the American deposit management also an issue. “We need a plan for the future,” said facility rental fees for WIAA gymnastics, reinvestment fund. The move to ADM board members Patty Bonneville and Chris summer school and community education gives funds greater security and a higher gymnastics in accordance with their pub- interest rate. Erickson. The board approved Mike Amundson as “I can understand the village wanting to lished rate of $6 per hour for nonprofit orthe summer school director. be consistent with all the groups using the community center,” commented board President David Ahlquist. “But I don’t think we should have to do anything more than other users.” Ahlquist was referring to the village retaining the clause in the school’s new contract requiring a yearly refinishing of the

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by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg School Board once again took up the issue of the Grantsburg Village’s proposed user fee for the community center during their Monday, Nov. 26, meeting. The school uses the facility for varsity gymnastics, summer school and super summer school gymnastics programs. At the board’s Nov. 12 meeting, members tabled taking any action on signing a new contract with the village until questions had been answered as to why the 2013 fee reflected a 38-percent increase. At the Nov. 12 meeting, the board asked why there had been a 3- to 4-percent increase each year of the three-year contract. The village answer was the rent was raised using the CPI from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics including food and fuel. The first-year percentage increase was 3.6 percent, the second-year percentage increase was 3 percent with the rental dollar amount rounded to the nearest whole dollar. The board listened intently as Superintendent Burgin related her latest communication with the village. Burgin said she expressed to village personnel she understood the village budget is tight as is the school district’s. Burgin then gave the board the village’s explanation for the rate hike on a one-year contract for the use of the community center. “Why only a one-year contract?” asked several board members. “Because they said things could change,” answered Burgin. The village has already made some changes. Burgin told the board the village has created a new rental policy of $6 per hour for nonprofits. The new contract the village is proposing for school usage of the center is based on this new fee schedule. The community center is used for the both the school gymnastics program and also a private, nonprofit gymnastics program, the owner of which also pays a fee to the village. “Xcel gymnastics shares the district equipment, so it is important to keep things affordable for this nonprofit club, too,” said Burgin. The estimated usage hours for the facility for the varsity gymnastics, summer school and super summer school programs total 324. Using the $6 hourly rate, the total fee would be $1,944, not including storage costs. The village has also increased the storage costs this year to $75 per month,.





Night hunt issue points to a howlin' wolf


t took a few days for full disclosure of facts surrounding the planned night hunt of deer by Chippewa tribes. The Department of Natural Resources issued a press release last Thursday in what appeared to be blazing orange speed after learning the hunts were scheduled to take place within days. The DNR’s missive was complete with an editorial from its chief, Cathy Stepp, saying how the proposed night hunting by the Chippewa was not only unsafe it was illegal. Safety was noted as the reason for the agency's urgency in getting the word out. Right on. But it could be argued that safety played second fiddle to the primary message - a “paternalistic” message to quote one tribal source - that despite the fact treaty agreements allow the tribes to oversee their own deer hunt and tribes have mirrored regulation changes made over the years by the state with little or no challenge - the state was not going to allow tribal members to use lights to shoot deer at night. Newspaper reporters filled in the gaps and added more balance to the initial release, going to a source that normally

doesn’t seek out publicity outside its - at least to the tribes - is the state's reown publications - the Great Lakes Incent approval of a controversial wolf dian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The hunt which allows night hunting and agency, in effect, serves as the DNR for poses the obvious question - what’s the tribal nation of northern Wisconsin. more safe - or dangerous - night hunting GLIFWC went on record through of wolves or deer, given parameters of spokesperson Sue Erickson, each hunt? noting there were 74 tribal Erickson made note that the state members who underhad issued 1,000 wolf licenses went training and qualwhile only 74 tribal members ified for the special had qualified for deer licenses. night hunt. Tribal offiThat was another hint to tell cers planned to be us perhaps this issue isn’t present at the hunts about hunting or safety, but which take place from respect. an elevated platform Tribes expected to have input with lights used “at point into resource management deciof kill." Bait is used and sions regarding wolves, parPhoto:rusty_dragonfly/Flickr ticularly in light of a “deeply sites are carefully selected, Erickson said. felt connection to ma’iingan Erickson also took the opportunity to (wolf), a brother to the Anishinaabe peopoint out how both Stepp and the state’s ple,” according to an article in the attorney general, J.B. Van Hollen, kept GLIFWC’s periodical Mazina’igan, a referring to the proposed night hunt as chronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe. “deer shining," which Erickson said is An Ojibwe teaching holds that the desmisleading. Light is used at the "point of tinies of Anishinaabe and ma'iingan parkill," she said, illuminating the target be- allel each other. fore shooting. The article, written by Erickson and With each new bit of information it be- Jason Kekek Stark, noted that while no came clearer that the catalyst of the issue hunting of wolves could occur within

the exterior boundaries of most tribes involved, a request to add a six-mile buffer around the reservations’ boundaries to better protect “tribal” packs was denied. In a brief filed this week in preparation for a conference with a federal judge Wednesday, Nov. 28, tribes contend the DNR did not oppose night hunting until DNR Secretary Stepp got involved in negotiations and opposed the hunt for “public relations” reasons, citing worries about how citizens would react - and not public safety issues. It seems all the visible signs support that argument. The rush to the courts underlines it. Perhaps the howlin’ by some has in some ways paralyzed the DNR’s known skills to listen to concerns from all factions. Let's hope not. It would make sense for them to approach future decisions affecting the tribes with one of the goals being simple inclusion. The tribes have a strong tradition of caring about wildlife management that rivals any government - and are an important, and wise, neighbor to listen to. Gary King

spokespeople for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department say the victim died at the scene. Close friends of Carr say the accident is tough to swallow, and that he will be truly missed. "He was always bringing everyone's spirits up, you know? Anytime people were down or depressed, he had a good way of lifting spirits—he was a comedian, in a way," said Donny Thomas, who has been friends with Carr since seventh

grade. Carr leaves two children behind, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, according to his friends. The incident remains under investigation. Five people were injured or killed by gunshots during the nine-day deer gun season in Wisconsin. They occurred in Marathon, Wood, Door and Douglas counties -

• Area news at a glance • Cable couple loses home in fire

HAYWARD - Cable area residents Scott and Sue Wald lost their home and its contents in a fire Monday, Nov. 26. The Walds reported the fire at 9:15 a.m. at their home at 43555 Big Brook Road, approximately 1.5 miles west of the junction of Hwy. 63 and CTH M. Town of Cable Fire Chief Kevin McKinney said flames were coming through the roof when firefighters arrived. The Walds escaped the home and were not injured. In addition to the Town of Cable, personnel and apparatus from Drummond, Namekagon and Grand View fire departments and the Great Divide Ambulance Service responded to the scene— about 23 personnel total. They remained until 2:45 p.m. There were no injuries. McKinney said the home, approximately 1,200 square feet in size, was a total loss. The cause is under investigation, he said. Sawyer County Record

Christmas tree sales helps school

RICE LAKE - Buying a Christmas tree from the tree sale lots run by St. Joseph

School in Rice Lake not only makes the holiday complete, it helps to keep the Catholic school functioning. The school’s 16th-annual Christmas tree fundraiser officially began Friday, Nov. 23. As in the past, students, parents and friends of the school will be selling trees in the parking lot of Kwik Trip on the north end of town and the parking lot of Lakeland Co-op on the south end of town. The trees are locally grown by Mike and Mony Hanvelt, who have a home, business and tree farm on 100 acres northeast of Rice Lake. - Rice Lake Chonotype

Fatal hunting accident

SUPERIOR – The man who was accidentally shot by a deer hunter Monday night, Nov. 19, has been identified. Twentyseven-year-old Garret M. Carr, of Oliver, was wearing blaze orange clothing at the time when hunting companion, 31-yearold Micheal F. Thomson, missed his target and fatally shot him while hunting off of CTH W, south of Oliver, near Barnes Road. Life Flight was called to the area, but

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COMMUNITY Open letter to Obama and Congress To President Obama and Congress: Recently on an evening PBS program, you said, “I am open to new ideas, to solve our nation’s major financial problems.” I heard that statement before about health care, and so I turned in my suggestion to you. You restricted the debate, in that it had to be an insurance company solution. Will the current law cover all Americans? No. Every modification seems to cover fewer people. The better solution for all Americans is Inter-County Health Care Co-ops that cover all people. We have the nation’s largest co-op in Minnesota; Health Partners covers 10 percent of this state. You have grants available to start up other coops. Let the medical people determine the best practices. If we really believe in “We the people,” then we the people should be allowed to vote for a board of directors, who hire a CEO and all the necessary medical staff personnel to support our health care. We would receive better health-care prevention services that would save the costs of health care and improve delivery of services. I have some ideas as to how to relieve our financial problems. 1. The centers for Medicare and Medicaid services report that we spend $55 billion on missed prevention opportunities. Let’s get at this. Use the medical associations to fine-tune this. 2. I see no reason that this cannot be implemented on Jan. 1, 2013, unless we continue to go back to hockey mode in federal government. Blow the whistle and slap the puck around some more, or orchestrate a ballet! Are you a firefighter or a fire marshal? We, the divided people, want you all to come together and “Get ‘er Done!” Remember our nation’s motto, ”Out of many, one.” 3. We are just back from D.C. I suggest you and all members of Congress go to three memorials; Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin L. King. Read the important sayings on the walls surrounding these images. Absorb what those words mean and how they apply to this country, today. We wish you all full speed ahead, for the benefit of all Americans. “One Nation under God” “United we stand.” We, the people, implore you to do the right thing for this country. Rich Hess Trade Lake

Animal rescue groups Animal control shelters, like our Arnell Memorial Humane Society, have animal intake numbers, which exceed their ability to rehome them. Although shelter personnel work hard to adopt out animals, the negative public perception toward kill shelters limits their success. Unfortunately, the public has negative perceptions of animal shelters and as a result, only 12 to 14 percent of dogs and cats are acquired from shelter facilities. Isn’t it amazing that pet stores like PetSmart and Petco have adopted over a million animals. It shows the public will respond when animals are presented positively. One tool to help our shelter find more homes for animals is rescue groups. Progressive shelters are working with breed rescue groups like Retrieve a Golden of

Minnesota, Cocker Spaniel Resources in Wisconsin and English Springer Rescue of America in Wisconsin to help rehome specific breed intake animals. They have the expertise to know how and who to direct their marketing to. Breed rescuers are comparable to responsible breeders. They take animals and rehabilitate them (if needed) and rehome them to a responsible guardian. It is cost effective and life saving. They provide a valuable resource to shelters that are committed to saving the lives of animals in our communities. There is no shelter that can be everything to every animal that comes through its doors. By working with rescue groups who have expertise in their breed, longterm fosters and even willing adopters can be found. This will lower shelter kill rates resulting in a more positive public perception. This can open the doors for more funding, thus saving more lives. Ask your shelter if they work with breed rescues and what their policies are regarding transfers. Tanya Borg Centuria

Three cheers In October, while the national unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 to 6.9 percent. This is the second largest drop in a state unemployment rate in the entire country. This shows that while the national economy continues to stagnate under President Obama, under the leadership of Gov. Walker and Republicans in the state Legislature, Wisconsin’s economy is moving in the right direction. This is not rocket science. Balanced budgets, low taxes and getting government off the back of business equals job creation. In the last two years, Walker and the Republican Legislature did that. They balanced the budget, paid the bills, cut taxes and streamlined regulation. As a result, Wisconsin’s economy is growing, while the national economy continues to sputter under the tax and spend policies of Obama. In Wisconsin, we are not yet where we need to be, but thanks to Walker, Erik Severson and Sheila Harsdorf, Wisconsin is making great progress. Plus, we had warm weather for deer hunting, proving once again that northern Wisconsin really is God’s country. Glen Clausen Town of Black Brook

Just the facts, ma’am … the correct facts … To update information in a letter to the editor, Leader, Nov. 21, by Ms. Paula Foerst concerning state trail pass sales in Polk County. In 2012, there were 1,892 (634 annual and 1,258 daily) state trail passes sold by vendors in Polk County. The result was $10,627.20 collected by Polk County. This money directly offsets property taxes and can be used by the parks department for trail maintenance or other trail related issues. The passes are required for bike riders, over 16, on the Gandy Dancer and Stower 7 Lakes, skiers here, too, trails, and equestrian riders on a trail in the town of Sterling. In the past 10 years, Polk County has

VIEWPOINTS collected an average of about $5,000 in pass sales. With the addition in 2011 of the Stower 7 Lakes Trail, sales jumped to just under $10,000 last year, and exceeded $10,000 for the first time in 2012. UW-Extension published “Trails and Their Gateway Communities” in 2009. This study was done specifically on the Gandy Dancer Trail and looked at the economic impact on local communities during both the summer and winter seasons of operation. It is available at the local UW-Extension office. I’m not sure what year, or where her information came from, but even in its first year of operation as a bike trail, 1995 when it was only open a few weeks in the fall, there were more than nine passes sold, and any sold in Siren would have been counted in Burnett County sales numbers. Burnett County did not require passes in 1995-1996 and started when the Gandy Dancer, both Polk and Burnett counties, was designated a state recreation trail requiring passes in 1997. A little research never hurts, and is appreciated, when offering information in a letter to the editor. William Johnson, chair Gandy Dancer Trail Commission Frederic

We need nonpolitical redistricting In the recent election, President Obama and Tammy Baldwin, both Democrats, won Wisconsin convincingly, yet Republicans regained control of the Wisconsin Legislature. How do you explain this contradiction? The “voters are schizophrenic,” the incoming Assembly majority leader observed after the election. A better explanation lies in how Wisconsin’s political district boundaries were redrawn last year. After each census, state governments are required to adjust their internal political district boundaries to reflect changes in the size and makeup of their respective populations. Many states take a nonpartisan or bipartisan approach to redistricting, but Wisconsin and some other states take a partisan approach. Unfortunately, the partisan approach invites abuse when one political party controls both the Legislature and governorship. This is what happened in Wisconsin last year. How? The party in control of the state Legislature excluded the minority party and drew the new boundaries in secret. Talking point memos were distributed to their members directing them not to discuss the process with anyone, not even their constituents. Members themselves could not see the new boundaries unless they signed an oath of secrecy. Most members did, including our own Sen. Harsdorf and Rep. Severson. District boundaries became obscure and contorted. In some districts, 10,000 and even 20,000 residents were assigned to new districts when those actual population changes were only a few hundred. As expected, the minority members of the Legislature had questions when these new boundaries came up for debate. But there was no debate, literally. The majority party members uttered not a word when asked how the new lines were drawn, then voted to approve them. The governor, of the same political party as the legislative majority, signed them into law. In the resulting lawsuits, the law firm hired by the majority party was fined for not releasing public records related to the

process, the new boundaries were found to have violated the civil rights of the Latino population in Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin taxpayer got a $2 million, and counting, legal bill. What was the motivation for all of these shenanigans? Political power. By drawing the new boundaries in their favor, a single political party can virtually guarantee that they will control the Legislature for the next 10 years, even if Wisconsin voters want to go in a different direction. Of course one could argue that to the victor go the spoils, but redistricting is a basic tenant of our democracy meant to ensure that everyone is treated equally. The way they were redrawn in Wisconsin last year, the politicians got to select their voters for the next 10 years, not the other way around. We can do better than this. Let’s work together to develop a nonpolitical approach to redistricting in time for the 2020 census. Bob Wright Dresser

How dark can it get? About 30 years ago, while on a trip to Alabama, my wife and I stopped at Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. The guide led us down perhaps about a quarter of a mile on a well-lit path to a massive room where we stopped. We were told not to move while he proceeded to turn off all the lights! It is hard to imagine how dark that dark can be. Your eyes were of no use whatsoever. You were indeed blind as a bat! After a short lecture about caves, he lit a single match. It seemed as if that whole large room was all of the sudden alive with light. Isn’t it amazing what such a small match light can do? The Bible tells those of us who profess to be Christians that we should let our light shine so that it can be seen clearly by those who are still in the dark. There are millions of our fellow humans that have been and are still being duped by the prince of darkness (devil) and his lies and false teachings, and in today’s dark and sinful world it seems that he has been having more than just a little success in his efforts to keep sinners in the dark. We who call ourselves Christians are just as guilty of being sinners as everyone else, but by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit we have been enlightened and granted the gift of eternal life in heaven. In return, we have been told that we are to let our light shine with the truth of God’s word so that those who have not yet seen the light will have a well-lit path to follow. Now the problem is, have we failed to keep our lamps well-fueled with the fuel that keeps them shining brightly, or have we let them slowly run out of gel to the point that they are not much more than a mere flicker? I’m of the opinion that the light of our own lives needs to be constantly recharged by attending church on a regular basis, studying the Scriptures and making use of the power of prayer. Wouldn’t it be a great feeling to know that your light caused someone who was lost in the devil’s dark closet of sin to seek and find the path to eternal life in heaven? God bless you. Keep your battery charged and see you in church. Don Benson Taylors Falls, Minn.

Demand rises for holiday assistance programs by MaureenMcCollum Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - As the holiday shopping season kicks off, nonprofit officials hope people who have a little extra to give will help others in need. More people are reaching out to Christmas gift assistance programs. At The Neighbors Place in Wausau, children write down the top three presents they’d like for Christmas. Most of the

time, executive director Tom Rau says it’s not video games or CDs that the kids want. “You know, it’d be nice if they were asking for CDs and things, but normally you have things like snow pants, coats, boots, those kinds of things,” he says. “We’ve had wonderful sponsors over the years. When they see a request like that they’ll stick a toy in there, too. I mean, it is Christmas.” Last year, The Neighbors Place gave

gifts to more than 1,000 kids in Marathon County. Rau says he expects more families to reach out this year. In Madison, the Porchlight homeless shelters are at capacity, and it’s going to be a busy holiday season. Development director Beatrice Hadidian says they’ll be providing gifts to people living in the shelter and in the organization’s affordable housing. “Some people will request jewelry or maybe some perfume, but nine times out

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of 10 it’s those essentials like new dishware, a gift card to a grocery store or maybe to a bookstore,” she says. “We’ve had people actually request bus tickets before.” The Salvation Army in Milwaukee already has 700 more requests for gift assistance than it did this time last year. Officials say demand will be up around the state, and they’ll try to get a gift under every Christmas tree.



Burnett adopts $21.2 million 2013 budget by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN – At its Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting, the Burnett County Board of Supervisors adopted the proposed 2013 operational budget of $21,238,890. This budget will increase the tax levy to $8,649,342, up by $89,690 from the 2012 budget. The tax mill rate will accordingly increase slightly from a mill rate of 3.2006 in 2012 to 3.4805 in 2013. This will mean an increase in taxes of $27.99 for a home evaluated at $100,000. In making the annual budget proposal to the supervisors, county Administrator Candace Fitzgerald noted several factors which affect the formation of a budget. She said that the administration committee directed departments to hold their operations to an increase of zero percent, but the committee did not mandate a hiring freeze or layoffs. Maximized efficiencies

Burnett County Administrator Candace Fitzgerald. – Photo by Carl Heidel

and shared human resources have kept the workforce whole. Fitzgerald reported that several factors will decrease revenue resources for the coming year. Intergovernmental revenues will drop by just over $1 million, and intergovernmental charges will decrease another $78,090. She said that the county’s equalized value, on which the tax levy is applied, has dropped sharply since 2010, and will drop again by $189.3 million in 2013. The county’s fund reserves continue to be healthy, Fitzgerald said. Over the last 10 years, the county has followed strong fiscal policies in order to build reserve levels in major fund accounts in spite of the recent great recession, seven years of levy freezes and a reduction in state revenue to fund mandated services. In the area of capital improvements, Fitzgerald recommended that the county develop a formal capital improvement plan in order to maintain and improve ex-

isting county assets. Such a plan, she said, would allow regular maintenance of infrastructure and would facilitate replacement of assets that have reached the end of their useful lives. In outlining budget priorities, Fitzgerald listed several areas of importance: highway infrastructure, changes in law enforcement to maintain and increase public safety, the communication towers project, consideration of further regionalization and shared resources with other municipalities, and integration of office spaces. In other business related to the budget decision, the board approved the transfer of $300,000 from the infrastructure fund for CTH H construction and approved a payment of $1,210,805.13 to pay off its Wisconsin retirement unfunded pension liability.

Students develop school policy for laptop use Teacher contracts and funding of debt are topics of discussion at Luck by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Sophomores in Judy Wicklund’s English class at Luck are helping to shape the future for their fellow students, working on a classroom assignment to develop a policy governing use of school-issued laptop computers. Seven students reported on the preliminary policy at the Monday, Nov. 26, meeting of the Luck School Board, where its first reading was given approval. Last summer the school received free used lapbooks from a program through the U.S. military. This opened the door for each high school student to be issued a laptop for the duration of their high school career. “Our goal is to make things easier for the students,” said Angela Gore, who added that students would no longer need to lug around heavy books, paper, pencils and other paraphernalia. A great deal of schoolwork requires Internet access, the students said, and there currently isn’t enough computer time or equipment to meet the needs. Because each student would be issued a computer that they would keep throughout high school, the students contended, they would be more likely to take good care of them. The proposed policy calls for a deposit and a use agreement signed by both parent and student, and outlines replacement and repair costs if students are negligent. Each laptop would contain a filtering device that would block shopping, gaming, pornographic or violent sites, and social media would be blocked during school hours. YouTube would be available for research purposes, and radio sites would be accessible for students who study while listening to music. Providing a school-issued laptop to each high school student would open the computer labs up to middle school students. Luck has a lab in the library as well as a mobile cart, but these are not adequate to meet the usage needs. The district would need to provide carrying cases and charging stations, and a student committee would be assigned to help with the care and repair of the laptops. Teacher Judy Wicklund said that the document is still in process, but the students are ironing out the details. The board approved a first reading of the policy, and it will return to the board at a future meeting for final approval. Referendum, retirement debt Looking to save what could be a sizable amount of money, the board decided to seek bids from local banks to finance the recently approved $1.2 million referendum debt and the outstanding $400,000 Wisconsin Retirement System debt. The majority of the savings would come through bidding out the WRS debt, cur-

Judy Wicklund, high school English teacher at Luck.

Seven Luck sophomores attended the Nov. 26 meeting of the Luck School Board to present a one-to-one usage policy to govern student use of school lapbook computers. A program through the U.S. military allowed the school to receive enough lapbooks so that each high school student could be issued one for the duration of their high school career. – Photos by Mary Stirrat rently at 7.2 percent interest with 18 years of payments left. By refinancing the debt locally over a 10-year period at an estimated 3-percent rate of interest, annual payments would increase by $6,000 but more than $200,000 would be saved over the period of the loan. Regarding the referendum loan, according to Robert W. Baird & Co., the district would be better off with a local bank, with an estimated 2.5-percent interest rate. Interest rates would be lower if general obligation bonds were sold, but the costs associated with the bonding would equal an interest rate of 3.1 percent.

Teacher contracts Six Luck teachers attended the meeting, including Dean Roush, spokesperson for Luck’s Northwest United Educators union. Speaking to the board, Roush referenced a letter he submitted on behalf of Luck NUE outlining ongoing concerns of the teaching staff. He told the board that the staff would like to begin work on the next salary contracts, adding that past practice of having only a couple of board members and a couple of staff members exchanging ideas has been very productive. In the letter, NUE states that the union has asked the district to begin discussion on salary contracts but there has been no known response. “This is important for our staff,” it reads, “as they need to be able to make financial moves to their home budgets based on the actual salary which they can expect to receive.” In addition, staff is looking for direction on how and when to submit and be reimbursed for credits that have been accumulated for ongoing education.

Another letter to the board, submitted by teachers Beth Petersen, Gwynne Wisse, Nancy Beduhn, Susan Gregorash and Maggie Petersen, was addressed later in the meeting. It asked that notification be given when the board begins any discussion on administrative or department head retirement benefits. It also requested that this discussion begin in open rather than closed session. Teachers that are near retirement have been unhappy about the timing of when they found out their retirement benefits were changing, noting that they had already signed an intent to return to teaching before changes were made known to them. During a discussion that followed the reading of the letter, Beth Petersen asked that the community and Luck’s teaching staff be involved in hiring of a district administrator to replace Rick Palmer after his retirement next June. She indicated that staff should have more input than interviewing candidates selected by the board, such as helping to develop the parameters of the position. The board agreed that a letter could be submitted regarding what the staff would like to see in the administrator position, but the consensus was that the board is elected to make the hiring decision.

Administrator hiring Board members Daryl Bazey and Amy Dueholm will be meeting with school administration in December to consider how administration of the school might be restructured upon Palmer’s retirement. Palmer has developed a list of 31 essential tasks, including new mandates from the state and federal governments, that

are performed by school administrators to help evaluate what the position should look like. The committee will analyze these administrative functions to determine how restructuring might be able to accomplish them at a lower cost. Different options will be brought back to the full board for consideration. “We know we have to save money at the administrative level,” Bazey acknowledged to the staff assembled at the board meeting.

Other business • Katelyn Dinnies, student representative to the board, reported that 10 Luck students will be participating in District Honors Choir Monday, Dec. 3, at Webster. • Palmer reported that just prior to Thanksgiving there were several “floods” in the elementary school due to plumbing problems. On Sunday, Nov. 25, major water damage was found in Amy Bartylla’s third-grade classroom, where the sprinkler system from the greenhouse had malfunctioned. Bartlylla is using another room while cataloguing the damage and waiting for repairs. The district has a $5,000 insurance deductible, said Palmer. “It was a mess,” he said. “It was pretty wet.” • High school Principal Mark Gobler reported on the Effective Educator Training presentation that he and elementary Principal Ann Goldbach attended in preparation for the new teacher evaluation process that will be required in 2014. Teaching staff will be evaluated in at least six areas, including professional knowledge, instruction delivery, learning environment and professionalism. School administrators and principals will also be evaluated in six areas. • The December meeting of the school board will be held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 19, followed by the employee appreciation tea.



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NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION Webster School District April 2, 2013

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the School District of Webster, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office for school board members is three years beginning on Monday, April 15, 2013, and ending Monday, April 18, 2016. Incumbents Office Director at Large Mark Elliott Director at Large Greg Main NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy, must be filed no later than 5 p.m., on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the school administration office, 26428 Lakeland Avenue South, Webster, Wisconsin. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. A description of the school district boundaries can be obtained from the school district office. Done in the Village of Webster on November 19, 2012. Wendy Larson School Board Clerk 574089 15L WNAXLP


Regular Meeting, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Vice President Mrs. Matz called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:32 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012, in the District Boardroom at the 6-12 school. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky and Mrs. Matz. Mr. Engen arrived at 6:35 p.m. Mr. Nelson was absent. Administration present: Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Steen. Motion Holicky/Amundson to approve the agenda and that the meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 3-0. Reports of Officers: Motion Holicky/Matz to approve the 9-17-12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried 3-0. Mrs. Matz provided a summary of the closed session of the 9-17-12 regular meeting. Motion Holicky/Matz to approve the above closed session minutes with one correction. Motion carried 3-0. Invoices for September 2012 presented as follows: Regular invoices (11054-11164 & 38721-38731).....................$319,285.94 Payroll account................................................$172,998.34 Mr. Engen presented the receipts for September 2012, totaling $474,432.26. Motion Amundson/Holicky to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 4-0. Mr. Robinson reviewed the 2012-2013 budget. Audience in attendance: Glenn Meier, president of Bremer Bank, provided information on short-term borrowing. The press was also present. Reports of the Administration: A. Mr. Robinson presented the district report. B. Mr. Fitzgerald presented the 6-12 school report. C. Mrs. Steen presented the elementary school report. D. Mr. Peterson submitted the buildings and grounds report. E. Mrs. Shafer submitted the food service report. F. Athletic Director Mr. Wink thanked the Booster Club for a $1,000 donation used for football uniforms and the volunteers who refinished the football concession stand floor. New Business: A. Personnel 1. Resignations: Motion Engen/Holicky to accept the resignations of Joel Wells, girls Middle School Basketball Coach, and Ethan Bergstrom, Student Council Advisor. Motion carried 4-0. 2. Contracts: Motion Amundson/Engen to approve contracts for Ethan Bergstrom, as 10th-Grade Advisor, Carrie Petersen and Kassi Leisch as coJunior Class Advisors. Motion carried 4-0. B. Policy Review: Tabled. C. Budget Levy and Certification: Motion Engen/Holicky to certify the 2012 tax levy in the amount of $2,285,897 and the mill rate of .01063661. Motion carried 4-0. D. Educator Effectiveness Update: Discussion held, no action taken. E. Technology Use Policy: Discussion only. Mrs. Matz announced to the members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for personnel and negotiations. Mrs. Matz informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s 19.85 (1) & (c) (f) (i) of the WI Statutes. Motion Holicky/Engen to adjourn to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 4-0. Time 8:23 p.m. The regular meeting convened at 8:45 p.m. Motion Holicky/Engen to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0. Time 8:45 p.m. 574280 15L Rebecca Amundson, Clerk

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Community Support Worker Master’s Degree Required Human Services Full time 37.5 hrs./week Deadline To Apply: Dec. 6, 2012


C.N.A. - Golden Age Manor $13.12/hr. + shift differential Part-time positions available .40 for pms & .50 for nocs for PM shift (2:30 - 9 p.m.) & Night shift (10:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.) Deadline To Apply: Open until filled 574029 4a-e 15L YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, or Golden Age Manor, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, or by calling 715-485-9176. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Town of LaFollette, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. All terms are for two years, beginning on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. OFFICE INCUMBENT Town Board Chairperson Darwyn Brown Town Board Supervisor Robert Stage Town Board Supervisor Douglas Coyour Town Treasurer Karen Mangelsen 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 at a regular town meeting on December 10. The caucus will be held on a date no sooner than January 1, 2013, and not later than January 29, 2013. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus. Done in the Town of LaFollette on November 27, 2012 574243 15L 5a Linda Terrian, Town Clerk



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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the several towns, villages, wards and election districts of the State of Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following officers are to be elected:


ONE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, for the term of four years, to succeed the present incumbent listed, whose term of office will expire on July 1, 2013: Tony Evers


ONE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, for the term of ten years, to succeed the present incumbent listed, whose term of office will expire on July 31, 2013: Pat Roggensack NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2012, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Superintendent of Public Instruction and Judicial Officer Candidates (except multijurisdictional municipal judges) file with the Government Accountability Board. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. DONE in the City of Madison, this 12th day of November, 2012. Kevin J. Kennedy, Director & General Counsel Government Accountability Board 212 E. Washington Ave., 3rd Floor P.O. Box 7984 Madison, WI 53707-7984 608-261-2028 Wanda Hinrichs, Burnett County Clerk County Government Center, Rm. 150 7410 County Rd. K, #105 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2173 574138 15L WNAXLP

The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting, the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 574237 15-16L WNAXLP




Thursday, December 6, 2012

at 10:30 a.m. with dinner being served at 11:30 a.m.


Frederic, Wisconsin Two directors will be elected, reading of the annual report, and such other business transacted as may properly come before the meeting. Janet Oachs, secretary 574281 15-16L


H.R. Contact: Contact Phone: Job Description: Qualifications:


How to Apply:


Job Address: Web Site: Description:

Kathleen Coppenbarger 715-463-2320 Speech & Language Pathologist Current Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teacher certification in Speech & Language Pathology (820) or eligibility for license is required. We are seeking a Speech & Language Pathologist who has a solid understanding of the IEP team process, ability and desire to work as a team member with students, parents, teachers and staff and a vision for helping each child realize their full potential. CFY candidates are encouraged to apply, we have supervisors who will oversee your CFY year. Send letter of application, resume and credentials, including three letters of recommendation, transcripts and a copy of license. Grantsburg School District 475 East James Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840 Same as the employer address. Grantsburg School District is a K-12 School System of 1,000 students that is located in NW Wisconsin. It is located just over an hour from the Twin Cities Metro area. Grantsburg is located on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and is the home of Crex Meadows Wildlife Center.

The School District of Grantsburg does not discriminate on the basis of 573909 14-15L race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap.


