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• WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 35 • 2 SECTIONS

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“It all came crashing down before me” Nancy Herman, vice president of the Burnett County Tourism Coalition, welcomed Webster graduate and nationally-known comedian Mary Mack to the second-annual Burnett County Touriam Coalition Gala held Tuesday, April 5, at Grantsburg. See story and more photos in Currents section. - Special photo

FIRST READ STATEWIDE - Wisconsin Lottery officials remind players to be alert about lottery-related scams. There is currently a scam being sent via email that claims the recipient has won a large sum of money. The Wisconsin Lottery does not know who winners are until they come forward – it does not contact players by phone, email or letter saying they’ve won. Lottery scams often involve telling consumers they have won, but need to send a processing fee or divulge personal information like credit card or Social Security numbers. The Wisconsin Lottery does not require fees when winners claim a prize, they would not ask for personal information over the telephone or in an email. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you get a questionable phone call, email or letter, contact the lottery’s Player Hotline at 608-266-7777. Wisconsin residents who want to file a consumer complaint about a lottery scam can do so at datcp. or a complaint form can be requested by calling the state’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128. - from the Wisconsin Lottery ••• POLK COUNTY - A tabulation error at the county level temporarily had Hillary Clinton winning Polk County over Bernie Sanders in the Tuesday, April 5, presidential primary. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Clinton had won three counties in the state, including Polk. Sanders, according to updated, unofficial results, won by 300 votes over Clinton, 2,473 to 2,174. Martin O’Malley garnered 29 votes. - Editor ••• MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promoted Col. Joane Mathews to brigadier general this week, making her the first female general in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Mathews is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. She grew up in Minocqua, Wis., and went on to get a degree in aviation administration from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Mathews followed the footsteps of her father who also served in the military. Now, Mathews said, she’s excited to see more women follow her lead. “The Department of Defense opened up all combat positions to females so I see more and more females getting into different occupations,” she said. “I don’t think it’s gone totally that far in Wisconsin yet we’re getting there. We’re taking baby steps, which is smart. Col. Joane Mathews You don’t want to put a private in an all-male unit without any more senior-ranking female mentors.” Mathews was also the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s first female Army chief of staff, first female brigade commander and first nonmedical female colonel. Next month marks her 30th year in military service. - Parth Shah | WPR News

Mother tells drunken drivers of the tragic loss of her children PAGE 5

Bomb threat suspect on the lam In St. Paul for medical issues, hospital let him go and he never returned PAGE 3 • Trade Lake voters shun political correctness Page 4


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The Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the this year’s citizen, volunteer and business of the year awards. Brian and Enid Johnson (photo at left) have been chosen as Frederic Citizens of the Year. Chris Byerly (center photo) is Frederic Volunteer of the Year and Kevin Duncan (photo at right) of A-1 Machine will receive the Business of the Year Award. A banquet to honor the recipients will be held Sunday, May 15, at Hacker’s Lanes at 6 p.m. Stop by the Frederic Library, Bremer Bank, U.S. Bank or Red Iron Studio to purchase tickets. Or call Mike at 715-371-0034 to reserve tickets. Attendees are urged to purchase or reserve tickets in advance to help with planning of the event. - Photos submitted

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN ST. CROIX FALLS The public is welcome to celebrate Earth Day and learn more about a food cooperative that is being planned in St. Croix Falls. The event will be held at the St. Croix Falls Library on Friday, April 22, starting at 3 p.m., with making seed bombs, or seed balls. At 5 p.m., Drumming for the Earth will be led by Don Karsky and George Free. At 5:45 p.m., Lia Falls will lead an Earth sing-along. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a showing of the film “Fresh” that features the rising movement of people and communities across America who are reinventing the food system. Guests are invited to stay for discussion afterward. All events are free and are sponsored by Fine Acres Market, Future Fine Acres Co-op Steering Committee and the St. Croix Falls Library. For more information, visit the website at – submitted

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Jailer “mystery” plea hearing details

Motion for reduced sentence reveals transcript of formerly secret hearing

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The transcripts of what was previously a “mystery” plea hearing held last fall outside Polk County to avoid a two-week jury trial for a former Polk County jailer have inadvertently been made public. Darryl Christensen, 50, is the former Polk County jailer now serving three decades in state prison after his conviction last fall on felony second-degree sexual assault of five female inmates in recent years. He is now seeking to have his sentenced reduced. That motion to have it reconsidered has led to the revelation of some court documents that were previously unpublished, specifically the word-by-word Former Polk County transcript of the plea hearing that occurred out of the sight Jailer Darryl Christensen, of almost everyone but a few seen during a court hearcourt officials last fall, where ing in 2014. – File photo by Greg Marsten he avoided a trial. Judge Eugene Harrington sentenced Christensen to 30 years in state prison in early February, after he avoided a trial and pleaded guilty to the five felony sexual assault charges by a corrections officer, which occurred at various times over several years, out of sight of security cameras. With his guilty plea, Christensen faced a theoretically possible 200-year sentence, with 125 years of that in state incarceration. Yet Harrington’s 30-year sentence was over three times the sentence recommended by prosecutors, as part of his plea bargain to avoid a two-week trial. Due to his local law enforcement connections, an assistant Wisconsin Attorney General attorney prosecuted Christensen, who was represented by attorney Aaron Nelson. The two attorneys had originally joined up in recommending the 8.5-year prison sentence, with unspecified extended supervision after that. At his sentencing hearing in February, Harrington chastised all parties involved for not revealing how they arrived at the 8.5-year number, and it was only during Christensen’s final rite of allocution that the judge realized the number was set so he could see his child graduate from high school. Setting aside the plea deal sentencing recommendation, Harrington’s 30-year sentence is being legally challenged by the defense now, after the fact. No hearing dates have been set on Nelson’s motion, which addresses the judge’s deviation from the plea bargain recommendations in a so-called motion for postconviction relief, where he is essentially seeking a reduced sentence. The plea hearing was a mystery While the motion addresses the jailer’s sentencing hearing, which was held in an open courtroom in Balsam Lake, Christensen’s Nov. 30, 2015, plea hearing, where that trial was avoided, had been literally a mystery for months, as it was held literally unnoticed and in the wrong place, Shell Lake, where Harrington regularly presides, with only a handful of court officials in attendance. According to court officials, that unnoticed hearing venue change was done out of “courtesy” to the judge, apparently saving him the drive. What actually occurred at that Shell Lake hearing was a mystery of sorts, until the transcripts of that plea hearing were created as part of the postconviction relief motion, a sort of unintended side effect. Court reporter transcripts for all hearings regarding the case, including that Nov.

30 plea hearing, are included in the publication, where Christensen surprised many by agreeing to plead guilty to all five charges, avoiding a trial just a week before the lengthy jury selection process was set to begin. After his plea was accepted, Christensen was immediately remanded into custody and swept away to jail, two months prior to his February sentencing. With the surprise location change, the courts had left dozens of people confused and waiting in Balsam Lake, not knowing the parties had secretly agreed to hold the hearing in Shell Lake, instead. In fact, it wasn’t until over three hours after the hearing had occurred that the “changed” location was noticed, long after Christensen had been taken to jail. However, with the postconviction relief motion, the courts required the transcript of that hearing be published, which reveals a variety of interesting opinions, details and other actions, some of which would be revealed, in a way, at his sentencing two months later.

What the hearing was supposed to be Christensen’s Nov. 30 pretrial hearing was supposed to be the final hearing before the former jailer’s upcoming, two-week jury trial. The high-profile case has several lingering questions before trial, and the hearing was meant to establish and finalize the extensive rules of the trial, from how to address the victim’s individual charges to where a lone video cameras would be set, where family members or victims would sit, how they would address jury voir dire, even how to reference the victims criminal histories. That final pretrial hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, in Polk County’s Branch 3 courtroom in Balsam Lake, but as noted, instead it became a surprise plea hearing, starting at 12:49 p.m. in Harrington’s Washburn County Courtroom in Shell Lake, out of view of everyone but the judge, attorneys, a court reporter, a court clerk and a victim witness coordinator. Planning for trial The transcript reveals that Harrington repeatedly stressed how the trial process works, how they were set to start the next week for an extensive jury selection process, how they had already agreed to many rules about what would and would not be allowed, but it also raised interesting issues, such as what, if any, statements Christensen made to law enforcement or investigators during his “interrogation,” which defense attorney Nelson calls “Complicated. I might be aware of some other things, so I’m not ...” While Nelson’s references were not pursued further, Harrington goes in-depth on what would happen at trial, how they had mailed out 285 questionnaires to find an unbiased jury, with about 100 finalists, how they would slowly “make strikes” and get that number down to 16, for a full, 12-person jury with four alternates. The judge waxes poetic, at times, about the value of a trial, which he calls the “rational consideration of evidence ... connecting the dots,” while also noting that the trial date was set for just before the upcoming holiday season. “(This case) must be the most important thing on a juror’s mind,” Harrington stated. “Jurors can’t duck ... a tough decision.” He even speculates that the questions are so serious, that whatever verdict the jury returned, “ I could predict at least three or four of those folks would have tears in their eyes when they walk through that door. Because it is a responsible decision.” Harrington tells Christensen that his accusers would be “confronted in court” if it went ahead. “If you plead guilty or no contest, you lose that opportunity for the eye-to-eye confrontation,” he stated, as the jailer stood firm on his voluntary guilty plea. Other background The transcripts also show some previously unknown details about how the jailer and his attorney had “consulted,” at no charge, prior to Christensen being charged

for the repeated sexual assaults. How once he was charged, Christensen had requested Nelson, whom Harrington then appointed as his attorney, with Polk County paying up front, and the jailer paying the county later, somehow. Nelson later references his plan “to stop charging” for the case after the plea bargain, relating the savings to allowing his client an independent presentence investigator, who normally charges $5,000, but may do it for $4,000, if Nelson asks for a reduction. But Harrington later shoots down the “pro bono” statement and justification, how costs savings were not part of the court’s legal consideration. “I do not want to be faced with a postconviction motion where someone says they didn’t get adequate representation from the (plea hearing on) because there was no compensation coming forward. Do you understand me?” Harrington said. “Yes would be appropriate, Mr. Nelson.” “I don’t want to ...” Nelson replied, but doesn’t finish. “Mr. Nelson, you’re going to bill,” Harrington said in closing. Court records show that Nelson has billed over $7,000 since that statement.

How to deal with a guilty man Harrington then goes though his required litany of caveats and assurances that Christensen has decided to forgo trial on his own volition, and then does accept his guilty plea, five times over. Then the judge immediately tells the parties that he was revoking the former jailer’s bail, and remanding him into jail custody, which his attorney attempts to fight, noting how he would save everyone money by staying free, and doing his PSI interviews in person. Nelson also hopes he can stay free to have “one last Christmas with his family.” Nelson also cites issues with Christensen being a former jailer, and how he would be going into custody at the jail where he used to work, “I think that puts everybody in a difficult position,” he stated. “I’m not sure they (Polk County’s Jail) even want him.” Saying very little at all during the entire hearing is Robert Kaiser Jr., the special prosecutor from the state attorney general’s office, who has no objection to the jailer staying free until his February sentencing. But Harrington doesn’t have to think twice, and immediately set the now convicted man’s course. “Bail is revoked. The circumstances have changed (with the guilty plea),” Harrington stated flatly. “The defendant is no longer under the presumption of innocence, he is guilty. It’s important for him, for society, for the punishment portion of this, to commence soon.” The judge also points to Christensen’s attempted suicide six weeks earlier as a reason for the immediate jailing, as well as issues with depression post-traumatic stress disorder as further reason. “I’m going to revoke bail to protect him from himself, in large part,” Harrington said, as he cited the very nature of the crimes in his justification. “That’s what jails presumably are, and that’s what they should have been for the people that were confined to the Polk County Jail that he victimized.” Harrington closes the hearing with a statement that he would later echo at the sentencing hearing, “I’m no longer going to be politically correct. He victimized them. He was a predator ... to people it was his obligation to protect.” The judge admits that he had discussed the likely bail revocation, if he took a plea, with the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff is apparently in the courtroom and prepared for the revoked bail, taking Christensen into immediate custody in Shell Lake, and later remanded him into the custody of the Eau Claire County Jail, away for his former employees. He would stay there until his sentencing hearing two months later. The transcript closes out at 2 p.m., with no further courtroom comments noted.

Bomb threat suspect on the lam In St. Paul for medical issues, hospital let him go and he never returned Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – David A. Strenke, the rural Luck man accused of forcing a massive evacuation of government buildings in Polk County after making a bomb threat last month has apparently fled from custody, after spending several days being treated for unspecified medical issues at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Strenke, 27, of rural Luck, is facing two felony charges from the alleged threats, which occurred on Tuesday, March 22, and led to a large-scale county building evacuation. David A. Strenkea He made an initial court appearance on Monday, March 28 before Judge Jeffery Anderson, where he placed a $10,000 cash bond on his freedom. However, sometime last week, just as his preliminary

hearing on the bomb threat charges were to be reviewed for a possible bind-over to trial, Strenke had medical issues. He was transported to Regions Hospital by Polk County Sheriff’s Department staff for treatment, and apparently stayed at Regions for approximately one week, but the medical center did not consider him to be “in custody” and did not inform Polk County Jail staff of his pending release. Strenke has not returned to the Polk County Jail, which brings up a variety of possible issues now, some of which surfaced at a court hearing on Weds, April, 13, where Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen and Strenke’s defense attorney, Kate Murtaugh, appeared before Judge Anderson to address the unusual status of the case. “He’s out, and not reporting back,” Steffen said, asking the court how to deal with a warrant issuance, if not additional charges. “It possibly falls under the escape statute,” Judge Anderson opined, after doing some impromptu research on the matter. “It’s definitely problematic.” Steffen gave a brief outline of how the jail staff tried to confirm when Strenke would be ready for a return to custody, but he said the hospital staff “wouldn’t even

confirm his status, and wouldn’t confirm if he was there or not,” Steffen said. Defense attorney Murtaugh said she had received no contact from Strenke since, either, and was unclear of how to get a hold of him. “Regions (Hospital) view of being in custody is apparently different than the Polk County court’s (view),” Anderson said with a sigh. “He knows he hasn’t paid his bond ... if he wants to turn himself in, we can discuss this then.” Steffen said he will start the process of crafting additional charges, possibly including felony escape charges, and the court may consider bond modifications, as well. If convicted on the original felony bomb scare count and another felony charge of attempted escape - party to a crime, as his alleged reason for the bomb threat was to have a jail prisoner released for some reason, Strenke faces up to 6.5-years in prison and up to/or including $15,000 in fines. New, additional charges were not filed by press time. Strenke also still faces the possibility of federal charges of domestic terrorism, which the US Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing.


Trade Lake voters shun political correctness

Protecting our border with Mexico seen as a greater concern than climate change, exit poll survey shows

sentative of all Burnett County voters, but rather a snapshot of voter sentiment at one particular voting place. Wisconsin Primary Exit Poll, Burnett County, April 5, 2016 Inter-County Leader

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer TOWN OF TRADE LAKE - Voters at the old Trade Lake schoolhouse seem to have a mind of their own, smashing deeply held stereotypes and shunning mainstream political correctness, according to an exit poll of voters conducted on Tuesday, April 5. As an experiment in expanding local election coverage, the Leader conducted exit poll interviews at one particular voting place – the Trade Lake Town Hall, located on the southwestern edge of Burnett County. From the hours of 8 to 10 a.m. on Election Day, voters were asked to complete a one-page 10-question survey and deposit results into a small cardboard box. The voters answered the questions themselves, assuring anonymity, with minimum verbal interaction between the surveyor and voter. A total of 293 voters showed up to vote at the Trade Lake Town Hall on April 5. A total of 26 surveys were secured, resulting in a sample size of 8.8 percent. A copy of the survey questionnaire and percentage of voter results is attached. The exit poll survey is not intended to be representative of all Burnett County voters, but rather a snapshot of voter sentiment at this one particular voting place.

Survey results Perhaps it is a sign of our times that one is given to pause before publishing the survey results, wondering if a trigger warning is not applicable, for the results go so much against the mainstream refrain that certain sensibilities and belief systems are bound to be impacted. Consider the following: Smashing the stereotype of the gun-toting North Woods redneck, 77 percent of survey respondents support criminal background checks for those purchasing guns at local gun shows. At the risk of being criticized as illiberal or intolerant, 62 percent of respondents believe that the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage is not a good thing for the country. After three decades of dire warnings of the imminent existential threat of global warning, and in the face of having to suffer the taunt of being labeled a denier, only 21 percent of survey respondents list climate change as a most important issue, and 83 percent of respondents would not give up their cell phone or Internet to stem the tide of global warming. While the mainstream media ridicules as xenophobes those who advocate a wall be built at the Mexican border, 60 percent of survey respondents feel protecting our border with Mexico to be a more important issue for the nation than climate change or raising the minimum wage. Despite assurances that the Affordable Care Act would

1. Compared to 2008, the year of the Great Recession, would you say your life is: 64 % better off 3 % worse off 2. Of the issues listed below please check the ONE you feel is of most importance for the nation. 22 % Climate change 18 % Raising the minimum wage 60 % Protecting our border with Mexico 3. Do you believe that people who purchase guns at local gun shows should be required to undergo a criminal background check? 77 % yes 23% no 4. Do you believe the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage is a good thing for the country? 38 % yes 62 % no

Voters turned out in record numbers at the Trade Lake Town Hall - the oldest operating town hall in Wisconsin. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson lower health insurance premiums, 64 percent of survey respondents state that Obamacare has made their health costs more expensive. Despite months of letters to the editor critical of his legislative policies related to shoreland zoning, only 8 percent of survey respondents held a negative opinion of state Rep. Adam Jarchow. While 64 percent of survey respondents feel their life is better off since the Great Recession of 2008, 71 percent feel their grandkids will not have a better life than they have.

How the exit poll was conducted. On Tuesday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. a total of 26 Trade Lake voters were handed a 10-question survey, which they completed themselves and deposited into a closed box. Voters were approached upon exiting the town hall and given the following instructions: “Answer the questions that you are comfortable with. When you’re finished, place it inside the box.” The town of Trade Lake had a total of 293 voters, resulting in a sample size of 8.8 percent. Below is a copy of the form voters were asked to fill out, with percentage results for answers shown. Percentage answers were rounded for clarity. Again the exit poll survey is not intended to be repre-

5. Is your opinion of state Representative Adam Jarchow 23 % favorable 8 % unfavorable 69 % no opinion 6. Would you give up your cell-phone and Internet to slow the tide of global warming? 17 % yes 83 % no 7. Do you believe that free trade policies such as NAFTA are a good thing for the American worker? 45 % yes 55 % no 8. Obamacare has made my health-care costs 64 % more expensive 12 % less expensive 24 % no change 9. I am currently employed more than 30 hours per week. 24 % yes 76 % no 10. I believe my grandkids will have a better life than I did. 29 % agree 71 % disagree

“Something is happening”

Burnett County Republican voter turnout an increase of 268 percent from previous presidential primaries

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer TOWN OF TRADE LAKE - It was a red sky in the morning and the polls opened at the crack of dawn. All throughout the day, at the Trade Lake schoolhouse, the voters just kept coming, arriving in ones and in twos, and in carloads of three and four. A woman walked a mile to the voting booth, braving the brisk, gray, 27-degree morning, pushing a baby in a stroller. A couple came walking with their dog. Grizzled men, who you’d expect to see at a local gas station more than a voting booth, drove up in pickup trucks. “It’s pretty crazy for this time of year,” said Marjean Legler, chief election inspector for the town. “Something is happening. I don’t know what it is, but it’s kind of exciting.” By the end of the night, the Tuesday, April 5, presidential primary election turnout was not just historic, it was a phenomenon. Burnett County voters smashed previous turnout totals for the modern era. More than twice as many voters turned out for the 2016 primary as voted in the 2004 and 2012 primaries. The turnout was so extraordinary that you could combine the voter turnout in the 2004 and 2012 primaries and still come up 308 voters shy from those who turned out to vote on April 5. Overall, the Burnett County turnout for the 2016 primary was an 86-percent increase from the average of the three previous primaries, going back to 2004, and a 49-percent increase from the last two party contested primary in 2008. The turnout at Trade Lake was a 184-percent increase from the average of the previous three primaries. Of those voters who catapulted the record turnout in Burnett County, nearly all of it was on the Republican side. The Republican voter turnout was so incredible that its numbers on April 5 were 90 percent of the total Republican turnout for the 2004, 2008 and 2012 primaries combined.

A total of 5,214 voters turned out for the April 5 spring primary election in Burnett County. The voter turnout average for the three previous presidential primaries, going back to 2004, is 2,799. Of those 2,799 voters, the average turnout of those voting Democratic is 1,582, with a Republican turnout average of 1,217. On Tuesday, 1,865 voters turned out for the Democratic candidates, with 3,262 voters turning out on the Republican side. To put this in some perspective, Burnett County Democratic turnout on April 5 exceeded the historic average by 17 percent, while Republican turnout exceeded the average by 268 percent. The Trade Lake schoolhouse, where voting for the town takes place, is said to be the oldest operating town hall in Wisconsin. As evening settled upon the historic 1890 building, it was apparent to election poll workers that they were experiencing something that was extraordinary. One election worker had to use a yardstick to shove cast paper ballots down into the ballot box. People were sitting in chairs five deep, waiting to vote. At 5:30 p.m., the electronic voting machine had run out of printer paper. Those waiting in line to vote electronically had to switch to paper ballots, or wait until Legler could load up the tally paper. “How long does it take to change the paper?” one voter asked. “That depends on how well it works,” Marjean replied. Julie Pemble-Peterson is a volunteer election poll worker who had been registering voters for the previous 10 hours. “It seems like people are tired of the status quo,” Pemble-Peterson said, when asked to explain the sentiment of the voters coming in. Bill Krueger is a poll worker who has been assisting with elections at Trade Lake for 10 years. “Well, I think Trump is driving both sides of the turnout,” Krueger said. Charles Norenberg is a senior at Frederic High School. He recently turned 18 years old. He showed up to register to vote in his first election. “It feels really good,” Norenberg said, after casting his ballot. “One of the freedoms we have is the right to vote. I feel like I’m making

my contribution.” Outside in the parking lot a wildly bearded, middle-aged man stood aside his rusty pickup truck, a few recently cut logs in the cab. “You want to know who I voted for? I voted for Trump! Why? Because I just want to shake things up.” By the end of the day, 293 people, or 56 percent of registered voters, turned out to vote at Trade Lake. The average Trade Lake turnout for the previous three primaries is 159 voters.

Something is happening Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan set off a firestorm when he plugged in his folk guitar and went electric. One of the first songs he sang electrically was “Ballad of a Thin Man,” with the refrain, “There’s something happening but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones?” The refrain is said to be symbolic of the generation gap of the 1960s, whereby the older, establishment generation, could not comprehend the political upheaval soon to sweep the nation. “This is the biggest primary turnout we’ve had,” said Legler. “We can only imagine what it’s going to be like come November.” In both Burnett and Polk counties, 62 percent of voters were for Republican candidates, with 38 percent for Democratic candidates. Burnett County spring presidential primary turnout YEAR 2004 2008 2012 2016

Democratic Republican Total voters Trade Lake 1,845 2,390 513 1,865

599 1,105 1,947 3,262

2,444 3,495 2,460 5,214 *

115 201 162 293

* Burnett County records 5,214 total voters in 2016, with 5,127 voting for the Republican or Democratic candidates.


“It all came crashing down before me” Mother tells drunken drivers of the tragic loss of her children E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Inside the small storefront offices of the Restorative Justice Center in Siren, 30 people gathered on Wednesday evening, April 6, to hear a heart-wrenching tale of torment and loss. Those gathered to listen were a cross section of humanity, young and old, mothers and grandparents. They did not come to listen to the story voluntarily. They had to attend under court order. For all of those present, save a few volunteers and staff, were recently arrested for driving an automobile while under the influence of alcohol. Restorative Justice sponsors what is called victim impact panels, where those convicted of drunk driving are required to hear stories of the impact to society such behavior causes. First-time OWI offenders must attend the session before having their driving privileges restored.

juries and blunt trauma to the head. “I was in the chapel of the hospital when the coroner came to tell me of the death of my children. All I can remember is standing outside of myself screaming: ‘Oh, God! Oh, God! Why did it have to be the both of them! They are so small. They need me!” Debbie’s sister suffered serious injuries, requiring a considerable hospital stay and numerous surgeries. “Without warning,” Debbie told the audience, “all the hopes and dreams I had for my children came crashing down before me. I found myself for years surrounded by silence, lying in an empty bed, in an empty house, with an empty heart. We play that ‘what-if’ game until we are driven to despair.”

was my daughter’s hand. She was telling me she was OK. And I knew then that I would be OK. I would be a survivor.” Debbie’s sister was tormented by the tragedy, wracked with survivor’s guilt. And while Debbie repeatedly reassured her sister that she was not to blame, the tragedy of that August evening would continue to haunt her. Years after the accident, Debbie’s sister committed suicide. “I’m tired of all of the pain,” her suicide note said.

“What was I thinking?” At this point in the story, as pictures of Debbie’s children flashed upon a screen behind her, a young woman left the room in tears. Confronted by a Restorative Justice Center staff person, the woman was taken outside. “I need air,” the woman gasped. “I just need to breathe.” The young woman has two children, the same age as Debbie’s were, aged 2 and 4. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” the young woman cried. She had been arrested for driving while intoxicated. Her young children may have been in the car. “It doesn’t matter if it’s one year or one hundred years,” Debbie told Debbie’s story the stunned and silent audience. Debbie’s story begins on a beau“The devastation caused by an intiful August evening. She was a toxicated driver is never ending. young mother of children aged 2 It is my hope that someone sitting and 4. Debbie had gathered with here tonight will be moved enough friends at a softball field located off by my story to take the steps that the highway next to the town hall. are necessary to change their life – Debbie’s younger sister was bringand to save a life.” ing Debbie’s children so they could Tammy Hopke, a program direcwatch their mother play ball as part tor with Restorative Justice, and orof a softball league. ganizer of the forum, spoke to the “All of a sudden I heard the group. sound of squealing tires,” Debbie “You always think that somesaid, to the still and quiet audience. thing bad will never happen. But Debbie’s children and sister were the choices you make will impact walking along the shoulder of the you for the rest of your life. The road when a young man, intoxivictim impact panel is designed to cated after celebrating his wedding change behavior. If you think about engagement, floored the gas pedal things before you drink and drive, of his Corvette to see how it could that choice alone could save a life. handle a hairpin turn. The driver, That’s the perspective we are hopdrunk and out of control, plowed ing for.” into Debbie’s two children and sisAfter the forum, as the OWI ofter, the children being thrown 70 fenders slowly trickled out, this feet into a field. Debbie shared her story of losing her two children to a drunk driver as part of a victim impact panel organized reporter asked Debbie how she has When Debbie arrived a crowd had by Restorative Justice of Siren. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson the strength and courage to stand gathered in the field. “All I could up before an audience and relive feel was fear,” Debbie said. “I was the tragedy of losing her children. so scared I didn’t know what to do. “If it helps to save one life,” Debbie said, pausing to I knew those people were standing around my children.” reflect. “If it helps people to understand that one action, Debbie came upon her 15-year-old sister, lying in a Oh God, wipe these tears from my eyes Debbie, suffering for years with what she described as that one act ... you can’t take things back. It’s permaditch, severely injured. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” her sister cried, reaching out her hand. She had heard the car “a constant feeling of deep sadness,” adopted an evening nent.” coming fast around the curve and tried to gather the chil- prayer, asking God to wipe away the tears from her eyes. “One night, while I was sleeping, I felt this little tiny dren, but it was too late. The children had died instantly of massive internal in- hand inside of mine. It was so soft and gentle. I knew it

New village trustee in Siren Former sheriff’s deputy to replace Phyllis Kopecky E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Months ago, Phyllis Kopecky announced she would be retiring after serving 10 years as Siren village trustee. No candidates stepped forward to have their name placed on the April 5 election. That doesn’t mean, however, that there wasn’t a contest. At least two candidates ran a last-minute, undeclared write-in candidacy. Marvin Halverson, who printed up flyers and went door to door, received 14 votes, winning the seat over Steve Young, who garnered 11 write-in votes. Halverson appeared before the Siren Village Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 7. He will officially take office later this month. Halverson is a two-year resident of the Village of Siren. He is the father of three teenagers. Reed, 19 years old, works at Burnett Dairy. Joseph and Casey attend Siren High School. Halverson has been married for 25 years. Prior to moving to Siren in 2014, the family lived in Clam Falls. Halverson recently retired after working for 30 years in law enforcement. He worked with the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department as a jail dispatch officer from 1976-2000. He also worked for the village of Frederic as a part-time police officer from 1988-1998, and with the St. Croix Tribal Police from 2000-2003. Although Halverson only recently moved into the village, he knows the

Newly elected village trustee Marvin Halverson won a write-in campaign to serve on the Siren Village council. Halverson is retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement.

Outgoing Trustee Phyllis Kopecky holds up her name plaque at her last official meeting. Kopecky served for 10 years as a Siren trustee. - Photos by E. Royal Emerson

community and area very well. Originally from Grantsburg, Halverson’s family moved to the Siren area in 1967. He attended Siren High School. “I’d like to see Siren grow economically,” Halverson said. “I would like to see more industry. I’d like to work with area youth. If we can secure industry we’ll be able to keep our young families.” As to his governmental approach,

Halverson said he hopes to keep residents informed about what’s going on. “I’d like to be the voice of the people,” Halverson said.

Rumors over new businesses Village President Dave Alden announced that a new wholesale meat market is opening. It will be located next to Square One Pizza. The meat market pro-

prietors are from Spring Valley, Minn. They eventually hope to open a retail end of the operation. It was also reported that rumors are circulating in the community regarding a planned commercial development on Hwy. 35 and Airport Road. The St. Croix Tribe owns the land. It has recently cleared the site and secured rezoning to commercial for the 5-acre parcel. While no official plans for the site have been released, the tribe is in discussions with the DOT for a Hwy. 35 access just south of the roundabout. Rumors are swirling with speculation that the tribal-owned Fourwinds grocery store would be closing, while others speculate it may be moved to the new commercial site. “There’s a long ways to go and a lot needs to happen,” Alden said. In other business, the village refused to reimburse the VFW hall for its leaky toilet. The VFW has had repeated problems with running water, causing their water bills to rise to $500. The VFW has taken action that will hopefully alleviate the problem. It was also announced that a spring cleanup would be held on Saturday, May 14, at the hockey arena. “We have someone lined up to take all of the appliances,” Alden said. No chemicals or paint will be accepted. There will be a cost for disposal of televisions and computer monitors.


Monty’s to change hands in Milltown

Business owner complains about lack of snowplowing

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Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN — Monty’s Sportsman’s Haven in Milltown will soon have a new name and a new owner, but few other changes. John Irlbeck met with the Milltown Village Board Monday evening, April 11, to request the liquor license that would go with outdoor sporting goods store. His request was approved pending finalization of the sale. Irlbeck, from Osceola, said he would be changing the name of the business to Irlbeck’s Outdoors. Along with closing the sale, Irlbeck is also working on his ATF licensing.

Water study Milltown will be part of five communities involved in a water loss study being conducted by the Rural Community Assistance Program of Wisconsin Community Action Program. The study is grantfunded and will be looking to identify nonrevenue water loss, which is water lost while it is in the village-owned part of the system. This would include water lost through leaks in the water main or due to faulty meters. The goal of the project is to help the village establish water and wastewater utilities that are sustainable, and to give decision makers greater means to John Rawlings, owner of Northwest address current and Land Title, requested that the village future needs. plow the road by his business. Only communi-

Wesley Hoem of WISCAP. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Monty’s Sportsman’s Haven will be renamed Irlbeck’s Outdoors once John Irlbeck, pictured, becomes owner.

Complaint John Rawlings, owner of Northwest Land Title, appeared before the board to ask that the village plow Central Avenue. Central Avenue extends from Main Street, between Rawling’s business and Steve’s Appliance Plus, to Bering Street just north of the former grocery store. The problem, village President LuAnn White told Rawlings, is that the village does not own the road. It isn’t actually a road, she said, but an access to the repair shop. It was given a name to allow deliveries, which require a physical address, to be made to the former grocery store. Steve Quist, said White, owns the road. She said that he had at one time owned his own property, Steve’s Appliance Plus, as well as the property on which Rawlings

built. “That’s the way it’s been forever,” she said. Rawlings disagreed, saying that the county GIS map White was referring to regarding property ownership was incorrect. “I don’t understand,” he said. “My taxes are five grand on that building. That’s twice as much as my home.” Rawlings noted Trustee Lester Sloper signs the oath that he owned anof office to serve another term on the other property in board. Milltown, which is also assessed $5,000 in taxes. His own home, he said, is three times the value of his business in Milltown, yet taxes are half as much. “I’m trying to run a business in town,” he said. “Is it too hard to make two more passes (with the plow) and clean my lot? All I want is a clean street.” Clients cannot pull up to his door because of the snow piled there, he said. “We don’t own it,” White repeated. “If you do it for one, you have to do it for the others. We told (Quist) if he wanted to give the street to the village we’d take care of it.” The matter was left with the understanding that Rawlings will talk with Quist to see if he will sign the property over to the village.

Other business • Spring cleanup has been set for Monday through Thursday, April 25-28. A flier will be sent out with this month’s water bill, said village treasurer Amy Albrecht. • Open book will be June 2 from 2-4 p.m., followed by the board of review from 4-6 p.m.

Northland Municipal Ambulance gets $30,000 grant

Albert Ravenholt Fund honors Dr. Arveson

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer LUCK - Dr. R. G. Arveson was an early doctor in the Frederic and Luck area. In the ‘20s and ‘30s he was the medical provider for the Ravnholt family from Luck, delivering all 10 children, and later saving the life of one and the leg of another. Saturday, April 9, that care and service Arveson did for the family was honored when the Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund gave $30,000 to Northland Municipal Ambulance. The grant, presented by Ann Ravnholt Bokelman, president of the fund, at the annual Luck EMT smelt fry, will be used to buy two Lucas devices for the ambulance service. A Lucas device is the instrument used during an ambulance transportation to keep a constant rhythm of pressure on the heart of a cardiac arrest victim. Without that device, the EMT crew needs to be delivering that pressure by hand, 100 times a minute, as the ambulance makes its 20-minute average run to the nearest hospital. Each of the lifesaving devices costs $15,000. The services of Arveson, as told by Bokelman, and recounted by Reimert Ravenholt in a letter she read from, were remarkable. The doctor not only helped deliver all the children but also in 1923, when infant daughter Johanne would soon lose her life from a congenital disease, Arveson said he had read of a simple operation that could save her life. He performed that operation and Johanne, who went on to become a nurse, passed on at the

Ann Bokelman presents the $30,000 Ravenholt check to Glenn Meier, Northland Ambulance officer, sAturday, April 9, at the Luck smelt fry. – Photos by Gregg Westigard age of 92. In 1938, Albert while riding his horse, saying goodbye to friends and family before he left for college, was struck by a truck. The horse was killed and Albert had a serious wound to his leg. Arveson used his surgical and healing skills to save Albert’s life and his leg. Albert Ravenholt

The Northland Municipal Ambulance crew is shown with Ann Bokelman, who presented the check.

went on to become a renowned journalist, agriculturalist and scholar. Bokelman said the services and care that Arveson gave to the family and the community helped inspire two of the 10 children to become doctors and two to become nurses. Albert Ravenholt (Note: The family name was Ravnholt but several of the children added an “e” to the name) lived his later years in Seattle, Wash., but he and his siblings always kept their ties to the Luck area. Albert, who had no children, left his estate to establish a fund to benefit the area where the family was raised and educated. Much of the family story has been written about by brother Reimert Ravenholt, who is still active at the age of 91 after a career in medicine, public health and epidemiology. Brother Eiler Ravnholt returned to Luck in his later years after a career in public service that included being an assistant to Hubert Humphrey during his service as a senator from Minnesota and as vice president of the United States. He may be remembered locally as an active letter writer on things political.

