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WED., DECEMBER 11, 2013 • VOLUME 81 • NO. 17 • 2 SECTIONS

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WEEKEND WATCH

SCF school to go to referendum

• School Christmas programs • Youth conference @ Hertel • Christmas @ Forts • Santa Day @ Milltown • Candlelight service @ Trade Lake Baptist Church • Holiday party @ SCFalls • Santa Paws event @ Siren • See Coming events for details

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After nearly a decade, SCF’s “cat house� to be razed Page 18

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Loss of beds at Burnett County Jail to cost even more Page 3

LIVES LIVED

An admission in sexual assaults Page 10 Puppy killing raises questions

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Polk Home Care shutdown complete Page 18

UP FRONT GRANTSBURG – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s regional representative ZLOO KROG RIÀFH KRXUV LQ *UDQWVEXUJ this Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Grantsburg Village Hall on Brad Street. Constituents will have the chance to meet with staff and request assistance from a federal agency or discuss other federal issues. No appointment is necessary. - submitted

SPORTS Grapplers preparing for another big year

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Navigating through the Affordable Care Act And where to find local help

Garth Olson | Staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, rolls out some big changes in health care in 2014. The new laws have implications for the already insured, as well, since it boosts coverage on many preventive care items without a co-pay. The Affordable Care Act also prevents insurers from turning away customers because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick and does not allow insurers to cap the amount they will pay out. Preventive services without co-pay Under the new laws, the following items would be covered by insurance without a co-pay: â&#x20AC;˘ Cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies; Â&#x2021;9DFFLQDWLRQVVXFKDVĂ XPXPSVDQGPHDsles;

â&#x20AC;˘ Blood pressure screening; â&#x20AC;˘ Cholesterol screening; â&#x20AC;˘ Tobacco cessation counseling; â&#x20AC;˘ Birth control (challenged in court system); â&#x20AC;˘ Depression screening.

Fines for the uninsured ,Q  D  Ă&#x20AC;QH RU  SHUFHQW RI LQFRPH whichever is more, will be added to an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax on their federal tax return. In 2016, the Ă&#x20AC;QHMXPSVWRSHUDGXOWRUSHUFHQWRILQcome, whichever is more. Children are required WREHLQVXUHGDQGĂ&#x20AC;QHVIRUIDPLOLHVDUHFDSSHGLQ 2014 at $285 or $47.50 per uninsured child. Purchasing health insurance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; dos and GRQ¡WV First bit of advice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; jumping on by yourself at the Marketplace or Exchange website at healthcare.gov may not be in your best interest. According to a recent webinar hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, with participation from the Polk County Health Department and Mike Rust of ABC for Rural Health, individuals looking to purchase health care on the healthcare. gov website are advised to have the assistance See Navigating, page 4

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Sherman Carl Jensen Keith Roger Swanson Lewellyn â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lewâ&#x20AC;? Nelson Lynn (Olson) Nickeson Oliver Emil Richard Andren Jr. (Hub) Charlotte Emma Strasen Heidel Lyman Dreier Douglas H. Hughes See Obituaries, 18-19B

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1:3DVVDJHWRKRVWERRNUHOHDVHDQGVLJQLQJ WEBSTER - Northwest Passage is excited to announce WKDWLWVQHZHVWĂ&#x20AC;QHDUWSKRWRJUDSK\ERRN´,QD1HZ/LJKW The Art and Nature of Healing,â&#x20AC;? is now available for sale to the general public. Since 1978, Northwest Passageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission has been to restore hope through innovative health services for children and families. Northwest Passageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expressive arts program, In a New Light, has become widely recognized not just for WKH\RXQJDUWLVWV¡VWXQQLQJĂ&#x20AC;QHDUWSKRWRJUDSKVEXWDOVR for the powerful journeys of personal transformation repreVHQWHGZLWKLQWKHSKRWRJUDSKVDQGUHĂ HFWLYHZULWLQJV,QD New Light has been showcased at dozens of venues including Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, drkrm gallery in Los Angeles and Target Field in Minneapolis. This new book is a beautiful photographic account of expeditions to six national parks. The photographs tell a story not just of the beauty and healing power of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s QDWXUDOSODFHVEXWDOVRWKHVWRU\RI\RXWKĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJUHQHZHG hope in their lives. Northwest Passage invites the public to a book release and signing open house on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m. at In a New Light Gallery, located just south of Webster on Hwy. 35. Several of the young photographers will be in attendance to sign copies of books, which are available for 25 percent off during the open house. The book can also be purchased online at inanewlight.org. All proceeds will support expressive arts programming DW1RUWKZHVW3DVVDJHD F QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WRUJDQL]DWLRQ² submitted

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Progress For The People announcement tour, I will talk about economic opportunity, jobs, Social Security and other issues of importance to middle-class and working people, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hold Sean Duffy accountable for his actions in Congress.â&#x20AC;? Westlund is a small-business owner, operating a FRQVXOWLQJĂ&#x20AC;UPWKDWSDUWQHUVZLWKORFDOIDUPVVPDOO businesses, local governments and civic organizations to work on economic and community development projects. Westlund previously served as executive director for the Alliance for Sustainability and was an adjunct professor of sustainable community development at her alma mater, Northland College. Westlund is a graduate of Leadership Wisconsin, a statewide leadership development program, and Emerge Wisconsin, an organization that trains DemRFUDWLFZRPHQWRUXQIRUSXEOLFRIĂ&#x20AC;FHLQ:LVFRQVLQ Westlund grew up in a military family. She lives with her husband, Caleb, in Ashland. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from kellywestlund. com

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Loss of beds at county jail to cost even more

Jean Koelz| Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Jail Administrator Jared Woody informed members of the public safety committee that the removal of nine beds from the jail earlier this year is going to cost the county even more than previously estimated. Because the jail is commonly full, Sheriff Dean Roland initially projected a $250,000 annual cost to house prisoners outside the county after the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Corrections declared that Burnett County had nine beds too many. However, Woody explained that the county is experiencing revenue losses that go beyond renting jail space in Polk County and transportation costs. The lower number of prisoners, along with their shorter average length of stay, is resulting in reduced phone use (a service provided for a fee) and lower canteen sales. Woody says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to add up,

Weekend power outage affects 3,700 residents Jean Koelz| Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; As if heating a home during the recent temperature SOXPPHWZDVQ¡WGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWHQRXJK0RWKHU Nature added insult to injury Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, by wreaking havoc with power lines in Webster and Danbury, causing temporary outages throughout the towns of Swiss, Oakland and Meenon. At approximately 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company spokesman John Richards estimated that 3,700 people were initially affected by a transmission line that also feeds energy to a Polk-Burnett substation. Crews couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t inspect the line easily as they were hampered by the amount of snow. To address the problem, NWE routed energy from a transmission substation at Lake 26. According to Richards, Meenon residents had power restored within an hour, and Oakland residents were back online by 9 a.m. Then, at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, there was another problem that affected nearly 3,000 residents north of the Town of Oakland. Crews went out in subzero temperatures and restored power by 3 a.m., with WKHSUREOHPFRPSOHWHO\Ă&#x20AC;[HGE\DP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesterday (Monday) we found another problem,â&#x20AC;? Richards said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We asked the township to plow, then our crews ZHQWRXWRQVQRZPRELOHVWRĂ&#x20AC;[LWÂľ7KH recent weather presents a double-edged problem for utility lines. First, the heavy snow puts a burden on the line, sometimes even moving it. Then, extreme cold causes the lines to contract. Sometimes that leads to lines snapping, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in this case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Considering the cold, the crews did a really good job,â&#x20AC;? Richards said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We appreciate the patience of our customers. We work as fast as we can because we know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at stake.â&#x20AC;?

Siren Village caucus set Sherill Summer | Staff writer SIREN - The Siren Village caucus has been set for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the beginning of the regularly scheduled village board meeting, at 2 p.m. Three trustees are up for re-election next spring, Dave Doty, Phyllis Kopecky and Rudy Mothes. The terms are for two years. At the village board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5, two chief election inspectors and two election inspectors were approved for the 2014 and 2015 elections in Siren. The village clerk / treasurer, Ann Peterson, would like to have a bigger pool of election workers to draw from. If anyone who lives in Siren Village is interested in helping with the elections, please FRQWDFWWKHYLOODJHRIĂ&#x20AC;FH

and it will hurt the county because the canteen account was a funding mechanism to purchase items for the jail. Short-term prisoners need to be kept close by so they are readily available for court appearances, legal consultations, and other process details. Short-term inmates know they will be released soon, so making phone calls and buying snacks or other necessities is usually not necessary. When the jail is full, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the longer-term prisoners who get housed elsewhere. These longer-term prisoners tend to spend more on phone calls and items IURP WKH FDQWHHQ DQG QRZ DQ\ SURĂ&#x20AC;WV from those sales are going elsewhere.

Prisoner calls On a related point, Roland noted in his report that his staff is watching the August 2013 Federal Comunications Commission vote to cap charges for long-distance calls

made by prisoners. The ruling is part of prison reforms based on research that claims, according to the FCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inmates who maintain contact with family and community while in prison have a reduced rate of recidivism and are more likely to become productive citizens upon their release.â&#x20AC;? In addition, the FCC claims that an estimated 2.7 million chilGUHQZRXOGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WIURPEHWWHUFRPPXnication with an incarcerated parent. The elevated price of interstate long-distance calls from correctional facilities discourages communication because prisoners and their families canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it. A 15-minute phone call could cost $17. One reason rates are higher is because calls from a correctional facility have certain security measures and public safety features built in; for example, calls to victims or prosecutors are blocked, and calls are monitored.

The FCC claims it took that into account when its new rules called for â&#x20AC;&#x153;immediate relief,â&#x20AC;? limiting rates to 21 cents per minute for debit and prepaid calls and 25 cents per minute for collect calls. This would reduce the 15-minute call rate from $17 to under $4. According to Roland, these rates arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t VXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWWRFRYHUFRVWV7KHRQO\DOWHUnative would be to discontinue offering phone service to inmates entirely. Woody says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been working with the Department of Corrections to reinstall some of the beds in order to reduce the Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOEXUGHQWRWKHFRXQW\&RPSOLance has been met and the paperwork has been submitted to replace two of the nine beds. At a cost of at least $50 per day to house each prisoner off-site, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a start.

Filing period now open for Burnett County Board All 21 seats on ballot in April

Gregg Westigard|Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December is the time when candidates for the Burnett County Board get on the ballot by circulating their nomination papers. All 21 seats on the county board are up for election next April. The Ă&#x20AC;OLQJ SHULRG RSHQHG 'HF  Nomination papers must be FRPSOHWHGDQGĂ&#x20AC;OHGE\-DQ 2014. All candidates, including incumbents, must start the nomination process by Ă&#x20AC;OLQJ D &DPSDLJQ 5HJLVWUDtion Statement with the Burnett County clerk. They can then circulate the nomination papers. Candidates need to get the signatures of at least 20 voters who live in the district they are running for. Once they turn in the completed papers and complete a Declaration of Candidacy, they will be on the April 1, 2014, ballot. If more than two candidates Ă&#x20AC;OH IRU DQ\ VHDW D SULPDU\ election Feb. 18 will lower the Ă&#x20AC;HOGWRWKHWRSWZRFDQGLGDWHV in that election. The district lines for the 21 supervisor districts were redrawn after the 2010 census and took effect with the 2012 election. All the districts have equal populations based on that census. Their geographic size ranges from the large District 21 in the northeast corner of the county down to the

district based on the three villages. (See separate article for details on the district boundaries).

7KHHOHFWLRQ The supervisor election in 2012 was a quiet affair despite the fact that the county had new district boundaries and three incumbents were retiring. There was only one contested election, two new supervisors were elected un-

opposed, and no candidate was on the ballot in one district. The only contest was in district 15, parts of the Town and village of Siren, where incumbent Richard Anderson defeated challenger Dave McGrane, 55 votes to 38 votes. Dale Dresel and Jeremy Gronski were elected to open seats in district 2 and 4, both in the Grantsburg area, without opponents.

District 3, also in the Grantsburg area, had no candidate on the ballot to replace the retiring Eldon Freese. In addition, no candidate ran a ZULWHLQFRQWHVWDIWHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;OLQJ period ended and no write-in candidate emerged on election GD\7KHVHDWZDVĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZKHQ Gene McLain was appointed to the board in April.

Long terms of service for Burnett County supervisors Gregg Westigard|Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY County board supervisors VHUYHLQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHIRUDORQJWLPH in Burnett County. Thirteen of the present 21 board members have served 10 or more years. In 2012 only three new members joined the board. The incumbents with their years of service including their present terms:

\HDUV Philip Lindeman â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 17 \HDUV Emmett Byrne â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 14 Gerald Pardun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 20 \HDUV Clifford Main â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 21 Edgar Peterson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 10 \HDUV Donald Chell â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 6 Bert Lund Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 13

Maury Miller â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 19 \HDUV Wayne Burmeister â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 9 \HDUV Richard Anderson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 15 Norman Bickford â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 11 Gene Olson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 7 Christopher Sybers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 12

(LJKW\HDUV Brent Blomberg â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 1 Gary Lundberg â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 16 6L[\HDUV Charles Awe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 8 )RXU\HDUV Dorothy Richard â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 5 Donald Taylor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 18 7ZR\HDUV Dale Dresel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 2 Jeremy Gronski â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 4 Gene McLain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District 3

Burnett District maps found on county website Gregg Westigard|Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Many Burnett County voters will need to look at a detailed map to see which county board district they live in. While 11 of the 21 towns are entirely in a single district, the remaining 10 towns and the three villages are divided, in some cases among three different districts.

Fortunately, the Burnett County website has individual detailed maps of the 21 districts. Go to burnettcounty. com, go to Government, then to Board of Supervisors, and then to district maps 20122022. Click on the district you think you might be in based on the countywide map. Generally, the most divided areas are the towns

that include villages within their boundaries. The Town and village of Grantsburg are each split into three districts. The Town of Meenon is divided into three districts, two of which also contain parts of Webster. The village and Town of Siren are each split into districts. The towns of LaFollette, Oakland, Scott, Swiss, Trade Lake,

West Marshland and Wood River are all divided. The only towns that are entirely in one supervisor district are Anderson (District 4), Blaine (21), Daniels (8), Dewey (17), Jackson (19), Lincoln (7), Roosevelt (17), Rusk (16), Sand Lake (18), Union (9), and Webb Lake (21).


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Wisconsin Innocence Project reviewing local murder conviction from 1988

Jean Koelz | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Law students from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, working for the Wisconsin Innocence Project, have made sizable requests for information and evidence from the Burnett County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department as part of its review of David Alan McCormackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued claims of wrongful conviction in the 1987 murder of his girlfriend, Diane Larson. According to legal documents, McCormack brought Larson to a cabin owned by his family. By his own confession, along with evidence gathered at the crime scene ZKLFK LQFOXGHG KLV Ă&#x20AC;QJHUSULQWV RQ WKH murder weapon), McCormack was conYLFWHGRIĂ&#x20AC;UVWGHJUHHPXUGHUDQGLVQRZ serving his sentence at the Fox Lake Correctional Institution. Contending that his own brother and members of his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motorcycle gang murdered Larson, McCormack recanted his confession and has waged multiple appeals. The most recent appeal was in 2012 and named Kenneth Kutz, William Norine, Donald Taylor (who was sheriff in 1987), and the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department, among others, as defendants. McCormackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeals all requested a new trial based on his claims that prosecuting attorneys suppressed (and later destroyed) exculpatory evidence, that his own counsel was ineffective, that evidence and court documents had been tampered with, and that there is new evidence. All appeals have been denied.

7KH,QQRFHQFH3URMHFW According to its website, the Innocence Project was created in 1992 as a national litigation and public policy organization â&#x20AC;&#x153;dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system.â&#x20AC;? As a clinic, law students handle cases under the supervision of a team of attorneys. Research estimates that between 2.3 and 5 percent of prison inmates are innocent, which means there may be 46,000 to 100,000 wrongfully convicted individuals inside our jails. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since 1989, 311 people in 36 states have been exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing,â&#x20AC;? the website says. Seven of those cases were in Wisconsin.

