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Mysterious box holds science lesson for Frederic second-graders by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer EUREKA CENTER — A mysterious box that landed in a tree by Eureka Center a couple of weeks ago turned into a great science lesson for second-graders at Frederic. It also put Frederic second-grade teacher Stacy Cox on KARE 11 News. The story began when Cox was playing outside with her two children, Kaleb, who is 6, and 4-yearold Kyra. Looking off into the woods, they saw a strange sight in one of the trees on their property. It looked like a large orange mylar balloon, which might not sound too unusual, but what was strange was that, hanging from the balloon, was a box that looked like a plastic foam cooler. She asked her husband, Stephen, to Kaleb Cox, soon to be 6, and his sister, 4-yearbring a chain saw home from old Kyra, hold the balloon and cooler that were work, and they cut the tree down caught in their tree. Cameras in the cooler shot to free the items. footage of the Earth as the balloon took the With some trepidation they cut

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Carrie Classon to perform “Solstice Sun” LUCK - Inter-County Leader columnist Carrie Classon will read from a collection of her columns going back to 2009 at the Café Wren on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Wren is located on Hwy. 35 in Luck. Classon describes the evening as one “organized around the theme of seasonal change, both internal and external, and the amazing possibilities found on the longest day of the year.” Tickets can be purchased at the Inter-County Leader offices in Siren, Frederic and St. Croix Falls, and at Café Wren in Luck. Subscribers to the Leader receive a $2 discount. - submitted

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Auditions for HONK! are May 24 ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre will hold auditions on Thursday, May 24, for the second-annual summer Arts Education Initiative, Festival Theatre Conservatory for Young Performers, which will culminate in the production of “HONK!” in July and August. Audition registration is required in advance. The auditions will be immediately followed by a meeting for youth and parents of youth who auditioned for the program. Middle school and high school age youth who welcome an indepth learning experience in music theater are encouraged to audition and attend the orientation meeting with their parents or guardians. Auditions will begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Registration is required to audition. “HONK!” is the humorous and touching musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.” The production will be directed by Emily Gill and marks the second summer of FTCYP. The program takes teenage performers through an in-depth experience of a pre-professional theater production from craft to performance. Jaclyn Johnson, associate artistic director at Festival Theatre, said of this arts education opportunity, “students will get detailed, hands-on training and explore a breadth of information surrounding the craft of theater art making.” “HONK!” opens July 21 at Festival Theatre. Outlined schedules will be available at the audition. The program begins each morning with an hour of warm-ups which introduce students to advanced level studies in theater. The rest of the day is divided into four different areas: dance, voice, technical theaer – the creation of props, costumes and scenic elements – and rehearsal. Shown in the photo are Horton and Gertrude in “Seussical.” Registration is required to participate and all the details can be received by sending an e-mail request to or by phone at 715-483-3387. Learn more about Festival Theatre at submitted


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POLK COUNTY - In recognition of National Trail Day, Polk County will not require trail passes for bike riders on the Stower Seven Lakes and the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trails, Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. Part of the Wisconsin State Trail System, passes are normally required for bike riders 16 years of age and older. The Stower Seven Lakes Trail, the newest state recreation trail in Wisconsin, opened in 2010 and offers a very scenic 14-mile ride from the trailhead in Amery to just outside of Dresser, passing next to Nye and Wanderoos. The Gandy Dancer State Trail has been operating for 15 years and offers a longer, 47-mile route from its trail-head at the Polk County Information Center in St. Croix Falls to Danbury. Four villages and unincorporated Lewis are located on the trail in Polk County, and they are all less than six miles apart. The Friends of the Stower Seven Lakes Trail are hosting the Amery Trail Days Bike Ride and Nature Walk on Saturday, June 2. For more information: or 715-268-2453 or The Gandy Dancer Trail follows the Soo Line railroad corridor that founded and served the small towns in Polk County. In Frederic, the 1901 Soo Line Depot is the last remaining depot of this rail line, and is open weekends from MeChris Byerly, of the Town of Clam Falls, snapped this photo of a bear and morial Day through leaf season. four cubs who spent part of Mother’s Day afternoon, Sunday, May 13, in her Trail maps and more informa- yard. “It kept us hostage inside the house for a couple of hours,” she noted.– tion for both trails are available at Photo submitted the Polk County Information Center, 800-222-POLK, polkcountyIt’s all online: Subscribe to our e-edition online @ and the Polk County Parks office at 715-485-9294. - submitted


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St. Croix Falls, Unity among top schools in Wisconsin and nation by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer POLK COUNTY - Two local high schools were ranked among the top 25 districts in Wisconsin in a study released Tuesday, May 8, by U.S. News & World Report. They also placed among the top 2,000 high schools in the nation. Of 543 high schools in the state, St. Croix Falls High School was ranked ninth, and Unity was ranked 23. Nationally, out of nearly 22,000 schools, St. Croix Falls was ranked 1,557. Unity was ranked 1,975. Working with Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, considered one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the

world, U.S. News looked at college readiness and standardized test scores in math and English. According to the report, college readiness was measured by Advanced Placement test data. AP is a college board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the nation. Using a formula outlined in the report, St. Croix Falls received a score of 22.1 in college preparedness, which is near the Wisconsin average. With 37 percent of high school students tested, 17 passed. Looking at standardized test scores in math and English, factoring in the scores and percentage of economically disadvantaged students, Unity received a score of 3.0 in each subject. This is considered near

the Wisconsin average in math, and above the Wisconsin average in English. The report showed that 83 percent of students were proficient in math with 17 percent not proficient, and 81 percent proficient in English, with 19 percent not proficient. Unity received a score of 16.8 in college preparedness, also listed as near the Wisconsin average. Nineteen percent of high school students were tested, with 16 percent passing. Math and English scores were both 2.8, listed as near the Wisconsin average. In both subjects, 74 percent of the students scored proficient with 26 percent not proficient. Again, the percentage of and scores of economically disadvantaged stu-

dents were factored in. The report also included the ratio of students to teachers. At both Unity and St. Croix Falls, the ratio was 16 students to one teacher, which is considered near the Wisconsin average. St. Croix Falls High School has 367 students and 24 teachers. Unity has 360 students and 22 teachers. U.S. News & World Report awarded gold medals to the top 500 school districts in the nation. Silver awards were awarded for those ranking 501 through 2,008. Both St. Croix Falls and Unity received silver medals.

Balsam Lake man sentenced to 13 years in prison in child pornography case MADISON - A 41-year-old Balsam Lake man was sentenced Thursday, May 10, to 13 years in prison followed by supervised release for life for distributing images of child pornography on the Internet. Jeff Matheson pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 23, 2012. According to court records, on Dec. 12, 2010, an FBI agent signed on to an undercover computer in Plano, Texas, and accessed a peer-to-peer file sharing program. The agent saw that a user was sharing child pornography files. The agent started downloading these files from that user’s account and downloaded 399 files in 20 minutes. The agent captured the IP address for that user with special software. The IP address came back to a subscriber in Balsam Lake. The FBI obtained a search warrant for the subscriber’s residence and executed the warrant on March 18, 2011. Agents found a Gateway computer located on a table in the dining room. Forensic analy-

Fishing scholarships available in Grantsburg GRANTSBURG - It is graduation time. Many area graduates have received, or are searching for, scholarships. And, for a limited time, there will be a scholarship available for anyone who buys a fishing license in Grantsburg. That’s right; a scholarship to go fish. Trent Stellrecht, who lost his life in a skiing accident in February 2011 loved to fish. His parents, Rob and Terri Stellrecht, are offering a $10 gift card from the Holiday station in Grantsburg to anyone who buys a fishing license. With the gift card is a pamphlet from the parents. There is a limited supply of fishing scholarships available. Look for a flyer at the station. - submitted.

Miles McNally dies at 93 GRANTSBURG - The death of Miles John McNally on Sunday, May 13, marks the end of an era for the Grantsburg area. He was the last of the McNally Brothers who started McNally Industries. McNally, 93, died peacefully in his home after struggling with the effects of metasttic melanoma for more than a year. He was surrounded by family and friends in his last hours. A full obituary will appear in next week’s Leader and can be found online at A memorial service will be held at the Central Methodist Church in Grantsburg on Thursday, May 24, with visitation from 2:30 p.m. and service at 4 p.m. Following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Crex Convention Center (T-Dawg’s), starting at 5 p.m.

sis of the computer showed that it contained multiple files of child pornography. The FBI interviewed Matheson at the residence. Matheson admitted to the FBI that he used peer-to-peer software to search the Internet to find photos of children. He said he liked finding nude photos and movies of girls under the age of 12. He said he made all of his photos and movies available for sharing using peerto-peer file sharing programs. Most of the child pornography images on his computer were downloaded using peer-topeer software. At Thursday’s sentencing, Judge Conley noted that during Matheson’s interviews with the FBI, Matheson indicated that his preferred fantasy is to have sexual intercourse with a 4- to 5-year-old girl who is crying as he vaginally penetrates her. Matheson’s collection of child pornography reflected this preference. Many of the pictures and movies possessed by Matheson included images of adult males engaged in vaginal and

anal sexual intercourse with girls as young as 1 year old. Many of the girls are often screaming or crying or trying to get away. The judge also found that Matheson had a 20-year experience with this unlawful conduct. Matheson admitted that he has been collecting child pornography since college. He also told the FBI that he periodically felt guilty and would purge his collection, but then start it up all over again. This conduct continued even after his wife found out about his collection of child pornography, and even after the FBI seized his computer and storage devices on March 18, 2011, when Matheson had a friend get him another computer. In imposing the sentence, Conley explained that Matheson posed a very significant danger to the community. The judge noted that Matheson had sexual contact with a girl (age 4-5 years old) where he let her touch his genitals because he wanted to know what it felt like to be touched there by a child. The judge also pointed out that Matheson lied to an

FBI polygrapher and said “no” to the question as to whether he ever had sexual contact with a child. Matheson only admitted to such contact after he was confronted with the fact that the polygraph showed he was lying. Matheson then admitted to at least four other sexual contacts with female children. All of these events involved young girls bouncing in his lap while he had an erection. Conley also found it troubling that Matheson told the FBI that two of these children wanted this kind of sexual contact because they had a “crush” on Matheson. At the end of the hearing, Conley told Matheson that “these are as bad a set of facts this court has seen in a child pornography distribution case.” The charges against Matheson were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Siren police department flush with service fees Ordinance change to allow sales in industrial park by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer SIREN - Besides serving and protecting the public, the Siren Police Department has somewhat of a side job processing vehicle registrations, boat registrations and temporary license plates selling trail passes and the like. The police department started doing these service-center tasks when the DNR ranger stations and Burnett County Sheriff’s Department and smaller DMV offices stopped. Ultimately, the county residents are served when a service center is open in Burnett County, instead of forcing residents to travel to larger service centers elsewhere, but the Siren Police Department gains as well. The police department’s share of the DNR and DMV service fees for the month of April added up to $1,250.50. The office is busy enough that more hours were approved for the police department’s office assistant in March, with the DNR and DMV service fees paying for the assistant’s extra hours.

According to Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers at the village’s May meeting on Thursday, May 10, the department’s cut of the service fees have already paid for the extra hours per week for the entire year. In April, the department handled 79 titles and registrations, 32 renewals and five temporary plates for the DMV and handled 22 transfers, renewals and such for the DNR. Square One to expand to industrial park - sell product there Square One Pizza is moving a portion of its operation to the Northwest Regional Planning building in the industrial park. Owner Larry Salley approached the village administration hoping to sell products at the new site despite the village ordinance prohibiting commercial sales from an industrial zone. The dilemma was brought to the Siren Planning Commission who recommended that the ordinance be changed as long as the products sold in an industrial area are manufactured on-site. The village board approved the change to the ordinance at the May meeting. All businesses in the village’s industrial zones will be able to take advantage of the new ordinance if they so wish.

Other business The village will purchase a line striper to paint streets for $5,950. Also approved was the purchase of a small trailer to haul the striper. The village board expects to save about $1,000 per year by painting the streets in-house instead of hiring out to do the job. The village board renewed the health insurance policy with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The current level of coverage was maintained with a premium increase of 8.7 percent. A lot sale to Injection Molding Solutions in the industrial park was sent back to committee. Already the business owns five acres in the industrial park, but has outgrown their facilities and has plans for expansion. This additional two-acre lot was not needed for the current expansion, but owners Dale Doriott and Wade Wasvick told the village administration that they do not want to run out of room for even further expansion at their current location. The sale of the two-acre lot was approved at an April 18 committee meeting, but the full board wanted more details worked out before the sale.

Gypsy moth spray update released Two areas of Polk and Burnett counties affected by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MADISON – Gypsy moth aerial spraying has commenced locally in two areas, as a low-flying airplane flew over an area of Polk County early on Tuesday morning, May 14, with a portion of Burnett County to have an application later this week, weather permitting. According to Nkauj Vang of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program, this round of the local control spraying should be completed by the end of the week. “The spraying is necessary to control the spread of gypsy moth, a destructive and invasive pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, maples, crab apple, birch and many other species of trees and shrubs,” she said

in her news release. The first round of spraying is set to wrap up on May 18, at selected sites in Barron, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Jackson, Polk, Rusk and Trempealeau counties of western and northwestern Wisconsin. In Burnett County, the affected site is on the north side of Bashaw Lake, on Lakeview Church Road in the Town of Bashaw. Specifics on spraying schedules at the site were not available at press time, but are expected to occur by Friday. Spraying can start as early as sunrise and will continue until the day’s spray plan is complete and as weather conditions allow. Spraying requires calm winds, high humidity and no precipitation. The planes will fly low, just above the treetops. It will be loud. The planes in Burnett County will apply a biological insecticide called Foray 48B, which Vang assured is approved for use in certified organic production or food processing by the Organic Materials Review

Institute. The insecticide contains Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, or Btk. “Btk is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that is poisonous to gypsy moth caterpillars when consumed,” she said. “It breaks down in sunlight within a few days.” The insecticide is not toxic to people, bees, animals, birds and plants. She did say that people who are uncomfortable or have allergies may wish to stay indoors or leave the area until the spraying is done. Pets or livestock may be frightened by the noise of the low-flying planes, so keep them indoors or keep a close eye on them. Most sites will receive a second application of Btk about three to five days after the first application. Maps of spray sites are available to view online at Spray updates will be available as a recorded message on the toll-free hotline, 800-6426684, press 1.


Milltown considers ATV routes

Village board unanimous in opening almost all roads by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – The Milltown Village Board approved a request on Monday, May 14, to open village streets to all-terrain vehicles, considering several possibilities before settling on a village wide opening, with two exceptions: Main Street, which is also a county road, and Hwy. 46. The request came forward from the Luck Area ATV Club, which is seeking through routes for local access, and had requested a route through the village, for access, to local businesses and recreation. “At least people want to come to town,” stated village President LuAnn White. “There’s a big wave of ATV use.” Police Chief Andy Anderson agreed, and commented that it could give some local businesses a boost. “We’re just robbing ourselves of business, otherwise,” Anderson said. The board was in agreement to open at least some roads, and spent quite a while debating which routes, with some concerns expressed about crossing Hwy. 35 at 170th/Second Avenue, which is a bit of a blind spot and can require quick acceleration. “I think you should spread it out all over town,” stated Trustee Erling Voss, with the board in agreement. In the end, the board voted unanimously to open all available roads, minus the two exceptions, so no specific area would either be without access or excessively traveled. The ATV club agreed to pay for any signage, and the roads would need to be signed before any travel is legal. In other board business: • Issues of property lines, parked cars and access continued to be a thorn in the side of several residents along Bering Street, where a used-vehicle dealer owns the triangular corner lot and small access driveway/road off Hwy. 35. Neighbor Michael Moos noted his objection to the issue, which he and the Only Milltown’s Main Street and Hwy. 35 are not open to ATV use, after a unanimous board decision on Monday.

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Milltown Trustee Henry Studtmann (center) goes over a village map with public works director Rick Fisher (left).

board first addressed two months ago. He is concerned with the parked cars and lack of access, and questioned the zoning, property lines and cars parked on the property. “I’ve got to look at a bunch of cars sitting there all the time,” Moos said. Public works director Rick Fisher said the issue seems to be between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the triangle property owner, not the village, since they allowed the easement for the property, but not a true access road to Bering Street. “How much land he’s got there, I don’t know,” Fisher said. President LuAnn White suggested that the village try to review the property description, but did not think it was the village’s issue. “It certainly shouldn’t be the expense of the village for a [certified] survey,” she said. “We’ll see if we can’t get our hands on a property description.” The board took no action. • The board approved a zoning change

request from the plan commission, after a request by Nancy LeMay to change her zoning on Hwy. 35 from single family to commercial, which it had been since 2006. “She’s planning to grow some organic produce,” White said. • The board approved allowing the village clerk to be able to approve certain picnic license requests, specifically on typical annual, returning requests. Full board approval was required before, which occasionally meant special meetings and rushed applications to meet agenda deadlines. • The board tabled a request by Habitat for Humanity for a cash donation to offset building costs for a new project in Centuria, which has just started in recent weeks. There was some disagreement on how to approach the request, since it was outside the village, with the board noting that no such request was made for the current Milltown project home. The board agreed to take the request up at a later date, possibly in conjunction

The Milltown Village Board voted unanimously on Monday, May 14, to open most village roads to ATVs. with the completion of the Milltown project. • After much discussion, the board approved adopting a new village ordinance addressing criminal nuisance activity, which would adjust the fee schedule for certain violations, and would assess cleanup costs and fines on violating residents or tenants for things such as nuisance-property maintenance issues, junk cars and more. • The board also approved an amendment to the village code limiting to three the number of annual garage sales at the same home over a one-year period. “The reason is that some people seem to have sales every weekend,” police Chief Anderson said, noting that fines for violations would fall under their typical bond schedule of $40 for a first offense, and then $80, $100 and so on. The change will be published and should go into effect by next week. Trustee Larry Kuske clarified that each sale can be up to three consecutive days long, such as from Thursday to Saturday. • Trustee Erling Voss addressed several issues from the Milltown Community Club, including clarifying a proposal to build a gazebo at or on the site of the current sand volleyball court at the village park on Hwy. 35. While he gave no details, White said they were aware of the proposal, and seemed to be in support. Voss also clarified that White has not been paid for her work in compiling a village history book, which is still in the works. He said there was some concern that she was being paid for the work, and that the village may be liable for her research time. “Of course I’m getting paid,” White joked. “I’m getting a million dollars for it!”

Family Dollar may come to Webster Trustees approve variances contingent on design approval by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer WEBSTER - Family Dollar would like to build a store in Webster, just south of the new library on Hwy. 35. The first step for the franchise was to obtain some variances from the Webster Village Board: one variance for the number of parking spaces, one for the rear setback and one for the curb cut along Cedar Street. Family Dollar also needs permission from the DOT for a service entrance along Hwy. 35. A public hearing was held on the matter on Wednesday, May 9, and the board did eventually give approval to the three variances contingent on the board’s approval of the building design. Family Dollar had surveyor Mark Krause of Wagner Surveying Associates represent them at the public hearing, and they provided a packet of information containing some of the history of the company, the number of jobs the store is expected to provide – three full time, eight part time – information on the variance requests and a layout drawing of the building size and the proposed location of the

building – on west side of the lot, away from the highway and across the street from the community center. What the packet did not include was any information on the building design. The only member of the public to speak at the public hearing was Wayne King, owner of Wayne’s Foods Plus in Webster, Danbury and Luck. Before he commented on Family Dollar, he made it clear that he did not oppose Family Dollar expanding in Webster. He then raised concerns about the type of building Family Dollar would place next to the new library, pointing out that approving the variances, or not approving the variances, was the only leverage the board had in influencing the design of the building. Webster village Trustee Tim Maloney echoed that comment, sharing that other village residents had expressed concern to him about the possibility that a “tin building” would be placed next to the library. Design concerns, then, shaped the motion passed by the village board. As of Tuesday, May 15, nearly a week after the public hearing, Family Dollar had not provided building designs for the board’s approval. There is, however, ongoing discussion between the village board and Family Dollar.

Internet tower to be placed in industrial park Sid Sherstad of Siren Telephone sought to put an Internet tower in a residential area last month. The residents of that residential area opposed the plan during the public hearing, and the village board followed suit and did not give approval to the plan. This month, Sherstad sought to put the tower in the industrial park. The village board agreed to sell Sherstad a long, 2acre parcel that stretches along the north edge of the park for $2,000 an acre. The village and Sherstad will split the survey cost. Sherstad still has to obtain an easement from Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company, who owns property there, and test the soil to make sure it is suitable for a tower. The tower will be 140 feet tall. It will be self-supporting – no guy wires – is designed to collapse onto itself instead of tip over and will not be lighted. There is one 5-acre parcel remaining in the industrial park. Water rate hike A public hearing on the proposed water rate hike was held this month, without the public. The hearing was one of the final hurdles to clear before a 30-percent rate hike goes into effect. As of the May 9 meeting, the rate hike was all but final. It

is expected to go into effect at the end of June, and residents will see the effects of the new rate on their October bill.

Dog park and fair building update The dog park project is to the point where they are gathering bids. There will be 2,500 linear feet of fence with eight gates. The fence will be put up this year. A $21,500 bid for the beer gardens was approved. It will be 6 feet longer and 6 feet wider than the old building. It will be a pavilion-style building and the pavilion will extend over the cement food stand that survived the storm. Work at the fairgrounds is expected to be complete before the county fair, scheduled July 6, 7 and 8. Donations to electronic sign The Webster School District placed a new electronic sign along the highway that displays school events, community events, time, temperature, etc. The school district made it known that it would welcome donations toward the hefty cost of the sign. The village board has just sold an old squad car and a 1-ton truck and has $7,577.24 on hand as a result. Because the sign will display community news, including village board notices, the board decided to donate the proceeds from the car and truck sale toward the cost of the sign.


Luck hires village clerk, police officers Labor agreement approved by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Kevin Kress, Luck’s new village clerk/administrative assistant, will be on the job at the Luck Village Hall starting Monday, May 21. The village board approved his hiring at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, May 9. Kress was selected out of 40 applicants for the position. Trustee Bob Determan, chair of the finance and personnel committee, and village Administrator Kristina Handt narrowed the field to eight who were called for interviews. Four finalists were interviewed by the village board on Saturday, May 5. Kress is a 2011 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, with a double major in public administration/policy analysis and political

science. He has worked for the city of Bayport, Minn., and interned with the village administrator in Plover, near Stevens Point. He was hired at a starting biweekly salary of $1,282, to be increased to $1,424 after successful completion of a six-month performance evaluation. Kress replaces Kathy Hanson, who retired in March after 22 years a Luck Village clerk/treasurer.

Police department With the retirement of longtime police Chief Dan Deiss in early April and the subsequent hiring of Monte Tretsven to fill the chief position, the board last Wednesday filled the full-time position left vacant by Tretsven. Luck’s part-time officer, Nick Nelson, was hired for the position of full-time of-

ficer (night sergeant), starting May 5. The board approved a biweekly salary of $1,390, to increase to $1,544 upon successful completion of a six-month review. Last month, the village board voted to advertise for the position of a part-time officer, with nine applications received. Four applicants were interviewed Monday, April 30, with the recommendation that Andrew Bach be hired as part-time patrol officer for the village. The hiring was approved by the board last Wednesday. Bach has been working with the Osceola Police Department for the last year. Prior to that he was an intern with the Madison Police Department. He was hired at an hourly rate of $14.28.

Labor agreement A labor agreement with the Teamsters

Local 662, covering the shop foreman and public works employee, was approved by the board. New laws passed last year mean that unions can only bargain over the increase in base wages, which cannot be higher than the Consumer Price Index-Urban. Based on the CPI-U for this bargaining unit, said Handt, a wage increase of 2 percent, retroactive to Jan. 1, is included in the contract. The contract is limited to one year, as is also required by the new state laws. In past years, the position of village clerk was included in the bargaining unit. That position has been changed to village clerk/administrative assistant and is now considered confidential. For that reason it is no longer a member of the bargaining unit.

Frederic approves noise ordinance by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC — The Frederic Village Board made short work of the agenda for its Monday, May 14, meeting, approving a loan for patching streets and establishing an ordinance to prohibit excessive noise with a motor vehicle. The ordinance states, “No person within the village of Frederic shall make unnecessary and annoying noises with a motor vehicle, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, by squealing tires, excessive acceleration of the engine, or by emitting unnecessary and loud muffler noise.” Police Officer Dale Johnson presented the ordinance Monday evening for its third reading, as required by state statute. It was unanimously approved by the board. The board also approved a resolution authorizing a $50,000 loan from Bremer Bank for a dozen separate patching projects on streets throughout the village. The loan was included in the 2012 budget, but was to be through the state trust fund rather than Bremer Bank. Village Admin-

istrator Dave Wondra discussed the fact that Bremer offered a better interest rate, so the loan would be through the bank rather than the state. Taylor Paving of Webster was awarded the patching projects, which include areas on Hope Road, Cedar Street, Ash Street, Coon Lake Park, Park Avenue, Pilgrim Church Road, Peak Street, Old CTH W, at the Holiday Station, at Second and Maple, and at First Avenue and Linden. Total project costs are $48,490.

Parks Village President William Johnson IV said that the parks committee has met with the DNR about harvesting timber on the back side of Coon Lake. The harvest, he said, is for timber management improvement and would be very selective and designed to improve forest quality. Bidding on the harvest will probably take place next spring. Work on the hiking trail around the lake will be coordinated with this cutting. Johnson added that there is an active eagle’s nest in that area, so laws govern-

ing that situation must also be observed. Coming on June 27, he said, a dedication will be held for the bench on the north side of Coon Lake. The bench will be dedicated in memory of Deborah Lucey-Martin, who enjoyed hiking at Coon Lake and who left $12,500 to develop the trail. In other park business, Trustee Maria Ammend reported that nine flowering crab trees were donated to the village to be planted. She gave a public thank-you to the contributors.

Other business • The board approved final payment to Spring Lake Contracting for the wastewater treatment project, in the amount of $18,451. This closes out the $596,000 project, said Wondra. • The board approved a natural hazards mitigation plan for the village, giving eligibility for FEMA funds should the village face a natural disaster. • Helen Weinzierl asked the board to publish meeting agendas and minutes in the newspaper, noting that not all residents have access to the Internet to get the

information online. “I think you have an obligation to us to let us know what’s going on,” she said. Johnson said it was likely an option to publish the items in the paper. • Wondra reported that the village financials for the first quarter of the year look good. At the end of April, he said, they were $6,500 under budget, but a server went out and needs to be replaced. The estimated cost is $6,500. “I’m pretty pleased with the first four months of the year,” he concluded. • With the retirement of former village assessor Robert Clifton, the village board last fall approved the hiring of Associated Appraisal of Lake Geneva. Properties in the village will be reassessed this summer, said Wondra, and open book will be held in October. • Johnson reported that the Soo Line Depot/Museum will open Memorial Day weekend. Three local authors, Buzz Swerkstrom, Russ Hanson and Ed Emerson, will be at the museum Saturday, May 26, with their books.

City grants driveway application Tables land purchase by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The city council for St. Croix Falls discussed two potentially controversial issues at the Monday, May 14, meeting. The first issue involved property owner Gerald Enquist. Enquist made an offer to purchase lots 16 and 17 from the city, which are adjacent to his property. They are located near Lions Park and are undevelopable lots with no access other than through Enquist’s peroperty. Enquist wanted to purchase the lots to add value to his home. The council agreed that having Enquist have the lots was the best option, but some council members felt leery

about just selling them to Enquist without the public being informed. Council members Lori Erickson and Don Anderson stated they felt it gave them a bad feeling to just sell city property to the neighbor who offered to purchase it without letting the public know first. Mayor Brian Blesi stated he saw the council’s concern, but cautioned the council that if the property were purchased by someone else, they would not have direct access, and it could potentially lead to the same scenario with the marina and neighboring properties. This was the next item on the agenda, ironically. The council was advised by city Administrator Joel Peck that the property has been appropriately appraised and that the city is not doing an-under-the-table deal with the purchase offer from Enquist.

The council’s decision to approve the offer to purchase was halted when there was a lack of a motion. The council then passed a motion to table the issue until the next meeting. The next agenda item was to consider an application for a driveway for property owners Wayne Swenson and Dean Andrie. They are the neighboring property owners to the Wild River Marina. Due to the fact an easement agreement and other access to the Swenson and Andrie property through the Marina have been unresolved and in court for several years, the driveway permit was looked at as one possible way to end the issue once and for all. Unfortunately, not all council saw it that way. Blesi said he was concerned that

somehow the city would be dragged into litigation again if the driveway issue was not a good solution. The property owners assured the council that they have an agreement between the Destination Mobile Home Park owner to construct the driveway and to have access to their property even if the mobile home park transfers ownership. The council discussed the issue and put it to a vote. The motion approved with the three present members voting in favor. The council also approved a $1,000 donation to the St. Croix Regional Medical Center Volunteer Partners salad luncheon. This is the 46th-annual luncheon to be held Friday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School.

Taylors Falls approves radio replacement; waits on new siren by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The city council for Taylors Falls discussed the siren and radio communications issue at the Monday, May 14, city council meeting. The council was in the process of looking at repairing and replacing one of the warning siren and communication radio systems in the city at the past meeting and solicited bids for the projects. Recently, the radio was struck by lightning and is in need of immediate repair. The insurance adjuster came out and filed a claim. The city will replace the radio with a narrowband radio to be compliant with the new upgrade switch to a narrowband being done by Chisago County. Although insurance will cover some of the cost, the remainder will come from the sheriff’s

contract budget. The council approved a bid from Ready Watt at a cost of $2,535. This radio system is guaranteed to be compatible with the county’s radio system and is also guaranteed to be compatible with a new siren, once one is installed. The council decided to wait until 2013 and budget for the replacement of the siren. The city does have another working siren, and the council did note that having a siren is important for safety, but opted to save that part of the project for 2013. The motion to replace the radio with the bid from Ready Watt carried with all members in favor. In other business, the council approved a sewer lining bid from Visu-Sewer for the area of West Street from Oak Street to Walnut Street and from Grove Street to First Street. The bid was for 1,961 feet of lining •

for $48,829. The city has been budgeting $50,000 per year to gradually line all sewer lines in the city over time as part of a maintenance plan. The motion carried with all in favor. The council approved a zoning change in the ordinances to be more current with newer building and construction materials as well as newer landscaping language to allow for business development. The business-friendly changes were made as a result of the city’s business park development. According to coordinator-zoning Administrator Adam Berklund, the changes were more of an update and the plan commission recommended them to the council. The council approved the changes. The council approved a lawn-care contract with Rivard Lawn and Landscaping

for the summer. They also approved the resignation of Joe Stein from the planning commission. Stein served as the chair. Diane Sander, vice chair, will serve as he chair until the next election. The mayor reminded the council that on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. at the Memorial Community Center there is free music including at least 14 different bands and acts per event. The event runs all summer. The mayor also reminded the council that this Friday, May 18, there will be a classic car show by the Drive-In restaurant and on the city’s neighboring property. The event is also free and open to the public. Lastly, the council approved a solidwaste-collection contract with Always Hauling for 2012-2013.

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Luck applies for safe drinking water loan

Dead-end water mains to be replaced by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — The village of Luck is hoping to tap into grant funds to upgrade the water system, enabling the village to receive as much as $500,000 for the project with no payback requirement. Last Wednesday, Mary 9, the village board authorized MSA, the village engineering firm, to apply for a safe drinking water loan to replace undersized water mains and to loop mains that dead-end in five different areas of the village. Doing this, according to information presented at the meeting, will improve water quality in those areas. In her report to the board, village Administrator Kristina Handt wrote, “Less hydrant flushing would be necessary if dead-ends were looped, but more importantly, customers would have water coming from two directions, so if there was a break in the main and services had to be shut off at that point, they could still get water from the other direction.” Total cost for the five projects is $1,058,000, of which $870,400 is eligible for the safe drinking loan program. If Luck’s application is accepted, $500,000 will be forgiven, leaving $379,400 eligible for a low-interest loan through the program. This means a low-interest rate of 1.32 percent for 20 years. The remaining $188,400, not eligible for any aspect of the program, would be funded through general obligation borrowing at 4 percent for 20 years. What it boils down to, said Handt, is that users of the village water system will see an increase of about $10 in their quarterly water bills. This will cover the lowinterest portion of the borrowing through

the safe drinking water loan program. This amount does not cover the $188,400 of the project not covered by the program. Handt anticipated borrowing from a local bank or the state trust fund, with an anticipated annual debt payments of $13,860. Early in 2013, said Handt, the village will be retiring general obligation debt that amounts to annual payments of $61,400. “The loan payments for (the safe drinking water) projects would be less than the current loan,” she said in her report, indicating that the funds can be repaid without an increase in taxes. Upfront costs are $98,000 to MSA for designing the plans and submitting the application. If the projects are not approved for funding, or the village decides not to proceed with the work, this amount would not be recovered. If the funds are received, however, and the projects move forward, MSA’s costs would be covered by the program. The application is due to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources by June 30.

The projects A summary of the five projects, along with costs, was provided by Handt and MSA. Project One is located on North Main Street by the park, where there are deadend water mains on both North Main Street and North 1st Street. These will be looped together on the north side of the park. Total cost for this project is $58,600, all of which is eligible for the safe drinking water loan. Project Two is at Fort Luck Park, where an undersized main is slotted for replacement. The current 2-inch main would be replaced with a 6-inch main, which is the

Polk County has 434 employees Many not paid by county taxes by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County has the equivalent of 434 full-time employees. But the wages of many of them are paid by sources other than the property tax levy. The personnel committee looked at a report on the number of county employees by department and what percentage of that workforce is paid by state and federal funds. The report did not get into what portion of the wages are paid by user fees and other charges. Here is a list of the Polk County departments with the largest number of employees, in order of size, what percent of that Department Golden Age Manor Law enforcement Human services Highway Public health Buildings Circuit court All others

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workforce is paid by state and federal funds and what percent of the department expense is paid by the property tax levy. It shows that the largest workforce is at Golden Age Manor, and none of that workforce is paid by the levy. The second largest pool of workers is at law enforcement and is 100 percent on the levy. And third is human services where personnel costs are 57 percent of the department budget and state funds pay 24 percent of the employee costs. The figures are just one way of looking at county costs, but personnel committee member Tom Engel said that the public should know that not all Polk County employees are paid by the levy. Percent of wage Percent of department paid by state paid by levy zero 0.6 24 8 4 4 15 not calculated

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DNR standard, and the mains would be looped. The project also provides for the reconstruction of 2nd Street, with the addition of curb and gutter from 3rd Avenue to Park Avenue. Total project cost is $214,400, of which $160,800 is eligible for SDWL funds. The remaining $53,600 would be village-financed. Project Three is the looping of dead-end water mains where Butternut Avenue crosses Main Street, 1st Street, 2nd Street and 4th Street. About 900 feet of Butternut Avenue would be reconstructed with no curb or gutter. Total project cost is $423,600, with $332,800 SDWL-eligible. The remaining $90,800 would be villagefinanced. Project Four would loop dead-end mains at United Pioneer Home and the school bus garage. Total cost is $211,300, all of which is SDWL-eligible. Project Five would connect some of the dead-end water mains on the west side of town, including West Street. This street is one of the worst rated in the village, and the project would include street reconstruction with no curb. Total project cost is $150,900, with $106,900 eligible for SDWL funds. The remaining $44,000 would be village-financed.

Cross connections With village President Peter Demydowich voting nay, the village board approved a resolution to implement a program to control cross connections in the public water system. Required by the state of Wisconsin, said public works director Seth Petersen, the cross-connections program is designed to

prevent backflow into the village drinking water. The policy reads that the objective of the cross-connection program “is to prevent contamination of the municipal potable water supply through illegal interconnections between private, auxiliary or emergency water supplies and the village’s potable water distribution system.” Commercial businesses and residences will need to purchase cross-connection measures, costing about $10 at the hardware store. According to the law, the public works crew will need to inspect residential crossconnection measures every 10 years. A licensed plumber will need to inspect commercial businesses every two years. Residential inspections will be free and conducted when the public works crew inspects the water meters. Trustee Alan Tomlinson asked what would happen if the village doesn’t comply. Petersen replied that 75 percent of the state is not in compliance, but Madison is “turning up the heat.” “Part of having a public water system,” he said, “is doing this, checking to make sure we don’t leave opportunity for contamination.” Both Tomlinson and Demydowich said they felt the state was overstepping its bounds by requiring in-house inspections. Tomlinson said he was not opposed, but it felt like an invasion of privacy. Handt pointed out that a backflow problem could affect all 500 users of the village water system.

Sixth DUI and more for Turtle Lake man

Resisting arrest, drug possession and false plates add to charges

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer AMERY – A 42-year-old Turtle Lake man is facing felony DUI charges, on top of other alleged violations after an incident that occurred on Thursday, May 10, in the city of Amery. According to the police report, Amery Police noticed a Ford Ranger crossing the fog line and driving erratically on Keller Avenue late on the evening of May 10. The officer was eventually able to stop the truck and noted the plates were not only expired, but were from a completely different make and model of truck. The driver was identified as Rick Tourville, 42, Turtle Lake. One of the officers noted the odor of intoxicants in the truck, and Tourville admitted his driver’s license was revoked, as he has five previous DUI convictions. Officers administered several field sobriety tests, all of which Tourville failed, and he later registered a .138 blood alcohol concentration in a field sobriety test,

well over the .08 legal BAC limit. When the officer placed Tourville under arrest, he reportedly resisted and required the use of pepper spray to get him into the police cruiser. He then is alleged to Rick Tourville have kicked and tried to break out of the squad car, and later forced the officer to use a Taser for compliance at Amery Regional Medical Center, where they attempted to get a blood sample. Eventually, Tourville was brought under control, and officers found marijuana in one of his pockets, as well. He was charged with felony DUI, sixth offense, as well as resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and operating after revocation. Tourville appeared before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Monday, May 14, in an initial appearance, where she affirmed a $2,500 cash bond set on May 11. He had sought to make payments on the bond, but was denied. His preliminary hearing is now set for Tuesday, May 22.


Fund balance strong at Luck by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Luck’s audit report for 2011 showed a strong ending balance in the unassigned general fund, Brock Geyen of CliftonLarson Allen told the village board at its Wednesday, May 9, meeting. The unassigned general fund balance is the amount available to the village in the event of an emergency. Geyen presented highlights of the 77page report, focusing on the balances and net income or loss in the various funds. Starting with the general fund, he noted that the unassigned fund balance had increased by about $20,000, to $272,944. This number, he indicated, showed the “strength of the village.” Village policy requires the balance to be 30 percent of the annual general fund expenditures, and the 2011 ending balance is at 36 percent. Although the fund balance increased during 2011, the expenditures were still $27,675 more than revenue due to a $46,300 loan to the golf course. If not for the loan, revenue would have been greater than expenditures. With the loan from the general fund, the golf course ended the year with a net income of $17,727, although operating income showed a loss of $3,851. Both the water and sewer utilities showed net losses, although in both cases

the loss was less than last year. The water utility showed an operating loss of $7,083, which village Administrator Kristina Handt indicated was due to water main breaks in 2011. In addition, repairs to the water treatment plant were $23,252 in 2011, compared with $10,422 in 2010. The sewer utility also showed a loss for at least the fourth year in a row. The operating loss in 2011 was $35,623, about half what was lost in 2010. Geyen reviewed the six special revenue funds maintained by the village, each of which are restricted for specific purposes. The revolving loan fund, library fund, police squad fund, cemetery fund and library/museum building maintenance fund all had a higher balance at the end of 2011 than at the end of 2010. The machinery outlay fund was reduced by $40,000 due to the purchase of a grader, which had been included in the budget. Long-term debt increased by about $4,000 during 2011, to a total of $950,509. This is 9.2 percent of the total amount the village could carry in general obligation debt, which is pretty typical for communities in Northwest Wisconsin, said Geyen.

