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KARE-11 TV’s videographer Jonathan Malat captured scenes from Interstate Park at St. Croix Falls earllier this month as part of a spotlight on local photographer Kelly Bakke and her What’s YOUR Anti-Drug effort, featured recently in the Leader. See Greg Marsten’s feature story on page 28. - Photo by Kelly Bakke

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – If you promote it, they will come ... at least in theory. The question is, where to begin and if there’s interest. Local advocates and historians from two states, five counties and almost a dozen various areas gathered on Friday, Jan. 13, in St. Croix Falls at the National Parks Service headquarters for the so-called “key launch” of a study meant to answer some of those questions, and determine if they should pursue a National Heritage Area designation for the region. That NHA title is more than just something

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Lamar volunteer receives statewide award OSCEOLA - It would be hard to top the dedication of Dorrinne Bebault, Osceola, for her 60 years of service to Lamar Community Center. The Green Bay Packers agree. Bebault was one of 10 volunteers in the state who received the Green Bay Packer Community Quarterback Award during a recognition dinner at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Bebault attended 1905 Lamar School in rural St. Croix Falls, which began operating as Lamar Community Center following its closing as a school in 1945. As a young bride in 1951, she became a member of the Lamar-Sunshine Homemakers, who cared for the building in its second era as a community center in the rural tradition. In 1982, she worked with the Wisconsin State Historical Society to place Lamar on the National Register. Bebault has continued to assist during the last decade, serving as treasurer through the first stage of Lamar’s renovation in 2004, as one of the beloved “Pie Ladies” at the annual Lamar Festival, and in many other ways. “Dorrinne’s dedication to Lamar is inspiring to us all,” says the director of Lamar, Kathleen Melin. “We’re here today in part because of her foresight and hard work.” The Community Quarterback Lamar Community Center volunAward comes with a $2,000 teer Dorrine Bebault was one of 10 grant designated to Lamar’s volunteers in the state who recapital campaign to complete ceived the Green Bay Packer Comthe renovation of Lamar School munity Quarterback Award at and expand programming for area communities. Lamar has Lambeau Field, Jan. 11. Above, 6’4” been a focal point for commu- Packer President/CEO Mark Murnity and civic activities for over phy makes himself a little shorter 100 years. The school was built for the photo with almost 5’ Dorby the immigrant farming com- rinne. - Special photo munity that surrounded it in 1905 and continues to be a reference point for cultural continuity. In addition to cultivating community locally, Lamar is also slated to be a destination for those outside of the immediate area with classes, seminars and events that will contribute to the experience and economy developing in the St. Croix Valley. Lamar welcomes donations to the campaign which can be made to Lamar, P.O. Box 344, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. For further information, contact Executive Director Kathleen Melin at 715-646-9339. - submitted

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Bever declares for Assembly Unity music teacher wants to challenge Severson by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The first salvos of race in the 28th Assembly District have emerged as Unity band teacher Adam Bever declared himself a candidate as a Democrat to unseat first-term Assemblyman Erik Severson, R Star Prairie. Bever is a 15-year veteran Unity High School band director with a master’s from St. Mary’s University and undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire. He graduated from high school in White Bear Lake, Minn. “My family lived in Georgetown when I was a boy,” Bever said, noting his father’s family was all in the Balsam Lake area. “But we were forced to move to the Twin Cities when I was young, due to my father’s battle with leukemia.” Bever and his wife, Julie, and family live in the village of Balsam Lake. “We have been blessed by adopting three wonderful children, Scott, 16; Kiera, 12; and Laif, 8,” Bever said. “We all keep busy camping and watching our bulldog, Tula. I have always been a band director, and it has fit me like a glove. I enjoy making music with students and working with the children and families of this area.” Bever has no formal political experience, but has been an officer in several clubs and organizations. “I believe that our government was founded on the idea that any citizen should give back to their country by serving in our government,” he said. “I feel it is time for me to step forward and bring our area’s voice to Madison.”

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer AMERY – Nearly five years of incarceration are in store for Matthew Hoff Jr., 33, Amery, who was sentenced last week in Polk County Circuit Court to nine months in jail on top of four years in prison, four years of extended supervision and 20 years of probation. He did receive over a year of credit for jail time he has spent since the crime. Hoff went to trial in late November for felony armed rob-



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“I believe an assemblyman has to put the people he represents first, before political agendas. In order to accomplish this, a representative needs to be able to lend the voice of the people he represents to the discussion in Madison,” Bever said. He said there has been an “unprecedented amount of partisan politics over the past several years,” and thinks the state has become divided politically. “My goal is to talk to people on both sides of issues and bring ideas forth that truly represent many people’s opinions, not just a single side. It’s only by working together that we get things done on issues that face us.” Bever noted the economic hard times and thinks health-care reform needs to be addressed, “to stimulate our business environment.” “Right now, we have our businesses paying over $10,000 per employee for coverage that still requires employees to make such

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BRIEFLY MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles is expanding customer service throughout Wisconsin as required by the 2011-13 biennial budget. The budget included a provision that at least 20 hours per week of driver’s license, skills testing and identification card services be available in every county. For Washburn County, the DMV location is W7074 Green Valley Road, Spooner. Starting Monday, Jan. 23, the hours are Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. — from WisDOT ••• MADISON - Wisconsin Public Television will provide live coverage of Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State Address at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. The address will be simulcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and streamed live at Video of the speech will also be archived for future viewing on the Web site. The governor will deliver his speech, highlighting priorities for 2012, before a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers of the state Capitol building. Members of the Legislature, the lieutenant governor, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices and cabinet members, along with honored guests, attend the speech. The television broadcast will be co-anchored by WPT’s Frederica Freyberg and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Shawn Johnson. Following the speech, Democrats will offer a response to Walker’s remarks. WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire. - with information from WPT

Dems file more than a million signatures to recall Walker MADISON - Democrats seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker filed more than a million signatures on Tuesday, Jan. 17, virtually guaranteeing a historic recall election against him later this year. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that organizers also handed in 845,000 recall signatures against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and against four GOP state senators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The sheer number of signatures being filed against Walker, nearly as many as the total votes cast for governor in November of 2010 and about twice as many as those needed to trigger a recall election, ensure a recall election will be held, said Democratic Party officials and United Wisconsin, the group that launched the Walker recall. GOP party officials have been frustrated by reports of people signing petitions multiple times and will deploy thousands of volunteers to analyze the signatures for irregularities or problems. - with information from Milwaukee JournalSentinel

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Man files appeal after sexual plea sentence David Conley seeks to be released while appealing case by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A Milltown man is filing an appeal to have his public defender file an appeal. David J. Conley, 45, had just been sentenced to a year of jail time for a reduced conviction of third-degree sexual assault under a plea agreement and was just starting that jail term when he filed a request with his public defender to file an appeal. He has also filed an appeal with the judge to free him from jail while that appeal is under consideration. Conley was originally accused of first-degree repeated sexual assault of a then 10year-old girl over a two-year period. He faced up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. The case had languished in the courts for some time before a plea agreement on Nov. 15, where he agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree felony sexual assault for the allegations, which involved repeated sexual fondling and assaults at various times from 2007-2009. Conley was sentenced Jan. 11 in Polk County Circuit Court by Judge Eugene Harrington to five years’ probation, with one

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year in jail. He was also ordered to pay a $290.60 fine, provide and pay for DNA samples and was to pay for various counseling and sex-offender treatment. He was ordered not to have any contact with the victim nor any minor females and was to register as a sex of-

fender for 15 years. Under that third-degree Class G Felony conviction, he faced the possibility of up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison, or both. But within hours of his sentence, Conley filed paperwork with the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office to review his case for appeal, which can take up to 30 days for a decision. Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen was unclear of the reason for Conley’s objection. “I don’t know any basis for an appeal,” Steffen said. “It was a plea on his part.” According to Polk County Clerk of Courts Lois Hoff, the public defender’s office may

refuse to support that appeal. If they deny to pick up his case, Conley can also file an appeal prose or can hire a private attorney, and has 90 days to finalize that process. He has requested a hearing with Harrington to release him while he pursues that appeal. Hoff said the nature of the appeal request is rare and that the judge must still schedule a hearing to review that request for freedom pending the appeal. Conley’s case involved sexual contact with the girl that began at times when she was at his home, starting in July 2007. The conviction involved allegations that they had “wrestling matches” where Conley would touch her inappropriately on the chest and private areas, as well as play “games” where she was forced to retrieve her cell phone and money from inside his pants with her teeth. He was also alleged to have fondled her both over and under her clothes, including while she was sleeping, and allegedly forced her to fondle him, as well. The incidents were alleged to have occurred several times over a two-year span, ending in July 2009. Charges were first filed in early 2010. No court hearing has been set on the appeal request. Conley’s reason for an appeal was not revealed as of press time.

Bearheart sentenced to 35 years CLAYTON - A 44-year-old Clayton man was sentenced last week to a total of 35 years in prison for attempting to shoot his estranged wife at her rural Turtle Lake residence in December of 2010. Bradley L. Bearheart was found guilty Nov. 2, 2011, of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and auto theft with use of a dangerous weapon. The charges stemmed from two shooting incidents the evening of Dec. 30, 2010. Bearheart brandished a gun during the theft of a

pickup truck from Joshua Swanson, 20, Clayton, and allegedly shot at Swanson who was fleeing from the scene. Swanson called police and warned them that Bearheart was likely on his way to shoot his estranged wife, Jennifer Bearheart. Within minutes, Barron County dispatchers received a frantic call from Jennifer, 47, who said she had just been shot. When police arrived at her home, they found her lying on the floor, conscious and breathing, but suffering from gunshot wounds to her upper thigh and upper back. Her toddler

son was standing over her crying when officers broke into the home. Bradley Bearheart had fled the scene. A jury trial began on Oct. 31 and went for three days Bradley Bearheart faced the potential of up to 40 years in prison for the homicide conviction, on top of 25 years for the auto theft with a deadly weapon conviction, and another 7-1/2 years in prison for the lesser felony endangerment conviction. - Gary King

New human services director hired BALSAM LAKE — The position of director of the Polk County Human Resources Department, vacant since last March, has been filled. The hiring of Carl “Gene” Phillips was confirmed by the county board of supervisors at its Tuesday, Jan. 17, meeting. Phillips has more than 30 year’s experience in human services in the state of Wisconsin and has spent the last 11 years as Monroe County Human Services director. Prior to joining Monroe County, Phillips was the disability services and associate director of Northern Pines Community Programs in Cumberland, a position he held for 19 years. During his time in Cumberland, he provided services to Polk County and its residents. He also served as the director of a program for housing those with disabili-

Gene Phillips, newly hired as director of the Polk County Human Services Department. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

ties and as a program director for a home-care project for the elderly. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Montana State University and a Master of Science degree in counseling and guidance, also from Montana State. He currently holds Wisconsin state licenses as a professional counselor and as an ad-

vanced practice social worker. Polk County Administrator Dana Frey said that the county is fortunate to have someone of Phillips’ caliber, describing him as one of the most experienced human services people in Wisconsin. Phillips makes his home in Cameron. He has been a member of the Cameron School Board for 26 years, serving the last 18 of those years as its president. He graduated high school in Billings, Mont., and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. After being introduced to the board at its Jan. 17 meeting, Phillips said he is looking forward to coming back to Polk County. He will start his new position around Feb. 20, Frey said. — Mary Stirrat, with information from Polk County

Superior lands aircraft maker 300 new jobs initially, expanding to 600 in four years by Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio SUPERIOR - A next-generation corporate airplane manufacturer announced Monday, Jan. 15, that it will make its planes in Superior. Kestrel Aircraft Corporation says it will create 300 jobs initially, expanding to 600 in four years. It’s the largest job creation announcement since Gov. Scott Walker took office a year ago. There are several pieces including local

and state governments in this deal that started last summer, competing with two other states for these aircraft jobs. The total package in loans, grants and tax credits is $117 million, $112 million of that from the state. Walker says this is the biggest jobs package the state has put together during his term, “Yeah, yeah. The money doesn’t come in if the jobs don’t happen. So, very much like we’ve been doing the past year, we put incentives, whether it’s tax credits or other incentives, but they’re all tied specifically into the number of jobs that are created. So for us, they don’t get the full amount unless the full 600 are created.” Kestrel Aircraft already has engineers working in Superior, where two manufac-

turing facilities will build the single-engine turboprop that can carry six people. Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier says that’s only the first part. Part two would build twin-engine planes, part three a corporate jet. Klapmeier founded Cirrus Aviation in Baraboo, which he moved to Duluth 15 years ago. He left Cirrus in 2009. Now he’s back, “I’m a Lake Superior fan, so with the lake and all the amenities of this area, we really do think we’re in a position to grow this company to—now can I get arrogant and overconfident?—to world-class status. I mean, we really are confident about that.” Construction on the manufacturing facilities will begin this spring.

Luck caucus rescheduled LUCK — The Luck Village Board has rescheduled its caucus to Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., when residents have the opportunity to nominate individuals for the

April ballot. Four village trustee positions are up for election in April. The three-year terms of Ross Anderson, Hassan Mian and Phil

Warhol expire at that time. A fourth seat, currently held by Trustee Craig Lundeen, is up for election for a one-year term. — Mary Stirrat

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Parent says she will fight on gifts issue by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Some Christmas gifts distributed by the Frederic Elementary School went to the wrong family in December. That much is not in dispute. What happened afterward is, and the resolution of a number of issues may be heading to the courts. District resident and parent Sephonia Cowans brought her complaints to the Frederic School Board Monday night, Jan. 16, at the board’s monthly meeting. She had first raised her issues at a special board meeting on Jan. 4. Cowans says that during the period when the school was getting the misdirected presents back and given to her, she was treated in a way she did not like by several members of the Frederic School staff. She then says the district’s actions in apologizing were not enough. She directed her criticism at Administrator Jerry Tischer, elementary Principal Kelly Steen, school secretary Rhoda Jensen, and the school board. At the start of the meeting, board member Chuck Holicky read a prepared statement written by Steen. Holicky started by saying, “We want to make a statement” before he read the text. The statement explained the background to the district’s involvement in helping direct gifts from

local groups and individuals to district families. It said that this past holiday season almost 50 families were helped. After reviewing the process and stating that the district is only the middleman in the process, it went on to say, “Due to the negative response we have received fulfilling our role in this process, we need to pause, re-evaluate and decide if this is a role we should continue to pursue. If this whole process only brings negative publicity and accusations of unfairness to our school, then we need to let the organizations know that we may no longer be involved, and they may have to find a new mechanism for distribution.”

Opening statement of Sephonia Cowans After listening to the prepared statement, Cowans said it still sounds like no one is accounting for the statements made to her. She accused the district of racism and discrimination. She then said that the district chooses to harm all others in the community while sweeping the problem under the rug. Cowans asked the board why Tischer, who she stated was the board’s boss, could treat her like dirt. She said the board was saying it had a right to dump on her and said “I will fight back.” Responses from Tischer and Steen Tischer told Cowans that he felt that he had listened to her concerns during their first phone conversation in December. But he said he was upset when she later left a message for him in which she said that a

reporter (from a newspaper in the Twin Cities) had been listening to the first conversation. Tischer said he thought it was a private conversation and did not know that a third person was present. He said he felt very offended and had requested that all future conversations be in person in the office. Steen said that the school had told Cowans there had been a mix-up and another family had taken her presents. Steen said it was an honest mistake that escalated. She said the school apologized, but Cowans did not accept the apology.

The response from Cowans Cowans said that Steen was lying, adding that her response was because the press was present. She repeated her claims from the previous meeting that Jensen had made negative statements while she (Cowans) was trying to get the right presents. Cowans said the school policies are racist. She then said she would go to court. Board member Chuck Holicky responded that going to court is the right thing, adding it will get all the issues out.

Friends support Sephonia Cowans by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Three community members accompanied Sephonia Cowans when she presented her concerns to the Frederic School Board Monday, Jan. 16. They were Richard and Paulette Heltemes, who said they had longtime ties to the Frederic area, and Dean Bennett, a former Frederic teacher from 1968 to 1975. Each spoke to the board. Richard Heltemes said what bothers him is the lack of caring. He said no one wants to take accountability for their actions and asked the school board to do the right thing and then move on. Paulette Heltemes said that Cowans just wanted an answer as to what happened to the presents. She said that the issue has

snowballed out of control when a simple answer to Cowans would have solved everything. Bennett said that no one cares about the Cowans family’s peace of mind. Previously, at the Wednesday, Jan. 4, meeting, he said that the issue broke his heart. He said it all reminds him of the Christmas story and said people are still fighting the battles from the past. Bennett handed out a short message, “A 2011 Christmas Story: History Repeated,” which pointed out the issues: from well-intended gifts to misguided actions, failed systems, distrust and division with unanswered questions, that remain today. He then asked if the next-best effort will bring resolution, healing and hope for a better future for our young and old alike.

Leader reporter criticized by Cowans FREDERIC – Sephonia Cowans started her statement to the Frederic School Board Jan. 16 by saying that the Leader reporter had lied through his teeth at the special school board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4. She then told the school board that they broke their own protocol when they all spoke out. Before the Jan. 4 meeting, reporter

Gregg Westigard talked to Cowans, getting her name and introducing himself. He mentioned in passing that the audience section of a meeting of a public body allowed comments, but that there could be no response since the item was not on the published agenda. There was a response to her comments by the board, which apparently led to the Cowans state-

ment. Editor’s note: Ms. Cowans said in a separate statement Tuesday that last week’s story about her initial appearance before the school board gave the wrong impression about her efforts to resolve this issue. She challenged school officials to “find anybody up there to say I ran through that building, ranting and raving about not getting any Christmas pres-

ents or the mix-up in the Christmas presents.” Cowans stated, “I cannot believe the lack of compassion and the lack of concern, but I believe that these people stand together because they’re not going to be wrong no matter what.”

Board hears request for church space by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer DRESSER – The village of Dresser held their board meeting Monday, Jan. 16. The board heard from two individuals regarding a request for use of a building for church/worship space. Pastor Tony Minell and Roger Erickson spoke to the board stating that they have used the elementary school building as a worship place, but are running out of room and need to find a larger venue. The two stated they began looking at options. “One option is the UFE building behind the bank/Village Pizzeria. We are requesting use of a portion of the building,” Erickson stated as he presented a drawing to the board showing how the portion of the building would be used. The group would be renting approximately 8,500 square feet. It would be used as a worship space with some classrooms

and an office. The request was to use the space for about six months to see how it works. Some minimal improvements included the purchase of folding chairs. The space would also allow for growth because the whole building would not be used. An inspector would have to approve the building, but before that, the board would have to approve the building’s use through a conditional use permit or a short-term exemption permit. Unless the church plans on going into manufacturing, the property would have to be rezoned for a matching use. After a trial period of time passed or a temporary permit was issued, a more permanent zoning change may need to be made if the church stayed in the building as the lone occupant. While a zoning change sounds fairly simple, the board discussed the fact that the comprehensive plan has specific zoning and that spot

zoning a parcel may be a zoning change that the board would have to evaluate into the overall comprehensive plan. The board discussed having the planning commission look into the zoning issue after hearing advice from village attorney Tim Laux. The two men thanked the board for listening to their request. In other business, the board discussed site cleanup of the Kragil business in the industrial park on Third Street. The board discussed ordinances and sending a letter voicing the board’s concerns. The business is in violation of the ordinances regarding old tires. It’s the outside storage, specifically vehicles and machinery that is accumulating on the site. The board intends on drafting a letter and a motion was carried to do so. The contract for Waste Management has been finalized and signed for the 2012 through 2014. The board discussed the

Polk County Economic Development Corporation’s request for membership dues. The board seemed favorable to supporting the request, but wanted more information on how exactly Dresser benefits from the corporation and who specifically is being helped businesswise in Dresser. The board tabled the request until they can meet with the EDC for answers. The board approved a motion for approval of a contract with MSA Professional Services for the village’s CDBG Housing Program Administrative Services with all voting in favor. The village auditing process will take place the week of Jan. 30 by Larson Allen/Steve Scheidler. The next regular board meeting is Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Webster Schools join class action suit by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - The Webster Board of Education at its meeting Monday, Jan. 16, took steps to join a class action suit against the Wisconsin Education Association over a retirement insurance program. At the moment, 39 school districts, led by HartlandLakeside, are involved in the suit. According to Jim Erickson, superintendent of the Webster Schools, the action has grown out of the WEA’s application for federal funding through the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. At the time of the application, Webster Schools had WEA insurance for teachers and staff, and had they continued with that insurance, their share of the ERRP money would have been $38,062.

But Webster and many other districts have been dropping the WEA coverage for other insurance carriers with lower premium rates, and the WEA is arguing that those schools who left the WEA coverage should not get any of the ERRP funds. The schools, however, argue that their membership with the WEA at the time it was applying for the funds was a major factor in successfully obtaining those funds. Those schools, therefore, should receive a fair share of the grant. WEA has filed a complaint against 13 of the schools, including Webster, in the federal district court. The suit does not seek damages but a determination of whether its decision to not award funds to the schools that left WEA is legal. The counter suit by the school districts

is intended to move the matter out of the federal court system and into the Wisconsin courts. If that suit succeeds, then the school districts plan to extend their action against the WEA to attempt to get their share of the ERRP money. Erickson told the board that the Webster School District will not have to pay any legal fees in the suit. The law firm of Foley and Lardner of Milwaukee has agreed to take the case on a contingency basis. If they win the case, they will take 33 percent of whatever damages the court assesses the WEA. If they lose, there will be no bill from the firm.

In other business: • Martha Anderson, principal of the lower elementary school, announced the

formation of a study group that will consider expanding volunteer activities in the school. The study group will hold its first meeting Tuesday, Jan.24, at 2:30 p.m., in the elementary school conference room. • Tim Widiker, principal of the high school and middle school, told the board that new core standards for student achievement are coming and will be in place no later than 2014. This will call for curriculum and scheduling changes in his school units. • Erickson announced that the open enrollment period will run from Feb. 6 to 24. During that time families can enroll their children in districts other than the one the family lives in.


Village votes to buy land from school Residents on both sides of the issue speak at Jan. 11 meeting by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — A closed session discussion by the Luck Village Board last Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, resulted in a 5-2 vote to authorize “the village president, the village administrator, and John Klatt, as members of the planning commission, to negotiate with the school board under the terms decided in the closed session.” The action means that the village will move ahead with making an offer on approximately 27 acres of land owned by the school. Discussion by the board and the village plan commission, which recommended the purchase, indicated that there is no set plan for the land except future development as a business park. The motion to negotiate with the school was made by Hassan Mian and seconded by Robert Determan, who were joined by Peter Demydowich, Phil Warhol and Kristine King in voting in favor. Trustees Craig Lundeen and Ross Anderson voted against the motion. Once the school accepts the offer, and prior to its development, its current zoning designation for agricultural use will need to be changed. At that point, the public will again have a chance to give input. For and against With 25 members of the public in attendance at the meeting, three spoke out against the purchase of the property and four spoke in favor. Public comments were limited to three minutes per person, with no opportunity for a second chance to speak. First to the podium was Lynn Gregorash, who pointed out that the village’s comprehensive plan designates areas for residential development and for commercial development. He said that the board, in its direction to the plan commission to look for available land, forgot a critical piece of information. “The one critical piece of information you forgot to tell them to pay attention to was your comprehensive use plan,” he said. “They ignored it again and they’re trying to buy a piece of property right next to the watershed for Big Butternut Lake and Little Butternut Lake.” Repeating a comment made by county board Supervisor Dean Johansen when the village was considering a different piece of property across the road from a lake, Gregorash asked why the comprehensive plan was created if it was not going to carry any integrity. “I don’t think the village necessarily has to be involved in an industrial park,” he continued, proceeding to list properties scattered all around the community that are already available for development. Gregorash was followed by former Trustee Gene Cooper, who at a meeting of the plan commission a week earlier stated his support of the project as a way to alleviate traffic issues around the school and water pressure problems. When speaking to the village board last week, Cooper focused on jobs that have been lost in the past 30 years. In the early ‘70s, he said, Luck was home to so many jobs that the number of paychecks issued was equal to the population of the village. Since then, Luck has lost about 100 jobs due to successful businesses that moved out of the village because there was no room for expansion. Mark-It Graphics moved from Luck to Osceola, Schaffer Welding moved from Luck to Milltown, and Lakeland telephone expanded its cable business to Milltown. “We lost over 100 jobs,” Cooper said, “and they all left town because of expansion and we didn’t have room to put them.” Years earlier, he said, the Luck Development Corporation had raised up funding to bring Durex (now Weir Minerals) into the community. “Many years ago we had people in this town who were enthusiastic about growth. They had faith in our community.” Referring to comments made at previous meetings that the land is more fitting for residential purposes, Cooper said that

More than two dozen Luck residents attended the Wednesday, Jan. 11, meeting of the village board. After a closed session discussion, the board voted to put in an offer to the school for 27 acres of land. – Photos by Mary Stirrat the recent census indicated there were 30 vacant houses in the village. “So there’s plenty of that,” he said. Next up was Steve Nielsen, former village president, who said he is in favor of the land purchase. The village is limited in its options for business expansion, he said, given the DNR regulations due to wetland issues and individuals unwilling to sell their property for expansion purposes. “I’d like to encourage everyone to think a little broader and a little longer down the road,” he said. If the property is purchased and a future turnaround in the economy draws business to town, future boards will not have to scramble to find property to accommodate new development. “And Luck is unique,” Nielsen continued. With low areas and soft underfootings, he said, there are small parcels available as Gregorash alluded to, and these should also be cultivated for potential development. However, big parcels are hard to find. “This is one step in how these things start. It’s not precluding anyone from participating in what decisions are made next. “I think everyone should look a little longer down the road and not just assume that disaster is going to strike before anything has happened,” Nielsen concluded. Becky Rowe, who has spoken against the land sale before both the school board and the plan commission, took Nielsen’s final comments as a good lead-in into her own comments. “I guess I have to address that,” she said. “You guys did look down the road, didn’t you? Two years ago, with your comprehensive plan, you looked down the road and planned for 20 years, and now you’re ignoring it.” The village did look ahead in its comprehensive plan, she said, “yet you change your mind. I think you need to look at your comprehensive plan and stick with it. That land was planned residential.” The former dump site located on the north side of the village has been cleaned up and would be a good place for an industrial park, Rowe said, yet the village is looking at creating an ATV park there. “What is a better use to help the village grow?” she asked. “Is that really what’s needed?” She also asked about the liability issues that the village would face in developing an ATV park. Rowe then said that the main problem many people opposed to the land purchase have is that the village will not indicate what might be built there. “For a village to buy a hunk of land and not have some idea except possible industrial growth — and that’s the closest I’ve heard tonight by someone here and I know you guys aren’t answering that — then of course we’re going to disagree.” She and her husband, Rowe said, may be gone in five or 10 years, so the effect on them could be short-term. However, she said, building factories at that location, when they could be put at the old dump site, will have a long-term effect on the nursing home, school, and other residents. Village Administrator Kristina Handt later addressed Rowe’s concerns about liability, saying that as long as a professional designer develops the plans for the ATV park, there will be no additional liability or insurance premium increase for the village.

John Klatt spoke in favor of the land purchase, saying it would position the village for future development. Plan commission member John Klatt spoke next, responding first to comments about the village not adhering to the comprehensive plan. “I think we all know that some of the best plans in the world are subject to change,” he said, noting that even the state Legislature can’t make a law that cannot be changed. “The five or six volunteers that helped develop that comprehensive plan did not intend for it to be etched in stone.” The issue, he said, is not whether an industrial or business park should be located on the land, but whether the village should pursue purchase of the property. As far back as 1996 or 1997, he said, the former school superintendent and a group of people were looking at closing the road by the school, then either renovating the building or constructing a new facility. At that time, he said, the need for a new road to alleviate traffic issues by the school was discussed. “I believe there will be other forums for the opponents and proponents to discuss what is the best use of that property,” Klatt said. “But I think there’s a golden opportunity here that the school has laid in front of you village board members to set the project up for whatever we decide. “I think that if we continue to ignore economic development in the village of Luck, we’ll do so at our own peril.” Bill Smith, a relative newcomer to Luck who has property adjacent to the land that the village will be purchasing, said he is opposed to the purchase. “Why would we want to put industry around lakes?” he asked. “I think it is an extremely bad idea to put it around a nursing home. Those people need to have peace and quiet.” Smith said he is not opposed to industry, and would like to see Luck grow. “But I think that if you’ve got places now that are sitting vacant that you’re not using,” he added, “why not do something with them, then proceed?” Last to speak was Charvey Spencer, who encouraged the board to accept the plan commission’s recommendation to purchase the land. “I would rather see that land purchase and development handled at this level than somewhere else,” he said, “because I think this is as transparent as it gets. If people have sat in your chairs they understand that certain transactions and negotiations take place in closed session and that’s the way it has to be. Otherwise there’s no way to do negotiations and make things happen.”

Becky Rowe, who lives adjacent to the property that the school is selling to the village, questioned the board about its comprehensive plan. Spencer pointed out that zoning changes and variances are approved regularly, agreeing with Klatt that the comprehensive plan is strictly a plan. “I believe that neither this board nor any future board is going to do something detrimental to the entire community,” he said, “and I think this is an opportunity to do something for the betterment of the entire community. “If we don’t continue to bring jobs to town there isn’t going to be anyone to buy the houses. The jobs come first, and the house values go up after that, the house purchases come after that. It’s not the other way around.” When the board voted to go into closed session to discuss the purchase, Lundeen voted against it. He said later that, since the school’s vote was to solely deal with the village, there was no need to be concerned about a third party being interested in stepping in to interfere with the negotiations.

Other business • The board accepted the donation from Kevin Holt and Jon Dexter of a window for the warming house. The window was installed in mid-December, with the donation checklist that is required per village policy completed afterward. Discussion ensued about the donors’ statement that the village would be responsible for any necessary future replacement, although the donors would take care of painting and other maintenance. • The board voted to provide $500 to the Polk County Economic Development Corporation, down from both the requested $1,100 and the $1,000 contributed last year. The village’s 2012 budget includes $2,500 for economic development. • The reappointments of Chris Petersen and Charvey Spencer to the golf course commission, and the new appointment of Mark Reidell. All are for a three-year term. • At the recommendation of the public services committee, the board approved the purchase of a 2011 John Deere wheel loader with a 12-foot snowplow for $97,463, including trade-in of the village’s 1996 Case. Included is a sevenyear/3,000-hour warranty. Money has been saved for the purchase, according to discussion at the meeting.

Lynn Gregorash criticized the Luck Village Board for proposing that business development be located by Big Butternut Lake.


Launching/from page 1 else to put on road signs, it as potentially a major umbrella for promotion, history, culture, arts and more. Referred to as the St. Croix Heritage Initiative, it is meant to possibly create a unified strategy to protect and promote the region’s historic, cultural and natural resources. “We’ve organized a series of public meetings on whether it makes sense to us,“ stated Jill Shannon of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, the group leading the feasibility study to move the NHA issue forward. “But the other question is, does it make sense for this area?” The proposed NHA region affected includes major portions of up to a dozen counties on both sides of the St. Croix River Valley, and includes much of the river’s watershed, with a focus on areas along the major tributaries. “We believe this place is special, with resources worth sharing,” stated Shannon. Defining what that NHA means is not so simple; while there are currently 49 NHAs in the U.S., they can be as large as the state of Tennessee or as small as a city or a county. They can be broad in their focus, and can also concentrate on an industry, such as the automotive theme of the MotorCities NHA in Detroit, or the “Rivers of Steel” NHA in Pittsburgh, as well as the Essex NHA in Massachusetts, where they even have designations within that NHA, as well as events, tours, contests, promotions and more - all under their Essex NHA umbrella. “They use their history to preserve, promote and share their area,” Shannon said. Shannon and Jonathan Moore are using the feasibility study to weigh the mood on whether to move ahead with an NHA designation for this region, and if so, how best to create a unified strategy to concentrate those efforts, primarily in stories and tales. “And it must be a distinctive and compelling story,” Shannon said. Earning that NHA designation does not come easy, as it requires a major presentation before Congress for their approval. It comes with no money or promotion, leaving that to the region itself, or possibly working with private sources to supplement promotion of the region. The NPS meeting last week was the start of that process, as the St. Croix Valley Foundation weighs the interest with local

Jonathan Moore of the St. Croix Valley Foundation addressed some of the questions behind a National Heritage Area.

Jill Shannon from the St. Croix Valley Foundation gave an overview on the process for seeking to make this region a National Heritage Area, with full congressional recognition. – Photos by Greg Marsten organizations, historical and otherwise, and how they will support, enhance and promote such a venture. “It’s not about just telling one story,” Shannon stressed. “It’s about telling many stories.” Shannon called the NHA designation the “connective tissue” of that theme. “Put simply, it’s about local people caring about a place,” she said. Heritage tourism is increasingly popular, she noted, and has led to numerous organizations partnering together for regional or specific promotion, and they can create a regional identity with the designation. But that designation is not the only theme of the NHA, as it can include all flavors of art, history, industry, culture, even architectural or genealogical ties under that theme. “It’s about what happened with that landscape,” Shannon said. Shannon said it was also a way to possibly leverage money for promotion, enhancement, projects or other significant ways that may follow that theme, but she assured that it does not limit zoning con-

trol or any other developmental freedoms. Moore and Shannon weighed the room of historians on what they thought was a common link or things that stand out among the dozen counties and two states that are part of the proposed Heritage Initiative. The answers were widely varied, from the river to trains to Native Americans to roadways, natural resources, logging, even geology and immigration survival stood out as possible connections. “It’s the stories that characterize the region,” Shannon said. The next phase for the NHA pursuit is a series of county-by-county meetings in the coming months, meant to figure out if there is inherent interest and to possibly find those “unique stories” of the region to use in such a congressional presentation. Next up is a Saturday, Feb. 11, meeting for Polk County at Paradise Landing in Balsam Lake, for the first of 11 Heritage Discovery Workshops, to help answer some of those questions and clarify the efforts. A similar workshop will be held in

Chisago County on Feb. 25, at a location to be decided. Further workshops will come forward as dates and locations are finalized, with all of them completed by June. After the county meetings, the next phase would take place over the late summer, when they will decide if the interest is strong enough to warrant a presentation. If they decide to move ahead, Shannon said they will then have four regional summits, meant to “Discover what are the connections we share,” she said. The final heritage summit will present what that congressional presentation might look like, as well as how to best package the region for an NHA push. But it all starts with each county’s meetings, which Moore and Shannon said will hopefully lead to structures of local representatives, “And hopefully getting them fired up,” Shannon said. “It’s a process of people working together.” The presentation before Congress would require addressing 10 criteria points, and the answers to those points will be scored, and are a major part of any final question of NHA designation. Shannon confirmed that there have been rejected NHA proposals, and that it is not a sure thing, by any means. “It’s actually a very political process,” she said. For more information, go online to or contact Shannon by e-mail:

Roads may also have rich histories, like Polk County's noted CTH S, between St. Croix Falls and Osceola. Modern highways often have deep local histories, going back to Native American routes. They might also fall under the NHA umbrella.

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April election update Alden contest, Webster write-in, Luck postponement by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – There were mixed results from four nominating caucuses held last week to select candidates for the April 3 election. In the Town of Alden, a full slate was nominated. In the village of Webster, not enough candidates were nominated. And in the village of Luck, the caucus was not properly no-

ticed and had to be rescheduled. Alden is one of three area towns with a five-person board. Two supervisors are elected each year. At the caucus Jan. 12, incumbents Gary Dado and John Bonneprise were nominated for re-election as well as candidates Denny O’Hearn and Barry Ausen. There were 15 people at the caucus. The Clayton town caucus was also held Jan. 12, and only the two incumbents, Robert Gale and Odell Olson, were nominated. They will run unopposed on April 3.

In Webster, the terms of three trustees are up in April. Only two people were nominated at the Wednesday, Jan. 11, caucus, incumbents Kelsey Gustafson and Greg Widiker. The third incumbent, Paul Berg, is not running again and no one was nominated for his spot. That seat will be filled by a write-in vote April 3. The Luck Village caucus Jan. 11 promised to be an interesting event with four seats instead of three open and one incumbent retiring. But the proper notices were not posted, and the Luck caucus is now postponed until Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The seats of incumbents Phillip Warhol, Ross Anderson, Craig Lundeen and Hassan Mian are up. Mian has said he will not run for re-election. There are four seats up because Lundeen was appointed to fill a vacancy, and an election will be held for the last year of that term. Voters will nominate candidates for three two-year terms and one one-year term. The only remaining nominating caucus will be in the Town of St. Croix Falls on Monday, Jan. 23.

Burnett County election overview Quiet April ballot for much of county by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT COUNTY – The April 3 election in Burnett County will be a quiet affair for many of the residents. There are a total of six contests in the county, and two of those are write-in elections where no candidates filed. The six include two county board seats, two school board elections, and two village board elections. There are no countywide contests. The only state judicial race, for the Court of Appeals, has a single candidate.