7KH:LVFRQVLQ,QQRFHQFH3URMHFW According to second-year law student Grant Turpin, a Spooner High School graduate who is handling McCormackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, law students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison work for one year with the project and handle multiple cases. Although Turpin couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comPHQW VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ RQ 0F&RUPDFN¡V FDVH he did explain the process by which cases merit review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any inmate that wants our assisWDQFHĂ&#x20AC;OOVRXWDQDSSOLFDWLRQWKDWJHWVSXW through a very thorough screening process,â&#x20AC;? Turpin explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many cases GRQ¡WPDNHLWWKURXJKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVFUHHQLQJÂľ In order to be assigned for further review, an application has to meet certain criteria. Many times the cases that are accepted involve claims of newly discovered evidence which may include a new witness or recanted testimony, or some physical evidence that can be retest with todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology.â&#x20AC;? If a case merits further inYHVWLJDWLRQWKHQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVWHSLVWRJDWKHU all the evidence and documentation, and review it for a second-screening process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you, this case did meet the criteria and is in the second-screening process,â&#x20AC;? Turpin said. For added emphasis, Turpin explained that he was told there is currently a three-year waiting list for applications to be processed. 7KHPLVVLQJOLQN" Neither Turpin nor Sheriff Dean Roland would comment on the nature of the reTXHVWIRUFRXQW\Ă&#x20AC;OHV5RODQGVDLGWKHUH were guidelines to follow that prevented him from providing any detail other than calling the request â&#x20AC;&#x153;largeâ&#x20AC;? but â&#x20AC;&#x153;business as usual.â&#x20AC;? Given that Innocence Project cases center around DNA testing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible WKDW0F&RUPDFNLVĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJIRUDSLHFHRI evidence presumed lost. According to claims made in his appeals, McCormack may still want to know what happened to a bandana worn by the victim. Although the bandana was shown in photographs of the crime scene, McCormack claims that physical evidence was never turned over for DNA testing, even after a 1990 circuit court order to do so. McCormack fought for years for the release of evidence, until KHFODLPV5RODQGQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HGKLPLQWKDW

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1H[WVWHSV The Innocence Project â&#x20AC;&#x153;frequently asked questionsâ&#x20AC;? page says that a case can take anywhere from one to 10 years to bring to conclusion. Many times the pace is set by how long it takes to gather the evidence. So, once the evidence is gathered and reviewed, a legal team is consulted

to see whether DNA testing can be conducted and if the results would change the outcome of a previous verdict. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to determine if McCormackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims will make it through this second-review process or if new DNA evidence would be enough to overturn his conviction.

1DYLJDWLQJIURPSDJH RIDFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDSSOLFDWLRQFRRUGLQDWRURURI a navigator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or someone trained in the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace or Exchange website sells plans until March 31; however, insurance on the website would need to be purchased by Dec. 15 to have it start by Jan. 1.

:KHUHWRILQGKHOSIURPFHUWLILHGDSSOLFDWLRQ FRXQVHORUVDQGRUFHUWLILHGLQVXUDQFHDJHQWV ZLWKWKH$IIRUGDEOH&DUH$FW Polk County Health Department â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rita Bohn, 715-485-8557. Amery Regional Medical Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Deanne LaBlanc or Diana Martinson, 715268-8000. St. Croix Regional Medical Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St. Croix Falls/Frederic and Unity clinics â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Patty Turner, 715-483-3221 (St. Croix Falls location). Burnett County is politely referring everybody who calls to the healthcare. gov website. If someone needs access to a computer or Internet, they can use the RQHLQWKHKHDOWKGHSDUWPHQW¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHEXW no assistance is available. Referrals to help, however, are being made. Burnett Medical Center does not directly provide assistance, according to marketing director Alyssa Ryan, but will provide direction in getting people to the healthcare.gov website, to the call center, to Tasha Hagberg, the ACA navigator for this area and to opportunities to learn more about signing up for coverage, such as public informational sessions held recently in Grantsburg and Webster. Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. has been awarded $285,035 by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to help people in its coverage area - which includes Burnett County - to enroll for health insurance through exchanges to be established under the Affordable Healthcare Act. Contact information is available on their website at nwcep.org. ,QDGGLWLRQWRFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDSSOLFDWLRQFRordinators, individuals looking for help with the healthcare.gov website can also

FRQWDFW FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG LQVXUDQFH DJHQWV ZLWK the Affordable Care Act â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in Osceola for example, Central Bank Insurance and Noah Insurance provides assistance navigating through the registration and enrollment process online. Another source for general information regarding the new health care laws can be found at your local medical center as well as the website itself - healthcare.gov.

,QVXUDQFHSODQVzDQGWKH3RON&RXQW\ KHDOWKFDUHZULQNOH Insurance sold on the marketplaces comes in four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The plans do not differ on what they cover but differ on the costsharing or how much you will pay for deductibles and co-pays. In Polk County, Wisconsin, as of Dec. 1, there is not a platinum plan available online at healthcare. gov and Polk County residents using the exchange have only two options â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Medica and Health Traditions, however, Health Traditionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; providers are not local to Polk County. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the Obamacare website, you may purchase insurance other ways The source of many late-night TV talk-show jokes, the federal health-care website has been the source of a lot of frustration and anger. It seems, however, some of the glitches have been ironed out and despite some delays, the website is now working, despite stalling during KHDY\WUDIĂ&#x20AC;FWLPHVGXULQJWKHGD\7KH website has a 24-hour call center at 800318-2596 and for the hearing impaired 855-889-4325. The advocacy group Families USA and USA TODAY reported that three-quarters of people buying insurance in the individual market are eligible for tax credits or subsidies because of their income levels. That includes individuals earning less than $46,000 and families of four earning less than $95,000. In order for individuals to receive such tax credits, they must purchase insurance through the exchange

or the federal healthcare website â&#x20AC;&#x201C; healthcare.gov. However, if your income is on the higher scale, health-care insurance can be purchased outside of the federal website.

*RYJRYJRY If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re repeating the website healthcare.gov a lot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a good reason. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled by similar web addresses such as healthcare.com or healthcare.net ²WKRVHDUHQRWWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOIHGHUDOKHDOWKcare plans eligible for potential tax credits. 0HGLFDLG If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy with your health-care coverage through your job or you purchased your own health insurance before the Affordable Care Act passed on March 23, 2010, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to worry about a lot of this. Low-income individuals and families can also look to see if they qualify for Medicaid, which has been broadened in some states. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualify for Medicaid, you can still investigate public programs for kids at insurekidsnow.gov. 1HZIRUNLGVDQGZRPHQ Insurers can no longer drop your coverage for arbitrary reasons or deny you coverage if you have a medical condition. Individuals paying higher premiums based on existing conditions may want to shop for a new health-care plan with their adviser/agent. Dental and vision coverage for kids are required in the marketplaces. Insurers can no longer charge higher prices for women and must cover pregnancy and childbirth as well as counseling for new moms. (With information from the Wall Street Journal). /LYLQJLQUXUDO:LVFRQVLQDQGVPRNLQJZLOO FRVW\RXPRUH Unfortunately, residents in Northwest Wisconsin will pay more in premiums than folks living just across the river in Minnesota. Wisconsinites living near major cities will likely have lower premiums than rural residents. According

to the New York Times, Pima County in Arizona has the best health-care rates due WRDĂ RRGHGPDUNHWSODFHRIFRPSHWLQJLQsurers. For smokers, if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit yet, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll save money on the exchanges if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re smoke free for six months.

2EDPDFDUHREVWUXFWLRQLVWV The Wall Street Journal reported that blue states, or states not run by mostly Republicans, typically have greater resources to support enrollment in the exchanges and have had less setbacks. To be fair to Republican-led states, many plans in the Marketplace limit the network of available doctors, so keeping your doctor under the new health-care laws is one of many concerns with Obamacare. 7RRHDUO\WRWHOOLIPDUNHWSODFH FRQFHSWZLOOORZHUFRVWV Unfortunately, large insurers like Cigna and UnitedHealth Group have opted out of many statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exchanges. Aetna has backed out of seven exchanges it originally applied for based on cost models. If additional insurers opt into the exchanges in future years, government officials claim health-care prices should decline. $GYLFHLVIUHHVKRSDURXQG â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of insurance agents have decided not to continue to work in the health insurance market,â&#x20AC;? Doug Willert of Noah Insurance said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I have stayed in health insurance for 14 years and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here, ready to help people. Agents get paid from the exchanges now, so why not sit with an agent/adviser when selecting health insurance.â&#x20AC;&#x153; 1H[W\HDUzVKRUWHURSHQHQUROOPHQW As of today, next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open enrollment for the exchanges runs only from Nov. 15- Dec. 7. For businesses with less than 25 employees, the Small Business Health Option Program, which features tax credits, must be purchased through a broker and the website for SHOP has been delayed.


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ICCPA holds 80th-annual stockholders meeting

Richard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickâ&#x20AC;? Erickson elected to board

Danielle Moe | Staff writer FREDERIC - Despite heavy snowfall and treacherous roads, the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual stockholders meeting was well attended on Thursday, Dec. 5. Held at Hackers Lanes in Frederic, the meeting consisted of casting votes for a seat on the ERDUGRIGLUHFWRUVDĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHUHSRUWPDQagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, and words from co-op President Charles Johnson, followed by lunch. In addition to the weekly newspapers, Inter-County Leader and Washburn County Register, ICCPA publishes the Ă&#x20AC;YH$GYHUWLVHUVRIIHUVFRPPHUFLDOSULQWLQJDQGVHOOVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVXSSOLHVDWLWVVWRUHVLQ St. Croix Falls, Frederic, Siren and Shell Lake. 1HZERDUGPHPEHU Richard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickâ&#x20AC;? Erickson, Grantsburg, ZDVHOHFWHGWRWKHRSHQVHDWRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;YH member ICCPA board of directors. He replaced Carolyn Wedin by a one-vote margin. Wedin had served two terms on the board. The continuing board members are Charles Johnson, Janet Oachs, Merlin Johnson and Ann Fawver. Erickson owned and operated the Red Owl/ Super Valu grocery store in downtown Grantsburg for 30 years. According to his bio, Erickson has been a member of many civic groups, served on the boards of many area organizations over the years and serves as a church treasurer. 6WURQJĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVKHHW Abby Williamson, auditor from Carlson +LJKODQG &HUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG 3XEOLF $FFRXQWDQWV SUHVHQWHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVWDWHPHQWIRUWKH Ă&#x20AC;VFDO\HDUHQGLQJ6HSW6KHUH-

7KHERDUGRIWKH,QWHU&RXQW\&RRSHUDWLYH3XEOLVKLQJ$VVRFLDWLRQZHOFRPHGDQHZPHPEHUDQGWKDQNHGDQRXWJRLQJPHPEHUDWLWVDQQXDOPHHW LQJKHOG7KXUVGD\'HFLQ)UHGHULF6KRZQ /WR5 EDFNURZ&KDUOLH-RKQVRQERDUGSUHVLGHQW5LFKDUG|'LFN}(ULFNVRQQHZO\HOHFWHGPHPEHU 0HUOLQ-RKQVRQDQG$QQ)DZYHU)URQWURZ'RXJ3DQHNPDQDJHU&DURO\Q:HGLQRXWJRLQJPHPEHUDQG-DQHW2DFKV3KRWRVE\*UHJJ:HVWLJDUG ported that total sales were $4.87 million, up from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales of $4.83 million. Operating costs went up by nearly $42,000 ZLWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOPDUJLQRISURĂ&#x20AC;WXSRYHUODVW year at $72,114. Once again there is no debt and the co-op has total assets valued at $2,827,505 with less than $500,000 in liabilities. Almost all the ICCPA worth is in patron equity, the value owned by the co-opâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members. Williamson told the members that the co-op has a very strong Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVKHHWDQGWKDW´PHPEHURZQHUship of over 80 percent is really good.â&#x20AC;? The motion to accept the report was approved.

0DQDJHU¡VUHSRUW Doug Panek, manager, pointed out the KLVWRULFDOVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQFHRIWKHPHHWLQJWKH 80th-annual meeting of the cooperativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stockholders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And to think, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked here for more than half of those years,â&#x20AC;? he said, going on to highlight the changes that have occurred in that time. He acknowledged the effect that the rise of the Internet has had on newspapers. The number of pages in the Inter-County Leader has decreased to an average of 18 pages less per week than in 2008, and the number of the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook friends now rivals print subscribers. Panek explained how staff have had to adjust their deadlines to meet new United States Postal Service pickup times. Since late October mail has to be ready by 2:30 p.m. instead of 4:30 p.m., affecting all levels of production. He also reviewed equipment purchases made this past year, including the replacement of the computer-to-plate system and replacement of 15 Apple computers used in production with new models.

New service ICCPA is now offering website building and according to Panek, 10 sites have been successfully built for customers. Gayle Olson is in charge of building the sites 7KHVHYHQSULQFLSOHVRIFRRSHUDWLYHVZHUH and promotions for the service started in KLJKOLJKWHGLQWKLVGLVSOD\DWWKHDQQXDOPHHW the form of ads, statement stuffers, FaceLQJRI,&&3$VWRFNKROGHUV book and email blasts. Visit iccpaonline.

com for more information or stop in to DQ\RIWKHIRXURIĂ&#x20AC;FHVORFDWHGLQ)UHGHULF St. Croix Falls, Siren or Shell Lake. An envelope press was also purchased to speed production. At a total cost of $14,000, the press is being used to print an average of 45,000 envelopes per month. The company van was also replaced with a newer model. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have around 70 employees in our Frederic, Siren, St. Croix Falls and Shell /DNHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV,WWDNHVPDQ\KDQGVWRSURGXFH RXU SURGXFWV ZKHWKHU LW LV RIĂ&#x20AC;FH products, commercial printing, newspapers or advertisers,â&#x20AC;? acknowledged Panek.

%RDUGSUHVLGHQW¡VUHSRUW Charlie Johnson, president of the ICCPA board, said the co-op had another positive year despite hard economic times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The year 2013 was the International Year of Cooperatives,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The seven cooperative principles set Co-ops apart from stock companies. The seventh principle is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Concern for Communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the ICCPA works for a sustainable quality of life in our community through its efforts such as scholarships while continuing to deliver the news to the readers. We are a cooperative community. The Leader will be here for another 80 years.â&#x20AC;? Johnson shared a poem in honor of the friendship created by the cooperative over the last 80 years. He said the poem was given to him by a friend but written by an unknown author. Take care of your friends Friend is a word that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t throw around Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s used and abused, I still like the sound. I save it for people whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done right by me And I know I can count on, if ever need be.

Own ranches and banks and visit with queens, And some of my friends are up to their neck In overdue notes and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write a check. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re singers or dancers or writers of prose And others, God bless â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blow their own nose! I guess being friends has nothing to do With talent or money or knowing whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a comfortable feeling when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to care, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bout choosing your words or being quite fair. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just listen and let go on by Those words you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean and not bat an eye. It makes a friend happy to see your success. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud of your good side and forgive all the rest. And that ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so easy, all of the time, Sometimes I get crazy and seem to go blind! Your friend just might have to take you on home, Or remind you sometime, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not alone. Or ever so gently pull you back to the ground, :KHQ \RX WKLQN \RX FDQ Ă \ ZLWK QR one around. A hug or a shake, which ever seems right Is the high point of giving, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you tonight, All wordly riches and tributes of men, Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold a candle to the worth of a friend. - Reporter Gregg Westigard contributed to this story

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Centuria, Milltown village boards briefed on ambulance merger

Marty Seeger |Staff writer CENTURIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Western Wisconsin EMS program director Pat McCauley was present for both village of Milltown and Centuria board meetings on Monday, Dec. 9, to explain a merger of the current Unity Ambulance service with St. Croix Valley EMS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Western Wisconsin is the owner of Unity and a partner of St. Croix Valley EMS, and we made the decision to combine our assets from Unity with St. Croix Valley EMS,â&#x20AC;? explained McCauley, who said they also operate Lakes Region EMS, which covers areas of Chisago County in Minnesota, as well as Rush City and Chisago City, Minn. McCauley said that in 2011, when Lifelink services got out of its ground transportation business in St. Croix Falls, a decision was made between WW-EMS, St. Croix Regional Medical Center and Lakes Region EMS to join forces and create a partnership called St. Croix Valley

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EMS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to continue to serve, and be located in, Milltown, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing together the two services physical assets â&#x20AC;Ś that being both the equipment, ambulances; and also weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made arrangement for the employees to become members of Lakes Region EMS, which is the newfound partner in the St. Croix Valley,â&#x20AC;? McCauley said. Should current employees want to become employees of Lakes Region EMS they will not need to interview, and will have jobs if they want them, according to McCauley, who had Lakes Region EMS director of operations Ben Wasmund and another colleague on hand to answer any questions. McCauley said Wasmund had already been in contact with current employees of Unity Ambulance along with Lynette Erickson, who is the base supervisor at Unity. McCauley said other employees who are currently part time have expressed interest in becoming full time

and stationed in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because they have the most knowledge about the area it makes sense for them to stay here,â&#x20AC;? McCauley said, adding later in the meeting that the goal is to keep things going the way they are. Both Centuria and Milltown moved forward with approving a new contract agreement on Monday, which is similar to the one they had already made with WW-EMS shortly before the decision was made to consolidate. The agreement is for three years at $10 per capita. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legally we are going to consolidate DURXQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWRIWKH\HDUEXWZHZRQ¡W operationally take ownership in terms of action and activate the service under the new St. Croix Valley EMS until about mid-March,â&#x20AC;? McCauley said.


