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Angel Johnson put on her sunflower costume and joined the crowd at Siren attempting to set a new world record of the “most dressed as a sunflower,” one of the events at the 10-year anniversary of the 2001 tornado. Unfortunately, she was excluded from the count because she has too many legs. More coverage of the Day of Change, a Day of Thanksgiving inside this section. - Photo by Carl Heidel

One sweet Father’s Day swing by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – George Eng made one sweet swing while golfing with son Max Eng, daughter Beth Meyer and other family members this past Father’s Day at the Grantsburg Golf Course. At the ninth hole, Eng stepped up to take his swing, gripping the 7-iron his late son Bill had made and given him as a Father’s Day gift several years before. As he watched the ball soar high in the air, then drop behind a hill to the green beyond, he heard shouts from his group that he’d made a good shot. Reaching the green he saw it was indeed more than a good shot, it was a great shot, a hole-in-one. “It was a special Father’s Day gift,” remarked Eng. “Thanks, Bill, love you, Dad.”

“It was a special Father’s Day gift,” remarked Eng of his hole-in-one shot made with the 7-iron his late son, Bill, made and gave to him on Father’s Day several years ago. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

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SPOONER - The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., bearing the engraved names of more than 58,000 who gave their lives in Vietnam or who remain missing, will be on display July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery on Hwy. 53 near Spooner. The memorial - half the size of the original - will be open to the public 24/7 from the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, to 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. The appearance of the wall is being made possible by the Washburn County Veterans Committee and the United Commanders, under the direction of retired Army veteran Brian X Sengbush and his brother and former Marine Keith Sengbush, co-chairs of the committee organizing the event. When the wall is placed by volunteers at the veterans cemetery, 61 crosses will be placed near it to represent the 61 veterans from the surrounding nine-county area whose names are on the memorial. Thursday’s opening ceremony will run about an hour and a half. It will include a presentation on the history of the wall, the posting of flags and an appearance by a color guard from the Wisconsin National Guard at Eau Claire. An uncasing ceremony of the U.S. flag will symbolize the opening of the monument. The Shell Lake High School band will perform along with a community choir and Boy Scout Troop 51 of Shell Lake will lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Springbrook VFW will deliver military honors. World War II Marine veteran Larry Phillipson will perform “No Welcome Home,” a tribute to the veterans who did not receive honor and respect when they returned to the U.S. after serving in Vietnam. Speakers will include Jim Young, national president of the CSVO, and Gary Wetzel, Medal of Honor winner. There will be a military fly-over, a 21-gun salute, a playing of taps and a closing prayer before the memorial officially opens to the public. Wisconsin has a total of 1,160 veterans names on the wall. Of those, 28 are still listed as prisoners of war or missing in action and have not as of yet been repatriated. The average age of those listed on the wall is 19. For more information go to or - with submitted information

Members of the Rick and Annette Peterson family attended the 10-year anniversary of the June 18, 2001, tornado in Siren this past weekend and saw a photo of themselves in a story published in a one-year anniversary special issue created by the Inter-County Leader. The Petersons and their eight children huddled in a tiny root cellar in their Town of Dewey home when the tornado struck that evening. The following year would be a struggle for the family as they rebuilt, but Rick told the Leader that the number of people who came forward to help them was inspiring. “It has unified us as a family and as a community, with a sense of belonging beyond our close family.” The Day of Change, Day of Thanksgiving event, included a display of photos and articles, along with several events. More coverage of the event can be found elsewhere in this section. - Photo above by Priscilla Bauer; file photos at left and below by Nancy Jappe and Gary King

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Music in the Park series begins

GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg Music Festival Society’s Music in the Park series at Memory Lake Park in Grantsburg will begin on Saturday, June 25, with entertainment and music from Kaptain Karl (Karl Wicklund), Shotgun Johnson & the Mississippi Seven. The Mississippi Seven creates a remarkable blend of bluegrass, old-time music and rock. Front man Shotgun Johnson has assembled an impressive roster that includes banjo virtuoso Scuffy Pucker, Kaptain Karl on guitar and Memphis Evans on drums. All seven players contribute to the tight vocal harmonies, and each is a talented songwriter. They put on a show that is equal parts fun and showmanship. The group is a local favorite and has also performed at several Twin Cities venues. Food will be available for sale beginning at 5 p.m. with the entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. The Music in the Park series is made possible solely through the generous contributions from the public and grants from local businesses. Donations at the event will be accepted and greatly appreciated. Come to this fun evening of entertainment by the lake and remember to bring your blankets or lawn chairs. - submitted




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Errant trail camera provides lead to arrest

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A series of local cabin and shed break-ins believed to be tied to a lone rural Balsam Lake man has been uncovered, thanks to a lone trail camera and solid investigative police work. Authorities have tied a string of nine break-ins to Scott M. Peterson, 31, who was taken into custody recently and arrested. He was served with a laundry list of a total of 20 criminal charges on June 17, including 10 felony burglary charges, eight misdemeanor theft charges and both a felony and misdemeanor

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Stoneking resigns from county board

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County Supervisor Diane Stoneking resigned from the county board effective Wednesday, June 22. Stoneking has represented District 16 since 2006. She said her home had been on the market and sold suddenly. Stoneking is moving back to the Twin Cities. County board Chair William Stoneking Johnson will now appoint a new supervisor to serve until next April. In a statement to the county board, Stoneking said it has been an honor to have been elected. She said the county is in a much better situation than when she was first elected and said she can report that the county is moving in a positive direction. District 16 includes most of Garfield and the southern half of the Town of Balsam Lake. Stoneking won a contested election in 2006, defeating Marlin Baillargeon, and was re-elected unopposed in 2008 and 2010. She is currently the chair of the Human Services Board and serves on the property committee.

Osceola man loses life in motorcycledeer crash

SOMERSET - An Osceola man lost his life in a motorcycle-deer crash Monday afternoon, June 13. Craig Vick, 50, was driving his 2004 Harley-Davidson east on Polk/St. Croix Road about a mile east of Hwy. 35 in the Town of Somerset when the accident occurred. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 4:18 p.m. about the accident. According to a sheriff’s report, Vick was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County medical examiner. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Responding to the scene were the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the Somerset Fire Department and Lakeview EMS. It was the fourth traffic fatality of 2011 in St. Croix County. - with information from Pierce County Herald

Scott M. Peterson

drug charge. The list of victims goes back to last October, but the bulk of the burglaries is thought to have occurred this May, at a total of nine cabins or storage sheds. According to the criminal complaint, Peterson is alleged to

have gone to the nine locations in several local municipalities during the early hours of the day, and used a pry bar or screwdriver to gain access. The items he is alleged to have stolen include everything from guns, TVs, an ATV, gasoline, cameras, tools, a generator, electronics, hunting and fishing accessories, to bug repellent, battery-powered thermal socks, even several tree-mounted trail cameras. Ironically, it was a trail camera that Peterson missed during the burglary of a rural Cumberland location on May 19 that was his ultimate undoing. That trail camera apparently showed two pictures of Peterson’s red S-10 Chevy Blazer, with unique gray graphics, door rust and black wheels - but no license number.

They also discovered an errant cigarette butt that was believed to be his at one of the burglary locations. But tracking the perpetrator down was not an easy task. It took heads-up police work to find that truck, which authorities knew very little about, except the model, color and that it had some rust and certain graphics. However, a deputy noticed a similar vehicle parked at a rural Balsam Lake farmhouse several days later. That discovery led to a stakeout and eventual search warrant, where some of the stolen booty was recovered, as well as methamphetamine and some drug paraphernalia. When confronted, Peterson eventually admitted to the series of burglaries and said he was

working alone. He is now apparently cooperating with police, and has notified authorities to the location of many of the stolen items, much of which had since sold. Some of the burglaries go back as far as last October, but most of the break-ins occurred this May. Peterson was charged on June 17 with a total of 20 criminal charges, 10 of them felonies. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on July 11. Because he has a no previous criminal record and is cooperating with authorities, he remains free until that court appearance. If convicted on all counts, Peterson faces the potential for up to 210 years in prison and over $330,000 in fines.

Addition planned at Schaffer Manufacturing

Ground breaking set for July 1

MILLTOWN — Schaffer Manufacturing of Milltown has completed plans on a 20,000-square-foot addition and will hold a ground-breaking ceremony Friday, July 1. Several Polk County businesses assisted with the floor plans for the addition to the 58,000-square-foot facility. Schaffer Manufacturing is a contract manufacturer of metal products. The company supplies parts, assemblies and weldments domestically and abroad to customers in the construction, mining, agriculture, recycling, top-water dredging and snowremoval industries as well as others. A significant portion of the new facility will be to accommodate one of its main customers,

Schaffer Manufacturing in Milltown will break ground July 1 for a new addition. The construction will add 20,000 square feet to the current 58,000square-foot facility. — Photo by Mary Stirrat who makes equipment for mines and quarries. Its primary use will be to house and assemble large projects, as well as increase

Cushing bank robbed at gunpoint

Left in red GM pickup, FBI assisting with investigation

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CUSHING – Polk County authorities are continuing to sift through details, video and eyewitness accounts of a bank robbery that occurred shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the U.S. Bank branch in Cushing. There were no other customers in the bank when a masked gunman entered the bank and ordered the employees to the floor. The robber then helped himself to the tellers cash drawers and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. While the robber was masked, he is described as a white, adult male of average height, with a thin build. He was brandishing a handgun, which was believed to have been real.

capacities for additional fabrication workstations. The potential local job creation is estimated to be between seven and 10 new employees. Schaffer Manufacturing currently employs 58 people. The building will be constructed by Northwest Builders Inc. of Rice Lake, with financing by Sterling Bank of Luck. Barry and Steve Schaffer will be hosting a ground-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, July 1. Several local and regional government officials will attend the ceremony. Schaffer Manufacturing is located at 109 Industrial Ave. in Milltown. — Mary Stirrat with information submitted by Schaffer Manufacturing

These “boys” are loud

The man left the scene in what is likely to be a mid-1990s model year red Chevrolet or GMC full-sized pickup, possibly with a silver stripe or trim on its side and with some body rust. Polk County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Steve Moe said they are going over surveillance tapes and witness accounts to garner more information as the investigation continues. He also confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also involved. “We’re asking for any information the public may have,” Moe said. Moe said they may be releasing surveillance photos in the coming days, and asked that anyone with information on either the vehicle used or the suspect in the armed robbery calls the sheriff’s office at 715-4858300. There is a reward available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man involved.

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It wasn’t a marching band or fire truck siren that made this young paradegoer hold his ears but rather the antics of the Wild River Boys, who fired their shotguns as they acted out the killing of a skunk. The hillbilly act from Burnett County evokes smiles and laughter throughout the summer at local parade appearances. This scene took place on Hwy. 35 during the annual Family Days parade, Sunday, June 19. More Family Days coverage in Currents. - Photo by Gary King

Local publishing legend passes


“Pork” Vezina, war hero, SCF newsman and entrepreneur, dead at 93

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – He started and ran several local businesses, from a local newspaper to a Dairy Queen, raised several kids who went on to be hugely successful, set several sports records for St. Croix Falls High School, was a certified World War II avionics hero and, later in life, was known for things like water skiing seven miles up the St. Croix River to his 75th birthday party. Howard “Pork” Vezina was many things, but typical was not among them. Vezina died on June 16 at the age of 93 after a short illness, but up until that time, was still driving to downtown St. Croix Falls for coffee and fellowship, still attending church in Taylors Falls, Minn., and still being Pork. He lived in St. Croix Falls since age 4, and grew up in the river city, making his mark in athletics for the Saints as a basketball, football and track star, earning him-

“Pork” Vezina (far right) is shown with his brother, Jack (left) and their father, William, in their newspaper shot years ago. - Photo courtesy of the Vezina family self an athletic scholarship to Hamline University in St. Paul. But Uncle Sam called him to duty less than two years into his college career, and he took a detour to the skies where he spent two years flying for the Army Air

Howard “Pork” Vezina was a navigator, flight engineer and bombardier on a bomber in World War II, almost identical to this B-17G bomber, which is owned by the Experimental Aircraft in Association Oshkosh. – Photo submitted

Corps. He returned home to marry his sweetheart, Phyllis Ara Jensen, on March 20, 1941. The couple moved to northwestern Iowa, where he operated the Hartley Sentinel newspaper, which is still operated by a Vezina. Uncle Sam called Pork back into uniform when World War II broke out, and back to the skies. He went in as a navigator, flight engineer and bombardier on a legendary B-17 bomber. The famous “flying fortresses” were known for their ability to survive attacks, and Vezina was one of those who could confirm those stories. His plane was once severely damaged over Germany, but somehow managed to limp back to an air base in England and land safely. He went on to fly many missions over Germany, and later in the South Pacific, and wanted to get into commercial aviation back home. Vezina was lucky enough to return home alive from the theater of war, where his airline plans got bumped for a spell so he could help his dad, Butch, run the St. Croix Falls Standard Press. Originally

planning to help out for just a few short weeks, the paper blossomed in the postwar boom, and Vezina was there with his father to help navigate that success. But Vezina and Phyllis found other ventures along the way, including starting the St. Croix Falls Dairy Queen, which added to their work duties, and made Vezina one of the busiest men in the valley. He also had numerous family obligations, as he and Phyllis’ brood grew to include three kids. He still found time to attend their special events, activities and sports, but they sold the Dairy Queen to help find more of that time. Vezina and Butch ran the Standard Press as a team until 1957, when Vezina took the reins as a solo publisher. The newspaper continued to bloom under his guidance, as it did until he sold the operation in 1984. But retirement was no ordinary word, and Vezina enjoyed the outdoors and more with Phyllis. They traveled in a motor home across the nation, gardened, played in the snow and water and relaxed in their Upper St. Croix River houseboat. They just enjoyed their lives together and ever-expanding family, with an occasional detour to the Southwest and even into Mexico. Phyllis died just over a decade ago, but Vezina kept active and continued to make daily visits downtown for his mail and his java, right up until his body fought back in recent months. He died on June 16 at the age of 93, and services were held on June 21 in Taylors Falls, Minn., with an honorary military service at the Amherst I. Hansen American Legion Post in St. Croix Falls. Vezina’s life was worth noting because he made it so – from athlete to war hero to publisher to entrepreneur to father and later a grandfather and local legend and all-around character. People always knew Vezina – for one reason or another. Again, Vezina was many things, but typical was not among them.

Talks begin on road to bypass school

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Planning commissions for the village and Town of Luck met Monday evening, June 20, in a preliminary step to begin discussions on constructing a road to bypass Luck School. Traffic on 7th Street by the school becomes very congested, particularly when buses are loading or unloading, parents are picking up or dropping off children and students are entering or leaving the school. Luck Village Administrator Kristina Handt initiated the conversation with the town officials because any new road heading south out of the village could potentially extend into the township. The hope, she said, is to bring 2nd Street at the new United Pioneer Home on Butternut Avenue to the south, eventually turning east and connecting either with 7th Street or the road around by the cemetery. In this way the road will bypass the school and alleviate the safety hazards

FREDERIC - The Grand Idea piano project is off to a running start with just over $3,000 raised to date. Contributions have been coming in, and with the raffle now set up, it is hoped that the goal of $9,000 to purchase a new piano for the Frederic School District will be reached soon, according to project coordinators. “We are very happy with the show of support so far,” said Grand Idea project manager Corey Arnold. “We have received financial donations from as far away as Massachusetts, and we are thrilled with local merchants who’ve donated to a really nice list of items for the raffle.” Donations are always welcome, however, a raffle has been created to help raise funds as well. Raffle tickets and items are on display at the State Farm office in Frederic. Tickets offer a chance to win a Sav-

Luck Village Administrator, Kirstina Handt, indicates on a map the possible route for a new road extending south from Butternut Avenue. The road would eventually connect with 7th Street, which goes in front of Luck School, to help alleviate traffic issues. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

School piano fundraiser under way age AXIS XP .270-caliber rifle with scope ($500 value), 21-inch push lawn mower ($300 value), a handmade quilt ($200 value), massage/salon care basket from Avalon in Frederic ($100 value), U.S. Bank savings bond ($100 value), miscellaneous

items including: a leather-sleeved Holloway Varsity Jacket in Frederic’s blue and gold ($200 value) from Frederic Design & Promotions, a picnic package including cooler, lawn chair, propane cylinder refills, weather radio/flashlight and other

created by traffic and pedestrians. Much of the property through which any future road would go is within the village limits, although it could possibly include some land in the Town of Luck if it extends south far enough. The majority of it is owned by United Pioneer Home or the school. At the conclusion of Monday’s discussion, town and village officials agreed that the next step would be a meeting between the village and school. The town would be updated on discussions as they progress. Members of the village planning commission are village President Peter Demydowich as chair, trustees Hassan Mian and Bob Determan and citizen members John Klatt, Ed Seck, Chris Petersen and Lori Pardun. The town planning commission consists of town board chair Dean Johansen, board Supervisor Greg Marsten, Sean McGinnity, Gregg Westigard and Karen Swanberg.

smaller items. If you have any questions, please call the Grand Idea committee at 715-3278076. - submitted

Legislature gives govenor the power to appoint VA secretary

by Gilman Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON -The state Senate and the state Assembly have approved a bill granting the governor the power to appoint the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Democrats in the state Senate made one final attempt to block the plan to

add the Veterans Affairs secretary to the governor's appointed cabinet. Senator Julie Lassa of Stevens Point proposed amending the bill to allow the Board of Veterans Affairs to retain the power to appoint the department secretary. But Lassa's amendment was voted down on a party line vote. Republican

Sen. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan says the plan to give the governor appointment power has strong support from the largest veterans groups in the state. The bill also expands the veterans board from six to nine members with at least one from each congressional district in the state.

Aspects of county economy are improving


County administrator gives state of the county report

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Polk County Administrator Dana Frey gave the first of what will be annual “state of the county” reports Tuesday evening, June 21, at the regular monthly meeting of the board of supervisors. Distributing his report in writing and encouraging supervisors to read it, Frey provided an overview of what the report covered. He said he measured the condition of the county in regard to its economic and demographic conditions, its fiscal conditions and its management conditions. “I am pleased to report that all three are relatively positive and show improvements over the past year,” he said. The county, Frey noted, was severely affected by the recession. Indicators of improvement include a significant increase in sales tax collections due to a growth in retail sales and an increase in employment numbers. The housing market remains “a serious drag on the economy,” however. The fiscal condition of the county has improved, in part due to a tightening of purchasing rules. In addition, controlling expenditures and changes in the management of lapsing funds has led to a dramatic increase in the county’s undesignated fund. In 2010, the undesignated fund, referred to as the county’s savings account, equaled just over 12 percent of general fund expenditures. Board policy sets the undesignated fund at 20 percent of general fund expenditures. As of June 2011, said Frey, the general fund sits at $6.6 million, which is 29 percent of general fund expenditures. “It would not have happened without the good work of the county employees,” Frey said. “Over the course of this year we’re going to add to fund balance. We don’t need to have a knee-jerk reaction.” Frey’s report was followed by a discussion on the 2012 budget, initiated by Supervisor Larry Voelker. While Frey does a great job of developing an accurate and responsible budget, said Voelker, the board should be providing him with a better “floor plan” to follow. Voelker proposed a work session, free of “formalities,” at which time supervisors could discuss program priorities in order to give Frey additional direction for the budget process. Earlier this year each supervisor prioritized county programs and services, and Frey has been using these surveys to formulate the 2012 budget. Low-priority items would be listed in the budget, but with options to phase them out or eliminate them altogether. Time, he said, is an issue since the board should review the proposed budget in September. Supervisors Brian Masters, Kristine Kremer-Hartung and Ken Sample spoke in favor of having an informal meeting to discuss budget priorities, but Gary Bergstrom,

chair of the finance committee, noted that Frey has been in the process of looking at the priorities previously defined by supervisors. Each supervisor has his or her own interests and programs that come with a substantial price tag do not tend to receive a consensus. As discussion continued, Voelker indicated that he expected that the meeting would not be facilitated, but just be an opportunity for board members to talk without Diana Manning, executive di- the restraints of a formal rector of Endeavors Adult Devel- meeting. Both Sample opment Center. – Photo by Mary and Nelson said they beStirrat lieved the meeting should be facilitated and follow some order. When asked for his opinion on whether a special meeting of the board to discuss priorities would help him, Frey responded by saying, “This could interfere with my ability to formulate the budget.” Priority- and goal-setting should be ongoing, said Frey, but program evaluation takes time and will also be an ongoing process. The vote on whether to hold a special meeting failed on a tie vote, 11 in favor and 11 against. In favor were Supervisors Dean Johansen, Patricia Schmidt, Herschel Brown, Jim Edgell, Masters, Sample, Warren Nelson, Kremer-Hartung, Bergstrom, Neil Johnson, and Voelker. Opposed were Harry Johansen, Marvin Caspersen, Wendy Rattel, Craig Moriak, Russ Arcand, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, Larry Jepsen, Kim O’Connell, Gerianne Christiansen and board Chair William Johnson IV.

Endeavors Diana Manning, executive director of Endeavors Adult Development Center, presented an update on the center’s programs and services. Endeavors serves 93 clients, ages 17 to 73, primarily with physical and cognitive disabilities. Clients learn job and life skills and are employed at Endeavors greenhouse and wild birdseed business. They also do contract work such as janitorial services and parts work.

Invasive species A change a Polk County’s ordinance concerning aquatic invasive species means that owners of a boat or watercraft as well as anyone operating it may be fined if the watercraft is illegally transporting such a species. In the past, responsibility of preventing the spread of aquatic plants and invasive animals was placed on the

person operating the equipment. According to the wording of the resolution that amends the ordinance, “it is in the interest of Polk County that the owners and lessors of vehicles, watercraft and equipment share in the responsibility so that the effort of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is comprehensive.” Several invasive species have been identified in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, even entering Polk County lakes. Adult zebra mussels have been found at Osceola and larvae have been found above the St. Croix dam, said Tim Ritten, director of Polk County Land and Water Resource Department. Among other threats are silver carp, snakehead, spiny water flea, didymo and Eurasian water milfoil. Surface- and groundwater have been identified as Polk County’s priority resources, Ritten reminded the board, and the control and prevention of invasive species has been named the No. 1 goal and No. 1 objective in the county’s 10-year plan. One newer method that has been used to monitor and report violations is the installation of cameras at boat landings. The ordinance allows volunteers, usually lake home owners, to review the videos and report anyone who doesn’t clean off their watercraft when the leave the lake. The cameras can cost up to $10,000, said Dan Leh of the Half Moon Lake Rehabilitation district, but grants are available to help alleviate the cost. There is also grant money available to pay wages for an individual to monitor the boats and trailers coming to or leaving a boat landing. Eric Lindberg, a resident of Minnesota who helped pilot a program installing seven cameras on Burnett County lakes in 2008, said the cameras provide the evidence that the sheriff’s department needs to prosecute violators. The ordinance covers a wide variety of equipment and other items, including kayaks, trapping and fishing equipment, decoys, waders, anchors and nets. A fine of $200 to $500 can be imposed for each violation. Invasive species impact water quality and, hence, property values, and it has cost at least $1 million in Polk County alone to treat, monitor and harvest these plants and animals.

County workers A resolution supporting the rights of Polk County workers once again failed to get a vote. Originally presented at the March meeting of the board, the resolution was tabled after lengthy discussion. Supervisors were in agreement that county employees were of a high caliber, but one supervisor termed the resolution “too political.” It was again on the board agenda for the April 19 meeting, when no discussion took place. Tuesday evening, June 21, a vote was taken to see if the resolution could be brought back to the table for discussion. By a vote of 14 to 8, with Kienholz absent, supervisors failed to bring it back for discussion.

Breaks in while she sleeps, steals purse, then “finds it”

Man has a history of theft, burglary and legal run-ins

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A 19-year-old Balsam Lake man is facing two misdemeanor charges for allegedly breaking into the home of a relative and stealing her purse while she was sleeping, and then pretending to find the stolen item a short time later, after police became involved. The incident began in the early-morning hours of Monday, June 20, when a woman called police and told them that she awoke to find a strange person in her bedroom. She yelled for him to leave, which he did, but when looking around, she discovered her purse was missing. The police arrived within minutes of her call and immediately began to canvass and search the area. The victim told the officers that she suspected the person who

broke in was a relative, Asa Merrill, who also has a history of burglary and theft. Police looked both for the purse and the suspect, and found neither. They even checked in nearby dumpsters for the missing purse, to no avail. They went to Merrill’s home and found that he had been at the residence earlier, but had left. Merrill’s mother later called police and said that he had arrived home, and that he had a purse, which he insisted he found outside the relative’s home. Police had specifically looked where he supposedly discovered the missing items, and had seen nothing during their sweep of the area. The victim explained that she wanted to press charges, and wanted Merrill arrested for the theft. He insisted he did not steal the items but authorities did not believe his story, and he was taken into custody. Merrill was charged with theft and disorderly conduct and made a court appearance later that day before Judge

James Erickson. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim, commit no new crimes and must appear at all future court proceedings. He was released on a $500 signature bond, with his final pretrial hearing set for July 29. Merrill has a long history of run-ins with the law, in spite of his young age. He was convicted of burglary less than a year ago and has had numerous other charges and subsequent convictions in the last three years, ranging from several theft and burglary incidents to underage drinking, marijuana possession, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He is currently on probation for a 2010 conviction, plea bargain and read-in charges involving a series of breakins and burglaries of several taverns and markets, and just had a status hearing with a judge three weeks prior. He served eight months total in jail on that conviction, which included a restitution plan.

savings for the eight options ranged from no savings to an annual savings in the $80,000 range. The district is looking at making the administrative assistant position half time when Diane Utley retires. Details on that are being worked out. Tischer told the board that the current school financial year may end close to budget on Thursday, June 30. He said that the final amount of the open enrollment costs is being finalized, and the cost will be closer to budget than anticipated. Open enrollment cost, listed as tuition in the budget, is the cost Frederic pays to other districts where Frederic students chose to enroll minus the income Frederic gets for students who chose to come here. Over the years, Frederic has lost more students than it has gained. Last September, the open enrollment count was 64 students leaving Frederic and 15 coming to Frederic, for a net loss of 49 students. Tischer expects the cost to be

$410,600 paid to other districts and $57,700 received from other districts for a net open enrollment cost of $352,900 for the current year. The initial Frederic budget for 2011-12 draws down the fund balance or operating funds from $900,000 to $350,000. Between now and November the board is looking for more revenue or expense cuts to cover this deficit of $550,000. The board took no action on the new budget Monday, but two items might help the district with its shortfall. First, the Wisconsin budget bill increased state aid by $100 per student. That means an additional $50,000 for Frederic. Second, a 90-day period has been approved during which districts have the opportunity to negotiate for concessions on contract terms without reopening the whole contract.

Frederic stays with full-time principal

Present year close to budget

by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic School District will continue to have a full-time principal for the 6-12 school. The district is now advertising for a replacement for longtime Principal Ray Draxler. And the district may end the present school year on June 30 very close to budget. The school board held its monthly meeting Monday, June 20. The board made its decision to continue with a fulltime high school principal during a closed session May 24. District Administrator Jerry Tischer had presented them with a range of options such as a single principal for the district, a shared principal with another district and a combined administrator/principal position. The

Fundraising under way for proposed Webster dog park


by Sherill Summer Leader staff writer WEBSTER - A community garage and bake sale was held this past weekend at the Orange Community Center with the proceeds going toward a dog park that organizers hope to place in the old municipal dump north of Webster. Over $2,000 was netted from the sale and more may be added toward the total after some of the nicer items are auctioned off at an upcoming Ericksons consignment auction. There are numerous collection cans in area businesses that have collected hundreds of dollars for the dog park as well, so that the total collected so far nears the $3,000 mark. The village of Webster owns the land and has agreed to provide some maintenance once the park is established, but funds must be collected from the community for the fence. Depending on how much money is raised in the community will determine how large the fenced area of the dog park will be. It was estimated last year that it would cost approximately

$15,000 to fence the entire 16 acres. Upcoming fundraisers are an opportunity for discounted shopping at Yonkers in Superior on Nov. 12 and dog park memorials and sponsorship plaques that will be mounted on a sign at the front entrance of the dog park. The memorial and sponsorship plaques range from 2-by-4 inches to 4-by-8 inches in size with prices ranging from a $50 memorial to a favorite pet to a $1,000 sponsorship. Tiger Manufacturing, through the Webster High School, will be creating the plaques. For more information on these fundraisers, visit the Orange 4-H Web site at

Cora and Jessica Bauer have made a name for themselves over the years for being exceptional Girl Scouts. The girls have retired from Scouting, but are not finished organizing events to benefit the community. The girls decided to team up with the Orange 4-H (who have taken on the dog park as a community project) to hold a garage / bake sale at the Orange Community Center east of Webster this past weekend, June 17 and 18. Over $2,000 was raised for the fencing needed to make the dog park a reality. Shown (L to R): Cheryl Ingalls, Vickie Bauer, Cora Bauer and Toni Olson. - Photo by Sherill Summer

Notice A purse was donated for the community sale that had several newer-looking keys inside. If the donator of the purse needs the keys returned, please call 715866-4510.

Driver injured when vehicle overturns in ditch

TOWN OF LAFOLLETTE - Vehicle driver Terrence B. Rogers, 42, Webster, received three traffic citations following a one-vehicle accident on CTH X and Oak Road at 1:45 a.m. Friday, June 17. Rogers was cited for speeding, going too fast for

conditions and failure to have control of the vehicle, which was severely damaged. He received medical transport for treatment of injuries received. According to the report filed with the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department,

Rogers’ vehicle was going south on CTH X. The vehicle started to go into the east ditch. Rogers overcorrected, sending the vehicle across the highway into the ditch on the west side of the road. The vehicle then overturned, coming to rest on its top.

Aaron Alwine, 30, Hertel, was a passenger, riding on the right passenger side of the vehicle. Alwine did not require medical transport. - information from Burnett County Sheriff’s Department.

SIREN - A group of three musicians from Rice Lake who call themselves the Porch Dogs will be playing in the band shell at Crooked Lake Park Thursday,

June 23. The group plays country, ‘50s and ‘60s and bluegrass selections. They have played around the area and guarantee that their audience will have “some

howling fun.” Music in the Park at Crooked Lake Park runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Refreshments for purchase this week will be provided by

the Siren VFW Post. - Information submitted

Porch Dogs play at band shell

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LARGE SELECTION OF FRESH QUALITY PLANTS 15% OFF WROUGHT-IRON ART Polk County Clerk Carole Wondra in front of a map of the new supervisory districts. – Photo by Mary Stirrat ing had been set for that day, giving residents the opportunity to comment, and their comments should be listened to. “We shouldn’t have said it was a public hearing if we weren’t going to hear,” he said. Fuge indicated that any specific changes in the boundary presented by a board member could be considered, but none was brought forward. The map, with the slight change noted by Wondra early in the meeting, was accepted by voice vote. Along with two incumbents, Arcand and Voelker, residing in the same district, the new map puts another set of incumbents in the same situation. Both Harry Johansen and Kathryn Kienholz live in the new District 5. On a related issue, a resolution to reduce the size of the county board from 23 to 15 failed to gain enough support for discussion.

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by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Polk County’s new supervisory districts were approved with only a slight change from the map presented to the county board in May. Redistricting occurs following each 10-year census to ensure that residents receive equal representation. County clerk Carole Wondra explained to the board at its Tuesday, June 21, meeting that the change consisted of a moving boundary line that went through the woods so that it follows a road. There is no change to the population in either of the two districts involved. In a public hearing prior to the vote on the districts, officials from the Town of Alden brought up concerns about the new lines. Keith Karpenski and John Bonneprise, both supervisors for the Town of Alden, asked that boundaries for the districts encompassing the Town of Alden not be changed. District 22 in that area has been extensively changed, added Karpenski. Supervisor Larry Voelker, who has represented that district, will now reside in the same district as Supervisor Russ Arcand, creating a race in next April’s election if both incumbents choose to seek re-election. Ed Gullickson, chair of the Town of Garfield, also spoke against the changes in that area. A prime section of Lake Wapogasset, he said, is now out of District 22, and the district is spread out over 10 miles or so. “That’s pretty upsetting to our board,” Gullickson said. Bonneprise also told the board that the townships did not have adequate input into determining the boundaries and did not have adequate time to make comments. He said that last week was the first time the town board had the opportunity to look at the proposed map. Wondra explained to the board that, because population needs to be pretty equal among all the districts, changing one boundary line would impact the whole map. Municipalities are to begin drawing ward boundaries later this week and, according to corporation counsel Jeff Fuge, the final map must be completed July 1. As the board discussed approving the resolution to adopt the map, Voelker noted that town officials had voiced their concerns about the boundaries and the time frame. “We need to service our constituents,” he said, adding that the county board needed to take the wishes of the town board into consideration. Fuge pointed out that the map had been published in the Advertiser/Leader, the county’s legal newspaper, May 25, and letters had been sent to each municipality soon after that. According to Wondra, only the village of Osceola made any comment back to her office. Both Supervisor Warren Nelson and Supervisor Kristine Kremer-Hartung questioned the idea of setting a public hearing on the same day the map has to be approved. Nelson said that the public hear-


Other business • The board voted to spend $300 to purchase work jackets for the four highway department employees who scored highest during the safety Roadeo held in April. • The board voted to amend the 2011 budget to include an additional $35,228 for the capital expenditure line for Golden Age Manor in order to purchase a Webbased electronic records system. The system upgrade is mandated by the state of Wisconsin. Total cost is $47,411. • The board voted to approve the county’s participation in a mutual aid compact for emergency management services with Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties, and the St. Croix Tribe. The cooperative effort would allow the counties to coordinate efforts in the case of a large-scale emergency, natural disaster or a manmade catastrophe.