Reimert Ravenholt’s May 1999 letter to the editor Fond memories Your account of the pioneering practices of doctors R.G. Arveson and John Diamond, in and from Frederic, brings fond memories of these two most-able and kindly physicians and their great help to our large family during many difficult years. They delivered our mother, Kristine, of all 10 children, including two sets of twins, in our farm home between Luck and Milltown, and provided expert medical and surgical care on many occasions. Dr. Arveson’s exceptional surgical skill surely saved my infant sister, Johanne, from congenital pyloric stenosis in 1923, perhaps the first such operation done in Wisconsin, and likewise probably saved brother Albert’s leg from gangrene in 1938 by excellent surgical care after a severe accident. It was upon Dr. Arveson’s recommendation that I gained admission to the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1947, which led to many fascinating “Adventures in Epidemiology,” now readable on the Internet at Altogether, people living in Frederic and for many miles around were most fortunate to have had the services of these superbly skillful and dedicated country medical practitioners, much treasured during the 20th century. They will be evermore fondly remembered as we enter the Managed Care-Bean Counter Health Care Era of the 21st century. Reimert Thorolf Ravenholt, MD Seattle, Wash.


TIF expansion at industrial park planned Village can recoup dollars for land purchase Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN — The village of Milltown is hoping to take advantage of the final weeks that it can spend revenue generated by the industrial park’s tax increment financing district and purchase land to expand the industrial park. The TIF consists of the industrial park, which is full, and the village has until May 9 to spend the tax revenue that will be generated there over the next four years. At this time the tax increment, which is all tax revenue from the improvements in the TIF, goes to the village to pay for the improvement, but once the TIF is closed that tax revenue will be allocated to the school, WITC and the county as well. Monday evening, April 11, the village held a joint review meeting with representatives from the other taxing entities to discuss the proposed expansion. Jim Beistle represented WITC, Pat Kastens represented Unity School, and LuAnn White represented the village. The county representative was absent from the meeting. Patrick Beilfuss of Cedar Corp. has been helping the village with the proposed expansion and explained the process and purpose. He noted that the village has been looking for additional industrial park land for a while. After discussing several possibilities, the village has the opportunity to buy about 48 acres to the southeast of the existing industrial park. The property is owned by Clayton and Carol Johnson. The 48-acre parcel will be divided, with the southern-most 20 acres eventually sold back to the owners for continued use as agricultural land. In addition, a small parcel in the northwest corner where a telecommunications tower is located will still be owned by the Johnsons. At this time only the northern-most eight acres are within the village limits, but the entire parcel will go through the annexation process to become part of the village. In all, the village will end up owning another 26.7 acres for industrial park use. The owners are asking $7,500 per acre, for a total cost of $200,250. Each year, said Beilfuss, the TIF generates $100,000 in tax revenue that the village can use for TIF improvements. This tax increment will be used to purchase the land.

“The numbers show it will work,” he said, “and the money is there. There’s very little risk that way.” Tiger Street, running along the northern boundary of the Johnsons property, is not finished, but it does have water, sewer and storm sewer, thanks to a community development block grant. The street will be finished as soon as someone wants to locate in the new part of the industrial park, said Beilfuss. The village plan commission met after the joint review board and approved a resolution amending the TIF district to reflect the expansion. Next steps include annexation of the property, approval by the full village board, and final approval by the joint review board. A special village board meeting is scheduled for May 2, with a meeting of the joint board May 4. Other business In other business, the planThe joint review board consists of a representative from each taxing entity that is affected by the TIF district. From left are Pat Kastens representing Unity School, Jim Beistle representing WITC, Patrick Beilfuss of Cedar Corp., and LuAnn White representing the village of Someone Awake? Milltown. Missing is the Polk County representative.

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This map shows the existing industrial park TIF and the proposed expansion. The southern 40 acres of the proposed expansion will be annexed into the village. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

RIGHT: Jim Beam met with the Milltown Plan Commission to request permission to split a lot at 118 Bering. The plan commission requested that he obtain a certified survey map, as required for property divisions.

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ning commission considered a request from James Beam to split the lot at 118 Bering into two lots and recommended to the village board that Beam obtain the required certified survey map of the property. Beam proposes to build a single-family residence on the eastern-most lot once the property is split. The survey will ensure that proper setbacks are maintained. “If the survey numbers come back good,” said village President White, “you have every right to do what you want.”

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coordinator for the Polk County Behavioral Health Department, offered us a list of resources, including the Polk County Mental Health Task Force website at polkunited. org/resources/mental-health. She noted the warning signs of suicide which are listed by the American Association of Suicidology. Everyone is encouraged to take note of the list, commonly known as “Is Path Warm?”


he once taboo topic of suicide has been on our list of topics to report on for a while now. Finding those among surviving family members and friends who agree to talk to us to has been difficult and we understand why. Suicide leaves survivors reeling, confused, guilty and often unable to deal with painful memories or perceived social stigma. Many of us have been touched by suicide and statistics tell us more of us will be affected as time goes by. It was the 10th leading cause of death among all ages just a few years ago and it’s difficult to believe it will relinquish that standing anytime soon. There was a story published this week about a remote indigenous community in Canada experiencing 11 suicide attempts in one day - last Saturday, April 9 - all unrelated, with no pacts involved. “This has just become the reality of those living in Attawapiskat First Nation, an isolated Native community plagued with neglected mental health issues,” wrote reporter Alex Zielinski. “Since September, the small community of 2,000 has seen 101 attempted suicides.” That number represents about 5 percent of their population, the article noted. While that’s the extreme end of the spectrum, there are numbers in our area that should be cause for some serious thought. Last year Polk County recorded 14 suicides. Based on the per capita statistics, 2015 had Polk County experiencing among the highest suicide rates in the U.S., far above the perennial leaders Alaska and Montana - and more than twice the national average. The less-populated Burnett County saw three suicides in 2015 but a total of 16 the previous three years - 2012-2014 - which placed it notably above the national average during that period of time. Breaking down the numbers - the ages, contributing factors rationalizing the horror, might help us all understand why this happens. Listening to the stories of the survivors is a good place to start. In Feburary, former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple spoke at one of UW-Eau Claire’s “The Forum” presentations, telling the story of how he battled with depression to the point that one day he handed his wife a note that said, “I’m sorry. I love you” and later throw-

ing himself from a car going 80 miles per hour. Hipple survived but didn’t know how to share or deal with his depression. Then, two years later, his 15-year-old son, Jeff, suffering from depression, shot and killed himself. Since that time, Hipple sought help for himself and devoted his life to building awareness and helping to break down the stigma surrounding depessive illness. He authored the award-winning book “Real Men Do Cry,” and received the Detroit Lions Courage House Award in 2010 as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Reaching out for treatment, support and care “is the healthy thing to do,” Hipple told the crowd at UW-Eau Claire. In scanning local police reports each week it’s obvious law enforcement is well aware of the seriousness of mental health problems. Each week at least one call in both Burnett and Polk counties involves someone threatening suicide. Last week in Burnett County there were three such calls, one from each corner of the county. Consider the following statistics from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: • More than a million adults aged 18 or older attempted suicide in the past year. • There were 41,149 suicides in 2013 in the United States - a rate of 12.6 per 100,000 is equal to 113 suicides each day or one every 13 minutes. • Approximately a third of those taking their own lives tested positive for alcohol, a quarter for antidepressants and another fifth for opiates, including heroin and prescription painkillers. • Among students in grades 9-12 in the U.S., 17 percent seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months, 22 percent of females and 11 percent of males. Corby Stark, emergency services

I - Ideation (formation of ideas) S - Substance abuse P - Purposelessness A - Anxiety T - Trapped H - Hopelessness W - Withdrawal A - Anger R - Recklessness M -Mood changes Local hospitals in Burnett and Polk counties offer mental health services and Peace Tree Counseling, Northwest Guidance and Counseling and Family Therapy Associations, as well as others, offer treatments for those suffering from depression. There is a Northwest Connections 24-hour mental health and AODA crisis line (see or call 911) and the Polk County Behaviorial Health Department (, which assisted with 1,828 crisis contacts in 2015. There also is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800273-TALK (8255). The Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk will be held Sept. 24 at Balsam Lake to raise money and awareness for mental health in Polk County. Check out their Facebook page at polkcountysuicideawarenesswalk/ timeline. In many cases suicide is the consequence of an underlying mental illness but not always. Causes are anything but simple. They include family problems, pressures in the workplace, illness, the breakup of a relationship and more. For every suicide there are reasons, and in each case there perhaps was an opportunity for a lifeline to be offered - or perhaps not. But awareness is a critical step in knowing how to be a lifesaver. Gary King

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Solutions for terrorism Change nothing? Since Sept. 11, 2001, 330 people have been charged as terrorists, with 80 percent being Americans. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had.” Our USA best practice, Iraqi Freedom. The first of these was a brief 21-day, conventionally fought war in March and April 2003, in which a combined force of troops from the United States and Great Britain, with smaller contingents from several other countries, invaded Iraq and rapidly defeated Iraqi military and paramilitary forces. Troops, when sent in, should do their mission and then get out. This is their preference. Covert operations. We need to create an anti-terrorism army of convicts, who would serve the USA under an agree-

ment of amnesty. Their mission would be to eliminate terrorists in the USA and throughout the world. Federal inmates cost us over $29,000 per year and state inmates cost us over $31,000 per year. Selection pool is 160,000 inmates in our federal prisons to start, done by our former top noncommissioned officers from the infantry of the Army and Marines. They would be trained and deployed by this elite group of veterans. Twenty years of service and good conduct for these once-convicted men would result in their freedom, their records would be cleared and they would be released back into society. Does our Constitution give us the right to overthrow our government? No. Our only option is the power of our vote. Voter participation for the USA is 54.9 percent and Wisconsin is 73.2 percent. Wages of apathy? Rich Hess Trade Lake

Donate to Interfaith Caregivers Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County loves their contributors any time of the year, but they love them twice as much right now. Two generous couples are providing a $12,500 challenge match for any contributions made to Interfaith during the upcoming giveBIG St.Croix Valley fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations. That means that your contribution will be doubled.

Interfaith Caregivers has been serving the elderly and people living with disabilities since 1995. Last year our 185 volunteers served 509 people by providing transportation to medical facilities, grocery stores, banks, etc., friendly visits, yard cleanup, respite care, business help, light housekeeping and fix-its. We are not affiliated with any specific religion but work closely with local churches. All services are provided to clients at no cost. Last year this local event raised over $150,000 for local charities, and their goal this year is to raise $250,000 to benefit the many nonprofit organizations serving communities in our area. You can make your contribution one of two ways. You can write a check to Interfaith Caregivers, write giveBIG on the memo line of your check, and mail it to P.O. Box 65, Milltown, WI 54858. The check needs to arrive in the Interfaith office by Tuesday, April 26, to count in the fundraiser. Or you can give online anytime between now and April 26 by going to Your tax-deductible gift will be used to recruit, screen, train and match more volunteers to help your Polk County elderly and disabled neighbors age in place at home. Please join me in making a contribution to Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County.

A proud day for Grantsburg Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of the 10th District and Rep. Adam Jarchow of the 28th District came to Grantsburg Tuesday, April 5, to honor Sgt. Carson Holmquist by signing into law a bill renaming Hwy. 87, between St. Croix Falls and Grantsburg, the Carson Holmquist Memorial Highway. He was killed while on active duty in Tennessee at a military base recruiting station by a terrorist, who also managed to wound or kill several others. After a short speech related to Holmquist’s honor and bravery, Walker signed into law the bill renaming Hwy. 87. Several family members were in attendance including his wife, Jasmine, and her children, each one receiving a pen used in the signing. A meet, greet and photo shoot followed. Members of the 12th District American Legion Riders in attendance were President Mark Stencel and Don and Jean Rovney. Stencel will post photos on Facebook. Even though the weather was cold and raining, it was a pleasant afternoon. E. Jean Rovney 12th District American Legion Riders historian Grantsburg

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Dreps to receive Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award MADISON - Attorney Robert The public is invited to the J. Dreps, a champion of open Wednesday, April 20 event, government who has reprea celebration of open govsented news organizations in ernment and investigative groundbreaking cases for three journalism. Proceeds support the nonprofit and nondecades, has been named the partisan Wisconsin Center 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog for Investigative Journalism, Award. the participation of young Dreps, who last month was journalists in the event and a inducted into the Wisconsin special investigative reporting workshop. Newspaper Hall of Fame, is retiring from full-time practice at “Thanks to Bob Dreps, the the Madison office of Godfrey & Attorney Robert J. Dreps actions of government have Kahn. been opened to scrutiny, and The award is a highlight of public officials have been the sixth-annual Wisconsin Watchdog held accountable,” said Andy Hall, execAwards reception and dinner, presented utive director of the investigative center. jointly by the Wisconsin Center for In- “He is a hero to those who treasure our vestigative Journalism, the Wisconsin democracy.” Freedom of Information Council and the The event begins with a reception at 5 Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, followed by Professional Journalists. dinner at 6 p.m. at The Madison Club, 5 E.

Coolidge … Coolidge


his year’s Republican presidential campaign continues to have surprises, but it doesn’t compare with the party’s decision making in 1920. It is a story of a multiballot GOP convention and decision making in a smoke-filled room in Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel. But it is also a story with a Wisconsin twist. It took 10 ballots for the Republican nomination convention to select conservative Warren Harding as its nominee. He had gone to the convention with less than 10 percent of the delegates needed. The party’s power brokers opted for Harding as a compromise. Then to balance the ticket with a candidate from a different part of the GOP political spectrum, the brokers offered the vice presidential nomination to U.S. Sen. Hiram Johnson of California, a leader in the Progressive movement. Johnson rejected the offer. Then the brokers turned to U.S. Sen. Irvine Lenroot of Wisconsin who also had a strong progressive record. He accepted the offer, but it would come unglued. When his name was put in nomination, the delegates had spent a hot and humid week in Chicago and were ready for their own action. Air conditioning was far in the future. With Lenroot’s name in nomination, a retired judge from Oregon stood up on a chair and began to shout “Coolidge, Coolidge, Coolidge!” The Massachusetts governor had broken a Boston po-

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer lice strike in 1919. The judge would later say that having a Harding-Lenroot ticket would be too many senators. The convention selected Coolidge, a conservative, over Lenroot on the first ballot. The Wisconsin senator received just 146 delegate votes. So much for ticket balancing. Harding would die in 1923, and Coolidge would serve as president for five years after winning the 1924 presidential nomination. How would American history have unfolded had Lenroot been the president? Lenroot had been an early supporter of the Progressive Era politics of Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette. But the two split over the 1912 presidential election. Lenroot had tried to prevent the separate presidential bid by Teddy Roosevelt. Lenroot served in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1901 to 1909, serving as speaker in the 1903 and 1905. He would serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1909 until 1918. La Follette and Lenroot would reconcile, but split again over the draft and entry into

Wilson St. Tickets cost $55 and are available online at 2016watchdog.eventbrite. com/. Dreps graduated first in his class in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served as a clerk to Judge John W. Reynolds, then chief U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. As a private attorney, Dreps represented the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Freedom of Information Council and dozens of newspapers and other news media organizations in state and federal cases. Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, nominated Dreps on behalf of Wisconsin’s 221 daily and weekly newspapers. She commended him for being “the voice of clarity and reassurance” at the end of the WNA’s Legal Hotline for more than three decades while also assisting with a wide World War I. Unexpected things can transform politics. In 1914, Wisconsin elected Paul Husting of Mayville, a progressive Democrat, to the U.S. Senate. He defeated Francis McGovern, the two-term governor who is credited with signing key Progressive-sought laws such as the graduated state income tax and workers’ compensation. But Husting died after being accidentally shot by his brother while duck hunting on Rush Lake in Winnebago County. Lenroot would win the special election called to fill Husting’s seat. It would give Republicans the majority in the U.S. Senate. The Senate seat would provide national attention for Lenroot whose home was in Superior. Now, in 2016, Republicans could be headed to a national convention in which it will take multiballots to select its nominees. Donald Trump, a newcomer to elective politics, has had the party’s leaders scrambling to head off his brand of outspoken politics. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has joined the anti-Trump movement by endorsing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. In turn, that has produced speculation in corners that Walker might be the party’s vice presidential nominee. Walker has said such talk is “pretty premature.” The content in this column does not reflect the views or opinions of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association or its member newspapers.

range of government openness issues in courts and the Legislature. “Bob has made a career out of being a watchdog and helping others become watchdogs themselves,” Bennett wrote. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association is the lead sponsor of the Wisconsin Watchdog Awards. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy is a supporting sponsor. Event sponsors include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, USA Today Network-Wisconsin, The Cap Times, Wisconsin State Journal, and Schott Bublitz & Engel law firm, with additional support from Simpson Street Free Press. The event also will honor winners of the Freedom of Information Council’s annual Openness Awards, or Opees, for their work promoting open government. - from WCIJ

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aylord Nelson was a leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation and social injustice in the 20th century. Former Wisconsin Sen. Nelson’s best known achievement is the founding of Earth Day in 1970. Described by American Heritage Magazine as “one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy,” Earth Day made environmental protection a major national issue and had massive public support which forced politicians to see the severity of the problems and the extent of public concern. The first Earth Day galvanized Congress into creating some of the most important U.S. environmental legislation. A distinguished and influential public servant, Nelson served 10 years in the Wisconsin Senate, was twice elected governor of Wisconsin, and, in 1962, began an 18-year career in the U.S. Senate. As a senator, Nelson’s many achievements include legislation to:

Earth Notes Jen Barton • Preserve the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail • Mandate fuel-efficiency standards in automobiles • Control strip mining • Ban the use of DDT • Ban the use of 245T, aka Agent Orange • Create the St. Croix Wild and Scenic Riverway and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore • Many, many others, too many to list Nelson also co-sponsored the National Environmental Education Act and wrote legislation to create the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission and Operation Mainstream/Green Thumb, which employed the elderly in conservation projects. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including two from the United Nations Environment Program. Gaylord Nelson became counselor of The Wilderness Society in January 1981. In his 14 years at The Wilderness Society, Nelson focused his efforts on protecting America’s national

forests, national parks and other public lands. In his later years, Nelson focused his efforts on U.S. population issues and sustainability. A little history on Gaylord Nelson: He was born June 4, 1916, in Clear Lake, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939 from San Jose State College in California and his Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1942. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II for 46 months, serving as first lieutenant during the Okinawa campaign. Returning to Madison, Nelson practiced law from 1946 to 1958. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor for civilians, in 1995. In the speech he gave that year to mark the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, he kept his gaze on the horizon: “The opportunity for a gradual but complete break with our destructive environmental history and a new beginning is at hand … We can measure up to the challenge if we have the will to do so — that is the only question. I am optimistic that this generation will have the foresight and the will to begin the task of forging a sustainable society.” Nelson remained a national figure in environmental politics as counselor of The Wilderness Society until his death in 2005. We are so proud to call him a fellow Badger.

Centuria board approves conditional permit for used car dealership

Police enforcement helping to slow traffic, spring cleanup dates set

Marty Seeger|Staff writer CENTURIA - The Centuria Village Board approved a conditional permit for Dave Priebe, owner of the lot on the northwest corner of Hwy. 35 and Eighth Street. Priebe and Peter Arneson were present at the monthly village board meeting on Monday, April 11, to discuss their plans for the lot. “Our main agenda is to sell used cars on the lot and Pete’s a licensed dealer in Minnesota,” Priebe said. Arneson has been a dealer in Minnesota for the past 10 years and in order to move forward with the process, needed approval of the board. “It’s basically the same process over here. Part of the zoning process is getting the conditional use permit approved first and then I can go through local zoning and county zoning and other applications with the state,” Arneson explained. Priebe also told the board that he’s aware that there might be concern from village residents that he’ll be turning the property into a junkyard, but that isn’t what his intentions are. He has already been in cooperation with the village on cleaning up the property. “I’m sure there’s concern that ‘Priebe’s going to start

a junkyard’ but that’s not the case. It’s a lot cleaner now than it’s ever been and it’s going to stay that way,” Priebe said. Stan Swiontek told Priebe he and village residents appreciated his willingness to work with the village on cleaning up the property. His only concern was parking, and asked Priebe if he’d be willing to add some gravel to the west side of the building for a small parking area. That way people who stop to look at vehicles for sale won’t be clogging up what some board members agreed, was their busiest and most dangerous intersection. “People are going to stop, they’re going to park right along the highway, which in turn, plugs things up,” Swiontek said. Priebe and Arneson agreed with the board to do something about the parking at some point in the future and all agreed that they were on the same page. “I agree it’s a good idea and I think we can follow through with that,” Priebe said.

Other business • Police Chief Dan Clement discussed the departments efforts to step up traffic control in the village and speeding. He says traffic violations are down as people have become more aware of their presence, and the speed limits. “At the beginning, they didn’t … we had a lot of stops. Now a fraction of what we had at the same time as com-

pared to when we started this, so its working. Clement also researched flashing signs that could be purchased by the village on both the south and north end of town. He noted that the signs are $3,500 apiece, but also looked into getting grant money for the signs. In order to qualify for what could amount to a $5,000 grant, however, traffic enforcement would be needed on an overtime basis. That could mean having to hire another part-time officer just to focus on the traffic control. It was decided that by simply stepping up patrol efforts, it would be more beneficial, and that a flashing light on the signs already in place would work just as well. • The spring cleanup dates have been set for April 18-25. Clement said that current spring cleanup is going well and village residents are complying with village ordinances. He recently had 15 different properties that required law-enforcement attention. The properties included a mixture of vehicles, rubbish, firewood and appliances. Of the 19 pieces of property that were addressed, only one citation has been written. • The village discussed moving forward with the purchase of a new John Deere Gator and using the old Gator as a trade-in with Frontier Ag and Turf. Along with the Gator, the village will be moving forward with the purchase of a ditch-mowing tractor. • The board discussed placing an ad in the Polk County Tourism Guide. That issue was tabled until the next monthly meeting.

Budget, nonrenewals and retirements addressed at Unity Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE — It’s the time of year when school districts are beginning to make plans for the next school year. At Unity this includes accepting retirement resignations, making decisions regarding nonrenewal of staff and budget planning. At its Tuesday, April 12, meeting, the Unity School Board of Education accepted retirement resignations from three staff members that have a combined total of 76 years of service at Unity. Accepted with much appreciation for their years of service to the district were the retirement resignations of middle school band teacher Aleta Anderson, with 23 years, special education teacher Pat Meier with 19 years at Unity, and middle school teacher Sandra Schoess, with 34 years. Also accepted with appreciation was the resignation of eighth-grade boys basketball coach Craig Zipperer. Following a closed session discussion, the board announced that it had approved notices of nonrenewal of staff for financial, licensure and performance reasons. No names were released pending notification of those affected. Budget planning for the 2016-17 school years has begun, said district Administrator Brandon Robinson. There are still many unknown variables, including the amount of state aid, student enrollment numbers and equalized property value within the district. At this point, he said, the estimated budget shows a projected deficit “due to increased fixed costs and a projected flat revenue limit.” A budget reduction will address this deficit, aided by some savings due to retirements, eliminating some maintenance agreements, reducing some staff and reducing some program budgets. Referendum project Within the next two weeks, Robinson told board members, they should see final designs for the referendum project. “For the past two months,” he said in his report, “there have been many meetings of design teams comprised of board members, administration, staff and community members who have been working to develop a design that best meets the needs of the district.”

For the first time in the history of Unity Schools, one of the newly elected board members took the oath of office remotely. The Tuesday, April 5, election returned all three incumbents to the board and they were sworn in at the Tuesday, April 12, meeting of the board. Taking the oath (L to R) are Jim Beistle, Dave Moore via remote and Pat Kastens. Administering the oath is school board President Debbie Peterson. Later in the meeting the board approved a policy outlining the details of remote attendance at board meetings. — Photo by Mary Stirrat Once the board approves the final design, the bidding and construction phases will begin. Preliminary site work is expected to begin in June. Parking lot work will be done during the summer, with construction of the addition beginning in late summer. “It’s an exciting time,” Robinson said, thanking those who have been part of the design process.

Other business • Robinson noted an extensive list of upcoming spring events is on the school website, along with a plethora of other information including the 2015-17 school year calendar, lunch menus and his monthly report.

• The district’s long-range plan was reviewed and updated, said Robinson, and now extends 10 years. It includes facilities, maintenance, vehicles, technology, curriculum and community partnership plans. It also enables the board to set up a Fund 46 for capital projects that include land acquisition and improvements to land, buildings and infrastructure. “It really pulls together all the different plans we work with in the district on a daily basis,” Robinson said.


Village offices may move into Bremer Bank Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC — Bremer Bank in Frederic has made an offer to the village board that may be too good to refuse. The bank, said village President Jim Meyer at the Monday, April 11, meeting of the board, has asked if the village would be interested in moving its offices into the bank building. Bremer is making plans to partition off the west one-third of the building, and is willing to configure that area to meet the needs of the village. The area would be secured, have rest rooms, and access via a new lift to a large secured area downstairs. “It will be more than sufficient for our office needs,” said village treasurer Jen Phernetton. An architectural plan has been developed, Phernetton said, but the bank will not be moving ahead until it hears from the village. It is willing to alter the initial plans if there is something the village wants done differently, she said. As is, the plan includes four areas that would accommodate the clerk, treasurer, public works department and police department. There would be on-site storage, whereas now the village stores some materials at the library. A good-sized meeting room would provide space for meetings as well as voting. Frederic Police Chief Dale Johnson noted that he would need secured areas for evidence storage and for interviewing, with the interview area having no windows. Discussion indicated that some of the current spaces as well as possible changes in the initial floor plan would allow Johnson the areas that he needs.

Financially, the protime. Technology has posal would work to changed the way banking is done, he said, and the benefit of the village. Annual expenses the number of staff has for the building that reduced accordingly. now houses the village “We hope we can find a offices run at just under long-term partner to utilize the space,” he said. $12,000, and the bank is Discussions between asking for $14,400 per the village and Bremer year. Bank will continue. While the annual expenses may be slightly lower in the current Other business building, there is a long • Meyer thanked outlist of maintenance going Trustees Greg needs. This includes the Heine and Terry Siebenroof, ramp, steps, winthal for their service to dows, siding, carpet and the board and village. toilets. IT also needs Frederic Village President Jim Both chose not to seek vents in the bathroom, a Meyer. — Photo by Mary Stirrat re-election to the board security lock, and office and participated in their furniture. last meeting on April 11. Scott Domagala of Bremer Bank said • Eric Green, new library director at that the bank has been considering a Frederic, introduced himself to the board partnership with another entity for some and reported that he is currently work-

ing on a summer reading program for all age groups. He has become involved in the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and looks forward to making an impact on the community. Having grown up in a small town, said Green, he has found Frederic to be most welcoming and caring, with a lot going on. He also said that he has “big shoes to fill” at the library, following retired director Chris Byerly, but that he will try to do his best. • Johnson again asked residents and property owners to put house numbers up to aid the fire department and ambulance services. “You may know where you live,” he said. “The postman may know where you live. But the fire department and the ambulance — they need to know.” He also said that there has been a phone scam occurring with the caller saying they are from the IRS. He cautioned residents that the IRS does not make phone calls and that anyone who receives such a call should not provide any information to the caller. • Temporary Class B picnic licenses were approved for Frederic Arts events, allowing beer and wine to be served at the April 23 abstract painting class and beer to be served at the May 7 EarthArts tour. • The board directed Phernetton to pursue an agreement with West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to apply for a grant to cover half the cost of updating the village comprehensive plan. Total cost for the update is estimated at $25,000. The plan was finalized in 2002 and was to have been updated after 10 years.

Bremer Bank in Frederic. - Photo by Gary King

Grantsburg sets ideas for riverfront property

ATV route through village approved

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Village Board set some goals for the development of the riverfront property and approved the ATV connector route through the village at its monthly meeting Monday, April 11. There was a variety of other actions including a report on the fire association reaching an agreement on funding issues. The property discussion included a lengthy exchange of views and led to the resignation of a board member. Approval of the ATV route was the simplest action of the evening. The council designated an all-terrain vehicle route that will connect ATV routes in the Town of Grantsburg south of the Wood River to routes north of the river and up to West Marshland. From the south, the route enters the village along South Russell Street, goes to Olson Drive, crosses the river on the bridge over the dam, heads north on a route of Park to Jackson to North Russell after which it exits the village on Benson to the west and Russell Street/Borg Road to the north. Conditions include a 10-mph speed limit and use of the route from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. only. Drivers must be at least 16 years old. Village President Glenn Rolloff said the route is only to connect ATV trails and not to allow people to cruise around the village. Signs will be posted along the route, which will be open for use on Sat-

urday, May 7. Village businessman Mike Janke helped moved the opening of the route forward by offering to pay the $260 cost of signs along the route.

The waterfront The discussion on how to move the development of the riverfront property took a bit more time. The village has taken ownership of the 2-1/2-acre Kozak site and cleared the hazardous industrial building from the property. It now wants to find the best way to develop the land behind the post office, enhance the village and get the property back on the tax rolls. Rolloff led off the discussion. He said that Burnett County Administrator Nate Ehalt recommends that the village find a commercial Realtor to market the property. Rolloff said the board should identify possible uses for the property as guidelines for development. The council, with input from the village residents at the meeting, settled on three ideas. Without ranking them, those ideas are senior residential housing such as condos and town houses, general-population residential housing of the same type and retail development with an outdoor theme including restaurants and sports rental stores. There was no support for light industrial types of business and a desire to develop the land and not leave it as a natural area. Council member Rod Kleiss used the discussion to present his views on revitalizing Grantsburg. He said the village has an excellent industrial park but needs to

do more to attract young people, young professionals to the community. Kleiss said they need to increase expenditures for the library, the airport and other things that will make the village more attractive. He said the board should work more officially with GRO, the local group working on enhancing the village. Kleiss said the village board needs to work to make Grantsburg a destination for folks. Rolloff stated strong disagreement with Kleiss’ comments. He said that his company has no problem attracting and keeping professionals. Rolloff said he is invited to meet regularly with GRO, and the group asks him to relate its ideas to the village board, adding that GRO is happy with the interface with the village. Rolloff reminded Kleiss that he was speaking for himself and not for the council, saying that Kleiss was the only person asking for these things, the only negative person present. After a fairly heated discussion between the two, Rolloff moved the agenda forward, saying, “I apologize to all present for Mr. Kleiss. He speaks for himself only.” At the conclusion of the council meeting, Kleiss stated his resignation from the village board, saying “I see no common purpose in staying.”

Other items Model rockets will once again launch from the Grantsburg airport this summer. Craig Bowman received approval for the amateur rocket builders to hold

their launches for the 15th year. The public is invited to watch the liftoffs on the first Sunday of each summer month, June 5, July 4, Aug. 7, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2. The Grantsburg Fire Department has reached an agreement on financing issues and can move ahead on completing the paperwork for its new fire hall and selling the old fire hall. Diane Barton reported that the Town of Wood River backed off from its proposal that the expense for purchasing future trucks be divided equally among the six member municipalities instead of being assessed based on municipal property values. Barton said the Wood River sign-off was the only reason for the delay. Village clerk Jennifer Zeiler said there was a high turnout for the spring election, about double the normal vote for a spring election. She said there were 393 voters out of 712 who are registered. The library started its expanded hours on Monday, April 11, and library use continues to increase, librarian Kristina Kelly-Johnson reported. She said that this is National Library Week with special programs at the library all week. The spring gala will be held Saturday, April 30, and will feature author Tom Combs who will talk about his new medical mystery. The library is now open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from noon until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

National Park Service to conduct prescribed burns BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway plans to conduct four prescribed burns in the riverway corridor this spring. These burns may take place April 18 - May 20, depending on weather conditions. The National Park Service is conducting these prescribed fires to improve prairie and savanna habitat along the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Areas to be burned • Peaslee Island, 140 acres in Polk County, three miles west of Dresser. The site is being restored to native prairie and

oak savanna. • Springbrook Savanna, 91 acres along the Namekagon River, about one-quarter mile northeast of Springbrook in Washburn County. A savanna restoration and the adjacent prairie will be burned at the same time, stimulating the native prairie plants throughout the entire burn site. • Olson Prairie, 17 acres on the Namekagon River, north of Hwy. 77 between Danbury and Minong in northeast Burnett County. Visible from McDowell Landing, this remnant prairie has a number of native plants which are less common elsewhere.

• Barker’s Farm, 96 acres on the Namekagon River, just northwest of the Olson Prairie burn site, also in Burnett County. Here, native prairie plants have returned to a former homestead. Campsite N8.8 will be temporarily closed during the burn. The NPS has developed detailed plans for prescribed burns, and the fires are carried out by personnel trained and certified for prescribed burning. The plans address temperature, relative humidity, wind and other conditions under which a burn can take place, protection of adjacent

properties, communications, needed personnel and equipment, safety and other considerations. If conditions are not favorable on the day when burning is planned, the burn will be rescheduled. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Fire Management Plan is available for viewing on the park’s website, nps. gov/sacn/parkmgmt/firemanagement. htm. For additional information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls at 715-483-2274. – submitted


Conservation Committee reviews new shoreland zoning ordinance Learns about farmland animal waste procedures in Polk County

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Polk County department heads are supposed to submit monthly activity reports to their governing committees. Tim Ritten, Land and Water resources director is one of the department heads who actually presents those reports monthly and also attends the committee meetings to meet with the supervisors. The Wednesday, April 6, meeting of the conservation committee (actually the conservation, development, recreation and education committee or CDRE) started with a long conversation between Ritten and the committee members on how Land and Water regulates and monitors animal waste sites on the farms in Polk County. The committee also took the next steps in amending the new Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance. Ritten said runoff management and farmland preservation is an important part of the department’s work and Land and Water must report on all projects that involve a cost sharing of expenses. He said all farm animal waste sites that are not being used must be closed and cleaned and filled to restore the sites to an environmentally safe condition. Ritten said the county works with the farmers to create a site with positive draining, draining away from the former waste site or manure pit. The county pays 70 percent of the cost of removal and restoration, the farmer pays 30 percent. The number of animal waste sites in the

county is decreasing, Ritten said, as farmers move away from dairy herds. Ritten said that some of the remaining farms are installing interesting and innovative systems that reduce the volume of waste that must be disposed of. He said that the cost of closing a manure pit that was poorly designed or maintained can be costly, sometimes over $150,000 for each pit. Ritten proposed that the committee do a tour of some of the projects and farms this summer to see how the farm preservation and resource management is being done. Committee member Dale Wood invited the committee to visit his farm as one of the stops. Wood said that when he built his waste pits 35 years ago, he built ahead of the curve for required standards because he cared. Wood said that it saves money to build the systems well and keep them maintained.

