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Requiem for Darrell Kittleson by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer DRESSER – Few people cast a wider shadow than the late Darrell Kittleson. While he was a good-sized fella, his deeds, activities, interests, inventions, innovations and accomplishments made that shadow broad, textured and hard to define. But his widow, Rosalie, gives a hint at that shadow. “He loved my apple pie,” she said with a surprise chuckle. “And always said that applesauce was the best food in the world!” It makes sense; who doesn’t like applesauce? And few foods fill so many solid human needs, while also tasting so consistently good, regardless of how pretty, old, bitter, sweet or fresh the apples. His accomplishments were a sort of bizarre metaphor for that applesauce. Bones, robots, trails and artistry? In the last two decades, Kittleson was instrumental in projects as diverse as creating a handicapped-friendly hiking trail, designing a hockey-stick-testing robot, a log-built educational center, organizing Polk County’s Sesquicentennial celebration that filled the fairgrounds, a major environmental park restoration, a wire stripping mechanism still used by Northwire Industries in Osceola, an ongoing renewable energy fair, a recently patented “third hand” engineering innovation, a three-story museum addition, and he was just finishing up spearhead-

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Sandy K. Hacker (page 3) Wolfgang H. Mothes Larry Joseph Tietz Joan R. Emerson Lorraine Johnson Melvin J. Nielsen Janina B. Kalicki Ethel M. Hunter William E. Jackson Jr Elizabeth “Dizzy Liz” Dearbin Alice Elizabeth Gustafson Jerry Allen McKenzie Sylvia Myers Bernard Edwin Kurtz Richard “Dick” Junior Raddatz Clareese Marek Darrell Wayne Kittleson

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Darrell Kittleson - Photo by Greg Marsten ing a paleontology movement that happened just a few months too late. The retired machinist and engineer was working on a wind-chime-based invention in recent months, according to Rosalie. “It was one of our future projects,” she said. “He was an artist with metal, on his plasma cutter, to tell you the truth ... we

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Local resident elected president of Zor Shriners MADISON – Larry J. Riemenschneider, a resident of Amery, has been elected as president for Zor Shriners at the fraternal organization’s annual meeting held Jan. 14, in Madison. Riemenschneider will serve as president in 2012 for the fraternal organization headquartered in Madison that has over 1,700 members in 22 Shrine Clubs and 28 Shrine Parade Units in central and western Wisconsin. Elected with Riemenschneider as Zor Shriners officers for 2012 are: Bob Gorsuch, Fitchburg, vice president; Larry Hanson, Albany, board member; Monte Steiber, Prairie du Chien, board member; Bob Giesler, Cashton, Board Member; Dale Anderson, Evansville, Treasurer; and James Stelsel, Madison, recorder. In his first official act following his installation, the new president appointed six prominent Wisconsin Shriners to additional posts on the governing board. Appointed were Dave Bomkamp, Columbus; Chuck Miller, Milladore; Gary Cuskey, Spooner; Robert Hering, Roberts; Miles Bradley, Edgerton; and Karl Gant, Blanchardville. Zor, one of three Shrine offices located in the state of Wisconsin (Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay), is part of a fraternal organization, Shriners International, that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. All care and services are provided regardless of the patients abil-

Artistic workshop offered by church CENTURIA - Paul Oman, artist and pastor, will present a “Drawn to the Word” worship and artistic experience on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 9:15 a.m. at North Valley Lutheran Church, 1988 220th Ave., Centuria. He will paint a largerthan-life-sized mural of the Transfiguration before your eyes in 45 minutes. This story will unfold artistically, musically, narratively and scripturally during the event. A freewill offering will be taken. A pancake breakfast will follow the service. All are welcome. North Valley is located two miles west of Milltown on CTH G. For more information call 715-825-3559. - submitted

Village clerk retires at Luck Kathy Hanson will retire from her post of 22 years, effective March 9 by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Kathy Hanson, Luck’s village clerk for the past 22 years, is retiring from her post effective March 9. “I decided it’s time,” said Hanson, who said that, with the exception of five years when her children were small, she has been working since the day after she graduated from high school. “It’s a good thing,” she said. “I am ready to retire, just in time for summer.” When she first started working for the village in January 1990, said Hanson, water and sewer bills had just been computerized. Everything else was done by hand and with a typewriter. Payroll checks and all other bills were done that way. As things became more computerized, said Hanson, she had

Kathy Hanson - Photo by Mary Stirrat to learn how to use both the hardware and software. Another big change, she noted, was when the village went to radio-read water meters several years ago. At that time, all the details of each account needed to be put into the new system, correctly matching each detail with each customer. Most recently, within the past

year or so, said Hanson, has been the numerous changes in preparing for, holding and tabulating the results of elections. “There have been a lot of changes in the past one year,” she said. Hanson is most looking forward to spending more time with her family, including her two sons and their families. She has three grandchildren and plans to enjoy watching them grow. One of her favorite pastimes, besides her family, is working on her yard, and Hanson says she is glad she will be able to do that more regularly. “It will be hard (to retire) because I’ve really liked working here,” she said. “But on the other hand, it will be fun not to come to work anymore.” Village Administrator Kristina Handt said that a retirement party will be held for Hanson. She said that the finance and personnel committee will meet in the near future to discuss options for filling the position.

Longtime Polk County worker honored Connie Hansen (left) was honored on Tuesday, Feb. 14, for more than two decades of service as the secretary for the Polk County Highway Safety Commission. Hansen retired last November after more than 30 years of service for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. She is shown receiving a plaque honoring her many years of service by Dennis Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety Regional Program manager. Hansen received the honor at the quarterly meeting of the commission in Balsam Lake. - Photo submitted

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ST. CROIX FALLS - The 2012 Music Series continues at Festival Theatre with regional favorite, singer-songwriter Warren Nelson in concert on Saturday, Feb. 25. This is Nelson’s second visit to the historic Civic Auditorium in downtown St. Croix Falls, with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. “Warren performed here last in 2008 with the entire Blue Canvas Orchestra,” said Danette Olsen, director at the performing arts center. “We are happy to welcome him back along with his ‘friends’ performing with him a combination of new materials and old favorites.” Nelson will be joined for the Festival Theatre appearance by Ed Willitt, Andy Dee, Rowan NelsonFerris and Otis McLennon. The concert is just one of a dozen events in the 2012 Music Series, all discounted for subscribers of Flex Pass. Single tickets are available by phone at 715-483-3387 or online at - from Festival Theatre




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DANBURY – There will be an Antler Expo and Sports Show presented by Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park and the Fishbowl United Sportsman Club on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Bring in your antlers to have them scored by an experienced scorer and then displayed for the weekend for only a $1 donation per rack. Seminars are scheduled for morning and afternoon of both days. Sign up for the gun raffle, wander over to the blacksmith to see the blacksmith at work, and, don’t forget to walk down to the winter encampment to learn more about this adventurous winter activity. The ski trails will be open, if there is enough snow. There is a small fee, and food and beverage will also be available for a minimal charge. Check out the Web site for more information at - submitted ••• FREDERIC - The film “Courageous” will be shown this Friday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Crosswalk Community Church at 505 Old CTH W in Frederic. More information is available in the story published last week in the Leader or by calling 715-327-8767. Admission is free. - with submitted information •••

Plan for Coon Lake available for public review and comment FREDERIC - The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Implementation Plan and Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Coon Lake. A hard copy of the plan is available at the Frederic Public Library and an online version is available on the village of Frederic Web site. Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or email and received by Friday, March 23, to ensure that they are given proper consideration in the final plan. No telephone messages will be considered. Anyone interested in providing input should contact Jeremy Williamson or Katelin Holm at 100 Polk County Plaza, Ste. 120, Balsam Lake, WI 54810;; or katelin. - submitted

Man faces charges of 8th OWI, with child in car URNETT COUNTY - Jeffrey Lewis Young, 50, Maromette, Minn., has been arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol Spooner Post for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, eighth offense, with one child in the vehicle. On Sunday, Feb.12, at approximately 3:54 p.m, a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper stopped Young for speeding at Hwy. 70 and CTH M. During the stop, Young was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a child, eighth offense. Young was transported to the Burnett County Jail. with information from Wisconsin State Patrol

Investigation into officer’s conduct proceeds, outside of state charges by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – Village of Milltown officials moved ahead with their own investigation into allegations against one of the police officers on their force, as they assembled a three-member police commission last week in a special meeting. That commission met The special Milltown Police Commission met for the first time on Monday, Feb. 13, to proceed with for the first time on Monday, Feb. 13, to take care of some preliminary decision work, an investigation into allegations against a village officer. Pictured (L to R) are: Glenn Owen Sr., Jobie such as choosing their attorney and a possi- Bainbridge and Missy Sherrard. - Photo by Greg Marsten ble course of investigation. “How you proceed is different than for a The forming of the commission and inves“Keep in mind, he has not tigation regards allegations against Mill- regular [village] employee,” stated Milltown town Police Officer Ryan Marx, who is Village President LuAnn White. “We can’t been convicted of this - or anyfacing potential battery charges for an inci- just fire him ... we need to act [to create] an thing - at this point. We need dent involving an alleged assault of his es- outside voice. But ultimately, the village tranged girlfriend after a night of drinking board makes that decision [on termination to reassure the public that we in recent weeks. The allegations are that she or penalties].” will do the best we can do to White called the special meeting last week accompanied him home after he was drunk, and that she became upset when looking to name the commission, which the board protect the public ... you’re inover his past cell phone records and at- approved unanimously. That commission nocent until proven guilty.” tempted to awaken him by slapping him on includes Glenn Owen Sr., Jobie Bainbridge the head, at which point he awoke and may and Missy Sherrard. Under state statute, the – LuAnn White have struck and choked her before falling members cannot be elected officials or employees of the village. back to sleep. “Truthfully, it’s hard to find people who Marx was arrested but has yet to be offiweren’t involved or had some sort of a con- of their proceedings that can be held in open cially charged. The reason for assembling the special nection,” White said during the Wednesday, session will be as such. White also made note that while the allecommission falls under state statute regard- Feb. 8, meeting. She also went on record ing the handling of disciplinary action or about the procedures and reason for calling gations against Marx are troubling, they more involving municipal police officers the commission, which has not been done in should not infer anything negative about either the village, the Milltown Police Departand lies outside the scope of potential crim- decades, if ever, in Milltown. “Keep in mind, he [Marx] has not been ment or its chief, Andy Anderson. inal or court action. “He [Anderson] runs a good departMarx has been on paid administrative convicted of this - or anything - at this ment,” she added. “This shouldn’t be a releave in the interim, as court officials decide point,” she said. “We need to reassure the if they will move ahead with charges, al- public that we will do the best we can do to flection on him ... It’s been a really tough though it seems likely that Burnett County protect the public ... you’re innocent until week. I just hope we can get through this with open minds.” officials may do the investigation and any proven guilty.” No time line or investigatory schedule has White noted that the law requires the possible ensuing prosecution, out of potencommission to have separate legal represen- been established as of yet for the commistial conflict of interest issues. But the interests of the village are separate tation from the village, and the body did sion, and Marx will remain on paid adminfrom county or state prosecutors, and under meet for the first time in open session on istrative leave until either the commission state statute, the village must go through a Monday, Feb. 13, where they elected Owen acts or the courts officially level charges specific line of procedures before they can as their president and Sherrard as their sec- against him. take action against one of their own law of- retary. They also moved to hire Bruce Anderson as their attorney and decided that all ficers.

Armed robber changes tune when recognized Alan L. Meyer faces over 30 years in prison, if convicted by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer OSCEOLA – An armed robbery was apparently thwarted when the convenience store clerk recognized the robber, which made the knife-wielding suspect change his tune and leave suddenly. According to information from the Osceola Police and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred at just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Holiday convenience store in Osceola, when a man later named as Alan L. Meyer, 27, Osceola, surprised a store employee by approaching her while wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and green camouflage mask. Only his eyes were visible at the time. The woman said that the man told her it was a robbery, and when she asked if he was serious, he pulled up his sweatshirt to reveal what appeared to be a knife sticking out from the top of his pants. “Do I look serious?” he asked her, referencing the knife. The suspect made the woman open the cash register and give her “the big bills,” which she said they did not have. She also reportedly told the robber that she was pregnant and asked not to be hurt. She said the suspect did not care, and that he continued

to threaten both her and her unborn child. However, a short time later, the clerk also told the man that she recognized him as Alan Meyer, and that she would just call the police. That revelation apparently made the robber change Alan L. Meyer his tune, at which point he pulled down the face mask and said he was “Just kidding, I just wanted some cigarettes.” The man quickly fled the store without taking anything, and the clerk was not injured in the incident. As authorities arrived and began their investigation, they were also tipped off a short time later by another person who thought that her boyfriend was the suspect, which jibed with the clerk’s idea on the man’s identity. Police and sheriff’s deputies then swarmed the suspected robber’s residence in Osceola, where Meyer was arrested without incident. In subsequent interviews, Meyer admitted to being at the store and doing just what the clerk stated, but insisted that he was only kidding, and really just wanted some cigarettes, but had no cash, so he left the

store. He affirmed much of the clerk’s account and said the mask he was wearing was still at the store. He also admitted that the knife he was showing was at his home and described where they could find it. Police obtained a search warrant a short time later and found the suspect’s hooded sweatshirt, knife and other evidence. Meyer now faces charges of felony armed robbery as well as felony bail jumping. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick in Polk County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in a preliminary hearing, where he was bound over for trial. The judge also set a $5,000 cash bond with no-contact orders on the store or the employee. His next appearance has been set for Monday, Feb. 20, where he will be arraigned. The bail jumping charges stem from previous broken bond orders on a still-active case from last March. That case involves felony possession of marijuana and, ironically, a switchblade knife. His active cases may now be combined from here on for court actions. If convicted on all counts, Meyer faces the potential of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine for the attempted armed robbery, on top of more than 10 years and $20,000 in fines for the previous charges and bail jumping, with an additional four years possible as a repeater. Meyer remains in custody at press time.

Sandy Hacker loses 11-year battle with cancer: Celebration of Life service set FREDERIC - Lifelong Frederic resident Sandra “Sandy” Hacker died Tuesday, Feb. 14, following a battle with cancer that lasted nearly 11 years. She “ended her journey the same day it began 65 years earlier,” according to her obituary. She grew up in Frederic where she graduated from Frederic High School in 1965 and was perhaps best known for her many years at the local bowling center in Frederic, of which she and her surviving hus-

band, Richard “Butch” Hacker became owners of in 1997, naming it Hacker’s Lanes. She is also survived by her father, James “Big Jim” Prodger of Danbury, son, Scott (Renee) Anderson of Rice Lake, daughter, Kim Bruss (Kelly Hicks) of Siren, stepson, Donnie (Kim) Hacker of Elk River, Minn.; stepson, Joey Hacker of Luck, daughter-in-law, Jen Hacker of Milltown, brother,

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Jim (Gerry) Prodger of Bloomington, Minn.; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lu Prodger and sister, Pat Skow. A Celebration of Life will be held at Hacker’s Lanes on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning at 2 p.m. A full obituary can be found online at and online condolences may be left at or Updated information will be available on those Web sites or by calling Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Frederic Area Cancer Walk/Run on May 12, an event very important to her and the entire family. - with information from


Progress made toward education foundation by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - The Webster schools continue to make progress toward the creation of an educational foundation for the district. That was the report that Jim Erickson, district superintendent, gave to the board of education at its Monday night meeting, Feb. 13. Erickson explained that such a foundation could provide an alternative source of funding for the Webster School District, one that would not be as vulnerable to some of the uncertainties of other funding sources such as the state. Once fully developed, interest from the foundation fund money could be used to support or supplement a wide range of needs running from technology to scholarships to field trips and other class activities. Erickson was enthusiastic about what the foundation development committee has achieved so far. “It’s going great,” he said. Work has been completed on gaining the 501c3 tax-exempt status for a nonprofit organization, and work on bylaws is nearly complete. The next major step will be a meeting near the end of March to elect a board of directors and officers for the foundation, and to begin initial fundraising. Erickson emphasized that this meeting will be open to anyone living in the Webster School

Kendra Avery (left) and Stefanie Janssen (right) explained the Spirit of Excellence Portfolio to the Webster School Board at its Monday, Feb. 13, meeting. - Photo by Carl Heidel District. Specifics on time, date and place of the meeting will come later in March. Board Vice President Terry Larsen announced progress of another sort. As

Siren Village to stop adding fluoride to water by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - With village president Jan Hunter and village Administrator Marty Shutt both absent from the Siren Board meeting held Thursday, Feb. 9, the meeting was short. The board did take a couple of actions related to the water supply. The village voted to discontinue adding fluoride to the water supply. It was noted that neither Webster nor Grantsburg add fluoride to their water. The board is looking to save the village approximately $50 per month expense by not adding fluoride plus the expense of maintaining the machinery needed to add the fluoride. The board also approved a contract with Lane Tank Company to clean the water tower. It has been 10 years since the tower has been cleaned, and it is recommended that it be cleaned every 10 years. The tower will be drained for cleaning, and there is a requirement that the tower be drained every 10 years as well. The cost to clean the tower is $1,100, and it is not expected that Lane Tank Company will get to the cleaning until fall. None of this is expected to disrupt the village water service in any way. Other business The board also approved a Class C wine license for Acorn Pantry. The business sought the license so that they can serve wine during special events throughout the year.

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Future role of the Polk County supervisors discussed by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County has changed since the county hired a county administrator. The governing committees have become less involved in operational matters as The DMV has a new location in Siren, their role has changed to setting policy. along Hwys. 35 /70 near Crooked Lake Part of that change is fewer meetings for Park. The office is open on Tuesdays and the 10 governing committees. In the past, Thursdays. This DMV issues driver’s lithe committees met monthly, with finance, censes and state identification cards. In personnel and land information usually April, they will offer driving tests as well, but meeting twice. the DMV in Siren does not handle title transThat was then. fers, license plate renewals or give out temThis February, the health, highway, and porary plates. The Burnett County Sheriff’s public protection committees are not Department has also stopped handling title meeting at all. Personnel and finance will meet once, and finance held no January transfers, temporary plates and tab remeeting. In addition, the county board newals. The Siren Police Department is the will not meet this month. only location in Siren that still has the paThe future of the Polk County Board perwork for title transfers, temporary plates committees was the topic of the adminisand tab renewals. The Siren Police Departtrative committee when it met Friday, Feb. ment also issues ATV and other DNR li10. (The administrative committee, succescenses. - Photo by Sherill Summer sor to the old executive committee, is itself not a very active committee. Its past meetThe village will now charge a 1-perings since the committee was established cent finance charge, with a 50-cent miniwere in August 2010 and May 2011.) The mum charge, per month compounded committee looked at the size and number on all invoices 30 days past due. The vilof future committees, how the committee lage already charges this finance charge members are selected, and whether the rate on past due water bills county board should have extra meetings to study and discuss issues. No decisions were made Friday, but the board members on the committee recognized that county government has changed and could change more if an April 3 referendum to reduce the size of the county board from 23 to 15 is adopted. The committee includes the county board chair, William Johnson; the vice chairs, Ken Sample and Dean Johansen; plus Sucan still experience joy and fulfillment; we pervisors Marvin Caspersen and Larry Jepsen. All five were present. can retain purpose and hope.” The Kvernen lived in Falun from 1972 to 1974. Don was the first director for the Burnett County Youth Ministry, and Rosella worked as a registered nurse at the by Shawn Johnson hospital in Grantsburg. The Kvernens left Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin to work at a boarding school for MADISON - A Dane County judge says missionary kids in Pakistan. Don then he won’t block Wisconsin’s voter ID law earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling and guidance from the University of from taking effect ahead of the Feb. 21 priNorth Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. Dr. mary election. In a written order, Circuit Judge David Kvernen ran a private counseling practice Flanagan called the NAACP’s request for in Rochester, Minn. from 1982 until March of 1991, when his stroke occurred. The a temporary injunction blocking the voter Kvernens raised two sons and currently ID law a, “close and extremely serious question.” But Flanagan said those suing live in Rochester. had not shown they would suffer “irThe book is available in bookstores, online or through the couple’s Web site, reparable harm” if voter ID is in place for – Jean the Feb. 21 election. Lawyers for the NAACP submitted 40 Koelz, with submitted information sworn affidavits from people who either

New book details long-term effects of serious stroke; offers hope to survivors ROCHESTER, MINN.—Former Burnett County residents Don and Rosella Kvernen have just published a book titled “Stroke Survivor: A Story of Hope,” which documents their family’s 20-year journey toward recovery. In 1991, Don suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently disabled and destroyed his career as a psychologist. Their story includes a look at their many struggles, some practical insight on coping techniques and offers hope to others facing difficult circumstances. A quote from the book’s introduction sums up the Kvernens’ intent: “We share our story to encourage those who cope with difficulties and hopelessness after a stroke. As we have dealt with the outcome and the severity of Don’s stroke, we learned that, even if we cannot all return to the lives we used to live, we can hold onto the most important things in life. We

chairperson of the budget committee he said that the Webster schools are about to begin a major upgrade of their technology, the first such improvement in nearly 10 years. Among the many benefits of the upgrade will be technology that will make it possible for students to use their own computers and handheld devices for their

work while at school, and then continue their work on these tools when they return home. At the present time, work can only be done on school equipment, and students are unable to continue to work on projects when they are not on the school site. In another report, teachers Stefanie Janssen and Kendra Avery presented the board with copies of the district’s Spirit of Excellence Portfolio. They explained that the portfolio project grew out of a leadership conference they attended last September. Participants at the conference were encouraged to create a portfolio that demonstrated their school district’s excellence in the areas of leadership, service and sports. Then these portfolios were submitted for evaluation, and possible recognition of excellence for the school district. The teachers said that there is no financial benefit for the school districts for this recognition, but it does serve as a clear indicator of excellence in the schools in the areas indicated. In other business the board: set the preliminary calendar for the 2012-2013 school year; approved a service contract with CESA; approved a request for the girls basketball team to attend the state basketball tournament; approved purchase of a new school sign at a cost of approximately $28,500; accepted the resignation of Monica Gunderson as junior high softball coach; and accepted the first reading of additions to the employee handbook.

The extra meeting issue was first on the agenda. Some counties regularly meet to study issues in a more informal setting than the monthly meetings. Called a committee of the whole or a workshop, the supervisors meet to learn about a specific topic or take a more long-range look at county issues. The meetings could be set up so there are no action items or resolutions to be voted on. Jepsen said the extra meetings could be a chance to report on the outside bodies supervisors are involved with and how they affect the county. Johnson said this would be a place for presentations from other groups, with more time for followup questions and discussion. County Administrator Dana Frey said resolutions could be debated at these meetings, with the resolution votes taking part later at the regular board meetings. This would allow a chance to look at issues in more depth, in an informal setting. If the size of the county board is reduced, that change would not take place until the April 2014 election. However, the county has been discussing a reorganization and possible consolidation of committees. This has been a topic of the organization committee since it was formed in May of 2010. Plans have been presented for a structure with five or six committees with oversight over common areas of interest. It was agreed that this is a topic of interest, regardless of the referendum result. That led to how members are assigned to committees. There had been talk that the county administrator would make committee assignments as part of his statutory duties. Frey laid that item to rest. “If you give me the job of making committee appointments,” Frey said, “my first question will be ‘Who do you want me to appoint?’ A core principle for me is that the elected county board members supervise me, not the alternative.”

Judge decides not to block voter ID law had difficulty obtaining the necessary ID for voting or were unable to obtain an ID. Flanagan said the fact that the law would impose some burden on those people was not in dispute. But he said the impact of that burden was certainly disputed. Flanagan said the people of Wisconsin would be best served by viewing all the evidence in a court trial. Lawyers for the League of Women Voters have filed a separate lawsuit in state court challenging the voter ID law, but say they won’t pursue a temporary injunction. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a third lawsuit trying to overturn the law in federal court.


Crunch time for Grantsburg pool $15,000 in donations needed in one month, school board approves future pool funding by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The long-term future of the Grantsburg village swimming pool looks more secure after the actions of the Grantsburg School Board Monday, Feb. 13. The school board approved adding $25,000 to the next school budget to support the future operations of the pool and donating $5,000 to help meet the $35,000 pool deficit for 2012. With other funding promised or applied for, the village needs to raise an additional $15,000 by March 16 in order to open the pool this summer. The $35,000 includes a $25,000 shortfall as a result of a cut in village pool funding and a new project estimated to cost $10,000. The Farmers Independent Telephone Company may make a grant to cover the project. A donation of $5,000 has been received for the 2012 deficit. The school district donation covers an addi-

tional $5,000, leaving $15,000 to be raised within a month. Village resident John Addison, who is active in the fundraising effort, told the school board and the village board that this is doable. A communitywide drive to raise the money is under way. Part of that has been raised by grade school students who have gathered $500 in pennies to help save the pool.

Background The swimming pool costs $45,000 or more to operate (the 2011 cost was $48,000). User fees, including funds from the school for its summer school program, bring in about $15,000. The village has covered an operating loss of $30,000 for years. This year, the village decided it could only afford to cover $10,000 of the annual expense. Part of the village board feeling is that the pool is used by more than village residents and more people should be paying the costs of operating the pool. A way to spread pool costs to the broader community is to put pool expense on the school district budget. In addition to the long-term operating costs of the pool, there is a more immedi-

ate issue. The pool was not only short the $20,000 paid by the village in the past, but a new federal safety regulation will require the installation of new pool access steps and a lift before the pool opens this year. The cost of the Americans with Disabilities Act compliant changes are an estimated $10,000. In summary, the $50,000 operating cost plus the $10,000 ADA project equals $60,000 in 2012 costs. The village will cover $10,000 and user fees will cover $15,000, leaving a $35,000 shortfall for 2012. The village board has set a deadline of March 16 to find that $35,000 or the pool would not open. As noted, $20,000 of that has been raised or would be coming if the phone company grant is approved.

School board action The school board Monday night acted on both the long-range and immediate pool issues. A motion by board member David Dahlberg authorized donating $5,000 for the 2012 deficit and adding $25,000 to the school levy for future pool operating expenses. The motion was adopted by a vote of six to one with board member Jim Sundquist voting against the

motion. The $5,000 donation will add to a school deficit for the present year, district Administrator Joni Burgin told the board. Burgin said that some current-year projects and expenses have been cut or postponed already. The $5,000 donation is in addition to the budgeted cost of about $5,000 for the summer school lessons that are part of the $15,000 in user fee revenues. The $25,000 addition to the levy would be added to the Community Education Fund (fund 80) and would be added to the district’s 2012-2013 budget for next year, the summer of 2013. The $25,000 includes the $5,000 already being spent for summer school lessons and $20,000 in new expense. A $25,000 increase to the levy would result in $7 in additional property taxes per $100,000 in property value. However, $5,000 of the community education expense would be a shift of funds already being spent, so the additional cost of the school district taking on part of the pool operating deficit would be $4.79 a year per $100,000 in property value, using figures provided by the district.

Centuria gets early look at road project costs Downtown street, utility and light project causes sticker shock

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – Centuria Village Board members may have suffered a bit of sticker shock at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 13. While the preliminary estimates are just that, the downtown revitalization project to redo their roads, underground infrastructure and more, roughly from the Gandy Dancer Trail east to Hwy. 35, came in at over $1 million, with the village’s share at least one-third of that total. The preliminary estimate by MSA Engineering Services came in at approximately $1,085,000, and was the primary topic of discussion at the board meeting, although they took no action and await the final, delineated estimate in March. The project is expected to include new pavement, water and sewer lines, street lighting, and curb and gutters from roughly Polk Avenue to the west, near the trail, to Hwy. 35, a distance of approximately 4.5 blocks along Fourth Street, which is the primary downtown avenue. “Under this plan, the bottom line of our share is $329,000,” stated village President Dave Markert. Several trustees noted the engineering estimates of $100,000, which came as a shock to several board members, although

– Bill Schmidt lic works director, Tony Weinzirl. The board took no action on the matter, but was notably curious on a final MSA estimate. “Safe to say, I think we would like more information on this,” Markert said with a nod.

Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative General Manager Bill Schmidt appeared before the Centuria Village Board on Monday, Feb. 13, noting the firm’s recent streamlining, but desire to be more involved in Centuria’s future. Photo by Greg Marsten the details of that estimate are pending until later this month, and won’t be outlined until the March board meeting. “We should be able to pinpoint what the real numbers are by then,” stated the pub-

In other board business: • General Manger Bill Schmidt of PolkBurnett Electric Cooperative appeared before the board, noting the firm’s recent changes and cost-cutting measures, which did include several employee layoffs, made to keep the utility company “more rate-competitive.” He said they don’t see any more layoffs coming and assured the board that they want to work with the village “in every way possible” to move forward with village projects and said that they are happy to be in Centuria. “We want to help the community thrive,” Schmidt said. “So if you have any ideas, let us know.” PBEC has streamlined their service offerings, which includes selling off their security services, and other recent measures, leading to PBEC’s having vacant space to

offer for rent, some of which has been used by the NorthernBridges operation, which is a long-term care organization for 11 counties in Northwest Wisconsin. That organization serves over 2,000 members with nearly 150 employees at several regional locations. Schmidt also said they have community meeting space available, if needed, for village events in the future. “We want to be more active in the community,” Schmidt said. • Trustee Stan Swiontek outlined the health/sanitation and personnel/law enforcement committee suggestions to make their spring cleanup a more focused event, with special attention to abandoned vehicles and property cleanup. “We want to do it all at once, instead of dragging it out all summer,” Swiontek said. He suggested the police department do their preliminary work now, by noting vehicles with expired registrations or excessive trash on their property, so they can begin to send warning letters out now, with any towing or storage to be done on one or several specific days this spring. Swiontek noted that they will charge the vehicle owners a storage fee if their unregistered vehicles are towed and impounded, and warned residents to get their licenses current. “If you don’t have tabs on it, we will tow it!” he said. The board approved the action unanimously, although the actual cleanup dates have yet to be finalized.

SCF School Board approves reducing grad credits Prom in Stillwater this May by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The school board for St. Croix Falls met Tuesday, Feb. 14, and discussed a request to reduce the number of credits for graduation from 28 to 26. The reasoning was that most districts in the area have a requirement of 26 credits or less. Another factor was that St. Croix Falls had more credits (28) using the previous bock schedule where there were no study halls. Currently, under the eightclass schedule, if a student is in a study hall and is enrolled in seven regular classes, they could not retake a class if they failed a class, and have a study hall during the same semester. This puts at-

risk, students further at-risk because they likely need a study hall. The board discussed the issue at a previous meeting and the motion carried Tuesday to make it official for the 2012-2013 school year to reduce the credits to 26. In other business, the board approved a proposal for the prom to be held in Stillwater, Minn., aboard one of the boats on May 12. The grand march will take place 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the high school gym. The students must board the boat by 7:30 p.m. and it returns at 11:30 p.m. The board approved voluntary practice for middle school students until 5 p.m. on Wednesdays for athletics. The board also approved the summer school dates of June 11 to 29, as well as the 2012-2013 school calendar. The board approved to continue

the early retirement for 2011-2012. The board also approved the FFA trip to Canada for June 10-15. During reports, high school Principal Pete Nusbaum stated the school has again received the Spirit of Excellence Award for Region 1. He stated also that he sent kudos to wrestling coach Dan Clark for the Saints being Lakeland Conference Champions for wrestling and that there are seven wrestlers going on to sectionals Saturday. Nusbaum also added that due to a low audition turnout, there will not be a high school drama production this spring, but plans are to retry in the fall. Middle school Principal Joe Connors reported that the middle school forensics finished up at Unity this week with several students earning blue ribbons. The

sixth-graders attended a math meet in Osceola and took second place. Elementary Principal Jeff Benoy reported that 35 kindergarten students and eight 4K students have been identified as “ready to read.” A reading program will be put into place for those two grade levels. Board President Mona Schmidt stated she initially did not file for re-election due to illness she had in December. She has since picked up papers to run as a write-in candidate. Schmidt added that she supports board member Brent McCurdy on running for another term, and added she was not running because of anyone else who had filed, and she wanted to let the board know.

Enrollment up for UW’s online associate degree program by Noah Ovshinsky Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Spring enrollment for the University of Wisconsin’s online associate degree program is up more than 15 percent compared to the same time last year. The UW online program offers the same associate degree as the one earned on campus. According to the university, stu-

dents from all 50 states are enrolled. David Brigham directs the program. He says for students, flexibility is one of the biggest selling points. “They can continue at their job, they can do their child-care responsibilities, meet all their community responsibilities and then very often after 9 or so they can take the time to advance themselves by study-

ing online,” he says. Enrollment as of Feb. 3 was just under 2,000. That’s a 16-percent increase over the same time last year. This growth is part of what Brigham calls a nationwide trend. He says adults and traditional-age students are adapting to a knowledge-based economy. “Many of them are turning toward edu-

cation and realizing that education is the way to advance their careers,” he says. The program is proving to be so successful Brigham says he expects to add staff this year. The classes with the highest enrollment include composition, algebra and introductory psychology.