Severson votes “to uphold Second Amendment”

Personal Protection Act allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights, he says

MADISON – State Rep. Erik Severson, R-Osceola, issued the following statement after the state Assembly cast a bipartisan vote of 69 - 27 in favor of the Personal Protection Act: “Wisconsin has now joined 48 other states in upholding the laws and values of the Second Amendment and allowing people to protect themselves and their families. “The Personal Protection Act allows the law-abiding citizens of this state to exer-

cise their rights, something that has been denied them for years.” The Personal Protection Act includes a licensing system that requires background checks and firearms safety training for people who choose to conceal and carry weapons. Exemptions from training requirements are extended to members of the military, retired law enforcement personnel and citizens who have already completed a hunters safety course. Gov. Walker is expected to sign Senate Bill 93 into law, making Illinois the last remaining state to prohibit some form of concealed carry. - from the office of Rep. Peterson

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• From the editor •

• Joe Heller •

Embracing this political season

This is the season for politics in Wisconsin. Hotter and stickier than the summer weather we’re still anticipating, the political climate right here, right now is steaming. Scott Walker, Shelly Moore, Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and a man by the name of Pat Kreitlow. There are new names on the roster and it’s making us all sit up and take closer notice of politics in our own state. That’s the positive part. The negative part might be ... negativism itself. Many are slow to embrace the recall election involving our state senator, Sheila Harsdorf, and challenger Shelly Moore. It’s not a regular election, they say. But there are signs that more and more voters who wanted nothing to do with a recall vote are getting involved, ready to be counted. It’s a close race by most accounts - a dead heat - making this historic race even more interesting. The surface dynamics of the race between Harsdorf and Moore played out at the Frederic Family Days parade - of all places - this past weekend. Each candidate’s marching entourage projected different attitudes. Smiling, silent and stoic versus aggressive, articulated and animated. Those observations tell us nothing but the difference underscored the drama of having both candidates on the same road - physically, of course, not philisophically. On a wider scale, each side in the race has been focusing on exposing the other’s weak characteristics. TV commercials show Moore in some unflattering moments - depending on one’s view of the passion she reveals - and news releases and editorials are taking Harsdorf to task for doing a 180 on accepting money from special interests - political action committees. She ripped her opponent in one election for accepting PAC money - and now she’s accepting the same kind of donations. Dan Bice, investigative journalist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, made note in his column this week that Moore is also accepting PAC money - the numbers just haven’t been tallied yet. There is, of course, a complete menu of hot political issues right now - including requiring voter ID, concealed carry, the de- or re-construction of Medicare and Medicaid. A proposed redistricting of our own 7th Congressional District allegedly to manipulate the boundaries so more GOP voters exist within its boundaries. Wisconsin is at the heart of political change, turmoil, revolution - take your pick. For those who have stepped back, disgusted or indifferent, maybe now is the time to become involved. Immerse yourself in history and fight for a cause that will affect your future. As Dr. Phil might say, “Embrace it. Learn to love it.” And fight for the side you believe in, if you find it. - Gary King

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Only a few marching bands and 4-H floats separated the recall election candidates in the Frederic Family Days parade held this past Sunday, June 19. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (above) is being challenged by Shelly Moore (below) in what will be one of nine recall elections to be held across Wisconsin later this summer, six aimed at unseating a Republican senator and three attempting to unseat a Democrat. The recalls were sparked by debate of new Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill which sharply curtailed collective bargaining rights by public employees, including teachers. - Photos by Gary King and Greg Marsten

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

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• Letters to the editor • Dear Sheila …

I’ve tried to ask you questions but you won’t take my calls, so I have to write to the newspaper. I considered telling your receptionist that I was one of the Koch Brothers, but that would be considered fraud. A position you apparently know a great deal about. I’m having some conflicts with your recent stances on several issues: You recently voted for a new voter law that would require voters to show an ID knowing that many older people and some minorities may be excluded from voting. I believe that statements were made that it would give voters confidence in votes cast and would reduce voter fraud. But apparently you approved allowing a Republican to run as a phony Democrat ... so there goes the fraud angle. How can I have confidence voting in Wisconsin? Apparently fraud is OK if it is in your favor and your party’s favor. You recently voted on a budget repair bill to save the taxpayers money, but allowing a Republican to run as a phony Democrat and forcing a primary election will cost the Wisconsin taxpayers upward of $500,000. That‘s a half million dollars that is lost to our pockets. That’s a tactic approved by the Wisconsin Republican Party. So the “save the taxpayers money” isn’t a value for the Republicans. Doesn’t make sense, does it? Again, fraud on your part! You recently voted to cut aids to public schools by $1.6 billion, but you voted to expand public funding for private schools. Apparently the Republicans do not value public education. Wisconsin is always in the top few states in education, but you and your cronies wish to create a Wississippi right here in Wisconsin. Donation payback? Again a fraud created by you, Walker and the Wisconsin Republican Party. Whether you prevail in this recall election or not, your legacy will be viewed as a corrupted politician. Pete Raye Luck

Power and money

Education is a business, similar to others in our community and around the country. As a former educator with over 30 years’ serving as a principal and teacher, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of outstanding teachers. To the best of my knowledge, very few abused the system by calling in sick, taking students who have not paid a dime in taxes to political rallies, threatening to boycott local businesses and defacing products of corporations that did not comply with their demands of displaying union signs or handing out literature. However, as a concerned citizen and taxpayer, the current debate over collecting union dues by government agencies, i.e. county, school district and/or state is unacceptable. Teachers or other government employees should write their own check to the union. In my opinion, the problem is the union does not trust its own members to send in their dues. As you will see below, it takes a lot of money to run the union agenda. The Center for Public Integrity has compiled statistics which can be found on the Internet at An article by John Henry on March 3, 2011, clearly highlights executive salaries and political contributions: National Education Association President Van Roekel’s base salary is $397,721 with 31 headquarter employees that each are paid more than $200,000 a year. The NEA spent $3.7 million in the last political cycle, 98 percent went to the Democractic candidates. American Federation of Teachers President Randy Weingarten’s salary/benefits are listed at $428,284 with nine other officers each receiving over $200,000. Political contributions were $2.4 million donated to political candidates, all but $10,000 to Democrats. American Federation of County, Municipal Employees President Gerald McEntee’s base salary is $479,328 with 10 officers receiving over $200,000 each. Politcal contributions were $2.3 million to Democrats - $13,000 to Re-


publicans. As the lead attorney for the NEA said on camera, all we care about is getting the dues money so that we have the power and political influence we want. It appears to me, this is about money and power by the unions. However, the collection of the dues should not be at my expense or yours. Again, let the teachers and government employees write their own personal checks to pay their union memberships dues. It should not be a payroll deduction. Jim Childs Webster

Understand all sides

Yes – As of Thursday morning, June 16, our state budget was passed! Our legislators did what they promised they would do – cut spending, reduce the deficit and hold the line on taxes. They accomplished these goals without budget gimmicks, without robbing Peter to pay Paul or filling gaps with federal stimulus money. Keep in mind this work includes paying off our debt to Minnesota from the income tax reciprocity debacle created by the previous administration. For those of you who work in Minnesota and have had to file two state income tax returns – how did that work for you? Let’s hope that with our debt paid, we’ll be able to work out another reciprocity agreement soon! I ask that you do your own research regarding some of the topics referred to in previous letters to the editor and not assume the information in these letters is accurate. Take the time to read state Rep. Erik Severson and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf’s updates for the facts regarding WiscNet Internet services for libraries, schools and hospitals; SeniorCare (remains unchanged); and changes to the phosphorus rules protecting our lakes and rivers. There are those who are using scare tactics when addressing these issues versus stating the facts. The radicals who are desecrating our Capitol building, threatening our senators and representatives and condemning the “rich” claim to have your best interests in mind. I can honestly say they weren’t representing my interests when they dressed as zombies and paraded before the Special Olympians last week. What lengths will they go to in order to promote their prounion agenda? I also don’t understand their almost fanatical hatred of the rich. Do they want all the rich to redistribute their wealth amongst everyone so that no one is rich? Do they not want people who own companies to be rewarded for their efforts? Do they not want anyone to even think of starting their own business so there will be no new jobs and then everyone can rely on the government for food, clothing, housing, medical care – in short, their existence? Is that what this great country is becoming – a welfare state? I encourage everyone in the state of Wisconsin to stand up once again and show these outside interests what we’re about! We care about America, we care about Wisconsin, we care about all people whether you’re rich, poor, union or nonunion. We care about preserving the beliefs outlined by our forefathers in the Constitution! We don’t need recall elections for senators who stayed in Madison and did their job. We don’t need to elect union officials to force their agenda on the citizens of Wisconsin. Take time to attend town hall meetings and get to know your elected officials. It’s important for them to understand all sides of these important issues in order for them to accurately represent us. Be respectful of your fellow citizens and don’t be so quick as some are at condemning people because of the size of their bank account or their party affiliation. Sharon Kelly St. Croix Falls

Send a message to poor losers

I found your editorial quite interesting at the very end because it applies to two letters in particular in the June 8 letters to the editor. The Democrat Party today is a mix of leftist, progressive, neosocialist and who knows what else. It’s definitely not

the party of FDR. Getting to the complaints in the editorial, we can bring the problems mentioned to a simple answer. Those on the left spend a great amount of time demonizing people who differ with them, an example is Sarah Palin and recent letters to the Leader demonizing Sheila Harsdorf. The left is always angry, as evidenced by Shelly Moore’s comments we are seeing in her candidacy for the state Senate. She sees only one position, if you don’t agree with me you are to be disliked. Her facial expressions, when she speaks, shows her dislike for those who differ with her. The Wisconsin election of 2010 brought about a change in direction for the state. The Republicans took over the governor’s office and state Legislature and began to pass legislation which the Democrats did not like. The sore losers left for Illinois, and Senate Democrats were replaced by a group of anarchists who took over the state Capitol. In particular, the teachers who participated in the anarchy should be ashamed of themselves. They need to be in the classroom helping the students to become proficient in their subject matter. The record shows Wisconsin eighth-graders are not reading at grade level. If students have reading problems they will have problems in all other studies. The reading problems are just one of the failures we are seeing in public schools. George Bernard Shaw said “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” In its own twisted way this was what we saw going on in Wisconsin. The government of Wisconsin has been robbing the taxpayers to pay the public union people more than the taxpayers could afford. But that has changed, much to the chagrin of the teachers and other public employees. Now we are into the recall mode. This recall election is a misuse of the process. Harsdorf has done nothing to warrant her recall. This recall is being done to salve the sore losers unhappiness at having lost an election. Until we as citizens grow up politically and understand there will be winners and losers, we will have more of these unnecessary recalls. Elections have consequences. Some of us continue to believe that elections are important, and the results, if honest, should be accepted, win or lose. Harsdorf should not be recalled! I hope the people in the 10th Senate District will vote to turn down the recall and send a message to the sore losers. The message is, accept the results of elections and wait for the next election to voice your opinion. Don Denny St. Croix Falls

Real solution

Last Tuesday evening, WCCO news was questioned by the Democrats as to why a Minnesota news channel was airing a Republican ad showing Shelly Moore shouting, touting that she lives the Teachers Union, etc. The TV channels will air any ad that pays for the airtime. The Democrats air their propaganda regarding the Minnesota budget mess being the sole responsibility of the “rich” and that ad is acceptable. Baloney! Just some facts the Democrats do not want to admit: • They want to continue spending as though the economy has recovered. • The real reason the teachers union is fighting this bill is that it will interrupt the cash flow into the union coffers. • The Wisconsin GAB only verifies signatures. They do not verify that they were obtained by registered voters within the district which is law. • It took several weeks for the Democrats to make sure the illegal signatures obtained would not affect the recall outcome. • How many more signatures were obtained illegally by others across the state? Who verifies that? • Moore has been a Teachers Union activist for at least eight years. • Moore has the entire WEA funding support for her bid for elected office. • Who do you think she will represent in politic? If elected, rest assured that the

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education costs in Wisconsin will skyrocket. • Siren Schools system has one of the highest per student funding within the 10 school districts surrounding it. • Siren School District has 508 students and three principals all in one building. Lowered to one principal and then increased back to two. • Siren School District has an average of one teacher to every 15 students. • Siren School District graduates 67 percent of the students. Lower than most inner city school averages. Siren School District 2010 information. 2011 data not available yet. As published in the Inter-County Leader. Moore, the WEA and the Democrats approach is to spend more money for schools in order to correct the problem. When will the Democrats learn that the American system of throwing money at a problem not will resolve it? Approximately 80 percent of your property taxes go to a failing school system. The real solution is the accountability of students and parents. Do all parents and students shirk their accountability? Absolutely not! But it is obvious to me that at least 33 percent do not care. In 2010, 12 diplomas were given out without signatures. When I was in school, we would see several students that repeated a grade in order to ensure they learned the basics. In today’s world, if a student is held back a grade, the federal funding is affected and we worry about social issues created by flunking a grade. Without parent and student accountability, we are doomed to more spending, more teachers, higher property taxes and less graduates. A vote for Shelly Moore is a vote for all of the above! Dave Wilhelmy Siren

Earn it, don’t demand it

We have been reading many of the letters to the editor about the recall elections, especially in our district between Shelly Moore and Sheila Harsdorf. One recent letter was from Franny Kerber who goes overboard in her support for Shelly Moore. I agree we should find out for ourselves who Shelly Moore is! She is a teacher who is absolutely liberal in her speech, beliefs, often sounding very radical. She screams at her audience, “We breath union.” “We demand respect,” and we will prevail ... they will respect us!” They, meaning us the taxpayers and the people of Wisconsin. She is heavily financed by unions and Shelly, you earn respect, you don’t demand it. You may breath union, but we breath fresh air. The unions are throwing everything they have at us in their bid to defeat those who dare take them on. Look at the sad situation in California, who is buried under debt and have $1.2 trillion in unfunded public pension liability which is going to eventually bankrupt the state. A recall of an elected official simply because of the way she/he voted in support of the people has become an embarrassment to Wisconsin. “The people are warned that political factions who seek to obstruct the execution of the laws created by the government or prevent the constitutional branches from enacting the powers provided to them by the Constitution may claim to be working in the interest of popular demands or solving pressing problems, but their true intentions are to take power from the people and place them in the hands of unjust men.” - President George Washington’s farewell address to Congress in 1796. Carl Pentland Balsam Lake

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• Letters to the editor • No Moore

Apparently Jeff Peterson believes that conservatives consider public employees to be the enemy. What nonsense! The problems that public employees have created for themselves come from those they have allowed to speak on their behalf. When the Shelly Moore supporters lined up in front of Gov. Walker dressed as zombies dripping fake blood while the governor was attempting to talk to participants in the Special Olympics, the unions and Moore supporters embarrassed and shamed every public employee with their asinine and despicable behavior. Walker’s attempt to welcome and encourage the participants of the Special Olympics is not the time or place to pretend to be zombies and scare the crap out of the Special Olympics participants. Do Moore and her supporters have no shame whatever? Is there no bar below which these Moore supporters will not slither? Peterson’s false assertion that Moore and those who support her care about the middle class is even more garbage. Union claims for higher and higher salaries and greater and greater benefits for public employees fall directly on the backs of those in the middle class. Moore is on record in opposition to limits on real estate tax increases and in favor of higher gas taxes. These positions are direct attacks on the middle class that Peterson, the Krugers and the rest of the socialist Moore supporters falsely claim to support. Peterson’s assertion that Walker and Harsdorf staked out positions that benefit the rich is at best misleading. Walker was very clear that he would attempt to persuade businesses to locate their businesses in Wisconsin. People who own successful businesses are usually wealthy. Private sector success works that way sometimes. Walker is willing to offer certain breaks to companies that are willing to move their business to Wisconsin, providing jobs for Wisconsin’s unemployed middle class and increasing the tax base for local governments. So does that make rich people richer? Hopefully. Is that bad? Not if it provides jobs for Wisconsin workers and expands the local tax base. We need selfmade rich people in Wisconsin a lot more than we need self-serving politicians who sell their votes to their union masters. Moore wants to become one of the senators that seek political asylum in the cesspool of Illinois if she can’t get her way in the state Senate. Three-year-olds in the toy aisle at Wal-Mart behave with more maturity. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill put the future of unions in the hands of those the unions claim to serve. If a public employee work group wishes to be represented by a union - so be it. If individuals want to support that union with their does - fine. Union leaders know their only hope is compulsory dues taken from pub-

Bill to Pay the Bills passed, Wisconsin saves $93 million

The Wisconsin Legislature has approved a bill that pays off debts left behind by the previous administration. This bill embodies the state Legislature’s commitment to honest budgeting and fiscal responsibility and was recently signed into law by the governor. It is critical that we address our fiscal issues now instead of pushing them off in order to get Wisconsin back on track to prosperity. Also, by paying our bills off sooner rather than

lic employees. The union thugs know that, given the choice, public employees will not support the radical anti-middleclass thuggery of the public employee unions. In the upcoming recall elections just say, “No Moore.” Bob Blake Rural Frederic

Stop being bullied

For years, teachers have lamented about their low salaries and difficult working conditions. Public sentiment has generally been sympathetic toward the terrible plight of teachers because the teachers union has done a fantastic job of convincing the public that teachers are poorly paid and overworked. However, those of us who work 12 months a year with a measly 15 days paid time off and seven paid holidays would be happy with the work schedule, time off and benefits of teachers. We would also be gratified to be earning an average of over $50,000/school year (National Education Association) in Wisconsin. It is about time that we quit being bullied by the teachers union and their spin on the difficulties of teaching and the small salaries of teachers. The truth is that teachers salaries are more than fair in the state of Wisconsin, and I wonder if teachers are really as overworked as some claim. However, the bullying continues. In the last few months “storm troopers” have taken over our state Capitol and have intimidated and threatened to force a recall election. So, the question is who is running the government? Is it the union “fascists” and their threats of recall and intimidation or the people of Wisconsin and the state Legislature? The teachers may say whatever they want, but they are well paid in salary and benefits, and it is about time that we took a stand against their sob stories and the bleeding hearts who are sucked in by them. Instead of condemning those with a backbone to stand up to the unions and the intimidation of the protestors, we should acquire our own backbones and support and applaud their efforts! William Bosak Rural Frederic

Manure spreader

The incredible hypocrisy of the nation’s media unfolds yet again as another politician loses his job because of a moral failure. The national media is all over these stories of infidelity, adultery, sexual excesses and pornographic involvement, decrying the removal of these inferior and failed people from office. And yet, as soon as the news programs are over, the airwaves are filled with infidelity, adultery,


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later, we can save taxpayers up to $93 million. Assembly Bill 148, known as the Bill to Pay the Bills, pays back the $200 million raid on the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund made in the last two-year budget bill. A subsequent court

sexual excesses and pornography beamed into the world from the broadcast industry. We don’t watch television except for the news, weather and local if you can call the Twin Cities local. And we wonder how on earth it all came about, this moral collapse of our country. When in doubt, just follow the money, and don’t be surprised when it leads to the socialist/communist plan to destroy our nation by removing God and morality from our schools, workplaces, media and government all in the false idols of tolerance and freedom from religion. Be alert and watch the George Soros fellow travelers as they move us toward socialism and atheistic moral relativity. I’m not worried really, for I know the victory in the end is assured for the Lord, but it is almost humorous to watch and listen to the little foxes as they cry moral decay from the manure spreader of national media. Norman and Julie Peterson Trade Lake

Drill baby, drill

Who’s to blame for the high gas prices? Some say it is the evil speculators, others blame anti-drilling policies by the president and others blame “Big Oil.” What we do know is that the price at the pump has gone down in a time when it should be going up. Traditionally, gas prices increase in the spring and summer due to what some people say is increased demand because of more driving. I still maintain gas prices are a result of supply and demand. The reason this seems to be the case is the demand has decreased lately by all accounts because of high prices, and the supply has increased as a result and the prices have declined. Looking at this scenario it would be hard to argue that if we drilled more, supplied more and consumed less, the price would go down. The question to ask is: “Why not drill more, produce more and entertain the thought of more compressed natural gas usage and use less oil?” Doing these three things would increase the supply and decrease the cost to us that don’t want to plug in an electric car, lawn mower, motorcycle, airplane, outboard motor or tractor. Drill baby drill. Mark Pettis Hertel

Who is destroying the middle class?

Freedom, liberty and sovereignty. Where does it come from? Who takes it away? Our Founding Fathers tell us where it comes from. “We hold these truths to be ruling found that this raid was illegal and required the state to pay back the $200 million with interest and penalties. This bill authorizes the state to pay $235 million to cover the cost of repaying the raid as well as any interest and penalty payments owed by the state. The State Budget Office estimates that this legislation could save taxpayers up to $70 million by repaying the fund now instead of allowing interest payments to add up. This legislation also allows the state to take advantage of higher Medicaid matching funds from the federal government. Paying our Medicaid bills now, be-

self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” God our Father and creator has given all people these natural rights or gifts. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. We free men and women give power to the government; government does not grant us our freedom. God gave us life and liberty when he created Adam. A government by definition is something that places limits on freedom; that’s why the Bill of Rights restrains the government from placing improper limits on our freedom. Today governments are restraining our freedoms and we should be restraining their powers. The reality is, however, that you and I are the ones who give the government permission to act this way. You are free to do anything you like, if you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions and if you do not intrude on anyone else’s freedom. If you believe in God, then your freedoms are restricted by his Ten Commandments. If you believe in God’s son Jesus, then your freedoms are further restricted. “Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you, bless those that curse you and pray for those that mistreat you.” We claim to be a Christian nation in theory. In practice, we are perceived as arrogant aggressors. Authority can only limit your freedom, and then only with your permission; it cannot give you permission to be free anymore than it can give you permission to breathe. What factors limit our God-given freedoms? Laws, regulations, taxes, fees, wars, federal, state, county, town and school mandates. Dictators or consensus builders? Did all these levels of government (controllers) get your permission for all action taken? If not; Why not? Examples of our freedoms being taken away without our permission: Federal. All must have health insurance or we will fine you. Are we treated as adults or children? Sold or told? Are they dictators? Incandescent lightbulbs are to be outlawed. We have clearly lost the freedom to decide. Why? State. The Trade Lake Store had to take out its gas tank/pump, killing small business. Why? Forcing people 16 miles for gas. Tourists need one-stop shopping when at the lakes. Did we have a referendum on wages and benefits of state, county and schooldistrict workers? If not, why not? These people work for us, the taxpayers, not the politicians. Who is destroying the middle class? Rich Hess Trade Lake

fore the reimbursement rates drop, will save Wisconsin taxpayers $23 million. Paying these bills, combined with the changes and reforms in the two-year budget bill, will eliminate our state’s budget deficit without raising taxes, raiding funds or using accounting gimmicks. We are making the tough budget choices now that will leave us with a balanced budget and position the state for the economic growth we so desperately need. Please stay in touch by calling my office at 800-862-1092 or sending me an email to

Severson issues statement on budget passage

MADISON – State Rep. Erik Severson, R-Osceola, issued the following statement after the state Assembly passed the 20112013 budget by a vote of 60-38: “For the first time in over a decade, Wisconsin will end the biennium with a budget surplus because Republicans passed a budget that eliminates our $3 bil-

lion deficit without raising taxes. “We were able to balance the budget without gimmicks, without unconstitutional raids of segregated funds and without filling the gaps with one-time stimulus fund. When families sit around the table to do their budget, they don’t have the luxury of using accounting tricks

to make the budget balance. They live within their means, and it is time for government to do that same. “My colleagues and I made the tough decisions that needed to be made, rather than leaving these decisions up to the next generation. The result is a balanced budget that will help grow and strengthen


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our economy. “The people of the 28th Assembly District sent me to Madison to cut spending, reduce the size of the deficit and hold the line on taxes. My colleagues and I were able to make the tough decisions that were needed to accomplish all of these goals.” from the office of Rep. Severson

Students experience rural school days at Reed School


by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – During the last few weeks of school at Grantsburg Elementary, the clang of lunch pails could be heard as students, dressed in 1920s period clothes, hurried down the halls and out the door on their way to a day at the historic Reed School with substitute teacher Cindy Johnson.

Grantsburg Elementary second-graders Christian Swanson, Alex Coleman and Troy Wicklund looked like students of school days past in their old-fashioned hats during a day at the Reed School. – Photos submitted

Grantsburg second-graders Tyler Java and Simon Bunting did a little cleaning up during their visit to the Reed School a few weeks ago. Their teacher, Cindy Johnson, provided period clothes for her students’ day at the historic school located on the GrantsSchool burg grounds. While spending the day with her class at the Reed School, Grantsburg Elementary student Evie Carter tried her hand at writing with a quill pen.

Old-fashioned fun was part of Grantsburg Elementary students Reed School experience. The classes wore costumes and played games from times gone by while visiting the historic school at the end of May.

Johnson, who retired from Grantsburg two years ago, often substitutes at the elementary school and this spring offered to take classes over to the Reed School for the day where students can get a living history experience. Johnson provides lunch pails and clothes for the students to make their time at the one-room school more authentic. While at the school, Johnson and her students had fun studying and learning as they did back in the old days. Students also made butter and played old-fashioned games in the school yard during their day at the Reed School. Principal Katie Coppenbarger commended Johnson for her efforts, saying, “Cindy has truly gone above and beyond to make this spring special for our students.”

Annual spring review, readers showcase at Grantsburg Elementary

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Parents of Grantsburg

Elementary and Nelson Primary students were invited to review school goals and give input in planning for the 2011-12 school year at the annual schoolwide Title

Grantsburg Elementary School reading specialist Bridget Nevin reviewed the school’s reading goals for parents attending the annual schoolwide Title I spring review on June 7. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

1 spring review held on Tuesday, June 7. The evening also included a readers showcase with students presenting poetry, choral readings and PowerPoint pre-

sentations. A family picnic with drawings for door prizes capped off the evening’s activities.

Grantsburg Elementary students showcased their reading at the annual schoolwide Title I spring review on June 7. Readers (L to R): Alexis Nordahl, McKayla Blume, Carli DeTienne, Aidan Burkman, William Coppenbarger (hidden) and Caitlyn Lee.

Rivard votes to increase safety in Wisconsin

Repealed programs have proved costly, dangerous and unpopular

RICE LAKE — Rep. Roger Rivard, RRice Lake, voted with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle Wednesday, June 8, to end two mandates started during former Gov. Doyle’s administration, both of which were inserted into the last biennial budget without public input.

“Wisconsin has to move forward,” said Rivard. “We have to undo the failed programs and initiatives of past administrations and Legislatures. While my top priority remains creating jobs and balancing our state’s budget, I was happy to take these votes to improve the safety of our citizens and cut down on costly government.” The first of the two mandates repealed was early release, which allowed criminals the ability to escape serving their full sentences. The repeal passed 68-29.

“My parents taught me that if ‘you do the crime, you pay the time.’ I find it unconscionable that, to save a few bucks, the previous administration would expose our citizens to dangerous criminals. In this country, we have a court system where judges and juries get to decide the appropriate punishment for crimes committed. The Legislature should not be in the business of adjusting those sentences.” The second of the two mandates repealed was the traffic stop data collection initiative, which required police officers to

collect subjective racial data at every stop. The repeal passed 61-36. “Our police officers already have enough on their plates. I am frustrated with the amount of time being wasted collecting this data. Even more so, pulling police off the street to do more paperwork does nothing to improve public safety in our local communities.” — from the office of Rep. Rivard

Say moo for milk


by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer ALPHA – Greeting visitors with a loud moo, a giant cow stood outside the cheese and milk sampling tent set up for Burnett Dairy’s Friday, June 10, Dairy Month celebration. Inside the cow costume was the Salvation Army’s social service director for Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties, Duana Bremer. Inside the tent behind a table filled with plush cow toys was the Salvation Army shelter manager for Burnett County, Lori Heller. They came to Dairy Day to bring community awareness for the Burnett-Polk MOO for Milk Campaign happening through June Dairy Month. Monies collected during the campaign from donations for a stuffed cow toy, paper cows displayed at grocery stores

Inside the Dairy Day cheese and milk sampling tent behind a table filled with plush cow toys was the Salvation Army shelter manager for Burnett County, Lori Heller. Heller gave out information and took donations for the Salvation Army’s MOO for Milk Campaign.

While enjoying their ice-cream cones at Burnett Dairy’s Friday, June 10, Dairy Month celebration, these kids had a chance to visit with a giant cow. Inside the cow costume was the Salvation Army’s social service director for Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties, Duana Bremer, who was at Dairy Day to bring community awareness for the Burnett-Polk MOO for Milk Campaign happening through June. Kids pictured with their bovine buddy (L to R): Nicole Heller, Jacob Olsen, Ashton Klink, Maison Burton and Madison Olsen. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer Monies collected during the MOO for Milk Campaign from donations for a stuffed cow toy, paper cows displayed at grocery stores and milk jug coin collections will be used for purchasing milk coupons which go into students backpacks and to local food shelves.

and milk jug coin collections will be used for purchasing milk coupons. In Burnett County, the milk coupons are placed in the backpacks of students on free and reduced school lunches. Every Friday during the school year, packs are filled with food items such as packaged

food products, macaroni and cheese boxes, breakfast items and a coupon for one gallon of milk. This past school year the Salvation Army packed a total of 150 backpacks per week for families in all three Burnett County school districts and one Head

Start center. In Polk County, the food pantry received the milk coupons with over 5,000 gallons of milk supplied to families this year alone. According to Bremer, teachers and parents have been very appreciative of receiving the food items and milk coupons in backpacks and at the food shelves. One teacher, who keeps granola bars and crackers in her desk for hungry students, recently told Bremer before the backpack program some students showed anxiety on Fridays, but she has seen that eased with the distribution of food items in the backs. So look for the big bovine appearing at Dairy Month events throughout June, and if you do come face to face with that colossal cow mooing in your face, give a moo back along with a donation for muchneeded milk money. NOTE: If you would like to contribute to the MOO for Milk Campaign, donations should be sent to: Salvation Army, 200 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI 54810.

Texas Snowbirds dinner and dance at Grantsburg Legion

by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Texas Snowbirds flocked into Grantsburg on Sunday, June 19, to the American Legion Hall for the annual Texas Snowbird dinner and dance. Dubbed snowbirds for their habit of flying off to warmer climates as soon as the snow flies, these couples have formed lasting friendships in their southern habitats and enjoy reuniting each spring when they return north. Fellow snowbirds Pat and Gary Fender entertained the group, who delighted in twirling around the dance floor to some favorite old tunes. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Texas Snowbirds delighted in twirling around the dance floor to some favorite old tunes at their annual snowbird reunion at the Grantsburg Legion Sunday, June 19.

Jane and Bill Lindahl shared a laugh as they cut a rug at the Texas Snowbird dance at the Grantsburg Legion Hall on Sunday, June 19. The couple came from St. Croix Falls for the northern reunion with fellow snowbirds.

Fellow snowbirds Pat and Gary Fender provided the entertainment at the annual Texas Snowbird dinner and dance held at the Grantsburg Legion Hall on Sunday, June 19.

Archie and Jo-Ann Wyatt traveled from Bethel, Minn., for the annual Texas Snowbird reunion held on Sunday, June 19, at the Grantsburg Legion Hall.


To make sure of the count for number of people dressed as sunflowers, participants in the attempt to set a new record had to sign in. Photos by Carl Heidel unless otherwise noted

The commemorative logo mentions all the towns hit by the 2001 tornado.