Revenue by source Governmental activities of the village, in 2011, were funded primarily by prop-

Frederic ACS walk/run clarifications FREDERIC - Tthe Tribute flag donations in the Frederic American Cancer Society Walk/Run event last Saturday, May 12, raised $305, not $350, as stated in this

week’s story in our Currents section. Also, credit should be given to the residents of Golden Oaks Apartments for the cut-out athletic shoes.



15th-Annual Garden Parties with Shirley Crowe & Becky Dickinson Log on to our new Web site for Farmers Market appearances & our greenhouse hours.

Other business • The community development block grant revolving loan for housing rehabilitation currently has a balance of $70,000, middle-income Handt reported. The fund provides no-interest loans to loans to low- to middle-income homeowners to help fix up their houses. Applications are available at the village hall. • Trustee Kristine King, board representative to the library board, reported that the library has been notified it could possibly receive a sizable donation. Library board Vice Chairman Tam Howie said it is too early to make further comment. • The board approved the appointment

of Sarah Fawver-Cook to the library board for a term ending in 2014. FawverCook replaces Cora Leuck, who resigned from the library board when she moved out of the area. Ross Anderson, Bob Determan and Alan Tomlinson were appointed to the board of review. Salman Mian was appointed to replace Hassan Mian on the tourism commission, fulfilling the requirement that the tourism commission include a person representing the hotel and motel industry. • A joint meeting of the plan commission and village board will be held Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. at the village hall, to review the comprehensive plan. • The board approved purchase of a new Exmark Lazer Z zero-turn lawn mower, accepting the bid of $7,599 from Jeff’s Small Engine. The 2012 budget includes $9,000 for the replacement. The new mower will be used exclusively for mowing lawn, and the current mower will continue to be used, with attachments, for the ice rink.


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Leveling the playing field A recent writer to the Leader questioned Gov. Walker’s leadership ability in his letter. Walker was elected to bring the state budget under control so that those who elected him would not have their taxes spiral out of control. Walker accomplished this much to the dismay of those that did not side with him. Many from out of state came to Wisconsin to protest in what was not really their business but came to support their own private agenda. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that private sector employers spend n average of $28.57 per hour in employee compensation. State and local governments spend an average of $40.90 per hour. Thus, I would say Walker showed leadership in leveling the playing field to make it more equal for all the citizens of Wisconsin. When Walker wins the re-election, how are the tens of millions in dues and contributions used against him going to be explained? John Walkosz Grantsburg

Recall is constitutional

• Where to write • President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500

Rep. Erik Severson (28th District) Room 312 North State Capitol Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628

Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, WI 53707

Rep. Roger RIvard (75th District) State Capitol Room 307 North P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075

Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-225-3365 U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 715-832-8492

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323

• Web poll results • Last week’s question

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

I have heard a lot of people talking about the upcoming recall elections. Some people feel that the recall elections are a waste of money, and that money would be better spent elsewhere. Others are tired and election weary, and wish all of these phone calls would stop. Still others think that their vote doesn’t matter anyway, that all of our policy is bought and paid for by lobbyists and special interest. I have heard some people question the legality of the recall. Article XIII, Section 12 of the Wisconsin State Constitution states, “The qualified electors of the state, of any congressional, judicial or legislative district, or of any county, may petition for the recall of any incumbent elective officer after the first year of the term for which the incumbent was elected, by filing a petition with the filing officer with whom the nomination petition to the office in the primary is filed, demanding the recall of the incumbent. (1) The recall petition shall be signed by electors equalling at least 25 percent of the vote cast for the office of governor at the last preceding election, in the state, county or district which the incumbent represents.” The rest of the section talks about the procedure for elections. I found the last number interesting. “(7) This section shall be self-executing and mandatory. Laws may be enacted to facilitate its operation, but no law shall be enacted to hamper, restrict or impair the right of recall.” The recall process is in our Constitution. Citizens who are seeking recall elections for their governed officers are following the laws of our land. Whether you agree or disagree with them, the fact of the matter is that our citizens are afforded rights in our Constitution, and we need to make sure we take part in that process. As far as the costs, I can think of no better way I would like to spend my tax dollars than to uphold our Wisconsin Constitution. To close, I would like to encourage people to take part in the recall process. Do your research, learn about the candidates. Participate in the political process. Your vote is important to making sure that no policy can be bought and paid for. The recall election will be held on June 5. Make sure your voice is heard. Adam Bever Balsam Lake

Illegal display of card On my way to the grocery store this morning, I saw another vehicle with the handicapped card hanging from the rearview mirror. This is totally illegal. I have one, too, but it is in the corner of the windshield. It states very clearly in the literature that came with the card that it is not to be left hanging on the rearview mirror as it blocks the driver’s view from the right. Since I got my card six years ago, I have seen hundreds of people driving around with their card hanging from their rearview mirror. Does law enforcement not know this is illegal? Ruth Ann Johnson Siren

Unite and conquer A little over a year ago, St. Croix Falls teachers were harshly criticized for doing (what was for them) a very risky thing. The superintendent’s phone rang a lot. Relationships were strained. Words like “selfish,” “lazy” and “fire” flew like sparks from a blaze of anger. I know. I was one of those teachers. Wisely, in an attempt to allow the community to air it out, the school board held a public meeting for public comments. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Fifty of my colleagues stood behind me as I read a letter we hoped would explain how our behavior aligned with our desire for: Truth, great schools, smart kids, strong communities. After me, another teacher spoke. Then a parent spoke in support of the teachers, then another. Next a community member voiced his support. That night it became clear: St. Croix Falls supports its teachers. St. Croix Falls values truth and courage. We (all of us) understand that we are in this together. Because Wisconsin law now prevents negotiation, many districts are using this as an opportunity to establish outdated policies requiring employees to sit down, shut up, obey orders and not ask questions. The SCF School Board also had this opportunity. They flatly rejected it. In doing so, the board sent a clear message: We expect excellence and will support professionals that work together to creatively strive for it. Many think that’s bucking a trend. I would say, we realize the truth: We are all in this together. Turns out cooperation works. Last week, of all the high schools in Wisconsin, all 2,300 of them, U.S. News and World Report ranked St. Croix Falls ninth. Last week also happened to be Teacher Appreciation Week, a great week to be a teacher, but in St. Croix Falls, they really know how to show appreciation. Now, it’s my turn to give thanks. To the St. Croix Falls community, the members of the school board and everyone who has stuck with us: Thank you. Thank you for expecting excellence, for listening to your teachers, for supporting public education. Thank you for understanding the challenges before us as well as what it will take to conquer them – together. Chris Wondra St. Croix Falls

Election letters

Our next issue, Wednesday, May 23, will be the final issue in which we will publish letters regarding the June 5 recall election, at the discretion of the editor. Our May 30 issue will allow candidates themselves to publish letters regarding the clarification of where they stand on issues or to respond to comments previously published. - Editor

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• Letters to the editor • Bring Wisconsin together That’s the agenda of Tom Barrett. Note his stark contrast to the words of Scott Walker caught on tape as he spoke to one of his half million dollar donors. She asked what was he going to do about Wisconsin. His honest answer, “Divide and conquer.” In this exchange, Walker told the truth. I’m voting for Barrett because his values for Wisconsin match mine. I’ve watched Walker prepare our state for a takeover by Koch brothers and similar predators who want no regulations as they rape our natural resources. Walker supports attacks on valuable wetlands, air and water pollutants. He has made it impossible for the DNR to enforce standing laws. I’m voting for Barrett so that public education will return as a priority for our citizens. Walker stripped billions from education on all levels so that he could give $ 2.3 billion to out-of-state corporations and the 1 percent. I’m voting for Barrett, who wants to give women and minorities back the support against wage, gender, racial discrimination. Walker repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act. In effect, women stand to lose more than $4,000 a year due to unequal pay, thanks to Walker. I’m voting for Barrett because I experienced firsthand Walker’s real agenda to divide and conquer middle-class Americans. It happened here when lies were spread about workers rights to collectively bargain. He managed to turn neighbors, friends against teachers, public workers as though they were the enemy. Gullible people were quick to forget that collective bargaining raised their wage and job safety level, too, even if they did not join a union. I’m fed up with lies • about not raising taxes. He raised

taxes on working families, senior citizens and the poor by freezing the homestead credit tax. • about bringing jobs to Wisconsin. Wisconsin was last in the nation in job creation in 2011. 12,500 jobs were lost. • about the need for voter registration, still a part of the Walker message. This lie is straight out of the Koch brothers handbook written at their headquarters in D.C. to make it as hard as possible for students, seniors, the poor to vote. Keep them from the polls. Thanks to the League of Women Voters, this assault on basic rights was stopped. A recall election is a last, unwished-for resort. The people of Wisconsin who voted for Walker were fed from a trough full of lies before the election – in actual words or in what he omitted to tell about his plan – not to move Wisconsin forward in a progressive, healthy way, but to sell us to the highest bidder – to divide and conquer. Consider the damage in one year. How divided and conquered do you want to be? Recall Walker. Vote for Barrett and begin to heal the wounds to our state. Marilyn Brissett-Kruger St. Croix Falls

Truman said it best I’m supporting Tom Barrett for governor because he understands who the real job creators are; a prosperous middle class. A prosperous middle class brought about by favorable tax policy and strong labor unions. Don’t take my word for it. I challenge my Republican friends to do a survey of small-business people. Ask them if their business does better when tax breaks are given to the 1 percenters or when tax and labor policy favor the middle class.

I think the answer is obvious. Small business thrives when the great middle class does well. I write as a small-business man who takes pride in being pro business, pro labor and pro Barrett. Harry Truman said it best, “If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democrat.” Dave Dueholm Madison

Break the cycle: Vote Barrett Divide and conquer. Those are the words Scott Walker used to describe how he was going to deal with Wisconsin’s union “problem” in a conversation with businesswoman Diane Hendricks on Jan. 18, 2011, just days before he made public his plan to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees. Hendricks, whom Forbes magazine says is worth $2.8 billion, heads Beloit-based ABC Supply Company, which the magazine calls “the nation’s largest roofing, window and siding wholesale distributor” with annual sales approaching $5 billion. A videotape of their conversation shows Hendricks asking Walker, “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right-to-work state? What can we do to help you?” As a state legislator, Walker had introduced so-called “right-to-work” legislation, which should really be called “right-to-work-for-less” legislation, since its whole purpose is to drive down wages. Walker claims he’s no longer interested in forcing the issue, but Hendricks was still pleased enough with their conversation that she gave $510,000 to the governor’s campaign, making her Walker’s singlelargest donor and the largest-known

donor to a candidate in state history. I should mention that ABC Supply, while it may be a huge money-maker for Hendricks, makes not a penny in taxable profit. ABC Supply paid exactly $0 in state corporate income tax in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, the most recent years for which those numbers are available from the Department of Revenue. I guess their union workforce made off with all the profits. If you stand with Walker, you’ll fall for anything. Walker doesn’t care about working people; all he cares about is making his rich friends richer. The richer they get, the more money they contribute to his war chest. The more money they contribute, the more ads Walker buys to convince us what a friend he is to working people. We need to break that cycle by electing Tom Barrett on June 5. Jeff Peterson Luck


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New projections show $154 million surplus MADISON - Improved budget figures were released this week, indicating that the reforms passed last year to address the $3 billion budget deficit are continuing to improve our state’s finances. Updated tax numbers compiled by the Department of Revenue show Wisconsin is anticipated to end the current two-year budget with a $154 million budget surplus due to growth in the economy. “This is good news for Wisconsin taxpayers and another positive step in returning fiscal responsibility to state government,” said state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. “The tough decisions

made last year have now resulted in over $1 billion in savings for taxpayers and a projected surplus going into the next budget.” According to DOR, tax collections through April were higher than projected by a previous forecast. Additionally, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis has revised its data to show an increase in personal income for Wisconsin residents. When the budget was passed last summer, a $74 million balance was anticipated at the end of the budget cycle in 2013. “The recent news of budget reform

savings and this week’s surplus announcement demonstrate the success of the efforts by the state Legislature and governor to bring government in line with what taxpayers can afford,” Harsdorf continued. “Coupled with a reduction in borrowing and the payment of unpaid debts left by the prior administration, the state is well-positioned heading into the next two-year budget.” As a result of the larger anticipated surplus in this fiscal year, up to $45 million would be deposited into the state’s “rainy day” fund. Under state law, 50 percent of general fund revenues collected in excess

of estimated amounts are to be transferred to the budget stabilization fund. This will mark the first time in state history that money will be added to the budget stabilization fund in consecutive years, following the nearly $15 million that was deposited last year. “While these new projections are a step in the right direction, it is important to recognize the need to continue our efforts to encourage job creation and economic growth to improve our state’s budget picture,” said Harsdorf. - from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

Walker reaffirms goal of 250,000 jobs at GOP convention by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MILWAUKEE - With his recall election just a few weeks away, Gov. Scott Walker is doubling down on his promise to help the private sector create 250,000 jobs. The governor is a long way from the mark. Walker made the 250,000 jobs promise often in his first campaign and at the be-

ginning of his term. You hear it less since then. But it was prominent in his speech to delegates at the Republican State Convention over the weekend, “Today, I want to reaffirm to you our commitment to help not the government, but the people of Wisconsin create 250,000 new jobs by 2015.” Based on the latest numbers available,

the private sector has created just 5,900 jobs since Walker took office. And from March of last year to March of this year, Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Wisconsin was worst in the nation in job creation. State Democratic Party Spokesman Graeme Zielinski says that shows Walker’s promise is hollow, “Scott Walker

leads the nation in job loss. Wisconsin under Scott Walker has led the nation in job loss. These are empty promises and meaningless words.” New job numbers for the month of April are due out this week along with revised numbers from March. It will be the last jobs report released before the recall election.

Recall of Jauch suspended; Jauch calls group disreputable by Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio ASHLAND - The effort to recall state Sen. Bob Jauch has stopped, at least for now. The announcement comes one week short of the deadline to get signatures to trigger an election. Citizens for Responsible Government needed more than 15,000 signatures to get a recall election of the Democratic senator

from Poplar. CRG Network Field Operations Director Orville Seymer won’t say how many signatures they gathered after 53 days of circulating petitions, “We had hoped to have all the signatures at this point. That didn’t happen. We’re very close. We would not have had a very good cushion, so we decided to focus our efforts on getting Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch re-elected. Then we’ll restart the

recall sometime after June 5.” Jauch says he doesn’t “believe anything that CRG says.” With 10 people showing up for a recall rally in Superior two weeks ago and another 14 or so in Ashland, he says CRG lacks credibility, “They’ve dipped their toes into a number of recalls in recent years and properly flopped on their faces on each and every one of them. They had a week left, by the way, so this

notion that they had enough signatures but not enough padding is just another lie.” While Seymer says they’ll probably resume the recall effort after the June 5 recall election is over, they’d have to start from scratch.

College graduates entering uneasy job market by Maureen McCollum Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Thousands of students will be graduating from Wisconsin colleges over the next several weeks. Although the job market isn’t exactly prosperous, it could be getting better. Graduating college can be an uneasy journey, especially with today’s tough job market. New graduates are competing for jobs with experienced workers. Tim Tritch is the associate director of

Career Services at UW-La Crosse. He says anecdotally, the job market seems to be picking up. More employers have been contacting his office about job openings than in recent years, “We don’t have a day that goes by, literally, without getting a call or e-mail from an employer saying, ‘Can you help us find people to fill this position.’ Some of those are local here in the La Crosse area, but also they’re coming from the Twin Cities, they’re coming from other parts of Wisconsin. That’s

clearly an area where as the economy is picking up the demand is going to strip the supply.” Tritch says the health-care and IT fields continue to expand. Dennis Winters is the chief labor market economist with Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. He says hiring is picking up statewide. Winters says certain students will have an easier time finding work than others, “If you’ve got a degree in mechanical engineering for ex-

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ample, you’re probably in pretty good stead. But I know some folks who have undergrads in microbiology that are back in tech colleges that are getting other background in techniques to find places in the labs and such around.” Winters says college graduates are more likely to find work than people who do not have degrees.



Loan or payment? Centuria board disagrees Impact Seven’s payments in lieu of taxes issue surfaces by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – At their regular monthly board meeting on Monday, May 14, the Centuria Village Board fielded a confusing request by the Almena-based nonprofit community development investment group Impact Seven. At issue were annual $4,500 payments in lieu of taxes the I-7 group have been making for over a decade, which were meant to offset the impact on local services caused by the development, since they do not necessarily pay property taxes on several of those properties. I-7 and the village had entered into two contracts concerning a PILOT agreement in 2001, one of the contracts under the guise of the Gandy Dancer Housing Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of I7. The original agreements were supposed to be readdressed after several years, but have never been adjusted, meaning I-7 continued to make those payments over a decade, from 2003 to 2011, while never ad-

MSA engineer David Rasmussen explained how Centuria may be able to benefit on their downtown street renovation by changing the status of their TIF district to “distressed.” dressing any changes. The I-7 group has been involved in several completed, stalled and pending housing development projects, including several multiunit apartments, single-family homes and other projects that never came to fruition in a multilot subdivision. “Our thought was, use those monies for improvements to the subdivision,” stated Mary Vinopal of I-7. “For trees, leveling it off, you know, use some of those funds to make it nicer.” Vinopal was greeted with puzzled looks and silence, as village President Dave Markert seemed baffled by the request. “We were a bit puzzled by these two agreements, that don’t seem to agree with each other,” Markert said. “We were confused, (the payments were considered) in lieu of taxes, we’ve been using that as part of our regular budget. There’s no specific account.” The I-7 payments totaled approximately $39,375 over the years, and the contract specifically states they are to be used in the annual village budget, as literal payments in lieu of taxes. “So let me get this right, basically, you’re looking for that money?” asked Trustee Eugene Ludack. “I don’t know a simple way of solving it.” Vinopal said the two contracts addressed specific issues: payments and liability, and admitted that I-7 should have approached the village earlier to adjust or

Monday was the first full board meeting for newly elected Centuria Trustees Tom Boettcher (left) and Kevin Kamish. – Photos by Greg Marsten cancel the contracts and gave a loose outline of what the I-7 group had and had not been able to do, developmentwise. But the board seemed unconvinced, confused and decided to refer the issue to their finance committee for consideration. In an interview later, Markert seemed confused as to what Vinopal and I-7 was actually requesting and suggested the issue was better addressed by legal counsel. In other board business: • The board entertained a presentation by MSA Engineering planner Dave Rasmussen, who outlined a proposal to declare the village’s Tax Incremental Finance District as “distressed,” which means it would add an additional 13 years of payoff time, allowing them to use some of that deferred payment to offset some of the Fourth Street/downtown road and infrastructure improvements. The board approved a contract with MSA to adjust the TIF, which would extend it to 2039. Rasmussen also outlined the estimates for the downtown road project, which is expected to cost just over $1 million, with the village share being approximately $350,000, $335,000 from a community development block grant and the remainder coming from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The project has undergone review by the village planning commission, which recommended approval. The project includes streetlights, sewer and water, curb and gutter, sidewalks, milling and overlays on a stretch of Fourth Street that runs from Hwy. 35 west to the near the Gandy Dancer Trail. “This is one way of funding the village’s share (of the road project),” Rasmussen suggested. “If the mill rates stay the same, it would payoff in 2039.” Ludack had earlier outlined the economic impact, if the village borrowed the money over 15 years at approximately $30,000 annually. The cost would be about an extra $90 annually per $100,000 of equalized housing value, if the project was put on the tax levy, according to village clerk Judy Jepsen. The board approved the MSA contract, which will move ahead with the distressed TIF process to fund the village portion of the improvement project. • It was the first regular meeting of new Trustees Tom Boettcher and Kevin Kamish, who were elected last month to replace Ryan Davison and Steve Sylvester. “I’m so happy to see young people taking interest in the village,” Ludack commented, as he welcomed Kamish and Boettcher. • The committee structures were set, with several committee chair positions to

be determined later. Ludack was appointed as vice president pro tem, in case Markert is unavailable. • Several members of the Centuria royalty were on hand to outline a request from the newly formed royalty committee, asking for funds and help to redesign or rebuild the village float. “Everywhere we go, we were leaving chunks of fringe alongside,” stated Vickie Erickson, who chairs the group. “We’re just looking for something to get us going!” The board was unsure how to field the request, which did not have a cost estimate, and was not included in the current budget, beyond $400 annually for float maintenance. “Right now, it’s a very difficult thing,” Ludack said. Erickson said they were hoping to rebuild the float with a new sound system and a theme of railroads, referring to how Centuria was established, but the actual costs were unclear. She said they were hoping to have the work done before parade season starts in the next month, or at least prior to Memory Days later this summer. Public works director Tony Weinzirl suggested sending the requests through the buildings and property committees, and volunteered to assist the committee and other volunteers on float upgrades.

Mary Vinopal of Impact Seven tried to sway the Centuria Village Board her way on a confusing payment in lieu of taxes issue at the Monday, May 14, village board meeting. “I’m just a little leery of just approving money and then coming back (with the bills) a month later,” he said. “I do think it would be a good idea to get a new float ... or revamp it,” suggested Trustee Rod Peterson. • Matt Babcock of the parks committee outlined upgrades under way at the village softball field, with men’s play starting this week, and women’s league set to start in June. He said they are putting new roofs on several of the village structures, as well as sunshades over dugout benches, and he said they will be selling advertising on the outfield walls to assist in covering the costs of the improvements. Babcock also said the field may be used this summer by Unity Schools for youth softball practice. • Police Chief Van Burch said the process of dovetailing the village municipal court process with the city of St. Croix Falls is still being worked out. Burch also said they will need to separate some aspects of the traffic court, since the two municipalities have several different laws. “It really should be a big benefit to the village,” Burch said. He said the village loses “lots of money” when they run their municipal court process through the county court system, due to reduced returns.

There is likely to be a new or improved royalty float in Centuria’s future, after a decision on Monday, May 14, by the village board.

Youth ATV injuries alarm doctors by Shamane Mills Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - The children’s hospital in Madison is reminding parents and kids about all-terrain-vehicle safety. Over the course of two months, five children were taken to the emergency room because of injuries occurring while riding ATVs. In 2011, American Family children’s hospital saw 13 kids in the emergency room for all-terrain-vehicle accidents. In

just two months of this year, five children have need treatment; including a 9-yearold boy from Lafayette County who died. Emergency room pediatrician Joshua Ross said it’s important to remember these are motorized vehicles that young people may not always be able to control well, “Kids are physically smaller and have immature judgment and motor skills making the opportunity for accidents even greater than you’d have with adults.”

All ATV accidents have to be reported to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In 2011, there were three fatalities involving teens: the youngest was a 12-year-old. Gary Eddy is the ATV safety administrator at the DNR. He says restrictions on children depend on where ATVs are being used. In public areas, kids over 12 can operate small ATVs on their own after attending a certified safety class. There is no similar requirement on private

land, “A child at any age can operate any size ATV on private property, with a parent’s permission, and they are not required to wear helmets or have any safety gear or anything like that so really loose on private property and that’s where we tend to see some of our problems occur.” Eddy says there were 300,000 ATV registrations in Wisconsin this year.


Lime quarry needs more staff to meet demand Prayer issue surfaces again by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Dave Peterson, manager of the Polk County Lime Quarry, came to the Tuesday, May 15, meeting of the county board of supervisors with an unusual request. “I’m asking to make more money,” he told the board. Actually, said Peterson, what he was asking for was the additional personnel needed to make more money. To date, the lime quarry has received $240,000 in revenue, which amounts to 46 percent of its total 2012 budget. “It’s easy to say we’re going to have a good year on our revenues,” said Peterson. With the way things are going, and are projected to go during the upcoming months, having more help will mean that the quarry can serve more people and generate more revenue. The additional help will allow the quarry to “meet the demands of today and tomorrow, and our future demands,” Peterson told the board. The resolution requesting more staff stated that both revenue and personnel costs would increase by $38,000. County Administrator Dana Frey indicated that the $38,000 in increased revenues is a conservative estimate, especially since the quarry is already $50,000 ahead of last year for the same period. There are currently three employees at the lime quarry, including Peterson. He told the board that the staff has already put in 500 hours of overtime to meet the demand. Because the resolution requires a change in the 2012 budget, a two-thirds majority of the board is needed for approval. The resolution was approved unanimously on a voice vote. Prayer Using the public comment segment of the meeting to share his personal opinion, board Supervisor Rick Scoglio again expressed his disagreement with the idea of starting the county board meeting with prayer. Scoglio was the lone supervisor out of a 23 who last month voted against including a moment of reflection on the agenda for each monthly county board meeting.

Saying he has no problem of being the “one” in a 22-1 vote, Scoglio added, “If I don’t make you mad at me I’m not doing my job.” Publicly led prayer, he said, is offensive. Mixing church and state is both bad government and bad theology. Scoglio said he had no problem with the fact that Resser Adams of St. Croix Falls reads a portion of Scripture during the public comment period each month, but officially led Dave Peterson, manager of prayer is not appropriate. the Polk County Lime Quarry. – “Why do we have it?” Scoglio asked. “It’s simply Photo by Mary Stirrat pandering to a special interest group.” Taxpayers, he said, are the only special interest group he is interested in. Referring to a comment made last month that including a time of personal reflection, led by a different supervisor at each meeting, allows board members to get to know each other, Scoglio said he did not need or want to get to know the others. “I’m not going to sit around singing ‘Kumbaya’ with you,” he said. It’s not personal beliefs that make someone a better person, Scoglio said. Rather it’s behavior that matters. Scoglio asked corporation counsel Jeff Fuge to research the laws and provide information on what constitutes legal and illegal prayer at a public meeting. He asked that Fuge present the information at the June meeting of the county board. Supervisor Warren Nelson, with the disclaimer that he is not “a religious zealot,” pointed out that the time frame of when the prayer will occur can be known by the agenda. He suggested Scoglio step into the lobby when it’s time for the prayer.

Endeavors rent At the recommendation of both property committee and the finance committee, the board voted to postpone until June any action on an offer from Endeavors Adult

Development Center to modify the terms of its lease agreement with Polk County. Endeavors was $15,600 behind in payments as of the end of April. This amount included $4,000 for December 2011 and $2,900 each month from January through April. According to a lease agreement effective Jan. 1, 2012, the 2012 lease payments are $2,900 per month. Late last month, Endeavors asked to modify the lease agreement to include payments of $1,000 per month from January through June, and $4,000 per month for July through December. A check for $9,000 was included, to cover $4,000 for December 2012 and $1,000 per month for January through May 2012. Endeavors will be meeting with the county finance and property committees before the June county board meeting.

Initial employee benefits A resolution that gives county administration more flexibility in offering vacation benefits to new hires raised some questions but was approved on a voice vote with several supervisors opposed. Current policy allows new employees, regardless of previous experience, to receive one week of leave after six months of employment, with an increase to two weeks per year after a year on the job. The new policy, effective immediately, gives administration authority to offer a higher annual leave for a new employee that has at least two years of experience in a similar position. The leave offered may not exceed what the employee had in his or her previous position, or what the employee would receive had he or she been employed at Polk County for a comparable period, whichever is less. According to Frey, there are occasions when the county has an excellent job applicant who would like to work for Polk County, but does not want to start at zero vacation. The policy would give some flexibility to entice highquality employees, he indicated. Efforts to increase the minimum experience required needed to be eligible for more leave from two years to 10 failed by a vote of 17 to 5. Increasing it from two to five years failed by a vote of 13 to 9.

Retaining and hiring employees in changing times Polk County looks at employment issues by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County is facing new employment issues in a period of changing times. The demand for good workers is increasing as the economy starts to recover. A third of the county government workforce is eligible to retire. The unions and union contracts that covered most employees have been eliminated by the state. And, the county is facing a period of limited funds that will force a reduction of four to five employees next year. Those are some of the issues the Polk County Personnel Committee will be dealing with in the coming months. Two new committee members were present Thursday, May 10, for the first personnel meeting after the spring election. Tom Engel brings experience from a long career in big business and consulting. Jared Cockroft is a law enforcement officer who formerly worked for the county. They replace Warren Nelson who moved to a different committee and former Supervisor Ken Sample. Continuing on the committee are Russ Arcand, re-elected chair of the committee, Patricia Schmidt and James Edgell. County Administrator Dana Frey and employee relations manager Darlene Kusmirek presented the issues, starting with a presentation of the ER department goals. Goal number one is retaining and recruiting a strong county workforce. A second goal is transitioning from a union environment to a mainly nonrepresented labor force (some law enforcement employees can still have union representation). And in this new environment, the department’s third and continuing goal is employee safety and wellness.

All the county compensation plans and work policies are under review. The elimination of the contracts as a result of action by the state last year means that the county is developing new rules for all the county employees. Independently of that, personnel last year started a review of all management compensation, updating the present plan and comparing Polk County jobs and pay to that of other counties and private industry. Basically every thing is in play. Polk County has been a secure employer. In recent times, staff cuts have been made by attrition and not by layoffs. Frey said that image of job security can be a recruiting tool in hiring new employees. But 30 percent of the workforce can retire now, senior employees with long work experience. The county wants to retain workers and avoid what it calls “regrettable attrition,” the loss of workers who leave that the county planned on retaining. Frey said that some of this loss has been from the younger skilled employees leaving for better work opportunities. While the county wants to limit employee turnover and recruit qualified new employees, it will be facing a cut in total employees in 2013. The county employs a workforce with a wide variety of skills, heavy equipment operators, nurses, law enforcement workers, conservationists, accountants and social workers. For many workers, a change of jobs is not within the county but going from the county to another employer. Frey said the county has been very lucky in recruiting new employees. He said some new hires have taken pay cuts to take a job at the county, citing commute time and costs plus local ties as important reasons for coming here. But he said the county needs more flexibility in some cases in offering pay and benefit options to attract the

best qualified workers. The benefits package has been a major draw for recruiting employees but also a major expense. Frey said the county is now working with a new benefits manager that should allow the county more flexibility in controlling health insurance costs with benefits that are competitive with competing employers. Frey said the challenge is to hire experienced young workers and keep them here. Engel said the ideas presented reflect a changing dynamics in hiring, where flexibility is needed to hire from a younger pool of workers. Cockroft said that in law enforcement, experienced workers are often allowed to start at a seniority level similar to their previous job, allowing a lateral job switch.

An issue of too high a wage? While most of the committee meeting dealt with the upcoming county employment issues, James Edgell raised an issue of pay for workers this summer. He expressed concern that the pay for a small number of seasonal workers at the highway and buildings departments is too high. “We are offering these jobs at $14.18 an hour when many local employers are hiring full-time workers with more skill requirements at $10 and $11 an hour,” Edgell said, mentioning the starting pay at several local companies. “Do we need to pay that much for people who flag traffic?” The jobs have been already been advertised for this year, but the committee asked that the seasonal pay be looked at for next year, noting that the county hires temporary workers at $10 per hour.

Three local authors, one new book at the 1901 Frederic Soo Line Depot, May 26 FREDERIC - The Frederic Area Historical Society starts its 17th year of bringing the history of Frederic to life at the Frederic Soo Line Depot/Museum Saturday, May 26. A special event is planned for opening day this year. Three local authors, Buz Swerkstrom, Ed Emerson and Russ Hanson, will be at the depot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with their books available for sale. All three reside in the area, and will have signed edditions of their books available. (See story elsewhere in this issue). The 1901 Frederic Soo Line Depot is the last of its kind on what was once the major pipeline of commerce in this area through more than half of the last century – the railroad. When the Soo Line abandoned rail service through Frederic in 1989, the village acquired the depot and restored it with transportation enhancement grants from

the Department of Transportation, as a rest stop on the gandy Dancer State Trail and a museum of local history. In addition to the local history items archived in the depot, the original Frederic Library building, a log cabin from the late 1800s, and Soo Line wide-vision caboose No. 137 are featured and open for tours. The depot/museum is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in the fall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Frederic Area Historical Society members will be on hand to share the history of Frederic, and the coffee will be on during the opening weekend. The historical society is always looking for new members to help share the past through volunteering at the museum. If you have any interesting memorabilia for dis-

play, from Frederic, or the Soo Line railroad, please stop in or call 715-327-4271 or 715-327-4892. The historical society meets the first Tuesday of each month, at the depot, at 6:30 p.m. The society hosts several special events during the year at the depot: strawberry shortcake during Frederic Family Days June 16, a pie social on Aug. 18, a photo-op stop for an antique car tour in early September, and a vintage snowmobile show in December. Check out museum pictures at 2012 state trail passes, required for bicycle riders 16 years of age and older on the Gandy Dancer Trail, are available at the depot. - submitted

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Cost of frac mining growing in Burnett County

Burnett County Natural Resources Committee looks at growing cost of frac mining management

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Burnett County Natural Resources Committee heard of the growing costs to the county by the frac mining boom at their Thursday, May 10, committee meeting. Burnett County conservationist Dave Ferris reported that based on the current frac sand industry and the way the nonmetallic mining program is set up, the Land and Conservation Department is looking at changing the fees charged to more accurately account for the cost of administration. Ferris said the department’s programs are sum sufficient, meaning fees pay for the work done by department staff. But Ferris said the increased interest in frac mining has caused the staff to put in many extra hours. Ferris said the cost needs to be recovered. “With the situation so fluid, we have to look at this aggressively,” Ferris told the committee. “ No one has a problem with the mom and pop gravel pits, but frac sand mining is a different story. There’s a lot of work involved with frac sand.” Ferris said fees for mining would be split into two categories, regular sand and gravel mines, and frac sand mines. “By splitting mining permits, we will be able to assess a more realistic permit fee to frac sand mines which require a higher level of administration.” Land and conservation department staff workload will be further increased with the recent leak at the Grantsburg frac mine site, which could be in operation for 10-15 years. In other committee business: Ed Peterson was elected as Natural Resources Committee Chair and Norm Bickford was elected Vice Chair. Committee member Brent Blomberg was elected secretary. Forestry Recreation Officer Ryan Bybee reported the new boat is here. Bybee said the North Sand Lake Association purchased the radio for use with the boat. Committee member Roger Noe, who is also president of the Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association, said he has sent letters to the other lake associations encouraging their support in equipping the boat for Bybee and other officers using it to patrol the lakes this summer. “I hope they understand this is something that is really, really needed,” commented Noe. Bybee reported there is still a problem with the loitering in the bathrooms at Mel Daniels Park. Bybee said the bathrooms are currently being kept locked but would be

Burnett County Conservationist Dave Ferris reported that based on the current frac sand industry and the way the nonmetallic mining program is set up, the Land and Conservation Department is looking at changing the fees charged to more accurately account for the cost of frac sand mining administration. open over the Memorial Day weekend. Forest and park coordinator Susan Ingalls told the committee the county’s ATV accident suit was settled. Ingalls said no money was exchanged in the settlement. As

part of the settlement, the county will pay $2,600 for signs on all ATV trails stating when the trails will be open and the vehicles they are open to. Letters to the snow trails organizations will be sent out encouraging signage on their trails as well. A sign will be placed at Loon Creek Trailhead renaming it for the ATV accident victim, Robert Humphrey. Ingalls reported 30 percent of the storm damaged timber has been cut. Committee member Noe asked if there was a mandate for private property owners to clean up storm damage on their land. While Ingalls said there is no mandate, the DNR has and will continue to get the word out as to the fire danger from storm debris through letters and other materials mailed to property owners. The committee approved the repair of the Forts Folle Avoine main building’s roof at a cost of between $19,000 and $20,000. The committee agreed with member Don Taylor’s view traditional shingles would fit the style of the Forts better than a steel roof. The committee discussed developing an ATV park for the county. Don Taylor suggested a subcommittee needed to be formed to explore the building of a county ATV park. Committee members volunteering to be on the ATV park subcommittee were Ed Peterson, Don Taylor, Wayne Burmeister and Larry Main. Ferris said he would also be available to the subcommittee to help gather information as would Ingalls. Burnett County Forestry Administrator Jake Nichols, who has been looking into ATV park development, will also be asked to serve on the committee. Burnett County Extension Community Development Educator Mike Kornmann will be meeting with the Burnett County Historical Society to discuss how a possible RV park at the Forts could complement its operation.

Newly elected Vice Chair Norm Bickford and Chair Ed Peterson looked over reports after being elected to their offices on the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee, Thursday, May 10. Committee member Brent Blomberg (not pictured) was elected secretary. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Two appointed to Grantsburg Council Pool funds raised, village cleanup continues by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Village Council is back to full strength with the appointment of Earl Mosley and Tasha Burlini-Olson to fill two trustee vacancies. The appointments were made at the monthly council meeting Monday, May 14. The council also took action on the cleanup of village property and bonding to improve the water system. Rockets will again be launched at the airport in June. The pool fundraising has met its goal, and the annual audit shows that the village finished with a surplus. The appointment of trustees started the meeting, with the five council members each voting for two of the six persons who had expressed an interest in serving on the council. Mosley and Burlini-Olson each received four votes, with two votes cast for Kathryn Palmquist. Linda Anderson, Diane Barton and Patti Glockzin had also submitted their names for the positions. Mosley is a retired law enforcement officer and has lived in Grantsburg since 2004. Burlini-Olson is the marketing and retail manager at Burnett Dairy and also moved to Grantsburg in 2004. She is the first woman to serve on the Grantsburg Village Board. Mosley will fill the two-year vacancy created when John Addison, who was elected in April, declined his seat citing a possible conflict of interest. Burlini-Olson will fill the one year remaining in Mark Dahlberg’s term. Dahlberg retired from the board after 43 years of service and attended the meeting as a concerned citizen. The other members of the village board include President Roger Panek and Trustees Dean Josephson and Glenn Rolloff, who serve until April 2013, plus Trustees Val Johnson and Greg Peer, who serve until April 2014. Council actions The village is starting another round of cleaning up properties in the village. In its latest action, the council approved removing the tires and miscellaneous junk in the yard at 409 E. Madison Ave., a site that has been on the council list for several years. On March 28, the public safety committee determined that 20 village properties violated ordinances and needed to be cleaned up. Six of

Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Ken Kutz delivers the oath of office Monday, May 14, to (L to R): Greg Peer, Val Johnson, Earl Mosley and Tasha Burlini-Olson as they start their new term on the Grantsburg Village Council. – Photos by Gregg Westigard

those 20 were also on the 2011 list of nuisance properties. Police Chief Jeff Schinzing told the council there are now nine vacant homes with unmowed lawns in the village, including four houses on two-block-long Summit Avenue, only one of which is on the list of 20. The village will hire someone to clear the Madison Avenue property and is continuing the cleanup enforcement on the other properties, which include a vacant church on Wisconsin Avenue and unlicensed vehicles on Jackson Avenue. Over the past two years, the village completed two improvements to the water system, including a new service on Oak Street during the rebuilding of the street and completing a loop on the south water tower. Now a DNR grant has paid for a third of the project costs, reducing the principal amount by $90,677. The council approved issuing bonds for the remaining $211,580 with a 1.32-percent interest rate. At that interest rate, the total project cost is $241,995 which will be paid $12,000 a year until 2032.

Short notes The $35,000 fundraising goal for 2012 Grantsburg pool operations and improvements has been reached, BurliniOlson reported. The funds were needed to keep the pool going until the 2013 season when the Grantsburg School District will start paying a larger portion of the annual costs. Much of the final funding was from a May 5 fundraiser which brought in $2,000. The 2011 audit is completed and Larry Stotz reported that the village brought in more funds than it spent, adding to the reserve. He said there were no issues to re-

port and the accounts are in good shape. “Cooperation with the village staff is as good as we see anywhere,” Stotz said. “You have excellent resources here.” Rockets will fly from the airport again June 3 during Big Gust Days. The Grantsburg model rocket group, now in its seventh year, has grown more popular each year, Craig Bowman said. The group, which now includes a number of adults, has become affiliated with the National Association of Amateur Rocket Builders.