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worked together on them [inventions] quite a bit.” Darrell liked things to make sense and that meant a constant passion for tinkering, which paid off in his work as a machinist, where he made his living fixing things for a variety of firms across the Midwest, where he was known for dozens of innovations, inventions and enhanced or outright improved machinery. “It was about fixing what was broken, so it worked easier and better,” Rosalie said. That tinkering also led to a passion in the last two decades for local history.

Almost a war project

The history bug

Rosalie recalls standing with Darrell and the late Violet Kennedy in her front yard, shortly before her death in the 1990s, as she told of her dream to have an education center on the former mill site, which Darrell learned had an entire village at one time. “It became Darrell’s last hurrah,” Rosalie said, and the educational building not only became a legacy for several local conservationists, it brought cooperation to new levels. The 30-foot-square log building project was dedicated with much fanfare in 2007, noted for its volunteer-based completion, as well as its use of local county forest lum-

Darrell Kittleson at the 2009 Museum addition dedication. – Photos submitted Darrell and Rosalie Kittleson, emceeing a Memorial Day program at the Polk County Museum. ber and entirely donated materials. Rosalie said the Kennedy Mill project was not only a remarkable example of taking ownership, it gave Darrell “the bug for history.” His immersion in the Kennedy Mill history dovetailed with his later focus on the historic 1899 Polk County Museum in Balsam Lake, where Darrell was the former director, a role Rosalie would take over and continue for a decade later until her recent retirement. The duo combined their efforts to build a three-story addition with elevator for the former courthouse, which was dedicated on July 5, 2009, with local and state elected officials praising the combined efforts and fundraising efforts. “When Darrell had a project, he saw it through until the end,” Debbie Peterson said. “Darrell was a ‘get-it-done’ kind of guy, which was evidenced in the projects he took on,” stated Sue Mathews, Polk County Information director. “Whether it be the huge project of the D.D. Kennedy Park, the Renewable Energy Committee, the Polk County Museum or if I needed a volunteer for a sport show, he always got the job done.”

The extinct beast

Kittleson’s latest passion happened almost accidentally in 2009, when noted archeologist and historian Marlin Hawley, along with Matt Hill of Iowa State University and Chris Widga of the Illinois State Museum, happened to call the Polk County Historical Society about background for the Interstate Park bison site. “Darrell got back in touch with me almost immediately,” Hawley recalled. “He said he didn’t have much on the Interstate Park site, but that he had a friend who knew where the Nye bison site was located.” That site was discovered by accident in 1934 near Nye and may have been one of the biggest paleontological finds ever locally, including extinct flavors of bison and numerous other species. But no one knew exactly where the find originated. Darrell coordinated an expedition with Hawley, Hill and several local historians, scientists and a St. Croix Chippewa tribal official to find the site in June

2010. “This was a big deal in and of itself. We now knew a great deal more about the site setting and, thus, could start to think about site formation and preservation issues. In archaeology and paleontology, these are very important,” Hawley said. “But Darrell was not content to leave it at that.” “... he didn’t suffer fools well.” Kittleson again took the bison bone project to heart and used every effort he had to see that the mothballed, unstudied collection of hundreds of bones and fragments be returned to Wisconsin, and the Polk County Museum, from the Bell Museum of Natural History in St. Paul, Minn. Despite being diagnosed with cancer at almost the same time in 2009, Darrell moved forward with the bison bone project, even calling on friends in high places of government to make the rusty machines of bureaucracy move again. “Darrell gave generously of his time, and his legacy will live on in the projects he was passionate about, including the development of Kennedy Park and bringing ‘home’ bison bones to Wisconsin and Polk County,” stated Sen. Harsdorf, R-River Falls, who knew Darrell for many years. “He will be missed.” Hawley notes that in spite of health issues over several years, “He lived long enough to reap part of the reward,” as the Bell Museum turned over the collection to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoology Museum in just the last few weeks. Darrell was hard to ignore and was noted for his bluntness on occasion, which also was quite effective. “The thing I liked most about Darrell was that he didn’t suffer fools well,” Polk County Board Chairman William Johnson IV said. “If Darrell thought someone was out of line or on the wrong side of an issue, he didn’t go all politically correct, he let you know what he thought.” The bison bone return was a glowing example of that bluntness, and because of Darrell, gears turned, machines moved for the first time in decades, action occurred where it hadn’t. “Through his efforts, the bones from the Nye site will now be among the best-studied bison bones from a site east of the Mississippi River,” Hawley said. “We wouldn’t know the site location, and we would not have the kind of access to the bones that we now have.”

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Years ago, Kittleson’s parents were very involved in the historic Barron County Pioneer Village, which led to Darrell and Rosalie also volunteering at the re-created vintage village as a couple for many years. That historic setting led to his involvement closer to home, in Polk County, where he became involved with the D.D. Kennedy environmental outdoor classroom project. “Darrell was one of the original organizers of the Friends of Kennedy Park,” recalled Polk County Parks and Buildings Director Debbie Peterson. “He worked on many maintenance projects at the Kennedy Park, but the most significant one was getting the education center built. He raised funds and got donations to build the building.” That park project became a combined local effort, based on the long-range plans of former Polk County conservationist Jerry Thompson. It had Kittleson working alongside a diverse spectrum of volunteers from the Polk County Sportsmen’s Club and others, including Army Sgt. 1st Class Dan Gabrielson, who alongside Darrell was instrumental in bringing the park project to fruition, as it became a true training operation for the Army Reserve Engineering Company from Ellsworth. The reservists set up camp on the site for 80 men and women while they took a week to do site work, set and assemble an 82-foot-long wooden bridge over the Balsam Branch River, as well as develop and sculpt the parkland as though it was a war scenario - while giving updates to Ellsworth from a radio station they set up at the Kittleson’s home nearby. “Darrell was so excited over all of this!” Rosalie said. “People came out of the woodwork to see that park get developed! It even got recognized by President George Bush [Senior] as an example environmental project.” Gabrielson would later become one of the first local soldiers to perish in Iraq in 2003, which Darrell took to heart. Maybe his death lit another spark in him, as the park became something for Darrell to make even better, as an ongoing effort, building on the dreams of the former state Assemblyman D.D. Kennedy and later, Violet Kennedy, to have an environmental classroom on the site.

Darrell spearheaded numerous projects that few others would dare take on, and he did it with aplomb, casting a broad and diverse shadow, indeed. From the Kennedy Mill project(s) to the bison bones to inventions to the Polk County Sesquicentennial and the energy fair, where he led the original charge, even highlighting it with an electric scooter he built for his father so he could get the mail after an injury. His Convert-a-Clamp patent was even featured in last month’s Farm Show magazine. “It was Darrell‘s vision that got the Polk County Energy Fair off the ground,” said fair Director Jeff Peterson. “We’ll be dedicating this year’s third-annual fair to his memory.” As much as he loved Polk County, he also loved to travel, taking extensive trips to Alaska and Oregon in recent years, often to chase his own family history, but making sure he took pictures, notes and stories home, as well. His most recent foray to Lake Superior, one of his favorites, was a fitting finale, and Rosalie noted that even when he was fading, he remained positive. “He was a thumbs-up kind of guy with his doctors,” Rosalie said with a sigh. “He was a fighter, a giant fighter.” The retired machinist, engineer, inventor and historian passed away last week at the age of 70 from cancer. But even in his waning weeks, he was tinkering and staying involved and active, even going hunting with his granddaughter, Taylor, last fall for the first time, resulting in a prized, grand deer, which jokingly became a giant “87pointer” during a eulogy by one of his other granddaughters, Patricia. “Darrell was a wonderful guy who was committed to making a difference in his community,” Harsdorf stated. “His love of people and gentle spirit made him great to work with. I feel fortunate to call him a friend.” Many local people echoed that sentiment in recent days, often for vastly different reasons. “Legacy? Darrell leaves a big one,” Johnson stated simply.


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Plans emerge for new cooperative store by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – Village of Milltown trustees voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with a new Tax Incremental Funding district on the northeast end of the village on the south side of Hwy. 35, roughly between the Gandy Dancer Trail and the highway, on both sides of Stokley Road. The board approve a resolution adopting the TID No. 4 project plan and boundaries at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, with planner Patrick Beilfuss of Cedar Corporation also revealing the plans for a proposed Countryside Cooperative retail store on the site, after a dilapidated canning building is razed. Beilfuss noted that there were no comments registered against the TIF addition at a Jan. 30 public hearing, and he also said that while they approved the boundaries for the new district, they are able to make eligible improvements for up to a 1.5 miles in any direction, as long as it benefits the TID. There are a few possible minor issues to be resolved before the TIF district is finalized, as it must undergo the scrutiny of the joint review board, which is made up of organizations that may be adversely affected by the TIF, such as school districts. “Then we send it to the state for approval,” Beilfuss said. Countryside Cooperative is still finalizing the site plan, and there are a few abandoned water lines and easement issues to be cleared up, but the TIF should likely be finalized by this spring, which should jibe well with any construction. In other board business:

• Steve Schaffer of Schaffer Manufacturing appeared before the board to appeal for more available development land in the Milltown Industrial Park. There is some vacant and adjacent land, but it is part of the parcel used for Arrow Building Center, which one day hopes to expand onto the property. “We’ve expanded by 20,000 square feet and we’re already using it up,” Schaffer said. He noted that the firm does have some excess property at their Centuria Industrial Park location, but they are hoping to keep that for potential future expansion, as well. Milltown Village President LuAnn White assured Schaffer they will find some land for them, somehow. “We will continue to work on this, and we will find you some land,” she stated with a nod. The board took no action on the matter. • The board denied a request for a $300 donation to the National Child Safety Council, primarily because the village has been very involved in their own Kids’ Night Out, which is locally supported and growing every year, but faces its own funding issues. “Our Kids Night Out costs roughly $2,000 to put on,” said Police Chief Andy Anderson. “It’s hard to get that support in this economy. But it grows every year in attendance.” The board moved to apply the money to their own event, instead of donating it to the council, which follows past village practice. • Village public works director Rick Fisher noted that the village water testing did have a positive bacteria sample last week, which led to the village having to chlorinate their water for a spell. He said it should be back to normal by now.

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Eureka to continue gopher bounty and recycling program to improve the gopher bounty program and to identify other sources of revenue to increase the bounty to previous levels,” stated Swanson. Anyone with ideas on how to improve the gopher bounty program or wanting additional information is urged to contact Swanson, Supervisor Roger Johnson, Jacobs or town clerk Michelle Tonnar. The town board agreed to reinstate the recycling program in Eureka. “The recycling program will continue without a monitor,” stated Swanson, “and we will be relying on our citizens to self-police the site to prevent unwanted dumping.” It costs the town money to remove and dispose of the trash that is illegally dumped at the site. “All towns are experiencing budget constraints at this time,” commented Johnson. “We are doing everything possible to maintain programs that help our residents even though budgets are limited.” Details for the recycling program are being determined. Dates, times and location change, if any, will be posted in the town’s Web site:, or people can contact the town clerk for details. – submitted

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TOWN OF EUREKA - At its February monthly meeting, the Eureka Town Board agreed to continue paying a bounty for pocket and striped gophers for the coming year. “Polk County is no longer providing reimbursement to the towns for trapping gophers,” stated Chairman Kyle Swanson. “Because the county ended its reimbursement program to the towns, Eureka will not be able to pay as much as in the past for trapped gophers.“ “Gophers, especially pocket gophers, create a lot of damage in the paved roads, shoulders and adjoining fields,” commented Supervisor Steve Jacobs. The town board agreed that this is a beneficial program that needs to continue, setting the new reimbursement rates at $2 for pocket gophers and 75 cents for striped gophers. There are also a few changes to how the bounty reimbursement process will work this year. The town board is requiring anyone interested in trapping gophers for the bounty to preregister with the town. The town board also decided that all payments for gophers will be mailed out the week following the monthly town meeting. “The town board will be exploring ways





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HHS and the so-called compromise Dear readers, do not allow our current presidential administration to pull the wool over your eyes. When the Health and Human Services introduced their new rule that would require employers to provide free birth control that includes the day after pill and Ella, either of which will take the life of a newborn child, it was a bold declaration of war upon Christianity. Wisely, the Catholics and others like my church body, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, spoke out against it. (That letter can be found at Realizing the loud religious backlash, it resulted in them deciding to make a “compromise.” The problem is now they think each of us is not smart enough to figure out that this administration has still placed the burden of payment upon church bodies members who also reject contraception and birth control means. The only thing that has occurred is the burden of the sin. Abortion is not health care but health kill, as it has led and continues to lead to the death of many innocent children. This is not a compromise. This is a gimmick. It is still a pathway to death and an

infringement upon the separation of church and state. This is not a Roman Catholic problem. It is a Christian problem. Once the government starts to tell any part of the Christian church what they can and cannot do (yes, including our insurance providers), where will it stop? Protect your right to the freedom of religion. Protect the right to life and do not accept this policy. Contact your representatives to let them know you do not support this policy. The Rev. Gerald Heinecke Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Webster Trinity Lutheran Church Danbury

Kindness Life is ever so busy these days, yet two strangers took time out of Jan. 23 to pull my truck from the ditch. My thanks to John from Georgetown and Mr. silvergray pickup pulling a trailer. Your willingness to lend a hand turned my day gone wrong into gratitude and smiles. Such kindness will come back to you! Marina Andrews Luck

• Area news at a glance • Forest fire in Superior

SUPERIOR – A forest fire in south Superior was extinguished by about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, according to Superior Fire Battalion Chief Scott Gordon. Firefighters responded to a report of a grass fire east of Hammond Avenue and south of North 37th Street at about 2:15 p.m. “With no snow cover and a strong west wind, it was able to really move,” Gordon said. As the grass fire approached stands of popple in the area, Superior called in additional support from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff at Pattison State Park and the Town of Superior’s volunteer fire department. The west wind was pushing the fire east, and Gordon said firefighters fought to keep the flames from crossing the Nemadji River and advancing into a heavily wooded area on the other side. The fire burned across about 10 acres of land, causing damage to trees and vegetation, but no structures were involved. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. - Duluth News-Tribune/Superior Telegram

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Eau Claire’s Bon Iver wins two Grammy awards

EAU CLAIRE -A band that got its start in Eau Claire had a big night at the 54th-annual Grammy Awards Sunday evening, Feb. 12. Bon Iver can now call itself a Grammyaward-winning band. They won two Grammy awards. They beat out the likes of Nicki Minaj and the Band Perry for the best new artist of the year award. They also won best alternative music album for their self-titled album, Bon Iver Bon Iver. Bon Iver was founded in 2007 by Eau Claire native Justin Vernon. Vernon thanked family, friends, bands he’s toured with and the city of Eau Claire during his acceptance speech. -

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HAYWARD - Seeley resident Robert Olson, whose father was renowned author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson, has donated the 100-acre Uhrenholdt estate in Seeley to Northland College, whose campus houses the distinguished Sigurd F. Olson Environmental Institute. The donated property is located between Seeley and Peterson Road to the north and east-west between the Namekagon River and the former railroad right of way. Olson said that the donation is a way of retaining its historic legacy as an original and well-preserved Danish immigrant household. “The property has been in the Olson/Uhrenholdt family for 113 years. The original homestead, barns and outbuildings have been kept and maintained in their original appearance and become a regional landmark,” Olson said. - Full story in Sawyer County Record

Drummer on board

Rep. Erik Severson (28th District) Room 6 North State Capitol Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628 Rep. Roger RIvard (75th District) State Capitol Room 307 North P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323

Sen. Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 415 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-7745 • 715-232-1390 Toll-free - 800-862-1092 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 8 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708

SOMERSET - It’s about that time, when people long to take a vacation somewhere warm and exciting. Jay Bodin, 38, a former Somerset Public Library intern, has a job that gives him just that. Bodin, a Hudson resident, is currently performing as a drummer on the Oasis of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Right now, he’s somewhere between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas, St. Martin, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. Bodin has been a musician since he was about 10 years old. He’s substituted on Broadway shows, played six nights a week with a jazz band in Switzerland and eventually was given the opportunity to perform on a cruise ship. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing on the sea for Bodin, though. On his first voyage on a small, 600-passenger ship in 2001, Bodin experienced a severe storm at sea while the ship traveled from New Zealand to Australia. “It was an absolutely massive storm. The ship rocked so violently it knocked everything over. It knocked the piano into the drum set. The drum set was completely crushed,” Bodin said. “If we would have been there (performing), we would have been severely hurt or killed. Luckily, they canceled the shows at night because it was too rough — which is something they rarely do.” The ship was stranded at sea for three days, unable to reach a port. “We had to tie ourselves to our bunks so we didn’t fall out,” he recalled. - Full story in New Richmond News (

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• Letters to the editor • Desperate After reading the letter to the editor by John Walkosz in the Feb. 8 Leader, I couldn’t help but wonder. If he is so convinced that Gov. Walker’s supporters are still in the majority, why is he afraid of a one-onone contest between Walker and a legitimate Democratic contender. Instead, he is urging Walker backers to write in Scott Walker’s name in the Democratic primary, figuring that the legitimate Democratic vote will be split between four other candidates, and that Walker will therefore be able to steal that election. That’s perfectly legal, I guess, but it strikes me as a bit desperate. Running Republicans in Democratic primaries seems to have become a favorite ploy for Republicans, and pours gasoline on the fire of hostility that has become so intense now between the two parties. If I were Walkosz, I would not be so confident that the success of his prescribed methods would represent a victory for “the good guys.” David Almlie Frederic

Both sides, with facts I was raised with the motto “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” I believe this should also be true in politics. In one of last week’s letters to the editor, a writer encouraged Republicans to attend the Democratic pri-

Job creation is job one Following the challenging economy and historic job losses that have occurred in recent years, the focus of the legislative majorities this session has been on encouraging job creation and getting people back to work. While significant reforms and initiatives were acted on during two special sessions on jobs, legislative proposals are continuing to be developed and passed with the goal of helping grow our economy. We are seeing positive results from these efforts, as Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest it has been since December 2008. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Wisconsinites working has increased by over 21,000 since December 2010. The role of small businesses and the private sector as job creators is critical in putting Wisconsin citizens back to work.

maries and write in Walker’s name, implying it doesn’t matter how you participate in politics as long as your candidate wins. I signed the petition to recall Gov. Walker because of how he plays the game of politics, and each time I read about another pending investigation, I believe I made the right decision. After reading another letter to the editor, I appreciated Gary King’s editorial on the WCIJ. I would like to see the Leader print more articles that respectfully present both sides of the issues, backed by facts. It’s time for us to educate ourselves about both sides of the issue and encourage all politicians to play an open, honest “win-win” game of politics. Patti Hurd Siren

Playing with words A letter from Maude Dahlberg, Feb. 8 Leader suggested that 1) former Burnett County Circuit Judge, now Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Gableman did not receive free legal services; 2) his lawyer was retained on a standard contingency fee (lawyer gets paid if he wins); 3) Gableman therefore need not recuse himself from cases brought by his lawyer’s firm; 4) Gableman is being politically persecuted. Instant replay: The Wisconsin Judicial Commission found Gableman guilty of SCR 60.06(3)(c) Code of Judicial Conduct


Harsdorf 10th District Senate As the growth of jobs in the private sector is vital for a growing economy, legislative action can help improve the business climate to be more conducive to job growth and economic development. State policies can help encourage expansion of existing businesses and draw job creators to our state. Since we started our efforts to improve Wisconsin’s business climate, our state’s national ranking jumped 17 places, from 41st to 24th, according to one business publication. Our state has also improved in rankings by CNBC, Forbes, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

violation for lying in a campaign ad. Cases against judges go to the Supreme Court where Gableman’s six colleagues split 3 to 3 on his guilt. He’d owe his lawyer $100,000 (estimated)* if he’d won, but the “contingency” limited the fee to what the state would reimburse. The Judicial Commission may reimburse a judge up to $5,000; any more needs legislative approval. Only once has a Wisconsin judge requested legal fee reimbursement: the Judicial Commission paid $2,000, Legislature refused any more, and the judge paid over $8,000 out of pocket. Contingency fees are standard in personal injury claims, but never has a Wisconsin judge hired legal defense for a contingency fee. Judicial ethics prohibit judges from accepting gifts from those who are likely to appear before them. I wonder how Gableman will repay the law firm who lost $100,000 on his case? Those who don’t call this a gift are playing with words. They got him off. He’s still on the Supreme Court. So far, it’s only cost him his reputation. * alue-of-gablemans-legal-services-disputed-ql3k71n-136492243.html Norman Jensen Madison and Siren

They got it right They got it right! In trial last week, Donnie Sundvall was cleared of all charges. In any county, going to court does not always mean that justice will be meted out. Rural economic development is also a crucial issue in our area, which is why I authored legislation to make it easier for dairy cooperative members to receive tax incentives when their cooperative modernizes or expands their facilities. This bill addresses a concern raised by a dairy cooperative in our area and will better enable cooperative members to receive the credit. This bill, Senate Bill 260, recently passed out of committee and is now available for a vote in the Senate. Additionally, proposals included in the Governor’s Wisconsin Working plan have been approved that would create a pilot program called Wisconsin Wins. This pilot program would offer voluntary on the job training to those receiving unemployment benefits with the goal of placing job seekers directly into the workplace. Assembly Bill 450 and Senate Bill 352 have been passed by legislative committees and are now available for a vote

But here in Polk County, a jury of his peers used lots of common sense, heard the real truth and decided it is not illegal to defend one’s own property against a bear on your own doorstep. (Several calves were killed). Most hunters and farmers I know agree that a bear that gets a warm, tasty meal, will be back. Many of our DNR officials are quick to point out that the public needs to learn to live with wildlife. I believe that common sense needs to prevail in all circumstances ... thank you, jury members. Sandy Hibbs Rural Luck


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Woman airlifted from scene of Hwy. 35 crash north of Luck Rear-ended cargo truck crushes woman’s Chevrolet by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – A woman had to be extricated and airlifted after a high-speed rear-end collision on Hwy. 35, north of Luck at CTH B/270th Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The accident closed the roadway for over two hours. The crash occurred at 9:46 a.m. in the northbound lane of Hwy. 35, when a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Sarah Bach, 26, Osceola, failed to avoid an Isuzu cargo truck that was stopped and turning left in front of her. She impacted the rear of the truck and both vehicles came to rest in the traffic lanes. Bach was trapped and injured in the Lumina, requiring extrication by Luck and Frederic Fire emergency workers. The driver of the cargo truck, Kyle Wolf, 23, Menomonie, was not injured in the crash. Traffic was detoured or disrupted for over two hours as Bach was extricated from the crushed Chevrolet. She was then transported by air ambulance from the scene to a Twin Cities hospital. Bach’s condition is unknown, but she was expected to survive. The Wisconsin State Patrol assisted the Polk County Sheriff’s Department with the postcrash motor carrier inspection. - with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

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A woman had to be extricated and airlifted after a high-speed rear-end collision on Hwy. 35, north of Luck at CTH B/270th Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The accident closed the roadway for over two hours. - Photo below by Priscilla Bauer, other photos submitted



Board denies Luck woman’s claim for damages Golf course staff hired by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Following the recommendation of the village insurance company, the Luck Village Board last Wednesday, Feb. 8, denied a claim from a woman whose garage was damaged after a tree fell on it. Lori Zindars was asking that the village reimburse her $500, the amount of her insurance deductible, to pay for damages caused when a tree from the villageowned John Haukeness Wildlife Preserve fell on her garage last May. Once the reimbursement was received from the village, Zindars said in a letter to village Administrator Kristina Handt, she would then pay the village the $500 she still owes for having the curb by her property fixed. The damage to her garage, said Zindars, was $1,200, of which $700 was covered by her insurance. Cost of the curb was $585, and Zindars submitted $85 with her letter to Handt. “I have a $500 deductible on my insurance,” Zindars wrote, “and would like to be reimbursed that amount. And then I will pay the $500 balance on the curb.” Statewide Services, the village insurance carrier, recommended that the board deny the claim because it was not made within 120 days of the damage, as required by state statute. The damage was done in May, but the claim was not made until November. In a letter to Zindars from Statewide informing her of the recommended denial, claim director Sheila McGraw stated, “Untimely notice bars you from making a claim against a municipal entity.” Hirings The board approved the hiring of a superintendent and a clubhouse manager for the 2012 season at the Luck Municipal Golf Course.

golf. Matusiak also started her job Monday, Feb. 13. Her biweekly wage was set at $1,400 and is expected to be $26,600 to $28,000 for the season. The position was initially offered to an individual who had more experience, said Handt. That individual accepted the job but then took a different job elsewhere. Both positions are considered full-time, seasonal employees.

Susan Matusiak (L) has been hired as the clubhouse manager for the Luck Municipal Golf Course and Kevin Clunis (R) as the golf course superintendent. - Photos by Greg Marsten A dozen or so resumes were received for the position of golf course superintendent, Handt informed the board, and the golf course commission recommended the hiring of Kevin Clunis. The village board, with Trustees Hassan Mian and Phil Warhol absent, approved the recommendation. He started the job Monday, Feb. 13, at a biweekly salary of $1,500. The position will run until the end of the golf season, typically sometime between October and November. Clunis is a regular to the area who has golfed at Luck many times, including when it was a nine-hole course, Handt informed the board. He has been a certified golf course superintendent since 1994 and has nearly 30 years’ experience working at golf courses. His experience includes Tanners Brook,

St. Croix National, Stillwater Country Club, Wedgewood Valley Golf Club and Bristol Ridge Golf Club. He has been active in the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America and Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association. Total budget impact for the position in 2012 would be $28,500 to $30,000, depending on how long the season lasts. The clubhouse manager position was created in December, at the recommendation of the golf commission. About a dozen resumes were received for this position as well, said Handt. Hired for that position was Susan Matusiak, who recently moved back to the Luck community to be near family. She has extensive experience in management, marketing and customer service, said Handt, is familiar with Luck and loves

Library report Jill Glover, head librarian at the Luck Public Library, presented year-end statistics for 2011 showing extensive use of the library. The most popular items at the library, she said, are the six public-access computers, which were checked out 22,603 times in 2011. Another 47,860 items including books, CDs, audio books and DVDs were also checked out. This included more than 19,000 books, 15,000 DVDs, 3,000 paperbacks and 2,600 audio books. Of the 1,100 or so residents of the village, said Glover, 855 hold a Luck Library card. The library itself owns 12,424 books in print, along with 808 audio books and music CDs, and 2,136 DVDs and video cassettes. It also holds subscriptions to 32 different magazines. Through the database Media Overdrive, patrons have access to nearly 18,000 ebooks for use on Kindles, Nooks and other digital devises. The library currently has one full-time and one part-time staff, and three volunteers who each spend a day a week at the library. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City to spend $113,885 on water tower repair and paint

Approves $6,000 for update of auditorium designs by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – It wasn’t a cheap night for the city of St. Croix Falls at the Monday, Feb. 13, council meeting. An agenda item that was previously discussed came before the board in the form of bids. The project for those bids is the East Pine Street water tower repair and painting. The repair is to the dry riser tube in the water tower. It has been spot welded, but it needs repair before it could tilt and release contaminated water. Mike Bryant, water and sewer superintendent, sent out a request for proposals and collected several bids for the repair to the dry riser as well as painting the water tower. The painting is the heftier of the bids, but is necessary to ensure the safety and quality of the water the tower holds. Another included cost is for reserve tanks to run water to the big-box stores that rely on the East Pine Street water tower while it is down for repair and painting. The breakdown of the low bids for a total of $113,885 for the project is as follows: $3,000 to KLM for engineering (inspection); $9,686 to Municipal Well and Pump for mobilized reserve tanks; $4,650 for the repair to the dry riser; and $99,235 for painting the tower. The council approved the bids with a unanimous roll call vote, Councilman Debra Kravig was absent. The money will come from the city water fund to cover the project. City Administrator Joel Peck advised the council to pay for it now with water funds rather than borrow, but also advised the council that the water and sewer funds should be healthier. While the expense was a large amount for the city council to approve, the council and the city staff determined it was a necessary expense to ensure water quality and reliability for the city. Auditorium building In other business, the council approved a proposal by Bob Claybaugh, architect, to revise the report on the Auditorium build-

ing. The city owns the building and has recently acquired the neighboring Falls Five building. The design proposal by Claybaugh done in the past for the Auditorium was done before the city acquired the Falls Five building. The proposal from Claybaugh was to revise the architectural study including the neighboring Falls Five building and how it relates to plans for the Auditorium. The cost for this work was $6,000. It was noted that the council budgeted $12,000 in the Auditorium building budget and that was due mainly to having a cushion if the boiler had issues. The boiler has worked well during the mild winter, and the council determined the $6,000 was better spent in revising the building design study through Claybaugh. Councilman Brian Blesi stated that after finding out that there was a sold-out house at the Auditorium over the weekend for a music series, and that several of these types of events are planned, the Auditorium is a viable attraction for the city and that it needs a little more investment to help further its possibilities. The council approved the motion with a roll call vote with all in favor. The remainder of the meeting did not involve the expenditure of funds, but a request for funds was made by the Lions Club. The park and rec committee report was given by Councilman Paul Kuhlman. He stated that the committee is looking at developing a rain garden for south Lions Park to help catch water runoff from going into the river while providing an aesthetic appearance for people entering the city from Hwy. 87. Kuhlman stated that the protection of the river is important as well as having the main entrances into the city looking appealing to residents and visitors. He stated that the work could be volunteer and the plantings are native grasses with deep-root systems that would require little maintenance. The total cost is about $6,000, and there is money in the park and rec fund for this project. Blesi asked Kuhlman if the committee looked at all project needs in the city and if they ranked this project as the top of the list. Kuhlman stated the committee essentially did do that. There was no action taken at this time; the matter was presented during reports of commit-

tees portion of the meeting. Lions Club representative Steve Jensen addressed the council on the matter during public comments. Jensen stated that a year ago he came to the council for help in getting a handicapped fishing pier at the Lions Park. Jensen stated, “I was told there was no money.” “There wasn’t then,” Blesi replied. Jensen continued, “The rain garden is a good idea, but we have people in our community and outside of the community that can only access being on the water through a fishing pier. It’s grant application time again, and if I can’t list parties that are willing to help fund this project, which by last year’s numbers was around $10,000, I can’t apply.” Jensen stated the grant application is asking for a guarantee for funds. The Lions Club is asking for $4,000 for the pier

from the city. Jensen stated the Lions are the group that is willing to help with the rain garden and any plans including one, but he felt the pier was a more beneficial project. Jensen added he was not asking the council for money now, but to let them know in the future that he will be coming back. Jensen also stated that this year is the 60th anniversary of the Lions Club, and that next year will be the 60th anniversary of the Lions Park. The council also approved a mutual aid contract for fire with Hudson. The aid refers to high rescue, rock falls and bridge emergencies. The council also approved a beer license for the beer garden at the Polk County Fair this summer. Also approved was a separate beer ring for a cattle sorting event that takes place during the fair.