The Town of Georgetown will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Town Hall. The proposed budget will be posted at the Georgetown Town Hall, Jonzy Market and Wilkins Resort. The proposed budget in detail is available for inspection by calling Kristine Lindgren, clerk, at 715-857-5788. The following is a summary of the proposed 2012 budget to collect in 2013: REVENUE Intergovernmental 127,410 Public Service (snowplowing, and roadwork) 9,000 Misc (licenses, interest, etc.) 9,500 Levy 285,564 TOTAL 431,474 EXPENDITURES General Government 67,500 Fire 88,006 Ambulance 9,800 Public Works 266,168 TOTAL 431,474


Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, following the completion of the public hearing on the proposed budget, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Town Hall, a Special Town Meeting of the electors called pursuant to Section 60.12(1) © of WI Stat. By the town board, for the following purposes, will be held: 1. To approve the total 2012 highway expenditures to be collected in 2013 pursuant to Sec. 81.03 (3) of WI Stat. Provide machinery implement, material and equipment needed to construct and repair said highways and bridges. 2. To authorize the Town of Georgetown to spend a sum over the annual limit of $10,000 for machinery implements, material and equipment needed to construct and repair highways and bridges. 3. To adopt the 2012 Town Tax Levy to be paid in 2013, pursuant to Sec. 60.12 (1)(a) of WI Statutes. 574122 4a,d 15L Kristine Lindgren, Clerk


Notices/Employment opportunities

Jennifer R. Otto 1230 Highway 96 West Arden Hills, MN 55112,

Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, Minnesota 55055,

John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 12CV361 NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Sheriff’s sale scheduled for November 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on August 3, 2012, has been postponed and the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: December 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 8 AND THE WEST 8 FEET OF LOT 7, BLOCK K, FIRST ADDITION TO THE VILLAGE OF MILLTOWN, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 105 Bank Street, Milltown, Wisconsin) Dated: November 20, 2012. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16231 574091 WNAXLP



Full-time position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715-3492181. Application deadline Dec. 7, 2012. EOE. 574257 15-16L 5a,b,c TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING December 12, 2012

The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Sign-Xpress requests to obtain a Special Exception to operate a retail store selling signs and graphics in the Commercial District. The address of the proposed use is 1991 U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, and the property is located in Section 26, T34N, R18W. The current parcel identification number is 044-00708-0000. The Town of St Croix Falls is holding a public hearing to discuss amendments adding Chapter 9 to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. Drafts of the proposed changes are available at the Town Hall or the Town Web site, 574226 15-16L WNAXLP Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator

(Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY First Bank of Baldwin, Plaintiff v. Barton E. Strehlo and Ford Motor Credit Company LLC, Defendants Case No.: 12-CV-518 Code No: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 1, 2012, in flavor of Plaintiff, First Bank of Baldwin, in the amount of $85,928.65, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of court in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all real estate taxes, special assessments, liens and encumbrances. PLACE: At the front entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot Six (6) of Certified Survey Map No. 1132, recorded in Volume 5, Page 122, as Document No. 439241, located in the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW 1/4 NW 1/4) of Section 16, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, including but not limited to a 1979 Rollohome, Serial No. 34276. TAX KEY NO.: 006-00469-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1572 157th Street, Centuria, Wis. Dated this 8th day November, 2012. /s/ Peter Johnson Polk County Sheriff Benson Law Office LLC Attorneys for First Bank of Baldwin P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 573773 WNAXLP


(Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIBANK N.A. 4050 REGENT BOULEVARD IRVING, TX 75063 Plaintiff, vs. GALE BANTZ 304A 235TH ST. OSCEOLA, WI 54020-5943 Defendant(s) Case No. 12CV579 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 1581295 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after Nov. 23, 2012, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is 1005 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810-4410 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: October 29, 2012. /s/ Ryan M. Peterson Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik LLC Attorneys in the Practice of Debt Collection 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd. Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 Toll-Free: 877-667-8010 Attorney for the Plaintiff 573591 WNAXLP


Part-time position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715-349-2181. Application deadline Dec. 7, 2012. EOE. 574255 15-16L 5a,b,c


(Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Plaintiff, vs. Max L. Fisk, through his heirs, 510 North Adams Street St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024, Michael D. Fisk 2377 81st Avenue Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Myrna J. Fisk 2377 81st Avenue Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation Defendants. Case Type: 30304 Case No.: 12CV354 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on November 6, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: December 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PARCEL 1: Lots Six (6), Seven (7), Block Fifty-six (56), First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County Wisconsin, Located in Government Lot 3, Section 1934-18. PARCEL 2: Lots Fifteen (15), and Sixteen, Block Fifty-six 56, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, Located in Government Lot 3, Section 19-34-18. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 510 North Adams Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin) Dated: November 15, 2012. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16107 574090 WNAXLP

(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


Sealed bids will be accepted by the Polk County Property, Forestry and Recreational Committee for timber stumpage on the Polk County Forest. This bid offering includes 8 tracts with a combined acreage of 627 acres and the following estimated volumes: 3,895 cords JACK PINE 2,175 cords OAK 1,285 cords ASPEN 500 cords RED PINE 335 cords MIXED HARDWOOD 27 MBF RED OAK 10 MBF MIXED HARDWOOD 4 MBF WHITE OAK Specific information may be obtained by writing to the Polk County Forest Administrator at: 100 Polk County Plaza Suite 40, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 or calling (715) 485-9265 or visiting: The bids will be opened at Noon, December 10, 2012, at the County Boardroom on the 1st floor at the Polk County Government Center, Balsam Lake, WI.


Special Education Paraprofessional – Part-time Working with students under the supervision of Special Education classroom teacher; assisting students with Special Education needs. QUALIFICATIONS: Must be able to demonstrate strong communication skills and an ability to work effectively in difficult situations. APPLICATION: Candidates should submit a letter of application listing qualifications and letters of reference to: Sara Towne Special Education Director Siren School District 24022 – 4th Avenue Siren, WI 54872

This position will be filled as soon as possible.

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(Nov. 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Lance A. Otto 1230 Highway 96 West Arden Hills, MN 55112,

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(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 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

(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


(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

(Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. Plaintiff vs. LOUISE M. GIAMPAOLO, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 796 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 7, 2012, in the amount of $202,316.79, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 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 and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 1772 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps, page 120 as Document No. 525113, located in part of Government Lot 4, Section 29, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1097 134th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00807-0200 Dated this 5th day of November, 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 573589 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. 2284647


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Village of Frederic, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following officers are to be elected, for a term of two years, to succeed the present incumbents listed, whose term will expire on April 9, 2013. Office Incumbent Village President William Johnson IV Village Trustee Maria Ammend Village Trustee John Boyer Village Trustee Philip Knuf NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that a village 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 on a date no sooner than January 2, and not later than January 30, 2013. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus. Done in the Village of Frederic this 18th day of Nov., 2012. Kristi Swanson, Village Clerk 574264 15L WNAXLP

Notice is hereby given, that at an election to be held in the Town of Clam Falls on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office is two years, beginning on the third Tuesday in April. INCUMBENT OFFICE Gregory S. Anderson Chairman Robert Carlson Supervisor Brad Olson Supervisor Notice is further given, that nominations for the above offices, will be made at the town caucus, the date of which will be announced later. Betty Knutson, Clerk Town of Clam Falls 574224 15L 5a



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Town of Georgetown on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. All terms are for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Office Incumbent Town Board Chairperson Ron Ogren Town Board Supervisor Dan Bergeron Town Board Supervisor Andy Mangelsen Town Treasurer Judy Maier 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 on a date not sooner than January 1, 2013, and not later than January 29, 2013. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus. Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 574073 15L WNAXLP Town of Georgetown

Notice is hereby given that at an election to be held in the Town of Siren on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the current incumbents for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. OFFICE INCUMBENT Town Board Chairperson DuWayne Wiberg Town Board Supervisor Philip Stiemann Town Board Supervisor Bert Lund Town Clerk Mary Hunter Town Treasurer Judy Johnson Notice is hereby given that a Town Caucus for the purpose of nominating candidates to appear on the Spring Election Ballot of the above offices will be scheduled during the month of December. The Caucus will be held on a date not sooner than January 2, 2013, and not later than January 29, 2013. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus. Mary Hunter, Clerk 574236 15-16L 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

(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.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WEBSTER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (PART TIME) The School District of Webster is currently taking applications for a part-time Administrative Assistant. This person will perform receptionist duties as well as handle district correspondence. Applicants must have a strong background in computer skills, public relations and have the ability to multitask. Position will be 16 hours per week (preferably 8 a.m. to noon). Starting pay is $10 per hour. How to Apply: Applications are available at the District Office or online at Deadline is December 7, 4 p.m. Contact: Jim Erickson, Superintendent Webster School District P.O. Box 9 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4391

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Town of Laketown on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term for offices is for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. OFFICE Town Board Chairperson Town Board Supervisor Town Board Supervisor Town Clerk Town Treasurer

INCUMBENT Dan King Monte Tretsven Bruce Paulsen Patsy Gustafson Jill Cook

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 2012. The caucus will be held in the month of January 2013. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus. Done in the Town of Laketown on November 21, 2012 Patsy Gustafson Town Clerk 574186 15L WNAXLP


Notices/Employment opportunities Vos says general fund money could help pay for roads by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON – A top Republican state lawmaker wants to tap into a fund that pays for schools and health care to pay for roads instead. Assembly Speaker-elect Robin Vos grabbed some attention recently when he announced that he supports using tolls to pay for roads. That’s unlikely to happen soon with a federal moratorium on adding tolls to existing highways, which is why Vos other proposal was likely more significant. “The No. 1 thing that we could do in the short term while we ask the federal government to give us the opportunity to do tolling is to say we need to put more money from the general fund, like we did in the last budget, into transportation.“ Indeed, the last budget transferred $160 million

out of the general fund into the transportation fund. The general fund gets most of its money from the state income and sales taxes. The biggest expense it pays for is education. Jon Peacock with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says taking more money out of the fund now would be a big mistake. “We need to be making investments next session in schools, in health care, in technical training for workers. And we need those general fund dollars for that.” A special commission

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has been meeting for more than a year to study at a variety of ways to pay for roads. Using money from the general fund is not on that list. Commission member and Transportation Development Association Director Craig Thompson says the focus is on fees paid by people who use Wisconsin’s roads, like an increase in the gas tax, “It’s still is the best way to get money for people both in Wisconsin as well as those out of state. And it’s got the lowest administration cost really of any of the mechanisms out there.” Thompson’s group is unveiling its final report in January with the hope that

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-6699777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1800-927-9275. 445101 8a-etfcp 19Ltfc


(Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Shawna Kaye Ikola DOB: 3/27/1975 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12-PR-55 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 27, 1975, and date of death October 16, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2189 88th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is February 25, 2013. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, WI, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar November 16, 2012 David L. Grindell Grindell Law Offices, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 574287 Bar No. 1002628 WNAXLP

Gov. Walker will include the ideas in the budget he presents in February. (Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Rural American Bank-Luck, n/k/a Frandsen Bank & Trust, Plaintiff, vs. Robin R. Giller and Harry G. Giller aka Gary Giller, Husband and Wife, Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 11-CV-805 Case Code: 30404 Case Type: Foreclosure of Mortgage By virtue of and pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on June 13, 2012, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 18th day of December, 2012, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described premises, to-wit: That part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 SE 1/4), Section Twenty-two (22), Township Thirty-six (36) North, Range Sixteen (16) West described as follows: Beginning at the Northeast corner of said NE 1/4 SE 1/4, running thence west on the quarter line 16 rods; thence south parallel to the east section line 15 rods; thence east parallel to the north quarter line 16 rods to section line; thence north on section line 15 rods to the point of beginning, Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wis., Tax ID No. 012-00505-0000; and Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 2420, as recorded in Volume 11 of Certified Survey Maps at page 127 as Document No. 566125, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 NE 1/4), Section Twenty-five (25), Township Thirty-six (36) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wis., Tax ID No. 030-00590-0100. Property Addresses: 2645 80th Street, Luck, WI. 2587 180th Street, Luck, WI. Terms Of Sale: Cash. Down Payment: Ten Percent (10%) of amount bid, by certified check. Dated at Polk County, Wis., this 30th day of October, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 573775 Plaintiff’s Attorney WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view the site and will reconvene at 10:15 a.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 10:15 A.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE 574269 15-16L 5a,d WNAXLP GOVERNMENT CENTER.) TED SCHMIDT/AARON STEWART request a Special Exception to Article 8D4 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to establish a bed & breakfast. Property affected is: 1627 Little Butternut Lake Ln., Pt. of Govt. Lot 4 and pt. of SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Sec. 32/ T36N/R17W, Town of Luck, Little Butternut Lake (class 1).

Polk County is declaring December 1, 2012, as the last day that Polk County wildlife crop damage assessments can be requested for the 2012 crop year under Wisconsin’s Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program. This date is based on the county’s policy for crop damage claim payments on late harvested crops. The policy states: All wildlife damage claims on row crops filed after 90% of the county’s harvest for that crop has been completed, will be denied. Anyone seeking additional program information may contact Cindy at the Tri County Wildlife Damage Program office at 715-3492186. 573875 14-15L WNAXLP




Burnett County is declaring December 15, 2012, as the last day that Burnett County wildlife crop damage assessments can be requested for the 2012 crop year under Wisconsin’s Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program. This date is based on the County’s policy for crop damage claim payments on late harvested crops. The policy states: All wildlife damage claims on row crops filed after 90% of the County’s harvest for that crop has been completed, will be denied. Anyone seeking additional program information may contact Cindy at the Tri County Wildlife Damage Program office at 715349-2186. 573975 15-16L WNAXLP

The Next Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Monday, December 3, 2012, At 7 p.m. At The Meenon Town Hall

Agenda items to include: Clerk, Treasurer, Chairman and Supervisors reports; road discussion; set date for Caucus; bids; approval of any liquor license or operator’s licenses; pay bills; adjourn to closed session for the purpose of discussion of employee job description and contract. Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk 574188 15L 5a

(Nov. 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff vs. CORY J. HAASNOOT, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 327 AMENDED 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: December 13, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East 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 27th day of November, 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. 2332271 574319 WNAXLP


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

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Notice is hereby given to qualified electors of the Frederic School District that a school board election will be held April 2, 2013, to fill the following board positions: • Three-year term: Two positions due to expiring term of Rebecca Amundson and Scott Nelson. An elector desiring to be a candidate for a position on the school board must file a declaration of candidacy and campaign registration statement at the Frederic School District office located at 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., on Monday through Friday, mailed to the address above, or filed personally with the school district clerk Rebecca Amundson or school district election clerk Phyllis Wilder prior to 5 p.m., January 2, 2013. Dated this 21st day of November, 2012. Rebecca Amundson 573983 15L District Clerk


Holiday parade


This young caroler was bundled up and smiling despite the cold in Siren on Saturday, Nov. 24. - Photo by Julia Summer

In past years, the oldest veteran in the Siren area would officially light the Christmas trees in the Siren Veterans Park on Siren’s Main Street, but this year Josh Kreft, a Unity graduate who is now in the National Guard’s 950th Engineer Route Clearing Company out of Spooner and has just finished basic and AIT training, was given the honor of lighting the trees. Here he is shown with the Siren royalty.

Photos by Sherill Summer unless otherwise noted

Santa and Mrs. Claus dusted off the sleigh for this year’s holiday season. Rudolph and team were nowhere to be found at the Siren holiday parade, however.

6-year old Justyce and 4-year old Zailyn of Webster (L to R) get a close-up view of the lights at the Christmas tree lighting in Siren on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Library makes offer on former grocery store building

Frosty with a fresh coat of snow.

The holiday season officially started at Crooked Lake Park in Siren on Saturday evening, Nov. 24, when the many displays were lit up for the first time.

MILLTOWN - The Milltown Public Library has made an offer on the old grocery store located at 108 Central Ave. in Milltown but needs to raise additional funds to finalize the purchase. The library is looking for help to make the purchase a reality. The public is asked to watch for updates on its Web site, Building Project Page and Facebook. Currently, the following businesses are supporting the building project: Julia’s Java is donating 5 percent of all Library Lover’s Latte purchases to the library. Butternut Bed & Breakfast is donating 5 percent of all stays booked through March 2013 to the library. Shafer’s Café and Cheese and More

have coupons available at the library. You will save $1 and for each coupon used, $1 will be donated to the library. Schaffer Manufacturing, Milltown Community Club and the Friends of the Milltown Public Library, along with numerous individual donors have also supported the project so far. Call the library or stop in if you would like to help or make a donation. The hours and information for the library are phone, 715-825-2313, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m, Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, and Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m. or e-mail milltownpl@ - submitted




Mike Murphy receives Distinguished Service Award

Honored by area athletic directors for contribution to area sports scene

to the kids and tell them they did a nice job, to me that’s worth anything you can think of,” said Murphy. Since retiring in 1999, Murphy has generated a considerable interest in sports with area youth by hosting the many youth baseball and softball tournaments

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – Volunteering is oftentimes a thankless activity that goes unnoticed by many, but for most volunteers, they aren’t in it for fame or to get noticed. They do it because they love it, or have a burning desire to spread good throughout the community or simply help others in any way they can. Mike Murphy is no exception. He is a tireless community volunteer who has dedicated much of his professional career and efforts through community service in supporting youth and high school sports programs. Murphy is a recognizable face in the sporting community, particularly in Siren where he has lived since 1967, taught math for 32 years and coached just about every sport there is to coach. Since retiring in 1999, Murphy hasn’t stopped, whether it’s announcing at the local basketball game, doing play-by-play at a high school softball game or lending advice as an assistant coach, Murphy is there. He’s been at the forefront of organizing dozens of local youth sporting competitions including punt, pass and kick as well as youth baseball and fast-pitch softball during the summer, and doesn’t limit himself to helping schools in the Siren community. He also helps Unity, Luck, Webster, Frederic and others. For his lifetime of community service and being a dedicated supporter of youth and other local sports programs, Murphy was recently honored as a recipient of the District 1, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association’s Distinguished Service Award. The award goes out annually to those who have a major impact on the local sports community, and Murphy was recognized this month at the annual WADA workshop. “Murph was well-deserving. He has done so much for this community, from his days as a teacher and coach, to now working with the Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge, punt, pass and kick, the Siren Ballpark,” said Siren athletic director Ryan Karsten. “He has done a great amount for the youth in the area for the last 40-plus years. He is a real community treasure!” Karsten and other local athletic directors who have known Murphy for the past several years helped to nominate him for the award. While Murphy has one of the most recognizable faces in Siren, he grew up in Luck and earned his high school diploma there in 1962. Even during his high school years, Murphy was involved in youth sports, coaching junior high baseball be-

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Mike Murphy, arguably one of the most familiar faces in the Siren community, particularly in the local sports scene, was recognized recently with the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association’s Distinguished Service Award. – Photo by Marty Seeger fore eventually moving to Siren where he began a long teaching and coaching career. During his first year in Siren, he was an assistant football coach at about the time Siren made the switch from playing eightman football to 11-man football. During the first year, the Dragons never won a game under then head coach Bob Lee, scoring only one touchdown in the final game of the season. Two years later, Lee and Murphy helped coach the Dragons to the conference championship game. “We came a long way in two years,” Murphy said. From that time forward, Murphy was set on helping to change and improve Siren athletics, which included starting up a track program in 1972. Eventually, the track program boasted a long string of conference titles, but along with track,

Murphy also coached boys and girls basketball, and even girls volleyball for a few years, helping the volleyball team to become competitive with the other area teams. “I feel proud of that but I feel proud to have worked with such excellent kids, intelligent kids and parents who backed their kids,” said Murphy. Along with a long coaching career in Siren, Murphy eventually expanded his reach to help out in other communities, as an assistant coach for Luck softball, as well as the Webster softball program, during a time when both teams were highly competitive, and that’s really what Murphy has strived to teach kids throughout his career. “As long as we’re competitive and as long as kids can feel good about themselves, and the other coaches can come up

••• SIOUX FALLS, S.D., – The Division II Augustana men’s basketball team remained undefeated in their first five games of the season after a 66-47 win over Dakota State on Monday, Nov. 19. Former Luck standout Brennan Olson went 4 for 5 from the field for eight points and two rebounds in 15 minutes of play. The Vikings open up Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferon Brennan Olson ence action Saturday, Dec. 1, when they play host to Wayne State. Olson is a junior this season and majoring in biology. He is the son of Brian and Karen Olson. – with information from ••• OSCEOLA – The Thursday, Nov. 29, New Auburn at Unity boys and girls basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM beginning at 6 p.m. The Friday, Nov. 30, Luck at Cumberland boys basketball game can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7 p.m. The Amery at Rice Lake boys and girls basketball games can be heard on 1260 AM on Friday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. The Tuesday, Dec. 4, Colfax at Amery boys basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers game can be heard on both 104.9 FM and 105.7 FM on Sunday, Dec. 2, beginning at noon. The Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Badgers football game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. – with information from Sports Illustrated Magazine ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2012 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Blizzard boys tested early

Team looks like top contender for another Two Rivers title by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – Under fourth-year head coach Grant Nicoll, the WSFLG Blizzard boys hockey team sports a record of 57-18-2. With that winning percentage, along with a crop of 10 seniors and significant depth on the roster this season, there’s a good chance this Blizzard team will be adding even more wins to the win column this season. “I look forward to all the returning talent and our 10 seniors to lead the way,” said Nicoll. “Our depth will help carry us to where we want to be at the end of the year.” The Blizzard won the Two Rivers Conference crown last season quite handily with a record of 14-0, and lost just two games all season long out of a total of 24 games. They lost a difficult game against Superior in the sectional semifinals to close out a spectacular 2012 campaign. The Blizzard will look to repeat again for another conference title but will have a much more difficult schedule on tap for the 2012-13 year. Nicoll said that Legacy Christian and Minneapolis will be standing in the way of a possible repeat in the conference from last year. Other key opponents will include Somerset, New Richmond, River Falls and Verona. The Blizzard has already taken their talents to

The Blizzard boys hockey team will look to defend their Two Rivers Conference title for the 2012-13 season. – Leader file photo Sheboygan, where they met solid teams from both Wisconsin and Michigan. “We picked up some great section one teams like New Richmond on our nonconference schedule. We also were invited to Rochester, Minn., for an invitational tournament,” Nicoll said. The strength of their schedule alone should improve the team, which lost two out of their three games last weekend, Nov. 23-25, at the tournament in Sheboygan. The Blizzard also lost some quality senior talent to graduation last season, including Joe Engelhart who had 70 total points last season and was nominated to the all-state team twice. “We have some big goal scorers that

graduated last year and we’ll need someone to pick up the slack,” Nicoll said.

Sheboygan tournament SHEBOYGAN – The Blizzard boys ran into some pretty stiff competition last week, Nov. 23-25, at a tournament held in Sheboygan. On Friday, Nov. 23, the Blizzard fell 8-1 to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School, a team from Michigan. Orchard Lake led 2-0 after the first period and took a 5-0 lead midway through the second period before Aaron Dietmeier put the Blizzard on the board with a goal on assist from teammate Alex Hopkins. That was the only goal the Blizzard was able to put together, however, as their first

game of the season was met with the loss. On Saturday, Nov. 24, the Blizzard picked up their first win of the season against Fox Cities in a 5-2 contest. Dakota Linke put the Blizzard on the board first just under four minutes into the contest. Ryan Curtis was credited on the assist. Fox Cities tied the game at one apiece just 10 seconds later for the second goal of the first period, but it would be only one goal of two allowed by Blizzard goalie Brandon Roufs, who was peppered with 16 shots on the day. Curtis gave the Blizzard a 2-1 lead after the second period on assists from Drew Alderman and Shay Johnson, but it was the third period that powered the Blizzard ahead of Fox Cities. Dietmeier scored a goal just 15 seconds into the third period on assist from Linke, and Jake Swenson scored on assist by Dietmeier. Hopkins also scored in the third period with assists from Dietmeier and Curtis. The Blizzard completed their tournament at Sheboygan with a loss to Sheboygan by a score of 6-3. Sheboygan took a 3-0 lead after the first period and the Blizzard were unable to recover from there. A second-period goal by Brandon Ryan on assist from Hopkins had the Blizzard trailing 4-1, but Johnson opened up the third period with a goal on assist by Hopkins and Swenson, and Ryan put another goal in the net just a minute later to make it a 4-3 game still led by Sheboygan. But that’s as close as the Blizzard would get despite getting 25 shots on goal in the third period. The Blizzard will continue their season with a nonconference game at Somerset on Tuesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 7 p.m.

Blizzard girls open season at Baldwin tournament Take one of three nonconference tournament games Fusion 3, Blizzard 2 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALDWIN – The Blizzard girls hockey team competed in their first tournament of the season at Baldwin during the annual Fusion Thanksgiving Tournament that began Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Lady Blizzard met up against the St. Croix Valley Fusion in their opening debut under new head coach Stefany Getty, who took over for former coach Tim Bennett. Bennett led the Lady Blizzard to a 13-13 season last year and the team had several close battles, including a tight 3-2 playoff loss against Chippewa Falls/Menomonie. The team is back again this season with several quality athletes including three girls who were considerations for the allstate team including Kassie Lien, Sam O’Brien and Wendy Roberts, who are all back for another season. The Lady Blizzard were formidable scorers last season and were the second highest scoring team in girls WIAA hockey. Roberts was the second leading scorer in total points in girls hockey and Lien and O’Brien weren’t far behind that mark. Ashley Dietmeier was another key scorer for the Blizzard hockey team last season, and she is back this season as well. Goalie Hope Tucker is also back with the Blizzard this season. She had 30 saves

The Blizzard girls hockey team has a ton of talent back from last season as well as a new head coach. – Leader file photo in the girls opening debut against the Fusion, while the Blizzard put up 19 shots on the Fusion. Unfortunately, the Lady Blizzard fell in a 3-2 contest that saw the Fusion scoring first. The Fusion led up until the third period when Paige Young tied it up with assists from Sophie Klein and Amelie LeRoux. At the halfway point in the third period, the Fusion retook the lead, but the Blizzard stormed back with a goal by Dietmeier on assists from Roberts and Young. But the Fusion won out, scoring the final goal with just 20 seconds to go in the game.

Hayward 8, Blizzard 1 BALDWIN – The Lady Blizzard followed through their Thanksgiving tournament with a loss on Friday, Nov. 23, against a tough Hayward team. The Hurricanes rolled along in the first period, scoring three goals before the Blizzard put up a goal from Paige Johnson on assist from Mackenzie Omer. Hayward had another three goals in the second period and added two more in the third. Goalie Hope Tucker had a busy day on the ice, stopping 35 shots.

weekend softball or baseball tournaments in the summer, Murphy can spend between 40 and 50 hours of time organizing and helping out any way he can. “I jumped at (hosting) them because it’s good for our community and good for our area like this, and I felt fortunate that I have a lot of good people up there that I work with that will do these things because they enjoy doing it too,” he said. As is typical with Murphy, he’s quick to

point out the help he receives from other members of the community with parents and other coaches, but also the support of his wife, Barb, who he’s been married to for 44 years. “I just try to be positive. I enjoy what I do and I’m just thankful the person upstairs has given me such a good fortune to have a wonderful wife and also be given the ability to do things and work with people. I’m just lucky and thankful,” Mur-

Blizzard 5, Cougars 4 BALDWIN – The Fusion Thanksgiving Tournament in Baldwin ended on a high note for the Lady Blizzard hockey team on Saturday, Nov. 24, with a 5-4 win over the Cap City Cougars, a team from the Madison area. At 8:41 in the first period, the Cougars took a 1-0 lead and stretched it to a twogoal lead just two minutes later. The Lady Blizzard got on the board quickly, however, with a goal from Sam O’Brien on assist from Kassie Lien. The Blizzard tied the game at two apiece just before the end of the first period with an unassisted goal from O’Brien. The second period started hot for the Blizzard who took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Amelie LeRoux and assist from Abby Stevens, but once again, the Cougars came back to tie 17 seconds later to tie it back up at three. Lien gave the Blizzard a 4-3 lead near the end of the second period with assist from O’Brien, and the Blizzard held onto the lead for much of the third period until just over three minutes remained. The Cougars managed to tie the game at four and send it into overtime. During the overtime, the Blizzard took control and finished the game on a goal from Lien with assists from Roberts and O’Brien. The Blizzard girls will be heading to Silver Bay High School for their next game starting at 7:30 p.m., this Friday, Nov. 30.

Mike Murphy/continued at the Siren Ballpark each year, while incorporating special competitions to engage youth in contests. He’s constantly innovating new kinds of competition and has also established Knights of Columbus free-throw competitions in other communities as well as knowledge and spelling competitions. The most recent additions to the area include the popular punt, pass and kick competitions, as well as the NFL PP&K regional competitions. During

phy said. As a born competitor and not one to stand on the sidelines, Murphy would like to get back to doing some assistant coaching work, and continue to encourage youth to compete. “I just love working with kids, whether it’s in high school or elementary, that’s just the way I am, because to me it’s just fun.”








West Lakeland girls conference up for grabs Siren looks to be favorite to win the conference by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – It’s going to be another balanced West Lakeland girls basketball conference in 2012-13, with no clear front-runner, and the Frederic Vikings are one of the seven who will be fighting for a conference title. Coached by Troy Wink for the 13th season now, the Vikings bring back a well-balanced team. According to Wink, the team is working hard and has bought into playing together as a team, and that’s one of the things he’s most excited about this season. The Vikings already picked up a win in their home opener against Solon Springs, and despite not getting a lot of varsity experience back from last year, they do return both Kendra Mossey and Natalie Phernetton, who were starters last season, and letter winners Lara Harlander and Carly Gustafson. “Once again our conference will be well-balanced,” Wink said, hinting that Siren is a favorite this season but St. Croix Falls is the returning conference champion and will look to defend their title. In no particular order, Wink noted that Luck, Grantsburg, Unity and Webster all have something to offer in yet another challenging conference season. “The key will be to play to our strengths and try to find some weaknesses in those teams and capitalize on them. I see us being able to compete with all of them each night and give it another run at finishing in the top three spots in conference, in the process accomplish another winning season and make a run in the tournaments,” said Wink. Grantsburg basketball The Grantsburg Pirate girls basketball team has a new head coach this season with Kelly Hallberg, who has eight years of coaching experience under her belt but in her first season as a head coach. She spent six years coaching in Houston, Texas, in the district she taught in as a counselor, and another two years at a community youth league in Huntsville, Texas. “I am excited about our girls’ quickness, drive and winning mentality. This group is willing to do whatever it takes (also the team motto) to help the team succeed!” she said. The Pirates have several returning starters from last year, as well as fresh faces, but some of the familiar athletes include Sam Schwieger, Kylie Pewe, Stacy McKenzie, Jen Schwieger, Macy Hanson and Cathy LaMere. Hallberg says quickness and leadership will be keys to Pirates success and Hallberg is stressing that every possession of every game is critical. “Every year brings new challenges and new dynamics to our team and our opponents. Some girls have graduated, some girls’ abilities have changed, some grow while some have lost interest. There are many other variables such as coaching changes. The Lady Pirate basketball team has experienced all of those things so we will concentrate on adapting to one another and just play basketball,” Hallberg said. Assistant coach Tory Olson is another new addition to a Pirates team who finished second in the conference last season with a 17-5 record overall, and 9-3 in the conference.

St. Croix Falls basketball Head St. Croix Falls girls basketball head coach Angie Maternowsky is entering her 10th season with the Saints and has a lot to look forward to this season in trying to defend last year’s conference championship. The Saints also earned a spot in the regional title last season only to fall short against Bloomer. But veteran coaches like Maternowsky are always up to the challenge each season. “Every year, putting together a new team is exciting. You never have a team that is identical to another. Just working with the new girls is always enjoyable,” she said. The team has Osceola, Amery and Somerset on the schedule this season which should help them prepare for yet another tough group of opponents in the West Lakeland. Key returners from last season include Sydney Geisness, Jessica Rademacher, Taylor Orton and Natalie Sempf. The Saints lost a solid point guard to graduation last season with Sarah Petznick, as well as Caitlyn Olson, but there is still a lot of varsity experience on the roster, which should carry the Saints well this season.

Siren’s Caitlyn Daniels goes in for a layup against the Clayton Bears during a nonconfference test on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Dragons are one of the favorites to win the conference this season. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson Luck basketball Luck comes into the season with a solid lineup, led by senior standout Avery Steen, who is an offensive and defensive threat at all levels. Steen has several strong seniors to back her up, and a solid bench of talent to back them up. "We've really got good chemistry," stated head coach Marty Messar. "Lots of interchangeable parts!" Messar is a truly seasoned veteran coach, and this is his 37th year in that role. "But it's not about me, it's all about these girls," he said. Messar is optimistic about the season, as they are coming off a tough season last year, where they won only two games, in part due to a plague of injuries ranging from knees to concussions, that left him with a thin bench and a player by committee attack approach last year. He expects this to be a much better season, noting how they are healthier and excited to get back in the fray. "We need to get them back into game speed, with the tempo, speed, intensity. They need to be pumped up. But I'm a half full kind of guy," he said, but he is also realistic, and noted the ability to pass and catch the ball can be an issue at times. "We're a work in progress," he admitted. "But I love these kids, they're a special group of kids, for sure." Messar has the assistance of longtime assistant Barb Melin, who has a bevy of coaching experience, as well. "She's got all kinds of experience," he said. "I rely on her for lots of stuff and advice." Messar is not out to make any predictions for his own squad, but said they need to "find a sense of urgency, all the time, every play, every game," he said.

But he said the West Lakeland Conference is a question mark this season, and said St. Croix Falls, Siren and Grantsburg are sure to do well, but he is unsure of several squads, such as Unity, whom he called his "dark horse." "We have good potential, but we're not quite there yet," he admits. "Their coachability is never questioned. They want to do well, and we all look forward to practices." – Greg Marsten

Siren basketball Fifth-year head coach Ryan Karsten is all too familiar with the girls he’s got to work with this season, as he’s coached many of them since they were in the second and third grade. Karsten spent eight of his years prior to becoming a head coach of the Dragons as the junior varsity coach and one as the junior high coach. “It is great to see how these girls have grown up since then,” Karsten said. The Dragons return all but one starter from last season which should give Siren a good shot at the conference title. The team has a well-balanced scoring attack with Mackenzie Smith averaging seven points per game last season, but Brittany Coulter, Liz Brown, Raven Emery and Carly Good each averaged six points per game, followed by Kyaisha Kettula, who averaged five. Brown was the leader in rebounds averaging 12.5 rebounds per game. “Our guard play and depth should help us be competitive,” Karsten said. “Everyone we play, everyone brings us a different challenge. After a down year last year, we have to prepare hard for everyone, every night!”