The shoreland ordinance Polk County spent about five years rewriting its zoning and shoreland protection ordinances, combining them into one document. After three years of intense work by a citizens advisory group working with a staff technical group, followed by two years of review by the conservation committee, the new ordinance was approved by the county board last November and sent to the 24 towns in the county for their review and decision on accepting the county zoning. That all changed when the state legislature and Governor Scott Walker inserted provisions in the budget bill that removed the county’s power to establish its own regulations on shoreland zoning. Formerly the counties could use the DNR’s rule NR-115 as a minimum standard for regulation of property development in

areas near lakes and rivers and develop regulations that met the desires of each county. The new legislation now sets NR115 as the maximum standard and says counties can not set regulations that exceed NR-115. The county is now separating the parts of its new combined county zoning ordinance into two sections, with the shoreland regulations once again a separate ordinance which now mirrors NR-115. The committee spent most of its time Wednesday going over the 36-page draft of the proposed shoreland protection zoning ordinance. Zoning Administrator Jason Kjeseth explained the options the county still has to adopt regulations within the state guidelines. The proposed ordinance, after review by the committee, will go to the county board for its approval and then to the DNR for review. Kjeseth says the county must have a shoreland protection ordinance that is in compliance with NR-115 by Sept.15. Committee member Craig Moriak noted that the committee spent time putting two ordinances into one and now they are being asked to divide them again. James Edgell said he is all for local control and Kjeseth responded that now on shoreland regulation there is no local control. The committee also looked at some changes to the nonshoreland County Zoning Ordinance. The change that involved the most discussion regards regulating noncommercial signs on property. A recent court case resulted in a decision that it is no longer allowable to regulate these signs based on their content, based on a freedom of speech ruling. Now the county regulations cannot specify what wording, such as “historical marker,” is permitted

but can say that community groups are allowed to put up informational signs. After much discussion, the committee seemed to come to the conclusion that, in regards to signs that would be allowed without getting a permit, the county might be able to only regulate the number of signs permitted and the size of the signs. There was a separate discussion of when political signs would be allowed, how many and what size. The committee did not reach a conclusion on signs not requiring a permit. All of this does not effect the regulations of commercial advertising signs.

Rural Internet The residents of Clam Falls and Lorain have been making a plea for help in gaining better Internet service for the rural northeast corner of the county. Their case, as presented by Brad Olson, Clam Falls Town Board member and now a newly-elected county board member, is that the county should make it financially easier for providers to bring better service to the area. The conservation committee, at its March 16 meeting, approved a revised telecommunication tower fee schedule that lowers the land use permit fee for towers up to 120 feet in height to $500. The fee has been $2,100 per tower regardless of height. The new fee schedule must be approved by the county board before it goes into effect. With that new fee a possibility, Kjeseth reported that Starwire Technology, the Siren company that built an unpermitted tower in Lewis and has expressed an interest in expanding Internet services to Clam Falls and Lorain is now working on an application.

Attorney general joins governor in signing crime victims bill into law MADISON - This is Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a weeklong observance that “underscores the importance of early intervention and victims services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.” In celebration of the Wisconsin State Legislature’s victim-centered legislative accomplishments during the 2015-2016 session, Attorney General Brad Schimel joined Gov. Scott Walker at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison for the signing of Assembly Bill 663 into law. The new law requires crime victims receive restitution owed to them by their offenders before the state can collect costs. “This change in law has an immedi-

ate, positive impact on the lives of crime victims,” said Schimel. “This new law streamlines and simplifies the process for crime victims to receive restitution for expenses that are a direct result of crimes committed against them, and I appreciate Sen. Luther Olsen’s and Rep. Rob Hutton’s sponsorship of this legislation and the bipartisan group of legislators who passed the law earlier this year.” The 2015-16 legislative session was marked by a substantial number of victim-centered bills, many of which Schimel sponsored and supported. As Waukesha County district attorney and a candidate for attorney general, Schimel advocated for and promised to lead on making changes to the serving of restraining or-

ders and injunctions. These changes were incorporated into AB 615. As attorney general, Schimel advocated for Senate Bill 323, which grants victims the right to have a trained victim advocate present during an investigation. The presence of a trained victim advocate can actually assist law enforcement in doing their job and gives victims dignity and rights similar to the accused. Walker also signed the following bills into law this week: • AB 643 makes changes to how victims of crime receive financial compensation. • AB 652 allows crime victims to receive notification when his or her offender violates a condition of parole or extended supervision.

• AB 767 gives a court the power, when issuing an injunction in cases of domestic violence and child abuse, to order a mobile telephone provider to transfer a telephone number from an offender to the petitioner. • SB 351 consolidates existing law and incorporates the 2002 Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act, as adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. • SB 488 protects victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking from having his or her address disclosed. - from the office of the state attorney general


Burnett County Jail Administrator Jared Woody gave a tour of the Burnett County Jail on Thursday April 7, to 11 members of the board of supervisors. The jail has room for 26 inmates and 1,100 people are booked into the jail each year. The average length of stay in the jail is four days. Sentenced inmates can serve up to one year in the county jail. Woody estimates that 75 percent of jail inmates are suffering from some form of drug or alcohol dependency. The bullpen is a holding cell where inmates wait until they are processed into the system. The jail has recently completed a major remodel of its kitchen area, allowing for in-house meals to be served to inmates. The jail was built in 1984 and is considered outdated. A sign in the sheriff’s area of the jail highlights the daily stress of operating the facility. - Photos by E. Royal Emerson


SCF City punts of historic status for football field

May seek preservation covenants with school district instead

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Common Council met on Monday, April 11, where they dealt directly with how they should define or recognize the historic status, and possibly the ultimate ownership, of the city’s football complex - “home field” of St. Croix Falls High School for many decades. However, that home field for the Saints is hardly some converted cornfield with goal posts and a flagpole; it has a rich pedigree as being among the most unique, if not the best in the region, built into the haunting esker and framed by extensive Works Project Administration-crafted stone work on its perimeter and inside, built in 1939 on the site of a former ski jump. Ironically, the original issues facing the city over the athletic complex first surfaced last year, but actually involved an entirely different sport, tennis; Saints’ boosters and volunteers had raised quite a bit of money to build a modern rest room and concession stand in place of a small shed-type building and randomly placed portable rest rooms, sacrificing the tennis courts, which have fallen into disrepair in recent years, cryptically over questions of maintenance and ownership. The tennis court issue was resolved early on by moving the proposed “pole shed” building plans, which somewhat mimicked the current building, but is much larger for concessions, rest rooms and a team locker room/storage area. But the original tennis court issue slowly evolved into a more broad issue of how to deal with the entire complex; was it historic enough to require protection? And if so, how would that designation potentially affect future maintenance or upgrades, in terms of both design review and financial responsibility? District Superintendent Mark Burandt went in-depth on the potential cost increases for some things, if they were going to require being era-specific, for everything from the parking lot pavement to lighting and even the press box and bleachers. “It’s my duty to think in the ‘what if,’” Burandt told the council, as he noted potential cost increases on pavement versus paving blocks, and bleacher costs, to mimic the home side, which are wooden and built into the hillside. “Any improvement we make ... will be impacted at a higher expense.” School board member Dr. Steven Bont did note the evolution of the concession stand plans, how they evolved from the original plan for a “pole shed... with a

The stone work at the St. Croix Falls Athletic Complex was constructed in 1939 by the federal Works Project Administration, and are central to the debate over whether to declare the field a historic site or turn it over to the school district, which would then own the complex. But the school may have different criteria for keeping the historic status, as they have already expressed deep concerns over the cost of keeping the structures historically appropriate. – Photo by Greg Marsten blue (Saints colors) roof.” “We take a lot of pride in this field, but then I see all the baggage that comes with it,” Bont said, adding how costs have risen by over $17,000 already, and how some people involved in the project have expressed concerns that if the ‘historic’ designation sticks, a number of them would give up efforts to improve the complex, and “maybe do something at the school (build a new field).” “We’re trying to get rid of those ugly blue ‘porta-potties’ ... maybe we should go with outhouses, with half moons?” Bont said with a shrug. “But we don’t want to leave that field, we love that field!” Bont and Burandt both implied that the board of education and the boosters leaned in favor of not branding the historic designation, due to those potentially increased costs of complying with the city’s historic preservation committee reviews. While the original concession stand plan was simple enough, the tennis court issue also led to more critical review of the entire scope of the project, and multiple visits before the city’s plan commission, which recommended they meet with the St. Croix Falls Historic Preservation Committee, which made several recommendations on the architectural renderings. Mike Prichard, of the HPC spoke to the football field issues, and discussed how the city ordinances stress “appropriateness” in designs for historic sites, and that

the commission is recommending historic status for the field. “It’s been part of the St. Croix Falls culture for 77 years,” he said. “The whole purpose (of the historic site label) is that it’s not going to be ripped down without a good bit of deliberation.” Prichard points to other HPC efforts, and how even the Civic Auditorium may benefit from a similar local designation, in spite of it being on the National Register of Historic Places. “Even with that (the Civics’ national designation) it doesn’t mean it’s protected, in any way,” he stressed. While Burandt and Bont both repeated their pledge not to alter the historic stone work or other features, they raised questions of other issues such as maintenance or replacement the field faces, from the press box to the visitors’ bleachers, how they may need to be “period appropriate,” which is likely to add dollar signs. The council debated the historic status issue for a spell, questioning the need for it at this time, especially with almost nine years remaining on the school lease for the field, but they quickly set that issue aside and discussed the possibility of deeding the field over to the school district, possibly with assurances they would maintain the delicate features of stone that are so coveted. “It’s important to maintain theses iconic elements,” Mayor Brian Blesi said. “As to the press box, yes, it would have to be in alignment (with the HPC recom-

This is the current concession stand in question, with the often noted tennis court behind.

mendations). Maybe now isn’t the time (for historic designation) maybe resolve the ownership issue first.” Blesi then went through the common council minutes from 1997, when the council considered a similar option of selling the property to the school district. “We had the same conversation in 1997,” Blesi said, noting how “growth potential” was the biggest concern at that time, that if they sold it to the school, they might decide to sell it for development, and build a new field elsewhere. Alderman Lori Erickson agreed that the school district needed to better address the ownership question, and that they would need to get a better idea of their intent. “The arrangement is unusual to begin with,” alderman Bob Kazmierski added. “It seems to me that the user group who uses it, should own it.” Kazmierski also suggested that they possibly create covenants to make sure that if the school district owns it, they would not sell it, instead reverting back to the city, due to its being “part of the cultural fabric of the city.” Alderman Jeff Huenink, in his final meeting on the council, went further, suggesting that if the city sells it to the district, they make maintenance covenants part of the deal, so it doesn’t lose its current appeal and features, out of cost saving concerns. “As a way to maintain what is important,” Huenink stated, with a seemingly general consensus on that approach. But not everyone on the council agreed, as Jerry Berger noted his concern over the current disagreements over the historic status. “I think that middle ground will be hard to manage,” Berger said, adding that new questions would be raised if football is dropped down the road, due to recent concussion concerns. “The field is not going to not be used,” Erickson opined, suggesting that if it wasn’t used for football, it could be used for soccer or other park activities. “If we think 30 years out, is it better to have as a city facility to use as a park facility?” Blesi asked. The council took no official action on either the historic designation or the ownership issue, but Blesi is meeting with school officials later this week to try and resolve the possible ownership issue.

In other council action: • The council approved renewing the Clean Boats, Clean Water program, with Angie Dahlberg giving them a wrap of last year’s efforts at the city’s Lions Park. The program does invasive species inspections on boats at the launch site, and she said they may have a decontamination unit at the site this summer. • The council approved the closure of Blanding Woods Road for the May 1 Woolly Bike Club Race. The closure will still allow access for local residents. • The council approved a certified survey map for a new Dairy Queen, at the corner of Glacier Drive, near the current movie theater. • The city will donate $200 to the St. Croix Falls School District for their graduation lock-in party. The council voted to withdraw from the state property insurance fund, noting how they recently increased prices beyond what local companies can offer. The contract runs though May 15, and they will review bids later for approval, but needed to pull out by May 1 or pay the annual fee.

DNR reworks frac sand mining permits

Agency aims to catch up with the industry’s growth

Rich Kremer | WPR News STATEWIDE - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is drafting a new general wastewater permit for frac sand mines and processing facilities, saying the most recent existing permit, which expired in 2014, wasn’t designed for

large-scale mining and didn’t track what companies are adding to their wastewater. That permit covers everything from gravel pits to 1,000-acre frac sand operations. DNR frac sand specialist Roberta Walls said the old rules weren’t designed for the scale of mining seen in Wisconsin today. “Since industrial sand mining has become more prevalent and growing in the

state, the department has taken a look at how the size of the operations and the level of process is occurring and felt it was appropriate to split that off into a separate permit,” Walls said. The DNR is catching up with the industry, which has boomed in western Wisconsin in the last eight years, said Jim Devlin, a DNR wastewater specialist. The updated permitting process, he said, is acutely needed.

“We have a lot higher volume of material being washed and we’ve got more additive use than I’m aware of in the past, and our old permit just didn’t allow us to — we didn’t have a way to look at that,” Devlin said. Under the new rules, companies would self-report chemicals used to wash sand, which can contain trace amounts of toxic materials.

Lights coming on at Frederic ball field


Park budget and projects discussed by board

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC - Last month’s questions regarding the Frederic park budget and the park board’s use of funds were addressed at the Monday, April 11, meeting of the village board, with park board Chair Rebecca Harlander presenting background and current budget information. Harlander started by commending the office staff for their work in getting park items correctly listed in the budget. Historically, she said, the park board has been responsible for the two main park categories of maintenance and outlay. Outlay, she explained, refers to any new project. As more detail has been included in the budget, said Harlander, the park board has found itself also responsible for expenses associated with things like mowing, utilities and supplies. This began last year, she indicated, and the park board had not been prepared for the additional expenses. As with every year, she noted, there have been surprise expenses already in 2016. The fountain is in serious need of repairs and a matching grant the board received to plant 40 trees requires a $2,500 match. Last year, docks that went underwater and additional supplies meant that the park board had $3,100 in surprise expenses. “There is always some vandalism,” Harlander added. The 2016 budget includes the entire $9,765 for park maintenance that had

Rebecca Harlander, center at table, is chair of the Frederic Park Board and attended the Monday, April 11, meeting of the village board to discuss the park budget. At left is Trustee Maria Ammend, who serves on the park board, and at right is village Trustee George Hansford. — Photo by Mary Stirrat been requested by the park board, but only $12,500 of the $19,582 requested for outlay. Right now, said Harlander, the park board needs to determine which of the outlay projects will not be funded this year. Included in the proposed budget was $3,500 for the dock at East Coon Lake Park and $7,200 in improvements to the gazebo, playground, basketball court and landscaping at West Coon Lake Park. Another $4,850 in new, maintenance-free picnic tables was also included in the budget proposal, along with $500 in signage and the $2,500 for the urban forestry grant for trees. As part of the park board discussion, Trustee George Hansford told the board that he has been looking at putting new lights up at the ball field to enhance Fam-

ily Days and to possibly bring in a night league. A total of 25 lights would be purchased, which means that there would be a couple of extras to use as replacements or in the event that additional light was needed in a particular area. The lights would be on a separate locked meter with a switch allowing them to be turned on and off. Funding the project would be accomplished through sponsorship boards lining the outfield. A five-year sponsorship of a 4- by 8-foot sheet would be $500, said Hansford, including artwork and materials. “It should bring more people into town,” said Trustee Doug Gustafson regarding the possibility of a night league. Hansford said he estimated that having four more teams come into town for Fri-

day and Saturday would bring about 150 people each night. “That would benefit a lot of businesses in town, hopefully,” he said, “and down at the park, too, like the Lions Club.” The catalyst last month that brought up the detailed discussion of the park budget was a request from the park board that revenue from timber harvesting at Coon Lake Park be used for park improvements. Some board members wanted the revenue to be put in the village’s general operating fund, while others felt it should go for park improvements. The board decided not to discuss that particular issue since the amount of revenue generated by the timber harvest is not known at this time.

Legislative redistricting challenge moves forward

Federal judges rule that trial will be held for gerrymandering lawsuit

KP Whaley | WPR News MADISON - A legal challenge to the redistricting efforts of Republican lawmakers in 2011 will be heading to trial this May, following a unanimous decision by three federal judges Thursday, April 7. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by 12 registered Democrats who claim the legislative maps drawn by Republicans were so favorable to Republicans as to be unconstitutional. According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Patrick Marley, lawmakers in all states draw new maps every 10 years to account for changes in shifts in population. The party that controls state government has the ability to draw plans to their advantage. “In Wisconsin, most times in decades past, there has been split control, so the courts tend to make the maps or some kind of compromise comes out. As it hap-

Plaintiffs in the gerrymandering challenge speak to the press about the lawsuit in June of 2015. - Photo by Gilman Halsted/WPR News pened in 2010, it was a big year for Republicans and they controlled all of state government,” he said.

As a result, Marley said the maps drawn in 2011 were very helpful to Republicans in the state Assembly and Senate. He

added that one legal challenge did result in changes to two Assembly districts, but the maps were otherwise upheld. According to him, this is now another attempt to challenge the maps. If the maps are overturned, the case could end up at the Supreme Court and a new precedent could be set, Marley said. “A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court (justices) have agreed that maps can be so out of whack for partisan reasons that they would violate the constitution. However, a majority has not been able to agree on how you would measure that,” said Marley. Marley said that this challenge includes a newer concept of calculating so-called “wasted votes” by identifying areas where surplus votes for winning candidates could be spread out or put in districts that are more contested. The trial is set for May 24 and is expected to last four days. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said state officials were disappointed in the judges’ decision, but confident the maps would ultimately be upheld.

Local school funding referendums saw huge success

Lake Holcombe School District was spared from likely closure

Rich Kremer | WPR News NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Voters in Chippewa and Rusk counties voted with an overwhelming majority last week to spare a school district from having to be dissolved. Their decision was in line with dozens of other school funding referendums that passed successfully statewide this week. More than 70 percent of voters in the Lake Holcombe School District approved a $2 million referendum to help cover operational costs through 2019. The district board of education had said if the referendum didn’t pass, they’d likely have to dissolve the district. Lake Holcombe Superintendent Jeff Mastin said he’s proud of the citizen support. “It’s a passion that our community has for their school and their children,” he

Voters in Chippewa and Rusk counties voted with an overwhelming majority this week to spare a school district from having to be dissolved. - Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. “I think it was something that we made sure we communicated well and

communicated often in a variety of ways to make sure people got the message and

knew what the information was so they could make an informed vote.” According to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, voters approved more than three-fourths of the 71 referendums on local ballots across the state on election day. “I think there’s a recognition that the public believes there should be more money for our public schools, and they are willing to vote to increase their own property taxes in support of providing more money for their schools. And that’s an important statement, I think,” said the group’s government relations director Dan Rossmiller. He said voters understand referendums are the new way to fund schools. Most referendum questions were related to school building projects and allowing a district to exceed revenue limits. Two more referendums will go to voters this year in Cudahy and Prescott.




The power of purple Grantsburg softball has their sights set on state again Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Pirates softball team fell short of what would have been their fourth consecutive trip to state in 2015, losing to a talented Bloomer team in the sectional final, 3-1. The Pirates know how to win, as history indicates. They’ve won sectional championships, 13 regional crowns and continue to dominate the West Lakeland, with 15 conference titles. This year, Grantsburg has a good shot at making an eighth trip to the state tournament, and players and coaches continue to set the bar high for themselves. “There are some schools that would just like the opportunity of being at a state tournament. We get a little bit greedy, I suppose, but that’s how we prepare for it,” said coach Don Bjelland. The Pirates have a talented group back this year, losing only two players to graduation. They lose a starting center fielder and talented hitter in Katie Miller and Audrey Lauer who also saw quite a bit of playing time last year. Otherwise the team that made to the sectional final last year, remains largely intact. “I got a great group of seniors. Sometimes when you really like the seniors and they kind of like you, everything goes a lot better,” Bjelland said. Those seniors include Megan Miller, Cassidy Quimby, Briena Jensen and ace pitcher Olivia Tucker, who is already committed to playing softball at Bemidji State University. “We have a superstar in Olivia Tucker. She can carry us a long way, and teams don’t like to meet her,” Bjelland said. Already this season Tucker has helped lead the Pirates to two victories, including a 12-0, one-hit shutout over Baldwin-Woodville, a team Grantsburg has never been able to beat. Baldwin-Woodville is a Division 2 team that was a state champion in 2012, and state runner-up in 2011 and 2013. Bjelland said they are as good as they were last season, when the Pirates lost in the late innings. “They were just as good as they were last year. Last year we kind of gave it to them and fell apart. We were ahead 5-2 and we just kinda lost it. That’s a super-strong program. We’ve never beaten them, so that was kind of nice to finally get over that hump.” Tucker, by the way, also had three home runs in the game and eight RBIs, but there’s a lot more to the team than Tucker. “We pretty much got everybody back and they’re a year older, a year more mature and more hungry,” Bjelland said. Fast-forward to the Pirates first conference game over Unity on a blustery, cold

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Senior Olivia Tucker of Grantsburg gets set to pitch against Unity on Monday, April 11. Tucker struck out every batter faced, and will be the cornerstone of the Pirates success this season. In the team’s first game of the season against Baldwin-Woodville, Tucker homered three times in a 12-0 one-hit shutout victory. – Photos by Marty Seeger

••• LA CROSSE – The UW-River Falls men’s and women’s track teams competed at the Ashton May Invitational in La Crosse Saturday, April 9. Sophomore Colton Sorensen, a former Unity athlete, set an outdoor school record in the men’s pole vault. Sorensen finished in fourth place while setting a school outdoor record with a height of 15 feet, 7 inches. This broke his own school record of 15-6.25, which he set in 2015. Teammate A.J. WalshBrenizer also competed at the event and placed fifth in the javeline throw. – with information from ••• SUPERIOR – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference announced UW-Yellowjackets sophomore pitcher Macy Hanson of Grantsburg as player of the week. On Sunday, April 9, against Martin Luther, Hanson threw a complete game, twohit shutout in the Yellowjackets 3-0 win. She had no walks and struck out a season-high 13 batters, which is the third time she’s recorded double-digit strikeouts this season. She improved her season record to 2-2 with the win. Hanson has a 1.60 earned run average, which leads all of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and she has the second-most strikeouts in the conference with 53. Teammate Brittany Thomfohrda of Unity, was also a standout in the win as she went 2 for 3 at the plate. The Yellowjackets went on to sweep the doubleheader with a 6-1 victory, in which Thomfohrda went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored – with information from ••• ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Former Grantsburg athlete Mollie Bjelland is in her second season as assistant coach of the Missouri Western State University Griffons women’s softball team. The team currently posts a 34-10 overall record and finished 36-21 last season with Bjelland on board. It included a 16-game winning streak and trip to the NCAA Division 2 Central Regional. The daughter of current Grantsburg Pirates head softball coach Don Bjelland and his wife, Debbie Bjelland, Mollie was a standout volleyball, basketball and softball athlete at Grantsburg. She played both volleyball and softball at Winona State University and was a four-time NSIC all-conference softball player and NCAA All-American in softball. Bjelland graduated in 2007 with a degree in business and administration and has a master’s degree from Minnesota State in sports management. – with information from

Grantsburg junior Jordyn McKenzie gets dirty on a safe slide to second base against the Eagles.

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Softball/Continued day that saw the Pirates bats come alive in a 20-0 win. Tucker retired each Unity batter via strikeout. She had nine, and freshman Alaina Oachs finished with two strikeouts in the final frame. Grantsburg piled on 15 hits, with junior Claire Palmquist leading the way with four hits in four plate appearances. She scored three times and had six RBIs as the team’s No. 8 hitter. “Claire Palmquist had a fantastic game and just crushed the ball. Something like that is really fun to see, and she’s only a junior,” Bjelland said. Even with such a strong team the Pirates know they have a lot of improving to do yet. In previous years, their heartbreaking losses have often come down to two or even just one run. “We didn’t get the hits that we needed. Maybe during the course of the (regular) season we’d get five-eight-ten hits, and those last games we just didn’t. Bottom line, when you’ve got a pitcher like we’ve had in the past, you don’t have to totally rely on hitting. You want good defense and you practice it, but a lot of times, we’re working on hitting,” Bjelland said. It’s still early in the season and Bjelland is likely still looking for the hitters and those who can solidify the defense. Until that time, the goals the girls have set for themselves haven’t changed. “They’ve set their goals already and they work hard in practice. They want to win and they still have fun.

St. Croix Falls Saints The Saints got off to a bit of a rocky start with an opening loss to Frederic/Luck but were without a handful of starters including one team captain, Sam Mackenberg, due to injury, and Sophie Aguilar. Injuries hit the Saints hard as they will be without starting right fielder Kalli Christianson for the entire season due to

Ashley Bloom of Unity hauls in a fly ball in center field on Monday, April 11.

ward to seeing them progress,” said Miller. “Coach Fisher is an excellent coach and did a tremendous job leading this program. There is nothing that I can do that would be considered an improvement on what he was able to accomplish. However, this year’s roster returns everybody except one graduate. So skillwise, the girls will be better this year due to having another year of experience.” Miller will have a new assistant coach in Nicola DeNucci, along with previous assistant Deb Grams The team finished with three wins last season but nearly every player is back including two seniors, who Miller expects to bring leadership to the team. They include Erika Priebe and Hannah Wagner. The team totals 16 players but continues to look for more to produce a junior varsity squad. They have a lot of athletic ability according to Miller and varsity experience is another plus.

Mackenna Johnson of Grantsburg takes a lead off second base during the Pirates first conference game at Unity on Monday, April 11. – Photos by Marty Seeger a knee injury. Annalise Parks, who was an all-conference player last season, is still recovering from a knee surgery and seventh-year coach Clayton Hanson is hopeful for her return late in the season. Their second all-conference player from last year is junior Katie Kopp, who has been the team’s starting pitcher since her freshman year. “She’s the main reason we’ve been winning more games,” Hanson said. Kopp will also be working with a new freshman catcher this season, and Hanson said they continue to bond and improve. “I’m starting to see it. Starting to see them click,” Hanson said. Two seasons ago the Saints had just four wins. Since that time, the Saints have continued to improve on their record, finishing .500 last season with their most wins since Hanson took over as head coach with 11. They were also successful in winning their first playoff game in several years. “Last year we won our first playoff game in seven years so we were really excited to continue to get better. That’s the biggest thing is we’ve gotten better progressively,” Hanson said. Now, the Saints just want to continue to build their momentum this spring. Hanson feels the team continues to improve on hitting, and they have a lot of young talented depth on the infield. In total, the team has 16 players including five freshmen, the second-most freshmen Hanson has had since he started coaching.

Frederic/Luck Frederic/Luck returns six players from a team that finished 3-8 in the conference and 5-12 overall last season, but third-

year head coach Ruth Taylor says the team is taking a new approach. “We are pretty much starting new this year. I have six returning players but a totally new dynamic,” Taylor said. While it’s still early in the year, Frederic/Luck has proved that they can be dangerous at the plate. The team had 21 hits against a tough Saints pitcher in their opening game and banged out another nine against Cumberland more recently. Three of those nine hits were out of the park courtesy of Isabelle Jensen and Kyla Melin. Marley Hanson is an assistant coach with Taylor this season and the numbers are up in terms of athletes on the roster with 15 players. Senior Emily Amundson is the team’s only returning all-conference player, and the team’s center fielder. Overall the team is young and Taylor says the keys to their success will be playing time, and building as a team. “If we stay injury free I think we have the potential to do well in the conference,” Taylor said.

Unity Eagles Josh Miller took over as the Eagles head softball coach and has 15 years of coaching experience, from youth football as well as a varsity head football coach at Ashland High School. He also volunteered with the varsity softball and baseball teams. He is taking the place of former Unity head softball coach Shaun Fisher. “I am excited to see how hard the girls are willing to work. This group of girls has been extremely excited for the season to start and get to work. They are very coachable and willing to work to improve their skills. I’m looking for-

End of the cold? Hopefully LEFT: Addie Musial of the Frederic/Luck softball team tries to make a catch in the outfield against Amery on Tuesday, April 12, despite the falling snow. Several games were called early on Tuesday due to darkness or snowfall, but things are looking brighter for the rest of the week in terms of weather. RIGHT: Tasian Arjes slides into second base. Frederic/Luck lost the nonconference game 12-2 in five innings. – Photos by Becky Amundson

Webster/Siren Storm The Storm softball team ended the 2015 season without a win at 0-14, and can only go up this season under head coach Ashley Close. The team is one game into the season but lost the contest to St. Croix Falls despite holding the Saints to just four runs through three innings, but struggled offensively to get things going, and that could be a recurring problem throughout the season. The Storm currently have 14 players on the roster, including pitcher Allie Webster, and Bayzhia Taylor, Paige Bird, Riley Anderson, Sarah Shaffer, Paetyn McKnight, Alayna Johnson, Emily Stiemann, Madisen Freymiller, Nicole Dalsveen, Ciah Rand, Courtney Lunsman, Morgan Anderson and Alabama Matrious.

Josh Miller is the new head coach of the Unity softball team for 2016.





West Lakeland players competing in all-star basketball games Players and coaches raising money for the MACC Fund Marty Seeger|Staff writer LEADER LAND - Several West Lakeland basketball athletes will get the opportunity to help raise money for a good cause while playing among some of the most talented athletes from across the state this June. The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game will feature players from all five divisions, including 10 players who will play for the Division 5 North all-stars. Those include seniors Noah Mortel, of Luck, and Roman Poirier, of Frederic. Coaching the Division 5 North all-stars will be Ethan Bergstrom, of Frederic, and Jeff Gress, of Newman Catholic. There are also two boys playing for the Division 4 North all-star team, seniors Logan Bader, of Unity, and Jordan Knutson, of Grantsburg. There are two area girls who will be playing for the Division 5 North all-stars, Taylor Alseth, of Frederic, and Caitlynn Daniels, of Siren. Games are scheduled to be played at

West Lakeland basketball players Logan Bader of Unity, left, and Noah Mortel, right, will be playing at the WBCA All-Star game in June. Bader will be competing with the Division 4 North all-stars, while Mortel will play for the Division 5 North all-star team. Players and coaches are also being asked to raise $500 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. – Leader file photos by Marty Seeger

Siren senior Caitlyn Daniels is headed to the WBCA all-star game and will play for the Divison 5 North all-star team along with nine others.

RIGHT: Frederic senior Roman Poirier was selected to play in the WBCA all-star game and will be teammates with Noah Mortel of Luck and eight other players in June.

the JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells, and players will be together for an entire week prior to the event, practicing as well as participating in a lot of fun, team-building experiences. Along with a scrimmage and all-star banquet, the games will be scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. The girls Division 5 North all-stars will play first on Friday, June 17, starting at 9 a.m., and will play 10 of the top athletes from the Division 5 South team. The boys Division 5 North versus South all-star game is on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. The Di-

RIGHT: Grantsburg’s Jordan Knutson will be playing with the Division 4 all-star basketball team along with Logan Bader of Unity.

Taylor Alseth of Frederic is one of two local West Lakeland girls who will be playing at the all-star game for the Division 5 North all-stars. vision 4 North boys are scheduled to play Saturday, June 18, starting at 10:45 p.m. Along with a week of activities for the players and coaches, the main goal of the all-star games is to help raise money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, which is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. The players and the coaches are being asked to raise $500 each for the MACC Fund, but several players over the years have been successful in raising more than the amount requested. Anyone wishing to donate to a player or coach can visit the WBCA website at





Tigers late rally falls short against Saints Defense, pitching plays big role in final outcome St. Croix Falls 7, Webster 6 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS - The Webster Tigers closed the gap on a 4-0 deficit and chased St. Croix Falls starting pitcher Brady Leahy for eight hits on Thursday, April 7, but despite a late rally, couldn’t overcome the Saints on a chilly night for baseball that saw a light rain throughout much of the contest. St. Croix Falls was able to rack up two runs in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff single from Tyler Henk. With two players on and one out, Henk stole third and managed to get home on a throwing error to first base. With two outs, Jameson Kahl singled to help the Saints take a 2-0 lead. The Saints stretched their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second, with runners on second and third base with two outs, with a two-RBI single from Jake Johnson, but Webster climbed back into the game in the top of the third. Webster loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third and senior Taran Wols came through with a two-RBI single, but with runners at the corners and two outs, the inning soon ended on a strikeout. The Saints stretched their lead back to four runs in the bottom of the third, loading the bases on a walk, single by Jake Murphy, and well-placed sacrifice bunt from Josh Skallet. Spencer Langer was hit by a pitch in his next at bat and earned the RBI. Webster came up big defensively on the next at bat when starting pitcher Paul Sargent picked off a runner at second base for the second out of the inning, but a passed ball ended up scoring a second run of the inning for the Saints to make it a 6-2 game. Sargent was replaced by Jordan Larson on the mound, and a fly out helped end the inning. Sargent finished with five walks and five strikeouts, with six hits allowed. Larson was solid through his two innings with no runs on no hits, with one strikeout and one walk. Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, but Webster’s big inning came in the top of the fifth when they managed

Jake Johnson of St. Croix Falls gets under a fly ball against the Tigers for the out.

Jordan Larson makes a play at third for Webster during a game against St. Croix Falls on Thursday, April 7. – Photos by Marty Seeger to load the bases with nobody out. Brad Sigfrids came through with the big hit on a two-RBI single. In all the Tigers singled five times in the inning and had a chance to tie the game on a play at the plate, but a heads-up defensive play by the Saints helped end the inning on the play at home. Defense would be the deciding factor in the seventh inning along with pitching. Johnson pitched in relief for the

final two innings for the Saints, allowing no runs, no hits, with one strikeout and two walks. “Johnson also had a strong showing at the plate with two RBIs to help us get and keep the lead,” said Saints coach Mark Gjovig. Offensively, Kahl also had a big night with two RBIs, and was solid behind the plate as catcher, according to Gjovig.

In the end the game came down to two key defensive plays including a St. Croix Falls double play in the sixth to end the inning, and a great catch by Saints left fielder Murphy along the foul-line fence to end the inning. Webster drew a twoout walk to put the tying run on board, but Murphy’s catch in foul territory ended the Tigers threat. “Webster mounted a valiant effort in the seventh with the tying run reaching base but, with two outs, a towering fly foul ball was hit to left where, making a heroic diving catch, Jake Murphy was able grab the final out, securing the win for St. Croix Falls,” Gjovig said. The Tigers had a well-balanced offensive night with all but two players coming through with a hit.

Saints sophomore Josh Skallet helped load the bases in the bottom of the third inning, when the Saints extended their lead to 6-2.

Taran Wols of Webster rips a two-RBI single in the top of the third inning.

Saints baseball splits home tournament with Spooner Spooner 4, St. Croix Falls 2 St. Croix Falls 11, Spooner 4 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS - The Saints baseball team split a doubleheader with Spooner on another bitter-cold day for baseball Saturday, April 9. St. Croix Falls was handed their first loss of the season against the Rails in the first game. Jake Johnson was the starter for the Saints in the first game and went five strong innings, but coach Mark Gjovig said a pair of “untimely er-

rors” helped Spooner take a lead in the third inning and hang on for the win. Josh Skallet and Jameson Kahl went 2 for 3 at the plate in the loss. Alex Johnson also had a run-scoring double in the sixth inning to help keep the Saints hopes alive but it wasn’t enough. “Our first loss was hard to handle but the boys overcame, bounced back and won the second game 11-4. Senior John Petherbridge, in only his second year of playing baseball, gave a solid effort in right field tracking down a couple of the

hits given up by Johnson,” said Gjovig. Alex Johnson was the winning pitcher in the second game for St. Croix Falls, going seven innings with seven strikeouts, six hits, six walks and three earned runs allowed. Offensively, Tyler Henk scored three times and went to bat on five different occasions. “Brady Leahy was able to score four times as he produced two singles, a triple and reached on error. Freshman Joe Gorres had a strong effort playing first base

while sophomore Skallet helped junior, Henk, secure the middle infield. I was proud of the guys in their ability to overcome their first loss and get right back in it to win the second game. We have much to work on if we wish to remain competitive in our conference, and I know the boys are ready to do what it takes to be successful,” Gjovig said.





