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Neighbors Chuck Fagerberg and Dwight Anderson of Grantsburg stood watching the ice breaking up on the St. Croix River on Thursday, March 15. Every spring as word goes out the ice is breaking upstream, people head to the Hwy. 70 bridge west of Grantsburg for a chance to see the frozen sheets floating by. More photos on back page. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Putting poverty in its place Students make presentation to Burnett County supervisors by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer SIREN - When the Burnett County Board of Supervisors met last Thursday, March 15, they listened to a pair of Grantsburg Middle School students talk about putting poverty in its place. Rhiana Pochman and Amanda Pitts, seventh-graders, had prepared the presentation with the help of two other seventh-graders, Jordyn McKenzie and Kajsa Luedtke, as part

of an assignment for the Grantsburg schools’ National History Day program. Pochman and Pitts shared statistics that report that 18.5 percent of the residents of Burnett County are affected by poverty. As a result they experience inadequate food, shelter, clothing, transportation and health care. The student team had also developed proposals for addressing poverty issues. They suggested including an educational unit on poverty in the curriculum of all Wisconsin schools, and they said that the Grantsburg schools have already created a computer skills class and support group for people coping with the impacts of poverty.

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Grantsburg students Rhiana Pochman (left) and Amanda Pitts (right) talked to the Burnett County Board of Supervisors about poverty in the county at the supervisors Thursday, March 15, meeting. - Photo by Carl Heidel

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Where there is smoke ... POLK COUNTY - Where there is smoke, there is fire, but out in the fields and meadows, this isn’t always a bad thing. As the flames race across the field, the fire consumes dead vegetation, invasive species and other harmful plants, leaving a mineral-rich coating of ash on soil that is newly exposed to the sun’s energy. This will spur the growth of hardy native plants, creating wildlife habitat, while making it more difficult for invasive species to gain ground. The Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area in southern Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties is scheduled for burning this spring by staff from DNR’s Baldwin field office and from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The key is to make sure the fire stops before it crosses property boundaries,” notes a news release from the DNR. Such fires are done under strict guidelines and only when weather conditions are favorable. They are a common tool used by wildlife biologists to preserve the richness and diversity of statemanaged properties. - from the DNR

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“The Duck Variations” this weekend ST. CROIX FALLS - Performing for one weekend only in the Elbow Room at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls is “The Duck Variations” by David Mamet and produced by Festival Theatre. With shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, plus a Sunday matinee on March 25, audiences will have a chance to see one of the earliest plays penned by Mamet. “It’s been 40 years since David Mamet’s well-known play ‘The Duck Variations’ was first produced,” said Danette Olsen, executive director at Festival Theatre. “At that time Mamet was a virtually unknown 25-year-old writer, but 12 years later he would win the Pulitzer Prize for one of his most famous plays ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ and the world would become attentive and intrigued by this Chicago playwright and screenwriter who is sometimes compared to Sam Shepard and Samuel Beckett.” Tickets can be reserved by calling 715-483-3387 or online at Due to subject matter, this production is recommended for mature audiences. Shown in photos at left and below are director Carl Lindberg of Chicago and Ed Moersfelder and Keith Hartman, as Emil and George, and - Photos submitted


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Sampling a new look Polk County Supervisor Ken Sample, standing, took the opportunity of his last county board meeting to give some special goodbyes. Noting that, due to similar hairstyles, it’s hard to tell Harry (left) and Dean Johansen apart, and that their “glare” often interferes with multimedia presentations, Sample presented each with a hairpiece. Sample has chosen not to seek reelection to another term on the board. - Photos by Mary Stirrat



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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CLEAR LAKE – A 19-year-old Clear Lake man is facing several criminal charges after he is alleged to have pushed a neighbor’s truck from behind with his truck, right through the man’s garage door. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Donovan Nickell is facing charges of criminal damage to property, violation of absolute sobriety laws and underage drinking after he is believed to have pushed a nearby pickup from behind with his truck, forcing the other truck through the owner’s garage door in the early-morning hours on Tuesday, March 13, in Clear Lake. The issue apparently initially arose when the victim made Nickell move his truck during the recent heavy snowstorm, and he was reportedly quite upset. Witnesses noted a truck matching Nickell’s pickup on the scene, and police eventually found the suspected truck and noticed paint transfers that matched the pushed truck. Nickell was discovered a short time later, and after going to the lot where his truck was towed, was taken into custody by police. He also allegedly smelled of alcohol and was initially charged with violating absolute sobriety laws for being underage, as well as the felony criminal damage to property over $2,500 charge. He appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick in Polk County Circuit Court on March 13, where she placed a $1,000 signature bond and a future pretrial court date of June 8.

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - It was colder in Arizona on the last official day of winter, Monday, March 19, than it was in Northwest Wisconsin, a sign of the extremely early summerlike temperatures the region has been experiencing. Leader reporter Nancy Jappe left Duluth, Minn., for Arizona on a Monday morning flight and emailed later that it was 55 degrees in Flagstaff, Ariz., when she landed, a 20-degree difference from when she took off. She also noted that two feet of snow had fallen in the higher elevations around Flagstaff. and that rain and hail had kept locals there indoors all day on Sunday. She has a trip planned to Alaska in April where she may find enough snow and cold weather to remind her of her Wisconsin home. ••• ST. CROIX FALLS - Save the date of Friday, April 20, from 9 to 3:30 p.m. Every year Polk County students and residents come to the recycling center on Hwy. 8 to learn about recycling, energy conservation, land and water resources, forestry and how to “do our part” in protecting the Earth. The public is also welcome and encouraged to join this open house celebration. Guided tours are given by the recycling center, and participants are shown how all the material are separated and baled as commodities to be sold to manufacturers. Students as well as the public are able to gain a stronger appreciation for reducing waste and caring for our Earth. Booths are set up as stations where students and the public learn from local cooperatives, agriculture experts, Polk County Public Health and both county and business recycling representatives. For information please contact Polk County Solid Waste and Recycling at 715485-9294. - from Polk County Recycling •••

Record-setting ice-out at Luck LUCK - Ice went off Big Butternut Lake in Luck on Tuesday, March 20, setting a record for the earliest iceout from that lake since at least 1979. Village resident Gene Cooper has kept records of the ice on and ice off of Big Butternut since 1979 for Dr. Kenton Steward of the Department of Biological Science at the University of Buffalo. Cooper said the ice on at Big Butternut was Dec. 1. “This is the earliest the ice has come off the lake and also the shortest period of time the lake has had an ice cover – 111 days,” Cooper noted. Cooper noted that early ice-out is known to have an effect on the timing of fish spawning, lake vegetation growth and algae bloom, and with very little watershed runoff this spring due to the lack of snowfall, there could also be noticeable evaporation effect. - with submitted information

Alleged shooting under investigation BURNETT COUNTY - An alleged shooting incident which occurred last Wednesday, March 14, near Hertel remains under investigation, according to Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland. The Leader will report any updates on the alleged incident on its Web site at – Gary King


County ends 2011 nearly $500,000 in the black Gopher bounty issue resurfaces by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Polk County ended 2011 in far better financial condition than anyone might have expected, thanks to the efforts of employees, new policies and decisions to eliminate vacant positions. In her report to the Polk County Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening, March 20, finance manager Maggie Wickre termed the year-end numbers “wonderful.” These numbers, she noted, are unaudited and could change slightly, but the overall outlook is very positive. “We’re really, really, really proud of this,” she said. Revenue for the general fund, according to the report, was nearly $454,000 more than expenses. The lime quarry showed $192,000 more in revenue than expenses, and aging showed a positive balance of $52,600. Golden Age Manor and the highway department both show a deficit, but the highway deficit is much smaller than anticipated. The 2011 budget included a deficit of $691,000, but the actual shortfall will be around $160,000. County Administrator Dana Frey also commented on the year-end numbers, saying they were “very positive.” Then he added, “Just don’t count on $500,000 again this year.” Gopher bounties Last year, supervisors were asked to rank in order of importance 87 county programs that require tax dollars, and payment of gopher bounty was at the bottom of the list. Frey had been directed to evaluate and report on the ranked programs, starting at the lowest one, and last December he made his report on gopher bounty. In recent years, including 2011, the county was paying an average of about $14,000 to towns and villages for the carcasses of gophers collected, and the municipalities then pass the bounty on to those individuals who have killed the gopher. Last December, however, Frey said his investigation revealed that legislation on gopher bounty was repealed in 2000. Towns and villages have the option to continue paying the bounty, he said, but the county lacks the specific legislation to do so. Although a number of supervisors felt at the time that the amount of the bounty makes up for the damage by the gophers, it was thought that Frey’s findings had put an end to the gopher bounty. That was not the case, though, and the issue came back to the board at the March 20 meeting in a resolution submitted by Super-

Tuesday, March 20, Polk County Supervisors Gerianne Christensen and Ken Sample took part in the last county board meeting of their terms. Both have chosen not to seek re-election. - Photos by Mary Stirrat visor Dean Johansen. He submitted the resolution at the request of the Polk County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association. It states that the supervisors support the proposal of legislation to authorize counties to again pay gopher bounties. The resolution passed by a vote or 14 to 6, with three supervisors absent. According to the resolution, pocket gopher mounds continue to cause damage to farm equipment, crops and livestock, creating an adverse effect on the agricultural economy of the county. “The trapping of pocket gophers by citizens of Polk County helps control the gopher population,” it reads, “and lessens the adverse economic impacts caused by pocket gophers. “Historically, town and county governments have encouraged the trapping of pocket gophers by paying a bounty upon evidence of dead pocket gophers.” Those in favor of supporting new legislation indicated that the damage to roads caused by pocket gophers is significant. Those opposed felt it was an issue for the towns to deal with rather than the county. The Town of Eureka is doing just that, according to information distributed by Johansen. At its Feb. 9 meeting the town board discussed the issue, noting that the county previously paid $1.40 for pocket gophers and 50 cents for striped gophers. The town matched those amounts. Although the Town of Eureka would no longer be paid gopher bounty from the county, and despite decreasing state aid, the town board voted to continue the program at a lower amount. It was noted that some areas of the county are more prone to gopher problems than others. Johansen said that areas with lighter soil tend to have more gophers. He joked that the real problem lies with the bridges over the Mississippi and St.

Croix rivers, that allow two invasive species to enter, the Minnesota tourist and the pocket gopher. He then added, “It’s a serious problem in a lot of areas. I have a feeling that if they’d be invading lakeshore we wouldn’t be having this discussion.” Voting in favor of supporting gopher bounty legislation were Supervisors Dean Johansen, Kathryn Kienholz, Marvin Caspersen, Jim Edjell, Ken Sample, Russ Arcand, Warren Nelson, Jay Luke, Kristine Kremer-Hartung, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, Larry Voelker and Gerianne Christensen. Opposed were Harry Johansen, Patricia Schmidt, Herschel Brown, Randy Korb, Craig Moriak, and board Chair William Johnson IV. Absent from the meeting were Supervisors Brian Masters, George Stroebel and Neil Johnson.

Other business • Frey reported that a group of employees is working to develop the county’s first code of ethics for employees. He said that an employee recognition program is also in the works. • Wickre said that the county’s online bidding process to encourage bids from local vendors is up and running. A link can be found on the home page of the county’s Web site. • The home health program has been losing both patients and money, said Schmidt, chair of the health and aging committee. The program, which started in 1967, is expecting a $385,000 loss in 2011. There are 23 people working in the program, but since most are parttime it equates to 14 full-time equivalents. • Frey presented a resolution standardizing the agreements between the county and affiliated organizations that receive support from the county. The resolution passed unanimously. • As required by state statute, the board set compensation for the elected positions of county clerk, county treasurer and register of deeds. Changes in compensation must be approved prior to the election cycle, which starts in April for the term beginning in January 2013. Each position will receive the same pay with a 1.5-percent increase every January, beginning in 2013 and ending in 2016. Salary in 2013 will be $53,799, increasing to $54,606 in 2014, to $55,425 in 2015 and to $56,256 in 2016. • By a unanimous vote, the board approved changes in the cell phone policy to prohibit any use of county-funded, handheld cell phones while driving, with the exception of law enforcement and highway management. The policy also adopts federal standards that allows business use only of county-funded cell phones.

Longtime Balsam Lake resident, civic leader, dies at 93 BALSAM LAKE - Longtime Balsam Lake summer resident and community leader V. Richard (Dick) Zarling, M.D., died of natural causes in Naples, Fla., on Feb. 17, at the age of 93. A memorial service with military honors was conducted at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis on Feb. 25 Dr. Zarling and his wife, Mona Mae, maintained a summer residence on Little

Balsam for the past 20 years and he served on the Balsam Lake Homeowners Association Board of Directors for nine years. The Zarlings were among those responsible for the BLHA’s annual home tours, which proved to be popular fundraising events. In addition to his civic work in Balsam Lake, Zarling was active in children’s causes. He was responsible for one of the

first studies of children with learning disabilities and served as a consultant to the Minneapolis Board of Education and contributed efforts to the Gillette and Worthington hospitals for children with special needs. He was also active in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s fundraising appeals and work with children. - with submitted information

Meet the superintendent Special public meeting March 29 FREDERIC - Incoming school district Administrator Josh Robinson will be formally introduced to the public at a special public meeting Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 8

p.m. at the high school. “This is an opportunity for district residents to meet Robinson, the current high school principal, in an informal and conversational one-to-one setting,” noted a news release issued by the board of education and board President Scott Nelson. “This will be

Fire originated in bedroom A two-alarm fire on Tuesday, March 13, on Clam Lake Drive originated in a bedroom, according to Siren Fire Chief Tom Howe. Flames were contained to the bedroom where the fire started, although there was some smoke and water damage elsewhere. The cause of the fire has not been determined as of yet. The two residents of the home, Mitchell and Patricia Micek, were both treated for smoke inhalation. Patricia’s injuries were such that she was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. - Text by Sherill Summer/Photo by Jean Koelz

a special time with no program or speech, but an important opportunity to speak to the superintendent about education in the Frederic School District, to share your views and hear of the exciting programs in the district.” - with submitted information


Dr. Otto Ravenholt public health pioneer, dies at 84 LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Luck native Dr. Otto Ravenholt, a public health pioneer in southern Nevada, died Sunday, March 18, after suffering a heart attack at his Las Vegas home. He was 84. Ravenholt was chief health officer and coroner for Clark County, Nev. for more than 30 years. According to an article in the Las Vegas Journal-Review, he is known for tackling a wide range of issues from fighting contagious diseases and advocating restaurant sanitation to launching the coroner’s inquest system. In 1963, Ravenholt was appointed as the first chief health officer of the Clark

County Health District, forerunner of the Southern Nevada Health District. Before he retired in 1997, he had served as the first doctor in charge of the coroner’s office, where he established an inquest system for officer-involved shootings. He reformed the state’s outdated mental health laws and reduced the infant mortality problem by providing better prenatal and infant care for the poor. Ravenholt also raised the bar for restaurant sanitation, spearheading the fight against food poisoning by hiring credentialed sanitarians and never knuckling under to hotel and resort managers who

thought he was meddling in their business. He was born Otto Hakon Ravenholt on May 17, 1927, on a farm in rural Luck. He was one of nine children of Ensgar and Kristine Peterson Ravenholt. Last week, the Leader profiled Otto’s brother, Eiler, of Luck, who died March 8 at his winter home in Henderson, Nev. Eiler was an assistant to U.S. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, a speechwriter for longtime and current U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a librarian for the U.S. Senate Library and a history teacher locally and in Minnesota. Another illustrious life among the

Ravenholt siblings was that of Otto and Eiler’s eldest brother, Albert, whose career as a foreign correspondent and later as an analyst and expert in Asian affairs had him dodging sniper fire and supping with Chairman Mao, later developing timber farms in the Philippines and helping pioneer Washington’s wind industry. Albert died in 2010. A memorial service for Otto Ravenholt is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on Friday, March 23, at Palm Eastern’s Chapel. He will be interred at West Denmark Cemetery in Luck. - Gary King, with information from Las Vegas Journal-Review

Reports and presentations fill Webster School agenda by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer WEBSTER - The Webster School Board faced an agenda filled with reports and presentations at its Monday evening meeting, March 19. The combination of these activities painted a broad picture of the ongoing instruction program in the school district. School psychologist Debra Heinz presented information about ASPEN, a group that has been formed to address issues of autism. Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Heinz said that ASPEN has made it possible for parents of autistic children to be supportive of each other, and to communicate with the schools about the special educational and social needs of their children. Autism has become a fast-growing problem among children with one out of Debra Heinz, Webster school psychologist, presented information to the board Monday, March 19, on ASPEN, a group formed to help parents and schools address the needs of autistic children.

Webster High School student Joey Erickson told the school board that the high school tutoring program is growing. – Photos by Carl Heidel

every 61 children affected. In the Webster schools, 11 children have the disorder. Representatives of the local ASPEN group praised the Webster schools for their progressiveness in addressing the issues of autism. They thanked the board for support for the monthly meetings and for attendance at an autism conference. A report from Rick Quimby of the hockey association gave the board a picture of the status of the hockey program in the area schools. The program is run as a cooperative team effort with several area schools pooling resources to create one team. Quimby noted that the program has been very successful in creating a high school team that has become a contender throughout the region, and is beginning to receive recognition at a state level. And he pointed out that what began as primarily a high school sport has grown to include children ranging in age all the way down to 5 and 6 years old. The biggest problem at the moment is funding the program, according to

The co-op school hockey program is growing and strong, according to Rick Quimby, but financing for the program is a problem. Quimby. He said that it takes $330,000 annually to handle all the costs, and the hockey association is struggling to meet those costs in order to keep the program strong. Joey Erickson, reporting for the high school leadership team, reported that the high school student mentoring program has become such a success that requests are coming in for more mentors. The program engages high school students in a variety of assisting activities that help students in lower grades with their studies. The Tiny Tigers field trip to see “Disney on Ice” was a great success, according to K-4 teacher Lori Ward-Macomber. She reported that generous contributions from businesses and individuals, as well as the school, had made it possible for the students to attend without cost. Fifth-grade students in Monica Gunder-

Wyatt Schaaf used the SMART Board to explain the process of constructing a Lego project. son’s classroom showed off their skills in using the SMART Board to give detailed instructions for various projects. The how-to presentations covered everything from Lego projects to washing a dog to bear hunting, and then some. In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Webster cross-country and track coach Jim Muus. Muus’s coaching career spanned more than 30 years. While he regrets leaving the position, he stated that he feels it is time for someone else to take on the responsibility. The board also granted youth option requests from Emma Kelby and Victoria Pope. This action will enable the students to begin their college studies before they graduate from Webster High School.

Village decides not to purchase school land by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Since last November, the Luck Village Board has been working with the school to purchase a piece of schoolowned land for development purposes, creating both support and criticism of the idea. The issue has been resolved, at least temporarily, with a decision by the village board Wednesday, March 14, to reject the school’s offer. The formal motion from the board states, “that at this time we respectfully reject the offer from the school and offer no counteroffer at this point in time.” Under negotiations was a 27-acre parcel located east of 7th Street that the school now uses for practice fields. As a condition of the offer made by the

school, the acreage was reduced to just under 26 acres to allow a buffer area between residences on Butternut Avenue and the property. The offer from the school, dated March 1, includes two proposals. One was outright cash purchase of the property for $152,673. The second proposal was for $117,550, plus two parcels of land currently owned by the village. One of these is 20 acres of timbered land along Chippewa Trail, and the second is 8.2 acres at the corner of 150th Street and South Shore Drive. The school’s offer also included the following four conditions: that the school would be guaranteed access to any future road that might come off 4th Street; that the school would be assessed any curb or

gutter fees for any school property adjoining the parcel; that if the property isn’t developed within 10 years, the school would have first opportunity to buy it back; and that the village would pay all closing costs. Responding to the school’s proposal on behalf of the village negotiating team, Administrator Kristina Handt reminded the school that the village board had only granted authority for up to $3,000 per acre. The committee also had authority to cover the cost of the certified survey map and to grant continued use of the property by Luck FFA until it is developed. “Given that the terms of the proposal exceed the authority granted to us by the village board,” Handt wrote in her response, “we are not prepared at this time

to take action.” She went on to say that the village board would meet Wednesday, March 14, to review the school’s proposal and give further direction to the negotiating team. Trustee Bob Determan, after the board came out of March 14 closed session, made the motion to reject the offer. “Based on the dollar amount, based on the conditions they want, based on the cost for us to develop that area with water and sewer and so on,” he said, “at this time I would respectfully reject that offer to the school and do not offer any counteroffer, but respectfully decline it and let it die on the vine at this point in time.” The vote to reject the offer was unanimous, with all board members present.

Burnett aging merges with ADRC by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - As of April 1, the Burnett County aging programs - elderly nutrition, elderly benefit specialist, caregiver support and transportaion - will no longer be part of the Burnett County Health and Human Serives. Instead, the aging pro-

grams will be merged into the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Northwest Wisconsin, or ADRC of NWWi. The programs themselves will not charge for their services. Polk County’s aging program already merged with ADRC earlier this year, Jan. 1. Since 2009, ADRC has been helping sen-

iors, people with disabilities and their familes in Polk and Burnett counties and the St. Croix Tribe by finding the information and help that people need. Now that the aging programs of both Polk and Burnett counties are merged with ADRC, the ADRC also wants to help the elderly remain independent in their homes and ac-

tive in their communities. The ADRC of NWWi has two locations, The Polk County Plaza in Balsam Lake and the Burnett County Government Center in Siren.

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ATV controversy continues at Luck Committee formed and is meeting March 21 by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — A proposed ATV park on the north side of Luck that drew more than 50 people to a meeting at the town hall last Tuesday, March 13, drew an equally large crowd to the Wednesday, March 14, meeting of the Luck Village Board. On the agenda for the meeting was a resolution to apply for a grant to develop the 40-acre ATV park, but in the end the board voted to form an ad hoc committee to study the issues of concern to nearby property owners. The committee will meet Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the village hall. Appointed to serve as members are village Trustees Ross Anderson, Bob Determan and Phil Warhol and Luck town Chair Dean Johansen and Supervisor Greg Marsten. Also appointed were two individuals in favor of the park and two opposed. The two in favor are nearby property owner Chad Ogilvie and ATV club President Lisa Anderson, and those opposed are nearby residents Mark Carlson and Jack Barron. Both the town and the village of Luck are represented on the committee because the proposed ATV park is located on village property but surrounded on three sides by land in the Town of Luck. It is at the northwest corner of 260th Avenue and 150th Street. More than two dozen people spoke out, with concerns ranging from dust, noise and safety, to maintenance, enforcement of rules and a decline in the value of nearby properties. Bruce Campbell said he has lived on property near the proposed park since 1982, and enjoys the quiet surroundings. The ATV park, he said, is not his idea of country living. Campbell said that some days there might be as many as 200 to 300 ATVs there, but ATV club President Lisa Anderson said that there will be a limit of eight to 10 on the trail at any one time. Anderson also said that legal speed limits for ATVs are 10 mph by homes and 25 mph on town roads. Open hours and rules will be posted, and the park will be fenced and gated. Club members will patrol the area and take care of garbage. Anderson also disputed decibel estimates for the park, saying that a typical ATV is 64 decibels. Snowmobiles, according to Gary Eckholm, are an average of 86 decibels. Dr. Onnie Thatcher, owner of a business on Hwy. 35 on the north side of Luck, said that she believes the ATV park will have a negative economic impact on her business. Her office faces east, toward the proposed park, and the only windows are in that direction. “I believe this ATV park will be a constant nuisance to my office,” she said. Many of her clients come from the Twin Cities area, she said, and comment on the environment around her office where they often see eagles, sheep and cows. Rather than an ATV park, she indicated, the area is better suited to nonmotorized use. Guy Schauls, who lives on 150th Street, argued that developing the 40 acres as an ATV park will create no jobs and generate no property tax revenue. “This area could be better used,” he said, adding that as an ATV park is would be a “private playground for the privileged few.” Size of the park was another issue discussed, with some of those in attendance feeling that 40 acres is not large enough to interest avid ATVers. Forty acres, said Kasie DeNucci, would be OK to ride for one weekend. But people won’t be wanting to go around the same trail weekend after weekend. “They’ll get bored,” she said. Jeanne Boatman, however, said, “Forty acres is 40 acres. If you don’t have anyplace else to go, it’s kind of fun.” Boatman said she has a cabin near Birchwood and an ATV trail goes right by it. People continue to enjoy walking the trail, where they can see deer, bear, and pheasant, and the dust and noise are not an issue because it’s a wooded area. Gary Eckholm agreed with Boatman, saying that he’s been to the 40-acre park near Almena and it never gets old. Nearby bars and restaurants are always full, and he

A proposed ATV park on village property on the north side of Luck brought a large group to the Wednesday, March 14, meeting of the Luck Village Board. often sees wildlife. According to Brook Waalen, the ATV park might be a case where people with good intentions partnered with a “lackluster” village board. He called the park an incompatible use for an area in close proximity to homes, and said the village board went about the planning in a way that doesn’t make friends in the broader community. “It’s about the people with the most to lose,” he said, adding that he talked with the village administrator three times about contacting nearby property owners but was given “weak excuses” as why that didn’t occur. Among these are time, cost, setting a precedent and the fact that that they were not within the limits of the village for which she is administrator. Waalen also cited a 2005 Wisconsin DNR report that outlined participation in outdoor activity. The Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Demand Survey of individuals over the age of 16 shows that just over 23 percent of the people participate in off-road driving with an ATV. This compares with 85 percent that walk for pleasure, 49 percent that bicycle, 35 percent that hike and 31 percent that mountain bike. Off-road ATV use, Waalen said, ranks “right up with” viewing and photographing fish. According to the report, 28 percent of people recreating in Wisconsin participate in that particular activity. Another comment from Bruce Campbell made earlier in the meeting indicated his thought that use by ATVs would eventually contaminate the soil, leading to contamination of the water, but Chad Ogilvie asked whether residents had concerns with the fact that the property is a landfill. “I’m in favor of it,” he said of the park. “What better use is there for an old landfill?” If contamination is going to occur because of ATV use, he said, it is taking place with it as a landfill. Along those same lines, Wayne Boatman said he remembered going out to the property to shoot rats that were “bigger than cats” when he was in high school. “I know what’s buried out there,” he said. Boatman added that about the only thing the land could be used for is an ATV park, because no one would want to put a business there. One more issue brought up was what some considered a lack of communication with area residents. Several individuals who own property in the affected area said they had no idea the village was considering an ATV park at that location until they read it in the paper. Following the public comments, Johansen spoke to the group, saying that the property is under the jurisdiction of the village but that its use as an ATV park would create a footprint larger than the 40 acres. He said that the “community of Luck” encompasses both the village and town, and as such the town would like to work with the village. “We would appreciate the village doing a little more study and taking into consideration the extended footprint into the Town of Luck,” Johansen told the board.

Members of the Luck Village Board (L to R) Craig Lundeen, Bob Determan, Hassan Mian, President Peter Demydowich and Phil Warhol. Not shown are Trustees Kristine King and Ross Anderson. – Photos by Mary Stirrat

Determan commented that he heard compelling arguments on both sides, and would like more discussion to come up with a “win-win” decision. However, he noted, the deadline for a grant application that would cover the entire cost of the project is due April 15. Anderson said he had been “on board” with the ATV club, but realized after both the Tuesday night town meeting and the village board meeting that more discussion needed to take place. If the grant application needed to wait a year, he said, that was OK. “I would rather error on the side of caution,” Anderson said. Village Administrator Kristina Handt said she would investigate the impact on future grants if the board pursues this one and then decides not to accept it. At the suggestion of Trustee Hassan Mian, village President Peter Demydowich established an ad hoc committee to look into the concerns and report back to the village at a Wednesday, March 28, meeting of the committee of the whole.

Other business • Sheila Brom was appointed to the Luck Housing Authority for a term ending 2016. • The board voted to advance the golf course $15,000 from the general fund, to be paid back by Aug. 1. • The board approved a street use permit for the American Cancer Society Walk Saturday, May 12. Spokesperson Sandy Lundquist noted that the route will be slightly different this year in order to make better use of Triangle Park. • Amendments were approved for ordinances pertaining to the village clerk/treasurer position and the village administrator position. The changes go into effect in 60 days, when the administrator position will take on the duties of village treasurer and the clerk will take on duties as administrative assistant. • A picnic beer and wine license was approved for the North Land Ambulance Smelt Fry Saturday, April 14, at the fire hall.

Assembly passes Read to Lead education program by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Kindergarten students would be screened for reading readiness, and prospective teachers would face more rigorous testing under a bill now on its way to the governor’s desk. The plan, dubbed Read to Lead by Gov. Scott Walker, would pay for reading screeners for every child entering kindergarten so that students who need more help can get more attention. Prospective teachers would also be tested for their ability to teach reading. If they don’t pass, they would not receive a license to teach in kindergarten through fifth grade. Elkhart Lake Assembly Republican Steve Kestell says the package is aimed at making sure kids know how to read by the time they hit fourth grade, so they don’t get left behind by their peers. “This is an opportunity to vote on some of the most positive education reform that we’ve had in a very long time,” he says. Walker has highlighted this proposal in visits to classrooms and in his State of the State address. He also used that speech to call for a system that publicly grades every school that receives public funds, even if it’s a private voucher school. Baraboo Assembly Democrat Fred Clark noted that idea was conspicuously absent from this bill. “And all of a sudden the commitment to that evaporated overnight, and we’re looking at a bill that while it still does some good things, looks kind of like Swiss cheese,” he says. Those concerns aside, Clark and many other Democrats supported the bill, which passed on a bipartisan 80to-14 vote. It already passed the state Senate.


It’s back to the basics for Grantsburg’s online school

by Carl Heidel Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - It’s like back to the basics in online educational offerings. After five years of working with for-profit national education partners, in June the Grantsburg School District will reclaim sole ownership of its online school operation, and will resume its original nonprofit status without affiliation with any forprofit national education organization. Grantsburg began its online school 10 years ago as the Grantsburg Virtual School. In 2007, the school was restructured as part of the Insight School of Wisconsin, a for-profit corporation. Then came a succession of for-profit partnerships as the Grantsburg contract was sold to Apollo, Kaplan and then the national firm K12 which holds the contract now. That contract expires in June of this year. Superintendent of the Grantsburg Schools, Joni Burgin, is enthusiastic about the change, but it’s not just the name change and return to nonprofit status that pleases her. She said that by reclaiming

the online operation the Grantsburg Schools will be able to provide a higher quality educational experience for students. Burgin explained that with local control and accountability iForward will be better able to adapt quickly to the needs of the students and opportunities to employ developing educational methodology. She commented that this will permit the Grantsburg Schools to continue the “students first” philosophy that distinguishes the district’s schools. As an example of some of the changes that will come under iForward, Burgin said that the online offerings will now be extended to middle school students as well as to high school students. In addition, the program will offer a suite of new career prep courses designed to offer students six different career paths. In describing some of the newer teaching methods that iForward will begin to use, Burgin commented that traditional instructional methods do not always meet the different learning styles of students.

As a result the traditional classroom is not the best place for some students to learn, and they will learn better in a virtual instructional setting. Burgin said that for many students iForward may be their last real chance for an education. “Life has come at some of these kids pretty hard,” she said. She continued by indicating that many of them have encountered bullying, find themselves with children or simply have trouble focusing in a classroom setting. The high-tech approach of the online system offers them a safer, more effective way of learning. Nationwide the for-profit educational programs have come under a great deal of criticism recently. The quality of the teaching has come into question as teachers complain of an overload of students that makes it impossible to give individual students the attention they need. And claims have been made that the for-profit systems have been graduating students who simply have not met the academic requirements for graduation.

Allegations have been made that some of these students haven’t even participated in the course programs, and that many students drop out before completing their studies. Burgin acknowledges the perils and pitfalls of operating an online program. She is aware of the instructional challenges, dropout and attendance issues, and the problem of funding the operation. “But,” she says, “the for-profits have taught us how to deal with all of this.” And she claims that by reinstating local control the school will have more flexibility in addressing these issues. So the Grantsburg Schools have gone back to the basics. Once again the local schools control a local, innovative online program, and once more education becomes just education, not a business operation. More information on iForward may be found at its Web site,

New approach by staff showing major improvement in learning ers have used these types of instructional tools or similar tools, the key to the improvement the staff has seen is that all the staff is using these strategies regularly, and they meet each week to monitor and review how things are working. They collect data and are helping more students succeed. “The common data is shared across our grade team, and we can focus more on the results and ideas. We have more planning time having that extra hour after school set aside each week to meet, giving us more time to make things happen together,” said Tammi Hasselquist, kindergarten teacher at Dresser. “We teach the common core standards, but instead of focusing on what we are going to teach today, it’s taken an approach of what are the students going to learn today,” said third-grade teacher and PLC team leader Georgia Scott. “As a teacher, we pay more attention to the data and when we meet discuss what we need to do if a student is not doing so well and work more on meeting needs, so that 100 percent of our kids are showing improvement over the year. It helps keep students from falling through the cracks or getting missed. We’ve done a good job of that anyway, but with the data and time to meet, it helps us to do it even better.” A fourth-grader in Mike Mysicka’s classroom, Carly, stated “I have learned this year how to write good answers in complete sentences on my worksheets and tests.” Lauren, a second-grader in Anna Clark’s room, says, “We talk about being mature, responsible and independent learners in our RTI groups.” Strategies in RTI include Thick and Thin, where students have to form questions after they read. A thick question is

hard, a thin question is easier. Thick and Thin helps students with comprehension. Vocabulary Square is another strategy in RTI groups where students can learn harder words or words they did not know. Many students have graduated into chapter books in just a few short months in the second grade. Kindergarten has 40 students who are ready to read. Barb Trombley, third-grade teacher, has been using Six Traits Writing in her class. Students wrote essays that were published. Some of the students in her class stated the writing project of the five-paragraph essay was hard and took a long time. They also commented it made them better writers. One student said that by doing the writing project, he was a better writer. “Before I had trouble finding something to write about and never had any ideas. Then I learned how to make my writing better.” Another student in Trombley’s class added she learned about using sensory detail to help her writing become better. Fourth-grade teacher Melissa Sladky said, “PLC has given us a great community to talk about student data and a great way to share ideas and what’s working and what’s not working. I’ve seen a huge improvement in student learning this year.” Two of Sladky’s students, Jack and Frances, stated they started out the school year at a seventh-grade reading level or accelerated level. Frances said she is now reading at a 12th-grade level. She is in fourth grade. Jack is reading at an 11thgrade level, he is also in fourth grade. “RTI has really helped the middle kids with their reading levels. I think their reading skills are much better since we’ve had the RTI groups,” stated fourth-grade teacher Dan Clark.

