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Longtime Webster residents Del and Bonnie Raymond were dedicated snowmobile riders. Jim Raymond entered the vintage snowmobile, with mannequins wearing his aprents garb, in the sixth-annual Whitetail Wilderness / Wonderland Sno-Trials show on Saturday, Feb. 23. More photos in Currents section – Photo by Sherill Summer

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Final design of project to revamp Hwys. 35/70 intersection revealed at Siren hearing PAGE 4 UP FRONT MADISON - Three state senators, two Democrats and a Republican, revealed a series of amendments they plan to introduce during debate on a controversial mining bill today (Feb. 27). Republican Senate leaders have the votes to pass the bill in the Senate, where a similar measure died last year. They plan to call a vote after floor debate. Sens. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, and Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, said their amendments would increase environmental protections and ensure a mining company pay taxes on the iron ore it extracts. The three senators said they were concerned that companies, such as Florida-based Gogebic Taconite, which wants to build a mine in northern Wisconsin, could get around paying taxes by manipulating their net revenue. Instead, the senators said Gogebic and any other mining company should pay taxes on their gross receipts. The state Department of Natural Resources’ rulemaking process could take two years, he said. Jauch said his northern Wisconsin constituents have been “10 to 1” in their opposition to the mine. He said the Bad River Band of Chippewa could sue over the legislation, meaning no jobs would be created for years. If the bill passes in the Senate, it would move to the Assembly. Republican leaders have said they will bring the measure to a vote in the Assembly next week. - with information from

“A good return on investment” Judge GaleWyrick explains Polk County’s drug court program by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Drug court is an alternative to prison, it is successful in getting many people back into society, and it is a better option financially than prison. Polk County Circuit Judge Molly GaleWyrick presented the basic information on the county’s program at the monthly meeting of the Polk County Human Services Board Tuesday, Feb. 26. She was responding to questions about the cost of the drugcourt program and its success rate, questions that had been raised at county meetings in recent months. GaleWyrick gave some basic numbers. She said the cost of the drug court has averaged $18,624 per year over five years. There have been 15 graduates from the program. The average cost of putting someone in prison in Wisconsin is $32,000 a year. It would have cost $480,000 a year to keep those 15 in prison. GaleWyrick said that $18,000 versus $480,000 is a good return on one’s investment by anyone’s math. But the success of the drug court can not be measured that simply, GaleWyrick said. Two of the program participants, both methamphetamine addicts who later failed to graduate, gave birth to healthy, nonaddicted babies while in the program and drug free at the time. GaleWyrick said that while both moms continue to struggle with their addictions, the health of those children represents a savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars each in health-care costs. “How can you put a value on that?” GaleWyrick asked. “I argue that the primary purpose of the courts is to change behavior, because that is the only way to stop the revolving door of recidivism,” GaleWyrick said. “The alternative is to punish and send every convicted felon to prison. Under that scenario, we will all write very large checks to the state for more prisons.” The Polk County drug court has had 40 participants since it started in 2008. Of those, 15 have graduated, 13 are currently in the program, and 12 were terminated. Of the 15 graduates, three have been

Judge Molly GaleWyrick explained the Polk County drug court to the Human Services board. Photo by Gregg Westigard

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later charged with new drug offenses, a 20-percent recidivism rate. Of the 12 terminated, 11 later faced charges, a 92-percent recidivism rate. GaleWyrick said one can argue that successful completion of the drug-court program dramatically reduces the likelihood of new crimes. While graduation is one measurement of the drug court, GaleWyrick said the effect of the program on all the participants must be looked at. She said the program is an intensive, long-term, outpatient treatment program that requires the participants to abstain from drugs, attend five AA or NA meetings a week, participate in group treatment, attend weekly drug-court sessions, submit to random drug screening, and meet regularly with a probation agent and a drug-court coordinator. In addition, they need to find full-time employment, perform community service, and pay their own treatment fees and a $750 drug-court fee. This means, GaleWyrick said, that all the participants are living drug-free lives, working, paying taxes and taking part in their community when they could have been in prison. That is because all the drug-court participants are convicted felons who were about to start prison terms. They have all served time in jails and prisons, GaleWyrick said, they have had a punishment part of their lives. “This is redemption,” GaleWyrick said.

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Prison population has increased by over 700 percent since 1970. Over 75 percent of inmates are sentenced for nonviolent offenses. Over 80 percent of inmates are drug involved, and 50 percent are clinically addicted to alcohol or other drugs. And half of offenders return to prison within three years of release. The state of Wisconsin now spends more on prisons each year than it spends on education.

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Luck author publishes book LUCK – Wisconsin author Stan Miller loves his grandchildren and loves to read literature that entertains while making a point. He wanted to combine the two loves and create something he could share with his grandchildren that would enlighten them and make a very important part of the story of Christ more accessible for their young minds. Miller wrote “The Night Before Easter,” recently released and available through bookstores nationwide from the publisher or by visiting or Miller graduated from Bethel College in 1965 and taught secondary school history for 30 years before retiring in 2000. He lives with his wife of 50 years in Luck. They have four children and eight grandchildren. This is his first published book. - with information from Tate Publishing

Family and master classes in puppetry ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre, in downtown St. Croix Falls, will become “Puppetry Central” for two days in March when master puppeteer Jason Suel joins UWRF theater professor Robin Murray for an exciting experience of designing, building and performing with puppets made of recycled materials. Limited space and preregistration is required for the workshops that take place Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9. The puppetry pair met last year while participating in the Mermaid Puppet Theatre’s three-week intensive training called “Animotion” in Nova ScoRobin Murray tia. The family workshop is limited to a total of 40 participants, and all youth must have an adult partner to work alongside with during the experience. Participants will also create scene studies with their puppets and will be encouraged Jason Suel to create puppets reflective of the birds and animals found in the St. Croix Valley. The master workshop is limited to a total of eight participants who must apply and is a true intensive experience. This workshop will focus completely on puppetry performance using rehearsal puppets. Suel and Murray will be selecting the eight applicants and the application deadline is March 1. These Puppetry in the Valley workshops will take place at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls and are funded in part through a grant from the St. Croix Valley Foundation’s Valley Arts Initiative and the Wisconsin Arts Board, therefore enrollment fees are greatly reduced. For the family workshops the fees are $10 per youth and $15 per adult. For the master workshop, the fees are $30 per participant (age 17 and up are eligible to apply). Contact the Festival Theatre Box Office to sign up for the family workshop and to get connected to the application process for the master workshop. Call 715-483-3387 or send an e-mail to - with submitted information

Two sets of twins were delivered at SCRMC last Wednesday, Feb. 20. Shown in front row, (L to R): big sister, Sophia, Tim Ahlgren holding Autumn Rio, Jaclyn Ahlgren holding Morgan Mae; Kimberly Meador holding Kenadi Donica, big brother Aiden, and Adrian Meador holding Kolten David. Back row: SCRMC providers Kelly Schmidt, CNM; Dr. Marsha Beyer, Dr. Allison Karun, Ob/Gyn and Rebecca Gray, CNM. Not pictured Dr. Rebecca Lyman. - Photo submitted ST. CROIX FALLS - It was an exciting time in the obstetrics department of St. Croix Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20, as two sets of twins, one boy and three girls, were delivered by two teams of obstetrics providers. Jaclyn and Tim Ahlgren of Osceola welcomed daughters Autumn Rio, born at 6:25 p.m., and Morgan Mae, born at 6:26 p.m. The first one born, Autumn, weighed 5 lbs. 9 ozs. and measured 17-1/2 inches long, and the second, Morgan, weighed 6 lbs. 2 ozs. and was 17 inches long. They join a big sister Sophia, 3. Their parents are patients of Kelly Schmidt, CNM. The Ahlgrens daughters were delivered by Dr. Marsha Beyer, assisted by Ob/Gyn, Dr. Allison Karun with help from Dr. Rebecca Lyman and nurse midwife Kelly Schmidt, who looked after the babies following the Cesarean birth.

Woman survives fish house explosion CLAM FALLS - Michelle Schmidt feels bad that the fish house she borrowed is now mostly charred and twisted metal, sitting in the middle of the frozen lake. But she also feels lucky. Schmidt, who owns the Clam Falls Tavern with husband, Keith, said she was “put right through the door” of the fish house by the explosion but suffered only a burned wrist and some singed hair. Her pants, shirt and mittens caught on fire, also. Right after the explosion she went back to retrieve two small propane bottles. “I don’t know what I was thinking It was a dumb thing to do, but I was afraid they would ignite, also,” she said. She ended up using snow to put out some flames on some carpet on the floor of the house. The explosion occurred Thursday morning, Feb. 21, at about 7 a.m., on the Clam Falls Flowage about nine miles east of Frederic. Schmidt said a longtime family friend, Ray Domogala, had offered her the use of the fish house. She switched propane bottles on the heater inside the fish house and then began chopping ice. “I wasn’t going to start the heater unless I could get through the ice,” she said. After chopping the hole, she got out the lighter and lit the heater’s pilot light and that’s when the explosion occurred. “I was pretty shook up but OK,” Schmidt said. Schmidt guessed the propane cylinder may not have threaded properly or tightened enough, allowing gas to leak into the trailer - but she knows how lucky she is to survive,


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Kimberly and Adrian Meador of Milltown are proud parents of the second set of twins delivered by their Ob/Gyn, Dr. Allison Karun, assisted by nurse midwife Rebecca Gray, with help from Dr. Marsha Beyer and nurse midwife Kelly Schmidt. The Meadors welcomed a boy, Kolten David, born at 8:18 p.m., weighing 4 lbs., 10 ozs. and measuring 16 inches long, and a girl, Kenadi Donica, weighing 5 lbs. 2 ozs. and measuring 17 inches long. They join a 6-year-old brother, Aiden. Mothers met in-between deliveries in the birthing suites at SCRMC. Jaclyn Ahlgren, mother of twin girls stated, “The medical staff has taken amazing care of us and our girls throughout this entire journey. We are blessed to have been under the care of midwife Kelly Schmidt and others for the last eight months.” - from St. Croix Regional Medical Center

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Fluoride issue gets divisive SCF Council votes to adjust city code; issue still up in air by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The issue of whether to fluoridate the city’s water supply drew a crowd of over three dozen to the normally empty St. Croix Falls Council chambers on Monday, Feb. 25, where they voted to adjust their city code to make a previous decision in compliance. The council voted two weeks ago to remove fluoride from the municipal water supply, as a “policy decision,” according to administrator Joel Peck, but after over two hours of comments, testimony and outright disagreement, they adjusted the code to reduce the maximum level of fluoride allowed in the water, but did not address their previous move to stop fluoridation, altogether. Polk County Health Department director Gretchen Sampson gave a 15-minute presentation on fluoridation, its history, why it’s done and what it entails, while several dentists and medical professionals also were in attendance, all in favor of fluoride. This was unlike the meeting two weeks ago, where the decision was made to suspend fluoridation, which was overwhelmingly made up of people opposed to fluoridation. “One of the things that was missing from that last meeting was balance,” Mayor Brian Blesi said. “We were looking for more input.” The meeting went deep into the evening with testimony and comments running the gamut, from Sampson’s presentation citing studies and statistics on the health effects of municipalities that went with and without fluoride, to the reasons other nations use unusual means to do systematic fluoride applications. Much of the evening was spent either addressing, refuting or reaffirming previous comments, questions and misconceptions on the issue, much of which was critical of efforts to eliminate fluoride. “There’s a ton of science out there,” Sampson said, adding that in her opinion, “no widely respected medical organization opposes fluoridation.” She cited multiple studies by numerous agencies and downplayed previous comments about fluorosis, and whether it was considered a medication. “It’s a mineral,” she stated flatly, calling it fortifying the water, not unlike fortifying milk with vitamin D, to folic acid and other ways meant to address health concerns in a systemati way. She also cited the fact-checking agency, Politifact, that debunked the claim that fluoride was a toxic waste. Sampson used graphic, and some might say over-the-top, photos of extreme childhood tooth decay to make her point, while also outlining the need for children to have the fortification, especially since many of the children in the school district live outside the city’s municipal water supply. She outlined ways the health department addresses children and residents

The fluoride debate drew a larger-than-usual to the St. Croix Falls Council chambers. The crowd grew even larger as the night wore on. (dsc 2263) who don’t have access to fluoridated she was doing medical mission work in water, which amounts to about three India at the time. Instead, their daughter, quarters of the county population. Hayley, read a prepared statement from But the comments also went into gen- her mother. eral health policies, from unrealistically The statement noted that Cheryl Cerlow reimbursement rates for Medicaid min was looking over one of the poorest and Badger Care, which leads to very few parts of India, where people will be standdentists even honoring the programs, to ing in lines to collect a small amount of low-income families that routinely don’t water for drinking and cooking. take necessary efforts to address their chil“This water has been sitting for days in dren’s dental needs. an old, rusty water tank truck with a Dr. Amin Uddin cited his own shock at spigot on the back in the hot sun,” Hayley seeing so many 5- to 8-year-old children Cermin read. “It is undoubtedly a breedthat had never had a visit to any dentist ing ground for all the potentially deadly prior, and how they got their first tooth- bacteria India’s water supply carries. brush from him. He said they need the flu- These people are glad for this tainted oride to offset that minimalist care. water ... we need to keep this issue in per“I’ve seen aggressive, advanced decay,” spective.” he said. “I really can’t understand that.” There were not as many comments in It was that issue of lack of childhood opposition to the fluoride this time, but dental care that later emerged as the still plenty of refuting of many of the wrong reason to fluoridate, as several peo- claims and pleas for people and the counple noted that the whole public shouldn’t cil to do their own research on the matter, pay the price of the few who ignore their beyond the endorsements of medical prokids’ health. fessionals and long-accepted conventional “So all of us have to have it (fluoride) wisdom. because of those kids?” asked Ann Turner. Resident Casey Borchert suggested that “I’m a little upset the way things are some dentists were afraid to come out treated tonight over the last time we were against systematic fluoridation, due to here.” possible repercussions. He also implied Turner repeated her concerns that the that the reason for fluoridation was not for product was toxic to some people and public health, but was instead a way for reaffirmed the need to keep the fluoride the “fertilizer industry to benefit, as a hazout. ardous waste disposal mechanism.” Resident Jon Cermin cited the ease of “I don’t know why we’re being forced finding data to support whatever fringe (to have this),” Borchert stated. “There is issue you want on the Internet. He credible research out there ... I’ve been pointed out rumors of a faked moon land- reading about this for years.” ing, that President Obama was born in The council then debated among themKenya, that President George W. Bush selves about the question at hand of was behind the 9/11 attacks and more. whether to adjust the city code, which pre“You can find whatever viewpoint you viously forced the city to have between want,” he said. “We need legit, scientific one and 1.5 parts per million fluoride. Reentities ... that are not out get you.” cent federal regulations suggest maxiHe said that fluoride was on trial, and mum levels of .7 ppm. believed it would be found not guilty. Some of the previous concerns were Cermin and his wife, Cheryl, own a also dispelled, such as a common quote local orthodontic business in town, but his about not using fluoridated water in baby wife was unable to address the issue, as formula, which nobody could substanti-

Polk County Public Health Department director Gretchen Sampson gave a presentation in support of fluoridation. - Photos by Greg Marsten ate, as well as concerns about the effects on the St. Croix River as an effluent. “I’m trying to be objective,” stated council member Randy Korb, who agreed that it might have been prudent to wait on the previous policy decision to eliminate two weeks ago. The council was at full attendance this time, as councilperson Don Anderson was absent for the previous vote. It became apparent as the night progressed that there was a 2-2 split among the council members, which may leave the issue in Mayor Blesi’s lap in the future. “We all want to do the right thing, we just don’t always agree on what that is,” Blesi said on the issue. In the end, the council voted to adjust their city code to a maximum allowable level of .7 milligrams per liter, half of their previous code maximum. However, they did not address the question of whether or not to start systematic fluoridation again. Blesi said that question is likely to be addressed when the council meets later in March. Until then, the city’s water will only have residual fluoride, which can take as long as six weeks to clear the miles of piping, mains and water tower lines.

In other council business: • The council approved a Class B beer and wine license for the Polk County Fair this summer, which is a change from previous years, where wine was not served. • The council approved the annual report from the city library. • Acting on previous committee debate, the council approved changes to the city’s employee manual, which adjusts overtime pay rates to go into effect after 40 hours of work per week, instead of when employees work over eight hours per day. It also adjusted the ability to bank hours and adjusted previous standards of employees having personal time, instead of sick time.

Case closed: Burnett keeps dispatch in county by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN – The Burnett County Board of Supervisors has officially ended consideration of an emergency dispatch system that would involve Polk County. The action came at the supervisors Thursday, Feb. 21, meeting as they voted by a margin of almost 4 to 1 to keep dispatch operations in Burnett County. The supervisors action brings an end to a lengthy and contentious debate about how best to handle Burnett County’s emergency dispatch needs. Aging equipment, crowded working conditions, differing personnel requirements and federal mandates all played their part in generating studies and discussions. Now after all the studies and meetings, the supervisors are back where they were when it all began, but still faced with dispatch problems. They have approved formation of an ad hoc committee charged with responsibility for improving the current dispatch center and its operations.

That committee will begin its work March 12.

In other business, the supervisors: • adopted a revised zoning district map to permit perpetual camping in the Voyager Village area, • approved the WPPA law enforcement contract, • and honored Georgette Bruhn for her more than 16 years of service to the county. The Burnett County supervisors honored Georgette Bruhn (center with plaque) for her years of service to the county as a social worker with the Department of Health and Human Services. Pictured with Bruhn are (left to right) Kate Peterson (director of health and human services), Chris Sybers (county supervisor) and Don Taylor (chairman of the board of supervisors). Bruhn noted that her 16 years of service amounted to 27,640 hours of work for the county. – Photo by Carl Heidel


Final roundabout plan unveiled Construction to begin May 2014 by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - The Department of Transportation and project designers released the final design for the roundabout that will be placed at the intersection of Hwys. 35 and 70 north of Siren near the Burnett County Airport, but don’t plan your alternative routes just yet. Construction is not scheduled to begin until spring of 2014 probably early May - and will continue until September or early October of next year. An area task force petitioned the DOT to make changes to the intersection after a series of deadly T-bone crashes. Even in the beginning, a roundabout was considered appropriate for the intersection because a roundabout virtually eliminates T-bone crashes. Another benefit of the roundabout is that it reduces congestion. The intersection experiences considerable backed-up traffic during big holiday weekends. The DOT has been working on designing a roundabout at the intersection since 2009. Initially, it was thought construction would begin this year but, because of the added complexity of the nearby airport, the roundabout has been pushed back a year. The existing intersection is in the flight path of the airport. There have been five or six different roundabout proposals for the intersection, according to Ben Wilkinson, project manager from the engineering firm that designed the roundabout. Only one design placed the roundabout where the existing intersection is, but the proposal was dropped because of the height limits on lighting and signage. All other roundabout proposals have moved the roundabout out of the flight path. Placing a roundabout at the intersection was controversial when it was first proposed. But judging by the small crowd at the informational hearing at the Burnett County Government Center on Thursday, Feb. 21, the idea of a roundabout has largely been accepted. The DOT will need to purchase about nine acres before construction can begin. Property owners will be contacted shortly

This is the final design of the roundabout that will replace the current Hwy. 35/70 intersection north of Siren. - Photo submitted

Ben Wilkinson, of Ourston Roundabout Engineering in Madison, was at the Burnett County Government Center Thursday, Feb. 21, for an information hearing on the roundabout. The final designs of Burnett County’s first roundabout were released, but only a few people attended the hearing to see the final designs. - Photo by Sherill Summer

if they have not already been contacted. Utility work will begin on the roundabout this fall. The roundabout will have streetlights and will accommodate oversized and overweight vehicles and farm equipment. Construction will be staged so that the intersection will remain open and traffic will not be detoured away from the intersection. Besides getting used to the traffic flow of roundabouts, there will be other changes to nearby roads once construction is complete. Traffic from Lind Road will be prevented from turning south onto Hwy. 35 by a median. Airport Road will intersect with Hwy. 35 just south of the roundabout, across from Lind Road, and traffic will be prevented from turning north on Hwy. 35 by a median.

For those who have trouble reading engineer drawings, this roundabout from Chippewa Falls was on display at the Burnett Government Center Thursday, Feb. 21. The roundabout that will be built in Burnett County will be very similar to this one. - Photo by Sherill Summer

Tackling Burnett County’s transportation problem Citizens Against Poverty group identifies inadequate transport as single biggest factor contributing to poverty by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer SIREN – Speaking to the Burnett County Board on Thursday, Feb. 21, Citizens Against Poverty Coordinator Carl Heidel said the group has identified a lack of reliable transportation as the single biggest factor contributing to poverty in the county. “If we can crack this one …” said Heidel. “People need transportation to get to jobs, doctors, the grocery store, etc.” Heidel told the board a major problem for people is the inability to get existing vehicles fixed, so CAP is looking to de-

velop a self-sustaining vehicle repair program. The group is working toward developing a ride-share program to connect people with others going to the same destinations. Heidel told the board CAP is also collaborating with Northwest Passage on a potential transportation program. Heidel said contributing to the problem is the lack of communication between agencies and organizations providing needed services. “The right hand doesn’t always know what the left hand is doing, “ remarked Heidel. “CAP is trying to get as much information out to the community as to what the group is doing.” CAP plans to create a master directory of all involved services, programs, institutions, agencies, etc. A Web site is planned which will be continually updated to provide people with information to find help

for specific needs. Heidel said a collaborative effort continues to reduce the growing hunger problem in the county. The CAP team will be working with the Burnett County Health and Human Services Department and other agencies and organizations to that end. “Collaboration puts strength into our efforts,” said Heidel. “CAP is heavily into collaboration.” County board member Phil Lindeman agreed, “If your group could do one thing, its collaboration. We’re duplicating so many programs.” Formed a year ago, Heidel said CAP currently has approximately 60 people generally involved along with a fourmember leadership team. The leadership team has been attending training sessions through the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute to develop valuable skills including problem identi-

fication, solution development, development of collective impact/collaboration, recruitment and grant writing. During and after completing training, the team will be available to offer the skills learned to other groups and agencies. Other collaborative projects include development of a health-care initiative with Burnett Medical Center and the Burnett County Health Department, and the creation of a collation with the ELCA church group, God’s People Serving and other groups to provide food to the hungry and develop programs to help people feed themselves through education and community gardens. CAP is also working on developing employment and literacy programs and is looking at forming a coalition with Habitat for Humanity and other housing programs to address broader housing needs in Burnett County.

Candy coating addiction is result of new products from tobacco industry STATEWIDE - As cigarette smoking rates have dropped, the tobacco industry has created new products to keep users hooked and find new customers. These “other tobacco products,” sometimes referred to as OTPs, are harmful and addictive, plus they’re marketed aggressively and priced inexpensively. That’s not safe, not fair and not good for Wisconsin. The sweet flavors and candylike packaging of these products makes it hard to believe that lifelong smokers are the target audience. Strawberry, grape, apple and chocolate are just a few of the kidfriendly flavors used for new products

like little cigars and cigarillos. Some of the products even come in packaging that resembles markers and lip gloss. The reality is that these products harmless appearance and cheaper prices make them more appealing to young people. With these new products on the racks, health professionals say it’s more important than ever to prevent tobacco sales to minors. “Bright packaging, candy flavors and the illusion of a safer product may make these products more appealing to teens,” said Cortney Draxler, assistant coordinator of Western Wisconsin Working for To-

bacco Free Living. “Retailers help their business and their community by checking IDs for all tobacco purchases.” Selling tobacco products to minors can have serious consequences for retailers. Wisconsin State Statute 134.66 prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 and also requires training for staff that sell tobacco products. Retailers who sell to minors can receive fines as high as $500 for selling to minors, and licenses can be suspended up to 30 days if they’ve had a prior violation in the previous year. Both retailers and any employees who make illegal sales are

subject to fines. Free tobacco sales training and certification is available for retailers at, an online test developed by the Wisconsin Wins program. Wisconsin Wins is a program of the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and provides training, media and community outreach, and education to help retailers avoid hefty fines. To learn more about Wisconsin Wins go to - from the Polk County Health Dept.

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Sports cooperatives approved at Luck to be presented to WIAA by early April. The board approved both the wrestling and hockey cooperative programs. Luck has been in a cooperative wrestling program with Frederic and Grantsburg for the past few years, and this year two wrestlers qualified for state. Alex Richey of Luck tied for seventh place at the state tournament. Trestan Brewer from Grantsburg lost his first match. It’s been about four years since Luck Schools last had a player with the Blizzard hockey program, but interest is there, said Gobler, and access to a hockey program could bring new families into the district. Mike Alderman of Blizzard Hockey reported to the board that the program is going into its ninth season. The boys team finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 16 wins, nine losses and one tie. With 25 boys on the team, the students have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4. The 16-member girls team finished with a record of 16 wins and seven losses. Their cumulative G.P.A. is 3.5.

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Two of three sports cooperatives were approved by the Luck School Board of Education at its Monday, Feb. 25, meeting, with a decision on co-oping with Grantsburg on gymnastics postponed until next month. Luck has looked at a cooperative gymnastics program with Grantsburg in the past, but at this time, the only option for students is to participate in club gymnastics at St. Croix Falls. However, said athletic director Mark Gobler, Grantsburg had now approached Luck with the idea of a cooperative venture if there are enough girls interested. Discussion at the meeting indicated that there are four girls in seventh grade and one in sixth grade who are interested. There is also possibly one eighth-grader, who is currently involved in St. Croix Falls’ club program. One obstacle to a cooperative program with Grantsburg is the cost, which would be split according to the number of participants. According to estimates provided by Grantsburg’s athletic director, it would be about $12,000 to run the program, including coaches, entry fees, transportation, officials fees and facility rental. The program currently pays rent to meet at the community center. Gobler said the board could wait until March to make a decision on the program, but an approval would need

Luck School Board President Robert Clifton, front, signs a contract between the school and the Blizzard Hockey program. Signing for the youth hockey association is Mike Alderman. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

Plumbing, electrical and more ready for bid at Luck District administrator “frustrated” by governor’s school voucher plan by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Local and regional contractors are being contacted to submit bids on the Luck Schools referendum project, a consultant hired to manage the project told the school board at its Monday, Feb. 25 meeting, and the first bids should be awarded sometime in the middle of April. Deb Cooper, of Cooper Construction Services, said she has been developing specs and creating bid packages. A mandatory prebid meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 4, for interested contractors. The first items to be bid will be the fire alarm, public address system, electrical work, plumbing and roofing. At the same time, said Cooper, cost estimates will be developed as a means of challenging bids if necessary. “We’re kind of in a race,” she told the board, explaining that bids are usually lower if they come early in the construction season. As contractors get more work, they tend to bid higher. The first bid openings, projected Cooper, will be March 19. They will be checked for consistency and qualifications, then presented to the board for award. The ultimate goal, she said, is to come in under budget in order to add aspects of the project that were cut due to budget constraints. Another aspect of the project already under way is the addition of a public address system that will include remote access. Todd Roehm, of Lakeland Communications, spoke to the board about this part of the project, saying he had also looked into broadband services with firewall, content filtering and antivirus protection. The school, however, is locked into a contract for Internet services for the next year. Roehm showed the board that changing to Lakeland at that time will save money and provide better service. Meanwhile, Lakeland will continue to work on the public address system and the firewall. School vouchers A proposal from Gov. Scott Walker to increase funding for private school vouchers while freezing the amount public schools can spend on students drew fire from district Administrator Rick Palmer, who admitted that he is getting more and more frustrated with Walker.

“I really think Governor Walker’s whole budget is an attack on public education,” he told the school board. Palmer pointed to a press release from the state’s School Administrators Alliance that says the state has $1.7 billion available in new spending, yet the governor is proposing a freeze on school spending. The 2011-13 budget cut the public school revenue limit, the amount of aid and taxes a district can obTodd Roehm of Lakeland Commu- tain, by an average of $550 per student, nications explains some of the serv- while private voucher ices available to Luck Schools, at the schools were not held Monday, Feb. 25, school board meet- to the same limits. ing. This is the third year in a row, said Palmer, that public schools received no new increase. The news release states that, while the state was cutting more than $800 million from Wisconsin public schools, it was increasing the amount given to voucher schools by about $23 million. Both Palmer and the School Administrators Association claim that the private school vouchers do not improve student achievement, citing studies in the District of Columbia, Milwaukee and Cleveland. Unlike private schools, said Palmer, voucher schools are not subject to controls, accountability and requirements for teachers, instruction or graduation. This means a greater likelihood of discrimination along with a lack of transparency, he said. Palmer said that Sen. Sheila Harsdorf will be hosting a roundtable at Osceola High School March 7, from 6 to 7 p.m., and said he will be attending. He invited members of the board to also attend.

Reading instruction Elementary teachers Sherri Schaffer and Nancy Christiansen reported to the board on a presentation regard-

ing the importance of excellence in reading instruction. The two teachers recently attended a workshop session featuring Dick Allington, an author and teacher with extensive experience in reading and reading intervention. Among the highlights from the workshop, said Schaffer and Christiansen, is the fact that early identification of reading difficulties and intervention is key to student success. Assessments are not the answer, Allington told them, but teachers should instead focus on consistent and continual reading instruction, preferably in a small group or individual setting. Allowing young children access to a large variety of reading materials at their own level is another key to developing interest and success in reading. Christiansen suggested giving $100 to each teacher and asking them to purchase good books at garage sales, with purchases reviewed at the beginning of the school year, so each classroom can build a good library. Providing teachers with professional development opportunities is a third key, said Christiansen and Schaffer, so the teachers can be of the highest quality. They thanked the board for allowing them to attend the workshop, with Schaffer noting that it assisted her in her goal of being a more effective teacher.

Other business • Palmer reported that Cifaldi Motors has offered to conduct a “drive4urschool” event at Luck, which will raise up to $6,000 for the baseball program. No date has been set yet, but Cifaldi will bring cars to the community and give a $20 donation to the program each time someone test drives a vehicle. • Katelyn Dinnies, student representative to the board, reported that the annual spring drama presentation will be March 22 and 23. • The board gave final approval to changes in the graduation requirements as outlined last month. • The contract with CESA 11 for the Luck 4K Cardinal Head Start program in Balsam Lake was renewed for the 2013-14 school year. Palmer and the board discussed the need for an in-house 4K program, which will be pursued in the upcoming months. • High school Principal Mark Gobler said he has been exploring the possibility of adding the Web-based curriculum Odysseyware as an option for district and homeschool students.

State representatives condemn Bad River Tribe’s pollution record Band continues to operate on an expired permit. From October 2007 to June 2012, the facility repeatedly violated the conditions of its permit by dumping excessive amounts of e-coli and phosphorus into the watershed. “The proposed iron mine has the potential of bringing thousands of jobs and over a billion dollars of economic development to one of the most economically depressed

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MADISON – This week, state Reps. Erik Severson, ROsceola, and John Klenke, R-Green Bay, were disappointed to learn of a report from the New York Times dating back to 2009 regarding poor water quality standards of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The report, along with EPA documentation, highlights the tribe’s negligence in managing its wastewater treatment plant. The Bad River Band has fiercely opposed proposals to reform Wisconsin’s mining laws, citing that mines in the area would release pollutants into the river and watershed. “Instead of condemning the proposed iron mine as anti-conservation, perhaps the Bad River Band leaders should first look at their own disregard for the environment,” said Severson. “It seems hypocritical for the Bad River Band to question the environmental protections of the iron mining bill while their own facility racks up more violations of the Clean Water Act than any other facility in Wisconsin.” The wastewater treatment center run by the Bad River


Partnering with God Rural community is a good fit for Trade Lake Baptist’s new pastor by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer TRADE LAKE — Blending a love and concern for people with an affinity for rural areas, Dave Prince is glad to be able to call Trade Lake Baptist Church his new home. Having served as an associate pastor and senior pastor at several locations in the Midwest, Prince enjoys interacting with people of all ages, which is one of the things that drew him to Trade Lake Baptist. Besides, he and his wife, Linda, both enjoy the people, culture and climate of the central states. “We definitely felt called here,” he said. “We knew, on faith, this is where God would have us. We like smaller towns, and the more rural lifestyle. It just fits us better. We see a lot of positives.” Among those positives, he noted, are both the coffee treats at Café Wren in Luck and the ice cream at Burnett Dairy, which he and Linda found within their first weeks at Trade Lake. Moving from central North Dakota to the “four corners” at Hwy. 48 and CTH Z,

Dave Prince, pastor at Trade Lake Baptist Church, and his wife, Linda. – Photo by Mary Stirrat Pastor Dave preached his first message at Trade Lake Sunday, Jan. 20. Prior to his call to Trade Lake Baptist, he served seven years as senior pastor at a church in Harvey, N.D., a community of about 1,800. Between graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary and his years at Harvey,

Prince was an associate pastor at churches in Kansas, the Twin Cities area and another city in North Dakota. Linda Prince is a registered nurse who has a passion for obstetrics, particularly helping women through labor and delivery. She is taking some time now to settle in and make their house a home, but would eventually like to again use her gifts and talents to help women. The couple has two grown sons, and were in Arizona, where Linda was working as a traveling nurse, when they received the call to Trade Lake Baptist. “I saw it as an answer to prayer,” said Prince. He explained that he had submitted his information at Trade Lake but had not heard anything, and was praying about the position here as well as at churches in Arizona and Minnesota that had already contacted him. The couple did not really feel that God was leading them to either of those two churches. “I asked God for the blend of the two (Arizona and Minnesota churches),” Prince said. “It wasn’t but a day or two later when I received a call from Trade Lake Baptist Church.” The whole process with Trade Lake, he said, was very positive. The church considered one candidate at a time, seeking God’s will while the candidate did the same. He also appreciates that the church

Open house to meet Pastor Dave Trade Lake Baptist Church is hosting an open house Sunday, March 3, where people of the community can meet Pastor Dave Prince and his wife, Linda. There will be a short program at 2 p.m., with refreshments served. indicated it was seeking a “shepherd”, which is how Prince looks at his role as pastor. “It’s been a good move, and we’re enjoying it,” Prince said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the people better. Everyone here has been very friendly and gracious — not just in the church, but in the communities of Frederic, Luck and Grantsburg. “I’m excited to see what God will do as we partner together.” Sunday morning service at Trade Lake Baptist is at 10:15, with Sunday school at 9:15. Wednesday night events include Awana for children, youth group, and Bible studies for adults, all starting at 6:30 p.m.

A Purrfect Fit for purrfect fixes

Volunteers make the trap-neuter-return program work When the Palmquists heard about Cunningham’s program, she named the Purrfect Fix, they agreed to work with her and the BCHS to get the program started. That was back in 2009, and to date 181 cats have been fixed. One Saturday a month, veterinarians and staff spend the afternoon spaying and neutering four to eight strays brought to them from people reserving an appointment for the procedure through the BCHS. “Whoever has the time does the surgery,” said Greg Palmquist. “The time these vets put into this project is invaluable,” said Cunningham. “The cost of the medicines used is minimal compared to a vet’s time.” How the program works “The program only works because of the willingness of veterinarians and support staff to volunteer their time,” stated Cunningham. “It’s really nice to have the

“Once a cat has been fixed one of their ears is clipped so we know they’ve been through the program,” Palmquist added.

So many cats, so little time “The program has a waiting list,” said Cunningham, “and the majority of people have multiple cats. It’s a big deal when you think of how many litters we are talking about.” Some humane societies give a startling model as to the number of cats that could potentially be produced. If cats can have up to five litters a year, it’s usually more like three or four, and each litter can produce from 1 to 10 kittens or more. The average is four to six kittens per litter. And if cats have kittens as long as they live, and each kitten in a litter will eventually produce kittens, which will produce more kittens, then one unspayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat, and their offspring could result in 420,000 kittens in seven years. “We are limited as to what we can do,” said Palmquist.

Pam Cunningham of the Burnett County Humane Society and Grantsburg Animal Hospital staff, Dr. Allen Pederson, certified vet tech Emily Luukkonen, Dr. Greg Palmquist and vet assistant Lacey Watkins pose with one of their four-legged friends. The group volunteers their time for a program dedicated to spaying and neutering stray cats. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer humane society and local vets working together. There are so many things the Grantsburg Animal Hospital does for the BCHS.” Some of the animals brought in are the average variety farm cat and are friendly, while others are ferel in nature and very wild. Cunningham explained there are stipulations for people wanting to have cats spayed or neutered. After catching a cat and bringing it in for surgery, the party must agree to bring the cat home and provide a warm, comfortable space such as a garage or shed for the animal to recuperate for a couple of days. Each cat being spayed or neutered must have a designated name. The BCHS gives vouchers for adopted cats too young for spaying to be used later. “People can’t pick or choose which of their cats gets fixed,” said Palmquist, noting the highest number he’d seen at one farm was 18 animals. “All the cats on a property have to be fixed.” But most importantly, according to Cunningham, is the requirement people must bring the cat back to the area where

it was caught to avoid what is known as the vacuum effect. According to Alley Cats, the removal of cats from an area by killing or relocating them is not only cruel but also pointless. “Scientific evidence indicates removing feral cat populations only opens up the habitat to an influx of new cats, either from neighboring territories or born from survivors. Each time cats are removed, the population will rebound through a natural phenomenon known as the vacuum effect, drawing the community into a costly, endless cycle of trapping and killing.”

Providing fair treatment for all “The surgeries are done the same way as we do surgeries on our customer’s pets,” said Palmquist. “We don’t cut our level of medical care.” Along with no-cost spaying and neutering cats receive other free services including a rabies shot and treatment for fleas and ear mites.

Donations keep the program going Cunningham said the program is funded entirely through donations to the BCHS, which pays for the medical supplies used on animals being spayed and neutered through the Purrfect Fix program. “One woman gave me $80, that would fix four month’s worth of cats,” remarked Cunningham. “More donations would mean more cats could be fixed.” Spreading awareness Cunningham and the Palmquists and their staff encourage people to be responsible and get their animals spayed and neutered through the Spay Day Program and the Purrfect Fix program. “We want to catch the cats before they get pregnant,” said Cunningham. “Helping control population is our goal.” Note: For more information on the Purrfect Fix program, contact the Grantsburg Animal Hospital and the Burnett County Humane Society.

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by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - When Pam Cunningham moved to Burnett County in 2002, she was inundated with stray cats arriving at her doorstep. “I had up to 10 cats fixed at my own expense,” recalled Cunningham. Experiencing an obvious overpopulation problem firsthand, Cunningham decided to present an idea she’d heard about to get feral cats spayed and neutered to the Burnett County Humane Society. Alley Cats Allies is an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats and the first organization of its kinds to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, including the development of a trapneuter-return program, a humane and effective approach for feral cats. “I couldn’t afford to keep fixing these strays on my own,” commented Cunningham. And though the BCHS told Cunningham they had no resources to fund her plan, she was not deterred from trying to stop more unwanted litters of cats from being born. Cunningham next approached Grantsburg Animal Hospital veterinarian assistant Lacey Watkins, who took the idea to the clinic’s owners, Greg and Kathy Palmquist. The Palmquists were already offering reduced fees on spaying and neutering on World Spay Day in February, designated as Spay and Neutering Awareness Month. “It was a way to give back to the community, and it was something we believed in,” said the Palmquists.


Webster schools face possible financial hardships is frozen, the governor proposes to increase funding for private school vouchers by $600 per K-8 student and $1,200 per high school student. Erickson says this amounts to using tax funds intended for public schools to support private and charter schools. Erickson expressed his frustration with this part of the budget proposal. He noted that schools in the private sector are not held to the same academic standards as public schools are, and they are not obligated to provide education to all students regardless of academic potential or economic status. Public schools, by contrast, must provide education for students with special needs and students in poverty situations. Erickson also stated that ongoing research shows again and again that students in charter schools do not perform any better academically than students in public schools. In fact, in some instances, students enrolled in charter schools do worse. The governor is offering some funding as a reward to schools that exceed state expectations for learning. Erickson said that a multipart “school report card” is used to determine these awards. He said that criteria on this measure include overall student test scores, individual student growth, the success of the school system in closing gaps between various demographic groups, and how well the district prepares students for postsecondary education. According to Erickson, the schools that score in the higher categories in this rating system will receive additional state funds as a “reward,” and Matt Smith (left) and Alex Ralph (right) are proud of the certifica- schools at the bottom of tions they earned in the multifaceted exam given by the Certified the rankings will reSolidworks Association. Both young men are students in the Web- ceive more funds as an ster High School pre-engineering class taught by Roy Ward. “incentive.” The Web-

by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - If the budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker for Wisconsin is approved, it will add to the financial stress that the Webster Schools are already feeling. That was the word Superintendent Jim Erickson gave to the Webster School Board when it met Monday, Feb. 25. In the 2011-2013 state budget adopted in June 2011, Walker cut the public school revenue limit by an average of $550 per student in Wisconsin’s public schools. Those budget cuts forced the Webster schools to make fiscal cuts in several areas of their operation, but there were no cuts in personnel. According to Erickson, Walker’s proposed budget for the next two years will freeze both state and local funding for the schools. There will be no increase in state aid to public schools, and schools will not be allowed to increase their tax levies. Erickson said that this means that as costs for the schools continue to rise, the schools will have no way to compensate for the effects of inflation. And while the funding to public schools

ster schools are in the middle of this ranking system, and Erickson says there are no funds being given to those schools. “This is a disservice to our kids,” said Erickson. “It’s the schools in the middle that need the additional funds in order to improve their academic programs so that they can catch up to the schools on top.” Erickson cautioned that the state budget figures are only a proposal at this time, and he encouraged board members and the general public to contact state legislators and encourage them to work for a budget that will support public education. He would not speculate on what the Webster schools might have to do if the pro-

posal is approved.