Tornado: 10 -year anniversary

Judy Johnson’s dog, Angel, even got into the act, wearing a sunflower headband for the sunSomehow Lacee Glover (center) managed to convince her Uncle Rob flower record effort Saturday, June 18, in Siren. Wheeler (left) and Aunt Cheryl Wheeler (right) to put on makeup so they – Photo by Nancy Jappe would look even more like sunflowers.

Kris Martin (left) and Joyce Jacobs (right), shown here with Salvation Army representative Lori Heller made sunflower necklaces and pins which they sold at Siren School Saturday, June 18, to raise money for the Salvation Army. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

If you count carefully, you will find 201 people dressed like sunflowers, and new world record.

Around the town


Local artist Jim Springett adds an extra touch to his painting. – Photo by Carl Heidel

Tornado: 10 -year anniversary

Visitors to the art display, sponsored by the Burnett Area Artists Group, enjoy some of the variety of Kathleen Swingle looks up from the painting she is working artwork to be seen. – Photo by Carl Heidel on. – Photo by Carl Heidel

Siren School Food Service Manager Deb Jaskolka and some of her kitchen crew are shown here, (L to R) Cheryl front row: Chelmo, Bruce and Janet Thomas. Back row: Dawn Nelson, Jaskolka and her husband, Jim and Barb Holcomb.

Fried chicken, along with a wide variety of salads, cheeses, sandwiches and desserts were on the menu for the free dinner served in the Siren School concourse Saturday, June 18.

Sunflower cookies were part of the dessert menu for the dinner served at Siren School during the 10th tornadoanniversary remembrance this past Saturday.

Siren Chamber of Commerce Administrator Chris Moeller is shown here with the facsimile of a check for $300,000 in federal and state funds that was given to the village of Siren in 2001 for recovery from the tornado.

Piano Man Vern Moss played dinner music in the Siren School concourse. The home in which Moss was living in the Town of Dewey was damaged by the 2001 tornado, and Moss lost his piano. Concerned members of the community made sure he had a replacement piano, and Moss has been sharing his musical talent around the area since that time. He has also remade recordings of his 2001 music which are now available for purchase.

Photos by Nancy Jappe unless otherwise noted





Walk-off loss at state ends Pirates season

5-3 Grantsburg lead vanishes in bottom of the seventh

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••• MADISON – Four area seniors were selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games last weekend, including Grantsburg’s Brent Myers and Trevor Thompson, and Siren’s Ashley Guevara and Carley Emery. Both games were played at the UW Fieldhouse, and the Division 4 North boys team defeated the south 81-49. Myers went 2 for 5 from the field with five points and

Pardeeville 6, Grantsburg 5

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRAND CHUTE – Grantsburg coach Pete Johnson probably said it best, when after the Pirates 21-9 blowout win over Elk Mound during the sectional semifinal game, he said, “Baseball is crazy, you can just never predict what’s going to happen.” Those words rang true during Grantsburg’s dramatic 6-5 loss to the Pardeeville Bulldogs during the state semifinal game in Grand Chute Wednesday, June 15. The day started out with heavy rains, but eventually slowed to a light drizzle as the first pitch sailed across home plate. The Pirates first three batters in the top of the first inning got a piece of the ball including Daniel Biorn, Joe Englehart and Trevor Thompson, but all three results ended in a groundout to end the inning. The Bulldogs came out in the bottom half of their first inning and got one run across to take a 1-0 lead, but it was an unearned however, after a throw from Pirate catcher Russ Thoreen got away from the second baseman while Bulldog leadoff hitter Dakotah Kirchenwitz tried to steal. Kirchenwitz led the inning off with a single and was trying to steal second on the play and managed to get to third on the wild throw. He scored shortly afterward on an RBI single, and the Pirates worked their way through a scoreless second inning before getting their first hit of the game in the third off a Jake Wald single. Wald was left stranded as the inning ended, and the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, with the help of two consecutive one-out triples. With a runner on third the Pirates intentionally walked the next Bulldog batter, who eventually tried stealing second base. Thoreen was right on target, but not for the stealing runner. Instead, the Pirates made a perfect throw to home plate and tagged out another possible run by Pardeeville. The inning ended on a groundout, and remained 2-0 until the Pi-

The Pardeeville Bulldogs dugout erupts with cheers after a dramatic walk-off win over Grantsburg in Grand Chute on Wednesday, June 15, during the state baseball semifinals. – Photos by Marty Seeger rates answered back with a huge fourth play to first helped get the first Bulldog inning for Grantsburg offensively. runner on base. A walk and an RBI single Thompson led the inning off with a soon followed to tie the game 4-4. double to left field, and Nolan Hanson But the Pirates never quit, and gained a drew a walk, followed by an RBI single by two-run lead in the top of the sixth inning. Lucas Willis. The Pirates then tied the With two quick outs, the Pirates had some game on two wild pitches before Gavin quality at bats with a Wald walk and Meyer walked, and Wald walked to load Myers single to right. The Pirates loaded the bases with only one out. Another wild the bases on a Biorn walk, and Wald pitch that scored Willis helped give scored on a wild pitch. Englehart then sinGrantsburg a 3-2 lead, but the Bulldog gled to score Myers. pitching staff worked the Pirates into two In Pardeeville’s sixth inning, Nelson pop flies to escape further damage. was replaced by Pirates sophomore Jacob Grantsburg had trouble getting base Glover on the mound. Nelson left the runners home throughout the game, as game with one out, and runners on first they stranded nine total. They remained and second after a single and Pirates in the game with a solid effort from start- throwing error. Glover worked his first ing pitcher Jim Nelson, who allowed six batter into a groundout, and with two hits and just one earned run in just over outs and runners in scoring position, the five innings. Pardeeville inning ended on a fly out to Pardeeville tied the game after Grants- center. burg’s three-run inning with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. A Pirates See Pirates/ next page throwing error on an otherwise routine

Grantsurg and Pardeeville players and coaches line the first and third baselines at the start of the state semifinal game in Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

Brent Myers

Trevor Thompson

Carley Emery

Ashley Guevara

seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal, while Thompson drained a pair of 3pointers and had two rebounds and two steals. Guevara and Emery played on the Division 5 WBCA All-State girls north team on Friday, June 17, where they won 66-58. Guevara had four rebounds with two points and a steal, while Emery had nine points, two assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal. – Marty Seeger ••• Megan Kalmoe, 2001 SCF grad, is competing in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta June 29-July 4 in England. She is racing in one of two American coxed quads. Henley Royal Regatta is the best known regatta in the world. Founded in 1839, it is famous both as a great sporting occasion and a social event. People come from all over the world to attend as competitors or as spectators. Winning an event at Henley is considered one of the greatest achievements of a rower's career, even amongst those who have become world champions. A rowing life is not complete if it does not include competing at Henley. Molly Kalmoe, 2006 SCF grad, will be competing on June 29 in the 2011 World Under 23 Championship Trials in Princeton, N.J. Kalmoe is competing in a coxless four for a berth to represent the United States at the 2011 Under 23 World Championships, which are held in Amsterdam July 21-24. – submitted ••• OSCEOLA – The Minneapolis Blue Sox at Osceola Braves can be heard on WLMX 104.9 FM on Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ••• SIREN – Siren Ballpark is hosting a 15th-annual 14U baseball tournament June 24-26. Local AA teams include St. Croix Falls, Siren/Webster and Grantsburg. Saturday and Sunday AAA games include area teams from Unity and teams as far as Forest Lake, Minn.

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More scenes from the Pirates trip to state

The Pirates baseball team gets a pep talk just prior to the start of the state semifinal game against Pardeeville on Wednesday, June 15. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Grantsburg first baseman Lucas Willis apGrantburg catcher Russ Thoreen tags out a runner peared to have his foot on the bag in a close play at first, but the call went in favor of at home plate in a run-saving play in the bottom of the third inning. Pardeeville.

Joe Engelhart (far right) tracks down a throw to second as Jake Wald looks to back him up.

Jim Nelson pitched a solid five innings for the Pirates at state.

Grantsburg grad Brent Myers gets a crowd of Pirates fans pumped up during a pep rally held prior to heading to the state baseball tournament. – Photo by Priscilla Jake Wald connects with the ball in Bauer for the first hit of the game.

The Grantsburg Pirates baseball team lines the dugout late in the game in anticipation of another at bat.

Pirates continued

During Grantsburg’s seventh inning they were able to get runners on second and third with only one out, but failed to get any insurance runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, but still clutched a 5-3 lead.

Despite being only three outs away from going to the state finals, Pardeeville bit back. The Pirates had two costly errors to start the inning with the first being a dropped fly ball in center field, and an error on a routine ground ball. It gave the Bulldogs two runners with no outs and they scored their first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly and knotted the game at five

Joe Engelhart beats the throw to first for a base hit.

Nolan Hanson slides home safely during a three-run fourth inning for the Pirates

with a wild pitch. The Pirates had two outs and bases cleared to try and set up extra innings, but with two consecutive walks, Pardeeville finally struck gold on a Riley Schmidt walk-off bloop single down the right-field line to score the winning run of the game. It was a difficult ending to a solid Pirates season, which ended with a share of

the conference title as well as a 21-4 overall record. For Pardeeville, it seemed that fate, or at least irony, was on their side. After all, they earned their first-ever trip to state in a walk-off 6-5 win over Westby with a home run. But the Bulldogs memorable season ended against Winnebago Lutheran with a 10-6 loss.








Pettersen signs contract with Twins

Grandson of Luck residents and son of Luck grad drafted in 25th round

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Gopher shortstop A.J. Pettersen signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins recently. He was the 27th pick in the 25th round, and picked 778th overall. Pettersen is the grandson of John and Nancy

Berg of Luck, and son of Luck graduate Nancy (Berg) Pettersen. According to John Berg, Pettersen spent last week in Fort Myers, Fla., scrimmaging with Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who was on a rehab assignment at the time and was only recently reunited with the Twins after spending much of the season on the disabled list. Berg said Pettersen hit a single in one of the games but was thrown out by Mauer in an attempt to steal second base. In the next inning A.J. Pettersen

however, Pettersen threw Mauer out after fielding a ground ball to short. “Now he’s in Tennessee,” said Berg, adding that his grandson will be spending the summer with the minor league, Elizabethton Twins. If Pettersen does well at Elizabethton, he’ll likely be moved to the Class A, Beloit Snappers baseball team, which is an affiliate of the Twins despite its Wisconsin location. The next step in Pettersen’s path to the major leagues would be with the Triple A Twins affiliate Rochester Red Wings. Pettersen earned First Team All-Big-Ten honors this season with the Minnesota Gophers and led the team with a .344 bat-

ting average with team-leading totals of 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, eight stolen bases, and a .394 on-base percentage. He started all 49 games for the Gophers, adding 12 runs batted in, two triples and one home run. He also started the season with a 19game hitting streak, and had at least one hit in 43 of 49 games played. Pettersen was named team MVP this season, and named to the All-Big-Ten Tournament team. He also earned All-Big-Ten Tournament status in 2010. – with information from the University of Minnesota

Honkers host exciting weekend series

5-3 Grantsburg lead vanishes in bottom of the seventh

Grantsburg 4, Cumberland 3 (12-innings)

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Honkers split a weekend series against Cumberland and Brill on Saturday, and Sunday, June 18-19. Starting with Cumberland on Saturday, the Honkers won a close game that was won in the bottom of the 12th inning when Kevin Johnson singled, and moved to second on a Bryan Vilstrup single. Johnson then scored in a walk-off RBI single on a line-drive RBI single hit by Trent Bonneville. It was a close game in the early innings as Johnson led the first inning off with a strike-three passed ball. Johnson then stole second and Bryan Johnson singled him home. Kevin Johnson was stellar on the mound for the Honkers as he went nine innings allowing six hits with five

strikeouts, two walks and allowed one of three runs scored. It wasn’t until the sixth that the Islanders scored two runs on two costly errors by the Grantsburg defense. In the bottom of the sixth however, the Honkers tied the game back up at two with a Craig Lien double, which he was able to score on later on a wild pitch with two outs. “Both teams were silent until the top of the ninth, when Cumberland took the lead on a two-out double,” said Mike Ryan, but added that the Honkers evened it back up in the bottom of the ninth with a Bryan Johnson hit that landed just inside the foul line for a triple. That scored Ryan from second base. The Honkers went quietly in the 10th and 11th innings without a hit, and pitcher Bryan Johnson, who replace Kevin Johnson worked himself out of a tough jam in the 10th, when a hit and two walks loaded the bases. “But the veteran Bryan Johnson settled down and recorded a strikeout for the third out,” Ryan said. Cumberland had another threat going in the 11th when Luck grad and Islander Mitchell Klatt singled, but after stealing second, Klatt was doubled off after Christian Hall snagged a line drive out of the


Falun Church League Team Record Calvary Covenant 4-0 Siren Assembly 4-0 Trade Lake Baptist 3-0 New Hope Lutheran 3-1 Falun Churches 2-2 Webster Baptist 1-2 W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 1-2 Faith Lutheran 1-3 Trade River Free 1-3 Siren Covenant/Bethany 0-3 Frederic Free 0-4 Scores Thursday, June 16 W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 13, Trade River Free 2 Faith Lutheran 16, Webster Baptist 8 Trade Lake Baptist 18, Frederic Free 6 Friday, June 17 Siren Assembly 31, Falun Churches 6 Calvary Covenant 12, New Hope Lutheran 11 Upcoming Thursday, June 23 7 p.m. Trade Lake Baptist vs. New Hope Lutheran 8 p.m. Webster Baptist vs. Falun Churches 9 p.m. Calvary Covenant vs. W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran Friday, June 24 7 p.m. Siren Covenant/Bethany vs. Faith Lutheran 8 p.m. Frederic Free vs. Trade River Free Women’s Slow-Pitch Monday League Team Record Coyland Creek 4-0 Beehive 3-0 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 2-2 Smith Family Eye Care 2-2 Maurer Construction 2-3 The Rumors 1-3 Big Butz BBQ 0-4 Scores Monday, June 20 Smith Family Eye Care 13, Maurer Construction 0 Beehive 17, Smith Family Eye Care 7 Maurer Construction 10, The Rumors 5 Coyland Creek 20, Kris’ Pheasant Inn 8 The Rumors 13, Big Butz BBQ 7

Men’s Slow-Pitch Wednesday League Team Record Bon Ton 4-0 Chell Well 4-0 Pour House 3-1 Century 21 3-1 Wayne’s 3-1 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 2-2 Sundown 1-3 JCS 0-4 Lake Lena 0-4 True Quality Auto Body 0-4 Scores Wednesday, June 15 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 14, Lake Lena 10 Century 21 12, True Quality Auto Body 11 Bon Ton 15, Pour House 13 Wayne’s 28, JCS 6 Chell Well 13, Sundown 7

Jimmy Nelson didn’t waste any time after the state baseball tournament to start playing for the Grantsburg Honkers town ball team. Nelson is one of several former area high school athletes to grace the Honkers roster this summer. – File photo by Marty Seeger air, which may have been a game-tying hit. “Christian’s catch was unbelievable. He must’ve jumped 9-1/2 feet in the air to catch that,” Ryan said. The game soon ended in the next inning when Bonneville’s single sealed the Honkers victory en route to their sixth win of the season.

Brill 9, Grantsburg 8 GRANTSBURG – Sunday’s showdown was a big test for the Honkers, as Brill entered the game with a No. 4 state ranking and Grantsburg at No. 5. Both teams were tied for first place in the Independent League standings, but the Honkers would

lose their first game of the season in dramatic fashion. Kevin Johnson helped get the Honkers out to a 3-0 lead when he scored after reaching first on an error and getting home on a sacrifice fly by Trent Bonneville. Johnson then hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning over the right-field fence. Mike Ryan held Brill scoreless through three innings, but a two RBI double in the fourth inning brought it to a 3-2 Honkers lead. Then, as I started to run out of gas in the sixth, Brill pulled ahead with three hits and three runs, two of which were earned,” Ryan said. But Johnson delivered again for the Honkers in the bottom of the sixth, when with bases loaded and two outs, he hit a long fly ball to right field and banked it off the scoreboard for the grand slam. “The two home runs were his first as a Honker and the first Honker home runs of the season, but Johnson took it in stride, stating he ‘Knew (the homers) were coming. It was just a question of when,’” Ryan noted. Jimmy Nelson went three innings of work for the Honkers and did a nice job, but Brill capitalized on two hits and two errors in the eighth inning to take a 9-8 lead, and managed to shut the Honkers down the remainder of the game. “However, it was nice to know we can play with one of the better teams. As Bryan Johnson stated after the game, ‘Might’ve been a loss, but they’ll be talking about this one around the league,’” Ryan said. Grantsburg’s next game is next Sunday, June 26, at Grantsburg versus Stanberry beginning at 1 p.m.

Grantsburg 10U wins Father’s Day tourney


West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Overall Grantsburg Pirates 9-1 21-4 Unity Eagles 9-1 12-10 St. Croix Falls Saints 5-5 10-8 Luck Cardinals 5-5 8-12 Frederic Vikings 1-9 3-13 Siren/Webster 1-9 2-13 Scores Wednesday, June 15 (state semifinals) Pardeeville 6, Grantsubrg 5

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Grantsburg girls fast-pitch 10U won the Tier 2 championship at St. Francis Father’s Day Tournament. Front row (L to R): Randi Siebenthal, Rylee Hoffman, Susan Roberts, Charli Siebenthal and Emma Quimby. Back row: Alaina Oachs, Brooke Quimby, Mackenna Johnson, Jada Hecht, Rachel Glover and Olivia Oachs. In back, coaches Doni Jo Johnson and Chad Oachs. – Photo submitted





Concealed carry awaits Gov. Walker’s signature State Assembly passes SB93

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer MADISON – The right to carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin is in its final leg of becoming law as the state Assembly approved SB93 on Tuesday, June 21, in Madison. Just last week, a bill allowing the concealed carry of handguns and the use of tasers and stun guns passed the state Senate, and with approval from the Assembly, the bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Scott Walker, who has voiced his support. SB93 passed without amendment by a largely bipartisan vote of 68-27, and according to a report by Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it could be-

come law as soon as Oct. 1 or Nov. 2, depending on when Walker releases his timetable for signing the bill once it reaches his desk. “I think it’s all something we can be proud of and work with,” said Dominic Ferraro, president of Advanced Protection Group, LLC. Ferraro was in the Frederic area earlier this past spring to offer concealed-carry training courses for area residents who, along with Ferarro, expected some form of concealed-carry bill to pass, especially with the Republican majority in control of the state government. With Walker’s signature, Wisconsin will become the 49th state to offer some form of concealed-carry law. Illinois will be the only remaining state where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited. Despite efforts to pass a “constitutionalcarry” bill earlier this year, which is a more lenient form of concealed carry, pro-

visions were added to SB93 to require a permit, as well as proof that the person has passed a course on training to obtain that permit. Wisconsin already has a form of constitutional carry, which allows any Wisconsin resident who can legally possess a firearm to “open carry.” The state Department of Justice will be responsible for issuing permits to residents who are 21 and older and have passed a background check under the bill headed to Walker’s desk. They must also be clear of any felony charges or any other charges that prohibit them from carrying a firearm or concealed weapon. Permits requiring training will cost a maximum of $50 and will be valid for five years. The renewal process for a permit will cost $25. These fees are expected to help pay for the costs of staffing and constructing a database of permit holders. The cost is expected to be around $3 million.

As is the case with other concealedcarry laws in other states, guns will be banned from courthouses, prisons, jails, law enforcement offices and areas beyond security checkpoints at airports. Carrying a concealed weapon inside schools, or on school grounds, would also be prohibited. Permit holders could also carry guns in bars or places that sell alcohol, as long as they are not drinking. Private businesses can post signs to keep guns out of their buildings, but guns could not be banned from government-owned grounds, the Journal Sentinel reported. Guns would also be allowed in city and state parks, as well as churches, unless signs prohibiting concealed weapons are posted. The Inter-County Leader will continue to follow the progress of SB93, and its likely impact on the community in the coming months.

Frederic Family Days fishing contest winners

Zoe Larson was the winner of the 3 to 5 age group, on Saturday, June 18. – Photos submitted

Blake Thompson, 13, Frederic, was the winner in the 12 to 14 age group at the Family Days fishing contest at Coon Lake.

Justin Patterson was the winner in the 9 to 11 age group.

New Web feature makes it easy to find lake maps, amenities

MADISON – A new Find a Lake feature on the Department of Natural Resources Web site ( gives boaters and anglers an easy way to find new waters to try out. Users can search for lakes by region, alphabetically by lake name, or by features like boat ramps, beaches and parks. They can get maps and detailed lake information, and learn about boat access, local boating ordinances, and other facilities.

Wisconsin lakes fast facts • Wisconsin has 15,081 documented

lakes. Only about 40 percent have been named, and most lakes are smaller than 10 acres. • Vilas County has the most lakes, 1,318, followed by Oneida County with more than 1,100; together, the region forms the world’s greatest collection of kettle lakes. • Lake Winnebago boasts the largest inland lake surface area — 137,708 acres — and the largest volume, 696 billion gallons. • Mud Lake is by far the most common lake name, attached to 116 lakes, followed by Bass Lake with 82 and Long Lake with

Great Northern Outdoors Bass Fishing League Standings Week 6 Standings

Co-sponsored by BLC Well Drilling in Milltown

1. Long, 49 lbs., 4 oz. 2. Bistram Boys, 47 lbs., 9 oz. 3. Luck Sport and Marine, 47 lbs., 6 oz. 4. Jim Duncan, 46 lbs., 8 oz. 5. 46 Store, 43 lbs. 10 oz. 6. Cory/Jamie, 41 lbs., 12 oz. 7. Main Dish, 41 lbs., 11 oz. 8. Bon Ton, 37 lbs., 5 oz. 9. Laqua/Allee, 34 lbs. 6 oz. 10. Harry/Dave 32 lbs., 8 oz 11. Milltown Dock, 32 lbs., 5 oz. 12. GNO, 30 lbs. 14 oz.

13. Mossey’s, 30 lbs., 7 oz. 14. BLC Well Drilling, 27 lbs., 6 oz. 15. Grumpy Grandpas, 25 lbs., 3 oz. 16. Struck/Lonetti, 20 lbs., 11 oz. 17. Dockmasters, 19 lbs., 14 oz. 18. Ones/Roberts, 19 lbs., 8 oz. 19. Bill Hallenger 6 lbs., 3 oz Big bass/Big bag weekly winner: Big Bass: Long, 3 lbs., 11 oz. Big Bag: Luck Sport and Marine, 7 lbs., 6 oz.

Family Days fishing contest winners: 1. Vern Knauber, Aaron Long, 17 lbs., 7 oz. 2. Rob Bucholz, Shawn Hutton, 17 lbs., 4 oz. 3. Adam Memmer, Amanda H., 13 lbs., 7 oz. 4. Ross Wilson, Mike Laqua, 9 lbs., 7 oz. Big Bass: Aaron Long, 5 lbs., 1 oz.

59. Wisconsin is among the top 10 states for boating, based on boating sales. It ranks

10th with $292 million in sales, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. – from the DNR

Fish kills expected in northwestern Wisconsin lakes

SPOONER – Biologists say conditions are ripe for fish disease outbreaks and fish kills on lakes in Polk, Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties during the next few weeks. Reports of small fish kills on various Polk County lakes started coming in this past week, officials said. The cause is a bacterium called Columnaris, which infects fish species only and is not a risk to humans. “The bacteria are most prevalent in our lakes after water temperatures reach 65 to 70 degrees from late May to late June,” said Jamison Wendel, a fisheries biologist with the state Department of Natural Resources. Bluegill, crappies, yellow perch and bullheads – already stressed from seasonal spawning activities – are most affected by the disease. Cold or

fluctuating water temperatures during spawning can compound spawning stress and weaken immune systems. The bacteria erode the skin on infected fish causing leakage of bodily fluids and rapid death. Although Columnaris can appear to produce large-scale fish losses in a matter of several days it usually does not have a catastrophic impact on overall fish populations, biologists said. If anglers or landowners in Polk, Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties have additional questions or see large numbers of other dead fish like carp, largemouth bass, muskie or walleye, they can contact DNR fisheries biologist Jamison Wendel at 715-635-4095 or fisheries team supervisor Terry Margenau at 715-635-4162. – from the DNR

Around the town

Pastor Andy Bollant (left) was the worship leader and Dianne Gravesen the accompanist for the ecumenical worship service held in the Siren School gym Saturday evening, June 18. Photos by Nancy Jappe unless otherwise noted


Tornado: 10 -year anniversary

Jeremiah Peterson was only 7 years old when his family’s home in the Town of Dewey was destroyed by the 2001 tornado. He and his sisters were reading a book when their dad told them to head down to the basement. “I don’t know how we all made it and how we all stayed together,” Jeremiah told the people gathered for the ecumenical worship service Saturday, June 18. “One thing I really learned is that things are important, but what really matters is family, neighbors and friends,” he said.

T-shirts sold in 2001 and at the one-year tornado anniversary in 2002 were on display as part of the art exhibit at Siren School. Also on display were T-shirts given in appreciation to tornado volunteers, who were quick to help make recovery possible, along with pictures and other memorabilia.

All concentration, the first trumpeter triple-tongues his way through a tricky passage. – Photo by Carl Heidel

One of the trombonists in the Northwinds British Brass Band slides into a number. – Photo by Carl Heidel

Jenny Goalen (right), a member of B.A.A.G., watched as a boy took a careful look at a piece of pottery during the art show at the B.A.A.G. building in Siren Saturday, June 18.

John Filipczak and the Classics polka band played in the Siren School auditorium during the 10th tornado anniversary observance in Siren Saturday, June 18.

Dr. Jon Bowman was delighted to again see Dianne Gravesen in the concourse at Siren School during the 10th-tornado-anniversary observance this past Saturday. Bowman and Gravesen were fellow counselors following the tornado, helping the local people get started on tornado recovery.

The Northwinds British Brass Band played selections in the Siren School auditorium Saturday afternoon, June 18.

Speakers and appreciation


Sen. Bob Jauch was on hand for the evening program of Remembrance and Recognition. Jauch said he will always remember the sense of calm and organization he noted in Siren following the tornado, how no one walked alone and how many people were asking “What can I do to help?” He also commented that the greatest lesson from times like the tornado time is learning to appreciate every day of our lives. Also on hand for brief appearances during the evening program were Scott Bolstad representing U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Mary Willette, representing Rep. Shawn Duffy. A moment of silence was observed for the three people who lost their lives - Tom Haseltine, Ruth Schultz and Sylvan Stellrecht.

Tornado: 10 -year anniversary Jamie Mier, whose Siren home was damaged in the 2001 tornado, sang a song about the tornado that he wrote Aug. 7, 2001. The song ends with the words - “A friend of mine once told me, ‘Some good things will come to the end.’ But after what we had lost, we‘ll build this town again.”Certificates of appreciation were given to various people in leadership during the tornado recovery. Mark Knoop, the current chairman of the Town of Dewey, received a certificate for his township from Dr. Jon Bowman and Larry Blahauvietz. Other persons recognized were: Dean Roland, Don Taylor, Phil Stromberg, Chris Sybers, Dianne Gravesen; clergy from the four Siren churches; the chairpersons of the townships affected by the tornado; and the St. Croix Band of Chippewa for all the help they provided in the days after the tornado. - Photos by Nancy Jappe

School board to weigh lawsuit against state

by Brian Bull Wisconsin Public Radio RACINE - The Racine School Board this week will discuss the possibility of suing the state over budget cuts to education. Public education funds will be slashed by $800 million under the new budget. Paired with a reduction in how much schools can collect from property taxes per student, the loss in revenue for districts is estimated at $1.6 billion. Stacy Tapp, spokeswoman for the Racine Unified School District, says they’ve been getting legal guidance and

will present their findings to the school board. “We’ve been very clear that the current budget takes $24 million in cuts to the district, and this new addition of the vouchers will severely impact the district even further.” Among those watching is Bob Peterson, editor of “Rethinking Schools” – a nonprofit journal promoting progressive education. He says if Racine Schools take legal action, other districts may consider doing the same. “I would imagine that if the case does go to court, that there’d be at least

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friends of the court briefs filed in support of Racine,” says Peterson. “Certainly, several school districts are in the same case as Racine. In fact, I’d figure that Milwaukee has even more basis for feeling that there’s some unfairness in terms of how the funding cuts have come down.” Tom Beebe of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools says there’s a good chance Racine could make a strong case against the budget cuts, if it can prove the state hasn’t provided children with a proper education. “I think that’s hard for administrators

and board members to do because they see that as saying that they’ve failed,” says Beebe. “What they’re really saying … and I think what they have to gin up the courage to say is … ‘No, it’s not we that are failing, it’s the state that is failing, and that’s why we’re bringing this lawsuit.’” Racine Unified has long struggled with funding issues given its lower property values, and its reliance on state aid.

Frederic Family Days 20 11

There’s no place like home. This group of kids stole the show with their Wizard of Oz theme.

It was hard to top this costumed trio, who had a pretty realistic looking unicorn.

“Ahoy, Matey!” This “pirate” had a few holes in his ship. These “rockers” put on a good show.

The majesty of this spring’s royal wedding has yet to wear off for everyone.

Photos by Greg Marsten

New rodeo royalty crowned


Darren Vik congratulates Spooner Rodeo Committee Member of the Year Ann Loechler. She has been a member of the rodeo committee for over 10 years serving in the hospitality room and on the queen committee.

New Spooner Rodeo Queen Kayla Rinkel, Webb Lake, (L) and 2011 Spooner Rodeo Princess Beth Kujala, Spooner, were crowned Tuesday, June 14, at the rodeo BBQ. The 58th-annual Heart of the North Rodeo is July 7-9 at the Spooner fairgrounds.

Amber O’Shea Dorn, just back from her tryout with the Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, talked about her experiences. While she did not make the top honors, it was a rewarding and fun time for her. She was the 2009 Spooner Rodeo princess and enjoys coming back for events.

Beth Kujala is the 2011 Spooner Rodeo princess. She is a senior at Spooner High School where she is active in sports and 4-H. She and Kayla Rinkel will start their duties immediately with appearances in parades in Clayton and Rice Lake.

R Stresau Laboratory Inc. is the 2011 Sponsor of the Year. Accepting the award was Wayne Hanson, president and owner of R Stresau Laboratory. Celebrating their 50 years in business, they have donated an additional $10,000 to the Spooner Rodeo.

2010 Rodeo Queen Emily Byerly thanked the rodeo committee for giving her the opportunity to represent them. Princess Jessica Hallstrom holds back the tears, “Emily has become my best friend this past year,” she said of their experiences together over the course of the year. Photos by Larry Samson

Kayla Rinkel will be the 2011 Spooner Rodeo queen. She was crowned at the rodeo BBQ held Tuesday, June 14, at the fairgrounds in Spooner. She is living with her grandparents in Webb Lake and is a sophomore at the University of WisconsinRiver Falls studying equine science.