Three homers by Frederic/Luck not enough Saints topple Webster/Siren in five innings

St. Croix Falls 10, Webster/Siren 0 ST. CROIX FALLS - Webster/Siren pitcher Allie Webster was able to keep the St. Croix Falls bats relatively silent through the first three innings Thursday, April 7. Despite seven walks through three innings the Saints were limited to one hit, but in the bottom of the fourth inning, St. Croix Falls started using their bats to bring runners home. In the bottom of the fourth the Saints had three hits but also drew three walks to help score six runs, and put Webster/ Siren away in five innings. It was Webster/Siren’s first game of the season, and the Saints first conference win of the season.

Cumberland 11, Frederic/Luck 8 Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND - A solid offensive output by the Frederic/Luck softball team against the Cumberland Beavers wasn’t enough for the win in a nonconference test Thursday, April 7. Kyla Melin homered twice including a three-run shot in the top of the fifth inning, and again in the seventh. Following Melin in the fifth inning was Isabelle Jensen, who also homered for back-to-back home runs as Frederic/Luck scored four runs to get back into the game after trailing 8-2, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Beavers, who belted 22 hits in the game. Frederic/Luck’s only lead of the game came in the top of the first inning when they scored twice with help from a leadoff single by Tasian Arjes and a double by Emily Amundson. But the Beavers regained a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the first and continued to play strong, while never surrendering the lead. Frederic/Luck had nine hits in the game with Melin finishing 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Amundson and Jensen each finished with two hits.

Frederic/Luck’s Isabelle Jensen connects with a home run right after teammate Kyla Melin hit hers over the fence.

Kyla Melin of Frederic/Luck high-fives teammates after belting one of two home runs against Cumberland on Thursday, April 7. – Photos by Becky Amundson unless otherwise noted

Frederic/Luck players have a little fun while waiting for their turn to bat against Cumberland on Thursday, April 7.

A St. Croix Falls player races to first base as Webster/Siren pitcher Allie Webster gets set to make the throw for the out on Thursday, April 7. – Photo by Marty Seeger

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Tuesday Classic Standings: Maurer Power 126.5, Yellow Lake Lodge 126.5, House of Wood 111, S&G 87.5, Pioneer Bar 54.5. Individual games: Jeff Roedl 256, Bruce Teigen 245, Dale Gregory 241. Individual series: Dale Gregory 657, Tony Wilson 648, Bruce Teigen 638. Team games: S&G 668, Yellow Lake Lodge 659, House of Wood 634. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1887, Maurer Power 1843, House of Wood 1757. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Hansen Farms 37, Pioneer Bar 36, Skol Bar 34, Cifaldi Motors 33, Cummings Lumber 28, Stotz & Co. 28, Luck Laundry 27, Bye 1. Individual games: Mark Bohn (SB) & Jason Richter (CM) 256, Moose Wilson 243. Individual series: Jason Richter (CM) 664, Mark Bohn (SB) 655, Moose Wilson (SB) 650. Team games: Skol Bar 1065 & 1024, Hansen Farms 977. Team series: Skol Bar 3035, Hansen Farms 2705, Cifaldi Motors 2666. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 59, Red Iron Studios 43.5, American Family Siren 41.5, LakeLand Communications 38.5, Grindell Law Offices 38.5, Hell Raisers 34.5, Backwoods Beer & Bait 31, Wikstrom Construction

25.5. Individual games: Brian McBroom (AFS) 235, Brandon Ayd (GLO) 234, Don McKinney (FF), Bruce Wikstrom (WC) & Don Swenson (WC) 224. Individual series: Brian McBroom (AFS) 627, Don Swenson (WC) 622, Tim Pederson (FF) 579. Team games: Wikstrom Construction 619, Grindell Law Offices 603, Fab Four 583. Team series: American Family Siren 1652, Grindell Law Offices 1604, Wikstrom Construction 1588. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Brian McBroom 235 (5x), Brandon Ayd 234 (6x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Brandon Ayd 234 (+75), Brian McBroom 235 (+59), Bruce Wikstrom 224 (+63), Tim Pederson 223 (+65). Splits converted: 2-7-8: Mike Route (RIS). 4-5-7: Karen Carlson (BBB). Friday Night Standings: The Leader 50, Frederic Design & Promotion 49, Junque Art 47, Pin Heads 36. Individual games: Jen Ellefson 195, Margie Traun 187, Pat Bresina 176. Individual series: Margie Traun 528, Jen Ellefson 522, Tammy Lindberg 473. Team games: Pin Heads 817, Junque Art 812, The Leader 809. Team series: Pin Heads 2322, The Leader 2308, Frederic Design & Promotion 2292. Splits converted: 4-5: Edla Meyer. 5-6: Tammy Lindberg. 3-10: Linda O’Donnell &

Tammy Lindberg.

McKenzie Lanes Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: The Cobbler Shop 74.5, GA Screenprinting 72.5, Steve’s Appliance Plus 71, Hack’s Pub 70.5, Logoton PC 60.5, The Dugout 55, Edina Realty 51, Bye 0. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 278, John Gerhardt 269, Jeff Lehmann 267. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 772, Jeff Lehmann 738, Rick Katzmark 674. Team games (Handicap): Steve’s Appliance Plus 1222. Team series (Handicap): Steve’s Appliance Plus 3569.

Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Captain’s Bar & Grill 36, Jeff’s Small Engine 34, McKenzie Lanes 32, Tiger Express 30, Dalles Electric 27, Fox Ridge Farm 22, Hanjo Farms 22, 5 J’s Sports Bar 13. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 300, Jeff Lehmann 265, Jesse Schultz 257. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 762, Jim Alt 705, Nick Valentine 675. Team games (Handicap): Captain’s Bar & Grill 1162, McKenzie Lanes 1108. Team series (Handicap): Captain’s Bar & Grill 3322, McKenzie Lanes 3042. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Hack’s Pub 94.5, Soul Sisters 93.5, Hauge Dental 92.5, Central Bank 91.5, JJ’s 90.5, Eagle Valley Bank 75.5, Cutting Edge Pro 73.5, TL Enterprise 68.5. Individual games: Lonnie Stowell 212, Anita Bont 201, Norma Hauge 190. Individual series: Lonnie Stowell 525, Carrie Hutton & Jennifer Whelan 516. Team games (Handicap): Soul Sisters 703, Hauge Dental 700, Hack’s Pub 658. Team series (Handicap): Hack’s Pub 1902, Hauge Dental 1851, Soul Sisters 1816. Saturday Night Standings: New Team 69.5, The In-laws 67, B&K Cousins 66, Misfits 61, Here for the Beer 59, Roller Coasters 55.5, Rumbeers 55, Cutting Edge Pro 41. Women’s games: Brenda Lehmann 170, Lisa Gadbois 170, Sharon Berg 168.

Women’s series: Lana McKenzie 481, Lisa Gadbois 466, Lisa King 462 Men’s games: Mark Turner 237, Rick Katzmark 236, Bill Berg & Jeff Lehmann 234. Men’s series: Darren McKenzie 654, Jeff Lehmann 650, Rick Katzmark 628. Team games (Handicap): New Team 894, Rumbeers 893, Here for the Beer 879. Team series (Handicap): New Team 2626, Rumbeers 2568, The In-laws 2500.

Black & Orange TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 43-13, Flower Power 34-22, Larry’s LP 33-23, Vacant 2-54. Individual games: Becky Reynolds (L) 177, Jennifer Kern (L) 175, Millie Hansen (FP) 170. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 498, Vecky Reynolds (L) 471, Sandy Buhil (NL) 463. Team games: Larry’s LP 935, Flower Power 836, Northwoods Lumber 806. Team series: Larry’s LP 2567, Flower Power 2421, Northwoods Lumber 2378. Games 50 or more above avg.: Millie Hansen 170 (+62).





Pirates break through over Unity in extra innings Grantsburg 6, Unity 3 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles and Pirates played a tight game while cold and blustery north winds ripped the field Monday, April 11. That didn’t seem to bother the players too much as both teams played a pretty solid game despite the tough conditions, and went into extra innings. The close contest was typical of games between Unity and Grantsburg in recent years. “This was a classic Unity/Grantsburg game. Both teams threw strikes, played good D and clawed for every run they could get,” said Unity coach Matt Humpal. Left-hander Nathan Heimstead got the start for the Eagles and went seven strong innings allowing four hits and four earned runs, with five walks and three strikeouts. Zach Tebow was the Pirates starter and went four innings, allowing just two hits, one run and had seven strikeouts with one walk. Grantsburg got on the board first in the top of the third inning after loading the bases on an error, walk and fielder’s choice hit by Jackson Gerber. “Tonight, everyone did a little something to help us win,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson. Unity got a tying run in the fourth inning, but Grantsburg got a pair back to regain the lead in the top of the fifth. A walk drawn by Austin Casey was followed by singles from Jase Quimby and Luke Anderson. A sacrifice bunt by Gerber, followed by an RBI single from Da-

Grantsburg’s Jacob Barnard gets the force-out at second and looks to try and turn a double-play as Logan Bader of Unity makes a slide. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Jackson Gerber helped shut down the Eagles and got his first varsity win late in a very windy and cold night for a game, Monday, April 11.

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BASEBALL Lakeland-West Standings Team Conf. Grantsburg 1-0 St. Croix Falls 2-0 Shell Lake 1-0 Webster 0-1 Luck/Frederic 0-1 Siren 0-1 Turtle Lake/Clayton 0-0 Unity 0-1

SOFTBALL Overall 1-0 4-1 1-0 3-1 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-1-2

Scores Thursday, April 7 Grantsburg at Glenwood City (Canceled) St. Croix Falls 7, Webster 6 Friday, April 8 Clear Lake at Luck (Canceled) Baldwin-Woodville at Grantsburg (Canceled) Spooner at Unity (Canceled) Northwood at Webster (Canceled) Saturday, April 9 Spooner 4, St. Croix Falls 2 St. Croix Falls 11, Spooner 3 Monday, April 11 Shell Lake 16, Siren 0 Grantsburg 6, Unity 3 Tuesday, April 12 Unity 4, Cumberland 4, (Canceled due to weather after four innings) Webster 11, Prairie Farm 6 St. Croix Falls 19, Luck/Frederic 1 Upcoming Thursday, April 14 5 p.m. Unity at Luck Shell Lake at Grantsburg Webster at Siren Friday, April 15 5 p.m. Webster at Spooner Grantsburg at Cumberland Saturday, April 16 TBD Unity at Amery tournament Monday, April 18 5 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck Unity at Siren Grantsburg at Webster Tuesday, April 19 5 p.m. Luck at Prairie Farm

BOYS GOLF Upcoming Thursday, April 14 4 p.m. Conference meet at Clear Lake Golf Course (Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Friday, April 15 Noon Varsity Invitational at Pheasant Hills Golf Course (Grantsburg) Saturday, April 16 1 p.m. Varsity Invitational at Pheasant Hills Golf Course (Grantsburg) Tuesday, April 19 4 p.m. Varsity match at Grantsburg Golf Course (Frederic/Luck, St. Croix Falls, Siren/Webster, Unity Grantsburg)

Lakeland-West Standings Team Conf. Grantsburg 2-0 Frederic/Luck 1-0 St. Croix Falls 1-1 Cameron 0-0 Shell Lake 0-0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 0-0 Unity 0-1 Webster/Siren 0-1

Overall 3-0 2-2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1

kota Schultz helped Grantsburg go back on top 3-1. Unity got a run back in the bottom of the inning however, as the Pirates went with a new pitcher, Schultz. Cody Ince and Austin Donahue both singled and the Eagles top three batters in the lineup drew consecutive walks. Schultz was replaced by Gerber on the mound, and he quickly stopped the bleeding with a strikeout. Gerber would last through 3-1/3 innings and pick up his first varsity win. “Our secret weapon was deployed tonight. Jackson came in to pitch his first varsity game and picked up the win,” Johnson said.

Unity came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hunter Pederson roped a double to left-center, followed by an RBI double to center by Hendrickson. Despite great defense to end the top of the seventh, that’s as close as Unity would get as Grantsburg capitalized on a pair of Unity errors and three runs. “I was proud of the boys coming back from two down in the late innings. We really should have pushed another one across in the fifth or sixth. In the end, we let this one get away,” said Humpal.

Club Red U14 takes first at Bethel tournament

Scores Thursday, April 7 Grantsburg 12, Baldwin-Woodville 0 Frederic/Luck 12, Cumberland 8 St. Croix Falls 10, Webster/Siren 0 Friday, April 8 Clear Lake at Frederic (Canceled) St. Croix Falls at Somerset (Canceled) Monday, April 11 Frederic/Luck at Clayton (Canceled) Grantsburg 20, Unity 0 Tuesday, April 12 Amery 12, Frederic/Luck 2 Grantsburg 12, Cumberland 2 Upcoming Thursday, April 14 5 p.m. Webster/Siren at Cameron Unity at Frederic Shell Lake at Grantsburg Friday, April 15 5 p.m. Webster/Siren at Cameron Osceola at Grantsburg St. Croix Falls at Somerset Saturday, April 16 11 a.m. Cumberland, St. Croix Falls at Boyceville tournament Monday, April 18 5 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Frederic Unity at Cameron Tuesday, April 19 5 p.m. Frederic/Luck at Birchwood Grantsburg at Superior

TRACK & FIELD Upcoming Thursday, April 14 4 p.m. Track meet at Siren (Siren, Grantsburg, Unity) Monday, April 18 4:15 p.m. Track meet at Clear Lake (Frederic/Luck, Siren, Webster) Tuesday, April 19 4:15 p.m. Track meet at Clear Lake

On Sunday, April 3, the Club Red U14 Elite volleyball team placed first at the Bethel University Crossfire Tournament. Pictured back row (L to R): Coach Carrie Olson, Melanie Doll, Ellie Duncan, Olivia Ohnstad, Sidney Hoverman and coach Jen Nelson. Middle: Brenna Olson, Sophie Reed, Addi Anderson and Caley Nelson. Front: Lily Hacker and Sydney Bents. – Photo submitted




Turkeys signal spring, finally Perhaps this week we’ll officially turn the corner toward better weather as temperatures are expected to reach the 70-degree mark. That’s perfect timing for those lucky enough to have a spring turkey tag Marty in hand as the start of the general turSeeger key season begins Wednesday, April 13. The The two-day youth hunt was held last Bottom weekend, April 9-10, and despite a bit of Line unfavorable weather, there were many successful youth hunters out there who filled their tags. This season is a bit unusual from previous years when snow or unseasonably cold, rainy, windy or snowy days signaled the first couple of weeks of the turkey season, but leading up to time period A, there’s been a lot of turkey activity across the area. Turkeys, at least near my Balsam Lake home, have been gobbling and seen in fields strutting with hens for quite some time now. They’re also pretty vulnerable to calling right now as my 17-month-old son and I proved last weekend. Two large toms were busy strutting for a couple of hens behind my house so I took the opportunity to show him how to do a little turkey calling. He could see the birds out our back window and kept pointing, so I threw in a mouth call and

gave a few clucks out the window. The birds surprisingly gobbled, so we went outside despite the cold and gave a few more calls. Before long, the hen had also started responding with her own clucks and yelps, and the gobblers trailed behind as the hen headed directly for my backyard. She was no doubt jealous of the intruder nearby and came in for a closer look. I tried getting my son excited once the turkeys answered back but he started getting nervous for some unknown reason, so we headed back into the house and watched the turkeys slowly head back to the woods. My boy is a little young yet to understand what was actually happening but he’s off to a good start in hearing how a turkey responds to calling, and what Dad looks like when he gets excited. Birds are almost never that responsive to calling, at least during the third time period, which is when my season begins. It’s going to seem like a long time between then and now, especially with this beautiful weather happening. Turkey hunters will also be getting a taste of what the DNR’s new “Go Wild” system will be like, and the several people I’ve spoken to don’t seem to care for it much. I went through the process of purchasing my annual conservation patrons license and there was definitely a learning curve to it, but it wasn’t rocket science. Much of the consternation is based on the new paper tags that will be required for tagging a turkey or deer, as opposed to those green, glossy tags we’ve been using in previous years. The paper tags, which can be printed at home or at a DNR licensing station for free on a sheet of 11x17-inch white paper, will be tricky to tie on an antler or leg of a turkey when the time comes. You’ll also need to be sure to carry a pen with you to sign and date the paper tag

immediately upon killing the turkey or deer, and possibly a small plastic bag to help protect the tag from the elements. The DNR press release, on this page, sheds a little more light on the process. I have yet to find out if trappers will be required to use the same paper tags for when they harvest an otter, fisher, bobcat or other species that require a few more steps to the tagging process. Last week I was successful in tagging my first otter and was once again amazed at the amount of steps needed to report and tag the animal. Upon trapping the otter and removing it from the trap, I had to validate the tag and attach it through the eyelet with a plastic tie. After reporting the catch over the phone within 24 hours of the catch, I skinned the animal, and had to place a different tag on the carcass. This year the DNR requires that the carcasses of otter be turned over for analysis. Wildlife researchers study these to determine age, growth rates and many other factors that aid in the careful monitoring of the species. Once I made the appointment with the warden, I handed over the carcass, he took a registration stub and filled that out, and placed a blue registration tag on the otter. That process alone wasn’t difficult by any means, but a lot more complex than simply slapping a paper tag on a deer or turkey leg. Once people get used to the new system, they may actually begin to like it. Time will tell. Attendance for the annual DNR spring wildlife and fisheries rules hearings and conservation congress county meetings were significantly lower than more recent years according to data on the DNR website. Those wishing to see how their county fared can simply go online and type in springs hearings in the keyword search to find out more information. There were 4,363 people who

The author got the interest of a couple of big toms recently behind his house, and introduced his son to the sounds a turkey makes during the spring of the year. – Photo by Marty Seeger showed up for the meetings statwide. That number is down from 2015 when 4,613 attended, and small by comparison to 2014, when 7,053 showed up to vote and voice their opinions on DNR and conservation related issues. In 2013, there were 6,096 voters. There weren’t too many controversial topics up for a vote this year, which likely contributed to the lower numbers, among other factors.

As the spring turkey season kicks off, keep new Go Wild tagging procedures in mind MADISON – Wisconsin’s regular spring turkey season begins Wednesday, and hunters will notice a few changes related to their turkey carcass tags under the new Go Wild licensing system. What hasn’t changed is the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ encouragement for turkey hunters to enjoy a safe and successful hunt. Changes under the Go Wild system include elimination of thermal paper licenses and new ways for customers in most circumstances to show proof of their licenses using an optional Conservation Card, a verified Wisconsin driver’s license, a paper printout or a PDF displayed on a mobile device. In addition to one of these proof-oflicense options, turkey hunters need a paper printout of their turkey carcass tag. Using Go Wild, turkey hunters can print carcass tags directly from their account, eliminating the need to wait for carcass tags to arrive by mail. Hunters can also stop by a DNR service center or license vendor to have their tags printed. And, the option to print a duplicate copy is always available online via your Go Wild account.

Other important steps for turkey hunters this year: Validation: Immediately upon killing a turkey, validate your carcass tag by writing the date of kill and circling AM or PM on the tag. Remember to carry a pen or a pencil with you. Tagging: If you leave it, tag it. You are not required to attach the tag to the carcass as long as you are with the turkey. However, as soon as you leave the carcass the tag must be attached. Consider using

a sealable plastic baggie to keep the tag dry and legible. Registration: You are still required to register your turkey by 5 p.m. on the day after harvest by calling the number or going to the website identified on the carcass tag. During registration, you will be given a confirmation number which must be written in the space provided on the carcass tag. This information replaces the tagging instructions contained in the spring 2016 regulations pamphlets, which were printed before the Go Wild system was fully developed. The Go Wild system is part of a larger DNR campaign to encourage people to head outdoors and enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by the sound management of Wisconsin’s natural resources. GoWild.WI.Gov acts as a portal to help plan adventures. Safety is key to an enjoyable hunting adventure and with the start of spring turkey season, hunters are encouraged to visit the DNR website,, to review the “turkey hunting safety tips.” During turkey season, hunters typically wear camouflage, so extra caution is in order, said April Dombrowski, Recreation Enforcement and Education Safety Section chief. Wearing a blaze orange cap or gloves while walking will increase visibility. In addition, finding a hunting spot with a tree or some other object that is as wide as your shoulders not only provides a useful backrest, it helps protect you from an errant shot and the good vision of the turkey. As with all hunting seasons, Dombrowski said, the four basic rules of fire-

arm safety apply - TABK. • T = Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. • A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

• B = Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it. • K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot. – from dnr.

Winner, winner, turkey dinner

Andrew Lewis, 12, of Grantsburg, was successful over the Youth Turkey Hunt weekend, Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3. Andrew, pictured here with his hunting companion, Wayne Rivard, of Somerset, proudly displays the fan of the 16-pound jake. In a lighthearted moment, Andrew, displays his new “beard,” a trophy from the harvesting of his first-ever turkey. – Photos submitted


Pro angler Shaw Grigsby to attend Wisconsin Opener Fishing and Outdoor Expo TREGO – Washburn County is about a month away from the inaugural Wisconsin Opener Fishing and Outdoor Expo, sponsored by Jack Link’s Protein Snacks. Washburn County is gearing up for an incredible event. Shaw Grigsby is planning to be a part of the expo. Grigsby, a pro angler from Florida and host of “One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby,” will be conducting seminars throughout the expo and will also be doing meet and greets at the Jack Link’s Protein Snacks booth. In addition to Grigsby’s seminars, there will be fishing equipment vendors, boat dealers, fishing and outdoor organizations, educational displays and more. The event is scheduled to be at the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat in Trego on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the expo, visit website If you’re interested in a booth space at the expo, please contact Michelle Martin at 715-635-9696 or — from Washburn County Tourism

Pro angler Shaw Grigsby plans to be a part of the Wisconsin Opener Fishing and Outdoor Expo. — Photo submitted

Family of bears

Mark Pettis of Hertel found a bear den last winter not far from his home, and placed a trail camera on the location this spring to see what type of photos he might get. This sow with what appears to be three healthy cubs posed for a family photo. – Photo submitted

Truck driver Tyson Helms, Barron, and his passenger, Jenae Helms, were involved in an accident Wednesday, April 6, near Stanberry, when the driver lost control due to a patch of slush. — Photos courtesy of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

Correction Last week’s article on the Frederic ACS Sole Burner kickoff event listed the incorrect name for one of the event’s sponsors. Larsen Auto Center of Frederic is a sponsor of this year’s event. We apologize for the error.


Accident causes fivehour highway closure Danielle Danford | Staff writer HAYWARD - A 23-year-old Barron truck driver and his passenger walked away from a severe semi accident near Stanberry on Wednesday, April 6, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. At about 7:30 am., Tyson Helms was negotiating a curve on Hwy. 63 near Little Hayward Road, when the semitruck he was driving, loaded with particle board, hit a patch of slush that had accumulated near the shoulder. Helms was unable to keep the semi under control around the curve and rolled the semi unit. Helms and his passenger, Jenae

Wendy Vollrath and Colleen Forster take a break after the “Color War” following the successful Color Run last Saturday, April 9, at Milltown, sponsored by the Unity Class of 2018. More than 170 people registered and 150 participated on a brisk morning. See this photo in color in our e-edition ( and watch next week’s Leader for full coverage. - Photo by Jeanne Alling

Helms, 22, Barron, were not injured. The accident caused the load of particle board Helms was hauling to cross the roadway and land in the ditch. Diesel fuel, antifreeze and transmission fluid leaked from the wrecked semi. Washburn County highway staff set up detour signs to reroute traffic around the crash site via Little Hayward Road. The semi had very severe damage and was towed. The Wisconsin DNR and a hazardous materials removal company handled the leaked fluid cleanup. Traffic was diverted around the area until 1:09 p.m.


Part of voter ID lawsuit gets revived

The ACLU’s lawsuit would let certain voters cast ballots without a photo ID

Shawn Johnson | WPR News NORTHERN WISCONSIN - The American Civil Liberties Union has successfully revived part of a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s voter ID law, with this version aimed at people who face especially high hurdles getting an ID. If the case is ultimately successful, those residents would be able to vote without showing a photo ID at the polls. The ACLU’s original lawsuit would have thrown out Wisconsin’s photo ID requirement for all voters. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed that case in 2014, saying it ran contrary to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The latest lawsuit is far more specific. It aims to create an exception to the law for certain voters who have an especially difficult time getting the documents they need to obtain a photo ID. That list includes people who need a birth certificate

The ACLU has revived part of a lawsuit challening Wisconsin’s voter ID law. - Photo by Stephen Velasco that no longer exists. In a decision issued Tuesday, April 13, the Court of Appeals ruled that a lower

court should consider the case. “The right to vote is personal and is not defeated by the fact that 99 percent

of other people can secure the necessary credentials easily,” wrote Appeals Court Judge Frank Easterbrook, who was joined in the ruling by judges Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes. Easterbrook and Kanne were appointed the bench by President Ronald Reagan. Sykes was appointed by President George W. Bush. ACLU Attorney Sean Young called the decision a victory for the voters of Wisconsin. “The court ruled that eligible voters facing difficulty obtaining ID have the right to challenge Wisconsin’s strict voter ID law,” Young said. “This ruling gives them the chance to go back to the lower court to make their case.” Wisconsin Department of Justice Spokesman Johnny Koremenos said the state would ultimately defeat the lawsuit, in part because of efforts at the Department of Transportation to provide free IDs to Wisconsin voters. “Given the overwhelming success of the DOT program, and the fact that our state’s recent primary elections involved record turnouts, we are confident that we will prevail,” Koremenos said.

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Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club celebrates 50 years SIREN – The Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club is celebrating 50 years of existence this year. The club is a group of enthusiastic coin collectors from counties in northwestern Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Fishbowl club has quite a history. In 1966, a group of coin collectors from the area formed the Arrowhead Coin Club and began having meetings in Spooner. At the same time, the Amery Coin Club was meeting in Amery. The two clubs held joint coin shows in Spooner and Amery and issued wooden nickels over a six-show pe-

riod to commemorate each show. After 1970, there is no record of the Amery Coin Club, but the Arrowhead Coin Club continued to meet, have coin shows and issue wooden nickels through 1973. In 1974, the Arrowhead Coin Club moved to Siren and changed their name to the Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club. The club continues to meet and have annual coin shows and issue wooden nickels. There are wooden nickels for each year, beginning in 1966 to the present. In 1969, coin collectors from Frederic

formed a club and held meetings and coin shows in Frederic, and issued a series of wooden nickels for eight years to provide an observance for their shows up through 1976. The Frederic Coin Club merged with the Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club in 1976. The club covers all aspects of collecting U.S. coins, from Colonial times through commemoratives in all different denominations. Club members are well-versed in all different aspects of coin collecting. The club has information on other coin clubs,

organizations, publications and coin-collecting supplies throughout the United States available for anyone who is interested. The Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Thursday, April 21, at the Siren Senior Center in Siren. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with traders, and at 7 p.m. for business. A lunch is served at every meeting. – submitted

SCF LIONS MAKE SPRING DONATIONS Sharon Asp, manager of St. Croix Falls Food Shelf, receives a donation check from Ernie Naumann of the St. Croix Falls Lions. Anyone looking for a rewarding and fun way to serve their community can contact any SCF Lions member, attend a meeting at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. or call Naumann at 715-553-0681. – Photos submitted

The St. Croix Falls Lions recently gave a donation to the Family Pathways food shelf in St. Croix Falls. Lion Ernie Naumann is shown presenting a check to Paul Mitchell, manager of Family Pathways.

Quilter to speak on “Quilts from ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 1850-1960” CELEBRATES EASTER LUCK - Quilt historian Bev Proulx will be the presenter for the Luck Area Historical Society on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. She will talk about the history of quilting in that era and have many examples to show. Proulx will discuss the patterns,

the fabrics and the people who made the quilts. The Luck Museum is located at 3rd and Main Street in Luck. There is no charge for the program and all are welcome. — submitted

A century of quilts will be the topic of a Thursday, April 28, presentation at the Luck Museum. All are welcome. — Photo submitted

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Sunday school students told the Easter story during services on Easter Sunday, March 27. – Photo submitted

Weekend crashes required airlifting for drivers

Unrelated crashes on Saturday

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A single-vehicle crash on Saturday, April 9, on Polk County CTH H, in the Town of Apple River, led to serious injuries for the driver, Rex Goodrich, 59, Amery, who apparently went off the road at a curve near 140th Avenue. He was not wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred at about 3 p.m., and involved just Goodrich’s Ford Explorer, which was southbound and failed to negotiate a curve, rolling over in the ditch. The driver was the lone occupant and did suffer serious injuries, with Goodrich being transferred to the Amery Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His condition is unknown at press time. Polk County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on the scene by Apple River Fire and Amery Ambulance. There was another serious crash later that day in Polk County, this time on CTH C, north of Marina Drive in the Town of Lincoln, on the East side of Lake Wapoggassett. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, a Chevrolet Silverado was northbound on CTH C and

went into the ditch, literally vaulting over the Marina Drive and into a grove of trees. The truck was being driven by Sean Repka, 45, Amery, who was the lone occupant. He did suffer incapacitating injuries, and the driver was unable to state what had happened. Repka was wearing a seat belt and did survive, but required extrication by emergency workers. The crash occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and the cause remains unclear. Repka’s injuries were serious enough that he also required an airlift to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, with the helicopter landing on the scene. His condition is unknown at press time, and the crash remains under investigation. Assisting agencies included the Rex Goodrich, Amery, the driver of this Ford Explorer missed a turn and went into PCSD, Amery Fire and Ambulance the ditch, rolling over Saturday, April 9. He required extrication by emergency workers. and Amery Police. - Photo courtesy the PCSD. (dsc 0035)


Sen. Harsdorf enjoys read in with youngsters at Burnett Medical Center Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf enjoyed a read-in with a group of youngsters at Burnett Medical Center on April 1. Burnett Medical Center clinic providers are sending families home from checkups with free books and a very important prescription – “read aloud with your children.” Harsdorf’s visit supported their efforts and then followed their lead by reading to the young clinic visitors. BMC participates in tje Reach Out and Read School Readiness Program, a program that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering

with medical providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally appropriate books to children. Through Reach Out and Read, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 books. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Reach Out and Read Wisconsin is an initiative of

Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin and a partnership with American Family Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin is a statewide voice for children’s health. We raise awareness, mobilize leaders, impact public health and implement programs proven to work. Learn more at - with information from the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin press release

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

LEFT: Sen. Harsdorf posed for a photo with the group of youngsters she read to during her visit to Burnett Medical Center on Friday, April 1. Harsdorf came to the medical center to support clinic providers’ participation in the Reach Out and Read School Readiness Program.

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf read a favorite Dr. Seuss story, “Horton Hears a Who,” to a group of young clinic visitors at BMC on Friday, April 1.

Wisconsin to observe Tornado Severe Weather Awareness Week April 11-15 MADISON - To give families a chance to test their emergency plans, a statewide tornado drill will be held during the evening of Thursday, April 14. The drill is part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage people in Wisconsin to get ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather. Gov. Scott Walker has declared April 11-15 as Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association have once again teamed up to sponsor the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday, April 14. For the first time, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, to give families and businesses a chance to test their emergency severe weather plans. Earlier in the day, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. and a mock tornado warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA weather radios and many communities will sound

their tornado sirens. According to the NWS, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, there were 17 tornado touchdowns in the state. All of the tornadoes were either an EF0 or EF1. On Aug. 19, 2015, two tornadoes touched down near Lake Geneva and Big Bend causing damage to area businesses. No one was injured. The statewide tornado drill is a great opportunity for schools, businesses and families to test their emergency plans about what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes. The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April 14, the tornado drills will be postponed until Friday, April 15, with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday, the drills will be canceled. Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the ReadyWisconsin website at readywisconsin. Updates will also be posted at, twitter. com/ReadyWisconsin, and Instagram Listen, act and live • In a home or building, avoid windows. Move to a basement, and get under a sturdy table or the stairs. If a basement is not available, move to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and cover yourself with towels, blankets or pillows. If possible, get under a sturdy table, desk or counter. Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. Wearing a bike helmet will help protect your head. • If outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you cannot get to shelter, stay in your vehicle with the seat belt on and place your head below the windows. Do not seek shelter under an overpass. • Mobile homes,

even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. You should leave a mobile home and go to the designated storm shelter or the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building. • At school, go to the interior hall or room. Crouch low, head down and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.

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• Keep a disaster supply kit in your home including water, food that won’t spoil and needs no heat to serve, firstaid kit, NOAA weather radio also known as an emergency weather radio, a flashlight and special items for children, pets and elderly family members. • Be sure your weather radio is working properly. Spring is a great time to install fresh batteries. — Submitted


Burnett and Polk County deaths Burnett County Kevin D. Bartsch, 40, Superior, died March 27, 2016.

Adelade L. Johnson, 93, Town of Oakland, died March 26, 2016. Paul E. Saugestad, 84, Town of Jackson, died March 27, 2016. Patricia A. Walburn, 70, Town of Rusk, died April 7, 2016. Polk County Orville Swager, 91, Amery, died March 31, 2016. Arlene M. Belknap, 79, Amery, died April 1, 2016. Pierre A. Schwederske, 71, St. Croix Falls, died April 1, 2016. Donald W. Krueger, 90, Amery, died April 2, 2016. Marjorie E. Larson, 87, Amery, died April 2, 2016. Anne L. Brusletten, 93, Amery, died April 4, 2016. Betty C. Anderson, 81, Clayton, died April 5, 2016.

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St. Croix Falls High School student Marissa Chamberlin, daughter of Laura and Troy Chamberlin, won the seventh-annual CESA 11 STAR Academy student photography contest. Her photo is featured on the cover of CESA 11’s 2016 STAR Academy brochure and on the CESA 11 STAR Academy website, STAR Academy is a summer professional development initiative for educators being held July 25 – Aug. 4 at CESA 11 in Turtle Lake. The St. Croix Falls School District and Chamberlin’s family received a framed print of her winning photo and a $200 award from CESA 11. Pictured (L to R) are: Peggy Ryan, St. Croix Falls High School principal; nominating teacher Chris Schmidt, St. Croix Falls High School special education teacher; Chamberlin; Connie Erickson, CESA 11 STAR Academy director; and Jerry Walters, CESA 11 agency administrator. – Photo submitted

Wausau Democrat announces run for Sean Duffy’s seat in Congress Former labor representative challenging Republican incumbent Danielle Kaeding | WPR News WAUSAU - Wausau Democrat Phil Salamone announced plans this week to run for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District seat, currently held by Republican incumbent Rep. Sean Duffy. Salamone is the son of a seamstress and truck driver who worked for decades as a labor representative negotiating union contracts. The Wausau Democrat said he’s running because he’d like to see more help for workers. “I’d like to see (the) minimum wage raised,” he said. “I’d like to see some improvements to the (Affordable Care Act), which it could use.”

Salamone said the ACA is a step in the right direction, but he believes a single-payer system makes the most sense. He said he also supports free education and scaling back U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. If elected, Salamone said he’d like to improve Social Security by eliminating the cap on taxable income. So far, Salamone is the only Phil Salamone – challenger running against Duffy, Photo courtesy of Phil who is seeking re-election to a Salamone for U.S. Con- fourth term. gress


EVERY MON. Amery Area Community Center

• Bridge, 1 p.m. • Grief Support, 1 p.m.