In other business the board: • moved the regular board meeting date to the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m.; • accepted the resignation of Joy Larson, a member of the food services staff, for health reasons; • and approved the preliminary 20132014 school calendar, a request for use of school vehicles for members of the girls basketball team to attend the girls state basketball tournament, and the CESA shared services contract.


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there is no scientific proof of harm. “Literally, there have been well over 100 studies on honeybee effects, looking at neonicotinoids,” said Jack Boyne, an entomologist and director of communications at Bayer CropScience, a leading producer of neonicotinoid. But if the Minnesota study can surely make the damaging connection, the EPA may step in and stop its usage. Beyond chemical news at the bee meeting, new leadership took effect. Chris Lyman, of Amery, was elected club vice president. “I’m ready to rock!” said Lyman. “Thanks to all who worked ahead of me. Now, I’m going to pick up the torch and run.” Ron Wilson, of Balsam Lake, was reelected president. But he said this is his last term, due to heath reasons. The bee club meets every third Thursday of the month, now starting at 7 p.m., at the Balsam Lake Government Center. For more information call 715-327-5525.


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Late winter reminder ...

n anonymous visitor to our Web site, in response to a story we posted about a person who survived a fish house explosion, wrote simply, “Winter is dangerous.” It’s not the most analytical editorial we’ve ever read but if you’ve lived in northern Wisconsin for any amount of time, you probably find no problem understanding or expanding on that observation. Traveling, staying warm and having fun in the cold months can involve chain saws, propane heaters, harrowing moments on icy roads and for some, venturing out on frozen lakes and rivers. Add alcohol to the mix and the odds of actual survival begin to plummet. And while the season is winding down, there’s still enough winter left to offer some words of caution about winter dangers, particularly thin ice. The deadline to remove icefishing shacks from lakes and rivers is approaching and most of us know that the arrival of March means it’s time to use extreme caution when venturing out onto frozen water. This season has brought several reports of people losing their lives - or escaping close calls - when their car or snowmobile broke through weak ice. One person remains missing after going into open water while riding a snowmobile on the St. Croix River north of Grantsburg earlier this month. A search of the river will resume with the spring thaw. Six similar fatalities involving snowmobiles have been reported regionally since midDecember. It appears that ice conditions have been more unpredictable this year than in the past but truth be told, it’s never a good practice to assume ice conditions are good. And the Department of Natural Resources has reported 16 snowmobile deaths overall this season, 11 involving alcohol - drinking mixed with going too fast - combined with fixed objects. It’s a late reminder - but please remember that staying alive should be part of staying warm and having fun.


Explore sales tax option

he decades long public conversation about property tax relief in Wisconsin has taken a variety of forms over the years, including a push to broaden the discussion on alternative sources for funding education. Property tax has been used to carry most of the load in paying for local public schools for years. For the most part, that system works. But concerned - and at times, grumpy, property owners, reacting to periods of consecutive spikes in their property tax bill, began lobbying for alternatives. Gov. Scott Walker’s first biennial budget delivered property tax relief - brutally some might say - and his second proposed budget carries on that theme while adding another element to the public education debate - by expanding the Parental Choice program. The program provides taxpayer-funded vouchers for students to attend private schools. It was published this past week that between the last budget passed by former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and cuts by our current Republican governor, public school funding has dropped by nearly 14 percent over the last five years. Walker’s budget proposal for 2013-15 calls for a 1-percent increase in public funding $42.9 million more in 2014 and $86.3 million in 2015. But there’s a revenue cap freeze in place for public schools meaning voters, via referendum, would have to approve any spending beyond the cap. Meanwhile, the proposal includes increases for private school vouchers. Outraged Democrats and school officials are meeting across the state, preparing for battle. “Public education is not the failure he wants people to believe it is,” said state Sen. Bob Jauch during a meeting with Superior school officials this week. “But if his economic politics succeed it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. He bleeds (schools) to the point that they can’t succeed, and then he blames them for failing.” Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton goes as far as to say that it’s all part of a master plan. Those who favor privatization of education will compare the success of private schools to a failing public school system in order to advance their agenda - the privatization of education. Alas - the plot. But perhaps the most interesting and hopeful aspect of Erpenbach’s comments was his proposal to ressurrect the issue of a sales tax increase to help fund public education. A one-penny increase in sales tax - even if temporary - could produce hundreds of millions for public education. Arizona and Kansas lawmakers allegedly succeeded in doing just that. Of course, shifting funding sources between taxes is precarious. Two years ago - when arguably the economy was in even worse shape - both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin felt that a move to a new revenue source would be problematic. Republican Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon said, “I think it’s got two chances: slim and none ... and I think slim just left town.” But it might pay to explore which would be the lesser of two evils - and what a temporary one-cent sales tax hike could do compared to getting little or nothing in what looks to be a noble but long and demoralizing fight for more money.

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Ashland area says no to mine On Feb. 9, a meeting was organized to give northern residents input on the huge proposed gogebic taconite mine near Ashland. The Republican-dominated committee in charge of reviewing this mine proposal refused to hold a public input meeting near Ashland. The committee granted a meeting in Madison with a twominute limit for each person. It was clear from testimony that this was a huge insult to most people who attended the meeting. Mayors from Ashland, Bayfield and Washburn, the three largest communities that would be affected, all gave testimony. Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald warned of potential damage to Lake Superior.

Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen asked legislators not to change current mining laws as the Republicans have done, because current laws protect communities such as his. The great majority of the testimony was that the economic benefit of the mine would not be sufficient to cover the negative economic and environmental impacts caused by the mine. Bob Tammen, who lives and worked on the iron range in Minnesota, said prosperity never came to the communities in the Mesabi Range. He stated, “We don’t have a healthy Main Street along 100 miles of the Mesabi Range.” “If mining brings prosperity, how come our communities don’t have it?” Lowell Enerson Osceola

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• Where to write • President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, WI 53707 Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-225-3365 U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin 1 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5653 FAX: 202-225-6942


Rep. Erik Severson (28th District) Room 312 North State Capitol Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628 Rep. Stephen Smith (75th District) State Capitol, Room 4 West P.O. Box 8953 Madison, WI 53708 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323

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COMMUNITY Sequestration - whose idea was it? In November 2011, President Obama proposed sequestration and insisted that it was included in any budget legislation. He stated that he would veto any legislation without it. The sequester cuts $85 billion from annual spending exceeding $3.5 trillion representing 1-1/2 cents on each dollar of spending – it’s the way the cuts will be made that are wrong. Now that the cuts will actually come to fruition, the president urges Congress to stop sequestration. Suddenly, he makes the case that jobs will be lost and programs hurt if these cuts go through, although most of the jobs he included are paid by local governments. According to the president, the whole crisis is because right-wing members of Congress won’t raise taxes on the rich. I suppose some low-information voters who soundly reject the facts will buy into that line but those right-wing Congress members seem to be the only people concerned with excessive spending and protecting our Social Security and Medicare programs from inevitable bankruptcy.

Governor submits budget proposal to Legislature The state budget process took another step forward this week as the governor formally introduced his two-year budget proposal to the state Legislature. The budget is now before the Legislature’s budget-writing committee, the Joint Committee on Finance. In the coming weeks, the committee will be holding public hearings around the state to receive input from citizens regarding the governor’s initiatives. As a member of the budget-writing committee, I look forward to learning the details of the governor’s budget bill and listening to citizen input at the public

They have offered two bills to stop sequestration in its current structure while the Democrat-controlled Senate has done nothing. We absolutely have a spending problem in our federal government and something has to be done about it. You can’t just keep increasing taxes to resolve the problem, because we all know that if we give them more money, they will only find additional ways to spend it. The president insisted on sequestration. It’s time to stop blaming others and deal with the very real spending problem, but first he has to admit there is a problem. Thankfully, Ron Johnson and Sean Duffy are actually willing to lead by trying to address the spending problems we have. Karen Johnson Webb Lake

Calling all Wisconsin patriots

Two days after Easter, April 2, voters are being called to do their patriotic duty by getting to the spring election polls. Spring elections include all nonpartisan offices, school board, town, county, city and may-


Harsdorf 10th District Senate hearings. I am pleased that the current budget outlook provides us with opportunities to invest in our priorities as we work to maintain a sound financial position. Here is an overview of some of the key provisions within the governor’s budget: Taxes – Property taxes would continue to be restrained by limiting increases to the rate of new construction. A reduction in income tax rates is also proposed, fo-

VIEWPOINTS oral positions. Statewide on the ballot, we will choose a state superintendent of schools and one justice for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is a seven-member body. Judges are elected for 10-year terms, at most, one seat will be up for election in any given year. Currently there is a 4-to-3 Republican majority on the court. It is supposedly a nonpartisan body, but some candidates are being backed by the same big-money interests backing the Wisconsin Republicans - no big secret). Many states do not elect judges, Wisconsin does. This gives the citizens in Wisconsin power to use the judiciary to check the excess of the governor and Legislature. The reality is that the Republican plan has failed Wisconsin. Our economic growth is behind that of other states, while needed investments for the state’s future are being kicked down the road if not outright ignored. Wisconsin families are being hurt by the incompetence in Madison, they deserve a fair chance and honest government. Candidate Professor Ed Fallone, whose knowledge of the law has been described as “formidibale,” has taught constitutional law, immigration law, securities regcusing on middle-income families. Education – The governor provides additional state funds for school districts, technical colleges and the UW System. Funding initiatives brought forth by the governor include grants for skills training, a flexible degree option and expansion of school choice. Public Safety – Additional resources are proposed to protect victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Enhanced DNA collection is also proposed to help catch career criminals and bring relief to victims and their families. Veterans – The Veterans Trust Fund would receive an additional $5 million from the general fund, while the Wisconsin GI Bill and the Veterans and Surviving Spouse Property Tax Credit would be expanded.

ulation and corporate law at Marquette University Law School for two decades. He also practices law with a firm in Milwaukee that specializes in complex litigation. Fall one believes that Wisconsin deserves a justice who will be honest and open with the people, unlike his opponent who drafted a rule that the public be excluded from the court’s administrative hearings. The conservative block voted with her, so this important administrative business is now to be conducted behind closed doors. She has been chastised by editorial boards across the state for her proposal. Fallone has a long history of strong support for working families and struggling students, and is endorsed by so many of Wisconsin’s respected leaders, including, Russ Feingold, Dave Obey and former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, as well as a nonprofit group dedicated to greater public involvement in Wisconsin government, Citizen Action. Please cast your vote on April 2 for Ed Fallone. Sue Hansen Shell Lake Mental Health – Nearly $30 million would be made available to enhance and increase services to those living with mental illness. More information on these and the rest of the governor’s budget provisions can be found on the Department of Administration’s Web site at As the budget process moves forward, I will be working with my colleagues on the committee as we consider modifications to the budget bill and pass a budget that focuses on fiscal responsibility and putting people back to work. What are your thoughts on the governor’s budget? I welcome your comments and input. Please visit my Web site at or call my office at 800-862-1092 or 608-266-7745.

Rep. Severson reintroduces federal insolvency bill Requires state agencies to create contingency plans MADISON - This week, state Rep. Erik Severson, R-Osceola, reintroduced a bill requiring state agencies to provide a detailed contingency plan in the event of federal government insolvency or substantially reduced federal payments to the agency. “In the past, we faced a federal shutdown that would have severely hampered

our ability to provide services in Wisconsin. Now we are facing a sequester with billions of dollars in automatic federal spending cuts,” said Severson. “On Friday, Wisconsin will be facing cuts affecting job creation, services for seniors and children’s health. We need a plan in place to keep these programs running when the federal funds dry up.” Every two years, state agencies submit to the Department of Administration and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau their budget requests for the upcoming biennium. As

part of this request, each agency would be required to provide a contingency plan that identifies the risks to the agency, estimates the potential impact and recommends strategies to reduce the impact of a loss of federal revenue in the event the federal government can no longer meet its financial obligations. “Federal revenue accounts for approximately 30 percent of our state budget,” said Severson. “Wisconsin must be prepared to meet the needs of our most vulnerable population while reducing our

dependence on federal funding.” Additionally, the bill requires agencies to develop a plan for monitoring indicators that track the federal government’s inability to meet its financial obligations. Included in that plan should be specific steps that the agency must take in the event the indicators signal that the federal government may be unable to meet its financial obligation. - from the office of Rep. Severson

Should sequester happen, furloughs imminent for Fort McCoy by John Davis Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Federal employees at a western Wisconsin military training base are bracing for the impact of the acrossthe-board federal spending cuts that could go into effect at the end of the week. Congress and the Obama administra-

tion are trying to reach a compromise by week’s end to avert the sequestration. Fort McCoy in Monroe County employs 1,500 federal civilian government employees who stand to lose 20 percent of their salary, or one day off per week. Active military personnel would not be affected by the budget cuts. It is not a busy time of the year for train-

ing, but Fort McCoy spokesperson Linda Fournier says the civilian staff is busy making preparations for the busier time for training in the summer. “You know, getting the buildings fixed up, cleaned up, ready to go for when the troops come here, doing any necessary repairs for those buildings, working on our ranges and our training areas, making sure if

there are any improvements for them, or any new changes that need to be made.” If a deal can’t be reached in Washington, D.C., the furloughs would start in late April and could last through the end of September. Fort McCoy trained 122,000 Army Reservists and National Guard members in 2012.

Budget would allow easier foreign purchase of Wisconsin farmland by Steve Roisum Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - A provision in Gov. Scott Walker’s latest budget is causing concern among some farmers in the state. For decades, foreign investors and corporations couldn’t purchase more than 640 acres of land in the state. The provision was originally put in place over concern Canada was trying to buy up land in Minnesota and other states. Now, Walker says he wants those restrictions lifted because it conflicts with international trade treaties. Kara Slaughter is the government relations director with the Wisconsin Farmers Union. She says the proposed

change could make already expensive farmland even more costly. “We open the flood gates to a tremendous influx of investment capital into the farmland sector, that could make ownership of farmland simply unattainable for average farms.” Others, however, doubt there will a land rush. UW-Madison agriculture economist Bruce Jones says outside buyers may not think Wisconsin farmland is a good longterm investment. “While this may be a short-run good investment, in the long run they may feel better getting in liquid investments such as stocks and bonds and things like that.” Whether or not the restrictions will be

lifted is still unclear. Lawmakers must still approve the change.

A provision in Gov. Scott Walker’s latest budget is causing concern among some farmers in the state. Photo by Michael Leland/WP

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Strain evident at Siren School Board meeting Rising expectations and decreased funding burden local school districts by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—There were so many donations being received and students being commended at the beginning of the regular monthly school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, that Siren School Board President Jeff Howe commented, “There’s a lot of good going on around here.” For example, varsity golf coach Brian Webster just received a $2,000 award for the school from the Wisconsin State Golf Association. The St. Croix Tribe paid $2,000 to cover expenses for the middle school reward trip to Trollhaugen. The local VFW awarded $200 to the ice-fishing team, and another $200 to Siren’s dance team, saying that five of the seven members should be recognized for their volunteerism and model citizenship. The celebratory mood turned serious, though, as district Administrator Scott Johnson used his regular report time to read a letter from the School Administrators Alliance, an education lobbying organization in Madison. In response to Gov. Walker’s recently released biennial budget proposal, SAA has put all administrators and educators on alert, saying that Walker’s budget represents “an all-out attack on public education.” At issue is school vouchers. Schools are still reeling from the decreased revenue caps and more than $800 million in state aid cuts from the 2011-13 budget. While state Superintendent Tony Evers requested increasing the perstudent-revenue cap by $200, it appears that Walker is proposing to freeze existing caps while making further

investments in school choice programs, most notably school vouchers. The proposed vouchers would pay an additional $600 per K-8 student and $1,400 for each high school student choosing to enroll in private education. Walker’s plan would expand the voucher program to all districts with more than 4,000 students where there are at least two failing or near-failing schools. Critics call Walker’s controversial proposal a continued effort to privatize education. However, school choice efforts in Wisconsin predate Walker by over 20 years. Milwaukee was the first city in the nation to launch a private school voucher program in 1990. By September 2012, more than 24,000 students were participating by attending 112 private schools in the Milwaukee area. Although 43 states have charter schools, only 11 states offer vouchers to low-income families to support school choice. Other states are looking to expand their programs this year as well. Results are mixed; and test scores don’t seem to support the idea that voucher students are doing any better in their new environments. The biggest concern is that private schools are not held to the same accountability standards. With state funding to public schools now being tied to performance, even rural schools unaffected by voucher programs stand to lose because they will be essentially competing for the remaining funding with wealthier districts that tend to do better on standardized testing and other performance measures.

Standards and accountability High school Principal Peggy Ryan and K-8 Principal Sarah Johnson have been using the monthly school board meetings to educate board members on the various stan-

dards and accountability systems that are rapidly being put into place. Ryan provided a report on recent MAP testing, a computer-based testing system that adapts to each student based on his or her answers during the test. The data available can be used in a myriad of ways. Educators can track a student’s performance over time, assess the ability of the curriculum to deliver against core standards, and compare each student with others in the class, grade, district, state, and nation. Interestingly, there is a predictive modeling component that can help determine how a student might perform on the next test with or without specific interventions. The tool will be a gold mine for teachers, but also extremely time-consuming as they will be asked to develop individualized education road maps for each student. Teachers performance will be graded, in part, on their use of this data. During her review of accountability reform, Johnson emphasized the need for staff development and training. “Resources have not caught up with standards,” Johnson said, expressing her concern about rising expectations in the face of decreased funding.

School safety forum In other news, community members are arranging a school safety forum on Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. In response to growing concern over recent stories of school violence in other communities, the public is invited to meet with local law enforcement and officials to discuss current safety procedures in the Siren School District. The next monthly school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m.

Questions unanswered on threatening calls over gun class by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg School Board said it’s uncertain if they will look into threatening calls made over a gun-making class, and they are unable to tell the public if they will address the controversial issue at the next board meeting. The board met Monday, Feb. 25, and was questioned on news reports revealing that three threatening phone calls were received by the community education director regarding a vintage gun-making class. School officials said they notified law enforcement over the threats. The class was also canceled. The matter prompted questions from the community. “I am very concerned about this gun-class situation and what I read in the paper,” said Gerry Olinger, of Grantsburg. “I want to know, what’s going on?” The board said they could not answer Olinger’s question, as it was not listed on the official agenda. They did, however accept his questions. But they could not assure him the questions would be addressed in a closed session. The board did acknowledge they have read the news reports about the threatening calls. But said they have not talked to one another about it since the story broke five days earlier. The board also said they were unable to tell the public if they are going to talk about the phone threats, or put the touchy matter on the agenda for the next meeting. “We just can’t say,” said David Ahlquist, board president. In a story published last week in the Leader, Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland commented on the situation,

noting that Wisconsin law states, under the heading of harassment, that it is illegal for anyone to commit “acts which harass or intimidate the person and which serve no legitimate purpose.” (Wis. Stat. 947.013(1m)(b)) And because the school reported the threatening calls, the sheriff issued a department-wide notice. And the sheriff said he knows who made the calls. “He’s been in the district for years, and he has kids that go there,” said Roland. “There were restraining orders in the past, and things of that sort. And when he drinks, he gets ornery.” Because this father is not an official suspect in this particular school case, the police cannot publically release his identity. The press, however, has obtained his identity through other means. School officials say this whole thing is being blown out of proportion by the media. “I don’t believe threats were made,” said Dr. Joni Burgin, school superintendent, at the school board meeting. “They were only threatening in nature.” She also characterized the caller as a “concerned parent” in a previous e-mail to the press. She declined further comment. Roland said the man was arrested last year for disorderly conduct and jailed in Burnett County. Police records also show several “contacts with him over past several years.” In addition, county records show the circuit court issued a permanent restraining order against him on Nov. 5, 2012, for harassment. The incident involved a local artistic gun maker. The questions heard and taken by the board at the meeting on Monday are these: The school said this situ-

ation is under control, what exactly does that mean? Why is the school controlling a matter referred to the police? Why did the school ask law enforcement not to take action on this threatening matter? The school board declined to say if they will address, answer or put the matter on the next agenda. The school board meets Monday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in the high school conference room. The public is invited.

Board issues response GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg Superintendent Joni Burgin issued the following statement Tuesday, Feb. 26, on behalf of the school board and in response to the questions posed at Monday evening’s school board meeting regarding calls to the school about a gun-making class that were deemed threatening in nature: “The Grantsburg School District will continue to review safety policies and procedures as we have been doing since the recent national incidents. The school district administration and staff have been participating in school safety training sessions since December. As a part of that process, we have updated our safety plans and procedures, and we will continue to do so throughout the spring. Each school is completing a school safety plan in addition to the district safety plan. We are also prioritizing school facility changes to improve student and staff safety. Regarding recent communication with law enforcement, a part of our safety protocol is that we communicate frequently with the village police and sheriff’s office, and we will continue to do so.” – Wayne Anderson

Family Pathways Frederic Food Shelf takes part in FeinFREDERIC - The Family Pathways Frederic Food Shelf will be taking part in the 16th-annual Alan Feinstein Foundation Challenge. Feinstein, a resident of Cranston, R.I., and a caring person, for the past 15 years has been giving away $1 million each year to nonprofit hunger-fighting agencies throughout the country. This year he is doing it again. Whatever you give to the food shelf in your local area participating in the challenge, he will add money to it. The foundation will divide proportionately among all participating agencies $1 million for financial donations and $1 per pound or item for food donations. For further information on this foundation, go to The challenge is only for two months, beginning March 1 and ending April 30.


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Financial donations and food donations can be dropped off at the Frederic Food Shelf on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Financial donations can also be mailed to Frederic Food Shelf, P.O. Box 272, Frederic, WI 54837. Frederic Grocery Store, Frederic Library, Dollar General, U.S. Bank (Frederic branch), Bremer Bank and Larsen Auto Sales have all become a partner with Frederic Food Shelf by allowing individuals to drop off their food donations at

their businesses. By purchasing some of your food donations from Frederic Grocery Store and Dollar General or your own local business, you also help support local businesses. If there is any church, business, school, civic group or organization that would like to be a partner in this challenge and needs further information or assistance, please call 715-327-4425 and ask for Dianne. - submitted

Polk County circuit court Leonard L. Aeschliman, Clear Lake, speeding, $250.90. Cameron D. Anderson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Cody A. Anderson, Osceola, speeding, $250.90. Jacob A. Anderson, Luck, fish with more than 3 hooks/lines/baits, $137.50. Roger A. Anderson, Amery, unsafe lane deviation, $175.30. Peter D. Arneson, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Michael L. Avenson, Richield, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Vel-Rae Baker, Sheboygan, operating while suspended, $200.50. Katie J. Bantz, Osceola, speeding, $175.30.

Heather L. Beeves, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Kurt A. Bender, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Kayla W. Bubendorf, Frederic, rear window unauthorized sign, $175.30. Aaron A. Burr, Rosemount, Minn., fish without license, $192.70. Philip A. Cabreana, Osceola, speeding, $200.50. Marcus J. Carli, Excelsior, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Liza . Christopherson, Comstock, speeding, $175.30. Benjamin M. Clausen, Dresser, speeding, not guilty plea. Lauren C. Crea, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

Kim M. Culver, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Shawn H. Day, Osceola, fraud in obtaining license, $343.50. Derek S. Dougherty, Vadnais Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Steven P. Drinken, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Dawn M. Droel, Marine, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Andrew R. Dunn, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Caleb Z. Dyer, Frederic, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Scooter J. Dyer, Menomonie, speeding, $225.70. Karen L. Effertz, Clayton, animal restrictions, not guilty plea.

Cole T. Engstrand, Luck, fish with more than 3 hooks/lines/baits, $182.70. Eric W. Farrington, Stillwater, Minn., fish without license, $192.70. David G. Ficocello, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Charles M. Fralick, Luck, OU, $187.90. Cymone R. Fuller, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding; operating motor vehicle w/o insurance; not guilty pleas. Joshua A. Goldman, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

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Traveler beware - Hold on to that passport Local woman, 70, jailed in Ecuador after LAN airlines mistake (Editor’s note: This news story appeared in The Washington Times The Editors Say by Jacquie Kubi, on Feb. 22. Wayne Anderson, Bonnie’s husband, writes a beekeeping column for their communities section; he contributed to this report.) QUITO, Ecuador - A Frederic-area woman on a flight to South America was seized and jailed by Ecuadoran immigration authorities after arriving there for her vacation. Bonnie Anderson boarded her Jan. 15 flight, with companion Linda Swenson, of Grantsburg, at the Miami International Airport heading to Ecuador without her passport. What follows is a cautionary tale. “When I got on the plane, I discovered I didn’t have my purse,” said Anderson. “I must have accidently left it in the Admiral’s Club. And my passport and travel money were in my purse. I got very nervous.” LAN Ecuador airlines attendants at their boarding gate did not ask for her passport, only her ticket. So unsuspectingly she boarded the plane to Ecuador. “Once I found out my purse and passport weren’t with me, I immediately told the flight attendant. I told her I need to go back and find them. She said I could not get off the plane. But people were still getting on the plane. I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t let me off. They just said, ‘No.’” Passports are issued and directed by the state department. Their Web site reads, “If you are a U.S. citizen wishing to enter Ecuador, you must present a U.S. passport.” Prior to boarding an international flight a passenger must have passport in hand and present it. Officials at the LAN Ecuador gate, however, allowed Anderson to board without asking for the passport. Had they done so, she would have realized that she had left her purse and been able to retrieve it before getting on the flight.

Bonnie Anderson, 70, rural Frederic, was an international fugitive, at least for awhile in Ecuador. - Photo submitted “Anytime you’re leaving for international travel, it’s always a requirement that you have to present a U.S. passport,” said Cheri (last name not given), a passport specialist with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, a service of the state department. “They (airlines) are aware that you have to have that passport,” said the specialist. “They are not going to allow you to board the plane without that passport.” But in this case, LAN did allow a passenger to board their aircraft, even against federal law and their own internal policy. And furthermore, refused and restricted her from leaving the plane, which she was not allowed to be on when they were notified she was not in compliance with international flight rules which, posted on the company Web site, “All passengers require a valid passport for international travel. Failure to comply with this document may result in denied boarding.” Anderson bought her ticket through American Airlines. Their passport policy is clear, too. “International passengers must hold a valid passport ... to enter or depart the United States,” the American policy states. “If you don’t have your valid travel docu-

ments for the destination country… you won’t be able to travel.” Anderson contacted American Airlines when she returned home weeks later. The soon-to-be largest airline in the country said they are “disappointed” her flight “did not go very smoothly.” They ignored her request for a refund and said they have no responsibility in all this. “The operating carrier (LAN) has the responsibility to address any concerns associated with international documentation,” American said in an e-mail. “American Airlines was not involved.” But American is involved, as LAN is a “oneworld” Alliance partner with them, and American put her on the disastrous LAN flight. LAN Flight 517 took off for the fourhour, 20-minute ride to Ecuador. “During the flight the attendant asked if I had any other identification,” Anderson said. “I told him I had a photocopy of my passport in my waist pouch. He said that should be OK. It relieved my mind.” Her husband, friends and father-in-law were waiting for her at Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito. But they got a text message from her saying, something was wrong. Immigration officials asked for her passport. She told them she didn’t have one and assured them LAN officials said the photocopy was OK. They assured her it was not. “The immigration official said he needed my passport to stamp,” Anderson said. “I told him I lost my purse in Miami and didn’t have one. So he called a supervisor.” After five hours of internal debate, immigration officials took her into custody and incarcerated her. This was her first visit to Ecuador. Her father-in-law was incensed by the police action. Being born and raised in Colombia, he remembers well what goes on in South American jails. “The Policía Nacional (National Police) told me everything was so screwed up,” said Jaime Alessandro Cortes, who speaks fluent Spanish and English. “But the new civilian immigration officials were now in charge.”

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They put her in a 12’ X 12’ pale-yellow cell, where she laid scared on the bottom metal bunk and quietly read the previous inmates’ experiences inscribed on the wood slats holding the bed above, all the while avoiding the silverfish bugs crawling on the floor. “I was so scared.” “They offered me food and water,” she said. “But I wasn’t hungry. I wanted to throw up.” Then at 3 o’clock in the morning, she heard another cell door slam shut and wondered if another American’s nightmare was about to begin. “How often does this happen? Do the American authorities know about this?” But those questions are for another day. All Anderson wanted was help, asking for it several times. “I wanted to talk to my husband waiting for me. But they wouldn’t let me talk to him or anyone. And none of them spoke English. When the metal door slammed shut, I just cried. I didn’t do anything wrong.” Strangely, Anderson is no stranger to immigration policy. Retired from the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (now Homeland Security) after 30 years of stellar service, this retired 70-year-old woman, 5 feet tall and 120 pounds, hardly profiles as a terrorist. In this case, common sense would have demanded a more measured response, not a lockup. LAN officials eventually found her purse and passport in Miami. And 24 hours later flew it to Ecuador, where immigration officials released her and stamped the passport. No apologies where given by LAN or American Airlines. Official investigations are under way to see if this is an isolated case or a pattern of abuse. In the meantime, American Airlines and LAN passengers must be warned of policies that could result in travel plans that don’t go “smoothly.” In the end, whatever an airline employee tells you on the plane, do not listen to them. Their only job is to get the plane in the air; your personal safety once you disembark is not their concern. And, take a bit of advice from Karl Malden, “Don’t leave home without it.” Your passport, that is.


ABOVE: Members of Pack 147 from Luck gathered for the Blue and Gold banquet held recently to recognize outstanding Scouts and to celebrate Scouting.

TOP LEFT: The Luck Cub Scout Pack 147 held its annual Blue and Gold banquet recently, celebrating boys in Scouting. Four boys earned the Arrow of Light, which is the highest award you can earn in Cub Scouts prior to advancing to Boy Scouts. Shown, back row (L to R): Grayden Hershfield and Tim Thompson. Front row: Ben Smith and Tyler Haney. - Photos submitted

LEFT: A celebration for earning the Arrow of Light Award. Shown (L to R): Ben Smith, Grayden Hershfield, Tim Thompson and Tyler Haney.


SCF school addresses security issues

Committee to be established to come up with long-range plan by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy still lingers in the minds of St. Croix Falls School District staff and administrators, and a much-anticipated recommendation report was revealed at the regular school board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The security analysis comes from several sources, starting with a review from the city’s police department where several issues were revealed including entrance locks, lockdown doors and the ability to shut doors in an emergency by remote control, external video cameras and remote entrance capability, to even the sight lines in the high school commons area, where rows of lockers can inhibit authorities from seeing any potential threat that may be hiding. School district maintenance supervisor Steve Mikutowski outlined the issues at all three school buildings, including the Dresser Elementary School. “After Sandy Hook, we realized schools are very vulnerable to violence,” he said, noting the list of possible improvements he created using advice from the police department and others, as well as the estimated costs to remedy the issues. The overall costs of all the improvements totaled over $200,000, a figure that left most of the board agreeing that it might require implementation in phases, or by priority. Topping the list of improvement costs was a mass camera system replacement, upgrading to higher quality digital and adding up to 16 more cameras for the perimeter and all exterior doorways. The change could cost as much as $35,000 to implement. Mikutowski suggested combining that with an intercom system on the main doors at each school building. “If we have to lock the doors after school starts, you might not like it, but it would be for a safer school,” he said. Other changes suggested include adding doors to separate the various hallways at the high school/middle school.

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St. Croix Falls Board of Education members and staff addressed security concerns and possible remedies, costs and priorities to make their schools safer at a meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 26. - Photo by Greg Marsten Those doors would be able to be closed in an emergency with a magnetic locking system, securing the hallways and keeping any problems contained. The costs of the additional doors is one of the other major estimated costs, along with remote controls on several existing doors, interior and exterior. “There are some significant costs with some of these recommendations,” board President Brent McCurdy stated, adding that it was up to the board or a committee to decide what was realistic. “We need to do things that make the most sense,” board member Sheri Norgard said, adding that she thought perimeter security was a solid place to start. “We need to start there first.” The reality of the issue is that very few of the recommendations could be implemented at little or no cost, although middle school Principal Joe Connors thought the lockdown doors would be a solid first step in his case. Board member Patricia Mitchell also asked about decision making, even if security doors, intercoms and remote controls were installed. “Who’s going to decide who gets let in?” Mitchell asked. That issue was front and center, as the board agreed that while they could throw lots of money at the issue, they still may have basic unknowns of who those people are that are requesting to come in. “We can’t prevent everything,” Norgard stated. Student council representative Amy Herrick spoke out in favor of student training and noted, frankly, that she wasn’t sure what to do in the case of such a violent episode or incident.

“From a student’s perspective, we haven’t talked much about what happened (at Sandy Hook),” she said, noting that elementary students rely much more heavily on their teachers for decisions and security, but older students are less inclined to follow such direction. “Some (kids) handle pressure very badly. Some handle it very well,” she said. “I think the students have been kind of ignored in all this. We need to know what to do (in security situations) and not just in natural disasters.” Other possible ways to help secure the facility involved talk of hiring a school liaison officer, possible through the county sheriffs department. “We have three real buildings,” Mitchell said. “It’s too much for one person to cover. It’s sad that it has to be like this.” Norgard agreed, and noted that part of the problem is that most schools were designed at a time when security concerns were low on the list, which led to glass doors, open spaces and unfettered access to many areas of the school, without costly changes. “It’s a sort of generational thing,” Norgard said. “(Violence like Sandy Hook) just didn’t happen when we built the schools.” While the board took no official action, there will be continued addressing of the security, and the only real free plan involved teachers locking their doors during class times, so any intruder would have to knock and be let in, as a simple method. But the board agreed to either form a committee to address and further prioritize the issues, with input from other sources and more solid cost estimates for

Asian Adventure - Yan Yat

In other board business: • The staff commended art teacher Suzanne Imhoff for the district’s recent selection for a rare Spirit of Excellence Award, which means that several students and staff members will be honored at a Milwaukee Bucks game next month. The Leader will have a complete story on the honor next week. • The board approved a proposal for heating-ventilation. air conditioning upgrades and replacement amounting to $285,000. The proposal includes reducing the number of boilers in the high school/middle school by a dozen, and increasing the overall efficiency from 70 percent to 96 percent, which will result in major cost savings down the road. Other changes include upgrades to recirculating pumps, as well as the ability to do more efficient zone cooling during the summer months, so they wouldn’t need to cool the entire high school but just the office area. The money for the upgrades will come from previously assigned funds of $265,000, with the difference to be made up in the next budget cycle. The plan is to have the upgrades done shortly after school ends in June, with completion by early August. • The board approved the upcoming school calendar which adds an additional snow day, just in case. If it is not used, the calendar has an extra day built in that could be dropped if not needed. • The board set a hard date of March 26 to decide on their junior PLC program discussed previously, and whether or not to implement the program this coming fall or wait until the next year. It will be addressed at a committee meeting on Monday, March 11, where student concerns and other issues can be addressed. • The board renewed their contract with St. Croix Regional Medical Center on occupational and physical therapy contracting. • The board accepted resignations from Nate Steeber, assistant football coach; Stacie Hoff, varsity volleyball coach; and teacher Adrienne Gyllen, with thanks for all their services and time.


FREDERIC – The Asian Adventure continues at Frederic Elementary. The seventh day of the Chinese New Year is Yan Yat, which is Everybody’s Birthday! The Frederic PTO teamed up with the elementary school in creating a birthday cake commemorating both the Year of the Snake and Yan Yat. Volunteers for the PTO created a 250-cupcake snake for all the children for birthday dessert following lunch. Gratitude is extended to everyone at the PTO that helped with this celebration. - submitted

Mrs. Cox’s second-grade classroom lined up to show the true size of the cupcake snake.

Tysen Wink and Annalise Keezer enjoyed celebrating Yan Yat, part of the Chinese New Year, where everyone celebrates their birthdays.

Mrs. Sorensen’s fourth-grade classroom posed for a close-up of the snake birthday cake that was part of the elementary school’s Asian Adventure. – Photos submitted


Spring concert lineup at Festival Theatre

ST. CROIX FALLS - Five concerts are on the docket for Festival Theatre’s spring music events, showcasing experience and great talent in the music of Red Horse, Michael Johnson, The Barley Jacks, Dan Chouinard and Lorie Line. On Friday, March 8, “An Evening with Red Horse” brings singer/songwriters Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky to the stage. Each of these legendary artists solos on classics first made famous by the other two members, as they perform together in harmony of sound and soul. The Red Horse concert begins at 8 p.m. Later in March, Michael Johnson makes his first appearance at Festival Theatre, and audience members will immediately identify his voice with the landmark songs “Bluer Than Blue,” “Give Me Wings” and “That’s That.” After decades of performing, his music still shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love. Reserve your tickets now for this rare opportunity to see Michael Johnson at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Always a popular act, The Barley Jacks return for a sizzling show on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Frontman and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Joe Cruz on guitar, Kevin Rowe on bass and Joel Arpin on percussion. Fans thrill to their original compositions and remakes which are a caffeinated mixture of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop. As Earth Day again spins into sight, Dan Chouinard returns to host Festival’s fifth-annual tribute, “Once Dan Chouinard Upon a River: Celebrating the St. Croix River in Stories and Song” on Saturday, April 20. Joining Chouinard will be the Festival Singers, a new group of local talent for this 7:30 p.m. event. Finally, fans of Lorie Line will be excited to hear that she is coming to Festival Theatre on Mother’s Day weekend for a Saturday evening concert. Tickets go on sale March 4 for this May 11 special event; set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Lorie Line has grown her musical talent on the piano and in composition into one of the largest independent record companies in the world, Lorie Line Music, Inc. Groups of 10 or more can take advantage of discounted rates for this event. Most of the spring concerts are Flex Pass eligible and tickets for all events except Lorie Line are on sale now. Season tickets are sold as Flex Passes, which offer significant savings when purchasing multiple seats. Flex Passes are available to purchase online at as well as by phone during box office hours. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. To reach Festival Theatre by phone, call 715-483-3387, or e-mail the box office at boxoffice @ f e s t i v a l - from Festival Theatre

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15th-annual Whopper ice-fishing contest

The Siren Lions Club has a new food trailer this year – the fishing contest on Clam Lake was only the second time the new trailer has been used. Shown is the kitchen crew (L to R) Gary Kannenberg, Lyle Nelson, Mark Fox and Rick Aadalen. – Photos by Sheriill Summer

The many generations of the Hakseth family make themselves at home on the ice.

Ed Frekey of Lockport, La., has never been on lake ice before Saturday – much less go fishing though a hole in the ice. He reported that he was a little nervous when he realized he was driving on ice earlier in the day. But he recovered and is shown holding a fish, even if he didn’t catch the fish. Frekey is not new to fishing. He owns a charter boat company called Tuna Time Charters in Louisiana.


Derek Highstrom and Cassie Maslow (L to R) have yet to catch a fish at the Lions fishing contest on Clam Lake Saturday, Feb. 23, but they have accomplished much in the snow and were having fun.

The Larson family is shown in good spirits, even if they haven’t caught anything yet. Dad and the boys have been fishing the Lions contest for the last four to five years.

Naomi, Marcus and Cameron of Webster – shown in the back row – created a topof-the-line snow fort. Other kids at the fishing contest couldn’t help but check it out.

Dana Darling of Lindstrom, Minn., and Trish Egemo of White Bear Lake, Minn., (L to R) are shown near the bridge at the Clam Lake narrows, site of the Siren Lions fishing contest on Saturday, Feb. 23.