Busy Father’s Day at the Polk County senior meal site

It was a busy Father’s Day at the Polk County senior meal site at Frederic, now located at the Frederic Senior Citizens Center, located just west of Bremer Bank. Meal site manager Barb Meier (center) is getting favorable reviews from seniors eating at the site, which is open to all seniors on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with serving time at 11:30 a.m. The men shown eating at the site on Father’s Day are (L to R): Charles Peterson, Doug Harlander, Roger Sullivan, Rudolf Solomonson and Vern Ulick. The women shown are (L to R), Irene Chasensky, Jean Hinrick, Fran Kurkowski, Hazel Hoffman, Pat Solomonson, Joyce Thompson, Margret Ulick and Carmen Marek. - Photos by Lois Nelson


Jon E. Althoff, Turtle Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Benjamin G. Anderon, Frederic, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Daniel B. Arcand, Chisago City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Lance M. Arthurs, Centuria, operating while revoked, $200.50. Richard J. Atkinson, Anoka, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Terri L. Bader, Centuria, speeding, $200.50. Greg W. Bateman, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Tyler D. Bestland, Centuria, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jeff C. Brandt, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Christian A. Brown, Milltown, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Allyson A. Bryan, Columbia Falls, Mo., speeding, $175.30. Ricardo D. Cardenas, Clayton, operating while suspended, $200.50. Michael D. Covey, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Allison C. Dahlquist, Clayton, operating motor vehicle with-

out insurance, $200.50. Cody J. Donald, Frederic, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $200.50. Josiah A. Draves, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jacqueline A. Duke, Luck, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. John B. Erickson, Luck, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Dean J. Ganter, Amery, speeding, not guilty plea. Scott A. Gehrman, Amery, drink open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $200.50. Marie J. Hacker, Eagan, Minn., operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Chad H. Hall, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Charles P. Hall, Balsam Lake, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; operate without valid license, $200.50. Devaughn M. Heinze, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Charles M. Herbst, Forest Lake, Minn., permit solid waste to be thrown from a vehicle, $263.50. Ahmed A. Ibrahim, Barron, operating motor vehicle without

Polk County circuit court

proof of insurance, $10.00. Ricky L. Jackson, Luck, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Robert R. Jaeger, Frederic, seat belt violation, $10.00. Paul S. Javener, Chetek, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Daniel J. Johnson, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Krista A. Johnson, Frederic, fail to yield right of way, not guilty plea. Thomas A. Johnson, Amery, nonregistration of other vehicle, $263.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Nathan S. Kammerud, Milltown, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Robin A. Kelly, St. Croix Falls, operating without valid license, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Kyle T. Kletschka, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Robert E. Koch, New Richmond, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Stacey L. Kretsch, Shafer, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Andrew S. Lindahl, St. Croix Falls, operating without valid li-

A life remembered

Community gathers to remember young nurse who touched lives with a caring manner

by Jessica Beecroft Special to the Leader SPOONER – Hundreds filled the Spooner High School auditorium last Thursday, June 16, to remember the life of Angie Ellanson, a nurse who “touched the community with her sweet personality and caring ways.” Ellanson died of a brain aneurysm on June 13 at the age of 39. Her sudden death shook not only her co-workers and friends, but the hundreds of people she treated in her role as a health-care provider - at the Duluth Clinic in Spooner, Spooner Health System and at a free clinic at Rice Lake where she donated her time. “We definitely have an angel looking over us now,” Lisa Souter, a friend of Ellanson’s, told those gathered for the memorial. “When I learned of her passing, I was shocked but then just sad. Angie was truly a wonderful and amazing doctor and person. I will definitely miss her and my prayers are with her family as well as all her friends and all the lives and hearts she has touched.” Ellanson is survived by her husband, Doug; her three children, Luke, Kennedy and Ty, all of Sarona; as well as her parents, two brothers and seven nephews. Wendy Helstern-Brown said people considered Angie their doctor, even though her official title was certified

Angelica Ellanson

nurse practioner. “She had the most incredible smile, sense of humor and a way that would change you from sad to happy in a second or two,” Helstern-Brown said. She said Angie “left a mark on all of our hearts ... our hearts are broken and eyes filled with tears.” The theme of the memorial was underlined by Pastor Brent Berkesch, who presided over the ceremony. “Cherish your family,” he said. “They are your greatest treasure.” Helstern-Brown posted a group on Facebook titled RIP Angelica Lynn “Angie” (Hereid) Ellanson which allows friends and family to post farewells, thoughts and feelings. A complete obituary can be found on page 18.

cense, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, nonregistration of other vehicle, not guilty pleas. Timothy S. Marek, Luck, speeding, not guilty plea. Liban Y. Mohamed, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Justin W. Nelson, Roberts, OWI, $754.50, 7-month license revocation and order for assessment. Merlin L. Nelson, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Andrew R. Nick, Luck, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Marc V. Olsen, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Brian J. Olson, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kevin R. Onsted, Luck, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Jared L. Paulson, Rice Lake, operating while suspended, $200.50. Joshua D. Posey, Amery, ATV – operation on highways, not guilty plea. Garrett J. Radinzel, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Chad J. Ramaley, North Branch, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Jacob J. Rassmusen, St. Croix Falls, operate without valid license, $200.50; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Nicholas K. Ronia, Plymouth, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Justin S. Scheuermann, Elk Mound, speeding, $175.30. William H. Schlecht, Amery, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Neil J. Schmitz, Woodbury, Minn., operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Vernon H. Simon, Balsam Lake, fail to yield right of way from stop sign, $175.30. Adina Johnson Stackhouse, Frederic, probationary licensee operate Class D vehicle between hours of midnight and 5 a.m., $200.50. Michael W. Stauner, Turtle Lake, speeding, operating motor vehicle by probationary licensee with unauthorized person in vehicle, not guilty pleas. Jeffrey W. Steinworth, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joshua A. Swager, Amery, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

Polk County marriage licenses

Linsey D. Knutson, Town of Sterling, and Michael A. Ellis, Town of Luck, issued June 13, 2011. JuaNita A. Rose, Amery, and Frank G. Quaderer, Amery, issued June 15, 2011. Kristine J. Kumlien, city of St. Peter, Minn., and Jesse E. Harmon, city of St. Peter, Minn., issued June 16, 2011.

New Legion offi ficcers

Ryan N. Wildt, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Briana M. Zellmer, Luck, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Rodney D. Bahr, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Michael C. Belz, River Falls, speeding, $175.30. Jesse A. Bengston, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Douglas A. Bengston Jr., Milltown, speeding, $175.30. Michael S. Bodesheimer, Hudson, illegally construct, use or fail/remove or attach name/address or DNR number to unattended tree stand, $162.70. Sheri A. Boedeker, Almena, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00, twice. James F. Boerjan, Woodbury, Minn., fish w/o license, $206.70 Jill Borgerding, Duluth, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jessica Bowen, Dresser, speeding, $200.50; violation of child safety restraint requirements, $150.10. Margaret J. Bowles, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Christian A. Brown, Milltown, fail to stop/improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Landon S. Burhop, Turtle Lake, speeding, $175.30. Travis V. Byl, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Cheryl J. Campeau, Turtle Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Joseph L. Collins, Grantsburg, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10; operating a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Michael D. Conner, Maplewood, Minn., speeding, $183.30. Alissa S. Coomer, Clayton, speeding, $175.30. Christopher J. Cooper, Lindstrom, Minn., fish in fish refuge, not guilty plea. Craig T. Couglin, Dresser, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Kathleen M. Cross, Amery, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Brian E. Crotty, Somerset, speeding, $200.50. Thomas M. Diaz, Mendota Heights, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Christopher T. Dubose, Chisago City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Linda L. Duncan, Milltown, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jeremy G. Ellingsworth, Osceola, operating while suspended, $200.50. Amy C. Ellis, Dresser, speeding, $200.50. Andrew C. Erickson, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Amber L. Fauley, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Thomas K. Feinthel, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jason M. Fenton, Osceola, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Guillermo T. Fernandez, Somerset, speeding, $175.30. Stephen A. Florer, Centuria, operate without valid license, $200.50. Adam J. Gadach, Deer Park, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50.

James N. Garriga, Osceola, speeding, $200.50. Justin E. Gilbertson, New Prague, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Nicholas R. Gjerstad, Somerset, speeding, $200.50. James A. Glenna Jr., St. Croix Falls, nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Jennifer R. Gomez, Hugo, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Lynn L. Goodroad, Stacy, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Timothy C. Gray, St. Croix Falls, failure to notify police of accident, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $263.50; failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.50; display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, $263.50; nonregistration of vehicle >10,000 lbs., $238.30. James M. Green, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Arthur A. Greve, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Jacqualyn L. H. Hall, Taylors Falls, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Thomas L. Hall, Osceola, failure to keep vehicle under control, $213.10. Carmen T. Halvorson, Spooner, speeding, $175.30. Christina J. Hansen, Rush City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. David J. Hansen, Milwaukee, keep open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $200.50. William Hanson, Clayton, dog at large, $100.00. Joel E. Harvey, St. Croix Falls, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jason M. Hathaway, Frederic, operate without valid license, $200.50. Melanie M. Hatten, Luck, speeding, not guilty plea. Joel A. Haugen, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Travis L. Helling, Turtle Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00, twice. Kathryn J. Hendricks, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Joshua L. Hendrickson, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Matthew R. Herbert, Osceola, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Casey M. Holm, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Brandon S. Hopkins, Webster, operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Brittany J. Hoyt, Amery, nonregistration of vehicle <=10,000 lbs., not guilty plea. Hugh L. Hulman, Hallandale Beach, Fla., speeding, $225.70. Cynthia M. Johanson, Chisago City, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Rachel A. Johnson, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Timothy J. Johnson, Osceola, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Todd M. Johnson, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Gary L. Kaefer, Frederic, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Robert A. Kappers, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $225.70.

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The new officers of the Brask-Fossum-Janke American Legion Post 185 were sworn in at their Monday, June 13, meeting. New officers (L to R) are: Tim Curtin, post chaplin; Mike Henderson, first vice commander; Mike Martin, post commander; Tony LaMere, finance officer; Mark Loomis, judge advocate; Roger Hess, post historian and sergeant at arms; and John Bruzek Jr., sergeant at arms. Steve Du Bois, candidate for state Legion commander, swore in the new officers. Photo by Priscilla Bauer


Fri. & Sat., June 24 & 25

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FOR RENT One-BR Apartments Downtown Centuria & St. Croix Falls Available Now Water, sewer & garbage incl. Background check.

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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.

Riverbend Assisted Living offers a beautiful, comfortable and homelike environment with wonderful meals, health monitoring and social, recreational and educational opportunities to help each person live as independently as possible. No two people are alike, and so the services and assistance provided should not be exactly the same. At Riverbend we call it person-centered living, and it starts the day that the individual walks into our community. Within Riverbend Assisted Living lies Quiet Pines Memory Care, a special area designed specifically for people with memory loss. Quiet Pine Memory Care offers a safe and secure environment that brings meaning and purpose and pleasure to each person’s day through programs and services specifically for the person with memory loss. Everyone needs a little help from time to time. Making the decision to move out of one’s home is not easy, but moving into an Assisted Living apartment where services are arranged especially for the individual can help a person regain some control of his/her life.

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(June 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY E. WEINHARDT Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11PR36 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth September 8, 1918, and date of death April 5, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 209 River Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is September 12, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar May 27, 2011 Leah E. Meyer Remington Law Offices, LLC 126 S. Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-3422 Bar Number: 1081407

(June 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOEL E. HARVEY Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 37 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth August 24, 1954, and date of death May 24, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1768 East Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is September 12, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell Anderson Probate Registrar June 7, 2011 Steven J. Swanson P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar Number: 1003029

(June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Inc., AssetBacked Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R4, Plaintiff, vs. REBECCA A. METCALF and CHRISTOPHER J. METCALF husband and wife, Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-80 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 May 6, 2011, in the amount of $133,176.46, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 27, 2011, 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: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 2143, Recorded in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 66 as Document No. 551729, being Part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of SE 1/4), Section Nine (9), Township Thirty-four (34), Range Eighteen (18) West, St. Croix Falls Township, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1609 210th Street, Town of St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 044-00244-0100. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 24912 Gile Road 2 miles west on 70 from stoplight in Grantsburg, go north on Larson Road 3 miles, 1/4 mile on Gile Road. Watch for signs. Oak entertainment center; misc. furniture; pool table; wall décor; power tools; men’s size med./misses size small/kids clothing and lots of misc. 33ap 539214 (Rain Or Shine) 44Lp

(June 22, 29, July 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RALPH A. JUREK Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 40 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth July 17, 1920, and date of death May 27, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 106 Polk Avenue North, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is September 27, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar 715-485-9238 June 17, 2011 Ryan M. Benson Attorney at Law Benson Law Office LLC P.0. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 Bar Number: 1036463

(June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY RURAL AMERICAN BANKLUCK, Plaintiff vs. ESTATE OF DARYL K. STRUCK, SR. Margaret R. Engebretson, Special Administrator, and STEVEN G. QUIST and JOYCE A. QUIST, Defendants. Case No. 11 CV 246 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on May 26, 2011, in the amount of $24,227.47, 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, August 4, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Part of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 835-17, in the Village of Milltown, described as follows: Beginning at a point that is 180 feet West and 25 feet North of the SE corner of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 8-35-17; thence running North parallel to the East forty line 50 feet; thence running East at a right angle 163.50 feet; thence running South parallel to the East forty line 50 feet; thence running West to the point of beginning. PIN: 151-00207-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 504 Milltown Avenue North, Milltown, WI 54858. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 7th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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Application for Retail ‘Class A’ Liquor License to sell Liquor. To the Town Board, Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wis. The undersigned: Atlas General Store William J. Rivard 2132 295th Ave. Luck, WI 54853 Hereby applies for a ‘Class A’ Liquor License to sell Liquor from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. Dated June 22, 2011 Patsy Gustafson, Clerk Town of Laketown




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Julia A. Powers, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Trevor S. Rathbun, Osceola, speeding, not guilty plea; display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, not guilty plea; probationary licensee operating Class D vehicle between hours of 12 and 5 a.m., $200.50. Donald T. Raymond, Milltown, speeding, $175.30. Richard E. Reinert, Arbor Vitae, speeding, $200.50.

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mond, speeding, $175.30. Ramiro A. Ortiz, Brooklyn Park, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Timothy C. Perlick, Anoka, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Gregory D. Peterson, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Samantha R. Peterson, Osceola, speeding, $225.70. Mary C. Petzel, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Robert P. Pike, Milltown, speeding, $175.30. Constance M. Plourde, Somerset, fish without license, $202.70.

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2-BR Apt. Downtown St. Croix Falls

Falls, speeding, $175.30. Jon T. Moulton, Baldwin, inattentive driving, $187.90. Daniel W. Mroszak, Clear Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Ricci A. Myer, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Steve K. Nadeau, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. Troy D. Nelson, Amery, violation of child safety restraint requirements, $150.10; speeding, $200.50. Christopher J. Nikolai, Marshfield, camping without permit or fee payment, $162.70. Rita A. Norlander, Centuria, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Nickolas A. Odegard, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Gerald G. Olsen, New Rich-



Richard M. Leroux, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Grant C. Lightfoot, Lindstrom, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Ernest Luera Jr., Turtle Lake, speeding, $175.30. Richard A. Lund, Scandia, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Martha L. Martini, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Ben A. Matheson, Balsam Lake, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Victoria J. Matheson, Centuria, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Jessica L. Monamara, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Alexa J. Meyer, St. Croix


Elisabeth M. Knoer, Blaine, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Adam R. Kovar, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Warner C. Krusell Jr., Osceola, speeding, $200.50. Rhea E. Kuhn, Milltown, operate without valid license, not guilty plea. Keith A. Kurschner, Stacy, Minn., speeding, $200.50; operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00. Dale W. Larue, St. Croix Falls, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30.

Polk County circuit court continued

BIDS WANTED TOWN OF BONE LAKE SEAL COAT The Town of Bone Lake is seeking bids for the seal coating, with pea rock, for 2 miles of 290th Avenue, from 110th Street east to 90th Street. Bids are due by July 13 and will be opened on July 14, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the clerk’s home. For more information, contact Town Chairperson Marsha Karpinen at 715-554-1067. 539090 43-44L WNAXLP Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES The Frederic School District is accepting applications for the following coaching positions: • JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL COACH • JUNIOR HIGH FOOTBALL COACH Send letter of application, resume and credentials to: Troy Wink, Athletic Director, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone, 715-327-4223. 539433 33a 44L Application deadline is July 1, 2011. The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer


The School District of Siren is taking applications for a part-time (3-1-1/2 hours per day) cook’s helper. The duties will be helping prepare and serving meals. Cleaning, doing dishes and understanding the operating of kitchen equipment, maintain to clean work area and following the HACCP guidelines. The ability to get along with co-workers and students to create a friendly atmosphere. Be able to follow directions from supervisor and be able to work alone. Able to lift 50 pounds. Persons interested in this position can apply by sending a letter of application to Deborah Jaskolka Food Service Manager at Siren School, 24022 4th Avenue, Siren, WI 54872 or stop by the Siren School District Office and pick up an application. Deadline is June 28, 2011. 539135 43-44L

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Thursday, June 30, 2011, 6 p.m.

The following liquor license applications will be considered at a special board meeting to be held Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the town hall located at 612 U.S. Hwy. 8, Range, Wis. *Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages. Gary G. Searle and Nancy M. Searle, 2270, 71st, Luck, Wis., agent for Cricket’s Bar and Grill, 251 110th St., Amery. Rick T. Hanson and Kimberly K. Hanson, 474 U.S. Hwy. 8, Turtle Lake, agents for Duck’s Sports Bar & Grill Inc., 1255 60th St., Cty. Rd. D, Amery. David M. Germanson, 900 165th Ave., Balsam Lake, agent for DN Campground LLc, 956 165th Ave., Balsam Lake. *Retail Class A License for retail sale of malt beverages and intoxicating liquor for consumption off premises. Rick Scoglio, 1717 70th St., Balsam Lake, agent for Pap’s General Store, 1637 80th St., Balsam Lake. Attested by: Gloria Stokes, Clerk, 715-268-9275 539739 44L WNAXLP


Pulverize/Pave 220th St. from Co. Rd. I to Beede Lake Rd. (Approx. 1.5 miles). Wedge: 180th St., start one mile north of Co. Rd. G, north 1.5 miles. Areas marked on road. Chip Seal: 205th St., start Co. Rd. G north 1 mile, skip new pavement area and start again old pavement to 240th Ave. (1.5 miles). 210th Ave. East end (.5 mile). 240th Ave., start 180th St. west to 210th St. (3 miles). Crack Seal: Start I on 235th St., north to end of road, 230th Ave. end Co. Rd. G (approx. 4 miles). River Rd., start at St. Croix Falls’ boundary then north to Co. Rd. G (approx. 6 miles). 210th Avenue, start at Hwy. 87 East to 200th St. (approx. 4 miles). 200th St., start Co. Rd. I, north to end at Co. Rd. G (approx. 4 miles). 225th Ave. crack seal. Bids will be considered at the monthly board meeting on July 14, 2011, at 7 p.m., at Eureka Town Hall. Bidder must supply W9 and Certificate of Insurance to Clerk. Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. The bidder’s attention is called to the fact that some of these projects are subject to a prevailing wage rate determination which has been issued by the State of Wisconsin and that the prevailing wage rates and hours of labor set forth in this determination shall be applicable to said projects. Please direct all bid notices to Town Chair: Kyle Swanson 2042 230th St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3186 Respectfully Submitted 539494 44-46L 34-36a,d WNAXLP Michelle Tonnar, Clerk


Will Be Held Sunday, July 17, 2011, From Noon - 2 p.m. At The Webster Fire Hall 7420 Main St. W., Webster, WI


Will Follow Open Book Starting Sunday, July 17, 2011, 2 - 4 p.m. Also At The Fire Hall 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 hrs. before the first meeting of the board or at least 48 hrs. 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 s.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 coping under s.19.35(1). 539209 44L 34a WNAXLP Respectfully Submitted, Deanna J Krause, Clerk

Head Volleyball Coach Position Send letter of interest, resume and a list of references to: Mark Gobler, AD Luck High School 810 7th St. S. Luck, WI 54853

Deadline: June 24, 2011

NOTICE TOWN OF LAKETOWN Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, June 28, 2011, At 7:30 p.m. At The Cushing Community Center. Agenda: Call meeting to order; clerk’s report; treasurer’s report; open forum; open/accept road bids; discuss/act on ATV ordinance; liquor license renewal; pay bills; review correspondence; adjourn. 539719 44L Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk

(June 8, 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DAVID M. SWENSON, et al Defendant(s) AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 128 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 5, 2010, in the amount of $54,637.19, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 12, 2011, 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: The Northeast One-quarter of the Southeast One-quarter, Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 15 West, in the Town of Johnstown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2237 Pipe Lake Road, Comstock, WI 54826. TAX KEY NO.: 028-00168-0000. Dated this 31st day of May, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz. M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 271948

Connect to your community APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for retail “Class A” license to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages to the Town Board of the Town of Oakland, Burnett County, Wisconsin, the undersigned: Kathy Eckstrom Hereby applies for a “Class A” Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. DBA: Oakland Store Located at 28202 Hwy. 35 Danbury, Wis. Sec. 21-40-16 Dated June 13, 2011 Deanna J. Krause, Clerk Town of Oakland




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(May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. KEVIN D. LUND, and COUNTRYSIDE COOPERATIVE, Defendants Case No. 10 CV 850 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on December 28, 2010, in the amount of $111,661.05, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map 1517, recorded in Volume 7 of Certified Survey Maps on page 95, as Document No. 496917, being part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 SW 1/4), Section Thirtyfour (34), Township Thirty-four (34) North of Range Eighteen (18) West. PIN: 044-00951-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 1249 208th St., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 9th day of May, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on May 3, 2011, in the amount of $35,896.38, 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, August 4, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, Section Three (3), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Fifteen (15) West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin, except the East 12 feet thereof and also except the railroad right of way. PIN: 016-00067-0000. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 7th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. KEVIN C. NIX, et al. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 83 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 28, 2010, in the amount of $67,430.05, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 27, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: The East 225 feet of the West 450 feet of the North 234 feet of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, Section 29, Township 34 North, Range 17 West. Said land being in the Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1644 140th Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 006-00794-0000. Dated this 6th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272212

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NO. 06-11 ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE 11-09 REGULATING LARGE SCALE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IN THE TOWN OF LAKETOWN The Town Board of the Town of Laketown, hereby amends Ordinance 11-09 Regulating Large Scale Commercial Activity in the Town of Laketown. The Ordinance is hereby amended so that section 13 thereof reads as follow: 13. Pre-existing Facilities. This ordinance does not apply to any facility in actual operation in the Town on November 24, 2009, or to a nonmetallic mine with respect to which a §295.20 Wis. Stats. registration was filed before November 24, 2009. This ordinance was adopted by a majority of the town board on a roll call vote with a quorum present and voting and proper notice having been given. 539715 44L WNAXLP

Notices/Employment Opportunities


WITC ASHLAND CAMPUS Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual for a full-time Early Childhood Education Instructor at the WITC Ashland Campus. The ideal candidates will demonstrate interest in and potential for excellence in facilitating student learning and development. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s Degree, two years’ occupational experience in early childhood field, knowledge of and experience with accelerated teaching strategies preferred and teaching experience with strong background in student assessment preferred. Deadline to apply: July 1, 2011


Opportunities for advanced training available. Must have current State of Wisconsin Licensure for EMT-B, EMT-IV Tech, EMT-I or higher. Current CPR-HealthCare Provider Certification. Valid driver’s license. Wisconsin CEVO-Training desired.

For additional information, contact:

Linette Erickson Western Wisconsin EMS aka Unity Area Ambulance 715-825-4444 539502 44-45L


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view each site and will reconvene at 11 a.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time each applicant will inform the Board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 11 A.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) BAKER ORCHARD (John Baker) requests a Special Exception from Article 8D4 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a business customarily found in recreational areas. Property affected is: 1594 State Hwy. 35, Pt. of NW1/4, NW1/4, Sec. 13/T34N/R18, Town of St. Croix Falls, pond (class 3). TODD & SHERRY HOUGHTON request a variance from Article 11E3 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to build a garage closer than 63’ from centerline of town road. Property affected is: 1387 Kemah Park Dr., Lot 17, Kemah Shores Assessors Plat #1, Pt. of Gov’t. Lot 8, Sec. 35/T35N/R17W, Town of Milltown. DAVID NORDGAARD requests a Special Exception from Article 8D7 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance and Sec. VIA3 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to expand existing travel trailer park which will add 23 travel trailer units and 6 yurt rental sites. Property affected is: 1977A Polk-Barron St., Pt. of Gov’t. Lot 1+2, Sec. 25/T35N/R15W, Town of Johnstown, Staples Lake (class 3). 539174 43-44L 33a,d WNAXLP

OFFICIAL NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS BURNETT COUNTY LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION DEPT. NOTICE is hereby given by the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department, Burnett County, Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for the purpose of supplying materials and excavation equipment for closure of a manure waste impoundment located in Burnett County. All bids will be received for the project until noon local time on July 13, 2011, at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department, 7410 County Rd. K, #109, Siren, WI 54872. Bids will be publicly opened and read at the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Office in Room 21, on July 13, 2011, at 1 p.m. Bids must be date stamped by the soliciting purchasing agent on or before the date that the bid is due. Bids date stamped in another office will be rejected. If bids are mailed, it is very important to indicate on the exterior of the envelope that you are sending a bid. Estimates of material quantities and installation specifications can be obtained by contacting Eric Wojchik, Project Manager, at 715-485-8644 or 715-349-2186 or at the above-listed address. The Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any technicality in any bid 539516 44-45L WNAXLP submitted.

For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our Web site at 539252 33a-e 44r,L TTY 711

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


YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Western Wisconsin EMS is currently looking for Emergency Medical Technicians to serve as paid on-call responders for Emergent and Nonemergent 911 calls.


Cage Cashiers Table Game Dealer Trainees Valet Staff 2nd-Shift Valet Supervisor Beverage Bar Waitstaff Concession Staff Players Club Host Part-Time EVS Staff

HWYS. 35 & 77 • DANBURY, WI Apply in person at HR, M - F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING/ REFRIGERATION INSTRUCTOR WITC SUPERIOR CAMPUS Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual for a full-time Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Instructor at the WITC Superior Campus. The ideal candidates will demonstrate interest in and potential for excellence in facilitating student learning and development. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree or equivalency* and two years of verifiable work experience in HVAC. *Occupational experience combined with education and training preparing a person for the occupation totaling 7 years or 14,000 hours is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. Deadline to apply: June 24, 2011


For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our Web site at 539203 33a-e 44r,L TTY 711

Luck Schools is soliciting bids to supply the following bread products for the 2011/2012 school year. 4” Hamburger Buns (30 Count or 60 Count) 6” Coney Buns (30 Count or 60 Count) 6” Sub/Steak Bun (24 Count) White Bread White Sandwich Bread Wheat Bread Whole Wheat Bread Whole Grain White Bread Whole Grain 4” Hamburger Bun (30 Count or 60 Count) Whole Grain 6” Coney Bun (30 Count or 60 Count) Whole Grain 6” Sub/Steak Bun (24 Count) Submit bids to: Ione Barron Luck School District 810 7th Street South, Luck, WI 54853 Phone: 715-472-2151, ext. 112 By Friday, July 1, 2011. The District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

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The Village of Webster is holding a Public Hearing regarding the Village’s CDBG American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT (CDBG-R) grant program. This project involved the renovation of the former Larsen Auto Center building into the Burnett County Community Library. The public is invited to review the program performance and to express citizen views. The agenda for the Public Hearing is as follows: 1. Review of program performance. 2. Citizens views on the program. 3. Other CDBG issues. Residents of the Village of Webster are encouraged to attend, especially residents with low-to-moderate incomes. Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through appropriate aids or services. To request this service, contact the Clerk’s Office at 715-866-4211. 539216 44L WNAXLP


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE VILLAGE OF WEBSTER 7505 Main Street West Webster, WI 54893 July 6, 2011 - 6 p.m.


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view each site and will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time each applicant will inform the Board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 11:00 A.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) KATHRYN & MICHAEL ROZIN requests a Special Exception from Article 8D1 (a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 794 200th Ave., Pt. of Gov’t. Lot 10, Sec. 26 & Gov’t. Lot 1, Sec. 27, all in T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown, Big Blake Lake (class 1). JOHN & CAROL DOW request a variance from Article 11F2(c)(1) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to build an addition which will be off to the side of the dwelling. Property affected is: 652 250th Ave., Pt. of SW1/4, SE1/4 & SE1/4, SW1/4, exc. 444/835, desc. V526/854, Sec. 25/T36N/R16W, Town of Bone Lake, Pickerel Lake (class 3). 539720 44-45L 34a,d WNAXLP

TEACHER ASSISTANT – CORRECTIONS PART TIME WITC SUPERIOR CAMPUS Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual for a part-time Teacher Assistant - Corrections at the WITC Superior Campus. The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing assistance with the instructional process in accordance with the educational objectives of the college. Responsibilities include reinforcing instructional concepts, demonstrating activities and developing materials and resources. The teacher assistant must have the ability to conduct classes with supervision and to work effectively with students, faculty and other staff. Qualifications include: two-year associate degree or two-year diploma or four years of related occupational experience, or a combination of education and experience totaling four years. Must have experience with corrections/ law enforcement, ability to demonstrate familiarity with equipment and software packages and ability to work under occasionally stressful conditions. Deadline to apply: June 24, 2011


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

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



The Town of Jackson is seeking sealed bids for chip seal resurfacing of approximately 1.4 miles total, average width 18 feet. Whispering Pines from Loon Lake Dam Lane to end (.99 mile), Viking Circle from Shore Road to Shore Road (.32 mile), Bass Lake Circle from Shore Road to Shore Road (.05 mile), and Shore/Viking Circle Nook (.02 mile). Include with the bid, as a separate item, a quote for double chipping approximately 500 feet on Whispering Pines. Aggregate for chip seal to be 3/8 pea rock. Rock to be applied evenly and rolled into emulsified asphalt, with excess rock to be broomed from coated surface. Required crack sealing and surface sweeping to be performed by others prior to application of chip seal coating. Contractor to verify road width and length. Resurfacing work is to be coordinated with town representatives and must be completed by September 16, 2011. Bids are due and will be opened on July 11, 2011, 7 p.m. at the Jackson Town Hall during monthly town meeting. Valid certificate of insurance must be presented with bids. The Town of Jackson reserves the right to reject any and all bids or portion thereof. For more information, contact Roger Larson 715-866-7529. 539594 44-45L 34a WNAXLP Sealed bids should be sent to Town of Jackson, 4599 County Road A, Webster, WI 54893. Attn: Chip seal bid.

WITC SUPERIOR CAMPUS Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual to teach Communication courses at the WITC Superior Campus. Teaching assignment includes writing, applied communication and oral communication courses. Qualifications include: Master’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or a related discipline OR Master’s degree and 18 graduate credits in English, Communications, Journalism or a related discipline, one year (2,000 hours) of occupational experience outside the field of education, experience with online delivery of instruction preferred. Note: In the assessment of credentials, a higher rating may be given for education/training, skills and experience beyond the minimum qualifications. Deadline to apply: June 28, 2011


For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our Web site at 539716 44L 34a-e TTY 711

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Mathematics Teacher Jerry Tischer, Superintendent 715-327-5630 This is a full-time position teaching High School Mathematics (Advanced Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Applied Math). Middle School volleyball and football coaches are needed for 2011. Additional coaching/advising extracurricular activities may be available. Qualifications: Strong background in mathematics teaching strategies and methodologies; ability to successfully teach the WI Standards & Knowledge of the New Common Core Standards; Skilled in incorporating quality-learning opportunities that create a positive classroom environment; ability to teach and use differentiated stations, responsive classroom and progress monitoring/RtI strategies; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, team oriented; ability to successfully use technology in the classroom; must be student centered. Requirements: Wisconsin teaching license for Mathematics. How to Apply: Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, reference letters, downloadable application form from our Web site ( employmentopportunities), and a copy of license to: Mr. Raymond Draxler, RE: Mathematics Position, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone: 715-327-4223, Fax: 715-327-8655. Employer: Frederic School District 1437 Clam Falls Drive Frederic, WI 54837 Closing Date: June 27, 2011 Description: K - 12 School District in Frederic, WI, which is located in northwestern Wisconsin on Hwy. 35. The Elementary School and 6 - 12 School have a combined enrollment of 524 students. For further information on the Frederic School District, please visit our Web site at The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Spanish Teacher Jerry Tischer, Superintendent 715-327-5630 This is a full-time position teaching High School Spanish. The position is, and has been shared with the Luck School District, which is located approximately 7 miles south of Frederic. Qualifications: Strong background in Spanish teaching strategies and methodologies; ability to successfully teach the WI Standards & Knowledge of the New Common Core Standards; skilled in incorporating quality-learning opportunities that create a positive classroom environment; ability to teach and use differentiated stations, responsive classroom and progress monitoring/RtI strategies. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, team orientated; ability to successfully use technology in the classroom. Must be student-centered. Requirements: Wisconsin teaching license for Spanish. How to Apply: Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, reference letters, downloadable application form from our Web site: ( opportunities), and a copy of license to: Mr. Raymond Draxler, RE: Spanish Position, Frederic School District, 1437 Clam Falls Drive, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone: 715-327-4223, Fax: 715-327-8655. Employer: Frederic School District 1437 Clam Falls Drive Frederic, WI 54837 Closing Date: June 27, 2011 Coaching: Middle School volleyball and football coaching vacancies are available for 2011. Additional coaching/extra-curricular activities may be available. Description: K - 12 School District in Frederic, WI, which is located in northwestern Wisconsin on Hwy. 35. The Elementary School and 6 - 12 School have a combined enrollment of 524 students. For further information on the Frederic School District, please visit our Web site at The Frederic School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Amery Area Public Library seeks an experienced and energetic leader to direct the operations of their library. Having recently moved into a new multipurpose facility the library wants to enhance its programming and services to the community. The library will be joining the MORE system in 2011 and is part of the Indianhead Federated Library System. Responsibilities: The Library Director reports to a 7-member Board of Trustees and is responsible for the overall management of the library. Essential duties include building and maintaining our collection, managing the library budget, supervising the library staff and promoting the library within the City of Amery and the surrounding area. Qualifications: Candidates must be eligible for Wisconsin Grade II certification. Three years of library experience is required. Library administration experience and a Library Master’s Degree are preferred. The ideal candidate shall also possess excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with their staff, the Board, the City of Amery and community organizations. Knowledge of current library practices, technology and trends is required. Compensation: Starting salary range is $34,000-$40,000 with excellent benefits. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter by June 30, 2011, to Library Search Committee at 539115 43-44L 33-34d .