Lions donate to public library

Luck Lions President Tom Levi presents a check to Luck Public Library’s Jill Glover for large-print books. – Photo submitted


Legal and law enforcement issues

Concealed carry

by Boyd Sutton Special to the Leader STATEWIDE – When you signed your application for a Wisconsin concealed carry permit you affirmed that you “understand where I am prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon” and “understand [Wisconsin law] on self-defense of persons, property and the use of force.” But do you really? And do you know what to do if you are carrying a concealed handgun and are stopped by the police? What do you do if you have drawn your gun—even if no shots were fired—to ward off a threat? What do you do if you shot someone? The vast majority of people who legally carry a concealed weapon will never have to use it, but if you do, you’d better understand what to do next. Your life, and whether you spend time in prison, may depend on the steps you take in the immediate aftermath of a shooting—even one that seems fully justified. Some will encounter law enforcement officers under routine circumstances—a traffic stop, for example, or a sobriety checkpoint, or as a bystander who witnessed a fight, a robbery, or some other event that causes a deputy to question you. Understanding how to act and what to say, or not say, is critical to your safety and staying out of jail. What to expect during police encounters When I first became interested in Wisconsin’s new CC law, I started paying attention to Internet forums and Facebook pages where CC advocates hang out. I was struck by two universal themes. First, the overwhelming majority assert that they carry because they are determined to be able to protect themselves and their families from criminals who pay no attention to carry restrictions. “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away,” they repeat over and over. Second, a disturbingly large number do not see law enforcement officers as their friends. Instead, they expect harassment from a “justice” system that — in their words — “affords criminals with more rights than victims” and sees handguns carried by private citizens as an almost entirely negative thing. Because of the actions of a few misguided law enforcement officers and gun-negative policies in most urban areas of central and southeast Wisconsin, CC and open carry advocates have many horror stories that support this view. So there is a lot of angst among new CC permit holders regarding how law enforcement will treat them. That was near the top of the issues I set out to address when beginning this series. Happily, I can say that all of the law enforcement officers I interviewed for this series in Polk and Burnett counties say they support concealed carry. We discussed several scenarios and training issues affecting law enforcement and CC permit holders. Permit holders who follow the rules and act appropriately during an encounter with law enforcement officers are very likely to be pleasantly surprised, not harassed. Remember, a thorough police investigation and prosecutor’s review is essential to absolving the shooter of criminal liability and can also help with civil liability. Permit holders should want a thorough investigation.

begins in Wisconsin Boyd Sutton What to do during police encounter 1. Show your empty hands. Keep your hands on the steering wheel during a police stop; open, palms up, in front of you if not in a car. Do not reach for your wallet, a cell phone, your shirt pocket, or the glove compartment. If it’s dusk or dark, turn on an interior light in the car. Wait for the officer’s instructions and follow them exactly. The officer wants to go home to family and so do you. 2. If you are carrying your concealed weapon, immediately volunteer this information to the officer. Then follow instructions. Do not reach for your permit and driver’s license until directed to do so by the officer. Do not make any sudden or undirected moves. 3. If you have been involved in a shooting and can safely do so, secure your weapon. Put it back in the holster. Put it on the ground or on a table and move away from it — before the police arrive. You don’t want to be mistaken for the bad guy. If you are still covering an assailant as the police arrive, put one hand in the air and slowly place the gun on the ground. Immediately tell them you are the victim, point out the bad guy after you’ve put your gun down. There are differing views regarding what if anything, you should say to the police at that time. There are lots of resources online that discuss the what-tosay issue. Look them up and read them carefully. Many sources provide a small card to carry in your wallet with your CC permit that suggests what to say during a 911 call and once the police arrive. Find one of these cards and use it. Cooperate with police, but say very little until your lawyer arrives to advise you. It follows that, if you carry, you should have identified a lawyer in advance who supports the Second Amendment and concealed carry and who agrees to represent you. Carry his name and number on that little card. I’ll provide some links at the end of this article to help you find such an attorney. Mine is Mark Biller, Balsam Lake. Knowing the law You can’t! It’s that simple. The law pertaining to self-defense and use of lethal force is governed by statute and case law. Even lawyers have a hard time keeping up. Police need regular refresher courses. Ordinary citizens can — and should — do a lot of reading (see links below) but don’t rely on your reading. Consider pooling resources with some friends to have a lawyer give you a one- or twohour seminar on key points and to answer questions. Let me illustrate the legal problem this way. John R. Lott, Jr. stated in his book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” that 98 percent of all incidents involving self-defense with a gun are resolved merely by revealing that you have one or by drawing it to show that you are prepared to defend yourself. In simple English, that’s called brandishing. But, in the law, brandishing has a more specific meaning and it is illegal—with exceptions. I spent many hours researching this issue. If brandishing causes 98 percent of attacks to be broken off without a shooting. Why is it illegal? Because the law makes some exceptions to allow it. Florida’s law — a concealed carry state for more than 20 years —

makes the exceptions clear. Wisconsin’s law does not — at least to me or to anyone I consulted. Interestingly, brandishing is not mentioned once in the student manual produced by the Wisconsin Department of Justice as a guide for concealed carry instruction. What does this mean for people who legally carry a concealed handgun? You might act in good faith to defend yourself by means short of shooting an assailant and still find yourself in trouble with the law. But ignorance of the law is no excuse. So do as much as you can to understand it as it applies to concealed carry, self-defense and the use of deadly force. I’m not at all sure that private businesses and citizens understand the legal implications of a decision to declare their premises a no-guns zone. It is a feel-good measure that does not make the business or town any safer. In fact, an argument can be made that it makes the town less safe and increases the business’s risk of liability. • Studies have consistently shown that concealed carry reduces violent crime and saves lives, and that legally armed citizens are safe and responsible. See, for example, a study by the CATO Institute released earlier this month, “Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens,” at pub_id=14031. • Requiring a CC permit holder to remove and store a gun while shopping at a particular store leads to one of three things: He avoids the store and shops somewhere else; he ignores the posting and shops there anyhow, which is illegal; or he goes to his vehicle, takes the gun out, and stores it there while he’s shopping. This last course makes his vehicle a prime target for thieves and is one reason that several law enforcement officers conclude that no-gun zones tend to make the community less safe rather than more so. No-gun zones also open a business to unnecessary liability. Wisconsin’s concealed carry law explicitly exempted businesses who choose to allow concealed weapons from liability for that decision. “A person that does not prohibit an individual from carrying a concealed weapon on property that the person owns or occupies is immune from any liability arising from its decision.” But what about their liability if they do prohibit guns? Gene German, a firearms and concealed carry trainer who trains and certifies other firearms trainers, puts it this way. “What a sign does not do is negate anyone’s personal right to be safe. The sign does shift the responsibility for a disarmed person’s personal safety to the person who disarmed them. “So forfeiting immunity by banning firearms could turn out to be a very costly decision. Those proposing to ban firearms have not mentioned their associated increased risk of liability should something horrible happen. This is not a free move.” (Examiner column, Sept, 26, 2011). These are only two of the many legal issues that could bite you as a legal gun carrier. So read about the law, get information from an attorney, and find one who will defend you if you need it.

Resources ledCarry/ConcealedCarry.asp is the Wisconsin Department of Justice Web page for concealed carry information. It includes links to the act as passed by the legislature, the statutes that apply, DNR

information, and much more. Traffic stop. Suggest watching videos at op.htm. Watch the interview video first (link near top right of page), then the demonstration video (link near bottom center of page). Encounters. Suggest reading a law enforcement officer’s experience at Street_robberies_and_you___The_Basics. html Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, LLC (www.armedcitizensnetwork. org) Membership organization devoted to providing legal defense assistance to members involved in shooting incidents. Some useful reading at their Web site free. A five-CD set of legal information, a monthly journal full of legal information, and financial assistance for legal help with a CC incident comes with membership. U.S. Concealed Carry Association ( Membership organization. Many training resources come with membership. An insurance-like service is available to help with legal costs of defense if necessary. “Everything You Need To Know About (Legally) Carrying A Handgun In Wisconsin,” American Association of Certified Firearms Instructors, Feb., 2012. This is by far the best book on the subject I have seen. It covers everything from soup to nuts about concealed carry. For now, it is only available through taking an AACFI-sponsored concealed carry course. One is offered every month locally through St. Croix Outdoors on Hwy. 8 east of St. Croix Falls, taught by David Twohy, 715-557-0251. If they receive enough requests, AACFI may make the book available through sales. has a wealth of legal information about concealed carry nationwide and lists many books and other useful references. The information for each state includes several useful links to additional resources. ••• This is the last part in this series on concealed carry. I hope it has been useful to readers, including those who have no intent to carry a concealed weapon. Understanding those who do should be helpful to reduce the concerns that you may have. Permit holders and those contemplating application should know that carrying a concealed weapon is an awesome responsibility, fraught with many risks to yourself and those around you unless you seek appropriate training and develop and maintain relevant skills. Wisconsin law doesn’t require it, so you need to take the initiative. We will be writing a monthly update column, beginning in March, to identify concealed carry related incidents and what we can learn from them, to illuminate various points of law, to provide a scenario of the month to illustrate various legal and tactical issues and to identify upcoming training opportunities in the area. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail me at ••• Boyd Sutton retired following 37 years of service in the Army and Central Intelligence Agency. In his younger days he spent over 10 years as a competition shooter. While no longer an active participant, he remains interested in shooting issues. Nothing in this or other articles in this series should be taken as legal advice or a definitive statement regarding the law. Please consult a qualified lawyer if you have legal questions.

Wisconsin to receive millions from national mortgage settlement by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Wisconsin will receive an estimated $140 million as part of the $25 billion national settlement announced Monday, Feb. 13, with the five largest mortgage banks. The settlement was negotiated by state attorneys general and the federal government in response to foreclosure abuse and fraud. Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Peter Bildsten says the settlement will benefit Wisconsin in a variety of ways. “It’s principle reduction for some borrowers,” he says. “It’s remuneration for those who were improperly

foreclosed on. It’s refinance opportunities. It’s addressing some of the blighted situations around the state and especially in Milwaukee, but not just Milwaukee but around the state. And all of these pieces together are going to make a big difference.” The national settlement with Bank of America, J-P Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Residential Capital and Wells Fargo also forces the banks to operate under new standards. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says they’ll no longer be allowed to use robocalling, and they’ll be required to more carefully review paperwork for foreclosure filings. They’ll also be banned from renegotiating with

homeowners while at the same time starting a foreclosure process. Van Hollen says it’s a break from the past. “Now the people really have a court order behind them that is saying not only will these banks be responsive and transparent, but they’re going to be required to be proactive and reach out to you,” he says. Van Hollen’s office says borrowers should contact their mortgage provider to see if they qualify for loan modifications under the terms of the settlement. Roughly $26 million of the $140 million settlement will also be used to offset Wisconsin’s budget shortfall.

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FREDERIC - The Frederic third-grade class of Mrs. Schauls has made a video “The ABC Body Book” explaining the human body in all its parts. The movie was presented to the school board Monday night, Feb. 13. Schauls said each student selected a body part, used Web sites to learn about that body part, and ex-

plained what was found for the camera. She said the students did a great job of researching and of presenting that knowledge. The video ended with the class dancing and singing on camera. - Gregg Westigard

Five of the Frederic third-graders (L to R): Oscar Lahti, Trent ZenZen, Tysen Wink, Tessa Domagala and Karli Alexander, presented their video to the Frederic School Board Monday, Feb. 13. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

The explanation for each body part was the result of the students research.

The third-graders all gathered on camera at the end of the video for a celebration after completing the two-month project.

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Local gymnasts finishing out the season strong Pirates take second in Ashland, continue to improve

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by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg and St. Croix Falls/Unity gymnastics teams met up for competition on Thursday, Feb. 9, and the Pirates hit a season-high mark of 120.65 points. There were personal bests from Heidi Horky in the all-around with a 30.55, Raelyn Pochman with a 6.20 on the uneven bars, and RuthAnn Pedersen also on the uneven bars with a 6.05, as well as the allaround with 28.15. Rachel Diffee hit a season high in the vault with a mark of 7.1 and Aimee Lerud scored a 9.10 on the uneven bars. Lerud took first in vault, bars, beam and floor, and scored a first place in the allaround with 35.70. Horky took second in each of the events mentioned above. Ashley Johnson helped lead the SCF/Unity girls to a third place in the vault and uneven bars. She also took third in the all-around event. Pirates place second at Ashland ASHLAND – The Pirates have continued to improve dramatically since the start of the season, and it showed in Ashland as they brought home the second-

Grantsburg Pirate gymnasts finished in second place at a tournament held in Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 11. – Photo submitted place trophy, and a season high of 121.625. “It was a great meet for the team. The little things are paying off. Raelyn Pochman and Aimee Lerud had no-fall routines on the balance beam. We had seven personal bests,” said Pirates coach Kathy Lund. On the balance beam, Becca Glover finished with a personal best and Raelyn Pochman had a personal best on the un-

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Ashley Johnson is one of the top competitors for the St. Croix Falls/Unity gymnastics team.

Grantsburg gymnast Heidi Horky does a back flip during the floor excercise in Grantsburg last week.

Aimee Lerud continues to set the bar high in Grantsburg gymastics. – Photos by Marty Seeger

••• RIVER FALLS – 2009 Frederic graduate Zach Anderson set a school record recently while competing with the UW-Stout men’s track and field team at the Brooks Classic in UWRiver Falls on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12. Anderson was competing in the heptathlon, which consists of the 60-meter dash, long jump, high jump, shot put and the 60-meter hurdles. He scored a total of 4,672 points, which beats the previous mark of 4,283 Zach Anderson set by Corey Knudsen, who is the current coach in the pole vault. Anderson placed third overall in the heptathlon behind two Division 1 athletes from the University of Minnesota. Anderson didn’t compete last season due to an injury, but was voted UW-Stout’s rookie of the year. He is currently a junior studying engineering technology. – Marty Seeger with information from ••• MARATHON COUNTY – Former Frederic Viking basketball player Vanessa Neumann has had a successful season with the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County women’s basketball team this season. The Huskies have compiled an overall record of 20-3, and a conference record of 17-2. They earned a conference championship and recently defeated UW-Barron County on Friday, Feb. 3, by a score of 58-57. They’ll be entering tournament play starting Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the WCC quarterfinals. They will also play host to the WCC Conference tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26. ••• LEADER LAND – The Unity at Clear Lake boys basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 16, can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The St. Croix Falls girls and boys basketball games are on 104.9 FM beginning at 6 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 17. The Tuesday, Feb. 21, Unity at Grantsburg girls and boys basketball games can be heard on 104.9 FM on Tuesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. Updates from the Saturday, Feb. 18, WIAA wrestling sectionals are being broadcast from the Division 2 sectional meet in Osceola, as well as the Division 3 sectional in Osseo, beginning at 10 a.m. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Saints sending seven to sectionals in Osceola

Five wrestlers earn regional titles by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – It was a day of highs and lows for the St. Croix Falls wrestling team last Saturday, Feb. 11, but the Saints came out of it with five regional champions, and two others who will compete at the Division 2 sectional tournament in Osceola this Saturday, Feb. 18. As a team, the Saints scored a total of 218 points behind first-place Amery, who finished with 247 points. Saints head coach Dan Clark said even if the team had earned a spot at team sectionals, it would have been a long shot to defeat Ellsworth, a clear favorite to win the state team championships. So Clark and assistant coaches decided to focus on the individuals, and it paid off with seven earning a spot at sectionals, all of whom have a good shot at making it through to the state tournament. At 106 pounds, Drew Wheeler was able to avenge a loss earlier in the season with a win over John Olson of Osceola in the finals. Olson is one of the top three wrestlers in the state, and Wheeler defeated him by a 7-4 decision. James Klassen had a good day wrestling at 120 pounds for the first time all season. Klassen had a pin over Dakota Petersen of Osceola in the semifinals, before earning a pin over Joe Gates of Amery in 4 minutes, 41 seconds. “Hopefully, cutting that extra five

Saints wrestler Eric Segelstrom won his first-ever tournament title last Saturday, Feb. 11, during the regional held at St. Croix Falls. – Photos by Marty Seeger pounds is going to help him out this draw at sectionals with a first-round weekend. I think he’s in the hunt on Satur- match scheduled against Tyler Weyer of day. It just depends on how well he wres- Baldwin-Woodville. tles,” Clark said. “Anything can happen, and if we can’t At 145, Grant Simpson has a tough get the win there, I think we can wrestle

Drew Wheeler of St. Croix Falls was the regional champ at 106 pounds.

Grant Simpson of St. Croix Falls pulled out the 1-0 win over Unity’s Steven Anderson

James Klassen celebrates a regional championship.

Gymnastics continued even bars and in the all-around. Heidi Horky had personal bests on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around. Aimee Lerud also broke last year’s school record in the floor exercise and had a season high on the beam. RuthAnn Pedersen had a season high on the balance beam as well. The team brought home a well-deserved team trophy, and medals were awarded to Horky for her fifth place on the uneven bars with an 8.05, as well as her fifth place in the all-around with a 31.85. Lerud brought home medals for her second-place vault performance with a mark of 8.90. She was fourth on the bars with 8.60, third on the beam with a 9.05, and had a first-place finish in the floor exercise with a 9.225. She also finished third in the all-around with a score of 35.675.

SCF/Unity competes at Ashland ASHLAND – St. Croix Falls/Unity gymnasts traveled to Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 11, and despite taking sixth overall, still had solid performances. Ashley Johnson finished fourth out of 30 other competitors in the vault. She was seventh in the bars, 11th on the beam, tied for 16th on the floor and seventh in the allaround. Jenna Christensen took 11th in the vault, and 11th in the floor exercise. Ashley Johnson tied for 16th in the floor exercise. Raquel McCloud tied for fifth - on the beam.

our way back through,” Clark added. Simpson placed second at the regional, winning by 4-1 decision in the semifinals, and losing 1-0 in the first-place match to Mitch Nicols of Amery. Simpson had to do a wrestle-back against Steven Anderson of Unity, and ended up winning that match 1-0 to earn a spot at sectionals. Clark said he was probably most proud of how Eric Segelstrom wrestled last Saturday at 152. Segelstrom won his firstever tournament championship. He defeated Tyrell Hoffbeck of Osceola by pin in the semifinals and Mitchell Wozniak of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm by a 3-1 decision in the finals. “If he wrestles like he did on Saturday, he can do it. I really believe that,” Clark said. At 170, Jake Rademacher did what everyone expected him to do with his regional championship with two pins on the day. Rademacher will have a tough bracket at sectionals according to Clark, as there are at least five state-ranked wrestlers in his bracket. “I expect that he’ll get through, but he’s probably got the toughest weight in the sectional,” Clark said. At 182, Joe Rademacher had a tough day but ended up taking second place, and earned a spot at sectionals. He lost to Joe Christensen of LFG in the finals, who is a wrestler that he defeated three times previously. The seventh wrestler heading to sectionals is Ryan Nussbaum at 195. Nussbaum earned his championship with a pin over Aaron Gustum of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/PF, and pinned Nick Britton of LFG in the finals in 1:37. “If he comes on Saturday ready to go, I like his chances too,” said Clark. Seven other wrestlers ended their season at regionals last weekend, including Sean Bradshaw at 113. Bradshaw took sixth, and Nolan O’Brien placed fourth at 220. Ryan Johnson was fourth at 285, and Dan Horn took third at 126. CJ Hassnoot was fifth at 132, as was Brian Gilbert at 138. At 160, Brian Nelson was fifth. I’m proud of the whole team. They just really wrestled hard all year. I haven’t seen a group that’s wrestled as hard as this group did all year long,” said Clark. Sectional tournament wrestling in Division 2 begins at 10:30 a.m., at the Osceola High School this Saturday, Feb. 18.

Gymnastics results Grantsburg meet Placing: Vault First: Aimee Lerud, 9.0 Second: Heidi Horky, 8.30 Third: Ashley Johnson, SCF, 8.10 Fourth: Jenna Christensen, SCF/Unity, 7.9 Fifth: RuthAnn Pedersen, 7.6 Placing: Bars First: Aimee Lerud, 9.10 Second: Heidi Horky, 7.25 Third: Ashley Johnson, SCF, 7.10 Fourth: Raelyn Pochman, 6.20 Fifth: RuthAnn Pedersen, 6.05

A St. Croix Falls/Unity gymnast attempts to stick a perfect landing in the vault at a meet held in Grantsburg last Thursday, Feb. 9. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg’s Becca Glover competes on the balance beam on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Grantsburg.

Placing: Beam First: Aimee Lerud, 8.60 Second: Heidi Horky, 7.0 Third: RuthAnn Pedersen, 6.6 Fourth: Raquel McCloud, SCF, 6.30 Fifth: Raelyn Pochman, 6.20 Placing: Floor First: Aimee Lerud, 9.0 Second: Heidi Horky, 8.0 Third: RuthAnn Pedersen, 7.90 Fourth: Jenna Christensen, SCF, 7.60 Fifth: Ashley Johnson, SCF, 7.20 Placing All Around First: Aimee Lerud, 35.70 Second: Heidi Horky, 30.55 Third: Ashley Johnson, SCF, 29.50 Fourth: RuthAnn Pedersen, 28.15 Fifth: Raelyn Pochman, 25.85








LFG wrestlers sending six to sectionals

Place third in the team standings by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wrestling team had one of its most memorable days of wrestling at the regional in St. Croix Falls Saturday, Feb. 11. The team had a dozen wrestlers competing in their respective weight classes, and six will be moving on to the Division 2 sectional tournament in Osceola this Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. “We had injuries and other things late in the year, but we were able to overcome them and have a good showing,” said coach Chris Bartlett. This is the most kids that I can think of that we have ever had make it to sectionals.” Starting at 113 pounds, Tristan Brewer took second place overall and lost a tough match in the finals to Keenon Luke of Amery, who won by an 8-6 decision. Brewer had wrestle-back but defeated his opponent handily to earn a spot at sectionals. “He is looking good and I see him doing well at sectionals,” Bartlett said. At 126, Ray Kurkowski earned a trip to sectionals with a second-place finish. He defeated Dan Horn in the semifinals but lost to Connor Friese of Amery in the fi-

The LFG wrestling team is sending six to sectionals this Saturday, Feb. 18, at Osceola.

Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg assistant coach Trevor Brewer, (left) and head coach Chris Bartlett react to the championship win Joe Christensen (photo below) got during the finals match against Joe Rademacher at regionals Saturday, Feb. 11. – Photos by Marty Seeger

nals. “He has a lot of confidence right now and you never know what can happen at sectionals,” said Bartlett. Brent Johnson finished as a regional champion last weekend at 132. Johnson cruised through the semifinals and won a 13-3 major decision over Mitch Dulon of Osceola in the finals, setting up a return trip to sectionals for the senior from LFG. “He is in a tough weight class at sectionals, but being there last year, he knows what it is all about and I think he is ready,” Bartlett said.

Alex Richey is also heading to sectionals at 160. He didn’t wrestle at the conference tournament but it allowed him to move down a weight for regionals. “He is all smiles about making it to sectionals. He has his own style and doesn’t ever give up,” Bartlett said. At 182, Joe Christensen earned a regional title doing what he hadn’t been able to do the previous three times this season, which was beat Joe Rademacher of St. Croix Falls. Christensen beat Rademacher by a 1-0 decision in the finals. Christensen also defeated Brett Schu-

maker of Osceola by pin in the semifinals in 2:30. “He had one of the best matches of the day. I think he finally realized what us coaches already knew. He is a good wrestler and he can beat anyone. The win in the finals against a kid that has owned him all season was great. He wrestled smart and made no mistakes. With his newfound confidence I can see him doing well at sectionals as well,” Bartlett said. Finally, at 195, Nick Britton is heading to sectionals with his second-place finish. Britton also avenged a loss from earlier in the season in the semifinals over Garrett Lunsmann of Unity. Britton earned a pin in the wrestle-back over Aaron Gustum of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm. “As a sophomore and making it to sectionals at an upper weight is a great accomplishment,” Bartlett said. Six other wrestlers also competed but ended their seasons at regionals, including Jared Lund at 106, who placed sixth. Tim Lund took fourth at 138, as did Tony Britton at 145. Colton Branville took sixth at 170, Sam Pewaush was sixth at 220 and Ryan Strenke also finished in sixth at 285. The good news is, all six of those wrestlers will be back to give it another shot next season. “It was also nice to see at least one kid from each school made it to sectionals. It was nice to see the kids hard work pay off. I always tell them that the season is all practice for the end of the year,” Bartlett said, adding that the coaches will definitely be busy this Saturday at sectionals. “You never know what can happen at sectionals. What kids can handle the pressure is a big thing.”

LFG’s Alex Richey took second overall at the regional tournament.

Longtime Pirates football coach resigns Keith Lehne is resigning after 17 years with football program by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Keith Lehne has spent the past 14 seasons as head coach of the Grantsburg football team – 17 total, if you count his three seasons as an assistant. He compiled a winning record of 75-65 since his beginnings in 1998, but announced his resignation at the school’s monthly board meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, in Grantsburg. “Either I couldn’t be as good of a dad as I wanted, or I couldn’t be as good of a head coach as I wanted, and once I kind of put it in those terms, it wasn’t too difficult of a choice,” Lehne said in a phone interview. Lehne said one of the biggest factors for his resignation was for financial reasons. His wife has stayed at home with their

Keith Lehne resigned as head coach of the Pirates officially at Monday’s school board meeting, Feb. 13. – File photo by Marty Seeger

two daughters, ages 9 and 11, for the past nine years, but with the recent cuts in pay to teachers, she will be looking for a job next fall as an English teacher. With Lehne already spending full time as a teacher, and between 30 and 40 hours each week with football, a decision had to be made. “I knew there was going to be a conflict,” Lehne said, but he also said he isn’t closing his door on coaching football again someday. “It’s real bittersweet. I love football, I love being with the kids. I’m still hopeful to be involved in some way with football. Once my girls are older and whatever, maybe I’ll get back into it on a bigger level,” Lehne said. Lehne said resigning even gave him a little sense of relief, but he’s not sure what he’ll do this August, as practices begin once again, especially since coaching football can be like having two full-time jobs. “That’s going to be an adjustment for me. I’m sure I’m going to drive my wife crazy,” said Lehne. He also reflected on past accomplishments with the Pirates football program. Grantsburg won conference titles in

2003 and 2004, and Lehne coached the Pirates to their first-ever playoff win in 2000. He said there will always be an asterisk on that win over Washburn, however, as there wasn’t a playoff system until the late 1970s. At that time, the only way to get in was to be voted in by the press. Grantsburg did make it twice, but lost in what might be considered the semifinals these days. “Basically since I’ve been head coach, you’ve had to finish above .500 in the conference to make the playoffs,” Lehne said. There have been a lot of changes in high school football over the past 14 seasons, and this fall is no exception, especially with teams going with eight-player football, and the addition of Frederic and Shell Lake to the Large Lakeland as a result. Lehne said he would look forward to going up against solid competition like Frederic and Shell Lake once again, or going after another playoff victory. “I think that’s the part I’ll miss more than anything is the competition part of Friday night. Just getting to go out there, and getting to compete,” Lehne said.








Conference champs shut out North Branch

registered three assists, with helpers also coming in from Curtis, Hopkins, Roberts and Engelhart. Goalie Thomas Labatt was perfect in the contest, shooing away all of the seven Viking shots on goal. They end their regular-season campaign with a sparkling 14-0 conference record in the formidable Two Rivers, going undefeated in conference play and losing just two games all season. The Blizzard boys open WIAA regional play on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Menomonie against the Mustangs, who finished with a 4-8-0 record this season.

Playoffs begin later this week Blizzard 7, North Branch, Minn. 0 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Two Rivers Conference champion Blizzard boys hockey squad ended their regular season with a resounding 7-0 shutout of conference mates the North Branch Vikings on Friday, Feb. 10, at Grantsburg. The Blizzard were so deep in their lines, every score was credited to a different player in the rout. This finished off their regular season before the playoffs start later this week. Seven players were on the books for tallies in the contest, with goals coming from Brandon Ryan, Bryce Ryan, Joe Engelhart, Alex Hopkins, Ryan Curtis, Anthony Dietmeier and Kyle Roberts. Matt Larson

Blizzard senior Kyle Roberts works behind the opponents net. – File photo by Greg Marsten

Viking girls scuttle Cards “Emily had a strong night,” Wink said. “Seventeen points and 12 rebounds, with 10 of them offensive.” Viking senior Maria Miller led the Vikes in offense with 23 points and 11 boards, as well as seven assists, bringing her awfully close to a rare triple-double. Corissa Schmidt added a dozen points to the winning cause, as well as hauling in seven steals. Luck head coach Marty Messar praised the play of Miller, Schmidt and added Byerly to the Viking mix. “She came up real big on the offensive end,” Messar said. “But we got outhustled, and outscored by the Frederic front line. We just couldn’t match up.” Luck falls to 1-8 in West Lakeland Conference play, and 5-11 overall. The Vikings improve to 4-6 in conference, and 9-10 overall as the regular season winds down.

Teams host Coaches vs. Cancer event Frederic 68, Luck 52 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The Frederic Girls basketball team was able to keep the hosting Luck Cardinals at bay during a special Coaches vs. Cancer event on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Luck. The two neighboring teams combined efforts on the cancer events for fundraising, prizes, even honoring players on each team that survived cancer. The two squads were battling hard inside and made it an interesting game, which the Vikings won 68-52. Luck’s Avery Steen led all scorers with 31 points,which included 7-9 free-throw shooting, as well as 10 rebounds. Junior Jaimee Buck was next on Luck’s scoring board with 12 points in the loss. “I thought we did a nice job of staying solid on offense, as well as playing better defense in the second half,” said Frederic head coach Troy Wink, who also praised the play of Emily Byerly.

Luck's Whitney Petersen moves the ball up court against the Frederic Vikings. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Unity wrestlers have a rough day on the mat Overby defeated Brian Burke of Amery by pin during the third-place match but lost in a wrestle-back to John Olson of Osceola for second place. Steven Anderson also lost a heartbreaker at 145. After losing by just one point to Grant Simpson three times this season, Anderson lost another 1-0 match to Simpson for the second-place spot in the wrestle-back. Anderson still had two wins on the day, but ended his senior season in St. Croix Falls. “It ended up being a tough day for the Eagles. It’s frustrating for the kids to end up in a regional with a lot of talent. The example is that we beat Northwestern 6612 this year - and they have four kids moving on to sectionals. You can’t pick your region, all you can do is show up and compete. The kids wrestled well for the most part,” said Perkins. Other finishers included Tucker Olson in fifth place at 113, Tevin Anderson took fourth at 126, and Kevin Bystrom placed third after defeating Tyrell Hoffbeck of Osceola 13-1. Colton Sorensen took fourth at 160, and Ben Bengtson was fourth at 170. Colin Loehr took sixth at 182, Garrett Lunsmann was fourth at 195 and Skyler Fisher took fifth at 220.

Alex Lennartson is the lone Eagle off to sectionals by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Unity wrestling team had a few setbacks at the Division 2 regional tournament in St. Croix Falls last Saturday, Feb. 11, but did manage to get Alex Lennartson through to the sectional. At 285 Lennartson defeated Ryan Johnson by pin in just 46 seconds in the semifinals, and took care of Brandon Mikyska of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser by pin in the finals in 3:25. “Alex’s first opponent we faced earlier this year. You can never look past anyone during sectionals. So that is our first goal … deal with him first,” said Unity head coach Shawn Perkins, adding that Lennartson will have a tough bracket at sectionals. “The entire bracket is loaded with talent. I believe there are five or six kids that are ranked in the top 10 in the state ... should make for an interesting day. If Alex shows up to wrestle with intensity and attitude, he should have a good day,” said Perkins. At least two other Eagles had a shot at getting through to sectionals, but lost a chance for second place. Mackenzie

Unity junior Alex Lennartson celebrates after becoming the lone Eagles wrestler to qualify for the sectional tournament in Osceola this weekend. – Photos by Marty Seeger








Saints second half seals win over Pirates

Hold Grantsburg scoreless in third quarter St. Croix Falls 57, Grantsburg 37 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls girls basketball team committed nine fouls to Grantsburg’s one foul in the first half on Friday, Feb. 10, in St. Croix Falls. They cleaned things up rather quickly in the second half, however, keeping the Pirates scoreless in the third quarter and never looking back from then on. “SCF did a nice job playing hard on the defensive end for two halves and converting on the offensive side throughout the game. We are a better team than we showed and offensively our execution was very poor. I thought our girls played hard on defense to start the game but it just wasn’t our night,” said Pirates coach Adam Hale. The Pirates trailed by four at the firstquarter break and Carly Larson hit two 3pointers in the second quarter, and Macy Hanson and Sam Schwieger knocked down threes to keep the game close at 2721 at the half. The Saints then opened up their offensive prowess in the second half, with Sarah Petznick putting up 11 points in the third quarter to add to her total 21 points

Saints senior Caitlyn Olson looks to be the winner of a mad scramble for a rebound on Friday, Feb. 10, in St. Croix Falls against the Pirates. – Photos by Marty Seeger and six rebounds. Sydney Geisness had Jessica Rademacher with eight, Natalie five rebounds and 11 points, and Caitlyn Sempf, four, Jerrica Jones, two, and Jordan Olson and Alexis Erickson had four re- Johnson had one. bounds apiece with eight points, and two The Pirates were led by Schwieger with points respectively. Other scorers included 11 points, followed by Hanson and Larson

Jerrica Jones of St. Croix Falls puts the pressure on Grantsburg’s Kylie Pewe. each with eight, Nicole McKenzie added five, and Stacey McKenzie had one. St. Croix Falls has already clinched a conference crown with just two conference games left in the regular season. They have a chance to take sole possession of the conference title with a win over Siren or Luck.

Siren girls win big over Webster Tiger struggles continue Siren 64, Webster 21 by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader WEBSTER – The Siren Dragons girls basketball team traveled just a bit north on Friday night, Feb. 10, to neighboring Webster to take on the Tigers. Siren jumped ahead early 7-4, but after that, the Tigers didn’t score a point until near the end of the first half. The Dragons, in that time period, outscored Webster 24-0. The score at the end of the first quarter was 18-4, and the score at the half was 37-6. The second half was much of the same with Siren dominating in every way possible, forcing turnovers and causing turnovers. The Tigers were able to find a little spark in the second half, put together a seven-point run, while they were down by 44 points. The score at the end of the third quarter was 53-13. In the fourth quarter, the Dragons had some of the younger varsity players in for some experience, and the Tigers were able to get into a little rhythm on offense. It was too late as Siren defeated Webster 6421. Scorers for the Webster Tigers were Stefani Wambolt with nine points, Evon Maxwell with seven points, Angel Christianson with three and Tami Quatmann with two. Stats for the Siren Dragons included Brittany Coulter with 13 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists. Elizabeth Brown had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Carly Good had eight points and three rebounds. Abigail Mitchell had eight points and 10 rebounds. Raven Emery had eight points, three rebounds and four steals. Mackenzie Smith scored six points and Kyaisha Kettula had six points, three steals and three assists. Zoe Emery and Mercedes Moody each scored one point. Clayton 55, Siren 54 (OT) CLAYTON – The Clayton Bears took the Lady Dragons into overtime on Monday, Feb. 13, and ended up getting the shots they needed for the win. “We work real hard to get open shot and just can’t hit them,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. The team shot 19 of 64 from the field

Siren's Zoe Emery takes a shot over Webster's Tanya Johnson. – Photos by Eugene Ruhn and were looking at pulling the game out in the overtime but couldn’t convert any scoring despite opportunities in the final 20 seconds. “We just couldn’t make one more play when we needed to. I thought Carly Good played quite well with 19 points, including four threes. Liz Brown had 16 rebounds on the inside for us,” added Karsten. But it was a solid effort from Clayton’s Masyn Lien with 19 points, and freshman Abbey Ketz with her 19 points, including two big buckets in overtime to help fuel the Bears win. “They are well coached and hustle. They are young and hungry and will be very good in years to come. Overall, we just need to find a way to put the ball in the basket more often. That isn’t something that we can fix now, to be a better team, we are going to have to work our tails off this summer,” Karsten said. – Marty Seeger

Tigers senior Tanya Johnson makes a move in the lane.