This house at 409 E. Madison in Grantsburg is one of the nuisance spots on the village cleanup list.


County library gets one-month reprieve by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — The Polk County Board of Supervisors postponed until June action on a resolution to close the county library federation by the end of the year while maintaining the reading and literacy program for the jail. With one supervisor absent for the May 15 meeting, the vote to postpone was 12 in favor and 10 opposed. Nearly every year the county library faces threat of closure, and this year that threat is more real due to a survey of supervisors that placed it second to the bottom on their list of priorities. County Administrator Dana Frey has been directed to evaluate each of the county programs, starting with those deemed least valuable, and last month he released his report on the county library federation. Among other things, the report states that while there is much value in the library services provided, these services can be provided in a more efficient way and with a different funding method. It also states that the library has drifted from its original mission. Supervisor Herschel Brown, sponsor of the resolution to phase out the library federation, told the board that only three counties in Wisconsin have a county library. “If the other 69 already gave it up,” he said, “it pretty much tells you county

Adam Bever, candidate for Wisconsin assembly, introduced himself to the Polk County Board of Supervisors. libraries are obsolete.” The Polk County Library Federation, in addition to having a large collection of its own to circulate, provides books and literacy programs at the jail and is responsible for the Books By Mail program that provides materials to shut-ins. It also provides technical and professional support to the 10 municipal libraries in the county. In 2011, the Polk County Library Federation and Friends of Polk County Libraries obtained more than $92,000 in grants. More than $212,000 has been received in the last nine years, allowing the

The Polk County Board of Supervisors Class of 2012, as Chairman William Johnson IV says, poses for a photo in front of the government center in Balsam Lake. In front (L to R) are Patricia Schmidt and Kristine Kremer-Hartung. Middle row is Russell Arcand, Rick Scoglio, Craig Moriak, Kathryn Kienholz, Gary Bergstrom, Larry Jepsen, Neil Johnson, Tom Magnafici and George Stroebel. In back are board Chair William Johnson IV, Kim O’Connell, Dean Johansen, Herschel Brown, Brian Masters, Warren Nelson, Jay Luke, Jim Edgell, Marvin Caspersen, Tom Engel, and Jared Cockroft. Absent is Harry Johansen. – Photos by Mary Stirrat library to purchase large-print books, implement the jail literacy program and provide computer support to the municipal libraries. Several county residents and municipal library directors spoke during the public comment period of the meeting, asking supervisors to postpone a vote on closing the county library. Christine Lafond, librarian at Clear Lake, discussed issues related to the library’s involvement in the MORE system, an online system that connects the collections of 51 libraries in Northwest Wisconsin, allowing patrons to check out materials from any participating library. According to Lafond, a MORE member must give a minimum one-year notice to withdraw from the system, with the withdrawal effective Dec. 31 of the following. This means that Polk County Library Federation cannot withdraw from the MORE system until Dec. 31, 2013. Luck library director Jill Glover said she was concerned about the accuracy and thoroughness of data collection for the evaluation. She asked how the decision was arrived at that the library has drifted from its original mission, noting that she and several other library directors had not been contacted for input. Jim Drabek, a resident of Balsam Lake, pointed out that municipal libraries are facing difficult times. The Balsam Lake Library, he said, is facing a 16-percent budget cut this year. Cutting education and libraries is a bad idea, Drabek said, warning that soon there will be “a bunch of dumb kids running around.” Warren Nelson, a member of the library board, argued that Frey’s report has only been available for about a month. “We haven’t had time to study it,” he said, asking for 30 days to look for solutions.

Nelson’s request was approved by a vote of 12 to 10, with Supervisor Harry Johansen absent. In favor were Supervisors Kathryn Kienholz, Marvin Caspersen, Tom Engel, Craig Moriak, Jay Luke, Warren Nelson, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, Neil Johnson, Jared Cockroft and board Chair William Johnson IV. Opposed were Herschel Brown, Dean Johansen, Patricia Schmidt, Jim Edgell, Brian Masters, Rick Scoglio, George Stroebel, Tom Magnafici, Kristine KremerHartung and Russell Arcand.

Appointments What should have been routine appointments by the board chair to various agencies, became more complicated than expected when one supervisor offered to remove herself from one of the appointed positions. Chair Johnson had a list of 22 appointments to 16 different agencies ranging from the tourism council to the humane society to the Indianhead Federated Library System. Noting that only 11 of the 23 county supervisors were filling the available positions, Kremer-Hartung offered to remove herself from the aging and disabilities resource center board. Johnson had planned to appoint her to that agency along with the Polk County Economic Development Corporation. Nelson, who was slated to fill positions on three different agencies, offered to volunteer for the slot Kremer-Hartung was giving up. When it was pointed out that the idea was to get more of the supervisors involved, Magnafici volunteered. Rather than have the board choose by ballot which of the two supervisors would fill the position, Nelson withdrew to allow Magnafici the opportunity to serve on the ADRC Board.

Masters then complained that he had not been reappointed to the local emergency planning committee, which he had indicated he would like to continue. He had also indicated interest in serving on the Arnell Memorial Humane Society Board but was not appointed to that agency. Johnson told Masters that he had appointed O’Connell to the LEPC, noting that O’Connell’s position as a member of the county public protection committee made it a good fit. Masters had said that there is no requirement that members of the LEPC also serve on the public protection committee. O’Connell offered to defer to Masters, giving him the opportunity to serve on the LEPC, which Masters accepted. Kienholz, Johnson’s choice for the humane society board, told Masters that another vacancy exists on the board. She offered to take him to the next meeting.

Other business • Frey reported that a complaint process has been implemented whereby complaints from members of the public can be tracked through until resolved. • Frey also said that departments are being told to keep 2013 budget requests to a zero increase over 2012. The levy is still frozen, he said, and the county will need to find ways to save money. One of the key means of saving will be attrition of staff, with four vacant positions currently being held open. • The board approved a resolution authorizing the land and water resources department to apply for a grant to build a manure storage facility at a farm in the Town of Balsam Lake. The farm’s existing facility that is small and inadequate, said department head Tim Ritten, leading to environmental issues.

Show of talent at Grantsburg High School Senior Art and Quilt Exhibit by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg High School seniors showcased their artistic talents at the student’s annual art and quilt exhibit on Friday, May 11, in the high school gymnasium. Beautifully designed quilts draping the bleachers drew oohs and aahs from show visitors. The quilts, made by seniors in Mrs. Hawkins’ independent living class, showed off each student’s cre-

ativity and hard work, over 40 hours in making, with their unique designs, color combinations and themes. Visitors moved from table to table graced with student artwork from paintings to printmaking and ceramics to sculpture. The show of talent, culminated a year of artistic endeavors by the Grantsburg seniors under the instruction of Grantsburg High School art teacher Jeremy Tomczak.

Beautifully designed quilts draping the bleachers drew oohs and aahs from visitors attending the Grantsburg High School Senior Art and Quilt Exhibit on Friday, May 11. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg High School Senior Art and Quilt Exhibit visitors moved from table to table graced with student artwork from paintings to printmaking, ceramics to sculptures.


Grantsburg School “Why We Sing” choral pop concert by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg music department students presented their annual choral pop concert in the high school auditorium on Friday, May 11. The Afterschool Class Choir began the concert, followed by performances by the seventh- and eighth-grade choir, the Swingin’ Sisters and the Lil’ Bros, the ladies swing choir, the Travelers, the special ladies ensemble, the vocal jazz, and the high school choir. Several high school students also performed musical theater selections, much to the enjoyment of the audience. The evening of music ended with all the choirs singing together “Why We Sing.” Following the performance concertgoers were treated to root beer floats in the high school commons.

The Afterschool Class Choir gave an entertaining performance of “If I Only Had Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz.” Pictured (L to R): Olivia Brock, Mikala Hammer, Rachel Tooze, Ella Lindue, Grace Lehne and Catherine Michaels. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Maria Oachs was a featured soloist during the seventh- and eighth-grade choir’s performance of “This Old Hammer.”

Back by popular demand, the Travelers wowed the audience with a repeat performance of the theme from “Spider Man.”

Gus Johnson seemed to be channeling Old Blue Eyes himself during his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s signature song “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.”

L i l y B e n g e Briggs accompanied the high school choir on the ukulele during their performance of the Andy B e c k arrangement of “Over the Rainbow. Seniors Amanda Lindus, Stephanie Miklya, Christina Moore and Rachel Diffee were featured soloists during the high school choir’s over-the-top version of a classic, “Over the Rainbow.”

The Swingin’ Sisters and the Lil’ Bros gave a lively performance of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Senior Paul Lewis performed “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

In a heartfelt moment seniors Ben Davis and Matthew Swenson presented Grantsburg High School choir director, Linda Benge, with a plant as thanks for her dedication and friendship to the choir students.





Triathlon dry run was an adventure for all

think people drive right by Grantsburg without ever knowing what we have here,” added Spaight. “We have Crex Meadows and the St. Croix River for everyone to enjoy,” said Spaight. “There’s no place as diverse as Burnett County. We have it all in Grantsburg.” The dry run had 28 participants, 18 of whom completed the course from start to finish. “It was a terrific way to spend a Saturday being out in the natural environment,” said Spaight at the end of the daylong event. The Adventure Triathlon will be held on May 11, 2013, in Grantsburg. For more information on the 2013 event go to

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Participants in the dry run of the 2013 Adventure Triathlon gathered at Memory Lake in Grantsburg last Saturday morning, May 12, eager to get biking, paddling and walking. The first part of the three-sport event had bikers riding through Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to the St. Croix River. Upon arrival at Soderbeck’s Landing, handlebars were replaced with paddles as participants kayaked down the river to the Hwy. 70 St. Croix bridge. Paddlers then took to the trail for a run to Raspberry Landing and then back to Memory Lake and the finish line. “It was an absolutely fantastic tryout,” said triathlon organizer Chris Spaight. Volunteers timed Adventure Triathlon organizer Chris Spaight as he crossed the finish line at Memory Lake Park. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Race organizer Chris Spaight reviewed the triathlon course before participants headed out to bike through Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to the St. Croix River. Upon arrival at Soderbeck’s Landing, handlebars were replaced with paddles as participants kayaked down the river to the Hwy. 70 St. Croix bridge. Paddlers then took to the trail for a run to Raspberry Landing and then back to Memory Lake and the finish line.

Dressed in a colorful tutu, first timetriathloner Ashley Goepfert said since this was a dry run, and she and teammates Melissa Franklin and Marilyn Toraason were just in it for fun, not the best time, they decided to sport a festive look for the event.

“We had tremendous community support. It wouldn’t have been possible without our volunteers. We are so thankful for all their help and support.” Dressed in a colorful tutu, first-time triathloner Ashley Goepfert said since this was just a dry run and she and teammates Melissa Franklin and Marilyn Toraason were just in it for fun, not the best time, they decided to sport a festive look for the event. Goepfert and her teammates each took one leg of the three-sport event. Franklin started, biking to Toraason who paddled the kayak to Goepfert who then ran the last leg of the course, eight miles to the finish line. “I thought it went really well,” said Goepfert. “I want to do all three legs myself next year.” Spaight said he first thought of Grantsburg holding an adventure race back in November of 2011. “Adventure races are very popular now. I’ve participated in races all over Wisconsin and thought having one here in Grantsburg would be a great way to bring people to the community to experience all the natural beauty here open to the public.” “My goal was to bring people here for the benefit of everyone. Sometimes I

Bikers got ready for the start of the Adventure Triathlon on Saturday, May 12, at Memory Lake Park in Grantsburg.

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••• LA CROSSE – The UW-La Crosse baseball team is headed to the NCAA Division 3 championships after a 9-1 victory over UW-Whitewater on Saturday, May 12. The Falcons got another quality start from Grantsburg graduate, pitcher Kevin Johnson, who went seven innings allowing four hits, three walks, one unearned run while Kevin Johnson striking out three. He earned his fifth win of the season to remain perfect in the win-loss column, and still leads the team with an astounding .83 ERA.UWL (33-9) is the second seed in the UWWhitewater Regional and will play seventh-seeded Aurora University, Ill. (36-8) Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. – Marty Seeger with press release ••• LA CROSSE – The UW-Badgers club baseball team won their district championship once again and are playing in the National Club Baseball World Series in Columbus, Ga., starting Friday, May 18, against Penn State. Among those on the team is Luck graduate Mitchell Klatt, who is making a repeat appearance in the NCBA Division 2 World Series after the team appeared last year. ••• 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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Unity golfers earn fourth straight title

Conference tournament set for Thursday, May 17

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LUCK – The Unity Eagles golf team did what was expected of them on Monday, May 14, at the Luck Golf Course, winning their fourth-straight conference title. The Eagles did it on their home course, and despite having a challenging afternoon on the links, Unity accepted the challenge as they’ve done throughout the year. “The greens were fast and pins were put in tough positions. The players were challenged the entire match and kept their focus on the present. Senior Erik Nelson shot his personal best with a 39. He is starting to put his game together and it is happening at the right time,” said Eagles coach Larry Stencil. Leading the Eagles was Reed Sorensen, who shot a three-over-par score of 38 playing the front nine. Evan Lunda finished with a 42 and Jake Engebretson shot 46. “This is a testament to the boys hard work during the previous summer to improve their game. I am extremely proud of them,” said Stencil. “Their hard work has trickled down to the younger players. They have learned that the only way to improve is to spend time on the course and outwork their opponents. They have seen the benefits by having their scores come down to the point where they believe they can actually be good players. Golf is so much about confidence.” Siren took second overall with a score of 184, and Grantsburg, Luck and St. Croix Falls fought it out for third place with Grantsburg coming out on top with a score of 195. Luck followed with 196 and

Drew Alderman of Grantsburg chips the ball onto the green.

The greens were fast at the Luck Golf Course on Monday, May 14, but it was perfect weather for golf. – Photos by Marty Seeger St. Croix Falls shot a team score of 197. Frederic did not place but was led by Chris Hopp with a score of 48. Charlie Lindberg shot 61 and David Lindberg shot 68. The Dragons were led by Luke Bollant with a score of 38. Jake Swenson shot 42, Justin Decorah had 46 and Jared Emery shot 58. Grantsburg was led by Drew Alderman with 42, Jake Langevin with 50 and Ben Davis shot 51 Sean Handy, 52, and Lars Thoreson, 53. Jordan Bazey led Luck with 42, Casey Ekholm, 50, Luke Christensen, 51, Brenden Fenning, 53, and Sam Nelson 56. St. Croix Falls was led by Alex Mikl, 45, Manny Beaver, 46, Kyle Chapman, 51 and Grant Simpson, 55.

Unity takes fourth at Rice Lake RICE LAKE – Unity coach Larry Stencil was happy with how his team competed at Rice Lake on Thursday, May 10, taking fourth place out of 22 teams. River Falls came in first overall with a score of 299, followed by Osceola, 317, Hudson 319, and Unity 321. St. Croix Falls placed 17th, Luck 20th and Frederic also competed. Reed Sorensen tied Unity’s school 18hole record with a one-over-par 72, and finished third place overall. The record is shared by former Eagle golfer, Mitch Paquin. “We are playing pretty good golf for this time of year. Scores are coming down and we are beginning to gain momentum for the tournament trail,” said Stencil.

Unity’s Reed Sorensen had a solid week of golf, helping to lead the Eagles to their fourth straight conference title. He also tied the school record 18-hole score at the Rice Lake Invitational on Thursday, May 10, with a oneover-par 72. Evan Lunda finished with a 77, followed by Erik Nelson, 78, Ben Bengtson, 94 and Jake Engebretson, 100. St. Croix Falls was led by Manny Beaver with 86, and Alex Mikl, 92. Luck’s Brenden Fenning shot a 97 and Sam Nelson and Casey Ekholm each finished with 101. Area golfers will get set for an important week of golf starting with the conference golf tournament in Rice Lake, at Turtleback Golf Course on Thursday, May 17. The varsity regional takes place for Division 2 teams on Tuesday, May 22, at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset. Grantsburg, Unity and St. Croix Falls will compete in Division 2, and Siren National Golf Course will host the Division 3 regional, which includes Frederic and Luck on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday results from Siren SIREN – Siren National hosted the final regular season match in the West Lakeland with Unity closing out the season with 54 points in the final standings. Siren and Grantsburg tied for second with 41 points and Luck fell in third with 23 points, followed by St. Croix Falls and Frederic with 22 and one point respectively. Erik Nelson was the medalist on Tuesday with a score of 36 to lead the Unity Eagles, who finished first with a team score of 157. Evan Lunda shot 38, Reed

Jared Emery of Siren eyes a shot on the ninth hole at the Luck Golf Course.

It was a challenging day for area golfers as pins were placed in difficult spots. Sorensen, 40, Ben Bengtson, 43 and Jake Engebretson, 47. Siren shot a team score of 179 followed by Grantsburg 190, St. Croix Falls, 192, Luck, 203, and Frederic 267. Luke Bollant and Jake Swenson shot 41 for Siren, Alex Mikl led the Saints with 41, Brendan Fenning shot 47 for Luck, and Chris Hopp shot 43 for Frederic.

Pirates softball takes first loss of season Sweep home Saturday tournament Baldwin-Woodville 6, Grantsburg 3 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALDWIN – The Pirates softball team took their first loss of the season to a talented Baldwin-Woodville squad currently ranked No. 1 in the state among teams in Division 2. It was a good test for the Pirates as playoffs are right around the corner. Baldwin had nine hits in the game and scored four times in the bottom of the first with three singles and a double. The Blackhawks scored one more run in the fourth on a single and homered in the sixth for the win. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off a double by Kylie Pewe, and an RBI single by Sam Schwieger. In all the Pirates had eight hits, including two singles by Nicole McKenzie and Macy Hanson in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough. Pewe had

three of the Pirate hits and Schwieger went 2 for 3.

Grantsburg 7, Northwood 0 GRANTSBURG – The Pirates softball team picked up their 16th straight win of the season over Northwood at home on Friday, May 11, scoring seven runs on nine hits. Pirates pitcher Sam Schwieger worked through seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit with 10 strikeouts and three walks. Schwieger also singled in the second inning and drove in two runs, which gave the Pirates a 4-0 lead after two innings. Grantsburg scored once more in the third inning off two hits, including a single from Nicole McKenzie and a double from Kassie Lien. Pewe singled and scored in the fourth inning and the Pirates picked up their seventh run of the game in the sixth inning with the help of singles from Brooke Roufs and Gabby Witzany. Kylie Pewe went 3 for 4 in the leadoff spot and scored three times, while Witzany went 2 for 4 with a double, single and one RBI.

Grantsburg 14, Cumberland 3 GRANTSBURG – The Pirates softball team cruised to victory against Cumberland during a home tournament on Saturday, May 12, scoring 14 runs on 13 hits. Both Kylie Pewe and Sam Schwieger had three hits in the game and Schwieger batted in three runs on two doubles and a triple. Kassie Lien went 2 for 2 and scored three times, while Jenn Schwieger went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Gabby Witzany had a two-RBI double in the game and Stacey McKenzie and Harlei Hennessey both singled. Sam Schwieger pitched another solid game after going five innings the night before against Northwood. She gave up six hits, no walks and three runs against the Beavers. However, the Pirates had five errors in the game, and gave up one Cumberland two-run homer late in the fifth inning. Grantsburg 7, Osceola 4 GRANTSBURG – Both Gabby Witzany and Harlei Hennessey went deep for the Pirates during a 7-4 route over the Osceola Chieftains at their home tournament on Sat-

urday, May 12. It was the second game of a doubleheader in which the Pirates won both games. Hennessey’s two-run homer came during the fourth inning to put the Pirates up 6-1, and Witzany hit her sixth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fifth inning to put the Pirates up 7-3. Schwieger pitched her third game in just two days and a solid Osceola team managed to get four runs on nine hits. Kylie Pewe had another solid performance at the plate with a double and a single, and Hennessey had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Both Schwieger and Pewe have been going on a hitting spree as of late. In a three-game span that started Friday, May 11, they combined for 11 runs on 13 hits. Schwieger has also been extra tough on the mound, and has helped give Grantsburg a perfect record to date. Other hitters against Osceola included Nicole McKenzie, who had an RBI single, as well as Wendy Roberts. Stacey McKenzie had a hit, as did Kassie Lien. Jenn Schwieger also drove in a run in the fourth inning off a sacrifice fly to center field.








Webster boys make it sixth straight

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – For the sixth straight year, the Webster boys track team pulled out of Frederic with a conference championship, which exceeded expectations of the Webster coaching staff, even though they knew they’d be in the running for the title. “We expected to be in the fight for first, but they really stepped up and took it. As a coach, you love to see athletes rise up and run faster, throw and jump further meet after meet. I enjoyed watching them shatter personal bests and outperform the heat sheets,” said coach Roy Ward. The Tiger boys finished with 156 points, followed by Unity with 123, St. Croix Falls, 110; Frederic, 88; Siren, 68; Grantsburg, 52; Clear Lake, 41; TL/Clayton, 30; and Shell Lake, 27. Although each individual contributed to the win senior Joey Erickson finished first in all three distance events, including the 800-meter run where he finished with a time of 2 minutes, 6.30 seconds. In the 1,600, he had a time of 4:35.69 and 10:13.20 in the 3,200. “He has run out the shadows of Peter Walsh and Jack Taylor, great Webster Tigers. He has had an absolutely amazing season,” said Ward. Aaron Clay also had a solid day setting personal bests in the high jump with third place and in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.61 seconds. He was the triple jump champion with a leap of 40 feet, 1/4 inches. Along with Clay, Taylor Heinz, Austin Bork and Cullan Hopkins, they won first place in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:46.65. Hopkins finished with a second-place bid in the 300-meter hurdles, and was third in the 110-meter hurdles, while Josh Baer was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. Webster’s 4x800-meter relay team consisting of Dan Formanek, Cody Isaacson, Andrew Schrooten and Billy Cooper took second with a time of 9:11.72. Jess Petersen placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, and teammate Austin Bork took third with a mark of 10-06. Isaacson finished fifth in the long jump and Cliff Benjamin earned fourth place in the discus. Ward was not only pleased with the effort of the boys and girls teams, but also

The Webster boys track team are proud owners of their sixth-straight conference crown, which was won at the Frederic conference meet Tuesday, May 15. – Photo by Marty Seeger the supporting cast of coaches that have made the track teams so successful over the years. “Not only do we have a great group of athletes, we have outstanding coaches. Our kids are fortunate to have Jeff Postler, Jim Muus, Jean Koelz, Deanna Krause, Papa Ward, Sarah Pickering and Jeromie Voeltz,” said Ward. Other notable performances from Monday included a first-place finish for St. Croix Falls junior Shane Swanson in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40. John D’Jock of Siren placed third in the 100 and took fourth in the 200-meter dash. In the 400-meter dash, Waylon Buck of Frederic/Luck finished second with a time of 53.96, and Mark Wampfler of St. Croix Falls was fourth with a time of 55.34. In the 800-meter run, Ryan Nussbaum of St. Croix Falls took second, followed by Grantsburg’s Brendan Kutz, Jacob Ohnstad and Alex Frey of St. Croix Falls. Henry Klein of St. Croix Falls was second in the 3,200-meter run, followed by

Ohnstad and Jacob Ulrich. Unity’s Xavier Foeller dominated both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles with times of 16.87 and 44.55 respectively. Teammate Steven Krueger was second in the 110, and third in the 300. Frederic/Luck’s Tony Evans took third in both the 110 and 300. Frederic’s 4x100-meter relay team placed first overall with Jacob LaDuke, Evan Armour, Ian Lexen and Adam Chenal. The team finished with a time of 45.88. Siren’s 4x100-relay team took second with Adam Neurer, Matt Larson, Murdock Smith and Reuben Mixsooke finishing with a time of 46.44. Unity took third and St. Croix Falls was fourth in the event. The Saints did win the 4x200-meter relay consisting of Shane Swanson, Mark Wampfler, Zach Horn and Cody Zelinski with a time of 1:37.06. Frederic/Luck’s LaDuke, Armour, Lexen and Chenal took second. Unity took fourth. The Saints 4x400-meter relay team was second and Frederic took third, and the Saints 4x800meter relay team placed fourth with Klein,

Frey, Chris Eisen and Nussbaum finishing with a time of 8:38.20. Unity’s Krueger finished strong in the high jump as conference champ with a leap of 6-03. Adam Chenal was second, with 6-02, and Unity’s Colton Sorensen wowed the crowd in the pole vault by reaching a mark of 13-03. Jess Petersen of Webster was second with a mark of 11-00. Saints senior Zelinski was the first-place finisher in the long jump with a mark of 19-02.25. Chenal took second, and Sorensen was third, followed by Unity’s Zach Johnson. Zelinski also took second in the triple jump. Lexen of Frederic was third. Adam Parker of Grantsburg took the conference title in the shot put with a throw of 45-09.25. Siren’s Smith was first in the discus with a toss of 130-05.50. Will Haines of Siren was third in the discus and Larson was third. Parker also took fifth in the discus. More complete results can be found on

Saints girls track wins conference title by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The St. Croix Falls girls track team won the conference championship on Tuesday, May 15, in Frederic, scoring 152.50 points followed by Webster with 131.50; Shell Lake, 126; Unity, 94; Clear Lake, 76; Frederic, 66.50; Siren, 28; Grantsburg, 14.50; and Turtle Lake/Clayton, 5. Highlights for the Saints girls included a first-place finish for Sarah Petznick in the 100-meter dash with a time of 17.50 seconds. Kierstyn Campbell took second with a time of 18.37. The Saints 4x100meter relay team took second with a time of 55.25, with Ally Mahler, Hayley Cermin, Paige Appel and Samantha Jorgenson making up the team. The 4x200-meter relay also took second with a time of 1 minute, 54.24 seconds with Jorgenson, Sydney Geisness, Cermin and Matti Gerlach. The 4x400-meter relay team took third overall and the 4x800-meter relay team took first with Erica Bergmann, Jessica Rademacher, Autumn Erickson and Briana Wenell posting a time of 11:09.06. Campbell, a Saints sophomore, was the conference champ in the high jump with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches. Jorgenson was also a conference champion in the pole vault with a mark of 8 feet. In the long jump, Cermin took second and Geisness came in third. Geisness was a champion in the triple jump with a mark of 33-01. She also took second in the discus with a toss of 94-11. The Webster girls had several notable performances but fell short of their ultimate goal of the conference championship.

The St. Croix Falls girls track team was elated to find out they earned a conference championship in Frederic on Tuesday, May 15. – Photo by Marty Seeger

“It was a bittersweet night. It is safe to say that the coaching staff’s hearts are broken for the girls team. We all wanted them to get the first-ever conference championship. It wasn’t our night and congratulations to Stephanie Belisle and her St. Croix Falls Saints. Finishing second is amazing, but it is hard to find the right words to say to a team of girls that had their hearts set on No. 1,” said Webster coach Roy Ward. Webster’s Melissa Gustavson had a memorable night, taking second in the 100-meter dash behind Amber Moore of Siren with a time of 13.30. Moore’s time was 13.25. In the 200-meter dash, it was Gustavson who came out on top with a

time of 26.49, which is a new conference track record. Kally Schiller has been battling injury but placed fourth in the 1,600meter run and third in the 3,200, while teammate Diana Pope was fourth in the 3,200. Webster’s 4x200-meter relay team finished first overall with a time of 1:52.93, which consists of Angel Christianson, Gustavson, Ashley Irvine and Kelsey Sheffler. The 4x800-meter relay team finished with a time of 11:09, and took second overall. Kally Schiller, Gabby Schiller, Kendel Mitchell and Diana Pope are teammates on the 4x800. In the pole vault, Emilie Pope finished in third place with a mark of 7-06. Chelsea Larson was the con-

ference champion in the shot put with a throw of 36-00.25. She also took third in the discus, and teammate Audrey Mulliner placed fifth with a personal best throw of 83-04. Tanya Johnson took third in the discus. Siren’s Moore took first in the 100-meter dash and was second in the 200 with a time of 27.50. Frederic’s Leah Engebretson placed second in the 800-meter run with a 2:28.28, and took second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:33.69. The Unity girls didn’t finish the way they had hoped as false starts took their toll. But Ashley Johnson was first overall

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Webster/Siren girls win own tourney

Webster/Siren 17, Braham 5 (five innings) by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer WEBSTER – Evon Maxwell shut down the visiting Braham, Minn., squad in the opener of the Storm girls tournament on Saturday, May 12, at Webster, and it was a bit of a foreshadowing of wins to come, as the W/S girls swept the tourney. Jessica Strabel, Sam Perius and Alex DeBlase all scored three times each in the win, which included two doubles by Strabel. Webster/Siren 12, Washburn 4 WEBSTER – The Storm girls kept up the heat in the three-team tourney, beating the visiting Washburn squad by a 12-4 final, with Raelyn Tretsven earning the win for the hosting Storm. The Storm offense scored runs in every inning, and never trailed, giving Tretsven some confidence as the freshman helps with hurling duties, relieving prime starter Evon Maxwell from too many innings. “I’m so proud of our girls,” Storm head coach Ashley Close declared. “They played really well and came out with two wins and were tournament champions.” The weather also cooperated, as the Storm drew steady crowds all afternoon to the Webster field. Unity 14, Webster/Siren 4 (five innings) WEBSTER – The Unity Eagles used a six-run opening frame to beat the visiting Webster/Siren Storm in five innings by a 14-4 final on Thursday, May 10, at Unity.

The Webster/Siren Storm softball team earned a tournament sweep at home on Saturday, May 12. – Photo submitted Eagle starter Sierra Thomfohrda earned the win, and reliever Hailey Olson came on strong for the save. Six Eagles scored two runs apiece, with the Storm girls occasionally having a hard time handling some of the hard hit Unity balls. W/S starter Evon Maxwell got hit for the loss, and while there were few highlights for the Storm, they did manage to

It was a close play at first, as Storm first baseman Abigail Mitchell hauls in a throw as a Unity batter tries to beat the throw. – Photos by Greg Marsten unless otherwise noted

Cameron 13, St. Croix Falls 3 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CAMERON – Despite being able to capitalize on three Cameron errors to take a 3-1 lead in the third inning, the Saints softball team couldn’t hang on for the win during a nonconference game at Cameron. Jessica Theroux and Natalie Sempf both singled in the first inning and both scored a run in the top of the second along with leadoff hitter Laura Peroceski. It wasn’t enough however, as Cameron tacked on three runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead and another four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to take the game win in five innings. The Saints have just two wins on the season with their most recent coming against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser last Friday, May 11. They have three more games left in the regular season with one conference game against Unity on Thursday, May 17.

score three runs in the third inning, but otherwise it was all Eagles for the West Lakeland Conference win.

Webster/Siren 19, Clear Lake 8 WEBSTER – Webster/Siren softball picked up a win over Clear Lake on Tuesday, May 15, scoring nine runs in the second inning. The Storm has just one conference game against Unity this season before getting set for playoff action. – Marty Seeger

Storm starter Raelyn Tretsven kept her squad in control during their weekend tournament, which the Storm won.

Storm catcher Ashley Dietmeier knocks a single in the Webster/Siren tournament over the weekend.

Saint girls fall to Cameron

Saints third baseman Bailey Morrison made a nice play on a hard-hit ball for an out against Cameron on Monday, May 14. – Photos by Mark Bell, Barron News-Shield

Despite taking a brief 3-1 lead, the Saints couldn’t contain Cameron in a recent loss.








Luck/Frederic coasts easily over SCF

Luck/Frederic girls sweep own tournament Luck/Frederic 17, St. Croix Falls 1 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Luck/Frederic softball team produced 17 runs on nine hits in a run-ruled win over St. Croix Falls on Thursday, May 10, in St. Croix Falls. Luck/Frederic had 6-1 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning before earning four runs in the fourth and another seven runs in the fifth to win. Corissa Schmidt pitched a two-hitter allowing no earned runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts. There were 10 errors throughout the game with the Saints committing six. Kendra Mossey led Luck/Frederic at the plate going 2 for 4 with five RBIs. Avery Steen also went 2 for 4, and Abbie Otlo batted in two runs going 2 for 3 with a walk. Maria Miller and Tessa Clemenson were credited with Luck/Frederic’s other hits. The Saints two hits came by a Rebecca Thayer single in the second and a Natalie Sempf single in the third inning. Luck/Frederic 8, TL/Clayton 2 FREDERIC – The Luck/Frederic softball team picked up a nonconference win over Turtle Lake/Clayton on Monday, May 14, scoring eight of their 11 runs in the second inning. Maia Lehmann went 3 for 3 at the plate with one RBI. Lauren Domagala and Abbie Otlo both went 2 for 4 with each posting RBIs. Kendra Mossey, Corissa Schmidt and Avery Steen each had hits and drove in a run as well. Schmidt pitched all seven innings allowing five hits, two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. Luck/Frederic 4, Osceola 3 FREDERIC – The Luck/Frederic softball team picked up a nice win over Osceola on Tuesday, May 15, getting four runs in the third inning, which proved to be the difference making in the game. Corissa Schmidt held the Chieftains to six hits and only one earned run, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Jessica Theroux of St. Croix Falls tracks down a high throw against Luck/Frederic on Thursday, May 10. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted All four runs came on two outs for Luck/Frederic, as Avery Steen hit an RBI single and Maria Miller hit an RBI double. Abbie Otlo also hit an RBI triple in the inning, and give L/F softball just enough for the win. Luck/Frederic 12, Hayward 3 FREDERIC – The Luck/Frederic girls played solid ball all day on Saturday as they hosted their first ever tournament since they became a cooperative squad. The L/F girls crushed the Clear Lake Warrior girls by an 18-8 final, gaining enough of a lead to allow head coach Erin Hansford to play almost everyone. However, before using a few players to seal the victory after the Warriors tagged reliever Abbie Otlo for seven runs in the fifth inning. Corissa Schmidt earned the victory, and highlights included a 10-run fourth inning, with one highlight being sophomore Jillian Klatt’s three-RBIs on a double to expand the L/F lead. – Greg Marsten Luck/Frederic 12, Hayward 3 FREDERIC – The L/F girls were able to keep the Hayward Hurricanes in check by a 12-3 final in their first game, behind solid pitching by Corissa Schmidt, who gave up just four hits. Schmidt helped her own cause by banging out four hits and scoring each time in the victory. The ‘Canes started strong, scoring thrice in the first inning, but getting nothing after that, allowing the L/F girls to jump ahead and win, 12-3. – Greg Marsten

Luck/Frederic makes the out against Turtle Lake/Clayton Monday, May 14. – Photo by Jenna Clemenson

A Luck/Frederic base runner is tagged out before reaching second base.

Luck/Frederic 10, Spring Valley 5 FREDERIC – The L/F girls continued their domination of their own tourney with a strong, 10-5 win over the formidable Spring Valley Cardinals. Noted Cards pitcher Rachel Samdahl gave up a rare double digit run total in the loss, while the L/F girls used clutch hitting and a four-run third inning and fiverun fourth inning to jump ahead and never trail. L/F senior Maria Miler had the hot bat, going 3-4, with a two RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Avery Steen amassed an impressive 5 RBI in the win, and also scored twice on two hits. DH Kendra Mossey scored three runs in the victory, as well. Corissa Schmidt earned her third win of the day, and gave the L/F fans a reason to hang around all afternoon. – Greg Marsten

The Luck/Frederic softball team defeated Spring Valley during a home tournament last Saturday, May 12. – Photo by Greg Marsten

An Osceola third baseman makes a play against Luck/Frederic on Tuesday, May 15. Luck/Frederic won a close game, 4-3. – Photo by Jenna Clemenson








Luck/Frederic goes extras again Defeats Saints in similar fashion as a week before Luck/Frederic 3, St. Croix Falls 2 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WEBSTER – It was another extra-inning thriller on Thursday, May 10, this time in St. Croix Falls, as the Saints took on Luck/Frederic for the second time in less than a week. It was a difficult loss for the Saints as they lost by a run, and in extra innings. Less than a week earlier, the Saints lost to L/F in eight innings in a walk-off single. The loss was squandered on a wellpitched game by Saints senior Ben Clausen, who was throwing a no-hitter through seven innings with six strikeouts and three walks. L/F pitcher Brodie Kunze was having a great night of his own on the mound, allowing five hits with one earned run and four strikeouts. “This was a great-pitched game on both sides,” said L/F coach Ryan Humpal, who praised Kunze for his efforts. “He commanded his fastball real well and kept the ball down, it was fun to watch. It was great to see our guys never give up. We were getting no hits going into the seventh and down 2-0. We came out with great at bats and pushed two across in the seventh and then one in the eighth. Overall we played well and it was fun to sneak out a big conference win.” Kunze led the seventh off with a single and was moved around the base paths with two groundouts before Kyle Hunter walked and Tony Aguado reached on a fielding error. Dylan LeMay then singled to score another run and L/F tied the game. The winning run in the top of the eighth came on a Jesse Rennicke hit to short, which turned into an error. Rennicke reached second on a passed ball and Kunze scored Rennicke on a sacrifice fly to center to help seal the win. Kunze retired all three Saints batters in order in the bottom of the eighth to end the game. Luck 14, Clear Lake 4 LUCK – The Luck/Frederic boys used an explosive, seven-run third inning to slide past the visiting Clear Lake Warriors on Friday, May 11, at Luck. The L/F boys batted through the order in that inning, using five Clear Lake walks

Siren/Webster catcher Shay Johnson fights the wind to pull in a foul ball for an out against the Unity Eagles. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Luck/Frederic’s Brodie Kunze, No. 5, is mobbed by teammates after another solid performance at the plate, and on the mound, Thursday, May 10, at St. Croix Falls. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

A Luck/Frederic runner is caught in a rundown against the Saints late in the game. and a pair of doubles by Karsten Petersen and Brodie Kunze to seal the victory. Walks ended up plaguing the Warriors all night, and the L/F squad was able to control their defense enough to keep the pitch counts low and give L/F pitcher Jake Schrock a needed break. “We were able to get everyone in the game,” stated L/F head coach Ryan Humpal. “It was fun to watch some of the younger guys come in and succeed. Jake Schrock was the winning pitcher with Zach Schmidt picking up the save.” L/F second baseman Tony Aguado notched a two-run dinger in the second inning, and ended up going 2-for-2 in the

contest, with two walks and a pair of runs scored. The game ended early when L/F tallied a ten-run rule win in the sixth inning, 144. “Even in the wind and the rain we were able to play good baseball and come away with a victory,” Humpal said. – Greg Marsten

Unity 12, Siren/Webster 2 BALSAM LAKE – The Unity Eagle boys were able to stifle the Siren/Webster squad at Balsam Lake on Thursday, May 10, winning by a 12-2 final in just five innings.

Luck/Frederic’s Tony Aguado goes up for the ball as Rob Heilig slides safely into second base. Eagle starter Jacob “Bucky” Ruck struck out five and walked just one. He gave up just four hits and no earned runs in the win, which his team’s offense was able to wrap up in just five innings. The Eagles managed eight hits total, with two of the starters getting hits each: Nate Despiegelaere and Brady Turner, who also added three RBI and a triple to the Unity cause. After an explosive, six-run first inning by the Eagles, the Siren/Webster defense held better and they stayed within striking distance until the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. S/W starter Jeff Carroll had his work cut out after the painful opening frame, as the Eagles had a habit of stringing hits together when it counted, assuring runs. Carroll settled down nicely after that, and beyond the first inning, had solid control. The S/W defense gave up five errors, which came at critical times in the West Lakeland Conference match. – Greg Marsten

Unity first baseman Nate Despiegelaere makes the put out on a Siren/Webster runner at first on Thursday, May 10. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Pirate boys pick up win over Solon Springs Grantsburg 10, Solon Springs 2 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer WEBSTER – The Pirates baseball team scored seven runs on six hits in the fifth inning to help defeat Solon Springs in a nonconference home game on Tuesday, May 15. Daniel Biorn and Joe Engelhart

started the rally with consecutive one-out singles before Nolan Hanson and Lucas Willis drew walks. Bryce Ryan hit an RBI single and Jacob Glover hit a bases-clearing double. Jacob Wald also singled in the inning to give the Pirates a 9-0 lead. “We ended up with a dozen hits and six of them came in the fifth inning,” said coach Pete Johnson. Both Glover and Seth Coy pitched in the

game with Glover going five innings with seven strikeouts, allowing five hits with four walks. Coy pitched two innings, striking out four of his seven batters faced, with one walk and one hit.