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Case No. 10 CV 891 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on January 24, 2011, in the amount of $134,465.38, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 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 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. DESCRIPTION: That part of Lots Three (3) and Four (4), Block Two (2), Park Addition to the Village of Frederic, lying and being East of State Highway 35 as now located, except the parcel described in Volume 169 of Deeds, page 236, Document No. 247782, Polk County, Wisconsin, said parcel being the North 25 feet of Lot Three (3), Block Two (2), Park Addition to the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 126-00282-0000. STREET ADDRESS: 508 State Road 35, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 26th day of May, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the action of Jackson County Bank vs. Timothy Dietmeier, Polk County Case No. 10CV421, I will sell at public auction in the foyer area of the Polk Co. Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 900, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., for the following described premises, located in Polk County, Wisconsin: Lot 12, Plat of Pixie Acres Mobile Home Subdivision, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin. Property Address: 520 Parkins Avenue, Milltown, Wisconsin 54858. Notice is further given that the successful purchaser will be responsible for the lien of real estate taxes, for the municipal charges, if any, the Wisconsin real estate transfer fee, and is responsible for obtaining possession of the property, which is sold “as is.” TERMS OF SALE: Cash with 10% to be paid at time of sale. Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County, Wisconsin James Flory Wiley Law, S.C. P.O. Box 629 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0629 Phone: 715-835-6171

(June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 Bremer Bank N.A., a domestic banking corporation, 855 Eagle Point Road Lake Elmo, MN 55042 Plaintiff, vs. Dean V. Munkelwitz and Sherri J. Munkelwitz, husband and wife 938 15th Street Clayton, WI 54004, Defendants. File #10CV338 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Foreclosure of Mortgage: 30404 By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 21, 2010, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam Lake, in said Polk County on August 10, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: The Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW 1/4, SE1/4), EXCEPT the South 330 feet; Section Fourteen (14), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Fifteen (15) West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN NO.: 16-316-0000 The above property is located at 938 15th Street, Clayton, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 7th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Offices, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menonomie, WI 54751 715-235-3939

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The Town of Anderson is seeking sealed bids for the following roadwork projects: Each bid listed is a separate bid. Contact Town Chairman Jeremy Gronski for specifics of bids. Please mark and submit your bids separately. Bid 1. Clearing of right of way on East River Road from County Road O to County Line Road. Bid 2. Pulverize and reconstruct approximately 1 mile of Bonneville Road from Hwy. 87 to Bass Lake Road. This project must meet prevailing wage laws. Sealed bids can be sent to: Town of Anderson, Attn.: Jeremy Gronski, 20723 E. River Road, Grantsburg, WI 54840 and should be marked “road bids.” Bids are to be received no later than July 12, 2011. All bids will be opened and reviewed July 13, 2011, at the town board meeting. The board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. For questions on the road bids or specifications contact: Jeremy Gronski, Town Chairman, at 715-488-2928. 539738 44L WNAXLP Jessica King, Clerk

(June 22, 29, July 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS CWMBS, 2004-12 Plaintiff vs. INPONG LUANGRATH, et al. Defendant(s) AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 237 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 7, 2010, in the amount of $256,916.08, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: July 27, 2011, 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 One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 1753 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 101 as Document No. 523410, being a part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest (SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4) of Section Twenty-Two (22), Township Thirty-Two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 272 270th St., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00533-0100 Dated this 16th day of June, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 272802

(May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. JULIE M. STEPHENS Defendant. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 740 By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on January 5, 2011, in the amount of $46,863.42, 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, Wis., on Thurs., July 7, 2011, at 10 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 forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot 42 of Certified Survey Map No. 2181 filed in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, page 105, as Document No. 553888, located in part of NE1/4 of SW1/4 and part of Government Lots 2 and 3, Section 21, Township 33 North, Range 18 West. PIN: 042-00457-4200 Lot 43 of Certified Survey Map No. 2181 filed in Volume 10 of Certified Survey Maps, page 105, as Document No. 553888, located in part of NE1/4 of SW1/4 and part of Government Lots 2 and 3, Section 21, Township 33 North, Range 18 West. PIN: 042-00457-4300 STREET ADDRESS: XXX 217th Street, Town of Osceola, WI 54020 Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 11th day of May, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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Application for retail “Class B” license to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages to the Town Board of the Town of Oakland, Burnett County, Wisconsin, the undersigned: Ike Walton Lodge Now, Inc. Agent Marion Obszarny Hereby applies for a “Class B” Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. Ike Walton Lodge 7861 Birch St. Danbury, Wis. Dated June 13, 2011 Deanna J. Krause, Clerk Town of Oakland


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On June 13, 2011, a resolution was offered, adopted and approved by the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin (the “Municipality”), whereby the Municipality authorized and directed the issuance and sale of up to $469,647 Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2011. The closing on these Bonds will be held on June 22, 2011. A copy of all proceedings had to date with respect to the authorization and sale of said Bonds is on file and may be examined in the office of the Village Clerk. This Notice is given pursuant to Section 893.77, Wisconsin Statutes, which provides that an action or proceeding to contest the validity of such municipal financing, for other than constitutional reasons, must be commenced within thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this Notice. Dated: June 24, 2011. VILLAGE OF FREDERIC, WISCONSIN 539404 44L WNAXLP Kristi Swanson, Village Clerk

Bike Relay


Tornado: 10 -year anniversary

Brayden Aasen, Siren, led the pack of tornado-relay riders along Lind Road to the cutoff on Herman Johnson Road Saturday, June 18. At this point in the relay, Larry Blahauvietz, village president in Siren in 2001, was riding on behalf of the village.

Dick Erickson (left), Grantsburg, represented the Towns of Wood River and Daniels on the 10th-anniversary bike relay across the 41-mile 2001 tornado route. DuWayne Wiberg is shown here putting the medallion for the Town of Wood River, the first town hit that night 10 years ago, on Erickson. A medallion was prepared for each of the six towns (including the Town of Bashaw in Washburn County) that received tornado damage, and a medallion was given out as the ride through each town concluded.

RIGHT: Bicyclists in a relay carried this medallion in a commemorative ride that followed the path of the 2001 tornado. Etched on the medallion are the words “June 18 - Day of Change - 2001-2011 - Day of Thanksgiving.” – Photo by Carl Heidel

LEFT: Ron Heller brought his pontoon over to the shore to ferry bike riders across Clam Lake. The original plan to use the landing on Cumberland Point Road had to be scrapped because of low water, but Barb Graf graciously allowed the pontoon to stop at her boat dock. Graf, her daughter and son-in-law Tracy and Ron Frokjer, and grandchildren Lauren, Nicholas and Blake from Centuria watched as bikers Bill Johnston (riding on behalf of the Town of Siren), Dave Gaynor (Siren), and others loaded their bikes.

Dick Erickson and his friend, Jack Samuelson, both from Grantsburg, rode the tornado-relay route through the towns of Wood River and Daniels Saturday, June 18. Erickson was wearing his MS Tram T-shirt, having ridden in annual MS rides for 13 years. – Photo by Carl Heidel

Photos by Nancy Jappe unless otherwise noted

Arts Show

Tornado: 10 -year anniversary Cora Sower, Siren ceramic artist, created a sunflower platter and “Tornado Bowls” - popcorn bowl sets - for the Arts Burnett County “Tornado Expressions” art show.

The Arts Burnett County banner announced ABC’s first official art show as part of the Day of Thanksgiving 10th-anniversary tornado observance June 18 at the Siren High School. Webster artist Jimmy Springett interpreted sunflowers in his painting, “The Sky is Blue.” He was one of a dozen local artists and writers showcased in the ABC show. Photos by H. Rice

This family was among an estimated 200 people who viewed the Memory Walls and the Arts Burnett County art show at Siren High School during the Day of Thanksgiving 10th-anniversary observance June 18.



Cassius (Rod Kleiss) challenges Antony (Dietrich Poppen) to take his life.

Overlook Deck • St. Croix Falls

Cassius (Rod Kleiss) and Titinius (Mark Bloom) Octavius (Samuel Poppen) talks of conspiracy leave the scene in haste. and betrayal. ST. CROIX FALLS – Locals were treated to the Cromulent Shakespeare Company’s performance of “Julius Caesar” on the St. Croix Falls Overlook Deck on June 17. The production is part of a busy traveling schedule for the performance crew across the Metro area, all month long. The performance was under the direction of Mark Palmer and included local resident Rod Kleiss of Grantsburg as Cassius.

Caesar (Charles Numrich) and Calpurnia (Emily Ruebl) talk over the state of Rome.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Portia (Hannah Steblay) talks with the Soothsayer (Sarah Broode) about her warning to Caesar.

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Relay for Life this Friday in St. Croix Falls

Osceola teen Hannah Kautz, who has been fighting cancer since the age of 3, chairs this year’s event

by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The annual Relay for Life in St. Croix Falls begins this Friday evening, June 24, at the St. Croix Falls High School track. An opening ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m., where Honorary Chair Hannah Kautz will say a few words about her brush with cancer. Kautz is a sophomore at Osceola High School. She is learning to drive this summer and enjoys marching with the Chieftain band in the parades. She will be traveling with the band to Chicago over the July Fourth holiday for the second time and is looking forward to it. There are a lot of things Kautz enjoys today and things she can look forward to thanks to early detection and treatment of childhood leukemia. Kautz’s survivor story starts in January of 1999 when she was 3 years old. “She was sick in January,” her mother Rachel said. “At the end of February, she complained her legs hurt and we brought her to the doctor. They said her iron was low and she should take a vitamin with iron in it. A couple of weeks later, more blood work was done because Hannah had bruising on her legs where it would be hard for her to bruise them by falling or bumping into something. On March 18, they found out she had leukemia.” Kautz’s mother added that with kids complaining about leg aches, a person can just conclude it is growing pains, but she said you never know and it should be checked. “There’s no rhyme or reason for childhood leukemia,” said Kautz. “It’s not hereditary, just bad luck.” Treatment of chemotherapy began right away and by April 2, Kautz was in remission. Although the cancer was gone, she still had to follow through with extensive follow-up treatment of two years and two months of chemotherapy. “Everything was kind of a blur,” said Kautz. “I remember getting Sprite® because I had a bad taste in my mouth, and doctors coming in to check me all the time. I knew I was sick because I was in the hospital, and a lot of people visited me, and we never visited anyone. I was young enough that I didn’t question it or what was going on.” “We just went through it step by step,” said Kautz’s mother. “We had the support of family and friends and we were able to take her [to the University of Minnesota] for treatment whenever she needed to go. It was a family affair.” Kautz has been involved in raising money for leukemia and speaking about her experience at several

Hannah Kautz, 15, Osceola, is the honorary chair for the Polk County Relay for Life that will be held in St. Croix Falls Friday, June 24, through Saturday, June 25. Kautz is a leukemia survivor and has been cancer free for 12 years. – Photo by Tammi Milberg

cancer fundraising events. She has participated in the New Richmond Relay for Life and every year since she was in first grade she has been a part of Pennies for Patients. Pennies for Patients is a fundraising campaign that happens in the month of February. Students collect pennies, spare change and other monetary donations for leukemia research. Osceola second-grade teacher Barbara Jorgensen has headed up the annual fundraiser and Kautz got involved with that as a first-grader since she was a leukemia survivor. “I remember I got to go to the bank with all the second-graders to have the money counted and I thought that was so cool because I was only a first-grader,” she said. Kautz also had the opportunity to be in Miss Jorgensen’s homeroom as a second-grader. “I have been


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involved every year in Pennies for Patients giving speeches to the elementary kids and helping them with fundraising. It’s amazing how much those little kids can raise. It’s awesome.” Today, Kautz is the active daughter of Tim and Rachel and the older sister to Hunter. She is involved in cross country, drama club, FFA, track and field, band and choir in school. She also helps with Sunday school at her church, Peace Lutheran. She shoots trap with her brother Hunter. When asked if she had a favorite subject in school, Kautz said, “I love everything about school pretty much. Spanish is a challenge and is probably my least favorite, but other than that …” Kautz and her mother have donated their hair four times (once every two years). They both have donated hair to Locks of Love three times and Pantene for Women one time. They both donated hair last year, so next year Kautz said she is doing it again, “You are too, Mom,” she said, smiling at her mother. Another thing Kautz is looking forward to is the Relay for Life where she will address those who are raising money for cancer research. “I was really shocked about being asked to be the chair,” Kautz said. “Of course I said yes because we have gone to the New Richmond Relay and have donated hair before.” Kautz said she is kind of used to addressing people after all of the speeches for Pennies for Patients and other cancer fundraisers where she has had the chance to speak. When asked if she knew what she was going to talk about Friday night in St. Croix Falls, Kautz said with a smile, “Probably how great is it that everyone is getting together and that it does so much good.” A luminaria ceremony to honor those who have lost their cancer battle takes place at 9:30 p.m. After the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. where survivors will be honored, teams of walkers will walk around the track all night long to raise money. For more information call 715-268-6886 or visit

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A talent show, kids games, fireworks and the beginning of weekend-long softball tournament drew hundreds to the Coon Lake Park on Friday evening, as the 2011 Family Days celebration began. - Photo by Becky Amundson

Tessa Domagala, 7, was the happy recipient of a well-placed water balloon on Saturday, June 18, at Coon Lake Park. - Photo by Greg Marsten After lots of spinning, little Juniper, 2, Centuria, had plenty of motion to deal with at Coon Lake Park in Frederic. Spinning with her were Aspen, 4 (foreground) and Dakota (right). - Photo by Greg Marsten

Neela, 3, Frederic, showed her love of blue things during a kids art project at the Frederic Arts Center on Saturday. - Photo by Greg Marsten

RIGHT: Serena, 5 (left) and Maria, 3, Frederic, had plenty of strawberry shortcake to share on Saturday at the Frederic Depot. - Photo by Greg Marsten

Volleyball, softball, kids games and cool treats were reason enough for these fellas to watch the action at Coon Lake Park on Saturday. - Photo by Greg Marsten

Larry Bergeron takes the plunge at the dunk tank set up at Coon Lake Park during Family Days this past weekend. - Photos by Becky Amundson

I was out for a

drink with the wife last night, and I said, “I love you.”

She asked me, “Is that you or the beer talking?”

Just for

Laughs Joe Roberts

I said, “It’s me … I’m talking to the beer!” ••• Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends. You order what you want then, when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that.

Paddle with a ranger on the summer solstice

ST. CROIX FALLS - Celebrate the summer solstice with a paddle on the St. Croix River. On Sunday, June 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the public can join a National Park Service ranger in paddling from the Wisconsin or Minnesota Interstate State Park to Osceola Landing. Register now for this free program. Meet the ranger at the Wisconsin Interstate St. Croix River landing at 5:30 p.m. or the main river landing at Minnesota Interstate State Park at 5:45 p.m., then embark on a six-mile paddle to observe the river at twilight on the brink of summer and learn about the special nature of this protected area. Participants must provide their own canoe/ kayak and other gear, including a personal floatation device. Shuttle service is not provided as part of this program. Canoe and kayak rentals and shuttle services are available through area outfitters licensed by the National Park Service. To register or to obtain a list of available outfitters, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274. This program will be canceled in event of inclement weather. There is no charge for the program, but an annual vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter the state parks. - from NPS

Namekagon River Memory Day is July 7

TREGO - Have you or your family enjoyed the Namekagon River? Do you have stories to tell? Or are you interested in learning more about the river’s history? Come to the Namekagon River Memory Day hosted by the National Park Service on Thursday, July 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego. The public is invited to share stories that can be recorded, bring in photographs that can be scanned and share knowledge of how places got their names. In addition, the following speakers will be featured at this year’s event. • Ron Erickson, former chief of interpretation and education for the Riverway and currently the manager of Minnesota Interstate State Park, will talk about his ranger experiences on the Namekagon in the early days of the park. • Clayton Jorgenson, road historian, will talk about the history of Namekagon landings in Burnett County and bridges dating back to the 1800s. • Chuck Matoush will speak about his days as the leader of the Youth Conservation Corps crew that created river landings all the way to Stillwater. The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located in Trego on Hwy. 63, one mile east of Hwy. 53. Call 715-635-8346. submitted

American Idle

Work and play are on opposite

Cold Turkey

ends of the activity spectrum for most Americans. We work so that we can afford to play. Our jobs John W. Ingalls have become an activity to be endured until we can afford to quit or until we get a day off. Our play also becomes the focus or purpose of our work. Many slave away at jobs in order to enjoy a day away, forgetting about their work responsibilities. Some feel trapped in their jobs because there aren’t reasonable alternatives. Work is a blessing. Now before you cancel your subscription to the paper or use this page to wrap up dead fish, hear me out. Those who enjoy their jobs and don’t retire early actually live longer and have a better quality of life. Before you quit your existing job and look for something different, realize that sometimes it is just a different perspective or a change in attitude on your part that can make a world of difference in how you experience your current job. That being said however, vacation is a wonderful thing. I love my days off. I look forward to indulging my lazy side, sitting on the deck, lying in the hammock, fishing or just puttering around the house. Sometimes I have some difficulty fully expressing my lazy side but that isn’t because I don’t try.


I spent the last few days being sick. Being sick in the winter is one thing. You are supposed to be cuddling under down comforters in January. Walking Carrie Classon around in three layers of clothing with a bright red nose does not look especially unusual— you might even be considered festive. But walking around in June with wool socks under my sandals, trailing a box of lotion-impregnated tissues, is just not a good look. Being sick, I learned early in life, was no fun. I come from a family where there was no pay-off for being sick. “If you’re well enough to eat, you’re well enough to eat at the table,” was my mother’s philosophy, which usually came right after, “If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to watch TV.” I had not been sick for a long time so last week, when the first symptoms hit, I began the grieving process (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) by immediately going into denial. It was just a sore throat; I would feel better tomorrow. Denial was followed by anger; it was Jine for pity’s sake! I had a garden to weed and now this?! Since Daniel had just spent 10 days sick with the same crud, I started bargaining. I was sick, but I was only going to be sick for a day or two— this was not the full-blown crud that Daniel had suffered, this was crud-lite. By the third day I was just depressed: sick, exhausted and depressed. And, finally, I accepted that I was ill. I moped around in creative combinations of baggy old clothes that could be layered up or stripped down depending where my fever had landed for the moment, ate aspirin every four hours

Letters from


Civil War historian, author to speak at Luck

LUCK — Author and Civil War historian Lance Herdegen will be the featured speaker at the Luck Library and Museum Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. He will speak about Wisconsin’s Iron Brigade who stood like iron in the Gettysburg campaign of the Civil War, discussing what made these Wisconsin soldiers and their unit so unusual, and their battlefield actions so heroic and fearsome. Herdegen is the former director of the Institute of Civil War Studies at Carroll University in Waukesha, and the award-winning author of numerous articles and books on Civil War history. Please note the change from the regular date and time of the usual historical society meetings. This program is cooperatively sponsored by the Luck Public Library, the Polk County Genealogical Society, and the Luck Historical Society. The presentation will be in the Luck Museum. Snacks and beverage will be served. — Mary Stirrat with information from the Luck Area Historical Society

Wine-tasting event Saturday

BURNETT COUNTY - The Humane Society of Burnett County will be having a wine-tasting fundraiser this Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Clover Meadow Winery on CTH B, Shell Lake. Clover Meadow offers 15 varieties of organic wine to enjoy along with music and finger foods. For more info or directions please call HSBC at 715-866-4096 or check their Web site at submitted

My wife has a well-developed work ethic. When I have a day off and the weather is great I view it as a great opportunity to go fishing. When she knows I have a day off and the weather MD is great she sees it as a great chance to mow the lawn, wash the windows, clean the garage or do something else that is considered productive. I try to explain that if your car battery is low the most productive thing to do is charge the battery. In the same way if your personal battery is running low you should charge your personal batteries, i.e. go fishing. She understands that but timing is another matter. She usually prefers that I do the work before the play but she is forgiving. Lately it has been slightly easier for me. She has been working mornings so when I have a day off I try not to tell her too far in advance to avoid being offered work options at home. As she is leaving for work I sip my second cup of coffee and review the morning news. My mind is gradually slipping out of gear and into neutral. Work issues fade into the background and personal ideas leap up to take their places in my mind. As I tie my shoes and put on a faded baseball cap I can hear my boat calling to me from the shed. “Let’s

and went through boxes of lotion-soaked tissues. When I accepted that I was sick and just let myself be sick, I found it wasn’t so bad after all. No, I could not breathe and I got tired of always having to blow my nose, but drifting in and out of peculiar feverish dreams was not entirely unpleasant. On day three, when I finally got stir crazy and walked around the block, I was overwhelmed by how much energy I take for granted every other day of my life. When I got a little appetite back, I really enjoyed my food. Then I lost my voice. Oh well. I still don’t have much of a voice. Luckily, I can type and so today that is what I am doing. I’m typing and thinking about how being sick slows everything down and how that is not such a bad thing. Being sick is a lot like emotional pain, it focuses the mind on the here and now: a good blanket, a cup of tea, a quiet conversation. I feel a lot less sure of myself when I am sick. I crave reassurance and comfort. Being sick makes me more aware of the small details in my life that are messy or beautiful. It makes me conscious of the big things in life that are uncertain and necessary. It makes me want more stability and more tranquility in my relationships, in my household, in my world. This perspective of feeling less than myself has made me strangely more. I am no longer bargaining; I do think I’ll feel better tomorrow. But I am going to take the time to learn what being sick has to teach me. Then maybe I can go a good long while before I need a refresher course. Till next time, —Carrie

Pioneer School is cool in Taylors Falls

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – Children attending the Pioneer School in Taylors Falls will have a cool time in more ways than one this summer. The cool theme for the session is “Immigrants – Where Did We Come From?” with the curriculum and crafts tied together. And if the temperatures turn hot, the newly installed central air conditioning will keep everyone cool in the one-room school adventure. Children entering kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to experience a three-day session held in the 1852 Town House School located in Taylors Falls across the street from the Memorial Community Center (old depot), 331 W. Government St. A limited number of spaces are available in session one, June 28, 29 and 30 and in session three, July 19, 20 and 21. Each session is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. School begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Parents must provide transportation. Sessions are limited to 24 students, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $30 per student per session. A limited number of scholarships are available. Children are encouraged to dress as early pioneers. They should bring crayons, scissors and a pencil. Each child should also bring his/her own beverage and lunch. For more information and registration forms, call Geri at 651-465-5566. Feel free to leave a message and your call will be returned. Parents are invited to assist one or more days of the session. The public is invited to observe the daily sessions. - submitted

go out on the lake,” my boat calls to me like the Sirens calling Homer in the Iliad. “I can’t, I have to mow the lawn,” I reply. My boat also senses my desire to go fishing so it makes suggestions such as spraying a broad-spectrum herbicide all over the yard so I won’t have to mow ever again. I think it is a great idea but I decide against it. It is amazing how a boat can corrupt your way of thinking and lead you astray. Often my wife will call me in the morning to see how my chores are progressing. When I realize it is her calling I start the boat motor so it sounds like the lawn mower is running. I hope she doesn’t ask too many questions. “How is it going?” “Fine.” “What’s that noise?” “The motor.” “What motor?” “The one I am using to chop up some weeds right now.” “What weeds? Where are you?” “What do you mean?” “I mean where are you?” “Well, I am over in Washburn County in the middle of a lake and the fish are biting like crazy. Gotta go.” I love my job but I take my playtime seriously. After all, it is a challenge to be the next American Idle.


River Road

Have a nice day, ladies

Ramblings Collected by Russ Hanson

The old saloon in Cushing, being remodeled into a bank in 1914, is the first building at the bottom of the Cushing hill where you drive into the post office. Last Saturday, June 18, the new bank, built up the hill past the second building (the Askov store, now apartments and the Co-op office) was robbed by a polite thief. – Photo submitted probably has the serial numbers recorded. Right now on eBay, one of the marvelous Cushing history books has been bid to $25 being sold by a savvy Twin Citian. So, be sure and pick up one of these books next time you stop there, any customer of the bank! We highly recommend that you don’t come to the bank wearing camouflage anything in the next few weeks. Although we are not sure if the rumor of each employee being issued a 12-gauge semiautomatic is true, it certainly could be possible with Gov. Walker’s new noregistration, no-training, no-permit hidden carry proposal. The employees are likely to be pretty high-strung for a while, so be warned. A young man was overheard talking about the bank robbery. He seemed to be quite knowledgeable on the subject. His advice: “You don’t wanna rob a bank. The Feds will come after you—it is a federal offense. Rob a grocery store or convenience store instead. Then you just get the local cops after you.” I think this is good advice for those of you who have a bent for crime. The three employees were there until about 4 p.m. answering questions to the various and sundry cops, sheriffs, Feds, and Cushingites. “Will we get overtime?” one of them asked Mike who had come in to see what money had been stolen and if all were OK. “Yes, but be here all the earlier Monday morning.” The Cushing bank has been around since June 10, 1914. In three years they surely will be pulling out all the stops to have a big 100-year celebration. It started as a local bank then, having a little trouble in the Depression, merged with Grantsburg to become a branch of the First Bank of Grantsburg. The original bank building started in 1904 as the Cohen’s saloon down on the northwast corner of Marshland Farms before being closed down a year later due to Lutheran sobriety. The building was dragged up over winter to sit about where the post office parking lot is right on Main Street. It was a meat market, millinery shop and harness shop before Harry Baker of the Cushing Land Agency and some local investors created the Cushing Bank in 1914. They remodeled the old building, put on


front post pillars and a front porch. It probably was there until the ‘70s or maybe ‘80s when the new bank building was built on the house site where Doc Riegel and Doc Brown had practiced medicine back in the 1910s. Margo, needing some cash for the weekend, stopped by the bank an hour after the robbery, not knowing anything about it. The bank and street were surrounded by cop cars. “Must be serving free donuts inside,” she thought. However, a sign on the door said “temporarily closed due to emergency.” “Must be out of donuts,” she thought and wove her way with the little car through the police cars to the ATM and withdrew the maximum “just in case.” A cop came around the corner to see what she was doing and waved her to move on. Lots of excitement for a small town and a truly scary time for the employees— who should be treated gently by all of us for a while—so no bank robber jokes, guys! The uneducated bank robber rushed into the bank and said “Give me all your money or you will be geography.” Other news from our neck of the woods. Mom was in the hospital last weekend after a morning of cutting nettles with the corn knife. Allergies and rashes led to problems with blood sugar, blood pressure, and other system infections and problems. After two weeks of doctoring, she went in to get balanced again. As of Sunday, when this is written, she thought she would be back home Monday and promised to leave the weed whacking, painting and other jobs to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother Marvin and his wife Sheila were an hour late to their surprise 40th anniversary party held by the family. They managed to get snagged in the Sunday traffic on Hwy. 8 down in the construction zone on their way back home from morning mini-golf to “visit the kids.” When they finally showed up, we had a nice party with their three kids and spouses, 15 grandchildren, and a few dozen brother and sister in and outlaws, etc. Got me to thinking about Margo and


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my 40th coming up next March. No surprise parties for us. A big bash where the whole community will be invited is my style. Forty years keeping Margo in line surely deserves some credit! I have been trying to get the right wording for the invitation. Something like: “Please no gifts. We are trying to downsize in our mature years. Cards are welcome at the wedding party level ($100), friend ($50), acquaintance ($25) and Saw the Signs Passing Through ($10). Margo thinks we should be more subtle, but I say people shouldn’t be surprised at an anniversary. Nephew Bryce was haying last week before the rains. Margo and I helped him with it and hauled some of the hay, some of it a little raw making some heavy bales. It reminded me of the long summers on the farm putting up a few thousand square bales each year for the cattle. By fall, our arms and legs were bulging with muscles from throwing the bales around, both at home and across the road for Raymond Noyes. Now, a lifetime later, throwing the bales around doesn’t go well at all. Brother Everett and I and Bryce fired up the sawmill for a test run last week. After I fell off the roof almost two years ago, we hadn’t gone back to work on it. The mill works OK, although we have to replace the sawdust conveyer with an elevator. The roof still needs some work, but sawing a little gave us the encouragement to go cut some logs and get back to making our own lumber. I have some jack pines along the River Road that will make nice lumber to work on the cabin a little more. Now that Craig Carlson hauled the gravel to fix my driveway, I am on to the next step in improving the place—filling in all the cracks and crevices that a raccoon could fit through. The neighbors are telling us they see a mother bear with five cubs between the cabin and the River Road. Steve Warndahl over on the River Road says this is their second year—a big mama and five cubs that was around last year too. My great-nieces have worked on the Three Bears story to make it the Seven Bears story where, along with Papa Bear finding his cereal too cold, Mama too hot, we have Baby Bear 1 finding it too lumpy, 2 finding it too sweet, 3 finding it too moldy, 4 finding it with too much raisins and 5 finding it just right. So it goes for the chairs and beds as well as TV shows, showers, lemonade, etc,. as the bears get a real workout in their expanded story. Hope to see you all at the Sterling Picnic this Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the potluck picnic that started in 1939. All welcome as we Sterlingers claim all of northern Polk County, Burnett County and Washburn County as part of our original township territory back in 1855 when we got started. A nice program, recognition for those more experienced in years and in marriage, and a lot of visiting with old and new neighbors.

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A big thank-you to the Siren School Board, administration and all the staff for the wonderful send-off after 31 years of work and laughter at Siren schools. Thanks for the gifts, cards and good wishes. You will all stay in my heart forever. Sincerely,

Sharon Richison

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The masked bank robber who was in and out of the Cushing bank last Saturday morning didn’t get a free toaster with his transaction. He was efficient, effective and polite, saying “Have a nice day ladies,” to the three women he left facedown on the floor carrying the take in his duffel bag. (Police think the robber may have worked for a big-chain restaurant or store before taking up robbing, based on his farewell). Gat held high, he charged through the door, “Facedown, flat, right on the floor.” He spoke no more words, but went straight to his work. He emptied the tills then turned with a jerk. He sprang to the door, then turned with a nod. They heard him exclaim ere he ran out of sight, “have a nice day,” and continued his flight. He was in and out in 75 seconds. His cap pulled down, dark glasses, with a hunter’s camouflage face mask made human and camera recognition impossible. No mug to see at all. It was so quick, the gun, the order to go to the floor, that it only sunk in after he left. He first cased the post office, parking down the hill and was noticed by the postmaster. Undoubtedly, he had heard of the desperate straits of the U.S. Postal Service, and chose cash over stamps. As famous bank robber Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks, “That’s where the money is.” A person nearby saw a man running along the street near the bank in Cushing and got a rough description of the culprit’s size and car saying, “A man running in Cushing is so out of the ordinary that I knew something was awry.” Cushingites are much more used to seeing men staggering from upper to lower bar or vice versa. The policy for employees at the bank is to press the alarm and cooperate with the robbers, for although money is very, very important at a bank, the cost of the bank’s life, health and worker’s comp insurance premiums on their employees would go through the roof if they lost one or had one wounded in a robbery. The cost-effective solution is to follow orders exactly. As far as we can remember, this is the first time someone robbed the bank in Cushing for many, many years, at least as long as Mike Jensen, the manager, has been here, and maybe forever, although it may not be the first time someone has been robbed in the bank. Cushing is a pretty law-abiding hamlet, nestled in the productive farmland of NW Polk County. The robber undoubtedly knew that the nearest policeman was likely 10 minutes or more away and most of the citizens were trying to find an anniversary card to take over to the community center to help the Boatmans celebrate 70 years together later in the day. Sadly, the robber was in such a hurry he didn’t grab any of the local history books on sale at the bank including the “History of Cushing” and the brand-new “Second Book of Stories of the Trade River Valley” only $15 each. If he had taken the full box of 25, he would have had $375 worth of easily sellable wonderful books instead of used money that

Authors all over

Recently we had an opportunity to hear Gerry

Apps speak at the Luck Museum/Library. He and his wife were on tour to introduce his latest book, “Campfires and Loon Calls,” with the subtitle “Travels in the Boundary Waters.” Readers are used to reading Apps’ books on farms, old schools, old barns and Wisconsin history. This latest book by Apps is a completely different genre. He has canoed the Boundary Waters for 25 years, often with a son or friend. One lake leads into another with many portages required in this chain of lakes. Designated campsites are waiting along the way. Apps mentioned the water lapping at rocks along the shore, choppy water, wild animals including, yes, bears, hiding food high in trees to save it from animals, etc. As we met in the Luck Museum, Apps digressed several times, distracted by a nearby loom; a lamp which prompted him to ask, “How many of you grew up without electricity until it came in 1947?” and a few hands were raised; and he pointed out a wringer, which was called a finger shortener.” He mentioned old-time dances in Racine, draft horses and other rural history. He said the Boundary Waters are a fascinating area, 1,000 miles long and 30 miles wide, a million acres undeveloped. He said, “ A rainy day is a good day.” You’re in your tent with nothing to do. He mentioned a red squirrel playing with a Snicker bar and also seeing a confrontation between an eagle and a loon in 1999 and the eagle gave up and flew away. Of course, he mentioned mosquitoes so we got the impression they were big enough to carry us off. Permits to enter the area are available at Grand Marais, Minn. He stressed the power of simplicity. A good map is essential and he mentioned his own inability to read maps, much to the dismay of his family members. I got the impression that canoeing the Boundary Waters is not for beginners but experienced canoeists and campers. It requires stamina, long hours of paddling, often in rough chop and setting up camp before cooking food. Apps said he has written 30 books. He warned that unless we sit down and write, we will lose a whole generation of good stories. His latest book is, “Dedicated to the thousands of canoeists who have looked for and found peace in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.” This is not the first time Apps has been in this area. Several years ago he spoke in Frederic when we met in St. Luke UM Church, with his visit sponsored by Friends of the Library in Frederic. All the above information was taken from my personal notes.