Second-grade teachers Adrienne Gyllen and Kelli Kerkow also talked about the good things happening this year. Gyllen stated she loved the Daily 5 and the way the progress can be monitored through CAFÉ. Kerkow said she has enjoyed having the students work on writing. She stated the second-graders did animal research reports and they turned out really well. While the RTI is helping students with those meeting times, some sacrifices have to be made. Art teacher Jennifer Clemins stated it has been a strain on her instruction in the area of catching up students who have been absent in art. “Normally we pull students from a recess, but with the RTI meeting times scheduled, a recess was given up. It is harder for me to get to those students now when I can’t pull them in. It is frustrating at times, but I understand the reason for the RTI and the success it has had this year. On the positive side, I really love PLC. We are working on exciting things like school climate and culture.” Merry Vinette, who has taught Title One for years at the elementary and is retiring this year, stated that what she likes about RTI is how it is catered to all levels of ability. “We can reach the low, middle and high kids,” she said. “They all set goals, monitor their goals and are responsible for their goals. PLC helps us monitor data.” “You can really see how RTI has been able to help students of all reading levels,” stated media specialist Rita Platt. “I am so proud of our school and what our staff is doing to make our students become better readers and writers. Next year, we will be having RTI for math. It is just a process that will go on forever improving teaching and learning.”

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by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – This year at St. Croix Falls Elementary School and Dresser Elementary staff have been applying a new approach to education. They met as a team last year and determined that instruction and learning was good, but they made a commitment to make it great. The staff used to meet regularly, but now they meet weekly with their grade level team for what is called PLC or professional learning community. They also are working more with RTI in reading. RTI means Response to Intervention, a new approach to helping students not only with special learning needs, but the RTI at St. Croix Falls helps students who are middle level achievers and high achievers. The RTI instruction in reading benefits all the students, not just those at risk. “Our staff has really been working hard, and good things are happening at our elementary schools,” stated elementary Principal Jeff Benoy. Teachers also have had the school year to evaluate the new process of PLC and RTI in their commitment to making education great. They have all commented on how much better students have become at reading, and teachers are able to monitor progress with STAR reading, Daily 5 and CAFÉ. Daily 5 is Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading and Word Work. CAFÉ is Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. Teachers are also implementing Six-Traits Writing and working on student writing. Six-Traits writing is Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency and Conventions. While these educational enhancements have been in place for a while, and teach-


WisDot listens and makes it two way Hwy. 8 bridge rehab construction means truck detours only, after a flurry of protest

Under the original WisDOT plan, the Hwy. 8 bridge would only be open one way, with traffic detoured through Osceola. A public outcry paid off, as now it will be open to two-way traffic, less trucks, for the length of the resurfacing project. – Photos by Greg Marstein owners, residents and others as the one-way plan garnered more attention, and he worked hard with WisDOT regional management and the primary contractor, Lunda Construction, to get the plan changed, which led to a round of applause from the several dozen people at the informational meeting. “Thank you both for your work on this. Thank you, thank you!” said Julie Hildebrand of Taylors Falls, Minn., who was one of the spark plugs sounding alarms with business owners. Dickenson noted that the project has actually moved up slightly due to warmer weather, and with the detour changes, the signage was still an issue, he admitted. But they are hoping all detour routes, truck entry points and delays will be well-marked by the time the bridge deck, sidewalk and underpass work begins. While a few questions remained at the informational meeting regarding the detour changes, the crowd was notably relieved about the two-way traffic, and Ouellette noted that project meetings for businesses will be held twice monthly during the project. They also suggested the truck detour plans be noted to business suppliers and customers, so they aren’t taken by surprise. “You need to do an FYI to your delivery folks and communicate the plan,” Dickenson said about the truck detours. The Hwy. 8 bridge was constructed in 1955 and currently handles over 18,000 vehicles daily. The deck was last refurbished in the mid-‘80s, although it has had minor work at various times in the past two decades. The

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by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Highway officials heard the protests and responded with a last-minute change. Construction on the Hwy. 8 bridge linking Minnesota and Wisconsin was moved up with an unusually warm spring and will likely start next Monday, March 26. But that project will now have two-way traffic for everything except trucks, after dozens of pleas, several petitions and a strong online campaign forced the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to do an about-face and change the original detour routing to two-way traffic. “Admittedly, several balls were dropped along the way,” stated WisDOT engineering project manager Matt Dickenson at a well-attended public meeting on Monday, March 19, at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. The bridge rehab project originally planned to have one-way traffic for the entire duration of the project, which is set to run through late July or early August. While the original detour plans have technically been in the works for months, it was only recently that the planned eastbound-only traffic sent a wave of protest across the two cities, starting with several business owners who feared empty downtowns and avoidance of both cities with the original plan. “The big concern was availability on weekends,” stated John Tangen, Taylors Falls City Council member. Although weekend access was noted, other business owners and officials feared bad press and outright avoidance of the two river cities, and several attendees noted the impact on downtown Osceola if the original one-way detour went ahead as planned. WisDOT originally planned to have all westbound traffic rerouted through Osceola on the Hwy. 243 bridge, but as the one-way plan became better known, the protests rang loud and clear, finally paying off last week, as the detour plans were changed at the last minute to allow smaller equipment and two, 10-foot-wide lanes in each direction. Only trucks will be detoured through Osceola now, although the final specifications on what qualifies as a truck was still up in the air at press time, as busses and possibly even snowplows could be an issue still. “Tractor trailers are what we’re really trying to keep off,” Dickenson said, as he outlined the $1.1 million bridge deck resurfacing and rehab project that may still have one-lane restrictions at times before the completion. “But yeah, I still wonder about snowplows, in spite of our recent warm weather.” WisDOT Communications Director Chris Ouellette admittedly fielded protests from dozens of upset business

project will include enhanced, more visually appealing riprap along the approach, as well as new lighting, sidewalk railings and improved approaches, enhanced architectural treatments on the abutments and improved aesthetics on both sides of the river. WisDOT officials held an informational project status meeting last year, but they said only three people attended, and none of them apparently raised much objection to the original one-way plan. It was unclear who attended that meeting and why highway or municipal officials didn’t raise objection to the detour plan earlier. “We can’t change what happened, but what’s ahead is what’s important,” Ouellette stated as the meeting closed. The project will not go around the clock, generally running Monday through Friday, with a scheduled July 20 completion date, weather permitting, according to Dickenson. Cindy Stimmler of the Falls Chamber noted that due to the construction, the Wannigan Days parade will be only in St. Croix Falls this year, because of the traffic issues. Otherwise, all other event plans are unchanged in both cities. “We just figured there were too many variables (to have the parade cross the river),” she clarified later on the parade issue. Signage and preconstruction work is scheduled to start this Monday, March 26, with truck detouring to begin shortly thereafter. The project is still technically set for two stages, with the second stage originally set to start after Memorial Day weekend. Most of the money for the rehab project is federally funded, with 20 percent coming from Wisconsin state coffers.

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It’s good to see the issue of county board size coming before Polk County voters in the April 3 election - and that the results will be binding. Hopefully the decision is being made by an informed public. This isn’t a complex or even substantial proposal, lowering the size from 23 to 15 supervisors, but there are certainly arguments - strong positions on both sides - which may have the heads of some voters spinning. It appears that county board size is somewhat nebulous. How else can Burnett County, with a population one-third the size of Polk County, have essentially the same number of supervisors? (21 for Burnett, 23 for Polk). Some insist democracy is better served with more representatives - others claim is creates more expense and wheel-spinning. And some ask, “what about representation?” Aren’t constituents better served when they know their supervisor personally or feel their spokesperson is a part of their “local community?” Is that important? How many contacts - outside of the high-profile, controversial issues that pop up once or twice a year - does each supervisor get from constituents each month? And how many contacts come from the same local government zealot? We love tradition, and there’s an argument that the size of county boards is just that, harkening back to the day when a constituent didn’t want to make a long-distant phone call or take a full morning to travel to visit with his or her supervisor and view all the maps of the latest county project, not just the one that got in the local newspaper. Obviously technology has drastically changed how government representatives are able to interact with their constituents - although it seems some voters still take umbrage with the mere mention of Internet and e-mail or feel they need that faceto-face interaction without the Webcam. If the issue is cost savings, there are valid arguments that members of a smaller board would need to spend more time at the job. But the argument citing issues that come before the county board are so complex that they require long periods of study, is frail. The fact that Polk supervisors ranked gopher bounties the lowest on a list of priority items is reassuring but the knowledge that it took a new administrator to realize the county had been paying bounties long after legislation had repealed their obligation to do so, is telling. Simply put, good administrators increase efficiency and, in bringing the critical information before committees, make a huge difference in how deep supervisors need to delve to properly study those matters. Perhaps the referendum proposal itself is too weak. In St. Croix County voters decided by a 3-to-1 margin to lower their county board size from 31 members to 19 members. Those 19 members will represent 80,000 voters. Polk’s current 23-member board represents less than half that number of constituents. The jury may still be out on that county’s experiment - but will their county government collapse or voters feel slighted under the new configuration? Unlikely. If so, those voters can follow suit of at least one county in Wisconsin that reduced its size and then turned around and went back to their old system. A gold star for their bravery, perhaps, in making both changes. Voters want quality and not just quantity, in their representation. Someone who doesn’t necessarily parallel their lifestyle or vocation but rather someone who has no agenda, political or otherwise, who can lend an open mind, intelligence and fiscal responsibility in making decisions on behalf of his/her constituents and the Views expressed on these pages do not necessarily reflect the views of management or board members. county as a whole. Putting this issue to a referendum vote, unfortunately, didn’t come at the bequest of the county board itself, but rather from a single, former supervisor. 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The state of Wisconsin recognizes the importance of having a public informed about governmental affairs and that a representative government of the American type is dependent upon an informed electorate. It is declared to be the policy of the state that the public is entitled to the fullest and most complete information regarding the affairs of government as is compatible with the conduct of governmental business. Information must be accessible so citizens, as responsible members of a democratic community, may be aware of, understand, respond to and influence the development and implementation of policies, programs, services and initiatives. The government's obligation to reach out and communicate with citizens is concomitant with the right of citizens to address and be heard by their government. In a democracy, listening to the public, re-

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searching, evaluating and addressing the needs of citizens is critical to the work of government. The government must learn as much as possible about public needs and expectations in order to respond to them effectively. I want to commend the Luck Village Board for the way they conducted the March 14 board meeting. They were receptive and open to all the comments made by the public and during their business portion of the meeting, there was open discussion amongst the board members in relation to what action they needed to take in regards to the proposed ATV park. The dialogue between citizens and their government must be continuous, open, inclusive, relevant, clear, secure and reliable. Communication is a two-way process, and I want to encourage all to continue down this path of open communication. Rebecca Rowe Luck





• Letters to the editor • Support Gov. Walker Why am I a Republican and why do I support Gov. Walker? It’s simple. Republicans uphold the values our country was founded on. Recalling Walker would be the most irresponsible thing the citizens of Wisconsin could do. Republicans know our country must get its debt under control. Here in Wisconsin, Walker knew this when he and the Legislature enacted Act 10. The Democrats and their union boss supporters are so shocked by Act 10 because it cuts off the pipeline of union dues flowing to them. Act 10 has allowed our state to have a balanced budget without raising taxes and without worker layoffs. Look what’s happening in Illinois. Their Democrat governor raised taxes trying to balance the state budget. It did not work. Now he’s virtually forced to order layoffs, but, the unions oppose any efforts to responsibly manage the state’s debt problem. School districts here in Wisconsin that have fully utilized the tools of Act 10 are better able to manage their budgets without harming their main job of educating students. This is because of the leadership of Walker. Wisconsin and most other states will not see great economic growth and significant increases in jobs until the anti-business regulations coming from the federal government have been stopped. Economic growth will also not occur until our domestic supply of oil has been tapped and ObamaCare has been repealed. Unfortunately, these will not happen until we elect a Republican president in November. We must support Walker as he positions Wisconsin to be ready to emerge from the anti-business policies of President Obama. Whichever Republican wins the nomination and becomes our next president, with a Republican Senate and a Republican House, the damage our country has suffered during the current administration can be corrected! Sandy Fretwell Amery

What happened? Well, Obama has laid out his budget for this year, and it creates another $1.33 trillion deficit by spending more money which we do not have. This will be the fourth straight year his administration has increased the national debt over a trillion dollars. When he took office he promised to have the deficit reduced by half at the end of his first term. How close has he come? Bush left a staggering $10.6 trillion when Obama took office. Since then he has added over $6 trillion to our debt, and we have not even started paying for his National Health Care. His answer, raise taxes on the rich. Because they worked hard to earn it certainly doesn’t mean they should keep it! Let’s not cut spending, let’s continue to raise taxes. So let’s take a look at some of the current taxes and fees which of course are taxes under another name. OK, we have the cigarette tax, corporate income taxes, dog license tax, excise tax, fishing license tax, food tax, clothing tax, fuel permit tax, accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, gasoline tax (currently at 44.75 cents a gallon) gross receipt tax, hunting license tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, IRA interest charges and IRA penalties (tax on top of tax), liquor tax, luxury tax, marriage license tax, Medicare tax, personal property tax, property tax, real estate tax, service charge tax, Social Security tax, and you

are taxed on what amount of Social Security you earned, road usage tax, recreational vehicle tax, sales tax, school tax, state unemployment tax, telephone excise tax, Telephone Federal Universal service fee tax, telephone federal, state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage tax, telephone recurring and nonrecurring charges tax, telephone state and local tax, telephone usage charge tax, vehicle sales tax, watercraft registration tax, well permit tax, workers’ compensation tax, village franchise universal service fund surcharge, county tax, Wisconsin universal fund surcharge, Wisconsin police and fire protection fee, inheritance tax, regulatory service fee, local broadcast fee, district energy charge, low-income assistance fee. Phew, I am taxed Feed out. I could go on and on, but I think everyone gets the message. Still you would think this was funny, but it’s not. Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and mom wasn’t forced to work in order to make ends meet. What in the world happened? Can you spell “politicans”? Carl Pentland Balsam Lake

Vote yes I hope Jeff Peterson appreciates as much as I do the irony of us finding a couple of things we can agree on. Who would have thunk it ...? I have said for years that there should never be an uncontested election for any office, ever ... and the county board is too large to function effectively. I reject the notion that representing a third more people automatically increases a board member’s workload. It clearly increase the size of the territory in which one must campaign, but that is still a choice one makes when one decides to seek the job. Supervisor Schmidt contends that reducing the size of the board reduces the likelihood that one will personally know one’s supervisor. Their names and phones numbers are posted on the county Web site. Anyone can call any of the board members and discuss county issues with them at any time. Effective representation is about being informed, making good decisions, being willing to listen and being willing to discuss people’s concerns with them when they raise them. It has little to do with board size. She says that reducing the size of the board will necessarily increase the number of meetings board members attend from 48 per year to 75. That assumes the current committee makeup and committee structure remains in place. It is irresponsible to leave the current committee makeup and structure as it is. Retiring supervisor Ken Sample submitted an excellent reorganization plan to the organization committee that reduced the number of committees to four or five from the current 11. It was an excellent proposal but was apparently sent to the administrative committee to die. There’s no longer any need for committees to meet monthly. Most committees would need to meet six or seven times a year to provide the policy decision recommendations committee would have to make – mostly on budget concerns. There is no reason for the county board to continue to meet monthly, either. They clearly need to meet in January to get an end-of-the-year report from the adminis-

trator and to give him some direction as to budget parameters to be used in preparing the annual budget. They need to meet in April because in even-numbered years, new board members are sworn in and the board must reorganize. They need to meet in October to review and post for public review the annual budget and they need to meet in November to adopt the annual budget. Three or four more meetings throughout the year to clarify various policy concerns that might come up would be more than enough to keep the county doors open in view of the operational responsibilities now handled by the administrator. It is entirely possible and realistic to reduce the number of meetings required of a board member to a couple dozen per year if the number of districts was reduced to 15, and the board was reorganized. Vote yes on the referendum to reduce the size of the county board. Bob Blake Rural Frederic

Reduction of board not needed I voted to maintain the current size of 23 members and basically used a few simple rational points: 1. To reduce the board because we hired a county administrator makes no sense. The CA is the person that runs the day-today operations of the county. The county board made a decision to hire a professional to oversee finances and county staff to make life better for all county residents. The CA does not make policy, only the county board can make policy. Policy includes things like budget, zoning, fees and capital improvements. The county board decides how to run the county, and the CA carries out those directives. 2. Wisconsin statutes provide for county boards to be made up of citizen members. The thinking was the board would have people from all walks of life, farmers, barbers, business owners and doctors. This would bring a balance for making the best policies for the general population of the county. I understand there are large companies that have smaller boards than ours, and Minnesota has only five or seven commissioners. The people on these boards are educated and trained in their fields of their employment. General Motors, Harley-Davidson and CAT are not out soliciting farmers or barbers to sit on their boards. It doesn’t matter whether our system is the best or the worst in the country, it’s the one our state forefathers picked for us. The larger board works better for Polk County. 3. The cost of the county board has been made an issue. The board over the last few years has reduced its expenses by $40,000. The amount that the board members receive is minimal compared to corporate board members or Minnesota’s commissioners. I personally attended 68 meetings in 2011 that paid per diems and a couple dozen meetings with no compensation. This does not take into account time spent preparing for meetings. My taxable income from the county for 2011 was $3,800. This is not a whining session for myself, I knew the deal before I ran for office. The point is, it is a lot of work and requires many hours. Can this board do a better job on cutting expenses? Absolutely, it is being looked at every day. You have to understand the CA form of government is a work in progress. 4. Representation is an important factor. If you divide Polk County geographically

north and south at CTH I on our western border and go straight across to our eastern border, we would have five districts in the north and 10 in the south. Most of the northern half of the county is agriculture and gains very little population from one census to the next. I understand there is ag land in the south also, but the vast majority is in the north. As the population of the county increases more of its board members will reside in the more populated areas. Inherently with our form of government, the ag districts will have less and less input at the county board level. Please vote no on Tuesday, April 3, on reducing the size of our county board. Herschel Brown Polk County supervisor District 5 Rural Luck

Much to lose I see the three article writers in last week’s edition advocating for a smaller county board as friends, so I find it a bit difficult to point out their fallacies. Jeff, if you don’t like uncontested elections, why aren’t you throwing your hat in the ring? Rick, give the whole facts not just a statement alluding to what you call facts. St. Croix County two years ago reduced their board to 19 members. That’s not a “… much smaller board.” Milwaukee County supervisors are full-time jobs. That’s a whole lot different than Polk County’s supervisors who volunteer a great amount of time and are paid only for committee and board meetings attended. Bob, when you were county board chair, the 23 members did wonderful things as you said even though it was the most controversial board ever in recent history. Also, when comparing us to our neighboring counties, Burnett with 21 supervisors, Barron with 29 supervisors and St. Croix with 19 supervisors, be aware that they all also have a county administrator form of county government. It’s easy to criticize when looking from the outside in. And I’m always amazed how little some know about county government and all the responsibilities related to serving on the board. Sitting at committee meetings acting like bobble heads is hardly the extent of what we do. Being a good board member is like having a half-time job. Between reading, researching and just plain getting out in the community to know what is going on takes a good amount of uncompensated time. There is nothing gained by having a smaller board, but there is very much to lose!

Pat Schmidt Luck


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State lawmakers approve changes to abortion regulations by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Doctors would have to judge whether women are seeking abortions voluntarily under a bill on its way to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. Under the bill passed by majority Republicans in the Assembly Thursday, March 15, a woman seeking an abortion would have to talk to a doctor in person and in private. If doctors suspect the woman is there against her will, they’d

have to tell her about services for victims of domestic abuse and give her private access to a telephone. Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison told Republicans they were substituting their judgment for the judgment of physicians. “What this does is say that you all can determine what kind of care a doctor provides and what kind of care a woman receives even in the most horrific, tragic circumstances?” she asked. But GOP sponsor Michelle Litjens said

it was all about protecting women. “This is not stopping abortions,” she says. “This is protecting a woman from having a procedure she does not want to have.” The plan would also require doctors to

be in the same room as a woman when they administer abortion-inducing drugs. It’s one of a few bills backed by anti-abortion groups that Republicans passed in the last week of session.

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Webster water rates to jump 30 percent

by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - Webster Village residents currently enjoy the lowest small-municipal water rates in the state, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The Webster board approved a 30-percent increase to the water rates at the Wednesday, March 14, village board meeting. Depending on water usage, this rate increase is estimated to cost village residents somewhere between $10 to $20 per quarter or $40 to $80 annually. The quarterly water bill is bundled with the sewer bill and the fire protection fee. Both the sewer portion and the fire protection fee are not affected by the rate increase and will remain at the current rate. Webster’s water will still be inexpensive compared to other municipalities, but they will no longer enjoy the lowest rates once the changes go into effect. When the rate hike will go into effect is unknown at this time. The next step is a public hearing, and the public service commission will be scheduling one for Webster in the near future.

The 30-percent increase was the lowest increase possible if the village board was to continue to pursue a DNR safe drinking water loan and possibly a community development block grant to help pay for well maintenance, new meters, water-main looping and replacing 3-inch water mains among other project. Although the village board has not fully determined how many projects they are going to attempt, assumming they do recieve funding, there are over $600,000 worth of projects being considered at this point. Many of the projects are long overdue. The village board has not raised rates on both the water consumption and the meter charge since 1994. There were two slight increases to the meter charge in 2000 and 2003, but auditors have determined that the village was operating its water utility at a loss. Naturally, the loss is reported to the public service commission, which is why the village was all but forced to apply for a rate increase last December. With the 30-percent rate increase, the village is no longer operating at a loss, but the increase is still less than

the 48 percent the PSC recommended last month. The PCS recommendations, however, are nonbinding.

Other business The board donated $1,500 toward the veterans memorial at the Oak Grove Cemetery. The total project cost is estimated at $6,100, and the memorial is expected to be in place before Memorial Day. Storm cleanup continues. A bid was approved to fix the “green” fair building, although once work is complete, it will be a tan building with a green roof, same as the adjacent building. Purchasing lettering for both of the village’s trucks was approved. The cost is expected to be $150 to $200 per truck. New policies were approved for accumulated sick leave, accumulated vacation and compensatory time for nonunion employees. The same policies will be negotiated into union contracts once current contracts are expired. The wording in the new policies was suggested by auditors.

Use of cheese brine on highways earns dairy award for Polk County Biodegradable byproduct saves money and the environment by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Efficient use of a cheese-making byproduct has garnered the Polk County Highway Department an award from the Wisconsin Dairy Association. At the same time, it has saved taxpayer dollars while making roads safer for winter driving. Polk County Supervisor Marvin Caspersen told the county board of supervisors Tuesday evening, March 20, that successful use of biodegradable cheese brine to combat ice and snow has brought the county considerable attention. Caspersen, chair of the highway committee, presented to the board a framed print presented to the committee by the Wisconsin Dairy Association in recognition of the highway department’s innovative use of cheese brine. “The highway staff was instrumental in making it a viable alternative to salt brine,” Caspersen said. “It requires the proper mix for various weather conditions and road-surface temperatures, and it must provide efficient

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A heartfelt thank-you to the Luck & Milltown Fire Departments for the quick response & long hours you put in on March 16, and for the rechecks throughout the night and following day. Also a hearty thanks to the Pizza Place in Siren and Grantsburg for providing pizza for fire department crews.

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Grantsburg women's group hosts annual party

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Five of six Polk County Board candidates field questions and comments by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The public had a chance to meet most of the nonincumbent Polk County Board of Supervisor candidates on Wednesday, March 14, at the Polk County Government Center, as they talked a little about themselves, their reasons for running and what they would change or keep as the status quo. Of the six nonincumbents, five appeared at the forum: Les Sloper of Milltown in District 6, Tom Engel of St. Croix Falls in District 8, Rick Scoglio of Apple River in District 11, Tom Magnafici of District 16 and Cindy Thorman of Osceola in District 18. Only Jared Cockroft of District 23 was not in attendance. The candidates spent over an hour in front of a small crowd, but they answered several questions about things such as county board size, pay, taxes and general problems facing residents, while also outlining their own qualifications. Most of the candidates are unchallenged, and only one, Scoglio, has been on the board before. But several of the candidates, Scoglio, Sloper and Engel, have held elected seats on municipal boards, including seats in the Town of Apple River, village of Milltown and city of St. Croix Falls, respectively. All the candidates cited their own experience in business or in management, with several of them also noting a general desire to serve the public. “It’s part of my nature to service,” Engel said, stating it went “back to my time as a Boy Scout.” “I believe it’s everybody’s civic duty,” Scoglio said, stating that he only applied to run when the current supervisor

Les Sloper - District 6

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planned his retirement and nobody else stepped up to run. “I waited and nobody else stepped up.” Magnafici mentioned his being raised in an orphanage until he was 14, and how he wanted to “make sure the people on the other end (senior) are taken care of,” he said. “I’m a great believer in spending money wisely.” Thorman said she was asked to run as a challenger and echoed the others reasons for running. “I love serving. I have the time, and I have the interest,” she said. All the candidates cited a need to spend money wisely and also mentioned tax concerns as a top priority, but they did not take stands on particular programs, policy or areas they view as wasteful or excessive. While several of them cited the need to fund state and federally mandated programs first, most of the five candidates seemed to more or less praise several programs, such as the Economic Development Corporation, and also noted a general focus on cutting spending over the coming budgetary cycles. “We’re reaching the point where all of our young people are moving out,” Magnafici said. “We need to make it attractive to (employers) to move in.” That sentiment was also echoed in var-

Rick Scoglio - District 11

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ious ways, with Engel stating that there are “too many government employees of all kinds,” he said. “We need to look at the big picture ... most people are driving to jobs.” All the candidates mentioned their general support for a ballot initiative to reduced the board size from 23 to 15 members, although they were uncertain about appropriate supervisor compensation or how to attract more candidates, since most seats have just one candidate, and a few candidates, such as Scoglio, filed in the final days. But they all seemed to suggest that business attraction was part of the solution for the county’s economic malaise. “We’re all cheerleaders for Polk County,” Magnafici said, later citing what he questioned as controversial highway issues, such as the Hwy. 8 Deer Lake rerouting and other plans he said originated from “morons in Madison.” Thorman cited her support of the Vision 600 effort in Osceola to attract business in lieu of the Polaris reductions, and said there were “lots of good plans for trying to attract people to town ... we just need to get involved.” Scoglio is a convenience store owner and cited unnecessary business regulations, ranging from gasoline and fuel tank

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standards to insurance demands, permits and more as disincentives. “Business has to either pass it on (costs of permitting) or eat it,” Scoglio said. “It’s very discouraging to start a business.” Sloper noted the loss of small-town grocery stores as an example of lost focus. “We have incentives to help them get started, but after that there’s little help,” he said. Engel reiterated his support for the EDC and said it was common for business owners to get frustrated over regulations and costs, at all levels, noting that Polk County government was now the county’s biggest employer. He suggested combining several departments, but also gave credit to the county recycling center and highway departments as examples of things that work well. Scoglio mentioned the swelling cost of human services as “most of the $59 million county budget ... and there’s not a lot of wiggle room,” he said with a shrug. “Unfortunately, the nice programs are the ones that are going to get cut out.” The candidates are all up for election in the Tuesday, April 3, election, as are all county board seats.

Armed robbery suspect hides in tree Authorities cut down tree after suspect appeared to harm himself SIREN - At 3:56 p.m. last Wednesday, March 14, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department learned of an alleged armed robbery on Connors Bridge Road near CTH A north of Webster, in the Town of Meenon. The victim reported that upon arriving home, a male and a female were inside of his residence, and that the male suspect threatened him with a knife, demanding

money and the victim’s wallet and cell phone. The victim was not injured. The suspects fled the scene in a van which was located by Burnett County deputies six minutes later in the 5500 block of CTH A, pulling into a driveway. Officers converged to the location where the vehicle was spotted. A female and a child were apprehended shortly after. The female was arrested, and the child was turned over to the custody of relatives. The male suspect ran into the woods and climbed 20 feet up a tree. The Webster Fire Department was called in to help apprehend the suspect, who was reportedly highly agitated and

still armed with a knife. When the suspect appeared to be harming himself, the tree was cut down. After the tree was halfway down, the suspect fell out of the tree onto his back. An ambulance crew was at the scene and treated the suspect. The following law enforcement agencies assisted in the search for and apprehension of the robbery suspects: Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Siren Police, Webster Police and St. Croix Tribal Police. The Webster Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance also provided assis-

tance at the scene. The suspect has not been publically identified as the incident is still under investigation. A bail hearing was held on Monday, March 19, but the suspect did not post the bail set at the hearing and remains in custody. No charges will be filed until the sheriff’s department finishes its investigation. An initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28. The Leader Web site ( will be featuring any updates to this story. - information from the Burnett County Circuit Court, Sheriff’s Department and the Siren Police report

Small claims case to be heard on “Judge Judy” SIREN - A Burnett County 2010 small claims case, Pamela J. Marcyan, Frederic, versus Tyler Hayes, Webster, will be hard by Judge Judy. Both parties in the case informed the Burnett County Clerk of Circuit Court that the case will be decided on

Wreath rage It started right around my birthday in January and, as the weeks passed, it just kept building. I tried to ease my annoyance with making a few comments as I drove by, but this past weekend as the temps hit the high 70s, my disdain hit critical mass. Those dangling, dried-out, decaying displays adorning too many doors were driving me crazy. Driving me to wreath rage. My first impulse was to walk up and start ripping every one I saw down but, on second thought, I decided to just shoot them. So I got out my camera and started snapping away. Then I stopped. Surely others had noticed and were as annoyed as I was seeing them still hanging around. Would exposing them in print really prompt any action? I wonder if people really think keeping

the “Judge Judy” show. According to the complaint, Tyler was reportedly goofing around in Marcyan’s daughter’s car and reportedly tried to jump out the window instead of using the door. In the process, he allegedly broke


Bauer Leader staff writter this specifically seasonal stuff up long after the holidays are over is attractive, because I find it anything but. Hello, it’s almost the end of March. It’s over. Move on! Now friends of mine will tell you that making that statement is a departure from my usual MO. I’m the one known for having a hard time letting go of anything. Whether it’s worn-out wear or weathered relationships, I’ve been known to hang on to them all. I tell people it’s because I’m a writer that I need to save all the scraps of scribbled notes, letters from long ago, and pieces of pages extracted from magazines

the windshield. The cost to replace the windshield is $194. Judge Judy, aka Judge Judith Sheindlin, is a retired supervising judge with the New York City Family Court and has been deciding cases on her show since 1996. and newspapers. At least I do my best to keep my resources, aka refuse, filed and piled away (for future use). But those pathetic pine wreaths, their greenery ever gone, their once red bows now tattered and tinted to a pitiful pink, are hanging in plain view. And it’s not just faded foliage; some seem to have an unexplainable attachment to their holiday lights, too. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But he comes in December so he won’t really need your lights blinking to guide him to your house for another seven or eight months. And don’t even try to give me the “They’re winter lights” excuse. News flash, winter’s been so over for so long. Why can’t people get it? Holiday lights shine at a special time of the year, that’s what makes them special. By keeping the lights on too long they become ordinary, and ordinary becomes boring, and after boring comes annoying,

The show is produced in Los Angeles, Calif. - Sherill Summer

and after annoying comes . . . well you get where I’m going with this. But hey, I’m starting to feel better now. My rage seems to have dissipated. They do say writing about something that’s bothering you is good therapy. I’m even feeling inspired to start removing some of the real and emotional clutter from my own life. As for you holiday hangers-on (and you know who you are) a spring spruceup (or should I say spruce-down) is way overdue. But if you do find yourself in wreath withdrawal, desperately desiring a decoration on your door, good news, another holiday fav will be hopping down the trail soon. Just try not to keep the big inflatable bunny and baskets of plastic eggs out until it’s time to hang the red, white and blue Fourth of July banners. I’m just saying, animal lover that I am, I wouldn’t want to come down with a case of rabbit rage.