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Department heads â&#x20AC;&#x153;on trackâ&#x20AC;? at public safety meeting

islation to license all state coroners and medical examiners. Although he supports the measure, Maloney wanted the committee to be aware of the proposed continuing education costs and licensing fees. In the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department, Dean Roland and Chief Deputy Scott Burns inWURGXFHG QHZ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU 7LP ,PULFN WR WKH committee. Given a recent resignation in the jail, the department will need to KLUHWZRPRUHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVWREHEDFNWRIXOO strength. Burns informed the committee that on the agenda for next month will be an updated schedule of fees for record requests EHFDXVHWKHFXUUHQWSROLF\GRHVQRWUHĂ HFW changes in technology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being inundated with requests for information,â&#x20AC;? Burns said, adding that sometimes the documents need to be provided in various types of electronic formats.

Jean Koelz | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The recurring theme heard by members of the public safety committee at the Monday, Dec. 9, meeting from child support services, emergency management, the medical H[DPLQHU¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHWKHFOHUNRIFRXUWDQG the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department was that, when it comes to expenses and revenues, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;right on trackâ&#x20AC;? for the year. One person after another used expressions like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;business as usual,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;same-old, same-oldâ&#x20AC;? in providing updates on the DFWLYLWLHVRIWKHLUUHVSHFWLYHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV Not that they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been busy. Emergency management director Rhonda Reynolds, who is also serving as project manager for the communications project and the jail/dispatch center remodeling project, reported that a lot of progress is being made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even in this weather,â&#x20AC;? Reynolds said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot is getting done.â&#x20AC;?

Short agenda for December board meeting Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The next meeting of the Polk County Board on Tuesday, Dec. 17, may be short. There are four resolutions on the agenda, each of which has gained unanimous committee support and three presentations. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the government center in Balsam Lake. The meeting is open to

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Polk County Board may gain options the public and starts with a period for public comment. One resolution would make the position of highway commissioner an appointed rather than an elected position. This change is possible, and the norm, now that the county has an administrator form of government. Present highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl would continue in his position after the change. A second resolution would designate the county as â&#x20AC;&#x153;self-organized.â&#x20AC;? This would allow the Polk County Board to

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tions on setting board compensation. The other resolutions would appropriate funds for teleconferencing equipment at the justice center and grant a zoning change in Beaver. The presentations are on the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College System, the proposed Indianhead Veterans Memorial project which may be built by the Apple River on Hwy. 8, and the county forest work plan for 2014.

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Yes, Republicans have a health-care reform plan By all accounts, including the Obama administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own admission, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. The website was so dysfunctional it had to be taken down for retooling; even now it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle all the enrollment WUDIĂ&#x20AC;FQHHGHGE\WKH'HFGHDGOLQHWR make the plan viable. Software glitches caused so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;834â&#x20AC;? data errors. As a result, one out of four people who enrolled during October and November as well as one out of 10 people who enroll during December wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually receive the insurance coverage they believed they would have on Jan. 1. Five million people have had their individual health insurance plans canceled already, despite the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often-repeated promise, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.â&#x20AC;? Eighty million more are scheduled to lose their employer-based plans next year. Premiums, co-payments and deductibles have gone through the roof. An industry analyst reports that people will not be eligible for a subsidy unless the premium reaches or exceeds 10 percent of their income. Security on the website is so poor that it has become a hackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act clearly is providing neither patient protection nor affordable care. Is there a better way than this massive government takeover? Yes! Republicans are proposing patientcentered reforms to improve the quality of care and lower costs, reforms Americans actually want. They would allow small businesses to join together to increase insured group size, which would lower premiums. Health insurance would be sold across state lines as car insurance is now, increasing choice and competition.

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hurt businesses and force them to lay off employees. In fact, studies have shown that raising the minimum wage makes it easier for employers to recruit and retain workers, and it contributes to consumer demand. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for every dollar increase that a minimum-wage worker receives their annual household spending increases by $3,500. When workers are paid a living wage WKH EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV DUH IHOW WKURXJKRXW RXU VRciety. Families have greater economic security, there is less reliance on public assistance and new consumer spending to boost the economy. President Franklin D. Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words in 1937 still hold true today, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our nation so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population should be able to devise ways and means of ensuring to all our able-bodied working men and women a fair dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay for a fair dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work.â&#x20AC;?

SCF council gets entertainment preview  Wannigan Days goes to June, MOTO expands, Fourth of July shows, new festivals added   

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The coming year of entertainment and celebrations in the city of St. Croix Falls looks to be even more elaborate, as they add several new events, while also adjusting the dates and even the venues on a few other established events. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common council invited event organizer Woody McBride to give a roundup of the coming yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule, to their regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, which revealed the change in dates for the Wannigan Days happenings, moving it from July to the second weekend in June, where it will be a relative stand-alone with no competition from other cities or happenings. The change has been discussed for some time, and the group behind the change decided to go with June 12-15, with both St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls, Minn., continuing to combine their efforts on what is being billed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best party in the valley.â&#x20AC;? McBride said they will also take into account ways to reduce the cost of the event, mainly by better adjusting their street closures, so as not to have the Wisconsin Department of Transportation require the rental of expensive electronic detour signage. The shift will allow for about a $4,000 savings, which McBride is hoping the city would later consider applying toward D )RXUWK RI -XO\ Ă&#x20AC;UHZRUNV VKRZ RQ WKH nearest Friday evening, with music. The change in detouring from all of Washington Street to just a small portion would be the major change and would require basic detours instead of the elaborate detour required with the full closure for over a whole day the city did this last July. McBride also dovetailed the discussion LQWR WKH )RXUWK RI -XO\ Ă&#x20AC;UHZRUNV VKRZ which he was hoping would start a â&#x20AC;&#x153;new tradition,â&#x20AC;? on that nearest Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downtown is a fantastic place to view Ă&#x20AC;UHZRUNVÂľKHVDLG

6W&URL[HYHQWRUJDQL]HU:RRG\0F%ULGHz )LOHSKRWRVE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ The city currently donates $1,000 plus other associated services and costs to the Wannigan Days event and also donates $5,000 annually to the Music on the Overlook events, which returns with aplomb for 2014, according to McBride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shaping up really good,â&#x20AC;? he said of the MOTO acts, which have become hugely popular on the Overlook Deck over 13 Fridays in the summer. McBride also proposed several new events, including a whole weekend of activities May 16-18, called the Spring Awakenings Festival, which would include numerous naturalist programs, food, family-friendly games and events, and of course, lots of music, based around the Woolly Mountain bike race, which has gained national attention. He noted that the city would not need to contribute, and he is hoping it becomes another new tradition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be a great, low-cost familyfriendly event,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mayor Brian Blesi noted that if it is a whole-weekend event, requiring overnight stays, it may be worth pursuing possible room tax funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could maybe be leveraged for promotion,â&#x20AC;? Blesi said, which brought a big smile to McBrideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face. McBride also noted the desire by many downtown businesses to have events on Thompson Parkway, and he suggested a July 19 Thompson Block Party, with bands, music, beverages and the like.

/RRNIRUD)RXUWKRI-XO\ILUHZRUNVVKRZQH[W \HDU LQ GRZQWRZQ 6W &URL[ )DOOV ZKLFK ZLOO GRYHWDLOZLWKWKH0XVLFRQWKH2YHUORRNPXVLF SURJUDPVFKHGXOHIRUWKHILUVWWLPH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of clamoring for something (at the location), and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a neat idea,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting it has garnered much support in people he has mentioned it to, so far. Other 2014 changes include moving the Wannigan Days talent show to the Civic Auditorium, instead of under a tent at the Overlook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Festival Theatre) really wants to partner with us on that,â&#x20AC;? McBride said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it could really be a great venue for that.â&#x20AC;? He noted that the date changes would also affect the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s royalty pageant and program, and would also include a possible tie-in to the Trail Fest, which would occur on the same June weekend. He also mentioned a proposed River Spirit Festival to take place at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lions Park, north of town, on Aug. 8. It would be a nature-based day or weekend, based at the park, with everything from geocaching across the road at Wert Nature Reserve to longboats, paddle races and other water-based activities at the park. Autumnfest would continue to be downtown, and he noted that it has become a true downtown promotional event, set for Oct. 3-5. The council gave their thumbs up to all the changes and noted the efforts of McBride and others who make it happen. In other council business: â&#x20AC;˘ The council approved adoption of

the so-called Safe Routes to School Plan, which was presented in recent months before the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission and to the school district. The SRTS planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endorsement and approval would likely help the city and school leverage possible grant funding for road projects, meant to make the routes to school safer for kids and pedestrians, as well as encourage walking and biking with sidewalks, bike lanes and other trafĂ&#x20AC;FFKDQJHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us a better foothold when we submit an implementation grant,â&#x20AC;? city Administrator Joel Peck said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re successful (in grant acceptance), it would lower the economic contribution of city taxpayers (to certain necessary road projects).â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ The council reviewed a proposal to transfer liability for water and sewer bills from renters to landlords, to eliminate the often futile tracking down of overdue bills from tenants who no longer reside in the rental units. The proposal would transfer that billing to landlords and property owners instead and leave collection of the bills to the owners, either through adjusted rent or direct payments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Landlords) are shocked to learn that when a renter doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay, they are responsible,â&#x20AC;? stated city clerk Bonita Leggitt. Leggitt noted that the state Legislature is currently considering a bill that would make it so landlords are not responsible, but she said the major issue is that the city has no control over who those property owners rent to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just seems like smart policy (to bill owners instead),â&#x20AC;? Blesi said. It was just in discussion for now, but the issue is likely to go to a public hearing in January before being considered by the full council. â&#x20AC;˘ Police Chief Erin Murphy noted that there is a two-hour parking limit for the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;business areaâ&#x20AC;? of Washington Street downtown and said that there has been some confusion on the issue, as the signage is not as clear as some would hope. The council may consider better signage in the near future.


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Finally, an admission in sexual assaults

Michael Trumble faced over 140 years in prison; reduced to two felonies

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After several false starts in terms of accepting a plea agreement with prosecutors, a 20-year-old Polk County man pleaded guilty to two reduced charges of third-degree sexual assault, avoiding the potential for up to 140 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Michael J. Trumble, 20, of Amery, stood accused of seven felony charges stemming from at least three alleged sexualassault incidents involving three different victims, one of whom was under age 16 at the time. That total does not include a dismissed allegation of sexual assault involving an underage girl, when the victim refused to testify at an earlier preliminary hearing. Trumble stood accused of three felony charges of second-degree sexual assault with use of force, as well as multiple felony bail jumping charges and another misdemeanor charge of sex with a child over age 16. Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen tried several times to reach a plea agreement, and while they came close, Trumble refused to admit guilt on several DOOHJDWLRQVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\LIWZRRIKLVYLFtims had actually refused consent in the incidents. The charges come from separate incidents involving allegations of forced sexual assaults of three different females, two of them over a one-month period in August 2011, with the other allegation emerging after the investigation began. One of the assault allegations came forward from a teacher and counselor at a local program, who was made aware of a possible assault after a student alluded to an incident in a journal, how she had been taken advantage of by a student at Amery High School. The victim was under 16

$1.2 million would go toward student tech over five years Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Falls School District Board of Education voted unanimously to seek voter approval for a levy limit override at the April 1 election, VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\WRSXUFKDVHLQWHFKnology equipment annually for the next Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDUV7KHLVVXHKDVEHHQGLVFXVVHG IRUVHYHUDOPRQWKVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\FDPHWRD vote at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The purpose of the referendum is to provide one-to-one computers to all students in the upper grades, and grade-level sets of similar computers for students in the lower grades. The district is currently doing a pilot program to decide which types of machines to ultimately purchase, should the referendum be passed. They may decide on various machines for different grade levels. The need for the referendum, according to district Administrator Glenn Martin, is to keep the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget â&#x20AC;&#x153;basically the same, but to help pay for the one-to-one computers.â&#x20AC;? At the Tuesday meeting, it was mentioned that the district would be exceeding their revenue limit by $240,000 DQQXDOO\IRUĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVLQFUHDVLQJWKHPLOO rate by approximately 38 cents per $1,000 of equalized value. However, it was noted that the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă&#x20AC;QDO ERQG SD\PHQW IRU PLGGOH VFKRRO construction, approximately $190,000 annually, will be done this year. Taking that decrease in debt service into account, WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOLPSDFWRIWKHUHIHUHQGXPZRXOG amount to around 8.5 cents per $1,000 instead, or about an $8.50 increase in annual property taxes for a $100,000 home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The timing is very good,â&#x20AC;? stated board President Brent McCurdy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonds are falling off, and our payments are going down. Technology upgrades are something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to do.â&#x20AC;? The issue will go to voters on April 1, and would allow for the staggered purchase of the computers and systems over

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to felony sexual assault charges. When the allegations surfaced, Trumble was already on probation for a deferred conviction on a 2010 case, where he allegedly tried to strangle a man in an altercation. He accepted the terms of a plea agreement in May 2011, which made it misdemeanor battery, with terms and conditions that he not commit any other violent crimes. Steffen argued initially that the deferred prosecution was violated with the latest DOOHJDWLRQVDQGĂ&#x20AC;OHGDPRWLRQWRHQWHUD judgment of conviction on the previous battery incident. As the multiple investigations were bundled together in charges, Trumble was facing seven felony counts, with a potential combined sentence of over 140 \HDUVLQSULVRQDQGĂ&#x20AC;QHVRIRYHU Trumbleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bundled sexual-assault cases resulted in a plea proposal last summer, where he would have most charges dropped, and two of the separate sexualassault charges reduced from second degree to third-degree sexual assault, which would mean no automatic prison time. Trumble appeared with his attorney, Mark Biller, several times over a threemonth period since, as the judge went over the various aspects of his admission and also that he understood the consequences. +RZHYHUZKHQWKH\UHDFKHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO admission of guilt, where most counts were dismissed and Trumble was to plead guilty to the two reduced sexual-assault charges, he was asked if he understood what sexual intercourse meant, which he said he did. But he balked at admitting that the victims did not consent, which led to several false starts and rescheduled appearances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not comfortable taking his plea at this time,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said during a Sept. 17 hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to admit to the facts, to the elements, admit that there was no consent.â&#x20AC;? It took several more hearings and

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closed-door sessions between the attorneys and Harrington before they reached the latest plea hearing on Dec. 6. After Harrington went through the identical plea questionnaire with Trumble, that he understood the charges, potential sentencing and what it meant to avoid trial, Harrington then deferred to Biller, who turned to Trumble, faced him and looked him in the eye as he asked him: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As to (the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initials) as to all the facts and evidence, do you agree that she did not agree to sexual intercourse?â&#x20AC;? Biller asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes,â&#x20AC;? Trumble said sheepishly, nodding and looking down. Biller and Harrington repeated the actions for the other reduced charge, although as Harrington pointed out, that victim was under age 16 at the time, and could not legally consent to sexual intercourse, regardless. The judge accepted the two plea agreements, and then reminded Trumble that he was no longer presumed innocent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now a convicted felon, with two counts of sexual assault,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said sternly as they scheduled the next phase of the case. With the two convictions, Harrington ordered a presentence investigation, with culmination in a Feb. 12, 2014, sentencing hearing. Under state sentencing guideOLQHV 7UXPEOH IDFHV XS WR Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV RI SULVRQDQGĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVRIH[WHQGHGVXSHUvision for each felony, with a potential for DĂ&#x20AC;QHRQHDFKDVZHOO While the plea agreement means Trumble is not likely to do prison time, Harrington reminded the 20-year-old that he was under the onus of guilt and needed to change his ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you behave in criminal mischief between now and (sentencing), trust me, I ZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWDERXWLWÂľ+DUULQJWRQVDLG noting that he was still under a $5,000 cash bond and that he best behave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust you, and you misbehave ... the whole world changes for you.â&#x20AC;?