Shell Lake 5, St. Croix Falls 1 SHELL LAKE – The Saints baseball team lost a nonconference game at Shell Lake Tuesday, May 15. Both teams had

seven hits for the game. The Saints only run of the game came in the top of the second off an RBI single from Jacob Jacobson. Trevor Cross went 2 for 4 for the Saints and Rob Heilig and Nick DeConcini each had two hits. Michael Chernyaev also had a hit.








Prescott tests Pirates in home tournament Grantsburg. “Cameron had us off guard for three innings,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson. Willis was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, Joe Engelhart went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Glover drove in two Kyle Roberts runs on one hit. Biorn had a 2 for 4 performance as well as the Pirates scored another run in the fifth on three hits. Seth Coy got the game start for Grantsburg on the mound, going three innings with four strikeouts, one walk and one run on four hits. Glover went two innings allowing no hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.

No. 1 state-ranked team defeats Grantsburg Prescott 5, Grantsburg 3 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg baseball team hosted the No. 1 ranked Prescott Cardinals in a home tournament last Saturday, May 12. The Cardinals are ranked No. 1 according to the most recent WBCA coaches poll for week six. The Pirates are currently ranked fifth in the state among Division 3 teams. “Prescott is a top-notch program,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson. “Not only are they one of the best teams in the state, but also, they have one of the classiest clubs … all the way from coach (Jeff) Ryan to the scorebook guys to the fans.” The Pirates gave a solid effort throughout the entire game with Lucas Willis on the Lucas Willis mound. Willis went six innings with seven strikeouts, two walks, and allowed zero earned runs on six hits. After two scoreless innings and only one hit in the bottom of the second inning from Bryce Ryan, the Pirates scored three runs in the third inning on three hits, which all came with two outs. Daniel Biorn got on base with a fielder’s choice, Joe Engelhart and Nolan Hanson hit con-

Pirate senior Daniel Biorn waits on a pitch during an earlier game this season. Despite a loss last Saturday, May 12, to No. 1 ranked Prescott, the Pirates are still playing great baseball heading into their final games of the regular season. – File photo by Marty Seeger secutive singles, followed by a double from Willis. Prescott managed to regain the lead, however, in the top of the fourth inning with the help of two Pirate errors. The Cardinals scored four runs on two hits but none of the runs were earned. “The difference in today’s game was that we made three mistakes, Prescott made zero,” Johnson said. The Pirates threatened to take the game in a walk-off winner during the bottom of the seventh when Brandon Ryan hit a leadoff single, and Brady Thompson hit a one-out single. Biorn loaded the bases with one out on a single but the inning ended quickly on a strikeout and groundout. It was a solid test for the Pirates, who could see Prescott again during tournament time near the end of May if they make it to sectionals. “We hope to see Prescott again. It could make for another good game,” said Johnson.

Unity junior Mitch Egge fields a grounder for a fast out. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Grantsburg 13, Cameron 3 GRANTSBURG – Despite a slow start, the Pirates completed a tournament split with a win over Cameron and a loss to Prescott in a home tournament last Saturday, May 10. The Pirates scored one run in the top of the first inning with help from a leadoff double by David Biorn and an RBI single from Lucas Willis. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth inning that the Pirates opened up their offensive weaponry by scoring nine runs on six hits. Two singles from Willis, and singles from Brandon Ryan and Jacob Glover, as well as a two-RBI double from Joe Engelhart and RBI triple from Kyle Roberts helped seal the five-inning victory for

Turtle Lake/Clayton 4, Unity 1 BALSAM LAKE – Unity baseball hosted a tournament last Saturday, May 12, but in both contests, the Eagles fell short of a win. The Eagles played a close one against Turtle/Lake Clayton but faced a difficult test against lefty Kyle Larson, who fanned 18 Eagle batters. Despite Larson’s 18 strikeouts, the Eagles still mustered one run on six hits. Kyle Sorensen led the sixth inning off with a double, and Mitch Egge hit an RBI single. Nate Despiegelaere singled twice in the game, and Justin Mooney and Brady Turner also singled, but it wasn’t enough to overcome four runs scattered by Turtle Lake/Clayton. Tanner Arnold hit a solo home run in the first inning, and two Eagle errors in the second inning allowed TL/Clayton another run. Zac Baxter kept the Eagles in the game much of the way, pitching five innings with five strikeouts, two walks and allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Riley Carness pitched one inning with one strikeout and allowed one hit. Somerset 11, Unity 6 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles baseball team lost their second game of the day during their home tournament on Saturday, May 12, against the Somerset Spartans. Unity took a 1-0 lead after the first inning off an RBI single by Nate Despiegelaere, but that was the last lead for the Eagles. Somerset scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning four hits and never looked back. The Spartans tacked on another two runs in the third, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth. The Eagles put two runs on the board in the fourth inning as Kyle Sorensen hit an RBI single. Sorensen went 3 for Kyle Sorenson 3 in the game and had four RBIs, when in the sixth inning he went deep for a three-run home run. Justin Mooney, Zac Baxter and Alec Larson had the Eagles other three hits in the game, and Despiegelaere started the game on the mound going four innings with three strikeouts, and allowed six earned runs on seven hits. Sorensen also pitched just over two innings with two strikeouts, one walk, one hit and one run.

Luck/Frederic suffers two losses at Washburn tourney Washburn 9, Luck/Frederic 7 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer WASHBURN – The Luck/Frederic boys had a rough road trip for a Saturday, May 12, tournament in Washburn, where they lost two games, first to hosting Washburn by a 9-7 final and then to Bayfield in the next game. The L/F boys had a hard time with base runners in the opener against the Castle

Guards, and quickly fell behind by half a dozen runs, never to recover. “This game was a great example of why pitchers need to throw strikes,” head coach Ryan Humpal said. “We struggled finding the zone early on and could not recover from that six-run deficit.” Dylan LeMay started for L/F and, as Humpal mentioned, had a tight time with strikes, allowing seven walks, but also striking out the same number. He only gave up two hits, with Karsten Petersen

coming on in relief. “Our boys showed heart and got it back to a close game, but not enough to get the win,” Humpal said.

Bayfield 8, Luck/Frederic 7 WASHBURN – The Washburn tournament ended for the L/F boys later on Saturday, May 12, when they fell to Bayfield in a close contest, 8-7. “Another example of why you need to throw strikes,” head coach Humpal said.

“In this one we had an early lead and were not able to hold it because we could not find the zone.” Senior Ben Kufalk started on the mound for L/F, and while his squad gave him six runs in that second inning, the Bayfield boys picked away and came back for the one-run victory. “Overall, it was a great day to play baseball on the north shore, but I think our boys were tired from four games in 48 hours,” Humpal said.








Siren National hosts 10th-annual golf invite

Three area teams compete by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer SIREN – The Siren golf team hosted its 10th-annual golf invite at Siren National on Wednesday, May 9, with 13 competing

teams. Area teams included Siren, Grantsburg and Frederic. The Pirates finished strong by taking third place overall, with Lars Thoreson taking second overall with an 18-hole score of 80. Jake Langevin finished with an 89, Drew Alderman, 91, Ben Davis, 92, and Chandler Witzany shot a 104. Siren placed sixth overall with Luke Bollant leading with an 81. Bollant was

third overall as an individual and teammate Justin Decorah took 11th with a score of 86. Jake Swenson finished with an 87, Jade Merrill, 102, and Jared Emery, 103. The Luck Cardinals took 11th overall with Jordan Bazey and Sam Nelson shooting 97, and Brendan Fenning shooting a 99. Tanner Nielsen shot a 114, and Luke Christensen shot a 118. Frederic’s Chris Hopp also golfed on

Wednesday, and shot a 97. Somerset was the overall winner with a team score of 327, followed by Amery with 340, Grantsburg, 352; Glenwood City, 353; Mille Lacs Raiders, 355; Siren, 356; Clear Lake, 360; Colfax, 375; Cameron, 382; Birchwood, 401; Luck, 407; Pine City, 423; and Turtle Lake, 443.

City of Trails Races set for June 2 ST. CROIX FALLS – Runners and walkers, it’s time to register for the eighth-annual City of Trails 5K Run/Walk and Rock ‘N River 10K Trail Run/Hike. It’s taking place Saturday, June 2, in St. Croix Falls. You don’t want to miss this fun event! “Celebrating National Trails Day with communities nationwide, the unique citylimit trails of St. Croix Falls have something for everyone,” said registered nurse Wanda Brown, of St. Croix Regional Medical Center, who’s been an active walker/hiker/runner for many years. “We are encouraging people of all ages to join in for some good-natured competition in one of the City of Trails fun racing events.” Featuring St. Croix Falls’ city-limits Ice Age Trail segments, the City of Trails 5K road race and spectacular Rock n’ River 10K Trail Run/Hike start simultaneously at 9 a.m. from St. Croix Falls Middle

Saints track/continued toll. But Ashley Johnson was first overall in the long jump with a mark of 15-07.75,

School. All races follow wooded and very scenic courses finishing via Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk at the 1905 hydroelectic dam and Overlook Deck in downtown St. Croix Falls. Show up early with the kids for the Baby Mammoth 1K Kids Trail Run. Kids ages 5-12 line up at St. Croix Falls Middle School and hit the trail at 8:30 a.m. with an exclusive awards ceremony immediately following the race. The short, sweet and free of charge Lil’ Hiker Hustle for 2- to 4-year-olds will get set at the Overlook Deck after the conclusion of the 5K and 10K runs. “We love these trails and so do our participants,” says race director Amy Klein. “There’s something for every age and ability.” The annual Team Challenge spotlights participants of local businesses, organizations, families and friends. Teams step forward for a chance to win the Golden Boot,

awarded in two categories: the fastest team, top three combined times, and the largest team with the most participants. Individual prizes are awarded for overall male and female winners and age divisions up to age 60-plus. SCRMC’s sports medicine physician, Dr. Pat McDonough, offers these “race morning” tips: • Take a hot shower: It will help wake you up for an early start time, and passively warms your muscles, improving flexibility. • Eat lightly: After eight hours of sleep, your blood sugar is low. Two hours before your race, eat a breakfast that will take the edge off your hunger without leaving you bloated. • Jog slowly: For 15 minutes, jog at a pace that is three minutes slower than race pace. • Stretch lightly: Complete the same stretching routine you do prior to track or

tempo workouts. • Listen to your body: Sometimes we need to rest our injuries to run some other day. Online registration and detailed City of Trails racing event information is available at Registration forms can be downloaded at this Web site or picked up at the St. Croix Falls City Hall. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. Racing events are designed and organized by the City of Trails 5K Committee in partnership with the Indianhead Ice Age Trail Chapter, St. Croix Regional Medical Center and the city of St. Croix Falls. For more information, contact Klein, 715-557-0197. – submitted

and took second in the high jump with a leap of 4-08. Danielle Mares finished third in the triple jump and Jenna Christensen took fourth. Unity’s Emily Gross took second in the shot put with a throw of 36-

00.25, and was the conference champion in the discus with a throw of 101-00.50. The 4x100-meter relay team took fifth for the Eagle girls. The regional meet for Division 2 teams is being held at Frederic on Monday, May

21, with Frederic/Luck, Grantsburg and Unity. Division 3 teams will compete in Webster, which include Siren and Webster, on Monday, May 21. Both events begin at 3:30 p.m.


Team Grantsburg Unity Luck/Frederic St. Croix Falls Siren/Webster



Conf. 7-0 4-3 4-4 3-4 1-8

Overall 17-2 7-10 7-10 6-9 2-13

Scores Thursday, May 10 Luck/Frederic 3, St. Croix Falls 2 Unity 12, Siren/Webster 2 Friday, May 11 Luck 14, Clear Lake 4 St. Croix Falls 12, St. Croix Central 7 Saturday, May 12 Bayfield 8, Luck 7 Grantsburg 11, Cameron 1 Washburn/South Shore 9, Luck 7 Prescott 5, Grantsburg 3 Turtle Lake/Clayton 4, Unity 1 Somerset 11, Unity 6 Tuesday, May 15 Grantsburg 10, Solon Springs 2 Osceola 7, Unity 6 Shell Lake 5, St. Croix Falls 1 Luck/Frederic 12, Prairie Farm 0 Upcoming Thursday, May 17 5 p.m. Unity at St. Croix Falls Grantsburg at Luck Friday, May 18 5 p.m. Luck/Frederic at Shell Lake Somerset at St. Croix Falls Saturday, May 19 10 a.m. St. Croix Falls at Cumberland Tournament Monday, May 21 5 p.m. Luck/Frederic at Birchwood Rush City, Minn., at Grantsburg Clayton/Turtle Lake at St. Croix Falls Bloomer at Unity Tuesday, May 22 4:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Amery Siren at Drummond Osceola at Luck Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at St. Croix Falls Unity at Shell Lake


Upcoming Thursday, May 17 9 a.m. Cameron at Luck Rice Lake Varsity Tournament (St. Croix Falls, Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, Siren, Unity) Tuesday, May 22 9 a.m. Somerset Regional (Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Siren Regional (Frederic, Luck, Siren)

Team Grantsburg Luck/Frederic Unity Webster/Siren St. Croix Falls


Conf. 7-0 3-2 3-2 1-5 1-6

Scores Thursday, May 10 Luck/Frederic 19, St. Croix Falls 1 Unity 14, Webster/Siren 4 Friday, May 11 St. Croix Falls 19, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 4 Grantsburg 7, Northwood 0 Saturday, May 12 Grantsburg 14, Cumberland 3 Grantsburg 7, Osceola 4 Luck/Frederic 12, Hayward 3 Luck/Frederic 10, Spring Valley/Plum City 5 Monday, May 14 Cameron 13, St. Croix Falls 3 Luck/Frederic 8, Turtle Lake/Clayton 2 Tuesday, May 15 Baldwin-Woodville 6, Grantsburg 3 Amery 10, St. Croix Falls 1 Shell Lake 8, Unity 7 Upcoming Thursday, May 17 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Frederic Unity at St. Croix Falls Monday, May 21 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Superior Tuesday, May 22 5 p.m. Amery at Grantsburg Prescott at St. Croix Falls Shell Lake at Somerset Unity at Turtle Lake

Overall 18-1 7-3 5-5 1-8 3-13

WIAA scholar athlete awards handed out LEADER LAND – Graduating seniors in the Leader Land area have been nominated by their high school athletic directors to the 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete award. Athletic directors have been recognizing one boy and one girl to a list of 800 seniors nominated by 400 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.83, and 175 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs. The best of the best, 32 Wisconsin high school seniors - 16 girls and 16 boys - from the state are then selected as finalists.

Six Leader Land schools nominated one girl and one boy to the list of 800 seniors nominated for the scholar athlete award, and all 12 are being presented with a medal at their school recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete, by their athletic director. Nominees from Frederic High School include Corissa Schmidt and Chris Hopp. Grantsburg seniors are Gabby Witzany and Daniel Biorn. Luck High School scholar athletes are Maia Lehmann and Jesse Rennicke. Siren seniors include Evan Oachs and Abigail Mitchell. Unity High School seniors are Brittany Thomfohrda and Brady Turner, and Webster seniors include Melissa Gustavson and Austin Bork. – Marty Seeger with submitted information

Corissa Schmidt

Chris Hopp

Gabby Witzany

Daniel Biorn

Maia Lehmann

Jesse Rennicke

Abigail Mitchell

Evan Oachs

Brittany Thomfohrda

Brady Turner

Melissa Gustavson

Austin Bork


Upcoming Monday, May 21 3:30 p.m. Frederic Regional (Frederic/Luck, Grantsburg, Unity) Webster Regional (Siren, Webster) 4 p.m. St. Croix Central Regional (St. Croix Falls) Thursday, May 24 3 p.m. Colfax Sectional (Siren, Webster) 3:30 p.m. Medford Area Sectional (Frederic/Luck, Grantsburg, Unity)


for local high school scores & stats



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Baiting and feeding ban goes beyond corn mill in Luck. He sells it more for convenience to the customer than anything and doesn’t make a lot of profit on selling corn but expects feed mills will be affected. “It’s going to just kill these little feed mills,” Peterson said. But he also says they too, have found it lucrative to sell the many different types of attractants used by hunters during the hunting season, which are now also illegal. On the upside, Peterson also sells supplies for food plots. He hasn’t seen an increase in sales yet, but it’s still early in the planting season. He also expects that hunters might wait until next year before getting too serious about planting. Food plots can be more work, requiring more planning and equipment than baiting with corn, but Peterson insists there are ways to plant without excessive cost and the use of expensive equipment. To find out more on the baiting and feeding ban visit the DNR Web site at and type in keywords, “baiting and feeding regulations.”

Salt blocks, minerals and other forms of feeding included in ban by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – The discovery of a white-tailed deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Washburn County in early April resulted in a statewide ban on baiting and feeding in four Northwest Wisconsin counties last week beginning Thursday, May 10. Existing state law requires that counties, or portions of counties, within the 10-mile radius of a game farm or free-ranging CWDpositive deer be included in the baiting and feeding ban. Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Polk counties are within the 10-mile radius of the location where the CWD-positive deer was found, bringing the total up to 32 Wisconsin counties that now have a ban on baiting and feeding. While the ban has been around since 2002 for much of the southern half of the state, it’s relatively new for those living in northwestern Wisconsin counties where baiting and feeding is now prohibited. “If people have trophy rocks or salt blocks out, take them in,” said Jesse Ashton, DNR conservation warden in Polk County. Ashton explained that all forms of baiting and feeding are now illegal, which includes the use of corn, hay or other feeds consumed by deer. Mineral sites and other liquids consumed by deer are also illegal. Deer may still use these areas after a salt block is removed, or minerals are no longer being used, but over time, they will frequent these areas less. “We just don’t want any new products out there,” Ashton said. Although dumping corn or using minerals or salt to attract deer is now illegal, people are still allowed to plant food plots statewide. This includes normal gardening practices or planted crops left standing as wildlife food plots used by wild animals. “Food plots are not regulated. You can leave them standing just like you could in the past,” Ashton said. The use of liquid scents are also exempt from the baiting and feeding ban, however, DNR regulations state that “2 ounces or less of scent may be placed, used or deposited in any manner for hunting game and does not need to be removed daily at the end of hunting hours.” Bear hunters should also note that the ban does not affect the use of bait for hunting bear or training bear dogs. Ashton said that while he’s heard some grumbles regarding the ban on baiting and feeding, many have shown support

Shaded areas on this map of Wisconsin show the 32 counties where baiting and feeding are currently banned, with the most recent areas coming from the northwest, which include Washburn, Burnett, Polk and Barron counties. – Photo from the DNR for the ban and are trying to cooperate with the DNR. Most are also coming to an understanding that baiting and feeding can increase risks of spreading diseases such as CWD. Baiting and feeding concentrates multiple deer into a small area, which makes it easier for communicable diseases, such as CWD, to spread. But hunters won’t be the only ones who will need to adapt to the new rules. Many homeowners feed deer near their homes for recreational wildlife viewing purposes. Prior to the ban, baiting and feeding with the use of a salt block or a 2-gallon limit of corn was legal yearround, just as long as it was within 50 yards of the residence. “I’ve got one lady that all winter, she comes in a couple of times every few weeks to buy a bag of corn,” said Tony Peterson at Great Northern Outdoors in Frederic. “She’s just feeding so she can watch them in her yard. That’s a no-no now.” Feeding birds and other small mammals is still permitted, but if deer frequently visit feeders, they must be kept at a sufficient height to be out of reach of a deer, or in a feeder inaccessible to deer. Placing drinking water or using birdbaths with

plain water is still permitted. Peterson expects a drop in business due to the baiting and feeding ban. Two years ago, he sold around 8 tons of corn, and the corn comes directly from the local feed

Latest on CWD A genetic test of the 3-1/2-year-old doe that tested positive for CWD near Shell Lake has been done recently, proving the animal originated in the north – not from southern Wisconsin, where the disease originated. This is according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report by Lee Bergquist. The DNR says the genetic testing proves the deer didn’t simply wander from the closest known outbreak 186 miles away where CWD is known to exist. It was also noted that because the deer came from the northern wild deer population, it is unlikely that the deer originated from a game farm.

Let’s go fishin’! ST. CROIX FALLS - Kids are invited for a great day of fishing on Saturday, June 16, on Deer Lake east of St. Croix Falls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the ninth-annual Neil McKenzie Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by his family and friends and the Polk County Sportsmen’s Club. Providing a way for kids to fish who wouldn’t normally have a way to be on the lake is how this derby started. “Throughout the nine years, it has become an annual event for many families and friends who believe, like Neil did, that it is important to keep kids fishing and enjoying the outdoors,” states

Joyce, Kelly and the rest of the Mckenzie clan. “Preregister so we know you are coming and can plan for lunch, prizes, trophies, boats, guides and equipment as needed. Neil would be so happy to see lots of kids with fishing poles in hand. He was always overjoyed when a youngster caught a bigger fish than he did!” To register call Joyce, 715-646-2060, or e-mail Kelly,, by Thursday, May 31, with your name, age, parent/guardian’s name, mailing address, phone, and any need for a life jacket, fishing pole or guide/boat. – submitted

Salt blocks such as these and other products that can be consumed by deer are considered illegal where baiting and feeding is banned, no matter what time of year. The ban on baiting and feeding in four counties in the northwest was enacted last Thursday, May 10. – Photo submitted

Great Northern Outdoors Bass Fishing League Standings Week 1 Co-sponsored by BLC Well Drilling in Milltown Standings

1. Hack’s Pub, 11 lbs., 12 oz. 2. Long/Nelson, 11 lbs., 7 oz. 3. Main Dish, 10 lbs.,12 oz. 4. Cory/Jamie, 7 lbs. 6 oz. 5. 46 Store, 6 lbs., 14 oz. 6. Bon Ton, 6 lbs., 6 oz. 7. Northern Bar, 5 lbs., 5 oz. 8. Jim Duncan, 4 lbs., 12 oz.

9. Laqua/Allee, 4 lbs. 12 oz. 10. Milltown Dock, 3 lbs. 9 oz. 11. Luck Sport Marine, 3 lbs., 4 oz. 12. Air World 3 lbs., 0 oz 13. Mosseys, 2 lbs., 2 oz. 14. Brad/Cody, 1 lbs., 12 oz. 15. GNO, 0 lbs., 0 oz. 16. Dockmasters, 0 lbs., 0 oz. 17. Ones/Roberts, 0 lbs., 0 oz.

18. Subway, 0 lbs., 0 oz. 19. Dairy Queen 0 lbs., 0 oz Big bass/Big bag weekly winner: Big Bass: Hack’s Pub, 4 lbs., 0 oz. Big Bag: Long/Nelson, 11 lbs., 7 oz.


Burnett County circuit court Mark S. Ackerman, 53, St. James City, Fla., burning without a permit, $175.30. Allison W. Allatt, 36, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Nicholas E. Baker, 16, Webster, disorderly conduct, oneyear probation, sentence withheld, obtain HS diploma or GED, anger management, restitution, $336.09. William J. Barber, 38, Hertel, operate while suspended, $200.50; OWI, $804.50, license revoked eight months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment. Jessica E. Barnd, 30, Jordan, Minn., speeding, $295.00. Rita L. Bearhart, 34, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jeremiah J. Bonse, 26, Grantsburg, litter on state property, $200.50. Susan A. Brenizer, 54, Grantsburg, sell alcohol to underage person, $452.50. Cowan J. Bruss, 23, Webster, nonregistration, $175.30. Jessica V. Bruzek, 25, Siren, operate without insurance, $200.50. Trenton J. Cairns, 18, Webster, possession drug paraphernalia, $330.50. Carlson Timber Products, Sandstone, Minn., violate weight limits, $1,304.70. Michael J. Cox, 69, Shell Lake, burning with a permit, $175.30.

John P. Cunningham, 51, Bloomington, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jonathon D. Dettman, 20, Spooner, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; seat belt violation, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Benjamin P. Dorff, 18, Grantsburg, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Michelle M. Douglas, 47, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Matthew C. Erickson, 20, Siren, underage drinking, $263.50. Coleman B. Ford, 37, Webster, trespass, $263.50. Anthony M. Forster, 52, Milltown, illegal vehicle operation carrying jumk vehcile, $200.50; nonregistration of vehicle over 10,000 pounds, $263.50. John D. Foster, 23, Minneapolis, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $175.00. Michael J. Glienke, 32, Sandstone, Minn., operate while revoked, $200.50. David M. Hakseth, 55, Siren, seat belt violation, $10.00. Graham D. Hall, 16, Siren, operate while suspended, $200.50. Peter C. Hamilton, 57, Grantsburg, deposit or discharge waste, $200.50. Lindsey L. Hammond, 20, Danbury, operate without insurance, $200.50.

Gary J. Hanson, 45, St. Croix Falls, disorderly conduct, $185.00. Quill Running Hawk, 30, Janesville, operate while suspended, $200.50. Chelsie M. Heilman, 24, Siren, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Mary P. Hejny, 52, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Adam D. Hermann, 25, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Edith J. Hophan, 78, Bayport, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Alexander S. Hopkins, 16, Danbury, operate without insurance, $200.50. Jordan A. Huff, 21, Green Bay, operate without license, $150.10; seat belt violation, $10.00; operate without insurance, $200.50. Grant A. Hulter, 21, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Asa G. Hunter, 16, Siren, speeding, $185.00. Michael J. Jack, 53, Washburn, nonregistration, $175.30; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Joshua T. Jewell, 18, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Mark G. Johnson, 52, Shell Lake, open intoxicants, $200.50. Juli A. Kinzer, 45, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bradley G. Knauber, 18, Frederic, speeding, $225.70. Joni A. Kroska, 48, Wyoming, Minn., operate without license, $200.50. Richard J. Lewis, 66, Danbury, buring without permit, $175.30.

Tavern burglar will serve at least one year in jail

Qixin Li, 18, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Loren M. Long, 40, speeding, $200.50. Samantha R. Lumberg, 19, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Bradley J. Mackyol, 28, Webster, fish in closed season, $271.85. Mika J. McBroom, 27, Minneapolis, Minn., open intoxicants, $200.50. Melissa M. McCarville, 21, Spring Park, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Michael J. Meyers, 56, Spooner, fail to obtain dog license, $152.50. Jill M. Minor, 35, Hugo, Minn., burn without permit, $175.30. Duane W. Mosey, 21, Luck, OWI, $691.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment; operate without license, $200.50; fail to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Jacoby R. Mosher, 22, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Nichole L. Mothes, 20, Grantsburg, underage drinking, $263.50. Chadwick D. Noll, 28, Webster, operate without insurance, $200.50; nonregistration, $175.30. Andreas A. Olson, 31, Danbury, operate motocycle without license, $200.50.

Adam M. Palkowitsch, 30, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Cody D. Petersen, 19, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. Andrea L. Princl, 18, Superior, fail to or improper stop, $175.30. Jeremy M. Rader, 21, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Dylan D. Roberts, 19, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Michelle L. Scribner, 43, Grantsburg, sell alcohol to underage person, $452.50. Nicholas R. Zurn Seifert, 19, St. Louis Park, Minn., inattentive driving, $187.90. Jimmie Shaw, 65, Roscoe, Ill., burning without a permit, $175.30. Trevor J. Simon, 17, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Ian C. Skarja, 73, Forest Lake, Minn., operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Dusten A. Smith, 32, Balsam Lake, operate while suspended, $200.50. Charles A. Soholt, 46, Shell Lake, burn without a permit, $175.30. Jessica R. Staples, 27, Superior, speeding, $225.70. Christopher L. Stensgard, 25, Cottage Grove, Minn., operate without license, $200.50.

Ryan A. Strenke, 29, Siren, disorderly conduct, one-year probation, obtain GED, anger management, alcohol assessment, $243.00. Cathryn H. Sundquist, 65, Grantsburg, unsafe backing, $175.30. T and T Transport, Danbury, frozen road weight limits, $1,093.02. William A. Talbert, 54, Webster, OWI, $701.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment. Jessica L. Taylor, 29, Hinckley, Minn., fail to or improper stop, $175.30. Toby T. Thomas, 28, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. Chantell W. Thompson, 20, Danbury, theft, $200.00. Evan J. Tietz, 20, Frederic, operate without license, $200.50. Rebecca M. Voelkel, 43, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Nicholas P. Wallace, 20, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. Erik A. Warg, 26, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bradley C. White, 53, Chaska, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Raymond C. Whiteside, 24, Grantsburg, seat belt violation, $10.00. Sabbeth R. Wilson, 16, Grantsburg, operate while suspended, $200.50.

Burnett County warrants James R. Anderson, 40, Pine Island, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, May 9. Shannon M. Holter, 40, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, May 9. Micheal J. Huettl, 58, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, May 10. Jacob H. Joachim, 37, Grantsburg, arrest warrant -

that he must participate in the vicby Sherill Summer tim impact program with RestoraLeader staff writer tive Justice and write a letter of SIREN - Two 2010 burglaries apology. He also has a restitution of Burnett County taverns amount that has yet to be deterearned Travis L. Simon, 22, mined. Pine City, Minn., an 801/2-year Simon was with another indiprobation term, a stayed prison vidual when he burglarized the sentence and at least one year April 16: Ross E. Kegel, 30, two Burnett County taverns in in the Burnett County Jail, earSiren, was arrested for porbation 2010. The other individual does lier this month. First, however, violation. not have a public court record, Simon must finish his sentence April 16: Shannon M. Holter, Travis Simon possibily because of age. In both 40, Siren, was arrested for at the St. Cloud, Minn., correcinstances, Simon, was the lookout shoplifting. tional facility. He is serving April 16: Terry R. Fish, 19, time for seven burglaries in Minnesota and man while his accomplice searched the Webster, was arrested for obone fraudulent financial transaction. taverns, primarily for money. In both in- struction, underage drinking, Simon still has not been sentenced for one stances money was taken from cash regis- bond violation and three counts Polk County burglary charge from about ters, gaming machines and any other of theft. April 16: Cole L. Ronningen, money found in shake-a-day pots and the the same time. 21, Siren, was arrested for theft Simon began serving a 29-month sen- like. They also took beer and cigarettes. party to a crime. tence in St. Cloud in January 2012, but is eligible to be released from St. Cloud in February next year. When he gets to Burnett County, he will serve a one-year jail sentence. An additional nine-month jail sentence, consecuFREDERIC - The Frederic Area Historical Society starts its 17th year of bringing the history of Frederic to life at tive, has been stayed. If his Wisconsin the Frederic Soo Line Depot/Museum Saturday, May 26. probation is revoked, he is facing a fiveA special event is planned for opening day this year. year prison sentence in Wisconsin. Three local authors, Buz Swerkstrom, Ed Emerson and Among the conditons of his probation is

complaint, May 10. Johnny L. Massey Jr., 25, Grantsburg, arrest warrant complaint, May 10. Paul D. Moody, 32, Webster, arrest warrant - complaint, May 10. John C. Phillips, 35, Grantsburg, arrest warrant - complaint, May 10.

Patrick H. Stuart Jr., 36, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, May 9. Rhonda J. Taylor, 25, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, May 9. Jason T. Tucker, 31, Red Wing, Minn., warrant - failure to appear, May 9.

Siren police department April 18: Silas W. Kettula, 38, Siren, was arrested for OWI and operate with PAC greater than 0.15 percent. April 21: William Barber, 38, Hertel, was arrested for OWI, operate with PAC greater than 0.15 percent, and operate while suspended. April 24: Brandi J. Java, 27, Siren, was arrested for disorderly conduct and battery. April 24: David S. Corty, 32, Grantsburg, was arrested for

fleeing an officer, disorderly conduct, possession of paraphernalia and obstruction of an officer. April 25: Jon W. Ruud, 42, Siren, was cited for speeding. April 26: Mack L. Greer, 32, Luck, was arrested for operate while revoked and bail jumping. May 1: Jonathan M. Vogel, 24, Danbury, was arrested for disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Frederic Soo Line Depot/Museum opens May 26

Russ Hanson, will be at the depot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with their books available for sale. All three reside in the area, and will have signed editions of their books available. (See story elsewhere in this issue). The 1901 Frederic Soo Line Depot is the last of its kind on what was once the major pipeline of commerce in this area through more than half of the last century – the railroad. When the Soo Line abandoned rail service through Frederic in 1989, the village acquired the depot and restored it with transportaSome things will be marked and some are tion enhancement grants from the Department of Transfreewill offering. portation, as a rest stop on the gandy Dancer State Trail Fri., May 25, 8 - 4 & Sat., May 26, 8 - 3 and a museum of local history. In addition to the local history items archived in the depot, the original Frederic Li7596 Hayden Lake Road • Danbury, WI brary building, a log cabin from the late 1800s, and Soo Call 715-866-4970 for directions or questions. Line wide-vision caboose No. 137 are featured and open for tours. The depot/ museum is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the fall. Hours are 11 a.m. to Discontinued merchandise plus lots of new items. Great gift ideas!


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4 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Frederic Area Historical Society members will be on hand to share the history of Frederic, and the coffee will be on during the opening weekend. The historical society is always looking for new members to help share the past through volunteering at the museum. If you have any interesting memorabilia for display, from Frederic, or the Soo Line railroad, please stop in or call 715-327-4271 or 715-3274892. The historical society meets the first Tuesday of each month, at the depot, at 6:30 p.m. The society hosts several special events during the year at the depot: strawberry shortcake during Frederic Family Days June 16, a pie social on Aug. 18, a photo-op stop for an antique car tour in early September, and a vintage snowmobile show in December. Check out museum pictures at 2012 state trail passes, required for bicycle riders 16 years of age and older on the Gandy Dancer Trail, are available at the depot. - submitted

Bethesda Lutheran Church’s

YARD & GARDEN SALE Saturday, May 19 2012, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Bruce & Lisa Olson 715-349-8887 560501 39L 29a

Joyce Greener 715-349-7352


FAMILY FARMERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BID AT THIS SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure, the United States Marshal will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on the 23rd day of May 2012, at 11 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged property described as follows: That part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NENE) and the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SE-NE), lying East of the town road as now laid out and traveled, Section Thirty-four, Township Thirty-six North of Range Sixteen West, (3436-16) AND Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 5629 recorded in Volume 25 of Certified Survey Maps on page 106 as Document No. 746544, being part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NW-NW) and part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (SW-NW), Section Thirty-five, Township Thirtysix North of Range Sixteen West, (35-36-16) All in the Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin Property address: 2478 Round Lake Road, Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin Terms of Sale: U.S. Marshal must accept from the successful bidder at the sale, a deposit or down payment on the premises, a personal check with a Letter of Credit from a banking institution, or a cashier’s check, or a certified check, for a sum not less than ten percent (10%) of the purchase price. If court enters an order confirming sale, then within ten (10) days of date of entry of that order, the balance of successful bid price must be paid by cashier’s or certified check to the United States Marshal, Western District of Wisconsin. Subject to 1) accrued and accruing taxes, existing real estate tax liens, and other federal tax liens of record, 2) existing highways, recorded easements and recorded restrictions if any. The United States Government holds a security interest in this 106-acre farm as described above. The appraised value is $143,000. Contact FSA 559899 27-28a-e 38-39r,L at 715-537-5645 for further information.

E.J. 715-417-1763

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(Apr. 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, vs. PATRICIA J. HANSON and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Patricia J. Hanson Defendants; and MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC, Added Defendant. Case No. 11-CV-522 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 21, 2011, in the amount of $131,996.61, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 30, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 20-36-19, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2840 Wilson Ave., Town of Sterling. TAX KEY NO.: 046-00453-0000 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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2-BR Apt. Downtown St. Croix Falls $ 475 per mo. Available Now

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


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

(May 2, 9, 16) 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. JULIE HANSEN, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 11 CV 419 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 17, 2011, in the amount of $106,141.60, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 30, 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, WI. DESCRIPTION: The Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 36, Township 36 North of Range 18 West, except highway right of way described in Volume 284 Records, on Page 169, Document No. 322360, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, Laketown Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1868 250th Ave., Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 030-00903-0000. Dated this 23rd day of April, 2012. Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 1778082

Case No. 12 PR 24 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth January 15, 1931, and date of death April 3, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1862 265th Ave., Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is August 14, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 7, 2012 Bruce Rasmussen 4643 Fox Moor Pl. Greenwood, IN 46143 317-888-2977

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Serving Polk & Burnett Counties

(May 16, 23, 30) 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. JOSEPH HOLMES, et al. Defendant(s) Case No.: 11 CV 750 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 24, 2012, in the amount of $218,769.67, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 13, 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 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2202, recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 126, as Document No. 554785, being a part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 13, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, in the Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1868 93rd Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00837-0000. Dated this 2nd day of May, 2012. Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 1799757


Private room & bath, country home on 11 acres, across from park. Furnished or not. No smoking. Dog friendly. All utilities included.

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Amanda J. Runnels, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Ryan L. Schadow, Amery, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Trapper A. Simons, Osceola, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Haley E. St. Amand, Luck, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Anthony M. Stelton, St. Croix Falls, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Jonathan D. St. John, Bloomer, speeding, $175.30. Seth R. Stolpman, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Michael Stout, La Crosse, wild ginseng violation, $745.50. Eric R. Stohbeen, Star Prairie, seat belt violation, $10.00. Donald D. Timmers, Cushing, speeding, $175.30. Kory A. Wallace, Clayton, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Dana L. Weinert, Barron, speeding, $175.30. Alicia M. Worthington, Dresser, operating while suspended, $200.50; fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30; bicyclist/EPAMD unreasonable/imp. speed, $150.10. Kyle J. Yager, Turtle Lake, speeding, OWI, operating w/PAC>=0.08 <0.15, not guilty pleas. Sara J. Yonker, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $515.50.

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Jordan D. Johnson, Amery, ATV operation on highways, $200.50. Tiffany E. Johnson, New Richmond, speeding, $225.70; operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Wade A. Jones, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Benjamin R. Juarez, Milltown, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Casey D. Keller, Deer Park, speeding, $175.30. Michelle A. Larsen, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jordan T. Lehman, Milltown, fail/obey traffice officer signal/order, speeding, not guilty pleas. Travis R. Lehman, Centuria, operate w/o valid license, not guilty plea. Christopher Lopez, Balsam Lake, operating while revoked, $200.00. Frank W. Lothenbach Sr., Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jacob K. Luedtke, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Janelle E. Lundmark, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Heather K. McKenzie, Maplewood, Minn., possess marijuana on state land, $263.50. Eric R. Morales, Luck, operating while revoked, $200.50. Angela D. Moskal, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Olivia M. Mykkanen, St. Croix Falls, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $238.30; speeding, $175.30. Angela F. Peterson, Amery, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Lawrence I. Podwys, Chippewa Falls, speeding, $175.30. Rachael N. Poirier, Frederic, speeding, not guilty plea.


