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It might have been the 65-degree weather or the spirit of the day that prompted a sly smile from nine-year-old McCoy Maslow last Saturday as he took part in Siren’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade down Main Street. More photos of the event can be found in Currents. - Photo by Mary Stirrat

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – Eiler C. Ravnholt may have started his working career as a simple farmhand in Milltown, but he later rose to work beside some of America’s most celebrated and greatest minds, while both challenging and interpreting their repose. But his bright future was hardly handed to him, as he worked his way through some of the most difficult avocations of his generation, from high school teacher to working the shipyards of Bremerton, Wash., punctuated by a long, heroic stint in the U.S. Army as an infantryman in the European Theatre of World War II, from 1943-1946. Ravnholt earned his passion for justice and made sure his words came from the sincerity of experience and logic. While working as an assistant to U.S. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D-Minn., in 1963, he gave a chilling and poetic account of the view from inside the U.S. Senate in the days following President Kennedy’s

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Local cellist featured at concerts ST. CROIX FALLS - The St. Croix Valley Orchestra will be presenting spring concerts in the area soon. For this concert there will be about 25 players from the area, from Hugo to Siren, and from Coon Rapids to Turtle Lake. The chamber orchestra rehearses at the St. Croix Falls High School, and is in its 21st season with director Randolph Elliott of Center City. Featured on the program will be Fauré’s “Elegy for Cello and Orchestra” with soloist Laura Turpin of St. Croix Falls, principal cellist with the orchestra. She began studying cello at the age of 2 with her cellist mother, and continued honing her craft with several instructors and a variety of performing groups in Illinois. She also studied Suzuki instruction methods and taught cello privately after completing an engineering degree and moving to California. Performances will begin with an appearance at Point Pleasant Heights assisted living center in Chisago City, Minn., on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Weekend concerts will be presented at United Methodist Church in Taylors Falls, Minn., on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.; at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery on Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.; and at First Methodist Church in Lindström, Minn., on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. All performances are open to the public by freewill donation, thanks to the generous help of local businesses and individuals. For more information, visit the Web site with submitted information

Elkin and Schmidt return to Festival stage ST. CROIX FALLS - It’s considered by many a special treat when Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, who normally tour separately and solo, get to share the stage together, which they will do at Festival Theatre on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. If the chemistry seems especially spark-filled, they come by it honestly, as they are a rare breed: a romantic partnership in real life, not just musical life. And the two together on stage makes for a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Schmidt is best known for his riveting poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. Elkin is best known for her incredibly soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate. Tickets for the Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin concert are available online at or by phone at 715-483-3387. This concert is part of the 2012 Music Series and is Flex Pass eligible for those who have or purchase a Flex Pass. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. - with submitted information

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Death of mother and daughter shakes Osceola community OSCEOLA – Family and friends of Shelli Maier and her daughter, Makayla Corbin, said their farewells at a funeral service held Saturday, March 10, as an entire community tried to make sense of their deaths in a house fire, March 6. Maier, 43, was a 20-year National Guard veteran, and Corbin, 16, was a sophomore at Osceola High School. Students wore purple and green, the favorite colors of both Maier and Corbin, the day after the fire, in an expression of remembrance and tribute. “I don’t think we can heal,” Maier’s younger sister, Shawna, told WCCO. “You just keep going and that’s what we’re going to have to do.” She said to lose her in a fire, considering the risks her sister took in war, was difficult to accept. And the loss of her niece was unimaginable. “I want everybody to know that Makayla was the sweetest, most kindhearted girl you could know,” said Shawna. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire which began about 7 a.m. at the residence, located on 240th Avenue. Larry Maier, 68, Makayla’s grandfather, also lived at the home and

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had taken his dog outside for approximately five minutes. Upon returning to the residence, he found the home filled with smoke. He attempted to enter the home to help his daughter and granddaughter but was forced back by smoke and heat. He was treated for smoke inhalation. Authorities spent most of the day attempting to extinguish the fire so efforts to recover the bodies could begin. The Dresser-Osceola-Garfield and Osceola Fire departments responded to the fire, as did the St. Croix Valley EMS

and the Polk County Sheriff's Office. A state fire marshal is in charge of the investigation. The fire reportedly started in the northeast corner of the home, but the cause has yet to be determined or announced. Obituaries for Makayla and Shelli can be found at Grandstrand Funeral Home’s Web site ( - with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Woman in critical condition after Clam Lake fire Two-alarm blaze leaves woman clinging to life by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – A two-alarm fire on Tuesday morning, March 13, sent two people to the hospital, with one of them suffering injuries serious enough to require her to be transported by air ambulance to the Twin Cities, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Depart-

ment. The call came in at 9:50 a.m. of a structure fire at 24525 Clam Lake Drive, which is on the east side of Clam Lake and northeast of the village of Siren. According to sheriff’s officials, both the Siren and Webster fire departments were called to the scene, along with the North Memorial Ambulance Service. Two residents were treated for injuries or smoke inhalation, Mitchell and Patricia Micek. Few details were available at press time, but sheriff’s officials

said they believe that Mitchell Micek was treated and released, while Patricia Micek was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., via air ambulance. On Wednesday morning, a Regions Medical Center official confirmed that Patricia Micek was listed in critical condition. No word on the cause of the blaze or extent of the damage, but unconfirmed reports have the home as a total loss. - with information from the Burnett County Sheriff’s office

Reporter speaks to students Grantsburg High School students Raelyn Pochman and Kate Rod talked with Inter-County Leader reporter Carl Heidel recently to hear his views on ethical versus unethical reporting and writing. The sophomores interviewed the local journalist as part of their research for a National History Day project focusing on the topic of yellow journalism, a type of journalism known for exaggerations, distortions of facts and sensationalism. - Photo by




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BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Citizens Patrol meetings will resume starting Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., and will be held the fourth Thursday of each month at the government center in the jury room. Everyone welcome. - submitted ••• BALSAM LAKE - To help citizens prepare for the tornado and severe weather season, the Polk County Emergency Management Office, in cooperation with the National Weather Service, will be hosting two Skywarn spotter classes. Both classes will be held Tuesday, March 27, in the west conference room of the Polk County Government Center. The first class is at 2 p.m., and the second class at 6:30 p.m. The class is designed to instruct individuals on the importance of early recognition and identification of potential severe weather conditions. As a trained Skywarn spotter, a person will provide an important link in the chain of defense against severe weather hazards. The class is open to the public and free of charge. - with submitted information ••• FREDERIC - All business owners in the Frederic area are invited to a chamber of commerce meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. – submitted •••

Clarification A story in last week’s Leader stated that the Luck Village Board voted 4 to 2 against bringing a possible change in the village organizational chart to the public for comment. The motion made was actually to not bring the possible change to the public for comment, and it passed with four in favor and two against. Trustees Bob Determan, Kristine King, Hassan Mian and Phil Warhol were in favor of not forwarding it for public comment. Ross Anderson and village President Peter Demydowich were opposed.

Siren man faces sexual assault charge BURNETT COUNTY – A 70-yearold Siren man faces a charge of second-degree sexual assault, crime against an elderly or disabled person. Ron E. Potvin admitted to authorities that he had sexual contact several times over the past six months with a woman who suffers from mental illness and is legally blind. Potvin was the driver of a transportation van and regularly gave the woman and others rides home. According to a criminal complaint filed by District Attorney William Norine, Potvin changed his van route so that the woman was the last person to be dropped off. A man witnessed the van parked on a rural road on or near his property on more than one occasion and became suspicious, eventually confronting Potvin, who initially denied any wrongdoing. The man notified the woman’s parents who in turn filed a complaint with authorities. The charge against Potvin, a Class C felony, carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 40 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine. Because he knew or should have known that his conduct was perpetrated against an elderly person or disabled person, he could face an additional fine of up to $10,000. Potvin is not in custody. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m. before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Kutz. - with information from Burnett County Sheriff’s Dept.


$12,500 more might save the Grantsburg pool Crunch time now to open pool this summer by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - An additional $12,500 donated now and the Grantsburg pool could open this summer. That is the bottom line after a confusing discussion at the Grantsburg Village Board meeting Monday, March 12, and a series of phone calls. If the $12,500 is raised very soon, and the Farmers Independent Telephone Company makes a grant to cover some newly required safety improvements, there would be enough time to make those improvements by the start of summer. That summer opening is important for the Grantsburg School District because the district has already scheduled swimming lessons as part of the coming summer school. Grantsburg School Administrator Joni Burgin told the Leader in a phone call that the district had been promised that the funds would be found to open the pool this summer, even if just for the lessons. “We are not giving up,” Burgin said. The immediate money is needed for 2012 pool operations. It costs about $50,000 to operate the pool each year. Fees have covered about $15,000 of that, and the village budget has picked up the rest. This year, the village cut back on the amount it can spend on operating the pool and budgeted $10,000. That left $25,000 to be raised for 2012 operations, but an estimated $10,000 for a new safety ac-

cess system required by the Federal Americans with Disability Act regulations. It is hoped that the phone company grant would cover that improvement, without which the pool can not open. That leaves $25,000 to be raised. The school district has donated $5,000, and another $7,500 has been raised in donations, so half the needed money has been raised. But the money is needed now so that the ADA project can be made and staff hired for the summer. The Grantsburg School District has committed to covering future operating costs if the funds can be raised for this year. The school board, at its Feb. 13 meeting, voted to add $25,000 to its budget for next school year to cover the operating expenses. That is in addition to the money the district now pays for swimming lessons. However, that funding can not cover the upcoming 2012 deficit. There was some confusion at the village meeting about the school district funding and whether it depends on public approval at the district’s October annual meeting. Burgin cleared that issue by pointing out that the school board prepares and approves the annual budget and has already voted to add the money to the 2012-13 budget as part of fund 80, the Community Education Fund. So the long-range issue of annual operating costs has been resolved. Half of the 2012 operating deficit, $12,500, needs to be raised now. And the phone company might make a grant for the ADA project. That leaves several unknowns. First, there is a leak that needs to be re-

paired. Water and chemical costs are higher than normal because of that leak, but there is no estimate of the cost of repair. Second, there could be new safety requirements that apply to existing pools. This year was the ADA requirement. Before that it was a drain safety system. Third, there is no long-range projection of costs to maintain the pool and who will pay that cost. Fundraising has paid for some repairs in the past. However, community donations cover only $10,000 of the $15,000 needed in 2011 for the repairs, and the village ended the 2011 year with an unbudgeted expense of over $5,000. Given the uncertainty of 2012 funding and past losses, the village set a Friday, March 16, deadline to raise the funds to operate the pool in 2012. Monday night the village board approved a motion to suspend pool operations until the 2012 funds are in hand. The Grantsburg pool was built in the 1970s and does not meet current pool specifications. It can continue to operate as an existing pool. However, if the pool closes for a season, if may lose its existing status and may not be able to reopen the following year. That issue is being clarified. In summary, half of the $25,000 needed for 2012 operations needs to be raised. The phone company may cover costs of the ADA project. The school district wants the pool to operate and has added $25,000 a year for future operating costs. Future repair and maintenance costs and who will pay them is an unexplored issue. And new safety regulations are unknown.

A. Stanley Anderson, icon of local government, dies at 87 TOWN OF MCKINLEY – A. Stanley Anderson, who died Friday, March 9, at the age of 87, may be remembered as an icon of local government of the past 50 years, serving on countless boards, including the town board in McKinley and on the Polk County Board, both as a supervisor and chairman. But it may have been his gracious style of governing that he’ll most be remembered for. That, and simply being a friendly and caring person. “Stanley was one of the generation of elected officials who could disagree with you, vote against you and still sit and visit after the meeting,” said William Johnson of Frederic, who serves as the current Polk County Board chairman and as Frederic’s village president. “He had many friends on both sides of the political spectrum, locally,

regionally and at the state level.” Johnson said when he was first elected to the county board in 1996, Anderson was re-elected to the board following a two-year absence. “He called the day after the election to see if I had A. Stanley Anderson any questions about the new position,” Johnson recalled. “He made it a point to know his employees and department heads.” Anderson always looked to the future as a

political representative, Johnson added. “He was an early advocate for an administrative coordinator position ... his legacy will reflect many accomplishments that helped make things better for people in western Wisconsin.” Long-retired from farming and politics, he never lost his interest in his community or local politics. “I visited with him a year ago, and he still wanted to know what was going on in Polk County government,” Johnson noted. Services for Anderson were held Tuesday, March 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McKinley. A veteran of the Korean War, Anderson’s cremains will be interred at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spooner. - Gary King, with submitted information

Josh Robinson to be Frederic School Administrator by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Josh Robinson will be the new Frederic School administrator, replacing the retiring Jerry Tischer in July. The school board made the appointment Monday, March 12, at the monthly board meeting. As part of a restructuring of district administration, Robinson will also remain high school principal. A new position of assistant principal/counselor has been created. Kelly Steen will remain as elementary school principal, the third member of the administrative team. Tischer said the plan, in the works since September, allows the school to assure continuity as it meets the demands of continuing a well-rounded curriculum while dealing with a declining enrollment and cuts in funding for education. The district is promoting a qualified person from within the system while the new dual role avoids the disruptions of a third high school principal in three years. The new position of assistant principal/counselor will be filled by a person who is licensed for both positions. Robinson said the guidance counselor position is a normal step to an administrative position. No one on the present staff meets both those qualifications. Grant and school happenings Robinson reported that Frederic district has received a $45,000 grant to increase opportunities for distance learning, using new technologies. The grant will allow, among other opportunities, two teachers within the school to conduct class while connected through a high-definition video feed to potentially anywhere in the world. Robinson said the new technology, using equipment paid for by the grant, integrates the SMART Board use in place in the school and is a new approach to education delivery system. He said it is a continuation of the Frederic district’s plan to use technology in innovative

tem that will allow greater access to the library resources beyond the walls of the library. The purchase of Follett Destiny program will increase individualized instruction opportunities for the students and increase information literacy skills, according to the school librarian. Changes are coming to the business education curriculum which will expand that program through more grade levels and include not only personal finance but also college-level course work in writing and comprehension plus a manufacturing class.

Josh Robinson (L) will replace the retiring Jerry Tischer as Frederic School District administrator on Saturday, July 1. Tischer started as head of the Frederic district in July 2003. - Photo by Gregg Westigard ways for high-quality education. Quality education and maintaining an excellent program in the face of funding cuts and fewer students was a theme of the meeting. Steen told the board that the K-5 school is starting its next theme project, Traveling the Tracks, which will take the students to five areas of the country. Using a railroad theme, the students will learn about the history and culture of regions of the nation. Musician and storyteller Kevin McMullin will help get the program started, and the students will conclude the monthlong experience with a visit to the Frederic museum and to Fort Snelling, Minn. Steen said the project is one of a “lot of cool great things” the elementary school is doing. More changes are coming in the high school also. The high school library media center will be receiving a new software sys-

Good response from parents Last week a numbers of parents concerned about staffing cuts appeared before the board. On Monday, two of those parents, Kordi Kurkowski and Jessica Schmidt, returned to continue the conversations. After expressing their concerns about declining enrollment and the district’s future, the board and administration responded, noting that a response was not possible last week because the changes were still not finalized. Robinson said that administration knows that home-schooling and open enrollment numbers are higher than the district wants and knows there is a need to reach out more to the parents. Board member Chuck Holicky said the board is always trying to make connections and trying to get the word out that Frederic offers a great product. He said that Frederic offers innovative programs and maintains a strong curriculum even as state funding seems to be encouraging vouchers for private schools. Holicky said part of the board’s support for good programming was voting for the future by spending down the fund balance rather than making deeper cuts. Kurkowski and Schmidt thanked the board for explaining things and making the

See Frederic school board, page 5


Council tables rain garden, fishing pier

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – At the Monday, March 12, council meeting, the agenda included two items that were tabled due to more consideration needed and more information. The items included approval of the park and rec plan of a rain garden at the south end of Lions Park, the other, consideration of $2,000 from impact fees to go toward the Lions Park accessible fishing pier project. The park and rec committee has planned a rain garden to help beautify the south end of Lions Park as well as help in water runoff issues, however, Councilman Paul Kuhlman stated he would like the issue tabled when the agenda item came up. The next item on the agenda was to contribute $2,000 to the Lions Club toward a fishing pier. Discussion took place on the item, including some comments on the rain garden. Councilman Brian Blesi stated he felt both proposals could dovetail together. He felt the rain garden was a good idea, but felt maybe more study needs to be done to remedy the runoff problem. “I think we need to look at a comprehensive scope of work at Lions Park. It is our

most used park, and maybe we need an engineered solution for water runoff. We could look into enterprise funding for storm-water management.” “The south side plans have been around for five years,” said Kuhlman. “We need to get moving and in order to do that, we need to start something and then other things can follow. I think we need to get a start, and the rain garden is a start.” “Maybe we should not have a pier at all,” stated Councilman Debra Kravig. “I don’t know that we need to have one there or at least not a permanent one. There are fishing piers at Interstate Park for people to use. I’m not sure how much use one here would have. It’s a question of the list of priorities the Lions have. They want control of it, but want city money. It’s kind of murky.” “We are looking at it as a buy-in with the Lions Park and a way to help us work with the Lions on developing the park,” Kuhlman said. “I think we should try to make the park better working with the Lions,” said Kravig. “I support the park and rec committee spending budgeted money on a rain garden to fix a blight in the park. I also agree with the idea of en-

gineering to fix the problem.” City Administrator Joel Peck stated, “It sounds like you are agreeing to do a more comprehensive look or plan with the Lions Park.” Blesi suggested tabling the fishing pier item as they did the rain garden item. “We would only be earmarking money for a pier that may be constructed at some point.” The item was tabled. In other business, the council amended the ordinance governing the historic district to allow other conditional uses and structures allowed by the city for the wastewater treatment facility to be a conditional use in the district and to stay in compliance with NR118 that protects the river valley area. The council approved $500 toward the Miss St. Croix Falls program to assist with related costs of the program. The council also approved a temporary beer license for Friends of the St. Croix Library for a fundraiser, Friday April 13, called Supernatural. Additional events are planned for Saturday, April 14, as part of the fundraiser.

Board discusses track improvements, transportation request by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The school board for St. Croix Falls met Tuesday, March 13, and discussed options for repairing the track. Currently the track is unsafe to host home meets and is considered by district Administrator Glenn Martin to be a health hazzard to the athletes at St. Croix Falls. The track has had crack patching done, but has not had a major overhaul in many years. Martin said he contacted two companies and received a series of bid options from Monarch. He stated the other company he contacted declined to bid indicating they could not compete with Monarch’s pricing. Martin went over four options and four dollar amounts for the board to consider. No action was taken at this time as the board was receiving the information for the first time. They were asked to think it over and take it under advisement. The least expensive option is $9,572 involves saw-cutting and patching bad areas. The next option $27,000 involves cutting out bad areas, repairing them and resurfacing the track with a 1.5-inch overlay. The next option is $55,797 involved regrinding the existing track, lay-

ing it down and placing a 2-inch overlay over the top. The highest price is $61,000 and involves regrinding the existing track, laying it down and placing a 3-inch overlay on top. Most schools are updating to 3-inch track overlays, but the board indicated they really had to think about it. Discussion indicated that if they wanted to redo the track, it should be done right and last as many years as this one has. The discussion also included questions about where the money would come from to pay for the track. The school has a capital improvements fund that has $30,000 contributed to it annually. Martin stated it is the same account the choral and band room improvements were paid from. Martin stated there is $193,000 in that fund right now. The item will likely come up on the next board meeting agenda. In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 21-passenger bus and an eight-passenger van. The budget included $85,000 for transportation needs, and these purchases would be paid from this account. All voted in favor except board member Brent McCurdy. The board also approved migrating to the Active Directory, a computer maintenance program for the district because Apple does not offer support for the server. This money

Unity FFA receives grant for garden by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Unity High School FFA has received a $2,500 grant from the National FFA Organization to help bring locally grown foods to the school lunch line. District Administrator Brandon Robinson said that the Food For All project would mean plowing up a currently fallow field, measuring 25 feet by 400 feet, and working

with the food service director to plant vegetables. In addition to making a contribution to school lunches, the garden would also provide fresh produce for the backpack program and Ruby’s Pantry, and possibly allow the creation of a Unity Farmers Market. A portion of the grant might be used to purchase chickens, added Robinson, that would be raised at a local farm. Eventually, it might be expanded to the local VFW to provide members with fresh produce.

has also been budgeted for in the technology budget. It was announced that Alex Frey is valedictorian and Alicia Graveson is the salutatorian. Frey is also the recipient of the Kohl Scholarship, a $1,000 award. During principal comments, Pete Nusbaum, high school principal, offered his congratulations to Angie Matternowsky, and the girls basketball team for being conference champs. Jeff Benoy, elementary principal, said three students artwork was submitted to the state for Youth Art Month. Their work will be on display in Madison. In the consent agenda, the board approved the resignation of Rod Sempf as head football coach.

Genealogy society to meet March 26 LUCK - The Polk County Genealogy Society will hold its March meeting on Monday, March 26, at the Luck Area Historical Society Museum, Main Street Luck. The board meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and the program, Records Prior to the First Census 1790, will begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the above listed March program, supplemental instructions will be given by PCGS members to assist others in learning the steps needed to index the 1940 federal census due to be released on April 1. The indexing project is being undertaken by FamilySearch to provide free access to all who may be interested in seeking out targeted information provided by the 1940 census. PCGS members are encouraged to attend this meeting as PCGS joins with countless other genealogy societies across the United States, who all operate independently, in the project of indexing the 1940 federal census. - submitted

Ravnholt/from page 1 tion for their particular point of view, and the climate of suspicion and hate is not likely to die, despite the many voices raised for a return to sanity and reason,” Ravnholt wrote to his family. “Certainly the attacks on our governmental leaders - with charges of treason by many - in recent months goes far beyond what is reasonable and responsible.” That was nearly 50 years ago, and yet his recent letters to the editor, usually in the Leader, often spoke with the same eloquent grasp of the sublime, noting the rabblerousing nature of disagreement usually seems to favor the loudest voices, while ignoring those who are silent, but feel the brunt of their action. It was his reasonable and forlorn eloquence that attracted the powerful to seek his aid and opinion, as he worked not only for Humphrey while he was a senator, but later as he moved into Blair House to become vice president under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Ravnholt nearly predicted Humphrey’s selection in that family letter, and noted his own familiarity with the former Texas senator, whom he predicted might have a better chance of getting some of the late John Kennedy’s legislation through a persnickety Congress. While Ravnholt was quickly becoming a worldly and rising political voice, he never forgot neither his roots nor his progressive causes, and proved that with frequent trips home to Polk County, where he would celebrate reunions, family golf tournaments and Ravnholt activities. One such trip home in June 1969 included his noted inclusion as keynote speaker for the Luck High School commencement. In a sign of the volatile and scary times, that “Summer of Love” speech was anything but subversive, as he was working for many of the people so reviled by students of the time. But Ravnholt praised the class for inviting someone “of the older generation ... over 40” to speak to them, while also mocking his own foolhardiness for accepting the invite in such a tumultuous time, when age and experience were considered a handicap to college-bound youth.

While that address expounded on and framed the strychnine-laced movements at American college campuses protesting the Vietnam War, parts of the speech are chillingly accurate in their framings of today, from the recent Arab Spring uprisings to violent dictatorships in Syria and Egypt, and even agenda-based factions like the Tea Party, Occupy... or Madison union protests. “The young have nearly always had spirit, idealism, impatience with the old and a desire for change.” Ravnholt told the Class of ‘69. “And those nations which have had the foresight and the courage to welcome this spirit and nourish it, have profited thereby. Those which have sought to still it – to suppress it – have inhibited progress, impoverished the spirit and limited the future of their nation.” Ravnholt was a student not only of hard work and the greatest generation, he took his education seriously, graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in education, with later graduate work at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to the U.S. and taught history at St. Croix Falls, and later in Mankato, Minn. He was also very involved in politics, serving as a party chair, state delegate and then moving to Washington, D.C., as his late wife, Edna, was working in politics. Ravnholt later became a librarian at the U.S. Senate Library and nurtured numerous stories of many national leaders. His later resume would read like a “Who’s Who” of political thought, not only working for Humphrey as both a senator but as vice president. Ravnholt later spent over a decade as an administrative assistant and speech writer for longtime and current U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii. Those Hawaiian connections took hold as he moved back into the private sector, spending over a decade as the Washington representative for the sugar-cane industry and serving as a consultant until the mid-‘90s. He knew many political leaders by their first name, and offered serious insight into the machinations of politics, good and bad.

But he never forgot those local, poverty-laced roots, and they became a staple of his later political activism and passion. He would often recall his family’s plight of reluctantly taking government assistance in the Depression, even mentioning his large family’s need to live in an abandoned schoolhouse on the shores of Little Butternut Lake for a winter. “He understood what it was to be poor and to worry about the next meal and never forgot this, concerned all his life with helping the less fortunate make it in society,” stated longtime friend Russ Hanson. “He remembered the help his family got from the government in the Depression, from neighbors, from the West Denmark Church and his government-paid college under the GI Bill. His life was evidence that with a helping hand even dirt poor folks can be successful in America.” Ravnholt also despised malfeasance and corruption in office, and in working for Inouye, was instrumental behind the scenes at the Senate Watergate Hearings. But he also passed along that expectation of justice to the local level and was not afraid to tell an elected official of either party if he was unhappy with their performance or their actions, platform or votes. That relevance and passion for political justice never died, and Ravnholt’s newspaper commentaries often celebrated the diversity of the nation at all levels of income and power, and he frequently cited the need to recognize the poor or less fortunate, who he would note were often ignored or overwrought. In fact, his final letter to the editor appeared just hours prior to his sudden passing last week from an apparent heart attack in Nevada. While that heart may have given up after 89 years, it was full of passion until the absolute last pump. Services for Eiler Ravnholt will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at West Denmark Lutheran Church in Luck. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, on Friday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.


Milltown clarifies Bering Street Tiny road and access to Hwy. 35 questioned by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – A curious little triangleshaped property alongside Hwy. 35 in the village of Milltown was the subject of a neighbor’s query at the latest Milltown Village Board meeting on Monday, March 12. That little triangular property and tiny former gas station has a street behind it, Bering Street West, with a confusing, tiny spur that connects to Hwy. 35, or so it seemed. Michael Moos lives on Bering Street and asked the board about keeping that access open to Hwy. 35, while also asking about snow-removal policies and a recent business change that has the owners parking cars on the property. “I don’t wanna raise any waves, but ... he’s parking cars on it.” Moos asked. As it turns out, that road is a dead end, according to Milltown Public Works Director Rick Fisher. “It’s used like a road, but it could be a dead end,” Fisher said. “That’s why we’re careful not to plow it out.” Village President LuAnn White concurred, noting that it may be used like a road access, but it is in reality just for the business at hand. According to Fisher, when the state rebuilt Hwy. 35 years ago, they essentially closed Bering Street’s Hwy. 35 access, but kept it open as an access to the corner business, which has been everything from a gas station to a convenience store to construction shop to its most current use as a used car dealership. “The state was going to close it off for good [but kept it open] to get access for that business,” Fisher said. Moos thanked the board for their help, smiled genuinely and nodded. “At least I know where I stand!” Moos joked. “Don’t worry, your road is safe, but it could be a dead-end,” White said. The road is open to the west to Second Street for Hwy. 35 access, but not through

Town to host meeting on Hwy. 8 project TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS - The Town of St. Croix Falls will be hosting an informational meeting on the DOT’s Tier II study of Hwy. 8 and the intersection of Hwys. 8 and 35 on Friday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at the town hall on 200th Street. The meeting, held at the request of state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, will provide a forum for comments, discussion and questions regarding the study along with public comments. Both Harsdorf and state Rep. Erik Severson will be in attendance. No formal action will be taken at the meeting, according to a notice published by the town chairman, Steven Palmer. with submitted information

Frederic school board/from page 3 hard decisions. And Frederic science teacher Jeff Larcom said the school board did what it needed to do. Part of that needed school business was the formal approval of the four layoffs and two cuts in hours. The layoffs included the half-time positions of an English and a U.S. history teacher and the full-time positions of a special education teacher and the 6-12 counselor as well as reductions in hours for a math teacher and the band director. The counselor position is being replaced by the new assistant principal/counselor position with different licensing qualifications.

Michael Moos (standing) addressed the Milltown Village Board about a tiny road near his home, Bering Street West, and whether a tiny spur access to the highway is really a road. Photo by Greg Marsten the triangle lot. In other board business: • Pat Hyden addressed several concerns about the Milltown Community Center, including possibly advertising its specs, photos, assets and more on the village Web site. “It’s time we really put some effort into promoting it,” he said. “To put it in the best light.” He noted the past few years have had more competing venues emerge as options in nearby communities, which may have reduced their rentals. The board agreed that they should have more photos of the center on the Web site, and also noted that they just installed new carpeting in the past month. “I’m hoping we can spark something!” Hyden stated. They also debated an issue of access to the fuse panel and furnace for maintenance and the like, that anytime a fuse blows during off hours they need to call the police, as the only access is through the police department office. Hyden recommended swapping the back room and storage area with the police department, but it was met with a lukewarm response, especially by White. The board took no action, but will seek

a solution to the fuse and furnace access problem. • The board voted to enhance their sewer replacement fund, per recommendations from their accountant, Tom Coen. “It’s not like we’re throwing it away,” Coen said. The fund is meant to help with sewer system repairs and/or upgrades in the future, and Coen suggested they build it back up to approximately $140,000. • The issue of apartments on Main Street surfaced again, after a resident requested finishing an apartment conversion at the former bank building. The board took action last fall to enforce provisions limiting Main Street residential rentals, mainly due to parking limitations. “It goes back to 1995, when we decided we didn’t want apartments on Main Street,” White stated. The board took no action, but was in consensus with White to enforce the issue, allowing just one apartment per building on Main Street. • The board debated village office hours on Good Friday, April 6, and after some debate, moved to close all day. • Eric Kube of Habitat for Humanity gave the board an update on their rehab project under way in the village. Kube

also showed a locally produced video by Cine-Cermin Productions that highlights their programs, retail ReStore, upcoming projects and their participants. “It’s very important that people know we‘re not a charity,” Kube said. “We don’t give these homes away ... they’re 20- to 30year loans, but only on principal.” The homes HFH builds have mortgages and strict requirements for occupant families, although they are interest-free, with the money used to keep the cycle of projects moving, and for employees and material purchases. “All the funds are spent locally,” Kube added. • Police Chief Andy Anderson told the board they are having scheduling problems with being down one full-time officer, who is currently on administrative leave facing domestic-abuse allegations. “We might have to borrow a neighboring [municipality’s] officer,” Anderson said. “It’s getting hard to keep up.” He also outlined issues they are facing with clearing a 1976 Corvette they impounded over two years ago from a drug arrest and how they are hoping to make it available for the Milltown Community Club to auction off this summer. Clearing the title has become a problem, as the state of Minnesota has been less than helpful on the issue, according to Anderson. “It’s taken a lot of time,” Anderson said, also mentioning several recent drug arrests, court testimony requirements and more. The board offered no solutions to the shorthanded staff, but may be able to address it once the officer’s status is clarified. • The board later adjourned to closed session to address the police issue and an employee retirement concern, according to White. “We just talked about changes in the police department in regard to replacing [the officer],” White said the next day. “No decisions were made, as some research has to be done before any decisions are made.”

New fitness center eyed at Unity by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Last month, the Unity School Board of Education asked district Administrator Brandon Robinson to study the use and options of the school’s fitness center, and last week Robinson brought his findings to the planning and building committee. The good news is that fitness center is a popular and well-used space, averaging 20 students and 10 adults each weekday. Each Sunday, on average, nine adults and nine students make use of it. The bad news is that the space isn’t big enough for such heavy usage. “We’re having space issues,” said Robinson, “and ultimately some safety problems.” Robinson presented four options to remedy the situation, and outlined the strengths and weaknesses of each. These options are to remodel the current facility,

move the fitness center into space at the new clinic, purchase the old clinic building and renovate it for a fitness center, or add a new fitness center by the high school entrance to the school. The committee discussed that the ideal location for the fitness center would actually be by the pool, but there is no parking or public entrance in that area of the building, making that location “awkward.” When Robinson suggested that the topic be a matter of ongoing conversation at future meetings, committee members Chad Stenberg and Joe Tilton both said they felt the matter should not be put off too long. “We need a plan on how to get it done,” said Stenberg Tilton agreed, saying that the close quarters in the fitness center don’t make it very family friendly for parents wanting to bring their children in for fitness training. “It always comes down to cost,” Tilton said, “but I think we need to find a way to

do this. It needs to get started.” Robinson said he would put together a proposal that committee members could “sink their teeth into,” with a tentative location, design and cost estimate. Other business • The committee looked at the district’s long-range plan, which is typically reviewed at this time of year. Robinson said that the school will be doing the aeration and fertilization of athletic fields in-house rather than contracting the work. There was a brief discussion on contracting out the lawn mowing. • While no bus replacement is scheduled for this year, the committee discussed trading in two minivans. Mileage on each is between 60,000 and 75,000 miles, making this a good time to trade them in, said Robinson. Cost for replacing them will be about $18,000 each.

Two very large beers Man registers .344 BAC on “two beers” by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer TURTLE LAKE – A 48-year-old Turtle Lake man made the mistake of littering in view of a police officer in Turtle Lake late at night on Saturday, March 10, and when the officer confronted the man, he was found to be extremely intoxicated, which violated several stipulated bond conditions. After the officer stopped Adonis Mosay, he told the officer that he had approxi-

mately two beers, but appeared highly inebriated and unsteady on his feet. Mosay currently has several pending cases in both Burnett and Polk counties, all of which state that he is not to consume or possess alcohol. After the officer confronted Mosay again, he submitted to a portable breath test, which showed him to have a blood alcohol concentration of .344 percent, which is almost five times the legal limit of .08 BAC. Mosay was arrested and taken to Cumberland Memorial Hospital for a blood draw before he was taken into custody for possible bond violations. “They must have been vary large beers,”

stated Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson. Mosay now faces two counts of felony bond violations and made an initial court appearance before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Monday, March 12, where she set a $1,500 signature bond, with similar no-drink provisions. Mosay’s current files of active cases in Burnett and Polk counties includes pending charges of felony third-degree sexual assault, misdemeanor battery, bail jumping and disorderly conduct. Those cases all go back to last year, with various court appearances set for the coming month.


Luck ATV park draws criticism at town board meeting

More than 20 speak out, but not everyone opposes park by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LUCK – The town hall in Luck was packed with more than 50 people on Tuesday, March 13, during the monthly town board meeting, to express concerns for a proposed ATV park planned by the village of Luck. The proposed site for the park is a 40-acre parcel of village-owned land just north of the village on 260th Avenue, but the land is surrounded on three sides by property owners in the Town of Luck. More than 20 people either read statements or voiced their opposition to the ATV park and raised numerous concerns with how it might affect traffic, property values, pollution, safety and wildlife to name a few. The park could cost as much as $200,000 and will be funded entirely through ATV registration fees. It would be fenced in and gated, while including a skills-course area, intensive-use area, parking, picnic area and rest rooms. “The land I own has been in my family for over 100 years,” said Randy Thoreson, who lives and owns land directly north of the proposed ATV park. Thoreson said his land is precious to him and his family, with its mature oak and maple forests, wildlife ponds and small areas dedicated

Several concerned citizens packed the town hall in Luck on Tuesday, March 13, to voice their support or opposition to the proposed ATV park. vironment that has cost thousands of dollars to create. She said the village of Luck showed a lack of respect in not notifying the people most affected by the park and, in less than two days, has received letters from patients, one of whom was at the meeting and spoke out against the park.