Falls to allow for short-term borrowing in cases where the budgets and bills donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jibe with the timing on tax receipts. The district sought bids on the account, which would only be used if necessary, and decided to go with the Bank Mutual option A, which would allow for the district to borrow between $500,000 and $1 million on a short term, using the London InterBank Offered Rate plus 1.65-percent. The LIBOR rate is historically lower than the typical prime rate, and allows the district to borrow funds on the short term to cover anticipated expenses when tax payments are held up, either from the state or otherwise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope not to use it,â&#x20AC;? stated district Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO VSHFLDOLVW 'DUFL .UXHJHU ZKR 7KH6W&URL[)DOOV%RDUGRI(GXFDWLRQYRWHGRQ7XHVGD\'HFWRVHQGDOHY\OLPLWRYHUULGH noted that at times, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cash on UHIHUHQGXPTXHVWLRQWRWKHYRWHUVRQ$SULODOORZLQJIRUDPLOOLRQWHFKQRORJ\XSJUDGH KDQGFDQEHYHU\ORZ´0\Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDUKHUH it was down to $880 at one point.â&#x20AC;? IRUVWXGHQWVz3KRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ The district also had offers from Central Bank and Royal Credit Union at rates beWKHQH[WĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVWRWDOLQJPLOOLRQLQ play are permitted, with no try-outs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My kids played soccer in AYSO, and tween 3.25 and 4 percent on a 30-day loan overrides of the levy limit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to maintain the levy I was completely impressed by the vol- up to $1 million. â&#x20AC;˘ After months of discussion and rethan to let it drop off and try to increase it unteer level,â&#x20AC;? stated board member Sheri Norgard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you all wanted to do 15 search, the board voted to go with M3 as later,â&#x20AC;? Martin said. The board passed the resolution unani- sports, I think that would be great ... but I their insurance broker. They also entermously, sending the question to voters in donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think (boys varsity soccer) is some- tained bids from Central Insurance and Associated Insurance. thing we can take on right now.â&#x20AC;? the form of an April 1 referendum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;M3 provided a little more informaThere was discussion about the likeliIn other board action: tion,â&#x20AC;? Martin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they were also â&#x20AC;˘ After months of discussions, debate hood of eventually adding girls soccer, and committee talk, the board decided as well, and it was noted that the recent up for getting us on track for some innonot to add boys varsity soccer in the com- cutting of gymnastics was a result of not vative ideas.â&#x20AC;? They eventually plan to try to bundle ing year, despite the protest of several HQRXJKVWHDG\LQWHUHVWWRĂ&#x20AC;OODVTXDG WKHLU LQVXUDQFH QHHGV ZLWK WKH Ă&#x20AC;UP LQparents and students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we need to stick up for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody (on the board) wishes we sports that are established,â&#x20AC;? stated board cluding dental, disability and life insurance, if the need arises. could say yes to everything,â&#x20AC;? McCurdy member Steven Bont. The M3 approval was for a one-year said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But in a district our size itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not There was also mention of a possible cocontract, but Krueger would like to see it operative effort with Unity High School, possible.â&#x20AC;? There was concern that the soccer pro- and Martin said he had been in contact approved for at least two years, as it regram might impact both cross-country with the Unity district administrator on quires quite a bit of research and work to and football numbers and several board such a possibility, but the impact on other establish bids. â&#x20AC;˘ It was noted that the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school members raised concerns about the cost sports would be the same, several memcancellation or two-hour delay threshold bers noted. to the district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it is a possibility,â&#x20AC;? Martin con- is set at minus 35 degrees with wind chill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support what we have now, how can we consider adding an- Ă&#x20AC;UPHG ´,W¡V QHYHU EHHQ WKURZQ RII WKH Martin pointed out that some districts around here have a much lower threshother (sport)?â&#x20AC;? McCurdy stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe table. 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Area wrestling teams preparing for another big year UnityĆ&#x201A;SCFandLFG lookreadyto competefora conferencetitle Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Unity wrestling team is working with a full varsity squad to start the season, which hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been the case in the previous four seasons for the Eagles, since Shawn Perkins took over the head coaching role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that can change in a matter of a match if a kid gets dinged up or who knows what. But right now having a full OLQHXS LV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ DQ DGYDQWDJH /DVW year at end of year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only had 10 or 11,â&#x20AC;? Perkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can keep 14 for the entire year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in good shape.â&#x20AC;? In total, the Eagles have 19 wrestlers with only two seniors and three to four juniors. The rest are freshmen and sophomores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can keep those guys going out the next three or four years, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room to grow there,â&#x20AC;? Perkins said. With more numbers, Perkins said it should make them a better team as athletes will need to wrestle-off for spots. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Eagles didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to use their large numbers to amass a huge 64-10 win over Shell Lake, who has just six wrestlers on the team this season. The Eagles and Lakers split the six matches, with Derek Johnson earning a victory at 106 pounds over Jack Skluzacek, with a pin. Johnson was able to roll Skluzacek on his back with 1:29 remaining in the second period. Another Eagle win came with junior Tevin Anderson at 160 pounds, who defeated Beau Skluzacek by a 14-3 decision. The third Eagles victory on the night was earned by junior Ty Hoffbeck at 152 pounds. Hoffbeck pinned Noah Skluzacek with 1:30 remaining in the second period. Both Hoffbeck and Anderson are reWXUQLQJVHFWLRQDOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUVIRUWKH(DJOHV who have a good shot at competing for the conference title this season with their numbers against other solid programs including St. Croix Falls, Clear Lake and Luck/Frederic Grantsburg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be whoever has a lineup thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close to being full and able to score points,â&#x20AC;? Perkins said.

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Hunter Dodds pin over Ryan Pfeifer in 4:49. LFG would get the next three matches with Luke Christensen winning by pin in 1:19 at 138, Dakota Schultz winning by injury default at 145, and Tristan Brewer winning by a 9-1 major decision. Tony Britton won his match at 170 by pin in 4:42. Other matches on the night were PRVWO\ FORVH LQFOXGLQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO RQH DW 220 between Decker Grass of St. Croix Central and Christopher Sam Pewaush. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We moved Sam up from 195, so he was giving up a lot of weight. It was 12-11 in the third period before Sam was rolled and pinned. The 160 (Tim Lund) and 182 matches (Josh Glover) were good matches, and we came up short in both of them,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to expect with not having practice two days before the meet, but I was happy with the effort the kids gave.â&#x20AC;? The season for LFG could be one of their best in recent memory as the team has experience, and Bartlett believes he has a group of athletes who are capable of earning a trip to state. %UHZHU LV D UHWXUQLQJ VWDWH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HU /)*ZUHVWOLQJ HAMMOND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck/Frederic/ and Britton nearly made it to state by takGrantsburg wrestling team has already ing fourth at sectionals. Bartlett says there 6W&URL[)DOOVZUHVWOLQJ ZUDSSHG XS WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW GXDO PHHW RI WKH DUHĂ&#x20AC;YHWRVHYHQGLIIHUHQWZUHVWOHUVZKR ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St. Croix Falls re- season, but came up just short in a 33-28 will be tough to beat this year, and their WXUQV D SDLU RI WZRWLPH VWDWH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUV loss at St. Croix Central on Thursday, Dec. strengths are in the middle weights. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weakneness will be in the from 2013, including Joe Rademacher at 5. 195 pounds and Drew â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall the kids wrestled very well,â&#x20AC;? numbers. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Wheeler at 126. Radem- said coach Chris Bartlett, who is in his least one weight class acher took third at state 10th season as head wrestling coach for LFG wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to last year, and while LFG. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had practice on Monday, but Ă&#x20AC;OOWKLV\HDUDQGPDQ\ Wheeler did not place the rest of the week practice was canceled. wrestlers will be exat state, he took fourth Some of the kids hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t practiced since pected to wrestle up the year before. the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I really again this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope we can stay Coach Dan Clark is feel if we had had practice on the the two in his 20th season as a days before, there was four matches we healthy, and it should be a good season,â&#x20AC;? Saints wrestling coach lost that we would have won.â&#x20AC;? Joe Rademacher and 15th at the head Tristan Brewer LFGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first win of the night was a Bartlett said.

â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ GRINNELL, Iowa. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Former Webster athlete Austin Elliott was one of six members of the St. Norbert College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team on Saturday, 'HFWRVFRUHLQGRXEOHĂ&#x20AC;JXUHVGXUing a 121-115 overtime win over Grinnell College, Iowa. Elliott is a junior for the Green Knights, and went 3 for  IURP WKH Ă&#x20AC;HOG DQG ZDV  RI  IURP the charity stripe for 14 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal in the game. St. Norbert College is currently 4-1 on the season. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from snc.edu/athletics â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Bethel University football team fell 41-17 to North Central College in frigid temperatures last Saturday, Dec. 7, during the NCAA Division 3 playoffs. As PDQ\DVĂ&#x20AC;YHWXUQRYHUVKXUWWKH5R\als, who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be advancing to the D3 VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV EXW Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG  RYHUDOO Former Luck athlete Landen Strilzuk D VWDUWLQJ FRUQHUEDFN  Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG the game with four tackles, including two pass breakups and a forced fumble. The junior will be back again next VHDVRQIRUWKH5R\DOVIRUKLVĂ&#x20AC;QDOFROlegiate season. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from athletics.bethel.edu â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ WINONA, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey team came up short against St. Catherine on Saturday, Dec. 7. Freshman and former Grantsburg athlete Kassie Lien scored one goal in the 4-3 loss. It was her second goal of the season in the past eight games. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from stmaryssports.com â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Clayton at Unity girls basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 12, can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Luck at Frederic girls and boys basketball games on Friday, Dec. 13, are being broadcast on 104.9 FM beginning at 5:45 p.m. The Tuesday, Dec. 17, Clayton at Luck girls and boys basketball games can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 5:45 p.m. The Tuesday, Dec. 17, St. Croix Falls at Amery girls basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All high school games can be found online at msbnsports.net. The Eagles at Vikings NFL football game can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at noon on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Sunday, Dec. 15, Packers at Cowboys game is being broadcast on 105.7 FM, beginning at 3:25 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2013 who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been mentioned, send us an email or call and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it from there. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger

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Blizzard boys rip Moose Lake Hopkinshat trickhighlights bighomewin Blizzard 7, Moose Lake 1 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a slow, ho-hum Ă&#x20AC;UVWSHULRGWKH%OL]]ER\VVHWWOHGLQDQG really dominated Moose Lake, Minn., 7-1 on Thursday, Dec. 5. Normally when your team is down two skaters youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky to survive without giving up at least one goal if not two, but not for the Blizz. Not only did they not give a up a goal, they went on the offensive. A huge

two-man-shorthanded goal by Alex HopNLQVVSDUNHGDELJĂ&#x20AC;YHJRDOĂ XUU\VHFRQG period. The Blizz really put the heat on and peppered the poor Moose Lake goalie and ended the night with a 60 to 19 shots on goal differential. Also scoring goals for the Blizz were Max Norman assisted by Carter Lee and Drew Alderman, Ryan Curtis assisted by Alex Hopkins and Aaron Dietmeier, Brady Mangen assisted by Austin Bowman and Andrew Ruiz, and Aaron Dietmeier assisted by Damon Roberts. Assists on Hopkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; three goals were from Vinny Larson, Austin Thoreen, Aaron Dietmeier and Ryan Curtis. Goalie Taran Wols had a good but slow night, stopping 18 of 19 shots.

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Lady Vikes play strong against Eagles Saintsdominate Tigers Frederic 45, Unity 34 Marty Seeger |Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Viking girls basketball team picked up a tough win over 8QLW\GXULQJWKHWHDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRQIHUHQFH game of the season. After a slow start Frederic picked it up in the second quarter, extending their lead, 21-12, against the Eagles man-to-man defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told the girls at halftime we were getWLQJJRRGORRNVZHMXVWZHUHQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ 7KLUGTXDUWHUZHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGDIHZPRUHEXW WKHQWKHIRXUWKTXDUWHUZHVWRSSHGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKing again,â&#x20AC;? said Vikes coach Troy Wink, who saw his team stretch their lead to as many as 20 points late in the third quarter. Lara Harlander had 10 of her total 24 points in the third quarter, mostly driving the right side of the lane to help give Frederic a commanding lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was what stretched that lead in the third quarter and they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really stop her for the most part, and then they made some adjustments and took it away,â&#x20AC;? Wink said. The Eagles defense stepped up big in the fourth quarter while Carly Ince and Raelin Sorensen knocked down 3-pointers to get the Eagles as close as 13 points with under two minutes to go, but Frederic was able to respond and eventually

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6W&URL[)DOOV:HEVWHU ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A triple-double from Mariah Rohm and a near doubledouble by Jessica Rademacher helped the Saints topple the Tigers on Friday, Dec. 6. Rohm had 15 points, 17 rebounds and 10 take-aways in the win while Rademacher added 20 points and nine boards to the win. The Saints held a  OHDG DIWHU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW quarter and led 28-8 at halftime. St. Croix Falls continued to spread around their offense in Mariah Rohm the second half with 20 in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth for the convincing win. Erica Bergmann led the Saints with six assists, while putting up eight points, followed by Katie Kopp and Bailey Ewald each with six points. Rebecca Nelson, Abby Kubesh, Adrienne Stoffel and McKenzie Christenson each had two points, and Sophie Aguilar added one. The Tigers were led by Christina Weis with 10 points, Kenna Gall, four, Lydia Wilson, three, Stefanie Wambolt, two and Lexi Piepho and Mallory Daniels each had one.

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Eagle boys prove too much for the Vikings TigersplayĂ&#x17E;rst gameoftheseason undernewcoach Unity 50, Frederic 28 Marty Seeger |Staff writer SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Oliver Raboinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside presence alongside Dakota Ward and Logan Bader were too much for the Frederic Vikings to handle during an Eagle win on Friday, Dec. 6. Raboin had 16 points for the Eagles while the offense was spread evenly throughout the night, and Unity cranked up the defensive pressure to hold a scrappy Frederic team to just 28 points. Both teams came up with a lot of intensity but it was the Eagles who grabbed the momentum from the start of the game, with Dylan Ruck burying a 3-pointer in WKH (DJOHV Ă&#x20AC;UVW SRVVHVVLRQ RI WKH JDPH Bader also came away with a steal for two points and Raboin knocked down another pair to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead and force Frederic to take a time-out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we played with more intensity versus Frederic. Our defense was more aggressive and created more turnovers. We also did a much better job of being under control on offense. We still have a lot of improvements to make, but I was overall happy with our effort and performance,â&#x20AC;? said Eagles coach Shaun Fisher. 8QLW\OHGDIWHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHUDQG 31-16 at the half, while holding Frederic to just 10 points in the second half, and only four in the third quarter. Other Eagle scorers included point guard Zac Johnson with seven points, Bader had six, Hunter Fjorden, Ruck and Nathan Heimstead HDFKKDGĂ&#x20AC;YHSRLQWV:DUGIRXUDQG&ROH Garvey, two. The Vikings were led by Roman Poirier with eight points, Zac Schmidt, six, Irric Erickson, four, and Greg Peterson, Zane Matz, Mark Olson and Ben Kurkowski each added two. 6W&URL[)DOOV:HEVWHU ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Robert Scherrer made his coaching debut with the Webster Tiger boys basketball team on Friday, Dec. 6, against a tough-to-beat Saints squad, but the Tigers fell 69-43. It was also WKH7LJHUVĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHRIWKHVHDVRQDIWHU WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWVFKHGXOHGQRQFRQIHUHQFHJDPH was postponed due to weather conditions. ´)RU RXU Ă&#x20AC;UVW JDPH RI WKH \HDU , ZDV pleased with different aspects of the game,â&#x20AC;? Scherrer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We rebounded the ball pretty well, especially Dade (McCarthy), Grant (Preston) and Michael (Johnson). I was also pleased with our bigs underneath defending a tough inside 8QLW\V'\ODQ5XFNJRHVXSIRUWZRSRLQWVDJDLQVWWKH9LNLQJVRQ)ULGD\'HFz3KRWRE\ game of St. Croix Falls.â&#x20AC;? McCarthy led the Tigers with eight re- 0DUW\6HHJHU

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did a great job of rebounding, passing and inside defense. It took our team a while to adjust to Jared being on the bench, but our defense remained solid, and we did enough things to get the win.â&#x20AC;? The Pirates are in a rebuilding mode and struggling with numbers, size and experience. Returning only one senior, Jacob Ohnstad, Grantsburg Pirates will have a tough row to hoe this season.

Head coach Nick Hallberg was not pleased with the young Pirates. â&#x20AC;?We are still not doing enough consistently to expect to win. We showed some signs on Friday but need to be better in every area of the game.â&#x20AC;? Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David St. John led the Dragons with 17 points followed by Grantsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ohnstad with 14.