Unity student named KARE 11 Academic All-Star Senior Brittany Thomforda surprised by camera crew in class by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Members of the Unity High School band were surprised when a camera crew from KARE 11 News walked into class Tuesday morning, March 20. No one, however, was more surprised than senior Brittany Thomforda, who was the reason the crew was there. Unbeknownst to Thomforda, her mother had nominated her as a KARE 11 Academic All-Star. Only key staff knew she had been named to receive the honor and that the film crew would be there Tuesday morning. KARE 11 Sunrise anchor Tim McNiff presented Thomforda with a mock check for $111 from TruStone Financial in recognition of the award. She was wired with a microphone, taped during the remainder of her time in band, interviewed for the broadcast that will be aired on KARE 11 Sunrise and followed into calculus class. The story is expected to air Monday, April 2, at 6:10 a.m. and 5:20 p.m., said McNiff. To be named a KARE 11 Academic AllStar requires that someone fill out an application to nominate the individual. The award recognizes academic achievement, involvement in school and community activities, honors and awards received, and leadership qualities. In interviewing Thomforda in the school media center, McNiff brought out that she has a 4.0 grade-point average and is ranked number 1 in her class. She has been named co-valedictorian for the Class of 2012, with plans to attend UW-Superior to pursue a career in secondary math education. “I love school,” she told McNiff. “I want to teach high schoolers, and math

Unity senior Brittany Thomforda was surprised Tuesday morning, March 20, when Tim McNiff and a cameraman from KARE 11 Sunrise came into the band room to say she was named a KARE 11 Academic All-Star. Proud band instructor Adam Bever, standing, told the band that he had a hard time keeping the event secret. has always come easy to me.” Other things seem to come easy, as well. Thomforda has been a National Honors student for two years, took a first at state solo and ensemble for a piece on her alto

Unity’s Brittany Thomforda and KARE 11 Sunrise anchor Tim McNiff with a mock check for $111 from TruStone Financial. Thomforda will receive the real check as a result of being named a KARE 11 Academic All-Star. In addition, her name and those of all this year’s Academic AllStars will be included in a drawing for $1,111 that will take place in May. – Photos by Mary Stirrat clarinet, is a star athlete on the basketball, volleyball and softball teams, is president of the National Honors Society and has been vice president of her 4-H club, secretary of the band, secretary of student council and youth vice president of the Polk County 4-H Leaders Federation. She is involved in hr church, and enjoys photography and home furnishing projects.

The daughter of Carl and Lisa Thomforda, Brittany has a sister, Sierra, who is a sophomore, and a brother, Jacob, who is a 2010 graduate of Unity High School. Being named a KARE 11 Academic AllStar, she said, is an honor, and she is pleased that the efforts she has made through the years were recognized.

KARE 11 Sunrise anchorman Tim McNiff interviews Unity senior Brittany Thomforda for a An unusual sight in the Unity band room, a crew from KARE 11 films senior Brittany Thomsegment expected to air at 6:10 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Monday, April 2. With cameraman John forda as she is recognized as a KARE 11 Academic All-Star. Thomforda, front left, was nomiDrilling doing the filming, Thomforda was asked about her academic success, involvement in nated for the award by her mother. Standing are Unity band instructor Adam Bever, KARE 11 sports, job, school and community activities, and future plans. cameraman John Drilling and KARE 11 Sunrise anchorman Tim McNiff.

KARE 11 Sunrise anchor Tim McNiff, right, and cameraman John Drilling arrive at Unity After being recognized as a KARE 11 Academic All-Star, alto clarinetist Brittany Thomforda Schools Tuesday morning, March 20, to present an Academic All-Star Award to a student. was wired with a mike and filmed as she continued with band class.





Unity competes in first track meet of the season by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer EAU CLAIRE – The weather couldn’t be more perfect for getting the spring sports season under way, yet the Unity track team didn’t need to rely on the weather in Eau Claire on Friday, March 16. The Eagle boys and girls competed at the Tomahawk Indoor Invitational and finished near the middle of the pack in most events among 10 different teams, including Black River Falls, Medford, StanleyBoyd, Barron, Tomahawk, Stratford, Durand, Fall Creek and Hayward. In the team rankings, the Unity girls took fifth overall and the Unity boys

placed seventh. In the field events there were two girls who placed first for the Eagles, including Jenna Christensen in the triple jump, with a distance of 30 feet, 21/2 inches. Emily Gross took first place in the shot put with a distance of 33 feet, 8 inches. Christensen also took fifth overall in the girls high jump. Kayla Bramson was fifth overall in the 55-meter hurdles, and the Unity 4x200-meter relay team took fifth

overall. Ashley Johnson took third overall in the long jump with a distance of 13 feet, 11 inches. Some of the boys highlights included a fifth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay, and a third place time of 1 minute, 45 seconds for Collin Nelson in the 400-meter run. The Unity boys 4x400 meter relay team took fourth with a time of 4:09.63, and Colton Sorensen took fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet. The next meet for the Eagles is scheduled for Friday, March 30, at UW-Stout.

All-conference boys and girls basketball teams announced

The West Lakeland boys basketball team from the 2011-12 season includes front row (L to R): Andrew Brown, Murdock Smith and Elijah Hinze of Siren. Middle row: John Denny of Luck, and Michael Tesch, Adam Chenal and Waylon Buck of Frederic. Back row: Steven Kruger and Brady Turner of Unity, and Nolan Hanson and Daniel Biorn of Grantsburg. Not pictured, Josh Baer of Webster. – Photos by Lori Nelson

The 2011-12 West Lakeland girls basketball team was announced recently. The team includes front row (L to R): Jessica Rademacher, Sydney Geisness and Sarah Petznick of St. Croix Falls, and Carly Larson, Macy Hanson and Sam Schwieger of Grantsburg. Back row, Brittany Thomfohrda and Shauna Jorgenson of Unity; Avery Steen, Luck; Maria Miller, Frederic; and Liz Brown of Siren. Not pictured, Corissa Schmidt of Frederic.

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••• WINONA, Minn. – The Winona State Warriors softball season is well under way, and with a 19-2 record during the NTC spring games, the team appears ready for conference action. Former Pirate Michelle Lund is still pitching for the Warriors, and as a sophomore, she saw action in a closing role of a 13-3 win over Millersville in Orlando, Fla., on March 12. Lund worked two innings of relief allowing one hit, one run, a walk and one strikeout. Winona State will play its third conference game of the season at Crookston in a doubleheader Saturday, March 24. ••• GRINNELL, Iowa. – The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team finished their season with a 30-2 record after earning a trip to the NCAA Division 3 Final Four. The Tommies lost a tough game to Illinois Wesleyan before taking third place with a win over the top-ranked Amherst College. The Tommies posted the most wins by any men’s or women’s basketball team at St. Thomas, and among those on the roster this season was freshman Carly Emery of Siren, who got her first taste of the collegiate postseason. She will no doubt try to leave her mark as others have done at St. Thomas in the next three years. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – The Wisconsin versus Syracuse men’s NCAA playoff game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 5 p.m., on Thursday, March 22. If Wisconsin wins, their game against the winner of Ohio State versus Cincinatti will also be broadcast on 1260 AM. The Brewers versus White Sox game on Saturday, March 24, the LA Dodgers vs. Brewers game on Sunday, March 25, and the Brewers vs. Arizona preseason baseball game on Wednesday, March 28, can all be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 3 p.m. The Saturday, March 24, Twins versus Tampa Bay game can be heard on 104.9 FM, beginning at 2 p.m. The Sunday, March 25 game between the Twins and St. Louis, and Twins versus Tampa Bay game on Monday, March 26, can both be heard 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 ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Eighth-Annual All-Leader Boys Basketball Team by Marty Seeger and Greg Marsten Leader staff writers FREDERIC – It was a year of triumph and upset not only in the West Lakeland boys basketball conference, but all through the state of Wisconsin in high school boys basketball. It made for an interesting season, and may be a sign of a new era, beginning with the Frederic Vikings, who earned their first regional championship in nearly 30 years over heavily favored Siren. Coach Ryan Lind deserves a nod for Leader Land Coach of the Year, and hopefully the Vikings tradi-

tion of winning continues. This year’s All-Leader Boys Basketball Team is loaded with talent, and as usual, those selected to the first and second teams were difficult, but telling signs of what’s to come next winter. Of the 16 athletes selected, only four will be back next season. Three of those four are from Luck, which says a lot about what coach Rick Giller will have to work with next year. Some teams will lose a lot of talent, but it won’t be long before they’re back in the spotlight again, to give Leader Land sports fans reason to cheer once again.

Honorable Mentions Frederic Jayce den Hoed, Ian Lexen

Siren Evan Oachs, William Haines

Grantsburg Connor Myers, Zack Arnold

Unity Brandon McKenzie, Xavier Foeller

Luck Dylan LeMay, Evan Armour

Webster Cody Isaacson, Taylor Heinz

St. Croix Falls Ben Clausen, Andrew Erickson

First Team All-Leader selections Name: Waylon Buck School: Frederic Comments: Buck’s ballhandling skills and quickness and acrobatics on his way to the hoop made him one of the area’s best guards. Known for his ability to lead a team on the gridiron as a quarterback, Buck had no troubles assuming a similar role on the basketball court. He led the team in scoring most nights and had the ability to create his own tempo in a game.

Murdock Smith Siren

Waylon Buck Frederic Name: Brady Turner School: Unity Comments: Known as one of the area’s best shooting guards, Turner could blow a game wide open if he was on fire from beyond the arc, which happened on several occasions throughout the season. Turner was an inside threat too, and could power his way to the basket. His decision making and leadership on the court helped lead the Eagles to another winning season.

Name: Murdock Smith School: Siren Comments: The Dragon senior was an exciting defender and breakaway master again this season, averaging nearly 17 points per game as well as being a key part of the amazing Dragon superforce. His ability to cover in the open court and consistently deadly shooting made him a solid part of a truly exciting and memorable Siren squad, and few players were more feared in the open court.

Name: John Denny: School: Luck Comments: The towering Luck junior was one of the Cardinal breakouts this season, averaging over 14 PPG, nine boards and the ability to fend off almost all defenders with his keen shooting - anywhere in the Few players paint. emerged as strongly or have a prettier shooting stroke, begging the obvious question all season of where he was last year.

John Denny Luck

Brady Turner Unity

Elijah Hinze Siren

Adam Chenal Frederic

Name: Eli Hinze School: Siren Comments: The West Lakeland’s leading scorer with 18.3 PPG, Hinze is a natural all-around force with one of the deadliest outside shots in the conference, which culminated in over 1,000 career points and an ability to shoot on the fly that often left his opponents winded and broken down. competitive style His helped the Dragons dominate the conference all season.

Name: Adam Chenal School: Frederic Comments: Chenal had the ability to carry the Vikings on his back in several key wins this season, including a postseason win over Washburn in which he had 19 points and eight coming in overtime. He’s a fierce competitor who created havoc on defense yet grace offensively, and the best part is he’ll be back for another season to try to lead the Vikings on another memorable postseason run.

Andrew Brown Siren

Name: Andrew Brown: School: Siren Comments: Flat out the best rebounder in the conference and a strong scoring machine on the follow-up, the 6-foot-6 senior Brown also broke the 1,000-point career mark and was a feared, steady opponent at every level. He averaged almost 16 PPG and nearly 10 rebounds per game in the process. His tenacity and strong work ethic became legendary and will be missed next season.

Name: Daniel Biorn School: Grantsburg Comments: Biorn was a key contributor defensively but his ability to handle the ball and knock down 3point shots were his biggest strengths. Biorn had as many as 28 points against Luck earlier in the season and consistently averaged more than a dozen points every game. His ability to shoot, and leadership roles will be missed next year.

Daniel Biorn Grantsburg

All-Leader Second Team

Seth Coy Grantsburg

Kyle Hunter Luck

Name: Seth Coy School: Grantsburg Comments: When teams came to play the Pirates this season, one of the ways they tried shutting them down was to take out their bigs, which were Coy and teammate David Ohnstad. It didn’t happen a lot this season, as Pirates conference record showed, but it also didn’t stop Coy from pulling down key rebounds on both offense and defense. He was tough under the basket on both ends of the floor.

Name: Kyle Hunter School: Luck Comments: The junior Hunter emerged as a capable defender, strong court leader and do-everything player who made everyone better. While his numbers varied, he always contributed to the Luck effort and worked as hard as any player on both ends of the court, without exception. His nose for the basket and strong play in the paint were exceptional and noteworthy.

Michael Tesch Frederic

Nolan Hanson Grantsburg

Name: Michael Tesch School: Frederic Comments: Tesch spent much of his offseason working on his game and it paid huge dividends this season. When he contributed big on offense, the Vikings were a force to be reckoned with. He used his size and athleticism to create offense under the basket but, occasionally, Tesch was able to open his game outside and could knock down the 3-pointer if needed.

Name: Nolan Hanson School: Grantsburg Comments: Hanson kind of flew under the radar last season during the Pirates memorable trip to the state tournament. He was a key contributor, nonetheless, but assumed a key leadership role in 2011-12, leading the Pirates in scoring on most nights, while stepping up the pressure defensively. Hanson could shoot from beyond the arc as good as anyone in the conference and will be tough to replace next season.

Name: Karsten Petersen School: Luck Comments: The 6-foot-4 sophomore Petersen was another Cardinal breakout this season. He has a natural style, acrobatic shooting ability and across-theboard talent that showed at every turn, earning him over nine PPG and notoriety as a true weapon for a squad that should be exciting for several years to come.

Karsten Petersen Luck

Josh Baer Webster

David Ohnstad Grantsburg Name: Josh Baer School: Webster Comments: It wasn’t an easy year for the Webster boys basketball team, but Baer shined most nights as Webster’s leading scorer. Baer was tough to stop and averaged more than 10 points per game under a coaching style that tended to slow the game down. Baer carried several different roles on the team. He could shoot, post up and control the ball at the top of the key.

Steven Kruger Unity

Name: David Ohnstad School: Grantsburg Comments: Ohnstad was a serious threat under the basket for the Pirates and teams tried continuously all season long to shut him and teammate Seth Coy down. There’s no doubt Ohnstad was a difference maker in every game and his average of more than eight points per game and rebounding ability will be missed next season. He had a great career with the Pirates that included a memorable run to state in 2011. Name: Steven Krueger School: Unity Comments: Krueger really emerged last year as a true weapon, and the senior forward did it again this year. Averaging over eight PPG, his deft shooting touch, solid defense, rebounding follow-up and unselfish play made the Eagles a strong, exciting ticket this year. His ability and tenacity will be missed by fans next fall, but he made his team better and was notably difficult to defend.

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Eighth-Annual All-Leader Girls Basketball Team by Marty Seeger and Greg Marsten Leader staff writers FREDERIC – Area girls basketball team’s suffered difficult endings to their seasons yet none of them went quietly in 2012. After an amazing undefeated conference championship finish, the Saints were the only West Lakeland team to play for a regional title, yet fell to Bloomer in a heartbreaker that they nearly won after being shut down in the first half, while trailing by 10 or more points until the fourth quarter. St. Croix Falls will be back strong

again next season despite losing some leadership and will again compete for the conference crown, along with Siren, Frederic, Luck, Unity and Webster. Of the 16 athletes chosen for first and second team, 10 of girls will be back next season, making the competition even better, and it should make for even stronger teams. There are also 10 athletes on the list of honorable mentions who will be back next season as well. Gratitude is extended to all of the athletes, and coaches for making 2011-12 another exciting year of basketball.

Honorable Mentions Frederic Emily Byerly, Kendra Mossey

Siren Carly Good, Kyaisha Kettula

Grantsburg Nicole McKenzie, Kylie Pewe

Unity Sarah Bader, Shay Nelson

Luck Maia Lehmann, Taylor Joy

Webster Chelsea Larson, Stefani Wamboldt

St. Croix Falls Natalie Sempf, Alexis Erickson

First Team All-Leader selections

Avery Steen Luck

Corissa Schmidt Frederic

Name: Avery Steen School: Luck Comments: Steen is the best female basketball player in the region, and while she was keyed upon all season, she still managed over 22 points per game and made the rest of her Cardinals better in so many ways, not the least of which by opening the court. Nobody is deadlier on a breakaway, and she can shoot from seemingly everywhere on the court, maybe even from the locker room.

Name: Corissa Schmidt School: Frederic Comments: One of the only times you saw Schmidt on the bench this season was during a time-out or if she was in foul trouble, and that was rare. Schmidt is one of the top three guards in the West Lakeland Conference and finished her career with over 400 rebounds and 771 points. She averaged 16 points per game, led the team in rebounds, was team captain and a true leader on and off the court.

Maria Miller Frederic

Sarah Petznick St. Croix Falls

Name: Maria Miller School: Frederic Comments: With over 500 career rebounds to her credit, 714 points scored and doing all of it in just three varsity basketball seasons, there’s no denying that Miller left a lasting mark on the Frederic Vikings basketball team. As a true post player, Miller dominated the inside game and was one of the team’s leading scorers most nights. She had several double-doubles in her career as well.

Name: Sarah Petznick School: St. Croix Falls Comments: As a four-year starter, Petznick only got better throughout her career with the Saints. The scoring guard will continue her basketball career at UW-Superior and helped lead the Saints to an undefeated conference championship season. She averaged over 12 points per game, had the second most rebounds with 119, and could play a mean defense while still being able to run the offense when needed.

Carly Larson Grantsburg

Brittany Thomfohrda Unity

Name: Carly Larson School: Grantsburg Comments: Larson was a fierce competitor who didn’t take kindly to losing. She was the all-around player that coaches love to coach. She was smart on offense and defense and came through with several clutch performances. She averaged over 15 points per game and could be counted on to do anything on the court, whether it was shooting free throws, rebounding or leading by example.

Name: Brittany Thomfohrda School: Unity Comments: Unity was as competitive as they’ve been in years, and a big part of that was because of lone Eagle senior Thomfohrda. Few players do everything as capably on both ends of the court. A presence and steady leader all season, she averaged over 16 PPG with solid numbers across the board. She represented the Class of 2012 well and was the obvious Unity MVP.

Name: Sydney Geisness School: St. Croix Falls Comments: Geisness led the Saints in nearly every category this season, with nearly 13 points per game and 162 rebounds. She shot 53 percent from the field and was a key cog in the Saints undefeated conference championship season. The best part is that Geisness has yet another year to improve on her career best season, as she’s only a junior.

Sydney Geisness St. Croix Falls Name: Liz Brown School: Siren Comments: The 5-foot-9inch junior used her size, timing and eye for the ball well, and seemed to be a part of every Dragon play in the paint this season. A true force inside, she averaged over 11 points per game and has a knack for collecting rebounds, with solid defense and unselfish play all around.

Liz Brown Siren

All-Leader Second Team

Jaimee Buck Luck

Jessica Rademacher St. Croix Falls

Name: Jaimee Buck School: Luck Comments: The junior Buck became another strong Cardinal force as the season progressed. She was a true spark plug and leader, who always kept her teammates chins up and her head down in the paint. While she didn’t always have the big numbers, she earned the respect of all opponents and is a strong, unselfish all-around player who also benefited from defensive keying on Avery Steen.

Name: Jessica Rademacher School: St. Croix Falls Comments: She has the athleticism, tenacity and drive of a senior, but is only a sophomore. Rademacher is a strong forward who isn’t afraid of contact, and could be one of the area’s best in the next two years. She averaged over eight points per game and had 155 rebounds; seven boards shy of teammate Sydney Geisness. Both will bring a lot of talent and experience to the Saints next season.

Shauna Jorgenson Unity

Sam Schwieger Grantsburg

Name: Shauna Jorgenson School: Unity Comments: Jorgenson showed her strength and focus to Unity fans at every opportunity. Averaging over 14 PPG, she often kept her team in games with her defense and quick capitalizing on turnovers. She’s a speedy, capable and focused wild card. Her defense and ability to score quickly kept Eagle opponents on their heels. The talented junior is sure to be a solid force again next season.

Name: Sam Schwieger School: Grantsburg Comments: The junior guard was a serious outside threat and could bury a 3-pointer with the best this area had to offer. Left unguarded, Schwieger could make a team pay in a hurry, as she could blow a game wide open with her shooting accuracy. She handled the ball well, was second on the team in scoring, averaging over 12 points per game yet scored more than 20 on several occasions this season.

Name: Caitlyn Olson School: St. Croix Falls Comments: Olson was a true point guard who could control the tempo of the game, and was a threat from 3-point range. When she wasn’t running the Saints offense she was creating it, and was a key component to the Saints starting core this season, and the previous three seasons. Olson averaged over seven points per game and played solid defense.

Caitlyn Olson St. Croix Falls

Name: Jenni Holdt School: Luck Comments: The freshman Holdt blossomed with Avery Steen’s double coverage, and her rebounding helped keep the Cards in the action longer than they deserved, at times. She is a capable player in every situation, and plays older than her ninth-grade experience. She not only collected plenty of boards, she racked up almost eight PPG in the process.

Jenni Holdt Luck Name: Macy Hanson School: Grantsburg Comments: Hanson is a tough competitor who averaged over eight points per game and was third on the list of leading scorers on the Pirates basketball team. She wasn’t afraid to take control of the offense or scrap for a rebound, and will likely help lead the team to success in years to come as she’s only a sophomore.

Macy Hanson Grantsburg

Name: Brittany Coulter School: Siren Comments: Her defense and never-give-up play outshined her long-distance prowess this season, as opponents learned their lesson from the past and keyed on her at the perimeter, making her rush her shot at times. But the speedy Coulter remains as one of the better all-around athletes in the West Lakeland and promises to be a strong Siren senior next year.

Brittany Coulter Siren

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Fun times at (possibly) final Madison state hoop tourney When another Saturday night, March 17, phone call came through from a State Street bistro around 11:15 p.m. and the would-be recipient opted to feign sleep rather than field the call, THE SPORTS it was clear that those on the Madison scene were having the usual good times in our capital city. Sadly, family matters caused this writer to forego the event for only the eighth time since 1974, but thanks to an Internet video stream and regular updates from attendees, at least one finger remained on the tournament pulse. Despite private school dominance in Divisions 4 and 5, locals who attended the WIAA state tourney seemed to consider the event to be the usual marquee attraction. Much of the buzz centered around the performances of future UW Badgers Zak Showalter of Germantown and Sam Dekker of Sheboygan Lutheran who lifted their teams to championships

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A R E A Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Night No-Tap Mixed Standings: Jeff’s Team 38, Happy Campers 30, Chuck’s Team 28, Long Shots 25.5, Packer Backers 24, Late Comers 21, Knaubers 20.5, No Names 20. Men’s games (Handicap): Don Swanson (PB) 277, Chuck Kruse (CT) 268 & 267. Men’s series (Handicap): Chuck Kruse (CT) 778, Don Swanson (PB) 760, Len Kanuber (K) 736. Women’s games (Handicap): Jan Kruse (CT) 234, Deb Mattson (PB) 230, Gwen Larson (HC) 211. Women’s series (Handicap): Jan Kruse (CT) 595, Yvonne Snyder (HC) 584, Deb Mattson (PB) 574. Team games (Handicap): Chuck’s Team 888, Packer Backers 843, Chuck’s Team 788. Team series (Handicap): Packer Backers 2538, Chuck’s Team 2423, Happy Campers 2212. Monday Afternoon Senior Standings: Hummingbirds, Eagles, Bears, Night Hawks, Vultures, Badgers, Swans. Men’s games (Handicap): Duane Doolittle & Max Simon 224, Dick Coen 219. Men’s series (Handicap): Dale Johnson 587, Max Simon 580, Roger Messer 579. Women’s games (Handicap): Kathy Underwood 206, Sandy Bannie 203, Lila Larson 202. Women’s series (Handicap): Sandy Bannie & Joan Anderson 559, Marge Traun 558. Team games (Handicap): Swans 774, Vultures 773, Night Hawks 767. Team series (Handicap): Eagles 2215, Swans 2177, Vultures 2163. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 102, Yellow Lake Lodge 96, Bottle Shop 82, Frandsen Bank & Trust 52, Pioneer Bar 48.5, House of Wood 48.5. Individual games: Ed Bitler 268, Dale Frandsen 248, Gene Ackland 245. Individual series: Ed Bitler 739, Dale Frandsen 700, Chris Olson 643. Team games: Great Northern Outdoors 688, Yellow Lake Lodge 626, Bottle Shop & Frandsen Bank & Trust 608. Team series: Great Northern Outdoors 1959, Yellow Lake Lodge 1870, Bottle Shop 1711. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x = 268 & 6x = 245. Games 50 or more above average: Ed Bitler 268 (+58); Dale Frandsen 248 (+56); Curtis Renfroe 239 (+52). Series 100 or more above average: Ed Bitler 739 (+109); Gene Ackland 700 (=100). Wednesday Night Early Standings: A-1 Machine 32, Cummings Lumber 29, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 28, Lewis Silo 23, Pioneer Bar 22, Skol Bar 21, Larsen Auto Center 19, Bye Team 1. Individual games: Don Swanson (CL) 257 & 242, Brett Daeffler (DQM) 236. Individual series: Don Swanson (CL) 657, Brett Daeffler (DQM) 641, Milt Daeffler (LAC) 593. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 967, Cummings Lumber 960, Skol Bar 939. Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2722, Cummings Lumber 2666, Lewis Silo 2587. Thursday Early Standings: Kinetico 28, Fab Four 26.5,



in Division 1 and 5 respectively, with Dekker recording 40 points in a dazzling display in Saturday’s final. Old-timers who remember the Upper St. Croix Valley Conference will remember the name of Amery athlete Peter Kittel. Kittel is currently the longtime head football and head basketball coach at Brillion, which won the Division 3 crown last Saturday. And how about Cuba City coach Jerry Pettigoue? When his team won their semifinal game Thursday night, it was his 818th career victory, including 756 at Cuba City. It appears that our local milestone-achieving coaches such as Marty Messar, Rick Giller, Jeff Roberts, Jon Ruud, Troy Wink and Ryan Karsten have some ground to make up before they catch Pettigoue. (Although, no one should sell Messar short.) Grantsburg’s Johnson shines in 2012 debut Former Pirate and current Honker Kevin Johnson hurled a complete game shutout for his UW-La Crosse team last week down in Arizona. The 11-0 victory came against Wesleyan (CT) College. UW-L returned from their annual spring trip with an 8-4 record overall as they prepare to begin WIAC action. Meanwhile, ex Unity standout Brady Flaherty is listed as a freshman catcher on the always-formidable UW-Oshkosh roster. St. Croix Falls Matt Vold is on the


Concordia (St. Paul) baseball team. Be sure to follow these players progress through the season via their respective school’s athletic Web sites.

Unity coaching tenure before yielding his mentorship to one of his former players and proteges, Shaun Fisher, a few years ago. In his high school days, Anderson made his mark as a long-range sharpshooting guard for St. Croix Falls (hence the nickname “Downtown Denny” and along with his backcourt mate Brian “Chopper” LaMirande helped the Saints to a sectional finals appearance back when the Spooner Sectional was truly a big-time event in Northwest Wisconsin. Thankfully, “Downtown Denny” will remain in the local sporting fray thanks to his multimedia efforts via both the pen and the microphone.

Cottontail crash causing concern How soon they forget. The same gardeners (and hunters) who as recently as two or three years ago were cursing the apparent overabundance of rabbits are now wringing their hands over the dearth of the critters. One surefire indicator of the bunny’s population crash was the absence of rabbit meat on the menu at this winter’s wild game sampler at a local hunting shack. With their long breeding season typically beginning in February, it would seem we should soon be seeing rabbits on the roadsides and field edges. Rumors abound as to the cause of the population collapse, ranging from tularemia to distemper, to coyotes, and of course, to the perennial “whipping boy of predators,” also known as the omnipresent fisher.

Early spring If one lives to be 110 years he (or she) isn’t likely to find many March 20 mornings like Tuesday when he (or she) could step outside in a T-shirt and shorts with a cup of coffee in hand and hear grouse drumming and turkey gobbles interspersed with a cacophony of spring peeper frogs in the background. There will be no excuse not to plant your potatoes by Good Friday this spring. Meanwhile, anglers are wondering if prespawn panfish action will be earlier than usual. As always, astute outdoorspeople will be keeping their eyes and ears peeled for Mother Nature’s clues. John Ryan may be reached at

“You can always go ... Downtown” There was a great deal of sadness and consternation when longtime Unity educator and consensus (though currently unofficial) Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association hall-of-famer “Downtown” Dennis Anderson retired from his teaching post at UHS earlier this winter. Anderson, of course, coached the Eagles to four conference titles during his


Red Iron Studios 21, Grindell Law Offices 19.5, Hell Raisers 19.5, American Family Siren 19.5, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 14, Wikstrom Construction 8. Individual games: Don McKinney (FF) 266, Ed Bitler (RIS) 246, Bryce Daeffler 245. Individual series: Don McKinney (FF) 708, Ed Bitler (RIS) 678, Dave Grindell (GLO) 676. Team games: Red Iron Studios 622, Grindell Law Offices 622, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 614. Team series: Grindell Law Offices 1796, Fab Four 1738, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1684. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Derek Ayd 6x = 209; Bryce Daeffler 5x = 245; Dave Grindell 5x = 237; Don McKinney 7x = 266; Ed Bitler 5x = 246. Games 50 or more above average: Bryce Daeffler 245 (+57); Brandon Dahl 190 (+50); Dave Grindell 237 (+59); Travis McKenzie 211 (+57); Don McKinney 266 (+61). Series 100 or more above average: Brandon Dahl 524 (+122); Dave Grindell 676 (+142). Others: 700 series: Don McKinney 708. Splits converted: 3-10: Mike Sullivan, Mark Bohn. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 26, Fisk Trucking 25, Hansen Farms Inc. 18.5, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 18.5. Men’s games: Eugene Wynn Jr. 267, Oliver Baillargeon 231, Dale Frandsen 230. Men’s series: Eugene Wynn Jr. 666, Oliver Baillargeon 614, Dale Frandsen 610. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 182, Rhonda Bazey 169. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 507, Rhonda Bazey 446. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 981, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 826, Stotz & Company 820. Team series: Hansen Fams Inc. 2696, Stotz & Company 2384, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2326. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Junque Art 56, Meyer’s Plus 56, Frederic Design 51, The Leader 50, Pioneer Bar 42, Pin Heads 39, SKM 36. Individual games: Karen Carlson & Melinda Linke 203, Dorothy Barfknecht 198. Individual series: Gail Linke 535, Karen Carlson 526, Cindy Denn 511. Team games: SKM 680, Pin Heads 659, The Leader 636. Team series: SKM 1840, Pin Heads 1813, Junque Art 1787. Games 50 or more above average: Melinda Linke; Dorothy Barfknecht. Splits converted: 5-7: Linda O’Donnell. 5-10: Jen Ellefson. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: Handicaps 56, Lakers 55, Luck-E 50, Rebel Alliance 50, Skowl 47, Hot Shots 36. Men’s games: Mike Renfroe 256, Ron Skow 236, Mark Bohn 224. Men’s series: Ron Skow 614, Mike Renfroe 581, Eugene Ruhn 572. Women’s games: Linda Giller 214, Rita Bohn 194, Deb Ingram & Heidi Winge 189. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 530, Linda Giller 524, Deb Ingram 516. Team games: Handicaps 906, Lakers 905, Luck-E 899. Team series: Luck-E 2622, Handicaps 2597, Skowl 2512.


McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Metal Products 78.5, Edina Divas 76, Frederic Truck & Tractor 68.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 65, Milltown Appliance 59, McKenzie Lanes 55.5, Alyeska Contracting 49.5, Bye 18. Individual games: Shirley Wilson 202, Toni Sloper 201, Jane Smith 199. Individual series: Jane Smith 504, Toni Sloper 503, Shirley Wilson 498. Team games (Handicap): Milltown Appliance 841. Team series (Handicap): Milltown Appliance 2327. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lane Crashers 96.5, 1 Pin Short 91.5, What the Ek 80, Lemon Heads 68. Men’s games: Kevin Ek 275, Jeff Lehmann 224, Jeff Bringgold 175. Men’s series: Kevin Ek 700, Jeff Lehmann 589, Jeff Bringgold 463. Women’s games: Alisa Lamb 169, Brenda Lehmann 168, Beth Ahlgren 164. Women’s series: Alisa Lamb 470, Jill Brehnke 459, Beth Ahlgren 440. Team games (Handicap): What the Ek 532. Team series (Handicap): What the Ek 1475. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 42.5, Dream Lawn 41, Centurview Park 33, The Cobbler Shop 31.5, McKenzie Lanes 30.5, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 23, The Dugout 22, Steve’s Appliance 16.5. Individual games: Kevin Ek 269, Randie Gustafson 262, Mike Oryan 247. Individual series: Kevin Ek 707, Darren McKenzie 691, Doug Oryan 680. Team games (Handicap): Dream Lawn 1249. Team series (Handicap): Dream Lawn 3660. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Country Gals 146.5, Kassel Tap 129, LC’s Gals 124.5, Trap Rock 116.5, Hauge Dental 114.5, Gutter Dusters 111, Tomlinson Insurance 107.5, Custom Outfitter 102.5. Individual games: Lonnie Stowell 204, Shirley Wilson 200, Denise Donaghue 193. Individual series: Lonnie Stowell 554, Jane Smith 537, Toni Sloper 530. Team games (Handicap): Gutter Dusters 845, Trap Rock 836, Tomlinson Insurance 811. Team series (Handicap): Trap Rock 2382, Tomlinson Insurance 2323, Country Gals 2321. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Davy’s Construction 16, Edina Realty 16, McKenzie Lanes 14, Harvest Moon 13, Tiger Express 12, Reed’s Marina 9, Hanjo Farms 8, Dalles Electricians 8. Individual games: Jason Schultz 268,

R E S U LT S Darren McKenzie 259, Jim Alt 244. Individual series: Jason Schultz 639, Gordy Johnson 632, Darren McKenzie 628. Team games (Handicap): Tiger Express 1040, McKenzie Lanes 986. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 2988, McKenzie Lanes 2873. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: B & K Cousins 57.5, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 50, Pin Busters 45.5, Eureka Bombers 43, The Bald & The Beautiful 42, T-Dawgs 41.5, The In-Laws 32.5, Roller Coasters 28. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 257, Darren McKenzie 253, Roger Fisk & Gene Braund 225. Men’s series: Jeff Lehmann 721, Darren McKenzie 715, Gene Braund 591. Women’s games: Jan Lehmann 184, Brenda Lehmann 183, Lana McKenzie 176. Women’s series: Jan Lehmann 512, Toni Sloper 494, Brenda Lehmann 477. Team games: The Bald & The Beautiful 941, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 918, The InLaws 889. Team series: The Bald & The Beautiful 2637, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 2622, Pin Busters 2553.

Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 178, Becky Reynolds (L) 173, Vicki Tollander (C) 165. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 498, Becky Reynolds (L) 450, Mary Reese (FP) 447. Team games: Larry’s LP 849, Cashco 819, Flower Power 817. Team series: Larry’s LP 2390, Cashco 2378, Flower Power 2361. Wednesday Night Congratulations to Cashco, the league champs! Standings: Cashco 34-14, Zia Louisa’s 33-15, Lions 30-18, Black & Orange 19.524.5, Pheasant Inn 19.5-28.5, Vacant 543. Individual games: Gene Ackland (ZL) 225, Art Bliven (L) 223, Roger Tollander (C) 220. Individual series: Monte Rinnman (C) 584, Gene Ackland (ZL) 559, Ed Phelps (ZL) 547. Team games: Lions 1006, Cashco 939, Zia Louisa’s 914. Team series: Lions 2813, Cashco 2755, Zia Louisa’s 2608.

Black & Orange

Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Boyd’s Outdoor Power 48, Radio Shack 44, Wood River Pharmancy 41.5, Village Hearth 39.5, Grantsburg Sanitary 30, Snow Whites 28. Individual games (Handicap): Kevin Lokker 238, Dennis Hanson 235, Brian Sundby 226. Individual series (Handicap): Dennis Hanson 655, Kevin Lokker 627, Terry Larson 608. Team games (Handicap): Grantsburg Sanitary 992, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 978, Village Hearth 964. Team series (Handicap): Village Hearth 2855, Boyd’s Outdoor Power 2785, Grantsburg Sanitary 2697.

Monday Night Men’s Standings: Glass & Mirror Works 29.518.5, Black & Orange 29.5-18.5, Larry’s LP 28-20, Vacant 9-39. Individual games: Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 244, Mike Zajac (G&MW) 224, Breck Eytcheson (G&MW) 213. Individual series: Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 623, Mike Zajac (G&MW) 596, Breck Eytcheson (G&MW) 549. Team games: Glass & Mirror Works 1020, Black & Orange 965, Larry’s LP 940. Team series: Glass & Mirror Works 2931, Black & Orange 2664, Larry’s LP 2554. TNT Standings: Cashco 33-19, Flower Power 33-19, Larry’s LP 32-20, Vacant 6-46.

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The Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association Presents: The 4th-Annual High School Seniors

All-Star Basketball Games

WISCONSIN vs. MINNESOTA Tuesday, March 27

University of Minnesota, Duluth - Ralph Romano Gymnasium All-Star Girls, 6 p.m. All-Star Boys, 8 p.m. Admission $6.00 Students/Seniors, $8.00 Adults/Pre-K Free Corissa Schmidt Andrew Brown Elijah Hinze


Ashley Lahti Murdock Smith Heather Bowe

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Herd control exempt for Units 16 and 10 in 2012 Deer forum in Grantsburg hosts over 80 people concerned about deer management by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – On Tuesday, March 20, DNR biologists hosted over 80 people at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center in Grantsburg. Hunters were on hand to voice their concern on the deer herd status in management units 16 and 10. Similar deer forums have been held across the state, and will continue through the end of March, to share information on the current status of the deer herd and to show what hunters can expect in 2012. But most importantly, the forums are in place for the public to provide input on the areas in which they live and hunt. “I saw five deer in nine days,” one hunter said, who has been hunting the Burnett County area for 55 years. He said 2011 was by far the worst he’s ever seen. “I didn’t see any,” another frustrated hunter added. Those were the sentiments of everyone in attendance as wildlife biologist Steve

Hoffman handled most of the questions Tuesday evening, but Mike Zeckmeister, DNR northern region wildlife supervisor, and Pete Engman, wildlife supervisor at Crex Meadows, and other DNR staff members were also on hand. Hoffman has been hearing loud and clear what hunters have been saying and realizes that 2011 was a dismal season in DMUs 10 and 16. “There have been better years than this, but there have been worse years too. But lately, yeah this is one of the worst years we’ve probably had in 20 years, especially in Burnett County, there’s no doubt about that,” Hoffman said. Several questioned the need or simply wanted answers for having unlimited $2 antlerless tags last year, but there will be at least some welcomed relief in 2012. The preliminary deer season structure shows that 10 and 16 will be regular DMUs for 2012, meaning limited bonus antlerless permits will be available, for a cost of $12, as opposed to the unlimited $2 tags handed out in 2011. Hoffman explained in length and in detail about how they arrived at the decision to go with $2 unlimited tags last year. Some of it was based on the sex-age-kill formula, and the number of bucks killed in unit 10, in 2010. Other reasons stemmed from the pressure from areas surrounding unit 10 who were already being listed as herd control, and estimates showed those units had goals above their quota levels, which is typically set at 25 deer per square mile. There was

Wetland birds migrating back to Crex GRANTSBURG – Bright reds, oranges and pinks greet the early risers. Not only are the rising sun colors spectacular but so are the sounds accompanying the morning. Geese, ducks, swans, cranes, red-winged blackbirds, and other wetland birds are a common sight and sound on Crex Meadows. The ice is out on Phantom Flowage as well as several of the other small flowages. Head out into Crex Meadows to see for yourself. If an organized program is more your style, check out these upcoming events. The Shakers and Movers 2012 series for March will be 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.

The education and visitor center will be opening on weekends starting on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring cleanup day is Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the visitor center before heading out onto the property to clean up the roadways. If you want to help make Crex Meadows beautiful, call to register. Free lunch will be served afterward. Spring birding tours will begin Saturday, April 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. Registration is required. 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

also talk that registration stations located in herd control units, were getting deer from areas not included in herd control. “The last time we had herd control, unfortunately, what we see is registration numbers go up on all of our surrounding registration stations on the edge of the unit,” said Engman, meaning that some hunters were shooting deer in unit 10 and registering them as herd-control deer shot in unit 16. A considerable amount of time was spent explaining the process in which the DNR arrives at deer herd estimates, particularly with the SAK formula. They also explained the annual population goals and the quotas set to meet those goals in units 10 and 16, much to the dismay of those in attendance who feel there are too many flaws in the SAK system, and DNR population estimates in general. “What your quotas say, and what your statistics say, isn’t what we’re seeing. And it’s time you start listening to us, instead of the legislatures, and these people with these quotas. It’s time to start listening to the hunters,” said one concerned hunter. “It just seems like everything is going the opposite way it should go, and maybe in areas like Buffalo County and some of these other areas it’s different, but what we’re concerned with is what we see and what we have here.” Hoffman said there were perception problems last year with handing out unlimited $2 tags, but that in many cases, more tags mean better success in reaching quota goals for the year. “In unit 10 here we’ve had a really good history of being able to manage deer to goal just by putting tags out there and letting people shoot deer,” Hoffman said. He also stressed the importance of keeping the deer herd in check, and how catastrophic it could be to have too many deer on the landscape. Too many deer leads to overbrowsing of the landscape, and ultimately starvation and a waste of the deer population. He also cited the recent mild winter and the effects it could have on the deer population for better fawn recruitment and overall healthy deer numbers, which could bounce back quickly. “But you can’t bank on that ... More than anything else, you can’t stockpile them. You get too many deer out there, and it’s one bad winter. Really in about two bad months of weather and you can have a real serious impact on the herd,”

DNR wildlife biologist Steve Hoffman addressed concerns about the deer population in units 10 and 16, which cover parts of Burnett and Polk County. – Photo by Marty Seeger said Hoffman. Several other issues were raised during the forum, including the debate between managing public versus private land, the effect wolves, bears and other predators have on deer populations, and the economic impact the area could face with the lack of deer. “The herd has dropped down right to nothing. Why all the doe tags? I used to have six guys at my camp who come from different states. I’m alone (now). Nobody wants to come here and sit for nine days and not see a deer. And I think that’s why you have the turnout tonight, it’s because nobody sees the deer,” said another hunter. The DNR continued to encourage public comments throughout the meeting, and also encouraged those who didn’t attend the meeting to go online and fill out a 2012 deer management unit survey. Visit and type the keyword “forum” to get started.

New Ducks on a Stick display at Crex Meadows GRANTSBURG – With spring in the air and migratory waterfowl returning to the area, Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center has its own new flock of birds on display. Last year through grants from the Natural Resources Foundation Besadny Fund, U.S. Bank of Grantsburg and Polk-Burnett Electric the education center was able to have 24 ducks mounted for use in educational programs. The birds are mounted on dowels with one wing extended as in flight and the other closed up next to its body. With a wing extended the speculum, or unique colored patch on the wing, is visible to aid in waterfowl identification. These mounts

provide both beginning waterfowl hunters and bird-watchers an up-close opportunity to check out field marks to aid their identification of waterfowl. The display also shows the great diversity of waterfowl found in the area. For anyone interested in checking out the new display, the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friends of Crex volunteers will begin staffing the center on weekends for the spring and summer season starting Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ducks on a Stick display at the Crex Meadows Education Center classroom has a variety of different species to observe. – Photos submitted

Sheldon Stedman with a pair of bufflehead ducks at a recent program at the Crex Meadows Visitor Center in Grantsburg.


Veterans listening session brings the future to light by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A veterans listening session drew about two dozen people to the United VFW Post 6856 outside Milltown on Tuesday, March 20, as Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos spoke about changes, challenges, innovations and the candid reality of the challenges for returning combat veterans, how years of war have left us with new challenges. The session was the first of three such forums in the 10th Senate District, and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf addressed the crowd and introduced Scocos, while also noting that Gov. Scott Walker declared 2012 the Year of the Veteran last December. “You really are the ones who made the sacrifices for where we are today,” Harsdorf said. “And not only you, but your families.” Scocos noted Harsdorf’s help in bringing the Wisconsin GI Bill to life, which allows any veteran to pursue the option for up to a doctorate degree, with reimbursements being among the best in the nation. Scocos also credited Polk County Veterans Service Officer Richard Gates for his work as a liaison to local vets to Washington, D.C., and also noted that Gates makes sure that “they spend 100 percent of grant money dedicated to veterans,” Scocos said. “He’s dedicated to those vets and fights for them.” But Scocos was also candid about the serious issues facing returning combat veterans, from employment to mental health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even housing and unique IED injuries. He noted recent changes to allow combat veterans to get license credits for their relevant experience overseas, from EMTs on the front lines as medics, to plumbers and electricians on Navy

Polk County Veterans Service Officer Richard Gates has been a strong liaison and advocate for local veterans benefits, concerns and assistance. He spoke at the listening session about the need to notice the effects of more reliance on Guardsmen and Reservists for overseas combat duty, as well as the growing number of multiple combat tours.

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Nancy and Rich Hess of Burnett County raised serious concerns about returning combat veterans, on top of the exceedingly higher age of combat casualties. “These are grandpas that are dying. That is unacceptable,” Rich Hess said.

“Look at the ages of the casualties ... 50, 55 even 60 years old ... that is scary. These are grandpas that are dying in combat! That just is unacceptable,” - Rich Hess ships. He mentioned that many returning vets are incredibly capable technology experts, but still face job and hiring issues as a top concern. “A lot of employers tell us they want to get vets to work for them, but they don’t have the training tools, “ Scocos said, citing 16 upcoming job fairs exclusively for veterans, with the closest being on Tuesday, March 27, in Eau Claire at the National Guard Armory. The Guard and Reserve changes were also front and center, as both Scocos and Gates, as well as several audience members, mentioned the increasing reliance on those branches of service for repeated tours of combat duty. “We’ll always have vets,” Gates said.

Secretary Scocos and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf presented an Award of Commendation to the United VFW Post No. 6856 on March 20, for their strong local presence and involvement with the community. Pictured (L to R) are: Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Carl Holmgren - commander, United VFW Post No. 6856, Secretary John Scocos, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Teacher recruitment starts amid flood of retirees by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio MILWAUKEE - An expected flood of teacher and principal retirements has schools going on the hunt for new employees. Recruitment is under way in Wisconsin’s largest school district. About one-eighth of the 9,100 in the Milwaukee Public Schools will be eligible to retire in June, and the percentage will go up over the next three years. MPS human resources director Karen Jackson says as other districts also see more retirements triggered by cuts in collective bargaining and school budgets, Milwaukee will be in a statewide fight for

“But in the past, you could be in the Guard or Reserve for 20 years and never get called up. Now? Well, you’re getting called. Sometimes they’re used five or six times for deployment. Why? They’re filling the holes [of active-duty personnel] and when they’re called up that many times, you’re going to have problems.” That sentiment was echoed by Scocos, who has served two tours overseas in war zones and noted the growing concern for returning combat vets, who may have mental health issues that haven’t been seen in the past, due in part to of the multiple tours. “Honestly, mental health issues are going to be one of our biggest challenges in the next 15 years,” Scocos said.

new staff. “We’re worried about being able to attract high-quality candidates to Milwaukee Public Schools, after all we’re competing against everybody else statewide,” she says. Jackson says there are contract flexibilities in Milwaukee that still make teaching financially attractive. Among the dozens of prospective teachers who came to a recruitment kickoff Thursday, March 15, was MPS student teacher Ashley Manthey. “I do want to be comfortable and be able to make a living and support my family, but I knew I wasn’t going to become rich being a teacher,” she says. MPS says it hopes to hire most of its new teachers by June.

Back to the ‘50s FREDERIC – Remember ’57 Chevrolets, poodle skirts, bobby socks, ponytails, the hand jive and of course Elvis Presley? Well, on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Birch Street Elementary, all of that will come alive! Our first-, second- and thirdgraders will be taking a stroll back in time. You’ll hear and see some of the ‘50s greatest singers, songs and dances. So get out your poodle skirts so we can all “bop” back in time. It’s a night you won’t want to miss! This show is directed by Troy Wink and Pat Anderson. - submitted

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos knows firsthand the need for more attention to returning combat veterans, as he has done two tours in Iraq. Others reiterated that concern, some of them quite passionately. “Look at the ages of the casualties ... 50, 55, even 60 years old ... that is scary. These are grandpas that are dying in combat! That just is unacceptable,” stated Rich Hess of Burnett County. Scocos and Gates agreed, and Gates even mentioned that he has one Polk County serviceman who is on his seventh tour of duty overseas. He noted that the “hawks of war” are not who you would always suspect. “I always say that the nice thing about veterans benefits and issues is that they are a purple issue,” Gates said. “It’s not red or blue. People pretty much come together on (veterans) support and issues.” But Scocos also cited the increasing need for the VA to address new challenges, from thousands of women returning from the theater of war for the first time ever, to a real lack of jobs, affordable housing, homelessness and more. He said that the VA home loans are admittedly not as competitive as private banks and cited serious concerns about things like traumatic brain injuries and concussions. “They all have different needs, specific needs and special needs,” Scocos said. “We’re looking at all of those issues too.” Scocos outlined several VA facility changes, expansions and even plans for specialized facilities that are in response to those needs, while also mentioning new ways to communicate the changes to vets in a “language they understand,” which might mean call centers for older vets, and chat rooms, Web sites and emails for younger vets. “I think we’ve done a great job,” he said, “but I know we can always do better. But we need to hear from you.” Scocos admitted that the VA and the government “needs to learn from past mistakes” and correct the foibles and dedicate their efforts even more to welcoming, helping and offering the best services, health care, treatment and employment opportunities to returning and active veterans. “Honestly, we dropped the ball (on Vietnam veterans) and we learned a lot of lessons for today,” Scocos said frankly. “We need to honestly be prepared for the issues facing a postwar generation ... again, we can always do better.” Gates and Scocos both encouraged local veterans to contact them for issues, advice and guidance of all kinds, while also encouraging them to seek help and counseling, if needed. “That’s why we’re here,” Gates said. “I hope we put ourselves out of business!” Scocos said with a smile. “But we can’t do our jobs without hearing from you.”


Committee takes no action to replace Luck police chief by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK – A meeting of the Luck’s Public Protection Committee last week to take steps to replace retiring Police Chief Dan Deiss ended with no recommendation to the village board. The two members of the committee, village President Peter Demydowich and Trustee Kristine King, each came up with a proposal but could not get the other to agree. Their disagreement centered on the process of promoting from within the police department. The village personnel manual states that, while it is not required, efforts will be made to fill vacancies by promotion of present employees. Notice of the vacancy will be posted on the village bulletin boards, with interested employees filing a formal application. In the case of part-time law enforcement officers, the village may select from an eligible pool rather than posting the position. Village ordinances state that the public protection committee will advise the

Luck Public Protection Committee members Peter Demydowich and Kristine King met with retiring Police chief Dan Diess and village Administrator Kristina Handt. – Photo by Mary Stirrat board on matters pertaining to the police department, with the administrator in an advisory role, and that any appointment to the position of police chief must be approved by a majority of the village board. Village attorney Adam Jarchow said that the committee of the whole can make a

recommendation to the board, but that the issue of appointing a new chief “is exactly what a public protection committee would be created to address.” At the Wednesday, March 14, meeting of the public protection committee, Demydowich sought to promote full-time Luck

Officer Monte Tretsven to the position of chief, and promote part-time officer Nick Nelson to full-time officer. The village would then hire a new part-time officer. King did not support his motion to this effect, so the motion died. King then made a motion to post internally, and have Tretsven fill out an application and be interviewed. Demydowich did not second her motion, so the motion died. Village Administrator Kristine Handt pointed out what the ordinance says, adding that out of fairness to the taxpayer she felt the process should be followed. Until a new chief is appointed, she said, Tretsven will step into the duties of chief, and Nelson will step into the duties of the full-time officer. “Why are you so against posting it internally?” King asked Demydowich. He responded that Tretsven has been with the village for 17 years. “I wouldn’t want this done to me,” Demydowich said. “It’s like a slap in the face.” The meeting adjourned with no recommendation to the full village board.

Habitat celebrates ReStore anniversary Workshops, guests and deals highlight event by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The celebrated success of the local Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity and their ReStore’s first year comes to a head this Saturday, March 24, at their retail store in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 8. The recycling home improvement store is offering half off all items, as well as spe-

cialized workshops for everything from flooring to painting to becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner. “Lots of stuff is happening here!” stated HFH executive Director Eric Kube. “There’s lots of money out there for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient, without somebody trying to sell you something.” The ReStore has been a huge success in its first year on the top of the hill in St. Croix Falls, and Kube sees it only getting better. He also noted an appearance by cele-

brated DIY Network TV star Amy Matthews, who will also be at the store from 10-11 a.m., with advice for locals who want to make their homes more efficient, safe or just plain cool. “She was very popular last time, and she agreed to come back,” Kube said. The ReStore event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and is free to attend. It includes free lunch from Subway, while it lasts, with prizes, games and activities for kids and the whole family. Kube and staff will also outline several of their programs, from the recent A Brush

With Kindness program for home repair to building homes for volunteers and how to refinance your existing home without going broke. They also offer free electronics recycling, a DJ and several workshops on everything from window and door installations to Focus on Energy rebate programs. “Efficiency is huge for us,” Kube said. “And Habitat is a giant piece of that.”

and his wife, Jennifer, built a new home in 2006, the basement was built to hold a recording studio. For more see - For full story see Superior Telegram (

Craig Broeren said the loss is being felt especially hard because the 2012 graduating class numbers just 20 students. He said school was in session Friday, but that provisions were made for students to speak with guidance and administrative personnel. - For more, see the Wednesday, March 21, issue of the News-Shield.

Eshleman said. “Still, she had her good days and her bad days. And she kept her sense of humor all along. She was such a stitch.” In an interview with the New Richmond News when she turned 107, Davidson said her typical day started with doing limbering exercises before getting out of bed. Davidson received Meals on Wheels twice a week, so she heated up her own food and watched movies for much of the day. Davidson said she used to love to read and do counted cross-stitch, but her vision did not allow her to do that in her later years. Davidson was born and raised near Hinkley, Minn. Her father worked for Northern Pacific, working on the railroad run from St. Paul to Duluth, Minn., for many years. She proudly stated that she never had any contagious diseases while growing up, a fact she humorously credits to her eating habits back then. “My dad had a loose garden, without all the chemicals they have now,” she explained. “My mom would holler at me ‘Marion, stop eating that dirt!’ I’d jump up and run over somewhere else and eat some more – I guess it must have tasted good.” Davidson’s mother lived to be 100, and her brothers and sisters lived into their 80s and 90s as well, so good genes played a role in her longevity. - For full story see New Richmond News (

• Area news at a glance • International garage band

SUPERIOR - The Internet and digital recording helped drive the rise of Hands of Jack. The Poplar-based rock trio has a Web site peppered with aggressive rock music, including six hard-driving songs available for download. The group boasts 500 Facebook friends and has received more than 14,500 hits on its Web site, although they have never given a public performance, never held a show. “We’re the most professional nonperforming band,” said Jason Deatherage, who plays bass guitar and provides vocal screams. After nearly six years of taping, mixing and refining, the band is preparing to release its first CD, “In the Real World,” and bring their digital sounds to life this summer. First, however, they need a drummer, “We’re hoping to find in a drummer someone on the same page with us,” said guitarist Joe Tilander. The three men, all in their 30s, aren’t looking to become rock stars. They all have children; two run their own businesses. They’re settled but share a passion for music. The creative heart of Hands of Jack is Byron Little. The Maple native learned to play the guitar while attending Northwestern High School. After graduating, he was inspired by jam sessions in the Iron River basement of Joe Lindzius, former drummer for Molly and the Heymakers. He started to amass his own recording equipment — from multitrack cassette recorders to computers and digital machines. When Little

$21,000 short, operations suspended by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The opening of the Grantsburg swimming pool for 2012 remains in doubt. Over $21,000 needs to be raised in order to make required improvements and cover operating loses for the year. The Friday, March 16, deadline to raise that money, set by the Grantsburg Village Board, has passed with only $1,000 in additional money raised in the past

Council denies request for memorial, discusses need for policy

CUMBERLAND - A motion to approve a memorial at city hall for the late Bud Samalaska was denied at the city council’s March 6 meeting, but not for lack of support of the idea. Samalaska’s family submitted the request to the council, however, with no policy in place to regulate memorials, the council denied the motion. Discussion centered around making sure that if memorials are approved, they would be aesthetically pleasing and would add to the appearance of the new facility. Mayor Tom Mysicka expressed he would like to see an ad hoc committee formed to draft a policy for such requests. - Cumberland Advocate

Student loses life in motorcycle accident

PRAIRIE FARM - Faculty and administrative staff at Prairie Farm High School are helping students to cope with the death of senior Cole D. Cran, 18, who lost his life Thursday afternoon, March 15, after a motorcycle accident on CTH V in the Town of New Haven, northern Dunn County. Prairie Farm School District Administrator

Principal placed on paid leave

RICE LAKE - Tainter Elementary Principal Lee Pritzl has been placed on paid administrative leave, it was confirmed Thursday, March 15, by Rice Lake School District interim Superintendent Bill Conzemius. He said an independent investigation will be conducted to address a variety of allegations. Independent investigators will interview staff members Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Conzemius expects the full investigation to take about four weeks. - Rice Lake Chronotype

One of state’s oldest residents dies at 110

NEW RICHMOND - One of Wisconsin’s oldest living residents died Sunday, March 4. Marion Davidson turned 110 years old on Feb. 2. She was most recently a resident at the Our House assisted living complex. According to her daughter, Jackie Eshleman, Davidson remained fairly independent most of her life. “Just since this October she started to develop some dementia,”

No action on Grantsburg pool

week. The needed money must be raised now to allow time for the improvements to be completed and staff hired for the summer. The fundraising is further behind than projected last week when the Leader reported that the funds for an estimated $10,000 in safety improvements might come from a Farmers Independent Telephone Company grant. It now appears that that grant has not been applied for. Mention of that grant possibility was first made by John Addison Jan. 23 when he told the village parks committee that the Grantsburg Village Improvement Pro-

gram would make the application. Addison, who had been involved in raising funds for the pool, told the Leader that he thinks local contributors may be concerned about the long-range costs of maintaining the pool. The current project, installing an Americans With Disabilities compliant lift and steps is the latest in a series of projects that has included replacing the pool heater and making the drain system safer. There is no long-range maintenance plan for the pool and no agreement on who will pay for future improvements. The long-range funding to cover annual

operating costs may have been resolved when the Grantsburg School Board added $25,000 to the school district budget for pool operations. However, that money, part of the school district’s Community Education Fund 80, will not be available until the summer of 2013. If the pool does not open in 2012, it might not be able to reopen in the future. The pool does not meet current licensing requirement but is allowed to operate as an existing pool. If the pool closes for a year, it might lose that “grandfathered-in” advantage. This issue is being explored.


Native American concern about state wolf hunting by Chuck Quirmbach Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Native American wildlife experts are concerned about the state’s plan to begin a hunting and trapping season for gray wolves. The federal government took the wolf off the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes region two months ago, after a long, slow comeback in the wolf population. State lawmakers in Minnesota and Wisconsin quickly introduced wolf hunting bills, and the Wisconsin measure has already passed. Peter David is a biologist with the Great Lakes Indian

Fish and Wildlife Commission. He says tribes weren’t consulted about the Wisconsin bill. “It’s a disservice certainly to the tribes, it’s a disservice I think to a lot of the other groups that have been working toward wolf restoration in the state,” he says. David says not only do many Wisconsin tribes live close to wolf habitat in northern Wisconsin, but many Ojibwe or Chippewa tribal members regard the wolf as a sacred animal. “It is the understanding among the Ojibwe that their fate is really intertwined with that of the wolves, and as the wolf goes, so will the people.” If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs the wolf hunt bill

into law, the state Department of Natural Resources will draft administrative rules to cover a hunting and trapping season beginning this fall. Department official Kurt Thiede promises meetings with the GLIFWC agency. “I know there’s been some concern I think with the legislation that there was a lack of opportunity for tribal consultation, but we have let GLIFWC know we will be reaching out to them through consultation, government to government.” One key issue of debate may be how many of Wisconsin’s roughly 800 wolves could be killed during the hunting and trapping season.

the faith-based social justice group NAOMI pushed back, saying public transportation was critical for the handicapped and the poor. They went door-to-door, gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot, only to have the village attorney rule that the referendum did not meet legal requirements. The religious leaders sued, and late Friday, March 16, Marathon County Judge Michael Moran sided with them, saying the binding referendum must be put on the ballot. NAOMI President Barbara Denfield is pleased, “There

are so many citizens who do not drive and depend upon public transportation to have an independent life in the community. Those of us who drive tend to forget that that’s not everyone.” Denfield hopes the referendum gets put on the Tuesday, May 8, ballot. Village of Weston leaders say they won’t comment on the judge’s ruling until they are briefed by their attorneys.

Judge forces village to hold bus service referendum by Glen Moberg Wisconsin Public Radio

WESTON A judge is forcing a central Wisconsin community to hold a referendum on restoring public bus service, following pressure from a social justice group. Last year, the Wausau area village of Weston eliminated public bus service because of cuts in state aid. Village leaders cited low ridership and a commitment to not raise taxes when they made their decision. But leaders of

Polk County circuit court Paul J. Appel, Luck, operate unregistered snowmobile, $199.00. Keith A. Beckstrom, Star Prairie, inattentive driving, $187.90. Don C. Bishop, Danbury, possession of illegal-sized fish, $222.90. Timothy S. Bricker, Clayton, speeding, $175.30; operate without valid license, not guilty plea. Jonathon D. Burhans, Balsam Lake, fish without license, $190.70. Judy Clark, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Joshua L. Cormican, Glenwood City, fail to stop at stop sign, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, not guilty pleas. Jon R. Couilllard, St. Croix Falls, fish without license, $202.70. Daniel A. Cowles, Eden Prairie, Minn., fraud in obtaining a license, four times, not guilty pleas. Joshua L. Doriott, Clayton, speeding, $175.30.

Wade M. Engebretson, Clayton, seat belt violation, $10.00. Carolyn L. Erickson, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Lacey L. Eskola, Siren, speeding, $175.30, twice. Derek D. Franklin, Harris, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Wesley K. Gallipo, Cumberland, speeding, $225.70. Louis J. Garriga IV, Osceola, operating motor vehicle by probationary licensee with unauthorized person in vehicle, $200.50, operating left of centerline, $213.10. Austin J. Garrity, Woodville, speeding, $175.30. Todd M. Gilbert, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Paul R. Gorne, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Simon S. Grange, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Martin E. Gustafson, Lander, Wyo., fish without license, $192.70.

William B. Hallanger, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Thomas G. Hammang, Burnsville, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Colin D. Hastings, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Daniel J. Hill, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Bruce C. Holden, Centuria, ATV – operate without headgear, $150.10. Benjamin M. Jalovick, Cable, speeding, $175.30. John F. Keep, Wyoming, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Tyler J. Keller, Boyceville, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Cindy A. Kuscienko, Emerald, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Michael L. Lamirande, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Heather A. Larson, Luck, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30, twice. Ryan A. Linsmayer, Dresser, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

Robin J. Lundberg, Isle, Minn., fish with unattended lines, $182.70. Debbie K. Lysdahl, Balsam Lake, operating while suspended, not guilty plea. Trista E. Marchand, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. Cassondra J. McCloud, Centuria, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Raquel L. McCloud, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Lucas J. McDermott, Dresser, speeding, nonregistration of auto, not guilty pleas. Lawrence J. Miller, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Hunter R. Minske, Woodbury, Minn., possession of illegal-size fish, $249.15. Richard J. Mueller, Milltown, motor carrier failure to obtain certificate; operate vehicle, excess width, without permit; operate overlength vehicle without permit; not guilty pleas.

Jason W. Neely, Luck, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Suzette H. Nyren, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kasey J. Ouellette, Luck, ATV – operation on highways, not guilty plea. Danielle A. Palmsteen, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Mary L. Richter, Cumberland, fish without license, $190.70. James A. Rivera, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Craig J. Rochel, Schafer, Minn., operating a motor vehicle without insurance, not guilty plea. David F. Rowell, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Kim A. Rud, Osceola, operate ATV without valid registration, $200.50. Charles J. Schwake, Wisconsin Rapids, speeding, $183.30. Landyn L. Shanks, Apple Valley, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Gerald L. Skoog, Turtle Lake, speeding, $183.30. Joshua M. Snell, Milltown, speeding, $175.30.

Brian T. Songas, Milltown, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jessie L. Swosinksi, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Mark W. ReBedor, Hudson, operating ATV without valid registration, $200.50. James D. Tucker, Turtle Lake, operate snowmobile without safety certificate, $162.70. Brice A. Wallace, Clayton, speeding, $200.50. Michael B. Wallgren, New York Mills, Minn., interstate record of duty status, $263.50. Benjamin G. Walsh, Milltown, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Anthony P. Wilcox, Prairie Farm, failure to yield right of way, $187.90. Billy J. Williamson, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jacob D. Wilson, Deer Park, operate ATV without valid registration, $200.50.

Joseph D. Utyro, 31, Duluth, Minn., operate without valid license, $200.50. Kimberly J. Walker, 47, Eau Claire, speeding, $175.30. Andrea R. Wallace, 43, Hugo, Minn., operate without insurance, $200.50. Kristina M. Weigelt, 32, Shell Lake, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Justin A. Will, 30, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50.

Lucas E. Willis, 17, Grantsburg, speeding, $225.70. Howard D. Wilson, 62, Hinckley, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Txoua Xiong, 22, Braham, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operate without insurance, $200.50. Jared B. Yerke, 21, Grantsburg, operate while revoked, $200.50.

Burnett County circuit court Elizabeth R. Abbene, 31, St. Paul, Minn., operate without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. John W. Ardoyno, 69, Hayward, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Bert R. Barnes, 26, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Melissa A. Bearhart, 32, Danbury, speeding, $200.50; operate without insurance, $200.50. Lance Benjamin, 22, Danbury, operating without insurance, $200.50; operate while suspended, $200.50; OWI, $867.50, license revoked eight months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment; open intoxicants, $263.50; seat belt violation, $10.00; seat belt violation, $10.00. Abbie M. Berg, 24, Hastings, Minn., operate while suspended, $200.50; improper parking, $134.50; OWI, $691.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment. Justin D. Burnham, 29, Grantsburg, operate while suspended, $200.50. Nicholas J. De Moe, 31, Frederic, OWI, $916.00, five-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment. Lucas L. Dimmen, 30, Mora, Minn., operate without valid license, $200.50. Tracey V. Eckstrom, 41, Siren, theft, $200.00. Joshua S. Englund, 27, Spooner, issue worthless check, $127.50. Natasha J. Engstrand, 26, Siren, operate without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Robert J. Field, 63, Bruno, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Chase R. Fornengo, 21, Danbury, speeding, $200.50. Tim T. Green, 32, Mahtomedi, Minn., operate without valid license, $200.50.