EVERY TUES. • Pool, 9 a.m. • Quilting, 9:30 a.m. • Wii Games, 1 p.m. • 500 Cards, 2nd & 4th Tues., 6:30 p.m.

EVERY WED. • Bridge, 1 p.m.

EVERY THURS. • Pool, 8 a.m. • Hand & Foot Cards, 12:30 p.m. • Bridge, 6 p.m.

EVERY FRI. • Polish Poker, 9:30 a.m. • Bingo, 2nd & 4th Fri., 1 p.m. • Pool Night, 6 p.m.


• Overeaters Anonymous, 6 p.m.

Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m.

• 500, 6:30 p.m.


Grantsburg Senior Center

• Cribbage, 2:30 p.m.

• Bingo, 2nd Wed., 2:30 p.m.

• Monthly Meeting, 3rd Thurs., 11 a.m. • Evening Meal, 3rd Thurs., 5 p.m.

Luck Senior Center

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• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Wii Bowling, 9 a.m. (Call First)

• Free Coffee Wednesday Mornings • 500 Cards, 1 p.m. • Monthly Potluck 2nd Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.

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St. Croix Valley Senior Center

• Skip-Bo, 11 a.m. • Hand & Foot, 12:30 p.m. • 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m. • Monthly Meeting, Third Tues., 11:45 a.m.

• Mahjong, noon.

Webster Senior Center

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

• Cribbage, 4:30 p.m. • Bridge, 10 a.m.-Noon • Bingo, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3 p.m. • Pokeno, 2nd & 4th Fri., 12:30 p.m.

• Potluck Lunch, 12:30 p.m.

• Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m. • Ping-pong, 1 p.m.

• Cards, Dominos and Pool, 1 p.m.

• Brunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Horse Race Game, Second Sat., 1 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 715-327-4425

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

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • SCF, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon

• Siren Moose Lodge, Bingo, 7 p.m. • Frederic/Lewis VFW, 2nd Tues. 7 p.m.

• Indian Creek American Legion Post 396, Dirty Clubs, 6 p.m. • Siren VFW Aux., 2nd Wed., the hall, 7:30 p.m.

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

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• Burnett VFW At Little Mexico, 6 p.m. • CRA, Shooters Bar, 6 p.m.

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• Bingo At Siren Moose Lodge, 7 p.m.


• Alternating At Dug Out or Susy Q’s, 6:30 p.m. • Siren Lions At Kris’, 6 p.m. • Webb Lake Charities Bingo At Northwoods Bar, 1-3 p.m. • Milltown VFW Post, 1st & 3rd Thurs., 5 p.m. • Last Call, 5 p.m.

• Spades, 1 p.m.

EVERY TUES. • Luck Senior Center, 4:15 p.m., 715-472-2341 • Balsam Lake Municipal Building, 3:30 p.m., 715-485-3002


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• Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. EVERY FRI. • S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m. • PICTO, Whitetail Wilderness, Webster, 6:30 p.m. • H.S. Fishing Team, Crow Bar, 6 p.m. • Sharon’s Webb Lake Charity, at Cabaret, 6 p.m.






• Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola, 7 a.m., 715-755-3123 • Comforts of Home, Frederic, 5:15 p.m., 715-327-8063


• YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. EVERY SAT. • Lions at Whiskey Joe’s, 5 p.m. • Blacksmith Shop, 3 p.m. • The Ridge Eatery, 3 p.m. • Last Call, 7 p.m. • Grantsburg Legion, 6:30 p.m.


• BC Fair At The Tap, 4 p.m. • At Indian Creek Legion, 3 p.m. EVERY SAT. • VFW At C&J’s Hideaway, Lewis, 3 p.m. • Youth hockey At Whitetail Wilderness, 6 p.m. • Devils Lake Assoc. at Bump’s Lakeside Bar, 5 p.m.


• Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf Course, 4 p.m. EVERY SUN. • Unity Friends of Music, Bingo, Blacksmith Shop, 6 p.m. • Bingo At Whiskey Joe’s, 4 p.m.


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TOWN OF MILLTOWN Plan Committee Meeting

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For the Town Board Lorraine Radke, Clerk


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Notice is hereby given to electors of the Town of Luck in Polk County, Wisconsin, that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will be held on the third Tuesday of April, 2016, at 8 p.m. at the Luck Town Hall for the transaction of such business as shall come lawfully before it. Lloyd Nelson, Town Clerk

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The 2016 Annual Meeting Will Be Held On Monday, April 25, 2016, At The Town Hall, 4599 Cty. Rd. A, At 7 p.m.


Mon., April 18, 2016, Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk


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The Town Of Mckinley Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tues., April 19, 2016, At 6 p.m. At The McKinley Town Hall Agenda will be posted.

Notice Is Hereby Also Given That The Annual Town Meeting Will Be Held Following The Board Meeting Town of McKinley Anna M. Weaver, Clerk

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NOTICES (April 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC Plaintiff vs. Kyle J. Filip, AnchorBank, FSB Defendant ADJOURNED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 14CV257 Case Code: 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 26, 2015, in the amount of $115,381.63, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: ORIGINAL TIME: April 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TIME: May 10, 2016, 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 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 from the proceeds of the sale upon confirmation from the court. PLACE: Polk County Sheriff’s office, front lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3) of Certified Survey Map No. 5245 recorded in Volume 23 of Certified Survey Maps, page 152 as Document No. 720912, being part of Lot Two (2), Lot Three (3) and Outlot One (1), of Certified Survey Map No. 766 recorded in Volume 4 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 11, located in Government Lot Seven (7), Section Twenty (20), Township Thirty-Five (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00864-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2084 A Bone Lake Dr., Milltown, WI 54858. Dated this 7th day of April, 2016. Peter Johnson Polk County Sheriff’s Office Jack N. Zaharopoulos State Bar No. 1041503 Attorney for Plaintiff 120 North LaSalle Street Suite 1140 Chicago, IL 60602 414-937-5992 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 644668 WNAXLP

(April 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. ANGELA C. JOHNSON, et al. Defendants Case No. 13 CV 377 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 26, 2016 in the amount of $108,984.47, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes by purchaser. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Part of Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 6402, recorded in Volume 29, page 66 as Document No. 824897, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, Section 15, Township 36 North, Range 18 West, Town of Laketown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing in the Northwest corner of said Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, thence South on West boundary line of said Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, 360 feet, thence East in line parallel with North boundary line of said Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, 680 feet, thence North 360 feet to said North boundary line, thence West on said North boundary line 680 feet to the point of beginning. ADDRESS: 2016 275th Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO: 030-00374-0000. Dated this 23rd day of March, 2016. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 7071 South 13th Street Suite #100 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 644080 WNAXLP

Siren Telephone Company, Inc. P.O. Box 506 Siren, WI 54872-0426

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http:// filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax: 202-6907442 or email Sid Sherstad, General Manager 644704 35L WNAXLP


(April 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARTHA J. ST. AMAND DOB: August 19, 1955 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 28 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth August 19, 1955, and date of death February 6, 2016, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1604 Lake Avenue, Luck, WI 54853.. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is July 25, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar April 8, 2016 David L. Grindell Grindell Law Offices, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 644846 WNAXLP Bar No.: 1002628 (April 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a Wisconsin state chartered credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Christopher R. Dietrich 2189 200th Street Centuria, Wisconsin 54824, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV336 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment executed and filed on February 26, 2016, in the aboveentitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: April 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 15, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 4153, filed in Volume 18, Page 183, as Document No. 661618. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 2189 200th Street, Centuria, Wisconsin). Dated: March 25, 2016. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 Garth G. Gavenda/#16502 644365 WNAXLP

TOWN OF STERLING ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting Will Be Held Thurs., April 21, 2016, At The Cushing Community Center At 7 p.m.

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Julie Peterson, Clerk


Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m. The 2016 Annual Meeting For The Town Of West Sweden Will Be Held Tues., April 19, At 6:30 p.m. At The Town Hall. The 2015 financial report will be presented. The regular monthly town board meeting will immediately follow the annual meeting. 644433 34-35L


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(April 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Nationstar Mortgage LLC Plaintiff vs. ESTATE OF JAMES L. REDING, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 15 CV 43 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 4, 2015, in the amount of $83,891.26, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 6, the North 5 feet of Lot 7, and the South 62.18 feet of the North 75.83 feet of Lot 8, all in Sylvester’s Second Addition to the City of Amery, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 428 Birchwood Avenue, Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 201-00745-0000. Dated this 14th day of March, 2016. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Jordan C. Staleos J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. State Bar No. 1085629 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to www.jpeterman to obtain the bid for this sale. J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 644081 WNAXLP



Educational Information

If you would like to know more about the information contained in this report, please contact Jim Jaskolka at 715-349-2493.

The sources of drinking water, both tap water and bottled water, include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatments plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm-water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm-water runoff and residential uses. • Organic chemical contaminants including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm-water runoff and septic systems. • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which shall provide the same protection for public health.

Opportunity For Input On Decisions Affecting Your Water Quality

2 p.m. on the first Thursday after the first Monday of each month at Siren Village Hall.

Health Information

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking water hotline (800-426-4791). Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking water hotline (800-426-4791).

Source(s) of Water Source ID 1 2

Source Groundwater Groundwater

Depth (in feet) 148 218

Status Active Active

To obtain a summary of the source water assessment please contact Jim Jaskolka at 715-349-2493.

Detected Contaminants

Your water was tested for many contaminants last year. We are allowed to monitor for some contaminants less frequently than once a year. The following tables list only those contaminants which were detected in your water. If a contaminant was detected last year, it will appear in the following tables without a sample date. If the contaminant was not monitored last year, but was detected within the last 5 years, it will appear in the tables below along with the sample date.


The Annual Meeting for the Town of Siren will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Siren Town Hall. The Annual Report will be posted at the Siren Town Hall. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 644120 34-35L WNAXLP

NOTICE OPEN BOOK FOR THE TOWN OF MEENON Notice is hereby given that Open Book for the Town of Meenon will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Meenon Town Hall. This session gives the property owner an opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor and look over their property assessments. Suzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk 644819 WNAXLP 35L 25a


The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Monday, April 18, 2016, At The Cushing Community Center At 7:00 p.m.

Agenda: Clerk minutes, Treasurer report, Board decision on dump truck sale, Citizen input, Approve operator licenses, Public decision on blacktopping in front of community center, Road maint. report, Set May agenda, Pay bills and Adjournment. Julie Peterson, Clerk 644745 35L 25a WNAXLP


Microbiological Contaminants Contaminant COLIFORM (TCR)



Count of Positives

Presence of coliform bacteria in >=5% of monthly samples 0


Violation NO

Typical Source of Contaminant Naturally present in the environment

Inorganic Contaminants Contaminant (units)


Level Found


Sample Date (if prior to 2015)


Typical Source of Contaminant









Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes

BARIUM (ppm)




0.021 - 0.065



Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

SODIUM (ppm)




3.42 - 5.13




Contaminant (units)

Action Level


Notice is hereby given that the Town of Balsam Lake Annual Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 18, 2016. Following the Annual Town Meeting, the Town of Balsam Lake will hold its Regular Meeting at the town hall at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes: Public comment, minutes, approval of bills, updates on town road projects and other misc. updates. Brian R. Masters, Clerk 644743 35L 25d WNAXLP


Thurs., April 21, 2016 - Lorain Town Hall, 8 p.m.


90th Percentile Level Found

# Of Results

Sample Date (if prior to 2015)


Typical Source of Contaminant

COPPER (ppm)




0 of 10 results were above the action level.



Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives.

LEAD (ppb)




0 of 10 results were above the action level.



Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.

Agenda: Call meeting to order. Verify meeting was properly noticed. Motion to approve the agenda. Approval of the 2015 annual meeting minutes. Approval of the 2015 financial report. Motion to designate legal paper for publications. Motion to designate township depositories. Motion to approve annual fire department dinner funds. Reports: Ambulance, Fire Dept., Cemetery. Old Business: New Business: Comprehensive Land Use Commission report. Possible advisory vote on the option to withdraw from county zoning. Motion to set date for 2017 annual meeting. Motion to adjourn Susan E. Hughes, Clerk 644695 35L 25a WNAXLP

Radioactive Contaminants MCL

RADIUM, (226 + 5 228) (pCi/l)

Level Found


Range 0.0 - 0.1


Sample Date (if prior to 2015) 7/21/2014

Violation NO

Typical Source of Contaminant Erosion of natural deposits

POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY REGULAR BOARD MEETING Thursday, April 21, 2016 , At 9 a.m. Shoreview Apartments, Balsam Lake, WI

Additional Health Information While your drinking water meets USEPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. USEPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsenic’s possible health effects against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. USEPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Siren Waterworks is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at

Agenda: I. Call to order. II. Minutes. III. Financial Reports. IV. Operations Report. V. Unfinished Business. VI. New Busi644670 35L ness. VII. Adjourn


Definitions Definition Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.


Maximum Contaminant Level: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.


Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.


million fibers per liter


Maximum residual disinfectant level: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.


Maximum residual disinfectant level goal: The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.


millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)


Nephelometric Turbidity Units


picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)


parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/l)


parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/l)


parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter


parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter


Total Coliform Rule


Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminent in drinking water.

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The Town of Milltown is accepting bids for roadwork. Bids for: Approx. 1-1/2 Miles Of Pulverizing & Blacktop Approx. 3 Miles Of Chip Sealing Contact Jeff at the town shop or call 715-825-3486 for the details. Bids are due Monday, April 18, 2016. 644458 34-35L 24-25a,d

Virgil Hansen, Town Clerk Town of Milltown


WITH ANNUAL MEETING TO FOLLOW Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m. Northland Ambulance Base 501 South Duncan Street, Luck, WI


Term AL

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Contaminant (units)


HELP WANTED Apply In Person

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Part-Time Waitress



Passage Prairieview, Frederic, WI and Passage Riverside, Webster, WI







Passage Prairieview, Frederc, WI

Weekdays & Weekends

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Part-Time Dishwasher

Must have excellent people skills and be detail-oriented. Retail experience preferred, but not required. Flexible schedule and benefits available. Add’l. $2.50 per hour for weekend hours.


Passage Riverside, Webster, WI


Hours: 3 - 8 p.m. 5 - 6 days a pay period. Works every other weekend and rotating holidays. Training is provided. Apply Mon. - Fr. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Passage Gallery, Webster, WI

MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN Passage Lakeshore, Spooner, WI

For more specifics on the positions such as the description, hours, benefits, etc. and to do an online application, please go to our website and click on the “Our Team” tab.

To apply, please send a resume that includes 3 references to

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Northwest Passage is an equal opportunity employer.


NEI Electric in St. Croix Falls, WI, is seeking a detailoriented individual to fill a full-time position for a growing company. Duties include: answering phones, creating documents, filing, scheduling meetings and other tasks as assigned. Successful candidate will have high school diploma, minimum 1 yr. of experience, Microsoft Office experience required. Competitive salary, benefit package and 401(k) plan. Submit salary requirements and resume to 644327 34-36Lp 24-26dp

United Pioneer Home 623 S. 2nd Street., Luck, WI 54853

715-472-2164 EOE


The Village of Siren is seeking a student worker to work between 35 to 40 hours per week, weather dependent. The individual must be 16 years or older and hold a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License. Successful applicant will need to be able to lift up to 50 pounds on occasion, climb ladders and perform basic outdoor physical labor including, but not limited to, shoveling, raking, painting, operating lawn mower and weed whip. Starting date will be around June 1, 2016. Application forms and complete job description can be obtained from Siren Village Hall, 24049 First Ave., Siren, WI 54872 or by calling 715-349-2273 or via email at Application deadline is Friday May 6, at 4 p.m. 644579 35-36L

Restaurant Now Accepting Applications For

Servers, Bartenders & Dishwashers

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Please apply in person weekdays For questions, call 715-349-7878

HELP WANTED FOR SUMMER CAMP Now accepting applications for full-/part-time staff for for the following positions:

• Kitchen Prep • Dishwashers • Kitchen Cleaning/Sanitation • Security - 2nd & 3rd Shifts - Must Be 25 Or Older Please call 715-866-8177 or email for an application.

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With Regular Monthly Board Meeting following immediately after Annual Meeting. Annual Meeting Items: Potential acquisition of land adjoining Town Hall. Additional items may be added at the meeting. Lisa Carlson, Town Clerk, 715-768-5002 644845 35L WNAXLP

Criminal background checks required for all employees



Burnett Dairy Cooperative Cheese Division is currently accepting applications for a full-time Makeroom Operator. This employee will work in our cheese production area. Job duties include monitoring machines throughout the cheese process including the flow of cheese from belt to cooker, the temperatures of the cooker, PH and acid of cheese and lining cheese in the brine room. Some cleaning of forms, general housekeeping and miscellaneous job duties throughout the cheese plant required. This position has a competitive wage and comprehensive benefits package. The shift is 3 days a week 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. and 1 day every other week, 5 a.m. - 1 p.m., includes some weekends. Candidates must be able to lift up to 60 pounds occasionally, stand on feet entire shift and be able to work in a warm or cold environment.

Applications are available at You can apply for this position at:

Burnett Dairy Office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsbrug, WI 54840 or send your resume and application to

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Follow the Leader


NOTICE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Grantsburg School District April 4, 2016


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The Webster School District is looking for a highly qualified Elementary School Counselor. Candidates must have a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling and a current Wisconsin license in school counseling. Duties include conducting classroom lessons with grades preK-4, as well as individual and group counseling. This position also involves working collaboratively with the teaching staff and administration regarding mental-health needs and student behavior and being a building testing coordinator. Excellent communication and technology skills are preferred, along with a proven ability to work with elementary-aged students. The application deadline is April 18. Please submit your letter of application, resume, transcripts and references to: Martha Anderson Webster Elementary Principal P.O. Box 9 Webster, WI 54893 If you have any questions regarding this position, please call 715-866-8210 or email at: The School District of Webster is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, handicap or physical, emotional or learning disability. 644406 34-35L 24-25a

This research assistant will help manage date collection activities for a multilevel obesity prevention project in American Indian communities in Hayward, Turtle Lake, Danbury and Hertel, Wisconsin. Primary activities include: 1) scheduling of research participants for interviews; 2) data collection involving interviews, quantitative surveys, including 24-hour Dietary Recalls and Food Frequency Questionnaires and anthropometric measurements; 3) compliance with human subject standards and research protocols; 4) participation in weekly staff updates; 5) data checking, copying and sending completed data foms to the JHU-Baltimore office; 6) switch to the role of interventionist when the program is set up near the study communities. The interventionist delivers the multilevel program in the community, including schools, food stores, worksites and other community venues. This job provides on-the-job training and requires 50-60% travel time within the study communities. To apply for this job, you must go to, then select menu which will bring up a drop-down menu entitled “employment opportunities,” click on that and enter the requisition #306166. This job’s pay range is $13.20-$18.14 per hour depending on your experience and education. Degree of independent action performed on the job: Should be able to work independently. Internal and external contacts required as part of the job: Native American Indian communities, faculty and staff related to JHU Human Nutrition program in Baltimore. Special skills and knowledge (required & preferred): Should be interested in and knowledgeable about obesity/chronic disease prevention programs in American Indian settings. Detail oriented, outgoing and organized, good communication skills and able to work independently. Minimum required education and related work experience: High school diploma or GED and two years related experience in Public Health, Health Services, Data Collection or equivalent. Some experience in working in Native American Indian communities highly desirable. Required license/certification: Valid state driver’s license. Food handler’s training certificate (after hire). Computer or other special needs for the position: Data-collection tablet, similar to a computer. Machines and/or equipment used on the job: Computer and general office equipment. Physical requirements for the job: Must be able to lift 25-40 lbs. unassisted. Additional information: Must have access to reliable personal transportation and be willing to travel independently between research sites. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted 644653 35L 25a-e by the JHU equivalency formula.

Job Title High School Industrial Technology Education Teacher Job Description High School Industrial Technology Education Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants with certification in Technology Education or ability to gain an experience-based licensure are strongly encouraged to apply. 100% FTE. Qualifications Grantsburg High School is seeking applicants with the desire to join an award-winning high school and lead a state-of-theart technical education program. The applicants need to have Wisconsin certification or ability to obtain DPI certification. Applicants must possess the dynamics to build relationships with children to create an atmosphere of learning and mutual respect. The ability to interact and be a contributing member of a talented and award-winning teaching faculty is desired. Technology skills, willingness to learn technology skills and the ability to apply the skills in the classroom are necessary. The applicant will have access to a comprehensive technical education classroom, including digital fabrication equipment modeled after MIT’s Fabrication Lab. Successful candidate will teach and supervise classes in the following content areas: woodworking, metals/welding, transportation, CAD, robotics, building construction, CNC/clean manufacturing (routers, plasma cutters, laser engravers, plastics, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, 3D printers). All classes are block scheduled. Strong references for this position are essential. Requirements We are seeking applicants with Wisconsin Licensure Industrial Technology Education #220 or ability to gain an experiencebased licensure. Applicants need to be prepared to deal with aspects of the personal, social and academic needs of high school students. Applicants should possess the skills necessary to communicate effectively with parents in order to build educational partnerships. Interested applicants should be willing to take part in school and student improvement initiatives. How to Apply Applicants are encouraged to apply by using the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) site at https:// You may also send a letter of application, resume, credentials (3 current letters of recommendation and transcripts) and a copy of license to the address below. Applications are due on or before April 22, 2016. Contact: Josh Watt, Principal Grantsburg High School 480 East James Avenue Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2531 The School District of Grantsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion or handicap. 644527 35-36L



POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Polk County Government Center County Boardroom 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, Wis. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 9 a.m. Regular Business Meeting Open Session

Sponsored By: Workforce Resource Polk County Job Center Bernick’s Pepsi American Legion Post 143

(Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF SPENCER JARED JOHNSON By (Petitioner) Spencer Jared Johnson Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 16CV102 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Spencer Jared Johnson To: Spencer Jared Steek Birth Certificate: Spencer Jared Johnson IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin, Judge Jeffery Anderson, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, April 22, 2016, 2:00 p.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disbility to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Jeffery Anderson Circuit Court Judge 644028 March 24, 2016 WNAXLP

2016 Polk County Job Fair Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open To The General Public American Legion 143 807 Pine Street, St. Croix Falls, WI (Across from Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hwy. 8)


Discover Career Opportunities Meet Potential Employers • Distribute Your Resume Employers Attending: • Courtesy Corporation • Andersen Windows • Christian Community Home • Sanmina Corp. • Masterson Staffing Solutions • Division 8 • International Brotherhood of • St. Croix Casino Electricians Union • Spartan Staffing • Frederic Nursing & • Quanex Rehabilitation • SCRMC • Kapco • Hormel Foods/Jennie-O • Hudson Staffing Turkey Store • Veterans Services • Aurora 644376 34-35L • Amery Medical Center 24-25a,d


Webster, WI Nexen is a leading manufacturer of industrial clutches and brakes, precision linear and rotary motion control devices and control systems. Responsibilities will include maintaining responsible business system metrics, product forecast, capacity and production planning, along with balancing targeted inventory levels while ensuring customer on-time delivery objectives are met. This individual will lead the daily production meeting, along with scheduling and guiding the flow of material throughout the various manufacturing processes. Communicates production issues, status or changes to appropriate departments and management. Prepares reports, assists with the budgeting, standard cost setting, inventory management and other material controlling activities. Works directly with Nexen sales personnel regarding customer expedites and inquiries. Qualified candidates will have a minimum BA/BS degree - Business or Technical, along with four or more years of Production Control experience in a manufacturing environment. Strong understanding of Process Management and Lean Principles. APICS certification preferred. Should be a self-starter, organized and analytical, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to work in a team environment and always maintain a professional demeanor. Strong computer skills including, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Must also have strong problem-solving skills, and be able to work independently. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package. If you are interested in joining a dynamic and forward-looking company, and have a positive and enthusiastic approach to work, fax or send a resume to:


Human Resources 26837 Industrial Avenue • Webster, WI 54893 Fax 715-866-6350 Equal Opportunity Employer

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Town of Luck Board Meeting April 19, 2016 7:00 p.m. Town Hall

Please Note The Change Of Regular Meeting Date Thurs., April 21, 2016, At Lorain Town Hall At 7:30 p.m.

Agenda: Call meeting to order. Roll call. Verify publication of meeting. Approve minutes of previous meetings. Approve treasurer reports. Motion by Board to pay the bills. Old Business: New Business: Reports: Comp. Commission, Fire Dept., Ambulance, Cemetery. Land Use Comprehensive Commission. Possible motion by board in regard to withdraw from county zoning. Set date for P2016 Board of Review First Meeting. Additional items for future meeting. Motion to adjourn. 644697 35L 25a Susan E. Hughes, Clerk


The 2015 Annual Meeting Of The Town Of Meenon Will Be Held On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, At 6:30 p.m. At The Meenon Town Hall

Agenda (1) Reading of the minutes (2) Treasurer’s Report (3) Review and pay (4) Patrolman’s report Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s Office. 644802 35L Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

TOWN OF MILLTOWN ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE Wed., April 20, 2016 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall Milltown, WI

Agenda to include: 2014 Annual Meeting minutes, 2015 Annual report, set date for 2016 Annual Meeting and compensation for Town Board members.


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Order of Business: 1. Call to Order 2. Evidence of Proper Notice 3. Roll Call 4. Pledge of Allegiance 5. Oath of Office administered by Judge Anderson 6. Consent Agenda: a. Consideration of noticed agenda for April 19, 2016 meeting; b. Consideration /corrections to the published minutes March 15, 2016, County Board Meeting 7. Public Comments - 3 minutes per person - not to exceed 30 minutes total 8. Organizational Matters for the Board Term 2016-2018: a. Election of county Board Officers i. County Board Chairperson ii. 1st Vice Chairperson iii. 2nd Vice Chairperson b. Development of County Board Rules of Order c. Ordinance No. 17-16: Polk County Board of Supervisors Rules of Ordinance d. Appointment and confirmation of Supervisors to County Board Standing Committees 9. Proposed Resolutions & Ordinances a. Resolution No. 18-16: Resolution Concerning the Polk County Housing Authority b. Resolution 19-16: Resolution to Grant a Zoning District Change & to Amend Zoning District Map for Town of Clayton 10. Matters Forwarded by County Administrator: a. Receipt and Confirmation of Administrator’s Appointments of Citizen members to standing committees and other committees, specifically identified as follows: b. Other: 11. Adjourn This meeting is open to the public according to Wisconsin State Statute 19.83. Persons with disabilities wishing to attend and/or participate are asked to notify the County Clerk’s office (715-4859226) at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time 644671 35L so all reasonable accommodations can be made.

The Reorganizational Meeting of the Siren Village Board will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at Siren Village Hall. An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting. 644678 35L WNAXLP Ann L. Peterson, Village Clerk

The Regular Monthly Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Immediately Following The Adjournment Of The Annual Town Meeting.


Agenda to include: Clerk, Treasurer, Chairman and Supervisor reports, road reports, agreement with other townships in regard to road work and cost of said services, items for future agendas and payment of bills. Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk 644817 35L 25a WNAXLP

Monthly Board Meeting Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall



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STATE OF WISCONSIN Town of Georgetown Polk County The Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin, hereby provides its written notice and an agenda of the public meeting of the town board of the Town of Georgetown for April 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at GEORGETOWN TOWN HALL. The Town Chairperson, or a designee, has provided posting in three places. The public may provide comments to the town board if the presiding officer notes on the agenda and upon recognition a period for public comment. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15)

PROPOSED AGENDA Call To Order Reading Of Last Month’s Minutes Approval Of Minutes Treasurer’s Report Approval Of Report Correspondences Pulverizing Blacktop Spring Road Tour Snowplowing Cemetery Mowing Lakeland Communications Easement Maintenance Report Public Comment Disbursements Adjournment

Dated this 11th day of April, 2016 . The Town of Georgetown Board reserves the option of going into closed session as per Wisconsin Statute Sec. 19.85 (1) (c). Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 644853 35L 25a,d

Virgil Hansen, Clerk


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Town Meeting for the Town of Georgetown, in the County of Polk, State of Wisconsin, for transaction of business as is by law required or permitted to be transacted at such meeting, will be held at the town hall in said town on April 19, 2016, at 7 p.m. Dated this 11th day of April, 2016. Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 644851 35L 25a,d WNAXLP


The Annual Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, April 19, 2016, At 7 p.m., At The Cushing Community Center. 644848 35L


Patsy Gustafson Town Clerk




Tuesday, May 3, 2016 2:00 p.m., Local Time


Office of the Project Consultant Paragon Associates, Inc. 632 Copeland Ave. La Crosse, WI 54603

NOTICE Sealed bids for the above project will be received by Grantsburg School District until the bid deadline. Immediately thereafter, the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids shall be submitted in accordance with the project documents prepared by Paragon dated April 13, 2016. In general the project consists of football field and track improvements. The work includes clearing and demolition of existing track surfaces, erosion control, minor earthwork, storm sewer, drain-tile installation on the field, irrigation of the field, asphalt and concrete paving for spectators, new track with resilient surfacing, fencing, 200seat bleacher, first-year sand-top dressing of football field, and site restoration. A single base bid will be received for a single prime construction contract for all the work. The base bid will include all the items necessary for the completion of the project as shown on the plans. BID SECURITY Bids must be accompanied by bid security in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid amount. Bid and bid security may not be withdrawn for a period of 30 days after the Bid Deadline. Bid security will be retained if the Bidder is awarded the work and fails to execute Agreement and furnish 100% Performance and Payment Bonds. RIGHTS RESERVED Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities in any bid. BIDDING DOCUMENTS Bidding documents are available in pdf file format from Consultant and may be examined at Builders Exchange. Printed bidding documents may be obtained in person (at no charge) from Paragon Associates, 632 Copeland Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54603, 608-781-3110. Bidders who require Bidding Documents sent to them as a hard copy, shall send a fee in the amount of $20.00 to cover the cost of postage and handling. If the Bidder requests overnight delivery the fee will be $50.00. Such fee amounts will not be refunded and must be received before the Bidding Documents will be sent. Published by authority of: Grantsburg School District 644772 35-36Lp Date: April 13, 2016


Moms For Kids Rainbow of Fun Carnival

Bobbie Nerby and Caleb enjoy Plinko and try for one of many prizes. The Rainbow of Fun Carnival is sponsored by the Moms For Kids.

Cassie Maslow, high school art student, paints faces on many of the kids that attended the 26th-annual Rainbow of Fun Carnival in Siren on Saturday, April 9.

LEFT: Kids wait in line for their turn in the bounce house. This year it included a slide to the delight of these siblings.

Which balloon should I pick? Many colorful balloons were available to choose from at the Moms For Kids fundraiser.

RIGHT: Dawn Schultz mans the raffle area where kids of all ages rolled oversized dice that determined the number of entries they received for $1. The prizes included a Siren fun pack valued at $130 or winning 50 percent of the cash collected. Ronald and Hailey were the winners of the day.


Ellis Avenue, Siren, WI 54872

Photos by Becky Strabel

Plastic Injection Molding Full-time, long-term, production workers for our 2nd and 3rd shifts. $9.50 starting wage. Benefits offered by North States Industries include: • Clean & safe work environment • Paid vacation after 1 year • Dental insurance • Health insurance • Life insurance • 401(k) • Paid holidays including your birthday • Excellent retirement with Employee Stock Ownership Plan • Discretionary year-end bonus depending on business climate. ($1,500 average bonus over the past 4 years)

Contact and/or send resume to Mark Foote 715-349-5591 • TAKE PRIDE IN MANUFACTURING LOCAL PRODUCTS IN A WORLD-RENOWNED MARKET. WE HOPE TO MAKE YOU A PART OF OUR TEAM! North States Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The jail has been at many of the Moms For Kids Rainbow of Fun Carnivals and Sheriff Doug has been volunteering for nearly as many.


Webster Variety Show 2016

Members of the sophomore class at Webster High School may not have won the lip synch battle with their rendition of the dance scene from the movie “Risky Business,” to the song, “Old Time Rock and Roll,” but they gave a valiant effort.

This little one gets ready to “Roar” Webster Elementary -style. She is part of Mrs. Hedrick’s kindergarten class that performed at the annual Webster High School National Honor Society Spring Variety Show on Friday evening, April 8.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Nicole Moretter played her piccolo solo and ensemble piece, “Suite Modale” during the variety show on Friday evening, April 8. Webster School staff entertained the audience with a skit entitled “Going to the Movies.” The skit had many awkward moments, but this moment between the two male members may have received the most laughs.

Gerard McKee is becoming a Webster dance legend with his techno street moves. He recently started teaching eighth-grade student Chris Knight (right) and together they danced to “Funk” by Roee Yeger X Will & Tim.

To hear a German opera we would usually need to travel to the Twin Cities, but choral instructor Rachel Lee serenaded the crowd withMozart’s “Non so piu, cosa son cosa faccio” from “The Magic Flute.”

Foreign exchange student Jenny Birkeland and Emma Olsen lulled the audience with a charming piano duet. The annual variety show was a fundraising opportunity for the Webster High School National Honor Society.

LEFT: “Titanium,” sung by Samantha Culver, blew the roof off the Webster School cafetorium and ended the well-attended annual spring variety show.

Mrs. Roppe’s first-grade class sang “Fifty Nifty United States.” Theses three boys and their classmates amazed the audience by reciting the names of each state.

LEFT: Senior Cassidy Formanek has performed numerous times over the years but this would be her last at the variety show. She plays the ukulele and sings with sisters, Hannah and Brooklynn Janssen. RIGHT: Symantha Blake, Lily Stafford and Kaycee Marsh, fifth-grade students, performed “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. It was the trio’s first time performing, but it was apparent that they will be on stage again.

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Stories from the NW Wisconsin community

Greg Marsten | Saff writer

is a nonprofit, educational program meant to provide musical insight, learning and appreciation. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, music festivals and even goes on tours with music headliners. The bus visit also came with a cache of donated musical instruments, and allowed half a dozen students to make their own music video. The Lennon Bus event came to a close on Friday, April 8, with a block party at the school, with open tours of the facility The bus was then off to Woodstock, Ill., for a similar visit.

ST. CROIX FALLS – Last week St. Croix Falls students were treated to a visit by the exotic John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and video recording facility, all wrapped up in a sleek, John Lennon-themed Le Mirage XL II coach bus and matching trailer. Student efforts brought the bus to the district to provide hands-on experiences in creating, writing, performing, editing and filming a music video, all using the bus and its impressive technology. The concept started almost two decades ago as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and

It’s not just a small ice-cream table, it has a glowing light from above, showing an iconic Lennon image.

Inside the Lennon Bus is rather roomy, as the full-sized coach has “slide-outs” for extra room. It includes recording, editing and studio divisions, so the bus can be split into three separate sound-proof chambers.

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Images of the iconic John Lennon image are everywhere in the bus, and sometimes found in odd places, like this hologram-type image in a divider.

The Lennon Bus offers a glimpse into the high-tech music and video recording industry, allowing students to create their own video, but also impressing many of the people who got to tour the studio bus later.

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Even with unseasonably cold weather and a stiff wind, there was a long, steady line, over half an hour long, for folks to get a tour of the Lennon Bus on Friday, April 8. The bus was parked in the St. Croix Falls High School parking lot as part of a block party event celebrating the bus.


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There was no shortage of cool technology in the studio bus. There are even bunks in the back for the Lennon Bus educational engineers.

Potential stars gave their musical skills a shot with an instrument display in the high school gymnasium, as part of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus program.

Students showed some of their relevant artwork in the high school gymnasium, as part of the Friday, April 8, block party.