Brittany Coulter cruises in for a layup against the Clayton Bears on Monday, Feb. 13. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson








Viking boys take care of Shell Lake Tuesday

Siren boys still going strong Frederic 62, Shell Lake 41 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Frederic took care of the Shell Lake boys basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 14, getting 22 points from senior Waylon Buck and another 11 from Mike Tesch and 10 from Jayce den Hoed. “I think our defense and teamwork got progressively better as the game went on, which is good because I felt like we tried to do way too much one-on-one last week when we had the ball,” said Frederic coach Ryan Lind. The Vikes led 17-13 after the first quarter and 32-23 at the half. Buck knocked down a couple of threes in the first half and the Vikings held the Lakers to six points in the third, and pulled away with the game in the fourth quarter. Other scorers included Adam Chenal with nine points, Ben Kurkowski and Ian Lexen each had four, and Jaryd Braden had two. “I hope that we can continue to play well together and get some momentum heading into the playoffs,” said Lind. The Vikings have just two games left in the regular season starting with Webster this Thursday, Feb. 16, at home, and their final regular season game next Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Birchwood. Siren 81, Pine City, Minn. 42 SIREN – The Dragons boys powered their way to another victory over Pine City on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It was Siren’s 20th straight win of a perfect season so far. They can close out the regular season undefeated if they can pick up wins against Prairie Farm and St. Croix Falls in their final two games before heading into the playoffs. “Tonight was a nice team win for our team,” said Siren coach Jon Ruud, adding that they started out slow with just 16 points in the first quarter, but came out firing in the second quarter with 31 points. “I thought that our defense really came alive in the second quarter, and we had multiple players with hustle plays. Scoring was pretty balanced,” Ruud said. Elijah Hinze finished with 21 points and Murdock Smith hit 19 for the game. David St. John also had 14 points and doubledigit rebounds, according to Ruud, and had a solid game on both ends of the floor. Andrew Brown also chipped in 12 points.

Waylon Buck of Frederic heads toward the basket unguarded.

Frederic junior Ian Lexen goes in for a layup against Shell Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Vikings and most other area boys teams are close to wrapping up the regular season – Photos by Larry Samson “I really thought that our younger playBirchwood 51, Webster 38 ers did a great job on the floor for us in the WEBSTER – Webster hosted the Birchfourth quarter,” Ruud said. wood boys basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but couldn’t hold on to the win.

The Tigers trailed by three after the first quarter and the Bobcats had a 27-21 lead at halftime. Webster scored just four points in the third quarter, but got scoring from Josh Baer with 13, Brad Krause, 11, Taylor Heinz, seven, Joey Erickson and Jake Sargent each had three and Jake Hunter added one. Webster’s loss to Birchwood was their third straight, before heading to Frederic for another tough test this Thursday, Feb. 16. They finish out the regular season with games against Northwood and Grantsburg.

Vikings girls win big over Shell Lake Tuesday Tiger girls snap losing streak Frederic 83, Shell Lake 58 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic Vikings girls basketball team put up 83 points against a talented Shell Lake Lakers team on Tuesday, Feb. 14. “We played well,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. Our offense was clicking … our defense was up and down, too many fouls, but overall we played well.” The Vikes scored 19 points in the first quarter and another 25 in the second to go up 44-29 at halftime. Maria Miller and Emily Byerly each had 18 points and Miller had 12 boards, while Corissa Schmidt scored 28 points. Kendra Mossey had 11 points, Natalie Phernetton added four, Carly Gustafson, two, and Brittani Hughes and Katie Simpson each had one. Webster 46, Birchwood 37 WEBSTER – The Webster girls basketball team ended a losing drought that extended to 10 games, before snapping that streak against Birchwood Tuesday, Feb.

14, at home. It was a well-balanced scoring effort from the Tigers as Stefani Wamboldt had 13 points, Kally Schiller, 10, Tammy Quatmann and Evon Maxwell each had seven, Chelsea Larson, four, Angel Christianson and Tanya Johnson each had two, and Cailea Dochniak added one. It was a tie game after one but the Tigers took a one-point, 17-16 lead at the half. Despite trailing by two heading into the fourth quarter, the Tigers were able to hold on. They shot 6 of 9 from the freethrow line in the fourth quarter, and Quatmann came alive, getting all of her seven points in the fourth quarter. Webster has five more games left in the regular season and conference games against Frederic, Grantsburg and Luck.

Frederic’s Corissa Schmidt scored 28 points against Shell Lake in a big win by the Vikings Tuesday, Feb. 14. – Photo by Larry Samson








Siren continues perfect season in win over Tigers Siren 72, Webster 37 by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader WEBSTER – The Siren Dragons boys basketball team played at Webster Friday evening, Feb. 10, to take on the Tigers. This was one of those games where the score doesn’t reflect how the game actually was played. It was a very physical game; Webster played extremely hard against a very tough opponent. The Tigers were able to keep the score close for the majority of the first quarter, only down by three points, 14-11. Some key plays of the first quarter were the Dragons Elijah Hinze had downed three 3-pointers, and the Dragons Murdock Smith had 12 points, including one long 3-point shot. For Webster, first-time starter Jake Hunter had a three-point play, being fouled on a shot. Siren went on a 7-0 scoring run to finish off the final minute of the quarter, with a 21-11 lead. In the second quarter, the Tigers continued super aggressive and physical play. A lot of fouls were committed in this quarter, with Siren in foul bonus early and Webster’s Cody Isaacson with four fouls. Bodies were flying everywhere, hitting the floor, bouncing off the bleachers and midair collisions. The Tigers were able to stay in reach of the Dragons with excellent

play from Hunter, getting to the freethrow line twice and a 3-pointer. Hinze, for Siren, had two 3-pointers and eight points for the quarter. The score at the end of the first half was 38-24. In the second half, the Dragons opened up the game and pulled ahead by 20 points at the end of the third quarter. Hinze had nine points in the quarter. In the final quarter, Siren outscored the Tigers 17-2, to take a commanding lead and seal the game. Smith, for the Dragons, at 72-37 had six points in the fourth quarter. Webster played very hard for the whole game, but they came up short in the final quarter of the contest. Scorers for the Tigers were Taylor Heinz with 10 points, Hunter with eight points, Joey Erickson with seven points, Josh Baer, six, Brad Krause, four, and Billy Cooper with two. Scorers for the Dragons were Hinze with 26 points, Smith with 22 points, Andrew Brown and William Haines with six points, Luke Bollant with four points, Evan Oachs, three, Jared Emery and Davey St. John with two and Cory Bauer with one point.

Webster senior Brad Krause blocks Siren senior Elijah Hinze's fast break layup attempt.

Webster's Jake Hunter attempts a freethrow shot. – Photos by Eugene Ruhn

Denny and crew stifle the Vikings Luck 54, Frederic 32 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The West Lakeland Conference battle between the Luck and Frederic boys basketball teams on Thursday, Feb. 9, was all Luck, as they rode a sparkling offensive performance from junior John Denny to glide to an easy 54-32 Cardinal victory. “John had a career night with 35 points,” Luck head coach Rick Giller said. “He was 11-14 shooting with three shots made beyond the arc.” While Denny single-handedly outscored the entire Viking squad, the Cardinals had several weapons at their disposal, including Kyle Hunter who added nine points and a dozen boards. “It was a complete team effort,” Giller said. “I’m hoping each game at this point of the season keeps building for the second season.”

Frederic had a hard time with their follow-ups, and were down squadwise, which made an impact on defense. Michael Tesch led the Vikings with 10 points, but the Cardinals and Denny were so solid, the Vikings had little chance of recovery once they got into a groove. The Cardinals improve to 3-7 in conference pay and 8-11 overall. Frederic falls to 5-6 in West Lakeland play and 13-7 overall. Both squads are winding down their regular season schedules as they prepare for the first-round playoffs set to start in just over a week.

Cardinal junior John Denny lit up the Luck scoreboard with a career-high 35 points on Thursday, Feb. 9, against the Vikings. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Pirate boys play complete game against Saints Grantsburg 77, St. Croix Falls 33 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Pirate boys are coming together at the right time of the season, or at least they showed that against the Saints last Friday, Feb. 10, in St. Croix Falls. The Saints tried keeping up in the first quarter but Grantsburg put up 24 points in the first quarter to the Saints 15. Daniel Biorn had the hot hand in the first quarter with a pair of 3-pointers and Nolan Hanson knocked one down as well. Biorn continued to shoot well with another two 3-pointers in the second quarter, and the Pirates kept the Saints from gaining any sort of rhythm in the second quarter to take a 40-23 halftime lead. “Maybe the most complete game we’ve played all year,” said coach Nick Hallberg. It’s something you like to see as a coach on any night, but especially at this point in the season.” Biorn led the Pirates with 21 points, followed by Nolan Hanson, 16, Seth Coy, 11, David Ohnstad and Brady Thompson each had nine, Zack Arnold, six, and Connor Myers and Daniel Larsen each had two. The Saints got eight points from Nick Lunde and six from Andrew Erickson and Ben Clausen, and two from both Rob Heilig and Trevor Cross.

Saint Ben Clausen makes a nice save as the ball heads out of bounds, but the Pirates were relentless on defense, giving St. Croix Falls trouble all night, Thursday, Feb. 10. – Photo by Marty Seeger








Coaches vs. Cancer held at Luck

Under the direction of Greg Heine (Frederic) and Janet Holdts (Luck), the Frederic Show Choir members and Luck choir members joined voices to sing the national anthem during the Coaches versus Cancer fundraiser held at the Luck High School Thursday, Feb. 9. (TOP RIGHT) Amy Lundquist Fossum, a Frederic graduate, and Kasie Denucci, (LOWER RIGHT): a Luck graduate, were honored before the girls game because of their couragous fight against cancer. Similar Coaches vs. Cancer events have been held at area schools over the past couple of weeks, and weeks ahead. – Photos by Becky Amundson

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Games Standings: The Strikers 21, Hi There 16, The North 12, The Dogs 12, The Bowlers 11, The Girls 11, Team Hambone 7, Bye 6. Boys games: Jordan Bazey (TB) 238, Austin Bruss (HT) 232, Kyle Hunter (TB) 197. Boys series: Austin Bruss (HT) 563, Kyle Hunter (TB) 562, Jordan Bazey (TB) 499. Girls games: Avery Steen (TG) & Corissa Schmidt (TG) 178, Julia Owens (HT) 139. Girls series: Avery Steen (TG) 480, Corissa Schmidt (TG) 459, Lauren Domagala (TG) 364. Team games: The Bowlers 569, Hi There 492, The Girls 449. Team series: The Bowlers 1506, Hi There 1306, The Girls 1303 Monday Afternoon Senior Standings: Hummingbirds 19, Night Hawks 18, Bears 16, Eagles 14, Badgers 12, Vultures 10, Swans 8. Men’s games (Handicap): Dick Coen 258, Dennis Bohn 249, Duane Doolittle 243. Men’s series (Handicap): Dennis Bohn 718, Dick Coen 624, Steven Holt 618. Women’s games (Handicap): Mary Young 216, Jackie Giller 205, Lila Larson 200. Women’s series (Handicap): Mary Young 610, Jackie Giller 563, Jane Smith 547. Team games (Handicap): Night Hawks 823, Eagles 794, Hummingirds 793. Team series (Handicap): Night Hawks 2373, Hummingbirds 2327, Vultures 2214. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 54, Yellow Lake Lodge 50, Bottle Shop 44, Pioneer Bar 34.5, Frandsen Bank & Trust 32, House of Wood 19.5. Individual games: Ed Bitler 256, Reed Stevens 254, Chris Olson 244. Individual series: Chris Olson 691, Reed Stevens 683, Ed Bitler 673. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 678, Pioneer Bar 643, Bottle Shop 626. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1908, Pioneer Bar 1803, Bottle Shop 1763. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Chris Olson 6x = 244; Ed Bitler 5x = 256. Games 50 or more above average: Reed Stevens 254 (+66); Josh Henry 239 (+51). Splits converted: 3-10: Maynard Stevens. 6-7-10: Jake Anderson. Wednesday Night Early Standings: A-1 Machine 22, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 15, Larsen Auto Center 13, Lewis Silo 12, Skol Bar 11, Pioneer Bar


11, Cummings Lumber 11, Bye Team 1. Individual games: Brett Daeffler (DQM) 268, Mark Bohn (SB) 258, Jason Richter (A-1) 246. Individual series: Mark Bohn (SB) 723, Brett Daeffler (DQM) 698, Jason Richter (A-1) 679. Team games: A-1 Machine 953, Lewis Silo 950 & 948. Team series: Lewis Silo 2788, Skol Bar 2780, A-1 Machine 2751. Thursday Early Standings: Kinetico 45.5, American Family Siren 43.5, Wikstrom Construction 40.5, Hell Raisers 40, Red Iron Studios 38, Fab Four 36, Grindell Law Offices 34.5, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 34. Individual games: ED Bitler (RIS) 268, Joshua Henry (AFS) 257, Mike Sullivan (WC) 255. Individual series: Ed Bitler (RIS) 701, Mark Kamish (AFS) 655, Brian McBroom (AFS) 641. Team games: American Family Siren 687, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 641, Wikstrom Construction 632. Team series: American Family Siren 1915, Wikstrom Construction 1772, Red Iron Studios 1768. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x = 268; Mark Kamish 5x = 236; Brian McBroom 5x = 245; Josh Henry 6x = 257. Games 50 or more above average: Brandon Ayd 211 (+56); Ed Bitler 268 (+58); Josh Henry 257 (+73); Brian McBroom 245 (+52); Eric Nelson 228 (+61) & 233 (+66); Mike Sullivan 255 (+66); Bruce Wikstrom 237 (+64) & 223 (+50). Others (triplicates, all spare games, etc.): Ed Bitler 701. Splits converted: 3-10: Jim Wikstrom, Josh Henry, Ed Bitler, Nick Skow. Thursday Late Standings: Fisk Trucking 13, Stotz & Company 13, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 12.5, Hansen Farms Inc. 9.5. Men’s games: Eugene Wynn Jr. 222, Kanan Hackett 213, Ken Hackett 211. Men’s series: Eugene Wynn Jr. 611, Oliver Baillargeon 600, Ken Hackett 575. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 174. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 475. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 889, Stotz & Company 832, Fisk Trucking 816. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2618, Stotz & Company 2415, Fisk Trucking 2299. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Meyer’s Plus 36, Junque Art 36, The Leader 33, Frederic Design 33, Pioneer Bar 26, Pin Heads 18, SKM 11. Individual games: Margie Traun 222, Gail Linke 212, Lori Linke 196. Individual series: Gail Linke 537, Lori

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McKenzie Lanes Thursday Night Ladies Standings: KJ’s 26, Truhlsen Chiropractic 22, Hauge Dental 22, Cutting Edge Pro 21, Hack’s Pub 19.5, Eagle Valley Bank 19, Bont Chiropractic 18, RiverBank 12.5 Individual games: Anita Bont 223, Kathy McKenzie 210, Jackie Patterson 192. Individual series: Kathy McKenzie 512, Shannon Cox 507, Karen Wiemer 492. Team games: Cutting Edge Pro 803, Truhlsen Chiropractic 790, RiverBank 780. Team series: Cutting Edge Pro 2266, Truhlsen Chiropractic 2207, Hauge Dental 2157. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: B & K Cousins 35, T-Dawgs 31.5, Pin Buster 28, Eureka Bombers 27.5, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 27, The InLaws 20, The Bald & The Beautiful 20, Roller Coasters 15. Men’s games: Gene Braund 256, Darren McKenzie 240, Jeff Lehmann 232. Men’s series: Gene Braund 681, Darren McKenzie 658, Roger Fisk 603. Women’s games: Jan Lehmann 208, Toni Sloper 181, Lana McKenzie 180. Women’s series: Toni Sloper 512, Jan Lehmann 503, Jan Kruse 497. Team games (Handicap): Pin Busters 941, The In-Laws 903, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 860. Team series (Handicap): Pin Busters 2596, The In-Laws 2575, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 2494.

Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 25-11, Gandy Dancer Saloon 21-15, The Tap 1521, Black & Orange 11-25. Individual games: Kay Casey (YRS) 234, Claudia Peterson (B&O) 164, Linda Strong (YRS) 160. Individual series: Kay Casey (YRS) 582, Linda Toivola (T) 425, Claudia Peterson (B&O) 424. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 965, The Tap 837, Gandy Dancer Saloon 794. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2693, The Tap 2388, Black & Orange 2303. Games 50 or more above average: Kay Casey 234 (+86). Series 100 or more above average: Kay Casey 582 (+138). Monday Night Men’s Standings: Glass & Mirror Works 17.510.5, Larry’s LP 17-11, Black & Orange 15.5-12.5, Vacant 6-22. Individual games: Art Bliven (L) 221, Breck Eytcheson (G&MW) 216, Vern Nottom (B&O) 203. Individual series: Art Bliven (L) 582, Vern Nottom (B&O) 541, Curt Phelps (G&MW) 517. Team games: Black & Orange 945, Glass & Mirror Works 941, Larry’s LP 930. Team series: Larry’s LP 2753, Glass & Mirror Works 2614, Black & Orange 2599. Games 50 or more above average: Breck Eytcheson 216 (+60). TNT Standings: Cashco 22-10, Flower Power 21-11, Larry’s LP 17-15, Vacant 4-28. Individual games: Becky Reynolds (L) 189, Jennifer Kern (L) 182, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 173. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 510, Sue Eytcheson (FL) 455, Becky Reynolds (L) 453. Team games: Larry’s LP 876, Flower Power 859, Cashco 841. Team series: Larry’s LP 2450, Cashco 2428, Flower Power 2386. Wednesday Night Standings: Cashco 20-8, Lions 19-9, Zia Louisa’s 19-9, Pheasant Inn 11.5-16.5, Black & Orange 11.5-16.5, Vacant 3-25. Individual games: Mike Zajac (C) 229, Josh Johnson (L) 228, Gene Ackland (ZL) 202. Individual series: Josh Johnson (L) 590, Mike Zajac (C) 549, Gene Ackland (ZL) 547. Team games: Cashco 980, Zia Louisa’s 929, Lions 928. Team series: Lions 2751, Zia Louisa’s 2681, Cashco 2636. Games 50 or more above average: Josh

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Denny’s Downtown Lanes Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Spare Us 44, Redneck Coon Hunters 35, George’s Angels 35, Blind 35, Team Siren 30, The Pacifiers 10. Women’s games: Barbara Loomis 148, “Trouble” Barfknecht 146, Ernie Meyer 142. Women’s series: “Trouble” Barfknecht 433, Ernie Meyer 407, Barbara Loomis 386. Men’s games: Jamie Meir 186, Jim Loomis 151, Scott Lamphere 149. Men’s series: Jamie Meir 469, Jim Loomis 438, Scott Lamphere 410. Team games: Spare Us 424, George’s Angels 416, Team Siren 381. Team series: George’s Angels 1212, Spare Us 1199, Team Siren 1136. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Radio Shack 30, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 24, Wood River Pharmancy 24, Grantsburg Sanitary 19, Snow Whites 18, Village Hearth 11. Individual games: Dennis Hanson 253, Maurice Johnson 249, Randy Carey 234. Individual series: Maurice Johnson 698, Dennis Hanson 619, Alan Melin 603. Team games: Grantsburg Sanitary 1039, Village Hearth 1002, Wood River Pharmacy 954. Team series: Grantsburg Sanitary 2965, Village Hearth 2880, Radio Shack 2702.






Aging stars still sparkle in Luck Fifty-five exLuck Cardinal basketball players the graced hardcourt of the Andy Dolny gymnasium last Saturday, Feb. 11, to play a part in the annual winter carnival alumni basketTHE SPORTS ball tournament. Unfortunately, with Redbird legend Paul Petersen choosing to sit out this year, not a single representative from the halcyon decades of the 1970s or ‘80s was on the scene. The indefatigable Glen Johansen from the class of 1966 again claimed participant longevity honors with 1969 icon Ronnie Petersen close behind. Petersen reportedly scored four quick points when he took to the floor, even dazzling onlookers with a patented hook shot. The tourney championship was won by a team consiting of Johansen and more-junior ex-Cardinal greats Logan Hacker, Bart Sladky, Corey Erickson, J.J. Bille, Morgan Denny and Travis Pilz. Though he wasn’t on the championship team, folks say 1997 Cardinal

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grad (and ex-UW-Superior starter) Tony Peterson still has plenty of game left in his arsenal. One fan speculated that the late, great LHS coach Dolny would’ve been proud and pleased to see all of the former players who took to the floor but might not have endorsed the style of play.

Siren girls look ahead While many teams consider a .500plus record to be a goal, some will consider this year’s probable 12-10, 11-11 Dragons performance to be an aberration, especially since they’ve averaged more than 22 wins per season en route to the last five consecutive league titles. But with only one senior listed on this year’s roster, many will consider SHS to enter 2012-13 as the favorite to reclaim a conference title. Mainstays Brittany Coulter, Liz Brown, Carly Good, Kyaisha Kettula, Mackenzie Smith, Raven Emery and a host of other letter-winners will return next year under the tutelage of diligent and tireless coach Ryan Karsten. Unofficial data gleaned from indicates Karsten’s career record as a head coach is 84-19 thus far in his tenure. Not bad for a former wrestler, eh? Speaking of wrestling Local wrestling fans were intrigued by

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Scores Thursday, February 9 New Auburn 51, Unity 34 Luck 54, Frederic 32 Friday, February 10 Siren 72, Webster 37 Turtle Lake 50, Unity 49 Grantsburg 77, St. Croix Falls 33 Monday, February 13 Unity 65, Prairie Farm 42 Tuesday, February 14 Frederic 62, Shell Lake 41 Birchwood 51, Webster 38 Siren 81, Pine City, Minn. 42 Upcoming Thursday, February 16 7:30 p.m. Unity at Clear Lake Grantsburg at Turtle 6 p.m. Webster at Frederic (DH) Friday, February 17 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck (DH) Prairie Farm at Siren Tuesday, February 21 7:30 p.m. Northwood at Webster Unity at Grantsburg (DH) Somerset at St. Croix Falls Luck at Chetek Frederic at Birchwood

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Friday, February 10 Blizzard 7, North Branch, Minn., 0 Upcoming Thursday, February 16 (First round of playoffs) 7:30 p.m. Blizzard vs. Menomonie at Menomonie



Scores Thursday, February 9 Unity 44, New Auburn 19 Frederic 68, Luck 52 Friday, February 10 Siren 64, Webster 21 St. Croix Falls 57, Grantsburg 37 Monday, February 13 Unity 61, Prairie Farm 27 Clayton 55, Siren 54 Tuesday, February 14 Webster 46, Birchwood 37 Cumberland 69, Grantsburg 21 Frederic 83, Shell Lake 58

Conf. 10-0 8-2 6-3 4-5 4-6 1-8 0-9

Overall 15-2 10-8 11-5 11-8 9-10 5-11 2-15

Upcoming Saturday, February 18 10:30 a.m. Osceola sectional tournament (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, February 23-25 State wrestling tournament (TBA)

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Helpful sportsman hint number two Although they are not formidable creatures, the gray squirrel, nevertheless, can be challenging to hunt as well as providing tasty table fare. Because of their small stature, some sportsmen consider it a waste of time to bag only one bushy tail. Ah, but such need not be the case. Since squirrels can provide the basis for a wonderful stew, (see under Squirrel stew) don’t hesitate to harvest that single squirrel you might see lurking around your woodpile or bird feeder. Instead, shoot it and clean it then freeze it in a clearly labeled container. Later, once you have accumulated two or more additional specimens for the larder, make a large A disappointing 12-4 record trimmed the Swami’s seasonal mark to 132-31, for a 2011-12 success rate of 81 percent. The one percentage point drop was the first backward tick in his performance after seven weeks of excellence in which he had been steadily raising the bar. THE SWAMI Undaunted, to commemorate the Beatles first appearance on American TV during this week in February in 1964, the King will attempt to incorporate song titles from The Fab Four in this week’s predictions.


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a recent professional card over in Wolf Creek which was mentioned in this space. In fact, that item spawned secondhand recollections from a local spy who provided this anecdote involving late-‘60s/ early ‘70s Frederic Viking multisport legend Jim Shattuck. The informant reported: “Shattuck once shared a memorable airplane ride with none other than Milwaukee’s favorite son, The Crusher. Not allowed to even demonstrate the dreaded ‘bolo punch’ (his signature, finishing move) outside of the ring in most states and several provinces, the Crusher entertained the passengers the whole trip between the Twin Cities and Milwaukee, with anecdotes and tales of the bums, and ‘turkey necks’ he had defeated in the ring.” Old-timers remember when The Crusher wowed the locals (and scared some youngsters) when he appeared as a part of a wrestling card at the FHS gymnasium back in the 1960s. Meanwhile, at the WIAA wrestling level, individual sectional matches occur this weekend with the state tourney held Feb. 23 - 25. The state team event follows the first weekend in March.

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Upcoming Thursday, February 16 7:30 p.m. Webster at Frederic (DH) Grantsburg at Flambeau Friday, February 17 6 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck (DH) Monday, February 20 7 p.m. Luck at Winter 7:30 p.m. Siren at Drummond Tuesday, February 21 6 p.m. Northwood at Webster Unity at Grantsburg (DH) Turtle Lake at St. Croix Falls Frederic at Birchwood 7:30 p.m. Cumberland at Luck


Standings Conf. 13-0-0 Scores

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


Overall 11-12-0

Upcoming Thursday, February 16 (First round of playoffs) 7 p.m. Blizzard at Chippewa Falls


Thursday-Saturday February 23-25 TBA Gymnastics sectional meets begin

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Frederic 60, Webster 30 – The Vikings “come together” for a win. Flambeau 53, Unity 43 – The Eagles have a “ ticket to ride” all the way over to Tony, but the Falcons will win. St. Croix Falls 61, Luck 48 – The Saints will be the champs and “ I feel fine.” Northwood 50, Webster 23 – “Do you want to know a secret?” (pssst ... Northwood will win) Siren 57, Drummond 44 – The Dragons take “the long and winding road” up north and return home with a victory. Grantsburg 52, Unity 46 – The Pirates “get back” to their winning ways after a tough loss to SCF. Frederic 61, Birchwood 38 – “In my life” I seldom, if ever, remember Frederic losing to Birchwood. Winter 59, Luck 43 – Maybe you can “drive my car” all the way over to Winter, but you’ll still see a Cardinal loss.

P O R T S kettle of stew. Eat a bowl or two fresh off the stovetop and freeze the rest in individual containers for hearty and healthy work lunches.

Ex champ returns Former Siren athlete and member of the 1966 conference champion Dragons, Roger Skold, was recently sighted in town shortly after another SHS basketball victory. Coach still coaching This year most Leader Land boys basketball teams have taken advantage of the opportunity to earn one-sided wins over a seriously undermanned Clear Lake boys team. Of course, the Warriors have a long track record of Lakeland Conference success behind head coach Jason Sargent, whose teams have won a handful of league titles under his mentorship. But this year – instead of drawing accolades for victories – Sargent has earned even more respect from fans and peers for his steadfast and ongoing commitment to teaching and coaching his players during the kind of season which might tempt others to sulk or even “throw in the towel.” Seeding meetings on near horizon, etc. Boys basketball tournament seeding meetings take place this Saturday or Sunday at various locations with girls seeding to follow next weekend. If interested, be sure to check Speaking of the WIAA basketball tourney, a comprehensive and mostly objective editorial in this month’s WIAA bulletin discusses the pros and cons of each potential venue for future state basketball tournaments. Reading between the lines it seems from the editorial that the organization is leaning hard toward steering the crown jewel of Wisconsin high school tourneys to the Resch Center in suburban Green Bay.

Luck 55, Cumberland 27 – The Cards “help” themselves to an easy victory. St. Croix Falls 55, Turtle Lake 40 – “ Let it be” another great Saints performance. Boys games Frederic 41, Webster 33 – “The fool on the hill” who thought the Vikes might struggle to reach .500 this season is rather quiet these days. Grantsburg 70, Turtle Lake 51 – As tournaments approach, Pirate fans are saying, “We can work it out.” Unity 60, Clear Lake 36 – “You won’t see me” at this game. Siren 80, Prairie Farm 43 – “Something” tells me that the Dragons will be 21-0 after this game. Luck 57, St. Croix Falls 37 – Luck wins while old-timers reminisce about how “back in the U.S.S.R” basketball was a secondary sport to ice hockey. Webster 35, Northwood 33 – The Tigers are “getting better” as the season progresses. Grantsburg 61, Unity 43 – After the Eagles won the first matchup it seemed like the Pirates were going “nowhere, man.” Frederic 49, Birchwood 47 – The Vikes could play the Bobcats “eight days a week” and probably come out on top each time. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 55, Luck 45 – “A day in the life” of a Division 5 team means you’ll often be overmatched against bigger schools. Somerset 66, St. Croix Falls 40 – “Yesterday”... Saints boys titles seem so far away. The Swami cheerfully answers all emails and can be reached at



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Farmer found not guilty of shooting bear by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A jury trial for a Turtle Lake farmer accused of killing a bear that attacked and killed two of his calves in early July found him not guilty of all charges on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Polk County Courthouse. Don Sundvall was charged with two counts, one for killing a bear during the closed season and another for possession of game during the closed season. The jury reached a verdict in slightly over one hour on whether or not Sundvall was justified in protecting his property and preventing another potential attack by the bear. A packed courtroom filled with overwhelming public support for Sundvall heard testimony from game wardens, including warden supervisor Dave Zebro, as well as warden Phil Dorn, who responded to the Sundvall farm along with Chad Alberg, of the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services. “Something’s got to be changed,” Sundvall said on the stand while being questioned by defense attorney Aaron Nelson of Doar Drill and Skow in New Richmond. Sundvall was referring to the many phone calls he made asking for help from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, DNR and the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services the morning before he eventually killed the bear. Sundvall said that his main wish was to see that no other farmer should go through what he had to go through that morning. “I can not believe, after all the stuff I’ve been through, they have not changed things in Polk County,” Sundvall said. On the morning of July 10, 2011, Sundvall woke up to do chores like any other day, only to find his calf hutches had been raided at some point during the early morning hours. He eventually discovered the remains of one of the dead calves not

Don Sundvall, (left) is shown during the less-than-two-day jury trial last week, Tuesday, Feb. 6, along with his defense attorney, Aaron Nelson. Sundvall was found not guilty by a 12-member jury trial the following evening. – Photo by Greg Marsten far from the front door of his home. According to testimony, Sundvall and Sundvall and his hired man, Mike Rouzer finished up chores at sometime Rouzer, went back to the calf hutches and after 5 a.m., and eventually went looking discovered that at least three others had for the second dead calf. There were drag been broken into unsuccessfully, but soon marks heading into the cornfield near the realized a second calf had gone missing. calf hutches, and Rouzer followed them Rouzer then said he went back to the in, armed with a shotgun in case the bear barn to finish up milking cows and Sund- might still be nearby. vall started to make phone calls. Sundvall “Don just said he was going to go said he made calls to the Polk County around and stand on the other side of the Sheriff’s Department, at least one conser- road and I was going to go into the cornvation warden, and another call to APHIS, field. There wasn’t a lot of talk about it,” and it was those phone calls, and the ones Rouzer testified. he made after killing the bear, that SundRouzer then explained that he got about vall felt were falling on deaf ears. 50 yards into the cornfield, and paused a “Did you think somebody was going to moment to look the area over. come out and help you?” Nelson asked ”That’s when I caught a flash of someSundvall. thing. I waited, and there was two shots “I really did think somebody would,” then,” Rouzer stated. Sundvall replied. Rouzer then walked to where he saw

the flash of an animal, and it was there that he found the second dead calf. Sundvall shot the bear at nearly 500 yards, hitting the animal both times and dropping it on the second shot. The DNR maintained that because the animal was fleeing the area, it wasn’t necessary to kill the bear. The sheriff’s department also said they didn’t deem it necessary to respond to Sundvall’s situation, as they felt the bear had already left the area and wasn’t posing any immediate threat. The sheriff’s department did instruct Sundvall not to shoot the bear but Sundvall was defiant in that he was merely trying to prevent another attack. “Every one of them calves have a halfpail of molasses and grain … but that bear did not want that. He wanted calves,” Sundvall said. Both Alberg and Dorn testified on the second day of the trial, and when asked if he felt it was reasonable to believe that the bear might come back after taking two calves, Alberg said “it’s possible,” but also reasonable to believe that the bear wouldn’t come back. Assistant Polk County District Attorney Stephen Dorrance argued throughout the trial that the DNR was acting merely on what they are required to do by law, but attorney Nelson continued to stress that Sundvall merely felt that he was trying to prevent another attack from happening and that he had a reasonable belief that another attack was inevitable. “If this would have happened to me one week later, the same identical thing would have happened again,” Sundvall said. Sundvall also reiterated that he shouldn’t need to make more than one phone call if he needs help again, should an incident like this ever happen in the future. Nor should any farmer. “I don’t want this ever to happen to another farmer again,” Sundvall said in the closing of his testimony.