Dragons have their way with young Pirates SirenĂ&#x2022;sexperiencetoo muchforGrantsburg 6LUHQ*UDQWVEXUJ Scott Hoffman |Staff writer SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A young Grantsburg Pirates JLUOVWHDPSXWXSDJRRGĂ&#x20AC;JKWEXWZHUH unable to put together a complete effort, losing to the Siren Dragons on Friday, Dec. 6. Grantsburg never really got too far behind and had several opportunities to make it a good game, but it always seemed to slip away at the most inopportune moment. A missed pass, turnovers and especially traveling calls seemed to plague the Pirates but Siren had trouble with their ball handling themselves. Rookie head coach John Dickensen has his work cut out for him with only one senior, Macy Hanson, and no juniors. â&#x20AC;?We are a young team, and our focus has been making positive steps this year to keep improving. I thought we took another good step on Friday. Overall, we played a pretty good game, but we made too many mistakes and missed too many free throws (3 for 14) down the stretch to win against a more experienced Siren team who capitalized on those mistakes.â&#x20AC;? The Pirates leading scorer was Hanson with 15 points and six rebounds followed by Olivia Tucker, eight points, seven rebounds, and Violet Ohnstad had six points and three rebounds. Leading the Dragons in scoring was Caitlynn Daniels with 15 points followed by Haley Peterson with seven. *UDQWVEXUJV-RUG\Q0F.HQ]LHLVKDUDVVHG E\ 6LUHQV 1R  +RSH 3HWHUVRQ RQ )ULGD\ 'HFDW6LUHQz3KRWRVE\6FRWW+RIIPDQ

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Girls games Luck 50, Frederic 47 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; What a game! Siren 57, Webster 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dragons are already looking like league champs. St. Croix Falls 49, Turtle Lake 39 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The defending champs have yet to hit their stride. St. Croix Falls 50, Grantsburg 39 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like it! Clayton 44, Unity 37 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Eagles are getting ever-so-close to turning it around. Boys games St. Croix Falls 66, Grantsburg 44 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Make no mistake, the Saints are for real. Siren 58, Webster 33 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dragons make it look easy. Luck 57, Frederic 42 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Cards cruise after Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scare. Unity 49, Clear Lake 36 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Eagles donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly soar, yet still win comfortably. The Swami answers all emails and can be reached at predictionking@yahoo.com


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CWD sampling update other CWD positive deer being detected. With the completion of the recent nineday deer gun season, local wildlife staff and volunteers collected approximately 460 samples. Samples are still needed for adult deer harvested within the two-mile radius, so hunters are strongly encouraged to help out by submitting those tissue samples. A big thank-you goes out to all the hunters, concerned citizens and cooperating businesses that helped make this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sampling a success. Results from CWD samples submitted during the nine-day deer gun season will start going out to hunters in mid- to late December. Results may be checked online by visiting dnr.wi.gov, keyword â&#x20AC;&#x153;CWD results.â&#x20AC;? Hunters can then enter the sample number from the silver medallion corresponding to the deer and search for their results. For more information about CWD and updates for Northwest Wisconsin visit: dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/cwdnorth.html or knowcwd.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the DNR

SofarĆ&#x201A;noadditional CWDĹ&#x2018;positive deerdetected SPOONER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Since the discovery of a chronic wasting disease-positive adult doe in 2011 west of Shell Lake, the Department of Natural Resources has been testing adult deer within a 10-mile radius of the location of the CWD-positive doe. In 2012, the department, in cooperation with hunters, local taxidermists, processors, registration stations and car-kill deer pickup contractors, tested 1,074 adult deer (1-1/2 years old or older) within that 10mile intensive monitoring area. No additional CWD-positive deer were detected. This strongly suggests two things: 1. The disease has been caught early in its infection of the local deer herd. 2. The disease is at a low prevalence rate (one-tenth of 1 percent). In 2013, the department has again been testing within the 10-mile intensive monitoring area, with an overall sampling goal of 500 adult deer, 1-1/2 years and older. The goal of 500 was broken down to 125 samples within a two-mile radius around the initial positive, and 375 samples in the remainder of the 10-mile intensive monitoring area. Prior to the nine-day deer gun seaso, the department had collected approximately 23 tissue samples with no

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Snowmobile season on deck Pleasekeepthesled parkeduntiltrails areready! MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With winter storms powering through all parts of Wisconsin in recent days ushering in snow and cold, state recreational specialists are asking snowmobilers to prep their sleds for the season but to please hold off on hitting the trails until local authorities give you WKHJUHHQĂ DJ

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately, the decision to open trails is made at the local level,â&#x20AC;? Cathy Burrow, snowmobile trails grants manager for the state Department of Natural Resources, VD\VRIWKHPDQ\ORFDORIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVDQGFOXEV who care for the trails. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While most landowner agreements state that trails can open by Dec. 1, snow, standing crops, trail inspections and weather conditions can dictate the actual opening date, which LVDQQRXQFHGE\FRXQW\RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVÂľ Conservation Warden Todd Schaller, chief of the Bureau of Law Enforcementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recreational Safety Program, says sometimes overanxious snowmobilers can cre-

ate problems by using the trails before WKH\KDYHEHHQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\RSHQHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to being irresponsible, unsafe and illegal, it greatly threatens the landowner agreements that the club members have worked so hard to obtain and has resulted in closing large portions of trails throughout the state,â&#x20AC;? Schaller says. Snowmobile trail information such as conditions and openings can be found through county foresters, park and recUHDWLRQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVORFDOVQRZPRELOHFOXEV local chambers of commerce, and on the Snow Conditions Report on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website. Wisconsin ranks among the top states in providing snowmobile trails, Burrow says. The DNR provides $5.8 million in grants to maintain more than 18,700 miles of trails in the state. Schaller says the DNR urges snow-

mobiles to stay on the trail and ride responsibly. Here are among the top things Schaller says snowmobilers can do now to prep for a fun, safe season: â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure your registration or nonresident trail passes are valid before you ride. â&#x20AC;˘ All riders at least age 12 and born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, are required to have a YDOLGVQRZPRELOHVDIHW\FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWH â&#x20AC;˘ Practice Zero Alcohol, which is a personal choice not to drink alcohol until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done riding for the day. â&#x20AC;˘ Review the snowmobile regulation pamphlet so you know the laws. All the information and details mentioned above can be found by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for â&#x20AC;&#x153;snowmobile.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the DNR

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FREDERIC - The snow that arrived last week has set the stage for a great Nordic skiing season in western Wisconsin. With early-season weather cold enough to freeze the ground, the new snow should be in place for the winter. The 6 to 8 inches of new snow that fell last week was groomed over the weekend, and there is enough base to open the trails. Right now the trails need a bit more snow to allow tracks to be set for classic skiing, but there is a solid 4-inch deck for skate skiing. Volunteers from the Viking Ski Club were rested and ready when the snow fell and immediately began rolling a base that set up nicely with the following cold weather. norwiski.com or skinnyski.com. The Coon Lake Trail, just east of Coon Lake on Ash Street, has a little over four kilometers of groomed trail, and the Trade River Trail, 1-1/2 miles south of Frederic on150th Avenue, has grown to about eight kilometers. Both trails are groomed for

classic and skating, with tracks set when a VXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWEDVHLVSUHVHQW Grooming is done by local volunteers, and donation boxes are provided at both locations. There is no charge to ski, but donations are appreciated to help with the cost of grooming and maintaining the trails. Volunteers put in many hours during the year to clear brush, mow, grub out exposed roots and rocks from the trails, plus the grooming to maintain a smooth and safe skiing surface that needs to be redone often to compact new snow, and remove wear patterns from skiers. Winter street access to Coon Lake is provided on the north side from Elm Street. For more information on the local trails call 800-222-POLK or 715-485-4294 or visit polkcountytourism.com. For information on area or regional cross-county skiing trails, events and the latest trail conditions, visit norwiski.com or skinnyski.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted by the Viking Ski Club, Frederic


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Polk Home Care shutdown completed

64 patients transitioned, 14 employees laid off

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The shutdown of the Polk County Home Care Program is almost complete. The last of the 64 patients served by the program at the end of August has just been transitioned. The last nine of the 15 employees will be laid off Dec. 31. The program, founded in 1967, was directed to be phased out by the Polk County Board last August. Details on the progress of the phaseout were presented at the board of health meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10. The transition of the 64 patients involved a number of options. Eighteen were discharged, and 46 ended up with other care provisions. The 18 included 11 short-term patients whose discharge from

care was planned. Of the remaining, six refused a new care provider and are being taken care of by themselves or their family, and one entered a nursing home. The other 46 patients were transferred to nine other home-care service options, with Good Samaritan Home Care in St. Croix Falls accepting 17 of the group. Indianhead HC took nine patients, Adoray took eight, and the rest were spread out in ones and twos with other services. The last transition is being completed this week. Polk Home Care employed 15 people full and part time at the start of the phaseout. One of those workers resigned in August, shortly after the county board vote, and the remainder were laid off as the patient group decreased over the past three months. The remaining nine employees include six part-time people and three full-time people, including Caralynn Hodgson, the home care su-

pervisor. Hodgson has been helping the SDWLHQWVĂ&#x20AC;QGDOWHUQDWLYHRSWLRQVGXUing the past months. She said none of the original 15 employees found other positions within the county government, except for one nurse, who is working part time at Golden Age Manor. The 46-year-old home-care service was closed by a county board vote of 13 to 10 at the Aug. 20 board meeting. The resolution to close the home-care service states that the original need for the service had been met over the years as other providHUVHQWHUHGWKHFDUHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQGWKDWWKH\FDQ now serve the patients. Despite a variety of funding sources that paid for the care of the patients, Polk County Home Care was not self-funded. It cost the county an average of $374,220 a year over the past 10 years in general fund dollars to operate the service.

Polk Home Care received top honor Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Polk County Home Care Program, which has now been phased out, received a top honor in 2013. The minutes of the Nov. 12, 2013, board of health meeting tells the story, as reported to the board by the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor, Caralynn Hodgson. She reported that the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;earn(ed) placement on the 2013 HomeCare Elite listing as one of the top tier Home Health Care Agencies in the United States. OCS HomeCare uses publicly available data to name the top 25 percent of agencies in the United States based on the following measures: quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation and financial management. Of the 26 Wisconsin home-care agencies listed, four were county-run agencies and Polk County Home Care was the only agency listed that serves Polk County.â&#x20AC;?

After nearly a decade, SCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;cat houseâ&#x20AC;? to be razed

City buys home after years of negotiations

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After years of languishing negotiations, the city of St. Croix Falls and the heirs of the late Dorothy :HLQKDUGWĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\UHDFKHGDQDJUHHPHQW for the purchase of the infamous â&#x20AC;&#x153;cat houseâ&#x20AC;? home along the St. Croix River, as the city will soon have the toxic, dilapidated home razed, to make room for the future wastewater treatment plant expansion. The home at 209 River St. became a black eye of sorts for the city back in the fall of 2004, when an Xcel Energy utility worker went in to make a repair and reported hundreds of cats, many of them apparently dead, in the home. He also noted inches of feces and human waste throughout the home. The subsequent investigation by the Polk County Health Department led to an intervention by authorities. It was discovered that Weinhardt, 86 years old at the time, and two relatives, daughter Jean Weinhardt-Bloomquist, 47 at the time, and son-in-law, Wayne Bloomquist, 52 at the time, all lived in the residence. The three had been hoarding hundreds of cats, many of which were diseased, dead or dying. After multiple cleanup attempts, the Ă&#x20AC;QDOFRXQWRIFDWVZDV The cats that were still alive were so diseased, sick and upset that they bit Ă&#x20AC;UHĂ&#x20AC;JKWHUV WKURXJK WKHLU KD]PDW VXLWV (YHQWXDOO\ RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV RUGHUHG WKH KRPH condemned, and the courts ordered the remaining animals euthanized in the home. They were all eventually cremated at a veterinary facility in Clear Lake. )LUHĂ&#x20AC;JKWHUVDQGKHDOWKGHSDUWPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVFRPSDUHGWKHFOHDQXSDNLQWRWKDW of a cleaning up a methamphetamine lab, and nobody was allowed inside without a full hazmat suit. Dorothy Weinhardt had been charged with being a party to a crime of three misdemeanors: intentionally mistreating animals, maintaining an improper animal shelter and having an intentionally improper shelter and sanitation. After almost a year of negotiations and hearings, the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office reached a plea agreement with Weinhardt, reducing the three misdemeanors down to one charge of being a party to a crime of having an improper indoor aniPDOVKHOWHU6KHZDVĂ&#x20AC;QHGDQGVHQtenced to nine months in jail, which was stayed. Weinhardt was also placed on probation for a year, with court-ordered mental exams and a ruling to no longer own or possess any animals. Her daughter and son-in-law agreed to similar sentences. Dorothy Weinhardt passed away at the age of 92 in April 2011 in Wyoming, Minn. The fate of her daughter and son-in-law is unknown, but both listed a North Branch, Minn., address as their last residence in court records. Restitution on the cleanup and euthanizing, disposal of the animals and other costs were to be taken up in civil court, and the home cleanup costs spiraled, approaching $50,000 at the last tally. That cost included replacement of the dozens

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The con- reputation, the estimate from the excaThe council wasted little time approvdemnation order clouded the fate of the YDWLRQ Ă&#x20AC;UP GLG QRW HYHQ PHQWLRQ WKH ing Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trucking bid to raze and rehome and raised multiple legal issues. It address, instead referring to the project move the home, with the urine-soaked affected the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to reach an simply as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cat house demo.â&#x20AC;? materials reportedly going to a waste agreement with family members in a neAt their Dec. 9 regular meeting, city transfer station in Chisago County, gotiated buyout of the home, and became Administrator Joel Peck told the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minn., although Peck said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reD VWLFNLQJ SRLQW RI ZKR ERUH WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO FRPPRQ FRXQFLO WKDW WKH\ KDG Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ ally care where the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toxic materials responsibility for the associated costs of reached a negotiated settlement with the eventually ended up being disposed of. cleanup and other outstanding bills. Weinhardt family over the purchase, alâ&#x20AC;&#x153;All we care about is that we see tailAs the case languished in the courts, lowing for the razing. lights (of the hauling trucks),â&#x20AC;? Peck said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the new owners of 209 River with a shrug. the status of the home also was up in the air. Several members of the St. Croix Falls St.,â&#x20AC;? Peck said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really like to get Historical Society urged authorities to do rid of it.â&#x20AC;? all they could to save the home, which was among the oldest surviving structures in the city. According to multiple accounts, the home at 209 River St. was originally constructed in 1876 by the late Dorothy WeinGREEN BAY - The Green hardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father-in-law, Isaac Swenson. He later changed his last name to Weinhardt Bay Packers and Humana after settling in St. Croix Falls. The house Inc. honored 10 Community was never on the National Historic Reg- Quarterback Award winners ister of Historic Places, but was noted for Tuesday, Nov. 19, and hosted its historic place as one of the St. Croix the recipients at a luncheon in the Legends Club inside the Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest river homes. In recent years, the city continued to Lambeau Field Atrium. The negotiate with family members over the recipients were recognized property, as the city wanted the prop- for their work in the commuerty as a sort of insurance policy on their nity. Nancy Sigsworth of Amery wastewater treatment plant expansion and reconstruction. The new WWTP received the award for her headworks building is currently under work with Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry construction right next door to the north. and Polk County Christians 1DQF\6LJVZRUWKRI$PHU\LVRQHRIUHFLSLHQWVRIWKH The St. Croix Falls Common Council in Action. Each Community &RPPXQLW\4XDUWHUEDFN$ZDUGIRUKHUYROXQWHHUZRUNZLWK Quarterback Award winner had several closed-session meetings to discuss the issue and reportedly had a received a $4,000 grant for 5XE\V3DQWU\DQG3RON&RXQW\&KULVWLDQVLQ$FWLRQz3KRWR number of back-and-forth offers over the KLVKHUQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WJURXSDQG VXEPLWWHG two tickets to the Sunday, years. who demonstrate leadership, dedicaIn the end, the city agreed to pur- Dec. 22, Packers versus Pittschase the property for approximately burgh Steelers game where they will be tion and a commitment to bettering their $80,000,with the sale being closed in re- UHFRJQL]HGRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG7KHZLQQHUVZLOO communities through volunteerism. The cent weeks. Under the agreement, the city be seated in the new Festival Foods MVP volunteers are not compensated for their will pay Weinhardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heirs approximately Deck, and their tickets will include food services. The award is presented by Humana $70,000 and use the remainder of the pur- and beverage throughout the game. Funded by the Green Bay Packers, Inc., which provided each winner with chase money to clear the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal bill with the Remington Law Firm and Green Bay Packers Foundation, NFL the tickets in the Festival Foods MVP Foundation and Humana Inc., the Com- Deck. In addition, Humana contribFOHDUDQ\UHPDLQLQJĂ&#x20AC;QHVRUIHHV The estate had been in limbo in Polk munity Quarterback Award recognizes uted $20,000, bringing the total amount outstanding volunteers within the state of awarded to $40,000. - submitted County probate since her death in 2011. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;QDOFRXQFLOWKHQDSSURYHGDQHV- :LVFRQVLQ1RQSURĂ&#x20AC;W F  RUJDQL]Dtimate of just under $10,000 from Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tions nominated outstanding volunteers