Unity basketball The Unity girls basketball team has been improving steadily over the years and, for the past three seasons, coach Carol Kline has been leading the way. This season she has four returning starters including leading scorer Shauna Jorgenson who averaged 14 points per game last season. Other starters include Sarah Bader, Shay Nelson, Anna Ebensperger and juniors Maddie Ramich, Carly Ince and Cass Hanson will add to the depth to the bench, according to Kline. “We have a great group of freshmen coming in, who will help the program,” added Kline. The Eagles will have another tough conference to contend with but finished with a 6-6 record last season and 13-10 overall as a relatively young team in terms of varsity experience. “The West Lakeland Conference is always tough. We feel that if we bring our best to each game, we will have a good chance to be conference contenders. Of course, that’s the same for each team, so we will be taking it one game at a time. Fans should be in for a good season as they follow the West Lakeland Conference,” Kline said. Webster basketball The Webster girls basketball team finished a rough year in the conference last season, going winless in the conference and going 3-20 overall. The team lost just three seniors to graduation last season and return five more, including Kally Schiller, Cailea Dochniak, Angel Christianson and Gabby Schiller. Juniors Tammy Quatmann, Evon Maxwell and Marissa Elliott, and sophomores Christina Weis and Stefani Wambolt round out the rest of the Tigers roster. The Tigers lost a lopsided contest last season in the first round of the playoffs to Flambeau, but lost a much closer game to Division 3 Spooner in their season opener Monday, Nov. 26, by a score of 46-36.








Boys basketball teams will have fight to the top returning varsity starters including juniors Nick Lunde and Andrew Erickson, as well as senior Noah Casterton. Junior Trevor Cross is another returning player but, once again, the Saints have several new faces on varsity. Those include seniors Dylan Lynch and Matt Gjovig, junior Zarek Kubesh and sophomores Niko Neuman, Mark Wampfler and Jacob Jacobson. There are also new additions to the coaching staff including Chris Bergh with the junior varsity and Tory Greenquist as an assistant varsity coach. Brian Jacobson also coaches C squad. The strength of the team, according to Hall, will be the Saints size and three returning starters. “(We’re) still young, need to find consistency with outside shooting and ball handling,” Hall said.

Luck Cardinals a favorite to cruise through the West Lakeland by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – Boys basketball teams should have a fight to the finish for the West Lakeland Conference title this season as several teams that were loaded last season are starting fresh. That won’t diminish the quality of competition, though, as the West Lakeland is known yearly for its quality of basketball in the Northwest, starting with the Frederic Vikings, who fought their way to a regional championship over a loaded Siren team. It was the Vikings first regional crown since 1983, and coach Ryan Lind will no doubt have his Vikings in peak performance come tournament time. The Vikings lost considerable talent to graduation last season with point guard Waylon Buck and power forward Michael Tesch, but senior Adam Chenal is a born leader and one of the Vikings leading scorers last season. Ian Lexen could provide the inside threat and along with Chenal and three other senior athletes in Chris Schorn, Daniel Larson and Jack Neumann, the Vikings could be a darkhorse in the conference. With three juniors including Ben Kurkowski, Jaryd Braden and Zach Kuechenmeister, along with four other sophomores, the Vikings have a lot of raw talent to work with this season. Grantsburg basketball The Grantsburg boys basketball is bringing some fresh faces to the court this season under fourth-year head coach Nick Hallberg. Since their state tournament run in 2011, the Pirates have graduated nearly all of their talents, but Hallberg is still excited to get the season under way despite early challenges to start the season. “We have a very tough nonconference schedule, starting with Spooner on Friday, Nov. 30. “Our conference games are always vital to a successful season as well,” said Hallberg. Seniors Connor Myers and Brady Thompson will help to lead the Pirates who will weigh their success on a solid defense, which could be one of the team’s biggest strengths. “We always feel like defense is our No. 1 strength, so I would like to think it will be again this year. Team chemistry is close behind,” Hallberg said. One of the weaknesses of the Pirates could be the lack of experience for some of the players who spent much of their time at the junior varsity level. But that doesn’t mean the Pirates won’t have a say in who earns the conference title. Hallberg expects his team to be right in the mix. Luck basketball The Cardinals have a solid group of seniors this season, nine in total. While not all of them will see lots of playing time, the depth and experience is huge to the squad this season, as the Cards hopes to stay toward the top of the strong West Lakeland Conference. “I’m not sure where everybody else stacks up,” head coach Rick Giller admitted. “St. Croix Falls is unsure, same for Grantsburg and

Unity basketball Unity boys basketball coach Shaun Fisher is heading into his sixth year as head coach of the Eagles and has a good group of kids coming back after finishing 13-11 and 7-5 in conference action. “I am excited about the athleticism, effort and attitude of this team. They are going to be a fun group to work with this season. We will also have a more balanced scoring attack this year, which is exciting,” said Fisher. Along with athleticism, the Eagle boys have a lot of varsity experience returning for the 2012-13 season and the ability to play solid defense, according to Fisher. “We will have a nice mix of upperclassmen that will provide good leadership to a couple of underclassmen that will earn significant playing time,” Fisher said.

Kyle Hunter is one of several weapons on the Luck Cardinals roster this season. – Photo by Larry Samson Unity can surprise us all.” handful of talented athletes who work But Giller is also confident that his well together, according to coach Jon squad can stay in the mix all year, and Ruud, with some logging some quality likes the extended experience and deep minutes on the varsity court last season. bench. “This team plays well together. They are “The experience is a good thing, for very close with one another. I think that sure,” he said, noting his own experience this team will refuse to quit, and this dehas surpassed a dozen years as head termination will help them with the numcoach. ber of tough teams that we will be Giller expects big things from John playing,” Ruud said. Denny, and also thinks Trent Strapon The Dragons don’t start play until should do well at point for the squad, and Thursday, Nov. 29, at home against Turtle he also is confident in the defensive skills Lake, and from then on the schedule doesof Karsten Petersen, who can also con- n’t get much easier. They’ve got Unity, tribute big points when pressed. Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck and returning “I think we’ll be strong on the boards state-qualifying Drummond. this year,” he said, noting the team’s play “This will be a great challenge for our in their first two games as an example. young team,” Ruud said. “I’m confident we’ll be in the thick of it all!” – Greg Marsten SCF basketball Siren basketball St. Croix Falls is The Dragon boys still in a rebuilding lost a lot of fireprocess under secpower last season ond-year head and, while their coach Chad Hall, starting core has but the good news been lost to graduais the team has three tion, they have a

Webster basketball The Webster boys basketball team is entering a new era this season under firstyear head coach Chad Bolkema, who attended Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where he played basketball for two seasons before doing some student coaching for the following two seasons. “Other than my student coaching, my other coaching experiences have come with coaching AAU ball back home in Boyden, Iowa. I also coached kindergarten through eighth-grade baseball for three summers during my sophomore-senior years of college,” Bolkema said. He also attended Boyden-Hull High School in northwestern Iowa, which is known for a rich tradition of basketball and some of the best in the state, according to Bolkema, and he hopes to continue to carry on those traditions in Webster, where he currently teaches fifth grade. Bolkema is working with a relatively clean slate and only has three returning athletes with varsity experience including Jake Sargent and Shawn Stevens, who he hopes will step into a leadership role this season. Because Bolkema is working such a young team, he is hoping to do a lot of things differently than in previous years, which should help in the long run, and Bolkema says he’s excited to see improvements from his athletes throughout the year. “A weakness we will have this year is our youth. We don’t have a lot of experience playing against varsity opponents. We are going to have to fight through our low points and learn from our highs.”








Cardinal girls go triple OT with the 'Greens Northwood 49, Luck 42 (3 OT) by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The Luck Cardinals tried but couldn't get past a strong Northwoods Evergreen squad at home on Tuesday, Nov. 28, as it took three overtimes for the contest to be settled, with it going the 'Greens way in the end, 49-42. By most accounts, it was the first time the Cardinal girls had played to a triple OT game in the past 30-plus years, although they had numerous chances to seal the win. The regular contest was Northwoods most of the way, as Luck had foul trouble early, which burned them at the charity stripe. "(We shot) 13 of 24 from the foul line," stated Luck head coach Marty Messar. "Which had we made our free throws may have resulted in a different outcome." Overall, the Cardinals had a very hard time sinking buckets, and seemed tentative at times. "We shot a very anemic 14 of 71 for the game - 19.7-percent - and 2-20 in the overtimes," Messar said. Senior Avery Steen led all scorers with 25 points, followed by sophomore Jenni Holdt with six points. Rebounding was a better stat for the Cards, with junior Darian Ogilvie leading the way with ten boards, followed by Angela Gore and Steen with seven and six, respectively. It was Ogilvie who pushed the squad in their first OT, when she converted a free throw with .1 seconds on the clock. "It wasn't a pretty game to watch, but our second-half performance was much better than the first half," Messar said. "Lots of work remains for us as a team, but these kids showed real character last night." The Cards evened up their overall record at 1-1, and they now move on to play at Turtle Lake on Friday, Nov. 30.

Luck senior Jaimee Buck plays keep away from a Northwood defender Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Luck. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Darian Ogilvie powers up toward the basket for the Cardinals.

Luck boys handle the Macks Luck 44, Chippewa Falls McDonnell 37 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The Luck Cardinal boys were able to wrangle in the visiting Chippewa Falls McDonell Macks at home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, winning the nonconference game 44-37. The Macks started the whole show with a monster dunk by senior Josh Watton, and they jumped to the lead on the Cards, going into the halftime, Luck trailed by a 23-19 score, in part due to lots of fouls and missed passes. The Cards woke up offensively in the second half, in part due to a Macks squad that was plumb worn out from their explosive running of the court in the first half. Luck responded with much better defense in the second frame, and did a better job in the their own paint, where they relied on the scoring prowess of senior John Denny, who finished with 23 points, 16 of them in the second half. Luck also did a better job of containing the Macks, holding them to just 14 points, and sealing the victory, 44-37. “A win is a win. But it was not pretty,” Luck head coach Rick Giller said. “Evan Armour played well in the post. John (Denny) and Kyle (Hunter) and Evan did a good job on the boards for us.” Other notables for the Cards included eight points for Evan Armour and six more for Hunter, with Trent Strapon adding four points and Karsten Petersen contributing three more. “Karsten played outstanding defense on their top scorer. But we’ve got a long ways to go to be a good team,” Giller said. Luck goes to 2-0 overall, and travels to Cumberland next for their third nonconference game later this week.

Unity 49, Cumberland 34 CUMBERLAND – The Unity Eagle boys cruised to their second-straight victory over Cumberland on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in a nonconference matchup. “Our game versus Cumberland was a nice win for us. We did have a slow start offensively but our defensive effort was excellent throughout the game. We will continue to work together on the offensive end to get on the same page consistently. We will have a chance to keep improving when we play a quality opponent on Thursday against New Auburn,” said Eagles coach Shaun Fisher. Dakota Ward led the Eagles well-balanced scoring attack with 14 points, and Zac Johnson put up nine, followed by Logan Bader and Dylan Ruck each with eight points, Aaron Koshatka, seven and Jordan Lowe with three.

Luck’s Evan Armour goes hard for a layup against Chippewa Falls McDonell – Photo by Greg Marsten

The Frederic Viking boys played at Shell Lake Tuesday, Nov. 27, winning a close one 47-46. No game stats were available at press time – Photo by Larry Samson








Frederic boys fall short to Solon Springs

Viking girls prevail over struggling Solon Springs Solon Springs 41, Frederic 35 by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader FREDERIC – The Frederic boys,’ on Tuesday Nov. 20, had a tough pre-Thanksgiving home opener versus Solon Springs. Both teams started with a full-court press, but the Vikings were unable to maintain the pressure from the Solon Springs Eagles. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, 16-5 in the first quarter, and it looked fairly bleak for the Vikings.

Frederic was able to gain a little ground in the second quarter, but found themselves in the bonus early in the quarter. The Vikings had many second and third opportunities, but were unable to put the ball in the basket. Defensively both sides were playing well, but the Eagles were able to hold a 10-point lead at the half. In the third quarter the Vikings had trouble holding on to the ball, with costly turnovers, and the Eagles extended their lead to 16 points. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings showed signs of life, with superb defensive play by senior Ian Lexen, who was able to force turnovers at half-court and help the Vikings close the gap to seven points. But it was too little too late for Frederic as they ran out of time and lost by six points. No stats for Frederic were

Frederic's Mikayla Arthurs goes up for a layup against Solon Springs during a Vikings win in their home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Frederic's Adam Chenal takes flight for a layup during Frederic’s first home game of the season against Solon Springs Tuesday, Nov. 20. – Photos by Eugen Ruhn lander. Carly Gustafson was able to get to available by press time. the free-throw line a couple of times and made four out of five in the quarter. Frederic 51, Solon Springs 31 The Vikings were able to extend their FREDERIC – The Frederic girls had a strong home opener on Tuesday Nov. 20, lead in the third quarter, which did carry with a big win over nonconference foe on until the end of the game. Frederic Solon Springs. The Frederic crowd had looked very good defensively, and also signs made up for Lara Harlander’s 16th was able to move the ball very well on ofbirthday. The Vikings started the game fense. Leading scorer for the Vikings was Lara with a seven-point run in the first half of the first quarter, but the Eagles answered Harlander with 19 points, Gustafson back with a run of their own to even the added 11 points, Lexi Domagala had nine, Kendra Mossey had six, and Kendra score at 11 at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings started the second quarter Mosay-Buck and Natalie Phernetton very strong, outscoring the Eagles 17-4, added three points apiece. with a couple of big 3-point shots by Har-

Cardinal girls open season with lopsided win Luck 50, Cumberland 17 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CUMBERLAND – The Luck Cardinal girls basketball team opened their 2012 campaign with an easy victory over the Beavers of Cumberland on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Cumberland. The game was a nice nonconference warm-up for the Cards, who led by 15 points at the end of the first quarter, 29-8 at the half and finished on top, 50-17. Senior Luck standout Avery Steen led all scorers with 14 points. “Backing her up was Darian Ogilvie with eight points, and Whitney Petersen chipped in six more,” stated Luck head coach Marty Messar. “We had 11 players score for us and everyone got lots of court time.” Messar shifted out plenty of players, and they spread the scoring around the horn, as well as the passing, rebounds and court time. Luck shot 41 percent, making 21 of 51 shots from the field, including 4of-5 attempts from the 3-point arc. Steen also led in assists with three, with senior Taylor Joy adding two more. “We had seven players register assists for the contest,” Messar noted. “Eleven girls had rebounds for us: Darian Ogilvie had five, and Taylor Joy, Avery Steen and Tessa Clemenson all added four each.” Luck had no trouble containing the struggling Beavers, who have a thin bench and no seniors on this year’s squad.

Cardinal senior Hannah Karl (No. 3) works the paint inside against Cumberland on Thursday, Nov. 15. – Photos by Greg Marsten “It was a successful start to our season wood on Tuesday night,” Messar said. and we will host sectional finalist North-

Luck junior Whitney Petersen goes in for a layup.








Clayton wins out over Dragon girls Clayton 48, Siren 42 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – The Dragon girls basketball team suffered a loss to Clayton on Tuesday, Nov. 27. It was a close game in the first half but a low scoring affair as both teams were knotted at eight after the first quarter. The game was tied at 17 at the half but the Bears extended their lead to eight after the third quarter and never looked back. Carly Good led the Dragons with 10 points, followed by Brittany Coulter with nine, Mackenzie Smith, eight, Kyaisha Kettula, six, Raven Emery, five, and Caitlyn Daniels and Liz Brown each had two. Shell Lake 52, Frederic 28 SHELL LAKE – The Frederic girls basketball team lost at Shell Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Vikings mustered just two points in the first quarter and seven second-quarter points, but Frederic was able to hold the Lakers to 21 in the first half. “We had an up-and-down game versus Shell Lake,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. “Need consistency on both ends of the floor, less fouls, and need to draw more fouls and get more free throws.” Kendra Mossey had 14 points for the Vikings followed by Lara Harlander, seven, MaKayla Arthurs, four and Carly Gustafson, three. Siren 72, Clear Lake 26 CLEAR LAKE – Siren girls basketball opened the season with a bang on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with a big win over Clear Lake, scoring 42 first-half points and holding the Warriors to 11 in the first half. Mackenzie Smith led the Dragons with a 26-point effort and Raven Emery had 10 in the rout, followed by Brittany Coulter, nine, Caitlyn Daniels and Kyaisha Kettula, each with seven, Liz Brown, six, Zoe Emery and Carly Good each had three, Laurel Kannenberg, two and Hope Peterson added one.

Brittany Coulter of Siren takes the ball to the hoop against Clayton Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Siren. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson

Frederic’s Carly Gustafson floats in for a layup against Shell Lake Tuesday, Nov. 27. – Photo by Larry Samson

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Back 2 The North 22.5, D.C.F. 20.5, A.J.R. 17, We Bowl 17, Team 16, The Bowlers 15. Boy’s games: Austin Bruss (DCF) 277, Parker Steen (B2TN) 191, Kyle Hunter (TB) 190. Boy’s series: Austin Bruss (DCF) 702, Kyle Hunter (TB) 562, Jordan Bazey (TB) 534. Girl’s games: Avery Steen (AJR) 170, Julia Owens (DCF) 144. Girl’s series: Avery Steen (AJR) 485, Julia Owens (DCF) 382. Team games: DCF 538, The Bowlers 506, Back 2 The North 503. Team series: DCF 1518, The Bowlers 1468, Back 2 The North 1402. Monday Afternoon Retired (Nov. 19) Standings: Bears 30, Eagles 28, Vultures 26, Hummingbirds 26, Night Hawks 22, Swans 21, Badgers 21. Men’s games (Handicap): Ron Noble 217, Tom Johnson 214, Dave Bannie 211. Men’s series (Handicap): Duane Doolittle 612, Ron Noble 603, Buster Heinrichs 594. Women’s games (Handicap): Sandy Bannie 228, Barbara Austad 225, Pat Bresina 224. Women’s series (Handicap): Barbara Austad 632, Gloria Johnson 603, Sandy Bannie 583. Team games (Handicap): Badgers 819, Eagles 809, Bears 798. Team series (Handicap): Swans 2261, Badgers 2247, Bears 2233. Monday Afternoon Retired (Nov. 26) Standings: Bears 33, Eagles 31, Vultures 30, Night Hawks 26, Hummingbirds 26, Swans 22, Badgers 21. Men’s games (Handicap): Roger Christenson 225, Jack Buecksler 224, Buster Heinrichs 215. Men’s series (Handicap): Roger Christenson 625, Alvin Tyler 611, Tony Deiss and Buster Heinrichs 592. Women’s games (Handicap): Pearl

Noble 223, Marge Traun 214, Joan Anderson 203. Women’s series (Handicap): Pearl Noble 587, Pat Bresina 576, Lila Larson 572. Team games (Handicap): Eagles 828, Bears 813, Swans 779. Team series (Handicap): Eagles 2250, Swans 2249, Vultures 2231. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 85, Great Northern Outdoors 82.5, Bottle Shop 82.5, Pioneer Bar 69, Northern Home & Improvement 56.5, House of Wood 53.5. Individual games: Chris Olson 268, Ed Bitler 257, Brett Daeffler 256. Individual series: Brett Daeffler 688, Chris Olson 686, Butch Hacker Jr. 649. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 685, Bottle Shop 661, Northern Home & Improvement 637. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1942, Bottle Shop 1856, Northern Home & Improvement 1818. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Chris Olson 7x = 268; Brett Daeffler 7x = 256; Ed Bitler 6x = 257; Bruce Teigen 6x = 254. Games 50 pins or more above average: Chris Olson 268 (+69); Bruce Teigen 254 (+63); Butch Hacker Jr. 246 (+61). Series 100 pins or more above average: Maynard Stevens 616 (+100). Splits converted: 2-10 Brett Daeffler; 27 Bruce Teigen; 2-4-10 Jason Pearson. Friday Night Ladies Standing: Pin Heads 62.5, Junque Art 52, SKM 51.5, The Leader 46, Frederic Design 40. Individual games: Karen Carlson 201, Pat Bresina 194, Gail Linke 193. Individual series: Gail Linke 552, Karen Carlson 536, Jen Ellefson 532. Team games: Pin Heads 690, Junque Art 620, SKM 599. Team series: Pin Heads 1956, Jungue Art 1793, SKM 1729. Games 50 or more above average: Pat Bresina. Splits converted: 3-7-10 Pat Traun; 4-710 Cindy Denn; 5-7 Judy Mravik.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Madness Standings: Bon Ton 51, Alleycats 46, Eagle Lounge 41, Mishaps 38. Individual game: Barbara Benson 209, Cathy Albrecht 189, Debbie Swanson 184. Individual series: Barbara Benson 533, Debbie Swanson 494, Cathy Albrecht 464 Team games (Handicap): Bon Ton 650, Eagle Lounge 648. Team series (Handicap): Bon Ton 1826, Mishaps 1806. Monday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Truck & Trailer 15, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 13, Milltown Appliance 11.5, Metal Products 10, Alyeska Contracting 7, McKenzie Lanes 5.5, Edina Divas 4, Bye 2. Individual games: Shirley Wilson 201, Kathy McKenzie 200, Cindy Castellano 182. Individual series: Kathy McKenzie 556, Shirley Wilson 541, Cindy Castellano 523. Team games (Handicap): Wolf Creek Log Furniture 822. Team series (Handicap): Wolf Creek Log Furniture 2418. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Kindred Spirits 118, Tomlinson Insurance 110.5, Custom Outfitter 108.5, Hauge Dental 100, Country Gals

87.5, Kassel Tap 82, Gutter Dusters 73.5, LC’s Gals 68. Individual games: Denise Donaghue 235, Mary Sue Morris 234, Kelley Hill 201. Individual series: Mary Sue Morris 570, Shirley Wiswell & Jane Smith 530. Team games (Handicap): Kassel Tap 895, Hauge Dental 894, Country Gals 834. Team series (Handicap): Kassle Tap 2457, Gutter Dusters 2386, Country Gals 2381. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Truhlsen Chiropractic 14.5, Hauge Dental 14, KJ’s 14, Central Bank 11, Cutting Edge Pro 9, Hack’s Pub 6, Eagle Valley Bank 6, Bont Chiropractic 5.5. Individual games: Lonnie Stowell 220, Jolene Tinney 208, Jennifer and Denise Donaghue 201. Individual series: Lonnie Stowell 567, Jennifer Whelan 563, Jolene Tinney 548. Team games: Hauge Dental 831, Cutting Edge Pro 819, Hack’s Pub 759. Team series: Hauge Dental 2464, Hack’s Pub 2241, Cutting Edge Pro 2201.

Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 32-12, Black & Orange 23.5-20.5, The Tap 16.527.5, Gandy Dancer Saloon 16-28. Individual games: Rita Tesch (YRS) 178, Bonnie Fischer (B&O) 161, Rosie Pumper (GDS) 152. Individual series: Kay Casey (YRS) 438, Rita Tesch (YRS) 434, Bonnie Fischer (B&O) 425. Team games: The Tap 948, Yellow River Saloon 862, Gandy Dancer Saloon 858. Team series: The Tap 2615, Yellow River Saloon 2557, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2461. Tuesday Tippers Standings: Main Home Services, Gob’s Gals, A&H Country Market, West Point Lodge.

Individual games: Laura Main (MHS) and Dawn Petersen (WPL) 214, Cindy Hesik (GG) 209. Individual series: Laura Main (MHS) 555, Sandy Wilson (A&H) 550, Vivian Marx (GG) 548. Team games: Gob’s Gals 741, Main Home Services 738, West Point Lodge 723. Team series: West Point Lodge 2099, Gob’s Gals 2097, A&H Country Market 2038. Wednesday Night Standings: Cascho 31-9, Lions 28-12, Black & Orange 23-17, Zia Louisa’s 2218, Pheasant Inn 14-26, Vacant 2-38. Individual games: Gene Ackland (ZL) 224, Jack Witzany (L) 218, Mike Zajac (C), Tim Vasatta (PI) and Roger Tollander (C) 211. Individual series: Roger Tollander (C) 593, Fred Zajac (C) 557, Gene Ackland (ZL) 556. Team games: Lions 979, Zia Louisa’s 948, Cashco 937. Team series: Zia Louisa’s 2772, Lions 2760, Cashco 2728. Games 50 or more above average: Gene Ackland 224 (+52); Jack Witzany 218 (+56).

Denny’s Downtown Lanes Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Wild Ones 47.5, Spare Us 47, Hi-Low Rollers 46, Sisters D 27.5. Individual games: Jim Loomis 202, Jamie Mier 169, Scott Lamphere 167. Individual series: Jim Loomis 506, Scott Lamphere 475, Jamie Mier 432. Team games: Wild Ones 282, Spare Us 279, Spare Us 275. Team series: Spare Us 788, Wild Ones 721, Hi-Low Rollers 660.




Early statement With their Nov. 27 victory over an always-tough (Chippewa Falls) McDonnell Central squad, coach Rick Giller’s Luck Cardinals showed that their sure-to-bemagical 2012-13 season just might extend to running the table in all games, not just THE SPORTS those in the Lakeland West conference. Can the Cards duplicate Siren’s 22-0 2011-12 mark? Karsten Petersen, Kyle Hunter, John Denny, Evan Armour and Dylan Lemay give the Redbirds a nucleus that could make a perfect season a legitimate goal.

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North Leader Land basketballer’s extend hoop careers A number of recent local graduates have made the rosters for their college teams. Mike Tesch of Frederic, UWStout; Andrew Brown of Siren, UWRiver Falls; Corissa “Cori” Schmidt of Frederic, Bemidji State; Austin Elliott of Webster, St. Norberts; and Carley Emery of Siren, St. Thomas; have all seen some action in the early going of this season. Some day when the boss isn’t looking, or – better yet – when it’s too cold to play outside, take a few minutes to visit their school’s athletic Web sites for up-to-date statistics on how our former local heroes are doing in the college ranks. Faces in a New York crowd Spies say that 1970s Frederic Vikings athlete Laryn Larson and current Siren Dragons title-winning girls basketball coach Ryan Karsten were among the horde of Cheeseheads who made the trip out east to see our Packers play the New York Giants on Sunday night, Nov.

25. Unfortunately, Larson, Karsten and friends witnessed a 38-10 Giants victory in what venerable old ABC-TV football announcer Keith Jackson might’ve called “an ol’ fashioned country horse-whuppin’.” Clear Lake kid still on a roll Former Clear Lake Warrior Matt O’Connell – who dazzled local football fans during appearances on the gridiron at Luck, Webster, Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls in his high school days – continues to lead the University of St. Thomas on their march toward an NCAA Division III title. The sophomore signal caller again compiled stellar numbers in his team’s second-round playoff victory last Saturday. He’s passed for over 2,200 yards and 20 TDs while rushing for just shy of 800 yards thus far in 2012. How about them Irish! Local fans of Division I NCAA football are disappointed in the barely bowl-eli-

St. Croix Falls boys downed by Barron Barron 82, St. Croix Falls 38 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints boys basketball team struggled against a solid Barron Bears squad on Tuesday, Nov. 27, during their home opener. Barron was led by freshman Rece Dietrich with 17 points as the Bears held a 50-14 edge at halftime. St. Croix Falls was led by soph-

omore Niko Neuman with 12 points followed by senior Dylan Lynch with seven and sophomore Mark Wampfler and senior Noah Casterton each had five points.

Steen signs golf scholarship with UW-Green Bay


The wissports schedules were messed up, its t r u e , so predictions were all out of whack. And Tuesday night scores were not posted on time, and the Swami could barely keep track. So the best I can tell, at this early stage, is a dismal five wins and four. But there’s much season left, so don’t count out The King. A banner year is in store.

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD Standings Team Conf. Luck Cardinals 0-0 Unity Eagles 0-0 St. Croix Falls Saints 0-0 0-0 Frederic Vikings Grantsburg Pirates 0-0 Siren Dragons 0-0 0-0 Webster Tigers Scores Tuesday, November 20 St. Corix Falls 58, St. Croix Central 45 Luck 57, Shell Lake 35 Solon Springs 41, Frederic 35 Monday, November 26 Clear Lake 64, Webster 38 Tuesday, November 27 Unity 49, Cumberland 34 Luck 44, McDonell Central 37 Barron 82, St. Croix Falls 38 Frederic 47, Shell Lake 46 Turtle Lake 98, Webster 27 Upcoming Thursday, November 29 7:30 p.m. Webster at Shell Lake (DH) Turtle Lake at Siren New Auburn at Unity (DH) Friday, November 30 5:45 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Somerset 7:30 p.m. Luck at Cumberland Grantsburg at Spooner Tuesday, December 4 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Frederic Unity at Siren Luck at Webster

This week’s predictions: Girls games: Turtle Lake 53, Webster 29; Somerset 49, St. Croix Falls 40; Luck 50, Turtle Lake 40; Grantsburg 49, Winter 48; Frederic 47, Clear Lake 44; Unity 55, New Auburn 33; Siren 60, Drummond 39.



Boys games: Shell Lake 38, Webster 36; Unity 59, New Auburn 40; Luck 60, Cumberland 57; Turtle Lake 67, Siren 47; Spooner 58, Grantsburg 47; St. Croix Falls 57, Somerset 51. The Swami answers all e-mails and can be reached at

gible performances of the 6-6 Minnesota Gophers and 7-5 Wisconsin Badgers. But quite a few local yokels are downright excited about Notre Dame’s undefeated 12-0 march to a berth in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7. Sometimes-jaded former Frederic cross-country runner and basketball player Erin Ryan –who is an alumnus of Notre Dame – indicated that she cried tears of joy when the Fighting Irish put the wraps on last Saturday night’s win over bitter rival USC. And from the “shameless promotion” department, it should be noted that the aforementioned ex-Viking recently inked a contract to write jokes and comedic vignettes for a cable/satellite network show (specifically, VH-1). Does this mean Erin will reach for the tab the next time we go out to eat together? We shall see. John Ryan may be reached at

Saint senior Dylan Lynch wrestled for a loose ball against Barron. Lynch scored seven points off the bench for St. Croix Falls. – Photo by Garth Olson


Luck senior Avery Steen signed a scholarship to play Division 1 golf for UW-Green Bay last Tuesday, Nov. 20. The multisport athlete was a four-year letter winner at Luck in golf, a four-time state qualifier and was nominated twice to the all-state golf team. She was also on the academic all-state team and was one of the top five golfers in the northern part of the state. Steen has excelled in basketball over her past three seasons as well, earning three letters and an allconference nomination three years in row. She was the second leading scorer in the state her sophomore year and sixth scorer her junior season. She also scored her 1,000th point in the eighth game of the season her junior year. Steen excelled in softball and was an all-conference player three years running. She is the daughter of Ron and Kelly Steen. – Photo by Lori Nelson



Overall 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-3

BOYS HOCKEY Team Blizzard

Standings Scores

Friday, November 23 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 8, Blizzard 1 Saturday, November 24 Blizzard 5, Fox Cities 2 Sheboygan 6, Blizzard 3 Upcoming Tuesday, December 4 7 p.m. Blizzard at Somerset Thursday, December 6 7 p.m. Blizzard at Amery


Upcoming Saturday, December 1 8 a.m. Unity at Ellsworth 9 a.m. LFG at Rush City, Minn. 10 a.m. St. Croix Falls at Ellsworth Tuesday, December 4 7 p.m. Luck at Flambeau Thursday, December 6 7 p.m. St. Croix Central vs. LFG at Frederic Unity at Shell Lake

Overall 1-2

Standings Conf. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Scores Tuesday, November 20 Siren 72, Clear Lake 26 Luck 50, Cumberland 17 Frederic 51, Solon Springs 31 Monday, November 26 Spooner 46, Webster 36 Tuesday, November 27 Unity 51, Cumberland 26 Northwood 49, Luck 42 Shell Lake 52, Frederic 28 Turtle Lake 51, Webster 35 Clayton 48, Siren 42 Upcoming Thursday, November 29 6 p.m. New Auburn at Unity (DH) Webster at Shell Lake (DH) 7:30 p.m. Frederic at Clear Lake Friday, November 30 7:30 p.m. Winter at Grantsburg Webster at Shell Lake Drummond at Siren St. Croix Falls at Somerset Luck at Turtle Lake Saturday, December 1 2:30 p.m. Osceola at Unity Tuesday, December 4 5:45 p.m. Luck at Webster Team Frederic Vikings Unity Eagles Luck Cardinals Siren Dragons Grantsburg Pirates St. Croix Falls Saints Webster Tigers

Overall 1-1 1-0 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-2

GIRLS HOCKEY Team Blizzard


Scores Wednesday, November 21 St. Croix Valley Fusion 3, Blizzard 2 Friday, November 23 Hayward 8, Blizzard 1 Saturday, November 24 Blizzard 5, Cougars 4 Upcoming Friday, November 30 7:30 p.m. Blizzard at Silver Bay Thursday, December 6 7 p.m. Blizzard vs. Cambridge-Isanti, Minn., at Grantsburg


Overall 1-2




The 161st nine-day deer hunt closes Buck harvest increases in both Polk and Burnett counties while doe harvest decreases MADISON – Wisconsin’s deer hunting heritage lives and grows through the sharing of hunting stories. If each licensed hunter created one new story to share at camp this year, there are 633,460 new stories to pass along, with more than 243,000 of them ending with the harvest of a deer. This year’s preliminary tally indicates 243,739 deer were registered by gun deer hunters between Nov. 17 and Nov. 26. “It’s great to see the level of hunter participation that we do in Wisconsin, and equally as great to see that more hunters had success than last year,” said Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “I’ve talked to several hunters that saw more deer than in past years in much of the state but also to some who saw less. So there are areas where deer observations were low, as we knew there would be. This sort of feedback, along with the harvest numbers, is important as we continue to work with hunters to best manage deer populations in the state.” The preliminary nine-day harvest numbers are collected through a call-around survey of 600-plus deer registration stations all across Wisconsin and likely will increase when all registration tags are officially counted. This year’s preliminary harvest totals are up 7.7 percent from 2011. The preliminary tally showed hunters harvested 114,822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless deer. This compared to 2011 pre-

liminary harvest figures of 102,837 bucks and 123,423 antlerless, for a 12-percent and 4-percent increase respectively. A breakdown of the harvest in Polk County showed an increase in the buck harvest and drop in the number of does registered. There were 3,027 bucks registered this year compared to 2,327 bucks in 2011, and 3,241 does registered this year compared to 3,977 in 2011. Farther north in Burnett County, 1,507 bucks were registered this year compared to 1,384 bucks in 2011. There were 1,637 does registered this year in Burnett County and 1,948 registered in 2011. “Once again, Wisconsin was the deer hunting destination for hundreds of thousands of hunters. Hunting is about family, friends, fun and tradition. More than 600,000 people were out connecting with the land and, in doing so, renewed their commitment to sustaining our natural resources for generations to come,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. Of the total number of licenses purchased this year, nearly 29,000 were firsttime-buyer licenses. New female hunters represented 33 percent of this total, and another 33 percent of first-time buyers were youth, ages 17 and under. Additionally, 80 first-time-buyer licenses were sold to hunters 80 and older. “Seeing so many new buyers, along with some returning or new hunters over the age of 80, illustrates how deep our deer hunting heritage runs,” said Stepp. “Getting women and youth involved in hunting is essential for continuing our state’s hunting heritage. When women and moms are involved, the family follows.”