County board contests There is no candidate in District 3 where incumbent Eldon Freese is retiring. The district, with redrawn lines, includes most of the Town of Grantsburg north of Hwy. 70, the village of Grantsburg roughly north of Benson Avenue and a small portion of West Marshland. [See separate story for a link to district maps.] The only contest is in District 15, the Town of Siren south of CTH B and west of Lind Road. Incumbent Richard Anderson is being challenged by Dave McGrane. Two more supervisors, Jim Sundquist (District 2) and Priscilla Bauer (District 4), are retiring but in each case only a single candidate filed for the open seat. Dale Dresel has filed for the District 2 seat in the village of Grantsburg. Jeremy Gronski

Gableman hires high-profile defense attorney by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has enlisted a high-profile attorney to fight charges that he violated Wisconsin’s ethics and judicial codes. Gableman’s new lawyer is Viet Dinh, who’s credited with authoring the Patriot Act while an assistant attorney general under then U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. Dinh says he’s always been interested in judicial independence and contends that attacks against Gableman are a threat to that, “Frankly, what is going on in Wisconsin is an affront to the people who believe in the independence of the judiciary and the necessity of such independence to the protection of the rule of law.” Critics say Gableman broke Wisconsin’s judicial code and state law when he received free legal representation by lawyers from the firm Michael, Best and Friedrich. Gableman did not disclose the arrangement even as he sat on several

cases argued by the firm. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee political science professor Mordecai Lee says the fact that someone like Dinh is now representing Gableman is significant, “I think we can read into these developments that Justice Gableman is taking this seriously. I also think we can interpret this to mean that he’s in serious trouble.” Dinh contends Gableman took nothing of value from his old attorneys because he was under a contingency agreement where his lawyers could have been paid if they won. When asked about his own fee arrangements with Gableman, Dinh says they’re confidential, “I am precluded by ethical rules from disclosing them. But I am very comfortable that they meet all the tests of judicial ethics and in no way are they free.” Dinh made international news recently when he was tapped to handle the internal investigation of a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

Village of Grantsburg named a Bird City Wisconsin GRANTSBURG – The village of Grantsburg was recently named a Bird City Wisconsin. Grantsburg will be presented a special Bird City Wisconsin flag, plaque and street signs to honor the village’s conservation achievements. Bird City Wisconsin is modeled on the Tree City USA program. With a TogetherGreen Planning Grant in 2009, 22 criteria across five categories were developed. These categories include habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting hazards to birds, public education, and recognizing International Migratory Bird Day. If a community meets at least seven criteria, it becomes an official Bird City. To meet these criteria, Grantsburg has adopted a comprehensive plan and is in compliance with the Wisconsin Smart Growth Laws. The village of Grantsburg has adopted a forest management plan for village-owned land. There is an ongoing list of birds seen at Memory Lake Park in Grantsburg by the local high school biology class. Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Governor Knowles State Forest and Brant Brook Pines State Natural Area are included in the Great Wisconsin Birding

and Nature Trail. Multiple brochures are available to learn about limiting and minimizing hazards to birds. “Cats, Birds and You” as well as “You Can Save Birds From Flying Into Windows” are available at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. Grantsburg is also part of a Christmas bird count held every December, which helps monitor bird populations in the area. Being recognized as a Bird City, Grantsburg can promote its positive environmental reputation, aesthetic, social, economic and environmental benefits. This recognition also shows that not only is Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and other local state land a great place for birding, but the village of Grantsburg has many opportunities to bird watch as well. The village of Grantsburg’s recognition as a Bird City shows the dedication and interest of the local community in birds and bird habitat conservation efforts. Grantsburg will be participating in the International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 12, with activities at Memory Lake Park and Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. – submitted

is the only candidate in District 4, which includes the Town of Anderson and a part of the Town of Grantsburg. There is no opposition for the other 17 incumbents on the 21-member county board.

David Wilson. The Towns of Scott and Rusk and a corner of Dewey are in the Spooner district.

Village contests (three trustee seats in each village) In Grantsburg, Jim Nelson is retiring from the board. Incumbents Dale Dresel and Val Johnson as well as Greg Peer and John Addison are running for the two seats. The other write-in contest is in Webster where only two incumbents, Kelsey Gustafson and Greg Widiker, were nominated for re-election. Paul Berg is retiring and no new candidate was nominated at the caucus.

School district contests The Webster School Board has three seats on the ballot. Incumbents Charles Macke, Brenda Rachner and Wendy Larson are joined on the ballot by Lynn Stromberg. The large Webster district covers much of the northern part of Burnett County. The Spooner district also has three open seats including one that is vacant. There are four candidates, incumbents Philip Markgren and Christina Martin are joined on the ballot by Nathan Eichhort and

Write-in candidates must register BURNETT COUNTY – While voters can write in any name they wish, people who want to be a write-in candidate must file a campaign registration statement, Form GAB-1, as soon as they decide to run. County board candidates would file the form with the county clerk. Webster

Village Board candidates would file with the village clerk. The Leader will report the names of registered write-ins as the April 3 election approaches and will cover registered write-ins the same as candidates on the ballot. – Gregg Westigard

Burnett County Board candidates and maps on the Web BURNETT COUNTY – The names, addresses and phone numbers of all the Burnett County Board candidates are now on the county Web site. The maps of all the new districts are also on the site. The district lines were changed after the 2010 census.

Go to Click on Government at the top of the page. Then click on District Maps (if the present maps come up, click 2012-2022 maps on the left side bar). Click on Candidates for the list of those who are running. – Gregg Westigard

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Some hits, a few misses

• Joe Heller •

A rundown of hits and misses from local, state and national headlines. HIT: This week’s announcement of creation of 300 new jobs in Superior (600 within next four years) by Kestrel Aircraft Company is incredibly good news, not only for that city, but for the region. If just a dozen job vacancies out of the 600 end up being filled by residents of Burnett or Polk counties, it will have a small but positive effect on our local economy. Kestrel will become, in effect, the Polaris of Douglas County - hopefully minus any exodus, and we should feel good as Wisconsinites - and as neighbors to Douglas County - for their good fortune. MISS: Any political hay made over the Superior jobs announcement. Representatives from the state Legislature, Senate and governor’s office all deserve a chance to claim due credit and acknowledge the positive news. But lost at times in the publicity and political posturing is the credit that goes to the company itself and the trench work by city and county officials and economic development members, people who may take more satisfaction in seeing their accomplishment than being in the limelight. HIT: The AmericCorps program (See Currents feature) for their support of programs that offer support to students through after-school programs, help build affordable housing, respond to disasters, etc. It’s a federal program that has been called the domestic version of the Peace Corps - and one that’s appreciated locally. MISS: The weather, which is playing havoc again with a lack of snow that slows the local tourism economy during at least three key months of the winter season. Last year there was too much snow, this year not enough. Welcome to life in northern Wisconsin. HIT: The announcement by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance this week that property taxes are up just 0.3 percent in 2012, the smallest increase in 15 years. For many, taxes went down. Many will argue the merits of how we got there and rightfully so, but in this difficult housing economy and tentative economy in general, those kinds of accomplishments somehow need to continue until we dig ourselves out of the economic mire. HIT: The Italian Port Authority official’s unadorned radio communications with the cruise ship captain following the tragic disaster which proved fatal for some passengers and crew members. It speaks for itself. Magnifico. MISS: The Packers loss to the Giants on Sunday and their overall season, which ended up opposite of last year’s when the Green and Gold were mediocre throughout the regular season and red hot during the playoffs, with help from turnovers. Dynasties are very elusive, as Packer fans are finding out. HIT: Packer quarterback Matt Flynn, whose six-touchdown performance a few weeks ago set franchise records and arguably set the bar for irony in sports as a bundled-up Aaron Rodgers watched his backup from the sidelines. It may have been Flynn’s private Super Bowl - and maybe a ticket to a starting position with another team next year. Better than another Super Bowl ring? Flynn likely wouldn’t admit that. Editorials by Gary King

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Concealed carry permit applications popular

RICE LAKE - Since the state passed a concealed carry law Nov. 1, more than 60,000 Wisconsinites, 1 percent of the population, have applied for permits, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Demand for permits, training and guns has been strong in Northwest Wisconsin. About eight companies are offering concealed carry classes in the area, said Dan Marcon, instructor for Marc-on Shooting School. Marcon and fellow instructor Dan Dravis have taught as many as eight concealed carry classes per month since March. The men teach Wisconsin concealed carry classes and the concealed carry laws of other states with permits recognized by Wisconsin or nearby states. Marcon said they’ve had people of all ages and as many as 20 people in a class. He said the male to female ratio has been about 5-to-1. So why are so many interested in getting a permit? “Protecting themselves and their families is the big one,” said Jeff Arnold of AB & Company Firearms Training, a company that just recently began offering classes. Outdoorsmen also find a permit desirable. “A lot of them are hunters or people who travel and want to carry in their vehicles,” said Marcon. New laws allow people to keep loaded, uncased weapons in their vehicles. “That’s made a huge deal for hunters. It’s more convenient,” said Geoff Fox, a firearms sales associate at Bear Paw. - Rice Lake Chronotype

Sunday shooting fatal

SUPERIOR - A Superior man is dead after a morning shooting on Sunday, Jan. 15. Police say they are searching for suspects in a crime that right now appears to have no motive. The victim is believed to be Toriano “Snapper” Cooper, and it appears he was shot on his lawn just after 10 a.m. Witnesses told police they heard three gunshots and had seen Cooper cleaning his car just moments before those shots were fired. According to the authorities, the victim was able to get back inside his home before succumbing to his injuries. As a group of onlookers watched police circle the house, WDIO reports a boy yelled out a window asking people to have respect since his uncle had just died. Right now police have no suspects and no indication why this man was shot, but the investigation is ongoing. Police are seeking the public’s help and are asking anyone with information to the Superior Police Department at 715-395-7468. - Superior Telegram

Plane overturns during landing

CHETEK - Local emergency crews were called to the Chetek airport around 12:22 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, to respond to a plane crash. According to information released by the Chetek Police Department, pilot Jim Larsen, 58, was attempting a crosswind landing of a 2011 fixed-wing, single-engine Aviat Husky. Larsen told police a sudden gust of wind blew the plane off the runway and caused it to overturn. The pilot and his 8year-old grandson extricated themselves from the plane; Larsen had minor injuries, and the boy had no apparent injuries. Larsen received stitches for his injuries. The Chetek Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. - Barron News-Shield

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• Letters to the editor • What’s the real plan? And the secrecy continues. First the school board had what it called a “special electors meeting” before the noon school board meeting in December and proceeded to have a vote to sell the school land. Then at their Jan. 4 meeting, the Luck Plan Commission gave lots of reasons, but were not forthcoming as to what the land will be used for, and then went into closed session in order to avoid discussing the subject in front of the citizens attending. The village board is also not being open and transparent as to their plans for what the land is going to be used for if they purchase it, and at their Jan. 11 meeting also went into closed session in order to avoid discussing the subject in front of the citizens that were there. So, I ask as a taxpayer and citizen, don’t we deserve to be told the truth since it is our tax dollars being used for this purchase? Don’t we deserve the truth since this purchase will have a lasting impact on the entire village in the years to come? Are there other citizens out there wondering why there is so much secrecy involved over this purchase? We are asking the village to be truthful and accountable to all the people who live in the district and who they represent and let us know what the real plan is for the school land, because as citizens of Luck, the Luck School District and of Wisconsin, we feel we deserve no less. Becky Rowe Luck

Thank you, teachers union You have cost us Wisconsin taxpayers millions cleaning up and repairing the mess you made at our Capitol and forcing recall elections on our duly-elected officials so we learned quickly what unionism is all about. We don’t want union radicals parading our fourth-grade students through the streets of our capital protesting or teaching multicultural education rather than about the wars to protect their freedom so they can continue to speak English. How can we continue to be leader of the free world when we don’t know where or why our servicemen and women are giving their lives for them? In spite of spending far more on education than any other country, student proficiency has dropped miserably down toward Third World standards since the teachers union came to power. Also, we don’t appreciate having our children brainwashed by some radical partisan teacher that that even writes partisan articles in our local paper. If a teacher would have done such a thing when I went to Frederic High School they would have been fired before they got back to the classroom. In addition, we didn’t appreciate the teachers union carving out a Cadillac health plan from our tax money that was far over and above what other employees received. Greed became theft when their insurance company used some of this money to support crooked politicians that covered up for them. Thank you for the wake-up demonstration that shows us Wisconsin citizens and the entire country what unions are all about. You give us and the whole country an education on how the mafia teachers union operates so now we want you to

load up your goon squads, dirty money and take them with you when you leave. If you haven’t noticed the only states that are prospering are the Right to Work states and that is the next thing we should be voting on. While you are wasting more of our money trying to recall our nation’s most popular governor, perhaps you would be better off learning a respectable job. You better go somewhere else because no one will knowingly hire you here. Perhaps we should go back and take a good look at the history of unionism in the U.S. President Roosevelt opened the door for the huge Mafia-controlled industrial unions that lost no time in taking control of the country. He realized it was not suitable for federal or state employees and specifically made his point. As soon as he was elected big union labor unions backed by the mafia went on strike for higher wages to get nonexisting jobs. Two years later 2 million additional people were unemployed and their families were eating at soup kitchens. It was still a relatively small country and since women hadn’t entered the workforce two million additional families were affected. The end result was that we didn’t get out of the Great Depression until we entered WWII in 1941. After the war the incompetent, greedy union workers forced industry to go overseas. Many years later President Kennedy withheld promised air support for the Bay of Pigs at the last minute resulting in the in an atomic missile showdown with Russia. Hopefully you are aware that he was also responsible for getting us involved in the Vietnam War that cost 58,000 American servicemen their lives. Also, by executive order he was the one that granted both state and federal employees the right to unionize. Since then U.S. academic proficiency has dropped dramatically when compared with other countries in the world. Perhaps it is time that we should vote to decide whether or not we want to retain his executive order. On the other hand it may be a legal hornet’s nest because you are usurping the rights of the elected officials who are their rightful supervisor. Sam Jones Siren

DNR responsible for deer disaster They owe us an apology! Beyond that, they owe us disciplinary action for those that authored the 2010 and 2011 deer season regulations, and a vow to not let them set future policy. We all know that this will be a monumental task because they have their own private world where every employee is blameless. I will present an example of the rhetoric that streamed from that office in recent months. First: The educated wildlife biologist Nancy Christel conducting a deer herd meeting for units 11, 18, 15 and 17. Quote, “Deer herd numbers are up, it’s just that changes in hunting techniques have resulted in less deer movement, making them more nocturnal,” unquote. How’s that for an expert? Next: DNR executive assistant Scott Gunderson, said, “The DNR wants the hunting public to buy in to our herd management structure.” He then encourages hunters to return to the woods for the De-

The costs and consequences Sheila of recalls Harsdorf

The Government Accountability Board, the state agency that oversees elections, recently estimated that a statewide recall election would cost state and local governments at least $9 million, with higher costs possible depending on a number of factors. The ongoing recall effort against the governor and lieutenant governor would represent the first statewide recall elections in Wisconsin’s history. The costs of additional recall elections are adding to the significant budget challenges facing local governments. GAB identified potential costs to coun-

10th District Senate ties would be $2.3 million, with municipal governments facing costs of $5.8 million, according to a survey of local governments. These numbers do not reflect the potential for a Democratic primary or additional recall efforts against four senators, which may be held on other dates. If those elections occur, the costs to municipal and county governments could be higher. These efforts come after the unprecedented recall elections this past summer, which cost local

cember antlerless hunt. (Were there any left to kill?) Next: Mike Zeckmeister, district wildlife supervisor, said, “A promising deer season is in store for northern Wisconsin.” He went on to state, “In 2009 the harvest was suppressed due to poor hunting conditions, not because there were no deer.” Heard enough yet? Finally, Tom Hauge, wildlife director for the DNR and on the hot seat being grilled by NRB officials … they asked how we could possibly have a herd of 1.75 million, then shoot only around 300,000, leaving 1.4 million to crowd the landscape in 2012. Oh, where could that 1.4 million be? We are in this predicament simply because the “behind-the-desk experts” aren’t really experts but somehow make policy completely opposite of the thousands of real experienced license buyers that have lived and hunted in these areas, that are seeing their sport diminish. These people have had 60, 70 and 80 years’ experience in being out there every day, but they are not being heard. Eighty percent of us did not want those obscene $2 tags even in 2010. That kill, coupled with the special anterless hunt, simply deprived young hunters of bagging a young buck in 2011. That was not herd control, that proved to be deer extermination. These aren’t Asian beetles, rather you are jeopardizing the future of our grandkids to continue participation. To further elaborate, you have a deer season that starts in mid-September, allowing bow hunters (with cameras and the rut) to remove many big antlered deer (now with sophisticated equipment), previously not available on the original bow hunts. By Nov. 19, it is not surprising that the pickings are somewhat slim. Thereafter, it’s another several weeks of bow, muzzleloader, then four more days of the infamous antlerless killings. There is the simple summary of the mess you have made in these zones resulting in record-low registration numbers in 2011. The only thing missing is an April hunt. What many do not realize is the daily deer kill by predation such as bear, coyote, bobcat, wolf and the biggest predator … man. Twelve months of the year ever active. This is more than enough herd control. Frustrated hunters are coming to me with suggestions such as allow wolf hunts (now delisted); bear tags sold over the counter; close doe for one year; first-time hunters 10 to 16 harvest either sex. My advice to those DNR experts … listen. This letter goes to Cathy Stepp, DNR secretary, 101 So. Webster St., Madison, Wis. 53703. Write your concerns. Michael Murray Frederic

Caring community My name is Josie. I live in Lewis. A few weeks ago I had a fire. It destroyed my garage and damaged my house. It could have been much worse but thanks to professionalism and caring people, the future is bright. I am simply writing to acknowledge those who helped me when I needed it the most. The Frederic Fire Department was first at the scene, followed by Luck. Together they were an orchestrated machine and governments and the state $2.1 million. The never-ending election cycle we find ourselves in has been driven by special interests and activists that insist on election after election until their desired result is obtained. In response to the concerns that the recall process is being abused for political agendas, legislation has been drafted to address the increasing number of recalls. Assembly Joint Resolution 63 seeks to make changes to Wisconsin’s recall process to allow for a recall if an elected official has been charged with a serious crime or if probable cause is found that they violated the state code of ethics. Since the process for recalls is set forth in the state Constitution, a change to the recall process requires a constitutional amendment. In order for the state Con-

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saved my home. Officer Johnson from Frederic offered condolences and emotional support. Many others helped whom I do not know. Today, repairs are under way and I owe it all to a wonderful and caring community. Josie O’Connell Lewis

What is best for you The Luck Village Board has agreed to pursue the purchase of a piece of land owned by the Luck School. If you are a taxpayer in the Luck School District, you’ve already paid for the land in question. If you also happen to be a village taxpayer you’ll now get to pay for the land a second time. At the Jan. 11, village board meeting, in closed session, it was decided to try to buy the land from the school. Prior to the closed session we were told that the comprehensive land use plan approved two years ago was never intended to be used. It wasn’t professionally prepared and, after all, plans are made to be broken. We were told to look at the number of zoning changes that have been made as evidence that plans are broken all the time. It’s a good thing this wasn’t professionally prepared because no land use planner would put an industrial park between a school and nursing home. A professionally prepared plan may have made it more difficult to ignore the plan. While there are a number of assets and grants available from the state for the development of dump sites the villageowned, 39-acre former dump site is being looked at for use as an ATV park. Instead, the board has decided to pursue the purchase of land between the school and new nursing home for use as a business park. The board is being quite careful not to call it an industrial park, although we were told they didn’t know what would eventually be located there. We can take some consolation in knowing that many nursing home occupants suffer from hearing loss so at least they won’t hear the steady drone of a semi waiting to make a delivery in the new business park. I’m not sure about you lakeshore owners on Big Butternut. Sound carries very well across the water. Perhaps they’ll construct a wall for you to abate the noise. Step aside taxpayers, the powers that be will let you know what is best for you. Lynn Gregorash Luck


The Leader encourages readers to submit letters to the editor. All letters may be edited for length, clarity, grammatical accuracy and stylistic consistency. Letters more than 400 words in length may be returned to the writer for editing. Submitted letters should include the writer’s full name, address, daytime phone number and email address (if available). E-mailed letters are preferred. Letters may be sent to or mailed to Inter-County Leader, Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837. stitution to be amended, a resolution must be passed by both houses through two consecutive legislative sessions, after which it must be approved by voters in a statewide referendum. AJR 63 is currently before the Assembly Committee on Election and Campaign Reform. The ongoing use of recalls to attempt to change the outcome of the most recent general election will not only be costly to taxpayers, but it will discourage elected officials from making the tough decisions that are inherent with public service. Please feel free to contact me or visit my Web site at with your thoughts regarding the recall process and AJR 63 or to voice additional questions, comments or concerns.



Frederic concealed-carry class 100-percent success by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader FREDERIC - The Frederic Community Education concealed-carry weapons class saw standing room only on Saturday, Jan. 7. Over 55 men and women packed the Frederic Fire Department’s meeting room for the five-hour firearm safety course, where 100 percent of the participants passed the state exam. The class exceeded expectations in sheer attendance and class-member’s reaction. Enrollment filled up in less than 24 hours. A waiting list was then begun. CCW became law in Wisconsin last year. The state law joins federal law, where the Supreme Court ruled individual citizens have a constitutional right to “bear arms” under the Second Amendment. The Court left the concealment issue to individual states to decide. Wisconsin decided to allow CCW on Nov. 1, 2011. To date, the state has received over 68,000 applications and has received $2.9 million in revenue, said Dana Brueck, Wisconsin Department of Justice communication’s director. Of those applications, the state has issued 45,000 permits and is working to process the rest. A CCW application costs $50. “The revenue is not for profit making,” said Brueck. “The objective is to set the cost to meet operating costs. We only charge what it costs to produce and process the applications.” The state anticipated 100,000 applications in the first year, Brueck said. But it has reached nearly two-thirds in less than two months. Despite popular legal demand

Concealed-carry weapons trainers Jared Cockroft, with the St. Croix Police Department, and Joe Vierkandt, with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, are seen with some demonstration firearms at the first community education CCW certification safety course. Over 55 men and women attended the class, with 100 percent passing the state exam. - Photo by Wayne Anderson statewide, political opposition remains in some quarters. “Politics should not be involved in education,” said one class member who asked not to be identified. (All class members asked not to be identified, as that would defeat the point of concealment.) “Education should be about objective, legal information. We should keep personal agendas out!” The class voiced support among tax-

payers calling for more local CCW classes to be offered. The course was taught by officers Jared Cockroft, St. Croix Police Department, and Joe Vierkandt, Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Both officers are certified trainers with the Wisconsin DOJ. The five-hour course covered the fundamentals of firearm safety, safe carry considerations, the law and legal implications and practical handling of a

firearm. All firearms used in class were unloaded. These safety topics are all covered in the training guide used and issued by the Wisconsin DOJ. Reaction from the class was overwhelmingly positive. “I was really impressed,” said one woman. “I know the law a little bit better. And I feel more secure now. I’m a widow.” “I thought this was superb!” said a gentleman. “I have an understanding that things are not so black and white.” “This is a wonderful class,” said a woman who plans to carry a firearm in her car to feel more secure. “I’m so delighted with Gov. Walker, as we can now take this class and again live as free people.” The location of this community event was forced to change twice as the class grew and grew. Joe Parr, owner of the Mud Hut gift shop, first offered his newly remodeled crafts area as a complimentary venue. But that site had to be changed, due to the growing response. Then fire department officials were contacted and they graciously donated the use of the fire hall, which accommodated all participants that wished to attend. Many who attended said they plan to get more firearms training. The two law enforcement trainers said they plan to offer several other CCW classes covering basic and advanced training. For more information on CCW certification and firearms safety visit their Web site at or call: 715-554-7070.

Webster caucus falls short of a full slate Library project comes in under budget by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer WEBSTER - The task for the Webster Village caucus on Wednesday, Jan. 11, was to nominate at least three candidates for village trustee and nominate at least one candidate for municipal judge. The village at large did not attend the caucus, leaving only the village board to nominate candidates for the spring election. They nominated current Municipal Judge Greg Sears for another term and attempted to nominate all three current trustees, Greg Widiker, Kelsey Gustafson and Paul Berg, for another term as well. Berg, however, declined to run again and will leave the board once his term is complete. Both Widiker and Gustafson accepted their nomination and will be on the spring ballot, but the caucus ended with only two candidates for three seats. As a result, there will be only two trustee candidates on the ballot. The

write-in candidate with the most votes would fill out the board. If no write-in candidate emerges from the election or the top vote-getter declines to serve on the board, village President Jeff Roberts would appoint a village resident to fill the vacancy.

New vehicles With the new year, the village board wasted little time in approving the purchase of two vehicles budgeted for in the 2011 budget. A 2010 Crown Victoria police cruiser with 37,000 miles will replace the 2005 Impala with between 125,000 and 130,000 miles. There is $21,000 in the budget for the police car. The car itself cost $15,000 delivered, but the retro-styled black and white car still needs to be outfitted with lights and equipment before it can be used. There are plans to sell the Impala once the new car is in use. The village will also replace the 1988 one-ton truck with a 2012 four-wheeldrive, one-ton Chevy from Larsen Auto in Frederic. The truck costs $26,400, and an estimated $8,000 more must be spent on a

box, hitch, lights and other equipment before the truck will be ready for village use.

Library project finishes under budget General contractor Jeff Howe has submitted his final bill for the library project. The final $15,616.68 is being held up until the flooring in the community room meets the satisfaction of the building committee. Even so, the total project cost of $613,641.59 came in $6,518.41 under budget. Of the $613,641.59 total, $41,817 was spent on windows and other openings, $93,500 was spent on HVAC, $31,920 was spent on demolition, $72,300 was spent on electrical work, $27,500 was spent on earthwork, $75,240 was spent on wood, $23,850 was spent on concrete / masonry, and $19,200 was spent on plumbing. Water improvements project For the second month in a row, the village has applied for funding to do some improvements on the village water system. Last month, it was for the DNR Safe

Drinking Water Loan Program. This month it was a Community Development Block Grant, the same source of funding that provided $360,000 for the library project. The improvements to the water system include replacing undersized water mains, well maintenance, water main looping, replacing fire hydrants and painting the water tower at an estimated cost of $800,000. If Webster scores well on the Safe Drinking Water application, the principal of up to half of the project costs will be forgiven, and the rest will qualify for a 1.3- to 2-percent loan. The Safe Drinking Water money can also be used as a local match for the CDBG. The CDBG money is somewhat less restrictive than the Safe Drinking Water money, and if received, would help pay for parts of the project that the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program will not pay for. As of now, all of the projects are contingent on funding. The village can scale back on the number of projects depending on funding or can decline awarded grant money at a later date.

Taylors Falls get organized for 2012 New employee on the job by Tammi Milberg Leader staff reporter TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The city of Taylors Falls Council met prior to the regular city council meeting to have an organizational meeting for the new year. The meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, established the role of the vice mayor for the coming year. Nominated for the position was Ross Rivard, who has held the position for sev-

eral years. The board also passed the fee schedule for 2012 for fees collectible by the city. Reimbursement rates and compensation was also set for employees. Transfers for water and sewer funds to the general fund carried. Finally, the council reviewed goals for 2012 and approved final expenditures to be paid for 2011. The regular council meeting began after the organizational meeting. The council approved the following consent agenda items: meeting minutes from Dec. 12 and 27, staff reports of committees, commis-

sions and boards, a contract with Hennepin Technical College to provide OSHA training, amending the law enforcement services contract with Chisago County and approval of claims and payroll. Also accepted by consent agenda were the police report, fire department report and public works report. The council approved a training request for the recently hired city coordinatorzoning administrator, Adam Berklund. Berklund was hired to replace Larry Phillips after he resigned to take another

position with another agency. The training request is for two workshops: one on grant writing and another on the Legacy Act. The total cost of both training workshops is $349. The council approved the request with the fee to be paid from the planning and zoning department training budget. With no further business to discuss, the council adjourned the meeting. The next council meeting is Monday, Jan. 23.

Tribes warn Assembly: “You’ll have to deal with us” by Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio HURLEY - Four of northern Wisconsin’s bands of Lake Superior Chippewa pledged solidarity with the Bad River tribe’s opposition to proposed mining legislation. And they told the Assembly Jobs Committee Wednesday, Jan. 11, at a hearing in Hurley that they’d better listen. Seven and a half hours into a 12-hour hearing, the tribes played their trump card: The treaties signed in the 19th century giving them the right to hunt, fish

and gather in the ceded territory of the Lake Superior region. So Lac du Flambeau tribal Chairman Tom Maulson says that gives them the right to intervene to protect natural resources, “We will decide. We have the right in the treaty area to make that decision. So that’s something that you’ve got to take home to your tables. It’s not a threat. It’s a promise that we’re going to be talking about that. Megwich (thanks in Ojibwe language).” That got the attention of Republican state Rep. Mike Kuglitsch of New Berlin,

“Can you explain the treaty that you’re talking about and how you can affect and not have this go forward because I’m not familiar with it.” The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is downstream from the proposed Penokee iron ore mine. But tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins says the proposed mining bill is a threat to all 11 Wisconsin tribes, “We recognize some of the things in here as being unbelievable threats to us and what we stand and live for, and ultimately, we’re willing to go to

the mat on this stuff.” So Red Cliff, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau and Menominee tribes say they’ve got Bad River’s back. While warning the committee not to paint the tribes into a corner, Lac du Flambeau’s Maulson did leave the door open, “We need to sit down, you and I. I mean, it ain’t like it rubs off, I can tell you. My wife’s white. And she’s still white. We just need to work together.” The Assembly is expected to vote on the mining bill later this week.


One dog claim approved, one denied County board approves 1.5-percent raise for employees by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Late last year, two individuals filed claims with Polk County for damages to domestic animals caused by dogs. The board of supervisors Tuesday night, Jan. 17, considered the claims and voted to pay the animal owner in one of the cases. The other claim, however, was removed from the resolution that requested the board consider and pay it. Both claims had been made according to proper procedure, and in both cases it was found that dogs did actually kill the animals. The agriculture and extension education committee, which has the responsibility of reviewing the claims and making a recommendation to the board, recommended the claims be paid. Tuesday evening, the board voted to pay the claim of Christi Hendricks, who was seeking $148 for the loss of a turkey, duck and six chickens was approved. The $1,000 claim of Richard Grovum for two llamas, however, was disallowed and deleted from the resolution. The question that plagued some supervisors was whether the county should reimburse for the damage when state statutes say that the dog owner can be held liable. In Grovum’s case, according to discussion at the meeting, the dog that killed the llamas was definitely identified, and state statutes say that the owner of the dog is liable for the cost. “It’s my opinion,” said Supervisor Pat Schmidt, “that we should not pay for this. The owners of the dog are liable.” When asked by Supervisor Brian Masters who was ultimately responsible for paying the claim, corporation counsel Jeff Fuge indicated that the answer is not very clear. Statutes say that a claim can be made to the county, but also say that the owner of the dog is held liable. County policy states that dog license fees can be used to pay dog claims. Supervisor Dean Johansen, chair of the agriculture and extension education committee, said that the owners of the dogs are not in a position to pay the claim. Johansen described one as “transient” and “basically indigent,” and the other as being in trouble with the law. In some cases, argued Supervisor Brian

Masters, people have homeowners insurance that will pay the claim if the owner’s dog causes damage. Johansen, however, said he knew that the Grovums were not going be compensated by either the homeowners insurance or the dog’s owner. The vote to disallow Grovum’s claim was 13 in favor and six opposed. Voting in favor were Supervisors Schmidt, Herschel Brown, Kathryn Kienholz, Jim Edgell, Masters, Ken Sample, Russ Arcand, Warren Nelson, Kristine KremerHartung, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, Neil Johnson and Chairman William Johnson IV. Opposed were Harry Johansen, Dean Johansen, Randy Korb, George Stroebel, Larry Jepsen and Gerianne Christensen. Absent from the meeting due to an out-oftown conference were highway committee members Marvin Caspersen, Jay Luke, Craig Moriak and Larry Voelker. The resolution as amended, including only Hendrick’s claim, was approved by a voice vote. It’s possible that Hendrick’s claim will not be paid by the county, however. Money to pay the claims come from the dog license fund, and the primary use of this fund is to cover expenses at Arnell Humane Society. It is unlikely, said county Administrator Dana Frey, that there will be anything left in the fund after the humane society receives its share of the dog licensing money.

Labor agreements By a vote of 16 to 3, with Supervisors Brown, Kremer-Hartung, and Jepsen opposed, the board ratified labor agreements with nonrepresented employees. The agreements, aligning with those of union employees, included a 1.5-percent raise for 2012. Frey noted that employees are now paying an increased share of health insurance premiums and retirement benefits, resulting in a 9.5-percent reduction in takehome pay even with the increase. Overall financial impact is about $220,000 gross, he said, but about $150,000 or so net. “We look to be right about in the middle of the pack,” Frey said in regard to pay increases given in surrounding counties. The lowest increase he found was onequarter of a percent. Pierce County gave a 1.25-percent increase, and Burnett and Barron counties appear to be about 2 percent, he said. “We have adequate funding in the

budget to cover the increase,” Frey added. Kremer-Hartung disagreed with giving the raise, saying that she was not just spending her own money but that of the taxpayers in her district. She said that 33 businesses, not including Polaris or Motorbooks, have recently closed in her part of the county, and 161 families are losing or have lost their homes. Polk County, she said, is now the largest employer in the county, and taxpayers are funding the salaries of county employees. Hartung asked the other supervisors how she could support an across-theboard increase for county employees when taxpayers are paying the bill. Sample said he agreed with much of what Hartung said, but felt the discussion should have taken place before the 2012 budget was approved. “We didn’t do our work in advance like we should have done,” he said. Kienholz, acknowledging that Hartung made some good points, said that the board also must maintain a balance that will minimize the impact to taxpayers yet attract quality employees to the county. Studies show, Kienholz said, that less skilled jobs at the county tend to pay better than the private sector, while managerial positions at the county tend to pay less.

Reports In his monthly report to the board, Frey outlined the new county employee travel policy, which he described as quicker and easier to process than the former policy. Among the changes are reimbursable amounts for meals for which no receipts are needed and mileage reimbursements for using a personal vehicle when a county vehicle is available. A slip indicating that a county vehicle is not available allows the employee to collect the full rate of 5.5 cents per mile. When a county vehicle is available, but an individual chooses to use his or her personal vehicle, reimbursement is at 32.5-percent per mile. Frey also said that the study of the home-care program and county library system are under way, with results possibly available by the end of February. Chairpersons of governing committees also make monthly reports to the rest of the board to provide information on committee happenings. Dean Johansen, chair of the extension, land and water, and lime quarry committee, reported that the lime quarry is celebrating a “historic moment.” Lime sales in 2011, he said, exceeded sales from all

previous years. Total revenue for 2011 was $700,278, up more than $200,000 from 2010’s revenue of $466,863. Net profit in 2011 was $274,286, far exceeding 2010’s profit of $20,000 and 2009’s profit of $17,000. Johansen also reported that UW-Extension is celebrating 100 years since the first agent was sent into Wisconsin’s rural counties. Wisconsin’s UW-Extension system is recognized and used as a model across the country, he said. In the absence of committee Chair Luke, Supervisor Edgell reported for the public protection committee. The jail, which holds about 160 inmates, had a 2011 average population of 92. There were 14 boarders from Burnett County, one from Pierce County and one from Sawyer County. In 2011, Edgell continued, the sheriff’s department handled 48,465 calls for services, incidents and other cases. There were nine suicides in the county. Schmidt, chair of the health and aging committee, said that public health director Gretchen Sampson has been invited by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Princeton University to attend a forum to be held at the hospital in February. The forum is on the future of public health, and Schmidt noted that Sampson is recognized as a leader in the public health field.

Other business • The board heard a presentation from Danette Olsen and Marty Harding on creation of a National Heritage Area to celebrate and promote places with important connections to the area’s culture and history (see separate story). • Following a public hearing that drew no comments from the public, the board adopted an ordinance creating an appraisal committee for assisting in the sale of tax delinquent land. The committee will included the county administrator, the county treasurer and the director of parks, forestry, buildings and solid waste. Creation of the committee will expedite the sale of tax delinquent property, according to discussion at previous meetings. • Revisions to the purchasing and investment management policies were approved by the board.

Cool winter mentoring available for area boys

by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader BURNETT and POLK COUNTIES There is plenty of great fun and cool learning for Polk and Burnett County boys this winter at the Christian Outdoor Club. And all boys are welcome to join in the excitement and learning. Last Saturday, Jan. 14, they made lifesaving rescue pictures to wear around their necks while ice fishing, and then learned to pull themselves out of the water if they fell in the icy lake. But wait, the fun didn’t stop there. Then the 15 hungry young men ate a hearty, healthy lunch and headed for the Grantsburg Community Center where the theme changed to fly-fishing. Local legendary fly fisherman “Smiley” Sundquist was on dry land for a time, but he guided the eager fishermen through the art and techniques of fly-fishing, castDad Jonathan Maslow, Grantsburg, and son Zach put the final touches on the lifesaving rescue pictures ice fishermen wear around their necks to pull themselves out of the water if they fall into the icy lake.

ing the rod from the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. position and giving it a good casting snap. “You have to cast where the fish are,” said Sundquist. “Logs and rocks are dangerous snagging areas, but that’s where the fish are.” The St. Croix River is the best place for smallmouth bass and fly-fishing around here, he said. “But don’t tell anyone.” The mentoring club is sponsored by a group of concerned men from several area churches. On this day, eight mentors and eight dads showed up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to care for some of the boys in the community. Here they mentor and pass on to the boys all kinds of skills, physical, mental and spiritual, that will assist them in their growth now and in their lives later. They teach essential skills like how to feed yourself: slap together a great sandwich and safely cut it in two, cook some

Smiling chef Chris Lyman, Amery, teaches the boys the importance of how to feed yourself with healthy foods at the Christian Outdoor Club meeting, Saturday, Jan. 14. – Photos by Wayne Anderson

chicken noodle soup and pour a cold glass of milk. “If you like to eat, sooner or later you’re going to have to learn to cook,” said Chris Lyman, a short-order cook in the Amery area. “The mentors sense a great need to impart to the boys the kind of tools that are necessary to one day be successful husbands, fathers and leaders in our community,” said Dan Slaikeu, pastor of Wood River Christian Fellowship. “These are skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.” “I love it,” said Zach Maslow, 8, Grantsburg. “This is where we can learn more about Jesus and how we can survive out in the wilderness.” The life lessons are not all talk. Here, these young fellows get some hands-on time.

“I got to use my own duct tape (imprinted with cool, rad flames),” said Zeke Karge, 13, Falun. It’s fun to listen to Pastor Dan teach us the life lessons. I learned if Jesus is in your life he can pull you out of any situation.” Some of the boys come from single-parent families, mostly where there is no father in the home. “The single moms that we know are doing a great job and are to be commended for their efforts,” said Slaikeu. “We mentors are just trying to come along side of them and assist them.” The next Christian Outdoor Club meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 11, and host an ice-fishing outing on a local “undisclosed” lake. For more information on this and other club events call 715-488-2456.


Jerry J. Johnson, 81, Amery, died Jan. 1, 2012. Gladys J. Otto, 93, Town of Farmington, died Jan. 6, 2012.