The proposed ATV park site is located north of the village of Luck, on 260th Avenue. The entrance area is a likely spot for parking, a picnic area and rest rooms. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Chad Ogilvie lives on 260th Avenue, but was one of the few who voiced his support for an ATV park. to native prairie. He was mostly concerned with noise as well as reckless use of the land, and urged the town board to send a message to the village of Luck that landowners and homeowners had deep concerns about an ATV park. Judy Alverson echoed those thoughts, saying, “Why not build on what we already have, rather than investing in something that diminishes it? We urge you to speak up for your electorate by communicating and reinforcing our opposition to this plan by the Luck Village Board,” she said. But not everyone was against the ATV park. At least seven people spoke out during discussions that lasted just over two

hours, including Chad Ogilvie, who lives less than a mile east of the property. “You’ve got bike trails for people who come up and enjoy riding bike, you’ve got walking trails for people who like to walk and go out and see nature, you’ve got snowmobile trails for winter when people want to go out and snowmobile. What about the people that want to come to this area and ride their ATVs? There’s nothing,” Ogilvie said. But many take pride with Luck being a predominantly nonmotorized area, which offers quiet and solitude for many who live in the area, particularly those who live near the proposed park. “That’s not why people move to the country, to live next door to an ATV park,” said Jackie Burns, who also brought up the issue of property values, and how the ATV park might affect those as well. She also said that many of the people who live in the Town of Luck feel as though they might not have a say at all in the matter. “Many of us feel, in this town, that we don’t have a choice. That it’s going to happen anyway. That it’s a moot point. But we’re here anyway, and we probably won’t stop.”

Randy Thoreson was just one of more than 20 people who read a statement or spoke in opposition of the proposed ATV park. Thoreson owns property directly north of the park, and his land has been in his family for more than 100 years.

As often as property values and potential displacement of wildlife and environmental concerns were the topics, it seemed that noise was one of the biggest concerns of the night. “That footprint of the park is much much larger than the 40 acres. I mean 500 feet from the park means that we’re going to be hearing those sounds,” said Mike Carlson, who wondered how that noise would affect his and his wife’s business, which is run out of their home. John Klopfer, a resident in the village of Luck, said he built and owns the go-cart track south of Balsam Lake, and knows all too well about noise. He spoke in favor of the ATV park and said he took decibel readings of the area as well. He said readings near Hwy. 35, which is just under a mile from the park, were consistently 77 to 83 decibels when cars or trucks drove past. He said the decibel reading is about 35 decibels near the park, and had a reading of 70 decibels when ATVs were circling around in the park. Lisa Anderson, Luck ATV club president, was at the meeting in support of the park, and stated that anything over 80 decibels would not be allowed in the park. “We should welcome those people. You talk about detrimental. To shut the doors on the public wanting to come to our area and spend money, that’s detrimental,” Klopfer said. Not all residents were from the Town of Luck, or village of Luck. One resident, who drove up from Centuria to weigh in on the meeting, said he lives not far from the speedway in Centuria and said noise would almost certainly be an issue. Others who use the surrounding area for hunting and other recreation, or simply to enjoy seeing the wildlife, felt that it would affect the patterns of deer, turkeys and more, or cause animals to vacate the area altogether. “We will have lost our ability to enjoy our home, our land and our lives. We live in the country for a reason,” said Cheryl Hawkins, who also brought up the issue of property values. She said they currently have their home for sale, but the ATV park could have an impact on the sale. Although Dr. Onnie Thatcher doesn’t live in the area, she is a chiropractor who has a business just off of Hwy. 35, and was concerned about noise, but also her business. She said her patients come for the peacefulness and healing quality of an en-

Zoning issues After several more comments and concerns were heard, town board Supervisor Greg Marsten asked if anyone in the audience was aware of the zoning issues at hand. He explained that the village of Luck zoned the 40-acre parcel of land as industrial and had a list of several options that they could have gone with instead of an ATV park, such as a manufacturing or assembly plant, and possibly more. “I think that if you’re a neighbor to that property, I think I’d be much more concerned about what is allowed there, than what’s being proposed there,” Marsten said, while also reiterating that the Town of Luck doesn’t own the property, and the village can essentially do what they want with the property according to their comprehensive plan. Board Chairman Dean Johansen pointed out too, that property in the Town of Luck can be affected by county zoning, and the comprehensive plan, but the village zoning and comprehensive plan does not. “The village is not under county zoning. They have their own zoning. And they went ahead and zoned this (as) industrial as Greg has pointed out. So we have to be careful where the jurisdiction lines are,” Johansen said. He also said that by statute, the town board has no authority to influence what the village is. However, people who live and own property in the Town of Luck do, and could take action by hiring or acquiring legal council as an ad hoc group, and approach the village of Luck with that. Johansen said he met earlier with village Administrator Kristina Handt, to discuss the progress of the ATV park, and improve communication between the town and village. Handt told Johansen that a grant for the park had not been written yet, and that the village would be willing to talk to residents about noise and use mitigation, controlling the number of ATVs in the park and other issues that could arise. Several residents in opposition to the ATV park encouraged the town board to sign a petition or resolution to oppose the park. But the attorney representing the town advised the town not to go through with it. “We would certainly be willing to go to a meeting and represent the townspeople’s views on this, but as far as signing an actual document, I don’t think in my opinion … that that would be the most productive way to go,” said Johansen. A Luck Village Board meeting was held on the evening of Wednesday, March 14, where several Town of Luck residents and landowners planned to voice their opposition to the village. Johansen said they would have at least one town board member present at the meeting to summarize what went on during the town board meeting in Luck Tuesday, March 13.


Luck police chief submits letter of retirement by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK —Dan Deiss, chief of police for the village of Luck for the past 29 years, tendered his retirement resignation in a March 5 letter to village Administrator Kristina Handt. If accepted by the village board, his last day of employment will be Saturday, April 7. Deiss noted that he was writing the letter “in both gladness and sorrow,” saying the time had come to pass the torch. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the village of Luck, board of trustees and the staff for all the support you have given to both myself and my department,” Deiss wrote. “It truly has been a pleasure serving all of you.” This is the second retirement of a longtime village employee within the past few months. Kathy Hanson, village clerk for 22 years, saw her last day on the job last Friday, March 9. Applications for her position are being taken until Friday, April 6.

The village public protection committee will be meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to discuss Deiss’ letter of retirement and the hiring of both a new chief and new officer. A recomLuck’s retiring Police Chief mendation to Dan Deiss the full board is expected from that meeting. The regular monthly meeting of the full board will follow the public protection meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Siren’s public safety committee to discuss liquor license quota Shell Lake winery contemplates expanding to Siren if license becomes available by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - Siren Chamber of Commerce member Clover Meadow Winery is contemplating expanding their business to include a wine shop in either Shell Lake or Siren, according to a letter sent to Siren Village President Jan Hunter. However, a wine shop would require a Class A liquor license, and Siren does not have any more available according to the village ordinance, for now. The state regulates Class B liquor license used by bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. The village currently has seven Class B liquor licenses in the village. It is not the state, but the village board that regulates Class A liquor licenses. Currently there is a quota of three Class A licenses in the village, and all three are currently in use. The village board has the option of changing the quota for Class A liquor license, and the village’s public safety committee will discuss options at a meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 22, at 9 a.m. Clover Meadow Winery stated in the letter that they recognized that Siren’s goals matched the winery’s goals and Siren would be an ideal spot for an expansion as long as a license could become available. However, later in the letter it stated that there was no guarantee they would expand into Siren. The final location would depend on the property search. More hours Because the Siren Police Department handles DNR and DMV tabs and registration, the administrative assistant’s hours were increased so she can be in the office five days a week. She now will be allowed 30 hours per week, up from her

current 24 hours per week. Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers vows that the increase in hours will not increase the department’s budget since the income from the DNR and DMV is expected to pay for the assistant’s hours. Previously the administrative assistant was not in the office on Tuesdays. An additional 250 hours of officer training were added to the department’s allotment to train new, part-time officers. These extra hours will not increase the department’s budget.

Timbers Theatre and Subway push for access along highway The current access for both Timbers Theatre and Subway is on First Avenue one block west of the highway, but Dave Anderson, owner of Timbers Theatre, is planning on applying to the WisDOT for a new access on the highway. The village board agreed to write a letter stating they have no objection to the highway access. The new access is expected to be across the highway from Elizabeth Street. Other business A contract for cross-connection inspections was approved with C3D Testing Company, operated by Robert Lindberg. Having a contractor for cross-connection inspections is a state mandate. Two companies submitted bids and the village board chose the lowest bid. A section of the ordinance governing the tourism commission was amended. Formerly a member of the Burnett County Natural Resources committee served on the tourism commission. It now reads one member appointed by the natural resources committee will serve on the tourism commission. Election notices The village will post election notices in three locations in the village rather than publish them in the paper. Posting election notices will save the village about $125 to $150 per year. The village will publish the change in election notification in the newspaper to notify the public.

Cinema favorite “The African Queen” to show to Luck LUCK — The Luck Library and Museum will present a showing of the cinema favorite “The African Queen” on Thursday, March 22, at the museum on Main Street and Third Avenue. This film favorite tells the story of two mismatched strangers, Charlie Alnut (Humphrey Bogart) and Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) in German East Africa during World War I. The story chronicles the burgeoning romance be-

tween gin-swilling river rat Charlie and snooty, straight-laced missionary Rose Sayer as they steam down a wild African river to do their part in the war. This 1951 color film has been carefully restored from the original and is subtitled for those with hearing difficulties. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is invited. Popcorn will be served. — submitted

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CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Police Department and other police agencies in Barron County have continued to receive reports of counterfeit $20 bills being used to purchase goods and services. According to Cumberland Police Officer Stephen Zimmer, “During some of the transactions, innocent third parties are passing these bills. One of the easiest ways to eliminate continued circulation of these bogus bills is for businesses to purchase and use what is commonly called a counterfeit marker. These will leave a yellow mark on genuine bills and leave a black mark on counterfeit bills. The markers are available at many office supply stores, often for under $5.” Zimmer continues, “If a business has someone pay with counterfeit money, do your best to identify the person and/or stall that person until police can be called. Do not put yourself in any danger or attempt to physically restrain the person. Obtaining the license plate of any vehicle involved will greatly assist law enforcement tracking down any suspect involved in using the fake bills. Whenever you realize you have received a counterfeit bill, please notify police.” Cumberland Advoate (

Residents victims of hostage prank

SUPERIOR - Superior Police spent about 45 minutes responding to what turned out to be a prank call Monday, March 5, about a hostage situation taking place at a home on the 1900 block of Banks Avenue. Sgt. Chris Kirchoff said the department received a 911 call just after 6 p.m. about several people being held at gunpoint at the home. Police surrounded the home and had weapons at the ready before they made contact with someone inside and found there was no danger. “The people in the house are the victims,” Kirchoff said after it was discovered that there was no problem there. The 911 call has been difficult to trace because it came on an Internet phone line, the officer said. The department will continue trying to find out where the call came from. - Duluth News-Tribune/Superior Telegram

Carsello found not guilty

WASHBURN COUNTY – Jess R. Carsello, 48, formerly of Sarona, was found not guilty in the jury trial for first-degree intentional homicide of Michael T. Elliott, 32, Sarona. Jurors deliberated just over a day – eight hours on Wednesday and five hours on Thursday – beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, and coming back with a not guilty verdict on Thursday, March 8, by 2 p.m. The trial started on Monday, Feb. 27. A member of the Elliott family summed it up by saying simply, “He (Carsello) walked.” District Attorney Mike Bitney made the case against Carsello during the first week of the trial, while the final week began with the plaintiff’s opening statements. Carsello was facing possible life in prison. Some were in disbelief after learning of the verdict. Jurors felt there was a reasonable doubt as to whether Carsello intentionally murdered Elliott, based on evidence presented by defense attorney Harry Hertel who said Carsello feared for his life and felt he had to protect himself from Elliott and a third man Carsello claimed had threatened him. Hertel told that Carsello was “overwhelmed” by the jury’s decision, hugging his family, but noted that the Carsello family truly regrets the incident happened. – with information from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

Hawkins man found dead after fire

RICE LAKE -A man was found dead after a fire at a Hawkins home Wednesday morning, March 7. The Rusk County Sheriff's Department received a report of a structure fire on Court Street at 6:13 a.m. The Hawkins Fire Department responded. Firefighters found a body inside the home while suppressing the fire. The body was identified as the occupant of the home, 57-year old Clyde Ogle. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Foul play is not suspected. - Rice Lake Chronotype (

Next week final week for election letters Next week (March 21 issue) will be the final week the Leader will publish letters to the editor regarding the April 3 election. Candidates will be allowed to have their letters published through the March 28 issue to clarify any previously published letters or information about them, at the discretion of the editor.

Recall elections tentatively scheduled for June 5 by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON – A gubernatorial recall election could be held on Tuesday, June 5, under a motion approved Monday, March 12, by Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board. The board’s plan would set Tuesday, May 8, as the primary date for the June 5 election. The dates would cover recall elections involving the governor, lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators. Any office that has no primary contest would have its general election in May instead of June. The dates are a week later than tentatively scheduled but a week earlier than the board had been considering. That generally pleased Democrat attorney Jeremy Levinson, “We want these elections as soon as possible. If that’s as soon as possible, we’re pleased with it. We’re pleased that caution was brought to bear in thinking about this extension. Today’s a great day, folks. We finally start to move

past the lawyers and get to the voters where they should have been to begin with.” Both dates are completely contingent upon a Dane County judge granting an extension to the board. Board members held off on certifying Senate recall elections even though they effectively approved the recall petitions. Board director Kevin Kennedy said consolidating elections would save money, “You can save the taxpayers a lot of money. That kind of money strikes me as good cause, and I would hope the judge would see it that way.” An attorney for Republicans had no immediate objections to the plans. While the board has not released any final signature count in the gubernatorial recall, Kennedy said that 930,000 total signatures were submitted. That’s short of the 1 million signatures organizers said they turned in but far more than the 540,000 signatures needed to force a gubernatorial election.

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• Letters to the editor • Too good a job, DNR? Through overhunting and poor deer management, the DNR has nearly wiped out an entire species in Burnett County in only a few years! The once-abundant whitetail deer are all but gone. Was that your intent? I’d say you did too good a job. You have robbed me and other nature lovers and hunters of a valuable natural resource. I’ve been an outdoorsman and naturalist for 60 years and lived here for over 30 years. I had gotten rather accustomed to seeing several of my furry little friends daily. Now I see none. I hear how poorly my friends and neighbors did in the last gun season and wonder how many hunters you have soured for hunting in our area. Some of my relatives bought expensive out-of-state deer licenses only to sit silently in the woods with nothing to shoot last gun season. You are having a negative effect on our local economy, which relies on hunting tourists and locals heavily. Who will help you manage the herd when the hunters have quit or gone elsewhere to hunt? The problem is greater than I first thought. I just spent the last week enjoying daily snowmobile rides, putting on over 600 miles and covered nearly every snowmobile trail in Burnett County. I saw exactly one deer and almost no sign. In a normal “good old days” year I would have seen 50 or more. That is pathetic! What have you done? This year I have seen more wolves, coyotes and bear than deer around my home. Maybe you can do some herd management on them? That is if you are not too busy prosecuting local farmers for protecting their property from renegade bear attacks. The Constitution of the United States gave him the right to protect his property when you failed to act. How about some common sense? You just put a regular guy through legal hell for no good reason and wasted valuable time, money and resources better spent elsewhere. Don’t abuse your powers or they will be taken away. More credibility lost. Here is what I want you to do: Admit you have horribly mismanaged the local deer population. Adjust your local population estimates down by 50 percent. Rely more on local residents for deer counts. Stop giving out doe tags like candy. Put a moratorium on the early doe season and the late doe season, the extended bow season. Limit the youth, the disabled, the muzzle loader, and all of the other designer hunts until our deer population has a chance to rebound. Don’t bow to pressure from insurance lobbyists. Work on thinning the wolf, bear and coyote populations. I like all these animals too, but you have their proportions out of whack right now. What do you suppose these animals will eat now? Our pets. To be perfectly clear, this letter is not aimed at game wardens, conservation officers and all the other great people that work for the DNR. You guys are doing a good job, near as I can tell. I’m aiming way over your heads at your big bosses, the policy and decision makers of the DNR. PS: Gratitude is extended to the groomers and snowmobile clubs of Burnett County for doing a great job of opening our snowmobile trails up for our much-abbreviated one-week riding season this winter. Pat Cremin Webster

What is the middle class? Many politicians are using these words without defining them. Generalities may be fine for some subjects, however, not on this one. After a lot of digging for information, I found a U.S. Census Bureau report that stated middle-class wages are $19,200 to $91, 700. By segment, where are you? Upper middle class: $57,700 to $91,700. Middle class: $36,000 to $57,600. Lower middle class: $19,200 to $35,900. If you are above $91,700, you are not middle class. Are you the more fortunate? The rich? If you are below $19,100, you are not middle class. Are you the less fortunate? The poor? Who are the local public sector (all

cost to us) rich? Look at the county administrators, district school superintendents, government and teachers union reps. USA median wage is $49,500. Working for $7.50/hour minimum wage for a 40hour workweek, earns approx. $15,600 a year. The same as the average unemployment benefit for those out of work for over six months. Not middle class. The average earned benefit from Social Security is $14,200. Not middle class. As a reminder to those who accept the rhetoric that Social Security is an entitlement, it is not. Remember the deductions taken from your paychecks? As prices increase, these three groups are becoming poorer. Where should we focus our efforts? See the next article, “How can we help all members of the lower and middle class?” Rich Hess Grantsburg

Stimulus money went to unions Taxpayers are funding the Democrat political machine both here and on the national scene. Taxpayers are paying the wages of public sector union labor, schoolteachers, state workers, public service workers and municipal workers. These workers pay union dues out of their wages which the unions then contribute to Democrat causes, so it can be said our hard-earned tax dollars are laundered back to the Democrat Party. For some examples I listed the unions and the amounts contributed to Democrats recently. American Federation of State and Municipal Workers $2.6 million in 2010 National Education Association $2.2 million in 2010 Service Employees International Union $1.7 million in 2010 American Federation of Teachers $2.7 million in 2010 The recent stimulus millions spent on supposedly “shovel-ready jobs” went to unions. Having the taxpayer foot the bill for a political party in such a lopsided manner, one can only wonder how a political party other than the Democrat Party can compete. Mark Pettis Hertel

Polk County district attorney maligns jury's verdict in bear trial On Feb. 8 I was found not guilty of possession of game out of season and not guilty of hunting a bear out of season when I defended my property by killing the bear which attacked and killed two of my dairy heifer calves. After the trial, I asked Judge Jeffery Anderson, the presiding judge, if I could have the bear carcass. Anderson instructed me to have the appropriate papers filed and submitted to him for consideration. Accordingly, on Feb. 22 my attorney, Aaron Nelson, filed a motion on my behalf with the Polk County clerk of court for return of the bear carcass. On Feb. 29 Daniel Steffen, the Polk County district attorney, responded with a letter to Anderson (shown at the end of this letter). In Steffen’s own words: “To deem the defendant’s motion as disgusting is an understatement. While the jury may have found Mr. Sundvall ‘not guilty,’ that does not deem him to be innocent. While the jury may have felt sympathy for Mr. Sundvall’s actions in allegedly protecting his cattle and his homestead, the fact remains that he shot a bear out of season, and the property (i.e., the bear carcass) was still taken out of season and illegally. There is no doubt that this motion shows what Mr. Sundvall’s true intent was when he went on his bear hunt. I ask the court to deny the defendant’s motion for the return of seized property.” I was shocked by this unprofessional response from an attorney elected to serve the public. Steffen worked with DNR wardens to levy two criminal charges against me. I am not alone in finding these

charges frivolous. Before and after the trial, many individuals remarked about the lack of common sense displayed in bringing criminal charges in this case. After the trial, one of the jury members remarked to me upon the idiocy of pursuing criminal charges in a case in which no one bothered to perform an autopsy on the bear. Nonetheless, the district attorney persisted in pressing these charges. However, Steffen did not show up for the trial. The assistant district attorney tried the case for the DNR. Steffen suggests the members of the jury ignored the jury instructions in considering the verdict and relied on “sympathy.” During the trial, the jury was specifically instructed in the law regarding defense of property. If the district attorney had been present at the trial he, too, could have benefited from such instruction. Had the district attorney or any of the DNR wardens been present on my farm at the time of the incident, they would have readily seen that I was not “allegedly” defending my property. I killed the bear that attacked and killed my calves, one of which had been run down and killed within 10 feet of my front door. The threat this animal posed to my family and property was real, not “alleged.” I did not have a “bear hunt” as claimed. I attempted to engage governmental authorities to respond to no avail. Since no one from emergency dispatch in Polk County responded to my farm, nor did the DNR or USDA Wildlife Services have any after hours response system, I was left to solve my own problems. The governmental agencies, Polk County emergency dispatch, DNR, USDA Wildlife Services and now the Polk County district attorney, who are supposed to help the citizens, did not help before or after the incident. The only response was to levy charges. I thought the district attorney represented the justice system for the public good. I question what good the district attorney serves in formulating prejudicial opinions about cases without all of the facts and with no firsthand knowledge of the trial proceedings. Steffen’s lack of professionalism in maligning the jury’s verdict thereby undermining the justice system, and his claiming disgust in response to a legal motion is appalling. The trial was a waste of taxpayer money. Polk County could have purchased a snowplow for the court costs incurred in trying my case, not to mention my own personal costs in defending myself from the DNR. The citizens of Polk County deserve better than this. It may be instructive if Steffen were to discuss this case with taxpayers who actually attended the trial. Here are the names of some of them: Dick Dierks, Comstock; Edward Dittbrenner, Cumberland; Marvin Johnson, Balsam Lake; Randy and Denise Freer, Milltown; Tracy Freer, Cumberland; Penny and Jerry Sundvall, Cumberland; Jerry Wagner, Amery; Peg Rode, Baldwin; John and Kathy Leisz, Clayton; Tim Rouzer, Cumberland; Tom Rouzer, Cumberland; Michael Spears, Shell Lake; Doug Rouzer, Comstock; Tom Nonemacher, Clayton; Gordy Hibbs, Frederic; Beverly Kohn, Comstock: Vernon Moore, Philipps; Joe Trumble, Cushing; Denise Corty, Grantsburg; Don Bonneville, Grantsburg; Henry Soldner, Turtle Lake; Bill Soldner, Turtle Lake; Judy Lammers, Clear Lake; Bruce Potter, Frederic; Erick Tuckner, New Richmond; Ralph Kolstad, Comstock; Norman Adascheck, Milltown; Victor Sundvall, Twin Cities, Minn. Don Sundvall Dairy farmer Turtle Lake Letter from District Attorney Steffen to Judge Anderson: Dear Judge Anderson: Please accept this letter as my response and objection to the defendant’s motion for the return of seized property. To deem the

defendant’s motion as disgusting is an understatement. While the jury may have found Mr. Sundvall “not guilty,” that does not deem him to be innocent. While the jury may have felt sympathy for Mr. Sundvall’s actions in allegedly protecting his cattle and his homestead, the fact remains that he shot a bear out of season and the property (i.e. the bear carcass) was still taken out of season and illegally. There is no doubt that this motion shows what Mr. Sundvall’s true intent was when he went on his bear hunt. I ask the Court to deny the defendant’s motion for the return of seized property. Sincerely, Daniel P. Steffen District Attorney

Guilty by association If a person associates with gangs likely they are a gang banger, if a person associates themselves with Christians, likely they are a Christian, and if they associate themselves with radicals then likely they are a radical. Study Obama’s friends and ask yourself is he a radical or worse? Having read his two books, “Dreams from My Father” and “Audacity of Hope,” I see him for what he is: a “radical.” To get an understanding of this man look at the definition of the word audacity. Audacity means bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints. This speaks to his radical attitude. If you have not read his books, you can’t know about this man and his intent to make America into something never intended by the founders. In “Dreams from My Father,” on page 100, Obama says the following: “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminist and punk rock performance poets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism and patriarchy.” Many of Obama’s thoughts and beliefs are based on his study of Fanon, a militant and FLN fighter in Algeria. Then there is his mentor in Hawaii, Frank Davis, an avowed Marxist. There are other radicals in the Obama circle such as Edward Said, the Palestinian educated in America. He became a professor at Columbia and was one of Obama’s professors. Also Obama had radical professors at Harvard, such as Robert Unger, Derrick Bell and Charles Ogletree. All anyone needs to do is to Google these names on the Internet and you will see how Obama got his ideas. There are other radicals in Obama’s closet such as Bill Ayers, Weather Underground, and his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Why would anyone want to re-elect Obama when his desire is to change the United States into a Marxist/socialist country? So who is the problem in Washington? Don Denny St. Croix Falls


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Smaller Polk County Board? by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County voters will decide on Tuesday, April 3, whether the size of the Polk County Board should be reduced from 23 members to 15 members. If the binding referendum passes, the smaller board would be elected in April 2014. The referendum is the only countywide, contested issue, aside from the Republican presidential preference primary, since many county board and school board elections are uncontested. The referendum was placed on the ballot by a petition drive in 2011. A state law says that after a new census and after the county board has established new district lines as a result of that census, electors have to petition for a referendum to decrease the size of a county board. Voters have one chance to reduce the board every 10 years. If the referendum passes, the newly elected county board would adopt new district lines that would eliminate about one third of the present districts. Each of the new districts would cover a larger area and include a larger population. The new districts would still be distributed across the county in proportion to the population, so the percentage of seats for the different areas of the county would not change. If the referendum is defeated, the county board itself could still reduce the size of the board by resolution one time before the next census. However, there can only be one reduction in board size each 10 years, and once reduced, the number of board members cannot be increased until the next census. A primer on the referendum The Leader asked two people, Herschel Brown and Rick Scoglio, to prepare presentations on why you should vote yes or no on April 3. Brown has been an advocate for keeping the county board at 23 members. Scoglio led the petition drive for a smaller board. Scoglio and Brown were each offered space to present their views and each of them decided how to use that space. The statements each of them gathered were not edited by the Leader. The Leader will print responses and rebuttals to these presentations in next week’s paper.

Why vote yes and reduce the size of the Polk County Board (statements gathered by Rick Scoglio)

Jeff Peterson, Luck I will be voting for the referendum because I think the current number is unnecessarily cumbersome. There are far larger organizations and businesses run with far fewer directors. It’s something of a myth that the present number puts supervisors in closer contact with their constituents. The fact is, most supervisors receive precious little feedback from the people living in their districts. Slightly larger districts would not signifiJeff Peterson cantly impair a supervisor’s ability to stay in touch. Another benefit (hopefully) of larger districts might be that we have fewer uncontested elections. I always hate to see people run unopposed.

Rick Scoglio Size matters – a Polk County Board size reduction binding referendum is coming to a ballot near you next month on the April 3 election. It will be asking voters for approval of changing the size of the board from 23 to 15. It really should be a no-brainer no matter which side of the political spectrum you come from. Conservatives simply see bloated big government and want to reduce it. Liberals see a county board “nickel and diming” departments, cutting budgets, cutting personnel, even cutting entire programs, yet are unwilling to even make a token cut to themselves. Us LibertarRick Scoglio ians always see just too much government and would like a chance to reduce anything. Only a statist seems to always like the status quo. St. Croix County has double our population with a much smaller board. Milwaukee County has almost 1 million people, yet they have a smaller board than we do, and they are looking to reduce it further. Are we that much better represented? I think not. Will we save money with a reduction? Yes, but at first glance not a significant amount. With the addition of a qualified county administrator, there is now little to do for current board members. Most are now simply sitting and listening to reports. Committees are being reorganized so there will be fewer needs for supervisor input and fewer meetings. The compensation savings of the supervisors will not be that great, but the ancillary costs of less meetings and fewer supervisors will add up quickly. Departments have far greater things to do than to entertain 23 supervisors at a minimum monthly basis for hours at a time. Preparation time and paperwork alone should save thousands at a time when every penny counts. We are talking about what is the most efficient way of governance. Our form of government, even at the county level, is a republic and not a democracy. The number of people elected officials represent should not matter if they are correctly, efficiently and knowledgeably representing their constituents. Doing their “job.” The current board had the opportunity to do the right thing and make a reduction in their size even if it was only a token reduction of two supervisors. They did not really even entertain such a reduction with many of them arrogantly believing they are protecting their “jobs” as supervisors. This is a civic duty and not a job. This is why I am running for a seat on the county board. I supported Supervisor Sample, and since he decided to not run again, I felt it was my duty to finish what I started and to oversee a reorganization of the board from 23 to 15. We are asking departments to dig deep and find ways of saving and/or cutting. The least the board could do was to lead by example and make some cuts to themselves. They did not, so now we the voters have that chance on April 3. Bob Blake, rural Frederic I find it interesting that self-proclaimed, hard-core conservatives, most of whom were of the opinion that the county board was too large when they were running for their seats, would now be advocating for the “progressive” argument that “bigger government is better” at the local level – but bad at the state or national level. The question, I think, is, can county government function as well with 15 people in charge as it can with 23? The answer is clearly yes. A few years ago during one

two-year session of the county board, two responsible budgets were adopted, a tremendous amount of good was accomplished in informing the public about the huge meth crisis that was swamping the county, a state-of-the-art emergency communication system was built within the allocated project budget, several high-level administrative position vacancies were “created” and then Bob Blake filled and all with people who did an infinitely better job than their predecessors – all accomplished in a two-year period when the majority of the board was dedicated and committed to making government work better and more efficiently. That board was followed by a board that was so collectively inept that no one has ever been able to describe to me a single positive outcome of that two-year session. If you have a majority of good people on the board good things can happen, and if you don’t it will be a predictable disaster and that will be the case whether there at 23 or 15 members on the board. Reducing the size reduces the likelihood of dealing with what is happening right now. People creating committees with overlapping or unclear responsibilities meeting time after time to no positive outcome. Right now there is the personnel committee, the organizational committee, the transition committee and the administrative committee all meeting without a clear vision of their purpose and butting heads over their conflicting or overlapping responsibilities. There is an aging committee, a health committee, a human services committee and a nursing home committee – all meeting to review reports and nod their heads in approval and collecting per diems and mileage. These areas could all become one committee that would only meet as needed instead of four committees meeting monthly. There would be fewer board members interrupting department work attempting to find nuggets of irrelevant information so they can appear to be important. The creation of the county administrator has eliminated the administrative oversight responsibilities that previous boards had. The size of the board should reflect this reduced level of responsibility for the county board. Give a 15-member board a try – if it doesn’t work we can reduce it further! If you are an administrator and you want a good decision you don’t increase the size of the group – you improve the quality of the information they have.

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Polk County Board/from page 1 Why vote no and keep the present size of the Polk County board (statements gathered by Herschel Brown)

Kristine Kremer-Hartung Several people have asked me how I will vote on the upcoming referendum to lower the size of the county board. A few years ago, prior to my being elected to the county board, I would have probably said, “Oh, I think smaller would be better, as that would mean fewer board members to pay.” Now that I have served on the county board, I have a decidedly different perspective. Sure, we now have a county administrator, and certainly at times it seems that the board really isn’t accomplishing anything. But at this juncture, we are in a transition period. We formerly had Kristine board involvement in many of the day-to-day operations and input Kremer-Hartung into how the various departments ran. Now that we do have a county administrator, the board is responsible for setting policy and budget. The administrator and department heads are responsible for implementing those policies and making sure the departments come in on or under budget. In the last year, the board has been reviewing every facet of its responsibilities with the intention of determining where consolidation of committees might be effective and under what circumstances those committees might meet less frequently. As any responsible board member will tell you, being prepared for meetings does not mean just showing up on time. In order to be informed of all the issues before the board, there is a considerable amount of reading and research that is needed in advance of each meeting. In order to adequately represent one’s constituents preparation is crucial. At present, every board member serves on two standing committees and at least one other ad hoc or appointed committee. Add in the monthly county board meeting, and at a minimum that is four meetings per month. Cutting down on board size will increase the number of meetings required per member and thus the amount of preparation required. Many of the committees are those mandated by state statute and cannot be eliminated or combined with another and many serve a particular interest within our county. My fear is that increasing the workload of board members will decrease the number of those willing to give of their time to run and serve their fellow residents. We do want responsible people representing us, and I do believe that if the board finds a way to shrink the number of committees and the workload that they will move to adjust the board size accordingly. I also feel that jumping from 23 to 15 would be an irresponsible move in that the board would be weighted more heavily on interests south of Hwy. 8. A gradual decrease in the size of the board would perhaps be more appropriate, and that could be accomplished if committees are consolidated and after mandated statutes are reviewed. But, I also like to remember that our greatest voice is at the local level and giving that up to a smaller number of people means that fewer opinions will be heard. Harry Johansen A year and a half ago, the organizational committee recommended to the county board of supervisors that they keep the board at its current size, 23 members. The recommendation was prompted by the need to redistrict the county according to the new census, one district per supervisor. The organizational committee studied the issue and sought information from many sources to make its recommendation. At that time, Supervisor Schmidt wrote a series of articles to inform the public about its

findings. In one of her articles, Cost of the County Board, available on the county Web site, she detailed the costs to taxpayers to maintain the board at its current size. Since then, largely due to the county adopting the county administrator form of government, the costs associated with the county board have decreased. Many of the standing committees have seen a lessening of their workloads; some of Harry Johansen the responsibilities have shifted to the administrator, and, in turn, committees have opted to hold fewer meeting, lowering the costs of compensations paid to committee members. There is no reason to suggest that these costs will not remain fairly constant. Schmidt cited the, then current, figure for county board costs to the county at $152,000. This figure covered all of the costs, not only the payments to board members. In 2011, the costs to maintain the county board were lower at $114,761. Of that total, $92,204 was paid to board members for per diems and to cover travel expenses to meetings. The average of payments to board members in 2011 was $3,091. The Polk County Board, at 23 members, operates a little below the average costs of the four-county cluster of Polk, Burnett, Barron and St. Croix. The average cost, per capita, of the boards in the four counties is $2.81. Polk County residents pay an annual cost of $2.60 to maintain their board at the current size. Still, one must ask whether a board of 15 members would save money. The answer is yes, probably about $24,717 per year in per diems for meetings of the full board only. Per diems for committee meetings, travel reimbursements and operating costs would likely remain the same. This savings would reduce the annual per capita costs to taxpayers by 56 cents, down to $2.04, however, there would likely be additional costs for meetings because a substantial reorganization of county government would likely be necessary. Others have written here about the many other aspects of reducing the size of the county board of supervisors. Given that the costs to taxpayers are slightly below the average of counties in our region and that the savings that would accrue from a smaller board are small, I believe the board should stay at its present size where it can provide a much broader perspective on issues than a smaller board could offer.