Late seasons now open There are additional opportunities to hunt deer in Wisconsin after the close of

the nine-day season. The muzzleloader season is currently open through Dec. 5. The late archery season is also under way and continues until Jan. 6, 2013. There is also a statewide antlerless hunt Dec. 6-9, and a holiday hunt in the chronic wasting disease zones of south central Wisconsin, which starts Dec. 24 and runs until Jan. 6, 2013. Visit and search keyword “deer” for more information on season dates and regulations.

Shooting incidents below average, but one fatality in 2012 This year, seven shooting-related incidents were reported, one was fatal. “Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of the fatally injured hunter. Any shooting-related fatality – or injury for that matter – is one too many,” said conservation Warden Jon King, hunter education administrator. However, overall hunter safety has increased over the years, said King. Total reported incidents for 2012 is below the 10-year average, which is nine. “Statistically, we have continued our safe hunting tradition. But for me to truly consider a deer season a hundred percent successful, all hunters would have returned home unharmed,” said Stepp. “And that’s a goal we all should continue to strive for.” More than 25,000 students complete the hunters safety program every year, thanks to the work of more than 3,800 volunteer hunter education instructors. Wisconsin marked its 1 millionth graduate in 2012. Before the hunter education course started, hunter fatalities during the season commonly ran into double digits. “As always, we want to remind hunters participating in the remaining seasons to remember and follow the four rules of firearm safety or TAB-K,” said King.

“Treat any firearm as if it is loaded; always point the muzzle in a safe direction; be certain of your target and what’s beyond; and keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.”

Hunters asked to participate in online Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is still active until the end of all deer seasons and wildlife managers are asking hunters to send in a report of what they saw during the just completed nine-day gun hunt and during any hunting trips they make through the end of all deer hunting seasons. This information provides valuable data biologists can use to help provide an additional human element to the completed deer season. Share deer stories online Wisconsin’s 161st nine-day gun deer season may be over, but sharing stories of the hunt keeps the memories going and builds the anticipation for the 2013 deer season. In addition to sharing stories with family and friends, hunters can share their stories with more than 9,000 friends on the DNR’s Facebook page. Photos have been posted throughout the season and can still be entered into the first DNR Facebook photo contest. The contest ends Nov. 28. Until then, hunters and deer season enthusiasts can send in photos that represent the traditions of the nine-day deer season and vote for their favorite. Several videos capturing stories of the season can also be viewed on the DNR’s YouTube channel. One video highlights deer tales from hunters this season.

Winter happenings at Crex Meadows GRANTSBURG – Fall migration is coming to a close. Many of the sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans have moved south. There are rough-legged hawks in the area. Fresh snow makes for good tracking of mammals. Upcoming programs include Santa Day on Saturday, Dec. 1. Crex Meadows staff will be at Crex Convention Center from 9 a.m. to noon where you can make your own animal ornament. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. join Heidi Rusch, natural resources educator, for a program about humans and

Zach Hochstetler, 11, shot this doe opening day, the first deer he has ever shot.

beavers, the two creatures that can alter the environment. There will also be a recap of the highlights from all the Shakers & Movers 2012 programs. A carnivore tracking and wolf ecology workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Learn tracking skills, including sign identification, understanding footprints and interpreting gait. The workshop begins with classroom lectures about large and medium carnivore track identification and basic wolf ecology and behavior, followed by outdoor field training. People completing the training

will qualify to become a DNR volunteer carnivore tracker and can assist Crex’s crew with the winter carnivore tracking surveys. The workshop is taught by Bob Hanson, DNR wildlife technician, and wildlife biologist Steve Hoffman. Lunch and materials will be provided by a citizen science monitoring grant. Register by calling 715-463-2739 or e-mail Saturday, Jan. 26, will be candlelight night from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a peaceful evening walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski at Crex Meadows

Wildlife Area. The mile trail will take you through mostly forest with a small observation tower overlooking a marsh. Afterward, warm up inside with hot chocolate and baked goods. Snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about this event at Crex Meadows, call 715-463-2739, visit or find it on Facebook. Friends of Crex support this and other programs. You can support these types of programs and be more involved by joining the Friends of Crex. – submitted

Hunter Sellent, 11, shot this 9-point Russ Niles of Frederic took this buck with a bow on MonMaria Helin of Webster shot this 9-pointer buck opening morning, the first deer he day, Nov. 12. – Photos submitted opening weekend of the gun deer season. has ever shot. The deer weighed 215 pounds.


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Monthly Board Meeting Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall

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a. The Revised Supervisory District Plan has been enacted in accordance with the approved question to reduce the number of county board supervisory districts from 23 to 15. b. The districts created in the Revised Supervisory District Plan meet the requirements under Section 59.10(3) (b) 2., with regard to contiguity and compactness, and to the extent possible, place whole contiguous municipalities or contiguous parts of the same municipality within the same district. c. The Revised Supervisory District Plan conforms with Section 59.10(3)(b) 1)(b) 1. and 2., and (3)(cm) 1., in that the number of districts equals the number of supervisors; the districts are substantially equal in population according to the most recent countywide federal census; the districts are in as compact a form as possible; and the districts consist of contiguous municipalities or contiguous whole wards that exist at the present time. d. The Revised Supervisory District Plan accomplishes the goals of redistricting because said plan affords as much as possible populations of such districts the opportunity to elect representatives who share their community, backgrounds and interests; gives deference to existing ward lines; minimizes political confusion that may exist as a result of reducing the number of supervisory districts from 23 to 15 in accordance with the referendum; and gives recognition to those areas which have a sustained trend of growth in population. e. In order to conform to the legal requirements for compactness and contiguity, as set forth in Section 59.10(3)(b) and (cm), it was necessary to develop the 9th supervisory district of the supervisory district plan in a manner which creates a greater deviation from the ideal population than desired. f. The Revised Supervisory District Plan promotes compactness and continuity specifically with respect to newly created Supervisory District No. 9, which consists of the entirety of the Village of Osceola, said municipality having previously been divided into two supervisory districts across three village wards and now, through redistricting said division is entirely removed. 5. This ordinance shall be effective on November 15, 2012, and first apply to election of supervisors to the Polk County Board of Supervisors to be held in April 2014. Funding amount: N/A. Funding source: N/A. Date Finance Committee Advised: N/A. Finance Committee Recommendation: N/A. Effective date: November 15, 2012, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.10(3)(cm) 4. Submitted to County Board: November 13, 2012. Public Hearing: October 11, 2012, Before Polk County Redistricting Committee. Submitted by: William Johnson IV. Reviewed only by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular meeting held on November 13, 2012, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled ordinance, Ordinance 43-12: Ordinance To Prescribe Revised Polk County Supervisory District Plan For Spring 2014 Election (Wisconsin Statute Section 59.10(3)(cm) 2.), by a simple majority vote of 16 in favor and 4 against. 3 absent. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk.

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS November 13, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.

Chairman Johnson called the regular November 13, 2012, meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 6:00 p.m. Chairman Johnson recognized Carole Wondra, County Clerk, for purposes of receiving evidence on proper notice. County Clerk informed the County Board that notice of the agenda was properly posted in three public buildings, published in the county's legal paper and posted on the county Web site the week of November 5, 2012. Chairman Johnson recognized Corporation Counsel, Jeffrey Fuge, for purposes of receiving legal opinion with respect to sufficiency of notice. The County Board received the verbal opinion of Corporation Counsel that the advance written notice posted and published as described by the County Clerk satisfied the applicable provisions of Wisconsin Open Meetings Law, and the published Notice of the Public Hearing for the 2013 Budget was timely, therefore, also meeting the provisions of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. Chairman Johnson recognized the County Clerk for purposes of taking roll call. The County Clerk took roll: 20 members present. Chairman Johnson announced that the Chair had granted Supervisors Caspersen, Stroebel and Scoglio an excused absence. Chairman Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Supvr. Brown led the County Board in a time of reflection. Chairman Johnson called for a motion to approve the consent agenda as published. Motion (Jepsen/Luke) to approve the consent agenda, as published. Chairman Johnson called for voice vote. Motion to approve Consent Agenda, carried by unanimous voice vote. Time was given for public comments. Chairman Johnson presented the Chairman’s Report. Time was given for committee questions and answers by the board members. Administrator Frey presented the Administrator’s Report.


ORDINANCE TO PRESCRIBE REVISED POLK COUNTY SUPERVISORY DISTRICT PLAN FOR SPRING 2014 ELECTION (WISCONSIN STATUTE SECTION 59.10(3)(CM) 2.) WHEREAS, in the April 2012 election a referendum to reduce the number of supervisory districts of the Polk County Board of Supervisors from 23 to 15 successfully passed in accordance with Section 59.10(3)(cm) 2.; and WHEREAS, for the purpose of developing a supervisory district plan in accordance with Section 59.10 (3)(cm) 1. and 2., the Polk County Board of Supervisors created and confirmed the members of the Polk County Redistricting Committee; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Redistricting Committee has developed and has recommended a proposed supervisory district plan which conforms to Section 59.10(1)(b) 1. and 2., and (3)(cm) 1.; and WHEREAS, on October 11, 2012, the Polk County Redistricting Committee conducted a public hearing on said proposed plan for the purpose of receiving public commentary on said proposed plan; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Supervisors has received said proposed supervisory district plan, committee recommendations and public commentary received during the public hearing of the Polk County Redistricting Committee. NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.10(3)(cm) 2., the Polk County Board of Supervisors does hereby ordain as follows: 1. That Polk County shall be divided into 15 supervisory districts for purposes of electing the supervisors of the County Board of the County of Polk. 2. Pursuant to Section 59.10(3)(cm) 4., that one supervisor shall be elected from each district. 3. There is adopted a Revised Supervisory District Plan, containing said 15 supervisory districts, each such supervisory district being comprised, as follows: District # #1

Municipality Town of Clam Falls Town of Lorain Town of McKinley Town of West Sweden Village of Frederic

Ward Number 1 1 1 1 1&2

District Population Totals 3,063

1 1 1 1&2


1 1 2 1



Town of Bone Lake Town of Georgetown Town of Luck Village of Luck


Town Town Town Town


Town of Milltown Village of Balsam Lake Village of Milltown

1 1&2 1



Town of Beaver Town of Clayton Town of Johnstown Village of Clayton Village of Turtle Lake

1 1 1 1 2A & 2B



Town of Apple River Town of Balsam Lake Town of Georgetown Town of Eureka Town of St. Croix Falls City of St. Croix Falls

1&2 1&2 2 2 2 1, 2 & 4



Town of St. Croix Falls Village of Centuria Village of Dresser City of St. Croix Falls

1 1 1 3


#9 #10 #11

Village of Osceola Town of Osceola Town of Garfield Town of Lincoln City of Amery Town of Black Brook Town of Clear Lake Village of Clear Lake Town of Alden Town of Black Brook Town of Garfield Town of Alden Town of Farmington

1, 2 & 3 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 1&3 1, 2, 3 & 4 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 2 1 1&2 1, 2 & 4 1 2 3 1&2

2,568 2,855 3,088


#12 #13



of of of of

Eureka Laketown Luck Sterling


Res. 43-12 - Chairman Johnson called to the floor Ordinance 43-12, Ordinance To Prescribe Revised Polk County Supervisory District Plan For Spring 2014 Election (Wisconsin Statute Section 59.10(3)(cm) 2.). Motion (Jepsen/Brown) to approve ordinance. Bill Alleva, a representative of the ReDistricting Committee addressed the ordinance. Chairman Johnson called for a voice vote. Motion to approve Ordinance No. 43-12, carried by voice vote. Chairman Johnson requested a show of hands for those opposed to the ordinance. The count was 4 opposing votes. Ordinance Adopted. Administrator Frey presented the 2013 Budget Supporting Documents. Supvr. Scoglio joined the meeting at 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. Chairman Johnson announced the opening of the Public Hearing on the 2013 Budget. Chairman Johnson called for any public comments concerning the 2013 Budget, none offered at that time. Chairman called for a 20minute recess. The chair called the Board back to order at 7:25 p.m. The Chair announced that the public hearing for the 2013 proposed budget was still in session and that any person could speak on the matter. No public testimony was offered. Chairman declared the public hearing closed at 7:38 p.m.


2,909 2,897



2,794 44,205

The Revised Supervisory District Plan incorporates and includes the attached Revised Supervisory District Map, which depicts the boundaries of the newly created 15 supervisory districts described in the plan, as set forth above. 4. That the Polk County Board further finds and determines:

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RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE POLK COUNTY OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2013 AND TO SET THE 2013 TAX LEVY TO THE HONORABLE CHAIRPERSON AND MEMBERS OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Ladies and Gentlemen: WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to adopt a budget for the operation and fiscal management of the County of Polk for the year commencing January 1, 2013; and

NOVEMBER 28, 2012 - INTER-COUNTY LEADER - NEWS SECTION - A - PAGE 27 WHEREAS, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.18(5) and Policy 880, Budget Preparation and Execution, the County Administrator did prepare, submit and offer for review proposed 2013 budget by the County Board at its meeting of September 18, 2012; and WHEREAS, as part of the proposed 2013 budget, the County Administrator did submit a staffing plan with respect to each county department in accordance with Polk County Policy No. 881, Staffing and Position Administration; and WHEREAS, each Governing Committee has reviewed the proposed budget for every department and forwarded that budget with any recommendations to the Finance Committee; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Supervisors did consider amendments to the budget at its meeting of October 16, 2012; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Supervisors did publish for public review a summary of the proposed 2013 budget and did notice and conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2013 budget in conformity with the laws of the State of Wisconsin; and WHEREAS the Wisconsin Department of Revenue delivers the Statistical Report on Equalized Value of Polk County for 2013 and the Polk County Board of Supervisors accepted the report on November 13, 2012, which sets the Equalized Value of Polk County for taxing purposes at $4,031,492,000 exclusive of value in Tax Increment Districts; and WHEREAS, for purposes of satisfying the requirements of the state-imposed county tax levy rate limit formula, the budget for 2013 is in compliance with Wisconsin Statute Sections 59.605 and 66.0602; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Budget for the Calendar Year 2013 is a financial plan for the operational needs of the County and was developed in accordance with the Uniform Chart of Accounts for Wisconsin Municipalities and the pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board(GASB); and WHEREAS, this resolution constitutes Polk County Operating and Capital Budget for the Calendar Year 2013 and is defined as the County Budget, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 65.90. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Wisconsin Statute Section 65.90, the Polk County Board of Supervisors does hereby adopt the 2013 Operating and Capital Budget of the County of Polk, in the amount of $57,005,671 including departmental appropriations and revenues and use of fund balance as amended following the public hearing as set forth in the attached document entitled Adopted 2013 Operating and Capital Budget of the County of Polk, incorporated herein. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors does authorize and appropriate such revenues and expenditures for calendar year 2013 as designated in the Operating and Capital Budget for calendar year 2013. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors directs that all appropriations for 2012 shall lapse to the general fund as undesignated fund balance at the end of calendar year 2012, and that any other fund balance determined to exist at the end of 2012 shall be transferred to general fund balance to the extent said appropriation has not been expended or appropriation or other fund balance been determined by the County Administrator to be nonspendable, restricted, committed or assigned as defined by GASB. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors affirms the existence of the committed or assigned fund balances in the attached documentation. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that notwithstanding any other policy to the contrary, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopts the submitted departmental staffing plans and authorizes for calendar year 2013 those positions and the corresponding expenditures identified in said staffing plans and that any position not so identified will be considered eliminated from the 2013 department budget. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the interim employment policy be amended as in the attached documentation to reflect changes in employee benefits. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that vacation balances be increased to reflect the difference between the accrual rate applicable before January 1, 2012, and that applicable for the period January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 2013 fee schedule as incorporated in the 2013 budget is hereby adopted, including rentals for the use of countyowned property. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that State taxes, in conformity with and as provided in Wisconsin Statute Section 70.58, be levied in the amount of $_____________ for State Forestation on taxable property of Polk County. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors levies against all real property within Polk County for 2013, as follows: A. County Levy: 1. General County Operations: $16,815,585 2. Debt Levy: $4,173,969 Total 2013 County Levy $20,989,554 B. State Required Levy on Behalf of Other Agencies 3. Town Bridge Construction: $85,953 4. Library Support - Act 150: $578,805 Total 2013 Levy, All Purposes: $21,654,312 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Administrator is authorized to make any technical corrections to the budget that are necessary for the County Budget to comply with all state law and regulations. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the asset protection reserve created by resolution 55-11 is renamed the asset protection and internal investment fund. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a portion of the unassigned fund balance as of December 31, 2012, be allocated as follows: 1. $125,000 assigned to a reserve for employee retirement expenses; 2. $150,000 assigned to the asset protection and internal investment fund; and 3. $33,550 transferred to the court commissioner. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an amount equal to $120 for each full-time employee, prorated for part-time employees eligible for benefits, be transferred to a health reimbursement account established for that purpose on July 1, 2013, provided that the 2012 unassigned fund balance above twenty-five percent of general fund expenditures increases by an amount necessary to fund this expenditure. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Sections 59.03 and 59.51(1)(a), the administration of all Polk County vehicles, except those county vehicles which are designated to and administered through the Highway Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the ADRC of NW Wisconsin shall be transferred to the Parks and Buildings Director. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stat. § 40.70(4), the Polk County Board of Supervisors resolves to withdraw from participation in the Wisconsin Group Life Insurance Program effective on the first of the month after 90 days following the receipt in the office of the State Department of Employee Trust Funds. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Interim Personnel Policy as adopted by Resolution 61-11 be amended as attached hereto and incorporated herein. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the department heads of the various County departments are authorized to enter into and to execute on behalf of the respective County department intra-county cooperative agreements and service agreements that are authorized and necessary under federal and state programs to provide services to other County departments and to secure and to account for reimbursements for those expenses that incurred by other County departments in the performance of services required by those cooperative agreements or service agreements. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that notwithstanding any policy to the contrary, with the adoption of this resolution the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes departments to apply and accept for any grant or revenue incorporated in this budget and to accept, with the concurrence of the County Administrator, any contract with the State whose revenues and expenditures are incorporated in this budget. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes and approves of the various program contracts and grant applications identified on the Grant Schedule which is attached hereto and incorporated herein.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors does authorize the county officer and employee identified on said schedule to enter into, to apply for and to administer respectively on behalf of Polk County those program contracts and grants which are authorized and identified in said schedule. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the complete budget, as adopted, be placed on file in the office of the County Clerk and County Administrator. Funding amount and source: As Provided in Submitted, Received and Amended 2013 Budget Proposal of Polk County. Date Finance Committee Advised: November 7, 2012. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: November 13, 2012. County Board Action: Adopted. Submitted Upon Recommendation by the County Administrator, Dana Frey. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular meeting held on November 13, 2012, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Ordinance 42-12: Resolution To Adopt The Polk County Operating And Capital Budget For The Calendar Year 2013 And To Set The 2013 Tax Levy, by a majority vote of 19 in favor and 2 against. 2 absent. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk.

Attachment 2 Amendments to the Interim Personnel Policy Section 3, after clause (j), insert a new clause to read: FMLA means the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1193 as amended, at 29 USC § 2601 et seq., and the federal regulations implementing the same, at 29 C.F.R. Parts 825. Section 6, first paragraph, strike “long-term.” Section 6, strike clause (b). Section 6, clause (c), strike “long-term.” Section 7, first paragraph, after the word "authority.", insert a new sentence to read: “Amounts expressed in days must be converted to an hourly amount for those employees whose regular schedule is not a 7.5-, 8- or 8.5-hour day.” Section 7, clause (a), is amended to read: Annual leave Personal time off. Effective January 1, 2013. all accrued vacation is converted personal time off. Personal time off is paid leave for absence from work including vacation, illness or injury not covered by the Worker's Compensation Act. including military leave that qualifies under the FMLA, and for closure of County offices due to inclement weather. Employees accrue annual leave personal time off at the rate of two three weeks per year on hiring, with an additional two days added after six months three years, another day on their fifth anniversary date, an additional week after their sixth anniversary date, an additional day on their tenth anniversary date, an additional week on their 13th anniversary date and an additional day on their 15th and 20th anniversary dates. In addition to the above, exempt employees will receive an additional day of annual loave personal time off on their first anniversary date and thereafter. The maximum annual leave personal time off accrual is 240 hours for nonexempt and 300 hours for exempt employees determined as of an employee's anniversary date. Section 7, clause (b), strike “vacation” and insert “personal time off, and after “sick leave” insert “or extended leave.” Section 7, after clause (b), insert a new clause to read: Extended leave. Extended leave is paid leave due to illness or injury that occurs outside of County employment and which is not covered by the Worker’s Compensation Act, including military leave that qualifies under FMLA. On January 1, 2013, only, employees receive five days of extended leave, proportionally reduced for benefit eligible part-time employees. After December 31, 2013, employees accrue extended leave at a rate of five days per year, as do those who begin work in 2013, with a maximum accrual of 20 days. Extended leave may be taken in the case of illness or injury after three days of absence, either paid personal time off or leave without pay. Section 7, clause (c), strike everything after the first sentence and insert: “No new sick leave may accrue after December 31, 2012. Existing sick leave balance will be retained for every employee and may be used in the case of illness or injury after an employee’s extended leave bank is exhausted until short-term disability insurance payments are received and, if long-term disability insurance is not elected, after short-term disability insurance is exhausted, to supplement payment of disability insurance up to the full amount of an employee’s pay, or after exhaustion of short-term disability benefits.” Section 7, clause (d), strike “annual leave and sick leave” and insert “personal time off and extended leave.” Section 7, clause (i), strike “vacation leave” and insert “personal time off, strike “annual leave” and insert “personal time off and strike “floating holiday, vacation.” Section 11, clause (b) is amended to read: Sick leave payout. In case of retirement or forced retirement due to disability, the employee must receive up to the after-tax value of 67% of their accumulated sick leave value paid to a Health Reimbursement Account established for that employee applied towards the payment of health costs through an appropriate, tax exempt instrument as possible. In determining the after-tax value adjustment, the employee relations director must estimate the lowest probable tax amount to be paid on a lump-sum distribution for any likely retiree, including payroll and state and federal income taxes. Employees who, prior to January 1, 2012, were eligible for a larger payout as a percentage of accrued sick leave upon retirement will receive the difference between the amount calculated and paid to a Health Reimbursement Account under this section and the amount they would have received under this larger payout as a lump-sum distribution on retirement. Upon death while in employment status, an employee’s estate must receive a lump sum payment equal to the value of one-half of that employee’s remaining unused sick leave, not to exceed 360 hours. Renumber all clauses accordingly. Effective date: January 1, 2013. 574246 15L


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Res. 42-12 - Chairman Johnson called to the floor Resolution 42-12, Resolution To Adopt The Polk County Operating Capital Budget For The Calendar Year 2013 And To Set The 2013 Tax Levy. Motion (Brown/Masters) to approve said resolution. Admin. Frey addressed the resolution and the proposed amendments. Motion (Kienholz/Jepsen) to amend Resolution 42-12, the proposed Budget for 2013, thereby adopting Technical Amendment No. 1, which reads as follows: 1. Public Health Birth to Three (page 21 of committee reports): Under Expenditures, Personnel, strike “225,990” and insert “166,900”; under Professional Services strike “19,522” and insert “78,655;” under Supplies and Expenses strike “5,980” and insert “5,936;” and under Fixed Charges strike “2,173” and insert “2,174.” 2. Highway (page 44 of committee reports): Under Revenues, Intergovernmental Revenue, strike “1,912,172” and insert “1,967,172”; under Expenditures, Personnel, strike “2,508,376” and insert “2,506,309”; under Expenditures, Operating - 000, strike “1,182,829” and insert “1,242,705;” under Expenditures, Professional Services, strike “289,320” and insert “299,320;” under Expenditures, Supplies and Expenses, strike “1,937,152” and insert “1,933,269” and under Expenditures, Transfers, strike “340,250” and insert “332,125.” 3. Law Enforcement (page 16 of committee reports): Under Revenues, Other Financing Sources, strike “67,809” and insert “86,309” and under Expenditures, Capital Outlay, strike “174,656” and insert “193,156,” and under Transfers strike “110,637” and insert “92,137.” 4. Buildings: Page 4, after line 15, insert a sentence to read:

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 59.52(19), there is accepted and acknowledged the donation from the Estate of Steven W. Johnson in the sum of $2,500 for the purpose of educating children who use and frequent the D. D. Kennedy Mill and that said sum is authorized for expenditure by the Buildings, Parks and Forestry Department for such purpose. Page 10 of committee reports, under Revenues, Other Financing Sources, insert “$2,500” Expenditures, Supplies and Expenses, strike “189,488” and insert “191,988.” 5. Lime Quarry (page 38 of committee reports): Expenditures, Capital Outlay, strike “100,000” and insert “90,798.”


Grantsburg looks at Memory Lake plans Adopts budget with no property tax increase by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – People like Memory Lake, the artificial lake behind the dam in the center of Grantsburg and the park that surrounds it. But they would like the water quality of the lake improved. These were the highlights of a survey about the lake, presented with an improvement plan at a special meeting of the Grantsburg Village Board Monday, Nov. 26. Besides reviewing the plan, the board approved a 2013 budget with no levy increase and a 5.4-percent decrease in revenues and expenses. Memory Lake Memory Lake is used. Over 76 percent of those surveyed said they visit or use the park a few times a year or oftener. That includes the 33 percent who use the park at least monthly. And 54 percent of the folks say the water quality in the lake is poor, while another 23 percent rate it as only fair. The lake is formed by a dam on the Wood River within the park, and a buildup of silt behind the dam is a longstanding issue of discussion. The concept plan proposes some dredging just west of the Oak Street bridge and on the upper portion of the lake adjacent to the dam. People now use the park for walking, annual events, picnics, and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Very few said they use the actual lake for fishing or swimming. Responses to going in the water were “Can we?” and “Wish we could.” Future desires include a swimming beach, a dock, more seating (especially for events) and more trails. A major use of Memory Lake is the annual watercross, a midsummer snowmobile race across the water that draws many to the area and even caught the attention

The Memory Lake survey and conceptual plan is just the latest step in a long process on how to best use the area. – Photo by Gregg Westigard of the Wall Street Journal. Preparations for that event include the annual cutting and clearing of weeds in the lake. “The watercross is a great benefit to the whole Grantsburg area,” Dianne Plain, a local resident, said at the meeting. “It brings in money to area businesses. It is a major fundraising source for over 30 nonprofits including the hockey program. And it brings all ages together, with kids working side by side with their parents. The watercross is a phenomenal event for the area.” The Memory Lake survey and conceptual plan is just the latest step in a long process on how to best use the area. The survey was sent to all residential sewer/water customers in the village in September 2011, a total of 474 surveys.

The response rate was 35 percent. The next steps in the Memory Lake improvement project include a storm-water runoff study and a study on how changes in Memory Lake would affect the entire Wood River watershed. This story will continue.

2013 budget There were no residents present at the budget hearing Monday night, and the village board went on to approve the 2013 budget by a unanimous vote of the five council members present, Dean Josephson and Gregory Peer were absent. Total revenues and expenditures for 2013 are budgeted at $1,474.879, down 5.4 percent from 2012. The property tax levy of $415,106 is unchanged from 2012.

6. Golden Age Manor (page 30 of committee reports): Under Expenditures, Operating - 000, strike “1,697,296” and insert “1,675,885.” 7. Land and Water (fee schedule page 12): After the words “Quarry Mine” insert “and Frac Sand Mine.” 8. Asset Protection Fund (page 50 of committee reports): Under Expenditures, Professional Services, strike “409,751” and insert “469,751.” 9. Error correction: Page 1, delete lines 29 and 30. Page 50 of committee reports (Asset Protection Fund) Under Revenues, Other Financing Sources, strike “316,828” and insert “315,828,” and on page 46 (Administration) under Expenditures, Personnel, strike “626,397” and insert “621,825.” Motion to amend Resolution 42-12 as and through the adoption of Technical Amendment No. 1, carried by unanimous voice vote. Motion (Engel/Brown) to amend Resolution 42-12, the proposed Budget for 2013, thereby adopting Technical Amendment No. 2, which reads as follows: 1. Page 2, delete lines 29 and 30. 2. Page 2, line 37, after "the amount of” insert "704,473.55." 3. Page 4, after line 8, insert a new paragraph to read:

Most of the revenues come from two sources. State shared revenue, at $424,199, accounts for 28.8 percent of the funds. The state funds are down $1,500 from 2012. The $415,000 in Property taxes brings in 28.1 percent. The remaining revenues are from a wide variety of sources including municipal service charges and state road aid. The largest expense in the budget is for public safety, accounting for $433,927 or 29.4 percent of the total. Most of that, $296,186 (20.1 percent), is for the police department. Fire protection costs $73,000 and ambulance service is budgeted at $65,000. The other two largest expense categories are public works at $314,305 (21.3 percent) and debt service at $313,289 (21.2 percent). The public safety budget is up $32,000 while the public works budget is down $81,000 and debt service is down $45,000. However, the 2013 road projects, often funded by borrowing, are not included in the budget that was adopted. Employee expenses, wages and benefits, account for roughly $505,000, 34.2 percent, of the budget. Again, most of this, $263,881, 17.9 percent of the total budget, is for the police department. Public works employee expenses are $126,517, 8.6 percent. The village clerk and treasurer are budgeted at $96,593, 6.5 percent. However, additional parts of their salaries are included in the three utility budgets. While these are the big items in the budget, some smaller items are noteworthy. The pool expense for the village is budgeted at $10,000, down from the past totals of over $20,000. The school district has included the pool in its new budget, spreading the operating costs over the entire community. The golf course, once an annual expense, is now leased out and costs the village nothing. And the campgrounds are expected to earn almost $10,000 for the village after expenses.