Harold D. Sheehan, 67, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 6, 2012.

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Polk County deaths Mary Jane P. Johnson, 84, Town of Clam Falls, died Dec. 29, 2011. Jeffrey J. Madson, 32, Luck, died Dec. 31, 2011.

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) (Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, COMMUNITY RESOURCE vs. BANK, f/k/a COMMUNITY NATIONAL BANK, JUANITA E. LAURITSEN, Plaintiff, JOHN DOE LAURITSEN unknown spouse of Juanita E. vs. Lauritson, RICHARD M. LEROUX JR. and CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), TERI L. NORD, n/k/a Defendants TERI L. LEROUX, Case No. 11CV555 Defendants Case Code: 30404 Case No. 11 CV 344 Foreclosure of Mortgage Foreclosure of Mortgage (30404) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE NOTICE OF By virtue of a judgment of FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by foreclosure and sale rendered in virtue of a judgment of foreclo- the above-entitled action on sure and sale entered in the November 22, 2011, in the above-entitled action on the amount of $12,963.51, the 19th day of July, 2011, the un- undersigned Sheriff of Polk dersigned Sheriff of Polk Coun- County, Wisconsin, will sell at ty, Wisconsin, will sell at public public auction at the front enauction in the foyer of the Polk trance of the Polk County County Justice Center, 1005 Courthouse in the City of West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Balsam Lake, in said County, on Wisconsin, on the 29th day of the 23rd day of February, 2012, February 2012, at 10 a.m., the at 10:00 a.m., the real estate real estate and premises direc- and mortgaged premises directted by said judgment to be sold ed by the judgment to be sold, and therein described as fol- therein described as follows: The South 100 feet of the East lows: 214.5 feet of the South 15 Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Rods of the East 32 Rods in Map No. 1041 recorded in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4, Volume 5 of Certified Survey Section 32, Township 35 Maps on page 31 as DocuNorth, Range 16 West, Town ment No. 428331, located in of Georgetown, Polk County, part of Government Lot Three Wisconsin. (3) of Section Twenty-Seven (27), Township Thirty-Three PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1851 W. Bone Lake Drive, Balsam (33) North of Range Eighteen Lake, Wisconsin. (18) West; Town of Osceola in Polk County, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash Tax Parcel No.: 042-00641-0000. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be Street Address: 2051 75th Avedeposited in cash or by cernue, Osceola, Wisconsin. tified check with the Sheriff at Terms of Sale: Cash. the time of sale; balance to be Down Payment: Ten percent paid by cash or certified Dated this 2nd day of (10%) of the amount bid in check upon confirmation of December, 2011. cash, cashier’s check or by sale. certified funds with bid; balPeter M. Johnson Dated this 28th day of Decemance within ten (10) days after Sheriff of Polk County ber, 2011. confirmation of sale. The buyer Scott D. Nabke will pay the applicable Wiscon- /s/Peter M. Johnson State Bar #1037979 sin real estate transfer fee. Polk County Sheriff Blommer Peterman, S.C. DATED this 22nd day of No- Attorney Christine A. Gimber 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 vember, 2011. Brookfield, WI 53005 RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, Positive attitude, enthusiasm and friendly WELD, personality a must! 262-790-5719 S.C. Peter Johnson, Sheriff Must Be Available For Rotating Shifts, Weekends & Holidays 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway Please go to www.blommer- Polk County, Wisconsin P.O.At Box 1030 to obtain the bid Stellpflug Law, S.C. Apply In Person Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 for this sale. Blommer Peter- Attorneys for Plaintiff 715-839-7786 man, S.C., is the creditor’s By: Christina L. Peterson Attorneys for Plaintiff attorney and is attempting to State Bar Member No. 1045760 collect a debt on its behalf. Any 444 Reid Street, Ste. 200 Siren, Wis.This is an attempt to collect a information obtained will be De Pere, WI 54115 debtPLEASE! . Any information obtained NO PHONE CALLS, used for the purpose. 280628 will be used for that purpose. Phone: (920) 336-5766 (Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. FRANK T. KATZELE, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 631 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 14, 2011, in the amount of $102,295.58, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lots 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, Block 32, Original Plat of the City (formerly Village) of St. Croix Falls, according to the Original Plat thereof on file in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 128 South River Street, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00624-0000; 281-00625-0000; 281-006260000.


Quarterly Meeting Wed., Jan. 25 - 7 p.m. At the Frederic Fire Hall

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Michael J. McCollough, 26, Siren, wwarrant - failure to appear, Jan. 11.

Polk County marriages Carolyn M. Myer, Clear Lake, and Jason J. Leu, Town of Almena, issued Jan. 11, 2012. (Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. KRAIG LOISELLE, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 950 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 5, 2011, in the amount of $85,131.32 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lots 20 and 21, Block 52, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, according to the Official Plat thereof on file and of record in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, said lots being a part of Government Lot 3 of Section 19, Township 34 North, of Range 18 West, City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 438 North Washington Street, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00070-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behallf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280626


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NOTICE Karen Mangelsen Will Be At The

LaFollette Town Hall On Tues., Jan. 24, 2012, From 12:30 to 4 p.m. To Collect Real Estate Taxes & Dog License Fees For The Township 553111 22L 12a,b

Karen Mangelsen, Treas. Town of LaFollette

Hope A. Miller, 32, Hayward, warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 13. Bruce W. Sunderland, 42, Pine City, Minn., arrest warrant complaint, Jan. 9.

(Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK, NA as Successor Trustee to Wachovia Bank, NA fka First Union National Bank as Trustee for Long Beach Mortgage Loan Trust 2000-1 Plaintiff Vs. BRIAN M. LAWRENCE, et al Defendants Case No. 10 CV 239 Hon. Robert H. Rasmussen, Br. 2 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 1, 2010, in the amount of $66,504.54, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: January 25, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: The East 210 feet of the North 1,000 feet of the West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 21, Township 36 North of Range 20 West, Town of Sterling, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 3340 Evergreen Ave., Grantsburg, WI 54840. TAX KEY NO: 046-01281-0000. Dated this 30th day of November 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street, Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cumminsford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


Stacy A. Lavin-Mejia, Webster, warrant - failure to pear, Jan. 13. Magan M. Martinson, Webster, warrant - failure to pear, Jan. 11.


Jose M. Chavarria Jr., 19, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 11. Anthony V. Graham, 21, Mora, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 11.

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Percy W. Benjamin, 33, Hinckly, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 11.

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Burnett County warrants

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. (Jan. 11, 18, MATTHEW T. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) CARSTENBROCK, et al. STATE OF WISCONSIN Defendant(s) CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Case Number: 11 CV 2 ANCHORBANK, FSB NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Plaintiff PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by vs. virtue of a judgment of forecloCHARLES S. BITTORF, et al. 31, sure entered on March Defendant(s) 2011, in the amount of $199,175.68, the Sheriff Case Number: 10 CV will 654 sell the described premises at pubNOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE lic auction as follows: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by TIME: February 23, 2012, at virtue of a judgment of foreclo10:00 a.m. sure entered on January 6, TERMS: in the amount of 2011, 1. 10% down in cash or $231,171.53, the Sheriff will sell money order at the time the described premises at pubofsale; balance due within 10 lic auction as follows: days of confirmation of sale; TIME: February 29, 2012, at failure to pay balance due 10:00 a.m. will result in forfeit of deposit TERMS: to plaintiff. 1. 10%“asdown in subject cash or 2. Sold is” and to money the encum time ofall legalorder liensatand sale; balance due within 10 brances. days of confirmation of sale; PLACE: Polk County Justice failure to pay balance due Center at 1005 W. Main will result in forfeit of deposit Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconto plaintiff. sin. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to DESCRIPTION: 12,encum of theall legal liensLotand Plat of Rolling Hills First brances. Addition, a “County Plat” PLACE: Polk County Justice being a division of Lot 4 of Center at 1005 W. Main Certified Survey Map No. Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. 4588 recorded in Volume 20 of DESCRIPTION: Government Certified Survey Maps Lot on 6 and 140, thoseasparts of GovernPage Document No. ment Lotlocated 10, the Northwest 685791, in the North1/4 theofSoutheast 1/4, and westof1/4 the Northwest 1/4, the Southwest 1/4 of Section 13, Township the 33 Southeast 1/4, which lie North North, Range 18 West, Garand of thePolk abandoned field West Township, County, railroad right of way now Wisconsin. owned by the State of WisPROPERTY ADDRESS: 1881 consin, Department of Trans98th Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. portation, all in Section 18, TAX KAY NO.: Township 33 024-01300-1200. North, Range 15 Dated this 27th of DecemWest, Town of day Clayton, Polk ber, 2011. Wisconsin. EXCEPT County, Lot 1M.ofJohnson Certified Survey Map Peter Number 3739, recorded in Sheriff of Polk County Volume 17 of Certified Survey Russell Karnes Maps, 2, as Document State Bar #1054982 Number 633843, located in Blommer Peterman, S.C.Lot 10, part of Government 165 Bishops18, Way,Township Suite 100 33 Section Brookfield, WI 53005 North, Range 15 West, Polk 262-790-5719 County, Wisconsin. Please go toADDRESS: www.blommer PROPERTY to obtain the bid 90th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. for this sale. Blommer PeterTAX KEY NO.: 016-00409-0000, man, S.C., is the creditor’s 016-00404-0000, 016-00415attorney and is attempting to 0000 & 016-00417-0100. collect a debt on its behalf. Any Dated this obtained 15th day will of Noinformation be vember, used for 2011. the purpose. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 279927

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Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Village of Luck, in the County of Polk, State of Wisconsin, that a Village Caucus for said Village will be held at the Luck Village Hall in said Village on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., prior to the Committee of the Whole Meeting, to nominate candidates for three Village Trustees positions for a two-year term and one Village Trustee position for a one-year term, to be voted on at the Spring Election to be held on the first Tuesday of April, 2012. Dated this 13th day of January, 2012. Kathy Hanson, WCMC, CMTW 553083 22L WNAXLP Village Clerk


Please take notice that on February 3, 2012, at the Polk County Justice Center located at West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, at 10:00 a.m., Secured Party, Lawrence C. Holtz shall sell 4,400 shares of stock in Eagle Valley Bank, N.A. as owned by Debtor, Financial Services of St. Croix Falls, Inc. Bidders shall be required to register in advance of the sale with Attorney Nicholas J. Vivian, Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling, PLLP, 1809 Northwestern Avenue, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 at 651379-3080 to obtain bidding instructions and a bid packet. Purchaser shall be required to make payment in certified funds on the date of the sale and payment in full shall be required. 553170 22Lp WNAXLP




Steen gets her grand, but her squad falls

Eagles get the key conference win

Extra Points

Unity 51, Luck 41 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – Avery Steen became the latest local hoopster to reach 1,000 career points, and she did it early - just eight games into her junior year. The milestone occurred on Friday, Jan. 13, when the Luck Cardinal star drove the left side of the lane against the visiting Unity defense and somehow slipped a layup past several Eagles at 4:45 in the third quarter. Steen need only 14 points to reach the mark, and finished the game with 21 points, but her Cards still lost to the formidable Eagles squad by a 51-41 final score. But the night belonged to Steen, who hit the mark almost as early as anyone, and became just the second player in Luck school history to achieve the mark, with Britta Petersen being the other. “I was pleased, obviously, that Avery got her 1,000th point,” Luck head coach Marty Messar said. “She is one of the most competitive young ladies I have ever coached and she is a hardworking kid.” The action stopped for a spell after she hit the mark, with Messar making a short presentation to Steen and her parents, Ron and Kelly. They also gave her a special ball and noted her fast rise to the millennium mark.

Avery Steen's 1,000th point came on an inside-the-fray layup against Unity in the third quarter.

Luck head coach Marty Messar praised Avery Steen's hard work on and off the court to reach the milestone so early in her career. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Three other girls have hit the magic mark in Wisconsin over the two weeks prior to Steen, but they were all seniors. While Steen added another half dozen points after she hit the mark, it was not enough to get her squad over the Eagles. “As a team, we continue to have breakdowns in terms of the game’s fundamentals,” Messar said. “We still have a long way to go to make ourselves more competitive.” Messar said Unity played well and they were able to get the win due to better execution of fundamentals at both ends of the floor, but they also had another player go down with an injury, when junior Jackie LaDuke became the latest player to have been bitten by the injury bug. “We resemble a MASH unit with players sidelined due to injuries!” Messar said. “We need to get healthy and get better execution from our girls. We’ll keep working and to date the kids effort and attitude has been very positive.” Unity has been a solid competitor this season, and their win over the Cards was another example of that well-rounded ap-

proach to defense and scoring that has worked well so far. “Our team is really playing well together,” Unity head coach Carol Kline said. “The win against Luck was a collective effort from everyone.” Shauna Jorgenson led the Eagles with 16 points, with senior Brittany Thomfohrda adding 13 points to the effort, and Hailey Olson scoring six points. “They did a great job on the court,” Kline added. “Shay Nelson and Anna Ebensperger played tough defense against Avery Steen, and kept her below her average points per game.” Whether they wanted to or not, Kline and the Eagle crew were also part of the Steen 1,000-point event. “We were happy to see Avery reach the 1,000-point mark, which is an amazing accomplishment, especially as a junior.” Kline said. “Our team goal was to keep her from reaching it, but we also knew that keeping Steen to 14 points is a lofty goal. Above all, the players wanted the win, and they went out and got it.”

••• NEW ULM, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica picked up a 69-61 win over Martin Luther College on Saturday, Jan. 14. The team will be hosting Crown College at home this Friday, Jan. 20. Former Luck athletes Alec Mortel and Cole Mortel contributed to the win, with Alec shooting 2 for 2 from the field for a total of four points. Alec played 18 minutes in the game and brother Cole played 10 minutes, with a rebound. Alec had two boards in the win. ••• LEADER LAND – The American Youth Soccer Organization and St. Croix Soccer Club are looking for those interested in playing soccer for the spring of 2012 in the St. Croix Falls area, boys and girls ages 4-19. Players must have turned 4 years old by July 31, 2011, to be eligible to play. Early registration meetings are set for Thursday, Feb. 9, and Monday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the St. Croix Falls Middle School Commons Area. Anyone with questions can call Jessica at 715-294-3414, or e-mail at Early registration costs $35 or late registration is $45. Uniforms are $35. Or to preregister, visit Volunteers are also needed. – Marty Seeger with submitted information ••• LEADER LAND – The Unity at Siren girls and boys basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The Osceola at St. Croix Falls boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 24, can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. Amery at New Richmond boys hockey can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. The Tuesday, Jan. 24, Grantsburg at Amery boys basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m. Amery at Altoona boys basketball is on 1260 AM on Monday, Jan. 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Other games featured on 1260 AM include the Amery at Blooomer girls basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Prescott at Amery boys basketball beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, and Ashland at Amery boys hockey on Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 1 p.m. Wisconsin at Illinois men’s college basketball is on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2012 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

The Avery Steen fan club was evident as several young men showed their support.

SPORTS RESULTS DEADLINES: WEDNESDAY - MONDAY: 1 p.m. the following business day. TUESDAY: 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Missed deadlines mean no coverage that week!

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Saints girls escape with win over Siren Close game but St. Croix Falls still remains perfect St. Croix Falls 45, Siren 38 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – There’s still a long way to go, but the Saints perfect record still stands after they narrowly escaped the Siren Dragons pressure on Friday, Jan. 13, in Siren. St. Croix Falls continues to play consistent basketball and finish games strong, as they proved against a scrappy Dragons team that wasn’t about to let them go without a fight. Despite a Saints lead after every quarter, their largest lead came at the start of the fourth quarter, when they led by 10, 37-27. “I thought it was a well-played high school basketball game. They are a good team that is well coached. They should get all the credit for the win,” said Siren coach Ryan Karsten. The Dragons kept it within reach, trailing by just one point midway through the third quarter. Sophomore Mackenzie Smith actually tied the game at 19 a short time later with a long 3-pointer, but a quick two from Saints Natalie Sempf, a 3pointer from Sarah Petznick and another two from Alexis Erickson gave the Saints a seven-point halftime lead. But as was the case throughout much of the game, the Dragons stormed right back. “They had runs and we had runs, we had a chance late in the fourth and didn’t capitalize on it,” said Karsten. Despite the 10-point edge to start the fourth quarter, Siren climbed back into the game by beefing up the pressure defensively, and forcing a few turnovers. The Dragons cut the lead to four with five

minutes to go on points from Kyaisha Kettula and Liz Brown and cut it to two points when Carly Good picked off a steal and drove to the basket uncontested. It forced the Saints to take a time-out, and from then on the Dragons kept it close, but couldn’t quite grab the lead they were looking for. They trailed by two, 40-38, with a minute to go, but both Sempf and Petznick hit clutch free-throws to help seal the win. “That has been our MO all year, close against good teams but just can’t finish strong. Sarah Petznick took over the game in the last three minutes and was the senior leader they needed to pull out the game. I hope we have a chance to return the favor next month, but we have to play great ball between now and then, and not trip up, to have that opportunity,” Karsten said. The Siren coach was more than pleased with the effort of Brown, who battled all night long against a set of powerful Saints forwards. “She battled their bigs all night and gave an all-conference performance in the loss. I thought Raven Emery played well in the first half with eight points and I was impressed that Abigail Mitchell battled all night and stayed out of foul trouble and led our team,” Karsten said. “We are close to playing well, and just need to continue to work hard, and by the end of the year I feel that we will be peaking at the right time,” said Karsten. The Saints were led by Petznick’s 16 points, followed by seven each from Erickson and Sempf. Sydney Geisness and Caitlyn Olson each had six and Jessica Rademacher added three. Geisness led the game with 13 rebounds, while Rademacher and Petznick each had five.

Grantsburg 61, Webster 22 WEBSTER – It was an all-out effort for the Pirates basketball team against Webster on Friday, Jan. 13, as they held the

St. Croix Falls sophomore Jessica Rademacher eyes the basket under pressure from Siren’s Brittany Coulter. – Photo by Marty Seeger Tigers to six points in the first half and put up a 22-point effort in the third quarter to take their second consecutive conference win on the road. The game was never really close as Grantsburg led 16-4 at the end of the first quarter and 33-6 at the half. “Everybody contributed tonight to another nice conference win on the road. I thought the girls came out strong defensively and attacked on offense as well,” said Pirates coach Adam Hale. Sam Schwieger led Grantsburg with a 22-point effort and Carly Larson added 16 to lead the Pirates in scoring.

“Sam and Carly got it going in the second half and it was good to see us finally hit some outside shots with consistency. Liz Gaffney continues to rebound well and I thought Nicole McKenzie came out strong tonight in the first quarter to give us an offensive spark,” added Hale. McKenzie had seven points in the game, Gaffney, six, Macy Hanson had four, and Kylie Pewe, Cathy LaMere and Haley Burkhardt had two apiece. The Tigers got 10 points from Chelsea Larson, four from Tanya Johnson and Kally Schiller, and two from Angel Christianson and Gabby Schiller.

The Siren cheerleading squad led the crowd during Friday’s games between the Saints and Dragons. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Pirate Stacy McKenzie takes on Webster’s Ashley Irvine in a fight for the ball. – Photo by Carl Heidel

Grantsburg Pirates Haley Burkhardt (center) goes for the ball as two Webster Tiger defenders try to get there first in the Friday, Jan. 13, match between the two teams. – Photo by Carl Heidel








Siren’s offense explodes against Saints Other scorers for the Dragons included seven points from Jared Emery and David St. John, and four from both Will Haines and Luke Bollant. Evan Oachs also scored two points. “Little things are the biggest thing for our team, and for any team for that matter. We have to continue to get better at the little things if we are to accomplish the team goals that we have set for this season,” Ruud said. St. Croix Falls was led by Andrew Erickson with 15 points, Noah Casterton had10, Cody Zelinski and Nick Lunde each had eight, Ben Clausen, six and Erik Swenson, four.

Dragons continue with undefeated season Siren 100, St. Croix Falls 51 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – Although Siren coach Jon Ruud wasn’t entirely pleased with his team’s defensive effort, there was no denying that the Dragons offense set was firing on all cylinders on Friday, Jan. 13, against St. Croix Falls. “I thought that our team played well on offense and really passed the ball well throughout the game. We had great intensity in the first half and a lot of player combinations really worked well together in the first three quarters. I think that defensively we have a long way to go. We gave up a lot of easy looks, and this has to improve as we get into the latter part of January,” said Ruud. Elijah Hinze, Murdock Smith and Andrew Brown piled on 31, 25 and 20 points respectively to help capture the Dragons 12th win of the season, and remain unbeaten. The Dragons led 65-28 at the half yet the Saints continued to pile on the points in one of the highest scoring contests this area has seen in recent memory. The Dragons had a number of two-andone opportunities in the first quarter and drained several threes in the process. Contrary to what the score was, the Dragons got off to a bit of a slow start as the Saints trailed by four with under three minutes to go in the first quarter, but a Brown twoand-one, followed by an electrifying onehanded dunk by Smith seemed to be just the spark Siren needed to get going, and they never looked back after that, leading 29-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Siren’s David St. John scored the 100th point in this shot against the Saints during an impressive display of offense Friday, Jan. 13. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Andrew Erickson of St. Croix Falls comes down with the rebound against Siren’s Luke Bollant. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg 56, Webster 29 WEBSTER – After a disappointing loss at Unity, the Pirates bounced back nicely in a win over Webster on Friday, Jan. 13. Nolan Hanson buried a couple of 3-pointers in the first quarter to help give Grantsburg a 10-6 lead at the half, and the Pirates were able to pull ahead from then on, leading 24-13 at halftime. “We improved on a few things after dropping that game at Unity. It was a good win ... much needed to get back on track again,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. Another well-balanced Pirates offense was led by Hanson’s 14 points, followed by David Ohnstad, 11, Brady Thompson, 10, Seth Coy, seven, Connor Myers, six, and Daniel Biorn and Zack Arnold each had four. The Pirates shot 13 of 18 from the freethrow line and played well defensively, holding the Tigers to no more than eight points in each quarter. Josh Baer had 11 points for the Tigers, Taylor Heinz and Joey Erickson each had five and Brad Krause and Cody Isaacson added four points apiece.

It looks like a game where the ball tries to elude all pursuers, but it's really basketball with the ball up for grabs. – Photo by Carl Heidel

Frederic boys escape with win over Prairie Farm Siren, Unity both win nonconference games Monday Frederic 56, Prairie Farm 51 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer PRAIRIE FARM – The Frederic boys basketball team escaped in a close victory over Prairie Farm in nonconference action on Monday, Jan. 16. According to Vikings coach Ryan Lind, Frederic was fortunate to have pulled away with the win.

“I kind of feel like we were lucky to get out of there with a win. We gave them wide open looks from three, we didn’t box out, and so they had multiple shots on several important possessions, and we didn’t make our free throws until the very end of the game,” Lind noted. But the Vikings prevailed despite the Panthers taking an early 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. They regained a one-point lead at the half and held the Panthers to just six points in the third. Adam Chenal had a solid performance, putting up 22 points to lead the Vikings. “Offensively, Adam kind of put us on his back; otherwise, we would have been

in trouble, I think,” Lind said. Other scoring from the Vikings included seven points from Waylon Buck and Jayce den Hoed, six from Ian Lexen and two each from Mike Tesch and Zach Schmidt.

Siren 62, Washburn 46 SIREN – The Dragon boys basketball team came away with their 13th win of the season over the Washburn Castle Guards on Monday, Jan. 16. Murdock Smith had 11 of his team-leading 25 points in the first quarter and shot a perfect 5 for 5 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, and 6 for 7 overall.

Siren led at the end of all four quarters and held Washburn to 11 points in the first three. Elijah Hinze added another 13 points to the total, while Andrew Brown finished with 11, Luke Bollant, six, Evan Oachs, three, and Will Haines and David St. John each had two.

Unity 46, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 38 CHETEK – The Unity Eagles pulled away with a win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Monday, Jan. 16. It was the Eagles fourth straight win before they travel to Siren this Friday, Jan. 20, to try and defeat the Dragons, who have yet to lose a game this season.








Pirates power up over Cameron on Tuesday

Two other area teams notch nonconference wins as well

Luck 50, Birchwood 47 (OT) BIRCHWOOD – The Birchwood Bobcats took the Luck boys into overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 17, but the Cardinals managed to hold on in the end. “Even though we had a slow start and a few miscues, I thought we were making some strides in the right direction both offensively and defensively,” said Luck coach Rick Giller. John Denny led the Cards with a big night, and a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Kyle Hunter added 10, Karsten Petersen, eight, Evan Armour, six, Dylan LeMay, five, and Trent Strapon, three. “Evan Armour is starting to make play show at both ends of the floor,” said Giller, and added that Hunter contributes in each game effectively on both offense and defense. In the overtime, LeMay had two points, and Denny had six, while shooting 4 for 7 from the free-throw line.

Grantsburg 52, Cameron 40 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer RIVER FALLS – The Grantsburg boys basketball team picked up a nice win on the road against the Cameron Comets on Tuesday, Jan. 17. It was the Comets third straight loss and the Pirates second straight win. “Cameron’s a good team,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. Their post players are solid. We slowly took control of the game and hit free throws to win the game.” It was another night of well-balanced scoring for the Pirates, who had Daniel Biorn with 14, Connor Myers 11, Nolan Hanson, 10, Zack Arnold, six, David Ohnstad, five, Seth Coy, four and Brady Thompson, two. Grantsburg shot 13 of 16 from the free-throw line in the win. The Pirates led by just one point after the first period but outscored the Comets 15-4 in the second quarter to take a 27-15 lead at halftime. “Still enough to work on, but a lot of positives to take from this game,” Hallberg noted.

Siren 65, Birchwood 42 MINONG – The Siren boys earned their 14th straight win of the season over LEFT: Grantsburg's Connor Myers goes up for a shot during an earlier game this season. The Pirates defeated a talented Cameron team on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 52-40. – File photo by Marty Seeger

Northwood on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Dragons led 25-4 heading into the second quarter. Murdock Smith had 18 points, David St. John, 12, Luke Bollant, 10, and Andrew Brown, Evan Oachs and Eli Hinze each had eight. “We will definitely have to play better basketball this Friday when Unity comes into our gymnasium,” said Siren coach Jon Ruud.

Cumberland 48, Webster 37 CUMBERLAND – The Webster Tigers dropped their fourth straight game on the road against Cumberland on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Tigers led 24-18 at the half but had a tough third quarter, as the Beavers held them to just five points, and put up 17 of their own to take a 37-29 into the fourth quarter, and held on for the win. Josh Baer had 17 points, followed by Taylor Heinz, eight, Joey Erickson, four, and Brad Krause, Cody Isaacson and Jake Sargent each had two. Spooner 56, St. Croix Falls 27 CUMBERLAND – The St. Croix Falls boys basketball team lost a tough nonconference battle at Spooner on Tuesday. The Saints will hope to end their fourgame losing skid against Osceola at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Eagle boys snuff Cards Unity 42, Luck 28 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The Unity Eagle boys had little trouble dispatching the Luck Cardinals in a West Lakeland Conference match on Friday, Jan. 13, at Luck, with Unity leading almost the whole way and winning, 42-28. The Eagles outscored the Cards handily in the opening quarters, limiting Luck to just seven points in the whole first half. While Unity was slightly more on track,

the game featured sloppy play on both ends of the court by both squads. Unity senior Brady Turner led all scorers with 14 points, including two 3-pointers in the opening frame that gave the Eagles an initial lead they never relinquished. Zac Johnson followed Turner with 10 points, with Steven Krueger adding eight points to the win. Luck had trouble getting out of first gear in the first half, and had few highlights after a sparkling alley-oop dunk by Karsten Petersen, coming off a perfect

Trent Strapon lob. After that, the highlights were few and far between. Petersen led the Cards with 10 points, followed by seven points for junior John Denny and five more from Dylan LeMay.

After the cold first half, the Cardinals began to wake up a bit in the second half, scoring 13 points in the third stanza and adding eight more in the final frame, but still falling hard, 42-28.

Unity's Zac Johnson goes between the legs against Luck's Dylan LeMay.

Tigers in training

Cardinal Dylan LeMay works around Unity's Brady Turner. – Photos by Greg Marsten

It may be just a bit of halftime entertainment, but these third- and fourth-graders from the Webster Elementary School take it just as seriously as their older counterparts. The players gave the crowd something to cheer about during halftime in the boys game between Webster and Grantsburg Friday, Jan. 13. – Photo by Carl Heidel








Clear Lake pins Unity Forfeits add up in dual meet loss to Warriors Clear Lake 57, Unity 29 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Clear Lake Warrior grapplers were able to fend off the Eagle wrestlers in a dual meet at Unity on Thursday, Jan. 12, with the Warriors winning handily, 57-29. The contest featured four Unity forfeits, with just two empty weight classes for Clear Lake. But it also featured some good wrestling on occasion.

The Warriors got a strong win at 132 pounds, where Clear Lake’s Alex Colbeth earned a quick pin at 1:04 in the first period over Unity’s Damon Bearhart. Unity had two pins in a row at 145 and 152 pounds,where Steven Anderson and Colton Sorenson earned back-to-back falls over Warriors Tyler Daniels and Ben Anderson-Berrier to keep the Eagles in the hunt. But Clear Lake recovered and got back on track, winning the next five weight classes, either by forfeit or falls, giving them a strong lead, which they held on to for the duration in the 57-29 team victory. Unity travels to St. Croix Falls on Saturday, Jan. 21, for a match with the Saints, then hosts the St. Croix Falls boys five days later on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The Clear Lake Warriors, despite a few injuries this season, are still tough to beat as they proved against the Eagles last week.

Unity's Colton Sorensen earned a pin at 152 pounds over Ben Anderson-Berrier of Clear Lake. – Photos by Greg Marsten

The Eagles will get a bit of a break before traveling a short distance this Saturday, Jan. 21, for the St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic.

St. Croix Falls wrestlers shut down Turtle Lake-Clayton Final home dual ends with six pins and crushing win St. Croix Falls 65, Turtle Lake/Clayton 9 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls wrestling team never let up against Turtle Lake/Clayton on Thursday, Jan. 12. It was also Parents Night, as well as the Saints final home dual of the season. They also took time to honor seniors Jake Rademacher and Ryan Nussbaum for reaching 100 wins. Both Rademacher and Nussbaum received giant jars of candy, which is a forbidden food for wrestlers. They also received accolades from fans and their coaching staff for reaching the milestone. To top off the evening, both earned wins on Thursday, with Rademacher winning by a tech fall over Damion Blechinger at 170 pounds. Rademacher dominated the match from the start, scoring 17 points in the first period. His final two points came

For reaching their 100-win milestone this season, seniors Jake Rademacher and Ryan Nussbaum received some forbidden food from the cheerleaders and coaches. Huge jars of candy were awarded to both. It was the Saints last home dual meet of the season and was also Parents Night. in the final seconds to win 17-2. At 195, Nussbaum earned a pin over Zach Johnson in one minute, 18 seconds. Five other Saints wrestlers earned pins on the night including Drew Wheeler at 113. He defeated Aaron Johnson in 3:29.

Sophomore Drew Wheeler of St. Croix Falls earned a pin over Turtle Lake/Clayton's Aaron Johnson at 113 pounds. – Photos by Marty Seeger Grant Simpson earned a pin at 152 over able to get a pin over Ezra Buhr in 3:23. Zach Schiller in 1:27. Joe Rademacher The Saints will be hosting the St. Croix won by pin at 182 over Kollin Horn in just Falls wrestling classic this Saturday, Jan. 20 seconds and Nolan O’Brien defeated 21, beginning at 9 a.m. Their next dual will Erik Swenson by pin at 220 in 3:36. End- be at Clear Lake on Thursday, Jan. 19, being the night at 285, Ryan Johnson was ginning at 7 p.m.

Saints senior Jake Rademacher scored 17 points in the first period, and made it look easy in his 17-2 major decision win. Rademacher earned his 100th career victory this season and is wrestling at 170 pounds.

Ryan Nussbaum of St. Croix Falls earned a pin at 195 pounds on Thursday, Jan. 12, during a Parents Night dual against Turtle Lake/Clayton.








Blizzard girls win two Come from behind in win over Hatchets Blizzard 9, Eveleth 4 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer EVELETH, Minn. – The Blizzard girls hockey team won both contests on the road over the weekend, starting with a huge win on Friday, Jan. 13, in Eveleth, Minn., beating Eveleth/Gilbert by a 9-4 score and then beating Tomahawk by a 7-4 score in a come-from-behind victory the next game. In the first contest, Jan. 13 against Eveleth, the Blizzard moved quickly to get a lead and never relinquished, scoring five first-period goals and holding Eveleth to playing constant catch-up. The Blizzard’s Taylor Heathman scored first, off an assist by Kassie Lien on a power play. Eveleth caught up a few minutes later, also on a power play, but then it was the Blizzard who pulled ahead. Sam O’Brien took a Paige Johnson assist in for a 2-1 lead. Wendy Roberts stretched that lead with a goal two minutes later off Lien and O’Brien helpers. O’Brien scored moments later again, this time off a Larissa Houtari assist, with Lien again getting a helper. The Eveleth squad finally caught their breath and got in on the action with their second goal at 15:57 in the first period, with the Blizzard’s Wendy Roberts evening up less than a minute later off a Heathman assist.

Wendy Roberts (No. 24) skates past the Superior defense in an earlier game this season. Roberts had seven goals in the past two games. – File photo by Greg Marsten The first period ended with the Blizzard fourth goal of the night in the fourth period, making it 9-3. Eveleth tallied their leading 5-2. Eveleth scored midway in the second fourth goal halfway through the final frame, with the Blizzard again countering, stanza, but the Blizzard girls held on for this time off a Kassie Lien solo effort, 10 the 9-4 thumping. minutes into the period. Five minutes Blizzard 7, Tomahawk 4 later, Wendy Roberts earned her hat trick TOMAHAWK - The Blizzard girls then off a Johanna Lauer assist for the next Blizcontinued their thumping ways the next zard nail in the coffin. The Blizzard also scored the next two afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 14, in Tomathird-period goals, courtesy of Sam hawk, winning 7-4 over the hosting TomO’Brien’s hat trick, this time off Lien and ahawk Hatchets, in a come-from-behind performance that got them a well-earned Roberts assists, respectively. Roberts earned extra dessert with her win.

The Blizzard drew first blood on a Wendy Roberts goal, with assists from Paige Johnson and Kassie Lien, 3:45 into the game. The Hatchets scored to tie and make it 1-1 as the second period began. The next goal went to Tomahawk, again, and then Ashley Dietmeier got into the scoring action, in a solo way, to get the Blizzard back into the game. But the Hatchets scored the next two goals, giving them a confident 4-2 lead as the final period began. But the Blizzard woke up, offensively, like they were on fire, scoring five straight unanswered goals in the third period for the win. Scoring those tallies, respectively, were Samantha O’Brien off a Dietmeier helper 1:28 into the third. Then it was the Roberts show, with three straight goals in about five minutes. The first two were unassisted, with her hat trick coming off an assist from O’Brien, making for a fast Blizzard turnaround. Taylor Heathman added another Blizzard goal off assists from Dietmeier and Johanna Lauer three minutes later, for the seventh and final Blizzard goal. The Blizzard won 7-4 with goalie Hope Tucker notching 26 saves in the comefrom-behind victory. The Blizzard girls ended their road trip with two solid wins. They now head to the Northland Pines Classic at Eagle River Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21. Their first game is against Northland Pines, with their second game TDB on Jan. 21.

Blizzard come from behind over North Branch

Blizzard 7, North Branch 1

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LINDSTROM, Minn. – The Blizzard boys hockey squad came back strongly from behind in a 7-1 victory on the road on Monday, Jan. 16, in a Two Rivers Conference battle against North Branch, Minn. The hosting Vikings scored their first and only goal 1:24 into the game when Mitch Patten got a shot past Blizzard goalie Thomas Labatt. After that, it was all Blizzard, all the time. Aaron Dietmeier scored at 12:56 in the first period on a Joe Engelhart assist, tying the contest at 1-1. Dietmeier did it again, 10 seconds later on a power play, again off an Engelhart helper with a second assist from Austin

Thoreen. Engelhart twisted the knife a short time later, off Matt Larson and Aaron Dietmeier assists, for a 3-1 lead to end the first period. The Blizzard boys scored twice again in the second period, first off a Brandon Ryan goal, taking assists from Thoreen and Bryce Ryan at 1:32. Aaron Dietmeier got his hat trick at 4:55 in the second, this time off brother Anthony Dietmeier, making it 5-1 Blizzard. Anthony Dietmeier combined with a Matt Larson assist at 6:13 in the third period for a goal, with Engelhart adding one more nail to the North Branch coffin less than a minute later, unassisted.

The game was noteworthy as it was the first to have the new boarding and checking rules applied, which were actually applied early on with a major penalty assessment against Blizzard defenseman Dakota Linke, for a five-minute major penalty. Due to the rule change, the game was even covered on KARE 11 news that night, although they failed to mention the final score. The new rules come in response to debilitating spinal injuries for both a boy and girl hockey player in recent weeks in Minnesota, which led to the more stringent checking penalties. The Blizzard remain atop the Two Rivers, and are hosting conference mates Legacy Christian Academy this Friday night, Jan. 20, in Siren at the Lodge Center Arena.

RIGHT: Blizzard junior Brandon Ryan works against a Somerset player during an earlier game this season. – File photo by Greg Marsten

Lady Saints stop St. Paul Harding on Tuesday Luck 44, Birchwood 24 BIRCHWOOD – The Luck girls basketball team bounced back from an earlier loss against Unity and defeated the Birchwood Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Cards led 27-7 at halftime, according to coach Marty Messar, and several of the Luck players logged quite a bit of playing time. “The bench kids got lots of valuable court time tonight. Avery led us with 10 points and didn’t play for a quarter and and a half. Darian Ogilvie chipped in eight points, Angela Gore had seven, Jenni Holdt had six. Nine players contributed to our scoring for the victory,” Messar noted. This is the Cardinals third win of the season.