Pat Schmidt Here in America the most important part of government is We The People. Our Founding Fathers were wise and forward thinking when they wrote the Constitution, and we’ve been blessed with a country the rest of the world is struggling to emulate even yet today. We the people of America decide what kind of government we want every time we go to the poles. Voting is our greatest privilege and responsibility. In April, the people of our county will be deciding how many supervisors we want to represent us on the county board. Our votes will decide the size of the Polk County Board of Pat Schmidt Supervisors for the next decade. As in all elections, it is best to make an informed vote. Before you vote yes or no on the referendum coming before you, be sure to consider all the consequences of your vote. Voting yes will reduce your representation on the county board. Voting no means it will remain the same as it is today and has been since 1992. Reducing the size of the county board will mean citizens will have less voice in county decisions. Presently, each board member represents about 2,000 people, but it

will change to approximately 3,000 people if there are just 15 supervisors. With a smaller board and, therefore a geographically larger district, citizens are less likely to personally know their representative. Knowing one’s county board supervisor increases the likelihood of calling her or him to express a concern. In my years on the board, I’ve found those phone calls to be very important. Also consider who will be able to serve on the board of supervisors. Presently, each supervisor attends an average of 48 board or committee meetings per year. With a smaller board, the average number of meetings will increase to 75. Some of the present younger members take vacation days off from work to carry out their attendance responsibilities. If the number of meetings per supervisor increases, are there enough working people willing to give up even more vacation days? It’s highly likely that only the retired or folks who are not going to work every day will have time for the required time commitment. I feel there needs to be a balance between age groups on the board. We have differing points of view. There have been no citizen efforts to reduce the boards in Barron and Burnett counties. Burnett has 21 supervisors, each representing approximately 736 people, while Barron has 29 supervisors, each representing 1,581. It appears their citizens prefer to be well-represented. The instigators of this referendum point out that Milwaukee County has just 18 supervisors. However, Milwaukee County supervisors are full-time positions, have fouryear terms with full-time wages and benefits to match. All other Wisconsin counties have volunteers on their county boards, paid only for committee and board meetings attended. There are no salaries, no benefits and no offices with secretaries. Another term those who initiated this referendum have used is “bloated government.” I do not see representation related in any way to such an idea. When asked to define efficiency, there has been no good answer. There’s simply an assumption that smaller is better. In turn, I ask why would anyone want less people watching over a $55 million budget. Our towns and villages have greater representation. In my district, the town spends less than $200,000 on their budget with three board members. The village spends about $500,000 on their annual budget with seven board members. The village board represents 160 people each while the town board represents 310 each. Compare that with the numbers for representation on the county board. I prefer more “watchdogs” looking over my taxes and how they are spent. With 23 supervisors, 12 members are a majority and control the outcome of board decisions. Just eight supervisors constitute a majority when there are 15. Your vote on the referendum is going to determine this factor. The Wisconsin Constitution reads: The Legislature shall establish but one system of town and county government, which shall be as nearly uniform as practicable. Other states have chosen a different system, but ours has chosen equal representation of the people as a key element. Board size limits are based on population. It is more grassroots than some of our neighboring states. Compare Wisconsin to California where there are five county board members regardless of population. Los Angeles County’s population is 9.8 million people while Alpine County has just 1,176 people. Again, both counties have five county board supervisors. Wisconsin has a much better system. To read more on Polk County’s board size see The Leader’s Web site front page for the direct link to their Web site for articles titled, County board size: Does it matter? The Wisconsin legislature and courts chose this system some 150 years ago. It is a good system. It has served us well. People of the past have preferred to be equally and well represented on the county board. Now it is up to you. Will you choose less representation or will you choose to continue as we are? Voting no on the referendum to reduce the size of the county board is the better choice.

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City to work with Bolten & Menk on standpipe project

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. –The city of Taylors Falls has a water standpipe that was constructed in the 1960s. It has never had the inside painted, but the outside was sandblasted and painted in the early 1980s. The city’s engineer firm, Bolten & Menk, prepared a proposal to provide professional engineering services for the design, construction administration and inspection of the city’s rehabilitation of the standpipe at an estimated cost of $116,150. Most of the work would be done by the end of June with a late substantial completion date of Oct. 19. Vice Mayor Ross Rivard expressed concern that the engineering costs were 25 percent of the total costs for the project, which seemed excessive, especially in the area of construction observation services. Rivard recommended further negotiations with Bolten & Menk, Inc., but did not want to delay the project by tabling action on the agreement. Therefore, the council approved the agreement between Bolten & Menk and the city to provide services proposed at a cost not to exceed $28,500, in-

cluding a condition that final agreement and costs agreed upon by the city engineer, mayor and vice mayor. It was further moved that the council authorize Bolten & Menk to proceed with the design and bidding process for the standpipe project. In other business, the council approved city coordinator – zoning administrator Adam Berklund’s, request for permission to attend three land use planning workshops. The council acknowledged that while Berklund’s training budget would be depleted once mileage was paid, the benefits of the training outweighed any budgetary concerns. The city received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources indicating that they are prepared to conduct watercraft inspections and decontaminations for the open-water season at the Lions Park’s boat landing. The inspections and decontaminations are mandated by state law. The DNR has provided a rightof-entry authorization form which would allow them to conduct the inspections and decontaminations.

Reports Larry Julik-Heine reported that the Friends of Taylors Falls Parks and Recreation would be conducting a fundraiser event on St. Patrick’s Day, with a corned beef and cabbage dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center. John Tangen reported that information was shared during his monthly meeting with Fire Chief Al Rivard that the city would soon need to purchase pagers that comply with the 800 MHz radio migration mandate. A quote of $12,015 was received from Infinity Wireless. Tangen indicated he would meet with the city clerk-treasurer to review potential financing options. He also reported that the city may need to invest money in the lone emergency siren (located on West Street) so that is compliant with the 800 MHz system. Tangen complimented Taylors Falls as the only city in Chisago County who successfully obtained a grant that aided in the over $60,000 purchase of the required radios for the fire department. Tangen also voiced his concern and the fire department’s concern with the upcoming Hwy. 8 bridge rehabilitation proj-

ect that would be affecting traffic beginning in late March and throughout the summer. Only eastbound traffic would be allowed on the bridge, and all westbound traffic would be rerouted to the Osceola Hwy. 243 bridge. This rerouting would greatly impact emergency response time for fire mutual aid and for ambulance service. He assured the council that he would continue calling Wisconsin Department of Transportation until he received a response. Rivard reported that the planning commission was reviewing the building design guidelines for the new business park. He also reported that there was a water main break at Folsom/Pine Streets. It was repaired rather quickly using a stainless steel cupling patch. Mary Murphy reported that the EDC was working on the content for the new interpretive signs to be placed along the River Walk Trail. Mayor Mike Buchite reported that the Hwy. 95 repairs from Sunrise to Taylors Falls have been once again postponed another year due to several bidding issues that need to be resolved.

Harsdorf announces veterans listening sessions MADISON – Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, RRiver Falls, is announcing listening sessions focusing on veterans and veterans issues on Tuesday, March 20. Secretary John Scocos of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is scheduled to attend the listening sessions at Harsdorf’s invitation. “Supporting our veterans has long been a bipartisan effort in the state Legis-

lature,” says Harsdorf. “I am honored to host these listening sessions to provide an opportunity for veterans to share their thoughts and concerns with Secretary Scocos and area legislators.” Listening sessions will be held in Milltown from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at VFW Post 6856, in Woodville from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the American Legion, and in Menomonie from 4-5 p.m., at the Veterans Center of

Menomonie. In addition to Harsdorf and Scocos, area legislators have been invited to attend. “In addition to providing a forum for veterans, I am hopeful these listening sessions will help increase awareness of available resources for veterans,” Harsdorf stated. “Secretary Scocos will be available to address changes to veterans programs and legislation passed this ses-

sion relating to veterans.” Veterans are encouraged to visit for information on veterans programs. More information on the listening sessions can be found on Harsdorf’s Web site,, or by calling her office at 800-862-1092. – from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

Unity gets new technology on an old budget Debt refinancing, with $94,000 savings, approved by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Keeping pace with higher education and today’s workplace, the Unity School board is shifting the school’s technology focus to mobile technology. The district has “long been an innovator in the integration of technology and the learning process,” district administrator Brandon Robin said in his report to the school board Tuesday night, March 13. Unity’s 2012-2015 technology plan builds on current strengths, he said, with the primary focus on preparing students for their chosen career and their pursuit of higher education. Last month the board heard how iPads are by used by second-graders, and made the move to purchase four for each kindergarten class and Title I class. This month the board reviewed and approved the new technology plan that calls for an

iPad for each student in grades six through 12, four per classroom in grades kindergarten through fifth, and one for every teacher. Phased in, the plan can be funded through the current technology budget beginning in 2012. “This initiative is possible with our existing funds,” Robinson told the budget and finance committee earlier, “and it’s sustainable.” Anticipated costs for Phase I, spring 2012, would be about $156,000. Phase II, fall 2012-2014, would average about $105,000 per year. After that it is anticipated that costs will run between $80,000 and $110,000 per year, all of which should be covered by the technology budget. “There is no increase in funding,” said Robinson. “Shifting the focus of the technology plan makes it possible within the existing budget.” Unity’s campus is already totally wireless, with new network infrastructure and increased network speed. The focus has been on stationary and mobile labs, but

the new plan will allow each student his or her own device that will hold on-line textbooks as well as applications for communication, calendars, and more. Changing the way the district looks at and uses technology, Robinson said, will help meet a number of identified needs. Individualized student-centered learning can be more easily provided, critical thinking skills will be fostered, and student achievement will be increased, among other things. In addition, the change will help Unity students meet the future by challenging them at their own levels and engaging them with their own interests, by preparing them for higher education and careers, and by allowing for a stronger parentschool connection. At an earlier meeting of the school’s budget and finance committee, board president Debbie Peterson asked if there would be any teacher resistance to the new focus. “Our staff here is, for the most part, very technology literate,” said Robinson. He added that “technology fluency” would

be a focus of professional staff development and training. In other technology news, the board approved transitioning to BoardBook Online Agenda Service. This will allow the board to go “paperless” by using BoardBook for posting meeting agendas, minutes, and other official documents. Expected to occur over the next couple of months, the transition will mean that board members will have laptops or some other device from which to access the documents during meetings.

Debt refinancing The board approved refinancing a $1,240,636 loan from the State Trust Fund for post-employment benefits. The loan matures in 2023, and carries an interest rate of 5.25 percent. By refinancing through Baird & Associates, said Robinson, the district will save $93,878 and pay the loan off one year earlier. Annual payments will be $820 higher, but interest will be reduced to 3.75 percent.

Centuria changes building inspector Habitat home plans coming together by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – The Centuria Village Board met on Monday, March 12, in regular session, and their major business was to approve moving ahead with a new building inspector, after they were informed that their current inspector, Brian Wert, is no longer going to be available for inspections in the area after April 15. The board moved to draft a new contract with local inspector Cliff Manwiller, who has several local inspection contracts also. Wert is based in Hudson, and wrote to the village to inform them that he is reducing his local contracts, due to distance and availability, so the parting of services is amicable. The board discussed how to contract with Manwiller, and is working on a yearto-year contract agreement for future work, as a way to evaluate his services, without a long-term contract as of yet.

“I think we should see how this goes,” stated Trustee Stan Swiontek. The board will present the contract at the April meeting for full approval. In other board business: • Eric Kube of Habitat for Humanity outlined their new project in Centuria, which is their first in the village. They are going to build a single-family home at the corner of Minnesota Avenue and Third Street, right under the water tower on a vacant lot that was donated by the village for that purpose. Kube introduced the six-member family that will not only actively help build the home, but will assume a mortgage on the property. The project is hoping to break ground in May, although a firm date has not been set. Kube also showed the board a locally produced video that outlines the HFH efforts, from their A Brush With Kindness program to their ReStore retail operation in St. Croix Falls and completed home building in Amery, Luck and other areas, including a home in Milltown they are refurbishing under the ABWK program.

“That project is about half complete,” Kube said, noting how the homes they build are “not elaborate palaces or fancy,” but are extremely energy efficient and well-built. “We want to build a home they can not only afford to own, but a home they can afford to live in,” he said. • The board approved the previously agreed upon wage increases for employees set to take effect on July 1, 2012, and Jan. 1, 2013. Each employee will see a 2percent increase. The increases have been budgeted for, and were approved previously, but had never been finalized or voted on by the whole board. • Village President Dave Markert suggested appointing village crew members Tony Weinzirl and Bill Johnson to the Centuria Planning Commission, which the board approved. • The board of review and open book was set for May 15, from 6-8 p.m., with open book review from 4-6 p.m. • There was brief discussion about pending efforts to possibly work with the city of St. Croix Falls Municipal Court,

and consolidate their traffic enforcement and other municipal and noncriminal prosecutions. The planning is moving ahead and should have better updates in the near future, according to Markert.

False alarm at the Clam Flowage WEBSTER – The Webster Fire Department investigated a possible vehicle through the ice at the Clam Lake Flowage in the Town of Union on Monday, March 12. The department reportedly had divers on hand to reach a vehicle, if in fact one had fallen through the ice, but according to Charlie Weis, assistant chief, the department was unable to find any evidence of a vehicle that had fallen through the ice. – Sherill Summer




Season comes to an end for Viking boys

Frederic loses to Lumberjacks in sectional semifinals

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Drummond 47, Frederic 35 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer HAYWARD – The Frederic Vikings boys basketball team was just two wins away from a chance to go to the state championships in Madison but fell short against Drummond on Thursday, March 8. Despite the loss, the Vikings have a lot to celebrate this season, winning their first regional championship in nearly 30 years and giving some of the younger talent a quality postseason experience, and something to build on for next season. It was Drummond’s night last week, however, as they managed to hold a 10point lead for much of the second half, never allowing the Vikings any chance at making a run or a comeback. Frederic gave the Lumberjacks a battle throughout the first half, keeping the game tied throughout much of the first quarter. With under a minute left in the first quarter, Bryant Ayers hit a two-point bucket and teammate Jake Fibert buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Drummond a five-point lead after one. “Drummond is a very good team, especially offensively. I thought that we got quality shots for the most part, but they were right there contesting every one of them,” said Vikings coach Ryan Lind. “We might have been able to get deeper into possessions to find better shots, but I think we were pretty anxious. This was by far the biggest crowd we’ve had all year.”

Jayce den Hoed and Jack Neumann scramble for a loose ball. – Photos by Marty Seeger The Lumberjacks stretched the lead to eight in the second quarter with help from another 3-pointer by Fibert, but the Vikings bit back, with help from five points from Buck, including a 3-pointer, to get Frederic back to within three. But Drummond never allowed the Vikings to

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Frederic Viking fans delight in a call that went their way against Drummond on Thursday, March 8.

••• GRINNELL, Iowa. – Frederic graduate Zach Anderson finished strong in his first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division 3 Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9-10. Anderson competed in the heptathlon, taking sixth place overall. The college sophomore took 10th in the 60-meter dash, third in the 1,000-meter run and in the 60-meter hurdles, eighth in the high jump, seventh in pole vault, 12th in long jump and ninth in the shot put. – Marty Seeger ••• LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Augustana Vikings sophomore Brennan Olson went 2 for 4 from the free-throw line and had one block in 19 minutes of action against the Colorado School of Mines during the Division 2 NCAA basketball tournament last Saturday, March 10. CSM is ranked No. 1 in the nation and defeated the Vikings 82-69. The Vikings finished the season 17-11 overall and were appearing in their 10th NCAA tournament in school history. Olson is a former Luck athlete and 2009 graduate. – Marty Seeger with information from ••• LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Final Four this Friday, March 16, and will play Illinois Wesleyan in Holland, Mich. Illinois Wesleyan is 26-5 on the season, and the Tommies enter the NCAA Final Four with the most wins in school history at 30-1. Among those on the Tommie roster is former Siren athlete Carly Emery, who is a freshman this season.– Marty Seeger with information from ••• LEADER LAND – The Wisconsin versus Montana men’s NCAA playoff game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 1 p.m., on Sunday, March 15. The Brewers at Angels preseason baseball game is being broadcast on 1260 AM beginning at 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 17. The Brewers versus Rangers game is also on 1260 AM beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Minnesota Twins baseball versus Pittsburg can be heard on Sunday, March 18, beginning at noon on 104.9 FM. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2012 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

Frederic's Michael Tesch takes a jump shot during the sectional semifinal against Drummond. Tesch had seven points on the night.

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Saints comeback falls short in regional finals

Conference champs start slow, but gain steam in fourth quarter Bloomer 42, St. Croix Falls 36

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BLOOMER – It wasn’t a good start to the Lady Saints basketball team’s regional title game against Bloomer on Saturday, March 10. On any other night, the Saints might have come out firing on offense and kept the Bloomer Blackhawks from gaining any sort of momentum, but it just wasn’t a good night for the Saints, until the second half at least. For the most part, St. Croix Falls managed to keep the Blackhawks from putting up big numbers on offense, allowing just 16 points in the first half to six points put up by the Saints in the first half. St. Croix Falls mustered just four points in the first quarter and scored two points on a twoand-one opportunity from Sarah Petznick to start the second quarter. And that was it in the first half. The Saints got into foul trouble early in the game and Bloomer capitalized in the first half, shooting six of eight from the line. Free throws ultimately sealed the Blackhawks win, but their 20 of 26 shooting from the free-throw line was just enough to keep a sleeping giant from erupting into an amazing comeback victory. The Saints pulled to within six points with five minutes to go in the third quarter, but three fouls on Petznick kept her out of the game for a period of time, along with starting guard Caitlyn Olson, who

Senior Caitlyn Olson looks for an open teammate.

Saints junior Natalie Sempf fights for position under the basket against the Bloomer Blackhawks on Saturday, March 10. – Photos by Marty Seeger was also in foul trouble. Shortly after getting back to within six points, Bloomer senior Lindsey Geurkink knocked down the first of two key 3-pointers in the third, which helped the Blackhawks regain a 14point lead. Bloomer led by 13 heading into the fourth quarter but the Saints came alive in the fourth quarter, starting the fourth off with a pair of free throws from Jessica Rademacher and another two points in the paint. But with still over five minutes to go in the game, Petznick drew her fourth foul and with Olson in foul trouble as well, Jerrica Jones stepped in as point guard. Still trailing 32-20 with 4:39 to go in the game, Sydney Geisness put up two big baskets and Rademacher scored a twoand-one opportunity and suddenly the Saints were within five. With three minutes to go, however, Petznick fouled out of the game, but the Saints continued to push on, getting another two buckets from Geisness and Jones to help make it a 33-31 game. The Saints got a free-throw shooting opportunity to bring the game to within one point with 1:37 remaining, but missed. With one minute remaining, Bloomer stretched their lead to six with free throws, but Jones buried a huge 3-pointer with 45 seconds on the clock to pull the Saints back within three. The Saints did have a

pair of costly turnovers near the end of the game but Natalie Sempf kept the Saints within two points, with 22 seconds remaining, by stealing an inbound pass and sailing to the basket for two points. But in an effort to get the ball back, the Saints were forced to put Bloomer back on the line again, where Emily Peterson sunk both of her free throws to put the Blackhawks up by four. With 11 seconds to go, the Saints turned the ball over and were unable to overcome in the final seconds. Rademacher led the Saints with 11 points and eight rebounds, followed by Petznick and Geisness each with eight, Jones, five, and Sempf and Olson each had two. Petznick is planning to continue her basketball career at UW-Superior next fall; the Saints are graduating Olson and Alexis Erickson as well. The Saints finished their conference championship season at 20-3 overall and undefeated in the conference.

Jerrica Jones speeds down the court in Bloomer during the regional championship.

Taylor Orton hits a layup for the Saints late in the game.

Saints senior Sarah Petznick finds her way around the Bloomer defense.

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Saints girls down Amery in playoffs

St. Croix Falls 49, Amery 36

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Saints girls basketball team kept their season alive for an extra game on Friday, March 9, with a solid 49-36 victory over the Amery Warriors in the WIAA Division 3 regional final. The Saints pulled ahead early and never trailed, outscoring the Middle Border Conference Warriors in all but the third quarter on their way to the 13-point victory. St. Croix Falls earned a first-round bye with a third seeding, while sixth-seeded Amery had to defeat St. Croix Central to make their way to the river-town finale. That admittedly gave the Saints a chance to do some live scouting, according to St. Croix Falls head coach Angie Maternowsky. “I’d seen Amery play three times this year,” she said. “I’d scouted them, saw them in the regional, so we were ready.” The Saints were all over the usual Warrior scoring powers of Courtney Pinger and Christine Hanson, who would usually combine for nearly 20 points per night, but were held to eight points com-

bined against Maternowsky’s crew. Amery finished their season with a 6-8 Middle Border Conference record and 815 overall. The Saints, on the other hand, led the West Lakeland Conference all season, going undefeated in conference play and 20-2 overall. Leading the way for the Saints was junior post Sydney Geisness, who not only knocked down 19 points on the night, but scored every one of the Saints 13 points in the first quarter, many of them on Saints misses and Geisness offensive rebounds. “Syd hit some awesome shots,” Maternowsky said. “But really, it was all of them. It takes the entire team to win, all the way down the bench.” Amery ramped up their coverage of Geisness in the second half, but other Saints responded in kind, including seven second-half points from Jessica Rademacher, and six more in the second half from seniors Sarah Petznick and Caitlyn Olson, who finished with 12 and nine points, respectively. But junior Natalie Sempf was strong on both ends of the court for rebounds, as she hauled in 10 boards in the win. Rademacher and Geisness combined with Sempf to bring in 27 rebounds on the night, which made a huge difference, as

ABOVE: St. Croix Falls head coach Angie Maternowsky goes over some details with her club in a late-game time-out. BELOW: Saint junior Natalie Sempf gets high fives as she finishes a strong night on the court. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Saints senior Sarah Petznick gets tripped up by an Amery player on her way to a fast break.

Amery was left with many one-shot-andout possessions. Amery junior guard Ashley Fyle led the Warriors with 16 points, but the Saints dominated inside and controlled the game at almost every level, earning their regional victory and the right to play again the next night. The Saints had to go from not playing for a long time to playing back-to-back games on a weekend, which concerned Maternowsky. “The fact is we had two weeks off,” she said. “So I didn’t know how we’d play after that ... there were a few that were a little winded!” The Saints went on to play secondseeded Bloomer on the road the next night.

Luck girls playoff run ends with Castle Guards Washburn 67, Luck 53 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer WASHBURN – The Luck Cardinal girls basketball season ended on the shores of Lake Superior on Friday, March 9, as they fell in the WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal, 67-53, against the Washburn Castle Guards. Coming off a solid victory in the playoff opener against the Siren Dragons, Luck was a decided underdog as the 11th seed against the third-seeded Castle Guards at Washburn, but they didn’t let it bother them. “We played hard and were only down 38-30 at the half,” stated Luck head coach Marty Messar. “But we were outscored 1810 in the third quarter.” The game was a decidedly high-scoring affair, as evidenced by Cardinal junior Avery Steen’s game-leading 26 points. “She also converted 17 of 17 from the charity stripe,” Messar said. “I’m sure that’s a school record!” The Cardinals had plenty of bench scoring in the contest, also helping on the boards.

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Avery Steen glides toward the basket during the regional semifinal in Washburn on Friday, March 9.








Viking girls end season at Winter

Game comes down to the final seconds Winter 65, Frederic 64 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WINTER – The Frederic girls basketball season featured highs, lows, amazing comeback victories and several close games. Their regional semifinal game at Winter wasn’t much different, but the Vikings fell just short of a regional finals appearance with a one-point loss to Winter on Friday, March 9. “Our game Friday was a great high school girls basketball game. It was very much back and forth all night,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. The Winter Warriors had a great season, coming into the game with only one conference loss and a season record of 20-3. The Warriors ended up losing in the regional final to Washburn, but not before the Vikings tested them on Friday. Winter was up 21-17 after the first quarter and ac-

cording to Wink, took an eight-point lead during the second quarter. But as the Vikings have done so many times this season, they came back to knot the game 3434 at the half. Both teams traded buckets in the third quarter but the Warriors went up by six points heading into the fourth quarter 5347. Winter built an 11-point lead with five minutes left in the game, but the Vikings stormed back once again. “We started to press, erased the deficit and took the lead two different times with about two minutes left, then missed shots by both teams,” Wink noted. With 23 seconds to go in the game, Winter clung to a 65-62 lead, and the Vikings took two shots from beyond the arc but missed. They grabbed the rebound both times and the ball went out of bounds but the possession went to Frederic. On the inbound play, Maria Miller banked in the layup and the Vikings took a time-out with eight seconds to go, trailing by one. “(We) tried to foul right away but didn’t get it called until 3.8 seconds left,” Wink said, and once they did get the call, Brittany Thompson went to the line for Win-

Several of the Frederic faithful made the long trek to Winter to cheer on the Vikings during the regional semifinal game.

Vikings coach Troy Wink gives the Viking girls a pep talk during a close game against Winter on Friday, March 9. – Photos by Kelly Schmidt ter, but missed the one-and-one opportunity. Lauren Domagala was able to pick up the rebound, drive to half court and take a final desperation shot for the win, but missed wide-left to end the game. “Great game, hard-fought, our girls kept battling like they did so many nights this year,” said Wink. In three seasons, Frederic’s senior core has put up impressive numbers and will leave an indelible mark on the basketball program. Miller had an impressive night in her final career game, putting up 13 points and 16 rebounds. She finished with more than 500 career rebounds, which is the third-most in school history. She also finished with 714 points. Corissa Schmidt led the Vikings with 20 points against Winter with nine rebounds. Schmidt had over 400 career rebounds, finished with 771 career points, which is the third-highest in school history. “Captain of the team, real leader on and off the court,” said Wink.

Domagala was another captain of the Vikings and contributed as a strong defender and great ball handler. Senior Brittani Hughes could shoot from long range and was a solid defender in the paint. Emily Byerly is the fifth senior, and contributed on both ends of the floor. “Strong weakside rebounder on offense, (and) made a living on getting weakside rebounds this year,” said Wink. Lara Harlander will be back next season as a sophomore, and scored 11 points against Winter. Kendra Mossey will also be back, and she scored eight points, along with Byerly who also had eight. Natalie Phernetton will be a senior next season, and scored four against Winter. “It was an up-and-down year right to the very end, a lot of close wins and losses,” Wink said, adding that this is the sixth-straight .500 or better season. “Very proud of that and look forward to next year and what our ‘unknowns’ can do. I like the group we have back.”

Grantsburg girls stopped in regional semis Can’t overcome slow start, Bulldog defense Boyceville 48, Grantsburg 29 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer RIVER FALLS – The Pirate girls basketball team got off to a slow start during the regional semifinals in Boyceville, Friday, March 9, and couldn’t seem to recover from the offensive slump. “It wasn’t the way we wanted to finish a great year. I thought the girls played extremely hard and worked all night on the defensive end. It was just one of those games where we couldn’t buy a basket,” said coach Adam Hale.

The Pirates basketball team ended with a solid 17-5 record overall.

Kylie Pewe attempts the shot against Boyceville on Friday, March 9, during the regional semifinal game. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Nicole McKenzie fights for a rebound for the Pirates.

Grantsburg trailed 11-4 after the first quarter and 24-11 at the half, but despite trailing by as much as 15 at the start of the third quarter, they managed to chip away at the Bulldog lead. Macy Hanson hit a key 3-pointer near the start of the fourth quarter and Sam Schwieger put up a twopoint bucket to get the Pirates to within seven points. Nicole McKenzie had a good second half, coming up with a pair

of key blocks and six points that hinted at a comeback. However, Boyceville stepped it up in the final five minutes of the game, holding the Pirates scoreless and going on a 12-0 run to seal the victory. “Give credit to Boyceville who played solid half-court defense and are a big, physical team. In spurts, I thought we executed very well on offense but just couldn’t finish. When you shoot 13 percent

from the arch and 23 percent from the field combined, that makes for a rough night,” Hale said. Schwieger led the team with eight points, followed by Hanson with seven, McKenzie, six, and Carly Larson and Kylie Pewe each had four. Larson, McKenzie, Haley Burkhardt and Cora Olson are the Pirates seniors this season, but several starters and contributors will be back again next season. The Pirates finished 175 overall and second in the conference with a 9-3 record. “I want to thank the girls for their determination and energy they put into each and every game to make the season a lot of fun. As I told them after the game, they have nothing to hang their heads about, as they accomplished a lot,” Hale said.








Luck girls/continued “We had eight kids score for us, and eight kids got rebounds, as well,” Messar said. “Jenni Holdt had seven points and 12 rebounds and Jaimee Buck had six boards.” The Castle Guards had strong scoring from Stefanie Siroin, who finished with 23 points, on top of three players with an even dozen points, Kierstyn Fibert, Tia Smith and Chelsea Fibert. “Our season ends with a long bus ride to Washburn,” Messar said. Messar noted that with Steen’s 26 points, she also became Luck’s all-time leading scorer, topping Britta Petersen. “And she still has her senior year remaining,” Messar added on Steen’s offensive prowess. Luck finishes the season with just two West Lakeland Conference wins, but compiled an 8-16 overall record. They return to West Lakeland action next fall, short two strong seniors in Maia Lehmann and Morgan Pullin, but return a host of underclassmen for this fall. The Washburn Castle Guards went on to defeat Winter the next night at home by a 70-48 final, giving the Guards the regional title. They go on to play Northwood in the WIAA Division 5 sectional on Friday, March 15, at Hayward.

RIGHT: The Luck Cardinal defense puts pressure on the Washburn Castle Guards on Friday, March 9. – Photos submitted

Jenni Holdt, Luck, looks for an open teammate against Washburn.

Luck’s Darian Ogilvie fights for position under the basket.

Frederic boys/continued get back any rhythm. Ben Best, a 6-foot-6 junior forward for the Lumberjacks, was a monster on the rebounds and didn’t allow many second-chance shot opportunities, and Andrew McKinney was tough on the inside offensively, with a teamleading 19 points, and 14 coming in the first half. Frederic did manage to bring the game to within five points early in the third quarter, but that was as close as they’d get for the rest of the game. The Vikings defense never gave in, and never allowed Drummond more than a 12-point lead, but Frederic couldn’t come up with the offensive push they needed for a comeback. “I am very proud of our season, though. They were great leaders and played hard every day, all year. I am definitely going to miss having Jayce, Waylon and Mike around. It was a pleasure to coach such a fun, hardworking group this year,” Lind added. Buck finished with a team-leading 12 points for the Vikings, followed by seven from Michael Tesch and Adam Chenal, den Hoed, six, and Ian Lexen, three. The Lumberjacks season is still alive as they ended up defeating Clayton 36-32 in the sectional finals. Drummond enters the tournament at 24-3 overall, while Clayton finished with a stellar record of 24-2. The Vikings finished 18-8 overall and 6-6 in the conference.

Frederic's Jaryd Braden got some quality experience with the Vikings as a sophomore this season. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Frederic senior Waylon Buck works his way toward the basket against the Lumberjacks. Buck led the Vikings with 12 points.

Adam Chenal had a breakout season with the Vikings and will be back again next season to lead the team in 2012-13.

Frederic Viking basketball fans packed the gym at Hayward on Thursday, March 8, to cheer on the Vikes during the sectional semifinals.






Frederic dance team delights in Hayward

The Frederic dance team performed to a packed crowd at the Hayward High School on Thursday, March 8. The dance team was the halftime entertainment during the Frederic and Drummond boys basketball sectional semifinal. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Bulldog wrestlers heading to state RIGHT: On Saturday, March 10, local wrestlers competed at the Wisconsin regional state qualifier tournament in River Falls and qualified to go to state. Pictured (Lto R): Cole Britton, Taedon Nichols and Dakota Schultz. The state tournament takes place in Madison on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24. – Photo submitted



St. Croix Regional sports medicine offers free run/walk prep fair April 3.

ST. CROIX FALLS – The jogging, running and outdoor exercise season is at hand, and in anticipation of the eighth-annual City of Trails 5K run/walk and the Rock ’N River 10K trail run/hike on June 2, plus many other fun exercise happenings, St. Croix Regional Sports Medicine is offering a free run/walk fair on Tuesday, April 3, from 5-7 p.m. The location is the Riverbend Conference Room in the lower level of the hospital building in St. Croix Falls. Think of it as spring training for your running, walking, rollerblading activities and more. Mike Colaizy, an Ironman competitor who has competed in 40 marathons, 100 bike races and 19 American Birkebeiner ski marathons and more, is the speaker headlining this event. Experts such as SCRMC sports medicine specialist Dr. Patrick McDonough and podiatry specialist Dr. Danielle Redburn will also be on hand to address concerns or questions about training and shoes. CyclovaXC will have a display and demo some of their gear and services. Information will be available about trails, fitness locations and injury prevention. Also packed with numerous informational displays, this open house is free to anyone who’s interested in learning more about correct apparel and equipment plus prejogging/running preparation for both casual and competitive running, walking and other outdoor exercise. The event schedule from 5-5:45 p.m. consists of more than 10 different displays with information and handouts from sports psychology to gear and training necessary to compete. There’s enough here for beginners or the advanced. Colaizy is scheduled to speak from 5:45-6:10 p.m., and from 6:15-7 p.m. Displays will be open for late arrivals. The eighth-annual City of Trails 5K and 10K events will be held in St. Croix Falls on June 2. St. Croix Regional Medical Center is a sponsor of the event, together with SCRMC sports medicine and orthopedics, the city of St. Croix Falls and the Ice Age Trails Alliance. For more, go to: or – submitted


Sunday Afternoon Youth Games Standings: The North 27, The Strikers 26, The Dogs 24, The Girls 22, Hi There 20, The Bowlers 18, Team Hambone 15, Bye 8. Boys games: Jordan Bazey (TB) 215, Kyle Hunter (TB) 194, Austin Bruss (HT) 191. Boys series: Jordan Bazey (TB) 556, Kyle Hunter (TB) 533, Austin Bruss (HT) 489. Girls games: Corissa Schmidt (TG) 188, Avery Steen (TG) 176, Lauren Domagala (TG) 167. Girls series: Corissa Schmidt (TG) 547, Avery Steen (TG) 488, Lauren Domagala (TG) 436. Team games: The Bowlers 525, The Girls 507, Hi There 444. Team series: The Bowlers 1497, The Girls 1471, Hi There 1280. Monday Afternoon Senior Standings: Hummingbirds 30, Bears 26, Eagles 26, Night Hawks 22, Vultures 19, Badgers 19, Swans 15. Men’s games (Handicap): Dick Coen & Dennis Bohn 226, Buster Hinrichs 219. Men’s series (Handicap): Dick Coen 597, Dale Johnson 590, Dave Bannie 556. Women’s games (Handicap): Sandy Bannie 240, Pearl Noble 228, Marge Traun 212. Women’s series (Handicap): Pearl Noble 656, Sandy Bannie 613, Betty Anderson 581. Team games (Handicap): Bears 818, Eagles 788, Hummingbirds 743. Team series (Handicap): Bears 2278, Eagles 2248, Night Hawks 2166. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 91, Yellow Lake Lodge 84, Bottle Shop 81, Frandsen Bank & Trust 50, Pioneer Bar 45.5, House of Wood 38.5. Individual games: Gene Ackland 276, Chris Olson 246, Ed Bitler 235. Individual series: Gene Ackland 705, Kelsey Bazey 634, Ed Bitler 628. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 708, Yellow Lake Lodge 660, Bottle Shop 637. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1809, Great Northern Outdoors 1784, Bottle Shop 1776. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Gene Ackland 5x = 276. Games 50 or more above average: Gene Ackland 276 (+78). Series 100 or more above average: Gene Ackland 705 (+111).