More writers We were warned in advance that a crime wave was coming to Frederic and on a day when the temperature was 102 degrees, the crime wave hit. Fortunately, we met in the dining room of St. Luke’s UM Church and the three crime writers and a capacity audience was treated to an air conditioned dining room, pink lemonade and cookies, all courtesy of the Friends of the Frederic Library. The three crime writers, two men and one woman, came on like gangbusters, with the first writer wearing striped prison garb and he voiced the suspicion we were there more for the air conditioning than the presentation. The three accomplished writers introduced themselves as Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins and William Kent Krueger. Their books are published on a steady basis, and the trio shared the evening’s program. A nearby table held a harvest of their books, which were for sale later in the evening. One writer admitted he ate breakfast in a café, and did his writing there. I am surprised the owners allowed him to occupy a booth or table that long. (If I did that, everyone would stop to talk and distract


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Bernice Abrahamzon me!) They do not back away from revisions as they are experienced enough to recognize when a scene needs revision. Their books bear innocent-enough titles or bloody ones. I got the impression they included mysteries, violence, suspicious characters, innocent characters and, yes, bloody murder. They were generous with their time, sharing their viewpoints and life experiences. Easy presentation; easy listening. Nancy Jappe had pictures of the three authors in last week’s Leader and I refer you back to them. At one time I had a dependable camera called the Reporter, but I can no longer get film for it. Everything these days is digital. I have borrowed a camera from the Leader on several occasions, but my experience with it is limited. Readers forget that I used to write news and do feature stories, but that was long before I became a columnist. As we were leaving the church building that night after all was said and done, and we were invited to have another cookie for the road, we emerged from the building and the heat from the blacktop parking lot rose up and hit us. (Whew!) Congratulations to the Friends of the Library for arranging the presentation with three accomplished authors on deck. A most appreciative audience, too.

More books My three sons know me too well. They know the kind of books I like including poetry, autobiographies, coffee table books (so heavy you have to read them at a table, but oh, the vivid photographs!), etc., etc., etc. It’s no secret I don’t care for books with the “f” word, the “s” word, the “n” word and a few others. With a beautiful language like English we have a remarkable resource. So Tod went to the Frederic Library sale and brought home a box of books. I am now reading one of them, by columnist Georgette McLean Hostetler titled “ Country Lore.” The date of publication is 1996 so I’m not sure she is still writing for that newspaper, Barron County News Shield. I admit that I read all of our columnists in our Leader as it’s fun to see what the subject is and how it’s treated. The author of this particular book is acquainted with varieties of flowers and writes about them. She has a Polish heritage and is interested in history of Poland. She says in Poland birthdays are not celebrated but name days are. I have enjoyed the short columns I’ve read and am looking forward to reading the whole book. Columnists know they don’t catch the interest of the readers every time. One of my faithful readers told me, “I like everything you write except when you write about rocks.” Until next week, Bernice

P.S. My son also brought me a couple of cooked corn dogs. I like them, too.

Bremer, local businesses looking to fi filll food shelf

Bremer Bank is currently taking cash and food donations for the local food shelf through the month of June, which is Hunger Awareness Month. All funds collected will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Otto Bremer Foundation. At press time, the EIO Sno-Riders, Den Hoed Dairy, Larsen Auto Center, NW Passage and Counseling, Triple Crown BBQ, Division 8, Dan and Laure Siebrasse and the Bremer employees in the Frederic office have all donated $100 to buy a can and display their names on the Fill the Food Shelf board. To donate see the Bremer Bank in Frederic. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago

Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included 2 lbs. ground beef at 95¢, cube steaks at 69¢/lb., radishes at four bunches for 19¢, Jell-O at six packages for 49¢ and ironing-board covers at 98¢.-The Frederic Dairy Queen had a sale on a malt ‘n shake at 24¢.-Specials at the Co-op Store, Frederic, included T-bone steak at 79¢, lettuce at two heads for 29¢, pot pies at three for 55¢ and bacon at 89¢/lb.-“Buy a Poppy” was the request.-Ernest Fremont of Danbury died.-At the Siren Community Hospital, a baby girl was born May 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Ted Johnson and they named her Jean May. Also, a baby girl, Tamarey Rae to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Hansen on May 16.-Public assistance costs were the highest since WPA days.-The film “The Alamo” was playing at The Auditorium Theater, SCF.-“Where the Boys Are” was playing at the Frederic Theater.-A dance was held at the West Sweden Dance Hall May 20, with music by Ken Nelson’s Old-Time Band.-A bazaar was held at the North Luck Parish Hall on May 31.-Open house was held at Charlie’s Cleaners, Frederic, on May 27.-Phone exchanges applied for rate increases.-Three young men from Spooner pleaded guilty to arson.

40 Years Ago

Sunrise Apts., Frederic, had a new outside sign.Mobile Home Court plans were in progress at Siren.The Coomer Community Club was having its annual picnic in July at the Siren Park.-Specials at Anderson’s Store, Siren, included pork and beans at 19¢/can, liver at 43¢/lb., franks at $1.09 for 1-1/2’lb pkg.-Red Arrow Sports had a gigantic Alumacraft canoe sale at Red Arrow Sports, SCF.-Route’s, Frederic, had specials on Kool-Aid with 10 for 59¢, catsup at four bottles for $1, peas at six cans for $1 and new potatoes at 10 lbs. for 59¢.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included ham cut 68¢/lb., cucumbers, green peppers and onion bunches at two for 25¢.-A morning cook was needed at the Topper Café, Frederic.-An early-morning cook was also needed at the Frederic Bakery.-Gus Beyer did well drilling out of his Siren business.-Dairyland Covenant Church would observe its 50th anniversary July 4.-A beekeeper picnic would be held July 11 at the Paul Ekblad farm.-Burnett County 4-H members spent a week in Washington, D.C.-Some area teachers were in study at UW-Superior.-Bonna Rackman earned her degree at the University of Virginia.-The July special at Carlson Hardware, Frederic, was a onegallon jug for $1.77.

20 Years Ago

Teens were sought for August drug seminar at Sarona.-Two full tabloid pages listed EMT volunteers.-Siren Auto Supply provided radiator service.The Yellow Lake Golf Course was the area’s newest 9-hole mini-golf course now open. The charge was $1.75 first round and $1 for each additional round.The 19th-annual Syttende Mai race was scheduled at Grantsburg.-A bike safety and group ride was held May 18.-Gary King wrote a feature article on Louis Copeland and Frederic history.-A wedding dance was held May 25 for Nancy Castillo and Hans Wenthe at the Foxhole Saloon, Lewis.-A feature article on Ted and Ruth Schultz related how love survived tough times.-Polk County Council on Aging was trying to cut newsletter costs.-There were 51 seniors graduating at Frederic this year.-Frederic High School Principal Bob Berquist presented one of several scholarships, including one to Dolf Schmidt.Rasmussen Motor Supply offered a $100 reward for name of person or persons who threw three beer bottles through the plate-glass window of his place of business.-Show Your Talent Night was held at Luck.Obituaries included Jenny LaVenture, Hermine Paquin, Maxine Pennings, George Olsen, Del Roy Hutton and Vernon Taylor.

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Daisy and Butch are a half-sister and brother purebred basset hound “Biggest Loser Team.” They came to the Arnell Ranch and weight-loss training center on May 1. In the past seven weeks, Daisy and Butch have learned that smaller portions of dog food kibble are adequate to maintain a healthy coat and energy level. They have both been coached during daily exercise walks and training sessions with personal coaches Ed, Don, George, Linda and Claire. They feel better about themselves and are excited to share their story of personal triumph with you. Daisy has lost 10 pounds and Butch, 7 pounds; a third of their respective weight-loss goals. Both bassets are looking to continue their amazing weight-loss challenge in a new home. They are good with kids, cats and other dogs and promise to shower you with love and calorie-free kisses.

A milestone of sorts was achieved last week. For the very first time, every animal available for adoption at the Arnell shelter, is spayed or neutered. That means they are ready to go home, without delay, on the day of adoption. All animals must be spayed or neutered that are adopted from our shelter. Our adoption fees include the surgery cost at a savings to the adopter and makes that transition to a new home easier. We are able to offer this service by spaying and neutering our shelter animals inhouse; allowing us to pass the savings to our adopters. Arnell also offers Snip-n-Tuck spay/neuter program to low-income households. Contact the shelter for more information about applying for Spay Neuter assistance for your pet. Our adoptable cat room is filled with sweethearts, playing maniacs and couch potatoes. Drake is a large gray tabby with mischief up his sleeve and a game in his pocket. He Butch

Hey everybody, hope you are all well and happy. Mom finally came home from her visit to Canada and things are getting back to normal around the homestead, whatever normal is. It’s another day in a dog’s life and we’re happy, healthy and wellfed so can’t complain, at least too much. I have to say, I think Dad is happy she is home. I’d like to send a shout-out to our friend Arlene. It was wonderful to get such a kind note from you and I’m especially glad that you like my article. I put a lot of thought into it, or at least I try, but that writer’s block sometimes gets the best of me and it’s not often I’m at a loss for words. Thank you for the toys and glad that you also have a dog and cat that were in need of forever homes. I’m sure they’re just as spoiled as Eli and I as well as the herd is. We’ve had more arrivals and some departures at the shelter to tell you about. First let me tell you about Gato. He is a big handsome (Mom’s words) black cat and is 9 years old. Sadly his owner passed away so he is now looking for his new forever home. Gato is very friendly and loves to be patted so check out his picture and Ping and Pong

The weather all last week was overcast and murky but lots of activities went on regardless including food all over, library book sale, open art center in former Legion Hall at Frederic, etc. A person couldn’t possibly go to all the activities for Frederic Family Days and had to pick and choose. It just so happened that Siren was also celebrating for the 10th anniversary of the tornado. Sunflowers all over town are a hopeful lesson in themselves. Whoever made the sunflower hats did a very good job of it. Beautifully made. Father’s Day was celebrated on Sunday at the Lewis church. Sylvia and Phil Schaetzel sang a beautiful duet in honor of the occasion. Robin Peterson and LaVonne Boyer assisted Pastor Tom with the service. Pastor reported briefly on attending the annual United Methodist conference at Wisconsin Dells and will be sharing more info on other Sundays. Not too many fathers in church but the UMW


YAPpenings Sadie give him some serious consideration. The shelter still has the two teenage brothers, Jose and Dudley, who are also black and playful. New felines have been added to the Web site so Woody please visit us there. Check out the pic of Ping and Pong, gingercolored brothers. For babies, they have awfully loud motors. It’s not often we have small dogs, but we seem to be getting some lately. There are a number of these small friends looking for someone to love them so please drop by and spend time with them. Everyone enjoys the company! There are, of course, some of my larger friends looking for some nice human to see what great personalities they have, which includes Woody, a black and white bulldog mix. He kind of reminds you of that dog


treated those there with chocolate bars and an accompanying lesson on the subject read by Bernice Abrahamzon. Peonies graced the altar. Coffee was served after the service. Cupboard cookies are all gone so donations are requested. They will be appreciated. Scott Nelson shared information on the church roof project to keep everyone informed of what is happening. This is a major project this year at church. The book sale at the Frederic Library was a hit. So were the corn dogs served at the grocery store in Frederic. Each one has his or her favorite activities. Looking forward to a wedding scheduled for the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. Pray for a nice summer day with no rain. It was also Mission Sunday at church but the intended recipient was not stated. Sheila Staples and Brian Webster attended the retirement party for Todd Voss on Friday evening. Todd retired from the St. Croix Falls School District.


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loves to play. CeCe, Holly and Vida are a calico trio of various hair options. CeCe is a calico tabby with short hair, Holly is declawed with a medium calico coat and Vida is a tortie calico with white socks. Naomi is a calico classic in every sense of the word, short coat, personality and Daisy markings. Oreo is a tuxedo male with long hair. He is a pushover couch potato without claws. Mandy and Emily are our resident sweethearts, short coats, black and tortie. They are both declawed and gentle as can be. And Hewey, Dewey and Lewey are still ripping up the cat furniture with their fun and kitten games. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, noon – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; noon – 4 p.m. Saturday; 185 Griffin St. East, Amery, 715-268-7387 or online at

from the “Little Rascals.” Woody is about 2 years old and loves balls. I have an announcement for you so mark your calendar. There is going to be a wine and cheese-tasting Gato event benefiting the Humane Society. It will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Clover Meadow Winery in Shell Lake. There will be music, food and 15 varieties of organic wine so sounds like it will be a great day! Please come out and support us and meet some of our friends. My friend, Jenny, tells me that the shelter is in need of adult dog food, cat litter and paper towels. We always appreciate your generosity and donations and if you drop by with supplies, it gives you a chance to visit. “We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made!” – M. Facklam See you next week and until then I’m sending you plenty of licks and tailwags. The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096. We’re on Facebook too.

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The party was held at the home of Rick and Carla Townsend, Centuria. Former Lewis school students Brian and Carol Freeberg, Ed Greinke, Lowell Carlson, Gary Berg, Gary Sederlund, Nancy Anderson, Edwin Nelson, Lois Bengston, Greg Miller, Sheila Staples, Rick Abrahamzon, Donna Feldt, Rodney Chaplin and wife Sylvia were among those attending the reunion of 10 Frederic High School classes on Saturday evening at Hacker’s Lanes. Many of them enjoyed visiting with another former student, Bill Tuynman of Houston, Texas. Sheila Staples was a guest of Rene and Dan Edge, Balsam Lake, on Sunday. Other guests were Tim and Steve Prodger families, Jim Prodger Sr., and daughter Sandy Hacker, Jim and Geri Prodger, Clarice Nelson and friend Marv and Linda and Al Andersen. A picnic lunch was served to honor the fathers in the group.


OPEN HOUSE Come out and wish the newlyweds well in their next 50!

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Miranda Mewes, Maplewood, Minn., and Todd Wright Jr., Taylors Falls, Minn., are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on June 25 at Prospect Park in Hudson. The bride to be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mewes Sr. of St. Croix Falls, and the groom to be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Wright Sr. of Taylors Falls, Minn. A reception will be held at the Mr. and Mrs. Orval Johnson residence in St. Croix Falls. Miranda is currently employed as an admissions representative for the Minneapolis Business College and a 2009 graduate from North Central University of Minneapolis, Minn. Todd is currently employed at Premier Bank in White Bear Lake, Minn., and a senior at Northwestern University in St. Paul, Minn. - submitted

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Dean and Lorraine Kendall visited Lawrence and Nina Hines Sunday and Monday. Mary Dunn, Marlene Swearingen, Lorri McQuade, Lida Nordquist, Diana Mangelsen and Nina and Donna Hines were guests of Karen Mangelsen Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Lida Nordquist visited Fanny England Wednesday. A dozen members of Clam River Tuesday Club met at the home of Beth Crosby Friday afternoon. They rolled together napkins and plastic ware for the dairy breakfast. Gene Romsos called on Hank and Karen Mangelsen Saturday. River Valley Dairy Farm, owned and operated by Shorty and Tom Crosby, hosted the Siren Community Agriculture Association Breakfast Saturday. Over 1,600 people attended the event. Don and Lida Nordquist, Karen and Hank Mangelsen and Gerry and Donna Hines attended the high school graduation open house for Randi Funk Saturday. It was held at the home of Joleen and Richard Funk near Osceola. Hank, Karen and Grace Mangelsen called on Maxine and Lee Lindquist Sunday afternoon. Marion Brincken was a guest of Kay and Jack Krentz on Sunday. April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close and Grace Mangelsen visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen Sunday evening. They helped Hank celebrate Father’s Day. Josh Hines is visiting this week at the home of his grandparents, Donna and Gerry Hines.

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Christopher and Kelly Nelson, Balsam Lake, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Kendra Nelson, to Michael Carlson, son of Mark and Debra Carlson, Luck. Kendra will graduate from Winona State University in December 2011 with a degree in elementary education. Michael will graduate from Winona State University in May 2012 with a degree in environmental geoscience. They plan to be married on July 23, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. – Photo submitted


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Tuesday started out as a very busy day. We held our exercise session first. Then we had a potluck lunch. After lunch, we held the monthly meeting. It was the first meeting that Bren Nel Ward presided and it was well-attended. With new blood at the helm, we will wait to see if any changes are made and how aggressive we will become for fundraisers and membership drives. We need new members as we are all getting older and need younger members. Anyone is eligible to join in the area who is over 50 years of age. In the afternoon, games were played. Winners in Hand and Foot were Bill McGrorty and Rita Boyle. Winners in Dominos were Gladis Weikert, Martha Lundstrom and Don Anderson. Audrey McNurlin, Ray Nelson, Vern Lundstrom and Marian Edler were the winners in 500 cards. It was good to see Dottie Adams and Jean McIntyre joined us. Thursday morning, we did our exercises followed by Skip-Bo. In the evening, 500 cards were played. Charlie Mevissen and Bill McGrorty were tied for first place followed by Betty Wilson and Elroy Petzel. Friday morning Bridge was played. In the afternoon, Bingo was played. We will celebrate the July birthdays on July 6 at 12:30 p.m. David Thelin will show his pictures he The combined Friday-night and Saturday-morntook during the cherry festival in Washington, D.C. ing rain was 4-1/2 inches on Deloris Schirmer’s rain You are invited to attend. gauge. Deloris’s son Del picked Saturday morning to come for a visit, and since Hay Creek Road was flooded, she had to go meet him. The Mischler grandchildren gave four-wheeler rides through the water to the stranded travelers. Don and Annette Carlson had a busy weekend. The weather was perfect as they hosted a reunion for Annette’s family, including a river trip down the Connect to your community Namekagon on Saturday afternoon, and a banquet in Siren for 50 people. Then their daughters hosted a golden wedding anniversary celebration on SunBev Beckmark day for 97 guests at their house, comprised of friends from the community, members of the wedold, had many visitors as animals always seem to ding party, and family from as far away as Califordraw a crowd. Many visited the display of the previ- nia, Florida and Washington, D.C. Don and Annette ous farms that have hosted the event. met in college where they were both in singing There will be a free community dinner this groups. Many of the same group came to the party Wednesday, June 22, at the Siren Assembly of God on Sunday. With very little time for rehearsal, the Church with lots of activities for all to enjoy after the group favored the Zion Markville Church with beaudinner. tiful music that they had performed many years ago. Art and Bev took off for International Falls, Minn., Gary Ament gave the sermon, and most agree that Friday morning stopping at Tobies in Hinckley to pick he missed his calling, as the message was from the up Bev’s youngest sister, Mary Lou Olson of Sartell, heart. Minn., for a weekend family reunion. Sisters Betty Sharon Proffit hosted a luncheon on June 10 for Michkota and Peggy Frykman live in the falls with ten classmates from her 1960 class in Sandstone, Janice Buttler and her husband, Al, from Duluth. Sat- Minn. They had many laughs and lots of stories to urday, while the sisters visited, Al Buttler and Art remember. Many came from out of state. They try Beckmark enjoyed a rainy day of fishing out on to get together every three months. On Saturday, Rainey Lake with Jeff Hamilton. Saturday night at the Proffits traveled to granddaughter Morgan KinBetty Michkota’s, they all enjoyed a potluck supper blom’s horse show, and then in the afternoon, they with Brenda Hamilton and her son, Joey, joining went to Carson Park in Eau Claire to grandson Marthem. cus’ baseball game. Later in the afternoon, they Congratulations to LeRoy and Phyllis Brenizer on their 50th wedding anniversary. Go and greet them on Sunday, June 26, at Coyland Creek from 1 to 6 p.m.

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Lake. They had a good time in the water. John and Reeny Neinstadt went to Brianna’s last soccer game at Grantsburg on Saturday. Gratitude is expressed to everyone that contributed to the huge garage and bake sale for the dog park on Friday and Saturday. Over $2,000 was made over the weekend and some items not sold will be auctioned off at an Erickson auction. Someone donated a purse that had some keys inside that looked rather new. The owner should contact 715-866-4510 if they need the keys returned. The Webster Lions Club chicken barbecue is Sunday, June 26, at the old school from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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to be recycled. Grace Haines stopped by and picked up six big bags of empty cans that have been donated. We appreciate Grace and Tom for storing and selling the cans for us. Winners at 500 this week were Sue Newberger, Arvid Pearson, Inez Pearson, Marlys Borchart and Judy Byram. Friday Spade winners were Flo Antiel, Darleen Groves, Rich Hustad, Sue Newberger and Susie Hughes. Inez Pearson, Nona Severson, Corrine Root and Barb Munger furnished treats for the players. The sign-up sheet is out for the foot lady who will be coming on Monday, Aug. 8, and it is a good idea to sign up early as her calendar fills up fast, so if your toes need attention call 715-349-7810 and make a reservation. The center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and a noontime meal is served on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday promptly at 11:30 a.m. If possible please make your reservations at least a day ahead. One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.

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Weekend guests of Jack and Jeri Witzany were Patty, Mike and Alex Kringan of Big Lake, Minn., and Gabrelle Witzany of Grantsburg. They spent Father’s Day at the home of Chris and Melody Witzany in Grantsburg. Teresa Childers and Lavonne O’Brien enjoyed the Twins game at Target Field Thursday afternoon. There was a bridal shower at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon for Amy Johnson, fiancee of Travis O’Brien, son of Tom O’Brien who lives in Stacy, Minn. Among the guests were Teresa Childers, Mary Herman, Becky O’Brien, cousin Virginia, and Anita, Kathleen and Sharon O’Brien. Lucas Kimbloom spent Tuesday with his cousins Brianna and Brandon Bray at their home on Devils We Cordially Invite You To Join Us As We Celebrate The 65th Wedding Anniversary Of

Kudos to every single person who was involved in the Day of Change – Day of Thanksgiving event held last Saturday. I believe that we accomplished our goal for the most sunflower people and made the Guinness Book of World Records. If you weren’t at the high school in the gym to see all the smiling sunflowers you missed the fun. The bands were great, the food delicious, and if the people who were in charge had any problems I assure that no one noticed them, everything was perfect. It was a great day. There will not be a Dining at Five dinner in July. CeCe announced that as long as it is close to the Fourth of July and everyone overeats on that holiday, she would have a really big bash in August. Something everyone can look forward to. People have been very generous to the center this past week and we would like to extend our gratitude to Darrell Frohrib for a large bag of puzzles, handcrafted scrubbies to be sold in the craft room from Doris Knopik and a large box of new greeting cards donated by Judy Foote. We also want to express gratitude to everyone who has been bringing aluminum cans to the center


The bears are very active, not just in bear country. This is the breeding time for bears so many more may be seen. Dennis the Menace returned during the night, Sunday, pushing bird-feeder posts, and the birdbath also met his anger. Monday afternoon I talked to hubby’s cousin Benny Johnson of Grantsburg, and was told they too had bear problems. Seems they had a rather large one on their deck knocking over most of the flowerpots. The Johnsons live right in Grantsburg but then they have also been sighted in the Town of Siren. Last Monday evening, coming home from Siren about 8 p.m., several cars had stopped to watch a good-sized bear as he tried to cross the highway. He decided, after looking around, to head back into the woods. Monday evening Bev Beckmark spent the evening in Siren visiting Violet Beckmark while hubby attended the Lions meeting. There was a good turnout for the 27th-annual dairy breakfast held at the Crosby Farm in Shell Lake. Many came and enjoyed the usual wild-rice pancakes along with many of Wisconsin’s products. The petting zoo, always a favorite with young and

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went to Cadott to niece Sandy Johnson’s for her twin boy’s graduation. Clint, Peg, Jim, Dennis, and Judy Coveau also made the afternoon invitation to an outdoor pool party and a great buffet. Karl, Tammy and Casandra Baer left Thursday to visit Karl’s mother and grandma in Kaukauna. On the way, they picked up Beth Baer and took her with them. On their way home on Saturday, they picked up Josh Baer from Badger Boys State in Ripon. On Friday, June 17, Lindsey Knutson and Mike Ellis were married in Louise Park. A reception was held after the wedding at Mike and Doreen Knutson’s house. On Saturday, Doug and Sharon Corbin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a celebration at their home in Dairyland. Wildlife abounded last week at the Schaaf’s. One evening a coyote made several passes back and forth outside their fence shortly after a doe ran out of the woods. The following morning Frank was having coffee and saw a good-sized bear peek over the fence, ready to attack a birdhouse. After some yelling, it went into the woods to the north. One day last week Schaafs got a surprise visit from Frank’s brother, Ed and wife, Ione, her daughter and two grandchildren from Pequot Lakes and Arizona. They had been to a wedding in Two Harbors, Minn., and decided to swing by Markville. Thursday they went to Duluth for a dental appointment and shopping. The Wickhams served dinner on Sunday for Cheryl’s brother, Larry and his wife, Mary, and friend Carl who came up to stay at the hunting cabin here in Markville for a few days. Larry and Mary live in Walker, Minn., and Carl is from Richfield. They will be in Markville for a few days.

Interstate Park news

Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park

Friday, June 24

If the River Could Talk … 3:30 p.m. at the Summit Rock Trail sign. Meet naturalist Barb Walker and hear some of the fascinating history of the St. Croix River Valley on this scenic hike to the summit.

Saturday, June 25

Turtles Are Terrific! 1:30 p.m., at the picnic shelter near the Ice Age Center. Drop by and visit with Walker and meet Gizmo the tortoise while learning some fascinating facts and features about these ancient creatures. A Billion Years on the Pothole Trail, 4 p.m., at the Pothole Trail sign. Join the naturalist and hike back in time to see the geological wonders formed over the last billion years. Sun-sational Eagle Peak, 7 p.m., at the Eagle Peak Trail sign in the Pines Group Camp. Hike up the trail to the peak with Walker, learn the secrets of the peak and see fantastic views of the St. Croix River Valley as the sun begins to set. Summer Outdoor Family Adventure Series. Throughout the summer, SOFAS will take area residents on a variety of hikes, paddles and fun activities. Join the club and enjoy time with your family, meet new friends and discover the St. Croix Valley. Wisconsin or Minnesota State Park entrance fees are required. Frog Survey and Study (must register), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crex Meadows, 715-463-2739

Boom Day! (at Stillwater Boomsite), noon to 3 p.m. National Park Service, 715-483-2272 Live Frogs with Randy Korb, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Minnesota Interstate Park, 651-465-5711

Sunday, June 26

Hike to Horizon Rock, 10 a.m., at the Horizon Rock Trail sign across from the Pothole Trail. Meet the naturalist for a short hike to Horizon Rock – appropriately named because of the incredible view. Family Fun: Snakes! 1 p.m., at the picnic shelter near the Ice Age Center. Meet Walker, Copper the fox snake and Bintu the ball python, learn some fascinating facts about snakes and bring home a crafted make-and-take snake of your own. Fun for the entire family.

Monday, June 27

Recipe for a Pothole, 9 a.m. at the Pothole Trail sign. Join Walker for a guided hike around the Pothole Trail to learn the makings of Interstate Park’s natural wonders.

Thursday, June 30

Nature story time, 10 a.m.. Join Walker for a story and activity chosen especially for children pre-K through kindergarten and their parents. Check at the park office upon arrival for program location within the park. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information call Fox or Walker at 715-483-3747.



Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Christian John Sullivan, born May 30, 2011, to Amber Larsin and Vernon Sullivan, Comstock. Christian weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Terrence James Nyholm, born June 8, 2011, to Sarah Fjorden and James Nyholm, Centuria. Terrence weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Lola Jane Morley, born June 8, 2011, to Crystal and John Morley, Luck. Lola weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A girl, Londynn Rose Rondeau-Zuniga, born June 7, 2011, to Danielle Rondeau of Osceola and Andrew

Zuniga of Luck. Londynn weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Conner Gordon Bybee, born June 10, 2011, to Ryan and Jennifer Bybee, Webster. Conner weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A boy, Onyx Joseph Mueller, born June 11, 2011, to Jennifer Mueller, Milltown. Onyx weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, Carson Michael Alling, born June 6, 2011, to Josh and Valerie Alling, Luck. Carson weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. •••

Academic news

LA CROSSE – The following students have been named to the dean’s list at the UW-La Crosse for the spring semester of the 2010-11 academic year, ending May 2011. Qualification for the dean’s list is limited to students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade-point average and have carried a minimum of 12 semester credits. Students on the dean’s list from this area include:


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Brady A. Langer, Kevin M. McCusker, Amy M. Rohlman and Andrew W. Rohlman;


Gregory J. Schullo. – submitted ••• MENOMONIE –The following students received the Chancellor’s Award for the spring 2011 semester. The award is presented to students who have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above. Amery Andrew Bensen, Erin Brown, Andrew Butzler, Darren Hose, Lucas Lee, Shannon Maanum and Jennifer Monette; Centuria Michael Schmidt;

Clear Lake Laura Arcand, Laura Barney, Laura Briesemeister, Phylicia Fehlen and Ashley Glover; Cushing Jordan Christensen;

The Friends are working hard on their plans for the grand opening of the new Larsen Family Public Library scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9. They are planning to get the whole community involved in this event. Their annual spaghetti dinner at the Moose Lodge will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, - join us for a Touch of Italy! We are selling copies of “Nature’s Gifts: Wild Rice and Berries from the Folle Avoine” cookbook at the library for $12 a copy.

Adult book club

Osceola At 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 28, we will discuss Richard Hoverman, Janelle Meyer, Ashley “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged Robins and Emily Tunison; a President and Fueled his Greatness” by Joshua Wolf Shenk. “Based on careful research, this book St. Croix Falls unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatAdam Critton, Michelle Peterson, Troy Less- est president brought America through its greatest man, Jaclyn Jerrick, Clinton Nichols and Charles turmoil. By consciously shifting his goal away from Schmidt; personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln Clear Lake gained the strength and insight that he, and AmerCodie Hillstead. - submitted ica, required to transcend profound darkness.” – ••• From publisher description. ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lauren Howe, Siren, was named to the dean’s list at Hamline University for the Mystery book club spring term of the 2010-2011 academic year. MemThe book club meets the second Monday of the bers of the dean’s list achieve a grade-point average month, July 11, 10 a.m. July’s mystery theme is “By of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Howe, who is ma- the Dawn’s Early Fright.” This book club is new this joring in art history, is a graduate Siren High School spring, and we are looking for more mystery fans to and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Karen Howe of join us. Please call the library for a list of books for Siren. – submitted the July meeting. Be sure to register by July 31 for


• “Creed’s Honor” by Linda Lael Miller • “Hell is Empty” by Craig Johnson • “Rider on the Buckskin” by Peter Dawson • “Trader of Secrets” by Steve Martini • “Amish Midwife” by Mindy Starns Clark • “Born to Die” by Lisa Jackson • “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brook • “Final Storm” by Jeff Shaara • “Kindness Goes Unpunished” by Craig Johnson • “Kingdom” by Clive Cussler • “Murder Under Cover” by Kate Carlisle • “Vanish in Plain Sight” by Marta Perry

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New adult nonfiction books

• “Friends at the Table” The ultimate supper clubcookbook by Debi Shawcross • “One Room Country Schools” by Jerald Apps • “Trapper’s Bride and White Stone Canoe” by Percy B. St. John • “Using the Internet Safely for Seniors for Dummies” by Nancy C. Muir

Children’s books

• “Curious George Visits the Library” by Margaret Rey • “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker • “Lone Wolf” by Kristine L. Franklin • “Harriet the Spy, Double Agent” by Maya Gold • “The Secret of the Indian” by Lynne Reid Banks • “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert • “Sunflower Sword” by Mark Sperring • “Waddles” by David McPhail • “China: The Culture” by Bobbie Kalman • “It’s Cool to Learn About China” by Lucia Raatma • “Meet Our New Student from China” by Tamra Orr • “Meet Our New Student from Mexico” by Tamra Orr • “Recipe and Craft Guide to China” by Joanne Mattern • “Little Rabbit Goes to School” by Harry Horse • “Oscar and the Bat” by Geoff Waring • “Oscar and the Bird” by Geoff Waring • “Oscar and the Snail” by Geoff Waring


• “True Grit”

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Frederic Zachary Anderson, Alexandria Delosier, Julia Summer reading program, One World, Many Stories Haas, Andrew Kurkowski and Nicole Paquette; Wednesday marked the beginning of our summer reading program. We were lucky to have the Lake Grantsburg Megan Branstad, Melissa Burton and Larissa Superior Zoomobile visit us with an amazing group of animals from their zoo: cockroaches from MadagasWilhelm; car, a scorpion from Africa, a tortoise from the Mohave desert, an African bull frog from Africa, a Luck Bryce Holm, Jesse Schallenberger and Jen- chinchilla from South America, an Eastern screech owl and a yellow and white Burmese python from nifer Seck; Vietnam. Gratitude to Heidi and Roger for their presentation. Milltown Eric Wester;

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the Couples Mystery Dinner Party scheduled for August.