Beyond the game of hockey Longtime hockey coach honored in final games of Blizzard girls season by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Blizzard girls hockey team came away with yet another successful year of hockey, yet as many seasons go, this one didn’t come without its ups and downs. Coaching changes at the beginning of the season posed specific challenges that the team had to overcome. Eventually, a host of assistants including Bill Cordell, Mike Alderman, Rick Quimby and Mike Taylor stepped up to the task to help lead the Blizzard to an inspiring run in the second half of the season, as well as a second-round playoff game, where the team would end its season by a score of 3-1 to a strong St. Croix Valley Fusion team. Shortly after the game, Fusion coach Matt Cranston and the rest of his team changed the tone of their hard-fought win, and celebration, into an emotional act of kindness when they presented Grantsburg’s Darren Lien with the game puck. Those who know Lien, understand his love of hockey and the role he played in helping bring Blizzard girls hockey to the success it has today. Lien has spent a lifetime surrounded by hockey. He played hockey growing up, with some of those years playing for his father, Hector, who was his coach. Lien has spent the past 26 years coaching all levels of hockey in the Grantsburg area, yet in 2010, life changed instantly when he was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Since 2010, he’s had several surgeries, radiation and many rounds of chemotherapy. He is now at home under hospice care, yet prior to last season, Lien remained as part of the coaching staff for the Blizzard girls. With exception to taking a couple ofyears off from coaching hockey when daughters Kelsey and Kassie were born, Darren got right back into coaching when his daughters were old enough to learn the game of hockey, according to wife Lori. Darren started teaching the girls to skate at an early age, Kelsey started at age 5 and Kassie at age 3. Kassie played on the boys teams until she was a secondyear peewee, that is when Darren started his next quest. “He decided to start a girls program when Kelsey was U12 age, he rallied around several towns asking girls to play until he had enough players to make a team. He was a big part of getting the girls co-op put together for a high school team. Darren coached both Kelsey and her younger sister Kassie for several years and when he got someone to take over the youth girls program he moved to the girls high school team, the Blizzard,” Lori ex-

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Longtime Blizzard hockey coach Darren Lien takes a moment with daughter Kassie Lien (right) who will be attending St. Mary’s University to play hockey, while Lien’s teammate, Sam O’Brien, will be playing hockey for Augsburg College next fall. – Photo submitted plained. With 26 years in coaching, Lien built relationships with several other coaches and players across the state over the years, as one might imagine, and being away from the game on and off over the past couple of years hasn’t been easy. “He loved to play, he loved to coach and he loved watching his girls play. It was devastating to him when he became ill and could not coach anymore and when he couldn’t make it to a lot of Kassie’s games over the last couple of years,” Lori said. But with help from friends and family, Darren was able to attend Parents Night in Grantsburg, as well as the final two Blizzard girls playoff games of the season. “The night of Parents Night, a lot of the seniors honored Darren and thanked him for all the years of coaching. The girls won that game, at the end of the game the girls gave him the game puck, it was so emotional for him and all the players,” said Lori. “The outpouring from our community, friends and hockey families all over the state has been amazing, and we extend gratitude to all of those who have offered their support. We have received cards from hockey families that played against our older daughter Kelsey in 2010,” Lori

said. Through the years, Darren has fought to strengthen the tradition of girls hockey in the area, and the program has shown much progress and success over the years, so much so, that two girls, including his daughter Kassie, and teammate Sam O’Brien, will be taking their skills to the next level. Kassie and O’Brien have another few weeks of hockey with Team Wisconsin before they hang up their skates for a couple of months. Kassie will play hockey for St. Mary’s University next fall, while O’Brien will be playing at Augsburg College next fall. Despite the fact that the girls will be playing against each other next fall, Kassie and O’Brien remain best friends, and have shared success all over the country, playing in Lake Placid, N.Y., Rochester, N.Y., Canada, Michigan, St. Louis, Mo., and possibly in April in California. Upon hearing of Darren’s illness, university coaches from Augsburg and St. Mary’s University sent O’Brien and Kassie their college jerseys to share in a photo with Darren. And through the hard work and dedication to the sport of hockey, the girls dreams of reaching the next level in hockey are coming true, dreams that may not have been possible without coach Darren Lien.

STEVENS POINT – UW-Stout junior, Zach Anderson, formerly of Frederic, successfully defended his No. 1 seed in the heptathlon and used the two final events to put an exclamation point on a win at the WIAC conference track meet in Stevens Point Saturday, Feb. 23. Trailing heading into the pole vault, Anderson cleared 14-feet, 11inches, nearly four inches ahead of the second place finisher. Anderson went on to pad his lead in the Zach Anderson 1,000-meter run, the final event of the day, by taking the top spot with a time of 2minutes, 43.77-seconds. Anderson bested Zarnoth by more than 200 points, 5,132 to 4,895. Anderson broke the school heptathlon record previously held by Daniel Drewek, who has set the mark of 5,113 at the 2012 WIAC Championship. Roger Steen, formerly of Luck, finished fourth overall in the shot put, and fifth in the weight throw for UW-Eau Claire, and is currently 13th in the nation. Webster’s Brian Thill also competed for UWStevens Point but did not make the podium. Both Thill, Anderson will compete at the NCAA meet in two weeks. Steen should also have a shot to qualify, as they take the top 13. – from


MENOMONIE – Middle hitter Morgan Denny, a former Luck athlete, and UW-Stout sophomore, earned the UWStout volleyball team offensive player of the year award, UWStout head coach Jill Jolliff announced recently. Denny was a WIAC honorable mention selection and rolled off 262 kills for a per set average of 2.52. Denny served Morgan Denny up 29 service aces and led the team in blocking with 37 solo blocks and 64 assisted blocks, averaging just shy of one total block per set. – from


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Unity claims regional crown in OT Low-scoring thriller is defensive battle Unity 28, Boyceville 24 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity boys basketball team welcomed Boyceville with open arms on Saturday, Feb. 23, as many expected to be heading to Grantsburg after the Eagles win over Cameron the previous night during the regional semifinal game. But as fate would have it, Grantsburg would end up losing to Boyceville, giving Unity a home game for the regional championship. ”I don’t think anybody expected that but that’s why last night, when that happened, the kids were pretty excited. Getting another home game might have been the difference,” said coach Shaun Fisher, who coached the Eagles to their second regional title in the past three years. Despite a low-scoring affair the game was anything but dull, as nearly every possession was a crucial part of the game. “It was definitely a game of defense, both teams played their hearts out with a regional championship on the line. We knew it was going to be an offensive struggle. They’re small, they play well, they’re athletic, and then they’re scrappy … We’re scrappy too. We hang our hats on defense and that’s what we did tonight,” said Fisher. Despite a slight mismatch in size, the Bulldogs were able to shut Unity down in the paint, yet Unity was able to do the same. A pair of long-range 3-pointers from

Logan Bader floats in for a layup for a rare scoring opportunity against Boyceville. Bader led the team with 11 points.

The Unity Eagle boys basketball team celebrated their second regional championship in three years with a win over Boyceville on Saturday, Feb. 23. – Photos by Marty Seeger The Eagles were able to take the game point land twice. The Eagles led 18-10 at Boyceville’s Jordan Kuhn in the first quarter was all they would get, yet Unity still to just nine seconds left before taking a the half but Cameron got back into the trailed after the first quarter 6-4. Both time-out, but after the time-out, a 3-point game in the second half, holding the Eateams relied on patience and likely took a attempt from Jacob Ruck was tipped, gles to six points in the third quarter. eventually taking the game to overtime. While the Comets put up only five of their bit longer to find any sort of rhythm Intensity in the gym only grew in the own in the third, they climbed back to “I think both teams were, trying to get a feel. Nobody wanted to make that vital overtime frame, as both teams would within six points to start the fourth quarmistake early that might be the difference make it difficult to score, but Bader would ter, but Johnson quickly answered with in a regional championship. We never get the first key basket in the overtime, fol- another 3-pointer in to put the Eagles back were really aggressive all night, again I lowed by Boyceville with 1:59 to go. It up by nine. They never allowed the don’t know if it was the idea of nobody wasn’t until 49 seconds remained that Comets to get any closer than that. Johnson led with nine points, followed wanting to make that mistake or what,” Oliver Raboin would hit a huge basket to give the Eagles the lead, forcing Boyceville by Oliver Raboin and Aaron Koshatka Fisher said. Things loosened up a bit in the second to take a time-out. After the time-out, each with seven, Jacob Ruck, six, Logan quarter despite Boyceville leading much Jacob Ruck picked up a huge steal at the Bader, four, and Dakota Ward, Dylan of the way. Zac Johnson buried a 3-pointer top of the key, and was soon fouled with Ruck and Nolan Merrill each had two for the Eagles with about one minute re- 13 seconds to go in the game. Ruck missed points. maining in the game, and with help from the first shot of a one-and-one opportuseven first-half points from Logan Bader nity, and with Boyceville getting the rethe Eagles kept the game tight, trailing 13- bound they took a time-out with 11.5 seconds remaining. 11 at halftime. The Bulldogs would get the ball to the Bader managed to tie the game at 13 to start the third quarter, but with both teams paint but after a struggle to get the shot scoring just four points in the third quar- off, the Eagles scrapped for a jump ball ter, the Bulldogs remained in the lead 17- call that kept it in the Bulldogs possession once again, under the basket with four 15 heading into the fourth quarter. “They really packed it into the paint and seconds remaining. A costly turnover by that made it difficult, and we had to ad- the Bulldogs on the next play gave the Eajust, and we adjusted just enough,” said gles the ball back, and Aaron Koshatka was soon fouled with still four seconds on Fisher. It took more than four minutes before the clock. Koshatka buried both free Boyceville’s Michael Lagerstrom hit two throws and help end the game. Bader led the Eagles with 11 points, folfree throws on a one-and-one opportunity, but Johnson quickly responded with a lowed by Oliver Raboin, seven, Johnson, timely 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 21-20 six, and Nolan Merrill and Koshatka each lead. A Bulldogs turnover on traveling had two. helped put the ball back in Unity’s hands and Raboin was able to hit 1 for 2 from the Unity 39, Cameron 24 free-throw line, to give the Eagles a brief BALSAM LAKE – The Eagle boys 22-20 lead with under two minutes to earned their trip to the regional finals with play, and both teams now in the bonus. a convincing win over Cameron on FriThe Eagles would get the ball back again day, Feb. 22, using their signature defense with a minute to go in regulation, but an- to hold the Comets scoreless in the first other one-and-one opportunity was quarter and take an 8-0 lead. missed by the Eagles, and Boyceville’s The Eagles showed some outside shootMitchell Leach tied the game at 22 apiece, ing in the first half, with Jacob Ruck and Unity’s Nolan Merrill works around a Comet giving Unity the final 53 seconds to take Zac Johnson both knocking down 3-pointdefender on Friday, Feb. 22. their chance. ers and Aaron Koshatka hitting from 3-

Siren keeps it close against No. 1 Lumberjacks Free throws the difference in Drummond win Drummond 47, Siren 35 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer DRUMMOND – The Dragons came close against the No. 1 seeded Drummond

Lumberjacks Friday, Feb. 22, but free throws were the difference maker to end the Dragons season. “This game was much closer than the final score indicates. We went to Drummond last Friday ready to play,” said Dragons coach Jon Ruud. Drummond held a 12-10 lead after the first period and led at halftime 23-18, but the Dragons kept composure into the third quarter. “We played an excellent third quarter,

holding Drummond to seven points and scoring 10 to cut the lead to 30-28 after three quarters of play,” Ruud said. Siren was still within four points with 31/2 minutes to go in the game, but Ruud said the game came down to the freethrow line in the end. “We went 0-6 in the last four minutes, while Drummond went 7-8 in that same stretch. On the night, we went 1-10 from the line, while Drummond went 10-14,” Ruud said. “We played with a lot of heart

and intensity, and we gave them everything that they can handle. I am very proud of the way our boys approached this game, as well as the emotion that they showed after the game. We will miss our seniors, Reuben Mixsooke and Will Barr. Our younger kids got a ton of valuable experience this season, that will pay off in the future.”








Lady Vikes fight but can’t hang on at Drummond Cardinals, Dragons, Saints and Pirates moving on in regional Drummond 53, Frederic 37 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer DRUMMOND – The Viking girls basketball team put the Lumberjacks to the test through three quarters on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the first round of regional playoff action, but couldn’t hang on in the fourth quarter. The Vikings led 11-6 after one quarter and trailed 21-19 at the half. “For three-plus quarters we had them on the ropes,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. “Played them with a diamond-andone defense, held their best player, Bethany Best, to eight points, 10 points below her season average, and frustrated her and them,” said Wink. The Vikings hung around through the third quarter and the game remained tied at 29 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Lumberjacks exploded with 24 points, and clamped down on Frederic, defensively, holding them to nine points. “Emily Amundson and Rachel Thomas did the defensive work on Best, excellent job. Kendra Mossey, as a senior, went out with a bang, played hard on defense, led us on offense, 15 points, nine of 12 free throws,” said Wink. Other Vikings scorers included Lara

Frederic freshman Emily Amundson waits for a rebound while holding back the Lumberjacks. – Photo by Becky Amundson Harlander with seven, Carly Gustafson, six, Ann Chenal, five, Amundson, three, and Lexi Domagala, one. “Other senior, Natalie Phernetton, solid defense, good team player. We’ll miss those two, but return 13 players and look forward to that!”

Stanley-Boyd 70, Unity 53 STANLEY – The Unity girls basketball season came to an end against StanleyBoyd Tuesday, Feb. 26, despite a solid effort that had the Eagles leading 10-9 after the first quarter. Unity kept the game relatively close throughout three quarters and trailed 26-21 at the half, but StanleyBoyd slowly worked the lead away from the Eagles, who finished 5-7 in the West Lakeland Conference. Shauna Jorgenson led the Eagles with 25 points on the night while teammates Sarah Bader and Maddie Ramich scored double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Anna Ebensperger finished with four and Gabrielle Foeller had two points. The Eagles graduate four seniors including Jorgenson, Bader, Ebensperger and Shay Nelson.

Brittany Coulter led the Dragons on Tuesday, Feb. 26, with 23 points against Solon Springs. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson

Luck 68, Birchwood 15 LUCK – The Luck girls will need to need to complete a three-game sweep of the Siren Dragons in order to move on in the WIAA tournament, after they completed a huge win over Birchwood in the opening round of Division 5 playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The Cardinals took a 25-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back over the Bobcats, but are likely looking ahead to their regional semifinal matchup against the Dragons this Friday, March 1, at home against the Dragons. Luck has de-

feated the Dragons twice already this season by scores of 54-49 and 46-39. The game at Luck this Friday begins at 7 p.m. Siren 77, Solon Springs 32 LUCK – The Siren Dragons made short work of the Eagles from Solon Springs on Tuesday, Feb. 26, leading 20-1 after the first quarter and never looking back from there. Brittany Coulter finished with 23 points on the night while Caitlin Daniels had 18, Carly Good and Kyaisha Kettula each had seven, Mackenzie Smith and Hope Peterson each had six, Raven Emery, three, Mercedes Moody, Emily Howe and Jessica Strabel each had two and Zoe Emery added one point. The Dragons will play at Luck in the regional semifinal game this Friday, March 1, beginning at 7 p.m.

Grantsburg 71, Webster 32 GRANTSBURG – The Pirate girls basketball team came out fast and had a comfortable win over Webster Tuesday night, Feb. 26, in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 girls basketball playoffs. With many ball-handling turnovers, both teams were playing very physical … maybe a little too physical. The Pirates shot out to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and, with 25 points in the second quarter, opened the game and took a 43-12 lead at the half. Sam Schwieger led the Pirates with 31 points. Schwieger was really on from beyond the 3-point arc with five. Other scorers included Kylie Pewe and Macy Hanson each with 13, Stacey McKenzie, six, Olivia Tucker, four, and Violet Ohnstad and Jen Schwieger each had two. Webster finished the season 3-20 overall and got 11 points from Lexi Piepho, Christina Weis, seven, Raelynn Tretsven, six, Tami Quatmann, four, and Angel Christianson and Aleah Heinz each had

Pirate Megan Miller battles for a rebound with Webster’s Raelyn Tretsven, Stefani Wambolt, Christina Weis and Kaitlyn Moser. – Photo by Scott Hoffman two points. Grantsburg will now travel to Regis on Friday, March 1, to take on the Ramblers beginning at 7 p.m. “This was the next step in our journey. Now we move forward and get ready for Regis,” said Pirates coach Kelly Hallberg. – Scott Hoffman

Angela Gore of Luck pulls in a rebound against Birchwood on Tuesday, Feb. 26. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Lady Saints handle the Spartans St. Croix Falls 70, Somerset 37 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls girls basketball squad had no trouble dispatching visiting Somerset Spartans in the opening round of the WIAA Div. 5 Regional playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 26, winning by an almost doubled-up score to advance on against Hayward this Friday. “We have stepped it up,” Saints head coach Angie Maternowsky confirmed with the win. “We’re playing much more intense.” The Saints never trailed and held the visiting Spartans to just 13 pits in the first half, while outscoring them by 25 points in the same half. “We’d had one and a half weeks off, we weren’t sure what to expect,” Mater-

nowsky said. “But yeah, we played well.” Saints sophomore Mariah Rohm led all scorers with 22 points, followed by senior Sydney Geisness with 17 points. “Both Sydney and Mariah played really well,” Maternowsky said. “And Taylor Orton had a really nice game, and did a lot of finishing.” Orton finished the night with nine points, with Jerrica Jones and Natalie Sempf adding eight points each. The Saints are spooling up for a contest on Friday at Hayward against the formidable Hurricanes, who were in attendance at the contest on Tuesday. “I’ve been up there to watch them, also,” Maternowsky said with a grin. “I think we match up well with them.”

Saints junior Erica Bergmann goes in for a bucket against Somerset on Tuesday, Feb. 26. – Photo by Greg Marsten








Saints get two on podium at state wrestling Rademacher takes third, Klassen sixth by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MADISON – Despite not being able to get anyone to the top of the podium at state, the St. Croix wrestling team finished strong with its three state qualifiers that competed at the state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison last week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-23. Two wrestlers were successful in making the podium including senior James Klassen at 120 pounds, who became only the sixth wrestler in school history to make it to state three times in his career. Klassen had his strongest finish of his career at state with a sixth-place finish, wrestling five matches at state and winning two. Klassen won his first match of the tournament by a 7-6 decision over

Joe Rademacher (far right) of St. Croix Falls, took third place at the state tournament in the Kohl Center in Madison. The junior 182-pounder finished with 45-1 record. – Photos by Terry Kahl

Senior James Klassen finished sixth at the state tournament and became just the sixth wrestler in school history to qualify three times as a state qualifier.

Ryan Engel of East Troy, but lost the quarterfinal match to Trevor McManus of Adams-Friendship, by an 11-7 decision. Klassen went the opening consolation round and was able to get a 4-1 decision over Jared Boon of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, and but lost the final two matches of the tournament to John Roddick of Sparta by a 5-2 decision and a pin by McManus in a rematch for fifth place. Klassen had a career of well over 110 wins for the Saints, capping off a very successful wrestling career at St. Croix Falls. Two Saints wrestlers, including junior Joe Rademacher and Drew Wheeler, will get another shot at the state tournament next season, and the team and coaches are already looking forward to next year with how both Rademacher and Wheeler finished out the season. In his second trip to the state tournament, Rademacher entered with an undefeated record and ended the season 45-1 at 182. He won his quarterfinal match by an 8-3 decision over August Peplinski of Wittenberg, but lost his semifinal match to

Saints junior Drew Wheeler picked up a win in his first match of the WIAA state tournament, and will be back again next season to try for his third trip to state. Kyle Burkhalter of Sparta, by an 11-5 decision. Rademacher closed out the season on a high note, however, winning his final two matches on his way to third place. He defeated Kyle Aaby of St. Croix Central by a 1-0 decision, before taking the thirdplace match by a 10-2 major decision over Austin Bellile of Tomahawk. Wheeler was able to get a win in his first match of the tournament, against Walker Christensen of Seymour by a 7-2 decision. Wheeler would lose his next two matches by close decisions, which came against Taylor Elliott of Prairie du Chien by a 5-2 decision, and Paul Bianchi of Two Rivers by a 5-2 decision. Wheeler finished the season with a 40-5 record, while Rademacher finished 45-1, and Klassen finished 30-8.

Lennartson caps off wrestling career in third at state Justin Peper falls in first round by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MADISON – Unity senior Alex Lennartson finished with a 42-2 record and had his best finish in his third consecutive trip to the state tournament as a Division 3 heavyweight. Lennartson took third place overall and earned a spot on the podium going 3-1 in the three-day tournament that started Thursday, Feb. 21, and ended Saturday, Feb. 23. Lennartson had a draw in the first round and wrestled his first match of the tournament on Friday, Feb. 22, against Kyle Andreae of Spencer. Lennartson won by a 3-2 decision but lost the state semifinal match to Cole Johnson of De Soto, who was the eventual state champion. Lennartson lost the match by a pin in 2:23, but won his final two matches of the tournament. He defeated Matt Stensrud of Markesan by a pin in just 34 seconds and won the third-place match by a pin in 31 seconds. “Alex had a great tournament,” said Unity coach Shawn Perkins. “His first round he beat Kyle Andreae from Spencer. While the score was close, Alex was in little danger from being scored on. He lost in the semifinals to the eventual state champ (Johnson from DeSoto). He showed great perseverance by coming back and pinning his final two opponents.” Lennartson also beat his own previous pin record with a total of 31 falls this season among his 45 total wins. Senior Justin Peper finished the year

Unity’s Justin Peper gets set for the final match of his high-school career at state. Senior Alex Lennartson certainly left his mark on the Unity wrestling program, and wrapped up a solid career at the state tournament with a third-place finish. – Photos by Terry Kahl with a solid year of wrestling and 34-10 Kauffman of Stratford, in 1:20. “Justin Peper had a pretty tough draw record. The senior made his first trip to the state tournament but ended up getting first round. He ended up getting caught in pinned in the first round against Hunter a head and arm and unfortunately got

pinned. He had a great year with winning the Ellsworth Invite, the Lakeland Conference Tournament and qualifying for state,” Perkins said.








LFG wrestlers finish seasons at state

Senior Alex Richey finishes in the top eight

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MADISON – In just his third year of wrestling, LFG senior Alex Richey was able to take his talents to the state tournament in Madison last weekend and finish in the top eight overall in Division 2. Richey won an exciting match to start the tournament according to Chris Bartlett against Taylor Rivers of Wild Rose/Wautoma, who had a 5-0 lead heading into the third period. “I gave Alex the same advice all the time and that was to have fun and to work his mojo on the mat. Not counting forfeits, there was only five matches that he didn’t win by pin. He ended the season with 21 pins. The thing about Alex though, was that he didn’t pin them the conventional way,” Bartlett said. Bartlett explained that Richey was always looking to hook an elbow and roll, and didn’t mind getting put into a cradle by his opponents, because his flexibility usually brought him back around, and it was the opponent that would typically end up on his back. “He did do one move called the Athens, which from now on I will call the Richey,” Bartlett said. “This is where he hooks both his opponents elbows with his arms and rolls them to their back. Four of his last five matches he won ended in him pinning his opponent with this move.” Richey was waiting for the right time to make his move in the first match of the tournament, but it wasn’t until after a scoreless second period, and 30 seconds left in the final period, that Richey found the right time to make his move, after falling behind by a 6-1 score. “He worked his mojo again, and the kid came in not knowing what had hap-

Luck’s Alex Richey finished in the top eight at the state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. – Photos by Terry Kahl

Sophomore Tristan Brewer was unable to get through the first round of the state tournament but was hampered by a shoulder injury. pened,” Bartlett said, but added that Richey’s next two opponents wouldn’t fall for Richey’s move. Both were undefeated heading into the state tournament, taking the third- and fourth-place spots. Richey lost an 11-3 major decision to Hunter

Colden of Brodhead/Juda, and Jordan Newman of St. John’s NW Military Academy, 16-1. Richey finished the season with a 29-12 record. “It was nice to see him win and get into the top eight at state. He is a great kid and

Alex Richey celebrates a win after earning a pin in the final 30 seconds of his match. will be missed greatly by everyone,” Bartlett said.

Brewer falls in first round Sophomore Tristan Brewer met bad timing with a shoulder injury that he suffered during the sectional meet, but still managed to put up a good fight in his opening round of his state-wrestling debut. Brewer lost to Casey Seltrecht of Lomira, by a 2-0 decision. “With Tristan’s shoulder, it was important for him to get the first takedown of the match. It ended up that no one got a takedown in the first period,” Bartlett said. “The only scoring of the match came from a reversal. I believe if Tristan was healthy, he would have won the match. He had a couple of chances to score, but his shoulder wouldn’t let him do what he wanted to do.” Although the season met a bit of a disappointing end for Brewer, there’s already excitement brewing for next season, as Brewer finished the season at 41-7.

Girls basketball teams wrap up the regular season Grantsburg 68, Frederic 48

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The regular season ended with a nice momentum builder for the Pirates on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Frederic, as Grantsburg ended their regular season with a 15-7 overall record. The Pirates led 17-10 after the first quarter and 38-21 at the half, while the Frederic Vikings wouldn’t quit. “This win was a total team effort,” said Pirates coach Kelly Hallberg. Between Frederic’s pressure defense, being short on numbers and our struggle shooting the ball at times, it was nice to come out with a win.” Sam Schwieger led the Pirates with 22 points followed by Kylie Pewe, 17, Macy Hanson, 16, Stacey McKenzie, 10, and Jenn Schwieger, three. The Vikes were led by Carly Gustafson with 25 points, Kendra Mossey, eight, Lara Harlander, seven, Natalie Phernetton, four, and Taylor Alseth and Lexi Domagala each had two. “It was a hard-fought game,” said Vikes coach Troy Wink. “I felt our girls battled hard all night. Carly Gustafson played very well for us. She has been our most consistent player all year, works hard on defense and rebounding. Very happy with her effort every game.” The Vikings shot well from the freethrow line shooting 14 of 19. Siren 42, Unity 38 SIREN – The Siren Dragons pulled out a nice win to end the regular season over the Eagles on Thursday, Feb. 21. The game was a close one throughout the night, but it all came down to the final possession that happened to go Siren’s way. “We traded points with Siren all night long. The possession near the end of the game did not go our way, and we allowed

Carly Gustafson had a big night for the Vikings against Grantsburg on Thursday, Feb. 21, but the Vikings came up short in the regular season finale. – Photo by Becky Amundson six unanswered points which we could not recover from. We played well and executed our game plan. The win just did not come our way. I’m proud of how our team performed tonight, and we are ready for our game against Stanley-Boyd,” said Eagles coach Carol Kline. The Eagles had a 10-7 lead after the first quarter and held a 20-19 edge at the half, and a 30-29 lead heading into the fourth but couldn’t hang on. Shauna Jorgenson had 16 points for the Eagles, followed by Sarah Bader, 10, Maddie Ramich, eight, and Anna Ebensperger and Emily Gross each had two points. Siren was led by a well-balanced scoring attack, getting seven points from

Unity’s Maddie Ramich goes up for a block against the Dragons on Thursday, Feb. 21, in Siren. – Photo by Mackenzie Erickson Kyaisha Kettula, while Brittany Coulter finished with six points, Zoe Emery, Carly Good and Jessica Strabel each had five, Caitlyn Daniels and Hope Peterson each had four, and Mackenzie Smith and Raven Emery each had three.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 39, Luck 30 LUCK – The regular season for the Cardinal girls basketball team ended on a loss at home to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Thursday, Feb. 21. For the seniors, it was the girls second-to-last home game of the year as the team hosts Birchwood at home during the first round of the WIAA playoffs. (See game story elsewhere on these pages.) It was also a night to honor the seniors as Jaimee Buck, Taylor Joy, Hannah Karl, Jackie LaDuke and Avery Steen took cen-

ter stage prior to the game. But the Cardinals couldn’t overcome the Bulldogs, who led by five points heading into the second quarter, but were held to four points in the second quarter to help Luck tie the game at 15 at halftime. “The Bulldogs executed their patient game plan and defense to perfection. We never really gained any offensive momentum,” said coach Marty Messar. The Cardinals shot poorly from the field shooting 12 of 60. The game was tied at halftime, but the Cards were outscored in the third and fourth quarters. Steen was held to six points and Jenni Holdt led the team with 11 points, 11 boards and two assists. Angela Gore had six points, Tayler Dow, Joy, and Karl each had two points, and Jillian Klatt had one.








Pirate gymnasts finish strong at sectionals

Get two through to the state tournament

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer RIVER FALLS – The sectional gymnastics meet was held at River Falls on Friday, Feb. 22, and despite not getting the entire team to state, Grantsburg finished with a season high of 129.175 points, and placed fifth out of eight very strong teams with significantly higher enrollments in Division 2. Taking first place was Rice Lake/Cumberland, followed by River Falls, Holmen, G.E.T., Grantsburg, Onalaska, Menomonie and Arcadia. “We went into this meet with the goal as a team to go big and make it clean,” said coach Kathy Lund. “This turned out to be the best finish at sectionals for Grantsburg, having a gymnast on the podium for every award and two for the all-around. I am so proud of how hard this little team kept improving and working hard all season long.” Facing a nagging injury all season long, senior Aimee Lerud pulled through a difficult season, as well as a pressure packed sectional on Friday, to eventually earn a fifth-place finish in the floor exercise. The top five individuals earn a trip to state, and Lerud, along with sister Jessee Lerud, finished fifth, and third respectively to both earn trips to the state tournament. “Her training has been so limited,” said Lund of Aimee’s injury this season. “It was such a thrill to see her make podium for all-around. This was an extremely big meet and you could just see and feel the pressure, this was a very strong Sectional, and you knew that there were going to be

Freshman Jessee Lerud and senior Aimee Lerud both made the podium in the all-around competition at the sectional meet in River Falls on Friday, Feb. 22, with Jessee taking third and Aimee placing fifth. The sisters are both heading to state in Wisconsin Rapids. – Photo submitted exceptional gymnasts not advance to the four events, including fifth in the uneven state meet.” parallel bars, second in vault and balance Jessee Lerud had another strong night beam, and third in the all-around. for the Pirates, finishing in the top five in As for the team effort, it was a strong

start to the evening, with Heidi Schoettle and Drew McNally cleaning up their form on the vault, and Heidi Horky, who Lund says performed her best half-on-half of the season in the vault and stuck her landing on the second attempt. Jessee Lerud ended up scoring a 9.4 in the event, while Aimee Lerud scored a 9.025. “At this point in the meet you never know if that score is going to be high enough. Our next event was the uneven bars. Drew McNally and Heidi Horky had solid routines, Jessie and Aimee missed one of their advanced high-level skills, (and) once again you think how is that going to affect your placing,” said Lund, Yet the team was able to keep it’s focus, and Jessee Lerud completed a no-fall balance beam routine to score a 9.15. “On floor Heidi Schoettle started us off to give her best routine for the season,” Lund explained. “Drew McNally followed, getting her season high, and Heidi Horky and Jessee Lerud had solid routines. The judging took some time after Jessee’s performance, discussing her routine and finally posting a score of 9.075. Meanwhile Aimee waits for the green flag to begin her floor routine. All the other events have concluded and all eyes turn to Aimee as she steps up onto the floor, (and) she performs an awesome routine and earns the fifth spot for this event. What a night!” Lund said. The 43rd-annual WIAA state gymnastics tournament takes place Friday, and Saturday, March 1-2, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. Individual championship competitions begin Friday, at 5:40 p.m., and team competition starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Jorgenson sets high marks at season’s end by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – When Shauna Jorgenson buried her 1,000th point against the Prairie Farm Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Jorgenson added to it a list of records broken during the season. She became just the fourth girl in school history to reach 1,000 points and is currently fourth on the all-time scoring list, which includes Katy Hauge, who finished her high school career with 1,781 points, fol-

Unity’s Shauna Jorgenson lets her 1,000th point fly toward the basket against the Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 19. – Photos submitted

Unity senior Shauna Jorgenson celebrated with fans, teammates, friends and family on Tuesday, Feb. 19, after hitting her 1,000th point. Pictured are Unity seniors, (L to R): Anna Ebensperger, Sarah Bader, Jorgenson and Shay Nelson. – Photos submitted lowed by Kristy Mitchell with 1,066 points, and Kelly Hallberg, (Grantsburg Pirates head girls basketball coach) with 1,053 points. During a 42-38 loss at Siren last Thursday, Feb. 21, Jorgenson had 16 points, bringing the total to 1,025. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Jorgenson added another 25 points to the total, during the Eagles playoff loss, and Jorgenson’s final career game. Jorgenson also set other marks throughout her career, scoring the most points in a game this season with 44, as well as the most free throws in a game with 13. The most free throws in a season was set at 94, and Jorgenson eclipsed that mark this season as well. She also has the most field goals in a game, with 18. Unity’s Shauna Jorgenson gets a hug from coach Carol Kline after hitting her 1,000th point.








Luck boys disarm the Guards to win region

Win big over Northwood in regional semifinals Luck 55, Washburn 46 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – The Luck Cardinals kept their season alive with a solid home victory over the Washburn Castle Guards on Saturday, Feb. 23, winning by nine points in what head coach Rick Giller thought was a much closer game than the score suggested. “It was close, but we played them strong and shut them down when we needed to,” Giller said. Luck actually trailed by two points at the end of the first quarter, but held the Guards to just eight points in the second

Karsten Petersen drives the lane against Northwood on Friday, Feb. 22 against Northwood. – Photo by Marty Seeger

The Luck Cardinals celebrated their WIAA Regional Championship on Saturday, Feb. 23. at home, after defeating Washburn. – Photos by Greg Marsten unless otherwise noted frame, and outscored the visiting Wash- brakes on that momentum. burn team in each of the following quarLuck held on and won by nine points, ters to stay ahead. winning the WIAA Div. 5 Regional and “Kyle (Hunter) was really strong in- earning the right for a Thursday match-up side,” Giller noted, as the Luck senior con- with Drummond in Hayward. tinued his powerful presence to clean up on rebounds and on the outside. “He Luck 64, Frederic 46 seemed to be everywhere.” LUCK – The Cardinal boys regional Hunter finished with 22 points, with fel- semifinal against Northwood on Friday, low senior John Denny adding 17 points Feb. 22, went about as well as any coach, to the mix, including a rousing alley-oop player or fan could have hoped for, as dunk in the second quarter that brought Luck cruised to victory over Northwood, the home crowd to its feet and helped 71-36. with the halftime lead. Despite scrappy defensive play from Cardinal senior Evan Armour also had a the Evergreens it didn’t take long to get solid performance, and finished with 12 the Cardinals rolling as they took a 14-8 points and led the way with seven re- lead after the first quarter, and started bounds. pulling away convincingly in the second Luck stayed far enough ahead to be able quarter. The Cards completely shut the to control the clock as the final quarter Evergreens down offensively, allowing wound down. The Guards tried to come eight points while putting up 23 of their back and even got within a couple points own in the second quarter to take a 37-16 before the Cards woke up and put the lead at halftime. The Cardinals allowed

Luck's Evan Armour used a pump fake to draw his defender up and then shot and easy layup. just seven points in the third quarter to advance to the regional final against Washburn. John Denny helped lead the Cardinals with 19 points while Karsten Petersen dominated the boards with nine, and Trent Strapon had six assists. Kyle Hunter had four rebounds along with 14 points, and Petersen ended the night with nine points, followed by Brodie Kunze and Evan Armour with eight, Noah Mortel, six, Dylan LeMay four, and Logan Hamack, three. – Marty Seeger

Knights of Columbus free-throw contest winners

The Knights of Columbus held a free-throw contest level shoot off in Frederic on Saturday, Feb. 2. The contest included the council area schools of Grantsburg, Frederic, Luck and Siren. The winners will go on to the district shoot off. Boys winners include Graham Hershfield, 14, Luck; Andrew Hochstetler, 13, Frederic; Ethan Alexander, 12, Frederic; Colin Jeske, 11, Frederic; and Chris Hill, 10, Frederic. – Photos submitted LEFT: Girls winners include (L to R): Hannah Mcdowel, 10, Webster; Kaylin Miller, 11, Frederic; Emma Slaquist, 12, Spooner; and Sarah Wells, 14, Frederic. The Knights congratulate the youth who took the time to fit this into their tight schedule. They also extend gratitude to the parents who changed schedules to get the youth in warm-ups by 7:30 a.m., in spite of below zero temperatures and to the personnel who helped at the contest site.

Girls Knights of Columbus free-throw winners include Sarah Wells, 14, Frederic; Kayla Eidie, 13, Siren; Amy Sanford, 12, Siren; Kaylin Miller, 11, Frederic; and Kaylee Sybers, 10, Siren.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Knights of Columbus district free-throw competition was held with winners advancing to the Diocesan level in Ladysmith, and hosts Webster, Spooner, Frederic and Balsam Lake Councils. Boys winners include: Mason Gustafson, 10, Webster; Colin Jeske, 11, Frederic; Austin Moster, 12, Webster; Andrew Hochstetler, 13, Frederic; and Graham Hershfield, 14, Luck. Also pictured are Grand Knight Bill Schoettle (far right) and District Deputy (far left) Ken Langslay.








Grantsburg bounced out of the playoffs finishing seventh in the nine-team DunnSt. Croix conference. Grantsburg’s head coach Nick Hallberg was disappointed. “It’s two years in a row now, that our season has ended like this, on our home floor, and ironically to the same school.” Connor Myers carried his team scoring 24 points coming up with steals, big drives to the basket, getting fouled and then capping it off with free throws. Hallberg commented on Myers. “Connor gave it his all tonight and has been that type of player at the varsity level for four years. We will miss his leadership and toughness and will be looking for someone to step up and take on that

Boyceville’s 3-pointers stun No. 1 seeded Pirates Boyceville 49, Grantsburg 46 by Scott Hoffman Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – If ever there was a time to not have a cold shooting streak, it would be in the WIAA playoffs, especially when you’re a top-ranked team playing in your first game after a first-round bye. Boyceville came to Grantsburg with a 12 and 12 record, 5 and 11 in conference play,

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Grantsburg’s Jake Wald scrambles to help out teammate Jacob Ohnstad late in the game on Friday, Feb. 22, in Grantsburg. – Photos by Scott Hoffman

Connor Myers goes up for two of his 24 points.

Pirate senior Brady Thompson scrambles for a loose ball against the Bulldogs.

Jacob Ohnstad heads up for a layup.

Viking boys season ends on the road Solon Springs, 47, Frederic 41 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SOLON SPRINGS – The Frederic Vikings lost their second-round WIAA Division 5 Regional in Solon Springs last Friday, Feb. 22, as the Eagles recovered from trailing earlier to win, 47-41, ending the Viking’s season. The Vikings started the contest cold, and was down by a 9-2 mark as the first quarter wound down. It was a Jaryd Braden 3-pointer that finally broke the ice, and the Vikes quickly got back in the game. Braden ended up with 12 points, tying senior Ian Lexen for high scoring honors for the team. The Frederic boys then went on a solid run, took a lead as the second quarter progressed, and went into the halftime break with a 24-20 lead. Solon Springs took advantage of the break, and recovered smartly. They gained momentum behind the shooting of Trey Scheldroup, and got into a 12-6 run to gain the lead and hold onto it for good. The Eagles seemed to shut down the Vikings on the boards, and in spite of several solid long perimeter shots for the

Vikes, they couldn’t get back on top. Fouls also played a role, as Lexen fouled out with over three minutes remaining, hurting their inside game. Solon Springs took advantage and slowed the game down to keep Frederic at bay, which worked. The Eagles stayed ahead and won by six points, but the Vikes gave a valiant effort and earned the respect of the higher seeded Eagles, who went on to play top seeded Drummond, who marched all over them on the way to the regional championship. Braden and Lexen led the way in scoring for Frederic with 12 points each, with Austin Kurkowski adding eight points, including two long 3-pointers at critical times, to keep the fans in the game. Frederic finished their season with a 1014 overall mark, and a 5-7 record in the West Lakeland Conference.