Other local girl teams victorious on Tuesday St. Croix Falls 64, St. Paul Harding 30 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Tuesday, Jan. 17, girls basketball games were filled with nonconference matchups, starting with the Saints, who won easily over St. Paul Harding. The Saints were up 34-13 at the half and it wasn’t much of a battle for the Saints, who were led by Sarah Petznick’s 22 points. Other Saints scorers included Sydney Geisness with 12, Jessica Rademacher, 10, Alexis Erickson, eight, Caitlyn Olson, six, and Taylor Orton, six. St. Croix Falls has won all nine of their games this season, and have two more nonconference games against Cameron and Barron before getting back into conference play at Unity on Friday, Jan. 27.

The Saints Alexis Erickson knocks in two of her eight points during a 64-30 win over St. Paul Harding. – Photo by Garth Olson

Unity 45, Clear Lake 41 CLEAR LAKE – With 25 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, Brittany Thomfohrda led the Unity Eagles to victory over the Clear Lake Warriors Tuesday, Jan. 17. Shauna Jorgenson also had 11, Sarah Bader, three, and Maddie Ramich, Shay Nelson, and Anna Ebensperger each had two points.

Unity had a total of 12 steals and led 102 after the first quarter. They had a 21-12 halftime lead but led by just six heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagles travel to Siren this Friday, Jan. 20, for a key conference matchup beginning at 6 p.m.

Grantsburg 45, Shell Lake 41 SHELL LAKE – The Pirates powered up for a nice win on the road against a solid Shell Lake team on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The game was tied at 10 heading into the second quarter and the Pirates had a threepoint lead at halftime. Both teams scored 10 in the third quarter in a close game, but the Pirates pulled away in the fourth quarter. Sam Schwieger had 12 points, Carly Larson, 11, Kylie Pewe, 10, Macy Hanson, six, Liz Gaffney, five, and Nicole McKenzie, two. The Pirates have won their past three straight games on the road, and will face another road game against Frederic on Friday, Jan. 20, and another road game against Luck Friday, Jan. 27. After five straight road games, Grantsburg hosts Siren on Friday, Feb. 3.








Pirate gymnasts compete at River Falls Next meet is this Saturday in Rice Lake by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer RIVER FALLS – The Grantsburg Pirates gymnastics team competed at an invitational in River Falls on Saturday, Jan. 14, with at least two of the four gymnasts bringing home medals from the event.

“We had a pretty good meet,” said coach Kathy Lund. Aimee Lerud had a solid meet, bringing home five medals. She won the all-around competition with a score of 33.90, starting with a no-fall routine on the beam with an 8.75. She took second in the vault with 8.30, and scored 8.75 on the uneven bars. She also placed third in the floor event with an 8.20.

Heidi Horky also had a lot of success at the invite, taking home a sixth-place medal in the vault with an 8.15. “Heidi had a great meet getting three personal bests in vault, bars and in the allaround with a 29.075,” said Lund. The Pirates will be traveling to Rice Lake this Saturday, Jan. 21, for an invitational that begins at 11 a.m.

ABOVE: Heidi Horky scored three personal best scores in vault, uneven bars and allaround against River Falls.

Aimee Lerud took first place in the all-around competition at River Falls with a score of 33.90. RIGHT: She had a no-fall routine on the balance beam for a score of 8.75. – Photos submitted


Monday Afternoon Senior Standings: Hummingbirds 9, Night Hawks 7, Bears 7, Badgers 6, Vultures 4, Eagles 4, Swans 4. Men’s games (Handicap): Duane Doolittle 235, Dave Bannie 226, Tom Johnson 223. Men’s series (Handicap): Tom Johnson 623, Duane Doolittle 621, Tony Deiss 581. Women’s games (Handicap): Jackie Giller 232, Marge Traun 231, Pearl Noble 227. Women’s series (Handicap): Marge Traun 621, Pearl Noble 617, Mary Young 594. Team games (Handicap): Hummingbirds 833, Badgers 786, Night Hawks 781. Team series (Handicap): Hummingbirds 2264, Night Hawks 2263, Bears 2199. Thursday Early Standings: American Family Siren 17, Kinetico 15, Fab Four 14, Wikstrom Construction 13, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 13, Red Iron Studios 12, Hell Raisers 12, Grindell Law Offices 8. Individual games: Ed Bitler (RIS) 289, Mark Bohn (FF) & Don Swenson (HR) 245. Individual series: Mark Bohn (FF) 726, Ed Bitler (RIS) 680, Don McKinney (FF) 644. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 702, Fab Four 695, American Family Siren 675. Team series: American Family Siren 1915, Fab Four 1906, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1887. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Mark Bohn 5x – 245; Don McKinney 5x – 228; Ed Bitler 10x – 289; Don Swenson 5x – 245; Nick Skow 7x – 241. Games 50 or more above average: Derik Ayd 215 (+62); Ed Bitler 289 (+81); Nick Skow 241 (+50); Don Swenson 245 (+71); Bruce Wikstrom 224 (+52). Others (triplicates, all-spare games, etc.): Mark Bohn 726. Splits converted: 2-4-7-10: Dave Hall. 27-8: Mike Skow. 3-10: Bert Meyer. Thursday Late Standings: Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 7, Hansen Farms Inc. 4, Fisk Trucking 4, Stotz & Company 1. Men’s games: Eugene Wynn Jr. 234, Alvin Tyler 232, Kenneth Hackett 223 Men’s series: Eugene Wynn Jr. 584, Alvin Tyler 576, Oliver Baillargeon 546. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 225, Rita Frandsen 154. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 508, Rita Frandsen 401. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 923, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 847, Fisk Trucking 827. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2516, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2437, Stotz & Company 2306.

Friday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Design 17, Junque Art 16, Meyer’s Plus 15, The Leader 14, Pin Heads 9, Pioneer Bar 9, SKM 2. Individual games: Karen Carlson 223, Gail Linke 200, Tammy Lindberg 197. Individual series: Gail Linke 557, Karen Carlson 548, Tammy Lindberg 523. Team games: Pin Heads 690, SKM 654, The Leader 616. Team series: SKM 1842, Pin Heads 1835, Frederic Design 1743. Games 50 or more above average: Tammy Lindberg; Karen Carlson. Splits converted: 5-10: Jen Ellefson. 310: Myrna Magnuson. 5-7: Sheila Hansen. 4-10: Linda O’Donnell.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Wolf Creek Log Furniture 89.5, Alyeska Contracting 85, Metal Products 82, Edina Divas 80, Milltown Appliance 73, McKenzie Lanes 60.5, Frederic Truck & Tractor 45, Bye 26. Individual games: Yvonne Snyder 192, Joan Wulf 184, Erlene Johnson 178. Individual series: Toni Sloper 502, Yvonne Snyder 501, Karen Wiemer 491. Team games (Handicap): Alyeska Contracting 815. Team series (Handicap): Metal Products 2376. Monday Night Madness Standings: Mishaps 32, McKenzie Lanes 26, Eagle Lounge 24, Bogus Punkins 20, Alleycats 16, Bye 2. Individual games: Barbara Benson 222, Cathy Albrecht 190, Heidi Skow 181. Individual series: Barbara Benson 571, Cathy Albrecht 491, Julia Delougherty 479. Team games (Handicap): Mishaps 644, McKenzie Lanes 619. Team series (Handicap): Mishaps 1834, Alleycats 1795. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lane Crashers 28, 1 Pin Short 21, Lemon Heads 19, What the Ek 16. Men’s games: Gilbert Berg 202, Kevin Ek 199, Jeff Bringgold 182. Men’s series: Kevin Ek 539, Gilbert Berg 520, Erv Lehmann 496. Women’s games: Beth Ahlgren 182, Jill Behnke & Brenda Lehmann 174. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 491, Janice Berg 443, Beth Ahlgren 439. Team games: Lane Crashers 493. Team series: What the Ek 1348. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Country Gals 56, Kassel Tap 53.5, Gutter Dusters 46.5, Hauge Dental 39.5, Custom Outfitter 36.5, LC’s Gals 36.5, Tomlinson Insurance 36, Trap Rock 35.5. Individual games: Jane Smith 202, Lonnie Stowell 193, Shirley Wilson 188.

Team series (Handicap): Harvest Moon 3135, Dalles Electricians 2815.

Black & Orange

Individual series: Jane Smith 537, Helen Leggitt 523, Mary Sue Morris 520. Team games (Handicap): Kassel Tap 863, Tomlinson Insurance 829, LC’s Gals 828. Team series (Handicap): Kassel Tap 2475, Tomlinson Insurance 2380, LC’s Gals 2309. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Dream Lawn 26.5, The Cobbler Shop 26.5, Centurview Park 24, Steve’s Appliance 22, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 20, The Dugout 18, Hack’s Pub 14, McKenzie Lanes 9. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 266, Rick Fox 258, Ken Williams 245. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 718, Rick Fox 672, Cory Crowelll 668. Team games (Handicap): Dream Lawn 1249. Team series (Handicap): Dream Lawn 3658. Wednesday Early Standings: Gerhman Auto Body 36, Amrhien Painting 28, Hack’s Pub 26, Holiday Station 22, Suzie Q’s 22, Top Spot 16, Cutting Edge 6, Bye 4. Men’s games: Jim Harder 234, Merlin Fox 230, Mike Runberg 213. Men’s series: Mike Runberg 583, Dennis Kindem 578, Jim Harder 573. Women’s games: Karen Wiemer 170, Shirley Ince 157, Dixie Runberg 156. Women’s series: Jeanne Kizer 435, Karen Wiemer 433, Patty Walker 416. Team games (Handicap): Gerhman Auto Body 697. Team series (Handicap): Gerhman Auto Body 1959. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Dalles Electricians 12, Tiger Express 10, Harvest Moon 8, Hanjo Farms 8, Edina Realty 8, Davy’s Construction 6, Reed’s Marina 6, McKenzie Lanes 6. Individual games: Gene Braund 248, Gordy Johnson 247, Bob Swanson 246. Individual series: Gene Braund 669, Gordy Johnson 662, Sam Leggitt 617. Team games (Handicap): Harvest Moon 1101, Tiger Express 1043.

Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 12-8, Gandy Dancer Saloon 12-8, The Tap 1010, Black & Orange 6-14. Individual games: Kay Casey (YRS) 181, Donna Crain (B&O) 173, Joanie Java-Hahr (GDS) 157. Individual series: Kay Casey (YRS) 515, Donna Crain (B&O) 500, Joanie JavaHahr (GDS) 427. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 824, The Tap 804, Black & Orange 795. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2462, Black & Orange 2361, The Tap 2331. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Larry’s LP 8-4, Glass & Mirror Works 7.5-4.5, Black & Orange 5.5-6.5, Vacant 3-9. Individual games: Art Bliven (L) 220, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 211, Vern Nottom (B&O) 203. Individual series: Art Bliven (L) 556, Vern Nottom (B&O) 550, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 537. Team games: Larry’s LP 927, Glass & Mirror Works 926, Black & Orange 894. Team series: Glass & Mirror Works 2715, Black & Orange 2668, Larry’s LP 2630. TNT Standings: Flower Power 15-1, Cashco 10-6, Larry’s LP 6-10, Vacant 1-15. Individual games: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 181, Becky Reynolds (L) 179, Cheryl Scallon (C) 174. Individual series: Cheryl Scallon (C) 475, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 466, Becky Reynolds (L) 462. Team games: Larry’s LP 850, Flower Power 846, Cashco 823. Team series: Cashco 2435, Flower Power 2377, Larry’s LP 2357. Wednesday Night Standings: Pheasant Inn 8-4, Lions 7.5, Zia Louisa’s 7-5, Black & Orange 7-5, Cashco 6-6, Vacant 1-11. Individual games: Josh Johnson (L) 208, Art Bliven (L) 195, Tim Vasatka (PI) & Chris Johnson (PI) 193. Individual series: Josh Johnson (L) 553, Chris Johnson (PI) 526, Ed Phelps (ZL) 523. Team games: Pheasant Inn 961, Lions 912, Zia Louisa’s 886. Team series: Lions 2700, Pheasant Inn 2666, Zia Louisa’s 2523. Games 50 or more above average: Josh Johnson 208 (+52). Early Risers Standings: 10th Hole 16-4, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 12-8, Gandy Dancer 9-11, A+ Sanitation 3-17. Individual games: Toots Ruedy (GD) 174, Joan Java-Hahr (10th) 171, Krystal Gorman (10th) & Phyllis Myers (A+) 169.

Individual series: Phyllis Myers (A+) 450, Pam Dildine (10th) 424, Toots Ruedy (GD) 422. Team games: 10th Hole 712, A+ Sanitation 697, Gandy Dancer 683. Team series: Gandy Dancer 1992, A+ Sanitation 1974, 10th Hole 1969. Games 50 or more above average: Joan Java-Hahr 171 (+53); Krystal Gorman 169 (+52); Toots Ruedy 174 (+71). Series 100 or more above average: Toots Ruedy 422 (+113). Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Dolls w/Balls 12-4, Pour House 8-8, Webster Motel 7-9, Rollettes 5-11. Individual games: Daphne Churchill (Dw/B) 172, Lu Mattison (PH) 169, Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 166. Individual series: Lu Mattison (PH)) 460, Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 438, Daphne Churchill (Dw/B) 425. Team games: Pour House 682, Dolls w/Balls 674, Rollettes 664. Team series: Pour House 1946, Rollettes 1880, Dolls w/Balls 1878.

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Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Spare Us 27, Redneck Coon Hunters 21, Blind 20, George’s Angels 14, Team Siren 13, The Pacifiers 10. Women’s games: Theresa Eckstrom 151, “Trouble” Barfknecht 146, Lori Dake 143. Women’s series: Ernie Meyer 388, “Trouble” Barfknecht 386, Theresa Eckstrom 363. Men’s games: Jamie Meir 189, Jim Loomis 186, Scott Lamphere 179. Men’s series: Jim Loomis 530, Jamie Meir 476, Issac Jewell 460. Team games: Spare Us 470, Redneck Coon Hunters 442, Team Siren 427. Team series: Spare Us 1341, Redneck Coon Hunters 1246, Team Siren 1134. Men’s Wednesday Night Standings: Boyd’s Outdoor Power 10, Wood River Pharmacy 9, Grantsburg Sanitary 7, Radio Shack 7, Snow Whites 7, Village Hearth 2. Individual games (Handicap): Alan Melin 241, Terry Larson 240, Adam Thoreson 224. Individual series (Handicap): Don Wicklund 656, Terry Larson 621, Alan Melin 606. Team games (Handicap): Grantsburg Sanitary 1005, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 1002, Wood River Pharmacy 962. Team series (Handicap): Boyd’s Outdoor Power 2877, Grantsburg Sanitary 2792, Radio Shack 2728.





Special nights, 20 years apart It was February of 1992 when this columnist was privileged to be in attendance in the Frederic High School gymnasium on a night when the St. Croix Falls Saints boys basketball team hit the century mark. THE SPORTS T h e Saints destroyed the Frederic Vikings that night by a score of 100-56. “They’re a good ball club. They played very aggressively, and we didn’t react to their aggressiveness” was a gracious but somewhat understated quote from then FHS coach Ray Draxler in the game story which appeared here in the Feb. 12, 1992, Inter-County Leader. (Ex-local scribe Craig Gustafson penned the piece.) That night the Saints scored 54 points in the first half and 46 in the second. Even though the Saints had just pummeled my beloved Vikings, I was certainly not the only one who left the gym that night thinking, “Wow ... That was a great show. This is a special basketball team which could do special things.” Jeff Anderson, Tory Greenquist, Brett Brown, Jeff Johnson and Mark Jensen were some of the shining stars on that long-ago Saints team which

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did, in fact, move on to great things, first winning a conference title and then a WIAA state championship. The gold ball is proudly displayed in the SCF trophy case to this day. Last Friday night, Jan. 13, almost exactly 20 years later and 11 miles up the road in Siren, fans were again treated to an opportunity to see a well-oiled basketball machine crack the coveted 100point plateau. The undefeated and league-leading Dragons piled up 65 firsthalf points, which made 100 inevitable despite a rather lackluster and conservative second half. (See Marty Seeger’s game story elsewhere on these pages.) Chances are, 20 years from now oldtime basketball fans will still be talking about “the night they scored 100.” But this time, instead of Anderson, Greenquist and company as noted above, folks will be talking about the likes of current Dragon stars Murdock Smith, Andrew Brown, Elijah Hinze, Will Haines and Evan Oachs. And can the Dragons mirror the 1992 Saints with a magical 2012? Only time will tell. In 1975, I had the privilege of playing on a basketball team which once scored 100 points in a game. But considering the plodding style of basketball which is often played today, my thoughts were that the Saints 100-point night in 1992 would be the last one I’d see in my lifetime. But alas, thanks to the Dragons, lightning struck once again. Hopefully we don’t have to wait until 2032 before we see another one.

Love, Buck, Rubio, Chenal, Williams, Tesch and company This Saturday, coach Ryan Lind’s vastly improved and up-and-coming Frederic Vikings boys cagers will be playing Lanesboro, Minn., at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikes are on track for their best season in a number of years with an 8-4 record at press time. The Burros (yes, that’s Lanesboro’s nickname) have a 6-4 mark. The game will be played under Minnesota State High School League rules, which means two 18-minute halves. Expect the Vikes to win comfortably. (See Swami prediction column elsewhere on these pages.) Cheating “Father Time” Professional grappler Buck “Rock ‘N Roll” Zumhofe, who headlined a wrestling card at Wolf Creek last Friday night, turns 61 years young in March of this year. It seems that golf, bowling and pro wrestling are among the few sports in which a sexagenarian can still excel. So, if you’re 60 years of age or older and if you can’t afford to golf or bowl, perhaps you should consider wrestling. It’s one of the world’s oldest sports. One for the highlight reel In Siren’s ho-hum 16-point victory over Washburn Monday night, Jan. 16, there was one seemingly nondescript play which stood above all others. When Murdock Smith threaded the needle with a three-fourths-court diagonal cross-court bounce pass to a streaking Elijah Hinze

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL Team Siren Dragons Unity Eagles Grantsburg Pirates Frederic Vikings Webster Tigers Luck Cardinals St. Croix Falls Saints


Conf. 6-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5 0-6

GIRLS BASKETBALL Overall 14-0 8-4 9-3 8-5 5-8 5-7 2-9

Scores Friday, January 13 Siren 100, St. Croix Falls 51 Unity 42, Luck 28 Grantsburg 56, Webster 29 Monday, January 16 Unity 46, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 38 Frederic 56, Prairie Farm 51 Siren 62, Washburn 46 Tuesday, January 17 Luck 50, Birchwood 47 Grantsburg 52, Cameron 40 Cumberland 48, Webster 37 Siren 65, Northwood 42 Spooner 56, St. Croix Falls 27 Upcoming Friday, January 20 6 p.m. Grantsburg at Frederic (DH) 7:30 p.m. Unity at Siren (DH) Luck at Webster (DH) Saturday, January 21 2 p.m. Frederic vs. Lanesboro at Target Center Monday, January 23 7:30 p.m. Turtle Lake at Frederic Tuesday, January 24 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Amery Luck at Ellsworth Osceola at St. Croix Falls

Team St. Croix Falls Saints Siren Dragons Grantsburg Pirates Unity Eagles Frederic Vikings Luck Cardinals Webster Tigers

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Upcoming Thursday, January 19 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake LFG at Turtle Lake/Clayton Saturday, January 21 9 a.m. Unity at St. Croix Falls LFG at St. Croix Falls Thursday, January 26 7 p.m. Clear Lake vs. LFG at Luck St. Croix Falls at Unity

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Monday, January 16 Blizzard 7, North Branch 1 Upcoming Friday, January 20 7:30 p.m. Blizzard vs. Legacy Christian, Minn., at Siren Tuesday, January 24 7:30 p.m. Blizzard at Moose Lake, Minn.


Conf. 6-0 4-1 3-2 3-2 2-3 0-5 0-5

Scores Friday, January 13 Unity 51, Luck 41 Grantsburg 61, Webster 22 St. Croix Falls 45, Siren 38 Monday, January 16 Frederic 62, Prairie Farm 24 Clayton 49, Webster 14 Tuesday, January 17 Luck 44, Birchwood 24 Unity 45, Clear Lake 41 Grantsburg 46, Shell Lake 36 St. Croix Falls 64, St. Paul Harding, Minn., 30 Upcoming Thursday, January 19 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Cameron Friday, January 20 6 p.m. Unity at Siren (DH) Luck at Webster (DH) 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Frederic (DH) Tuesday, January 24 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Barron New Auburn at Luck Spooner at Siren Frederic at Turtle Lake Thursday, January 26 7:30 p.m. Prairie Farm at Unity


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P O R T S for an easy backdoor layup, it certainly turned a few heads in the SHS gymnasium. Duck hunting was good At least one local duck-hunting afficianado recently extolled the virtues of the 2011 hunt, particulary when it came to the high numbers of local ducks sighted, shot or missed. (Or all of the above.) While the numbers of local duck hunters have fallen precipitously in the past 20 years or so, it’s comforting to know die-hard local gunners are still seeing plenty of ducks. Hopefully we’ll receive some late snows and some spring rains, which will help maintain or replenish our local nesting and brooding grounds so 2012’s hunt can be just as productive. Did the New York Giants pour it on at Lambeau? Last Sunday, when NY Giants running back Brandon Jacobs scampered for a 14yard TD with his team already comfortably ahead with only 2-1/2 minutes remaining in the game, numerous local Packer fans were crying “foul!” Those disgruntled fans felt it was unsportsmanlike for the visiting Giants, who already held an insurmountable 10-point lead, to forgo the victory formation and instead plunge an extra dagger into the heart of the hometown Packers with Jacobs’ run. Calm down, my fellow cheeseheads. Last Sunday, the better team won whether the final verdict was 10 points or 17. John Ryan may be reached at

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Leader Land’s poet laureate, also known as The Swami, spun another perfecto with a 14-0 record last week. This most recent bout of brilliance raised his overall season mark to 79-20 for an 80percent success rate. “I finished with a 76-percent rate last year, and my aim is THE SWAMI to improve on that,” he said Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, while dry-plucking a freshly killed wild turkey. “Any athlete or poet wants to be better today than they were last week or last year. I am no exception.”

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This week’s games: Girls Luck 56, Webster 37 – Luck pulls away with a strong second half. ‘Twill be nice to see smiles from the Cards coaching staff. Siren 50, Unity 44 – The Dragons teeter near a .500 mark. It’ll take a late surge for a victory to spark. Frederic 53, Grantsburg 52 – Here comes an upset. Read it and weep. Some thought the Pirates might make it a sweep. Cameron 50, St. Croix Falls 48 – It’s a nonconference loss, so who really cares. When it comes to league titles, the Saints have earned theirs. Spooner 47, Siren 46 – Another close loss, but let’s keep it real. Next year is the year of the Dragon, I feel. Turtle Lake 58, Frederic 48 – The Vikes will lose to this very good team. They might see them again in the tourneys it would seem.

Luck 55, New Auburn 36 – The Cards can relax and goof off and have fun. For they know that this game is already won. Barron 54, St. Croix Falls 44 – Two straight for the Saints, but it shouldn’t bring them down. Soon the West Lakeland trophy will be back in their town. Boys games Luck 38, Webster 36 – Though no peach baskets and ladders, nor center jumps after each goal, this will look like 1920, and the Cards will control. Grantsburg 60, Frederic 49 – The Vikes stay close until late charity tosses. This will be one of those “moral victory” losses. Frederic 64, Lanesboro, Minn., 55 – FHS will prevail in this border battle. Does anything rhyme with that word besides “cattle”? Grantsburg 59, Amery 57 – A sweet little win over a nonconference foe. Amery’s improving these days, don’t you know? Frederic 58, Turtle Lake 50 – Throw out the record book when these two teams play. The Vikes are a much better team on this day. Ellsworth 54, Luck 39 – He said with a lisp, “I don’t know all the anthers, but I think that the Cardinals will lose to the Panthers.” St. Croix Falls 41 Osceola 39 – A real nice win for the Saints, that’s for sure. Any loss to your neighbor is hard to endure. Siren 58, Unity 46 – The Eagles have won their last eight out of nine. It’s a close one, but this night the Dragons will shine. The Swami cheerfully answers all emails and can be reached at




School pride on the ice

Last year, the firstever Wisconsin State High School Ice-Fishing Championship was held on Lake Winnebago, and of the 24 schools registered to compete, Prairie Farm High School, (my alma Marty mater) took second Seeger place overall. They were presented with a trophy, medals and a The check for $750. Packers linebacker Clay Bottom Matthews was even on hand to help hand out Line the awards to the top finishers. For about four years prior to the state tournament, Prairie Farm physical education teacher Wendy Dallmann had included ice fishing as part of the curriculum. It wasn’t until last year that the students were able to put the skills they learned to the test. Word of that success eventually caught the interest of Unity athletic director Doug Ramich, who is also an avid ice angler. Ramich got in touch with Dallmann for more information and it wasn’t long before Unity was hosting its own team meeting. Approximately 20 members showed up for that first meeting and the interest seems to be growing in the surrounding area. “I think it’ll expand, and I’m hoping to get a girls ice-fishing team going too. I know that we’ve got quite a few girls that ice fish, and hopefully that will come to fruition before the season’s done,” Ramich said. The season actually got under way on Bone Lake last Saturday, in conjunction with the Luck football team’s annual icefishing tournament. Both Frederic and Luck high schools have formed ice-fishing teams as well, and unlike your typical football, basketball or volleyball team, there isn’t a bench, and plenty of room to play no matter your skill level. A school can enter as many teams as they wish and in most tournaments a team can have up to 10 members comprised of both boys and girls grades 9-12. There can be up to two adult coaches per team 18 or older, but they aren’t allowed to aid in catching fish, setting lines, etc. Prairie Farm alone had around 28 kids and four teams in Luck last Saturday. They even prefished the lake a week earlier, to get a feel for the lake and figure out which spots were the most likely to

Just one of Unity’s high school ice-fishing teams took second and fourth places at a Bone Lake ice-fishing tournament last weekend. – Photo by Doug Ramich produce big enough fish for a tournament win. Unity also prefished Bone Lake the weekend before, and competed with three teams, each with six anglers. One of those teams too second while another took fourth place place. Luck had four competing teams, and won first and third place, with the help of a pair of northern pike weighing nearly 10 pounds apiece. Luck also won the traveling trophy, which they’ll be keeping until another high school tries to take it back at the next tournament. “We had a wide range of kids. We had kids that were really experienced at ice fishing and some kids that were pretty green to it. And the only thing that the kids received was a stocking cap and that was their team uniform. But the kids were serious about it, and that was pretty neat to see,” said Ramich. Although the kids are responsible for equipment and travel, Unity is also helping with paying the cost of tournament entry fees, which are about $20 per team. The monies were actually donated to the school by former middle school science teacher, Tim Sopko, who passed away in 1995. Sopko was an avid ice angler, and Ramich though it was an appropriate gesture in Sopko’s honor. “He’s kind of the one who got a lot of the teachers around here into ice fishing,” Ramich said. There are some general raffle prizes to be won at the tournaments, but Ramich said the kids are mostly competing for school pride and for a love of ice fishing, It’s also a great way to meet ice anglers from other schools, or to simply get introduced to the sport of fishing, which has been growing over the past several years. According to the Wisconsin DNR, more

Shakers and Movers program series at Crex Meadows GRANTSBURG – It is a new year and with that comes a new program series at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Shakers and Movers will be their theme throughout 2012. They will talk about a person, animal or management practice that has an impact on something else. Each month will draw attention to a new shaker and mover. The January series begins with Aldo Leopold. He said, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” On Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 7 p.m., the Crex Meadows Visitor Center will present a movie that explores the life of this famed conservationist.

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic of our Time” highlights Leopold’s life, career and his impacts on people throughout the country. Other events upcoming at Crex Meadows include a Candlelight Night on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Snowshoe hike with a guide on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m., and discover animal’s warming tricks. Shakers and Movers: Wolves and their Signs will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information about these and other events at Crex Meadows, call 715-463-2739, visit, or find them on Facebook. – submitted

than 110,000 people are participating in ice fishing now, than a decade ago, yet there’s plenty of room for more, and high school ice-fishing teams can only add more positives to the sport. There’s still time to get a school team into the next tournament, which will be hosted by Prairie Farm on the Chetek chain of lakes on Saturday, Jan. 28. You may enter up to 10 high school students per team, and more than one team can be enterd into the tournament. Teams can also be comprised of fewer than 10 anglers. The winning team is determined by a total weight of 10 fish, and species include northern, walleye, bass, crappie, bluegill and perch. All DNR fishing regulations apply. Raffle prizes will be

awarded, as well as trophies and medals for the top three teams, and concessions will be provided by the Prairie Farm Booster Club. Registration and weigh-in is located at the boat landing near the Hydroflites Water Ski Area and the airport on Lake Chetek. The contest runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The culmination of the season, is of course, the Wisconsin State High School Ice-Fishing Championship which is being held on Lake Winnebago, on Saturday, Feb. 25, in conjunction with the fifth-annual Battle on Bago tournament, which is the second largest ice-fishing tournament in the world, next to Minnesota’s Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. “There’s no tournament to get to the tournament, it’s just anybody that wants to compete,” said Ramich, who expects to have a couple of teams on Lake Winnebago in February, and possibly do a little prefishing before they go. Until that time, it’s mostly just practice, and more importantly, fun. “I wasn’t aware that there was a state tournament for ice fishing. I know it’s only a couple years old, but what a life sport and a cool activity for the kids,” Ramich said. Any high school interested in getting a team ready for the Prairie Farm tournament at the Chetek chain on Jan. 28 can contact Ramich at the Unity High School, at 715-825-2101, Ext. 2170 or Dallman at the Prairie Farm High School, at 715-4551861, Ext. 136, or by e-mail at “It’s going to be a good one for sure!” said Dallmann. “Lots of cool things … the National Guard is stepping in to help out and will help make it an awesome event you wouldn’t want to miss.”

Luck High School had four teams competing at their home tournament last Saturday, Jan. 14. They took first place, and another team from Luck High School took fourth. They also earned the traveling trophy, which other high schools will be competing to get back in the next tournament. Luck’s first-place winners included (L to R): Austin Holm, Matt Sanford, Cole Engstrand, Colton Branville, Luke Christenson and Cody Engstrand.– Photo by Al Tomlinson

Big pike caught at Luck football’s annual ice-fishing tourney

Austin Swenson (right) of Luck took first place during the Luck football team’s Bone Lake ice-fishing tournament on Saturday, Jan. 14. The fish weighed 16 pounds, two ounces. The second-place winner was Joe Green, who caught a pike weighing over 12 pounds. Several big pike were caught throughout the day, with many weighing between 5 and 10 pounds. – Photos by Al Tomlinson


Polk County circuit court Duane A. Anderson, Altoona, speeding, $200.50. Deborah L. Anfinson, Osceola, failure to keep vehicle under control, not guilty plea. Penny L. Austad, St. Croix Falls, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea. Peggy S. Austinson, Turtle Lake, trespass, $200.50. Michael C. Axtell, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kristy L. Bady, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Manvel H. Beaver, Dresser, driving too fast for conditions, not guilty plea. Erika C. Binkley, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Jeffrey C. Bloom, Antigo, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Johanna L. Blowers, Almena, operating w/o insurance, not guilty plea. Roberta L. Braml, Almena, speeding, $175.30. Carlyn E. Bryngelson, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Robert A. Carlson, Frederic, hunt within 50 feet of road’s center, $222.70; load/discharge

firearm in/from a vehicle, $258.10. Raymundo De O Cervantes, Dresser, operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Keith F. Constant, Amery, fish without license, $190.50. Bradley G. Corrier, Grantsburg, interstate record of duty status, $137.50. Joshua R. Couillard, Noster, Mo., speeding, not guilty plea. Harold F. Coulter, Frederic, possess/loan/borrow another’s license, $347.05. Danile B. Curran, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Joshua A. Dailey, Webster, nonregistration of auto, $175.30; operating while revoked, $200.50. Patrick G. Dannenmueller, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Mark J. Dobberpuhl, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Raymond. M. Ellsworth, Prairie Farm, speeding, $175.30. Tara B. Fernandez, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Noelany C. Fredrick, Turtle Lake, speeding, $225.70. Michael G. Gabele, Milltown,

operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Carl K. Glocke, Deer Park, possession of illegal-sized fish, $137.50. Seth C. Goodman, Spring Lake Park, Minn., fail/change lane – passing stop emergency van, not guilty plea. Jerome P. Gravelle, St. Croix Falls, interstate record of duty status; speeding; not guilty pleas. Nisalyn R. Graves-Schmidt, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Michell M. Handy, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Kevin M. Hansen, New Richmond, fish without license, $202.70. Wade E. Hartenstein, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Harley M. Heinzer, Forest Lake, Minn., failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Aalyssa E. Holdt, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Derek J. Holzknecht, Frederic, failure to notify police of accident, not guilty plea.




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mond, group deer hunting violation, not guilty pleas, twice. Lucas S. Lachance, Brooklyn Center, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Steven D. Lake, Frederic, speeding, $200.50. Lora G. Larson, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Thomas A. Larson, Balsam Lake, trespass to land, $200.00. David J. Lendosky, Clear Lake, trespass, not guilty plea. Karlis L. Lisovskis, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Kara R. Lowe, Cumberland, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; operating while revoked, $200.50. Leo S. Martell, Milltown, speeding, not guily plea. Cody A. Mathis, Surprise, Ariz., speeding, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Trevor A. Mavis, Elk Mound, interstate record of duty status, $263.50; speeding, $183.30. James S. Mcalpine, Rogers, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Alison R. Milston, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Adam R. Munson, Savage, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Jon O. Nelson, Dresser,

Frederic High School Junior Class Fundraiser Saturday, January 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Frederic Elementary School • FOLLOW SIGNS •


Drop Off Any Items Until Jan. 26 At… • Village Hall, 107 Hope Rd. W., Frederic, WI • Village Shop, 305 Traffic Can’t Dro Ave. N, Frederic, WI p Off Your On Jan. 27 Items? W e • Frederic Elementary Pick The Will m U School Just Call p! ! For Info, Call Denise Nelson, 715-653-2620, 715-220-2105

(Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. DEBRA J. JONES N/K/A DEBRA J. PAULSON, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 84 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 20, 2011, in the amount of $93,316.74, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 10, Block 15, Original Plat of Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 241 3rd Ave., Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 113-00106-0000. Dated this 2nd day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Benjamin J. Pliskie State Bar #1037985 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280681

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Leon A. Hutton, Frederic, operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. Joel B. Jacobs, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Edward P. Jansen, Balsam Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Gloria M. Jeska, Comstock, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Lacey N. Jeske, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Bradley JD Johnson, Deer Park, operate snowmobile on prohibited public property, not guilty plea. Jennifer K. Johnson, Balsam Lake, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Kelly J. Johnson, Osceola, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. James B. Juelfs, Birchwood, speeding, $175.30. Daniel E. Julik, Chisago City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Aaron L. Karl, Luck, nonregistration of auto, $175.39; fail/yield to stop for emergency vehicle, $326.50; operating while supended, $200.50. Troy A. Kralewski, New Rich-

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speeding, $175.30. Stacy R. Nelson, Siren, speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; violation of child safety retraint requirements, $175.30. James M. Njogu, Anaheim, Calif., fail/change lane – passing stop emergency vehicle, $271.50. David A. Olson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Johnathan D. Olson, Osceola, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Scott M. Orwig, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Emily C. Ovik, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Brandon C. Paulson, Amery, operating while suspended, $200.50. Garry W. Peterson, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Jessica C. Petrangelo, Webster, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Loren C. Purintun, Webster, operate after rev/susp of registration; operating while revoked, not guilty pleas. Garrett J. Radinzel, St. Croix Falls, operate unregistered snowmobile, not guilty plea. Daniel L. Rasor, Reed City, Mich., speeding, $175.30. Janelle M. Ruhn, inattentive driving, $187.90; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Cory J. Schmidt, Osceola, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea. Shawn L. Schuldt, Forreston, Minn., operating while suspended, $200.50. Jason W. Short, Frederic, operating while revoked, not guilty plea. Breck A. Swanson, Milaca, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Timothy O. Swanson, Centuria, fish > 3 hooks/line/baits, $182.70. Gary E. Taxdahl, Amery, ATV operate without headgear, $150.10.

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Regular Meeting, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 The Vice President, Mrs. Matz, called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 4:40 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011, in the 6-12 School Library. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky and Mrs. Matz. Mr. Engen and Mr. Nelson arrived at 4:45 p.m. Administration present: Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Tischer. Motion Holicky/Amundson to approve the agenda and that the meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 3-0. Public in attendance was the press. Reports of Officers: Motion Holicky/Matz to approve the 11-21-11 regular meeting minutes and 12-7-11 special meeting minutes. Motion carried 3-0. Mrs. Matz provided a summary of the closed sessions of 11-2111 and 12-7-11. Motion Holicky/Matz to approve the closed session minutes of 11-21-11 and 12-7-11. Motion carried 3-0. The invoices for November were presented as follows: Regular invoices (10101-100181 & 38630-38640)......$335,884.09 Payroll account............................................................$205,845.85 Mr. Engen presented the receipts for November 2011 totaling $114,920.50. Motion Amundson/Holicky to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Tischer reviewed the 2011-2012 budget. Mr. Tischer and Mr. Holicky attended the CESA presentation Monday, December 19. Reports of the Administration: Mr. Tischer presented the district report. Mr. Robinson presented the 6-12 school report. Mrs. Steen presented the elementary school report. The building and grounds and food service reports were submitted. Act 10 report was included in Mr. Tischer’s report. New Business: Motion Amundson/Matz to accept the resignation of Christina Lehmann as CO-National Honor Society Advisor with a thank-you for her service. Motion carried 5-0. Motion Holicky/Amundson to accept Gaelyn Sears as new National Honor Society advisor. Motion carried 5-0. The following policy was reviewed: use of school facilities. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the policy change as presented. The policy, Use of School Facilities Policy #703 dated 12-19-11, will replace any policy dealing with the same. The dates for the summer school program of June 11-June 29, 2012, were approved on the motion Holicky/Matz. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson announced to members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of reviewing personnel contracts. Mr. Nelson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s 19.85 (1) (c) (f) (i) of the WI Statutes. Motion Amundson/Matz to adjourn to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time: 5:38 p.m. The regular meeting convened at 6:46 p.m. Motion Engen/Amundson to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0. Time: 6:47 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 553160 22L


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TOWN OF LAKETOWN The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, At 7:30 p.m.