The studio bus has unique, sliding doors that allow it to be split into three separate studios, with opaque glass that allows for soundproofed activities and work. One of the “patch bays” for connecting the instruments, amps and effects is seen on the right.

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The exotic studio bus was quite a hit with locals as they toured.

Luck Middle School students perform at Shell Lake Arts Center SHELL LAKE – The Shell Lake Arts Center proudly hosted the annual Middle School Honors Choir Concert on the evening of Friday, April 8, in the Aderman Auditorium. Over 200 of the most talented middle school vocalists from 21 different area schools came together for the event. Students performed challenging and technically beautiful musical arrangements that delighted guests. Led by choir director Paul Gulsvig, and vocal coach Jennifer Gulsvig, the students spent the day rehearsing in sectionals, as well as the full ensemble, working to master the complicated techniques required to perform the difficult pieces. For more information on the SLAC Middle School Honors Choir event, please visit the arts center’s website at or call 715-468-2414. — from SLAC RIGHT: Luck student Levi Jensen practiced with the 21-school combined choir in preparation for the concert that was held at the end of the day.

Members of the Luck choir participated at the Shell Lake Arts Center Middle School Honors Choir held Friday, April 8, at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake. Shown (L to R): McKenna Delaney, Levi Jensen, Sommer Delaney and Britta Hibbs. The students are under the direction of Jennifer Werner.

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Jennifer Gulsvig spent the day with her students in preparation for the concert that would bring 217 students from 21 middle schools. Gulsvig is a middle school choir director at Lincoln/SOTA 11/Coulee Montessori Middle School in La Crosse.

Luck student McKenna Delaney is carefully following her teacher, Paul Gulsvig, at the honors choir workshop. The students come to the workshop knowing the music that they will sing that night. It is up to the director to get the 217 students to sing as a choir.


The art of eating


o you remember when was the last time your family ate together, with no interruptions from phone calls or texting messages? I thought it was a joke at first, when a friend sent me an email, attaching a picture of a family having dinner together, and each family member (except the baby) was on the cell phone, either receiving or sending text messages. I was quite sad after finding out that it wasn’t a joke after all, but is actually happening in our daily households these days. What happens to the good old tradition, with everyone sitting around the dinner table? We passed the food, ate the food, and then talked about our days at work or at school. We would spend hours at the table, no TV, no kids from next door visiting, just time for the family. And then, all of a sudden, the tradition is gone; what happened? As our standards of living keep rising, the need for more disposable income also escalates. The days of parents staying home and taking care of all the household chores are gone. Now, most parents have to carry a full time job, plus taking care of all the household chores! And guess what happens to the family meals and eating together? Yes, times have changed, and life has changed with time. We see the long line

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong in the drive-through at the fast food joints, folks can’t wait to get their food, so they just chow down quickly in their cars on their ways to the movies or the malls. All of a sudden, I remember the comedian George Carlin’s famous ‘Words of Wisdom’ – “We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life”, “These are the times of fast foods and indigestion.” We spend thousands of dollars signing up for weight watching programs in order to lose weight, and watching “The Big Loser,” wishing that whatever works for those ‘winners’ would also work for us. However, I have two words of advice that would resolve most of the issues. That is, “Eat slowly.” We have totally forgotten the art of eating. ‘Slow eating’ is not only an art, but it is also a health requirement. When we fill up our stomach with foods and drinks, the message that we are getting full doesn’t reach our brain for at least 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes. So, when we are wolfing down our dinner, and our stomach

tells us that it has reached capacity, just where do you think the food that we consume in the extra twenty minutes are stored? There are many ways/styles to serve foods in different restaurants: French – table-side service, the server would finish cooking your meal and serve next to your table, most often in a cart. Expect a lot of spectacular ‘en flammes’ entrees when the server actually sets your food on fire by heating up some brandy (or cognac)! Russian – the server(s) will carry plates of food around the table, and you just pick out what you want. Or, it can be in a buffet form. But still, you got your choice. English – plates or bowls of food will be set on the table, and the guests will just pass each item around. I think we have adopted that style with our Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinners. American – each plate is already plated in the kitchen. Your entrée usually consists of meat, starch and vegetables. Soup or salad and desserts are extras. Chinese – either all the entrees are set on the table; or they are served separately, one course at a time. Regardless what style to serve the food, they all emphasize the “togetherness” in enjoying the food, and the time it requires to relish each meal. Eating is an event indeed, not a necessity of just

filling the stomach with whatever we can conveniently track down. So, what is “the Art of Eating”? Here are some simple rules to follow: Take the time to eat your food, allow 15 minutes for a quick breakfast, half an hour for lunch, and at least forty-five minutes for dinner. Actually sit down and eat your food slowly. Can you taste your food? Instead of filling your stomach with whatever you can get your hands on, chew slowly so you can taste what the ingredients are. Don’t forget the “20-minute rule.” It takes 20 minutes to send the signal from your stomach to your brain that you are full. When your brain gets the signal, stop eating. Take whatever is leftover home or refrigerate it for later. Exercise, or engage in activities that will get rid of those excess calories. Focus on eating and spending time with your family. Turn off your cell phones. Rediscover the pleasantness of being with family and friends. It is simple and healthy. Start eating slowly and enjoy the food. Try it, you’ll love it. The author will be teaching Chinese Cooking at Amery’s Hungry Turtle on Thursdays from 4/21 to 5/2. Also, a Cinco de Mayo class on April 30, noon. He will show you how to make fresh guacamole, fajitas, and margaritas. For more info, call Lisa Murphy at 715-268-4510.

Luck Area ACS Sole Burner scheduled for May 7 LUCK - If you haven’t gotten on a team, want to organize a team or walk individually for Luck’s annual one-, three- or five-mile American Cancer Society’s Sole Burner Walk/Run at Luck High School on Saturday, May 7, there is still time to register. Registration forms are available at Luck Pharmacy, Luck Clinic and Luck Museum during business hours. Preregistration of $10, with checks made payable to American Cancer Society, should be sent to American Cancer Society Sole Burner – Luck, Attn: Amanda Pilger, 950

Blue Gentian Road, Suite 100, Eagan MN 55121, or register online at soleburner. org/luck. Day-of-event registration is $15. Each participant collecting a minimum of $60 will receive an event T-shirt. Fundraisers going on before the walk/ run include Foot-A-Buck footprints available at local businesses, tribute flags to honor or remember those who have had cancer, available from Wilma Holdt, 715554-2021; cookies from Sheila Berklund, 715-472-8356; caramel rolls from Margie Nelson, 715-472-2828; Party For A Life-

time at Sundown Saloon, Lewis, on Saturday, April 23, 2-8 p.m.; and the Cash For Cancer garage sale on Friday, April 29, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Home and Away Ministries. On Saturday, May 7, registration and team photos are from 8-9 a.m. in the gym. Cancer survivors are asked to stop by the survivors table to be specially recognized. Refreshments will be available before and after the walk/run. Earthly Angels can be purchased and will be displayed in trees in Triangle Park. For more information

or questions, contact Sandy Lundquist at 715-566-0420 or visit luck. The opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the start of event is 9:15 a.m. Water will be available along the route. The American Cancer Society has played a role in most of the cancer research breakthroughs in recent history. Your support with this walk/run means even greater progress can be made to save lives of people you know and love. – submitted


Carter Sorensen, 7, of Amery, won the boy’s bike at the spaghetti dinner. Osceola Rod and Gun Club and Cyclova XC in St. Croix Falls donated the bikes for the DOG Fire Department fundraiser. Over 800 people attended the event.

“Love’s Not Time’s Fool” (Shakespeare, Sonnet 116)


e sits back relaxing in his favorite chair. Soft music plays. A fire burns in the hearth; vanilla candles lit on the mantle fill the room with their aroma. She still knows how to set a moment. She enters the room. Her long silvery hair cascades Evelyn Carlson down her back,


Carousel moving with the rhythm of her terry-slippered feet. The blue satin gown of earlier years has been replaced with soft nappy cotton, yet the hint of a longlegged beauty still peeks through. Receiving his evening glass of port, he is reminded again of sky-blue eyes which now have dimmed, but their

Eva Gonzales, 3, of Osceola, was the lucky winner of the girl’s bike given away at the Dresser, Osceola, Garfield Fire Association spaghetti fundraiser held Saturday, April 9. – Photos submitted

flirting dance still maintains their alluring tease. Her youthful exuberance, her intense peaks of energy have slowed. But she still stirs his senses. She picks up her glass. Her age-worn hand reaches out for his. He slowly rises with her and together they move to sit by the warm fire. Candlelight encircles her mature, exquisite face, sending his pulse to a rolling beat. Moments pass. Setting aside her glass, she rises. Moving slowly with a natural sensual swing of her hips, she heads toward the door. Turning, taking a look back, she tips her head with a smile and with a blown good-night kiss, exits the room

knowing those once-dark-brown eyes still follow. He, too, is no longer the passionate lover of youth who sent her world in a spin. Like a fine wine, he, too, has mellowed. About the author: Evelyn Carlson lives in a vintage Trade Lake homestead. She is especially fond of writing poetry and prose for special occasions for her family and community. Writers’ Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.


Apples and oranges


hose maps on the front page of last week’s Leader were striking. If you didn’t get a look at them, go to On the Democratic side, that’s a whole lot of Sanders green. And the Republican map shows that, while Donald Trump didn’t win, he took far more counties in Wisconsin than Ted Cruz did, including Polk and Burnett. Amazing, indeed, the way these two outsiders continue to shake things up. While Trump and Sanders may seem like polar opposites, they have some things in common. Both are running against their party machines. They’ve both pulled in voters who might otherwise not be inclined to vote. Young voters have flocked to the campaign of Sanders, the oldest candidate in the race. The disenfranchised, white working class have found a home in Trump’s campaign and in an effort to cast a wider net, Trump said recently, “I love the poorly educated.” Both candidates have drawn votes from the working poor. Beyond that, they’ve both outlined a noninterventionist foreign policy. Trump told the Washington Post that he advocates “a light footprint in the world,” and said the United States needs to look inward and direct its resources toward rebuilding U.S. infrastructure. He’s wondered aloud about U.S. involvement in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a position he’s taken a lot of criticism for, and he questions the value of massive military investments in Asia. Back in February, he said he would be neutral on the Israel-Palestine question. Sanders sounds a lot like Trump when he says, discussing the Middle East, “You have incredibly wealthy countries in that region, countries like Qatar. Qatar happens to be the largest – wealthiest country per capita in the world. They have got to start putting some skin in the game and not just ask the United States to do it.” Both

World trade, 1804 – The Folle Avoine connection


he fur trade, as depicted at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, was of course based on obtaining a supply of pelts from the Indians for resale in European markets. Often, however, visitors to the site are surprised when they learn that to obtain the furs, traders had to bring high-quality trade goods with them. Agents for the fur companies scoured the cities and towns of Europe in search of the often-specialized goods needed by the North American fur traders. Early in the 1600s, an Indian hunter/ trapper in eastern Canada was reported to have made this observation, “... in truth, my brother, the beaver does everything to perfection. He makes for us kettles, axes, guns, knives, cloth and much more.” Of course, he was referring to the newfound technology brought to the tribes via the North American fur trade. But his words clearly summarize the Native view of that commerce. Beaver was by far the driver of the trading process, as determined by its high resale price in Europe. Those prices, in turn, were based on the beaver’s unique barbed underfur, which made it an ideal raw material for crafting fashionable hats. That unique quality made it far easier to produce a lustrous hat finish, and felt-makers who crafted them paid enormous sums to obtain beaver pelts at the fur auctions held across Europe. While the differential between what the furs sold for and what the trade goods cost was unequal, both sides thought they were getting a bargain. To get a handle on this, think about the difference between a stone axe, for instance, and one produced by a blacksmith available via trading a fur pelt for it. The stone tool must be crafted with a bone antler or other woods-derived object to shape it, is heavy to lug around and loses its edge quickly. Enter the fur traders, bringing manufac-

The view from here Steve Pearson Trump and Sanders opposed the Iraq war, something their rivals, Clinton and Cruz, supported. Sanders, who has lived in Israel, has said that if Israel wants “positive” ties with the U.S., the government is “going to have to improve their relationship with the Palestinians.” Both Trump and Sanders may find themselves bucking the party establishment at their respective conventions, especially if no candidate has enough delegates to claim victory on the first ballot. Trump has signaled that, contrary to earlier pronouncements, he may not support the nominee of his party if it’s not him. If he fails to get enough delegate votes on the first ballot, observers think his support will erode quickly, opening the way for a “savior” candidate - Paul Ryan has been mentioned frequently - to emerge. Trump could still decide to mount a third-party candidacy and it should be noted that some mainstream Republicans have talked of running their own independent campaigns should Trump get the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, just this past week, Sanders’ campaign manager indicated that he believes the Democrats may be headed toward a contested convention as well. If Hillary Clinton fails to reach a majority of delegates on the first ballot, said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, Sanders will “100 percent, absolutely” challenge her for the nomination. This would leave open the possibility that superdelegates pledged to Clinton might defect to the Sanders camp if they believed her candidacy had been fatally weakened by the failure to win on the first ballot. That could create

the possibility of a deadlocked convention, and all bets are off if that were to happen. Sanders wouldn’t have to defect to launch a third-party candidacy. He’s always represented Vermont as an independent anyway, and exit polls from the primaries show that 30 to 50 percent of his support so far has come from independents. Hillary Clinton said last week of Sanders, “He’s a relatively new Democrat, and, in fact, I’m not even sure he is one,” effectively pushing Sanders to the margins. Such talk could come back to haunt her should the self-described Democratic socialist decide to mount a third-party run. The two candidates have similar styles on the stump, where they’ve drawn the largest crowds of any of the candidates. Both are prone to red-faced rants reminiscent of those John Belushi commentaries on “Weekend Update” where he’d work himself into a frenzy before collapsing in a heap. See nbc. com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-john-belushi-on-march/ n33439 to refresh your memory. In their speeches, both Sanders and Trump tend to emphasize the same points ad nauseam without a lot of specific proposals. Trump says it’s going to be fantastic, it’ll be great, you won’t believe it, but he never really gets at what the “it” is and how this transformation will occur. Sanders is laser-focused on income inequality, yet despite his frequent proclamations about breaking up the big banks and redistributing wealth, he was at a loss for words in a recent New York Daily News interview gone bad when asked for specifics about just how he’ll accomplish those things. And, finally, neither of the candidates is elegantly coiffed. Trump’s hair, or whoever’s hair that is on top of his head, became a topic of conversation long before he became a presidential candidate. Speculation about just what is going on up there has run the gamut from a toupee – a theory discredited back in August when he asked a supporter to come onstage during a rally

to pull on his hair to prove once and for all that it wasn’t a toupee – to a botched hair transplant/scalp surgery, first posited in Harry Hurt’s unauthorized 1993 biography, “Trump, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.” But for now, the mystery of the orange hair shelf continues to confound the experts. On the other side of the divide, Sanders’ hair hasn’t escaped notice either. Sanders has made it clear to anguished staffers that he doesn’t like combing his hair and not only that, he’s tired of fielding questions about it. And for him, the disheveled look may be part of a carefully cultivated image. “It makes perfect sense for him not to comb his hair,” says Lara Brown, professor of political management at George Washington University. “His personal style, which tends towards the disheveled, reflects his anti-materialist, egalitarian beliefs,” reflecting a widely held sentiment among hair observers that Sanders’ unkempt appearance gives him more authenticity. That’s about as far as I can take this one. Because, as everyone knows, Sanders and Trump are very different people. Trump is a billionaire; Sanders’ net worth is about half a million. Trump has spent his life building a fortune and has never held elective office while Sanders has spent most of his adult life in public service. Trump has expressed a “wethey” view of the world around him while Sanders has gone out of his way, albeit sometimes clumsily, to convey inclusivity. And, finally, the candidates’ approval ratings are widely disparate. Trump has a 70-percent disapproval rating across the country in the latest polls, even higher among women. Sanders, meanwhile, consistently polls at around the 50-percent approval mark, the highest of any of the remaining candidates in the race, and in his home state, the people who know him best give him an 83-percent approval rating. And, as the Sanders campaign likes to point out, he has more female donors than Hillary Clinton.

Folle Avoine

Chronicles Woodswhimsy the gnome tured axes in their canoes. These were lightweight, came with metal files to sharpen them with, were easy to transport and ready to use and then traded for a beaver pelt or two. One can better appreciate those words quoted above, “... the beaver does everything for us ...” If not everything, the new goods sure made everyday tasks easier and less labor-intensive. Some people believe that any old item brought by the traders would find favor. Not at all. The Indians were savvy consumers and wouldn’t trade for shoddy, or old, products. And they sure weren’t antique collectors! In the early years, for instance, the French and others included heavy military-style muskets in their trade inventories. Soon, however, the Indian hunters rejected these, finding they were too heavy to readily carry around the woods; some even went back to bow and arrow as their weapon of choice. So word went back to Europe to start making lighter muskets. Customer demand mattered even in the backwoods. Demand for crooked-blade knives was also driven by Indian hunter/ trappers. Whereas in Europe carpenters commonly used a two-handled drawknife for woodworking, North American tribal peoples preferred a one-handled version featuring a bent/ crooked blade, the better to effect the making of canoe parts, for instance. So the orders went back to Europe for hundreds of one-handled curved knife blades. And of course the steel-bladed crooked knives soon replaced the older knives and scraping tools, some of which were carved out of animal horns and antlers. One version of the crooked knife was fashioned from a beaver’s

Trading posts like the original Forts Folle Avoine were important cogs in a worldwide network connecting North American Indians to the trading capitals of Europe. – Photo submitted

tooth. Now the metal tools replaced all the labor of making everything from scratch. Trading companies had agents who procured top-notch trade goods all over Europe as well as in the French and British colonies in North America. Beads from Italy, tobacco from Portugal, via their Brazilian colony, blankets, cloth from Belgium and Holland were among the items obtained. England produced firearms, blankets and clay smoking pipes. The French contributed a vast array of similar items, while even China supplied products to the trade such as vermillion (red ornamental powder), silk and tea. And each year ships arrived from North America with a bountiful supply of furs. While beaver fetched the highest price, most varieties of fur found a market at auctions in cities such as London, Antwerp,

Leipzig and Paris. So even little outposts like Forts Folle Avoine were key to this network. Who’da thunk it? As for the current news, this season finds the site’s staff readying for another season of hosting visitors. Already there are schools setting up tours, and the daily programs commence on Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, the historical society’s Palmer Research Library opens each Wednesday. Additional info is always available via phone at 715-866-8890 or perusing website. Signed, Woodswhimsy ... an independent writer not affiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park.


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Understanding child abuse and neglect


he Say Something, Do Something for Kids initiative is one way to show how everyone can be an ally to a child or a family in the community. Child abuse can occur anywhere and is not restricted to a particular group, race, income or location. Wherever there are children, there is the potential for abuse. In order to do your part, it is important to understand and recognize the warning signs for child abuse and neglect.

Recognizing the signs of abuse Children who are abused may or may not show physical or behavioral signs of being maltreated. In some instances, there may be an unusual pattern or location of physical injuries that suggests abuse. In other cases, there may be no physical indicators, but the child’s behavior has changed in a questionable and observable way. The Say Something, Do Something for Kids initiative encourages you to step up, speak up and do something if you suspect a child is being abused. Educate yourself and others about some of the obvious and less obvious signs of possible child abuse, including: • Physical signs: Injuries such as bruises, burns, welts or broken bones that are unexplained or have implausible explanations; missing hair; poor hygiene; injuries or redness around the genitals; multiple injuries at different stages of healing; improperly treated injury or medical condition; slowed physical development; unattended medical or dental needs; consistent hunger; inappropriate clothing for weather conditions; speech delay; and frequent tardiness or absence from school. • Behavioral signs: Poor grades; lack of concentration; difficulty making and keeping friends; signs of persistent unhappiness or depression; withdrawn from others; displaying angry or aggressive behavior; destruction of property; hurting themselves or others; low self-esteem; problems expressing feelings; fatigue, listlessness or regularly falling asleep in class; constantly seeking attention or approval; sleeping problems or insomnia; reluctance to go home; lack of parental interest or participation; begging or stealing food; unusual fears; sexualized behaviors; and unusual knowledge of sex for the child’s age or developmental stage. Recognizing and reporting sentinel injuries Did you know that small, apparently insignificant injuries such as bruises or mouth injuries in young infants are often from child abuse? These seemingly trivial injuries are known as “sentinel injuries,” because they should not be found in a baby who is unable to pull to a stand and take a few steps. Sentinel injuries are so minor that explanations about their causes being accidental may seem completely plausible and believable. But injuries that are common in walking children should not be present in infants who are not yet able to walk. Babies who are not cruising should not be bruising. Sentinel injuries are actually early warning signs that, when recognized and responded to, may prevent future, more severe injuries to a child. • A sentinel bruise is a bruise present anywhere on an infant’s body. Even a tiny bruise can be an indication of a problem. • Mouth injuries in young infants are often caused when an angry or frustrated caregiver rams something into the infant’s mouth, causing injury to the frenulum under the tongue or upper lip or to other soft tissue in the mouth. • Nonmobile infants rarely have any bruising and never have mouth injuries, burns or broken bones from normal care and normal activities. • Sentinel injuries are not limited to infants. Please seek medical attention for an infant with bruising or other small injuries. Doing so can lead to early detection of a possible medical problem or may prevent the escalation of abuse. Please be aware of these early warning signs and report any concerns for child abuse or neglect to child protective services and/or law enforcement.

Support for parents Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs you will ever do. All parents know that children don’t come with an instruction booklet. Too many parents face the challenges of raising their children without the knowledge and support they need and deserve. There are so many trials that face parents today, as they work to raise their children in a world that challenges our children to an even greater degree. Bullying, teasing, substance abuse, sports, academics, the list of struggles goes on and on. We all have opportunities to reach out to parents in our own families, neighborhoods, places of worship

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and places of employment. Do your part to support children and families in our communities.

What to do when you see a stressed-out parent in public • Empathize with the parent. “I know how my child sometimes acts up in a restaurant.” • Offer assistance. “Is there anything I can do to help?” • Divert the parent’s attention. “Children can sure try our patience, can’t they?” • Relieve the tension by saying something positive. “She sure has beautiful eyes.” • Divert the child’s attention. “Let me show you a picture of my son. He’s a big boy like you.” • Ensure safety. If the child is left alone in a shopping cart, stand nearby until the parent returns. Our job as parents is to provide support to these growing individuals, but who is there to support us as parents? With no instruction manual to check, many parents often make choices they wish they could change, but don’t know how. Many parents aren’t sure where to seek support, as families lose their extended network by moving for jobs or education. Polk County resources for families • Community Referral Agency, 715-825-4404. CRA provides the Welcome Home Shelter which offers alternatives to living with violence. This agency offers these free and confidential services: 24-hour helpline, 800-261-7233; temporary shelter for abused people and their children; transportation assistance; advocacy resources; and ongoing support groups. • Family Preservation and Support Project, 715-4858833. Family Preservation provides the School/Home Liaison Program which is a free, confidential program that brings resources to families and offers supportive services to make families happier and healthier. • Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, 715684-4440 or The Family Resource Center, located in Baldwin, offers parent education and support services to families in Polk County with children from birth to 6 years. Services in Polk County include Baby & Me classes, Teen Parenting Program and play groups. • Kinship of Polk County, 715-405-3900 or Kinship is a mentoring program that matches adults with children and young people. Matches get together three or four times a month and do things they both enjoy. The young people benefit greatly from this friendship, while the mentors find that their involvement enriches their own lives as much as that of the child. • Polk County Mental Health Task Force, Local mental health resources and services. •Polk County UW-Extension, 715-485-8600 or polk. The Polk County UW-Extension offers parenting education, child development, grandparents raising grandchildren and financial management. Throughout the month of April, the Polk County Citizen Review Panel will be promoting a countywide Blue Ribbon Campaign through various activities. You may notice blue ribbon yard signs and parenting information throughout the communities; hear information over the radio; see articles in the paper; and talk to your kids about what they heard at school. Say Something, Do Something for Kids is an initiative of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin, a program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. To learn more about child-abuse prevention and for more ideas how to become involved, visit Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin,; Department of Children and Families,; and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, STOP child abuse! Together, we can make sure it doesn’t hurt to be a child.

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50 years ago Pvt. David L. Paulsen, from rural Frederic, and Pvt. Theodore V. Carlson, from Cushing, completed advanced artillery training at the Army Artillery and Missile School at Fort Sill, Okla.–Pvt. Raymond Nockels, son of Helen Nockels, Luck, completed basic training at Ford Leonard Wood, Mo., then specialized training at Fort Ord, Calif., after which he was transferred to Manheim, Germany, as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.– Pvt. Gary Parkins, from rural Milltown, completed advanced training as a tank crewman at Fort Hood, Texas.–Warren Melin, Frederic, and Roy Peck, Luck, retained their seats on the Butternut Dairy Board of Directors, and Norman Durow, Centuria, and William Nelson, Milltown, were elected over the incumbents.– About two-thirds of Luck Telephone Co. subscribers were set to get new phone numbers as the company was installing a new, larger switchboard to accommodate the large number of customers and to limit the number of parties on each line.–Burnett 4-H speaking contest winners were Brian Nelson, Candy Doriott and Roy Cook, senior division; Richard Melton, Dandi Marek, Lois Smith and Donis Marek, intermediate; and Susan Wicklund, Carole Peterson and Janine Lexen, junior group.–Fancy Freeze in Siren, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson, reopened for the summer on April 1.–Hilma Swerkstrom, Atlas, who came to Trade Lake from Sweden with her family when she was 2 in 1883, passed away.

40 years ago Girls basketball all-conference selections were Lori Steen, Linda Berg and Karen Chaffee, Luck; Chick Carlson and Jo Lindoo, Unity; Jerri Jorgensen, Amery; Carol Heitman and Mary Kinne, Osceola; Annette Wilhelm, Webster; and Ronna Holmquist, St. Croix Falls.– Frederic High School junior Kris Hoover was elected to the Methodist Church’s National Youth Council, one of 20 young people in the nation to be chosen.–Arlene West was on the dean’s list at Marquette University, Milwaukee, and Judy Ericksen was on the academic honors list at Evangel College, Springfield, Mo. Both girls were Frederic graduates.–The Bone Lake Beavers 4-H Club would compete at the district level with their play, written by Sylvan Erickson, called “What Really Happened.” Players were Kathy Jenssen, Duane and Daryl Bazey, Beth Johnson, Susan and Brad Schilling, Debby and Brian Randall, Jim Sorenson, Randy and Tim Lund, JoAnn Hendricks and Virgil Hochstetler.– Wendy Bloom, from Centuria, a student at UW-River Falls, was cast in the leading role of Heloise in the school’s production of “Abelard and Heloise.”–Andrea Jensen, from Frederic, and Thomas Hogg were married Feb. 13 in Milwaukee, where they would be living.–Michael Erickson and Diana Cruthers were married on Dec. 13, 1975, at the United Methodist Church in Atlas.–Gerald Knauber and Trevor Lundeen were elected to the Frederic Farmers Union board, joining Wally Olson, Chairman David McKinley and John Paulich.

20 years ago Roger Nelson, who ran the Luck Golf Course and was the Luck fire chief, was building a Kitfox airplane in his spare time, under the mentorship of Darrel Mork, of Siren, who had built a similar plane.–The Leg it in Luck run had 22 race-walkers and 117 runners. The five-mile run was won by Greg Sorensen, Spooner.–A late-season snowstorm yielded a foot of snow in the Frederic area, causing local school closures.–The Frederic High School show choir got a starred first at the solo and ensemble contest, qualifying for the state competition in Eau Claire.–Winners of $1,000 scholarships from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative were Todd Plomski, Luck; Randy Mangelsen, Siren; Rachel Kreger, Amery; Christelle Anderson, Frederic; John Maczak, Grantsburg; Linnea Peterson, St. Croix Falls, Joshua Kelch, Unity; and April Hammer, Amery.–The Siren School Board approved all-day, everyday kindergarten for the 1996-97 school year.–Connie and Terry Mattson were planning to establish a children’s garden for the children of Frederic on a village-owned lot across from their home. The plans were printed in this paper, and included a pizza garden, bean or pumpkin tipi, sunflowers, a popcorn patch and compost enclosures.–Mike Gustafson, a Luck student in Greg Netys’ civics class, qualified for the state geography bee held in Green Bay, and finished in the upper half among 101 students from around the state.–A plan to purchase Hi-Haven Resort on Big Yellow Lake and establish a foster home there for up to eight teenage boys met with a lot of opposition from neighbors to the resort.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, We had a quieter week at the shelter without any stray dogs coming in, but last week’s stray springer spaniel did get reclaimed this week. We figured he would, he was such a nice fellow. We had one stray cat brought in from 335th Avenue out of Frederic. She is a brown and black, tiger-striped tabby that is around 3 years old. We named her Lila. I have some really good news on the adoption front. Jasper and Josie, the adult pair who came in together, got adopted together. We love it when we can keep siblings together in their new homes. They left for an abode out of Danbury where they will share their new home with a pair of boxers. Lovely tortoiseshell Molly also got a home as did adorable black kitten Cadbury. We had one cat returned, siamese Darla. After four months in her Ollie new home, her new siblings still would not accept her. Not to worry, we’re sure she will get another new home in due time.



Humane Society of Burnett County Our first featured feline is a 6-month-old kitten we call Ollie. Ollie came in as a stray on April 1. Ollie is a handsome young fellow with a tiger-striped orange coat, gold eyes and white markings which includes all four paws. The first time I met Ollie was when he was in the office for the very first time. He was quite at ease as he explored his surroundings which allowed for some very nice pictures. Big dog Lily came to check him out and he didn’t seem one bit bothered by her. Shortly after, cat Peaches and Cream was brought in to see how Ollie would react to other cats. I was greatly entertained as the larger cat tried to make friends with the reluctant kitten. Ollie held his own with some very impressive hissing and growling which seemed to confuse Peaches. When Peaches’ back was turned, the little scamp reached out and tried to grab the big cat’s tail. I engaged the two cats in playing together with the big ball and string, and it quickly lowered the tension between the two. Ollie is a kitten who loves his toys and plays with abandon. He also

Frederic Senior Center Our weather stays pretty cold and wet. The winners for Spades were Jim Anderson, Roger Greenly and Doug Harlander. The winners for 500 were Rich Hustad, John La

Fond, Arnie Borchert and Dave Peterson. The nine bid went to Phyllis Peterson and Susie Hughes. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All ages are

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UM Church. Connie Quam was the hostess. Plans for the annual fundraiser on Oct. 1 were discussed. Hank and Karen Mangelsen, Nina and Lawrence Hines, and Lida Nordquist traveled to Savage, Minn., Thursday, and visited Nick and Esther Mangelsen. Donna Hines went with Lida Nordquist on Friday to the Frederic nursing home to visit their brother-in-

is no way in. It will be interesting, however, as they sure are persistent in getting what they want. Sympathy is extended to the family of Collene Nelson, who passed away March 31. I talked to an old friend, Audrey Radke, originally from Siren, on Thursday morning. Let me tell you, what a great way to start the day. Now, we go way back. We were on a bowling team for the Midtown Tavern and she was the captain. Audrey and I are the only ones left of the team. Her two aunts, Louise Half and Aunt Lucille, I can’t remember her last name, friend Vi Waldron and I had many years of fun. My, how the years have flown by. Sunday, after church, hubby and I took off for Cambridge, Minn., for a long overdue lunch with sister Mary Lou Olson and her hubby, Mark. It was quite a drive, let me tell you. We have never seen so many ducks and geese in the ponds and lakes as we did this time. We even saw a flock of trumpeter swans and a cornfield full of sandhill cranes just west of Grantsburg. Congratulations to elementary student Jasper Fingerson and high schooler Austin Tinman for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Way to go, guys.

Webster Senior Center Welcome back to the snow birds. We hope you had a happy and healthy winter. The Bingo players enjoyed treats furnished by Judy B. Come join the fun, we play every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. No need to call, just come in. There were seven players for Dominoes and seven for pool. Judy B. won at Dominoes, do you see a pattern here? Dave was the winner at pool. They play every Thursday at 1 p.m. Wii bowling once again had some high scores. Pat had high individual game at 237 and high series at 456. The Fluffy Flakes had high team game at 808 and the Happy Strikers had high team series

We hope to see you at the center.

tions that will help raise funds for the center including some extremely nice women’s coats and outfits, collectible glassware and other items that we are offering on silent bids. Come and check them out! Just some reminders of upcoming events at the center. Thursday, April 14, is the Men’s Senior

League meeting. A Medica workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. And on Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m., we will be begin having our seasonal evening dining. Make sure you stop in and sign up.

law, Arvid Pearson. They helped him celebrate his 89th birthday. Lawrence and Nina Hines, and Lida Nordquist visited Marlene and Bruce Swearingen on Friday evening. Pam and Bob Bentz were Saturday visitors of Karen and Hank Mangelsen.

People visiting Gerry and Donna Hines at various times during the week were Brian Hines, Mark Hines, Hank and Karen Mangelsen, and Lida Nordquist.

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What a dreary, wet week it was last week. Nothing but dreary gray skies and a mixture of rain and snow. I guess Old Man Winter and Mother Nature haven’t settled their dispute as to whether we should still be in the winter season or let spring come in and warm everything up. Saturday and Sunday were bright and sunny, but when you headed outdoors, Mr. North Wind was a-blowing and it made a body chill up fast. No bears this past week in bear country. I guess the little bugger that came in a couple of weeks ago wasn’t too impressed to have a large disc blade dropped on him and, for sure, getting a tooth stuck in heavy metal webbing on my apple feeder didn’t help much either. He probably decided to go someplace else for a quick meal. The robins finally arrived in bear country but still no bluebirds. I keep looking for the phoebes that nest on the deck drain pipe but, so far, none have arrived. There are going to be a few angry tree rats soon since hubby has decided that after this garbage can is empty of walnuts, they are going to have to wait until fall before they see any more. They probably will try getting into the metal containers, but there

welcome, and you don’t have to be a member. Our center is available to rent for graduations, birthdays and other parties. Enjoy spring and hope for warmer weather.

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We had a very successful fundraising rummage sale. We managed to raise $766.10. Woohoo! We have set the date for the fall rummage sale of Oct. 1, so you have all summer to get those closets cleaned. We’ve had a few nice items dropped off as dona-

Dewey-LaFollette Sympathy is extended to Loretta and Butch Vanselus and family due to the death of Loretta’s son, Harold Stone. He was 56. Sympathy is also extended to Cheryl and Scott Hotchkiss and family due to the death of Cheryl’s mother, Collene Nelson. She was 74. Clam River Tuesday Club met April 6 at Lakeview

likes people and after he exhausted himself with play, he was more than eager to be held and petted. He is a charming little fellow and would fit into most any home environment. Our second featured cat goes by the name Prince. Prince came to the shelter as a surrender on March 30. His owner found Prince about four months previous and decided to keep him, that is until she discovered she was allergic to him. Prince is a gorgeous 4-year-old cat with a long, soft orange and white coat and beautiful green eyes. Prince is a bit on the shy side. The first time he came in the office he hid under the kitchen sink. I coaxed him out to get a good look at him and get to know him better. He began purring once in my lap and sat very still and huddled in. I eventually asked manager Brenda to hold him for me so I could get some pictures. He did the same posture and purring in her lap, he seemed to like the attention. Prince is a

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Grantsburg Senior Center Did any of you attend the events of Pinko Jam this weekend? I saw a few out and about, mostly the younger generation. But I especially enjoyed one of our own, with his family, performing his musical talents. Three generations, way to go, Goepfert family! And for such a worthy cause.


very sweet and gentle fellow but because he is shy until he gets accustomed to his new environment, a quiet, calm home would probably be the best fit for him. I’ve got a feeling that he would turn into a real nice lap warmer and lover boy if given the chance. Just a reminder that our next fundraiser is coming up quickly. The annual spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the Webster Community Center. We are currently accepting new items, gift certificates, etc., at the shelter for the silent auction. Items can be dropped off now through Saturday, April 23, during our regular business hours. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the shelter or from HSBC volunteers. Prices are $3 each or a book of six for $15. The grand prize is $1,000 cash, second prize is a handmade queen-size quilt valued at $500, third prize is an iPad Mini 2, valued at $269, and fourth prize is a hotel package including a one-night stay and $20 for food from the St. Croix Casino in Danbury, valued at $120. We hope to see you at the dinner. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. You can also check us out and like us on Facebook too. Have a great week.