Frederic's Austin Kurkowski drives upcourt against the Solon Springs Eagles in the Feb. 22 WIAA Regional playoff game. – Photo by Greg Marsten



Big basketball games on the horizon Two boys basketball teams from the heart of Leader Land will be taking to the hardcourt Thursday night, Feb. 28, just as many locals will be settling into their recliners to read this week’s edition. THE SPORTS The West Lakeland co-champion Luck Cardinals (22-2) will face the formidable Drummond Lumberjacks (22-2) in Hayward. This could be an interesting matchup, especially since both squads play-stifling defense, generally coupled with patient, ball-control offenses. Might we see a 35-32 final? The victors will meet the Clayton-Prentice winner Saturday afternoon at Spooner for a berth in the state tournament. Also on Thursday, Unity head coach and UHS alum Shaun Fisher leads his Eagles (16-8) to their second sectional appearance in three years versus Colfax (19-5) at Osceola. The winner moves on

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to the sectional final at Durand on Saturday afternoon. Both Drummond and Colfax made it to the state tournament in 2012. Meanwhile, on the girls side of the ledger the area’s marquee matchup will be Friday night, March 1, in Luck where the Cardinals will host the Siren Dragons. Perhaps unfortunately, the winner will have to head way up north the next day to face the South Shore Cardinals (enrollment 42) who have an unblemished 22-0 record. Former Vikings shine in 2013 Birkebeiner Back in Wisconsin’s 19th century lumberjack days, it was said that the four roughest places in the world were Cumberland, Hayward, Hurley and Hell. Of course, these days at least two of these four locales are downright heavenly places, especially Hayward and its surrounding environs during the weekend of the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski races. 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the event. (See extensive coverage elsewhere on these Leader pages.) Three former Frederic athletes were among the 3,956 skiers who competed in the grueling 50-kilometer Birkebeiner Skate, which is often considered to be the


main event of the modern Birkie. The top six finishers in the skate (and 8 of the top 10) hailed from the continent of Europe. Ex-FHS multisport athlete Blaise Sopiwnik, who now calls Washburn his home, finished an incredible 27th overall in the skate with a time of 2:16:54, a mere 7-1/2 minutes off the pace set by the champ from Italy. Trego’s ageless Jim Shattuck, who starred in three sports while wearing Frederic blue and gold back in the late 1960s into the 70s, also completed the grueling skate. Spies indicate that 2013 might’ve been Shattuck’s 36th Birkie. 1974 Frederic grad and former FHS (and UW-Superior) gymnast David Kettula also completed the skate, finishing firmly in the upper half among all competitors. It was reportedly Kettula’s 24th Birkebeiner. Those with access to a computer may simply google 2013 American Birke for a complete, searchable list of competitors. Chances are you might see a familiar name. High hopes for Frederic hoops Last week’s Leader readers were informed of the brilliant 21-1 record compiled by the Luck boys JV team under the mentorship of longtime coach Alan Tomlinson. Meanwhile, six miles up the road, assistant coach Ethan Bergstrom

P O R T S led the Frederic JV boys to a lofty 175 mark while the FHS girls junior varsity went 20-2 behind coach Sharon Schmidt. This is very encouraging news for Vikings fans. Luck basketball celebrates 40th anniversary 2013 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Luck Cardinals boys basketbal team’s first state tournament appearance. Informants working the annual Winter Carnival hoop tourney say that Rande Giller, 1973 LHS alumnus and one of the stars of that memorable Cardinal team, still “has his game” after all these years. Only yesterday (or so it seems) we were holding the ladder for dad while he climbed to the precarious peak of the farmhouse in order to turn the TV antenna toward Eau Claire in the hope that we might watch our own state’s basketball tournament. After a few twists of the antenna, and a rather loud (and sometimes agitated) four-person voicerelay system from the roof, to the foot of the ladder, to the back door and finally to the TV, eventually a snowy WEAU Channel 13 came through the airwaves, and we had the thrill of watching our neighbors to the south on statewide TV.

Pirates continued role.” Throughout the first half of the game, the two teams were fairly close. Grantsburg had an eight to two run to start the game, but with 2:18 in left in the first quarter, Boyceville had caught and

tied the game even after committing at least two traveling turnovers. The first quarter ended with Grantsburg leading 14-12. Boyceville kept up the pressure into the second quarter starting to find a

Bantams take second at home tourney

The Blizzard Bantams were at home this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2324, in Siren for a home tournament and came away with second place after beating out Eau Claire and Cloquet, Minn. In their final game, they couldn’t overcome West Salem’s passing attack losing first by 8-2. They are headed for Pine City, Minn., this weekend for their last weekend of play for the season. – Photo submitted

few outside open looks. The Pirates were really having trouble hitting the net scoring only four points in the entire second quarter. Now the Bulldogs started getting into a rhythm and started hitting big 3pointers to put them ahead going into the half 22-19. The Pirates came out after the half and climbed on Myer’s back, who was everywhere, deflecting passes, dribbling behind his back and driving hard to the basket. Joe Gaffney had a big block that deflected to Myers who then dished it off to Jake Wald for an easy layup that got the crowd up on their feet and put the Pirates back on top 27-26. With approximately two minutes to go in the third, Myers again stole an errant pass, drove in the lane, attempted a tough shot and was fouled sinking both free throws putting the Pirates up 32-26. In the fourth, Grantsburg stretched that lead to seven with the Bulldogs chipping away yet still having traveling trouble. Brady Schutts dropped a long 3-point bomb to pull Boyceville back to within three making it 40-37 With 1:13 left, Jordan Kuhn dropped another 3pointer from downtown to take the lead 45 to 44. After a few missed opportunities,


A non descript tournament record of 11-3 last week kept the Prediction King’s success rate at 78 percent. His season win-loss record is 113-31. As is his custom, the Swami will end his predictions at the conclusion of regional tournaments, which means he’s done with boys THE SWAMI games for 2012-13. “I figure if I get a team to sectionals, that’s enough,” he said. So the upcoming round of girls regional tourney action will conclude his slate until next football season. “The sad thing is that unless I run the table on girls

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tourney games, I still won’t hit the elusive 80-percent plateau this year,” he said sadly while cleaning a limit of panfish early Wednesday morning. “Although I will probably come up a hair’s breadth short of my 80-percent goal, I want to thank all the e-mailers and well-wishers who were pulling for me as I pursued the mark,” he added presumptuously. Girls tourney games Luck 55, Siren 45 Grantsburg 60, Regis 56 Clayton 50, New Auburn 31 Clayton 47, Turtle Lake 35 Hayward 59, St. Croix Falls 44 South Shore 70, Luck 53 Colfax 60, Grantsburg 41 The Swami cheerfully answers all e-mails and can be reached at

the Pirates found themselves having to foul. With time running out, both team traded fouls and time-outs. With seven seconds left, the Pirates again missed another shot and time expired. Boyceville had outscored the Pirates 21 to nine in that last quarter. Hallberg commented, “Very disappointing way to end a successful regular season. For whatever reason, we didn’t show up for 32 minutes. We had every opportunity to win this game, even though we didn’t play very well. We made a lot of poor decisions with a sevenpoint lead with just a few minutes left in the game, that I am sure we’d like to take back. Connor had a huge night for us and kept us in the game, and Waldy hit a couple of big shots to give us some momentum, but other than that, we just didn’t come to play our game.” Wald and Brady Thompson had good years for us. The three seniors accomplished one of our preseason goals in winning the conference, but know that we left some things out there by losing this game.”

Standings Team Conf. Overall Luck Cardinals 11-1 22-2 Grantsburg Pirates 11-1 17-6 Unity Eagles 7-5 16-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 7-5 8-12 Frederic Vikings 5-7 10-13 Siren Dragons 2-10 8-16 Webster Tigers 0-11 0-21 Scores Friday, February 22 (Level 2 regionals) Boyceville 49, Grantsburg 46 Luck 71, Northwood 36 Unity 39, Cameron 22 Solon Springs 47, Frederic 41 Drummond 48, Siren 35 Saturday, February 23 (Regional championship) Unity 28, Boyceville 24 Luck 55, Washburn 46 Upcoming Thursday, February 28 (Sectional semifinals) 7:00 p.m. Luck vs. Drummond at Hayward Colfax vs. Unity at Osceola


Standings Conf. 11-1 10-2 7-5 7-5 5-7 2-10 0-12 Scores Thursday, February 21 Siren 42, Unity 38 Grantsburg 68, Frederic 48 Chetek 39, Luck 30 Tuesday, February 26 (playoffs) Drummond 53, Frederic 37 Grantsburg 71, Webster 32 St. Croix Falls 70, Somerset 37 Luck 68, Birchwood 15 Siren 77, Solon Springs 32 Stanley-Boyd 70, Unity 53 Upcoming Friday, March 1 (Level 2 Regionals) 7:00 p.m. Siren at Luck St. Croix Falls at Hayward Grantsburg at Eau Claire Regis

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


Overall 19-3 16-6 16-7 14-8 11-12 6-17 3-18

Upcoming Friday, March 1 5:40 p.m. Grantsburg at Wisconsin Rapids (State final)








AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: We Bowl 24, A.J.R. 17, The Bowlers 16, DCF 13, Back 2 The North 13, Bye Team 9. Boys games: Zach Schmidt (TB) 257, Kyle Hunter (TB) 226, Jordan Bazey (TB) 217. Boys series: Zach Schmidt (TB) 696, Kyle Hunter (TB) 628, Jordan Bazey (TB) 568. Girls games: Avery Steen (AJR) 199, Julia Owens (DCF) 186, Kerrigan Ekholm (AJR) 163. Girls series: Avery Steen (AJR) 536, Julia Owens (DCF) 453, Kerrigan Ekholm (AJR) 413. Team games: The Bowlers 658, Back 2 The North 496, A.J.R. 464. Team series: The Bowlers 1892, DCF 1357, Back 2 The North 1349. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Hummingbirds 18, Vultures 15, Bears 14, Badgers 13, Eagles 12.5, Night Hawks 12.5, Swans 10. Men’s games (Handicap): Dale Johnson 229, Dave Bannie 220, Roger Christenson 217. Men’s series (Handicap): Roger Christenson 602, Dale Johnson 583, Jack Buecksler 577. Women’s games (Handicap): Pearl Noble 247, Marge Traun 233, Pat Bresina 219. Women’s series (Handicap): Pearl Noble 612, Marge Traun 602, Nancy Anderson 583. Team games (Handicap): Bears 875, Eagles 821, Badgers 808. Team series (Handicap): Bears 2333, Eagles 2253, Badgers 2237. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 55.5, Great Northern Outdoors 54.5, Northern Home & Improvement 51, Pioneer Bar 41, Bottle Shop 37, House of Wood 34. Individual games: Chris Thompson 249, Ed Bitler & John Addison 247. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe 707, Ed Bitler 699, Bruce Norstrem 660. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 677, Northern Home & Improvement 657, Yellow Lake Lodge 645. Team series: Northern Home & Improvement 1949, Great Northern Outdoors 1911, Yellow Lake Lodge 1810. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Bruce Norstrem 8x = 244; John Addison 7x = 247; Chris Olson 7x = 205; Ed Bitler 6x = 237; Ricky Daniesl 5x = 220. Games 50 or more above average: Bruce Norstrem 244 (+72); Chris Thompson 249 (+71); John Addison 247 (+58). Series 100 pins or more above avg.: Bruce Norstrem 660 (+144); Curtis Renfroe 707 (+128). Splits converted: 3-10: Butch Hacker Jr., 5-10: Daryl Bazey. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Cummings Lumber 23, Lake Services Unlimited 19, Skol Bar 17, Pioneer Bar 17, S&S Tree Bird Shoppe 16, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 14, Stotz & Company 13, Larsen Auto Center 9. Individual games: Kelsey Bazey (DQM) 267, Jake Anderson (PB) 266, Curtis Renfroe (SB) 255.

Individual series: Mark Bohn (SB) 671, Jason Richter (LSU) 651, Curtis Renfroe (SB) 643. Team games: Skol Bar 998 & 980, Lake Services Unlimited 957. Team series: Skol Bar 2880, Cummings Lumber 2748, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2722. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 63, Grindell Law Offices 61.5, Kinetico 59, American Family Siren 53, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 50, Red Iron Studios 49, Wickstrom Construction 41, Hell Raisers 39.5. Individual games: Don McKinney (FF) 236, Mike Sullivan (WC) 232, Ed Bitler (RIS) 229. Individual series: Don McKinney (FF) 628, Ed Bitler (RIS) 626, Blake Douglas (GLO) 626. Team games: Fab Four 591, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 590, Wikstrom Construction 587. Team series: Fab Four 1714, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1663, Grindell Law Offices 1659. Consecutive Strikes (5 or more): Don McKinney 5x = 236; Ed Bitler 5x = 229; Bryce Daeffler 5x = 223; Jim Wikstrom 5x = 196. Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Mike Sullivan 232 (+50). Splits converted: 2-7-8: Brandon Ayd. 2-10: Dennis Lieder. 3-10: Mike Skow, Jim Wikstrom. Friday Night Ladies Standings: The Leader 46, Pin Heads 44, Frederic Design & Promo 39, Junque Art 30, SKM 26. Individual games: Gail Linke 213, Karen Carlson 201, Sheila Hansen & Cindy Denn 179. Individual series: Karen Carlson 571, Gail Linke 554, Cindy Denn 494. Team games: SKM 648, The Leader 629, Pin Heads 623. Team series: SKM 1804, Pin Heads 1782, The Leader 1778. Splits converted: 5-10: Sandy Bannie.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: McKenzie Lanes 24, Frederic Truck & Tractor 22.5, Milltown Appliance 19, Edina Divas 19, Alyeska Contracting 15, Metal Products 15, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 11.5, Bye 7. Individual games: Shirley Wilson 220, Cindy Castellano 213, Marsha Guggisberg 192. Individual series: Cindy Castellano 550, Marsha Guggisberg 508, Yvonne Snyder 487. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 848. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 2454. Monday Night Madness Standings: Eagle Lounge 46, Bon Ton 44, Alleycats 42, Mishaps 28. Individual games: Barbara Benson 189, Donna Johnson 171, Debbie Swanson & Lois Murphy 163. Individual series: Barbara Benson 556, Debbie Swanson 454, Cathy Albrecht 440. Team games (Handicap): Alleycats 625, Bon Ton 608. Team series (Handicap): Mishaps 1811, Bon Ton 1755. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Kindred Spirits 89.5, Gutter Dusters 85,

Hauge Dental 83.5, Country Gals 79.5, Tomlinson Insurance 77, LC’s Gals 75, Custom Outfitter 74, Kassel Tap 48.5. Individual games: Lonnie Stowell 200, Jan Kruse 193, Shirley Wilson 190. Individual series: Jan Kruse 528, Shirley Wilson 516, Lonnie Stowell 508. Team games (Handicap): Country Gals 869, Tomlinson Insurance 867, Custom Outfitter & Kindred Spirits 805. Team series (Handicap): Country Gals 2444, Tomlinson Insurance 2425, Gutter Dusters 2358. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: The Cobbler Shop 88, Steve’s Appliance 88, Centurview Park 75.5, Dream Lawn 72, McKenzie Lanes 68, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 60.5, Hack’s Pub 55.5, The Dugout 52.5. Individual games: Jeff Lehmann 279, John Macklin 267, Rick Katzmark & Ryan Wiemer 264. Individual series: Craig Willert 699, Jason Schultz 688, Rick Katzmark 682. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 1288. Team series (Handicap): The Cobbler Shop 3455. Wednesday Early Standings: Dalles House 56, Cutting Edge 48, Greatland Transportation 46, Suzie Q’s 44, Gerhman Auto Body 38, Balsam Branch Transport 34, Adamark Repair 30, Bye 24. Men’s games: Mike Welling 267, Joe Jerrick 234, Jason Steffen 229. Men’s series: Mike Welling 774, Jason Steffen 635, Mark Kamish 607. Women’s games: Jeanne Kizer 191, Janice Fox 167, Patty Walker 158. Women’s series: Jeanne Kizer 466, Janice Fox 435, Patty Walker 420. Team games (Handicap): Greatland Transportation 706. Team series (Handicap): Dalles House 1967. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Davy’s Construction 46, Reed’s Marina 42, Edina Realty 40, McKenzie Lanes 36, Tiger Express 32, Harvest Moon 22, Hanjo Farms 20, Dalles Electricians 18. Individual games: Jason Schultz 279, Gene Braund 276, Derek Swenson 258. Individual series: Gene Braund 776, Jason Schultz 714, Roger Fisk 673. Team games (Handicap): Reed’s Marina 1129, McKenzie Lanes 1112. Team series (Handicap): Reed’s Marina 3202, McKenzie Lanes 3004.

Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Yellow River Saloon 25-15, The Tap 20-20, Gandy Dancer Saloon 18-22,

Black & Orange 17-23. Individual games: Sally Casey (YRS) 190, Linda Strong (YRS) 188, Kay Casey (YRS) 180. Individual series: Linda Strong (YRS) 489, Kay Casey (YRS) 478, Donna Crain (B&O) 460. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 905, Yellow River Saloon 897, Black & Orange 877. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2639, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2604, Black & Orange 2595. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Larry’s LP 31-5, Ed’s Logging 17-19, Black & Orange 13.5-22.5, Players Motorsports 10.5-25.5. Individual games: Larry Johnson (L) 215, Art Bliven (L) 206, Dean Eytcheson (EL) 193. Individual series: Art Bliven (L) 530, Larry Johnson (L) & Mark Holmstrom (B&O) 527, George Kern (B&O) 517. Team games: Player Motorsports 960, Black & Orange 958, Larry’s LP 943. Team series: Black & Orange 2699, Larry’s LP 2698, Player Motorsports 2672. Games 50 or more above average: Larry Johnson 159 (+56). Tuesday Tippers Standings: Main Home Services, Gob’s Gals, A&H Country Market, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Kari Budge (MHS) 217, Nancy Growe (MHS) 213, Kari Budge (MHS) & Sandy Wilson 207. Individual series: Kari Budge (MHS) 567, Nancy Growe (MHS) 560, Mary Scalzo (WPL) 551. Team games: Main Home Services 756, A&H Country Market 755, Main Home Services 729. Team series: Main Home Services 2114, A&H Country Market 2066, West Point Lodge 2052. TNT Standings: Larry’s LP 19.512.5, Homestead Café 18-14, Flower Power 15-17, Cashco 11.5-20.5. Individual games: Vicki Tollander (C) 185, Evie Engebretson (FP) 175, Becky Reynolds (L) & Mary Ellen Smith (C) 172. Individual series: Vicki Tollander (C) 468, Becky Reynolds (L) 443, Mary Ellen Smith (C) 429. Team games: Cashco 853, Homestead Café 838, Flower Power 837. Team series: Homestead Café 2477, Cashco 2450, Flower Power 2383. Games 50 or more above average: Evie Engebretson 175 (+50). Others (triplicates, all-spare games, etc.): Carol Phelps – triplicate 134. Splits converted: 6-7-10: Delores Lien. Wednesday Night Standings: Cashco 27-9, Zia Louisa’s 24-12, Lions 19-17, Pheasant Inn 19-17, Black & Orange 16-20, Vacant 3-33. Individual games: Fred Zajac (C) & Art Bliven (L) 226, Tim Vasatka (PI) 217, Gene Ackland (ZL) 215. Individual series: Gene Ackland (ZL) 597, Fred Zajac (C) 590, Roger Tollander (C) 548. Team games: Zia Louisa’s 981, Pheasant Inn 943, Cashco 933. Team series: Zia Louisa’s

2758, Cashco 2665, Pheasant Inn 2659. Games 50 or more above average: Aaron Landin 206 (+90); Art Bliven 226 (+61). Early Risers Standings: Black & Orange 30-10, Gandy Dancer 17-23, 10th Hole 17-23, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 1624. Individual games: Claudia Peterson (GD) 181, Lylah Nelson (B&O) 170, Evie Engebretson (GNHD) 160. Individual series: Lylah Nelson (B&O) 450, Millie Hansen (GNHD) 427, Donna Crain & Phyllis Myers 398. Team games: Black & Orange 686, 10th Hole 685, Gandy Dancer 679. Team series: Black & Orange 2055, 10th Hole 1988, Gandy Dancer 1968. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Yellow River Saloon 26.5-5.5, Dolls w/Balls 13.5-18.5, Pour House 13-19, Rollettes 11-21. Individual games: Julie Chalupsky (YRS)165, Audrey Pardun (YRS) 160, Sandy Churchill (R) 157. Individual series: Shaurette Reynolds (Dw/B) 448, Julie Chalupsky (YRS) & Mary Lawson (PH) 436, Sandy Churchill (R) 419. Team games: Rollettes 747, Yellow River Saloon 721, Pour House 690. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 2102, Pour House 2037, Rollettes 2021. Splits converted: 4-6: Amanda Peterson. 6-7: Julie Chalupsky. Friday Afternoon Mix Standings: Mis•Splits 19-13, Bowling Buds 16-16, Fantastic Four 15-17, Tasmanian Devils 14-18. Men’s games: Jerry Burnham (BB) 234, Jim Thompson (M•S) 154, John Vanous (TD) 153. Men’s series: Jerry Burnham (BB) 509, Jim Thompson (M•S) 472, John Vanous (TD) 435. Women’s games: Char Vanous (TD) 179, Dawn Straub (FF) 158, Jean Thompson (MS) 156. Women’s series: Jean Thompson (MS) 420, Dawn Straub (FF) 418, Shirley Krueger (BB) 416. Team games: Bowling Buds 837, Tasmanian Devils 824, Fantastic Four 792. Team series: Bowling Buds 2354, Mis•Splits 2276, Fantastic Four 2257.

Denny’s Downtown Lanes Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Fiedler Ford 42, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 36, Wood River Pharmacy 29, Radio Shack 28, Grantsburg Sanitary 21, Dummy Team 12. Individual games (Handicap): Jason Johnson 247, Mike Chell & Greg Gamache 243. Individual series (Handicap): Alan Melin 626, Chris Olson 621, Jason Johnson 612. Team games (Handicap): Grantsburg Sanitary 1079, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 1042, Radio Shack 966. Team series (Handicap): Boyd’s Outdoor Power 2948, Grantsburg Sanitary 2894, Radio Shack 2791.




Carter Doriott of Webster embraces archery through competition, hunting by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – Eleven-year-old Carter Dorriott of Webster hasn’t been around the archery world for all that long, but by watching him release an arrow into a target, you’d swear you’re looking at a veteran archer, and quite frankly, he’d make most average men three times his age look like beginners. Carter shoots regularly at Fur, Fins and Feathers Sports in Siren during the winter archery league, along with several other youngsters looking to cultivate a love of archery. But Carter tends to stand out a bit amongst the other archers. “I’ve never seen a kid with the drive he’s got, to do it. I don’t know if there’s any way else to put it,” says Chad Lessard, owner of Fur, Fins and Feathers. Lessard and Rich Bistram, who is the archery technician and manager, have acted as instructors to Carter over the past few years when needed. “When you watch him shoot, he’s got a mindset that ‘I’m going to put every one of those in the bulls-eye, period.’ If he doesn’t, he can tell you what happened on that shot and why it didn’t go there. It’s not the bow’s fault or anything else … he knows what he did, other than the time his rest fell off,” Lessard said with a laugh. But all jokes aside, Carter takes archery seriously, and according to dad, Dale Dorriott, Carter talks often of someday joining the pro staff of Mathews Archery, and he’s off to a pretty good start. Carter recently took second place at the Wisconsin State Indoor Championships in Wisconsin Rapids. He also shot a perfect score at the

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Carter Dorriott takes aim at Fur, Fins and Feathers Sports in Siren. At just 11-years old, Carter has seen success at competitive tournaments as well as in bowhunting during the fall. – Photo by Marty Seeger Great Lakes Sectional Indoor Championship, and is still awaiting results of how he stacked up against other archers in five other states who each host two similar sectional championships in different areas of their states. States include Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Although Carter admits that he likes to win, his second-place finish at state didn’t seem to bring him down any. “I wasn’t really disappointed because the kid in front of me, he shot good the first day,” Carter said. Youth ages 11 and under typically shoot from up to 10 yards, but those 12 and older move up to 20 yards. Those who finish in the top of their class at sectionals would then qualify to a national tournament held in Kentucky. But because

Carter will turn 12 just a week before the tournament, he won’t get much time to practice to prepare for it, so the step to the next level could come in the near future. In the meantime, Carter is content with getting better and better every time he shoots. When other youths are out playing, Carter can often be found at the indoor range in Siren, or slinging arrows at home, where Dale says he can shoot indoors or outside. It’s not uncommon for Carter to shoot up to 80 arrows each day, on top of being an honor student and active in extracurricular activities such as cross country, baseball, basketball and even golf. Carter seems to be a natural at most everything he does, and works hard to be successful. But archery seems to be a favorite of his, and just comes natural.

“It’s like a one-person sport that no one can help your score to be better,” Carter said, who got his introduction to archery from his dad, Dale, who got him a little red starter bow from a co-worker, to see if he’d like it. “I gave it to him and he took right onto it and started shooting. After that he was kind of hooked on it,” Dale said. “I used to take him hunting all the time. Over the course of time, he just decided that it was really something he wanted to do, so that’s how we got started.” Once Carter got more interested in the competitive aspect of shooting, Dale took him to Lessard and Bistram, who has shot at the professional levels. Dale insists they have been the biggest help in getting Carter to where he is today. Carter has also received some instruction from Bart Larson of St. Croix Falls, who happens to be a Mathews pro staffer. After his first tournament three years ago, Dale said there was still a lot of learning to do, but he can handle the pressure well. “When I’m waiting to shoot (competition), I think about how the other kids are doing and I watch how they shoot. I think the better they shoot, it makes me want to be even better than them.” Carter is also an avid and successful hunter, and has already taken some nice bucks with a gun and, of course, during the bow season. Part of what makes him so successful as a hunter is the many hours practicing throughout the year. It has given him the confidence to put arrows consistently in the bulls-eye, or make a clean shot while hunting wild game. “Most of the time I don’t even remember what I’m doing when I have my bow pulled back because I don’t even feel it. It feels like it’s just drifting right to where I want it to go every time, and I just hit the button. I don’t even think I remember … all I do is just hit the button,” Carter said.

“Modern Day Mountain Man” inspires Luck students by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Dream big, then have the courage to follow that dream. Speaking from experience, that’s the advice from “Modern Day Mountain Man” Billy Molls, a Turtle Lake graduate who is a big game guide in Alaska, living the dream he’s had as long as he remembers. Molls, using video footage and photographs of his 15 year’s guiding in Alaska, the last frontier, spoke with students at Luck Schools Tuesday, Feb. 19, to encourage them to pursue the challenge rather than take the easy road. Billy Molls

Each year, Molls spends 100 days in the Alaskan wilderness, guiding hunters in a quest for bear, Dall sheep, caribou, wolf and moose. The rest of the year he lives with his wife and three daughters near Comstock. As he’s guided, at times in a late-1950s Piper Cub plane but usually hiking with a pack on his back, he’s been able to see herds of 600 caribou and gatherings of 40 brown bear. He’s called bull moose to within 20 yards, from five miles away. He’s had bear and wolves just outside his tent, rummaging through his food supplies. But nothing worth having comes easy, he told the students, as he encouraged them to take time to know themselves and to search out the important things. Take the risk of asking, he said, quoting, “Ask

and you shall receive.” Negative things will come along, but they can be overcome. Don’t be held back by those who will tell you your dream is unattainable. Life, he said, is about the journey, not the destination, reminding the students to take off the blinders that might keep them from seeing the beauty in everyday life. Molls was invited to the school by Luck FFA and FFA Alumni in recognition of National FFA Week. He grew up on a farm first plowed by his grandfather, who also made a living by trapping.

Alaskan guide Billy Molls, who lives near Comstock 265 days of the year, explains how a moose antler catches and guides sounds into the ear, allowing a bull moose to hear the call of a cow from five miles off. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

March at Crex Meadows GRANTSBURG – March is filled with new programs and events at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Itching to get out of the house and try something new? Join in the Cabin Fever miniseries. Winter Carnivore Tracks will be on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. with an overview of what the tracks look like then caravan into the field to try to find tracks of these animals. Space is limited, please preregister. Continue to get out of the house on Sunday, March 17, for a spring walk from 1 – 3 p.m., discovering the creatures and landscape as it begins to thaw.

Remember to wear your water boots! Look for more Cabin Fever programs to come, such as making maple syrup and discovering grouse drumming. The endowment benefit dinner will be on Saturday, March 16, from 6 – 9 p.m., cost and preregistration required. The Crex Meadows Endowment Fund is to provide a perpetual source of funding for the wildlife education and wildlife management programs. An excellent meal is planned, including a vegetarian option. The evening’s speaker is Sparky Stensaas, author, naturalist, photographer, pub-

lisher and writer. His program, “Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in Our Northern Bogs,” will unravel the myths of bogs in discovering the unique and awesome creatures found within. A DNR herd status meeting will be held on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. A summary of the 2012 deer season in Unit 10 will be presented as well as plans for 2013. There will be time for questions as well. The Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center will be open on weekends starting Saturday, March 30. The Big Year at Crex Meadows has

begun! Identify birds by sight or sound on DNR Wildlife Area properties in Burnett County. Further details of the Big Year birding challenge and the brochure can be found online or e-mail For more information about Crex Meadows and events, please call 715-4632739, visit, or find them on Facebook. Friends of Crex support this and other programs. You can support these types of programs and be more involved by joining the Friends of Crex. – submitted


Burnett County circuit court Stephanie Dalton, 36, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Leah J. Daniels, 27, Siren, speeding, $200.50. Aaron R. Dietmeier, 27, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Candance L. Doriott, 64, Siren, speeding, $175.30; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jackie D. Duncan, 21, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. Robert L. Emert, 24, Dunnellon, Fla., disorderly conduct, $330.50. Cassandra L. Erlitz, 31, Hinckley, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Steven M. Fahey, 31, St. Louis Park, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Tyler B. Finch, 21, Siren, required mirrors violation, $175.30. Lindsey M. Fish, 25, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Dominique S. Fleckner, 18, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. Joshua N. Forster, 29, Milltown, interstate driving requirements violation, $114.50. Terry L. Fry, 62, Grantsburg, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Dylan A. Geske, 23, Siren, OWI, $867.50, license revoked eight months, ignition interlock when applying for license, alcohol assessment; operate without insurance, $200.50. Shellie M. Groess, 40, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Aaron M. Hageman, 19, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Lisa J. Harris, 51, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Samatha L. Hart, 23, Luck, nonregistration, $175.30. Jocelyn L. Head, 21, Princeton, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Thomas J. Henderson, 34, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Christina K. Henke, 50, Proctor, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10.

Cynthia J. Hesik, 61, Webb Lake, inattentive driving, $641.50. Angela H. Heyer, 41, Siren, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Karen J. Hoffman, 66, Superior, speeding, $175.30. Steven M. Holmquist, 50, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Zachary R. Holmstrom, 20, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Cullan R. Hopkins, 17, Danbury, illegally operate ATV, $200.50. Mark A. Hottman, 55, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jeffrey D. Hulett, 56, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00. Bonnie E. Jackson, 69, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Kylie M. Johnson, 18, Gwinn, Mich., underage drinking, $114.50. Michael W. Johnson, 56, Grantsburg, unregistered snowmobile, $169.00. Terry L. Johnson, 63, Farmington, Minn., fish with more than three lines, $182.70. Kyle D. Kaminski, 25, St. Croix Falls, fish without license, $192.70. Ryan J. Kelly, 21, Apple Valley, Minn., failure to stop, $175.30. George E. Kern, 63, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Dylan J. Kitley, 20, Sartell, Minn., possess drug paraphernalia, $743.00. Austin W. Kroll, 32, Grantsburg, operate without insurance, $200.50; OWI, $867.50, license revoked 12 months, ignition interlock when applying for license, alcohol assessment; operate while suspended, $200.50. Taylor K. La Pointe, 24, Webster, OWI, $691.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment. Dennis J. LaSarge, 32, Webster, flee or elude officer, one-year prison sentence followed by six months extended supervision, elligible for incarceration program and substance abuse program, provide DNA sample, absolute sobriety, no operation of vehicle without license, $268.00.

William B. Lawrence, 20, Stacy, Minn., underage drinking, $263.50. Kelsi E. Leibel, 19, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Vickie L. Lewis, 64, Danbury, speeding, $175.30. Katherine E. Lijenberg, 17, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Stephen T. Lindley, 26, Minneapolis, Minn. speeding, $175.30. Chelsea R. Lindmeier, 27, Danbury, fail to report to jail, $274.89. Nathan D. Louris, 35, Mondovi, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jacob W. Lubich, 21, Webster, inattentive driving, $187.90. Charles M. Lunsman, 24, Danbury, OWI, $1,429.00, 45day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked two years, ignition interlock when applying for license, alcohol assessment. Justin R. Matrious, 18, Danbury, underage drinking, $263.50. Karl J. Matrious, 19, Danbury, underage drinking, $263.50. Rusty J. Matrious, 19, Webster, underage drinking, $263.50. Stephen J. Mead, 22, Siren, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Mary T. Mechelke, 59, Webster, inattentive driving, $641.50. Scott T. Meeds, 54, Frederic, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Nicole R. Miller, 39, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50; operate without insurance, $10.00. Trent J. Mulroy, 27, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Harry W. Newville, 48, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Nick’s Trucking and Excavating, Balsam Lake, weight limits violation, $242.85. Chadwick D. Noll, 28, Webster, nonregistration, $175.30. Marvin R. Notsch, 53, Blackduck, Minn., excess width without permit, $208.50.

Burnett County warrants Jaclynn K. Mallory, 19, Cumberland, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Gregory A. Miller, 58, Milwaukee, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Crystal L. Mooney, 31, Siren, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Christine L. Morrison, 40, Webster, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Sonya J. Morse, no date of birth given, no address given, warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 15. Gregory W. Nelson, 29, Siren, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Louis S. Nutt, 33, Siren, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Heather F. Parsons, 23, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 13. Rocky L. Phernetton, 50, Shell Lake, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Lance A. Schaaf, 37, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 13.

Travis L. Sherman, 23, Superior, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Jacob J. Shimko, 27, Bruce, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Elizabeth C. Skillen, 30, Eau Claire, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Patricia A. Sonnenberg, 18, Haugen, failure to pay fine, Feb. 12. Tammy S. Starck, 47, Luck, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Bonnie M. Thomas, 78, Siren, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Derrick J. Tinsley, 31, Trego, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Tracee R. Terry, no date of birth given,Webster, warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 15. Mary Jane R. Tucker, 21, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, Feb. 13. Ariel O. Wilson, 19, Grantsburg, failure to pay fine, Feb. 15. Jeremy L. Carlson, 37, Frederic, failure to pay fine, Feb.

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Judith A. Olson, 63, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Korrine K. Olson, 51, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Courtney G. Oustigoff, 27, Cumberland, operate while suspended, $200.50, twice. Gary A. Pavlicek, 69, Webster, inattentive driving, $187.99; failure to stop, $175.30. Nathanael J. Petersen, 24, Hertel, operate without insurance, $200.50. Carl R. Rachner, 17, Webster, operate without insurance, $200.50. Stacy P. Rasmussen, 44, Grantsburg, fish with more than three lines, $182.70. Matthew J. Redding, 42, Mendota Heights, Minn., possession of drug paraphernalia, $650.00. Patrick D. Reed, 67, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Bradley C. Rehbein, 33, Grantsburg, fish without a license, $190.70. Neil E. Richards, 74, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. John J. Richards, 46, Grantsburg, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Eugene T. Roatch, 29, Grantsburg, operate without without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $225.70; seat belt violation, $10.00. Terrence B. Rogers, 43, Webster, driving too fast for conditions, $213.10. Fred Romanjenko, 58, Gillette, Wyo., excessive width without a permit, $200.50. Patrick W. Smith, 38, Two Harbors, Minn., failure to stop, $175.30. Summer D. Songetay, 17, Danbury, underage drinking, $263.50. Ted P. Sperling, 49, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Wallace E. Stjohn, 49, Sandstone, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Jean A. Stewart, 47, Becker, Minn., speeding, $175. 30. Mark A. Stoltz, 29, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Henry Y. Thin Elk, 27, Hayward, child safety restraint violation, $175.30; operate left of center, $213.10; operate without valid license, $200.50. Colton S. Tretsven, 18, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Angelica L. Vogel, 36, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00.


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Jazalyn L. Anthony, 17, Winter, speeding, $200.50. Meghan H. Baash, 20, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Jeffrey L. Bean, 34, Stacy, Minn., operate moter vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. John F. Beaulieu, 58, Grantsburg, speeding, $225.70. Lori L. Benjamin, 17, Danbury, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Ramona A. Benton, 21, Hayward, operate without valid license, $200.50; child safety restraint violation, $175.30. Daniel L. Blake, 25, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Jeffrey A. Bump, 56, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Steven M. Burbaugh, 26, Mellen, operate without valid license, $200.50. Maxwell H. Burrows, 19, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Philip D. Bush, 61, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Michelle L. Buskirk, 33, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jamie L. Campbell, 31, Grantsburg, speeding, $200.50. Alma J. Chanco, 48, Olathe, Kan., speeding, $250.90. Steven R. Chavarria, 17, Webster, underage drinking, $263.50. Danielle A. Christman, 24, St. Paul, Minn., operate without insurance, $201.00; speeding, $251.00. Timothy Clark, 48, Frederic, fish with unattended lines, $182.70. Ritchard K. Cook, 51, Webster, speeding, $225.70. Travis J. Cormell, 30, Siren, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Craig L. Coston, 46, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; operate without valid license, $200.50. Preston V. Curtis, 37, Webster, fish with more than three lines, $182.70. Russell B. Curtis, 50, Charles, Ill., speeding, $225.70. Dakota Butters Inc., Webster, equipment violations, $200.50.

Ryan P. Walters, 28, Shell Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kirsten A. Zell, 43, Pine Springs, Minn., speeding, $175.00. Alyssa A. Backlin, 16, Frederic, passing into oncoming traffic, $114.50. Michael R. Bump, 25, Amery, speeding, $250.50. Carlson Timber Products, Sandstone, Minn., weight limits violation, $2,500.00. Michael S. Eagleman, 20, Cumberland, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50; resisting or obstructing an officer, $330.50. James B. Emery, 45, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Dylan A. Geske, 23, Siren, criminal damage to property, probation revoked, five-month jail sentence, Huber release and / or community service as discretion of jail staff, $243.00; criminal trespass to dwelling, probation revoked, five-month jail sentence, concurrent with other sentence, any Huber wages to be applied to court costs and restitution, $243.00. Robin Johnson, 32, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50. William B. Lawrence, 20, Stacy, Minn., underage drinking, $114.50. Bryon K. Nickence, 55, Spooner, disorderly conduct, $379.00. Travis E. Rikkola, 21, Grantsburg, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jacob T. Widmyer, 22, Webster, retail theft, restitution, $526.35.

(Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FRANDSEN BANK & TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. WAYNE O. GILLER, Defendant. Case No. 12 CV 69 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 15, 2012, in the amount of $59,039.72, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 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 to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The SE1/4, Section 36-37-17, except the following parcels: 1) Volume 228 Records, page 269, Document No. 297660; 2) Volume 234 Records, page 356, Document No. 300418; 3) Volume 441 Records, page 911, Document No. 409207; 4) Volume 441 Records, page 912, Document No. 409208; Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 048-00859-0000, 04800860-0000, 048-00861-0000 & 048-00862-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 1231 300th Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 28th day of January, 2013. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson / #1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 577984 WNAXLP


Polk County circuit court continued from page 10 St. Croix, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Doan M. Hoang, Rice Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00, twice. Robert R. Hobson, Janesville, speeding, not guilty plea. Kristine A. Hoffman, Circle Pines, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Linda M. Holeman, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Mary V. Holt, Minocqua, speeding, $175.30. Kay J. Jacobson, Cushing, speeding, $175.30. Daniel G. Janochoski, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tricia M. Jansen, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Beverly J. Jaskolski, Springbrook, speeding, $183.30. Drew N. Jaspers, Grantsburg, OU, $292.50. Mitch S. Jensen, Milltown, OU, $187.90. Anthony L. Johnson, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, not guilty plea. Daniel A. Johnson, Frederic, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Jeremiah T. Johnson, Cameron, speeding, $200.50. Wayne E. Johnson, Shafer, Minn., speeding, $175.30.


(Feb. 20, 27, March 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee, successor in interest to Bank of America, National Association as Trustee, as successor by merger to LaSalle Bank, NA as Trustee for WaMu Mortgage Pass-through Certificates, Series WMAB 2006-HEI Trust Plaintiff vs. THOMAS H. LOVICK, et al. Defendants. Case No. 12 CV 173 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 25, 2012, in the amount of $170,358.16, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 19, 2013, 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: Part of the West 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 31, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 5043 filed October 24, 2005, in Volume 22 of Certified Survey Map, Page 150, as Document No. 707440. ADDRESS: 1747 County Line Ave., Star Prairie, WI 54026. TAX KEY NO.: 002-00817-0100. Dated this 30th day of January, 2013. 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. 577963 WNAXLP

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee for Freddie Mac Securities REMIC Trust 2005S001 Plaintiff vs. TIMOTHY C. CICCARELLI, et al. Defendants Case No. 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 12, 2013, 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 29th day of January, 2013. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street, Ste. #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 577605 WNAXLP

Susan A. Jostad, Andover, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Alex J. Juleen, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Mary L. Kempe, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Tabitha R. Kimball, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Rocky A. Kroon, Askov, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00, twice. Paul W. Krueger, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Jacob P. Kuhn, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Luverne A. Lambert, Askov, Minn., operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Kenneth G. Lamere, Stillwater, Minn., fish with more than 3 hooks/lines/baits, $182.70. Nicholas R. Lofgren, Centuria speeding, $175.30. Jacob W. Lubich, Webster, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. John D. Lucente, New Richmond, fish without license, $182.70. David J. Lyles, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Nicholas J. Lysdahl, Centuria, theft – movable property, $269.50.