Nancy Sigsworth receives Community Quarterback Award


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The worst kind of storm last week

Winter storms cost Polk County $3,000 an hour

should go into action, when they will do the most good. Once the crews are out, highway cleaning continues until the roads are cleared and the storm controlled. Warndahl said there is an advantage to have the â&#x20AC;&#x153;state trucks,â&#x20AC;? the trucks that clear the state and federal highGregg Westigard|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The winter storm last week was ways like 35 and 8, based at the drivers homes and not the worst kind for highway clearance, an example of the based at the highway garage in Balsam Lake. He said â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfect stormâ&#x20AC;? in Polk County Highway Commissioner the state trucks are spread out over the county, and the Steve Warndahlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words. The snow came down fast and drivers can react rapidly to changing conditions on roads wet, with mixed sleet, and the weather then turned very such as the hill coming out of the St. Croix River Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want these trucks on the scene as soon as possible,â&#x20AC;? cold. Warndahl told highway committee members last Warndahl said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a big advantage to have equipped Thursday, Dec. 5, that the roads must be immediately trucks that can respond quickly.â&#x20AC;? Warndahl said the drivers are on the roads in minutes cleaned after this kind of a storm or the highways will stay bad until there is a thaw. Frozen and ice-covered when called out. He said the state trucks are called out roads could remain dangerous for a long time if they are more often than the trucks that clear the 330 miles of county highways, and the six trucks are assigned to the not cleared. Warndahl said a key decision with a storm such as this URXWHVZLWKWKHPRVWWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FLQWKHFRXQW\ The quick response time is reason enough to keep the LVZKHQWRFDOORXWWKHWUXFNV7KHGULYHUVDQGWKHĂ HHW of plow trucks stand ready for work, with their boxes state trucks based at the drivers homes, Warndahl said, ORDGHGZLWKEULQHRUVDOWVDQG%XWWKHĂ HHWQHHGVWREH but added that there is no space for them at the garage in Balsam Lake even if they wanted to change the policy. sent out when it will do the most good. 7KHGHFLVLRQRQZKHQWRGLVSDWFKWKHĂ HHWFRXOGVDYH the county $3,000 an hour, the cost of putting the trucks 2WKHUKLJKZD\EXVLQHVV The job of highway commissioner is changing from a and drivers on the road. Warndahl said the department crew supervisors are out on the road assessing each position elected for a four-year term to an appointed postorm in different parts of the county. It is their call as to VLWLRQZLWKQRĂ&#x20AC;[HGWHUP&RXQW\$GPLQLVWUDWRU'DQD when the storm has reached the point where the trucks Frey told the committee that statutes change the hiring

process when a county goes to the administrator system form of government. Warndahlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-year term as highway commissioner ends Dec. 31 under the old system. Warndahl has been appointed by Frey to continue in his position on Jan. 1, 2014, if the county board approves the change in December. Warndahl said the department has made some changes in its hiring tests, so the tests are more related to the skills needed for the heavy equipment operator job. He said the department wants to develop a list to hire from in the future. Kathy Bohn, the highway department administration VXSHUYLVRUVDLGWKHKLJKZD\Ă&#x20AC;QDQFHVIRUWKH\HDUDUH looking good. She said the reserve is up and called that â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent.â&#x20AC;? The construction project costs are coming LQXQGHUEXGJHW)LQDOĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOUHVXOWVZLOOEHDYDLODEOH next month. Warndahl reported that the cheese brine innovation initiated by Polk County continues to receive national publicity. For example, The Week magazine, in its Dec. 6 issue, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good week for closing your car windows, DIWHU:LVFRQVLQKLJKZD\RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVEHJDQWHVWLQJDVDOW\ smelly byproduct of cheese making, known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cheese brine,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to deice the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really mind (the odor), said highway worker Emil Norby, who came up with the idea. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Our roads smell like Wisconsin!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

Ski trails open, proposal for airport industrial park

Council actions Monday, Jan. 13, is the date set for the caucus to nominate village board candidates for the April 2014 election. The caucus can nominate up to six candidates for the three seats open this spring. The incumbents whose twoyear terms are ending are Val Johnson, Earl Mosley and Comments news The Lions Holiday in the Park is off to a good start Greg Peer. The council once again heard a detailed report on this year, Carol Zeiler reported, with 18 displays near Memory Lake. She said the roads are plowed and she is the public works department and a brief report on the happy to see new groups taking part in the event. There police department. Public works director Chris Bartlett was some talk about making sure each display has a gave an overview on the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions since the last meeting, including the progress of a new employee holiday theme. The Grantsburg ski trails are groomed and open for getting his licenses. There was some discussion about WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH LQ \HDUV 5RG .OHLVV WROG WKH ERDUG 7KH calling the village crew out early in the day to start snow Ă&#x20AC;UVWWZRNLORPHWHUVRIWUDLOZHUHJURRPHGDVVRRQDVWKH UHPRYDOXVLQJĂ H[LEOHKRXUV That was followed by the report of police Chief Jeff snow settled and more trails will be open by the weekend. Kleiss said skiers can access the trail by parking Schinzing who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have seen my written report south of Memory Lake and crossing the dam to follow on calls for the month.â&#x20AC;? He said there is some discussion

Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MFL program - Can it work you for? Mike Grinyer | Special to the Leader POLK COUNTY - Owning your own piece of forestland is great; getting the tax bill this month, not so great. Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Managed Forest Law can provide a ELJSURSHUW\WD[EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWRZRRGODQGRZQHUV,W¡VQRWD free ride; there are trade-offs to consider that may, or may not, be in line with your goals. In short, the MFL gives a forestland owner of 10 or PRUHHOLJLEOHDFUHVDVXEVWDQWLDOSURSHUW\WD[EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLQ exchange for agreeing to practice sound forestry for a period of 25 or 50 years. There are a lot of details that Ă HVKRXWWKLVVLPSOHFRQFHSW,¡YHDVVLVWHGODQGRZQHUV enrolling in this program since its inception in 1987. Following are answers to common questions Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received through the years. 1. How much money can I save? Lots. This is the primary reason for considering the MFL. A new entry will be taxed $10.68 per acre instead of your regular property tax. Example: a wooded 40-acre parcel is currently taxed at $1,600 per year. Under the MFL, the owner would pay $427.20; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a savings of $1,172.80 annually! There is also a yield tax due if and when timber is harvested. This approximates 5 percent of the value RIWKHKDUYHVW,W¡VLPSRUWDQWWRFRQVLGHU\RXUVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F property tax situation. The preceding example assumes you do not allow public access to your property, which leads to the next question. 2. Will I have to let other people hunt on my property? No. On a new entry you can close (restrict access on) up to 160 acres per ownership within a municipality. Some large landowners split their ownership among family members or create separate legal entities to allow posting of more acreage. If you want to OHDYH\RXUODQGRSHQWRSXEOLFKXQWLQJĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJKLNLQJ etc., the annual tax you pay is lowered to $2.14 per acre per year. One is never required to allow motor vehicle access. 3. Will this be good or bad for wildlife habitat? Good. On most properties the prescribed management will be very positive for a variety of wildlife inFOXGLQJGHHUWXUNH\DQGJURXVH7RHQUROODFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG plan writer must develop a forest management plan for your property. The planning process will reveal what management options are suitable for your forest types and your property goals. Most MFL entries will have

one or more required harvests during their 25- or 50year enrollment period. Up to 20 percent of your entry can be either nonwooded (marsh, meadow, etc.) or designated as a No Management Zone. Not every acre has to be managed the same way or for the same objective. 4. Can I have a cabin on the property? Yes. The program allows for seasonal-use cabins and related buildings on MFL land. There are guidelines as to what structures are permitted. If you think a structure or building site may be used as a permanent residence or for commercial use, it is best to exclude that part of the property from the entry. 5. What happens if I sell the property? The program runs with the property until it expires or an owner ZLWKGUDZVLWIURPWKH0)/7KHUHLVDĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOSHQalty if a person withdraws early from the program; it QHJDWHVWKHHIIHFWRIWKHWD[EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WDFFUXHGRYHUWKH years of enrollment. In other words, it does add up. +RZGR,HQUROO"<RXKLUHDFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGSODQZULWHU to develop the required forest-management plan and application packet. The CPW serves as a guide in the enrollment process. 7. When do I enroll? The MFL management plan and application must be submitted by your CPW to the DNR by June 1 to be effective the following Jan. 1. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot involved in the process so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to start early. ,VWKH0DQDJHG)RUHVW/DZDJRRGĂ&#x20AC;WIRUP\VLWXDtion? If you want to promote wildlife habitat, improve your forest, discourage subdivision and, of course, save RQWD[HVWKLVSURJUDPFDQEHDQH[FHOOHQWĂ&#x20AC;W If you think the use of the property may change, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make a long-term commitment or you simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a tree harvested for any reason, then the MFL may not be for you. For more information visit the DNRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, dnr. wi.gov, and search the keywords MFL Program SumPDU\IRUPRUHSURJUDPLQIRUPDWLRQDQG&3:WRĂ&#x20AC;QG D FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG SODQ ZULWHU <RXU '15 IRUHVWHU LV DOVR DQ excellent source of information. Michael Grinyer has written over 700 MFL plans since the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 1987, initially as a Wisconsin DNR IRUHVWHUDQGFXUUHQWO\DVDFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGSODQZULWHU+HDQGKLV wife, Janice, operate Grinyer Forestry Consulting LLC based in Otter, Mont.

with the county about equal share-time issues on calls. Schinzing did report that thieves drove off with a work site construction trailer during the middle of the night Sunday/Monday while the work crew was working inside the Holiday station on Hwy. 70. The theft happened about 2:30 Monday morning and the thieves were last seen heading west toward Minnesota.

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Gregg Westigard | Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Much of the news from the Grantsburg Village Board meeting Monday, Dec. 9, came during the public comments section at the start of the meeting. The board did set the date for the caucus and discussed public works issues in a short business meeting. All council members except Greg Peer were present. The Grantsburg Village Board now meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Mondays at 5 p.m.

the groomed track into the forest. Grantsburg should build a new industrial park near the airport, Mark Dahlberg told the council. He said that would be a prime location to bring the next group of businesses to the village. Dahlberg said that Rep. Sean Duffy had recently helped Hayward receive $6 million in federal funding for a project like this and thought Grantsburg could also get similar aid.

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(Nov.  27,  Dec.  4,  11) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY CENTRAL  BANK 2270  Frontage  Road  West Stillwater,  MN  55082, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES  S.  MEYER 110  Polk  Parkway St.  Croix  Falls,  WI  54024, J.M.  REFRIGERATION   HEATING  &  AIR   CONDITIONING  CO. 110  Polk  Parkway St.  Croix  Falls,  WI  54024 and GE  COMMERCIAL   DISTRIBUTION  FINANCE   CORPORATION P.O.  Box  958067 Hoffman  Estates,  IL  60195 Defendants. Case  No.  13-­CV-­172 Case  Type:  30404 Contract/Replevin/Foreclosure NOTICE  OF FORECLOSURE  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   foreclosure   entered   on   July   17,   2013,   in   the   amount   of   $685,249.45,   against   James   S.   Meyer   and   J.M.   Refrigeration   Heating   &   Air   Conditioning   Co.,   the  Sheriff  will  sell  the  described   premises   at   public   auction   as   follows: TIME:  Jan.  9,  2014,  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,   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   check   or   certified   funds,   payable   to   the   clerk   of   courts   (personal   checks   cannot   and   will   not   be   accepted).   The   balance   of   the   successful  bid  must  be  paid  to   the   clerk   of   courts   in   cash,   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   check   or   certified   funds   no   later   than   ten   days   after   the   courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   confirmation   of   the   sale   or   else   the   10%   down   payment   is   forfeited   to   the   plaintiff.     The   property   is   sold   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;as   isâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   and   subject   to   all   liens  and  encumbrances. PLACE: In   the   foyer   area   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   Street,   in   the   City   of   Balsam   Lake,  Polk  County. DESCRIPTION:     Lot   Four   (4)   and  the  East  53.35  feet  of  Lot   Three   (3)   of   CSM   No.   946   recorded   in   Volume   4   of   Certified   Survey   Maps,   page   192,  Doc.  No.  415744,  located   in   Lots   Seventy-­five   (75)   and   Seventy-­six   (76),   Assessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Plat   of   the   City   of   St.   Croix   Falls,   being   part   of   the   Northwest   Quarter   of   the   Northeast   Quarter   (NW   1/4   of   NE   1/4),   Section   Thirty   (30),   Township   Thirty-­four   (34)   North,   Range   Eighteen   (18)   West,  Polk  County,  Wisconsin.   Subject  to  and  together  with  all   easements  of  record. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   132   Middle  School  Drive,  St.  Croix   Falls,   WI,   54001.     PIN/Tax   ID   No.  281-­01069-­0000. Peter  Johnson Polk  County  Sheriff MURNANE  BRANDT Attorneys  for  Plaintiff 30  E.  7th  Street,  Suite  3200 St.  Paul,  MN  55101-­4919 Pursuant   to   the   Fair   Debt   Collection   Practices   Act   (15   U.S.C.   Section   1692),   we   are   required   to   state   that   we   are   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   on   our   clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   behalf   and   any   information   we   obtain   will   be   used  for  that  purpose.  >5(?37

(Dec.  11,  18,  25) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Ocwen  Loan  Servicing,  LLC  as   servicer  for  U.S.  Bank  National   Association,  as  Successor   Trustee,  to  Bank  of  America,   National  Association  as   successor  by  merger  to  LaSalle   Bank  National  Association,  as   Trustee,  for  Ownit  Mortgage   Loan  Trust,  Ownit  Mortgage   Loan  Asset  Backed  Certificates,   Series  2006-­6 Plaintiff vs.