Concealed carry class offered by Grantsburg Community Ed GRANTSBURG – A Grantsburg community education concealed carry class will be offered on March 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Grantsburg American Legion post. The cost of the class is $30. The five-hour CCW class will be taught by law enforcement officers Jared Cockroft with the St. Croix Falls Police Department and Joe Vierkandt with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Both men are Wisconsin Department of Justice training and standards certified instructors. “Both of our backgrounds include military and law-enforcement experience,” said Cockroft. These police officers have over 30 years of law enforcement experience collectively, says their Web site, Safe Firearms Training ( Participants may bring an unloaded gun and holster to the safety-training event. No ammunition is allowed in the Legion facility. The state of Wisconsin has provided

many answers to questions regarding CCW. You may visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s frequently asked questions at: dles/cib/ConcealedCarry/ccw_frequentl y_asked_questions.pdf For more information, please call Cindi at Grantsburg Community Education: 715-463-5165, Ext. 160. Or you may call course coordinators Harley Lindus at 715463-2070 or Joe Paquette at 715-463-2292. – submitted

Jared Cockroft with the St. Croix Falls Police Department and Joe Vierkandt with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department will conduct the Grantsburg Community Education class on concealed carry weapons. – Photo submitted

Wolves and their signs GRANTSBURG – Saturday, Feb. 18, continues the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Shakers and Movers 2012 program series. Each month, they take a closer look at a person, animal, or management practice that has an impact on something else. Beginning at 9 a.m., you can learn about wolves and the signs they leave behind.

The morning will begin in the Crex Meadows Education and Visitor Center classroom and further investigation will take place out in the field. Crex advises everyone to dress appropriately for the winter weather, as outdoor activity may require walking through uneven terrain and snow.

Other events coming up at Crex Meadows are: a winter walk (or snowshoe) on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 1 p.m. On Saturday, March 17, an Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner will be held from 6-9 p.m. Cost and reservation is required. The Shakers and Movers 2012 series continues on Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m. with a

look at Norman Stone, the Father of Crex Meadows. For more information about these and other events at Crex Meadows, call 715-463-2739, visit, or find them on Facebook. Consider joining Friends of Crex. FOC supports these and other programs. – submitted


Well-attended scholarship fundraiser benefits Luck School graduates LUCK - The annual Continuing Education Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Luck Schools drew a lot of support from the Luck and Frederic communities. The lasagna supper and raffle was scheduled with the Luck-Frederic doubleheader basketball games and the Cardinals vs. Cancer event. This community-supported fundraiser began over 15 years ago and has been successful, thanks to the solid support of the Larsen Auto Center in Frederic, Bernick’s Pepsi in Dresser and each class of seniors and their parents. This year $2,840 was raised between the supper and raffle, with the lasagna meal serving over 330 people. The scholarship raffle with many locally made prizes was also popular. Raffle names were drawn by Luck seniors at halftime of the boys varsity game. The winners are: Scott Anderson won the lap quilt with cabin theme donated by Christmas Valley Quilting. Jim Christiansen won the custom doghouse built by Herschel Brown. Michele GullicksonMoore won the watercolor painting by Vivian Byl. Rick Palmer won the two-week garden harvest certificate from Burning River Farm, CSA. Earleen Strait, Dianne Dueholm, Curt Jones and Tom Wesle each

Many volunteers made the fundraising event run smoothly and included Luck seniors, their parents and grandparents, and community ed advisory council members. From left, Danielle Nelson, Melissa Kufalk, Renae McGinnity, Wilma Gray and Carol Franzel served part of the meal from the kitchen. – Photos submitted

The cafeteria was filled to capacity for the majority of the evening on Thursday, Feb. 9, as over 330 supporters enjoyed a filling meal of lasagna, garlic bread, salad, beverages and dessert. The meal was sponsored by Frederic Larsen Auto Center; the lasagna was prepared by Luck School food service director Ione Barron and kitchen staff.

won Luck Golf Course certificates good for 18 holes of golf plus use of a cart. Harry Johansen won the $25 Natural Alternative Food Co-op certificate. Kathy Supinski and Carole Zellinger each won a $20 Lucky Bucks certificate which is valid at 40-plus local businesses. Dave Talmadge, Sue Messar and Robert Classert each won a $15 Fibre Functions Yarn certificate donated by Audrey Anderson. Doris Wilson, Laurie Ince, Randy Virkus and David Chell each won a pint jar of pure maple syrup made 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. Graduates have up to three years to request this scholarship, with the understanding that not every graduate goes on to college, tech school or trade school immediately following high school. Graduates who serve our country through the military have an additional three years to request their scholarship following their discharge. If you’d like to learn more about scholarships which benefit Luck School graduates, please call Luck Community Ed at 715-472-2152 Ext. 103 or e-mail director Amy Aguado at - submitted

Luck seniors helped throughout the scholarship fundraiser. During the supper, several took turns at the beverage table, including (L to R) Michelle Tomlinson, Jacob LaDuke, Billy Schallenberger and Jacob Schrock.

Polk County Circuit Court Nicole E. Stewart, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Joshua A. Swager, Amery, failure to obtain vehicle title, $175.30. Rachelle J. Tacherny, Luck, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Charles M. Tarara, Mendota Heights, Minn., speeding, $225.70.

Dustin L. Taylor, Frederic, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. John W. Thatcher, Star Prairie, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lawrence D. Thatcher, Star Prairie, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50.

Tasha M. Thatcher, Star Prairie, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kathy J. Thompson, Center City, Minn., fail to yield when emerging from alley, $175.30. Chad M. Wallgren, Lake Elmo, Minn., speeding, $175.30.



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Shannon M. Werb, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Willis J. Wilson, Cumberland, keep open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $263.50. Wyatt T. Zulkosky, Maple Grove, Minn., speeding, $175.30.


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Kenneth R. Kurttila, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brent J. Lieffring, Centuria, operating without valid license, $200.50; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Joel A. Lovgren, New Richmond, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Kayla M. Martin, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Travis D. McCloud, Centuria, operator fail to have passenger seat belted, $10.00. Rilee C. Meagher, Amery, fail to yield while making left turn, $175.30. Sara M. Measner, Osceola, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Bruce A. Miller, Amery, fail to slow vehicle, passing stopped emergency vehicle, not guilty plea. Brandon S. Nickell, Cumberland, operating while suspended, $200.50; fail to stop at stop sign, $175.30. Chad A. Ogilvie, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Jason L. Peterson, Boyceville, operate ATV without valid registration, $200.50. Angela M. Reyes, Turtle Lake, speeding, $175.30. Sarah J. Schendel, Roberts, speeding, $225.70. Michael M. Schuller, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tina J. Seggerman, Glenwood City, operate without valid license, $200.50. Kathryn N. Sipple, River Falls, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Joshua J. Skoug, Amery, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Benjamin J. Stauber, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30.


Ryan M. Abel, Breckenridge, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kyle R. Bottolfson, Luck, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Shane D. Brekke, Clayton, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, failure to notify police of accident, failure to keep vehicle under control, operating left of centerline, not guilty pleas. Patricia J. Buhs, Woodville, inattentive driving, $187.90; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Darren E. Croes, Clear Lake, speeding, $225.70; operating while suspended, $200.50. Connor G. Dahlin, Andover, Minn., operating left of centerline, $213.10. Lauren M. Domagala, Frederic, speeding, $200.50. Susanne M. Edmonds, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Andrew C. Erickson, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.39; operating while suspended, $200.50. Russell G. Fjorden, Frederic, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Joseph L. Flock, Stillwater, Minn., automobile following too closely, $200.50. Joseph C. Graupman, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Cody R. Gruel, Frederic, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Daniel B. Hale, Balsam Lake, unsafe backing of vehicle, $175.30. Michelle M. Handy, St. Croix Falls, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Andrea E. Henderson, Dresser, seat belt violation, $10.00. Alma M. Karels, Grantsburg, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

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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: March 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 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.: 026-01443-0000. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2012. 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. 283172

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(Feb. 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Dorothy M. Barton Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filling Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 12-PR-08 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth June 24, 1927, and date of death December 20, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 105 Oak St. E, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500, before Jenell L, Anderson, Probate Registrar, on March 6, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 18, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disabiity to participate in the court process, please call 715485-9238 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar February 7, 2012 Todd H. Anderson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 507 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5365 Bar Number: 1012132

TOWN OF STERLING MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held February 20, 2012, At The Cushing Community Center At 7:00 p.m.

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(Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE ESTATE OF DONALD C. HOFFMAN, Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-729 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on December 21, 2011, in the amount of $303,610.94, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 22nd day of March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Lot Five (5), Plat of Kingview Addition, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wis. Tax Parcel Number: 01000896-0000 TERMS OF SALE: 10% down - cash, money order or certified check. Balance due within ten days of confirmation of sale. This property is being sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. TIMOTHY G. MOORE, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Velnetske Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 (262) 241-9339 The above property is located at 1107 55th Avenue, Amery, Wisconsin. 553660 WNAXLP Velnetske Law Office, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff vs. JOHN W. NELSON, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 95 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 14, 2011, in the amount of $84,316.10, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lots 1, 2, 3, Block 1, Lawson City, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 30 2nd Avenue E., Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-0046-0000. Dated this 17th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County 553504 WNAXLP

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: April 3, 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, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 241 3rd Ave., Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 113-00106-0000. Dated this 10th day of February, 2012. 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. 283881

(Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. ALLEN J. WYMAN, et al. Defendant(s)

daffodils to donors in appreciation for a contribution. By sending bunches of daffodils to friends, family members and people touched by cancer, you are sharing a message of hope and raising funds and awareness to help defeat cancer. As one of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil is a symbol of hope. To the American Cancer Society, the daffodil represents the hope we all share for a future where can-

Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 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. 282306


The Eureka Town Board has decided to eliminate a recycling drop-off as of January 1, 2012. Recycling can now be dropped off at the Cushing Co-op Grain Department, 7 days a week.

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Joseph R.Buck, 19, Siren, failure to pay fines, Feb. 9. Jesse L. Russell, 34, Clearwater, Minn., arrest warrant complaint, Feb. 6. Ernest S. Swanson, 40, Pine City, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 10.

BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – You can give hope to people facing cancer and save lives by supporting the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program. The Daffodil Days program is your chance to fight back against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease. Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society’s oldest and most beloved fundraising programs. Each spring, the society offers

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(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. DEBRA J. JONES N/K/A DEBRA J. PAULSON, et al Defendant(s)

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(Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Edis C. Calder Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 41 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth June 17, 1914, and date of death June 11, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of c/o Jean Giller, P.O. Box 72, Luck, WI 54853. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500, before Jenell L. Anderson, Probate Registrar, on February 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 27, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 17, 2012 Daniel J. Tolan Attorney at Law P.O. Box 213 Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4002 553655 Bar No. 1029533 WNAXLP


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

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

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Burnett and Polk County deaths Burnett County Gary W. Kosloski, 55, Town of Siren, died Jan. 21, 2012. Kip L. Beckman, 49, village of Siren, died Jan. 22, 2012. Charles J. Stone, 58, Town of Arna, Minn., died Jan. 29, 2012. Laura S. Wicklund, 97, village of Grantsburg, died Jan. 30, 2012. Polk County Bernice V. Abrahamzon, 91, Town of Clam Falls, died Jan. 25, 2012. Marshall A. Hepner, 54, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 26, 2012. Bonita R. LeLawyer, 92, Town of Garfield, died Jan. 29, 2012. Elvira A. Krenz, 99, Amery, died Jan. 31, 2012. (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

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.

/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.


Position: One full-time, long-term substitute position serving grades 9 - 12 starting as soon as possible through June 1, 2012. Responsibilities include evaluation, IEP development and implementation of instructional supports and services for students with disabilities at Unity High School. Qualifications Necessary: Qualified applicants of high character should possess a high level of content knowledge; believe all students can learn and that teachers play an active role in the learning process; display strong communication, leadership and organizational skills; enjoy working with teenagers; be willing to collaborate with colleagues; and be dedicated individuals who exhibit a strong desire to improve student learning. Requirements: Applicants must have appropriate DPI licensure (801, 811 and/or 830) or be eligible for such licensure. How to Apply: Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of application, District application (available at, resume, copy of license or evidence of license eligibility, transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation to: Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th Street, Hwy. 46 North Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Deadline: Until Filled E.O.E.

Unity School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

Case No. 11 SC 1148 File No. 1480529 You are being sued by Asset Acceptance, LLC, Assignee of HSBC, in the small claims court for Polk County, Wisconsin, 1005 W. Main St., Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. A hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on February 27, 2012. If you do not appear, a judgment may be given to the person suing you. (A copy of the claim has been mailed to you at the address above.) Dated: January 27, 2012. /s/ Ryan M. Peterson Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC Attorneys in the Practice of Debt Collection 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd. Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 Toll-Free: (877) 667-8010

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee for Freddie Mac Securities REMIC Trust 2005S001 Plaintiff vs. TIMOTHY C. CICCARELLI, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 135 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $336,774.05, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 22, as shown on the Plat of First Addition to Lori’s Lotus Lake Landing, filed in the Register of Deeds Office for Polk County, Wisconsin, in Envelope 30B, as Document No. 554519 and located in part of Government Lot 4, Section 21, and parts of Government Lot 2 and the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 22, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 847 207th Street, Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01315-2200. Dated this 8th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County 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.

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL BANK, assignee of THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM C. OLSON and OLIVE K. OLSON, Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 567 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 28, 2011, in the amount of $19,700.76, 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, March 29, 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: Lot Five (5) of Certified Survey Map No. 4868 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 195, as Document No. 699678, being a division of Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 3490 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey maps, page 3, as Document No. 619618, part of Government Lot Two (2), Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with the driveway easement shown on said Certified Survey Map and together with the easement shown on Certified Survey Map No. 3877 recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 140, as Document No. 641030 and the easement shown on Certified Survey Map No. 4868 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 195, as Document No. 699678 to provide access to the town road. PIN: 026-01145-2500. STREET ADDRESS: 2150 South Baker Road, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 30th day of January, 2012. 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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Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County 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

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on September 26, 2011, in the amount of $207,022.04, 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 March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: PARCEL 1: Part of Government Lot 2, of Section 30, Township 34 North, Range 16 West in the Town of Apple River described as Lot 28 of Certified Survey Maps, filed January 4, 1995, in Volume 9 of Records, Page 80, as Document No. 538840. PARCEL 2: A 66-footwide easement for the benefit of PARCEL 1 for ingress and egress over and across the proposed town road as shown on the subject Certified Survey Map. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1166 134th 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 upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 6th day of February, 2012.

TO: Jason Dilley 822 N. Hamilton St. St. Croix Falls, WI 540249211 Defendant(s)

(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.

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Case No. 09CV348 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage


JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. RAYMOND NOCKELS, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 124 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 15, 2011, in the amount of $152,318.78, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lots 6 and 7, Block 4, Plat of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 500 8th Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00277-0000.




Lance M. Ramsdell, Siren, and Terah L. Whitehouse, Siren, issued Dec. 22, 2011.

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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

Wayne M. Gorman, Rush City, Minn., and Tamara S. Bertelsen, Grantsburg, issued Jan. 23, 2012. Frederico De La Huerta, Town of Meenon, and Amy L. Kerbel, Town of Meenon, issued Feb. 1, 2012. Alexander S. Gillis, Town of Swiss, and Lindsey L. Hammond, Town of Swiss, issued Feb. 3, 2012.

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David J. Goepfert, Grantsburg, and Megan R. Markgraf, Grantsburg, issued Nov. 18, 2011. Keith A. Mechtel, Town of Dewey, and Stephanie L. Becker, Town of Dewey, issued Dec. 12, 2011. Jack A. Hegge, Hinckley, Minn., and Laura M. Kuhn, Grantsburg, issued Dec. 19, 2011. Derek D. Bertelsen, Grantsburg, and Kirsten D. Kaiser, Trade Lake, issued Dec. 22, 2011. Craig L. Briggs, Grantsburg, and Ashley M. Frommader, Grantsburg, issued Dec. 28, 2011. Aaron D. Long, New Richmond, and Juliette A. Derouin, Webster, issued Dec. 29, 2011. Kyle A. Smith, Town of Daniels, and Samantha J. Breckner, Town of Daniels, issued Jan. 5, 2012. Travis D. Erickson, Town of Lincoln, and Crystal R. Hanson, Town of Lincoln, issued Jan. 11, 2012.

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Notices/Employment opportunities



Deputy Sheriff Full Time - 80 Hr./Pay Period 1 Current Vacancy And Future Vacancies If Any


Jailer $20.44/hr. Full Time - 80 Hr./Pay Period 1 Current Vacancy And Future Vacancies If Any Deadline To Apply For These Positions: Feb. 29, 2012 Disability Benefit Specialist Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Full Time - 37.5 Hr./Week Deadline To Apply: Feb. 28, 2012


Property Lister/Analyst $19.74/hr. Land Information Full Time - 40 Hr./Week 554580 26L Deadline To Apply: March 5, 2012 YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Job Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 or by calling 715-485-9176. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC


Dated this 30th day of January, 2012 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

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DRIVER’S EDUCATION TEACHER Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking qualified applicants who are learning-focused, creative and dynamic individuals to teach Driver’s Education Courses part time at our Rice Lake Campus and surrounding locations. Candidates will work on a casual or as-needed basis. All teaching would be done after school and weekends. Deadline to apply: February 29, 2012


For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our Web site at 554475 26-27r,L TTY 711 16-17a-e

WITC is an equal opportunity/access/employer and educator.


Polk County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council is seeking the services of a Certified Public Accountant for the following services: • Set up accounting system • Prepare financial statements • Comply with state and federal reporting requirements for 501(c)3 A complete Request For Proposal may be obtained by calling the Drug Court Coordinator at 715-485-4051 or may be picked up at Branch 1 - Polk County Circuit Court 554510 26L Justice Center, Balsam Lake.

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.

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

(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 BONE LAKE Planning Commission Meeting Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7 p.m. Bone Lake Lutheran Church

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 1, 2011, in the amount of $183,321.42, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 5, 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: PARCEL 1: Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 3640, recorded in Volume 16 CSM, Page 153, Document No. 629179, located in part of the SE1/4 of SE1/4, Section 5-32-16, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wis. PARCEL 2: An easement for ingress and egress described as follows: Commencing at the SE Corner of Section 5; thence on an assumed bearing along the East Line of said SE1/4 of Section 5, North 05 Degrees 01’ 23” East a distance of 330.14 Feet to the North Line of the South 330.00 Feet of said SE1/4 of SE1/4 and the point of beginning of the Parcel to be described; thence, along last said North Line, North 89 Degrees 36’ 59” WEST a distance of 329.44 Feet; thence North 02 Degrees 07’ 19” East a distance of 372.05 Feet; thence North 87 Degrees 48’ 41” East a distance of 158.20 Feet; thence South 84 Degrees 32’ 04” East a distance of 22.90 Feet to the point of beginning of said Easement; thence North 05 Degrees 27’ 56” East a distance of 43.00 Feet; thence South 84 Degrees 32’ 04” East a distance of 107.58 Feet to the Westerly right of way of State Truck Highway 46; thence along said right of way, South 01 Degree 51’ 49” East a distance of 43.09 Feet; thence North 84 Degrees 32’ 04” West a distance of 110.29 Feet to the point of beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00128-0100 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 507 State Hwy. 46, Amery, Wisconsin 54001.

Case No. 04 CV 75 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action, 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, March 29, 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: East Half of the Southwest Quarter (E1/2 SW1/4), Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, Except 1 square acre in NW corner of NE SW, Section 22; the North line thereof is the South line of CTH C and West line thereof is the West line of said NE1/4 SW1/4, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00574-0000, 00200578-0000, 002-005790000. The real estate shall be sold in parcels, as follows: Parcel 1: Northeast one-quarter of Southwest one-quarter (NE1/4 of SW1/4) Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, Except 1 square acre in NW corner of NE SW, Section 22; the North line thereof is the South line of CTH C and West line thereof is the West line of said NE1/4 SW1/4, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00574-0000 Parcel 2: Southeast one-quarter of Southwest one-quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4) Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00578-0000 & 00200579-0000. Parcel 3: All real estate shall be sold as a single parcel. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 30th day of January, 2012.

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Plaintiff vs. RICHARD F. DIEDRICH, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 309 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $118,562.34, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 21, 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: Lot 6, of Certified Survey Map No. 4232 recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 13 as Document No. 667181, located in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 19, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 297 110th St., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00487-0600.

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY KAREN E. MINUTELLO, as Assignee of M & I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Successor by merger with Century Bank, Plaintiff, vs. DAVID J. DEHAVEN and JANE DOE, alias, his wife, if any, and ARDEN P. WILLIAMS and John Doe, alias, her husband, if any, Defendants.

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Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County 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.


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(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. DANIEL J. JOHNSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 468 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 15, 2011, in the amount of $72,357.25, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 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 Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lots 17 and 18, Block B of Burman and Porters Addition to the City of Amery, said lots being situated in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 33, Township 33 North, Range 16 West. Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 539 Broadway Street, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-00147-0000. Dated this 8th day of February, 2012.

(Feb. 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Michael Ivan DeMoe Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 10 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 21, 1945, and date of death January 25, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin with a mailing address of 513 Benson Road, P.O. Box 408, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 25, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main Street, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Propate Registrar February 14, 2012 Nicholas DeMoe 503 Hope Road Frederic, WI 54837 651-235-9246

(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. CHARLES S. BITTORF, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 654 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 6, 2011, in the amount of $231,171.53, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: 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 and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 6 and those parts of Government Lot 10, the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, and the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, which lie North and West of the abandoned railroad right of way now owned by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation, all in Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. EXCEPT Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map Number 3739, recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 2, as Document Number 633843, located in part of Government Lot 10, Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 571 90th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-00409-0000, 016-00404-0000, 016-004150000 & 016-00417-0100. Dated this 15th day of November, 2011. 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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BMC Foundation hosts third-annual Valentine’s Banquet by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—Hundreds of guests came out Saturday, Feb. 11, in support of the Burnett Medical Center Foundation at the organization’s third-annual Valentine’s dinner and fundraiser at the Lakeview Event Center in Siren. Guests enjoyed a social hour complete with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music provided by William Norine, where they could visit and leisurely place their bids for the variety of silent auction items. Ladies were given a corsage upon entering, and just prior to dinner, guests were officially welcomed by event organizer Joe Lando. “We hope this tradition will grow,“ he said, referring to a number of elements incorporated into the evening. To begin with, Lando explained that although the medical center is located in Grantsburg, it’s really an asset that belongs to the entire county. Therefore, it’s very important to the planning committee to involve people from Grantsburg, Siren and Webster. And this year, each community was represented. The event was held in Siren, with dinner provided by Adventures Catering. The Grantsburg High School choir performed six songs, all in keeping with the

There was something for everybody at the Valentine’s banquet silent auction.

Nearly 200 guests had plenty of time to mingle before the fundraiser dinner. – Photos by Jean Koelz Valentine theme. And Webster High School’s National Honors Society was given the opportunity to raise funds for its chapter by providing coat check services. But the core tradition is the foundation’s work to build community awareness of the medical center and support the work of the hospital and continuing care center. The foundation raises funds for needed equipment and to pay for items, repairs or upgrades not included in the medical center’s budget. In a brief presentation, foundation President Don Erickson outlined how fundraising and a generous grant from Farmers Independent Telephone have enabled the foundation to purchase more than $30,000 in specialty chairs and orthopedic surgical equipment. And now there are ambitious plans to raise money to invest in state-of-the-art radiography equipment. The large goal made one of the evening’s announcements that much more exciting. Larry Blahauvietz from the Luck chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced that his organization would provide $1,500 in matching funds for the evening’s fundraising efforts. The Burnett Medical Center Foundation

is a nonprofit public organization whose mission is to inspire community philanthropy to advance exceptional health care for patients at Burnett Medical Center. For more information, visit

Ladies were treated to beautiful Valentine’s Day corsages as they entered the Lakeview Event Center.

Burnett Medical Center Foundation President Don Erickson at the fundraiser held at Lakeview Center Saturday, Feb. 11, for the medical center.

Gordy Lewis, CEO of Burnett Medical Center, attended the Valentine’s banquet held Saturday, Feb. 11.

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“Jack & the Beanstalk”


by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Dressed in colorful costumes, the cast of “Jack and the Beanstalk” delivered their lines enthusiastically as they presented an original adaptation of the classic fairy tale Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. After only a week to learn lines and rehearse, the first- through eighth-grade students were ready to wow audiences, singing and dancing in this witty version of the story of Jack, a boy hoping to find a way to make things “look up” for his impoverished family. Jack takes a big chance, leading him skyward up the beanstalk where he meets more than a few quirky characters, who help him find the fortune he seeks. Prairie Fire Theatre Company, founded in 1987, tours over 100 communities throughout the year, working with students to give them a weeklong professional theater experience. Grantsburg Community Education co-sponsored “Jack and the Beanstalk” with Prairie Fire Theatre members Bob Gribas and Angela Rindaldi Gribas acting in and directing the production. As the students took their bows, they experienced the best part of their performance, the sense of pride and accomplishment felt, hearing the loud applause from their audience. “Shhh, don’t wake the sleeping giant!” Jack, played by Paul Mackean, his sister Jessie, played by Amber Pedersen, and the golden goose, played by Linda Harmon, hoped to escape the giant’s grasp while he napped. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Caitlyn Lee played a pretty cool owl, dancing about the stage asking the all-important question, “Whoooo, are you?”

The colorful toucan, played by Jillian Seeger, danced to the beat on the beanstalk’s bird walk.

Donevan Benson played the horn of Milky the magic cow, played by Grace plenty, the littlest member of the Gaffney, lamented over the repeated re- quirky singing group, the Orchestranians, who Jack met on his way up the quests for her moo juice. beanstalk.

One of the carny performers, played by Adrianne Covey, clowned around as she twirled and whirled about the stage hula hooping.

Treble, played by Isabelle Aragonez, was shocked to learn the trolls had taken Princess Harp up the beanstalk where the giant was holding her prisoner.

Old Jeb, played by Caleb Van Ravenswaay, liked to tell tales of when his village was prosperous and not impoverished.




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Local author publishes second book

LUCK — “Head in a Haymow” fans will be happy to know that Luck author Christine Seaton has published the second book in the series. “Femur in the Fieldstone” is now available both on e-book and in paperback. This is the second book in her Dairyland Murders series, and fans can once again follow Bernice Hordstrom, a savvy farm woman, as she finds herself in another suspenseful murder mystery. Like “Head in a Haymow,” Seaton’s new book is set right here in Wisconsin, where Hordstrom and her aunt find two unexplained graves on an abandoned farm. Suspicion, romance and suspense meld together as the story unfolds and the lives of each main character are changed forever. Seaton has two meet-and-greet events planned, where she will read portions of both her books and have copies available

for purchase and signing. She will also be providing a “sneak peek” at her upcoming third book. On Thursday, Feb. 23, the St. Croix Falls Public Library will be hosting a meet-andgreet session at 7 p.m. A second session will be Milltown Public Library on March 29. The following review of Seaton’s first book, “Head in a Haymow,” was provided by Luck Public Library head librarian Jill Glover: Local author Christine Seaton has hit a home run with her recently released debut novel, “Head In The Haymow.” This first installment in the Dairyland Murders series delivers a solid, well-written mystery with all the expected twists and turns. The characters are well developed and authentic to their locale. I have read a lot of first-time authors and Christine Seaton is truly at the top. This smart, sincere, sometimes funny, tightly constructed story resembles the style of some of the big-name mystery authors. Bernice Hordstrom is a smart, sassy, no-nonsense farm woman, who can hold a grudge or a gun with the

Local author Christine Seaton signs a copy of the first book in her Dairyland Murders series, titled “Head in a Haymow.” — Photo submitted same alacrity. Paired together with bythe-book SAC Evan Wyatt, who works out of the Madison office of the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, and is clearly an outsider, Bernice strikes out to solve the murder of the person whose head is found in her neighbor’s haymow. A first-class whodunit with fun

characters and a surprise ending, this book is a must-read. — Mary Stirrat with information from Chris Seaton and the Luck Public Library

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Legion Ice-Fishing Contest

Wood Lake

Frigid fishing fun at Grantsburg Legion ice-fishing contest by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – As temperatures plunged, so, too, did the lines of ice-fishing enthusiasts into the frozen waters of Big Wood Lake at the start of the annual Grantsburg American Legion ice-fishing contest on Saturday, Feb. 11. The frigid fun continued throughout the day with those braving the brisk breeze taking off the chill in the warming tent for hot food and drinks. In keeping with tradition, Legion members gave out $5 in cash to the first 40 kids under 15 just for coming out to fish. A representative from Rapala, Matt Jensen, also gave out a Rapala lure to the first 60 kids under 15. While some looked at the door-prizedrawing list to see if they had won, others checked the fish hanging on the display

Troy Schletty made the trip from Faribault, Minn., to fish with relatives at the Legion icefishing contest at Wood Lake and came up as one of the winners of the biggest fish caught with his over 4-pound bass. board to see who was in the running for catching the biggest fish. The fine day of fishing ended with prizes for the biggest fish in each category presented and the grand prize raffle winners announced.

19th-annual American Legion fishing contest results Biggest northern

First place: Cody Hoffman; 17 lbs., 12.4 oz. Second place: John Berten; 9 lbs., 2.3 oz. Third place: Zach Maslow; 7 lbs., 10.7 oz.

Biggest bass

First place: Troy Schletty; 4 lbs., 7.6 oz. Second place: Nevaeh Schallenberger; 4 lbs., 4.1 oz. Third place: Zeke Karge; 3 lbs., 14.1 oz.

Cody Hoffman was the winner of the biggest northern caught at Saturday’s Legion ice-fishing contest. Cody’s fish weighed in at the contest at 17.12.4 pounds with a later weigh-in of his fish at a local bait shop’s scale coming in at 18 pounds, 1 ounce.

Biggest sunfish

First place: Bruce Bjorklund; 9.1 oz. Second place: Ricky Danielson; 9.1 oz. Third place: Harley Meyer; 8.6 oz.

Biggest crappie Ten-year-old Andrew Lemieux of Luck showed off the northern he’d just caught at the Legion ice-fishing contest on Wood Lake last Saturday, Feb. 11.

First place: Danny Bohen; 14.7 oz. Second place: Austin Swanson; 12.8 oz. Third place: Ron Introwitz; 12.3 oz. –submitted

Emily Noye was a very enterprising cookie seller at the Wood Lake ice-fishing Contest Saturday. The 12-year-old from New Richmond, who was visiting her grandparents, Wood Lake residents Terry and Linda Swenson, decided the lake landing would be just the right spot for “catching” some sales of her carload of Girl Scout cookies.

Seven-year-old Lexi and 4-year-old Abbie Kammeyer scooped out ice from a fishing hole at the Wood Lake fishing contest last Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11. The two sisters didn’t seem to mind the cool temps as they ran from tip-up to tip-up cleaning out their dad’s iced-over holes.

Andy McKeag found a fun way to give his friends Cora and Mark Olson a cool ride around Wood Lake during the Legion ice-fishing contest Saturday, Feb. 11.