Maureen C. Madden-Nelson, Corcoran, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Lonis A. Maier, Savage, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Michael L. Marko, Ellsworth, fish with more than 3 hooks/lines/baits, $182.70. John G. McDaniels, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Kori L. McLellan, Cumberland, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Hannah M. Mc Meekin, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Adam S. Michael, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tracey L. Mofle, Barron, speeding, $200.50. Marc N. Monette, Amery, speeding, $225.70. Jake T. Moore, Spokane, Wash., speeding, $175.30. Rita R. Mortenson, Dresser, speeding, $200.50. Curtis R. Nelson, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Gabrielle M. Nielsen, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Anthony S. Olson, St. Croix Falls, operate motor vehicle w/o adequate muffler, $175.30. Seth D. Olson, Cushing, seat

(Feb. 27, March 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC.; Plaintiff, vs. JOHN ANDREW MEYER and CYNTHIA MARIE MEYER, husband and wife; and EQUABLE ASCENT FINANCIAL, LLC; and PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC; and CAPITAL ONE BANK USA, N.A.; and BARCLAYS BANK DELAWARE; Defendants. Case No. 12-CV-505 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 21, 2012, in the amount of $271,319.29, the sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 26, 2013, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The South 519 feet of the East 420 feet of the Northwest One-quarter (1/4) of the Southeast One-quarter (1/4) of Section Five (5), in Township Thirty-six (36) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, in the Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1627 293rd Avenue, Town of Luck. TAX KEY NO.: 036-00125-0100. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. 578299 WNAXLP

(Feb. 27, March 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Teri Jean Hanson a/k/a Teri Jean Goepfert 2373 Big Lake Avenue St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No.: 12CV632 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on December 18, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 694, recorded in Volume 3 of Certified Survey Maps, page 186, Document No. 397641, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, being located in Lot Twenty-Two (22) of the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Centuria, and in the vacated street adjoining the above-described Lot 22 on South side, being part of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter (SE1/4 of NE1/4), Section 11-34-18, EXCEPT the West 20 feet of said Lot Two (2), Polk County, Wisconsin. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 611 State Road 35, Centuria, Wisconsin) Dated this 7th day of February, 2013. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16392 578301 WNAXLP

belt violation, $10.00. Travis S. Olson, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kane F. Otis, St. Croix Falls, issuance of worthless checks, $232.00.

(Feb. 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Ryan Allen Wylie Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 13CV62 NOTICE IS GIVEN A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Ryan Allen Wylie To: Ryan Allen Strenke Birth Certificate: Ryan Allen Wylie IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Honorable Molly E. GaleWyrick, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54001, April 19, 2013, 2:15 p.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-485-9299 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge 577925 February 11, 2013 WNAXLP (Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION


NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 12 CV 54 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 1, 2012, in the amount of $182,259.03, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 21, 2013, 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 upon confirmation of the court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lots 18, 19 and the North 25 Feet of Lot 20, Block 47, Original Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00785-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 316 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024. Christina M. Putman State Bar No. 1075422 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1125 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. 578485 WNAXLP

Mark A. Pajerski, St. Anthony, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Travis H. Pax, Balsam Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lance A. Peper, Luck, seat belt violation, $10.00, twice.

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Catalino Gonzalez-Escribano, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operating w/o valid license, $200.50. Janice B. Greene, Hammond, speeding, $175.30. Alexander J. Greenwold, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Marcus A. Gross, Somerset, speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Jeffrey J. Hahn, Balsam Lake, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. William B. Hallanger, Frederic, fish with more than 3 hooks/lines/baits, $182.70. Matthew J. Hanson, Milltown, place material, feed/attract wild animals, $343.50. Paul W. Haug, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Dillon J. Haugland, New Richmond, fish without license, $190.70. Thomas P. Haugland, New Richmond, possession of illegalsized fish, $222.90. Terry S. Hawkins, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Wayne L. Hefty, Star Prairie, speeding, not guilty plea. Martha K. Heier, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Christopher S. Hipp, Marine

144 Washington St. N. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 E-mail: Equal Opportunity Employer

(Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR FFMLT 2006-FF13 Plaintiff vs. TYLER MABIE; AIMEE MABIE; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN A DIVISION OF NAT. CITY BANK OF IN; Defendants NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 12 CV 50 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 4, 2012, in the amount of $146,042.18, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 28, 2013, 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 upon confirmation of the court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot Twenty-six (26) in Karis Country Corner, in the Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wis. TAX KEY NO.: 022-01212-2600. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 314 238th Street, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020. Christina M. Putman State Bar No. 1075422 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1125 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. 578553 WNAXLP


Burnett County deaths Robert L. Scalzo, 91, Town of Scott, died Jan. 27, 2013. Dennis H. Flavin, 72, Town of LaFollette, died Feb. 11, 2013. Leianne G. Doriott, 52, Webster, died Feb. 11, 2013.

(Feb. 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for U.S. Bank National Association, as Successor Trustee, to Bank of America, National Association as successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association, as Trustee, for Ownit Mortgage Loan Trust, Ownit Mortgage Loan Asset Backed Certificates, Series 2006-6 Plaintiff vs. LONNIE H. LARSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 202 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 30, 2012, in the amount of $124,969.39, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lots 13 and 14, Block 46, Original Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Lot 30, Block 53, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with that portion of vacated Massachusetts Street lying between Lot 30, Block 53, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, and Lot 13 Block 46 Original Plat of the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, as per Resolution No. 01-22 recorded October 15, 2001, in Volume 892 on Page 763 as Document No. 620825. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 344 North Adams Street, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00767-0000 & 281-00094-0000. Dated this 12th day of February, 2013. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Alyssa A. Johnson Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086085 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2526626 578131 WNAXLP

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Robert L. Tveit, 72, Town of Keri A. Twait, Town of JohnScott, died Feb. 16, 2013. stown, and Eric M. Rouzer, Duane G. Torfin, 84 Town of Town of Johnstown, issued Feb. Oakland, died Feb. 10, 2013. 18, 2013.

(Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bremer Bank, National Association 8555 Eagle Point Boulevard Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042 Plaintiff, vs. Marvin E. Benson Jr. N3146 Nymph Road Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147 Alison Benson 961 Woodbridge Drive Cary, Illinois 60013 Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 12-CV-629 Case Code: 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 13, 2012, and filed on December 14, 2012, in the amount of $38,515.13, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of the courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of the courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten (10) days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Entrance of Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, in the City of Balsam Lake, Wis. 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot 6 of Certified Survey Map No. 4847 record-ed in Vol. 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 174 as Doc. No. 698860, being located in part of the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 20, Township 34, Range 15 West Town of Beaver, Polk County, Wisconsin, (being a part of Lot 5 of CSM No. 4407 recorded in Volume 19 of CSMs, page 188), all recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with and subject to the terms and conditions of the “Shared Driveway Access Easement” as set forth and shown on said CSM No. 4847. PROPERTY ADDRESS: XXX 140th Avenue, Turtle Lake, WI 54889. TAX PARCEL NO: 008-005550560. Dated: January 16, 2013. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Document drafted by: Messerli & Kramer P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 100 South Fifth Street 1400 Fifth Street Towers Minneapolis, MN 55402 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 576974 WNAXLP


The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. The Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk 578298 28-29L WNAXLP 715-349-5119

Leshia K. Engstrom, Centuria, and James D. Hicks, Centuria, issued Feb. 19, 2013. Stay connected to your community.

Notices (Feb. 20, 27, March 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Homeward Residential, Inc. Plaintiff vs. ELIZABETH BADER, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 12 CV 568 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 14, 2012, in the amount of $120,807.77, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 209, recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 210 as Document No. 359198, located in the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 11, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Garfield Township, Polk County, Wis. Parcel 2: Together with an easement for roadway purposes, 66 feet in width bordering the roadway easement on the North and Lots 1, 2 and 3 of Certified Survey Map recorded in Volume 1 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 210 as Document No. 359198, located in the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 11, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Garfield Township, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1351 105th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00184-0000. Dated this 5th day of February, 2013. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Dustin A. McMahon Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1086857 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2499555 577982 WNAXLP

(Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL BANK, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, MN 55055, Plaintiff, vs. Luke J. Duncan 1904 220th Avenue Centuria, WI 54824, Hennepin Faculty Associates 914 S. 8th St., 600 HFA Building Minneapolis, MN 55404 Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-733 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $10,000 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 20, 2012, in the amount of $136,675.99, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 12, 2013, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of the confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center, Front Lobby, located at 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The East Three Hundred Ninety (390) Feet of the North Three Hundred Twenty-Five (325) Feet of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 NE 1/4) of Section Fourteen (14), Township Thirty-Five (35) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 020-00322-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1904 220th Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI PAIEMENT LAW OFFICE, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 221 East Myrtle Street Stillwater, MN 55082 651-967-5050 Paiement Law Office, LLC, is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I hereby certify that on January 3, 2013, I served an exact copy of the within document on the following named persons at their last known address by mail pursuant to Sec. 801.14(2), Wis. Stats. PAIEMENT LAW OFFICE LLC Sonya Stylos Persons Served: Luke J. Duncan, 1904 220th Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824 and his attorney, Kate Murtaugh, Gionis Law Office, P.O. Box 636, 109 Washington N., Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024, and Hennepin Faculty Associates, 914 S. 8th St., JFA Building, Minneapolis, MN 576519 WNAXLP 55404.


The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in the Government Center (1st floor, County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, for a Conditional Use Permit to construct a wireless telecommunication facility, requested by Verizon Wireless/SBA. The site is located at: 2633 23rd Ave, Pt of NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Sec. 22/T32N/R19W, Town of Farmington (Richard Cottor property). 578218 27-28L 17a,d WNAXLP

(Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. DOUGLAS C. PAAR, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 629 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 21, 2012, in the amount of $246,929.90, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 26, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in part of the West 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 and part of Government Lot 4, Section 35, Township 32 North, Range 18 West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin, further described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said Section 35, thence North 87˚ 53’ 14” West along the South line of the Southeast 1/4, 718.55 feet; thence North 02˚ 06’ 46” East, 724.39 feet to the point of beginning of this description, said point is also on the Westerly right-of-way line of County Trunk Highway “M” which is a curve concave Southwesterly having a central angle of 10˚ 53’ 44” and a radius of 1,382.39 feet; thence Northwesterly 262.88 feet along the arc of the curve, the chord of which bears North 15˚ 21’ 27” West, 262.48 feet; said arc also being the aforesaid Westerly right-of-way line of County Trunk Highway “M”; thence North 87˚ 53’ 14” West, 573.12 feet; thence South 01˚ 42’ 24” West, 250.38 feet; thence South 87˚ 53’ 14” East, 650.14 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 13 County Road M, Star Prairie, WI 54026. TAX KEY NO.: 002-01912-0000. Dated this 12th day of February, 2013. Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Russell J. Karnes Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1054982 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 2519886 578307 WNAXLP

(Feb. 20, 27, March 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, Plaintiff, vs. Elizabeth M. Woolley 104 Miller Lane Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 12CV270 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment entered and filed in the aboveentitled action on August 2, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: UNIT 1.5 IN THE REVISED PLAT OF HIDDEN HOLLOW ESTATES TOWNHOMES, A CONDOMINIUM, A CONDOMINIUM DECLARED AND EXISTING UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF THE CONDOMINIUM OWNERSHIP ACT OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, ACCORDING TO THE CONDOMINIUM DECLARATION OF HIDDEN HOLLOW ESTATE TOWNHOMES, A CONDOMINIUM DATED JANUARY 20, 2000 AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN ON JANUARY 21, 2000 IN VOLUME 806 OF RECORDS ON PAGE 390 AS DOCUMENT NO. 594088, AS AMENDED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO CONDOMINIUM DECLARATION RECORDED MARCH 19, 2001 IN VOLUME 849 OF RECORDS ON PAGE 639 AS DOCUMENT NO. 609707, AND AS AMENDED BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO CONDOMINIUM DECLARATION RECORDED ON MARCH 27, 2003 IN VOLUME 927 OF RECORDS ON PAGE 244 AS DOCUMENT NO. 653632, TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN AND TO THE COMMON AREAS AND FACILITIES OF THE CONDOMINIUM, SAID CONDOMINIUM BEING LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 426 Tony Street, Osceola, Wisconsin) Dated: February 11, 2013 Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16050 578096 WNAXLP



Recreational Patrol Deputy $15.67/hr. Sheriff’s Department Part Time - Seasonal Deadline to apply: March 15, 2013 YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, or Golden Age Manor, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, or by calling 715-485-9176. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC 578674 28L


The Town of Daniels is seeking sealed bids for pulverizing, gravel and paving nine-tenths (.9) mile of Daniel Johnson Rd. from State Highway 70 to West Doctor Lake Rd. Subgravel will be three inches (3”), blacktop surface will be two inches (2”) compact and twenty feet (20’) wide. In addition, this bid should also include paving blacktop surface two inches (2”) thick by eighteen feet (18’) wide West Doctor Lake Rd. (approx. 800’). These roads are connected. Contractor will do final preparation. Bids are due and will be opened at the Monthly Town Board Meeting of Daniels Township on March 12, 2013, at the Town Hall held at 7 p.m. Contractors may bid each part of the project or as a whole. Contractors awarded bids will be required to provide Certificate of Insurance for duration of the project to be completed in 2013. Contractor further agrees to abide by prevailing wage and other public work construction laws. The Town of Daniels reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Any questions may be directed to Chris Sower at 715-653-2231. Please mail all bids to Town of Daniels, P.O. Box 190, Siren, WI 54872-1090. 578585 28L 18-19a WNAXLP Liz Simonsen, Clerk



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the School Board of Luck, WI, that it will receive sealed bids on:

Referendum Deferred Maintenance Projects - Electrical Improvements, Plumbing Fixture Replacement, Partial Roof Replacement, HVAC Component Replacement

Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the School’s Main Office, 810 7th Street South, Luck, WI 54853. A mandatory Prebid Mtg. will be held at the school located at the above address on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. for Electric and 2:30 p.m. for Plumbing. Any questions should be directed to Owner’s Representative at 651-470-4418, deb@coopercon578654 28Lp

Applying for Seasonal, Summer Jobs Can Now Be Done Online For the first time, applying for seasonal and summer temporary employment at our Bayport production facility can be done online! Bayport’s Production Staffing team is currently accepting applications in person and online at: To be considered for employment, an applicant must: • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent • Be at least 18 years of age • Pass pre-employment drug, background and medical screening • Be able to work up to 40 hours per week • Be able to work overtime • Be able to work rotating shifts • Be able to lift at least 50 lbs. In addition to applying online, applicants may apply by visiting Production Staffing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kiosks are available in the Production Staffing lobby for the online application process. Questions? Please call Production Staffing, 651-264-5210.

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CESA #11 has an immediate opening for a program secretary in the ISPD Department. A complete summary of the position and job application can be found on our Web site: Application deadline is March 13, 2013. Submit a letter of interest, resume, application and references to: CESA #11 Attn.: Kim Robel 225 Ostermann Drive, Turtle Lake, WI 54889

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This project will involve lawn care for the School District of Siren. Area of school grounds to be maintained are approximately 8 acres. To obtain further specifications, contact the Siren School District Office at 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren, WI, or contact Don Fleischhacker, Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor by dialing 715-3497392, Ext. 403. To receive specifications by mail, dial 715-349-7392, Ext. 401. All proposal bids to be in the Siren School District Office by March 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. Bids may be mailed to: Siren School District Office, 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren, WI 54872-8114, sealed and 578584 28-30L WNAXLP marked “Lawn Care.” The Siren Board of Education retains the right to reject any and all proposal bids.


The Village of Luck seeks a Clerk. This is a salaried, exempt position that works under the general direction of the Village Board. Responsible for carrying out statutory municipal clerk duties including but not limited to: elections, municipal licenses and record keeping. Assists with utility billing and performs a variety of administrative tasks which, at times, includes handling confidential information. Minimum requirements include two-year degree in accounting, business administration or related field with 2 years of municipal experience or high school diploma with 3 - 5 years of any combination of education and experience, preferably in a municipal clerk environment or related field. Preferred qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in political science, business administration or related field desirable, Certified Wisconsin Clerk designation, experience with WorkHorse software, municipal accounting, Microsoft Word and Excel. Job description available by contacting the Assistant Administrator/Clerk at 715-472-2221 or Salary DOQ+ benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline to submit a completed cover letter, references and resumé is Friday, March 29, 2013, at noon. Submit materials to the Village Clerk at P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 578292 27-28L 17-18a 54853.


Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on election day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. (Please call the Town Clerk after 5 p.m. to arrange a time to cast an absentee ballot. The Meenon Town Clerk is Suzanna M. Eytcheson, 715866-4893, 25863 E. Bass Lake Drive, Webster, WI 54893). The deadline for making application to vote absentee by mail is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Military electors should contact the Municipal Clerk regarding the deadlines for requesting or submitting an Absentee Ballot. The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Monday, March 18, 2013. The deadline for voting an ansentee ballot in the clerk’s office is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, March 29, 2013. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before election day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by election day and recived no later than 4 p.m.on the Friday following the election. 578655 28L 18a WNAXLP

The Next Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Mon., March 11, 2013, At The Meenon Town Hall At 7 p.m.

Agenda items to include: Clerk, Treasurer, Chairman and Supervisor’s Reports; Road Discussion; Possible Opening of Bass Lake Road and Stengel Road as an ATV Route, and Payment of Bills. Suzanna M. Eytcheson 578657 28L 18a Meenon Town Clerk


CESA #11 has an immediate opening for a program assistant in the ISPD Department. A complete summary of the position and job application can be found on our Web site: Application deadline is March 13, 2013. Submit a letter of interest, resume, application and references to: CESA #11 Attn.: Kim Robel 225 Ostermann Drive, Turtle Lake, WI 54889

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Luck Water System Improvements 2013 Village of Luck Polk County, Wisconsin

The Village of Luck will receive sealed bids at the Village Hall, located at 401 South Main Street, P.O. Box 315, Luck, Wisconsin 54853 for the construction of the Luck Water System Improvements 2013 project until 2 p.m. March 7, 2013. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. The work for which bids are asked includes the following: Installation of approximately 2,700 lineal feet of water main by open trench methods, installation of reinforced concrete storm sewer, reconstruction of approximately 2,200 lineal feet of village street including crushed aggregate base course, HMA pavement, and approximately 1,200 lineal feet of concrete curb and gutter. Work will include traffic control, erosion control and turf restoration. The BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be examined at the offices of MSA Professional Services, Inc., Rice Lake, Wisconsin; the Village of Luck; the Builder’s Exchange of St. Paul, Minnesota; McGraw Hill Construction Dodge, Hot Springs, Arkansas; Minneapolis Builders Exchange, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Northwest Regional Builders Exchange in Altoona (Eau Claire), Wisconsin. Planholders list will be updated daily on our Web address at under Bids. An updated planholders list will be mailed with any and all addenda. No planholders list will be faxed. Copies of the BIDDING DOCUMENTS are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $20 by inputting Quest eBidDoc #2476808 on the Web sites Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with the digital project information. Additionally, copies of the BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of MSA Professional Services, Inc., 15 W. Marshall Street, Suite B, Rice Lake, WI 54868, upon receipt of a nonrefundable fee of $50.00 for a half size (11” x 17”) set of plans. No proposal will be accepted unless accompanied by a certified check or bid bond equal to at least 5% of the amount bid, payable to the OWNER as a guarantee that, if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within 15 days after the award of the contract. The certified check or bid bond will be returned to the bidder as soon as the contract is signed, and if after 15 days the bidder shall fail to do so, the certified check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the OWNER as liquidated damages. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 90 days after the actual date of the opening thereof. WAGE RATES Wisconsin State Wage Rates: Pursuant to Section 66.0903, Wisconsin Statutes, the minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be in accordance with the wage rate scale established by State wage rates. Federal Davis Bacon Wage Rates: Federal wage rates can be found at Be aware that project Administrators, Bidders and Contractors are required to use the latest federal wage rate available at the time of bid opening. The minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be the higher of the wage scale established by either the Federal or State wage rates. This project anticipates use of Wisconsin DNR Safe Drinking Loan Water Program funding. We encourage Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Small Businesses in Rural Areas (SBRAs) to submit bid proposals. A municipality, in awarding prime contracts, and the primary engineer and primary contractor, in awarding subcontractors are required to make a good faith effort to achieve a combined minimum goal of 15% participation for MBE/WBE utilization in accordance with s.NR 162.09(3), s.NR 166.12(4), and s.NR 167.18(4) Wis. Admin. Code. If a subcontractor awards subcontracts, these requirements shall apply to the subcontractor. A portion of the project is part of a Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP). OWNER reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. Published by the authority of the Village of Luck. CONSULTING ENGINEER: MSA Professional Services, Inc. 15 W Marshall Street, Suite B Rice Lake, WI 54868 Teresa Anderson, P.E. 578251 27-28L WNAXLP (715) 234-1009 x117


Notices/ Employment Opportunities


The Village of Grantsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer






Monthly Board Meeting Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall


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The Village of Grantsburg (pop. 1,341) located in Burnett County, Wisconsin, seeks a candidate for our full-time Water and Sewer Operator position. This position is responsible for performing a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks under the Director of Public Works involving maintenance and operation of the Water and Sewer Utility. This position is also responsible for duties outlined in the Crew Person job description and is responsible to participate in those activities when needed at the discretion of the Public Works Director. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. Prefer experience with the operations of a municipal water and sewer system. Must have a CDL driver’s license. Must obtain and maintain Wisconsin DNR Water and Wastewater Operator certification within two years of hire. Pre-employment physical and drug/alcohol screening required. Residency requirements within 12 months from the date of hire. Wage dependent on qualifications. Excellent benefits. Complete job description available at or by calling the Village Office at 715-463-2405. Submit resume/application and references by March 8, 2013, to: Village of Grantsburg 316 S. Brad Street Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 Or e-mail to:


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The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. St. Croix Valley Raceway requests a special exception to allow camping on the property. The property is zoned Agricultural and is located in Section 15. The property address is 2014 160th Ave., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, and the parcel identification number is 044-00343-0100. Big Rock Creek Farms is requesting a special exception to allow events and outdoor recreation on their property. The property is zoned Transitional and Agricultural. Most events will be held in the buildings on parcel identification numbers 04400141-0000 and 044-00135-0000 in section 6. Other activities will take place on the entire property, which entails 1,547 acres in parts of sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Maps are available at the Town Hall. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 578672 28-29L WNAXLP

Virgil Hansen, Clerk

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Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING. Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application, and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. Town of Alden Judy Demulling, Clerk 183 155th St. Star Prairie, WI 54026 715-248-7859

Town of Georgetown Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 1913 W. Bone Lake Drive Balsam Lake, WI 54810 715-857-5788

Town of St. Croix Falls Janet Krueger, Clerk 1305 200th St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-1851

Town of Apple River Gloria Stokes, Clerk 612 U.S. Hwy. 8 Amery, WI 54001 715-268-9275

Town of Laketown Patsy Gustafson, Clerk 2773 230th St. Cushing, WI 54006 715-648-5569

Town of Sterling Julie Peterson, Clerk 13308 Bucklund Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-488-2735

Town of Balsam Lake Brian Masters, Clerk 1574 State Hwy. 46 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 715-554-2091

Town of Lorain Susan E. Hughes, Clerk 3340 15th St. Frederic, WI 54837 715-653-2629

Town of West Sweden Andrea Lundquist, Clerk 1535 345th Ave. Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-8650

Town of Bone Lake Darrell Frandsen, Clerk 954 280th Ave. Frederic, WI 54837-5002 715-472-8212

Town of Luck Lloyd Nelson, Clerk 1616 260th Ave. Luck, WI 54853 715-472-2037

Village of Dresser Jodi A. Gilbert, Clerk 102 W. Main St., P.O. Box 547 Dresser, WI 54009 715-755-2940

Town of Clam Falls Betty Knutson, Clerk 3335 90th St. Frederic, WI 54837 715-653-4206

Town of McKinley Deborah Grover, Clerk 2296 1st St. Cumberland, WI 54829 715-822-3864

Town of Eureka Michelle Tonnar, Clerk 2077 190th Ave. Centuria, WI 54824 715-646-2985

Town of Milltown Virgil Hansen, Clerk P.O. Box 100 Milltown, WI 54858 715-825-2494

Village of Frederic Kristi Swanson, Clerk P.O. Box 567 107 Hope Rd. W. Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-4294

Town of Farmington Debbie Swanson, Clerk 304 State Rd. 35 Osceola, WI 54020 715-294-2370

Town of Osceola Lorrain Rugroden, Clerk/Treas. P.O. Box 216 Dresser, WI 54009 715-755-3060

Town of Garfield Sue Knutson, Clerk 690 Minneapolis St. Amery, WI 54001 715-268-4857

City of St. Croix Falls Bonita Leggitt, Clerk 710 Hwy. 35 So. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3929 Ext. 11

Village of Luck Kevin Kress, Clerk P.O. Box 315 Luck, WI 54853 715-472-2221

The deadline for making application to vote absentee by mail is 5 p.m. on the fifth day before the election, March 28, 2013. Military electors should contact the municipal clerk regarding the deadlines for requesting or submitting an absentee ballot. The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is March 19, 2013. The deadline for voting an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, March 29, 2013. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before election day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on April 2, 2013. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by election day and received no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday following the election. 578521 28L 18a,d WNAXLP

NOTICE OF SALE OF IN REM PROPERTIES* (Wis. Stat. Section 75.69(3)) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Polk County will sell the following Real Properties by Public Auction to be held online at, Auction #13120. The Public Auction will begin on Monday, March 11, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. CST and end on Monday, April 1, 2013, starting at 10:00 a.m. CST. All bids must be submitted through the auction site. No other bids will be accepted. !1139 255th Ave., Luck - Town of Bone Lake - Pcl# 012-00734-0100 Appraised Value Set By Committee: $50,000.00 Minimum Bid: $50,000 933 20th St., Clayton - Town of Clayton - Pcl# 016-00339-0000 Appraised Value Set By Committee: $2,500.00 Minimum Bid: $2,500 XXX Highland Dr. - Town of Lincoln - Pcl# 032-00383-0000 Appraised Value Set By Committee: $5,000.00 Minimum Bid: $5,000 1639-A 240th Ave. - Town of Luck - Pcl# 036-00782-0600 Appraised Value Set By Committee: $4,000.00 Minimum Bid: $4,000

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WNAXLP is a public online bidding auction. The properties will be sold “As Is”! to the highest bidder. Polk County makes no representation or guarantee with respect to the use or condition of the properties. Dated this 13th of February, 2013. Amanda Nissen, Polk County Treasurer, Telephone: 715-485-9255

FREDERIC BOARD OF EDUCATION Regular Meeting Wednesday, January 16, 2013

President Mr. Nelson called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, in the 6-12 Library. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Engen, Mr. Holicky, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. Administration present: Mrs. Steen. Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Robinson were absent. Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the agenda and that the meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 5-0. Reports of Officers: Motion Engen/Holicky to approve the 12-19-12 regular meeting minutes. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nelson provided a summary of the closed session of the 12-19-12 regular meeting. Motion Matz/Holicky to approve the above closed session minutes. Motion carried 5-0. Invoices for December 2012 presented as follows: Regular invoices (11348-11431 & 38765-38772).............................$267,596.71 Payroll account.......................................................$186,931.65 Mr. Engen presented the receipts for December 2012 totaling $669,365.15. Motion Amundson/Matz to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 5-0. Board member reports: Press was questioning electric bill amounts. Audience in attendance: Carl Eklof, Gino Lonetti and the press. A. Carl & Gino explained the Outdoor Club, which would hold the meetings during Viking time with the plan to extend and work with the community and expose kids to the great outdoors. Reports of the Administration: A. Mr. Robinson submitted his report. B. Mr. Fitzgerald submitted his report. C. Mrs. Steen presented the elementary school report. D. Mr. Peterson submitted the buildings and grounds report. E. Mrs. Shafer submitted the food service report. New Business: A. Personnel 1. Retirements/Resignations: None 2. Contracts: Discussion on hiring the long-term sub for Mrs. Leisch. B. Policy Review: WASB still reviewing policies. Closed Session: No closed session was held. Motion to adjourn Holicky/Matz, motion carried 5-0. Time 7:55 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 578491 28L

(Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY LES J. WEBSTER Plaintiff(s), vs. WILEMAR W. STUDTMANN; CENTRAL BANK, Defendant(s). Case No.: 12-CV-586 Case Code: 30404 Case Type: Mortgage Foreclosure Amount Claimed Is Over $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the aboveentitled action on January 10, 2013, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction on the front steps of the Polk County Justice Center, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on April 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., on that day, the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by said judgment to be sold and therein described as follows: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 2945 recorded in Volume 13 of Certified Survey Maps, on Page 199, as Document No. 593016, being part of Lot 16, Second Addition to the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. Also known as: 304 2nd Ave. South, Frederic, WI 54837. Terms of Sale: Ten percent (10%) cash or certified check at the time of sale; balance in cash or certified check within ten (10) days of confirmation of sale Purchaser takes subject to delinquent and accrued real estate taxes. Purchaser will be responsible for transfer tax. Dated this 20th day of February, 2013. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin 577983 WNAXLP

PLEASE NOTE ... IMPORTANT NOTICE YOU WILL LOSE TITLE TO YOUR PROPERTY IF THESE TAXES ARE NOT PAID ON OR BEFORE APRIL 22, 2013 TAKE NOTICE that all persons having, or claiming to have any right, title or interest in or lien upon the real property described in the list of tax liens 2013-1, on file in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Polk County, dated February 5, 2013, attached hereto, are hereby notified that the filing of such list of tax liens in the Clerk of Circuit Court of Polk County constitutes the commencement by said Polk County of a special proceeding in the Circuit Court for Polk County to foreclose the tax liens therein described by foreclosure proceedings in rem and that a notice of the pendency of such proceeding against each piece or parcel of land therein described was filed in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court on February 5, 2013. Such proceeding is brought against the real property herein described only and is to foreclose the tax liens described in such list. No personal judgment will be entered herein for such taxes, assessments or other legal charges or any part thereof. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that all persons having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in or lien upon the real property described in said list of tax liens are hereby notified that a certified copy of such list of tax liens has been posted in the office of the County Treasurer of Polk County and will remain posted for public inspection up to and including April 22, 2013, which date is hereby fixed as the last day of redemption. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that any person having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in or lien upon such parcel may, on or before April 22, 2013, redeem such delinquent tax liens by paying to the County Treasurer of Polk County the amount of all such unpaid tax liens and in addition thereto, all interest and penalties which have accrued on said unpaid tax liens computed to and including the day of redemption, plus the reasonable costs that the County incurred to initiate the proceedings plus the person’s share of the reasonable costs of publication under sub. (6). POLK COUNTY, By Amanda Nissen, Polk County Treasurer STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF TAX LIENS UNDER SECTION 75.521 WISCONSIN STATUTES BY POLK COUNTY, LIST OF TAX LIENS FOR YEARS INDICATED. OWNER/MORTGAGE CO. LIEN/JUDGMENT HOLDER YEAR TAX AMT. TAX CERT. # INT. RATE NO. DESCRIPTION 001 Village of Osceola Owner: Marcel Eibensteiner 2008 2,943.91 2585 12% Annually c/o Ronald Eibensteiner 165-00582-0000 Mortgage Holders: 2009 2,896.50 2688 12% Annually Outlot 162 except all that part Builders Development & Finance Inc. SA 2008 16,799.30 2585 12% Annually East of ROW State Hwy 35 U.S. Bank, National Association SA 2009 15,091.72 2688 12% Annually SC 2008 165.00 577745 26-28L WNAXLP



Siren School’s Winterfest King and Queen Michael Staples and Angie Honeysett were crowned during Winterfest Week activities held earlier this month at Siren High School.


The Siren High School Winterfest court (L to R): Sophie Vasatka, Allie Webster, Sarah Baldauf, Angie Honeysett, Michael Staples, Reuben Mixsooke, David St. John and Michael Kosloski. There were a number of activities students took part in, but weather hurt attendance at the ice-fishing contest. – Photos by MacKenzie Erickson

Sophomores competed in the “Chopped” competition where they had to use given ingredients to decorate cupcakes ... things got interesting to say the least.

Shay Johnson spins the wheel to reveal the challenge for his team during Winter Week festivities at Siren.

PBIS reward students got to go to Trollhaugen for a day full of tubing, skiing and snowboarding as part of Siren High School’s Winterfest Week.

Siren teachers judged the cupcake decorating, including appearance and taste, during the Siren Winterfest Week celebration at the high school.

Sam Vasatka took part in a game in which he had to find the piece of candy in the bowl of leeches.


The new dam is in at Straight Lake Park

The dam reconstruction at Straight Lake State Park is completed. The existing, historic dam at the outlet of Straight Lake into the Straight River did not meet standards but could not be removed without causing damage to an important part of the park. A new, hidden dam has been constructed parallel to the old dam to provide protection from a dam washout. The new dam is a series of 14-foot steel plates sunk into the ground and buried. When the area is revegetated, the most noticeable difference might be the lake spillway which is now much wider. Shown in photo the old dam before the work began. The old spillway was crossed by a log bridge, visible in the center of the photo; the 14-foot plates being sunk into the ground in front of the old dam (left); and the site now with the old log bridge gone and the wider and longer spillway (above). - Photos by Gregg Westigard

Frigid Five


A fine day for the Frigid Five by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Mild temps for Saturday’s Midwinter Sports Day Frigid Five Race made for a great turnout for the annual 5K race held on Saturday, Feb. 23, in Grantsburg. Some racers even donned shorts and tank tops to run the course, which took racers and walkers north of the village and around Memory Lake. Though the recent snow made for some slippery spots along the way, racers agreed it was a fine day for the Frigid Five.

Members of the Unity School District staff settled in for a hearty morning meal at the Grantsburg Legion Auxiliary breakfast after the five runners and two walkers finished the Frigid Five Race. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Top finishers See complete results at

Memory Lake provided the perfect backdrop to catch Frigid Five race organizer Mitch Ryan happily headed for the final stretch of the course.

Jacob Gran was first across the Frigid Five finish line with a time of 17 minutes and 45 seconds.


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Breast Cancer Winter Olympics success spills out of its top, in a good way by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer WOLF CREEK – Before going any farther, be prepared to read multiple euphemisms for the human breast. From the tawdry to the physician’s desk reference style, some of the terms may seem a bit raw, but they all were behind the same noble goal of curing breast cancer. They just happened to have one bodacious great time doing it. For the last four years, a faithful group of interesting folks have ascended upon the Wolf Creek Bar in western Polk County on the last Saturday in February for the Breast Cancer Winter Olympics. The event involves teams of four, composed of both men and women, who pay $150 to dress up, party and participate in bizarre and interesting games and activities to raise money to support a local group fighting cancer and raising money. While it involves battles for the gold, silver and bronze medals, the real reason behind the daylong event is a local woman, Tami Swenson. Think of it as a sort of augmentation of her long fight with her health; Swenson is now a seven-year survivor of breast cancer, and she is also behind many of the Olympic-style games that are at the heart of the growing event, which swelled to its largest number yet on Saturday, Feb. 23. Swenson has walked the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk for the

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The Save a Rack team showed off their snow-woman sculpture. Pictured (L to R): Jillian, Leann, Eileen and Chris. – Photos by Greg Marsten last six years. That 60-mile jaunt is a major money raising machine for fighting the dreaded disease, as a coalescence of people fighting and supporting the painful battle of breast cancer. While it is a lifechanging event for many people fighting or surviving cancer, it can also be an admittedly expensive undertaking and re-

The Family Jewels team won the bronze medal and is seen here assembling their “reclining nude” snow-woman sculpture. That’s Wolf Creek Bar owner Julie Kane Haines on the left. Other members included, in no particular order, Ashley Schrock, Luke Koenig, Chad Spychalla and Ashley Gross.

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quires serious money raising. That financial challenge is what led to an epiphany of sorts several years ago for Swenson, just as the world was spooling up for the Vancouver games. “It was Winter Olympic time, and I thought, I’m going to make my own event!” She said with a grin. “That’s kind of how it all started. It really took off from there.” She originally designed the games to make it an interesting way for friends and others to supplement her 3-Day Walk team, affectionately known as “Team Tittie Wampus.” That group was started in 2007 by her cousin, Kelly Nelson, who cre-

ated it to honor her son-in-law and Swenson, who was fighting breast cancer at the time. Swenson’s teen daughter, Taola, is joining them now on the walk. “I’ve always wanted to walk with her (on the Komen walk in August),” Swenson said as her daughter steps in and plants a giant kiss on her cheek, snow falling from her hair after an olympic activity. “Isn’t she something?” Taola said of her mother after the kiss. She planted another kiss on her face with a “smack” as Swenson rolled her eyes. It seems there’s lots of hugging and kissing in these winter games. While the winter olympics were originally started on a whim, it faithfully mimics the medal counts and other traditional twists on the games, such as a grandiose opening ceremony, it is also a pretty effective way to draw a crowd and add to the fundraising of Team Wampus. “Every year we have started off the event with Shaun Zander singing the national anthem, followed by the teams walking outside with their team signs, (like the) countries,” Swenson said. That first year had five teams involved in the games. But in the years since, it has blossomed into something even greater, and drew so many people last weekend, the Wolf Creek Bar was bursting out of its bustier. Swenson spends lots of time crafting the games and events, and it is one of the bestkept secrets in local event organizing, as she has run into an issue most athletic events would only dream of having. “I have to keep some of the games a secret,” she said, flashing a sort of Cheshire smile. “Because if I don’t, people practice!” It seems that the Wolf Creek olympic event is one of the few athletic activities anywhere that flatly discourages any participants from practicing their skills.

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The Breast Cancer Winter Olympics is the brainchild of cancer survivor Tami Swenson (left) and benefits the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Her daughter, Taola (right) made sure her mother knows what she thinks of the event.


Bodacious event/from page 1 This year’s events included ice shuffleboard, ice bowling, a sled relay, “boobie cake” eating contest, snowboard relay, hockey golf, “boobie disc” throw, bottle disc throw and “Minute to Win it.” The recent snows helped create one of the more creative contests this year: the live snow-woman creation, which led to a variety of buxom snow women in all sorts of situations, from a beach scene to a sort of schnapps breast-feeding apparatus, to a snow cave that never really came together. “Last year, we didn’t have any snow, so we made one of the men (on a team) dress up with boobies, and wear, well, whatever,” Swenson said, explaining some of the more unusual male costumes the teams all seemed to have in common. “Great snow this year, though!“

Teams and supporters came from all over the region for the winter event on Saturday, Feb. 23, including this assemblage of friends (L to R): Jersy, Meghan, Nicole, Pye, Linda, Kelea and Libby. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Charlie Moline bowls on the ice as his teammate, Lisa Rohm, looks on.

The lineup of participants swelled to 17 teams this year, with some of those teams taking names that challenge most copy editors. They include teams like the Bra Strap Bandits, Archer’s Areolas, Bumpa’s Big Rig Boobies, The Rack Attack, The Extra Jumbo Melons, and another dozen or so interestingly named teams, some of which might wake long-forgotten ulcers in local censors. But the names, costumes, partying and contests are all in good fun, and some would say great fun, and Swenson said the promotion of the event is also an involved activity, as they have teams from all over the region. “I have friends all over!” she said with a smile. “One team member, Kris from the Twin Cities Breast Savers, flew up from Florida to take part in the event! They put posters up everywhere, and use Facebook, word of mouth, you name it. These people are amazing.” The event includes men and women of all ages, as not all of the events favor the young, agile ... or sober. Yes, the tavern’s taps were flowing well most of the day, and an occasional schnapps bottle or flask is not discouraged, and some teams encourage their competition to whoop it up, knowing that it may help their team’s chances in some events and activities.

The Dulon Hooter Hunters posed with their just-completed take on the “Live Snow Woman” contest. Pictured (L to R): Bridget, Brian, Tiandra and Brad.

The sled relay combined pulling, pushing, riding and trudging through the thick snow. “But really, I want people to know that this event wouldn’t be possible without all my friends who volunteer their time and talents to make this a success,” Swenson said in a later note, downplaying her own credit for the event. She noted the Fox Ranch in Dresser provides meat for the huge meal the teams share later in the day, supplemented by her friends, who bring piles of side dishes for the dinner. She also pointed out that several of the teams raise money far beyond the olympics, and they come with those donations to supplement the event, 3-Day and wherever needed. She also noted the dedication of some “athletes.” Swenson said, noting the contributions of teams that go above and beyond, such as the Dulon Hooter Hunters 2, the Breast Savers and a team called Hudson Liquors’ Six Boobs And A Dude. The day culminates with water events, such as the icy plunge in Wolf Creek, where people are auctioned off into the plunge. They also have a duck race, where participants buy rubber ducks for $5 in a 200-yard race around a bend in Wolf Creek, across the street from the tavern. The ... Six Boobs and a Dude team is one that went above and beyond, raising $1,100, which Swenson said she was able to use as leverage to give the creek run plungers incentive to go into the icy creek. That water was colder than a, well, it was pretty cold. The evening culminates with the meal, cake eating and music, with two bands closing the night out. But the winter olympics will be changing in the coming years, as Swenson pointed out with pride. As it turns out, the event has snowballed to the point that for next year’s fifth incarnation, it will expand beyond the mammary glands and into all flavors of cancer, but not just because it is so popular.