Taylor J. Ader, St. Croix Falls, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Brian B. Barnum, Minneapolis, Minn., possess marijuana on state land, $263.50. Daniel L. Berg, Frederic, operating while revoked, $200.50. Jeremy J. Berg, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Jarred R. Berhow, Osceola, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Josiah L. Casterton, St. Croix Falls, OWI, operating w/PAC=< 0.08, <0.15, not guilty pleas. David M. Chrismon, Osceola, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Mark A. Davis, Frederic, burning without a permit - intensive area, $175.30. Olga M. Determan, Luck, inattentive driving, $187.90. Scott A. Dieltz, Amery, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Janis M. Erickson, Centuria, operating a motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Andrea K. Fallon, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tyle S. Freer, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Patrick S. Frey, Osceola, speeding, $200.50. Jeffrey M. Gabrick, Stacy, Minn., operating left of centerline, $213.10. Daniel F. Gapinski, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Duane A. Gurtner, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Ethan D. Gustafson, Frederic, fish without license, $190.70. Marissa L. Haroldson, Dresser, speeding, $200.50. Renee Hubbs, Grantsburg, speeding, $250.90.



(May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL BANK, f/k/a THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. PAUL R. GABERT, DEFENDANT. Case No. 11 CV 460 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 15, 2011, in the amount of $30,294.14, 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, June 21, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The West 417.4 feet of the South 417.4 feet of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Nine (9), Township Thirty-four (34) North, of Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 044-00238-0000. ADDRESS: 21XX 160th Ave. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 19th day of April, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson/#1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

RESIDENTS OF TOWNS OF OAKLAND, SWISS AND UNION SPRING CLEANUP -- FREE DAY The Oakland Collection Center is accepting items at no charge for one day only on:

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

NO building materials of any kind, leaves or hazardous materials will be accepted. 560130 38-39L CURRENT OCC CARD REQUIRED TO DROP OFF ITEMS RESIDENTIAL ONLY – NO COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES

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Notices/Employment opportunities

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(Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S&C Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Daniel R. Johnson, Individual and Sole Proprietor, d/b/a Swedes Masonry, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 09 CV 929 Case Code: 30404 Judge: Molly E. GaleWyrick PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered April 26, 2010, in the amount of $181,175.54, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 31, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: Foyer Area of Polk County Justice Center, West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TERMS:10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. DESCRIPTION: The Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 28, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, Except Commencing at the Southeast corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 28, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, thence North along the forty line 300 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty 500 feet; thence South parallel to the East line of said forty to the South line of said forty; thence East to the place of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2155 190th Street, Centuria, WI 54824. The common address is for reference purposes only. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, PLLP Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) Daniel P. Bakken (#1063925) 430 Second Street Hudson, WI 54016 (715) 386-3733 Attorneys for Plaintiff Eckberg Lammers is attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. If you are currently in bankruptcy or have been discharged in bankruptcy, this is not an attempt to collect the debt from you personally.

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(May 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 2 ANCHORBANK, fsb assignee of S & C Bank 25 W. Main Street Madison, WI 53703 Plaintiff vs. STEVEN R. TALMAGE 760 Paperjack Drive New Richmond, WI 54017 JERI ANN TALMAGE 760 Paperjack Drive New Richmond, WI 54017 SSN, LLP a Wisconsin limited liability partnership Steven R. Talmage - Registered Agent 1767 115th Street New Richmond, WI 54017 DOMINIC CASEY JANE DOE CASEY Tenants of the premises located at 900 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 JAVIER GURROLA JANE DOE GURROLA Tenants of the premises located at 902 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 DERRICK KOCH NATALIE KOCH Tenants of the premises located at 910 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 Defendants. SHANTELLE M. GEORGE DEAN M. BRUNKHORSE Tenants of the premises located at 908 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 CATHY L. MCCARTY JOHN DOE MCCARTY Tenants of the premises located at 914 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 DOROTHY A. PLATSON JOHN DOE PLATSON Tenants of the premises located at 904 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 WESLEY K. HALVERSON ONGUE G. ANNIBEL HALVERSON Tenants of the premises located at 906 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 MARY A. FLYNN Tenants of the premises located at 912 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001 Defendants.

Case No.: 11CV777 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on January 12, 2012, 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 17th day of July, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 1 of Plat of Indianhead Subdivision in the City of Amery, and part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NW1/4 of NE1/4), Section 4, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of said lot 1, Plat of Indianhead Subdivision, thence South 120th feet along the west right-of-way line of Minneapolis Avenue, thence West parallel with the South line of said Lot 1 a distance of 97 feet, thence North parallel with the West right-ofway line of said Minneapolis Avenue a distance of 120 feet to the Southwest corner of said lot 1, thence East 97 feet along the South line of said lot 1 of the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 916 Minneapolis Avenue, Amery, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of said price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 16th day of May, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 715-830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our clients behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose.

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Case Number: 11 CV 618 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 29, 2011, in the amount of $90,615.49, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 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: That part of the Southeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter, Section 33, Township 33 North, Range 16 West, City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: From the Northwest corner of said Section 33; thence East 80 rods; thence South 120 rods; thence East to a point 60 feet East of the West line of Keller Avenue; thence South along the East side of said Keller Avenue 109 feet to the point of beginning of the tract to be conveyed; thence continuing South 80 feet; thence East 253.50 feet; thence North to West side of a drainage ditch; thence Northwesterly along the West side of said drainage ditch to a point due East of the point of beginning; thence West to the point of beginning, except parcel described in Volume 259 Records, page 148 Document No. 311162. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 509 Keller Avenue South, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-01004-0000. Dated this 2nd day of April, 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. 286571

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The Town of Eureka is seeking sealed bids for Paving and Wedging. For an information packet, please contact: Kyle Swanson Chairperson, 715-483-3186 or Michelle Tonnar - Clerk, 715-646-2985 Bids will be considered on May 31, 2012, at 7 p.m., Eureka Town Hall at the Special Board Meeting.

Plan Commission Meeting Wed., May 23, 2012 7 p.m. At Eureka Town Hall


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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 13, 2012, in the amount of $377,081.39, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 13, 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: Parcel 1: Lots 10 and 11, Plat of Idle Wild, except the West 60 feet of said Lot 11, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Outlot 1 of Certified Survey Map 5073 recorded in Volume 22 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 180 as Document No. 709540, being part of Lots 11, 12 and 13, Plat of Idle Wild, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, located in Government Lot 4, Section 3, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 707 Idlewild Drive, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 106-00049-0000, 106-00051-0001. Dated this 2nd day of May, 2012. Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Scott D. Nabke Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1037979 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 1800052

(May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. RYAN T. ELLER, et al. Defendant(s)

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Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 2, 2012

(May 16, 23, 30) 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. SANDRA S. GRAZZINI-RUCKI, et al. Defendant(s)

The Next Regular Meeting Of The Board Of Directors Of The Frederic Rural Fire Association Will Be Wed., May 30, 2012, At 7 p.m., At The Fire Hall

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth July 8, 1925, and date of death April 21, 2012, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2000 78th Street, Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is August 10, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500.

Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar No. 1003029

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(April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, as assignee of The RiverBank, a Minnesota banking corporation, P.O. Box 188 304 Cascade Street Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 Plaintiff, vs. Pamela L. Fangmeier 638 170th Street Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, John Doe, Mary Roe and XYZ Corporation, Defendants. Case No. 11CV596 Case Type: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Default Judgment and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on March 29, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DAY/DATE/TIME: Thurs., June 7, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot Thirteen (13) of Certified Survey Map No. 3685 Recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey maps, Page 198 as Document No. 632322, being a part of Lot Nine (9) of Certified Survey Map No. 3661 Recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 34 as Document No. 650638 located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of SW 1/4), Section Thirty-Two (32), Township Thirty-Three (33) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 638 170th Street, Osceola, Wis.) Dated this 16th day of April, 2012. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin

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Case No: 11 CV 473 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 23, 2011, in the amount of $87,318.88, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 30, 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, WI. DESCRIPTION: A Parcel of land in the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 36, Township 37 North, Range 17 West, Town of West Sweden, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said forty, thence West 544.5 feet, thence North 462 feet, thence East 544.5 feet, thence South 462 feet to the point of beginning. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: A Parcel of land in the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 36, Township 37 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said forty; thence West 544.5 feet; thence North 462 feet; thence East 544.5 feet; thence South 462 feet to the point of beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1269 300th Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. TAX KEY NO.: 048-00858-0000. Dated this 23rd day of April, 2012. Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Russell J. Karnes Blommer Peterman, S.C. State Bar No. 1054982 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SIREN 24022 Fourth Avenue • Siren, WI 54872


The School District of Siren will be accepting bids on the replacement of 11,250 sq. ft. of flat roof membrane, with the reroofing project to be completed by June 30, 2012. All bids to be in the Siren School District Office by Friday, May 25, 2012, at 2 p.m., sealed and marked “Roof Membrane Replacement.” To obtain further specifications and to view job site, please contact the Director of Buildings and Grounds, at 715-349-7392, Ext. 403. The Siren Board of Education retains the right to reject any and all 560386 28-29a 39-40L proposal bids.

(May 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK, NA as Successor Trustee to Wachovia Bank, NA fka First Union National Bank as Trustee for Long Beach Mortgage Loan Trust 2000-1 Plaintiff vs. BRIAN M. LAWRENCE, et al. Defendants Case No. 10 CV 239 Hon. Robert H. Rasmussen Br. 2 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 1, 2010, in the amount of $66,504.54, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 30, 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, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: The East 210 feet of the North 1,000 feet of the West 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 21, Township 36 North, Range 20 West. Said land being in the Town of Sterling, Polk County, WI. ADDRESS: 3340 Evergreen Ave., Grantsburg, WI 54840. TAX KEY NO: 046-01281-0000. Dated this 24th day of April, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar # 1034906 6508 South 27th St., 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 will be used for that purpose.

PLEASANT PRAIRIE ANNUAL MEETING Sunday, May 27, 2012 Church, Speaker Rev. Bob Fallt Potluck Picnic Cemetery Assoc. Meeting

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SUMMER PART-TIME POSITIONS Holiday Inn Express and Our Place Café is seeking a part-time maintenance person. Experience and related experience required. Applications available at Holiday Inn Express in St. Croix Falls.


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The Village of Webster is seeking applicants to serve as election inspectors at upcoming elections. All inspectors must be Village residents, able to read and write the English language and be able to attend training. Hours may be split into two shifts or the entire day can be worked. Split shift hours are dependent on the number of workers available. If interested, please call Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk, at 715-866-4211, or stop in at Webster Village Hall (7505 Main St. West) during normal business hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a federal credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, WI 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Daniel M. Walker 6517 Melrose Drive North Highlands, CA 95660, Judy K. Walker f/k/a Judy K. Richards 6517 Melrose Drive North Highlands, CA 95660, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30304 Case No.: 12 CV 52 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment entered and filed in the above-entitled action on April 18, 2012, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: June 21, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 2136, recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, page 59, Document No. 551188, located in the NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 16, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Polk County, Wis. (“Property”). (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 1597 210th Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.) Dated: April 25, 2012. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16011

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(Apr. 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb f/k/a S & C Marie M. Daubenspeck, 75, Deer Park, died April 26, 2012. Bank, Lois M Grambow, 77, Amery, died April 27, 2012. Plaintiff, Joseph L. Snelson, 60, Town of West Sweden, died May 2, 2012. vs. Terry L. Barber, 59, Barron, died May 3, 2012. Harvey Jacobsen, Unknown Hubert D. Swanson, 85, Amery, died May 4, 2012. Spouse of Harvey Jacobsen, Scott A. Jacobsen, Joel L. Jacobsen, Lisa Gunter, Amy (Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23) (May 2, 9, 16) Jacobsen, STATE OF WISCONSIN STATE OF WISCONSIN Defendants. CIRCUIT COURT CIRCUIT COURT NOTICE OF POLK COUNTY POLK COUNTY FORECLOSURE SALE FEDERAL NATIONAL Bank of America, N.A., as Case No: 11CV163 MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, successor by merger to BAC Case Code: 30404 Plaintiff, Home Loans Servicing, L.P. Judge: Jeffery L. Anderson vs. Plaintiff vs. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by SHAWN L. BROWN and ALANA virtue of a Judgment of ForecloJ. BROWN THOMAS ANDERSON, et al. husband and wife Defendant(s) sure entered on February 3, 2011, in the amount of and UNITED STATES OF Case No: 11 CV 463 $39,129.46, the Polk County AMERICA, Sheriff will sell the following NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Defendants. described real property at pubPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that lic auction as follows: Case No.: 11-CV-656 by virtue of a judgment of foreCode No.: 30404 closure entered on October 14, DATE/TIME: May 31, 2012, at Foreclosure of Mortgage 10:00 a.m. 2011, in the amount of Dollar Amount Greater Than $94,826.53, the Sheriff will sell TERMS:10% of successful bid $5,000.00 must be paid to the Sheriff at the described premises at public NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE sale in cash or by certified auction as follows: SALE check. The balance is due TIME: May 30, 2012, at 10:00 within 10 days of court PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by a.m. approval of the sale. The purvirtue of a judgment of foreclochaser is responsible for paysure entered on December 2, TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money ment of all transfer taxes and 2011, in the amount of order at the time of sale; balrecording fees. Sale is AS IS in $445,549.54, the Sheriff will sell ance due within 10 days of all respects and subject to all the described premises at pubconfirmation of sale; failure liens and encumbrances. lic auction as follows: to pay balance due will result PLACE: Foyer Area, Polk CounTIME: June 5, 2012, at 10:00 in forfeit of deposit to plainty Justice Center, 1005 West o’clock a.m. tiff. Main, Street, Suite 900, BalTERMS: 2. Sold “as is” and subject to sam Lake, WI 54810. 1. 10% down in cash or cerall legal liens and encumDESCRIPTION: Lots Five (5), tified funds at the time of brances. Six (6), Seven (7) and Eight (8), sale; balance due within 10 Block Six (6), also a parcel of days of confirmation of sale; PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main land in Lot Nine (9), Block Six failure to pay balance due Street, Balsam Lake, WI. (6) described as follows: will result in forfeit of deposit Commencing at the Northeast DESCRIPTION: Outlot 59 and to plaintiff. corner of said Lot 9, Block 6 part of Outlot 60 of the Asses2. Sold “as is” and subject to of the Original Plat of the Vilsor’s Plat of the Village of all legal liens and encumlage of Balsam Lake, thence Dresser, described as follows: brances. 10 feet due South, thence Commencing at the South3. Buyer to pay applicable West parallel with the North west corner of said Lot 60; Wisconsin Real Estate line of said Lot 9, 140 feet, thence North on the West line Transfer Tax. thence due North to the of said Lot a distance of 50 PLACE: Polk County Justice Northwest corner of said Lot feet; thence East 10 feet; Center located at 1005 West 9, thence East 140 feet to the thence South to the South line Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. place of beginning, all in the of said Lot; thence Westerly to DESCRIPTION: The Northwest Original Plat of the Village of the point of beginning; said Quarter of the Southeast Balsam Lake, Polk County, lots being located in the Quarter (NW 1/4 of SE 1/4) of Wisconsin, located in the Southwest 1/4 of the SouthSection Seventeen (17), TownSouthwest Quarter of the west 1/4 of Section 8, Township Thirty-two (32) North, Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 NE ship 33 North, Range 18 West, Range Seventeen (17) West, 1/4), Section 10, Township 34 in the Village of Dresser, Polk Town of Alden, Polk County, North, Range 17 West. County, Wis. Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 205 E. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 605 Old PROPERTY ADDRESS: 348 Main Street, Balsam Lake, State St., Dresser, WI 54009. State Road 65, Town of Alden. Wisconsin 54810. TAX KEY NO.: 002-00433-0000. TAX KEY NO.: 116-00348-0000. Peter M. Johnson Dated this 23rd day of April, Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff 2012. Sheriff of Polk County, WI ECKBERG, LAMMERS, Sheriff Peter M. Johnson O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, BRIGGS, WOLFF & Polk County Sheriff S.C. VIERLING, PLLP Scott D. Nabke Joseph A. Larson (#1087685) Attorneys for Plaintiff Blommer Peterman, S.C. Attorney for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue State Bar No. 1037979 430 Second Street Suite 403 Hudson, WI 54016 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 715-386-3733 Brookfield, WI 53005 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., 262-790-5719 Eckberg Lammers is attemptPlease go to www.blommer- ing to collect a debt on our cliis attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained to obtain the bid ent’s behalf and any information will be used for that purpose. If for this sale. Blommer Peter- we obtain will be used for that you have previously received a man, S.C., is the creditor’s attor- purpose. If you are currently in Chapter 7 Discharge in Bank- ney and is attempting to collect bankruptcy or have been disruptcy, this correspondence a debt on its behalf. Any infor- charged in bankruptcy, this letshould not be construed as an mation obtained will be used for ter is not an attempt to collect the debt from you personally. that purpose. 1778148 attempt to collect a debt.

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The Town of Clam Falls is seeking bids for road improvements on McKenzie Trail between County Road W and 315th Avenue. A 1.5-mile section is to be cleared of all trees and stumps and widened to 66 feet. Bid is to include ditching, straightening of corners and burying stumps. All work is to be completed by November 1, 2012. For additional information, contact Lee at 715-653-2297. Bids are to be sent to Betty Knutson, Clerk, Town of Clam Falls, 3335 90th St., Frederic, WI 54837. Clearly mark the outside of the envelope “MCKENZIE BID.” Bids are to be received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Bids will be opened at the regular town board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Certificate of insurance is to be provided with the bid. The town 560603 39L 29a reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held May 21, 2012, At The Cushing Community Center Immediately Following The Board Of Review Meeting Of Adjournment Which Begins At 7 p.m.

Agenda: Clerk minutes, Treasurer report, Update on town leases, Citizen concerns, Approve operator licenses, Board decision on extending T&T Logging contract one year, Discuss Ord. Estab. Split Shifts for Election Officials, Possible decisions on seal coating and crack sealing for 2012, Road maint. report, Set June agenda, Pay bills and Adjournment. 560519 39L 29a Julie Peterson, Clerk


The Village of Webster Community Center is seeking renters for available space in the Business Incubator. Monthly rent is $125. Heat, as well as water, sewer and electricity are included. The renter is responsible for their own telephone and Internet. If interested, please call Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk, at 715-866-4211, or stop in at Webster Village Hall (7505 Main Street West) during normal business hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 560669 39L


Notices/Employment opportunities Polk County marriages Brandi S. Constant, Dresser, and Jay S. Strasser, Dresser, issued May 6, 2012. Kathy S. Nelson, Amery, and Andrew T. Ohrt, St. Joseph, issued May 6, 2012. Collen M. Burrows, Town of Farmington, and James A. Tetreault, Town of Red Lake, Canada, issued May 6, 2012.

Brittany M. Leibfried, Amery, and Eric J. Benner, Amery, issued May 7, 2012. Megan M. Francis, Osceola, and Kevin J. Robinson, Osceola, issued May 8, 2012. Mollisa A. Dant, Alden, and Jason J. Noel, Alden, issued May 9, 2012.


Cooperative Extension, UW-Extension has a nutrition educator position open serving Barron and Polk Counties (office in Polk County). Provide nutrition and food budgeting education to individuals, youth and families living on limited incomes. Previous work or volunteer experience working with low-income families, working with youth, or providing food and nutrition education is highly desirable. Training provided. HS grad or equivalent required. Must have transportation needed to fulfill position responsibilities. This is a salaried position, working 32 hours per week, with benefits. Contact Michelle Webb at or 715-537-6380 for application information and complete job description. Position closes June 8, 2012. A criminal records review will be conducted prior to employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, convictions and pending charges will be considered only as they relate to this position. UW-Extension is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. 560144 38-39Lp 28-29a,dp


State of Wisconsin Polk County Town of Georgetown Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Review will meet at the Georgetown Town Hall on Saturday, May 19, 2012, beginning at 8 a.m., and ending at 10 a.m. For the purpose of reviewing and examining the assessment roll of real and personal property in the Town of Georgetown and all sworn statements and valuations of real and personal property therein, and of correcting all errors in said roll, whether in description property or otherwise, and to perform such other duties imposed by law. Taxpayer may appear at this meeting and examine the assessment roll, sworn statements and valuations, and be heard in relation thereto. Dated this 18th day of April, 2012. Kristine Lindgren, Clerk Town of Georgetown Open book will be on Fri., May 18, from 3 - 7 p.m. William Koepp will be available for any question you may have. 560322 28a,d 39L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF FREDERIC SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETING Monday, May 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Frederic High School, Library

1. Call to order 2. Opening Ceremonies A. Approve agenda 3. Closed Session: Wisconsin statutes: 19.85 (1) (c)(f)(i): Personnel - negotiations 4. Opening Ceremonies (continued at 7:00 p.m.) A. Welcoming remarks B. Audience to visitors and delegations 5. Reports of officers A. Minutes from previous meetings B. Invoices and receipts C. 2011 - 12 budget D. Board member reports/Governance a. CESA voting delegate b. Board reorganization 6. Reports of the administration A. Superintendent B. High School Principal C. Elementary Principal D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service 7. New Business A. Personnel 1. Contracts a. Summer School b. Fall Coach Approvals 2. Resignations 3. Retirements B. Contracts: 1. Parking Lot maintenance 2. Roof C. Early childhood agreement with Unity Schools D. School Forest Thinning (163 cords) E. Athletics 1. Softball coach approval (Jr. High) 2. Golf Co-op with Luck 3. Blizzard Hockey contribution 4. WIAA membership renewal F. Nondiscrimination Plan Approval G. Calendar 2012 - 13 H. Student Insurance I. Budget Transfer J. Referendum Discussion K. Annual Meeting Date L. Meal Price Change M. STEP Program N. Employee Handbook O. Open Enrollment Applications P. Health Insurances 8. Potential Continuation of the Closed Session 9. Business as a result of closed session 10. Adjourn 560782 39L


Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual for a full-time Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor at the Rice Lake or New Richmond campus. The ideal candidate will demonstrate interest in and potential for excellence in facilitating student learning and development. Qualifications include: bachelor’s degree or actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree, minimum of two years’ occupational experience, current NBCOT certification, current Wisconsin state licensure and membership in state and national associations. Deadline to apply: May 25, 2012.


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WITC is an equal opportunity/access/employer and educator. VILLAGE OF LUCK ORDINANCE 1-21: AMENDING ALL REFERENCES TO “CLERK-TREASURER” TO EITHER “CLERK” OR “TREASURER” The Luck Village Board, at their May 9, 2012, Village Board meeting, adopted an ordinance to amend all references to Clerk-Treasurer in the Code of Ordinances to either “Clerk” or “Treasurer.” Copies of the ordinance are available at Village Hall. Signed/Peter Demydowich, Village President Kristina Handt, Village Administrator Date Adopted: 5/19/12 Date Published: 5/16/12 Effective Date: 5/20/12

DELETION OF ORDINANCE 112-4: DEPUTY CLERK-TREASURER The Luck Village Board, at their May 9, 2012, Village Board meeting, deleted Ord. 112-4: Deputy Clerk-Treasurer. Signed/Peter Demydowich, Village President Kristina Handt, Village Administrator Date Adopted: 5/19/12 Date Published: 5/16/12 Effective Date: 5/20/12 560533 39L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR THE TOWN OF SIREN Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Siren of Burnett County will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012, from 5 - 7 p.m., at the Siren Town Hall, 7240 South Long Lake Road. For appointments call 800-721-4157. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact or provide information to a member of the board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The municipality or County shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person may testify by telephone. Mary Hunter, Clerk 560251 39L WNALXP Town of Siren

Tawny A. Knudtson, St. Francis, Minn., and Richard Al. Veal Jr., St. Francis, Minn., issued May 9, 2012. Tatum M. Pitz, Frederic, and Anthony B. Campbell, Luck, issued May 10, 2012. Kathryn M. Korb, St. Paul, Minn., and Jonathan R. Hughes, St. Paul, Minn., issued May 12, 2012.


COACHING POSITION AVAILABLE W/F/S/G/L/U/SCF Girls Varsity Hockey Coach for 2012 - 13 If interested, please contact

Ryan Karsten, Athletic Director Via e-mail: Via Phone: 715-349-2277, Ext. 310 Via Mail: 24022 North 4th Ave., Siren, WI 54872 Applications will be taken until position is filled! 559622 37-39L


Sealed bids will be received by the Department of Natural Resources at the DNR Forestry Office, 941 Mallard Lane #104, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. A timber sale prospectus, bid forms, sample contracts and detailed information on each timber tract can be obtained by contacting the Department at the above address or by calling 715-485-3518. There are 7 tracts of timber for sale on state lands covering 346 acres in Polk county. Total volumes are as follows: Oak - 868 cords, Aspen - 1,434 cords, Mixed Hardwoods - 520 cords, Basswood - 40 cords, Red Pine - 358 cords, and Red Oak - 274.7 MBF, Basswood - 31.7 MBF, Mixed Hardwood - 22 MBF, and Sugar Maple - 29 MBF. Properties include: McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area, Straight Lake Wildlife Area, InterState Park and Osceola Fish Hatchery. Workers Compensation Insurance and Certification to the Wisconsin SFI Training Standard are required. The Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Bids will be opened publicly at the Balsam Lake Forestry Office at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2012. 559980 38-39L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR THE VILLAGE OF SIREN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Village of Siren, Burnett County, shall hold its first meeting on the 4th day of June, 2012, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Siren Village Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under sub. (3) (a), that person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under sub. (6m) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method; unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under §73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under §19.35(1). The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. Respectfully Submitted, Village of Siren 560319 39L WNAXLP Ann L. Peterson, Clerk


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK REGULAR BOARD MEETING Monday, May 21, 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. Junior students requesting vocational credit waiver. B. Blizzard Hockey Association Representative. C. Student Representative. 6. Administrative Reports A. Mr. Palmer B. Mr. Gobler C. Mrs. Goldbach 7. New Business A. Student insurance for 2012 - 13. B. Educator effectiveness and training. C. Building walkthrough with S.D.S. D. ESEA assurance. (Board Signatures) E. 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, handbook and wages for 2012 - 13. 9. Motion to reconvene to open session. (No action on executive session items) 560757 39L 10. Motion to adjourn.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Open Book Session for the Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Lincoln Town Hall, located at 9110 Perida Road, Webster, Wisconsin, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This Session gives the property owner an opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor and look over their property assessments.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Lincoln, Burnett County, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Lincoln Town Hall, located at 9110 Perida Road, Webster, Wisconsin, from 10 a.m. to noon. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board member and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board of Review, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method of valuation; unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the Assessor’s manual under Sec. 73.03(2a) of Wis. Statutes, that the Assessor requests. The Town of Lincoln has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully submitted, 559372 27-28a 38-39L Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk, Town of Lincoln WNAXLP

Notice: The Town of Eureka is having a Special Board Meeting for the purpose of awarding road bids. The board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. 560738 39-40L 29-30a


Union Cemetery Wed., May 23 6 p.m. at Sunrise Apts. 100 Lake Ave. S., Frederic 560269 28-29a 39L

(Apr. 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. KATHRYN EMILY KAHLECK A/K/A KATHRYN E. HALLSTEIN, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 452 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 17, 2011, in the amount of $102,499.37, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 5 of Certified Survey Map No. 2168 recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on page 92 as Document No. 553482, located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 21, Township 33 North of Range 18 West; also being part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1001, Volume 4, page 248, this being Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2074, Volume 9, Page 222; Town of Osceola, in Polk County, Wisconsin. AND The South 100 feet of Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 2168 recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on page 92 as Document No. 553482, located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 21, Township 33 North of Range 18 West; also being part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1001, Volume 4, page 248, this being Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2074, Volume 9, Page 222; Town of Osceola, in Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 862 218th St., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 042-00448-0500. Dated this 30th 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. 286565

Section 1. Possession, use and sale prohibited. Section 2. Medical or dental use allowed. Section 3. Violations and penalties. Adopted by the Town Board of the Township of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin, on the 10th day of May, 2012. Section 1. Possession, use and sale prohibited. It shall be illegal for any person to use, possess, purchase, attempt to purchase, sell, publicly display for sale or attempt to sell, give or barter any one or more of the following chemicals whether under the common street or trade names of “Spice,” “K2,” “Genie,” Yucatan Fire,” “fake” or “new” marijuana or by any other name, label or description: A. Salviadivinorum or salvinorum A: all parts of the plant presently classified botanically as salvia divinorum, whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, any extract from any part of such plant, and every compound, manufacture, salts derivative, mixture or preparation of such plant, its seed or extracts; B. (6aR)-9 (hydroxymethyl)-6, 6dimethyl-3, (2methyloctane-2yl)-6a, 7, 10, 10atetrahydrobenzo(c)chromen-1-01; some trade or other names: HU-210; C. 1-Pentyl-3 (1-napthoyl) indole; some trade or other names: JWH-018/spice; D. 1-Butyl 3-1 (napthoyl) indole; some trade or other names: JWH-073; E. 1-3(triflouromethylphenyl) piperazine; some trade or other names: TFMPP; or F. Any similar structural analogs. Section 2. Medical or dental use allowed. Acts otherwise prohibited under Chapter 470 shall not be lawful if done by or under the direction or prescription of a licensed physician, dentist or other medical health professional authorized to direct or prescribe such acts, provided that such use is permitted under state and federal laws. Section 3. Violations and penalties. Any adult person violating this ordinance shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $100, nor more than $500, exclusive of costs and upon failure to pay the same shall be confined to the county jail for not more than 30 days. Motion made to adopt :Synthetic Cannabinoids Ordinance by: Bert Lund Seconded by: DuWayne Wiberg Vote: Ayes 3 Nayes O Dated: May 10, 2012 Mary Hunter, Clerk


The Town of Eureka is seeking sealed bids to build a community billboard. Contact Town Clerk for details. 715-646-2985

Thurs., May 31, 2012 7 p.m. Eureka Town Hall


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(May 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF THE MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2007HE6, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-HE6 Plaintiff vs. TYRONE A. SHAFER; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF TYRONE A. SHAFER; ANCHORBANK; Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 11 CV 534 Case Code No. 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 3, 2012, in the amount of $162,824.05, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 31, 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 One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 356 Recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 85 as Document No. 375846 in the office of the Register of Deeds in and for Polk County, Wisconsin, being included in Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 283 Recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 12 as Document No. 367742, all being located in Government Lot 1 of Section Five (5), Township ThirtyFive (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 356 Recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps oN Page 85 as Document No. 375846, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, together with a Nonexclusive EaseMent 50 Feet in Width Contiguous to the North Boundary Line of that Parcel Recorded in Volume 366 on Page 168 as Document No. 358868, being part of Government Lot 1 of Section Five (5), Township ThirtyFive (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, together with an Easement Over and Across Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 283, Recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 12, in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, for lake access; all in Government Lot 1 of Section 5, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Polk County, Wis. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00087-0000 / 026-00088-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1080 240th Ave., Luck, WI 54853. 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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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Open Book for the Town of Balsam Lake will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Town Shop.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, shall hold its first meeting on the 21st day of May, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Town Shop. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully submitted, Town of Balsam Lake Brian Masters, Clerk Notice: The monthly meeting for the Town of Balsam Lake will be held on Monday, May 21, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Town Shop. Agenda will be printed closer to the meeting. 560664 39L 29d


Notices/Employment opportunities NOTICE OF MEETING

TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN Notice Is Hereby Given That The Town Board Meeting Is Scheduled To Be Held On May 22, 2012, At 7 p.m., At The Town Hall.

EVS - 3 Full-time Janitors Table Games - Dealers Hotel - Front Desk Clerks & Bellhop Maintenance - 3 Full-time Positions Food & Beverage - Deli, Prep Cooks, Host, Bussers Cage - Supervisor, Part-time Cashiers, Part-time Sweeps Marketing - Audio Visual Sound Tech Apply online at or fill out an application at the Human Resources office Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 560744 39L 29a,b,d For more information, call 1-800-238-8946.

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

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VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT Recall Election June 5, 2012

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.


Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING APPLICATION TO VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL IS 5:00 P.M. ON THE FIFTH DAY BEFORE THE ELECTION, THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012. MILITARY ELECTORS SHOULD CONTACT THE MUNICIPAL CLERK REGARDING THE DEADLINES FOR REQUESTING OR SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT. THE FIRST DAY TO VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE IS MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012. THE DEADLINE FOR VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE IS 5:00 P.M. ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE ELECTION, JUNE 1, 2012. THE MUNICIPAL CLERK WILL DELIVER VOTED BALLOTS RETURNED ON OR BEFORE ELECTION DAY TO THE PROPER POLLING PLACE OR COUNTING LOCATION BEFORE THE POLLS CLOSE TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012. ANY BALLOTS RECEIVED AFTER THE POLLS CLOSE WILL BE COUNTED BY THE BOARD OF CANVASSERS IF POSTMARKED BY ELECTION DAY AND RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. ON THE FRIDAY FOLLOWING THE ELECTION. Type E Voting by Absentee Ballot is published on behalf of Burnett County Municipalities. Town of Trade Lake Town of Meenon Town of Anderson Deborah Christian, Clerk Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk Jessica King, Clerk 13361 St. Rd. 48 25863 E. Bass Lake. Dr. 2773 185th St. Grantsburg, WI 54840 Webster, WI 54893 Luck, WI 54853 715-488-2600 715-866-4893 715-472-4753 Town of Blaine Rita Ronnigen, Clerk 33426 No Mans Trail Minong, WI 54859 715-466-4884 Town of Daniels Liz Simonsen, Clerk 8851 Waldora Rd. P.O. Box 190 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2291

Town of Oakland Deanna Krause, Clerk 7426 W. Main St. P.O. Box 675 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8213 Town of Roosevelt Patricia Hayden, Clerk 2997 County Road EE Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-2468

Town of Dewey Pamela Brown, Clerk 1148 Swiss Chalet Rd. Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-7111

Town of Rusk Bonnie Harder, Clerk 26985 E. Benoit Lake Rd. Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-4723

Town of Grantsburg Romey Nelson, Clerk-Treasurer 118 E. Madison Ave. P.O. Box 642 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5600

Town of Sand Lake Peggy Tolbert, Clerk 25862 Normans Landing Rd. P.O. Box 165 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4398

Town of Jackson Lorraine Radke, Clerk 4742 County Rd. A Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8412

Town of Scott Kim Simon, Clerk 28390 County Rd. H Spooner, WI 54801 Office 715-635-2308

Town of LaFollette Linda Terrian, Clerk 23928 Malone Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2531

Town of Siren Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5119

Town of Lincoln Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk 25603 Ice House Bridge Rd. P.O. Box 296 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4201

Town of Swiss Judith Dykstra, Clerk 7551 Main St. P.O. Box 157 Danbury, WI 54830 715-656-3030

Town of Union David Olson, Clerk 8637 Grover Point Rd. Danbury, WI 54830 715-866-4129 Town of Webb Lake Gail Keup, Clerk 2363 Escape Drive Webb Lake, WI 54830 715-259-3439 Town of West Marshland Margaret A. Hess, Clerk 25161 Spaulding Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2922 Town of Wood River Dawn Luke, Clerk 11097 Crosstown Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-689-2296 Village of Grantsburg Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk 316 S. Brad St. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2405 Village of Siren Ann Peterson, Clerk-Treasurer 24049 First Ave. P.O. Box 23 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2273 Village of Webster Patrice Bjorklund, ClerkTreasurer 7505 Main St. W. P.O. Box 25 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4211



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Section 1. Purpose: The purpose of this ordinance is to establish a Drug Paraphernalia Ordinance for the Township of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Section 2. Definitions: A. The term “drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of statutes of the State of Wisconsin. It includes, but is not limited to: 1. Kits used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing or harvesting of any species of plant which is a controlled substance or from which a controlled substance can be derived; 2. Kits used, intended for use, or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing or preparing controlled substances; 3. Isomerization devices used, intended for use or designed for use in increasing the potency of any species of plant which is a controlled substance; 4. Testing equipment used, intended for use or designed for use in identifying, or analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of controlled substances; 5. Scales and balances used, intended for use or designed for use in weighing or measuring controlled substances; 6. Dilutents and adulterants, such as quinine hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, dextrose and lactose, used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in cutting controlled substances; 7. Separation gins and sifters used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in removing twigs and seeds from, or in otherwise cleaning or refining marijuana; 8. Blenders, bowls, containers, spoons and mixing devices used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in compounding controlled substances; 9. Capsules, balloons, envelopes and other containers used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in packaging small quantities of controlled substances; 10. Containers and other objects used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in storing or concealing controlled substances; 11. Hypodermic syringes, needles and other objects used, intended for use or customarily intended for use in parenterally injected controlled substances into the human body; 12. Objects used or intended for use or customarily intended for use in ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish or hashish oil into the human body, such as: a. Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic pipes with or without screens, permanent screen, hashish heads or punctured metal bowls; b. Water pipes; c. Carburetion tubes and devices; d. Smoking and carburetion masks; e. Roach clips: meaning objects used to hold burning materials such as a marijuana cigarette that has become too small or too short to be held in the hand; f. Miniature cocaine spoons and cocaine vials; g. Chamber pipes; h. Carburetor pipes; i. Electric pipes; j. Air-driven pipes; k. Chillums; l. Bongs; m. Ice pipes or chillers. B. In determining whether an object is drug paraphernalia, a court or other authority should consider, in addition to all logically relevant factors, the following: 1. Statements by an owner or by anyone in control of the object concerning its use; 2. Prior convictions, if any, of an owner or of anyone in control of the object under any state or federal law relating to any controlled substances; 3. The proximity of the object, in time and space, to a direct violation of State of Wisconsin Statutes, regulating the use and possession of illicit substances; 4. The proximity of any residue of controlled substances; 5. The existence of any residue of controlled substances on the object; 6. Direct or circumstantial evidence of the intent of the owner, or of anyone in control of the object, to deliver it to persons whom he knows, or should reasonably know, intend to use the object to facilitate a violation of State of Wisconsin Ordinances regulating the use and possession of illicit drugs; the innocence of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, as to a direct violation of Wisconsin Statutes regulating the illicit use or possession of illicit drugs should not prevent a finding that the object is intended for use, or designed for use, or designed for use as drug paraphernalia; 7. Instructions, oral or written, provided with the object concerning its use; 8. Descriptive materials accompanying the object which explain or depict its use; 9. National and local advertising concerning its use; 10. The manner in which the object is displayed for sale; 11. Direct or circumstantial evidence of the ratio of sales of the object(s) to the total sales of the business enterprise; 12. Whether the object is customarily intended for use as drug paraphernalia and the existence and scope of other legitimate uses for the object in the community; 13. Expert testimony concerning its use. Section 3. Offenses and Penalties A. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia It is unlawful for any person to use, or possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of Wisconsin Statutes. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not less than $100, no portion of which shall be suspended. Violation of the provisions of this ordinance shall constitute grounds for suspension or revocation of any business license issued by the Township to a business for the premises or activity from which the violation occurred. B. Manufacture or Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia It is unlawful for any person to deliver, possess with intent to deliver, or manufacture with intent to deliver, drug paraphernalia, knowing that it will be used or is customarily intended to be used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of Wisconsin law. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not less than $100, no portion of which may be suspended. C. Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia to a Minor Any person 18 years or over who violates Section 3B by delivering drug paraphernalia to a person under 18 years of age who is at least three (3) years his junior shall be guilty of a special violation and shall be subjected to a fine not less than $100, no portion of which may be suspended. D. Advertisement of Drug Paraphernalia It is unlawful for any person to place in any newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publication any advertisement, knowing or under circumstances where one reasonably should know that the purpose of the advertisement, when viewed as a whole, is to promote the sale of objects intended for use or customarily intended for use as drug paraphernalia. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not less than $100, no portion of which may be suspended. E. Severability If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid or application, and to this end the provisions of this ordinance are severable. F. This Ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication of public notice. Motion made to adopt Drug Paraphernalia Ordinance by: Philip Stieman Seconded by: Bert Lund Vote: Ayes 3 Nayes O Dated: May 10, 2012 Mary Hunter, Clerk

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Winter event yields Balsam Lake Fire cold-water-rescue suits

Plunge worthy

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The suits are made for cold-water rescues and don’t always work with crowns, or a sash, but that didn’t stop Miss Balsam Lake Kaina Zygowicz from “modeling” one of the new suits she helped acquire for the Balsam Lake Fire Department. Showing a near-constant grin, Zygowicz and her father, Keith, recalled how the new BLFD suits came to be, how the dad and daughter had joked about doing an “icy dip” in midwinter local waters in the winter of 2011, and while it was too late in the season for an event, “we definitely wanted to make it happen,” Keith said. It was just a few short months later that Kaina was chosen as Miss Balsam Lake, which meant numerous parade appearances for the daughter and her float-driving father, Keith. Like ice cream in August, the icy dip idea surfaced again as the two waited in the sticky heat last July outside the village float, prior to a parade. “I told her I wished we could do a plunge today,” Keith joked. The icy idea became a father-daughter project for the Miss Balsam Lake Kaina Zygowicz (left) and firefighter/diver Brad Williamson “modeled” the new cold-water-rescue suits the Balsam Lake Fire Department purchased with funds from February’s icy dip event.