The February Meeting Will Be Held On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, At 7 p.m. Plan Committee Meeting Will Be Held At 6:30 p.m. At The Milltown Fire Hall.


Agenda: Call to order, clerk’s report, treasurer’s report, open forum, Bill Mattson/Seth Olson subdivision, discuss ATV use of town roads, road report, pay bills/review correspondence, audit of books, adjournment. 553133 Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk

NOTICE is hereby given by the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department, Burnett County, Wisconsin, that it will receive sealed bids for the purpose of supplying materials and installing a Fish Habitat Improvement Project located in Burnett County. All bids will be received for the project until 4:00 p.m. local time on January 27, 2012, at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department, 7410 County Rd. K, #109, Siren, WI 54872. Bids will be publicly opened and read at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Office in Room 21 of the Burnett County Government Center, on January 30, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Bids must be date stamped on or before the date that the bid is due. If bids are mailed, it’s very important to indicate on the exterior of the sealed envelope that you are sending a bid for the Fish Habitat Improvement Project. Installation of this project includes cutting and moving whole trees and using equipment on the ice to position them along the shoreline of a lake. Estimates of material quantities and installation specifications can be obtained by contacting Paul Cook, Project Manager, at 715349-2186 or 715-497-6755 or at the address listed above. It is strongly recommended that all bidders review the construction sites and call ahead to make an appointment for a site showing. The Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any technicality in any bid submitted. 552750 21-22L WNAXLP

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To all interested parties: The Fishbowl Sportsman’s Club of Webster, Wis., is embarking on a major landscaping project to relocate our shooting facilities. This project is under way to alleviate any environmental issues regarding the Clam River and associated low and/or wetlands in the area. It involves moving substantial amounts of dirt and sand. We have all required permits and have made all appropriate notifications. If you would like more information in this regard, please contact the


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February 1, for part-time church secretary/office manager at Trinity Lutheran in Falun.

Computer skills required. Reply with application/resume to:

FISHBOWL SPORTSMAN’S CLUB P.O. Box 318 Webster, WI 54893 715-349-2832

(Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FRANDSEN BANK AND TRUST, f/k/a RURAL AMERICAN BANKLUCK, Plaintiff, vs. GENE P. HENRIKSEN, Defendant. Case No. 11 CV 414 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 10, 2011, in the amount of $125,448.16, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 10 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot 7, Fred Petersen’s Addition to the Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, located in the NE1/4 of the SW1/4, Section 28, Township 36 North, Range 17 West. PIN: 146-00044-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 211 E. 3rd Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 12th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. JASON F. GOUKER, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 11 CV 204 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 30, 2011, in the amount of $97,956.94, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 15, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The South 443 feet of the West 443 feet of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 7, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 434A 55th Street, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00143-0000. Dated this 21st day of December, 2011 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 281057

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(Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JACOB M. TIMM, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 957 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 16, 2011, in the amount of $151,818.78, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Feb. 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: That part of the Southwest 1/4 Northeast 1/4 of Section 27, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, described as follows: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 5400 recorded in Volume 24 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 85, as Document No. 731166. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 154 85th Street, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00685-0000. Dated this 1st day of Dec., 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280632 551229

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cent. “Thank you to the businesses that were checked in 2011 and did not sell to our youth,” said a statement from the health department. “This was an improvement from 2010 in which during investigations there were seven sales to the minors during compliance checks.” The goal for 2012 is to keep numbers low and to ultimately have zero sales. Retailers keeping the two things listed below in mind will help to keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth: Clerks consistently checking the IDs of those who look underage and employers training their employees on the sale of tobacco; including not selling to minors. Clerks who sell tobacco to minors during investigations can be issued a citation by the sheriff’s department. If it is determined that a clerk who made an illegal sale was not trained, a citation can be issued to the business and/or the clerk. Tobacco retail clerks can be easily trained on checking IDs at the Wisconsin Win’s Smoke Check Web site, This Web site ensures retailers and clerks are properly trained to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors; and pass Wisconsin Wins investigations. When youth do not have easy access to tobacco, they are less likely to choose to use. For more information, please contact the Polk County Health Department at 715-4858500. - from the Polk County Health Dept.

(Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. BENITO M. BENITEZ, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 319 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 8, 2011, in the amount of $198,477.40, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 14, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The East 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 23, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 728A 143rd Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00643-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280774

(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. JOSEPH R. THOEN and CECILE A. THOEN, Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 741 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to an Amended Order for Judgment and Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the aboveentitled action on February 1, 2011, in the amount of $101,639.65, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The South onehalf of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter and the South 15 feet of the North one-half of Southeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter, all located in Section 15, Township 35 North of Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 020-00373-0001 STREET ADDRESS: 2023 210th Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 6th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DAVID E. MAGSAM, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 24 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 4, 2011, in the amount of $155,477.31, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 2513, recorded in Volume 12 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 1, as Document No. 571169, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1484 20th Avenue, Star Prairie, WI 54026. TAX KEY NO.: 002-00689-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280698

POLK COUNTY - Wisconsin Wins tobacco compliance checks for 2011 were completed the end of December. The Polk County Health Department, the agency that conducts the investigations, reports that for 2011 there was only one sale to a minor out of 58 completed checks. Therefore, Polk County had a compliance rate of 98.3 per-

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Shaun C. Whitcraft, Webster, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10; operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. Matthew A. Willhite, Little Falls, Minn., speeding, $183.30. Douglas J. Wiltse, Frederic, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, not guilty plea.

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William J. Thayer, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Matthew J. Thorud, Amery, failure to notify police of accident; operate w/o valid license; not guilty pleas. Nicholas R. Tjardes, Somerset, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Vicki L. Tonnar, Centuria, speeding, $225.70.

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Notices/Employment Opportunities

Part Time (25 hours per week) VILLAGE OF DRESSER, WISCONSIN

The Dresser Public Library Board seeks an energetic leader to direct the operations of the library. Qualifications: Candidates must be eligible for Wisconsin Grade III certifications. Previous library experience is required; library administration experience and a Bachelor’s degree are preferred. A complete job description and application packet is available at Application packets can also be picked up at the Dresser Public Library or Dresser Village Hall. Compensation: Wage Range: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour depending on experience. Please mail Village of Dresser Application Form, your resume and cover letter by January 30 at 5 p.m. to Dresser Public Library; Attn. Library Search Committee, P.O. Box 547, Dresser, WI 54009. Position will remain 552942 22Lp open until filled.

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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS Social Worker – Child Protective Service’s Full-Time positions – 37.5 hr/week Deadline to apply: Jan. 30, 2012



CNA ** Part time With Additional Shifts Available 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. - 9/10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. Deadline to apply: February 6, 2012 Social Service Assistant Part-time 20 hr./week Deadline to apply: Feb. 1, 2012

$12.92/hr. $13.32/hr. $13.42/hr. $14.99/hr

YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR POLK COUNTY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Job Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk County Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI, 54810, 715-485-9176. **Please mail C.N.A. applications directly to GAM, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, WI, 715-268-7107. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC 553092 22L

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TOWN OF MILLTOWN Plan Committee Members The Town of Milltown is looking for members to sit on the Plan Committee Board. If interested, call the Clerk’s Office at 715-825-2494. Virgil Hansen, Town Clerk

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(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Contractors Capital Corporation 10527 165th Street West Lakeville, MN 55044 Plaintiff, vs. The Collovas, LLC 715 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Patrick C. Collova 715 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Gerald J. Smith 11160 190th Avenue Elk River, MN 55330 Jennifer L. LaVenture 663 236th Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Gerald J. LaVenture 663 236th Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Liza A. Knutson 212 Hwy. 35 Osceola, WI 54020 M & I Marshall and Ilsley Bank 651 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402 P.C. Collova Builders, Inc. 719 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10-CV-469 Foreclosure of Mortgage Code #30404 Judge Robert H. Rasmussen By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-referenced action on the 11th day of February, 2011, I will sell at public auction at the main entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, in the City of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the following described mortgaged premises, as one parcel, to-wit: Lots 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34 and Roadways for Cattail Coulee Plat; all in the County Plat of Cattail Coulee, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance due upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., December 27, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Michael L. Brutlag (#123225) BRUTLAG, HARTMANN & TRUCKE, P.A. 3555 Plymouth Boulevard Suite 117 Minneapolis, MN 55447-1399 Telephone: 763-222-2503 2860-200

(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006-HE4 3476 STATEVIEW BLVD. FORT MILLS, SC 29715 Plaintiff vs. HOWARD B. MONTEITH A/K/A HOWARD R. MONTEITH 254 BROADWAY ST. AMERY, WI 54001 MOLLY I. MONTEITH 254 BROADWAY ST. AMERY, WI 54001 Defendants. PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 11 CV 764 Judge Anderson, Jeffery L. Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 11, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300 P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Christina M. Putman, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1125, Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: December 30, 2011. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Christina M. Putman State Bar No. 1075422 Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

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(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. ALLEN J. WYMAN, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 341 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 17, 2010, in the amount of $90,535.26, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at a stake where the South right-of-way line of Vincent Lake Lane intersects with the East right-of-way line of County Trunk Highway I, thence Southerly on said East rightof-way line a distance of 907 feet; thence due East to the West right-of-way line of Vincent Lake Lane; thence Northerly and Westerly following the right-of-way line of Vincent Lake Lane to the point of beginning. AND Lot 3 of Glenna Lake Vincent Plat No. 1, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 973973A Vincent Lake Lane, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: Tax Key No. 1: 026-00333-0000 & Tax Key No. 2: 026-01443-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280643

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(Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, F/K/A COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff vs. DAVID FOUKS; SHELLY FOUKS A/K/A SHELLY L. SWANSON; Defendants NOTICE OF ADJOURNED SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10 CV 312 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 29, 2010, in the amount of $194,069.18, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: December 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TIME: February 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 5460 filed July 23, 2007, in Vo l. 24 C.S.M., Pg. 145, as Doc. No. 734549, being Lots 3 and 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 5336 filed December 28, 2006, in Vol. 24 of C.S.M., Pg. 21, as Doc. No. 726610, located in the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 24, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with and subject to a driveway agreement/easement recorded in Vol. 1007 of Rec., Pg. 649, as Doc. No. 735962. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00576-0300. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2464 30th Avenue, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020. Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. RICKY W. TROFF PATRICIA J. TROFF XYZ CORPORATION ABC PARTNERSHIP JOE DOE MARY ROWE Defendants Case No: 10CV206 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on January 19, 2011, in the amount of $106,444.99, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said county, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 1 of CSM No. 3353 located in the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 15, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1451 90th Avenue, Amery, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 9th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose. 552733 WNAXLP

(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION 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 2005-17 Plaintiff, vs. SCOTT R. WALLIS 1227 150TH ST. SAINT CROIX FALLS, WI 54024 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SCOTT R. WALLIS 1227 150TH ST. SAINT CROIX FALLS, WI 54024 Defendants PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 11 CV 686 Judge Anderson, Jeffery L. Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 11, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main St. Ste. 300 P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Adam C. Lueck, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: December 27, 2011. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.


(Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Estelle Marie Box By (Petitioner) Marie Margaret Chenal Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 12CV20 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Estelle Marie Box To: Estelle Marie Chenal Birth Certificate: Estelle Marie Box IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Judge’s Name: Judge Anderson Place: Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main Street Balsam Lake, WI Date: Feb. 24, 2012 Time: 4 p.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Jeffery Anderson Circuit Court Judge January 10, 2012


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(Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ROYAL CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. KAREN S. WALKER JOHN DOE WALKER, unknown spouse of Karen S. Walker, CARRIE C. SMITH, Defendants. Case No. 11CV301 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF ADJOURNED SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $18,797.78, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 22nd day of March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: That part of Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 SE1/4), Section Thirty (30), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Commencing at a point 719 feet West of the 1/4 post between Sections 29 and 30, Township 34, Range 18, then South parallel with the West Line of land described in Volume 80 of Deeds, Page 173 to the center of highway, then Westerly along center of highway 180 feet, then North to North Line of said 40, then East to beginning, also beginning at a point 719 feet West and 154 feet South of the 1/4 post between Sections 29 & 30, then South to center of highway leading to cemetery, then East and North along the center of said highway to a point due East to point of beginning, then West to beginning. Which mortgage was recorded in the Register of Deeds office for Polk County, Wisconsin, on July 18, 2005, in Volume 974, at Page 507, as Document #702072. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 660 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 17th day of January, 2012. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

TOWN Of ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin NOTICE OF CAUCUS TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS JANUARY 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m. TOWN HALL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a resolution of the Town Board of the Town of St. Croix Falls adopted December 21, 2011, that a town caucus will be held on Monday, January 23, 2011, at the Town Hall, 1305 200th Street (U.S. Hwy. 8 and 200th Street), commencing at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of nominating candidates to appear on the spring election ballot on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, for the following offices to succeed the present incumbents. The terms of office are two years beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2012. OFFICE Town Board Supervisor Town Board Supervisor

INCUMBENT James H. Beistle Mary Lynne McAlonie

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POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT /s/ Peter Johnson QUARLES & BRADY LLP /s/ Roy L. Prange Jr. 33 East Main Street, Suite 900 Madison, WI 53703 Attorneys for Plaintiff, CEF Funding II, LLC, As Assignee of General Electric Capital Business Asset Funding Corporation.

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS A. NEIDERMIRE and LORI A. NEIDERMIRE, husband and wife and THE RIVERBANK Defendants. Case No. 10-CV-445 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on Aug. 20, 2010, in the amount of $297,109.97, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Feb. 21, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, in Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Southeast Quarter; thence South along the West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), 345.0 feet to the point of beginning; thence due East 264.0 feet; thence due South 165.0 feet; thence due West 264.0 feet to the said West line of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); thence North along said West line 165.0 feet to the point of beginning, excepting the right of way of the town road extending along the said West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); AND A parcel of land in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Southeast Quarter thence South along West line of said Southeast Quarter 510 feet to the point of beginning; thence due East 264.0 feet; thence due South approximately 30 feet to the border of private road as it is presently traveled; thence West along North border of said road 264.0 feet to the West line of Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); thence North along said West line to the point of beginning; excepting the right of way of the town road extending along said West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); being approximately 0.18 acre. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 916 248th Street, Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01029-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Ave. Ste. 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN S. COWAN and ANA J. COWAN, husband and wife; and WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; and ST. CROIX REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.; Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-515 Code O. 30404 FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE DOLLAR AMOUNT GREATER THAN $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 21, 2011, in the amount of $141,083.59, the sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 23, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A part of Outlot 75 of the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Centuria, Polk County, Wisconsin, being a part of the Northeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter (NE1/4 SE1/4) of Section Eleven (11), Township Thirty-Four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Beginning at a point which is 473.80 feet West and 300 feet South of the Northeast corner of Outlot 75; thence West 150 feet parallel to the North line of Outlot 75; thence South 100 feet along the West line of Outlot 75; thence East 150 feet parallel to the North line of Outlot 75; thence North 100 feet along the West Street right of way to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 813 Superior Avenue, Village of Centuria. TAX KEY NO.: 111-00130-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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(Jan 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. TERRY MICHAEL MORTON, et al. Defendants Case No. 11 CV 202 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 21, 2011, in the amount of $801,756.66, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: January 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TO February 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot 6, of Section 35, Township 35 North of Range 17 West, described as follows: Commencing at a stone monument 1,003.9 feet South and 50.0 feet East of the meander corner on the shore of Balsam Lake on the West line of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 17 West; thence East 334.0 feet to the meander line on the shore of Balsam Lake; thence along said shore meander North 8 deg. 00’ East 143.0 feet; thence North 15 deg. 25’ West 60.2 feet; thence West 339.0 feet; thence South 200.0 feet to the place of beginning. Said land being in the Town of Milltown, County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 1860 140th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO: 040-01213-0000. Dated this 3rd day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 ANCHORBANK, FSB Assignee of S & C Bank Plaintiff vs. RICHARD L. VOLGREN THELMA A. VOLGREN GERALD C. VOLGREN DEBORAH A. VOLGREN CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) DISCOVER BANK FIRST EQUITY CARD CORPORATION CACH NCO Portfolio Management Assignee of Capital One JOHN DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JOHN DOE #3 AND JOHN DOE #4 Defendants. Case No: 11CV234 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on August 22, 2011, in the amount of $169,773.09, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said county, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 5756 recorded in Volume 26 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 22 as Document No. 758039, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of NE 1/4) of Section Eleven (11), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, FORMERLY DESCRIBED AS the South 371 feet of the North 571 feet of the East 587 feet of NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 11, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1693 130th St., Balsam Lake, WI. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 29th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt ColLection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose. 552296 WNAXLP

(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 CEF FUNDING II, LLC, AS ASSIGNEE OF GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL BUSINESS ASSET FUNDING CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. CCF, INC, BIG M FOODS, INC., COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE, STATE OF MINNESOTA, ELIASCO, INC., STATE OF WISCONSIN, and AMTECH LIGHTING SERVICES, Defendants. Case No. 04-CV-390 Case Code: 30404 (Foreclosure of Mortgage) NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure, entered in the aboveentitled matter, on December 7, 2005, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center Lobby located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, on February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., a portion of the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold and therein described as follows: Parcel 1: Lot 1, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: A strip of land 12 feet in width comprising all that part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 27, Township 37 North, Range 17 West, bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the Northeast corner of Lot 1, Block 3 of the Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the office of the Register of Deeds in and for said County; thence North along a North extension of the East line of said Lot 1 to a point intersection with a line running parallel with and 12 feet distant Northerly (measured at right angles) from the Northerly line of said Lot 1; thence Westerly along the last mentioned parallel line to a point of intersection with a North extension of the West line of said Lot 1; thence South to the Northwest corner of said Lot 1; thence Easterly to the point of beginning. Parcel 3: An easement over and across Lot 2, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: beginning at a point on the Northeast corner of Lot 2, Block 3, thence Westerly approximately 30 feet; thence Southeasterly to a point; approximately 40 feet from the point of beginning; said point being on East line of said Lot 2, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, thence to the point of beginning. Said easement being perpetual and for driveway purposes to and from said Lot 1. (Parcel No. 126-19-0) TERMS of SALE: Ten percent of the purchase price must be paid in cash or by cashier’s or certified check payable to the “Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court” at the time of sale. The balance of the purchase price will be payable upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 16th day of December, 2011.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK REGULAR BOARD MEETING Monday, January 23, 2012 6 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call to order and seek approval of Regular Board agenda, Robert Clifton 2. Consideration of previous minutes, LeRoy Buck 3. Presentation of Vouchers, Amy Dueholm 4. Treasurer’s Report, Amy Dueholm 5. Recognition of Guests or Delegates A. Michael Jenssen, Student Representative B. Renee Gavinski, Megan Challoner: Seek approval for “After-School All-Stars,” an after-school wellness program. 6. Administrative Reports A. Mr. Palmer B. Mrs. Goldbach C. Mr. Gobler 7. New Business A. Discussion and approval to renew our cooperative team agreement with Unity for girls golf and tennis, and girls and boys cross country. B. Approval to submit “Equivalent Option” application to DPI to allow for flexibility to award science credit for 1. Natural Resources/Conservation, 2. Food Science and 3. Horticulture I. C. Approval of paraprofessional contract for Paula Anderson for Special Education. D. Use of cell phones during school time and consideration of revising policy. E. Decision on how to proceed with possible negotiations of land sale. Full Board, committee, 3rd party. F. Any other business that may properly come before the Board. 8. Motion to convene into executive session per WI Statute 19.85(1) for discussion of employee issues. No action expected. 553114 22L 9. Motion to adjourn. Comments on the EA and proposed project may be submitted in writing by 6:30 p.m. (Central Time), February 6, 2012, to: Dennis Johnson, PE Ayres Associates 3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway Eau Claire, WI 54701 553122 22Lp WNAXLP (Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Branch 2 ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. CEE BEE GEE, LLC GERMAIN/ZAHNOW, LLC DAVID J. CALLEJA JANE DOE CALLEJA, Unknown Spouse of David J. Calleja, ROBIN BEAUVAIS JANE DOE BEAUVAIS, Unknown Spouse of Robin Beauvais, MICHAEL J. GERMAIN JANE DOE GERMAIN, Unknown Spouse of Michael J. Germain, SCOTT C. ZAHNOW JANE DOE ZAHNOW, Unknown Spouse of Scott C. Zahnow, Defendants. Case No. 11CV132 Foreclosure: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on October 24, 2011, in the amount of $190,427.60, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said county, on the 8th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot Three (3) of Certified Survey Map No. 3493 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps on page 6 as Document No. 619899 located in the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), and the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section Thirty-four (34), Township Thirty-four (34) North of Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with an easement for ingress and egress over, across and as shown on Lot One (1) of said Certified Survey Map and over and across that private roadway as shown

on Certified Survey Map No. 751. Except the following: A parcel of land located in part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 34, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Town of St. Croix Falls, being part of Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 3493 as recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the North Quarter corner of said Section 34; thence, on an assumed bearing along the north-south Quarter line of said Section 34, South 00 degrees 30 minutes 10 seconds East a distance of 2,008.68 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel to be described; thence North 89 degrees 20 minutes 02 seconds East a distance of 1,317.31 feet to the east line of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence, along last said east line, South 00 degrees 37 minutes 49 seconds East a distance of 421.85 feet to the southeast corner of said Lot 3; thence along the south line of said Lot 3, South 89 degrees 20 minutes 02 seconds West a distance of 1,318.25 feet to above-said Quarter line; thence, along last said Quarter line, North 00 degrees 30 minutes 10 seconds West a distance of 421.85 feet to the point of beginning. TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 23rd day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt ColLection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose. 552071 WNAXLP

(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Lucille Bernice Rose Soderberg DOB 05/05/1923 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 01 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth May 5, 1923, and date of death November 16, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 301 Lake Avenue North, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2012 David L. Grindell GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54873 715-327-5561 Bar Number: 1002628

(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Horace Blair Klein Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12-PR-03 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 5, 1938, and date of death December 18, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1674 State Rd. 87, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2012 Todd H. Anderson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 507 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5365 Bar Number: 1012132

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 27, 2011, in the amount of $44,233.62, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land described as follows: Beginning at a point 16 feet South and 50 feet East of the Southwest corner of Lot 13, Block 1, Third Addition to City of Amery; thence South 150 feet; thence East 50 feet; thence North 150 feet; thence West to place of beginning, being part or Government Lot 1, Section 33, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 217 Warren St., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-01054-0000. Dated this 5th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to www.blommer to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280686

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), Wisconsin Statutes 1.11, and Chapter NR150, Wisconsin Administrative Code. The project co-managers are the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration’s (DOA) Division of State Facilities (DSF) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). Existing lake levels in Straight Lake are dependent on a small, earthen dam that is approximately 360 feet long by 6 feet high. Constructed in the 1880s during the Wisconsin logging era, the dam is now out of compliance with Wisconsin Chapter NR 333, which governs dam design and construction. From the alternatives that were developed, the option to repair the dam with a 400-foot long sheet-pile core approximately 20 feet away on the downstream side of the existing dam was selected. The purpose of the EA is to describe the proposed project, to identify likely positive and negative impacts of the project on the physical, biological, social, historic and economic environments, and to describe alternatives to the proposed project and potential impacts of those alternatives. Impacts identified during the scoping process that occurred from November 30, 2011, to December 14, 2011, are addressed in the EA. The proposed project is not anticipated to result in significant environmental effects and the WDNR has made a preliminary decision that an Environmental Impact Statement will not be required for this project. The document is being made available to the public for a 15day review period, beginning January 23, 2012, and is being circulated to appropriate federal, state and local agencies. A copy of the document is available at the Luck Public Library, 301 S. Main Street, Luck, WI 54853. It can also be downloaded from the project Web site at:




NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY Draft Environmental Assessment Straight Lake State Park Dam Reconstruction Luck, Wisconsin DSF Project Number: 10A4H


(Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DAVID E. MAGSAM, et al Defendant(s)


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(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. RAYMOND SCHULLER, et al. Defendants Case No. 08 CV 668 Hon. Molly E Galewyrick, Br. 1 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 8, 2008, in the amount of $222,063.60, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: February 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of CSM No. 3931 recorded in Volume 17 of CSM, Page 194, as Document No. 644993, Located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 1, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, Said land being in the Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 2483 50th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO: 022-00028-0300. Dated this 15th day of December 2011. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar # 1034906 6508 South 27th Street, Ste. #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the Government Center (1st floor, County Boardroom) to consider an existing wireless telecommunication facility. The hearing will open at 8:45 a.m. and at 9 a.m. the Committee will recess to view the site of the wireless telecommunication facility. At 10:45 a.m. the Committee will reconvene at the Government Center to hear the Conditional Use request as submitted to them by Central States Tower Holdings. The site is located at: 1893 West Church Rd. The property description is: Part of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Section 24/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden. The owners of the property are Dwight and James Pederson. 552772 21-23L 12a,d WNAXLP

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Congressman Duffy faces a mixed crowd

Trollhaugen town hall meeting leads to both praise and qualms

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer DRESSER – With approval ratings just barely above that of E-coli, being an elected member of Congress can make for uncomfortable public appearances, on occasion. Such was the case on Friday, Jan. 13, in Dresser. Seventh District Congressman Sean Duffy, R-Hayward, appeared before an occasionally less-than-agreeable house of nearly 100 constituents on Jan. 13 at the Trollhaugen Convention Center, giving an update of sorts on where and how he is concentrating his efforts in Washington, while also offering his opinions on everything from partisanship to taxes, regulations and other issues. Duffy began with a brief update on jobs, giving a simplified unemployment update, both noting and underscoring the recent rehiring trend nationwide and in Wisconsin. “It’s a very positive trend,” Duffy admitted, “but it possibly is going to tick back up.” His foreshadowing aside, he also reflected on the so-called “real unemployment” rate, which actually includes people who’ve either given up looking or have found other avenues, such as continuing education or a home-based business. Regardless of what they’ve done since their job loss, Duffy placed that rate at almost 16 percent, and noted how this recession “is different from all previous recessions since World War II,” or at least the remedies to alleviate the impact have noted differences in the lack of recovery. He used his time to both give his opinion on the differences in solutions and to rail on past federal stimulus action, which he referenced as “the government picking winners and losers.” He also partially blamed the slow recovery on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - ObamaCare - which he said has caused “possible uncertainty in hiring.” While he continually noted his displeasure with President Obama, he admitted there were “some things” in the president’s most recent jobs plan that he supported, but was dead set against any further stimulus action, which has been a traditional answer to recessionary troubles. “There will be a great debate on how to kick start the economy,” he said. Duffy also railed hard on the media for not highlighting or promoting the House Republicans’ jobs approach, which he said focuses on energy independence and regulation reduction. “We [House Republicans] have 20-plus bills to help kick start the economy,” Duffy said with a nod. “But they’re stacked like cordwood in the Senate!” Several times, Duffy noted and criticized the “extreme partisanship” in Washington, and how it was based on “a lot of philosophical issues ... on both ends.” While he rallied against that left-versusright posturing, even stating that it was “at a level ... like we’ve never seen,” the habit seemed hard to break, as he regressed into that same pattern throughout his presentation, blaming and accusing Democrats and the White House for borrowing problems past and present, and refusing to address debt problems alongside his colleagues, calling national debt “a cancer on our society.” He also railed on the bipartisan “super committee” effort this fall, with members of both Houses who failed to reach consensus on the ways and means for deficit reduction, which will now mean automatic, prescribed, controversial budget cuts in 2013. Duffy regretted voting for the action, calling it “an absolute failure,” while later defending Rep. Paul Ryan’s approach to budget balancing, which he said is often referred to as “too extreme.” Duffy said he supported Ryan’s approach, which technically balances the budget over 40 years, although he did not address some of the bipartisan concerns, such as with Medicare, in that so-called

Seventh District U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy, R-Hayward, spoke before a mixed crowd on Friday afternoon, Jan. 13, in Dresser. He faced questions and comments from all sides on a handful of issues and gave a presentation on where he’s been concentrating his focus. - Photos by Greg Marsten

“path to prosperity.” “But we have to have a real conversation,” Duffy said. “With everyone at the table.” Duffy was also adamant that raising tax rates on millionaires is not an approach he is in favor of, while also stating that avoiding taxes has seemed to become a standard practice of business, noting how General Electric’s effective tax rate was zero percent and how it wouldn’t change if the tax rates went up. “Raising the [tax] rates is not the problem,” he said, referring instead to the problems of “corporate welfare,” individuals and businesses avoiding taxes as “a continual problem” of the current tax codes. After a constituent noted that many health-care reforms seem to make sense and included many positive provisions, Duffy briefly addressed where he had issues, noting that he was proud to have voted to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, but later admitted he supports “some provisions of the act,” such as protections for people with existing conditions. But he noted several objections, including mandated coverage and provisions that would allow children to stay on parents policies until age 26, which he called “Way, way too long.” While he never outlined his issues with the age provision, he said his own plan would limit that inclusion to age 23. Duffy also loosely referenced several specific crowd concerns, such as supposed “threats” of United Nations ideology and its affect on parenting, debt ceiling discussions and lack of action, as well as federal agency consolidation - in reference to an announcement that President Obama was proposing consolidating six agencies under one departmental umbrella. Duffy was lukewarm to the proposal out of doubts about its sincerity, but he did call it “a possible step in the right direction.”

He also noted frustration with the debtceiling discussions and recent congressional tax-cut extension debacles, which he blamed on the Senate and the president for “not working with them.” Duffy also had occasional mixed messages; while he praised reducing regulations on business as a major way to solve economic stalling, he seemed to go the other way on banking, and noted “major problems” with the banking industry, including what he called “an assault on community banks,” and issues of large banks becoming giant monopolies. He later suggested that “there may be some movement” in regard to regulations meant to eliminate previous problems of banks being “too big to fail,” concerning bailouts, unearned bonuses and the affect on international competition. “I don’t want to see six or eight banks holding it all,” he said, while later seeming to agree with a constituent comment on making banks adjust their loss provisions in respect to their size. Duffy punted and seemed uncomfortable when pressed by a Dresser man about his signing of lobbyist Grover Norquists’ (Taxpayer Protection) pledge to not increase taxes on individuals or corporations, and Duffy disagreed that it limited the negotiations involving the budget, deficits or addressing the growing debt. He denied that he was “tied” to the pledge, but repeatedly stated that he would not raise taxes during a recession, per a quote from former President Clinton on his tax policies, which he said he agreed with and that “he was one of my favorite presidents.” “I’m not ‘tied’ to anyone,” Duffy later countered on the Norquist question, when pressed, but strangely stated that Washington was forming “an assault on our way of life.”

But another former president’s name surfaced a short time later, ironically, when a 13-year-old boy commented and asked Duffy to “keep liberal teachers from ... indoctrinating kids like me,” after the boy said a St. Croix Falls educator showed his class a film which the boy said was “anti-capitalism” and “anti-Bush.” The comments drew both applause and several confusing looks from Duffy and others. While the congressman seemed mildly uncomfortable with the comments, he did say that “school should be a reflection of the community at large.” Duffy did address questions and comments regarding exporting jobs and what he thinks are the root causes. He concentrated on regulations and issues affecting particular industries, such as paper manufacturing, Polaris and others. “It’s a new competitive environment,“ he said. “We now compete against everybody ... but our policies haven’t always supported that.” He said it was never a question about American ingenuity, education, quality of construction or work ethics, but he did not address the wage issue, where the U.S. is competing directly with economies where wages are often pennies on the dollar comparatively. He instead concentrated instead on “the burden of regulations,” which he said led to thousands of new regulations last year alone. After a constituent question, Duffy promised to address the issue of patent maintenance fee costs for inventors, and also agreed to later address comments on the effects of multiple military deployments and how it may be affected by a proposed military drawdown. “Military support is one of the few truly bipartisan issues,” he said. Duffy also responded positively to comments that encouraged him not to compromise on debt issues and nodded in agreement about protection for corporations, but he did not apply that same support when a man raised concerns over the U.S. military looking purely at the bottom line in regard where to build a fighter jet, either overseas or domestically. He also ridiculed the president for “saying no” to the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which he said “would create 20,000 direct jobs ... not Wall Street jobs,” Duffy said. While he did not address some of the objections or serious concerns about the pipeline, he did state that the project may create “as many as 100,000 jobs indirectly” and that it “breeds energy independence.” “I’d rather give [our] money to the Canadians than the Middle East,” he added. Duffy later tied the pipeline to iron mining issues and the potential for job creation in his own Ashland County, but stated that regulations were “strangling the industry,” while also getting directly partisan again on the two very complicated issues. “Just ask yourself, what party supports the Keystone Pipeline and Ashland mining?” he stated bluntly. While Duffy only loosely addressed campaign finance issues he has noted in other town hall meetings, mainly about Political Action Committees and unlimited campaign’s donations, and his own campaign’s actions, he did address a timely issue involving elected officials habit of gravitating toward turning lobbyists after retirement for industries they may have influenced in office. He did suggest a possible solution to recent concerns about stock trading from members of Congress who may have insider information, made famous in a recent “60 Minutes” piece, and has led to much debate and action on the so-called Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act. Duffy called the STOCK Act “too easy to sidestep,” and said he is devising his own system where members of Congress who trade in the stock market must place their funds in a blind trust, which would force public revelation on investment or divestment activity within three days. “Sunlight disinfects,” he said.


Behind the scenes of a TV news feature

Kelly Bakke’s What’s Your Anti-Drug? project goes big time

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – It’s growing fast ... in a very good way. Several local residents were in the spotlight for KARE-11 TV’s news feature on Sunday, Jan. 15, that highlighted the What’s Your Anti-Drug? effort featured recently in the Leader. While that temptation-fighting story was the focus, the originator, her story, and several local students and staff at Unity School were the stars of the story. The piece by journalist Boyd Huppert and videographer Jonathan Malat concentrated on the drug-fighting efforts of the program started by the woman behind the photo-based drug-fighting program, local photographer Kelly Bakke and her Kix Photography venture. Bakke gave the Leader exclusive access to the events behind that day, which started early and ran until the evening, but amounted to less than four minutes of TV news story. Early at the park, then to the school Filming began early on Tues., Jan. 10, when Bakke met with Huppert and Malat at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, “[Because] It’s been a source of peace and comfort throughout my life,” she said. “One of my anti-drugs.” Bakke and the TV duo hiked some of the trails, visited and took photos before they headed for Unity School. “We wanted to catch the lunch crowd, where they could film some general footage of the students and conduct some interviews of participating students,” she said, noting that many of the kids just wanted to meet Huppert. “It was wonderful to see the smiles and excitement in all the children, having a news team filming at our school.” Bakke coordinated a fresh Anti-Drug photo shoot to enhance the previous display efforts in the lunch room, starting her shoot after the lunch break, with the news crew following closely, in what she called “A logistics challenge.” One of the highlights of the feature was when Unity District Administrator Brandon Robinson brought his four-wheeler in for his anti-drug photo shoot. It brought some camera time and a joke from Huppert. “He also figured this was something the

Kelly Bakke (center) and KARE-11 TV’s reporter Boyd Huppert and videograher Jonathan Malat. - Special photo students could relate to,” Bakke said. They spent the afternoon filming the photo shoot as she accomplished 13 new photo sessions, including one of Huppert and Malat doing what they love: being on assignment. “That will also be added to our collage wall,” Bakke stated, noting that the TV crew would then interview the staff and students who acted as models, getting their take on the anti-drug program.

The pain revealed While the TV special concentrated on Bakke’s photo project, it also revealed much more than her photography skills, as she recalled the loss of her fiance almost 15 years earlier in a car crash, just days after he proposed, and how she took up the self-abuse of “cutting” in the pain of her depression, while also giving up on taking pictures. She then recalled her father’s remarks, and her love of Interstate Park and began that recovery, which inadvertently led to the anti-drug feature. Bakke said that revelation wasn’t part of the plan, but said it emerged later, almost accidentally, after the production day was done. “After the final photo session of the day, we were packing up ... when we began chitchatting about what my first camera was and how I got into photography to begin with. It wasn’t until that point that

the topic of my loss and journey out of darkness came up,” Bakke said. “Boyd and Jonathan decided this was the story they wanted to capture.” The duo knew it was a worth telling, and then unpacked the camera, microphones, lights and began filming again on a suddenly deep and painful topic. “I was hesitant at first,” Bakke admitted. “Boyd assured me he would take good care of me in the story and that it was a compelling and powerful message that should be shared.” She admits that it wasn’t easy to talk about the painful events on camera, but said she hopes that sharing that pain may be able to inspire or help someone else. “To provide someone with a glimmer of hope that even in their darkest days they can find the strength to push through, and understand that tomorrow is a new day,” she said. “You can have hope. You can find happiness. You will find purpose. You can make a future. You can make a difference.”

“A long, busy day” After the revealing discussions, the TV duo later filmed at the Unity School District board meeting, where Bakke also serves. They stayed until the early evening, which she called “A long, busy day.” While Bakke’s anti-drug program concentrated on ways kids and adults can

“We wanted to catch the lunch crowd, where they could film some general footage of the students and conduct some interviews of participating students,” said Kelly Bakke, the creator of the What’s Your Anti-Drug? project, noting that many of the kids just wanted to meet Huppert. “It was wonderful to see the smiles and excitement in all the children, having a news team filming at our school.” Photos by Kelly Bakke

avoid drugs through positive attitudes and dedication to their passions, the spotlight of the TV feature may mean even more eyes, and hints that the program is a hot ticket, with an appeal sure to stretch beyond that one local school district. In fact, after it aired KARE-11 anchor Rena Sarigianopoulos praised the program and Bakke’s photos, while co-anchor Eric Perkins suggested that he could see her anti-drug program “Catching on nationally.” Bakke hears the drumbeat of success, as well, and could tell right away it touched people. She was immediately overwhelmed with e-mails, phone calls, social media messages and comments. “My Web site has had over 5,000 hits since it aired. The outpouring of support and encouragement about the project and my personal story has been amazing,” she said. “The stories people are sharing with me are heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking.” Bakke said she is trying hard to respond to everyone personally ... but it will take some time.