She was pensive when she explained why the focus is moving into other anatomical areas. “Now my husband, Greg, has lung cancer,” Swenson said solemnly, noting his two-year battle. “That’s part of why we’re opening it up. Also, I have so many friends and family that have gone through or are going through so many different kinds of cancer.” Swenson pointed out that just in her family they have been touched, make that punched in the gut, by cancer of all types, “My mother, father, aunt and me. Also in my husband’s family, his dad, brother and himself (all have had cancer).” While the reasons are sad, the cause is expanding to the point now that Swenson is looking to garner regionwide support and organizers, to make the fifth-annual winter olympics even larger. “I’d like to have a contact person in every town, as part of a sort of cancer coalition,” she said. “So it would be for all kinds of cancer.” She wants to get that expansion going as soon as possible and encourages people to call her at 715-488-2346 to get involved or volunteer. With that expansion would likely come new games and events, and maybe even more bizarre team names. But Swenson is confident it can continue to grow and expand, swelling outside its strict confines like a pair of, well, you get the picture. “Next year’s event will be changed to Colors of Cancer Winter Olympics,” Swenson said later. Yes, the team names or euphemisms will likely make a change, as well. Knowing this crowd, you can be pretty sure they will find new and challenging ways to test the censors.


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player was walking by a burning building. A mother with her baby yelled to Joe Roberts him from the third floor. The ballplayer told her to drop the baby. So she let the baby go and he caught it. Problem was he then whirled around and threw it to first base. ••• Two caterpillars were strolling along in the park when one saw a butterfly go by. Pointing up at it he said to the other, “You’ll never get me up in one of those.”


Auditions for Prairie Fire Theatre’s “Tom Sawyer” FREDERIC – Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of “Tom Sawyer” will be held on Monday, March 4, at 3:35 p.m., at Birch Street Elementary School in Frederic. Up to 84 local children are needed to play the roles of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Huck Finn, Cousin Hildegarde, Cousin Sid, Susie Harper, Mrs. Thatcher, Mrs. Harper, the townies, the river rats, the ghouls and the bats. Auditions are open to anyone in the Frederic School District, grades 2-12. The audition process lasts up to two hours. No preparation is necessary to audition. A portion of the cast will be required to stay following auditions for a short rehearsal. Rehearsals will be held at 3:35 the remainder of the week, with performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at the elementary school. Tickets for the performances will be available at the door. This weeklong Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre residency is being sponsored by Frederic Community Education with financial help from Polk Burnett Electric, Operation RoundUp. For more information, contact Ann Fawver at 715-3274868. - submitted

Grantsburg’s Improv Comedy Company presents their fi firrst show of the year GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg High School choir students have been rehearsing and are ready to present their improv comedy show “May Contain Nuts 2 - Even More Nuts” on Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Audience members who attended the company’s inaugural show last May were impressed and entertained, and are looking forward to another show. The show will be in a similar format to “Whose Line is it Anyway?” with some audience participation, and it will require the students to think on their feet and go with the flow. Choir and theater director Linda Benge started rehearsing the group for several reasons. She explains, “Grantsburg students get lots of financial support from the community to support programs. Everyone buys things, and maybe we don’t need more frozen food and wrapping paper, but we buy it anyway, because we love kids. The choir is getting ready to travel again, and when we looked at fundraising ideas, we didn’t want to sell more things. One thing Grantsburg is sometimes limited in is live entertainment. I have some very funny and talented students, so why not use their talents to provide something the community is lacking?” Tickets are available from company members or at the door. The cost will be a freewill donation. Concessions will also be available at a meet and greet following the show. submitted

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All the stuff they say about Facebook is true. Facebook wastes my time, invades my privacy, informs me of trivia I could have lived my entire life without, spreads false Carrie Classon rumors, tries to sell me things I don’t need, and inundates me with cute cat videos. I love Facebook. There are lots of people who don’t like Facebook. There are people who wisely don’t spend enough time on a computer to bother with Facebook and don’t miss it. They may not even have e-mail. I totally respect these people. I envy their computer-free days and computer-free lifestyle, even if I have no intention of trying it. There are people who don’t like Facebook because they used to love Facebook too much. They post so frequently there appears to be no time left for real life. Suddenly, they will announce that they are taking a Facebook sabbatical. They have to make an announcement because, if they went for two hours without a post, close friends would call in paramedics to see if they were still breathing. Then there are people like my friend Andy who think Facebook is too invasive. Andy thinks that supermarkets are also too invasive and will only pay in cash to prevent them from tracking his purchases. I figure if someone wants to monitor what I am consuming and, based on my buying history, give me a coupon for soy milk, so much the better. Andy considers this a gross violation of his privacy. He gets the willies just knowing that there is a record of his vegetable consumption out there on a server somewhere. (He’d probably be annoyed to know I was writing about him right now. Oh well.) But I love Facebook. I like seeing what people are

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up to. I like the photos, I like the clips of programs I would never see, the editorials that I would never otherwise read. I like the cute cat videos. And I like Facebook because it presents me with a lot of different opinions. The fact is, I spend most of my time with people who see the world in very much the way I do. But my Facebook friends include cousins and high school friends, nieces and nephews. There are a fair number of people among my Facebook friends who do not see eye-to-eye with me, and Facebook gives me some practice in dealing with this phenomenon. Facebook is not real life, but it is a lot like real life in a lot of important ways. Trying to prove that someone is wrong in the hope that I will change their mind is just about as effective on Facebook as it would be in real life, in other words, not at all. When I read about a new conspiracy theory or support for some legislation that I find abhorrent, I feel this immediate compulsion to get my ducks in a line for a vigorous debate. But, after a few protracted arguments, I have realized the obvious: I am never going to change anyone’s mind. My job is not to be a teacher, but a friend, a Facebook friend and, more importantly, a real one. It is only when I respect someone enough to be their friend that I will be able to really listen to them and understand their point of view. Maybe then we might find some places where our values intersect. I like to think that, on its best day, Facebook can lead to a little more civil discourse. That, and the cat videos, make it worth my time. Till next time, – Carrie

Larsen Family Public Library receives Bremer grant WEBSTER – Last year the Larsen Family Public Library, Webster, received a grant from the Bremer Foundation of $7,525, to support library services overall. A lot of new community groups are using the meeting room and library staff members are happy to see it used by so many different people. The library recently bought window shades for the windows that receive the strongest sunlight in the morning and afternoon along with blackout shades for the meeting room. The Friends of the Library and a library board subcommittee organized a logo contest and invited the Patty Meyer, library director; Laura Rachford, library board president; and Kathy Gram, Breschoolchildren of the Siren mer business banker, upon the presentation of the Bremer Foundation grant. – Photo submitand Webster schools to con- ted tribute original artwork porThey’re very excited about all the new developments. traying a logo for the new library. Last month,their board decided on one entry to be used as an image for a postcard, which the Friends of the Library will sell. Needs list • Whiteboard on easel. They will be seeking funding to have them produced. • Microwave and small refrigerator. The Friends and the board would like to increase their • Funding to finish donor wall. public relations efforts and advertising so they can reach • Window shades for the collection room windows. out further into the community and draw in residents • Circulation computer and monitor. - submitted by who have not used the library or who do not use it very Patty Meyer, library director, Burnett Community Library much. Webster

evaluated for chest pain. A critical part of the process (part 2) has to do with the required uniform. All patients subjecting There comes a realization for themselves to the inquiry of the most of us at some critical juncture doctor on call need to have the of our lives when we finally under- John W. Ingalls, MD proper attire. It really isn’t somestand and accept the tenuousness thing you wear, but rather, atand fragility of human life. For some it may occur tempt to drape over the front of your body. It is when they experience the loss of a loved one, for othnothing more than a cheap bedsheet with a couple of ers it may be when they experience a sudden or seriarmholes, a line of snaps and a string to tie around ous health condition. For me it occurred when I forgot your neck. I have seen more style in a painter’s drop to make hotel reservations for our wedding night. I cloth. It helps to remain seated while wearing the padidn’t learn from my mistake as I also forgot our first tient uniform because standing will certainly induce a wedding anniversary. It was an educational event that draft on the backside. left an indelible impression on me and is not to be forHaving donned the appropriate hospital-approved gotten. clothing, I was finally subjected to the necessary examDespite that early encounter with mortality, I am ination and testing. Blood testing was the easy part. A continually reminded of the preciousness of life. Alquick stab in the arm and it is off to the secret lab most daily we are exposed to serious health concerns where they can tell if you have been eating bacon or the loss of loved ones and we strive to offer wise, cheeseburgers and bratwurst for lunch every day. The compassionate advice and counsel. Yet in spite of our EKG is a different matter. best efforts difficult problems arise. It was exactly this The nurse with the ice-cold hands was particularly situation that I recently faced. relieved to find that she didn’t have to shave my chest. Chest pain should be considered cardiac in origin I have never been blessed or cursed (depending on until proven otherwise. Often that can be determined your point of view) with ample chest hair. Growing up by an examination as well as a review of the circumwithout chest hair was always a source of manly emstances surrounding the onset of the chest pain. Howbarrassment to me. Daily I would peer into the bathever most of the time it needs further testing. That is room mirror trying to find just one hair to prove to how I found myself inside the emergency room being myself that I wasn’t a wimp. This went on for years.

When I finally found one, it was already gray. Pleased that she didn’t have to waste precious time shaving my chest, she simply plucked the EKG wires out of the freezer and applied them to my shivering flesh. I did my best to stifle a gasp because I didn’t want to induce a false reading of the electrical impulses emanating from my heart. Holding one’s breath while under an icy assault is difficult but I relied on my past military training and I remained steadfast through adversity. The EKG tracing was satisfactory and I was permitted to begin breathing again. Every health care organization makes a very serious effort to keep your health concerns top secret and this particular situation was no different. However, my being a member of the sixth generation of Ingalls to live in the Burnett County area posed a problem with secrecy. I had to be carted off through the hallway to the X-ray department while wearing the flimsy painter’s drop cloth. Traversing the first 50 feet of hallway with the wind freely circulating around my anatomy I somehow managed to meet fellow co-workers, friends, administrators, strangers, colleagues, neighbors and former high school classmates in the hallway. A great time was had by all. At the end of the day, my results satisfied the medical staff and I was sent home with instructions to return for the necessary “stress test” in two days. I would soon find out that the important part of that procedure isn’t the test, but rather the stress.


A woman’s hair A woman’s hair is a part of her beauty, a part of her personality, a part of who she is. Some love to do their hair up in different styles, others like to curl or straighten it, and others do nothing to it or throw it up in a ponytail. Women can sometimes be jealous or envious of another woman’s hair. I’ve noticed the ones that have curly hair envy someone’s naturally straight hair, and the ones with straight hair envy the women with naturally curly hair. I have four nieces. My 4-year-old niece is bubbly, active and very energetic. She is constantly on the move, so doing her hair is sometimes quite the battle. She often just wears it down and like some women who will never leave the house without their makeup on, my niece will never leave the house without a girly, fluffy, flowery headband on. But when her mother is finally able to put her hair in braids she admires herself in the mirror, sleeps with them in, and exclaims, “I want to wear my hair in braids forever and ever!”

Should school be run more like businesses? Perhaps you have heard it said that schools should be run more like businesses – that public schools are soft, undisciplined, ineffective and would do well to refocus their attention on the bottom line. Many people hold that competition will sharpen that focus, bringing schools back to the tough-love approach on which we rugged individualistic Americans thrive. It’s an argument that is gaining steam across the nation as governments are beginning to shift more and more tax dollars away from public schools in order to support privately run schools for profit. So, let’s examine this idea for a moment. Should schools be run more like businesses? And does competition make the system stronger? Or more to the point, should we help schools succeed by making them compete (like businesses do) for scarce resources? Does the fear of punishing a school or a teacher for poor test scores motivate institutions and educators to perform better? Does the competition created by school choice really lead to better schools, better learning, more wellrounded students and a better prepared


chocolates Abby Ingalls My 6-year-old niece is the complete opposite. She has a shy, caring, calm disposition and her choice of pastime would be to color or write on page after page of coloring books and sheet after sheet of paper. Her golden locks are a source of beauty for her and she enjoys a lot more than her younger sister when her hair is done up. She told me that she never wants to cut her hair so it can grow long and blonde just like Rapunzel. But when it comes to caring for other creatures, she would gladly give up her luscious locks – she cut a chunk of hair out of the back of her head with kid scissors once because she, “just wanted to give the birds something to make their nests with.” My grandmother passed away when I was just entering my teenage years. But when my little sister and I were younger

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workforce? Does a pay for performance model really work for teachers the Chris Wondra same way it is believed to work for salespeople? Or does it pit teacher against teacher as they compete against each other for a limited (and shrinking) pool of resources as states continue to cut public education funds? Let’s examine this. First, because you know how much I value scientific research, let’s look at the data. It is clear and compelling – and ignored. None of it supports the theory that competition leads to better learning or schools. In fact, research on motivation points to the exact opposite. For complex tasks involving creative problemsolving applications, competition and rewards actually lead to poorer performance. For complex thinking tasks, bigger carrots and sharper sticks are counterproductive. But don’t take my word for it.

Arky logical Thanks to the movies (think Indiana Jones), the process of archeology - systematically digging up remains of past human activity – seems to many people to be a romantic picture of rummaging around in dirt piles in sizzling heat and finding fantastic treasures, even more interesting than granny’s old stuff up in the attic. As those who have ever tried it, though, the reality hardly fits the romance. In retrospect, yes; out in the field, probably not. Then again, some people have no illusions about the mundane, boring aspects of archeological fieldwork. Once, for instance, an archeologist at the Forts Folle Avoine dig was placed on hold by a TV news director who had called to inquire if it’d be OK to send a crew to report onsite. Apparently, though, the newsguy forgot to mute the sound on his phone, and the archeologist heard pandemonium when the director talked to his news reporter about going to the site and filming the dig. “What?” the reporter shrieked in dismay, “I have to go report on a bunch of weirdos digging in the dirt?” Well, the crew came, the reporter bit her tongue, and her news director was happy - perhaps happiest that he didn’t have to cover the dirt gang. Romantic or not, the modern Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park’s fur trade reconstructed buildings came to being largely due to archeological work between the years 1969 and 1987. Nothing was left of the original structures, although they were known about via journals kept by a couple of the fur traders who had resided there in 1802. The scant info about the buildings matched the finds of the digging crews and the deci-

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sion to re-create the site was made in the 1980s. The only real remaining evidence of the excavations are some of the artifacts found during the probes which are on display in the visitors center’s museum wing. Over 2,000 individual artifacts were identified during the archeological process. Sounds impressive, but unless one knows what they’re looking at, it doesn’t represent anything like a big deal - many of the artifacts, for instance, are only broken fragments of things like clay smoking pipes, iron axes, kettle parts, but also include a letter seal inscribed with the name of a niece of the North West Company’s chief trader. Beads and other trade items were also found, and these illustrate the worldwide influence of the fur trade - many of the beads were originally manufactured in Italy. Clothing scraps, of course, wouldn’t survive this long, but buttons and other clothing fasteners hinted at the sorts of garments worn by the fur trade crew and their Ojibwe trading partners. Basically interpreting all of this information with written evidence and other excavated fur trade era sites makes for one huge detec-

and we had an overnight visit at Grandma’s house she would slick back our hair with a wetted-down hairbrush and tie it so tight into pigtails or a ponytail that I’m pretty sure I looked like I got Botox. “Ow, Grandma you’re hurting me!” I would say, but she would ignore me and finish slicking my hair down until not a single hair was sticking up. I would watch her do her hair and fluff up her short gray curls with a comb, and I never realized what a source of beauty a woman’s hair was until my grandma’s hair disappeared from chemotherapy. I remember seeing my grandma’s bald head for the first time without a scarf or a hat and I couldn’t believe how different she looked. We held a wig and hat party for my grandma at our house. There were pretty hats and practical hats, and funny wigs and nice wigs. We all laughed as women united, old, young and middle-aged, beauty permeated throughout the room that day. She received a dark-blond short-haired wig from someone and we laughed about it at first, but my grandma loved that thing. She wore it to church or events

sometimes and named it her “party wig.” When Grandma wore her party wig, you knew she was having a good day. I believe there is a fine line between vanity and beauty. A woman’s hair can be a source of vanity, or it can be a source of true beauty. When my grandmother lost her hair, I didn’t see a bald head or a party wig or a fancy hat, I saw true beauty. When my niece decided to cut her own hair so the birds could have a home, I didn’t see a missing chunk, I saw true beauty. When I see my 4-yearold niece with snarly hair or wild braids that she never wants to come undone, I don’t see the knots or the frizz or the hair that needs to be shampooed, I see true beauty. A woman’s hair is so much more than the color, or the way she wears it, or how long or short it is, or whether or not she even has hair – it is her dignity and a part of her identity; but the way a woman carries herself through the bad-hair days or the nonhair days or the I-don’t-care days will show whether or not she has true beauty.

Look up Alfie Kohn and his book “Punished by Rewards,” Carol Dweck and her book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” or Dan Pink and his fascinating online TED talk or his book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” I’m not making this up. Look at the research. Yet because a culture of competition has been hardwired into our cultural DNA, the results and conclusions of thousands of scientific studies and decades worth of research continue to be ignored. You want the bottom line? Here it is. Schools are not businesses. Kids are not widgets or market share or profit, and we should not be competing for them like chips in a poker game. They are dynamic minds and restless spirits and bundles of endless possibilities. They are not raw materials. They are not pruned, manufactured or produced. And we cannot reject them at the door like raw material if they are flawed. Thinking competition is the best path to excellence is a shallow relic of the 20th century factory economic model where compliance was valued above all else – where success depended upon obedient and mindless factory workers who kept their heads down, did what they were told and didn’t ask questions because doing so slowed down productivity.

Got a better way to do something? That’s someone else’s job. Just follow directions. Mind authority. Stop thinking so much. Fill in the bubbles. But learning is not compliant or efficient and it’s certainly not ruggedly tough or independent. Not real learning. Real learning is interdependent and deliciously messy. Don’t get me wrong. If you read the research, it’s clear that competition has its place. But it’s a blunt tool most effectively used by authority to motivate unthinking workers to comply and complete mind-numbing tasks. The 21st century is a new age. Those who learn, value and are able to cooperate, analyze, synthesize, invent, innovate and create will succeed. It is to them that the spoils of victory will go. Those who are focused on carrots, sticks and bonuses will find their market shares continue to shrink – and their jobs shipped to a place where they can be done much cheaper. Does competition really help education run more like the successful cutting-edge businesses of the 21st century? Look again. Founder of, Chris Wondra is just another Wisconsin public schoolteacher. Find We Teach We Learn on Facebook and Twitter for daily tips on getting the most out of your brain.

tive saga that tells the story of the North American fur trade in graphic detail. During the dig many wood fragments from the burned-over site gave precise clues as to how the cabins were built, where the fireplaces were, where interior walls were. Also that the buildings must have burned shortly after the trading parties abandoned them, probably in 1805 - like many wintering sites the Forts Folle Avoine location was only used ‘til the valuable beaver started to be trapped out. The fact that the log structures burned, however, ended up preserving the charred remains until they were found. Had the buildings just rotted, the evidence of where the place had been wouldn’t have been as obvious. Even the fireplace locations could be deciphered, and by analyzing the wood fragments it’s obvious that white pine was in good supply around the trading site. Some of the “artifacts” are just kernels of burned wild rice. Pretty common, that - but to actually find stashes of it in the burned remains confirmed the importance of the locally derived food source for which the area was named - Folle Avoine was the French designation for wild rice. Tiny fragments of animal bones, ranging from deer to lynx to fisher and bear, indicate both the diet and furs that were traded for. Again, combining these with the written evidence, one obtains a complete picture of the fur trade world. And that world was, for 300 years, the chief means of contact between native North American Indians and the fur traders. The reconstructed Forts Folle Avoine represents an important facet in an enterprise both groups shared. Not just the written record, but the archeological details, provide, as one archeologist was known to say, “the flesh on dem dere old bones.”

Many tiny fragments were unearthed, then screened, during the Forts Folle Avoine excavations between 1969 and 1987. Clues from the minute remnants of trade goods and tools of the time helped piece together a picture of the lives of the fur traders and their trading partners, the Ojibwe. - Photo submitted While there were detailed analyses of the artifacts made at the time, the only complete write-up of the dig was an article in the September 1982 issue of The Wisconsin Archeologist magazine. Actually, at the time of publication, the dig was still in progress, and unfortunately there was no follow-up when the project concluded in 1987. Some of the artifacts are on display at the museum room in the site’s visitors center, which is open all winter Tuesdays - Fridays. A historical library is also on-site and open each Wednesday. Signed, Woodswhimsy


Cub Scouts hold Blue and Gold Banquet FREDERIC - The Frederic Cub Scouts held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet Monday, Feb. 11. The banquet marks the anniversary of Scouting and is the marquee event of the year. Scouts and their families were are all invited. Generally, the majority of the boys hard-earned achievements are awarded at the banquet. In addition to the achievements, this year’s event had a cake-decorating contest and was capped by a magic act. Each Scout was invited to bring a decorated cake. A number of different themes were suggested, but themed awards were given for each cake entered. An example of the categories include most colorful, most blue and gold, best outdoor theme, best Cub Scout theme and most unique. The feature event was Magic Norm and his wacky comedy and magic. Magic Norm had the boys buckling with laughter. He entertained the kids with tricks such as turning a dollar bill into a $50 bill, ripping up a newspaper and instantly making it whole again, and numerous other disappearing, multiplying and teleportation tricks. Many kids from the audience were brought up as assistants and props for a truly interactive show that will be a long-remembered experience.

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Cubmaster Allan Lahti presents achievement awards to Brenden Roper, Tracker Dodds and Reese Eichten at the Frederic Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet Monday, Feb. 11.

R o m a n Lahti poses, missing teeth and all, with his cake entry.

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As a member of the color guard for the Frederic Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet Monday, Feb. 11, Henry Slather posts the Cub Scout flag during the opening flag ceremony. Photos submitted

The new Midwinter Carnival queen at Grantsburg was Diane Marek.–A crowd of over 400 people attended the benefit basketball game at Webster for the Northern Student Loan Foundation. The Loan Foundation board members played the “Faculty Fumble Bunnies,” and “no one seemed to remember the score, only the great enjoyment of the game.”–Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spafford, rural Webster, and their four children lost their home to fire.–The Frederic Vikings boys basketball team won the St. Croix Valley Conference championship. Excitement was building for the Frederic-Shell Lake game in the subregionals as the teams were rated 1 and 2 in the Little 16.–Winners in the talent contest at the Frederic Boy Scouts Blue and Gold banquet were Jill Hansen and Susan Berg, singing “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” and in second place, Sandra Nelson, who sang “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Many young people competed in the show.–David Gabrielson of Trade Lake bowled a 300 at the Frederic Rec.–Frederic businesses were very busy for their Washington’s Birthday sales, and prizewinners at most establishments were not recorded, but a few winners were: Clifford Olsen, Luck, and Robert Pearson, Clam Falls, each won a chicken dinner for two by guessing the closest to 788 jelly beans in a jar, Olsen guessing 787 and Pearson guessing 789; John Soderberg, Frederic, won free butchering and Warren Belisle, Balsam Lake, won 50 pounds of milk replacer.

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A storage building on the Archie Taylor property in West Sweden went up in flames, destroying tools, hay and a boat.–The Joy Outreach Team from Concordia College would share music and testimonies at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church March 2.– Obituaries included those for Iola Betzold, Jacob Herwick, Sidney Otteson, Ruth Holmstrom, Ramona Pedersen, Andrew Hoffman and Chris Hansen.–JoLouise McNally would be the new Grantsburg news correspondent on WCMP Radio, and Grantsburg residents were encouraged to contact her with any news items they might have.–Around 500 people attended the stockholders meeting and ham dinner of the Production Credit Association of Luck. After the serious business was discussed, attendees were entertained with music by Mrs. Martin Lissick, followed by the sleight-of-hand trickery of Bud “Tiny” Jacobson, the Gentleman Pickpocket.–Fifteen people attended the Siren Village caucus, and chose Vernon Nyberg to run for village president. The incumbent, Gene Olson, had indicated he would not run for re-election.–Sixteen people attended the Town of Luck caucus, and nominated two candidates for town chairman, Harvey Ditlefsen and Joe E. “Little Joe” Anderson.–

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Reese Eichten poses with a large grin with his contest entry.

Jacob Erickson is used as a prop for a magic trick using a pen.

BLPD to step up safety belt and drunken driving enforcement BALSAM LAKE - To combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use, Balsam Lake Police Department will intensify its traffic safety enforcement from March 4 to 20, which includes the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The increased enforcement is funded with a $15,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “During the St. Patrick’s Day mobilization and throughout the year, we are striving to prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways. Although we’re trying to increase voluntarily compliance with traffic law, not to write more tickets or make more arrests, we will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails,” says Chief Tom Thompson. “We are serious about traffic safety enforcement because far too many needless deaths and serious injuries are

caused by drunken driving and not wearing safety belts. Because even one preventable traffic fatality is one too many, our goal is to reduce preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.” In time for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, WisDOT’s Zero In Wisconsin traffic safety campaign is launching a free Drive Sober app for smartphones beginning March 7. This new app includes: • A location-specific list for contacting nearby taxi and mass transit services for a safe ride home, • A blood alcohol content estimator, • A designated driver selector, • And other features to help everyone avoid a drunken driving arrest, or even worse, a tragic crash. A free download of the app is available online by visiting: - from BLPD

The Unity School Board was grappling with the problem of a school building that needed major improvements and taxpayers that didn’t want to “shell out” the proposed $7.6 million it would take to make them.–A mass band concert would take place at Frederic, with high school bands from Frederic, Webster and Siren performing separately and together, under the direction of Dean Daniels, Dan Zimmer and Bryn Riley.–Steve Olson of Spooner, the manager of Schmitz’ Economart, won second place in the National Grocery Association’s Best Bagger competition in San Francisco, Calif.–The Frederic School Board approved a request from the Grantsburg School District to combine their high school gymnastics programs for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 school years. Grantsburg had had a twoyear cooperative agreement with Luck, but Luck had no gymnastic competitors for the current year.–Pastor Keith Rediske was the new pastor at West Denmark Lutheran Church.–Kevin’s Auto Repair opened in Frederic, with Kevin Gibbs, his wife, Ritsue, and their children, Michelle and Brian, posing for a photo at the grand opening.–Alex Peterson of Luck found the medallion at the Clam Falls Winter Carnival and won a $200 savings bond.–The engagement of Jennifer Miller and Eric Wallin was announced.–Elaine Roub, who was instrumental in introducing the Kinship program in Burnett County, would be leaving for Ireland to work with Youth With A Mission, and a farewell party would be held at First Baptist Church in Webster.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Brena signing in again this week. Hope everyone’s enjoyed my articles as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them, with the help of my mom. I’m doing better now with my eye infection and seizures. However, still not quite back to my normal self yet. Mom and Dad wish I could talk because I’m constantly pawing at them, trying to tell them something I want. All they have to do is ask the basic questions. Do you have to go outside? If I do, it’s an immediate run to the door. Do you want a treat? Duh … always. Maybe that’s not why I was pestering them, but I’ll take the treat anyway. Do you want to play? If I do, they may have to be more specific like ask me if I should get my ball or the chewed up dollar store toy that they hate but I love. Do you want to go to bed? Well if I do, I darn sure don’t want to go alone. I guess that’s pretty much the million dollar questions for me. I know the following are repeats from prior weeks, but in case you didn’t read past articles, I don’t want you to miss one of the upcoming events: • The HSBC is hosting a dog behavior class on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Webster High School. The class is free, but donations are welcome to help offset the cost. Those of you who attended our pet first aid and CPR class last August will remember Aimee Mabie, who is back to present the dog behavior class.


YAPpenings Brena • Also on standby, March 9, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grantsburg Animal Hospital will be hosting the 2013 Pet Fair at the Grantsburg Community Center. My mom will be there representing the Humane Society of Burnett County, and she plans on bringing an animal or two from the shelter. I’ve been told there will other local vendors, national pharmaceutical reps, discount coupons on vaccinations, demonstrations, door prizes, and care training and nutrition advice. If you are attending the HSBC behavior class, you still have time to visit the Pet Fair after. • Our annual spaghetti dinner will be held on Saturday, April 20. Mark your calendars now and stop by the shelter to purchase raffle tickets Winning tickets will be drawn at the dinner. Prizes are $1,000 first place; $500 seond place; quilt, made by my mom’s mom, third place; and Echo-brand leaf-blower donated by Ace Hardware in Webster. Thanks Mom’s Mom and Ace Hardware in Webster.

We are also in need of new items donated to the silent auction, which will also be held at the spaghetti dinner. As usual, cats are first in line to talk about. We seem to be stuck with the same cats lately, and although the shelter folks really like them, they would really like them better in a new home with a new beginning. Because I’ve featured them all before, let’s give you a little rundown again. We have Angel first because she has been there the longest. Angel is the cat that was found in an abandoned home with her kittens. Angel did get adopted before, but was returned because she didn’t get along with the other cat. Thus, Angel would like to be an only child. Next we have Pumpkin. Pumpkin could be a twin of Angel, just a little more shy. Dorian is very friendly and loves attention, and is Mom’s current favorite of the cats. Salem is the exotic-looking black and white cat that is eager to show you where he wants to be itched. Martha could be a twin of Salem, only she is female and he is male. Both Salem and Martha are younger cats, and they both are black with white under their chin, but not related. Lastly, an overview of our dogs at the shelter. We have Jack Frost, who has been there the longest of the dogs. Jack is a friendly fellow with perhaps a little weight to lose. Joe Boxer is a boxer mix and has been the best-behaved doggy when Mom visits him in his kennel. Dirk is a young, active

Labrador retriever mix who was a little under the weather when he first came to the shelter. Dirk is feeling much better and practicing his high jump to impress the staff, volunteers and visitors walking by. I haven’t met the next two dogs, but I will share the information given to Mom. Bagel is a cute-ascan-be beagle pup. Mom says we don’t need to say much about Bagel because his picture will do the trick. Check Bagel’s photo out on our Web site. Layla is a boxer mix, and Mom says she has fallen in love with that breed. Layla is 6-years-old and doesn’t want to be adopted with another female dog or any cats. Guess she will tolerate male dogs. Layla may be a little diva, but she will impress you with the tricks she knows and she is very friendly. If you are interested in adopting animals from our shelter, please visit the Web site at or contact the shelter at 715-866-4096. The Humane Society of Burnett County is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We do not receive financial assistance from the county. We rely on donations, membership and fundraising to keep our shelter up and running. Donations of money or supplies are tax-deductible. The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time;, 715-8664096, license No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too, why don’t you like us there.

Grantsburg Public Library Nelson Primary students visit It was a full house in our little library on Thursday, Feb. 21, when over 80 students, teachers and parents visited from the early childhood program. The children learned about the library by listening to storybooks, taking a tour of the library and playing a game. Tax forms Federal and state tax forms and booklets have been trickling in and should all be here soon. The forms are located in the hallway between the library and gymnasium. If the form you need is not here, you can use a computer station to print out what you need. All copies are 20 cents each. Free tax assistance We are now scheduling appointments to meet with volunteers from the AARP tax preparation program. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Fridays now through April 12. Call the library to schedule an appointment to have your taxes prepared and to find out if you qualify for the program, 715-463-2244. March book order “Accursed” by Joyce Carol Oates “Boyfriend” by Thomas Perry “Breaking Point” by C.J. Box “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler “Chance” by Karen Kingsbury “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro “Daybreak” by Shelley Shepard Gray “Family Pictures” by Jane Green “Guardian” by Beverly Lewis “Guide to Shotguns: Shotgun Skills You Need” by Phil Bourjally “Guilty One” by Lisa Ballantyne

It was a soaring story hour on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when John Bell, pilot with Skywest Airlines, shared airplane and flying stories with the preschoolers. “Here I Go Again” by Jen Lancaster “Ice Cutter’s Daughter” by Tracie Peterson “Lessons in French” by Hilary Reyl “Let the Dead Sleep” by Heather Graham “Life After Life” by Jill McCorkle “Night Moves” Randy Wayne White “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Kruger “Rapture” by Lauren Kate “Requiem” by Lauren Oliver “Robert Ludlum’s The Utopia Experiment” “Sand Castle Bay” by Sherryl Woods


“Six Years” by Harlan Coben “Striker” by Clive Cussler “Sun Trail” by Erin Hunter and Wayne McLough-

“The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” by Edward Kelsey Moore “Wanderer” by Robyn Carr Library hours Monday, noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. –

Frederic Senior Center Our weather over the weekend was very nice and it looks good for all this week. The winners for Spades were Marilyn Niles, Lorna Erickson, Frank Demydovich and Jim Anderson. The winners for 500 were Arnie Borchert, Tim

Abrahamzon, Lorna Erickson and Bob Peterson. The 9-bid was won by Dave Peterson. There are still openings for the tax people on March 14. Call the center for an appointment. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. Mon-

Another week and more snow. Guess we’re making up for being high and dry earlier this winter. I’m betting March, which is usually one of our snowier months, will come in like a lion and bring up our snow levels to our normal range. Old Mr. or Mrs. Gray Fox still drops in every couple of days a week to check out the possibility of food under the feeders in the bird yard. We still see the one or maybe they are coming in at different times. If it stays in the area I’m assuming there has to be a den somewhere ‘round bear country. For the past few weeks bear country has had a pair of bald eagles roosting in the oak at the end of the driveway, sometimes they even roost in the tall pine tree across the highway from the driveway. Must be a road-killed deer in the area as they seem to gravitate toward them for a supply of easy meals. It would be nice if they chose to build a nest in one of our tall trees. Mudhen Lake isn’t too far to go for fishing there. Several years ago a red-tailed hawk pair raised their

day, 500 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pokeno at 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and Dime Bingo at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. We have quite a few new players. Stay warm and think spring. I hope to see you at the center.

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young in a large pine tree just west of the house. It’s fun to watch those young’ens grow and learn to fly for their first time. Sympathy to the family of Wayne D. Krueger who passed away Feb. 7. The Food and Friends Community Dinner for February will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Siren Covenant Church from 5 to 6 p.m. Come early as the food goes fast. Congratulations to elementary student Wyatt D’Jock, middle schooler Dolan Highstrom and high schooler Josh Lemieux for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. A great bunch of fellows who will go far.

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Snow and more snow, seems like Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are bent on correcting the moisture problems from the last year or two. I can tell you this for sure, this old gal has seen enough snow for this season. I’ll bet it makes the area snowmobilers happier than hogs in a summer mud hole. There are

days here in bear country that you can look out our living room window and see the machines crossing the end of our driveway going who knows where. Oh the memories it brings back of days long ago when we would hop on our machines and take off on a trail going nowhere in particular, just out riding the trails either by ourselves or with a group of friends. The crisp air and the silence of the woods was spectacular, even better by moonlight, and you never knew if you would see an animal or not, usually a deer or two. Hubby is still on his tree rat trapping vendetta on the front deck. The success of his efforts has now gotten to be far and few in between lately. Seems one or maybe several have discovered that if they trip the trap door they can just sit down to lunch by simply reaching into the holes on the side of the trap and scoop up the peanut butter on their paws – lunch is served. Now you tell me that humans are the only ones that can figure out a solution to a problem and get results. Sympathy to the family of Dennis Flavin who

Library staff was excited to welcome students, teachers and parents from Nelson Primary School for their library field trip on Thursday, Feb. 21. – Photos submitted

News from the Service COLUMBIA, S.C. – Army Pvt. Felicia A. Paulzine has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Paulzine is the daughter of Richell Humphrey and Jon Paulzine, both of Frederic. She is a 2012 graduate of Siren High School. – submitted

Bev Beckmark passed away Feb. 11. Sympathy to the family of Earlene D. Hunter who passed away Feb. 13. Hubby and I spent last week in Marshfield as our daughter underwent major surgery. It was a long one but the outcome was great. She is now well on the road to recovery, thank God, but she still has a long recovery period to go. Gratitude is extended to everyone for their prayers and concerns, they are much appreciated. All those of you who know Harold Larson of Webster, and most of you do, he is turning 80 soon and there’s an 80th birthday party planned for him on March 2 at the Siren Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why not drop in on Saturday and wish him many more. Congratulations to elementary student Frankie Bildeau, middle schooler Chelsea Brown and high schooler Brittany Coulter for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. What a way to go, keep up the great work.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Births Jonathon and Jena Burton proudly announce the birth of their first child, Lilyana Pearl Burton, on Jan. 26, 2013, in Eau Claire. Lily weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Doug and Sue Segelstrom and Sam and Correna Burton of Grantsburg. Greatgrandparents include Ray and Karen Wiemer of Cushing and Lucille Danielson of Grantsburg. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Jacelyn Jae Peters, born Feb. 19, 2013, to Josh and Abi Peters, Grantsburg. Jacelyn weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Jacelyn has one sibling, Ariana. Grandparents include Robert and Paula Peters of Grantsburg and Timothy and Carla Manning of Coon Rapids, Minn. Great-grandparents are Jack and Mary Lou Ruff of Little Falls, Minn. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, John Jeffrey Wallner, born Feb. 20, 2013, to John and Amanda Wallner of Eureka. John weighed 5 lbs., 15.5 oz. •••

Siren Senior Center Nona Severson We are making plans for the annual Good Friday breakfast. There was a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m., at the senior center to make plans. We will be having potluck on Wednesday, March 13, with 500 being played in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome. The evening meal will be served on Thursday, March 7. The menu will consist of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, salad bar and peppermint pie. Please call 715-349-2845 for reservations. Several people have fallen on the ice with some having to be hospitalized. Get-well wishes to everyone. Please be careful on the ice – you can’t see the ice with all the snow on top. Good news, we have set the date for our 500 card party. It will be on Saturday, April 27. Snowbirds, keep this date in mind so you can make plans to come home and go to the party. Several of the snowbirds have requested that I let them know the date as soon as the day was set. We will be looking for door prizes so keep us in mind. Thanks. We have purchased a new first-aid kit and have it installed in the furnace room. We hope we never have to use it but nice to know it is available. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. The winners for 500 were Steve Wenthe, Tony Rutter, Dwaine Bentley, Muriel Todd and Darlene Groves. Spade winners were Gerry Vogel, Laryn Larson and Dwaine Bentley. Two weeks in a row we have not had any women winners for Spades – come on ladies – let’s show these fellows what we can do. Stay warm and see you at the center.

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Nina and Lawrence Hines returned home Monday from the Twin Cities. On Sunday and Monday, they had visited Chad, Aubrey and Ashley Harrison, Emily, Josh and Noah Hennagir, and Nancy and Steve Hagen. Karen and Hank Mangelsen were supper guests of Donna and Gerry Hines Thursday. Mark Hines visited Gerry and Donna Hines over the weekend. Saturday visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen were Larry, Celie, Baxter, Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen, April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close, and Holly’s cousin, Alice. Birthdays of Baxter, Celie, Larry, Hannah and Grace were celebrated. Larry, Celie and Baxter stayed overnight. Steve and Nancy Hagen were weekend guests of Lawrence and Nina Hines.