Wednesday Night Early Standings: A-1 Machine 32, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 25, Cummings Lumber 25, Lewis Silo 22, Skol Bar 20, Pioneer Bar 19, Larsen Auto Center 16, Bye Team 1. Individual games: Ken Koehler (A-1) 245, Chris Rowell (PB) 234, Jerry Richter (CL) 232. Individual series: Mark Bohn (SB) 612, Jim Murphy (CL) 611, Don Swanson (CL) 596. Team games: A-1 Machine 992, Cummings Lumber 990 & 970. Team series:, Cummings Lumber 2887, A-1 Machine 2800, Skol Bar 2710. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 21, Kinetico 17, American Family Siren 15.5, Red Iron Studios 13.5, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 11, Hell Raisers 10.5, Grindell Law Offices 9.5, Wikstrom Construction 6. Individual games: Don McKinney (FF) 289 & 278, Ed Bitler (RIS) 257. Individual series: Don McKinney (FF) 787, Ed Bitler (RIS) 689, Brian McBroom (AFS) 678. Team games: Fab Four 725, American Family Siren 646, Red Iron Studios 637. Team series: Fab Four 2007, American Family Siren 1929, Red Iron Studios 1831. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Don Swanson 6x = 256; Ed Bitler 8x = 257; Don McKinney 10x = 289, 9x = 278; Josh Henry 6x = 225, 6x = 246; Brian McBroom 6x = 256. Games 50 or more above average: Josh Henry 246 (+60); Brian McBroom 256 (+62); Don McKinney 289 (+87), 278 (+76) & 256 (+81). Others: 700 series: Don McKinney 787. Splits converted: 3-10: Jim Wikstrom. 36-7-10: Mark Kamish. 4-9: Ed Bitler. 6-7: Blake Douglas. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 26, Fisk Trucking 21, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 17.5, Hansen Farms Inc. 15.5. Men’s games: Oliver Baillargeon 245, Eugene Wynn Jr. 237, Eugene Wynn Sr. 215. Men’s series: Eugene Wynn Jr. 665, Oliver Baillargeon 629, Dale Frandsen 620. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 226. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 536. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 979, Stotz & Company 863, Fisk Trucking 807. Team series: Hansen Fams Inc. 2793, Stotz & Company 2542, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2349.

Friday Night Ladies Standings: Meyer’s Plus 51, Junque Art 49, Frederic Design 49, The Leader 45, Pioneer Bar 42, Pin Heads 37, SKM 31. Individual games: Mona Renfroe 208, Margie Traun 189, Karen Carlson 186. Individual series: Karen Carlson 542, Mona Renfroe 511, Margie Traun 481. Team games: Pin Heads 642, The Leader 628, SKM 627. Team series: Pin Heads 1864, SKM 1796, Junque Art 1742. Games 50 or more above average: Mona Renfroe. Splits converted: 3-10: Myrna Magnuson.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Metal Products 72.5, Edina Divas 67.5, Frederic Truck & Tractor 60, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 53, McKenzie Lanes 50.5, Milltown Appliance 48, Alyeska Contracting 36.5, Bye 14. Individual games: Shirley Wilson 231, Toni Sloper 193, Kathy McKenzie 192. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 567, Kathy McKenzie 528, Cindy Castellano 520. Team games (Handicap): Metal Products 881. Team series (Handicap): Metal Products 2484. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lane Crashers 93.5, 1 Pin Short 80.5, What the Ek 71, Lemon Heads 63. Men’s games: Kevin Ek 209, Jeff Lehmann 182, Jeff Bringgold 181. Men’s series: Kevin Ek 559, Jeff Lehmann 489, Jeff Bringgold 461. Women’s games: Beth Ahlgren 156, Janice Berg 153, Alisa Lamb 149. Women’s series: Alisa Lamb 426, Beth

Ahlgren 400, Brenda Lehmann 387. Team games (Handicap): What the Ek 506. Team series (Handicap): What the Ek 1334. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 29.5, Dream Lawn 27, Centurview Park 27, The Cobbler Shop 21.5, McKenzie Lanes 16.5, The Dugout 15, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 13, Steve’s Appliance 10.5. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 300, Ryan Wiemer 247, Roy Price 246. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 781, Ryan Wiemer 702, Craig Willert 630. Team games (Handicap): Dream Lawn 1234. Team series (Handicap): Dream Lawn 3552. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Country Gals 135, Kassel Tap 123, LC’s Gals 1113.5, Hauge Dental 109, Trap Rock 105.5, Gutter Dusters 104, Tomlinson Insurance 97.5, Custom Outfitter 96.5. Individual games: Norma Hauge 218, Patti Katzmark 207, Delores Bishop 206. Individual series: Denise Donaghue 539, Norma Hauge 536, Lonnie Stowell 518. Team games (Handicap): Trap Rock 855, Hauge Dental 843, Gutter Dusters 830. Team series (Handicap): Gutter Dusters 2397, LC’s Gals 2376, Country Gals 2376. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: McKenzie Lanes 12, Edina Realty 12, Davy’s Construction 8, Reed’s Marina 8, Hanjo Farms 8, Tiger Express 6, Harvest Moon 6, Dalles Electricians 4. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 268, Jim Alt 238, Gene Braund 236. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 707, Carl Hetfeld 614, Derek Swenson 605. Team games (Handicap): Tiger Express 1051, McKenzie Lane 990. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 2911, Harvest Moon 2876.

Black & Orange

Monday Night Men’s Standings: Larry’s LP 27-17, Black & Orange 26.5-17.5, Glass & Mirror Works 25.5-18.5, Vacant 9-35. Individual games: Josh Johnson (L) 246, Mike Zajac (G&MW) 211, Curt Phelps (G&MW) 206. Individual series: Josh Johnson (L) 629, Mike Zajac (G&MW) 564, Ron Pitts (B&O) 537.

Team games: Larry’s LP 975, Glass & Mirror Works 955, Black & Orange 929. Team series: Larry’s LP 2745, Glass & Mirror Works 2676, Black & Orange 2654. Games 50 or more above average: Josh Johnson 246 (+80). Series 100 or more above average: Josh Johnson 629 (+131). TNT Standings: Cashco 32-16, Flower Power 30-18, Larry’s LP 29-19, Vacant 5-43. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 220, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 187, Mary Reese (FP) 176. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 559, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 478, Mary Reese (FP) 465. Team games: Larry’s LP 883, Flower Power 830, Cashco 792. Team series: Larry’s LP 2582, Flower Power 2423, Cashco 2367. Games 50 or more above average: Jennifer Kern 220 (+56). Splits converted: 6-7-10: Jean Bickford. Wednesday Night Standings: Zia Louisa’s 32-12, Cashco 31-13, Lions 26-18, Pheasant Inn 19.524.5, Black & Orange 19.5-24.5, Vacant 440. Individual games: Mike Zajac (C) 209, Bruce Norstrem (C) & Jason Hansen (ZL) 203, Monte Rinnman (C) 201. Individual series: Gene Ackland (ZL) 573, Mike Zajac (C) 557, Bruce Norstrom (C) 553. Team games: Lions 946, Cashco 943, Zia Louisa’s 912. Team series: Lions 2784, Zia Louisa’s 2721, Cashco 2687. Thursday Night Ladies Congratulations to Dolls w/Balls – League Champs! Standings: Dolls w/Balls 36-12, Rollettes 22-26, Webster Motel 22-26, Pour House 16-32. Individual games: Sandy Churchill (R) 186, Shaurette Reynolds (Dw/B) 162, Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 162. Individual series: Shaurette Reynolds (Dw/B) 475, Sandy Churchill (R) 448, Jacquelyn Churchill (Dw/B) 447. Team games: Rollettes 702, Dolls w/Balls 690, Webster Motel 649. Team series: Dolls w/Balls 1993, Rollettes 1952, Webster Motel 1862. Games 50 or more above average: Sandy Churchill 186 (+61). Splits converted: 4-6-7: Amanda Grabow.





Shocker in Spooner There were a few hang-dog looks on the faces of Frederic fans after Drummond took control early and defeated the Vikes in sectional semis at Hayward last Thursday, March 8. At the time, the loss hurt a bit more knowing that Frederic vicTHE SPORTS tims Washburn and Siren had both beaten the Lumberjacks earlier in the season. But when Drummond came back two nights later to defeat a Clayton quintet that seemed to be on an unstoppable roll, FHS fans were reminded they’d been beaten by a great team. On an unrelated note, old-timers still like to point out that there are numerous houses in Frederic that were moved from Drummond long ago and are still occupied today by local denizens. (See old news stories in Leader archives.)

John Ryan



Local teams in state tournament A check of the expansive WIAA earchives reveals that in the long history of the Madison state boys basketball tourney, five of seven Leader Land schools have sent teams to the state tournament. St. Croix Falls leads the way with seven appearances, including state championships in 1950 and 1992. Grantsburg (2005, 2011) and Luck (1973, 2008) follow, while Frederic made the scene in 1964. Two schools have made it since the girls tourney was inaugurated in 1976: Luck in 1977 and Siren in 2009. As this week’s Leader goes to press, dozens of area basketball fans are already on the road to Madison, ready to take in the annual classic in our capital city. Next year, of course, the tourney will be held in suburban Green Bay. Don’t get me started Some local fans traveled to Eau Claire Saturday to watch the Colfax-Boyceville sectional final at North High. The game had significance in Leader Land since it was Boyceville who earlier upset Grantsburg boys in regionals, and Colfax who coach Nick Hallberg’s Pirates beat to earn a trip to state in 2011. Also, some ex-Fred-


eric athletes have settled in Colfax and have since become big fans of the red and white Vikings, who won Saturday’s game to earn their first trip to state since 1978. But an ominous foe awaits in Whitefish Bay Dominican who Colfax faces in round one on Thursday night, March 15. It was Dominican, of course, which defeated then-coach Danny Judd’s Grantsburg Pirates in the 2005 Division 3 championship game at the Kohl Center. And when it comes to the question of private schools from metropolitan communities being allowed to play in Division 3, 4, or 5 in tournament play, “Don’t get me started.” Baseball fever High school baseball practice can begin Monday, March 19. With temperatures in the 60s on Monday and 50s the rest of the week, the boys might even have a chance to fling the horsehide outside rather than in the gymasium during the first week of practice. Since most Wisconsin high schools are unable to take spring training in Arizona or Florida, outside practice in late March will be a rare treat. If you’re interested in following Leader Land’s perennial champion Grantsburg Pirates, they open at Boyceville on Fri-

P O R T S day, March 30. Speaking of baseball Christian Hall, former Siren multisport star and current member of Bryan Vilstrup‘s Grantsburg Honkers town team, is listed as an outfielder on the baseball roster at UW-Superior. Autumn nuptials tentatively set Spies working the Siren beat are indicating that in all likelihood the wedding vows between Siren girls basketball coach Ryan Karsten and Dragons junior high volleyball mentor Tina Rudiger are likely to take place some time next October. Of course, Leader readers will long remember the panache’ and savoir faire exhibited by Karsten when he made his marriage proposal from center court prior to a Dragons game while the brideto-be was working at the scorer’s table. Although they struggled to a 10-13 record this year, most knowledgeable fans expect Karsten’s charges to return to the top of the West Lakeland heap in 2013 after temporarily yielding to St. Croix Falls this past season. John Ryan may be reached at

State champs two years running

Luck youth wrestler headed to state LEFT: Hunter Sellent, a member of the Luck Youth Wrestling Club, has earned a trip to the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Youth Folkstyle Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, in Madison. He took first place at the regional tournament last Saturday, March 10, in River Falls in the age group 20012002 year and the 72-pound weight class. His record going into the tournament is 29-1. – Photo submitted

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


Conf. 12-0 9-3 7-5 6-6 5-7 3-9 0-12

Scores Thursday, March 8 (Sectional semifinal) Drummond 47, Frederic 35

GIRLS BASKETBALL Overall 24-1 18-5 13-11 18-8 12-12 8-16 2-21


for local high school scores & stats

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


Conf. 12-0 9-3 8-4 6-6 5-7 2-10 0-12

Scores Friday, March 9 (Regional semifinal) Boyceville 48, Grantsburg 29 St. Croix Falls 49, Amery 36 Washburn 67, Luck 53 Winter 65, Frederic 64 Saturday, March 10 (Regional final) Bloomer 42, St. Croix Falls 36

Overall 20-3 17-5 10-13 13-10 12-12 8-16 3-20

Blizzard girls hockey players Wendy Roberts (far right), Samantha O’Brien (center) and Kassie Lien have continued to compete at a high level even after the end of the regular high school hockey season. Last weekend, the trio competed with Team Wisconsin of Green Bay, at Fond du Lac, and earned their second consecutive state championship. They now advance to the Central District Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18. If they can win, it will qualify them for the national tournament in Massachusetts in April. Lien, who is a junior from Grantsburg, was a finalist for the Forward of the Year Award. Lien was also listed as All-State honorable mention, along with Roberts, who is a sophomore from Grantsburg. O’Brien is a junior from St. Croix Falls. – Photo submitted The Prediction King finished with a 4-1 record in girls regional play, which gave him a final basketball record of 17640 which was good for an 81-percent success rate, or five percentage points ahead of his 2010-11 performance. “I want to take this opportunity to thank my loyal readers who always enjoyed seeing me proven right or proven



wrong,” he said. “In particular, I want to commend all the players who religiously read this column even though their coaches would rather they did not. I heard from numerous players via email, and it always made my day. Children are our future!” he added, before turning his 1957 Apache pickup truck in a southwesterly direction, not to be heard from again until football season begins next August. Though he’ll be out of town for awhile, the Swami will still cheerfully answer all e-mails and can be reached at




Leftover turkey permits go on sale March 19 MADISON – Remaining permits for the 2012 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, March 19. Designated zones will be sold each day, starting at 10 a.m. and continue through midnight or until all permits for that zone and/or time period are sold out. The following zones have leftover permits, and the scheduled sales dates are as follows: • Zone 1 – Monday, March 19 • Zone 2 – Tuesday, March 20 • Zone 3 – Wednesday, March 21 • Zone 4 – Thursday, March 22 • Zones 5, 6 and 7 – Friday, March 23 Starting Saturday, March 24, any remaining permits will be available for purchase until the zone or time period is sold out, or until the season ends. Customers may purchase one permit per day. The fee for leftover turkey permits is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents and $5 for hunters who are 10 or 11 years old. All hunters will also be required to pay the spring turkey license and stamp fees, unless they have previously purchased the

Attend a deer forum near you Last Saturday evening I spent about 40 minutes driving Hwy. 64 from Connorsville in Dunn County to the city of Bloomer in northwestern Chippewa County. It’s a methodically long Marty and boring drive yet the scenery isn’t bad Seeger with large hills scattered in the distance and the thousands of The acres of open farmland Bottom that surround it. The road is a straight shot Line to Hwy. 53 and void of many curves which allows for easy wildlife viewing on both sides of the road. To my surprise, the white-

2012 license and stamp, or are a 2012 Conservation Patron License holder. Residents and nonresidents will have equal opportunity to purchase these leftover permits. Purchasing leftover permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings. Leftover permits can be purchased: through the DNR Web site,, using the keywords “Online Licensing Center;” at any DNR Service Center; at all authorized license agents; or by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-9454236). A limited number of disabled-only turkey permits for state park areas is available among the leftover permits. Disabled hunters who have been issued either a Class A or Class C Disabled Hunter Permit should visit a DNR Service Center or call the DNR Customer Call Center at 1-888-WDNRINFO (1-888-936-7463) beginning on March 19 after 10 a.m. to purchase one of these permits. Hunters interested in purchasing a leftover turkey permit should check the

turkey zone map (pdf) to verify where they want to hunt and then check the spring turkey leftover permit availability to see if permits are available for the period and zone they wish to hunt. These numbers are available on the DNR Web site,, using the keywords “turkey tags” or hunters can call the DNR Call Center at 1-888-936-7463 for permit information. The spring 2012 turkey hunting season runs from April 11 through May 22. The season is divided into six time periods, each running for seven days from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. In total, 233,220 permits were available for the spring 2012 turkey season of which approximately 36,000 permits remain for sale. – from the DNR

tailed deer dominated the landscape. I stopped counting at 300. Turning my head to the north, there’d be 40 or more in a previously picked cornfield. Glancing south, another 15 to 25 or more deer in the next field. Deer were everywhere, and it wasn’t shockingly exciting. Not as much fun as spotting a snowy owl, or seeing a badger burrowing along the roadside, but it’d be big news for someone living in areas of Burnett County or maybe even in some areas of Polk County. My co-worker and I go back and forth from time to time about deer population numbers in the state, and oftentimes I catch myself repeating what DNR biologists have said to me over the years. Deer aren’t distributed evenly across the landscape. That’s a fact, but given what I’ve been hearing from nearly everyone north of Hwy. 8, deer populations aren’t what they used to be. In my co-worker’s area near Webster, they didn’t see a single deer during the rifle season, which is frustrating for her and her family to say the least. “You could drive 100 miles per hour

from here (Frederic) to Webster without worrying about hitting a deer,” she said. It’s probably a welcomed thing for most commuters, but many hunters and wildlife watchers aren’t happy about the way things are heading in this area, and there are many things that factor into the equation, whether it’s wolves, unlimited herd control tags or the expanding bear population to name a few. The good news is you have a chance to learn more about deer management in the deer management unit you hunt most frequently, and voice those concerns at one of the many deer forums being held throughout the state this month. Anyone wanting to learn more about the deer herd in DMUs 10 and 16 in Burnett County are being encouraged to attend the deer forum on Tuesday, March 20, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitors Center. Wildlife biologist Steve Hoffman will provide information on deer management and gather information from hunters about deer where they live, hunt or farm. Will DMUs 10 and 16 be in herd

Plenty to do and see at Crex GRANTSBURG – This nice, warm weather has spurred the migrating birds. Robins, tree sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, bald eagles and horned larks have all been observed. Other birds expected this week are diving ducks, sandhill cranes, thrushes and sparrows. Stop in at the visitor center for a complete list. Do you have questions about the deer populations of Unit 10 and Unit 16? Want to know what the future deer-hunting seasons look like? Come to a public meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Crex Meadows Visitor Center. These and other issues going on in the deer world throughout the state will be discussed. There will be time for questions. The meeting will be led by biologist Steve Hoffman. Other programs coming up at Crex Meadows include the Shakers & Movers 2012 series. This month on Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m. the program will be

on Norman Stone, the father of Crex Meadows. This program is based on interviews from people who worked with Stone. There will be audio clips from the interviews as well as historical pictures and documents. Learn to hunt turkey beginning on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m. This is for beginner hunters of all ages. Equipment is provided if needed. License or hunter safety course is not required if involved in this Learn to Hunt Turkey class. The education and visitor center will be opening on weekends starting on Saturday, March 31. For more information about these and other events at Crex Meadows, please call 715-463-2739, visit, or find us on Facebook. Friends of Crex support these and other programs. You can support these types of programs and be more involved by joining the Friends of Crex. – submitted


The spring turkey season is less than a month away. This is the first year hunters will be able to hunt seven days during their time period. – File photo by Marty Seeger

control once again in 2012? Perhaps Hoffman will be able to answer that and many other questions for you. On Monday, March 26, Washburn and eastern Burnett County DMUs 8, 9, 11, 12, 15 and 17 will be discussed at the Spooner High School choir room (From main doors, go right, past auditorium), beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wildlife biologist Nancy Christel is hosting the forum. A deer forum for Barron and Polk County DMUs 15, 16, 21 and 22 will be held in the Turtle Lake High School library by wildlife biologists Kevin Morgan and Michelle Carlisle on Monday, March 19, beginning at 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to voice your concerns directly with your local wildlife biologist. If you can’t make the meetings, you can also give feedback for the first time this year through the DNR Web site at You can also find specific information about the DMUs you hunt or live on the Web site as well.

Christian Outdoor Club builds nesting boxes

The Christian Outdoor Club is greeting spring by helping wood ducks with new nesting boxes. Last Saturday, March 10, eight boys and seven mentors built some 20 homes at the Wood River Christian Fellowship and then took the duck town homes to Wolf Lake for placement. There guest speaker and wildlife biologist Steve Hoffman, Crex Meadows Wildlife Education Center, schooled the boys about the duck’s breeding habits. The club is meant for boys to enjoy wildlife and learn important life lessons. “We’re here to help boys from fatherless homes to have a positive role model in their life,” said Pastor Dan Slaikeu. “We use the great outdoors as a teaching tool to teach our positive life lessons.” For more information call Slaikeu at 715-488-2456. – Photo by Wayne Anderson


Notices/Real Estate/Garage Sales

Polk County marriage licenses

Burnett County warrants March 8. Jason B. Klinkhammer, 31, Spooner, warrant - failure to appear, March 9. Cody A. St. John, 27, Webster, arrest warrant - complaint, March 6.

Sharalanee M. Staples, 35, Hinckley, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, March 9. Justin A. Will, 30, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, March 5.

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Apartments in St. Croix Falls for eligible elderly 62+ or disabled and to establish a waiting list for other vacancies in Balsam Lake, Milltown, Clear Lake, Dresser and Osceola. Annual income cannot exceed $46,350 for two person household or $41,250 for a single person. Contact Polk County Housing Authority for further information or an application at 403 2nd Ave. E., Osceola. Call toll-free 1-866-259-3576. This Institution is an Equal Oppor555752 29-30L tunity Provider and Employer.

Case Number: 10 CV 341 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 17, 2010, in the amount of $90,535.26, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Glenna Lake Vincent Plat No. 1, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 973973A Vincent Lake Lane, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 026-01443-0000. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 283172

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Full-Time Agent

235 Main St. Luck, WI 54853

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4-BR, 2-bath home, 3-car garage on 76 acres by Luck on Hwy. 35 with lots of updates

Nice 2-BR home in Luck schools with 5 acres and all 1-level living.

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Nice 4-BR home in Luck by school with some updates.

7 acres on the north side of Luck.

3 BRs, 1 bath, 15 acres east of Lewis.

3-BR home on 120 acres almost surrounded by county land, great hunting.

Great 3-BR, 2-bath mobile home on 4 acres in Luck schools.

10 acres of pasture, woods with a good location NE of Frederic.

Nice, 2 BRs in Luck that has lots of improvements and a good location.

2-BR, 2-bath home on corner lot with lots of improvement, in Luck.

Nice building on Main Street in Luck that can be the home of your next business.

3-BR, 1-bath home in Centuria, in great shape with 3-car heated garage.

Horse lovers paradise with western charm. 4-BR, 1-ba. hm. Luck Twp., 2783 St. Rd. 35.





Great 3-BR trilevel home in country, well taken care of, Luck school district.



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

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. DEBRA J. JONES N/K/A DEBRA J. PAULSON, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 84 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 20, 2011, in the amount of $93,316.74, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 10, Block 15, Original Plat of Village of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 241 3rd Ave., Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 113-00106-0000. Dated this 10th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 283881

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

FOR RENT 1-BR cabin on south shore of Crooked Lake, Siren.

450/mo. + 1 month

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Amundson, Town of St. Croix Falls, March 9, 2012.


Water, sewer & garbage included. On-site laundry. Background check. First month’s rent and damage deposit.

Mason C. Stickney, 28, Duluth, Minn., disorderly conduct, $330.50.

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Kurt J. Matrious, 41, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Gary L. May, 34, New Richmond, operate without valid license, $535.00, twice. Ean R. McClelland, 26, Hayward, possession amphetamine, probation revoked, six-month jail sentence, $490.50. Louis S. Nutt, 32, Grantsburg, resisting officer / failing to stop, one-year probation, sentence withheld, obtain GED; OWI, $867.50. license revoked eight months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment; OWI, $1,109.00, two-year probation, sentence withheld, 20-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, alcohol assessment, license revoke 16 months, concurrent to above, ignition interlock. Sue Ann R. Radke, 50, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50. Shaurette Reynolds, 30, Webster, battery, one-year probation, sentence withheld, 40 hours of community service, no contact with victim, maintain absolute sobriety, alcohol assessment, $480.16. Billy J. Snyder, 24, Siren, disorderly conduct, 90-day jail sentence, time served, $243.00. Robert M. Zilla, 53, Webster, OWI, $1,424.00, 45-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 24 months; operate without insurance, $200.50.

FOR RENT 2 BRs Downtown St. Croix Falls $ 475 per mo.

Burnett County circuit court Aaron G. Benjamin, 26, Danbury, OWI, $1,172.00, 10-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 14 months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment. Arcoil Bordayo, 32, St. Paul, Minn., battery, one-year probation, five-day jail sentence, maintain absolute sobriety, no contact with victim without permission by Department of Corrections, $243.00. Natasha R. Breeden, 30, Webster, battery, one-year probation, sentence withheld, 40 hours of community service, no contact with victim, maintain absolute sobriety, alcohol assessment, $480.16. Erin E. Dearbin, 25, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50. Chad A. French, 20, Webster, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Ronald J. Hart, 65, Webster, OWI, $1,424.00, three-year probation, sentence withheld, sixmonth jail sentence, eligible for Huber release and / or community service, maintain absolute sobriety, attend victim-impact panel, license revoked three years, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment; OWI, $1,424.00, three-year probation, concurrent with above, sentence withheld, six-month jail sentence, consecutive with above, probation conditions same as above. Lois A. Keenan, 24, Birchwood, disorderly conduct, $330.50.

Pavinee Bunnak, Town of Beaver, and James R. Haavisto, Town of Beaver, March 6, 2012. Samantha M. Strohkirch, Town of Eureka, and Shaw J.B.


Lonnie R. Benjamin, 32, Sandstone, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, March 5. Terry R. Fish, 20, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, March 9. Timothy J. Hughes, 18, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear,

Aileen M. Bonneau, 93, St. Croix Falls, died March 1, 2012. Catherine E. Stewart, 65, Clear Lake, died March 1, 2012. Walden A. Danielson, 92, Amery, died March 3, 2012. Clarice G. Nelson, 95, Vance Creek, died March 5, 2012.

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. DANIEL J. JOHNSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 468 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 15, 2011, in the amount of $72,357.25, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lots 17 and 18, Block B of Burman and Porters Addition to the City of Amery, said lots being situated in the Northeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 33, Township 33 North, Range 16 West. Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 539 Broadway Street, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-00147-0000. Dated this 8th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

damage deposit. Month-to-month. No smoking. Small pets OK. Utilities not included. Garbage pickup included. Available now.


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Evelyn M. Alden, 90, Frederic, died Feb. 25, 2012. Arlo E. Miller, 85, Luck, died Feb. 26, 2012. Eldon M. Nelson, 77, Amery, died Feb. 26, 2012. Janet M. Luhman, 67, Eureka, died Feb. 28, 2012.

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Burnett County Mildred E. Hartshorn, 98, Village of Siren, died Feb. 19, 2012. John L. Jacobson Jr., 61, Town of Daniels, died Feb. 28, 2012.

(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. JULIE A. MINOR, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 313 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 15, 2009, in the amount of $162,965.37, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1844 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps on page 192 as Document No. 529708, located in Outlot 15 of the Outlot Plat to the Village of Osceola, being part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 22, Township 33 North, Range 19 West. Said land being in the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 403A 8th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00355-0000. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285412

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PILGRIM LUTHERAN CHURCH FUNDRAISER RUMMAGE SALE Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Across from the water tower north of town on Hwy. 35. Frederic, WI 556153 30-31L


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On March 27, 2012, the Polk County Board of Adjustment will conduct a public hearing to hear a Special Exception request for Dean Sather/Nancy DeSchane. The hearing will be held at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The hearing will be called to order at 8:30 a.m. They will recess at 8:45 a.m. to view the site and reconvene at 9:45 a.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The application must appear at 9:45 a.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) DEAN SATHER/NANCY DeSCHANE request a Special Exception to Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House on Deer Lake (a class 1 lake). Property affected is: 1696A 140th Ave., Lot 4, CSM #5398 located in Gov’t. Lot 6, Sec. 29/T34N/R17W, Town of Balsam Lake. 555666 29-30L 19a,d WNAXLP

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Webster Education Foundation Thursday, March 29 Webster 5-12 School IMC 6 p.m. Appoint Board of Directors 555669 29-30L and elect officers 19-20a



Full-time position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715-349556080 2181. Application deadline March 23, 2012. EOE. 30-31L 20a,bc NOTICE OF POSTING ELECTION NOTICES March 8, 2012

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that effective March 8, 2012, all election notices for the Village of Siren will be posted at three (3) locations within the Village of Siren; rather than published. The three locations will be: Siren Village Hall at 24049 First Avenue, United States Post Office at 7729 Main Street and Fourwinds Market at 24133 State Road 35/70. In addition, all notices will be published on the Village of Siren Web site: under Election Information. Anyone with questions on this change should contact the Siren Village Clerk/Treasurer at 715-349-2273. Done in the Village of Siren, on March 8, 2012. 556064 30L WNAXLP /s/Ann L. Peterson, Village Clerk/Treasurer

JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. RAYMOND NOCKELS, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 124 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 15, 2011, in the amount of $152,318.78, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold ���as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lots 6 and 7, Block 4, Plat of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 500 8th Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00277-0000. Dated this 8th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700

Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. ALLEN J. WYMAN, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 341 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 17, 2010, in the amount of $90,535.26, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Glenna Lake Vincent Plat No. 1, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 973973A Vincent Lake Lane, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 026-01443-0000. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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WILLIAM C. OLSON and OLIVE K. OLSON, Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 567 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 28, 2011, in the amount of $19,700.76, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Five (5) of Certified Survey Map No. 4868 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 195, as Document No. 699678, being a division of Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 3490 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey maps, page 3, as Document No. 619618, part of Government Lot Two (2), Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with the driveway easement shown on said Certified Survey Map and together with the easement shown on Certified Survey Map No. 3877 recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 140, as Document No. 641030 and the easement shown on Certified Survey Map No. 4868 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 195, as Document No. 699678 to provide access to the town road. PIN: 026-01145-2500. STREET ADDRESS: 2150 South Baker Road, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 30th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. PAMELA S. SCHULTE, JOHN DOE SCHULTE unknown spouse of Pamela S. Schulte, Defendants. Case No. 11CV512 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on October 3, 2011, in the amount of $128,701.75, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 3rd day of May, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: The W 1/2 of E 1/2 of SW 1/4 of SE 1/4, Section 25, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 637 U.S. Highway 8, Amery, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 8th day of March, 2012. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. CHARLES S. BITTORF, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 654 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 6, 2011, in the amount of $231,171.53, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 6 and those parts of Government Lot 10, the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, and the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, which lie North and West of the abandoned railroad right of way now owned by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation, all in Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. EXCEPT Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map Number 3739, recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 2, as Document Number 633843, located in part of Government Lot 10, Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 571 90th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-00409-0000, 016-00404-0000, 016-004150000 & 016-00417-0100. Dated this 27th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 284873



(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. TRAVIS J. PETERSEN SHANNON N. PETERSEN, DISCOVER BANK, CAPITAL ONE BANK (U.S.A.), PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC, GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, SC, Defendants. Case No. 11CV698 Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of an amended judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on March 1, 2012, in the amount of $102,778.41, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 3rd day of May, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lots 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9, Block 7 of Todd Lewis Addition to Plat of Lewis (in the Town of Clam Falls), Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1144 Oak Avenue, Lewis, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 6th day of March, 2012. /s/Peter J. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 556043

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(Feb. 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL BANK, assignee of THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs.

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Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 283172


The Polk County Zoning Office is currently in the process of reviewing a proposed telecommunication facility. The site is located at: 379 280th Street, Section 17/T32N/R19W, Town of Farmington. AT&T is proposing to place a stealth facility on the Gottfried Kellerman property. This property is located in the St. Croix River Buffer Zone. Article IX A2f of the Polk County Telecommunication Ordinance requires the county to publish this notice to inform the public of this proposed facility. Please contact the Polk County Zoning Office if you have any questions, (715) 485-9248. 555617 29-31L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Polk County Employee Relations Department is now accepting Requests for Proposals for the following: • Employee Benefit Brokerage and Consulting Services Deadline to respond is March 30, 2012, by 4:30 p.m. If you have any additional questions or would like to receive a copy of the specifications and proposal form, please contact Andrea Jerrick, ER Director, Polk County Employee Relations Department. Phone 715-485-9123. 555703 29-30L

TOWN OF STERLING MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held March 19, 2012, At The Cushing Community Center At 7:00 p.m.

Agenda: Clerk minutes, Treasurer report, Update on town leases, Citizen concerns, Possible board appointment to Cushing Fire Dept. Board, Approve operator licenses, Road maint. report, Set April agenda, Pay bills and Adjournment. Julie Peterson, Clerk 556017 30L 20a


Case No. 09CV348 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on September 26, 2011, in the amount of $207,022.04, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 29th day of March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: PARCEL 1: Part of Government Lot 2, of Section 30, Township 34 North, Range 16 West in the Town of Apple River described as Lot 28 of Certified Survey Maps, filed January 4, 1995, in Volume 9 of Records, Page 80, as Document No. 538840. PARCEL 2: A 66-footwide easement for the benefit of PARCEL 1 for ingress and egress over and across the proposed town road as shown on the subject Certified Survey Map. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1166 134th Avenue, Amery, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 6th day of February, 2012. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff



Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WILSHIRE CREDIT CORPORATION, AS SERVICER FOR U.S. BANK, NA, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, NA, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK, NA, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2006-RM4 Plaintiff vs. CHRISTINE A. SIMONSON, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 09 CV 946 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 18, 2010, in the amount of $185,761.73, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 25, Croixwood, in the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Lot 25, Croixwood “A Planned Unit Development,” City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1326 East Aspen Drive, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-01380-2500. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285293

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Children turning 4 on or before Sept. 1 are invited to attend



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Children turning 5 on or before Sept. 1 are invited to Kamp - Friday, March 23, a.m. session/p.m. session. Current 4K students will attend at their regular time and will receive a separate notice. Call the elementary school to register your child, 715-327-4221. Enrollment papers will then be sent to you for completion before attending the screening. We look forward to hearing from you. A lifetime of learning starts here!

as assignee of The RiverBank, a Minnesota banking corporation, P.O. Box 188 304 Cascade Street Osceola, WI 54020 Plaintiff, vs. John T. Branum 609 Third Avenue Osceola, WI 54020, Melissa P. Letourneau 609 Third Avenue Osceola, WI 54020, Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, MN 55055, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, Inc. 235 State Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, John Doe, Mary Roe and XYZ Corporation, Defendants. Case No. 11CV617 Case Type: 30404 PUBLICATION SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO MELISSA LETOURNEAU: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiff, Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, as assignee of The RiverBank, has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. WITHIN forty (40) days after February 29, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Amended Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Polk County Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, whose address is 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Plaintiff’s attorneys, Anastasi & Associates, P.A., whose address is 14985 60th Street N., Stillwater, MN 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Amended Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Amended Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Amended Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or may in the future, and may also be enforced or garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: February 17, 2012. ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. Garth G. Gavenda, #1079588 David C. Anastasi, #1027144 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 Telephone: 651-439-2951 Attorneys for Plaintiff #15836

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(Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, WI 54703,

(Feb. 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, FOR THE BENEFIT OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST INC. ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2007-AHL2 Plaintiff vs. JAMES FLAHERTY A/K/A JAMES FRANCOIS FLAHERTY; MICHELLE C. FLAHERTY; REGIONAL BUSINESS FUND, INC.; RACHEL E. ENGEBRETSON; FERGUSON ENTERPRISES; GOODIN COMPANY; ANCHORBANK; MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC; HOFFMAN, GREG L.; DIXON, LORI A., Defendants NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 11 CV 306 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 9, 2011, in the amount of $329,772.66, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: A Parcel of land located in the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4 of SW 1/4) of Section TwentyTwo (22), Township Thirty-Five (35) North of Range Seventeen (17) West described as follows: beginning at the SouthWest Corner of SW 1/4 of SW 1/4; thence North 700 Feet; thence East 500 Feet; thence South 700 Feet; thence West 500 Feet to the point of beginning; containing approximately 8 acres; except that parcel described in Volume 489 of Records Page 509, Document No. 440985, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 040-00603-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1497 200th Avenue, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. Adam C. Lueck State Bar No.: 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

STATE OF WISCONSIN Town of Meenon, Burnett County A Resolution having been adopted by the supervisors of the Town of Meenon, Burnett County, Wisconsin, to vacate roads as described as follows, a scale map of the land that will be affected by this application being attached: Park Street East of Plot #018-3334-01-300 (310 feet) Deed Doc #375572V322P156, Govt. lot 2, West of Plot #018-9125-01-900 Deed Doc #66733; First Street N Plot #0189125-01-900, Deed Doc #266733 to eliminate First Street; south connect, Plot #018-912501-800, Deed Doc #300093; Second Street contingent upon a letter of no objection from the Historical Society, South of Plot #0189125-01-900 or North of Plot #018-9125-02-200, Deed Doc # 266733. Notice is hereby given that the supervisors of the town will meet on Monday, April 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. of that day, at the Meenon Town Hall, in the town, and decide upon the resolution. Dated this 14th day of March, 2012. 556045 30L 20a Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk

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(March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18) 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. EDUARDO LERRO, et al, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 11 CV 321 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 18, 2011, in the amount of $145,566.12 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 30, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing on the East line of said forty, 655 feet North of the Southeast corner of said forty; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty, 214 feet; thence North parallel to the East line of said forty 203 1/2 feet; thence East parallel to the South line of said forty to the East line of said forty; thence South to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2341 Oak Drive, Osceola, WI 54020 TAX KEY NO.: 042-00734-0000 Dated this 7th day of March, 2012 Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285406 556156


(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee for Freddie Mac Securities REMIC Trust 2005S001 Plaintiff vs. TIMOTHY C. CICCARELLI, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 135 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $336,774.05, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 22, as shown on the Plat of First Addition to Lori’s Lotus Lake Landing, filed in the Register of Deeds Office for Polk County, Wisconsin, in Envelope 30B, as Document No. 554519 and located in part of Government Lot 4, Section 21, and parts of Government Lot 2 and the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 22, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 847 207th Street, Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01315-2200. Dated this 8th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700

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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.


Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn is a rapidly growing landscape maintenance company that maintains and installs sustainable landscapes throughout Northwest Wisconsin. We are currently looking for an experienced, dependable, hardworking technician to join our lawn care team. This position is a full-time seasonal (April - November) outdoor career, with a fast-paced work environment. * Qualifications include: Valid Wisconsin driver’s license (CDL a plus), minimum of 2 years’ commercial maintenance experience, equipment/mechanical knowledge, willingness to learn, ability to follow directions and communication with others is ESSENTIAL. Capable of lifting 70 lbs. and working through adverse weather conditions as needed. Must be willing to work overtime and/or weekends as required. Upon successful completion of pre-employment screening, our comprehensive package includes: hourly wage, paid holidays/sick days. To learn more about this position, please call 715-4853131 or stop in and fill out an application.

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Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates for a Health Information Technology Instructor/Program Director. This position is responsible for developing, implementing and facilitating learning for an assigned instructional program and supervising part-time faculty in assigned program area. The start date for this position will be July 1, 2012. This position can be housed at any WITC Campus location. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in a related area and two years’ related occupational experience. Deadline to apply: April 9, 2012.

For a complete list of qualifications and to apply for this position, please visit our Web site at TTY 711 555612 29r 19-20b,c 30L 31r

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

Full-time position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715-349-2181. Application deadline March 16, 2012. EOE. 555697 29-30L 19a,b,c

Detailed specification list may be obtained by calling the District Office at 715-327-5630. All bids are due by 2 p.m., March 28, 2012. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all 555679 29-30L 19a WNAXLP bids.





The Village of Luck seeks a part-time, seasonal parks and recreation employee. This position reports to the Director of Public Works and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the Village Parks and Building Grounds. Minimum requirements: Valid driver’s license with good driving record; ability to move/lift 50 lbs. occasionally; basic reading and writing skills; familiarity with park equipment maintenance and record-keeping skills. Wage is $7.25 - $10.00/hour, approximately 25 hours a week. Applications available at Luck Village Hall, 401 Main St., M - F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The Village of Luck is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 556065 30L North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Beginning at a point 200 feet West of the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck; thence South to a point on South line of the property described in Volume 420 Records, page 557, Instrument No. 394523, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin; thence Northeasterly to a point which is 23.8 feet North of the Northeast corner of Lot 8, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence North to the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence West 200 feet to the point of beginning. AND EXCEPT the East 40 feet of Lakeshore Lot 11, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck, AND EXCEPT a parcel of land in Government Lot 5, also known as the Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4 Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Village of Luck, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck; thence West 200 feet, to the point of beginning; thence South 245 feet; thence West 200 feet; thence North 245 feet, thence East to the point of beginning, being located in what was formerly known as Lots 11 through 14, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck. ALSO EXCEPT the West 25 feet of the East 65 feet of Lakeshore Lot 11, Show and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck, being located in Government Lot 5, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 14 North Pine Street, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00352-0000. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar # 1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285422

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(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) 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. MICHAEL F. SEVER, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 599 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 22, 2011, in the amount of $233,672.05, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land located in the Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot 15, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck; thence South to a point which is 23.8 feet North of the Northeast corner of Lot 8, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence Southwesterly to a point which is 23.8 feet North of the most Northerly and West corner of Lot 2, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition; thence North to a point 400 feet West of the point of beginning; thence East 400 feet to the point of beginning (said premises being Lots 9 and 14, Block B, Schow and Butts Addition to the Village of Luck which has been vacated). AND Lakeshore Lot 11, Schow and Butts Addition (said premises located in Government Lot 5, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, said Lot 5 being the Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4); EXCEPT a parcel of land located in Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4 Section 27, Township 36

The Frederic School District, Frederic, WI, will accept bids for:

The School District of Siren has opened a search for a full-time Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. This position will involve shared duties between the Siren School District and the Cameron School District. QUALIFICATIONS DPI Certification #80 - Director of Special Education/Pupil Services is required. Prior experience in the special education classroom and experience supervising special education programs is preferred. REQUIREMENTS Candidates must be willing to travel between Siren and Cameron and work a split schedule. Candidates must be willing to plan, schedule, supervise and evaluate special education programs and staff, as well as work with other pupil service programs such as PBIS and RtI, etc. Candidate must be prepared to work with district staff on all local, state and federal reporting and budgeting applications, monitoring and reporting. HOW TO APPLY Send letter, resume, license, transcripts and three letters of reference to: Scott Johnson, District Administrator School District of Siren 24022 - 4th Avenue Siren, WI 54872 This position will be filled as soon as possible. Please apply immediately.

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LEGAL NOTICE APPOINTMENTS TO THE WISCONSIN INDIANHEAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD The committee to appoint members to the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College District Board will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Administrative Office, located at 505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI, to review the following candidates’ applications submitted for consideration for the following 3-year-term positions: 1 Employee member position representing Region 1 - Douglas County (3-year term), 1 Employer member position representing Region 6 - St. Croix County (3-year term) and 1 School District Administrator member position representing the WITC District. Candidates must be present and must provide two written references before being interviewed to qualify for appointment to the Board. Aimee Curtis Jean Serum 608 N. 22nd St. N8640 River Rd. Superior, WI 54880 Trego, WI 54888 Maurice Veilleux 310 Arlene Ct. New Richmond, WI 54017 AGENDA Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College DISTRICT BOARD APPOINTMENT COMMITTEE Thursday, March 29, 2012, 2:30 p.m. WITC Administrative Office 505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871 Public Hearing 1. Call Public Hearing to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Establishment of Quorum 4. Determination of Compliance with Open Meetings Law and Statutory Notices 5. Determination of Names and Qualifications of the Candidates 6. Interview each Candidate 7. Testimony from the Public Regarding Candidates 8. Close of Public Hearing Appointment Committee Meeting 1. Call Public Meeting to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Establishment of a Quorum 4. Determination of Compliance with Open Meetings Law and Statutory Notices 5. Approval of the June 22, 2011, Board Appointment Committee Public Hearing and Appointment Committee Meeting Minutes 6. Purpose of Meeting and Explanation of Statutes Governing District Board Appointments 7. Review the Plan of Representation, Approved on June 22, 2011 8. The committee may go into closed session, in accordance with State Statutes §19.85 (1)(f), for the purpose of consideration of financial, medical, social or personal histories information of the candidates 9. Reconvene Public Meeting 10. Appointment of District Board Members 11. Review, Discuss and Consider Approval of or Changes to the Plan of Representation for the next Board Appointment Process 12. Adjournment of Public Meeting Note: President Meyer will be available during the meeting to answer any questions. 555759 30r,L WNAXLP

(Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4) 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. CAROL A. GAUSE, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 442 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 23, 2011, in the amount of $196,503.58, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: All that part of Lot 9, Plat of Lee`s Subdivision, which lies North of the existing town road, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. TOGETHER with the West 100 feet of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West bounded as follows: On the South by Balsam Lake, on the North by the Public Highway, on the East by a line parallel with and 150 feet West of the East line of said Lot 9 of said Subdivision, and on the West by the West line of said Lot 9, being part of Government Lot 2; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West; thence Westerly along the water’s edge of Balsam Lake at highwater mark, a distance of 46 feet; thence Northeasterly in a

straight line to the Northwest corner of said Lot 9; thence South along the West line of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision to the point of beginning; except that part lying North of the public highway, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Tract 1: All that part of Lot 9, Plat of Lee’s Subdivision, which lies North of the existing town road, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Tract 2: The West 100 feet of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West bounded as follows: On the South by Balsam Lake, on the North by the Public Highway, on the East by a line parallel with and 150 feet West of the East line of said Lot 9 of said Subdivision, and on the West by the West line of said Lot 9, being part of Government Lot 2; and that part of Government Lot 2, Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision of a part of the North 1/2 of Section 1, Town 34 North, Range 17 West; thence Westerly along the water’s edge of Balsam Lake at highwater mark, a distance of 46 feet; thence Northeasterly in a straight line to the Northwest corner of said Lot 9; thence South along the West line of Lot 9 of Lee’s Subdivision to the point of beginning; except that part lying North of the public highway, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1262 Leeland Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 006-01209-0000. Dated this 16th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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(Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. TERRY MICHAEL MORTON, et al. Defendants Case No. 11 CV 202 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 21, 2011, in the amount of $801,756.66, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: February 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TO April 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot 6, of Section 35, Township 35 North of Range 17 West, described as follows: Commencing at a stone monument 1,003.9 feet South and 50.0 feet East of the meander corner on the shore of Balsam Lake on the West line of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 17 West; thence East 334.0 feet to the meander line on the shore of Balsam Lake; thence along said shore meander North 8 deg. 00’ East 143.0 feet; thence North 15 deg. 25’ West 60.2 feet; thence West 339.0 feet; thence South 200.0 feet to the place of beginning. Said land being in the Town of Milltown, County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 1860 140th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO: 040-01213-0000. Dated this 28th day of February, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 1, 2011, in the amount of $183,321.42, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: PARCEL 1: Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 3640, recorded in Volume 16 CSM, Page 153, Document No. 629179, located in part of the SE1/4 of SE1/4, Section 5-32-16, Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wis. PARCEL 2: An easement for ingress and egress described as follows: Commencing at the SE Corner of Section 5; thence on an assumed bearing along the East Line of said SE1/4 of Section 5, North 05 Degrees 01’ 23” East a distance of 330.14 Feet to the North Line of the South 330.00 Feet of said SE1/4 of SE1/4 and the point of beginning of the Parcel to be described; thence, along last said North Line, North 89 Degrees 36’ 59” WEST a distance of 329.44 Feet; thence North 02 Degrees 07’ 19” East a distance of 372.05 Feet; thence North 87 Degrees 48’ 41” East a distance of 158.20 Feet; thence South 84 Degrees 32’ 04” East a distance of 22.90 Feet to the point of beginning of said Easement; thence North 05 Degrees 27’ 56” East a distance of 43.00 Feet; thence South 84 Degrees 32’ 04” East a distance of 107.58 Feet to the Westerly right of way of State Truck Highway 46; thence along said right of way, South 01 Degree 51’ 49” East a distance of 43.09 Feet; thence North 84 Degrees 32’ 04” West a distance of 110.29 Feet to the point of beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 010-00128-0100 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 507 State Hwy. 46, Amery, Wisconsin 54001. Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710

Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


Bookkeeper District Attorney’s Office Part Time Wed. & Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Deadline To Apply: March 20, 2012


YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, 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 556161 30L

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Polk County Government Center 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI County Boardroom Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:00 p.m. Regular Business Meeting Open Session

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Call to Order Evidence of Proper Notice Roll Call Prayer: Supr. Bergstrom Pledge of Allegiance Consent Agenda: Consideration of corrections to the noticed agenda for March 20, 2012, meeting & published minutes of the January 17, 2012, meeting 7. Public Comments - 3 minutes per person - not to exceed 30 minutes total 8. Wisconsin Dairy Association Award, Supvr. Marvin Caspersen 9. Chairman’s Report, William Johnson 10. Finance Manager’s Report, Maggie Wickre 11. Administrator’s Report, Dana Frey Confirmation of Administrator’s Appointment of Tanna Worrell to Polk County Library Committee 12. Presentation by Day Friends Programming, Mary Mikula and Kasey Weber 13. Approval of Emergency Fire Wardens for the 2012 year: John & Deloris Hermstad - T. Bone Lake, T. Luck, T. West Sweden Keith & Michelle Schmidt - T. Clam Falls Ron & Patty Fredericks - T. Clam Falls, T. West Sweden Earl & Sharon Jensen - T. Lorain Penny Shockman - T. McKinley Earl & Marilyn Roettger - T. Sterling Jeff Moats - T. West Sweden, T. Luck, T. Clam Falls Wayne & Mildred Lundquist - T. West Sweden, T. Clam Falls Julie Haines - T. Sterling 14. Committee/Board Reports • Highway - Supvr. Caspersen • Finance - Supvr. Bergstrom • Personnel - Supvr. Arcand • Property, Forestry & Recreation/ADRC - Supvr. Jepsen • Extension, Land & Water, Lime - Supvr. D. Johansen • Public Protection - Supvr. Luke • Land Information - Supvr. O’Connell • Human Services Board - Supvr. Stroebel • Boards of Health & Aging - Supvr. Schmidt • GAM Board, Renewable Energy/Energy Independence Team - Supvr. Kienholz • Organization - Supvr. Brown • Transition - Supvr. Hartung 15. Resolutions/Ordinances: A. Resolution to Approve an All-Hazards Mitigation Plan for Polk County B. Resolution to Amend 2012 Health Department Budget to Purchase Vehicles C. Resolution to Support Gopher Bounty Legislation D. Resolution to Amend Polk County Policy 0010, Duties and Responsibilities of Governing Committees E. Resolution to Dissolve Organization Committee F. Resolution to Develop Memorandum of Understanding With Affiliated Organizations that Receive Budgetary Allocations or Other Support From Polk County G. Resolution to Set Compensation for Elected Officials Term 2013-2016 H. Resolution to Amend the Cell Phone, Holiday and Leave Without Pay Provisions of the Interim Administrative Policy and Interim Personnel Policy and to Repeal the Cell Phone Policy 16. Supervisors Reports 17. Adjourn This meeting is open to the public according to Wisconsin State Statute 19.83. Persons with disabilities wishing to attend and/or participate are asked to notify the County Clerk’s office (715-485-9226) at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time so all reasonable accommoda556014 30L 20a,d tions can be made.

(Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. KERRY L. LYSDAHL, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 939 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 $120,785.34, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4134, recorded June 26, 2003, in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, on Page 164, as Document No. 660373, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2284 190th St., Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 020-00279-0120. Dated this 7th day of March, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 285302

IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF JOHN ALLEN YATES By (Petitioner): John Allen Yates Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 12CV145 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: John Allen Yates To: John Allen Kopp Birth Certificate: John Allen Yates IT IS ORDERED: These petitions will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wis., Judge Anderson, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI, April 9, 2012, 4 p.m. BY THE COURT: Jeffery L. Anderson Circuit Court Judge March 6, 2012


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(Mar. 14, 21, 28) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF CHRISTOPHER DUANE YATES By (Petitioner): Christopher Duane Yates Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 12CV146 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Christopher Duane Yates To: Christopher Duane Kopp Birth Certificate: Christopher Duane Yates

(Mar. 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT CIVIL DIVISION POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, N.D. Plaintiff vs. RONALD R. FEHLEN Defendant NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 11 CV 470 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 28, 2011, in the amount of $188,228.87, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 7 of Certified Survey Map No. 2026, recorded in Volume 9 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 174, as Document 542747, located in the East One-half of Southeast Onequarter of Southwest Onequarter (E 1/2 of SE 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section Eighteen (18), Township Thirty-two (32) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO: 022-00922-0700. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 312 236th St., Osceola, WI 54020. Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CLAREESE A. MAREK DOB 04/09/1911 Notice Setting Time To Hear Application And Deadline For Filing Claims Case No. 12 PR 11 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth April 9, 1911, and date of death February 12, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 105 Oak Street East, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, before Jenell Anderson, Probate Registrar, on April 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 31, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Room 500, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or address are unknown. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar February 22, 2012 David L. Grindell Attorney at Law Grindell Law Offices, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 Bar Number: 1002628

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Notices/Employment Ppportunities


Notices/Employment Opportunities The Town of West Marshland is requesting bids for blacktopping of 1 mile of Spaulding Road from County Road F west 1 mile. We want bids for grinding Town Hall Road and Bloom Road. For any questions about the roads call 715-491-4249. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. The project is a LRIP allocation road project. Bids must be received by April 11, 2012. Please send bids marked: 556157 30-31L WNAXLP “Road Work” 25161 Spaulding Road, Grantsburg, WI 54840


Notice Is Hereby Given That The Town Board Meeting Is Scheduled To Be Held On March 20, 2012, At 6:30 p.m., At The Town Hall

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Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order 2. Clerk Report 3. Treasurer Report 4. Corrections on the printed agenda 5. Public input 6. Old business A. Possible long-arm mower purchase B. Hiring for roadside clearing 7. Employee/Hwy. report 8. Correspondence 9. New business 10. Review bills/vouchers 11. Set next meeting date 12. Move to adjourn Respectfully Submitted Andrea Lundquist, Clerk

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Frederic Housing Authority Miscellaneous Projects 104 Third Avenue South Frederic, Wisconsin 54837 715-327-8490 Project Address: Golden Oaks Apartments 104 Third Avenue South Frederic, Wisconsin 54837 Sunrise Apartments 100 Lake Avenue Frederic, Wisconsin 54837 DESCRIPTION OF WORK Bids will be received by Frederic Housing Authority for a 3 independent projects covering General Construction and related Mechanical and Electrical work. Bids are to be in the form of a lump sum price for each project. The projects are as follows Project #1a Construct Tub Room Golden Oaks Apartments Project #1b Upgrade Toilet Room Sunrise Apartments Project #1c Replace Tub Sunrise Apartments Project #2a Replace Deck Sunrise Apartments Project #2b Replace Ramp Sunrise Apartments Project #3 Replace Shingles on Garage Sunrise Apartments COMPLETION SCHEDULE Substantial completion of the projects is to be within 90 days from the date indicated in the Notice to Proceed. Once an individual project commences, that project is to be completed within 30 days. DOCUMENTS Bid documents may be obtained from the Owner upon payment of $25.00 deposit for each set. Partial sets of the bid documents will not be issued. Checks are to be written to the Frederic Housing Authority. Contact the Owner at 715-327-8490 to arrange a time to pick up bid documents. If you prefer to have a set of bid documents mailed to you, send a $25.00 check for each set and a 2nd nonrefundable $10.00 check for each set to cover postage and handling. Bidders returning each complete set of bid documents in good condition within twenty-one (21) days of the bid award and the contractors awarded the Project will be refunded their deposit. No refunds will be made after 21 days. BID SECURITY Each bidder must deposit with his/her bid, a bid security in the amount of 5% of their bid, if their bid or combination of bids is over $25,000. The bid security is to be a bid bond; a cashier’s check is not acceptable as a bid security. PREBID CONFERENCE A Prebid Conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Golden Oaks Apartment Building, 104 Third Avenue South, Frederic, Wisconsin. The meeting will include discussion of the bid documents, scope of the work and bid requirements. A tour of each project will follow. All bidding contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to attend the Prebid Conference. TIME AND DATE OF BID Submit sealed bid no later than 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2012, to the Owner at 104 Third Avenue South in Frederic, Wisconsin. Bids received will then be opened publicly and read aloud. Each bidder shall submit their bid on the bid form provided and include with their bid all related information. Bids will not be accepted by fax or telephone. Bids received after the date and hour listed will be returned unopened. No bidder may withdraw his/her bid within sixty (60) days after date of bid opening. The Owner shall have the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities or irregularities in a bid received, and to accept the individual bid, part of a bid, or combination of bids which, in the Owner’s judgment, is in the Owner’s best interest. Date: February 28, 2012 Owner: Frederic Housing Authority Kimberlee Harvey, Executive Director 104 Third Avenue South Frederic, Wisconsin 54837 715-327-8490 Architect: Craig Selander, Architect, LLC 216 South Oak Street Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 715-463-3151


Notice is hereby given by the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, that a public meeting will be held on March 23, 2012, 6 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls, WI, regarding the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Tier Two Study of U.S. Highway 8 and the Intersection of U.S. Highway 8 and Highway 35N. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk 556127 30-31L

STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF A NUTRIENT MANAGE PLAN AND INTENT TO CONVEY COVERAGE UNDER THE LARGE DAIRY CAFO WISCONSIN POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (WPDES) GENERAL PERMIT No. WI-0063274-01 Permittee: Owens Farms, Inc. Facility Where Discharge Occurs: 370 355th Avenue, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837. Receiving Water and Location: Surface waters and groundwater within the North Fork Clam River Watershed in the St. Croix River Basin in Polk County. Brief Facility Description: Owens Farms, Inc. is a currently permitted Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. Owens Farms, Inc. is owned and operated by Owens Farms, Inc. It currently has 1,362 animal units. Owens Farms, Inc. has a total of 1,243 acres available for land application of manure and process wastewater. Of this acreage, 965 acres are owned and 278 acres are rented. The operation’s current permit (WI-006363-01-0) expired on December 31, 2011, and the Department has proposed to cover Owens Farms, Inc. under the Large Dairy CAFO WPDES General Permit (WI-0063274-01). The operation consists of the following sites and sample points: Sample Point 001: Solid Manure, Sample Point 002: Liquid Manure Site Name and Location: S001A-Solid Manure Roofed Storage 165’x45’ S001B-Solid Manure Roofed Storage 105’x60’ S001C-Solid Manure Roofed Storage 128’x32’ S002A-Liquid Manure Concrete Storage 200’x250’x12’ The Department has tentatively decided that the above operation should be covered under the Large Dairy CAFO WPDES General Permit No. WI-0063274-01. In accordance with ch. NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code, coverage under a WPDES general permit is a type IV action and does not require completion of an Environmental Assessment. An Environmental Assessment has previously been certified for the issuance of the Large Dairy CAFO WPDES General Permit. Permit Drafter: Duane Popple, WDNR, 1300 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54702, 715-839-3730, Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action, the terms of the nutrient management plan, or the application, or to request a public informational hearing under subchapter II of ch. NR 203, Wis. Adm. Code, may write to the Department of Natural Resources at the permit drafter’s address. All comments or suggestions received no later than 30 days after the publication date of this public notice will be considered along with other information on file in making a final decision regarding the permit. Anyone providing comments in response to this public notice will receive a notification of the department’s final decision regarding permit coverage. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination. If no comments are received on the proposed decision to grant coverage or the nutrient management plan from anyone, including U.S. EPA, permit coverage will be granted and the terms of the nutrient management plan will be incorporated into the general permit as proposed for this operation. Pursuant to Section 2 of the General Permit and ch. NR 203, Wis. Adm. Code, the Department may schedule a public informational hearing if within 30 days of the public date of this notice, a request for a hearing is filed by any person. The Department shall schedule a public informational hearing if a petition requesting a hearing is received from USEPA or from 5 or more persons or if the Department determines there is significant public interest. Requests for a public informational hearing shall state the following: the name and address of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the interest in the proposed permit of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the reasons for the request; and the issues proposed to be considered at the hearing. Information on file for this permit action, including the operation’s nutrient management plan and application may be inspected and copied at the permit drafter’s office, Monday through Friday (except holidays), between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call the permit drafter for directions to their office location, if necessary. Information on this permit action may also be obtained by calling the permit drafter at 715-839-3730 or by writing to the Department. Reasonable costs (usually 20 cents per page) will be charged for copies of information in the file other than the public notice and fact sheet. Permit information, including the terms and conditions of the Large Dairy CAFO WPDES General Permit, is also available on the Internet at: Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be made to qualified individuals upon request. 555946 30Lp WNAXLP

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY KAREN E. MINUTELLO, as Assignee of M & I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Successor by merger with Century Bank, Plaintiff, vs. DAVID J. DEHAVEN and JANE DOE, alias, his wife, if any, and ARDEN P. WILLIAMS and John Doe, alias, her husband, if any, Defendants. Case No. 04 CV 75 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: East Half of the Southwest Quarter (E1/2 SW1/4), Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, Except 1 square acre in NW corner of NE SW, Section 22; the North line thereof is the South line of CTH C and West line thereof is the West line of said NE1/4 SW1/4, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00574-0000, 00200578-0000, 002-005790000. The real estate shall be sold in parcels, as follows: Parcel 1: Northeast one-quarter of Southwest one-quarter (NE1/4 of SW1/4) Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, Except 1 square acre in NW corner of NE SW, Section 22; the North line thereof is the South line of CTH C and West line thereof is the West line of said NE1/4 SW1/4, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00574-0000 Parcel 2: Southeast one-quarter of Southwest one-quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4) Section 22-32-17, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 002-00578-0000 & 00200579-0000. Parcel 3: All real estate shall be sold as a single parcel. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 30th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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Public works employees gather for annual safety training

Public works employees from around Polk County gathered at Luck Tuesday morning, March 13, for annual safety training. The villages of Luck, Centuria, Clear Lake and Dresser took part, along with the city of St. Croix Falls. Vince Matarrese, second from right, provided the training on updated safety requirements for public works. Second from left in front is Seth Petersen, Luck’s public works director, who said, “This is a good opportunity for us to stay in compliance and up to date. It also helps us get home safe every night.” — Photo by Mary Stirrat

Wildlife clinic plans new home in Frederic by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC – A licensed wildlife rehabilitator from Clam Falls is looking to expand by opening a facility on the south side of Frederic, and action taken by the Frederic Village Board voted Monday night, March 12, will help move the process forward. Over the past several years, Tamara Larson has been temporarily “adopting” orphaned or injured animals, taking them to the dairy farm she and her husband operate where she nurses and nurtures them to a point when they can live on their own. With the help of wildlife biologists, she then releases them back to the wild, having taken care not to tame them so they can survive and flourish in their native habitat. Larson is a Polk County deputy sheriff set to retire this spring, and she is planning to expand her care of orphaned or injured wildlife into a business. She has

bought property on Hwy. 35, a pink house with 4.6 acres on the west side of the road across from Larsen Chevrolet. A sign outside what will become Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue and Wellness Clinic says it will be ready to open June 1. The property, however, is located in the Town of West Sweden, and Larson has asked to have it annexed into the village of Frederic. The village planning commission met recently to consider Larson’s request, and at its regular monthly meeting Monday, March 12, the village board directed Administrator Dave Wondra to begin the annexation process. The process will take two to three months, said Wondra, and will eventually include a public hearing. Village President William Johnson IV said that Larson has presented her plans to the West Sweden Town Board and there were no objections.

This property on Hwy. 35 across from Larsen Chevrolet in Frederic will be the new home of Tamara Larson’s wildlife clinic. Larson and Suzanne Johnson founded Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue and Wellness Center Inc. on Jan. 31. Larson is a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator and one of only two licensed rehabilitators certified to rehabilitate bears in Wisconsin. Johnson has been a practicing veterinarian for 20 years. She has experience with raptor rehabilitation and has trained at the Raptor Center in St. Paul. “Our goal is to offer a tangible example of compassion and humane ethics for domestic and wild animals in the community,” Larson noted. Watch the Leader for more information. – Photo by Mary Stirrat

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“Retired. Let the games begin”

Kathy Hanson, sporting a button that reads, “Retired. Let the games begin,” was honored at a retirement Friday, March 9, at the Luck Village Hall. Shown with her husband, Ron, Kathy retired after 22 years as village clerk. — Photos by Mary Stirrat Retired Luck village clerk/treasurer Kathy Hanson accepts a flowering plant from Charvey Spencer of Rural American Bank. A large group of well-wishers turned out for Hanson’s retirement party last Friday, March 9.

Spring came to the Luck Village Hall last Friday, although it left again later that day when retiring village clerk Kathy Hanson went home after her last day on the job. Numerous flowers, plants, cards and gifts gave an indication of how much the 22year veteran of the village offices will be missed.

Friends, family, and current and former village officials and staff stopped by the Luck Village Hall last Friday to congratulate Kathy Hanson on her retirement. Hanson served as Luck Village clerk/ treasurer for 22 years.

Grantsburg students build wheelie car

Bullying theater

Students wrote the grant for drama program on bullying

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – Students at the Luck Elementary School recently took part in an innovative program meant to address bullying, using live theater. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, those Luck students spent the day with the CLIMB Theatre troupe, which stands for Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body, where the students learned how to deal with bullying, through live interaction and drama. The CLIMB program also came to fruition because of the work of several Luck Middle School students, who were involved in actually writing the grant for the funding to pay for the program. That $1,000 grant was awarded to Luck Middle School from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and was co-written by

Brandon Woodrich’s classmates watch as he took the controls as the wheelie chair test driver. The student-built car was developed to teach students science, technology, engineering and math skills while using their hands and their minds to build this innovative project. Photo by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG - Students in Mr. Nevin’s Manufacturing II and Energy, Power and Transportation classes have been involved in building a car since last fall. The wheelie car was developed to teach students science, technology, engineering and math skills while using their hands and their minds to build this innovative project. The car features all aluminum framing, zero-turn steering (two joysticks), two 36-volt electric motors, six 12-volt batteries and dynamic braking. The lead student on the project was Isaac Peterson with Brandon Woodrich and other students helping. “The wheelie car was an awesome hands-on project in which we had to overcome many obstacles and solve problems,”

commented Peterson. “That’s the point of the class, and it’s something we all really enjoy. We can all say that the technology and engineering classes and projects will be some of our favorite memories after we graduate.” “I keep hearing from businesses that new employees coming to them do not know how to build or fix things,” noted Nevin, the district’s tech and engineering instructor. “Students graduating from high school do not have the hands-on skills that employers are looking for, but that is why we have these classes and encourage all students to take some.” – submitted

Luck students and staff combined to bring the topic of bullying front and center, using an interactive drama troupe, paid for through a grant that students actually wrote. – Photo submitted

sixth-graders Jack Johansen and Isabelle Jensen, and seventh-graders Morgan Pfaff and Preston Lane. The students call themselves the Younger But Wiser committee, and they did research to write the grant, which was overseen by Luck Elementary School guidance counselor Vern Longhenry. CLIMB Theatre is based in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and is a nationally recognized nonprofit company providing programming to K-12 schools for nearly four decades, for students in seven states across the Midwest. CLIMB’s theater artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on not just bullying, but on timely topics like self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, drug-use prevention and the environment. Luck Schools plans to have the CLIMB Theatre back in April to present a similar program to students in grades seven through 11. – With information from the Luck School District




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Local music artist keeps identity a mystery

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – It’s not easy to be famous and be a regular person, but musician and recording artist Jordan-X has been balancing the act since 2006. The Twin Cities-based musician has Leader Land ties, but due to strict orders of his production company and for his own privacy, his true identity or hometown cannot be revealed to the media. The name Jordan-X is a persona that was created in 2006 on a late night of insomnia. For the purposes of this story Jordan-X is also the regular person interviewed in order to keep his identity a secret. Jordan-X lives out the persona or character created in 2006 as part of his music career, which also helps to separate the music artist from the college student. Jordan-X has a music style comparable to that of Lady Gaga. He draws his inspiration from pop, dance and Motown genres. If you hear his latest release on iTunes, “Cut Throat,” you can tell he has a flair that is Gaga-like. “Cut Throat” was released in October 2011, but it is not the first single released by the artist. His first public release was called “Creature” in 2010. You can find a free download of it on the Jordan-X Web site. If you look up the Jordan-X Web site, you will also find a bio link that reveals the story behind the character. It goes something like this: “Created by the government under an organization called UIWA (Underground Illegal World Affairs, Jordan, a small-town musician, was targeted by this organization, killed by the agency, had all records of his existence wiped, and had his body genetically altered. He is used as a shell to be the “perfect performer” so that the government can make illegal money off the media to fund projects for warfare and other military projects. Jordan-X is the 10th project

Origami outfit, just one of the wardrobe pieces of music artist Jordan-X, in this self-portrait. – Photos by Jordan-X

This is the album art for the second digitally distributed single, “Body Electric,” of Jordan-X, a musician and college student with local ties.

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that went haywire. He escaped from the testing labs in UIWA quarters and is bound and determined to uncover the plans of the illegal testing center and organization. He continually gets flashbacks of his previous life while on his journey while accidentally becoming famous in the process. He lives a life of fame, fortune and being on the run from cohorts of the organization known as UIWA. UIWA has labeled his case as Project-X and have been in search for him ever since his escape.” What is not on the Web site and what Jordan-X says about his persona is that he is the unlikely outcast fighting for the identity of people who have less than he does. Jordan-X has been involved in music all his life. “Ever since I can remember I have had a fascination with music. It started with Motown music like the Supremes and Marvin Gaye when I was a kid and then turned into an interest in mainstream pop and top 40 including Destiny’s Child and the Spice Girls when they were popular. Then, when I was 10, I started getting into dance and began writing my own lyrics.” Jordan-X says he wrote over 700 songs since he was 10, and some he says make

him laugh, but others as he grew into his teen years propelled him forward into the recording side of music. “When I was 13 or 14, I decided to start my own recording company called PXP Productions and had that as my own recording label. It then launched me into that recording part of the music industry. I came up with Jordan-X in 2006 while in high school. I wanted to develop a persona or character that could separate me from other singers out there.” While Jordan-X is a budding music sensation, he has his priorities wellgrounded. He attends a Twin Cities university and is majoring in creative writing and theater and minoring in music industry. He says that he has always felt education is the most important thing for a human being. “You never stop learning,” he said. When asked about his identity at college, he replied, “I go by Jordan and I have like 14 different last names I give to people. When I get my degree, my real name will be on it, but I probably won’t take the grad walk because it would give away my identity.” He says that balancing a music career and college education is doable and he’s managing. “Sometimes recording has to wait because my education and homework is my first priority right now. It’s possible and it’s hard to have a social life. Most of the people I have in my social life are people I record with. I don’t have a lot of time for family, but they understand that and, only my closest friends know my real last name.” He still records under his label PXP Productions, but is also working with Interscope Records, which is the label that signed Lady Gaga. Jordan-X enjoys his mystery life. When he attends classes, he sometimes wears his persona costume or wardrobe attire. Because he has so many names, no one can really know who he is. He also says it’s fun when people see him perform at the campus or around campus for special shows because he doesn’t announce the show or performance. He says he leaves clues around and once someone posts the clues in a public venue, he then affirms there is a performance and says it adds to the mystery and really involves his fans in a unique way. He is hoping to release another single “Devil’s Advocate” at the end of this month on iTunes. “This song has been such a challenge,” said Jordan-X. “The lyrics are wonderful and I composed six different songs that the lyrics could fit. I am stubborn with my music trying to find that perfect sound for my image, but I also am looking at quality. I hope to have that one released by the end of March or early April.” One exclusive tidbit he shared with the Leader is that he is working with someone from Germany on a new track he hopes will be out in the next few months. When asked about where he draws his inspiration from now as an adult in the music industry, he says two artists really come to mind: Madonna and Lady Gaga. “The one woman who really inspired me because of her drive and ambition is Madonna. While I don’t agree with everything she’s

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2012 Youth Art Month

St. Croix Falls

SCF students to appear in 2012 Youth Art Month state exhibition and regional show ST. CROIX FALLS – For the fifth year in a row, three lucky students at SCF School District have been fortunate to have artwork submitted by their teacher, Jennifer Clemins, that has been chosen to advance to the Youth Art Month state exhibition in Madison. These students’ works will be on display alongside that of other talented K-12 students’ artwork from across the state. This year’s state participants are Sam Hoefler, sixth grade, Alyssa Tran, fourth grade, and MaKenna Shannon, third grade. The exhibition, which is to appear in the Capitol’s rotunda, will be held Saturday through Friday, March 17 - 30. Each school that participates (their teacher must be an official member of the

Sam Hoefler’s collograph mask print will be on display at the state Capitol rotunda.