Motion to amend Resolution 42-12, as and through adoption of Technical Amendment No. 2, carried by unanimous voice vote. Motion (Kienholz/Brown) to amend Resolution 42-12, the proposed Budget for 2013, and adopt thereby offered Amendment No. 1: Drug Court Funding, which reads as follows: Page 10, Circuit Court, under Revenues, Other Financing Sources, insert “25,000” and under Expenditures, Transfers, insert “25,000.” Page 57, under Use of Fund Balance, add “Transfer to the Circuit Court: 25,000.” Amend all totals accordingly. Chairman Johnson called for a roll call vote. Motion to amend Resolution 4212, as and through adoption of offered Amendment No. 1 Drug Court Funding, carried, by a roll call vote of 18 Yes, 3 No, 2 absent. Voting No: Supvr. Masters, Scoglio and Cockroft. Motion (Jepsen/H. Johansen) to amend Resolution 42-12, the proposed Budget for 2013, and adopt thereby offered Amendment No. 2: Compensation, which reads as follows: Page 2, Line 28, following the word “budget,” insert “except that no general compensation increase may be implemented without the prior approval of the County Board.” Chairman Johnson called for a voice vote on the amendment. Motion to amend Resolution 42-12, as and through adoption of offered Amendment No. 2: Compensation, carried by unanimous voice vote. Chairman Johnson asked for any further amendments to the 2013 Budget. Motion (H. Johansen/D. Johansen) to further amend Resolution No. 42-12 to include a provision: For 2013 only, an employee who has a balance of fewer than three days of personal time off may substitute up to three days of accrued sick leave for personal time off before accessing extended leave. Chairman Johnson called for a roll call vote. Motion to amend the 2013 Budget Resolution No. 42-12, failed by a roll call vote of 10 Yes, 11 No, 2 absent. Voting Yes: Supvrs. Brown, D. Johansen, H. Johansen, Kienholz, Moriak, Luke, Nelson, Jepsen, O'Connell and Arcand. Voting No: Supvrs. Schmidt, Engel, Edgell, Masters, Scoglio, Magnafici, Kremer-Hartung, Bergstrom, N. Johnson, Cockroft and W. Johnson. Chairman Johnson called for voice vote on motion to adopt Resolution No. 42-12, the Proposed 2013 Budget, as amended. Motion to adopt Resolution 4212, the Proposed 2013 Budget, as amended, carried by voice vote. Resolution adopted. Supervisors reports were given. Motion (Luke/Kienholz) to adjourn. Carried. Chairman Johnson declares meeting adjourned 8:28 p.m.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 83.027(9), the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes agreements by the Highway Department to the towns, villages and cities of Polk County with respect to the financing, planning, establishment, improvement, maintenance, use, regulation or vacation of controlled-access highways or other public ways in their respective jurisdictions to the extent to which the County Board has appropriated and authorized for expenditures sums in the 2013 budget and directs the Highway Commissioner or his designee to enter into such agreements on behalf of Polk County. 4. Amend the fee schedule as follows: Page 11, after “Buildings” insert a section to read:


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I, Carole T. Wondra, County Clerk for Polk County, do hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the County Board Proceedings of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Session held on November 13, 2012. Carole T. Wondra Polk County Clerk

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Firefighters from Taylors Falls, Minn., and St. Croix Falls responded to an early-morning fire at the St. Croix Falls Industrial Park on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The fire occurred at the Brandtjen Kluge Inc. building at 539 S. Blanding Woods Road. The fire reportedly started in a workbench garbage can which contained oily rags. Automatic sprinklers put out the fire, and firefighters had to use smoke extractors to clear the building of smoke. - Photo submitted

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Elementary students at Webster Elementary School were part of a Veterans Day program that included a program by local historian Leona Cummings of Frederic. Known for her Betsy Ross skit, Cummings gave a history lesson, of sorts, explaining the creation and changes in the American flag over the years. She also had students display a variety of military hats worn through the years. The Otis Taylor Post 96 American Legion and Unit 96 Auxiliary advanced the colors for the program, in honor of all veterans. Martha Anderson and other staff members helped plan the program. The Legion, in turn, thanked the administration, school board, teachers, volunteers/aides, kitchen staff, students, janitors bus drivers and all who contribute to further education. - Photos submitted by June Dopkins

In old-time style, bell ringers led the way for the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival Parade. See more photos in Currents section.– Photos by Greg Marsten

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FREDERIC - Students in Kelly Hopkins’ English class had a front-row seat to the process of songwriting Tuesday, Nov. 20, when they took part in a videoconference with Nashville songwriter Robert Spanburgh. Spanburgh, most well-known for his album “Out of the Gray,” used lyrics written and submitted by students to write songs, which he performed and then critiqued. He chose lyrics from five students and performed the songs live from the Country Music Hall of Fame. The songs were “Drama,” written by Chonlada Saenthwaep and Shyla Baker, “No Frowns Allowed” by Elizabeth Schweitzer, “I Just Can’t Wait for Winter” by Jenna Burton, “My Life” by Hope Goebel and “Love Your Life” by Damon McCain. - with submitted information

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Frederic English teacher Kelly Hopkins introduces her class mem- Robert Spanburgh wrote and performed five songs, using the lyrics bers to Nashville songwriter Robert Spanburgh (on video screen) dur- submitted by Frederic seventh-graders. ing a videoconference Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Jenna Burton listens as Robert Spanburgh performs the song she wrote, “I Just Can’t Wait For Winter.” LEFT: Hope Goebel and Shyla Baker, along other students, listen as Robert Spanburgh plays their songs, along with one of his own, and then answers questions from the class.


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Battling grasshoppers. Workers load a truck with bait at the county mixing station at Balsam Lake in 1938 during the grasshopper outbreak in northwestern Wisconsin. – Photo by G.A. Marquardt, courtesy Wisconsin State Historical Society

Donald Benson and Deloris Benson, of Taylors Falls, Minn., and Betty Miller, of Dresser, stuff envelopes for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Members of the St. Croix Falls Senior Center are helping Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity prepare a mailing. Habitat office manager Jackie Thorwick said, “We’re so grateful for the help! This is a big job and it helps Habitat keep costs down when we have great volunteers like these to help with projects.” There are over 4,000 letters to be stuffed, so they can use some help. If you’d like to volunteer, or simply want to visit with some great people, contact the senior center at 715-483-1901. To volunteer with Habitat directly, call 715-483-2700. - Photo submitted

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Thanksgiving is a unique tradition at Bone Lake Lutheran Church by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TOWN OF BONE LAKE – Thanksgiving is the epitome of family time; sometimes that family can swell to well over a hundred. The Thanksgiving tradition of offering a free meal at Bone Lake Lutheran Church has grown to become a hallowed volunteer event, where they take sincere pride in their offering of food and fellowship, for a cause. “Have you ever seen so many pies?” asked Pastor Mary Ann Bowman with a sheepish grin. “And most everyone already has a piece at their table. Can you believe it?” The slabs of pies engulf a table the size of a small Manhattan apartment, with flavors ranging from the typical pumpkin and fruit offerings to more unusual chocolate, peanut butter, lemon and other combinations unknown. It is a pie-a-topia, and several of the pieces stand nearly as tall as the flower vase that adorns the table. Bowman jokes about the caloric value of some of the towering pieces that Jeannie Schilling carefully arranges with the help of 10-year-old volunteer helper Paige, who was up from Mondovi for the holiday. Paige carefully fills any vacancies on the table as Bowman tells of her inaugural pie donation years ago for the annual event. She recalled making a giant, German chocolate cheesecake pie, enough for a dozen servings, easily, going by typical portion sizes. “They looked at me and told me flat out, ‘Honey, here we always cut our pies into six pieces. ‘Six pieces!” she said with a chortle. “That’s probably 1,500 calories each!” In total, volunteers made and donated over two dozen pies, which worked out to over 150 pieces. While the event officially began at noon on Thanksgiving Day, according to seasoned-volunteer Jessica Sund, the work really began the night prior, when half a dozen volunteers helped with setup, cleaning and cooking. “There’s so many people that help out,” Sund said. “It’s hard to know where to start.” But she tries, as she reels off the names and functions of those involved, from the tables, tablecloths, dishwashing and organizing, to the early activities of Kathie and Joe Christensen, who were responsible for the presunrise tasks involving the true centerpieces on the tables. “At 6 a.m., they started the turkeys,” Sund said. “Eight huge turkeys!” On top of the eight giant birds, the free meal event menu included well over 70 pounds of potatoes, gallons of coffee, a dozen large cans of cranberries, 10 dozen buns, countless gallons of milk, two giant roasters full of stuffing, several gallons of gravy, three buckets of squash and more. But there is also a special addition to the

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Who says washing dishes can’t be fun? Not Bill, Sandy and Ken (pictured L to R), who spent Thanksgiving afternoon washing hundreds of dishes and pans, keeping their smiles the whole time.

Volunteer Paige, 10, of Mondovi, looks over a veritable sea of calories, as she tries her hand at being the assistant pie specialist. – Photos by Greg Marsten meal that may have slipped by most of the over 130 people who consumed the meal. Bowman and Sund explain how the event planning actually starts in August, shortly after the Bone Lake food booth finishes up at the Polk County Fair. That is when they order an entire trailer full of sweet corn, in preparation for the Thanksgiving event. Bowman explains how they have a spe-

cial event just to shuck, clean, slice off and blanch pound after pound of the sugary maize, all to be bagged and frozen in preparation of the November meal. “We had freezer bags full of corn!” Bowman said, while asking in anticipation. “Didja like it? Pretty good, isn’t it?” That effort yields about 15 quarts of perfect, summer-at-its-best corn, and is an ex-

ample of what such an event requires for planning. It also proves how over three decades of serving such a meal can lead to all sorts of specialized efforts, as everyone seems to have a place and a function, from dish washing to cleaning to even creating little gifts for people as they leave. “I’m just the pie cutter,” Schilling said with a sheepish shrug. “And even I get an assistant!” Sund continues to go over the number of volunteers in her head, doing the math as she looks up and registers numbers on her fingers. “There’s eight wait staff alone,” Sund said, finally giving up on counting all the helpers on her hands. “Let’s just say well over 35 volunteers.” The meal draws people from all over the region, and not only as customers. Bowman said they have volunteers who

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Volunteers for the meal found plenty of tasks to fill their time, which took over three dozen volunteers to prepare and assemble.


Thanksgiving/from page 1 come in from miles around just for the Thanksgiving event, and many of them are relatives or out-of-town family members who come in specifically to help with certain tasks. Sometimes it is a task they have done for years, and it may be one of the only times they attend. She also mentions that some of those volunteers include members of groups that may have unique relationships either with the church or with parishioners, such as the members of an Alcoholics Anonymous group that meets at the church, several of them pitch in to help with the meal. “It’s such a special crowd, and it’s always changing,” Bowman said. “I think they all have a really good time.” Bowman said they also deliver dozens of meals to shut-ins or homebound folks or parishioners who live in Luck, Milltown, Frederic and as far away as Balsam

Lake. The tally also includes people who are either working or unable to stay for the event, as meals to-go are also common. “Oh yeah, lots of carryouts, also,” Sund said, while Schilling carefully wraps a piece of cream pie nearly as big as a Chihuahua for a man wearing an oil-stained coat. “Grab a gift on your way!” Bowman reminds the man as he heads out the door, who lets out a thin smile and a nod at the offering. He keeps the grin all the way out the door, which is hard to open with such a handful. While the entire cornucopia of vittles is donated, an occasional shortage can occur, which has its own remedy of a massive email request where they are lacking. “It always seems to work itself out,” Bowman said, while praising Sund and

Empty bowls were quickly filled for guests at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church Thanksgiving event Thursday, Nov. 22. – Photos by Greg Marsten

The end of the meal meant a little post-Thanksgiving relaxing in the entryway for Wayne and Mari.

other volunteers. “It’s because of people like Jessica that it comes together. e’re blessed to have such help!” As tasty as it all is, the giant meal is not just to fill bellies and make locals fall asleep easier during a Detroit Lions football game. Bowman is quick to point out that while the church does not charge for the meal, they do solicit freewill donations, with a different recipient every year. The 2012 event’s donations went toward World Hunger, and while the final tally was unavailable at press time, the dollar bills seemed plentiful as the afternoon wore down. While the crowd thinned and the afternoon rolled away, the cleanup and mas-

sive post-Thanksgiving follow-up commenced, with nearly a dozen people washing dishes and pans, preparing leftovers and making sure nobody goes hungry, especially the volunteers. But the table full of pie slowly evaporates with the crowd, as Bowman, Sund, Schilling and others send many pieces home as a snack for later. “It’s such a fun time,” Schilling said later. “It really is a special event!” She also revealed that after all was said and done, only nine pieces of pie remained. For those taking notes, that works out to about 13,500 calories worth.

Volunteers Betty (left) and Jessica relaxed as the giant meal event wore down, making sure everyone had full bellies.

Sherri keeps her eyes on several kettles full of gravy.

GHS National Honor Society welcomes new members The Grantsburg High School National Honor Society welcomed 20 new members at a ceremony held Nov. 15. Current members Stephanie Anderson, secretary Lily Benge Briggs, Elizabeth Corbin, Grace Corbin, Melissa Dahl, Arikka Davison, Chelsey Goepfert, Johanna Lauer, Kassie Lien, Stacey McKenzie, Jenna Michel, Tiffani Moyer, President Connor Myers, Kylie Pewe, Jennifer Schwieger and Samantha Schwieger were joined by new inductees Brittany Butler, Rebekah Curtin, Macy Hanson, Gustav Johnson, treasurer; Haley Larsen, Aimee Lerud, Nathan Lewis, Dakota Linke, Kaylee Murphy, Jacob Ohnstad, Tiffany Peterson, Raelyn Pochman, Jake Radtke, Damon Roberts, Wendy Roberts, vice president; Katharine Rod, Brooke Roufs, Abigail Stevens, Hope Tucker and Keith Vollendorf. - Photo submitted

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I spent the morning peeling old apples. Visiting the Midwest, I arrived just as the sleet began to fall on Daniel’s house. He was at work, I had a few days off. As Carrie Classon the weather grew colder, I puttered around his house and decided to make a pie from the last of his apples. “I’ve got a lot of apples left,” he assured me. I looked in the refrigerator. I didn’t see apples in the crisper. I didn’t see apples anywhere. “Where are they?” I asked. “In the fridge, just sort of everywhere,” he said. And they were. Tucked into every corner of the refrigerator were four or five apples. Hidden behind the milk, skulking behind the beer, stashed among the condiments, the more I looked, the more apples I found. It was a sort of post-Thanksgiving Easter egg hunt in the refrigerator— with apples. The next morning I started to peel. I listened to the sleet banging and rattling against the windows and roof, and I peeled the small, soft apples. These were not apples that had been bred for a long shelf life. They were certainly past their prime. Some were wrinkled. All had spots. Some had marks left by a squirrel. They had come from Daniel’s lone apple tree in the front yard. I looked out the window at the tree, leafless now and slowly being covered in the sleet that was turning to snow. It was a lot of work to get a small, sweet piece of apple meat from the old fruit. The peels and the cores comprised most of the apple. Once I cut the spots out, there was less apple yet. I cut apple after apple and very slowly filled the waiting piecrust. Then, for no reason at all, I started to cry.

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POLK COUNTY - With the holiday shopping season kicking into high gear, Polk County residents can help lower their property taxes with a swipe of the credit card or a cash purchase. Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday are gone, but there is still plenty of time to finish those endless shopping lists, and Polk County’s small businesses are just the place to find those last-minute gifts. The Polk County Tourism and Promotion Council reminds everyone to “shop locally and lower your taxes.” Polk County is one of many counties that have enacted a one-half percent sales tax that is used to directly reduce the county property tax levy. Over the past several years, the amount of sales tax revenue that was subtracted from the Polk County tax levy was almost $2.5 million in 2006. Even with the sluggish economy, an effort to shop locally and support local businesses this holiday season could reduce property taxes well over $2 million for 2013. Why pay $3.29 a gallon to drive out of Polk County to shop and help someone else lower their property taxes or help build a new stadium for the Vikings? CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative will Keep the dollars here - spend them in Polk County sup- host a toy drive again this holiday season, with all doporting neighborhood businesses. - from the Polk County nations going to local children. Co-op members and the Tourism and Promotion Council public are invited to bring new, unwrapped gift donations to Polk-Burnett offices in Siren and Centuria during regular office hours. Gifts will be collected now through Friday, Dec. 7. “Polk-Burnett is pleased to host its seventh-annual holiday gift drive; the event fits our cooperative mission to support local GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg High School Music De- youth and communities,” said Joan partment is planning to repeat an event that has become a O’Fallon, Polk-Burnett communicaholiday tradition. The annual Christmas concert will be tions director. “We invite you to join us. presented in the style of dinner theater, with almost two Together we can make the season hours of music and eating available to ticket holders. Per- bright for local children.” Polk-Burnett in Centuria, 1001 Hwy. formances are Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. The 35, is collecting gifts to benefit Polk event is held at the high school, and the music department County children through Operation is transforming the gym into a festive performance site. Ticket holders will be seated at tables to eat and listen to Christmas. Polk-Burnett in Siren, 7298 Hwy. 70, the students perform a wide variety of holiday music. The is collecting gifts to benefit Burnett groups focus on traditional favorites of the season, but will also perform contemporary holiday music. A full holiday County children through Interfaith meal will be served and in addition to the great music, audience members will be visited by Santa Claus. Because the concertgoers will be seated at tables, a reservation is recommended for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances. Anyone interested can call Grantsburg High School, 715-463-5165, Ext. 202, to place a reservation. Seating starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be live music performances starting at that time, with the large group performances starting about 30 minutes later. This performance has been a big hit with audience and performers the last six years, with people saying it really brings them into the holiday mood. It is also a performance fundraiser for the music department, with the money raised going to help with trip expenses. - submitted

Yes, I have been a little tired and a little lonely, living in a new city so far from Daniel and my family. Yes, I have been working my old brain hard, trying to learn as well and as fast as classmates half my age. It was good to be back home, it was good to be with Daniel, it was good to have the time to do something as simple and necessary as making an apple pie. But it was something more besides. My heart was warmed by these small, wrinkled apples. I admired their imperfection and their tenacity. They were tender and sweet and unique and I knew they would make a very good pie. They were not in competition with bigger, more robust apples. They were perfect, just as they were. I peeled these little imperfect apples, proud that I was putting them to use. I was glad that Daniel had not given up on them and left them on the ground to rot. They might take a little more work, they might not win any prizes. But I was sure that, once they were in a pie, they would be as good as any apples on earth. It is a good thing to make the best use of what is at hand. It seems somehow noble to make use of something sweet and good that would otherwise be wasted. It is satisfying to know that perfection is an illusion, and that all of us somehow fall short of an imaginary ideal. It would be easy to say these apples are just too much trouble, too old, and too imperfect to bother with. A better thing to do, it seems to me, is to make an apple pie. Till next time, – Carrie

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confided in my wife regarding my thoughts on the subject. “I am never going to be any better Profound changes occur as we than I am right now.” Now that march through our allotted years is a sobering thought. on this earth, many of them humWhen you come to this realizabling. Just as most of us are regain- John W. Ingalls, MD tion, it is much easier to justify ing some level of sanity from our cheap dates. After 35 years of child-rearing days, gravity begins an all-out assault on marriage and still being madly in love (I think she our bodies. One night you go to bed in fine physical feels the same way), we are inextricably joined at the shape and in the morning you realize that you are no wallet. That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy some of the longer the perfect human specimen. Skin that was finer things in life, but there is something comforting once taut now sags and joints that were loose are now in simple living and simple choices. rusty. Our first date ever was an afternoon enjoying the Tight jeans are traded in for comfort-fit stretch hustle and bustle of the Central Burnett County Fair. pants, tank tops become muffin tops and the best shoes you can wear are bedroom slippers because they This was before the Internet and cell phones, so we actually spent the afternoon talking rather than sending don’t hurt your bunions. However, not everything text messages to each other from across the picnic that happens is bad or even unwanted. It is a liberattable. It is amazing what you learn about someone else ing day when you begin buying clothes for comfort rather than style. Obviously it is nice to have both, but when you meet face to face. When that first cheap date worked out, we tried sending real letters to each other. when you must prioritize, comfort wins the battle 90 Over the years, we have continued to enjoy each percent of the time. other’s companionship without the need for spending. I was faced with the stark realization of the passage One of my favorite cheap dates is a lazy canoe ride of time, this Thanksgiving holiday, while participating down one of the local rivers. No harm in bringing the in a family discussion. One of my children announced fishing rod along either. Hamburgers on the grill and how nice it was to finally get past the stage in her life a cold drink on the deck for dinner is also a great dinwhen she didn’t feel as though she had to impress ing experience and a wonderful way to unwind after anyone. It wasn’t as if she didn’t care, but she had arwork. rived at the level of maturity when you can say with Since our children have become fully fledged and certainty “I am what I am” and “It is what it is.” I later

Caregivers Christmas for Kids. Gift ideas for toddlers to teens include games, toys, books, blankets, hats, mittens, coats and gift cards. Holiday gifts are donated by co-op employees, members and the public, and do not affect electric rates. For more information, contact Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, 800-421-0283. – from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative

Employees from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative are collecting Christmas toys and gifts for local children. Donations can be dropped off at co-op offices in Siren (above) and Centuria (left) now through Friday, Dec. 7. - Photo submitted

flown the nest we have more evening time to spend on the things we enjoy rather than parent-teacher conferences. In the spring and summer we might be boating or casting for smallmouth bass on the river. Bow hunting for deer fills out our fall dating schedule. Too often I am working, so she leaves me behind and spends a quiet couple of hours alone, but when I have some time off, she takes me along. A few weeks ago she returned home later in the evening excited about all of the deer along the roads. We grabbed a spotlight and headed out shining for deer in the local fields. If I ignore the cost of the latest archery equipment, hunting clothes, blinds, stands and license costs, it is a cheap date. I guess you could still call it a cheap date even when she is 200 yards away and we aren’t actually talking. My advice is simple for young couples considering a long-term commitment. Take each other on a cheap date. If it works out, do it again. The odds are good you will have a happy life together. So often we focus on the most expensive, the best, the right time, the latest and greatest whiz-bang gizmo and we lose sight of the most important part of any relationship, the people. The strongest marriages are of those who worked through adversity together, when everything wasn’t always easy and the time wasn’t always right. One of those secrets of success … cheap dates.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth I have a 5-year-old niece who is start-

ing to lose teeth. Recently, she had the chance to stay with me overnight at college, and I asked her what she wanted for Christmas. “Well Abby,” she says to me seriously. “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” She smiled widely at me and began to wiggle her two very loose front teeth. At night, her little sister prayed, “And please make Ella’s teeth wigglier and wigglier and wigglier so they can fall out already. Amen.” Growing up, my teeth were something I couldn’t seem to part with. I would leave my wiggly teeth in my mouth until they were hanging by hardly anything, and I couldn’t whistle or suck in air without the tooth flapping back and forth. One time, my father decided to help me get rid of one of my loose teeth. I sat on the bathroom counter, and he tied a string around my tiny baby tooth and tied the other end around the doorknob to my bedroom. I sat there and cried and threw a fit until finally my dad said, “Well OK, I won’t

Jump off the Stress Express with family holiday traditions ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all though the house everything was in shambles. Too much to do and not enough time. More shopping to be done, presents to wrap, cookies to bake and decorating too. Oh the hustle and bustle, the extra work and the stress. The crowds, the cash, the toys, the noise. It’s stressing us out. So why do we do it? If your answer is, “For the kids” you’re certainly not alone. For many people, the holidays are about children and bringing them as much joy as possible. But think for a moment about your own childhood. What made the holidays special for you? Not sure your answer best represents the feelings of today’s population of kids? Think again. I asked them. “The thing I like the most is being able to see all of my relatives. We get together at my grandparents’ houses and have big meals, which leads to another good part. The food. We usually have big hams and mashed potatoes and other good stuff. Then I feel like I won’t


chocolates Abby Ingalls pull it out. Just hop down.” Little did I know he was holding the string, and when I hopped down - pop, out went my tooth, and I barely knew it had come out. One time while I was at summer camp, I was eating some blueberry waffles drenched in syrup. I sat and chatted with the other girls in my cabin when my next bite contained a very crunchy piece of waffle. Hmm, I thought, that part must have been burnt to a crisp! I swallowed and continued eating. Later I went into the bathroom, and when I looked into the mirror, I realized the front half of my tooth was missing and I could see my gum and the other half my tooth still in there! To my dismay, I had to schedule an emergency visit to my dentist to remove the other half of the tooth. Now if there are ever any suspicious crunches in my food, I spit it out and examine it for shards of teeth.

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be able to eat for another week.” –Ryan, age 12 “I always have a good time at Chris Wondra Christmas. On Christmas Eve we stay up late and play video games. Then in the morning I get my stocking. We also play board games. I love Christmas.” –Meg, age 12 “All of my Christmases have been jolly. I think my best memory has been spending time with my family.” – Devin, age 12 “The first thing I think about when somebody mentions Christmas is picking out and putting up a tree and decorating it.” – Jessica, age 12 Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Sure, he took four quotes from a stack that suited his purpose.” Not true. Of the 75 students I surveyed only 12 even mentioned unwrapping presents as a significant memory for them. Family

Out of all my siblings, I probably had the most visits to the dentist. By high school I had him on speed dial. When I was little, I got to pick out a toy after every visit. My dentist’s office always had these little plastic dinosaurs that I loved to play with, and soon I started my own little collection. It was like getting a Happy Meal for me. I actually had a gallon-sized zip-lock bag filled with my plastic dinosaur toys that I had collected from visits to the dentist. My father always told me after I lost a tooth that if I never stuck my tongue in the empty spot, I would grow a gold tooth. Of course I thought a gold tooth would make me look cool and tough, almost like Hook from “Peter Pan,” so I tried as hard as I could to never stick my tongue in the spot where I had lost my tooth. But I always ended up sticking my tongue in the hole, and I never grew a golden tooth. The dentist must have known how sad I was, so later he gave me two silver-capped teeth. I didn’t even have to lose them first! I had visions of selling them for money after I lost the silver teeth, but my mom reminded me that the Tooth Fairy always took them. The Tooth Fairy must have loved my silver teeth, because I got

extra money for them. My favorite part about the dentist though was the laughing gas. To this day I cannot eat certain mints without fondly thinking of the laughing gas I had received over so many visits to the dentist. I never really laughed though when I had laughing gas, but I think they call it that because of the stupid things you do that make the other people in the room laugh. One time the dentist told me to open wide, and thinking I was hilarious I kept sticking my tongue out at him. I vaguely remember me calling my tongue an earthworm popping up out of the ground. Another time I had kicked my shoes off and they rolled off of the chair onto the ground, and I kept talking about the plants and how it reminded me of a jungle. Now it’s fun to tease my niece about losing her teeth, and I always tell her that if she tries very hard not to stick her tongue in the empty spot, she will grow a golden tooth. And maybe, if she keeps them in her mouth long enough like I did, she’ll get her Christmas wish in a way, and she’ll still have her two front teeth for Christmas.

gatherings and family activities created the fondest memories for 84 percent of the group. So if you’re racking up credit card debt to create the perfect memory for your kids, you’re wasting your money. Not to mention your time and energy. OK, you’re used to reading scientific mumbo jumbo about the brain and its inner workings in this column, so here goes: Long-term memories are more easily formed when stimulating multiple sensory pathways. You want to create great memories around the holidays? Do stuff. Do stuff with your eyes and your ears and your mouth and your hands. Solve problems. Be social. Get together. Have fun! Think about it. Which are your most vivid memories, those in which you were actively doing something, or those in which you were passively getting something? As immersed as the present-opening frenzy is in our culture, my feeling is that it’s insane. And so is the social and economic machinery that supports and encourages it. So if you’re thinking of maybe stepping off the Stress Express this holiday season, here are a few suggestions. Try them on for size and if they fit, maybe think about starting a

new tradition this year. Feed the birds, build a snow fort, play card or board games, get creative with wood or crafts or a cookie baking and decorating party, hike in the woods, have a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, go stargazing, go winter camping, participate in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. With a little thought and planning, it’s easy to step off the frenzied commercialized holiday train. Take steps today so that tomorrow your holiday memories will be filled with laughter and joy. And if you discover something great, or you already do something great, I’d love to hear about it. We’ve still got a few weeks before things get really crazy. E-mail me your traditions and I’ll collect and post them on the Web site and Facebook page. What better way to spread joy and peace this season than by teaching the rest of us how you create great holiday memories? 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.

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Frederic second and third grades to present holiday concert Dec. 6 FREDERIC – On Thursday, Dec. 6, Frederic students in second and third grades will present their annual Christmas program. The third-grade students will open the show playing their precorders on several selections. Next the second-grade students will present a selection on Kidsplay handbells followed by a tune called “Jingle Jive” with black lights. The show will conclude with both grades performing a musical called “Jingle All the Way,” by John Jacobson and John Higgins. In this story, Johnnie, Nellie and Susie head out for the North Pole to meet Santa. “Just listen for the jingle in Santa’s heart.”

But, what’s this? Santa has lost his jingle? Have we lost the true meaning of Christmas? Join the journey as the North Pole gang gets everyone’s help to restore the jingle in Santa’s heart and find the spirit and joy of the season. The program will be held at 7 p.m. at the elementary school, and is open to the public and free of charge. An added feature to this year’s concert will be a holiday bake sale sponsored by the high school band. The sale will take place both before and after the performance. - submitted

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign has started BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - In 1891, Capt. Joseph McFee wanted to help the poor people in San Francisco, especially for the coming Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding for his project. He remembered, during his earlier days as a sailor in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle called “Simpson’s Pot” where passengers of boats that docked at Stage Landing tossed coins to help the poor. The following day McFee placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing. Beside the pot was a sign that read “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He was able to collect enough donations to have a Christmas dinner for the poor people. McFee’s idea spread and in 1897, a nationwide effort was able to fund 150,000 Christmas dinners for the poor. In 1901 donations from New York City funded a sitdown dinner at Madison Square Garden. Today, the Salvation Army in Polk County provides rent, utilities, transportation and medication assistance to families and individuals in need. They also provide milk coupons to all food pantries in the county. Individuals and families receive a milk coupon when they visit their local food pantry. Coupons are then redeemed with a local merchant for 1 gallon of

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milk. The Happy Kids Backpack program provides over 600 families with nutritious food each week. Children in the Amery, Luck, Frederic, Clayton, Unity and St. Croix Falls school districts and Polk County Head Start that participate in the free and reduced lunch program have the opportunity to participate in this program. Law enforcement officers were able to assist 25 children with school clothes this fall. Officers nominated children in their area; children were selected and given an opportunity to shop with the officer. For many of these children this was their first experience purchasing new clothes. Christmas gifts are given to every person that resides at nursing homes throughout the county; some of the residents are forgotten and this is the only gift they receive. In addition gift cards and a Christmas pizza party are provided to each student at the special needs school in Balsam Lake. The students look forward to their trip to the store and party celebration every year. This has been a Salvation Army tradition for over 20 years. The local Salvation Army operates one mass shelter located in Balsam Lake, Serenity Home, housing 17 individuals. Last year it provided over 7,000 peaceful nights of sleep to individuals in the local community. The family shelter located in Osceola provides emergency shelter for one family. In addition, transitional housing services are provided to 35 families in the community, giving them an opportunity to remain in their current housing, paying 30 percent of their income. The Salvation Army subsidizes the additional portion of their rent while providing weekly case management to assist the family in reaching their goals toward self-sufficiency. Money collected through the red kettles is used to help your friends and neighbors. Of the funds collected in Polk County, 89 percent stay right in the area. Demand for the Salvation Army’s services has increased over 300 percent during the past year; many folks are coming to them in need for the first time. Last year $80,000 was raised, however they ran short prior to the end of their fiscal year. This year their goal is $90,000. This is a very ambitious goal! But, with a little help from a lot of different people, they know this can happen. Those wishing to help this year can do so in four ways: • Call the Salvation Army at 715-485-1221 to schedule a time to ring bells. • Go to and sign up online. • Go to the online red kettle, click on find a kettle, then click on Polk County and make a donation. • Send a contribution to their office at 200 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 - submitted

Open house set for Dec. 5 at WITC-New Richmond

NEW RICHMOND - Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will host a winter open house at its New Richmond campus, Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a jump on preferred fall 2013 programs by starting classes in January. People may apply for spring and fall semester classes as openings remain in select diploma and associate degree programs and in certificate programs. Advisors and staff will be available to answer questions. WITC-New Richmond is welcoming three new program options in the fall of 2013: architectural commercial design, an associate degree; human resource management, and E-child, an online early childhood education

associate degree program. In addition to its regular courses, WITC offers flexible learning opportunities through online and evening courses. WITC’s Web site is Guests are encouraged to walk around the campus and take a look at everything the college has to offer, including the expanded and updated space completed summer 2012. Contact Jodi Saliny, admissions advisor at 715-246-6561, Ext. 4339 with any questions. - from WITC

Short course on farm safety offered BARRON - The Barron County UW-Extension Office in cooperation with the Center for Dairy Farm Safety will offer a Dairy Farm Safety short course to dairy producers at the Barron County Government Center on Tuesdays, Dec. 4 and 11. The CDFS 10-hour short course is a comprehensive program covering: • Best-practice protocols for the dairy farm • The Dairy Local Emphasis Program and what it means for producers • Hazard identification and risk assessment • Chemical inventories and labeling •? Components of an effective safety and health program The Center for Dairy Farm Safety was established through a Susan Harwood OSHA grant and the safety

training materials were developed through collaboration by UW-River Falls and UW-Extension. The program curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In addition to complete course materials, participants will receive templates and tools that can be applied to their dairy farm to assist in building best practices for an effective health and safety program. For registration, visit the Web site or call 715-4253240, or for further information, contact UWEX ag agents Tim Jergenson at Barron, 715-537-6250, or Otto Wiegand at Spooner, 715-635-3506. The short course will be held from 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. over a two-day period. - submitted

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50 Years ago The first snowfall of the season began on Thursday, Nov. 22, and the snow stopped falling on Friday before noon, with 5 inches of heavy, wet snow on the ground, making roads slippery and traveling very difficult. Most of the snow had melted by the next week, temps being mild, with highs in Frederic in the high 40s.–The Frederic Farmers Cooperative Exchange held their annual meeting and re-elected Howard Gundlach and Theo A. “Arlie” Johnson to the board. Other board members were Adolph Anderson, Max Lindh and Claude Ferdig.–Peggy LaDoucer, eighth grade, won the soil conservation speaking contest held at Frederic.–Carl Johnson, of Frederic, killed a wolf in the McKenzie Creek area while out deer hunting, and Gordon Burmeister of rural Danbury shot two wolves on his farm.–Handel’s “Messiah” would be presented in Cumberland at the high school by the Superior College choral society and orchestra on Dec. 3.–Navy Ensign Thomas F. Schindler, from Grantsburg, graduated from the Navy’s Officer Candidate School at Newport, R.I.–The wedding of Louise Esther Marier and Eugene Leroy Schallenberger took place on Nov. 10 at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake, and Sharon McLean and Larry Anderson were married the same day at Cushing Lutheran Church.