Ironically, it was through this Feb. 4 icy dip into Balsam Lake that this trio started an event that earned enough money for cold-water-rescue suits. Pictured jumpers (L to R) are Keith Zygowicz, daughter and Miss Balsam Lake, Kaina, along with primary sponsor John Volgren. The event raised money for the March of Dimes charity and the cold-water suits. – Photos by Greg Marsten

duo, as Kaina and Keith looked closer at planning an event for the next village Winterfest, even garnering a major sponsor in local Farmers Insurance agent John Volgren. Very quickly, word of the event spread, as did its goals, with the March of Dimes and the Balsam Lake Fire Department as chosen benefactors. “Kaina said she really wanted to give back to the community,” Keith said, and while he is a longtime member of the Milltown Fire Department, his daughter, as Miss Balsam Lake, wanted to give back to the Balsam Lake Fire Department, and they knew the agency could use a good cold-water-rescue suit, which can cost as much as $1,000. As the plunge started to come to fruition, Kaina and Keith started to concentrate on raising enough to help with the purchase of a rescue suit. “We figured we could raise enough to cover about half the cost,” Keith said. “It turned out to be even better than that.” The plunge was set for Feb. 4 on Balsam Lake, and the list of groups, companies and sponsors grew, helping to coordinate the event. From the Balsam Lake Fire volunteers to Aqua Trek Divers, to Lakes Gas for changing trailer heat to Basically Balsam for T-shirts and printing even Balsam Branch Transport provided trailers for plungers to warm up after they get really, really cold. Kaina set up a Facebook page for the event and spread the word at school and beyond. The first-annual icy dip became one of the surprise hits of the winter as part of the 2012 Winterfest activities, and more than five dozen jumpers raised private donations and earned the privilege to strip down and freeze in the chilly waters of Balsam Lake. The event was so successful, they were able to cover

the costs of two cold-water-rescue suits, which just recently arrived at the BLFD. It seemed only appropriate that Kaina should assist with “modeling” one of the suits, which are Stearns Driflex cold-water-rescue suits, costing nearly $900 each, with several additional options - including two 250-foot rescue ropes, storage and ice picks - the total bill for the suits came to about $2,000. The thermal-lined, insulated rescue suits are good to minus 25 degrees, and allow rescue personnel to quickly change into a suit for everything from a submerged vehicle on the ice to a rescue from a crash into a pond or swamp, where the water is less than temperate. “It’s pretty warm,” Kaina said with a grin, as she fit her Miss Balsam Lake sash and crown over the orange nylon suit, bearing the summer heat as she and BLFD volunteer Brad Williamson dress in the insulated rescue suits, which will be a staple on the primary BLFD rescue vehicle. “You can take the liner out, if you’d like,” Williamson said, noting that the dry suits will make water and rescues even safer. He is also a certified diver and praised the new suits as being even more versatile and useful than a typical SCUBA dry or wet suit, offering features that allow for air purging, complete body covering except for the face and even a secure rescue harness for deployment. “It’s really going to be handy,” Williamson said. And to think the suits came about because of a sticky hot parade and a father-daughter team wanting to give back. Seems that orange vinyl goes pretty good with that sash and gown, after all.

Mysterious box/from page 1 the tape that held the cooler box closed. Inside they found cameras and a GPS unit. “There was no note or anything,” she said. “It was kind of scary at first.” The equipment was high-quality, said Cox, and she pulled the cards out of the cameras to see what might have been caught on video. What she saw made her realize that the balloon and box were part of a school project. Taking a look at the GPS, Cox realized that the batteries were dead. When they put in fresh ones, the unit began communicating. A couple of hours later a teacher from Bel Air Elementary School in New Brighton, Minn., contacted her and she got the full story of what had happened. What she learned was that students at Bel Air had been practicing for their Peace Day celebration, when they would send a balloon with cameras 15 miles above the Earth to put their school and community into a broader context. Unfortunately, during the practice run, the fishing line that held the balloon and cooler to the ground snapped, sending it all into the air. Because the batteries in the GPS died, the school could not track where their equipment landed. Once Cox had replaced the dead batteries in the GPS, the school had been able to learn the location of the equipment. They did a reverse search for a telephone number, and called Cox. Meanwhile, the contents of the box proved to be the perfect science lesson for her second-grade class at Frederic. “Ironically, we have been studying space

This cooler held four cameras and a GPS unit. With no note, the Cox family were at first unsure what it all meant. Watching the video taken by the cameras, however, convinced them it was a science project, which fit perfectly with what Cox was teaching her second-graders at Frederic.

in second grade,” she said. Watching the videos, Cox’s students saw images of the Earth as the balloon took the cameras to a height of 15 miles above the Earth. The first shots showed the arms of Bel Air students, then the heads, then the school and surrounding area. Eventually the balloon popped, and on its way down the students could see the St. Croix River, identifying places like Wal-Mart, before it descended into Cox’s tree. “The balloon went up so high that you could see the curvature of the Earth,” she said. “They were amazed with it.” Cox’s own children also had a great time seeing what the Earth looked like from so far up, and being able to see their own place from the air. Plus, they got to watch their mom on television. When Bel Air did its real launch May 4, KARE 11 aired a segment on the project as well as the practice run. The footage includes shots of Cox in her classroom commenting on her role in the recovery of the equipment, and how she was able to use it in her classroom. “From one teacher to the next,” she said on camera. “It came from them, a school district, and then came all the way to where I live, and I happen to be a schoolteacher as well.” It is, indeed, a small world. The video from the balloon, plus KARE 11’s segment, can be found on the Bel Air Elementary School Web site.

Stacy Cox and her two children looked up to see this balloon and cooler hanging in one of the trees by their home in Eureka Center.


From farm fi fie eld to Garden of Eden

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – It’s hard to find a better example of a true family business than Lakeside Landscaping and Greenhouse, which after just a few short years has grown to become a notable local option for landscaping and gardening, even for things like deck furniture, fire pits and gifts. “We’ve already sold more trees [this year] than in all of last year,” said coowner Greg Strilzuk. Greg and Brenda Strilzuk have turned Brenda’s former family digs into a formidable eight-acre nursery, with two massive greenhouses, landscaping and garden supplies and an additional three acres for trees, the Lakeside scope of options has become a small-business success story, in many ways. They have even involved three of their sons, Cole, Nick and Chad, as integral parts of the business. “It’s gone from farm field to Garden of Eden!” Greg joked, as he toured the grounds and greenhouses. He has plenty of experience in the business, with three decades total in landscaping, they continually added to the homestead over the years, adding a greenhouse eight years ago, and another one more recently, giving them plenty of nursery growing room. And it just keeps growing. In the last three years, they have transformed their front yard into a modern, eclectic outdoor business, that makes use of every precious acre, which also means some of the family’s memories may have evolved. “We had cattle on the property, then began planting trees and shrubs, then we developed a greenhouse,” Brenda said. “And it became more of a retail operation ... after a lot of trial and error!” Greg had been involved in the nursery business for years, and while he now contracts with the Twin Cities-based nursery he used to work for, it took quite a while to take the big leap into their own business, especially with five kids at home. “It’s scary to take that big step,” Brenda

It’s truly a family affair at Lakeside Landscaping and Greenhouse, where the Strilzuk family is involved in all areas of operation. They are shown on the oasis patio created for mother Brenda by her sons. Pictured (L to R) are: Cole, Greg, Nick, Brenda and Chad Strilzuk. – Photos by Greg Marsten said. But they did, and the results have been notable, and a part of the family structure. The Strilzuk name is synonymous with Unity and college athletics, as the couple’s now-grown sons have gone from multi-


sport high school and college graduates into at least three of them becoming an essential part of the Lakeside structure. “It’s great being part of the family business,” son Cole Strilzuk said. “We definitely feel more invested. It gave us our livelihood!” Greg admits that it’s a lot of work to jug-

gle the various businesses around, but it’s exciting and a worthwhile position to be in. “Every year it’s bigger and bigger,” Greg said with a grin, but was slightly melancholy as he pointrf out that where the boys played football is now a garden, and where there once was a basketball court has since become a storage shed. “We used to have 10 to 12 kids out here at any one time, just playin’ around on the court,” Greg said with a little nod and a grin, as two of those sons worked on some of the business equipment in the shed beyond. The Lakeside property even has an example of all their offerings, with a unique little “oasis” patio structure with waterfall, arbor, bar and outdoor lounge, all of it furniture and styles of accessories they sell. Brenda and Greg smile wide when they recall how their sons surprised their mother with the oasis and waterfall, and how it became a spark of sorts for the whole property. “People ask all the time if they can rent it (the oasis) out for events,” Greg joked, noting that with the oasis patio expansion, they have not only built a showcase location, but showed how sons Nick and Chad have become specialists in that aspect lately, recently becoming certified professionals in block walls and patios. “They’re doing a fantastic job on that.” As if trees, shrubs, nursery, landscaping, patios, shoreline engineering, gardening, fire pits and delivery isn’t enough, they also have a Labrador retriever business for their free time. “Went from myself and her (Brenda) to 10 employees!” Greg said. “But you’ve got to love it ... every day is something different: Rebuild a patio, then a shoreline, or retaining walls and trees. Keeps me busy.” Lakeside Landscaping is located at 1472 200th Ave., about three miles north of Balsam Lake on Hwy. 46, then head east at the VFW (with the tank.) Or call 715-5542542.


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Houman's Resort celebrates 50 years A family celebrates a half century of operating the traditional but extraordinary lake resort by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer DANBURY - It was the week before the fishing opener at Houman’s, a resort that has been nestled along the Minerva Chain of Lakes, near Danbury, since 1936. There is always so much to do in the springtime when owning a resort - cabins to open and grounds to tend. This spring there is more to do with the preparation for the resort’s 50th anniversary - a half century under the ownership of the Houman family. But on this day, current resort owners Chuck and Connie Houman, Chuck’s cousin Pam, and the matriarch of Houman’s Resort, Mary Houman, were sitting at a kitchen table with piles of old photographs and photo albums filled with snapshots of guest families, many who come to the resort faithfully every year, generation after generation. A reporter was called in because the 50th-anniversary events are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and there are anniversary events to talk about ... but mostly it was a morning of remembering. The basic facts are simple. Mary and her late husband, Bill, didn’t build the resort. It had been there since 1936, soon after the dam on Loon Creek was built that formed the magnificent lakes around the resort. The Houmans purchased the 43-acre resort in 1962 from Myron Howland. The Houmans had three boys, two in high school and one in fifth grade, to help them operate the resort that featured 14 twobedroom cabins. Fifty years later all but one of the old

Connie, Chuck and Mary Houman shown (L to R) in the Houman’s Resort bar. While there have been changes to the bar over the last 50 years, it still has a classic north-woods feel, and it still is the resort guests “go to” place for food and fun. - Photos by Sherill Summer cabins have been refurnished with modern necessities - such as indoor plumbing, gas stoves, and refrigerators to replace the iceboxes. All 13 renovated cabins are still in use. A campground for trailers and RVs has been developed up the hill from the lake. The resort restaurant-bar has also changed over 50 years, but is still the classic north woods, horseshoe bar. The best stories, however, always started whenever someone at the kitchen table asked Mary to tell the reporter about

... The stories drift from historical facts to stories of people and what they did, then back again. There was the story of the Houman family moving from Hudson where the neighborhood was filled with kids to rural Danbury where there were few kids that lived here yeararound. There were so few kids that it wasn’t a bus that picked them up for school, but Wierchem’s nine-passenger station wagon. There was the ever-popular “kids night” every Wednesday. The choice of music on the jukebox and the food on Wednesday always had the kids in mind. The kids loved it even if the their parents had to chaperone (otherwise they were not allowed in the bar). There was also the late-night revelry, very late-night revelry, whenever the late Tom Cashman had his trumpet. There was the idiot stick - a musical instrument that involved door springs and a can - that was a New Year’s

Andy Houman with his catch when he was about 8. Andy is current owner Chuck and Connie’s son. Some advantages of growing up on a resort are that there are always kids to play with, and the resort guests love it if you go fishing with them, since you know where the fish are. Eve tradition. Mary always led the revelry on New Year’s Eve with a blond wig and a silver-sequined dress. It seems that the Houmans couldn’t go anywhere without meeting a resort guest, in Madison or Las Vegas - someone would walk up to her and say, “Mary Houman! What are you doing here?”

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Bill and Mary Houman in a photo taken 50 years ago. When former resort owner Myron Howland asked the Houmans if they wanted to purchase the resort, their first answer was that they didn’t have any money. Once the Houmans bought the resort, they found out what it was really like not having money as they started the business with only $17 in the checking account. Even back in 1962 that was not very much money, especially as there were three boys to care for. Friends predicted that the Houmans would never make it.

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The joy of butterfl fliies in our midst A spring trek from Crex to Namekagon by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BURNETT COUNTY – The corner of James and Klotts roads at the northeast corner of Crex Meadows looks like an ordinary sandy intersection. Look again. Saturday, May 12, there were 15 species of butterflies in the plants and trees along the edge of Klotts Road, plus many newly emerged dragonflies. There was also a wide array of spring plants raising their yellow and white flowers throughout the sandy hillside. We are surrounded by nature’s hidden surprises if we know where to look and what to look for. Fortunately, there are people who know what is around us and love to share their knowledge with others, people such as Dean Hansen. Hansen is enthusiastic about butterflies and each year he shares his knowledge with others. Last Saturday, Hansen led a group on his annual butterfly trek from Crex Meadows to the Namekagon Barrens. The group included some of the top butterfly experts, naturalists and photographers in the area and some lucky “amateurs” who received an introduction to the special and colorful neighbors. Butterflies on the wing have a short life span. Right now, close to 40 winged beauties are out there in the area, from the large and colorful mourning cloak, painted lady, and red admiral to some very small butterflies that might be easily missed, tiny elfins and skippers. Each has its own habitat, its own favorite food and its own plant host. Hansen and his friends know where the butterflies should be and when they might be there. The group of 20 trekked into the woods and prairies at Reed Lake, along Haus and Airfield roads in the Town of Swiss, and on to the vast Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area. This area is not barren at all but teeming with surprises such as a hognosed snake that did not want our company and, thanks to the guidance of the

Group picture of the Crex Namekagon crew. – Photo by Mo Whalen

The tiny butterflies can be held to look at their special markings. With a delicate touch, they can be released and will flutter away. naturalist Barb Delaney, a soon-to-blossom stemless ladyslipper or moccasin flower. A bit of warning: driving Spring Brook Road at present is exciting, a bit like racing through sand dunes. The butterflies are out there waiting for you. Head out and explore. You don’t need to wait for Hansen’s next trek. Crex Meadows will have a Sea of Blue walk Wednesday, May 30, with a chance to see

Dean Hansen showed the trekkers some of the butterflies they might except to see. – Photos by Gregg Westigard unless otherwise noted

Closing in on a special butterfly on the wing. the rare Karner blue butterfly. There are good guides to butterflies in the area. Mike Reese, one of the Saturday trekkers, maintains a Web site at Jeffrey Fischer, also part of the group, has a site at eco-, which opens up to a wide variety of this area’s natural setting. The book “Butterflies of the North Woods” by Larry Weber identifies 125 species of butterflies found in the area. Enjoy.

A group of trekkers gather around a butterfly feeding on its host plant.

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Sid, the Houman's Resort mascot, changes with the seasons. Currently, it looks as if he has fishing on his mind. – Photo by Sherill Summer

Cabin No. 12 as it looked when the Houmans first purchased the resort 50 years ago, before the two-bedroom cabins had indoor plumbing, refrigerators, gas stoves and the like. Life has changed since then for everyone. One of the winter chores that has gone by the wayside since then is cutting and storing ice for use in the cabins, and the endless cutting of wood. – Photo submitted

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on the ground prying rocks out of the mud. I’m still working with my friend, Mary, on her gardening, and this gardening business is Carrie Classon tougher than I was led to understand. I was tasked with the job of creating a shallow trench that ran the length of a walkway so we could lay in paving stones. The ironic thing (“ironic” being a more polite word than “irritating,” “frustrating” or “infuriating”) was that in order to make room for the stones, I had to remove a lot of stones. These stones, buried in the mud, had been there a long time. Working close to the river, I was in what had been the riverbed a few thousand years ago. I was prying loose rocks that had been tumbled in water until they sunk to the bottom of the river. I could almost see how the current had packed them tightly together as I acted like a counter-current and tried (with slow but eventual success) to unearth them and toss them out of their primeval home. The stones did not appear to be in favor of the move. Each stone I removed revealed another stone, buried beneath the topsoil and sand. I dug the stone with my shovel, my trowel and eventually my hands until I was able to extricate it from its home. Then I found another stone. My annoyance with the number of stones faded once I understood that I was actually in the riverbed, sitting on the bottom of an ancient river. Of course there were stones. I imagined deep waters flowing over these rocks and unseen fish swimming over my head. The stones, I realized, were beautiful and would have been even more so underwater. Deep red and greenish blue, they had been tumbled smooth and randomly mixed together wherever the fierce currents had deposited them long ago. Sitting in the mud, I imagined the ancient river that


used to be. Painstakingly removing stone after stone, I thought of how much I missed hidden beneath a thin layer of topsoil. I wrote last week that writing honestly about my private life is just an admission that I am going through the messy and imperfect process of being human— and this is true. But something else happens, I have noticed, when I freely talk about the currents that have tumbled me about over the years. In revealing myself, I become more aware of how we all have a deep layer of colorful, tumbled rock lying beneath the surface. By peeking beneath my own thin layer of topsoil, I become more empathetic to the fierce and secret joys and sorrows that create the riverbed of our experience. In my relationship with Daniel, it is not enough to know where the big stones are buried. It also helps to appreciate that those stones did not get there by magic. Strong currents made him who he is today. By respecting and understanding this past, I become less annoyed if I stumble over a rock when I was expecting soft soil. Imagining that long-ago river raging where daffodils now bloom replaces impatience with compassion. Remembering there are rocks buried just beneath, I am better able to imagine the strong currents that brought these rocks to their current resting place. Late in the afternoon, covered in mud, I was greeted by a woman who had been watching my labors. “When you dig up an old riverbed you’re gonna find some rocks,” she said. That’s just what I was thinking. Till next time, – Carrie

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I came home from work last week and something was different. It wasn’t that I was later or earlier than usual but something just did- John W. Ingalls n’t seem the same. It is the strangest feeling when this happens when you sense something is new or changed or out of place but you really aren’t sure. Then you begin to doubt if something really was changed or if you just think something changed. That particular day I just couldn’t be sure. At dinnertime I looked uncomfortably around the room. Was the furniture moved? The room painted a new color? How about carpeting? New appliances? New dishes? I had a heightened sense of alertness that I normally didn’t have after a long day of work. I didn’t dare ask because if there wasn’t anything new I didn’t want to be perceived as being paranoid and if there was something new I didn’t want to be viewed as being oblivious to the obvious. I chewed my dinner slowly as my eyes darted around the room. I would figure it out. I cautiously tried the green Jell-O with pears. It tasted fine. I swallowed. I remembered she had been watching a true crime story on television a couple of

Cyclova XC’s Emalea Langraf tells the Brownies that if your Lake O’ the Dalles Brownie Grace Bergstrom leads a line of knees hurt, you’re not riding a bike that fits. – Photos submit- girls giving a thumbs-up before they take off for a bike ride ted through Interstate Park. nights past. The investigation and subsequent jury trial focused on a woman who had poisoned her husband with antifreeze mixed into green gelatin. Apparently her plan was MD successful because years later she tried the same thing with her second husband. I used the napkin to dab my brow. So far I was still husband number one. “So how was your day dear?” I wondered silently if some small talk would bring out the plan or the change or whatever appeared to be so obviously different. “Fine.” She smiled back. No information, no clues. “More Jell-O?” “Is it cold in here or is it just me?” I felt a shiver up the back of my neck. “Don’t worry, you won’t freeze.” “I have been looking around the room and I have a feeling something is different. Did you make some changes in here … somewhere?” I pushed the bowl of green gelatin to the side as I watched her eyes. She flipped her hair back just a bit and reached for her glass. “I didn’t change anything in here. Why?” “Well I was just thinking … something seems different, but I really can’t be sure.”

The evening progressed without event. My bubbling paranoia simmered down just a bit yet I continued thinking that I would soon discover the elusive but obvious difference in front of me. Then it hit me. It wasn’t the house, it was her. There was something different about her, but what was it? I avoided staring but would glance at her discreetly when she wasn’t looking. Thinking couldn’t reveal it and looking didn’t find it either. I rested. Certain to discover the difference eventually, I went about my life as if nothing had changed. However, it wasn’t until Sunday morning while greeting some friends that I was able to finally see things in a different light. Another woman casually walked up to her. “I like what you did with your hair.” “Hair?” I asked. “I thought there was something different about you!” There was no way to salvage my lack of sensitivity and inability to see the difference. Men can see the obvious color differences between a silver Ford truck and a silver Chevy truck. Men can hear the subtle differences between two different turkey calls. Men can taste the differences between 13 different barbecue sauces at a rib cook-off but don’t expect a man to notice a haircut. “Next time you cut your hair, warn me or put a sign out in the yard.” I pleaded my case. “Just … don’t make me think.”


Historic places and events often have myths woven in and around them. These seek to help explain what most likely occurred back in “de olden times.” Sometimes myths are fantasies based on partial fact; some are more “creative” than others. Many merely point toward the reality they spring from. Some persist, while others are disproved in the light of research. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park has a number of myths associated with it – about both the original fur trade commemorated by the park, and the modernday reconstruction. This week I’ll tackle a couple of these myths and seek to unravel their mystery. Our starting point is the park’s name. Folle Avoine refers to the name by which the fur traders of the late 1700s-early 1800s knew the region. Why? There was no state called Wisconsin until 1848; indeed, the United States had no political or military influence ‘til the 1820s after the Americans built Fort Snelling near the present-day Twin Cities. For two centuries before, however, the fur traders and their voyageur canoemen – many of them (but not all) French Canadian – knew the region by the French name for wild rice. Folle Avoine thus means the “Wild Rice Country.” The Forts designation creates lots of confusion, however, as nowadays that term almost always is used in its military connotation. Back then this wasn’t always the case. Many times “forts” did not mean a place with soldiers about, but merely referred to a log compound (or even a single log hut) called a fur post by some, and a fort by others. Forts back then was a generic term used to refer to more than simply a military designation. Indeed, often fur posts did have fences called stockades around them, but they served several nonmilitary functions. They look substantial, even if they’re just a series of pointed sticks placed haphazardly in the ground. But think about it – a 21st century

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But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way – this is not easy.” – Aristotle. The February 29 issue of the Inter-County Leader reported the story of Ryan Waalen who, in a fit of rage and jealousy, broke into the home of his estranged wife, ripped a TV from the wall, threw a computer monitor, damaged furniture, slashed her tires and beat her while she held their 11-month-old son. In his statement, Waalen said he just “lost it.” Sadly, this isn’t all that uncommon. At home, work and school, people are “losing it” all the time. Most often it doesn’t make headlines. Still, to the spouse left shaking with rage, or a child left to muddle through another school day, awash in the buzz of a morning argument – that’s no consolation. Clearly, we all want to control our tempers. So why is this often so difficult? Let’s start by taking a look at the root of all passion – an almond-shaped bundle of cells just above the brain stem called the amygdala. The amygdala acts as storehouse, and a trip wire, of emotional memory, and energy. Without it, we are stripped of the vibrant emotion that makes us human. Empathy, compassion, rage, love? Gone. The problem is that the neocortex – the part of the brain responsible for rational thought we’ll call “Sherlock Holmes” – evolved after the center for emotion which we’ll call “Drama Queen.” The result is that a relatively small and unthinking part of your brain, given the job of painting events with emotion, has also been given the keys to all of the rest of it. In other words, Drama Queen, through her vast array of neural connections, can, during emotional emergencies, completely hijack Sherlock Holmes. Don’t get me wrong. Passion has its place. But during periods of high stress, whom would you rather have driving the bus: Lindsey Lohan or Sherlock Holmes? Can we manage our emotional lives with intelligence? Is it possible to rein in Lohan and give the keys back to Holmes? We’d better hope so. Beyond the obvious pain and expense these emotional outbursts cause, a stimulated amygdala also impairs our ability to process informa-

shopping mall has an impressive exFar from it – the site is an educaterior, albeit grander than pointed tional, nonprofit entity. It stands on sticks. county-owned land leased to the Ah, but those fur post stockade Burnett County Historical Society, walls also cut off wind and snowwhich in turn uses the park mainly drifts, secured the supplies and as one associated with the fur trade trade goods and minimized locks era, with many programs, classes and other barriers. If there were and tours devoted to that topic. Woodswhimsy problems with rival tribes or with Given that the site is expansive, the gnome other traders in the area, well yes, it there are other educational venues could be used as a defensive device, there, such as an old schoolhouse, but that wasn’t necessarily its priblacksmith shop, library, and mumary function. Of course, movies seum/visitors center which augment and TV might show it differently – the offerings. But, first and foremost, their versions stem from a need to the site exists to creatively interpret create a mythology with lots of acfur trade times. Bottom line, the tion and especially conflict. park’s intent to educate, while it incorporates enterIn point of fact, the original dwellers of what we call tainment, is more myth buster than than myth maker Forts Folle Avoine may not have even referred to it as ... or it tries to be. a fort. There were other forts/trading posts in the reThere are loads of other myths associated with Forts gion which could be called the same thing – as long as Folle Avoine that could be covered but, alas, I’m out of they were within the geographical zone south of Lake space for this week’s woodwhimsian wisdom. So I’ll Superior drained by the Brule-St. Croix watershed, need to catch up with some of the oodles of myths surthey were within the Folle Avoine area. Two journals – rounding Forts Folle Avoine in future columns. Otherby traders George Nelson and Michel Curot – from the wise, those scary humans known as editors might take original crew do not refer to their buildings as anyup gnome hunting. Gnome hunting? Didn’t I warn thing more than “the fort” and/or “our house.” But you about myths? once the site was rediscovered and eventually the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located on CTH buildings rebuilt, it needed a name – that’s when the U, two miles west of the Hwy. 35/CTH U intersection “forts” designation was combined with the regional north of Webster in Burnett County’s Yellow Lakes “Folle Avoine” name. Yellow River Fur Post or somearea. The site’s tours and summer programs resume thing similar was considered, but in the end Forts Memorial Day weekend. The museum and adminisFolle Avoine was chosen as the official name of the trative offices are also open weekdays until then. Call “new”/old site, despite the confusion it causes. It is, 715-866-8890 for further info. after all, a tad intriguing. Tied into this, we might as well discuss another Signed, modern myth – the notion that Forts Folle Avoine is a Woodswhimcy commercial venture like, for instance, Wisconsin Dells.

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Danish culture and immigration topic of historical society meeting BALSAM LAKE - The Polk County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 22, at the Justice Center in Balsam Lake, Community Room, at 7:15 p.m. This month’s program will host Marguerite (Marge) Hallquist. Hallquist is a native of the Amery area and is a retired history teacher. She will speak on Danish culture and immigration to this area. She was president of the Polk County Historical Society from 1995 until 2002. Her interest in Danish culture stems from her grandpar-

ents who emigrated from Denmark to the Town of Bone Lake in the late 1800s. She attended a Danish folk school at Rodding, Denmark, and an Elderhostel on Danish culture at Dana College in Iowa. The largest concentration of Danes is around Luck, Milltown and Cushing. All are welcome to attend this lively discussion. Refreshments with a freewill donation follows. For further information contact Muriel Pfeifer at 715-268-6578. - submitted

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FREDERIC – Poems written by Kendra Erickson, daughter of Heidi and Rex Erickson, won awards in the eighth-annual teen poetry contest hosted by the Polk County Library Federation. Erickson’s poem “Imagination” won second place in her age division, and her poem “Winter” won honorable mention. Erickson is in eighth grade at Frederic and in addition to writing Kendra Erickson poetry and reading she enjoys sports, school and hanging out with friends. She is a founding member of the Frederic Library teen book group and volunteers with the children’s programs. Erickson was urged to submit her poems by teen book group coordinator Marlene Nelson, whose persistence paid off. Here is Erickson’s poem, “Imagination.”

Imagination I am the pirate, sailing the seas. I am the sharks, waiting the feast. I am the soldier, fighting the war. I am the killing you’ve grown to adore. I am the adventurer, stealing the treasure. I am the cannibals, waiting in pleasure. I am the hero, defeating the troll. I am the parasite, drinking your soul. I am the king, wearing the crown. I am the uprising, bringing you down. I am the lovers, embracing in rain. I am the reason you’re going insane. I am the dreams inside of your head. I am the monster under your bed. I am the evil making you scream. I am the demon of everything you dream. I am imagination. - submitted

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50 Years Ago

A controversy was brewing over a dam built by Tolbert Schilling on Straight Lake at the town line between the towns of Luck and Bone Lake. Schilling destroyed the dam when ordered to do so, but Boy Scouts from Albert Lea, Minn., who were interested in property on the lake, filled the opening in the dam with rocks to maintain the water level. The lake was said to have many large northerns, and Schilling had put in the dam to beautify the area and had created a public access on his land.-One of the houses sold to make way for the new St. Dominic Catholic Church building was moved to the Alfred Carlson farm to replace the home destroyed by fire earlier in the spring.-It must have been a warm spring. Darwin, Max, Renn and Perry Karl and Ed Greinke Jr. were shown swimming in Knapp Creek on May 15.-Mary Dolan retired after 20 years at the Leader office in Siren.-May 19 was Poppy Day in Siren.-Robert Perno, Grantsburg dairy farmer, announced his candidacy for state Senate from the 23rd District.-Over 200 people attended the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Oddie Selmyhr, Webster.-Carlson’s Hardware, Frederic, advertised lead-free white exterior paint, $3.98/gallon.There would be coonhound field trials, sponsored by the Town and Country Coonhound Club of Minneapolis, at the farm of Clint Norine, rural Frederic.-Funeral services were held for Rudolph Evenson, 84, said to have been the first white child born in the Town of Clam Falls.

40 Years Ago

Marion Owens, 1970 Frederic grad and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Owens, was a district finalist in the Alice in Dairyland contest and would compete June 8-10 in Fort Atkinson for the state title.-Barry Zevan, the weatherman, would be the guest speaker at Luck’s graduation ceremonies. Forty-five seniors were graduating on May 21, and Luck’s valedictorian was Jeanne Pedersen, and salutatorian was Carol Henriksen.-Webster’s valedictorian was Dianne Gravesen and salutatorian was Ruth Olson, and 59 were graduating.-Kathy Kemp and Kay Friberg would represent Frederic at Badger Girls and Badger Boys State.-Sherril Heath and Carolyn Foote, Webster High students, were chosen for the International Fellowship Student Exchange Program and would spend three months in South America.-Two Frederic organists won first-place awards at the eighth-annual Upper Midwest Hammond Organ contest at St. Thomas College. They were Susan Anderson, a 1972 Frederic graduate, and John Harlander competing in the age 12-14 group. John also won the Grand Award trophy at the close of the contest.-Herbert Dale Smiley, Webster Class of ’72, would become a West Point Cadet in July.-There were at least 40 young people from Polk and Burnett counties graduating from UW-River Falls.-The USDA reported a decline in honey production in 1971, 11 percent below the previous year. The nation’s 1972 output was 206,336,000 pounds.

20 Years Ago

Luck’s Class of ’92 would graduate May 15, with Satoshi Kinoshita, valedictorian, and Sheila Sorenson, salutatorian. Valedictorian at Frederic was Tina Legler, and salutatorian was Jennifer Fossum. Frederic’s commencement would be May 17.-The Seeds for the Soviets project produced several large boxes of donated vegetable seeds, which would be carried by three Americans in their luggage to Novosibersk, Russia, along with medical supplies, where they would be distributed to schoolteachers, church leaders and farmers to be further shared with the villagers for their gardens. The Americans planned to bring other aid in the form of training and information.-A foot doctor, Dr. Rex Huber, was added to the staff of Indianhead Medical Center, Frederic and Shell Lake.-The Dana College concert band, from Blair, Nev., would perform at Luck Lutheran Church May 21.-The new Frederic Care Center was nearing completion, with photos showing the progress published in this paper.-Longtime Frederic resident and businessman Ray Moats died May 10.Obituaries included Cherry Basham, Richard Reinceccius, Ray Hoverman, Gary Brandt, Lewis Durand, Einar Bergstrom and Thomas Brown.-The new Friends of Forts Folle Avoine would hold an organizational meeting May 16.-Webster’s delegates to Badger Boys State and Girls State were Theodore Mitchell and Stephanie Nelson.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi everyone - hope all of the mothers and grandmothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for your special day. I actually think it should be Mother’s Day every day, but then the dads would have something to say about that. Mom has been busy in the garden and Dad trying to keep up with all the grass cutting. It’s very tiring to hang around and supervise to make sure they’re doing it right - it’s a dog’s life, I mean what else can we do. They don’t appreciate the excavating that we do, Mom’s grumbling about filling in the holes. Things remain busy at the shelter with so many dogs and cats looking to be adopted. Did you know that for the month of May our adoption prices for cats are half off the regular $75 fee? The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, shots up to date and microchipping. There are lots of great kitties like Mary just waiting to find that special person to welcome into their family, you won’t be disappointed!. The four Golden Girls are now available for adoption. These cute Labrador retrievers cross puppies are a bundle of love and kisses and fun to watch as they play and exBlanche

Happy Tails Await Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Duke is an older gentleman, a dalmatian Lab mix. He moves a little slower but his heart is still in it. Duke enjoys a walk with a pal or a nap on the lawn. He doesn’t have much patience for rambunctious young pups, but he does enjoy posing as a hand rest next to your chair. Duke came to the shelter as a stray. He is probably close to 10 years old. He is a dog who was once well cared for, a loving companion to someone. It is sad to think of him looking for a new home at this stage of his life, but that is the case. Duke is looking for a home with a slower pace; a home that finds satisfaction in watching an older dog enjoying a dream during his after-


YAPpenings Sadie plore. If you haven’t guessed it by now, their names are Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia. Of the five older pups, both Megan and Isabella have settled into their new homes Cajun and are doing great. Cajun, Lexis and Duncan are still waiting patiently for you to scoop them up and take them home. Our next project that we’re fundraising for is a new shed. A wonderful friend of the shelter, Mike Foley, is going to build and contribute toward it so if you can find it in your heart to help us out that would be fabulous. We need the shed up before winter as we’re not sure our existing three small sheds will make it through the winter. We use the sheds for storing all our supplies, tools and bagged noon nap or moseying around the yard. Donations for the shelter garage sale are trickling in. We are ready for the onslaught. Bring your “not-used-in-sometime” treasures to the shelter and we will turn Duke them into silver for the animals. The sale is Saturday, June 9, this year. We are accepting garage sale donations through Sunday, June 3, at the shelter, 185 Griffin St. East during business hours or by appointment. Please call ahead if you have large items; we will be happy to give you a taxdeductible receipt for your contributions to our sale. Visit the shelter pets when you come to drop off

Siren news

715-349-2964 Last week and into the weekend had been rather hectic in bear country. Monday morning found me rather down and depressed. I finally finished what I had to do and we headed once again for Rice Lake. Once there, however, I soon perked up. I looked at a small pond and there, swimming, was a goose with about eight little ones swimming in a row behind her. Not much farther down the road were two geese by a larger pond, each with little ones, hassling over a spot on the beach while trying to keep their little ones together. Later in the day, as we arrived home, I found we had orioles in the grape jelly feeder and rosebreasted grosbeaks fighting for space in my sunflower feeder. Before dark I thought I saw movement by the hummingbird feeder so I sat down to watch, sure enough, there he was, the little jewels of the garden had returned. Talk about a lift to one’s spirits, spring has finally arrived, at least in my book. We got a jolt of reality again in the middle of the week when we woke one morning to find the bird

yard a mess plus he left us a calling card to clean up. Down around Dunham Lake however, they are really having problems. Several sows with cubs, a lone juvenile and even a sneaky bugger who only comes at night. Seems the DNR are lax in their duties as far as keeping the bear population in check. Maybe they need to put out more bear permits before someone gets hurt or worse. Naomi Glover has returned home from her almost month vacation. She traveled several southern states. Nice to have you home and hope to learn more about your travels soon. Sympathy to the family of Kenneth Haug who passed away May 1. Sympathy to the family of Elna Wambolt who passed away May 7. For those of you who are of Scandinavian descent or just enjoy that kind of food, stop in at the Siren Methodist Church this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and enjoy the men’s group’s Scandinavian frukost breakfast. Adults just $5 and kids 10 and

pet food. The other project we need to do before winter is the gutters. Thank you to everyone that answered our call for dog chow, puppy chow and other supplies, Mary you really are amazing. This week, Jenny tells me that they badly need stuffed toys for my canine friends to play with. I know we like them around here, especially Maya, so I’m guessing it’s no different at the shelter. Anyway, if you have stuffed animals to spare (no beanies please) we’d love to have them. Don’t forget our wine and cheese fundraiser at Clover Meadow Wineries on Saturday, June 16. It should be a fun and relaxing afternoon, so please come out and join us, we’d love to meet you. Oh yes, and watch for our next newsletter which we hope to have out in the mail early June. “Happiness is a warm puppy!” – Charles M. Schulz Have a great week everyone. Licks and tail wags. 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. your garage sale goodies. Sedona, the magnificent pit bull, and Tony, the creampuff brindle pit bull mix, are super smart and friendly. They will show off their obedience skills and happy smiling faces. Charlotte is a 2-year-old declawed gray tabby with spunk. She gets along with other cats and likes to stay busy. Willie still waits for a home that wants a super-friendly orange tabby cat. He is handsome and playful. Bobber is a large black and white neutered male with extra toes on his front and back paws. He would rather be the one and only cat in your home. Lizzy, Lana and Nadine are now 3 months old. They have been purring as loudly as they know how for each and every visitor, but as yet, no one has taken these lovebugs home. They all need good homes. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715268-7387 or online:

Bev Beckmark under $3. After you enjoy your breakfast, take a gander at all the great homemade baked goods made by the Methodist ladies, we have some great bakers here. Come early as the best things always go early. After breakfast and shopping for baked goods, why not stroll or drive around town as it’s Siren’s Lilac Fest. You can find all kinds of things to see and do. There’s even a communitywide garage and yard sale all over town for you bargain hunters or a farmers market and lilac sale at the Lakeview Event Center from 1 – 3 p.m., this event is put on by the Siren Chamber of Commerce. Art and Bev Beckmark visited at the home of Rudy and Pat Solomonson and their daughter Mary Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to elementary student Ciera Oiyotte, middle schooler Aubri Larson and high schooler Graham Hall for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Way to go guys.