Middle school students that participated in the regional show. – Photos submitted Wisconsin Art Education Association) in the state YAM show is allowed only three entries. These works are then matted and sent by the teacher to a regional judging. Each region (six total) in the state is then allowed to advance only 50 works to the state exhibition. For the fifth year in a row, all three of the SCF students’ art have advanced on to the state level. Youth Art Month is a special observance in March that was created to promote the visual arts and arts education in our schools. It is a national observance, which was set up by the National Art Education Association back in March of 1969. Besides the state exhibition, there also is a regional show. This has been held for over 40 years at WITC in New Richmond. The opening ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 26, and ran through Friday, March 9. This year’s regional participants are: Kindergarten: Emily McManus, Madison Grosz, Kasey Johnson, Yezibel Perez and Kelsey Cooper. First grade: Aleah Jensen, Brady Belisle, Sophia La Vigne and Hope Naegelen. Second grade:

Alise Wiehl, Natalie Gorres and Violet Tompsett. Third grade: Olivia Miron, Ella Bobzin, Emily McCurdy, Michael Knapp

MaKenna Shannon’s Pablo Picasso inspired portrait is one of three works of art chosen from St. Croix Falls students to be in the state Youth Art Month exhibit.

Elementary school students that participated in the regional show.

Alyssa Tran’s "Something to 'Scream' About,” a rendition of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” was chosen for the Youth Art Month exhibit in Madison March 17-30. and Ann Nelson. Fourth grade: Alex Mysicka, Phillip Hein, Ellianna Naegelen and Tia Anderson. Fifth grade: Gabe Shoop, Lauren Borst, Brie Mottaz, Adam Vossen, Josey Wilson, Ella Berens, Toni Danielson, Makenna Ross, Isiah Hoggatt, Nick Campbell, Joe Gorres, Catline Taylor, Mirabelle Vezina and Caitlin Carsley. Sixth grade: Luke Lindahl, Leona Launderville, Kaylee Engdahl, Grant Wallace, Grace Klein, AnnMarie Loiselle, Alaina Tompsett and Megan Eighmy. “I am so very proud of my talented students who showed at the regional exhibit as well as those who advanced to state,” says Clemins. “As an art teacher, I feel it is extremely important to recognize the hard work and creativity my students put into their artwork, that is why I put in the extra hours outside the normal work day preparing my students work for both the regional show and the state exhibit. Too many times, the arts are pushed aside and overlooked. I want my students to realize that the visual arts are valuable and an important part of our society. I am teaching them lifelong skills I hope they can continue to pursue and enjoy in the future." – submitted

Kindergarten students that participated in the regional show were Emily McManus, Madison Grosz, Kasey Johnson, Yezibel Perez and Kelsey Cooper.

Jordan-X/from page 1 done, I appreciate the doors she’s opened for other performers. “When I think of Lady Gaga, I feel like I have a close connection with her. It’s like I’m her weird cousin or something because we dress similar and write similar.” When asked about what his ultimate goal was, Jordan-X said, “Right now I just want to finish school and work on music, and whatever happens, happens. My ultimate goal is to make music until I kick. It was never my intention to have it turn into what it has; it just did.” In addition to having a Web site, JordanX is on Facebook. You can find him at

This is the cover to the first recorded and digitally distributed single of mysterious local recording artist Jordan-X, “Creature.” – Photo by Jordan-X

This is the upcoming artwork for the new iTunes single “Devil's Advocate.”

I was in a local


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cafe when I heard a man say, “Waiter! This coffee tastes like mud.” And the waiter Joe Roberts replied, “Yes sir, it’s fresh ground.” ••• A couple was lying in bed. The man said, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.” The woman said, “I’ll miss you.” ••• Q: Why did the chicken cross the playground? A: To get to the other slide.


Believe it or not I've been thinking about pelicans. It was so strange to see white pelicans last spring on the St. Croix River and Horse Lake in Osceola. Some say the migrating birds are experimenting with local lakes for their spring home after drought conditions damaged nesting grounds in other states like the Dakotas. I'm curious if the pelicans will return to area lakes later this spring. Hopefully, the birds will be back and some photos will appear in the newspaper. - Osceola reader ••• My big splash: One summer while visiting friends on the Door County peninsula, we stopped at a little town on the Lake Michigan side. A small passenger boat was pulling up to the long T-shaped dock. We walked to the end of the dock to watch the passengers disembark. Perhaps I was watching too intently. I stepped back and found myself falling backward, about 15 feet, into Lake Michigan. It happened so fast it wasn’t even a thrill. The big spash caused the tourists to gaze down at me and my wife said, “Rodger, what are you doing down there?” “Swimming!” I replied. When I flipped myself over, I was staring at the side of a big white yacht. It was a short swim to a large support post that was surrounded by rocks. Two big guys lying on the deck grabbed my wrists and pulled me up. People were telling me how lucky I was, and I was only thinking about my expensive hearing aid. Fortunately it was in a leather pouch in my shirt pocket and it wasn’t harmed. However, my prescription glasses were gone. A kid with scuba gear tried to find them, but he said the water was too deep and too dark. The lesson I learned from that experience was to never walk backward and always carry an extra pair of glasses in the car. Our friends never forgot that scene and always caution me when we are near water. - Rodger Meyer, St. Croix Falls ••• Would you like a place to share a thought, an observation or a funny story? Would you like to have input in the life of the community by just making a comment, not writing a signed, more lengthy letter to the editor? This is your chance. Submit your short comments, funny stories, etc., by mail or e-mail to Inter-County Leader, Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837 or, attn: Reflections

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Plumbing, with all of its pipes, elbows and drips, has always remained an enigma. It isn’t the theory of plumbing that undermines John W. Ingalls my confidence but rather the actual practice of plumbing. In theory, the water comes in through pipes and valves and faucets and leaves through drains and toilets; in practice, it drips all night and frequently needs a bit of plunging to speed it on toward its final destination. I have a healthy distaste for the practice of plumbing. Managing human plumbing is actually much easier. You drink and you go and if you tend to drip then you go more often. Doctors offer medications to those with plumbing issues and when that doesn’t work, more aggressive options are entertained. Exercises, injections and finally surgery are all considered in managing the human plumbing problems. When all else fails, we resort to the only remaining option, absorbent undergarments and dark clothes. If managing the plumbing in my home was only that simple, I would pack something absorbent in the leaky areas and simply go about my normal activities as if nothing were wrong. I have two or three leaky faucets in my home currently. Since my favorite plumber retired I have to manage these problems myself. Three years ago I tried this in one of our bathrooms and it worked. The persistent drip was silenced but somehow the valve was put in backward and for three years we have had to turn one knob backwards but it works. I haven’t regained the confidence to change it.

I remember the first time

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someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn’t have an answer, but the question left quite an impression. I clearly remember Carrie Classon climbing through the tall meadow grass, which may not have been as tall as I remember, contemplating the seemingly endless possible ways to answer that question. “I could be a firefighter,” I distinctly remember thinking. “I could be a ghost!” came shortly thereafter, and I did, in fact, don a bed sheet the following Halloween. To this day, the line between gainful employment and a really good costume has remained fuzzy. Eventually, I did learn that there were limitations on my seemingly infinite number of career choices. Anything involving either dexterity or mathematics was ruled out rather early. But even after gymnastics and astrophysics were eliminated, there were still a lot of options. I don’t think I’ve ever outgrown the initial awe I felt. It still amazes me that after two (and a half) careers, I have the opportunity to try something new, to throw another bed sheet over my head and see what it feels like. The first of the rejection and acceptance letters from graduate schools are arriving by mail, e-mail and phone. I have been watching my mailbox with an unaccustomed intensity. I have made note of my mail carrier’s habits and his route. I have noted that he arrives slightly later on Saturday and wondered why this is. The mail is delivered at the end of my long, muddy driveway, and I have been known to slip on my rubber boots and visit the mailbox as many as three times in the course of a day. There were some early and (to my sensitive soul) brusk rejections, but


there were also two offers of tuition and semigainful employment teaching undergraduates while I pursue a graduate degree in an entirely new field. It seems like an amazing sort of carnival trick. The act of reinvention is a peculiarly American one. The right to don a new costume at midlife seems almost to be a birthright in the United States. We love stories of entrepreneurs and inventors, barbeque sauce recipes and iPad applications that turn their creators into overnight sensations. We love executives who become teachers, teachers who become organic farmers and organic farmers who become executives. The whole idea of taking a skill set from one life experience and applying it to an entirely new profession seems to bring a new passion and energy to the endeavor. And this is the way I feel most of the time. But occasionally I am reminded that I will be significantly older than the other students. I wonder if I will feel foolish. I wonder if I will regret not beginning this journey earlier. I wonder if I will be taken seriously. I wonder if it is financial madness to begin anew this late in the game. My dog Milo eyes me quizzically as I pull on my rubber boots to make my second trip in an hour to the mailbox. I trudge through the spring mud to the end of the drive. Only an advertisement and a magazine today, no new rejections to recover from or new offers to consider. I head back to the house. I’ve decided to accept foolishness, if that is what this is. I am excited by this new chance to decide what I want to be when I grow up. I still remember how much fun it was when I got to be a ghost. Till next time, —Carrie

Luck Area ACS Walk/Run kickoff breakfast March 22

LUCK – The kickoff breakfast for the Luck Area American Cancer Society’s 17th-annual walk/run will be Thursday, March 22, 7 a.m. at Café Wren. Businesses, schools, churches, clubs and other organizations are encouraged to start organizing teams for this Saturday, May 12, event. Individual participants are also welcome. Posters, registration forms, foot a buck footprints and additional information will be available at this meeting.

Door prizes will also be given. Team captains, attending the breakfast, and anyone else interested in finding out more about the walk/run should contact Sandy Lundquist at 715-472-4114 or This year’s honorary chairperson is Judy Erickson, a survivor of ovarian cancer. - submitted

Day bus trips with community education

BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – Area Community Education coordinators have been teaming up to offer a variety of day excursions. The Luck, Frederic, Unity, Grantsburg and Siren/Webster programs take turns organizing groups to travel by motor coach bus to enjoy a play or musical, an event or interesting location. On Thursday, May 3, Luck Community Ed will travel by motor coach bus to Plymouth Playhouse to enjoy the newest show by the Church Basement Ladies. This musical comedy, “A Mighty Fortress (Is Our Basement),” was inspired by the best-seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Based in 1960, the performance embraces typical churchbased quirks and tribulations with humor and song. The cost for the trip and ticket is $38. The 47-seat Croix Valley Coaches bus will take participants to Plymouth, Minn., in style, leaving Luck at 10 a.m. Additional stops The big stuff is slightly easier to handle. For several years we had a sewer line that would plug at the most inopportune times. It was easy to diagnose. When the line plugged it would MD back up into the shower drain in the basement. I figured out how to clear the line myself. Renting the equipment I would sweat and complain while feeding a 100-foot metallic snake down a floor drain, eventually being rewarded by a giant sucking noise as the obstruction was overcome. Since our four wonderful daughters have moved out and we are empty nesters, I haven’t had this problem anymore. I am thankful for simple things. My fear of plumbing had humble origins. Prior to moving to our current home, we had a small home in a city south of here. The lower level had a room intended to be a bathroom. The pipes had been installed into the room, simply awaiting the final finishing and installation of a toilet, sink and shower. With limited resources, the logical option was to buy the fixtures on sale at the local building supply store and put it together. The toilet was the easiest; however, the floor wasn’t exactly level. The toilet leaned slightly forward so the lid wouldn’t stay up, which in a house of women wasn’t all that bad. If you had the chance to read while testing the fixtures, your legs would get tired while trying to keep you from sliding off. The sink suffered from the same problem as the toilet. If you wanted the water to look level in the sink you had to put a lift in your shoe so you leaned in the same direction as the sink.

will be scheduled as registrations request. Lunch will be alfresco at a Plymouth park, as everyone will be encouraged to bring their own lunch to enjoy before the 1 p.m. show. The Plymouth Playhouse is a 211-seat theater. Each seat is comfortable with plenty of leg room. The tiered rows have no visual obstructions, and the farthest seats from the stage are only 25 feet back. All performers have individual microphones so hearing is not a problem. Preregistration is necessary. Contact Amy Aguado at Luck Community Ed to sign up for the Church Basement Ladies show prior to Monday, April 23. A minimum of 35 registrations will make this trip possible, with a maximum of 45. Phone 715-472-2152 Ext. 103 or e-mail to register or to request more info. - submitted

Those problems were cosmetic but the shower became my final undoing. My family was away on a camping trip and I was scheduled to join them after a night of being on call at the hospital. Returning to our home in the morning, I took the opportunity of being alone to complete the shower project before joining them. The shower panels were installed and then the faucets were threaded into place. I carefully tightened them and went to turn on the main water valve. Returning to the bathroom, I noticed a slight drip from the threads. No problem a big wrench couldn’t handle. I place the pipe wrench around the offending joint and applied some pressure. The drip slowed. I applied a bit more pressure and just as the leak had nearly ceased to exist, I applied just a bit too much pressure. The faucet broke off from the wall, sending a blast of ice water directly against my chest. The force of the water from the city water line was nearly enough to drive me against the opposite wall. Gasping and sputtering and soaked I dashed into the laundry room, frantically trying to turn off the water main. Gallons of water turned the new bathroom into a swamp as I surveyed the damage. If there was ever a moment in time when I was glad my wife wasn’t home, it was then. I was nearly defeated. The rendezvous with my family was delayed for hours as I mopped up the damage. I am thankful for lessons learned and forgiveness. I also have learned that human leaks are easier to manage than house leaks. It may be just as frustrating and embarrassing, but thankfully as we age there is a bit less force.


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Antler dancing was popular in the Middle Ages in England. While not an official part of the Antler Expo/sports show set for Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park on March 31 and April 1, one never knows, does one? – Photo submitted opments, such as the newest hunting laws and regulations. Interactive historical activities will include demos in the blacksmith’s shop, where Folle Avoine’s smithy, Denzell Oachs, will fire up his forge and demonstrate the basics of the ancient art of crafting tools and objects out of wrought iron. Then, for a real trek into the area’s history, visitors are encouraged to wander down to the fur trading site, where re-enactors, costumed as the fur traders of old, will be happy to welcome visitors to their home—mind you, they think it’s the year 1803, but not to worry, they’re used to dealing with visi-

tors from the 21st century as well. Stories, banter and who knows, maybe even some antler dancing, will spice up the day. So let your inner voyageur out! Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located on CTH U, three miles west of the Hwy. 35/CTH U intersection north of Webster in Burnett County’s Yellow Lake vicinity. More information about the park and/or the Antler Expo/sports show is available by calling 715-8668890 Monday-Friday.

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inspected to determine a standard. Characteristics of the entire antler are considered in determining a score for each mount. Size, shape, imperfections, all are taken into account in determing an individual piece’s total. Scoring is part competition, part a means to determine the quality of the species that are hunted. Much like historical research, scoring provides an intriguing record on which to base what we know of wildlife patterns and trends in today’s deer herd. One important note for those wishing to have their racks scored—if possible, bring them to the site ahead of time, so the scorers can have adequate time to do the required inspections. Steve Wierschem, the site director, is on hand every week Monday-Friday. There is a dollar fee for each specimen, and an overall admission charge the day of the show. In addition to the scoring activities (fun to learn about if you’re unfamiliar with it, sportsman or not), there’s lots else that will be happening. Seminars will be presented both days at the restored Karlsborg schoolhouse, covering topics such as how to construct a food plot for deer. Also on hand will be DNR representatives discussing recent devel-

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Roaming about the Forts Folle Avoine park office the other night, I discovered secret plans afoot for an unusual event they are planning. The festivities are set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, at the historic site northwest of Webster. Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., both days. Dubbed as an Antler Expo/sports show, the affair will feature outdoor-related displays, exhibits, seminars and an invitation to all deer hunters with deer racks to have their antlers “scored.” I’ll explain more about that in a minute. Food will also factor in, as wild rice soup and/or chili and beverages will be available. And there promises to be 20 or so campers on hand. Campers? Ah, yes – they’ll be staying at the actual reconstructed fur trade posts and demonstrating their take on what was happening at the original 1802-05 era site during that critical time of year. Helping the forts to put on the Antler Expo/sports show activities in and around the site’s visitors center area will be members of the Fishbowl United Sportsmen’s Club. With activities geared toward hunters and those interested in our area’s outdoor heritage, the event will appeal to a wide variety of people. As a gnome, I almost wish I could be around to tell tales of some of the deer I’ve rescued when their antlers got stuck in wire fencing, for instance; or of course the many occasions I’ve hitched rides on them to spare long walks. We’re pretty small, you know— and we’re only up and about during the overnights. Oops—enough about me, back to the Antler Expo talk. Antler scoring is a means used to measure a rack’s quality, not just its size. Racks are measured, even the tines are

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The subdistrict Forensics contest was held March 5 Luck’s Forensics Squad was front row (L to R): Jordan Bazey, Michael Jenssen, Matt Thompson, Brodie Kunze, Eric Blaser and Jan Rozumalski. Middle: Kelly Fitzgerald, Reilley Giller, Whitney Petersen, Jillian Klatt, Megan Bartylla, Kylie Rich, Logan Potvin and Hannah Karl. Back: Travis Muller, Maia Lehmann, Connor McGinnity, Matt Pennington, Morgyn McGinnity, Sam Nelson, Taylor Joy, Brendan Fenning, Katelyn Dinnies and Evan Armour. Missing is coach Karl Wicklund and Lena Ueke-Foster. – Photo submitted FREDERIC – The subdistrict Forensics contest was held at Frederic on Monday, March 5. Schools eligible to participate in the contest included Frederic, Luck, Osceola, St. Croix Falls and Unity. Luck’s students performed in nine selections and all of them earned the scores necessary to advance to the district contest in Menomonie. Luck students preformed in the following categories: Jordan Bazey – Extemporaneous Speaking Eric Blaser – Oratory (persuasive speaking) Kelly Fitzgerald - Moments in History (Woodstock) Brendan Fenning – Four-Minute Informational (The History of Rap) Jan Rozumalski – Solo Acting (The Riddler announces his retirement)

Group Interpretive Reading – Heart to India: Katelyn Dinnies, Taylor Joy, Connor McGinnity, Matt Thompson and Lena Ueke-Foster. Group Interpretive Reading – Alpha Beta Chowder: Reilly Giller, Hannah Karl, Jillian Klatt, Sam Nelson and Whitney Peterson. Group Interpretive Reading – Walter Mitty: Megan Bartylla, Mike Jenssen, Morgyn McGinnity, Travis Muller and Matt Pennington. Group Interpretive Reading – Questions about Presidents: Evan Armour, Brodie Kunze, Maia Lehman, Logan Potvin and Kylie Rich. - submitted

Frederic Elementary will be "Traveling the Tracks" across the United States FREDERIC – Frederic Elementary will be “Traveling the Tracks” and studying the five regions of the United States in their annual thematic unit, starting March 19 through April 13. Each grade level will explore a region of the United States while tying them together with a look at the railroad and its history. The unit kicks off with the school joining in a flash mob to “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” with filming taking place on Monday, March 19. Kevin McMullin, who is a local musician and storyteller, will visit during the unit. The school’s hallways will be transformed into a railroad track with five stations along the way. The time zones will be studied and back by popular demand are the local puppeteers from the Crosswalk Church for an hour-long puppet show. On April 5, they are planning a dress-up pioneer day and a walking field trip to the Frederic Depot and Museum. While there, they will have pictures taken, antique cars and a fire truck to look at, a tour of the museum and even horse buggy rides from Darwin Brown. There will be a showcase event on Thursday, April 12, and the public is invited to come in and see the displays and things that the students have learned. On April 13, the whole school will head to Historic Fort Snelling for some more history, thanks to the support of Polk Burnett Electric Co-op Operation Round-Up funds and the Frederic Elementary scrapbook retreats. If anyone would like to help with this adventure, has items to showcase or has a specialty to share, the staff would love to hear from you, please call 715-327-4221. “All aboard!” - submitted

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Increased demand for yo-yos nationwide brought about expansion at Duncan Yo-Yo in Luck and Frederic and the plants were operating seven days a week, three shifts, with a total of 475 employees.–Phillip Berglind and Nick Karols purchased the broom-making equipment of Jake “the Broom Man” Jacobson and were setting up their Wood River Broom Company in the old Wood Lake Mission Church building northwest of Frederic.–The Frederic 20th Century Club would present a style show, with members as models, and fashions from Sarah’s, at the high school on March 22.–Heavy, wet snow and high winds practically closed down roads on Sunday, March 11, and Frederic Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday, with travel very difficult. Pictures in this paper showed power lines resembling “long rolling pins,” a building north of Frederic, formerly used by the Boy Scouts, with its roof caved in from the weight of the snow and a wind-sculpted mass of snow hanging from the roof of the Carlson Hardware building, extending nearly to the drift on the ground below it.–A civic oration contest was held at Cushing School, and the winners were first, Gary Larson, eighth grade; second, Linda Harris and third, Kathy Andrewson.–There were engagement announcements for Marrito Clonkey, Siren, to be wed to Neil O’Donnell, Hertel; and Sharon Paulsen, Cushing, to marry Kenneth Erickson, Trade River.

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Winner of the annual spelling bee at Frederic was Greg Ryan, who would go to the Polk County Spelling contest March 16.–James Guckenberg, president of the Wisconsin Education Association, urged local citizens to join with teachers in pressing for adequate state and federal funding of schools so as to spare local property taxpayers an undue burden. The position of his and the national organization was that the state should pay 40 percent of the costs of local school district operations and the federal government should pay one-third of the costs.–Engagement announcements included one for Marlys Berg, Luck, to Kenneth Hanson, Cushing, and for Nancy Hedlund, Luck, to Timothy Phillips of Ellendale, Minn.–Webb Theatre, Webster, and the Frederic Theatre were showing “The RA Expeditions.” The D’Lux Theatre, Luck, was showing “Shaft,” starring Richard Roundtree and Gwenn Mitchell.–Frederic’s track team competed at an indoor meet in La Crosse and “did quite well, considering the competition,” mostly bigger schools. Point-getters were Jerry Shattuck, Bruce Carlson and Bryan Lundquist.–The Frederic hockey team won a three-game series against Grantsburg. Alvin Klucas was the hero of the game as he scored the tiebreaker in a sudden-death playoff after two overtimes.–Navy Seaman Apprentice Dale E. Bailey, of Grantsburg, graduated from recruit training in San Diego and was scheduled to report to the Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Md.

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Students at Frederic Elementary will be learning about the five regions of the U.S. during their “Traveling the Tracks” thematic unit. Mason Williamson is representing the Southeast, Elaine Lahti is representing the Midwest, Hannah Schott is representing the Northeast, Tate Ovik is representing the Midwest, Zachary Drinkwine is representing the West and Ellie Eklof is representing the Southwest region in this photo. – Photo submitted

Batik art workshop at the BAAG Center SIREN – The Burnett Area Arts Group hosted a batik art workshop at its location in Siren the week of Feb. 27 through March 4. Participants worked with the ancient process of waxing and dyeing fabrics in order to create images and patterns which are used in their artistic endeavors. The weeklong workshop was taught by local

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artist Thom Scott who reviewed the basics of batik and introduced the group to the variety of advanced fiber techniques. The public will have an opportunity to view several of these creations during the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour in which the BAAG Center will be included as a Tour Oasis location on May 5 and 6. – submitted

Five of the batik art workshop participants in February pictured (L to R) were: Julie Crabtree, Jane Roussin, Arlene Elliott, Bonnie Kohl and Kathy Recke. – Photo submitted

Fire destroyed the horse barn of Clarence Beecroft, Indian Creek. No people or horses were injured.–Two people searching for their lost, radio-controlled model airplane discovered a patch of marijuana being grown in the Town of Johnstown. A suspect was arrested.–Unity taxpayers were “up in arms” over two different proposals for new construction, updating and remodeling to the school building, one estimated over $7 million and the other $8 million, presented by the long-range planning committee.–Volunteers were being sought for the 18th-annual Wisconsin Sandhill Crane Count.–The Peters Brothers were speaking at the Luck Assembly of God Church on the “Truth About Rock,” exposing the lifestyles of rock stars and the lyrics to their songs.–Trustees of the village of Frederic voted to add another full-time police officer to the force, which was one full- and two part-time officers.–A square dance was being held at the West Denmark Church Hall, with Duck for the Oyster providing the music.–A recently completed groundwater study showed that flooding in basements and fields in the Grantsburg area was caused by above-average rainfall, and not due to the impoundments, or dikes, at Crex Meadows.–The Clear Lake girls basketball team managed to stop the Frederic Vikings from making it to the state tournament, as they won 44-40 in the sectional semifinal game, for Frederic’s first loss of the season.

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I think spring has sprung, and I love it, lying out in the sun on the warm cement. Doesn’t get any better than that! With all the snow melting though, it sure is mucky in places. Maya has discovered herself in the mud puddles and doesn’t quite know what to make of it. I remember when Eli did the same thing; he’d paw at his reflection wondering who he was looking it. It’s been so busy at the shelter with people wanting to adopt one of our many puppies; they seem to be going quickly! Of the first litter, Dolly is still available and she really is a little doll. She loves to give kisses and cuddling so hopefully she’ll find that special person soon. The last lot of puppies should be available for adoption this week sometime; all are raring to go so check the Web site. Owen the bulldog was also adopted and went home last Friday, he’s such a good boy and his people are lucky to have him. Our super-big kitty Prince is back at the shelter as he didn’t work out in his new home so once again he’s king of the top of the fridge in the office! Prince is a very independent fellow with a bit of an attitude at times but he can’t be all bad because they love him at the shelter. He’s known to be quite a character. Another laugh on us, do you remember me telling you about our new kitties last week? Well Mitschke Macduff was renamed

Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Barney is a 1-year-old golden-buff tabby. He is a quirky all-around fellow with inquisitive playfulness and a quiet side. Barney is a collector. He collects brightly colored catnip mice and proof of purchase weight circles off bags of Purina Cat Chow. Once they are squirreled away in a hiding place, he is ready for more fun with his shelter buddies, climbing the cat trees, batting the jingle balls across the floor and taunting the dogs from the window. Barney loves a good belly rub and a snack before bed. Barney was one of the first animals to arrive at the shelter this year, on Jan. 2. He thinks that 2-1/2 months is long enough and wanted everyone to know he will share his collection of mice and weight circles with his lucky adopter. Act now, this is a deal you can’t afford to pass up. Recent weeks at the Arnell shelter have produced a number of happy endings. Freddie, the Japanese Chin that came to the shelter by way of Craigslist, found a wonderful home with a woman who has lived with Japanese Chins in the past and knew all of his breed’s idiosyncrasies. After recently losing her last Chin, she was thrilled to add Freddie to her life. It seemed a match made in heaven; a dream come true for the Arnell staff. Pearl the extra-large Great Pyrenees also found a perfect match. Pearl was an attention grabber with her cotton-soft white coat and dreamy brown eyes. Every time she went for a walk in front of the shelter, it was inevitable that two or three people would detour into the parking lot to check her out.


YAPpenings Sadie Dove as he turned out to be a she. It was all very funny but with a great outcome as Dove has been adopted and gone to live with some great humans! We got a great young Siberian husky mix in last week with porcupine quills, poor girl, and despite how uncomfortable they must have been she smiled through it all. She has been named Liv and as it turns out, she is the mother of the first seven puppies we got in – that would make her Dolly’s mom. Liv should be up on the adoption floor this week. We put out a call for newspapers last week as we were running really low with all the puppies and want to thank you for the response we got. Gratitude is extended to Gary at the Leader office, Kelli and her husband for the pickup truckload they brought and to the Log Cabin Store. We now have lots to last us for a while, but we’ll be sure to alert you if we start running low again! This week I think I’ll tell you about our gentle giant Mitschke, who is a 7-year-old yellow Lab. Mitschke arrived at the shelter with his older friend Duchess, a 14-year-old chocolate Lab, when their owner sadly passed away. Given her age and “What a beautiful dog!” Great Pyrenees were bred to guard sheep and have little to do with humans. Pearl however was the exception to her breeding and she reveled in people, children and all human attention. It Barney was apparent that she was a people dog and needed a home that would incorporate her into their family life. While at the shelter, Pearl helped one young man in the Homeward Bound program learn an important lesson about dealing with bullies at school. Pearl found her perfect home in the country with an active outdoor father and his daughter. Eleven-year-old senior dogs Lily and Chester came to the shelter after their owners struggled long and hard with a decision to surrender them. Their lives had changed and the two older dogs were spending more and more time locked in kennels when the couple traveled. As hard as it was, they decided that new homes with more attention was what their little dogs needed. Lily, a 4.2 pound Yorkie and her 14-pound brother, Chester, both found loving homes that “ooohed and aahhed” over them with soothing attention. Diesel, the little tabby that rode in a truck engine from North Dakota, found a home with a woman who came to the shelter a number of times before the time was right. Diesel waited two months for her, but she was worth it. Clyde had been loitering on a local farm and came to the shelter in late December. Just last week, a young woman with a brain injury convinced her parents that she could manage a real live cat.

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715-349-2964 With the coming of daylight saving time and warm, sunny days can spring be far behind? Before too long the trees will be starting to bud out and gardens once again full of spring flowers with heads moving in the breeze. This old gal is ready to get back into the dirt and start gardening. After the March 2 snowstorm my barred owl seems to have flown the coop so to speak. Tree rats seem to know he is no longer around as they are once again scurrying about on the ground looking for those tantalizing black walnuts they have grown to love, hubby serves them a bunch each morning. They even stop and strip the outer shell before heading for the trees to enjoy their treats in peace. We now have a small herd of deer, 12 does and

fawns to be exact, coming into the bird yard in search of corn and the green grass hay left for them. The three regulars are in each day, the rest only come in on a more irregular pace. It won’t be long and they will lose the drab brown coats for the beautiful reddish ones. Don’t forget, we also have to deal once again with those big black buggers as they once again come after the bird feeders. Summer is great, but also never a dull moment, at least not here in bear country. If you have children who can start either 4-yearold kindergarten or the regular kindergarten, Siren is holding their screening for the fall of 2012-13 for these on March 16 at the Siren Elementary School. To make an appointment or for more info call 715-

Siren Senior news We had our evening meal on Thursday. Everyone seemed to enjoy the corned beef and cabbage dinner. I heard many people raving about the mint pie so guess the dinner was a success. Speaking of evening meals, there will not be an evening meal during the month of April. We are having another potluck on Wednesday, March 14. Hope you can join us and plan to stay and play 500 after the lunch. We are going to have a Good Friday breakfast meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. We hope everyone who is involved with the breakfast can attend so we can make some of the final arrangements. Our Good Friday breakfast will be served from 7 until 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6. We usually have a good turnout for this and people seem to come

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from all over. Our 500 winners were Neil Olson, Dave Peterson, Ralph Serverson, Barb Munger and Gerry Vogel. Spade winners were Barb Munger, Dwaine Bentley, Sue Newberger, Lorna Erickson and Larry Anderson. Larry Anderson spent the winter in Florida and is the first snowbird we have seen return. Welcome back, Larry. Special thanks to the lady who brought in all the new decks of cards We play cards three days a week so can really use new cards. All our snow we got a week ago is melting away fast. The radio said we were going to be 30 degrees above normal for the next seven days so our snow will not last long. Our snowbirds can start the long journey home.

health, Duchess is in long-term foster care. Mitschke is a wonderful boy who enjoys the attention of humans and would dearly love to have a home of his own again. HopeMacbeth fully someone out there has the heart to accept Mitschke into their lives! I’ll also include a kitty named Macbeth, a 7month-old gray and white cat. Macbeth is a pretty laid-back and loving cat as you can see from his picture and would make a welcome member to any household. Don’t forget raffle tickets are now available from the shelter or from one of our volunteers – the grand prize is $1,000, with other great prizes. The drawing will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at our spaghetti dinner fundraiser and silent auction event at the Moose Lodge. Need not be present to win. “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” - Ben Williams Have a great week everyone. Licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time., 715866-4096, license No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too, why don’t you like us there!

They had purchased a stuffed orange-and-white cat for her from Wal-Mart and she came to the shelter looking for a living, breathing replacement. As fate would have it, Clyde was orange and white and he was all over her with hugs and kisses. As she left with Clyde in his carrying kennel, the young woman gave us a beaming smile and the “thumbs up” sign of happiness. Mr. Tibbs came to the shelter as an intact, heman tomcat. He was a brown tabby with a white bib and mittens. He was also one of the most affectionate cats you’d ever want to meet. Visitors were amazed when he climbed up their front and wrapped his front legs around their necks for a big old hug. It could be overwhelming for the unsuspecting. It was this personality trait that found our Mr. Tibbs a home with a young man with Asperger’s. Mr. Tibbs became “his cat” and best friend. We are told that it couldn’t have worked out any better for both of them. When the young man comes home from school, he calls out “Yo, Tibbs!” and the cat comes running for a reunion hug. It is unfortunate that all pets can’t be born into and remain in a healthy, happy home for their entire life. Shelter life for a pet is hopefully a short visit with a happy transition into a long and loving happily ever after. All animal shelters and rescuers take on this task with the animal’s welfare in mind. The process of this transition from lost to found is an emotional ride from beginning to end for all involved; it is often misunderstood and misrepresented. At Arnell Memorial Humane Society we do our very best to make sure our pet stories have happy endings. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, 715-268-7387 (PETS) or online:

Bev Beckmark 349-2278. Wednesday evening, Harold and Virginia Larson of Webster and Art and Bev Beckmark headed to Danbury for the famous Wednesday night buffet at the St. Croix Casino. They were out celebrating both Harold’s birthday, March 7, and Bev’s on March 9. After dinner they headed to the Larson home for homemade cake and ice cream with Harold’s son, John, his wife, Wendy, and their daughter, Taylor, and their foster daughter, Savanah. Congratulations to elementary student Sage Ortez, middle schooler Jeffery Taylor and high schooler Jeremy Roy for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Keep up the great work.

Frederic Senior Dave CenterPeterson Our mild weather is making short work of the snow. It’s not helping the maple sap to run. Winners in Spades were Arvid Pearson, Jim Anderson, Holly Stonesifer and Sandy Hickey. Winners in 500 were Phyllis Peterson, Mildred Ihrig, Micky Kilmer and William Ihrig. Bob Holm won the nine bid. Several of the 500 players went to the VFW 500 party on Saturday. Phyllis Peterson was the winner for the women. There are still openings for the tax people on March 15, this is the last day.