Igniting that passion “The reality is this project, although called What’s Your Anti-Drug?, is really about so much more!” She stated. “It sparks the conversations with youth and adults alike. It gets us talking about healthy choices, about building people up, finding what ignites our passions. Now this project has also been linked to my personal story to some extent, so it’s also about providing inspiration and hope. It is my sincere hope that the project continues to grow and evolve.” Bakke said she would love to see the project expand to as many schools as possible, building a collage for them and inspiring many of the same conversations they have had at Unity. She has even toyed with suggestions for a book project, with a brief overview of her own story, alongside other stories and photos on igniting and keeping that passion for life. “I can see this in schools, clinics, hospitals, youth centers, churches, etc. Just a fun book with great pictures and short excerpts to inspire others and join in the conversation,” she said. “It is still evolving, but it is very exciting to think about ... It’s hard to even express how amazing this project has been.” ••• Kelly Bakke’s Anti-Drug photos, as well as an archived link to the KARE-11 TV feature, are available at




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Local volunteerism is alive and well

Keeping King’s legacy of service alive at Grantsburg

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – It was 7 a.m. and AmeriCorps volunteer Sharon Schmidt was already in the Grantsburg Elementary School gym, awaiting the arrival of her students. This past Monday, Jan. 16, while some were remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with speeches and musical tributes, others were quietly honoring his memory through tireless acts of service. King’s statement, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” echoed his lifelong belief in the importance of helping others. Each January and throughout the year, Americans answer King’s question by coming together to serve their neighbors and communities. Schmidt is one of those, along with over 70,000 others, using their talents and interests to meet their community needs as volunteers in various AmeriCorps programs

At the end of their Reading Through Hoops sessions AmeriCorps voluntter Sharon Schmidt always gathers her team together for a group cheer. “We’re a team, working together to help each other.” A good message for all of us to hear as we remember King’s call to serve others.. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer across the country. The Martin Luther King Day of Service

is a part of United We Serve, the president’s national call-to-service initiative. It

Feed My Starving Children packs 101,000 meals at SCFalls Nutritious meals are sent to starving people around the world by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS — Nearly 300 children in other parts of the world who are starving are assured of one healthy meal a day for the next year, thanks to local volunteers working last Friday and Saturday, Saturday, Jan. 13 - 14, with Feed My Starving Children. A total of 546 volunteers, working in two-hour shifts in a warehouse behind North Country Outlet Mall on Hwy. 8, donated for the packaging event, bagged up 101,088 meals of nutritious vitamins, vegetables, soy and rice. Bethesda Lutheran Church of Dresser was host organization for what FMSC calls a mobile pack. Host leader Debby Hill lined up the packing site and made contacts to recruit the volunteers, which included all ages from kindergartners to retirees. According to the World Food Program of the United Nations, an estimated 925 million people are chronically hungry throughout the world, yet there is more than enough food produced to provide adequate nutrition for everyone. Each day, 18,000 people die of hunger. Feed My Starving Children seeks to make a difference. Founded as a Christian nonprofit in 1987 by a Minnesota businessmen who felt called by God to help feed starving children, FMSC distributed 130 million meals last year. Using a special nutrition formula that is culturally acceptable around the world, the product contains rice, soy, vegetables,

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These girls worked out a good system for scooping food into Feed My Starving Children bags for distribution around the world. From left are Ella Anderson, Hope Naegelen, Elliana Naegelen and Megan Hankel. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

See Feed My Starving Children, pg. 2

AmeriCorps, often called the domestic version of the Peace Corps, is a federal program that offers opportunities for students and adults of all backgrounds to work with nonprofit groups. calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, which established the Corporation for National and Community Service and brought the full range of domestic community service programs under the umbrella of one central organization. This legislation built on the first National Service Act signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. It also formally launched AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. The newly created AmeriCorps incorporated two existing national service programs: the longstanding Volunteers in Service to America program, created by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and the National Civilian Community Corps. Schmidt, now in her second year of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer at GES, tutoring pupils in reading, greeted her students by handing them each a basketball. “People play basketball and people read. People don’t usually do them at the same time but that’s what we’re going to do,” laughed Schmidt as she explained the morning activity to the group of firstthrough third-graders she dubbed as the Hoopsters. Schmidt then reminded the students of the presentation she had given on King in their classrooms Monday. “You know Martin Luther King started out as just an ordinary man who ended up doing some extraordinary things. We might start out as ordinary readers but we have an opportunity to become extraordinary,” Schmidt told her newly formed team of reading players. Schmidt, who also coaches the Frederic High School girls basketball team, combined her love of coaching the sport and

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Volunteerism/from page 1 and her love of teaching reading to create Reading Through Hoops, a unique program to help students strengthen their reading skills while at the same time learning introductory basketball skills. As the Hoopsters team began dribbling basketballs while reciting the alphabet, their enthusiastic smiles showed Schmidt had already scored points with her winning program. The alphabet dribble, giving students practice in ball handling and rhythm with vocalizing the alphabet and sounds, is one of several of the exercises Schmidt developed to help students increase their reading and basketball skill level. Schmidt’s creation of the Reading Through Hoops program is just one of the ways the AmeriCorps volunteer has gone the extra mile in her service of helping enhance student learning at GES. GES Principal Katie Coppenbarger can’t stress enough the importance of having dedicated AmeriCorps volunteers such as Schmidt. “AmeriCorps has enabled us to offer a layer of support for our students we could not otherwise offer. Sharon’s primary duties involve reading tutoring but she also coordinates special programs like ‘Reading through Hoops’ and ‘Beauregard’s Big Word.’

AmeriCorps volunteer Sharon Schmidt gave classroom presentations on Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day, to GES students, educating them about the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. – Photo submitted “Sharon does a phenomenal job. We’ve had many wonderful AmeriCorps volunteers at our school over the years,” recalled Coppenbarger. “I can’t imagine what we’d do without all the help they give our students and our staff.” As Schmidt collected up the basketballs, she gathered her team together for a group

cheer. “We’re a team, working together to help each other,” a good message for all of us to hear as we remember King’s call to service others. - with information from the National and Community Service Web site,

GES student William Gerber got ready to take a shot during the Reading Through Hoops session he and other Hoopster teammates participate in each morning before school starts. The school’s AmeriCorps volunteer Sharon Schmidt coaches the students in reading and basketball skills. Gerber’s enthusiastic smile was a sure sign Schmidt’s unique approach to teaching reading had already scored points with the second-grader. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Feed My Starving Children/from page 1 a vegetarian-based chicken flavoring, and a vitamin and mineral mix. Distributing the food packages is handled through a partnership that FMSC has with imbedded missionaries and global distribution nonprofit organizations. More information can be found on FMSC’s Web site at To host a mobile pack, the hosting agency must be able to guarantee at least 500 volunteers and the packing of no less than 100,000 meals. The group must also commit to covering the cost of the meals packed. The cost to FMSC for each meal is 24 cents, so $24,000 is needed to pack another 100,000 meals next year. About $5,000 has already been donated by the volunteers who helped last week. Anyone wishing to contribute or get more information can contact Bethesda Lutheran Church at 715-755-2562.

Bethesda Lutheran Church of Dresser hosted a MobilePack event for Feed My Starving Children last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14 in St. Croix Falls. Debby Hill, second from the right in the front row, was the MobilePack leader. Other Bethesda volunteers (L to R) in front are Pat Peterson, Dawn Johnson, Edna Mae Johnson and Arlene Campbell. In middle row are Kim Palmsteen, Marlys Route, Orval Johnson, Jerry Pieper, Laurie Hanel and Dale Wester. In back are Rick Palmsteen, Jim Route, Emmy Pieper and Dave Hill.

Hope Naegelen and her mom, DeeAnn, seal bags containing meals for starving children around the world. They were two of nearly 550 people who helped bag 17,280 meals last week for distribution by Feed My Starving Children. ABOVE: Rick from Feed My Starving Children moves a pallet of newly packaged meals into a semitruck. A total of 80 boxes, each with 216 meals, was packed by the first shift of volunteers last week. – Photos by Mary Stirrat RIGHT: Each box filled with MannaPack Rice contains enough food to provide 216 meals. Forty percent of Feed My Starving Children’s food goes to Haiti. The remainder is used to feed children in nearly 70 countries around the world. A single meal costs 24 cents, and the program is funded entirely through donations. Of all donations received, 93 percent goes to provide meals and 7 percent is used for administration and fundraising.

Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit that each year distributes about 130 million meals to starving children around the world, brings supplies to a warehouse in St. Croix Falls. Once the meals are bagged, boxed and placed on pallets, they are loaded back into the semi for distribution.

This T-shirt, worn by 11-year-old Brett Forrest of Amery, shows the order in which ingredients are packed into each food bag. First is a vegetarian-based chicken flavoring, then dried vegetables, then proteinrich soy nuggets and finally rice. The formula was developed by food scientists with Cargill and General Mills, and is designed to provide maximum nutrition in a culturally acceptable form.

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fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear Joe Roberts of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!” “Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!” “Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?” “We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said. “The sharks got ‘em.” ••• Fred got home from his Sunday round of golf later than normal and very tired. “Bad day at the course?” his wife asked. “Everything was going fine,” he said. “Then Harry had a heart attack and died on the 10th tee.” “Oh, that’s awful!” “You’re not kidding. For the whole back nine it was hit the ball, drag Harry. Hit the ball, drag Harry.” ••• A professional juggler, driving to his next performance, was stopped by the police. “What are you doing with these matches and lighter fluid in your car?” asked the police officer. “I’m a juggler and I juggle flaming torches in my act.” “Oh yeah? Let’s see you do it,” said the officer. So the juggler got out and started juggling the blazing torches masterfully. A couple driving by slowed down to watch. “Wow,” said the driver to his wife. “I’m glad I quit drinking. Look at the test they’re giving now!”


SIREN - On Saturday, March 31, Northwest Passage will be hosting the secondannual Second Chance Prom at Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren. The Second Chance Prom is a formal event for adults ages 21 and older, and the idea behind the event is to give everyone a second chance at one of the most memorable experiences in a lifetime – prom!

I spent today in my dad’s workshop. My dad has always had a workshop. He built the house he lives in. Now that his house is complete, his projects are Carrie Classon smaller. He built a tiny canoe for my nephew Beau and Beau now calls the workshop “grandpa’s canoe factory.” When I was Beau’s age, my father’s canoe factory also functioned as a doll hospital. I believe the high point of my father’s doll repair career was when Nancy the Talking Nurse developed a very bad case of leaking batteries out her backside. At more or less the same time, my doll Patsy’s blond hair became hopelessly matted (long before dreadlocks were really in). My father’s radical but effective solution was to perform a full-body transplant on Nurse Nancy. The discharged patient, newly renamed “PatsyNancy,” had a new body and lovely hair. I was astonished and grateful. Years later, when I bought my old farmhouse, my father rebuilt the drawers in the kitchen (even though I knew I would be remodeling the kitchen very soon) just so I wouldn’t have to wrestle every time I wanted to get a spoon. Twenty years later, that imminent kitchen remodeling has not yet occurred. I think of my father almost every time I open one of my ancient, perfectly functioning, kitchen drawers to get out a spoon. Today he was working on my desk. I decided I needed a desk to work at when I’m at Daniel’s. Up till now, I have been working on Daniel’s kitchen table, which means decamping every time we eat, which is a major nuisance. I decided we had reached a relationship milestone: I wanted to establish a work station in his home. He agreed, and I set out to look for a small desk.

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I wanted a small desk because Daniel’s house is small and anything larger than a portion of the kitchen table was a big step up for me. But small desks, I discovered, were hard to find. Finally, I popped into the used furniture store near my parents’ home and there, amid piles of used doors and windows, countless old sewing machine cabinets, and overstuffed chairs with peculiar upholstery, was a charming little desk. Actually, it was a potentially charming little desk. At some point in its long and colorful history, it had been painted a shade slightly less red than a fire engine. There were also screws poking out of both sides and one of the drawers didn’t open. I figured I could throw a coat of paint on it and it would be fine. For twenty dollars, it was a good little desk. I brought it to my father’s workshop to wait until I returned. But by the time I got back, my father had sanded the top down to raw wood and thought that we should probably finish it since it was nice solid wood. He fixed the broken drawer and, while he was at it, tightened and straightened all the rest so they slid in and out beautifully. Then, since the top had turned out so nice, we sanded off the drawer fronts. Soon, the twenty dollar desk was sanded to a smooth luster, the unidentified solid wood showing in lovely shades of dark and light. It is easy to throw things out instead of fix them, to get something new, or make do with something good enough. Instead, I’m trying to be a little more like my dad. My dad takes whatever is at hand and makes it better. I am astonished and grateful. Till next time, —Carrie

Tickets available for Second Chance Prom Northwest Passage gives everyone the chance to again shop for the perfect dress or tuxedo and enjoy a night out on the town with that special someone or group of friends. Last year’s Second Chance Prom was a notable success, helping Northwest Passage raise over $5,000 for healthy living programming. Organizers hope that this year’s event will be even better, allowing

Northwest Passage the opportunity to enrich the lives of the youth they serve even more by raising funds for their expressive arts program fund. Tickets are now available at Rumors Bar & Grill in Siren, and they must be purchased in advance. The cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple. The ticket price includes dancing, appetizers and a silent auction. A block of rooms at the Best

Western Northwoods Lodge have been secured. Call 715-349-7800 for reservations. For more information, to donate an item for the silent auction or to arrange advance ticket purchase, contact Lisa Hobbie, communications coordinator at Northwest Passage at 715-327-4402 or - with submitted information

Bork and Francis place in top two in the American Legion District Oratorical Scholarship competition SOLON SPRINGS – Congratulations are due to Webster High School senior Austin Bork. Bork placed first in the American Legion Wisconsin 12th District Oratorical Scholarship competition. The contestants were required to present a single main speech topic related the United States Constitution with a length of eight to 10 minutes, as well as an assigned-topic extemporaneous speech consuming three to five minutes of the presenter’s delivery. The topic assigned was Article IV, Section 2, “Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” Results were: First place: Austin Bork, Webster High School senior, sponsored by American Legion Webster Post 96. Second place: Gabriel Francis, Centuria, St. Croix Falls junior, sponsored by American Legion St. Croix Falls Post 143. Third place: Devon Searfoss, Winter High School junior, sponsored by Ameri-

Heavenly music I felt the pain shoot down my

Shown (L to R): Twelfth District Commandar Bob Buhr; first place, Austin Bork, Burnett County; second place, Gabriel Francis, Polk County; third place, Devon Searfoss/Sawyer County; District Oratorical Contest Chair Barbara McDaniel. – Photo submitted can Legion Loretta Post 394. Bork proceeds to regional competition at Ripon College on Saturday, Feb. 25. Re-

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leg. The doctor side of me analyzed the pain and checked off the possibilities. The macho side of me John W. Ingalls gritted my teeth and the husband side of me wanted to whine to my wife asking for a back rub. It was excruciating, like a great white shark grabbing my leg and shaking it. I knew it was time to see a real doctor. The real doctor looked me over. He poked, prodded, gripped, twisted, squeezed and shook his head. “Yup, uh-huh, well, hmmm…” He shook his head and muttered to himself. He started to use big medical words and I knew I was in trouble. “I think your do-hicky is being squeezed where it comes out of the little hole in your thingamajig. Maybe it is just some rust on your fenders but we’ll see.” I nodded. “You need some tests.” I knew when he mentioned my thingamajig, it was serious. While the tests were being ordered I was ordered to go on the rack. The rack was originally a medieval torture device that has been revised, in modern times, as a treatment in physical therapy. I limped into therapy and humbly subjected my frail body to the therapist.

gional competition is scheduled for the morning to be followed by state competition in the afternoon.

She poked, prodded, gripped, twisted, squeezed and shook her head. “Yup, uh-huh, well, hmmm …” She shook her head and muttered to herself. I bit my tongue to keep from yelling. A MD bead of sweat formed on my forehead and I exhaled slowly. “You need a lot of work. Do these exercises and see me next week.” I grunted and wheezed as I got off of the rack. Humbly accepting my assignment, I limped out of the room. I once attended a conference about chronic pain management. Pain is hard to define. According to the experts, pain is whatever the patient tells you it is. We try to refine the definition of pain by using other adjectives. It isn’t just a pain, it is burning, stabbing, gripping, annoying, aching, throbbing, shooting, lancinating, sharp, dull, quick and constant. When all of these hit you it is hard to sleep, move, sit, stand or keep quiet. I groaned trying to stop short of whining. I don’t like whining. I longed to be pain free but I have also seen the consequences of someone who feels no pain. It is far worse. I knew in some twisted way, the ability to feel pain is a blessing in disguise. I had read about experiences such as mine. One day

Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship • Each district winner will receive an oratory medal. • Each regional participant will receive a $600 scholarship. • The winner of each regional contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship. • The department finalists receive $2,000 for first, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third. • Ripon College will award a $5,000 scholarship to Ripon to each of the three department finalists upon their enrollment at the college. • National finalists receive $18,000 for first, $16,000 for second and $14,000 for third. - submitted by Burnett County Commander, Cora Sower

it hit me. The pain, shooting, stabbing, burning pain was with me as I went to lie down. Suddenly I found myself unable to move. I closed my eyes trying to block it all out when I suddenly found myself moving through a tunnel. It was a bright tunnel and a breeze seemed to blow over me. I felt a brief rush of anxiety but I forced myself to remain calm. A loud ratcheting noise surrounded me and came from all directions. I felt myself moving in the tunnel. Looking upward I could see someone moving in the distance but they were upside down. I could hear a voice talking to me but I didn’t know how to respond. The banging noise continued around me and then I heard the music. I don’t know what I expected, perhaps angelic choirs or classical music harmoniously wafting in the breezes. I listened again to be sure. One song blended into another and I understood. The emotional pain in my head grew as the pain in my back eased. I couldn’t be sure how long I was in the tunnel, it seemed that time stood still. A minute seemed like an hour and an hour was eternal. I blinked back my own tears as the last of seven Willie Nelson songs was over. “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain.” I wasn’t in heaven, I was having an MRI.


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season. Wisconsin still has a winner. Miss Wisconsin is now Miss America. I get something about how no one knows Wisconsin is in the United States almost every day on the Internet. Either that or one of these “You are from Wisconsin if ... “ I have lived in Wisconsin almost all of my life and I don’t think there is another place I would rather be. Well, maybe somewhere warm now, or maybe somewhere in one of the foreign lands I would like to visit one day, but as for living in a particular place, I pick Wisconsin. We have had a very little Wisconsin winter so far. I have a feeling it is coming though and we had better be ready. I remember last year something about the weather that messed up the plant life and crops. Something about spring coming and then going, but I am not really sure what it was. I do know my crab apple trees that always bloom together were blooming one at a time and one week after another. Ben’s (my father-in-law) garden did very poorly and he blames it on the strange weather. La Nina, is that what it is called? For some reason I thought that was only supposed to be one year. Still, this year the weathermen are blaming the odd weather on La Nina. I was trying to remember ever hearing about something like that when I was young. I knew about drought and about “soggy” weather, but nothing ever had names. I wonder how long ago they began to name storms? Maybe, waaaay back they had names for big storms or hurricanes, but I don’t ever remember hearing about Hurricane Bob or Cyclone Jean. Do we still have cyclones, or are there just tornados? Wait, cyclones are in the water or are those water spouts? I will have to Google cyclones to see exactly what they are. Never having to deal with one, I guess I just never



Barb Blodgett even thought about it before. Suddenly I feel totally out of knowledge about our past and present weather. I think that is why I took psychology in college. You didn’t need a barometer to know what was happening. You just needed to know how to listen and analyze. Well, that is not all, but that is another column. I need a volunteer or volunteers. This is special. Denny and I drive a wonderful young man to Diversified Services Inc. in Siren every morning and pick him up every afternoon. We need an alternate to help out when we can’t drive. Not for every day, but for mornings or afternoons when we can’t make it. Some weeks we have to be at meetings at the same time, that leaves us without a driver. The pickup time is 7:15 a.m. and he lives just before the bridge leaving Danbury. He must be at DSI by 7:45 a.m. The pickup time in the afternoon is 4 p.m. We simply can’t find anyone to fill one or both of those spots. Not every day, but if anyone can pick up one or the other or both times some days, please call Interfaith at 715866-4970. All is quiet for Interfaith right now. Trying to tie things up for last year is all I have to do. I use the word “all” loosely. I don’t have any one thing to do, but trying to figure out what the entire year was all about is a job. I really should keep better records and finish up each month so I can just pick up the results or the month and at the end of the year put them all together. Why didn’t I think of that years ago? The longer I do

this job the more I learn. Thank you, God, for all of this new knowledge. Last year was a good year for Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County. We were able to help so many people by building ramps, cleaning houses, providing transportation, cleaning up after the storm and just doing what we do. Christmas for Kids was a great success and because of all of the wonderful people who helped with the Heat a Home project we have enough wood for this year and will probably have enough for next year. The Arborists and local volunteers have been such a blessing. Which reminds me, we had 35 men, women and children here a week ago Sunday to cut wood. Connie Bowar, who always steps up to the plate for us, planned the dinner for all of them. We had expected 25 and 35 showed up. We cooked for 25 and as they started to file in for food I was pretty anxious about running out. Connie just kept telling me that everything would be fine and of course it was. I wish I could name all of the wonderful people who have volunteered and donated to us. It would take pages and although the Leader is generous to allow me the space they do, I think pages would be a little much to ask. I can only thank everyone. You are the people who make Interfaith what it is. God bless you all. I am concerned about the cold that is supposed to come soon. Please check on your neighbors now and then. Often they can’t get out for groceries or need something done for them and they just don’t have the means. I worry most about the elderly. Which reminds me, I asked for a senior discount recently and was told I could even get another discount that was given to the elderly. I asked how old they considered elderly and the sweet young lady said “70.” If she had not been on the other end of the phone she would have noticed “the

look” I would have given her. Think of all of the people you know who are 70, 80 and even 90-plus who are going strong. My cousin married a woman 91, who, at that time was the American senior tennis champion. Recently I called to chat and she was out riding her bike. If I would just stop falling, lose 40 pounds and remember everything I forget, I too would be an amazing elderly person. I took a header in my kitchen the other day. I put the groceries on the floor and began putting them away. Moving from one cupboard to another I stepped over a bag of apples, got my feet tangled and the left side of my face hit the floor before I even had time to think. No, I did think … I thought “not again.” Nothing broken, but my teeth did go through my lip and when I checked my cheekbone, jaw and nose were intact. I did call the doctor and ask about my lip. There was nowhere to put a stitch, so I felt pretty silly when I finally got him on the phone. When I think back, all I remember is Ben asking what happened to the apples. I had crushed some as I fell. A very good friend of mine is retiring from the position of aging unit director this week. I will miss Lois Taylor so much. She has been involved with Interfaith since it’s conception. She has been our advisor for years and I depend on her for so many things. She has been a great asset to Interfaith Caregivers and she is a really good friend. She had better keep her cell phone on, when I need advice I depend on her. I hate to say it, but, “think snow.” Not a lot, just enough for those people who like to do snow things. Frankly, I am not one of them because I like to keep cozy, but there are many who do snow sports and it has been a bad year for them. Be back soon Blessings, Barb

St. Croix Falls District Scholarship Foundation’s chili cook-off set

ST. CROIX FALLS – You’re invited to join the St. Croix Falls District Scholarship Foundation for all-you-can-eat chili at an exciting event organized to raise money for the foundation and vote for your favorite recipe. Or you can make a donation for the silent auction. All proceeds are tax deductible and will go to the St. Croix Falls District Scholarship Foundation. The

foundation awards scholarships to graduating St. Croix Falls High School seniors and alumni. They have 25 entry spots available. Businesses, clubs, families and individuals are invited to join. You will need quarts of chili at minimum, although more is appreciated. There will be a large, hungry crowd to feed. Contestants need to furnish

a slow-cooker or cooker with the chili, serving utensils, banners, appropriate and unique setups. Grand prize is naming rights to a scholarship that will be presented at the annual St. Croix Falls District Scholarship Foundation banquet in May. If you are interested in participating as a cook please contact Wanda Brown at 715-

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State law prohibits having both a Wisconsin driver’s license and a Wisconsin ID card

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OSCEOLA – The Splatter Sisters, a wellknown musical group from the Twin Cities, will perform in Osceola on Sunday, Jan. 29. They’ll headline the Celebration of Life event sponsored by the Tri-County LifeCare Center and area churches. The event will mark the anniversary of the

operations manager Patrick Fernan, “you have to turn in your driver’s license. State law doesn’t allow you to hold both.” The state Legislature recently passed a law that requires people to present a photo ID when voting. Consequently, DMV customer service centers around the state are noticing an increase in the number of people coming in to request an ID card, because they think they need one to vote. The Wisconsin state ID card is just one form of photo ID that can be used to vote, but many forms are acceptable. “A

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During Bernice’s absence, archived columns will be presented from May 26, 1976. My husband and I have attended more graduations than we can count, down through the years. The one held Sunday was special, because our son, Tim, graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. It was a Red Letter Day for all of us. When our first son, Drew, graduated at River Falls, my husband and I had to split up. He went there, and I attended the high school graduation at Frederic. The moral of the story is never to have children spaced four years apart; it makes for divided interests. Sunday’s graduation was held outside at the amphitheater on the edge of campus. It meant a long walk down a crushed limestone road, over a little bridge over a little creek, to a grassy hillside, terraced with flagstones in about eight levels. There was a natural basin below and a stage facing the terraces. A steady stream of guests clogged the road, narrowing to funnel across the bridge. We arrived early and sat in the top row, center, with no trees to obstruct our view. There was bright sunshine, relieved by a cool breeze. We were glad we arrived in time for the concert by the University Symphony Band and the University Concert Choir. Finally, when the natural bowl was packed to overflowing with proud families, fellow students and friends, the processional began. Far in the distance, we caught sight of the first black robes moving in our direction. Everyone there strained eyes to see his own son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter. There were cameras clicking and hands waving. It was an emotional experience (mothers are easily moved to tears anyway!) and pride and happiness swelled our hearts to bursting when we saw our Tim, straight and dignified, walking with his easy gait, tassel on his mortarboard swinging in the breeze. I missed my first camera shot, because my eyes were blurred, but after that, I recovered and took 20 shots here, there and everywhere. The audience was a colorful lot, as were the graduate students and faculty with their bright and varied hoods. For the past 11 years, we have had one son or another matriculating at the university, and we have come to love the campus and buildings. Especially since I usually attend a weekend writers conference there every June. It feels more like my college than any other I’ve attended or any, where my husband has taught. We have strong ties with the university. Oh, they may joke and call it “Moo U” or “ Cow College,” but for us, it was the cows on our own farm that made it possible for our sons to study there. Bless those Jersey cows! Bless our Tim for his persistence, in spite of changing his major midway, poor counseling from his many advisors, financial setbacks and taking a year out, so his younger brother, Tod, could start down the ivy path. Every weekend he had to come home to help with the work on the farm. For a minute, we were afraid his name wasn’t on the program. There were so many names, so many graduates. But there it was, in a division with only three other names: Bachelor of Science in Earth Science Education. That means he knows geology, soils analysis, geography and related subjects. Because some of his first courses didn’t apply on this changed major, he graduated with perhaps more credits than most seniors. Over and above the required number, full to brimming and overflowing. Bless the professors who helped him “find himself.” Learning to read comes easily to some pupils, but not for Tim. We thought he would always see words backwards. Our left-handed son has a good memory and can assimilate many facts by ear, but college courses require a great deal of reading.

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon His difficulty wasn’t considered serious enough in high school for special help, but when he got into college, he took a course in reading. The words finally made some sense; they fell into a pattern and conveyed ideas and stimulated images. He began to read, not only for learning, but for fun! I thought about these things as the graduates lined up, heard their names announced and walked the V pattern across the apron of the stage, receiving congratulations and a diploma. Because the ceremony was outside, it was perhaps more informal, with chatting in little groups, and an occasional cheer from and enthusiastic family of “Thata-boy!” or “Yay, Aunt Judy!” In the distance the carillon played a familiar refrain, “Gaudeamus Igitur.” Ken and I looked at each other, remembering it from the performance of “The Student Prince” which he once directed. It was repeated several times, the notes hanging in the warm spring air, with a meadowlark adding his approval in the tree overhead. A butterfly fluttered past. A plane droned overhead. And the meadowlark kept singing. The bright assemblage began to break apart into little groups, to drift away as the graduates filed out, back down the road, across the bridge, toward the campus buildings in the distance. We followed more slowly, savoring the beauty of the afternoon, the beauty of the occasion, the beautiful feeling inside. We felt what every loving parent feels. We smiled as we overheard one girl say, “Well, it took me six years, but I finally made it!” A goal achieved, a horizon reached. Afterward, we milled around in the student ballroom at the reception, drinking coffee and nibbling politely at dainty cookies. They tasted good, because we had had not time to eat lunch. When we left the campus, past the fountain, past the banner across the street welcoming visitors to River Falls, past the spirea bushes in bloom and the grand old trees, we felt as if we, too had graduated. And we had, through our son, Tim. Tim, who outgrew childhood illness, who proved the teacher wrong who once said, “I’ve given up on him,” who showed he could do it and has the diploma to prove it. Well done, Tim! On the way home, we discussed the speaker, Dr. G. Theodore Mitau, who was no stranger to us either as he taught at Macalester College when my husband was a member of the faculty there. Mitau said, in essence, that a college degree no longer guarantees a job in today’s world; that the graduate might find himself employed in a different line altogether than the one for which he prepared. That all of life must be regarded as a learning experience. That education brings out the best potential of an individual. He said, “Learning may well consume a major part of our lives, all our life. A lifetime education. There is strength in knowledge.”

American Legion donates to food shelf

St. Croix Falls American Legion Post 143 presented a check to the food shelf of St. Croix Falls. Pictured (L to R): Chuck Hutton, Roland Mortenson, Wayne Hancock, food shelf administrator Eloise Anderson, post Commander Jeff Pfannes, Jim Chapin and Chris Chinanader. - Special photo

"Casablanca" to grace the silver screen in Luck LUCK — Thursday, Jan. 26, the Luck Public Library and the Luck Historical Society will cooperate to show “Casablanca,” from 1942, one of the most successful films of all time. The script for the film arrived at Warner Brothers the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 8, 1941. Timing was one of the many reasons for the success of this film that stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried.

The movie is about patriotism, love, exile and sabotage in Morocco during the early part of World War II. This is a great film for first-time viewers or those who have seen it many times. The movie will be subtitled for those with hearing difficulties. The movie begins shortly after 7 p.m. in the Luck Historical Museum. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Popcorn

Do you remember? 50 Years Ago

The temperature dropped to 31 below zero on Jan. 17 and schools in the area were closed.-Two men, George Eddy of Clam Falls and Bert Thomas of Antigo, were killed and three college students, Richard Johnson, Harold Robinson and Allen Bengtson, were injured in a head-on collision.-Leonard Deedon and his mother-in-law, Elsie Gove, died in a house fire north of Range.-The Leader missed coverage of the first baby born at the Frederic Municipal Hospital so listed him in the Jan. 17 edition; Mark Allen, born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Paulson (Judy Olson, formerly of Trade Lake).-The bloodmobile collected 150 pints of blood on Jan. 11.-The Indianhead Chorus was slated to sing in Frederic, proceeds to assist Harlan Owens’ tour with FFA program.-Deaths included Emma Crandall, Axel Friberg, George Walker, Johanna Boesenberg, John Densmore and Wallace Lundeen.-The McCarly home in Coomer burned to the ground. No one was injured.-Two students made the honor roll at River Falls State, Joan Chelmo, Webster, and Chlorn Petersen, Danbury.-Raymond (Moe) England caught a 30-1/2-inch walleye in Clam Lake and Mrs. Bennie Mohs caught a 33-1/2-inch northern in Bass Lake.Two Minneapolis men pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of copper wire from the warehouse of Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Co. in Grantsburg.-The Wood Lake-Freya congregations planned to hold an open house at their new church in Alpha, and to give their joined churches a new name. Calvary Covenant.-Two Burnett County volunteers, Jerry Atkinson and Norman Hinze, would begin their military service, leaving Feb. 6.-The Friday night specials at Dick and Fran’s, Fox Creek, included lutefisk - $1.

40 Years Ago

Congressman Vernon Thompson visited Frederic and other Polk County villages to reacquaint himself with the part of the 10th Congressional District that would become part of his 3rd District.-A fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Moser Jr., Webster.-Army Private Dwight E. Olson, Siren, completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.-Specialist Drew Abrahamzon, Lewis, received an Army Commendation Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He had recently returned to civilian life.-Carl Ahlgren, Lewis, was pictured with the 10-1/2-pound walleye he had caught.-Frederic Co-op grocery store advertised snappy service, and center-cut rib chops, 89¢ a pound, Winesap apples 65¢ for a 3-lb. bag and a dozen eggs, 38¢.-Carlyle’s annual coat, dress and sweater sale featured double-knit pant suits, $35, wool car coats, $35, and survivors from their last sale, $5.Deaths included Robert Merrill, Josephine Nolan, Bert Dellage, Arvid Lindgren and Harvey Gustafson.Births included a daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jensen, Luck, and daughter Amy Margaret, born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Java, Grantsburg.-The Frederic School Board approved extensive replacement of the underground pipes in the heating system at the high school.

20 Years Ago

Earl and Roy Hansen, former owners of Frederic Auto Co., were shown with the new owners of what would be called Larsen Auto Center, Terry Larsen and Jerry McNally, and the new general manager, Keith Faye.-Steve and Leslie Agard appeared before the Frederic Village Board, offering to donate 80 acres of land for recreational use to benefit the community and environment.-Elmer Berg, Cushing, was given an award for wearing his seat belt, which had saved his life in a recent crash.-The Oscar and Darlene Burke family, Barron, were in their bedrooms Christmas night when their smoke alarm alerted them to a fire in their living room.-Rita Ronningen won the grand prize, dinner for two and an overnight stay at Seven Pines Lodge, in the Frederic Library’s Christmas Tea drawing.-FHS ’64 graduate Bruce Thorstad was featured, having recently had his fifth book published, “Deadwood Dick and the Code of the West.”-Jim and Vivian Snyder opened the Gandy Dancer B & B about a mile north of Frederic.-Mary Eklof-Karl won a Carribean cruise for her sales record at WDSM radio in Duluth, and Kris Surbaugh, Clam Falls, would accompany her on the cruise.-Obits included Lawrence Hughes, Margaret Hoffman, Helen Bengtson and Elvina Granquist.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hey folks, how’s it going? Wow, I was enjoying being sprawled out in front of the woodstove that I almost forgot to write my column. I got up Monday morning and remembered so had to scramble but I have to say, Gary at the Leader is very understanding of my memory lapses and shortcomings! Pretty quiet week around here, with the chill outside I don’t like to stay out too long as my tootsies get cold. Even Eli and Maya don’t stay out long so we watch for squirrels at the window, go out and give chase and then hurry back in to the warmth. Dad says it’s like a revolving door as he keeps getting up to let us in or out (actually that’s the question he asks us all the time … in or out?). I guess he doesn’t like heating the great outdoors, although that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. We’ve had a few adoptions in the last week, which is always newsworthy! The two boy kittens Gabriel and Nick were adopted last Friday; people came all the way from the Cities for them. That’s just how cute they were. And the two sisters Magi and Merry are every bit as cute so hopefully they’ll get adopted soon. The shelter still has some great young adult cats looking for a home and they are equally as loving as the kittens. On the dog side, the beautiful Noel has been adopted and she’ll be going home next week Barney after she is spayed.

Happy Tails


Arnell Humane Rex is a black Lab-pointer-mix neutered male. He is 1-1/2 years old and ready to play ball. His favorite activity is playing fetch. He isn’t picky about what he fetches, balls, sticks or plastic toys. He says that this love of the game comes to him naturally from his hunting-dog ancestors. Rex covers both hunting categories, with his love of water sports Lab breeding, and retrieving from his fieldhunting pointer background. In his previous home, Rex loved to launch himself off the end of the dock in order to retrieve a thrown stick. He will make a great indoor-outdoor companion to a young family with children or a household in need of a friend to share the day to day with. A meat raffle fundraiser for the Arnell Humane Society is taking place this Friday night, Jan. 20, at PY’s Saloon and Grill in Osceola. The event begins at 5 p.m., and all proceeds will help the animals at the Arnell shelter. So mark your calendars and help support Arnell Humane Society at this fun event at PY’s. The adoptable cats are filling the cat rooms. There are a number of younger cats and kittens


YAPpenings Sadie Pebbles the puppy was adopted and Bam Bam, I’m told, has an application on him so that’s always good. Hopefully his application will go through but until then he is still available for adoption! Good thing is, I think we’ve run out of Flintstone names. I want to tell you about my friend Barney, if you remember me telling you he was the first arrival of the New Year. Barney is a very handsome, darkbrindle-colored hound mix. Mom kind of thought he looked like he had some Lab in him when he arrived. Barney loves human touch and is very friendly, doesn’t bark like other hounds do at times. We really think someone took good care of him as he was very healthy and in good shape when he arrived but unfortunately his owner never came and picked him up. Barney would really make a nice addition to your family so please feel free to stop and visit him and see for yourself. Dora is a beautiful, longhaired calico cat around 2 years of age. She is very laid-back and easygoing and I’m sure she’d love someone to brush her fur. Dora is a very curious gal and interested in everything that goes on around her, and with her quietness you never know she is watching you and waiting to be patted. waiting for an adopter. Lena is a 3-month-old tabbyand-white female who carries a loud motorboat purr with her at all times. She has a talent for stealthily stalking. Starling, Stella and Stewart are a trio of tabby kittens. Starling and Stewart have extra toes on their front paws. They all have large round heads and eyes. Clementine and Wendy are 5-month-old blackand-white-tuxedo spayed females. Clyde and Kurt are white and orange tabbies with short hair; the big difference is that Clyde is 1 year old and Kurt is only 3 months. Clyde likes to rub against you for attention and lie about. Kurt has kitten energy, getting into everything, sure to be in the action or making it. Roy is a solid orange tabby with a personality like Kurt, only older by one year. Zac is our most laid-back cat. He is solid black and not about to get flustered. Ariel is a longhair tortie, spayed and declawed. She is 4 years old and enjoys a brushing now and again. All of the spayed or neutered cats over 1 year old are $40 to adopt. One year old and younger, spayed or neutered, are $75 to adopt. After three months at the shelter, we are happy to report that Oliver the black puggle has left the building with a young family. Oliver was featured in this column not once, but twice. He was a happy camper who loved his walks. In fact he wanted to take you on his walks by taking the leash in his mouth as if to say, “Come on, no time to waste, let’s

Siren news

715-349-2964 We are now in the last half of January and still no measurable snow on the ground. This may well be a winter of little or no snow, if so, what are we in for come spring? I talked to my sister, Betty Miechkota of International Falls, last week and was told she had about 3 inches in her yard. She also said she had talked to her sister-in-law Sophia in Winnipeg, Canada, and the snow fall is just about the same as the Falls area. We now have a nice little herd of deer coming to the feeder, eight to be exact. Guess the other five that had been sneaking in during the day decided to join the original four; hubby says they usually herd up in the winter months. We lost one on the highway coming across that would have made nine. Still, it’s far less than we used to see at the feeders in years past. The majority are fawns. One big bugger, I’m guessing, is the 8-point buck that has lost his horns

already. I’m not sure when they start to lose them, but the other deer seem to stay clear of him at the feeders. Our lone jake still visits us and doesn’t like the visitor in the mirror and spends a lot of time trying to find him. With all our warm weather this year, does anyone know if there have been any of those big black buggers out and about? Tuesday afternoon, Art and Bev Beckmark visited with Rudy and Pat Solomonson at their home. Rudy is recovering from shoulder surgery and coming along nicely. Sympathy to the family of Theresa Meier who passed away Jan. 5. Sympathy to the family of Iola Rachner who passed away Jan. 6. All you brides out there don’t forget the upcoming Destination Wedding Fair is coming up in Siren at the Lakeview CenNona Severson

Siren Senior news

ary. Please call the center to make reservations. The number is 715-349-7810. Sue Newberger treated the Spade players to a birthday cake for her mother’s 96th birthday. Dorothy Cronquist will be 96 on Monday, Jan. 16. Spade winners were Clara Palomaki, Marlyce Borchert, Sue Newberger, Arvid Pearson and Inez Pearson. Sounds like the weatherman has decided we have had enough summerlike weather as he is forecasting cold and snow. We have certainly been lucky so far. Have a great week and stay healthy.