Max T. Haaf, 27, Colfax, speeding, $175.30. Gary L. Haaf, 56, Siren, fish with more than three lines, $243.00. Jon C. Hall, 65, Minong, speeding, $200.50. Klint D. Hammann, 38, Cameron, speeding, $175.30. Leo R. Hanson, 27, Shell Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Rachel M. Holmes, 19, Webster, improper display of license, $150.10. Shannon M. Holter, 40, Siren, theft, $200.00. Matthew J. Howland, 30, St. Paul, Minn., operate vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; operate without valid license, $200.50. Joel A. Icard, 32, Shell Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Luther G. Icard, 51, Shell Lake, cracked or damaged windshield, $175.30; operate without valid license, $200.50; operate without insurance, $200.50. Kyle W. Jackson, 17, Grantsburg, dog running at large, $185.00. Joshua A. Janssen, 24, Kulm, N.D. OWI, $691.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assesssment. Wayne L. Johnson, 56, Frederic, unauthorized timber theft, twice, $779.00. Jeremy J. Johnson, 24, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $185.00. George E. Kern, 62, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Larry A. Kern, 40, Dairyland, seat belt violation, $10.00. Lorri L. Komisar, 42, Chanhassan, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Gayle K. Kozak, 38, issue worthless checks, $407.19. Mitchell W. La Sarge, 25, Webster, operate without valid license, $200.50. Wayne A. Lamminen, 62, Cameron, speeding, $175.30.

Johanna E. Lauer, 17, Grantsburg, speeding, $200.50. Jeremy Lavalle, 34, Grantsburg, possess drug paraphernalia, $330.50. Jessica L. Martin, 40, Spooner, operate without insurance, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Orville L. Martini, 53, Spooner, OWI, $817.50, license revoked 12 months, alcohol assessment. Karl J. Matrious, 41, Danbury, opearate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Richard J. Matrious, 30, Danbury, operate without a license, $200.50. Michael S. McHale, 49, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Edward C. Meister, 71, Spooner, seat belt violation, $10.00. Rodney W. Meyer, 61, Grantsburg, burning without a permit, $175.30. Thomas P. Michaelson, 58, Spooner, bail jumping, one-year probation, sentence withheld, alcohol assessment, $243.00. Timothy L. Mulroy, 36, Webster, disorderly conduct, one-year probation, obtain GED, alcohol assessment, $243.00. Diane L. Murrey, 49, Shell Lake, speeding, $175.30. Robert E. Neilsen, 63, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Michelle J. Nyreen, 35, Cameron, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Clint A. Olson, 28, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. Amy R. Pitreski, 34, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. John P. Polski, 24, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Lisa L. Pope, 31, Pine City, Minn., operate without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Danielle D. Rodriguez, 22, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $350.00.

Joseph E. Rogers, 25, Webster, bail jumping, four counts, probation revoked, nine-month jail sentence Huber release and or community service at discretion of jail staff, $972.00. Audrey M. Rud, 38, Grantsburg, nonregistration, $175.30; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Miroslav Rybecky, 39, Chicago, Ill., speeding, $175.30. Siren Tree Service, Siren, improper registration, $200.50. Chaz R. Smallwood, 31, Webster, battery, one-year probation, anger management program, no contact with victim, $200.00. Mark A. Sorenson, 50, St. Croix Falls, felon possession of firearm, one-year probation, $268.00. Ted P. Sperling, 48, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Amy J. Staples, 25, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Sharalanee M. Staples, 35, Webster, theft, $330.50. Nathan T. Starks, 17, Webster, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Linda S. Steinbaugh, 61, Apple Valley, Minn., operate without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Nace A. Sutherland, 21, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $185.00; display unauthorized plates, twice, $476.60; operate without insurance, twice, $401.00. Lester D. Sutton, 20, Danbury, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Robert W. Thomas, 41, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., fish with more than three lines, $182.70. Lisa M. Tradewell, 51, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Shirley R. Tyson, 50, Danbury, speeding, $175.30.

Polk County deaths Gwendoline W. Graff Erickson, 87, Town of Georgetown, died Feb. 24, 2012. Chadwick W. Diehl, 82, Osceola, died Feb. 26, 2012. Lawrence P. Weisenburger, 88, Deer Park, died March 1, 2012. Virgil O. Bartz, 82, Lindstrom, Minn., died March 2, 2012. Ercel S. Dye, 86, Osceola, died March 4, 2012. Makayla M. Corbin, 16, Osceola, died March 6, 2012. Shelli R. Maier, 43, Osceola, died March 6, 2012. Jaimie E. Vick, 55, Milltown, died March 6, 2012. Sharon L. Selvig, 68, Clear Lake, died March 8, 2012. Gertrude M. Stalhiem, 89, Amery, died March 9, 2012.

Burnett County warrants Louis F. Belisle, 29, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, March 16. Rebecca L. Friebe, 52, Spooner, warrant - failure to appear, March 14. Michael J. Huettl, 58, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to

appear, March 14. Debra A. Jackson, 42, Grantsburg, failure to pay fines, March 15. Adonis Mosay, 48, Spooner, warrant - failure to appear, March 16.

Siren police report Feb. 27: Aaron W. Struck, 26, Siren, hit a vehicle owned by Brian T. Sexton, Siren, while backing out of a parking space. There were no reported injuries. March 1: Katherine J. Meyers, 45, Webster, was cited for failing to yeild while making a left turn. March 1: Leo R. Hanson, 18, Shell Lake, was cited for seat belt violation.

March 1: Ashley M. Eggleston, 20, Siren, was cited for operating whithout a valid license. March 6: Jake L. E. Taylor, 20, Stone Lake, was cited for obstruction of officer and THC in jail. March 10: Justin A. Poach, 22, Ridgeland, was cited for operating without insurance.


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of Dresser, Wisconsin, has the following opening to complete its ministry team:


This part-time position requires the applicant be a Wisconsin licensed RN. Job description and application can be found at under the “Download Forms” button. Mail or fax application and resume to: Peace Lutheran Church Attn: Parish Nurse 2355 Clark Road, P.O. Box 655 Dresser, WI 54009 Fax: 715-755-2525 Deadline for applications April 1.



(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.


At Both Frederic & St. Croix Falls Locations All Shifts

All-Terrain Vehicle Route Ordinance Town of McKinley Polk County, Wis.

343 McKinny St. St. Croix Falls, Wis. 105 E. Oak St. Frederic

Section III - Routes This section shall be amended to real all roads within the Town. This amended ordinance becomes effective upon passage and publication. Passed this 13th day of March, 2012. 556487 Deborah Grover, Clerk 31L



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(March 21, 28, Apr. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY R. SANDQUIST Order and Notice for Hearing on Petition for Final Judgment (Formal Administration)

Case Number: 11 CV 84

Case No. 11 PR 25


A petition has been filed. THE COURT FINDS: The decedent, with date of birth November 1, 1925, and date of death April 9, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 308 Peterson Lane, Frederic, WI 54837. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Branch 1, before Hon. Molly E. GaleWyrick, Court Official, on April 20, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The petition may be granted if there is no objection. 2. Notice by publication is required. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715485-9238 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Please check with the person named below for exact time and date. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge March 15, 2012 George W. Benson Attorney at Law BENSON LAW OFFICE LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 Bar Number: 1012978

(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)

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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Notice is given that a public test of the Edge Voting System will be conducted at the Town Hall located at 612 U.S. Highway 8 at the date, location and time specified above.

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

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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.




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(Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DAVID S. WILBERG Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 12 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth August 3, 1954, and date of death February 13, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2414 75th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 20, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar March 13, 2012 Leah E. Boeve Remington Law Offices, LLC 126 S. Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-3422 Bar Number: 1081407

(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.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of electronic equipment to be used at the April 3, 2012, Election, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Cushing Community Center. This test is open to the general public. Julie Peterson, 556396 31L WNAXLP Town of Sterling Clerk

(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

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used at the April 3, 2012, Spring Election, will be held at noon, on Tues., March 27, 2012, at the West Sweden Town Hall. This test is open to the general public. Andrea Lundquist, Clerk 556188 31L WNAXLP


A public test of electronic voting equipment will be held Tues., March 27, 2012, at the Luck Village Hall, 401 South Main Street, Luck, WI 54853. Kristina Handt, Village Administrator


At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Lorain Town Hall there will be a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used at the Nonpartisan Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote to be held on April 3, 2012. 556567 31L WNAXLP Susan Hughes, Clerk, Town of Lorain


Notice is hereby given that the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of election voting equipment on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls. 556573 Janet Krueger, Clerk, Town of St. Croix Falls 31L WNAXLP


Voting Equipment Test Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. Milltown Fire Hall

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Virgil Hansen, Clerk



The Special Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Tues. March 27, 2012, At 7 p.m., At The Daniels Town Hall AGENDA: To appoint a township clerk 556571 Liz Simonsen, Deputy Clerk 31L (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.

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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Dated this 8th day of February, 2012.

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.

COACHING OPPORTUNITY The Frederic School District is accepting applications for the following coaching position:


Send letter of application, resume and credentials to: Troy Wink, Athletic Director, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone 715-327-4223 or email Deadline for applications is 556563 31-32L 21-22a Friday, April 13, 2012. The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK REGULAR BOARD MEETING Monday, March 26, 2012 6 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call to order and seek approval of the agenda, Robert Clifton 2. Consideration of previous minutes, LeRoy Buck 3. Presentation of Vouchers, Amy Dueholm 4. Treasurer’s Report, Amy Dueholm 5. Recognition of Guests or Delegates A. Bonding Options - Lisa Voisin: Baird & Co. B. Lori Nelson - Technology Plan C. Michael Jensen - Student Representative 6. Administrative Reports A. Mr. Palmer B. Mrs. Goldbach C. Mr. Gobler 7. New Business A. Presentation of diploma to night-school student. B. Approval of Student Activity Fund. C. summer school staffing. D. Special Education classroom location recommendation. E. Preliminary revenue cap calculation. F. Any other business that may properly come before the Board. 8. Motion to convene into executive session per WI Stat 19.85(1)(e) for discussion of employee contracts, handbooks and base wages. 9. Reconvene to open session. No action on executive session expected. 10. Motion to adjourn. 556528 31L

SECTION 00030 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 2012 Linden Street East Reconstruction Village of Frederic, Wisconsin Sealed bids for the project designated above will be received for and in behalf of the Village of Frederic until Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road West, Frederic, Wisconsin, for furnishing all labor, material, equipment, etc., necessary and required for the following work: 3,000 SY Remove Asphalt Pavement 800 CY Common Excavation 1,800 TON Base Aggregate Dense, 1-1/4-inch 1,400 LF Concrete Curb & Gutter, 30-inch 500 TON Asphaltic Surface, Type E-1.0 600 SF Concrete Sidewalk 2 EA Remove/Replace Sanitary Sewer Manhole with Outside Drop 2 EA Remove/Replace Hydrant Package 1 LS Traffic Control 1,200 SY Topsoil, Seed, and Mulch All bids shall be addressed to the Village of Frederic, 107 Hope Road West, P.O. Box 567, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837, and shall be marked “Bid for 2012 Linden Street East Reconstruction” on the outside of the envelope. Complete digital project bidding documents are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $10.00 by inputting Quest project #1946681 on the Web site’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. An optional paper set of project documents is also available for a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 per set. Please make your check to payable to Cooper Engineering Company, Inc. and send it to 2600 College Drive, P.O. Box 230, Rice Lake, Wisconsin 54868. Please contact us at 715-234-7008 if you have any questions. The bid proposal shall be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in an amount not less than 5% of the maximum bid price, payable to the Village of Frederic, as a guarantee that the bidder, if his bid is accepted, will execute and file the proper contract and 100 percent performance and payment bonds within 15 days after the Notice of Award. In case the Bidder fails to file such contract and required bonds, the check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the Village of Frederic as liquidated damages. Letting of contracts will be subject to Section 66.0901 Wisconsin Statutes, Public Works, Contracts, and Bids. The Village of Frederic reserves the right to waive any formalities in the preparation of a bid and to reject any or all bids. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the scheduled time of bid opening. Published by the authority of: Village of Frederic David Wondra, Village Administrator 107 Hope Road West, P.O. Box 567 Frederic, WI 54837 Cooper Engineering Company, Inc. 2600 College Drive, P.O. Box 230 556515 31-32L WNAXLP Rice Lake, WI 54868-0230

(Feb. 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL BANK, assignee of THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM C. OLSON and OLIVE K. OLSON, Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 567 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 28, 2011, in the amount of $19,700.76, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Five (5) of Certified Survey Map No. 4868 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 195, as Document No. 699678, being a division of Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 3490 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey maps, page 3, as Document No. 619618, part of Government Lot Two (2), Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with the driveway easement shown on said Certified Survey Map and together with the easement shown on Certified Survey Map No. 3877 recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 140, as Document No. 641030 and the easement shown on Certified Survey Map No. 4868 recorded in Volume 21 of Certified Survey Maps, page 195, as Document No. 699678 to provide access to the town road. PIN: 026-01145-2500. STREET ADDRESS: 2150 South Baker Road, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 30th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787


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(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.

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


The Town of McKinley has a 1994 Ford L8000. Front GAWR-16,540 Lbs.; Rear GAWR-23,000 Lbs.; 10-ft. box; 11-ft. McKenzie power angle plow; Monroe sander 9” auger. The truck can be seen at the McKinley Town Hall. For more specific information, contact Chairman Mark Renstrom at 715-822-3762. The Town Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids must be submitted by April 24, 2012, to: Town of McKinley, Deborah Grover, Clerk, 2296 1st Street, Cumberland, WI 54829. Deborah Grover, Clerk 556478 31-32L 21-23c WNAXLP


(a) Consolidated Offices. Pursuant to Sections 61.195, 61.197 and 66.01 66.0101 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Village hereby elects not to be governed by those portions of Sections 61.19, 61.23 and Section 61.25(2), Wis. Stats., which relate to the selection and tenure of the Clerk and Treasurer, and which are in conflict with this Section. (b) Appointment. There is hereby created the office of Village Clerk-Treasurer Administrative Assistant who shall be appointed by a majority vote of the members of the Village Board. The Village Clerk-Treasurer Administrative Assistant shall hold office for an indefinite term, subject to removal as provided by law. (c) Duties. The Village Clerk Treasurer Administrative Assistant shall perform the statutory duties of Village Clerk, and Treasurer work under the direction of the Village Administrator to carry out administrative tasks associated with municipal government, and such other duties as required by the Village Board as may be set forth in a job description which is approved (and may be modified from time to time) by the Village Board. (d) In Absence of; Incapable of Discharging Duties. In the event the Village Clerk-Administrative Assistant shall be absent from the Village or incapable of discharging such duties, responsibilities, and powers for any reason, the Village Administrator shall act as Village Clerk-Administrative Assistant during such absence or incapacity. Signed/Peter Demydowich, Village President and Kristina Handt, Village Administrator Date Adopted: 3/14/12 Date Published: 3/21/12 Effective Date: 5/20/12 556482 31L WNAXLP Charter Ordinance 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


Notice is hereby given that a public test of the electronic equipment to be used at the April 3, 2012, Election, will be held on Tues., March 27, 2012, 5 p.m., at the Town Hall. This test is open to the general public. Deborah Grover, Clerk

(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

Artis Stensrud, 69, Village of Siren, died Feb. 21, 2012. Helen E. Gatten, 77, Town of Swiss, died Feb. 24, 2012. Merlyn B. Sihlberg, 75, Town of Oakland, died Feb. 26, 2012. Ruth H. Frazee, 87, Village of Grantsburg, died Feb. 27, 2012. Douglas F. Bartsch, 72, Town of Scott, died March 1, 2012. David J. Workman, 83, Village of Grantsburg, died March 4, 2012.

The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tues., March 27, 2012, At 7:30 p.m. At The Cushing Community Center


Agenda: Call to order; clerk’s report; treasurer’s report; open forum; dates for open book and board of review; discuss burning restrictions; road report; pay bills; review correspondence and adjourn. Patsy Gustafson 556533 31L Town Clerk (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.

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The Luck Village Board, at their March 14, 2012, Village Board meeting, amended Ordinance 2-3-1(e): Village Administrator to add the treasurer duties and designate Clerk/ Administrative Assistant to act in Administrator’s absence. Copy of the ordinance may be viewed at the Luck Village Hall and is effective 60 days from publication. Signed/Peter Demydowich, Village President and Kristina Handt, Village Administrator

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Notices/Employment Opportunities


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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Polk County will be suspending the Frozen Road Declaration as of Friday, March 2, 2012, at 12:01 a.m. Effective March 15, 2012, the following Polk County roads will be restricted to six (6) tons for any single-axle weight: County Trunk Highway “W” from County Trunk Highway “E” to 80th Street County Trunk Highway “GG” from State Highway 48 to County Trunk Highway “G” County Trunk Highway “D” from County Trunk Highway “JJ” to State Highway 63 In Addition, County Trunk Highway “H” is posted from U.S. Highway 8 to County Trunk Highway “I” Highway maintenance vehicles, school buses, emergency public utility vehicles, sewage haulers and trucks hauling bulk milk products (not whey products) are exempt from the load restrictions. Propane haulers and fuel oil haulers may exceed the imposed restrictions by two (2) tons per axle. This notice does not include town roads. Townships will need to be contacted directly for the status of their weight restrictions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the highway office at 715-485-8700. Steve Warndahl 556473 31L 21d Polk County Highway Commissioner


Federal Law P.L. 99-499 was enacted in October 1986 by the United States Congress to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed or used in a community. Public Law 99-499 is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986, Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (S.A.R.A.) Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations is available for public review at the following location between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Emergency Management Office Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main St., Suite 900 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Information available includes lists of facilities reporting, Material Safety Data Sheets, inventory forms of chemicals, emergency response plans and if any are filed, follow-up emergency notices of releases from facilities. Telephone inquires as to specific information contained in the files will be accepted. Copies of the documents may be made at the expense of the requestor and at rates established by Polk County Records Control Ordinance. Information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99499 and does not include all chemicals that may pose a threat to humans, animals or the environment. Questions related to this notice should be addressed to Kathy Poirier, Coordinator, Polk County Emergency Management for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) 715-485-9280. This legal notice is published to inform the general public 556321 31L and complies with Section 324 of P.L. 99-499. WNAXLP


(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


(March 21, 28, April 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Charles A. Otto 826 55th Street Clayton, Wisconsin 54004, Thomas L. Jonas 1913 Miller Street, Apt. 72 La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, Tamara J. Jonas 1913 Miller Street, Apt. 72 La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, John Doe, Mary Roe and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30301 Case No. 12CV53 PUBLICATION SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO THOMAS L. JONAS: 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 March 21, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the 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, Wisconsin 54810, and to Plaintiff’s attorneys, Anastasi & Associates, P.A., whose address is 14985 60th Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or may in the future, and may also be enforced or garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: March 7, 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 #15957 556238 WNAXLP


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

VILLAGE OF LUCK NOTICE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village Board of the Village of Luck will consider the adoption of a new Code of Ordinances titled “Code of the Village of Luck” at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 2012, at the Village Hall. You are further notified that a copy of said proposed new Code will be on file and open for public inspection in the office of the Village Administrator for a period of two weeks prior to its adoption, commencing March 21, 2012, in accordance with 66.0103, Wis. Stats. Kristina Handt, Village Administrator Village of Luck, Polk County Wisconsin 556537 31L WNAXLP


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


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Northern Aquatic Services hereby notifies as specified per Chapter NR 107, WI Administrative Code, that it intends to treat approximately 87 acres of Long Lake (Centuria) with aquatic pesticides to control nuisance exotic aquatic vegetation. The proposed treatment would occur during the spring and summer of 2012. Northern Aquatic Services will conduct a public informational meeting on the proposed treatment if five or more individuals, organizations, special units of government or local units of government request one. Any request for a public meeting on this treatment must be made within five days after this notice is published. The request must specify the topics to be discussed at the meeting, including problems and alternatives, and must be sent to: Northern Aquatic Services, 1061 240th Street, Dresser, WI 54009 and to the WDNR, 810 W. Maple Street, Spooner, WI 54801. 556239 31Lp WNAXLP

POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS ADRC Supervisor - Resource Center $26.80/hr. DOQ Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Full Time 40 Hr./Week Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012 Seasonal Recycling Helper $12.99/hr. Parks Building & Solid Waste 8:00 To 4:30, Mon. Thru Fri. June 4 To August 31, 2012 Approximately Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012 GOLDEN AGE MANOR RN $25.86/hr. + shift differential Part Time 0.8 FTE 7.75 Hr./Day & Charge RN 2:30 - 10:45 Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012 LPN $20.19/hr. + shift differential Part Time 2:30 - 10:45 (0.9 FTE) Part Time 2:30 - 9:00/10:45 (0.4 FTE) alternating (.5 FTE) schedule Deadline To Apply: April 2, 2012 ***Please Mail RN Applications Directly To GAM*** 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 556569 31L faxed applications. AA/EEOC (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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Heather P. Mollner, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Aaron M. Liedl, Town of Linwood, Minn., March 15, 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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(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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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. 284120


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President, Mr. Nelson, called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2012, in the 6-12 School Library. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mrs. Matz and Mr. Nelson. Mr. Engen arrived at 6:48 p.m. Administration present: Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Tischer. Motion Amundson/Matz to approve the agenda and that the meeting was properly noticed. Motion carried 4-0. Public in attendance were Mrs. Schauls, third-grade students and the press. Reports of Officers: Motion Holicky/Matz to approve the 1-16-2012 regular meeting minutes (with corrections), and 2-8-12 special meeting minutes (with corrections). Motion carried 4-0. Mr. Nelson provided a summary of the closed sessions of 1-16-12 and 2-8-12. Motion Matz/Holicky to approve the closed session minutes of 1-16-12 and 2-8-12. Motion carried 4-0. Invoices for January were presented as follows: Regular invoices (10284-10376 & 38653-38664). . . .$327,023.56 Payroll account.........................................................$189,040.31 Mrs. Matz presented the receipts for January 2012 totaling $493,668.95. Motion Amundson/Holicky to authorize and confirm the money payments of the invoices presented. Motion carried 4-0. Mr. Tischer reviewed the 2011-2012 budget. Megan Amundson was selected as Frederic’s NUE Most Outstanding Student of 2012. She will be competing with 27 students from other schools for the NUE Scholarship. Reports of the Administration: A. Mr. Tischer presented the district report. B. Mr. Robinson presented the 6-12 School report. C. Mrs. Steen presented the Elementary School report. Mrs. Schauls’ third-grade students did a technology-science presentation on ABC Body Books. D. The building and grounds and food service reports were submitted. E. Mr. Wink presented the athletic director report. New Business: Personnel (1), administrative staffing (2) and faculty staffing (3) brief overview, moved to closed session. 4. Spring Coaching Contracts: Motion Holicky/Matz to approve the following spring contractsvolunteers. Motion carried 5-0. • Softball: Erin Hansford, Head Coach; Megan Challoner, Luck, Assistant Coach; Brad Schmidt, Volunteer. • Track: Gaelyn Sears, Boys Head Coach; Jeff Larcom, Girls Head Coach; Shared Assistants: Joel Wells, Robert Pyke, from Frederic; Jeff Brenizer and AL Tomlinson from Luck. Volunteers: Travis Pyke, AJ Walsh Brenizer, Paula Denn, Zach Anderson and Don Kendzior. • Golf: Kelly Steen, Head Coach. • Middle School Track: Ethan Bergstrom, Head Coach. A. Contracts: 1. CESA Shared Services: Motion Amundson/Engen to approve the contract without line 341 for no more than $100,000. Motion carried 4-0; Mr. Holicky abstaining. 2. Loan refinancing: No action taken at this meeting. A. Policy Review: Motion Holicky/Engen to approve the revisions of policies #301 Reading Philosophy and Goals and #302 Title I. Motion carried 5-0. Table Policy #402 Open Enrollment Program to March meeting. B. Budget Transfer: Motion Engen/Holicky to approve budget transfer. From Account: 435000-380-Open Enrollment........$15,000 To 431000-386-Nonopen Enrollment....$4,400 2910000-248-HRA Retires................$3,600 264000-248-Staff Services...............$4,500 221300-386-Inst. Staff Training........$2,500 Motion carried 5-0. C. Insurance Program: No additional information provided. D. School Calendar Review: The 2012-2013 School calendar was presented for review. Mr. Nelson announced to members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of considering the possible nonrenewal of a teacher (s) and negotiations. Mr. Nelson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by s 19.85 (1) & (f) of the WI Statutes. Motion Holicky/Matz to adjourn to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time: 8:54 p.m. The regular meeting convened at 10:27 p.m. Motion Holicky/Matz to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0. Time: 10:30 p.m. Rebecca Amundson, Clerk 556530 31L

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Under Wisconsin State Statute 5.84(1), public tests of the electronic ballot tabulation system will be held to ascertain that the equipment will correctly count the April 3, 2012, Spring Election votes cast for all offices and on all measures. All tests are open to the public. Town of Anderson, March 24, 2012, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 13808 Anderson Road, Jessica King, Clerk, 715-472-4753 Town of Blaine, March 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. Northland Comm. Ctr. - 1232 East School Road, Rita Ronningen, Clerk, 715-466-4884 Town of Daniels, March 27, 2012, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 9602 Daniels 70 Road, Ellen Ellis, Clerk, 715-349-5840 Town of Dewey, March 26, 2012, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 24433 Town Hall Road, Pamela Brown, Clerk, 715-468-7111 Town of Grantsburg, March 26, 2012, at 2 p.m. Clerk/Treas. Office - 118 E. Madison Avenue, Romey Nelson, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-463-5600 Town of Jackson, March 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. Town Hall Office - 4599 County Road A, Lorraine Radke, Clerk, 715-866-8412 Town of LaFollette, March 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 24184 Malone Road, Linda Terrian, Clerk, 715-349-2531 Town of Lincoln, March 26, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. Town Hall - 9110 Perida Road, Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk, 715-866-4201 Town of Meenon, March 26, 2012, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 7396 Kruger Road, Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk, 715-866-4893 Town of Oakland, March 26, 2012, at 6 p.m. Clerk’s Office - 7426 Main Street West, Deanna Krause, Clerk, 715-866-8213 Town of Roosevelt, March 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. Clerk’s Home – 2997 County Rd. EE, Patricia Hayden, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-468-2468 Town of Rusk, March 26, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. Town Hall - 25195 County Road H, Bonnie Harder, Clerk, 715-635-4723 Town of Sand Lake, March 24, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Town Hall - 5364 County Road X, Peggy Tolbert, Clerk, 715-866-4398 Town of Scott, March 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. Town Hall - 28390 County Road H, Kim Simon, Clerk, 715-635-2308 Town of Siren, March 24, 2012, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 7240 S. Long Lake Road, Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 Town of Swiss, March 26, 2012, at 5 p.m. Town Hall - 7551 Main Street, Judy Dykstra, Clerk, 715-656-3030 Town of Trade Lake, March 25, 2012, at 6 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 13361 State Road 48, Deborah Christian, Clerk, 715-488-2600 Town of Union, March 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. Town Hall - 9015 County Road FF, Florence Grabow, Deputy Clerk, 715-866-7182 Town of Webb Lake, March 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 31000 Namekagon Trail, Gail Keup, Clerk, 715-259-3439 Town of West Marshland, March 27, 2012, at 5 p.m. Clerk’s Home – 25161 Spaulding Rd., Margaret Hess, Clerk, 715-463-2922 Town of Wood River, March 27, 2012, at 3 p.m. Town Hall – 11610 State Road 70, Dawn Luke, Clerk, 715-689-2296 Village of Grantsburg, March 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. Village Hall - 316 S. Brad Street, Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk, 715-463-2405 Village of Siren, March 26, 2012, at 9 a.m. Village Hall - 24049 First Avenue North, Ann Peterson, Clerk, 715-349-2273 Village of Webster, March 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. Village Office - 7505 Main Street West, Patty Bjorklund, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-866-4211

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Regular Meeting, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

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Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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AGENDA: Minutes from 2011; accept 2011 financial report; road tour (set date); overview of Daniels Township; gopher tail rates; set date for 2013 annual meeting. Any other business brought before board per statutes for annual meeting. The annual report will be posted at Johnson Lumber, Backwoods Beer & Bait, Bob’s Auto Service, town hall and the clerk’s home.

(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.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK SPECIAL BOARD MEETING Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6 p.m. High School Media Center

AGENDA 1. Call to order and seek approval of the agenda, Robert Clifton. 2. Motion to adjourn to executive session per WI Statute 19.85(1) for discussion on employee handbook. No action to be taken. 3. Motion to convene to open session. 4. Adjourn. 556529 31L



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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7 p.m. at Daniels Town Hall

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(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.


County board/from page 1 Supervisor Chuck Awe noted that the students had gone beyond simply carrying out a school assignment. They are also participating in informal efforts to create a county task force to address poverty issues. The supervisors also honored retiring public health nurse Janet Moddrell for her eight years of service to Burnett County. Moddrell commented that she enjoyed her work with the county and felt that it was one of the highlights of her long career in nursing. In a business matter, the supervisors established a salary scale for county elected officials through 2016. The county clerk, treasurer, register of deeds, sheriff and clerk of court will receive increases of 1.5 percent between 2013 and 2014. The county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds will then receive increases of 2 percent through 2016.

RIGHT: Burnett County supervisor and chairperson of the county’s health and community services committee, Chris Sybers, (right) presented retiring public health nurse Janet Moddrell (center) with a certificate of appreciation for her eight years of service to Burnett County. Watching (left) is Katherine Peterson, director of Burnett County Health and Human Services. - Photo by Carl Heidel

Caring cookies - a community service project Students and staff at Frederic Elementary School were enjoying homemade cookies for the past several weeks. The teachers and support staff baked hundreds of cookies and sold them the past four Thursdays. The students and staff purchased cookies for a cost of 50 cents each. This project raised a total of $647.75. This will be donated to the local food shelf. The climate committee at Frederic Elementary School has held a food drive for several years in order to support the community. - Photo submitted

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Ice out on the St. Croix

Though Ruth Anderson has lived in Grantsburg over 40 years, this was the first time she’d seen the annual St. Croix River ice-out, so she was naturally oohing and aahing at the ice breaking beneath her. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Ice chunks hit the Hwy. 70 bridge west of Grantsburg Thursday afternoon, March 15, under the watchful eyes of spectators stopping to see the St. Croix River spring ice-out.

The cracking ice sheets making their way down the St. Croix River created a spectacular scene Thursday afternoon for those lucky enough to catch this awesome display of nature.

DNR issues burning restrictions effective immediately NORTHWEST WISCONSIN—Residents and visitors to portions of Burnett, Douglas, Polk and Washburn counties should expect limited or no outdoor burning this spring. The DNR has issued restrictions that prohibit burning barrels, leaf piles and debris fires in an area described as “west of Hwy. 87 from Cushing to Grantsburg, north of Hwy. 70 from the state line to Spooner, west of Hwy. 53 from Spooner to CTH M near Gordon.” Small campfires are still permitted in the area, but strongly discouraged. With all the downed trees and scattered debris from last summer’s storm, the area is at high risk for large, destructive wildfires. DNR forest rangers and local fire departments have responded to 10 forest fires in Burnett, Washburn and northern Polk counties already this year. Last week, the Cushing Fire Department responded to a forest fire caused by hot ashes from a pile burned a week earlier when the ground was snow covered. The DNR urges everyone to check the ash from any piles that were burned within the last two weeks. As the weather gets drier by early April, the DNR expects that the restricted area will be put under emergency burning restrictions, which means campfires, fireworks and smoking outdoors will be prohibited. Once EBRs are enacted, they will likely stay in place until the area greens up this summer. In the rest of the area that the DNR regulates in Polk, Burnett and Washburn counties, burning is being regulated through the regular permit system. Before starting any fire outdoors, people would first need to obtain a burning permit then call the toll free number 888-WIS-BURN (888-947-2876) or check the Web site @ keyword “fire.” - Jean Koelz, with submitted information

The shaded portion of the map shows illustrates DNR’s restricted burning area in Northwest Wisconsin. - submitted



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A tale of two ordinary men

by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN – Author and philosopher C.S. Lewis once argued, “There are no ordinary people,” and it’s true. If you spend just a few minutes with anyone, you’ll find him somewhere in the process of trying to do something extraordinary. Some of us are a little farther along on that journey than others; some of us have more to show for it than others; and then there are those rare few who go about doing amazing and miraculous things so quietly ... so modestly ... so routinely, that the rest of us almost fail to notice. Almost. Meet Zac Jacobs. He’s a 24-year-old state prison guard who lives in New Richmond. He’s married, has two kids, and until recently, appears to lead what the rest of us would call a “normal life.” His mother, Kellie, tells a different story. Zac was born with chronic renal failure. Born blue and unresponsive, he was taken from his mother immediately and airlifted to another hospital. He wasn’t expected to survive, so the family came. The pastor came. But Zac did not give up.

Kidney patient Zac Jacobs, pictured with his wife Kaleen, and his two sons, Ethan and Noah.