Preschool story time

The Burnett County Literacy Council, which served us for many, many years, has formally disbanded. On May 11, they presented our library with a check for $5,000 to use toward the building of the new facility scheduled for grand opening on Friday, Sept. 9. Gratitude is extended to Lyle Johnson, Wanda Flanigan and Don Lemire for all that they did for adult literacy and for the donation to our building fund.

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I have volunteers here this week from Milwaukee, Chicago and other places. The group is called Mission Bells. Every year I look forward to having them come to help with special projects. What I don’t understand is, why don’t I have volunteers from around here to help with these things? Because there is a new program about driving people here and there, I will be needing drivers. I need someone to do some planting, cleaning, yard work, friendly visits, and on and on. I know there are some people with time on their hands who could help but don’t call to let me know they are available. When Denny and I became volunteers for Interfaith, it was because we had some time on our hands. See what you can do with time? I appreciate every volunteer we have more than you can imagine, but my list is dwindling and I need more help. I know some wonderful people who would like visitors now and then, someone they can get to know and count on for company. I have very few people who can do that. Friday is usually my home visit day, but it is full and I just can’t spend as much time as I would like with my friends. Please call if you have some time, and would like to be part of our wonderful volunteer program, 715-866-4970. Now on to the past couple of weeks. The rain has come and everything is a beautiful shade of green. I have not checked, but I hope the farmers are doing well and that crops are coming up fast and furious. There is nothing like homegrown vegetables. When I was young I spent two weeks each summer on a farm. I have never worked so hard in my life. I think this was eighth grade until my freshman year. We didn’t have “middle school” then. Anyway, back to the farm. I had to collect the eggs and that was the easy part. I was given a pair of boots that were many sizes too big and I dragged my feet so as not to lose the boots by stepping out of them. Off to the chicken coop. Good thing I had the boots on, the floor was slippery and yucky. Eggs had to be wiped clean and the chickens



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didn’t always like to move so I could take their eggs. Cleaning the barn was one of the worst jobs. I didn’t have to shovel the big “stuff,” but I had to go behind the shoveler with a small shovel and make sure every bit of “stuff” was cleaned up. Feeding the horses was one of my favorite duties. Feeding them special goodies was the best. Carrots, apples, sugar cubes, they loved them and I loved them eating right out of my hand. Sometimes it got a little sloppy, but like my uncle (cousin we called uncle) said, it was not a big deal and that was what soap was for. The pigs were another matter altogether. I watched! There was no way I was getting near that sloppy mess. Their living area was clean, but it was not clean to my standards. The smell was enough to keep me away. I learned to wear a scarf around my neck and pull it up over my nose if the smell got to be too much. The baby animals were the best ever. I saw horses and cows and baby pigs. I wanted to take them all home until I learned they grew up and became the huge animals I was having to walk among. Do you have any idea how big a cow is to a little girl? Pretty scary until you get use to it. Watching the chicks peck their way out of the shells was fun and the furry little chicks were great to hold. I got to walk among the huge cornstalks. I loved it until I saw a huge black-and-yellow spider. That was my last time in the cornfield. Speaking of spiders. My daughter had a less-than-perfect roommate and it was really difficult to live with someone who had no respect for the house. Dirty dishes everywhere. Clothes everywhere and I guess she thought the washing machine was for someone else. Finally the roommate was forced out when the rent went up. Kelsey cleaned and

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bleached and sprayed sweet-smelling stuff all over the house. A new roommate moved in and, thank heaven, shared Kelsey’s love of a clean house. One day Kelsey was in the bathroom and a spider appeared. Her reaction was to tell the spider that just because the house was cleaned did not mean it could move in. The spider went to spider heaven. I am not a very good patient. Leave me alone to heal and get better and don’t hover and I am completely happy. Ok, a bowl of homemade chicken soup now and then is different. A glass of water now and then is different and even letting me watch the shows I want to watch is different. Those things I can handle, but constantly coming in and out of the room to see if I am OK drives me crazy. Reminds me of the hospital. I know constant attention is important there and being awakened in the middle of the night for temperature or pulse is expected, but not at home. When we were little we used to get food in bed on a little tray with legs that fit right over our outstretched legs. I never went through an entire meal without spilling – milk, orange juice and even fruit-flavored gelatin. I am not sure if they use those little trays anymore. I know I don’t have any and have not seen any at rummage or garage sales. We used them when we had picnics and filled our tray with sandwiches, chicken, potato salad and potato chips (although those were a treat, Mother did not care for them and thought they were not good for children because they were fried in oil. The fact that the chicken had been fried in oil was never a problem though). Back to the trays. We used them in school if we took hot lunch. There was always a lady at the end of the line to carry the tray to a table for the little kids. The kids I sat with always carried their own. I wonder where all of those trays are today? When I went to high school I went to a private school and always was served at a table. Our hands in our laps until everyone was served and one hand always in your lap while you ate. I especially remember “green rice.” It was

rice cooked with curry and broccoli and sometimes a little hamburger. Usually it was served on Friday though and meat was out of the question. I vowed if I ever had children they would never taste green rice. If we had nothing else in the house they would eat pasta cooked in water and butter before they got green rice. I remember the “butter” made with the little gold marble that you mixed with white stuff to make it yellow. I usually got to do the mixing if I was a good girl. Soon we discovered if we drove to Michigan or maybe it was Minnesota we could get real butter. I always thought we were going to go to jail if we were caught though, so I did not even talk all the way home in case a “butter policeman” would stop us. Boy, kids today missed all the fun. When the little packets of butter that we got when we ate out came to be, my brother use to hide them. I think my mom found a bunch in his sock drawer once. Speaking of drawers. Remember the tall dressers they called “shift a robes?” At least that is what we kids called them. I think the real word was “chifforobe.” If you pulled the drawers out you could make steps and crawl to the top. Of course we always pulled them over on ourselves and that is why they were always put at the end of the bed. The bed would catch it just before it crushed us. We always cried, but we never learned. I used to sleep in a drawer until I was about a year old. Started at the top and moved down as I grew up. I don’t remember that, but I have pictures. Enough for this week. It has been brought to my attention that I take up too much space and don’t give anyone else a chance to say anything. Let me know what you think. Shorten the column or ramble on with my stories? Remember, I really need volunteers. Not a really big job, but a fun job. Please call. Blessings as always, Barb


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For those who may be interested in becoming an EMT, the following EMT basic course will be held in the area:

Starting Tuesday, August 23, 2011, finishing December 29, 2011. Held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 - 10 p.m. To register contact WITC at 1-800-243-9482, extension 4202 or visit for further information. If you have questions regarding North Memorial Ambulance, please call 715-866-7990, ask for Mark or Joe.

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All of the Burnett County farmers markets are now open for the season. Find some great buys on local veggies and fruits. – Photo submitted raw in salad for crunch at lunch, and grilled as a tasty side dish with supper. How about creamy asparagus soup or a spectacular asparagus tart? Need a recipe? Have one to share? Send a note to

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by Colleen Draxler Special to the Leader BURNETT COUNTY – The busy Siren Farmers Market attracted many eager buyers last weekend. Early garden produce is starting to come in. Bunches of broccoli, kale, beet greens and tender kohlrabi are for sale. And strawberries! You will still be able to find fresh asparagus and rhubarb if you don’t delay. A great selection of bedding plants, trays of annuals and pots of perennials is still available. Plant-your-own irises, lilies, tomatoes, marigolds, impatiens, begonia, basil, peppers, melons, daisies and so much more are for sale at your local market. Hot sun, then cold, then rain and the unrelenting wind have slowed up some of the crops this year. Several farmers lost their whole crops of young cucumber plants in that cold snap around June 12. Never fear, they replanted, so we will have pickle-making opportunities, eventually. Asparagus at the market is almost as fresh as if you had cut it from your own garden. Look for bright skin and tightly formed heads. Trim asparagus by holding one spear at a time with both hands and snap it like kindling. The asparagus breaks in just the right spot. Really. This reporter will be adding farmers market asparagus to scrambled eggs for breakfast,


ST. CROIX FALLS – Two young artists, Josh Thies and Marty Craft, anchor the vocal and dance performances of the 12 actors in Festival Theatre’s presentation of “Once Upon A Mattress.” The play, currently running at Festival Theatre, retells the old story of “The Princess and the Pea” in an updated, raucous and furiously paced musical. As the story opens, Thies appears onstage as minstrel and narrator to launch the old story of intrigue, love and magic in a medieval storyland. Shortly thereafter, the wonderfully youthful and naïve jester, played by Craft, meets the minstrel and the story of how they work together to find a princess for young Prince Dauntless begins to unfold. Thies grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., and will be a junior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls when he returns after his summer in St. Croix Falls. “I started performing at the age of 3,” said Thies, “by dressing up in winter too-big - my mother’s clothing and giving myself ‘a name for the day.’” He began his stage work in the fourth grade at various school and community plays and is now working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Theater with the help of two scholarships. His favorite roles to date have been the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” Autolycus in “The Winter’s Tale,” and Froggy LeSeuer in “The Foreigner.” Thies is a fan of unique instruments and sandwiches, and while the audience never sees him tucking into a ham and cheese onstage, he opens the show by playing his mandolin, which stays with

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him throughout “Once Upon a Mattress.” “Josh’s playfulness is apparent to all from the opening moments of the musical,” says Danette Olsen, Festival Theatre’s executive direcJosh Thies tor. “His entertaining repartee and his natural feel for the comedy of the show make him a delight to have in our theater family this summer.” When Thies is not onstage, he pursues his outdoor hobbies, including camping, rock-climbing and geocaching. He is pleased to be in St. Croix Falls, with the many opportunities for these activities in the region’s rich glacial geology. He is also interested in improvisational theater and will be part of Sew Good Improv being presented Fridays at 9 p.m., throughout the summer. Craft’s portrayal of the innocent jester is a perfect foil for Thies’s worldly minstrel. Together with the mute king, played by Andrew Bosworth, Thies and Craft own the stage with their singing, dancing and playful pantomime. In the hauntingly poignant song and dance number “Very Soft Shoes,” Craft celebrates the jester’s love for his father, “a dancing fool.” The dance, a combination of ballet, modern dance and tap dancing choreographed by Denise Baker and

Craft, is expertly executed and a highlight of the show. The song tells how, when the final notes fade and his father took his bow, “the crowd went crazy and the house came Marty Craft down.” The same is true of Craft’s solo dance on the Festival stage. Craft grew up in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City, and has been performing since the age of 10. He is currently working toward his Bachelor of Fine Arts in music theater and Bachelor of Fine Arts in arts administration with a minor in dance at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Most recently Craft has performed in a Commedia del Arte piece “Servant of Two Masters” and as assistant stage manager for “4.48 Psychosis.” His favorite roles have been Billy Crocker in “Anything Goes,” Anthony Hope in “Sweeney Todd,” and Tap Dancing Santa in “Magic of Christmas” with the Kansas City Symphony. Craft is a wonderfully complex addition to the Festival troupe, for in addition to his singing and dancing talent and quiet humor, he is a self-professed comic book nerd and loves Pokemon. He does not love vegetables. When in LaCrosse, Craft teaches dance at the LaCrosse Dance Center and in opening rehearsals for “Once Upon A Mattress,” immedi-

ately stepped in as dance captain and worked with the company and choreographer in perfecting the complex dance routines. One dance experience that Craft does not wish to repeat at Festival Theatre is when his pants fell down while he was waltzing in a production of “Cinderella.” “I am so pleased to have Marty with us this summer,” says Jaclyn Johnson, associate artistic director of Festival Theatre. “His ever-present smile and love of the craft shines through all aspects of his work here. Backstage he is a friend, he is a confidante to the other young actors and he has an amazing work ethic. He told me that what he was most looking forward to in this production was to see the impact the show had upon the audience. The cheers after his solo dance, the enthusiastic reception that this show has received from its early audiences and the high fives he has received from other cast members are, I’m sure, a wonderful culmination for Craft’s anticipation.” With his interest in dance education and arts administration, Craft will be a leader in the Festival Theatre Conservatory for Young Performers in addition to his work onstage and with Sew Good Improv. With “Once Upon A Mattress” playing in repertory with “Seussical” and “The Lady With All the Answers,” you will be able to see Thies and Craft perform throughout June, July and late August. Reserve your tickets today by calling the Festival box office at 715-483-3387. - submitted

Our Savior’s kicks off Habitat build with gusto

by Jackie Thorwick Special to the Leader AMERY – In a time when many people are busier than they care to be, and in the month of many graduations when schedules are stretched even tighter than usual, Habitat for Humanity organizers were a bit concerned the first day on the newest Habitat build might be short on volunteers. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery had signed up to kick off the build on Laconie Avenue on Saturday, June 11. Organizers were hoping for eight to 12 volunteers. Instead, 15 people showed up. That was one of those moments when the magic of Habitat can be seen

Chuck Pederson, left, was one of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church volunteers that was at the Habitat build in Amery on Saturday, June 11. Also pictured are Julie Schultz and the Rev. Keith Ruehlow. shining through the faces of its volunteers. “It was a great day!” construction manager Bob Babel exclaimed. “We got way more done than I expected. And the pastor’s wife brought a delicious lunch. It was just fun.” Other volunteers, both individuals and groups, are needed to build this home in Amery, and the one in Luck which will be started in August. Please call 715-483-2700 if you would like to help. Volunteer workers are also welcome at the ReStore in St. Croix Falls at 2201 Hwy. 8 in the former Fleet Supply building.

Bob Babel, Habitat construction manager, talks with volunteers. – Photos by Eric Kube

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by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – First-, second- and third-grade students from the Grantsburg Elementary School’s after-school media class have had a busy winter and spring. The cub reporters interviewed staff, wrote articles, shot photos and created business-sponsored ads for a special edition called “A Day at Grantsburg Elementary School.” Priscilla Bauer, a reporter and photographer for the Inter-County Leader, was the media class instructor and editor of the edition. The project was designed to give students a hands-on learning experience by producing their own newspaper.

Students learned how to conduct an interview properly, take photos, create business-sponsor ads and write feature articles using the five W’s and one H in journalism, who, what, where, when, why and how. While conducting their interviews and writing stories, the students honed their reading and writing skills. The highlights of the project for the students were seeing and reading their stories in the published edition and delivering it to all their classmates and school staff. Extra copies of “A Day at Grantsburg Elementary School” may also be viewed at the Grantsburg Public library.

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RIGHT: For as many years as Family Days has been held, members of the American Legion Paul G. Johnson Post No. 249 have led the Sunday parade. LEFT: Members of the 2010 Miss Frederic royal family, Kayla Nelson (princess), Krysta Laqua (Miss Frederic), “Frankie” Knuf (princess) and Vanessa Neumann (princess), make their final parade appearance as royalty. - Photos by Becky Amundson Who wants candy? This young man threw treats to the kids lining Hwy. 35 for the annual Family Days parade on Sunday, June 19, the final big event of the three-day celebration. - Photo by Gary King

LEFT: Jade Johnson gets a ride from fellow state track athlete Ben Ackerley in Sunday’s Family Days parade. ABOVE: The Bone Lake Beavers parade unit was led by a huge tricycle. RIGHT: A member of the Wild River Boys startled a parade watcher with a “pet skunk.” BELOW LEFT: St. Croix Regional Medical Center employees handed out free mini-flying discs. - Photos by Gary King

Elvira Schmidt, Frederic’s 2011 Citizen of the Year, waved to the Family Days parade crowds from the back of a convertible driven by her husband, Adolf. - Photo by Becky Amundson

Miss Frederic pageant


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April Halverson was crowned Miss Frederic out of 12 contestants for the title at a pageant held Saturday, June 18, at the Birch Street school. Last year’s Miss Frederic, Krysta Laqua, ended the suspense for an auditorium of hundreds of spectators, when she relinquished her title, placing the crown on Halverson’s head. Looking on and applauding were contestants Tabitha Java, Alison Martin, Lauren Domagala and Ashley Wendelboe. Halverson, shown in photo at left as she took her walk down the runway after being crowned, is the daughter of Barbara Grill and Wesley Halverson.

Photos by Becky Amundson

Newly crowned Little Miss Frederic 2011 Kylie Schultz waves to the audience at Saturday’s Miss Frederic pageant.

This year’s emcee was 2003 Frederic Princess Brittney (Heine) Franklin.

New members of the Miss Frederic royal court posed for photos following their coronation, Saturday evening. Shown (L to R), back row: Lauren Domagala, Miss Congeniality and Photogenic Award; Leah Engebretson, second princess; Miss Frederic April Halverson; and Adina Stackhouse, first princess. Front row: Little Second Princess Roslyn Lundquist, Little Miss Frederic Kylie Schultz and Little First Princess Natalie Chartrand.

The theme of this year’s Miss Frederic pageant was Arabian Nights. Here contestants hold a pose at the end of their opening number.

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Adina Stackhouse sang an a cappella version of a Billie Holiday number.

Megan Amundson did a song and dance to “That’s What I Like About You.”

April Halverson performed a Frank Sinatra tune.

Autumn Schmidt performed a Kelly Clarkson number.

Leah Engebretsen did a spirited dance routine.

Tabitha Java performed a dance number to the song “Dance.”

Lauren Domagala walked on sunshine for a spell.

Danielle Swanson performed a dance routine to a Florence and the Machine song.

Ashley Kurkowski sang a LeeAnn Rimes song.

Briana Jensen did a dance act.

Alison Martin performed a piano solo.

Ashley Wendelboe sang “This is Me.”

Photos by Becky Amundson and Greg Marsten

Little Miss Frederic candidates lined up for a group portrait minutes before the curtain rose on this year’s Miss Frederic pageant.

The Guys performed several songs for the audience at the Miss Frederic pageant held Saturday evening, June 18. Members are (L to R): Joel Knauber, Will Primm, Erik Stoner and Brad Knauber.

Talent show/Amazing Race


Frederic Family Days 20 11 LEFT: Sydney Domagala, daughter of Scott Domagala, sings “Mean” by Taylor Swift during a talent show held Friday evening at Coon Lake Park as Family Days 2011 got under way. Looking on were 2010 royalty Krysta Laqua, Miss Frederic; and Mary-Francis “Frankie” Knuf and Vanessa Neumann, princesses. RIGHT: Olivia Westerberg of Texas, granddaughter of Gary and Luann Ackerley, won the talent competition with a dance performance. Photos by Becky Amundson

A new feature to Family Days this year was the Amazing Race, based on the popular television series. Lisa Jensen and daughter, Rebecca Phernetton (photo at right), won the race with a time of 51 minutes, 23 seconds. Shown competing (photo at left) are Becky Amundson and daughter, Emily. The race began with racers going to seven area businesses to collect tickets. At some of the businesses the racers had to do a task in order to get their tickets. The Frederic Grocery store had the racers make and hand out four root beer floats. Other places asked questions or had contestants run the aisles of the store. Great Northern Outdoors set up a fishing pole and a bucket for casting. Once you got the lure in the bucket you got your next ticket. Then it was back to the park for the second leg where contestants had to put a 100-piece puzzle together as fast as possible. The third leg of the race was to eat six saltine crackers, then whistle. The fourth and final leg, racers had to search and find a feather; this was easy for some and proved very challenging for others. Each leg was timed and the team with the fastest time won. Organizer of the event was Jackie Kurkowski.

The park & depot

Frederic Family Days 20 11 Royal shortcake servers

The Frederic Fire Hall - and pork roast dinner - was a destination for these biking duos. Shown are Steve and Mona Lancaster from Rice Lake and Glen and Kim Talmadge of Frederic. LEFT: Overnight downpours left the Coon Lake Park sand volleyball courts a (fun) mess.

RIGHT: The weekend softball tournaments had some good action on the diamond.

Future Frederic royalty Leah Engebretson (left) and April Halverson spent part of Saturday serving up strawberry shortcake at the Frederic Depot and Museum. The duo would later go on to be crowned as part of the village royalty that evening.

Crosses send silent message


by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The white crosses are gone from sight now, but for those who set up the 400 structures at Grace Baptist and the Immaculate Conception churches in Grantsburg the cause they represent is always in view. The 400-crosses display, representing the 4,000 abor-

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 6370 joined with members from the Grace Baptist and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches in Grantsburg in support of the Cemetery of Innocents silent protest displayed recently on the lawns of both churches. Present for group photos at both displays were: Left of banner, back: Larry French, Ken Langeslay and Dave Rudolph, front: Charles Altstatt, Eldo Anderson and Russ Erickson. Right of banner, back: Tom Richards and Aaron French, front: Marge and Ron Boucher. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

A display of 400 crosses, representing the 4,000 abortions (10 for each cross) performed every day in this country, was recently set up on the lawns of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg. tions (10 for each cross) performed every day in this country, is a project of the Queen of Peace, Protector of Life Ministry out of Hayward, which offers the display to churches, organizations, groups and individuals who are interested in bringing attention to the abortion issue. “This was a silent protest,” said one of the Cemetery of

Innocents display organizers and Knights of Columbus member, Charles Altstatt. “No rallies or speeches to go with it.” The Grantsburg display, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 6370, was an ecumenical endeavor with several area churches lending support for the effort. Churches involved in setting up and sponsoring the display on their lawns were: the Immaculate Conception and St. Dominic Catholic Churches of Grantsburg and Frederic, and Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg. Seven other area churches giving their support to the silent message display were Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Webster; Immanuel Lutheran Church – LCMS, Frederic; Crosswalk Community Church, Frederic; St. John the Baptist, Webster; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Danbury; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Pine City, Minn., and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Cresent Lake.

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Susan Maslowski (center) was the winner of a $50 prize for guessing the number of car doors that were crushed into a small bale by Friberg’s Gone Green Recycling. There were exactly 76 car doors crushed into a bale just 12 feet long by 4 feet wide and 2-1/2 feet high. Maslowski guessed that there were 75 doors compacted into the bale, along with three other people. The tie-breaker was to guess the weight of the bale, which turned out to be 3,902 pounds, and Maslowski guessed the closest. Carquest Auto Parts in Frederic helped get the word out about the contest prior to and during Family Days weekend. Also pictured are Duane Miller of Carquest, and Joy Friberg of Friberg’s Gone Green Recycling. Not pictured, Kay Friberg. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Three attending Badger Girls State

Webster High School and Unit 96 American Legion Auxiliary are proud to have three junior girls attending Badger Girls State at Oshkosh Campus June 19 through June 24. Shown are (L to R): Olivia Kopecky, sponsored by Unit 403 A.L.A., Webb Lake; Chelsea Larson, sponsored by Unit 96 A.L.A., Webster; and Audrey Mulliner, sponsored by Webster Lions. – Photo submitted 539435 44L

Long locks for Locks of Love


by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Locks of Love, the organization that collects hair to make wigs for children, will soon receive a big surprise. Or maybe it should be called a long surprise. The surprise is coming from Eileen Tomlinson of Luck, who is packaging up and sending the hair she had cut. But Tomlinson is not sending the typical braid. Her hair is so thick that, when she had it cut recently, it had to be made into two, fat, 10-inch braids. Those are both going to Locks of Love. And that’s not all. She will also be sending a braid cut back in 1984, and that 27-year-old braid is 30 inches long. Eileen hopes there is enough hair to help several children.

A cameraman from “PM Magazine” catches Eileen Tomlinson’s 1984 haircut. A stylist was brought from New York to do the cut, which was followed by a complete makeover for Tomlinson.

With hair long enough to reach below the knees, Eileen Tomlinson waits for a cut by a New York hairstylist from Mademoiselle magazine.

She had originally planned to use the hair on dolls she was going to have made for each of her two daughters, but the doll maker moved out of the area. Since then, her 30-inch braid has been kept in a box that at one time held long-stemmed roses, waiting for another purpose. This time Tomlinson had her hair cut at Cathy’s Barber near St. Croix Falls. She said she hadn’t planned to grow it to the 10-inch length needed by Locks of Love but last year, in a conversation with her daughter out east, she realized she was pretty close. At that point, Tomlinson said, she figured it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle if she needed to grow it for another year. Now, in time for summer, she is enjoying her short hair and wishing she could see the look on the face of the person who opens her package at Locks of Love.

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TURTLE LAKE – The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin invite you to join in the spirit of Native American fellowship and hospitality in June. The tribe will host its 19th-annual contest powwow at Mak’oode Arena at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake June 24-26. More than 500 dancers and singers from tribes and first nations across North America will compete for prize money. Powwow visitors can also enjoy traditional foods and purchase Native American art. All ages are welcome. Grand entries will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24; at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25; and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. Admission is $5 for the weekend. St. Croix tribal members, visiting tribal elders and all children 6 and younger will be admitted free. For more information on the powwow, contact St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake marketing at 800-846-8946. - submitted

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Eileen Tomlinson of Luck with her new haircut and the two 10-inch braids she is sending to Locks of Love. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

When she decided to have her hair cut in 1984, at age 29, she had been letting it grow since she was a senior in high school. Hanging down past her knees, the hair was thick and healthy. The haircut itself made somewhat of a celebrity of Tomlinson. It became part of a complete beauty makeover that was featured on television’s “PM Magazine” in the fall of 1984. A hairstylist from Mademoiselle fashion magazine was flown in from New York to cut and style her hair at a salon called Directives, in Southdale Mall. “PM Magazine” had Tomlinson select clothes and accessories to wear during her “after” appearance on the show, when a makeup specialist from Estee Lauder gave tips on how to properly apply makeup. The whole event was a fun experience for Tomlinson, who was able to take her sister along to enjoy the day with her.

After having a 30-inch braid cut from her hair in 1984, Eileen Tomlinson dressed for an appearance on “PM Magazine.” — Photos submitted except where noted

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Luck Lions, Centuria Women’s Club donate pediatric kits


LUCK — All three of Northland Ambulance Service’s trucks are now equipped with pediatric jump kit bags filled with critical pediatric equipment and supplies sized for infants and children. The kits were funded by donations from the Luck Lions Club and the Centuria Women’s Club. Each kit allows EMS providers to have ready access to smaller, pediatric-sized supplies needed to provide emergency medical care for young patients. Equipment and supplies are stored in the bag according to children’s age and weight. “It’s already organized by what we would need,” said RaeAnn Allen of Northland Ambulance. “Fortunately we don’t have to use them often, but it will be nice having this when we do need it.” Both the Luck Lions and Centuria Women’s clubs have been actively involved in improving the community for many years. Established in 1921, the Centuria Women’s Club is dedicated to serving the surrounding community through fundraising and volunteer efforts. It is part of a statewide


The Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction and Yard Sale held by the Webster Senior Center was a huge success thanks to the following businesses and individuals who donated goods and/or their time: Yellow River Pharmacy, Fox Run Golf Course, Danbury Ace Hardware, The Log Cabin Store, The Granary, Emily’s, Cashco, Connors, The Tap, Shawn’s Service Station, NAPA, Austin Lake Greenhouse, Oakland Salon, Wild Bill’s, Webster Ace Hardware, Yellow River Saloon and Eatery, Holiday Gas Station, Mangelson’s, Tim’s Black & Orange, Whitetail Wilderness, Acorn Pantry, Pines Thrift Store, Pour House, O’Reilly’s, Fins & Feathers, Bremer Bank, U.S. Bank, Fourwinds Grocery, Wayne’s Foods Plus, Burnett Dairy, Andrea Distributing, Subway, Bargain Bin, Northview Drive In, Margel Ruck, Eunice Tollander, Dale Connor, Gene Johnson, Brad Q., Nickie Q., Janice Denotter, Robert Staples, Sandy Wohletz, Lily Gleason, Norm Bickford, Shellie & Chelsea Groess, June Dopkins, Paula Smith, Jane Velander, Bob Gleason, Pat & Nancy O’Brien, Joyce Kyle, Earl & Bernie Boelter. A special thanks to all of the volunteers who made it all possible. Thanks also to all who 539402 44Lp came to eat and shop.

John Fenning of Luck Lions Club presents a pediatric jump kit to RaeAnn Allen of Northland Ambulance. The Centuria Women’s Club and the Luck Lions teamed up to provide kits containing equipment and supplies needed for young patients. — Photo submitted effort to equip Wisconsin’s EMS ambulance departments with critical pediatric equipment. The project has won state and national awards, and those interested in helping can call Peggy Johnson at 715-646-2361. The Luck Lions Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The club currently has more than 55 members and is one of the larger clubs in the area. It has served the community through many public service projects such as providing scholarships to Luck High School graduates, and helping with maintenance at several local parks. In recent years the club has moved into the DBS Hall. “We appreciate the support of organizations like the Lion’s Club and Women’s Club,” said Allen. “They help us do our job more effectively.” Northland Municipal Ambulance serves 11 municipalities — the towns of Trade Lake, Clam Falls, Lorain, Laketown, Luck, Bone Lake, Georgetown, West Sweden and part of McKinley, along with the villages of Frederic and Luck. The service currently has 55 volunteer members — Mary Stirrat, with information from Northland Municipal Ambulance Service

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Yearly poppy poster contest

Unit 96 of the American Legion Auxiliary, Webster, held their yearly poppy poster contest in May with the third-grade elementary class in Webster. Winners are (L to R) first row: Sydney Pavlicek, second place; and Bizzy Masher, third place. Second row: Jenna Ruiz, first runner-up; Bailey Mitchell, second runner-up and Tanner Pardun, first place. Back row: Unit 96 A.L.A. members Delores Lien, June Dopkins, Ann McCarthy, Laurie Rock, Joanne Larson, Donna Lehman and Paula Smith. Gratitude is extended to the teachers, students and Mrs. Anderson for participating. – Photo submitted

Cole Engstrand, Brendan Fenning, Gabriel Hendrickson, Austin Holdt, Kyle Hunter, Taylor Joy, Hannah Karl, Brodie Kunze, Jacquelyn Laduke, Dylan LeMay, Leah LeMay, Geoffrey Maiden Mueller, Jillian Peterson, Logan Potvin, Kylie Rich, Alexander Richey, Jan Rozumalski, Matthew Sanford, Avery Steen and Matthew Thompson.


Anthony Aguado, Taylar Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Julie Franzel, Taylor Hacker, Michael Jenssen, Summer Johnson, Laurie Jorgenson, Benjamin Kufalk, Caitlin Ledin, Maia Lehmann, Morgyn McGinnity, Krystal Ouellette, Morgan Pullin, Natasha


Luke Bollant, Andrew Brown, Rachel Gloodt, Taylor Hagen, Elijah Hinze, Ian Fox-Martin, Abigail Mitchell, Adam Neurer, Evan Oachs, Felicia Paulzine, Leanne Pigman, Taylor Renberg, Jacob Stener and Isaac Wegner.


Ashley Bjornstad, Hans Dahlberg, Carley Emery, Ashley Guevara, Danielle Keller, Nathaniel Larson, Jessica Morris, Elizabeth Otto, Coty Reh, Jacob Stiemann, Seth Stoner, Joshua Tills and Michael Wampfler.

Curtis, Tristan Kingbird, Brett Richison, Kenna Gall, Samantha Emberson, Vincent Larson and Emilie Pope.


Logan Rutledge, Paige Young, Aleah Heinz, Ashley Starks, Julio Calixto Rosas, Lance Preston and Cullan Hopkins.