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Lois Taylor, head of the Burnett County Nutrition Program, is retiring on Jan. 20. There will be an open house on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Government Center, Room 165, from 2 until 4 p.m. Please try to come to honor Lois. She has done a great job for many years. Wednesday cardplayers had some excitement. The power went off for about an hour. Tables had to be moved closer to the windows. Winners at 500 were Anke Oleson, Sylvia Pederson, Darleen Groves and Barb Monger. The tax people will be coming in Febru-

Please stop by and visit us at the shelter and consider adopting from us. No one is more grateful to find a new home than a shelter animal, they make great family members. Just look at me, I was Dora adopted and now I get regular meals, humans to love me and a nice warm bed! With all the kittens we’ve had at the shelter, my friend Jenny tells me that we’re starting to run short on kitten food. We generally feed them Purina Kitten Chow in the yellow bag (not that we’re being fussy). They tell me they try to feed the same food all the time to prevent upset tummies. “He never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or wrong, never bothers as to whether you are going up or down life’s ladder, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his pal. That is enough for him.” … Jerome K. Jerome Have a great week everyone and stay warm, I hear it’s supposed to get cold and snowy. Licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time., 715866-4096., license No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too!

get going.” In the end, Oliver had two households bidding for him. This is a strange phenomenon in the shelter that we are unable to explain. A dog or cat will remain waiting at the shelter for a Rex month or more without anyone showing interest in adopting them, and then out of the blue, that animal will become popular with numerous suitors lining up. Would-be adopters come in to see the pet they have been “thinking about,” only to find they have just been adopted. We always wonder why they are the “It” pet all of a sudden, but are too happy to ponder it for long. The moral of this story is, “Don’t wait! If you read about or see a pet you would like to adopt at our shelter, stop in to meet them as soon as possible.” Don’t let your next furry soul mate go home with someone else. It is a happy day when we can report “Oliver went home today.” Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, 715-268-7387 (PETS) or online:

Bev Beckmark ter on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come take a look around. It’s a great place to fine-tune your wedding. You can get many of your questions answered here. Maybe you will get ideas you never thought about to make your day the best. This event is sponsored by the Siren Chamber of Commerce. This is a free event. All you avid ice fishermen and ladies, it looks like the ice is going to be thick enough to start the annual ice-fishing contests. The Danbury Lions Club have set their annual ice-fishing contest for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Burlingame Lake. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Jan. 31, for the Food and Friends Community Dinner. This month it is at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster. Dining at 5 to 6 p.m. Come early as the food goes fast. Congratulations to elementary student Travis Morse, middle schooler Bayzhia Taylor and high schooler Christina Luna for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Siren has a great bunch of kids - you rock!

Frederic Senior Center Dave Peterson

The cold weather got here, but where is the snow? The winners at Spades were Norma Nelson, Arnie Borchert, Willis Williams and Arvid Pearson. The winners at 500 were Tim Abrahamzon, Arnie Borchert, Bob Holm and Marlyce Borchert. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. Mondays, 500 at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Pokeno on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. and Dime Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The AARP tax people will be here on Thursday, Feb. 16, and March 15, from 8 a.m. to noon. Gratitude is extended to the watercross group for their donation.

Academic news STEVENS POINT - The University of WisconsinStevens Point honored 2,694 undergraduate students for attaining high grade-point averages during the fall semester of the 2011-12 academic semester. Full-time undergraduates who earned grade points of 3.90 to 4.0 (4.0 equals straight A) are given the highest honors designation. High honor citations go to those with grade-point averages from 3.75 to 3.89 and honor recognition is accorded to those with gradepoint averages from 3.50 to 3.74. Personalized certificates of scholastic achievement are being sent to those who earned highest honors distinction. Students who received honors include: Balsam Lake Katherine A. Ebensperger, honors; Eureka Carla R. Laverenz, honors; Grantsburg James A. Johnson, honors; Kyle P. Johnson, honors; Alison C. McKinley, honors, and Sarah E. Wald, honors; Osceola Sarah M. Droher, honors; Siren Kimberly V. Lindberg, honors; Unity Kelsey J. Lynn, highest honors, and Sabrina R. Roth, high honors; Webster Brian T. Gibbs, highest honors. - submitted ••• ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud State University has announced the names of 1,504 students whose academic achievement placed them on the fall semester dean’s list. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Among them is: Osceola Alicia E. Lewis, College of Liberal Arts, and Amanda K. Schuman, School of Health and Human Services. - submitted •••

Births Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A boy, Ivan Jacob Peloquin, born Jan. 8, 2012, to Maryanne Hayes and David Peloquin, Webster. Ivan weighed 7 lbs., 3.5 oz. and was 20-1/4 inches long. Ivan has two siblings, Kaycee and Sandy Marsh. Grandparents are Gerald Hayes of Siren and Joanne and David Peloquin of Siren. Great-grandparent is Marliss Mustonen of Siren. •••

Born at St. Croix Falls Medical Center:

A boy, Owen Garrett Solland, born Jan. 4, 2012, to Travis and Ruth Solland, Star Prairie. Owen weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Rafe Michael Laverne Drye, born Jan. 4, 2012, to Jessica Radloff and Jeffery Drye, Luck. Rafe weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Joseph Michael DeVries, born Jan. 6, 2012, to Eugene and Barbara DeVries, St. Croix Falls. Joseph weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Kaiden Wendell Edwards, born Jan. 7, 2012, to Kari Holland and Daniel Edwards, St. Croix Falls. Kaiden weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Delilah Kelly Byrnes, born Jan. 9, 2012, to Laurie and Brian Byrnes, Amery. Delilah weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. •••




Newby/d’Albenas Caleb Newby and Kara d’Albenas are pleased to announce their engagement. Kara is the daughter of the Rev. Timothy and Robin d’Albenas of Stratford, Conn. Caleb is the son of Miriam Newby of Grantsburg and Michael and Kathy Newby of Osceola. Caleb is a graduate of Northwestern College and is employed by The Nerdery in Bloomington. Kara is a graduate of Bethel University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in arts and cultural management at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Caleb and Kara are planning an April 27, 2012, wedding. - submitted

Webster Senior Bernie Center Boelter

The competition is heating up with the Wii bowlers. The first week saw some great scores. Earl Boelter had high individual game with 233 and also high individual series with 438. Mini Mights had high team game and high team series with 787 and 1571 respectively. We also had some splits picked up. Pat O’Brien the 5-7, Bernie B. the 4-5-7 and Butch Weiss the 5-7-8. Good job by all. It promises to be a great season. There were 23 players for Dime Bingo. Edna Schroeder furnished the treats. Come in and join the fun every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your dimes. Just a reminder that cards and pool have moved to Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. The first Friday drawings were held this week and the winners were Gladys Beers, Lily Gleason and Bernie Boelter. Come in on Friday and enjoy the brunch and sign up for the drawings, which will be held every other Friday. Remember the potluck on Saturday, Jan. 28. Setup will be at 11:30 a.m. and eating at noon. Games and socializing to follow lunch. Smiles are contagious, let’s infect the world. See you at the center.


Fran Krause

Allyson Krause took Fran Krause to the Sara Circle meeting on Wednesday at Wanda Flanigan’s home. Monday, Fran attended the scholarship meeting at Webster School. Tuesday, Lavonne O’Brien was a shopper in Duluth.

LaVonne O'Brien

Wednesday evening, Amy Childers, granddaughter of Jack and LaVonne O’Brien, spent the night before returning to Superior. Football is over now for Wisconsin as the Packers lost on Sunday night. Now we can all settle in and wait for spring and the baseball season.

St. Croix Falls Senior Center Miran Edler Tuesday started out with exercise followed by Skip-Bo. In the afternoon, Dominoes and 500 cards were played. Ardis Brown, Norma Lundgren, Roger Greenly and Marlys Borchert were the winners in 500. Ione and George Meixner, Gladis Weikert and Steve VonHooten were the winners in Dominoes. Wednesday, we celebrated the January birthdays. It was good to have Don and Delores Benson back after their move to a town house. They both celebrated their birthdays in January. Thursday morning we had our exercises. In the evening, 500 cards were played with Charlie Mevissen, Elroy Petzel, Bren Nel Ward and Ray Nelson

the winners. Watch for upcoming events. Thursday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m., UCare health insurance representative will be at the center. AARP will again hold their income tax help on Feb. 22 and March 22, starting at 9 a.m. Call 715-483-1901 for an appointment. In February, we will have our chili feed but the date is not set as yet. On Saturday, Feb. 4, two grandmothers will hold a fundraiser to help their granddaughter raise enough funds to go to Europe. Hope to see you at one of these events.

Dewey - LaFollette Karen Mangelsen will be at the LaFollette Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. to collect real estate taxes and dog license fees for the township. Mary Dunn, Donna Hines, Marlene Swearingen, Lorri McQuade, Lida Nordquist, Karen Mangelsen and Sharon Syverson were guests of Diana Mangelsen Tuesday afternoon. They enjoyed a time of visiting and playing cards. Pam and Bob Bentz visited Lida Nordquist Wednesday afternoon. Jan and Hannah Schott were overnight guests of Lida Nordquist Friday. On Saturday morning, they all went to Shell Lake where Hannah participated in a fifth-grade basketball tournament.

Jean, Terry and Bryce Williamson were Saturday visitors of Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen. April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen Saturday afternoon and were supper guests there. Joleen and Richard Funk visited Lida Nordquist Saturday afternoon and then stayed overnight. Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen were lunch guests of Tammy and Al Langenfeld in Almena Sunday. They helped Kaylee Reinaas celebrate her 18th birthday. Later Maynard and Ronda visited Andy and Judy Mattson. Lida Nordquist called on Gerry and Donna Hines Sunday afternoon and had supper with them.

This January, the Grantsburg Public Library hosts a display of traditional baskets. The baskets are woven by local artist Jacki Bedworth. Bedworth uses historic techniques to create her artwork made of willow rods. She works out of her home studio in Grantsburg, where she cultivates a dozen different varieties of willow. Bedworth welcomes commissions and special orders as well as opportunities to demonstrate, teach and share her knowledge of traditional willow basketry and historic basket styles.

Burnett County history captured on canvas

Patrons of the Grantsburg Library have an opportunity this winter to view Burnett County as it was over 100 years ago. Local artist Jim Springett has painted a series of river crossings that were used in Burnett County in the 19th century. Springett combined his artistic talents with historical research to create his renderings of the area.

Third Thursday Book Club

A new book club is forming at the Grantsburg Public Library. An informational meeting is scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. Attend the meeting to learn how you can join in a lively discussion of literary fiction.

Digital Learning Day

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Janelle Hutton with the Grantsburg Public Library will offer technology assistance from 1- 6 p.m. Stop in for help with e-readers, social media, basic computer and Internet skills and discover how to use the library digital resources. Call the Grantsburg Library to make an appointment, mention what assistance you might need and bring your digital device or laptop along. Appointments are not necessary, but greatly appreciated.

Youth resources

The Afterschool Reading Program, Tuesdays and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. After the school bell rings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, community volunteers and local youth meet up at the library to help build essential skills

This apple picking basket was made by local artist Jacki Bedworth. View her display at the Grantsburg Public Library. - Special photo that lead to reading success. Contact your child’s classroom teacher to receive a referral for the program.

Youth Chess Club, Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.

The Grantsburg Public Library plays host to the area Youth Chess Club Wednesdays during the school year. Not only are the youth learning a game they can play their whole life, Chess also teaches logic, critical thinking skills, confidence in problemsolving, and patience. Call the library for more details, 715 463-2244. Preschool story time, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Preschool story time is a drop-in program for preschool-age children and accompanying adults. This fun and interactive program combines activities such as read-aloud stories and craft activities and introduces children to listening skills, picture books and the joy of reading.

Library hours

Monday noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday noon – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – noon.

Wisconsin Interstate Park Nature story time at Interstate Park Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Please bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting). Nature story time is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. For more information call Fox at 715-483-3747.

Candlelight Night at the Park

Thank you to all our friends and neighbors who helped make Steven’s 50th surprise birthday party a HUGE success!

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goal. Clint and Peg Coveau hosted a supper last Saturday night for Steve and Bonnie Holter, John and Reeny Neinstadt and Sharon and Ron Proffit. They all enjoyed themselves very much. Patty Koehler’s daughter and her husband, Alyssa and Rick Norenburg, along with grandsons Joey and Finnegan, and even their family dog, Nelson, all came from Minneapolis, Minn., to visit from last Friday until Monday morning. Joey is 2, and Finnegan is 4 months old. Grandma Patty was in heaven all weekend. Nelson enjoyed the wide-open spaces as he chased down the scent of who knows what. Right on cue, the hot water heater went out on Saturday. The fix was simple, but why do these kinds of things always happen at moments like this? Dave and Fran Baker stopped by on Sunday for tea and some lively conversation.

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Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. Ski on the Skyline Cross-Country Ski Trail, snowshoe on the Ojibwa and Homestead Snowshoe trails (snowshoes are available for use free of charge for ages 6 and up), or walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads, and food and refreshments will be available indoors at the Ice Age Center. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy 8. The event is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2012 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. For more information about the event call 715483-3747. - submitted


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Cloverton artist Dave Baker is very involved these days in helping the Old School Arts Center Board, of which he is a member, to prepare for an all-areas art show. This presentation includes approximately 17 artists and will be shown at the old high school in Sandstone, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. A musical show will be given on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the same place. These two events are something you might want to consider. Marlene Mishler, Cheryl Wickham, Patrice Winfield and Fran Levings attended the monthly meeting of the Seven County Senior Federation in Mora, Minn., on Thursday. Larry Kinblom, who has been in rehab in Superior for several weeks now, is able to take a few steps, and says he is looking forward to returning home in about six weeks. We all wish him well to meet his

Mark your calendars for Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6- 9 p.m.


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LIBRARY NEWS Frederic Public Library January book group choices The Thursday morning book group will meet at the library Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., to discuss “Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand. This is the true story of Lt. Louis Zamperini, who crashed into the Pacific Ocean in May 1943 and become a Japanese prisoner of war. The evening book group will also meet Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about “Sometimes a Great Notion,” a novel of an Oregon logging clan by author Ken Kesey. Copies are available at the library and new members are always welcome at the book groups. Tax preparation assistance will be offered at the library The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax help for people of low and moderate incomes with special attention focused on those aged 60 and older. Appointments are being taken at the Frederic Library for the first and second Fridays in February, March and April from 1 to 4 p.m. The first week of February will be set aside to prepare homestead returns only. Contact the library at 715-327-4979 to make your appointment and receive a checklist of documents you will need to bring when you come to have your taxes prepared. What’s going on in the back room? Is it a flash mob? Is it a sit-in demonstration? No, it’s story time for preschoolers and their caregivers each Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. with an hour of books and music and activities. Come and be part of the energy! Friends annual meeting Jan. 26 The Friends of Frederic Library annual

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meeting will be held at the library Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The group meets four times each year, and planning for 2012 events and projects will be on the annual meeting agenda. If you would like to become a Friend, please come to the annual meeting to learn more about the ways in which this valuable group supports the library. Out with the old, in with the new The library is planning its February bake and book sale, and we gladly accept donations of gently used books, movies, music CDs and audiobooks for our sale. You may drop off the materials anytime during library open hours, and we can provide a receipt for the number of items you donate. This is one of two large fundraiser book sales held at the library each year, and we appreciate your support. Don’t forget to help your neighbors The library is a collection site for milk caps, food product labels, and small empty ink cartridges for Frederic school projects, eyeglasses for the Lions, and grocery items for the local food shelf. Be sure to include some of these items in your book bag when you visit the library. Keep up with what’s happening at the library Find us on Facebook at Frederic Public Library. The Web site is E-mail us at Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West, 715-327-4979. Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for preschoolers is held every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Computer classes Beginning in January, the Centuria Public Library is offering a series on computer classes for public information. Please call the Centuria Public Library if you are interested in taking a class at 715-646-2630 and register. The classes are as follows: Getting your tax forms online, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. Come to the library and learn how to download the tax forms you need from the Internet. This is informational and no tax advice will be given. E-book readers and you, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. First look at three e-book readers. You will have a chance to use an iPad2, Kindle and Nook. Instruction will be given on how to download library ebooks on your e-reader Internet search and shop, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. An introduction to the Internet,

getting connected using a Web browser, navigating Web pages, and how to shop safely. Facebook, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. Learn about the history of online social networks such as Facebook. Receive assistance in setting up an account, managing profiles, and necessary securities. An overview of Microsoft Word 2010, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. Learn to use Word for letter writing, writing resumes, recording recipes, and much more. Hours Monday, noon – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon – 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – noon. Contact information: 715-646-2630, or

Luck Community Blood Drive a success LUCK – The statement “It takes a Village” comes to mind when talking about the success of the Luck Community Blood Drive Thursday, Jan. 5.There were 38 pints of whole blood, eight double reds, six deferrals, four quantity not sufficient, of those that came to donate. Without the help of the whole village it would not

have been as successful: Luck Lutheran Church, Flying Pie Pizza, Van Meter’s Meats, Jenell’s Main Dish, St. Peter’s Women, and those that volunteered their time to work at the blood drive. When all pull together great things happen. - submitted

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Gaylord Nelson Audubon Chapter meeting set ST. CROIX FALLS – Organizers of a new local chapter of the National Audubon Society have announced that their first annual meeting will be held this Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Ice Age Interpretive Center at Interstate State Park in St. Croix Falls. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Named for the man who is widely regarded as the “father” of Earth Day, the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society received permission from the Nelson family to use the late senator’s name in their title. The mission of the GNAS is the same as that of the national organization: “… to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity.”

Membership in the GNAS will be drawn from a large area of west-central Wisconsin, including all or parts of Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Washburn, Barron, Dunn, Rusk and Chippewa counties. Saturday’s meeting will include the election of officers, adoption of bylaws, and a discussion of upcoming field trips and activities. Robin Maercklein, a biologist with the National Park Service, will conclude the afternoon’s events with a talk and slide show titled “Birds of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.” Maercklin is a widely known and much-respected birder who has observed well over 200 species just in Polk County. Those wishing more information may call 715-483-2282. - submitted

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EVERY MON. Amery Senior Center



• Wii golf, 9 a.m.

Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m. Luck Senior Center Siren Senior Center 715-349-7810

St. Croix Falls Senior Center




Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-6605 • Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• 500, 6:30 p.m.

• Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Exercise, 10-11 a.m. • Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m.

• Cribbage, a.m. • 500 Cards, 1 p.m.,

• Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday

• Spades, 1 p.m.,

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

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

Webster Senior Center

• AA Meeting, 7 p.m.

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Men’s Wii Bowling, 9:30 a.m.

• Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m. • Mixed Wii Bowling, 9:30 a.m.

• Cards & Pool, 1 p.m.

Food Shelf

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Bingo, 1 p.m., starting Jan. 7.


VFW Aux./Legion Aux.



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

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

Meat Raffles


• Webster Chamber At The Tap, 5:30 p.m.


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

EVERY THURS. • Cushing Legion At Suzy Q’s, 6 p.m. • Siren Lions At Midtown Tavern, 5 p.m. • Danbury Fire & Lions Club, Yellow River Saloon, 5:30 p.m.


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

EVERY FRI. • Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. • Snowciables At Thirsty Otter, 6 p.m. • Grantsburg Legion, 6:30 p.m. • Humane Society, Yellow River Saloon, 5 p.m. • Hockey Assoc., Dreamers, 6:30 p.m. • BYHA Hockey At Zia Louisa, 6 p.m.


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

EVERY FRI. • Siren Lions At Jed’s Laker Lounge, 5 p.m. • Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. • Webster Lions At Gandy Dancer Saloon, 4:30 p.m. • S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m.

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


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

EVERY SAT. • YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. • Ruby’s Pantry & Moose Lodge At Robert’s Road House, 4 p.m. • Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 5 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon


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

EVERY SUN. • Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf Course, 4 p.m.


Habitat for Humanity dedicates home in Luck

Christensen family moves in Saturday’s dedication included Scripture reading, prayer and gift giving, along with time to visit and enjoy treats. In front (L to R) are homeowners Tyler Bushweiler, his mother Leah Christensen, and her mother Linda Christensen. In back are Habitat board member Jon Blomstrand of Amery, Pastor Ralph Thompson of Luck Lutheran Church, Habitat’s construction manager Bob Babel, Wild Rivers HFH Executive Director Eric Kube and family friend Gordon Reinke. – Photos by Mary Stirrat

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — A record-breaking number of people showed up Saturday morning, Jan. 14, to celebrate the dedication of Habitat for Humanity’s first home in Luck. The Christensen family — Linda, her daughter Leah, and Leah’s son, Tyler — welcomed more than 80 people into the new three-bedroom home they helped build. A total of 114 volunteers made the new home possible, helping with every step from demolishing the dilapidated house that was originally on the property to bringing snacks for the workers to hanging the doors. “I can’t believe how you guys came in and built this home,” Linda Christensen told the group gathered in her kitchen, dining room and living room. “You built it like it was your own.” Habitat for Humanity requires that the family puts at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” into the home, becoming invested before they can take up residency. The Christensens logged 525 hours, showing their desire to do more than their share. Other volunteers outside the family added another 2,000-plus hours to the project. Now that the home is complete the family will begin to repay the 25-year low-interest mortgage.

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a partnership of Thrivent for Lutherans and HFH, have teamed up together on more than 2,500 homes around the world. The Christensen home is one of these, said Cris Moore, with Thrivent contributing about $55,000 to the project including purchase of one of the lots. The second lot was bought by philanthropist Dennis Frandsen and donated to the building project. The completed home, said Moore, is an example of what a community can do when it comes together. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry, and the dedication of the Christensen home included prayer and the presentation of a Bible. The Bible, said Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Eric Kube, can be compared with the blueprints for the home — it is a set of plans for how we live and treat t hose around us. Habitat for Humanity, he said, strives to follow the ministry of Jesus Marjorie Reinke, a friend of the Christensen family from Buf- Christ by helping those in falo, Minn., takes a look at the fixtures in the bathroom. Home- need. owner Leah Christensen is confined to a wheelchair due to an accident, and the bathroom has a roll-in shower as well as a bathtub.

Leah Christensen holds the key to her new home in Luck, built by volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. With Leah (L to R) are her son, Tyler, construction manager Bob Babel, Leah’s mom, Linda, and Habitat’s executive director, Eric Kube.

This new home at 803 Park Ave. in Luck was dedicated Saturday morning, Jan. 14. It is the first home in Luck built by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity and is now home to the Christensen family.

Linda Christensen thanks the volunteers and donors who helped make her new home a reality. HFH records show 114 volunteers worked on the house, putting in a total of 2,600 hours.

Leah Christensen, with her mom, Linda, looking on, holds the plaque saying that her family contributed 525 hours to the building of their new home. Habitat for Humanity requires that the family put in at least 300 hours of sweat equity.

Members of the Apple River Quilt Guild presented a handmade quilt to each family member as a housewarming gift. Tyler, at right, smiles as he receives the quilt from guild member Betty Bertram. Helping to hold the quilt is O.J. Aune, liaison with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The Christensens may live in Wisconsin, but at least part of their hearts might be in Minnesota. Son Tyler and mom Leah share a laugh as Tyler is given a gift from “across the border.”


Polk County 20,000 years ago Ice Age story of our area told in new book by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer POLK COUNTY – The present nonwinter is probably nothing compared to what was happening in the area 20,000 years ago. Back then, most of Wisconsin had been covered by glaciers for thousands of years. Polk County was on the forward edge of the Laurentian Ice Sheet which spread across North America. As the climate warmed, the massive ice sheet started to retreat. That glacier and its melt formed the land now called Polk and Burnett counties, the lakes and the St. Croix River Valley. The basic shape of what is seen around this area was formed then. This area is the gift of the glaciers. A new book, “Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail,” tells the story of that glacier and how it formed the landscape of the area. The author, David M. Mickelson, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Indianhead Chapter Saturday, Jan. 21, at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited and welcomed. The National Park Service has set aside two large parts of this area to preserve special features from the Ice Age and keep them accessible to the public. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which starts at Interstate Park, follows the forward edge of that ice sheet in Wisconsin from the St. Croix River to Lake Michigan. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway provides a water route, often through wilderness, from Bayfield County to the Mississippi River, including the western border of Burnett and Polk counties. There is much of that glacial period to see in the area once you know what to

Dean Dversdall, president of the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail, welcomed a group of visiting geologists to the Ice Age Trail last fall. The geologists, from as far as Iceland and Singapore, were in the area for a geology convention. – Photos by Gregg Westigard look for. There are traces of the shores of ice-walled-lakes and the plains that were the beds of those lakes. There are valleys that were once the routes of large rivers. There are ridges of sand, called eskers, that were laid down as the beds of streams flowing under the glaciers. There is a spot in Laketown where grooves are visible that were cut by moving glaciers. This wealth of geological features drew a bus load of geologists from several nations to the local area last October during the annual convention of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis. The tour, led by geologists David Mickelson, Mark Johnson and Kent Syverson, visited several sites where some of those features are visible. Some highlights of that tour included

views of two ancient lakeshores and the route of an ancient river. On CTH T in Beaver, just north of Horseshoe Lake, is the rim of an ice-walled lake. The road rises up a ridge heading north out of what once was a glacial lake. Just north of that spot, in Johnstown, where CTH G heads west from T, is another large lake-bed plain. All the land on both sides of the road for the first mile was once under water. Traces of that shore can be seen where the flat plain rises a half mile to the north. An ancient river channel was visited by the visiting geologists. In Eureka, three miles south of CTH G on 190th Street, the road drops into a large deep valley. This is

the bottom of a narrow but deep tunnel channel, the bed of a river running under the glacier and eroding the ground. Once the valley and the land above was filled with ice, the forward edge of the vast glacier. Another river valley, the Horse Creek Channel, is visible in the southwestern corner of Polk County. The channel starts at Lotus Lake in the Town of Osceola, heads south about 12 miles and curves to the southwest before ending south of Somerset. Streams and lakes along the bottom of this channel include Behning Creek, Horse Lake, Cedar Lake, Cedar Creek and the Apple River. Much of the glacial history of this area is visible in the two state parks, Interstate and Straight Lake. The Ice Age Trail section from Straight Lake east to CTH I and the stretch from Hwy. 48 north follow the Straight River along an esker, or narrow ridge, and a tunnel channel. The Mickelson book explains the geological story of the trail through the park in good detail. Three maps, in color, show the features seen walking 11 miles of trail through the park. One feature of note is that Long Lake (north of Hwy. 48) and Dahl Lake (south of Hwy. 48) are separated from the Straight River, which they parallel, by large eskers. The channels, glacial lakes and eskers are easy to see once you know what to look for. But there is a glacial scrape in our area that is also visible and worth a visit. At the western end of Iver’s Mountain, on 200th Street just south of Mountain Drive in Laketown, the road rises to a small crest before dropping to the Trade River. At the top of that crest, on the eastern edge of the road, is an exposed rock outcrop. This is ancient basalt rock. And cut into the surface are grooves cut by the moving ice over 20,000 years ago. This is history underfoot.

Geologists from around the world hiked on an esker near the Straight River. The esker is a remnant of the retreat of the last glacier 20,000 years ago.

Geologists tell their story in maps. David Mickelson explains the formation of the geological formation of Interstate Park.

Geologists gathered along a roadside in Johnstown last October to view the site of a glacial lake, now a plain.

Mark Johnson (bending forward) brought this map from Sweden, where he now teaches. To the right is David Mickelson. The two are authors of books on the geology of the local area.


Four books tell the fascinating story of the area

and apparently self-produced. There are large fold-out geological maps covering most sections of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers to Stillwater. The book may be hard to find and with a limited edition. Don’t pass it up if you see a copy. You might not get another chance. Mark Johnson’s book is shorter and limited to Polk County, but it tells the local geological story in a different way. This is much more a story of the rock formation under your feet and how it was formed. This book, with its detailed maps, tells the story of the tunnel channels (including one south of Clear Lake), eskers (a large one on CTH W north of Frederic), ice-walled-lake plains (one near Cedar Lake in Alden), and ancient river valleys (the Horse Creek Channel near Osceola). The book includes a picture and explanation of the glacial grooves on a basalt rock outcrop near Iver’s Mountain. This is a book that answers the question of why some of the local land looks different. Included with the book is a large, 40-inch by 24-inch, map of the geology of Polk County. The last book, “Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail,” is a collection of essays and photos of the trail. While the other three books explain what is seen in the area, this book provides some of the flavor of the area. It includes chapters on biological gems along the trail, how the Ice Age affected vegetation and wildlife. The story of how the Ice Age Trail came to be is included. After reading the how of the local area and its geological history, this book is more of a why it matters to us.

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer

The books reviewed ”Geology of the St. Croix National Scenic River,” by Dr. Adam Cahow, self-published, 228 pages, 2004. ”Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail,” by David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr., and Susan L. Simpson, University of Wisconsin Press, 395 pages, 2011. ”Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail,” edited by Eric Sherman and Andrew Hanson III, University of Wisconsin Press, 104 pages, 2008. ”Pleistocene Geology of Polk County, Wisconsin,” by Mark D. Johnson, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, 70 pages, 2000. POLK AND BURNETT COUNTIES – A new book by David Mickelson, “Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail,” tells how the advance and retreat of the glaciers over 20,000 years ago formed the local area. But three more books add to that story. Together, the four books form a very complete story of how the area was formed. While some of the bedrock formations date back over 2.5 billion years and other bedrock was deposited 540 million years ago, much of the story of how the area was shaped lies in a series of glaciers, the last of which advanced into the region about 26,000 years ago and started receding about 20,000 years ago. That last glaciation was the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Its forward edges, since the glacier did not cover Wisconsin in a straight line, were called lobes. The Superior Lobe terminated across northern Polk County and covered all of Burnett County. The Mickelson book is a good introduction into the geology and how glaciers work. The book is well-illustrated, with many detailed maps, diagrams and photos. It starts with 22 science briefs, explanations of the natural features in our landscape created by the glaciers. We learn what ridges of sand (eskers) are and how they were formed. The glaciers dumped large boulders on the area. You’ll learn where these erratics traveled from. Included are the stories of the lakes and lake beds and why they are different. The story of bedrock geology is included. One section of the Mickelson book, which covers the entire Ice Age Trail from the St. Croix River to Lake Michigan by way of Madison, gives a detailed picture of the trail as it winds along the edge of the Superior Lobe in the local area, a total of 66

Four books tell the geological history of the local area, the St. Croix River and the Ice Age Trail. – Photo by Gregg Westigard miles. Starting on the Washburn County line, the trail enters the Burnett County Forest in Timberland Hills. Major stretches of the trail pass through Sand Creek, McKenzie Creek and Straight Lake State Park. After a long connection along the Gandy Dancer Trail, the Ice Age Trail comes to the St. Croix River and follows the river to Interstate Park, winding through the city of St. Croix Falls along the way. All the special geological features of this route are explained and illustrated, with 12 maps and numerous photos. The Mickelson book is an understandable introduction for a nongeologist and a detailed text for the professionals. The Cahow book is fascinating to read.

This is a book that makes people want to put on hiking boots or get in a canoe and set out to see what he is writing about. While Mickelson covers the area from east to west, Cahow writes about the St. Croix River waterway from north to south. He also has excellent maps and drawings to illustrate how the area was formed by the glaciers. His river photos are excellent. A special part of the book explains the geological features along the river, with sections on backwaters, waterfalls, springs and caves on land bordering the river. (Two sandstone caves near Osceola can only be reached with a ladder, and one on the Minnesota bluffs is some 30 feet deep.) A special feature of the Cahow book is how it is put together. It is self-published

Where the books can be found There are four places in the area that sell nature books, among other things. Three of them are in St. Croix Falls and one is near Grantsburg. The Polk County Information Center on Hwy. 35 near Hwy. 8 has a wide selection of books of regional interest, from fiction to guides. It has had the Mark Johnson book in stock for years and sells copies on a regular basis. Regardless of your interest, the information center may have a book for you. The visitor centers at Interstate Park south of St. Croix Falls and at the St. Croix National River Center on the north end of the city each have a large selection of nature books as well as gifts. Lastly, the Bog Shoe gift shop at the Crex Meadows visitor center is probably the best-stocked bookstore in the area for lovers of the outdoors. From hunting to bird-watching, there are multiple titles of interest. There are several books on dragonflies alone. The Bog Shoe is the only bookstore that has the Adam Cahow book in stock.

Second-annual wedding fair coming to Siren

by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN – If it was a smash hit in 2011, it makes sense to run it again in 2012. So the Siren Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its second-annual Siren Destination Wedding Fair Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lakeview Event Center in Siren. Admission is free. According to Christine Moeller, the chamber’s executive director, expectations

Last year’s Siren Destination Wedding Fair featured displays from A surprise to many at the 2011 wedding fair in Siren were the many local floral shops. (Pictured is Karla Werdier from Austin Lake Green- low-cost possibilities suggested by the Ruby’s Pantry booth. house in Webster.) – Photos by Carl Heidel unless otherwise noted

Look for displays that feature ideas for romantic lighting effects at the Siren Destination Wedding Fair Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Lakeview Event Center. - Photo submitted

are that this fair will be even larger than last year’s event. Last year the event organizers had to turn away vendors because there wasn’t enough room for all of them. The move to the event center for this year’s fair has opened more spaces for vendors and displays, and the available spaces are filling at a rapid pace. “Last year’s fair was a big success with

very positive feedback by attendees and the vendors,” said Moeller. She commented that the more than 200 attendees “came from as far away as Duluth, New Richmond and Isle, Minn.” Feedback from both the vendors and the visitors was overwhelming and positive. The comments were “Great show overall!” and “Amazing event.”

Again this year there will be displays of wedding styles and designs, service demonstrations, wedding planners and experts to answer questions and make suggestions, and free prizes. For more information, visit Siren’s Web page at, call 715-3498399 or e-mail


Luck National Honor Society welcomes 12 new members

LUCK – Twelve students were inducted into Luck’s National Honor Society on Monday, Jan. 16. The NHS banquet was held in the school cafeteria prior to the induction ceremony. Retired science teacher Marty Messar served as the guest speaker. Seniors Maia Lehmann, Tony Aguado, Julie Franzel, Michael Jenssen and Taylar Anderson and juniors Katelyn Dinnies and Hannah Karl assisted adviser Renee Gavinski during the induction ceremony. - submitted

Guest speaker Marty Messar addressed attendees of the NHS banquet and induction ceremony on Monday, Jan. 16.

Adviser Renee Gavinski watches Brodie Kunze light his candle from the candle representing knowledge during the Luck National Honor Society’s induction ceremony.

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Current Luck National Honor Society members are front row (L to R): Evan Armour, Brodie Kunze, Tony Aguado, Julie Franzel and Geoffrey MaidenMueller. Middle row: Alex Richey, Travis Muller, Matt Thompson, Morgyn McGinnity, Maia Lehmann, Michael Jenssen and Taylar Anderson. Back row: Alicia Sund, Tessa Clemenson, Whitney Petersen, Jaimee Buck, Kylie Rich, Hannah Karl, Katelyn Dinnies, Taylor Joy, Logan Potvin, Abbie Otlo and adviser Renee Gavinski.