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Lida Nordquist and Janice Schott visited Joleen Funk at her home near Osceola Monday. Donna Hines called on Marlene Swearingen Wednesday. Clam River Tuesday Club met March 7 at the home of Lida Nordquist. The next meeting will be April 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Trudy DeLawyer. Hank Mangelsen visited Maynard Mangelsen Wednesday afternoon. Lida Nordquist went to Eden Prairie, Minn., Thursday and stayed with Nancy and Steve Hagen for a few days. On Friday, she visited her sister-in-law, Bunny Johnson. Lida returned home Sunday. Karen and Hank Mangelsen went to Circle Pines, Minn., Friday to visit Nick and Esther Mangelsen. They all went out to lunch to celebrate Esther’s birthday. Barry, Josh and Olivia Hines visited Gerry and Donna Hines Sunday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the Romsos Farm Sunday for dinner as guests of Wayne and Marie Romsos. Ron and Juliann Jensen were there also. Wayne and Marie’s birthdays were celebrated. Visitors of Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen at various times over the weekend were David Lester, Jeff and Jackie Peterson and their three grandchildren, Ken and Tyann Otis, Coty and Jake Reh and Dylan Longhenry and his girlfriend.

Academic news DECORAH, Iowa – Kevin Kraus, Luther College vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, has announced the 2011 fall semester Luther dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades, A, B, C or D. For full student list visit: slistfall11/. Amery Michael Berndt, Brooke Draxler and Molly Tulkki; Luck Mary Maiden Mueller, and Osceola Sarah Haley. – submitted •••

Webster Senior Bernie Center Boelter The Wii bowlers had another fun-filled day of friendly competition. Bernie Boelter had high individual game and series with 246 and 448. The Mini Mites had high team game and series with 820 and 1,581. Evelyn Engebretson picked up the 5-10 split. There were several other very good games and of course everyone had a great time and enjoyed the treats furnished by Abby Brand. There were 22 players for Dime Bingo where Abby also furnished the treats. Dime Bingo is played every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. No need to call ahead, just bring your dimes and come join the fun. Birthday wishes to Diane Johnson and Lily Gleason who are celebrating their special day this month. Winners of the Friday drawing at brunch were George Emerson, Gladys Beers, Brittany Gardner (a visitor from South Dakota), Ed Smythe, Della Smythe, Bernie Boelter and Lily Gleason. Drawings are held every other Friday. Brunches are served every Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pick up a menu and sign up for your favorite. Another reminder of the monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. Plan to attend and bring a friend. All seniors are welcome. Remember at 55 you are senior. Also mark your calendar for the last potluck of the season on Saturday, March 31. Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. See you at the center.

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Thursday started with exercise followed by SkipBo. Cribbage started at 4:30 p.m. followed by 500 cards. The winners were LeRoy Booth, Bob Norlander, Jeanette Berquam and Charlie Mevissen. Friday morning Bridge was played. Our corned beef and cabbage feed is on Saturday, March 17, at 5 p.m. You must register if you want to attend. Call 715-483-1901. Our center is for rent for parties. With graduation coming soon, the schedule may fill up. Call Joyce at 715-483-3466 for information.

Larsen Family Public Library Fundraising

The Larsen Family Public Library is seeking volunteers to start a new fundraising campaign. We have a quarterly debt payment to Bremer Bank of $3,680. If anyone is interested in helping out with this campaign please contact Patti Meyer at 715866-7697.

Friends of the Library

We still have copies of the Friends fundraising cookbook, “Nature’s Gifts: Wild Rice and Berries from the Folle Avoine” for sale at the library for $12 each. Don’t forget that every second Saturday of the month will bring another book sale in the Nexen meeting room.

Movie projector/screen available

We have a projector and screen, plus speakers, in the Nexen meeting room available for public use. We would like to see this setup used for movies for children, adults, teens, whatever. If there are any groups that would like to take advantage of this situation please contact the library at 715-866-7697. We will soon be hooked up to enable Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

Preschool visits

On Feb. 23, we were visited by 15 5-year-olds from the Hertel Head Start program. They were entertained with stories and treats. On Feb. 28, we were visited by the 3-year-olds from Hertel Head Start. On March 6, the Mina Copeland Head Start children came to the library for a tour, storytime and treats. It was wonderful seeing their happy faces.

Book club

Preschool story time

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

Adult books

• “The Healing” by Jonathan O’Dell • “Celebrity in Death” by J.D. Robb • “The Scent of Cherry Blossoms” by Cindy Woodsmall • “The Shadow Patrol” by Alex Berenson • “Sonoma Rose” by Jennifer Chiaverini • “The Dresssmaker” by Kate Alcott • “The House I Loved” by Tatiana de Rosnay • “Kill Shot” by Vince Flynn • “A Texan’s Promise” by Shelley Gray • “Wife 22” by Melanie Gideon • “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker • “The Watch” by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya • “Echoes of Titanic” by Mindy Starns Clark • “Only Time Will Tell” by Jeffrey Archer • “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult • “Victims” by Jonathan Kellerman • “Agony of the Leaves” by Laura Childs • “When Maidens Mourn” by C.S. Harris • “Secrets of the Lost Summer” by Carla Neggers • “One Book in the Grave” by Kate Carlisle

Adult nonfiction

• “Priceless Computer Tips at Your Fingertips” by Sudhir Diddee • “Sew Up a Home Makeover” by Lexie Barnes • “Slave Narratives” by William L. Andrews • “Honor in the Dust” by Gregg Jones

Children’s books

“West with the Night” by Beryl Markham will be discussed Tuesday, March 27, at 10 a.m., in the Nexen community room. Everyone is welcome. “Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, ‘West with the Night?’ I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer’s log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an OK pigpen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people’s stories, are absolutely true … I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.” – Ernest Hemingway.

• “Downton Abbey, Season One” • “Downton Abbey, Season Two” • “The Pagans: Lost Tribes Revealed” (Ancient Civilizations) • “Hugo” • “J. Edgar” • “Dream House” • “Puss In Boots”

Hours and information


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

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Born at St. Croix Falls Medical Center:

A boy, Jack Kenneth McNitt, born March 1, 2012, to Chad and Heidi McNitt, Dresser. Jack weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Oakley Esten Morseth, born March 2, 2012, to Amanda Lokker and Nick Morseth, Webster. Oakley weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Oliver Ryan Spafford, born March 3, 2012, to Melissa Marazzo and Brad Spafford, Webster. Oliver weighed 9 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Hastiin Maurice Peck, born March 3, 2012, to Brittney Kendall and Justin Peck, Centuria. Hastiin weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Eva Emmaline Barr, born March 4, 2012, to Nick and Heidi Barr, Lindstrom, Minn. Eva weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A girl, Gretchen Esther Germain, born March 4, 2012, to Todd and Melissa Germain, Osceola. Gretchen weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Jackson Thomas Ohmann, born March 6, 2012, to Emily Gall and Brian Ohmann, Siren. Jackson weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.

Born at Amery Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Neil Magucha Bonuke, born Feb. 13, 2012, to Ronoh Onyancha and Moses Momanyi, St. Croix Falls. Neil weighed 7 lbs., 10.6 oz. ••• A girl, Amelie Deborah Faith Mott-Stauner, born Feb. 16, 2012, to Elizabeth Stauner and Abraham Mott, Barron. Amelie weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Mallory Joy McKenzie, born Feb. 19, 2012, to Cassie and Travis McKenzie, Frederic. Mallory weighed 7 lbs., 13.5 oz. ••• A girl, Randi Lee Nelson, born Feb. 24, 2012, to Roxanne and Oscar Nelson, Shell Lake. Randi weighed 7 lbs., 1.5 oz. ••• A boy, Axel Grainger Jensen, born Feb. 27, 2012, to Kelsey Jensen and Daniel Travis, Milltown. Axel weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A girl, Anessa Mia Rist, born Feb. 29, 2012, to April and Mark Rist, Clear Lake. Anessa weighed 5 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Allison Gail Christianson, born March 1, 2012, to Melissa Christianson and Trapper Simons, Amery. Allison weighed 6 lbs., 6.5 oz.

Borderline news

Bob Brewster

The very warm weekend in the 60s has finally Right after the leap-day storm, Donald Schirmer drove his skid loader down to his mother’s house to sparked some activity on the Borderline. Linda and clear icy chunks of snow over 3 feet deep and 6 feet Denny Volk were out to visit with Clint and Peg Covwide from in front of her garage doors so she could eau last Sunday, while Bob and Patty planted lettuce, get her car out and go to town for groceries. Deloris radishes, spinach, and some bok choy in their high was cheered up but still a bit sad as her son, Del, tunnel. It’s back in the saddle again, as David Wyatt Earp and his wife, Sue, have sold their home in Roseville, Minn., and are moving to Denver, Colo. Deloris Baker, quick-draw artist from Cloverton, held a mini thinks she will be lucky if she gets to see them once art class at the Old School Arts Center in Sandstone a week ago Saturday. Many townsfolk, and a few off a year. There will be a wedding shower for Jeff Ruud and the range, came in to watch and learn. He bedazMarianne Olson at the senior center on Main Street zled ‘em with both the right-handed draw and the leftin Sandstone, Minn., on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. handed draw. Things got tense for a while as a few The meal is potluck. Also bring along two $2 game ornery desperados challenged his ability to demonstrate difficult techniques. After dispatching those in prizes. Steve and Bonnie Holter returned home to the cahoots, it was hands down to teaching others, as Town of Blaine after spending a month in Alabama. all attendees had to check in their arms at the front Steve reports doing lots of fishing and walking on the door. beach while they were there. He also says that most people do their shopping in Florida because the Alabama sales tax rate is 11 percent. Last Friday, Fran Levings of Cloverton came over to Ron and Sharon Proffit’s for afternoon tea, and discussed interests in several outreach programs that she has been involved with. Ron and Sandy Gallagher of McGraw Lake Road just returned from Please Call For An Appointment a two-week vacation to Mississippi, New Orleans and Florida. They did Steven Tesch, DDS lots of fishing, and the weather was 555363 715-327-8607 28-31L great. On Saturday, Ron and Sharon Proffit drove over to Spooner to watch grandson Marcus Kinblom play basketball. On the way, they were thrilled to see a flock of 23 turkeys on the Riverside cutoff.



We are so fortunate to have such great people in our rural area. Their swift action when Peter had his heart attack, saved his life! Heartfelt thanks go out to: 1st Responders: Mike, Pat, John & ? Ambulance Guys: Jason & Elliott Amery Hospital Staff LifeLink Helicopter Staff Regions Hospital Staff

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If you love a good mystery, why not try next time you need to look for a good author or theme. The authors are listed alphabetically and each have a brief description of their style of writing. If you click on the author’s name, you will find a list of the books he/she has written.

• “Owls” by Nick Winnick • All four books by Stephanie Turnbull “Secrets of Magic: Mind Reading Tricks,” “Incredible Illusions,” “Card Tricks,” “Close-Up Tricks” • “Pigs in Hiding” by Arlene Dubanevich • “Z is for Moose” by Kelly Bingham • “Penny and Her Song” by Kevin Henkes • “One Boy and His Dog” by Eva Ibbotson

Birth announcements

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Did you remember to set your clocks ahead on Saturday night? It was hard to get up on Sunday morning. Tuesdays are always our busiest day and the most members that attend. We started with exercise followed by Skip-Bo. Later games were played. Steve VanHouten, Ione White and Delores Benson were the winners in Dominos. Dottie Adams and Bill McGrorty were the winning team in Hand and Foot. In 500, Harold Richardson, Norma Lundgren, Marlys Borchert and Joan Arnold were the winners. Good to see the Richardsons back from the south.

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Grantsburg honor roll Sophomores who achieved a 4.0 GPA for term 2 at Grantsburg High School are, not in order: Rebekah Curtin, Austin Handy, Haley Larsen, Jacob Ohnstad, Wendy Roberts and Keith Vollendorf. – Photos submitted

Freshmen who achieved a 4.0 GPA for term 2 at Grantsburg High School are, not in order, Laura Drohman, Ethan Henneman, Marissa Jensen, Anneka Johnson, Kathryn Miller, Christopher Parker, Carolyn Peterson, Desirae Rasmussen, Anna Scheunemann, Richard Schneider, Heidi Schoettle, Kathryn Segner, Jeremiah Stevens, Nathan Swenson and Alyssa Taylor. A honor roll Freshmen


Avery Buggert, Laura Drohman, Tatianna Eckstrom, Kelsey Fiedler, Lora Glover, Ethan Henneman, Marissa Jensen, Anneka Johnson, Audrey Lauer, Carter Lee, Kathryn Miller, Matthew Miller, Sarah Morley, Taylor Olson, MacKenzie Omer, Christopher Parker, Carolyn Peterson, Chelsea Pitts, Desirae Rasmussen, Anna Scheunemann, Richard Schneider, Heidi Schoettle, Kathryn Segner, Jeremiah Stevens, Nathan Swenson and Alyssa Taylor.


Brittany Butler, Rebekah Curtin, Austin Handy, Haley Larsen, Nathan Lewis, Jacob Ohnstad, Tiffany Peterson, Raelyn Pochman, Wendy Roberts, Katharine Rod, Brooke Roufs, Lars Thoreson, Hope Tucker and Keith Vollendorf.

Stephanie Anderson, Elizabeth Corbin, Grace Corbin, Melissa Dahl, Jonathan Haley, Sean Handy, Aimee Lerud, Kassandra Lien, Stacey McKenzie, Jenna Michel, Scott Morley, Tiffani Moyer, Connor Myers, Kylie Pewe, Jacob Radtke, Matthew Scheunemann, Samantha Schuldt, Jennifer Schieger, Samantha Schwieger, Bradley Taylor, Brady Thompson and Hannah VanSlyke.


Anika Ames, Cody Benedict, Daniel Biorn, Haley Burkhardt, Benjamin Davis, Joseph Engelhart, Kali Fleischauer, Lucas Henneman, Thomas Labatt, Daniel Larsen, Nicole McKenzie, David Ohnstad, Isaac Peterson, Kyle Roberts, Hannah Rod, Nicole Ticknor and Gabrielle Witzany.

Juniors with a 4.0 average are, in no particular order: Elizabeth Corbin, Grace Corbin, Sean Handy, Aimee Lerud, Kassandra Lien, Stacey McKenzie, Jenna Michel, Connor Meyers, Kylie Pewe, Jacob Radtke and Samantha Schwieger.

B honor roll Freshmen


Drew Alderman, Dylan Belkholm, Trevor Brewer, Taylor Byers, Ashley Carlson-Belland, Sarah Coppenbarger, Andrew Coy, Andrea Dumas, Clara Leonard, Brittney Luedtke, Sawyer Morgan, Alexis Jo Plunkett, Corey Sandberg, DJ Scherer, Lydia Van Deusen and Victoria Vitale.

Liliana Benge Briggs, Kayla Choronzy, Arikka Davison, Zachary Emerson, Jessica Glover, Chelsey Goepfert, Cierra Hess, Seth Ilgen, Catherine LaMere, Jacob Langevin, Johanna Lauer, Dakota Linke, RuthAnn Pedersen, Brandon Roufs, Brandon Ryan, Natasha Strohschein, Jacob Wald and Mariah Zastrow.



Mariah Anderson, Jaicee Bowman, Jake Carslon, Macy Hanson, Heidi Horky, Gustav Johnson, Rheanna Johnson, Jonas Miller, Whitney Oachs, Erland Olson, Damon Roberts, Bethany Segner, Abigail Stevens, Austin Thoreen, Robert Timmer and Chandler Witzany.

April Campana, Rachel Diffee, Breanna Fickbohm, Jack Kard, Volkan Kuyu, Carly Larson, Darian Larson, Paul Lewis, Amanda Lindus, Kaelah Maslow, Devin McDaniel, Stephanie Miklya, Christina Moore, Cora Olson, Carl Palmquist, Damien Rasmussen, Samantha Scribner, Matthew Van Deusen and Craig Vollendorf.

Daniel Larsen, Nicole McKenzie, David Ohnstad, Isaac Peterson and Gabrielle Witzany (in no particular order) are the members of the senior class at GHS who have 4.0 averages for the second term.








LUNCH Nachos, cooked carrots, refried beans OR chicken-taco salad.

BREAKFAST Bagel pizza. LUNCH Sub sandwich, chips, raw veggies, dip OR chicken-strip salad.


LUNCH Hot dog, brat, buttered noodles, peas, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.


WEDNESDAY Combo bar.


THURSDAY Cinni mini.


FRIDAY Tastries.


LUNCH Roast chicken, au gratin potatoes, corn OR ham salad.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, tritaters OR turkey salad.

LUNCH Cheese ravioli, winter mix, bread sticks OR Oriental salad.

LUNCH Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, sliced carrots, mixed fruit, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Italian dunkers, whole-grain chips, fresh veggies, dip, fresh grapes, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Taco salad w/fixings, baked rice, steamed broccoli, sliced peaches, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, crackers, dill pickles, fresh veggies, dip, slushy, apples, oranges, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Breakfast For Lunch: Cheese omelet, pancakes, sausage, strawberries, applesauce. Alt.: Pizza, 7-12.

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

BREAKFAST Cereal/waffles. LUNCH Cardinal burger, french fries, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/donut. LUNCH Chicken pita pocket, rice, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Baked potato bar, ham/cheese/sour cream, broccoli w/cheese, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, ALL.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, corn, dinner roll, strawberries. Alt.: Ham wrap.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Hot ham and cheese sandwiches, oven potatoes, veggies, beans, apricots. Alt.: Mexican hotdish.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Sloppy joes, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, beans, applesauce. Alt.: Turkeynoodle hotdish.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks, juice and milk. LUNCH Hamburger-rice hotdish, bread, salad, steamed peas, pears. Alt.: Chicken fajita wrap, rice & vegetables.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal cerealand andtoast, toastjuice served and with milk. peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH LUNCH Cheese quesadilla, black beans and Pizza dippers, rice, corn, carrots, brown rice, lettuce salad, corn, cincelery, pineapple tidbits, banana. namon apple slices. Alt.: Cook’s Alt.: Cook’s choice. choice.

BREAKFAST Cereal bar and toast. LUNCH California burger, potato salad, green beans, fruit juice bar. Alt.: Spicy chicken patty.

BREAKFAST Waffles and sausage. LUNCH Hot dog, baked chips, baked beans, peaches. Alt.: Beef stroganoff.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Chicken patty, rice pilaf, carrots, pears. Alt.: Santa Fe wrap.

BREAKFAST Blueberry muffin, yogurt cup. LUNCH Taco salad, fixings, steamed peas, pineapple, cinnamon rolls.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and 1 slice of toast. LUNCH Pepperoni pizza, lettuce salad, corn, apricots. Alt.: Veggie wraps.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Ham and cheese Hot Pockets, mixed vegetables and fruit.

BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Meatball subs, curly fries and fruit.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal and toast. LUNCH Tacos or chicken fajitas, chips or soft shell and fruit.

BREAKFAST Egg/sausage croissant. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, parsley potatoes and fruit.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon rolls. LUNCH Whole-grain cheese or pepperoni pizza, tuna salad and corn.

LUNCH Chili, salad, corn bread honey butter, pears.

LUNCH Taco salad, cheese, salsa, corn, chips, mandarin oranges.

LUNCH Meatballs with marinara sauce, sub bun, cheese slice, carrots or beef stroganoff, carrots, salad, peaches.

LUNCH Chicken nuggets, seasoned rice, green beans, pineapple.

LUNCH Tuna salad sub sandwich, lettuce, tomato, onions, fresh veggies, fresh fruit.

Each building will have their own breakfast menu.




Fourth-annual National History showcase GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg’s fourth-annual National History Day fair showcased the work of 250 students in 130 entries. “The National History Day fair showcases the academic excellence of our students and clearly demonstrates the great support our schools enjoy from the community of Grantsburg,” stated teacher Allissa Koenen. The fair, held on Wednesday, March 7, was attended by over 500 community members who came to see the work of the middle and high school students. National History Day is a truly nationwide event that has been going on in schools across the United States since 1974. Its primary purpose is to get students excited about all types of history while developing skills in the areas of research, writing, and critical thinking. This year’s National History Day theme is Revolution, Reaction, and Reform History. Under the guidance of teachers Grachia Solie and Allissa and Matthew Koenen, students researched and presented topics that ranged from Ayn Rand’s creation of objectivism and Luther’s 95 Theses to Chicago’s Haymarket Affair of 1886 and yellow journalism.

“We are very proud to see this growing program here in its fourth year at Grantsburg,” stated teacher Matthew Koenen, “and we look forward to attending the regional event in Eau Claire later this month.” Project Citizen was also present at the National History Day fair and displayed over 20 exhibits showcasing middle school student research upon a wide variety of social concerns. Winning students involved with this year’s Project Citizen program will advance to Madison on May 9. Winners list Below are the groups and individuals that placed at the local fair and will compete at the 2012 NHD regional event on Thursday, March 29, at the University of Wis-

Sophomores Jaicee Bowman and Haley Larsen won first place for their Senior Group project Web site, “Sputnik and the Technological Revolution.”

Grantsburg Middle School eigthgrade students Megan Rod, Johnnie May Moritz and Brie Jensen won first place in the Junior Category Group Exhibit for their National History Day project, “Escape from Altatraz.” – Photos submitted

Sophomore Gus Johnson won first place for his documentary “Musical Reaction to the Vietnam War.”

consin-Eau Claire. Over 100 entries competed this year at Grantsburg’s local fair and nearly 50 will proceed to the next level. Junior Division: Junior individual Web site: First: Mason McEvers Second: Jesse Lerud Third: Danielle Luck-Peehl Junior individual exhibits: First: Cassidy Lee Second: Delia Labatt Third: Amber Rose Pederson Fourth: Violet Ohnstad Fifth: Cassidy Quimby Junior group exhibits: First: Livi Tucker and Drew McNally – “Triangle Shirtwaist Fire” Second: Maria Oachs and Madison Oachs – “Feminine Mystique” Third: Johnnie Mae Moritz, Meg Rod and Brienna Jensen - “Escape from Alcatraz” Fourth: “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” – Brett Anderson, Chaz Norenberg and Kevin Vollendorf Fifth: “Revolution of the Panzer Tank”– Jase Quimby and Jaxon Jones Project Citizen finalists First: Nicholas Larsen and Tyler Peterson Second: Cassidy Lee, Austin Olson, Avery Fagerberg, Walker Louis and Claire Palmquist Third: Kathryn Curtin Fourth: Whitney Gaffney, Kayla Glover, Katie Tendrup and Kaylea Nelson Fifth: Hallie Jensen, Maria Oachs, Madeline Duncan and Alyssa Swenson Senior Division: Performances: First: Whitney Oachs Second: Stephanie Miklya Senior group Web sites First: Haley Larsen and Jaicee Bowman Second: Kate Rod and Raelyn Pochman Third: Austin Handy and Brooke Roufs

SCF Forensics team takes championship at New London NEW LONDON – The St. Croix Falls High School Forensics team took first place in the middle size team division at the highly competitive New London Forensics Tournament this past Saturday, earning the second highest average team score of the 38 teams participating. St. Croix Falls students also earned eight individual and one group placements. Two of the individual placements resulted in a category championship. Senior and team captain Cyrus Aluni earned a championship in poetry interpretation, while the team of Dylan Norgard and Cyrus Aluni captured fourth place in the event of playacting. Hayley Jaremczuk, a junior, gained placement in both the categories of farrago (fourth) and prose (fifth). Emily Kessler, a sophomore, earned a championship placing in the novice poetry and

junior Gabriel Francis placed third in extemporaneous speaking. New member Madi Neuman earned second in the category of novice prose. Thomas Foss, freshman and neophyte, captured second place in the category of public address, while sophomore Sally Sutton took second place in storytelling. Members of the St. Croix Falls Forensics team will now be preparing for the National Forensics League national qualifiers with aspirations of attending the NFL National Tournament in Indianapolis this June. Qualifiers will begin on March 30, in Appleton. The team will then be competing at the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association State Tournament at Ripon College in Ripon on April 21. - submitted

“Second Red Scare” was the title of sophomores Hope Tucker and Abby Stevens' National History Day project. Fourth: Richard Berry and Joe Dumas Fifth: Ryan Rauchbauer and Keith Vollendorf Senior individual Web sites: First: Samantha Scribner Second: Dan Biorn Third: Ben Dorff Fourth: Travis McDaniel Senior individual exhibits: First: Becca Curtin Second: Wendy Roberts Third: Bethany Segner Fourth: Mary Ludden Fifth: Kayla Casey Senior group exhibits: First: Mariah Zastrow and Johanna Lauer Second: Jacob Ohnstad and Austin Thoreen Third: Zach Joachim and Summer Anderson Fourth: Macy Hanson and Rheanna Johnson Fifth: Brittany Butler and Tiffany Peterson Senior documentaries: First: Gus Johnson Second: Daniel Larson Third: Thomas Labatt Senior papers: First: Jenna Michel Second: Kali Fleischauer Third: Devin McDaniel Fourth: Haley Burkhardt Fifth: Lucas Henneman






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Sophomore Whitney Oachs won first place for her Senior Catepergory formance. The title of Oachs' performance piece was “Paralyzed and PowerThe less: Polio Epidemic of 1952.”



NHS Red Cross blood drive

Karen Howe donates blood during the Siren NHS Blood Drive held Friday, March 9.


Siren National Honor Society members who hosted the Friday, March 9, blood drive were Christina Luna, Rachel Gloodt, Kaylene Johnson, Raven Emery, Liz Brown, Isaac Wegner, Evan Oachs, Matt Larson, Mackenzie Erickson and Josh Lemieux. – Photos by Mackenzie Erickson

Isaac (forward) and Dave Wegner both volunteered to donate blood during the blood drive held at the Siren School.

Barb Holcomb was one of many volunteers who donated blood on Friday, March 9.

Grantsburg Middle School students use problem solving skills to build working catapults

Going the distance

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG –Brightly colored tennis balls were flying through the air at the Grantsburg Middle School gym Friday, Feb. 24, when the school’s fourth-grade classes tested out their home-built catapults. The exercise was the second of several problem solvers teachers challenge students with throughout the school

Grantsburg Middle School fourth-graders had an exciting afternoon on Friday, Feb. 24, launching their own catapults then watching classmates launch theirs. Parents and family members joined in the fun, watching and helping out with the event. Austin Wedin adjusts his home-built catapult before the competition on Friday, Feb. 24.

Brett Swanson, Grantsburg fourth-grader, takes aim before launching is home-built catapult on Friday, Feb. 24.

year. The fourth-graders were asked to build a catapult at home, capable of launching an object. Each student then had two chances to launch the tennis balls from their catapults, attempting to hit the gym wall at various distances.

Faith Fielder is ready to launch her catapult. – Photos submitted Students whose tennis balls hit the wall at the first distance of 5 feet moved on in the competition trying to reach the next farthest distance. “The fourth-graders had an exciting afternoon launching their own catapults then watching classmates launch theirs. Many of the mechanisms were still in the competition when the distance had reached 45 feet,” said middle school teacher Wendy Hoefs. Parents and family members joined in the fun watching and helping out with the event.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade


Tom Haines of rural Siren takes his team of draft horses and wagon along the parade route in Siren. – Photos by Mary Stirrat Signs of “the little people” abounded in Siren Saturday, March 10, when the village celeSt. brated Patrick’s Day. One leprechaun was seen stepping lightly down the street, while another lost his shirt to a beverage can.

Devin Rand, 11, took advantage of the weather and the holiday to wear a short-sleeved Green Bay Packer shirt. Temperatures for the Saturday, March 10, St. Patrick’s parade in Siren were in the mid-50s.

Everyone is Irish for St. Paddy’s Day, including 4year-old Libby Swanson of Siren. Libby was ready with a bag for the candy that would be thrown during the parade S a t u r d a y, March 10.

Vulcans from the St. Paul Winter Carnival entertained parade-goers in Siren Saturday during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The St. Paul Winter Carnival Klondike Kate and her escort waved to people gathered along Siren’s Main Street for the St. Patrick’s parade Saturday.

The Siren marching band was a highlight of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Siren Saturday, March 10.

Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers sported green beads during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Royalty from Shell Lake enjoyed the warm weather Saturday as they rode in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Siren.


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” onstage this weekend FREDERIC - Scores of local children will team up with two professional actors this weekend to present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical version of the classic tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Performances are slated for Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. at Birch Street Elementary School in Frederic. “Jack and the Beanstalk,” with script and original music by Bob Gribas and Angela Rinaldi Gribas, and costume and set design by Deborah Pick, continues Prairie Fire’s tradition of presenting classic tales as you’ve never seen them done before. Follow Jack’s adventure up and down the beanstalk through the worlds of Orchestrania, where all the people sing; Featherville, whose inhabitants are most “fowl,” and Giantland, where he meets the mischievous trolls (and of course, “the Big Guy”). The local cast features: Lucas Kuechenmeister, Aidan Ovik, Makenna Engen, Cade Engen, Trent Zenzen, Jonathan Magnuson, Karlie Alexander, Emma Karl, Sarah Chenal, Haley Ennis, Katie Peterson, Jenna Laqua, Jonathan Erickson, Melanie Jacobsen, Taylor ZenzenMeyers, Shylie King, Chloe Hicks, Hannah Schott, Sophie Fredericks, Shyla Baker, Jori Braden, Scout Dodds, Peter Lund, Alexis Hufstedler, Johannah Erickson, Kali Laqua, Andre Tuynman, Coby Russell, Derek Steele, Bailey Hufstedler, Sidney Domagala, Cassidy Wood, Cassidy Chenal, Mariah Coen, Tate Ovik, Jenna Burton, Michael

Students waited patiently for their turn to audition.

Kyle Knauber, Kendra Erickson, Jenna Laqua, Katie Rokenbrodt and Bailey Hufstedler - some of the stars of this weekend’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” musical. - Photos submitted

Chenal, Tessa Domagala, Shannan Erickson, Kaitlin Bartlett, Justin Patterson, James Magnuson, Harli Kelton, Sarah Wells, Zachary Peterson, Kyle Knauber, Katie Rokenbrodt, Kendra Erickson, Christa White, Austin Ennis, Chris Kuechenmeister, Andrew Tinman, Kalyn Miller, Baylee Kelton, Megan Williamson and Leo Chenal. Prairie Fire professionals and co-directors will play the role of the giant and the storyteller. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 3-18, and are available at the door. This Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre residency is being sponsored by Frederic Community Education with financial help from Operation Round-Up, Polk Burnett Electric. For more information, contact Ann Fawver, 715-327-4868. - submitted

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CHURCH NEWS News from the Pews held at Bethany in Siren with supper being served at 5:30 p.m., and worship services at 6:30 p.m. Bethany and Pilgrim have become a two-point parish – sharing the same interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood until a fulltime pastor is called to serve the two churches. The Lenten services are on a rotating basis from one church to the other. Pilgrim invites everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Confirmation class meets right after worship, led by Pastor Andrew in the Upper Fireside Room. For more information about the church or coming events, please call the church office at 715-327-8012 on Monday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon and you can talk to our new secretary. If Pastor Andrew called the little children up front and asked them to you call at any other time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. You can also go to their clean up the church as Jesus did, referring to verses 14 and 15 of the Web site at or check second chapter of John, where Jesus went into the temple and saw all out other activities on Facebook. - submitted that was wrong so he cleaned it up and drove the wickedness out of the

Peace Lutheran Church giving away over 200 prom dresses DRESSER—Peace Lutheran Church is hosting a free event called All Dressed Up for any girl looking for this year’s prom dress. Guests can browse through a collection of over 200 dresses between 4 and 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23; and on Saturday, Mar. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Freewill donations for dresses

are encouraged to fund next year’s event, but not required. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 2355 Clark Road in Dresser, just off Hwy. 35 between St. Croix Falls and Osceola. For more information, contact Cindy at 715-755-2440. - Jean Koelz, with submitted information

Medical missionary in Africa to speak at New Hope Lutheran Church GRANTSBURG – Dr. Steve Friberg, medical missionary in Africa, and his wife, Bethany, will be sharing their work among the Masai people in Tanzania at New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:45

p.m. Friberg is in charge of several clinics among the rural Masai people. Bethany is from the Grantsburg area and Steve is from the Twin Cities. The public is invited to come and hear of their ministry. - submitted

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Do you have a child who will be four on or before September 1? If so, it’s time to bring them to our Pre-K Tiny Tiger Registration at Webster School on March 22 & 23, by appointment! If you have a child who will be FIVE before September 1, and entering kindergarten who did not attend the Pre-K Tiny Tiger Program, please call to schedule an appointment. Registration for your child will be with the kindergarten team on March 23. Come and join the Tiny Tiger and Kindergarten teachers for a fun-filled session! Parents will be registering and children will be having fun at school!

Place: Webster Elementary Dates: March 22 & 23 RSVP: Please call the Elementary Office at 715-866-8210 to set up your session time!