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at 1507. The 200 club included Bill B. 220, 200 and 200, Dana 200, Pat also a 219, Bill P. 206 and Millie 216. Good job by all. Ten came to play Horse Race on Saturday. The next game will be Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. The next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. Please plan to attend. A Driver Safety Class for seniors will be held Tuesday, May 3, at the center. More information later. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Do something memorable. See you at the center.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits Monday was the opening day for the Twins of Minnesota, in case you haven’t heard that information on the news yet. I think Thursday should be the day to go to the game, though. I hope some of you can make it to help cheer them on for a win. I don’t hear much about the Brewers on my TV, but am sure they will be enjoying Thursday’s game more too. There are lots of garage/estate sales going on already, so warmer weather is coming. Lots of activities will be planned and we need to think about what we can do to take part in them. The communi-

ty’s activities need our support. The Tuesday, April 5, 500 cards winners were Ray Nelson and Marlyce Borchert. The nine bid went to Arnie Borchert. Hand and Foot winners were Bill McGrorty and Russ Adams. The Thursday, April 7, 500 winners were Izzy Magnison and Sue Lundgren, tie, and Pat Willits. The nine bid went to Bob Norlander and Pat Willits. The Sunday, April 10, 500 winners were Kathy Smith, Marlyce Borchert and Paul Strassert. The nine bid went to Betty Wilson and Gary Wendt. The senior center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls, phone 715-483-1901.

Siren Senior Center Welcome back to our snowbirds who have returned. It was nice to see some back playing cards and enjoying the evening meal. We are getting items in for the silent auction and door prizes. We have a large selection to bid on. Stop in to the center and check out the items. Anyone can come and bid on the things. You do not have to be present when the drawings are done. We are hoping people will stop in and do some bidding to support the senior center. Remember our center is available to rent for meetings, graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. We have some news about our Wii bowling. We had a good week with several good scores. Rose Miller had seven strikes in a row and ended up with a score of 226. She also had a 213. Abby Brand had a 216. All of us are trying hard to master picking up splits. We come so close but then only take one of the standing pins. We would love to have more bowlers. We bowl on Tuesday at 9 a.m. If you don’t want to bowl, how about coming and taking part in the peanut gallery? Tuesday at 1 p.m. we play Dime Bingo. This is a fun time and a chance to visit with others. We would

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like to see more people join us. You can even win cash prizes when you holler Bingo. Special thanks to Darwin and Marilyn Niles for donating a large can of coffee to the center for our cards. We really appreciate getting the gift. Spades winners were Lorna Erickson, Marion Obszarny, Dale Sicard, Barb Geske and Pat Bresina. Spades winners were Dale Sicard, John LaFond, Darwin Niles, Steve Wenthe and Marie Bentley. It’s nice to have at least one woman in the winning list. Have you noticed all the robins digging in the yards? This must be a sign that spring is actually on its way. The temperatures lately remind us that Mother Nature is not ready to change the seasons. Have a good week and keep Saturday, April 30, on your calendar.

Dates to remember: Thursday, April 21: Monthly meeting. Saturday, April 30: 500 card party 1 p.m. with silent auction, door prizes and lunch. Thursday, June 2: Music in the Park will start again.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Jasper is an 8-month-old black and white tuxedo kitten with mittens. He likes to pretend he is a secret agent, casing the cat room with acrobatic skill, discovering missing toy mice and pretending to playing nice with the other felines. He blends in well with people, soaking up attention and praise. Jasper is curious and playful. He is always on the go, checking out the scene and who’s who. His attention to detail would serve him well as a master mouse catcher. Jasper is looking for a home of his own to search for clues and welcoming laps. Without many animals at the shelter, adoptions were quiet but joyful. Collin had been waiting for a home since January. He was a quiet unassuming buff tabby looking for that special someone. He went home with his blue-gray kennel mate, Victor. Together they will be enjoying the home of a lovely woman who found them delightful as a pair. Suzette, the beagle coonhound, met her lookalike twin, and the two of them hit it off right away. It was fun to see two young dogs so happy to see one another, licking each other’s faces and offering play bows to get the play date started. The twin brother had been adopted from another shelter and came to meet our Suzette to seal the deal. Their Jasper

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County adopter was one happy fellow with two, nearly fullgrown hound mix puppies in his lap. Just what he was looking for. An extra-large black Lab/Newfoundland mix we named Huey came to the shelter as a stray. He arrived with a rear toe that had the tip sliced off. A veterinary exam told us that the toe would need to be amputated. Huey loves to play fetch. He is all Lab in that way. As much as he likes his treats, Huey is more motivated by a tennis ball. At 115 pounds, Huey is a handsome, extra-large black Lab/Newfie puppy. He can be a bull in a china shop mainly because of his size and enthusiasm. Huey is all about living in the moment. An after-surgery cone for Huey will not fit in our kennels. We are looking for an adoptive home for Huey that will take on the recovery care after his surgery. A recovery time of two to three weeks will require indoor care, bandage changes and constant surveillance to be sure he doesn’t disturb the healing process by licking. It is a tall order. Huey is worth it. If you want to add an extra-large Lab to your household and are ready for the challenge,

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Birth announcement Born at Burnett Medical Center: A boy, Hugo Bede Thiede, born April 6, 2016, to Derek and Elizabeth Thiede of Pine City, Minn. Hugo weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., and was 20 inches long. Sib-

come to meet Huey at the shelter. We would like to meet you. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the online Arnell Humane Society page for giveBIG St. Croix Valley, have a look to get ready for this big event. In two weeks, on Tuesday, April 26, our community is hosting a oneday-of-giving event to support local nonprofits. Your donation to Arnell Humane Society will help us provide shelter to homeless dogs and cats, reunite lost pets with their owners and create new beginSuzettE with her adopter and her new twin brother. nings for adopting families and pets. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715 Help us continue the work we do for the animals in 268-7387 (PETS) or online, and your community. Go online to to find Facebook. the Arnell Humane Society giveBIG page.

Preregistration is required at least one week prior lings are Edmund, Adrian and Otto. Grandparents are Kathy Mathias of Woodbury, Minn., and Paul and to the start of each class and can be done by contacting Amy Aguado at Luck Community Education Dee Thiede of Pequot Lakes, Minn. at 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or amya@lucksd.k12.

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From the Dresser, Osceola & Garfield Fire Association for the successful Spaghetti Fundraiser

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THANK YOU Fawn-Doe-Rosa Federated Co-op Ferrellgas Fiesta Loca Fireworks Forever First National Community Bank Fox Ranch Beef Frontier Ag & Turf Grandstrand Funeral Home Hauge Dental Ida Mae’s Indigo Iris J. Kessler Jeweler Jim’s Auto Repair Jones Automotive Joyful Morning Kassel Tap Krooked Kreek Golf Course L.A.D. Auto Crushing Lake Kountry Lamperts Leadholm & LaMere Insurance Luck Golf Course Lucky Panda MarketPlace Foods Menards Miki Jo’s Bar & Grill Neumann Dairy Farm Northern Lights Chiropractic Osceola Auto Body Osceola Cleaners Osceola Rod & Gun Club Osceola Vet Clinic

Water aerobics Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 26 - June 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays, April 27 - June 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Instructor: Janet Erickson. Fee: $55.50/$30 seniors. Ongoing classes every six weeks. Preregister by Tuesday, April 19.

Gluten-free cooking Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Nico SanFilippo. Fee: $20/$30 per couple. Preregister by Thursday, April 21.

Grilling great foods

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Action Services Amery Chev Amery Electronics and Tobacco Shop Amery Family Restaurant Andrie Electric artZ Gallery Bending Branches Bernick’s Bill’s Ace Hardware Birch Street Bar Boss Equipment Boyd’s Outdoor Power Brickfire Pizza Bremer Bank, Amery CARQUEST Chateau St. Croix Winery Club 53 Complete Automotive Connecting Point, Amery Copy Shop Core Products Croixland Leather Works Custom Fire Cyclova XC Daeffler’s Quality Meats Dancing Dragonfly Winery Dick’s Fresh Market Dick’s Party Barge Dresser Trap Rock Inc. Easy IT Guys Expressions Coffee House F&A Dairy Falls Orthodontics

Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Barb Kass. Fee: $5. Preregister by Tuesday, April 19.

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Tuesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. Instructors: Barb Kass and Mike Miles. Fee: $13/$8.75 seniors, plus $8 supply fee due to the instructor prior to the class. Preregister by Tuesday, April 26.

How to grow a giant pumpkin

April 28. Class size is limited.

Family wildflower saunter on the Ice Age Trail Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., Lions Park in St. Croix Falls. Instructor: Barb Delaney. Free.

Beginning PowerPoint Tuesday and Thursday, May 10 and 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Amy Klous. Fee: $30/$17.25 seniors. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister by Tuesday, May 3.

Knife skills, advanced Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Instructor: Nico SanFilippo. Fee: $10/co-op members free. Preregister with Luck Community Ed by Tuesday, May 3. Must have already taken beginner class.

Boaters Safety Call for May dates, 5:30-8 p.m., ages 10 and older. Instructor: Jeffrey Hahn. Fee: $10

Who me? Yes, you can teach! Do you have a technical or fun skill that you’d like to teach others? We’re always looking for people who’d enjoy sharing what they know. Check out the previous classes list under the community tab on the Luck School website for ideas. We’re scheduling September through December classes now. Call Amy Aguado to talk about the options and decent pay teaching through community education and WITC at 715-472-2152, ext.103.

Thursday, May 5, 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Joe Ailts. Fee: $15/$20 per family. Preregister by Thursday,

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Centuria Public Library Good books for first and second grade – chapter books By the time children get into the first and second grade, they are ready for chapter books. There are many authors that write specifically for children of this age group and they write a series of books that fall into the chapter book category. Here at the Centuria Public Library, we have many chapter books. Recently, we added some new titles to our chapter book collection. These books are cataloged as easy chapter books and can be used with the very beginning reader. Books that are recommended are: “The Boy with the Sweet-Treat Touch,” by Laura North “Big Bad Wolf and the Robot Pig,” by Laura North “Pirates are Stealing Our Cows,” by Martin Remphry “The Pirates on Holiday,” by Adam and Charlotte Guillain “Cinderella: The Terrible Truth,” by Laura North “Dragons vs Dinos,” by Ann Bryant “Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book – Search for Scooby Snacks” “Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book – Treasure Hunt”

“Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book – Dinosaur Dig” “Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book – Clues at the Carnival” “Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book – The Catnapped Caper” “Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book – The Pizza Place Ghost”

library and connect to the Internet to search the Web or connect with Facebook. The library has four public-use computers available for anyone who has the need to use a computer. Library staff is available to assist anyone with their computer needs.

Library materials

New materials to support reading

The new books for 2016 are arriving. Stop in and browse through our library collections. We have new adult books by the most popular authors available for you to check out. Many new DVDs are being added every week to the collection. Wonderful, high-interest books are available for preschoolers to check out and participate in the BeeA-Reader Program that promotes reading literacy for preschoolers. If there is a book you would like to read and the library does not have it, please consult with a librarian and we will be happy to assist you in requesting the material you are looking for.

The library is developing a library collection that supports reading in school. Many new chapter books have been added to the collection for the young emerging reader. In addition, many high interest books that promote growth in areas of science and social studies have been added to the collection. Stop in soon and see what we have to offer here in Centuria to support the learning concepts that are being taught in school.

Wi-Fi hot spot The library has free Wi-Fi for public use. Bring your devices to the

Hours The library is open six days a week. The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Libraries Transform Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Libraries are many things to many people. Celebrate National Libraries Week by letting us know what the SCFPL is to you! Stop in, call, use Facebook, email or tweet! Visit

“The Grapes of Wrath” Big Read Event at the Chateau St. Croix Join the St. Croix Falls Public Library and St. Croix Festival Theatre for a vignette performance of “The Grapes of Wrath” on Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m., followed by a discussion facilitated by Professor Carolyn Wedin. Admission is free. Wine, cheese and crackers for sale from Chateau St. Croix. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Little Free Library and library branches located

in St. Croix Valley communities between St. Croix Falls and Hastings, Minn.

Coming up On Friday, April 22, The Science Museum of Minnesota presents Solids, Liquids & Gases! Grades 3-5, 1 p.m. in the Dresser Village Hall – a collaborative event between Osceola, Dresser and SCFPL. Also on April 22, Everyone’s Earth Day Celebration at the SCFPL – make wildflower seed bombs beginning at 3 p.m., stay for drum and song circles and the 2009 movie “Fresh” at 6:30 p.m. Come for some of it or all of it! Tuesday, April 26, is give big in the St. Croix Valley – Contribute and make a difference! Saturday, April 30 is Spring Awakenings in St. Croix Falls – check our website for more details on these events.

Spring Chicks and Frogs Check ‘em out live at the library.

Youth Programming Monday through Thursday - baking, coloring, gardening, maple

syrup and more -- check it out on our website! Media Lab every Wednesday, Pokemon Club first and third Thursdays / Minecrafters Guild second and fourth Thursdays – stop by and grab a calendar, or print one off the Web.

Adult activities Card Club every other Monday at 10 a.m.; Strategy Games every other Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.; Adult Coloring every Wednesday 1 – 2 p.m.; Open Art Time Fridays 10 a.m. to noon. Classic Movie Mondays, the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m.

Story time Fun learning for preschool families including singing, games, stories, and crafts on Fridays 10:30 a.m.

Hours/contact The library is open from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. Phone: 715-483-1777. Email: Online: You can also find us on Facebook.

Balsam Lake Public Library National Library Week April 10-16 is National Library Week, and in celebration we are offering you a chance at great deals and prizes. Just visit any participating Balsam Lake business and show them your library card (any library card from anywhere) and you will be qualified to receive a “deal” at that business. Then visit the library to enter for a cash prize. It’s that easy. The participating businesses are Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn; Balsam Lake Health Mart Pharmacy; Balsam Lake Hardware & Rental; Basically Balsam; Doc’s Pub and Eatery; Indianhead Supper Club; Subway; The Highway 46 Store; Ledger Newspapers; Main Street Cafe and Reeds Sunnyside Marina.

answered. Space is limited. For more specific times or to sign up, call or email us. Barb Krueger from Krueger Solutions is also available for personal appointments, contact her directly for more information at 651-343-5078 or email:

Story time Story time is for children 18 months to 5 years and is held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with stories and activities.

Movies “Norm of the North,” released in 2015 and rated G, will be shown Thursday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. For all ages.

Book club Book Etc. meets in the community room at the library, every third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

Anytime, Anywhere Book Club Anytime, Anywhere is a completely online book club for adults. It’s all online, so you can join the discussion whenever you have time. For more information visit the book club page on Facebook, AnytimeAnywhereBookClub.

Friends of the Library meet

Wisconsin Emergency Management Preparedness Presentation


A presentation to help you be better prepared should a disaster occur will be held Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.

Tween Time

Hours and contact info

Thursday, April 28: Jewelry making for tweens. All programs begin at 4:30 Thursday afternoons. Ride bus 304 after school, get dropped off right here at the library.

Check out our website, We offer free Wi-Fi, public computers, faxing and copying, free coffee and an inviting atmosphere. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For the most updated information, like us on Facebook or email us at library@balsamlakepl. org. Our phone number is 715-485-3215.

For kids and families: Check our website and Facebook for the most current activities.

Tech time Sign up for a 30-minute session and get your technology questions

Lego Club will be held Thursday, April 21, 4:30 p.m.

Cribbage Play Cribbage at the library Wednesday afternoons beginning at

Friends of the Balsam Lake Public Library will meet Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.

Frederic Public Library Book group meets April 14 The evening book group will meet Thursday, April 14 (note date change), at 6:30 p.m., at the Chateau St. Croix to talk about “The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck. This discussion is part of the St. Croix Valley Big Read and everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Copies of the books are available at the library, and new book group members are always welcome.

Wacky Wednesday morning fun It’s story time for preschoolers and their caregivers Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with books and music and activities. Come and be part of the energy!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is for children who have not started 5-year-old kindergarten. Keep track of the books read to your children, and for every 100 books the kids get stickers and

record their progress on a wall mural at the library. Register soon and join the fun.

Neighbors helping neighbors The library collects food product labels for Frederic school projects, eyeglasses for the Lions and groceries for the local food shelf. Recycle at the library.

Technology help Need to create an email account? Want to do some research? Bring in your concerns and we will help you find the answers. We can also show you how to download free e-books. If you have questions about terminology, Internet, email, Facebook or anything else computer-related, talk to us.

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Play Dough Club April 20 We are starting a new preschool program running every third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. This program is free and open to ages 6 months to 4 years old. Caregiver supervision is required. We will provide the play dough and accessories, but feel free to bring your own, or donate materials. We look forward to seeing all the little ones playing and having fun.

Keep in touch Like us on Facebook at Frederic Public Library. Our website is Email us at The Frederic Public Library is at 127 Oak St. West, 715-327-4979. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for preschoolers is held every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Wireless is available 24/7 inside (and outside) of the library.

Milltown Public Library Upcoming events we are beginning to plan for:

Computer basics

Building project information

Child Development Days at Unity School, April 21 and 22. Summer Reading Program – plans are completed and we are working with Balsam Lake and Centuria on finalizing the calendar. Movies in the Park (and at the Lake) – plans have been made for three movies in Milltown and one at Half Moon Beach. Preparation for our upcoming book sale during Fisherman’s Party as well as a rock climbing wall and also a movie in the park are almost finalized.

Open lab for beginners is available on Mondays at 1 and 2 p.m. Sign up for an hour-long session at the circulation desk or call 715-8252313.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, please email mplbuilding. or call the library.

Current events Please stop in or call the library about our Food for Fines program during the month of April.

Ongoing events Fiber arts group The next fiber arts group for adults will be on Thursday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. If you knit, crochet, quilt, sew or engage in any of the fiber arts, bring your current project to the library for a casual gathering with other like-minded folks. We’ll work on our projects together as we share tips and chat. No registration required.

Morning story time Morning story time is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Join the group for a half-hour of stories, singing and fun. Designed for toddlers and preschool-age children. Stay tuned for new summertime hours starting in June.

Create and Connect This program is an all-ages art and social night and is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. This is a great night for the whole family to choose stories together and to exercise creative energies.

Bee-A-Reader Bee-A-Reader and complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is a literacy program, offered at all three Unity area libraries, designed to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten. Children ages birth to 5 can sign up and start or continue reading.

Order Schwan’s online You can support the building project by placing your Schwan’s order online using this link: A portion of your order will be gifted to the library.

Hours and information Phone: 715-825-2313, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Email Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served every day. Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio and even e-books and e-audiobooks.

Join the Friends of the Milltown Public Library The next meeting is Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m., at the library. Anyone can be a member and can help in many ways.


Luck Smelt Fry 2016

The Luck royalty spent the day on Saturday, April 9, selling, serving and assisting with all sorts of smelt-based activities.

The smelt fry is a social event, but it also includes some tasty vittles.

RIGHT: The smelt fry had lots of helpers, young and younger, to assist with raffle ticket sales.

Beverage sales also required dedicated volunteers at the Northland Ambulance Smelt Fry Fundraiser.

Volunteers braved the cold to cook the smelt for hundreds.

It’s hard to keep the smell of the smelt off your clothes, even when you’re cooking outdoors.

Photos by Greg Marsten

LEFT: The Luck Fire Hall served as a home to the annual Northland Ambulance Smelt Fry on Saturday, April 9.


Awards, comedy highlight BCTC gala The Burnett County Must-Dos awards presented at event to recognize importance of tourism GRANTSBURG - More than 100 business people and Mary Mack fans enjoyed an evening of fine food, prizes and laughter at the second-annual Burnett County Tourism Coalition Gala held Tuesday, April 5, at the Crex Convention Center (T-Dawgs) in Grantsburg. During the social hour before dinner, BCTC Vice President Nancy Herman gave an update of the tourism group’s 2015 accomplishments and activities that included a February ice-fishing contest and a booth at the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs Sports Show. The coalition also received two grants - from Polk Burnett and Burnett County Tourism. Herman presented certificates to representatives of the “Top 10 Must-Dos” voted by visitors to the website. The Gala dinner menu featured a Caribbean theme, and five guests won $150 cash prizes. The highlight of the evening came as Webster native Mary Mack, along with her husband, comedian Tim Harmstrom, poked fun at Upper Midwest culture, eccentric family, and the chaos of everyday life. Income from fundraisers like the gala are being used to execute marketing strategies designed to

promote tourism throughout Burnett County, such as hiring a digital marketing specialist to broaden and increase the use of social media. BCTC meets monthly with general membership meetings open to anyone with an interest in tourism promotion. The next general membership meeting is May 12. Volunteers are needed for committees such as events, marketing and membership. Watch for details on Facebook: BurnettCountyWI and in local papers. For additional information email - with information from Harriet Rice 2016 Burnett County TOP 10 MUST-DOs Water - Swimming (Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association) Wildlife - Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Culture/History - Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Trail - Timberland Hills Ski Trails Event - St. Patrick’s Day Parades - Siren, Webb Lake and Yellow Lake Arts - Voyager Village Arts and Crafts Show Stay - The Lodge at Crooked Lake Eat - Tesora Restaurant/Woodshed Tavern - The Shop Bar & Grill, A & H Shop - The Shops at the Lodge

Comedian Tim Harmstrom was part of the gala’s entertainment.

The Shop Bar & Grill was recognized for being in Burnett County’s Top 10 Must-Do, in the tavern category. Kenna Gall accepts the award from Nancy Herman.

Recognized for being chosen as the Top 10 Must-Do events were the St. Patrick’s Day parades at Yellow Lake, Siren and Webb Lake. Accepting the awards from Nancy Herman, respectively, were Chuck Anderson, Dave Alden and Vicki Main.

Those who attended the BCTC Gala were treated to a free copy of the new Burnett County Tourism Guide. - Photos submitted

Laughing was a big part of the Burnett County Tourism Coalition Gala on Tuesday, April 5, as audience members listened to married comedians Mary Mack and Tim Harmstrom. Five $150 cash prizes were presented by Chuck Anderson (right) to (L to R): Andy Peloquin, Craig Dorn, Sue Smedegard and Brooke Johnson, and not shown: Mike Trudeau.

BCTC board member Chuck Anderson (left) served as emcee. BCTC President Larry Main drew the winning tickets for the cash prizes.

More than 100 businesspeople and Mary Mack fans enjoyed an evening of fine food, prizes and laughter at the second-annual Burnett County Tourism Coalition Gala held Tuesday, April 5, at the Crex Convention Center (T-Dawgs) in Grantsburg.


BCTC gala/cont’d from previous page

Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park program director Steve Wierschem accepts his Top 10 Must-Dos in Burnett County award - culture/history division - from BCTC Vice President and producer of the 2016 Burnett County Guide and Map Nancy Herman. Herman signed all the certificates as producer of the guide and map since the Top 10 was first published in the guide in January. The Top 10 winners are listed on the website ( and voting for 2017 is available there, also.

Mary Mack (left), jokes with BCTC board member Harriet Rice upon receiving a memento-gift after the show. ABOVE RIGHT: Mary Mack and her comedian husband, Tim Harmstrom, kept the gala guests in stitches during their hour-long show. Mack, a graduate of Webster High School, has made a mark nationally on the comedy circuit.

Photos courtesy Nancy Herman

Accepting the Top 10 Must-Dos in Burnett County - in the categories of arts, where to stay and where to shop - were (L to R) Steve Wierschem, Chuck Anderson, Dave Alden, Kenna Gall, Vicki Main and Jennifer Johnson (Voyager Village Arts and Crafts Show); Andy Peloquin, Cassie Mercer and owner/executive chef Jon Dykeman (Tesora/Woodshed); Kim Johnson (Acorn Pantry); Holly Mangelsen (Tesora/Woodshed and Acorn Pantry owner); and Karen Howe (Syren General/The Shops at the Lodge).

Comedian Mary Mack poses with her nieces, Emily Gall (left) and Kenna Gall (right). The mother to the Gall sisters is Kari Budge, owner of The Shop Bar & Grill. Mack, a favorite on radio shows and podcasts around the country, has been seen in the Vancouver Comedy Fest, the Andy Kaufman Awards, Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and the San Francisco Sketch Fest as one of “The Dozen” up-and-coming headliners designated by the festival. She had her national TV debut on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

Flamingo Bingo a success for Angels Island MILLTOWN — The Saturday, April 9, Flamingo Bingo raised more than $9,000 for Angels Island park in Milltown. Only 200 Bingo tickets were available, and all were sold said organizer Nancy LeMay. The proceeds will be used to purchase and install outdoor fitness equipment dedicated to children lost to suicide. The event included a taco feed and 20 rounds of Bingo, plus about 50 door prizes. Many of the prizes were worth well over $100, with many close to $200. Flamingo Bingo is projected to be an annual event, organizers said. — submitted

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Steve Jacobson was the lucky winner of the brandnew guitar autographed by country singers.

These five costumed sisters banded together to help raise money for Angels Island in Milltown, having a fun day together.

Angie White poses with the Mickey Mouse and Olaf that she won.

The Flamingo Bingo costume contest drew a large number of participants in a wide array of pink.

All 200 Bingo tickets were sold for the Saturday, April 9, Flamingo Bingo event in Milltown.


Siren students present PFCT’s “Robin Hood”

The Sheriff of Nottingham’s deputies stand at attention and wait for commands. Shown (L to R) are Regan Belisle, Dillon Buskirk, Tristan Taylor, Jayden Vander Veldon, Rylee Nelson, Annie Schultz, Nick Mulroy and Macy Bentley. Moms For Kids has sponsored Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre productions for numerous year, paid through funds raised at its carnival. The 26th-annual carnival took place on Saturday, April 9, at Siren School.

Prince John wasn’t the smartest or strongest but he may have been the funniest. Joel Hillman hammed it up to the audiences delight while the snotty sheriff’s daughters played by Justine Phernetton and Abby Hayman, are glued to their phones in this classic tale with a modern twist.

Robin Hood, played by North Hinze, and some of his Merry Band open the Prairie Fire Children’s version of the classic tale singing about how life is easy in Sherwood. Shown (L to R) back row: Jolena Lightfeather, Allie Bassett, Mackenzie Hicks, Hinze, Shawnee Phernetton, Destini Swanson, Gabe Dugger and Rebekah Dugger. Front row: Angel Lightfeather, Lola Porter, Hannah Hillman, Greta Johnson, Olivia Hinze, Lake Hinze and Layla Porter.

Tutors were hired to teach Maiden Marian and provide some comic relief for the crowd. The French tutor was played by Jalynn Nelson, music was taught by Grace Schultz and history by Lilly Schmidt.

The grunting gnomes, played by (L to R) Spencer Hinze, Daniel Dugger, Waylon Meyer, Brooklyn Diver, Ronald Anderson, MacKenzie Shires, Jonathan Dugger, Olivia Lightfeather and Zavyer Anderson, caused destruction and mayhem during Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s musical version of “Robin Hood.”

Photos Becky Strabel

Two professional directors help the students throughout the five days of rehearsal. Shown is Bryan Farthing with King Richard, locally known as Macy Bentley.The play was presented on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at Siren school.

The fairies of Sherwood Forest call out to inhabitants of the woods. Shown (L to R) are Kylie Tollander, Rylie Schmidt, Emma Kolander and Macy Tollander.

The magical fairies sang and danced around the stage as part of the Moms For Kids sponsored weeklong theatrical event. Shown (L to R) are Chloe Bergeron, Montana Kalevang, Stephanie Kanke and Ava Pearson. Moms For Kids is a community group that has supported Siren students for over 25 years.


Big crowds crowd downtown Grantsburg for Pinko Jam

Hatty Swiggs hit high notes during his set at the Rendezvous on Saturday afternoon, April 9, during the annual Pinko Jam celebration.

Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Big crowds filled downtown Grantsburg on Saturday, April 9, for the 17th-annual Pinko Jam music fest fundraiser. Though the weather was a bit breezy, it didn’t seem to bother folks as they bopped back and forth between the three Grantsburg venues offering performances by a host of live bands playing throughout the day and evening. Hummer ’s Rendezvous, the Grantsburg American Legion, and Denny’s Downtown Lanes hosted this year’s lineup of local and regional talent. All the bands jamming throughout the day and evening donated their time for the fundraiser, held to benefit area special education students and special needs individuals. Event organizers, with the help of many volunteers, sold raffle tickets and took donations during the event with all proceeds going to fund the purchase of equipment, participation in special events, and field trips for kids and adults to enjoy.

Pinko Jam gave people of all ages a chance to dance all day and all night long.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

LEFT: Mother and daughter duo, Shawna and RuthAnn Pederson, members of the Goepfert Band, sang vocals and played guitar during the group’s set at the Legion last Saturday evening, April 9.

Vernon Bistram started out the Legion’s entertainment lineup playing country classics with friends Al Parson on keyboard and Kevin Louden on guitar.

Scott Harter and Friends performed favorite country tunes at Hummer’s Rendezvous Saturday evening. Shown (L to R) are Ken Roberts, Scott Harter and Nick Roberts. RuthAnn Pederson on the sax and her uncle, Willie Goepfert, on guitar showed the family talent while performing with other relatives in the Goepfert Band at the Legion Hall.

Ken Roberts, member of the Scott Harter and Friends band, blew the crowd away with his awesome trumpet sounds. Jukebox Live belted out tunes at Denny’s Downtown Lanes.

Gypsy Wagyn, featuring Austin Drury on guitar and vocalist Robyn Gorkiewicz, performed their talented mix of blues, folk and classic rock at Denny’s Downtown Lanes.

Event organizers and many volunteers sold tickets for raffles and took donations during Pinko Jam with all proceeds going to fund the purchase of equipment, participation in special events, and field trips for special needs kids and adults to enjoy.



Swedish fiddle group to WEST DENMARK TO HOST VOCAL DUO perform April 24

AMERY - Spelmanslag, the Swedish fiddlers group from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, will be performing on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., at the Amery High School auditorium. They play the traditional folk music of Sweden including traditional dance tunes such as waltzes, schottisches and polkas. Sweden’s tradition of fiddle music goes back hundreds of years as well. Swedes say there’s a tune for every occasion from weddings, baptisms and funerals to dances, feasts and holidays. Tickets are available at the door and at Chet Johnson Drug and Bremer Bank. For more information, visit their website at – submitted

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The West Denmark Heritage Council will present the vocal duo of Bill and Kate Isles Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Denmark Parish Hall, 2492 170th St., Luck. They are a nationally touring singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minn. They currently hold 150 shows per year, presenting their profoundly meaningful songs. Bill’s wife, Kate, is his co-writer and musical collaborator. Audiences are endeared to her gentle presence, luscious vocals and intuitive harmonies. They will be joined by their young bandmates, Sarah and Derek Birkeland, on bass and mandolin. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 715-472-2383. – Photo submitted

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FREDERIC - The Wilderness Fellowship will be continuing their Prepare Series with a two-part series on forgiveness. The first part will be held Saturday, April 16, and the second part will be held Saturday, May 21. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Have you ever found yourself thinking any of the following statements? • “There’s no unforgiveness in my heart.” • “There’s no way I could ever forgive them for what they did.” • “They don’t deserve to be forgiven.” • “I’ve forgiven them, but I’ll never be able to forget what they did.” • “I really have forgiven, but I still struggle with feelings of hurt.” These events are designed to help people deal honestly and fully with any unforgiveness that may be in their hearts. Come for one day or for both days. A freewill offering will be received to cover expenses. When you make your reservation, let them know if you plan to purchase lunch for $5 per person. Please register by the Thursdays before, April 14 or May 19, by calling 715-327-8564 or sending an email to - submitted

LUCK KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 19, AT 7 P.M. IN THE LUCK SCHOOL CAFETERIA This evening is designed for parents only, so they may have a better understanding of the kindergarten program and details of their child’s day at school. If your child is currently enrolled in our 4-K Program in Balsam Lake, your child will bring home a registration packet to be completed by you and returned on April 19. If your child does not go to the 4-K Program, then a packet may be picked up at the Luck Elementary School Office anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Those children that are not enrolled in 4-K will also need to bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization records. A school physical will be required to attend Kindergarten. According to state law, (chapter 429, section 118.14), a child must be five years old on or before September 1, in order to go to kindergarten in the fall. If you have questions regarding this, please call us at 715644234 23-25a 34-35L 472-2153, ext. 108.


OBITUARIES Robert “Bob” Alan Dale, 61, of Grantsburg, Wis., passed away April 3, 2016. Bob was born Nov. 20, 1954, in Grantsburg, Wis., to Vincent and Matilda (Johnson) Dale. Bob went to grade school and graduated from Grantsburg High School. Bob was employed by CBS Construction and was given a service award for his 20-plus years of service. Bob enjoyed his job, he looked forward to going into work every day. He was loved by his co-workers and they meant a great deal to him. He was an early riser. You wouldn’t be surprised if you got an early good morning call from him. If you didn’t answer, he would call you until you got out of bed. Bob was always a generous, loving, giving, sharing kind of guy. He loved to make everyone around him happy. If you ever needed any help all you had to do was call “Uncle Bob.” Bob never missed a family event. He was very involved in his nieces’ and nephews’ activities and sports. He was like a grandpa to all of them. Bob enjoyed working in his yard, raising flowers, feeding the birds and his cats. He also enjoyed the last 11 years traveling across the country with his life partner, Jean Greski. Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by life partner, Jean Greski; sister, Linda (Dale) Carrier; brother, Larry (Deb) Dale; nieces, Shelley (Mac) Guptil, Amy Carrier and Tanya Imme; great-nieces and nephews, MacKenna, Mason, Gunner and Paisley; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Thursday, April 7, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 8, at Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg, with Pastor Sandy Hutchens officiating. Burial will take place at the Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kenny Luke, Joel Glover, Doyle Christian, Dean Selander, Jim Melin and Neil Viebrock. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Homes. Online condolences can be made at

Patricia Ann Walburn Patricia Ann Walburn, 70, of Spooner, Wis., passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at her residence in rural Spooner - Northwoods Group Home. Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, April 27, at the Crossroads Christian Church in Webster, Wis. Please see for updated information. A full obituary will appear in an upcoming edition. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Connie M. Swenson Connie Swenson, 60, of Oakdale, Minn., passed away April 6, 2016. Connie was born Jan. 19, 1956, to Harold and Jean Swenson. She grew up in Indian Creek and graduated from Frederic High School. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Jean; and brother, Marty. She is survived by children, Aaron (Angel) Zook, Jamie Alexander (Adam) and their father, Stephen Zook; grandchildren, Alyssa and Aaron Jr., Alexa and Madelyn; brother, Rich (Patty) Swenson; and many relatives and friends. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2119 Stillwater Ave., E. St. Paul, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass.