New members Travis Muller, Morgyn McGinnity, Tess Clemenson, Matt Thompson, Alicia Sund, Alex Richey, Abbie Otlo, Geoffrey MaidenMueller, Logan Potvin, Evan Armour and Brodie Kunze listen to guest speaker Marty Messar during the National Honor Society induction ceremony at Luck. – Photos submitted


Annual scholarship fundraiser lasagna supper and raffle set

LUCK - Mark your calendars and reserve Thursday evening, Feb. 9, at Luck School from 5 to 7:30 p.m. That’s when the annual lasagna supper and raffle is paired up with the Luck-Frederic doubleheader basketball games, providing a great time to visit friends and meet new folks. A meal will be served in the cafeteria. Frederic’s Larsen Auto sponsors the meal, Mrs. Ione Barron and food service staff prepare it, and Luck seniors and their parents serve your meal and beverages. Another big draw is the annual scholarship raffle. Winning names will be drawn at halftime of the boys varsity game on Feb. 9. Seniors are selling tickets through

Feb. 6. You need not be present to win. There are, locally made prizes including a lap quilt with cabin theme by Christmas Valley Quilting. A custom doghouse is another prize, designed and insulated “castle” to easily house a large pet, yet builder Herschel Brown will make a new house if the winner’s dog is smaller. Local artist Vivian Byl has donated a watercolor painting which is framed with forest green matting surrounding a lake and wildlife scene. A two-week certificate from Burning River Farm CSA certificate lets you choose which weeks to enjoy certified naturally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs. Four

winners will each receive Luck Golf Course certificates for 18 holes plus use of cart. Additional prizes include a $25 Natural Alternative Food Co-op certificate, two $20 Lucky Bucks certificates valid at 40 plus local businesses, three $15 Fibre Functions Yarn certificates donated by Audrey Anderson, and four one-pint jars of pure maple syrup by Duane and Lynn Lindh. All proceeds from the lasagna supper and the raffle go to the Luck Community Graduate Fund, which awards $150 to each Luck graduate for continuing education expenses. This scholarship fund began years ago and has been self-sup-

porting for the past 15 years. Graduates have up to three years to request this scholarship, which is handy since not every graduate goes on to college, tech school or trade school immediately following high school. Graduates who serve in the military have an additional three years to request their scholarship following their discharge. If you’d like to give additional support to the Luck School graduates or would like to sell raffle tickets, please call Luck Community Ed at 715-472-2152 Ext. 103 or e-mail director Amy Aguado at - from Luck Community Ed

Frederic Community Education Learn to knit socks with this easy pattern Mondays, Jan. 16-30, 6-8 p.m. Preregistration is required. Fee: $28/62-plus $16. Instructor: Konnie Didlo. Drama in The North Woods – Tragedy, classic and contemporary, stage and film Mondays, Jan. 16 - Feb. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $10. Instructor: Carolyn Wedin. New Year New You Challenge. Exercise, weigh in, learn nutrition. Payout goes to the top three. Began Wednesday, Jan. 11 (for six weeks), 6:30-7:45 p.m. Fee: $35. Instructor: Christina Atkinson. Understanding your property taxes Monday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Preregistration is appreciated by Jan. 13. Fee: Free. Instructor: Bob Clifton. Write Right Now! Tuesdays, Jan. 17 - Feb. 21 and March 27 – May 3, 4-6 p.m. Fee: $37.56/age 62-plus $4. Instructor: Dr. Carolyn Wedin. Computers for seniors or beginning users Mondays, Jan. 23 - Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. Fee: $26.37/62-plus, $4. Instructor: Lawrence French. No-knead bread and pizza. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. Fee: $12/62plus $8, material fee: $7. Instructor: Betty Linden. Ski! Get expert tips on skiing technique and waxing for touring and racing. Saturdays, Jan. 28 – Feb. 11, 1–3 p.m. Fee: $28/62-plus, $16. Instructor: Ian Karl. Computers: QuickBooks-First step Thursdays, Feb. 2-16, 6–8 p.m. Fee: $31/62plus $14.22. Instructor: Lawrence French. Introduction to needle felting. Make needle-felted sculptures and paintings. Mondays, Feb. 6-13, 6-8 p.m. Fee: $20/62-plus $12. Instructor: Bridget Faricy.

Keeping the cabin in the family … without driving the family apart Workshop will raise the right questions and help you think through the process stress-free. Monday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. Location to be announced. Your retirement income: optimize it, protect it and enjoy it. Monday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., at the Frederic High School. Instructors: Kevin King and Jeff Hakala from Thrivent Financial. Fee: free. Please register. Art for youth Tuesdays, Feb. 7-28, 3:15-5:15 p.m., grades 1–3; Thursdays, Feb. 9 – March 1, 3:15-5:15, grades 4–6. Fee: $36, plus a $5 material fee. Instructor: Hannah Fawyer. Wood carving open studio – share patterns and carving tips. Thursdays beginning Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m. Fee: free. Love good food? Let’s cook. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $12/62-plus $8. Material fee: $7. Instructors: Emily Karl and Stephanie Lundeen from Café Wren. Computers: QuickBooks intermediate Thursdays, Feb. 23 – March 8, 6-8 p.m. Fee: $31/62-plus $14.22. Instructor: Lawrence French. Kntting workshop Learn to knit, refresh your knitting skills or get help on a project that has you puzzled. Preregistration required. Mondays, Feb. 27 – March 5, 6 - 8 p.m. Fee: $20/62-plus $12. Instructor: Konnie Didlo. Let’s entertain – beyond crackers and cheese Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $12/62-plus $8. Material fee: $7. Instructors: Emily Karl and Stephanie Lundeen from Café Wren.

Fire in the Belly Series: Discover your inner strength This series is a nontraditional approach to self-growth. Mondays, March 5, 19 and 26, and April 2. Students: 3:30-5 p.m., Adults: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $19/62-plus$13.41 per class or $49/62plus $26.63 for all four classes. Instructor: Maltee McMahon. Yoga Ongoing class for beginners and beginagainers. Class will be held Tuesdays, 10 a.m. in the elementary school and again at 6 p.m. at the high school. Fee: Six sessions for $25 or 12 sessions for $40. Instructor: Sandy King. Weight Watchers and Zumba Please call Amy Tinman at 715-566-2478 Clogging Contact Sheryl Keller: or 651-500-3214. Open weight room For public use at the high school weight room: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 78 a.m. and 3:30-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Winter walking Mondays - Fridays, 7-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. at the Birch Street Elementary School. No fee. Sign in and out. Big trips, little trips Your local community ed teams are teaming up to bring you the opportunity to see some great shows and travel to some fun places without the hassle of driving, parking, getting directions, etc. Get in on some of this fun!

"The Lion King" at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis Sunday, Jan. 29. Showtime 6:30 p.m. Leave Amery High School at 4:45 p.m., return approx. 11:15 p.m. Show is two hours and 45 minutes with one intermission. Cost: Balcony seating rows A-F - $87. Includes motorcoach transportation and group discount. We will not be stopping to eat, so plan to bring snacks/bag lunch to eat on the bus before and/or after the show. Registraion: Call Amery Community Ed, 715268-9771, Ext. 220 Quilt Shop Hop. Saturday, Feb. 25. Leave Grantsburg at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Deadline to register is Feb. 15. Cost: $35/$30 two or more. Minneapolis Home and Garden Show Saturday, March 3, leave Unity School at 7:30 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. Cost: $35 per person, includes motorcoach bus and entry into the Home and Garden Show. Food and beverage vouchers are available for an additional $8, and must be ordered and paid for by Feb 1. Voucher includes two hot dogs and two beverages. Registration deadline is Feb. 23, please call Unity Community Ed at 715-825-2101, Ext. 1560 MOA – Our ladies day out. Wednesday, March 28. Leave Grantsburg at 8 a.m. and return about 6 p.m. Cost: $25/person or $20 for two or more, coach only: Special coupon offers will be passed out on the bus to those who join us on this trip. Register by March 20. Nifty, thrifty shopping trip. Thursday, April 26. Leave Grantsburg at 8 a.m. and return about 6 p.m. Reservation needed by April 20. Cost: $25, bus only.






BREAKFAST Blueberry bagel w/cream cheese. LUNCH Chicken patty, smile fries OR beeftaco salad.




Each building will have their own breakfast menu.






BREAKFAST Cereal bar, toast. LUNCH Hot dog, bun, french fries, baked beans, applesauce. Alt.: Spicy chicken patty. Waffles.


LUNCH Chicken nuggets, rice and fruit.

LUNCH Hamburger hotdish, bread stick, salad, strawberries and bananas.



FRIDAY BREAKFAST Whole-grain pancake. LUNCH Tacos, assorted toppings, corn OR ham salad.

LUNCH Italian dunkers, winter mix veggies OR Oriental salad.

LUNCH Sloppy joes, baked beans, chips OR tuna salad.

BREAKFAST Bagel pizza. LUNCH Turkey stacker, green beans, pudding cup OR chicken-strip salad.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner roll, corn, Shape-Up, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Mini corn dogs, smiles, steamed broccoli, fresh pear, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Creamed turkey, biscuit, cranberries, peas, pineapple tidbits, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Sub sandwich with fixings, chicken noodle soup, crackers, fresh veggies, dip, pudding, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Mashed potato bowl (popcorn chicken), gravy/corn, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/biscuits/gravy. LUNCH Build your own sub, chips, winter mix, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/Long john. LUNCH Spaghetti hotdish, hot buns, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Baked ham, cheesy potatoes, peas, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, lettuce salad, beans, dinner roll, peaches. Alt.: Chicken bowl.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Cheese quesadilla, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, beans, mixed fruit. Alt.: Fish.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks, juice and milk. LUNCH Cheeseburger hotdish, bread, lettuce salad, corn, apples, oranges. Alt.: Soup and sandwich.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. milk. LUNCH LUNCH Lunch Brunch: French toastcarrots, sticks, Pizza dippers, rice, corn, sausage, cheese omelet, veggies, celery, pineapple tidbits, banana. beans, trail mix, applesauce, Alt.: Cook’s banana. Alt.:choice. Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Waffles and fruit. LUNCH Hot ham and cheese, macaroni salad, green beans, strawberries.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs, toast. LUNCH Lasagna, lettuce salad, garlic toast, carrots, pears. Alt.: Turkey sandwich, broccoli/cheese soup.

BREAKFAST Yogurt parfait, toast. LUNCH Chicken fajita, steamed rice, winter blend, mandarin oranges. Alt.: Beef Stroganoff.

BREAKFAST Egg, cheese and ham muffin. LUNCH Pepperoni pizza, lettuce salad, corn, peaches. Alt.: Ham and cheese, Wisconsin cheese soup.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chili cheese dogs, fries and fruit.

BREAKFAST Bagel and cream cheese. LUNCH Lasagna or ravioli, garlic toast, green beans and fruit.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Cook’s choice.

LUNCH Corn dogs, baked beans, peas OR cheese soup with veggies, PBJs, applesauce.

LUNCH Hot ham and cheese, bun, carrots OR Swedish meatballs, noodles, corn, mandarin oranges.

LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara sauce, green beans, garden salad, pears.

Combo bar.

Cereal bar.




LUNCH Pulled pork sandwich, scalloped potatoes and fruit.



CHURCH NEWS Regular screenings can catch cervical cancer at a curable stage


Perspectives Sally Bair

Eyes on the road One year, my twin sister and I decided to celebrate our birthday together in a northern Michigan cabin. Unused to the Upper Peninsula snowbelt, we met, celebrated in an uninsulated cabin, and left for home in a snowstorm. My sister, headed back to Lansing, made it across the big bridge just before they closed it to further traffic. My trip west required total concentration. I dared not let my gaze waver or take my hands off the wheel for a second, or I’d have been in the ditch like other vehicles I saw. The narrow path became harder and harder to see. Snowplows and school buses driving kids home early were about the only vehicles on the highway. Increasingly anxious and cautious as the slushy snow piled up, I debated stopping at a motel midway home. But if I turned off – out of my narrow driving lane – I might spin around and get stuck in the ditch. Hours later, I arrived home exhausted but safe. Never since have we celebrated our December birthday together in the north woods. Sometimes life paths seem treacherous, too. When the going is easy, we tend to veer off and enjoy the scenery, so to speak. That can cause us trouble if we give in to the temptations of illicit, immoral or illegal behavior. Many things can tempt us to take our gaze off our path – things such as pride in ourselves, overindulgences or fear. God doesn’t promise us that the going will be easy. In fact, Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction; and there are many who go in by it, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life.” (Matthew 7:13-14) It doesn’t take much to veer off God’s straight and narrow course. Keeping our eyes on his path can be difficult, but he promises to help us. “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for … my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Thus, while it is difficult, relying on God will make it easier. God wants us to keep our eyes on his path, because, “His way is perfect. The Word of the Lord is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him.” (2 Samuel 22:31) Lord, help us to keep our eyes on your narrow path even when it’s as hard to navigate as a vehicle in a snowstorm. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at


STATEWIDE – If you are a woman between 35 and 55 years of age you’re at the prime time to develop cervical cancer. Once a major cause of death for women in their childbearing years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased significantly with early diagnosis and treatment. January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month, to educate women about early detection and the virus that causes this disease. “About 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually,” says Mary Ann Scoglio, certified adult nurse practitioner at Amery Regional Medical Center who specializes in oncology care. “Although cervical cancer is one of the easiest gynecological cancers to detect, the mortality rate is still high with more than 4,000 deaths each year. Getting regular exams is imperative to protect yourself against this disease.” The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. It connects the vagina – or birth canal – to the upper part of the uterus – or womb – where a baby grows during pregnancy. Cancer can occur in any of these areas. Abnormal bleeding and discharge is the primary symptom of cervical cancer, which is the 14th most frequent cancer among American women, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. The test used to screen for cervical cancer and suspicious changes in cervical cells is called a Pap smear or Pap test, named for Dr. George Papanicolaou, who first proposed using this simple yet effective screening procedure.

Death rate declined significantly The National Cervical Cancer Coalition credits the test with reducing the death rate from cervical cancer by 70 percent since the 1940s. The advocacy group calls the Pap test the “single most effective cancer screen in the history of medicine.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that young women begin getting regular Pap tests at 21 or within three years of starting sexual activity, whichever comes first. At age 30, a woman’s doctor may recommend waiting up to three years for her next test if her results have been consistently normal. By age 65, if a woman has had normal Pap tests for several years, her doctor may suggest she can stop getting screened. Pap tests also may be suspended if a woman has had her cervix removed during a hysterectomy. The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a confirmed culprit in causing the majority of all cervical cancers. Your doctor may suggest that you have an HPV test to detect the virus, which can cause precancerous cell changes and cervical cancer. The test also is used to follow up on unclear Pap results. HPV is passed from person to person during genital contact and occurs in 80 percent of women by age 50, the NCCC says. However, it’s reassuring to know that most women infected with HPV will not go on to develop cervical cancer. “The human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the country,” notes Donna Wood, Practice Leader of Clinical Operations at Quorum Health Resources. “While most women will suffer no ill effects from an HPV virus, it can lead to cervical cancer. Death rates associated with HPV have declined 2.7 percent annually from 1998 to 2007 in the United States but

the toll worldwide is still very high. It’s the second most frequent cause of female death, killing about 300,000 each year.”

HPV and men The CDC says that most men who get HPV will never develop symptoms or health issues, however; some types of HPV can cause genital warts and cancers. About 2,000 men develop HPV-related cancers each year in the U.S. Currently there are not any HPV tests recommended for men, but there are ways to treat the health problems caused by HPV in men. Boys 26 years or younger can get the three series vaccination, Gardasil, that can help protect against the types of HPV that cause problems in men. Vaccine approved to prevent key virus In 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a three-shot vaccination that protects against the two types of HPV causing about 70 percent of cervical cancers. The vaccine is targeted primarily to females who have not yet been exposed to HPV through sexual contact, specifically those aged 9 through 26. Vaccinating females against a sexually transmitted disease at such an early age has caused controversy among some parents and family values groups, and some side effects have been reported. However, the CDC recommends the vaccine, and it’s now also approved for boys age 9 through 18 to reduce their chance of acquiring genital warts. The Centers for Disease Control links the following preventable behaviors to contracting HPV and increasing the risk of developing cervical cancer: • Starting sexual relations at an early age • Having multiple sexual partners or sex with people who have had multiple partners • Smoking • Contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or similar conditions that hamper the body’s ability to overcome health problems • Using birth control pills for five years or more • Giving birth to three or more children Even if women receive the HPV vaccine at an early age, they still need regular Pap tests and HPV screening as recommended by their physicians once they become sexually active. The vaccine is not effective against all types of HPV viruses, so the Pap test is needed to detect and treat cell changes caused by those before they develop into cervical cancer. For more information about Cervical Health Awareness Month, go to – This article provided courtesy of Amery Regional Medical Center and Quorum Health Resources.

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We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our family, friends and our faith family at St. Dominic Catholic Church for their prayers, cards, visits and unwavering support in the loss of our beloved son and brother, Benjamin. God’s peace and blessings to you.

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The family of Larry Mulroy would like to thank everyone for their support, cards and concern during our time of loss. A special thanks to Webster School, Regional Hospice, Marshfield Clinic in Rice Lake and Spooner Hospital. We are truly grateful. Thanks again.

Carol Mulroy & Family

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Clarice K. Langel

Lila Nelson

Clarice K. Langel, Luck, died Jan. 8, 2012, at the Amery Regional Medical Center. Clarice was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Luck, to Christian and Elsie Johansen. Clarice grew up in the Milltown area on her dad’s farm. The youngest of two daughters, Clarice, was a devoted wife and mother. In school, she excelled in music, performing on the clarinet, a skill carried on by two daughters and her granddaughter. She also was a baton twirler for the marching band. Clarice was a 1955 graduate of Milltown High School. She worked in Minneapolis right out of high school. She was married to Donald Langel on June 8, 1957, and to this union, four children were born. She worked as a receptionist for a doctor’s office in Eau Claire and later was a receptionist at Maxwell Heating in Luck for 20 years. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Don; a son, Jim Langel of Milltown; three daughters, Ann Langel (husband Kevin Pachucki) of Madison, Kay Langel of Baldwin and Gail (husband Nathan Hibbs) of Dickinson, N.D.; four grandchildren, Tatia, Logan, Jeret and Mason Hibbs; a sister, Louanne Ament of Mesa, Ark.; an aunt, Sylvia Johnson of Canyon Country, Calif.; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She enjoyed bowling for the Dee’s Café and Park Avenue Salon teams. In the 1970s, she worked diligently behind the scenes of the Luck Winter Carnival pageant. She also spent countless hours doing ceramics at the Brimblecoms’ Ceramics Shop in downtown Luck. Clarice loved camping with her family and was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Luck Cardinals. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching. She enjoyed watching the ships at the Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior, and some of her favorite vacations were to Branson, Mo., around Lake Superior into Canada, and to NASCAR races in Michigan and Phoenix (she was a Jeff Gordon fan). Most of all, she was known for her keen sense of humor. Funeral Mass was held at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic on Friday, Jan. 13, with Father Dennis Mullen officiating. Music was provided by Kathy Tweet and Mary Lou Daeffler. Honorary pallbearers were Max Littlefield, Jerry Spies, Louie D’Jock, John Donlin, Kevin Pachucki and Nathan Hibbs. Interment will be in the spring at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery. Family friends, Bruce and Ray Rowe of Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, were in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at or


Gerald “Jerry” Kellerman

Stephen “Steve” William Maddux, 40, Spooner, formerly of Hayward and Edina, Minn., passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn., on Jan. 10, 2012, surrounded by his family. Steve loved to sing karaoke, dance, and make people laugh. He was the life of any party! The Vikings were his team even though us cheeseheads tried to convert him to the Packers, he refused. Steve’s favorite entertainment was watching his favorite TV show, “The Deadliest Catch/Time Bandit.” He became an adopted member of the “Time Bandit” crew, as well as a friend of the CEO and staff at the Discovery Channel. They sent him boxes of goodies, DVDs, hats, shirts, jackets, etc. Even phone calls from the Hillstrand Brothers and also their mom, who prayed with us on the phone. Last May Steve had a chance to meet the guys in person in Milwaukee, with backstage passes, and became a “bro.” He lived for this show and his relationship with these tough Alaskan crab fishermen; they made him feel important and loved. For his 40th birthday, he received a gold crab crew charm which he never took off. He was preceded in death by beloved grandmother and best friend, Rita Morse. Steve is survived by his mother, Joanne Maddux; special friend, George Vespa; father William R. Maddux Jr.; sisters Julie Ketcher (Todd), Jeanne Monchamp (Matt); several nieces and nephews; along with other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1-4 p.m., at Jerseys, 301 Walnut St., Spooner. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. Funds from the memorials will be used to benefit local organizations in Steve’s name. The Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

Gerald “Jerry” Kellerman, 78, Luck, passed away Jan., 12, 2012, at Regions Hospital. Jerry was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Aug. 23, 1934. He was a musician and an entertainer. He was preceded in death by cherished daughter, Elizabeth; parents, Mathilda (Ramacier) and William and Sigrid Kellerman; sister, Elizabeth Tautges; and brother, Donald Kellerman. He is survived by loving wife, Kathleen “Kate”; and son, Edmund of Lake Nebagamon; three grandchildren, Clinton (Mindy), Kelly, and Holly (Curtis) Baier; six great-grandchildren; and brother, William of San Jose, Calif. Jerry was the founder and leader of the Harmonica Hi Hats and a stand-up comic. He retired as business agent of the Twin Cities Musicians Union in 1997. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Little Canada, Minn. on Monday, Jan. 16. Interment was at St. John’s Church Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic on Friday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. The Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, Roseville, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

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The family of Mary Jane Johnson wish to thank family and friends for their support during this sad time. Special thank-you to Amery hospital staff for their wonderful care, The Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church and Pastor Tom Cook for the service and luncheon.

Lila Nelson went to join her husband in heaven on his birthday, Jan. 13, 2012. Our dear mom, gramma and great-gramma was 94 years, 18 days old. She was born Dec. 26, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minn., and grew up near Sarona and Bone Lake. Lila and Marvin were married in 1938, lived mainly near Milltown, Centuria and Balsam Lake, and raised six children. She is preceded in death by granddaughters, Joylynn Palmer and Tiffany Nelson; son, John Nelson; husband, Marvin Nelson; daughter-in-law, Jill Nelson; and brother, Clarence Neely. She is survived by Donna (Nelson) (Leo) Holm of Balsam Lake, Janice (Jim) Oeffler of Frederic, Gary (Theresa) Nelson of St. Croix Falls, Gloria (Richard) Palmer of Lake Oswego, Ore., Renaye (Lawrence) Johnston of Skiatook, Okla. and Sandy Hunter (Dan) Schmidt of Woodbury, Minn.; and sister, Edith Neely Nelson Davidson of Cody, Wyo. She has 25 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Family was everything to Lila, and she lived her life loving Jesus. She gave people rides to church, prayed for and supported missionaries and shared garden produce with many. She also served as a deaconess at her church. She excelled in ingenuity and creativity. Farming, gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, upholstering and many crafts were done to perfection. As co-owner of Nelson Greenhouse, her floral arranging was her passion, which blessed many. Lila resided at United Pioneer Home since January of 2001. Her kindness to others continued to be expressed by folding laundry, arranging flowers, helping other residents get around in their wheelchairs and reading the Bible to others. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at East Balsam Baptist Church with burial at New Home Cemetery in Eureka. Rowe Funeral Home, Luck, was entrusted with arrangements.

Stephen “Steve” William Maddux

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Arvid was blessed with an enormous number of true friendships during his lifetime and he cherished his visits and talks with each one of you. His family and I want to thank you for sharing in his life. Words cannot express the love you sent with plants, flowers, monies, food, the beautiful cards and gracious notes you wrote to us; the wonderful luncheon our sisters served; to Pastor Scott Sagle for your wonderful help; to our efficient Frederic Rowe Funeral Home care. There are no words good enough to cover the words “Thank you so much and your love.” Exodus 23:20: God said, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.

Marjorie Friberg J. Samuel Friberg & Ellen K. John Friberg & Joy Daniel Arvid Friberg & Kathy And Families

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On behalf of the HARRY RUDISELL family, we wish to thank you for your kind expression of sympathy. During the last seven years of Dad’s life, he was shown care and compassion by the staff at Siren Capeside Cove and the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. How truly grateful we are for your caring thoughts, cards and flowers. Also, thank you for contributions to the Siren United Methodist Church Building Fund in remembrance of Dad. We would like to thank Pastor Scott for his support and ministry during this difficult time. We are thankful for the beautiful music provided by Kathy and Rich Hutchison that honored Dad’s memory. Many thanks to the United Methodist Women for preparing and serving the delicious lunch following the funeral. Our gratitude, also, to the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Chapel for their gracious support. God bless you for your kindness.

I found a friend, oh, such a friend, He loved me, yes, I knew Him, He bound me with the cords of love! And then he bound “me to Him.”

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Little girl's "boyfriend" part of childish fantasy Q: Our 4-year-old daughter has been talking a lot about having a "boyfriend." Recently, while playing with some neighborhood kids, she and a boy of the same age kept going off into a corner of the yard "to be alone." Should I be worried about this? Jim: Our counselors at Focus on the Family have addressed this issue in the past. In essence, there's no reason to be overly concerned about this type of behavior. Your daughter is simply engaging in childish make-believe. However, it's worth asking yourself exactly why her playtime activities are so heavily focused on dating. Her behavior strongly suggests that she's imitating attitudes and actions that she's seen modeled elsewhere. If I were to take a guess, I'd say she's probably gotten this preoccupation from the media. Much of the TV programming aimed at tweens, while not sexually explicit, is focused on male-female relationships, dating and so on. If you're allowing your daughter to watch TV shows of this nature, it would be a good idea to put a stop to it until she's older. It' also possible that her preoccupation with boyfriends has come from her peers (who may themselves be

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viewing programs aimed at older viewers), or from an older sibling who has entered the dating years. Whatever her inspiration, if the behavior continues, we'd suggest you gently take your daughter aside and ask her where she learned about such things. Tell her how glad you are that her group of friends includes both boys and girls, and encourage her to spend time playing with both. Then explain that girls don't have to have "boyfriends" until they're much older. A simple conversation of this nature, without making a big deal about it, will likely do the trick. ••• Q: My husband and I were recently married. We're both senior citizens who lost our spouses over the last few years. Now that we're remarried, we're noticing that we bring up our prior spouses often. We're struggling with how to stay focused on each other and the people we are, and not how our previous spouses did things. Can you help? Juli: Congratulations on your new

marriage! With all the books written on marriage, there are not many that address your unique situation. The spouses that you lost are an important part of your histories. Not talking about them would be like not mentioning your career or your children. It would be stifling and unnatural. You'll never forget the years you spent together, nor should you. However, your statement about staying focused on each other is key. Although you will talk about your previous spouses, avoid statements that could be interpreted as a comparison. For example, there's a big difference between telling an endearing story about how Bob could never fix the faucet and saying, "Bob always made me laugh when I was sad. I miss that." It would be helpful for you and your husband to have an open conversation about which statements are distancing or hurtful to the other. Maybe you're sensitive when your husband talks about how beautiful his first wife was. Let him know those triggers so that he can be sensitive to them. You both need a safe place to process things that may be difficult for you to talk about together. Finally, give yourselves permission to invest in this new marriage. There can be a lot of hidden feelings of guilt and grief that keep you from enjoying what

you have together. You might feel that your marriage is in some way a betrayal of your former spouse. Your adult children may have feelings and opinions that reinforce that fear. The truth is that you and your husband are God's provision for each other today. Enjoy and invest together! ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, co-host of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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609 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE



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




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



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


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


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


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. Worship - 8:30 a.m,; Sun. School 9:45 a.m.


Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Education Hour 9:45 a.m. (Starts 9/18/11); Sunday Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.


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, 8:45 a.m. Prayer; 9 a.m. Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sun.; Worship 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:20 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & last Sundays


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


510 Foster Ave. E. Pastor Ralph Thompson Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. 8 &10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9 a.m.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Nanette Hagen-Hinck Children’s Sunday Schl. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship


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


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Wed. Wor. 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays





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


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


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


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


Pastor Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.



2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Web site: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Melissa Carmack Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:35 a.m.


Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:.30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-8223001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday



Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m.

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


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.





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

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


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

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


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.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


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


5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Bible Class 9:30 a.m. Worship Serv. 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & Last Sunday


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


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




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



Pastor Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. CATHOLIC


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


Pastor - Father 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.


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.


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


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.


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


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



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

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



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

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


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



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


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


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


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




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


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


Pastor Dave Williams 933 248th St., Osceola Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided


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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411

Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:15 a.m.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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




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



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




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


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




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




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

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



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


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




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


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


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Sunday Wor. 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.

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


715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.




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

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

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Erik Eklof has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Carl and Kelli Eklof. Erik is creative, loves to learn, and pays attention to detail. Erik enjoys playing both baseball and football and spends lots of his winter days reading on his new Kindle. Science is Erik’s favorite subject and one day he hopes to become either a scientist or a marine biologist.

Heath Tietz has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Joe and Donna Tietz. Heath is involved in band and 4-H. He enjoys reading, sitting with the cows, play with brothers, computer games and xbox.He is kind and intelligent. He plans to go to college and become a farmer. His greatest influences in his life are his mom, dad, and oldest brother.

Alexis Hufstedler has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Tammy Ysker and Chad Hufstedler. Alexis is involved in track, soccer, choir, youth group and volunteering to help animals in need. She enjoys running, hanging out with friends and doing hair. She is creative, has a bright personality, and is a good listener. Her greatest influence in her life is her mother.

McKayla Blume has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Joe and Shannon Blume. McKayla is responsible, always does her best on her work and is kind and helpful in class. Her favorite subject is math. McKayla loves the pizza at GES and Beauregard’s Big Word. She has two brothers and one sister. She loves pets and would like to be a veterinarian.


Alayna Kelch has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in kindergarten and the daughter of Josh and Shannon Kelch. Alayna’s favorite activities in school are gym and library. Outside of school Alayna enjoys playing with her sisters. She is a great helper and a nice friend to everyone.

Katie Miller has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Kevin and Betsy Miller. Katie always is prepared for class, she is insightful, has a positive attitude, has determination and the work she does is outstanding and thoughtful. She is involved in fast-pitch softball, basketball, volleyball and choir. She enjoys sports, playing piano and hanging out with friends. She plans to go to college.


Jessica Mattson has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Dale and Robin Mattson. Jessica is always smiling and fun to be around. She always does her best in whatever she does. She is involved in FFA, volleyball, shows at the fair, church activities and baby-sitting. She enjoys church activities, animals and helping in the barn. Her greatest influences in her life are her parents.

Kyle Hunter has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Scott and Nancy Hunter. Kyle is a tireless worker who always puts forth maximum effort in all his endeavors. Leadership is one of his most positive traits. He is respectful of staff and his peers. He is involved in youth bowling league, football, basketball and baseball. He enjoys hunting, fishing, stock car races and sledding.

Brady Barr has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Theresa and John Barr. Brady enjoys playing video games and basketball with his friends. At school Brady likes math. When he grows up he wants to be a doctor.

Ella Berens has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Donald Berens and Trudee Bealka. She has two brothers and two sisters. She has nine cats. She enjoys painting and playing with her cats. Her favorite subject is art. Ella is a very friendly and conscientious student. She always has a smile on her face.

Travis McCloud has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Kelly and Sam McCloud. He has an older sister, Raquel. Travis enjoys listening to music, snowboarding, riding bike and hanging out with friends.



Frankie Bildeau Jr. has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Frankie Bildeau Sr. and Erika Reynolds. It is evident that Frankie values education because he is always ready and eager to learn. He takes pride in his work and does a fine job. Frankie’s favorite classes are art and writer’s workshop. He is always respectful to others and helpful in and out of the classroom. He is a positive thinker, honest and trustworthy.

Alyssa Swenson has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Brian and Jodi Swenson. Alyssa is responsible, kind and self-motivated. She is a well-respected student leader. Her favorite class is science. She also likes reading and writing. After school she spends her time with her youth group or drawing and playing with her pets.

Patty Close has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Dave and April Close. Patty is kind and conscientious at all times, even during moments of great pressure. Patty challenges herself in and out of the classroom, to which her good grades and her fall debut in the school musical “Annie” attest. Patty represents the school on sports teams and in forensics.

Nathan Martin has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is and freshman and the son of Julie Fox and Paul Martin. Nathan enjoys playing sports, hunting and fishing. He is a hardworking, conscientious student who leads by example. Nathan played football and is currently in basketball. He plans to go to college to be an engineer.

Joshua Teske has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Laurie Mulroy and Robert Teske. Joshua likes to tell everyone that he is a Tiny Tiger now and that next year he will be a little Tiger. He says that when he grows up he wants to go to the big school and be a big Tiger. While in the classroom, Joshua likes to work in the learning centers, play with the blocks and paint at the easel.

Nick Kern has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Larry and Amber Kern. Nick is very respectful and responsible about getting his work in on time. He is kind and willing to work with anyone. He is involved in basketball. He enjoys deer hunting and fishing.

Danielle Formanek has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of David and Robyn Formanek. Danielle has an intensely strong work ethic, a great sense of humor and a great deal of self-confidence. She is involved in the school play, band, choir, forensics, church group, student council and NHS. She enjoys theater and reading.


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Connor Eichelt has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Tonya and Eric Eichelt. Connor continues to be a positive role model in his classroom and in school each and every day. His work is always completed with great effort. He is a great friend to his peers and he is very responsible.

Kylie Meister has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Jeri Meister. Kylie is a very positive student and she shows great improvement in her studies. She has great work habits and demonstrates focus and participation.

Becca Garvey has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Pam and Mike Garvey. She enjoys horseback riding, reading and hanging with friends. Becca is involved in volleyball, baseball and drama club. Her favorite classes are English and math. After high school she plans to attend college for photography. She resides in Centuria.


Coming events JANUARY

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities


St. Croix Falls


• SCF royalty is the January recipient of the RiverBuck program donations at Central Bank. Stop by Central Bank for refreshments.

• Candlelight ski & snowshoe starting at Soo Line Park, 6 p.m. • “Celebrating the Haggis!” at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811.



Balsam Lake

• Suzy Q’s ice-fishing contest, 715-648-5223.

St. Croix Falls

• Lions ice-fishing contest on Burlingame Lake, 10 a.m.3 p.m. For more info, call Klaus, 715-244-3403.

• Professional community follow-up meeting on suicide prevention at the Justice Center, 8-10 a.m.


• UCare health insurance representative at senior center, 9 a.m., 715-483-1901.


• Winter Fun Day: Ice-fishing contest, Coon Lake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-529-0913; junior class sale at elementary school, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-653-2620. • Youth soccer registration meeting at the elementary school, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-222-9687,


• Arts Burnett County meets at the library, 5-7 p.m., 715349-8399,




• Wilkins fishing tourney, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-857-5555.


• Dinner, auction & raffle fundraiser for the Calabria family at the community center, 4-9 p.m., 715-472-2273.

• Arnell Humane Society meat raffle fundraiser at P.Y.’s Saloon and Grill, 5 p.m., 715-268-7387.


• Making Money with Sheep and Goats in Northern Wisconsin seminar at the Ag Research Station, 10:30 a.m., 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914.


• Potluck at the senior center, noon, 715-866-5300.





• St. Joseph Church’s ice-fishing contest, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., raffle 3 p.m., on North Twin Lake, dinner at church, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• A Young Performers Concert at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811.



• American Legion member dinner, 3 p.m., 715-4635724. • Shakers and Movers series begins at Crex Meadows with film about Aldo Leopold, 7 p.m., 715-463-2739.

• The Splatter Sisters perform at Celebration of Life event at The Gathering Room, 3 p.m., 715-755-2229 or



• Rod & gun club rabbit hunt. Daybreak - 3 p.m. Must register by Friday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m. at the clubhouse, 715755-2633.


• Siren Slam at Northwoods Convention Center. 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 bell time,, 715-3497878.

St. Croix Falls

• Ice Age Trail Indianhead Chapter annual meeting at the Ice Age Center in Interstate Park, 9:30 a.m., 715-4722248. • Meeting of Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society at Interstate Park interpretive center, includes talk on birds, 1 p.m., 715-483-2282.


• Girls basketball ice-fishing fundraiser on Yellow Lake, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration at Ike Walton Lodge.

SUNDAY/22 Luck

• Back-country ski tour of Straight Lake State Park entrance, 1 p.m. Dean, 715-472-2248.

A snowy owl is perched waiting for a rabbit or other small animal to make their presence known. The snowy owl is a visitor from northern Canada. They nest in the Arctic and travel south in search of prey. The black mark on the forehead indicates this is a banded bird, with the number V60. — Photo by Larry Samson



• Ronnie Swanson benefit dinner and silent auction at the junior/senior high school in the commons, 4-7 p.m.

• Adult grief support group meeting at Holy Trinity Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-485-3363.

Clear Lake Siren

• Burnett County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 162 in the Government Center.


• Registration deadline for Master Gardener training program at the Ag Research Station, 800-528-1914.

Centuria Frederic

• Friends of the Library annual meeting, 6:30 p.m., 715327-4979.


• Film “Casablanca” to be shown at the museum, free, 7 p.m.

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

Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176.

Every Monday

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360. Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 2 - 3 p.m., 715-268-5408,

Every Tuesday

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

Every Wednesday


Women of Hope, cancer support group, at SCRMC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 715-483-0431.



Balsam Lake

• Unity Eagles Booster Club’s monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m.

• Booster club soup & sandwich supper fundraiser in the cafeteria, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612-205-2321.


• Parkinson’s support group, 2 p.m. Call for location, 715-689-2163.


• Cub Scout ice-fishing tourney on Big Doctor Lake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

MONDAY/23 • Adoption support group, Unity High School band room, 7:15 p.m. • Polk County Genealogy Society meeting at the museum, 2 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

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

Balsam Lake

Burnett County

• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Open 1:30 p.m. Distribution 2 p.m., $15 donation.



• Movie night at the library, 7 p.m., 715-825-2313.


• Using Cover Crops to Improve Soils and Farm Profitability seminar at the Ag Research Station, 10:30 a.m., 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914.

Every Thursday

Every Saturday

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m. Open skate at The Lodge Center Arena, Visit the Web site: for special times.

Every Sunday

Open skate at Grantsburg Hockey Rink, 4-7 p.m.

Webster honor band students On Monday, Jan. 9, nine Webster High School students participated in the annual Upper St. Croix Valley Music Association Honor Jazz and Concert Band. Top band students from 10 area schools spent the day at Grantsburg High School rehearsing for their 6:30 p.m. performance. Jazz band was directed by the University of Minnesota’s Dean Sorenson and the concert band was directed by Anoka Ramsey Community College’s Eric Anderson. Webster students pictured (L to R) are: Darren Deal, Mary Arnold, Gabby Schiller, Caleb Wilson, Olivia Kopecky, Josh Baer, Brittany Maxwell, Joey Erickson and Matt Smith. – Photo submitted

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