(Dec.  11,  18,  25) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Specialized  Loan  Servicing,  LLC   as  servicer  for  The  Bank  of  New   York  Mellon  fka  The  Bank  of   New  York,  as  Trustee  for  the   Certificate  Holders  of  the   CWABS,  Inc.,  Asset-­Backed   Certificates,  Series  2006-­18 Plaintiff vs. BRIAN  HAAS,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:    12  CV  611 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE JAN.  M.  GUSEK,  et  al. PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   Defendant(s) by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   foreclosure  entered  on  March  6,   Case  No:  12  CV  202 2013,   in   the   amount   of   NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE $119,638.92,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   the  described  premises  at  public   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ auction  as  follows: closure   entered   on   May   30,   TIME:  January  7,  2014,  at  10:00   2012,   in   the   amount   of   a.m. $124,969.39,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ the  described  premises  at  public   iff   sale,   prospective   buyer   is   auction  as  follows: consenting  to  be  bound  by  the   TIME:  January  7,  2014,  at  10:00   following  terms: a.m. 1.)   10%   down   in   cash   or   money   order   at   the   time   of   TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   iff   sale,   prospective   buyer   is   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   consenting  to  be  bound  by  the   failure   to   pay   balance   due   following  terms: will  result  in  forfeit  of  deposit   1.)   10%   down   in   cash   or   to  plaintiff. money   order   at   the   time   of   2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   brances. failure   to   pay   balance   due   3.)   Plaintiff   opens   bidding   on   will  result  in  forfeit  of  deposit   the  property,  either  in  person   to  plaintiff. or   via   fax   and   as   recited   by   2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   the   sheriff   department   in   the   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ event   that   no   opening   bid   is   brances. offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   3.)   Plaintiff   opens   bidding   on   right   to   request   the   sale   be   the  property,  either  in  person   declared   as   invalid   as   the   or   via   fax   and   as   recited   by   sale  is  fatally  defective. the   sheriff   department   in   the   PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   event   that   no   opening   bid   is   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   Street,  Balsam  Lake,  Wis. right   to   request   the   sale   be   declared   as   invalid   as   the   DESCRIPTION:   The   following   described   real   estate   in   Polk   sale  is  fatally  defective. County,   State   of   Wisconsin,   a   PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   parcel  of  real  estate  located  in   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   the   Southwest   Quarter   of   the Street,  Balsam  Lake,  Wis. Southeast  Quarter  (SW  1/4  SE   DESCRIPTION:   Parcel   1:   Lots   1/4)   of   Section   Twenty-­one 13   and   14,   Block   46,   Original   (21),   Township   Thirty-­three   Plat   of   the   City   of   St.   Croix   (33)  North,  Range  Sixteen  (16)   Falls,  Polk  County,  Wisconsin. West   and   described   as   fol-­ Parcel   2:   Lot   30,   Block   53,   lows:   Commencing   at   the First  Addition  to  the  City  of  St.   Northwest   Corner   of   the Croix   Falls,   Polk   County,   Southwest   Quarter   of   the   Wisconsin.   Together   with   that   Southeast  Quarter  (SW  1/4  SE   portion   of   vacated   Massachu-­ 1/4)   of   Section   Twenty-­one (21),   thence   South   on   the setts   Street   lying   between   Lot   West   Line   of   said   SW   1/4 30,   Block   53,   First   Addition   to   SE   1/4   22   Rods,   thence   due the  City  of  St.  Croix  Falls,  and East   to   the   West   Line   of   Old   Lot   13   Block   46   Original   Plat State   Highway   46   as   laid   out   of   the   City   of   St.   Croix   Falls,   prior   to   1948,   thence   North   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   as   along   the   West   Line   of   said   per   Resolution   No.   01-­22   Old   State   Highway   No.   46   to   recorded  October  15,  2001,  in the   North   Line   of   said   Forty,   Volume   892   on   Page   763   as thence  West  on  the  North  Line Document  No.  620825.   of   said   Forty   to   the   point   of   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   344   beginning. North   Adams   Street,   Saint   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   821   Croix  Falls,  WI  54024. Wisconsin  Avenue,  Amery,  WI   TAX  KEY  NO.:  281-­00767-­0000   54001 &  281-­00094-­0000. TAX  KEY  NO.:  032-­00604-­0000 Dated   this   30th   day   of   Dated   this   7th   day   of   October,  2013. November,  2013. /s/Sheriff  Peter  M.  Johnson /s/Sheriff  Peter  M.  Johnson Polk  County  Sheriff Polk  County  Sheriff Alyssa  A.  Johnson Sara  M.  Schmeling Blommer  Peterman,  S.C. Blommer  Peterman,  S.C. State  Bar  No.  1086085 State  Bar  No.  1086879 165  Bishops  Way,  Suite  100 165  Bishops  Way,  Suite  100 Brookfield,  WI  53005 Brookfield,  WI  53005 262-­790-­5719 262-­790-­5719 Please   go   to   www.blommer-­ Please   go   to   www.blommer-­ peterman.com   to   obtain   the   bid   peterman.com   to   obtain   the   bid   for   this   sale.   Blommer   Peter-­ for   this   sale.   Blommer   Peter-­ man,  S.C.,  is  the  creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  attor-­ man,   S.C.,   is   the   creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   ney   and   is   attempting   to   collect   attorney   and   is   attempting   to   a   debt   on   its   behalf.   Any   infor-­ collect  a  debt  on  its  behalf.  Any   mation  obtained  will  be  used  for   information   obtained   will   be   that  purpose. used  for  that  purpose.  >5(?37  >5(?37


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(Dec.  11,  18,  25) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY CIVIL  DIVISION BANK  OF  AMERICA,  N.A Plaintiff vs. JAMIE  BOOTH;Íž Defendants NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE Case  No.  12  CV  525 Case  Code  No.  30404 PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   foreclosure   entered   on   April   19,   2013,   in   the   amount   of   $175,811.53,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  January  9,  2014,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS: 1.  10%  down  in  cash  or  money   order  at  the  time  of  sale;Íž  bal-­ ance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to  pay  balance  due  will  result   in   forfeit   of   deposit   to   plain-­ tiff. 2.   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.   Buyer   to   pay   applicable   Wisconsin   Real   Estate   Transfer   Tax   from   the   pro-­ ceeds   of   the   sale   upon   con-­ firmation  of  the  court. PLACE:   Lobby   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,  WI  54810. PROPERTY   DESCRIPTION:   Lot  One  (1)  of  Certified  Survey   Map   No.   4420,   being   located   in   the   Southeast   One-­quarter (1/4)   of   the   Northeast   One-­ quarter  (1/4)  of  Section  Twen-­ ty-­seven   (27),   in   Township   Thirty-­five   (35)   North,   Range   Eighteen   (18)   West,   in   the Town   of   Eureka,   Polk   County,   Wis.,  recorded  in  the   Office  of   the  Register  of  Deeds  for  Polk   County,   Wisconsin   in   Volume 19  of  Certified  Survey  Maps  at Page  201,  as  6.  677673. TAX  KEY  NO.:  020-­00685-­0110. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   1969   200th  St.,  Centuria,  Wisconsin   54824. Adam  C.  Lueck State  Bar  No.  1081386 Attorney  for  Plaintiff 230  W.  Monroe  St.,  Suite  1125 Chicago,  IL  60606 Phone:  312-­541-­9710 Johnson,   Blumberg   &   Associ-­ ates,   LLC,   is   the   creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   at-­ torney   and   is   attempting   to   collect  a  debt  on  its  behalf.    Any   information   obtained   will   be   used  for  that  purpose.   >5(?37

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(Dec.  11) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Midland  Funding  LLC  as  suc-­ (Dec.  4,  11,  18) cessor  in  interest  to  Wells  Fargo   STATE  OF  WISCONSIN Bank,  N.A. CIRCUIT  COURT c/o  Messerli  &  Kramer  P.A. POLK  COUNTY 3033  Campus  Drive  Suite  250 Plymouth,  MN  55441 Bank  of  America,  N.A. Plaintiff(s) Plaintiff vs. vs. (Dec.  11,  18,  25) Lauren  Jacobs DEBRA  K.  MATTSON,  et  al. STATE  OF  WISCONSIN 290  Zindaus  St. Defendant(s) CIRCUIT  COURT Osceola,  WI  54020 Case  No:    12  CV  425 POLK  COUNTY Defendant(s) NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   Publication  Summons ESTATE  OF PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   Case  No.  13SC767 by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   MARGARET  H.  NORDQUIST TO  THE  PERSON(S)  NAMED   foreclosure   entered   on   Novem-­ Notice  Setting  Time  to  Hear   ABOVE  AS  DEFENDANT(S): ber   28,   2012,   in   the   amount   of   Application  and  Deadline  for   You   are   being   sued   by   the   $273,578.80,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   Filing  Claims person(s)   named   above   as   the  described  premises  at  public   (Informal  Administration) Plaintiff(s).   A   copy   of   the   claim   auction  as  follows: Case  No.  13  PR  95 has   been   sent   to   you   at   your   TIME:  January  2,  2014,  at  10:00   address  as  stated  in  the  caption   PLEASE  TAKE  NOTICE: a.m. 1.   An   application   for   informal   above. TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ The  lawsuit  will  be  heard  in  the   iff   sale,   prospective   buyer   is   administration  was  filed. consenting  to  be  bound  by  the   2.   The   decedent,   with   date   of   following   Small   Claims   court:   County   Courthouse,   birth  June  11,  1917,  and  date  of   Polk   following  terms: 1.)   10%   down   in   cash   or   death   November   15,   2013,   was   Courtroom/Room   Number   300,   money   order   at   the   time   of   domiciled   in   Washington   Coun-­ 1005  West  Main  Street,  Balsam   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   ty,   State   of   Minnesota,   with   a   Lake,   WI   54810,   on   the   follow-­ days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   mailing   address   of   270   East   ing   date   and   time:   December   failure   to   pay   balance   due   Avenue,  Mahtomedi,  MN  55115. 23,  2013,  1:30  p.m. If   you   do   not   file   answer,   the   will  result  in  forfeit  of  deposit   3.   The   application   will   be   heard   at   the   Polk   County   court   may   enter   a   judgment   to  plaintiff. 2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   Courthouse,   Balsam   Lake,   Wis-­ against   you   in   favor   of   the   per-­ all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ consin,  Room  500,  before  Jenell   son(s)  suing  you. A   judgment   may   be   enforced   L.   Anderson,   Probate   Registrar,   brances. 3.)   Plaintiff   opens   bidding   on   on   January   3,   2014,   at   10:00   as   provided   by   law.   A   judgment   awarding  money  may  become  a   the  property,  either  in  person   a.m. or   via   fax   and   as   recited   by   You   do   not   need   to   appear   lien   against   any   real   estate   you   the   sheriff   department   in   the   unless   you   object.   The   appli-­ own   now   or   in   the   future,   and   event   that   no   opening   bid   is   cation  may  be  granted  if  there  is   may   also   be   enforced   by   gar-­ nishment  or  seizure  of  property. offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   no  objection. You   may   have   the   option   to   right   to   request   the   sale   be   4.   The   deadline   for   filing   a   declared   as   invalid   as   the   claim   against   the   decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   answer   without   appearing   in   court   on   the   court   date   by   filing   estate  is  March  3,  2014. sale  is  fatally  defective. 5.   A   claim   may   be   filed   at   the   a   written   answer   with   the   clerk   PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Office   of   Register   in   Probate,   of   court   before   the   court   date.   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Polk   County   Courthouse,   1005   You   must   send   a   copy   of   your   Street,  Balsam  Lake,  Wis. W.   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   answer  to  the  Plaintiff(s)  named   DESCRIPTION:  The  West  One-­ Wisconsin,  Suite  500. above  at  their  address.  You  may   half   of   the   Southeast   Quarter 6.   This   publication   is   notice   to   contact   the   clerk   of   court   at   the   (W  1/2  SE  1/4)  of  Section  One   any   persons   whose   names   or   telephone   number   above   to   (1),   Township   Thirty-­six   (36)   address  are  unknown. determine   if   there   are   other   North,   Range   Eighteen   (18)   Jenell  L.  Anderson methods   to   answer   a   Small   West,  Polk  County,  Wisconsin. Probate  Registrar Claims  complaint  in  that  county. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   1837   December  2,  2013 Patrick  D.  Newman 290th   Avenue,   Frederic,   WI   Plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Attorney Steven  J.  Swanson 54837. 763-­548-­7900 Attorney  at  Law TAX  KEY  NO.:  030-­00026-­0000   P.O.  Box  609 Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  State  Bar  Number:   &  030-­00027-­0000. #1093942 St.  Croix  Falls,  WI  54024 Messerli  &  Kramer  PA Dated   this   31st   day   of   Octo-­ 715-­483-­3787 November  21,  2013 ber,  2013. Bar  Number:  1003029   >5(?37   >5(?37 /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 Is Hiring For The Following Position: Please   go   to   www.blommer-­ peterman.com   to   obtain   the   bid   for   this   sale.   Blommer   Peter-­ man,   S.C.,   is   the   creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   (shifts vary between day/evening/night/weekend) attorney   and   is   attempting   to   Visit our Careers page at www.scrmc.org to complete an online collect  a  debt  on  its  behalf.  Any   application and to view the details of our current open positions. information   obtained   will   be    3HK An Equal Opportunity Employer used  for  that  purpose.  >5(?37

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(NLUKH! 0 *HSS [V 6YKLY 00 4PU\[LZ 000 -PUHUJPHS 9LWVY[Z 0= 6WLYH[PVUZ 9LWVY[ = <UMPUPZOLK )\ZPULZZ =0 5L^  3 )\ZPULZZ=00(KQV\YU NOTICE  OF  SCHOOL  BOARD  ELECTION School  District  of  St.  Croix  Falls (WI  Stats.  (s.120.06(6)  (b)) Notice   is   hereby   given   to   qualified   electors   of   the   School   District   of   St.   Croix   Falls   that   a   School   Board   Election   will   be   held  on  Tuesday,  April  1,  2014,  to  fill  the  following  position: Roni  Schuler  -­  School  Board  Vice  President  -­  3-­Year  Term Any   elector   desiring   to   be   a   candidate   for   a   position   on   the   School  Board  must  file  a  campaign  registration  statement  and  a   declaration  of  candidate  at: School  District  of  St.  Croix  Falls  District  Office 740  Maple  Drive  â&#x20AC;˘  St.  Croix  Falls,  WI  54024 Return   declaration   of   candidacy   form   to   the   District   Office   at   the  above  address  prior  to  5  p.m.,  January  7,  2014. District  boundary  information  can  be  found  on  the  Polk  County   website  at  www.co.polk.wi.us  under  maps. Dated  this  26th  day  of  November,  2013. Steve  Bont,  District  Clerk  3>5(?37

(Dec.  11,  18,  25) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY PennyMac  Corp. Plaintiff vs. RONALEE  M.  FENSKE,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:  12  CV  551 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   foreclosure  entered  on  March  7,   2013,   in   the   amount   of   $163,534.38,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  January  7,  2014,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ iff   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;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to   pay   balance   due   will  result  in  forfeit  of  deposit   to  plaintiff. 2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 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   open-­ ing   bid   is   offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   right   to   request   the  sale  be  declared  as  inva-­ lid   as   the   sale   is   fatally   defective. PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Street,  Balsam  Lake,  Wis. DESCRIPTION:   Lot   3   of   Certi-­ Fied   Survey   Map   No.   1352,   recorded  in  Volume  6  of  Certi-­ fied   Survey   Maps,   Page   168,   Document   No.   476730,   locat-­ ed   in   Government   Lot   3,   Sec-­ tion   28,   Township   33   North,   Range   16   West,   in   the   City   of Amery.   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   519   Riverside  Boulvard,  Amery,  WI   54001. TAX  KEY  NO.:  201-­00829-­0000. Dated   this   8th   day   of   Novem-­ ber,  2013. /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   www.blommer-­ peterman.com   to   obtain   the   bid   for   this   sale.   Blommer   Peter-­ man,   S.C.,   is   the   creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   attorney   and   is   attempting   to   collect  a  debt  on  its  behalf.  Any   information   obtained   will   be   used  for  that  purpose.  >5(?37

(Dec.  4,  11,  18) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Federal  National  Mortgage   Association Plaintiff vs. TODD  MEINKE,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:    12  CV  771 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   foreclosure   entered   on   March   12,   2013,   in   the   amount   of   $106,008.12,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  January  2,  2014,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ iff   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;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to   pay   balance   due   will  result  in  forfeit  of  deposit   to  plaintiff. 2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 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   open-­ ing   bid   is   offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   right   to   request   the  sale  be  declared  as  inva-­ lid   as   the   sale   is   fatally   defective. PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION:   Lot   85   of   the   Assessor`s   Plat   of   the   City   (formerly   Village)   of   St.   Croix   Falls,   according   to   the   official   plat  thereof  on  file  in  the  office   of   the   Register   of   Deeds   for   Polk  County,  Wisconsin.   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   144   South   Roosevelt   Street,   Saint   Croix  Falls,  WI  54024. TAX  KEY  NO.:  281-­01082-­0000. Dated  this  18th  day  of  Novem-­ ber,  2013. 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   www.blommer-­ peterman.com   to   obtain   the   bid   for   this   sale.   Blommer   Peter-­ man,   S.C.,   is   the   creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   attorney   and   is   attempting   to   collect  a  debt  on  its  behalf.  Any   information   obtained   will   be   used  for  that  purpose.   >5(?37

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TOWN  OF  ST.  CROIX  FALLS Polk  County,  Wisconsin www.townofstcroixfalls.org PLAN  COMMISSION NOTICE  OF  HEARING December  18,  2013 The   Town   of   St.   Croix   Falls   Plan   Commission   will   hold   a public   hearing   at   5:30   p.m.   on   Wednesday,   December   18,   2013,  at  the  Town  Hall  at  1305  200th  Street  and  U.S.  Hwy.  8,   St.  Croix  Falls,  Wisconsin.  Written  evidence,  testimony  or  com-­ ments,   if   any,   must   be   delivered   in   person   or   by   mail   to   the   Town  Hall. AM  Lakeland  LLC  requests  a  minor  subdivision.  The  current   parcel  is  5.2  acres  and  will  be  divided  into  2  lots.  The  property   is  located  in  section  34,  and  the  parcel  identification  number  is   044-­00921-­0300.   3>5(?37 Jim  Alt,  Zoning  Administrator


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The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 19, 2013, 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 sites and reconvene at 10 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 a.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) DUANE & PATRICIA BUTLER request a variance to Article 11E3 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to construct an accessory building less than 63â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from centerline of a town road. Property affected is: 1180 243rd Ave., Lot 1, CSM Vol. 1/Pg. 24, Sec. 31/T36N/R16W, Town of Bone Lake, Bone Lake (class 1).   3>5(?37

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â&#x20AC;¢ Bridge, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Grief Support, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m.