St. Croix Falls graduate Tyler Koonce is donating his kidney to a man he just recently met. Special photos

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Within a week, Zac had his first of many surgeries. When he got released from the hospital, he had to go right back because he couldn’t eat and he couldn’t sleep. When he was 6 months old, surgeons sewed his stomach around his esophagus to keep him from throwing up, and food would be administered directly to his stomach via a tube. His mother was told that he would not grow normally, and that he would need a kidney transplant by age 2. But Zac did not give up. Anyone with a family member diagnosed with a chronic disease can tell you that it’s one struggle after another. A new threat presents itself every day. But two important life skills come from such difficult situations: you learn to take one day at a time, and conversely, you learn to plan. Family members had time to get tested for kidney donation. Fortunately, a number of matches were found in Zac’s immediate circle: his maternal grandmother was a good match, his mom was a possibility and his older sister, Queenie, grew up planning on the probability that she would someday give her brother a kidney. Miraculously, Zac made it to age 14 with just 2 percent of kidney function before he got really sick. But his team of doctors did not agree that a transplant was the best course of treatment. So, Zac went on with his life. He grew to over 6 feet tall, got a good job with benefits, got married in 2007, and started a family. Gramma, Marie Feigum, his best donor match, stood by until 2009 when the transplant became the only option. The surgery took a little longer than usual, but Zac got strong again and Gramma is OK. However, Zac’s kidneys failed again last year, and he got really sick. He’s lost a lot of weight, and he’s been on dialysis for four months now. The family was devastated to learn that they are no longer considered suitable matches, which means that 20 years of contingency plan-

ning was a wasted effort. But they all refuse to give up. Zac’s sister, Queenie, took it hard, however. The expectation that she would one day donate a kidney to her brother had become part of what defined her. She shared her frustration and heartbreak with a former schoolmate from St. Croix Falls High School. Meet Tyler Koonce – the other “ordinary” guy. Tyler, by all accounts, is a typical young man. He speaks quietly with an even tone and has a very matter-of-fact approach to life. He works at the Subway in Turtle Lake while he’s trying to figure out a long-term plan. Tyler and Queenie had been communicating online while he lived in Oklahoma, so he was familiar with Zac’s situation. But it wasn’t until he moved back to Wisconsin that he found out that Zac needed a new donor. The day after Queenie told him she was no longer eligible, Tyler took the initiative to get himself tested and find out about the donation process. When he discovered that he’s a universal blood donor, he volunteered one of his kidneys immediately to a friend’s brother whom he had never even met. He’s still surprised that anyone would find anything remarkable in that. Tyler’s family expressed an appropriate amount of surprise and concern regarding his decision, but he describes them as supportive. “They realized that this is who I am,” Tyler explained. He’s actually baffled by those who call his donation selfless. “I only need one kidney,” Tyler reasoned. “It would be selfish to keep them both when someone else needs one.” It’s a very practical view, and some of his friends don’t understand. But Tyler has taken it even further. Because the transplant surgery can’t take place until Zac is off the blood-thinning medication he’s on, Tyler is using this time to eat better so the kidney he donates will be as healthy as possible. The waiting will be minimal compared to most transplant situations. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, that’s 1 in 9 adults; and over a half million of them have end-stage renal disease and are in need of a transplant. But according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, fewer than 20,000 transplants are performed each year. Because of the lack of available kidney donors, patients wait for years – sometimes decades – to receive a transplant. Whatever the situation, a transplant is worth the wait, effort and cost. The typical transplant patient lives 10-15 years longer than those kept on dialysis. This relatively short wait has also provided the family with an opportunity to prepare. The good news is that Zac has insurance, and most of his expenses will be covered. However, drug co-pays and transportation costs are still exorbitant. And, unfortunately, the donor’s costs are not covered. Tyler may be out of work for four to six weeks during recovery, and there’s also no compensation for lost wages.

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Zac Jacobs with his mother, Kellie Stewart.

A fundraiser was recently held at the Dalles House in St. Croix Falls, and the community was very supportive. It was the first time that Zac and Tyler met faceto-face, and they had a lot of fun together.

Raffle items were donated by companies from Turtle Lake, Dresser, St. Croix Falls, Osceola and Cushing. The Tavern League and the local Lions Club were also very generous. The family is so grateful for all

Zac Jacobs and "Gramma" Marie Feigum before his first kidney transplant operation. – Photos submitted the support they received that night. Do- a heroic one-time act. Either way, it’s sure nations can still be made to “Zac’s Kidney to inspire you because—as C.S. Lewis Fund” at Eagle Valley Bank, which has of- says—you’re no ordinary person either. fices in Hudson and St. Croix Falls. More information about becoming a The next time you meet an “ordinary kidney donor can be found at the Naperson,” take a few minutes to hear his or tional Kidney Foundation’s Web site at her extraordinary tale. It may be about a heroic lifelong struggle, or it may be about

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The 20th-annual Yellow Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, started at the Gandy Dancer Saloon and followed the lake around to the 10th Hole, Ike Waltons and ended at Yellow Lake Lodge.

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The grand marshal for the Yellow Lake St. Patrick's Day Parade was Lynn Toivola. – Photos submitted

The winners of the Most Irish title were the leprechaun Rick Heineke, center, and his girlfriend Leah, left.

Chuck poured Irish whiskey through a frozen four-leaf clover or luge, for a chilled shot for spectators at the parade. – Photos submitted

In an effort to


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determine the top crime-fighting agency in the country, the president narrowed the field Joe Roberts to three finalist, the CIA, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. The three remaining contenders were given the task of catching a rabbit which was released into the forest. The CIA went into the forest. They placed animal informants throughout. They questioned all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigation they concluded that rabbits do not exist. The FBI went into the forest. After two weeks without a capture, they burned the forest, killing everything in it including the rabbit. They made no apologies. The rabbit deserved it. The CPD went into the forest. They came out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear was yelling, “OK, OK, I’m a rabbit, I’m a rabbit.” •••


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This poem was written by Mikhaila Lampert and is dedicated to Bernice Abrahamzon. Lampert is a member of the Northwest ReSend reflections to: gional Writers, and she wrote this as part of the club’s tributes to Bernice that they’re submitting to the Leader for publication.


Tribute to Bernice Sunlight reached through the trees grasping like fingers at everything it reached it painted shadows, this cool spring morning, setting dips and valleys aglow in light. She felt it warm her fingers; her breath as she stood there admiring; jealous of its beauty. Her feet whispered through the high grass, casting shadows on her feet she looked back to the wind, watching her shadow dance and whirl. Lying on her back, fog escaping above wet dew seeped into places unseen. Golden buds; pink and yellow, called to her like a whistling fellow. Feet back on the ground, pacing and zigzagging, sunlight bathing the whole field. She was exhilarated; alive. She loped by the sun, leaping and catching it. Leaves fell upon her head, and she laughed. The wind laughed too, and said, “You’re oh so Beautiful ...” as she danced into the arms of loved ones.

Woody emerged from the

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woods behind the barn, which seemed appropriate. My dog Milo, who had not seen Woody in a year, barked nervously at this intruder Carrie Classon emerging from the forest until Woody called his name. “Oh yeah, that’s right,” Milo remembered, “the guy who sneaks around behind the maple trees.” Woody had come to see about tapping my trees and of course I said it was all right. Woody hangs buckets on a few of my oldest maple trees and I get a big jug of syrup out of the deal. But this year, it is less certain. The days are too warm and the nights are not freezing. Without the freezing nights, the sap won’t flow and there will be no maple syrup this season. “Have you ever seen a winter like this?” Woody inquired. I had to admit I had not. “Strange weather.” The local church youth group makes most of their annual budget tapping trees, a few trees here and a few there all over the community, until they end up with an astonishing haul of sap which they boil down, bottle, and sell to parishioners and neighbors. The youth group leader is worried. No buckets are hanging yet. No sap is flowing. The sugar shack men, who sit long hours watching sap boil down to one fortieth its volume, are checking the long-term weather forecasts and making dour prognostications but nobody knows for sure. If the trees bud out, they say, it will be too late and there will be no syrup this year. If the trees bud out and then it freezes, that will be bad for the orchards. They watch their thermometers and compare notes. “Strange weather,” the sugar shack men agree. This winter that never became a real winter is now becoming a spring that is not a normal spring. It is


unsettling for the sugar shack men and me. We expect the seasons to follow some sort of reasonable order and have an expected outcome. March is the month when winter storms come and they blow over. We do not get comfortable in a March thaw because we have learned that March is a month of changes and change is the norm. Every March, snow falls and then it melts. The weather warms and freezes again. The sap flows and gallons are distilled into sweet amber pints. Then the cycle repeats the following year. My expectations of love are similar. I expect love to follow some sort of time honored principles. I expect it to look and conduct itself in a certain way. Even though it is at times tumultuous, I am confident that love has a season of its own and follows rules that are bigger than me and more lasting. Even if there is a temporary disruption, I reason, love will return. I expect that love, given enough time, will ultimately distill to a sweet nectar. Instead, I find that love does not look or behave the way I expect this season. In this strange weather, I am looking for signs of a return to the sweet and familiar. As unsettled and speculative as the sugar shack men, I’m making my own prognostications which vary by the hour. The sound of geese flying low woke me this morning before the sun was up. I stepped outside and looked at the moon still hanging in the sky. A strong wind was blowing from the south. I stood in my pajamas and felt a warm March wind blowing in my face. Till next time, —Carrie

Frederic Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run kickoff date set

FREDERIC – The Frederic ACS Walk/Run kickoff meeting will be held Friday, March 30, at Hacker’s Lanes at 7 a.m. Please contact Elvira Schmidt at 715-653-2684 if you would like to attend or if your team captain has not been contacted. Registration forms and additional information will be available at the meeting. Spring is just around the corner, and so is the Frederic Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run. Plan ahead and set aside Saturday, May 12, for this big event. The walk can be a fun family or organization activity and a healthy way to help a worthy cause. It is also a chance for the Frederic community to rally together and support cancer survivors, help fund education and raise money to eliminate cancer in the future. The ACS Walk/Run is also an important way to support cancer research. Walk participants may choose a 2-, 3- or 5-mile route. Refreshments will be available, and each participant who raises at least $60 will receive a T-shirt. Teams and individuals who raise over $500 will receive a team picture. LUCK - The Polk County Genealogy Society will hold its If you are unable to walk, consider supporting a March meeting on Monday, March 26, at the Luck Area His- walker with your donation or purchasing a tribute flag to torical 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, MADISON — USDA officials learned late Friday afsupplemental instructions will be given by PCGS members to assist others in learning the steps needed to index the 1940 ternoon, March 16, that fraudulent letters are being sent federal census due to be released on April 1. The indexing by fax to individuals and businesses in at least four project is being undertaken by FamilySearch to provide free states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA proaccess to all who may be interested in seeking out targeted in- curement officer and seek personal information. These formation provided by the 1940 census. PCGS members are letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond encouraged to attend this meeting as PCGS joins with count- with personal and financial information. less other genealogy societies across the United States, who The fraudulent letters bear USDA’s logo and seal and all operate independently, in the project of indexing the 1940 are signed by an individual identified as “Frank Rutenfederal census. - submitted berg” using a title of Senior Procurement Officer. Letters

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honor a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one. Tribute flags forms will be available at both banks in Frederic after the kickoff. Many area Frederic businesses will be taking $1 donations for paper athletic shoes and displaying them in their windows or the interior of their stores. Again this year, Frederic area businesses may purchase a Sign of Hope for $35. The signs will be placed along Hwy. 35 with the name of the business. The signs are a good way to advertise and support the walk. “The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.” The ACS offers hope, progress and answers. For further information on the Frederic ACS Walk/Run, contact Schmidt at the aforementioned number. For cancer information and resources call 800-ACS2345 or visit the Web site at - submitted

USDA warns of fraudulent letters

Packing my bags

Cold Turkey

Jesus said, “In this world you will have troubles.” That must have meant that he went on vacation. I love to travel and that guar- John W. Ingalls antees I will have problems. No vacation, no matter how well planned and executed, will ever follow expectations. I have had the privilege of visiting many different countries, and not once have I ever had a trip that was trouble free. In fact, of the trips most revered, it is usually when adversity was in the driver’s seat. At this moment I am supposed to be packing my bags for a family vacation. My organized wife, and the most organized of my children, have already been sifting, sorting and packing for days. I tend to wait until about two hours before departure. By that time I have reserved enough energy to really focus on the task. In the past, I tended to overpack, so now I use a small bag. When it is full, I’m done, simple. Airline travel has become increasingly more frustrating. One airline claims that bags fly free; the problem is you don’t know which direction they are flying. My daughter once flew to London; her bags went to Frankfurt. After a brief tour of the country they returned to London to join her. On one trip my bags went with me part way, and when we got to Puerto Rico we parted ways. I never did find out where the bag went, but about a week later it showed up at my

door feeling remorseful. I forgave him for going astray, but when he broke his zipper we parted ways for good. We once flew into the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and in the airport were MD mountains of lost and unclaimed luggage. The rightful owners were probably in Paris or South Africa. I think most of the bags of our fellow travelers ended up in Iceland or Bangladesh. Weather is another factor that is never quite what we expect. I have traveled in Florida expecting warm sunny weather, and thought I was going to die from hypothermia. In Alaska, 11 out of 12 days it rained. Our one sunny day was spent on an endless rough gravel road peppered with enough rain-filled potholes to completely cover our camper in mud. Last summer, we packed for a fishing trip to Canada. Expecting cool, damp weather, we were greeted with 80 degrees and sunshine every day. Warm jackets and wool socks remained packed while our limited supply of shorts and T-shirts worked overtime. On another fishing trip, we had sleet in July. The float plane flight was so rough my wife made me promise to update our last will and testament as soon as we returned home. On a sailing ship in the Caribbean, we had such wind that we lost four sails, and the crew served us ginger soup, ginger ale, ginger tea and ginger beer so we wouldn’t get seasick. I gingerly threw up anyway. In Greece, it

have been received by fax in Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but may have also been sent to other states. Recipients should not respond and should not supply the requested information. USDA is investigating this matter through the Office of the Inspector General. If you suspect you have received such a letter or have questions please contact USDA at: or call 202-720-9448. — from USDA

was so hot you couldn’t sit on the park benches even late at night without branding yourself. No matter what country we entered, the locals would always say the same thing, “This is very unusual weather.” Lodging is never ready when we are and seldom what we expect. On one trip we found the beds to be stiffer than a stack of plywood. In that city of 10 million people, everyone drove past your bedroom at night, usually honking or with sirens wailing. On that particular trip we made careful arrangements to be greeted at the airport by someone we knew. It was Bangkok, Thailand, in the middle of the night. We landed in a hot, steamy environment without our expected hosts. Our sweaty, wrinkled clothes boldly announced our condition of being lost and confused. One compassionate person at the airport assisted us in efforts to find lodging and transportation. The taxi driver spoke rudimentary English but enough for us. “Farang want 5-star hotel?” (We later learned that farang meant foreigner.) “No” I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and looked at my bedraggled family. “Just someplace nice.” We drove for miles and miles and finally arrived at a quiet place. As I was checking in the receptionist said something to me in Thai, which I didn’t understand, so I answered in Spanish. We both nodded and smiled. $26 for two rooms seemed fair. In the morning, I noticed the sign outside the hotel, “Nice Palace.” Finally I got what I asked for.


Antlers, an outdoors expo, and old-time fun “We wanted to do something a little different,” Steve Wierschem explained. He was responding to a query about the Antler Expo/outdoor show set to take place at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park on the weekend of March 31 and April 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. As park director Wierschem recalls, “I talked it over with some of the people at the Fishbowl United Sportsman’s Club and came up with an idea that should appeal to a broad range of our area’s outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, to keep things in historical perspective, lots of the re-enactor sorts who are drawn to our summer rendezvous wanted another event at which they could be on hand, in historical garb, to interact with site visitors at the reconstructed fur post cabins.” The site’s visitors center will house displays from several outdoor equipment vendors, everything from hunting ap-

Folle Avoine Chronicles Woodswhimsy the gnome

parel and gear to handcrafted knives to historic replicas. Wild rice soup and beverages will also be available. In addition, DNR representatives will present a couple of programs pertaining to new regulations going into effect soon and the National Park Service will also have reps on hand for those questions pertaining to the Namekagon-St. Croix waterway. Another featured activity will center around antler scoring. And, for the latter, says

Re-enactors, dressed as people of fur trade times, will be living at the historic fur trade cabins during the Antler Expo/ outdoors show at Forts Folle Avoine.

The history and art of antler scoring will be featured during the Antler Expo/outdoors show coming up on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. – Photos submitted Wierschem, “We need people to bring in their antlers.” The antlers will be scored by a team of experts who will analyze everything about the rack, from its size to its tines to its overall structural quality. As this activity takes a while, Wierschem reminds hunters to bring in their sets during the week, so a backlog doesn’t occur on the weekend, although those who absolutely can’t make prior arrangements are still welcome on Saturday or Sunday. More info about this can be obtained by calling Wierschem at the site, 715-866-8890 during office hours Monday-Friday or by leaving a voice message if no one’s there. Once the scoring is accomplished, the racks will be returned to you. Other, more historic activities, will include blacksmith demos and an encampment of voyageurs at the fur post cabins along the river. Here visitors wishing to

escape the year 2012 can trek down to visit with some characters from the past. Besides, it’s April Fools weekend, and what could make for a more topsy-turvy moment than conversing with people who think it’s still the year 1803? Perhaps not as exciting as bumping into an actual gnome, but surely close. As Wierschem puts it, “The antler/sports/historic expo is a sort of preseason event. Another will involve the construction of a historic beehive-type clay cooking oven.” I’ve heard this will take place in May, be taught by breadmaking guru Al Johnson, and be limited to just 12 participants. I’ll scout out some further details and be back with you in a couple of weeks. Signed, Woodswhimsy

Webster After 3 program hosted community mentor get-together

On Thursday, March 8, the Webster After 3 program hosted a community mentor get-together. Twelve adults from area churches paired up with about 50 kindergarten though sixth-grade students in an effort to build relationships and teach the students hobbies like chess, watercolor painting, knitting, cooking from India, softball, guitar and crafts. Many area organizations have donated generously to the Webster School District, providing things like school supplies, winter clothing and even food. This was an attempt to donate an even more precious resource to make a difference in kids lives – time. They ended the evening with root-beer floats. There will be another hobby night in April, and then it will culminate, at least for now, in a family meal with the mentors, kids and their families. It takes a community to raise a child. – Photos submitted

Pennies for Patients leukemia fundraiser The annual Pennies for Patients leukemia fundraiser was held through the month of February at Osceola Elementary School. Since 1995, the campaign has raised $42,000 from students collecting pennies. This year’s collection was taken to the bank in Osceola and the money was counted up. Pictured is the money going through the counting machine and students from second-grade teacher Barbara Jorgensen’s homeroom. Since Jorgensen is in charge of the annual fundraiser, her class gets to accompany the collection to the bank and see it counted. The total raised this year was $4,500 and money is still floating in for the cause. – Photos submitted


Woodland workshops offered at Frederic High School

FREDERIC - A series of workshops on managing woodland will be held Mondays, April 2 and 16, at the Frederic High School, sponsored by Frederic Community Education. The classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and the instructor will be Neal W. Chapman, Master Woodland Steward and Woodland Advocate for the towns of West Sweden and Clam Falls. What will you do with your woodland? Some landowners choose to “let nature take its course.” They believe that nature, left to its own processes, will be a better manager than they ever could be. While this may be true in some situations, many of the natural processes that formed today’s woodlands have been impaired by human activity. Wildfires that once renewed certain types of woodland have been curtailed. Non-native insects and diseases have decimated populations of some tree species. Introduced plants and animals have replaced native species. Residential, commercial, and industrial development, along with its transportation system, has fragmented woodlands into smaller, more isolated pieces. Wildlife populations are substantially different from a century ago. Centuries of human influence and disruption of natural processes have impaired forest ecosystems. Doing nothing is not the same thing as “allowing

nature to take its course.” The alternative is to become a woodland steward by actively managing for wood, wildlife or recreation while protecting the quality of your natural resources (soil, water, wildlife, trees and other plants) for future generations to enjoy. This series of programs will help guide you to understanding your property and in making good decisions about its care. Topics will include: • Identify Your Goals • Inventory and Evaluate Your Property including your diverse wildlife present • Develop Stand Objectives and Management Alternatives • Assess Management Constraints • Choose Management Practices and List Them on a Schedule • Keep Good Records • Ownership succession To register contact Ann Fawver, 715-327-4868, Cost is $25 and includes a lot of take-home material, couples register as one by March 26. - submitted

Rennicke is state chess champion Senior Jesse Rennicke of Luck High School took home the first-place trophy in his division at the state Scholastic Chess Championships held in Oshkosh, March 17-18. A total of 497 students from schools all over the state competed for the state championship, with only high school chess teams able to compete for the title. Milwaukee High School took top honors. Rennicke, with a perfect score on Board One against a field of 96, moved up from sixth place last year to win his division in 2012. Derek Rennicke also competed. He won four of six rounds, and brought home a medal and the determination to beat his brother’s score at the nationals in April. - Photo submitted

Do you remember? Compiled by Sue Renno

50 Years Ago

A St. Croix Valley Girl Scout Conference was being held at Frederic and 175 girls were expected to attend.–Over 250 people were served at the Frederic athletic banquet, with speaker Milt Bruhn, organist Dwight Jotblad and emcee Dr. R.M. Moore. Also participating in the awards night were coaches Tom Funne and Robert Berquist and Principal Bruce Shattuck.–Four area students were included in the spring tour of musical groups from River Falls State College. They were Sharon Hanson, Frederic; Warren Wilson, Luck; and Joan Chelmo and Ronald Christianson, Webster.–The Meady Smestad family and the Everett Schultz family received Outstanding Farm Family awards for Burnett County.–Percy Mortenson and Dick Dahling leased and refurbished the former Nater garage in Siren and planned to open for business April 1.–Gov. Gaylord Nelson would speak at the Burnett County Governor’s Dinner at the Webster High School March 28.–Six dead deer were found in the McKenzie Creek area, all killed by dogs within a three-day period, and five dead dear were found along the railroad tracks north of Webster, apparently struck by a train while eating new growth along the tracks where the deep snow had been cleared.–Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Erickson, rural Grantsburg, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a reception at the Wood Lake School.–President John F. Kennedy was scheduled to speak in Milwaukee in May.–The Siren Telephone Company was converting to dial operation and placed an ad saying “The voice with a smile will be gone,” speaking of the operators at “Central.”

40 Years Ago

Parkinson's support group to hear speaker

GRANTSBURG - Rose Wichmann, clinic manager at Struthers Parkinson Center in Golden Valley, Minn., will present the program at the next meeting of the Burnett County Parkinson’s Support Group, to be held on Thursday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. All people affected by Parkinson’s disease, including

caregivers, spouses, etc., are urged to attend and be prepared with questions. This group meets alternately at the hospital in Grantsburg and the new library in Webster, always on the last Thursday of the month. Contact Pat at 715-689-2163 or Fran at 715-866-8907 for further information.- submitted

Osceola Library plans discussion group

OSCEOLA Anticipation is building to meet the author of the popular fiction series by William Kent Krueger, which follows the detective-thriller-mystery-adventures of Sheriff Cork O’Connor in the Minnesota Arrowhead. Krueger will appear April 9 at 7 p.m. at an event hosted by the Friends of the Osceola Library and the library’s Adult Winter Read Program. The meeting will be held at Central Bank, Osceola, and the public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for questions and answers following the author’s presentation. A discussion of one of Krueger’s books, “Iron Lake,” which is a selection of the library’s Cold Nights Hot Reads adult program, will take place at the library March 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. Guests are welcome. Krueger’s books are available through the library. If you haven’t yet registered for the adult reading program, you have through the end of March. Sign up at the

library. Participants will receive a ticket for each book read, up to a total of five, for a drawing to be held at the author event at Central Bank, April 9. Books for the adult read program may be of the participant’s choice and are not limited to Krueger’s. The drawing will be for gift baskets provided through the generosity of Osceola merchants for adults who participated in the Winter Read. Contents of the baskets will include gift certificates for activities such as bowling, movie rentals and meals; services such as salon visits, dry cleaning and florist items, as well as merchandise including hair products, T-shirts, hardware items, wine, food and garden products. Krueger’s most recent novel, “Vermillion Drift,” recently appeared on the NY Times bestseller list. Among his writing awards he has received the Minnesota Book Award four times. - from Osceola Public Library

Five generations The Jensen family of the Luck and Frederic area is represented by five generations. Shown (L to R) are grandma, Angela Blanski; mother, Shawna Blanski; greatgreat-grandfather, Gary Jensen; great-grandma, Kathy Mara; and baby Jacelynn Hayes. - Photo submitted

A mobile classroom for a power hydraulics course would be at the Frederic High School for nine weeks, supplementing the vocational education program of Luck, Frederic, Siren, Webster and Grantsburg high schools.–Greg Ryan won the Polk County spelling bee at Clayton and would compete in the Upper Midwest Spelling Bee finals in Minneapolis.–There were engagement announcements for Patricia Linden, to marry James Foley; Jane Beecroft to Brock Gibson; and Sandra Johnson to Dirk Benzer.–Army Capt. Gary Hoverman, a 1961 Luck High School graduate, received an Army Commendation Medal.–The 1972 Wildlife Week theme was Ecology: A Wild Idea, and the chairman of the 35th-annual observance was actor/ecologist Robert Redford.–Winners at the Webster Pinewood Derby were Steve Ingalls, Perry Staples and Jimmy Peterson.–Members of the Frederic Cub Scouts surprised cubmaster Mike Milligan with a “This is Your Life” program, as he would be leaving the Frederic area to enroll in law school.–Sgt. 1st Class Clarence Kellberg set a parachute jump record, jumping 13 times from the world’s largest aircraft.–Cherry and Bart Starr were named co-chairmen of the American Cancer Society’s Wisconsin Division fundraising crusade, to begin April 1.

20 Years Ago

After seven consecutive appearances at the state meet and two second-place finishes, the Frederic Viking gymnastics team won the state championship. Katie Grindell took first in the all-around, and Tanya Tschumperlin placed first on the uneven bars, in addition to the team’s win. Other team members were Brenda Hinrichs, Jessica Ones, Anna Sventek, Sara Houston and Beci Miller.–A forum at the Polk County Courthouse was attended by 30 people. District Attorney Mark Biller, state Sen. Bill Berndt, Rep. Harvey Stower, Sheriff Craig Benware and the coroner, Dr. John Simenstad, led the discussion on crime, which ranged over topics of murder, suicide, traffic crashes, drug and alcohol misuse, dysfunctional families, domestic violence, a faltering economy, government social services and community responsibility.–Winners of a coloring contest sponsored by Circle C, Frederic, were Audra Gabrielson, kindergarten; Lisa Hutton, first grade; Sarah Route, second grade; and Ann Hughes, third grade. Each won a $10 gift certificate.–The A & H branch of the First Wisconsin Bank of Grantsburg was robbed by two gunmen.–Fourthgrader Thomas Mahlen was student of the month at Danbury Elementary.–Obituaries included Mae Berg, Vernon Noreen, Edwin Anderson, Raymond Springer, Jerome Wojick and Bernard “Bernie” Magnuson.–Burnett County highway officials expressed concern over the condition of county roads and the lack of money to fix them.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Greetings my friends, hope all is well in your neighborhood. Things are great here and I have been loving this weather we’ve been having – isn’t it great! This time last year we still had snow and it was mucky and gray out and now the grass is starting to turn green and the irises are peeking through the dirt. Before it started drying up, that silly Maya was admiring herself in the mud puddles. I’m not sure she knows if it was her or not, but it was funny. Eli used to do that too when he was younger, except he’d splash and get mucky so Mom keeps small towels by the door. Thing is, you have to be quick enough to catch him. What a week it’s been, Nitschke, our gentle giant, has been adopted as well as seven puppies and one cat. It sure kept Brenda, Lucas and the gang on their toes and out of trouble. Things are also shaping up to be another busy week with six more puppies becoming available in the next few days. They are all very cute, a mixture of Lab and Siberian husky! We now have some caffeinated kitties at the shelter named Frappe, Latte, Espresso and Chai – and off we go with the themes again! These kitties range from about 4 months old to 2 years and are looking for a loving home. Besides these four, our big boy Prince is still looking for that right person. On Saturday, the humane society participated in the St. Paddy’s Day pa-


Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Bart has been at the Arnell animal shelter for two months. He lights up when a walker with a leash stops in front of his kennel. He jumps with joy. Bart sure does love his outdoor time. He becomes a different dog when he is outside in the sunshine. Bart is attentive and outgoing. He adores children and has been known to plant a kiss or two. In fact, Bart is happiest when he has a human hand on him, stroking or petting him with reassurance. Bart has a great deal of puppy left in him at 1-1/2 years. His dream home is one with a big yard he can patrol for squirrels and gophers.

rade in Webb Lake and what fun that was. Six of the dogs walked with the volunteers behind our ambulance along with three awesome young men that we would like to send a big thank-you to. Jack, Matt and Travis Mortel helped collect donations and we really appreciated it. The three guys rode their bikes pulling a small trailer behind them with their dogs looked very comfy riding in them. Now if you ask me, that’s the way to travel! We threw candy to the kids and cookies to the dogs and everyone had a good time. People’s generosity in donating to the shelter was awesome! Our shelter dogs enjoyed the day and all the attention, but were pooped and ready to nap when they got back. This week I’m going to feature our two moms that are looking for a forever home. All their pups have now been adopted and they’ve been wonderful moms and it is now their turn. Harley and Liv are young Siberian husky mixes, with gentle and loving spirits. Despite the curve balls life has thrown them along the way, their spirit remains intact. See how Liv smiles and how great Harley looks in her St. Paddy’s outfit? While little puppies are cute and cuddly, the adult dogs need love too so please stop by and visit these moms and the others. A shelter animal always appreciates their

home, just ask me as I’m one. My friend Jenny tells me that the shelter is in need of paper towels, laundry detergent and bleach so if you have any to spare lying around we Harley could sure use it. Many thanks to those that answered our call for puppy food, we’re good on that for a while. Don’t forget raffle tickets are now available from the shelter or from one of our volunteers, they’re selling quickly! The grand prize is $1,000 with other great prizes. The drawing will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 21, at our spaghetti dinner fundraiser and silent auction event, 4 - 7 p.m., at the Moose Lodge. Need not be present to win! If you have any new items, services or crafts that you would like to donate for the silent auction, please either call or drop by the shelter. We could use your help. “The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” ~ Samuel Butler 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!

Bart was the featured pet in this column a month ago. We can’t figure out why he hasn’t been adopted yet. He is smart, gentle, tall, dark, handsome and he plays fetch like a champ. He is most certainly a German Bart shepherd or mix with his long muzzle, deep chest, intelligent eyes and dense coat. People call the shelter looking specifically for a German shepherd but none have come to look at Bart. We can only guess that his long ears, unable to stand and folding in half, have caused Bart to be passed over. In honor of Bart’s half-mast ears, we are cutting his adoption fee in half with the first approved adoption application.

Last week’s pet, Barney the buff tabby, went home with his collection of Purina weight circles and catnip mice. He will be the only pet in his new home, so he will only have to share his collection with his people. Still waiting their turns are Clark, a large-boned shorthair brown tabby with stature and Shadow, a longhair seal point Siamese mix with blue eyes and charisma to spare. Both of these boys are declawed companion cats. They would be perfect additions for apartment life. If you are looking to support the Arnell shelter and enjoy a good old Midwestern meat raffle, you are in luck. This Friday night, March 23, at the always friendly DeCosse’s Bar in Deer Park, a spirited meat raffle to benefit the animals at Arnell begins at 7 p.m. Enjoy the end of the work week with a few friends at DeCosse’s. It’s a great way to start the weekend. Arnell Memorial Humane Society 715 268-7387 or online:


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715-349-2964 I think Mother Nature is slipping, she forgot to let spring come into our area before she sent in summer this year. What a gorgeous week we had last week. The weathermen are predicting this week to be just as nice. If you want to see any snow you really have to go a lot farther north. Flocks of geese are returning each day. Standing on the deck I can hear their calls to each other in the sky as they pass over. The robins have returned early in droves this year. So far no bluebirds sighted here in bear country. Can the Baltimore orioles and hummingbirds be far behind? This old gal has both of their feeders ready to fill when they do arrive. Remember that PVC pipe saga here in bear country’s bird yard? Well, that pipe has been rolled from one end to the other by the tree rats but to no avail, the black walnut stayed stuck in the center of the

pipe. That is until last Friday. We left for an appointment in Frederic and when we returned, someone had succeeded in getting the prize. Hubby checked out his supply and found another large walnut to replace it. Hopefully we will be lucky to see the tree rat take home his prize. As I write this column, no big black critters have visited the bird yard but with the warm weather it is a day-by-day waiting game. Our large feeder the birds enjoyed eating sunflowers seeds from has been taken to the safety of the garage for next year. I will enjoy seeing the little cubs though. The first sightings of robins in the Siren area were noted at the Larry and Diane Tewalt home about a week or so ago, with Chuck and Hazel Hahr coming at a close second. The Rob and Cheryl Wheelers out on CTH N say

Bev Beckmark they have already heard the croaking of frogs, strange year. Bev Beckmark spent last Monday evening at the Violet Beckmark home visiting. Coming up on Saturday, March 31, at the Siren School is the 22nd-annual Rainbow of Fun Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get a great deal on your tickets by purchasing them early at all the Siren banks for $10. You will get 50, however, at the door they will be 4 for $1. This event is sponsored by the Mom for Kids. All money raised goes back into the school and the community. Congratulations to elementary student Wyatt Anton, middle schooler Makayla Staples and high schooler Corey Bauer for being chosen Siren Schools student of the week. Super job guys, keep up the great work.