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FREDERIC – This past Sunday was the third Sunday in Lent (a season of reflection and repentance). The Gospel reading was from John 2:13-22. Referring to verses 14 and 15 where Jesus went into the temple and saw all that was wrong so he cleaned it up and drove the wickedness out of the temple, for the children’s sermon, Pastor Andrew called the little children up front and asked them to clean up the church as Jesus did. The Monday afternoon Bible study at Golden Oaks Apartments is going strong, and anyone and everyone is invited to join them at 1 p.m., either all the time or some of the time. The quilting ladies will be meeting every Wednesday morning during the month of March at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church. They are busy sewing and putting together the quilts for the graduates who are a part of Pilgrim’s church family. Wednesday night Lenten service, March 14, will be

Webster United Methodist Church enjoys special music

The congregation of Grace United Methodist Church in Webster enjoyed special music by the Howell Family on Sunday, March 11. Pictured (L to R) are Xena, Louis, Trinity, Evert and Kevin Howell, children of Allen and Mary Howell of Webster. The United Methodist Church celebrates “open minds, open hearts, open doors.” They invite you to worship with them at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, with coffee fellowship before and after the service. Sunday school for children of all ages, as well as adult Bible study, is at 9:15 am. - Photo submitted

Bone Lake Lutheran youth attend YouthQuake

Bone Lake Lutheran Church sent several youth to YouthQuake at the Wisconsin Dells last weekend. The “Quake” is part of Youth Encounter’s outreach ministry to middle and high school age kids. While at the “Quake” the young people participated in workshops, listened to keynote speaker Luke Hartman, enjoyed the Christian band 100 White Flags, and had fun in the water park.- Photo submitted

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Perspectives Sally Bair

Walls I live by a road that is bordered by both fields and forest. Along the fields, the road remains clear most of the time, open to the sun’s drying power. Where the forests encroach right up to the road like fortresses, however, the constant shade causes the road to be perpetually wet. The forests are like walls. Walls serve two purposes: to keep enemies out and to keep families safe inside. Eventually, walls crumble with age and misuse or fall to the effects of flood, earthquake or fire. Even the interior walls in our homes sometimes fall victim to someone’s rough play or anger. There are emotional walls that can cause damage, too. For example, someone disappointed in love may avoid being hurt again by hardening their heart. Rejection of any kind can cause us to hide behind our self-made walls of resistance, avoidance or blame. Self-pity, anger and deceit are other walls we build around our fragile egos to keep out further emotional damage. The worst damage comes when we decide we can trust no one but ourselves. The problem with building emotional walls is that it brings spiritual damage as well. How many Christians have left the church and perhaps even their faith because of something said or done that offends the ego? Sadly, such hurts can cause us to blame the church and God, himself. The sooner we realize that no one is perfect—not even ourselves—the sooner our destructive walls will fall. Only then can we see beyond the forests into the warm, healing sunlight of God’s perfect love and protection. Nehemiah, governor of Israel’s remnant of Jews who returned to Jerusalem from captivity, first led them in repairing the temple. They followed that by rebuilding the broken walls around their city. As Christians, we are God’s temple. We’re told in the Bible to keep it in good spiritual condition, for it is God’s dwelling place. Once that’s in good order, he will help us knock down our emotional walls and then build necessary walls of the enemy’s resistance around us. King David said, “You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for your name’s sake … pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength.” (Psalm 31:3-4) “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust.’” (Psalm 91:2) Lord, we trust you to be our wall, our fortress, and willingly give up any emotional walls we’ve built that are hindering our walk with you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at


Thank you to the staff at Burnett Medical Center and Abbott-Northwestern Hospital for the loving and professional care given to our father/stepfather, Wesley Graves, who passed away on February 24, 2012. We offer thanks to Pastor Carolyn Saunders for the wonderful memorial service; Erin Spohn for the beautiful music and the Central United Methodist Church ladies for the luncheon. Thank you also to Tim Curtain, Legion Post 185, and the U.S. Navy for providing the Military Honors and Flag Ceremony. We would like to express our appreciation for all the cards, flowers, plants and prayers given to our family. 556158

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Eiler Christian Ravnholt

Eiler Christian Ravnholt, 89, a longtime Polk County resident, passed away suddenly on March 8, 2012, in his winter home in Henderson, Nev. Eiler was born Feb. 21, 1923, on the family farmstead in Milltown, the fourth of 10 children of Ansgar and Kristine Ravnholt. He attended public schools in Milltown, West Denmark and Luck, graduating in 1941. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in education and did graduate work at the University of Southampton (England). He served with distinction in World War II as a member of the 104th Infantry Division in the European Theatre of Operations. It was while recuperating from an illness in England that he met and got engaged to Edna Joyce Collis. They were married on March 23, 1947, at West Denmark Church in Luck. After completing his education, he taught school in St. Croix Falls, 1950-52, as well as at Mankato High School, 1952-62, in Mankato, Minn. It was during this time that he served as chairman of the Blue Earth County Democratic-Farmer Labor Party and as a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention. In 1962, he moved his family to the Washington, D.C., area to serve as the assistant librarian of the U.S. Senate Library. In 1965, he became assistant to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. After Humphrey’s defeat for president, he joined the staff of Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel K. Inouye as administrative assistant, his top aide. It was during his tenure with Sen. Inouye that he was an active participant in the Senate Watergate hearings, investigating misdeeds and criminal acts of the Nixon administration. Eiler retired from public service in 1980. At that time he became vice president and Washington representative of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association until his retirement in 1990. In 1991, sugar industry leaders awarded him the Dyer Memorial Award, Sugar Man of the Year. He continued to consult for the Hawaiian sugar industry until 1995, when he and his wife moved back to Luck. In 1969, Eiler was chosen to give the commencement address at Luck School. After retirement, he occasionally spoke to high school classes in Mankato, addressing many national legislative topics. His love of politics and social sciences kept him busy and active. He was past officer at the Luck Senior Center and a generous contributor to the Luck Library and Museum. Additionally he provided thoughtful commentary to local press in his letters to the editors on a variety of political issues, the last being published the day before his death. Since his wife’s death, he was a dear companion of Marlys Pedersen of Luck. He is survived by four of his five children, Elizabeth (Michael) Zipser of Vienna, Va., Ann (Henry) Bokelman of Hanlontown, Iowa, Margrethe (Christopher) Ravnholt-Hankin of Kensington, Md. and Jane (Gary) Ellingson of Mankato, Minn.; six grandchildren also survive him, Seth (Holly) Bokelman of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jessica (Scott) Rosendaul of Peoria, Ill., Jana Ellingson of Sacramento, Calif., Emily Ellingson of Cambridge, Mass., Erik Hankin of Arlington, Va., and Lars Hankin of College Park, Md.; six siblings, Dr. Otto Ravenholt of Las Vegas, Nev., Joanne Fremont of Kansas City, Mo., Agnes Nussle of Bonney Lake, Wash., Dr. Reimert Ravenholt, Gerda Bune and Astrid Ravenholt, all of the Seattle, Wash., area. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Edna; and son, Christopher; and three siblings, Thora Ravnholt, Albert Ravenholt and Halvor Ravenholt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone for making made to Luck Senior CenSandy’s celebration of life such a wonderful experience. A big thank-you to ter, P.O. Box 522, Luck, WI the community for the love and support shown to us through this difficult 54583 or West Denmark time. Also, a huge thank-you for the flowers and monetary donations to Lutheran Church, 2478 170th Street, Luck, WI support the American Cancer Society in Sandy’s name, a very important 54853. cause dear to her heart. The public funeral will be There are no words to express our utmost appreciation to those who held Saturday, March 17, at donated their time and resources to help make her day as special as possible. 11 a.m. at West Denmark Linda Richter Shyla Baker Regional Hospice - Pat & Lutheran Church in Luck. Robin Becky Frandsen Brett Daeffler Visitation will be held at Our House Assisted Living Cindy Denn Russ Niles the Rowe Funeral Home in St. Croix Hospital Anita Baker Pour House Luck on Friday, March 16, University of Minnesota Mike & Mona Renfroe Tom’s Bar from 4 to 7 p.m. Online conMarshfield Hospital, Rice Kim Owens Susie Q’s dolences may be left at Lake Mary Young GDAIS, or call Lakeview Home Care Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 Sandy Hickey Frederic Grocery for additional information. Inter-County Leader Mark & Rita Bohn Rowe Funeral Home Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic Run-Walk Jake Richter Northwoods Bakery Luck has been entrusted Committee Kathy Java Burnett Dairy with funeral arrangements. Danny, Karen, Jen & Travis Laurie Johnson Daeffler’s Meats Patty, Craig, Jon & Joan Linda Limieux Sally’s & The Rose Brad & Paula Domagala Garden Crew Sylvia Hanson Bambi & Bruce Rowe D.J. Steve Wilson A.J. & Jackie Peterson Anita Peterson Polk County Home Care Alicia Johnson

Ellen M. Jepsen, 94, resident of Luck, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Comforts of Home in Frederic. Ellen Marie (Osterlund) Jepsen was born on her father’s birthday, Feb. 22, 1918, to Peter and Meta (Hansen) Osterlund at Jersey City, N.J. She grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and as a teenager began playing the organ and piano at Our Saviors Danish Evangelical Church. After graduation from John Adams High School on Long Island, N.Y., she worked for a short time as a telephone operator and a beautician. In the fall of 1937, she attended Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, where she met her future husband, Alvin L. Jepsen. They were married Aug. 4, 1939, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. After their marriage, they moved to Morristown, Ind., where Alvin was teaching. Their daughter, Mary Ellen, was born in June 1942, and later that year they moved to Prescott, where Alvin continued to teach. Their son, Larry, was born in 1945 and in 1946, they moved to Alvin’s home farm in West Denmark near Luck. Their son Gary was born in 1950. Shortly after moving to West Denmark, Ellen became the organist at the West Denmark Lutheran Church and continued as organist for the next 60 years. Through the years, she played for many church services, weddings, funerals and all the Danish celebrations including dancing around the Christmas tree, Fastelavens and Aebleskiver suppers. Alvin and Ellen became 4-H leaders for the Little Butternut 4-H Club, and Ellen taught 60-plus 4-H members Danish folk dancing. She accompanied the well-known dancers on her accordion. They performed at many Wisconsin state events and parades. She was a 4-H leader for 55 years. The Jepsens were foster parents for 13 children until Ellen became employed at the Frederic Hospital in 1957. She was later employed at the Frederic Clinic and the Luck Medical Clinic. She was very active in the West Denmark Ladies Aid, the Luck Senior Citizens, TOPS, Luck, as a KOPS for 20 years and The Get-Togethers, a musical group that traveled to nursing homes in Polk and surrounding counties. Along with her music, she enjoyed gardening and her houseplants, crafts of all kinds including embroidery and chalk drawing and caring for her pets. She was an accomplished seamstress and could do anything she wanted to do. In 2004, she moved to the Pioneer Apartments in Luck and continued to play the organ at the Pioneer Home for the “old people.” In September 2009, she moved to Comforts of Home Assisted Living in Frederic. She is survived by her daughter Mary Ellen and friend Nellie King, of Mitchell, S.D.; two sons, Larry (Jackie) of Osceola and Gary (Dorothea) of Osceola; one step-granddaughter, Jennifer Rider of Osceola; four grandchildren, Annette, Holly, Richell and Thor; two step-great-granddaughters, Allison and MacKenzie Rider of Osceola; many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and two special young friends, Roxanne and Amanda Drinkman. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin in 1979; and her brothers, Henry (Barbara) and John (Lois). And so ends a life of music. Funeral services will be held at the West Denmark Lutheran Church in Luck, on Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Linda Rozumalski officiating. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Thursday, March 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will take place at West Denmark Cemetery following the service. Refer to the Web site to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 for additional information. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.




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Bethesda is a friendly, rural Lutheran congregation located on Sand Lake, about 4 miles northeast of Dresser. LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) is one of the new Lutheran church associations. We are free in Christ, accountable to one another and rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran confessions. Want to learn more? Check out our Web sites at or Or join us for worship: Contemporary service at 8:30, traditional service at 10:45. Bethesda sponsors/supports: Feed My Starving Children Nehemiah Vision Ministries Operation Christmas Child Faith in Action Lutheran World Relief St. Croix Falls and Osceola Lutheran Social Services of Food Shelves Wisconsin Relay for Life LEAP Foundation World Vision Central India Christian Salvation Army Mission Luther Point Bible Camp

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Helen Elaine Gatten Helen Elaine Gatten, 77, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior. Helen was born Sept. 14, 1934, on a farm five miles east of St. Croix Falls, to Fred and Veva McKenzie. She had just one brother, Jerry McKenzie. In the fall of 1940, Helen started school at the Bear Lake School. In 1948, she went to high school in St. Croix Falls. And in 1952, she graduated from high school. After school she worked for two years in Balsam Lake for the PSC office, when she quit it was known as the ASC office. She then went to work for one year in the Twin Cities area for the Northwestern National Life Insurance Company. In the fall of 1956, Helen attended Polk County Teachers College, in St. Croix Falls for two years. Her first teaching job was at Pleasant View School, in the Amery School District where she taught for five years. In 1958, Helen started attended summer school in Superior. In 1960, on the way back from Superior she stopped in Danbury where she met Jim for the first time. They started dating in 1962 and got engaged on Valentine’s Day of 1963. They were married on Sept. 7, 1963. In 1968, Helen received her bachelor’s degree from Superior, and in 1970, Helen went to summer school in Eau Claire, for elementary special education. She also started to work for the Webster School District at that time and taught in Webster, Danbury and Dairyland. Helen retired from teaching in 1993 after 30 years of teaching. For Helen adventure started at an early age. She talked about going to Winnipeg, Canada, at the age of 2-1/2 and riding a tame moose. When she got older, she went to the world’s fair in Seattle, Wash., with some girlfriends. She traveled to Colorado on an FFA scholarship and spent a summer going to New York and San Francisco, where she met Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt. One summer she received credits for attending class in Juneau, Alaska. The adventures did not stop after she married Jim. There were trips to New York, Boston, Kentucky, Florida, Denver, the Black Hills, California, Israel, Egypt and Canada. Helen went to Washington, D.C., many times to visit her brother. Jim bought Helen a water bike in 1975, and anyone that would come to visit would get a ride around the lake. At a younger age, Helen was very active at church, the 4-H and many school activities. In her later years, all of her attention was taken up by grandchildren being present in her life. Helen will remain in the hearts of her loving husband of 48 years, Jim; children, Martha, Paul and Jeff (Sheri) Gatten; grandchildren, Nathanael, Dominik, Isabella and Cullen; sisters-in-law, Myrtle (Ben) Goodley and Betty McKenzie; nephews, Michael and Brian; nieces, April and Robyn. She is preceded in death by her father, Fred; mother, Veva; and brother, Jerry. Memorial services were held on Friday, March 2, at the First Baptist Church in Webster with Pastor Tim Quinn officiating. Helen was laid to rest at the Balsam Lake Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Leonard L. Powell

Dorothy L. Neely, resident of Luck, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Milltown, on Wednesday, March 14. Burial took place at the Bone Lake Cemetery following the service. A full obituary will appear in a future publication. Refer to the following Web site to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 for additional information. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Leonard L. Powell, 83, a resident of Luck, died March 8, 2012, at the United Pioneer Home. Leonard was born on Aug. 4, 1928, in Wausau to Lyle and Eva Powell. Leonard loved to fish, watch movies and wrestling and do a little gambling. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Imogene Tucker; brother, Lee Powell; and brother-in-law, Don Leighow. Leonard is survived by his brother Frank (Debra) Powell; his sister, Annette Leighow; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, with Pastor Steve Ward. Music was provided by Janet Nelson and Fran McBroom. Interment followed at the Viola Lake Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bary Hofecker, Lyle Tucker, Larry Tucker, Bob Tucker, Mike Larson and Jon Larson. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

A. Stanley Anderson Jr. A. Stanley Anderson Jr., 87, McKinley, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at Cumberland ECU. He was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Cumberland, to Arnold and Clara (Rockne) Anderson. He was married in Milltown, on July 23, 1948, to Donna Johnson who preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2001. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Connie Griffin. Stanley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in Korea. He returned to work on the family dairy farm in McKinley until retiring from farming in 1989. A passionate public servant with ever-present loyalty and commitment, Stanley held many elected offices in various local government from 1960-2002. He was a leader of compassion, abiding fairness and soft-spoken grace. Some of his most satisfying accomplishments include serving as a founding member of the District 18 Vocational School Board, serving on the Adult Development Center Committee, being a director for the Wisconsin Towns Association and his time as Polk County Board chairman. Stanley truly relished the friendships that were made over the years. He served as a role model to his family and others, demonstrating genuine moral concern, personal conscience, honor and integrity. He is survived by a daughter, Kay Ritchie (Ted Moorhead) of Cumberland; son, William (Kelly) Anderson of North Branch, Minn.; four grandchildren, Troy (Lissette) Ritchie of Hillsdale, Todd Ritchie (Emily Hanson) of McKinley, Nels and Keira Anderson of North Branch, Minn.; great-grandchild, Abby Ritchie of McKinley; and brother, Orville (Cathy) Anderson of New Hope, Minn. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McKinley with the Rev. Neal Weltzin officiating. Burial of cremains was in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Spooner. Pallbearers were Troy Ritchie, Todd Ritchie, Jim Ritchie, Steve Anderson, Jim Erickson and Ted Moorhead. Military honors were accorded by Anderson-Thomson Post 98 American Legion, Cumberland. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland has been entrusted with arrangements.

Donald James Stahl

Donald James Stahl, 68, of Virginia, Minn., died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. Donald was born March 11, 1943, in Hibbing, Minn., to Clifford and Inger (Gilbertson) Stahl. He grew up in Buhl, Minn., and Chisholm, Minn., and graduated from Chisholm High School in 1961. He attended Hibbing Junior College and graduated from St. Cloud State College with a bachelor’s degree in education. He later received his master’s degrees in education from Winona State University and educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. On June 20, 1964, in Chisholm, he was united in marriage to Sandra Sunty. Donald taught school and coached basketball in Cameron and later coached basketball at Hibbing Junior College. He as also a self-employed insurance agent in Chisholm and St. Croix Falls and an insurance district manager in Fort Doge, Iowa. After receiving his master’s degree in educational administration, he became a high school principal in Remer and Mountain Iron. He retired as education director of Thistledew Camp in Togo, Minn. During his retirement, he drove semi for Twin Ports Transport. Donald was a member of Chisholm Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church of St. Croix Falls. Donald is survived by his wife, Sandra Stahl of Wuori Township, Minn., daughter, Sarah (Doug) Engdahl of Dresser; son, Donald Jr. (Kristina) Stahl of West Fargo, N.D.; grandchildren, Kaylee and Evan Engdahl, Zach, Hannah and Cameron Stahl; brothers, David (Judy) and Kenneth (Cheryl) Stahl; sisters, Betty (Maurice) Doebbling and Gloria (Daryl) Kaberle; aunt, Helga Rostvit; sisters-in-law, Merlee (Art) Kile, Laurie (George) Dalglish and Jonelle (Ken) Kallio; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 6, at Clarence Robert McClain, 86, Isabella, Okla., died Chisholm Baptist Church in Chisholm. Pastor Dan ErickMarch 10, 2012. son officiated. Services pending for a later date. The Range Funeral Home, Viriginia, Minn., was enFairview Funeral Home, Fairview, Okla., was entrusted trusted with arrangements. with arrangements.

Clarence Robert McClain

Wylie P. Haukland Wylie Haukland, Sun City, Ariz., Grantsburg and formerly of N. St. Paul, Minn., died in Sun City, Ariz., on March 6, 2012, just three days short of his 88th birthday. He was preceded in death by wife, Helen; son, Steve; and sisters, Lois Lener and Luella Berg. He is survived by children, Phyllis (Brian) Johnson, Julie (Jim) Powell, Cindy Jacobson, Heidi (Gary) Nagy and Wylie Erik Haukland; many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and friends. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service in Wisconsin will be announced at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Frank Svoboda,

who passed away Feb. 23, 2004 &

Agnes Svoboda,

who passed away April 10, 1988. To us you were so special! What more is there to say? The pain is still within our hearts, as we think of you each day. Nothing can ever take away the love our hearts hold dear, Fond memories linger every day, remembrance keeps you near. For all that life has given us and all that’s left to do, One of life’s most precious treasures is the time we had with you.

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Mary A. Linke, 61, Grantsburg, passed away on March 6, 2012, at her home. Mary was born on July 9, 1950, to William and May Hible in Thief River Falls, Minn. In 1967, Mary married Richard Linke in Hudson. Mary worked at Parker Hannifin in Grantsburg for 27 years before retiring. Mary enjoyed driving and taking her 1966 Mustang to car shows, fishing, hunting, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, spending time with her family and traveling with her husband. Mary was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Richard; children, Robert (Wendy) and Jeff (Heather) Linke; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Terry (Judy) Hible, Gary Hible, James Hible, Marjorie Hible and George Hible; and brother-in-law, Tom Linke. Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg, with Father Dennis Mullen celebrant. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Dorothy L. Neely

In Loving Memory Of

STANLEY EGGEN 3-14-1962 Softly the stars are shining, Upon a precious grave. Beneath lies the one I dearly loved, But whom I could not save. Friends may think I have forgotten, When at times they see me smile. But many silent tears are shed, While others are asleep. Deep in my heart you will always stay, Loved and remembered every day.

Your Loving Wife, Charlotte Ann Sons, Scott, Jeff & Tim

Thank You

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The family of Arlo Miller would like to thank all of you for your prayers, visits and cards over the past year. A special thank-you to Pastors Dorothy Sandahl and Carolyn Saunders, organist Cheryl Peper and all the people of Milltown Lutheran Church who made Arlo’s funeral a wonderful tribute. We would also like to thank the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Jonn Dinnies and the oncology department of St. Croix Regional Medical Center for the special care given to him. Thank you to Bruce Rowe for his care and kindness to our family. The family greatly appreciates all those who sent thoughtful cards and memorials. The memorials will be sent to the Milltown Lutheran Church and Luther Point Bible Camp. Arlo will be greatly missed, but remembered with fond memories for the impact he had on the lives of all his family and friends. It truly was a life well lived and this community was a big part of it. God bless you all! 556044 30Lp Dorothy Miller Greg & Jo Miller Family Larry & Mary Wallin Family Vicki & Gary Ganje Family Lindsey & Sue Wallin Family



Husband has reason to worry about wife’s Facebook “friend”

Q: I recently discovered that my wife has connected with an old flame through Facebook. She keeps telling me it’s not a big deal, but I think it is. Do I have a right to be angry and to tell her not to talk to this guy? Juli: This has become one of those gray areas that aren’t exactly seen as cheating. As innocent as it may seem to reconnect with a high school sweetheart, it’s a recipe for disaster and it can devastate trust in marriage. The deeper motivation behind connecting with someone from the past is to flirt with the question, “What if?” It’s the stuff romantic comedies are made of. What if I had chosen differently? Would my life be any better? I certainly believe you should be alarmed. You have the right to defend your marriage and to have a “healthy jealousy” for your wife. However, instead of getting angry, you may garner her attention more readily by expressing your hurt and concern for your marriage. If you react in anger and demand that she break off communication with her old boyfriend, she’s likely to feel controlled

Jim Daly

Focus on the Family

Juli Slattery

or threatened. Even if you succeed in convincing her to sever ties, you haven’t really addressed your marriage problem. The real issues are trust and fidelity. Her rekindling an old flame opens a door that can easily lead to an emotional or sexual affair. Even if it never develops past playful banter, it can undermine intimacy and confidence in your marriage. What cracks are there in your relationship that might be prompting the “What if?” in her mind? Instead of reacting emotionally, view this incident as you would the check engine light on your dashboard. The light isn’t the problem. It’s just a warning that something far more threatening may be developing. ••• Q: Our teenage daughter spends hours late at night on Facebook with her friends. She’s not doing anything inappropriate, but we feel like the sheer amount of time wasted in the wee hours is problematic. What do you think?

Jim: It’s encouraging to know that your daughter isn’t doing anything inappropriate during those late nights, but that’s always a risk, even for compliant teens. Even if they don’t go looking for trouble online, trouble may find them, in the form of a predator or an offensive link. So remain vigilant. Regardless of her activity online, you have reason to be concerned about the hours your daughter’s keeping. A study of 20,000 youths in the journal Sleep found that those who slept fewer than five hours a night were three times more likely to become psychologically troubled in the next year. And much of that lack of sleep can be attributed to late nights on the computer, instant messaging, gaming and Facebook. Less sleep was also associated with longer-term mental health problems, especially depression, later in life. Researchers think a lack of sleep may explain a rise in mental illness among young people in recent decades. The teenage years can be full of anxiety already. If you add sleep deprivation to the mix, the results can be disastrous. Some experts believe that this combination can even contribute to major depression and bipolar disorder long after adolescence is over. The most straightforward solution is to

place limits on your daughter’s computer time. Make sure she’s getting plenty of sleep every night. Let her know that, for her own sake, using the computer into the early-morning hours isn’t permissible. The same goes for smartphones and other devices. She may be surprised at how much better she feels. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Frederic

Lenten church services AMERY – First Baptist Church. Maundy Thursday service April 5 at 7 p.m. and Easter service Sunday, April 8, at their normal service time, 9-10:15 a.m. There will not be Sunday school. - submitted ••• DRESSER – Bethesda Lutheran Church Easter schedule Sunday, April 8, 7 a.m. sunrise service, traditional; 8:30 a.m. sun-

rise service, contemporary; 10 a.m. Easter service, traditional. Lenten services, all services at 7 p.m. Lenten services, Wednesdays, March 14, 21 and 28 with soup supper prior; Maundy Thursday, April 5, no soup supper; Good Friday, April 6, no soup supper. – submitted •••

LUCK – Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 1101 255th Ave. 715-472-2535. Every Wednesday through March 28. Soup supper at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. Confirmation discussion follows worship.– submitted ••• WEBSTER – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church invites the community to join

them for Lenten midweek services through Sunday, March 25. Their theme is God’s Gift of Forgiveness. They have a free supper at 6 p.m. followed by evening prayer at 7 p.m. Any questions call 715866-7191. – submitted •••

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Duane Lindh


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

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


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







Complete Lumber & Building Supplies

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Church Directory ADVENTIST


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



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




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



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


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


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


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


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


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, 8:45 a.m. Prayer; 9 a.m. Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630; 715-327-4461 Worship 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Communion 1st Sun.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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



Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available) 290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m.





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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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




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



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


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

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


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



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


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



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

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


10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-8223001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday Pastor Gerald Heinecke Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


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



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



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




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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:15 a.m.


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


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


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




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



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




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


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




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




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

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



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



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



Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m. 131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; E-mail: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sun. Serv.: 9 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 10:30 11:30 a.m.; Nursery available


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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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

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.




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”


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


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

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




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

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

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

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


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Words cannot express how grateful we are for all the prayers, visits, cards, flowers, phone calls and food during Bill’s hospitalization and his homecoming. We are so thankful for the support received from family, friends, employers and the community. Thank you for everything!

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Thank you to all who attended our Hope For The Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. A very special thank-you to the Burnett County Sentinel for all the help in getting the word out about our event. You’re the best. Also, to Rumors Bar and Grill and Northwoods Crossing Event Center. Awesome job. The Burnett County Sentinel and Rumors Bar and Grill and Northwoods Crossing Event Center are corporate sponsors for the 2012 Burnett County Relay For Life again this year. A special thank-you to my family for all you do to make this event so successful.

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Logan Lillehaug has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Rob and Carey Lillehaug. His favorite TV show is "NHL on the Fly" and he loves to play hockey, football, baseball and basketball. His favorite subject in school is math and he loves spaghetti. When Logan grows up he wants to be an NHL hockey player.

Jori Braden has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Angie Ones. Jori is involved in volleyball, dance and baby-sitting. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family. She excels in the music department. She has a fun-loving, goofy personality. Jori is always smiling and works well with others.

Kali Otte has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Tim and LuAnn Otte. She is involved in dance line, Kinship, show choir, youth group, baby-sitting, tutoring, solo & ensemble, working at the Chattering Squirrel and Oak Forest Center. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, listening to music, singing, working and being with kids. Kali is helpful, kind and a pleasure to be around.

Meysa Roberts has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Duane Roberts and Heather Peterkin. Meysa is a very good student, responsible and kind to all students. Reading is Meysa’s favorite subject. Meysa is going to be a cook when she grows up. She is going to be famous for her carrot cake.


Rebecca Gaspord has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Lisa Hunter and Troy Gaspord. She is an excellent student with terrific work habits. Becky enjoys school with her favorite subjects being gym and reading. Outside school Becky likes to play with her dog and be by her horses.

Clay Poeschl has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Doug and Wendy Poeschl. Clay is an excellent student both in academics and classroom relations with his peers. He is highly motivated and self-determined. He is involved in football. He enjoys hanging out with friends and being outside. His greatest influences in his life are his parents and his friends. He plans to enlist in the Navy.


Alaura Lemieux has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Terry and Beth Lemieux. Alaura is a good section leader in choir, an avid reader and a good friend to others. She is involved in choir, confirmation, volleyball, track and the book fair. She enjoys skating, painting, baking, biking, swimming, running, reading, talking, playing on the laptop and sliding.

Cole Engstrand has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Todd Engstrand and Leah Vanderweit. He is a very intellectual student who enjoys making real world connections to his studies. He is involved in FFA, IWA Watercross, baseball and golf. He enjoys watercross, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. He plans to go to college for machining.

Henry Germain has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Todd and Melissa Germain. He has two little sisters. Henry loves math. His favorite thing to do at home is to play Legos with his sister and dad. He would like to be a pilot like his dad when he grows up. Henry is a helpful student and a good friend.

Mountain Falls has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of John and Lia Falls. He has a brother named Solomon. He has six pets. He is involved in gymnastics. He enjoys building with Legos, skiing and sledding. His favorite subject is gym. Mountain is a creative boy who works hard in school. He is also very caring and willing to help out his classmates.

Tyler Backes has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Jeff and Tracy Backes. He has an older brother, Brian. Tyler likes drawing, photography and online media. He is in drama and volunteers.



Wyatt Anton has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Mikal and Mystie Anton. Exercising is one of his favorite things to do and phy ed is his favorite class. He also likes reading, math and science. Wyatt enjoys playing basketball and regularly attends Siren Dragon basketball games. In the future, Wyatt would like to be a police officer like his dad.

Jaxon Jones has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Jaxon is a great kid and student. He leads by example with his high level of respect, responsibility and hard work. Jaxon’s favorite classes are gym and science. He is involved in hockey, baseball, football, band and is active in his church.

Makayla Staples has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade. Makayla is bright, inquisitive, does her best every day and takes her classwork very seriously. She has a sense of humor and always has a story to share with her class. Makayla appears to enjoy school and her friends. She is involved in middle school sports and is a positive, upbeat student.

Corey Bauer has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Mikal and Mystie Anton. Corey is an excellent student and a great role model. He enjoys mixed martial arts, reading cookbooks and scrapping with Caleb Mulroy. After high school, Corey would like to go to college or possibly join the military.

Lucas Schaaf has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Lance and Cassi Schaaf. Lucas really shows his hard work and care at school. He loves to read and is very often seen absorbed in a chapter book. Lucas is a great leader and is always there to help other students when they need it. He is a kind person and a good friend.

Sunny Cone has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Scott and Tanya Cone. Sunny is a detailed person and she is very good at expressing what she has read. She is a delight to have in the classroom because she brings humor and gets along well with her peers. She is involved in Girl Scouts and softball. She enjoys reading and doing things with her family.

Megan Hophan has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Michelle Hophan and Gregory Hophan. Megan is a dedicated student with a keen desire to learn and master the material. She is involved in student council, forensics, FOR club, AODA and business club. She enjoys volunteering at a variety of businesses, watching school sports and hanging out with family.


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Sloan Horgan has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Sara and Sean Horgan. Sloan excels in all areas academically. She has a voracious appetite for learning and is extremely empathetic toward all students and adults. She is a very wellrounded young lady.

Katy Hamilton has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Debbie and Richard Hamilton. Katy is a terrific student and a wonderful young lady. She has an excellent attitude and great work ethic. She has a wonderful smile and always listens and participates in class.

Alec Larson has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Jeff and Kari Larson. He enjoys tubing, wakeboarding and playing in the band. He is involved in baseball and cross country. His favorite class is physics. After high school, he plans on attending UW-Madison for premedicine. He resides in Balsam Lake.


Coming events MARCH

St. Croix Falls

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


THURS. & FRI./22 & 23



• Tax aides at the senior center, 8 a.m.-noon. • Expresso Yourself event at the high school library, 9 a.m. • Yoga for veterans class begins at Frederic Art Center, 5:30 p.m., 715-488-2957,

• Pre-K and kindergarten registration at the school. RSVP for time, 715-866-2810.




• American Legion Auxiliary 255 meeting at the village hall, 6:30 p.m. Legion potluck birthday party.

• Dr. Maloney speaks on Lyme disease at the high school, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-2035.

St. Croix Falls

Balsam Lake

• Diabetes support group at the medical center, 6-8 p.m., 715-483-0431.

• Polk County Farmland Preservation Plan info meeting at the government center, 6-9 p.m., 715-485-9225.



• Arts Burnett County meets at the library, 5 p.m.

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

FRI. & SAT./16 & 17



• ACS Walk/Run breakfast at Cafe Wren, 7 a.m. • “The African Queen” to be shown at the museum, 7 p.m.

• PFCT’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the elementary school, 7 p.m., 715-327-4868.

FRIDAY/16 Grantsburg


• Burnett County Family Resource Center scrapbooking fundraiser RSVP deadline, 715-349-2922.


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

• Fish fry at United VFW 6856, 4:30-7 p.m.

Rice Lake

• RSVP deadline for NW Graziers conference March 21 at UW-Barron, 715-635-3506.


• Pre-K and kindergarten registration at the school. RSVP for time, 715-2778 Ext. 101.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• St. Croix Valley Orchestra to perform at the Methodist church, 7:30 p.m.,


• Vendor Day at Centennial Hall, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Library series, speaker is Ken Keppers, potter, 10:30 a.m. • St. Croix Valley Orchestra performs at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.,


• Crex Meadows Endowment Fund benefit dinner, reservations required, 6-9 p.m., 715-463-2739. • Corned beef and cabbage supper at the Legion, 4 p.m.-gone.

Indian Creek

• Larry Moody Memorial Dart Tournament at Indian Creek Tavern, 4 p.m.


• Pancake supper at Lewis Methodist Church, 4-6:30 p.m.


• St. Patrick’s 5K Shamwalk/run. Registration at school 8 a.m. Starts at school 10 a.m., 715-349-2155.

St. Croix Falls

• St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the senior center, 5 p.m., 715483-1901 to sign up. • Print arts drop-in workshop at the library, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-483-1777.

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

When the snow was still on the ground and the weather was warming, students at Siren Elementary put their creativity and school spirit to work building a snow dragon on the playground. – Photo submitted • Presentation on cougars in Wisconsin at the St. Croix River Visitors Center, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., 715-483-2274.


• St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown Yellow Lake, assembling at Gandy Dancer Saloon, 1 p.m.

TUESDAY/20 Clam Falls

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



• Deer herd review at Crex, 7 p.m., 715-463-2739,

• St. Joseph’s Day celebration at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

• The Compassionate Friends Chapter of the Northwoods meet at Milltown Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715553-1152, • Sen. Harsdorf listening session, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at VFW Post 6856, 800-862-1092,

Balsam Lake

Lindstrom, Minn.

• St. Croix Valley Orchestra to perform at First Methodist Church, 3 p.m.,


• Spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 4:30-7 p.m., 715-472-2535

Rice Lake

��� Red Cedar Symphony Spring Pastorale concert at UW-Barron County Fine Arts Theatre, 4 p.m., 715-4345281,

MONDAY/19 Balsam Lake

• Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 715684-4545. • Polk County Master Gardener meeting at the justice center, 7 p.m., 715-268-8786.


• Danish Brotherhood Society meeting at Oakwood Inn, 5 p.m.

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• Burnett County Democrats meeting at Whitetail Wilderness Resort. Dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7-9 p.m. • Monthly meeting at the senior center, 1 p.m., 715-8665300.

WEDNESDAY/21 Frederic

• 4K open house and screening, 4, 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Call 715-327-4221 for time.


• Medical missionary Steve Friberg to speak at New Hope Church, 6:45 p.m.

Rice Lake

• NW Graziers conference at UW-Barron. RSVP by Friday, March 16, 715-635-3506.

A little bit of Irish

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

Every Monday

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

Partners of Veterans women’s support group, Counseling Associates, Siren, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8575. Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Tuesday

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

Every Wednesday

Women of Hope, cancer support group, at SCRMC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 715-483-0431. Free playtime with your toddler at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church,10-11:30 a.m., 715-557-0630.

Every Thursday

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

Play group for children and caretakers at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Every Saturday

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

Every Sunday

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


LUCK - Register for a fun and informative class with Luck Community Education to take place on Tuesday, March 27. The twohour session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Luck School will show participants how to make a variety of healthy meals using whole chicken. Instructors Barb Kass and Mike Miles have perfected the technique to debone or butterfly chicken with as little waste as possible. This lifelong skill will serve participants well as they can save time and money while also using a better quality of meat. Several chicken meal choices will be addressed including fast lemon, rosemary roasted chicken and healthy chicken nuggets . The cost for this WITC class is $12 or $8 for participants ages 62-plus. A reasonable supply fee of $4 will also be collected at class. Preregistration for this class is required by Thursday, March 22. Contact Amy Aguado at Luck Community Ed at 715-472-2152 Ext. 103 or - from Luck CE

Chamber seeks nominations FREDERIC - The Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce is now taking nominations for the 2012 Citizen and Volunteer of the Year. Nominations can be submitted by calling Carol Thompson at 715-327-4271 or going to Affordable Quality during the day to fill out a brief nomination form. All forms need to be received by Wednesday, March 21, for consideration. – submitted

Siren Senior Center’s Dining at Five diners had a pleasant surprise beside the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner served by the nutrition site manager, Cecilia Olive. The serving crew is pictured with “a little bit of Irish.” Shown (L to R): Corrine Root, Cora deJong, Barb Munger, Cecelia Olive, site manager, Lou Jappe, Carol Berglind and Ralph and Nona Severson. - Photos submitted

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