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a fertility specialist, a 65-year-old woman had a baby. All her relatives came to visit and Joe Roberts meet the newest member of their family. When they asked to see the baby, the 65-year-old mother said, “Not yet.” A little later they asked to see the baby again. Again the mother said, “Not yet.” Finally they said, “When can we see the baby?” And the mother said, “When the baby cries.” So they asked, “Why do we have to wait until the baby cries?” The new mother said, “I forgot where I put it.” ••• You may have heard about a new bride who was a bit embarrassed to be known as a honeymooner. So when she and her husband pulled up to the hotel, she asked him if there was any way that they could make it appear that they had been married a long time. He responded, “Sure. You carry the suitcases!” •••


"How Green Was My Valley" showing at Luck LUCK — Thursday, Feb. 23, the 1941 film classic “How Green Was My Valley” will be shown in the Luck Historical Museum at Main Street and 3rd Avenue in Luck at 7 p.m. Seen through the eyes of a boy (Roddy McDowall), this film is the inspiring yet heartbreaking story of young parents struggling to keep their family together as they endure severe hardship in a small Welsh mining town. Co-starring Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pidgeon, this acclaimed classic captures the sentiments and issues of its time while reminding us of the dreams, struggles and triumphs that can touch every family. This film will be subtitled for those with hearing difficulties. The showing is co-sponsored by the Luck Library and the Luck Historical Society. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Popcorn will be served. — submitted

Polk County Fair awarded fi firrst place in three categories POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Fair always participates in several contests during the annual WAF Convention. This year, they are proud to announce that they were awarded first place in three categories: What’s New? At the Fair Photo, Fair Brochure (created by PaperWorx) and Best Fair Booth (put together by Amy Strobach.) The WAF Convention is a great opportunity for local fair organizers to expand their knowledge about programs, laws, and current events that affect their fair. This year’s fair is to be held July 26 through July 29. Watch the fair Web site,, Facebook and local papers for more information. - submitted

“I heated up your coffee cup

curable sinus infection. In the summer it is not too bad. But in the winter (there is no polite way to say this) Lucy blows snot. She will have a sneezing fit that will culminate in a giant blast of mucus followed, occasionally, by vomiting. Then she feels much

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before I put the coffee in,” Daniel said. “That’s what love looks like, in case you were wondering.” Daniel is a great giver of gifts, Carrie Classon and they are usually the kind that matter most—like a prewarmed coffee cup. Daniel gives me candy bars. I do not eat candy bars, so it is odd that he knows what kind I like best (Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls). Daniel tells me I could stand to put on a few pounds. I can pretty much guarantee that any man who tells a woman that she, “could stand to put on a few pounds” will be adored. It may be that some women were looking for sparkly jewels in a box. This Valentine’s Day, I was looking for a place to leave Lucy. Lucy, as I have mentioned, is my cat companion of many years. Calling her a “pet” somehow misrepresents the relationship that most people (myself included) have with their cats. This tiny cat is my travel companion, my home office co-worker, my longtime confidant and cat friend. Lucy came from the animal shelter where she had spent more than a year waiting (somewhat impatiently) for someone to see beyond her disabilities and recognize her for the boon companion she longed to be. I identified her as a kindred spirit immediately and she came home with me that day. Lucy’s adoption was delayed by the fact that she is stone deaf, the result of having what the veterinarian referred to as the worst case of ear mites he had ever seen. (If you are eating, you might want to skip this next part.) The nasty ear mites chewed all the way through her eardrums so that she was left with one, uninterrupted cavity for ears, nose and throat. The result is not just total deafness, but a chronic and in-


better. (You can start reading again.) Additionally, and also possibly due to her deafness, she loses track of where people are when she falls asleep. Upon awakening, she lets out an extremely loud and very peculiar yowl, indicating distress. She does this until the nearest person (me) comes back into her vision. Upon seeing me, she is immediately pacified. Unfortunately, her distress invariably occurs in the middle of the night. The sound is penetrating (again, likely due to her deafness) and sounds like a cross between a crying human infant and an irate donkey. I was going to my book club’s annual retreat at a cabin up north and, for the reasons outlined above, bringing Lucy along is difficult. So I asked Daniel if she could stay with him and he said “yes.” I called last night. Lucy was agitated, I have not left her often. She was, according to Daniel, walking over to his front door and braying loudly. She apparently felt something was amiss. I had never taken off with Milo (who is only a dog for Pete’s sake!) and left her behind. She had a massive sneezing fit, Daniel said, with the expected results, and then more or less settled in. Daniel didn’t complain about the mess. “She misses you,” he said simply. “I do too.” Now, that’s my idea of a Valentine’s Day present. Till next time, —Carrie

Frederic alumni planning committee to meet

FREDERIC – A kickoff planning meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Hacker’s Lanes for the Frederic alumni homecoming dance that will be held in O c t o b e r . Anyone interested in helping with plans is invited to attend. The dance is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hacker’s Lanes in Frederic. This event will be a fundraiser for the Frederic Schools music department.

The homecoming dance will include a Frederic alumni band coordinated by Steve Wilson of Pine City, Minn. Music styles will include music from the past decades as well as some rock ‘n’ roll. Core committee members include Greg Heine, choral director of Frederic Schools, Steve Wilson and Sandy Lundquist. For more information contact Sandy at 715472-4114 days or 715-327-8502 evenings. Please leave a message. - submitted

Root beer reward About 100 students at Webster Elementary enjoyed root beer floats for missing five or less days of school in the first semester. Pictured are kindergarteners Garrett Logan, Kale Hopke, Nathan Jackson and David Nutt. - Special photo

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Over-50 diet plan Eating is more than satisfying a

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lust for a certain food or curbing the pains of hunger. Dining is an adventure, diving into the myster- John W. Ingalls ies of subtle flavors and aromas never before attempted. Every culture and country has their own unique style of preparing food. Hot and spicy, sweet and sour, bland, salty, boiled, fried, roasted or raw, food is meant to be enjoyed. Eating can also be as simple as opening a package and inhaling without ever trying to discover the true origin of the contents. As I look back at my own culinary preferences, I have progressed from the gulp-and-go method of eating to the more relaxed form of slow cooking and slow eating. As a mere youth of 16 I could burn energy by just thinking. There were no caloric obstacles that could not be successfully surmounted. I remember the summer I first met the girl who would later become my wife. After 35 years of marriage she has remained about the same size; I haven’t. One of our favorite hangouts was a small resort on the lake where we now live. The pinball machine was a dime, the hamburgers and pizzas were cheap and we could get there by walking. After a pleasant afternoon of doing whatever teenagers did in those days, we would stop by the resort for a snack. The juke box would sing out

“The Night Chicago Died” while we played pinball and ate. I could eat a hamburger and a pizza and a couple of bottles of Mountain Dew as appetizers then we would go to her place MD for supper. Her mother was a great cook so I never really stopped at one helping, and there was always dessert. Most of the guys at that age were the same. Our insides were like Teflon. We could eat almost anything in huge amounts and it never seemed to stick. We could plow through food like a bulldozer and seldom reach our limit. Our preferences, however, seemed to lean toward quantity rather quality. When I graduated from high school I was finally up to a robust 145 pounds soaking wet. My, how times have changed. A few years back I had the privilege of turning 50. I know 50 isn’t really a miraculous milestone year but something changes at 50. After 50, what once leapt for joy now groaned and staggered a bit. Skin that was once taut is now stretched and sagged. Eyes that could see the finest details now demand glasses just to read the large print. Stomachs that could handle avalanches of greasy food washed down with syrupy drinks now revolt at the thought of anything spicier than oatmeal. The general diet recommendations for anyone over 50 leave something to be desired. The first thing you

need to do is taste your food. If it tastes good, then you really shouldn’t eat it. Elimination of salt is the next step. I like salt because it is salty. Why else would you eat it? Fat is the same. I hand out recommendations for low-fat, low-salt diets while munching on tortilla chips freshly fried in hot grease and doused in salt. (Do as I say, not as I do). The real challenge to the over-50 crowd is the fiber issue. When I was 16 I thought fiber was something you used to make burlap sacks. After 50, we recommend fiber supplements that differ very little from ground-up gunnysacks. Eating the gunnysack supplements often isn’t enough so we mix it in prune juice and gulp it down. It is kind of like mixing some gunpowder in a cup of gasoline. The effects can be explosive. The perfect breakfast is now rather simple. Oatmeal with skim milk washed down with a prune juice/gunnysack shake. If your blood pressure isn’t high, you can have a cup of coffee. On the alternate days I have cornflakes. Only problem is cornflakes don’t have enough fiber so I dump them out and eat the box. Occasionally in the evenings we may have a special meal allowing ourselves the luxury of a grilled steak or spicy fillet of salmon on the grill. Unfortunately we can’t turn down the lights to enhance the romantic dining experience. Candles are banned. With all of the prune juice shakes, open flames are just too dangerous.


by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader FREDERIC - Alarms sounded across the nation when a university study reported a deadly fly parasite now threatens the lives of honeybees, making them act zombielike and saying it’s consistent with Colony Collapse Disorder, which is thought to destroy bees around the world. This report of the bees’ demise seems akin to Mark Twain hearing of his demise. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” said Twain. Earlier this month, researchers at San Francisco State University published a study declaring widespread attacks on the bees by the tiny deadly parasite fly, Apocephalus borealis, which “could threaten honeybee colonies throughout North America … and into regions of the world.” The three-year study published on PLoS ONE, an online peer-review source, even hailed the new plague as “evolutionary.” The Associated Press and other news agencies in the U.S. and Europe quickly broadcasted this discovery by John Hafernik, SFSU biology and entomology professor and his research team. And soon the world was abuzz with a new threat. Anything threatening honeybees is of great concern to agriculture and the economy. Nearly one-third of U.S. agriculture depends on the 2.4 million bee colonies for big-crop production, where bees annually pollinate $14 billion worth of seeds and crops, a Cornell University study estimates. So when danger strikes the bees or they’re taking an evolutionary step, alarms sound. But here the bells may be tolling prematurely, despite a science claim and media frenzy. Government officials, leading bee experts and average beekeepers around the country say this strange discovery is not seen nationwide—but strangely only in the SFSU study. And some even question the veracity of the discovery itself. “Do you like conspiracies?” said Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture, the largest



Barb Blodgett all knew it was the chains that came from the “funny farm” that had been used to chain up the people who were bad. As you might have guessed I was dared to put my tongue on the post and lick the frost off. I was small and it was easy to pick on me and the older kids had a good time figuring out ways to get me into trouble. So, I thought if I did this one thing they would stop pestering me. You know the rest. I don’t remember how I was freed, but I do know my tongue was very sore and Sister Margaret was very mad at me because it took so long to get me loose. I do remember her saying, “I should just leave you there.” That was how mad she was. I don’t remember if anything happened to the kids who dared me, but I do remember we were having soup for dinner and I could only suck on ice cubes held inside a washcloth. While I was remembering this came to mind. I remember walking along the railroad tracks to find things that “bums” had left behind. I don’t know why we did that except we thought we were quite the detectives and were sure there was evidence that told of a murder that had been committed and the person killed was buried somewhere near where the golf course was eventually built. That place was not far from

the “funny farm” so it was a perfect place to hide a body. I did not realize how disrespectful we were, calling that creepy place what we did. Just one of the things kids talked about. It was no longer in use anymore and I don’t know anyone who talked about what it really was used for, so as kids we never knew. I think about the kids today and how much they are missing. They never got to call “Central” and ask for Kitty’s house because we did not know the number. They never got to see TV in black and white on a 7-inch TV, although now some of the iPads are not much bigger. It is just not the same. No one sits in front of their smartphone or iPad to watch movies with the neighbor kids and eat popcorn. How silly of me, this is supposed to be about Interfaith. You know me though, once I get going there is no stopping me. When we speak at a church or any function we are privileged enough to speak at, we have to warn the person in charge that I might get carried away. I am so passionate about Interfaith Caregivers that once I start, well, I have little concept of how much time has passed. That is why often Denny comes with me. First he talks about the Heat a Home project and then I talk and he lets me know with the “Blodgett look” that I have to stop. We love to be invited to speak at church services and organizational functions. I would also like to talk at the middle and high schools. Kids, especially, should know about volunteer work. They should know it is not work at all, but it is giving. Giving is very important and

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national bee magazine. “This is all conjecture. I think there’s much to do about very little. But give it a year and we’ll see.” State and county officials are equally surprised to hear of this discovery. “The first time our agency heard about it was through media reports,” said Steve Lyle, director of public affairs with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. “It’s in my jurisdiction,” said Miguel Monroy, agricultural commissioner for the county of San Francisco. “Word I had of this fly was when I read it in the newspaper.” The parasite fly is a longtime resident of California and a known nemesis to other bugs besides honeybees. “They’ve been known to infest or parasitize bumblebees for some time all over the country,” said Eric Mussen, California State bee specialist and professor at the University of California, Davis. “It’s not new. We’re aware of it … I don’t believe it’s a terribly important thing to honeybees as a whole.” The SFSU research boldly suggests this discovery is a marker consistent with the destructive CCD syndrome, but leading California bee experts say otherwise. “We don’t even consider that to be a primary one,” said Dr. Mussen. “That’s just a few bees that happen to unfortunately be parasitized. It’s not major as far as we know.” And those who are in the know about bees don’t know about this problem. “No, we’re not seeing anything unusual,” said Randy Oliver, editor of and beekeeper for 45 years who manages and researches about 1,000 hives in California. “I certainly haven’t seen this.” Oliver calls the panic “unwarranted.” The recent fuss is over what happened several years ago. In 2008, Hafernik said he came to work and noticed something strange. “It was just an accidental find. I was coming into the biology building where I work every day and I noticed that there were a number of honeybees that were stranded and acting strangely in front of

the building,” he said. The bees were on the ground acting zombielike and clustered in a light fixture. He took the bees to his office, put the critters in a vial and sealed it. “I left them on my desk and forgot about them, then came back and found these fly larvae maggots coming out of the bees that had been on my desk for a week or 10 days,” he said. A closer examination in the lab revealed something new: the parasite fly had parasitized the honeybee, he said. Previously, this honor only went to bumblebees and wasps. He also monitored some hives around the bay area, where the study states 77 percent were infected. But two participant beekeepers said they never saw the parasite fly or their bees acting zombielike and clustered in light fixtures. The study cites South Dakota as another place where the parasite fly’s genetics were found in commercial-pollination hives. But again, state officials and beekeepers have not confirmed even the fly’s presence. “This is the first time that we became aware of it,” said Robert Reiners, South Dakota state apiarist. “We never officially documented it or anything. It’s just what I’m reading in that paper that they released.” The San Francisco researchers enlisted the help of a South Dakota commercial bee farmer, who supplied the university team with bee samples. But the supplier said he doubts a problem even exists. “We have never seen it, not in any of our bees,” said Richard Adee, owner of Adee Honey Farms, which manages 80,000 hives across several states. “That was just a sidebar that the guy had them sitting on his desk. I talked to scientists and they said, don’t you worry too much about it. It’s not a concern yet.” The federal government estimates there are 80,000 American beekeepers coast to coast, and the government has yet to hear any reports from beekeepers telling of this abnormal behavior in bees. “We’ve done a number of surveys across the country over the past six to eight years,” said Jeffrey Pettis, research leader


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at the USDA. “So we haven’t seen it in the survey work we’ve done.” And for federal officials, this research does not raise alarms. “We don’t see this issue as a threat,” said Pettis. “And linking it to CCD is probably a bit premature there.” Despite the lack of eyewitness accounts, interest in this phenomenon remains. Hafernik said he’s received a large number of e-mails from beekeepers in the country reporting strange bee behavior, yet no one’s reported seeing the parasite fly wreaking havoc on bees across North America. “Not yet. No,” he said. It seems the lack of empirical evidence should quiet hysteria. But insect fear has run rampant before. “It’s kind of the stuff science fiction movies are made of,” said Marion Ellis, extension apiculture specialist at the University of Nebraska and spokesman for the American Bee Federation. “Something laying its eggs in you and another being growing inside of you, eating your brain—it does get your attention,” said Dr. Ellis. “The insect world has long provided food for the science fiction moviemakers.” But beyond conspiracies and horror films, there is a science consensus this phenomenon bears watching. “It’s something we ought to look at,” said Ellis. “But I don’t think there’s a simple answer like a mutant fly that started infecting honeybees ... I think the evidence is not very strong that it’s a widespread problem.” And upon hearing that no other authority in the country could substantiate a credible attack on the bees by the parasite fly, Hafernik offered a new possibility. “At this point it’s very hard to tell whether it’s something that’s going to be really important in terms of understanding what’s happening with bees,” he said, “or whether it’s going to be kind of a sidebar.” ••• You can e-mail Wayne Anderson at or get a wider understanding of him on his Web site at

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many of the children have idle time that could be put to good use. If anyone would like us to speak about Interfaith and what we do, I promise I will bring a timer. When it goes off, I will stop. Unless of course, it is in the middle of a sentence. No, maybe I should just stop, there are not a lot of middles to my sentences. Somehow they just go on and on. Wonder of wonders! A wonderful lady called and agreed to pick up the young man I mentioned in my last column. I still drive him to DSI every morning, but now a very special helper picks him up and drives him home. Anyway, I actually had a response to a request. After how many years, I feel I have been given something special. I am always asking for volunteers and seldom have anyone reply. During Christmas for Kids I do have wonderful helpers. I am so grateful for them, and often people I meet on the street or somewhere will say, call if I can help. If anyone wants to help, please, please call. I will make a list with your name and what you would like to do. I have been very bad about that. We are looking forward to our annual rummage sale Memorial Day weekend. We will need donations, but we ask that they not be delivered or you ask us to pick them up until after the first of April. We have no room to store things. Thanks so much.

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Republican plan to change recall election requirements by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio

MADISON A plan that would only allow recall elections when officials are charged with crimes or violations of a state ethics code includes no details on what that ethics code would cover. Republicans pushing the amendment to the state’s Constitution say that right now it’s too easy to recall public officials, and the recent rounds of recalls have thrown Wisconsin government into chaos. Pewaukee Assembly Republican Paul Farrow calls it a government held hostage, one where public officials are constantly looking over their shoulders. He says restricting that right would make sure recall elections are the exception, rather than the rule. “The right of the people will still be there,” he says. “The right of the people to recall an individual will be available to them. But it should be for a purpose.” But that purpose is not spelled out in detail under Far-

row’s proposal. The resolution would allow for recalls of people charged with serious crimes. And it would allow for recalls if officials are charged with violating a state code of ethics. But if residents get a chance to vote on this constitutional amendment, they’ll have to guess what that code of ethics might be. Under this plan, it would be decided later by the Legislature. Madison Democrat Kelda Roys says people need to know more before they surrender a constitutional right. “I think we should know if we’re going to drastically restrict the right of citizens to recall their elected officials, this is something that has been in place in our state for a long time, then I want to know exactly what kind of conduct is going to be grounds for recall and what is not,” she says. For example, under current law, it’s illegal for a legislator, governor or judge to accept anything of value related to their office. Roys says it’s not clear whether that ban would carry over to this new code of ethics.

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remembered he had an important meeting to attend. My hubby, the only other senior guy brave enough to even show up that day, did manage to Despite my personal ineptiescape for a while on the pretext tude when it comes to crafts or of having errands to run. As the any kind of handiwork requiring Pat Solomonson church treasurer at that time, he finger dexterity, the creation of could also legitimately claim to homemade valentines seemed a have “church business to take care of.” To his credit, perfect project for the new senior group we had he also killed some time by tackling that sink full of formed at our church. dirty dishes. Lovely, handmade valentines for shut-ins, snowAnnabelle, poor dear, had planned to stick it out. birds and other special people, I envisioned the joy She even brought her camera, intending to capture such a project would evoke, both for the creators and this memorable day on film. But the chaotic atmosfor the recipients. phere left her head in a whirl. So she, too, fled ... to Most women my age, seems to me, are really into crafts. It didn’t matter that I never was and never will take to her bed ... where calmness prevailed. Some of our creations were smart and sassy like us. be. Others were typical of old-fashioned valentines – lots My finger dexterity is shot, no thanks to Parkinof lace and sweet sentiments. As we passed them son’s disease. Fumbling fingers, double vision, around for signatures, the irascible Marilyn, lovable slurred speech ... are among many bodily functions crank that she is, tossed a couple of them back, saying we tend to take for granted until some unwelcome she couldn’t sign them because, for her, they were medical condition swoops down, unexpected, and just “too sweet, too nice.” uninvited, and takes it away. Jane, the effervescent spouse of Pastor Tom, regaled As my disease progresses I find I’m needing to us with stories of valentines past. A collector at heart, count on others more and more … and for many she brought in some very old valentines. They were other things. postcards, and they were made of leather! Dates were What I really needed from this group was their no longer legible but the one-cent postal marking verquick fingers, along with their creativity and ingenuified that penny postcards did exist. ity. Hours later Pastor Tom was back, surprised to see Personalized valentines. So sweet, so loving, even us still at it! Hey, there were big decisions to make! funny! They liked the idea. They (we) were ready! However, I quickly lost control of the whole project Some would be mailed, and of those, some might require extra postage for the little candies we decided as a boisterous group of seniors began spreading out to enclose. Some would be hand delivered, offering their collections of red hearts, paper doilies, snippets an opportunity to pay a visit on some of these special of lace, construction paper, paste, smart sayings, friends. Our list got longer as we thought about more sweet treats, glitter and glue. folks on our prayer lists that might enjoy the fruits of It was the first real project for this fledgling senior our labors. group. We had enjoyed good conversation and Finally we headed home, to crash on our couches, potluck lunch as usual, with a unanimous decision to with visions of red hearts swirling around in our let the dishes wait until later so we could begin our heads. project! Our thoughts were of all who were the recipients of The recipients of our handmade greeting cards our crude but heartfelt expressions of God’s love for would be largely “the limp, the lame and otherwise you, of our love for you and our love for each other. disabled” amongst our congregation. Looking As I recall now, as Easter approached just two around at each other, we came to realize that we are months later, we chose another craft project. Digging them! So, clutching our canes and our walkers, and into our remnants of fabric, feathers and such, we creyelling instructions for the hearing impaired among ated Easter bonnets. Some were gaudy, some a little us, we went to work. silly. But many of us did dazzle the congregation that Soon Pastor Tom, curious about all the laughter Easter Sunday by wearing our classy new chapeaus emanating from the fellowship hall, wandered in to to church. see what was happening. He took a quick look at the I miss that goofy group. amazing collections of sequins, glitter and red fluffy stuff strewn across several tables. Then he suddenly

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50 Years Ago A civil defense meeting was scheduled for Feb. 15 in Luck, to train volunteers to use radiation monitoring equipment. Emory Giles and Clifford Olson were instructors.-Four Polk County men were inducted into the Army Feb. 6. – Carl Carlson, SCF; Richard Hansen, Luck; Richard McClain Jr., Milltown; and Gerald Reichstadt, Frederic.-A massed band concert would take place at Frederic, with high school bands from Siren, Webster, Frederic and Grantsburg playing separately and en masse.-Mary Ann Martin was crowned queen at the Luck Winter Carnival.-Rain on Tuesday, Feb. 13, changed to sleet and then quite a bit of snow, causing poor visibility and “rugged” country roads.Sandra Larsen of Milltown became the bride of Carl Clover, from Grantsburg, who was in the Navy and stationed in Rhode Island.-Obituaries included Troy Matrious, Anna Peterson, Emma Peterson, Fred Hoffman and Irving Millerman.-Several Frederic fishermen enjoyed good fishing on Yellow Lake, with walleyes averaging 4 pounds and several northerns. The season ended Feb. 15 for big fish on most lakes.Milltown Cooperative Services had a full page advertising their preinventory sale, with free refreshments, drawings for a set of aluminum cookware and 10 free baskets of groceries. They sold groceries, clothing, shoes and major appliances.-The Auditorium Theatre, SCF, was showing “Blue Hawaii,” starring Elvis Presley.-The Frederic Theatre had “Twenty Plus Two,” starring Jeanne Crain, David Janssen, Dina Merrill and William Demarest.

40 Years Ago

Ronald Berg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Berg, Cushing, earned a Ph.D. in physics from Vanderbilt University.-The new Minnesota Pork Queen, Lola Ness, had been a resident of Frederic while she attended Polk County Teachers College there.-Virginia Tighe was named Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Frederic High School.-The garage and blacksmith shop of Art Baker, Trade Lake, was destroyed by fire.The Siren Village Council voted unanimously to begin fluoridating the village water supply.-Kristi Randolph, Danbury, was awarded the DAR Good Citizen Award for Webster High School.-Kathleen Martin, Frederic, was named to the dean’s list at Carthage College.There were obituaries for Perry Marlette, Kenneth Berg, Edwin Halvorson, Barbara Schauls and Anna Peterson.-Gene Marek had multiple leg and foot injuries when part of a tree fell on him as he and his brothers and cousin were logging.-Diane Gravesen was named Webster Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year.-John Glockzin and Vic Weinzierl of the Frederic Volunteer Firemen were shown awarding prizes to winners of the Wisconsin Fireman’s poster contest, Kim Rognrud, Linda Knechtel and Todd Zilmer.-Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mattson, Luck, were awarded an expense-paid trip to the Land O’ Lakes Young Farmers Program and annual meeting in Minneapolis.

20 Years Ago

Wisconsin DPI Superintendent Bert Grover was slated to be the featured speaker at a bean feed for the campaign of Harvey Stower.-Candidates for Little Miss Luck were pictured in four rows – 29 secondand third-graders were competing for the honor.-A hot slice of pizza slid off the dash of a vehicle driven by Shawn Bradford, 16, Frederic, burning his hand and causing him to collide with a vehicle driven by Lois Hildreth, also of Frederic.-Lon Chivers’ new business, Luck-E Limousine Service, was featured.-Students on the dean’s list at UMD included Lora Chell, Frederic; Tracy Giller, Luck; Jacqueline Bonneville, St. Croix Falls; Nora Wilson, Webster; and Julie Zimmer, Webster.-There were engagement announcements for Amy Stevens and Eric Pelle; Julie Wedin and James McKenzie; Amy Pedersen and Ronald Thoreson; and Katie Anderson and Donald Barker.-Obituaries included Grace Swanson, Martha Christenson, Mary Schwab, Wesley Swenson and Clifford Baldwin.-The fourth-annual Grantsburg Sled Dog Derby was held, with professional and novice classes, skijoring, peewee mushers and a (human) howling contest.-Local band students Kristin Mangelsen, Miki Budge and Marie Zimmer were set to participate in the Winona State University High School Honors Band, having submitted recorded auditions to win spots.-Frederic Viking girls were continuing to dominate the local scene in basketball and gymnastics.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hello, hello, hello – just came in from a great walk and feeling like I’m raring to go. It’s a beautiful sunny day and the birds are singing and of course Maya is putting in her 2 cents’ worth. What did you think of that cold weather? I’m so glad it didn’t hang around too long and all I can say is that I am thankful for the nice warm fire to stretch out in front of. We live on a small lake, which is frozen over, and yesterday we ventured across to the island in the middle to explore. It wasn’t long until we heard the air horn blast telling us to come home. That’s the latest trick Mom has if she can’t find us, she says it works really well as we come home right away. What she doesn’t know is that we don’t want to have to listen to it – I mean geez, what would our friends think. Had some adoptions this last week, Misty left for her forever home in Two Rivers and has a new friend just her size. I feel badly for Sadie though as they came in together and were very close. I’m sure Sadie is missing her so I’m keeping my paws crossed that she finds a home soon. She has to be a great dog, after all she has the same name as me. Junior is now living in Turtle Lake and has a new pal named Little Bits. I bet there will never be a dull moment as both are approaching their teenage years and you know what that can be


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Arnell Humane Kurt is a 4-month-old superhero action figure with an orange tabby and white coat. He takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Kurt came to the shelter as an abandoned 6-week-old kitten in need of help. He was skinny, dirty, a potbelly full of worms and determined to scratch his way out of the ditch and ask for help. Each day at the shelter he gained ground, starting to look more and more like a healthy young kitten with places to go and people to meet. He has a zest for life and is willing to tell anyone who cares to listen all of the adventures he has in mind. He has mentioned more than once how excited he will be to have his own set of living room furniture on which to play Cops-n-Robbers, Catch Me and Chase-the-Laser. Today, Kurt is the quintessential healthy kitten, curious and ready to play. Last week in this column, we reported that the meat raffle fundraiser at PY’s Saloon in Osceola was a big success. We are sorry to say that we inadvertently forgot to mention a number of businesses that donated and made it the success it was. Those businesses are Central Bank, Bill’s Ace Hardware, Osceola Auto Body, Osceola Plumbing, M. Monroe State Farm Insurance, Osceola Cleaners, Valley Spirits and Market Place Foods – St. Croix Falls. We are grateful for their support. When people adopt pets from our shelter, they often ask how much to feed their new pet. The correct answer is not always easy to give. Animals at the shelter often require more food than would otherwise be acceptable, as many are under-

715-349-2964 It’s been rather quiet this week here in bear country. The tree rats still search for their daily treats of black walnuts. It’s amazing how fast they can shuck off the outer shells. The nut that hangs in the tree from the wire still hangs. They eye it and some will climb the tree but there is no success in reaching it. The large nut hubby shoved into the pipe on the ground is still in there, even though the pipe has been pushed around each day. Maybe it’s frozen in there? Mr. Barred Owl still shows itself on a regular schedule, mostly around dusk. It’s probably out searching for some food. They say these large birds only weigh a fraction of what they look like they do, only a pound or so. Their wingspan is over 3 feet, incredible how they can glide through the trees with wings that long and not hit any tree. The February Food and Friends community dinner will be held at the Siren Covenant Church on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. This is a free meal but donations are accepted. Come early as the food goes fast. The Mina Copeland Headstart is now accepting applications for kids ages 3-5 for the school year of 2012-2013. Their space is limited so if you want your child/children enrolled in this program call 715-8664867 as soon as possible. Sympathy to the family of Juanita J. Long who passed away Jan. 31. Sympathy to the family of Irvine “Sonny” Phernetton who passed away Feb. 5. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 26, that’s


YAPpenings Sadie like. Trudy has found her home with a very nice lady in the Cities so as you can see, people are coming from all over because we have such wonderful friends at the shelter waiting and waiting for you. I want to tell you about my friend Timmy, who is a young black Lab mix. He was surrendered to the shelter as his previous owner was unable to care for him. Timmy is a great guy and rather handsome as well. He has had some training and listens well. Right now he is best friends with Chevy, who was also surrendered. He and Timmy love playing and running together outside in the yard. Chevy is about the same age as Timmy which we’re guessing is around a year old. Chevy is also very friendly and would make an equally good addition to your family as Timmy would. We have a stray dog in that we’ve named Owen. He is a bulldog mix (they always use mix which I think means I don’t know) and while I haven’t met him yet, I’m told he is a nice boy. Also seven, yes I said seven new poopie puppies. Four little girls and three little boys all as cute and cuddly as can be. They should be up on our Web site in about a week from now so keep watch and you’ll see what weight. We feed each animal in our care different foods and amounts, according to their needs. And this should be the case for pets in their own homes. There are suggested feeding amounts on the bag or box of pet food you purchase. These guidelines are a generalization. Your pet’s waistline will tell you when to cut back on the kibble. For both cats and dogs, you should be able to see the indentation of a waistline when standing over your pet and looking down at his back. According to statistics gathered by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of cats and 55 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. Overweight pets have the same medical problems as overweight people including heart disease, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, joint damage and decreased organ and immune functions. Knowing that obesity is such a problem, why do we let our pets get so fat? The answer is simple. Because we love them so much and indulge them with too many treats, table scraps and high-calorie pet food. In the past 10 years, our society has gradually changed the way we feel about companion animals. We are feeding them better quality food, training them to be responsible four-legged citizens and dressing them up in little outfits for our own amusement. In other words, we’re treating them more and more like human children. The causes of pet obesity generally fall into three categories: genetic predisposition, hormonal disorder and an inappropriate diet and sedentary lifestyle. Certain dog breeds such as beagle, basset hounds, Ddachshunds and Labrador retrievers can pack on the pounds more easily than other breeds. A thyroid or pituitary gland dysfunction can affect hormone balances and contribute to obesity, but the most common reason for obesity in dogs is inappropriate diet and a sedentary lifestyle. A dog

Siren news when the annual Hope For a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo takes place at the Siren Northwoods Crossing Events Center starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Food and beverages are available. For more info call Sandy at 715-327-4431. This event is sponsored by the Burnett County Sentinel, Northwoods Event Center and the Rumors Bar and Grill. It’s coming soon, the Siren Lions 14th-annual Whopper of a Fishing Contest on Sat., Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. out on Clam Lake Narrows east of Siren on Hwy. 70. Lots of prizes given away during the day, and some great ones you don’t have to be there to win. A great day for the whole family. Get a break on ticket prices if you buy them in advance. For more info call 715-349-2400 or 715-349-7392.