St. Croix Senior Center Tuesday was our busy day again with exercise and Skip-Bo followed by our games. Charlie Zeigler and Bill McGrorty were the winning team in Hand and Foot. George Meixner, Gladis Weikert and Ione White were the winners in Dominos. The winners in 500 were Don Benson, Ray Nelson and Arnie and Marlys Borchert. Wednesday we celebrated the March birthdays with cake and ice cream. Thursday we had our exercises followed by SkipBo. At 4:30 Cribbage was played followed by 500. The winners in 500 were Roger Greenley, Elroy Petzel, Ray Nelson and Lloyd Knutson. The St. Patrick’s Day corned beef dinner was well attended with about 70 people. It was followed by games. Gratitude is extended to Ron and Elaine Edlund, who were the cooks, and the many helpers. We send our get-well wishes to Jerry Willits who has been hospitalized. Also to Joy Bandener who is hospitalized after her accident. Looking forward, we plan to have a membership dinner, possibly tacos. We will try to recruit new

members in May. More details will be coming, Remember, we are St. Croix Valley Senior Center and welcome seniors from the area. Our April meeting is the third Tuesday, April 17,

with potluck at 11 a.m. followed by a short meeting. About noon we will have a guest speaker to discuss Alzheimer’s awareness. You are welcome to attend this.

Siren Senior news We had another successful potluck on Wednesday. We had a nice assortment of food. We are planning to have our next potluck on Wednesday, April 18. We play 500 at 1 p.m. so please come and join us. Thanks to all the people who brought food or donated cash to make our potluck a success. We will be having our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at 9:30 a.m. This is the time to celebrate the March birthdays. We will be having our annual 500 card tournament on Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. We have received several items for our silent auction as well as door prizes. A meeting for the card party will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Committee, please try to attend so we can make some final arrangements.

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Gratitude is extended to Virginia Martin for her donations for the silent auction. We really appreciate all the things we are receiving. The Good Friday breakfast committee met this week and it sounds like they have everything organized. The breakfast will be served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The winners for 500 were Nancy Jappe, Anke Olesen, Gerry Vogel, Karen Steffen and Ralph Severson. Spade winners were Anke Olesen, Clara Palomaki, Roger Greely, Marie Bentley and Barb Geske. Enjoy our summer weather even if it is still supposed to be winter. Stay healthy and see you at the center.

Dewey LaFollette Karen Mangelsen

Donna Hines, Lida Nordquist, Diana and Karen Mangelsen, Marlene Swearingen, Lorri McQuade and Ruth Rydberg were guests at the home of Sharon Syverson Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Karen Mangelsen visited Lois Snyder Thursday afternoon. Later she called on Kay and Jack Krentz. Lida Nordquist went to Wisconsin Rapids Friday with Jan, Caleb and Hannah Schott. Caleb took part in the state competition in spelling in the Knights of Columbus Knowledge Bowl. They returned home Saturday night. Beth and Garry Crosby visited Judy and Greg Leonard Saturday evening. Judy is recuperating at home following hip surgery. She is wished a speedy recovery. Marlene Swearingen and Lida Nordquist visited Donna and Gerry Hines Sunday. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests at the home of Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Sunday.

Frederic Senior Dave CenterPeterson I hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful weather. The winners for Spades were Marlyce McKinney, Arnie Borchert, Lorna Erickson and Lillian Murphy. The winners for 500 were Marlyce Borchert, Del Hansen, Phyllis Peterson and Barb Munger. The nine bid winners were Tim Abrahamzon and Lorraine Hansen. Laryn Larson furnished new cards for the players. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. on Monday, 500 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pokeno on Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. and Bingo on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Keep enjoying the weather as spring arrives this week.

Webster Senior Bernie Center Boelter The weather certainly has been beautiful. Hope everyone has had a chance to get out and enjoy it. We wish to extend sympathy to the family of Allan Niklason who passed away on Saturday. He so enjoyed Wii bowling and Dime Bingo. He will be sadly missed. Wii bowling was exciting and competitive again. Bernie had high individual game and series of 225 and 421, but Judy was very close. The Mini Mites had high team game and series of 765 and 1491. It has been decided we will bowl until the end of April. Nineteen players came for Dime Bingo. Come and join the fun every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. There will be no cards or pool until after the first of April at which time we will go back to Thursday evening. I will put the start time in this column as soon as it has been decided. Winners of the Friday drawing were Delores Farr, Dorothy Bothman, Gladys Beers, Millie Hansen and Lily Gleason. The Friday brunches continue to be enjoyed by many. Plan to attend the potluck on Saturday, March 31, and bring a friend. Setup is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. There is always fun and games after. No need to call, just come in. Live your life and forget your age. See you at the center.

Births Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Cole Allen Rider, born March 10, 2012, to Teresa Tangen and William Rider, Osceola. Cole weighed 8 lbs., 9.9 oz. ••• A boy, Joseph William Kerber, born March 16, 2012, to Alicia and Jacob Kerber, Centuria. Joseph weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. •••

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Borderline news Beverly Carlin spent six days in Alexandria, Minn., baby-sitting for daughter Angie Steele’s children while Angie had brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic. She is home now, doing well, but the final prognosis will not be known for at least 10 days. Peggy Coveau made her weekly visit to her mom’s, Gladys Robinson’s, home in Webster recently. They enjoyed lunch and a visit at home. It was off to Sauk Center for Dennis Sherman last weekend. He goes over there once a month with a group of friends for a church event. Marlene and Don Mishler joined Pastor Tim Faust, Gigi Everett, Ted and Jo Masters, Paul Raymond and Sandi and Dave Drake for lunch at Cozy Corner Inn after church services last Sunday.

On the Saturday before that, Marlene and Don went to the home of Sharon and Doug Panek in Frederic for a dual birthday celebration for Sharon and Don. The “Maple Syrup Kids” are back at work in state forestland on the Kirshberg Road. They have been over to visit with Fran and Dave Baker a couple of t i m e s . The Bakers had them all (about seven people) over chili one evening last week. for As you may remember, these young folks have been coming up from the Cities to make syrup for about six years now in the spring. Fran Levings attended the March meeting of the Seven County Senior Federation in Mora, Minn. last week. The group is busy

Bob Brewster planning for its annual convention to be held in Braham in April. The Markville Zion Lutheran Church will hold Lenten services at 5 p.m. every Wednesday, followed by soup and sandwich. Everyone is welcome. Don and Shirley Flaa of Riverside returned from a threeweek vacation to South Carolina to visit daughter Sue and her family. They then went on to Missouri to visit Shirley’s 95-year-old mother. After that, they rented a condo at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and saw many sights around there. On Saturday night, they were supper guests at Ron and Sharon Proffit’s home.

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Fran Krause A week ago Saturday, Jack and LaVonne O’Brien were dinner guests of Teresa Childers at her cabin. Sunday, Tim and Vikki O’Brien were visitors with Donald and Clayetta Draper of Fancy Jack and LaVonne. Fran Krause attended the 4-H leaders meeting in Farm announce the engagement of their daughter, Daphyne DeAnn Draper, to An- preparation for the cultural arts fair, which will be Satthony Phillip Lamphere, son of William and Marcia Lamphere of Siren. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Merlean Draper and the late Elbert Draper of Fancy Farm, and the late David and Shirley Orr of Mayfield. She is a 2003 graduate of Hickman Co. High School, and a Grantsburg Music Festival 2006 graduate of WKCTCS. medical assisting program. She is currently employed as Society board member Priscilla a manager of Hibbett Sporting Goods in Bauer presented Grantsburg band director, Andy Schulz, and Mayfield, Ky. The groom-elect is the grandson of Vir- band students Jake Wald and ginia Lamphere and the late Henry Lam- Joel Rauchbauer with a check phere of Siren, and Robert Reichel and the for $200 on the eve of the high late Beverly Reichel of Webster. He is a school band’s trip to New York 2002 graduate of Siren High School, and a City, N.Y. - Special photo 2004 graduate of Hennepin Technical College’s architectural drafting program. He is currently employed by American Metal Finishers in Mayfield, Ky. The wedding is set for Saturday, April 14, Mayfield, Ky. – Photo submitted


urday, March 31. On Wednesday, Fran attended the Sarah Circle meeting with Ethel Daniels as hostess. Allyson Krause was home from school on spring break for the weekend. Saturday, John and Reeny Neinstadt attended Britany’s volleyball game in Stanley. Grandson Jarod

LaVonne O'Brien spent Sunday with John and Reeny. Natalie and children were Sunday dinner guests. Thursday Jack and LaVonne O’Brien met daughter Sue and Larry Mattson for lunch in North Branch, Minn., before they left for home in Austin, Texas, on Friday.

GMFS donates to band trip

Rotary's incoming president attends conference

Webster Elementary ready for growing season

Webster Elementary is getting ready for the growing season! Linnea Swenson’s kindergarten and Terry Day’s fourth-grade classes are busy starting seeds. The garden buddies are starting the seedlings that they’ll plant in the school garden. Several exciting garden projects are planned for the upcoming garden season. – Photos submitted

Accompanied by Warren White, Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls and the current assistant governor for Rotary District 5960 (L), Gordy Lewis, the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Grantsburg, is shown being congratulated on his leadership promotion by Rotary International District Governor Joe Kovarik, (center right) who is accompanied by his wife, Kathy. The Grantsburg Rotary Club’s incoming president and the assistant governor participated in a recent program in Rochester, Minn., where more than 240 presidents from Rotary Clubs in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered for a two-day workshop. Information was shared among participants on how to further increase humanitarian service both locally and globally and strengthen clubs through innovation and flexibility. The Grantsburg club is among more than 34,000 meeting in over 200 countries. Worldwide Rotary membership exceeds 1.2 million. As Rotary Club president, Lewis will manage the operations of Grantsburg’s local Rotary International club. During the upcoming Rotary year, the club will work to fulfill the international theme of Peace Through Service. More information about the local Rotary Club can be found on its Web site at - submitted Stay connected to your community.


LIBRARY NEWS Milltown Public Library

St. Croix Falls Public Library Lego Club is on the first and third Saturdays through June It will be held from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Legos provided. Please leave all personal Legos and toys at home. All ages, with a parent. Open lab for e-filing taxes The community meeting room will be set up with laptops for people who would like to e-file their taxes. Open lab for e-filing on Thursday, March 22, from 5 – 7 p.m., and on Thursday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wash away fines in April During the month of April, for every new roll of toilet paper, toothbrush or tube of toothpaste you donate, receive $1 off SCFPL fines. Donations will go to the SCF Food Shelf. April is National Poetry Month For Polk County Library Federation’s eighth-annual teen poetry contest, middle school and high school divisions entries must be received at the federation by Wednesday, April 18, by 3 p.m. Entry forms are available at all Polk County Libraries. After-school specials on early-release Wednesdays April 4 at 3 p.m. - Learn to draw Zentangles May 9 at 3 p.m. - Acting essentials with the Festival Theatre. Computer Cafe Resume workshop Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Supernatural St. Croix Falls – a paranormal event Brought to you by Friends of the Library on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14. Watch for the schedule of events in our upcoming spring flyer. Plant watchers with your host, botanist/ecologist, Barb Delany Beginning Monday, April 9, at 6-7:45 p.m. Information about native plants and native habitats, lively observations protecting biodiversity. Program includes outdoor hike from the library at 7-7:45 p.m. Smart Money Week April 21-28 – College: Getting There from Here Rebecca Berg, Edward Jones, will be at the library Thursday, April 26, from 6-7 p.m.

Individual help for basic computer questions Mondays from 1-3 p.m. Bring your own laptop; check out a library laptop or workstation. Call ahead to ensure availability. Play Wii at the library Inquire at the circulation desk. A wonderful friend of the library donated a brand-new Wii. Used games and accessory donations in good condition are welcome. School’s out! School’s Out is SCFPL’s after-school program for kids age 8-plus. Meet friends, get homework help and hang out at the library on Wednesdays during the school year from 3:30 till 5 p.m. Take bus No. 9 down to the library on Wednesday afternoons (with a note from your parent or guardian). Contact Cole,, for more info and to sign up for updates. Community meeting room is available for your organization Reserve the meeting room with our online form at Story hour with Cole Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Check out our Web site It has up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library and other useful library tools you can use at home, Look for us on Facebook. Our newsletter will be out the first week in December. Technology Free wireless and eight public computers are available at the library. Plus, six laptops are available for use in the library, but you must have a valid MORE library card in good standing. Hours The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715-483-1777. Email: Online:

Please Call For An Appointment

Steven Tesch, DDS 715-327-8607

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Upcoming events Adult winter reading program Fiction to Film Movie – Part 3: “The Social Network.” Join us on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., for the final movie of the adult winter reading program, also stop in to the library to pick up a copy of the book “Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. Our adult winter reading program ends Saturday, March 31, so there is still time to participate and win prizes. Author visit – Chris Seaton The author of The Dairyland Murder series is coming to visit the library on

Friday, March 23 Minute To Win It Challenges. From 5:30 – 7 p.m. tailored for middle-school ages but all are welcome. Win prizes and have fun. Used book sale Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the library. Great deals. Ton of books. Story time Bring the little ones to the library for story time every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for stories, crafts and snacks. All ages welcome to join our lively group. Computer classes Free computer classes at the library. Open forum class, Monday, March 26, 11 a.m.; and search and shop, Tuesday, March 27, 2 p.m. Call or e-mail library to reserve your spot, 715-485-3215, Space is limited.

Follow the Leader

Christine Woodward, DDS Jon E. Cruz, DDS 24164 State Road 35, Siren, Wis.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Some Fridays



Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Milltown Public Library.

Did you know? Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio, and even e-books and e-audiobooks. Check out our upcoming programming and wares anytime at www.milltownpublic or stop in and browse the collections. You can also find the Milltown Public Library on Facebook. Hours and information, 715825-2313. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or e-mail Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served up every day.

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Pajama story time with Cole Story time is held in the evenings at Milltown Public Library. Jump into your pajamas, grab a guardian, you’ll need them for a ride anyway, and join us for a half hour of fun, stories and a small craft every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Pack in some fun before your day is done.

* Preventative Care * * Crowns, Bridges, Cosmetic Dentistry * * Dentures, Partials, Relines * * Fillings, Root Canals and Extractions * GENTLE DENTAL CARE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY


New arrivals “Pretty Crooked” by Elisa Ludwig; “Book of Lost Fragrances” by MJ Rose; “Dog Who Danced” by Susan Wilson; and “Redwood Bend” by Robyn Carr. Book club Book club meets the third Wednesday of the month. Wednesday, March 21, at 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. Book of the month is “Safe from the Sea,” by Peter Geye. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site: www.balsamlakepublic, 715-485-3215.


Country Pride Co-op is once again offering scholarships. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to area graduates of the Class of 2012. To be eligible, the student or his/her guardian must be a member of Country Pride Co-op. Applications may be picked up at the schools in Barron, Clayton, Cumberland, Prairie Farm, Shell Lake, Spooner or Turtle Lake. You can also pick them up at the Country Pride Co-op Office located at 106 W. Prospect Ave. in Almena or at our Shell Lake Convenience Store at 331 U.S. Hwy. 63. You may also call 715-357-3650 and one will be mailed to you. The deadline is 556147 Monday, April 16, 2012. 20a-e 31r,L


St. Patrick's 5K Shamwalk/Run


Jeanne Prusak, Webster, was prepared for the Shamwalk/run using her “Walk Your Path” poles. “There’s a 20 percent increase in aerobic (value) using the poles, you use 90-percent more muscles than in regular walking and a 30-minute walk with the poles (compares to) a 50-minute walk outside without them,” Prusak said.

The St. Patrick’s Shamwalk/run in Siren was co-sponsored by the Burnett County AODA Prevention Coalition and the Burnett County Family Resource Center with the help of donations from area law enforcement, clinicians, pharmacists, coalition committee members and volunteers. The goal was to offer a healthy family alternative for people in the area on St. Patrick’s Day.

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“We were second to last last year, but we did it,” said three members of the Pinero family from Eau Claire and Oshkosh. Before the race started, (L to R) Marta M. Pinero adjusted the race number on Mareni M. Pinero’s back as Marta Javier watched. “We are very proud and support Lil very much. (The walk/run) is for a good cause,” the women said. Lil Pinero is the coordinator for the Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition, organizers of the event.

Three young members of Lil Pinero’s family, (L to R) Natacha M. Pinero, Andres Javier and Tatiana M. Pinero, came from Eau Claire and Oshkosh to take part in the St. Patrick’s Shamwalk/run in Siren March 17. The race was held to support substance-abuse prevention in Burnett County. The money raised in last year’s race allowed the group to put on a Middle School Youth Leadership Day that combined alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and leadership training. Money was donated to Post Prom, a sober activity for area youth, and work has been done in prescription-drug-abuse prevention.

Over 180 runners/walkers in the St. Patrick’s Shamwalk/run in Siren took off from Siren School at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17. The first runner in, Josh Bentley, made the 5K trek in 18:47. “I’m really excited about the turnout,” said walk/run organizer Lil Pinero. “The weather was so much nicer than last year (snow, blowing-crosswise sleet, cold). People showed up last year (180 on hand, despite the weather). It was amazing. I’m excited about what is going to be done (because of) this kind of event. Hopefully we will be able to do this next year and keep on doing stuff (like this) for drug/alcohol prevention in our area.” RIGHT: Mackenzie Swenson, Siren, was the first woman to cross the finish line at the St. Patrick’s Shamwalk/run 5K in Siren last Saturday. “It was fun, in a rough way,” Swenson said after the race. One hundred twenty people preregistered; over 60 more showed up on event day.

Josh Bentley, Siren, registered another first in his running career, coming in at the head of the pack in the St. Patrick’s Shamwalk/run Saturday, March 17. Bentley, winner of the first walk/run put on by the Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition at this time last year, came in with a time of 18 minutes 47 seconds. Bentley’s other win so far this year was at the Book Across the Bay, a snowshoe event across Superior Bay in February. “The ultimate goal for the event was to offer a healthy alternative for people in this area,” commented organizer Lil Pinero.


Pinewood Derby


GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Cub Scout Pack 560 held their annual Pinewood Derby race on Saturday, March 17, at the Crex Convention Center. The top two racers from each den will move on to the district race on April 14. - submitted

Cub Scouts and their families anticipated the results of the next race. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Cub Scouts and their cars lined up before the racing began.

Girl Scout adventures

Frederic Daisy Girl Scouts had a cookie poster set up at their cookie booth in the Bremer Bank on Saturday, March 3.

First-grade Frederic Daisy Girl Scouts, Troop 55217, (L to R): Jessica Blechinger, Rosalyn Lundquist, Sommar Olson and Jada Jeske, held a local cookie booth at Bremer Bank on March 3.

Frederic kindergarten and firstgrade Daisies took a field trip to the Frederic Fire Hall.

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Local girls who attended the Great Girl Scout Gathering at the Mall of America Saturday, March 10, celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts were (L to R): Madilyn Carlson, New Richmond, Sophia Slather, Frederic and Ally Martin, Hinckley, Minn.

RIGHT: The Minnesota Raptor Center showed a falcon, the world’s fastest bird, to the Girl Scouts during the celebration at MOA on March 10.


Local historians pool their resources by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK - “With the ropes of the past we will ring the bells of the future” seems a pretty apt motto for a recent gathering in Luck. While the stories, photos, relics and customs of the past are well-celebrated in this region, they often overlap into other communities, families and even into different interpretations. That overlapping of history is rarely noted, but may be looked at in an exciting new approach, if some of the ideas presented last week at a unique forum come to fruition. It was a unique gathering at the Luck History Museum on Thursday, March 8, where officers and members of area historical societies combined in a first-ever forum meant to foster their efforts and combine their knowledge to help them all. The featured guest was Janet Seymour, director of field services for the Wisconsin Historical Society. She outlined ways the state society can help the smaller societies, one of them being through so-called minigrants that can help them purchase or offset costs of things like shelving, archival storage, software and certain display supplies. But Seymour also outlined changes those societies need to note on things like tax-exempt status, which the Internal Revenue Service has changed from the smaller groups that may have used the umbrella of larger, county societies in the past. “It’s a big surprise for many societies,” Seymour said. “It’s cumbersome.” Seymour also praised the gathering, and encouraged the same type of meeting more often, where societies can piggyback on other groups and combine their efforts on certain projects. “It’s good to utilize your limited resources,” Seymour said, noting how other counties or regions have held think tanks with localized approaches, meant to help them all, even though they may have different focuses. The meeting also gave local societies a chance to outline their recent work or approaches, with new Polk County Historical Society President Muriel Pfeiffer introducing their new museum director, Alyssa Auten. Auten also works with the Taylors Falls Historical Society, and noted advances at both groups, from upcoming displays of long-forgotten and stored extinct bison bones from a site near Dresser that will be on display at the Balsam Lake museum, to pending changes at the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center, where the lower level of the former depot is the new TFHS offices and work space. “There’s lots going on at Polk County and in Taylors Falls,” Auten said. Judy Wester of the Polk County Genealogical Society also noted their group’s home base is at the Luck Museum, with volunteers able to work with people on specific days to find their lineage. Wester was also the primary organizer of the all-society gathering and handed out a variety of resources for online research. “We’ve compiled a lot of sites that can help, and we also have subscriptions to

Doing more together

Members of various local historical societies gathered together for a unique forum Thursday, March 8, in Luck. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Janet Seymour of the Wisconsin Historical Society was the featured guest.

pointed out the restoration of the Baker Building and adjacent annex for the future, as well as the TFHS Depot news. There was even representation from outside Polk County, with Sherry Stirling of the Chisago County Historical Society outlining their ongoing efforts to videotape interviews with World War II veterans over the past decade, as well as gravesite markings and dovetailing efforts with the Library of Congress. “A lot of these people are in their 80s and 90s,” Stirling said. “They aren’t going to be with us much longer.” Erling Voss of the new Milltown Historical Society outlined their new home in the former Lakeland Communication office in Milltown, and how they are cataloguing and reviewing their donations. “We’ve got a lot of stuff that’s come in over the past two years,” Voss said. “I’m getting a lot of good ideas today!” Russ Hanson of the Sterling-EurekaLaketown Historical Society discussed their efforts to become independent, and gain their own tax-exempt status, as well as develop a theme for their base in the Cushing Community Center. The SEL group is also pushing to have local societies assist with renewed or enhanced signage that was placed across the county since 1986, many of which are missing, broken or faded. “I’m on a quest to get this redone,” said Mark Johnson. “Some of the sites go back to 1838!”

He suggested involvement and “adoption” of an area or certain sites, with community groups assisting in the efforts. “It would also be nice to standardize them [the markers] also,” Hanson added, as Johnson showed examples of laminated signs that would last longer than the older, routed-out redwood signs of the past. “Who knows, we may get people coming out of the woodwork to help,” Johnson said with a shrug. Chuck Adleman outlined the efforts of the Luck Historical Society, which hosted the event in their new building. He highlighted their community involvement, from their school art displays to movies, and extensive community use at the museum, which was built entirely with donations and grants. There was also discussion on ways the smaller societies could assist with the ongoing efforts to establish a national heritage area in the region, and how the societies could combine those efforts in one digitized or easily accessible Web site, as a way to combine everything from genealogy, buildings, stories, schools, photos, even tax records or local officials. While several historical societies were not able to attend, the general consensus was to continue and expand the roundtable meetings, to utilize those efforts in ways never thought of previously. “You really are in this together,” Seymour noted.

Judy Wester of the Polk County Genealogical Society was the main organizing force behind the effort. [Ancestry.Com] help even more,” Wester said. Kathleen Melin of the Lamar Historical Society noted their efforts to restore and enhance the former Lamar School building and site, and how there are only a handful of old schools that are still in their original state. A century ago, there were over 140 small schools in Polk County, and most are either gone or converted to homes or businesses. “We’re really a community organization,” Melin said. “There’s very few left in their original state.” JoAnn Hallquist outlined progress by the Amery Historical Society, which has a home for the first time ever, but how they are still coordinating hours with the Amery Public Library. She said they are working on efforts to create plaques for historic Amery buildings and locations, as well as working on markers for sites. “We’re a small space, but we’ve never had a home before!” Hallquist said. There were several representatives of both the St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls societies, and while the new space in Taylors Falls is big news, Mike Prichard also

Many of the signs and markers noting local areas in Polk County of historical significance are in need of repairs, replacement or refurbishing. An effort is under way for local groups to adopt the signs, such as this one marking the site of the first cooperative creamery in America, on the north shores of Little Butternut Lake, west of Luck.

Webster NHS makes cookies for Faith's Lodge On Monday, March 12, the Webster High School National Honor Society spent time after school to make over 30 dozen cookies for Faith’s Lodge. The National Honor Society has been baking cookies and freezing cookie dough for the families that come to stay at Faith’s Lodge for five years. This year they made chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin and presented the dough to Faith’s Lodge representative Evelyn Nyberg so that the cookies can be baked and served fresh to guests. – Photos submitted


"Jack and the Beanstalk" performed at Frederic

Kendra Erickson as Milky, Jenna Laqua as Princess Harp and Bailey Hufstedler as the goose, were among the cast of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a musical directed by the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre at the Frederic Elementary School. - Photos submitted

FREDERIC - Local children teamed up with two professional actors this past weekend to present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical version of the classic tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk." Performances were held Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, at Birch Street Elementary in Frederic. Audiences followed Jack’s adventure up and down the beanstalk through the worlds of Orchestrania, where all the people sang, Featherville, whose inhabitants were most “fowl,” and Giantlan, where he met the mischievous trolls (and of course, “the Big Guy”). The local cast (shown above, not necessarily in order) featured: 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 Zenzen-Meyers, 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 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. This Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre residency was sponsored by Frederic Community Education with financial help from Operation Round-Up, Polk Burnett Electric. - with submitted information

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Sydney Domagala as Toucan listens to a plea from Marah Coen as Owl, as Kyle Knauber (Jack) looks on.

The Carnies brought laughs from the audience during one of two performances of the musical “Jack and the Beanstalk,” presented this past weekend, March 16 and 17, at Frederic Elementary School.




St. Dominic’s has addition to the sanctuary

Perspectives Sally Bair

Physical and spiritual fitness Habits, both good and bad, sometimes take a lifetime to develop. We learn to brush our teeth during early childhood. We develop our eating habits early on, too. And though we learn bad habits, it’s never too late to undo them and replace them with the good. Some bad habits become addictions and require more than willpower to undo. However, most can be changed, even when it seems to take another lifetime. Whether trying to undo the bad or add the good, it’s rarely easy and always requires effort. The first step is to earnestly desire the change. Next, it’s good to list our bad habits and the good ones we’d like to learn. From that list we can regularly evaluate our successes and failures. When I do this, I learn that I succeed in one or two and fail in the rest. Guess I haven’t learned to try for one at a time. Perhaps that’s the most important step. A church parish nurse once suggested some habits to focus on. At the bottom of her list, she wrote, “Pick just one of the things listed and begin to incorporate it into your daily health habits. After you have incorporated that one thing, move on to another and you will be surprised at how much better you will feel.” Here’s her list of physical habits we can develop or drop: Get more exercise. Eat less junk food. Drink more water. Reduce alcohol consumption. Don’t smoke. Be safe. Get eight hours of sleep each night. Here’s the list of spiritual habits she suggests: Read your Bible daily. Pray every day. Forgive others. Her last suggestion, melding the physical with the spiritual, is to respect your body, it is the temple of God. Paul wrote, in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Paul also wrote about keeping in good shape, like a soldier, so we can better accomplish God’s will in our lives. If we strive to take good care of both body and spirit, we will be better equipped to serve God and will glorify him in the process. Thank you, Lord, for promising to help us develop good physical and spiritual habits and to overcome the bad ones that have hindered our relationship with you. We place ourselves in your loving, capable hands for success. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at

FREDERIC - It began with the discussion and desire of some parishioners of St. Dominic Catholic Church to have a crucifix back in the church sanctuary. Two member families, Jim and Jackie Schommer and Mark and Sara Ronningen, made this a reality with their generous donation of a hand-carved corpus from Italy. The original cross at St. Dominic’s was preserved by refinishing it to complement the corpus. The installation was done by the Schommers and Ronningens, and now the crucifix adorns the sanctuary at St. Dominic’s. The corpus was purchased through the T.H. Stemper Co. located in southeast Wisconsin. T.H. Stemper Co., Inc. was formed when Thomas H. Stemper purchased two bankrupt businesses and applied his management skills to turning around the previously failing businesses. Religious goods became the company’s dominant activity and today they are authorized representatives of some of the world’s leading religious goods manufacturers. The corpus purchased for St. Dominic’s was constructed in the Demetz Art Studio based in Val Gardena, a valley in northern Italy. The studio is famous for its wood carvings and has a tradition in wood carving going back over 400 years. The studio has always adapted itself to the market needs and artistic possibilities. During the years between WWI and WWII (the ‘20s and ‘30s) the studio was primarily involved in the furniture industry with an emphasis on rebuilding buildings damaged from the war. After WWII the studio redefined its abilities to the market of restoration of churches throughout Europe. It was when the first U.S. military personnel came to the valley that the studio discovered the possibility to offer its artistic ability beyond the Atlantic Ocean. A decision was made in 1962 to work exclusively for the Catholic Church goods market and to create larger statues. One such work involved creating the largest ever carved Risen Christ in 1985; this 27-foot tall carving is admired by thousands of pilgrims at a basilica near Turin, Italy. The corpus now in the sanctuary at St. Dominic’s is a replica of an artistic piece which is displayed in the Tuscany region of Italy and the original was carved in the 17th century by Petro Tacca. The studio continues to produce sacred art and its work adorns some of the most impressive buildings

St. Dominic Catholic Church now has a crucifix back in the church sanctuary, thanks to two member families. - Photo submitted throughout the world. The studio counts about 35 fulltime personnel including artists, painters, wood carvers, gilders and carpenters. Their work has now found its way to northwestern Wisconsin and all the way to St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic. Parish members and visitors alike have welcomed the addition to the church and appreciate the generosity of the Schommer and Ronningen families to make this a reality. - from St. Dominic’s

Children’s Good Friday mini camp at Peace Lutheran Church DRESSER – How do you approach Good Friday with your children? What do you tell them? Why is this such an important event in the life of each baptized Christian? Children are curious. They want to know what happened on that day. An opportunity for them to hear about the events of Good Friday in a way appropriate for children, kindergarten – sixth-grade, will be held on Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Pre-K children are invited to attend, but parents are required to accompany them. During the morning, the children will engage in a series

of activities and crafts focused on Good Friday themes. The morning concludes with lunch and the noon Good Friday service. Children may either attend the service in the sanctuary with their parents or their own children’s Good Friday Service in the music room. Registration is required and forms must be turned in by Sunday, April 1. Please call the church office to register and for directions, 715-755-2515. Cost is $5 for the morning and lunch. Scholarship money is available. submitted










LUNCH Tacos, assorted toppings, corn OR tuna salad.

BREAKFAST Yogurt and bug bites. LUNCH Pizza burger, fries, fresh fruit OR buffalo-chicken salad.

BREAKFAST Uncrustable. LUNCH Ham stacker, chips, mixed vegetables OR beef-taco salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast burrito. LUNCH Pizza, raw veggies, dip OR ham salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Grilled cheese, tomato soup, raw veggies, dip OR turkey salad.


LUNCH Hamburger w/fixings, tater tots, baked beans, pudding, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, fresh pear, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Hot ham and cheese sandwich, pasta salad, sliced carrots, applesauce, apples, oranges, bread basket.

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

LUNCH Cheese ravioli, bread stick, lettuce salad, green beans, sliced peaches, apples, oranges, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Corn dog, corn bread, baked beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/pancakes. LUNCH Chicken patty on a bun, tater tots, peas, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/egg muffin. LUNCH Taco salad, tortilla chips, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Pizza, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/donut holes. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

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


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Hamburger on a bun, oven potatoes, veggies, baked beans, tropical fruit. Alt.: BBQ pork on a bun.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Lasagna, bread, lettuce salad, peas, peaches, apples. Alt.: Chicken Alfredo.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast served with peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Turkey and dressing hotdish, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, beans, applesauce. Alt.: Bacon-cheeseburger.

BREAKFAST Biscuit, juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken patty, rice and beans, coleslaw, green beans, pineapple and mandarin oranges. Alt.: Beef, rice and bean wrap.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal cerealand andtoast, toastjuice served and with milk. peanut butter, juice and milk. LUNCH Pizza dippers, carrots, Cheese pizza rice, with corn, whole-wheat celery, veggies, pineapplecorn, tidbits, banana. crust, pears. Alt.: Alt.: Cook’s choice. Cook’s choice.


BREAKFAST Cheese omelet, potatoes and toast. LUNCH Sloppy joe, french fries, baked beans, mixed fruit. Alt.: Hot dog and fries.

BREAKFAST Pancakes and sausage. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, green beans, peaches. Alt.: Turkey and cheese.