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Sue passed away Feb. 28, 2016, in Amery, Wis., due to complications from respiratory issues. She was 70. Sue was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., to Arthur and Florence Clark. In 1949 she and her mother, Florence, moved to Darfur, Minn., with her stepfather, Glen. There she attended Darfur Elementary School and graduated from Comfrey High School Comfrey, Minn., in 1963. Sue married Everett Snow in 1964. They welcomed two children, Deanna and Dan. They divorced in 1971. Sue then met the love of her life, William “Bill” Horsley, in Sioux City, Iowa. They married on April 4, 1977. They and the children moved to the Luck, Wis., area in the fall of 1977. The Horsleys then moved to the Frederic, Wis., area in 1979 where William served as Mr. Mom and Sue worked as a bartender/waitress for the Clam Falls and Indian Creek taverns. When not working, Sue loved attending her children’s sporting events. Sue also worked for the Beaudry Company for several years before deciding to return to college. Sue, her daughter, Deanna and her son, Dan, all attended college at the same time. Sue graduated with honors from WITC in Rice Lake, Wis., with a degrees in information technology 1990 and accounting in 1991. She worked for the Barron County Courthouse until her retirement in 2001. She went back to bartending with a job in Lewis and ended her working career as a cook at Wilkins on Bone Lake. Sue is survived by her daughter, Deanna Snow, of Cumberland, Wis.; her son, Dan (Lora) Horsley of Frederic; four step-grandchildren, Rachel, Robbert, Rhaya and Ryan; three grand-weiners, Jasmine, Jaegar and Jake; her brothers, Bob (Jo) Norell of New Brighton, Minn., and Rick (Pat) Norell of Idaho Falls, Idaho; her sister, Linda (John) Gay of Columbia, S.C.; her two nephews and three nieces; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her mother, Florence; her stepfather, Glen; her uncle, John; and her aunt, Laura. Sue was interred next to Bill in a private ceremony on April 3, marking the 39th anniversary of Sue and Bill’s marriage. A Celebration of Life will take place on April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Luck Lions Building (DBS Hall) on 3rd Avenue in Luck.All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sue’s life. Any memorials will be used to defray expenses. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

Florence “Shirley” (Durushia) Simons passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at age 74 years, 4 months and 5 days. Shirley was born in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to Edwin and Astrid Erickson on Nov. 19, 1941. Shirley had four sisters: Mabel, Millie, Harriet and Jeanette; and one brother, Buddy. Shirley had a love for traveling but especially driving, even if it was only her father to work at Nevers Dam. Shirley enjoyed picking wild berries, playing in the creek in the backyard and she loved music. Shirley’s favorites were Ray Price, Elvis and anything that was jazzy. Although spending most of her school years in Wolf Creek, she graduated from St Croix Falls High School in the spring of 1960. Shirley was united in marriage to Larry Durushia on July 1, 1961, in Cushing, Wis. To this union two children were born, daughter Kellie and son Gregory. Shirley and Larry lived and raised their family in Columbia Heights Minn., where Shirley worked at Honeywell. In 1978 Shirley and Larry bought the Cushing Corners Store. It didn’t take long to realize the living quarters behind the store was a little small for their family and Shirley’s beloved dog, Caesar. Larry and Shirley built a house across the creek from where she grew up, where you could see another of Shirley’s passions in her yard work and love for lighthouses and water. Shirley loved everything about water except to be in a boat on it. Shirley ran the Cushing Corners Store for 10 years where she always had a smile and a good word or two or three. A few years later Larry and Shirley parted ways. She met Douglas Simons. They were married March 24, 1991, after which Shirley continued her love for travel on the back of Doug’s HarleyDavidson. They enjoyed camping in their fifth-wheel camper up along the North Shore because Shirley loved the water, watching the ships and just spending time with Doug. They also enjoyed going out to eat and trying different places. Shirley and Doug were very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in North Branch, Minn. Shirley was baptized and confirmed in March of 1997. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Astrid; sisters, Mabel, Millie and Jeanette; and brother, Buddy; grandson, Shawn Wilson; and brothersin-law, John Durushia, Jack Bergin and Clarence “Roscoe” Simons. Shirley is survived by her husband of 25 years, Doug Simons; daughter, Kellie (Jim) Wilson; son, Greg (Julie) Durushia; granddaughter, Tess Durushia; grandsons, Jesse (Britt) Wilson and Josey Wilson; stepchildren, Marvin (Bonnie) Colburn, Richard (Terry) Simons, Barbara (Kevin) Pahl, David (Jan) Simons, Lori Simons and Brian Simons; her sister, Harriet Durushia; brother-in-law, Glenn Lucken; sister-in-law, Carol Erickson; and many nieces and nephews and step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in North Branch. Interment was in Wolf Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home – Edling Chapel.

Michael J. Ouellette Michael J. Ouellette, 58, of Luck, Wis., passed away on April 7, 2016, at the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. Born Sept. 11, 1957, to Franklin and Cleo Ouellette, Mike was the sixth of seven children. Mike and his first wife, Jane Reopelle, had four children together. He then married Anita Johnson, and they had four children together, as well. As unusual as it is, Mike remained good friends with both women. A longtime resident of Polk County, Mike enjoyed being outdoors, whether mowing his lawn or cruising the lake on his pontoon. His pride and joy have always been his children and the high-quality people they have become. Mike was preceded in death by his son, Mathew; sister, Linda; and parents, Franklin and Cleo. He is survived by his brothers, Bill (Sandy), Frank and Bob (Rose); sisters, Nancy and Sandie (Pat); children, Tony (Molly), Connie, Nick (Ana), Jenette (Tony), Jane Reopelle, and Alecia, Kasey (Jamie) and Krystal (Randy), Anita Johnson; and grandchildren, Katrina, Kaitlynn, Hallie, Jaisa, Sadie and Elliot.

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CHURCH NEWS Free of smudges


fter my great-grandfather and his wife were married during the Civil War, they were lighthouse keepers for a year on one of the Raspberry Islands off the coast of Maine. Every keeper’s most important duty was to make sure the windows remained clear so ships could see the light shining through them. During their tenure, my great-grandparents also had to watch for enemy ships. Back then, the light was fueled by whale oil or other kinds of oil. The burning oil caused a buildup of soot and smudge on the glass prisms and on the windows surrounding the lantern room. Later, kerosene was used, a

Teen may distance herself, but she still needs her parents Q: Can you offer any insight as to why my 13-year-old daughter has become so contrary about everything? She often seems eager to distance herself from me. I’m not a controlling parent, but it’s tough to see how she’s acting all of a sudden. Jim: I understand where you’re coming from. Commenting on the struggle parents experience during the teen years, my friend, psychologist and best-selling author Dr. John Townsend, nails the issue when he says it’s “because we’re needed the most and wanted the least.” Our teenagers need us as much as ever during this turbulent period, but they typically don’t want us interfering in their lives. It’s a necessary and healthy tension, but one which inevitably leads to conflict. That’s a huge reason why this season is often rough for parents. Understanding that your teen probably isn’t trying to make your home miserable may help defuse some of the emotion. But even then, behavioral challenges must still be addressed. In advising parents how to channel their child’s misdirected energy toward

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair much cleaner fuel, but not so clean as to eliminate the daily chore of cleaning the glass. The prism/window-cleaning task was ultraimportant. In fact, all keepers manuals demanded that absolutely nothing should hinder the diligent cleaning of the glass. The light had to shine through, regardless. In case of illness, accident or even death, a keeper’s wife

more productive outcomes, Townsend suggests four pillars to help guide our interactions with our teenagers: • The first is love. No matter what behavior they choose, children need to know their parents love them unconditionally. • The second is truth. Families must speak truth to one another kindly. Even if they disagree vigorously on certain subjects, they can, and should, do so respectfully. • The third is freedom. Parents don’t “give” freedom to their teens. Teens can choose whether to obey or disobey the rules. But ... • The flip side to the third pillar is the fourth: consequences. In the same way teenagers have the freedom to choose their own behavior, they also choose, and must be allowed to experience, the consequences that go with it. ••• Q: Do you have any advice for a woman whose husband is being paroled next month after having served time for armed robbery? I’m eager to have him back home and resume a normal relationship, but at the same time I’m feeling anxious about what to expect. Dr. Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: You’re wise to consider this question beforehand. As you know, your marriage has suffered serious trauma,

or assistant must take over that duty. Followers of Christ are like lighthouse keepers. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” As lights of the world, we need to keep our lives free from the dirty smudges of sin that hinder us from shining brightly for Christ. That’s not an easy task. It takes daily confession and repentance to remove the smudges. And as with lighthouse keepers, it requires diligence and perseverance. Nothing

Focus on the family Jim Daly and it’s best to be guarded against unrealistic expectations. Your situation is not one of just picking up where you left off. For your relationship to continue successfully, you and your husband will need to intentionally prepare yourselves for some significant changes. The first thing I’d encourage you to do is to talk things over with your husband before his release, either in writing or during a face-to-face visit. You might communicate something like, “I still love you and am willing to trust you again, but I’m wrestling with lots of doubts and unanswered questions.” If there are deep emotional issues or problems from the past that need to be addressed, it would be a good idea to get the help of an objective and trusted third party in preparing for your conversation. I’d also recommend communicating with correctional officials to learn what kind of track record your spouse has had during his imprisonment. Is he a reformed man? Or is it likely that old behaviors will emerge once he’s out?

should keep us from being the bright light God requires of us, a light that will draw others to Him. He wants us to show His love constantly, doing good while praising and thanking Him even in the midst of adversity. When we take our lighthouse keeping job seriously, we will be blessed with God’s peace and joy. Lord, forgive us when we forget to clean up the smudges of our spiritual light. We want to shine brightly for you so others will see you reflected in us. Cause us to take our lighthouse-keeping task seriously each morning as we seek your specific will. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

These questions are vital to your own safety and the well-being of any children at home. With this last thought in mind, we would suggest that you consider separate living arrangements initially while getting marriage counseling from a trained therapist. We’d be happy to provide you with a list of qualified counselors in your area. Please call us at 855-771-4357. ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 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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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST - FREDERIC 605 Benson Road; Pastor John Redlich Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE


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BALSAM LUTHERAN CHURCH 1115 Mains Crossing, Amery 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St. Sun. Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:45 a.m. BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR LUTHERAN (WELS) Gene E. Jahnke, Pastor, 715-635-7672, Hm. 715-354-7787, Hwy. 70 at 53, Spooner Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School & Bible Classes For All - 10:45 a.m. BETHANY LUTHERAN - BRANSTAD Pastor Jay Ticknor, 715-463-5746 3 miles So. of Grantsburg on Hwy. 87 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m. BETHANY LUTHERAN - SIREN Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Pastor Paul Peterson, Cell # 715-566-3758 Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:45 a.m. BETHESDA LUTHERAN - DRESSER (LCMC) Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Blended contemp./traditional serv. 9 a.m.; Education hour and fellowship 10:15 a.m. BONE LAKE LUTHERAN Pastor Ann Fenlason, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535; Pastor - 715-472-8153, 9 a.m. Sun. Schl., Adult Bible Study & Middle Schl cafe; 9:15 a.m. SHY; 10:30 a.m. Worship with Communion 1st & 3rd Sun. Of The Month; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship 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.; CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt, 218-371-1335 715-327-4461 Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 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. FAITH LUTHERAN - GRANTSBURG Rev. Sandra Hutchens; 715-463-5388 Sunday Worship with Communion 9:30 a.m.; Sun. service radio broadcast 100.9 FM FIRST EVAN. LUTHERAN 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN, 651-465-5265; Sun. Worship 9 a.m. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) FIRST LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Marilyn Crossfield, 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. Worship 9 a.m. GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN - ELCA 877 190th Ave., CTH G, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Interim Pastor Paul Settergren; Parish Office - 715-857-5580 Wor. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m. GRACE LUTHERAN - WEST SWEDEN Phone 715-327-4340, 715-327-8384, 260-336-5974, Pastor Thomas McShannock Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter Office: 715-866-7191; Parsonage: 715-866-4622 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:45 a.m. LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791, Pastor Bill Schroeder Sun. Wor. w/Comm. 10 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m. LAKETOWN LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Marilyn Crossfield, Sun. Wor. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:45 a.m. LUCK LUTHERAN Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-977-0694 Office 715-472-2605; Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m. (Sept. 13 - May 29); Sun. Schl. 9-10:30 a.m. (Sept. 27 - May 8) MILLTOWN LUTHERAN Vicar Angie Kutney, Pastors Mel Rau & Maggie Isaacson; 113 W. Main St.. W., 715-825-2453 9:30 a.m. Sunday Schl.; 10:30 Worship Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the Month

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH Senior Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. NORTH VALLEY LUTHERAN Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN, (LCMS) WEBSTER Pastor Jody Walter Office: 715-866-7191; Parsonage: 715-866-4622 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. facebook/OurRedeemerWebster PEACE LUTHERAN - DRESSER (ELCA) 2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Rev. Alan Buresh Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9:35 a.m. PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Paul Peterson 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. REDEEMER EV. LUTHERAN (Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Timothy Blauret 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 8:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN (Wis. Synod) 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN - LCMC 1614 CTH B, North Luck, 715-472-8190 Pastor Roger Kastelle Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Study Thurs. 6:30 p.m. SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN (Missouri Synod) 140 Madison St. South, St. Croix Falls Pastor Mark K. Schoen Sun. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun.School - 10:30 a.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN - ELCA 10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) Interim Pastor Paul Settergren Parish Office 715-857-5580 Church 715-822-3001 Worship Service - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:15 a.m. TRINITY LUTHERAN - FALUN Hwy. 70 East, 715-689-2271, Pastor Jay Ticknor Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. TRINITY EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH (WELS) 300 Seminole Ave. (Hwy. M), Osceola, WI 715-294-2828, Pastor David Rosenow Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Bible Class 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Worship 7 p.m. WEST DENMARK LUTHERAN Pastor Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Fellowship 11 a.m. WEST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - ELCA Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 June 7, 2015 - Sept. 6, 2015 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday YELLOW LAKE LUTHERAN 1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 35 on U, 715-866-8281, Pastors Douglas Olson, Roger Kampstra, Myron Carlson and Danny Wheeler Service at 9:30 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - BONE LAKE (LCMC) 5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Church: 715-472-8660 Pastor Mike Fisk, 715-417-0692 Sunday Schl. & Adult Study 9:15 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Bible class 9:15 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m.; Thurs. Serv. 4:30 p.m. Communion 1st & last Sunday of month ZION LUTHERAN - MARKVILLE Pastor Janeva Stromberg, 320-679-1012; Council Chair, 715-244-3301 Worship - 11 a.m.; Sunday School - 10 a.m. ZION LUTHERAN - TRADE LAKE Pastor Thomas McShannock 715-327-8384, 260-336-5974 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m.



FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Pastor Barbara Anne Keely 715-483-3550 719 Nevada St., St. Croix Falls Fellowship - 10:15 a.m.; Sunday Wor. - 11 a.m. METHODIST


ATLAS UNITED METHODIST - UPPER ST. CROIX PARISH Rev. Kris Johnson; Rev. Mike Brubaker, 715-463-2624 Sunday School - 11 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m. CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST - UPPER ST. CROIX PARISH - GRANTSBURG Rev. Kris Johnson; Rev. Mike Brubaker 715-463-2624 Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:30 a.m. DANBURY UNITED METHODIST 7520 Water St., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sunday Worship - 8:45 a.m.

GRACE UNITED METHODIST - WEBSTER 26503 Muskey Ave., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor, Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m., Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m. LAKEVIEW UNITED - HERTEL Pastor Jack Starr Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST 3482 115th St., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m. OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275, Rev. Carolyn Saunders Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Fellowship - 11 a.m. Wed. School: Weds. 3:30-5 p.m. Oct.-May ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST UPPER ST. CROIX PARISH Rev. Kris Johnson; Rev. Mike Brubaker Sunday Worship Serv. - 10 a.m.; Sunday School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available ST. LUKE UNITED METHODIST - FREDERIC 100 Linden Street, Frederic Pastor “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Serv. 5:15 p.m. SIREN UNITED METHODIST 24025 1st Ave. So., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Wor. - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available) TAYLORS FALLS UNITED METHODIST 290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m. WOLF CREEK UNITED METHODIST Rev. Kris Johnson; Rev. Mike Brubaker Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT


CALVARY COVENANT - ALPHA Pastor Scott Sagle, 715-689-2541 Sunday Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Wor. 10:30 p.m. Elevator provided, welcome SIREN COVENANT Pastor Brian Pardun 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, Siren, 715-349-5601 Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. UNITED COVENANT - CLEAR LAKE Pastor Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. CATHOLIC


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Rev. Andy Anderson, 715-247-3310 255 St. Hwy. 35, East Farmington Mass Sunday 9 a.m. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - GRANTSBURG Rev. Tom Thakadipuram, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat., 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Sat. 4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt. OUR LADY OF THE LAKES Balsam Lake Father Gene Murphy; Pastor - 715-405-2253 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. Sunday or by appt. SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8 a.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt. ST. DOMINIC - FREDERIC Rev. Tom Thakadipuram, 715-327-8119 Mass: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times ST. ANNE PARISH Rev. Andy Anderson, 715-247-3310 139 Church Hill Rd., Somerset Mass Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m. & 11 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER Pastor Father Frank Wampach, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9:30 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 CHURCH Pastor - Father Frank Wampach 490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-7345 Sat. 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m. Tues. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father Gene Murphy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 10:30 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC Rev. Andy Anderson 255 E. 10th Ave., Osceola, 715-294-2243 Saturday Mass 4 p.m.; Sunday Latin Mass 8:30 a.m., Mass 11 a.m. ASSEMBLY


OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 2492 Education Drive Sunday Serv. - 10 a.m. Child care offered at both services SIREN ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Andrew Bollant Morn. Serv. - 9:30 a.m.; Supervised Nursery; Wed. Evening Youth



APPLE RIVER COMMUNITY (EFCA) Pastor Justin Hosking, 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery, 715-268-2176 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. CROSSWALK COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W, Frederic Sunday School - 9 a.m.; Morning Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 933 248th St., Osceola Pastor Dave Williams Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided TRADE RIVER EVANGELICAL FREE Pastor Dale VanDeusen, 715-488-2296 or 715-488-2653 20296 Hwy. 87, Grantsburg Morning Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services BAPTIST


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School - 10:30 a.m. EUREKA BAPTIST 2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls 715-483-9464 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Adult Sun. Schl. - 10 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;; Email: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sun. Serv.: 9 - 10:15 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Nursery available FIRST BAPTIST - FALUN 715-689-2125 or 715-689-2156 Mike Kleven, Lead Pastor Steve Ward, Assoc. Pastor of Visitation Sun. School (all ages) 9:30 a.m.; Church Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided FIRST BAPTIST - MILLTOWN Pastor Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Assoc. Pastor Dan Mielke Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST - TAYLORS FALLS, MN Located across from elemen. school on West St., Pastor, Dr. Kevin Schumann; 651-465-7171 Sun. Morn. - Sun. School for all ages - 9 a.m. Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided. FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery provided) GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church” 722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m. GRACE BAPTIST - GRANTSBURG 716 S. Robert St., Grantsburg, 715-463-5699 Sr. Pastor Brad Moore George Selbher, Assoc. Pastor Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. LIVING HOPE CHURCH 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. TRADE LAKE BAPTIST Pastor David Prince, 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.;



CHURCH OF CHRIST - WEBSTER 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. CHURCH OF CHRIST - FREDERIC Minister Guy McCarty Frederic Senior Citizen Building Robert Rutherford, 715-327-8387 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. WESLEYAN


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



WOOD RIVER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 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. DWELLING POINT Timbers Theatre in Siren, 912-424-5993 Pastors Bryan and Rebekah Davis Sunday Worship 10 a.m.



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



HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX 523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Sat. Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sun. Liturgy - 9:30 a.m. HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City, MN; Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE


CALVARY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 510 S. Vincent, St. Croix Falls Rev. Richard Brunner, 715-483-3696 Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. FAITH COMMUNITY 7534 Peet St., Danbury, 715-656-4010 Pastor Jason Peterson Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.



ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 715-483-1113 201 N. Adams, St. Croix Falls Services On 1st 3 Sundays of the Month, 10 a.m.



CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 28509 CTH H, 1/8 mi. north of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad 715-635-4816 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church: K to 6th Grade NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY 201 Hwy. 35, Dresser (formerly The Boulevard) Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982; Office 715-417-0945 Sunday Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Nursery available. NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, 715-338-2751 Pastor Scott Petznick Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. NORTHERN PINES QUAKER MEETING 715-866-5016 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting OSCEOLA MEDICAL CENTER SPIRITUAL CARE 2600 65th Ave., Osceola, 715-294-5645 Rev. Thomas Reaume 1chapel.php Chapel open daily for meditation.



RIVER VALLEY CHRISTIAN 1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Senior Pastors Paul and Sonja Hanson Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. ST. PETER’S COMMUNITY CHURCH “Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-553-1800, Pastor Rick VanGundy Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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Students of the Week Frederic

Arielle Burkey has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Arielle is the daughter of Charlynn Havron and Ben Chenal and Nathan Burkey. Her favorite activities in school are reading, art and social studies. She is kind to her classmates and is always willing to help. When she grows up, she would like to be a teacher. Outside of school, she enjoys playing school, doing arts and crafts and playing with her little sister.

Logan Hopkins has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Logan is in sixth grade and the son of Aaron and Kelly Hopkins. He is involved in hockey and track. He has earned excellent grades in his classes this year and is very polite and a very hard worker. When not in school, he enjoys reading, whittling and playing outside. He plans to become a technician or mechanic.

Tarynn Murphy has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Tarynn is in kindergarden and the daughter of Tammy Eley and Jason Murphy. Her favorite activities in school are going to computer lab and phy ed. Outside of school, she enjoys playing with her Barbies. She is nice to everyone and very helpful.

Jared Hutton has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Jared is in seventh grade and the son of Sandy and Joey Hutton. He is a student who is respectful, polite and contributes greatly to class discussions and activities. He is involved in snowmobile club, basketball, football and soccer. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, ice fishing and snowmobiling.



Ginessa Waldren has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Ginessa is in third grade and the daughter of Maria Waldren. She is kind and caring and a good friend. She is always willing to help out. Her favorite thing is spending time with her teachers and classmates. She loves music, especially Justin Bieber, and is good at playing guitar. Her favorite food is her aunt’s homemade alfredo. She likes helping her mom cook and bake and playing Xbox games.

Alex Peterson is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Alex is in fourth grade and the son of Missy and Dale Peterson. He is doing a great job challenging himself in every subject. He has worked really hard in writing and has improved so much. He is also a great helper in the classroom. His favorite class is math. He is active in sports and AWANA.

Jordan Jones has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Jordan is a senior and the son of Mary Ablan and Arlen Jones. He is a creative and spirited student with multiple talents. He is involved in band, choir, forensics, solo and ensemble, show choir, football and track and field. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and recording music and being outside. He plans to attend UWGreen Bay for psychology and music.

Wyatt Anton has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Wyatt is in fifth grade and the son of Mikal and Mystie Anton. He is kind, clever, funny and a sweet boy that is almost always laughing and smiling. His classmates and friends count on him to always say something supportive. He is the most trustworthy person you will ever meet. If you want to know what is the right thing to do, just follow Wyatt.

Kylie Buck has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Kylie is the daughter of Julie Buck and Benjamin Buck. She is involved in volleyball, basketball and band. In her spare time, she likes to read, draw, play basketball and hang out with family and friends. She would like to go to college for cosmetology. She was chosen by her art teacher who feels she has a natural talent for art. She always turns in quality work and shows responsibility for supplies and cleanup.

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Olivia Olson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Olivia is in third grade and the daughter of Dan and Lillias Olson. She has one sister, Lauren, who is in sixth grade. Her favorite subjects are art and music. She has two cats named Callie and Izzy and a dog named Scooter. Her favorite foods are pancakes and pizza.

Graidy Guggisberg has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Graidy is in seventh grade and the son of Tammy and Greg Guggisberg. He has a dog named T-Bone. He is involved in football, track, trapshooting and wrestling. He also enjoys playing sports, hunting, fishing and being with family. His favorite subject is phy ed. Graidy is energetic, friendly and always ready to offer ideas.

Lauren Borst has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Lauren is a freshman and the daughter of Les and Lee Borst. She has a brother, Layton, in middle school. She is on the volleyball team, yearbook staff and is an awesome artist. She is a hardworking, dedicated student that is always pleasant and has a smile on her face.



Chelsea Bowers has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Chelsea is in fourth grade and the daughter of Brandy Bruner and Nathan Bowers. She is an extremely self-motiviated student who always gives 100 percent. She is responsible and mature and always has a bright smile on her face. Her positive attitude and work ethic make her a student who is a joy to teach.

Cora Schmitz has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Cora is in sixth grade and the daughter of Shelly Schmitz. She is a very hard worker with a great, positive attitude. She has set big goals for her future; she would like to be a neurosurgeon. She is diligent to correct her work and is very well organized.


Dalton McCarthy has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Dalton is in eighth grade and the son of Rich McCarthy and Karla Lokken. He is incredibly kind. When he sees someone struggling with anything, he is always willing to help and create a better situation. He is a leader when it comes to sports and within his social groups. He is involved in track, baseball, basketball and football. His hobbies include wake boarding, fishing, hiking and kayaking.

Triston Ortez is Siren High School’s student of the week. Triston is a freshman. His transition to high school has been difficult as it is for most freshmen. He is a talented athlete who missed much of his inaugural seasons but has made a huge shift in his priorities and his attitude toward school. His metamorphosis has been amazing and a tribute to his hard work. He is a respectful young man and given the changes he has made, his high school career promises to be filled with excitement and success.

Valentin Radet has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Valentin is a senior and the son of Benoit Radet and Angeline Leroy. His host parent is Kendra Hansen. His favorite subject is chemistry. His hobbies include baseball, football and handball.

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Ava Ostolaza has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Ava is in second grade and the daughter of Robert Ostolaza and Samantha Spafford. She works very hard at school and always gives her best. She is a wonderful friend, who is always there to help others and make them feel happy. Her smiles brightens up any day. Her favorite subject is math. When she grows up, she would like to be an author or a veterinarian.

Chase Covey is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Chase is a senior and the son of Adrian and Angela Covey. He has excelled in tech ed. Now he is doing independent study and helps students in the welding area like a teacher’s aide. He has been bringing in scrap metal from DR Tech for students to weld on. He is respectful, helpful, well spoken and has great work ethic. He is in football and works at DR Tech. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison.

Kalyn Miller has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Kalyn is a freshman and the daughter of Katie Hicks and Brady Robertson. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, bell choir, student council and is a class officer. She is engaged in classroom discussions, asks questions and seeks help if needed. She takes pride in her work. She is friendly, respectful and hardworking. She plans to become a pediatrician.

Mason Schaaf has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Mason is a sophomore and the son of Michael and Gwen Schaaf. He is in accelerated classes and scores high in them. He is very intelligent and works hard to perfect his grades. He always gets his homework done and helps his peers when he can. He is also a fun person to have in the classroom. He is involved in band, NHS, cross country and track. His hobbies including hunting and fishing.

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NOW.-SAT./16 Grantsburg • Silent auction fundraiser bidding for Crex construction ends April 16, 4 p.m., 715-463-2739.

NOW THRU TUES., MAY 31 Amery • “Love of the Land” art show at Amery Community Food Hub. Reception Fri., Apr. 8, 5-8 p.m., 715-268-4500.

THURSDAY/14 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.


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Webster • Fall prevention workshop at Grace United Methodist, 9-11 a.m., 877-485-2372, Carrie.

• Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. • Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233.

THURS. & FRI./21 & 22 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

Rice Lake • Job Fair at WITC Conference Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., special time for veterans, 10-11 a.m. Regis. at duffyhouse. gov.

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

St. Croix Falls • Festival Theatre’s “The Grapes of Wrath” at Franklin Square. Thur. 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,


FRI. & SAT./15 & 16 Frederic • Garage sale at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Fri. 8 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Grantsburg • Midwest Crane Count at Crex. Training Friday 7 p.m., count Saturday 5:30-7:30 a.m. RSVP to 715-483-9603, Dave,

“This photo reminds me of new beginnings. It’s an old snail shell, an old home. The snail had to move on to a larger home or maybe died. But either way it will start new. The meaning of spring is a new start, and everything around us is proving that fact every minute of the day. The plants are poking through the dirt, and the animals are giving birth to the new animals that will be accompanying Mother Earth for the next couple of years, helping fertilize the land and leaving themselves open for beautiful photography.” InaNewLight is a therapeutic nature photography project at Northwest Passage. To see more of the kids photos, visit the gallery one mile south of Webster or the visit the website,

Grantsburg • Crex cleanup day. RSVP at 715-463-2739, 9 a.m.-noon, • Rummage sale at IC Catholic Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. • Fairy garden workshop at Village Floral, 2 p.m., 715463-5695 to register.

Leader Land


• Midwest Crane Count, volunteers/participants needed, 5:30-7:30 a.m., 715-307-4712,

St. Croix Falls


• Festival Theatre’s “The Grapes of Wrath” at Franklin Square. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

• 10th-annual Spring Fling Sale at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-472-2535.


• Spaghetti dinner, auctions, etc. benefit for Angie Eichten-Semmens, at the community center, 4-9 p.m.

Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Grantsburg • Crex Bird Club meeting, 8-10 a.m., 715-463-2739, • Registration deadline for Learn to Hunt Turkey event Apr. 22-24 at Crex,, 715-463-2896.

Leader Land • RSVP deadline for Nifty Thrifty Shopping Sat., April 23, 715-463-4701. • RSVP deadline for Mall of America trip on Sat., April 23, 715-463-4701. • RSVP deadline for “Beauty and the Beast” at Chanhassen Theatre, Sat., May 14, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560.

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

St. Croix Falls • 4K registration at 9:30 a.m. at the elementary school. Kindergarten registration for those now in 4K call, 715483-9823, ext. 1100.

Balsam Lake/Milltown • Open house at Endeavors Adult Development Center and greenhouse garden center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715485-8764, 715-825-4769.

• Kickoff meeting for American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Polk/Burnett County at the library, 6 p.m., 715-426-5448.


• “Discovering America One Marathon at a Time,” with author Jim Anderson, at the library, 7 p.m.

Balsam Lake • Friends of the Library meeting, 5:30 p.m., 715-4853215. • Aging & Disability Resource Center open house at the government center, 2-4 p.m.

• Citizens Against Poverty meeting at the government center, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-7880.

• Legion Auxiliary meeting at The Ridge Eatery, 6 p.m. • Regis. deadline for “Freedom Through Forgiveness” seminar at Wilderness Fellowship on Sat., Apr. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,, 715-327-8564. • Grades 1-3 spring program at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m.,


Amery • Free Medicare workshop at the senior center, 10 a.m. RSVP at 715-268-8405.



St. Croix Falls


• Free community ham dinner at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 5:30-6:30 p.m. “The War Room” movie after dinner, 715-768-5321.

• GriefShare, support group for those grieving a death, at New Life Christian Community in Dresser, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-755-1431.

• “The Grapes of Wrath” theater tour and book discussion at Chateau St. Croix Winery, 6:30 p.m., 715-3274979.

Webster • Burnett County Democrats meeting at Whitetail Wilderness Resort. Dinner early, meeting 6:30 p.m.



• Apple-tree pruning workshop at Burch farm. Preregister. 3-5 p.m., 800-528-1914,

Siren • Free Medicare workshop at the city hall, 10 a.m. RSVP at 715-268-8405.


Siren • Community shredding at Bremer Bank parking lot, 10 a.m.-noon.

St. Croix Falls • Mammoth Gravel Classic mountain bike races. Sign up at Cyclova, 7 a.m. Races start at 8, 9 and 10 a.m., • Polk County Democratic 2016 campaign headquarters grand opening and meet & greet at 2048 Hwy. 8, 1-4 p.m. • Music at Chateau St. Croix: Zacc Harris Jazz Duo and gallery show for artist Dean DeVries, 1-4 p.m.,

SUNDAY/17 Siren • Piece Corps to meet at Bethany Lutheran to sew quilts for vets, 10:30 a.m., 715-222-6852.

St. Croix Falls

MONDAY/18 Amery • Suicide survivors support group meeting at the community center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-9275,

Dresser • Blood drive at Peace Lutheran, 12:30-6:30 p.m., 800RED CROSS,

St. Croix Falls • Free Medicare workshop at the library, 10 a.m. RSVP at 715-268-8405.

Webster • After 5 women’s dinner meeting at Grace United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. RSVP at 715-566-0081.

TUESDAY/19 Amery • Diabetes support group meeting at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-8000. • AARP Driver Safety Class at Centennial Hall, 12:154:30 p.m., 715-268-6605.

Balsam Lake

THURSDAY/21 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Dresser • GriefShare, support group for those grieving a death, at New Life Christian Community in Dresser, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-755-1431.

Frederic • Kindergarten circus at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m.,

Grantsburg • Seasonal evening dinner at the senior center, 5 p.m. Please sign up, Patsy, 715-463-2940.

Luck • 4th- thru 6th-grade concert at the school, 7 p.m., • American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.

Milltown • Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. • Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233.

Siren • Aging & Disability Resource Center open house at the government center, 10 a.m.-noon. • Burnett County Democratic chair monthly meeting at the Pour House, 4 p.m., 715-349-5079. • Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club month meeting at the senior center. 6:30 p.m. traders; 7 p.m. business.


• Emergency management preparedness presentation at the library, 5:30 p.m., 715-485-3215.

• Second Harvest food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-866-8151.

Clam Falls


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

Dresser • Caregivers support group meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 2 p.m., 715-755-2515.

Grantsburg • Free Medicare workshop at the senior center, 2 p.m. RSVP at 715-268-8405.


Dresser • Spaghetti supper & silent auction at Peace Lutheran Church, 6-7:30 p.m.

Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Frederic • Open house for 4-year-old kindergarten at the elementary school, 9-11 a.m., 715-327-4221. • Kinder Kamp registration, 8:30-11:20 a.m. or 12:153 p.m. For appointment, call 715-327-4221.

• “An Evening of Classical Favorites” by Northern Lakes Chamber Orchestra at the arts center, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811, • Norwegian Smorgasbord at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Ruby’s Pantry at Home & Away Ministries. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $20 donation. Distribution noon-1 p.m., 715472-2535. • Free medical clinic at Home & Away Ministries, 715472-7770 for appointment, • Kindergarten registration at the school, 7 p.m., 715472-2153, ext. 108.

• Boating safety certification classes at Unity School. 5:30-8 p.m. Preregister at 715-825-2101, Ext. 1560, unity.

• Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557.

• Earth Day event at the library, drumming, sing-along, film, 5 p.m.,

Balsam Lake


Rice Lake

SAT. & SUN./23 & 24


• Smelt fry at the rod & gun club, 4 p.m.,

Frederic • Woodland Chorale spring concert at the high school, 7:30 p.m.,, 715-472-2151.

• Breakfast at the American Legion Post 143, 8-11 a.m.

MON., TUES. & THURS./ 18, 19 & 21

St. Croix Falls • Free document shredding at MidWestOne Bank, 715483-9800.


• Red Cedar Choir concert at UWBC, 7 p.m., 715-4584803. • Spring Preview Day at WITC, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 800243-WITC,

Leader Land • RSVP deadline for Diva Days in Anoka, Minn., Fri., April 22, 715-463-4701.

St. Croix Falls

Amery • “A Northern Lakes Theatre Guild Performance” at the arts center, 7:30 p.m.,, 715268-6811.

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Leader | April 13 | 2016  
Leader | April 13 | 2016