I mean about cute! My friend Jenny tells me we are running low on some of our supplies so I said I’d put the word out to my readers. First and most important, dog treats! The shelter is also in need Chevy of some bleach and toilet paper so if you can help us out we’d really appreciate it. Spaghetti dinner and silent auction plans are well under way, so don’t forget April 21 is the day! If you have any new items or a service that you would like to contribute to the silent auction, that would be great! You can just drop off your item at the shelter during the hours of noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Also raffle tickets should be available by the beginning of next week, they are being printed now so will be available from the shelter or from one of the volunteers. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go to help my friends at the shelter, giving them love and a safe haven until they find their forever home. “If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater … suggest that he wear a tail.” - Fran Lebowitz Have a great week everyone. 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 Facecan’t decide to cut calories or hit the gym; it is our responsibility to make sure they don’t become obese due to too many table scraps and not enough long walks. When your cat Kurt was a kitten, she ate all day and burned it all off running and chasing, jumping and climbing. As your kitten grows older, their activity level tapers off and less food is required to maintain a healthy lifestyle. (Sound familiar?) An adult cat should not have unlimited access to kibble. A bowl that is never empty gives your cat a ticket to a never-ending buffet. Signs that your cat is overweight are a sagging belly (a pouch), an inability to easily feel her ribs, a lack of energy (lazy) and difficulty reaching her back or bum to wash. It may be just a scrap here or there, but one extra pound of weight on a Chihuahua is like 38 extra pounds on an average woman; one ounce of cheese for a medium-sized dog is like eating 1-1/2 hamburgers; one cup of milk is equal to five chocolate candy bars to your cat. The Purina Lifespan Study reports that overweight pets live two years less than pets at a healthy weight. Reducing the amount of food your pet eats will obviously help, but don’t forget about exercise. Unlike many of us, dogs and cats don’t view exercise as punishment; they think it’s fun. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, 715-268-7387 (PETS) or online:

Marquand/Cusick Brad and Tammy Marquand, Amery, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Britta Marie Marquand, to John Patrick Cusick, son of Tim and Becka Cusick, Shell Lake. The future bride will graduate in May 2013 from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication and a liberal arts degree in French. The future groom will graduate in December 2012 from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems with a business analysis emphasis. A May 2012 wedding is planned in Eau Claire. — Photo submitted

Births A girl, Ella Katherine Ortman, born Jan. 14, 2012, to Jesse and Sally Ortman of Burnsville, Minn. Ella weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. Grandparents are Clayton and Carol Johnson of Milltown, Donald and Sandra Bethke of Arizona, Shari Otterblad and Terry Stirewalt of Maple Grove, Minn., and Jim and Laura Ortman of Two Harbors, Minn. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A boy, Dominick Cole Whiteside, born Feb. 7, 2012, to Nicholle Blomker and Raymond Whiteside, Grantsburg. Dominick weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz. and was 21 inches long. Siblings include Blake, Whitney and Madison Hanson. Grandparents are Tim and Shay Whiteside of New Richmond, Michelle and Mike Klintworth of Somerset, Bruce Willis and Jim and Lauri Nelson of Grantsburg. Great-grandparents are Irene Nelson of Grantsburg and Diane and Robert Michalski of Virginia. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Joshua Timothy Hokenson, born Jan. 28, 2012, to Misty Lauer and Jon Hokenson, Lindstrom, Minn. Joshua weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A girl, Selene Audrey Olsen, born Jan. 28, 2012, to Paige DeMarre and William Olsen of Webster. Selene weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Charlotte Audrey Dickinsen, born Jan. 29, 2012, to Alycia and John Dickinsen, Grantsburg. Charlotte weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Macie Elizabeth McCurdy, born Feb. 1, 2012, to Amy Vanasse and Scott McCurdy of Centuria. Macie weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. Bev Beckmark ••• A girl, Courtney Brooke Schafer, born Feb. 2, 2012, Art and Bev Beckmark spent Saturday in Cambridge, Minn., visiting Bev’s sister Mary Lou and hus- to Nick and Julie Schafer, Taylors Falls, Minn. Courtband Mark Olson. They enjoyed lunch and caught ney weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. ••• up on family news. It was decided they should reBorn at Amery Regional Medical Center: peat this every two months or less. A boy, Nolan Robert Morales, born Jan. 27, 2012, Sunday was Cub Scout Sunday. What a great bunch of young men, Pack 564, so disciplined as to Hilary and Robert Morales, Amery. Nolan weighed they marched down the aisle with the flags during 9 lbs., 12 oz. ••• the Advance of Colors. A girl, Mikella Grace Jepsen, born Jan. 29, 2012, Congratulations to elementary student Alex Peach, middle schooler Kaylin Ritchey and high to Karly Peckman and Royce Jepsen, Centuria. schooler Amber Hall for being chosen Siren Schools Mikella weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. ••• students of the week. What a great job, keep it up. A boy, Emery James Roed, born Jan. 29, 2012, to Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. It was great here in bear country. A super dinner and Jeannette and Cory Roed, Hammond. Emery weighed 8 lbs., 4.6 oz. a great Dairy Queen ice-cream cake. ••• A girl, Lilyona Colene Wallberg, born Jan. 30, 2012, Marian to Jeanalene Evenson and Jeff Wallberg, Turtle Lake. Edler Lilyona weighed 6 lbs., 13•••oz. A boy, Jesse Dean Tucker, born Feb. 3, 2012, to At 4:30 p.m., Cribbage was played. Later 500 was played with the winners being Ray Nelson, Lloyd Helynn Wood and Judd Tucker, Hillsdale. Jesse weighed 8 lbs., 8.5 oz. Knutson, Roger Greenley and Darold Lundgren. ••• Friday morning, Bridge was played. A girl, Kinzey Rose Thomas, born Feb. 3, 2012, to Junior Lindh, Dottie Adams and Gladis Weikert will have procedures on their eyes. Good luck to all of Lisa and James Thomas, Osceola. Kinzey weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. you. ••• It’s already Valentine’s Day. We will have the chili A boy, Cayden Matthew Sunday, born Feb. 9, 2012, feed on Sunday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m. If you want to to Alicia Pichelman and Brian Sunday, Clear Lake. attend, you must register at the center. Cayden weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz.

SCF Senior Center Tuesday morning we had our exercise session followed by Skip-Bo. In the afternoon, games were played. The winners in 500 cards were Bren Nel Ward, Marlys and Arnie Borchert and Roger Greenley. Winners in Dominos were Ione White, Martha Lundstrom and Gladys Weikert. Dottie Adams and Marian Edler were the winners in Hand and Foot. Wednesday we celebrated February birthdays with cake and ice cream. Then we watched a video of a comedian. Thursday was the exercises followed by Skip-Bo.




Ed Smythe. Brunch is served every Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stop in and pick up a menu and you can also check out the lunches. For information on meals, call Nikki at 715-866-5300. We still have room for pool and card players on Thursday at 1 p.m. Just stop in and join the fun. The center is for rent on weekends for birthday parties, etc. Call Earl Boelter at 715-656-3583 for more information. Another reminder about the monthly meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. All seniors 55 and older are encouraged to attend. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next potluck on Saturday, March 3. We start setting up about 11:30 a.m. and eat at noon. There is socializing and games after lunch. Smiles bring on the sunshine, frowns bring the rain and who wants to get wet. See you at the center.

Dewey - LaFollette Sympathy is extended to Ruby Taylor Ashlin and other family members, due to the death of Ruby’s father, Sonny Phernetton. He was 79. Clam River Tuesday Club held their regular meeting Feb. 8 at the home of Judy Leonard. The ladies enjoyed a potluck meal, a gift exchange and playing the dice game. The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m., at the home of Lida Nordquist. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to River Falls Thursday evening to see two musicals put on by students from Westside Elementary School: “Aristocats” and “Pete’s Dragon.” Grandchildren Celie and Baxter Mangelsen were performers in the productions.

Lida Nordquist, Marlene Swearingen, Donna and Gerry Hines and Karen and Hank Mangelsen took Inez and Arvid Pearson out for lunch Friday to celebrate Inez’s birthday. Mark Hines fried fresh fish for Gerry and Donna Hines for supper Saturday evening at his cabin on Pokegama Lake. April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close and Larry, Celie, Baxter, Jake, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen were Saturday visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Birthdays of Baxter, Celie, Hannah and Larry were celebrated. Grace and Hannah stayed overnight.

Siren Senior news Card winners for 500 were Cora deJong, Sue Newberger, Barb Munger, Nona Severson and Dwaine Bentley. Spade winners were Anke Olesen, Marlyce Borchert, Barb Munger, Arnie Borchert and Susie Hughes. Anke and I went to Unity VFW for a card tournament. This was lots of fun and they had 17 full tables. We didn’t come into the money but Carl Link did place. He was the only one who placed of the regular Siren players. Nice going, Carl! We have set the date for our big card tournament. We will be having our card party on Saturday, April 28, so mark your calendars. We are hoping some of

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our snow birds will plan their coming-home schedules so they can join us. If anybody has any door prizes or things we can put on our silent auction, we would appreciate any volunteered items. More information will be coming later. We play 500 on Wednesdays, Spades on Fridays and Dime Bingo on Tuesdays. All activities start at 1 p.m. Don’t forget to check out the craft room and also our book selections. Books can be borrowed and then returned and there is no checkout system. We hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day with someone special. –submitted

Academic news MADISON Approximately 1,100 students received degrees during the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 18, 2011. Former Badger football player, U.S. Marine and international relief worker Jake Wood delivered the charge to graduates at commencement ceremonies held at the Kohl Center.

SUPERIOR – The following local students have earned a degree from the University of WisconsinSuperior. Students completing their degrees were invited to participate in the university’s winter commencement held Dec. 17, 2011, on the UW-Superior campus.





Ryan E. Carlson, Bachelor of Science - mechanical engineering; Mitchel T. Ohly, Bachelor of Arts/English, political science; Caitlin R. Overton, CSWE Accredited, Bachelor of Social Work. - submitted •••

We would like to extend gratitude to all who donated books to the library and the Friends book sale. The Friends are now having a book sale every second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jigsaw puzzle exchange

We have just started a new idea - a jigsaw puzzle exchange. A couple of people have brought in jigsaw puzzles that they have made and would like to share them with other jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts. Bring in a puzzle of your own and trade it with one you haven’t done, and then bring it back when you are done, for another one. Sounds like fun.

Book clubs

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m., the book club will discuss “Fall to Grace” by Kerry Casey. “Two 13year-old boys whose fathers die suddenly on the same day experience friendship, self-awakening and renewal as they journey into adulthood.” The Mystery Book Club will be reading “Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey. The first meeting of 2012 will be Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m. “Josephine Tey re-creates one of history’s most famous, and vicious, crimes in her classic best-selling novel. The “Daughter of Time” is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing’s most gifted masters.”

Family Resource Center

Charlotte Heidel is starting an early literacy group for infants to 2 years old which meets at the Burnett County Family Resource Center in Siren on Mondays somewhere between 10 and 10:30 am. The address is 24062 Hwy. 35/70 in Siren. The phone number there is 715-349-2922. Everyone is welcome and please call the library if you have any questions about this new, exciting program.

Preschool story time

We meet every Wednesday all year long at 10:30 am for good stories, companionship and fun.

New adult books

• “Private #1 Suspect” by James Patterson • “Catered St. Patrick’s Day” by Isis Crawford • “Fallen” by Karin Slaughter • “Flesh Tailor” by Kate Ellis • “Jackal Man” by Kate Ellis

• “Fear Index” by Robert Harris • “Home Front” by Krisin Hannah • “My Wicked Little Lies” by Victoria Alexander • “Song of My Heart” by Kim Vogel Sawyer • “The Thorn and the Blossom” by Theodora Goss • “A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison • “Flat Spin” by David Freed • “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves” by Kristina McMorris • “Fallen Angels” by Connie Dial • “Isaac: a Modern Fable” by Ivan G. Goldman • “The Widow of Saunders Creek” by Tracey Bakman • “Make It Stay” by Joan Frank • “The Grievers” by Marc Schuster • “Wildflowers from Winter” by Katie Ganshert • “A Devil is Waiting” by Jack Higgins • “Gideon’s Corpse” by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Adult nonfiction

• “Scorpions for Breakfast” by Jan Brewer • “Younger Next year for Women” by Chris Crowley • “Business Communication” by Marie Flatley • “To Heaven and Back” by Mary McNeal • “Billy Conn: The Pittsburg Kid” by Paul F. Kennedy

Children’s books

• “Over at the Castle” by Boni Ashburn • “Yippy Yappy Yorkie in the Green Doggie Sweater” by Debbie Macomber

Young adult books

• “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ranson Riggs


• “Courageous” • “Kung Fu Panda 2” • “50/50” • “Midnight in Paris” • “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Hours and information

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information contact the library at 715-866-7697, Web site: Online catalog:


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Steve O’Brien and family from California and Tony O’Brien from Minneapolis spent the weekend with Pat and Nancy O’Brien. Theresa Childers spent the weekend with the O’Briens. They attended the Phernetton funeral on Saturday, and on Sunday they celebrated Mike’s birthday. Saturday evening John and Reeny Neinstadt had birthday supper for Bud at the Flagstad home. The Neinstadt’s grandson Jered Johnson spent Sunday afternoon with them on his way back to

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school at UMD. Marvel Merriam and her family celebrated Gary’s birthday in Luck Sunday. Mark and Deanna Krause drove to River Falls Saturday to watch the Brooks Invitational with several universities participating in the track and field events. Kathryn Krause ran the 4 x 400-meter relay and Bryan Krause the 800-meter event. Fran Krause attended the Sarah Circle Wednesday afternoon with Marge Bryant as hostess.

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Lions donated to Loaves and Fishes

Luck Lions President Tom Levi presents a check to Martha Solfest of Loaves and Fishes.– Photo submitted






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The decorating elves (Gladys and Theresa) were here again and the Valentine decorations look very festive. Our gratitude goes to Laurie Voss again for making centerpieces and decorative candy dishes. We really do appreciate them. Wii bowling was exciting again this week. Deanna Thompson had high individual game with 213, Pat Niklason had high individual series with a 413 and their team, the Nothin’ Yets, had high team game and high team series with 722 and 1378. Millie Hansen picked up the 4-5-10 split and of course we all had a good time as usual. Twenty-four players came for Dime Bingo and enjoyed the Valentine cake and the drawings for heart boxes of candy and tins of cookies. Look for more drawings in the future. Brunch on Fridays continues to draw a large group. Nikki has a great menu. This week’s drawing winners were Dorothy Bothman, Theresa Gloege, George Emerson, Janice Cooper, Millie Hansen and

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CHURCH NEWS News from the Pews FREDERIC – This past Sunday, Feb. 12, was the sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The church year will soon begin the transition from Epiphany (a season of light) to Lent (a season of reflection and repentance). The Lenten season begins Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday, with worship at 6:30 p.m., with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes led by Pastor Andrew. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Eve Circle sponsored a family Valentine celebration. It was a potluck supper and all the ladies were encouraged to bring their best dish to pass. It was like dining at a five-star restaurant, complete with dinner music of love songs played on the piano by Mary Lou Daeffler. After the meal, there was entertainment by young and old alike. A musical trio made up of Sydney Domagala, Sophie Fredericks and Adam Menke played several songs on their saxophones. The freewill offering that was taken will go toward the camp scholarship fund which has been established so all children will have the opportunity to

Vera Amundson read several pieces of poetry celebrating Valentine’s Day while Carol Thompson held the microphone for her during the family Valentine celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 8. – Photos submitted


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Sydney Domagala, Sophie Fredericks and Adam Menke played several songs on their saxophones after the family Valentine celebration held Wednesday, Feb. 8. get help in attending the camp of their choice. Many of the students go to Luther Point Bible Camp in Grantsburg. Everyone is invited to come join Pilgrim on Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, for LWF3 = Learning with Fun, Food and Fellowship beginning with a free supper at 5:15 p.m. After supper, at about 6 p.m., the students from birth through sixth grade and parents as well as adults will gather for some singing, Bible stories, crafts and then gather at 7 p.m. for a closing prayer. There will be a special play group for parents and children from birth to age 4. All children from birth through sixth grade are invited to join in on the fun. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship at the new time of 10:30 a.m. Confirmation classes meet right after worship, led by Pastor Andrew in the Upper Fireside Room. For more information about the church or coming events, please call the church office at 715-327-8012 and leave a message and someone will call you back. You can also go to their Web site at or check out other ac-

Baptism held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church Cooper Jonathan Schmidt was baptized into the Christian faith at Bone Lake Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 12. Cooper’s parents are Christina and Kevin Schmidt and his sister is Madeline. His sponsors are Michelle and David Welu. – Photo submitted

Bone Lake youth prepare to head to New Orleans Several young people from Bone Lake Lutheran Church are getting ready to head to New Orleans for the ELCA Youth Gathering in July 2012. Front row (L to R): Randy Brunette, Dylan Broome, Brittany Sanford, Julia Buck, Kalley Lunsmann and Natasha Weyaus. Back row: Sharon Peterson, Whitney Rock, Hope Peterson, Kendra Mosay-Buck and Ken Fisher. The Mardi Gras season is soon upon us. The senior high youth from Bone Lake Lutheran Church are in full swing planning a Mardi Gras Festival for your enjoyment. They will be serving a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings at Wilkins Resort on Bone Lake on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a jazz band, fortune-teller, Bingo and other activities for your entertainment. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for 12 and under. All profits will go to the Bone Lake Senior High Youth to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July 2012. For any questions call the church at 715-472-2535. – Photo submitted

New Year’s resolutions are often broken after the first week. We all make excuses. It’s too hot, too cold, or too windy to take a walk. We’re too busy, too old or young, or too fearful. Sometimes I think that even animals use excuses for avoiding things. Not the squirrels, birds and moles, however. Nothing stops them from going after the corn feast I offer every day. But the deer are usually more reluctant. It’s either too windy, not quiet enough or not dark enough. It’s easy to find excuses for avoiding what we know we should do. Are we reluctant to make life changes? To upset the status quo? Perhaps to lose our comfortable lifestyle? Old Testament Jonah was reluctant to change things. Called by God to go to the evil city of Nineveh, he ran away. Another example is of 10 Israelite spies sent to check out the Promised Land. They returned with the excuse that the people there were “like giants,” too big to defeat, in spite of God’s former miracles of deliverance. Peter, out of fear before Jesus’ crucifixion, denied he even knew his Lord. Some of us excuse ourselves for not following God, too. The church is full of hypocrites, people say. But why excuse ourselves by judging a whole group by the actions or words of a few? Some won’t read God’s Word because they believe it’s archaic or harsh. Some read it to find other people’s faults, refusing to face their own. In Luke 14, Jesus tells about people invited to a special meal. Each one made an excuse. Like them, sometimes we consider our own affairs as more important than God’s. God proves his sovereign love for us every day and yet some choose not to believe. “Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities … have been clearly seen. Men can perceive them in the things that God has made. So they have no excuse at all! They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense and their empty minds are filled with darkness.” (Romans 1:2023, Today’s English Version) The Bible shows many examples of people who did not give excuses to God. Abraham, Joseph, Rahab, Paul, Job, and others, forged ahead to follow God’s will regardless of negative circumstances. They trusted him enough to know he would bless them. Lord, forgive us when we use excuses to follow your will. Help us, rather, to trust in you totally, through your Word and Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at

World Day of Prayer, March 2 DRESSER - Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser will be celebrating World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. The church is located at 2355 Clark Road. Everyone is welcome. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship. A freewill offering will be taken to help meet the needs of families in Malaysia and around the world who are victims of poverty, violence and injustice. Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on that day. WDP is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. WDP was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom. Each year a different country’s committee serves as the writers of the WDP service. The women of Malaysia have chosen the theme Let Justice Prevail. They open the service with the greeting “selamat datang” which means “peace and welcome,” a reminder that harmony as a people is rooted in peace and welcome. The women name fair and just governance as the basis for peace. - with submitted information

Lenten church services DRESSER – Bethesda Lutheran Church Easter schedule Sunday, April 8, 7 a.m. sunrise service, traditional; 8:30 a.m. sunrise service, contemporary; 10 a.m. Easter service, traditional. Lenten services, all services at 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, no soup supper; Lenten services, Wednesdays, Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 with soup supper prior; Maundy Thursday, April 5, no soup supper; Good Friday, April 6, no soup supper. – submitted


Luck Winter Carnival Queen Pageant

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The all-new 2012 Luck royalty. Pictured, (L to R) front: Little Princess Taylor Talmadge and Little Miss Luck Elizabeth Shelby. Back row: Princess Whitney Petersen, Queen Jillian Klatt and Princess Megan Bartylla. Photos by Greg Marsten New Miss Luck Jillian Klatt as she was crowned.

RIGHT: Candidate Megan Bartylla performed a modern dance routine and won the talent portion of the contest.

Outgoing Luck royalty Jaimee Buck, Hannah Karl and Little Miss Luck Brooke Hetfeld and Little Luck Princess Gabrielle Engstrand wave their goodbyes. RIGHT: Luck student Haley Dikkers sang and played an original song.

Candidate Whitney Petersen sang “Vienna,” by Billy Joel.

Candidate Jillian Klatt performed a Dave Barry monologue on the differences between men and women.

Dancers from Eileen Gutzmer’s Steps Studio performed Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” dance routine.


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This vintage Mercury Sno-Twister lived up to its name on a radar run launch.

Bingo! Ty Tretsven celebrates a $14 haul - which doesn’t sit well with the rest of the table.

ABOVE: Jeremy Sommers of Cumberland shows his handmade helmet attire … made from a salvaged push broom. TOP RIGHT: It may have robbed him of some top speed, but he still approached 100 mph on the radar run. RIGHT: Somewhere under that helmet and clothing is 2-year-old Casey, who was taking a break on the family sled Saturday. Trust us, he’s in there.

Michaela, 2, Rice Lake, samples the popcorn as her parents, Jack and Dana, play Bingo.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Robert and Larry take a break in the Luck Senior Center on Saturday afternoon.

Bingo team? Not everyone had good luck with the Bingo on Saturday at the Lions/DBS Hall.

Northland Ambulance personnel had a long weekend, serving food and goodies at several events.

Not everyone spent their time fishing during the ice-fishing contest, as this duo showed.


Luck Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade

Yes, there were actual torches in the torchlight parade, Saturday, Feb. 12.

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The outgoing and all new Luck royalty shared the float, and top billing in the parade.

The Bone Lake Beavers 4-H had a good time in their The Elmwood royalty made the long ride wagon/float. and had a rare Valentine’s themed float.

Typical fashion rules don’t apply for parade watching.

A snowmobile trailer turned into a prime torchlight parade viewing platform on Saturday at the torchlight parade in Luck LEFT: Miss Balsam Lake Kaina Zygowicz was on a Flexible Flyer.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Grand Marshals Ted and Grace Anderson were the couple of the night, especially by torchlight.


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No, it’s not a house fire, it’s a bonfire.

Nathan Skow, 8, Andrew Lemieux, 10, and Jonathan Skow, 11, took a break from ice fishing to do a little wrestling at Sunday's fishing contest on Big Butternut Lake.

The bonfire was moved to the future location of the soon-to-be-built Northland Ambulance and First Responder office on 2nd Street.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Kayla Karl is seen in profile watching the bonfire.

Cody enjoyed the bonfire on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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LUCK – The Luck Winter Carnival ice-fishing contest was sponsored by Northland Ambulance and Great Northern Outdoors. This was the first year that this group put on the fishing contest. - Becky Amundson

This bass has to be weighed before it can be registered during the Luck Winter Carnival ice-fishing contest held Sunday.

Shown are the largest-fish winners in each category, (L to R): Jeff Brenizer, biggest crappie; Beau Brenizer, biggest sunfish; Ben Kurkowski, biggest bass; Trent Strapon, biggest perch and Ryan Johansen, biggest northern.

Raffle winners

Ben Kurkowski show off the 3.6-lb. bass he caught, which turned out to be the winning bass. –Photos by Becky Amundson

Jake Anderson: $200 to Van Meter Meats Ernie Riewestal: $200 to Daeffler’s Quality Meats Kim Owens: $150 to Frederic Grocery Steve Duke: $150 to Wayne’s Foods Plus Dillon Mattson: $50 to Luck-E Darcy Anderson: $50 to Bean’s Country Griddle Cherrise Miller: $50 to West Sweden Skol Haus Sandy Lundgren: $50 to Jenell’s Main Dish.

The registration station was kept busy through the day weighing and registering fish during the Luck Winter Carnival Ice-Fishing Contest.


McGee named Outstanding Fair Person 2012 POLK COUNTY – Rod McGee of Balsam Lake was named the Outstanding Fair Person of 2012 by the Wisconsin Association of Fairs at the WAF’s annual convention held Jan. 11 at the Chula Vista motel in Wisconsin Dells. McGee has served on the Polk County Fair Society Board of Directors for the past 12 years. He currently Rod McGee of Balsam Lake was arranges the truck named the Outstanding Fair Person of pull, tractor pull, 2012 by the Wisconsin Association of garden tractor pull Fairs, Jan. 11. - Special photo

and horse pull. He is very instrumental in the winter storage program, helping with the boats, campers, etc., in the fall and spring. He is very generous with his time and skills when there is work to be done at the fair park. He mows the 60-acre parking lot prior to the fair, grades the pulling track, finds volunteers to run the grandstand events, secures all the prizes that are distributed at those events and helps with the beer garden prep. McGee and his wife, Jodi, through their McGee Farms, make a donation annually to the fair raffle. McGee attends the WAF Convention and other meetings whenever possible, always bringing back new ideas and improvements. He continues to be a positive force on the fair board. - submitted

RUBY’S PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION Thursday, February 23 Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. Distribution starts at 2 p.m.

Anyone who gets hungry qualifies. $15 Cash Donation Bring your own baskets, boxes or carts.

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In Memory Of

Ryley McKenna

November 14, 1994 - February 21, 1995

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Love, Mom, Landen, G’pa & G’ma Miller

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Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I do not sleep/Now I live! A blood donor was willing to give. Thus absent from the body, present with him Whose Calvary blood covered my sin. And when the trump wakes the dead My body will fly, just like he said. Then glorified, these changes in me Body and soul reunited will be. I’ll live forever in a land that’s new So do not grieve as others do. I now see him on the throne And I know as I am known. If this gift you have not received, Ask him now and by faith believe. So do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not here. He rescued this sheep.

In Memory Trent Lee Stellrecht

On Friday, February 18, 2011, God did the unthinkable in our life: He chose to take our 12-year-old son, Trent Lee Stellrecht, home to heaven in a skiing accident. It is only considered “the unthinkable” because our plans are not God’s plans, and our ways are not God’s ways. Before Trent was born we had entrusted the Lord with his life and had asked Him, above all else, to bring salvation to our son. Our greatest desire was that he would be used in a mighty way for God’s glory, and that God would let him dwell in heaven for eternity. God answered our prayers that Friday in a mightier way than we could have imagined, and we have been rejoicing in His good works and His mercies ever since. Trent was a boy who truly lived. From the very beginning he did what he loved and enjoyed to the full the gifts and skills that God had given him. In his short life he saw much of this world, traveling as far as India, the Bahamas, and Missouri where he explored his favorite destination of Bass Pro Shop on his golden birthday, as well as many family camping trips. God instilled a love of hunting and fishing in Trent, and a joy of the great outdoors. Trent loved to cook, to pick on his siblings Alexis, Cole, Grace and Micah, to protect his mother, to snuggle with his father, and to be with his friends, especially his best friends: Thomas and Samuel. He tried everything that interested him, even carving his own longbow and succeeding in taxidermy. In his short years he lived life to the fullest. But as we are all destined to, Trent also died. On Friday, February 18, 2011, we said goodbye to our son as he left for a skiing trip with his friends, not knowing that he would never be coming back home. God says that He knows the number of our days, that He has created each one of them, and that He will do what He pleases (Psalm 115:3; Job 14:5). God’s standards to enter His kingdom are high: He expects perfection. Trent was not perfect, not even close. God graciously provided His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, as the atonement for our sinfulness and requires that we simply believe and acknowledge Him for it. God does the rest. For most of his life Trent struggled with his own sinfulness before God. He knew that he was not right before God, and nothing he could do would ever make up for the sins he had committed to make him worthy to enter heaven. In the spring of 2010, God graciously chose to bring salvation to Trent through repentance and the saving grace of Christ Jesus. Trent’s life was transformed and we enjoyed the young fruit in his life as we watched God work. It was with great peace and much rejoicing, then, that we as his family have sent him off before us and accepted God’s perfect plan for Trent’s life. Our longing is that God would be glorified in what He has done to wake up many to the realization that we are not guaranteed any number of years in this world (Psalm 39:4-5). On Friday morning we had our son; on Friday afternoon he was gone. What we have asked so many people since the accident is: “What if it had been you? Where would you be right now?” We diligently raised Trent up to know his sinful state and taught him what the Word of God says because we know the implications of denying Christ now, and God was gracious to answer our prayers and to save him. Scripture says that the gospel will go forth with much sorrow and heartache. Please let Trent’s short life be a wake-up call to you. We are rejoicing in the sorrow because we know where our son is and that we will one day be with him again for eternity because of our own salvation. God’s mercies are new every day and His peace does surpass all understanding (Lamentations 3:22-23; Philippians 4:6-7). It is with great rejoicing that we release our son, Trent Lee Stellrecht, age 12, to our Heavenly Father. 554490 26Lp Dance before your King, my son.



FREDERIC GRANTSBURG Each building will have their own breakfast menu.









BREAKFAST Cherry frudel and applesauce. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, tritaters OR beeftaco salad.

BREAKFAST Waffle snacks, sausage and raisins. LUNCH Chili, bread stick, raw veggies, dip OR Oriental salad.

BREAKFAST Cereal bar, frozen fruit bar and hardboiled egg. LUNCH Chicken patties, smile fries OR turkey salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza and pears. LUNCH Tacos, asst. toppings, peas and carrots OR chicken-strip salad.

LUNCH Chicken burger w/fixings, french fries, mixed vegetables, pineapple tidbits, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Fish nuggets, macaroni & cheese, fresh veggies, dip, ice-cream treat, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Meatball sub, chips, corn, banana, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara sauce, baked brown rice, green beans, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/waffles. LUNCH Nachos supreme, tortilla chips, peas & carrots, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Build your own sub (turkey, ham or tuna), chips, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Mini corn dogs, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/long john. LUNCH Baked potato bar, ham/cheese, broccoli w/cheese, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, ALL.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Chicken noodle or tomato soup, grilled cheese, fresh veggies, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Mini pancakes, juice and milk. LUNCH Spaghetti hotdish, garlic bread, lettuce salad, peas, peaches, apple. Alt.: Chicken & bacon wrap.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Sloppy joes, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, corn, pears, oranges. Alt.: Turkey & ham sandwich.

BREAKFAST Biscuit served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, pretzel, applesauce, banana, broccoli, veggies. Alt.: Soup and sandwich.

BREAKFAST cerealand andtoast, toast served Assorted cereal juice and with peanut butter, juice and milk. milk. LUNCH letPizza w/whole-wheat dippers, rice, crust, corn, rice, carrots, tuce salad, corn, cinnamon apple celery, pineapple tidbits, banana. slices. Alt.: Cook’s Alt.: Cook’s choice.choice.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet, potatoes, toast. LUNCH Spaghetti, meat sauce, lettuce salad, garlic toast, broccoli, pears. Alt.: Chicken Alfredo.

BREAKFAST Pancake, sausage. LUNCH Pork riblets, spicy fries, corn, peaches. Alt.: Fish sandwich, spicy fries.

BREAKFAST Blueberry muffin, fruit cup. LUNCH Hot dog, baked chips, green beans, applesauce. Alt.: Spicy chicken, Wisconsin cheese soup.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Grilled cheese, tomato soup, veggies & dip, mixed fruit. Alt.: Hot ham and cheese.


BREAKFAST Mini pancakes. LUNCH McRib or pizza patty, mixed vegetable and fruit.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Popcorn shrimp, french fries and fruit.

LUNCH Sloppy joe, scalloped potatoes, sliced carrots, fruit cocktail.

LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara salad, pineapple.








BREAKFAST Egg and ham combo. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, rice and fruit.

LUNCH Corn dog, baked beans, carrots OR veggie meatball soup, PBJ, crackers, applesauce.



LUNCH Tomato soup, grilled cheese and fruit. LUNCH Chicken fajita gordita, salad OR grilled cheese, tomato soup, salad, applesauce.



/OBITUARIES Wolfgang H. Mothes

Ethel M. Hunter

William E. Jackson Jr.