BREAKFAST Assorted muffins, fruit cup. LUNCH Cheeseburger, spicy fries, corn, pears. Alt.: Chili and corn-bread muffins.

BREAKFAST Yogurt parfait with 1 slice of toast. LUNCH Turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuits, mixed vegetable, pineapple. Alt.: Hot ham and cheese.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs, sausage and 1 slice of toast. LUNCH Pizza dipper, marinara sauce, peas, strawberries. Alt.: Chicken patty.



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

BREAKFAST Lumberjacks. LUNCH Lasagna or ravioli, garlic toast, green beans and fruit.

BREAKFAST Belgian waffles/toppings. LUNCH Pizza calzones, corn and fruit.

BREAKFAST Mini pancakes. LUNCH Fish sticks, tater tots and fruit.


LUNCH Country breakfast, sausage, French toast, bananas and strawberries.

LUNCH Burrito, salsa, salad, corn or Swedish meatballs, seasoned rice, corn, pineapple.

LUNCH Chicken fillet with cheese, bun, Sun Chips, green beans, pears.

LUNCH Pizza dippers with marinara sauce, salad, fresh fruit.

Each building will have their own breakfast menu.



Cook’s buffet.


LUNCH Cook’s choice OR corn dog, baked beans, carrots, pears.




Luann Sue Johnson

Lenten services held outside Who would have imagined that Lenten services could have been held outside on March 14? Bethany Lutheran of Siren and Pilgrim Lutheran of Frederic just couldn’t resist moving their Wednesday evening services to enjoy such a beautiful evening, enhanced by singing birds and a setting sun. – Photo submitted

Charles Lee Pearson

Beulah "Boots" Johnson

Charles Lee Pearson, 80, Frederic, passed away on March 16, 2012, at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. Charles was born on March 24, 1931, in Osceola, Neb., to Melvin and Signe Pearson. He attended elementary school in Omaha, Neb., and graduated high school in Freemont, Neb. He also attended South Dakota State. Charles served in the Air Force in San Bernadino, Calif., and did two tours of duty in Japan. He was married to Beverly Buchta until 1958 and then married Ruth Thompson from Milan, Minn., June 17, 1961. Charles owned a newspaper in Milan, Minn., for seven years, and a print shop in Hutchinson in 1969. Charles gave his life totally to the Lord in 1977, and he and his wife, Ruth, attended a Bible school in Kansas City, Kan. In 1997, Charles and Ruth joined the staff of The Wilderness Fellowship Ministries where they have actively ministered to people through prayer for the last 15 years. Charles loved the Lord, his wife Ruth, and spending time with his family and friends. Many hours of enjoyment have been had in the Pearson home playing games. He was a good sport, but really didn’t like losing. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons and their spouses, Richard (Merrie Lynn), Charles Jr. (Frances), Per (Stacy), Thor; and one daughter, Marsha Turquitt; grandchildren, Bethany, Todd, Aaron, Stephen, Emily, Chase, Seth, Dane, Rachel, Rebekah, Hannah, Micah, Nathan, Zach and Andrew; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Gloria Youngerman. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Signe Pearson; sister, Arline; son, Andrew; and sonin-law, Mel Turquitt. The review will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012, followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m. at The Wilderness Fellowship in Frederic.

Beulah "Boots" Johnson, 62, resident of the Town of Wood River, died March 19, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Memorial service will be held Monday, March 26, at 2 p.m. (1-2 p.m. visitation) at the New Hope Church in Grantsburg. Online condolences can be made at A full obituary will be published at a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.


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Ruth Ethel Peterson Johnson


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Our family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff of Comforts of Home in Frederic, WI. Their loving and professional care given to our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ellen Jepsen, was greatly appreciated. Thank you to Pastor Linda Rozumalski for her words of comfort; to Margie Nelson, Sheila Brom and Joanne Christiansen for the beautiful music; to Laura Fairchild for catering the delicious lunch; to Mom’s pallbearers and to the Rowe Funeral Home for their care and kindness. Thank you for the cards, memorials, flowers and prayers given to our family during this difficult time. A special thanks to our friends who traveled from South Dakota to be with us.

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Luann Sue Johnson, 60, passed from this earth to heaven at her home in New Richmond, on Saturday, March 10, 2012. She will be remembered for her candid comments and her joyful spirit. Luann was born in Siren, to Louis and Ethyle Johnson on Nov. 5, 1951. Because she had Down syndrome, it was recommended at that time that she be placed in an institution, but her parents insisted that she live at home and have a life as similar as possible to other children. Luann attended the elementary school program for handicapped children in Amery, and continued her schooling in Eau Claire, until 1976, when she began working at the Polk County Adult Development Center. She worked until her retirement in 2009. She lived in the first Polk County Group Home for disabled adults in Osceola, in Adult Family Care in Amery, and most recently in a community-based residential facility in New Richmond. Luann is survived by her sister, Judith Leigh, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her niece, Susan (Dan) Brooks of Bloomington, Minn.; her nephew, Steven (Kelley) Leigh of Woodland Park, Colo.; and her special great-niece and nephews, Catherine and Jamison Brooks, and Andrew, Tyler, Isaac and Lucas Leigh. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Ethyle Johnson; and her brother-in-law, Donald Leigh. A graveside committal service will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic. Refer to the following Web sites to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475 for additional information. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic,, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Ruth Ethel Peterson Johnson, 85, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Comforts of Home in Frederic, with loved ones by her bedside. Ruth was born Sept. 15, 1926, to Edia and Fred Peterson at home on Big Trade Lake during threshing harvest. The crew did not receive lunch from Edia that day. To honor Ruth’s birth, the crew silenced the steam engine whistle. Ruth was the fifth of five children. When Ruth was 4 years old, her mother passed away. She was then raised by her aunt Ellen. She attended school at Trade Lake No. 3 and graduated from high school in Grantsburg in 1944. After graduation, Ruth worked at Bell Telephone Co., in Minneapolis, Minn., for a short period of time and then returned home to help on her father’s farm. The farm milk was picked up by a handsome young man. His name was Lester Johnson. That started a wonderful marriage of 60 years. Ruth and Lester married on May 26, 1951, and four children were born to their union: Leonard, Lynnea, Maurice and Nylene. Ruth and Lester farmed in the Town of Trade Lake from 1951 to 1966. They were dairy and hog farmers and had a flock of chickens. Ruth also worked at McNally’s machine shop in Grantsburg. The family moved to New Richmond in 1966. Ruth was a housewife during this time, while Lester worked at DoBoy feed mill. The family moved back to Grantsburg and resumed dairy farming in 1976 until retirement in 1985. Ruth worked many different jobs, but she liked bookkeeping the best. Ruth was also the Town of Trade Lake clerk. After retiring, each winter Ruth and Lester enjoyed taking trips to Apache Junction, Ariz., and spending the summers in Wisconsin at Trade Lake. They traveled to Sweden to visit relatives twice. Ruth’s hobbies included quilt and loom-rug making, gardening, cooking, golfing and fishing. She had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers when no one else could. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake. She is survived by her husband, Lester; her two sisters, Agnes Larson and Edith Engelhart; her children, Leonard (Judy), Lynnea, Maurice (Suzy) and Nylene (Kenny) Wicklund; her grandchildren, Craig (Keri) Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Sara (Craig) D’Abreo, Meghan (Chris) Dick, Jason (Doni Jo) Johnson; Stina Johnson, Jade Johnson (Clint Mielke), Anders (fiancée Linsey) Wicklund, Jay Wicklund and Spencer (Becky) Wicklund; her greatgrandchildren MacKenna Johnson, Trenton Johnson, Carter Johnson, Masen Johnson, Braylen Johnson, Cortland Johnson and Graci Johnson. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred; mother, Edia; infant brother, Mortz; brother, Gustaf; special aunt, Ellen; and niece, Nancy Larson. Memorial funeral service was held at Zion Lutheran Church, Trade Lake, with Pastor Theresa Riewestahl officiating, Wednesday, March 21. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with the arrangements.


Raymond M. Berklund Raymond M. Berklund, 95, resident of Luck, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Raymond Maurice Berklund was born on Feb. 28, 1917, in Duluth, Minn., the son of Maurice and Matti Berklund. The family moved to Wisconsin when Ray was a young boy, to the homestead of his grandfather in Lorraine (McKinley). Ray attended Cumberland High School and graduated in 1934. He then attended one year of college at the University of Minnesota in civil engineering. He returned home and worked in various professions including performing earthwork on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and becoming a lineman working for Wisconsin Hydro Electric Company. Ray entered WWII by enlisting in the Army in 1942 and serving around the world, primarily in the China/ Burma/India Theater where he was part of an engineering unit constructing the Ledo Road between India and China. Ray returned home in early 1946 and married Helen (Brekke) Berklund on Feb, 23, of that year. Ray and Helen moved back to McKinley where they farmed, and Ray returned to line work at Wisconsin Hydro Electric, ultimately becoming part of Northern States Power Company. They moved to Turtle Lake and then to Luck in the early 1950s where Ray served as district representative for NSP until his retirement in 1980. Ray was very active in the community serving on the Luck Village Board, Luck Park Board, and church council for the Luck Lutheran Church. Ray and Helen raised two sons, Dennis of Luck and David of Osceola. Both Ray and Helen spent their last years under the wonderful care of the staff at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and caring spouse, father and grandfather. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his brother, Norman; and his sister, Beatrice. He is survived by his two sons, Dennis Berklund and Dave (Mary) Berklund; grandson, Kristopher Berklund; and sister, Irene (Chuck) Hanson of McKinley. Funeral services were held at the Luck Lutheran Church on Monday, March 19. Burial was at the McKinley cemetery. 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,

Clarence Robert “Mac” McClain Clarence “Mac” McClain, 86, Isabella, Okla., died March 10, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 12, 1925, in Warsaw, Ohio, to Clarence and Verna McClain. Mac enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 during World War II. When the war ended, he returned home and finished high school. Mac enlisted again but this time in the U.S. Air Force in June of 1947. He was sent for pilot training but never received his pilot license due to the fact that he hadn’t learned to repair the aircraft. Mac was honorably discharged in 1950. For the next four years he would work as a civilian police officer in Wisconsin. He then re-enlisted into the Air Force and continued his career in the military until his retirement in 1968. Following retirement, Mac went back to work in Wisconsin as a police officer where he retired for the last time in 1980. Mac and Lorena moved to Isabella, Okla., where they lived happily together until his death. Mac’s greatest love was golfing. He would rather be golfing than most anything else. Hunting turkey and playing tennis were fun pastimes, as well as spending time with his beloved nieces and nephews. Mac is survived by wife, Lorena; brothers-in-law, Jake, Lee and Lincoln; and sisters-in-law, Mabel and Evelyn; as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 24, 5:30 p.m., at the Isabella Church of the Nazarene. Clarence was cremated per his request. Condolences may be made online at The Fairview Funeral Home Inc., Fairview, Okla., was entrusted with arrangements.

Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen Christine M. (Skow) Pedersen, 96, longtime resident of Luck, died March 18, 2012, at Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m., at St. Peter's Lutheran Church with fellowship after the service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Peter's Lutheran Church. A full obituary will be pubished at a later date. The Cremation Society of Minnesota of Minneapolis, Minn., was entrusted with arrangements.

OBITUARIES Donald I. Newman

Donald I. Newman, 71, Star Prairie, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Christian Community Home in Osceola. Donald was born Sept. 10, 1940, at Osceola to Irvin and LeNora Newman. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1958. On April 8, 1961, he married Diane Schwan in Osceola. This union was blessed with nine children. In the early years of their marriage, Donald worked at Champion Aircraft while farming with his father. In 1969, Donald and Diane purchased the farm east of Farmington where they farmed for 35 years. Donald enjoyed working, playing cards, dancing, traveling and time with his family. He is survived by wife, Diane; daughter, Gail (Bob) Peterson; sons, Paul (Theresa), Michael (Sandra), Scott (Kay), David (Diana), Jeffrey (Sarah), Daniel (Kelli), John (Kendra) and Bradley (Allyson); 22 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Basham and Kathryn (Harold) Jones; sister-in-law, Denise (Brad) Renspe; many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, March 21, at Assumption Catholic Church in East Farmington. Interment was at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Christian Community Home – Osceola or Open Cupboard. The Grandstand Funeral Home, Osceola,, was entrusted with arrangements.

Dorothy Louise (Bruce) Neely Dorothy Louise (Bruce) Neely, 90, a resident of the United Pioneer Home in Luck, passed away on March 10, 2012. Dorothy was born on Feb. 6, 1922, in Langley, S.C., to Terrell and Sally Bruce. She married a Yankee soldier, Clarence Neely, on a fall evening on Oct. 31, 1942, in North Augusta, S.C. Dorothy and Clarence celebrated their love while the rest of the world was at war. While Clarence was at war, Dorothy worked at a cotton mill in South Carolina while raising their daughter, Janice. It wasn’t until 2-1/2 years later that Clarence returned home to meet his daughter and start the rest of their family. In 1947, Dorothy and Clarence moved to Wisconsin where they raised their nine children and lived out the rest of their lives. Dorothy worked for the Duncan Yo-Yo factory in Luck and later as a cook at the Frederic Nursing home until her retirement. Dorothy loved gardening, canning and the outdoors, but her passion was her grandchildren and her greatgrandchildren. She was lovingly called GG by many of her great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents, Terrell and Sally Bruce; granddaughter, Sally Jo Christensen; and sister, Ruth Hadden. She is survived by her nine children, Jan (LeRoy) Christensen, Charles (Linda) Neely, Mary (Terry) Lake, Wayne (Helen) Neely, Jerry (Penny) Neely, Terry Neely, Bonnie (Arlin) Chivers, Peggy (Ron) Skold and Ted (Christine) Neely; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Ed (Louise) Bruce of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held March 14, at First Baptist Church in Milltown with graveside services at Bone Lake Cemetery. 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 arrangements.

Robert W. Kettering Sr. Robert W. Kettering Sr., 89, a resident of Webster, died March 14, 2012, at his home. Bob was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Walrath, to Alvah (Bob) and Anna Kettering. He attended grade school in Glen Flora and went to high school in Ladysmith. He then went on to St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn. Bob married Gloria Bode in 1947 in Camden, New Jersey. After college, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a carrier pilot. He remained in the Navy Reserves as a lieutenant commander until his retirement. Using his skills from the Navy, he worked as a flight instructor at Flying Cloud Airport in Minneapolis. He attended business school and became a salesman and part owner of Wheeler Tank Manufacturing in St. Paul, Minn., before retiring in 1987. In 1989, Bob and Gloria made their home on Devils Lake in Webster. Bob enjoyed golf, hunting and flying. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gloria; his children, Robert Jr. (Susan) Kettering, John (Kathryn) Kettering, Patricia Kettering, Susan (Joel) Rowland, Elaine (Thomas) Gibbs, Jeanne Jaeger, Kathy (Harry “Buck”) Anderson and Lisa Kettering; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother George (Susie) Kettering. A memorial service will be held in April, details will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Phyllis Anna (Hruby) Jorgensen Phyllis Anna (Hruby) Jorgensen, 93, Danbury, peacefully entered her journey to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 12, 2012, at the Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care. Phyllis was born Nov. 28, 1918, in the Town of Cloverleaf, Minn., the eldest child of Vasclav “James” and Antonia “Nettie” (Burianek) Hruby. She met her husband to be at the county fair in Thief River Falls, Minn. Phyllis married Willie Denver Jorgensen in January 1942 after he had spent a year in Germany serving his country. To this union, they were blessed with two sons, Willie Jr. and Phillip. They lived in Minnetonka, Minn., until her husband retired from the Hopkins School District, then made their home in Danbury. Phyllis lived in Danbury until her illness, she then moved to Webster before having to move to assisted living. She was a deeply religious woman and enjoyed reading her Bible, cooking and having her grandchildren visit. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Willie, in 2004; one son, Phillip; her parents; two brothers, James and Richard; and one sister, Beverly. Phyllis is survived by her son, Willie (Linda) Jorgensen; daughter-in-law, Patricia (Cordell) Jorgensen; five grandchildren, Tammy (Mike) Jones, Brian (Nikki) Jorgensen, Susan, Jean and John Jorgensen; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna (Irvin) Mellem and Rosalie Wilson; several nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held and her cremains will be interred in Thief River Falls. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Allen W. Niklason Allen W. Niklason, 80, Webster, died March 17, 2012. Visitation will be Thursday, March 22, from 5-8 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Memorial service will be held Friday, March 23, 11 a.m., visitation 10-11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

George Warren Nutt Jr. George Warren Nutt Jr., 61, Grantsburg, passed away peacefully at his home on March 10, 2012. George was born on Feb. 28, 1951, to George and Betty Nutt. George served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Grantsburg American Legion Post No. 185. He loved spending time with his family and friends, fishing, playing guitar and driving around Crex Meadows and watching wildlife. He is survived by his children, George E. Nutt, Bill Nutt, Louie Nutt and TaraLynn (Pat) Magnuson; his grandchildren, Danny, Riley, Emylee, John and Kimberly; his significant other, Diane Roche; and her children, Rick (Tina) Roche and Steve Roche, as well as their children who were like his own, Kelsey, Kaitlyn, Kaylee, Ella and Sela. He is also survived by his brothers, Daniel (Carla) Nutt of Eddington, Maine, and Kirk (Becky) Nutt of Nichols; his ex-wife, Teri Nutt, who helped the family care for George in this difficult time. George was preceded in death by his parents; and many other loved ones. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Justyce Deja-Lynn Thompson Justyce Deja-Lynn Thompson passed away suddenly on March 17, 2012, at Spooner Health System Hospital before her little life began. She will be sadly missed by her parents, Chelsea Thompson and Billy Dixon; her maternal grandma, Renee Mosay and paternal grandpa Chad Thompson; her great-grandparents, Wanda Taylor and Morris Mosay, Margaret Sayers and Jack Thompson; her uncles, Allan Mosay, Clint Mosay and Robert Jones; aunts, Christina Thompson and Alexis Thompson; her great-aunts, JaNeen Mosay (Buck Zehner), Stephanie Mosay, Shannon (Bruce) Bellanger, Roxanne St. John, Tracy Saice; and great-uncles, Gordon Thompson, Jack Thompson and William Auginash. Funeral service for Justyce was held Monday, March 19, at the Hertel Tribal Center with Lee Staples officiating. Interment followed at the Sand Lake Cemetery, Town of LaFollotte. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS Stay-at-home mom trying to control anger toward kids Q: I’m a stay-at-home mom with four children under the age of 7. I love my kids and would do anything for them. But sometimes, I just lose it. I can’t handle all of the noise and the constant demands. I feel so guilty for losing my temper. Juli: You just exposed the greatest secret of most young moms: They get overwhelmed, they yell and then they feel guilty. Please know that you are not alone. Being home all day with little ones is a demanding and thankless job. Even the most devoted mom can slip into anger and depression as the laundry piles up, the kids are vomiting and the cries for “Mommy!” fill the house. The stress of motherhood becomes more pronounced if you’re isolated. To do any worthwhile job well, including motherhood, you need regular breaks and things in your life that replenish you. This means you need to make time for outlets that reduce stress like exercise, friendship, hobbies and romance with your husband. A great first step is to join a local Mothers of Preschoolers group just to have time with other moms who

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can completely relate to your life. They even offer child care during the meetings. You also need to recognize when your anger and frustration are being triggered. Give yourself a time-out. Taking five minutes to calm down, get perspective and form a game plan can keep you from losing your temper. You may also want to check out Julie Ann Barnhill’s book, “She’s Gonna Blow! Real Help for Moms Dealing With Anger.” You’ll find practical suggestions from a mom who has walked in your shoes. I respect your commitment to be home with your children and your desire to be a great mom. Don’t lose sight of all of the wonderful ways you’re investing in your kids. ••• Q: My boyfriend and I have been dating for a few months, and lately he’s mentioned the word “marriage.” I don’t have reservations, but I’m still nervous. He could pop the question any day now,

and I know my answer will impact the rest of our lives. Jim: This critical time, when it appears a proposal is imminent, is the perfect opportunity to explore pre-engagement counseling. While many couples seek out a counselor once they’re already engaged and making wedding plans, we believe there are many reasons to start that process before the engagement is official. My wife, Jean, and I did this, and it was an important step for us. Consider this: Engaged couples are far less inclined to take an in-depth, honest look at their relationship. In many cases, they’ve already purchased the rings, reserved the church, sent out invitations and hired a photographer. There’s also the social stigma of breaking off an engagement. For all these reasons, engaged couples have a vested interest in ignoring one another’s flaws and overlooking potential rough spots in their relationship. They’re already committed to moving forward. In many cases this can lead to problems later. Therefore, we’d recommend that you and your boyfriend find a good marriage-and-family therapist and set up a series of sessions now. The process should include a personality test such as the Prepare/Enrich Premarital Inventory. Contact Focus on the Family (focusonthe- for help in finding a counselor in your area. Yes, this process will require an investment of time and money. But hopefully you and your boyfriend will agree that it’s worth it in order to make sure your relationship is really marriage material. It’s much easier and a lot less expensive than going through a divorce later. Best wishes to you. ••• 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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Lenten church services AMERY – First Baptist Church. Maundy Thursday service April 5 at 7 p.m. and Easter service Sunday, April 8, at our normal service time, 9-10:15 a.m. There will not be Sunday School. ••• DRESSER – Bethesda Lutheran Church Easter schedule Sunday, April 8, 7 a.m. sunrise service, traditional; 8:30 a.m. sunrise service, contemporary; 10 a.m. Easter service, traditional. Lenten services, all services at 7 p.m. Lenten services, Wednesdays, March 21 and 28 with soup supper prior; Maundy

Thursday, April 5, no soup supper; Good Friday, April 6, no soup supper. – Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA, 2355 Clark Road, 715-755-2515. Palm Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with choir cantata; Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m.; Good Friday children’s event, April 6, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Good Friday service, April 6, at noon; Easter services, Sunday, April 8, 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.; Easter breakfast served at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. •••

FREDERIC/SIREN – Holy Week services are as follows: Maundy Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church and 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Good Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. at Bethany. Easter Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. at Bethany and 10:30 a.m. at Pilgrim. ••• 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. •••

WEBSTER – Our Redeemer Lutheran church invites the community to join them for Lenten midweek services beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22, with Ash Wednesday and ending 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 715-866-7191. •••

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


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

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


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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







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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Church Directory ADVENTIST


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



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




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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-472-8424; 510 Foster Ave. E.; Office 715-472-2605; 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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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Roman Lahti has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Allan and Prudence Lahti. Roman is an excellent student who enjoys math and science. His favorite sports are soccer and football and he is an avid “Star Wars” fan. His favorite book to read is “Danny & the Dinosaur” and he likes to play with toy dinosaurs. He wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.

Julia Buck has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Brenda and David Buck. Julia is involved in the dance team, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, church at Bone Lake Lutheran and youth group at Crossroads. She enjoys watching, “One Tree Hill,” reading and playing outside. Julia is outgoing, helpful and responsible. Her greatest influence in her life is her brother Waylon.

Erik Stoner has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Steve and Terri Stoner. Erik is involved in football, show choir, bell choir and works at Timbers Theaters. He enjoys reading and lifting weights. Erik is very responsible, respectful, a natural leader and has determination. His greatest influence in his life is his dad. He plans to attend the of St. Thomas.

Madison Schafer has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Jon and Angela Schafer. Madison is an energetic and positive student who comes to school each day ready to learn. She is respectful and caring to the people around her. Her favorite class is art. She thinks writing is her best subject.


Megan Chivers has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of Aaron and Angela Chivers. Megan has one sister and one brother. She is a wonderful student. She works hard and is very polite. Her favorite classes in school are reading and gym. When Megan is home she likes riding her four-wheeler.

RuthAnn Pedersen has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Chad and Shawna Pedersen. RuthAnn is involved in jazz band, handbells, gymnastics, volleyball, softball, band, pep band, marching band, choir, swing choir, drama, giving music lessons, link group, forensics, International club and prom committee. She enjoys sports and music.


Brook Linski has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Stephanie and Jamin Linski. Brook is polite, responsible, good-natured, friendly, pleasant to her peers and always does nice work. She enjoys riding horses, playing volleyball, reading and drawing. Her greatest influence in her life is her grandpa.

Clayton Dehmer has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Mark and Cassandra Dehmer. Clayton comes to class with a smile and is ready for anything, usually with a new question or idea. He works parttime at Wayne’s Foods and does volunteer work with his church. He enjoys reading, playing chess, spending time with his brother and playing hockey.

Katelyn Kozak has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Theresa. At home Katelyn loves to play with her cat, Miller. She does lots of chores for her horse and really likes to work hard. At school she likes to read and be in the library.

Madelyn Stelton has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Beth and Troy Stelton. She has two brothers. Her pets include a guinea pig and a cat. She is involved in band and enjoys reading, drawing and writing. Her favorite subject is math. Madelyn is one of those students who every teacher wants in their classroom. She is very hardworking, caring and kindhearted.

Dustin Findlay has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Karyn Findlay and Henry Findlay. He has a younger brother. Dustin enjoys writing, drawing, designing cars and playing music. He is a member of the Cushing Rural Fire Department.



Austin Tinman has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of John and Jill Tinman. Austin is always respectful and polite to his teachers. He has a great sense of humor. Austin takes his schoolwork seriously, working hard in the classroom, always aware of what he needs to get done. He does especially well in math and science, which are his favorite subjects. Austin played on the football and basketball teams.

Thorne Carter has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Angie and Lonnie Carter. Thorne always has a friendly smile on his face. He leads by example with his excellent work ethic and the level of repect he shows others. He is kind and helpful. Thorne’s favorite class is social studies. He is active in hockey and church. He enjoys walking dogs, playing soccer and biking.

Emily Stiemann has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Phil and Sheryl Stiemann. One of her best traits is her egalitarianism. Emily treats classmates with respect and encouragement. She can often be seen lending a hand to someone who is hurting or offering assistance on an assignment to someone who is struggling. Emily also maintains the best of grades and participates in numerous after-school activities.

Mercedes Moody has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Heidi Hakseth and Jody Moody. Mercedes is involved in band, Upward Bound, basketball and volleyball. She enjoys listening to music. She loves the color purple, the book “Crank” and the movie “Happy Feet 2.” She is very tenacious in and out of school.

Kaycee Marsh has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in kindergarten and the daughter of MaryAnn Hayes. Kaycee is a creative student and enjoys stories and reading. She is quick at her math facts and she is a good problem solver. Kaycee is kind to her classmates and she is helpful to the kindergarteners. Kaycee is always ready to get her work done.

Jazmine Mangelsen has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Roy Cyms and Heather Olson. Jazmine is a fine student who works hard to complete her daily assignments. She is friendly, polite and respectful to teachers and students. Jazmine is very talented in art and doing creative projects. She enjoys outdoor activities, gymnastics and hulahooping.

Henri Legrelle has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Claire and Alexandre Legrelle. Host parents are Julie and Aaron Strang. Henri is a foreign exchange student from Belgium. He is a talented musician and a hard worker. He speaks well and gets along well with others. He is involved in the school play, school mascot, cross country and soccer. He enjoys music, watching movies and reading.


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Christopher Walton has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Anna Petz and Doug Walton. Christopher is an eager learner and has a great sense of humor. His favorite subject is gym. He enjoys fishing, riding fourwheeler and cutting firewood with his grandpa.

Ali Kreft has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Bobbie Jo Babcock and Joe Kreft. Ali was chosen because she has a positive attitude and she participates well in class.

Taylor Mallin has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a senior and the son of Shylo Mallin. Taylor enjoys basketball, skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX biking. His favorite class is Introduction to Films. He plans to attend the Art Institute of Minneapolis next year to become a 3-D animator. He resides in Balsam Lake.


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Coming events MARCH



• Learn to Hunt Turkey class begins at Crex Meadows, 5 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Parkinson’s support group, 2 p.m., at the medical center, 715-689-2163.


THURS. & FRI./22 & 23 • Pre-K and kindergarten registration at the school. RSVP for time, 715-866-2810.



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


FRI.-SUN./30 -1

• Prom dress giveaway at Peace Lutheran Church. 47 p.m. Thurs. & Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., 715-755-2440.



• Gun show at Trollhaugen. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-338-5989.


FRI. & SAT./30 & 31

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


Balsam Lake

• The Spring Show at the high school, 7:30 p.m.

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



• The Help-er women’s spring conference at The Lodge, 715-349-7185,

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




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

• ACS Walk/run breakfast at Hacker’s at 7 a.m.


• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Open 1:30 p.m. Distribution 2 p.m., $15 donation. • Burnett County Citizen Patrol meeting at the government center, jury room, 7 p.m.

FRI.-SUN./23-25 St. Croix Falls

• “The Duck Variations” at Festival Theatre. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. matinee, 715-483-3387.

FRIDAY/23 Frederic

• Kindergarten Kamp, a.m. or p.m. session. Call to register, 715-327-4221. • 4K open house and screening. Call 715-327-4221 for time.

Enjoying the best of both worlds, these ice anglers got in some last-minute fishing while enjoying 70-degree temperatures last Friday, March 16, on the Yellow River Flowage on the south edge of Spooner. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer


• Presentation on Father of Crex Meadows: Norman Stone, 4 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Legion boys baseball steak dinner, 5-7 p.m., 715-4635724.


St. Croix Falls

• Community Homestead’s craft fair & bake sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,, 715-2943038.

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• Northwoods expo at the casino, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 800846-8946.

• Info meeting on WisDOT’s Tier II study of Hwy. 8 at the town hall, 6 p.m. • Knights of Columbus fish fry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 5-7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY/24 Balsam Lake

• Keys to Success Conference at Unity School, 8 a.m.1 p.m., 715-986-2020.


• Red Cedar Symphony Spring Pastorale concert at Barron Area Community Center, 7:30 p.m. 715-434-5281,


• Art & craft sale at Fristad Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.3 p.m.

Deer Park

• Arnell animal shelter meat raffle at DeCosse’s Bar, 7 p.m., 715-268-7387.

Turtle Lake Webster

• Booya for the Webster Fire Dept. at Yellow River Saloon. Starts at noon, 715-866-7473.

Wolf Creek

• Vintage snowmobile extravaganza, swap meet & drags. Registration 9-11 a.m., 715-483-9255.

MONDAY/26 Balsam Lake

• Adoption support group, Unity High School band room, 7:15 p.m.


• Polk County Genealogy Society meeting at the museum on Main Street, 1 p.m.


• Deer herd review for eastern Burnett & Washburn counties at the high school, 6:30 p.m.,

TUESDAY/27 Balsam Lake

• Polk County Alzheimer’s support group at social services building, 715-483-3133. • Skywarn spotter classes at the government center, 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.


• Grade 1 - 3 “Back to the ‘50s” program at the Birch Street Elementary School, 7 p.m.


• Burnett County Republican party will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 162 in the government center.


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

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

Every Monday

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

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

Every Tuesday

St. Croix Falls

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.


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.

• Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Easter meal and fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100. • Alzheimer’s support group at the medical center, 1-3 p.m., 715-483-0431. • Food and Friends Community Dinner at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5-6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY/28 Osceola

• Discussion of William Kent Krueger’s “Iron Lake” at the library, 6-7 p.m., 715-294-2310.

Shell Lake

• Regional cow-calf meeting at the Rachel Swanson Farm, 5 p.m. RSVP at 800-528-1914.

Every Wednesday

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.

Frederic students enjoy pie for pi day

FREDERIC - Do you know what you would get if you measured the circumference of a pie and divided it by the diameter of a pie? Pi! Pi is represented by the Greek symbol π. Mathematicians have been studying pi since as early as the 19th century B.C. Although pi is an irrational number that never repeats or ends, with the use of technology in September of 2011, pi was calculated to 5 trillion decimal digits. Pi Day is celebrated all around the world on March 14 at 1:59, because the first six digits of the number pi are 3.14159. Frederic students in Mrs. Leisch’s classroom did not fall short in celebrating

this mathematical holiday with the rest of the world. Sixth- through eighth-grade math students in Frederic spent Wednesday, March 14, learning about pi in a very hands-on fun environment. Students measured circular objects to discover how pi is found, sang songs about pi, played “pin the radii on the circle,” and memorized pi digits. “This year was the fourth year I have organized Pi Day in my classroom and I am always amazed with how excited and involved the students get each year,” said Leisch. “We had a new seventh-grade classroom record set at 156 digits memorized, a new record formed for the sixth-

Sixth-graders Nate Denkmann, Jenna Burton and Taylor Zenzen measure the circumference of an actual NASCAR tire while they learn how to calculate the number pi. - Photos submitted

Frederic seventh-grader Brock Phernetton cannot stop smiling after breaking the previous seventh-grade pi record. Brock memorized 156 digits of pi (previous record was 150 digits) and was rewarded a pie for this accomplishment. graders at 80 digits, and two eighth-grade girls even wrote and performed their own Pi Day song.” Although records were set and shattered in Leisch’s classroom, students will have to study a little bit more to break the world record. Currently the world record

Pi Day would not be complete without a pie in the face. Eighth-grader Sarah Wells was taken by surprise by a classmate. is 67,890 digits and was set on Nov. 20, 2005, by Chao Lu. If you happen to have missed Pi Day on March 14, you can also celebrate on July 22. The fraction 22/7 is approximately equal to pi and is often used during pi calculations. Donations of pies from Wal-Mart, Wayne’s Café, MarketPlace, and Wayne’s Foods made the event even better.

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