Samantha Perius, Alyxandria Hatfield, Tessa Schiller, Charles Mahlen, Merissa Kern and Tianna Stewart.


Joshua Baer, Ashley Irvine, Danielle Dyson, Katlyn Payson, Brittany Maxwell, Alyce Deblase Saronah Clark, Benjamin Leef, Leslea Wiggins, Sarah Nyberg and Alicia Snorek.


Devin Green, Rachel Salas, Kayla Duclon, Timothy Sundstrom, Michael Thielke, Nicholas Smith, Benjamin Jensen, Cody Petersen, Brittney Casey, Paige Lamson, Allison Rydel, Jack Taylor and James Wethern.

Rehbein, Jacob Schrock and Hunter Wilson.


Stacie Buck, Morgan Denny, Sarah Elert, David Franzel, Karissa Giller, Logan Hacker, Paige Hacker, Devin Harvieux, Kayla Karl, Brady Klatt, Nicholas Leal, Neal Mellon, Megan Moore, Alec Mortel, Kasey Ouellette, Genavieve Pearson, Ashley Petersen, Tabitha Pilz, Kenneth Sanford, Jade Schrock, Lindsey Stapel, Roger Steen, Kelly Stokes, Landen Strilzuk and AJ Walsh-Brenizer.

Picnic for preschoolers

The ABC Express Preschool of the Luck Lutheran Church celebrated their last day of preschool with a picnic at the Milltown Park and an ice-cream treat at the Milltown Drive Inn. - Photo submitted

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SHELL LAKE — The who is leaving to take a curShell Lake Board of Educariculum position with the tion is pleased to announce school district of Superior. that Kimberly Osterhues “I am very excited about will be the new 4K through the opportunity to join the sixth-grade elementary school district of Shell principal in the district. Lake,” Osterhues said. “I Osterhues has taught at am looking forward to colthe elementary level for the laborating with all stakepast 18 years in the school holders in the district to district of Solon Springs. ensure all students in Shell Her duties at Solon Springs Lake receive the best educaincluded providing instruction possible.” tion in grades four, five and Osterhues will assume six as well as a brief period Kimberly Osterhues her new duties as elemenas Title One teacher. tary principal on July 1. — Osterhues will replace Mike Werner, from Shell Lake Schools

ONGOING EVENTS Every Day, AA and/or AlAnon, Polk and Burnett counties, 715-931-8262 for time/location. Amery, 715-2688431. 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.

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 Thursday Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612-205-2321.

Every Friday Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 8:15 a.m., 715-268-5408.

Every Sunday through Labor Day

Badger Wheels Car Show

Breakfast, at East Balsam Baptist Church, 7:30 a.m., 715-857-5411.

Remembering back to the days of drive-in restaurants and carhops. The Badger Wheels Car Show took place at the Spooner fairgrounds on Sunday, June 12. Someone decorated their old Dodge with a child playing hide-and-go-seek. This was a time when many children could play outside all day, coming in at dark. Shows like “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke” on a blackand-white TV, while Chuck Berry and Bill Haley and His Comets ruled the charts.

Cliff Thompson of Shell Lake proudly poses with his original 1974 400cc 3speed Ford LTD. The LTD was started in 1965 as the Galaxie 500 LTD. In 1966 it became its own series and was discontinued in 1986. The LTD label was added to the 1991 Crown Victoria and was dropped the following year.

Photos by Larry Samson

TJ Swanson from Webster with his 1969 440 Plymouth Road Runner. At the peak of the muscle car era, Mopar ruled the streets with cars like the Road Runner, GTX, Dodge Super Bee and Charger. “I think people like these old cars because it makes you feel good remembering back when times were good. Gas was 18.9 cents a gallon, cigarettes were 23 cents a pack and you were making $4 an hour,” he said about the appeal for the old muscle cars. The Road Runner was affectionately called a “Rattle Can” because it was made with little undercoating to keep down the weight. RIGHT: Alan Madsen of Frederic stands next to his 1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe. He and his wife, Rhonda, put about 500 miles a year on the stock 216-cubic-inch, 6-cylinder, 3-speed car. The car weighed less than 3,000 pounds and could be purchased for $714-$817 in 1938.




Perspectives Royal wedding

The recent wedding of William and Kate brought oohs and aahs from many viewers. No one could deny its beauty and perfection. Kate’s attire and William’s regal presence awed the massive crowd. The well-trained horses didn’t miss a step. Color, glitter, pomp, and pageantry filled the air. The wedding brought joy and hope to the people. Surely anyone living under a kingdom would want to exult in their beneficent, royal leaders. Even when their leaders falter, display character flaws, and disappoint, the people look to them as exalted rulers who will keep them from hardship and harm. We who follow Christ can also exult in our God who is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. The Bible is filled with references of his royal attributes. “Your eyes will see the King in his beauty.” (Isaiah 33:17) “The Lord … is clothed in majesty ….” (Psalm 93:1) The family of William and Kate will reign over England and its territories for many years to come. By contrast, our God will reign “forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) People throughout the world will honor and rejoice over their royal leaders. However, the Bible tells us to give honor to God. “Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and give him glory ….” (Revelation 19:6) There’s an even greater contrast between earthly and spiritual royalty. Followers of Christ are much more than mere subjects of a kingdom who must be content to watch a royal wedding. As inheritors of God’s kingdom, we receive all the benefits of royalty. We are the bride of Christ—that is, the Christian Church. Kate’s white gown was spotless. We too must be spotless—without sin. Such a condition comes only through repentance and acceptance of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as not only our Savior from sin, but as Lord of our lives. Only then will we become the recipients of everything that royalty offers. “For the kingdom of God is … righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) Lord, thank you for giving us the awesome opportunity of becoming a member of your kingdom. Thank you for promising us eternal life in your kingdom. We are humbled by your majesty and we exalt you. Continue to reign over us in your truth, beauty and holiness. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

OBITUARIES Harold Peterson

Harold Peterson, 85, Webster, died June 21, 2011. Services are pending at this time. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial Service

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mary Riegel Coyte, who died last August, will be at Mary’s cabin at 1385 Hungerford Point, Deer Lake, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, on Sunday, July 3, at 1:30 p.m. Friends of Mary and her family are invited to attend the memorial service. There will be Mary’s traditional pit-barbeque after the service, and those who want to participate are asked to bring a dish to share. Meat and drinks will be provided. Parking will be a challenge, so please call 715483-9300 for parking arrangements. Car pooling 539673 44-45Lp is encouraged.


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Deborah Lucey Martin

Deborah Lucey Martin, 81, Amery, passed away peacefully at River Bend Assisted Living in Amery on June 15, 2011. Mrs. Martin was a native of Kerry, Ireland, and had emigrated to the U.S. in her youth and subsequently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in education. She taught school in Canada and the U.S. and retired to Frederic in 1993. Mrs. Martin continued to give tuition for most years of her retirement. Mrs. Martin loved the village of Frederic and its people and often spoke of her happiness in residing in such a peaceful community amid such beautiful surroundings. She was a benefactor of the village. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie; sisters, Nora and Eilleen; brothers, Fr. Dan Lucey and Mick. She is survived by sisters, Sr. Agatha and Mary; brother, Fr. Con Lucey; sister-in-law; many nieces and nephews; god- daughter, Charlotte; and the family of Dr. Myer Leonard. Memorial service will be held at St. Dominic’s Church on Friday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Refer to the following Web sites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Dianne Chapman

Dianne Chapman, 55, St. Croix Falls, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Dianne was born May 29, 1956, in Thief River Falls, Minn., to Richard and Edith Ehrenstrom. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1976. After high school, she attended and graduated from Minnesota School of Business. She has been employed in the Polk County District Attorney’s Office and the clerk of courts office, most recently as the chief clerk. Dianne spent her entire life dedicated to her parents and children. She also enjoyed her flower gardens, canning, cooking, scrapbooking, camping and fishing. Dianne was preceded in death by her grandparents; aunt, Doris; and uncles, Elwood and Leonard. She is survived by her loving husband, Jim; children, Justin (Amber), Brandon, Ashley and Kyle; grandchildren, Kayla and Larissa; parents, Richard and Edith Ehrenstrom of St. Croix Falls; sister, Debbie (Tom) Mettler of Hudson; niece, Jessie (Mark) Purcell, and nephew, Ben Mettler. Funeral services were held Friday, June 17, at Peace Lutheran Church. Interment was at the Peace Cemetery. Memorials suggested to the donor’s choice. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Shirley Ann Elstad-Calhoun

Shirley Ann Elstad-Calhoun, 73, Balsam Lake, passed away on June 15, 2011, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls with her loving family at her side. Shirley leaves to celebrate her memory, stepdaughters, Linda (Mike) Ruggeroli and Connie Calhoun; stepsons, Richard (Susan) Calhoun and Michael (Linda) Calhoun; nine step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; two half brothers, Richard and David Pruitt; stepmother, Martha Pruitt; one niece; three nephews and other loving family and friends. Memorial service will be held Friday, June 24, 2 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser, with visitation one hour prior to service. To express online condolences please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Robert “Bob” E. Olson Jr.

Robert “Bob” E. Olson Jr. grew up in Milwaukee and the Webster area. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam. During his adult life, Bob lived in Minneapolis, Minn., before settling in Webster. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lucille Olson. He is survived by his children, Colin (Sarah) Olson of Burnsville, Minn., Graham Olson of Minneapolis, Minn., Kathryn Olson of Bloomington, Minn., and Benjamin Olson of Hopkins, Minn.; grandchildren, Alexis Olson, Dominick Olson, Jeremiah Olson all of Burnsville, Minn.; sisters, Cheryl (Pat) Scallon of Webster, Wendy (Gary) Gramer of Danbury and Robin Willard of Webster; and many nieces, nephews, friends and family. A committal service was held at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery Friday, June 17. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Edis C. Calder

Edis C. Calder, 96, resident of the United Pioneer Home in Luck, died Saturday, June 11, 2011. Edis was born in the Luck area to Clara and Edward Tretsven on June 17, 1914. She is from a family of six children. Edis graduated from Luck High School and attended college in River Falls. She married George C. Calder, and they lived in California for 47 years. They moved back to the Luck area in 1983. George died in 1985. She enjoyed entertaining and loved to cook. Edis was active in her church and the women’s group. She also enjoyed sewing and making truffles. Edis is survived by a sister-in-law, Esther Tretsven. A graveside service was held at the Luck Village Cemetery on Thursday, June 16, with the Rev. Ralph Thompson officiating. Edis was laid to rest next to her husband, George. Online condolences may be left at Continue to check this Web site for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Delmo W. Lodahl

Delmo W. Lodahl, 79, resident of Clear Lake, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Private services are being planned by the family. Refer to the following 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.

Gladys Delia Lewellin

Gladys Delia Lewellin, 84, Pine City, Minn., died June 15, 2011. She was born in Henriette, Minn., on April 12, 1927. She lived in Wisconsin and attended many different schools through the eighth grade. At the age of 13, she left home and worked various jobs for her room and board. These jobs included baby-sitting and housekeeping. At a very young age, she started working at a factory. In December of 1945, she married Lawrence Lewellin. They moved to the Brook Park area where they raised 10 children. Gladys worked in this area at several different factories. Gladys and Lawrence purchased JR’s Bar in Brook Park. After owning the bar for six years, they sold it and returned to the farm. After retiring, they moved to a home on the St. Croix River in Grantsburg. They traveled to Arizona several winters, until health issues prevented further travel at which time they lived in Brook Park. After losing her husband, Lawrence, in 2001, she moved to Pine City where she resided until the time of her death. Gladys was a Gold Star mother and was a member of the Grantsburg American Legion Post 185 Auxiliary and the William O. Machart Post No. 347 Auxiliary of Beroun. She dedicated her time to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her free time Gladys is survived by her children, Don (Bonnie Marie) Lewellin of Blaine, Minn., Bonnie Jean Johnson of Brook Park, Minn., Jim (Vicki) Lewellin of Blountville, Tenn., Pastor Bernard “Butch” (Lynn) Lewellin of Byron, Minn., Rick (Kris) Lewellin of Hinckley, Minn., Dori (Gary) Stransky of Brook Park, Minn., and Tammy (Ted) Haupt of Grantsburg; son-in-law, Harvey Johnson of Henriette, Minn.; 26 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Johnson of St. Croix Falls, Jeannette Metcalf of Cambridge, Minn. and Shirley Graham of St. Croix Falls; brother, Fred (Doris) Fors of Taylors Falls, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; children, Larry Lewellin, Betty Johnson, Rob Lewellin; six brothers and three sisters. Pastors Butch Lewellin and Pastor Dave Dwyer officiated the memorial service for Gladys Lewellin of Brook Park at the Swanson Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, June 22. Music was provided by Willie Freitag and Glenna Reierson. Honorary casket bearers included Steve Haylor and Bob Martin of Pennsylvania. Steve and Bob were both with Glady’s son, Larry, when he was killed in Vietnam. The Lewellin family adopted these two and consider them family. The inurnment will be in the Brook Park Cemetery. Bagpiper Michael Breidenbach will provide music at the cemetery.

Howard (Pork) Vezina

Howard (Pork) Vezina, 93, St. Croix Falls, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2011, in St. Croix Falls, following a short illness. Pork was born Sept. 28, 1917, to William Ruben (Butch) and Phi Beraice Vezina in Dulie, Mont., where his father operated a newspaper. The family moved to St. Croix Falls when Pork was around 4. Pork attended school in St. Croix Falls were he participated on an undefeated football team, a state champion basketball team, and was a state champion track star in many running events. He graduated in 1936 and headed to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., on an athletic scholarship. He was drafted and served for two years in the Army Air Corp. during his sophomore year. He married Phyllis Ara Jensen on March 20, 1941. They moved to Hartley, Iowa, and operated the Hartley Sentinel newspaper, which is still operated by Billy Vezina’s husband and son. When World War II broke out Pork was re-called. He served as a flight engineer, navigator and bombardier on a B-l 7 bomber flying many missions over Germany and later in the South Pacific. His plane was once severely damaged over Germany but with the help of the Lord the wounded crew managed to get back to England and safely land. Pork joined his father at the Standard Press newspaper to help out for a few weeks. Familiar with flying, Pork’s intentions were to seek employment at a commercial airline but the newspaper seemed to get busier by the week and as the country flourished so did the newspaper. The father-son team operated the paper together until 1957 when W. R. retired and Pork bought him out. Pork and his family were sole owners and operated the paper until selling it to Ledger Publications in January of 1984. In 1956, Pork decided to expand his businesses and built the St. Croix Falls Dairy Queen. The multiple businesses meant Pork often spent 12 or more hours a day six days a week at work. He still managed to attend all the events his children participated in, including horse shows, twirling contests, and many sporting events, but was eventually forced to find more time and sold the Dairy Queen a few years later. Pork was an avid sportsman enjoying boating, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and a host of family activities. He also helped maintained a huge garden and had several fruits and vegetables throughout the summer. After retiring, Pork and Phyllis enjoyed many winter trips to the Southwest in their motor home, and for many years spent a couple of weeks in Mazatlan, Mexico.They also spent hours on their houseboat on the Upper St. Croix River, spending weekends together with family on the river and teaching all the grandchildren to fish, swim and water-ski. He was an excellent water-skier and on his 75th birthday skied seven miles upriver to his party. He continued to snowmobile, motorcycle and swim well into his later years. He was a 4 p.m. regular at Coffee Talk and for Sunday services at the First Presbyterian Church. Pork and Phyllis celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in March 2000 and he lost the love of his life in October of 2000. Pork was preceded in death by his wife, parents and five siblings. He is survived by three children, Dr. Don (Diane) Vezina, Cheri (Bob) Steffl and Doug (Mary) Vezina; grandchildren, Stacy Vezina (Chris) Huston, Tory Vezina, Jacque Vezina, Lt. Cody Uhrhammer, Chris (Abbey) Steffl and Jessica Steffl; brother-in-law, Darrel Jensen; eight great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many friends. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls, the Rev. Bruce Brooks officiating on Tuesday, June 21, followed by a military service at Amherst I Hansen American Post in St. Croix Falls, with burial at the St. Croix Falls Cemetery. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Society of Polk County on Hwy. 8 was in charge of arrangements.

Darrell (Cap’n Dee) Haverley

Darrell (Cap’n Dee) Haverley, 84, Grantsburg, died June 8, 2011. He took a big bite out of life before cashing in his chips. WW2 USN Vet, served in the South Pacific. 14 years in the insurance field rising to top management. Then owner-mgr of two MN American Plan resorts. Officer or director of five resort associations. Founder and first President of Minnesota Heartland. Tourism advisor to three Governors. Retired 1978 and traveled and fished the North American Continent. Real estate investor MN, FL, & WI. Newspaper columnist. Author of many books. Scout leader. Made solo five week boat trip down entire length of the Mississippi. Florida resident for 30 years, but born and raised in WI. Returned to Grantsburg in 1986 to live out his life with his beloved Camille. Five children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Firm advocate of positive thinking, lived in a positive way, and is now positively dead after leaving with ‘no-regrets’ and a smile. – Written by Cap’n Dee on Dec. 13, 2010. Private family services to be held. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.



Couple needs to get to the core of their relationship

Q: My wife and I don’t spend a lot of downtime together. It’s not like we’re out carousing with other people. But jobs, kids and other important responsibilities are taking their toll. How do we find time for ourselves? Jim: Your situation is not unique. Many husbands and wives today are running in opposite directions. We’re too wrapped up in work and even in our kids activities. It’s like we’re addicted to being busy. If you wait for life to “settle down” on its own, you’ll never make progress. You have to take active steps to make time for each other and to foster genuine intimacy in your relationship. Dr. Harold L. Arnold Jr., an organizational psychologist, has developed an acrostic, C.O.R.E., to help couples put intimacy back in their marriage. Maybe you’ll find it helpful. C stands for commitment. Commit to a specific day and time each week when you and your wife can spend an hour in conversation — without any distractions. Unless there’s an emergency, stick to this commitment. O represents openness. Be honest with your spouse about your needs, desires

ST. CROIX FALLS – The loss of a loved one and the grief that accompanies it is a difficult and complex process. Funerals are most meaningful when they are personalized, and they are easier for the next of kin when preplanning is done. There are many benefits to prearranging your final plans, including the fact that it is easier to talk about and make decisions when there is no stress or grief. It allows you to ensure that your wishes are followed. You can tailor your plans to your own preferences, take the time to review all your options and express your decisions to your loved ones. Preplanning your funeral means your loved ones do not have to make the many difficult decision on their own during a highly emotional time. It also enables you to make better economic decisions that

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and fears. Open up with her; don’t hold it all in. The R in C.O.R.E. stands for repent. Many of the supposed flaws you see in your spouse are associated with your past behaviors. Own up to your mistakes and be willing to forgive your spouse for hers. Finally, the E represents empathy. Your wife will only open up if she senses that you really understand her and love her unconditionally. Take time to listen without prejudice and to respond unselfishly. Commitment, openness, repentance and empathy, the C.O.R.E. of marriage. If you and your spouse will make these behaviors a top priority, chances are excellent that you’ll feel more connected even amidst the busyness of life. ••• Q: My sister is getting married next month, and I don’t like the guy she’s marrying. I’ve hinted that I don’t like him, but I’m wondering if I should say something or if I should just support her decision.

Juli: My first question would be, “What don’t you like about your potential brother-in-law”? If your concerns have more to do with superficial issues like appearance, interests or even personality, it’s probably better for you to keep your opinions to yourself and work on getting to know him better. If, however, your objections are more substantial, relating to his character or how he treats your sister, sharing these thoughts may be very important. Do your parents and others who know your sister’s fiance have similar concerns? If so, this is another indication of red flags that are worth bringing up. This close to a wedding, no bride wants to hear that a sibling is not completely supportive. So, be very careful how you address the topic. It’s much better to have one very intentional conversation than to let criticism and concern “drip out” over the years. As pastors in the movies used to say, “Speak now or forever hold your peace.” I recommend getting your sister alone, uninterrupted. Tell her how much you love her and care about her. Sensitively share with her some of the things you’ve noticed and ask her if she has any of these concerns as she approaches her wedding. If so, suggest the possibility of talking about these with a pastor or counselor. Most importantly, tell your sister that whatever she decides, you’ll be 100

percent behind her. Once she’s married, your job is to support your sister and her new marriage. Even if you’re not thrilled about the guy she chose, he’s family now. Become a safe place for your sister to process the joys and challenges of their new marriage and do everything you can to help them succeed. ••• 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 2010 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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Choosing your final resting place is an important part of preplanning your funeral. Cemeteries such as this one at St. Croix Falls are a vital part of area communities. The Cemetery Association, under sexton Cheryl Lehman, and the St. Croix Falls High School have helped maintain and renovate the grounds. — Photo by Tammi Milberg

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LUCK VAN METER’S MEATS 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







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

HOPKINS SAND & GRAVEL, INC. Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed

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

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

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

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

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

SWEDBERG-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131 Churches 6/11


SIREN OLSEN & SON Your Full-Service Drugstore Siren, Wis. Phone 715-349-2221

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

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




SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST - FREDERIC 609 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE


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




Meeting in homes. Elders: Cliff Bjork, Jon Zens, 715-483-1357 and 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN


BALSAM LUTHERAN CHURCH 1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 8:30 a.m.; Wed. LOGOS 3:20 p.m.

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

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

BETHANY LUTHERAN - SIREN Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Keith Radiske Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. School 8:15 a.m.; Sun. Worship - 9:30 a.m.

BETHESDA LUTHERAN - DRESSER (LCMC) Pastor Roger Kastelle, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Contemporary Serv. 8:30 a.m.; Adult Ed & Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.;

BONE LAKE LUTHERAN Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, Adult Bible Study 8:30; Worship 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays CHRIST LUTHERAN (LCMS) Pipe Lake CTH G & T, 715-822-3096 Pastor Steve Miller Sun. Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. during schl. yr.; Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sun.

CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sun.; Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. School 9 a.m.

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

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

FIRST EVAN. LUTHERAN 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m.; Education Hour 9:45 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m. Sun., May 29: One Worship Serv. 9 a.m.

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

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

GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN - ELCA 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

GRACE LUTHERAN - WEST SWEDEN Phone 715-327-4340, 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Interim Pastor Julie Brenden Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays

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

LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Roger Pittman, Pastor Sat. Serv. 7 p.m.; Sun. Serv. 9 a.m.

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

LUCK LUTHERAN 510 Foster Ave. E. Pastor Ralph Thompson Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Mon. Wor. 6:30 p.m.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9:15 a.m. Worship ; 10 a.m. Sunday School

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





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

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


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

Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


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

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


PEACE LUTHERAN - DRESSER (ELCA) 2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Web site: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Courtney Young Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:35 a.m.



Pastor Father Daniel Bodin, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 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.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 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)

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 8 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m.






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

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

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



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


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

SIREN ASSEMBLY OF GOD 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.

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



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

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

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




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

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

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


SIREN UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)

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

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



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

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



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

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

WEST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - ELCA Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


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

UNITED COVENANT - CLEAR LAKE Pastor Gary Tonn Sunday School 9:00 a.m.; Worship 10:30 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.


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

Pastor - Father Daniel Bodin 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.






HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 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

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


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

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

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

FIRST BAPTIST - AMERY 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 Sunday Service: 9 a.m.; All ages Sunday School 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available

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

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Thursday Worship 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Worship 8 & 10 a.m.

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.

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.






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

ST. DOMINIC - FREDERIC & IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - GRANTSBURG CATHOLIC MASS SCHEDULE 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

ST. ANNE PARISH 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.

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

HOPE FELLOWSHIP OF SOMERSET 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



HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX 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 Lakes, MN, Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE


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

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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

Pastor Dick Enerson,, 715-294-1833, Meeting at SCF High Schl. - Main entrance 740 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship 10 - 11:15 a.m.

CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN 28313 CTH H, A&H Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.




Interim Pastor Julie Brenden 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays







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

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

Pastor 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.


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

Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 5 mi. E. of Frederic on W, 2 mi. south on I; Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday

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



Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.



CHURCH OF CHRIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 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.

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.

Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays



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


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


FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111; Interim Pastor Ken Hyatt; Youth Pastor Jerry Scheumann Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)

GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church”

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

NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastors Randy and Pam Stone Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m.

NORTHERN PINES FRIENDS WOR. GROUP 715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.



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.

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.



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.


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

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Art Market Craft Event. Baldwin, WI. Sunday, July 10, 2011. 9am to 5pm. United Civic Center Ice Arena. Interested in vending at the show? Contact galen@ (CNOW)


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WE HAVE PARTS for tractors, combines, machinery, hay equipment and more. Used, new, rebuilt, aftermarket. Downing Tractor Parts, Downing, Wis., www. 877-5301010. 32Ltfc

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Dairy Breakfast


Burnett County

The rain came and went but that did not dampen the spirits of the 1,500 people who came to have breakfast with the Shorty and Melissa, Tom and Sunshine Crosby family. It was an opportunity for many to find their roots or to discover where their food comes from.

This calf licked the maple syrup from Isaiah Buck as he and his sister Kaylee visited the calf hutches. RIGHT: Manning one of the four grills were Jesse Glover of Grantsburg and John Dalsveen of Siren.

Tara Anderson found a friend in this young colt. The Frederic High School graduate is working this summer before starting college this fall. David and Jennifer Marker with her newborn son, Broden, are showing the cows in the tie stall barn to their children, Alivia and Aubrie. David was raised on a working dairy farm. This is all new to his children who are one generation removed from the farm.

Photos by Larry Samson

Alayna, Mikayla and Lilly Johnson of Siren are sisters who spent most of their time at the petting zoo.

RIGHT: This heifer at the Crosby farm didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to make of all the people. She was as curious about the 1,500 people that visited River Valley Dairy Farm for the Siren Area Ag Association Dairy Breakfast held Saturday, June 18, at the Crosby farm in rural Shell Lake.





Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities Danbury


• Wild rice pancake breakfast at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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• Heritage Days,

• Pleasant Valley School picnic at the school grounds, 1 p.m.



• Lions chicken barbecue at the old Webster High School, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


• Lyme disease education and support at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-2856, 715-268-2035.


Balsam Lake

• Historical society ice-cream social at their complex, 6:30-8 p.m.

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


• Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Open 1:30 p.m. Distribution 2 p.m. • Music in the Park at Crooked Lake, The Porch Dogs, 6:30-8:30 p.m. • Citizen Patrol meeting at the government center, 7 p.m.


• COP OUT fundraiser at the golf course, 10 a.m. shotgun start, 715-327-8250.

Luck • Polk County Genealogical Society meeting at the museum, 1 p.m.


St. Croix Falls • Civil War highlights at historical society meeting at city hall, 7 p.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn. • Public info meeting on River Walk project at the community center, 7 p.m., 651-465-5133.

FRI. & SAT./24 & 25 A&H

• Trash & treasures sale at Lakeside Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

St. Croix Falls • Relay for Life at high school track, overnight. 6 p.m. opening ceremony,, 715268-6886.

FRI.-SUN./24-26 Danbury

• Experience living history of the fur trade era during Yellow River Echoes at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. & Sat.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.; wild rice pancake breakfast Sun. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Turtle Lake • Contest powwow at St. Croix Casino. Grand entries at 7 p.m. on Fri.; 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. on Sat. & 1 p.m. on Sun., 800846-8946.


• Fishermen’s Party. Fri. pageant, 7 p.m.; Sat. tractor show, craft fair, street dance; Sun. parade, 2 p.m.,

FRIDAY/24 Amery

• Northern Lakes Center for the Arts presents The 20thAnnual Rural Arts Conference for Northwestern Wisconsin, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-268-6811.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Pioneer School for children kindergarten - eighth grade at the community center. Must preregister at 715483-3012, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

This tree frog found a vacancy in a local birdhouse. - Photo by Camille Marsten


Shell Lake

• Fish fry at Burnett County Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-349-5923.

• Wine & cheese tasting fundraiser for Burnett County humane society at Clover Meadow Winery, 2-5 p.m., 715866-4096,

St. Croix Falls

• Kids & Family Night at the Overlook. Magic Norm, Randy the Frog Guy and fiddlers, 6;30 p.m. • The Fiddle Masters at Festival Theatre, 8 p.m., 715-4833387.

SAT. & SUN./25 & 26

Siren • Kenny Johnson Memorial benefit at Kris’ Pheasant Inn. 1 p.m. memorial, 4 p.m. dinner, 6-10 p.m. music. • Donation drop-off for Lion/Lioness yard sale at their building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400. • Midsummer Day celebration at Lamar Community Center, 2-6 p.m.,

Rice Lake

• Tractors, pulls, demos, etc. at Hungry Hollow showgrounds, 715-234-8423.


• Sunflower Daze at Sacred Hearts Church. Plants, crafts, etc., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Balsam Lake • Mary Lou Bufkin spaghetti dinner benefit at Faith Lutheran Church, 4-8 p.m., 715-485-3800.

Grantsburg • Music in the Park - Shotgun Johnson & the Mississippi Seven at Memory Lake Park, 6 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Polk County Alzheimer’s support group at social services building, 715-483-3133. • Polk County Historical Society Program in the community room at the Justice Center, 7 p.m.

Coomer/Siren • NW Graziers deer pasture walk at Clam River Whitetails, 5234 Kent Lake Road, 1-3 p.m., 715-520-2112, 800528-1914.


St. Croix Falls


• Book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-2 p.m. Sun., 715-825-2313.


Webster • Classic/street rod car show at Whitetail Wilderness, noon-4 p.m., 715-866-8276. • Brats, BBQ and Pie Fest, with pie and treasures sale, at Our Redeember Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715653-4379. • Fundraiser tourney, raffles & more for Becky Fender at Yellow Lake golf Course, 1-3 p.m., 715-866-7107.

SUNDAY/26 Cushing

• Sterling Old Settlers potluck picnic at the community center, noon. • Skonewood Christian Retreat Center - Blessings Trio, 6:30 p.m.

• Music in the Park - Porch Dogs at Triangle Park, 6:30 p.m.


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

St. Croix Falls • Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal and fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100. • Alzheimer’s support group at the medical center, 1-3 p.m., 715-483-0431.


• Webster area Red Hat ladies luncheon at Ike Walton Lodge, 11:30 a.m.-noon.

WEDNESDAY/29 Danbury

Four contestants vie for Miss Milltown

MILLTOWN – At least four young ladies will be hoping to be crowned Miss Milltown during the Fishermen’s Party weekend celebration that takes place Friday through Sunday, June 24-26. The candidates include Emily Bethke, Jessica Janusch, Katie Jensen and Nicole Bailes. There is no pageant this year, but contestants will be judged during a dinner and crowned at the park in Milltown at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24. There are also three contestants for Little Miss Milltown including Emily Huelsman, Hallie Nelson and Anna Gingras.

Nicole Bailes Nicole Bailes, is the daughter of Jeff and Janice Bailes. She has two older brothers and a younger sister. She likes to ride bike, sing and loves to make people laugh. Her community involvements include helping out with the Clean Boats, Clean Waters

Nicole Bailes

Emily Lynn Bethke

program that helps keep invasive species out of Balsam Lake. After high school she plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to become a piercing and tattoo artist.

There are three contestants hoping to be crowned Little Miss Milltown, including Anna Gingras, Hallie Nelson and Emily Huelsman.

• Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $15 donation. Doors open 2:30 p.m., distribution 3-4:30 p.m.

Jessica Janusch

Emily Lynn Bethke Emily Bethke is the daughter of Linda Bringgold and James Bethke. She attends Unity High School and will be a junior this fall. She is involved in basketball, dance line, soccer, cross country and track. In the community, Bethke is involved with the FFA, Girl Scouts and is also involved with a lot of church activities such as being a Sunday school teacher, lefse maker and helping with many dinners.

Jessica Janusch Jessica Janusch is the daughter of Randy and Candy Janusch. She has one older sister and one younger brother. Her school activities include cheerleading for football and wrestling, as well as Rachel’s Challenge and choir. Her community involvements include Clean Boats, Clean Waters to help keep Balsam Lake free of invasive species, and helping with FFA activities. Her hobbies include baking, cooking meals for family, reading, singing and giving makeovers.

Katie Jensen

Janusch has several ideas of what she wants to do when she graduates high school, including becoming a veterinary technician, specializing in equine care. She would also like to become a pastry chef and own a bakery, and would love to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for photography.

Katie Jensen Katie Jensen is the daughter of Steve and Michelle Sherrard and Jim Jensen. She has three sisters and three brothers and likes spending time with family and friends. During the summer she goes to Camp Odayin, a camp for kids with heart defects, for one week, and this will be her ninth year. After high school, she wants to go to college to become a special education teacher or a field related to psychology. submitted

June 22  

weekly newspaper

June 22  

weekly newspaper