Wolfgang H. Mothes, 86, a resident of Grantsburg, passed away Feb. 8, 2012, at Burnett Medical Center. All four of his children were by his bedside near the end of his life on earth. “Wolf” was born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Oak Park, Ill., to Walter and Dora Mothes. He graduated in 1943 from Glenbard High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He was very athletic and participated in several high school sports. After graduating, he starting dating his classmate and future wife, Beverly Zemborski. Wolf enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He went to Great Lakes Basic Training in May 1944, going from the San Diego Naval Base to many ports in the Pacific, and was engaged in the conflict in Okinawa and Iwo Jima while serving on the USS Bladen. He kept a diary of his WWII tour of duty, which is cherished as a family keepsake. After being discharged in May 1946, he worked as a housepainter with his father and later moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he worked in the steel mills while going to school for motors/machining. In March 1947, he married his wife, Beverly. He was in the U.S. Naval Reserve from March 1948-March 1953. Eventually the young family, with three young daughters, moved to Wheaton, Ill. Later, in 1956, the family moved to a dairy farm in the Freya area, northeast of Grantsburg, where their son was born. Wolf worked at McNally Brothers for 11 years, as well as working the farm. Later, in 1969, he became a rural mail carrier for Grantsburg and retired in 1990. He sold the dairy cows in 1980 and then managed beef cattle for eight years. Their retirement was spent enjoying many years of traveling the southern half of the U.S. in their motor home. Wolf spent the last four years in the Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg and the family is very appreciative and thankful for the wonderful care and concern shown by the staff at CCC and the Burnett Medical Center. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Wolf was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 65 years, Beverly; his parents, Walter and Dora Mothes; brother, Gordon; nephews, Robb Mothes and Robert Boehmer Jr.; niece, Sandy Dunker; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Lahners and Robert Boehmer Sr. Wolf is survived by his three daughters, Christine (Don) Erickson of Siren, Linda Halacy of Grantsburg and Carol (Randy) Soderbeck of Grantsburg; and son, Richard Mothes of Lakeville, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Tina, Amy, Sara, Megan, Christina, Patrick and Caitlin; nine great-grandchildren, Keaton, Lauren, Cameron, Brandi, Bryce, Lena, Myra, Brady and Carly; brothers, Rudy (Ruth) Mothes and Guenther (Peggy) Mothes; sister, Dorothy Lahners; sisters-in-law, Mary Boehmer, Linda (James) Baier and Aida Belle (Steve) Grover; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life in memory of Wolf Mothes will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Edling Funeral Home in Grantsburg, from 2-4 p.m. A short sharing time including a presentation by the American Legion will be held at 3 p.m. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg,, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Ethel M. Hunter, longtime South Range resident, passed away peacefully on her 90th birthday on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Superior. She was born in Trenton, Ill., to Henry and Christine (Rosen) Klein. Ethel was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and helped serve in the kitchen at church. She also was a member of the St. Anthony’s Rug Ladies. She enjoyed reading and crosswords puzzles and in her earlier years enjoyed gardening and returning to O’Fallon to visit with her parents. She was an awesome cook and spent most of her time caring for her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Hunter Sr. in 1993; her parents; and two brothers, Henry and Robert Klein; and a sister, Jen Daniels. Ethel is survived by two sons, William Hunter Jr. of South Range and James (Jackie) Hunter of Superior; three daughters, Janice Ackerson and Beverly (James) Learn, both of Superior and Dea (Donald) Shanda of Two Harbors, Minn.; brothers and sisters, Lorraine Poelker of Belleville, Ill., Charles (Jeanine) Klein of Arkansas, Stanley (Karen) Klein of Marine, Ill., and Patricia (Clete) Bleich of O’Fallon, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Superior with the Rev. Fr. Don Kania as celebrant. Burial will be at the Lorain Union Cemetery in Polk County at a later date. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook, please visit The Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Ave., Superior was entrusted with arrangements.

William E. Jackson Jr., 64, Danbury, died Feb. 6, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. William was born on Aug. 6, 1947, in Waukegan, Ill., to William Sr. and Edna Jackson. He was raised in Danbury and graduated from Webster Junior and Senior High Schools. After high school, William attended and graduated technical college for welding before being drafted and serving in the Vietnam War. After the war, William returned home and continued his life in Burnett County with his family. William was involved with a variety of personal and community activities and jobs including: cooking for Head Start where all the kids called him “Mr. Bill,” volunteered on the Danbury Fire Department and first response team, spoke to the elementary and high school kids about war, worked at the Fort in Webster and appeared on PBS as the black explorer Pierre Bonga where he made all of his outfits by hand. William loved his family and friends and always stayed true. He had touched so many lives and will be truly missed. William was preceded in death by his father, William Sr.; and uncles, Coolage and Robert. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; daughter, Angelica Vogel; mother, Edna Schroeder; sisters, Louise Coston and Barbara Jackson; brothers, Philip and Alfred; grandchildren, Anastasia, Nadia, Lily, Taylor, Madison, Anthony and Henry; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 13, with Tim Faust officiating at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Larry Joseph Tietz Larry Joseph Tietz, 70, Monticello, Minn., passed away on Feb. 2, 2012, at New River Care Center in Monticello. Larry was born on Jan. 10, 1942, in Frederic. He attended school at Indian Creek and graduated from Frederic High School in 1960 and furthered his education at River Falls, Class of 1967. Throughout the years of employment, Larry lived in Eau Claire, Valley City, N.D., Silver Bay, Minn., and Blaine, Minn. He retired to Monticello in 2006. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ardis and Lawrence; and by his stepmother, LaDae. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife, Penny Fritze-Tietz; his daughters, Kirsten Lauver of Columbia Heights, Minn., and Sarah Lawton of Minneapolis, Minn.; his brothers, Lowell (Marlene) of Roseville, Minn., and Neil of St. Paul, Minn.; his sister, Pat (Don) Mendel of Andover, Minn.; nieces, Carrie (Craig) Reed, Cathie (Dave) Tidball, Connie (Matt) Tanner and Kelly (Dan) Hammersley; and nephew, Donny (Sarah) Mendel; his aunt, Jane Tietz; six great-nieces and nephews; and many loving family members and friends. Larry loved God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed singing, telling jokes, reading, movies, visits with family and friends, and his cats, Buddy and Pilgrim. His jovial personality and his silly jokes will be missed. Larry was a very special man, his memories will be held in our hearts forever. A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb 11, at the Community United Methodist Church in Monticello, Minn. The Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Home, Monticello, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Joan R. Emerson Joan R. Emerson, 83, resident of Luck, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the United Pioneer Home. Joan was born Jan. 28, 1929, in Minneapolis to Clifton and Marjorie Dickerson. In 1948, she married “Bruce” Eugene Emerson and lived in Circle Pines, Minn., for a few years. She worked most of her life as a quilt seamstress and owned her own quilt shop in downtown Luck. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Bruce”; grandson, H.J. Martin; great-grandchildren, Brandon Martin and Travis Martin. She is survived by her son, Russell Emerson; daughter, Wendy Martin; grandchildren, Julie Emerson, Nicholas Emerson, Madeline Emerson, Michael Martin, Stephanie (Halver) Halverson; great-grandchildren, Alex Martin and Lance Martin. Memorial services were held at the First Lutheran Church in Cushing on Saturday, Feb. 11, with the Rev. Dorothy Sandahl officiating. Refer to the following Web sites to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 for additional information. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Lorraine Johnson Lorraine Johnson passed away on Jan. 3, 2012. She was born Lorraine Joyce Hill in Clam Falls, on May 13, 1937, the third child of Ruth and Onello Hill. She was raised on a farm in the Town of Clam Falls. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Clam Falls Lutheran Church. She was married to Barry Johnson on June 23, 1956, and their first home was in Roseville, Minn. In 1963, they moved to Lakewood, Calif.; returning to Siren, from 1981 to 1989; and then making their final home together in Wildomar, Calif. The greatest joys of her life were her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Barry; children, Deborah, Darryl and Dean; grandchildren, Eric (and wife, Arjeree), Nathaniel, Anne and Kathleen, and great-granddaughter, Madeline, all in southern California; sister, Marjorie (and husband, James) Hess of Maple Grove, Minn; brothers Norman of Lewis and Charles (and wife Linda) of Siren; and sister-in-law, Jean Hill of Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dewey; and sister-in-law, Connie Hill. Services were held Saturday, Jan 7, 2012, in Sun City, Calif. She is tremendously missed by her family and friends.

Elizabeth “Dizzy Liz” Dearbin Elizabeth “Dizzy Liz” Dearbin, 90, Webster, passed away Feb. 7, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 24, 1921, to Eugene and Catherine Revor in Danbury. Elizabeth married Richard Dearbin in Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 12, 1947. Elizabeth served on many tribal committees, taught cultural history and was a foster grandparent for 30 years for the St. Croix Tribal Center and Webster School System. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, beading and crocheting. She was an avid reader and gambler, and loved to tell dirty jokes. Elizabeth was a very good friend to many and loved being with her grandchildren. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents; and all her siblings. She is survived by her children, Rochelle Carlson, Phillip (Pat) Dearbin, Lenore (Bob) Becker and Robin Dearbin; grandchildren, Christiana, Richard (Kellie), Maria and Erin; great-grandchildren, Collin, Aliyah, Marissa and Samuel; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Webster, with Father William Murphy officiating and interment at Danbury Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Matrious, Jim Wakefield, Cliff Benjamin, Randy Senenfelder, Bob Becker and Richard Dearbin. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Melvin J. Nielsen Melvin J. Nielsen, 79, Siren, died Feb. 10, 2012, at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Interment followed at Perida Cemetery. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Janina B. Kalicki Janina B. Kalicki, 66, resident of Webster, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Private services are being arranged. Online condolences may be left at Please continue to check the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted with arrangements.


/OBITUARIES Alice Elizabeth Gustafson

Richard “Dick” Junior Raddatz

Darrell Wayne Kittleson

Alice Elizabeth Gustafson, 100, resident of Trade Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Frederic Nursing and Rehab in Frederic. Alice Elizabeth Melin was born Feb. 21, 1911, to Gust and Adelia (Peterson) Melin in the Trade Lake area. She died just short of her 101st birthday. She was the oldest of 10 children. She grew up attending the Trade Lake No. 3 and Alabama country schools through the eighth grade. She was a domestic worker in St. Paul, Minn., for a few years before marrying Arthur M. Gustafson on April 26, 1933. They were married at the parsonage of the Trade Lake Baptist Church. They farmed together for 10 years in the Trade Lake area before moving to Frederic in 1944. She worked at Hagberg’s department store, Stokely-Van Camp and Duncan Yo-Yo before working as a cook at the Frederic Hospital and Nursing Home and then getting her GED at the age of 64 in order to be a food supervisor. Art and Alice had two daughters, Marlene and Marlys. She lived in the area all her life and was 95 years old when she went to the Comforts of Home in Frederic for two years before living at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab. She was a member of the Trade Lake Baptist Church all her life and was very involved as a Sunday school teacher and the Women’s Ministry. Faith, family, friends and food were important in her life. She enjoyed entertaining with coffee and other treats. She was well-known for her pies, raisin rye bread and of course chocolate chip cookies for the grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; sisters, Eunice Asper, Ethel Anderson, Myrtle Cooper and Irene Anderson; and brothers, Harold and Wilbur Melin. She is survived by daughters, Marlene Gustafson of Amery and Marlys (Bob) Elrod; granddaughter, Katelin Edwards; grandsons, Michael and Matthew; great-grandson, Dominic; sister, Mildred Lundgren of Cushing; two brothers, Rudolph and Charles of Grantsburg; cousins, Warren and Glenn Melin; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held at the Trade Lake Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 14, with the Rev. Merrill Olson officiating. Music was provided by Penny Bistram and Barb Kallman. Pallbearers were Katelin Edwards, Michael and Matthew Elrod, Jack Lundgren, David Melin and Rick Anderson. Interment was at Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at Please continue to check the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Richard “Dick” Junior Raddatz, 81, Centuria, passed away on Sunday, Feb., 12, 2012, at the Amery Regional Medical Center with his loving family at his side. Dick leaves to celebrate his memory: daughter, Laura St. Germain of Siren; son, Daniel Raddatz of Coon Rapids, Minn.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Vernie Mikiska of St. Paul, Minn., and Lorenda Brown of St. Paul, Minn.; Catherine Raddatz, Mary Jo; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Clara Raddatz; and three brothers, Paul, Helmuth and Carl Raddatz. Funeral services will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, on Saturday, Feb. 18, at noon. The family will greet visitors at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service at noon. Dick will be laid to rest at the Town of Bone Lake Cemetery in rural Luck following the funeral service. Casket bearers will be Bob Raddatz, Peter St. Germain, Korey Maine, Tom Tierney, Scott Tierney and John Tierney. The family would like to invite their guests to join them for fellowship and lunch at the Harvest Moon Saloon in Centuria following the cemetery service. To express online condolences, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Darrell Wayne Kittleson, 70, Amery, died Feb. 7, 2012, in his home after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by the love of his immediate family. Darrell was born April 14, 1941, in Prairie Lake to Henry and Victoria Kittleson, as the youngest of five children. He married Kathleen Robinson at 19 and was blessed with three loving children, Lance Elliot, Ginger Lynn and Jennifer Colleen (Gregory). He married Rosalie Orton on June 28, 1980, and acquired two wonderful stepsons, Gregory Adam (Kris) and Kenneth James (Kelly). He and Rosalie were married for 31 years. Darrell was a metal worker, machinist, mechanic and inventor, as well as the former director of the Polk County Historical Museum. His achievements are many and include a notable involvement in the resurrection and preservation of the D.D. Kennedy Mill Environmental Area, membership with the Lions Club of Wisconsin for 20 years, with whom he went on four service missions to Mexico, the Polk County Fair Society, and most recently, was instrumental in obtaining paleobison bones from the Bell Museum in Minnesota, in order they be rightfully returned to the state of Wisconsin’s historical collection. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Victoria; son, Lance; and siblings, Lily, Irwin and Mavis. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; two daughters, Ginger and Jennifer; stepsons Gregory and Kenneth; brother, Curt; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Bethesda Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter Rimmereid, officiating. Spring interment will be in Bethesda Cemetery. Condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Amery, was entrusted with arrangements.

Jerry Allen McKenzie Jerry Allen McKenzie, commander U.S. Navy, 75, Springfield, Va., passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 5, 2012, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born July 31, 1936. He served a distinguished 24-year career as a naval aviator, which included three Vietnam combat tours, 300-plus aircraft carrier landings and 2,400 flight hours in F-4s and F-14s as a radar intercept officer. He was attached to several fleet fighter squadrons included VF-143 (“Pukin’ Dogs”), graduated from Top Gun, earned his Masters in Telecommunications from Navy postgraduate school in Monterey, Calif., and completed his military career with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He received many combat medals, Navy Commendation and Achievement awards, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and most notably, the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Betty J. (Vidmar) McKenzie; two daughters, April L. McKenize and Robin McKenzie Myer (Eric Myer); and sister, Helen (McKenzie) Gatten (Jim Gatten). Jerry was an extraordinary husband, amazing father and a loyal friend and family member. He will be remembered as a kind and caring individual who touched the lives of all who crossed his path. He was courageous and brave – a true fighter until the very end. A service was held at Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., on Jan. 9, 2012. A burial with full honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to one of the following: Evercare Hospice,; and Palliative Care, American Lung Association,; or Messiah United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 7039569-9862.

Bernard Edwin Kurtz Bernard E. Kurtz, 88, Gulf Breeze, Fla., passed away Jan. 12, 2012, at the Bay Breeze Nursing Home in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He was born on Dec. 18, 1923, at Wabasso, Minn., but grew up on the family farm, north of St. Croix Falls. He served in the Naval Reserves during World War II and then returned to work for Huebner Family Implement. On June 3, 1949, he married Donna Jorgensen of Frederic at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, Iowa. He worked for Stokley’s and then became a carpenter, building houses and moved to Minnesota and continued working as a general contractor until he was recalled to Navy service duty in the Korean Conflict during 1951-1952. They then moved to St. Augustine, Fla., and then on to Hastings, Fla., where he worked for Hastings Potato Growers for over 25 years. They then moved to Carroliton, Ga., where he raised bees and Angus cattle. He loved to garden. He retired and moved to Mirada, Venezuela, for three years and returned to Gulf Breeze, Fla. He was preceded in death by daughter, Merodie Ann Johnston, three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son, Steven (Janis); and adopted son, Daniel; and two grandsons, Brian and Aaron Johnston; three brothers, Elmer, Lester and Bill; and one sister, Lucille Hoffman, all of St. Croix Falls. He was cremated by requested.

Sylvia Myers Sylvia Myers, 92, Richfield, Minn., formerly of Siren, and Wyoming, Minn., died Feb. 12, 2012. She was born May 8, 1919, in Wabasso, Minn., to Severt and Jennie (Rgy) Lee. She was married to Robert J. Myers. During the 1950s and 1960s, Sylvia owned the Siren Beauty Shop in Siren and was an avid bowler. After moving to Wyoming, Minn., she became a fan of the Minnesota Twins and attended many baseball games. She enjoyed reading, garage sales and refinishing furniture and antiques. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Cindy) Myers of Chanhassen, Minn., and Donald (Carla) Myers of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Jonathon, Michael and Melissa Myers of Chanhassen, Minn., and Kristina and Laura Myers of Memphis, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brother, George; and sisters, Edna Nissle, Dagna Wurscher, Alma Stage and Dora Lee. The Morris Nilsen Chapel, Richfield, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Irvine “Sonny” J. Phernetton Irvine (Sonny) J. Phernetton, 79, a resident of the Town of LaFollette, died Feb. 5, 2012, at his home. Sonny was born Jan. 26, 1933, to Irvine and Ruby Phernetton (Burlingame) in Fairmount, N.D. Sonny married Dorothy Hoag on Nov. 5, 1955. They were married for 52 years and raised six children. Sonny was a man of many trades. He was best known as a mechanic and for his ability to diagnose mechanical problems. He worked for years for John Radke at the Mileage Station in Siren and later at his own shop in Hertel. Sonny worked as a bridge builder, a welder, owned his own logging company and worked at Hopkins Sand & Gravel. In his free time, he enjoyed racing, playing guitar and the harmonica. He loved reading Western paperbacks, and his favorite author was Louis L’Amour. He shared his passion of reading by trading books with several friends on a regular basis. Sonny was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; son, Russell; his parents; his stepmother, Bernice; and brother, Allen. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his children, Becky (Tom) O’Brien, Ruby (Robert) Taylor-Ashlin, Randy (Val) Phernetton, Rocky (Laurie) Phernetton and Rob (Lisa) Phernetton; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; brothers, Lloyd (Rose) Phernetton and Ted (Bonnie) Phernetton, along with several nieces, nephews and friends. Online condolences can be made at Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Clareese Marek Clareese Marek, 100, Frederic, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Per her expressed wishes, there will not be a service or an obituary. Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS Maintain positive attitude while looking for new job Q: I worked at the same job for 23 years, and was just recently laid off. It’s been so long since I’ve had to “market” myself, I don’t even know where to begin. Jim: I’m sorry to learn about your unemployment. This is a reality facing more and more Americans. Greg Pepe and Jim Vigorito, members of the team here at Focus on the Family, have addressed the challenges inherent to a job search. They write: “There’s no sugarcoating it — looking for a job can be one of the most challenging experiences you’ll ever endure. It demands mental discipline, emotional resilience and even physical stamina. You’ll have days when you are feeling encouraged and hopeful; you’ll also have times when you think it’s impossible even to get an interview.” But there is hope! For example, Greg and Jim recommend that job seekers ask for feedback about their skills, talents and gifts. You’ve probably gained unique abilities during your 23 years of employment. Don’t be afraid to seek assistance in putting an impressive-looking resume together. Greg and Jim also suggest doing some active networking. When you were last

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in the job market, tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and didn’t even exist. It might be tough for someone who hasn’t kept up with the latest technology, but using these tools to connect with other people in your field can be invaluable. Other practical suggestions include making yourself open to temporary assignments until a full-time job comes along; becoming as knowledgeable as you can about a potential employer before an interview takes place; and perhaps most importantly, being yourself and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the job search process. For Greg and Jim’s full list of recommendations for job seekers, visit Best wishes to you in your search! ••• Q: My husband has an addiction to downloading music and playing games on the computer. All of his time at home is spent on the computer. We have two boys who need their father, and he isn’t

there for them. How can I help my husband see that he has a problem and that he’s hurting our family? Juli: Obsessive gaming and computer use is quickly becoming a common marriage-killer. Although it doesn’t appear to be as sinister as porn or gambling, it’s a legitimate problem. Guys get pulled into obsessive gaming because it provides an escape from the stress of real life. Like going to a movie or watching TV, gaming in moderation is a fun form of entertainment and temporary escape. However, it becomes an addiction when it’s used to “self-medicate” or to tune out of life. Video games provide a virtual reality that is far more exciting than real life. A 120-pound guy who works in tech support during the day can be a conquering super-stud in the virtual world. Where real life seems mundane and depressing, video games provide endless frontiers to explore and “do-overs” when you fail. I would start with a serious conversation with your husband about your concerns. Don’t just nag him when you see him playing or yell at him when he’s not helping out with the boys. Set aside a time to talk about it when there are no distractions. Tell him that you care about him, about your kids and about your marriage. Ask him to agree to some parameters to his computer use and to com-

mit to investing more in the family. If he doesn’t agree, you need to involve a third party. Ask him to meet with a counselor or an older couple to help you work through the disagreement. If he won’t see someone, you should meet with a counselor to determine how you should respond. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 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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Teen Challenge choir to perform at Grantsburg church GRANTSBURG - The Minnesota Teen Challenge (Duluth Campus) Choir will be singing and sharing at Grace Church in Grantsburg on Sunday, Feb. 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. The choir’s contemporary gospel and praise songs will be accompanied by in-

spiring student stories of their deliverance from addiction by the power and forgiveness of God. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy “an inspiring message of hope.” Minnesota Teen Challenge is one of the largest and most successful recovery programs in Minnesota, with multiple loca-

tions around the state. They offer both short- and long-term residential programs founded on Christian principles. Teen Challenge will also be sharing during the Sunday school hour followed by a potluck dinner. The worship service will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m., followed by Sunday

school at 11, and potluck at noon. The public is cordially invited to attend. For more information you can call Grace Church at 715-463-5699. Grace Church is located at the intersection of Robert Street and Hwy. 70 in Grantsburg. – submitted

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


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

BEAN’S COUNTRY GRIDDLE Hwys. 35 & 48 Downtown Frederic Phone 715-327-5513


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

CARLSON-ROWE FUNERAL HOME Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4475

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• Gravel • Sand • Rock • Top Soil • Trackhoe 715-472-2717 Mobile 715-491-1861 1065 290th Ave. Frederic, Wis.

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


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







Complete Lumber & Building Supplies

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


Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed

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

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

WILD RIVER FLAGS Jerry & Pat Willits 2815 285th Ave. Sterling Township St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-488-2729

Hwy. 35 North Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-4157 M.P.R.S. #03059

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


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


Church Directory ADVENTIST


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.


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; 715-327-4461 Worship 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

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



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.


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) 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.

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



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


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

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


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



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


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



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.

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


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


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




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.

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


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 Sun. Serv.: 9 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 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 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.;




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.



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.


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



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

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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 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.

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


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


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

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.




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

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.

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

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


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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Tuff Heitz has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the grandson of Judy Ollikain. He has been working hard at school and is always the first one to jump in and help with anything in the classroom. His favorite subject is math. He enjoys playing football and video games.

Jenna Burton has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Tammy and Paul Zarn and Philip Burton. Jenna is involved in Wednesday night church and plays clarinet in the band. She enjoys taking pictures, going swimming and hanging out with friends. She wants to be a photographer or artist in the future. Jenna is honest, trustworthy, a polite young lady and a very good reader. Her greatest influences in her life are her parents.

Christa White has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Karrie VanSickle and Doug Nelson. Christa is involved in soccer, works at Beaudry and plans to be in the play. She enjoys playing guitar, singing, writing poetry and listening to music. Christa is honest, responsible, creative and kind. Her greatest infuences in her life are her parents. In the future she plans to go to college.

William Gerber has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Ted and Kelly Gerber. Will has excitement for learning and makes effort to always do his very best work. He is very enthusiastic about reading and math. Will always has a smile, uses good manners and respects everyone around him. Will likes lots of sports but football is his favorite.


Rhiannon Zwieg has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Rhiannon has a great sense of humor. She is very conscientious about doing the best that she can in class. She is very organized. Rhiannon enjoys being around her family and friends. She also likes to read.

Anneka Johnson has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Cory Johnson and Kristina KelleyJohnson. Anneka has excellent work ethic and works well with others. She is involved in volleyball, 4-H, weight training, forensics and LINK group. She enjoys reading, riding horses and showing cows. In the future she plans to go to college and major in animal science.


Derek Rennicke has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of James and Lydia Rennicke. Derek is involved in 4-H, band, choir, student council, confirmation, solo and ensemble, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, soccer and track. He enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, building rockets for 4-H, horseback riding and judo. His greatest influences in his life are his parents.

Tanner Nielsen has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Steve and Joelle Nielsen. Tanner is involved in honors band, band, art club, drama club and golf. He is always working hard in class giving his best effort. He enjoys golfing, skiing, writing, playing music and building and inventing things. He plans to attend college for music. The person he admires most is Leonardo Da Vinci.

Jack Skallet has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade. He lives at home with his wonderful family. At home Jack likes to bug his older brother. But they love each other. At school Jack loves to learn math. He thinks, “Math is pretty much the key to everything. Physics, construction and science all need math.” When he grows up he wants to be a scientist.

Breanna Frenette has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade and the daughter of Lisa and Gary Frenette. Breanna is involved in gymnastics, soccer, softball and knit club. Her favorite subject is social studies. Breanna is a friendly person with a bright personality who works hard to be successful.

McKenzie Christenson has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Tawny and Randy Christenson and has an older brother Zach and a younger sister Kalli and younger brother Payton. McKenzie likes playing guitar and hanging out with friends and family. She is in volleyball, basketball, softball, kinship and CLOWNS.



Sarah Shaffer has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week.She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Sarah Shaffer and Kris Wolff. Sarah is involved in basketball, volleyball and track. She enjoys listening to and playing music on her guitar or alto sax. She is a good student that participates in discussions and has good points of view. She is determined and hard working. One day she hopes to become an athlete or an athletic trainer.

Melanie Paquette has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Ruth and Joe Paquette. Mel is very sweet, responsible and hardworking. She always gets her schoolwork done and is respectful and kind. Her favorite class is math. She is involved in basketball, 4-H and Girl Scouts. She enjoys reading.

Caitlynn Daniels has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Shelly and Dave Hatch and William Daniels. Caitlynn is quiet, courteous and a bright student. Her favorite subject is math. She is involved in basketball, volleyball, track and forensics. She is a percussionist in band, which she really enjoys. She also enjoys swimming, riding bike and spending time with friends.

Andrew Brown has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Charles and Michelle Brown. Andrew is a hardworking student who never quits until the task at hand is done. Andrew received all-conference in football for the third straight year and has scored his 1,000th career point in basketball. He is an outstanding student, citizen and athlete. Andrew plans on playing college basketball.

Aliyah Daniels has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Spencer Daniels II and Maria Dearbin. Aliyah always follows rules. She gets along with all her classmates and is quick to lend a helping hand to her fellow students. She is respectful, helpful and is a good role model for the younger classes.

Josh Kilgore has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Chantel Nelson Kilgore. Josh has a good sense of humor. He is kind, respectful and is always the first one to volunteer to help others. He is involved in football. He enjoys fishing, biking and reading.

Austin Bork has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Todd and Carolyn Bork. Austin relates well to others, listens well and is a great role model. He is very dedicated to everything he does. He is involved in forensics, football, club soccer and track. He enjoys weight lifting.


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Destiny Jeske has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Lacey and Josh Jeske. Destiny’s exemplary behavior and positive attitude make her a wonderful role model for her classmates. Her effort and academic performance can only be topped by her smile.

Shayla Hays has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Kristin Overby. Shayla has a creative side and takes pride in her assignments. She has a nice smile and is a pleasure to have in class.

Steven Kruger has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Robert and Janet Kruger. Steven enjoys hanging out with friends. He is involved in basketball and track. His favorite class is physics. Steven is very compassionate and truly cares about other students. After high school he plans to attend college. He resides in Centuria.


Coming events


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

THURSDAY/23 Burnett County


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

• Bake and book sale at the library. Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-327-4979.

• Frederic’s Got Talent at the elementary school, 7 p.m.,





Balsam Lake

• “How Green Was My Valley,” 1941 classic film, at the museum, 7 p.m., 715-472-2770.


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

• Polk/Burnett Beekeepers will meet at the justice center, 8 a.m.


• Tax aides at the senior center, 8 a.m.-noon. • Kickoff planning meeting for alumni homecoming dance at Hacker’s Lanes, 6:30 p.m., 715-472-4114, days or 715-327-8502, eves.

St. Croix Falls

• Meet and greet with Christine Seaton at the library, 7 p.m.

FRI. & SAT./24 & 25


• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.


• SNOWS poker run ends at Skol Bar, 5-7 p.m.



• AARP tax help at the senior center, 1-4 p.m. Call for appointment, 715-349-7810.

Balsam Lake

St. Croix Falls

• Unity Friends of Music spaghetti dinner at the Unity school, 5-7 p.m.

• Cliff Eberhardt concert at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m.,, 715-483-3387.



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

• Arts Burnett County monthly meeting at the library, 5-7 p.m., 715-866-8153.


FRI. & SAT./17 & 18


• Lions ice-fishing contest on Pike Lake, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-8774.


• Big Chill Fest at Schillberg Park: Fri. ski/walk at 7 p.m. Sat. 5K run at 10 a.m.; activities and chili cook-off; parade at 6:30 p.m.,

FRIDAY/17 Amery

• Winter Health & Wellness Expo at Centennial Hall, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-268-6605.


• Free movie, “Courageous,” at Crosswalk Community Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-8767. • VFW 6856 fish fry.



Two trumpeter swans got cozy on a rural pond near Cushing. One of the birds is banded, which doesn't seem to bother the mate. - Photo by Greg Marsten



St. Croix Falls

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

• Firefighters & first responders sauerkraut feed at Duck’s Sports Bar & Grill, 4-7 p.m., 715-268-9514. • Landscaping for wildlife at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., 715-483-2274. • Benefit for Kellie Stewart’s son, Zac, at Dallas House, 6 p.m.

SUNDAY/19 Amery


• Presidents weekend dinner at Little Falls Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-9409.


• Presentation by Paul Oman, artist & pastor, at North Valley Lutheran Church, 9:15 a.m., 715-825-3559.

• Barrens chicken BBQ & raffle fundraiser for Lakes & Pines Sno-trails. On CTH A, Trail No. 22, noon-4 p.m. • Speaker Ralph Weber, rare book conservator, at the library, 10:30 a.m. • Vendor Day at Centennial Hall, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clam Falls

• Ice-fishing contest on Clam Falls Flowage, 9 a.m.3 p.m.


• Wolves and their signs presentation at Crex Meadows, 9 a.m., 715-463-2739. • Midwinter Sports Day. Frigid 5K, ice-fishing contest, races, fireworks and logging event.


• Spaghetti fundraiser benefit for Amelia McKinney at the community center, 4-8 p.m., 715-472-2273 or 715-8253194.


• River Valley Swim Club meat raffle, hamburger feed & silent auction at PY’s Saloon and Grill. Starts at noon, 715-338-1295.



• Teen Challenge Choir at Grace Church, 9:30 a.m., noon potluck, 715-463-5699.

St. Croix Falls

• Chili feed at the senior center, 12:30 p.m., 715-483-1901. • American Legion Post 143 Sunday breakfast, 8 a.m.noon. 500 card party 1 p.m.

MONDAY/20 Balsam Lake

• Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-684-4545. • Polk County Master Gardeners meeting at the justice center, 6:45 p.m., 715-268-8786 or 715-268-2926.


• Christian Women’s Connection luncheon at Peace Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m. RSVP at 715-857-5573.


Balsam Lake

• Farmers and tenants renting farm assets workshop at the government center, 1-4 p.m. Preregister at 715-4858600. • Landlords renting farm assets workshop at the government center, 7-9 p.m. Preregister at 715-485-8600.

Clam Falls

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


• Ruby’s Pantry at the bus garage. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Distribution noon-1 p.m.,, 715472-2535.


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



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,

Partners of Veterans women’s support group, Counseling Associates, Siren, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8575.

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. Free playtime with your toddler at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 10-11:30 a.m., 715-557-0630.

• AARP tax help at senior center. Starting at 9 a.m., 715483-1901.

Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431.

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

St. Croix Falls

THURS. & FRI./23 & 24 St. Croix Falls

• Beatrix Potter Tales at Festival Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 715483-3387,

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.

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Staff from Day Friends, a nonprofit day program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injuries, other dementias or similar needs, attended the Feb. 8 meeting of the Luck Village Board to explain their program. Coordinators Kasey Weber and Mary Mikula, who between them have 38 years of caregiving experience, told the board that Day Friends opened in December, in the Endeavors building near the government center in Balsam Lake. It is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but earlier and later hours are available if necessary. Day Friends is designed to offer a safe and secure place with appropriate socialization and therapeutic activities. Staff and volunteers learn the preferences of each participant, said Weber, and work with those likes and dislikes. The program provides transportation to and/or from the home to Day Friends, as

Day Friends open in Balsam Lake

Mary Mikula, left, and Kasey Weber are coordinators of Day Friends, a program for individuals with dementia or similar needs. Day Friends is located in the Endeavors building across from the government center in Balsam Lake. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

well as social activities, scheduled meals and snacks. Assistance in personal care, such as administering medications, bathing, walking, grooming and toileting are available, as well as individualized therapeutic activities such as exercise, skills training and help with daily activities. The program is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is a member of the National and Wisconsin Adult Day Services associations. Day Friends, said Mikula, is in need of volunteers to share their talents, whether it is reading aloud, providing music, bringing in a pet, or any of a variety of things that would interest the participants. Mikula also distributed a list of items needed at Day Friends, including funshaped noodles, items to sort, musical items like tambourines and maracas, craft items, checkers, balloons and large-piece puzzles. The pair said that they can be contacted at 715-483-8762.

Feb. 15 Leader  

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