40 years ago The Trade River Evangelical Free Church was hosting a missionary conference, with speakers to include Doris Ekblad, missionary to Hong Kong for 19 years, the Rev. and Mrs. Ed Woodbury, who were candidates for a mission to Venezuela, and the Rev. Einar Ford, missionary to Japan.–The Siren Covenant Church was planning a special service on Dec. 3, with guest speaker the Rev. Dick Greenwood, to hold a mortgage burning.–Successful deer hunters, as reported in the West Sweden news, were Donald West, Evert Johnson, Roger Hinrichs, David Wedin, Jerry Friberg, Wally Schommer, Wayne Lundquist, Bruce Lundquist, Bryan Lundquist, Dick Richter, Gladys Richter, Jerry Richter, Wally Olson, Darryl Wikstrom, Ron Svoboda, Curtis Wedin, Marlin Larson and Bruce Wikstrom.–Army Pvt. Ronald D. Kunze and Army Pvt. Ervin D. Hansen, both of Luck, completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.–The Texas Cowgirls basketball team would be playing a game at the Webster High School against a team formed by members of the Webster Lions Club. The team’s owner/coach was Dempsey Hovland. They played “all comers” and were considered the nation’s outstanding girls basketball team.–The Centuria Community Chorus, under the direction of Richard Balkus of Minneapolis, Minn., would present a Christmas concert on Dec. 9.–Will Stanton, well-known author, was the guest speaker at the November meeting of the Northwest Regional Writers Club.

20 years ago The St. Croix Chippewa band finalized a deal to purchase the St. Croix Meadows greyhound racing track in Hudson. Later in the week, the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association announced they would oppose the deal.–Paul Ekblad lost his court appeal to overturn a previous decision to have him and his wife evicted from the 200-acre farm he lost to the county for not paying real estate taxes for a 10-year period.–Siren churches were sponsoring the second-annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the senior center.–Siren High School students who were chosen to take part in the Tri-State Honors Band at UW-Superior were Sara Blahauvietz, Ryan Benson and Shawn McBroom.–The Upper St. Croix Valley Music Association Honors Band held at Amery had six Siren students participating. They were Sara Blahauvietz, Shawn McBroom, Linda Hahr, Janet Howe, Dan Swenson and Amy Ward.–The opening weekend deer harvest for Polk and Burnett counties was down 54 percent from the previous year, due to a smaller deer herd and the issuance of fewer hunter’s choice permits. The DNR estimated the state’s deer population to be 1.25 million.–Bob Becker’s Boot Prints column featured the story of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Pearson, Burnett County farmers, who shot a 43-point buck just east of Sand Creek in the Town of Roosevelt in 1937. Pearson’s nephew, Ron, reported that the deer was in a museum in Marshfield.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Wow, it’s been really chilly and I’m thinking I might just have to get a winter coat and boots for myself. That ground is cold on the old tootsies! I have to say I really enjoy flaking out in front of the fire, that is if you can find room with everyone else having the same idea. Well we kind of got in trouble the other day while Mom was at the shelter and Dad was dog-sitting us. We were across the street in the woods when a very nice young man hunting the property walked us back home and told Dad we were chasing deer. Ever since then, leaving our property has been curtailed quite a bit, and Mom’s onto all our tricks so she can’t see us heading down the driveway. She blows that old air horn and if we’re not home right away we’re in trouble. I mean really? We’re just onto a good scent – what a way to ruin a good run. Adoptions this week were Moses, Queen and DJ for dogs and two kittens, Phobus and Eirene. Daphne


YAPpenings Sadie Those lucky ones are now living in their new homes and making new forever friends. Our beautiful Duchess is back at the shelter, and while we love having her with us we would really rather her be in her forever home. She has been returned due to her interaction with the newer residents, which happen to be cows. Duchess is a gentle and loving Staffordshire terrier around 4 to 5 years of age. She has a beautiful spirit - she deserves to be a “forever dog,” not an “until dog!” Duchess is medium in size with a heart of gold, you can’t help but fall in love with this gal. And then there were two. Ione and her sister Daphne are the last two kittens from a litter of six that are waiting to be adopted. They are now approximately 12 weeks old and are little bundles of

loving energy. They are so much fun to watch as they play, they bring a lot of joyful happiness to the shelter! You can’t help but laugh at some of their silly antics, but when they tire they like to cuddle and purr with Duchess contentment. Don’t forget to come and enjoy us for Sunday brunch at Adventures Restaurant in Siren from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 9. The wonderful people there are hosting this event for the shelter with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the shelter. It’s another one of those events that not only helps the shelter animals, but supports one of our local businesses! Adventures will also be collecting donations for the shelter under their Christmas tree and there will also be a small silent auction. Hope to see you there. Our newsletter goes to print this week and our plan is to have it in the mail by the following week.

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715-349-2964 Our fall was quiet and rather warm this year. However, come the big turkey day things started to change rather quickly. Most of the day was warm and sunny. When I took our dog out at 7 p.m. however, we had a light coating of that white stuff and looking like we were in for more. That’s when I knew Old Man Winter had snuck into the area and was busy shaking his bag of white stuff around. Come Friday morning, I awoke to see a veritable winter wonderland. Old Man Winter had dropped about 3 inches of wet snow, making the pines look like they were covered in white frosting. Deer season is now history for another year. I’m anxious to see just how this year’s gun season deer harvest went in this area. I’m betting it was down this year as many never saw one. This is the first year I have not seen a deer go through bear country, nor did I hear a shot. Hubby may not have gotten a deer this year, but the tree rat population in bear country is sure shrinking and increasing in the Dunham Lake and Mudhen Lake areas. One old bugger, though, I’m

guessing has been in the trap before or almost, he has tried everything to reach the peanut butter inside. He gets what he wants simply by reaching through the squares and using his paw, scoops it up and then sits and licks it off. Friday evening Rudy and Pat Solomonson, down on Dunham Lake, celebrated their 40th anniversary with a party. A group of their friends and family helped them celebrate. Congratulations to you both and many more happy years. Saturday evening in Siren, a group of people enjoyed the lighting of the tree on Main Street, a parade and the lighting of the Christmas lights in Crooked Lake Park by the Siren Lions. Monday, the grandmas group met at the home of Naomi Glover. A potluck lunch was enjoyed by all and the afternoon spent doing a variety of crafts and visiting. Those present were Hazel Hahr, Erna Lueck, Marilyn Lemeiux, Marge Peterson, Carol Juve and Dorothy Lahners. Bev Beckmark was absent. Santa is coming to Siren so bring the kidlets to

Bev Beckmark the Siren School on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can enjoy lunch with Santa, receive a goodie bag and, if you wish to have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, you must bring a camera. This event is sponsored by the Siren Lioness Club. Siren will, once again, have a Santa skate day in Siren at the Siren Lodge Center Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., so bring the kids and enjoy an evening skating with Santa. The Siren community choir’s Christmas concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Siren Bethany Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. If you miss or can’t make that one, there will be a repeat performance on Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. This is a spectacular event, you don’t want to miss it. Congratulations to elementary student Rylee Nelson, middle schooler Nicole Dalsveen, and high schooler Dennis Livingston for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Keep up the great work kids. You will go far.

Borderline news Last week, Jan Streiff was flown out to New York to see Julie Andrews. She then attended two performances of a musical Julie is directing, the play based on a book she and her daughter wrote a few years ago, “The Great American Mousical.” Jan also visited with Julie’s support team, which she had met last year in Roseville when Julie had a meeting with Jan. At one of the musical performances, Jan reconnected with a Belgian woman with whom she had attended Julie’s concert in London in 2010. After the play, Jan was joined by a friend and they drove up the coast of Connecticut and took the ferry

across Long Island Sound to Sag Harbor where they had tea with Julie’s daughter. They also had lunch with a friend who writes children’s books and teaches at the University of New York, Southampton. They spent some time exploring the area and seeing the damage done by Super Storm Sandy. Fortunately, none of their friends’ homes suffered any major damage, but the trip back up to JFK showed the extent of the damage to the island. Fran Levings and Dave Baker hosted a big Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Cloverton Town Hall. Guests included son Chuck Levings and family from Ashland, and niece Stephanie Love and her brood

Bob Brewster from River Falls. Good friends and neighbors Marlene and Don Mishler joined in the festivities. In addition to the traditional meal, the group enjoyed a word game, door prizes and a round of “the dice game.” Chuck had a treacherous drive home, but the group going south had smooth sailing. Dave Baker gave a lecture on art history at the Old School Arts Center in Sandstone, Minn., recently. It was well attended. Annette Carlson will be one of the pianists providing music at the crafts sale in the arts center gym on Saturday. Dec. 1. She will play from 2 to 3 p.m.

Birth announcements Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Maci Elizabeth Luedtke, born Nov. 24, 2012, to Garrett and Anne Luedtke, Grantsburg. Maci weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents include Paul and Cheryl Luedtke of Grantsburg and Art and Liz Staples of Mendota Heights, Minn. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Devon Allan Johnson, born Nov. 15, 2012, to Erin Richards and Brian Johnson, Dresser. Devon weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A boy, Layne Evan Walton, born Nov. 21, 2012,

to Jessica and Joshua Walton, Shafer, Minn. Layne weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Jaylynn Mary-Marie Gillis, born Nov. 15, 2012, to Lindsey and Alexander Gillis, Danbury. Jaylynn weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Caden Christopher Green, born Nov. 16, 2012, to Kari and Chris Green, Frederic. Caden weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Isaiah Benjamin Robin, born Nov. 12, 2012, to Michael and Kari Robin, Danbury. Isaiah weighed

8 lbs., 5 oz.

••• A boy, Bryan Jamie-Luke Bloom, born Nov. 5, 2012, to Ryki Bergstrand, Amery. Bryan weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A girl, Marilyn Joyce Nelson, born Nov. 5, 2012, to Brittany Southworth and Derek Nelson, Taylors Falls, Minn. Marilyn weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Ryan Daniel Anderson, born Nov. 5, 2012, to Paula and Bryan Anderson, Frederic. Ryan weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. •••

Siren Senior Center We had a good turnout for the community Thanksgiving dinner. We served over 300 people including home deliveries. Nice to see so many from the neighboring towns. Gratitude is extended to all of you who volunteered food, time to cook and clean. Everything was appreciated. We had our monthly meeting on Tuesday. I was not able to attend so have no dates to give you.

I suppose many of you hit the stores on Black Friday. We did go out for a while but decided long lines were not for us. I am sure there were many good bargains. Spade winners for Nov. 16 were Inez Pearson, Gerry Vogel, Dwaine Bentley, Candace Doriott and Rich Hustad. Winners for 500 Nov. 21 were Nona Severson, Tom Knopik, Doris Knopik, Marie Bentley

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and Bea Gorin. Due to the holiday, Spades were not played on Nov. 23. The Christmas busy season is here with card writing, baking, shopping and all the celebrations. We hope you will find time to stop in to the center for cards or coffee.

If anyone would like to help fold, label and count, then please give the shelter a call and let us know. While there, you can always visit with the animals and who knows, maybe even adopt one. My friend Jenny has Ione given us a list of things needed at the shelter: Purina Dog Chow; Purina Kitten Chow; cat litter (nonclumping) and last but not least, bleach. If you can help out that would be awesome. “I can train any dog in five minutes. It’s training the owner that takes longer.” - Barbara Woodhouse 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 and follow us!

St. Croix Senior Center Marian Edler How was your deer hunt? And Thanksgiving is over, so Christmas is the next to look forward to. Hope you had a successful hunt and a joyous Thanksgiving. We had a very busy Tuesday. It started with exercise. Then we had the potluck lunch with lots of good food. Linda Slaikeu, outreach coordinator for the Amery Behavioral Center, gave a presentation of their facility. We held the monthly meeting followed by games in the afternoon. Ione White, Doug Ohotto and George Meixner were the winners in Dominos. The winner team in Hand and Foot was Russ Adams and Marian Edler. The winners in 500 were Arnie Borchert, Rich Hustad and Joan Arnold. We closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Rivertown Holiday will be in St. Croix Falls on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. When you’re in town, be sure to stop at the senior center. We will have hot rolls and coffee in the morning along with a bake sale. At noon, grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup will be served. We will have a box for your donations of food or personal items for the food shelf. And bring your children as Santa will be at the center in the afternoon. See you Saturday.


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Fran Krause spent Thanksgiving with the Mark Krause family. All four of the children were home from college for the holiday, and all of Dee Krause’s sisters were able to be there too. The Krause hunters all had pretty good luck. Amy Kopecky, Karen Brooks, Adeline Ingalls, Diane Medaglia and LaVonne O’Brien from Harmony HCE attended the fall HCE county meeting at the government center on Tuesday. Twenty-six members of the O’Brien family had dinner and lots of visiting on Thanksgiving at the Bob O’Brien home. Hope everyone had a very enjoyable holiday.

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Our late fall weather is starting to look like an early winter. The winners for Spades were Lillian Murphy, Margaret Ulick, Inez Pearson and Arnie Borchert. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there was no Dime Bingo or 500 on Thursday. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. Monday, 500 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pokeno at 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and Dime Bingo at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. All ages are welcome for the activities. Enjoy the early-winter weather and drive and walk carefully on the ice. Hope to see you at the center.

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Sympathy is extended to Bob Denotter, Julie and Laurie Denotter, Mitch Krahler and other family members due to the death of Mitch’s wife, Bob’s daughter, and Julie and Laurie’s sister, Kayleen Krahler. Nina Hines and Lida Nordquist came home Tuesday after spending several days in the Twin Cities. Lida visited Bunny Johnson while there. Nina and Lida stayed with Sue Harrison and Nancy Hagen. John, Lisa and Johnny Unertl, Sue and Lowell Ackerman and Leo Ackerman were Thanksgiving Day guests of Kay and Jack Krentz. Some of the family stayed over for a few days. Thirty-six Mangelsen family members and friends gathered at the home of Lida Nordquist Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. Guests of Lawrence and Nina Hines at various times during the week were Colin, Chris, Chad, Jenny, Aubrey and Ashley Harrison. Carly Harrison and her sister came Thursday to visit. Hank, Karen, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen joined Gene, Carlotta, Wayne, Marie and Carol Romsos and Ron and Juliann Jensen at Tracks Friday evening for a Romsos family Thanksgiving celebration. Mark Hines and Edgar Rodriquez visited Donna and Gerry Hines several days during the week. A number of relatives and friends were guests of Jan Schott at Lida Nordquist’s home Saturday for a BeautiControl party. Amie Thomas was the beauty consultant. Gerry and Donna Hines visited Inez and Arvid Pearson Sunday afternoon. Clam River Tuesday Club will meet for their Christmas party 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 care to participate. The 2012 secret pals will be revealed and names will be drawn for 2013. Each person is asked to bring something for the food pantry.

Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Patty loves her country music and relaxing on the couch. She can settle into an evening of television with the best of them or check out the latest scents in the yard for fun. Patty is a 2-year-old Walker coonhound mix. She enjoys a daily treat or two and someone to give her an ear rub. And wouldn’t we all like that? Patty is easygoing, as are most hounds. She has been waiting for a new home at the shelter since September. It was a busy, busy week at the Arnell shelter. Thirteen cats and seven dogs were adopted in one week. Two longtime residents of the shelter, Gretchen, a coonhound mix and Toby, a German shorthair pointer, went to new homes. Gretchen had been at the shelter for 2-1/2 months; Toby had been with Arnell since July 27. All of our adoptions are major events, but to see these two great dogs walk out the door with new families is monumental. Tears of happiness were shed by all shelter staff. Other great dogs to find homes were Mario, the

English pointer; Lucy, the petite beagle; Vivian, the blanket-loving dachshund; Bridget, the apricot brindle pit bull puppy; and Roper, the special needs cocker spaniel featured in last week’s Patty column. He came to the shelter when his caregiver entered the hospice program and found a new home with an exceptional couple. Roper will be enjoying the holidays in a new home. It was a whirlwind week for cats as well. Our young lovers from the cat room, Milo and Bernadette, were able to go home together. These two 5-month-old lovebirds were adorable to watch in the playroom. They would sleep together, sometimes piled on one another, and other times, just lightly touching each other during a catnap. They played and cleaned each other. We are so happy they will now grow old together. Oliver, the hugging brown tabby went home. Melvin, Stripe and Howard too. The 17 tote cats received an extra push from the

Pioneer Press and FOX 9 News. The abandoned tote cats came to the shelter on Oct. 29 and needed basic medical treatment before they could be offered for adoption. By Saturday, seven tote cats had been adopted. That means there are 10 more waiting for homes. If you go to our Web site,, the Tote Cats are listed with names that begin with the letter T. With these happy success stories behind us, we are looking to continue our streak with adoption for our black Lab mixes, Luigi and Glory, Daisy; yellow Lab mix, Iris, Puggle and Wilber; and three mini dachshund puppies, Remi, Romeo and Elvis. A large, handsome male tuxedo cat named Felix is available, as are Lily, a shorthair black female, Penny, a smoke-coated female and the aforementioned 10 tote cats. Also in need of a new home, Tara the soft-coated tortie rex bunny is patiently waiting. She came to the shelter as a stray. Tara enjoys hopping about in our lobby and hallways. She is easy to handle and even uses her litter box. Arnell Memorial Humane Society is at 185 Griffin St. East in Amery, phone 715-268-7387, or online at

Students named to Honor Band On Thursday, Nov. 8, four Luck band students performed in the middle school honor band at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Jacob Aguado, trombone; Olivia Nielsen, tenor sax; Erin Engstrand, clarinet; and Sydney Paulson, clarinet; were all members of the advanced honor band. Luck was one of 30 schools participating in the honor band. The advanced band worked with Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj from UWRiver Falls for the day and performed a concert that evening. Photo by Lori Nelson

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT & GIFT SALE Sat., Dec. 1, 2012, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grantsburg Community Center (We have the old high school.)

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Christmas At The Cabin Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hosted by:

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COOKIE WALK Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. to noon West Denmark Parish Hall West of Luck on County Rd. N. Featuring Festive & Ethnic Cookies, Fair-Trade Items & Handmade Danish Woven Hearts Let Us Do Your Holiday Baking! Enjoy Refreshments While You Shop!

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LIBRARY NEWS Frederic Public Library

It’s the second-annual gingerbread house event We had so much fun last year that we’re doing this again, so turn on your ovens and get out your rolling pins! The Frederic Library is hosting a gingerbread house contest and display during December for children and adults. Stop in to get the contest rules or find them on the library Web site. Entries will be accepted Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Monday, Dec. 3. Santa Claus is coming to town Dec. 15 Mark your calendar for a visit with Santa Claus and the Frederic Royalty at the library Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring your camera for photos with Santa during this event sponsored by the Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce.

Holiday evening open house Dec. 18 Join us for a special evening Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We will showcase the gingerbread house contest, offer holiday treats and provide door prizes. At 7 p.m. there will be a program of music by local talent, poetry read by Debbie Trantow, and storyteller Tracy Chipman will spin a winter tale or two for us. Come one, come all. The evening book group meets Dec. 20 The evening book group will meet Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about “Yes, Chef: A Memoir,” by Marcus Samuelsson. The following is adapted from an review: “It begins with a simple ritual: every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The

Balsam Lake Public Library Stamping fun with Barb H. Stamping fun with Barb on Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. All ages are welcome. New books in December • “Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts,” by Sebastian Faulks • “Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett,” by Tony Bennett • “View from Here,” by Cynthia Myers • “Two Graves,” by Douglas Preston New DVDs • The Watch • Brave • Arthur Christmas • The Campaign • Wisconsin State Parks We have VHS movies for sale for only 25 cents, hardcover books for 50 cents and paperbacks for 25 cents. Stop in to see what we have to offer.

Additonal services Did you know that the library system has additional services for patrons? Check out the MORE Web site at One new feature is the recorded downloadable audio One Click Digital. Access audio from almost any device once you have an account set up. All you need is your library card from an Indianhead Federated Library. Stop in to learn more. Hours Balsam Lake Library, under the water tower, at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: library@ Web site:, 715-485-3215. Like us on Facebook for updated information.

Polk County Library Federation The Polk County Library Federation, the hub of library service since 1974, is closing its doors at the end of 2012 on its service to the Books-by-Mail Service, support to the Polk County Libraries, support for the Polk County staff, and programming specific to nursing homes, other assisted living patrons and other civic groups. The staff of the Polk County Library Federation, volunteers and library board of trustees is hosting a holiday tea

and book sale at the Polk County Library Federation, Wednesday Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 400 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, 715-485-8680. The library will be selling used books, audiocassette tapes and videos and featuring Usborne books and new children’s books for ages birth thru middle school. Please note if you are a Polk County Library patron return materials to them or your village library by Friday, Dec. 21.

Milltown Public Library Computer basics Open lab for beginners is available on Mondays at 1 and 2 p.m. Sign up for an hour-long session at the circulation desk or call 715-825-2313. Morning story time Morning story time is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Join the group for a half hour of stories, singing and fun. Designed for toddlers and preschool-aged youth. Create and Connect This programs is an all-ages art and social night. A great night for the while family to choose stories together, to exercise creative energies and to maybe even hear a story or two. Did you know? Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio, and even e-books and e-audiobooks. Check out our upcoming programming and wares anytime at or stop in to browse the collections. You can also find the Milltown Public Library on Facebook and Twitter. We also have an Amazon wish list linked on our Web site, you can add to our growing collection. If you shop at Amazon, follow the link on the library home page, and we will get credit for everything you


Join the Friends of the Library The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. This will be the annual meeting. Anyone can be a member and can help in many ways. Building project A pledge campaign is under way. If you would like to pledge, contribute or volunteer please contact the library at the phone number or e-mail listed below. Butternut Bed & Breakfast in Luck is donating 5 percent of their bookings to the library project. Call 651-675-9994 to book a getaway and support the library through March 2013. Julia’s Java in Milltown has created a signature drink, the Library Lover’s Latte and 5 percent of all purchases will be donated to the library as well through Wednesday, Dec. 12. Shafer’s Café and Cheese and More have coupons at the library. One dollar off for you equals $1 donated to the library. Hours and information Phone: 715-825-2313, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Friday 10 a.m-5 p.m, and Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m. E-mail milltownpl@milltownpublic Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served every day.

grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the worldrenowned chef Marcus Samuelsson.” Copies can be borrowed from the library and new members are always welcome at book discussions.

Wednesday morning story time Story time runs Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with activities for preschoolers and their caregivers. If you are interested in reading to the children, we welcome you. Please talk to a librarian to choose a date, and we will supply the materials. Computer concerns? Gizmo questions? Bring in your technology questions and we will help you find the answers. We can also show you how to download free

e-books. If you have questions about terminology, Internet, e-mail, Facebook, or anything else computer-related, talk to us.

Library board meeting The Frederic Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at the library. How to know what we know Find us on Facebook at Frederic Public Library. The Web site is E-mail us at Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. W., 715-327-4979. Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for preschoolers is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Centuria Public Library Cozy Country Christmas at the library The Centuria Public Library will be hosting an event in conjunction with the Cozy Country Christmas celebration being held on Centuria on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event begins at 4 and continues until 5 p.m. Come into the library with your children and play some fun Christmas games and get some Christmas treats. The activities planned at the library are for children up to the age of 10. If your child is 10 to 14, have them join the fun at the village hall where they will be playing Bingo to win some fun prizes. Hope to see you at the library beginning at 4 p.m. Purchasing an e-reader, iPad or other portable devices On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 5

p.m., information will be available at the Centuria Public Library on purchasing an e-reader, iPad, or other portable devices. Help will be available to assist you in deciding what kind of device would be best for you to purchase. Various pieces of equipment will be available for you to try. Meet with a technology support person in the multipurpose room of the library and explore equipment options.

Hours 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

St. Croix Falls Public Library Pajama After Hours Pajama After Hours at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School is Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-7 p.m. Kids, families and educators read together. Rivertown Holiday Santa will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 1. The high school choir will perform at 11:30 p.m., and the Friends bake and craft sale will be on all day. Adult computer and hobby winter course menu All courses are free. Please register by call 715-483-1777 or sign up online at Internet – you can do it. Thursday, Nov. 29, or Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m – noon. Internet basics: sites, e-mail and searches. Facebook and Twitter. Thursday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon or Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 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. You can make a wish come true for the library The Friends of the Library invite you to add to the library collection by purchasing book(s) on their Amazon wish list. The book you purchase for the library is a tax-deductible gift from you and it will ship directly to the library. Check it out on the library Web site, or visit the library. Together, we can fulfill every wish on the list. Free tutoring for all levels – K-12 now available 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, biol-

ogy and chemistry. She loves a wide range of subjects and is enthusiastic to work with all ages in many topics from math to language to the sciences. Preregistration for tutoring required. Call 715-483-1777 or e-mail

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 at 4 p.m.: We’re discussing “Gregor the Overlander,” by Suzanne Collins. Anime Club Anime Club will be held Mondays, 4-5 p.m. Draw, discuss and discover Japanese comic arts. Kids 10-plus. 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. Check out the Web site It has up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library and other useful library tools you can use at home, Look for us on Facebook. Hours 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 the following days: Dec. 22, 24, 25, 29, 31 and Jan. 1. Happy holidays! 715-483-1777. E-mail: Online:


My daughter has been here taking care of me after my knee surgery. I feel so blessed to have her be my nursemaid. I am not sure I could have come through this on my own. OK, I suppose I could have, but she has made it so much easier. My therapy is not fun, but she is there every step of the way. I am getting to the point where I can be on my own and that will mean she will be leaving soon. She is going to spend some time with her daughter, my granddaughter, and my great-granddaughter. We had such a good time and laughed so hard it made recovery almost - just almost - fun. I have come into the new world of technology. Last night we Skyped with Madelyne and Kalea and if you have no idea what that is, it is talking to each other face to face (well, almost) over the computer. Listening to Kalea, who will be 2 next month, sing her ABCs and “Old McDonald Had a Farm” is so precious. Those are the kinds of memories

Gifts from the Heart Last year, the staff at Interfaith Caregivers put their heads together to come up with some new and simple gift ideas for the older people on your list. I don’t know about your family, but most of my older relatives don’t need anything. In fact, my mother-in-law is trying to get rid of her things! So, again, we’d like to offer up some gift ideas that we hope can become traditions for the older people in your life. Consider a friendly visit to the older nice lady next door whose children and grandchildren live far away. Drop by with a plate of cookies or a holiday card. A few minutes of your time can make a big difference in the life of someone who may be alone during the holidays. If you’re planning a day to make cookies or other holiday delicacies, invite your elderly neighbor or family member over to help. You can catch up

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Our busy fall made for another successful Christmas fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, including many beautiful craft sales



Barb Blodgett you will hold forever. Christmas for Kids is moving right along. The date for getting wish lists in has passed and now we look forward to the distribution on the Friday, Dec. 21, at the Webster Fire Hall. The part I miss is the look on children’s faces when they get the gifts. Surprise, wonder, delight and happiness, those are the looks. That is what I miss most. Still I can imagine what Christmas morning will be like in many homes where there would not have been Christmas presents. People have been so generous this year, even when everyone feels the pinch of a bad economy. Thank you so much for your donations. Without you

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Tammy Berg, program asst. while you bake, accomplishing two important things at once. If you’re lucky, you might end up with an old-fashioned recipe for that special treat you loved as a kid. A book of stamps can be a perfect gift. Many seniors still write letters regularly and would appreciate a gift of stamps. Or, they may need some help to address envelopes for Christmas cards. Try leaving a stack of envelopes near Grandpa’s door and ask all visitors to write down their name and address so no one has to look them up. Just offering to take holiday cards to the post office can be a perfect gift! Does Aunt Mary need a little help wrapping those gifts that she is giving to her grandchildren? You can pick up some wrapping paper and help her

we could not do what we do. On Saturday, Dec. 8, Interfaith will have their bake sale at the Forts. We do this every year and love to be part of the Christmas celebration. Keep that in mind. I know there are a lot of cookie walks and bake sales, but seeing Christmas of old is special at the Forts. Come see us. Also on Saturday, Dec. 8, the arborists will be at the Heat a Home site on Hayden Lake Road doing their magic with their chain saws. We still have so much wood that is not cut and split and we have a feeling this is going to be a cold, cold, winter. The work has to be done so we can supply those who need the wood to keep warm. In case you don’t know, the arborists are a group of men, women and children who come to work on the wood and get it ready for this winter and next. They have been such a blessing to Burnett County and often come from as far as Missouri and Iowa, northern Minnesota and far eastern

Wisconsin. I love the warm, fuzzy feeling I get watching these people all working together just for the giving. I always say it isn’t what you get, it is what you give, that is important. Because this column is late, I will be brief (I know, that doesn’t happen very often). Interfaith Caregivers and all of our volunteers want to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful 2013. Denny and I can’t thank all of those who have helped during 2012 enough. It has been an amazing year. We look forward to the wonderful things that will happen next year. Look up at the sky and remember the star that put Christ in Christmas. I don’t want to leave out those who don’t celebrate the holiday. You have been such a blessing to us.

with the wrapping while getting in a fun conversation. Again, a little of your time can be a big deal for someone who doesn’t get out much. As we get older, it becomes harder to do some of the things that make the holidays feel special. If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, find out if they need some help putting up a tree, unpacking their favorite holiday ornaments or hanging lights and decorations. Don’t forget the outdoor decorations! It may be important to them to make their home look festive on the outside too! (Offer to help take them down, too!) Time spent with loved ones can be more precious than gifts. Take a senior or disabled adult on an outing to an indoor garden, a matinee or a shopping spree. End your day with a meal at a local restaurant. Make your gifts personal and something that can be used right away. Buy a gift card to their favorite grocery store or restaurant. Put together a basket of

their favorite fresh fruit or homemade breads or cookies. Spend a couple of hours watching an old movie or listening to music from their younger years. Whether you give a gift that you purchase or one of your time, you can brighten someone’s day this holiday season. But, don’t limit yourself to just the holidays! Remember your older loved ones and neighbors throughout the year. Interfaith Caregivers coordinates volunteers to help seniors and adults with disabilities in Polk County. If you or someone you know could use help with rides, visits or help with household chores or other nonmedical services, call us at 715-485-9500. If you are interested in donating you can send your donation to P.O. Box 426, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. For more information about how you can help your neighbors in Polk County, e-mail us at or visit our Web site at

God bless, See you next year. Barb

booths, craft demonstrations, bake sale, tasty food booths and of course the lovely Christmas Tea! HCE thanks the Amery Medical Center representatives for doing blood pressure checks and the Polk County Home Health people for giving the flu shots to those who purchased them. We again had the raffle and the Bookworm gently used books giveaway.

HCE Roundabout Club had a food booth at the Christmas fair at Unity School on Saturday, Nov. 3. - Photos submitted

Visitors at the Christmas fair look for gently used books, with help from the Bookworms chair, Raylene.

Several suggestions for next year’s fair are being discussed and many will be in use then. We appreciate all who attended and look forward to seeing you all again in 2013! Polk County HCE will be hosting the new Northwest District meeting April 25, 2013, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Frederic. The church ladies will be

preparing the lunch and morning coffee. The theme is Starting a New Chapter in HCE. We are looking forward to meeting and working with our new district members in the coming years. An exciting new year ahead! If you would like to become a member of HCE, contact the Polk County Extension Office at 715-485-8600.