Wisconsin Interstate Park Summer fun at Wisconsin Interstate Park Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the summer season at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Whatever outdoor activities you enjoy, you’ll find that a variety of recreational opportunities await you at the park. Interstate Park has two campgrounds with a total of 85 family campsites, and a primitive group camp that accommodates 60 people. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling toll-free 888-WI-PARKS (888947-2757). Visitors may picnic in several different areas of the park. Picnic tables and grills are available as well as open shelters that can be reserved for group picnics. There is an excellent swimming beach and beach house at scenic Lake O’ the Dalles. The best way to discover all that Interstate has to offer is by hiking some of the nine miles of trails found throughout the park. Scenic overlooks provide the hiker with views of the spectacular scenery, while along the way Interstate’s abundant wildlife, wildflowers and birds may be seen. To enhance your visit to the park, join the natural-

ist for a nature program. Summer naturalist programs are offered beginning Friday, May 25, of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Explore the trails, ponder the potholes, or hear the colorful history of the St. Croix River Valley during a guided hike or activity. The Wisconsin Explorer program offers another opportunity for adults and children, ages 3 and up, to learn about nature together. Activities are clearly described in the free Wisconsin Explorer booklets, available at the park office and the Ice Age center. Children completing a variety of activities will receive a free embroidered patch. At the Ice Age Interpretive Center, open daily, visitors can view exhibits to learn about the frozen history of Wisconsin and the gifts of the glacier. In the auditorium a 20-minute film, “Night of the Sun,” tells the story of glaciation in Wisconsin. The film is shown daily upon request. Shop for a souvenir in the Glacier’s Gifts gift shop in the lobby. Visit Wisconsin Interstate Park this summer; everyone is welcome! The park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. A vehicle entrance sticker is required. Daily stickers are $7/Wisconsin resident or $10/nonr e s i d e n t .

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Peterson accepted. ForDave more information call the park at 715We sure had great weather for the weekend. It was especially nice on Mother’s Day. The winners for Spades were Arnie Borchert, Norma Nelson, Arvid Pearson and Larry Anderson. The winners for 500 were Flo Antiel, Darlene Groves, Dellories Potter and Brittani Hughes. The nine-bid winner was Micky Kilmer. We have had some new players for our activities. Remember that we play Spades at 1 p.m. on Monday, 500 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pokeno at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The nutrition center serves a noon meal at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Hope to see you at the center.


Nelson/Lewis Glen and Lois Nelson, Milltown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Greta Nelson, to Mitchell Lewis. Mitchell is the son of Gary and Paige Lewis, of Hudson. Greta is a graduate of UW-River Falls and works for the Hudson School District as a second-grade teacher. Mitchell is a graduate of UW-La Crosse and works for Target Corporation in Minneapolis, Minn. A July wedding is planned. - submitted

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Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Donna Hines, Sharon Syverson, Diana and Karen Mangelsen and Marlene Swearingen were guests of Nina Hines Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing card. The Lakeview UM Church mother-daughter banquet was held at the Pour House in Siren Wednesday evening. Twenty-nine women and one girl attended. Cheryl and Hannah Starr gave a humorous presentation titled “What My Mother Taught Me.” Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to Siren Saturday morning to watch granddaughter Patty Close play volleyball in a seventh-grade tournament. Lawrence, Nina and Donna Hines, Lida Nordquist and Karen Mangelsen went to Richfield, Minn., Saturday afternoon and attended a bridal shower for Kristie Sweet, Donna’s granddaughter. It was held at the home of Sue Harrison. Karen and Hank Mangelsen visited Sue and Roger Mroszak Saturday evening. Gerry and Donna Hines took Ann Srachta out to eat Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. Lida Nordquist and Nina and Lawrence Hines joined Joleen, Richard, Rick, Angie, Robb and Randi Funk for dinner at the Pour House Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. Brian, Justin, Barry and Josh Hines came to visit Donna and Gerry Hines Sunday afternoon. They wished Donna a happy Mother’s Day. Hank and Karen Mengelsen were lunch and supper guests of Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Sunday. April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close were there also to celebrate Mother’s Day.


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Fran Krause and Naomi Glover were Mother’s Day dinner guests of the Mark Krause family. Brad Krause played on the Webster soccer team and they won two games on Sunday. The Webster class trip will be Wednesday. Kathryn Krause has finished the school year and is working. Allyson will finish this week. The Wisconsin Extension Association will be 100 years old this June with a party at Lambeau Field. Amy Childers visited Jack and LaVonne O’Brien on Friday. She will finish her school year at UW - Superior this week. Mother’s Day guests at Jack and LaVonne O’Brien's were Mike O’Brien, Bob O’Brien, Tim and Vikki O’Brien and Tom and Becky O’Brien.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Birth announcement Born at St. Croix Falls Medical Center:

A boy, Daniel Nathan Jorgenson, born April 26, 2012, to Jennifer and Nathan Jorgenson, Luck. Daniel weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Spencer A. Hoff, born April 29, 2012, to Lucas and Stacie Hoff, Osceola, Spencer weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A girl, Ella Jo Ann Schleusner, born April 30, 2012, to Nicholas and Errin Schleusner, Luck. Ella weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A boy, Beckett John Wollan, born April 30, 2012,

to Anne and Jerod Wollan, Amery. Beckett weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Alex Elizabeth Benson, born May 2, 2012, to Sarah and Ryan Benson, Siren. Alex weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Aaron Steven Metz, born May 3, 2012, to Marianne and Dennis Metz, Shafer, Minn. Aaron weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Easton James Holcomb, born May 5, 2012, to Michelle and John Holcomb, Isanti, Minn. Easton weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.

Academic news GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, honored students who have applied to graduate in May or at the end of summer session in August. More than 900 UW-Green Bay students were eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Dresser David Lemke, Master of Science in management. - submitted ••• MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato, had more than 1,500 students graduate during spring/summer commencement exercises held Saturday, May 5, in Bresnan Arena at the Taylor Center on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Undergraduate students receiving recognition included 142 students graduating summa cum laude, 324 students graduating magna cum laude and 273 students graduating cum laude. Awarded at the undergraduate level were 41 Associate of Arts degrees, 146 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 19 Bachelor of Athletic Training degrees, 34 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, two Bachelor of Music degrees, 1,670 Bachelor of Science degrees, 80 Bachelor of Science in engineering degrees, and 31 Bachelor of Science in social work degrees.

Cloverton Cemetery cleanup is tomorrow, Friday, May 18, beginning at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the town hall after the cleanup. It skipped two generations, but the good music is making a comeback. Ron and Sharon Proffit went to Elk Mound last week for Grandparent’s Day. They were thrilled to hear the kids singing a 1958 hit “Rockin' Robin” by Bobby Day. The next few days were spent showing their kids how to dance to this fast music. The teachers are already on as the kids had an idea; they typed in “American Bandstand” on the computer. Ron and Sharon were so happy

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to see the kids really dancing. On this visit, they were also able to take in two of Marcus’ baseball games, and to go to a track meet with 14-year-old grandson Lucas. On the way home on Friday they stopped in Cameron and had a visit with daughter, Renelle. Ed Carlson Sr. called form his home in La Crosse on Saturday and told us that this month his son, Ed, and family will be moving into the Donald Arendt farm in Dairyland. We all welcome this young family back into the area.


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Summer reading is crucial to prevent your child’s reading skills from slipping during the summer months away from school. The following online resources may help to encourage your child or teen to read throughout the summer. • and These sites are great sources to discover new books in children’s and teen’s fiction. • A free program where kids log reading minutes and read for the world record. • Look up your favorite author’s name and find new authors who write like your favorite author.


Graduate level degrees presented included 107 Master of Arts degrees, 22 Master of Business Administration degrees, 18 Master of Fine Arts degrees, five Master of Music degrees, 13 Master of Public Administration degrees, 27 Master of Science degrees, 30 Master of Science in nursing degrees, 29 Master of Social Work degrees, and 16 specialist degrees. Four Doctor of Education and two Doctor of Nursing degrees were awarded. Amery Cady Morel, Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering; Frederic Lisa Chelmo, Bachelor of Science, mass communications, magna cum laude; Grantsburg Aaron Berner, Bachelor of Science, construction management; Luck Kasie DeNucci, Bachelor of Science, dental hygiene; Robyn Watt, Bachelor of Science, nursing; and Osceola Shalane Pruno, Bachelor of Science, social work, cum laude. - submitted


Grantsburg Public Library

• Local author Susan Segelstrom’s book signing is Saturday, May 26. Segelstrom is the author of “A Lasting Legacy: Canute Anderson” and “The Wood Lake Village.” Both books offer insight into the history of Northwest Wisconsin. • Friends of the Grantsburg Library drawing for the quilt raffle, Saturday, June 2. Purchase raffle tickets for the beautiful handmade quilt at the library. • After-school reading program, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Contact your child’s teacher for a referral. • Preschool story time is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stratton Mckinley displays his snowmobile artwork. of Know other area youth whose artwork should be shared? Let staff at the library know.

• Youth chess club is Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Library hours and information

Monday noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday noon – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. The contact information for the library is 715463-2244; Web site is and now you can follow the library on Facebook.

Frederic Blood Drive May 24 FREDERIC – There is always a need for blood at the American Red Cross. It’s not only used in emergency situations such as tornados and accidents, but many people battling cancer need several transfusions during the process of going through treatment. Now is the time to help replenish the blood bank. The Frederic Lioness Club is sponsoring

the blood drive that will be held Thursday, May 24, from 1 p. m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the St. Luke Methodist Church on the corner of Linden and Hwy. 35. Appointments can be made by calling Phyllis Wilder at 715-3278951 or Phyllis Meyer at 715-327-8972. submitted

Pruning workshop to be held ST. CROIX FALLS – Always confused and/or uncertain about pruning those trees and shrubs? Most of us are. The Polk County Master Gardeners volunteers have an opportunity to provide what promises to be an excellent pruning workshop. Dan Sandeger of Abrahamson Nursery will be giving a pruning workshop on Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at their greenhouse on Hwy. 35 just south of St. Croix Falls. As we all can appreciate, this is a very busy time for Abrahamson

Nursery, however, Sandeger has graciously agreed to present this workshop and it will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is free and open to the public - you don’t have to be master gardeners to attend. Please join them, get some great tips on pruning those trees and shrubs, and enjoy an evening at their greenhouse. Any questions, please call either Jackie at 715-268-8786 or Sally at 715-268-2926. – submitted

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Honors breakfast

The Frederic High School honored students that earned an academic letter and/or Lamp of Knowledge pin during the 2011-2012 school year. On Wednesday, April 25, students and parents attended a special breakfast where awards were presented. - Photo by Becky Amundson

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Michelle Sandberg has supported the Habitat home rehab project in Milltown this winter in a big way. She has supplied meals twice a week since the middle of March, cooking and delivering meals to the volunteers working on the home. - Photos by Bob Babel The Habitat home rehab in Milltown is nearing completion. Two of the volunteers who have been very helpful on this project are Bob Robinson, left, and Dale Johanson. Drywall finishing is left to be done inside, then there will be painting and installing trim, cabinets and tile in the bathroom. This project is a blessing and a healing for the home, the homeowner and the neighborhood. Those able to help finish the home may call 715-4832700.

Luck gets cleaned up

Luck Cub Scouts and Daisy Girl Scouts spent an afternoon cleaning up downtown Luck and three miles of the Chippewa Trail. Two truckloads of garbage and recyclables were picked up by the kids and parents. This cleanup was a rewarding service project for the Scouts, and they encourage everyone to stop littering and please recycle. Gratitude is extended to Marilyn Berg for letting them park on her land. – Photo submitted

Family and friends at the United Pioneer Home helped siblings Herbert Lundborg, 101, and Florence Anderson, 102, celebrate their May birthdays on Monday, May 14. Younger brother Ralph, of Minneapolis, will also hit the century mark later this year. - Photo submitted

Girl Scouts raise money for Family Partnership Campaign FREDERIC – The Frederic Girl Scouts, along with family, friends and neighbors, enjoyed the beautiful weather this past Saturday, May 12, at Coon Lake Park. The Girl Scouts organized a carnival complete with games, balloons, popcorn and face painting. Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue was also on hand with various animals for the petting zoo. All proceeds from the carnival will be donated to Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Family Partnership Campaign. This fund provides grants to Girl Scouts for uniforms, books, Desiree Hughes tries out the Girl Scout cookie Twister game program materials, camp at the Frederic Girl Scouts carnival held last Saturday, May 12. and many other activities. submitted

Lucy Peterson sits patiently and waits for her face painting. – Photos submitted

A youngster pets the goats in the petting zoo made possible by Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue.

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LIBRARY NEWS St. Croix Falls Public Library June 9 is summer reading kickoff Summer reading kickoff, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., featuring local kid-friendly organizations, activities, tie-dyeing and a bouncy castle. May 30 – After-school specials After-school special – Magnet making at 4 p.m. Special event on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Tech. Sgt. Owen Mobley presents “An Unofficial History of the Third Army European Theater 1944-1946.” Enjoy some rare, first-person accounts of life in the Third Army under the command of Gen. George Patton during World War II. Mobley will share his encounters with historical figures like Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and, of course, Patton. Mobley’s background in commercial aviation landed him the position of technical sergeant in the Third Army Artillery Air Force where he sometimes found himself flying “Old Blood and Guts” Lt. Gen. Patton into the field. Open computer lab Open computer lab is Thursday, May 24, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Bring your basic computer questions and we’ll try our best to answer them! June 2 Friends of the Library meeting, 9 a.m. Join the group. Plant Watchers, with your host, botanist/ecologist Barb Delany First Monday of each month at 6-7:45 p.m. Information about native plants and native habitats. Lively observations and protecting biodiversity. Program includes outdoor hike from the library at 7 p.m. Dates: May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. Community meeting room is available for your organization Reserve the meeting room with our online form at Individual help for basic computer questions Mondays from 1-3 p.m., bring your own laptop, or check out a library laptop

or workstation. Call ahead to ensure availability.

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. 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. Story hour 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. 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:

Milltown Public Library Pajama story time with Cole Story time is held in the evenings at the 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. Computer basics Open lab for beginners is available on Mondays at 1 and 2 p.m. Sign up for an hour-long session at the circulation desk or call 715-825-2313. Upcoming events No school? Old School Game Day will be Friday, May 25, from 1-4 p.m., all of the old-fashioned board games (no batteries) will be available at the Milltown Public Library. We even provide a light snack. Battle a librarian, if you dare. Bottle cap magnets In conjunction with the game day, we will be making magnets. The new youth space will be open during this time. Join us at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 25, to make

your very own magnets to take home or decorate our “magnet wall.”

Join the Friends of the Library The next Friends meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone can be a member and can help in many ways.

Join us for book groups in May The Thursday Morning Reading Group will meet May 17, at 10 a.m., to discuss “A Night to Remember,” by Walter Lord. First published in 1955, this book remains a riveting account of the Titanic‘s fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew. The evening book group will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17, to talk about “Two Women,” by T. C. Boyle. This novel recounts the life of Frank Lloyd Wright as told through the experiences of the four women who loved him. Copies are available at the library, and new readers are always welcome. Mad Science comes to Frederic Elementary School Join us for Mad Science, the kickoff summer reading event Monday, May 21, at 2 p.m., at the Frederic Elementary School. Admission is free, and the 45minute program is open to everyone in the community. See a series of experiments that change, smoke and spurt! Watch liquid change into a rainbow of colors. Our Mad Scientist will mix up a gooey, foaming paste and an eerie, smoking genie - in an ordinary water bottle. See Styrofoam “melt” before your eyes. Finally, a few volunteers will help make a vat of Mad Science Slime. This event is brought to you on behalf of the Frederic Library summer reading program, “Dream Big – Read,” which will run June 4 – Aug. 17. Contact the library for more information, and be sure to check us out at our Web site or on Facebook. Share the bounty If you like to grow vegetables, why not share your green thumb with those in need? Share the Bounty is a hunger prevention project that encourages gardeners to plant free seeds which are available at the library and then bring half the harvest

to local food shelves, families at WIC clinics and others in need. The seed packets have arrived, so stop in to pick up some seeds and create a great family summer project.

Do you have donations for the book sale? If you’re cleaning shelves and closets, please consider donating your gently used books, music, and movies to the library’s annual Family Days bake/book sale, which will be held June 15-16. The sale is sponsored by the Friends, and profits go to library services and projects. Your donations are welcome anytime up to the day of the sale. Computer classes for you The library offers computer classes for patrons at all skill levels with sessions Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 and 3 p.m. Feel free to stop by with your technology questions, and we will help you find the answers. Patrons with laptops or e-readers are encouraged to bring them to the sessions. Wednesday story time Preschoolers are invited to attend a lively hour of books and activities on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. It’s a great opportunity for young children to learn socialization skills and for caregivers to network. Join us. How to know what we know Find us on Facebook at Frederic Public Library. The Web site is E-mail us at Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. W., 715-327-4979. Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for preschoolers is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

April was Stop the Bullying Month SIREN – The Siren Lionesses sponsored a Stop the Bullying poster contest in the Siren School. On hundred and forty-four children, kindergarten through sixth grades, participated. There were three winners in each class. Each winning student received a ribbon, an anti-bullying key chain and a gift certificate to the Dairy Queen. All the children in grades K-six received a bookmark, proclaiming “Stand Up Against Bullying.” Some statistics on bullying were noted by the club. Did you know 60 percent of students say that they have been bullied; 16 per-

cent of school staff believes students have been bullied; 30 percent who say they have been bullied have brought weapons to school; two-thirds of the students who have been bullied become bullies; a bully is 6 percent more likely to be incarcerated by the age of 24; a bully is 5 percent more likely to have a serious record when they grow up; in schools where there are bullying programs, bullying is reduced by 50 percent; 14 percent of bullied children think about suicide and there have been reports of children who have committed suicide. - submitted

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 or stop in and browse the collections. You can also find the Milltown Public Library on Facebook. Hours and information Phone: 715-825-2313, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m-7 p.m, Friday 10 a.m-5 p.m, and Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m. E-mail milltownpl@milltownpublic Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served every day.

Summer reading kickoff set for June 9

ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Public Library has planned its boldest programming of the year—the 2012 Youth Summer Reading Program. Children, adolescents and teens aged birth to 18, as well as their families and the public, are invited to participate in the library’s summer festivities. This year’s program is designed to encourage young readers to “dream big” with great programming

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that focuses on the arts, nature and community. Featuring local kid-friendly organizations, giveaways, excellent activities, tiedye (bring a T-shirt), the SCF Farmers Market and a bouncy castle, the youth summer reading program kickoff will be on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on the library plaza. – submitted

Pictured are the winning students with their school counselor, Mr. Ader, and the two Lioness members responsible for the anti-bullying project and poster contest, Shari Kult and Miriam Smith. Students pictured (L to R) back row: Alaina Johnson, Mandy Close, Abby Kosloski, Amy Stanford, Nicole Heller, Ethan Eideh and Anabelle Miller. Front row: Dalton Vandervelden, Wyatt Lewin, Joel Hillman, Wyatt Djock, Jaslin Legel, Lola Porter, Derick Helene, Lee Alwine, Casey Goranson and Jimmy Krenzke. Absent was Paige Balliff. The three fourth-grade winners were also absent due to a field trip that day. They are Shawnee Phernetton, Jalen Lamson and Adam Ruud. There were many great posters and the choices were very difficult. Gratitude is extended to all students who participated. – Photo submitted

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Public art project beautifi fie es Webster

by H. Rice Special to the Leader WEBSTER – Webster’s Main Street is looking better and better these days. First, the new library, then a new coffee shop, and now there’s beautiful artwork for everyone to enjoy. Last week, visitors to downtown were treated to the sight of local artists, members of the Burnett Area Arts Group, working on an enormous mural on the west wall of

Gandy Dancer Books facing the Fresh Start Coffee Roasters patio. The idea for public art came from Zac Benson. He and his wife, Lisa, coffee shop owners, wanted to spruce up the patio they developed from the space between their shop and Bonnie Dahlstrom’s bookstore. “We wanted something relaxing so people could sit outside with their coffee, maybe go into the bookstore and get a book – just enjoy Wisconsin,” said Benson,

Three Burnett Area Arts Group artists work on the 40’ x 14’ mural on Webster’s Main Street; in front, next Karen Fey and Carla Phillips. Back: Fran Grantham.

BAAG member Arlene Elliott puts her special touch to flowers on the 560-square-foot mural decorating the west wall of the Gandy Dancer bookstore facing the patio of Webster’s new coffee shop, Fresh Start Coffee Roasters. - Photos by H. Rice adding that this project was a perfect opportunity for somebody in the community. “We presented the idea to the BAAG, and they were excited about it.” According to BAAG artist Arlene Elliot, “We started thinking about [the mural] last December. We had many meetings deciding what we wanted to do. The design was a collaborative effort by several of us thinking ‘outdoors’ and what represents Wisconsin.” The result: a soft, colorful mural stretching 40 feet long and 14 feet high depicting sky, water, cattails, birches, pines and flow-

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ers – the natural beauty surrounding Webster. Still to be added are the indigenous “critters.” “We wanted to keep it in the ‘Monet’ style of impressionism,” explained Elliot. The 19th century French artist Claude Monet invented the style of painting that uses small brush strokes of color, giving a soft impression of the world rather than a realistic, detailed version. Supporting the project, Ace Hardware’s Stefan Benson donated more than $600 worth of paint and supplies, primed the surface and provided scaffolding so artists could reach every corner of the 560-squarefoot surface. Another feature being added is a faux door showing an entryway to the Gandy Dancer bookstore – like an invitation to come in and browse. The real door, of course, is around the corner facing the street. Needless to say, Dahlstrom is delighted, adding her praise for the project. In addition to Elliott, six BAAG artists worked on the mural: Thom Scott, Carla Phillips, Fran Grantham, Karen Fey, Kathy Recke and Bonnie Kohl. “It’s really fun to come together working as a BAAG team,” commented Fey as she painted. “It builds awareness of the arts, links the community with BAAG, and shows people what we can do.” Zac Benson says Webster’s on a roll. “We take pride in what we’ve got, with the new library, Wayne’s redone his store – we have a nice boom going on here in Webster, and we want to keep it all flowing in the right direction.”


Community members and volunteers turn Luck: More than $27,000 raised

LUCK - The 17th-annual Luck Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run, Saturday, May 12, raised over $27,000. The event was sponsored by Luck Medical Clinic /Amery Regional Medical Center and St. Croix Valley Hardwood Inc. The beautiful sunny morning brought out 151 registered participants to walk or run the new 1-, 3- or 5-mile route through Triangle Park where the “angel garden” of tribute flags in honor of or in memory of cancer victims could be seen. These flags were put in place by Kim Harvey and Lynn Stoklasa. Junellyn Anderson and Whitney Peterson, Luck Royalty, greeted those arriving for the event. The volunteers at the regisJudy Erickson, left, the honorary chair for Luck’s 2012 American Cancer Society Walk/Run, tration tables were Cassie McKenzie, Sis Bol, Jeanne Giller, Marie Bazey, Merle with daughter Julie and husband Donald. Walsten, Katie Tolan, Ami Cran, Kris Hackett, Jenny Franhauser, Beth Cunningham and Sandy Lundquist. Renee Walsten registered same-day participants. Donna Erickson and Toby Erickson greeted cancer survivors and placed their names on the survivor’s tree. Sue Messer gave out T-shirts to those raising $60 or more. Hilda Trudeau and Barb Walstrom took team pictures. Steve Wilson provided the sound system and music throughout the morning. Cheryl Kock cut Amanda Mckinney’s hair for Locks of Love which is a program for hair donations to be turned into natural-looking wigs for children. A representative from Gutsy Women Travel was available to talk with women who may be interested in This year’s opening ceremony for the American Cancer Society Walk/Run was held in the traveling in small groups. Many cancer Luck gymnasium, as team members and supporters gathered to hear remarks from organizsurvivors have enjoyed this kind of ad- ers, the honorary chair, and a representative from the American Cancer Society. venture. Lynn Stoklasa arranged for food and support services. Cunningham explained Cunningham, $1,050; Amy Fossum, beverages before and after the walk/run. the new route by following the red, blue $1,008; Angie French, $775; Bryan CunThis included donations from Wayne’s or green arrows that were on the streets. ningham, $767.50; Cassie McKenzie, $570; Foods Plus, River Valley Pharmacy, KiAll watched as Judy Erickson, honorary Kris Hackett, $520; and Verle Hacker, netico and homemade cookies from com- chair, surrounded by cancer survivors, cut $395. munity members. Those helping Stoklasa the ribbon to begin this year’s event. Bob The top 10 team fundraisers are: Sandy were Missy Olson, Rae Perszyk, Marilyn Kreutzian was along the route to give as- and the Gang, $6,040.50; Luck Lutheran Berg and Kim Harvey. sistance or rides to any “weary walkers.” Church, $4,072; Laketown Lutheran Donna Erickson coordinated the open- Travis McKenzie provided water, sup- Church, $3,292; BonTon, $1,518; Snociaing ceremony. Names of tribute flag recip- plied by Kinetico, to anyone needing it. bles/Trudeau, $1,362; Frandsen Bank and ients were read. Judy Erickson, this year’s The Luck Fire Department was available Trust, $1,273; Bone Lake Lutheran Church, honorary chairperson, spoke about her ex- to direct and slow down any traffic for the $895; Lakeland Communications, $855; perience with ovarian cancer. Diane Geis walkers/runners. Jensen Furniture, $775; House of Wood, Hapka, ACS representative, told how the The 10 top individual fundraisers are: $742. ACS funds from walk/runs like Satur- Marlys Hedberg, $3,087; Margie Nelson, Tribute flags, coordinated by Marcia day’s are used for research, education and $3,036; Sandy Lundquist, $1,105; Beth Anderson, totaled $245, “Foot A Buck,” $707 (with the highest amount of $112 from the Northern Bar) and silent auction items, $220. These items included an autographed Packer football with signatures of the beginning 2011 regular season, a garden trellis from Robert Nelson, and a

Sandy Lundquist, one of the organizers of the Luck Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run, holds her little granddaughter, Ruby Fossum. Ruby’s mom, Amy, is fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Saturday’s weather was great for a stroll, although these two women were working doubly hard. In front is Sherri Olson with Grace and Wyatt Mattson. In back is Melissa Monchilovich, with Morgan and Mitchell Monchilovich. Brewer fun pack. Golf passes were available to those interested from Frederic and Luck golf courses. Jaime Anderson, Jean Tucker, Beth Cunningham and ACS Rep. Diane Geis Hapka tabulated statistics and counted money. Without the generous support of the community, the American Cancer Society could not fight this disease as effectively as it does. It is dedicated to a future where cancer no longer touches ones we love. submitted

Shirts from all the past cancer walks in Luck were hung across the commons area of Luck School, where the opening ceremony is held and where the walk begins and ends.

Photos by Mary Stirrat

Aiden Johnson of Milltown gets a ride from his dad, Nick, during Saturday’s ACS Walk/Run in Luck. He eventually nodded off, lulled to sleep by the great weather and his dad’s easy walking.

Participants in the 2012 Luck Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run gather at the starting line as Honorary Chair Judy Erickson cuts the ribbon to begin the event.

Walkers in the 2012 American Cancer Society Walk/Run at Luck head north on 7th Street before turning down Park Avenue. This year’s event took a new route.


out to help in the fight against cancer Frederic ACS event raises highest amount ever in its 17-year history FREDERIC - The Frederic Area American Cancer Society Walk/Run on Saturday, May 12, had 174 registered participants and 18 teams. The total amount raised was over $24,600, the highest amount raised in the 17-year history of the walk. Gratitude is extended to Honorary Chair Karli Bartlett and all the cancer survivors who attended the walk. The following businesses and individuals gave their help and support to the walk. Frederic ACS Walk/Run sponsors Larsen Auto Centers, Amery Regional Medical Center and St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Gratitude is extended to American Cancer Society Rep. Michele Gullickson Moore. Provided corsages for cancer survivors: The Rose Garden. Food: Apples, Frederic Grocery; string cheese, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Polk and Burnett County Dairy Promotion; cookies, Sylvia Hansen and Rhoda Jensen. Water: Travis McKenzie, Kinetico Water Systems Water. Publicity: Doug Panek, Gary King, Greg Marsten, Mary Stirrat and the InterCounty Leader. The 2012 team totals were: Hacker’s Lanes, $3,718; Luck Medical Clinic/ Sundown Saloon, $3,405; Ash Street Gals, $2,434; Hansen Family and Friend, $1,930; Dot Buecksler Family and Friends, $1657; Scrabble Fanatics, $990; Georgetown Lutheran, $842; Team Karli, $820; Schmidt Family and Friends, $696; Good Cheer Club, $555; Frederic Schools, $430; Ackerley Drywall, $420; St. Luke’s Saints, $390; Frederic Lioness, $255; Beaudry Company, $215; SCRMC Janet’s Troops, $200; Tammi’s Turtles, $125; Frederic Dental Office, $85; and individual walkers raised $365. The top individual fundraisers were: Jim Prodger, $1,675; Linda Clausen, $1,020; Edna Martin, $705; Sylvia Hansen, $700; Patti Fredericks, $510; LaRayne Ayd, $510; Kay Thorsbakken, $470; Elvira Schmidt, $465; and Deb Rezack, $427. Signs of Hope raised $1,620, athletic shoes raised $430, the quilt raffle raised $316, tribute flags raised $350, the autographed Packer football silent auction raised $100 and the Brewer items, $40. Many volunteers helped with the walk. Helped register participants: Kay Graf and Michele Gullickson Moore, ACS Representative. Took team pictures: Bob MacKean. Served coffee, apples, cheese, chocolate and cookies: Rhoda Jensen.

Photos by Gary King unless otherwise noted

Adolf Schmidt won the Packer autographed football in the silent auction at Saturday’s American Cancer Society walk/run.

Karli Bartlett cuts the ribbon to start the 2012 Frederic American Cancer Society Walk/Run last Saturday, May 12, as friends, family and other participants look on at the Birch Street Elementary School in Frederic. - Photo at left by Bob McKean

American Cancer Society representative Michele Gullickson thanked participants at the Frederic American Cancer Society Walk/Run prior to the start of the event and stressed the imEvent director Elivra Schmidt and this year’s Honorary Chairperson Karli Bartlett addressed participortance of volunteerism in fighting pants of the 2012 Frederic ACS Walk/Run, Saturday morning. Schmidt noted that in 1949 the survival rate the disease. This year’s walk saw for someone diagnosed with cancer was 25 percent ... today it is 67 percent. She noted there are an esmore than 170 participants. timated 12 million American cancer survivors and that the case rate for cancer has declined since 1990. Sold and lettered tribute flags: Cora Dversdall. Displayed tribute flags: Phil Knuf. Sold quilt tickets: Mary Ellen Ruhn. Distributed T-shirts: JoAnn Gibbs. Did the final count of money: Lois Shearrow, Marlene Dahlberg, Phyllis Meyer and Michele Gullickson Moore. Provided registration site and PA system: Frederic Schools. Set up PA system: Pat Anderson. Set up registration area in school: Warren Peterson Hosted kickoff meeting: Hacker’s Lanes. Set up for kickoff breakfast: Linda Richter. Provided breakfast sandwiches for kickoff breakfast: Holiday Station. Provided meeting room for committee: Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Put walk/run information on Frederic Village sign: Rebecca Harlander. Created and put up walk banner at school: Terry Siebenthal. Displayed poster of 2011 honorary chair: Carol Thompson, Affordable Quality Appliances. Provided buy one, get one free, golf vouchers for each participant: Joan Spencer and the Frederic Golf Course. Put up and took down Signs of Hope and route signs: Phyllis and Scott Wilder, and Amy Free. Donated the raffle quilt: Betty and Bob MacKean. Terry Ingram was the quilt raffle winner. Donated Green Bay Packer autographed football for silent auction: Green Bay Packers. Adolf Schmidt had the winning bid on the autographed Packer football. Donated Milwaukee Brewers fanny pack and homer hankie: Milwaukee Brewers. Rhoda Jensen had the winning bid on the Milwaukee Brewers fanny pack and hankie. Ambulance staff: Tony Peterson, Vern

Knauber and Kevin Douglas. Provided intersection patrol and escorted money to bank: Officer Dale Johnson. The Frederic Area Walk/Run commit-

tee members are Sylvia Hansen, Kay Thorsbakken, Phyllis Wilder, Nancy Hardenbergh, Colleen Draxler, Cora Dversdall, JoAnn Gibbs, Phyllis Meyer, Amy Free and Elvira Schmidt. – submitted

One of the few runners in Saturday’s ACS walk/run event was this young man with his dog, who pulled away from the pack as they made their way down North Wisconsin Avenue (Hwy. 35).


Guests of honor at the annual Frederic Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year banquet, held Friday evening, May 11 at Hacker’s Lanes, were (L to R): Dave and Heidi Johnson, owners of Frederic Grocery (Business of the Year), Dr. Larry and Linda Pederson (Citizens of the Year) and Kenny and Kris Hackett (Volunteers of the Year). - photos by Becky Amundson

Frederic honors Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the year FREDERIC - There were plenty of stories, laughs and hugs to go around last Friday evening, May 11, as the Frederic Chamber of Commerce honored “Frederic’s best” at its annual Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year banquet, held at Hacker's Lanes. It was the 41st-annual banquet, which began in 1971 as simply the Citizen of the Year banquet at which Louis St. Angelo was honored. Dr. Larry and Linda Pederson were chosen this year as Frederic's 2012 Citizens of the Year. Both longtime community members, Larry recenty retired as a veterinarian whose practice spanned more than half a century. Linda has been a part of his business for the last half of his career - and she's also found time to be an active volunteer through her church and other community efforts. Together they raised nine children. Dr. Brad Harlander, emcee for the evening, began the tribute to the Pedersons by reading a letter from Merlin Johnson, a longtime friend and fishing buddy of Larry's. In the letter, Johnson talked about some of their fishing trips to Canada, including the time where there was a report of a bear sighting around the camp. Larry tied a fishing line to a pile of cans that sat next to the outhouse and ran the line from the outhouse to the cabin. He waited for Merlin and another friend to head out to the outhouse and when they got close enough, he pulled the line to make the cans move and make a big racket, which caused Merlin and company to run for their lives, thinking it was a bear. Greg Palmquist of the Grantsburg Veterinary Clinic, talked about how honored he was to have been asked by Larry and Linda if he would like to buy Larry's business. He said Larry was always a "great neighbor," and fellow veterinarian. Dr. Emory Johnson, pastor of New Hope Church in Grantsburg, talked about Linda's gifts with music. "She's a wonderful organist, pianist and choir director," he said, adding that Linda shares that talent by giving music lessons. He said he appreciated her devotion to the church and community - and her notes

Rebecca Harlander (R) presents Kenny Hackett with the “Golden Watering Can,” instead of a gold watch, at the annual Frederic Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year banquet held Friday, May 11. Kenny and wife, Kris (center) were honored as Volunteers of the Year. thanking him and telling him what she enjoyed about his sermons. Allen Pederson, Larry's son, shared some stories about growing up with the guest of honor - as a dad and as a vet. He said he was in his dad's office one day, selling pet supplies ("Dad was an easy customer"), when in walked a man and his black Lab. The man paraded his dog around the office and it seemed to be limping, Allen noted. “The dog's owner kept saying excitedly, ‘there is something wrong with my dog, please tell me what's wrong with my dog,’” Allen said. “My dad started talking about how he had been on a farm call earlier that week when he slipped into the gutter and hurt his ankle.” Allen said he sat back, listening, wondering if his dad was losing it by telling the man about the farm and the gutter. “That's when he said to the dog's owner, ‘I think your dog has a sore foot.’”

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Kenny and Kris Hackett are well-known through their jobs as village street superintendent and dental assistant, respectively,

Linda Pederson shared a hug with her pastor, Emory Johnson, at the conclusion of his tribute to her last Friday evening, May 11, at the Frederic Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year banquet.

Becky Amundson, Sandy Lundquist, Lori Lundquist and Amy Fossum sang “The Hackett Family” to the tune of “The Addams Family,” with lyrics by Lori Lundquist. PHOTO AT RIGHT: Kenny and Kris Hackett model a few of their costumes.

as well as their volunteering for school and community projects and Kenny’s longtime dedication as a firefighter and ambulance crew member. Frederic Fire Chief Brian Daeffler praised Kenny’s dedication and read a letter from Kevin Weinzierl, a fellow firefighter for years. Weinzierl stated in his letter that Ken was “Unselfish, dependable, honest, a straight talker,” and “What you see is what you get ... he’s fun-loving, family-oriented and dedicated.” Lisa Jensen, who works in the high school office, thanked Kris for all the wonderful photos that she takes and gives to the families of athletes and others and shares her photos with the school to be used in the yearbook. Lori Lundquist wrote a song titled “The Hackett Family,” sung to the tune of the theme song from “The Addams Family.” A slide show of some of the costumes that Kris and Kenny have worn over the years was shown. Then five students paraded in to show some of the costumes from Halloween outfits to old prom dresses to poodle skirts - that are available in the Hackett household. They also gave Kris a thank-you card from the high school students, for her photographs used for the yearbook and costumes for homecoming and class plays and musicals. Rebecca Harlander found a mailbox, belonging to Billy Struck, that Kenny had “very carefully hit” with a snowplow. Struck’s mailbox was in the middle of two other mailboxes but his was the only one Kenny took out. Harlander and Ginny Clausen, members of the village parks board, invented white boards with color coding to help keep Kenny more organized with the projects that they (the park board) want him to do. On the back side of the to-do list was “Kenny, Congratulations.”

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Dave and Heidi Johnson, owners of Frederic Grocery, were presented the Frederic Business of the Year award. Rebecca Harlander talked about how friendly everyone at the store is and how they all know your name. “They make you feel welcome there,” she noted. She told the story of when her father-inlaw, Doug Harlander, was in his car accident recently she had to do his shopping for him. “Grandpa wanted some of Heidi’s homemade raisin bread,” Rebecca said. “When I went to the store they didn’t have any so I asked employee Kelly Skow about it and she said ‘We will have Heidi make you some.’” The next time Rebecca went to the store Heidi found her and said “Here is the bread for grandpa.” The Johnsons were also praised by employees Whitney Ellison and Vicki Sorenson, with Ellison noting how she had been treated like family as an employee. - Gary King

Family, friends and co-workers of the honorees who told stories and gave tributes at the Frederic Citizen, Volunteer and Business of the Year banquet. Shown (L to R) are Dr. Brad Harlander, emcee, Whitney Ellison, Allen Pederson, Dr. Greg Palmquist, Brian Daeffler and Lisa Jensen.


Webster Arts and Crafts Extravaganza is May 26 by H. Rice Special to the Leader WEBSTER - Fourteen artists from Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties are among 150 vendors at the annual Webster Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Extravaganza. This year’s event is Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Webster Elementary School on Hwy. 35 in Webster. More Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota artists and crafters offer everything from gourmet foods, textiles, wildlife photography, frames, cabin décor, paintings, ceramics, pottery, woodworking, sculptures and furniture to garden ornaments, children’s toys, jewelry, floral arrangements, clothes and more. The show, sponsored by the Webster Chamber of Commerce, is in its 29th year. Since the first fair with 18 crafters in the gym of the old Webster High School, the event has grown to become the largest annual one-day arts and crafts fair in Burnett County. A sea of canopies like whitecaps waves across the grassy school grounds, representing more than 150 vendors. Chamber President Jim Olson says the money raised from booth fees makes up the major portion of their annual operating budget. The financial impact on the community is substantial, particularly during these unsettled economic times. “Shows like this represent major income not only for us, but also for the vendors, whose livelihoods depend on sales,” notes Olson. Every year, organizer Tim Gerber reviews many applications and decides which vendors to include. “It’s a difficult choice, because we only accept original, handmade products, and there is so much quality talent everywhere,” he says. There are the returning favorites, and there are the first-time applicants looking for new markets in Northwest Wisconsin.