EVERY TUES. â&#x20AC;¢ Wii Bowling, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Bridge, 1 p.m.

EVERY WED. â&#x20AC;¢ Game Day, 1 p.m.

Frederic Senior Center â&#x20AC;¢ Spades, 1 p.m.

EVERY THURS. â&#x20AC;¢ Mahjong, 9 a.m.

EVERY FRI. â&#x20AC;¢ Bridge, Noon â&#x20AC;¢ Bingo, 1 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Bingo, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ 500, 6:30 p.m.

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Luck Senior Center

â&#x20AC;¢ p n 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ p n 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Siren Senior Center 715-349-7810

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â&#x20AC;¢ Free Coffee Wednesday Mornings â&#x20AC;¢ 500 Cards, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Monthly Potluck 2nd Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.

St. Croix Falls Senior Center

â&#x20AC;¢ Birthday Party, 2nd Wed., 12:30 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Exercise, 10-11 a.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon â&#x20AC;¢ 500, 6:30-10 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Bridge, 10 a.m.-Noon â&#x20AC;¢ Bingo, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3 p.m.

715-483-1901

â&#x20AC;¢ Exercise, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Skip-Bo, 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Hand & Foot, 12:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m.

Webster Senior Center â&#x20AC;¢ AA Meeting, p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues.

â&#x20AC;¢ Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wii Bowling, 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Cards and Pool, p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Brunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Food Shelf

â&#x20AC;¢ Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 715-327-4425

â&#x20AC;¢ SCF, Noon-6 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ SCF, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Indian Creek American Legion Post 396, Dirty Clubs, 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Siren Moose Lodge, Bingo, p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Siren VFW Aux., 2nd Wed., the hall, :30 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Frederic Legion Aux. 249 Every 3rd Thurs., Golden Oaks, p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Siren Moose Lodge Fish Fry, :30 p.m.

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â&#x20AC;¢ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ SCF, noon-5 p.m., 715-483-2920

VFW Aux./Legion Aux./ Burnett County Moose Lodge

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EVERY MON. â&#x20AC;¢ Good Sam, St. Croix Falls, 5:45 p.m., 715-483-3666

EVERY WED.

â&#x20AC;¢ Burnett VFW At Little Mexico, 6 p.m.

Meat Raffles/Bingo

EVERY SAT.

EVERY TUES. â&#x20AC;¢ Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola, 8:30 a.m., 715-755-3123 â&#x20AC;¢ Our Saviorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, Amery, 8 a.m.

EVERY FRI.

â&#x20AC;¢ Fishbowl Sportsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club At Sweenyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 5 p.m. EVERY THURS. â&#x20AC;¢ Grantsburg Legion, p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Cushing Legion At Suzy Qâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Humane Society, Yellow River Saloon, 5 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Siren Lions At Krisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Memory Days, Harvest Moon, p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Webb Lake Charities Bingo At â&#x20AC;¢ Lake Country Snowmobile Riders At Northwoods Bar, 1-3 p.m. Jedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laker Lounge, 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Milltown VFW Hall, 5:30 p.m.

EVERY TUES. â&#x20AC;¢ Luck Senior Center, 4:30-6 p.m., 715-472-2341 â&#x20AC;¢ Balsam Lake Municipal Building, 3:30 p.m., 715-485-3002

EVERY FRI.

â&#x20AC;¢ Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Webster Lions At Gandy Dancer Saloon, 4:30 p.m. p . - No . â&#x20AC;¢ S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m.

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EVERY WED.

â&#x20AC;¢ Spades, 1 p.m.

EVERY WED.

â&#x20AC;¢ Potluck Lunch, Every Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

â&#x20AC;¢ Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon

EVERY THURS.

â&#x20AC;¢ Comforts of Home, Frederic, 5:15 p.m., 715-327-8063

EVERY SAT.

â&#x20AC;¢ YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ NWWCC At Countryside, Frederic, 5 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Humane Society Bingo At Thirsty Minnow Bar, 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Siren Moose At Last Call, 4 p.m.

EVERY SAT.

â&#x20AC;¢ Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 5 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ BYH at Frederic Golf Course, 5:30 p.m.

EVERY SUN.

â&#x20AC;¢ Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf Course, 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;¢ Unity Friends of Music, Bingo, Blacksmith Shop, 6 p.m.


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Lynn (Olson) Nickeson

Charlotte Emma Strasen Heidel

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DAEFFLERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S QUALITY MEATS, INC.

CARLSON-ROWE FUNERAL HOME

Wholesale & Retail Meats Custom Butchering & Processing Phone 715-327-4456

Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4475

10022 Elbow Lake Road Siren, Wis. 54872 - 715-689-2539

INTER-COUNTY COOPERATIVE PUBLISHING ASSOC.

LUCK

WEBSTER

Printers & Publishers â&#x20AC;˘ Office Supplies Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4236 Shell Lake, Wis. - 715-468-2314 Siren, Wis. - 715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls, Wis. - 715-483-9008

STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES

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

BEANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUNTRY GRIDDLE

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

NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN ELECTRIC CO.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Electric Servantâ&#x20AC;? Serving Polk & Burnett Counties â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use Energy Wiselyâ&#x20AC;?

VAN METERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MEATS

Government Inspected Slaughtering and Processing, Sausage making â&#x20AC;˘ 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

D & L FINANCIAL SERVICES

CASHCO BUILDING SUPPLIES Complete Lumber & Building Supplies

Phone 715-866-4238 Hwy. 35 N., Webster, Wis. Tom & Becky Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Owners

HOPKINS SAND & GRAVEL, INC.

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

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

SIREN

OLSEN & SON

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

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST - FREDERIC 605 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE

ALLIANCE

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

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

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

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) www.bethesdalutheran.ws Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sun. Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Traditional Service 10:45 a.m. BONE LAKE LUTHERAN bllc@lakeland.ws 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. Sunday School, Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship 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.; christlutheranpipelake.com CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt, 218-371-1335 715-327-4461 Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE faithlutheran@lakeland.ws Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:40 a.m. FAITH LUTHERAN - GRANTSBURG 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 Trad. Wor. - 8:30 a.m.; Cont. Wor. - 11 a.m. FIRST LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Elaine Silpala, cushingparish.org 715-648-5323 or 715-648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m. FRISTAD LUTHERAN - CENTURIA ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN - ELCA 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.; GRACE LUTHERAN - WEST SWEDEN Phone 715-327-4340, 715-651-5363, 715-327-8384, Pastor Roger Pittman Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter 715-327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:45 a.m. LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Pastor Bill Schroeder Fall/winter schedule (Sept.-May) Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. LAKETOWN LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Elaine Silpala, cushingparish.org Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m. LUCK LUTHERAN Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-977-0694; Office 715-472-2605; lucklutheran.org Sunday Wor. 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Schl. 9:35 a.m. MILLTOWN LUTHERAN Pastors Mel Rau & Maggie Isaacson 113 W. Main St.. W., 715-825-2453 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH - UPPER ST. CROIX PARISH Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 newhopelutheranchurch.org 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.

NORTH VALLEY LUTHERAN Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on â&#x20AC;&#x153; Gâ&#x20AC;? Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.; OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN, (LCMS) WEBSTER Pastor Jody Walter Church Phone 715-327-8608 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. facebook/OurRedeemerWebster PEACE LUTHERAN - DRESSER (ELCA) 2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 plcdresser.org Pastor Valerie Peterson Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Paul Peterson 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. pilgrimlutheranfrederic.org REDEEMER EV. LUTHERAN (Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Gene DeVries 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 8:30 a.m. ST. JOHNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S EV. LUTHERAN (Wis. Synod) 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. ST. PETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S LUTHERAN - LCMC 1614 CTH B, North Luck, Pastor Rob Lubben Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Contact Leslie Valentine, 715-646-2390; Email: leslie56@centurytel.net 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. TRINITY LUTHERAN - FALUN Hwy. 70 East, 715-689-2271, Pastor Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. 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. WEST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - ELCA Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sept. 15, 2013 - June 1, 2014 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 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 Service at 9:30 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - BONE LAKE (LCMC) 5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Church: 715-472-8660 Pastor Mike Fisk, 715-417-0692 Sunday Schl. & Adult Study 9:15 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Thurs. Wor. 4:30 p.m. Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Bible Classes 9:30 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - MARKVILLE Pastor Tim Faust Worship - 11 a.m.; Sunday School - 10 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - TRADE LAKE Pastor Roger Pittman 715-327-8384, 715-651-5363 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m.,

PRESBYTERIAN

PRESBYTERIAN

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN 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.; METHODIST

METHODIST

ATLAS UNITED METHODIST - UPPER ST. CROIX PARISH Rev. Carolyn Saunders; Rev. Mike Brubaker, 715-463-2624 Sunday School - 11 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m. CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST - UPPER ST. CROIX FALLS Rev. Carolyn Saunders; Rev. Mike Brubaker 715-463-2624 Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:30 a.m. DANBURY UNITED METHODIST 7520 Water St., 715-866-8646 Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. GRACE UNITED - WEBSTER 26503 Muskey Ave., 715-866-8646 Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor, Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m., Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m.

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST htslumc@gmail.com 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m. LAKEVIEW UNITED - HERTEL Pastor Jack Starr Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST 3482 115th St., 715-866-8646 Rev. Gil White, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m. McKINLEY UNITED METHODIST Pastor Annie Tricker Sunday Worship 11 a.m.; Sunday School 11 a.m. OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST osceolawiumc.org; oumc@centurytel.net 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Kathy Huneywell Sunday Early Risers Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship - 10 a.m. ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST UPPER ST. CROIX FALLS Rev. Carolyn Saunders; Rev. Mike Brubaker Sunday Worship Serv. - 10 a.m.; Sunday School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available ST. LUKE UNITED - FREDERIC 100 Linden Street, Frederic Pastor â&#x20AC;&#x153; Freddieâ&#x20AC;? Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Serv. 5:15 p.m. SIREN UNITED METHODIST 24025 1st Ave. So., 715-866-8646 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. Carolyn Saunders; Rev. Mike Brubaker Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT

COVENANT

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

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 - 715-405-2253 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 Fr. Louis Reddy, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - GRANTSBURG Fr. Louis Reddy, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat. 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. 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. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER Pastor Father Frank Wampach, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 a.m. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 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) ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 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: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m.

ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLY CENTURIA ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Don Wiltshire, 715-640-6400 Centuria - Phone 715-646-2172 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 occconnect.org Mtg. @ St. Croix Art Barn; Sun. Serv. - 9 a.m. Nursery and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s church SIREN ASSEMBLY OF GOD 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.

EVANGELICAL

EVANGELICAL APPLE RIVER COMMUNITY (EFCA) Pastor Justin Hosking, 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery, 715-268-2176 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.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 933 248th St., Osceola Pastor Dave Williams Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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

BAPTIST

EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 eastbalsam.org Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:30 a.m. EUREKA BAPTIST 2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Dr. Harry H. Buckwalter Jr., 715-483-9464 Sun. School - 10 a.m.; Wor. Service - 11 a.m. FAITH FELLOWSHIP Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m. FIRST BAPTIST - AMERY 131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; fbcamery.org; Email: churchoffice@fbcamery.org 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 FIRST BAPTIST - FALUN 715-689-2125 or 715-689-2156 Brian Krause, Lead Pastor Steve Ward, Assoc. Pastor of Visitation 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 Assoc. Pastor Dan Mielke 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153; The Cure for the Common Churchâ&#x20AC;? 722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; info@gracechurchosceola.com Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s Sun. School 10:45 a.m. GRACE BAPTIST - GRANTSBURG 716 S. Robert St., Grantsburg, 715-463-5699 Sr. Pastor Brad Moore George Selbher, Assoc. Pastor Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. LIVING HOPE CHURCH Pastor Doug McConnell Youth Pastor Chris Radtke At Grantsburg High School, 715-463-5794 Sun. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. TRADE LAKE BAPTIST Pastor David Prince, 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.; tradelakebaptistchurch.org

CHURCH OF CHRIST

CHURCH OF CHRIST

CHURCH OF CHRIST - WEBSTER 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. CHURCH OF CHRIST - FREDERIC Minister Guy McCarty Frederic Senior Citizen Building Robert Rutherford, 715-419-0653 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. WESLEYAN

WESLEYAN

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

FULL GOSPEL

FULL GOSPEL

WOOD RIVER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Worship 9:30 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m. HOPE FELLOWSHIP OF SOMERSET 231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

CHRISTIAN CENTER

CHRISTIAN CENTER

EL SALEM/TWIN FALLS CHRISTIAN CENTER 1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sunday 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

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN

CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX

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; holyx.net Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE

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 7534 Peet St., Danbury, 715-656-4010 Pastor Jason Peterson Services: Adult 9 a.m.; Services Sunday 10 a.m.; Children: 10:15 a.m.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 715-553-3386 Taylors Falls Community Bldg., 312 Government St., Taylors Falls, Minn.

NONDENOMINATIONAL

NONDENOMINATIONAL

CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 28509 CTH H, 1/8 mi. north of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-4816 crossroadschurch@gmail.com Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s Church: K to 6th Grade NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY 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 OSCEOLA MEDICAL CENTER SPIRITUAL CARE 2600 65th Ave., Osceola, 715-294-5645 Chaplain Alan Hagstrom alan.hagstrom@myomc.org MyOmc.org/specialtyserv 1chapel.php Chapel open daily for meditation.

INTERDENOMINATIONAL

INTERDENOMINATIONAL

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 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. ST. PETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S COMMUNITY CHURCH â&#x20AC;&#x153; Faith on Purposeâ&#x20AC;? (Love God, Love People...period) faithonpurpose.org CTH F, Dresser, 715-553-1800, Pastor Rick VanGundy Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2013; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at the Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m., $15 donation, 715-268-7390. â&#x20AC;˘ The Alzen Family performs at Balsam Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Danbury â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas at Forts Folle Avoine, theforts.org, 11 a.m.6 p.m., 715-866-8890.

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ Santa to be at the village hall, 1-3 p.m.

Falun â&#x20AC;˘ Cookie walk at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9-11 a.m.

St. Croix Falls

$EULJKWZLQWHUVXQOLWXSWKLV6W&URL[5LYHUVFHQHQHDUWKH/LRQV3DUNQRUWKRI6W&URL[)DOOV â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Storyâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Thurs., Fri. & EXWRIIHUHGQRZDUPWKDVDFROGVQDSDUULYHGDQGVWD\HGIRUPRVWRIWKHSDVWZHHNZLWKWHPSHUD Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., festivaltheatre.org, 715-483WXUHVSOXQJLQJEHORZ]HUR3KRWRE\(ULN%DUVWRZ EDUVWRZSKRWRJUDSK\FRP

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Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739. â&#x20AC;˘ )ULHQGVRI&UH[KROLGD\SRWOXFN at the visitor center, noon-3 p.m., crexmeadows.org, 715-463-2739. â&#x20AC;˘ Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Meet at Wake-up Call for 7 a.m. breakfast & assignment. Preorder food, 715463-2365.

Hertel â&#x20AC;˘ St. Croix T.R.A.I.L.S. Powwow at the tribal gym, 110 p.m., 800-236-2195, ext. 5310.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Day at the community center, 10 a.m .-2 p.m., milltown-wi.com, 715-472-2273. â&#x20AC;˘ Craft & bake sale at the library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 715825-2313.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Community Christmas dinner at the school, noon2 p.m., visitsiren.com.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ +LQJHSRLQWPHHWLQJIRUPHQEDWWOLQJVH[XDODGGLFWLRQVat River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378. â&#x20AC;˘ WKJUDGHFRQFHUW at the elementary school, 2 p.m.

7D\ORUV)DOO0LQQ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Countdown to Christmasâ&#x20AC;? puppet show at United Methodist Church, 4 p.m., 651-465-0443.

Trade Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Town hall open house 5-6 p.m.ZDJRQULGHWRROG fashioned Christmas program at the Swedish Mission Church. Fellowship 6 p.m.SURJUDP7 p.m.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-866-7697. â&#x20AC;˘ Family Fun Day at Fresh Start Coffee Roasters, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ *UDFH 8QLWHG 0HWKRGLVW &KXUFK &RRNLH :DON 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday party at Festival Theatre, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 715483-3387.

Trade Lake

â&#x20AC;˘ &DQGOHOLJKWVHUYLFH FDQWDWD at Trade Lake Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

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Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

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Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ (OHPHQWDU\VFKRRO&KULVWPDVFRQFHUW 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support meeting at the Burnett Medical Center, 2 p.m., call Bev at 715-689-2350.

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Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ .%XV\%XJVFRQFHUW9:30 a.m.

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