St. Croix Tribal Police Department to join Booze and Belts traffic safety mobilization ST. CROIX FALLS – To motivate motorists to drive sober and buckle up, St. Croix Tribal Police will mobilize for the statewide “Booze and Belts” campaign from Dec. 7 to 16. “Fatal and serious injury traffic crashes can turn a joyous holiday season into a time of tragedy,” said Sgt. Cliff Casady. “To prevent these needless tragedies, our officers will be out in force during the Booze and Belts mobilization. While patrolling in greater numbers and for longer

hours, they will arrest drunken drivers and ticket unbuckled motorists.” During Booze and Belts and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists. Last year in Wisconsin, there were approximately 35,000 convictions for drunken driving and nearly 85,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts. “If you drive drunk, you are seriously jeopardizing your life and the lives of oth-

ers on the road. Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid a crash, you still are risking an arrest that will cause humiliation, huge fines, possible jail time and having to install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you own, have registered in your name, or drive,” said Casady. “We also take safety belt enforcement seriously. Too many drivers and passengers are seriously injured or killed while being ejected from their vehicles or tossed around violently inside them during a

crash.” The Booze and Belts mobilization is part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. “We urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober,“ said Casady. “But if you don’t, our intensified enforcement during the mobilization will increase your risks of getting caught.” - submitted

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Festival’s featured artists - Bob Fedderly and Gordy Lewis ST. CROIX FALLS – Two community actors are this week’s Festival featured artists and they share the role of the delightfully forgetful Uncle Billy Bailey in their holiday production, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Bob Fedderly and Gordy Lewis alternate performing the character during a long run of performances that mark Fedderly’s third production on Festival’s stage and Lewis first, each bringing their own lively and fresh voice to the role. Fedderly is a natural entertainer and has taken to the stage like a fish to water. “His wit was a driving force of ours to get him onstage,” said Executive Director Danette Olsen. “He’s been highly active with Festival Theatre for many years, serving on our board and on a series of committees, and always willing to jump in where we need him. Having Bob in any meeting is always a blast! He just makes everything more fun, and the same is true for his time on stage. He is present, ready, and doesn’t miss a beat.” Fedderly can be spotted at a number of Festival Theatre productions, fundraisers and special events. He has been an active supporter of the theater and company for many years, ever since he and his wife, Jane, saw their first Festival production. “I loved the atmosphere at that theater. The performances were (and are!) always great, and the stage, the history of the building, it added such an ambiance. I knew I just wanted to be a part of this magical place.” It wasn’t until 2009 that Olsen was able to persuade Fedderly to take his try at acting as Mr. Webb is the heartfelt Big Read production of “Our Town.” “Bob’s help behind the scenes has been invaluable over the past years. It’s great to see he’s also such a great addition onstage,” said Olsen. “He’s so much fun up there, and his chemistry with the cast is fantastic!” Olsen, who understudied Aunt Tilly and performed in the opening weekend of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” added, “being onstage with Bob just feels like play time! We have fun, but mostly there is a comfort and readiness from Bob that is so exciting to contribute to and engage with.”

Jaclyn Johnson, Festival Theatre’s associate artistic director, was thrilled to get Fedderly onstage again this year. She had this to say, “Bob is just one of those people who makes everything fun! He is a great team player, an Bob Fedderly excellent executor, honest and artful. He has done so much to help to move this production forward, reading lines of absent actors, jumping in to help with housekeeping items surrounding the production, and just being the all-around upbeat, awesome person he is!” “Working with Festival Theatre has yielded some of the best experiences of my life,” said Fedderly. “I was so excited to work again onstage, and with such an amazing group of people on this cherished, holiday story. With the entire team’s great talents combined, it’s just great synergy.” Fedderly enjoys watching the scenic design come together over the weeks prior to opening, watching the lighting bring it all to life, the costumes layer in, and the characters finally reveal themselves as full human beings, ready to tell their story to each audience. While Fedderly and his wife have seen countless productions over the years, at Festival and as far away as London, England, it is at Festival with his first productions onstage that he has finally begun to see the shape each production takes in its many stages from first production meeting to opening. When Fedderly is not fully devoting his time to Festival Theatre, he manages to find time to read, travel and sing, although he noted that his singing occurs “mostly in the shower.” During his dayto-day, Fedderly works as a licensed Realtor for Edina Realty in Forest Lake, Minn., and is always busily trying to find people their perfect home. When asked how he managed to work and rehearse six to eight hours a day, six days a

week for three weeks, Fedderly said with a smile, “I like to stay busy.” Fedderly is only one of the Uncle Billys in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The role is shared with Festival newcomer, Gordy Lewis. Lewis is makGordy Lewis ing his first appearance on Festival’s stage, though it is not his first time onstage. Lewis got started in theater at a young age. In grade school he took a starring role in the seminal “The Ugly Duckling,” and brought down the house as the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” Born in St. Louis, Mo., and raised in Freeport, Maine, Lewis attended Baylor University where he had a dual major in political science and psychology, and earned a master’s in health care administration before beginning a 20-year military career that took him to all corners of the country, from San Antonio, Texas, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Besides his day job as the CEO of the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg, Lewis is an extremely active member of the community, serving as the president of the Grantsburg Rotary Club, president of the Grantsburg Industrial Development Corporation, and as a board member of both the Burnett County Development Association, and Restorative Justice. “It’s very exciting to have Gordy on our stage” said Olsen. “I really think this theater finds its way into everyone’s heart and it never ceases to amaze me when I hear people’s theatrical ‘origin stories.’” Lewis has always understood the importance both of theater and of community involvement. “With a family of eight children, I have enjoyed sharing my love of the arts and the theater with them,” Lewis said. “In reflecting on the richness that theater has provided our family, it was extra special for me when ‘Daddy’ could be in Oliver with four of our children during the dark winter of

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Fairbanks, Alaska. Before moving to Grantsburg, I had the pleasure of performing as Captain Von Trapp in Torrington, Wyo. For me it was poignant to be moving soon after the close of the production of the ‘Sound of Music.’ The experience for me felt somewhat like what the Von Trapp family must have felt, as we, like them, were starting a new chapter in our lives, albeit our journey was under much nicer conditions!” “When Gordy auditioned for us, we knew we wanted to find a way to get him on our stage. He is just one of those supportive and ready community members who we are lucky to have as part of our Festival family,” said Johnson. “He is bright and fun and ready for each adventure as it unfolds, which is true to Gordy himself. We are so happy to have as a part of this ensemble.” Over the course of his time in the military, Lewis had the chance to get involved in a number of productions, playing Mayor Shin in “The Music Man,” and Mr. Sipos in “She Loves Me,” both in Alaska. Closer to home he took a turn as Reuben in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Pine City, Minn. He’s even had the chance to play Scrooge in that other seminal holiday story. In San Antonio, Texas, Lewis played Mr. Gower and the bank examiner in their production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” When asked what was special about both this story as well as this particular production, Lewis had this to say. “This show and story is an annual favorite of mine. What a great message for us all, because, it really is a wonderful life. How fun it is to have as part of this life journey the opportunity to share the stage with my son, Christopher, and all the other skilled and talented artists in this production.” Fedderly and Lewis can be seen as Uncle Billy now through Sunday, Dec. 23, in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” You can find out more about performance dates ticket availability at 715-483-3387 or by visiting - submitted

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Ground has been broken for the 450-square-foot addition to the Luck Library/Museum, with cement to be poured after Thanksgiving. Don Clarke/Clarke Construction has been awarded the bid for construction of the addition, funded by a $90,670 grant from the Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund. The grant will cover the cost of the addition, which will serve as a family research center and multipurpose room for the library and museum. It also covers equipment, furniture, software and a temporary, part-time staff person to scan and digitize local records and make them available to the public. Clarke’s construction bid of $54,748 was the lowest of four bids. The others came in at $64,000, $75,000 and $76,000. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

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These guys are talking turkey. They must be talking about the weather, and with temperatures nearing 60, it was a Thanksgiving most of us will never forget. It is not every year that you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner outside at a picnic table. It was not a record though, back in 1990 the temperature was a high of 62. – Photo by Larry Samson


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Siren Covenant Church collects record number of shoebox gifts

by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN – Since 1993, people all over the world have packed shoebox-sized gifts to be distributed to poor children all over the world. The boxes contain items that many people take for granted: toothbrushes, socks, school supplies, and a little bit of candy. But for the children who receive them, the idea that someone out there cares about them is a life-changing experience. This program, Operation Christmas Child, is run by the Christian ministry called Samaritan’s Purse, whose simple mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to the poor and the needy. This year, the organization hopes to distribute 9 million boxes, as leader Franklin Graham puts it, “one box at a time,” which would mean that over 100 million gifts will have been packed and delivered since the program started. The operation is a model of efficiency

back. There are still openings for a group volunteer trip to the Bloomington processing center. Please contact Sandy Wickman at 715-349-8754 or the Siren Covenant Church for more information.

This Operation Christmas Child banner marks Siren Covenant Church as a local drop-off site for donated shoebox-sized gifts to be given to poor kids around the world. – Photo by Mackenzie Koelz

Nearly 1,000 donated shoebox gifts fill the trailer outside Siren Covenant Church. – Photo by Mackenzie Koelz

and a testament to the power of grassroots efforts. Individuals pack one or more shoeboxes, using a list of suggested items as guidance. They bring the boxes to a local drop-off site such as a church or participating retailer, the boxes are transported to a collection site, then brought to a processing center where the boxes are inspected and packed for final shipment to the poorest regions on earth. For four years, Siren Covenant Church has served as a local drop-off site for Burnett County and the surrounding area. Volunteers collect, pack and transport boxes that have been donated from members of the congregation, local residents, other churches and some businesses. This year was a banner year with nearly 1,000 boxes donated. After the boxes are processed, they will be included in shipments to Albania, Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, Niger, Kenya, Malaysia, Rwanda, Uganda, Colombia and Suriname. A new feature is that donors can track their boxes to see where they ended up. If the donor includes a photo or personal contact information, sometimes the recipient writes

Volunteers at Siren Covenant Church load shoebox gifts for transport to a regional collection site in Isanti, Minn. – Photo by Joyce Highstrom

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Lighting Festival and Santa parade by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - It was the 28th-annual installment of the unofficial holiday season kickoff in downtown Taylors Falls, Minn., last Friday, Nov. 23. The lighting festival drew a large crowd of spectators and children who waited patiently to see Santa Claus for the first time of the year. The sidewalks of Bench Street were filled with parade watchers, and downtown was filled with patrons ready for the holidays. A splash of snow in recent days meant it even looked the part. After years of having a Royal Lady of the Village, this year’s event was the first to have multiple Royal Ladies of the Village, as the last members of the Taylors Falls Women’s Civic League were the royal honorees. Santa Claus was the other featured member of the parade, and dozens of children piled around his Wannigan wagon as he made his entrance to the city, sans reindeer. In total, almost 30 units were in the parade, from royalty on both sides of the river to law enforcement, firefighters, elves, actors, sculptors and elected officials.

There was plenty of local royalty on hand for the parade on Friday evening, Nov. 23, in Taylors Falls.

Arnold the giant puppet (Roger Couillard) needed helper/guides Jessica Fusco and Peyton Kravke to navigate the parade.

Mayor Mike Buchite and his wife, Vicky, were near the front, dressed in lights.

These youngsters waited patiently for the parade on Friday evening, Nov. 23, watching carefully for Santa’s appearance.

Choir members from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church kept perfect tune from a unique float.

The Franconia Sculpture Garden’s amazing float, “Locomotion,” seemed part holiday gift wrap, tree house, dance floor and birdcage ... in a good way.

Not everybody had to dress in layers, as this Shetland sheepdog showed.


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Webster students distribute Thanksgiving meals

Lena and her helpers brought the tree in from the woods.

Webster High School National Honor Society and Student Council packed and distributed 70 Thanksgiving meal packages to local families on Monday, Nov. 19. The ingredients for each basket were donated by the churches of the A&H area. Students unloaded and packaged all of the groceries. A turkey, a gallon of milk, potatoes, carrots, apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, hot cocoa, dinner rolls, gravy, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, ingredients for a pumpkin pie and a gift certificate to purchase any additional ingredients were placed in each package. A lady from one of the A&H churches also made and donated 21 afghans. - Photos submitted

The wait for Santa seemed worth the cold.

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Youth and community actors play a role in "It’’s a Wonderful Life"

ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre has a unique history of embedding local youth and community actors in its professional productions, and the current holiday show continues that successful tradition. Eight area youth and four adult community actors have roles in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” now open to the public through Sunday, Dec. 23. The community adult actors, Bob Fedderly, Gordy Lewis, Sarah Olson and Sherry Pearce, complement the cast of seven professional performers, comprising the family and neighbors of George and Mary Bailey. Fedderly has held roles in Festival Theatre shows since 2010, beginning with “Our Town,” and most recently perform-

ing as Bob Cratchit in 2011’s “Inspecting Carol.” For “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Fedderly, of Wyoming, Minn., plays Uncle Billy with the red cast, one of two sets of youth actors. Fedderly has also served on the board of directors and the development committee for Festival Theatre, and is a tireless advocate. Newcomers to the Festival stage this season are Lewis, Olson and Pearce. Lewis, of Grantsburg, plays Uncle Bob with the green cast, alongside his son Christopher. Olson, of St. Croix Falls, plays Ma Bailey, also doubling as a townsperson. Olson currently volunteers on the development committee and helps with fundraising events for Festival Theatre. And Pearce, of North Branch, Minn.,

The red cast (L to R): Sam Hoefler, Addie Koenig, Olivia Peer and Leila Campeau. - Photos submitted has the role of Aunt Tilly. Pearce’s son, Stephen Pearce, is one of the professional actors in the cast. In addition, eight amazing youth theater artists in two casts, red and green, perform alternating shows throughout the extensive run of the production, portraying several roles as the Bailey children, young George, the paperboy and neighborhood kids. “These young performers bring life and laughs to rehearsals and a polished sparkle to each production,” says director Ed Moesfelder. Half of the youth cast members, Sienna, Olivia, Sam and Addie – have been seen previously on Festival’s stage, with four – Sophia, Christopher, Josh and Leila – performing there for the first time. The red cast has Leila Campeau, of Osceola, in the role of Zuzu Bailey; Addie Koenig, of Luck, as Janie Bailey; Sam Hoe-

fler, of St. Croix Falls, as Tommy Bailey and young George; and Olivia Peer, of Dresser, portraying Til Bailey and the newspaper boy. For the green cast, Pete Bailey and young George are played by Christopher Lewis, of Grantsburg; Zuzu is played by Sienna Shoop, of St. Croix Falls; Tommy Bailey and the newspaper boy are played by Josh Stirrat, of Luck; and Janie is played by Sophia Whitley, of Amery. “It’s a Wonderful Life” can be seen Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23. This play is Flex Pass eligible for those who are, or become, subscribers to Festival Theatre. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 715-483-3387 or 888-887-6002, by e-mailing, or online at - submitted

The green cast (L to R): Sienna Shoop, Christopher Lewis, Sophia Whitley and Josh Stirrat.

Community actors Bob Fedderly and Sarah Olson.

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Community actors Gordy Lewis and Sherry Pearce.


Thrivent partners with Habitat to help improve neighborhoods Thrivent support has funneled a half million dollars into local economy ST. CROIX FALLS –Thrivent Financial and Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity are now helping homeowners improve their homes and neighborhoods through an exciting new partnership program called Thrivent Builds Repairs. Already volunteers have been out making improvements on two local homes which include replacing windows, repairing decks and stairways, and exterior painting. The homes are located at 51 Hwy. 35 in Centuria and at 2063 80th St. in Luck. “There are so many families who have applied to us for help with home repairs that are waiting for help,” said Eric Kube, executive director of WRHFH. “We are so excited about the new Thrivent Builds Repairs program, as it will allow us to help more people.” Thrivent Builds Repairs launched across the country in 2012 and concentrates on upgrading existing homes through projects like installing accessibility ramps, exterior painting, weatherization, porch repair or light landscaping. Thrivent Financial’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Commenting on the success of the Thrivent Builds Repairs program, Matthew Bobick, financial representative, adds, “This new program provides us with more options to serve our community. Upgrading existing homes not only makes the homes safer and more efficient, it also cultivates community pride.” “We’re so grateful to Thrivent Financial – it’s already done so much for our ministry,” said Kube. “Thrivent has made it

Thrivent Financial representative Matt Bobick with the volunteers completing repairs on a home in Luck which is being financed by the newly launched Thrivent Builds Repairs program. They are (L to R): Chuck Arndt, Bobick, Al Kruger, Dale Johansen and John Gyllen. - Photos submitted possible for us to put four families in homes that we otherwise couldn’t have helped since 2009. And now they have come forward to help fund home repairs as well!” Kube said homes built in Amery in 2009, Webster in 2010, Luck in 2011 and Centuria in 2012 all could not have been built without the significant support of Thrivent. “It’s really awesome,” Kube continued, “when you realize those Thrivent dollars were brought into our local economy and spent here. That’s a half million dollars that wouldn’t have come here if it weren’t for Thrivent.” Thrivent members soon will have another way to support Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity as well. Habitat was recently approved for Thrivent Choice Dol-

lars, whereby members can select an organization to receive funds. Bobick explained it normally takes a few weeks for a newly approved organization to appear on the list. “It’ll be there soon,” he said. “I’d expect to see it before Christmas, if not much sooner.” Those interested in volunteering to work on home repair projects or new builds may contact WRHFH at 715-4832700 or e-mail office@ Bobick can be reached at the Thrivent Financial office in Luck at 715-472-8107. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multiyear, multimillion-dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Luther-

Homeowner Paul Fjorden, back left, tests out his new steps with volunteers John Gyllen, front left, and Dale Johansen, volunteers who built the steps and did other repairs.

Eric Kube, left, executive director of WRHFH, with homeowner Beth Nadeau, Centuria, and Matt Bobick of Thrivent Financial. Nadeau’s home is being repaired through the new home-repair partnership between Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial.

Siren Lionesses are Santa’s helpers Siren Lioness Miriam Smith unloads a car full of gifts for the Community Referral Agency in Milltown. Not shown is Lioness Judy Masel. Masel is chairperson and Smith co-chairperson of the project to collect gifts for the CRA, which operates a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Total donations from the Siren Lioness Club and members totaled $1,900. - Photo submitted

ans in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat’s largest single source of funding, constructing more than 2,700 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow them on or at or join Habitat’s blog community at Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, located in St. Croix Falls, is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since its inception in 1997. WRHFH serves Polk and Burnett counties. Habitat raises funds and donated building materials, selects a family, organizes volunteers and builds a home. In 2012 it will complete its 24th and 25th homes as well as its first home rehab. Habitat doesn’t give anything away. The family is required to help build the home, and they buy it from Habitat with a no-interest mortgage when it is complete. For more information, call 715-483-2700 or visit - submitted


Burnett County circuit court Christopher Bong, 17, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Travis J. Eckdahl, 30, Finlayson, Minn., OWI, $1,424.00, 60-day jail sentence, eligible for Huber release and / or community service, license revoked 24 months, ignition interlock for 20 months when applying for license, alcohol assessment. Tyler S. Lowry, 19, Webster, disorderly conduct, two-year probation, sentence withheld, obtain GED, no contact with female minors, $243.00; resisting or obstructing an officer, two-year probation, sentence withheld, $243.00. Heidi M. Adams, 25, Grantsburg, fail to yield right of way, $175.30; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Michael J. Andresen, 27, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sarah E. Bauer, 31, Marshfield, speeding, $175.30. Jasmine R. Belisle, 20, Webster, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Loren G. Benjamin, 24, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Bic Well Drilling, Milltown, weight limits violation, $997.89. Dawn M. Boeckman, 41, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Crystal M. Brady, 31, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Louis V. Bredemus, 61, Eagan, Minn., fail to secure trailer load, $175.30; nonregistration, $175.30. Michael R. Brochman, 55, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Michael T. Brown, 42, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Samantha S. Bruss, 25, Danbury, operate without insurance, $220.50. Patsy L. Burns, 83, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Nathan B. Burton, 23, Webster, disorderly conduct, $330.50.

Joseph L. Collins, 29, Grantsburg, burglary, five-year probation, sentence withheld, four-month jail sentence, 1,000 hours of community service, obtain GED, maintain full-time employment, refrain from scrapping, no contact with victim, no possession of firearms, alcohol drugs or controlled substances without a prescription, provide DNA sample, restitution, $1,125.45; theft, one-year probation, sentence withheld, no contact with victim, $386.00. Michael A. Conrow, 18, Siren, riding illegally on vehicle, $175.30. Michael D. Cunningham, 42, Webster, battery, two-year probation, sentence withheld, attend domestic abuse program, pay fine within 30 days, $343.00. Peter B. Daniels, 26, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jenna E. Danish, 33, Redgranite, fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Bennett L. Derosier, 46, Blaine, Minn., disorderly conduct, $442.00. Donovan Enterprise Inc., Rockville, Minn., nonregistration, $263.50. Carol M. Doric, 53, Siren, burning without a permit, $175.30. Bryce W. Duncan, 18, Hertel, riding illegally on vehicle, $175.30. Evan P. Eid, 26, Arden Hills, Minn., improper stop, $213.10. Mark Fagnan, 48, Grantsburg, litter on state property, $200.50. William J. Fahey, 35, St. Cloud, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Robert L. Falk, 34, Farmington, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Robert Frazee, 81, Danbury, burn without a permit, $175.30. Amber M. Friel, 18, Webster, violate absolute sobriety, $389.50. Ross H. Fruen, 61, Scottsdale Ariz., speeding, $225.70.

Dylan A. Geske, 22, Siren, criminal damage to property, two-year probation, sentence withheld, restitution to be determined, no abusive contact with victim, alcohol assessment, $243.00; criminal trespass to dwelling, two-year probation sentence withheld, $243.00. Damien A. Gibson, 32, Cornell, disorderly conduct, $750.00. Kevin M. Glenna, 53, Lindstrom, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Joshua J. Glesmann, 26, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Timothy J. Gornick, 40, Bloomington, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. Cynthia A. Grenier, 39, Shakopee, Minn., failure to notify police of an accident, $263.50. Eugene C. Hallberg, 77, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Leo R. Hanson, 18, Shell Lake, driving with person riding illegally, $175.30. Michael R. Harper, 59, Hinckley, Minn., unauthorized disabled parking, $164.50. Cassandra N. Heller, 17, Danbury, speeding, $200.50. Jonathon M. Holmes, 28, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Robert Honts, 22, Danbury, hunt deer in unauthorized quota area, $222.90. Randi Hunter, 20, Websster, speeding, $175.30. Joshua T. Jewell, 18, Siren, operate motorcycle without valid license, $200.50; nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Paige E. Johnson, 17, Siren, damage property with vehicle, $185.00. Amber L. Jorgensen, 17, Danbury, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Chelsea M. Kevan, 20, Brainerd, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. David L. Kislenger, 50, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $330.50.

Siren police report Oct. 17: Dakota R. Mulroy, 18, Siren, was cited for reckless driving and endangering safety. Oct. 19: Alston M. Claeys, 22, Chippewa Falls, was arrested for operating left of center, operating without a valid license and OWI. Nov. 2: Dayton R. Daniels, Siren, reported two 12-volt batteries and tools taken from his truck.

Nov. 6: Norma J. Kroll, 53, Siren, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Nov. 8: Alycia Bonse, 23, Grantsburg, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Nov. 10: Samantha C. Hogle, 22, Webster, was westbound on Main Street in the village of Siren when she turned across the double yellow line to park her vehicle. She hit a parked car owned by Martha R.

Bowen, of Spooner, forcing it up over the curb and into the Jenneman’s Hardware Hank. The Hogle vehicle continued over the curb and sheared off a light pole before hitting the store as well. Alcohol was a factor in the accident. Open intoxicants were found in the vehicle. Hogle was cited for operating while revoked and OWI. A passenger was injured in the accident.

Polk County civil court Rural Mutual Insurance Company, Madison, (plaintiff) vs. Karen L. Bergh, Balsam Lake, (defendant). Plaintiff seeks an umpire to assess alleged wind damage from a Sept. 25, 2011, storm. Crown Bank, Minneapolis, Minn., (plaintiff) vs. David B. Krantz Sr. and Ellen Krantz, Star Prairie, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. AnchorBank FSB, Madison, (plaintiff) vs. Kipp A Peckman, Balsam Lake, (defendant). Breach of contract dispute. Plaintiff seeks monetary settlement. RCS Recovery Services, LLC, Boca Raton, Fla., (plaintiff) vs. Robert McLean, Balsam Lake, (defendant). Plaintiff seeks monetary judgment on a breach of contract. Polk County (plaintiff) vs. Edward Yelle, Amery, (defendant). Plaintiff seeks money judgment for reimbursement of nursing service costs. U.S. Bank, N.A., Kentucky, (plaintiff) vs. Gary S. Cuper and Debra J. Cuper, Clayton; Capitol One Bank USA, N.A., Virginia, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., trustee for Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, California, (plaintiff) vs. William J. Kelly and Karen J. Kelly, Frederic, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Frandsen Bank & Trust, Luck, (plaintiff) vs. Donald L. Graf and Tammy M. Graf, Luck, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Frandsen Bank & Trust, Luck, (plaintiff) vs. Donald L. Graf and Tammy M. Graf, Luck, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Frandsen Bank & Trust, Luck (plaintiff) vs. Donald L. Graf and Tammy M. Graf, Luck, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. AnchorBank FSB, Madison, (plaintiff) vs. Rosemary Rothbauer, Balsam Lake, and unknown spouse; tenants; Cheryl A. Schwartz, Cottage Grove, Minn.; village of Luck (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Dairy State Bank, Menomonie, (plaintiff) vs. David M. Swenson and Sharry L. Swenson, Luck; Hog Wild BBQ; USA Internal Revenue Service; Royal Credit Union;

Polk County divorces Kim L. Zelinski, 46 and Kimberly A. Zelinski (nee McGinnis), 42. Married June 1992. No minor children. David L. Easthagen, 72 and Paulette H. Easthagen (nee

Blackowiak), 64. Married October 1972. No minor children. Brian C. Patz, 44 and Anna M. Patz (nee Lefler), 40. Married May 2011. Four minor children.

AnchorBank FSB; Sterling Bank; Sound Garden, LLC; Retail Capitol LLC, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. of Ohio, (plaintiff) vs. John Danielson and spouse, Clear Lake, (defendants) Foreclosure of mortgage. PHH Mortgage Corporation, New Jersey, (plaintiff) vs. Denny L. Stordahl and Michelle A. Stordahl, Centuria; Equity Trust Company, (defendants). Foreclosure of mortgage. Cheryl A. Freer and Nicholas Freer, Balsam Lake, (plaintiff) vs. Linda S. Glenn, Luck; State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co., Progressive Universal Auto Insurance Co., Wisconsin Department of Health Services, (defendants). Plaintiff seeks monetary settlement on Aug. 4, 2011, auto crash. Nancy Reeves, St. Croix Falls, (plaintiff) vs. Fidencio B. Resendiz and Angela Bracht, Centuria; Farmers Insurance Group d/b/a 21st Century Insurance Co., (defendants). Plaintiff seeks monetary settlement on personal injury claim from a Nov. 22, 2010, auto crash.

Dale Kitchenmaster, 27, Webster, child safety restraint violation, $175.30. Daniel J. Kurtz, 33, Somerset, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. LCO Development Corp, Hayward, weight limits violation, $914.10. Nicholas R. Larsen, 23, Grantsburg, fail to yield for pedestrian, $175.30. Richard K. Lee, 72, Elk River, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Richard W. Martin, 39, Sandstone, Minn., unauthorized disabled parking, $164.50. Magan M. Martinson, 26, Webster, OWI, $1,172.00, 10day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 14 months, 14-month ignition interlock when applying for license, alcohol assessment; resisting or obstructing an officer, $316.00. Bradley J. Maslow, 20, Siren, operate motorcycle without valid license, $200.50. David J. Meier, 68, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Alexander J. Meneley, 19, Grantsburg, speeding, $200.50. Susan E. Miner, 34, Webster, operate without insurance, $200.50. Jaime M. Moritz, 35, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Stanley T. Nayquonabe, 22, St. Paul, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Robin L. Olayvar, 49, Grantsburg, speeding, $200.50. Matthew A. Olson, 37, St. Paul, Minn., operate without valid license, $200.50.

Curtis M. Olson, 48, Grantsburg, unauthorized disabled parking, $164.50. Craig M. Paulson, 62, Clear Lake, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Joshua J. Peters, 30, Grantsburg, unauthorized lakeshore fill or grading, $389.50; fill, grade or disturb area within 35 feet of lake, $389.50; operate while suspended, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00; operate without insurance, $200.50. John D. Pruett, 63, Maury City, Tenn., speeding, $183.30. Jacob B. Rhines, 28, Mounds View, Minn., possess THC with intent to sell, threeyear probation, sentence withheld, 90-day jail sentence, Huber release and /or community service granted, restitution to be determined, obtain GED, alcohol assessment, $268.00. Joseph W. Riesselman, 43, Farmington, Minn., hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, $222.90. Bridgette J. Rollenhagen, no date of birth given, Sandstone, Minn., issue worthless check, $330.50. Jason A. Saver, 42, South St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Scott L. Schmitz, 24, Hinckley, Minn., improper stop, $175.30. Lisa A. Sigfrids, 34, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Wendy H. Sundseth, 44, Fridley, Minn., speeding, $225.70. T and T Transport Inc., Danbury, raw forest product weight violation, $2,002.40.

Carmen L. Taylor, 27, Webster, display unauthorized registration, $238.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. Karen A. Turnquist, 58, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Steven W. Walker, 43, Brooklyn Park, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Connie G. Warner, 62, St. Paul, Minn., inattentive driving, $187.90. James R. Watts, 48, Blaine, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Dawn L. Wetterling, 60, Wyoming, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Sabbeth R. Wilson, 17, Grantsburg, fail to yield right of way from stop, $175.30; operate while suspended, $200.50; improper stop, $175.30. William G. Wilson, 35, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Desmond E. Wireko, 40, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $200.50; operate without insurance, $200.50. Gregory J. Vickeman, 52, White Bear Lake, Minn., issue worthless check, $213.00.

Polk County marriage license Pamela J. Haugerud, Town of Lorain, and Daniel J. Nelson, Town of Lorain, issued Nov. 20, 2012.

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, $263.50. Anthony D. Ammann, Balsam Lake, fail to stop at stop sign, not guilty plea. Eric W. Bader, Amery, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Casey L. Baker, Osceola, operate without valid license, $200.50. Paul M. Bedell, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $255.70. Justin M. Brown, Lindstrom, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Nicholas W. Buda, Amery, fail to stop at stop sign, $114.50. Steve E. Butler, Siren, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; passing vehicle indicating left turn, $213.10. Sean D. Carroll, Osceola, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Alecia K. Chryst, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Ellisa M. Cooke, Deer Park, fail to yield while making left turn, $175.30. Timber R. Cournoyer, Amery, operating without valid license and cause property damage, $1,397.50; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Rebecca J. Daley, Turtle Lake, speeding, $200.50. Kristi J. Denver, Milltown, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Liana L. Dietrich, Osceola, operating motor vehicle without 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 with improper colored headlights, not guilty plea.

Austin K. Holm, St. Croix Falls, probationary licensee – operating Class D vehicle between hours of 12 midnight and 5 a.m., speeding, not guilty pleas. 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 without 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 without proof of insurance, $10.00. Leslie J. Meyerhoff, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jacob W. Miron, Dresser, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Brandon J. Molamphy, Balsam Lake, operate motorcycle without headlights on – day, $200.50. Ashley D. Nagel, Centuria, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Roger J. Neumann, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50. Kathy H. Norlund, Balsam Lake, speeding, $225.70.

Deborah S. O’Connor, 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. James C. Ray, Mazeppa, Minn., speeding, $200.50. 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 without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jordan J. Schramski, Centuria, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $200.50; inattentive driving, $187.90. Gregory D. Schrock, St. Croix Falls, OU, $100.00. Daryl D. Sheldon, Lewis, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $200.50. Sara M. Skadsberg, Osceola, nonregistration of vehicle, $175.30. Joel A. Skoug, Amery, operating motor vehicle without 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 vehicle, not guilty plea; seat belt violation, $10.00. Timothy A. West, Clear Lake, operating left of centerline, $213.10. Mark A. Wilhelmi, Bradenton, Fla., speeding, $175.30. Allen J. Wyman, Luck, operator fail to have passenger seat belted, $10.00.

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Now showing at Festival: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Local artists display work An Artists for the Arts fundraiser took place place during opening weekend of Festival Theatre’s “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Nov. 24 and 25, at St. Croix Falls., Artwork by a number of local visual artists, was on display and for sale in the Elbow Room of the historic Civic Auditorium, home of Festival Theatre for 23 seasons. Participating artists donated 20 percent of their proceeds to support future programming at Festival Theatre. Shown in photo above are sculptors Gabriel Shoop and father James Shoop. At left is woodworking artist Mark Buley, who creates studio furniture, of rural Frederic. - Photos by Rob Harrison

Festival Theatre’s 2012 holiday production opened on Saturday, Nov. 24, and will run through Sunday, Dec. 23. This stage version of a classic American film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” marks Festival’s first time presenting the beloved holiday story of George Bailey. “We’re delighted to put this story on our stage,” said Danette Olsen, Festival’s executive director. “It’s one of the most treasured holiday stories in our culture. In addition to Jimmy Stewart’s film performance etched in our hearts, this story carries the essential message that all members of a community and a family rely on each other. We touch lives in ways we often underestimate and I believe ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a treasured story because of that simple reminder.” Playing George Bailey is actor Franklin Huber, a member of Festival’s acting troupe this past summer and fall. His guardian angel, Clarence, is played by Stephen Pearce, whom audiences will remember from 2011’s holiday show “Inspecting Carol” and recently in “Playing with Fire.” The cast is 19 members strong, including eight youth sharing four roles. Festival Theatre’s production is directed by Ed Moersfelder, a familiar face on stage for the past five years. The production team for this show is comprised of Olsen, executive director; Jaclyn Johnson, associate artistic director; Peter Weber, stage manager and sound design; David Markson, scenic design; Kim Murphy, costume design; Stephen Pearce, lighting design; Fizz Kizer, scenic carpentry and Gerry Mischke, properties design. For more information e-mail, or visit - Photo submitted Your community connection




Each building will have their own breakfast menu.






BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, tritaters, raw veggies, dip, oatmeal cookie OR beeftaco salad.


LUNCH Nachos w/meat and cheese sauce, baked brown rice OR salad bar with bread stick & cracker, steamed broccoli, green beans, sliced peaches, apples, oranges. BREAKFAST Donut holes. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Sausage and cheese pizza OR ham/cheese on a bun, green beans, salad greens, applesauce, melon.

Combo bar.






BREAKFAST French toast sticks. LUNCH Pizza, baby carrots, dip, fresh fruit OR ham salad.


LUNCH Chili cheese wrap, salsa, sour cream, cooked carrots OR turkey salad.

LUNCH Chicken a la king, biscuit, peas, bread slice (9-12) OR tuna salad.

LUNCH Nachos supreme, refried beans, mixed vegetable OR buffalo-chicken salad.

LUNCH Chicken fajitas with fixings, lettuce salad OR salad bar w/bread stick & cracker, sliced carrots, pineapple tidbits, apples, oranges.

LUNCH Hamburger with fixings, vegetable beef soup OR salad bar w/bread stick & cracker, baked beans, mixed fruit, apples, oranges.

LUNCH Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup OR salad bar w/bread stick & cracker, fresh veggies, dip, pickle spear, banana, apples, oranges.

LUNCH Barbecue pork sandwich, french fries OR salad bar with PBJ, corn, sliced pears, ice-cream bar, apples, oranges.


BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Chicken patty on a bun, PJ & jelly sandwich, sweet potato fries, steamed corn, salad greens, pear sauce, banana.


LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Rice bowl, chicken teriyaki strips, egg roll OR PB & jelly sandwich, split peas, pineapple sauce, apple.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon roll. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Hot tog on a whole-grain bun OR hash browns, baked beans, salad greens, mandarin oranges, watermelon.

Egg muffin.

LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 Nacho supreme, tortilla chips OR turkey/ cheese on a bun, steamed broccoli, salad greens, peach sauce, grapes.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Pizza w/whole-grain crust, assorted veggies, Romaine & spinach salad, corn, fresh fruit, pineapple tidbits.

BREAKFAST Brealfast pizza, juice and milk. LUNCH Grilled chicken patty, oven potatoes, steamed peas, coleslaw, assorted veggies, fresh fruit.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Fish nuggets, brown rice, green beans, assorted veggies, kiwi, oranges, peaches.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Mini corn dog, steamed broccoli, assorted veggies, fresh fruit, banana, pears.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Lunch Brunch: French toast, cheese omelet, sausage, beans, assorted veggies, applesauce, strawberries.






BREAKFAST Breakfast pocket. LUNCH Meatball sub OR yogurt and bread, seasoned fries, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST Whole-grain bagel. LUNCH Chicken patty/bun, broccoli/cauliflower, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Lasagna OR yogurt, green beans, garlic toast, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Beef stew and whole-grain roll OR PBJ Uncrustable, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs/sausage. LUNCH Turkey club/wrap, 3-bean veggies, fruit and milk.

LUNCH Baked chicken, potato, cranberries, peaches.

LUNCH Gordita fajita, salad OR meat loaf, roasted red potatoes, mixed veggies, mandarin oranges.

LUNCH Oriental stir fry, rice, egg roll OR honey barbecue pork patty, bun, baked beans, green beans, pineapple.

LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara salad, pears.

LUNCH Hot dogs, whole-wheat bun, Sun Chips, fresh veggies, fresh fruit.





CHURCH NEWS Luck Lutheran gives Bibles to youth

On Oct. 28, Luck Lutheran Church gave Bibles to several of their young people. The Bibles were placed in the young people’s hands by their parents, fulfilling the baptismal promise they had made on their day of baptism. Pictured (at right) receiving Bibles at the 8 a.m. service are Stephanie Nelson and Aaron and Ashley. Pictured receiving Bibles at the 10:30 a.m. service are (L to R): Ron and Amy Thoreson and Abby; Jeni Arjes and Chandler; Tammy and Bryan Allen and Brody; Margie Everson and Landon; and Bruce Rowe and Brant, Chase and Austin. – Photos submitted

New Hope Lutheran stitches warmth

Lutheran ladies are presenting the work of their nimble fingers in churches throughout Polk and Burnett counties to bless the newly baptized and share with needy families the gifts of quilts, and the matrons of New Hope Lutheran are no exception. These quilters, led by Betty Hanson and Rosella Spooner, stitched together an array of quilts and presented them last Sunday, Nov. 25. All are invited to join these angels of warmth from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Wednesday. “If you can thread a needle and tie a knot, you are qualified,” said Hanson. For more information on this ministry call 715-463-5700. - Photo by Wayne Anderson

Ladies Christmas Tea to be held Dec. 7 SIREN - Treat yourself to a morning sprinkled with fun. Crosswalk Community Church in Frederic is hosting a ladies Christmas tea on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is no charge to attend and baby-sitting is provided. An array of tea cakes, breads and refreshments will be served. It promises to be a morning to uplift and encourage you, where you can visit with old friends and make new ones. There will be music, a guest speaker and lots of prizes. Crosswalk Community Church is located just east of the Frederic Industrial Park at 505 Old CTH W. The phone number is 715-327-8767. Reservations are not required. You will be warmly welcomed at a church where they give the spirit of Christmas from their hearts. - submitted


Fellowship and Refreshments at 6 p.m. Program at 7 p.m.

Also: Trade Lake Town Hall Open House

Serving Refreshments 5-6 p.m. Park at the town hall, ride the shuttle bus to the church. Shuttle service starting at 6 p.m.

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Old-Fashioned Christmas Program

Ecumenical Choir to present A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols CENTURIA – Prepare and await, prepare and await. Sounds like one is preparing for Christmas, and one is - getting the shopping done, writing out the Christmas cards, preparing the Christmas dinner and the family gathering. Prepare and await is what Advent is also about but can be less stressful and more relaxing. To set your mind at ease and set the mood to why we really celebrate the Christmas season, the Ecumenical Choir will help you when it presents its annual Advent/Christmas program, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m., at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria. The choir, composed of nearly 50 voices and musicians from surrounding area churches, will perform traditional Advent and Christmas carols and choral selections interspersed with scriptural readings appropriate to the season. This year’s program theme is based on the O Antiphons, most familiar from “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Each reading will be introduced with a verse of that traditional Advent carol. Three new pieces will be sung by the choir—the Nicolai/J. S. Bach “How

Brightly Shines the Morning Star,” Philip Kern’s “The Glory of Advent,” and John Purifoy’s “Words of Isaiah.” Other choral selections include Stainer’s “God So Loved the World” and “Come, Let Us Adore Him,” sung every year by the choir. Interspersed will be familiar traditional carols sung by the congregation. The Fristad Lutheran Church Handbell Choir will also perform. Organ and piano prelude music will begin at 3:30 with a postlude following. Choir members represent nearly 20 congregations in the central Polk County areas of Amery, Balsam Lake, Centuria, Cushing, Dresser, Frederic, Luck, Milltown, Osceola and St. Croix Falls. Clergy from area congregations will also participate in the service and local residents as lay readers. Alton Duerkop and Brenda Mayer will be co-directing the choir. A coffee-and-cookie social will follow in the church hall. An offering will be taken to help defray the cost of music and performance expenses, proceeds in excess will be donated to the local Operation Christmas program to buy food and gifts for needy individuals and families. - submitted

News from the Pews FREDERIC – During worship this past Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, John and Lori Struck’s grandson, Jack Kenneth McNitt, became a child of God through the sacrament of holy baptism. Pictured are his parents, Chad and Heidi, and older sister Macy Grace, who was also baptized at Pilgrim in January of 2010. Jack’s sponsors were Ken and Kristy Gillette. There were grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members and friends all celebrating this special occasion. The banner was hung with the Bible verse “I have called you by name, Jack, you are mine!” Many members have signed up to ring the bells for the Salvation Army at the Holiday station in Frederic on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. The women of the church will be having a Jack Kenneth McNitt was baptized at Pilgrim on Sunday, Nov. 25. He is shown with his special Christmas tea on Wednes- family. – Photo submitted day, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m., in the service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m. fellowship hall. The Eve Circle will be providing a proPilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morngram for this event and Faith Circle will be providing re- ing worship at 10:30 a.m. For more information about freshments. There will be a special Sunday school the church or coming events, please call the church office Christmas program on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at 715-327-8012; the secretary is in the office on Monday, and everyone is invited to come. The students are busy Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. till noon. You can practicing the songs they will be singing and memorizing also go to their Web site,, or the lines they will be saying at this traditional Christmas check out other activities on Facebook. - submitted event. Everyone is invited to a special Christmas Eve



Gladys Wilma (Christianson) Hancock

Gladys Wilma (Christianson) Hancock, 88, of Perry, Iowa, passed away Nov. 21, 2012, at Mercy West Lakes in West Des Moines, Iowa. Gladys was born in Trade Lake, on April 24, 1924, the daughter of Mulner P. and Alma (Rognlien) Christianson. After graduating from Frederic High School, she attended business school to pursue a degree in accounting. She moved to Perry, Iowa, from St. Paul, Minn., where she had worked for Northwest Airlines during WWII and later as a payroll accountant and bookkeeper for Buerkle Buick and WMIN Radio. In Perry, she opened an H&R Block franchise store and began working as a tax accountant in which she continued for 40 years. Gladys was united in marriage to Billy J. Hancock on Oct. 23, 1965. She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary for over 48 years. She also was a member of the Moose Lodge in Perry and the Perry Chamber of Commerce for many years. In her spare time, she was an avid bowler and continued to bowl well into her 80s. Gladys was a member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Perry and taught confirmation classes there. She loved to travel wherever the car would take her. Gladys loved organizing her Frederic High School reunions in Frederic. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy in 1996; and one brother, Arnold Christianson. Gladys is survived by her son, Rick (Julie) Leepart of Forest Lake, Minn.; four daughters, Vickie (Jerry) Bender of Carroll, Iowa, Paulette (Ron) Magnuson of Crystal, Minn., Patti (Tony) George of Runnells, Iowa, and Beth Ann (Denny) Hodges of Granger, Iowa; one sister, Helen Norgard of Milltown; two sisters-in-law, Myrtle McClatchey of Yale, Iowa, and Jean Christianson of Mounds View, Minn.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Perry. The Rev. Mark Holmes officiated the service with musician Elta Summerson playing. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, Debbie Bender, Debbie Synowczynski, Dana Magnuson and Shelby George. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Doug Bender, Dean Magnuson, Jim Koltes, Scott Koltes, Daxson Leepart, Bradley George, Jonathan Hodges and Ryan Hodges. Burial was at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Memorials in her name will be given to the Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Perry, Meals on Wheels and may be sent to: Murdock Funeral Home, 1420 Warford St., Perry, IA 50220. Online condolences may be left at The Murdock Funeral Home, Perry, Iowa, was entrusted with arrangements.

Walter A. Alling Walter A. Alling, 74, a resident of Danbury, died Nov. 22, 2012. Walter was born on Aug. 13, 1938, to Arthur and Carrie Alling. Walter was a carpenter in the Twin Cities and the Burnett County area for a number of years. He owned and operated Alling’s Custom Woodworking with his son for over five years. He enjoyed fishing and all his woodworking projects. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; sister, Evelyn; and brothers, Bob and George. Walter is survived by his son, Mike Alling (Bonnie Peterson); grandchildren, John, Gary and Carol; sister, Carol Thompson; brothers, Albert and Elmer; along with other relatives and friends. A memorial gathering was held Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6-8 p.m., at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Thomas Paul Michaelson

Kayleen A. Krahler

Thomas Paul Michaelson, 58, found peace on Nov. 21, 2012. He passed away due to heart disease. Tom was a longtime resident of Milltown. He was in the tire business with his father and brothers at the Tir Experts for many years. Tom enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. He is survived by his mother, Mary (Allen) Anderson of St. Paul, Minn.; stepmother, Sue Michaelson of Luck; daughters, Jennifer Michaelson and Samantha Michaelson; sons, Paul (Lindsey) Michaelson and Michael (Kayla) Michaelson. He is also survived by his brothers, Jerry (Beth) Michaelson, Michael (Pat) Michaelson, Jim (Brigette) Michaelson, Brian (Michaela) Anderson, Tim (Cori) Michaelson and Ted (Sarah) Michaelson; and sister, Michelle Michaelson (Jim Coen); grandchildren, Jeffrey, Hilary, Alexander and Peyton Michaelson; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Don Michaelson; and grandparents, Eleanor and Paul Michaelson and Olive and John Merton. Memorial services will be held at Luck Lutheran Church in Luck on Monday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m., with visitation one hour before. 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 entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Kayleen A. Krahler, 58, a resident of Webster, passed away Nov. 20, 2012, at the Spooner Emergency Room with family present. Kayleen was born on June 7, 1954, to Robert and Patricia Denotter in Siren. She lived in Arizona for part of her childhood, but returned to Webster, where she graduated from high school in 1972. She was united in marriage to Mitchel Krahler on Jan. 26, 1973. They had two daughters. She enjoyed friends and family, quilting, gardening, traveling, the Green Bay Packers and her job. She enjoyed visits with close friends Denise Magnuson and Sandy Johnson, who always had time to see her. On Sept. 16, 2010, Kayleen was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She had probably had it a year earlier. She went downhill rapidly, it was like living a nightmare for her. Mitch also quit work to be with her every moment. There has got to be a heaven, because she spent two years in a body that could not function and her voice would go. Now she is in heaven with all the other people that love her. “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you. I’ll be so blue thinking about you. Christmas won’t be the same if you’re not here with me. But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue Christmas.” I love you, I miss you. Goodbye, my Love, Mitch. Kayleen was preceded in death by her mother Patricia. She is survived by husband, Mitch; daughters, Renee and Steve Zmuda, and Nikki Krahler; four grandchildren, Beau, Kylea and Emma Zmuda and Jack McGee; her father, Robert; sisters, Julie and Laurie Denotter; and nieces and nephews. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Patti Ann Ditlefsen Patti Ann Ditlefsen, 54, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at home in the Town of Eureka. Patti was born March 10, 1958, to John and Janice Ditlefsen in St. Croix Falls. She grew up near Milltown and graduated from Unity School in 1976. Patti lived on the family farm where she provided day care for many children in the community. She was a lifetime member of North Valley Lutheran Church where she served in many roles, including Sunday school teacher and Lutheran World Relief. Patti was preceded in death by her mother, Janice. She is survived by her father, John; brothers, Michael, Gerry, David and Ted; and sister, Mary Patzer. A memorial service for Patti was held at North Valley Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 24, with the Rev. Maggie Isaacson officiating. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made in Patti’s name to Lutheran World Relief, in care of North Valley Lutheran Church, 1988 220th Ave., Centuria, WI 54824. Online condolences may be left at or . Please refer to these Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-4722444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Eleanor “Ellie” Nelson Eleanor “Ellie” Nelson, 89, Danbury, died Nov. 25, 2012. Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5-8 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home in Webster. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Danbury. Online condolences can be made at A full obituary will be published at a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Colin Hawkins baptized at Luck Lutheran

Ferne Irene (Wies) Baker Ferne Irene (Wies) Baker, 98, passed away Nov. 19, 2012, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. Ferne was born on June 24, 1914, to Martin L. and Marie A. Dahl in Grantsburg. She was united in marriage to Clifford B. Wies Sr. on June 30, 1934. They were blessed with three children, Clifford B. Jr., Jack and Karen. Completing their family were Clifford’s two daughters, Fern and Leone. The family homesteaded in Trade River. Ferne was always dedicated and a hard worker. Besides being a homemaker and working on the farm, she was employed as a cook for Grantsburg’s High School. Many of the students she served meals to became lifelong friends. Later in life, she commuted to White Bear Lake, Minn., and worked as a sewer for Therm-arama manufacturing outerwear. Clifford and Ferne were married 44 wonderful years. In 1993, Ferne married Arthur Baker of Trade Lake. Their courtship began while she was employed as a cook for the Grantsburg Senior Citizens Center. Their home together was also in Trade River at the corner of Hwy. 87 and CTH Z. Art continued his lifelong career and talent as a blacksmith. Many times, Ferne was at his side in the shop. Ferne and Art spent their winters in Deming, N.M.. They enjoyed being snowbirds and cherished the friendships they made. When the time came to retire, Frederic became their new home. Ferne lived there independently until she was nearly 97 years old. She will always be remembered for being a fabulous cook, her infectious smile and sense of humor, her love of knitting and crocheting. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed. Ferne was proceded in death by her parents, Martin and Marie Dahl; siblings, Bill Dahl, Violet Anderson, Eleanor Matosky and infant sisters, Annie, Blanche and Myrtle; husbands, Clifford B. Wies Sr. and Arthur Baker; children, Clifford B. Wies Jr., Karen (Pearson) Peterson, Fern Anderson and Leone Liebaert. She is survived by son, Jack (Dee) Wies; daughter-inlaw, Lynne Wies; stepson, Frank (Ginger) Baker; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-greatgrandchildren; nieces and nephews. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, A celebration was entrusted with arrangeof life for ments.

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Colin James Hawkins was baptized at Luck Lutheran Church on Aug. 19, 2012. He is pictured here with his parents, Paul and Courtney Hawkins, his godmother, Ashleigh Olson, and Pastor Ralph Thompson. – Photo submitted

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Sat. Dec. 1, from 1-5 p.m. Jim was an active member of the Cushing Rifle Club and the American Legion. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Cushing Rifle Club, the Cushing American Legion or the MS Society in Reno. 574303 15L




perspectives Sally Bair

Crutches After my knee gave out on Honeymoon Bluff Trail and the EMTs whisked me to the hospital, a nurse in the emergency room handed me a pair of crutches. For several days those crutches helped support me while walking. My crutches made me feel off-balance, however. They gave me sore muscles in

my arms and hands. They tripped me up and anyone else in my way. But they were a good substitute for my painful leg and I’m thankful for their use. Sometimes we use emotional crutches, too. People who suffer from loneliness, anger or bitterness often use the crutch of alcohol or drugs to cover their feelings. Others carry the crutch of criticism and a judgmental attitude to prop up their low self-esteem. Some spend money extravagantly out of envy or their need for self-importance. At times, we all need the crutches of support from someone—a family member, mentor or teacher, friend, or spiritual leader. Jesus is the ultimate someone on whom we can lean. As the Good Shepherd, he becomes our legs

Family’s financial woes ruining their holiday cheer Q: Our holiday budget looks grim this year. How can we enjoy the Christmas season without stressing about money? Jim: Times are tough for many families. Here’s some holiday budgeting advice adapted from financial guru Ron Blue: • Don’t spend more on Christmas than you can afford. Ideally, you should start planning your spending early in the year, setting aside money for presents. Resist the urge to put big-ticket purchases on your credit card. • Give something of lasting value. Kids don’t need big, flashy toys. Try to come up with gift ideas that truly align with their unique interests and personalities, things they’ll use repeatedly, such as books or board games, rather than those that will be cast aside by the end of Christmas Day. • Do something meaningful for someone else. Some of the best gifts involve a simple investment of time. Involve the entire family in doing a good deed for a neighbor or relative. • Focus on spiritual, not material, things. For many, Christmas has become an excuse to worship at the altar of materialism. Even if you don’t embrace

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Christmas as a celebration of Christ’s birth, you can use it to talk with your kids about the dangers of commercialism. • Give something to yourself. Make a commitment to pay off debt, start an emergency fund or live within your means in the coming year. • Build memories. Look for opportunities to spend meaningful time with your kids during this holiday season. They’ll remember these moments for the rest of their lives, long after the toys and trinkets have journeyed to the landfill. ••• Q: We lost our home in a fire last month. My husband and I know we have a long road to recovery, but we’re especially worried about our kids. Will the trauma of this experience impact them long term? Leon Wirth, executive director of Parenting and Youth: We’re sorry for your loss. I personally know that trauma; our family lost a house in a fire five days before Christmas when I was 10 years old.

when we’re weak, our arms when we’re too tired to serve, our mouths when we don’t know what to say. He comforts us when we face situations too difficult for us to handle. He protects us, leads and guides us, and provides for all our needs because he loves us like no other—not like family, not like friends. All he requires is our faith and obedience. Christians are often accused of using their faith as a crutch, too weak to solve their own problems—as though that’s a bad thing. But the Bible tells us we’re like sheep that have gone astray, so God truly is our ultimate crutch, the one we can cling to and trust when we falter or fall. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not

want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23) Lord, thank you for guiding and restoring us, for being our provider and comforter. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sally-

Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster as your kids deal with the aftermath. Here are some suggestions to help them heal: • Keep them in a routine as much as possible. Create a predictable atmosphere of normalcy, perhaps by taking a daily walk or having a regular story time. • Encourage your kids to be honest with their emotions. Don’t let them bury their pain and fear inside. Let them know it’s OK to be sad. • Accept your kids emotions for what they are. Whatever reaction they’re experiencing is “normal” for them. For young kids, this often takes the form of acting out. For teens, it may mean becoming more withdrawn. • Don’t avoid discussing the loss of your home, but don’t obsess about it either. Help your kids explore nonverbal ways of processing the tragedy, such as through drawing, painting or journaling. • Provide your kids with opportunities to meet other kids and families who have endured similar traumas. • Be mindful of the way you’re processing your own emotions in their presence. They’ll take a lot of cues from you. It’s OK for them to know you’re hurting, too, but be aware that your emotions can also be misread and cause a sense of panic or despair unnecessarily. • If your kids are having a particularly

difficult time dealing with this loss in the form of persistent and extreme mood swings, nightmares or bad behavior, don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a qualified counselor. The same goes for you and your husband. Contact Focus on the Family ( for a free consultation and 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, cohost of “Focus on the Family,” author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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

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


Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4236 Shell Lake, Wis. - 715-468-2314 Siren, Wis. - 715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls, Wis. - 715-483-9008


Corey T. Arnold, Agent Frederic, Wis. Phone 715-327-8076


Hwys. 35 & 48, Downtown Frederic Phone 715-327-5513


“Your Electric Servant” Serving Polk & Burnett Counties “Use Energy Wisely”


Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4475

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


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





Complete Lumber & Building Supplies

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


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


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


Your Full-Service Drugstore Siren, Wis. Phone 715-349-2221

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

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

Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131

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

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


ALLIANCE CHURCH OF THE VALLEY 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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Frederic Eastern Star Chapter 239 would like to thank all who generously contributed to the fundraiser benefitting seven food shelves in Polk, Burnett and Barron counties: Avon Distributor Shirley Brust; Hayman Drywall; Holiday Inn Express - St. Croix Falls; Inter-County Leader; Jensen Furniture of Luck; L’Oreal Distributor Pam Norgard - Oakdale, MN; MarketPlace Foods - St. Croix Falls; Martens Jewelry - St. Croix Falls; Mud Hut Crafts and Gifts of Frederic; R and B Services of Siren; St. Croix Casino and Hotel - Turtle Lake and Danbury; Tangen Drugs of St. Croix Falls; Village Floral and Wood River Garden Center of Grantsburg and WalMart of St. Croix Falls. Individuals and business who gave anonymously also join this list of those making a difference. 574298 15Lp


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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Kaitlin Bartlett has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Beth and Chris Bartlett. Kaitlin’s favorite subject is math and in her spare time she enjoys baseball, soccer and doing crafts. She has two siblings, two dogs and two rabbits. Kaitlin is a great student and is always helpful and respectful. One day, Kaitlin would like to operate a day-care center.

Taylor Zenzen has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Devin and Holly Moats, and Joe Zenzen. He is involved in soccer, hockey, track, football, baseball and Boy Scouts. He enjoys running and hunting. His future plans are to enlist in the Army. His greatest influence in his life is his mom. Taylor does excellent schoolwork and earns very good grades in all of his classes. He is very polite and respectful to his classmates and the teaching staff.

Jami Siebenthal has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Terry and Tara Siebenthal. She is involved in the Frederic dance team. She enjoys watching her brother’s hockey games and also enjoys hanging out with family and friends. Her future plans are to go to college, perhaps at Winona. Her greatest influences in her life are her parents. Jami has a great work ethic and completes assignments on time.

Jordan Java has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Hank and Kari Java. Jordan is a great student, always does her best work, is helpful, kind and a positive role model. She is involved in basketball, gymnastics, Girl Scouts and dance. She enjoys school because it’s a place that helps you become a better person. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up.


Tristen Simonsen has been Luck Elementary chosen School’s student of the week. He is in the first grade. At home he likes to ride his dirt bike and fourwheeler. His friends describe him as someone who likes to help people. He likes to be thought of as a fun person to be around.

Jesse Lerud has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Guy and Lara Lerud. Jesse is a hard worker, eager to participate, has excellent self-discipline and is very organized. She is involved in gymnastics and coaches at Xcel gymnastics. She enjoys her horse and gymnastics. Jesse is one the top freshmen in mathematics, accepts challenges and actively participates in class.


Nick Aguado has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Amy and Aleck Aguado. Nick is kind, works hard in class and has an enthusiastic, willing spirit. He is helpful, polite and sets a good example. He is involved in Boy Scouts, baseball and football. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, biking, reading and playing with his dog. His greatest influences in his life are his parents.

Farrah Welch has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Charlie and Johanna Welch. Farrah works well with all students, is reliable, resourceful and responsible. She is involved in band and volunteers at the United Pioneer Home. She enjoys reading, crochet, baby-sitting and visiting people at the Pioneer Home. Her future plans are to become a social worker.

Willem Hoefler has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Bill and Marlette Hoefler. He has two brothers and two sisters. At school, Willem loves to eat lunch with his friends. His favorite thing to do at home is put up the Christmas tree and hang ornaments. Willem is energetic and a sporty student.

Lucia Herman has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Gina Bonin and Weston Herman. She has a brother named Jasper. She pet sits for two dogs. She is involved in forensics. She enjoys drawing, reading, skiing, soccer and acting. Her favorite subject is art .In the summer her family enjoys swimming in the river and hiking. Lucy is a voracious learner who puts all her effort into being the best she can be.

Bailey Hansen has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Scott and Kay Hansen. She has an older brother, Tom. Bailey enjoys hunting, fishing, anything outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is involved in basketball, volleyball, student council and FFA.



Lilly Johnson has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Andrew and Candyce Johnson. Lilly has two sisters, Alayna and Mikayla. Lilly is extremely helpful in the classroom and works very hard on her schoolwork. Her favorite book is “Snarlyhissopus” by Alan MacDonald. Her favorite things to do are arts and crafts, reading, playing with her sisters, playing basketball and riding four-wheeler. When Lilly grows up she wants to be an artist.

Brooke Quimby has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Dennis and Jody Quimby. Brooke is very kind and considerate toward others. She leads by example. She works with care and finishes on time. Her favorite class is reading. She is involved in basketball.

Austin Tinman has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Jill and John Tinman. Austin is eager to learn new things in art. He learns quickly and then turns things around so he can help others. He is polite, curious and wants to be useful to his classmates.

Brittany Mason has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. Her can-do attitude is inspiring. She has a confidence and tenacity that is well-respected by her peers and her teachers. She is a joy to have in the classroom and will no doubt find great success in her future.

Breanna Sikkink has been chosen Webster Elementary School's student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Teilla Sikkink. Breanna has a terrific sense of humor and a vivacious personality. She is a very kind and compassionate girl who is often the first one to help out a fellow student. She enjoys singing, drawing and playing with the wood blocks. She works very hard at learning new things.

Bradley Sigfrid has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Jason and Lisa Sigfrid. Brad is a serious and hardworking student. He always has his work complete. His responsibilities at home include taking care of the family dogs. His goal is to become a professional baseball player and his hero is Ryan Braun. He enjoys baseball, hunting and fishing.

Julieta Di Piazza has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a junior. Her host parents are Lisa and Scott Schutta. Julieta is a foreign exchange student from Argentina. She is very friendly and energetic. She is a quick learner. Julieta just joined band. She is involved in basketball and volleyball. She enjoys reading, listening to music and drawing.


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Piper Hovey has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Jamie and Joseph Hovey. Piper has demonstrated a wonderful work ethic and a positive attitude toward her learning. She has made great academic gains thus far and her fun personality has made her a wonderful addition to her class. Her smile is truly contagious.

Amanda Mattson has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Jackie Ridener and Curt Mattson. Amanda puts forth good effort in class and she has a positive attitude. She is respectful to her peers and teachers and is a pleasure to have in class.

Marissa Paulzine has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Dan Paulzine and Tammy Mcleod. She works at Pizza Planet and in her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her nephew. Her favorite subject is algebra. She is very dedicated and hardworking. After high school she plans to attend UWStout to become a teacher. She resides in Balsam Lake.



Coming events

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities Turtle Lake

• Chamber Christmas at Parkview Methodist Church, 2-6 p.m., 715-986-2241.




• Arts & crafts and bake sale at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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




• Monthly meeting of the historical society at the museum, 7 p.m.

• St. Croix Valley Orchestra concert at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3:30 p.m.



• A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Fristad Lutheran, 4 p.m.

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,

• Christmas play “Angels, Please Come To Order,” at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2 p.m.

FRI.-SUN./ NOV. 30 -DEC. 2

• CatTown Rescue spaghetti dinner fundraiser at St. Luke’s, 4:30-7 p.m.




• Holiday art sale at Cafe Wren. Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,

FRIDAY/30 Frederic

• Gingerbread house contest at the library, 715-3274979.


• Auxiliary holiday bake sale at the U.S. Bank, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


SAT. & SUN./1 & 2 Danbury

• Christmas at the Fort, 715-866-8890, Sat. 11 a.m. 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,


• Community choir Christmas concert at Bethany Lutheran Church. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Rivertown Holiday events and Santa at the library, senior center and overlook deck,

Clear Lake

Bluegrass music fans will be thrilled to see Monroe Crossing returning to the Festival Theatre stage on Dec. 8 for a Christmas concert. It has been over two years since the busy band has stopped in St. Croix Falls, with their extensive performance schedule taking them from coast to coast and to Europe. “This concert is nearly sold out,” said Danette Olsen, executive director at Festival Theatre. “Monroe Crossing was last here for a holiday concert in 2008 and it was one of my favorites during my seven seasons at the Civic Auditorium.” Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements, and onstage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. The Monroe Crossing concert, set for Saturday, Dec. 8, is the 12th concert of the season, with only one more remaining in Festival Theatre’s 2012 Music Series, featuring the jazz violin of Randy Sabien. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, to order tickets or join the Festival Theatre mailing list, call 715-483-3387 or 888887-6002. You may also send an e-mail to Tickets can be reserved online at Monroe Crossing is (L to R) Derek Johnson, Matt Thompson, David Robinson, Lisa Fuglie and Mark Anderson. - Photo submitted eon noon, auction 1 p.m.. 715-485-3363. • Cozy Country Christmas.


Taylors Falls, Minn.

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


• Gingerbread house contest at the library, 715-3274979.

• Folsom House viewing, 1-4 p.m.,, 651-465-3125.


• RSVP deadline for A Sense of Place workshop at Hungry Turtle Farm. 715-268-4214. • Christmas lunch, bake sale & bazaar at Deronda Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Holiday auction at Holy Trinity Methodist Church, lunch-

the Methodist church, 6-9 p.m. • Christmas bazaar at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.- 3p.m.



• Luck Holiday Experience. Santa at the library, 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Craft/Vendor Expo at the Lions Hall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; art show, • Cookie walk at West Denmark Parish Hall, 8 a.m.-noon.



• Legion Christmas craft sale at the community center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-463-5344. • Feed My Sheep at Grace Church. Doors open 8 a.m., 715-463-5699. • Santa Day at Crex Meadows, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-4632739,


• Lewis jam, bluegrass, gospel and country music at

Five generations

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


• Pre-K thru 1st-grade concert at the elementary school, 7 p.m. • Gingerbread house contest at the library, 715-3274979.


• Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0291.

Clam Falls

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


• Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the senior center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.


• Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Burnett County Poverty Task Force meeting at government center, Room 165, 1 p.m.

THURS. & FRI./6 & 7 St. Croix Falls

• Gifts of warm coats, hats & mittens for those in need at the town hall, 9 a.m.-noon,

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



• Lioness lunch with Santa at the school, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Santa skate at the rink, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,, 715-349-8399. • Youth cookie walk at the United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-349-8249.


• 2nd- & 3rd-grade concert at the elementary school, 7 p.m.


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.

Five generations of the Nelson family are shown in these two photos, the family members are the same in each photo with the exception of the photo at right, which includes the great-great-great-aunt to baby Sara. Shown in photo above are Sara Nelson, baby; Calvin Nelson, father - blue shirt; John Nelson, grandfather - black shirt; Janice Nelson, great-grandmother; and Leona Larson, seated, great-great-grandmother. In the photo at right, seated, is the great-great-great-aunt, Gen Morrison. Both Gen and Leona, oldest generation, live at the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Janice is from rural Luck, Calvin and Sara are from Rochester, Minn., and John is from Richfield, Minn. - Photos submitted

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

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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