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Norb Behringer of Siren shows off his woodcarvings at the Webster Arts and Crafts show. - Photo by H. Rice Shopping at arts and crafts fairs offers everyone an opportunity to acquire handmade art and practical products at reasonable prices, while supporting working artists who represent the “creative econ-

omy.” The arts and crafts extravaganza is on rain or shine. Admission and parking are free, and the site is disabled accessible. The Burnett Youth Hockey Association

will sell brats, bakery goods, coffee, water and soft drinks. Olson says, “It’s really a great way to meet the artists and hear their stories. I also advise folks to get there early for the best selection!”

St. Croix Falls American Legion White Collar Wreck

ST. CROIX FALLS – On Saturday, March 31, Polk-Burnett Voiture 236 40 et 8 conducted a White Collar Wreck for new members at St. Croix Falls American Legion Post No. 143. They enjoyed a luncheon beforehand at Logger’s Bar & Grill. Conducting the wreck was Wisconsin Grand Chef de Gare Don Jahnke of Bowler, Grand Chef de Train John Helgeson of Hudson, and Sous Grand Chef de Train Lloyd Granberg of Whitehall. Also in attendance were voyageurs from PolkBurnett Voiture 236: Chef de Gare Robert “Curly” Danielson, Chef de Train Robert Buhr, Commissaire Intendant Don Anderson, 12th District Cheminot Jim Edgell, Jim Chapin, Bob Blomgren, Lorne Johnson

and Dean Sievers. Not present but inducted in absentee, Tim Curtin and Jim Sundquist. The group is pleased to welcome these new voyageurs aboard. - submitted

Wayne Hancock, Rick Gates, Chef Don Jahnke, Jeff Pfannes and Dean Sievers. – Photo submitted


EVERY MON. Amery Senior Center



• Wii golf, 9 a.m.

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

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

• 500, 6:30 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

• Cribbage, a.m. • 500 Cards, 1 p.m.,

• Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday, no meal in April

• Spades, 1 p.m.,

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

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

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• AA Meeting, 7 p.m.

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues.

• Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

• Cards & Pool, 7 p.m.

Food Shelf

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• Bingo, 1 p.m.


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

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

Meat Raffles


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

EVERY TUES. Farmers Markets


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

EVERY THURS. • Cushing Legion At Suzy Q’s, 6:30 p.m. • Siren Lions At Midtown Tavern, 5 p.m.



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

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



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

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


• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.



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

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



• YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. • Siren Moose At Robert’s Road House, 4 p.m. • Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 5 p.m. • Siren Lions At Whiskey Joe’s, 3 p.m.

EVERY SAT. • Siren Senior Center (May 26), 1-3 p.m.


• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon

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



Amery student wins BBB's Student of Integrity Scholarship MLWAUKEE - Marie Wothe, a senior at Amery High School, is a winner of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin Foundation’s 2012 Student of Integrity Scholarship. Three other Wisconsin high school seniors also were awarded Student of Integrity scholarships: Andrew Goodman, of Brodhead High School; Joseph O’Grady, of Waukesha North High School; and Chloe Siamof, of Appleton West High School.

Each student will receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend an accredited college of their choice. In the fall, Goodman will attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; O’Grady will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Siamof will attend Yale University; and Wothe will attend Brigham Young University. The students were chosen out of approximately 500 applicants. To earn the scholarship, students must be a high school senior with a minimum grade

point average of 3.0 – among other requirements. They’re requested to write a short essay describing how they build character in themselves and in others, and how they will build character in the future. The essay, along with their community involvement, volunteer activities, awards and honors, are all considered by a panel of 12 judges. “It was difficult to choose only four students from the hundreds of remarkable candidates,” said Randall Hoth, Wiscon-

sin BBB president/CEO. “There is a wealth of young people in Wisconsin with high character and integrity. Each of these winners has an impressive academic and community service record, and has already made a positive impact on their communities. I expect that they will be strong, ethical leaders someday soon.” submitted

Sophomores attend college/career fair at St. Croix Falls High School ST. CROIX FALLS – On Wednesday, May 9, the entire sophomore class at St. Croix Falls High School attended a college/career fair at the high school. Seven different guest speakers were invited into the school to meet with small groups of students to teach them more about college admissions, student life, and explain the opportunities available to them once they

have graduated high school. Each sophomore student could pick three different choices of which type of postsecondary option they would like to explore. The options included: The Art Institutes, Gustavus Adolphus College, WITC-New Richmond, Century College, UW-Barron County, UW-River Falls and the Army National Guard. That afternoon

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the representatives and presenters met with students in classrooms for information sessions and sharing. Students were shown presentations and given an opportunity for questions and answers. The faculty and staff at St. Croix Falls have a goal to have all students committed to a post-secondary plan upon graduation. This college/career fair is one of the

steps being taken to support this goal and provide learning opportunities for their future graduates. As a follow-up to the sophomore experience, the entire junior class is transported to a college fair in October every year. Over 90 percent of graduates from St. Croix Falls High School go on to attend some form of college or postsecondary training every year. - submitted

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Infant mental health

The Siren members of the 2012 middle school honors choirs were back row ( L to R): Aubri Larson (8), Elizabeth Stanford (8), Emily Stiemann (8), Allie Webster (8) and Mrs. Muus, choir director. Front row: Laurel Kannenberg (8), Riley Anderson (7) and Kayla Eideh (7). These seven Siren Middle School students were chosen to perform with other top students from surrounding schools. The eighth-graders were in the advanced choir and rehearsed and performed under the direction of Paul Gulsvig from Onalaska. The novice choir rehearsed and performed under the direction of Jennifer Gulsvig from La Crosse. The concert was Thursday, April 19, at Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake. - Photo submitted

STATEWIDE – What is infant mental health? It is defined as a good fit between mother and child, the emotional and social healthy connections that foster growth and solid early learning development during the birth to 3 age group. The Infant, Children and Family Mental Health Certificate was held at UW-Madison this past year. The following is a quote from Charles Zeanah and Paula Zeanah for a synopsis of the course work. “Infant mental health has emerged as an increasingly important and visible clinical endeavor during the past 35 years. There are many ways to trace its origins. In the clinical realm, the work of Selma Fraiberg and her colleagues in Michigan was a major early contributor, as was research in developmental psychology on the power of babies to affect their caregivers. From these beginnings, the field of infant mental health has grown dramatically both in terms of its breadth and its acceptance. In the early 21st century, the field of infant mental health stands as a broad-based, multidisciplinary and emotional wellbeing of young children and which in-

cludes the efforts of clinicians, researchers, and policymakers,” from the “Handbook of Infant Mental Health.” In this area there is a wide spectrum of services to help guide you to learn about nurturing infant mental health practices during pregnancy, postnatal and early infant development. Some of the supports would be breastfeeding programs at your hospitals, Health Departments in Polk County and Burnett County, Baby and Me Groups/ Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, WIC programs and Birth to Three Polk County. There are also many other ongoing support groups. Infant mental health is about attachment and connecting you with your baby and understanding the cues of their needs and mirroring back the joys they give you. Sometimes it is hard to give smiles to your baby. This may be due to maternal depression or a lack of sleep due to a crying, fussy baby at night. Infant mental health is about the whole family. There are many clinicians or therapists to call to help you through these times. There is a wonderful Web site for you to explore. This site was developed by the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, - submitted by Sue Sopiwnik



MAY 21 - MAY 25




LUNCH Italian dunkers, dunker sauce, winter mix veggies OR Oriental salad.

BREAKFAST Waffle snacks. LUNCH Cheeseburger, fries OR beef-taco salad.

LUNCH Chicken patty, smile fries OR buffalo chicken salad.

LUNCH Hamburger w/fixings, oven potatoes, mixed vegetable, fresh pear, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Taco salad w/fixings, baked rice, refried beans, pineapple tidbits, apples, oranges, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Mini corn dogs, corn bread, baked beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hamburger, 7-12.



Each building will have their own breakfast menu.





LUNCH Chili-cheese wraps, Mexican rice, corn OR ham salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH BBQ pork on a bun, waffle fries, fresh fruit OR turkey salad.

LUNCH Ham and cheese stacker, chips, fresh veggies, dip, sliced peaches, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Creamed turkey, biscuit, cranberries, peas, fresh strawberries, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Pizza, lettuce salad, green beans, ice-cream bar, apples, oranges, bread basket.

BREAKFAST Cereal/ring donuts. LUNCH Chicken patty, buttered noodles, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/pancakes. LUNCH Build your own sub, chips, corn, fresh fruit. Alt.: Mini corn dogs, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/blueberry muffin. LUNCH Baked potato bar, ham/cheese/sour cream, broccoli with cheese, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken nuggets, ALL.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Taco salad, tortilla chips, winter mix, fresh fruit. Alt.: Pizza, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Ham & cheese sandwich, oven potatoes, green beans, peaches, trail mix. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Cheese omelet and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Pizza dippers, white rice, whole-kernel corn, pineapple and mandarin oranges. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Turkey noodle hotdish, shredded lettuce, peas, oranges and apples. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Muffins, juice & milk. LUNCH Meat loaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, lettuce salad, corn, strawberries. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Cook’s choice. Assorted cereal and toast, juice and milk. LUNCH Cook’s choice.LUNCH Pizza dippers, rice, corn, carrots, celery, pineapple tidbits, banana. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Breakfast cookie. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, peas, apple slices. Alt.: Pizza burger.

BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs, sausage and toast. LUNCH Pepperoni pizza, lettuce salad, carrots, apricots. Alt.: Beef stew.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Tacos - hard and soft shells, fixings, corn, pineapples, cinnamon rolls.

BREAKFAST French toast sticks. LUNCH Hot ham and cheese, french fries, baked beans, applesauce. Alt.: Chicken patty.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon rolls and fruit cup. LUNCH Pork riblet, steamed rice, green beans, pears. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Egg/ham combo. LUNCH Pizza dippers, sauce, mixed vegetables and fruit.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pocket. LUNCH Turkey stacker, chips, cheese and fruit.

BREAKFAST Eggs and sausage. LUNCH Tacos or fajitas, chips or soft shell and fruit.

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

LUNCH Cook’s choice OR chicken Alfredo, noodles, green beans, mandarin oranges.






LUNCH Chicken strips, au gratin potatoes, carrots OR hamburger, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, pears.


LUNCH Pizza, corn and fruit.

BREAKFAST Lumberjacks. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, rice and fruit.

LUNCH Sub sandwich, lettuce, tomato, Sun Chips, pineapple.

LUNCH Corn dog, fresh veggies, Shape-up, fresh fruit.




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Perspectives Sally Bair

Best friends forever If you’re like I am, you’ve had many friends throughout your life, but only a handful of best friends. You know the kind—a best friend forever (called a BFF in the social media world) with whom you can share your deepest secrets and feelings without fear of betrayal. A best friend is someone who will be there for you when you’re hurting and when you’re rejoicing. A best friend will even put their reputation or life on the line to defend you. Changes happen, however, that can jeopardize our relationship with a BFF. Let’s face it, we all mess up sometimes. Maintaining any close relationship takes work. The love and care that we give our BFF needs to be supplemented with an attitude of humility. Patience doesn’t hurt, either. Nor sacrifice of our time and even our money, if needed. We don’t always have to agree with one another. Like Mutt and Jeff, we can still listen, advise and love. A BFF can be more than a blessing. A BFF can be a lifesaver—someone we can count on to help us through our tough times. Jesus wants to be our best friend forever, too. Before his betrayal by Judas, Jesus spoke to his disciples about friendship. “You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:14-15) Friendship with God first requires us to be his follower. As such, he wants us to abide, or remain in his love. We must refuse to leave him even to the point of being willing to lay down our lives for him—as did his disciples. Paul urges us, in Romans 12, to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Such sacrifice includes obedience to him. Unlike BFF relationships on the human level, we can have a spiritual BFF relationship with Christ. We can share our deepest secrets and feelings with him and we can count on him to be with us through our tough times. We can be assured that, if we choose to trust and obey him, nothing will change that special best-friend forever relationship with him. Lord, thank you for your enduring, secure love and friendship which gives us joy and peace. Help us, through our willing obedience by your Spirit’s power, to abide and remain in your love. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at

Laketown Lutheran drive-in worship CUSHING – The members of Laketown Lutheran Church, Cushing, are excited to announce their first drive-in worship which will be held Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. The concept of drive-in worship goes back over 50 years. A receiver is used to broadcast the service to an AM radio frequency so those attending can tune in without leaving the privacy and comfort of their car. Besides being just plain fun, this can make church going easier for many, including parents with small children, campers with nowhere to leave the pets and elderly or disabled folks. If the weather is good, the service will be held in their outdoor worship area, so some may choose to sit on lawn chairs and enjoy fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. Coffee, juice and muffins will be served in the parish hall before and after the service and can be brought to your car if needed. Laketown Lutheran is located at 2738 220th St., which is between Cushing and Atlas. If you would like more information or directions please call 715-648-5323. - submitted

Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club After 5 WEBSTER After Five is a Christian women’s fellowship group that meets on the third Monday of each month April through November. It is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries based in Kansas City. All ladies are cordially invited to the Monday, May 21, meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church, 7615 CTH U, Danbury. Cost is $10 inclusive, and the meal will be catered by Marilyn from Emily’s Luncheon. The guest speaker will be Marilyn Lee from St. Cloud, Minn., a music lover/piano teacher who will speak about joy in the midst of life’s struggles. Music will be provided by Kris Palmer from Luck, and there will be a special feature presented by Linda Baum, massage therapist at Caring Hands Massage, Webster. Join them for this evening of Christian fellowship and encouragement. Make your reservation by calling Jane at 715-566-0081. submitted

Summer fun for children and youth at Peace Lutheran DRESSER - Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser is offering three different opportunities this summer for children and youth entering kindergarten through ninth grade. Children entering kindergarten through third grade are invited to “Sky: Everything is Possible with God!” vacation Bible school on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 4:30 p.m. on June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, fun with Luther Point staff, and all activities. Children entering fourth through sixth grade are invited to “Summer Splash,” an afternoon program filled with Bible learning, fun projects, and an opportunity to learn a lifetime skill (geocacheing, arts, cooking, or creating a Shutterfly photobook). Summer Splash will meet on Wednesday afternoons from noon until 4:30 p.m. on June 6, June 13, June 20 and June 27. Cost is $32 and in-

cludes lunch, fun with Luther Point staff, and all activities. Youth entering seventh through ninth grade are invited to “Summer Stretch,” an all-day event with community service projects in the morning and fun fellowship activities in the afternoon. Summer Stretch will meet Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning July 12 through Aug. 2. Cost is $90 and includes all events, Valley Fair tickets, lunches, snacks, transportation and Tshirts. Registration forms for vacation Bible school, Summer Splash, or Summer Stretch can be found online at or call the church office at 715-7552515. Registrations and deposits are due May 25. - submitted

Confi firrmation at Luck Lutheran Confirmation services were held Sunday, April 29, at Luck Lutheran Church. Members of the congregation affirming their faith were Marley Doolittle, Jenni Holdt and Reilly Giller. – Photo submitted

Luck Lutheran adult chime choir

The adult chime choir from Luck Lutheran are shown front row (L to R): Margie Nelson, Kathy Deiss and Paula Hischer. Back row: Carol Thompson, Juanita Dietmeier, JoAnne Christiansen, Sheila Brom, Marilyn Almlie, David Almlie and Bryan Allen. The adult bell chimes choir special music is directed by Pastor Ralph Thompson. – Photo submitted

Alzen Family to perform at First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls ST. CROIX FALLS – If you enjoy bluegrass, gospel, oldtime music and hymns, join the congregation at First Presbyterian Church, 719 Nevada, St. Croix Falls, on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m., when they will enjoy the music and fellowship of the Alzen Family. The Alzen Family believes that music was designed to glorify God. Because of that, the family chooses songs that either honor God with their lyrics, or exude joy with their catchy tempo. The Alzen Family loves to smile and adds plenty of humor to their concerts. The music highlights the singing and high-energy playing of the Alzen children, and consists of a wide variety of family-oriented bluegrass, gospel bluegrass, and old-time music and hymns with four-part vocal harmonies, along with silly songs for children. To add a visual dimension, Denise Alzen also uses sign language to

The Alzen Family

give added expression to some songs. The Alzen Family also likes to share personal stories and testimonies with their audiences. Brad and Denise Alzen, along with their children Tessa-Lyn, AnaLise, Lucas and Isaac, are excited to bring some of their best music to share. A freewill offering will be accepted. - submitted

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Martina F. Maslow, 79, Siren, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 12, 2012, at the Comforts of Home in Frederic. She was born in Bow Valley, Neb., on April 11, 1933, to Anthony W. and Lucy M. (Kramer) Burbach. She grew up on a farm near Crofton, Neb. Martina attended East Blyville Country School and graduated from the eighth grade. While living in her hometown of Crofton, Martina worked as a caregiver, during which time she cared for Elizabeth Kremer (mother-in-law of Frank Maslow’s sister, Alyce). When Elizabeth died, with the spirit of adventure, Martina joined the Kremer family and moved to Minnesota, where she lived with Hank, Alyce and their family. She continued her caregiving work for the Gibbons family in St. Paul. Soon after, Martina met Frank Maslow, the love of her life. They were married at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic, on Aug. 20, 1962. Martina and Frank lived on a farm near Siren, and together they were blessed with seven children. Martina loved cooking, baking homemade bread for her family, canning (especially dill pickles), walking, chasing the cows in after they got out, throwing in wood for the woodstove, reading, bird-watching, visiting with family and friends, and watching TV game shows. She always had a beautiful vegetable and flower garden. Martina volunteered at the election polls for voting and enjoyed attending school programs for her grandchildren. Martina belonged to the Siren Serving Group and was active in the Council of Catholic Women, making and serving coffee at fellowship and the annual chicken dinner at St. Dominic’s Summer Festival. Martina was recognized on Sunday, April 29, by the Knights of Columbus Family of the Month Honor and received special recognition for her 50 years as a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church. She was excited and honored to be the recipient of this special recognition. She attended Mass with her family and enjoyed a pancake breakfast later with family and friends. She talked about this special honor for days afterward. It was one of the highlights of her life! She will be deeply missed by all. Martina was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Maslow; her parents, Anthony and Lucy Burbach; and an infant brother, Merval Burbach; brothers-in-law, Donald Maslow, Delphine Maslow and Hank Kremer; sister-inlaw, Gladys Maslow; niece, Heidi Kremer. Martina is survived by her children, Leo (Paula) Maslow of Siren, , Roman (Cindy) Maslow of Stanchfield, Minn., Ruth (Michael Becker) of South St. Paul, Minn., Mary (Timothy Peterson) of Rock Creek, Minn., Paul (Carla) Maslow of Braham, Minn., Virgil (Jodi) Maslow of Siren and Alan Maslow of Siren; grandchildren, Ashley, Bradley, Lindsey, Jocelyn, Jeanine, Janessa, Jared, Chelsea, Ariel, Evan, Cecelia, Kyler, Shelby, Weston, Cassandra, McCoy, Cody, Franky and Paige; great-grandchildren, Braden, Elijah, Joey, Chloe and Devin; sisters, Alice (Howard Willson) of Vermillion, S.D., and Karen (Don Moore) of Plymouth, Minn.; brothers, Thomas Burbach of Colorado Springs, Colo., Richard (Irma) Burbach of Vermillion, S.D., and Marvin (Janice) Burbach of Lincoln, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Alyce Kremer of Mobile, Ala. and Evie Maslow of Battle Lake, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Vern (Darlene) Maslow of Stanchfield, Minn., and Jim (Darlyne) Maslow of Stanchfield, Minn., as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Frederic, on Thursday, May 17, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, on Wednesday, May 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. On Thursday morning, there will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Fr. Rodney Kneifl, Martina’s cousin, will be officiating at the Mass and prayer service. Interment will be held at the Lakeview/Mud Hen Lake Cemetery in the Town of Daniels following the luncheon. Online condolences may be left at . Please continue to check the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Lawrence R. Einberger Sr. Lawrence R. Einberger Sr., 69, Webster, died May 12, 2012. Private family services to be held. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Roger W. Johnson Roger W. Johnson, 71, Centuria, died May 9, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society St. Croix Valley. Private family services to be held. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Tessa Maria Leffelman

Danny D. Arendt

Tessa Maria Leffelman, 18, died suddenly Thursday, May 10, 2012. Tessa was born Feb. 18, 1994. She was a Grantsburg High School senior. She made her home with her grandparents, Donald and Dorothy Brenizer. She worked at Grantsburg Family Foods in the deli department. Her biggest achievement was getting her driver’s license, her car in her name and was preparing for graduation. She was so proud of herself. Tessa is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Lemon; father, Harold Leffelman; brothers, Ryan Lemon and Dustin Leffelman; and sister, Shyla Lemon, all of Grantsburg; grandparents, Donald and Dorothy Brenizer of Grantsburg; and step-grandfather, Bradley Kimball from Perham, Minn.; nephew, Dalton Lemon; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Gene Leffelman; Keith and Marlene Lemon; cousin, Derrick Leffelman; and uncle, Keith Micheal Lemon. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 16, at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

Danny D. Arendt, 75, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Bloomer. He was born on May 18, 1936, in Dairyland, to Donald and Alberta (Fischer) Arendt. He married Evone “Midge” Swartz on Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer. Danny was a meat cutter in Minneapolis and then became a milk hauler. He was also the owner/ perator of Golden Glow Dairy and the Sundial Supper Club. Danny was a member of the Lions Club, the chamber of commerce, Bloomer Moose Lodge and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. In his free time, he enjoyed cooking at family cookouts, hunting, fishing, racecar driving, dancing and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Evone “Midge” of Bloomer; daughters, Christy Durch and Cherie Bowe, both of Bloomer; sons, Curt (Lorre), Chad (Barb) and Craig Arendt, all of Bloomer; brother-in-law, Merrill Rasmussen of Forest Lake, Minn.; nine grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Bobby Durch; sister, Donna Rasmussen; and grandson, Jeremy Arendt. A Mass will be held at Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer, with Father John Potackak officiating. There will be a visitation from noon - 3:30 p.m., on Friday at the Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer. Online condolences may be expressed at The Olson Funeral Home, Bloomer, was entrusted with arrangements.

Marie A. Gerber Marie A. Gerber, 100, passed away on May 10, 2012, at St. Gertrude Assisted Living in Minnesota. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Gerber. Private family services to be held. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lester William Kurtz Lester William Kurtz, 78, of Cushing, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Osceola Medical Center. Lester was born on April 4, 1934, in Randall, the son of William and Blanche (Conklin) Kurtz. Lester lived in the Cushing area his entire life where he farmed and had various other jobs, which included working for the Town of Eureka and Jensen Transfer in Osceola. He enjoyed carpentry work, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Lester leaves to celebrate his memory, children: Debbie Jones of Minneapolis, Minn., Dellanna Grove of Ottumwa, Iowa, Daniel Kurtz of Atlanta, Ga., Donald Kurtz of St. Croix Falls, Denita (Tony) Russ of Rice Lake, David (Diane) Kurtz of St. Croix Falls, Dixie (Mike) Runberg of St. Croix Falls and Duane (Kristie) Kurtz of Barron; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Lucy Hoffman of St. Croix Falls; brothers; William Kurtz and Elmer Kurtz, both of St. Croix Falls; and many other loving family and friends. The service for Lester was held on Wednesday, May 16, at the First Lutheran Church in Cushing. Pastor Dorothy Sandahl officiated. To sign the online guest book, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Elna L. Wambolt Elna L. Wambolt, 73, a resident of Siren, died May 7, 2012, at Frederic Nursing and Rehab. Elna was born on Aug. 25, 1938, in Canby, Minn., to Raymond and Lorena Hacker. Elna was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. She was an active bowler, enjoyed playing cards and sitting outside on her deck. Her most favorite pastime was spending time with her family. Elna was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold “Skip”; and brother, Johny Hacker. Elna is survived by her son, Wade Wambolt (Kim Flodin); her grandchildren, Jenna (Jeremy), Stef and Zachary; great-granddaughter, Oriana; her brothers, Delmar (Hazel) Hacker and Art (Judy) Hacker; and sister, Emy (Sid) Jackson. Memorial service was held Thursday, May 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor Andrew Hinwood officiating. Music was provided by Rose Bauman and Fran McBroom. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Cheryl A. Sutton Cheryl A. Sutton, 43, Wyoming, Minn., died May 6, 2012. Funeral services are pending at this time. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Private family services to be held. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Gary Thompson Gary Thompson, 71, passed away May 11, 2012, at Comforts of Home in Frederic. Gary was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Frederic to Arnold and Eileen Thompson. He graduated from Frederic High School in 1958. Gary served in the Army as a military police and assigned duty of guarding President Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery, where he had contact with many notable dignitaries and the Kennedy family. Gary worked in the Frederic area in construction as a brick mason and enjoyed the outdoors - fishing, hunting, logging and building cabins. His last residence was his own cabin in Danbury. Gary is survived by his sister, Karen Davidson of Texas; two nephews, Jackie Davidson of Houston, Texas, and Chopper Davidson of Las Vegas, Nev.; uncle and aunt, Arvid and Inez Pearson of Siren; cousins, Jim Pearson (Verlene) of Frederic, Bob Pearson of Lewis, Lonnie Pearson (Terri) of Siren, Alan Pearson (Pat) of Frederic, Glen Pearson (Johanna) of Webster and Tom Daellenbach of Long Beach, Calif. You are invited to visit with the family at a Celebration of Life at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Thursday, May 17, from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Frederic on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m., with full military honors. Online condolences may be left at or . Please continue to check these Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with arrangements.

Lindell R. Dodge Lindell R. Dodge, 70, resident of Osceola, died Saturday, May 12, 2012. Services are currently pending. Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check the Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.


The family of Julie Ann Bearhart would like to convey our appreciation to all the loving people who helped during our time of loss. Special thanks to David “Maabin” Merrill and Tom Saros for ceremonies. 560628 39Lp

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CHURCH NEWS Don’t seek perfection while looking for a good guy Q: I’m struggling with knowing if a guy is a “good guy” or not. My family says I’m too picky when it comes to dating. Can you tell me the qualities I should be looking for in a man? Juli: There are two sides to this question. Marriage is a lifelong commitment, and you should consider very carefully the man you want to share your life with. On the other hand, many young men and women never commit to marriage because they are looking for the perfect “soul mate.” If you believe you’ve found the perfect guy, look again, because he doesn’t exist. The question you asked about what “qualities” to look for is right on. There are some qualities that are essential to building a strong marriage. Here’s my list: • A teachable spirit. You want to marry a man who is willing to grow. How does he respond to feedback? Is he defensive or does he want to learn? Is he honest about his struggles? • A shared faith. There are many things in marriage that can be solved by compromise. Faith is not one of them. Your

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faith and beliefs define how you view morality, children, forgiveness and the purpose of life. • Integrity. Marriage is built on trust. You only want to marry a man who is trustworthy and who understands the value of honesty and keeping his word. • Kindness. Marriage is the most vulnerable relationship in the world. In the crucible of sharing life together, you want a man who cares about protecting and guarding your feelings. As a young man, he may not always be perfectly sensitive, but does he display a kind heart to you and to others? As you look for “husband material,” remember to also work toward becoming a potential wife. Cultivate your own teachable spirit, grow in your faith, and become a woman of integrity and kindness. ••• Q: In the early days of our marriage, my husband was kind and thoughtful,

but recently he’s become verbally and physically abusive and has actually hit me on several occasions. Can anything be done to save our relationship? Jim: My heart goes out to you at this terrible news. No man has the right to hit his wife. No wife deserves to receive this kind of treatment at the hands of a man who promised to love and cherish her. Physical abuse is a criminal offense. I implore you to seek the help of a pastor, social worker or women’s shelter. If the violence continues, it may be necessary to call 911 or to remove yourself from the situation. Once you’ve put some distance between yourself and the threat of further harm, you can begin to move in the direction of possibly saving your marriage. Your first priority is to listen to your instincts for self-preservation. Let your husband know that you want the marriage to work, but that you’re no longer willing to endure mistreatment and abuse. He needs to understand that you cannot move forward in this relationship until the two of you have sought professional help together. If he’s unwilling to do that, see a counselor on your own. In some situations, individual counseling may be advisable for a period of time before beginning the process of joint coun-

seling. Please contact Focus on the Family ( to speak with a member of our counseling team, and to get a referral to a certified counselor in your area who can help you on a longterm basis. May God grant you grace and strength as you face this difficult situation. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2012 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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News from the Pews This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, Pilgrim celebrated the upcoming graduation of 11 of their church members. Men and women of the church put together the quilts that each of the graduates were given on this special occasion. Pictured (L to R): Michael Tesch, Jordyn Siebenthal, Tony Evans, Alex Miller, Dayton Rivera, Corrisa Schmidt, Megan Amundson, Nicole Coulter, Erik Stoner, Ashley Kurkowski and Joe Engelhart. – Photo submitted

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


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


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


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

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

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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.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Nanette Hagen-Hinck 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship (begins May 27)


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 Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays www.facebook/OurRedeemerWebster


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

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




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.

(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.

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. 10:40 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.


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





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.

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 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.

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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




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


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 ASSEMBLY



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


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


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 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.



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



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.


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

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


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.


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



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.


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


Isaiah Simon has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and son of Chad and Rachael Simon. Isaiah is friendly and hardworking. He is helpful in the classroom and works well with his classmates. Isaiah’s favorite thing to do is play games. His favorite subject is math. Isaiah wants to be a pet shop owner when he grows up.

Emily Amundson has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Doug and Becky Amundson. Emily is involved in football, basketball, softball, track, book group, bell choir and band. She enjoys hanging out with friends and reading. Emily is a great leader, has confidence and has a good sense of humor. She plans to go to college and become a phy ed teacher.

Ashley Kurkowski has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of John and Jackie Kurkowski. Ashley is involved in choir, student council and Kinship. She enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, shopping and swimming. Ashley is caring, honest and works hard. Ashley plans to attend WITC Superior for early childhood education.

Aletta Bergman has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Patricia and Eric Bergman. Aletta has an excitement about learning and helping others. She is always ready for a challenge and loves to share the things she is learning with others. She is a good role model and treats everyone kindly and fairly.


Frankie Villella has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Natalie and Paul Villella. Frankie is very creative and loves to draw and paint. He has a positive attitude and makes those around him smile. His favorite class is art. Frankie enjoys playing Legos, video games and being outside with his brother Tony and sister Maria.

Wendy Roberts has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of David and Colleen Roberts. Wendy is always prepared for class, asks questions and takes academics seriously. Wendy is involved in hockey, softball, volleyball, Team Wisconsin hockey and church youth group. She enjoys sports, piano, reading, dirt biking, hunting and camping. She is hardworking, honest and kind.


Courtney Stevens has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Lisa and Brian Stevens. Courtney is usually very quiet in class but very attentive. She has great work ethics and is willing to work with others. Courtney enjoys reading and writing stories.

Shardae Garcia has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Bonnie and Mike Musial. Shardae is constantly cheerful in class and works hard on challenging materials. She is involved in FCCLA, art club and volunteers for Feed My Starving Children. She enjoys hanging out with friends, family and her cat, tanning, texting, listening to music and swimming.

Landon Fangmeier has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Landon has one younger brother and one younger sister. Together they like to play imagination games, especially ones that have to do with Landon’s favorite, Pokeman. At school Landon likes to read, read, read. He is a very good artist and likes to draw dinosaurs. When he grows up he wants to make video games.

McKenzie Meyer has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Tim and Darcy Meyer. She has one brother and one sister. Her pets include two dogs, a bunny, rat and three horses. McKenzie is involved in basketball and enjoys fourwheeling/mudding. Her favorite subject is social studies. She is a kindhearted friend and a joy to have in class.

Brian Gilbert has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Paul and Jodi Gilbert. He has an older sister Heather. Brian enjoys fishing, hunting, boating and weight lifting. He is involved in football, wrestling, track and NHS.



Ben Lemieux has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Mike and Lori Lemieux. Ben is an intelligent, kind, caring and clever boy that seems to always be in a good mood. Some of his favorite hobbies include playing baseball, basketball and reading. Ben is hardworking in the classroom, but he also likes to have fun. His hard work pays off when it comes to his academic success.

Charles "Chaz" Norenberg has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Barry and Colleen Norenberg. Chaz is an all-around great student and is a great benefit to the classroom atmosphere. Chaz is a very kind individual who has been active this year as a volunteer reading coach to younger students. He is involved in basketball, baseball, football, choir, band and is active in church.

Makayla Staples has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Makayla is a self-motivated leader. She consistently charges forward to know more and do better. She will consult a teacher before school, after school, and in between if that’s what is needed to satiate her curiosity. Makayla can be counted on to lift spirits, support friends and create an all-around pleasant positive learning environment.

John Dalsveen has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He the son of Anthony and Julie Dalsveen. John is involved in baseball, football, basketball, band, AODA and library club. John has a positive attitude, is polite and is always willing to help out. In his free time, John enjoys walking in the woods, hunting, fishing and spending time family and friends.

Tyler Amey has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in the Early Childhood classroom and is the son of Renee Koziski. His favorite color is red and he likes to play in the block area and cut paper during art. When Tyler grows up he wants to work with animals, maybe at a zoo.

Troy Woodman has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Dave and Tracy Woodman. Troy is an enjoyable student to have in class. He is interested in learning and performs well in all academic areas. He is polite, friendly, a hard worker and has a good sense of humor. He is well respected by his classmates. He is always willing to help his classmates.

Steven Stoll has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Shari Stoll. Steven makes good choices. He completes his work and goes above and beyond in the classroom. He is kind, polite, good-natured and patient with adults and students alike. Steven also attends a lot of Webster games to support his peers and district. Steven enjoys bow hunting and fishing.


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Hayden Schill has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Mindi and Jason Schill. Hayden works hard and is a great role model for others. Hayden gets along with everyone and is respectful and kind. He is an all-around wonderful guy.

Nathan Bradley has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Deon Maasen. Nate works hard and his kindness stands out every day. He has a good work ethic and is a joy to have in class.

Olivia Nelson has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Chris and Kelly Nelson. Olivia is involved in softball and volleyball. She enjoys hunting and being with friends. Her favorite class is physical science. After high school she plans to attend Winona State and major in nursing. She resides in Balsam Lake.



Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Coming events

FRI. & SAT./25 & 26 Danbury


• Interfaith Caregivers rummage & bake sale on Hayden Lake Road. Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 715866-4970.


• American Legion & Auxiliary 255 meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.


St. Croix Falls


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

• Off-road rally truck pull at Trollhaugen, 6:30 p.m., 651280-8282,

FRI. & SAT./18 & 19

SAT. & SUN./26 & 27

Webb Lake


• Community club rummage sale at the town hall, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Opening weekend Forts Folle Avoine, plant sale, tours, Sunday pancake breakfast 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SAT. & SUN./19 & 20




• Wildlife Experience Weekend at Crex Meadows. Sign up for tours, Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 4 & 7 a.m., 715-463-2739.

• Opening day at the depot/museum, with three local authors visiting, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



• Author Susan Segelstrom book signing at the library, 715-463-2244. • Bike through Crex Meadows, sign up for various bike tours, 715-463-2739.

Balsam Lake

• Rifle range youth .22 shoot at gun club. Sign-up 10:30 a.m., 715-857-5873.


• Yard & garden sale & concessions at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wild Geraniums purpled roadside ditches, a sure sign spring is now in full bloom. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer


• Garage sale at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


• 5K for Life at Tri-County Life Center, 9 a.m., 715-7552229. • Ride for the Cure at Auggie’s, 11:30 a.m., 715-294-4220.

Shell Lake

• Evening with the Stars Gala at Shell Lake Arts Center, 5:30 p.m., 715-468-2414.


• Siren’s Lilac Fest communitywide garage sale, 8 a.m.4 p.m., 715-349-8399. Frukost breakfast and bake sale at the Methodist church, 8 a.m.-?. Farmers market at Lakeview Event Center, 1-3 p.m., 715-349-5845 and Lilac sale, 715-349-8386.

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St. Croix Falls

• Alzen Family to perform at First Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m.

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



• Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 715684-4545.

• Red Cross blood drive at Fristad Lutheran Church, noon-6 p.m.

Balsam Lake Centuria

• American Legion Auxiliary, Adolph Timm Post 346, meets at 6 p.m. • Red Cross Blood Mobile will be at Fristad Lutheran Church from noon-6 p.m., 715-646-2361 or 715-296-3875.

Centuria Webster

• Elementary gardens plant sale at the school, 3:305 p.m.


• Used book sale at Larsen Family Public Library, 10 a.m.1 p.m.

SUNDAY/27 Laketown

• Drive-in worship service at Laketown Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m., 715-648-5323.

MONDAY/28 Balsam Lake

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


• Legion Auxiliary Memorial Day dinner at the community center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

THURS. & FRI./24 & 25



• Polk County Genealogy Society meeting at the museum, 7 p.m.

• Red Cross blood drive at St. Luke’s. Thurs. 1-7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-327-8951 or 715-327-8972.

• Polk County Alzheimer’s support group at social services building, 715-483-3133.

St. Croix Falls

• Polk County Master Gardeners workshop at Abrahamson Nursery, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-8786/2926.

St. Croix Falls



• Adult grief support group meeting at Holy Trinity Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-483-3363.

• Indianhead writers to meet at Northwind Book and Fiber, 1:30 p.m., 715-468-2604. • Fun/pleasure horse show at the fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m., 715-554-0748.

Turtle Lake

• Village Spring Market Day, crafts, sales, food, music, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-986-2241.


• Lions Bingo at the community center, 7:30 p.m. • Webster/Siren Christian Women’s Club After 5 meets at Yellow Lake Lutheran, 6:30 p.m., 715-566-0081.



• Little Timmy’s heart benefit at Balsam Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 715-268-9291.

• Polk County Historical meeting at the government center, 7:15 p.m., 715-268-6578.


Balsam Lake

• Faith Lutheran Church’s Blessing of the Bikes, 9:30 a.m..


Balsam Lake Milltown

• Red Cross blood drive at Milltown Lutheran Church, 12:30-6:30 p.m.



Balsam Lake Siren


• Food and Friends Community Dinner at the Siren United Methodist Church, 5-6 p.m.


• Alzheimer’s support group at the medical center, 1-3 p.m., 715-483-0431.

• Luck School & Community Expo and Talent Show. Displays 5-6:45 p.m. Talent show 7 p.m., 715-472-2152.


St. Croix Falls

WEDNESDAY/30 Grantsburg

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

• A Sea of Blue Interpretive Walk at Crex Visitor Center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-463-2739,

St. Croix Falls


• Tech. Sgt. Owen Mobley to speak about WWII at the library, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Red Cross blood drive at the Legion, 12:30-6:30 p.m.


• Burnett County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m. in Room 162 in the government center.

• Parkinson’s support group, 2 p.m., at the library, 715689-2163.

Church kids raise money for 10 hungry families


• St. Luke United Methodist Church’s 75th-annual Lilac Sunday worship service, 10:30 a.m.

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

It was a busy day for the Siren United Methodist Sunday school, Sunday, May 13. It was the last day of Sunday school for the summer and the end of the Heifer Project mission. The kids set a goal back in September 2011 to raise $2,000 to buy 28 farm animals to go to 10 hungry families to raise for food and income for years to come. During church to show the congregation their appreciation for all their support with this mission, they sang an original song of thanks to the tune of “Old McDonald had a Farm” and handed out thank-you cards they made. - Photos submitted

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

Every Monday

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

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

Every Tuesday

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

Every Wednesday

The Sunday school was also presented with books from the United Methodist Men for some fun summer reading. Shown with the kids is Bruce Roe.

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

Every Thursday

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

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

Every Saturday

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m.

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