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Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Mumford has a long, orange tabby coat that cascades all around him. He is proud of his handsome appearance and keeps himself well-groomed. Mumford has large, soft-green eyes. He truly is a beautiful cat with a stately presence. Mumford is declawed and neutered. He would make a great addition to an apartment or house. His statuesque profile on your couch or at the window would add the warmth of a feline companion to the decor. Mumford loves attention and is not shy about asking for it. He is a talker and will let you know he is there to be your friend and adored companion. If a subtle meow doesn’t do the trick, he may resort to head butting your leg with a long sideswipe, head to tail. Mumford is a lovely cat that prefers humans to cats and would be best in a home as the only cat. It was a busy week at the shelter. A number of cats and dogs found new homes. Sammy, Olivia, Ava, Dante, Sadie and Darby all promised to write from their new homes. Yeti, the little kitten with extra mittens, found a home with one of our staffers. When Yeti came to the shelter he was one solid mat that covered his entire body and had an infected injury to a front leg. A round of antibiotics cured his infected leg, which had been too painful to put weight on. He required an overall to-the-skin shaving that left long hair on his head, tail and feet. He was a sight. We said he

looked like a miniature llama after a spring shaving. Extra blankets were added to his kennel to make up for his loss of hair and body heat. Yeti’s winning personality and odd reverse moMumford hawk haircut made him many friends at Herberger’s where he helped Jody sell coupon books for the Community Days sale. He helped her set a new record for the number of booklets sold in a two-hour period. It was a treat to watch him recover and play with the other kittens, up and down the cat trees, over and under the wingback chair. In the end, he won the heart of Chris, a shelter caregiver, who took him home to play with Lenny, another kitten she adopted from the shelter. Chris says she is now at her limit with three dogs and two cats. New to the adoptable-cat room are a superfriendly threesome of brothers we have named Larry, Moe and Curly. Jasper is a brown tabby and white neutered male. Little Miss is a declawe, tortipoint Himalayan spayed female with pale-blue eyes; she is very beautiful. Crockett is orange tabby and white with a quiet personality and

medium-length hair. Dino and Ezra remain at the shelter despite their incredibly loving personalities. We don’t understand it. They are now 5 months old, neutered and ready to go home. Desi and Elsie are black Lab mixes waiting for their turn in the adoptable-dog kennels. Odie is a yellow Lab mix, neutered male with some training. He has a medium-length coat and bronze fold-overtab ears. Milo is a Lhasa apso-bichon frise, neutered male, 1-1/2 years old. He loves people and children. If you would like to purchase a Herberger’s Community Days coupon book for $5, they are available at the shelter. The money collected is donated to the shelter and the books bring huge savings to the purchaser during the March 1 and 2 Community Days sale. If we sell 13 more booklets, we are eligible for a larger donation, so come to the shelter to purchase a coupon book for yourself and a friend. Make a day of it! We also are in need of canned dog food. Our pups enjoy a frozen dog food treat inside a Kong at night and our supply of canned dog food is very low. These frozen treats provide our shelter dogs with a motivating reward at the end of the day. If you are able, please donate cans of dog food; no gravy please. (It just runs out of the rubber Kong toy before we can freeze it.) We are open six days a week, Monday through Friday, noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. Arnell Memorial Humane Society is at 185 Griffin St. East in Amery, phone 715-268-7387, or online at

Larsen Family Public Library Tax forms We have all the Wisconsin state tax forms now and the Federal 1040 EZ. We do have the Federal 1040A and 1040 forms, and the Federal 1040A instructions were printed Feb. 5 and the release day was Feb. 25, with delivery taking up to three weeks after that. Patrons can go to, select forms and publications by U.S. mail, where they can request that forms be directly sent to them in the mail. Most patrons have been very happy to hear that they can receive them in the mail within seven to 10 days. AARP tax help Free tax help for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, will be available at the library. Appointments will be taken at our library for Thursdays, March 14, and April 4 and 11, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. and Saturday, March 16, between 10 a.m. and noon. Returns will be prepared by appointment only. They are computer generated and electronically filed. Direct deposit of your return is available. Call 715866-7697. Mina Copland Tour We enjoyed visits on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from two classes of pre-K children. They enjoyed a tour and then a good story. We hope you come back with your parents. Friends of the Library The next used book sale will be on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Nexen Meeting room. There’s a pot of gold waiting for you at the library book sale. Crochet books Does anyone have a used crochet book that they would consider donating to our library? I have been told that we need more books on this subject. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in our meeting room. Burnett County Literacy seeking volunteers In collaboration with Northern Waters Literacy, we are seeking literacy volunteers to tutor in reading, math, finances, English as a second language, health and computer literacy. The next training session for tutors will be held at our library in February. Preregistration is mandat o r y . To register, please call Northern Waters Literacy at 715-405-7323 or contact them at You can make a difference in your community. New! Early Literacy Program Early Literacy Program for birth to 5-years-old and parents. This is primarily a chance for parents to learn what they can do to help their children get ready for school. In order to determine the best time for this program, please contact the library or come in and sign up in person. Which of these possible times would be best for you? Monday 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. We are excited about starting this new program soon. Preschool story time Preschool story time meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for several good stories, treats and lots of fun. New Friday craft group The new Friday craft group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first, third and fourth Fridays of the month.

The Mina Copeland Day Care children pose for a photo with Annette Starkite, the story time programmer, during their tour Tuesday, Feb. 12. – Photo submitted Bring your own craft to work on. This is a new group and everyone is welcome to come join the experience. Book club The March selection for our book club, which meets on Tuesday, March 26, at 10 a.m., is “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. “The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.” ( review) Newly acquired materials Adult fiction • “Deadly Stakes” by J. A. Jance • “The Fate of Mercy Alban” by Wendy Webb • “House of Earth” by Woody Guthrie • “Guilt” by Jonathan Kellerman • “Weekend in Winter” by Maeve Binchy • “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson • “Beneath the Abbey Wall” by A.D. Scott • “Double Death on the Black Isle” by A.D. Scott • “Small Death in the Great Glen” by A. D. Scott • “The Devereaux Legacy” by Carolyn Hart Adult nonfiction • “Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed • “Windows 8 for Dummies (with DVD)” by Andy Rathbone • “Windows 8 Plain & Simple” by Nancy Muir • “The Art of Illusion” Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind” by Brad Honeycutt

Large print • “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes • “Speaking from Among the Bones” by Alan Bradley • “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn Audio book CD • “Deadly Stakes” by J. A. Jance • Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson Juvenile • “TJ Zaps the Smackdown: Stopping a Physical Bully”“ by Lisa Mullarkey • “TJ Zaps the New Kid: Stopping the Social Bully” • “TJ Zaps the One Upper: One-Upping Cell Phone Bullying” • “TJ Zaps the Freeze Out: Stopping the Silent Treatment” • “TJ Zaps a Nightmare: Stopping Blackmail Bullying” • “TJ Zaps the Rumor Mill: Stopping Gossip” • “Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenn Siddals • “Marty McGuire Digs Worms” by Kate Messner • “Penny and Her Marble” by Kevin Henkes • “Big Foot” by Paul Theisen Young adult • “Witch & Wizard: The Kiss” by James Patterson DVD • “Wiscon-Sing: A Musical History of Wisconsin” by David Drake • “Trouble With the Curve” • “Arbitrage” • “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” • “Argo” • “Ancient Civilizations: Jesus’ Jerusalem” • “Atlas Shrugged: Part Two” • “Game of Thrones: the Complete Second Season” 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:


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Michaelson and Rambo awarded 2012 Volunteer Driver Award In 2011, Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County honored the memory of a great volunteer by establishing the Don Getschel Volunteer Driver Award. Because Don loved to drive so much, the award recognizes the two Interfaith Caregiver volunteers that have driven the most miles for the year. For 2012, those drivers were David Michaelson, Balsam Lake, and Dawn Rambo, Luck. Between the two of them, they drove 4,948 miles using their own vehicles and donating their time as well as their miles. David Michaelson has been driving professionally most of his life. He drove truck after high school and Army vehicles when he was in the service. He drove a school bus for Unity Schools for 50 years. He estimates that, just for Unity Schools, he has driven over a million miles. David started as a volunteer for Interfaith in January of 2012. He was looking for something to do to keep active after he retired. Joining Interfaith was the first time he had ever officially volunteered his time. Because of his background as a bus river, we put him to work right away driving clients locally. Because he is so dependable, as well as agreeable, we call him several times a week to help with rides. He also helps us by providing friendly visits for three Kinship of Polk County works to improve the quality of a child’s life by establishing a relationship with a caring mentor for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community. Kinship is a nonprofit organization that has been serving children ages 5-18 since 1980. Kinship children are young people who would benefit from extra encouragement and companionship. Kinship mentors are people who are willing and able to invest in a friendship with a child or young person. Kinship serves the Polk County area and currently has 89 matches. With more than 19 children waiting for a mentor, they need your help. Below is a profile of one of the children waiting. If you are interested in mentoring or would like more information please visit us at or call 715405-3900. Andy, age 11, has been patiently waiting for a mentor. He lives with his adoptive parents, biological sister and two step-siblings. Andy is a cheerful, friendly, independent and busy young

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Tammy Berg, program asst. different men that enjoy his humor and kindness twice a month. One woman that he transports likes him to be her driver. She says that he brings a footstool so that she can more easily get into his van. “He’s thoughtful like that,” she says. When David heard that he was being honored for driving the most miles, he was surprised. He said it wasn’t something he was expecting. Nor was he looking for any recognition for his volunteer work. He just said, “It’s fun to do.” When I thanked him for his service, he said, “Thanks for letting me be a part of it.” When asked what he’d tell others that might be interested in volunteering, he said, “I’d tell them to go for it!” He cautions that a good volunteer needs to be able to get along with all kinds of people and be open about all topics of conversation. ••• Dawn Rambo has been a volunteer with Interfaith for about a year now. She also calls Bingo at the local nursing home. Dawn obviously has an interest in serving older people. She said “God put it in my heart to help them. It’s so fulfilling.” She started volunteering when she got laid off from her last job. Anticipat-

Mentoring makes a difference Kinship of Polk County man who enjoys one-on-one time. He loves anything outdoors, including fishing, camping, biking, swimming and sledding. His parents would like to find a supportive and understanding male role model who enjoys outdoor Andy activities. Kinship is looking for a committed male mentor in the Luck area, single or married, who loves to be outside, is patient and has the time and initiative to be a stable presence in Andy’s life.

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Tuesday started with our exercises. We had the potluck lunch with some very good food. It was followed by the monthly meeting. That was followed by games. BrenNel Ward, Don Benson and Marian Edler were the winners in 500. The winning team in Hand and Foot was Russ Adams and Bill McGrorty. Dominos were also played. Thursday morning we had our exercises. In the afternoon, Cribbage was played. In the evening, 500 cards was played. Sunday, we had the chili feed followed by 500 cards. The top winners were Arnie Borchert, Betty Wilson, Bea Williams and Cathy Smith. We sent get-well wishes to Carol VanBuskirk and Martha Lundstrom who are both patients at Regions Hospital. We received a donation from the Hillbusters Snowmobile Club. The next fundraiser will be corned beef and cabbage dinner on Sunday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m. The next project will be new shelving to make better storage of the supplies. Your support at the fundraisers are appreciated and are being used to improve the center.

OSHKOSH – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh officials have announced the names of students who qualified for the university’s dean’s list and honor roll in the fall semester of the 2012-13 school year. To qualify for the honor roll, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a grade-point average of at least 3.3 (out of a possible 4.0, or all A’s). Those with a GPA of 3.75 or higher qualify for the dean’s list. Students with an asterisk (*) indicate all A’s.

If you have an inclination for poetry, then you surely did not miss the opportunity about a week go on Valentine’s Day to sharpen your skills. If you missed it and want another chance, or even if you are simply looking for an outing this next Sunday, then the second poetry reading event will be held on March 3, at 3 p.m., at the Old School Arts Center in Sandstone, Minn. It is free and open to the public with refreshments. You can participate by reading your favorite passage, test the waters with an original poem, or just sit and listen to other readers. Hope to see you there. For those of you on the Minnesota side of the border, do not forget that the election of township officers and the annual meeting to determine the next subsequent budget is coming up soon on the second Tuesday of March. Keep your eyes peeled to the legal notices section of this newspaper for the hours that polls are open in your specific jurisdiction.

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Centuria Brady Flaherty, dean’s; Clear Lake Makaya Steinberger, honor; Osceola Christina Millermon, honor. - submitted


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The Orange 4-H Club had their monthly meeting at the Webster Elementary School Friday night. Theresa Childers visited her parents, Jack and LaVonne O'Brien, on Saturday. Later, she drove to Superior to see her daughter, Amy, who goes to UW - Superior. On Sunday, Tom and Becky visited LaVonne and Jack. Sharon and Ron Proffit visited John and Reeny Neinstadt on Saturday. Natalie and Bud Flagstad entertained the Neinstadts Saturday evening. Natalie and family attended the basketball tournament at Ellsworth on Saturday. Bryan Krause participated in Wisconsin Intercollegate Conference indoor track meet Friday, Feb. 22 in Eau Claire. He ran 800 meter in 1:57.1, his best, placing 11th. He also ran as part of the distance medley relay which placed sixth overall. Mark, Kathryn, Brad and Allyson were there to watch. It was also Brad's 19th birthday. On Saturday, Dee attended the saddle club meeting and action with Naomi. Sunday, Mark and Dee went skiing on Voyager Village's trails. Fran Krause has a new great-grandchild. Adelaide Lee Gast was born Feb. 19 to Cassie and Greg Gast. She was 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 201/2- inches long. Karen and Gerald Hintz in Sturgeon Bay are the grandparents. Mark, Dee, Kent and Nancy Krause are great-aunts and uncles.

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ing feeling depressed over the loss of her job and nothing to do, Dawn says that volunteering has made a real difference. “I’ll never give this up,” she asserts. Dawn is a huge fan of Interfaith Caregivers. She talked excitedly about getting to meet so many cool people, clients as well as other volDavid Michaelson and Dawn Rambo were honored for their dedicaunteers. Understanding that you tion to Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County with the 2012 Don have to have a cer- GetschelVolunteer Driver Award. – Photo submitted tain kind of heart volunteering at Interfaith, Dawn gave to be a volunteer, she enjoys interacting her a recent newsletter and told her to with other people with the same inter“go for it.” Dawn finds her volunteer ests. experience “very rewarding” and called When asked how she felt about winit a “very cool experience.” ning the Volunteer Driver Award, she If you or someone you know would simply said “I was shocked! I had no like to volunteer, contact Interfaith idea I had driven so much.” Dawn has Caregivers at 715-485-9500 or e-mail three regular clients that she drives or If you are a visits weekly and is willing to take on senior, an adult with a disability, or other trips as needed. Dawn is always ready with a big hug. have a chronic illness and need some extra help, call us now. Our services are She also has lots of good ideas to help offered at no charge, so you can help our older clients. She spoke with me our program by providing a tax-deabout a client who has difficulty seeing. ductible donation. Mail your gift to InShe helps him by reading his mail to terfaith Caregivers, PO Box 426, Balsam him. She suggested using larger print Lake, WI 54810-0426. for our client literature. A great idea! When a friend at work asked about


Basket Bingo Biggest ever attendance at Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - A record number of Bingo fans came out for Longaberger Hope For A Cure Basket Bingo held at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg on Sunday, Feb. 24. Over 180 people attended the annual fundraiser for Bingo fun and to support a great cause, raising money for the Burnett County Relay for Life. This year, the Bingo event raised over $8,500, all of which goes to the American Cancer Society for the local Relay for Life. The fundraiser, sponsored by the Crex Convention Event Center and the Burnett County Sentinel, featured 20 games with those lucky enough to call “Bingo” receiving prizes of Longaberger Baskets. Longaberger Baskets have been chosen as Bingo prizes because of the company’s commitment to helping find a cure for breast cancer. Since 1995, when the company launched its Horizon of Hope campaign, over $15 million has been raised by its home consultants and the American Cancer Society for cancer research. Kellie Burrows, community relations representative for


the American Cancer Society, Midwest Division, spoke to Bingo attendees to remind them of all resources the ACS offers. Burrows, herself a cancer survivor, praised Sandy Eng for her dedication in organizing the Basket Bingo event for seven years, saying events such as this help not only raise money but also awareness Event organizer Eng thanked those coming for the afternoon of Bingo games and door prize drawings for supporting the fundraiser. Eng also recognized the generosity of individuals and organizations for their monetary, goods and services donated. “The generous support from the community is what makes this event such a success each year,” said Eng. “And I want to thank Priscilla Bauer for all her efforts in raising funds and getting door prizes. Priscilla is a 13-year cancer survivor. We got the idea to start this event after she was diagnosed. She’s been with me since the beginning,” noted Eng. Eng said the fundraiser has also been a family event from the start. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my family,” pointing to a large table crowded with her husband, children and their families.” “Wow, every year Priscilla and I are just amazed,” Eng later commented of the turnout and funds raised. A tired but also energized Eng said she has already started planning for the 2014 event. “With the help of my family, friends and the community, we hope to do it again next year.”

Bingo Boy – though 2-month-old Oliver West was too young to play, the little lad seemed content to hold a brightly colored Bingo dauber while his mom enjoyed Bingo games at the Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser last Sunday.

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Cole Witucki showed off his winning card and the basket he won in the cover-all-the-numbers game, the final Bingo game of Sunday’s Basket Bingo event.

Teresa Eastin showed her excitement at getting a Bingo during the Hope For A Cure Basket Bingo fundraiser for cancer last Sunday.

Kellie Burrows, community relations representative for the American Cancer Society, Midwest Division, spoke to Bingo attendees to remind them of all resources the ACS offers. Burrows, herself a cancer survivor, praised Sandy Eng for her dedication in organizing the Basket Bingo event for seven years, saying events such as this help by not only raising money but also awareness. LEFT: Over 180 people attended the annual Hope For A Cure Basket Bingo at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg on Sunday, Feb. 24. This year’s event raised over $8,500, all of which goes to the American Cancer Society for the Burnett County Relay for Life.

The winners of the four Basket Bingo special games, where cards with the letters H-O-P-E are covered to get a Bingo, showed off their prizes. They are (L to R): Candy Johnson, Cindy Peer, Jackie Giller and Karen Howe.

Izzy Yeager came with her family from Duluth, Minn., to Sunday’s Basket Bingo at the Crex Convention Center. The 2-year-old had fun trying out her mom’s pink Bingo dauber.

Sandy Eng, organizer of the Hope For A Cure Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser, showed off one of the beautiful Longaberger Baskets given out as Bingo prizes at the Sunday, Feb. 24 event.


Local crew back to the 40th Birkebeiner

Warm drinks, bananas for the 8,000 skiers

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer HAYWARD - The skiers were back for the 40th Birkie ski race last Saturday, Feb. 23, and a crew from Frederic and beyond was at the Gravel Pit food station to give the racers warm drinks, bananas and encouragement. The Gravel Pit stop is deep in the woods at the 32kilometer point in the 50-K trail. William Johnson has been the pit chief for years and his loyal crew of volunteers grows with each race. The first skiers come through just after 9 a.m. and the last racers pass by in mid afternoon, leaving behind a wellchurned trail and piles of banana One banana escaped the cutting peels, orange skins board as he and his monkey friend ski and flattened cups. off to Hayward.

The skiers view as they approached the Gravel Pit.

Early skiers climb a hill deep in the woods.

Photos by Gregg Westigard Emalea Landgraf was part of a race team from the Cyclova XC bike and ski shop in St. Croix Falls.

This was the 20th Birkie for Steve Pearson, Danbury.

Local skiers who finished the Birkie

The Birkie honors the event in Norwegian history when the baby King Haakon was carried to safety by his mother and two helpers. The three heroes, with historic outfits and wooden skis, join William Johnson’s cousin Joan and Dick Prescott of Holton.

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by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer HAYWARD – The American Birkebeiner is a weekend affair in Hayward with a number of events including long ski races through the woods from Cable to Hayward. The Birkie is the long race with two styles of skiing. Skate skiing is the newer, faster, more popular form of racing over a 50K course. But many skiers prefer the Classic style of skiing over a 54K grooved track. The Kortelopet is a shorter 23K course.

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Take your pet on a date to the Siren Pet Store by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—To call the Pet Store in Siren “lively” is an understatement. The middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week is supposed to be a slow time, but there are several customers and all three owners are busy locating items, giving advice and answering a phone that never seems to stop ringing. All this activity happens against a background chorus of animals led primarily by the shop’s resident birds Morgan the Macaw and Bobby the Yellow-naped Amazon, who double as the store’s greeters. Owner Robert Jellison and his wife, Teri Bowman, have a hard time stopping to pose for a picture. And their daughter and business partner Jessica Farmer needs to be photographed separately because she’s in the process of grooming a shih tzu. By the way, the grooming room just next to the cash register has glass windows, but it’s hard to tell who gets the better show. The dog gets to watch the customers outside and the customers get to watch the makeover going on inside. People walk in and out of the shop with their pets, and everybody - animals included - seems right at home. You could say this business was meant to be. Bowman was raised on a wildlife farm, has been riding horses since age 9, and was a farrier for 25 years. Her daughter Jessica started riding as a toddler, has over 12 years of pet store experience, and earned a degree in animal grooming. The family wasn’t necessarily looking to

Husband-and-wife team Teri Bowman and Robert Jellison with resident birds Morgan the Macaw and Bobby, the yellow-naped Amazon parrot. – Photos by Jean Koelz

According to a ferret rescue organization in Canada, ferrets like this one at the Pet Store are the third most popular uncaged pet in North America.

get into this business, however. After all, Bowman and Jellison are supposed to be retired. They own rental property in Arizona and split their time between Phoenix and Siren, where Bowman’s father lives and the family has had a cabin since 1972. But just under a year ago, their friends who previously owned the pet shop were looking to sell. Jellison explained his philosophy behind their decision to purchase it by saying, “We dive into opportunities. It’s better than sitting on the sidelines wondering ‘what if?’” And so the three of them dove in on May 1, 2012, and they’ve been swimming like crazy ever since. The Siren Pet Store quickly outgrew the rented space on Hwys. 35/70, so the owners bought a building across the street that gave them more square footage and three acres of land. They did all the renovation themselves. The grand opening was just last October, and they’re already looking to expand. When spring comes, Jellison plans on pushing the west wall out 30 feet toward the highway. Bowman’s excited

by Olivia Kopecky At some point in your life, you may have seen a four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. Do you wonder what it stands for, what it represents, or what it means in the context of your life? Well, I will not make you wait any longer to find out. This symbol is the emblem of 4-H, a youth organization supported by enthusiastic children and adults who want to make a difference in their club, county, country and world. The opportunities are endless with areas of learning, extending from aerospace to youth leadership, that allow families to grow together as a team while helping the community through service learning. Burnett County 4-H is not about students sitting around tables dreaming, 4-H is the building blocks that help families change the world every day. Last year alone, Burnett County 4H’ers helped build a dog park, performed on a Wisconsin State Fair stage, traveled to Atlanta, Ga., and the list goes on. Think you may be interested in joining other 4-H families in making a difference? Can you sew, use a drill or have a hobby that you would like to share? All adults are invited to sign up to be project leaders for energetic children between the ages of 5 and 19. You name it, we want to learn it. Do you know a child who would like to be involved in a fun, structured and remarkable organization that will help them learn lifelong skills? Then contact the Burnett County Extension Office at 715-349-2151 to speak to our county agent. Everyone is welcome to join in our

Thirteen-year-old Morgan, a macaw, greets customers as they enter and will show off to get a bit of attention.

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because the extra space will allow her to add a greater variety of dog food and more horse equipment. Someday, they also hope to add kennel services. As far as the current product line goes, Bowman points out that over 90 percent of the merchandise is made in the USA. She’s also done a lot of research on the store’s stock of pet food. For example, all the dog and cat food is corn, wheat and soy free. They also carry allergy-specific products. Inventory management is a continuous education that goes two ways. While the staff sees its primary goal as educating people on what’s best for their animals, they also learn a lot from the

customers. The store handles a lot of special requests, and when two or three people request the same item, they add it to regular inventory. “Expansion comes from customer input,” Bowman says. Vacationers love that they can call the store for an item they regularly get from a pet store or veterinarian back home; usually the Pet Store can have the item in just a couple of days. The Pet Store is open six days a week and is stocked full of food, toys, treats, training materials, grooming items and care supplies for every kind of pet. The store also sells a large variety of small animals (for example, dwarf hamsters, rabbits and ferrets), fish, reptiles and birds. While they provide grooming services for dogs, they don’t sell them. Instead the store has hosted two pet adoption days in conjunction with the local humane society, and wants to schedule more. The variety of animals and products along with the ability to talk to such knowledgeable and passionate owners make the Siren Pet Store a great place to visit.

Jessica Farmer, pictured here with a shih tzu, has a degree in pet grooming and over 12 years of pet store experience.

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Locals complete grueling vintage snowmobile race International 500 race takes place over 175-mile course by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – It’s been a pretty good year for the casual snowmobile enthusiast, but particularly for those who take snowmobiling to a bit of a different level. Grantsburg’s Corey Arnold has done a lot of snowmobile racing throughout his lifetime, including snow-cross, cross country, ice ovals, ice Lemans and ice drags. All of these races can be exciting for anyone, including the drivers, yet they also take a toll on the body physically. None, however, offered up the physical demands of the vintage snowmobile International 500 race in early February, according to Arnold, who took 19th place overall, while his brother Randy Arnold finished in 24th place. A niece of Arnold’s, Abby Oveson, also took part in the race, but was unable to finish due to a fuel problem. Arnold admitted that it wasn’t so much about placing high among the other 42 sleds competing in the race, as much as just finishing the grueling course which totaled 175 miles “I crossed the line in four hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds, and let me tell you, it was awesome to be done. I was drenched from sweat from head to toe through all my layers of clothing,” Arnold said after completing the race, which was originally held as a three-day race from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to St. Paul, Minn. But due to bad snow conditions, Arnold says the I500 has changed considerably over the years to include one full day of racing, with the vintage sleds racing this year on Saturday, Feb. 2, based out of the Seven Clans Casino, near Thief River Falls, Minn. The first leg of the race was a 58mile stretch to Warren, Minn., for a fuel stop. The second leg took 53 miles out and back from Warren for the second fuel stop, and the race was completed with a 60mile stretch back to the casino. “We ran the vintage after all the other sleds took off in flights of two sleds at a time spaced 30 seconds apart,” Arnold explained. “There were about 100 or so sleds before the 42 vintage sleds started so the track was really beat from all the traffic. The course was ditch running, fields, drainage ditches and river running so you get a lot of different surfaces to ride on, some better than others. I would say we averaged between 35-45 mph, but would hit speeds over 70 on some of the flatter straights. I was in an early flight and after a few miles I said to myself, ‘175 miles like this, really?’” Arnold is no stranger to vintage snowmobiles, building a 1981 Arctic Cat Eltigre, 500 free air to run in last year’s race, but the race was canceled due to lack of snow. For this year’s race, Arnold built another vintage sled, this time going with the 1978 Arctic Cat Eltigre, 440-liquid, starting with only the chassis and motor,

Grantsburg’s Corey Arnold, (right) and brother Randy Arnold finished the I-500 vintage snowmobile race taking 19th and 24th place respectively. – Photos submitted

Corey Arnold of Grantsburg gets set to start a grueling 175-mile vintage snowmobile race that took him four hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds. which takes a lot of hours to complete as anyone might guess. “It takes a lot of time and effort to complete the restoration and I didn’t start on it in earnest until after deer season, then it was almost every night and weekends to get it done in time. The most time involved is in taking an old, beat-up sled and build it to the point of being competitive enough and reliable to make the entire race,” said Arnold. Despite a lasting head cold prior to the race, Arnold was able to complete his sled for the race a couple of days prior to the start of the race, which didn’t come without at least a few hiccups along the way. “About 35 miles in I had to stop and change plugs. That went fine, I think I only lost a place or two. Shortly after that I hit a big drift wrong and it launched me into another drift that sent me up into the handlebars and I was stuck,” Arnold said. Unfortunately, the drift twisted the left ski to the right, broke the right spindle bracket and a tie-rod end. It was then that Arnold thought the race had ended, but he was able to flag down a spectator that was driving by, who helped to pull the sled back out. “I thought I would try to continue with just the one ski having control but was a little tentative at first. After a few miles I

With help from son Zack Arnold and other family members as part of the pit crew, Corey Arnold was able to finish the race.

Corey Arnold built the 1978 Arctic Cat Eltigre, 440-liquid, starting with only the chassis and motor for the vintage snowmobile International 500. could tell I could still continue so started running at race speed again but occasionally the right ski would grab and throw the sled. I made it to the first fuel stop and told my crew what happened but I couldn’t stop to fix it as the rules say the driver can only repair the sled and he has to do so with whatever parts he has on him. I didn’t have the parts on me, they were in the race trailer so I decided to just continue and hope for the best,” Arnold said. The next 53-mile course went on as planned until the final fuel stop, and prior to the final 60 miles. All was going well until 35 miles into the final leg, when the right ski caught and lofted him from the sled. Fortunately, the sled landed on the skis, and Arnold was able to continue.

“The last 20 miles were tough, being so close yet so far from the finish. Well I plugged along and finally saw the casino building in the distance and it felt great,” Arnold said. One of the big reasons for being able to finish successfully was the fact that Arnold had the backing of his family members, who served as the pit crew. “I have to thank my wife and kids for their patience, my crew Zack, Mike and Linda Arnold, and my gas man Greg Pruszinske,” Arnold said, while extending gratitude to Lance and Spencer at Brenizer Motorsports for getting the parts he needed to finish building the vintage sled that carried him through the race.

Corey Arnold built a 1978 Arctic Cat Eltigre, 440-liquid, starting with only the chassis and motor for the vintage snowmobile International 500. The other sled is a 1981 Arctic Cat Eltigre, 500 free air, that he hoped to race the year before, but the race was canceled due to lack of snow.


Midwinter Sports Day


Cheerleaders Deon Maassen, Michelle Paquette and Shari Louis kept cozy under the covers while cheering on chain-saw competition contestants.

Thor and Sven Johnson posed with the Midwinter Sports Day medallion they found buried near the flagpole at Memory Lake Saturday morning, Feb. 23. For their efforts, the boys claimed a $50 prize from this year’s medallion hunt sponsor, the Grantsburg American Legion. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

LEFT: Sarah Carlson waited with excitement to take her turn in Saturday’s chain-sawing competition at T-Dawgs Sports Bar and Grill in Grantsburg.

Saw in hand, Brian Louis looked confident before the start of the chain-saw competition held at T-Dawgs Sports Bar and Grill in Grantsburg on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Crosscut saw: First Damon Roberts and Dan Roberts, second Lee Roberts and Dave Roberts and third Scott DeRocker and John DeRocker Vintage under 87cc: First Derrick Johnson, second Adam Tauer and third Andy Carlson Vintage over 87cc: First Scott DeRocker and second Tim Farrell Stock 45cc and under: First J.D. Glover, second Duane Roberts and third Sarah Carlson Stock 46 - 55cc: First Duane Roberts, second Damon Roberts and third Sarah Carlson Modified 46 - 55cc: First Jake Brown, second Andy Carlson and third Levi Hale Stock 56 - 65cc: First Kevin Derrick, second Damon Roberts and third Lee Roberts Modified 56 - 65cc: First Matt Hale, second Chris Kunz and third Levi Hale Stock 66 - 75cc: First Chris Kunz, second Chad Talmadge and third Kevin Derrick Modified 66 - 75cc: First Matt Hale, second Andy Carlson and third Jake Brown Stock 76 - 86cc: First J.D. Glover, second Duane Roberts and third Derrick Johnson Modified 76 - 86cc: First J.D. Glover, second Andy Carlson and third J.D. Glover Stock 87cc and over: First, second and third Tim Farrell Modified 87cc and over: First Chris Kunz, second Chris Kunz and third Levi Hale

Damon Roberts skillfully takes off a slice of lumber at the Midwinter Sports Day Chain-Saw Competition in Grantsburg last Saturday.

Hope McKinley and Nate McKinley kept track of the results as contestants took their turns in the Midwinter Sports Day Chain-Saw Competition in Grantsburg last Saturday.

Members of the Johnson family wandered around Memory Lake looking for the Midwinter Sports Day medallion, following these clues. A memory is where to wander around, to seek the medal waiting to be found. A glorious sight, at dusk or dawn’s light. You’ll find what you crave, under its stately wave.


Vintage snowmobile show

Tom Lloyd won the people's choice / best of show trophy for his 63 Fox Track. Ron Hall, who coordinated the show, gives the trophy. - Photo by Julie Nack of J Nack Photography


Jeanne and Mike O’Connell of Ellsworth with their 1964 Sno Traveler. Mike says he has had the machine for 20 years or so, but it was not restored until this year. His brother, who has a cabin near Danbury, did the restoration. – Photos by Sherill Summer unless otherwise noted

Snowmobiles have changed over the years. Here are some unusual vintage snowmobiles in two sizes. - Photo by Julie Nack of J Nack Photography Adam Stener of New Richmond has a special addition to his vintage snowmobile. Tucker Hibbert autographed the sled the previous weekend in St. Germain, home of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

Jeanne and Mike O'Connell of Ellsworth are $1,000 richer after they found the medallion Saturday, all part of the sixth-annual medallion search and vintage snowmobile show. Every half hour a new clue was given out for the hiding spot of the medallion until it was found. There were also drawings held throughout the afternoon, and the 39” HD TV was won by Teresa Springborn of Red Wing, Minn. - Photo by Julie Nack of J Nack Photography

Have a Boa Ski; have a smile. Smile found on Dale Nater's 70 Boa Ski.

The ‘73 Kitty Cat snowmobile is not the only thiing decked out with cat print, and Kelly Schweitzer's Arctic-Cat inspired gear comes complete with cat ears. She is way too big to ride on the Kitty Cat now, but she has a family photo of her on a sled just like the one shown back when her dad bought it new.

RIGHT: Steve Wussler on his ‘64 Arctic Cat. He restored the sled in January of this year. Whitetail is the third show he has shown it in.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Whitetail Wilderness and Wonderland Sno-Trails held its sixth-annual Medallion Search and Vintage Snowmobile Show. The vintage snowmobile show was a huge success with over 60 snowmobiles and 29 trophies awarded. - Photo by Julie Nack of J Nack Photography


The Blodgett household had the


honor of taking care of Molly for a few days. Molly is a Yorkie about twice the size of Spike, our Yorki. Spike was at the vets last Friday with what was diagnosed as a sprained knee(?). The question mark is there because Spike does not really have what one would call knees. His leg bones are held together with tendons and cartilage, and his kneecap is off to one side just sort of suspended in nowhere. He is a rescue dog for just that reason. We are the family who takes rescue dogs. Our shih tzu, Bitzy, has epilepsy, and thus she is also a rescue dog. Some people don’t want dogs who need very special care and can be expensive, but once I have looked into their eyes, I can’t say no. Now, don’t go bringing your dogs to my house if you can’t care for them. I like living here, and if we have any more animals, Denny just might say either they go or I do. (They can’t cook, I think I am pretty safe, and once he sees the little darlings, they are safe, too.) Now, back to Molly. She is adorable, but very high-spirited and very busy. Actually, she seldom settles down for more than a minute. Spike is on medication for his leg and had been walking on three feet until Molly appeared. Then I think he put up with the pain or


Barb Blodgett forgot about it and ran everywhere and always, to play. Molly went home and Spike is back on three legs. He never complains, so had I not noticed he was limping I never would have realized he had a problem. Molly did not eat or drink the first day here. I know she was confused and missed her mommy and her home. At night, I put her in the kennel we use for new dogs, and she fell asleep and stayed that way until the next morning. What a sweet dog. The second morning, she ate and drank a little, and finally cuddled. The more she realized she was visiting for a few days, she fell into the household pattern. When we went to bed, she went to bed. Not a peep all night. When our dogs ate, she ate. I think she finally felt safe here and knew we were not a forever family, but just a place to visit for a while. Now to business. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Interfaith Caregivers was suppose to hold elections of officers, but

with snowbirds gone and people out with the flu, we did not have a quorum and therefore will hold the elections next month on Wednesday, March 20, at Grace United Methodist Church in Webster. Our meeting is at 4 p.m., and the public is always welcome. We are looking forward to a wonderful year of new ideas and leadership. We are hoping for new and exciting goings-on this year. For the first time in years, we have members of the clergy on the board and new churches involved. I’m excited about the prospects. Of course I get excited at the thought of eating a Snickers bar, but this is a different kind of excitement. We want to do more for more people who are in need. It is going to be a very fun, very busy year, and we are all looking forward to it. Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County is really lucky. We have great people who want to volunteer to do good things for people who need good things to happen to them. Makes my heart warm to know there are really exceptional people who put their all into making people’s lives better Before I forget, we have a Web site, It is always a work in progress, but I am really proud because my 12-year-old autistic grandson and his father, my son, put the site

together. I’m sitting here smiling because Denny and I are so lucky to have terrific kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. I know, everyone thinks theirs are the best, but that is fine. I have a feeling there is a generation coming that is going to fix our country and make us proud. Enough, I am off of the subject again. Wait, which subject? Keep in mind that Interfaith always needs donations because that money allows us to do what we can do. Thanks to all that give. Oops, new subject just quickly. I owe lots of people apologies because I have not sent thank-you notes to everyone who has given donations. I did have help writing the notes, and a dear volunteer who has since passed away. I found a folder full of notes she had sent me that have not yet been delivered. My computer is so full of stuff, I am lucky I can find anything at all. I am truly sorry to all who have not been personally thanked by Interfaith. My filing system leaves a lot to be desired in the file cabinets, and on the computer as well. I will do better. I promise. Try to keep warm. If you need us, just call and we will do what we can. God bless, Barb

Kids visit Continuing Care Center

Parents and children from the Burnett County Family Resource Center and the Wood Creek 4-H spent a morning at the Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. Children and their caretakers read books, played games and sang songs to the residents. Everyone had a great time and new friendships were formed. - Photos submitted

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 3 - 9 MADISON – Burnett County and Wisconsin Emergency Management will promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9. During this week county residents are being asked to prepare for severe weather threats to the county. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the program is a nationwide effort to increase awareness of severe weather and to motivate individuals, families, businesses and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of severe weather.

Each year, individuals are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and other types of severe weather, despite advance warning. In 2012, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Severe weather knows no boundaries and affects every individual. “Burnett County Emergency Management is committed to ensuring the safety of our community and you play an important role. By taking a few steps now you can be better prepared and assist in saving lives,” said Rhonda Reynolds, Burnett County Emergency Management director. The preparedness program lists several

steps for becoming ready for severe weather. First is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect an area, and how the weather could impact the population. Since Wisconsin experiences snowstorms, tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather, everyone is exposed to some degree of risk. Preparation for these events includes checking the weather forecast regularly. The Web sites and offer additional information for better preparedness. A second step is simply to prepare. Fill out a family communications plan, put to-

gether an emergency kit, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. Obtain a NOAA weather radio, equip a cell phone to receive wireless emergency alerts, and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials. Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts such as a NOAA weather radio, and wireless emergency alerts. Subscribe to receive alerts at For daily safety tips, check Facebook,, and Twitter, submitted

Weekly community happenings EVERY MON.



• Game Day, 1 p.m.

• Mahjong, 9 a.m. • Bridge, Noon • Bingo, 1 p.m.

• Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• Bingo, 1 p.m. • 500, 6:30 p.m.

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., Golden Oaks

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Wii Bowling, 9 a.m. (Call First)

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

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. • Canasta 1st & 3rd Thurs. • Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday, no meal in April

St. Croix Falls Senior Center 715-483-1901

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

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

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Frederic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-327-4425 • SCF, 9 a.m.-Noon


Quilting, 9:30 a.m. • Wii Bowling, 1 p.m.


EVERY WED. • Bridge, 1 p.m.

Amery Senior Center

• Bridge, 1 p.m. • Grief Support, 1 p.m. • Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., •


Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m. 715-327-8623

Luck Senior Center 715-472-8285

Siren Senior Center


Food Shelf

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • SCF, 1-4 p.m., 715-483-2920

VFW Aux./Legion Aux.



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

EVERY WED. Burnett VFW At Little Mexico, 6 p.m.

Meat Raffles/Bingo


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

EVERY THURS. • Cushing Legion At Suzy Q’s, 6:30 p.m. • Siren Lions At Kris’, 6 p.m.

• Spades, 1 p.m.,

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

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

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

• Pool, 7 p.m.

• Brunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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

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

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

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


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

EVERY FRI. • Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. • Grantsburg Legion, 7 p.m. • Humane Society, Yellow River Saloon, 5 p.m. • Memory Days, Harvest Moon, 7 p.m.



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

EVERY FRI. • Lake Country Snowmobile Riders At Jed’s Laker Lounge, 6 p.m. • Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. • Webster Lions At Gandy Dancer Saloon, 4:30 p.m. Apr. - Nov. • S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m.



• Potluck Lunch, Every Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon


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

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



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


Big Lake ice-fishing tournament


Brian “Needle” Mork and Ron Elmer were each drawn as the recipient of a Jiffy propane ice auger from the Osceola Lions Club’s number raffle. The Lions raised more than $700 with the raffle and food sales at the Big Lake ice-fishing tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23. From left to right are Osceola Lions Club members Bonny Withrow and Scott Peckman, Mork, Elmer and Lions Rod Turner and Bill Degner.

Corey Andersen, New Richmond, hooked the winning bass at Saturday’s Big Lake ice-fishing tournament. The bass weighed in at 4 pounds, 4 ounces. More than 580 people attended the annual catch-and-release tournament.

Jeff Kammerud, Osceola, caught the winning northern pike at the Big Lake ice-fishing tournament held Saturday, Feb. 23. The pike weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces. More than 580 people attended the annual tournament. Photos submitted





Each building will have their own breakfast menu.



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

MARCH 4 - MARCH 8 TUESDAY Combo bar.


WEDNESDAY Cinni-mini.


THURSDAY BREAKFAST Bagel and PBJ. LUNCH Ravioli, winter mix, bread stick OR tuna salad.

FRIDAY Pancakes.


LUNCH BBQ pork on a bun, waffle fries, broccoli, dip OR Oriental salad.

LUNCH Chicken fajitas, assorted toppings, refried beans, corn OR chicken-strip salad.

LUNCH Pork chop, buttered noodles, mixed vegetable, applesauce, fresh fruit.

LUNCH Turkey wrap, potato salad, chips, baked beans, pineapple tidbits, fresh fruit.

LUNCH Chicken fajitas with fixings, baked rice, steamed broccoli, banana, fresh fruit.

LUNCH Pancakes, omelet, hash browns, mini carrots, dip, juice, fresh fruit.

BREAKFAST Yogurt/cheese stick. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Italian dunker, dipping sauce OR PBJ sandwich, steamed corn, salad greens, pear sauce/orange.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Chicken patty on a bun OR PBJ Uncrustable, tater tots, steamed carrots, salad greens, peach sauce/banana.

BREAKFAST Biscuits & gravy. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Nacho supreme, tortilla chips OR yogurt/bread stick, pinto beans, salad greens, pineapple sauce/apple.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon roll. LUNCH Entrees: Choose 1 - Sausage or cheese pizza OR breaded catfish strips on a bun, steamed broccoli, salad greens, applesauce/melon.






BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken patty, coleslaw, carrots, mixed fruit. Alt.: Chili cheese wrap.

BREAKFAST Waffles with fruit. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, tater tots, baked beans, pineapple, orange. Alt.: Beef stew.

BREAKFAST Pretzel with cheese. LUNCH Spaghetti, meat sauce, garlic toast, broccoli w/cheese, pears. Alt.: Chicken Alfredo.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet, breakfast potato, toast. LUNCH Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches. Alt.: Ham and cheese.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon roll, yogurt cup. LUNCH Cheese pizza, lettuce salad, steamed corn, spicy apples. Alt.: Burritos.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Chicken patty, bun, broccoli, cauliflower mix, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza LUNCH Hot dogs, baked beans, veggies, fruit and milk.

BREAKFAST Belgian waffles. LUNCH Tacos or chicken fajitas, soft shell or chips, veggies, fruit and milk.


BREAKFAST Yogurt parfait. LUNCH Cheese pizza, tuna salad, corn, veggies, fruit and milk.

LUNCH Chili, corn meal muffin with honey butter, salad, pears.

LUNCH Black-bean enchilada, salsa, salad OR BBQ, bun, sweet potato wedges, green beans, pineapple.

LUNCH Cook’s choice OR baked chicken, roasted baby red potatoes, Californiablend veggies, peaches.

LUNCH Chicken burger with fixings, chicken noodle soup, peas, mixed fruit, fresh fruit.



LUNCH Chicken nuggets, rice, veggies, fruit and milk.

LUNCH Hot dog, macaroni & cheese, cooked broccoli, mandarin oranges.

LUNCH Pizza, baby carrots, dip OR ham salad.

LUNCH Fish burger, fresh veggies, fresh fruit.


CHURCH NEWS Pastor Mary Ann Bowman to teach in Malawi, Africa LUCK – Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, of Bone Lake Lutheran Church in Luck, will be heading to Malawi, Africa, in July. She has been appointed by ELCA Bishop Duane Pederson of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin to teach at the Pastor’s Academy in Lilongwe, Malawi, a companion synod. She and John Sutherland, an ELCA pastor in Beldenville, will teach Biblical studies and Lutheran theology to 50 pastors from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi who gather one time per year for this continuing education event. The ELCM is one of the fastest growing churches in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The ELCM was established Nov. 21, 1982. The establishment was done by indigenous laypeople who became Lutherans as they worked in the neighboring countries of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Tanzania, where Lutheranism had already existed and rooted. In 1999, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi and the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin–ELCA covenanted together in a companion synod relationship. Even though it is an honor for Bowman to be chosen for this teaching opportunity, each pastor has to fund their own trip. To help defray the travel costs of Bowman’s trip, Bone Lake Lutheran Church is hosting a roast beef dinner for the community on Sunday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30

Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, shown with Bishop Duane Pederson of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, will be heading to Malawi, Africa, in July. – Photo submitted p.m. There will be a freewill offering for the dinner and silent auction items to bid on. - submitted

Judas betrays at New Hope by Wayne Anderson Special to the Leader GRANTSBURG - The traitor Judas Iscariot cried out in abject regret and called for forgiveness at New Hope Lutheran Church during the second Lenten service, Wednesday, Feb. 20. “Forgive me!” cried Judas after betraying Jesus. The Bible says after that betrayal, and in compete anguish, Judas departed and hung himself. Actor Greg Zellmer, of Shell Lake, performed the solo part of Judas in a series of biblical dramatizations at New Hope for Lent. Many have seen the 22-year-old actor in the past onstage at the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church in their elaborate Easter Alive production. The church decided not to hold the performance this year. But New Hope will hold four more Lenten portrayals of Bible moments and characters: Doubting Thomas, Feb. 27; John the disciple, March 6; the Apostle Peter, March 13; and Bartholomew the disciple, March 20. For more information on these Bible dramatizations, call New Hope at 715-4635700.

News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Pictured are the students from Pilgrim in the First Communion class (L to R): Teresa Neely, daughter of Greg and Christina Atkinson; Cade Engen, son of Troy and Pam; and Tessa Domagala, daughter of Scott. Not pictured was Braeden Siebenthal, son of Terry and Tara. – Photos submitted FREDERIC – During worship on Sunday, Feb. 3, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Sienna Aurellia Atkinson became a child of God through the sacrament of holy baptism. She is the daughter of Greg and Christina and her sponsors were Kim Swiontek and Eric Atkinson. Her older sisters, Teresa, Trista and Selene, gathered around the baptismal font to watch their baby sister get baptized. It was on Jan. 8, 2012, that sister Selene was baptized at Pilgrim. There were grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members and friends all celebrating this special occasion. Also on this Sunday, there were four students who took their first Communion. For the past two Saturdays, Pastor Paul Sienna Aurellia Atkinson became a child of held First Communion classes for students God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. from Bethany in Siren and Pilgrim. ParticShe is the daughter of Greg and Christina and ipating students from Pilgrim were Teresa her sponsors were Kim Swiontek and Eric Neely, daughter of Greg and Christina Atkinson; Cade Engen, son of Troy and Atkinson. Pam; and Tessa Domagala, daughter of fice at 715-327-8012. The secretary is in the Scott and Braeden Siebenthal, son of Terry office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Tara. from 9 a.m. till noon. You can also go to Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for their Web site Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. or check out other activities on Facebook. For more information about the church or coming events, please call the church of-

PALT DINNER Sunday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, McKinley

Actor Greg Zellmer portrays Judas Iscariot in front of a cross, where Jesus was crucified after he betrayed him. A series of dramatizations are being performed at New Hope Lutheran. - Photo by Wayne Anderson

8 miles west of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 or 14 miles east of Luck. Menu: Traditional Swedish potato dumplings, baked ham, Scandinavian fruit soup, Jell-O salad, homemade pies, 578430 28Lp coffee & milk.

Adults - $8 • Youth (5 - 16) -

Crosswalk performs at St. Peter’s

Welcome Service

NEW WINE CHURCH 309 5th Street Centuria, WI Sunday Service 10 a.m. Music by Crosswalk was enjoyed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Sunday, Feb. 24, for the Lenten Sunday service. Following the service a fish dinner was served by Fred and Leslie Valentine. - Photo submitted

5 • Kids Under 5 FREE


Pastor Scott Petznick Pastor Randy Stone

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Trade Lake Baptist Church Is Pleased To Announce The Arrival Of The Reverend David Prince, And His Wife, Linda The public is invited to join us at a welcome service on Sunday, March 3, beginning at 2 p.m. With a time of fellowship and refreshments to follow. Trade Lake Baptist Church is located approximately 6 miles west of Frederic, at 20750 County Road Z, 578478 28L Frederic, Wisconsin.

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CESA spelling bee winners

CESA No. 11 coordinates and hosts the Badger Spelling Bee regional competition, in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Journal, for the 39 districts within CESA No. 11. Regional winners participate at the state bee and the state winner represents Wisconsin at the National Scripp’s Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the spelling bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 39 young spellers faced off at the CESA 11 Regional Badger Spelling Bees that were held at Turtle Lake and Woodville. Shown above are winners in the north group of schools (L to R): Jason Peterson of Webster, second place; Alex Townsend of Barron, third place; and Ellen Ringlien of Osceola, champion. Other winners from area schools include Kaitlyn Krarup of Amery, Nicole Mikula of Shell Lake, Cordell Fischer of Siren, Meaghan Melendez of Spooner, Katherine Herrick of St. Croix Falls, Patric Tillery of Unity and Caleb Peterson of Turtle Lake. - Photo submitted

Two-minute shopping spree winner


Arlene Sund Erickson Kakac

Eunice Kanne

Arlene Sund Erickson Kakac, Frederic, 85, went to be with her Lord on Feb. 24, 2013. She was born March 29, 1927, the daughter of Almon and Alvina Sund. She graduated from Milltown High School in 1945 and was united in marriage to Rex Erickson on Nov. 20, 1948. To this union three children were born: Barry (Deanna) Erickson of Milltown, Randy (Donna) Erickson of Atlas and Jill (Todd) Route of Luck. Later in life, she married Kenneth Kakac on July 20, 1985. They resided together on Spirit Lake in Frederic, until her move to the United Pioneer Home in March 2012. Arlene enjoyed word seeks, playing piano and coffee. She was an avid baker, baking at Luck School for 33 years. She leaves to mourn: husband, Kenny Kakac of Spirit Lake; sister-in-law, Harriet Gerber of the United Pioneer Home; sons, Barry (Deanna) Erickson and Randy (Donna) Erickson; and daughter, Jill (Todd) Route; eight grandchildren, Heather Erickson, Rex (Heidi) Erickson, Amanda (Jordan) Hammond, Toby Erickson, Katie (Joe) Tolan, Adam (Emily) Erickson, Sara Route and Nick (Shannon) Route; and 10 great-grandchildren. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rex; and brothers, Marvin and Vernon Sund. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck, with the Rev. Mary Ann Bowman officiating. Online condolences may be left at Please return to this Web site for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Eunice Kanne, 105, Grantsburg, was called from this life on Feb. 19, 2013. She was born in Dent, Minn., on Dec. 15, 1907, on the family farm, the second daughter of Theodore and Johanna (Clementson) Kanne. When she was 12 years old, the family moved to Grantsburg, where she attended Grettum School for her eighth year and Grantsburg High School for four years, walking five miles her freshman year. She graduated in 1926 qualified to teach in rural schools. She spent five years teaching at Grettum and Trade Lake No. 3, both rural schools. After attending River Falls College in 1931-32, she spent eight years teaching the grammar grades at Branstad Graded School. Next came 2-1/2 years teaching at Chippewa Falls. During World War II from 1942-46, Eunice taught radio mechanics to Air Force personnel at Truax Field. After one year at Robbinsdale, Minn., came a move to Waukegan, Ill. From 1948-1972, she taught first grades there, with the exception of a leave of absence in 1955-56 when she went to Mannheim, Germany, to teach children of the Army of Occupation. Eunice was always interested in furthering her education. She completed the River Falls two-year course and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and Master of Science degree from Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill. Most credits were earned in summer and evening classes. It was during the year in Germany that she developed her love of travel. Every weekend was spent in a new part of Europe going as far north as above the Arctic Circle and south up the Nile River in Africa, and she visited the Holy Land during the Christmas holidays. After a 45-year teaching career, Eunice retired to her lake home at Wood Lake in Grantsburg. Finding time to spare, she spent seven additional years teaching at Grace Nursery School. She also became interested in researching local history. This resulted in two books, “Pieces of the Past” and “Were They Really the Good Old Days?” and a small book about Grantsburg’s Big Gust. Having a good memory of the things in the early 1900s, she recorded memories of bygone days, and she shared them with a Grantsburg seventh grade who produced a book titled “Memories of the 20th Century.” The years were also filled with cruises and tours, over 20 of them, visiting six of the seven continents. These included five trips to North Norway, where she visited relatives where her maternal family members and many Grantsburg early settlers came from. Eunice was inspired to write a fifth book, “From Far North Norway.” Tapping into that good memory of the early days of her long life, she wrote a weekly column, “Strolling Through the Past,” for the Burnett County Sentinel, and which she shared with the folks at the Continuing Care Center on regular visits, until becoming a resident herself in 2009. Eunice was a longtime and very active member of Bethany Lutheran Church. She was a generous woman of deep faith who supported many missionaries and other causes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Johanna; sisters, Verna Linden, Dorothy Pemmit and Gertrude Kanne; brothers, Herbert and Ronald Kanne; nephew, Vernon; and great-nephew, Corin; and other relatives. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Svea Kanne; many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and a grandnephew. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 24, at Bethany Lutheran in Grantsburg. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Tom Johnson Tom Johnson, 68, Siren, died Feb. 25, 2013. Memorial service will be Friday, March 8, at 11 a.m., visitation 10-11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. 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.

George H. Kasper

Jan Nickel of Grantsburg won the Grantsburg Family Foods two-minute shopping spree. It was one of numerous prizes handed out by Grantsburg Family Foods as part of their fiveyear anniversary sale in February, celebrating five years of ownership by Johanneson’s Inc. Nickel was able to grab just shy of $200 worth of groceries. Also in the photo is Matt Fury, assistant store director at the store. - Special photo

George H. Kasper, 84, Danbury, died Feb. 16, 2013. George was born on June 6, 1928, in the Town of Stubbs in Rusk County, to Antone and Helen Kasper. He was united in marriage to Marcella on Aug. 25, 1951, in Weyerhaeuser. George worked for BF Nelson Manufacturing in Minneapolis, Minn., for 25 years. He later worked at Horton and bartended at Oak Grove Supper Club. He also spent 20 years working as a security guard for St. Croix Casino. In his free time, George enjoyed his hobby farm, hunting, fishing and had a passion for rock collecting. He was a past member of the Webster Lions and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Anthony; sister, Loretta; grandson, Matthew; and son-inlaw, Steve Sjolund. He is survived by his wife, Marcella; children, Cynthia Kasper, Sharon Sjolund (Lee Lieser), Deb (Steven) Erickson, Julie (Mark) Lang and Marcy (Brian) Pardun; grandchildren, Georgina, Charles, Sarah, Ken, Janelle, Even, Jordan, Seth and Shainia; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Baker and Marcella Szymanski; along with many relatives and friends. A visitation was held Monday, Feb. 25, at SwedbergTaylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. A Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Mike Tupa as celebrant. Interment followed at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. Pallbearers were Charlotte L. McCormack, 91, passed away at Good Seth Pardun, Charles Sjolund, Ken Erickson, Mark Lang, Samaritan Home in St. Croix Falls on Feb. 23, 2013. Brian Pardun and David Ferguson. Online condolences Charlotte was born May 28, 1921, in Poughkeepsie, can be made at N.Y., to Everett and Blanch Martin. She married Donald The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, McCormack on Aug. 19, 1950. was entrusted with arrangements. Charlotte and Donald lived most of their married life in Peoria, Ill., and moved to St. Croix Falls in 2011 to be closer to family. She is survived by Donald, her husband of 62 years; their son, James (Barb) McCormack of Arlington, Texas; their daughter, Karen (John) Confer of St. Croix Falls; and their son, Steven (Kristen) McCormack of St. Croix Falls; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in St Croix Falls on Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. Visitation starts an hour earlier. She will be buried in Peoria, Ill., at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Condolences may be left at The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

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OBITUARIES Thomas L. Dinkel Thomas L. Dinkel, 53, of Siren, formerly of Beaver Dam, died suddenly from a heart attack on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Thomas was born on June 25, 1959, in Beaver Dam, to Dale and JoAnn (Carr) Dinkel. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1977 and from UW-Oshkosh in 1982. Tom served for the state of Wisconsin as a probation and parole officer in Siren, and retired in 2009. Tom was an avid sports fan; he played both high school football and four years at UW-Oshkosh. After his playing days, Tom loved to watch his nephews play high school football, and he also followed UW-Whitewater Warhawks football where his brother is the offensive coordinator. Tom loved art and was partial to Native American artifacts. He also enjoyed being at Wild Rose sitting by the fire pit and was always willing to start a fire and grill out. He is survived by his parents, Dale and JoAnn Dinkel of Beaver Dam; brothers, Robert (Kris) Dinkel of Wausau, and Stephen (Cathi) Dinkel of Jefferson; sister, Mary Beth (nee Dinkel) Jeske of New Berlin; sister-in-law, Lori Dinkel of Madison; nephews, Vince and Jake Dinkel; nieces, Anna, Jenna and Kaitlin Dinkel and Kennedy Jeske; special cousins, Debbie Harder, Mary Lalley and Sue St. Pierre; special friends, Bill and Norma Dorn; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; sister, Sheree Ann Dinkel; and brothers, Michael D. Dinkel and James J. Dinkel. If desired, memorials may be made in Thomas Dinkel’s name to St. Katharine Drexel Parish or School, or to the American Heart Association. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church 511 S. Spring St. in Beaver Dam on Friday, March 1, at noon, with a time of visitation starting at 10 a.m. until noon at the church. An inurnment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at For directions, or other information regarding the services, please visit Murray Funeral Home’s Web site at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Tyler John Hole Tyler John Hole, 23, Hudson, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 19, 2013, in River Falls. Tyler was born March 3, the son of John and Sherri (Kreutzian) Hole. Tyler graduated from Hudson High School’s Class of 2007. While in high school, Tyler played football and participated in many school and church activities, was voted prom prince and was proudly involved in the Youth Synod Board at Bethel Lutheran Church. Most recently, Tyler was working on his general studies at Riverland Community College. He had many plans for his future and hoped to someday find a special girl and have a family. Tyler had a big, beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor that lit up any room. He had a kind and caring heart, great intuition and understanding of the feelings of others, and was always looking out for his friends. Tyler was a fun-loving and social guy, who thrived on connecting with others. He was low key and comfortable just hanging out with people he cared about. He was in his element when in the company of his friends and brothers. He loved playing Magic, watching movies, spending time at the beach, hiking the waterfall at Willow River, seeing his nephews, disk golfing and snowboarding. He took pride in being a good friend and making people happy and comfortable. Ty’s battle with addiction began in his late teens. He received the best treatment and care possible and cherished the relationships he formed while in recovery. His ability to love others and take part in our family as a son, brother and uncle never faltered during his struggle. He was surrounded by love and support at every step. Tyler’s smile and caring heart blessed the lives of all those around him. His presence in those lives will be dearly missed. Tyler will remain in the hearts of his parents, John (Sherri) Hole of Hudson; brothers, Brian (Rachel) of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Robert (Holly) of Owatonna, Minn.; nephews, David, Rylan and Terran; grandfather, Robert Kreutzian of Luck; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, LaDonis Kreutzian; paternal grandparents, Everett and Geri Hole; uncles, Kenneth and Gary Hole and Richard Spaulding. A memorial gathering was held on Friday, Feb. 22, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Hudson, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at church. A celebration of Tyler’s life was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, Hudson, with Pastor Van Bredeson officiating. Private interment will take place later this spring in Luck. Memorials are preferred to Changing Gaits, Inc., an organization which was dear to Tyler’s heart. Funeral services were entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725,

Charles (Chub) Herbert Peterson Jr. Charles (Chub) Herbert Peterson Jr., 86, Lewis, died peacefully at his daughter's home on Feb. 14, 2013. Charles was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Cumberland to Charles (Chas) and Alice Peterson. Charles worked many years as a carpenter for his father. Charles proudly enlisted in the Army and served his country during WWII with the military police and as a cook; and working in an office in Japan. Charles and Gail were married in 1954. They started a family and lived in the Twin Cities. In 1969, Charles and Gail purchased and ran a restaurant in Lewis. This is where Charles and Gail raised their family. Charles lived life to the fullest. He loved to hunt, fish, tell stories, joke and dance. Most of all, we will all miss his great sense of humor and his heartfelt advice. Charles was most proud of his “big” bear kill in Alaska; and his 200-pound buck, shot in Wisconsin, that he had mounted. Charles is survived by daughters, Dawn (Sheldon) Peterson of Siren, Brenda Peterson of Indian Creek/Frederic and Susan Peterson (Darlow) of St. Paul, Minn.; sons, Charles (Chuck) Peterson of Luck and Jeff Bell of Arizona; sister, Jean Stenberg of Bayfield; and brother, Warren Peterson of Memphis, Tenn. Charles, Chub, Dad, Grampa – you will be sadly missed by your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family and many friends. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Gail; father, Charles; mother, Alice; and brother, Robert. A celebration of Chub’s life will be held at Southfork Sporting Club, Sunday, March 10, 1 p.m.

Edwin (Ed) R. Blanding Edwin (Ed) R. Blanding, 64, Danbury, died Feb. 17, 2013. Ed was born on May 22, 1948, in Frederic, to Rexford and Karen Marie Blanding. He was united in marriage to Sharon on Nov. 25, 1972, in Bloomington, Ill. Ed worked as an industrial electrician, working in oil fields, nuclear power plants, missile sites in the Dakotas, taconite mines, and in hospitals and jails for over 25 years. He was a retired member of the IBEW Local No. 176 in Illinois. He was an active member of the Burnett County Democratic Party and past member of the the Elks and the Moose Lodge. In his free time, he spent time outdoors enjoying nature, watching the birds, deer hunting and fishing. He was also known to show his moves on the dance floor. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Calvin; and brother, Leroy; sister-in-law, Lucille; and special aunt, Esther Blanding-Amundson. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; their children, Sue (Warren) Altmann and Timothy (Cory) SmithBlanding and Beth Falls; his grandson, Devin; brother, Don and John “Jack” (Dianne); along with other relatives and many dear friends. A funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 22, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Music was provided by Melanie and McKenzie Brown, Douglas Dahlman and Dianne Gravesen. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mildred N. Hillman Mildred N. Hillman, 93, Woodruff, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Golden Age Nursing Home in Tomahawk. She was born on Nov. 24, 1919, in Middleville, Minn., the daughter of Charlie and Minnie (nee Anders) Taylor. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; all her brothers and sisters; husband, Karl Sr.; and her son, Karl Jr.; plus two grandsons. She is survived by two daughters, Patsy Sommerfeld and JoAnn Sommerfeld (Marvin); daughter-in-law, Donna Hillman (Karl Jr.); and many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Per Mildred’s wishes, cremation will take place and no services will be held. Online condolences may be shared at Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services of Minocqua and Woodruff, 715-356-3200, was entrusted with arrangements.

Clarence Lee Clarence Lee, 86, died at his home in Wolf Creek on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 1, 2 p.m., at the Edling Funeral Home in Grantsburg. The family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service. A full obituary will be published at a later date. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Kenneth C. Long Kenneth C. Long, 62, Balsam Lake, passed away on Feb. 19, 2013, at the Willow Ridge Health Care Center in Amery, with his beloved family at his side. Kenneth was born on June 7, 1950, the son of Robert and Valeria Long. Ken and Linda Long were married on Oct. 23, 1976. They resided in St. Francis, Minn., until 1992 and have lived in Balsam Lake since then. Ken spent his career in the manufacturing industry, and prior to his retirement in 2010, he worked for Kurt Manufacturing in Minneapolis, Minn. Ken and Linda also owned the Old General Store on the Main Street of Balsam Lake during the 1990s. Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, working outside with his tractor and four-wheeler, and playing with his grandchildren. In recent years, Ken revisited a hobby he enjoyed in his youth by spending much of his time restoring his muscle car to its former glory and traveling to car shows around the country. Kenneth leaves to celebrate his memory: his mother, Valeria Long of Coon Rapids, Minn.; children, Todd (April) Owen of Rice Lake, Troy (Heidi) Long of Houston, Texas, and Trina (Troy) Strand of Balsam Lake; grandchildren, Peyton Owen, Hadley Owen, Carson Strand and Chance Strand; sisters, Carol (Richard) Nelson, of Maple Grove, Minn., Cathy (Bob) Vanderlinden of Redwood Falls, Minn., Pam (Mike) Steffens of Aitken, Minn., Julie (Kevin) Hank of Oak Grove, Minn., and Sheila (Scott) Thompson of Oak Grove, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family and friends. Kenneth is preceded in death by his father, Robert Long; and his wife, Linda, on Oct. 30, 2009. The funeral service for Kenneth was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Georgetown Lutheran Church. Pastor Neil Weltzin officiated. Kenneth was laid to rest alongside his wife, Linda, at the Georgetown Lutheran Church Cemetery following the funeral. Pallbearers were Joe Steffens, Ryan Hank, Rick Hank, Michael Hansen, Matthew Hansen and Jeffrey Hermansen. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Ruth Marie Berglin Ruth Marie Berglin, 42, was brought safely home by Jesus, in his incredible, unbounded love, on Feb. 18, 2013. On Feb. 28, 1970, the world became a brighter place. Ruth grew up in Lake Milles, the daughter of Robert and Emily Armstrong. In that far too brief time, she had a tremendous impact in a real and meaningful way. She touched more lives than we will ever know. She was so wonderful, in so many ways, daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, teacher, author, musician and more. She loved and gave so much. She was content. She freely shared the incredible love of Jesus and his sacrifice and guidance for us all. She loved teaching and leading the Jesus Cares group because they gave love freely and easily. She was the definition of “better” in “better half.” Through she excelled in many areas, she shined brightest as a mother of two precious daughters. She is survived by husband, Joel; daughters, Janinya and Katriana; parents, Robert and Emily Armstrong of Belle Plaine; sisters, Charlotte (Loren) Stegman of New Hope, Rachel (Chad) Grambsch of Columbus, and Paula (Erik) Arndt of Sheboygan; and so many others who may have been more distant with their bloodline, but were within her heart and prayers. Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minn. Memorials are preferred to Jesus Cares Ministries or to donor’s choice. Woodland Hills Funeral Home, Mankato, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

Roy E. Semo Sr. Roy E. Semo Sr., 85, Danbury, died Feb. 23, 2013. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., with visitation 10-11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. 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.




perspectives Sally Bair

Tilted floors Since my body is beginning to require more upkeep than the gardens and lawns of my country home, I sold my home and moved into town. The change is easier both on my budget and on my body. As with any change, however, there are trade-offs. I already miss watching the wild critters that visited my country home, but enjoy living closer to other

people. My new, relatively quiet neighborhood has nice neighbors. The upstairs tenants are quiet. I don’t have to shovel or mow. My apartment suits my needs. I’m comfortable here. As in all houses, not everything is perfect in my new apartment. The house is old and the floors tilt. My desk drawers slide shut when I want them to stay open. The bookcases are leveled with shims. The desk chair tries to roll me to places I don’t want to go. When I think about these imperfections, I laugh because my crooked apartment is so much like life. We are riddled with flaws and idiosyncrasies in body, mind and personality. None of us is perfect. Sometimes we can even laugh about our imperfections. We might compare tilted floors to our

Parents concerned about teen’s excessive gaming habits Q: Our teenage son is extremely intelligent. The problem is he only wants to play video games all day and night when he’s home. It’s a struggle to get him to do any physical activities or even just read a book. How can I encourage him to do other things without completely taking his video games away? Jim: You’re not alone. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that kids aged 8 to 18 now spend more than 7-1/2 hours every day using electronic gadgets, including game consoles. It’s time to go beyond “encouraging him to do other things” and actually set some limits. Sit down with him and explain your concerns in clear language. Tell him you feel things have gotten out of hand and that you’re going to start limiting the amount of time he spends gaming. Point out that it’s important to live a balanced life that includes interests outside of video games, things like reading, spending time with friends, playing sports or enjoying the outdoors. Say that you won’t allow any video games until homework and chores are complete. Then be sure to follow through. Don’t

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back down in the face of whining and complaining. At worst, you might need to get rid of the game console for a time. Most parents who stay strong in this battle find that their teens eventually discover that there’s more to life than pixels on a screen. We have implemented this plan with our own two boys, ages 10 and 12. We also use an “earn to play” system. Both approaches have worked well for us. ••• Q: I’m a single father, and I’m having a hard time juggling work, home, school and my children. I want to be the best I can be for them. Do you have any advice for single dads in these types of situations? Leon Wirth, executive director of Parenting and Youth: My heart goes out to you. We often read about the plight of single moms, and rightly so, but your situation is no less challenging. To encourage you, here’s an excerpt from an article that another single dad,

spiritual lives, too. We struggle with poor judgments, bad habits and sinful deeds every day. The best of us are stuck with imperfections. Mozart not only made mistakes on the piano, he is said to have lived an immoral life. Miss America may be beautiful, but she may also be judgmental. Famous leaders often become prideful, or worse. None of us will ever attain perfection in our lifetime. There is hope for us imperfect beings, however. Jesus’ death and resurrection allows us to become “perfect”— that is, complete and mature—in him. Paul’s mission was to preach and teach people so he “may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Colossians 1:28) We who will believe in and love him with our whole heart, soul and strength, and love

our neighbor as ourselves, will know spiritual perfection. But our bodies and minds will remain flawed, unevenly tilted. “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” (1 Corinthians 13:10) No doubt this verse refers to Christ’s second coming when everything will become perfect—without tilted floors. There will be no more imperfections in our body—our physical home—and no more sin. Lord, thank you for accepting us in our imperfect form and making us complete and mature through Christ, who resides within us. Thank you, too, for your promise of total perfection when we meet you face to face. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

Don Barlow, wrote for Focus on the Family: “In January 1987, my wife of 12 years died from pancreatic cancer. This left me with the responsibility of raising my 8year-old daughter alone. After the shock of my wife’s death, I became aware that I knew nothing about raising a daughter by myself. “When she was in elementary school, I became a ‘Room Father.’ (When it was my turn to bring cookies, I could buy the dough in rolls, cut it into individual cookies and bake them.) I helped coach her softball team. I encouraged her involvement in church activities, so she would be spiritually grounded. I enrolled her in charm school and we joined ballroom dancing classes together. “I tried to be involved by balancing work and family. I passed up a job at a local university because of the position’s frequent out-of-state travel. “My daughter is 23 years old now. Like any parent, I didn’t know it would turn out OK, until it did. It boiled down to this, ultimately, the best gift I could give my daughter was my time, my love and my encouragement.” You’re probably thinking, “That’s easier said than done,” and you’re right. You’re going to need all the prayer and support you can get as you tackle the

challenges of being a single dad. But take courage in the fact that investing time, love and encouragement in your kids will reap huge benefits. For more insights, check out the Dad Matters blog at dadmatters. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of “Focus on the Family,” author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt, 218-371-1335 715-327-4461 Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

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

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

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

MILLTOWN LUTHERAN Pastors Mel Rau & Maggie Isaacson 113 W. Main St.. W., 715-825-2453 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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




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


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

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


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

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

ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Worship & Holy Communion - 9 a.m.;



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



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

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

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



Pastor Jody Walter Church Phone 715-327-8608 Sun. Wor. - 8:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays facebook/OurRedeemerWebster

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

ST. LUKE UNITED - FREDERIC 100 Linden Street, Frederic Pastor “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Serv. 5:15 p.m.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

Pastor David Prince 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.;





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

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







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

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



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




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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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




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



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

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


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

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

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





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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

ST. PETER’S COMMUNITY CHURCH “Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-553-1800, Pastor Rick VanGundy Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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I would like to give a special thank-you to all the wonderful people that took time to share my family’s pain in the loss of our loved one, Leianne Doriott. There were so many who gave of themselves to assist us in what we needed to do, care for her in her final days. Dennis Staples and his extended family, Eldon and Bess Arneson (the best neighbors she ever had), Trista Dahlberg, Joanie and Wes Boos, The Tap’s Jerry and Irene Rand, Heidi Rand, Kenny Cairns, Wanda Meier, Tara Holmstrom, many, many people that just stopped in to say “hi” and to spend a few minutes of their day with us and finally to the Hospice care workers that gave us the encouragement and assistance when needed, Pat, Jan and Angie, thank you very, very much. If I’ve forgotten anyone, please forgive me, some names slipped my mind, it’s been a stressful time. Blessings to all of you, you truly lightened our load.

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Jamesen Wink has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Troy and Jesseka Wink. Math is his favorite subject. Jamesen loves to eat pizza and watch TV. His favorite show is SpongeBob, his favorite sports are football, basketball and baseball. He loves the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Frederic Vikings. Jamesen has a brother, Tysen, and a pet dog, Brewer.

Shylie King has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Beth and Shawn King. Shylie has developed into an excellent student over the last couple of years. She is polite, respectful and has a great sense of humor. Shylie is involved in volleyball, band and choir. She enjoys drawing, writing, reading and plans on becoming an author. The greatest influence in her life is her mom.

Jack Neumann has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of RaeLynn Johnson and Wally Neumann. Jack works hard in class and was on the B honor roll last quarter. He is a friendly, responsible young man and an FFA leader. Jack is a member of the FFA and works on a farm. He enjoys ice fishing and hanging out with friends. Jack plans on farming after graduation.

Sadye Bunting has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Scott and Sue Bunting. Sadye is a conscientious student, is polite, treats others with kindness and respect and sets a good example for her classmates. She works hard, always does her best and is always a pleasant girl. Sadye’s favorite subject is math. She enjoys snowshoeing. Her favorite book is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”


Amanda Jeffery has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Dixie and Allen Jeffery. Amanda is a very hardworking student, always taking extra time to do her best on every assignment. She recently had to take care of a rabbit in the classroom and was very responsible. Amanda participates in the Kinship Program. She enjoys sewing, reading, crossword puzzles and going for walks.

Richard Berry has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Marissa and Lloyd Berry. Richard works to achieve his goals and get the most out of class time. He is involved in track and field, AODA, choir, jazz band and works as a cashier at MarketPlace Foods. Richard enjoys listening to and playing music. His future plans include a tutoring apprenticeship while attending school for music and sound production.


Payton Ellefson has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Devlyn and Holly Ellefson. Payton is a great student who prepares well for tests. He had an outstanding leaf project in science class. Payton is involved in confirmation, basketball, football and baseball. He enjoys hunting, fishing and dirt biking. The greatest influence in his life is his dad.

Haley Dikkers has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Martin and Kathryn Dikkers. Haley has earned a CIA gold card, is a member of NHS and has auditioned for state honors choir. She comes to class prepared, has good questions and always has something interesting to say. Haley is involved in art club, forensics, NHS, choir, band, visual arts classic and solo ensemble. She enjoys listening, making and singing to music and drawing.

Alli Schneider has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in kindergarten and the daughter of Brad and Sashi Schneider. Alli likes to play during recess with her friends. Her favorite thing to do at home is sledding in the backyard with her brothers. Alli would like to be a teacher when she grows up. She is a helpful and caring student.

Kacie Kriegshauser has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Trina and Kevin Kriegshauser. Kacie is a smart and hardworking student who is wonderful to have in class. Her favorite subject is science because it is interesting and fun. Kacie enjoys biking, singing and dancing. She has one sister and a pet cat named Sparkles.

Danielle Peterson has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Lynelle Mellum. Dani likes writing, reading, drawing, painting and she loves animals. She is involved in SOS, student council and SPARKS. Dani has two younger sisters.



Patricia St. John has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in kindergarten and the daughter of Jolene Bildeau and Conrad St. John. Patricia is already reading second-grade sight words and loves reading books. She is a very hard worker and always does her best. Patricia is a great helper to her teacher and a good friend to her classmates. She is always polite and respectful to all.

Alaina Oachs has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Chad and Kerri Oachs. Alaina is very hardworking and responsible. She is always prepared for class and she is polite and respectful to teachers and peers. Alaina enjoys math, language arts and science. She is also very active in volleyball, softball, basketball and running. Alaina sings in school choir and is active in her church.

Max Lindquist has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Kent and Janelle Lindquist. Max was nominated because he is respectful and works hard in computer class. He is involved in football, basketball, track and baseball. Max also enjoys being outdoors in his spare time, either hunting, fishing or snowmobiling. In the future, Max hopes to serve our country by becoming a Marine.

Aaron Ruud has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Jon and Stacy Ruud. Aaron likes to play sports, swim, read and fish. He is a hardworking, conscientious student who leads by example. Aaron played football and is currently in basketball and will participate in track. He is also in band and choir. He plans to go to college after high school.

Destiny Lowell has been chosen Webster Elementary School's student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Kelly and Sheena Lowell. Destiny is a thoughtful and hardworking student. Her favorite subject in school is math. She enjoys playing with her friends in school. In her spare time Destiny enjoys playing with her dog, Skitter, listening to music and playing outside.

Destiny Inkman has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of LeeAnna Wertz. Destiny is a quiet, level-headed young lady. Her quick smile and sincere respectfulness make her a pleasure to be around. She has good ideas and is always helpful to classmates. Destiny is involved in band and basketball. She enjoys playing video games with family and friends. Destiny also enjoys playing with her pets.

Kenna Gall has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Kari Budge. Kenna works hard in the classroom and as an athlete. She has the skills to seek out help if needed. Kenna is very caring and polite to her peers and teachers. She is involved in mentoring for the elementary school, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Kenna enjoys snowboarding and playing sports.


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Destiny Switzer has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Eric Switzer. Destiny is a hardworking, cooperative and extremely well-behaved student. She is pleasant, friendly and always a joy to have in class. Destiny is an awesome girl.

Jeremiah Sutton has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Faith and Quentin Kohler and Rodney Sutton. Jeremiah is positive and nice to others. He has a strong work ethic and has a great attitude with a wonderful sense of humor.

Lillian Lenk has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Kevin and Holly Lenk. Lily is an amazing leader in band, in her own section and for the entire group. She participates in all music activities, helps to guide younger students and works hard to promote high standards in music. Lily is involved in band, jazz band, forensics, Quiz Bowl, drama, volleyball and 4-H. She plans to major in music education.


Coming events

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities



Balsam Lake

• Discover and explore Spanish at the library, 5:45 p.m., 715-825-2313.


• Northwoods Flyers Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Club meets at the government center, Rm. 165, 7 p.m.



• World Day of Prayer at the Holy Trinity Methodist Church, 1:30 p.m., 715-857-5982.


• National History Day and Project Citizen showcases at the middle school, 1:30-2:45 p.m.


• World Day of Prayer service at the Methodist church, 2 p.m.

• AARP tax help at the library, 8:30-11:15 a.m., 715-8667697. • Lions & Lioness food distribution at Connections, 13 p.m., 715-866-8151.

• Free classic movie at the museum, “Fly Away Home,” 7 p.m., 715-472-2770.

FRI. & SAT./8 & 9

• World Day of Prayer at Siren Covenant Church. 9:30 a.m. coffee; 10 a.m. service.

• Prairie Fire Theatre’s “Tom Sawyer,” at the elementary school, 7 p.m.

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St. Croix Falls

SAT. & SUN./2 & 3

• Family and master puppetry workshops at Festival Theatre, 715-483-3387.

Rice Lake


• Home show at Cedar Mall.


Balsam Lake


• Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-483-9738.


• AARP tax help at the library, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 715-4632244. • RSVP due for Crex Endowment fund dinner on Sat., March 16, 715-463-2739.

• Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


• Community center fundraiser at Suzy Q’s, DJ Joe Show, 9 p.m., 715-648-5223.


• Cozy Corner Trails booya and raffle at Moose Junction Bar, noon-5 p.m.


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


Pheasants can be seen all along the roadsides as spring approaches. This one happened to be traveling along CTH D, just west of CTH M in Burnett County. – Photo by Josh Johnson


• Roast beef dinner & silent auction at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 715-472-2535.


• Bridal open house at the Rose Garden, 1-4 p.m., 715327-4281.

• Palt dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Feed My Sheep at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Doors open 8 a.m., 715-463-5699. • Supper, auction & raffle fundraiser for Wally & Judy Johnson at Dreamers, 4-8 p.m., 715-463-2428. • “May Contain Nuts 2 - Even More Nuts” at the high school, 7 p.m.

• Welcome service at Trade Lake Baptist Church, 2 p.m.



• Lewis Jam - Bluegrass, gospel & country music at Lewis United Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.


• Bryce Hacker Memorial ice-fishing contest on Big Butternut, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. • Youth wrestling tourney at the school. Reg./weigh-in 89 a.m., starts 10 a.m., 715-648-2681.

SUNDAY/3 Grantsburg

Trade Lake



• Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0291. • AARP tax help at the senior center, 9 a.m.-noon.

Clam Falls

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

• NAMI Connections recovery support group meeting at Fristad Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.,

Clear Lake

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


• Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “Tom Sawyer” at the elementary school, 3:35 p.m. • AARP tax help at the senior center, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-349-7810.

St. Croix Falls

• An evening with Red Horse at Festival Theatre, 8 p.m., 715-483-3387. • Early-release-day games at the library, 2-4 p.m., 715483-1777.



• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m., $15 donation, 715-268-7390.


• Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739. • Pet fair at the community center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• AARP tax help at the library, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 715-4632244.



• Winter Carnivore Tracks program at Crex Meadows, 1 p.m. Preregister, 715-463-2739,



• Members of the Minnesota Opera will be at the library, 5 p.m., 715-825-2313.


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


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



• VFW 6856 500 card party, 2 p.m. • Women’s Retreat at the Milltown Lutheran Church. Registration 8:15-9 a.m., 715-825-2453 to register.



• St. Patrick’s Day 5K Shamwalk/run,; parade 2 p.m.,

St. Croix Falls

• Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378.

• AARP tax help at the library, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 715-4722770. • AARP tax help at the senior center, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-1901.

Lawn mower races

St. Croix Falls

Yellow Lake

Ron Fratzke and Jason Warwas compete in the Outlaw Class on Saturday. Some of the competitors ended up a little off track and hit the center snowbank.

The lawn mower drags were held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Yellow Lake Golf Course. Race results 0-12.5 HP Super Stock First: Todd Kiekhaufer Second: Bernie Girgen Third: Spencer Wicklund 12.5-25 HP Super Stock First: Rick Girgen Second: Charlie Reynolds Outlaw First: Ron Fratzke

Carrie Gabriel (L) and Karyl Hylle (R) compete in the push lawn mower competition.

Open Class First: Joe Nelson Second: Pete Fick Photos by Raelynn Hunter

With a little too much speed, the lawn mowers seemed to develop a mind of their own.

Leader | Feb. 27 | 2010  

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